Zwerm @ Barbican and more spring news!

Busy weeks ahead for Zwerm and Nadar!

Zwerm will join forces once more with experimental guitar legend Fred Frith, playing two double bills in Tivoli/Vredeburg, Utrecht and Vooruit, Gent on 10 and 11/05 respectively. Just a few days later they will head to London for performances at the prestigious Barbican Center as part of the Sound Unbound Festival on 18 and 19/05. They will play their much acclaimed “Electric Consort” program with arrangements of English Renaissance music as well as performances of Steve Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint”, joining forces with the New York quartet Dither and Mark Stewart. Lastly on may 22nd they will head to Rotterdam for a performance of “Echo” with Post Uit Hessdalen, as part of the Operadagen festival.

Having just finished a run of two performances of Daniel Linehans’ and Stefan Prins’ “Third Space” in deSingel in Antwerp, Nadar will head to Poland later on for a portrait concert of Alexander Schubert at the Musica Electronica Nova festival in Wroclaw on 25/05. They will end the month with a bang with the the world premiere of Bernhard Lang’s large new work “HERMETIKA IX ‘Vox Angeli II'” on 30/05 at Concertgebouw Brugge.

For more details on dates and venues check the Cohort agenda page and maybe see you there!

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The Third Guy at Le Lac, Brussels

On wednesday may 8 The Third Guy is coming to Le Lac with Danish bass player Frederik Sakham! The first part of the concert will be presented by pianist Donatien Tomandini.

The Third Guy:

Frederik Sakham:


Entrance 5e, and the sauna is open !
Doors at 19h, concert at 20h.

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We’re Here. We’re Glad You’re There.

24 hours of live radio-music by Zwerm
SLOW festival, 23-24/02/2019, Concertgebouw Brugge

Live @ Villa Bota, Park 8, 8000 Brugge (start: 22:00)
Listen @ 106.4 FM (Regio Brugge) – 107.9 FM (Regio Torhout)
Live stream @

“I believe that people in media have an important obligation to fulfil. That is to truly grasp the spirit of the period. And at the same time to use their imaginative powers and practical skills to create a ‘dream tide’.”
H. Yokoi *

“It is time for a chtonic swarm.”
D. Haraway **

In “We’re here. We’re glad you’re there.” Zwerm will use the medium of FM-radio to create a 4 part cycle of 24 hours of live radio music. Inspired by Hiroshi Yokoi’s 24 hour ambient radio broadcasts in Japan in the early 90’s, the program is structured according to Yokoi’s ‘tide of sound’ method following the tide’s cyclical pattern by which Zwerm aims to slow down and generate a musical ‘dream-tide’. The musical content will be generated by a backing track running on a reel-to-reel tape recorder, which functions both as a score for the musicians to play along with, as well as a metaphorical clock:

Depending on the tide, a cycle ends or starts in what Donna Haraway describes as the Chtulucene, which is “a name for an elsewhere and elsewhen that was, still is, and might yet be.” The Chtulucene is what comes just before and right after the tape runs out, the “tipping point”. It is the “aftermath” as well as a new beginning. “Think we must; we must think. That means, simply, we must change the story; the story must change.”
We’re here. The sound of the deepest part of the ocean, an iceberg, a forrest, a swarm of cicadas, the sound of a city, of late capitalism, a corporate coffee shop at rush hour, a protest march.
But nothing changes: there is a sound of a continuous drone, the sound of stability. This stasis is comforting, but it is only apparent and misleads us. It is extremely fragile, every little detail can make irreversible changes. “Nothing is connected to everything, but everything is connected to something.”
Irreversible changes will lead to what has come to be known as The Great Acceleration. But also here the end can be a new beginning. “The world is not finished and the sky has not fallen—yet. We are at stake to each other.”

Toop, David. ‘Ocean of Sound’, London, Serpents Tail, 1995, pp. 154.
** All remaining text in italic are quotes from Donna Haraway’s essay ‘Staying With The Trouble, Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chtulucene’, in Moore, Jason W. (ed.), Anthropocene or Capitalocene? Nature, History and the Crisis of Capitalism, Oakland, PM Press, 2016, pp. 34-76.

info and tickets click here

We’re Here. We’re Glad You’re There. is a production of Zwerm, co-produced by Concertgebouw Brugge and in collaboration with Villa Bota.
Concept & development: Kobe Van Cauwenberghe
Live music: ZWERM.
Photo: NASA.
Thanks to Villa Bota

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