Shane’s Monthly Picks

In everyday life Shane Burmania has the grateful task as event programmer for The Rest is Noise, a concert series for the weird and wonderful in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ. He also curates programs in contemporary music for the Korzo Theatre in The Hague. Shane has a soft spot for any music with hints of cosmic, futuristic and transcendental sounds. Here are Shane’s picks for March. Sit back and enjoy.

With just two weeks before World Minimal Music Festival, the sound world I currently live in is filled with all sorts of minimal. These picks all relate to minimal music and the festival in some way. I suppose it’s like the Dutch expression “waar het hart vol van is, stroomt de mond van over” (what the heart is full of, the mouth overflows with).


Mkwaju Ensemble – “Hot Air” (1981)
Of all things coming, I’m especially excited about Midori Takada’s upcoming performance. Before she recorded her solo album Through the Looking Glass, she had her own group The Mkwaju Ensemble and the music they made is just as stunning.

Phurpa – “The Visualization” (2010)
Phurpa are a Russian trio who specialize in the ritual music of Bon, the oldest Buddhist tradition from Tibet. They will perform on the evening that is hosted by Strange Sounds from Beyond, together with Midori Takada, Tasker and Forma. Phurpa will play an intense 3.5 hour ritual performance.

Donald Dust – “Joy July” (2017)
I have no idea who Donald Dust is. This track just came out on No Bad Days and it fits this time of year very well.

Don’t DJ – “Polyamory” (2016)
Thanks to Oceanic I have Don’t DJ in my life.

Absent Music – “The Monkey House” (1986)
Absent Music was the brainchild of Belgian Jan van den Broeke, now a renowned architect. Thanks to labels like EE Tapes and the upcoming release on Nosedrip’s STROOM, this music gets a second life.

Kelly Lee Owens – “Anxi” (Feat. Jenny Hval) (2017)
Perhaps my favorite song right now. That moment when Jenny Hval starts singing and synth strings follow: <3

Alice Coltrane – “Om Shanti” (1987)
Starting the day with Alice Coltrane makes the day a lot better. It always works.