Dagora ride again, we’re doing an extended Cymbal Orchestra with alot of guests, we’ve got 11 people at the moment.
It’s going to be crazy good.
Featuring: Nora MulderOnno GovaertRogier SmalCharlotte Caldwell Manuel Padding +1, Eric De Clerq, Hans +1, Eric Nijmegen.
This church, built in 1889, was squatted last february, after being left to rot and die by the owners 5 years ago. Since the judge couldn’t bear to kick them out, there will be at least another two weeks for them – and then: to infinity, we hope
SO SOTU can occupy the church on Thursday, from 14:00 it will be FREE PLAY FOR ALL. Bring your voice, bring your sticks and wires and whistles, bring a hangover and a good appetite for INFINITE REVERB for the silent guns of love will BLAST THE SKIES
There will be A PROGRAM from 4pm, the line-up will be there just in time. DAGORA has expressed interest, as well as ZS ZS (the organ is working!!) and VESTAS, and more TO COME. You interested to perform? Let us know!
HOW TO GET THERE: it’s an interesting bike-ride, but not very convenient by public transport, so we’ve arranged a permanent busconnection from the IJplein (take the free ferry behind Central Station) to the church. From 13:30 there will be a green VW T4 with a SOTU sign waiting to take you to the church. Later the bus can take you to Zaal 100 where the 2nd night of SOTU festival will take place. From 18 there’s also some really nice food in Zaal100. These are free rides for all, but please help the driver survive!
WHAT TO BRING: church people will supply us with coffee and tea. SOTU will bring some beers. Anything else: BRING YOUR OWN. There’s a kitchen we can use (no meat please!) so come cook up some breakfast to fuck the pain away
Vital Weekly, the webcast: we offering a weekly webcast, freely to download. This can be regarded as the audio-supplement to Vital Weekly. Presented as a radioprogramm with excerpts of just some of the CDs (no vinyl or MP3) reviewed. It will remain on the site for a limited period (most likely 2-4 weeks). Download the file to your MP3 player and enjoy!
complete tracklist here: http://www.vitalweekly.net/podcast.html
THE ARTIST FORMERLY KNOWN AS DAGORA – TAFKAD-CYMBOL
(cassette by Toztizok Zoundz)
Did I hear of Dagora before? I can’t recall. Not sure if they now split up with a name like this, or perhaps if there is some hidden pun/nod/respect to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. At least he made it to the cover, so it must be. Maybe this is just a one-off release from the weird and wacky minds that you also find with Occii, Amsterdam’s more adventurous stages when it comes to new music. Both sides of this eighty-minute tape revolve around the sound of the cymbal, one of those parts of the drum kit, in case you were wondering; and yes, Prince referred to himself as the symbol at one point. It all ties together. On the first side, we have Stevus playing the cymbal acoustically without the use of any effects and he does that to great effect. I guess it’s easy to hit the cymbal and get it going, ringing and singing as you would know it, but after about sixteen minutes he takes the sound down and it becomes all spooky and quiet, like someone moving around in the recording space with a handheld recorder, going outside and the cymbal almost disappearing. It ends with a poem and sparse cymbal sound. It is all-together a great piece,
powerful and delicate. On the other side is PQ uses Stevus recording and putting it through what is just called ‘his wide range of machines, the circuit bending wizard’, so I have vaguely an idea of what’s going on, but that is also based upon what I hear here. PQ moves the original around, sometimes sounding like the ‘original + transformations’, but at a few assorted points in time the transformations are to such an extent that they no longer sound like a cymbal. Towards the end, it becomes some sort of crazy electronic organ doodle, and it is hard to believe it has anything to do with the cymbal. PQ offers quite a wild ride here, going from one end to the exact opposite but it surely works quite well; different kind of power. Nice risograph printed cover also wrapped around
here and it tops off a fine product that oozes the halcyon days of cassette releases. (FdW)
––– Address: https://dagora.bandcamp.com/album/tafkad-cymbol
released December 20, 2018
Nous avons l’honneur de recevoir Lori Goldston, célèbre violoncelliste, prof, improvisatrice et compositrice de musique de film, originaire de Seattle. Lori a collaboré depuis la fin des 80’s avec de nombreux groupes et artistes dont Nirvana, Earth, Secret Chiefs 3, Cat Power, Marisa Anderson, David Byrne, Natacha Atlas, Matana Roberts et tant d’autres.
Profitant de son passage à Paris, au Centre Georges Pompidou, elle fera un crochet par La Zone avec quelques amis qui viendront l’accompagner sur scène. Parmi eux, notamment, le frontman au verbe ébouriffant Mik Quantius, que nous avions eux la chance d’apercevoir à La Zone avec Embryo l’année dernière.
D’autres pointures de la scène kraut et expérimentale allemande seront également de la partie.
(FR) Le trio bruxellois Piloot est sorti de l’ombre en 2017 avec un premier EP éponyme. Ils viendront nous présenter “Recuerda tu futuro”, leur dernière production en date.
Leur compositions instantanées les ont emmenés en tournée en Inde et en Europe, accompagnant Marc Ribot et son projet Ceramic Dog, ainsi qu’Acid Mothers Temple.
Repoussant les limites de leurs instruments par le recours à l’électronique et autres techniques sonores avancées, Piloot crée un voyage astral au travers de motifs répétitifs, de drones et de chaos extatiques, vous laissant dans un état de transe au milieu de paysages kaléidoscopiques. Leur performance au sol, au centre du public, nous offre une expérience immersive. On pourrait penser à Kraftwerk, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, Cluster.
As a first act it’s “Junzo Suzuki” from Japan Tokyo (1973)
Recent years, Japanese psychedelic troubadour Suzuki Junzo focused and stripped down with A 21st century drone/space electric-blues sound.. Crystalline guitar passages soaked in reverb and distorted sadness.
After it’s FUJI a total improv band w/ Junzo Suzuki together w/ ‘Mik Quantius’
The German vocal artist Mik Quantius can, after being continuously abducted by aliens, only produce sounds from outer space. Originally Mik Quantius was involved in the metal scene of Koln, but in recent years he joined several avant-garde projects. For instance: he is a member of the legendary German Krautrockband EMBRYO and he took part in ‘Way of the Cross’, an improvisational project of Dave Nuss of the NO NECK BLUES BAND, with musicians like Kuupuu, The Skaters, Stellar Om Source and Kemialliset Yvsatat. Mik Quantius has an enormous vocal range and his diction is occasionally comparable to CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, but a little weirder. Reoccuring are the absurd sounds that fly out of his throat, often touching the treshold of pain. He is a scat maestro, who rather uses his body as an instrument than to sing. The thrilling sounds you will hear during performances of Mik Quantius will remain in your memory for a long time.
!!!!!!! In A weeK !!!!!!! Beautiful and mysterious Stray Sounds
21:30 DJ SL’OCCII
00:00 REBET GUITARS (LIVE)
Rebet GuitarS (Charis Konstantinou & Jaap Faber) will cover the music of the legendary Kostis.
”The most enigmatic of all Greek rebetika artists. These tracks of truly unique guitar duets and black-humor lyrics chronicling the hash dens, prison culture and pickpockets of old Athens. Recorded in 1930-31 under a pseudonym for export to the Greeks living in America, research has uncovered the musician, journalist and cartoonist Kostas Bezos as the figure lurking behind the Kostis name, with ties to the famous singer Tetos Demetriades. Renowned for his slide guitar playing in Hawaiian-style orchestras throughout the 1930s, the Kostis recordings reveal an entirely different underworld of the macabre and illicit. The use of guitar in these now-classic rebetika songs display a virtuosity of finger-picked Near-Eastern modes and unusual tunings at the dawn of rebetika, when the bouzouki was yet to become supreme.”
As we are witnessing the recent escalation against the Palestinian people in Gaza, Jerusalem, Hebron, Haifa, and basically everywhere in Palestine, we are calling for a series of concerts and events to take place wherever and whenever possible, under the title of “NOT SILENT”. By whenever and and wherever possible we stress that this is not simply a one-time event, but rather a call to organize continuously and simultaneously, just as the oppression of Palestinian people is a continuous process that should not be viewed as a one-time or occasional massacre. It is about the struggle of millions of living Palestinians around the world who are denied their basic rights, from returning to their own land to the access to clean drinking water and electricity.
We aim to form a global community of concerned artists and organizers who are able and willing to take a stand and hold these events as a means for action that challenges the current cultural discourses and methods, as well as the notions of ‘solidarity’ itself. Palestinians do not ‘need’ a stand to help them get along with their fate, but rather we should be responsible for making a real change, not simply from the position of being ‘informed’ on the issue, but from an active position that challenges our media and cultural discourses in which Palestinians are – at best – only being viewed as victims of acts of “misconduct” by the Zionist occupation, and where our knowledge and perception of the Palestinian issue becomes subject to “counting victims” and getting angry or frustrated from one massacre to the next. We know this is going to happen, but we do not want to think of Palestine only when this happens, thus we need to speak out and take a much more solid stand, not only for the victims, but for the living as well.
The first event in this series is going to take place in Amsterdam at OCCII, followed by another one in Berlin at The Workshop. Upcoming events are currently being planned and organized and will be announced in time. This call is a method to create a network of organizers, artists and cultural workers, and should not be viewed simply as global event in “reaction” to what is happening in Palestine. Artists and other individuals who wish to take action and join the network should contact Compass Collective:
SOTU Festival is returning in 2018 in the week of April 10th-15th, going deeper into the underground!
Video by: pavel mikhaylov
SOTU Festival 2018, returns this April, and we are very proud to reveal the first line up announcement, taking place around the Vondelpark in Amsterdam, with a very special opening concert on Wednesday 11th June in Occii, featuring Erik Ruin performing his project Long/Gone, an ongoing papercutting and carving mythic landscapes with a live soundtrack by Dead Neanthertals. SOTU will release and present a tape compilation and zine for the festival, with this years theme Mastrubation!
COR GOUT BOEK Presentatie: ‘Tien muziekmomenten die mijn leven veranderden’ (In de Knipscheer)
w/ Dolf Planteijdt (Morzelpronk), G.W. Sok (The EX), Rob H. Bekker (Zimihc), Cor Gout, Frank v/d Bos, Peter Bos (Trespassers W) & Lukas Simones (Dull Schicksal), Bert Vissers (Bender) + Peter Bruyn, Gé Huismans (Gonzo circus), Oscar Smit (Vinyl), Wim v/d Herik (Opscene/Fake)
Cor Gout, zelf o.a. muzikant en schrijver over muziek, vroeg zeventien zeer door hem gewaardeerde muziekschrijvers om tien muziekmomenten te beschrijven die van invloed op hun leven zijn geweest, en voegde daar zijn eigen bepalende momenten aan toe. Dat leverde 18 emotioneel geladen en wetenswaardige verhalen op. Tegelijkertijd is Tien muziekmomenten die mijn leven veranderden een ode aan het bijzondere talent van deze schrijvers zelf, de tijdschriften die zij oprichtten of waarvoor ze werkten en in sommige gevallen de boeken die zij schreven.
Tien muziekmomenten is een boek over mensen, momenten en muziek. Muziek en fanzines die niet aan een bepaald genre of een bepaalde stijl gebonden ZIJN…