Zita Swoon Group ‘New Old World’ confirmed

The new show of Zita Swoon Group “New Old World” makes its world premiere on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. New Old World is a co-production of Motel Mozaique, de Rotterdamse Schouwburg and de Singel in Antwerp ao. Tickets for the show with instrumental music and video will be available in pre-sale from Friday 25 November 10:00 hrs.

New Old World
Stef Kamil Carlens and Aarich Jespers are making a soundtrack to how they feel about the world anno 2012. About a new world we can only just still imagine and organize and an old one which, the way it’s going now, is unstoppable and seems to be heading for disaster. With new old music that sounds like yesterday and tomorrow.
Today is yesterday and tomorrow. Each step we made yesterday has influenced today’s world. Whether we think about tomorrow or not, we influence it. Stef Kamil Carlens, Aarich Jespers and Zita Swoon Group are creating a performance with instrumental music and a video installation.

Stef Kamil Carlens about the latest project: “I’m looking for simple melodies and contemplating a melancholy mood. It’s going to be a sort of soundtrack to how I feel about the world anno 2012. Using the interaction between the music and images we want to tell the audience something in a poetic way about living at a crucial time. About the many voices pointing out how important change is and that it’s not yet too late to think up and organize a new world. But also about how the old world, the way it’s going, is unstoppable and disaster seems inevitable. The music echoes sounds from the past: The Shadows, Pinguin Café Orchestra and John Cale. I can still easily create a new old world. How long will we still all have this opportunity?”

And Aarich Jespers explains: “I want to create a collection of music that sounds nostalgic and funny, with references to old film music (for example Nino Rota, Hall Willner, Hayasaka, Charles Dumont…) Sometimes I allow myself to be guided by music from the past and references to a specific place and time. Sometimes these are images, pictures, concerts or movies which give rise to a specific mood in which music finds its roots. The music illustrates the happy memories of the past. The whole gets a new shine through the arrangements and the colorful instrumentation. Everything comes together in a new-old world where not everything is subject to the chaos and speed in which we live. Nostalgia.”

Aarich Jespers (drums), Stef Kamil Carlens (electric and acoustic guitar), Wim De Busser (piano, Farfisa organ), Tomas De Smet – Zita Swoon / Moondog Jr (contra –and electric bass), Jeroen Baert (violin), Karel Coninx (alto violin), Seraphine Stragier (cello)

Zita Swoon Group: New Old World
Date: Tuesday 10 April 2012
Location: Rotterdamse Schouwburg (Main hall – seated), Schouwburgplein 25, Rotterdam
Doors: 20.00 hrs / Starts: 21.00 hrs
Tickets: € 22,00 (ex. fee)
Pre-sale: Tickets will be available from Friday 25 November 10:00 hrs through the Rotterdamse Schouwburg and the Motel Mozaïque website (click here)