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 79

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Rumor 79          Utrecht          Saturday 7 February 2015

Start: 20:50   TivoliVredenburg

Admission: €16,-  /  €13,- (U-pass, student, CJP)


20:50  Asko|Schönberg: Beat Furrer – FaMa – TivoliVredenburg (Main Hall)

In FaMa Beat Furrer discards all existing rules of opera, theatre and ensemble music. There is a protagonist, though, a young woman, who breaks free by asking: ‘Am I really so beautiful? Is that me there who speaks?’ It’s the start of a hallucinatory performance. Furrer gives us a hint: ‘Each note contains drama and every musical movement has the power to tell a story.’ The title refers to Fama, the home of the goddess Fama, according to the Roman poet Ovid. And according to Furrer: ‘A place to which all the events and sounds of the world come and find resonance. This space has an overwhelming sensuality.’

Asko|Schönberg conducted by Christian Karlsen

22:15  Bouge – RASA

Bassist Luc Ex’ latest project is called Bouge. This trio, with two fantastic improvisers: trombonist Johannes Bauer from Berlin and French vocalist Isabelle Duthoit, also playing the clarinet, make us witness music taking shape on stage. They demonstrate the urgency of innovative music by improvising with elements from jazz, classical music and punk. The classically trained singer Isabelle Duthoit has developed a remarkable style inspired by Japanese traditional singing. It’s intense chamber music: wild and extreme.

Isabelle Duthoit – clarinet, voice ; Johannes Bauer – trombone; Luc Ex – bass guitar

23:15  Bakker, Goudsmit & Jäger – RASA

Never enough. Music. Life. Energy. Fun. Notes. Idiocy. Effort. Heart. Leaps. Imperfection. Magic. Music. Some tunes pop up out of the blue. Some melodies vanish into thin air. Some clues are unseen, some hints ignored. Sometimes everything clicks together like clockwork. These three are skilled masters of improvised music. They fight each other to the bone, they support each other to the top. One moment high-flying power grooves can get shot, to start a new life crawling in the mud. Taken roads cross, intertwine or run dead as the moment requires. In the meantime they mock, entertain, surprise, frighten and move.

Anton Goudsmit – guitar; Arno Bakker – sousaphone; Gerri Jäger – drums


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

Rumor 78

Rumor 78            Utrecht         Thursday 9 October 2014

Start: 20.30     Tivoli Vredenburg

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

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Peter Schat – To You – Pandora (Tivoli Vredenburg)

Matthew Collings – RASA

Møster! – Cloud 9 (Tivoli/Vredenburg)


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


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


rumor 76

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