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.

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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.


Shackle in De Ruimte

by Anne on April 30, 2016

De Ruimte is an art and concert space with a cafe and an impressive view in the North of Amsterdam.

The ambitious and friendly staff is working to expand their programming to include electro-acoustic improvised music and last night was one of those nights with Shackle and the Oslo trio Lindvall/Myhr/Gismervik.

The room led us into some soft drawn-out soundscapes where the Shackle sections named
Imagine, Screw, Limit and Forge found new sonic forms.

We love to play.

Shackle set up with a view.

Shackle set up with a view.

A Shackle Affair with Young/Day

by Robert on September 15, 2014

Come see and hear a lively discourse between voices, flutes, turntables, computers, buttons, sliders, pedals and joysticks!

Time: 15:00
Location: Splendor, Amsterdam


The duo Shackle is not only a vehicle for Robert van Heumen (laptop-instrument) and Anne La Berge (flutes, electronics) to explore and discover ways to bring exciting and interactive new music to the public, it is an ongoing project to invite other artists to enter into our intimate way of working. Our guests for this concert are the duo YOUNG/DAY from Los Angeles: Andrea Young (voice-controlled electronics) and Michael Day (prepared turntables). This will be the second Shackle and Young/Day Affair. The first was a romping concert in Los Angeles in April 2014.……

Shackle Affair and Converging Objects at STEIM

by Robert on December 11, 2013

Shackle collaborated with hard/software hacking wizard Luc van Weelden on another Converging Objects workshop and a Shackle Affair concert at STEIM.

During their two days at STEIM’s studio 3, the international participants of Shackle’s Converging Objects workshop will work together with Anne La Berge, Deckard and Luc van Weelden on a structured improvisation piece, using both acoustic and electronic instruments. We will premiere this piece at the concert tonight!

The second set will be a Shackle Affair. In the Shackle Affair, a guest plays with Shackle and the Shackle System. The guest for this set is hard/software hacking wizard Luc van Weelden.

Converging Objects artists: Vilbjørg Broch, Inge van den Kroonenberg, Steve Jones, Stefano Kalonaris , Mark Summers, Giorgio Distante, Nicoleta Chatzopoulou, Xander Sijperda, Musfik Can Muftuoglu, Chi-Hsia Lai, Joshua Hu and Jan Klug.


A Shackle Affair in Orgelpark

by Robert on November 3, 2013

Shackle performed another Affair with Dominik Blum at Orgelpark. They played Robert van Heumen’s Tubes in Chains.

Tether into Yoke

A virtuoso chain reaction in noise and sound

Compositions by: Robert van Heumen, David Dramm & Luc Ferrari
Performed by: Marco Blaauw, Dominik Blum and Shackle (Anne La Berge & Deckard)

Location: Orgelpark, Gerard Brandtstraat 26 Amsterdam
Time: 14:15h
More info:…

Ferrari – Visages V part 1 & 2 (1959) 6’33″
Dramm – New work for solo trumpet (2013) 3’00″
Dramm – (chaincurve) (2006-7) 22’00″
Robert van Heumen – The First Law of Kipple (2012, premiere) 21’05″
Robert van Heumen – Tubes in Chains (2013, premiere) 20’00″


Shackle Affair at Tabula Rasa in MLK

by Robert on February 1, 2013

Shackle played an Affair again, this time with saxophone player John Dikeman.

Shackle Affair with John Dikeman


From the Tabula Rasa mailing:

Tabula Rasa: Improvised Music @ Maarten Luther Kerk
Wednesday, January 30, 2012, 21:00
Maarten Luther Kerk, Dintelstraat 134
Free Entrance, Donations Welcomed (beer is cheap!)

We are starting off a new season for Tabula Rasa and we’ve made some changes to make things more festive! Concerts will now start at 21.00 and take place in the basement of the church where we have a grand piano, courtesy of Keiko Higuchi, and a good PA, making it possible to expand the horizons of Tabula Rasa programming. The church has also created a small lounge next to the basement where it’s possible to hang out, chat and drink from a new selection of artisanal beer for cheap (or standard beer for really cheap!).

Shackle Affair
Anne La Berge – flute and electronics
Deckard – laptop instrument
+ John Dikeman – saxophone

With our new PA available for concerts I wanted to invite an exciting electro-acoustic project to perform. Shackle immediately came to mind as a one of the hardest working electro-acoustic improvised groups around. I figured they’d be perfect to put the system through a thorough workout. They suggested I join, and of course I jumped at the invitation!