New additions include the premiere of AEAEA (Patrick Higgins & Nicolas Jaar), Aldous Harding, Deerhoof & Tigue performing Friend Opportunity, Quelle Chris, a special collaboration between William Tyler and Mary Lattimore, and new project ‘Hidden Musics’
Le Guess Who? has announced the full line-up for the 2019 edition, following the announcement of the curated programs by Fatoumata Diawara, Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, Jenny Hval, Moon Duo, Patrick Higgins, and The Bug.
Le Guess Who?, taking place in Utrecht on November 7-10, is the Netherlands’ most forward-thinking festival, dedicated to boundary-crossing and genre-defying music from all over the world.
Take a look at some of the newly announced artists and the full lineup below…
AEAEA AEAEA is the new duo from composers and performers Patrick Higgins and Nicolas Jaar. Utilizing instrumental performance and live digital resampling, the aim of the group is to develop immersive musical environments—sonorous desert islands that both react to, and redevelop against, the live compositions. Both Higgins and Jaar will be using computer processes to resample and reprocess each other’s instruments in realtime, unfolding a new vision of modern ritual music and electro-acoustic experimentation.
Le Guess Who? is proud to present the premiere of this new project by two of today’s most acclaimed musical visionaries and explorers. The name AEAEA derives from the mythical Greek island of Circe, where Homer’s Odysseus was trapped without time or history.
Hidden Musics In collaboration with producer Ian Brennan and Glitterbeat Records founder Chris Eckman, Le Guess Who? presents the first installment of a new program entitled Hidden Musics. The project aims to present global music traditions that normally don’t reach our shores, often from more remote parts of the world. This is music that has been developed with little to no Western influence, but with a very rich, and often centuries-old, history.
Performing as part of Hidden Musics is the all-female Greek vocal ensemble Isokratisses, who uphold and reinterpret one of the world’s oldest remaining folkmusic traditions, the polyphonic music of the Epirus region—a force of celebration and hardship for centuries, passed down generation by generation; as well as Pakistan’s Ustad Saami, the last living khayál master, which is a precursor of the ancient, Islamic devotional music of qawwali; and Mexico’s mystical La Bruja de Texcoco (The Witch of Texcoco), who reinvigorate the canon of Latin American folk by creating an astonishing tapestry of traditional Mexican music, baroque, and jazz.
Final program additions Other final additions to Le Guess Who? 2019 include the arresting voice of New Zealand songwriter Aldous Harding; Not Waving & Dark Mark, a new collaboration between Italian electronic musician Alessio Natalizia and alt-rock minstrel Mark Lanegan; producer/lyricist/beatsmith Quelle Chris and his singular blend of punkrock, poetry, and experimental hip-hop; veteran avant-garde indierock band Deerhoof performing their seminal album Friend Opportunity, joined by percussion trio Tigue; Ghanaian duo FOKN Bois, who highlight social and political issues with an infectious mix of satire, shocking sloganeering and performance art; Xylouris White, the alliance between Greek musician Georgios Xylouris and drummer Jim White (Dirty Three); Argentina’s Los Siquicos Litoraleños, whose music is a unique triumph of homegrown rural psychedelia; Russian collective Shortparis, who obscures the boundaries between audiovisual theatre, techno raves and punkrock performance; and the streamlined proto-goth of Holland’s The Sweet Release Of Death.
Previously announced for Le Guess Who? 2019 Previously, Le Guess Who? revealed curated programs by the pioneering voice of Mali, Fatoumata Diawara; Dutch fashion radical Iris van Herpen & sound artistSalvador Breed; Norwegian multi-disciplinary artistJenny Hval; psychedelic/kraut mystics Moon Duo; New York avant-garde composer Patrick Higgins; and shape-shifting electronic producer The Bug.
Other artists performing at Le Guess Who? 2019 include Ethio-groove legend Ayalew Mesfin & Debo Band; award-winning jazz vocalist and space disco icon Asha Puthli; Atlanta art-punkers Deerhunter; Holly Herndon presenting her pioneering new album ‘PROTO’ live; Danish pop adventurers Efterklang; Nivhek, the new project of Grouper’s Liz Harris; Swedish prog/psych/counterculture trailblazers Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden); juggernaut industrial/metal outfit Godflesh; and many more.
The full program for Le Guess Who? 2019 can be found below.
Tickets Tickets for Le Guess Who? 2019 are on sale now. Tickets for the Thursday program are €43; tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are €48. 4-Day Festival Passes are available for €148. All prices include service costs.
Le Guess Who? cooperates with The Dutch Council for Refugees for the ‘Grant an Entry’ initiative, which gives visitors the option to buy an additional day ticket for a refugee residing in The Netherlands who would like to visit Le Guess Who? but does not have the financial means to do so.
curated by Fatoumata Diawara
Ahmed ag Kaedy
Roberto SOLO Fonseca
Films: Mali Blues & Yao
curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed
Amnesia Scanner (live)
Blazing Suns (live)
Holly Herndon: PROTO
J-E-T-S (Jimmy Edgar x Machinedrum)
Maarten Vos + scenography by Nick Verstand
Expo: James Merry
curated by Jenny Hval
Jenny Hval’s The Practice Of Love
Lone Taxidermist presents BodyVice
Zia Anger’s My First Film
curated by Moon Duo
Holly Herndon: PROTO
Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids
Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden)
curated by Patrick Higgins
Dossier X (Higgins/Mirabile/Schreiber)
Holly Herndon: PROTO
curated by The Bug
Caspar Brötzmann Massaker
Drew McDowall + Florence To present Time Machines A/V Live
Jah Shaka Sound System
JK Flesh B2B Goth-Trad
Kevin Richard Martin & Hatis Noit
King Midas Sound
Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
The Bug feat. Flowdan & Manga Saint Hilare
ZONAL feat. Moor Mother & Nazamba
A Conversation with Ian Brennan
Christopher C. King
La Bruja de Texcoco
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.
Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood
Arp Frique presents Improvised Suites For Analog Machines
Ayalew Mesfin & Debo Band
Cate Le Bon
Deerhoof & Tigue play ‘Friend Opportunity’
DJ Fitz & DJ Quesadilla
dj. flúgvel og geimskip
Doug Hream Blunt
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & His Sekondi Band
HHY & The Macumbas
Ko Shin Moon
Los Siquicos Litoraleños Love Supreme
Not Waving + Dark Mark
Oiseaux-Tempête & Friends
The Sweet Release of Death
Tropical Fuck Storm
Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano
Vladimir Ivkovic DJ
Greg Fox – Drummer in Residence
Mythic Sunship a.o.
William Tyler & Mary Lattimore
Utrecht Early MusicFestival presents
Olga Pashchenko performing Der Golem
Klang & Ivan Vukosavljević “The Burning”
Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon present
SACRED✚S – a music + cinema ritual, with special guests Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood
Spazio Disponibile presents
Crossing Avenue (live)
Grand River (live)
Vladimir Ivkovic presents
20 years after Suba / Rex Ilusivii’s death
Príncipe Discos presents
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