woensdag 30 januari
roode bioscoop amsterdam
New Flint Poetry Orchestra, Zwervershart (tot en met 8 februari)

donderdag 31 januari
muziekgebouw eindhoven
Haytham Safia, Matteo Myderwyk & Remco Menting (lunchconcert)

zondag 3 februari
bimhuis amsterdam
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba (powered by Amsterdam Roots Festival)

maandag 4 februari
bimhuis amsterdam
Café Improvisé: Reinier Baas, Kit Downes & Jonas Burgwinkel

donderdag 7 februari
HAKA-gebouw rotterdam
Object Rotterdam (tot en met 10 februari)

vrijdag 8 februari
doornroosje nijmegen
Shellac + Cocaine Piss

zaterdag 9 februari
cc amstel amsterdam
Sanne Clifford & Co, 3 is a crowd & NOTE TO SELF (dans)

maandag 11 februari
melkweg amsterdam
The Ex & Fendika & Circus Debre Berhan

donderdag 14 februari
brebl nijmegen
Club MM presents: Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & his Sekondi Band

zaterdag 16 februari
west den haag (voorheen Amerikaanse ambassade)
grand opening met vier exposities en o.a. Christiaan Weijts

ita amsterdam (voorheen stadsschouwburg amsterdam)
Urban Myth, Celia! (theater)

zondag 17 februari
galerie marzee nijmegen
Reinier van Houdt

dinsdag 19 februari
frascati amsterdam
Esther Apituley & Anne Veinberg, Antipode

donderdag 21 februari
tac eindhoven
Doc Feed Eindhoven (tot en met 24 februari)

woensdag 27 februari
q-factory amsterdam
Juan de Marcos’ Afro-Cuban All Stars


shellac in nederland

shellac terraform

Shellac, Terraform (1998)

Livetip: Shellac (het trio van producer Steve Albini) speelt donderdag 7 februari in de Effenaar Eindhoven, vrijdag 8 februari in Doornroosje Nijmegen en zaterdag 9 februari in ’t Paard Den Haag.


Rewire x Korzo


PolyBand @ Rewire 2018, april 8th, Koorenhuis, Den Haag

REWIRE Festival
presenteert vrijdag 30 november in Korzo Den Haag trompettiste Jamie Branch en gitarist Jasper Stadhouders’ PolyBand. Meer info & tickets ici.

Musical Material
In conversation with Jaimie Branch & Jasper Stadhouders
Moderator: Jaïr Tchong
Friday 30 November
Location: Korzo Theater, Prinsestraat 42, The Hague
Doors open at 19:00, conversation from 19:30 until 20.15
Musical Material is free of charge and open to all.
Tickets to the concerts of both artists at Rewire x Korzo can be purchased at Tickets.

Rewire x Korzo
Concerts by Jaimie Branch and PolyBand
Friday 30 November
Location: Korzo Theater, Prinsestraat 42, The Hague
Doors open at 20:00, concerts start at 20:30

Presale: €10 / €7 (students, CJP and age below 27)
Door: €12 / €9 (students, CJP and age below 27)

The Ex

the ex tumult 1983

The Ex, Tumult, 1983

Some bands are beyond the usual spectrum. The Ex I consider to be one of these unique bands, the expression ‘hors categorie’ was made up for them. They defy any categorisation (that lazy habit of the music industry) and keep on moving towards unknown territory. And it isn’t nostalgia working here, please no. Without a doubt, there is no band which I saw so many times, under such totally different circumstances like The Ex. The first LP I bought was Hands Up! You’re Free! from 1988, which still sounds very good. UK radio legend John Peel knew where to look for genuine sounds.

Later on, I fell in love with the double lp Joggers and Smoggers (1989), which is a podcast avant la lettre, an audio summer walk through Amsterdam, at the end of the eighties. With amazing sound attacks, ranging from inspired poet Dorpsoudste de Jong, via impro legends Ab Baars and Wolter Wierbos, to Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore, all adding to the unique atmosphere of that album.

In 1991 they released the gorgeous album Scrabbling at the lock, with the late NYC celloplayer Tom Cora in an outstanding performance. Hidegen fujnak a szelek from that album even became somewhat of a dancefloor hit – well, at least in the seedy alternative places I used to dance my gothic dance back in the day.

The very same year (to be precise: june 29th, 1991) The Ex lured me into the old Bimhuis (at Oude Schans), for the very first time actually. That night I was all nerves, travelling all the way from Nuenen, Brabant to attend the first collaboration The Ex did with improv jazz musicians like Han Bennink, Ab Baars and Wolter Wierbos. The VHS of this wonderful night captures the spirit of that night quite nice. It is no exaggeration to put it like this: thanks to The Ex I discovered both The Bimhuis and the splendor of improv music.

There are many more vivid memories: The Ex performing with contemporary dance maestro Wim Vandekeybus’ dance troupe in Nijmegen’s classy De Vereeniging. The Ex curating a spectacular night in the old WORM (in Delfshaven, before they moved to innacity Rotterdam), with Ethiopian giants like saxophoneplayer Getatchew Mekurya and singer Mohammed ‘Jimmy’ Mohammed. The Ex performing with Alex D’Electrique in a gigantic former wharf. The Ex with Mekurya & Guests in The Melkweg. Last year they again surprised me in OCCII with all new material, abstract and glorious, enriched with Congolese sounds.

Again, The Ex cherrypicked an excellent line up of kindred musical spirits for this sunday in Amsterdam. From 19:00 hrs on, a festival in the Paradiso. With a.o. King Ayisoba from Ghana, Han Bennink, Oscar Jan Hoogland, Gummbah, Brader Musiki & Kaja Draksler Octet. Around 70 artists in one night..

Main Hall: MC Tijdelijke Toon / DJ Meda
19:30 – Drumband Hallelujah Makkum feat. ZEA & Kosten Koper
20:00 – Vincenzo Castellana
20:30 – Kaja Draksler Octet
21:15 – Zewditu Yohannes, Endris Hassen & Misale Legesse
22:00 – Brader Musiki
22:45 – The Ex

Upstairs: MC / DJ Richard James Foster
20:00 – Anne-James Chaton & Andy Moor
20:40 – Katherina Bornefeld & George Hadow
20:55 – Lena Hessels
21:15 – Terrie Hessels & Ken Vandermark
21:45 – Gummbah & Leonard Bedaux Cinema
22:25 – Kristoffer Alberts & Han Bennink
23:40 – Massicot

21:00 – Oscar Jan Hoogland / Practical Music
21:45 – Diego Armando DJ
22:15 – H 0 W R A H
23:00 – Diego Armando DJ
00:15 – Bazooka
01:00 – DJ Meda

Brötzmann/Leigh + Bazooka (tip)



Just came across a very promising double bill @ OCCII, september 5. Bazooka (Andy Moor – guitar | Jasper Stadhouders – guitar | Marta Warelis – percussion | Miguel Petruccelli – bass | Onno Govaert – drums) + Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh.

3 tips week 26

kidjo remain in light
Vanavond in Grounds @ Annabel (Rotterdam): Seun Kuti & Egypt 80. Zondag 1 juli (16u) bij Pllek Amsterdam: Togo All Stars. En: Angelique Kidjo heeft mijn alltime favoriete Talking Heads album Remain in light in zijn geheel gecovered. Ik weet nog niet wat ik ervan denk, maar oordeel zelf. (nb: afrobeat alfabet uit het parool, 2008 hier)

het credo van kronos

Screenshot-2018-5-24 Trio Da Kali - vrije geluiden
Voor de Holland Festival-bijlage in de VPRO Gids van volgende week (#21) sprak ik met David Harrington van Kronos Quartet. Zondag 17 juni speelt Kronos Quartet met verschillende gasten in Muziekgebouw aan het IJ en Bimhuis. Deze Kronos Sessions culmineren om 21u in een concert van Kronos Quartet samen met het Malinese Trio Da Kali. Zonder Kronos Quartet was Trio Da Kali onlangs te gast bij VPRO’s Vrije Geluiden, die aflevering kun je hier terugzien. De Indiase violiste N. Rajam waarover Harrington spreekt is o.a. hier te zien.