20:30 concert + jam-session Storm Free ZWERM (snow moon) – Improvisation Ritual
February 16, 2020
ZWERM SNOW MOON 2020 - Storm-free edition
THIS IS THE NEW DATE
Doors open 20:00 - Music starts 20:30
Tickets by the entrance (cash only)
Playing / Students 2,5 EUR
Audience 7,5 EUR
Every full moon, Zwerm invites you to a ritualistic gathering dedicated to reckless, improvised music. The ritual consists of a concert followed by a free-play session, which is open to anyone interested in improvisation regardless of background. Inspired by the lunar phases, Zwerm is a performative interpretation of the flight of the starling bird - synchronized but chaotic, constantly changing yet never colliding.
For the first edition of Zwerm we will start off with Oscar Jan Hoogland, a smart pianist/composer with an itch to make music that cuts across genres, who don’t take themselves so seriously, but whose whimsical music has a real bite and brainpower. This will be followed by a free-play session that is open for anyone to sign up for at the entrance. Performers of any kind are welcome. For the free-play session, participants will be spontaneously grouped together to improvise short sets, and continue until the sun rises.
The enfant terrible of the new Dutch impro scene, Oscar Jan Hoogland (1983) sprung onto the Amsterdam landscape approximately a decade ago, at the forefront of the latest group of improvisers to arrive and simultaneously uphold the tradition of New Dutch Swing even while tearing it apart. He is currently on faculty for the composition department at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and the Mime department for the Academie voor Theater en Dans in Amsterdam.
Oscar is possibly most notable for his ability to use any and every influence as stimuli for improvisation and experimentation. Piano may be his main instrument but he is often seen performing on a variety of old synths, a highly customized electric clavichord, guitar, turntable, voice, toys…
For the free-play session, we can provide a piano, a drum set, a couple of guitar amps, microphones, a speaker system and a mixer. Please bring your own cables if you need to use the sound system.
The bar will be open all night! Please bring cash!
We look forward to see you at the first edition of Zwerm!