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Fragile indie, esoteric electronica and tranquil neoclassical will alternate at the beautiful open air theatre. For once not banging and going strong but listening and standing still. That's Whisper.

On stage at the OLT Rivierenhof are:

13:15 - 13:45 | Anna B Savage
14:35 - 15:20 | The Weather Station
16:00 - 16:45 | Smerz
17:25 - 18:10 | James Holden & Wacław Zimpel
19:00 - 19:50 | Joep Beving
20:30 - 21:30 | Charlie Cunningham
22:15 - 23:15 | Penguin Cafe

Doors open at 13:00. Presentation by Ayco Duyster.

Anna B Savage

Anna B Savage

Saturday 27 August / OLT Rivierenhof

London singer-songwriter Anna B Savage makes question-mark-music, captivating and powerful, navigating various recurring themes including female sexuality, self-doubt … and birds.

Often questioning the validity of her own thoughts and feelings, her songs are heavy with unanswered queries. Is this even real? Do we have what I think we have? How did I get to this point? Is anyone listening? Or the record’s opening and elemental question: “Do I understand this?”.

Yet these questions are buoyed by her ability to conjure melodies and lyrics so devastatingly candid, vulnerable and honest, that somehow still manage to be bewitchingly charming, utterly modern and often funny. This is seen over and over again on her debut full-length record, A Common Turn (City Slang; 2021).

Charlie Cunningham

Charlie Cunningham

Saturday 27 August / OLT Rivierenhof

Charlie Cunningham may not intentionally have meant the title track of his most recent album Permanent Way to resemble a manifesto for personal and creative freedom, but the words ‘You can do what you want / But I’m making my own way in,’ speaks volumes for the way he’s gone about his music.

Charlie has relentlessly pursued his art at the expense of more potentially stable vocations, including moving to the flamenco stronghold of southern Spain for over two years. Once back in Britain, a string of EPs quickly won over support from Spotify, before the increasingly dexterous instrumental and songwriting craft behind his 2017 album debut Lines illuminated the man’s intimate, raw, haunting sound, etched by Charlie’s gorgeously expressive vocal and the dramatic thrum of his nylon-stringed guitar.

Then came the stunning Permanent Way in 2019, his first album on Infectious/BMG, which laughed in the face of ‘difficult second album’ syndrome and ‘acoustic-singer-songwriter’ imagery with boosted colours and dynamics, while retaining the essence of the man’s personable appeal. Permanent Way documents life’s uncertainties: the need for intimacy and love, but also space and independence.

Holden & Zimpel

James Holden & Wacław Zimpel

Saturday 27 August / OLT Rivierenhof

The English electronic music guru James Holden and the classically schooled Polish clarinet player Wacław Zimpel celebrate a unique musical marriage on their Long Weekend EP (Border Community ; 2020) Or: how modular synths and an alto clarinet can conduct a lyrical conversation. Bleep on that: "A striking mini-album of krautrock-cosmic infusions and instantaneous, lo-fi psychedelia".
In spite of Holden and Zimpel’s different musical backgrounds, they both share a love of the trance-inducing gnawa-music from Morocco. Their open musical outlook is something also highly valued by both. Holden has flirted with expressive jazz on his acclaimed album The Animal Spirits and Zimpel has previously worked with dub-adept Shackleton and the analogue techno-artist Rabih Beaini.

Joep Beving

Joep Beving

Saturday 27 August / OLT Rivierenhof

Joep Beving is one of the most listened-to living pianists in the world. In an astoundingly short amount of time, this incredibly gifted artist has found himself topping the Spotify charts, with over 300 million streams, and more than 1.1 million monthly listeners.

Joep describes his minimalist and contemplative style as “accessible music for complex emotions”. In an overcrowded music space, he has created a unique and recognisable voice that swims between classical, pop and avant-garde – with massive appeal. Hermetism, the Dutch composer/pianist’s fourth album for Deutsche Grammophon was released globally on 8 April 2022.

Penguin Cafe

Penguin Cafe

Saturday 27 August / OLT Rivierenhof

Arthur Jeffes much loved collective - Penguin Cafe - are back in 2022 performing their eclectic array of genre-defying evocative pieces mixing Arthur's beautiful compositions with some iconic PCO classics.

Originally brought together by Arthur to keep alive the music of his late father, Simon Jeffes of the iconic Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Penguin Cafe have gone on to release four original and critically acclaimed albums; A Matter of Life… in 2011, The Red Book in 2014, The Imperfect Sea in 2017 and Handfuls of Night in 2019, the latter two on Erased Tapes Records.

This year sees the Penguins touring extensively in the UK, beginning with a much-awaited show at London's Barbican, and the special anniversary re-release of their first Penguin Cafe album, A Matter of Life....

Smerz

Smerz

Saturday 27 August / OLT Rivierenhof

Smerz are the Norwegian duo of Henriette Motzfeldt and Catharina Stoltenberg. Known for the “carefully shaped, deconstructed pop” (Boomkat) of their debut EP’s Okey (2017) and Have Fun (2018), Smerz seamlessly weave together techniques and sounds pulled from chamber and classical music, hip hop, R&B, and hard electronics, with the end product always resulting in something altogether uncanny. With Believer, their 2021 debut full-length album on XL Recordings, they formalize the boundless sonic world that started to emerge within each of their debut EP’s and in their running NTS monthly residency.

The Weather Station

The Weather Station

Saturday 27 August / OLT Rivierenhof

Emerging out of Toronto’s vibrant folk scene, Tamara Lindeman - singer songwriter behind The Weather Station - brings a moody, introspective sound. One year ago, she released Ignorance, one of 2021’s most praised and far-reaching albums. In March 2022, she released How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars on Fat Possum. This LP is intended to be heard as a companion piece to Ignorance. These are songs written at the same time that connect emotionally and deal with many of the same themes: disconnection and conflict, love, birds, and climate feelings. Recorded live in just three days, How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars is achingly intimate; full of breath, silence, and detail.

You might argue that the underlying theme of Ignorance was vulnerability; vulnerability that goes unnoticed and unacknowledged, and the damage that results from that erasure. On How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars, this vulnerability is made manifest. It is an album of immense sensitivity, a recording of a band and a person daring to reach towards softness without apology.

Ayco Duyster

Presentation: Ayco Duyster

Saturday 27 August / OLT Rivierenhof

Ayco Duyster worked for Studio Brussel for 18 years, where she presented various radio programs, but mainly made her name with the program duyster, a treasury of music in minor. In 2015 she made the switch to Radio 1 where she keeps the listener company every afternoon with her eclectic music choices. Since September 2020, duyster is back and Ayco is once again the voice that brings together lovers of the unbridled melancholy and deafening sweetness in the late Sunday evenings. On Whisper she introduces the musical acts on Saturday.