One of the best things about curating concerts is that you get to meet artists that you truly admire. Philip and Claus are two veterans that have had much influence on the younger generation. I was especially excited to have Claus who is relatively unknown outside of Europe, even though he has played with most German improvisers and his performances are hard to forget. Many people who came to the show had not seen him before and where really blown away by his style and music. Philip also gave an solid and delicate performance that transformed our space into a reverberating memory chamber. However, the highlight of the show was their duo at the end. The distinct sound coming from both players matched perfectly creating a dense vinyl soundscape full of crackly textures.
Claus van Bebber with his hammer loops
Jeck + Bebber
(photo taken by Vivian Wenli Lin)
Text from our mailing list:
STEIM presents Turntable Music Night vol.4
a night for experimental turntable music
Philip Jeck (UK)
Claus van Bebber (DE)
dj sniff (NL/JP)
Date: Thursday, March 13
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Entrance: 5 euros
Reservations and more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 020-6228690
Contrary to turntablists who cut and scratch, there are the ones who find beauty in textured memories of the vinyl and delicately weave together a narrative that evolves in multiples of 33 and 45. Philip Jeck is one of the pioneers in this style of music, not only influencing other turntablists but also a whole generation of laptop musicians. Claus van Bebber is a legend who rarely plays outside of Germany and Western Europe. At the age of 59, he can possibly be one of the oldest turntablists active today, but his music is powerful - using 5 turntables simultaneously and placing hammers next to the needles to create spontaneous loops. Unlike many turntablists, both of these musicians bring their own turntables reminding us that each turntable has its own characteristic sound. Please join us for the fourth edition of Turntable Music Night at STEIM.
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