A short time with Silvia Ulloa. Three performances, coordinated by Wilfredo Prieto

Wilfredo Prieto, Uncertain Future, 2011 (photo: courtesy Annet Gelink)

SAVE THE DATE: today, from 6 – 8 pm, at gm8

We would like to invite you to the show ‘A short time with Silvia Ulloa. Three performances’, coordinated by Cuban artist Wilfredo Prieto.

It will be a unique presentation of two hours that will take place throughout our building at the Grabriel Metsustraat 8, Amsterdam.

BONUS: irregular regular drinks in our office with new music from Viral Radio and a view of our neighbours Stedelijk Museum.

In collaboration with Wilfredo Prieto and Silvia Ulloa.


By Juha — Posted July 13, 2012 — 4,307 Comments

A conversation with Raphael Vanoli

Raphael Vanoli at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (photo by Maarten Jüngen

Tonight the trio Fennesz/Dafeldecker/Brandlmayr will make their debut performance at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam. The three usual suspects from the Viennese improv scene have collaborated before on a project with David Sylvian. Christian Fennesz has made name for himself, with solo albums that are exemplary for contemporary electronic music.

This incredible trio will be supported by experimental guitarist Raphael Vanoli of the internationally renowned experimental rock duo Knalpot. Here is a brief introduction to one of the most imaginative composers of his generation.

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By Juha — Posted December 21, 2011 — 6,574 Comments

More people than seats

Last night saxophone powerhouse Colin Stetson made his Bimhuis debut, sharing the bill with the monumental Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio. With more people in the audience than seats in the room, this special improvised music edition of Viral Radio was not just a success for the forwardist music aficionado, but also for the venue’s treasurer.

Here’s a small impression of Colin Stetson’s performance. The next edition of Viral Radio at the Bimhuis is on 21 December. We will end the year with another favourite trio: Fennesz/Dafeldecker/Brandlmayr. They will be supported by local guitar prodigy Raphael Vanoli of Knalpot fame, and a DJ cameo by his partner Gerri Jäger.

By Juha — Posted December 2, 2011 — 9,648 Comments

Join us for Colin Stetson at Bimhuis

We are delighted to present internationally acclaimed saxophonist Colin Stetson for the first time at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam tonight. He will join one of the most amazing avantgarde bands of the past 40 years, the Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio, with Evan Parker (saxophone), Paul Lovens (drums) and Alexander Von Schlippenbach (piano). This is a synthesis of breathtaking music of past and future.

We would like to invite you to join us at this monumental concert in our favourite jazz club this side of Sirius. If you send us an e-mail you will only pay 14 euros instead of 20. We look forward to seeing you tonight.


Here is an old post I wrote on witnessing Evan Parker playing with Squarepusher in 2007 that might help you in your decision to travel to see tonight’s show.

By Juha — Posted December 1, 2011 — 5,301 Comments

Non-fiction drinks: a weekly mom ‘n pop-up shop

It is almost 4 o’clock on Friday, which means in two hours our weekly pre-weekend bar opens. Last week we discovered the possibilities of outside projections, so let’s see what happens this week.

Anyone up for a drink, new Viral Radio music and a non-standard viewing of a torrented newspaper documentary is welcome.

We look forward to seeing you.

By Juha — Posted November 18, 2011 — 9,268 Comments

Raime and Pierre Bastien at Moving Buildings

On Saturday 12 November Viral Radio presents the first performance of austere electronic music duo Raime in Amsterdam. They will join reknowned French multi-instrumentalist – and friend of Non-fiction – Pierre Bastien at the Moving Buildings Festival. Moving Buildings is a festival on music and media art, organised by P60, the Schouwburg Amstelveen and Cobra Museum of Modern Art

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By Juha — Posted November 12, 2011 — 6,627 Comments

Moon Life Concept Store: call for submissions Moon Life Soundtrack

Alicia Framis
Alicia Framis, ‘Lost Astronaut’ (2009)

Moon Life speculates on the possibility that humans will live in space in the future. With this thought in mind, the project is a stimulus for artists, architects and designers to create futuristic, radical, political but humane concepts for an extreme lunar environment.

The Moon Life Concept Store, part of the Moon Life Project, creates its own futuristic world in which visitors can explore and test or experience the products and concepts that represent future human life in space.

The Moon Life Concept Store is a pop up shop and art exhibition which will travel around the world, with larger contribution by the Moon Academy. 20 international professionals architects, designers, fashion designers and musicians are personally invited to propose a contribution to Moon Life.

For the Moon Life Concept Store, Non-fiction’s music node Viral Radio is creating a Moon Life Soundtrack, and we are actively looking for contributions. Musicians can submit their music to the Viral Radio dropbox on Soundcloud, or via WeTransfer. For questions please send us an e-mail at info@viralradio.net. For more information on Moon Life visit http://moon-life.org.

By Juha — Posted August 23, 2011 — 4,981 Comments

Ben Frost and Tim Hecker at Bimhuis receives 4/5 review in De Volkskrant

“Hecker accomplishes something special. He makes music for which you switch of one sense to make space for another.” De Volkskrant

On Sunday 1 May Canadian artist-academic Tim Hecker and Iceland based composer Australian Ben Frost performed for the first time at Viral Radio at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam’s renowned venue for jazz, improvised and experimental music. On one of the most difficult days on the Dutch calendar – 1 May is one day after national holiday Queen’s Day – and with a full terrace on the water outside in the sun, close to 300 people visited one of our most anticipated events this year.

Both artists performed powerful sets of evocative music from their recent albums Ravedeath, 1972 and By The Throat. National newspaper De Volkskrant published a raving review by Gijsbert Kamer, who rated the performances a 4/5. “

By Juha — Posted May 3, 2011 — 5,379 Comments

Tim Hecker joins Ben Frost at Bimhuis

“Foreboding, abstract pieces in which static and sub-bass rumbles open up around slow moving notes and chords, like fissures in the earth waiting to swallow them whole.” The New York Times.

We are delighted to announce that Canadian-based musician and sound artist Tim Hecker will join Ben Frost for a live performance at Viral Radio at Bimhuis, on Sunday 1 May. Since 1996, Tim Hecker has produced a range of audio works for Kranky, Alien8, Mille Plateaux, Room40, Force Inc, Staalplaat, and Fat Cat. His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic color plates” and “cathedral electronic music”. More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive. His Harmony in Ultraviolet received critical acclaim, including being recognized by Pitchfork as a top recording of 2006. Radio Amor was also recognized as a key recording of 2003 by Wire magazine. His work has also included commissions for contemporary dance, sound-art installations, minimal techo works under the name ‘Jetone’, as well as various writings. Tim has presented his work in a live setting around the world, including performances at Sonar (Barcelona), Mutek (Montreal), Primavera Sound (Barcelona), Victoriaville (Quebec), Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver), and Transmediale (Berlin). He currently resides in Montreal.

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By Juha — Posted March 9, 2011 — 10,915 Comments

“Utterly brilliant” Ben Frost is brought to Bimhuis at last

We are pleased to announce that one of the outstanding electronic music composers of his generation Ben Frost will come to Amsterdam for a live performance at the Bimhuis during Viral Radio. As our good friend Scott McMillan puts it, his music “is horrible. Horrible in its lesser-used sense in which it means ‘utterly brilliant’.” And utterly brilliant he is also according to Wire Magazine, who described his recent album By The Throat as “(d)efiantly new, and distinctively dramatic… a feeling of proximity to overwhelming power… all-encompassing and eerily real. (BY THE THROAT) is a sharp-edged Hi-Def encounter with the dangerously sublime.”

We are immensely excited about the prospect of hearing one of our favourite musicians playing at one our favourite music venues in the world. Tickets will be available via Bimhuis, Rush Hour and Concerto soon, as well as online. Please join the event on Facebook, or visit the Bimhuis website for more information.

By Juha — Posted February 28, 2011 — 4,175 Comments