Shackle is Anne La Berge on flute and electronics and Robert van Heumen on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicitly and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material.

Hot Spot On Chile Tour

by Anne on November 28, 2017

Robert van Heumen, Matthias Muche, Sven Hahne, Luis Negrón and Anne La Berge played three concerts in Chile together. We billed ourselves as Hot Spot On, and we were just that.

Our first concert was part of the Turrel Series run by Marcelo Maira Moya in a gallery/restaurant Dinamarca space in the colorful city of Valparaiso.

Valparaiso Turrel Concert

Our second was in the Sala SCD in Plaza Egana, a hall at the very top of a shopping mall. We were joined by Marcelo Maira Moya on flute, sax and noise makers for an intense and punchy second set.

Robert van Heumen, Luis Negrón, Santiago

Our third was in the more southern city Valdivia as opener for the Relincha Festival at the Museum for Contemporary Art, an incredible place overlooking the water where sea lions and birds were vying for fish scraps at the market on the other side.

We travelled by plane and bus, drank the local wine and pisco sours, just like a real band.

Matthias Muche, Robert van Heumen, me, Luis Negrón, Sven Hahne

Special thanks to Sven who organized the tour and to Marcelo who was present at every gig as producer, performer and host.

And to our funding support:

Curves Chile Tour Fall 2017

by Anne on November 4, 2017

Shackle continues their collaboration with Männer mit Motoren in the Curves project with a tour to Chile, South America.

Curves is a collaboration between Shackle and Männer mit Motoren (Sven Hahne: laptop and video, Matthias Muche: trombone and laptop). Their performances create stunning and unique universes of interactive image and sound improvisations.

Their Chilean Tour November 2017 includes guests Benjamin Vergara (trumpet) and Marcelo Maira (flute) from Chile and media artist Luis Negron (Venezuela / Germany) who specialize in improvisations using visual analog and digital gestures that float between the recognizable and the unknown.

This HOT SPOT ON tour will showcase our ongoing discoveries in collaborative real-time audio-visual wizardry.


Shackle >> Connector >> STEIM

by Robert on October 31, 2017

Location: STEIM (Broedplaats Lely), Schipluidenlaan 12, Amsterdam
Time: 20:00
More info:

“This summer STEIM started their new event series ‘Connector’. Every first Thursday of the month we will connect with another collective or discipline, resulting in either a concert or exhibition. This time we are joined by Conservatory of Amsterdam and Shackle!”

Drawings by Luiz Yudo.

Curves in Cologne and Amsterdam

by Robert on December 9, 2016

Shackle had a great time with Männer mit Motoren, working on the Curves project. After an intense week of programming, playing, swearing and nice dinners, we performed the work in Stadgarten (Cologne) on October 31 and in Splendor (Amsterdam) on November 16. Two very different concerts, both a great joy! We are currently documenting the project, for future versions, on the Curves page. More to come so stay tuned!

These are some photos from the concert in Splendor, Amsterdam on November 16, 2016:

Shackle Affair with Phil Macguire and the Splendor Academy

by Anne on August 26, 2016

We took it upon ourselves to give a group of classical musicians who were attending the Splendor Academy the chance to have hands-on experience with electro acoustic music making.

With Phil Macguire as our guest, we gave a concert in De Ruimte in Amsterdam North with the participants of the Academy.

Phil and Anne spent the afternoon showing and experimenting and discussing with the participants including how to play and control sounds with the Kyma System using iPads.


Responses ranged from “What is this?” to “I want more of this!” and from “whoa” to “wow!“.



Curves Project

by Robert on June 23, 2016

Shackle is collaborating with Männer mit Motoren on a new project called Curves. We will embark on a tour to Chili South America in the fall of 2017 in addition to playing concerts in Cologne and Amsterdam in late 2016. Exciting!

Curves is a continuation of previous collaborations between Shackle and Männer mit Motoren. For the past three years they have come together for short intensive working periods to develop their own collaborative methods for interactive image and sound improvisations. By combining both composition and improvisation while using acoustic and electronic sounds the two duos have formed a shared workplace. They plan to research and expand their past boundaries of real-time audio-visual performances during their upcoming work periods on the Curves project.

Shackle Affair with international guests

by Anne on May 23, 2016

We will play compositions and guided improvisations with Cologne-based musicians Etienne Nillesen and Nicola Hein and Amsterdam-based Oguz Buyukberber.

Another chance for us to explore and discover ways to bring exciting and interactive new music to the public.

Zaal 100
De Wittenstraat

Update: that was fun! Thanks to all the players, including Oguz Buyukberber, who at the time of this picture hid in the corner 😉


Kunststation St. Peter in Cologne

by Anne on May 23, 2016

Shackle will play our own compositions with organist Michael Bonaventure at the Kunststation St. Peter in Cologne for a half hour concert on 4 June 2016.

The program is:
Sanctuary for solo organ by Michael
Untitled For Anne by Robert
Dakota by Anne

It’s a trio of composer/performers exchanging ideas, sounds, structures for lunch!

Saturday 4 June 2016
Kunststations Sankt Peter Köln
Jabachstraße 1
13.00 – 13.30

Update: we had  great, albeit slightly weird time in the mesmerizing Sankt Peter in Cologne.


Space is the Place

by Anne on April 28, 2016

Shackle has a few gigs in the coming months.
The first one is on 29 April 2016

in the Space is the Place series
at De Ruimte
Distelweg 83

We’ll be sharing the bill with ADRIAN MYHR/JAN MARTIN GISMERVIK
Adrian Myhr – Double bass
Martin Gismervik – Drums

Entrance: € 9 / CvA € 6

Next one is 4 June in Köln Germany!

Anne & Akim’s Rock-it Science featuring Shackle @ Splendor

by Robert on January 14, 2016

Date: January 19 2016, 20:30

Location: Splendor Amsterdam
More information:…

Anne La Berge and new Splendor musician Akim Moiseenkov team up for an evening with friends from experimental pop, art-rock and improvisation. This A-list of today’s most creative boundary-pushers have played with everyone from Jett Rebel to Herman van Veen. Don’t miss this unique event!

Akim Moiseenkov – elektronica en DIY instrumenten
Dave Wismeijer – basgitaar
with guest
Marc Alberto – saxofoon en elektronica

Anne La Berge – fluit en elektronica
Robert van Heumen – laptop instrument