First wave of artists announced for Le Guess Who? 2019

Le Guess Who? has just announced the first round of artists for its 13th edition, taking place in various idyllic venues across Utrecht from 7-10 November. Joseph Shabason, Tyondai Braxton, Mary Lattimore, Conrad Tao, Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, Minyo Crusaders and Angel Bat Dawid are amongst those confirmed to perform this year.

Le Guess Who? celebrates its 13th edition this year and so far, the organizers had only announced the list of its curators: Fatoumata Diawara, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug, Moon Duo, and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed. Each year, Le Guess Who?’s curators contribute to the festival with their own selections, enriching an already magnificently diverse program featuring both emerging and well-established artists, traversing geography and genre. Today we get a first glimpse at some of their selections, as well as the first names from the general line-up.

Avant-garde composer, guitarist, and producer Patrick Higgins displays his creative vision with a sublime programme. His curation includes young pianist and composer Conrad Tao, whose work as a soloist includes recitals in Paris, London, Munich, Berlin and appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphonies, among many others. Also invited is Brooklyn based cellist, composer, and sound-artist Leila Bordreuil, experimental violin and harp duo LEYA, incredibly adventurous violist and violinist Miranda Cuckson and Berlin based vocalist Stine Janvin, who explores and stretches the flexibility of the voice and its surroundings. Higgins will also host the classical-electronics hybrid of prodigious composer and musician Tyondai Braxton and Canadian virtuoso Vicky Chow, who is also the pianist for Bang on a Can All-Stars, New Music Detroit, and a founding member of piano sextet Grand Band, and piano duo X88.

Prolific British musician and producer Kevin Martin aka The Bug returns to Le Guess Who? in 2019 as a guest curator, hosting Caspar Brötzmann Massaker, hot on the heels of their albums reissue program on Southern Lord, legendary duo Earth celebrating 30 years with their new album Full Upon Her Burning Lips and South East London-based Jah Shaka Sound System, active since the early 70’s and known as the king of the roots reggae Jamaican sound system. The Bug’s curation further includes multidisciplinary artist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, the hypnotic blend of jazz, country, noise and minimal electronica of Berlin based Polish instrumental trio LOTTO and Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, the project of techno pioneer Mark Ernestus with a revolving cast of Senegalese sabar musicians. Some of The Bug’s other projects will also take to the stage at Le Guess Who?, including his trio King Midas Sound, featuring poet Roger Robinson and vocalist Kiki Hitomi, and Zonal, his duo with Justin Broadrick, set to perform with Moor Mother. He has also lined up the world premiere of his collaboration with London based Japanese vocal performer Hatis Noit, whose music draws from a variety of genres and traditions, including western classical music, Japanese folk, whispering, and poetry reading.

Known for performances and an artistic output that embraces a variety of arts forms and vehicles for expression, Jenny Hval´s curation reflects precisely that. Joining her bill is experimental composer and poet Félicia Atkinson, with a new album called The Flower And The Vessel coming out this July, the quirky and experimental Alina Astrova (Inga Copeland, Hype Williams) under her new alias Lolina, and the otherworldly experimental rock of Moon Relay,  a four piece orchestra who draw influences as disparate as krautrock, techno, no wave, surf rock and free jazz. The Norwegian multidisciplinary artist has also invited the wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs, whose album Belief was one of our 15 Album Picks of 2018, Canadian Los Angeles-based musician and musicologist Sarah Davachi, Swedish, Ethiopian-born, Oslo-based singer and composer Sofia Jernberg who describes herself as a “maker of things”, and DNA? AND?, the Oslo-based collective formed in 2013 that brings together kids with learning disabilities with professional musicians to play improvised music. Jenny Hval will present her new interdisciplinary piece The Practice of Love together with an ensemble of musicians and artists.

Psych-kraut stalwarts Moon Duo invited cosmic afro jazz mavericks Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids, minimal synthesist and experimental composer Michele Mercure with a recently released retrospective anthology, Beside Herself, featuring tracks from her early cassette releases, Liz Harris’ new project Nivhek, with a new record composed during and after residencies in Portugal and Russia, and experimental harpist Mary Lattimore who pushes the boundaries of her instrument using effects and an improvisational approach. On Moon Duo´s bill is also the blissful and pastoral sounds of Prana Crafter and Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden), hugely influential on Sweden’s DIY and ‘progg’ culture.

Le Guess Who? has become a privileged stage for rare performances and unique collaborations and continues to pride itself on nurturing them. Amongst those confirmed to play is singer-songwriter, producer and actress from Mumbai Asha Puthli, known for merging traditional Indian influences with contemporary Western pop and Pakistan’s 75-year old Ustad Saami, a master of the pre-Islamic vocal style known as Surti, passed on from generation to generation since the 13th century, and of which he is the only practitioner left in the world. There´s also an exclusive European performance in store with legendary Ethio-groove performer Ayalew Mesfin, performing with Boston´s Debo Band. Mesfin’s work came to prominence last year with the release of his compilation album Hasabe (My Worries).

There’s a lot more on offer for the 13th edition of Utrecht’s Le Guess Who?, with the first performing artists within the general line-up now announced. Appearing on the bill is talented Toronto based composer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason whose beguiling and affecting album Anne, in the realms of jazz and ambient, is among the finest releases of 2018, cult nurse-turned-musician Doug Hream Blunt, accomplished jazz composer and drummer Makaya McCraven, Chicago-based clarinetist, vocalist and composer Angel Bat Dawid, Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, the loop-heavy, psychedelic groove of Chilean trio Föllakzoid, the afrofunk sound of Ghana’s highlife singer, composer and instrumentalist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & His Sekondi Band and the Rajasthan folk of Lakha Khan mastering its traditional string instrument, the sindhi sarangi. Also announced are French collective Oiseaux-Tempête & Friends, Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano, Tokyo based 10-piece big band Minyo Crusaders, and Somalia’s Dur-Dur Band with their exuberant pop funk.

Many more artists will be added to this initial tremendous line-up over the next few months, including the curated programs of Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed. But it is already clear it will be an adventurous musical paradise, covering just about all music spectrums. Full details of the line-up so far, tickets and other info can be found on leguesswho.com.

Circuit des Yeux releases Reaching For Indigo: GAIA INFINITUS: Performed Live at Le Guess Who? Festival

Circuit des Yeux live at Le Guess Who? 2018 | Photography: Erik Luyten

We loved last year’s edition of Le Guess Who? to bits and one powerful and beautiful performance that really stood out for us was that of Circuit des Yeux, closing the festival on Sunday November 11th at TivoliVredenburg. Haley Fohr, the immeasurably talented and adventurous vocalist, composer, and producer behind the project, cooked up a special one-off performance, an augmented version of her album Reaching For Indigo, a timeless favourite record and one of our 15 Picks of 2017. Entitled Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus, it was rearranged and performed with an eight-piece ensemble featuring members of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, as well as her bassist and drummer. Today, Circuit des Yeux unleashed the recordings of that performance in the shape of a live album and DVD, released through Drag City, and also available on her website and Bandcamp.

Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr comments on Reaching for Indigo: GAIA INFINITUS:

“Let it be known that I (Haley Fohr) once walked the Earth and chose to sing my way through life. Let it be known that one of these many singing rituals transpired on Nov 11, 2018 at Le Guess Who? Festival. On this evening Cooper Crain rearranged works from 2017’s “Reaching For Indigo”, members of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra helped re-imagine this aforementioned music, Le Guess Who? Festival documented it, and here today we have Reaching For Indigo: GAIA INFINITUS: Performed Live at Le Guess Who? Festival.

Drag City & I have meticulously prepared a limited 300 count LP/DVD, featuring 100 different album covers, as well as a video documentation of the entire performance. It includes a previously unreleased song written during the Indigo era,”Four Limbs”, and is exclusively available on the vinyl version of this release.

Thank you for your continued support of independent music & the living artist.”

For a taste of the intense and staggering beauty of Circuit des Yeux’s performance, watch the live video for ‘Black Fly’ below:

Le Guess Who? reveals curators for 2019 edition

Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? is gearing up for its 13th edition, running from 7-10 November this year, and the first big announcement of 2019 is here.

Every year, Le Guess Who? invites a few artists as co-curators, to help shape and enrich the festival with hand picked selections which reflect their own interests. Today, the organisers have revealed their guest curators for this year. Fatoumata Diawara, Jenny Hval, Patrick Higgins, The Bug, Moon Duo, and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, will all be involved in programming, with free reign to invite their own favourite and like-minded artists. With the exception of Iris van Herpen and Salvador Breed, all the curators will also be performing themselves. They join an impressive list of past Le Guess Who? curators, which last year included Shabaka Hutchings, Devendra Banhart and Moor Mother.

Known as one of Mali’s most inventive artists, Grammy-nominated musician Fatoumata Diawara is not only notable for her talent as a singer, songwriter and guitarist but also as an actress, activist and defender of women rights and social justice. Involved in a variety of projects, Fatoumata has recorded and performed with a multitude of artists, including fellow Mali artists Amadou & Mariam and Oumou Sangaré, Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca, Bobby Womack, Damon Albarn and Herbie Hancock, amongst many more. Her music draws from her roots while looking to the future. The festival notes that artists related to Afrocubism and Afrofuturism will be the core of her curatorial selections.

Jenny Hval’s performances and artistic output embraces a variety of arts forms and vehicles for expression, from poetry and music, to performance art, and film. As a true multidisciplinary artist, who has previously graced Le Guess Who? stages, it is fitting that in 2019 the Norwegian musician and writer should curate her own programme.

Following his colossal performance with the string ensemble of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra at Le Guess Who? in 2017, avant-garde composer, guitarist, and producer Patrick Higgins returns to the festival as a guest curator. A creative visionary, known for his membership in New York noise-rock band Zs, Higgins has an impressive solo and collaborative discography under his belt, having also composed for several renowned ensembles and soloists. We’re looking forward to seeing what his line-up will be.

Prolific British musician and producer Kevin Martin aka The Bug is a legend in his own lifetime, counting a plethora of musical projects. With a career spanning over twenty years and more than 150 recordings in many different genres, The Bug came to existence in the 90’s, first as a dub-oriented project before turning to Jamaican dancehall and similar genres like grime and dubstep.

Psych-kraut stalwarts Moon Duo first came into being in 2009 in San Francisco as a side project collaboration between Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada. Ten years on, the duo have released several studio albums, EPs and singles. The duality between light and darkness is central to their most recent album, Occult Architecture, a double cosmic voyage that sees them exploring new textures and sounds.

A trailblazer in the world of fashion, Dutch designer and couturier Iris van Herpen has her foot in the future, mixing fashion and technology, in particular 3D printing to create her own garments. Together with her partner, sound artist Salvador Breed, they will curate a programme reflecting their aesthetics.

We’ll have to wait a little longer for the curated picks and the full festival line-up to be announced but if past editions are anything to go by, we can already be sure of one thing: it will be unmissable!

 

 

Le Guess Who? 2019 takes place from 7-10 November, in various idyllic venues throughout the city of Utrecht. 4-Day Festival Passes are currently available until May 2nd for €123,00. Find tickets and more information at www.leguesswho.com. Read our review of last year’s edition.

Canal180 unveils short film about Le Guess Who? Festival

For four days every November, Le Guess Who? turns the entire city of Utrecht into a marvelous melting pot of music and artistic experimentation, bringing together a plethora of incredibly diverse and cutting-edge artists spanning genres, generations and the globe. Last year, during its 12th edition, Portuguese platform Canal180 set about capturing and documenting what makes Le Guess Who? so unique. A new short film entitled Representing the Underrepresented is the fruit of it, featuring some of the artists that enriched last year´s line up, including Shabaka Hutchings, Richard Fearless, Jacco Gardner, Vashti Bunyan and Go Kurosawa, and also interviews with members of the Le Guess Who? team. As Canal180 puts it, with Representing the Underrepresented they “intended to listen to these artists, curators and organizers in order to understand their view and their willingness to change the monocultural Europe and US-focused perspective that seems to dominate our current times.”

First premiered last weekend at the MIL Festival in Lisbon, the film is now available to stream, and you can read more about it on canal180.pt. We can’t help but think that by watching it, you won´t want to miss the 13th edition of Le Guess Who? this November.

Le Guess Who? 2019 takes place from 7 – 10 November in several venues in Utrecht and 4-Day Festival Passes are available now on leguesswho.com. Save the date and grab your tickets now.

Le Guess Who? 2018 Recap: A Musical Treasure Trove

We run down some of our favourite moments from Le Guess Who? 2018, including Circuit des Yeux, Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago with MO Strings, Yonatan Gat & The Eastern Medicine Singers, STUFF. and The Comet Is Coming, among many other standout performers

“With over 7 billion people on the planet, the music we hear is only a fraction of what’s out there. This is the instinct that keeps us digging.”

This line on the first page of this year’s festival booklet sums up perfectly the vision, ambition, and spirit of this one of a kind festival.

We loved Le Guess Who? to bits last year and you have probably guessed by now that it is one of our highlights of the year. So earlier this month we returned for a second time to Utrecht for the 12th edition of Le Guess Who?. During four extravagant days, this quaint and picturesque Dutch town became a marvellous melting pot of music and artistic experimentation, bringing together a smorgasbord of incredibly diverse and cutting-edge artists of all different backgrounds from across the globe, both new and older, known and lesser known. Le Guess Who? is not about sticking to the known and it draws a befitting audience, eager to discover what lies outside the mainstream.

With performances held around 20 different spaces scattered throughout Utrecht, one of the beauties of the festival is hopping from venue to venue. Cruising on rented bicycles through the city’s charming cobbled streets before arriving at a church, a cafe or a theatre to watch a show is an integral part of the experience.

Hello Skinny

Every year, Le Guess Who?’s extraordinary program takes on new dimensions, owing to a selection of unique curators, who in turn, invite some of their very own favourite artists to play. Shabaka HutchingsDevendra Banhart and Moor Mother took the curator seat this year, expanding and enriching a program rife with wonderful surprises. With around 200 artists and with some of them not often performing, if ever, in Europe, tough choices had to be made at times because of overlapping schedules or venues reaching capacity. We simply wished omnipresence was a thing. But missing one performance usually meant finding an undiscovered gem in a nearby venue. Almost without fail, in whichever venue/performance we found ourselves, aural pleasures were to be had.

Prodigious multi-reed player Shabaka Hutchings performed last year with his band The Ancestors and also in previous editions of Le Guess Who?. This year his participation reached new heights with his role as curator. Many of our highlights were part of his curation, including London based ingenious drummer, producer and composer Tom Skinner aka Hello Skinny, who performed Friday at De Pastoe Fabriek. Skinner told the audience right from the start that it was a dance gig and he wasn’t lying. What ensued was a brilliant show playing new and old material. Hutchings, who performed with Hello Skinny in an older line-up, joined the band for a wild interpretation of ‘Bump’.

Orchestra Of Spheres

What followed at the crowded De Pastoe Fabriek was a raucous and groovy set by a new favourite band, Belgian instrumental five-piece STUFF. who were also part of Hutchings’ curation. Cooking a musical broth of jazz, funk, hip-hop, electronica, and anything they want to throw in with a good dose of improvisation displaying their versatile musicianship, they turned the warehouse into an irresistible and scorching dance party.

Plugging their recent album, Mirror, Orchestra Of Spheres were as amazing and outlandish as they usually are, in costumes resonating their inventiveness and playing original instruments like the biscuit tin guitar or the foot pedal analogue bass. The Wellington quartet delivered a pulverising set at the cavernous club Kytopia on Saturday evening, navigating not only through recent material, but also older hits. The band’s Baba Rossa told the adoring crowd that they had played both their oldest and their newest song. A wild intergalactic treat.

Other highlights on Hutchings’ curation included South Africa’s explosive psychedelic afrofunk seven-piece BCUC (Bantu Continua Uhuru Consciousness) and the wonderfully captivating and hypnotic performance of sax wizard Kadri Gopalnath who spent most of the last twenty years adapting his instrument to the traditions of Indian Carnatic music. Performing at Tivoli’s Grote Zaal on Sunday, Gopalnath, accompanied by two tabla players, a violinist, and someone in charge of counting the music’s rhythms with various series of hand movements, sat crossed legged on a carpet, enchanting and drawing in the audience. We were also completely blown away by London-based Japanese post-punk four-piece Bo Ningen. Playing late on Friday evening at a packed Tivoli’s Ronda, their show was a whirlwind of relentless energy, explosive rock and hardcore punk at its finest. Dressed in a feminine fashion, moving frantically yet elegantly, they spread the same explosive energy on the ecstatic crowd.

The Comet Is Coming

As a performer, Hutchings played with two of his bands, The Comet Is Coming and Sons of Kemet, the latter in a special XL format with the usual two drummers doubling up to four. Sons of Kemet performed in Ronda, one of the five music halls in Tivoli Vredenburg. A giant complex with five purpose-built music halls, Tivoli is central to Le Guess Who?, hosting myriad performances. We must admit to only briefly catching Sons of Kemet as Ronda was bursting at the seams, with a mammoth crowd gathered to watch and experience one of the fest’s most anticipated acts. We bid our time and the next day, astro-futurist trio The Comet Is Coming took to the stage at the Grote Zaal with an infectious energy, ripe for dancing. King Shabaka, Betamax and Danalogue led the audience on a cosmic voyage, utterly perfect for a celestial and effusive closing on the last day.

Back to the general line-up and other curated bills, there was a multitude of musical riches on offer. Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley’s collaborative duo DRINKS gifted us with our inaugural set of the festival on Thursday evening at Tivoli’s Pandora, offering with their band a playful set, drawing mostly from their recent second album Hippo Lite, including the weird and wonderful tracks ‘Corner Shops’ and ‘Real Outside’.

Drinks

Celebrated improvisational artist Lonnie Holley was one of the most captivating performers of the festival, stealing the show with his honest and engaging storytelling and ghostly piano playing. Accompanied by the incredible experimental duo of trombone and drums Nelson Patton, Lonnie Holley’s spontaneous musical narrations of life stories evoked a wonderful feeling of life celebration in harmony with Mother Earth.
As is usual, Le Guess Who? spreads its wings in many ways offering more than musical performances throughout its four days like films, artist talks, exhibitions or Le Mini Who?. A tour of Utrecht led by Lonnie, “Through The Eyes of Lonnie Holley”, was one of the one-off events that happened this year.

We’ve been awed before by the ferocious live energy of wildly inventive guitar virtuoso Yonatan Gat. In a trio format, with drummer and bassist, his performance at Le Guess Who? was even more memorable, punctuated by his sparkling collaboration with Native American powwow drum group The Eastern Medicine Singers. Performing at Pandora, the show consisted of two parts. The first part kicked off with a mindblowing drum solo, before Gat joined his two band members for a relentless and powerful show with influences from all over the place. Gat had warned their set would have to be short, as they were merely the support act for the big ceremony. The second part of the show then followed, with the members of The Eastern Medicine Singers all performing on a single giant drum, in the middle of the audience. As the lights turned on them, chanting and pounding, Gat and his bandmates joined the middle stage, enthralling the audience with a powerful and transcending experience.

Takuro Kikuchi

The serene and minimal compositions of Japanese pianist Takuro Kikuchi, in the gorgeous and monumental setting of Janskerk, were a marvellous and meditative experience. The church’s high ceilings and its vast emptiness became filled with stunning light designs and with the tranquillity and beauty of Kikuchi’s instrumental pieces.

Saturday started with our favourite set of the day, Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago with MO Strings performing to a packed Grote Zaal. Many of the artists gracing stages at Le Guess Who? push their instruments to their limits. With a staggering technical ability and abounding creativity, Manu Delago does exactly that with the hang, experimenting and expanding the possibilities of the instrument. Delago led the first 30 minutes, performing his mesmerizing compositions with the 27-member string section of the Metropole Orkest, under the direction of conductor Jules Buckley. Whether playing the hang or the drums, whether playing with bare hands or using brushes or sticks, Delago manipulated the hang in various ways, always adventurously, drawing us in entirely. Anoushka Shankar, with whom Delago had previously collaborated, joined him on stage for the second half of the performance, enchanting the audience with her mastery of sitar, blending classical Indian music with contemporary sounds. The pairing of two exceptional virtuosos on two very different and unique instruments made for a set that was nothing short of cinematic and divine.

Circuit des Yeux

Le Guess Who? was brimming with surprising collaborations, and a very striking one graced the last day, with Circuit des Yeux. In yet another unique Le Guess Who? moment on Sunday afternoon, Haley Fohr, the extraordinarily talented and adventurous vocalist, composer, and producer behind the project, presented an augmented version of her album Reaching For Indigo, aptly called Gaia Infinitus, as well as the first live rendition of previously unreleased music from the album’s sessions. Fohr rearranged and performed the album with members of the Dutch Chamber Orchestra, and with her bassist and drummer. This accompaniment only added to the immense and intense beauty of Reaching For Indigo, one of our Album Picks of 2017. Powerful, beautiful and moving.

The thrillingly diverse and friendly environment of le Guess Who? emanates from every corner of Utrecht, radiating in every direction and allowing art to take over and come to life. After having been to many European festivals over the years, we can say that there is nothing quite like Le Guess Who?. The 2018 edition, a treasure trove for musical explorers of all kinds, shows that by following their instinct to keep on digging, the festival’s organisers have struck gold yet again.

Even though there’s almost a year to wait before the next Le Guess Who?, we’re already looking forward to it. The 13th edition will take place between 7th and 10th November 2019 and as usual there’s early-bird 4-Day Festival Passes available but only until Friday 30th November, so don’t delay!

Illustrated by Kevin Pinel

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: Circuit des Yeux

There’s less than a week 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.

CIRCUIT DES YEUX

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Circuit des Yeux presents ‘Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus’
Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg

Photo: Michael Vallera

We love Circuit des Yeux to bits. Haley Fohr, the immeasurably talented and adventurous vocalist, composer, and producer behind the project, counts five stellar albums under her belt, including two that found their way to our album picks of the year, 2015’s In Plain Speech and 2017’s Reaching For Indigo. A year on from its release, we can’t stop playing it and we are incredibly excited with the special one-off performance lined up for Guess Who?. Circuit des Yeux will present an augmented version of the album, Reaching For Indigo: Gaia Infinitus, rearranged for an eight-piece ensemble featuring members of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. We’ve asked her what other bands she is looking forward to. Read on to find out!

 

“Here’s the scoop – I am SO excited for Le Guess Who this year. Mainly because of my own selfish reasons of performing newly arranged music with the Netherlands Philharmonic on Sunday, November 11th ! But when I am not rehearsing and preparing for my performance, I will definitely be digging into the amazing musical buffet that the festival has so graciously provided. So here it is,the big one, two, three on what I will be seeing at LGW? Festival 2018!”

 

Art Ensemble of Chicago

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Performing Thursday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Moor Mother

“How ironic is it that a Chicago musician will be seeing this band for the first time in Utrecht? I have many of their albums, and have heard many iterations of this ensemble. They are a huge inspiration in terms of what they present sonically, and the benevolent nature of their music. I am particularly excited for the younger participants (Tomeka Reid especially), and to witness how the modernity of our time folds into legacy of The Art Ensemble of Chicago.”

Meridian Brothers

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Performing Friday 9th November at EKKO

“I hadn’t heard of Meridian Brothers until Tyler, a drummer I have been performing with during “Reaching For Indigo”, played some for us while driving through some small unknown European town this last February. I love the sounds they create – there is something vaguely beyond time about the sounds they produce. They are also a mysterious project…I am looking forward to seeing who they are, and what instruments they play live. I recently went to Colombia, where Tyler considered “going on the search” for the Meridian Brothers, but I can now thank my lucky stars that LGW has done the hard work for us. “

Ka Baird + Pekka Airaksinen

Ka Baird’s Official Website
Pekka Airaksinen’s Official Website

Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg

“This first time collaboration is going to be pure gold, I can just feel it. I am excited to be in the audience, and hear what unfolds – these are two mindful manipulators of sound that have a very wild and “on-the-loose” approach to composition. I am a huge fan of Ka Baird’s “Sapropelic Pycnic”, which came out last year on Drag City. The result of these two performing together are completely unpredictable, and that is why I will make sure to be present when their minds meet. “

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 8-11 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.