maandag 23 november 2015

Thu, Nov 26: VROOOM #32 @ new Post Office

We're excited about the VROOOM initiation rite at the brand new Post Office headquarters, sandwiched right between Annabel and the Schieblock. This will be an evening dedicated to mindblowing performances by Eli Gras and Frédéric Le Junter, with their unique self-built instruments topped off with SK Kakraba's first live appearance in Rotterdam. Added ftw bonus: this new venue is the former Masonic lodge of Rotterdam.

date: Thursday, November 26
location: Post Office / Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 20:30 / entrance: €6

Frederic began to construct his unique instruments with found objects in 1984; a bizarre, partly mechanical assemblage of strings, winds and percussions. Little by little he managed to formulate a singular vocabulary of sounds that inspired him to consider music as landscape. Frederic presents his machines in the shape of 'automatic facilities' in exhibition centres and concert venues alike, giving partly improvised concerts.

Self-taught artist who has travelled a long musical path, from experimental to electropop, via Greek music, minimalism, folk, choral music, noise, etc. Eli's performance is based on experimental improvisation, using a portable set of instruments that she designed and built; sound plants, string-sequencer, bounce harp and prepared guitar. She has performed with many artists around Europe (Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Alain Wergifosse, etc.), and is founder / director of the NoNoLogic Festival (Spain) and the La Olla Expréss record label, and occasionally does workshops, and lectures.

SK KAKRABA (gh / Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Sk Kakraba was born in Saru, a small farming community in the northern region of Ghana, which is known for its many great xylophone players. His uncle, Kakraba Lobi, was one of the first gyil players to tour, lecture and record internationally. Sk Kakraba undertook traditional training in xylophone from a young age. Later, he was brought to Accra by his uncle to work as a performer and instructor at the International Center for African Music at the University of Ghana. From 2000, SK began touring internationally, performing in Jordan, Switzerland, and seven African countries. In 2002, he released his first recording “Gandayina: Xylophone Music of Ghana” (Pentatonic Press). In 2012 SK relocated to Los Angeles and began working with local musicians to create a new blend of traditional and modern music. He also began performing for children in schools and giving workshops to American music teachers. He is currently working on a book with Doug Goodkin of Gyil music adaptable to Orff instruments.

maandag 5 oktober 2015


Fri, Sat, Sun 9 - 11 OCTOBER:

DE PLAYER, VROOOM, Koffie & Ambacht, MiMa, Poortgebouw, foundation B.a.d, PAE, Noodlebar, Roodkapje, Wolfart Projectspace, De Nieuwe Ruimte - presents:


@ various locations in Rotterdam
€10,- for Friday or Saturday.
€15,- for a passepartout.
Sunday = FREE.

NZZN (North-South-South-North) is a 3-day festival initiated by DE PLAYER and VROOOM, organised in collaboration with other Rotterdam-based organisations / venues that operate on the fringes of the Rotterdam subculture; Koffie & Ambacht (Le Sud), MiMa, Poortgebouw, foundation B.a.d, PAE, Noodlebar, Roodkapje, Wolfart Projectspace, De Nieuwe Ruimte.

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.


[ 20.00 ] @ Studio de Bakkerij - Bergweg 283
• Pak Yan Lau (be/hk)
• Saskia Venegas (es)
• Mariëtte Rouppe Van Der Voort (nl)

[ 22.30 ] @ Roodkapje - Teilingerstraat 128
• Kubus (nl)
• Tom White (uk)
• Many Others (Francesco Gregoretti & Olivier di Placido) (it)
• DJ Madrotter (nl)


[ 20.00 ] @ Niffo Galerie / Recycling Studio – Paul Krugerstraat 210, Rotterdam
• Fckn Bstrds (nl)
• John Giskes en Michal Osowski (nl/pl)

[ 21.30 ] @ Damage Playground - Hillelaan 29, Rotterdam
• Zeno van den Broek (nl)
• Huib Emmer (nl)

[ 23.00 ] @ DE PLAYER – Hillelaan 49D, Rotterdam
• Tashi Dorji (Bhutan / us)
• Fluwelen Koord (be)
• Kent Tankred (se)


[ 15.00 ] @ Wolfart Projectspace - Wolphaertstraat 25-C
• Yann Gourdon (fr)
• Mercedes Azpilicueta (ar)
• Godswil (nl)


TASHI DORJI (Bhutan / us)
Guitarist from Bhutan, on the eastern side of the Himalayas. Now residing in North Carolina, Dorji developed a style unbound by tradition. His improvisations grow along surprising paths, dragging the listener into a labyrinth of warbling tones. The experience is one equally disorienting and reflective, in which Dorji’s musicianship brings haunting beauty and mindfulness to the listener. Last year Dorji released his debut LP through Hermit Hut, the label of Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance). Think: Bill Orcutt, Derek Bailey, and Jack Rose.

PAK YAN LAU (be / hk)
Pak Yan Lau is an artist born in Belgium, with origins from Hong Kong. Her love for curious sounding objects, toys, and toy pianos in particular, is demonstrated in her delicate sound mosaics. For the occasion of NZZN, Pak Yan will be presenting her piece 'Book of Toy'; a solo composition for four toy piano's, pendules, and electronics.

These four No Wave dandies prefer playing with their flutes over wetting their brushes in their painting studios. Fluwelen Koord is one of the latest additions in the Ultra Eczema camp; Belgium's backbone for unclassifiable music / sound art. Basically, this is a bunch of ill-bred art students being caught with their pants down, trying to channel their weird and wonderfully crude sound to the audience as good as they can.

The work of Tom White (London) traverses multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance. He has exhibited and performed internationally and published many sound works since 2009 (on e.g. Chocolate Monk, Alien Passengers). In 2014 he won the British Composer Award in Sonic Art for his piece 'Public Address', commissioned by the South London Gallery.

The work of mister Van Den Broek revolves around space, spatiality and time. He uses Audio/Video to influence space and spatial awareness, both in a tactile and mental way. Zeno's output is released through albums, installations, paintings, and live performances.

Neapolitan drums & guitar duo founded by Francesco Gregoretti and Oliver di Placido, where guitar and drums often reverse roles. Oliver created a new hybrid guitar, with an unfixed neck and moving pick-up. Contact microphones are used for primitive realtime sound processing, blurring the lines between composition and improvisation, further intensified by explosive blast beats and complex polyhrythms.

• Panos Gklistis (piano)
• Robin Eggers (percussion)
• Timoteo Carbone (electronics)
Saskia Venegas is a Rotterdam based classically trained Spanish/Belgian violinist, and music theatre maker, who is not afraid to take part in a wide variety of musical ensembles; from Symphonic and Chamber Orchestras to interdisciplinary performances. She works with visual artists, dancers, and actors.


Visual artist, poet, and performer, currently in residency at the Rijksakademie. Language, the body and the voice – departing from her own peculiar resources and obsessions – are three things that often define her work; resulting in (video) performances, poetry readings and exhibitions.

Cult junk noise tribe risen from the cultural wasteland in the northern regions of suburban Netherlands. Their live shows are seizure-like manifestations of disorder with its members clad as rubbish heap vagrants.

Rotterdam based composer informed by 20th century avant-garde music and early techno. His gritty instrumental electronic pieces and A/V projects have been performed by many ensembles, soloists, and orchestras.

KUBUS (nl)
Producer behind some of the most upfront and extraordinary NL hiphop productions to appear throughout the last decade. Kubus' roots go back to the early rave days, where raw analogue beats and brutal electronics melted together into something unheard of. In this light it's no surprise that his current style is a unique fusion of techno, electro, and hiphop. He experiments with modular- and hardware synths, in constant search of new, wicked sounds.

Dutch saxophonist and flutist. Formerly active as initiator and musician for various projects in the composed and improvised music field during the eighties and nineties. She played with the electro-acoustic group Byte and formed a duo with Ab Baars. The piece that she made for NZZN consists of a song cycle inspired by excerpts of Kafka's 'The Burrow' and will be executed by Mariëtte and cellist Nina Hitz.

Hurdy-gurdy player, composer, and sound artist Yann Gourdon looks at vibratory fields and sound perception as a medium. He focuses mainly on acoustic phenomena that have a dynamic relationship with their environment. Every aspect of his work deals with quality of sound. It's not a matter of an event between spectators and a musician, it's 'a space to submit to a process.'

Hailing from Stockholm, Kent Tankred is a prominent name in sound art. He has been the president of the Fylkingen society between 1993-98, forms Sons of God with Leif Elggren, and has participated worldwide in the 'Freq Out' project of Carl Michael von Hausswolff. He is known for his circuit bent instruments that are represented in the form of collages, sound installations and recordings. Kent's self-built apparatus will be an integral part of his NZZN live show. Coinciding with his peformarnce, DE PLAYER will be presenting a new limited Kent Tankred record as part of their 'Pour Vous' series.

Dutch crate digger who has been living in a village outside Bandung, Indonesia for the last twenty years. He curates the amazing music blog linked below; chock full of great music from across Indonesia. Madrotter will spin many of his found treasures for the first time ever in Rotterdam: Jaipong (popular Indonesian dance music), early Dangut, Takdiran, bits of post-punk, etc.

LIGHT PAINTING – project w/ John Giskes (nl) & Michal Osowski (pl) & Ingrun Schnitzler (nl)
'Light Painting' is a newly developed technique where the light of small lamps in motion are recorded, stored, and transformed into a video projection that creates a brief visual experience. Various images are mixed up gradually into a dynamic and unpredictable narrative. The video images are generated by a performer who mimics specific motion patterns with these lamps attached to her/him.

One man harsh noise project that developed naturally from the frequent live noise musings during this man's own radioshow at Radio Papatoe.



This event is made possible with kind support of Popunie Rotterdam, City of Rotterdam Department of Culture, NFPK+,
Mondriaan Fonds


dinsdag 25 augustus 2015

PANTROPICAL x VROOOM @ Roodkapje - 02.09.2015


- DØG (br/nl)

20:30 – 01:30 (live sets before midnight!)
entrance: 7 euro
Location: Roodkapje - Teilingerstraat 128

With heavy support from Vrooom, and this time at lovely Roodkapje Rot(t)terdam, Pantropical is proud to present the first ever concert of the magnificent Colombian trio Los Pirañas on Dutch soil, and a special live set of Dick El Demasiado with local musicians!

This band is formed by the holy trinity of Colombian tropical music innovators. Its members are known for their highly creative output: guitarist Eblis Álvarez is the frontman of the inimitable MERIDIAN BROTHERS, bassist Mario Galeano did tireless crusader work in cumbia scenes spanning South America, and leads FRENTE CUMBIERO, and ONDATROPICA, and drummer Pedro Ojeda also has his own stellar band called ROMPERAYO. These guys have been exposed to Latin American tropical music culture for about two decades and fused their combined experience into Los Pirañas; an instrumental encounter between cumbia, champeta, african sounds (like Konono's distorted trance), surf, and rock. This is the Southamerican psychedelic sound of the XXI Century!

■ DICK EL DEMASIADO y su conjunto patatas (nl/ar)
El Demasiado is also known as Dick Verdult: independent filmmaker, visual artist, and radiomaker. At the turn of the millennium his focus started to shift towards music. He then branched out to the Southern Hemisphere and developed his experimental “cumbia lunática” in Argentina, became an underground pop Icon in South America, and now still makes culos quiver to his angular style. For this Pantropical edition, Dick will team up with Rotterdam locals to flesh out an as of yet unseen version of his live show. Percussionist Chris Bruining from Gallowstreet, and La Banda Fantástica is one of the musicians joining him.

■ DØG (br/nl)
Brazilian DØG divides his time in Holland between geeking out with A/V installations (as 'ehCaetano'), and über-dancable DJ sessions. He will serve up a high-octane mix of funk carioca, tecno brega, brazilian bass. Heavy beats from the south american suburbs of the planet.

Made possible with the support of Popunie Music Support Rotterdam and Fonds Podiumkunsten

donderdag 13 augustus 2015

VROOOM @ Wolfart - 22.08.2015

VROOOM #30 @ Wolfart - SATURDAY, AUGUST 22


Unboxing #30: stillness like the rustling of leaves vs eruptive improv from Komorebi, soli and duets by Alan Gunga Purves and Mark Alban Lotz, free French sax and Dutch drums explorations by Cathy Heyden & Rogier Smal. This time at Wolfart, check it out & enjoy!

location: Wolfart projectspace – Wolphaertstraat 23-25, Rotterdam

doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / entrance: €6

Parisian Cathy Heyden is an autodidact sax improviser who keeps true to her own ideas, performing all over the world with musicians, dancers, comedians, poets: Faust, Ganguru, Geoff Leigh, etcetera. Originally a hardcore/punk drummer, Rogier Small's quest for liberty brought him to places far beyond. He has been fortunate to play with artists from an ever expanding musical spectrum; from Earth's Dylan Carlson to Sun Ra's Marshall Allen.

Komorebi is a duo consisting of Shizuku Aosaki and Morihide Sawada. They combine drums, harp and vocals in an unusual way, and with great attention to detail. Sawada started playing drums in various bands circa 1980 and collaborated with biggies such as Faust, Damo Suzuki, Chris Cutler, and Keiji Haino. Like the delicate celtic harp playing of his music partner Aosaki, Sawada's music is strongly influenced by traditional folk music and minimalism. Komorebi's music as a unit is never really unsettling or really calm, but rather somewhere inbetween.

The pairing of flutes and drums might be one of the oldest musical combinations ever, tried and tested on many battlefields, now revived in a new and exciting form by this duo. Multi-flautist Mark and self-proclaimed “squeekologist” and percussionist Alan are true individualists on top of their game. Both expatriates (Germany and Scotland respectively) live and work in the Netherlands, refining their skills in the Amsterdam music scene, creating unique sound palettes of their own.

woensdag 8 juli 2015

Roodkapje x Vrooom - 13.07.2015

Roodkapje x Vrooom - MONDAY, JULY 13:

This gig event is a special collaboration between Vrooom and Roodkapje. OBNOX has been on top of our combined wishlist for quite some time. Even the singer/guitarist of the supporting band, the black midget mysterions intantly turned into an Obnox fan upon hearing the band for the first time. So in this joint effort, we're stamping the R'n'R ruckus in boldface text on this Monday evening. Expect also some hiphop, and lo-fi ish soul for good measure!

location: ROODKAPJE – Teilingerstraat 128, Rotterdam

doors: 20:30 / start: 20:30 / entrance: €5

■ OBNOX (us)

The legacy of Ohio garage rock titan Lamont “Bim” Thomas is long and skuzzy. The Bassholes, his ’90s duo with Gibson Bros. member Don Howland, were nailing the two-person blues-rock archetype long before various color-coded regional ensembles rode it to fame. After moving to Cleveland in the early aughts, he played drums with bluesy post-hardcore innovators This Moment In Black History, and he now keeps time for the Columbus pigfuck blitzkrieg known as the Unholy Two. All of those acts are still active, but Thomas’ main gig in recent years has been the one that took him out from behind the drum kit. As Obnox, he’s churned out three LPs and a bounty of EPs and singles this decade, each one further cementing his reputation as the world’s premier purveyor of soulful lo-fi shit-kicking rock music. 'Boogalou Reed', his new LP on Gerard Cosloy’s (co steward of Matador records) 12XU label, is yet another crusher.
(text culled from Stereogum)


Apart from someone writing something about a recent B.M.F.T.F. gig, little is known about them, but neither is their identity still shrouded in mystery. Rooted in pop/indie/garage, this distinguished quartet's unpolished sound is an outlet, to do away with its frustrations and general boredom.

We've asked these music freaks to tagteam: Multifunctionelis will bring old skool hiphop and trashy weirdo garage. DJ Sajjra will play roughed up Peruvian folk, bits of new/no wave, and other South American psych stuff.

Made possible with the support of Popunie Music Support Rotterdam and Fonds Podiumkunsten. Thanks to WORM for providing accommodation.

donderdag 2 juli 2015

VROOOM #28 @ Worm



With temperatures expected to soar as high as 30+ degrees, it's going to be about choices this day. Trading the outside for an evening of otherworldly immersion, Vrooom #28 sees Dutch composer Jozef van Wissem teaming up with Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of Föllakzoid; tapping into reconstructions of paranormal experiences. Also on the program: instant composing fromThe Flipside Paradox, and the Rotterdam premiere by Malaysian/French/Dutch Freunschaft Goh / Ottavi / Simonis.

location: WORM – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / curfew: tba / entrance: €6
Subbacultcha! members: free


'Partir to Live' (2012) is a non-narrative film experience in sensations, ethical confusion, and in physical and psychic bruises, directed by Domingo Garcia-Huidobro of the Chilean cosmic music band FÖLLAKZOID (Sacred Bones). Jozef van Wissem’s score for the film consists of a 12-string electric guitar drone, black baroque lute mirror images, and minimal electronics. Garcia-Huidobro is an aficionado of paranormal experiences. 'Partir to Live' sees him attempting to reconstruct the previous moments of what could have been one of these episodes. High-tension cables, a forest, an abandoned church, a barefoot woman; past, present and future become confused, a dissolved reality. 'Partir to Live' premiered internationally at ATP Festival in Camber Sands UK. It has screened at over a dozen more festivals since, including the Brussels Film Festival and the Moscow International Film Festival. Sacred Bones Records released the DVD and soundtrack LP together.

Initiated by Goh Lee Kwang, this is the first Rotterdam performance during first European tour of this trio.
– GOH LEE KWANG (Mixer Feedback) aka GOH is an acclaimed sound & new media artist from Malaysia. Goh's works focuses on the various possibilities of both the realistic & abstract; crossing the boundaries of digital & analog, electronic & acoustic, beyond the realm of language, allowing audiences to experience the work directly, and in their own personal way.
– JULIEN OTTAVI (Percussion, electronics) A mediactivist, artist-researcher, composer / musician, poet and destroyer of tongues, experimental film maker and 'anarchitect', founder and member of Apo33; Julien Ottavi is involved in research and creative work, combining sound art, real-time video, new technologies and body performances.
– LUKAS SIMONIS (Electric Guitar, electronics) One of the Vrooom head honchos, needs no further introduction.

Instant composing from Eindhoven to Gent. Jazz, improv, visceral soundscapes, and melodies are being turned inside out in this clash between veteran musicians and new blood of the Southern Dutch and Belgian / Flemish scenes. Unpredictability is key to experiencing The Flipside Paradox. The core group consists of Bart Maris (trumpet), Niels Duffhues (guitar), Lieven van Pée (bas), Luk Sponselee (electronica) en Bert Hornikx (drums).

maandag 15 juni 2015



SATURDAY,  JUNE 20, 2015:

– CUMBIA COSMONAUTS (au) feat. Nique Quentin & Javier Infestas

...had some issues slowing us down recently, one of our computers went kaput, etc, but we're back... back at lovely Post Office. Vrooom #27 is a couple three: there's two duo performances: 'newbies' Laurens van der Wee and gauchito Javier Areal Vélez, and there's veterans Philippe Petit and Mia Zabelka, who share wavelengths during their violin/voice/turntable set...
and we have Cumbia Cosmonauts all the way from Austrialia, with strong percussion by homeboys Nique Quentin and Javier Infestas, hurling you into cosmic cumbia heaven! Latest addition; our own Duckfood will be dj'ing, bridging sets before, inbetween and after!

location: POST OFFICE - Vijverhofstraat 100
doors: 20:30 / entrance: €6


■ CUMBIA COSMONAUTS (au) featuring Nique Quentin & Javier Infestas
Moses Iten is the solo incarnation of Cumbia Cosmonauts from Melbourne; the leading innovators of the global Cumbia Digital and Tropical Bass scenes. Their signature aesthetic is a combination of the infectious Colombian/Caribbean offbeat rhythm with warm dub bass lines, sweeping synthesizers and driving beats, enhanced by an explosive live performance featuring improvisation, guest musicians and visuals. Fun side note: their music has been featured in the soundtrack of Grammy-Award winning Argentine TV drama 'El Puntero'.
[Update 13 June]: we're pleased to announce the addition of both NIQUE QUENTIN (de) and JAVI INFESTAS (es) as Cumbia Cosmonauts' percussionists for this show, adding that extra pepper to the live sound! Both Nique and Javier are active in the local turbo cumbia outfit Los Paja Brava.


Mia Zabelka and Philippe Petit are two established artists who engage in a fresh duo live performance at Vrooom. Their track records span countless collaborations with e.g. Pauline Oliveros, Dälek, Lydia Lunch, Iancu Dumitrescu, Faust, Murcof, etc. Mia Zabelka frames her musical language on the violin through her bodily gestures and voice, i.e. physical movement is spontaneously transformed into sound. Philippe Petit assaults his turntables and vinyls (containing sounds from his own productions), raking the needle across the record's grooves, cardboard, metal, and other materials to process unusual noises and textures.

Laurens van der Wee is in an ongoing love/hate relationship with technology. This struggle is the source of all projects he pursued since 2007; improvised (electronic) music with e.g. Galm Quartet, Tjong Pow, and installations that reflect his ambivalent position towards technology. Laurens' work has been published on DIY labels such as Wachsender Prozess. Javier Areal Vélez is an Argentinian composer / improviser who performs mostly on electric guitar, relying on a primal technique that emphasizes timbre and rhythm, and avoids traditional forms in favor of intensity, dynamic contrast and general weirdness. Next to his his many projects ranging from improv to noise/postpunk to bizarre pop, Vélez also runs 'Noise Nada', an archive of recent Argentinian experimental music.