Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: Orchestra of Spheres

There’s just three 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.

Orchestra of Spheres

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Performing Saturday 10th November at Kytopia, curated by Shabaka Hutchings

New Zealand’s Orchestra of Spheres have us under their spell for a long time now. An incredibly inventive and outlandish band, they explore and experiment with an array of influences and genres from all over the place using a selection of handmade instruments. The band’s eccentric and ecstatic live shows are something that truly must not be missed and have earned them fans everywhere. And as if we weren’t already excited enough to see them at Le Guess Who?, Orchestra of Spheres have a brand new album on the way, Mirror, releasing on November 2nd. Have a look at their recommendations for the festival, with a few words from the band’s Baba Rossa (aka Daniel Beban).

Nicole Mitchell

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Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Moor Mother

“Chicago’s AACM has had a profound influence on creative Wellington musicians musically and philosophically. They don’t know it but we feel like they’re our brothers and sisters : ) Nicole Mitchell’s on of the great flutists currently working in the so-called jazz world.”


Pan Daijing

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Performing Sunday 11th November at TivoliVredenburg, curated by Moor Mother

“Very keen to check out Pan Daijin who’s got a particularly fresh way of working … somehow quite traditional and super avant garde at the same time.”


Lonnie Holley

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Performing Thursday 8th November at TivoliVredenburg

“Lonnie Holley’s album ‘Just Before Music’ was on constant rotate on one of our OOS tours a few years ago… so beautiful, gets under your skin.”

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.

Lonnie Holley shares video for new single ‘Sometimes I Wanna Dance’

Celebrated improvisational artist Lonnie Holley is set to release MITH, his first album in five years, in less than two weeks. Ahead of it, Holley has shared a jubilant new single, ‘Sometimes I Wanna Dance’, featuring Laraaji on piano. It comes with a video, filmed in Tonky’s Rocket Ship, a juke joint that Holley and the film crew created in Atlanta. As the press release puts it, “the message is clear: Free your ass and the mind will follow.” Cyrus Moussavi directs the video. Watch it below.

In other related news, Lonnie Holley is embarking on a European tour in November. Take a look at all his live dates below:

Nov 1st – Oceanen, Goteborg (SWE)
Nov 3rd – Uberjazz Festival, Hamburg (GER)
Nov 4th – Quasimodo, Berlin (GER)
Nov 5th- Studio 672, Cologne (GER)
Nov 6th – Rote Sonne, Munich (GER)
Nov 10th – Kings Place, London (UK)
Nov 11th – Sonic City, Kortrijk (B)

MITH is out on September 21st through Jagjaguwar

Mixtape #46

We're huge fans of New Zealand's Orchestra of Spheres and their unique compositions, creativity, eccentricity and ecstatic live shows. Inspired by artists and bands from all over the place and a wealth of genres spanning from kuduro to free jazz and funk, from krautrock to Bornean sape music and Polynesian no wave prog, they are a singular band you oughta know if you don't already. Baba Rossa, E-Tonal-E, Tooth and Mos locos, who make up Orchestra of Spheres, all sent us awesome tracks for this month's mixtape. Give it a listen now!