Senyawa (ind) + Karen Willems (b)


13/04/2022 - 13/04/2022

Senyawa (ind) + Karen Willems (b) Senyawa (ind) + Karen Willems (b)

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Senyawa is an experimental band from Java, Indonesia, consisting of Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi. The band was formed in 2010 in Yogyakarta.

The band mixes influences from musical and folklore traditions from the Indonesian archipelago with experimental music. The band's neo-tribal sound has been described to mix "punk attitude" with "avant-garde aesthetics". According to critics, Senyawa has "managed to embody the aural flavours of Javanese music while exploring the framework of experimental music practice, pushing the boundaries of both traditions"to create a sound that is "thoroughly out of this world."

Shabara provides his extended vocal techniques to Senyawa. The band's lyrics are in various languages of Indonesia, including Sulawesian, Javanese, and Indonesian. Senyawa's music is provided by Suryadi's self-built musical instruments made from bamboo and traditional agricultural tools from rural Indonesia.

The Belgian drummer/percussionist Karen Willems is active in various fields. Started as a drummer in rock and pop bands (Zita Swoon Group, Yuko, Pascal Deweze, Mauro Pawlowski..)

With a number of musicians she built up a tradition within improvised music and sound art such as Jean DL, Jürgen De Blonde, Elms Willdick, Kreng, Kaboom Karavan, Jürgen Augusteyns, Rutger Zuydervelt, Frederik Croene, Zwerm, Fred Frith..

With TERRE SOL, Karen Willems is following a solo path.

It’s a free haven, a journey through a colorful world of possibilities.

With percussion, objects, voice and field recordings she develops her own universe with experiences of daily life, honest and pure.

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