This sunday I’m playing a last-minute show at Gifgrond in Tilburg, at 15:00 in the afternoon. Also playing are Zea and Vallonia, and dj Down the Rabbit Hole spins records between the sets. There’s a dinner afterwards, but by that time I’ll be driving down to Poortgebouw Rotterdam where Sajjra (Chrs Galarreta) and I are both playing a set after their weekly dinner cafe. Dinner starts at 19:00 and the music around 21:00. Hope to see you at one of the shows!
Back when I was a student, the weekend started on thursday. Now the good times are back: I’m playing three shows, on thursday, friday and saturday. Thursday, Chrs Galarreta and I play at the Bar a Gauche in Antwerp. I’ve heard so many good stories about this place, really looking forward to it. Then on Friday, Modern Flamenco, the duo with Manuela Tessi, plays at the Tour Concrete, an arty farty evening bicycle expedition with events and snacks in Amsterdam. We play an outdoor set in some weird forest surrounded by the urban jungle. My amp will be powered by batteries charged on bikes. This can only be cool, really. And then, saturday, Chrs and I play at the Sub071 in Leiden, together with the legendary Julie Mittens, who just regrouped!
Had some amazing times the last month. End of february, Gosia and I started a residency at sign6, working on our duo. We really came together and during and after the residency we did some shows that I’m very happy with. Immediately after that, Rogier and I drove to Maastricht to both play a short solo set at Landbouwbelang. The next day Anne La Berge and I joined Dagora at OT301, a benefit for the SOTU festival. And a few days later I joined Dagora again when they played at Villa K here in Den Haag. It was loud, and I liked it. So great to do so may different things in such a short time!
On tuesday, polish dancer Malgorzata Haduch and I start a six day residency at sign6 in Brussels. We’ll be working on our duo and do some shows while we’re at it: at Studio Loos (thursday), Studio Grez (saturday), sign6 (sunday), CLOUD (wednesday, including workshop in the afternoon), OT301 (wednesday evening), and Landbouwbelang (thursday). Really looking forward to working with Malgorzata for a longer time, let’s see how deep we can go with this!
Saturday evening I’ll play an Every Bolt Rumbling set at the Muiderpoorttheater, opening for the performance Destroy, in which the dance destroys itself .. with music by Ava Mendoza (guitar) and Nick Tamburro (drums), and dance by Leyya Tawil, Manuela Tessi, Gretchen Garnett, Silvia Bennett, Margherita Landi, Sylvain Meret, Maria Mavridou, Samuel Kennedy. I’m really curious to see this piece, hope to see you there too!
Rogier Smal (aka roro) is one amazing drummer, known from the Amsterdam noise improv trio Dagora and his dazzling solo shows and improvisation performances. I was lucky enough to record a cd with him, which features three free renditions of some of our favorite songs, and three free improvised tracks. The cd is hidden in a stencilled booklet with drawings by Rogier. Saturday we present this cd + booklet at Any Record, Geest 32A in Den Haag. 14:00, free of charge. If you’re interested in a copy, get in touch!
Busy weekend ahead: on saturday Helena Sanders, Xexek on gongs, and I will join Dagora at the (h)ear festival in Heerlen. This festival was awesome last year, so I’m really looking forward to this. And sunday, Lekkernijen play a set in de Vinger, together with Sunflare, Orphan Fairytale and Laser Poodle .. what a line-up, be there!