Ephémère February 2017 – Taking position #1

Studio Loos : De Constant Rebequeplein 20B, Den Haag.
Doors open at 20:00, concert starts at 20:30 sharp.
Entry is 3€.

This first Ephémère of 2017 marks the beginning of a new season under the theme ‘Taking Position’.

Program :
SARAH ALBU – Futuremoves – 7 (+!!!!) Steps To A Perfect! Future! Body!
OSCAR JAN HOOGLAND / FRANK ROSALY MOLA SYLLA – The triangle : Dakar – Amsterdam – Chicago
DAN GIBSON – Live electronics

Futuremoves – 7 (+!!!!) Steps To A Perfect! Future! Body! by Sarah Albu

Futuremoves – 7 (+!!!!) Steps To A Perfect! Future! Body!
Have you been feeling a little disconnected? Trying too hard to complete too many tasks with too many bodies in too many places all at once? Is your mind constantly hitting walls working on physical problems you can’t solve in the here and now simply because your present body is somewhere else? Do you ever wonder where you really are whilst your mind is occupied with your requisite daily flight through the tubes and tunnels of the information superhighway?
The FutureMoves™ routine is guaranteed to tone and refine your adaptability to the rapidly changing requirements of earthly existence.

Sarah Albu is a Canadian experimental vocalist, composer and performance-maker currently based in the Netherlands. Her background in theater and obsession with science fiction (dating from childhood) feed darkly comedic imagined worlds. She has been an invited artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts and international series and festivals across Canada, Europe, the US and Mexico. Equally active as a free improviser, new music soloist, and chorister, she is comfortable lending her voice to settings ranging from early Franco-Flemish polyphony to noise and psychedelic rock. Her first solo album was released independently in 2013. An avid knitter, environmentalist and folk dancer, her recent work explores the effects of rapidly developing technology on our bodies and lives through a mix of curiosity and nostalgia.

Mola Sylla – Vocals and percussion
Oscar Jan Hoogland – Electric Clavichord
Frank Rosaly – Drums

The triangle : Dakar – Amsterdam – Chicago
On drums will be Frank Rosaly. Rosaly has been involved in the improvised and experimental music community since 2001 where he has become an integral part of Chicago’s musical fabric, navigating a fine line between the vibrant improvised music, experimental, rock and jazz communities. Listening to Rosaly is an active engagement: “I see my musical journey as process. My endeavors are meant to display, document and communicate that process. I play music to ask questions, and within this subjective art form, queries are not meant to be answered, but are meant to qualify new questions.” Like Rosaly, singer and percussionist Mola Sylla is in many ways a musical explorer. Born and raised in Dakar, Senegal. He grew up in the tradition of the griots. Griots play conveying stories – sometimes decorated with music, theater and dance – an important role in the culture in West Africa. His rhythm and melodic compositions differ from the western agreed schedules and provide surprising twists. Hoogland you might know since he has performed at Loos before with o.a. the Royal Improviser Orchestra and EKE. He is a master on his electric clavichord and a key figure in the Amsterdam improv scene. A triangle of 3 cities 3 musics 3 people ‘taking position’. [Dakar – Amsterdam – Chicago a triangle of in total 18534 km]

Dan Gibson -Live electronics

The performance will explore the difference between public and private spaces and the boundaries that they impose. A combination of  soundscapes from disparate times and places will be used to create an interconnected mesh of parallel narratives. Uncovering dream worlds where time and space collapse on themselves, playing with the threshold where things become perceivably separate, alien and outside oneself. The material will be transformed to find points of intersection whilst focusing on individual interpretation and freedom of expression rather than perpetuating cultural hegemony.

Dan Gibson is an English musician and sound artist. In 2011 he studied a Ba (Hons) Degree in Creative Music Technology at University Centre Doncaster and has recently completed a Masters at STEIM and the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands.
He also plays and records under the pseudonym noisesinthenight, the name chosen to evoke the acousmatic qualities of listening at night in which the sound sources are unknown and a sense of quietude exposes previously unheard sonic activity. The music works through electronic decoupling of sound from its source, manipulating the associative qualities of sound and intertwining traces of disparate events.
Gibson’s work incorporates experimentation and improvisation and aims to explore the sonic subtlety, textural nuance and dynamic intensity found in the natural soundscape through the embodied practice of playing and building investigative hardware and software instruments.