ZAPPA’S UMBRELLA by Rubatong
Rubatong is a group initiated by Han Buhrs. There’s Luc Ex, an improvising bassist that once started off playing punk (THE EX), Tatiana Koleva, a percussionist who is usually engaged in performing the sophisticated precision of contemporary classical music, René van Barneveld, a guitarist that is known for mixing rock and rap music (URBAN DANCE SQUAD), but never abandoned his lyrical options and bluesy backbone . Han Buhrs is a vocalist that will tempt anything between raw throat sounds and singable language.
Every piece is a short film, a story in itself, built around lyrics and some rudimentary composed plan. Buhrs’ -often non narrative- lyrics are sung in english, dutch, french and selfmade german.
There’s a somewhat dark feel to this music, it improvises, it rocks, or combines songs with a touch of the modern classical elements. Brings the music back to the future.
Sometimes it’s slow and touchy and it floats, then all of a sudden it’s nasty, loud and fast. It’s not jazz probably but it bents over in that direction occasionally. You might file it under ‘contemporary blues’.
Luc Ex (guitar), Han Buhrs (voice, electronics), Tatiana Koleva (vibraphone, percussion), Renè van Barneveld (guitar)