De Ruimte


Huiskamer, podium, café, restaurant, werkplekken & platenzaak op de bovenverdieping van de Verkeerstoren in Amsterdam Noord. Concerten, kunst en cultuur, lokale biertjes en goed eten in samenwerking met diverse partners en curatoren.

Living room, concert venue, café, restaurant, workspaces and record shop at the top floor of De Verkeerstoren in Amsterdam Noord. Concerts, arts, local beers and good food in cooperation with various partners and curators.


  • wo 17:00 – 01:00
  • do 17:00 – 01:00
  • vr 17:00 – 03:00
  • za 16:00 – 03:00
  • zo 16:00 – 01:00


Upcoming events:

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21-02 RRLL: Krupa And The Genes

SPACE IS THE PLACE: RRLL with Krupa And The Genes + BefoRRLL new generation jazz

Wednesday, February 21, 21:30 – dinner from 18:00, entrance: free/donation


RRLL is a monthly night with and by Krupa and The Genes.

With wicked grooves, funky afrobeats and tasty rhythms, two drummer band Krupa and The Genes has conquered the Dutch jazz stages in no time. Their line-up is an impressive collection of some of the striking band leaders in the Dutch jazz scene, led by two drummers: Joost Patocka, who played with Ruben Hein, Reinier Baas, Benjamin Herman and many more, and Stefan Kruger, co-founder of New Cool Collective and Zuco 103.

Stefan Kruger, Joost Patocka – drums | Anton Goudsmit, Raphael Vanoli – guitar | Maarten Hogenhuis, Jasper Blom – sax | Sean Fasciani – bass

BefoRRLL // pre-program of the monthly Krupa & the Genes evening with a fresh generation Amsterdam based jazz musicians

Exciting session/concert with a new generation of improvising and jazz musicians and conservatory students, led by drummer Tancrede D.Kummer and saxofonist Pia Podgornik with everytime a different line-up.

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22-02 SPACE IS THE PLACE: Album Release Party: Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex

SPACE IS THE PLACE: Album Release Party: Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex

Thursday, February 22, music starts 21:00, €8 / students €5


Jaap Blonk is a Dutch avant-garde composer and soundpoet. Blonk is primarily self-taught both as a sound artist and as a visual/stage performer. His performances of sound poetry are unique and word renowned, making use of words and phonetic snippets as well as clicks, hisses, and other vocal manipulations. He hooked up with The Ex guitarist Terrie, in 2006 and they did several gigs after that. In 2012 The Ex brought Jaap Blonk over to Ethiopia for a special soundpoetry project. The combination is an adventure in improvising sound and poetry; electronics, guitar and vocals.

Terrie and Jaap will present their brand new album ‘Thirsty Ears’ !

Terrie Hessels – guitar | Jaap Blonk – voice and electronics

The night will open with a solo performance by Terrie’s daughter, Lena Hessels.

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24-02 SPACE IS THE PLACE: These Things Happen ft. Keefe Jackson

SPACE IS THE PLACE: These Things Happen ft. Keefe Jackson

Saturday, February 24, 21:00

Chicago reed player Keefe Jackson is coming to Amsterdam to work with Oscar Jan Hoogland on music they collect for These Things Happen. Radical beauty in a resetting of the boundaries of jazz. Next to originals from Hoogland, Jackson and Vitols, pieces of Dewey Redman, Herbie Nichols, Thelonious Monk, Cor Fuhler, Misha Mengelberg and Duke Ellington get paired to different musical concepts, feedbacking the Amsterdam and Chicago approaches to jazz and improvisation in an ever forward moving conversation.

Keefe Jackson – reeds | Oscar Jan Hoogland – piano | Uldis Vitols – double bass | Onno Govaert – drums

Chicago Amsterdam

“If I play a perpendicular sound in Amsterdam it’s a linguistic act: a thought translated into music.
In Amsterdam I talk with music.
If I play a perpendicular sound in Chicago it’s a perpendicular sound
In Chicago I paint with music.”

“That’s beyond ‘my music’ – ‘your music’
yes offcourse Jazz: it’s my music too
like all the furniture of live that is important to me
It’s wonderful that my approach to the music is freed from a distance that in other places is essential and beautiful. In return we get to be in, we get to be rooted, we can paint. And with me not necessarily on the canvas within the square but everywhere. That’s where I hope to help out a bit in return. From Amsterdam with love.” –

-Oscar Jan Hoogland

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