donderdag 22 september 2016

Fri, September 30: Pantropical x Arab Cinema Festival

Partly in anticipation of our upcoming 'NZZN x Pantropical' event with the great MANDOLIN SISTERS (more about that later), we're posting this:

Pantropical x Arab Film Festival is an integral part of the annual Arab Film festival [ / 29 Sept – Oct 02]. A celebration of forward-looking, bass-ridden Arab dance music with GAN GAH, Deena Abdelwahed, Rocky B-The Tropikal Camel, and Duckfood. Venue = Roodkapje Rotterdam, within walking distance from Rotterdam CS.


– GAN GAH (ma)

location: Roodkapje SUB
Teilingerstraat 110-130, Rotterdam
22:00 – 03:00 | entrance: 8 euro / 7 euro presale
facebook event link

GAN GAH (ma | low up)
He's on the rise; Gan Gah is a young, DJ / producer fed by traditional Gnawa and Berber rythms since he was born in the suburbs of Agadir. Now based in Brussels, he knows how to shake a dancefloor with his bewitching beats. Offering a clever combination of club music and traditional North-African music, Gan Gah's first EP “Souktronics” shows his love for both his Moroccan roots and modern electronic music. Moroccan Bass, you said?

DEENA ABDELWAHED (tn | infiné)

As the main female representative of this generation of Tunisian DJs and producers, Deena Abdelwahed is not one to pander to commercial trends. She explores the urban rythms in the aftermath of the Tunisian Jasmine Revolution, where social conservatism has been on the rise and only a few clubs adapt to innovation. Deena caters to those who seek alternatives to electronic music parties that either serve as lazy entertainment or an excuse to blow off steam and vent social frustration. In the past few years, since moving to Toulouse, Deena has made herself heard at music festivals all around Europe winning over crowds with her energetic music.

TROPIKAL CAMEL (il | arabstazy, shouka)
The Afro-haired electronica/beats/global bass shaman from Jerusalem; Tropikal Camel aka Rocky B Assayag is a musical explorer traversing genres, creating an original musical language; a journey into Jerusalem's unique sound and a fusion of Bass, Techno, Hip-Hop and the raw rhythms of tribal Middle- Eastern and North-African music.

DUCKFOOD (nl | rebel up, pantropical)
Duckfood's massive music collection absorbs anything from renaissance to Moroccan trance, so who else to ask for this Pantropical x Arab Camera special? His DJ selections are colourful and not hampered by any preoccupation about genre. Just dig in!

vrijdag 26 augustus 2016

Wed, September 9: VROOOM 42



interviews: Tobias Fisher
curation: Martijn Comes

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €6

Our fall/winter season kick-off is basically a carte blanche for composer/producer, and collaborator Martijn Comes. Together with Martijn we present an evening of immersive listening pleasure. Tobias Fisher will conduct introductory interviews.

Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer and electroacoustic improviser. She engages with interactive electronics as compositional and performative process, exploring strategies related to Fluxusʼ ephemeral activities. She is known for her pioneering gestural/textural approach on her electronically-processed accordion, amplified objects, and self-designed sound-processing instruments. Andrea creates sonic fields of lush harmonics and sculpted electronic feedback, punctuated by moments of gap and rift.

[with: Martine Von Gleich - violin / Arjen Leendertz - double bass]
Jeffrey Roden is a composer from California who spent most of his career in music as a bass player in a variety of genres and settings. Jeffrey's live set at Vrooom will however comprise a solo piece for (electric) piano. Additionally he will perform a piece for organ, double bass and violin, featuring the above mentioned Rotterdam-based musicians. Roden's work revolves around meditative, textural and slow-moving themes; constructed of repetitions and silences relying on the ability of the musician to create a space from which they themselves are both absent and present.

The Star Pillow is the alias of Paolo Monti's evocative guitar drone meets ambient project that saw the light of day in December 2007. The output of this artist from Massa/Carrara expresses the relationship between sound, space and human emotions. The Star Pillow's spatial, guitar-based excursions provides a soothing sensory trip.


• Tobias Fisher (de)
Tobias writes for the New-Zealand based arts magazine White Fungus and has contributed to online- and print publications such as All About Jazz,, Earlabs, Headphone Commute, Fluid Radio and many more. He is also head of the einzeleinheit and Ex Ovo labels (the latter in unison with Mirko Uhlig).

• Martijn Comes (nl)
Composer specialized in new media, sound design and electroacoustic composition. Comes is also curating producer and host of two radioshows on national Dutch radio; 'Kraak Helder' and 'Inventions for Radio' (Concertzender), and wrote various research works on popular, contemporary, and classical music.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

maandag 25 juli 2016

Tue, August 2: VROOOM 41

– GOAT (jp)
– ALBATRE (pt/de/nl)
– YPY (jp)

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €6

We're rounding off the first half of the season with this A-class line up! Don't sleep on the rhythmic assault of Goat; a mesmerizing syncopated pulse of synchronized muted harmonic picking, saxophone and drums. Rotterdam's noise rock pride Albatre are no slouches either, and with YPY (Goat's guitarist and Boredoms touring member Koshiro Hino) we're able to sample the current cutting edge of Osaka's experimental electronica scene.

GOAT (jp)
This Osaka-based quartet play guitar, saxophone, bass & drums. What sets this fantastic band apart is the intentional disregard of the musical scales of its instruments. Goat creates painstakingly crafted songs (yes; songs!) that consist of mesmerizing muted sounds that are produced naturally, in real-time. The trance-inducing 'minimal techno'-like pulse brought about from relentless repetition and the melodious sounds that comprise harmonics outside the twelve-tone system are both 'urban' and 'tribal'. Goat has been somewhat lazily compared to Nisennenmondai and Battles; but we think they're much better!

ALBATRE (pt/de/nl)
Whoever still needs to be introduced to Rotterdam's noise rock champions have been missing out. Albatre is a commanding display of urgent bass & sax noise, skewed jazz elements, meticulous drumming and abrupt moodshifts. Albatre spearhead the scene of artists highlighting the crossover of improv, noise rock and jazz made in Holland.

YPY (jp)
YPY is the solo project from GOAT's Koshiro Hino, who is a key member of Osaka's experimental music scene. Besides playing with Goat and touring with the Boredoms, he also leads another band called Bonanzas. His work as YPY can be described as oblique, dense electronica / techno with a heroic dash of industrial grittiness. Hino debuted in 2015 with the 'Visions EP' for the Berlin-based label Nous, which included moody and dance-orientated tracks ignoring the unspoken rules of club music. He also runs the birdFriend label.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

maandag 11 juli 2016

Thu, July 14: Chupame El Dedo + Mdou Moctar

Remember last year's
VROOOM x PANTROPICAL that took place at Roodkapje SUB? The event that featured a smoking live set by the Colombian LOS PIRAÑAS. Well, both Los Pirañas' Eblis Álvarez (also of Meridian Brothers fame) and Pedro Ojeda are back in town Thursday July 14th with their project band ChupameElDedo! And if that's not enough; Tuareg desert rock heroes Mdou Moctar/official (Sahel Sounds) are on the same bill as well; what's more to ask?

location: PANTROPICAL @ WORM Rotterdam – Boomgaardsstraat 71, R'dam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €6

MDOU MOCTAR (ne | sahel sounds)

In the crowded scene of Tuareg guitarists, Mdou stands apart. He is one of the few original artists willing to experiment and push boundaries. His unconventional style have won him accolades both in Niger and abroad. Mdou Moctar comes from Abalak, a town in the Azawagh desert of northern Niger. He taught himself guitar at a young age on a homemade instrument. Inspired by Ishumar, Mdou traveled to Libya where he worked odd jobs and managed to meet some of the now famous guitarists. This furthered his musical studies, and he returned home with an actual guitar and a dream. Rising to the status as local celebrity, he traveled to Nigeria in 2008 to record his debut album 'Anar' – a psychedelic electronic album of Tuareg guitar; which became a success throughout the mp3 networks of West Africa. “Tahoultine” – one of the standout tracks, was later featured on the 'Music from Saharan Cellphones' compilation. In 2013, Mdou released 'Afelan', his first international album. In 2015, he starred in the first ever Tuareg language film, a fictional story of the struggle of a guitarist trying to make it against all odds in Agadez.

ChupameElDedo (co)
Chúpame El Dedo (suck my finger) is a new band from Bogota, Colombia, featuring Eblis Álvarez (Meridian Brothers, Los Pirañas, Frente Cumbiero) and Pedro Ojeda (Romperayo, Los Pirañas, Frente Cumbiero, Ondatrópica). Their bold sound marries disorientating 'death metal' influences with manic salsa, cumbia, currulao & reggaeton rhythms. Get ready for a high energy live performance from this duo; you'll be headbanging whilst trying not to spill that damned mojito.

woensdag 6 juli 2016

Thu, July 7: VROOOM 40

–– YZ & GOGOLPLEX (ma/be)

LOCATION: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €6

Vrooom hits 40! Oftewel uitgedrukt in percentages: plusminus 40% bijzondere electropop en post-postrock; 35% electronica made in China, 25% visueel vernuft… Younes Zarhoni zong al als zesjarige in de Antwerpse en Brusselse moskeeën en jeugdhuizen. Inmiddels geschoold in de mystieke soefi-zang en koranrecitatie maakt hij nu als YZ zijn versie van de eerder genoemde electro pop en het resultaat is verbluffend. YZ wordt live bijgestaan door het Brusselse Gogolplex videocollectief. Verder is er de XY records label showcase uit China. Zen Lu, Echo Ho en Mulian Chen zijn afkomstig uit Shenzhen en Peking, en alledrie gelieerd aan eerder genoemde, hard aan de weg timmerende label. Hekkesluiter is niemand minder dan onze eigen Spoelstra.

YZ is the artist alias of Younes Zarhoni; born of Moroccan parents in Antwerp, but now active in Bruxelles. Little is known about this emerging artist but that is likely to change soon judging by his intriguing music; a catchy mix of gritty electro pop and Arab singing (Younes is a scholar of Quran recitation and mystic sufi singing). YZ is about to release a vinyl record on the Belgian Lexi Disques (Colombey, City Hands, TAV Exotic, The Rebel). At Vrooom, YZ will perform with the Brusselian audio-visual collective GOGOLPLEX.

ZEN LU (cn)
Zen Lu is a sound artist, event curator, and founder of the Shenzhen city based independent label 'We Play!' as well as and numerous other projects. The reception of Zen Lu’s meticulous digital music and the events organized by him has played a major role in bringing a new wave of art activities to Shenzhen, for which the latter has been long considered a cultural desert.

ZO-ON SLOWS a.k.a. ECHO HO (cn)
Echo Ho is a Beijing-born, Cologne based artist. Her work covers installations, live performances and audiovisual compositions. She works with field recordings and experimental electroacoustic composition. In 2015 she launched her solo project Zo-on slows; merging voice, experimental beats and pop.

Chen Mulian is a sound/visual artist based in Beijing who co-founded of XY Records. His electronica blends ambient/soundscape elements that alltogether evoke the guarded qualities of the eastern spirit. Most of his video works are made out of raw documentations.

Spoelstra: brilliant one man mutations of noise rock and electronics made live on the spot on a guitar, a synthesizer, samplers and effect pedals. Spoelstra knows how to mold his riffs, stumbling patterns, country style outbursts and tearjerker twists into a good song. To everyone's detriment, the man is sadly still one of NL's best kept secrets, musically. So enjoy his genius now if you haven't already. Think: U.S. Maple, The Rebel, Skin Graft.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.

woensdag 8 juni 2016

Sat, June 18: VROOOM 39



location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / 6 euro

#39: We welcome back vocalist extraordinaire Audrey Chen who will be accompanied by electronica artist Doron Sajda. Gustavo Costa also returns, this time with fellow performers Henrique Fernandes, José Alberto Gomes and Ricardo Jacinto, to extract everything out of the venue's space with the Phonopticon project. Also joining this chock-full happening: pianist and Current 93 collaborator Reinier van Houdt, and a mysterious wax snuffer...

– DORON SADJA (electronics, light) & AUDREY CHEN (voice)
Berlin based Afterburner is the new collaborative project of vocalist extraordinaire Audrey Chen and electronica artist Doron Sadja. Some of you should remember Audrey's stunning live show with the Phil Minton at Vrooom back in May 2013... in Afterburner her idiosyncratic vocal growls and chirps are weaved together with Sadja’s dense synthetic atmospheres into a singular monolithic texture. Intimate, dark, chaotic and ritualistic, Afterburner have created a fascinating vision of romantic noise music that is all their own.

Concert performance & audio installation inspired by the Panopticon prison which was designed by Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. The Panopticon had a central 360º surveillance tower overlooking its cells. In Phonopticon, the architecture of implicit control and power is replaced by sound representations that are free and abstract; new ways of expression are explored within the areas of composition, performance, and electroacoustic spatialization. New self-built acoustic and electronic musical instruments are centered and played in the middle of the structure. The audience positions itself concentrically and is, in turn surrounded by eight loudspeakers installed at the outer limits of the circle.

Musician/composer who works with recorders, radios, objects, electronics and piano. Reinier focuses on matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - phenomena beyond interpretation and improvisation. He has worked with visionaries such as Francisco López, Robert Ashley, Christian Marclay, Luc Ferrari, Elliott Sharp, Walter Marchetti, and Alvin Lucier. He collaborated with CURRENT 93 on 2014's "I Am The Last Of All The Field That Fell...", with guest appearances by e.g. Nick Cave and John Zorn. He will be releasing solo work on various labels soon. At Vrooom Reinier will play music from his upcoming release "Paths Of The Errant Gaze".

Candlesnuffer aka Dave Brown is a guitarist and improviser from Melbourne. Dave has performed with e.g. Bucketrider, Western Gray, and as part of a trio with Anthony Pateras and Sean Baxter. Together with Lukas he dives into a lively and abrasive form of extended guitar improvisation that is mostly acoustic and surprisingly percussive in nature.


This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam.