Le Guess Who? Festival has announced 87 acts for its November 2019 edition, including first names for curated programs and featuring rare public performances by Asha Puthli, Ustad Saami, and Ayalew Mesfin & Debo Band.

The curators announced recently are:

  • the pioneering voice of Mali, Fatoumata Diawara;
  • award-winning Dutch fashion radical Iris van Herpen & sound artist Salvador Breed;
  • Norwegian multi-disciplinary artist Jenny Hval;
  • shape-shifting electronic producer The Bug;
  • New York avant-garde composer Patrick Higgins;
  • and psychedelic/kraut mystics Moon Duo.

Each of the curators of Le Guess Who? 2019 will present their own program, featuring a range of inspirations and  like-minded artists, including both established performers and new, up and coming acts.

The curated artists announced so far are as follows:

Psychedelic/kraut mystics Moon Duo invite a.o. Nivhek, the new project of Grouper’s Liz Harris; Swedish prog/psych/counterculture trailblazers Träd, Gräs och Stenar (Träden); the dreamlike, cinematic nocturnes of sound artist Michele Mercure; and cosmic jazz travelers Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids.

Shape-shifting electronic producer The Bug brings us King Midas Sound’s gloom-ridden dub, spoken word and ambient; juggernaut industrial/metal outfit Godflesh; the world premiere of a collaboration between Kevin Richard Martin and Japanese artist Hatis Noit; Jah Shaka, an essential figure within the British dancehall and dub scenes of the 70s; and the transformative experience of ZONAL featuring Moor Mother.

Norwegian multi-disciplinary artist Jenny Hval hosts Lolina, the project of Alina Astrova (Inga Copeland, Hype Williams); Sarah Davachi performing live with church organ and electronics; French sound sculptor Félicia Atkinson; and Oslo-based collective DNA? AND?, where children with special needs play improvised music with professional musicians, creating some of the most original, carefree and unfiltered music ever produced. Jenny Hval herself will present the new performance ‘The Practice of Love’ together with a multi-national ensemble including experimental musicians, vocalists, dancers and video artists.

New York avant-garde composer Patrick Higgins curates composer and electronic innovator Tyondai Braxton (formerly of Battles); pianist Conrad Tao, hailed by New York Magazine as “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music”; Miranda Cuckson, with her dexterous mastery of the violin and the viola; and piano virtuoso Vicky Chow, who has reinvigorated pieces by Steve Reich, John Cage, and Bryce Dessner.

The curated programs of Fatoumata Diawara and Iris van Herpen & Salvador Breed will be announced at a later date.

Outside of the curated performances, Le Guess Who? has scheduled three special performances. The first is Pakistan’s 75-year-old Ustad Saami – the last living khayál master, a precursor of the ancient, Islamic devotional music of qawwali. Asha Puthli will perform her merging of traditional Indian influences with Western pop, and Ayalew Mesfin is a quintessential Ethio-groove performer who with the Debo Band will perform his first ever European performance, who previously was been jailed for his music in Ethiopia’s political turmoil during the 1970s.

Le Guess Who? also announces the first performing artists within the general line-up of the festival, including Atlanta art-punks Deerhunter, 70s punk The Raincoats, fabled Japanese collective Acid Mothers Temple, and Chicago drummer virtuoso Makaya McCraven.

Day tickets for Le Guess Who? are on sale now. Tickets for the Thursday program are €43; tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are €48. 4-Day Festival Passes are available for €148. All prices include service costs.

Le Guess Who? cooperates with The Dutch Council for Refugees for the ‘Grant an Entry’ initiative, which gives visitors the option to buy an additional day ticket for a refugee residing in The Netherlands who would like to visit Le Guess Who? but does not have the financial means to do so.

More info can be found at www.leguesswho.com.

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