Dutch Electronic Musician Hans van Kroonenburg performs under the name Skoulaman in the remarkable setting of St. Mary's Hamilton Village and The Gatherings Concert Series on Saturday 18 May 2019. Staer will provide an opening Spacemusic set
Skoulaman realizes his music live in real time, and exhibits a talent for working in the heat of a fleeting moment. By concentrating on live concerts Hans van Kroonenburg has perfected his skills in performance techniques and the musical journey. Using a range of vintage and modern analog style synthesizers, he commands immediate control over all aspects of the music as it is happening. With its arching melodies and well developed narrative his concerts provide a pleasant, low-wattage drift through a vivid electronic consonance.
Whether you came to know the work of Skoulaman by watching the impressive collection of jam sessions and demonstrations on his Youtube channel, or through attending a live show, in his music we find a pleasing outward motion. His slow-paced sequencer improvisations hold our interest in melody as much as they do our intrigue with the mechanized pulse. Setting airy strings next to rapid daubs of echoing arpeggio notes, each work develops and builds of its own accord. Repeating synchronized tone patterns enter, once introduced by reverberant electric piano and luxuriant solo synth leads. Possessing a freewheeling immediacy this metrical music speaks to us in the voice of an old friend.
As much as he can hold forth in the live setting, it may be that van Kroonenburg's greatest gift is in just waiting for the sounds to tell him what to do. But no matter how deeply he may become fully absorbed in realizing and conducting this music, were we able to look into his realm, we would find that the only presence truly, fully in this magical space are you and I - the listeners.
Skoulaman debuts at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia on Saturday 18 May 2019.
Following this public event, Skoulaman will play a live-to-air radio concert on STAR'S END Ambient Radio. For more details, please access: www.starsend.org
Skoulaman - live concerts
Review: Next Step in Evolution (2018) by Skoulaman
Whether you came to know the work of Skoulaman by watching the impressive collection of jam sessions and demonstrations on his Youtube channel, or through attending a live show, in the music of Hans van Kroonenburg we will find a pleasing outward motion. His album Next Step in Evolution (77'56") contains six slow-paced sequencer improvisations that will hold our interest in melody as much as they do our intrigue with the mechanized pulse. That these excellent works were realized in real time live in the studio exhibits van Kroonenburg's ability (and ear) for working in the heat of a fleeting moment. By concentrating on live concerts he perfected his skills in performance techniques and the musical journey. With its arching melodies and well-developed narrative element, Next Step in Evolution provides a pleasurable, low-wattage drift through an electronic sensory consonance. Setting airy strings next to rapid daubs of echoing arpeggio notes, each track develops and builds variably. Repeating synchronized tone patterns enter, once introduced by reverberant electric piano and luxuriant solo synth leads. By using a range of vintage and modern analog style synthesizers, van Kroonenburg has access to and immediate command over all layers and aspects of the music - as it is happening - yet, has the good artistic sense to occasionally simply stand back and savor an especially interesting pattern or pad that shimmers in the sound space. Next Step in Evolution may be admired for its originality, nevertheless it is still a recognizable continuation of the illustrious tradition of spontaneous composition. As much as he can hold forth in the live setting, it may be that van Kroonenburg's greatest gift is in just waiting for the sounds to tell him what to do. However, no matter how deeply Skoulaman may become fully absorbed in realizing and conducting this music, were we able to look into his realm, we would find that the only person truly, fully in the magical space he creates are you and I - the listeners.
Review: Dreaming of the Future Reflecting the Past (2014) by Skoulaman
The first Spacemusic produced back in the 1970s will always be referred to by fans as "The Classics", but should really be thought of as "Part One". Through artists like Skoulaman we may feel these pioneering albums reaching into the present. Dreaming of the Future Reflecting the Past (76'51") thrums with its own vitality. Seemingly thrown together in a few live takes by Hans van Kroonenburg (recording as Skoulaman) his work is improbably resonant. Possessing a freewheeling immediacy this metrical music speaks to us in the voice of an old friend. The initiated will no doubt cite influences ranging from the heart-felt inventions of Vangelis and subtle cosmic energy of Free System Projekt to the sequencer wizardry of Steve Roach, Javi Canovas or Craig Padilla. With keyboards and modules astir staccato synthesizer blips play and echo in intriguing interlocking patterns - a cerebral beat embedded in the rolling melody. As vague flute tones ghostly shadow van Kroonenburg's synth lead, minor-key strings sustain then shift in a heroic progression of chords; which adds a different kind of motion across the field of dancing and bobbing electronic notes. There is a huge gap between the people who understand these musical forces and the rest of us. On Dreaming of the Future Reflecting the Past listeners get to hear this man's wild gift. If this music is a code, then it is so only to encourage our curiosity and stimulate thought. Establishing a continuous flux in perfect proportions Skoulaman helps push our brains to a higher level of integration. The pleasure in this music is as complicated as the music itself.
Staer is the solo project of Philadelphia-basedElectronic MusicianIan R Staer. Drawing inspiration equally from the likes of Phillip Glass, Moby, Alessandro Cortini, and John Murphy, Staer juxtaposes spare acoustic piano melodies with analog synthesizer textures -- conjuring beautiful, stark aural landscapes from a concise tonal vocabulary. Fully and effectively imagined, this music opens up a warm and beautiful space, then moves slowly through it - providing a rich, fully formed musical environment we will want to visit over and again.
Staer will make his The Gatherings Concert Series debut on 18 May 2019.
Coinciding with this public event, Staer will play a live-to-air radio concert on the 05.13.19 broadcast of STAR'S END Ambient Radio. For more details, please access: www.starsend.org
The Gatherings Concert Series presents Skoulaman plus Staer live in concert on Saturday 18 May 2019 at 8:00PM(doors open at 7:30pm) in the church sanctuary of St. Mary's Hamilton Village3916 Locust Walk (just east of 40th & Locust) on the Penn campus in West Philadelphia. Admission: $20cash at the door, night of show; $10 for full-time students with proper ID (available at the door).
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Skoulaman plus Staer at The Gatherings Concert Series on 18 May 2019 is funded by CIMA of PA(The Corporation for Innovative Music and Arts of Pennsylvania), the all-volunteer, non-profit organization responsible for organizing and producing The Gatherings Concert Series. The basic mission of CIMA of PA is to bring innovative music concerts to the public and further the advancement of this form of art.