Le Guess Who? 2019 Program Guide

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Le Guess Who? 2019

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The Gardener Popular culture is full of references to the contrasting approaches of the Architect and the Gardener. The essential wisdom contained in this analogy, is that one can plan every detail of a project, every measurement and dimension, but the best to be expected of the final outcome is that all goes exactly according to plan. The preparation of a garden however, is an act of care; an act of faith. Laying the ground as generously as possible for whatever may grow, and then standing aside and allowing it to become. It is an acknowledgement that, subject to our human limitations, input from within our own judgement is likely to be only a repetition of past experiences, and rarely generates any radically new ideas. And an awareness that opening up to the possibility of the unexpected can mean results one could never have imagined. After all, every good garden ends up with something unplanned, not planted by the original architect. For 2019 we set a course early on to facilitate the circumstances for some magic and some mystery in this year’s program. The parameters were set in the form of six curators, all visionaries and individualists with such richness of perspective and experience, that wisdom and good taste dictated we merely open the gate and allow things to get growing. We warmly invite you to spend the next few days with us, experiencing the results of their dedication and ours in the same spirit of openness with which it was cultivated.


Index Ticket & wristband info

Festival map

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Program Thursday 7 Nov

Program Friday 8 Nov

Program Saturday 9 Nov

Program Sunday 10 Nov

Education

Lombok Festival

Le Feast

Le Mini Who?

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→ page 123

Utrecht Treasure Guide → page 154

→ page 30

→ page 125

Behind the scenes at Le Guess Who? → page 170

Continuous Untitled program 7–10 Nov → page 10

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Ticket & Info Area + Wristband Pickup Our Ticket & Info Area is located in TivoliVredenburg, Vredenburgkade 11 (right next to Utrecht central station). To ensure entrance to festival venues, you need to exchange your ticket for a wristband here. Please note: you can not pick up your wristband at other festival venues. Please keep in mind that all venues have limited capacity. Make sure to be on time if you want to be assured of entrance. Some performances may be loud. Please provide your own earplugs or get them at venues like TivoliVredenburg, De Helling or EKKO.

Timetables and program guide Printed timetables are available at the Ticket & Info Area, as well as all other festival locations. Please keep in mind that every festival visitor gets one program guide when picking up the wristband, but for a new or additional copy, €2,50 will be charged. Although we try to offer you the most up-to-date information, info on all printed matter is subject to change. For the latest updates please visit leguesswho.com, subscribe to our WhatsApp (see leguesswho.com/whatsapp), and keep an eye on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook channels.

Bant Mag illustrated stories Once again, our program guide features illustrated stories on Le Guess Who? artists by Bant Mag. The independent magazine, based in Istanbul, has been bringing together new and exciting tendencies about music, film, arts and culture since 2004. You will come across the illustrated stories while browsing through the program guide. Texts by Cem Kayiran Illustrations by Saydan Akşit (ZONAL feat. Moor Mother & Nazamba) Ethem Onur Bilgiç (Ayalew Mesfin & Debo Band) Rajab Eryiğit (Ustad Saami) Sadi Güran (Asha Puthli)

Untitled Immerse yourself in various activities during the day throughout the city! Untitled further contextualizes our festival program, in collaboration with several cultural partners, artists and makers. Shape your own quest in search of new sounds in the fields of visual art, film, photography, documentary and public talks and conversations.

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TIVOLIVREDENBURG 13 NOV 16 NOV 19 NOV 20 NOV

Alice Phoebe Lou Pieces of Tomorrow festival Beverly Glenn-Copeland

The Libertines

22 NOV

Kronos Quartet

26 NOV

Pussy Riot

28 NOV

Filmconcert: Under the Skin

29 NOV

Altın Gün

29 NOV

Footprints by Night: o.a. Barıs K

9 DEC

Boris (JP) + Årabrot

12 DEC

Pieces of Tomorrow: Mahler

24 DEC

15 JAN

Amsterdam Sinfonietta & Jonathan Jeremiah

4 FEB

Daniel Norgren

6 FEB

Boy & Bear

The Bad Plus

20+21 NOV

16 DEC

15 JAN

Chilly Gonzales De Nachtmis

een avond vol muziek, gesproken woord en bezinning

Penguin Cafe

8 FEB

Footprints festival:

o.a. Tshegue, Ibibio Sound Machine, The Mauskovic Dance Band

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The Growlers

5 MRT

Brad Mehldau Trio

9 MRT

Patrick Watson

12 MRT

Agnes Obel

19 MRT

Chick Corea, Christian McBride & Brian Blade

26 MRT

Eefje de Visser

3+4 APR

Transition Festival

1 MEI

Explosions in the Sky

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tindersticks

23 MEI

Anouar Brahem Quartet

Kijk voor ons volledige programma op Tivolivredenburg.nl


Photo: Tim Walker

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James Merry

James Merry

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed presented by Le Guess Who? & Centraal Museum James Merry is a visual artist, originally from Gloucestershire in the UK, who is now based in Iceland where he has been living and working with Björk since 2009. As her co-creative director on visuals, he created masks and headpieces for a number of live and video performances. Four of these beautifully handcrafted pieces will be exhibited. Outside of his work with Björk, James Merry is primarily known for his hand embroidery on sportswear and has collaborated with institutions such as the V&A, Gucci, ShowStudio and Opening Ceremony. Live embroidery and Q&A on Saturday 9 November, hosted by Current Obsession, see page 64 for more information. Your LGW wristband gives you access to the complete Untitled program, as well as access to all other exhibitions in Centraal Museum during the festival weekend.

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Photo: Maksim Belousov

Gabrielle Goliath - Elegy

Gabrielle Goliath – Elegy

presented by Le Guess Who? & Centraal Museum Initiated in 2015, Elegy is a long-term commemorative performance project by South African artist Gabrielle Goliath. Staged in various locations and contexts, each performance calls together a group of female vocal performers who collectively enact a ritual of mourning. Durational and physically taxing, the performance sustains a kind of ‘sung’ cry – evoking the presence of an absent individual. Please note that this exhibition will be closed on Sunday November 10.

Jeanne van Heeswijk – Trainings for the Not-Yet presented by BAK – basis voor actuele kunst

Trainings for the Not-Yet is a project convened by artist Jeanne van Heeswijk and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, in collaboration with many others. The exhibition unfolds through a series of trainings in civic engagement, radical collectivity, and active empowerment, bringing together collaborators from various fields and communities to create and practice alternative imaginings of being together in the face of the pressing emergencies that shape the world today.

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The Sound Of One Computer Thinking

Happiness explores the area where man and artificiality converge, where synthetic substances help us to re-humanise, maxi-humanise or, for a while, abandon our humanness altogether. In his latest art installation, Dries Verhoeven explores the world of artificial happiness that is available to us in the form of drugs, painkillers and antidepressants. On the street there is a small pharmacy. A humanoid tells us about the various products we can use to tweak our serotonin and dopamine levels, and by doing so, shape our reality.

The Sound Of One Computer Thinking invokes a paradox or question that is essentially unanswerable. Are love, death or humour uniquely human or biological experiences? Is the digital experience truly immaterial? Is labor indistinguishable from life? Digital manifestations of Eros and Thanatos, creation and destruction, are at play in this exhibition consisting of a sensorial and sensual array of videos, installations and wearable technology on display, both enhancing the mind and body yet co-opting and commodifying our movements, thoughts, desires and affects.

presented by SPRING Performing Arts Festival

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Dries Verhoeven – Happiness

presented by IMPAKT – Centre for Media Culture

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Eva Spierenburg – Disappearance In Slow Motion

Louis Andriessen and Madelon Hooykaas – Alles is Rond

Visual artist Eva Spierenburg from Zeist is the winner of the K.F. Hein Stipendium 2018. Physicality is omnipresent in Spierenburg’s work. Whether it is the visualization of separate body parts, or of objects that stand in relation to our body: the entire installation emanates a sense of the body. Her exhibition ‘Disappearance in slow motion’ refers to a form of femininity that’s rarely encountered in art history.

Alles is Rond (All Is Round) was made in the city where Louis Andriessen and Madelon Hooykaas both grew up: Utrecht. Both artists have worked together before, but this is the first time that they have collaborated on a video installation. In All is Round, Madelon Hooykaas portrays the presence of nature in Utrecht by means of detailed images, and combines these with Andriessen’s hands and her own gaze in the camera.

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Patrick Higgins (AEAEA)

AEAEA

Curated by Patrick Higgins; in cooperation with Gaudeamus AEAEA is a new duo ensemble of composers and performers Patrick Higgins and Nicolas Jaar. The aim of the group is to develop immersive musical environments, sonorous desert islands that both react to and redevelop against the live compositions that utilize live instruments and computers. Both Higgins and Jaar will resample and reprocess each other’s instruments in real time — unfolding a new vision of modern ritual music and electroacoustic experimentation.

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Arp Frique presents Improvised Suites For Analog Machines With a super contagious cocktail of Afrobeat, disco and funk, Arp Frique is the past, present and future scrambled together in one groovy, bright-lit musical skirmish. The Dutch producer’s new live project Improvised Suites For Analog Machines presents a tribute to some of the most influential synthesizers of the 70s and 80s. This free-spirited music is performed with Surinamborn keyboardist Erik “Keysie” Ritfeld as its main catalyst, a prodigal force in The Arp Frique Family and former collaborator of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Michael Franti and Aston Barrett.


Caspar Brötzmann Massaker Curated by The Bug

Caspar Brötzmann has embraced a similar vocation as his father, free jazz legend Peter Brötzmann: disrupt conventions through the virtues of noise, innovation, and chaotic physical performance. His inaugural band Caspar Brötzmann Massaker embodies the blueprint for what has been a rich and cunning career of sonic disobedience. With his power trio, Brötzmann unleashes some of the most nauseating, gleefully vulgar sounds ever discharged from an electric guitar.

Bbymutha

Curated by Moon Duo With her signature Southern drawl, bold experimentalism and whip-smart lyrics, Tennessee-based artist Bbymutha has established herself as a bona fide hip-hop truther. As one of the most refreshing role models and MCs to have emerged from the rap game, her work debunks a lot of myths surrounding sex, motherhood and identity. Her track ‘Rules’ became a viral sensation on SoundCloud, receiving praise and endorsement from the likes of SZA, Björk and Kehlani.

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Dur-Dur Band The story of Somalia’s legendary DurDur Band is one of regrouping and resilience. In the 80s, their vibrant Somali funk music embedded the nightlife of the capital of Mogadishu. Since dictator Mohamed Siad Barre was banished in 1991, the city’s cosmopolitan prosperity became fractured by religious militias and suicide bombers. Now scattered throughout East Africa and Europe, the spirit and legacy of the original Dur-Dur Band remains omnipresent within the eight-piece Dur-Dur Band International.

Earth

Curated by The Bug Naming a band after something concise and universal seems to naturally generate some of the most physically punishing music in existence. If Sunn O))) and Sleep are part of a three-headed beast of “monolithic minimalists”, Earth is probably the remaining entity accounted for. With their latest album ‘Full Upon Her Burning Lips’, the core duo of Dylan Carlson and Adrienne Davies tap into the Platonic ideal of Earth— an elemental band, where every guitar note and every strike on the drum kit carries the weight of the world.

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The 52nd

Mega Record & CD Fair November 16 & 17 Jaarbeurs, Utrecht

● Supersister ● Omega Auctions ● Rare records valuation ● Meet & Greet Vengeance ● Photo Gallery Frits van Swoll ● George Baker’s Little Green Bag ● 600 Dealers from Mexico to South Korea

November 14 & 15, 2020 together with LGW

pre sale | dealers list | plan of the fair etc.

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Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed Whether it’s the early, more electronicdriven beginnings or excavating field recordings at an abandoned settlement in the Arctic Circle, these Danish pop adventurers express boundless enthusiasm with each radical new undertaking. Figures like Vincent Moon, Peter Broderick and Heather Woods Broderick have collaborated closely with Efterklang during past incarnations of the group.

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Eiko Ishibashi Eiko Ishibashi’s acumen as multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter speaks for itself: she spans genres like classical, jazz and improvisation with aplomb, crossing creative swords with likewise fearless experimentalists Jim O’Rourke, Merzbow and Shintaro Sakamoto. The Japanese artist lets her quirky personality permeate through her left field and commissioned works, as well as her more pop-oriented solo records.

Godflesh

Curated by The Bug Godflesh is an austere beast that intersects elements of industrial, metal, noise rock and post-punk in truly defiant, engrossing fashion. With its juggernaut drum thuds, shredding bass throbs, cauterized guitars, and demented vocals, Godflesh still maintain the lawlessness that eluded their many imitators. After a cooldown period of 13 years, Justin Broadrick and his kin unleashed ‘Post Self’ without further commentary: mere words will always come up short to encompass both the sheer brutality and feral beauty that is Godflesh.

Greg Fox – Drummer in Residence The cartoon physics of Brooklyn experimental outfit Zs, the Lovecraftian doom tandem Ex Eye with Colin Stetson, the blast beat barrages of Liturgy; Greg Fox has an uncanny knack for transmuting the drums beyond just rhythm. And because of this versatile trait, he is the perfect wildcard for this year’s Le Guess Who?. So check all the closets and cupboards. Look under all the beds. ‘Cause you never can tell: there just might be a Greg Fox in your house.

Gruff Rhys The words ‘wacky’ and ‘profound’ often walk hand-in-hand in the world of Gruff Rhys. The Welsh artist is best known as spearhead of perpetually wry pop oddballs Super Furry Animals, though his side projects and solo records are just as brilliant, both on a sonic and conceptual level. Rhys’s most recent solo album ‘Babelsburg’, a satirical portrait of the United States in 2018, juxtaposes deft orchestral pop with his habitually incisive wit.

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Curated by The Bug US-born, Swedish-based artist Kali Malone builds a truly remarkable synthesis of analog and electronic music, drawing in listeners with discernible warmth and timelessness. Whether she’s utilizing a choir or an intricate modular system, Malone’s captivating repetition-based tracks make the it all sound lived in and transformed by their natural surroundings.

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Los Siquicos Litoraleños Brain-melting psychedelic pop that trespasses your neurons like a dream machine on some spaceship. Argentina’s Los Siquicos Litoraleños is truly a baffling operation, embracing wacky experimentation that scrambles homegrown folk traditions, rural psychedelia and post-modern sounds with anarchic abandon. Sometimes their records have the quizzical quality of a radio play, applying Residents-like absurdity, nimble latin infections and lo-fi tape manipulation.

Photo: Victoria Loeb

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Photo: Ñoño Nogales

La Bruja de Texcoco Hidden Musics

If it makes any sense – mystical phenomena rarely do – Octavia Mendoza Anario, aka La Bruja de Texcoco (‘The Witch of Texcoco’), reinvigorates the canon of Mexican folk by deviating from it. La Bruja recalibrated her classical teachings to create an astonishing tapestry of traditional Mexican music, baroque and jazz, playing various string instruments, percussion and harp. Moreover, she is a disarming, mercurial stage presence whose voice boosts an already enriching age of trans and queer narratives.

La Bruja de Texcoco

Miranda Cuckson Curated by Patrick Higgins

Embracing music from both bygone and current eras, Miranda Cuckson is regarded as one of the most acclaimed performers of classical and modern music. The New York Times called Cuckson “a prodigiously talented player who makes even the thorniest of contemporary scores sing”. Indeed, she is an adventurous spirit who has moved listeners in concert halls, schools and universities, galleries and informal spaces with her dexterous mastery of the violin and the viola.

Nosedrip

Hosted by FACT Ziggy Devriendt doesn’t exactly tiptoe around his many music-related interests. Whether he’s hosting his monthly show at London’s NTS radio station, running streaming platform Stroom.tv or composing/DJing under the Nosedrip-moniker, the Belgium-based artist upholds a zealot’s devotion to processing and spreading unique sounds to the furthermost peripheries.

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Vicky Chow

Named after a Yoruba deity, OSHUN preaches spirituality, rebirth, identity, unity and the blessings of Mother Earth with an Afrofuturistic center of gravity. The duo of Niambi Sala and Thandiwe channel the beat wizardry of J Dilla, the activism of Fela Kuti and the nonconformity of Sun Ra, a multitude of sensibilities molded into their palatable, superterrestrial brand of neo-soul, R&B and rap.

“Her playing conjures a vision of some vintage piano genius like Art Tatum coming back to life and getting high on post-minimalism,” Pitchfork once concluded. Indeed, if some renowned composer wants to explore something radical and rhythm-based involving the piano, they probably have Vicky Chow on speed dial. Next to plunging headfirst into thrilling musical ‘what if’-scenarios, the Canadian virtuoso has reinvigorated pieces by Steve Reich, John Cage, and Bryce Dessner.

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

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OSHUN

Curated by Patrick Higgins


2019 – 2020

November 2019

12.11– 20.02

12 – 17 Nov Super-Sonic Jazz festival met o.a. KOKOROKO, Kamaal Williams, Yussef Dayes, Portico Quartet Su 17 Nov

Fatoumata Diawara

Mo 18 Nov

My Brightest Diamond

Tu 19 Nov

Mdou Moctar

Th 21 Nov

Lightning Dust Ezra Furman

Su 24 Nov

Snapped Ankles + HENGE

We 27 Nov

Aldous Harding

Su 8 Dec

Marika Hackman

Th 30 Jan

Devendra Banhart

Th 6 Feb

Angel Olsen + Hand Habits

Th 20 Feb

Mikal Cronin + Shannon Lay A Winged Victory For The Sullen

December 2019 January 2020

February 2020

For more information and tickets go to www.paradiso.nl


No T ve hurs m day be r7 Vladimir Ivkovic presents: 20 years after Suba / Rex Ilusivii’s death In 1995, Serbian-born, Brazil-based producer Mitar Subotić – also known as Suba and Rex Illusivii – created ‘Wayang’, an album that would be considered visionary even by today’s standards. Twenty years after Subatíc’s untimely death, this lost classic remains an absolute crowning point within the experimental electronic music canon, lacing together polyrhythmic inflections, archived sound, industrial atmospherics, vocal chanting and more to create baffling music that’s both cinematic in scope and propulsive in its execution. Vladimir Ivkovic, DJ and founder of imprint Offen Music, will present a deep listening session with unreleased and exclusive Suba / Rex Ilusivii material that isn’t available to listen to anywhere else, to remember Subotić after his death, 20 years ago.

Visible Cloacks & Yoshio Ojima & Satsuko Shibano You know that mechanism where you whisper a message in a circle of people – and as its passed on back to you, that message becomes distorted? That’s a little bit what Portland duo Visible Cloaks did with Japanese musicians Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Sibano on their joint record ‘serenitatem’. Instead of whispers, they exchanged MIDI-based musical ideas. As a result, they made music that blurs concepts between the human-made and machine-made, almost sentient in its progression and emotional charge.

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William Tyler & Mary Lattimore Collaboratorium

Photo: Melanie Marsman

Harpist Mary Lattimore and guitarist William Tyler may have honed radically different string-instruments, their respective cunning for vivid storytelling with instrumental music is remarkably alike. Both have recently relocated to Los Angeles, sparking new creative endeavors. Lattimore released her spectral masterpiece ‘Hundreds Of Days’, whereas Tyler’s ‘Goes West’ further augments the wholesome spirituality and wanderlust embedded in his playing.

ZONAL featuring Moor Mother & Nazamba Curated by The Bug

Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Goldflesh, Napalm Death) and Kevin Martin (The Bug, King Midas Sound) initially consolidated their mutual love for abrasive noise, dub and industrial as Techno Animal. If that endeavor is the embryo, then consider ZONAL the divine final form. The third enforcer in this extravaganza of noise is none other than former Le Guess Who?curator Moor Mother, adding her incendiary, politically-charged poetry. Such a momentous alliance is bound to become one loud, transformative experience.

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A fresh union of inspiring forces

ZonAL

Text: Cem Kayıran – Illustrations: Saydan Akşit

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Combining two influential heroes of adventurous noisy music, ZONAL marks a relatively new collaboration between Kevin Martin and Justin K. Broadrick. Best known as The Bug, Kevin Martin has played a key role in pretty much all areas of electronic music over the last thirty years. Founder of the iconic grindcore band Napalm Death, Justin K. Broadrick also is the mind behind the innovative musical projects Jesu, Godflesh and Final.Â

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The two have an extensive history of dual collaborations. Throughout the 90s, when both were playing with bands like GOD and ICE, they joined forces as Techno Animal. Formed in London at the beginning of the 90s, Techno Animal released six full-lengths in ten years via impressive labels such as Matador, City Slang and Position Chrome. While the duo’s signature take on industrial hip hop continuously influenced peers and followers alike, they transformed their creations into a new potent collaboration. Bolstered by the new ‘ZONAL’ approach, Martin and Broadrick still perform Techno Animal tunes on stage.

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ZONAL’s debut ‘Wrecked’ came out via Relapse Records right before Le Guess Who? The first half of the record consists of six songs with Philadelphia-based artist Moor Mother. With underlying spooky ambient-drones and massive sonic layers, ‘Wrecked’ invites the audience to explore both inner and outer spaces. More good news from Relapse Records: the label is planning to reissue all the Techno Animal releases.

Martin and Broadrick’s obsession for noise, bass, drone, and dub coalesce with potent, politically-driven vocals on stage. Curated by The Bug, ZONAL’s slo-mo meltdown at Le Guess Who? will be joined by the striking poetry of Moor Mother and Nazamba.

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No ve Frid m ay be r For all ongoing exhibitions during Le Guess Who?, please see page 10-13 for all information. This includes James Merry, Gabrielle Goliath, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Dries Verhoeven, The Sound Of One Computer Thinking, Eva Spierenburg, Louis Andriessen and Madelon Hooykaas.

Kickstarter x Kapitaal (Le Guess Who? Official Hang Out) Through live interviews, listening sessions, art exhibitions with select LGW? performers and all things print and sound, Kapitaal will transform into a threeday meeting place for craftsmanship and deep thought. This event is hosted by Meredith Graves, Christoph Nagel & Julian Brimmers of Kickstarter - the leading platform for bringing creative projects to life - and Carlien Peijsel & Ramon Goedvree of Kapitaal, Utrecht’s beloved independent print workshop. Together with everyone involved, they will explore the trials and tribulations of living a creative life and zooming in on the sweet spot where different forms of creativity overlap: what kind of universal skillset does apply when turning a visual idea into sound? How does music inform prose, poetry and design? And how do I get that damn machine to print my zine? Not to mention all things fun and local goodness including a Kapitaal Print Shop (bring your credit card), DIY screenprinting, great food, drinks and DJ-sets hosted by Utrecht-based independent radio station Stranded FM.

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Angel Bat Dawid & Patricia Kaersenhout

presented by Le Guess Who? & BAK – basis voor actuele kunst Le Guess Who? and Jeanne van Heeswijk connected the Chicago-based pianist, clarinetist and composer Angel Bat Dawid with visual artist, activist, and womanist Patricia Kaersenhout. Both women tap into the meaning and history of black life and experimental forms of radical self-care through various artistic works and projects. '(New) Formats of Care in Times of Violence is a communal training convened by Kaersenhout. She involves participants in collaborative embroidery, while engaging in storytelling, dialogue and spiritual healing as a training for collective resistance and a commitment to living otherwise. Angel Bat David joins the training by sharing her sonic healing practice. Please note: limited capacity, sign up (between 4-6 November) via bit.ly/lgwangel.

Kevin Osepa

presented by Le Guess Who? & FOTODOK & Casco Art Institute: Working For The Commons Being born and raised on the island of Curaçao, the work of Kevin Osepa (1994) revolves around his identity and the identity of Afro-Caribbean youth in a postcolonial world. The visuals this Utrecht-based photographer (and recent Unseen Talent Award winner) creates, plus the stories he tells, are highly influenced by his own youth. While the themes he explores are autobiographical, his work can also serve as a quasi-anthropological study. Using different experimental techniques, he creates colourful visual stories that explore themes such as religion, African diaspora, and family.

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Music Academy Sessions #1 Ian Brennan

presented by Le Guess Who? & Utrecht University In the wake of his recently published fifth book ‘Silenced by Sound: the Music Meritocracy Myth’ and driven by his ongoing field-recording travels and stories, GRAMMY-winning record producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott) will give a lecture at the Utrecht University (Department of Musicology) about his personal quest to address the inequity of distribution in the arts internationally and his faith in the millions of talented people around the world that are denied a platform, but are every bit as gifted— if not more— than most commercialized superstars.

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Hream + Q&A with Doug Hream Blunt and Geoffrey Hug hosted by John Doran (The Quietus) presented by Le Guess Who? & Springhaver

Hream follows the 25+ year career male nurse and adult music student Doug Hream Blunt as he embarks on a world tour, playing his first shows ever outside of Luguna Honda Hospital, where he played for his AIDS ward patients in the 1980's. He is joined by documentary director ánd musician (playing bongos) Geoffrey Hug, a multitude of 12-15 year-old students, established musicians including David Byrne, Peanut Butter Wolf, Luke Jenner, Sudan Archives and semifamous fans all over the world.

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Babylon

presented by Le Guess Who? & Springhaver Franco Rosso’s Babylon had its world premiere at Cannes in 1980 but was deemed “too controversial, and likely to incite racial tension” (Vivien Goldman, TIME OUT) that same year and was never released in the U.S., until this year. Raw and smoldering, it follows a young reggae DJ (Brinsley Forde, frontman of landmark British group Aswad) in Thatcher-era Brixton as he pursues his musical ambitions, while battling fiercely against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, police, and the National Front. Also starring Jah Shaka, operating his Sound System in a soundclash scene he directed himself.

Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly GlennCopeland Story

presented by Le Guess Who? & Springhaver Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story, tells the timetraveling tale of the mystical musician and vocalist - who gave a very rare performance on the closing day of Le Guess Who? 2018 - as the present finally catches up with him and he embarks on his first international tour at the age of 74. Capturing five decades of relentless musical output and shifting manifestations of gender and sexual identity, all set against a backdrop of profound social change, the film by LUCA Productions celebrates the unpredictable rhythms of life.

Sorry to Bother You

presented by Le Guess Who? & Springhaver The directorial debut from Boots Riley presents an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, California, when telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green's career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift, a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.

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Ayalew Mesfin

Ayalew Mesfin & Debo Band Quintessential Ethio-groove performer Ayalèw Mesfin has joined forces with the renowned US-based ensemble Debo band for his first European live performance ever, and in truth, few collaborations make more sense. Mesfin’s music rebelled vigorously against Ethiopia’s dictatorial oppression of the 70s and, like many of his contemporaries, he struggled against obscurity amidst political turmoil. Distributing 4000 cassettes for free - later becoming collector’s items - led to several months in jail for Mesfin and a prohibition to play music for 13 years. Last year, the compilation album ‘Hasabe (My Worries)’ was released after Mesfin’s music had gone unheard for 40 years - either on stage or on record -, leading to renewed recognition of the artist. Le Guess Who? celebrates this legendary artist with a show featuring the Debo Band, who formed in 2006 to keep the spirit and craft of Ethiopia’s golden age of pop alive. By joining forces with Mesfin, they symbolize an invigorating closing of the generation gap together, celebrating one of the greatest Ethiopian discographies of the 70s.

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Conrad Tao

Bridget Hayden

Casper Clausen

After initially cutting her teeth with critically-acclaimed drone ensemble Vibracathedral Orchestra, Bridget Hayden’s first solo outing ‘An Indifferent Ocean’ turned a lot of heads with its nightmarish noise currents, conjoining dense and frantic depth with delicate drifts. Much like fellow composer Grouper, Hayden’s work inhabits that spectral zone between noise and music, and her latest offering ‘Pure Touch Only From Now On, They Said So’ is as pure a distillation of the human spirit into sound as you’re ever likely to hear.

Efterklang singer Casper Clausen presents his (yet to be released) solo music, made up in a small studio by the river in Cacilhas (Lisbon). With songwriting still in progress, Casper has only played solo shows in Portugal, but will now be joined on stage by Dutch light-designer Nico de Rooij. Drifting with the intuition and stream of thought, Clausen’s music is in flux, balancing between sound collages and songwriting. These are spacious songs, guided by krautrock grooves, and made up from organs, synths, YouTube samples, field recordings, and led by Casper’s hypnotising vocals.

Curated by Moon Duo

Conrad Tao

Curated by Patrick Higgins Conrad Tao first touched a piano as a one-year-old toddler, and by the age of eight, he already performed Mozart’s Concerto No. 12. So, becoming one of the most exciting new faces in classical music was written in the stars. Still in his twenties, Tao lent his prodigious talents to a fair percentage of symphony orchestra’s on this planet. Conrad is more than doing his part in unshackling the great classical works from the restrictions of traditionalism and dogma, avidly examining their place within our modern existence.

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The rebellious ethio-grooves of

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Text: Cem Kayıran – Illustrations: ethem onur bilgiç

Ayalew Mesfin is a true hero of the famed 70s Ethio-groove scene. Influenced by many African-American musicians, Mesfin managed to blend centuries of Ethiopian musical tradition with Western instrumentation. His pieces were among the funkiest and grooviest footnotes of this fertile era in the country. Even though there were political conflicts in Ethiopia during that time, he passionately resumed performing and writing. He was forced to make an agreement to cease music in exchange for his release from jail during the Derg regime, but managed to keep his music circulating underground.

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Ayalew Mesfin formed his orchestra Black Lion Band in 1973, right before the Ethiopian Civil War. Tamiru Wolde A’b, Teshome Deneke, Tamiru Ayele, Tamirat Ziltini, Tekle Tesfaezgi and Giovanni Vincenzo were members of this collective. As they kept releasing thousands of cassettes for free, Black Lion Band performed at wellknown venues across Addis Ababa – more specifically, Patris Lumumba Night Club and Mesfin’s own Stereo Club.

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During the 70s, his singles were released by Amha Records and Kaifa, though it’s fair to say it almost took 30 years for the rest of the world to fully witness Mesfin’s artistry and wonder. The eighth release of Francis Falcetto’s inspiring compilation series ‘Ethiopiques, Swinging Addis Ababa’ was the first record out of Ethiopia to include a Mesfin song, a rock-driven delicate cut called ‘Hasabe’. Last year, Mesfin released his very first album, a collection of unheard Ethiogroove songs compiled as full-length release by Now Again Records entitled ‘Hasabe (My Worries)’. It took over 40 years to fully realize the project.

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“Social issues and social problems inspire my songs,” Mesfin says. His melodies and lyrics clearly reflect the true spirit of a generation that struggled against dictatorial oppression. Now Mesfin is going to perform the very songs he wrote more than 40 years ago for the first time in Europe, during Le Guess Who? For this special performance, he’ll be joined on stage by US-based ensemble Debo Band.

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Few DJs and producers are as universally acclaimed in techno circles as Italian connoisseur Donato Dozzy. Dozzy possesses that rare ability to zigzag his way into peoples’ minds in both contemporary and classical settings, conjuring the most striking of moods and atmospheres. Neel fuses rhythm and texture with techno and ambient in hugely captivating ways, amplified further on stage with full-on audiovisual splendor. With labels like Token Records, Spazio Disponibile and Spectrum Spools furnishing his impressive output, Neel operates in a class of his own.

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Deerhunter During this decade, Atlanta art-punkers Deerhunter have further established themselves as one of the finest bands alive, consolidating an unmistakable sound with restless reinvention. The electronic-driven masterpiece ‘Halcyon Digest’, the rabid post-punk of ‘Monomania’, the classic rock indebted ‘Fading Frontier’ and the minimalistic, American goth gloom of ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’; these are four radically different records, but quintessentially Deerhunter all the same.

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Crossing Avenue is one of the central projects of Donato Dozzy’s and Neel’s Spazio Disponibile label. Debut EP ‘Malandra’ provides a taste of what to expect: an enthralling strobe-lit techno incursion that burrows, free falls and reconfigures our very perception of gravity. If aliens do in fact exist and descend upon our soil, Crossing Avenue provides the best possible soundtrack to accompany our giddy welcome wagon.

dj flugvél og geimskip In the vocabulary of Icelandic artist dj. flugvél og geimskip – translation: ‘dj airplane or spaceship’ – the notion of choice is pretty overrated. Why not rapturously exult in spooky fairy tales, shoestring techno raves, flamboyant light shows and interpretive dancing all at the same time? Steinunn Harðardóttir paints a mysterious world with music and performance, hypothesizing the Sphinx as an alien creature, conjuring aquatic landscapes of golden boars and giant bats. Click your heels twice and take a very deep breath: you are not in Utrecht anymore.

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Drew McDowall + Florence To present Time Machines A/V Live Curated by The Bug

When ex- COIL member Drew McDowall decided to revive the group’s 1998 masterpiece ‘Time Machines’ to the present, two decades after its release, the joke was probably not lost on him. With each of Time Machines’ four tracks inspired by a type of hallucinogenic drug, the twisted fluctuations and tones do exactly what the title promises: warp and manipulate your entire perception of time. If it’s an escape from time you crave, let your psyche wash away in Drew McDowall’s high mass of pitch black protoindustrial drones.

Girl Band When Girl Band prowl the stage, you’d best prepare for a barbwired wallop of first class agit-rock. This Irish wrecking crew has become one of the most fearsome live units of the decade thanks to their shredding and propulsive performances. And somewhere down the dark corridors, you can hear the demented straitjacket howls of frontman Dara Kiely, an unrelenting fury waiting to detonate at the slightest prick. In September, Girl Band released their highly anticipated second album, ‘The Talkies.’


Photo: Rich Gilligan

Girl Band

Grand River (live)

Spazio Disponibile presents Aimée Portioli, also known as Grand River, is a Dutch-Italian composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer based in Berlin. While mainly connected to the fields of electronic music and sound design, her compositions transcend these genres. Her background counts years of performing traditional music, as well as a sound engineer and composer through her agency TapTempo studio. Her work is known equally for her film scores as for her experimental and ambient projects.

Grupo Pilon The most riveting, template-shifting music often comes from a state of displacement or transience, and the Luxembourg-based, Cape Verde-born ensemble Grupo Pilon is certainly no exception. Founded by second generation Cape Verde immigrants, Pilon’s music wasn’t rooted in Lisbon like many of their forebears, but in Western Europe. As a result, the band’s percussive synth-driven kuduro dance music breaks the rulebooks with its raw dexterity and sheer exuberance.

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JK Flesh B2B Goth-Trad

In the early 70’s, free-jazz evangelists Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids sprung from the tutelage of the great Cecil Taylor. Drawing furthermore from the vast cosmos of Fela Kuti, Pharaoh Sanders and Sun Ra, the Pyramids’ holistic pilgrimage comes with a powerful mission: celebrating our equality from a Pan-African center of gravity. In 2007, three decades in after disbanding the Pyramids, Ackamoor and his brethren returned in full glory, releasing ‘We Be All Africans’, ‘Otherworldly’ and ‘An Angel Fell’ in prolific succession.

A pact made between Justin ‘JK Flesh’ Broadrick and Takeaki ‘GothTrad’ Maruyama when they released split-EP ‘Knights Of The Black Table’ resulted in heavy-handed industrialfueled dread that runs rampant. This gripping jousting match between an British icon of heavy guitars and a Japanese dubstep deconstructionist will surely leave its ripple effects long after they’ve taken the stage. Using brutal electronics in their respective arsenals to go medieval on one another, it’s a showdown worth witnessing a thousand times over.

Curated by The Bug; hosted by FACT

Photo: Melanie Marsman

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King Midas Sound

Klavikon

Since its inception a decade ago, King Midas Sound’s gloom-ridden transmutations of dub, lover’s rock and ambient music have made an unyielding impression. Producer Kevin Martin (The Bug) initially formed the project with vocalists Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi, becoming an ever-shape-shifting unit in the years that followed. This year, the duo returned with ‘Solitude’, a bleak and barren spoken-word/ambient record that laments the crumbling of a relationship.

As a teenager, Klavikon’s Leon Michener saved years worth of allowance to get himself a small analogue Moog synth. Needless to say, Michener has yet to surface from the rabbit hole experimentalism he plunged into since. As Klavikon, he generates a synthesis of electronic music with the prepared piano, using outrageous objects like gerbils and robot dogs (!) to generate cascading rhythmic patterns.

Curated by The Bug

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

Lafawndah

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed Multi-disciplinary artists Lafawndah (Yasmine Dubois) uses performance as something strangely non-performative: her shows become a safe space to communicate with as many curious listeners and onlookers as possible. Her downright unclassifiable latest album ‘Ancestor Boy’ contains narratives of communion, uprising, movement, threat and chaos.

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Lightning Bolt

LEYA

Composer and cellist Leila Bordreuil grew up in rural Aix-en-Provence, France, before moving to Brooklyn in 2012. Having composed in silence for most of her life, the bustle of Broadway didn’t disrupt her craft, but fueled it further, as her ears were already attuned to Japanoise and Musique Concrete at the time. Bordreuil can ensnare you into otherworldly states, making the cello sound as if you’re adrift in a warm polyphonic ocean of sound.

Indeed, as adroit players of the harp and the violin respectively, Marilu Donovan and Adam Markiewicz’s joint project LEYA inspired some emphatically gorgeous music. With the help of fellow experimentalists Eartheater, PC Worship and Sunk Heaven, the New York duo’s debut LP ‘The Fool’ sounds like a treasury of spirituals sung from the deepest, darkest crevice of an alien planet. With haunting multi-layered vocals, ominously spiraling melodies and fractured, earthshattering noise, LEYA’s music instills fright as much as wonder.

Curated by Patrick Higgins

Curated by Patrick Higgins

Lightning Bolt

Curated by Patrick Higgins We welcome Rhode Island’s chief iconoclasts Lightning Bolt, whose floor shows are the stuff of myth and legend. Brian Gibson, Hisham Barocha and Brian Chippendale unleash a hailstorm of noise that would leave every venue smoldering in dust and vapors for weeks. Two decades after Lightning Bolt’s acclaimed self-titled LP, that firebrand streak burns as piping hot as ever.

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LOTTO

As Lone Taxidermist, musician, performance artist, costume maker and provocateur Natalie Sharp relishes in the grotesque. Her unruly and flamboyant electro-punk performances make audiences an active part of a multi-sensory experience, applying an unorthodoxy of instruments, body art and wonderfully absurd stage props. Sharp isn’t simply playing for laughs however: she is a true firebrand who’s anti-conformist artistry and positive revolt shatter threadbare notions of the human body, technology and sexuality.

With their curious mix of infernal freejazz and post-rock, LOTTO are one of the most inventive groups of the Polish underground. Embracing the minimalist spirit of The Necks, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Earth and fellow countrymen Innercity Ensemble, Łukasz Rychlicki, Mike Majkowski and Paweł Szpura appear very intent on bridging music’s unexplored gaps. LOTTO shows are gripping, suspense-filled incursions, able to conjure surreal imagery within the economical set-up of upright bass, drums and guitar.

Curated by Jenny Hval

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Love Supreme You may have heard Love Supreme before without realizing it: the French duo’s engrossing track ‘Lonely Feelings’ was prominently featured in the trailer for the latest Black Mirror season. That track happens to be a wonderful microcosm of the Parisbased act’s overall sound: dark soulful baritone vocals anchor widescreen synth pop, marrying a vintage, grizzled charm with the forward-thinking and futuristic.

Maarten Vos + scenography by Nick Verstand

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed Composer Maarten Vos is what you’d call a voyager: he transforms traditional instrumentation into newfangled sounds and wields technology like something intricately human. Known as much for his outlier, exploratory approach to the cello as his work with modular synthesizers, he’s part of an exciting movement of artists – along with Alex Smoke, Colin Benders and Joep Beving – whose singular craft overlaps a multitude of disciplines and eras. Scenography for this show is done by artist Nick Verstand.

Mala

Curated by The Bug; hosted by FACT As sparkplug of dubstep’s golden age the previous decade, Mala is now part of a select group of producers taking it to thrilling forward-thinking pastures. Responsible for some of the genre’s most iconic cuts, Mala ventures outside of the dubstep paradigms by embracing vinyl culture and exploring the fine subtleties of Cuban and Peruvian music. He still knows his way around them resounding low bass frequencies, but peppers it up with a multitude of palatable sonic flavors.

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German DJ & producer Mark Ernestus is a sucker for African and Jamaican music. Ernestus’s seven-year collaboration with Ndagga Rhythm Force started during a trip through Senegal, where he was looking for tribal Mbalax rhythms used in traditional Saba music. Their thrilling 2016 album ‘Yermande’ is a dazzling percussive beast, clipped with piercing electronics, thumping bass and Mbene Diatta Seck’s soaring open-throated spirituality.

Mary Lattimore Curated by Moon Duo

Mary Lattimore is a Los Angelesbased musician and composer who uses her Lyon and Healy concert grand harp to conjure up beautiful glacial melodies that evoke a host of memories, landscapes and allusions. In live performance, Lattimore reveals the impressionist magic of her chosen instrument, blurring classical technique and ambient electronics to beguiling effect. Just last year, she released her second LP on Ghostly International, as well as a collaborative album with Meg Baird.

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Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force


Photo: Indigo Sparke

Mega Bog

Mueran Humanos Curated by Moon Duo

Some bands exist to obey your sweetest aural proclivities, but Mueran Humanos is no such band. This Argentinian, Berlin-based duo aims to unnerve and shudder with their strangely fascinating, queasy concoction of noise, post-punk and industrial. They fit right in the tradition of Suicide, Coil, Royal Trux and Throbbing Gristle with their unruly performances, obfuscating the boundaries between theatre and ritual.

Mega Bog

Mueran Humanos: Hospital Lullabies (film) Berlin-based, Argentina-born noiseniks Mueran Humanos enlisted Carmen Burguess to direct a companion film for their last LP ‘Hospital Lullabies’, which will be screened before the group’s performance. The film is an extension of the band’s own unique mystique, summoning a surrealist nightmare of arcade poetry, avantgardistic noisescapes and twisted romanticism.

Living is all about perspective; for instance, the darkest depths of the sea can be quite daunting, but once you’re swimming amongst the cliffs and coves, it can feel as if you’re flying. That’s more or less the wonderful confusion Mega Bog instills on her stunning latest LP ‘Dolphine’, conjuring a nautical journey of seventies folk, soft rock, new age and psych jazz. Erin Birgy’s whimsical lyrics have the quality of an abstract paint brush, pulling emotions out of their default state and into this vivid and fantastical bliss.

Moon Relay

Curated by Jenny Hval If you think sinister post-punk/no wave undertones and ornamental art pop make strange bedfellows, then you haven’t heard a Moon Relay album yet. The group (featuring frequent Jenny Hval-collaborator Håvard Volden) makes instrumental records with a free-spirited approach. Whether you gravitate more towards postrock, motorik-driven music, noise pop or film soundtracks, miraculously enough, Moon Relay has something for everybody: joy, romanticism, dread and suspense all gather for one grand buffet.

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Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed In the universe of Mykki Blanco, art and real life don’t imitate each other, but are symbiotic and reciprocal. Few artists could infiltrate mainstream audiences with cinematic, experimental tracks such as ‘High School Never Ends’ and ‘Fendi Band’. Blanco’s heady artistry intersects poetry, activism, visual art and performance art as an acute force of nature. It’s no wonder collaborators such as Madonna, Kathleen Hanna and Yves Tumor gravitated towards them like moths to light.

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Not Waving & Dark Mark

Mythic Sunship Equally adept at noisy, feedbackladen jams as spaced-out, repetitive voyages, Mythic Sunship’s selfstyled “anaconda rock” has been described as one of the most riveting movements of the European psych scene. Malleable and expansive enough to swallow free jazz, japrock, kraut, space rock and stoner whole, this Copenhagen collective slithered into a new layer of skin with latest record ‘Another Shape of Psychedelic Music’, adding saxophone to their already unique blend of genres.

Not Waving & Dark Mark This blood pact marries the inkblack, minimal productions of Alessio Natalizia (aka Not Waving and member of Kompakt stalwarts Walls) with the smoke-suffused vocal drawl of alt-rock minstrel Mark Lanegan. Not surprisingly, their shared creative dominion inhabits an incredible riches of influences, ranging from the gloom-ridden dirges of latter-day Scott Walker to the windswept, arcane energy of Moebius and Popol Vuh.

Oiseaux-Tempête & Friends Oiseaux Tempête’s cross-cultural, multi-genre improv rock has a tendency to unfold in places of turmoil, recording records in Greece, Turkey and Lebanon in the past. The core duo of Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul strongly embraces the communal and collaborative aspects of music. Upcoming LP ‘From Somewhere Invisible’ takes that belief to a whole new level, congregating G.W. Sok (King Champion Sounds, formerly The Ex), Jessica Moss, Mondkopf and Jean-Michel Pirès at Hotel2Tango, the studio workspace of Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart). All of these musicians join Oiseaux Tempête for a special performance on stage at Le Guess Who?.

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Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe

Richard Youngs

Prana Crafter summons cobwebbed guitar meditations, kosmische drones, and mystic acid folk mantras. In their 2018 Best Albumslist, Aquarium Drunkard described William Sol’s project as “an alchemist of dark voodoo boogie that is entrancing and hypnotic.” From eerie detuned piano atmospherics to avant-blues licks that smoulder like burning embers on the funeral pyre, Prana Crafter’s sonic spells are enveloped by a dense and rugged charm.

A librarian by day, Richard Youngs spends pretty much every other minute of his waking life living and breathing music. His fascinations reach all corners of the world, from Syd Barrett’s quirky folk to Gregorian chants. Youngs has somehow finds time to record and produce music himself, ever since he became captivated as a kid by that good ol’ reel-to-reel tape machine. Three decades in, this Glaswegian polymath’s fearless creative spirit continues to amaze and enthrall.

Curated by Moon Duo

Curated by Jenny Hval

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe Curated by The Bug

Few musicians are as versatile, risk-taking and compulsively explorative as Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe. This nomadic musician redefined math and noise rock with 90 Day Men and helped spearhead druidic drone metal deities Om. Under the moniker Lichens and his own name, Lowe conjures astonishing ecosystems of modular soundscapes and alien-sounding vocal improvisations. As fickle and unpredictable as Lowe’s career has been, his well-scrutinized body of work is perpetually driven to amass new skills, new collaborators and a new understanding of sound.

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Curated by Patrick Higgins Norwegian-born, Berlin-based artist Stine Janvin has the special ability to morph and manipulate her vocals into beautiful sound abstractions, to the point even where you forget it’s a voice to begin with. On top of that, Janvin experiments avidly with unusual concert formats, sometimes deliberately removing herself from the stage to incite a deeper listening experience. If Janvin has proven one thing throughout her immersive study of the human voice: live music can still be a highly moving experience without relying on performative emotion.

Curated by The Bug; hosted by FACT Slikback is Freddy Njau, an emerging Kenyan producer currently situated in Poland. Associated with the infectious Kampala collective Nyege Nyege, his 2019 EP Tomo renders footwork, grime, dancehall, and trap in a shadow realm of immersive abstraction. Though many producers have successfully merged the aforementioned genres, Slikback’s minimal take on them feels truly singular, achieving that rare balance between hazy cinematic mystique and contagious momentum.

Sarah Davachi

Sonic Boom

That strange intermediate state during lucid dreams, when the body physically reacts to images summoned by your imagination: that’s a pretty apt way to describe the impact of Sarah Davachi’s ambient compositions. This Canadian-born, Los Angelesbased artist uses both acoustic instrumentation (piano, woodwinds, strings, organs) and electronics (analogue synths, modular synths & drones) as tools to straddle the chasms between harmonics and noise. True to that very method, she’ll perform a live composition with church organ and electronics.

Flaunting an impressive resume of bands (notably as singer/guitarist of trance-rock cosmonauts Spacemen3) and production credits (Panda Bear, MGMT, Beach House), Pete Kember’s genius has now spanned over three decades. Under the Sonic Boom-moniker, Kember planted the seed of Spacemen3’s hypnotic band-oriented psychedelics and sprouted it all the way up into the firmament of electronic and ambient music. Seminal LP ‘Spectrum’ turns 30 this year, a shining beacon of the power of collaboration, something Kember has always hung his hat on.

Curated by Jenny Hval

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Slikback

Curated by Moon Duo


Photo: Camille Blake

Stranded FM Having become somewhat of a mainstay in Utrecht, Stranded FM celebrate and share music from all over the globe, becoming the city’s bastion for discovering fresh sounds. During their four-year run, this Dutch underground radio station is built on a sense of community, a fertile DIY-mindset, plus a wholehearted love for cutting-edge music. During Le Guess Who? they host Pandora Foyer on the festival’s Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

TENGGER

Curated by Moon Duo Drone-based music often wields the power to blur that stark hierarchy between audience and stage, to level everyone in the room as both participant and listener. Korean duo TENGGER are no exception to that rule, but they do stand out. TENGGER take a very tactile approach to drone music, exposing its blood and guts with organic-sounding elements like harmonium, drum machine and vocal improvisation. So their self-coined ‘new age drone magic’ hallmark is apt, as they relish in both the spirituality and physicality of their work.

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The Raincoats

The Raincoats In 1979, The Raincoats helped shape the timeless notion that punk is what you make it to be—an act of raw expression, not any one sound. Their anarchy was poetic. The group’s debut album ‘The Raincoats’, which Kurt Cobain called “wonderfully classic scripture”, was released 40 years ago at its radical beginnings, setting a crucial precedent for feminist work within a DIY context. The Raincoats have offered creative and spiritual inspiration for several generations of artists such as John Lydon, Kim Gordon, Carrie Brownstein, Bikini Kill, Cate Le Bon, and Angel Olsen.

Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden) Curated by Moon Duo

For a band whose name translates to “Trees, Grass and Stone”, obviously, these lionized Swedish innovators have upheld their utopian ideals both in ethos and sound since the early 70’s. Träd, Gräs och Stenar straddle the extremes of prog rock bluster and DIY-radicalism like few bands have done: creating their own instruments, promoting active crowd participation in live shows and even cooking macrobiotic meals for their audience. Though founder Thomas Mera Gartz passed away in 2012, the group marched on with a revolving cast of established and new players under the name Träden.

Tyondai Braxton

Curated by Patrick Higgins Like Patrick Higgins, Tyondai Braxton is an innovator in the purest sense. As a former member of Battles, he ventured far beyond the outer dimensions of what we consider pop music. Braxton earned his stripes as a composer by working alongside luminaries such as Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet, and last year, he helmed a massive Manga-inspired production called ‘Telekinesis’. Ranging from glitchy electronics to full-on orchestral pizzazz, the one constant in his work is his power to shatter institutionalized music tropes and to reign chaos.

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Tyondai Braxton & Greg Fox Collaboratorium

At this year’s Le Guess Who?, drummer Greg Fox (Liturgy, Ben Frost, Ex Eye) will be the festival’s whimsical X-factor. One of the artists he will court is composer and former Battlesstalwart Tyondai Braxton. Both artists are headstrong figures in conjuring sounds once deemed impossible, and have the fortitude to push their sophisticated understanding of music to another level. This alliance is musical mad science at its best.

Vilde Tuv

Curated by Jenny Hval Vilde Tuv has been dubbed as Norway’s finest one-woman orchestra. With just voice, bass drum and guitar at her disposal, Tuv’s songs can swell from raw minimalism to celestial beauty on the slightest whim. Her roving spirit became all the more evident when she performed a moving flute-and-electronics symphony on a cruise ship, described as “a blend of Chinese folk music, new age, 90s Eurotrance, ambient and contemporary collage for the digital ADD generation”.

Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon present SACRED+S (with special guests Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood)

The human mind is conditioned to experience art forms within their separate contexts, so it’s self-evident that Vincent Moon and Priscilla Telmon – two artists and adventurers thriving within the multidisciplinary forum – are pushing for innovative ways to make them mutually enriching. Based on material collected from their numerous travels, they produce ethnographic experimental films and music recordings, driven by creative direction and curation.

Vivian Wang

Curated by Jenny Hval Vivian Wang is one of the founders and multi-instrumentalists of Singapore-based art rock ensemble The Observatory. After initially honing her skills as a classically trained pianist, Wang approaches music as a fearless experimentalist and individualist since 2008. The one rule she does apply is to always break free from established genres and localized music tropes. Next to music, Wang is what you call a jack of all trades, moonlighting as a TV presenter, film producer and music supervisor.

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VR 29 NOV

BASSEKOU KOUYATÉ & NGONI BA

VR 6 DEC

ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO & ANTWERP SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

ZA 7 DEC

SOUAD MASSI

DI 10 DEC

JOEP BEVING

ZA 21 DEC

GASPAR CLAUS & CASPER CLAUSEN

ZA 18 JAN

MAARTEN VOS

ZA 8 FEB

SONA JOBARTEH

DO 21 MEI

DAMON ALBARN

Felt

Felt

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29 FEB

ALICE PHOEBE LOU B BOYS

KACY & CLAYTON AMIGO THE DEVIL

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LAST TRAIN 12 DEC

SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN 27 DEC

MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN

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RAZEN & OONA LIBENS ‘Het Moederkoren’ SOTE ‘Parallel Persia’ i.s.m. Meakusma, MIRY Concertzaal, KASK Cinema, KAVIR & De Studio

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James Merry

For all ongoing exhibitions during Le Guess Who?, please see page 10-13 for all information. This includes James Merry, Gabrielle Goliath, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Dries Verhoeven, The Sound Of One Computer Thinking, Eva Spierenburg, Louis Andriessen and Madelon Hooykaas.

Kickstarter x Kapitaal (Le Guess Who? Official Hang Out) See page 30 for more information.

James Merry + live embroidery & Q&A presented by Le Guess Who? & Centraal Museum

As co-creative director for Bjรถrk on visuals, mask-maker James Merry is primarily known for his hand embroidery on sportswear, but he also creates bespoke headpieces. Meet and watch James Merry practice the ancient craft of embroidery live at Centraal Museum, followed by a Q&A hosted by Marina Elenskaya, editor-in-chief of Current Obsession Magazine, a Dutch platform and magazine focused around contemporary jewellery.

Kevin Osepa

presented by Le Guess Who? & FOTODOK & Casco Art Institute: Working For The Commons. See page 31 for more information.

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How Music Dies (or Lives): a conversation with Ian Brennan and Bob van Heur presented by Le Guess Who? & De Utrechtse Boekenbar

Within the setting of one of Utrechts’ finest curated bookstores, our artistic director Bob van Heur will discuss with Grammy-winning producer and author, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott) - their shared mission of raising awareness regarding the challenges related to inequity in music distribution internationally, and their love for providing platforms to those globally who have been kept suppressed and left voiceless by the Western world’s corporate media.

Hidden Musics Shorts presented by Le Guess Who? & Springhaver

A selection of short films of Glitterbeat's acclaimed Hidden Musics series curated by GRAMMYwinning record producer Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Zomba Prison Project, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott).

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The Burial Of Kojo

The Burial Of Kojo

Zerzura

The Burial Of Kojo follows the story of Esi, as she recounts her childhood and the tumultuous relationship between her father, Kojo and her uncle, Kwabena. After Kojo goes missing on an illegal mining expedition with Kwabena, Esi embarks on a magical adventure to rescue her father. Directed by music composer and musician Samuel “Blitz” Bazawule, the film chronicles the tale of two brothers through the gifted eyes of a young girl who transports the audience to the beautiful lands of Ghana and other worlds that exist between life and death.

In this genre-defying film, Zerzura follows a young man from a small village in Niger who leaves home in search of an enchanted oasis. His journey leads him into a surreal vision of the Sahara, crossing paths with djinn, bandits, gold seekers, and migrants. Narrated throughout with improvised instrumental guitar from protagonist Ahmoudou Madassane, written, directed and developed with a local Tuareg cast and Sahel Sounds’ Christopher Kirkley, Zerzura mixes folktales with documentary, to explore Saharan dreams and imagination.

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Closer to God

Black Mother

Following the footsteps of Islamic mystics on the Indian subcontinent of Pakistan, the Swiss director Annette Berger managed to document the spiritual everyday life of the mystic Gogha Sain and master singer Ustad Naseeruddin Saami and his sons. As different as the path of these two mystics is, they have one thing in common: only those who can recognize themselves, can respect their fellow human beings. Closer to God reflects on the unique ancient heritage of the undivided subcontinent, and its transmission to the next generation.Â

Part film, part baptism, in Black Mother director Khalik Allah brings us on a spiritual journey through Jamaica. Soaking up its bustling metropolises and tranquil countryside, Allah introduces us to a succession of vividly rendered souls who call this island home. Their candid testimonies create a polyphonic symphony, set against a visual prayer of indelible portraiture. Thoroughly immersed between the sacred and profane, Black Mother channels rebellion and reverence into a deeply personal ode informed by Jamaica’s turbulent history but existing n the urgent present.

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No S ve atur m day be r9 Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. The sprawling universe that is the great Acid Mothers Temple was formed in 1995 by Kawabata Makoto. This fabled Japanese collective always held a deep dedication and devotion to improvised music. From psychedelic freakouts to Stockhausen-inspired noise incursions, from minimalism to 70’s prog rock; to go from Black Sabbath all the way to Terry Riley, Acid Mothers Temple is your best gateway drug. Now with a history of over two decades, and a discography of over one hundred releases, the group shows no signs of relenting in the pace of its creative energy.

Acid Rooster Acid Rooster are pretty much a wet dream for heads who cram their cabinets with Amon Düül, Spacemen 3, Wooden Shjips and Magma. The dynamics of this band diverge from weightless, spaced out aerobatics to the more sublime, monolithic jams. These guys deliberately avoid generic and succinct ditties: each track is an epic journey into experimental rock’s most uncharted domains.

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Ahmed Ag Kaedy

Curated by Fatoumata Diawara Many nomadic Tuareg artists channel and preserve the vibrancy of life that was once the everyday in Mali. Ahmed Ag Kaedy initially set out to do the same, but instead his haunting eighttrack LP ‘Akaline Kidal’ introspectively captures the more forlorn current state of affairs in the Kidal region. The stripped-down nature of Ag Kaedy’s music evokes the bare remnants left of the homeland he is banished from, but hope still shimmers brightly within his guitar playing: like that first glint of sunlight rising over the murky sandcovered hills.

A conversation with Ian Brennan Hidden Musics

Grammy-winning producer and author Ian Brennan has accumulated a resume that would make anyone in his fields blush. Brennan’s most pertinent and important work, however, isn’t as easily described with cast-iron achievements. Recent projects include ‘I Have No Everything Here’, – a bundle of songs performed by the Malawi prisoners of Zomba Central Prison – and ‘God Is Not A Terrorist’, the very first recordings of Pakistani khayal master Ustad Saami. These undertakings umbrella Brennan’s pursuit to highlight music that’s underrepresented or downright obscured within the global scale.


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Aldous Harding Pop music canon has always compelled the listener to unravel the mystery behind the song. But the music of Aldous Harding inspires something arguably more powerful: an individual whose voice can seamlessly blend and blossom within the most bewildering of backdrops and characterizations. The New Zealand songwriter’s latest LP ‘Designer’ renders instrumentation and voice into the most vivid and impressionistic of scenes. In her own words: “It’s the greatest show on earth you shall receive.”

Ami Dang Ami Dang, a Sikh-American electronic pop artist living in Baltimore, splurges the canvas with a stupefying range of influences, including Indian hymns, Bollywood hits and nineties diva house. She swirls and spirals all those reference points into pop music brimmed with overdriven raga cadence, sitarspangled harmonics and spiritual incantations.

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Amnesia Scanner (live)

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed Amnesia Scanner isn’t so much music as it is a movement, one that intrudes living rooms and sweltering, neon-lit dancefloors alike. The Berlin-based duo’s profoundly impressive debut ‘Another Life’ shatters the fractured, often outlandish fabric of the modern human experience. Amnesia Scanner explore concepts of digital sentience, that fragile threshold between apocalypse and salvation and information overload with celebratory glee, implementing stomach-churning beats and basses that kickstart both psyche and anatomy.

Angel Bat Dawid & The Brothahood Angel Bat Dawid’s first album ‘The Oracle’ provides a new radical benchmark for contemporary jazz music, capturing a unique mystique within its economical recording methods. Meditating on the writings of Yusef Lateef and Margaret Burroughs, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the great jazz staples and even Mozart, this emerging Chicago-based pianist, clarinetist and composer carves out her own big-hearted artistic pursuit; how music can be a medium for self-improvement, curiosity and community.

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Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

Blazing Suns is an ever-evolving entity of artists, musicians, audiofreaks and sound explorers orbiting around it. At Le Guess Who?, the quartet of Salvador Breed, Boris Acket, Nick Verstand and Maarten Vos will coalesce their skills and imagination for a fresh take on club music and the club experience as a whole. Expect an extrasensory performance that feels like a submerged abyss of unearthly modular synths, incisive breakbeats and audacious atmospherics. Visually, Blazing Suns will up the ante as well, redefining our concepts of space with a site-specific light scenography created especially for Le Guess Who?.

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The Bug feat. Flowdan & Manga Saint Hilare Curated by The Bug

Together, the most revered merchant of noise and two of the most resounding voices in grime form an alliance of gritty UK fringe music that simply knows no equal. These three artists will stretch the fabric of dub, reggae and dancehall to bludgeon mind and body well into the red numbers. But even with the trio spelunking the deepest, darkest caverns of the sonic spectrum, Flowdan’s commanding presence is always unpinned by dense, often brutally funny storytelling. Manga Saint Hilare tells stories of life on the outskirts of popular culture with rapid flows, incredible technique, and true grime productions.

Photo: Fabrice Bourgelle

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COUCOU CHLOE

COUCOU CHLOE

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed Along with Shy Girl and Sega Bodega, French artist and producer Coucou Chloe is the co-founder of burgeoning label/collective NUXXE. Her malformed take on pop music is as mind-melting as it is urgent, ripping the elements of hip-hop, industrial, sampling and electropop asunder, with performances marrying chaos and catharsis in likewise unruly fashion. Speaking of fashion: Coucou Chloe was also a valuable contributor to Rihanna’s iconic Fenty X Puma runway show.

Bremer/McCoy Jonathan Bremer and Morten McCoy are two Danish musicians knee-deep in many different endeavors. Bremer is a renowned jazz player, producer and owner of the Unity Rec. label. McCoy, meanwhile, is a pianist, composer, teacher and DJ with a fascination for West-African music and Jamaican sound system culture. As a duo, Bremer (acoustic bass) and McCoy (piano, wurlitzer and tape-delays) produce melodic and meditative music with their custom-built soundsystem.

Brian Chippendale & Greg Fox Collaboratorium

With Brian Chippendale and Greg Fox – two figures of drum royalty – are in the neighborhood, we felt a deep urge to bring them together in the same room. Both artists have had a similar vocations within their respective bands and projects: reconfiguring our notions of what a single individual behind a drum kit is capable of. With double the trouble, there’s no telling what kind of chaos shall materialize.

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Tigue

No S ve atur m day be r9 Deerhoof & Tigue play ‘Friend Opportunity’

Deerhoof is one of those fantastic beasts the world has been lucky to find, an anomaly of a band that can twist any crunch of noise into saccharine hookheavy pop euphoria. Their wide-eyed trial-and-error performances are so incredibly infectious that it’s probably for the best to consider everything ‘part of the plan’. Deerhoof’s 2007 masterpiece ‘Friend Opportunity’ just became a whole lot friendlier at this year’s Le Guess Who?, with Brooklyn percussionist-trinity Tigue adding their own oddball minimalism into the mix.

DJ Firmeza

Príncipe Discos presents; hosted by FACT DJ Firmeza is a member of the Príncipe Discos crew, one of the most interesting and landmarkshifting movements within the modern European club scene. This Portuguese artist conjures a percussion-laced hybrid of Angolan dance workouts with penetrative house music. In all their boisterous multi-layered bluster, Firmeza still somehow manages to instill a deep and soulful physicality into his productions, with sets as hypnotic as they are hard-hitting.

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Christopher C. King Hidden Musics

Christopher C. King’s relationship with the folk traditions of Epirus, a mountain region connecting Greece with the southern parts of Albania, occupies a special place in his heart, driving him to ask the most essential of questions, like for instance, why humans make music in the first place. The Grammywinning producer, musicologist and author will present personally selected recordings of Epirus from the 1920s and 1930s on the 78 rpm format for Le Guess Who?, will read from his book Lament from Epirus, and shed light on the ancient musical traditions of Northwestern Greece.


DJ Fitz & DJ Quesadilla

DJINN

DJ Quesadilla and DJ Fitz, two swashbuckling archeologists of music who habitually turn dancefloors all over the world into journeys of sweet sonic oblivion. The former is one of the most prominent figureheads in Lisbon, not just straddling underground and pop in the merriest of ways, but also a bona fide connoisseur of good food and fun. The latter – dubbed the Voodoo Priest Of Turntables – is one of the world’s primary authorities in making obscurities part of a larger canon, proving that music discovery and all-out raves are best served together.

DJINN, an alliance formed by musicians in Swedish outfits Hills and GOAT, has quickly flourished into a marvel in and of itself. Extracting sonics from the fabric of Alice Coltrane’s astral jazz majesty and Albert Ayler’s harmonious folk movements, DJINN’s music truly emanates this monumental metaphysical feeling. You could swim in this group’s hypnotic lunar textures and mirage-like bliss for eternity without a care in the world.

DJ Marfox

Príncipe Discos presents; hosted by FACT DJ Marfox’s raves are like spinning a Ferris wheel of Afro-Caribbean beats, Kuduro, footwork, grime and urban electronics until it goes supersonic, shattering its foundations and spilling out into the crowd. Aligned with vital Lisbon imprint Príncipe, Marfox is part of a generation of Portuguese musicians empowered by the affordability of recording stations and audio equipment, using music as a vehicle for cross-cultural exchange, global community building and breaking free from archaic paradigms.

DjRUM (live)

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed Felix Manuel’s ears are attuned to the spontaneity of jazz while his production chops create original compositions out of a wellspring of samples, textures and beats. Manuel’s extraordinary 2018 album ‘Portrait with Firewood’ presents his most intimate outpouring yet, rooted in his relationship with the upright piano but blooming out from under the soil with vast electronic miscellany. And, by doing so, DjRUM straddles the digital with the organic in deeply personal fashion.

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Doug Hream Blunt In the late 80’s, Doug Hream Blunt moonlighted music with a job at a care home in San Francisco. As a relative late bloomer at age 35, he started writing songs after attending a How To Start A Band-course, playing his lo-fi brand of soul, funk and R&B for patients. At the time, a viable career in music seemed like a cul de sac, unbeknownst that his shoestring-version of said stylistics would be in vogue three decades down the line. Eventually Luaka Bop (David Byrne’s label, who also exhumed William Onyeabor’s music) reissued lost album Gentle Persuasion, which earned Blunt new fans in Ariel Pink and Dean Blunt. The latter’s stage name is actually a homage to him.

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Empath

Faten Kanaan

Like Stereolab and Broadcast exemplified so fervently before them, Empath’s offbeat brand of guitar pop turns discord and noise on their upside, turning and twisting them into agents of joy, playfulness and bewilderment. The band’s much-acclaimed 2019 LP ‘Active Listening: Night On Earth’ acts as the musical equivalent of taking a humongous bite out of a grapefruit dipped in acid, relishing in its dopey, fuzzed-out delirium.

Somehow, Faten Kanaan composes mesmeric, hypnotic music without the use of sequencers or arpeggiators. With that tranquil sense of endlessness as her core principal, she tells evocative stories with both sound and silence, generating sweeping cinematic landscapes, pensive character studies and dramatic suspense. Kanaan is a fresh antithesis to the notion that electronic music is rigid and binary by default; her music sounds alive, immediate, vulnerable and expressive.

Photo: Eric Welles-Nyström

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Doug Hream Blunt


FOKN Bois

FIS

Tongue-in-cheek, hilarious and often controversial, Ghanaian duo FOKN Bois coined their sound as gospel porn rap, which might be a cryptic way of calling their art slyly subversive. Their music has been known to challenge the status quo of Ghanaian society and to highlight social and political issues, with an infectious mix of satire, shocking sloganeering and performance art. Even in their charity work, FOKN Bois tend to turn things on their upside: they recently started a campaign in Accra, the capital of Ghana, to raise money for the poor and needy in the US.

‘FIS’ stands for ‘forever in search’, and in all respects, this is exactly the intent of producer Olly Peryman. The monumental soundscapes of FIS highlight that sense continuity over our very earthbound concepts of beginnings and endings – or life and death – composing sonic forays of cosmic splendor and crystallized calms. Peryman’s work evokes starry-eyed awe, zealously reaching out to the great beyond.

Photo: Andras Orsi

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

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No S ve atur m day be r9 Gyedu-Blay Ambolley & His Sekondi Band Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is the true originator of simigwa-do, a Ghanaian fusion of afro funk, soul and jazz. His work with the Uhuru Dance Band and the The Apagya Show Band (the latter with one-time mentor Ebo Taylor) was sometimes dubbed as hiplife, combining highlife’s multi-guitar dance band grooves with early forms of hip hop. Backed by the Sekondi band, an ultra tight alliance for the better part of the decade, Ambolley will sweep Le Guess Who? off its feet with a wide assortment of floor-filling jams.

Gyedu-Blay Ambolley

Haco

Curated by Jenny Hval Japanese musician and sound artist Haco received international recognition as the founder, singer, and composer of legendary avant-pop group After Dinner. Hailed as one of the first female proponents of Onkyo equipment, Haco’s work transcends conventional genres and national borders, as she became known for repurposing field recordings and environmental sounds to create surreal widescreen compositions and productions. One of her more recent works, ‘Qoosui’, fuses Japanese traditional music with free-improv, shoegaze, musique concrete and rudimentary electronics.

HHY & The Macumbas Porto collective HHY & The Macumbas compose mind-blowing permutations of experimental jazz, dubbed-out noise, and hypnotic African folk. Lead by artist Jonathan Saldanha and a rotating cast of players, this curious group draws from the militant energy of marching bands of the Ottoman empire, dark subterranean scenery and a sui generis ability to convert traditional styles into haunting sonic abstractions.

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No S ve atur m day be r9 Jah Shaka Sound System Curated by The Bug

Music derived from Rastafarian sound system culture has known many incarnations over time, but Jah Shaka remains true to its spiritual roots and essence. He arrived as a teenager from Jamaica in London in the late 50s when racism against black immigrants reached its zenith. Under the tutelage of Freddie Cloudburst, Jah Shaka became an essential figure within the British dancehall and dub scenes of the 70s. And to this day, this enigmatic Zulu Warrior (his real name is still a mystery) remains a vital and uncompromising artist, performer, activist and humanitarian.

Isokratisses Hidden Musics

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Female vocal ensemble Isokratisses both uphold and reinterpret one of the world’s oldest remaining folk music traditions: the polyphonic songs of Epirus. Thanks to the vast mountain ranges of Albania and a terra firma already pretty remote from Western influence, these laments remained an insular force of celebration and hardship for centuries, passed down generation by generation. Isokratisses are the latest wielders of this singular musical heritage, its elemental power still intact and untainted from Byzantine times to this present day.

Italia 90 Serrated guitar assaults, check. Sinister bass rumble, check. Piercing drums, check. And a sardonic sneer that oozes pure misanthropic disdain, well, check. Indeed, Italia 90 checks off a lot of boxes for fans of Wire, Gang Of Four and The Fall, with a blistering post-punk foray that will reduce even the sturdiest trunk into a chaotic flurry of sawdust.

Joseph Shabason Joseph Shabason demonstrated his mastery of woodwind, horn and brass instruments on iconic records such as Destroyer’s ‘Kaputt’ and The War On Drugs’ ‘Lost In The Dream’. But it’s Shabason’s most recent solo album ‘Anne’ that’s truly a personal, captivating document, collaborating with his mother in what Pitchfork describes as “intergenerational trauma in frank discussions where nothing is held back sonically or emotionally.” It’s music that presents a brave and free-form inverse of the jazz and soft rock stylistics that defined Shabason’s earlier session work.


J-E-T-S (Jimmy Edgar x Machinedrum) Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed

Photo: Alec Marchant

As J-E-T-S, producer compadres Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum (Travis Stewart) developed a project that’s a wee bit more complex than your average crosspollination of ideas. By applying their command of microtones, harmonics and science, J-E-T-S weave together propulsive tracks that awaken our untapped listening pleasures in fresh ways.

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Curated by Jenny Hval

Whether it’s a stage, a computer screen or a page from a book: Jenny Hval’s multi-disciplinary work aims to break beyond these confining zones to form a deeper connection with her audiences. The coy, conceptual LP ‘Blood Bitch’, the utopian meditations of 2018’s ‘The Long Sleep’ and the hyperrealist novel ‘Paradise Rot’ are just a few examples of the playful ways this Norwegian artist circumvents our expectations, notions, and habits. It’s an artistic pursuit Le Guess Who? wholeheartedly admires and endorses, so Hval’s turn to curate her own lineup feels long overdue. Jenny Hval’s ‘The Practice of Love’, which she’ll perform at Le Guess Who?, will explore sonic, visual and choreographic ideas while transforming voices, sounds and even bodies into texts, in a process that Hval herself describes as a form of magic. With a multi-national ensemble including experimental musicians, vocalists, dancers and video artists, this new project extends Hval’s work into new and even more challenging territory.

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No S ve atur m day be r9 Jenny Hval’s The Practice Of Love


Ko Shin Moon The duo Ko Shin Moon are entertaining in a similar way as back when you changed the instruments of sample tracks on a keyboard, just out of sheer curiosity how it would sound. Musicians Axel Moon and Niko Shin splice traditional string instruments and vintage synths, reconfiguring them into the paradigms of dancehall, chaabi, funk, new wave and spaghetti western soundtracks. A classic and infectious case of, ‘wow, this actually works’, mashing familiar elements together to make music that sounds both original and incessantly fun.

Klang & Ivan Vukosavljević present ‘The Burning’

In cooperation with Gaudeamus Ivan Vukosavljević’s brand new work arms Ensemble Klang with an array of deconstructed electric guitars, the ensemble reborn as prepared/tabletop/eBow guitarists. ‘The Burning’ is a hypnotic and intense 45-minute long live composition that moves between the transformed guitars and Klang’s regular instruments. The work creates a sound environment, an architecture, through which the players navigate and interact.

Khana Bierbood

Lalalar

Great pop songs with magic sprinkles of Eastern soundtracks, Spaghetti Western’s spacious twang and some grooving yé-yé sounds, that’s Khana Bierbood in a nutshell. Not surprisingly, the Bangsaen Beach Thailand-based group found an early champion in Kikagaku Moyo’s Go Kurasawa, who helmed the prosaically-titled debut ‘Strangers From The Far East’. Smart money says Khana Bierbood won’t be strangers for much longer, given how immediately satisfying their jams are, both sound-wise and execution-wise.

Istanbul’s Lalalar remind you of your favorite 80’s cult show theme, and simultaneously sound like a delightful dumpster dive of spaghetti western-psychedelics, Anatolian funk, sampling and hazy electronics. The one constant: Lalalar is the type of band you want to move to with abandon. The title of scorching debut single ‘Isyanlar’ translates to ‘rebellions’, and that’s more or less the gist of how this bunch operates on stage.

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Lasse Marhaug

Lakha Khan is a living legend of Rajasthani folk music. As the undisputed master of the sindhi sarangi, Khan is one of the last remaining Manganiyars to have honed this complex instrument. In doing so, he pushes the centuriesold musical tradition of Rajasthani and Multani folk and Sufi music forward. Khan’s music is truly secular and straddles both the classical and folk domains, with a vast songbook that incorporates Meera bhajans, Sufi kalaams, popular Hindi tunes, and the ancient stories and oral histories of the region, spanning the western Indian sub-continent.

A true scion of the experimental noise scene, Lasse Marhaug embodies the term noisenik and then some. The Norwegian artist frequently applies a brutalist heavy metal sensibility to his potent and loud live sets. Marhaug has played under a preposterous number of projects and ensembles, most notably DEL and Jazkamer, and collaborated with the likes of Sunn O))), Paal Nilssen-Love and Maja Ratkje.

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Curated by Jenny Hval

Photo: Simon Staun Odense

Lakha Khan

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FRI NOV 29 2019

Francesco Tristano + afterparty

THU JAN 23

FRI FEB 7

Leo Blokhuis, Diamanda La Berge Dramm, Sam Amidon & Maya Fridman MON MAR 16

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

WED APR 15

Simon(e) van Saarloos, Crash Ensemble & Mariam Wallentin

tickets: concertgebouw.nl

foto’s: Thomas Dorn, Frank Ruiter, Beata Sparagowska

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No S ve atur m day be r9 Lifafa

Los Pirañas

The title track of Lifafa’s most recent album ‘Jaago’ tells you all you need to know about the Indian producer, veering from its swooning, rustic flirtations to joyous electronic resplendence. Suryakant Sawhney has spent five years exploring uncharted terrain in his homeland: electronic music that not only speaks in sonics, but also of words and meaning. With his instinctive take on melody and cadence, Lifafa’s music is both spiritual and sensual in its nature.

Those familiar with acquainted acts like Meridian Brothers and Romperayo already how deliciously fun, kooky and strangely sophisticated Los Pirañas are on stage. But, to spell it out for the yet-to-be-initiated, these Colombian Bohemians perform their twisted take on homegrown cumbia, African folk and latin with punk rock intensity and jazz-like flexibility. Obviously, that makes Los Pirañas the perfect band to help discover dance moves you never even knew you had.

Lolina

Curated by Jenny Hval After notable stints as Inga Copeland and Hype Williams (the latter with Dean Blunt), Alina Astrova once again brandishes her signature Baudelairean hybrid of pop and stripped-down techno as Lolina. Recent EP ‘The Smoke’ offers a strange intersection of eerie moods, morbid humor, and playful sensuality. The more elusive Lolina’s music gets, the more magnetic, a strange contradiction that only makes sense when you witness her perform with everyday equipment like a Dictaphone, a CDJ, an iPod Shuffle and a digital camera.

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Makaya McCraven Regarded as one of Chicago’s most versatile and in-demand drummers, Makaya McCraven moves between genres like jazz, hiphop and funk at lightning speed. Unquestionably respected as a jazz artist, he believes that a receptiveness to other styles is what truly makes a good jazz player. Ceaselessly inventive and productive, McCraven worked with an impressive array of world class musicians, including Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Bernie Worrell, Soulive, Charles Neville, Marcus Strickland, and Shabaka Hutchings.


Melissa Laveaux Mélissa Laveaux’s most recent album ‘Radyo Siwèl’ reclaims the Ottawa-born, Paris-based songwriter’s Haitian roots with a collection of native folk spirituals. The number of influences she channels – psych rock, calypso, folk pop, and punk – would be considered dazzling if they didn’t manifest themselves in such deft, understated fashion. Laveaux’s work brims with defiance, cheekiness, and pride, reconnecting lost traditions into new cultural, mythological and lingual narratives.

Minyo Crusaders Minyo Crusaders breathe new life into traditional Japanese folk songs (‘minyo’) by merging them with Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms and flourishes of exotica. By doing so, the 10-piece ensemble creates some of the most infectious, fresh sounding cross-continental roots music in years, proficient in both punchy melodies and inventive arrangements. Their debut album Echoes of Japan has earned them plenty of praise and fans along the way.

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After 15 years of performing for passersby at Paris’s Line 2 Metro, Algerian musician Mohamed Lamouri’s trademark ragged voice and buoyant Casio keyboard melodies are reaching ears all over the world. Lamouri’s 2019 LP ‘Underground Raï Love’ demonstrates his unusual lo-fi take on Algerian raï folk music, a movement known over the decades for its free radicalism in expressing ‘taboo’ subjects like love songs, youth culture and hedonism. Traditionalists and Salafists have attempted many times over to censor raï music, and though Lamouri is visually impaired, he clearly recognizes the vital genesis of his work: one of his biggest heroes is Cheb Hasni, the popular raï singer who was tragically murdered in 1994.

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Moon Duo

Curated by Moon Duo Psychedelic/krautrock mystics Moon Duo are comprised of Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada (Viva La Void), with John Jeffery manning the skins. The Oregon band’s trademark sound is as much acquainted with minimalist pop as the louder, more cosmic torrents. On stage, this band manifests like a living painting, punishing and hypnotic at the same time. Because of their all-embracing nature – 80’s disco, occult literature, electronic music and film soundtracks – a Moon Duo record never orbits the same area twice. Those who have witnessed Moon Duo’s performances can confirm how quickly they’ve evolved and thrived: they have risen up, understatedly, as one of the most intoxicating live acts of this decade.

Photo: Eleonora Collini

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Murcof

Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed The words ‘holy minimalist’ immediately jump out when skimming the artist biography of Mexican producer Murcof. Fernando Corona appears to shift techno music from its hedonist, more secular playing field to music that teems with grand, ornamental and metaphysical wonder. Murcof’s deep fascination with classical composers such as Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki is quite evident in his unprecedented approach to electronic and ambient sonics.

Mythic Sunship Astral Family Collaboratorium

Step inside the tractor beam, because at Le Guess Who?, Mythic Sunship will organize a momentous assemblage of wondrous sound. Of course, this Copenhagen quartet has room aplenty for its fellow inquisitive passengers, including the cosmic sitar deviations of Ami Dang. This hourlong performance will be the first, last and only of its kind.

Nídia

Príncipe Discos presents; hosted by FACT

Nidia

Photo: Marta Pina

“Her music is dazzling in all senses, a trance-inducing tangle of boxy drums, vivid swirls of synthetic melody and buzzsaw grime bass,” The Quietus enthused about the fast-emerging Nídia. This young Portugal-born, Bordeaux-based producer reconfigures the Afro-Portuguese sounds of kuduro, batida and tarraxinha into her unique and highly kinetic brand of dance music. Lifting the sound of urban Portugal to a global scale has made Nídia a soughtafter collaborator: she contributed to Fever Ray’s latest LP ‘Plunge’ and Kelela’s ‘Take Me Apart’-remix album.

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No S ve atur m day be r9 Olga Pashchenko performing Der Golem In cooperation with Utrecht Early Music Festival

Olga Pashchenko, one of the world’s most accomplished piano and keyboard virtuosos, will bring a unique take on one of the most famous horror soundtracks of the 20th Century: Der Golem. At Le Guess Who?, Pashchenko will perform a score – comprised of existing composition – created specifically for her by conductor and flutist Jed Wentz. Watching the screen, Pashchenko’s playing will channel the emotions of the actors, as Wentz guides a team of sound artists to bring the film to life... much like its formidable titular creature.

Oorutaichi

Curated by Jenny Hval Oorutaichi takes the word ‘fun’ into hyperdrive. This Japanese producer shakes the rules of techno, electro pop and sampling like a can of soda and lets things fly with contagious enthusiasm and heart. Go ahead and blast tracks like ‘Beshaby’ and ‘Yori Yoyo’ without ricocheting across the room like a hamster on uppers. It ain’t happening. Since his debut album back in 2003, Oorutaichi has scored animated shorts, performed extensively with his band Urichipangoon, and even sampled the legendary Moondog on his track ‘Hamihadarigeri’.

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Petbrick The Bandcamp-bio for Petbrick deadpans that it’s just ‘Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura) and Wayne Adams making horrible noises that melt your face’. But press play and you’ll find this particular noise act anything but run-of-the-mill. For better or worse, Petbrick sounds as if you’re at the heart of some tumultuous war zone: this tenacious tandem brings destruction and terror with relentless barrages of blast beats, malformed synth textures and manic vocals.



No S ve atur m day be r9 破地獄/Scattered Purgatory Taiwan duo Scattered Purgatory is named after a Taoist ritual that redeems and releases souls from a state between life and death. As it turns out, they adopt this notion quite literally in both performing and composing, deconstructing unreleased past material and syncing it together with their contemporary work. What that sounds like? A bleeding-edge vernacular that employs the tangents of ambient music, drones, psychedelics and krautrock in both punishing and meditative fashion.

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Rabih Beaini

Curated by The Bug Lebanese-born producer and DJ Rabih Beaini (formerly known as Morphosis) specializes in grainy, imaginative analogue techno. A range of influences—improvisational jazz, krautrock, new wave, electronic—seep into his inventive, dark, and emotional productions and resounding live sets. Not many artists skulking within the leftfield electronic world could create music immersive enough for fans of Laraaji, Hieroglyphic Being, Throbbing Gristle and John Zorn to somehow congregate.

Quelle Chris

Sarah Louise

Unconventional and hard to categorize, producer/lyricist Quelle Chris is well-versed in several genres, including punk rock, poetry, abstract soul, and experimental hip-hop. As a beatsmith, he tends to favor lo-fi production methods and oddball samples, often creating eerie juxtapositions and contrasts. Armed with his biting sense of humor, Quelle Chris pokes fun at himself while addressing serious personal concerns and social issues.

On Sarah Louise’s latest LP ‘Deeper Woods’, the North Carolina-based artist explores the relationship between the unfamiliar and the accustomed. Her sure-footed dexterity on the 12-string guitar becomes just another textural element swallowed by creeping sound collages and haunting vocals. Furthermore, Louise drew heavily from her own habitat, a house surrounded by a dense forest: one moment the music evokes a place of intimacy and comfort, the next it ambles in the more treacherous and lawless environments.


Sudan Archives Curated by Moon Duo

Photo: Alex Black

With her enrapturing deviations of electronic music, R&B, jazz and all-out pop, Sudan Archives – born Brittney Parks – doesn’t just bend the rules, she breaks them. Her innovative take on the violin has drawn similar comparisons to Jimi Hendrix’s mastery of the guitar, reconciling the instruments traditional features with folkloric African styles like no artist before her. Utilizing loops, vocals, and effects, Sudan Archives gives audiences a beguiling and hypnotic glimpse of where pop music could go next.

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Ustad Saami is the last living khayál master, widely considered a precursor of qawwali music that originated in Pakistan. That’s no small distinction, as Saami’s voice is able to minutely veer between 49 different notes – seven times the Western scale – to potent, haunting effect. Saami embodies his own pivotal adage ‘to sing is to listen’ quite poetically, as his name translates to ‘to hear’ and his lifelong vocation, kháyal singing, stands for ‘imagination’. Even under threat of islamic fundamentalists, the 75-year old master spent his entire existence as a dedicated practitioner of a vanishing art, one passed on from generation to generation since the 13th century. With this in mind, it’s an extremely rare privilege to have Ustad Saami perform at Le Guess Who?.

Ustad Saami

Hidden Musics

Photo: Marilena Delli

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The Glücks The “demonic” and “physical” shows of this feisty Flemish couple are welldocumented, ruthlessly steamrolling onlookers like some indomitable force of nature. The Glücks bombard both body and mind with their scuzzy garage punk nuggets. Simply put, a rabid, high-octane and adrenalized bunch of showstoppers.

The Sweet Release of Death The name of these formidable noise-pop revisionists says as much: The Sweet Release Of Death triumph over doom-and-gloom with a pinch of dark humor and a penchant for stretching guitar-based music’s outer peripheries. As a trio, the group form a maelstrom of ear-splitting racket together, molded into a stylish, streamlined proto-goth act. Undomesticated and effortlessly cool.

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To sing is to listen:

USTAd SAAMI Text: Cem Kayıran – Illustrations: rajab eryiğit

75-year old Pakistani musician Ustad Naseeruddin Saami is the last living practitioner of the Surti tradition, dating back to pre-Islamic times. Throughout his life, Saami has tried to keep his multicultural heritage alive, overcoming pressure from the fundamentalists. His sweeping vocal style stems from the 49-note microtonal khayál system which basically amounts seven times the Western scale. Saami interprets his style as an intention to restore ancient pitches to the modern system.

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As a master of various styles, Ustad Saami follows the footsteps and principles of Hazrat Amir Khusrau, a Sufi musician, poet and scholar from 13th Century Delhi. Like Khusrau’s poetry, Ustad Saami sings in various languages like Farsi, Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic and even the ancient language of Vedic. Alongside his sons and nephew, Saami frequently performs thematic tributes to Hazrat Amir Khusrau.

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Recorded on a rooftop in the city of Karachi, his first LP ‘God Is Not A Terrorist’ documents and immortalizes a vanishing tradition. The captivating album released by Glitterbeat is produced by Grammy Award winner Ian Brennan, who was contacted by Saami’s students in Pakistan. After this call, it took a full year for Brennan’s journey with Saami to start; but according to Brennan, they had developed a rare chemistry when the two first got together in 2016.

He LIKeS To SAy tHAt SInGIng IS, Above ALl, lISTenInG. oF CoUrSe, THAt ChAnGeS everyTHInG: MUSIC HAs becoMe LIKe A SIxTH SenSe For HIM.

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The last khayál master of our time will give an extremely rare performance as part of Le Guess Who?’s new program in coorperation with Ian Brennan and Glitterbeat Records’ founder Chris Eckman, called ‘Hidden Musics’. It’s a chance to witness, celebrate, embrace and feel the huge impact of a musical tradition that challenges borders and time with true passion.

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Xylouris White is firmly rooted in the past and future: a tight alliance between Greek musician and songwriter Georgios Xylouris and drummer Jim White. Xylouris White reconciles not only the tandem’s respective roots, but above all, a deep friendship forged in 25 years. The result: Xylouris’s Cretan folk is supercharged with a punk rock-like vigor, courtesy of the man who manned the skins for Dirty Three and Venom P Stinger. This is music firmly rooted to its wellspring, but simultaneously upholds a mystical, magical complexity.

YĪN YĪN YIN YIN is a jam-packed romp of South East Asian psych pop, funk, disco grooves and electronic music. The project was conceived by Kees Berkers, drummer of Baby Galaxy, and Yves Lennertz, guitarist of Bounty Island, two familiar faces in the Maastricht underground scene. YIN YIN represents the full breadth of their respective record collections, unleashed with maximum joy and spirit. And just so you know, these guys are never too shy to give the odd nod to a bona fide pop classic.

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Zia Anger’s My First Film

Curated by Jenny Hval Zia Anger’s short films have premiered at the New York Film Festival and Locarno. She has directed music videos for an impressive roster of artists, including Angel Olsen, Mitski, Beach House, Zola Jesus and Jenny Hval, the latter of whom she has toured and performed with. Under the title ‘My First Film’ Anger will give live commentary on her lost, abandoned, and previously unseen works, including her unreleased first feature, which is based on her own formative life experiences.

Photo: Manolis Mathioudakis

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No ve Sun m day be r1 0 For all ongoing exhibitions during Le Guess Who?, please see page 10-13 for all information. This includes James Merry, Gabrielle Goliath, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Dries Verhoeven, The Sound Of One Computer Thinking, Eva Spierenburg, Louis Andriessen and Madelon Hooykaas.

Kickstarter x Kapitaal (Le Guess Who? Official Hang Out) See page 30 for more information.

Kevin Osepa

presented by Le Guess Who? & FOTODOK & Casco Art Institute: Working For The Commons. See page 31 for more information.

The Right To The Future City

presented by Le Guess Who?, Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, No Seat At The Table, BAK – basis voor actuele kunst, Urban Futures Studio (Utrecht University), RAUM “In urban social movements there is the potential to reshape the city in a different image from that put forward by its developers.” – David Harvey (2008) Utrecht is developing at a dizzying pace and therefore facing urban issues such as rapid gentrification and (economic) segregation, as are many cities worldwide. Within the setting of Le Guess Who?, a city-wide festival at its core, we brought together six speakers who work on urban futures via artistic practices and research. How can we – through art and critical research – make an active contribution to creating a more inclusive social urban environment? Current systems of urban development exclude large groups of people. How could it be done differently? What does that require from the government? And what does that require from each other? Guests are: Minem Sezgin (No Seat At The Table), Ola Hassanain (artist / Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons), Jesse Hoffman (Urban Futures Studio / Universiteit Utrecht), Donica Buisman (RAUM), Irene Calabuch Miron (BAK – basis voor actuele kunst) and Rinke Vreeke (Le Guess Who?).

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Yao

curated by Fatoumata Diawara presented by Le Guess Who? & Springhaver This heart-warming road movie, directed by Philippe Godeau, follows the titular protagonist, the 13-year-old Senegalese Yao, in his quest to meet his hero, the famous French actor Seydou Tall. When Seydou is invited to promote his new book in Dakar, he returns to his country of origin for the very first time. This prompts Yao to brave the 387 kilometers towards the capital all by himself. The cast of Yao features Omar Sy, Lionel Louis Basse and Fatoumata Diawara.

Mali Blues

curated by Fatoumata Diawara presented by Le Guess Who? & Springhaver Lutz Gregor’s documentary Mali Blues takes a vivid look at the West-African nation’s rich and diverse musical fabric, following folk star Fatoumata Diawara, Tuareg guitarist Ahmed Ag Kaedi, ngoni grandmaster Bassekou Kouyaté and rapper Master Soumy in their pursuit for peace and freedom of speech. The New York Times: “Despite the urgency of the situation the musicians face, when they’re not doing their work, the movie is quiet, observant, taking in the austere beauty of the land and the people.”

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No ve Sun m day be r1 0 The Devil and Daniel Johnston presented by Le Guess Who? & Springhaver

The Devil and Daniel Johnston is a stunning portrait of a musical genius who nearly slipped away. Director Jeff Feuerzeig exquisitely depicts a perfect example of brilliance and madness going hand in hand. Daniel Johnston’s life was marked by wild fluctuations, numerous downward spirals, and periodic respites. The film artfully melds current footage, vintage performances, home movies, and dozens of recorded audiotapes from Johnston’s life. Testimony from supportive friends and a deeply committed family adds a rich layer to Johnston’s personal history, but Daniel Johnston’s poetic songs tell their own passionate, haunting, and truly unforgettable story.

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From Mumbai to deep space

ASHA PUTHLI

Text: Cem Kayıran – Illustrations: Sadi Güran

Asha Puthli’s riveting journey encompasses splendiferous moments of disco, timeless pieces of avant-garde jazz and spaced-out soul, and of course, an utterly flamboyant epiphany. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Puthli’s interest in fusion started through the Western jazz and pop songs she heard on the radio. She started improvising with jazz bands in India and her singing got highlighted in Ved Mehda’s book ‘Portrait of India’.

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Music business veteran Josh Hammond signed her to CBS Records right after he read about Puthli in ‘Portrait of India’. The first record on which she made a mark is Ornette Coleman’s ‘Science Fiction’, featuring on two songs. As a result, she shared the Downbeat Critics’ Poll’s Best Female Vocalist award with Ella Fitzgerald and Dee Dee Bridgewater in 1971.

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Puthil’s self-titled debut came out in 1973 and showcased the birth of an international pop star. While her first solo release was built on a feverish R&B feel, follow-ups ventured to funky grooves and disco tunes. Produced and recorded by soul legends Dave Virgin King and Dieter Zimmerman, 1976’s ‘The Devil Is Loose’ became a Euro-soul masterpiece with hit tracks like ‘Flying Fish’ and ‘Space Lady’. The latter became one of the most popular tunes at legendary clubs like Studio 54 and The Loft, not to mention that Puthli even headlined the iconic Studio 54 once.

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Throughout this long and versatile journey, Asha Puthli has recorded with a wide range of musicians, from Henry Threadgill to Dum Dum Girls and Bill Laswell, while the list of her admirers includes Debbie Harry, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol. ‘Ground Beneath Her’ from Salman Rushdie was a novel influenced by her life, and in 2009, the British Satellite Earth Station transmitted her tracks in deep space to mark the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.

I’M 6,000 yeArS SPIriTUALly, I’M MenTALly 98, I’M eMoTIonALly 5 And CHronoLoGIcAlly In beTween.

From singing within the Indian improv-jazz scene to becoming a space disco icon in New York, Puthli’s legacy still expands as we speak. Breaking boundaries at each stage of her career, Asha Puthli’s works have managed to shape and deeply influence everything that comes next. Her upcoming record is a tribute to all the jazz musicians she previously worked with.

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Overviewing the impulsive career of Asha Puthli, it’s dizzying how one individual can encapsulate such a ridiculous range of juxtapositions. Puthli’s notoriety really depends on who you ask: her sultry voice adorned Ornette Coleman’s avantjazz masterpiece ‘Science Fiction’, her songs were sampled by hip hop icons like Notorious B.I.G. and Jay-Z, and her tryst into disco and glam rock, ‘Only the Headaches Remain’, was a chart success in Japan during the early 80’s. Puthli is a true international icon, not to mention one of the first recording artists to successfully merge traditional Indian influences with Western pop. Her myriad talents – which branch all the way into opera, dance and acting – is only matched by a free and restless personality, counting Diana Vreeland, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali among early admirers.

Cate Le Bon Producer and musician Cate Le Bon creates a unique vocabulary of freak folk, post-punk and psych pop. Thanks to her jagged guitar playing and Welsh diction, Le Bon is the definition of elusive. Behind every playful quip, a heartfelt moment of reflection awaits; rigid concepts of beauty and ugliness don’t exist in the work of Cate Le Bon. She is a soul who simply likes to make things without taking limitation into account. Her latest offering ‘Reward’ was nominated for the Mercury Prize.

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Photo: Ivana Kličković

Cate Le Bon

No ve Sun m day be r1 0 Asha Puthli


DNA? AND?

Curated by Jenny Hval The power of the imagination is arguably the greatest during youth, and Oslo-based collective DNA? AND? brings this notion into play in the most remarkable fashion. Comprised of special kids and a revolving cast of adult musicians, DNA? AND?’s infectious exchange between carefree improvisation and stark repetition elicits some of the most original music ever produced: impulsive, unfiltered and free.

Ed Dowie Adrift somewhere in purgatory between Syd Barrett and Robert Wyatt, the immense spacious beauty of Ed Dowie’s debut LP ‘The Uncle Sold’ can’t be overstated enough. Drawing inspiration from the Kazuo Ishiguro novel ‘The Unconsoled’, the former Brothers In Sound stalwart writes and composes with a deep attentiveness, allowing melodies and words to materialize in unhurried, generous fashion. For the patient listener, Dowie’s penchant for orchestral quietude and wry lyricism is a soothing and affirming escapade.

Dossier X (Higgins/Mirabile/Schreiber) Curated by Patrick Higgins

Dossier X

Photo: Charles Roussel

Le Guess Who?-curator Patrick Higgins, visual artist Matthew Schreiber and choreographer Monica Mirabile will present the European premiere of their awe-inspired audiovisual project DOSSIER X, immersing musician, dancer, and audience alike in a hypnotic landscape of engrossing sound, image, movement, and meditation. Set to music composed by Higgins, Dossier X challenges the limits of where a traditional work of music ends, suggesting new pathways and transformative applications — creating a living environment in which sound, sight and movement begin to lose their borders.

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Fatoumata Diawara

Curated by Fatoumata Diawara Over the past decade, Malian, Grammy-nominated artist, musician, and actress Fatoumata Diawara has been universally praised as one of Africa’s most trailblazing and outspoken voices. Diawara’s take on PanAfrican folk is simply unmistakable: graceful, enchanting and effortlessly vibrant.

Photo: Aida Munuleh

Diawara’s work transcends the subdivisions of Africa and the world as a whole, fighting for the rights of women and children in her homeland. Meanwhile, her Wassoulou roots continue to snake off into the vast realms of Afropop, jazz, R&B, and blues. Diawara crossed paths with Herbie Hancock, Oumou Sangaré, Nicolas Jaar, Paul McCartney, and Damon Albarn.

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No ve Sun m day be r1 0 Föllakzoid The Chilean colossus known as Föllakzoid, clerics of both the cosmic heritage of Can and the more progressive electronics. The trio are no longer bound by concept or narrative on their latest work I. Föllakzoid recorded over sixty separate tracks in isolation, without a producer in the room, allowing their music to truly become this intuïtive living beast of sound – unbound by rationality, taste or ownership.

Felicia Atkinson Curated by Jenny Hval

French sound sculptor Félicia Atkinson once curiously speculated that “music always existed, even before humans appeared.” She might be onto something: under her spell, a seemingly random assembly of natural forces, whispered dialogue, and sparse midi electronics becomes a harmonic wellspring, augmenting the beauty of what’s already present. Atkinson’s new album The Flower And The Vessel is partly influenced by the French classical pieces that shaped her childhood, and features a notable guest appearance by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley.

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Grimm Grimm Former Screaming Tea Party-member Koichi Yamanoha was once better known for his scream than his whisper. ‘Hazy Eyes Maybe’, the Japaneseborn, London-based musician’s debut LP under the moniker Grimm Grimm, changed all that with a subdued record of ruminant, nocturnal acid folk. Grimm Grimm artlessly surveys the fabric of shoegaze (Yamanoha co-founded the label Pickpocket records with Kevin Shields in 2014), Shugo Tokumaru, 60s West Coast pop and the melodicism of early Belle & Sebastian.


Group Listening

Holly Herndon: PROTO Curated by Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed, Moon Duo and Patrick Higgins

Holly Herndon’s vital album ‘PROTO’ is an inquisitive, affirmative work that interplays elements like Sacred Harp choirs with an A.I.-entity called Spawn, therefore splicing the organic and artificial into music that feels immediate, innovative and alive. In doing so, Herndon presents an enriching, hopeful exchange of concepts: technology’s capacity to amplify, manipulate and spread the human voice and humankind’s ability to teach technology to act beyond its rigid binaries.

Photo: Boris Camaca

Holly Herndon

Group Listening is a joint project by UK-musicians Stephen Black and Paul Jones. Black and Jones met at music college before their respective paths strayed. Reconnecting years later after various endeavors, their shared love for the likes of Moondog, Artie Shaw, Arthur Russell and Brian Eno survived. The duo carefully selects some of their favorite cuts to perform, arrange and reimagine with their instruments of choice, clarinet and piano.

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No ve Sun m day be r1 0 Master Soumy

Curated by Fatoumata Diawara Over the past decade, Mali rapper Master Soumy has been a key figure within the West-African nation’s youth movement. Along with his peers, Soumy’s sharpwitted lyrical mastery became the arrow that burst the balloon of Mali’s fractured political and social climate, acquainting younger generations with subject matter like youth migration, education, infrastructure and freedom of religion.

Loving Loving is an experimental pop collaboration between musicians David Parry, Lucas Henderson and Jesse Henderson. Latest release ‘If l am only my thoughts’ marks a newfound appreciation for the generative limitations of recording to tape. The resulting album constructs a warm and dreamy sonic landscape kept adrift by existential lyricism and an unspecified but allencompassing sense of nostalgia.

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Kevin Richard Martin & Hatis Noit Curated by The Bug

Japanese artist Hatis Noit’s accomplished range is astonishingly self-taught. Hoit is inspired by everything she can find from Gagaku — Japanese classical music —, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, to avant-garde and pop vocalists. The meeting of Noit’s bewitching vocal explorations and Kevin Martin (The Bug)’s sacramental synthesis of sound for a world exclusive live performance is sure to lift their respective virtues to perplexing new levels.

Mariel Roberts

Curated by Patrick Higgins Cellist and composer Mariel Roberts plays her instrument of choice like an actor performs a scene, completely engrossed and enraptured within the composition’s totality. As both solo-performer and member of Mivos String Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, and Ensemble Signal, Roberts is acclaimed for channeling arresting moods such as claustrophobia and despair with her expressive playing. Her latest outing, 2017’s ‘Cartography,’ sounds like the fictional soundtrack of a suspense-filled thriller.


Michele Mercure Curated by Moon Duo

Michele Mercure’s shrouded cinematic works overlap ambient, abstract, and industrial sensibilities, always with a keen and playful sense of their surroundings and acoustics. Not surprisingly, the sound artist and musician’s work pops up in theater, performance, film, dance and TV animation. As authority in the tape-trading subculture, she recently released ‘Beside Herself’, an anthology of cassettes produced and released independently between 1983 and 1990.

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Nivhek

Mo Dj is one of the first artists to successfully integrate Malian music within the electronic mixing spectrum. His journey began as cassette salesman at one of the station roads in Bamako, Mali, moonlighting as a DJ within the city’s nightlife. With just a double tape recorder at his disposal, Moriké Keita is a groove wizard of the highest order, able to produce and mix tracks that match the piercing, infectious intensity of a live band. Once his vibrant remixes caught the ears of Amadou and Mariam’s manager, his singular craft started to spellbind the rest of the world.

Under the name Nivhek, Liz Harris (Grouper) maps richly detailed inner worlds where enigmatic vibrations and voices glide dimly in and out of the void. Double album ‘After its own death / Walking in a spiral towards the house’ consists of opaque assemblages of Mellotron, guitar, field recordings, tapes, and broken FX pedals. In pacing, palette, and poignancy, these sides rank among Harris’ most stark, primordial work: fragile, feverish, ominous, and otherworldly.

Curated by Moon Duo

Photo: JJ Harris

Curated by Fatoumata Diawara

Negativland Whether they intend to or not, Negativland have bursted many bubbles over the decades with their quizzical remapping of pop culture, media and advertising. Though Negativland consider themselves artists first and activists second, their art and media interventions have a way of exposing the world’s subliminal truths, posing both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, control, ownership, propaganda and perception in the United States of America. Nivhek

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3 x saturday night movie Saturday 30 November 21.00

Under the Skin

Film screening with live musical accompaniment by s t a r g a z e ensemble. A sci-fi cult classic starring Scarlett Johansson. classical Saturday 28 December 20.30

Canto Ostinato

This work by Simeon ten Holt is one of the best-known pieces in contemporary classical music.The hypnotic work’s power of repetition will surely conjure a ‘listening trance’. jazz & pop Saturday 21 March, 20.15

Salvador Sobral

After the release of his highly anticipated album ‘Paris, Lisboa’ the winner of the Eurovision Songfestival 2017 will visit Rotterdam in March.

order tickets via dedoelen.nl Concert hall, pop-music venue, beating heart of renowned cultural festivals, congress center and vibrant hotspot bang in the middle of Rotterdam. see us @dedoelen


Photo: Daniel Mangosing

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Prison Religion

Prison Religion One famous sci-fi film once sported the tagline ‘in space no one can hear you scream’, but Prison Religion put that hypothesis to the test and then some. This Richmond, Virginia-based collage-rap/noise duo show that the heaviest of music is often-times economical and raw in its execution. The title of their 2018 EP ‘O FUCC IM ON THE WRONG PLANET’ more or less spells it out for you, distorting and pixelating primal anguish until it becomes this loud and frantic cosmic joke.

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Roberto SOLO Fonseca Curated by Fatoumata Diawara

Roberto ‘SOLO’ Fonseca still lives in the heart of his birthplace Havana, which explains why his adaptation of Cuba’s musical heritage remains so refreshingly renegade and immediate. He spawned exciting fusion group Temperamento with saxophone maestro Javier Zalba, performed in the legendary Buena Vista Social Club and was handpicked by Herbie Hancock himself as his touring mate. Fonseca’s solo resumé isn’t too shabby either, with influential Afro-Cuban jazz-masterpiece ‘Zamazu’, the Grammy-nominated ‘Yo’ and his live album with Fatoumata Diawara, entitled ‘At Home’.


Sofia Jernberg

The Ex

Like some people collect stamps, Sofia Jernberg collects vocal disciplines. Born in Ethiopia in 1983, the Oslo-based artist mastered myriad styles – from opera singing to pitchless singing – to accommodate just as many creative fields, namely music theaters, visual art, film, orchestral & jazz ensembles. Jernberg reconciles the art of improvisation and composition, both under her own name and as a key member of the incandescent Fire! Collective.

In their four-decade career, The Ex have experimented with countless styles and ideas. They are revered by many of their guitar-wielding peers, notably Sonic Youth, Tortoise, and Steve Albini. But the Dutch punk outfit’s overall M.O. remains singular, as much egalitarian as it is audacious. Stubbornly adventurous, tirelessly independent and unconcerned about how people define them, The Ex’s purview has boldly mushroomed to the outer realms of folk, jazz, improv, and noise.

Curated by Jenny Hval

Photo: Jon Edergren

Sofia Jernberg

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No ve Sun m day be r1 0 Tropical Fuck Storm

Vivien Goldman

Tropical Fuck Storm’s wailing backing harmonies sound like a coven chanting hellish incantations, and the filthy percussive thrusts, the otherworldly synth flourishes of the band’s debut LP ‘A Laughing Death In Meatspace’ feel like humanity is cannibalizing itself. In an age of underlying dread, few albums have nailed that queasy feeling of anxiety that permeates life on earth so righteously.

Throughout her chronicle of life, it’s easy to understand how Vivien Goldman earned the title ‘Punk Professor’. In the 70s, Goldman wasn’t simply satisfied standing on the sidelines as a renowned author, journalist, teacher and publicist. She became a vital cog in the movement herself as a recording artist, becoming a key figure in marrying the ethos of punk with the sensibilities of reggae, Afrobeat and Caribbean music. To boot, she recorded with the likes of Robert Wyatt, John Lydon, and Adrian Sherwood, and wrote the very first book about Bob Marley.

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As Yves Jarvis, Jean-Sebastian Audet’s gauzy post-R&B vignettes are driven by color, both as a visual and thematic component. His 2017 album ‘Good Will Come To You’ (released under the moniker Un Blonde) was yellow, the color of the daytime, and Audet’s favorite color. Blue, the color of ‘The Same But By Different Means’, is more dark and suspenseful. Moreover, think of Yves Jarvis as an infinitely more pleasant musical counterpart to Mario Karts Rainbow Road-stage: kaleidoscopic and inviting, yet challenging and treacherous.

Photo: Jamie Wdziekonski

Yves Jarvis


Photo: Laila, Melissa en Dudyen. Class X2E of X11 Media en Vormgeving. Under the supervision of Jose Pasmans, photography teacher.

Le Guess Who? Education For the third time Le Guess Who? has initated an educational project in collaboration with four different local high schools. 131 pupils delved into the program of Le Guess Who? 2019 during their art classes. The pupils formed duos and chose an artist from this year’s line-up, for whom they designed a new visual product based on the artist’s music, background story and visual output. Together with their finalized works, they were portrayed by photographer Juri Hiensch. The portraits, and the ideas behind the works, are displayed in a special exhibition, located at the first floor of TivoliVredenburg, nearby the Ronda stage. Explore their creative products and views on this year’s artists. Participating schools: X11 Media & Vormgeving (Utrecht) Oosterlicht College (Nieuwegein) De Werkplaats (Bilthoven) Corderius College (Amersfoort)

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Cycle or walk through Utrecht suburb Lombok's main street, and you're immediately welcomed by Turkish and Moroccan grocery stores, bakeries, the smell of kebab, and huge piles of colorful fruits sold in the streets. Lombok is lively and bustling. The impressive neon-lit mosque, a traditional Dutch mill and a mysteriously beautiful church mark the skyline. Lombok Festival consists of several outdoor and indoor locations, a food market next to the mosque and a line-up focusing mainly on acts inspired by Eastern & African music curated by festival locations & Le Guess Who?. All hosted by and organized with Lombok residents, local non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs and key figures living and working in this neighborhood.

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Continuous programme 15:00 - 21:00

Food market / Eetmarkt

Central festival area / local chefs and specialities / food stalls and winter fire / taste of the world Centraal festivalhart / lokale chefs en specialiteiten / kramen en winters vuur / proef de wereldkeuken

Exhibition Itreart De Voorkamer X Stichting Mexaena De Voorkamer 11 15:00 - 21:00

Exhibition about a project Munir de Vries did together with a group of Eritrean newcomers

Expositie over een project dat Munir de Vries uitvoerde met een groep Eritrese nieuwkomers

CCC: Casco, Coffee and Communication De Voorkamer 11 15:00 - 21:00

Roaming coffee mobile / conversations on art, multilingualism and matters of (mis)understanding / Merel Zwarts and Babi Badaloy

Koffiemobiel / gesprekken over kunst, meertaligheid en misverstand versus begrip / Merel Zwarts en Babi Badaloy

Social Design & Goodfoodclub Wishing Well West 159 5 15:00 - 19:00

Vegan bites / drinks / mini exposition‘Fashion with designs’(Pawan Karaya) / Vegan Bags (MADE BY 507) Veganistische hapjes / drinken / mini expositie “Fashion with designs”(Pawan Karaya) / Vegan Bags (MADE BY 507)


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North African Djam Ubuntuhuis 10 16:00 - 19:00

Listen to North-African jams / play along / great atmosphere / Maroccan tea Luister naar Noord-Afrikaanse jamsessies / speel mee / sfeervol / Marokkaanse thee

Ulu Mosque Tours / Rondleidingen Ulu Moskee Ulu Moskee 2 16:00 - 20:00

Throughout the evening there will be tours given in the mosque / time schedule at the front door Gedurende de avond worden er rondleidingen gegeven in de Ulu Moskee / tijdschema bij de voordeur

18:00 - 21:00

Silent Disco Perron West 4

All evening! Silent disco in an old train wagon De hele avond! Silent disco in een oude treinwagon

Dialogue + Straffe Koffie De Voorkamer 11 15:00 - 16:00

Dialogue about living together in all aspects in changing Lombok

Dialoog over de verschillende aspecten van het samenleven in het veranderende Lombok

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Bitterzoete Route Start at Kopi Susu 7

Tour along the colonial tracks of Lombok / theme: the nutmeg industry / entrance: one nutmeg nut (1 euro, you can buy them at the entrance) / max 20 people

Rondleiding langs de koloniale sporen van Lombok / thema: de nootmuskaat industrie / entreebewijs: een nootmuskaatnoot (1 euro, te koop bij de ingang) / max 20 personen

15:15 - 16:00

Tweetet Instock Utrecht 13

Two-man jazz band of Lombok / local jazz / baritone saxophone and double bass Tweemans jazz band uit Lombok / lokale jazz / bariton saxofoon en contrabas

15:30 - 16:00

How Was It For You Kopi Susu 7

Funkmix of soul and hip hop / jam session / local band Funkmix van soul en hip hop / jamsessie / lokale band

16:00 - 16:30

Mundus Quartet Molen de Ster 12

Music diverse as the origins of its members / inspired on sufi / blended with Asian, Mediterrenean and Balkan sounds Muziek zo divers als de afkomst van haar leden / geĂŻnspireerd op sufi / gemengd met Aziatisch, Mediterraans en Balkan geluid

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Pala? Guess That Spice - Nutmeg Ceremony The Anthony Hotel 8 Lombok helps Banda with poverty reduction and sustainable development regarding the nutmeg industry / cultural Moluccas ceremony / traditional music / war dance performance by Pika Nendissa / fashion show by Istemewa / buy one fair nutmeg to support Banda

Lombok helpt Banda met armoedebestrijding en duurzame ontwikkeling rondom de nootmuskaat industrie / cultureel Molukse ceremonie / traditionele muziek / krijgsdans performance door Pika Nendissa / modeshow door Istemewa / koop een eerlijke nootmuskaat noot en doneer aan Banda

Dilshad Hasan playing saz De Voorkamer 11 16:15 - 16:30

Transfers emotions and feelings through his music and the saz Vertaalt emoties en gevoelens via zijn muziek en de saz

Storytellers of the Voorkamer: Dema Kadri De Voorkamer 11 16:30 - 16:45

Tells her humorous and fascinating story about her families first experiences in Amsterdam

Vertelt het humoristische en fascinerende verhaal over haar families’ eerste ervaringen in Amsterdam

Taal & Talent Presents Joke van Zijl Wishing Well West 194 6 16:30 - 17:45

This program is a reading session (for children and families) in Dutch

Schrijfster Joke van Zijl leest Storm de Wolf voor / spannend verhaal voor kinderen en families

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Jaipur Junction Kopi Susu 7

Special collaboration / Indian Sarita Rav / Dutch Otto de Jong / musical exchange Samenwerking / Indiase Sarita Rav / Nederlandse Otto de Jong / muzikale uitwisseling

Contemporary Syrian Dance – Spotlight Team International Moskeeplein 1 16:45 - 17:15

Come to the Mosque square / watch a beautiful contemporary Syrian dance / dance group Spotlight Team International

Prachtige hedendaagse Syrische dans / op het Moskeeplein / dansgroep Spotlight Team International

Culture Shock ‘Mash-Up’: Jasper & Anan De Voorkamer 11 17:15 - 18:00

Special collaboration / Syrian violinist Anan al-Kadamani / Dutch pianist Jasper Hutte / fully improvised Samenwerking / Syrische violist Anan al-Kadamani / Nederlandse pianist Jasper Hutte / improvisatie

Turkish Choir / Turks Koor Oase Molen de Ster 12 17:30 - 18:00

Turkish choir from Oase / harmonious atmosphere / filling the mill with beautiful voices / Turkish songs Turks koor van centrum Oase / harmonieuze sfeer / de molen gevuld met prachtige stemmen / Turkse liederen

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DYAR Antoniuskerk 9

Arabic fused with styles from all over the globe / showing how music connects us all / this will make you dance

Arabisch versmolten met stijlen van over de hele wereld / verbeeld hoe muziek verbindt / onmogelijk om stil te zitten!

Poems By Bakr Al-Jaber De Voorkamer 11 18:30 - 19:00

Contemporary Arabic poems / on universality of beauty / war / duality of being / building bridges between home and complexes of Western society

Hedendaagse Arabische gedichten / over universele schoonheid / oorlog / dualiteit van het zijn / bruggen bouwen tussen thuis en complexen van de Westerse samenleving

18:30 - 19:00

Moribayassa Kopi Susu 7

African percussion band / led by Senegalese drummer Ousemane Seye / steamy, energetic atmosphere Afrikaanse percussieband / onder begeleiding van de Senegalese drummer Ousemane Seye / beslagen ramen en dampende energie

18:45 - 19:15

Monir Goran (Solo) Levantine 3

Playing ud / plays from the heart / solo performance / musician from Bagdad / living in The Netherlands Ud-speler / speelt muziek met zijn hart / solo / muzikant uit Bagdad / woont in Nederland

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Victor Sams De Voorkamer 11

Plays West-African ngoni / traditional instrument / great energy / fast rhythms Speelt West-Afrikaanse ngoni / traditioneel instrument / hoog energielevel / snelle ritmes

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Xposed Platform Moskeeplein 1

Performance by an exchange program / dance, music & spoken word / + super short workshop / exchange between artists from Utrecht, Kisumu, Nairobi, Kaapstad, Durban & Mexico City Performance van een uitsiwsselingsprogramma / dans, muziek & spoken word / + korte workshop / uitwisseling tussen kunstenaars uit Utrecht, Kisumu, Nairobi, Kaapstad, Durban & Mexico City

19:15 - 19:45

Nibiru Duo Antoniuskerk 9

Persian music / with contemporary jazz / inspired by Persian poetry / ud and saz Perzische muziek / met hedendaagse jazz / geĂŻnspireerd op Perzische dichters / ud en saz

Wishing Well West presents Inkhorn Controversy Wishing Well West 159 5 19:15 - 19:45

Local band presented by Wishing Well West / partly form Lombok / electric guitars / alternative

Lokale band gepresenteerd door Wishing Well West / deels uit Lombok / elektrische gitaren / alternative

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Eritrean Live Music & Dance Workshop De Voorkamer 11 19:45 - 21:00

Eritrean live music / combined with an Eritrean Dance workshop / make sure youre ready to shake those shoulders

Eritrese live muziek / Eritrese dans workshop / schud de schouders vast los

20:00 - 20:30

Arif Erdem Ocak Levantine 3

Plays traditional Turkish music / solo / acoustic guitar / member of the popular Turkisch rock band Sëksendört Traditionele Turkse muziek / solo / akoestische gitaar / bekend van de populaire Turkse rockband Sëksendört

Najib Cherradi & Sandib Bhattacharya Wishing Well West 194 6 20:00 - 20:30

Well-known Indian classic Sandib / Tabla and Santur / together with Arabo-Andalusian-African music / infinite rhythms / special collaboration

Bekende klassiek Indiaase Sandib / Tabla en Santur / samen met AraboAndalusisch-Afrikaanse muziek / oneindige ritmes / speciale samenwerking

Op Weg Naar Vrijheid A performance by Monir Goran & Baban Kirkuki Ubuntuhuis 10 20:15 - 20:45

Ud-player Monir Goran / Poet Baban Kirkuri / Both Kurdish / both fled / translating their stories through poetry and music / exploring the meaning of living a free country

Ud-speler Monir Goran / dichter Baban Kirkuri / beiden Koerdisch / beiden gevlucht / vertalen hun vluchtverhaal naar een voorstelling / onderzoeken de betekenis van het leven in een vrij land

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WORM’S OPEN CITY REVUE

VLAMPIJPATELIERS 11 the first art studios Cartesius has known opens its doors! It’s the last time to see the old industrial building in its original state.

DE NIJVERHEID a day of wild underground talent, hosted by the most forwardthinking venue of the Netherlands

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LE BAZARRE × LE MINI WHO?

HKU EXPO

DE HAVENLOODS HKU students have directed an exhibition – containing their own works – for Le Mini Who?

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FILMCAFÉ TERRACE vintage market, food, drinks, and more

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DE NIJVERHEID COLLECTIVE PRESENTS ITSELF

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FIX EVERYTHING

DB'S. european post punk, members of tijger salto & those foreign kids, amsterdam

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EXTINCTION REBELLION

HOF VAN CARTESIUS lecture of 45 mins on climate change and what you can do about this, afterwards there’s a training on nonviolent campaigning

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SOON

DB’S SMALL ROOM noise explosions, dazzling cinematic sound scores, inspired by blade runner & sonic youth

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TJALLING

HOSTED BY BAGDADDY DB’S. intense shoegaze & post metal, captivating & confusing trip, eindhoven

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OLIVER OAT

HOSTED BY STUDIO PATRICK OPROER dark experimental pop, expect a schizophrenic show with sermons, serenades and bombast

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DAISY DAISY

BRANDWEERKAZERNE gritty electronics and sweaty punk from utrecht, gary numan on speed, drenched in reverb

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HOSTED BY BAGDADDY DB’S SMALL ROOM sounds of 70’s Kabul transmuted into a sandstorm of amplified traditional instruments and blown-speaker noise

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LUIGINO & THE BIG ASS CHILDREN

FILMCAFÉ laid back hiphop, soul & jazz from multi talent luigino and his band from utrecht

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UINKO EERENSTEIN

HOF VAN CARTESIUS the dutch mark kozelek, cult hero, melancholia and super dry humour, poetry

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EKLIN

HOSTED BY FRONT DB’S rotterdam’s finest collective revival, new band members, minimal repetitive pop

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APONOGETON (LIVE)

HOSTED BY STROOM WAS. music for people who can’t dance, fourth world, ambient & drone, from bruges

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SHAEMLESS

BRANDWEERKAZERNE loud garage and dark blues, jim morrison on steroids, nijmegen noise

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INTERBELLUM

DB’S SMALL ROOM kaleidoscopic melodic noise pop from lebanese singer-songwriter, sounds like a broken music box

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MERU

HOSTED BY FRONT FILMCAFÉ 4 soulful r&b and laidback 90’s hiphop vibes, spanish & english songs, afro-caribbean-latin roots 15:45 – 16:15

EIGEN RISICO

DE HAVENLOODS attend at øwn risk, live painting, super weird and sexxxy, lezz get wasted, internet is førever

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HOSTED BY STROOM WAS. DIY electronica from brussels’ friendly record digger, dark sinuous and waved out dj set

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BAGDADDY VS. THE BLACKOUTS

HOSTED BY BAGDADDY DB’S an arabian mindfuck, avant-garde electronic rock formation birthed by a catgirl

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LA LOYE

HOF VAN CARTESIUS unconditionally loving & intimate indie folk, whispering vocals, everything is going to be alright

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GLOBAL CHARMING

HOSTED BY FRONT WERKSPOOR CAFÉ DE LECKERE new amsterdam project, members of petersburg & torii, sloppy punk rock

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CHINESE OPERA & DANCE HOSTED BY OASE BUURTHUIS OASE super short chinese opera & dance performance by local group, they're rehearsing in cartesius every week, traditional chinese clothing and make-up

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OPROER retro disco funk inspired by porn movie soundtracks, band of brothers, Rotterdam

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HURRICANE JOE

HOSTED BY BAGDADDY DB’S SMALL ROOM narco maniac from rotterdam mixing the tex-mex style country sound with raw punk energy

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FORBIDDEN WIZARDS

BRANDWEERKAZERNE old school punk music, just how it should be, they will burn down the fire station, call 911 (or 112)!

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T. MILAN

HOSTED BY SOULTRASH FILMCAFÉ rapper & beatmaker, brag & boost, member of the amsterdam based hiphop collective soultrash

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DE HAVENLOODS electronic storyteller, field recordings & loops, distorted vocals and layers of beats

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HESSEL VELDMAN (LIVE)

HOSTED BY STROOM WAS. dutch experimental electronica legend, new live set, a.k.a. y create

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BENJI

HOSTED BY FRONT HOF VAN CARTESIUS spoken word experiments and ambient music, two brothers from nijmegen

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PARACETAMØL

DB’S arnhem’s garage punk pride, think oh sees, think ty segall, let’s stop thinking now, let’s go

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DHARMA

HOSTED BY OASE BUURTHUIS OASE join the hindu karaoke, it’s ok if you can’t sing, karaoke is the new form of meditation

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OUR GLASS LAKE

WERKSPOOR CAFÉ DE LECKERE brand new solo project of mikey from naive set, features the otherworldly sound of the glass armonica

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HOSTED BY PINKMAN WAS. pseudo intelligent music for the anti elite of the youth, slow-burning electro & hypno-acid

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BHAJAN BHOY

DB’S SMALL ROOM new solo incarnation of british multi-man and good pal ajay saggar, beautiful, calm and ethereal soundscapes

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MC LOST

HOSTED BY SOULTRASH FILMCAFÉ hiphop collective soultrash rapper flying solo, grime bangers and r&b flows, south-east amsterdam

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RED BRUT

HOSTED BY FRONT DE HAVENLOODS avant-garde tape music, abstract electro-acoustic audio collages, the future of musique concrète

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Dig it! Second-hand (and some new) vinyl: Rarities,

Collector’s Items and (Space) Oddities, from Punk to World Music and from Hip Hop to Metal and Jazz and more.

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Need some fuel before your favorite concert? (Or to ďŹ x yesterday’s hangover?)

Get yourself some Sanju ramen!

Lunchdeal:

Every visitor of the Le Guess Who festival will get a free home made ice tea with their ramen!

www.sanju.nl +31 30 245 10 32 Voorstraat 29 3512AJ Utrecht Netherlands Opening Hours: Thu-Sun: 12:00-22:00

Voorstraat 29 3512AJ Utrecht Sanju.nl Thursday: 12-22 Friday: 12-22 Saturday: 12-22 Sunday 12-22


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Utrecht Treasure Guide

Le Guess Who? loves Utrecht! And based on the comments and remarks in our visitor’s survey every year, you as a visitor seem to love the city just as much as we do. Every year, we’re honored to host Le Guess Who? in such a warm and welcoming scenery. Therefore, this Utrecht Treasure Guide offers a handpicked selection of exciting locations in Utrecht. Over forty Utrechtian entrepreneurs have put together a special LGW menu or offer a special discount for festival visitors. Deeply embedded in the daily life of many Utrechters, these restaurants, bars, book and record stores, design studios, fashion outlets and coffee shops are all worth discovering during your stay in Utrecht. The highlighted treasures in this program guide are just a selection of all recommended offers and locations in the city of Utrecht. To find out more about Utrecht and delve into our extended version of the Utrecht Treasure Guide – including an interactive map – please visit leguesswho.com/about/utrecht-treasure-guide

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30ml Coffee Roasters

Vredenburg 23 Thu & Fri: 08:00-18:00 / Sat: 09:0018:00 / Sun: 11:00-18:00 LGW offer: LGW Sassy Toast (Vegan Toast), LGW Artie Latte (Oatly Hazelnut Latte), LGW Sweet Treat (a selection of muffins, cake and pie), LGW Threesome deal (comb ideal of the three listed items above)

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Want to start your day off with a perfect brew? 30ml Coffee Roasters offers a variety of the most delicious coffees, homemade sandwiches and sweets. Coffee lovers can indulge with three LGW specials: a latte with hazelnut and oathly fibers, toast with pumpkin, pesto and walnuts and a variety of sweats.

Ana’s Kuzin

Voorstraat 62 Thu-Sat: 12:00- 21:00 LGW offer: a LGW menu for 14.00 In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the dishes served at Ana’s Kuzin offer a moment of relaxation and pleasure. At Ana’s Kuzin, everything is homemade and prepared without dyes, flavor enhancers and preservatives. Healthy and tasty food is their trademark.

De Bierverteller

Twijnstraat 47 Thu & Fri: 11:00-19:00 Sat: 10:00-18:00 / Sun: 12:00-18:00 LGW offer: 10% discount De Bierverteller turns beer drinking into a real experience. They have more than 600 different beers, which they offer in their atmospheric boutique. If you ever wandered with a question about beer, then this is the place where they have all the answers. During the festival you can also find our Le Guess Who? beer in their fridge.

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Boekhandel Aleph

Vismarkt 9 Thu: 11:00-19:00 / Fri: 11:00-18:00 Sat: 11:00-17:30 / Sun: 13:00-17:00 LGW offer: 10% discount If you love to get lost in a store full of old books and vinyl, you should definitely visit Aleph. Browse through the enormous bookshelves, bulging with ancient manuscripts, secondhand and antiquarian books, as well as modern classics.

BROEI

Oosterkade 24 Thu-Sun: 09:00-23:00 LGW offer: 15% discount for all festival visitors If you are looking for an eatery where veggies play a leading role, BROEI is a must-visit. BROEI works together with local and small-scale farmers to serve you inspiring dishes, part of which are vegan. You can come to BROEI together or alone, to relax or work, for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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Centraal Museum: Centraal Laat

Agnietenstraat 1 Thu: 17:00-23:00 LGW offer: free entrance with a passe-partout or Thursday pass On Thursday 7 November, Centraal Museum and Le Mini Who? present a special edition of Centraal Laat. This evening, there will be (pop-up) performances of Dutch acts in the exhibition space. The theme of the exhibition is urban development.

Dig it! Recordstore

Loeff Berchmakerstraat 9 Thu: 12:00-20:00 / Fri-Sat: 12:00-19:00 / Sun: 12:00-17:00 LGW offer: 10% discount At Dig It!, you’ll find a wide array of second-hand (and some new) vinyl: pop, rock, metal, punk, jazz, world music, soul, disco, hip hop and so on. Whether you’re a starting or seasoned collector, on a small budget or deeppocketed: Dig it! has got great stuff for every music lover.


Héron Petit

The Domestic Botanist

Héron Petit

The Domestic Botanist is a shop and studio. The shop offers clothes and accessories by independent designers, and their collection is curated and selected with a focus on fair trade production and sustainable materials.

See, believe and taste the countless foods and ingredients that are grown in the local neighborhood at Héron Petit. They believe in pure en honest food and that's why all products are produced by farmers and growers that respect people, animals and the environment.

Jansveld 49 Thu & Fri: 11:00-18:00 Sat: 11:00-17:00 LGW offer: 10% discount

EKKO Eetcafé

Schalkwijkstraat 26 Thu-Sat: from 17:30 LGW offer: a two course menu & glass of wine for €29, -

Bemuurde Weerd Westzijde 3 Fri & Sat: 18:00-20:00 Sun: 13:00-16:00 LGW offer: dinner & hangover lunch for LGW visitors only Feeling hungry? EKKO serves a delicious dinner especially and only for Le Guess Who? visitors. They will serve a vegan beyond burger or you can try other vegetarian or meat options. On Sunday, they will get you through your final festival day with a hangover lunch: dutch pride “kroketten” and fries (vegan/veggie/meat).

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JEU de boules bar

Paardenveld 3 Thu: 16:00-23:00 / Fri: 16:00-01:00 / Sat: 13:00-01:00 Sun: 13:00-22:00 LGW offer: a section of the bar will be reserved for LGW visitors to freely play a game of boules Craving for a game of boules? JEU is the first bar in Utrecht fully dedicated to this game. With a beer, some bites and beats on the side, JEU is set to reinvent this ancient ball game.

Karibu

Oudenoord 330 Thu & Fri: 09:0017:00 / Sat & Sun: 9:30-17:00 LGW offer: LGW hangover brekkie JEU de boules bar Klein Berlijn

Karibu means welcome in Swahili, which is a perfect representation of how this place offers you a moment of peace and relaxation within a busy, fast-paced way of life. Inhale the smell of freshly brewed coffee and homemade soul food and let go of all your worries.

Klein Berlijn

Helling 22 Fri & Sat: 12:00-01:00 / Thu & Sun: 12:00-00:00 LGW offer: coffee, tea or soda for â‚Ź1,Imagine yourself in the middle of Berlin, but in the center of Utrecht. Klein Berlijn is a cultural eatery in the old industrial area of Rotsoord, near De Helling. You can enjoy various German beers, a nice glass of wine and in the weekend you can dance to live music.

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Koffie & Ik

LGW dinner offer: a free extra course by the order of every menu Hospitality is a matter of course for the entire team of De Klub. They share a sense of taste and style, which is not only expressed in the pure ingredients they use and their wine menu, but also in the interior of the restaurant. Every week, they offer a new menu based on the classical European cuisine, with Asian and Scandinavian influences.

Koffie & Ik is basically the living room of the neighborhood in Lombok. It is a roomy light-filled coffee place, where you can relax while having a delightful breakfast or lunch. Grab a pillow in the window sill and enjoy your coffee, orange juice of tea.

Europalaan 2B Thu-Sun: 12:00-00:00 LGW lunch offer: a delicious soup and salad together for â‚Ź10,-

Vleutenseweg 169 Thu & Fri: 08:00-20:00 Sat & Sun: 08:00-17:00 LGW offer: Koffie & Ik fills a grab bag from which LGW visitors can grab a gift after they have paid

Lucas

Wittevrouwenstraat 23 Thu & Fri: 08:00-17:30 / Sat: 09:30-17:30 / Sun: 10:00-17:00 LGW offer: 20% discount on the all day breakfast

Photo credit: Wubbo Siegers

Give yourself a great start of the day in the friendly environment of CafĂŠ-atelier Lucas. You can enjoy exceptional teas, coffees and their homemade breakfast, lunch or amazing cakes.

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Het Muzieklokaal

Lucy Lou

Lucy Lou

Het Muzieklokaal

If you are craving for South American street food and good cocktails, Lucy Lou is the place to go. The menu includes authentic Mexican tacos and more than fifty types of tequila and mezcal. Every Friday and Saturday night, they present 'mescalation', where local DJs play groovy and Latin American beats.

Het Muzieklokaal is all about classical music. It is the perfect hangout for having lunch, dinner or just a drink while listening to some Bach, Chopin or Brahms. Every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon, Het Muzieklokaal presents free live concerts.

Vredenburg 30 Thu & Sun: 07:00-00:00 Fri & Sat 17:00-02:00 LGW offer: nachos, cerveza and tequila for â‚Ź10,-

Bemuurde Weerd OZ 13 Thu-Sat: 11:00-00:00 Sun: 11:00-22:00 LGW offer: special LGW menu for â‚Ź14,50

Plato

Voorstraat 35 Thu-Sat: 10:00-18:00 / Sun: 12:00-17:00 LGW offer: 10% discount on new vinyl and cd's Every morning the newest records arrive at Plato. Enthusiasts will be delighted by the display of the collection of vinyl and CDs, because there is really something to be found here. Music freaks can indulge themselves in containers full of fifties, sixties, country, folk, blues and world music vinyl.

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Puha Shop

Voorstraat 48 Thu-Sat: 11:00-18:00 Sun: 13:00-17:00 LGW offer: 10% discount on the full collection Puha Shop offers clothes and accessories for both men and women made by over sixty different young designers. Apart from clothes and accessories, Puha also offers books, bags and jewelry. The collections of these talented designers are created in The Netherlands or neighbouring countries.

Punk Pizza

Laan van Nieuw-Guinea 141 Thu: 17:13-20:31 / Fri: 17:13-21:01 Sat & Sun: 17:13-20:31 LGW offer: two special LGW pizzas called the 'Iris van Herpen' and the 'Wiekes'. When ordering one of these pizzas, you will receive an original Punk Pizza button. The wood-fired pizzeria Punk Pizza is situated in a formerly completely destroyed snack bar and was established with a pure do-it-yourself mentality that can be recognized through the interior as well as the menu. Their bold and quirky food focuses on vegan, vegetarian and organic food habits.

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Revenge

Revenge

Voorstraat 6 Thu & Fri: 11:00-18:00 / Sat: 11:00-17:30 / Sun: 13:00-17:30 LGW offer: mention the discount code ‘ITSME!’ to receive a 20% discount in the shop at the Voorstraat or in the webshop Looking for a fresh mix of clothes, shoes and accessories? Revenge is known as the very first concept store of Utrecht. Here you can find fashion from forwardlooking and mostly sustainable brands. At the back of the store you can find the Revenge hair salon to complete your look.

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Sanju Ramen

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Sanju Ramen

Saowapa

Settle down under the coloured lanterns of Sanju and be greeted by funky tunes, the smell of fresh ramen and a friendly smile. The ramen tastes good, looks goods and makes you feel good. What else could you wish for?

Saowapa is the name of a small eatery where you can find some original fresh Thai cooking. Just across the street from EKKO, around ten different dishes are prepared every day. You can choose between vegan, vegetarian and halal dishes.

Voorstraat 29 Thu: 17:00-22:00 Fri-Sun: 12:00-22:00 LGW offer: a free home made ice tea when you order ramen

Bemuurde Weerd Oostzijde 45 Thu-Sun: 16.00-21.00 LGW offer: special LGW dish Kung Pad Pung Karee

Café Tilt!

Lange Jufferstraat 62 Thu: 11:00-2:00 / Fri & Sat: 11:00-3:00 / Sun: 11:00-2:00 LGW offer: Tilt! Burger (beef or veggie) and a homebrew beer for €15,Just a stone’s throw away from Stadsschouwburg lies Café Tilt!. This is the bar for your daily dose of liquor, tasty food, good music and board games. For many years, they hosted numerous performances for Le Mini Who? and now they offer a special menu for our festival visitors.

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De Utrechtse Boekenbar

Westerkade 2 Thu-Sat: 10:00-18:00 Sun: 12:00-17:00 LGW offer: a selection of special books, recommended by De Utrechtse Boekenbar and LGW De Utrechtse Boekenbar is a small independent bookstore specialized in novels and art & cookery books. In addition, this bookstore is also cultural hotspot with a cozy coffee bar where collaborative events with publishers, writers and local artists take place.

Yum Saap

Twijnstraat 40 Thu-Sun: 17:00-22:00 LGW offer: a special vegan LGW menu for â‚Ź16.50 Asian street food restaurant Yum Saap serves dishes that are perfect for sharing and combining. At Yum Saap, they believe in the importance of sustainability. Thus, they offer a vegan LGW menu, which consists of fresh spring rolls, kai lan, a stew of jackfruit in panang curry and a yellow curry, altogether for only â‚Ź16.50.

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Independent record store Amsterdam

Loads of indie, techno, house, electro, d&b, dubstep and reggae in stock. Come and find music from LeGuessWho acts! Westerstraat 244 1015 MT Amsterdam

Scan the code to browse our massive Discogs catalog!

Tel: +31-(0)6-53510662 shop@distortion.nl www.distortion.nl

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UNDER THE SKIN (FILM) LIVE FILMMUZIEK DOOR STARGAZE 10 DECEMBER CATHARINAKERK

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CLAUS & CLAUSEN (EFTERKLANG) 18 JANUARI MUZIEKGEBOUW

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Neoklassiek in een nieuw jasje. Felt is zacht, dromerig, versmelten en verstillen. Verdiepen en vertragen. Felt is voelbaar en dichtbij. Met toffe artiesten uit binnen- en buitenland waarvan wij denken dat je ze absoluut niet mag missen. Soms in het Muziekgebouw, soms in de buitenlucht, het Van Abbemuseum of in de Catharinakerk.


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Behind the scenes at Le Guess Who? Funders

Media Partners

Creative Partners TIVOLI VREDEN BURG

BAK – basis voor actuele kunst, Casco Art Institute: Working For The Commons, The Creative Independent, Distorted Channel, Herman Brood Academy, HKU, IMPAKT, Kapitaal, Kickstarter, Nimeto, No Seat At The Table, Het Productiekantoor, RAUM, SPRING, Springhaver & Louis Hartlooper Complex, Universiteit Utrecht, Urban Futures Studio, Utrechtse Boekenbar, Voorkamer, WORM

Social Partners

Corderius College, Oosterlicht College, Parkschool, De Werkplaats Kindergemeenschap, X11 media & vormgeving

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