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Wed 07 January


A jazz club isn’t complete without a weekly jam session, a meeting place for musicians and, most importantly, a musical playground. For our audience this is the chance to see musicians outside of their normal habitat. That’s why every Wednesday BIRD is the spot in Rotterdam! The only session that matters. In January BIRD is presenting the following sessions.

Sun 28 December

MiMa #35: Blood Stereo (uk) + Hans Clavin & GJ de Rook (nl) + M. Klein & W. Venema (nl)

Blood Stereo (uk) Dylan Nyoukis & Karen Constance / Warped Vocals / Tape Collage / Noises / Drone

Hans Clavin & Gj Derook (nl) Concrete and Visual Poetry / Fluxus inspired, Dadaist Performance

M. Klein & W. Venema (nl) Spoken word / Electronics


Cock Tails with balls serving us Bloody Jennies.

Sat 31 January


Unfurling in a miasmic fog of smoke and synths, “Joyland”, the 2014 follow up to TRST LP from Toronto-based TR/ST is a darkly glittering electro goth opus, an obsidian black gem of brittle longing and sexual melodrama which captivated listeners and critics alike. The likes of the Guardian, NME and

Loud and Quiet lauded its mix of malevolence and mystery, while enigmatic lynchpin Robert Alfons played sold out shows across UK and Europe to great acclaim.Now TR/ST is returning in 2015 with a new run of live shows in the UK and Europe.

Sun 18 January


Whatever you want to call it, nobody else is doing it quite like this. Paolo Angeli, the Sardinian sorcerer, manually magics beautiful, multi-layered music from his unique prepared guitar: a hybrid orchestra of an instrument with strings going in all directions, foot-pedal-controlled motorised propellers and hammers to create shimmering drones and bass-lines as he bows, strikes, plucks and strums while producing rhythmic atmospherics by treading on a plastic bag and adjusting tunings on the fly.

Fri 09 January


Each visitor receives a EP # 2 of the Minor Details as a gift!

THE MINOR DETAILS combine indie rock, noise and electro into a whole with quirky lyrics about seemingly minor issues. Rotterdam’s trio consists of singer and guitarist Jeroen S. Rozendaal, bassist and drummer Max Madern Christine Maas, who largely have their spurs in the past in bands such as Mono, Room 101, Tokyo-A-GoGo !, The Birds and The New Earth Group.

Thu 30 April

Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld

On Thursday 30 April 2015 Motel Mozaique and LantarenVenster present the Canadian duo Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld. These two Arcade Fire members and founding members of Bell Orchestre will release their first album together (after a couple of solo albums) in April. Stetson (saxophone) and Neufeld (violin) also collaborated for the filmscore Blue Caprice. Tickets are available via LantarenVenster.

Mon 16 February

Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen is one of the most popular multi-instrumentalists, composers, and artists of our time. His eighth album new album Infinity was released in May via MUTE Records. On February 16th 2015 Motel Mozaique and the Rotterdamse Schouwburg present Yann Tiersen. Tickets for this show in the main hall of the Rotterdamse Schouwburg are now on sale.

Sun 08 February

Sherry Sunday - Inspired by Blue Note Records

Enjoy the music of soul- & jazz singer Sherry Dyanne and a delicious brunch. That’s Sherry Sunday in BIRD.

For this edition, Sherry Dyanne will sing music from her album ‘Sing me a Song’ and music from world’s renowned jazz label Blue Note Records.

Sun 10 May

BIRD presents Ambrose Akinmusire

On Sunday, the 10th of May Ambrose Akinmusire will be performing at BIRD. The American trumpet player was on stage with artists like Vijay Iyer, Aaron Parks, Esperanza Spalding and earned several awards, including the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and the Paul Acket Award.

Thu 25 December

Concert Frank Mc Comb

Like many other successful soul singers are the musical roots of gospel. Frank learned from the local gospel at a very young age at a young age to play the piano and he developed his now world famous soul voice.

Sat 20 December


Are you in a festive mood or seeking refuge from it? The last VROOOM of the year will put you into that invigorating state of limbo before you surrender to the obligations. With: delicate solo guitar stuff from Xavier Dubois, bloodcurdling improv by Shackle and a drum/dance duet by the iDIOTS Philipp Ernsting and Charlotte Goesaert.

Fri 02 January

Re:Freshed Presents: Efe Erdem

Rotterdam has a very inventive and creative pop scene, which opens the doors to other genres. Re: Freshed Orchestra forms the centerpiece. This consists of highly talented musicians with different backgrounds, ranging from pop to jazz and classical. They share a passion for great music. Controlled chaos has become an orchestra arise where Rotterdam stands proud.

Sun 14 December

Textuur #31

Noiserock, grindcore and other Soothing Sunday Sounds with GUERILLA TOSS (US/ Infinity Cat, NNA Tapes), DROPPINGS (Smikkelbaard) and GEWOON FUCKING RAGGEN.

Thu 18 December

010Sessie: Gravel Town & Bregje Sanne Lacourt

Every month RAAF and the PopUnie organise the 010Sessions. It’s the place where Rotterdam bases musicians can take the stage.

This edition Graveltown and Sanne Lacourt make us proud to live in Rotterdam with their Rotterdam sounds!

Fri 19 December

Roots & Cultures 39 l Christmas Special

The music and producer-students from the Albeda College present themselves during two showcases every month.

Sat 13 December

Daybreak Fest 2.0

Crawlback Bookings & Worm present: Daybreak Fest 2.0

After the success of the Daybreak Fest in may 2014 it’s time for part two! With bands like Meet the Storm, A Devastating Truth, Distant & the Slaughter.

Fri 05 December

An ode to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton

For the program of December 5th Bregje Sanne Lacourt has brought 4 friends songwriters (who all just had a release or who ‘s coming soon) together. Their shared love for Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton will be the theme of the evening.

Fri 05 December


The continuation of the unique event series for original pop culture made on German soil. In previous years cult acts like PALAIS SCHAUMBURG, BODENSTÄNDIG 2000, DER PLAN and ECHO KRANK all found their way to ‘Ein Abend In WORM’! With kind support from Goethe-Institut Niederlande.

Sat 13 December

DJ Night at ROOM

DJ Vertigo invited DJ Yollu for you! He is Finish but living in Amsterdam and together they will start your weekend in the cosiest living room of Rotterdam!

Fri 12 December

Akasha Field at Hostel ROOM

Akasha Field was born out of an early connection between the two lead singers and songwriters Joeran Rosenmoller en Dain Sida van den Dool. Akasha Field is now recording their first album which will be released in 2015.
The 12th of December you can already enjoy their music in the cosiest living room of Rotterdam!