elephant songs 2012 – drumbiker

 
 

Elephant Songs is a band with an always changing line-up: new musicians join drummer Robbert van Hulzen everywhere on his way from South India to the Netherlands on an old Enfield motorcycle loaded with drums.
Eleven countries, 20,000 kilometres, and as many musicians as I can find in the six or seven months the trip will take.

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Blind people gather round an elephant. Touching it. They all feel different parts of the beast – the head feels like a pot, the tip of the tail could be a brush. A leg a pillar, the trunk a snake.
Elephant Songs is the optimistic inversion of the old story of the blind men and the elephant. Everyone experiences music differently, but we’re all partly in the right, and as musicians we can always create a piece of music together, whatever we call it and wherever we come from. From our different backgrounds and perceptions, we’ll compose an elephant – if our parts add up to an elephant, that is. Could be a bulldozer. A dead rabbit. A christmas tree, or an Enfield 350 cc motorcycle.

I’m playing with with a few musicians each time, ideally in a previously not existing combination. Each group creates original music based on tunes from my elephant songbook (playing with odd metre rock grooves, filmic melodies, South Indian rhythm games, homespun harmonies, and a delicate balance between composition and improvisation) and pieces brought by the other members-of-the-moment. We’ll perform – in someone’s living room or on a brightly-lit stage – and record the results.
 I post audio and video of the encounters on my blog nocount.org, along with stories and image of the motorcycle trip.
20,000 kilometres through fourteen countries on a 1979 350 cc Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle. From Madras and India’s deep south straight up to Amritsar, crossing into Pakistan at the Wagah border. After Lahore, Quetta, and the somewhat nervousness-inspiring Baluchistan desert, I crossed into Iran, travelling through through south eastern deserts, fairy-tale Isfahan, and Tehran. Came into Turkey near Doğubeyazıt (Armenia and Georgia were put on hold for the next trip), now following the stunningly beautiful northern coast to Istanbul. I’ll continue northwest into Europe: Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, and finally the low lands.

selected elephant songs 2012 – drumbiker

see more elephant songs videos

uploading the last of 2012′s videos over the next few weeks – video and audio including another track of the successful show at darbast, tehran in june), highlights of the elephant songs show with duygu demir and meriç demirkol at nina’s, istanbul (august), the final track of the elephant songs show at true brew, lahore (april), playing with dhol-drummers conga and mitthu sain at peeru’s café, lahore (april), elephant songs at plantation house, bangalore (february)

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the posts tagged elephant songs are about the “official concerts” with video, photos, and text

 
 

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Music has taken Dutch drummer Robbert van Hulzen to many places (Indonesia, the USA, Palestine, Canada, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain etc), and he’s been visiting India for many years, playing with various groups and musicians from the fusion scene and the classical world, including Maarten Visser, Keith Peters, Mishko M’ba, and BK Chandramouli. In Amsterdam, he works in the (free) jazz scene (with many musicians including Alfredo Genovesi, John Dikeman, Ned McGowan), dancer Michael Jahoda, contemporary gamelan ensemble Gending, and many others, and writes and produces music for film and theatre. He holds MA degrees in musicology from the Amsterdam University and performance from the Amsterdam Conservatory and studied Indian rhythm with MT Rajakesari, BC Manjunath, Suresh Talwalkar, Sundar Nagarajan and others.

past shows

Date artist City Venue
30 January 2013 11:00pm elephant songs ntr – dichtbij nederland, elephant songs in hilversum
2 November 2012 6:00pm elephant songs rood|noot, elephant songs in utrecht
Address: vleutenseweg
please sign up if you want to have dinner ** yedo gibson (saxophones), ayman asfour (violin), nizar rohana (oud) jornt duyken, fabrizio colonna, khaled kaddal, alfredo genovesi (guitar), marco bonarius (double bass), robbert van hulzen (drums) ** and photos and filmclips and stories of the trip
26 October 2012 4:00am beukorkest burootje beukorkest, beukorkest in eindhoven
Address: maanstraat
6 October 2012 8:30pm elephant songs acud, quergebäude rechts II, elephant songs in berlin
Address: veteranenstraße 21
jeremy woodruff (woodwinds), robbert van hulzen (drums)
5 October 2012 7:00pm elephant songs the julian percy after party @ zmf – zur möbelfabrik, elephant songs in berlin
Address: brunnenstraße 10
taishi nagasaka (voice, electronics) & robbert van hulzen (drums)
1 October 2012 7:00pm elephant songs radio diy church, elephant songs in berlin
23 September 2012 8:00pm /na:u/ & robbert van hulzen studio alt@, /na:u/ & robbert van hulzen in prague
20 August 2012 9:30pm elephant songs ninabar, elephant songs in istanbul
meriç demirkol (saxophones), duygu demir (cello), robbert van hulzen (drums)
10 August 2012 9:30pm elephant songs kooperatif, elephant songs in istanbul
duygu demir (cello), meriç demirkol (saxophones), öz (violin), john (guitar), robbert van hulzen (drums)
7 July 2012 6:00pm elephant songs village square, elephant songs in jennat roudbar
majjid rahnama (ney, sorna, setar, voice) & robbert van hulzen (drums)
25 June 2012 8:30pm elephant songs darbast, elephant songs in tehran
Address: gallery mohsen
daryoush azar (double bass) mohammad azmand (guitar) rouzbeh esfandarmaz (clarinet) arash lotfi (percussion) behnam moayerian (ud) hesam mohammadianpour (percussion) omid nemati (voice) soheil peyghambari (clarinet) kaveh salehi (guitar) mahyar tahmasebi (setar & cello) robbert van hulzen (drums)
24 June 2012 8:30pm elephant songs darbast, elephant songs in tehran
Address: gallery mohsen
daryoush azar (double bass) mohammad azmand (guitar) rouzbeh esfandarmaz (clarinet) arash lotfi (percussion) behnam moayerian (ud) hesam mohammadianpour (percussion) omid nemati (voice) soheil peyghambari (clarinet) kaveh salehi (guitar) mahyar tahmasebi (setar & cello) robbert van hulzen (drums)
10 June 2012 7:30pm elephant songs parkingallery, elephant songs in tehran
Address: dadman bulvar, milad 4
arash lotfi – percussion, ney, kaveh kamjou – oud, robbert van hulzen – drums
26 April 2012 7:30pm elephant songs true brew, elephant songs in lahore
Address: gulberg main boulevard
11 April 2012 7:00pm goonga & mithu sain, rani taj, robbert van hulzen peeru’s café, goonga & mithu sain, rani taj, robbert van hulzen in lahore
Address: raiwind road
dhol & drums
7 April 2012 8:00pm mian meeri qawal’s troupe peeru’s café, mian meeri qawal’s troupe in lahore
Address: raiwind road
5 April 2012 8:00pm elephant songs lums university, elephant songs in lahore
coonga & mithu sain – dhol, jonas stampe – guitar, robbert van hulzen – drums
3 March 2012 7:30pm mylai s mohanraj & troupe prakriti’s festival of sacred music @ pushya mahal ghat, mylai s mohanraj & troupe in thiruvaiyaru
mylai s mohanraj & troupe – nadaswaram & thavil, robbert van hulzen – drums
19 February 2012 8:00pm elephant songs fireflies, elephant songs in bangalore
amit heri – guitar
maarten visser – saxophones
keith peters – bass
robbert van hulzen – drums
18 February 2012 7:00pm elephant songs plantation house, elephant songs in bangalore
Address: leela palace
maarten visser – saxophone
keith peters – bass
robbert van hulzen – drums
10 February 2012 8:30pm elephant songs b-flat, elephant songs in bangalore
maarten visser – saxophone
keith peters – bass
robbert van hulzen – drums

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One Comment

  1. Babar
    Posted 24 August 2012 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    hi. i met you in choa saiden shah, town in pujab pakistan. i think you remember us had orange juice together.
    this was an excellent trip. hope you have nice feelings. i will appriciate if you share some pictures of the event in my town.
    thanks and take care

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