Le Guess Who?’s Who 2018: Manu Delago

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.

MANU DELAGO

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Anoushka Shankar & Manu Delago with MO Strings
Performing Saturday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

Photo: Lukas Lorenz

Known as a pioneer of the hang, with a staggering technical ability and boundless creativity, Manu Delago is one of the most interesting contemporary musicians, experimenting and expanding what can be done on the instrument. Parasol Peak is his latest album and film, a giant sonic venture recorded with an ensemble of seven musicians on a mountaineering expedition in the Alps. A highly in demand musician both on stage and in the studio, the percussionist and composer’s gifts were first noticed by Björk, and he has performed and recorded with an impressive list of artists, including Anoushka Shankar, Poppy Ackroyd, the London Symphony Orchestra, The Cinematic Orchestra, Ólafur Arnalds, and many others. Following on from his collaboration with Anoushka Shankar, the pair will bring a special performance to Le Guess Who?, with the Metropole Orkest Strings conducted by Jules Buckley. Needless to say we can’t wait for this performance, and we asked Delago which bands he’s most looking forward to. Find out below.

 

Colin Stetson

Official Website

Performing Thursday 8th November at Janskerk

“Colin is an incredible musician. It’s almost unbelievable that he’s creating the sounds you hear. I particularly love his album with Sarah Neufeld.”

 

Serpentwithfeet

Bandcamp

Performing Friday 9th November at TivoliVredenburg

“I fell in love with his music after I heard the track ‘Four Ethers’. It’s a brilliant rework of the legendary ‘Symphony Fantastique’ by Hector Berlioz. “

 

STUFF.

Official Website

Performing Friday 9th November at De Pastoe Fabriek, curated by Shabaka Hutchings

“We are sharing the same booking agent who made me aware of this brilliant and highly energetic band. Check them out!”

 

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.

Manu Delago shares new single and teaser trailer from upcoming album + film Parasol Peak

After sharing the magnificent ‘Parasol Peak‘, wonderfully talented Austrian percussionist and composer Manu Delago is beguiling us again with a beautiful new single, ‘Parasol Woods’. The track is taken from his upcoming album and film Parasol Peak, a giant sonic venture recorded with an ensemble of seven musicians on a mountaineering expedition in the Alps. Along with the new single, Delago has also shared another stunning teaser trailer. Check it out straight after ‘Parasol Woods’ and grab the album when it drops on September 7th through One Little Indian.

Manu Delago’s new album + film, Parasol Peak, arrives in September

Austrian percussionist and composer Manu Delago, known as a pioneer of the hang, has garnered wide acclaim in recent years collaborating with the likes of Bjork, Anoushka Shankar, Poppy Ackroyd, the London Symphony Orchestra, Olafur Arnalds, amongst many more. His latest sonic venture saw him embark on a mountaineering expedition in the Alps with an ensemble of seven musicians and the result is a film and accompanying album entitled Parasol Peak. During their journey, Delago and his ensemble performed and recorded new compositions in different locations and altitudes using only acoustic instruments, including the percussive sounds of their climbing gear. Delago explains:

“Of course performing on acoustic instruments has been done for thousands of years, so I wanted to add an extra component – nature, or more precisely the Alps. I wanted to utilise our surroundings by incorporating lots of percussion sounds like trees, water, little rocks as well as the gear that we were carrying, such as helmets, carabiners or ice axes.

In general, I find limitations inspiring and in the case of Parasol Peak I was limited to a fixed ensemble of 7 musicians. The different locations also brought various limitations, which affected how I composed the music. At some locations we were vertically aligned and couldn’t see each other. At others we couldn’t hear each other, or we were trying to survive while playing.”

Speaking about the rough weather and conditions endured by the crew, Delago said “there were several moments of physical struggle and anxiety in the group but that makes playing music together even more emotional”. He added: “There were definitely moments when individuals in the group would have turned around and left the expedition but because we could only do it as a group, we had to strongly support each other. We had to help each other carrying instruments and gear, as well as help each other in overcoming anxieties and exhaustion.”

Parasol Peak will see the light of day on September 7th through One Little Indian and ahead of it, Delago is enticing us with the magnificent title track. Wrap your ears around it below and straight after watch the gorgeous and breathtaking film trailer.


In other related good news, and following on from previous collaborations with Anoushka Shankar, the two, along with 27-member string section Metropole Orkest Strings, have a special performance in store for lucky attendees at Le Guess Who? Festival this November.