Aether: Tones and Talks #12
With: Mecha/Orga, Lingua Lustra and Nathalie Houtermans
Welcome to Aether. The winter appears to be easing off, so once again we’re happy to open our doors for another installment of new music, interviews and the 5 records that matter of an invited music aficionado. For this 12th edition of Aether we’ll be enjoying live performances by Lingua Lustra and Mecha/Orga, as well as an intriguing selection of music from Nathalie Houtermans.
Lingua Lustra is Albert Borkent whose musical activities span the last 20 years. Inspired by the likes of Tangerine Dream and Arvo Part, his first group was the four-piece ‘Tookay’ in which he was a keyboardist and singer. Since then, numerous bands have followed, punctuated by a stint in art school. After a period of ambient experimentation came the first of several albums as Lingua Lustra. Having worked with labels such as Databloem and Speedsound recordings, his music retains the rigour learnt from performing in bands, yet the experimental direction has allowed for an intricacy and ethereal quality that has become the hallmark of his sound.
5 Records That Matter with Nathalie Houtermans
Nathalie Houtermans initiates, develops and presents interdisciplinary arts projects for unusual locations, now mostly working with the art initiative SENSATIONAL MIX. Despite her background as a researcher and advisor in the field of interdisciplinary and intercultural thinking, she also performs in the band Katie Cruel. Her selection for 5RTM plays to these qualities and connects her love of traditional blues with Afro-Cuban religious music under the theme, Me and the Devil.
As well as being the curator of the netlabel “Echomusic”, Yiorgis Sakellariou is also a recording artist working under the name of Mecha/Orga. He began this project in 2003 and since then has released a number of albums and scored music for film and theatre, not to mention a global performing schedule and numerous collaborations. Performing only in darkness, his digital manipulations of environmental recordings take the audience into submerged sonic experiences, with an all-encompassing palette of sounds. This will be the first of two performances this week in Rotterdam, the second of which will be a Duet with Roel Meelkop at Worm on April 27.