The last day of Rewire 2022 is already here! Head into your final festival day filled with performances, talks, installations and screenings, we’ve narrowed things down for you with our festival tips for the day ahead!
After performing with her Vocal Ensemble on Friday and alongside Bang on a Can All-Stars on Saturday, artists, composer, vocalist and performer Meredith Monk will give an artist talk today in the Conservatoriumzaal of Amare. Renowned Indonesian composer Dewa Alit is slated to perform today with his ensemble Gamelan Sakulat. Before he graces the stage with his contemporary take on gamelan music, he will join composer Jonás Bisquert for a talk on his artistic practice in West. Following last night’s thundering club performance in PAARD, the footwork luminary Jana Rush will be part of an Artist Talk with urban (sound) researcher and spatial planner Caroline Claus.
If you want to start the day in a contemplative mode, head over to Filmhuis Den Haag for a 35mm screening of Train Again by visionary experimental filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky. Or visit FUJI|||||||||||TA’s meditative film installation soramimi at Page Not Found. Today is also the last day you can experience the open-ended sound installation Sounding the Spui and the installations and performance that are part of Proximity Music: Sensing After Thought.
Kick the day off with a powerful performance by JJJJJerome Ellis, a composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and writer who masterfully weaves together the looping techniques of electronic music with acoustic and analogue elements to create an intimate and essayistic epic that reflects on time, blackness and identity. Ellis, who has a block stutter, allows the unintentional gaps in his vocals as another analogue permutation of his narrative-heavy music. On stage, JJJJJerome Ellisalso embraces these stutters — or as he calls them “clearings” — as spontaneous occurrences that challenge notions of temporality, identity and performativity.
As Slumberland, the Belgian musician, composer and instrument-maker Jochem Baelus tinkers on his hypnotic krautrock, embellished with distorted exotica. Today, he will take the stage of Korzo together with Tuvian vocalist Sainkho Namtchylak, the first female overtone artist who combines these traditional chants with influences from avant-garde music.
Don’t miss this intense performance by Jerusalem In My Heart. Their agitated, yet unwavering work warps traditional Middle Eastern music and culture through a prism of restless avant-garde modernism, reflecting on destabilizing effects of globalism on the Arab world. Jerusalem In My Heart will translate their urgent material to a site-specific performance that combines their dystopian, brooding music with acute, analogue visuals projected by 16mm film projectors.
The trio consisting of Cooper Crain, Rob Frye and Daniel Quinlivan dive headfirst into their mesmerising looping music to capture the sonic vision of one of their heroes, Sun Ra. Employing vintage synthesizers, drum computers and vocoders, Bitchin Bajas channels the cosmic jazz and far-out synth experimentation of the Afrofuturist icon and brings it to their own stratospheric levels.
Contemporary Balinese composer Dewa Alit is a key figure in contemporary Indonesian music. He is the founder of Gamelan Salukat, a 25 member ensemble that performs on instruments specially built to Alit’s designs, using a unique 10-note scale. Alit presents Gamelan not as something static and from the past, but as a set of concepts and principles that can be used to create something radically new. During Rewire 2022, Dewa Alit will bring his group Gamelan Salukat to The Hague to perform the music of Genetic among other pieces for the first time outside of Bali.
The New York-based musician Delia Beatriz brings avant-garde production techniques into the fold of experimental and often club-focussed music. Her previous releases on trailblazing label Naafi saw her investigating her Mexican roots through a unique interaction between complex sound design, pulsating rhythms and weighty basses. With her most recent album, The Long Count, she dives deeper into the origins of Mexican music, sourcing sounds of pre-hispanic Mexican instruments that date back to Mayan civilization. Using machine learning and taking inspiration from musique concrète, Debit revitalizes whistles, ocarinas, flutes and other wind instruments from the archives of the Mayan Studies Institute at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and instills them with a contemporary sense of urgency.
The Oregon based musician Liz Harris creates intimate songs that are often covered under a hazy blanket of fuzzy static and crackling reverb. Through this opaque sound design her emotionally piercing melodies and dreamlike vocals still shimmer like bright stars on a cloudy night. With her twelfth and most recent album Shade, Grouper’s music seems to be at its most boiled down and intimate: a finely distilled journey through stripped-down studio sessions where you can hear the floor creak and fingers slide over guitar frets. During Rewire, Grouper will perform a hauntingly beautiful sonic tapestry of heart-wrenching ambient folk.
Pioneering composer, artist and software developer Robert Henke is mainly known for his contributions to contemporary electronic music, for his laser works, and as co-creator of the music software Ableton Live. We're very excited to welcome him to present his 'CBM 8032 AV' project at Rewire 2022. This expansive audiovisual performance is an exploration of the beauty of simple graphics and sound, using computers from the early 1980’s. This work is about the ambivalence between a contemporary aesthetic and the usage of obsolete and limited technology from 40 years ago.
Diving into the seams of Norwegian folk music, Anders Hana and Morten Joh as Naaljos Ljom unlock the microtonal potential hidden in their source material. The duo, known from bands like MoHa!, Ultralyd, N.M.O., and Brutal Blues, have joined forces yet again now focussing on mixing just intonation and microtonal Norwegian folk music with aspects of electronic music, resulting in spirited pieces that subvert our expectation of what the distinction between analogue and electronic should sound like.
Caterina Barbieri is an Italian composer and musician who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object-oriented perception in sound. Her current sonic research investigates the creative use of computation and complex sequencing techniques to explore the artefacts of human perception and memory, by ultimately inducing a sense of ecstasy and contemplation. During Rewire 2022, Caterina Barbieri presents a site-specific show featuring new music and a rework for four voices by Evelyn Saylor of Ecstatic Computation's opening track Fantas, as well as a light show from Marcel Weber.