Le Guess Who?’s Who 2017: Tom Rogerson

There’s only a couple of 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.

Tom Rogerson

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Performing Friday 10th November at TivoliVredenburg

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Staggeringly talented British composer and pianist Tom Rogerson has impressed us many a time with his creativity and technical skill behind the keys in Three Trapped Tigers, the trio he founded a decade ago. A prolific classically trained musician and gifted improviser, and a long-time presence in the London experimental/improv scene, Rogerson has played and collaborated in various other projects. His most recent venture saw him collaborating with Brian Eno, and Failing Shore is the fruit of it, the first album under his own name. Today he shares his thoughts on which acts he’s most looking forward to seeing at Le Guess Who?.

 

I could have picked from so many. I’ll be trying to watch Julianna Barwick, GAS, Steve Beresford,Tiny Vipers, Prurient, Ex Easter Island Head, Yves Tumor.

But here are my three:

Richard Youngs

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Performing Friday 10th November at LE:EN, curated by Grouper

“Singular vision and artistic courage. Very influential on me artistically, especially in relation to what’s ‘allowable’, how far you can take something. But I’ve never seen him live so this is a must-see.”

 

Visible Cloaks

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Performing Sunday 12th November at Theater Kikker

“Bit of a highlight of the year so far, so much so that I bought the CD. We’re used to hearing these sounds in ironic contexts, but here it’s tactile and organic. Also the album seems very loose and live so I’m looking forward to seeing how/if they recreate that in performance.”

 

Matana Roberts

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

“Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
This album is basically one piece so it’s hard to pick a specific track. Incredible depth of vision and ambition, someone striving to push the form forwards while reckoning with its history. Confrontational, cathartic.”

 

Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 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.

Mixtape #89

Jerusalem In My Heart have always dazzled us with their powerful and entrancing compositions, exploring and merging traditional Arabic music with electronic influences. Founded over a decade ago by prodigious and adventurous musician, composer and producer-in-demand Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, they are currently a performative audio-visual duo with Charles-André Coderre creating live projections on 16mm film. Ahead of the forthcoming 11th edition of Le Guess Who?, for which they are one of the guest co-curators, we are thrilled and honoured to unveil this special mixtape lovingly assembled by Radwan. Serving as a window into their extraordinary curation, it features music from each of the unique artists they have invited to perform. Now it's time to listen.

  1. Linda & Sonny Sharrock – Gary’s Step [Atco]
  2. Abdel Karim Shaar – Ya Msaharni(live)
  3. Alanis Obomsawin – Bush Lady [WaWa]
  4. Klein – Arrange
  5. Dedekind Cut – Maxine
  6. Moor Mother – Time Float [Don Giovanni]
  7. Farida – Maqam Al-Bayat [New Samarkand]
  8. Nadah El Shazly – Afqid Adh-Dhakira [Nawa]
  9. Matana Roberts – Pov Piti [Constellation]
  10. Linda Sharrock – Streets And Rivers [ECM]
  11. Oiseaux-Tempête – Bab Sharqi [Sub Rosa]
  12. Klein – Prologue [Hyperdub]
  13. Matana Roberts – Responsory [Constellation]
  14. Toukadime – Salah Sadaoui – Ana Achki Fezine

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.

Matana Roberts’ new instalment of COIN COIN project arrives in February

Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter Three: river run thee

Just over a year ago, when Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile came out, Matana Roberts said the project was far from finished and promised to release another 10 chapters. Well, Chapter Three arrives in 2015.
The incredible alto saxophonist, composer, improviser and sound experimentalist had collaborated with several musicians in both of the previous instalments: on Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres Matana collaborated with more than a dozen Montréal musicians part of experimental and avant-rock scenes, and Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile featured a New York jazz sextet. The upcoming Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee, is a solo affair, as the press release explains, “building a hallucinatory and hypnotic soundworld from layered streams of sung and spoken vocals, pure and processed saxophone, drones, noise, sampler/fx pedals and field recordings.”. This solo effort came to life following a lengthy solitary road trip that Matana took through the American South earlier this year, to collect historical and documentary information through interviews, site visits and field recordings.
In celebration of the new album, Matana has moved to a small houseboat in Brooklyn where she’s logging “observations and reflections that further develop themes presented on the record” in a blog.
As with the previous instalments, Matana has again recruited Jerusalem In My Heart’s Radwan Ghazi Moumneh to record the album.
Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee is set to be released on February 3rd via Constellation. Luckily, we can already wrap our ears around an excerpt from the album’s staggering cut ‘always say your name / nema, nema, nema’.

Matana Roberts releases Coin Coin‘s second instalment

Matana Roberts - Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

Chicago-born, New York-based extraordinary alto saxophonist, composer, improviser and sound experimentalist Matana Roberts releases today the second instalment from her ongoing experimental project Coin Coin, following her 2011’s Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres.
Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile is driven by an aesthetic practice that Matana calls ‘panoramic sound quilting’ and conjures “some of the most nuanced, thoughtful and substantial American liberation music of the 21st century” as the press release notes.

Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres saw Matana collaborating with more than a dozen Montréal musicians involved in the experimental and avant-rock scenes, including label mates Godspeed You! Black Emperor!. Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile is a more intimate affair featuring a New York jazz sextet comprising pianist Shoko Nagai, trumpeter Jason Palmer, double bass player Thomson Kneeland, drummer Tomas Fujiwara and operatic tenor singer Jeremiah Abiah.

The long running Coin Coin project is far from finished, and Matana plans to release another 10 chapters. Right now, we can indulge our ears with Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile, available on vinyl, CD and digitally via Constellation. You can also head over to The Wire to stream the entire album, and listen to two magnificent cuts, ‘amma jerusalem school’ and ‘for this is’ beneath.