July 17, 2011: ACSH #15 with Paul de Jong, Bart Folmer

June 29, 2011    Ass-crack Stage-hack

Just like with the previous ass-crack stage-hack opportunity came knocking and esc.rec. opted for hosting yet another EXTRA ass-crack stage-hack in Havenkwartier Deventer.

Paul de Jong, classically trained cello player and half of the renowned American duo The Books is in The Netherlands and gladly returns to the city of Deventer. He was here a few years ago to compose a piece about Okkenbroek and perform this composition at the Herfsttonen festival there. He was invited by esc.rec. for this project and it resulted in an audience moved to tears and a contribution to the Herfsttonen release (listen to it here). This time he comes over to improvise on cello, especially for us. Pure enjoyment awaits you here, you just have to show up!

If Bart Folmer is DJ-ing he usually does so under his Radion moniker and wastes no time letting the audience know it is time to shake their booty. This time however, Bart shows us his sensitive, melancholy side. Expect anything ranging from modern classical and minimal music to singer/songwriter and subtle, melodious electronica. Lean back and let yourself drift off into bliss.

Date: July 17, 2011
Start: 15:00 hrs.
Entrance: 5 euro
Location: Havenkwartier Deventer


June 27, 2011    News

Into The Great Wide Open Festival scores bigtime this year with Seeljocht, an ‘artists in residence’ project which can be traced back to the origins of this festival; the island Vlieland as a source of inspiration for music. Before the first edition I have frequently discussed these ideas with Peter Boorsma, founding father of Into The Great Wide Open. It’s good to see that these ideas now finally get their chance to fully evolve in a side project of the third edition. Way to go Peter! Read an interview here.

And with a line-up like this, how can you go wrong? Piiptsjilling (Mariska Baars, Romke Kleefstra, Rutger Zuydervelt, Jan Kleefstra), Peter BroderickNils Frahm, Heather Broderick, Greg Haines33 1/3 Group (Douwe DijkstraCoen HuismanJules van Hulst) and Sytze Pruiksma working together in one collaborative effort to capture the island in sound and vision. Several of these artists have performed in past editions of esc.rec.’s ass-crack stage-hack, and the ones who didn’t I would love to book in future editions.

Anyway, really looking forward to hearing (and seeing) the results of this collab. I probably won’t be there for the live performance at Into The Great Wide Open (tickets are sold out), but I’m confident the registration will sufficiently blow me away. Check this site to closely follow the endeavours of this supergroup.

June 25, 2011: ACSH #14 with Yan Jun, Roel Meelkop, BMB con., Dennis de Bel + introduction by John Heymans

June 8, 2011    Ass-crack Stage-hack

Opportunity knocked, so esc.rec. organizes/improvises this extra(!) ass-crack stage-hack in June. Yan Jun just so happens to be in The Netherlands (for Poetry International). Besides poetry he also makes music and – together with Roel Meelkop and BMB con. – he comes to Havenkwartier Deventer to perform for us on Saturday, June 25.

Yan Jun was born in Lanzhou in Northwest China and studied Chinese literature at the university there. Besides being a poet, he’s a hub in the Chinese electronic music scene and founder of the influential labels Kwanjin and SubJam, where he releases his own music and the work of other Chinese artists. He organizes musical events, gives concerts in China and abroad, and he writes critical essays on music.

Roel Meelkop is one of the Dutch pioneers of experimental electronics. He released his impressive oeuvre through many quality labels, esc.rec. included. Meelkop is also part of several groundbreaking groups such as GOEM, Kapotte Muziek, Zèbra and THU20, together with some other important players in Dutch experimental electronica, like Frans de Waard, Jos Smolders and Peter Duimelinks.

BMB con. are the most mysterious sound and performance collective to be found in The Netherlands. For this performance BMB con. is Justin Bennett and Roelf Toxopeus. A BMB con. performance consists for a large part of improvisation: action, re-action and interaction. Because BMB con. build up an audio/visual system especially for each space, each performance is unique. People from Deventer may have encountered Justin Bennett’s work in the recent exhibition ‘Sporen’ in Kunstenlab, Deventer.

This experimental evening will be introduced by John Heymans, a specialist in early electronic music. His introduction could provide a useful reference or context when listening to these artists and experimental electronic music in general.

UPDATE: It seems that Dennis de Bel has made a last minute surprise decision to tag along. So he might be present here too. Chech here for one of his latest works.

Date: June 25, 2011
Doors open: 20:00 hrs.
Start: 20:30 hrs.
Entrance: 5 euro
Location: Havenkwartier Deventer