Le Guess Who?’s Who 2019: HHY & The Macumbas

There’s only three days 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.

HHY & The Macumbas

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Performing Saturday 9th November at EKKO

Photo: Mariana Vasconcelos

Spearheaded by multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Porto based ensemble HHY & The Macumbas have been forging a distinctive and transcendent sound over the last decade. Featuring a shifting cast of musicians on percussions, brass and horns, they operate as a rhythm lab, exploring and developing syncretic languages and bridging cultures and genres as diverse as dub, free jazz, Indian classical music and fanfare. Famed for the tribal and exhilarating energy of their shows, impressively live dubbed by Saldanha, we can’t wait to see them perform at Le Guess Who?. And today Saldanha tells us which other artists he is looking forward to seeing.

“Choosing only 3 names to listen in a festival like Le Guess Who? is a hard task, there are allot of amazing artists… But because limit is a tool to organize time I would say that I would try to see:”

Ustad Saami

Performing Saturday 9th November at Jacobikerk

“Ustad Saami because I’m a massive fan of the music forms coming from India and Pakistan, I was even a tabla player during my teenage years, so having the opportunity to see an Ustad like Saami perform is overwhelming. ”

 

Jah Shaka Sound System

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

Jah Shaka is one of my first obsessions in dub sound systems so its a dream to be able to listen to the original pressure from a master. “



Amnesia Scanner

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Performing Saturday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

“Amnesia Scanner are producing very curious sounds and visual ideas, definitely something to keep following.”

 

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: Ami Dang

There’s just over 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.

Ami Dang

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Performing Saturday 9th November at Janskerk

Based in Baltimore, Ami Dang has woven herself into the fabric of the local DIY music scene for a decade now. An extraordinary vocalist, sitarist, producer and composer, Ami released a new album last August, Parted Plains, a mesmerizing and transcending all instrumental record blending ambient, trance and electronic music, and inspired by South Asian and Middle Easter folktales. We are thrilled to see her live at Le Guess Who? and asked her what other artists she is looking forward to seeing live.  Read on to find out.

 

“I very intentionally focused on womyn (and POC) artists as my choices, even though I’m also interested in some male and male, white musician.”

Dossier X

Performing Sunday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Patrick Higgins

“I met Monica Mirabile ten years ago when she was making costumes and helping with art direction for an avant musical theatre adaptation of the Japanese story Matsukaze. I saw her blossom into an amazing movement artist and dancer in Baltimore and then further develop her work after she moved to Brooklyn. She is one-half of FlucT, and continues to surprise and impress me with every project she’s involved in. I would never miss an opportunity to see her work! She also choreographed Mitski’s video for “Washing Machine Heart.”

 

Haco

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

“I’m really surprised (and maybe embarrassed?) that I hadn’t heard of Haco before now. She’s been around for a while, so I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of her. But then I thought, of course we haven’t heard about her much: she a womyn artist of color who uses electronics/technology–which is a very white, cis-male-dominated space.
I checked out her work, and it seems that she might be a jack and master of all trades: performance art, sound art and music, visual direction–she does it all! Listening to her work was like walking through a park of classical sculptures that turn into cyborgs right before your eyes.

Lafawndah

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Performing Friday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

“In 2015, I was obsessively listening to Lafawndah’s Soundcloud page. I was totally absorbed in her expressive yet somewhat nasal voice and the mashup of splashy beats and contemporary electronics. I haven’t gotten a chance to see her live, but her videos and photos offer a glimpse into a fantastic world that can only manifest into a grand production.”

 

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: Efterklang

There’s just over two weeks 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.

Efterklang

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Performing Thursday 7th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

Efterklang have long been one of our favourite bands. The Danish trio of childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg always manage to surprise and impress us with their spellbinding genre transcending compositions. Over the years, album after album, they keep pushing ahead, venturing in new and exciting directions. With a stunning new album just out, Altid Sammen, under their collective belts, we can’t wait to see them performing it live at Le Guess Who?. And today Rasmus tell us which three bands he’s most excited to see at the festival.

 

Joseph Shabason

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Performing Saturday 9th November at Theater Kikker

“I love his solo albums. Some years ago Spotify’s algorithm suggested I listened to Aytche and I immediately fell in love and somehow it all felt very familiar. Later on I realised what a big role Joseph plays on Detroyer’s Kaputt album and it all made sense to me I have listened to that album a 1000 times. The newest album in collaboration with his mother is another masterpiece!”

 

Negativland

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Performing Sunday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

“I have climbed the highest mountains. I have run through the fields, but I have never seen Negativland play live and I have no idea how they perform their art/music but I can only imagine it will be both fun, interesting and perspective changing. This is still one of my favorite collage / sample songs.”

 

Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden)

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Performing Friday 8th November at De Helling

“Great band from Sweden with one of my favorite guitarists Reine Fiske aboard. Slow grooves, prog amazingness and plenty of ideas. I imagine drinking a nice big beer and being at this concert and it will feel like heaven.”

 

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: 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 Saturday 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.