maandag 27 februari 2017

Tue, February 28: Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches) / Maranha / Ferrandini + Cement Shoes + Sebastiano Carghini

Our recommendation for this week – SANDWICH ISLAND presents:

– CEMENT SHOES (Balázs Pándi | Giovanni Di Domenico | Gonçalo Almeida)

Ex- Dirty Beaches / Last Lizard Alex Zhang Hungtai teams up with Portuguese scene mavericks David Maranha and Gabriel Ferrandini. Add to that the high calibre trio Cement Shoes, Italian modular master Sebastiano Carghini, and you'll have an evening of the finest contemporary leftfield music.

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• Alex Zhang Hungtai – saxophone, vocals and percussion
• David Maranha – organ and percussion
• Gabriel Ferrandini – drums and percussion

This trio was invited by the legendary Blue Note to create new music based around a jazz figure for the Blogoteque website. They chose John Coltrane as their guiding light for a couple of performances well remembered by those fortunate enough to catch them. Their album 'Âncora' has the urgency of Coltrane's most far out recordings while tapping into a new form of lyricism. Since then, the trio has been developing its own language, taking free jazz onto a new path that manages to avoid genre trappings, channeling the Arkestra's spirits through No Wave's physicality. A ritual-like vortex of fiercely rhythmic communal percussion, freeform drones and solemn war cries.

CEMENT SHOES (pt/hu/it)

• Giovanni Di Domenico – Fender Rhodes
• Gonçalo Almeida – bass
• Balázs Pándi – drums

To find mister Almeida, Di Domenico, and Pándi on the same stage is a great thing. These individuals will be cementing and expanding their genre-bending qualities that are inherent in their many other projects; from drone, (post) metal to freejazz; Cement Shoes is a trio where individuality is paramount. Live, this band plays adventurous music that will have you glued to the floor, just like if you would be wearing cement shoes.

Italian modular synth master and performer who also utilizes physical objects in his recordings. Bubbling old school synths that bend their way into infectious patterns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Sebastiano Carghini

woensdag 15 februari 2017

Sat, February 18: VROOOM #46

Saturday, February 18:


–– DIRAR KALASH (palestine)
–– ROWAN VAN AS (nl) – 'Suspended in lost trumpet time'

location: Pink Pank – Delftsestraat 9, Rotterdam
doors: 20:30 / start: 21:00 / entrance: €6
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At Vrooom 46 part of the focus for our monthly dose of mind-boggling freeform music moves to Den Haag. Sonologists Kacper Ziemianin and Seht Zhan will engage in a collaborative live set. Dirar Kalash will perform with his oud, and Rowan van As will be battling his collection of instruments.

DIRAR KALASH (Palestine)
Dirar Kalash is a sound artist whose work spans a wide range of sonic practices. His approaches to instruments, techniques, and aesthetics are political as they challenge dichotomies, hierarchies, and binary logics of new/old and west/east as tools of cultural imperialism and hegemony. At Vrooom Dirar will perform with the oud, approaching this lute-type string instrument with different techniques in order to achieve a music that transcends the common notions of traditional oud playing, taking off from the history of the oud, and the history of its development in particular, as a process deeply rooted in movement and dynamics from Ancient Persia and through the Levant and North Africa. These approaches reposition the oud within a context where it is considered not only as an instrument with a deep history, but also as a vehicle for further explorations of musical and sonic languages.
Dirar Kalash youtube

KZSZ - Kacper Ziemianin & Seht Zhan (pl/br)
Duo performance from these two sonology adepts who are currently based in Den Haag. Kacper Ziemianin is a polish sound fashionista, circuit bending psychonaut, instrument developer, squatter, radio star (for Tonka) and workshop hero. Seht Zhan comes from the other end of the big pond; São Paulo, Brazil. He is a kaosmeister, pataphysician, noise entrepreneur, alien authority and according to himself; a 'sonology slacker'.

ROWAN VAN AS (nl) – 'Suspended in lost trumpet time'
Rowan is a Rotterdam based musician / artist whose work is intuitive, bordering on outsider art. He forms the band The Asses with his brother Aswin. Rowan's performance piece at this Vrooom will feature pretty much his entire collection of instruments (a trumpet, trombone, French horn, violin, double bass, accordion, etc), whilst revealing himself as a sort of anti-instrumentalist revelling in incapabilities.


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