Rumor 85

Rumor 85     Saturday   28 October   2017    Utrecht

Start:   20:30   TivoliVredenburg Cloud 9

Admission:   €15,-  /  €10,-   (U-pas, student)                      TICKETS

20:30  Julius Eastman – Evil Nigger     TivoliVredenburg Cloud 9

The classically-trained pianist, singer, dancer and composer Julius Eastman was one of the great musical polymaths of the 20th century. His life was characterised by great contrasts. Balancing the established, academic contemporary music field, performing with Morton Feldman, John Cage, Pauline Oliveros and New York’s downtown scene. He was among the first to combine minimalist art music with elements of pop in his compositions – a direction continued by Rhys Chatham and Arthur Russell. He died homeless in 1990. Eastman’s contribution was to expand hardcore process-oriented Minimalism, finding ways to fit in expressive dissonances and improvisation. Evil Nigger (1979) is a tremendous piano piece, here performed on two grand pianos, with a clear political sting. “What I am trying to achieve is to be what I am to the fullest – black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, and a homosexual to the fullest.” Julius Eastman.

Nora Mulder & Nico Chientaroli – piano

21:45  Amsterdam Real Book     Theater Kikker

The Amsterdam Real Book started off as a project to build a bridge between the new up-and-coming scene of improvisers in Amsterdam around such players as Yedo Gibson, John Dikeman and Oscar Jan Hoogland, and the internationally known New Dutch Swing scene with its roots in the instant composing of Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. Full on rock-based free improv meets lively jazz-based instant composing. The Amsterdam improvisers are famous all over the world for their groundbreaking treatment of composition within jazz. Cutting-edge playful and smart. The repertoire includes music by Misha Mengelberg, Sean Bergin, The Ex, Paul Termos, Theo Loevendie, Michael Moore, Willem Breuker, Leo Cuypers, Guus Janssen, Ab Baars, Oscar Jan Hoogland, Jack Bulterman, Joost Buis and Tristan Honsinger.

Eric Boeren – cornet; John Dikeman – sax; Kaja Draksler – piano, organ; Oscar Jan Hoogland – piano, electric clavichord; Japser Stadhouders – guitar; Wilbert de Joode – double bass; Onno Govaert – drums

Tickets: TivoliVredenburg

Information: [email protected] / 030-2719877 /
Special thanks to: Theater Kikker & Tivoli/Vredenburg


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Special thanks to: RASA, TivoliVredenburg, City of Utrecht, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Elise Mathilde Fonds



Rumor 83

Rumor 83       Utrecht     Thursday  September 22   2016
Start:  20:30    TivoliVredenburg   Grote Zaal
Admission: €18,-  /  €14,- (U-pas, student)           Tickets


Morton Feldman – Five Pianos – TivoliVredenbrug Grote Zaal
Feldman himself about this work: “Five Pianos began by finding myself humming tones while improvising on the piano. The vocal or humming sounds were quite short, and as the piano sounds lingered, I began to hear other pianos, other humming. Two, three, four pianos were too transparent – the fifth piano became like the pedal blur needed to complete the overall sound I was after.”
Feldman’s compositions don’t impose themselves on you, and they refuse to shout about their meaning or importance. They also resist your attempts to predict what might happen next. His music is full of repetition, and yet nothing ever repeats. Individual chords, textures and rhythmic ideas reoccur, but they are never (or very rarely) the same. Patterns don’t progress in a predictable way, which makes Feldman’s aesthetic radically different from minimalists such as Steve Reich or Philip Glass. Feldman’s music is tranquil and dreamlike, above all Five Pianos.

Nora Mulder, Gerard Bouwhuis, Pascal Meyer, Dante Boon, Samuel Vriezen – piano

Othin Spake – ACU
Othin Spake started as a joke. Put together by Teun Verbruggen, who got “carte blanche” in Brussels. Teun decided to play a complete Improvised session with the eccentric guitar player Mauro Pawlowski (dEUS) and Fender-Rhodes player Jozef Dumoulin (Magic Malik).
This first session (on a lousy, rainy Sunday afternoon) turned into a complete musical party going from very rough soundscaping, to punk, minimal electronic and Jazz.
It was an unbelievable event with very fresh, innovating music from three musicians who never played together before. They immediately became one of the most discussed bands …. “This is no Jazz!!!!!!”
They’re not playing pure Jazz but they call their music “emofreejazznoizesweetpunk” which comes close to what they’re bringing. Every concert is a complete discovery and a fully improvised set … so worth checking out!!

Teun Verbruggen – drums; Jozef Dumoulin – fender rhodes; Mauro Pawlowski – guitar

Lucas Niggli & Andreas Schaerer – RASA
These two cosmopolitan musicians show no reluctance to create any imaginable sounding worlds. The vocal virtuoso Schaerer has a tremendous range of expression, from classical singing to yodel and overtone sounds he can do pretty much everything imaginable with his voice. Lucas Niggli is one of the most versatile drummers in Europe.
Their imagination and communication skills are the key to a free, yet very precise improvisational kind of music that knows no dogmatic boundaries. The result is a virtuoso, naked and yet opulent-sounding music with two archaic musical instruments: voice and drums. A versatile, highly agile performance which goes under the skin.

Lucas Niggli – drums; Andreas Schaerer – voice

Information and tickets: [email protected]  / 
Special thanks to: ACU, RASA, TivoliVredenburg, City of Utrecht, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Elise Mathilde Fonds

Rumor 82

Rumor 82        Utrecht     Saturday 14 May 2016
Start:    20:30    TivoliVredenburg  Cloud 9
Admission: €18,-  /  €14,- (U-pas, student, CJP, 65+)


Kris Davis – TivoliVredenbrug Cloud 9

Gareth Davis, Machinefabriek & Karel Doing – ACU

Jasper Stadhouders Polyband – RASA

Information and tickets: [email protected] / 030-2382080 /
Special thanks to: ACU, RASA, TivoliVredenburg, City of Utrecht, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Elise Mathilde Fonds

Rumor 81

Rumor 81        Utrecht     Friday 9 and Saturday 10 October 2015

20 years of Rumor

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Jaap Blonk performs Artaud’s “To Have Done with the Judgement of God” – RASA

Albatre – ACU

Dans Dans – Theater Kikker

Jan Hage: Xenakis – Gmeeoorh & Ligeti – Volumina – Cathedral

Oscar Jan Hoogland & Teun Verbruggen – TivoliVredenbrug
Eric Boeren & Bart Maris

Flat Earth Society & Mauro Pawlowski (dEUS)  –  Cloud 9 TivoliVredenbrug

After party: Nora Mulder & Rogier Smal – Cloud 9 Club  TivoliVredenbrug

Information and tickets: [email protected] / 030-2382080 /

Special thanks to: Theater Kikker, ACU, RASA, Tivoli Vredenburg, Gemeente Utrecht, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Prins Brnard Cultuurfonds, Elise Mathilde Fonds

Rumor 80

Rumor 80        Utrecht          Friday 17 April  2015

Start: 20:15   Theater Kikker

Admission: €17,-  /  €13,- (U-pass, student, CJP, 65+)

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20:15  Marc Vanrunxt – Real, So real  –  Theater Kikker

In 1982 composer Morton Feldman wrote the work ‘Three Voices’ as a tribute to the painter Philip Guston and the poet Frank O’Hara. At the time the composition was performed by singer Joan La Barbara, who sang live, and two voices recorded on tape. Real, So Real is based on this composition. The Belgian choreographer Marc Vanrunxt makes dancer Marie De Corte interact with the three-part installation, this time with a live performance by mezzo-soprano Els Mondelaers. De Cortes’ dancing body offers a powerful response to this monumental music.

choreography: Marc Vanrunxt;  dance: Marie De Corte;   mezzo-soprano: Els Mondelaers

21:30  Frisk Frugt –  ACU

Danish multi-instrumentalist Anders Lauge Meldgaard is the man behind the alias Frisk Frugt, Danish for “fresh fruit”. He was born in Aalborg, but currently lives in Berlin. With his own fantasy orchestra – a self-built flute organ, toy parrots, tiny keyboards and a lot more – Anders creates a virtuoso, catching mix of minimal music, pop and Danish folk. ‘It’s like a lush summer meadow in full bloom, at once teeming with tiny harmonic ecosystems and bursting with life-affirming possibilities’.

22:30  Ava Mendoza Unnatural ways – RASA

Exciting guitar-playing by Ava Mendoza, former student of Nels Cline (Wilco) and Fred Frith. Her band shifts between ‘complex heavy rock, avant-jazz and warped, noisy blues.’  Ava Mendoza is familiar with many guitar styles, from classical music to blues and adventurous experiments. Her guitar playing balances between melody and atonality, between beauty and raw abstraction. She has played with innumerable international musicians, but her main project is Unnatural Ways from Brooklyn, New York. The band’s first album is to be released shortly.

Ava Mendoza – guitar/vocals;  Tim Dahl –  bass;  Max Jaffe – drums/percussion

Information and tickets: [email protected] / 030-2382080 /

Special thanks to: Theater Kikker, ACU, RASA, Gaudeamus, City of Utrecht, Norma Fonds, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Elise Mathilde Fonds, Fonds 21


Rumor 77

Rumor 77            Utrecht         Saturday 10 May  2014

Klang and Knalpot play: MAXIMAL MUSIC! –  RASA
Circuit Des Yeux   –  EKKO
Bureau of Atomic Tourism  –  Cloud 9 (Tivoli/Vredenburg)


Rumor 78              Utrecht          Thursday 9 October 2014

Start: 20.30   Pandora (Tivoli / Vredenburg)
Admission: €16,-  /  €13,-  (U-pas, student, CJP)

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Peter Schat  To You  –   Pandora (Tivoli / Vredenburg)

Møster! – EKKO



Information and tickets: [email protected] / 030-2382080 /
Special thanks to: EKKO, RASA, Tivoli/Vredenburg, Gaudeamus, City of Utrecht, Norma Fonds, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Elise Mathilde Fonds, SNS Reaal Fonds

Rumor 75

RUMOR 75     UTRECHT     December 13    2013

Admission: € 16,-  /  13,- (U-pas, student, CJP)              BUY TICKETS

Start:  20:15   EKKO


20:15  Carate Urio Trio – EKKO
In the Netherlands the Belgian saxophonist/clarinettist Joachim Badenhorst is known as member of the Han Bennink Trio. Internationally Badenhorst attracts attention with various groups, such as Red Rocket (Ireland), Mogil (Iceland) and Rawfishboy (France). Badenhorst is an adventurous musician, who has only just started a new label KLEIN  (You should check his trio with John Butcher & Paul Lytton!), introducing the septet Carate Urio Orchestra. This orchestra harbours no less than six nationalities that have an eye for avant-garde and improvisation. Apart from the colourful line-up, it’s the music that stands out even more. There are recurring vocal parts and the world of rock is as expressly referred to as that of improvisation and avant-garde. It is by no means charts material, but there are evidently influences from post rock, film music, minimalism and lo-fi folk. Joachim Badenhorst is coming to Rumor with two musicians from the Orchestra: the Irish drummer/guitarist/singer Sean Carpio and the Catalonian singer/guitarist Nico Roig.

Joachim Badenhorst – saxophone, clarinet; Sean Carpio –drums, guitar, vocals; Nico Roig – guitar, vocals


21:00  Nadar Ensemble with Generation Kill by Stefan Prins – RASA
Young composers increasingly incorporate influences from computer games in their work. This is apparent in Generation Kill, named after the computer game of the same name, composed by the Belgian Stefan Prins. Prins is a pianist, a composer and a physicist. He also studied sonology at the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague. He sees it as his key task to explore the boundaries between virtual and real, between technology and humanity. “War as a game: that is what I wanted to show in Generation Kill.” Last year this work caused a lot of fuss during its world première in Donaueschingen. At the time the leading music critic Alex Ross wrote the following: “Nothing made a deeper impression than Generation Kill, an explosive synthesis of live and electronic sound by the thirty-three-year-old Belgian composer (…) The result was mind-bending, and not in a druggy, blissed-out way. As the composer intended, it was disturbingly difficult to tell what was real and what was virtual. The musicians were caught in temporal loops, as if Philip K. Dick had written a novel about chamber music.” Apart from Generation Kill” Piano Hero #1 & #2 and Ensuite by Prins will also be performed.

Pieter Matthynssens – cello; Elisa Medinilla – keyboard & game controller; Yves Goemaere – percussion; Nico Couck – electric guitar; Dries Tack – game controller; Marieke Berendsen – violin & scenografie; Daan Janssens – game controller; Thomas Moore – game controller; Wannes Gonnissen & Stefan Prins – sound


22:15  Xenia Rubinos – EKKO
Although originally from Cuba and with Puerto Rican roots, Xenia Rubinos has been living in Brooklyn for years, where night life and no wave avant-garde have influenced her artistic personality. Xenia Rubinos makes lively indie pop with distortion synthesizers, and charming and pert vocal parts performed by the lady herself, with influences from folk, world music, math rock and sometimes even dark new wave.  “I don’t really think about genres, and I think that’s why my music sounds the way it does. I’m thinking more about texture and sound and flavours.”  And what does this sound like exactly? Think of St Vincent together with Zach Hill (HELLA) in the studio. Or of Tune-Yards without the ukulele, but with casios. David Byrne has probably not yet noticed her talent, otherwise her albums would have long ago appeared on the Luaka Bop label. Anyway, this will undoubtedly excite all Talking Heads fans.

Xenia Rubinos – vocals,  keyboards; Marco Buccelli – drums

Information and tickets: [email protected] / 030-2382080 /  
Special thanks to: EKKO, RASA, Gaudeamus, city of Utrecht, KF Heinfonds, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Elise Mathilde Fonds, SNS Reaal Fonds



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Rumor 76      Utrecht       Saturday  22 February 2014
Start: 20.30      Moira
Admission: €16,- / €13,- (U-pas, student, CJP)          Buy Tickets

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Okkyung Lee – Moira
Cellist Okkyung Lee is one of the most dynamic forces in improvised music today, a fearless and powerful performer whose playing incorporates a love of noise, extended technique and elements from the outer fringes of contemporary composition. Using her clas­si­cal train­ing as a spring­board, she incor­po­rates jazz, sounds, Korean tra­di­tional music, and noise with extended techniques.
Since mov­ing to New York in 2000, she has per­formed and recorded with numer­ous artists such as Derek Bai­ley, Nels Cline, Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, Laurie Anderson and John Zorn to name a few. Her latest CD Ghil is actually a collaboration. Lee played all the sounds on the album, but they were recorded by Norwegian noise musician Lasse Marhaug, whose ideas guided the project.

Okkyung Lee – cello WEB

Les Trucs – RASA
Les Trucs are an electronic human/thing-orchestra. By means of alienating seemingly familiar sounds, exaggeration through affirmative utilization of clichés and the deconstruction of structures, they attempt to provide a platform for revising listening-habits or dancing. Within this attempt, musicians and sound-generating devices commonly turn into a symbiotic compound of switches, controllers and extremities, making it unfeasible to retrace who is operating whom, in the end. They are flash-mass-hypnosis based on furniture music and spiral yogic flying. For a short spoken person, needy to seep into a sphere of blunt musical classification, Les Trucs may roughly be outlined as a R n B version of Klaus Nomi and Wendy Carlos.

Charlotte Simon & Zink Tonsur: a variety of electronic gadgetry WEB

Shackleton – RASA
Shackleton’s maverick take on big bass lines and complex beats doesn’t fit into easy categories and that’s how it’s going to stay. He became famous as one of the founders of Skull Disco. One of a new generation of hugely influential UK labels, and an early indicator of the resilience and dizzying potential of the dubstep virus. In 2008 Shackleton moved to Berlin. From his Studio in the former German Democratic Republic’s broadcasting house he handcrafts rhythms that open the door to new worlds. Shackleton has continued to refine his sound. His trademark are brooding atmospheres, intricate lattices of percussion and warm, embracing sub bass lines.

Shackleton – live set   WEB

After party with David Douglas  – RASA
Utrecht-based producer David Douglas shares more than a name with the 19th century plant-hunting Scotsman; like the Douglas of old, the 20-something beatmaker is invigorated by the greatness of nature, and uses it as his muse when creating rich and atmospheric sounds. Douglas’ debut, Royal Horticultural Society, explores the frontiers of disco, bass, techno, and ambient music.

David Douglas – live set   WEB

Information and tickets : [email protected] / 030-2382080 /
Special thanks to: Moira, RASA, Gaudeamus, city of Utrecht, KF Heinfonds, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Elise Mathilde Fonds, SNS Reaal Fonds