SOTU (Sounds of the Underground) is an annual alternative music festival in Amsterdam. SOTU has a passion for genre bending sound and performances – you can listen to noise, prog, folk, improv, rave, bass and electronics.
The main event takes place on Friday and Saturday (17 & 18 April) at venues Occii, Vondelbunker and Butcher’s Tears at the same time.
(the) Kurws formed in May 2008 as an unexpected result of a ping pong session. Since then they have pursued their own search, not so much in defined genres, but within the very foundations of rock, expression, and sound. It is a workshop where improvisation penetrates through composed material, a congealed form of the creation process. Armed with repetitions, recombinations, variations and contrasts, they frolic with memory and expectations. Post punk, krautrock, rock in opposition, funk, no wave – they present modes of playing, motives, and riffs we have heard time and time again in a totally different context, dissected from their original environment, placed side by side, used in a brand new manner, deconstructed and distilled.
Their debut album “Hole in the ghetto” was released in 2011 in Europe in a joint venture by Qulturap, Oficyna Biedota, Trująca Fala, and Blinded, and in the US by Bat Shit Records. The band has played numerous gigs throughout Europe and are faithful henchmen of DIY principles.
Depending on the circumstances, the band functions as a trio:
Dawid Bargenda (drums) + Hubert Kostkiewicz (guitar) + Kuba Majchrzak (bass)
Sheik Anorak is formerly a solo performance. It consists of a drumkit, a guitar and some effects pedals.
Especially loopers, as Sheik Anorak builds “songs” with several layers, parts and atmospheres…
These solo performances can go from regular indie rock songs to noisy and violent drums and guitar attacks.
Some tunes are written and some are improvised. It depends on the mood and several other things. And so are Sheik Anoraks’s recordings and releases.
“Week ep” is a no wave/noise recording while “Day 01” is somewhere between avant pop and noisy rock, and “[…] du coup”, a guitar experimentations recording.
Afrobeat | Noise | Electroacoustic
Stoka Ensemble is a new ensemble from The Hague which probes the intersections of noise music and afrobeat. With a unique instrumentation of two horns, acoustic drums and three laptop artists, this ensemble brings together uncompromising experimental sounds with ruthless Nigerian beats and rhythms.
guitar drone | psychdelic | experimental
Cyril M. is a french musician focused on improvisation, influenced by psychedelism, noise music and the underground scene of Japan.
Drummer in duet with Agathe Max and in Sathönay Loud Band, a psychedelic project led by Nico Poisson, and also guitarist in the power-trio Noyades with Vincent Cuny and Jessy Ensenat, he works to fully expand the sound palette of each instrument to get to a personal form of aesthetics.
Unstable and lively, between subtle minimmalism and raging noise, this expanded approach of the guitar emerges through intense gestures and manipulations that leads to electroacoustic fields, alongside with percussions and hypnotic harmonies.
Has already played with : Makoto Kawabata, Duane Pitre, Gaspar Claus, Onnyk, Lauren Rodz, Gilles Vignes, Dario Fariello…
Styles: various | weird
This Scottish mermaid swam all the way to the Netherlands where she grew up in the small coastal town of Zandvoort. Unable to talk she decided to let the music speak for her. Spinning records and mp3’s with a dark, romantic and sometimes humorous twist
Dj Meeuw is the founder of the Brussels based label Meeuw Muzak. He released around 45 records. last year he did a tour with Japanese artist Asuna who was playing 100 keyboards. Dj Meeuw is playing an eclectic mix from reggea to avant-garde music to electro synthesizers.
-w/ Mono-Poly + OSC1899 + Boris Scorpio + Falafelbiels + Kami Kapnobatai
Styles: modular synthesis / acid / techno
MONO-POLY is the founder of the noodlebar collective. They host a monthly modular event at Roodkapje in Rotterdam. He started collecting synthesizers in the late 90s and is a big modular fresk nowadays. Expect some on the fly patching tonight from your noodlecheff. From lush spacious sounds to dancing rhythmic stuff. Other artists part in de noodle bar:
FESTIVAL TALKSHOW : T’ Gaepent Gat
T’ Gaepent Gat is a talk-show on Radio Patapoe about art, counter culture and extra ordanairy subjects mixed with tunes by dj Naaktslak. During SOTU they wil interview artists and participants of the festival every night during a Festival-Talkshow from 20:00 till 21:00 in the gallery/upstairs space of the Occii. http://www.gapendgat.blogspot.nl/
Takes place at the OCCII Smoke Gallery.
Rhys Chatham (US)
The Kurws (PL)
Shit and Shine (US)
Cremation Lily (UK)
Cyril M. (FR)
Varkenshond (BE / NL)
Urpf Lanze (BE)
DJ Texel (1/2 Aalscholver Riot)
Howie Reeve (UK)
The Brain Masturbation
Film: Blootgeven by Jan Kees Helms
Bruital Orgasm (BE)
Sheik Anorak (FR)
Parrish Smith & Ron van de Kerkhof (Knekelhuis Listening Session)
Zo’n Raar Orkest (with conducter Gijs Borstlap van Rooie Waas)
Eugene Chadbourne & Rogier Smal (US/NL)
Margriet Kicks-Ass (Oerknal)
DiscJochie Grrrt aka DJ TpOk
Presentatie: FAKE #01 Magazine & CD-comp
-w/ The Outskirts, Arno Pelzer en Spoelstra
Kasper Vogelzang (Photographer, OCCII-expo)
Butcher’s Tears – Karperweg 45
Budapest – Pesthuislaan
Vondelbunker – Vondelpark 8
Occii – Amstelveenseweg 134
Tetterode (M4) – Da Costakade 158
Entrance 5 euro.
Vondelbunker, Budapest, Tetterode (M4) are free to visit.
Wednesday, April 8, Tetterode (M4)
18:00 – 20:00 Diner & Debate The state of the Counter Culture with a.o.: presentation by curator Corrado Salzano
21:00 – 23:00 Projections Installations – Vibrant Iceland presented by Masha Ru & Olga Ganzha / Performance program – With Dewi de Vree, Jervaas.
BORIS SCORPIO, CYRIL M., DJ GINGERMOON, DJ MEEUW MUZAK, FALAFELBIELS, KAMI KAPNOBATAI, MONO-POLY, NOODLEBAR, OSC1899, SHEIK ANORAK, STOKA ENSEMBLE, T' Gaepent Gat, THE KURWS