With Gosia Haduch temporarily back in Amsterdam, it is time for a new installment of Help Me To Crash. This time drummer Onno Govaert of Cactus Truck joins Maria Mavridou, Gosia and me on our search for the intersection of individual expression and collective togetherness. We’re playing OT301 this thursday, and will embark on a short Poland tour later in March. Yes!
Busy weekend coming up, and that’s a good thing! Thursday I’m joining Matthew Grigg (gtr) and PQ (electronics) for a noise improv session at the Dokhuis gallery. Also playing is FVVSSD (Frank Vis on electronics and Stephen Doyle on drums). And there’s amazing food before. Food is cheap and the show is free. Then friday Modern Flamenco (with dancing star Manuela Tessi) at Het Huis in Utrecht. This will be a great night, the other acts include dancers Miri Lee, Susan vd Berg and Iris van Peppen, and musicians Jongkag Park and Ori Jedlowski. Saturday solo at Maakhaven in Den Haag — it’s their end party because the city shut them down so be there and witness this incredible space for the last time. Four rooms with music and party. I’ll be in the Silver Ghosts room, with the mighty City Hands and Staplerfahrer, yeah! And finally sunday evening I’ll be playing a duo with Polish tornado dancer Malgorzata Haduch at the OT301 in Amsterdam. So fortunate to play with such great people!
So .. January .. so much happened and I’m just too lazy to update this site. After the Optimus Prime Noise Fest — which was so incredibly cool — I played with Modern Flamenco at the Valreep. Very cool night, interesting show. We’ll do some more gigs in february/march, so keep an eye out for that!
Then, the last two weeks of January me and dancers Michael Wälti and Inbal Abir joined choreographer Aida Guirro Salinas for a two week research/residency in CLOUD, Den Haag. We had a great time together, researching on wishing, what it means to want something, how this affects how you play, and it was just a lot of fun with this group. We presented our results on January 31, and had some very interesting discussions with the audience afterwards.
Vatican Analog, the legendary Tilburg label, is back! And they celebrate it with the fourth edition of their infamous Optimus Prime Noise Fest this sunday. I’m fortunate enough to be playing there, with 60 noise makers from the Netherlands and beyond, including my friends City Hands, the Sunshine Lounge, Orphax, and many more. This will be crazy, starts at 15:00 so be on time!
This saturday I’m joining Cinema Soloriens: movies by James Harrar, with improvised music by James, Marshall Allen of Sun Ra Arkestra, and the mighty Roro. Also joining are Yedo Gibson, Anne La Berge, and Vasco Trilla — a real big band! Rebel Up DJs playing the rougher world music before and after so bring your dancing shoes.
Last minute gig in Antwerpen tomorrow: opening for King Champion Sounds, that new band with ex-Ex singer G.W. Sok. At Cafe de Valk, Offerandestraat 93. Doors at 1900, showtime at 20:00 (or so).
Dagora’s Stephen Doyle (drums), Cae Carvalho (electronics) and I started a new band called The Mud, The Blood and The Beer. Tomorrow we’re doing our improvised noise playing our second show at the Dokhuis Gallery in Amsterdam. Also playing is the trio of Anne Le Berge/Renato Ferreira/Frankie Vis, and DJ Gingermoon spinning some records. Excellent (trust me) dinner starting at 19:00, and we’ll probably play somewhere at 21:00 or so.
Tomorrow I’m playing two shows. First, in the afternoon, at W139 at an impromptu improvised music festival. Also playing will be Stephen Doyle of Dagora fame with a drum solo, Fetter with her vocal drone pop dreams, and some DJs. We will most likely join each other’s sets and improvise some stuff on the spot, so that will be fun. Then, in the evening, I’m playing together with noise Peruvian Chrs Galarreta, a duo of two guitars, at Villa K. Chrs and I toured together but never played together, so I’m pretty excited about this one. Another reason to be excited is that we’re opening for the mighty I’d M Thfft Able, and also Janneke van der Putten is playing a set. So come down!