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.

woensdag 18 mei 2016

Sat, May 28: VROOOM 38




location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €6
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This Vrooom will showcase the diverse talents of Alan Licht, Tetuzi Akiyama, Seamus Cater, and Kostis Kilimys. Seamus' reductionist folklore (using a 1940s duet concertina) will be a nice contrast to the more abstract string jams of Licht, Akiyama, and Kilymis' electroacoustic live set. Nuno Homem (Sidewalk bookings) will be our cool 'in between' sound plasterer.

Since the late 80s, guitarists/composers Alan Licht and Tetuzi Akiyama have followed parallel paths, blurring the boundaries between rock and experimental music. Each collaborated early on with an elder statesman of the respective New York and Tokyo noise rock scenes (Licht with Rudolph Grey, Akiyama with Keiji Haino) and went on to define their own styles in various solo and group formats. The two first played together in NY in 2002, and toured New Zealand as a trio with Oren Ambarchi in 2004, resulting in 'Willow Weep and Moan for Me' – a kind of deranged drone-blues that was an extension of Licht’s work with Loren Connors, Akiyama’s bent boogie excursions, and Ambarchi’s patented booming tones. A decade later, Licht arranged a duo recording session with Akiyama in Tokyo. The two’s shared sensibilities were still intact. Ambarchi and cornetist Rob Mazurek were contacted to provide overdubs, making for two separate trios; the results will be released by Editions Mego this spring. Expect the live duo to put the spacious feel of those recordings into overdrive.


Born in England, son of an Essex folk singer, Seamus Cater grew up surrounded by English revivalist folk music. He studied music and moved to Amsterdam in 2000, where he submerged himself in the experimental music scene. Seamus is a writer and performer, and organises the renowned DNK concert series and the Pest House living room sessions in Amsterdam. In his music he mixes English folk, jazz, and avant-garde into a seamless, enchanting blend. His literary songwriting and experimental instrumentalism is subtle and meticulously crafted. He just released his debut album "The Three Things You Can Hear" through Nearly Not There and the Lebanese Annihaya Records.

Kostis Kilymis is a Greek musician based in London. His electroacoustic music focuses on repetition, noise, immersive environments, and the relationship of sound with space. His live sets combine rhythm, field recordings and synthesised sound, reprocessed through the mixing board and microphone feedback; taking on aspects of the environment in which they are performed.

Before, after, and in between the acts: Rotterdam via Aveiro / Portugal resident Nuno Homem will do a digital music selection for us. He runs the cool Sidewalk booking agency (The Space Lady, Tsembla, Ensemble Economique, Growing, etc.).

Alan Licht & Tetuzi Akiyama are brought to you in collaboration with SoundinMotion / Oorstof.

maandag 25 april 2016

Sat, April 30: VROOOM 37



VROOOM is back at WORM with a great double bill. Just who will be able to resist the immensely evocative sounds of folk/singer-songwriter luminaries Josephine Foster and Stranded Horse? Expect haunting voices, psychedelic songs; introspective but of great scope. Latest update: UNDERBELLY recordshop will be present also!

location: WORM Rotterdam – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance €6 presale, €7 door

JOSEPHINE FOSTER (us) - with Victor Herrero
Josephine Foster is a Colorado-born modern American folk singer-songwriter. As a teen she worked as a funeral and wedding singer, and aspired to become an opera singer. Later she changed her mind and began to record her own songs that started her songwriting career. Josephine's albums are based on a wide variety of things; interpretations of 19th-century German folk songs, children's songs, poems (Lorca, Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, etc.), and Spanish folk songs. She also released an album of psychedelic rock ('All the Leaves Are Gone') which has drawn comparisons to Patti Smith and Jefferson Airplane, and 'There Are Eyes Above'; ukulele accompanied songs influenced by Tin Pan Alley.

Originating from Normandy, multi-instrumentalist Yann Tambour first made music as ENCRE, a project sampling strings, piano and voice. Following album and EP releases under that name, Yann started to experiment with the kora (the lute-bridge-harp made from calabash gourd and cowhide commonly played in West Africa), gradually developing his own playing technique and building his own versions of the instrument. Marrying this with his singular approach to the singer/songwriter idiom, STRANDED HORSE (formerly Thee, Stranded Horse) came into being in the mid-noughties. In previous line ups of Stranded Horse, Tambour played with feted Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko, but on this tour Boubacar Cissokho from Senegal will do the duties.

This event is brought to you in conjunction with Sandwich-Island

donderdag 31 maart 2016

Wed, April 6: VROOOM 36



location: Pink Pank - Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00

Vrooom number thirtysix; nail biting stuff! Find out whether Aussie underground guru Lucas Abela (formerly Justice Yeldham) finally became a sensible man or will revert to his older glass eating habits... if Ruben Brovida and Stefano Sgarbi will be minding that gap of theirs, and what Bob Bellerue has to say about all this!

Granpa is the new persona for maverick Australian musician Lucas Abela. Abela performs on shards of broken glass turned into crude musical instruments. He purses his lips against the panes and vibrates them using vocal techniques akin to throat singing crossed with raspberries, creating an erratic array of strangely controlled, while oddly musical, cacophonous noise. While Yeldham is centered on ecstatic pure improvisation often resulting in maniacal performances, Granpa is an attempt to rein in the instrument and take it in a more musical direction. Abela hopes the change might help to dispel the negative connotations his bloody forays as Yeldham have created, the blood for some overshadowing a unique musical output. However this transformation is far from complete Yeldham being the Hyde to Granpa’s Jekyll, occasionally taking over his subconscious.­

Veteran experimentalist from Brooklyn NY. Over the last 25 years he has been involved in a wide range of creative activities; experimental electronic music, junk metal percussion ensembles, Balinese gamelan, sound scores for dance / theater / video / performance art, and installations. His recent sound work is focused on resonant feedback systems, objects and spaces, and Supercollider programming. Bob's work has been presented at dozens of festivals, and his discography includes an equally impressive slew of releases on RRR Records, Important Records, etc. He curates and produces music events, including the 'Ende Tymes Festival of Noise'. Before coming to NY, he ran the music/performance space the Il Corral in Los Angeles, and curated the 'Beyond Music' series and festival. He is presently working for Issue Project Room.

FillinTheGap is Ruben Brovida and Stefano Sgarbi, an Italian duo that are active in The Hague underground scene, and are closely tied to the Sonology department of the Royal Conservatory. Their music is deeply rooted in the sonic explorations with electroacoustic devices, and developed through free improv and live processing. They aim to fill gap, the unknown, the unpredictable; the gap being the unsafe, unconventional spot that may exist between two different worlds.

woensdag 23 maart 2016

Wed, March 23: VROOOM 35


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

Not a night for one trick pony-isms. Fingertapdance the evening away, Vrooom, technicolor style.

Sato Naomi is a skilled saxohonist, composer, and Sho player from Tokyo. She studied the Sho instrument (a traditional Japanese mouth organ) with Ko Ishikawa at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She has collaborated with many composers and played with numerous ensembles, and currently is the Sho player in Atlas Ensemble (Amsterdam). Moreover, Naomi gives workshops and lectures (on the ‘Contemporary music scene through Japanese traditional music’) in many academies of music and universities worldwide.

Janne Eraker is a versatile Norwegian/German tap dancer. Her work is a crossover of contemporary dance, art and all kinds of music. She has initiated the Rotterdam 'Open Dans' festival (2009 - 2013), and has recently become the recipient of a three year Norwegian Artist Grant. For Rotterdam residents with a fair amount of interest in music, Bruno hardly needs an introduction; this virtuoso bassplayer spearheads many succesful bands. As a duo, Janne and Bruno wow audiences with their unusual performance.

Bass-clarinetist / electronica player Henk Bakker (Subterraneanact) and expert knob twiddler Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) recently accepted a challenge to do a live duo improv session that was, in fact, partly rehearsed. The two hit it off like a pressure-cooker and the music was recorded and released as ‘Persistent Objects’. Tonight is basically a continuation of the project and mini record release party to boot.

Frits Jonker made a career as a comic book-letterer and has been doing this for over 25 years. He also designs posters and logos, and could be generally described as an image fetishist. One of his works is a daily fanzine of which 2000 editions were archived in book form, entitled 'Showcase'. At Vrooom Frits Jonker will present a reading about the oddities of the music world, combined with other artifacts he has collected over the years; an inexhaustable grab bag of fun facts, and pataphysics.


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