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.

Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno share new single ‘Idea of Order at Kyson Point’

Last month we heard the beautiful and delicate ‘Motion in Field’, taken from Failing Shore, the much anticipated debut album from Tom Rogerson in collaboration with Brian Eno. The incredibly talented composer and pianist has shared another sublime track from the record, the opener ‘Idea of Order at Kyson Point’. Listen to it below and grab Failing Shore when it’s out on December 8th through Dead Oceans.

Tom Rogerson will play a few select shows to celebrate the album’s release, including Mirrors this weekend, Le Guess Who? in Utrecht on November 10th and at London’s St Pancras Old Church on December 4th.

Tom Rogerson collaborates with Brian Eno on debut album Failing Shore

Incredibly talented British composer and pianist Tom Rogerson has dazzled us time and again behind the keys and also singing in long time favourite band Three Trapped Tigers, which he founded over a decade ago. A prolific classically trained musician with numerous other projects under his belt, the first album release under his name, Failing Shore, arrives later this year. The album saw Rogerson collaborating with Brian Eno, after the two met outside the toilets after a gig. Both Suffolk natives, they bonded over their shared roots, which plays an influence on the album. “I do totally hear it, I’ll listen and think ‘oh that sounds like the bells at Woodbridge, that’s the birds, the wind rustling in the reeds'”, explained Rogerson. “I think it permeates my music, and Brian’s ambient records. That ‘is it organic or is it electronic thing’ is so interesting”.

Freshly signed to Dead Oceans, his debut album will see the light of day on December 8th. Luckily, we can already hear the utterly beautiful and delicate ‘Motion in Field’, serving as a spellbinding first taste of what’s to come.

In other related news, Tom Rogerson has announced a few live dates, including a show at London’s Mirrors Festival on 28 October and Le Guess Who? 2017 on November 10th.