The fourth edition of UNPLUGGED is here! Curated by our member Anna Moreno, UNPLUGGED is an annual event of performances and installations at Helicopter’s yard and project space by members of Helicopter, with the only premise of NO ELECTRICITY! For the fourth edition, we asked the participating Helis to each pair up with a collaborator to come up with a contribution. This brought us to expand the event to daytime, introducing for the first time Unplugged Mini!
September 19, 2020
14:00 – 18:00 – Unplugged Mini (for small kids and not-so-small-kids) 18:00 onwards – Unplugged (the program will be announced in the following days! Stay tuned!)
Helicopter Studio’s – Beatrijsstraat 10, Den Haag (enter through the blue gate in front of café Elta)
We’re happy to invite you to MYRIADS #28! A special edition with three special acts, each pushing the limits of sounds and space in their own unique and personal way. New duo SKRTCH explore never-ending sonic heaviness of the most distressing kind. No Sugar No Candy is a performance by choreographers Haduch and Mavridou pursuing intensity using voice and silence as guides for physical expression. And Timeteo’s four channel sounds inhabit the place and nourish uncertainty. More info on the performances below.
Doors open at 20.30, performances start around 21:00 Entrance 5 euros, cheap drinks, all money goes to the artists No pin — bring cash please!
SKRTCH is Christian Smith and Vlad V Vlaev, who make Drone Music of the most distressing kind. Constantly changing, yet not at all, and without any goal beyond never-ending sonic heaviness. Vlad plays guitar and electronics. Christian plays percussion and electronics, and sometimes sings, but let’s hope not tonight. https://soundcloud.com/christian-s-smith/skrtch-christian-smith-vladimir-vlaev
“No Sugar No Candy” – Mavridou/ Haduch A voice-dance duo by Maria Mavridou and Malgorzata Haduch who use both voice and silence as guides for physical expression. This show is personal till the pain of the bones, with the performers sharing with each other what would otherwise remain hidden forever. At times, No Sugar, No Candy is a broadcast of two different radio stations blaring simultaneously. And sometimes, the piece gets too intense — even scary to watch. All in the pursuit of fullness of expression, fullness of being together, fullness of life. And never stepping back. Malgorzata Haduch: http://freethedance.blogspot.com Maria Mavridou: https://mavridoumaria.blogspot.com
Timoteo Carbone – Sounds In An Abandoned Space II The core of this project comes from an abandoned space in Timoteo’s imagination and memory. In this area, cleaned of its past activities and importance, a series of apparition are reported. A series of sounds that interlope the surrounding silence, that inhabit the place just as weed and mold do. The performance investigates a state not capable of generating structural responses anymore, a situation after the demise of its last standing pillar. A being where there is finally space to nourish uncertainty. A four-channel performance for voice, viola, projections and soundtrack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvX0QRqnajY
Helicopter resident DJ Manimal spins his personal favorites through a matrix of echo and loops in between sets.
We’re happy to invite you to MYRIADS #27, this time with four travelling experimental acts celebrating the use of repetition and drones and sprinkling it with noise. Dragons+Doyle experiment with abstract storytelling with just a cymbal, a loop pedal, a voice and two hands. And we have the trio of Julius Ménard, Jeans Beast and licht-ung, three acts associated with the German label Econore, which is relentlessly putting out one weird/outsider/experimental release after the other in strictly limited small runs. See below for some more info on the artists.
Friday november 29 at Helicopter, Beatrijsstraat 10 in Den Haag Enter through the blue gate opposite Cafe Elta Doors open at 20:30, first act around 21:00 Entrance 5 euros, beer is cheap, and all proceedings go to the artists Cash only!
Dragons+Doyle is a duo experimenting with abstract storytelling and the meditative effects of repetition. A cymbal and a loop pedal, a voice and two hands. Sonic waves surround and like the great whale the seas begin to move around you. Relax they are here to help. https://dragonsdoyle.bandcamp.com/
////// Ali Robertson (Usurper/Giant Tank) He’s a Scottish institution, like deep fried whisky, jellies and the High Bees winning a cup every 100 years
completely limited – limiting itself to free itself
electric shocks/purple rubber gloves/dismantling instruments assorted household detritus/word-free chatter/comic narrative/deadly absurdism/slow jerry s/living cartoon/not progressive/ACCIDENTS happen/music hall-parallel free-jazz universe The performance will probably involve a table, a chair, some beer, an effigy or two and some bonfire
////// Mik Quantius (Embryo) German/eclectic world beat/traditional ethnic/jazzy space rock/vocal artist/continuously abducted/threshold of pain scat maestro/Kick A Bit Against The Shit/playing space
His performance will probably involve sitting, a keyboard, beafheartian grumbles and a bonfire
Helicopter, Beatrijsstraat 10, Den Haag
Entrance 5- Drinks cheap no pin All proceeds to the artists
MYRIADS and Helicopter invite you to a special Mid-Summer Music Night,
where Chilean sound artist Daniel Llermaly immerses you in an
other-worldly atmosphere of melting and dripping sounds, and Den Haag’s
own City Hands unfolds his personal dreamy and psychedelic universe. A
relaxed summer night, perfect if you’re spending your summer days in our
lovely city and appreciate some fascinating performances and refreshing
On thursday, august 1 At Helicopter, Beatrijsstraat 10, in Den Haag Enter through the blue gate opposite Cafe Elta Entrance 5 euro, great selection of cheap drinks, all money goes to the artists Cash only!
/// Daniel Llermaly hails from Chile, currently residing in Mexico. He is a versatile musician: sound artist, part of tropical psychedelic ensemble La Redada, giving workshops on “electronic lutherie” and the use of free technological tools, and active organizer of sonic events. For this night, he presents “Quelccaya”, a real-time composition based on field recordings of the world’s largest tropical glacier of the same name, in Perú. These recordings were made on various recording devices, from simple dictaphones and cassette recorders to top-notch hydrophones. These recordings are then augmented with self-built oscillators, synthesizers, filters and other processors. The result is a living sonic organism that fully immerses you in other-worldly atmospheres of melting and dripping sounds — while simultaneously inviting you to reflect on the effects of climate change in the communities living in the Andean zone. http://www.oficinadesonido.org
/// City Hands is the long-running project of Manuel Padding, a musician, performance artist and visual artist from Den Haag. Padding uses an ever-shifting array of sound generators which keeps his music fresh and surprising. From tape collages and sound bowls to small simple electronics, self-constructed water drums or coconut shakers, where needed sprinkled with just the right amount of ghostly effects. With this he takes you to a highly personal, dreamy and psychelic universe where ancient creatures give a glimpse into their mind in a fascinating winding trip. https://silverghosts.bandcamp.com/album/by-time-influenced-memories-3
is an irregular series of concerts focussing on the many facets of and
approaches to experimentation, improvisation, musicality and virtuosity,
irreverent of any borders.