On June 18 2008, there was a roar from a full-house audience that gathered to support STEIM while it faced fatal government cuts. The noise also announced the end of an era – that night STEIM’s Director passed away in the same building, and as the institution secured its funding in the following months, new positions were filled and new directions were set.
I decided to continue organizing events on this same day because it was one of the most beautiful days that I had experienced, leaving me with shining hope and a crushing sense of responsibility. Every year on this day, after I have a quiet conversation with my passed mentor (who always graciously called me his friend), I try to remind myself how fortunate I am to be surrounded with such creative people, and to have the best job in the world.
After 4 years since that day, 7 since I starting working at STEIM, I am proud and content of what we were able to accomplish, and to see the institution able to secure another round of funding, I feel confident that the torch can now be passed on. It only feels natural that my last concert would be on this day.
STEIM crew from Patterns + Pleasure Festival 2011
We have a killer line-up for this year’s occasion. Massive light-noise performer from Japan, Atsuhiro Ito is coming straight from his performance at the Sonar Festival. His first concert at STEIM in 2007 is legendary. Since then he has shown amazing versatility with his instrument Optron, playing in hardcore bands, producing a hip-hop album, and now in his latest collaboration with Alva Noto.
Ito Atsuhiro with Optron
More electric than any electronic instrument, saxophone extraordinaire Christine Abdelnour is one of the last musicians to record with the late Michel Waisvisz, which resulted in the classic album “Shortwave.” Christine returns to STEIM for the first time in 5 years in her fantastic duo with The EX’s guitarist Andy Moor.
STEIM’s Daniel Schorno will open Sound Bunker Space Bar – STEIM’s vintage analog synth and machines from the crypt laboratory which he has been spearheading since 2 years. Other installations and short presentations by STEIM related artists will take place in the studios.
And finally, I will play my first solo set in Amsterdam since Patterns + Pleasure Festival and my last as STEIM’s Artistic Director, ending my 5 year term this summer. So many memories and records to scratch with!
It would be great to see you all there!
STEIM Summer Party
Featuring: Andy Moor & Christine Abdelnour, Ito Atsuhiro, dj sniff, Daniel Schorno, and more
Date: Monday 18 June, 2012
Time: doors open 20:00
Cost: 5 Euros
Location: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
21:00 CHRISTINE ABDELNOUR / ANDY MOOR DUO
22:00 ATSUHIRO ITO
23:00 dj sniff
ARTIST BIOS & VIDEOS
Atsuhiro Ito was born in 1965. He launched his career as a visual artist in the late ’80s, and in ’98 began presenting sound performances at art exhibitions and so on. Ito made use of fluorescent lighting (which is also an element of his art installations) in the creation of an original musical device called the optron. He continues to refine the instrument while approaching sound and music from a contemporary-art-based perspective. In addition to his solo exhibition and performance projects, Ito is active in a number of musical units. One of these is Optrum, the explosively loud “extreme optical noise core band” consisting of Ito and drummer Yoichiro Shin. Between 2000 and 2005 Ito presented various sound (music)/visual image-related events at Off Site, the now-defunct gallery/free space in Yoyogi, Tokyo. The Optrum album Recorded was released in June 2006 on the label Unknownmix (Headz).
Born in 1978, Christine Abdelnour lives in France but is of Lebanese origin. After discovering improvised music in 1997 she began a process of self-taught study and sound experimentation using the alto saxophone.
She has developed a unique personal language, producing sounds that are close to those of electroacoustic music but on a purely acoustic instrument.
She approaches sound as a malleable material, rich in concrete textures which combine breath, silence and countless acoustic distortions. She has developed extended techniques and complex patterns of sound production, exploring the microtonal aspects of the saxophone and its high-pitched tones. She employs subtle tonguing techniques, unpitched breaths, spittle-flecked growls, biting, slicing notes and breathy echoing sounds from the bell of her horn. Far from any narrative effects, her music addresses the relation between listening and concepts of perception, time and space.
Andy Moor was born in London in 1962. He began his musical life in Edinburgh, Scotland playing guitar with the band Dog Faced Hermans, a multi faceted eclectic group that mixed energetic post punk energy with traditional tunes and improvisations…. In 1990 he moved to the Netherlands after an invitation to join Dutch band The Ex and continues to be a full time member of this band….the openess and versatility of the musicians in this group has brought them intocontact with many musicians from different scenes and backgrounds..including Tom Cora(cello), Han Bennink(drums), Wolter Wierbos(trombone), Djibril Diabate (kora) John Butcher (sax) and Anne james Chaton (sound poet).
dj sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) was born in 1978. His musical work builds upon a distinct practice that combines DJing, instrument design and free improvisation. He arrived at STEIM in 2005 as a hardware intern, and lead the institution’s creative output as Artistic Director between 2007-2012.