“It was like a huge painting that came to life and everyone was part of it.”
Oscar Jan Hoogland
14 record players
2 analogue synthesisers
3 reel-to-reel tape recorders
sirens, bells, glass containers, whistles
2 horn speakers
analogue rhythm box
Christian Lillinger – drums
Originally conceived as a one-off performance at the legendary October Meeting 2016 at the Bimhuis, it soon became clear that Dutch multi-instrumentalist artists Oscar Jan Hoogland and Jasper Stadhouders and top Berlin percussionist Christian Lillinger should continue this madness. Since then the trio presents an innovative performance concept they call PRACTICAL MUSIC.
The extremely physical playing of Stadhouders and Lillinger, musicians who can change direction every micro second and often do so, find a counterpart in Hoogland’s physicality, who with the tranquility of a technician in his studio turns the various devices on, off or adjusts them to tell their story at the pace of the machine: imperturbably set in long arches over time.
PRACTICAL MUSIC questions the essence of improvisation as music in the moment and opens up a new universe between the poles of installation, performance art and improvised music.