In this unique double bill, the creative worlds of Fred Frith and Zwerm – free of dogmas of style or genre – meet with the promise of a musical adventure. Hear music from Zwerm’s latest release (‘Badminton in Tehran’) – with Fred Frith performing as a musical guest – as well as a solo set by Frith to open the evening.
The electric guitar quartet Zwerm has never been one-sided in its musical ambitions. Over the past ten years, the Ghent-based quartet has hopped between pure improvised noise, English renaissance music and contemporary classical compositions. The common thread is not to be found in any particular stylistic direction but in a shared musical curiosity. A new Zwerm project always begins with the question: what if ...?
The writing process for their new record ‘Badminton in Tehran’ began with the question: what if we just focus on grooves for a few months? Beyond that, no holes were barred. An online repository was made in which the members of the band could drop their individual demos. Then this raw material was up for grabs, being kneaded and rechewed by the others in new edits. After some months they had created a primordial soup of beats, grooves and snippets of text. Once reunited in the studio, they distilled 10 new tracks from this together with producer Rudy Trouvé (formerly of dEUS). ‘Badminton in Tehran’ is the first record from Zwerm on which all the music completely of their own composition, grooving like a Rube Goldberg machine: experimental krautrock, long riffs and industrial-machine rhythms. DIY and a touch irregular, but oh so fascinating.
“What a sound, what an energy, what a wealth of ideas. Fantastic record.” - De Standaard (****)
“A massive trip that takes the listener completely out of their daily routine. Delicious ear candy that continues to intrigue after multiple listens.” - Dansende Beren (***½)
20:15 Fred Frith
The British guitarist Fred Frith explores the boundaries between experimental classical and free improv. After growing to become a pioneer of experimental guitar music in the 80s, in the following decade he went on to make waves with the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet. World-renowned guitarists played in his collective, including Mark Stewart (who now plays with Paul Simon and Bang on a Can), Nick Didkovsky (Dr. Nerve) and René Lucier.
Sat 11.05 - 19:45 Domzaal Vooruit
€ 18 / 15 (presale)
Guitar-impro / Noise / experimental / music