Slumberland feat Sainkho Namtchylak + LEYA (US)

Concert - Thu 18 May 2023
WORM Rotterdam
WORM Central Station
Doors → 20:00
Start → 20:30
End → 23:30

A night of sonic inversion, fucking with tradition and downright surprise! Slumberland, led by sound artist Jochem Baelus, deploys an arsenal of home-made mechanical instruments unleashes a hypnotic krautrock/post punk sound with echoes of distorted exotica, long-lost soundtracks and boozy rock & roll greats. In 2020 Jochem Baelus set out to investigate how he could use his expertise to go into dialogue with other cultures through his sound sculptures. His fascination for the use of the human voice as a means of communication within certain communities soon led him to 63-year-old avant-garde, voice artist Sainkho Namtchylak.

Namtchylak grew up in Tuva, an autonomous republic in Russia north of Mongolia. She is known as one of the first recognised female ‘overtone artists’, a privilege usually reserved for the male part of the population.

NYC’s LEYA occupy a space between many worlds, releasing work that equally encompasses Mediaeval song, modern folk, and their own classical-meets-pop language rooted in weird sensuality. The duo comprise of harpist Marilu Donovan, who uses a unique tuning system and Adam Markiewicz, who blends operatic vocals in multiple languages with warm violin tones. Expect a unique, otherworldly, and often uneasy sound.