Connector V

November 2nd, 2017 8:00 pm 

This summer STEIM started their new event series ‘Connector’. Every first Thursday of the month we will connect with another collective or disciplin, resulting in either a concert or exhibition.


DATE: Thursday 2 November, 2017
TIME: 20:00 hrs.
COST: €7,50 (Free for CvA student pass holders)
LOCATION: STEIM (Broedplaats Lely), Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam. Map
Please note!
Due to lots of building activities the coming months around STEIM, the old directions on how to reach us are not valid anymore. Please check our contact page regularly to find the latest guidance!

This time we are joined by Conservatory of Amsterdam and Shackle!


Composers are not necessarily dead. They also do not necessarily write symphonies in D flat minor in a 4/4 time signature.
Tim Smith, frontman of the British band called Cardiacs is a great composer who wrote lots of music permeated with energy, humor, beauty, britishness.
By people who only partly open their ears (or their minds for that matter), his music has been defined being ‘chaotic’.
The opposite is true, however: it is strongly organised music and all one needs to be able to do is count past four (and not forget about prime numbers).
This challenging mix of punk, progrock, orchestral and live electronic music (also known as ‘pronk”) will be performed by BarmyFiveseveN, an ensemble from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
BarmyFiveseveN, directed by Jos Zwaanenburg, is a small bigband of around 15 players, armed with live electronic extensions.


Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material.

This extraordinarily inventive duo has a way of making music all their own. At the heart of their duo is a self-designed, cutting-edge digital cueing system which operates as a sometimes visible third member. Both prodding and reactive, the Shackle system suggests musical directions and textures to these two highly gifted performers, opening up a fascinating array of sonic choices for La Berge and Van Heumen to play with and against.

Improvisation and structure coincide effortlessly in Shackle’s music. Working with a computerized communication system that proposes various compositional elements to each player, they can then choose whether or not to cooperate with the proposed material. Proposals involve aspects of restriction, either in sound material, timing, dynamics or other musical parameters.

Shackle’s performances explode the line between improvisation without borders and tightly controlled forms that are both playful and daring. With uncanny transitions that turn on a dime and long, spun-out tapestries of sound, Shackle’s music works on two levels at once: full of delightful discoveries that can happen in the blink of an eye, La Berge and Van Heumen savor the possibilities that those discoveries offer up.
Shackle is online at

Sound Art Hallway

At STEIM we host a permanent Sound Art gallery. The works that are presented here don’t make any sound by itself. Therefor the public must explore and interact with the works. You are very welcome to do so before-, during the intermission and after the concert.
We have a changing collection.