Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Liars

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.

Liars

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Performing Thursday 9th November at De Helling

Photo: Vernon Maxwell

Now eight albums in, and having just released TFCF, Liars’ music has shifted from album to album, constantly taking exciting and unexpected turns. TFCF is the first record as the solo project of singer and guitarist Angus Andrew, who after living in New York, Berlin and LA, moved back to a remote part of his native Australia. We never know what to expect from Liars but we do know Angus and his new touring band will be tearing through a wild set spanning new and old material. And now we also know what Angus is looking forward to at Le Guess Who?.

 

Pharmakon

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Performing Sunday 12th November at EKKO, curated by Perfume Genius

“Margaret Chardiet is one of my favourite artists of the last few years. We actually played a festival with her in Beijing a couple of years ago but scheduling conflicts meant I couldn’t see her perform. I thoroughly hope things work out better at Le Guess Who? so I can finally witness what I’ve only been able to imagine.” Angus Andrew

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Greg Fox

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.

Greg Fox

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Performing Friday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Basilica Soundscape

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The incredibly talented, versatile and daring drummer Greg Fox is a percussive force who has played and collaborated with an array of stellar artists, including Guardian Alien, Liturgy, Colin Stetson, Dan Deacon, Man Forever, Zs and Ben Frost, who is also performing at Le Guess Who?. Just last month, Fox released his second album, The Gradual Progression, with one of its main influences being the very jazz legend who is also gracing the stages of Le Guess Who? this year, Pharoah Sanders. Read on for a list of three acts Fox will definitely be catching at the festival.

 

Pharoah Sanders

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Performing Saturday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Shabazz Palaces

 

Matana Roberts

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Performing Sunday 12th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Jerusalem In My Heart

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Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

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Performing Saturday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by James Holden

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Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Yat-Kha

There’s just 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.

Yat-Kha

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Performing Thursday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg

One band we’re looking forward to seeing is Yat-Kha. The astounding and acclaimed band from Tuva was founded over 25 years ago and explores the ground between traditional and modern, fusing traditional Tuvan music and throat singing with genres like rock, blues, post punk and electronic music. Led by guitarist and throat singer Albert Kuvezin, Yat-Kha have found audiences all around the world. Here’s their recommendations, with a few words from Albert.

 

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

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Performing Thursday 9th November at Domkerk, curated by Perfume Genius

“know them for long time and always impressed by their professionalism and magical cords…”

 

Farida & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble

Performing Saturday 11th November at Jacobikerk, curated by Jerusalem In My Heart

“we like spiritual, divine music. I think there must be godlike or spiritual in music!”

 

Jambinai

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Performing Saturday 11th November at De Helling

“I heard them once in Beijing four years ago when they were young and really liked. Now I want to see if they made any progress.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Ex-Easter Island Head

There’s just over 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 asked the bands we’re most excited to see for their recommendations.

Ex-Easter Island Head

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Performing Saturday 11th November, curated by James Holden

First up is Liverpool based experimental trio Ex-Easter Island Head, who create mesmeric minimalistic and rhythmic compositions using mallets and guitars. When we asked them they told us they are looking forward to seeing Roy Montgomery, John Maus, Gas, the Sai Anantam Ashram Singers, Flohio and “more or less everything on the lineup”. But the three below topped their list:

Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares

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Performing Thursday 9th November, curated by Perfume Genius

 

James Holden & The Animal Spirits

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Performing Saturday 11th November

 

Visible Cloaks

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Performing Sunday 12th November

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Le Guess Who? unveils final line-up

If you’ve read our previous posts about its tantalizing line up, boasting incredible curators and artists drawn from all corners of the musical spectrum, you could easily think that Le Guess Who? is all set to be the best festival of 2017 in Europe, if not the world. And we would agree with you. Yet today, the Dutch festival that runs between 9th-12th November in Utrecht, announced its full line-up, adding 60 new performers to this year’s edition, and at the same time proving that Le Guess Who? is in a league entirely of its own.

There is a new addition to Perfume Genius’ curated program with acclaimed avant garde vocalist Mary Margaret O’Hara set to make a rare performance at the festival. Joining the extraordinary Le Guess Who? general line-up are American experimental hip hop group Dälek, the trilling and bold compositions of experimental pop supergroup Aquaserge, bewitching and inventive Argentinian artist Juana Molina with new album Halo under her belt, self-taught violinist and vocalist Sudan Archives’ performing in Europe for the first time, singer and guitarist Avey Tare of Animal Collective, the intricate psych-rock of Moon Duo and Stella Chiweshe known as the Mbira Queen in her native Zimbabwe. Also added to the bill are Thurston Moore Group, the expansive folk rock of Kevin Morby, London based Zimbabwean musician and poet Farai, Iranian-Dutch experimental pop songwriter Sevdaliza and US/Syrian multi-disciplinary artist K Á R Y Y N.

Amidst the new thrilling additions to Le Guess Who?’s line-up is a celebration of Alice Coltrane’s music. Transcendental recordings from her final decades composed at her Sai Anantam Ashram in California were released publicly for the first time earlier this year by Luaka Bop. Entitled World Spirituality Classics 1: The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda and released as a compilation, these recordings will have their European premiere at Le Guess Who? performed by the Sai Anantam Ashram Singers.

In other big news, Le Guess Who? will host the 12-hour drone, a full-on immersive experience featuring several artists performing and experimenting within the realm of drone for 12 continuous hours. Some of the artists featured included brilliant and ingenious violinist and composer Jessica Moss, mighty Montreal trio BIG|BRAVE, Suuns’ Ben Shemie, Lea Bertucci, Thisquietarmy, Swedish composer and sound-artist Ellen Arkbro, sitar player Surajit Das and many more.

Here’s the complete list of performers added to the general line-up:

Thurston Moore Group, Kevin Morby, Sevdaliza, Stella Chiweshe, John Maus, Moon Duo, Black Lips, METZ, Sudan Archives, K Á R Y Y N, Avey Tare, Dälek, Juana Molina , Jesca Hoop, Ibaaku, Luka Productions, Essaie Pas, Farai, Aquaserge, Nicole Beutler presents ‘7: Triple Moon’, Big|Brave. Midnight Sister. Nobody (Willis Earl Beal), Love Theme, Kane Strang, Flohio, Sekou Kouyate, Circuit, Yat-Kha, Vampilia, Violent Magic Orchestra, Madensuyu. Den Sorte Skole, Muddersten, Altin Gün, Insecure Men, Brian Case, H. Hawkline, Steven Warwick, Champagne Superchillin.

With such a colossal line-up featuring over 150 artists at this year’s Le Guess Who?, Utrecht is an unmissable destination for musicians and music lovers this November. For more info and to get tickets, check out leguesswho.com.

Le Guess Who? announces second wave of acts

Le Guess Who? unveils another tremendous crop of acts set to perform at this year’s festival between 9–12 November, with James Holden added as the final curator.

LGWThe Dutch festival, now in its 11th year, had already announced a plethora of incredible curators and artists spanning genres, generations and the globe. Held around a multitude of idyllic venues across Utrecht, this year’s line up is every bit as impressive and diverse as we’ve come to expect from Le Guess Who?, with many of our favourite artists and bands set to grace its stages.

Electronic maverick James Holden closes the impressive list of curators which already included Perfume Genius, Shabazz Palaces, Grouper, Han Bennink, and Jerusalem In My Heart, all also set to perform.
Holden is a prolific man with his fingers in many musical pies, be it running his Border Community label, on production, mixing and remixing duties or collaborating with many artists like Moroccan Gnawa musician Maâlem Houssam Guinia & Band, one of the many acts joining his curated program. Taking place on Saturday November 11th in several venues, his program also includes free jazz and hypnotic drone and noise courtesy of British group Sex Swing, the fierce, pulsating and meditative sounds of Chicago experimental producer and live performer Hieroglyphic Being and the distinctive and dazzling South African jazz sounds of prodigious multi-reed player Shabaka Hutchings and his band The Ancestors. Also part of Holden’s program are audio-visual performance collective Jerusalem In My Heart, experimental mallet-guitar trio Ex-Easter Island Head, Mario Batkovic, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and XAM Duo. And there’s a special performance from James Holden himself, accompanied for the first time by his new live band The Animal Spirits.

Among the new names appearing in Perfume Genius’ curation are Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon doing a solo piano performance and Lost Horizons, the new project of former Cocteau Twins member Simon Raymonde and drummer Richie Thomas (Cocteau Twins, Dif Juz, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Felt). The duo will bring their debut album Ojalá to Le Guess Who?, just a week after its release. Both acts join previously announced Pharmakon, ethereal experimental artist Julianna Barwick, Bulgarian women’s choir Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Mount Eerie, Aldous Harding, Weyes Blood and Mozart’s Sister.

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