The first full day of the Rewire 2022 programme gets up and running today! With an expansive programme of performances, talks, installations and screenings, we’ve narrowed things down for you with our festival tips for the day ahead!
Today is also the kick-off of Proximity Music: Sensing After Thought, an adventurous and varied exhibition that invites visitors to experience focus and distraction, to act and to contemplate. The exhibition presents a selection of artworks by international and local artists in and around the new Amare cultural centre in The Hague. Performances and installations temporarily inhabit the multi-layered foyers and the surrounding streets, producing incidental events that function both as discontinuities or disturbances as well as channels to create new connections.
Today you can experience HUM (an/other), an immersive participatory installation by Angelo Custódio thats expands listening through touch and artificial intelligence; or enjoy Fantasia Realism, a theatrical performance by Soyun Park + Wellsgoodness that takes cues from a machine learning system that is trained on fictional stories such as fairy tales, horrors and thrillers. Perhaps you want to experience something more interactive. Then, head over to Future Dance of Nostalgia by Kexin Hao and to perform your own choreography inspired by dancing video games in a work related to pre-industrial, heavy physical labour.
Check out the full Proximity Program here.
Rewire is proud to present ‘100 Cymbals’, a piece composed by Ryoji Ikeda and performed by Les Percussions de Strasbourg. The renowned Japanese-born and Paris-based visual and sound artist is mostly known for his compositions in the field of experimental electronic music and computer art. For this Dutch premiere of ‘100 Cymbals’, Ryoji Ikeda brings his grid-like approach to music to the realm of analogue and physical instrumentation. Employing ten percussionists in a geometrical set-up consisting of one hundred cymbals, this captivating performance subverts the audience’s expectation of the metallic instrument and turns the instrument into a site of harmonic tension, producing alluring and hypnotic sounds that verge on droning synthesizers.
Consisting of filmmaker and poet, Dalia Neis, and musician and producer, Enir Da, this eclectic musical outfit crafts a lyrical and cinematic patchwork that giddily breezes through jerky samples and hyper visual poetry that masterfully piece the album together. During Rewire they will translate their ambitious debut record into an expressive and immersive live show featuring guest musician, Chrls Lamouroux.
The conservatory–trained composer, vocalist, and pianist Marina Herlop has recently extended her sonic set of tools to a more cybernetic side of music. In her recent work, Herlop experiments with konnakol syllables and Karnatic rhythms, harnessing processed human voices and synthetic electronics. The playful and experimental music evokes the unpredictable vocal treatments of Meredith Monk. As such, the Barcelona-based artist invites the listener to step into her otherworldly dreamscape, falling down a sonic rabbit hole into a garden of forking paths. In this live show at PAARD, Herlop will be performing her stirring compositions with a five piece band.
This collaborative performance from vocalist Stine Janvin and choreographer Ula Sickle evokes the ritual of coming together on a dance floor around music in the late hours of the night. While gathering in a nightclub has been almost impossible over the past years due to the new reality brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Echoic Choir takes on the challenge of using 'physical distancing' rules as artistic parameters. Relying on the power of acoustic voices and spatial resonance, the project aims to create a collective and immersive sensorial event, by placing performers and audience in a shared space. Catch this performance at Korzo tonight.
As part of a special focus programme on Meredith Monk, Rewire presents a concert version of Cellular Songs performed by Meredith Monk and the women of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble. ‘Cellular Songs’ features some of Monk’s most adventurous and daring music for the voice to date, paired with violin, piano and keyboard. Over the course of the evening, shimmering, multi-dimensional musical forms evoke such biological processes as layering, replication, division, and mutation.
As Circuit Des Yeux, the American vocalist and composer Haley Fohr combines the adventurous spirit of experimental music with the emotional proximity of pop, folk and rock. Since establishing the moniker in 2007, her expressive and versatile voice remains a powerful tool of composition, employed alongside a wide-array of musical styles, instruments and collaborators. Her sixth and latest album -io reflects on loss, grief and isolation, resulting in an intimate epic that works its way through unsettling emotional lows and dizzying highs. Circuit des Yeux will be joined by a quintet of string players from Residentie Orkest, the renowned philharmonic orchestra from The Hague.
Following the release of his thrilling new album Axis, the British noise experimentalist Helm joins forces with the American visual artists Nate Boyce for an immersive A/V performance based on Helm’s newest work. A propulsive, throbbing and convulsing piece of harmonic noise and spelunking audio design, Axis proves to be a fascinating sonic framework for Boyce’s tactile and uncanny approach to (digital) imagery.
Based in San Antonio, Texas, percussionist, improviser and producer claire rousay creates sound that magnifies the importance of everyday life's often-ignored moments - from voicemails to whispered conversations. In this very special live performance at the lutherse Kerk, she will perform material from her upcoming album Everything Perfect is Already Here alongside a small ensemble that interprets the album arrangements live for the first time. The ensemble includes Mari Maurice from More Eaze on violin, Harpist Marilu Donovan and violinist Adam Markiewicz from NYC-based duo LEYA.
Steve Goodman, aka Kode9, will wrap-up the dancefloor of PAARD on Friday night with an energetic, bass-heavy deejay set. Initially inspired by dub, reggae and jungle — and always open for new, emerging styles of club music — Goodman has been an integral part of the early dubstep scene and has greatly influenced the many niche scenes that followed thanks to his influential label Hyperdub. In his own music production and deejay sets, Kode9 embraces the full potential of underground club music, as he effortlessly shifts between dub, grime, drill, footwork, jungle and even more unclassifiable forms of hybrid electronic music.