Holland’s most adventurous music festival Le Guess Who? (LGW) has announced a range of exciting projects, including ‘Future Feminism’ presented by Kembra Pfahler, Johanna Constantine, and Anohni.
The 12th edition of the Netherlands’ festival, famous for featuring a range of experimental, collaborative, and otherwise out-of-the-box musical performances and artists, takes place across the entire city centre of Utrecht. ‘Future Feminism’, independent music institution RVNG producing ‘RVNG x LGW’, ONCEIM, and other curated programs will be just some of the projects at the forefront of this.
Future Feminism, curated by director and activist Asia Argento and also featuring The Girls of Karen Black, is a project calling for a feminine collective consciousness to help to piece together a sustainable future for the planet.
Since its introduction back in 2014, the tenets underlining the Future Feminism Manifesto have been widely recognized and appropriated in popular culture, most notably Tenet #13: “The Future is Female”.
The Girls of Karen Black is the continuation of Pfahler’s notorious group The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, and displays her prominence as one of the leading feminist artists today. As a dance artist and DJ, Johanna Constantine infiltrates both the art world and the club scene with transformative performances.
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RVNG, a fifteen-year-old project encouraging inclusive environments to experience music made from the margins, will produce RVNG x LGW, a selection of performances that will includethe ethereal electronic compositions of Moscow’s Kate NV; Colombian experimental producer Lucrecia Dalt; New York percussionist and collaborator extraordinaire Greg Fox; and the British avant-cellist Oliver Coates.
The ‘FRKWYS’ series by RVNG will also pair Finnish electronic music composer Pekka Airaksinen (known for his work with ultra-radical, proto-noise group The Sperm) and NYC-based multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Ka Baird, who will record a new addition to the series and premiere it live at the festival.
ONCEIM (Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisations Musicales) will be an orchestra featuring 34 talented musicians producing two contemporary experimentation pieces: ‘Gruides’, an immersive layered drone experience led by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley; and ‘Occam Océan’, the result of a two-year collaboration with French contemporary artist Éliane Radigue that crosses the genres minimalist, electronic and spectral music.
More curated programs will also be featured over the course of the festival, ranging from South African performance art to astral pop.
At Le Guess Who?, over 150 artists will be playing in theatres, rock clubs, churches, warehouses and more. Just some of the previously announced performers for the festival includes Art Ensemble of Chicago; Devendra Banhart, The Breeders; Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago with MO Strings; Sons of Kemet XL; Ebo Taylor; Circuit des Yeux (presenting ‘Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus’); Hailu Mergia; Mudhoney; Serpentwithfeet; Vashti Bunyan; and Saul Williams & King Britt (presenting ‘Unanimous Goldmine’).
4-Day Festival Passes for Le Guess Who? 2018 are available now for €137.50 (incl. service costs). Day tickets will be available early September.