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 @ www.concertgebouwbrugge.be

“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.

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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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PIANOGUIDE Feat. Reinier Van Houdt

For their 3rd edition of “Voyage au bout du piano” PIANOGUIDE (Elisa Medinilla and Frederik Croene) invite Dutch pianist Reinier Van Houdt in an exhilarating mini-festival exploring the different facets of what the piano repertoire has to offer in the 21st century.

“Voyage au bout du piano #3” takes place at Muziekcentrum de Bijloke in Ghent on saturday 02/02, featuring 4 concerts, starting at 17:00. Check out the fantastic program and come!

CONCERT 1 (Kraakhuis: 17:00 – 18:15)
Robert Ashley: Maneuvers For Small Hands – 50′ (RVH)

CONCERT 2 (Concertzaal: 19:00 – 19:45)
Peter Eötvös: Cosmos – 12′ (RVH en EM)
Paul Craenen: Das Wohlpreparierte Klavier – 12′ (EM en FC)
John L. Adams: Dark Waves – 12′ (EM en RVH)

CONCERT 3 (20:30 – 21:20)
Frederik Croene/ Markéta de Borggraef: Damascenes. But only the Big Ones.- 15′ (FC en RVH)
Reinier van Houdt: creatie – 15′ (RVH)
Michael Pisaro: Fields have Ears – 20′ (RVH, FC en EM)

CONCERT 4 (22:00 – 22:20)
Frederik Croene: creatie – 10′ (FC)
Brigitta Muntendorf: Key of Absence – 15′ (FC en EM)

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Het Kip & De Ei

Coming saturday marks the inaugural edition of Zwerm’s new concert series “Het Kip & De Ei!

Het Kip & De Ei is series of double bills, in which artists coming from very different backgrounds share the stage. The focus is on the music, ‘ear above eye’, no distracting fancy visuals, but a simpel informal setting where the musicians are close to the audience. 

A perfect fit for the musicians of Zwerm, who took the initiative to launch Het Kip & De Ei. They will curate its concert calendar following their artistic incentive of curiosity and a yearn for surprise.

This first edition will feature Belgian cellist Benjamin Glorieux playing 2 of the famous Bach cello suites as well as Berliner electro-veteran Felix Kubin, who will present his “Mineralorchester”.

All concerts take place at Madam Fortuna, Sergeyselstraat 20 in Antwerp (walking distance from Antwerpen Centraal).

Het Kip & De Ei is a project of Zwerm, in collaboration with Madam Fortuna & ChampdAction, with the support of the Flemish Government.

website Het Kip & De Ei

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Blink of an Ear – new residency program!

Cohort is happy to finally start its new residency program Blink of an Ear in collaboration with Werkplaats Walter!

First residency will take place from 13/01 till 17/01 with the project Fusion of Friends (FOF) by Down The rabbit Hole and The Third Guy:

What happens When The Third Guy meets Down the Rabbit Hole?

Friends from a long time ago, and identified as performers of contemporary music, both groups naturally search for new collaborations, extended techniques, founding boundaries between improvisation, programmed algorithms, and new aesthetics. Wishing to challenge and support each individual of the groups in the most creative way, they come together for a new project with working title Fusion of Friends (FOF). Making space for collective thinking, and artistic decisions to shape, define, and indulge together a new physical and artistic performance space with a collective of five… to spark the senses of everyone.

Open Studio on thursday 17/01 from 16:30 till 17:30, with some playing and some talking, feel free to stop by! (Werkplaats Walter, Van Lintstraat 43-45, Anderlecht)

Blink of an Ear is a residency program that offers a platform to question the current practices in the field of new music and sonic arts. It is an artistic sanctuary where experimentation rules regardless of institutional or commercial codes or norms.

Blink of an Ear is organised by Cohort and takes place at Walter in Brussels.

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