Lea Bertucci is a sound artist from New York. Her work often incorporates multichannel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental & vocal technique, and tape collage. Tonight she uses a saxophone, sampler, and tape machines. The sax is played with great clarity, minimal and precise, hitting the apple straight through the core on the first shot. Multi-layered sounds enhanced with lo-fi tapes shift the music into a strange mix of free improvised music and musique concrète. Minimal music for maximum impact.
Dirar Kalash is a musician from Palestine whose work spans a wide range of musical and sonic practices within a variety of compositional and improvisational contexts. His approach to music and life are highly political and challenge dichotomies, hierarchies, and binary logics of new/old and west/east as tools of cultural imperialism and hegemony. Dirar plays a myriad of instruments. For tonight, he will use the oud in an improvised set with Manchester legend David Birchall. David is a guitar player who uses his performance practice as an improviser to think more widely about how living things, sounds and spaces interact. Versatile, creative, and playful. Dirar and David have been collaborating for a long time, and tonight is the first time they perform together in the Netherlands!
Madhav Agarwal grew up near New Delhi, India, and was exposed to music from a very young age. When he was 8 years old, he started listening to and singing a lot of Ghazals, a poetic form consisting of couplets written in Urdu and Hindi, a taste cultivated in him by his father. Soon after he began official training in Indian Classical Music. In his early teens he got into western music and contemporary folk as well, and currently he studies Art of Sound in The Hague. The music he makes is a deeply intense and heartfelt mix of all this, where Madhav sings personal geets and ghazals in his native language while accompanying himself on the harmonium. The songs are his homage to dreams and dreamers, those who are content to be lost and have no thought of being found.