Uplifting Chaos Extravaganza: WORM x CAFE OTO

Uplifting Chaos Extravaganza
Concert - Thu 16 November 2023
WORM Rotterdam
Doors → 20:00
Start → 20:30
End → 23:30

Bij Worm doen we aan residencies & uitwisselingen & concerten. Dan is het natuurlijk een win-win-win situatie als we al die elementen in 1 project kunnen stoppen. Cafe Oto is een van de beste plekken in London voor experimentele -laten we het zo maar even noemen- muziek. Voor dit project heeft Oto 4 podiumkunstenaars uit Roffa & omgeving uitgenodigd en Worm hetzelfde met Londenaren. Deze acht uitverkorenen hebben 4 dagen samengewerkt in Worm om een Extravaganza te creeren die op donderdag in Worm en op vrijdag in Cafe Oto zal worden uitgevoerd (ze reizen met de trein!). Wat daar uitkomt is op het moment van schrijven nog onduidelijk. Wat we kunnen verwachten; een zeer gevarieerd programma met solo’s maar ook tutti’s (iederen tegelijk) vol met klank, muziek, performance, beeld, spoken word & opbeurende chaos. Precies waar Worm voor staat. En Cafe Oto ook.

At Worm we do residencies & exchanges & concerts. Then it is of course a win-win-win situation if we can put all those elements in 1 project. Cafe Oto is one of the best places in London for experimental – let’s call it that – music. For this project, Oto invited 4 performing artists from Roffa & the surrounding area and Worm did the same with Londoners. These eight chosen ones have worked together for 4 days in Worm to create an Extravaganza that will be performed on Thursday in Worm and on Friday in Cafe Oto (they travel by train!). What will happen there is still unclear at the time of writing. What we can expect; a very varied program with solos but also tutti´s (all at the same time) full of sound, music, performance, images, spoken word & uplifting chaos. Exactly what Worm stands for. And Cafe Oto too.

Ecka Mordecai
Ecka Mordecai is a British artist based in London. Situated between sonic and olfactory disciplines, her work is driven by sensation: entwining cello, horsehair harp, voice, environmental recordings and perfume into time-based objects. First trained in Renaissance and Classical music, she pursued studies in performance art, digital music and sound arts, arriving at a practice that defies formal constraints and intentionally undoes the limits of form and genre. She composed Aequill Sound 01/02/03, a trio of commercially available niche perfumes she thinks of as "inter-sensory field recordings", as well as Promise & Ilusion (Otoroku, 2022), the album in which Ecka uses the sound of a creaking door to metaphorically describe the intense and dynamic emotional states that commonly inform her work.

Duncan Harrison
Duncan Harrison = artist from the United Kingdom working with recorded sound, voice, text, actions, images, ideas…. Active for the last 20 years, mostly within the UK experimental sound underground.  Releases and distributes obscure audio art objects via his adhuman label and mail order. Reluctant promoter of occasional DIY shows in his hometown of Brighton. Even more reluctant and occasional live sound engineer (ugh).  Digital archivist and librarian for £££, Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00.

vo ezn — sound && infrastructure artist, working on server-side tensions and introverted interfaces. figuring out tools for-to knowledge-sharing / opting-out / autonomy ][ –to-for-by-with on my own terms. brewing a monthly radio transmission — non-zero exit at radio worm. part of feminist server collectives/networks systerserver / anarchaserver / minadoraserver ///// infrastructure caretaker at hackers & designers [sound] ————– field recordings _ configure / reconfigure / split-splice in anti-gravity.Blood’s boiling waters [lever burns.

Jacco Weener
Jacco Weener is a performance/visual/audio artist from Rotterdam. Besides his solo performances (which are about the intersection of pop culture and religion/spirituallity mostly) he also sings in the bands Cantos Deus (a religious no wave band) and Buurtbeheer (a social housing punk band). With both band and solo he has released a multiple of records on CD, Vinyl and Cassette.

Reinier van Houdt
Reinier van Houdt started working with taperecorders, radio’s, objects and various string-instruments at a young age. He studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest & the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He developed a fascination for matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment – points beyond composition, interpretation and improvisation. He has built himself an unusual repertoire that consistently resulted from personal quests; from collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives, from the composing and staging of music-performances or from unorthodox studies of classical music, and from endless taperecordings he made since the eighties.

Lia Mazzari
As a sound artist and performer Lia Mazzari’s practice is often collaborative, engaging new audiences through encounters with art in non-conventional spaces, physical and virtual. She likes to explore the divisions of site and non-site, private and public through live performance, sound installation and urban intervention. Lia creates recorded and live events that embrace the broader sense of sound in space. This fluid relationship with her environment and towards sonic activism as well as developing an extended technique with cello and whips form the crux of her practice.

Billy Steiger
Billy Steiger was born in Howth on the 16th December, 1986. Now he plays the violin.
“Then he sat down by a pond and began to play a tune. As he played, the most extraordinary thing happened. One by one the fish in the pond began to jump out and fly about in the air. And what is more, they were all different colours and they were singing to the music.”

Ash Kilmartin
Ash Kilmartin is a visual artist, writer and radiomaker from Aotearoa New Zealand who lives in Rotterdam. Her work is concerned with the speaking voice as a tool for finding and making public space, as the hinge between the physical material of the body, and the social fabric of language. She is interested in historical characterizations of the speaking body; in non-linguistic vocalisations as communication; and in how the voice can be translated into orthography, texture, or space. With Linus Bonduelle she is co-host of weekly radio show Ever Widening Circles on Radio WORM.