Mári Mákó is a sound and performance artist. In her solo pieces she has been mostly experimenting with live electronic semi-improvisation. However for this event she is going to premiere her new performance, which has fixed compositional aesthetics but at the same time some segments of fragility. Expect beat orientated industrial sonic world combined with the sound of a processed zither and heavy voice distortion. Mári is currently studying at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague Composition Department Master Program and she is working on releasing her very first album in the near future.
Marc Spruit is an experimental musician. His work is all about destroying acoustic and digital sounds into radically cut-up compositions, which he uses for improvising within a laptop.
Mensimonis is the coming together of two counterfigures in counterculture; Radboud Mens and Lukas Simonis. Although the two gentlemen liked and knew eachother for some time now, this teaming up was not the most obvious thing to do. Radboud coming from electronic/industrial/noise music, being a sort of whiz-kid in the studio and in general a controlfreak who doesn't like things to slip out of his hands, and Lukas, with a background in noise and improv and ecclecticism in general (all projects he does seem to come from a totally different source...). Lukas and Radboud met up musically a few years back when they were doing recording & improv workshops for Secondary Schools (VMBO mostly) and in the end found themselves together on the stage where they played noisy improv music for teenagers that would rather watch a stupid game on their iphones... (well, the teachers that accompanied them were not much better). So this must have been the starting point that lead to the project (or is it a band) Mensimonis. Mensimonis try to do a 'musical' thing with the idea of droning away at it. It seems a very simple and basic concept but it always leads to quite different results. Radboud takes care of the lower parts of the sound, using oscillators and effects, Lukas is allowed to stay on top with an accumulation of looped guitarattacks that slowly evolve into drones as the overtones take over. That's only the description of HOW to make these sounds.
Impro with tenori-on, toy piano, computer data recorder and voice. Comfortably dystopian improvised music with the Japanese instrument tenori-on ( 'on-the-hand' in Japanese), a found toy piano and self baked software. Tunings and scales change in breathtaking tempi, the signal-to-noise ratio is inverted and just for a moment the invisible data streams become tangible.
Sjoerd Leijten (1983) is a composer or improviser or musician or sound artist or coder. He makes music and sound for movies, theater, radioplays, modern dance and video games. He makes 'guerilla style' media bicycle performances and organizes art bicycle expeditions - in which the environment is explored through performances.
The electric guitar is an extension of wiek’s body. Sound is what is in the air and only needs to be captured by the performer. A program with Music by Morton Feldman, Wiek Hijmans, Maarten Altena and Christian Wolff. Played by a longstanding guitar proclaimed guitar pioneer. In this concert Wiek Hijmans presents his brand new cd Electric Language.
Subterranean Currents is a solo electronic performance by Tomer Baruch - Aquifer in which he explores the possibility of a made-up nostalgia. By live sampling and processing toys and vintage organs, the music is retaining a hint of familiarity in a futuristic soundscape; shifting from naive to abstract and vice-versa; projecting the illusion of a longing to something that never were...
Tomer Baruch is an interdisciplinary musician with an interest in a wide variety of genres, ranging from popular music to jazz, post-african and experimental electronic music. He has studied piano at the Jerusalem Music Academy and Sonology at The Royal Conservatory in The Hague, released two critically acclaimed solo albums (“The Nature of Not Knowing” and “Four Lullabies”) and several others with various bands and ensembles. His upcoming album, "Subterranean Currents" is due to be released on SØVN Records in winter 2018.
Jan TV Falkenstein works at intersection of computer music, media art and coding. He produces sonic installations and performs crispy sound collages using novel and custom made interfaces. In his work he explores processes which lead to movements of spatial sound structures. His radio programs can be listened to every third Tuesday of the month on The Hague’s Radio Tonka and on irregular basis on the Concertzender (Electronic Frequencies). The music apps SQRT and fluXpad, a collaboration with Mouse On Mars, are under his development and can be found on the App Store. Currently he works as a software developer in Amsterdam.
Percussionist Gerri Jäger (AT/NL) is known nationally and internationally for his many diverse groups, ranging from free-improvisation, alt-rock, experimental electronic club music to avant-pop. He has played with Fred Firth (Brian Eno), Eirikur Olaffsson (Mum, Sigur Ros), Shahzad Ismaily (Tom Waits, Bonny Prince Billy), Graduale Nobili (Björk), Joachim Badenhorst (Carate Urio), Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle), Han Bennink and Jasper Stadhouders among many others. Currently active bands include Knalpot, Naked Wolf, STUG, Poker and Gerri Jäger’s Double Duo. Gerri is interested in playing in different ways to expand boundaries in music and its genres. His solo-performance is based around semi-structured improvisations, using drums, percussion, electronics, vintage keyboards and synthesizers. Gerri uses his drum-set to trigger synthesizers and manipulates it by wiring it onto a bunch of effect pedals originally made for DJ’s and guitar players. For every concert he prepares a new set of music.
At tonights edition Yota will perform part of a set titled 'why not?' Composed using samples from the 1981 film “Eejanaika (Why Not?)” by Shohei Imamura Yota Morimoto (JP/NL) is a Japanese composer, sound artist and researcher born in Brazil. He holds a master’s degree in Sonology from the Royal Conservatory in The Hague and Ph.D. in composition from the University of Birmingham, UK.
He has been commissioned by Paradiso Amsterdam, Ensemble Vortex [CH], Plus-Minus Ensemble [UK], SonoLab [NL], Duo Cristobal - Takada [NL], and his sound installations/audio-visual works have been presented at festivals such as TodaysArt [The Hague, Kawasaki], GOGBOT [Enschede], NWEAMO [Morelia], Transmediale [Berlin], ISEA [Dortmund, Istanbul], makeart [Poitier], EMUfest [Rome], ICMC [Belfast, Perth, Athens], SMC [Porto, Barcelona] and SICMF [Seoul].
Alongside his own works, as a dj / synthesist he has performed with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, New European Ensemble, Frances-Marie Uitti, Yann Marussich and Tomoko Mukaiyama. He is also active in sound design working for industrial and institutional commissioners such as Filmmuseum Amsterdam, LUSTlab, Hokkaido University, University of Tsukuba, AIST, Shiseido Co., Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Orphax is a musical project with the focus on minimal ambient and drone music. In the music there is a development towards microtonal sounds, where time and spatiality are important factors. In this form of working the eventual result can be a static form of sound where development in the music becomes subordinate to the listener losing any sense of time. listen
Reinier van Houdt has a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points beyond composition, interpretation and improvisation. He has built himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests. listen
Juan Antonio Nieto is a spanish experimental musician. Live electronics using field recordings as a raw material.
Tapage (Tijs Ham) presents the Audio Visual performance 'Ecdysis'. The project reflects upon his recent move to Norway merging ambient drones and rhythmical passages with enchanting abstract visuals.
Michał Libera is a sociologist working in music field mostly as sound essayist, producer, curator and writer. He runs conceptual pop label Populista dedicated to mis- and over- interpretation of music and experiments with various sound narrations incl. tape music, installations and opera collaborating with Rinus van Alebeek, Apartment House, Hilary Jeffery, Martin Küchen, Barbara Kinga, Majewska, Ralf Meinz and others. He lives in Warsaw and Naples.
Tonight Michał will present 'Lethe', an acousmatic opera comprised of recordings taken exclusively in Napoli and inlaid with the music of Luciano Cilio, short-lived local composer. The town is the place where opera buffa was born in early 18th century. It favored local dialects over official language, mundane heroes and crimes over gods and myths, real voices over operatic singing. Read more about 'Lethe' here
This project is inspired by the common passion of the members about the real-time digital processing of acoustic instrumental sound. The duo - Dan Gibson (modified cello) and Vladimir Vlaev (modified guitar), are also active as solo performers with the instruments developed by them. In HYPOCHONDRIAC RESONATORS both artists explore the sound palettes of their instruments in an spontaneous and improvised manner. Although their individual approaches to instrumental processing are very different from each other, the common musical output impresses with its coherence and completeness. listen