Performance at freibesetzt July 16,
shortage of space for artists to practise and perform their work
(and an unusual lifestyle) without having to make material profit
is one of the major engines behind the creation of many freespaces.
Through the process, they often have to become experienced cultural
organisers, government bureacracy hackers or housing-mafia infiltrators
employing their talents of improvisation on many fronts. The three
man music-performance-visual artists ensemble Coolhaven embody this
phenomenon in persona. At freibesetzt, they will address the universal
freespace question in a collaborative performance.
FOR A CLOSER LOOK
a band based on the principle of diabetics. Their music is inspired
by the disturbance of balance between centrifugal and centripetal
energies. The first and last thing Coolhaven has is some kind of
concept or idea about how the noises they make should sound. They
think the idea of making good music is kind of obsolete.
There could be improvisation (utterly and totally composed) involved,
or badly played dutch tribal polka blues. Its the moment that
counts, not fame or respect from future generations of cd-listeners.
Their first record sounded like some kind of lo-fi techno ambient
country and western and in the beginning of 2003 they released their
first feature album; Blue Moustache , inspired by electronic
music, bullshit generators and flying trapezes. At this moment,
their interests lays more in the exploitation-genre field. They
are doing a project called Strömblock Phantasieën
with German lyrics by David Hasselhof and visuals by Martijn Van
- He sometimes played with Veryan Weston, and in the notorious group
The Lost Lovers and Dull Schicksal. Hes some kind
of director at WORM,
and his writing alter ego is called Raoul Goudvis.
- Sometimes calls himself musician. Played amongst others
in Dull Schicksal, AA Kismet, Trespassers W. Also works at WORM
where he has a free role. Just Like in the Bible.
- His other group is called Shake Spier And besides
that hes a visual artist. And besides that he still has a
nice body. And besides that he has a club called The
Player in the former red-light district of Rotterdam.
But they do art there nowadays.
Johan De Koeyer (aka. as culthero Donkey hare Joe) is
their technical slave. Doing the visuals, taking care of the sound
and doing their dirty laundry.
But what do
they actually sound like live ? Let's say its a mixture of
electronics, sampling, loops and delays, live-video and self made
films, free improvised compositions, folksy bits with acoustic instruments,
strange little songs, performing (blowing your nose in front of
an audience, etc.) sprechgesang, surreal tearjerking
stories and even some clicks & cuts.
from 1999 til approximately now
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