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Third wave of artists and projects added to the Rewire 2022 lineup

24 Feb 2022

With the 11th edition of Rewire moving closer, 26 new artists and projects, including an extensive programme of (sound-)artworks, have now been added to the lineup. The 2022 festival will be taking place in The Hague from 8 to 10 April, preceded by a free admittance prelude event in collaboration with Royal Conservatoire on 7 April.

As The Dutch government has lifted almost all of its COVID-19 measures, Rewire is excited by the prospect — for the first time in three years — of presenting an edition with an authentic city festival dynamic. We’re happy to invite our audience again to roam between various venues in The Hague, to experience concerts and performances also amidst standing crowds. 

Included in this third wave of new artists and projects added to the festival lineup are The Bug featuring Dis Fig, Flowdan, and Manga Saint Hilare, Eartheater featuring LEYA, Jerusalem In My Heart, Anna Meredith, Alabaster DePlume, Nkisi, Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer, Debit, Oceanic & Ensemble Klang, Dis Fig, and Lisa and the F.I.X.. Mathijs Leeuwis will perform an adapted reduced sensory stimulus duo-concert next to his previously announced band show.

Rewire and iii present Proximity Music: Sensing After Thought, a playful and interdisciplinary exhibition in and around the new cultural venue Amare, consisting of eleven performances and (sound-)artworks that temporarily inhabit and activate the multi-layered foyers and the surrounding streets. Featuring works by Angelo Custódio (presented in collaboration with Das Leben am Haverkamp), Arvid & Marie, Davide Tidoni, Gemma Luz Bosch & Jurriaan de Vos, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork, Jesus Canuto Iglesias, Kaffe Matthews, Kexin Hao, Mihalis Shammas, Mint Park & Quiet Ensemble, Soyun Park & Wellsgoodness.

The iconic Spuiplein hosts Sounding the Spui, a project by the Institute of Sonology that compresses the geography of The Hague into an acoustic experience for all passersby to experience in the centre of the city. The 9th of April will see the presentation of uniquely crafted, electronic prototype instruments, built by twelve selected artists in the context of Tactology Lab, a programme run by Sounds Like Touch for artists and creators who want to experiment with new physical ways of interaction with electronics on stage.

On the eve of this year’s festival, the Royal Conservatoire presents a special prelude concert with free admittance on the 7th of April in the Ensemble Hall of the Royal Conservatoire in Amare. The programme is centred around piano music of the renowned, late Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.

Today’s announcement adds to an already extensive lists of confirmed artists such as Meredith Monk, Ryoji Ikeda & Les Percussions de Strasbourg, Caterina Barbieri, Evian Christ, Grouper, Tirzah, Jenny Hval, Circuit de Yeux, The Caretaker & Weirdcore, JJJJJerome Ellis, Bang on a Can All-Stars & Ensemble Klang. Check the rest of the lineup here.

In the coming weeks, we will be adding an expansive discourse programme – featuring artist talks, workshops and film screenings – as well as revealing the Rewire 2022 timetable. 3-Day Festival Passes and Day Tickets can be purchased at Tickets.

Third artist and project announcement in depth

Revered for his cavernous and weighty electronic music, Kevin Martin (aka The Bug) has been an integral part of contemporary club music since the early ‘90s. The Bug will be joined live by Dis Fig to perform music from In Blue, their collaborative album released on Hyperdub. Dig Fig is a risk-taking vocalist and producer who explores her own vulnerability via a pallet of noise, power electronics and orchestral compositions. The Bug will also perform his most recent LP Fire, together with heavy-hitting grime MCs Flowdan and Manga Saint Hilare. In addition, Dis Fig performs a solo live set at the festival.

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and vocalist Eartheater is known for her boundary-pushing music, a distillation of experimental digital production, a three-octave vocal range, and classical compositions. In a special one-off performance, the trailblazing musician will be joined by harpist Marilu Donovan and violinist Adam Markiewicz of ambient duo LEYA and local musicians to perform works from her most recent album Phoenix: Flames Are Dew Upon My Skin in the beautiful Grote Kerk.

Alabaster DePlume will be joined by his band for a live set that includes material from his upcoming album GOLD, to be released early April on renowned Chicago label International Anthem. The British artist, poet and multi-instrumentalist crafts experimental and gentle pop music, inspired by jazz, punk, indie and Asian music, combined with spoken word. He has been praised as one of the most vital and adventurous artists to emerge from the UK in recent years. Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer perform the lush and shimmering ambience of their collaborative album Recordings from the Åland Islands, the results of a stay on the Åland Islands (an archipelago that is host to around 6,500 islands) in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland.

Channelling the political, economic and social unrest in contemporary Lebanon, Jerusalem In My Heart stages a site-specific performance of their urgent work, including their latest album Qalaq, that incorporates analogue visuals projected by 16mm film projectors. Prolific musician, producer and performer Nkisi (presented in collaboration with Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond) boasts a new A/V performance that explores the gestural world of the Zangbeto. Debit will perform a live rendition of her latest album The Long Count on which the New York-based musician routes archival recordings of pre-hispanic, Mexican woodwind instruments through contemporary production techniques, including machine learning.

The virtuosic composer, producer and performer Anna Meredith performs material from her latest album Fibs with her band, alongside other work from her rich and varied oeuvre. ‘A Sonically Open City’ is a special collaboration between Oceanic and Ensemble Klang, in which the distinctive and prolific Dutch artists sample sonic cues from the city of The Hague and incorporate it in a 50-minute piece that spans multiple genres, embraces various forms of music-making and contains a multitude of influences. The eccentric Netherlands-based, British pop star Lisa and the F.I.X., (a moniker of the hyper-productive composer Luke Deane) translates her latest pop oddity Footsteps on the Wall to a live setting with full band.

Besides an extensive and varied music programme, the 11th edition of Rewire will also include a series of interdisciplinary performances and installations in and around the festival locations. Proximity Music: Sensing After Thought is an interdisciplinary exhibition which invites visitors to experience focus and distraction, to act and to contemplate. The cultural centre of Amare and its surroundings will be inhabited by an exhibition activating and animating the recently opened venue. From a sonic bicycle-bed by Kaffe Matthews, to Gemma Luz Bosch’ & Jurriaan de Vos’ monumental mechanical sound sculpture, or a pimped-up massage chair by Arvid & Marie that offers mechanical intimacy, this exhibition generates accidental events and experiences that function both as discontinuities or disturbances as well as channels to create new connections.

Lineup announced so far:

---__--___ (More Eaze & Seth Graham) *World premiere
Alabaster DePlume
Angelo Custódio *World premiere
Anna Meredith
Anna von Hausswolff 'All Thoughts Fly'
Arvid & Marie
aya live AV ft. Sweatmother
Bang on a Can All-Stars & Ensemble Klang ‘Forgiveness & Forgetting’ *World premiere 
bela *European premiere 
Bitchin Bajas  
Caterina Barbieri  
Circuit des Yeux
claire rousay + ensemble *World premiere
Coby Sey
Dali Muru & The Polyphonic Swarm *World premiere
Dasom Baek
Davide Tidoni
Debit *World premiere
Dewa Alit & Gamelan Salukat *European premiere
Dis Fig
Eartheater featuring LEYA
Evian Christ *European premiere
Flock *World premiere
Gagi Petrovic 'Vox Populi & Choosing Freedom' *World premiere
Gemma Luz Bosch & Jurriaan de Vos
Helm & Nate Boyce *World premiere
Holly Childs & Gediminas Žygus
Jacqueline Kiyomi Gork
jaimie branch 'Fly or Die'
Jameszoo’s Blind Group *World premiere
Jana Rush
Jenny Hval
Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer *European premiere
JJJJJerome Ellis *European premiere 
Jerusalem In My Heart
Jesus Canuto Iglesias *World premiere
Joachim Badenhorst & Roman Hiele *World premiere
Lamin Fofana ‘Shafts of Sunlight’*World premiere
Kaffe Matthews *World premiere
Kexin Hao *World premiere
Lisa and the F.I.X.
Mabe Fratti 
Marina Herlop
Mathijs Leeuwis
Mathijs Leeuwis reduced sensory stimulus duo-concert
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble ‘Cellular Songs: Concert Version’
Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and Bang on a Can All-Stars ‘MEMORY GAME’  
Mihalis Shammas
Mint Park & Quiet Ensemble *World premiere
Mira Calix ‘origins - movement is freedom’  
MSYLMA & Ismael  
M Lamar ‘Machines and Other Intergalactic Technologies of The Spirit’ *World premiere 
Myxomy *World premiere
Naaljos Ljom  
Nkisi ‘Invisible Gestures, First Encounter: Zangbeto’
Oceanic & Ensemble Klang ‘A Sonically Open City’
Pavel Milyakov & Yana Pavlova *World premiere
Rewire 2022 prelude: A night of piano music by Louis Andriessen
Ryoji Ikeda & Les Percussions de Strasbourg ‘100 Cymbals’
Silvia Tarozzi
SKY H1 & Mika Oki
Slikback x Weirdcore ‘VOID’ *World premiere 
Sofie Birch & Johan Carøe
Sounding The Spui *World premiere 
Soyun Park & Wellsgoodness *World premiere
Stine Janvin & Ula Sickle 'Echoic Choir'
Tactology Lab
Tarta Relena
The Bug featuring Dis Fig, Flowdan, and Manga Saint Hilare
The Caretaker & Weirdcore  
Ziúr with Kiani del Valle & Sander Houtkruijer *NL premiere