SATURDAY MAY 28:
–– ALAN LICHT & TETUZI AKIYAMA (us/jp)
–– SEAMUS CATER (uk)
–– KOSTIS KILYMIS (gr)
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.
ALAN LICHT & TETUZI AKIYAMA (us/jp)
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.
SEAMUS CATER (uk)
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 (gr)
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.