maandag 16 oktober 2017

Wednesday, October 18: VROOOM #53

Wednesday, October 18:


– FASCIA LATA (fr) – dj

location: Pink Pank – Delfsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: 6 Euro

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At this Vrooom: Max MSP'ed and brutal electroacoustic improvisation from Oz by Fox and Baxter, a mini electro opera on reclaiming your world and making a difference by Ergo Phizmiz, and Powerhouse saxophone player Johns Lunds (also known for the yoyooyoy and Mayhem collectives in DK) who will perform with sound artist and former Café OTO programmer John Chantler.

This duo performs intensely fractured and brutal electroacoustic improvisation. Embracing the traditions of abstract free improv and musique concrete, they create dynamic and spontaneous musical conversations utilising analogue and digital electronics, extended instrumental technique and real-time processing. Fox utilises MAX/MSP patches that he has written specifically to rapidly capture, mediate and regenerate sound sources whilst Baxter approaches the drum kit with various elements of percussive junk to generate unconventional sounds. Together, the duo incorporate the use of real-time processing to build insanely fragmented layers of noise which, whilst completely freely improvised, attain a level of precision and discipline which evoke the most meticulously crafted compositions. Both Fox and Baxter have been at the forefront of the Australian sonic avant garde for two decades, and have been collaborating in various guises for over 15 years. |

A duo for saxophone and synthesizer. Johns and John lock into a series of cycles and frequency systems that, while loosely in the tradition of the patterned saxophony and accompanying string drone of La Monte Young and the "Theatre of Eternal Dream Music’s B Flat Dorian Blues", obliterates the instrumental hierarchy that Young adopted, for an altogether more unknowable intensity of experience. |


Reclaim your world. Make a difference. Avant-Garde Sport is the doorway to a new cultural utopia. You look great in tracky bottoms. Ergo Phizmiz (PLC) returns with an electro opera on two things: Reclaiming your world, and making a difference.

Composer/performer/DJ in the making from Paris who is currently based in Den Haag, studying at the Institute Of Sonology. As our DJ for the evening, she'll play a textural, warm-cold selection between the live sets.

maandag 18 september 2017

Thursday, September 21: VROOOM #52

Thursday, September 21:


– FOQL (pl)
– FASCIA LATA (fr) – dj

location: Pink Pank – Delfsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 end: 00:00 / entrance: 6 Euro

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Picking things up again for the second half of 2017. No less than six different sets comprising many different approaches. Includes: "a Norwegian beatnik getting spooky", local improv ballsiness played by jesus, (prepared) guitars, found sound, a saxophone played by a Roman turned Brusselian, technoïd electronica, and generally a bunch of good tunes.

The psychedelic, somewhat noisy music of Gaute Granli is created with seemingly shapeless, detuned guitar strumming, mysteriously manipulated percussion and electronics, and distorted moans. Some have compared his music to that of Jad Fair or Captain Beefheart. His third solo album will be released this september through Drid Machine (No Balls, Sightings, Staer, Golden Oriole) and Unhinged Records. Gaute is also a member of Skadne Krek and the amazing Freddy The Dyke.

Steve Jansen loops a slow build of found and composed sounds contained on analog tape (for example: an amplified barbed wire fence, a skronky alto sax). This then devolves into an unsettling electronica / prepared guitar manipulation that usually involves broken ceramics, bottle caps, a crude metal rod from the hardware store and other rubbish snatched from the street outside of the venue, just minutes before the gig is about to start.

FOQL (pl)
FOQL's Justyna combines electronica with a post-punk atmosphere and dashes of minimal wave and industrial. She collaborated with labels such as New York Haunted, Pointless Geometry, Enfant Terrible / Gooiland Elektro, and released her 2nd album "Lower Your Expectations" via Always Human Tapes earlier this year. Justyna also co-curates the Polish online underground community Trzecia Fala, and is part of the Oramics project which aims to empower women that are active in the electronic music scene.

Born in Rome and based in Brussels, Daniele Martini has developed a very eclectic and original approach to saxophone playing which has reverberated with many. His solo performance at Vrooom will be a powerful display of the 'otherness' of the sax, thoughtfully processed through electronics and without abandoning technical skills.

Jorrit is a 25 year old jesus who relocated from Drachten to Rotterdam in recent times. That's about time for a midlife crisis. And this is the most important thing that you have to know about him. If you want to know more, dig deep within yourself when you hear him molesting his guitar.

Composer/performer/DJ in the making from Paris who is currently based in Den Haag, studying at the Institute Of Sonology. As our DJ for the evening, she'll play a textural, warm-cold selection between the live sets.


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

vrijdag 7 juli 2017

Thursday, July 13: VROOOM #51

Thursday, July 13:


– DNK ENSEMBLE (int'l)
– NDR (Natalia Domínguez Rangel / co)


location: Pink Pank – Delfsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors/start: 20:30 / entrance: 7 euro

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Instruments / Electronics / Field Recordings / Fire / Smoke / Voice / Speech / Text / Banter / Mixing / Movement / Space / Momentum ... Vrooom is closing off the first half of its 2017 season before taking a well needed break. Come and join us once more, before pruimentijd!

The DNK Ensemble is a group of artists centered around the (former) DNK-Amsterdam concert series for avant-garde, music, sound art, and performance. The series that were organized by Seamus Cater, Koen Nutters, and Martijn Tellinga currently lives on as the "Nearly Not There Records" record shop and will soon be revived from it's slumber. Tonight's DNK performance at Vrooom features Seamus Cater and Koen Nutters. The duo will perform a new version of a piece they developed for the art show "Things To Remember (Page Not Found)" (2016). It involves (amongst other things) memories, anecdotes, remote recordings and islands of slowly moving sound, sustained by an harmona organ, concertina and electronic tones.

Jonathan Castro is a musician, art director, and graphic designer from Lima, Peru. His music is a crossover of (guitar) noise and ambient with a specific taste for the eclectic. His appearance at Vrooom #51 marks his first solo live performance in the Netherlands.

NDR (Natalia Domínguez Rangel / co)

Natalia Domínguez Rangel is a composer / sound designer from Bogotá, whose work encompasses film music, electronica, music theater, performance, and video. She graduated from her Bachelor and Master in composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam in 2010 and has since then collaborated with various ensembles (Nieuw Ensemble, Asko | Schönberg, Adapter ensemble, etc.), and worked on numerous projects. At this event she will dive deep into bold obscure sounds and genres as our DJ.

Jacco weener is a performer, and theologist who lives in Rotterdam. His performances move in all directions; from tributes to Wim Sonneveld to religious theme evenings; anything is possible. This evening he will focus on the music side of things, demonstrating his unique take on singer/songwriting, mixed with tapeloops and a disturbing voice performance.


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

Sun, July 9: Goat / YPY / Le Romph

As you may have noticed, GOAT from Osaka (see Vrooom #41, 2016) can be seen again in Rotterdam, this time at a show presented by Sandwich-Island @ WORM Rotterdam. Highly recommended!

– GOAT (jp)
– YPY (jp)
– LE ROMPH (nl)

doors: 20.30 | presale €7
location: WORM – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
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presents: Goat –– cutting edge instrumental rock from Japan. A mesmerizing rhythmic pulse of synchronized muted harmonic bass, saxophone and drums. YPY is the solo project of Goat's Koshiro Hino, and one of the finest examples of Osaka's contemporary experimental electronica scene.

GOAT (jp)
Goat is an Osaka-based band is comprised of bass, drums, percussion, and saxophone. What sets this quartet apart is the intentional disregard they pay to their instruments’ musical scales. In their painstakingly crafted percussive songs, they mute the melodic instruments to reinforce the beat, and make frequent use of harmonics played outside the twelve-tone system. The effect is a trance-inducing 'minimal techno'-like pulse that is both 'urban' and 'tribal'. Goat’s new 2017 line-up explores the rhythmic aspect even further, centering on intertwining patterns of repetitive rhythms. They have released two albums; the debut "New Games" (2013), and the second album "Rhythm & Sound" (2015).
• Koshiro Hino – percussion, bass
• Akihiko Ando – percussion, sax
• Tomohisa “Soopy” Suzuki – percussion, drums
• Takafumi Okada – percussion, drums

YPY (jp)
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 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.

Rotterdam born-and-raised DJ who has fallen victim to contemporary cultural (i.e. musical) omnivorism. This is reflected in any Le Romph mix that you'll get to hear. Proto-techno? Check. Oriental synth experiments? Included. Exotic leftfield boogie? Got it. Industrial balearics? It's there! This youngster's DJ'ing will be a fine addition to the live action on offer.

donderdag 15 juni 2017

Sunday, June 25: VROOOM #50

Sunday, June 25:


– GEOFF LEIGH (Henry Cow) & MAKOTO KAWABATA (Acid Mothers Temple) (uk/jp)
– DJ URINE (fr)

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:00 / start: 20:30 / entrance: 7 euro
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#50; it's hard to believe we made it this far, already, but let's skip the sentimentalism and get right to it: we're delighted to welcome the revered Geoff Leigh and Makoto Kawabata (of Henry Cow, and Acid Mothers Temple Official respectively). They are visiting Vrooom after playing the Avantgarde Festival in Germany. Veterans Plan Kruutntoone have 25 years of vast experience under their belt, and will present their new album "Wat doen de handen". Charlois-via-Southeast Asia-via-France resident DJ Urine will play a set of turntable wizardy unlike anything you'd expect from the term 'turntablism'.


New duo project that embraces a wide range of styles and influences, mixing elements ethnic/global, rock, jazz, ambient, & electronica, and is completely improvised.
GEOFF LEIGH –– flutes, soprano sax, laptop processing, voice
Well known for his work with Henry Cow in the early 70's, as well as contributing to fellow Virgin records bands of the time; Hatfield And The North, and Slapp Happy. In recent years Geoff has collaborated with members of Faust, Porcupine Tree (as Ex-Wise Heads with bassist Colin Edwin), Nurse With Wound, and musicians such as Mitsuru Tabata, Tatsuya Yoshida, & Nana Tsiboe. He is currently a member of Jump For Joy (featuring members of Faust & Henry Cow), and The Artaud Beats (also featuring Henry Cow alumni).
MAKOTO KAWABATA –– guitar, synthesiser, electronics, voice
Bandleader, guitarist / multi-instrumentalist of Acid Mothers Temple. While he's best known for his earsplitting guitar heroics with AMT, he's also the founder of his own school of ecstatic guitar drone using bowing and glissando techniques. Kawabata first started releasing works for electronics and homemade instruments in 1978. Since then his activities have been almost too wideranging to grasp: he has formed multiple units, released a plenitude of albums on many different labels and toured extensively all over the globe. He has played together with psychedelic originators like Gong, Guru Guru, Silver Apples, Nik Turner, Damo Suzuki, Träd Gräs och Stenar, with Occitanian trad musicians from the south of France, and in innumerable other sessions spanning all genres.

Having been called the most overlooked avant-rock group of The Netherlands, Plan Kruutntoone is a band with strong, poetic lyrics sung in the Dutch language. The trio that sometimes is accompanied by a string-quartet can be seen as part of the same cultural heritage that shaped artists like De Kift, Broeder Dieleman, and The Ex, to name some of their contemporaries. A sound that is also akin to artists of RēR / Recommended Records. The band toured extensively in east of Europe, Russia, and in the Balkan region. They will present their brand new, fifth full-length album "Wat doen de handen", released on Esc.Rec.

Parisian sound artist who creates literal sound collages from fragments of vinyl records. From pizza slice like shards to mosaics, these are assembled in various hands-on methods, then played on 1 to 7 customized turntables, to build up rhythms, loops and textures out of many different musical genres. Sped-up Bollywood vocals can be heard over corrupted bars of Zappa, French folk songs, spoken word guitar tutors and breakcore, resulting in a delightfully imaginative chaotic barrage of sounds. Urine collaborated with e.g. Kawabata Makoto (see above), Otto Von Schirach, Senyawa, etc.

dinsdag 16 mei 2017

Fri, May 26: VROOOM #49

Friday, May 26:


– DOOMSDAY STUDENT (us / ex- Arab On Radar)
– ALBATRE (int'l)

location: WORM Rotterdam – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: 7,-
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Vrooom #49 kicks off with the trio of Pak Yan Lau, Audrey Lauro, and Reinhold Bogaard. Their "Stills / Uit Zicht" performance translates the transformation of six nearly static images into a mesmerizing slide show & live music set. Up next are local champs Albatre with their excellent noise rock / jazz hybrid. Doomsday Student's live show is pregnant with anxiety-inducing guitar wails, strange but hard rocking rhythms, and lyrics that read as depraved anecdotes and confessions. DJ's Neliz + Joriz will spin records.

Doomsday Student is Eric Paul, Stephen Mattos, Craig Kureck, and Paul Vieira. Made up of members from bands such as Arab on Radar, The Chinese Stars, and Athletic Automaton, one should not be particularly surprised by the level of dissonance, mania, and peculiarity thoughtfully melded into every layer of the music, from unsettling lyrics to hysteric guitars and irregular rhythms. Obnoxious to those who seek the obvious but beloved by many others.

ALBATRE (int'l)
Albatre just returned from a European tour in March/April, and are keen to subject their homecrowd again to some truely pummeling, bass heavy noise rock. This trio is a commanding display of urgent bass & sax noise, skewed jazz elements, meticulous drumming and abrupt moodshifts. Albatre spearheads a scene of artists highlighting the crossover of improvisation, noise rock and jazz made in The Netherlands.

– "Stills / Uit Zicht"
Six static images that transform with the live performance by Pak Yan Lau and Audrey Lauro. The STILLS project of Pak Yan Lau and Audrey Lauro cooperates with UIT ZICHT; Reinhold Bogaard providing the slide projections. The gradual changing of light and shadows is explored in six scenes each taken at a different time of day. Somewhere between film and static image each of the six scenes transforms under the influence of earth's orbit around the sun, gradual and mesmerizing. Stills uses these images as a score introducing elements of minimalism and noise to create a soundtrack that translates these almost frozen dynamics into sounds.
• Pak Yan Lau – toypiano's, synth, clockworks and electronics
• Audrey Lauro – alt saxophone
• Reinhold Bogaard – slide projector installation

vrijdag 14 april 2017

Sun, April 16: Horse Lords / Cloud Becomes Your Hand / Glorias Navales

Sandwich Island
presents: ecstatic and singular live music from the US and Chile.


doors: 20.00 / start: 20.30 | presale €6
location: WORM – Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam

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HORSE LORDS (us / northern spy)
Grafting the relentless repetitions of modern minimalism onto the propulsive engine of rock and roll, Horse Lords create ecstatic music driven by dueling West African polyrhythms that curve endlessly past one another. This Baltimore quartet are currently one of the leading forces in the American DIY scene. Saxophonist / percussionist Andrew Bernstein, bassist/synthesist Max Eilbacher, guitarist Owen Gardner, and drummer Sam Haberman, employs arcane tuning systems to achieve their otherworldly harmonies, made possible by guitars refretted by Gardner. The result is at once stark and lush, tightly interwoven and threatening to fly apart, making their live performances spellbinding and utterly thrilling affairs.

CLOUD BECOMES YOUR HAND (us / northern spy)
Like visions from a 3D comic book, color fantasies explode in the vivid sound of Cloud Becomes Your Hand. CBYH is a Brooklyn-based sextet that can be placed in the lineage that links the BBC Radiophonics Workshop to the happy goofing of Syd-­era Pink Floyd, Devo to the collage-­happy Elephant 6 Recording Company, and Cardiacs to They Might be Giants. CBYH are purveyors of psych-­pop of the highest order, delivered in a kinetically singular dialect of the musical language of fun.

Glorias Navales is a band based in Viña Del Mar, Chile. They combine local folk traditions and paganism with a post- Velvet Underground aesthetic. Imagine the likes of Lou Reed, John Cale and Violeta Parra (a famed pioneering Chilean songwriter, folklorist, ethnomusicologist and visual artist) together doing late night acoustic lo-fi trance jams in the rural splendour of Chile.