I’m going on tour with City Hands and Hexeneiche! We have a very nice route to the east and back: Vienna, Bratislava, Krakow, Warszawa, Poznan, Berlin, Bremen and Groningen. Eight shows in nine days, and visiting some places where I’ve never been .. really looking forward to this! See the Shows section for details.
Modern Flamenco changed its name as people took it way too serious, which was kinda funny at first but quickly became annoying. From now on Manuela and I are playing as El Otro. Three dates coming up to celebrate: friday at VLLA in Amsterdam (facebook event), sunday at Blikopener festival in Delft (facebook event), and tue july 15 at Roze Tanker in Amsterdam. Hope to see you!
Sunday is the debut of my new band Soft Is at OCCII, with Rogier Smal on drums, Helena Sanders on voice & electronics, and Thale Rosien on guitar. We’re playing kind of improvised space rock, or as Helena puts it: “our drummer doesn’t like playing recognizable beats, one guitarist plays his instrument with a brillo-pad and no shoes on while drinking tea, while the other would probably be happy doing an all-pedal steel death metal set, so you see what we’re up against without even going into my questionable overuse of the Small Stone pedal on the synth”. Yeah! We’re opening for the Cosmic Dead. This will be one night to remember!
The Help Me To Crash performance at the KRoki festival in Krakow last march got a real nice review over at taniec Polska:
“This improvised, international quartet of two dancers and two musicians is a fascinating, unpredictable experience, borderline from sound and movement. The body becomes here a musical subject, uttering sounds and knocks, but also the specific played music seems to take shapes, becoming a physical existence, the circulating energy between the dancers, the engine to the action, an equal element in this story. Improvisation emerges as holistic, intense, individual at the same time common experience. The dynamic of the performance emerges from the interactions between sound and movement, it is cumulative and wild, gradually it eludes the artists, in order to hit them with double force. Striking, almost erotic dialogue between sounds and movements is not direct yet it pulsates, transforms, creates anxiety. Also the crash is ambiguous – can be a request for passion, for (self)destruction, for plunge into non-existence. The performers indeed “crash”, pierce to the other side, and the improvisation becomes almost transcendental initiation: a passage to another level of consciousness.”
Off to Berlin for about a week! Manuela and I will be working on our Modern Flamenco duo at the Lake Studios in Berlin for five days, and play two shows this weekend: on Saturday at the Tatwerk Festival, and sunday we join a stellar line-up of musicians and dancers at the Mime Center there. And of course we get to hang in Berlin!
This monday I’m playing at Sonology Show Lab 7, a monthly night at De Vinger here in Den Haag. These nights are always very interesting, with all kinds of creative uses of new technology. I expect to be kind of out of place with just a guitar, a few effects and some objects, but that makes this gig even more exciting. Others playing are Tomer Baruch and Mario G. Cortizo (Live Percussion + Electronics), Roy Guzman, and Jeyong Jung with Jillis Kruk. Doors at 20:00, music starts at 21:00; free entry!
After a really rocking three months I decided to take it down a bit in April. No shows, just relaxing, thinking and practicing. Two days ago I recorded some playing around, and posted it on Soundcloud. See player above. Go check it out if you feel like it!