zondag 9 oktober 2016

Tue, October 18: VROOOM #43 x PANTROPICAL

TUESDAY OCTOBER 18: Vrooom #43 x Pantropical

full line up:
– POREST (ex-usa)

Once again Vrooom joins forces with Pantropical, bringing you indispensable Tuesday evening entertainment for open-minded ears. This out-there line up features the Argentine lo-fi psych gauchos LOS SIQUICOS LITORALEÑOS, post-globalized pop savagery of POREST (aka SUBLIME FREQUENCIES / Sham Palace's Mark Gergis), and stranger in their midst, MoreEats, topped off with rarely heard Indonesian folk music DJ'ed by Rotterdam expat MADROTTER.

location: WORM – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
20:00 – 01:00 | entrance: 8 euro / 7 euro presale
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LOS SIQUICOS LITORALEÑOS (ar / sham palace / annihaya)
From the outland countryside surrounding the small town Curuzú Cuatiá in the province Corrientes of North East Argentina, comes a rare treat for the ears. Los Siquicos Litoraleños is a unique band formed in 2004. Originally an all freeform improv band commuting between Curuzú and their other habitat Buenos Aires, their music soon developed into an highly original style incorporating elements of cumbia, lo-fi tape manipulation, chamamé (popular folk music of Corrientes and other regions), the angular guitars of Beefheart, and a rich variety of non-rock rhythms. Los Siquicos' first 2009 European tour was organised by a then still unnamed Pantropical, with heavy support of WORM. We're happy to have them back!

POREST (ex-usa)
Porest (Mark Gergis) has issued a confounding trail of agitprop sound art, empirical hate pop, radio dramas, video works, and carefully rearranged realities on various labels including Negativland's Seeland. Porest’s overt embezzlement of human syntax and cultural misunderstanding broadcasts mixed messages that span from the puerile to the pedantic. Live solo and group performances have slipped between ostracizing binge-karaoke, soapbox harangue, and bridge-burning dirty bombs. Drawing inspiration from heavy exposure to global shortwave radio receptions, international organ trafficking, eastern-tinged Westerns and western-tinged Easterns, Porest continues to push the pulse of post-globalized pop savagery. Next to his own label Sham Palace, Mark Gergis also co-runs SUBLIME FREQUENCIES; the label that is pretty much mandatory material for anyone who follows Pantropical.

Stand-up offbeat romantic pop hymns from Zürich, Switzerland. Someone described MoreEats as a curly haired Serge Gainsbourg, Pavement and Jonathan Richman hybrid, with an amazing accent. We would add some R. Stevie Moore in the mix too.

Originally from Rotterdam, Madrotter aka Henk den Toom is an avid crate digger who has been living in a village outside Bandung, Indonesia for the last twenty years. He is the curator of the amazing Madrotter music blog, which is chock-full of great music from across Indonesia. Madrotter will spin many of his found treasures in Rotterdam: Jaipong (popular Indonesian dance music), early Dangut, Takdiran, etc.

NZZN 2016 coming up!

De Player, Vrooom & Pantropical present:

NZZN FESTIVAL – 4, 5 + 9 November

NZZN (North-South-South-North / noord-zuid-zuid-noord) is a 3-day festival initiated by the above mentioned Rotterdam based organisations, in collaboration with Pink Pank, Dr. Klangendum, Futura Resistenza; who all operate on the fringes of the Rotterdam subculture.

The festival highlights the network that is flourishing between these platforms; not merely to cement and emphasize the common grounds, but also to celebrate the creative nucleus. The small-scaled, decentralized events that take place in characteristic and sometimes unusual locations, are particularly beneficial for a lively, diverse cultural climate; just outside the defined city centre borders there is plenty of room for risktaking, experimentation and adventure.

NZZN seeks to map out and showcase this peripheral Rotterdam of leftfield music, sound art, improvisation, and performance art with a vibrant mix of international and local artists. The festival takes places in various locations in the North and South of Rotterdam, in walking distance between the locations.

Confirmed artists:
Mandolin Sisters (in) – Les Filles De Illighadad (ni) – Jaap Blonk (nl) – Laura Cannell (uk) – Faut Haut (nl) – Costes (fr) – Duke-s (nl) – WaSm (nl) – Miaux (be) + more tba

more news soon!

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 [http://arabfilmfestival.nl/ / 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
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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, Klassik.com, 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.