Le Guess Who? Festival 2016
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Announcing the Le Guess Who? 2016 film program, curated by Wilco, Savages, Julia Holter & SUUNS: Screenings take place at Louis Hartlooper Complex on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, and are accessible with a festival wristband.
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Spend the night on board of the Le Guess Who? Hotel Ship. Looking for a place to stay during the festival? There are still cabins available on our very own Hotel Ship, located near the city center. You can book a 2-person cabin for €55 per person per night, with breakfast included. Cabins include air conditioning, TV, private shower and toilet, and are available to book for separate nights as well. For more info, see the Slaapschepen website:
I Speak Machine: haunting horror & sci-fi soundtracks, curated by Savages for Le Guess Who? 2016 Noisenik-outfit I Speak Machine is comprised of singer/synth pundit Tara Busch and filmmaker Maf Lewis. Together, they produce soundtracks for brooding horror and sci-fi movies, paying equal mind to aural and sonic elements. The band’s MO is inspired by legendary spaghetti-western tandem Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone, the shining example of how music and visuals can take shape and interact in synchronicity. Their short films include the UK filmed sci-fi thriller "The Silence," ghost horror short "Gagglebox," and their newest creation, "Zombies 1985” – a blood-drenched period zombie piece shot in Los Angeles. At Le Guess Who?, the band will perform their live soundtracks with visuals as part of the program curated by Savages, on Friday, 11 November, together with Tim Hecker, Beak>, Bo Ningen, Jessy Lanza, We Are Wrangler, Hannah Peel & many more. Watch the Zombies 1985 Live Score Trailer:
Circus hasn't exactly been an age old tradition in Ethiopia, yet the Circus Debre Berhan have made a lasting impact on local communities, correlating typically Ethiopian elements in music, culture and fashion with education on HIV prevention and women's rights. These magnificent circus shows are often held in public areas such as markets and squares to maximize their reach. Circus Debre Berhan works with over a hundred acrobats, mostly comprised of children. Remarkably enough, these young participants perform without any protective measures: mutual cooperation, trust, solidarity and persistence are fundamental to these performances. Some of the acrobats even have physical disabilities or impairments, yet can still do the most gravity-defying tricks and aerobatics you've ever seen. For Le Guess Who? 2016, Circus Debre Berhan was invited by The Ex to perform as part of ‘The Ex Festival’ on Sunday, 13 November: a three-and-a-half hour improv session with an eclectic cast of collaborators. Video: Circus Debre Berhan in Ethiopia: Read an interview with Terrie Ex in our Treasure Guide, on the Ethiopian performers the band have invited (page 17):
Explore the programs curated by Wilco, Savages, Julia Holter & SUUNS for Le Guess Who? 2016 with these four playlists: Curated by Wilco: bit.ly/LGW16-Wilco Curated by Savages: bit.ly/LGW16-Savages Curated by Julia Holter: bit.ly/LGW16-JuliaHolter Curated by Suuns: bit.ly/LGW16-Suuns More info & full line-up: leguesswho.com
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10 Years of Le Guess Who?: A Photo Exhibition by Juri Hiensch in the city center of Utrecht Photographer Juri Hiensch has been documenting Le Guess Who? for nine years. With shots of events on stage as well behind the scenes, Juri has managed to vividly capture many memorable moments in the history of the festival. Leading up to our 10th Anniversary Edition, a photo exhibition now emerges in the city center of Utrecht with a selection of Juri’s favorite works. Displaying the history of the festival, as well as the evolution of Juri’s photographic work, the exhibition can be found at prominent locations and festival venues around the city, such as Neude Square, Ledig Erf, TivoliVredenburg, Nijntje Pleintje, De Helling, Domplein, Leeuwenberg, Janskerk, Hoog Catharijne and Schouwburgplein. Start exploring throughout Utrecht & experience the Le Guess Who?-atmosphere before we kick off our 10th edition, 10-13 November. More on Juri’s work at jurihiensch.nl.
Why you should know vocal innovator Patty Waters, and witness her live at Le Guess Who? 2016, according to The Dwarfs of East Agouza أقزام شرق العجوزة's Sam Shalabi: "It's interesting that the voice innovators within jazz during the 60s and early 70s were all women - for me, the most captivating were Linda Sharrock, Jeanne Lee, Annette Peacock and Patty Waters. In a way, Waters is like a continuation of Betty Carter or Dinah Washington; her approach is a unique extension of a more 'smooth' jazz vocal style that during the 60s she shaped into a psychedelic vocal music completely her own (as heard on her two seminal ESP albums). There’s a languid lilt to everything she sings - even - as on her most famous performance, "Black Is The Color", she mines a depth of pain, ecstasy and despondency through her own extended, invented vocal techniques. There's a deep spirituality in her voice and music - and a sense of control / losing control that also brings out a carnality and seduction. Much of the vocal music I write has her voice with its steely silk otherworldliness in there - as a kind of mental scratch track. So many singers would not be doing what they are today without her music (and most don’t even know it) and it's high time she was included in the 'canon' of jazz music and music in general. It's time for everyone to discover Patty Waters." Patty Waters will give a very rare performance as part of our 10th Anniversary Edition on Sunday, 13 November. Hear her sing 'Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair': The Dwarfs of East Agouza perform on Saturday, 12 November.
The intergalactic jazz odyssey of Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids In the early 70s, spiritual free-jazz pilgrims Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids sprung from the tutelage of the great Cecil Taylor. Drawing from the vast musical riches of Fela Kuti and Sun Ra, the band spearheads their futuristic jazz music with a powerful message: “We are all brothers and sisters. We are all one family, the human family and we need one another in order to survive on this planet that we all share.” In 2007, three decades after disbanding the Pyramids, Ackamoor and his brethren picked up right where they left off without missing a single beat. Earlier this year, new album ‘We Be All Africans’ was released: a sparkling set of Afro- jazz-funk fusions, from the infectious chants of the title track to the reflective “Epiphany” and the yearning, mournful “Silent Days”. Stream the album in full: Watch a 1975 TV special on Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids: The band will play Le Guess Who? 2016 on Friday, 11 November at RASA-Utrecht: leguesswho.com
Live at Le Guess Who? 2016 – our 10th Anniversary Edition
Live at Le Guess Who? 2016 – our 10th Anniversary Edition. From 10-13 November, we’re taking over the city of Utrecht in celebration of sound. Here’s what we have in store for you. www.leguesswho.com
We’re revealing the time schedules + new line-up additions for Le Guess Who? 2016: leguesswho.com Newly added to the line-up are: King Creosote, Ulrika Spacek, Aristophanes貍貓, TAU, BARST, and King Champion Sounds, who will host their own night at Moira and have invited Seamus Cater, Ab Baars, and Mrs. Pilgrimm along. Arbor Labor Union, Beach Slang and Wiegedood unfortunately had to cancel their performances. Looking for a place to stay during the festival? Spend the night on board of our very own Hotel Ship: bit.ly/LGW16-accommodation
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