Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: Richard Youngs

There’s less than a month to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Richard Youngs

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Performing Friday 8th November at Theater Kikker, curated by Jenny Hval

The wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs has stolen our hearts a while back. A restless and prolific sonic adventurer, his music catalogue boasts over a hundred solo and collaborative releases, from folk to drone and electronic and last year’s Belief was one of our 15 Album Picks of 2018. Youngs had already dazzled us with an unforgettable a cappella show at Le Guess Who? in 2017 and we are immensely excited to see what he has in store for us this time. Read on for a list of three acts he’s looking forward to.

 

Lasse Marhaug

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Performing Saturday 9th November at Stadsschouwburg, curated by Jenny Hval

“I’ve heard so many of his records over such a long period of time, but have never caught him performing live. I am really curious about what he will do.”

 

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paradiso U.F.O.

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Performing Sauturday 9th November at De Nijverheid

“Makoto and I have been friends for a very long time. We have performed and recorded together, I have visited him in Japan. Acid Mothers are always a joyful experience.”

 

Earth

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Performing Thursday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by The Bug

“I love their early stuff, and I have to be honest I haven’t heard where they have gone since then. I understand they are quite different and I am intrigued to hear what direction they’ve taken.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: Miranda Cuckson

There’s less than a month to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Miranda Cuckson

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Performing Thursday 7th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Patrick Higgins

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Exhibiting an unsurpassed mastery of the violin and the viola, Miranda Cuckson performs beautifully anything that comes her way. A renowned and unique performer, with numerous prestigious awards and accolades under her belt, she engages wholeheartedly and skilfully with her music, playing pieces ranging from the classical repertoire to contemporary ones. Over the past fifteen years, Miranda has performed and worked with an array of both established and emerging composers from around the world and obviously, we can’t wait to see her performing at Le Guess Who?. And now we know who she is looking forward to seeing too!

 

Sarah Davachi

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Performing Friday 8th November at Janskerk, curated by Jenny Hval

“I’m a fan of Sarah Davachi’s music – the tactility of the sound, the throbbing resonance, the stillness but inner intensity. I’m intrigued by how she really delves into the nooks and crannies of an instrument’s tone, just dwells there. I’m excited she’s performing. ”

 

Fatoumata Diawara

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Performing Sunday 10th November at at TivoliVredenburg

“I’m also thrilled about Fatoumata Diowara, both her own performance and her curation. Her music is exhilarating and I think what she does as an African and international artist is amazing.

 

Ahmed ag Kaedy

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Performing Saturday 9th November at LE:EN, curated by Fatoumata Diawara

“I’m also eager to hear the songs and spirit of Malian musician Ahmed ag Kaedy in Fatoumata’s line-up.”

Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: Bremer/McCoy

There’s just over one month to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Bremer/McCoy

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Performing Saturday 9th November at Janskerk

The compositions and soundscapes of Bremer/McCoy offer a space for contemplation. Melodic, tranquil and utterly engrossing, their music is infused with emotion. Childhood friends Morten McCoy and Jonathan Bremer formed the duo in 2013, first as a reggae group before morphing into a jazz, dub and neo classical outfit, intensified by the handbuild soundsystem they use when playing live. They are soon to release their fourth album, Utopia, and leading up to their performance at Le Guess Who? in November, we asked them what artists they were most excited to see. Read on to find out.

 

Jah Shaka Sound System

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Performing Saturday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by The Bug

“Jah Shaka has always had an deep and spiritual vibe in his works during the last 40 years. Both as a soundsystem operator, record producer and chanter. We very much look forward to experiencing the mystical vibration of a Shaka dance once again.
A proper soundsystem dance is not about getting wasted but about meditating to the conscious sounds. If its on his own soundsystem one can look forward to one of the most special sounding operating systems out there… it sounds like thunder & lightning and with harmonic distortions that can make the bass reverberate in a whole different key. If not, I really hope that we will still experience Shaka on a proper deep soundsystem. He should not be allowed to play on a standard club PA. This is spiritual music, but when the bass hits, it needs to hit you in the physical realm too.”


 

Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force

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Performing Friday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by The Bug

“This is a very original blend of Ernestus’ Basic Channel roots and African rhythms and instruments. Formless, deep-sounding, partly handplayed and partly programmed. There’s something mystical about their sound and style. We very much look forward to seeing how they approach a live performance. “

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: Joseph Shabason

There’s less two months to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

Joseph Shabason

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Performing Saturday 9th November at Theater Kikker

Staggeringly talented composer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason has been a favourite of ours for a long time. A busy recording artist and touring musician, he has also played and collaborated in various projects, including Destroyer and DIANA. Last year he released one of our 15 Album Picks of 2018, Anne, a beguiling, poignant and enveloping album blending jazz and ambient. Needless to say we can’t wait to see him perform at Le Guess Who? and we asked him which bands he’s most looking forward to. Find out his recommendations below, with a few words from him:

 

Cate Le Bon

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Performing Sunday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Been such a huge fan of hers for a bunch of years now and I can’t wait to finally see her live. I’ve heard that she’s incredible. Plus her new album is so on point and I’m excited to see how she does those songs live.”

 

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano

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Performing Thursday 7th November at Janskerk

“Basically I just want to see Visible Cloaks so badly. They make sounds that are so tactile and precise and their new record with Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano is gorgeous.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 7-10 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who? unveils full line up for 2019 edition

With just under two months to go until Le Guess Who? extravaganza kicks off in Utrecht, today the organisers revealed the full line-up. A cluster of new announcements, including Ami Dang, HHY & The Macumbas, Xylouris White, Group Listening, Bremer/McCoy, Mythic Sunship and Ed Dowie join a star studded line-up, co-curated by Fatoumata Diawara, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug, Moon Duo, and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed.

After enticing us with its curators and artist announcements over the last few months, with a lot of bands that we absolutely love, Le Guess Who? has now revealed the full line-up for its 13th edition running from November 7-10 in various venues across Utrecht.

Avant-garde composer, guitarist, and producer Patrick Higgins had already unveiled his sublime curatorial bill including Dossier X, his own immersive audio-visual collaboration with installation artist Matthew Schreiber and choreographer Monica Mirabile, as well as the likes of Tyondai Braxton, Conrad Tao, Leila Bordreuil, Vicky Chow, Lightning Bolt, Miranda Cuckson and Holly Herndon. Added to Higgins’s curation is an incredibly special performance by AEAEA, his new project with Chilean producer Nicolas Jaar, which will see its premiere at the festival. Through instrumental performance and live digital acrobatics, the pair will resample each other’s instruments live.

Setting the stage for rare performances, Le Guess Who? unveiled a new ambitious program called Hidden Musics, in collaboration with Grammy-award winning music producer, activist and author Ian Brennan, and Ljubljana based American musician, record producer and Glitterbeat Records founder Chris Eckman. Paying special attention to musical traditions from secluded regions of the world, Hidden Musics will include female Greek choir Isokratisses, Pakistan’s 75-year old Surti master Ustad Saami and Mexico’s La Bruja de Texcoco.

Another fresh addition is a special collaboration between guitarist and composer William Tyler and experimental harpist Mary Lattimore.

Also amongst the final wave of names newly added to the general line-up is Baltimore based vocalist, sitarist, producer and composer Ami Dang presenting her recent instrumental album, Parted Plains, inspired by South Asian and Middle Eastern folktales, enigmatic Kiwi singer-songwriter Aldous Harding, following the release of her critically acclaimed third album Designer, Detroit-raised, Brooklyn-based rapper and producer Quelle Chris, Portuguese collective HHY & The Macumbas, known for the tribal and exhilarating energy of their live shows, Danish dub-jazz duo Bremer/McCoy who have a new album releasing next month and Xylouris White, the duo of Cretan lute player George Xylouris and Australian drummer Jim White, who will be gifting the world with their fourth full album, The Sisypheans, on the eve of their performance at the festival.

Other new musical treats across the dozens of stages include Ghanaian hip hop outfit FOKN Bois, lo-fi pop singer songwriter Ed Dowie, the utterly engrossing ambient reworkings of some electronic classics by Stephen Black and Paul Jones who operate as Group Listening, London-based experimental singer-songwriter Koichi Yamanoha aka Grimm Grimm, the solo project of Peter Cat Recording Co frontman Suryakant Sawhney under the guise Lifafa, the dark and ritualistic performances of Russian indie band Shortparis, Danish progressive space rock band Mythic Sunship and experimental producer Alessio Natalizia, aka Not Waving, and alt-rock icon Mark Lanegan who teamed up this year for their collaborative album Downwelling.

With such a wealth of sonic offerings from all over the globe, the stars will align to celebrate the 13th edition of Le Guess Who?. So be sure to look up and consider this a celestial warning to grab yourself a ticket. Daily tickets and 4-Day Festival Passes are now available on leguesswho.com, where you can also find the full line-up in detail and more info.

Le Guess Who? reveals full curated programs for this year’s event, including Efterklang, Lightning Bolt, Murcof, Holly Herndon + more

We’ve spent the last couple of years raving about how great Le Guess Who? is and with good reason. For four days and nights every November, the festival takes over the quaint and historic city of Utrecht with a kaleidoscopic range of delightful and diverse performances. With today’s announcement, Le Guess Who?, celebrating its 13th edition from November 7-10, shows that it continues to be guided by an adventurous, independent and uncompromising spirit.

Le Guess Who?‘s organisers had already fired us with enthusiasm with the first announcement of performing artists within the general line-up, as well as guest curators and initial curated bills from Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug and Moon Duo. Today the festival unveils the final additions to these bills, as well as the picks of Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, and other special performances and unique collaborations.

Afrocubism and Afrofuturism-related artists will be the core of Fatoumata Diawara’s curatorial selections. The inventive Malian artist had previously collaborated with multi-talented Cuban jazz musician, composer and bandleader Roberto Fonseca, and she invites him for a solo performance at the festival. Diawara’s curated bill will also host performances from activist rapper Master Soumy, who’s at the forefront of Mali’s hip hop movement, and the soul-stirring Tuareg folk of guitarist and singer/songwriter Ahmed Ag Kaedy, fresh off the back of his new solo acoustic album, Akaline Kidal. Living in exile, Kaedy named the album after Kidal, his northern Mali hometown where he is banished from. Two films will also feature on Diawara’s program, Mali Blues and Yao.

Dutch designer and couturier Iris van Herpen and her partner, sound artist Salvador Breed, have invited Efterklang, the Danish trio of childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg, who constantly venture in new and exciting directions and are back with new album Altid Sammen. They have also invited Egyptian-Iranian experimental pop/R&B artist Lafawndah, Mexican artist Murcof, Hip-Hop and Soul duo Oshun, J-E-T-S, the collaborative project of producers Machinedrum and Jimmy Edgar, and Klavikon, the project of virtuoso pianist Leon Michener mastering the cross-pollination between techno and classical music with merely a prepared piano, “no loops, no laptops, no sequencers”. Van Herpen and Breed’s program will also feature an exhibition by British hand embroidery artist James Merry, best known for his otherworldly creations for Björk.

Amongst the new additions to curated programs is the avant-pop of electronic musician Holly Herndon presenting her multi-sensory experience ‘PROTO’, which is also her bold and challenging third album inspired and created with artificial intelligence. Herndon’s performance comes courtesy of three curators, Patrick Higgins, Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed and Moon Duo.
Patrick Higgins will host Dossier X, his own immersive audio-visual collaboration with installation artist Matthew Schreiber and choreographer Monica Mirabile and Rhode Island noise rock duo Lightning Bolt with new record Sonic Citadel under their belt. Moon Duo add to their curation Berlin-based Argentinian duo Mueran Humanos, and self-taught violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives who popped up on our radar a couple of years ago through the spectacular line-up of Le Guess Who 2017 edition. There are new additions to The Bug’s program, with organist and composer Kali Malone set for a special organ performance and The Bug’s performance with grime MC Flowdan.

Other exciting and fresh additions to Le Guess Who?’s 2018 line-up include two label nights from Portugal’s powerhouse dance label Príncipe Discos and Rome-based techno label Spazio Disponibile, both bringing over to Utrecht a chunk of artists from their roster.
Another special performance now announced is that of Belgrade based DJ/producer Vladimir Ivkovic. Twenty years on from the death of Serbian producer Mitar Suboti, also known as Suba and Rex Ilusivii, his shelved iconic album Wayang, got widely released for the first time and Ivkovic will perform it in its entirety.

This year’s Le Guess Who? Festival will undoubtedly be a musical treasure rammed with surprises and delights and there is yet a lot more to be unveiled for the 13th edition. Daily tickets and 4-Day Festival Passes are now available on leguesswho.com, where you can also find newly confirmed artists and more info.