Lukas Simonis is a Dutch composer, improviser and writer, mainly active in experimental music and sound art. Besides his career as a musician he’s also involved with the Rotterdam-based avant garde venue WORM, runs the music lab of this Institute for Avantgarde Recreation and he is one of the three people that organise stuff around the InstrumentsMakePlay-community.
Lukas Simonis has his roots as an instrumentalist and musical ‘activist’ in the industrial music and noise rock of the Eighties ( Throbbing Gristle, the Residents, Pere Ubu, Sonic Youth and beyond). Being a part of the Rotterdam jazzbunker scene (a collective that consisted of heavy drug induced punk rockers, freejazzers, early electronic musicians and pre-postrock combo’s) he discovered the delimited world of improvisation. In the meantime & after he played in bands like Dull Schicksal, Trespassers W, Morzelpronk, AA Kismet, Liana Flu Winks, VRIL, Stepmother, Perfect Vacuum and Coolhaven. At the same time he was/is organizing concerts, events and films, first at the Jazzbunker in Rotterdam later on the Dissonanten festival, the Dissidenten festival, Popifilm, Dodorama , WORM, a multimedia centre for experimental art and finally stichting KLANGENDUM since 2013.
Nowadays he collaborates with lots of people from different backgrounds. For instance; Kruk (with Nina Hitz and Sato Endo), STEPMOTHER (with Jeroen Visser and Bill Gilonis), Perfect Vacuum (Jim Whelton/London), IG Witzelsucht (Ergo Phizmiz/UK), Zoikle (Jos Ex/Amsterdam), The X Static Tics (with Henk Bakker and various others) Deus Cantos (with Bruno Ferro Xavier Da Silva) and he plays off and on with Ivan palacky (cz), Nina Hitz (CH/NL) Sato Endo (jap/NL). Other people he worked with; Eugene Chadbourne (USA), Goh Lee Kwang (Kuala Lumpur), Bohman Brothers (UK), Anne La Berge (USA/NL), Faces (with Huib Emmer, NL), Peter Stampfel (USA), Eddie Prevost (UK), etc. Simonis is also working for Dutch Radio (Dr Klangendum at Concerzender)) and international (ao. Radia network), producing and curating radiophonic pieces and radioplays.