From 23 to 25 February, Sonic Acts took up residence in Amsterdam-Noord for the second edition of Sonic Acts Academy – a new platform geared towards unpacking the processes of artistic knowledge. Across three days, we turned to a diverse community of artists, teachers, tutors, mentors, thinkers and tinkerers, to exchange ideas and push for alternate pathways in the field of education and knowledge production. Read more.
As part of my work for Sonic Acts I am responsible for the promotional strategy and campaign for the monthly club night, Progress Bar. Progress Bar is a growing community of artists, academics and activists who occupy clubs for a better politics. When confronted with the world today – institutional inequality, neofascism, platform capitalism, austerity and a dying planet – being happy becomes a political act. Progress Bar supports radical club cultures that believe resistance is necessary in order to change the world. More info at progressbar.club
Sonic Acts Festival 2017, The Noise of Being, included a three-day conference and numerous performances from local and international artists, plus an extended film programme, exhibition, workshops and masterclasses at Paradiso, Stedelijk Museum, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Bimhuis, De Brakke Grond, Arti et Amicitiae and De School. More info at www.sonicacts.com
After being a freelancer for over five years, I’m now employed as full time Head of Marketing & Communicatios at Sonic Acts. I will be helping Sonic Acts with their overall marketing and communications strategy for their annual festival and events such as Progress Bar and Dark Ecology. Sonic Acts was founded in 1994. Over the years, Sonic Acts Festival has established itself as a thematic festival with a strong focus on contemporary and historical developments at the intersections of art, technology, music and science. Each festival edition explores the chosen theme by means of an international conference, a wide range of concerts and performances, exhibitions and screenings, and embraces a broad spectrum of fields, practices and disciplines.
As the summer is drawing to a close the time has come to release the Rewire 2016 aftermovie. The short cinematographic documentary style film captures the highlights of Rewire 2016. The sixth edition of the international festival for adventurous music took place April 1-3 across ten stages at seven venues in the city centre of The Hague, the Netherlands. The film features interviews with James Holden, Vessel, Black Rain, Pete Swanson, Jlin, André de Ridder, Gwyneth Wentink, Wouter Snoei. Watch the film below. The film is made by the kind people of Mind The Film (www.mindthefilm.co.uk).
Metronome is my new club night at OT301 in Amsterdam. “A fixed aural pulse of electronic music”. I invited two very special guests for the second edition on Friday February 19th. Unit Moebius Anonymous, the act risen from the legendary techno band Unit Moebius, which is the keystone of the notorious Acid Planet days. Their influences are still to be heard in contemporary dance music. Even Aphex Twin claimed to be a fan! And Marsman, who has been making an impressive uprise in the last few years. hand in hand with a wide variety of artists whom he cherishes as his own family. And all of this is going down on his acknowledged label: Pinkman. Lately he added Charlois as a new imprint to the imperium. More information here: www.metronome.amsterdam
After working on two succesfull editions of Rewire Festival in The Hague (2014/2015), I’m now busy buiding a fresh new campaign strategy for 2016 (April 1-3). Rewire is an annual international festival for adventurous music. The festival presents a broad programme with a focus on contemporary electronic music, neo-classical, new jazz, experimental pop, sound art and multidisciplinary collaborations. First announced artists are Animal Collective, Mica Levi & Stargaze present Under The Skin, Battles, Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld, Xiu Xiu plays Twin Peaks, Ben UFO, amongst others. Check rewirefestival.nl
The good people of Mind The Film made a mini documentary about Rewire 2015. Watch the impression video featuring interviews by Saskia Lankhoorn, Julianna Barwick, Thomas Ankersmit, Siinai, Gerben Louw and Tim Vermeulen. Performances by: Saskia Lankhoorn, Julianna Barwick, Thomas Ankersmit, Mbongwana Star, Jac Berrocal + David Fenech + Vincent Epplay, Blue Daisy, Holly Herndon, Yodok III, Neneh Cherry & Rocketnumbernine, Jenny Hval & Susanna and more. Rewire 2016 will take place on April 1, 2 and 3 at several venues in The Hague. And I will be there..
Gwyneth Wentink, Wouter Snoei en Arnout Hulskamp present ‘In Code’. An audiovisual performance of ‘In C’ by Terry Riley with harp, electronica and visuals. “In C” by Terry Riley is shrouded in mystery. Rumored to be the first piece of minimal music ever written, it doesn’t have a fixed running time. Most renditions of this mysterious piece run somewhere between 45 or 90 minutes. Originallty arranged for 35 musicians, Wouter Snoei and Gwyneth Wenting made adjustments for electronica and harp. I will be helping the team with their PR and communications strategy.
Starting in November, I will be hosting a new club night ‘Metronome‘ at the famous OT301. A fixed aural pulse of electronic music. For the first edition on Friday November 20 we’ve invited two special guests; the young and talented producer HOEK from Amsterdam and the notorious dj Mark du Mosch from Rotterdam. Navigate your way through the barrage of drum machines and synth mayhem, and come to rest under the watchful eye of the Metronome..
Saturday the 18th of July marks the date of the very first 22fest, a new festival at the beautiful Diemerbos presented by 22tracks. Expect an intimate forest location with three stages, a delightful food line-up, a creative side-program and lots of great music to explore. As a project manager I helped to build up the festival’s promo strategy.
The good people of Mind The Film made a mini documentary about Rewire 2014. The film highlights the festival programme and includes interviews with Noveller, Henrik Schwarz, Nik Bärtsch, Klara Lewis, Herman Kolgen and Tatu Rönkkö (Liima). Revive and Rewire…
I’m very lucky to say that I’m working as Head of Marketing and Communications for the upcoming Rewire Festival in The Hague. Rewire is an annual international festival that showcases adventurous music. The programme is built around concerts, performances, club nights, screenings, artist talks and workshops. The fourth edition will take place on November 7 and 8 2014; at various venues across The Hague.
I’m happy to be working with one of the very best orchestras in the world, The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. It celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. The RCO developed a new format for the AAA concerts on Thursday nights: well over an hour of orchestral music without a break, preceded by a curtain-raiser (a prominent person discusses the theme on the Main Hall stage) and followed by the /entrée Late Night. The first concert in this format is thrilling in every respect: music for scary film moments, with film projections. Before the concert, the young and successful film director Pieter Kuijpers (well-known for films such as Van God Los and TBS) will speak about Suspense in music and film. For the next four AAA Thursdays (September, October, January and March). I’m working on the PR strategy and online communication together with design agency Grrr.
For five days – from Wednesday 3 till Sunday, April 7 – be sure to visit the World Minimal Music Festival at Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ and/or Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. During the 3rd edition of this biennial festival, there will be lots of concerts with international musicians including Kronos Quartet, Konono No. 1 and Ben Frost, containing both ritual trance music, electronic beats and soundscapes. Next to the main program there are several special events during the festival, developed in collaboration with organizations like 22tracks, Subbacultcha! and Gonzo (circus). With dj’s, films, talk shows, minimal yoga and a 21-hour composition inspired by Erik Satie’s Vexations.
I’ve been working on the previous editions in 2009 and 2011. Now I’ve been asked to help Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ with the PR strategy and online marketing for the third episode of this wonderful festival. It feels good to be back!
Los Bangeles is based in the Netherlands (Rotterdam) and was founded in 2009 as an audiovisual weblog, focused on the sights and sounds of the U.S. West Coast. In January 2011 Los Bangeles developed into an online magazine passionately dedicated to telling the stories of creative individuals and innovative brands. For their blog they did interviews with Jameszoo, Ted Langenbach and many others. As a partner of 5 Days Off 2013, Loas Bangeles wanted to know something more about the festival and the people behind the scenes. So they asked me a couple of questions. You can read the whole interview here.