VROOOM FEST (#17)
• SENYAWA (id)
• CHAKAI HOUSE (uk)
• ERGO PHIZMIZ (uk)
• COOLHAVEN (nl)
• HASSAN K (ir)
• SWEAT TONGUE (nl)
• VIALKA (fr/ca)
• MACHINEFABRIEK (nl)
• NINA HITZ & ANNA MIKHAILOVA (ch/ru)
• DESNUDA MONSIEUR MADAME (ru)
• DJ CHARLATAN PHILISTINE (de)
• DJ THIERRY CHAMPIGNON (nl)
location: Stichting B.a.d – Talingstraat 5, Rotterdam (Charlois)
17:00 – 02:00 | entrance 8 euro (no presale)
Initially this 17th Vrooom event was intended to be just a fun, self-indulgent little event by us and our immediate circle of friends, but it gradually snowballed into a mini festival for all. A Vrooom season closing party, if you will. A good alternative for those who are still around town early July, undesiring stressful trips abroad or having to choose between 200 acts a day at festival XYZ. So take it easy, come down south, and hear cool local performers, international veterans and exciting newcomers wrestle it out in the laid-back ambiance of B.a.d. Foundation.
■ SENYAWA (Jogjakarta, Indonesia)
One of THE most anticipated Live shows of the season. Coming from the ancient city Jogjakarta, central Java, Indonesia, Senyawa aka Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi filter their traditional Javanese heritage through a framework of contemporary experimental music practices. They push the boundaries of both traditions in an attempt to mix the musics’ of the east and the west to create a new sound. It’s cerebral and visceral, and a serious must see/hear command is in order!
■ CHAKAI HOUSE (uk)
Part Wild Horses Mane On Both Sides’ Pascal Nichols is also Chakai House: an improvised drum performance of rudimentary polyrhythms and amplified percussion. Nichols is a self-taught, free-thinking drummer and sound artist from Manchester. His playing is both reductive and high-energy, and born out of a love for prog rock, free jazz, and ritualistic music. Nichols has recorded and performed with fellow nutters such as e.g. Phil Minton, Ludo Mich, and Harappian Night Recordings.
■ ERGO PHIZMIZ (uk)
Ergo is a hero. Ergo-Hero. To his detriment these times are not made for heroes, unfortunately. In Ergo’s case, the hero is a beautiful young man who can sing, dance and throw in a decent conversation as well. But why this urge to worship him? Well, just because he writes brilliant songs, makes very good radio plays and wears nice clothes. Which is more than you can say for the rest of the world population.
■ COOLHAVEN (nl)
This legendary Rotterdam trio can rock like a, uhhh… rock and perform like your worst nightmare. They will play a ‘soothing’ set with new and old (well, yes, you can call it) music. They will likely put on skirts and moustaches just like in the old days when they were young, beautiful and dominated…
■ HASSAN K (ir)
A mystical one man band from Persia who sometimes goes by the name of Keyvane Alinaghi. The prince of Persia mixes occident and orient, surf music and bellydance, swing and heavy metal. Armed with a guitar, a keyboard and a few sensors, he travels from the Turan to the Western kingdom, to spread the words of his illuminated ancestors…
■ SWEAT TONGUE (nl)
Sweat Tongue are the great hope of the Rotterdam Underground Foundation Theory (R.U.F.T.). This band does things on stage that could be contagious and might transform this stupid old town into something as cool as Berlin or Magdenburg, musically speaking that is. Who needs ladders, guitars or things to bang on if you have a sweaty tongue?
■ VIALKA (fr/ca)
The post-genre guitar and percussion duo Vialka is named after a hole in the ground somewhere on the Russian prairie. They must be the ultimate touring band cause it takes less time to name the places they haven’t visited: Antartica, Greenland, Hawaii, Liechtenstein, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan. Did I forget something? On stage, Vialka display great chemistry and put everything they find on their extensive tours back into their music; folksy stuff from all over the world, punk, improv, chanson and whatnot…
■ MACHINEFABRIEK (nl)
We placed a special factory order and asked Machinefabriek to churn out standardized, low-cost sounds which we could afford to program, and would also be tailored for our audience’s wages (see also: Fordism In Music). More good news: it has been determined that 90 minutes is the perfect length for this purpose.
■ NINA HITZ & ANNA MIKHAILOVA (ch/ru)
Russian / Swiss duo that will play acoustic improv with cello and koto. Nina is more of a Baroque chick while Anna has a background in music theatre. This cooperation will probably result in very subtle Cagean gestures mixed with cheesy swiss baroque chainsawing and Russian koto banging.
■ DESNUDA MONSIEUR MADAME (ru – aka Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz)
Alexander Brener and Barbara Schurz are self-taught artists whose works include autobiographical novels, pamphlets, cartoons, graffiti, frescos, poems and other ‘Kunststücke’. Brener was jailed in 1997 for painting a green dollar sign on Kazimir Malevich’s painting ‘Suprematisme’. Recently they self-published 3 picture-books about rebellious and unruly girls (Claim Against Fame, Fuck Off and Die Alone, Mafalda). Now they are working on a funny pornographic novel called ³Cabaret Flaubert².
■ DJ CHARLATAN PHILISTINE (de)
Jobless immigrant truckdriver, now on a mission to become the 2nd best dj in the world to pay his bills. While he’s not likely to challenge David Guetta or dj Fill In The Blank, we’re convinced he can steal just about enough good music in time, to play at this event.
■ DJ THIERRY CHAMPIGNON (nl)
Self-proclaimed walking jukebox. Provides perfect muzak to fill voids between Vrooom #17’s Live performances.