Welcome back to Rewire 2021! Thanks to everyone who made the opening night so special. We've got an action-packed day ahead today, with so many must-see performances coming up. We've created a list of our own festival tips for the day and night, but by all means explore as much as you can! Please note: We are now able to allow late entry to performances! We also have some important information for Non-EU visitors, please read carefully below.
In order to access the festival, non-EU residents have to present a negative test result issued via Testing for Entry (Testen voor Toegang). You need a dutch number to be able to receive your result, if you don't have one, please ask a friend or purchase a dutch sim-card from a local supermarket. You are required to present your negative test result using the CoronaCheck app at the Rewire Ticket Office at PAARD. Please check the FAQ for the most up to date information: https://www.rewirefestival.nl/info2021
Galya Bisengalieva (Koninklijke Schouwburg, 14.00 - REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
Galya Bisengalieva is an award-winning Kazakh/British violinist and composer who uses her intimate bond with her instrument as wellspring to create highly moving, impressionistic compositions. Her latest album ‘Aralkum’ highlights the Aral Sea, a closed endorheic lake on the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan borderlands that tragically evaporated in the 2010s. Charting the gradual destruction of the Aral sea in Central Asia, one of the world’s worst environmental disasters, her gorgeous but often unsettling compositions are brought to life with panoramic strings, contemplative drones and electronics. After her stunning recorded performance for the online edition in May, she’ll join us in The Hague with a full ensemble and visuals.
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Félicia Atkinson & Ben Rivers (Koninklijke Schouwburg, 15.30 - REGISTRATION REQUIRED)
French sound artist and composer Félicia Atkinson and British filmmaker Ben Rivers will present a unique audiovisual performance, following their work at the online edition in May. Atkinson will perform her score to Rivers’ film live alongside the visuals. Atkinson is the latest in a long line of artists to tackle deep listening practices. Her music explores the tension and tranquility between whisper-quiet sounds and searing noise, as she overlays her own words, field recordings, acoustic instruments and subtle electronics. A celebrated artist who has exhibited his work globally, Rivers has a special knack for storytelling within even the most simplistic moving images, without having to rely on the use of verbal context.
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Ashley Paul (Paard II, 17.30)
Ashley Paul’s music is inherently intimate, adrift within a strange intermediate zone between scenery and song. Noise and textures become sentient characters within the music itself – even the playing of an instrument feels strangely confessional, and not just a functional act. In Paul’s hands, saxophone, voice, percussion, guitar and woodwinds are potent storytelling devices that manifest akin to reading a detailed novel where every gesture, thought and occurrence is captured in concise detail. When present in the room at one of Paul’s shows, time and space get warped and stretched out beyond our sensory perception. For the Rewire 2021 offline edition she’ll be performing her latest album ‘RAY’ with her new trio featuring Yoni Silver and Otto Willberg.
Loraine James (Paard I, 18.30)
Electronic producer Loraine James is part of a trail-blazing generation of London-based women, trans and non-binary artists who are playfully breaking down dance music’s codified structures. James’ lauded Hyperdub-released breakthrough ‘For You And I’ ejects an expressive bricolage of breakbeat, UK garage, drill, ambient and IDM, often using slam dunk pop hooks to summon a whimsical, joyous energy. This year’s follow-up ‘Reflection’ bends her artistry towards a more streamlined, minimal approach, without sacrificing the accessibility and emotional immediacy inherent in her work.
Bbymutha (Paard I, 20.00)
Tennessee-based rapper bbymutha is one of hip hop’s most audacious new talents. Rhapsodized for her myth-busting lyrics on sexuality, motherhood, and identity, she emerged within the underground with a series of self-released singles. Known for collaborating with and championing fellow female rappers, bbymutha is as much a role model for young MCs as an empowering voice for women. On her long-awaited, acclaimed debut LP ‘Muthaland’, bbymutha juxtaposes sexual liaisons coyly with past trauma within her tough-as-nails no-bullshit-taking lyrical prowess.
Duma (Paard II, 22.00)
Duma from Kenya have power-drilled themselves into uncharted musical territory with their ferocious, shell-shocking alchemy of noise, black metal, grindcore, power electronics and industrial. Behold the haunting ghost-in-the-machine screeches and growls, polyrhythmic beats and percussion firing with machine-gun efficiency as bursts of feverish, radioactive static splits the neurons to smithereens. All these discordant elements contribute to the duo’s constantly shifting, spooky sound. Duma never let the listener settle into contentment: their music is always on the prowl, on the cusp of another hazardous transition or rude awakening.
Sarah Davachi (Lutherse Kerk, 23.15)
Sarah Davachi’s music often runs adrift in wide open spaces, be it the sprawling urban landscape of Los Angeles, the mountainous region of British Columbia or the endless echo chambers of a majestic cathedral. For years, the Canadian composer has been navigating between classical and ambient, combining proven methods with musical experimentation. Due to be released in September, her forthcoming album Antiphonals was borne of a desire to merge her studio practice with the tonal characteristics and sound-on-sound tape delay processes that have informed her approach to live performance for many years. The album is a collection of studies that began as a way of giving reverence to repetition and modality within a harmonic space. She’ll present a performance specially conceived for the Lutherse Kerk organ in The Hague in September. This is presented in collaboration with Gaudeamus.