Birdcage: Zeedijk and STEIM summer concert

dj sniff will be hosting two events in association with STEIM.

Birdcage: Zeedijk is a collaboration between dj sniff and curators Daniele Balit and Mathias Geoffroy. This will be a one-off event on Saturday, July 4 in a store front in Amsterdam’s Chinatown. Audrey Chen, Wun Thong and Byungjun Kwon will join dj sniff to perform in an unique stage/structure built inside the shop. The audience will be viewing from both inside and outside. You will need reservations to get seated inside. More info at the bottom.

On Tuesday, July 7, STEIM summer concert will feature Jorrit Dijkstra, an Amsterdam local now living in Boston, is back in town to play with Terri Hron whom he had collaborated during a residency in Florida. They have invited three other musicians for special one night special improv session. dj sniff will be joining the bill to play some new solo material that he has been working on.
hope to see you there!



Birdcage: Zeedijk
by dj sniff
Featuring: Audrey Chen (US), Wun Thong (AU), Byungjun Kwon (KR/NL), and dj sniff (JP/NL)

Saturday, July 4, 2009
19h – 21h, Free
at Toko Dun Yong store front
Zeedijk 88
1012, Amsterdam

Curated by: Daniele Balit and Mathias Geoffroy
Support by: Association 2028, Toko Dun Yong, CRTV, STEIM, softskin productions, Pallet Boy

One of the first things you notice in the Netherlands are exposed windows.
Whether it’s a family having dinner or a half naked lady luring you into her red lit room, the interface between the interior and exterior is often transparent. In contrast, for many Asian cultures you can barely catch a glimpse inside. Perhaps this has to do with how each culture deals with the gaze – looking at or being looked at. However, what is more interesting to us, is how do we listen within the politics of this gaze.

Birdcage: Zeedijk is a listening experience, about the way our ears can focus or drift in a given multi-sensory environment. Surrounded by coffee shops and the windows of the Red Light District, Zeedijk Street is a mash-up of Asian cultures. dj sniff chose this context to host his sonic laboratory for one night and deliver episode 2 of the Birdcage sound project. He has extended his invitation to Audrey Chen, Wun Thong, and Byungjun Kwon, who are all active members of the experimental music scene and all of Asian descent living and working in the Western world. Through the bare windows of an empty storefront, four stages will be created and installed by designer Mathias Geoffroy, purposefully skewing the visual and auditory relationships for both the audience and the performers.

Listening is less directional and less definitive than looking; it can deal with complexity on a higher level of presence or “there-ness.” If you listen hard enough you can always hear what you cannot see.

Contact and info:
ph. 0031 6 17 017 549

dj sniff
Audrey Chen
Wun Thong (Carolyn Teo)
Byungjun Kwon
STEIM@40! Summer Concert

Date: Tuesday July 7, 2009
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20.30 hrs.
Entrance: 5 euros
For more information:, 020-6228690 or

Jorrit Dijkstra (NL/US), Terri Hron (CA/NL), Alfredo Genovesi (UK/NL) , Robbert van Hulzen (NL), Jason Roebke (US) and dj sniff (JP/NL)

During July, Amsterdam becomes pretty quiet with most institutions and groups closed or away for summer. This concert is for those who stick around.
Jorrit Dijkstra, an Amsterdam local now living in Boston, is back in town to play with Terri Hron whom he had collaborated during a residency in Florida. They have invited three other musicians for special one night special improv session. dj sniff will be joining the bill to play some new solo material that he has been working on.

set 1
Jorrit Dijkstra – saxophone
Terri Hron – recorder
Alfredo Genovesi – guitar

set 2
dj sniff solo


set 3
Jorrit Dijkstra – saxophone
Terri Hron – recorder
Alfredo Genovesi – guitar
Robbert van Hulzen – drums
Jason Roebke – bass

Jorrit Dijkstra
The music of saxophonist and composer Jorrit Dijkstra draws from the jazz tradition in spirit and sound, but has crossed stylistic and cultural borders in order to express a strong, evolving personal vision. He spent his formative years in Amsterdam’s vibrant improvisation community, playing jazz, free improvisation, contemporary opera, and African, Celtic and Balkan music. Since moving to the United States in 2002, Dijkstra has deepened his affinity with the experimental forces of American music, while staying in touch with his Dutch musical roots.

Dijkstra’s current projects include his Flatlands Collective, with leading Chicago improvisers, and an electro-acoustic duo with New York drummer/composer John Hollenbeck. In his solo saxophone project, he incorporates an array of electronic effect devices to process his saxophone improvisations live on stage. Dijkstra’s use of analog electronics – including the Lyricon, a vintage electronic wind instrument from the seventies – extends his already flexible saxophone style into an idiosyncratic mix of cool jazz, free improvisation, and electronic minimalism.

Dijkstra has released eight of his own CDs and has performed at North Sea Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, Rome’s Festival Controindicazioni, New York City’s Tonic, the Chicago Cultural Center, ICA Boston, BIMhuis Amsterdam, and Stadtgarten Cologne. His work has won him a Fulbright grant, a prestigious Podium Prize for jazz musicians in the Netherlands, and composition commissions for ensembles and theatre companies around the world. Jorrit Dijkstra studied improvisation and composition with Misha Mengelberg, Steve Coleman, Steve Lacy and Lee Hyla, and he has taught at the Conservatory in Arnhem, New England Conservatory, and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Terri Hron
Recorder player and composer Terri Hron spends her time finding the right balance between performance, composition and improvisation. She began this search at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, where she studied all three subjects. Terri is often asked to be involved in performances of early music when there is some twist involved: in 2008, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra invited her to play with them and write a new work for the orchestra based on the Vivaldi concerti she chose to perform. With her own ensemble, Forbidden Fruit, she arranges and orchestrates little-known works, often using folk influences and improvisation. Within the arena of contemporary music, she has developed a highly personal way of playing and using her instruments, which has made her in demand as an improviser and interpreter of new works.
Some of her current activities include an ongoing project Bird on a Wire where she commissions composer to write pieces for recorder and electronics. She toured and recorded the first 7 pieces in the fall of 2008. She is also working on a staged, location-specific musical show, Pidgoyomon, with singer/songwriter/instrument builder Catherine Thompson. She enjoys collaborating with a number of musicians in a duo setting, including Robbert van Hulzen (Rara Avis), Alfredo Genovesi, Jorrit Dijkstra and Sam Davidson.

Terri is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes. She recently spent a number of months at The Banff Centre, working on new projects and (re-)writing several large-scale works. She lives and works in Amsterdam.

Alfredo Genovesi
is a free improvising electronic guitarist. Using an artillery of pedal effects, found objects, samplers, external sound sources and ever shifting guitar tunings he constructs multi-layered soundscapes using a hands-on approach which enables him to fluctuate between diverse and colourful soundworlds.
In Spring 07 Alfredo relocated to Amsterdam where he absorbed himself into the free improvisation scene as well as becoming an active member of Magpie Music/Dance Company.
His versatility as a sonic improviser has seen him contribute to a diversity of art forms; He has worked within theatre (, dance (Katie Duck), television (ie: ’Inside Clouds’/BBC2 doc, ’Urban Improviser’ /Channel 4 portrait), film, animation, performance art installations (ie; live performance in Peter Coffin’s greenhouse for ’Beating About The Bush’, South London Galllery) & educational workshops as well as doing his own live solo performances. Comissioned to compose a 45 minute work entitled ’North Sea’ for the Resonance FM Radio Orchestra. Also ’Space Soon’: The Resonance Radio Orchestra, under the conduction of Alfredo Genovesi, provide an audio backdrop to an interview between Lembit Opik MP (chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee for Near earth Collision & Cheeky Girl shagger) & Nick Spall (see photo album).

Robbert van Hulzen
Robbert van Hulzen’s fascination with colour extends from his hat collection to his use of percussive sounds. Drawing inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including his studies of ethnomusicology (Universitiy of Amsterdam & SOAS, London), jazz drumming (with Steve Clover), contemporary improvised and composed music (Conservatory of Amsterdam) and South Indian music (with MT Rajakesari and BC Manjunath in Bangalore), he takes his drumming beyond a mere timekeeping function.
He plays and played in a variety of settings, including new/early/improv music duo Rara Avis with recorder player Terri Hron, theatre group De Maan, modern gamelan ensemble Gending, rock group Most Unpleasant Men, the Bastiaan Woltjer Quartet (jazz) and projects of composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven. He also plays for modern dance.

Jason Roebke
The diversity of Jason Roebke’s musical associations make him one of the most sought after bassists in Chicago. His playing is intensely physical, audacious, and sparse. He leads the electro-acoustic ensemble tigersmilk (Rob Mazurek, Dylan van der Schyff), co-leads the modular music and dance unit Art Union Humanscape (Ayako Kato, Tim Barnes, Michiyo Yagi), and the brutal post-drone trio overova (Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jason Adasiewicz). Roebke is also a member of various jazz bands:
[Jeb Bishop Trio, Fred Lonberg-Holm Valentine Trio, Klang, Keefe Jackson Quartet, Mike Reed’s People, Places, and Things, Jorrit Dijkstra’s Flatlands Collective, Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore, Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown, Arrive.]

dj sniff
DJ Klock and Max Roach are two of his most biggest influences, but he hopes his music sounds nothing like them.

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