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02 Mar 18 20:00 |

Beursschouwburg (brussels)

KRAAK festival 2018

2 → 4 March 2018

Apulati Bien (fr)
Felicia Atkinson (ca)
Ka Baird (us)
Leila Bordreuil (fr)
Sandra Boss (dk)
Peter Burr (us)

Liz Durette (us)
Capelo (be)
David Edren (be)
Jung An Tagen (at)
Lemones (be)
Osilasi (fr)
Paradon’t (de)
Pinkie Bowtie (be/nl)
Red Brut (nl)
SEF III (us)
Still House Plants (uk)
Transport  (de)
Zarabatana (pt)
Peter Zummo (us)

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Tickets:

Fri € 15 → tickets
Sat € 30 → tickets
Sun € 15 → tickets
Combi € 45 → tickets

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We are very proud to announce KRAAK FESTIVAL 2018, our yearly exploration of an endless expanding universe that we call off-stream music! Also for this year’s edition we will take over the heart of Brussels, as we are again hosted by the fine people of Beursschouwburg. So buckle up, flex your eardrums and muscles for a 3 day journey through musical Imagination in its purest and challenging form!

Keep an eye on these pages for weekly updates on the festival, and we recommend to order tickets, as last editions easily sold out!

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Apulati Bien (fr)

Youngster who is part of the infamous Outreglot collective. He creates a warped out designer-drugged world with fragments of neo-juke, splatter beats and arrythmic sampling. Apulati Bien pushes the electronic realms of equally RP Boo and Hiele further into an radical terrain that is visceral, brutal and danceable. Post-Millennial madness from the true hearted international basement scene.

Ka Baird (us)

Ka Baird’s (half of Spires That in the Sunset Rise) brutal take on spiritual free jazz features flute, vocals, loops and rudimentary electronica. In the tail of 2017, she released Sapropelic Pycnic (Drag City) which entered many end-of-the-year-lists. This album acts as a swirling universe, recalling both the Fourth World Explorations of Jon Hassell and alikes, as the electro-acoustic compositions of Léo Kupper, if seen in a vision by Alice Coltrane. The future of music is bright, exotic, colorful and is called Ka Baird.

Leila Bordreuil (fr)

This French, New York-based cellist improvises her way into unknown territories in the so-called dusty genre of improv and new music. She applies the cello as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. She is one of the rare musicians that equally masters sensitive micro-textural composition as vital and wild improvised noise. Collaborations are numerous and all-telling: with Nate Wooley, C. Spencer Yeh, Toshimaru Nakamura, Susan Alcorn, Chris Corsano, Bill Nace and many more.

Sandra Boss (dk)

Electronic composer and sound artist Sandra Boss reveals the sonic details of obsolete instruments and material through abstract compositions, sound installations and performances. Her work is structuralist in its core, researching the key elements of music — pure sounds, noise and crackle. She proposes an alternative for the post-romantic narrative, applying a dehumanized view on music as a pure, autonomous organism that appears in different, ever changing forms — either/or in the forms of exciting boredom, abstract sculptural phenomena or an emotional and physical engaging body.

Peter Burr (us)

Peter Burr is an artist from Brooklyn specializing in animation and installation. A master of computer animation, with a gift for creating images and environments that hover on the boundary between abstraction and figuration, Burr has in recent years devoted himself to exploring the concept of an endlessly mutating labyrinth. Existing as stand-alone pieces, much of his work is also in the process of expanding into a video game, and both music, in collaboration with Lucky Dragons and Jlin.

For the KRAAK festival 2018 he will present a series of films and a exclusive AV performance in collaboration with the Shelter Press head honcho and visual artist/musician Felicia Atkinson (ca)!

Liz Durette (us)

Ehse must be our favorite 2017 (and probably 2018) label with a consistent strain of highly qualitative and challenging releases. One record that immediately drew our attention was Four Improvisations by the Baltimore based pianist Liz Durette. In four meditative fender rhodes pieces, she touches upon the nature and complexity of human emotion, classic romantic music and deeply sensitive improvisation. The music is gestural and free, and mingles and shifts from heart-centered lyrical melodies to deep interior harmonic journey where Alice Coltrane and Lonnie Holley are relaxing together.

Capelo (be)

Brussels based synth duo, and one of the revelations of last year with the amazing single on Lexi Disques. Deeply melancholic pop tunes from a bygone era, injected with euphoric melodies and rhythms. Pop music born in and for the ever vivid Brussels underground, ready to conquer the world.

David Edren (be)

David Edren is the real name of the man behind the long-running and synth project DSR Lines, and his disguise to explore theme-based (non-modular) sound synthesis. Last year he released the piece “Electronic Gamelan Music” (Social Harmony) in which he redefines the exotica style using midi-controlled patterns. The soothing and slowly transmutating compositions channel mind burning micro-experiences, and are one of the best current experiments in new age.

Jung An Tagen (at)

Vienna-based post-millennial, hardcore arpeggiator and loose avant-gardist of all things new techno. The man proved with his latest record Das Fest der Reichen (edition Mego, 2016) that there is a direct link between hardcore gabba music and the sound experiments of the Darmstadt studio’s. In his universe, abstract electronic music is absolutely to dance on, and techno could be a banger in terms of hermetic experiment.

Lemones (be)

We are the Young Professionals, we have no genitals!
Another revelation born in the bedlam of the highly dynamic underground of Brussel. A (so-called) crap wave explosion that impersonates the best of no wave and dada performance — although they are too unique to reduce them to one or two art movements. Lemones practice the Absurd as a highly form of art; rock ’n’ roll  becomes a readymade in which self build instruments, chaotic songs and brutal energy are channeled towards a next level of serious poetry!

Osilasi (fr)

Brussel-based duo of harpist Léa Roger (Guili Guili Gulag) and drummer/singer Célia Jankowski (Vitas Guerulaitis). One can refer to a fine blend of post-velvet experimentation, spiritual free jazz, French prog folk and Malinese music, but that would equally distract one’s attention from their wild beauty and imagination.

Paradon’t (de)

German electronic duo hailing from the Black Forest. The duo Don’t DJ (part of the durian brothers) and Paraklang are renowned solo musicians transforming techno in a graceful formal experiment infused with trance elements and polyrhythms. Their EP Thrd Mpct Ep (DISK records) is universe on its own, but equally the best club music that we heard since ages.

Pinkie Bowtie (be/nl)

Is the visual artist collective of Dennis Tyfus, Vaast Colson and Peter Fengler. They operate between the institution, the commercial and the independent art space — being equally a platform, a collaborative entity and a production/distribution unit for their own work and for others. KRAAK invited them to host the festival; in what form, appearance or being is yet unclear.

Red Brut (nl)

Marijn Verbiesen must be one of the forces that keeps the Rotterdam underground together, as being part of numerous projects (Sweat Tongue, JSCA) and as organizer of the infamous MiMa concert series. But she is foremost a highly talented musician that debuts with a stunning vinyl with highly personal tape collages on KRAAK. The future of musique concrète is amongst us; she is called Red Brut.

SEF III (us)

Trio of Max Eilbacher, Alex Moskos and Duncan Moore, known of Horselords, AIDS Wolf and Needle Gun. They take the fine art of absurdist text-sound composition, electro-acoustic collage and sound synthesis into a playful field where performance, fluxus inspired poetry and confusing electronic sound experimentation are courting each other. Highly recommended: the tape on the ever amazing Ehse Records.

Still House Plants (uk)

Glasgow-based avant-rock trio who write songs that are on the verge of collapsing, leaving a highly confusing residu of seemingly improvised drums, indie rock guitars and heart breaking blues singing. You can refer to Robert Wyatt, Ornette Coleman, Elysia Crampton and even to the last album of Talk Talk… but this band definitely has its own distinctive, unique and grand voice. Highly recommended: the tape ‘assemblages’ on the Glarc imprint.

Transport  (de)

There are still big parts of unknown territory to be unveiled in the so-called KRAUT rock genre. The fine lads of Transport bravely dedicate their lives to explore those undiscovered realms. The collective is a free wheeling monster in Motorik Beats, psychedelic guitars and afrobeat bass grooves. Would you ever refuse a highly crafted cocktail of Neu! and Can, spiced up with some Ralf & Florian and the best that current mind boggling music offers?

Zarabatana (pt)

It’s hard not to mention Zarabatana and free jazz in one sentence. But this Portugese trio of drums, upright bass and trompet hi-jack the heritage of Art Ensemble of Chicago from the institution, and bring it back to where it belongs: in a urban complex of fast moving bodies, wild exotic night life and tranquilized woods.

Peter Zummo (us)

This legendary trombonist and composer is maybe a somewhat overlooked, but key figure in the 70s and 80s underground music scene of New York. Renowned for the numerous collaborations with o.a. Arthur Russell, Tom Hamilton, Philip Corner and David Behrman, he worked with an open, curious mind in free jazz, minimalist composition, funk and disco. His own work displays a similar naivety, openness and highly poetic conceptualism. He is associated with the postminimalist and Downtown aesthetics, but maybe his own words are more accurate: “minimalism plus a whole lot more.”

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