The eight names added WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia’s line up continue to demonstrate its will to present in Santiago de Compostela and Galicia art forms revolving electronic music and exploration. One more year, the eleven stages that frame the proposals of this indoor festival will include a 18th century church, the terrace of a 17th century urban palace, a Contemporary Art museum, a farmers market, and other exceptional locations. With this announcement the festival nearly closes this edition’s lineup, although some new names are still expected, in addition to the communication in the coming days of the film and panels programs.
‘Continuum’ is considered one of the most emblematic works of sound artist and explorer Paul Jebanasam: an impressive and overflowing piece in which the compositions express forces of the universe and life, from the complexity of celestial events to the behavior of cells. He will be accompanied by visual artist Tarik Barri, one of the most requested and celebrated of the current electronic scene. The performance, acclaimed at festivals throughout the world, requires a deep listening, building a show that immerses and disorients, and in which sound and light drag the audience into an experience difficult to describe with words.
Among the eight new names that join the sound lineup, we find setting fire to Saturday night The Bug feat. Miss Red, an apocalyptic and incendiary combo in the orbit of Ninja Tune formed by the dj and producer Kevin Martin and the MC Sharon Stern. Martin, collaborator of Godflesh, Techno Animal, My Bloody Valentine, El-P, Death Grips, Grouper, Nine Inch Nails or John Zorn, to name a few, unleashes in his sets authentic dancehall, grime, hip-hop and dub-noise earthquakes. He will be accompanied at the WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia by the Israeli MC Miss Red, considered by many to be one of the revelation artists of recent years. The artist will take the opportunity to present in Galicia her first LP “K.O.”, produced by The Bug and which has surrendered instantly media like Quietus, Mojo, Uncut or The Observer.
One of the highlights of the edition is the Hungarian artist Gábor Lázár, author since his debut in 2013 of five LPs that have been featured in the lists of the best albums and revelation artists of the year by Rolling Stone or Resident Advisor and surrendered NTS, The Guardian or The Quietus. His tracks are repeatedly played by geniuses such as Aphex Twin, and have earned him the consideration of “the future of electronic music”. In May 2018 Gábor published ‘Unfold’, an expedition to the confines of the 2-step and dub techno that has established him as one of the leading voices of avantgarde electronic music of today.
For its part, the recognition and fame of the unusual Japanese duo Group A is in an unstoppable rise. Their impressive performances, of important performative component, constitute a substantial part of their work and an experience out of the ordinary. The duo gathers admiration and respect, sharing scenarios with Merzbow, Nisennenmondai or Melt Banana. Their discography, like their record for Mannequin Records, ’12 “EP ‘(2017) or his recently released’ Circulation ‘(Kashual Plastik, August 2018) echoes to Throbbing Gristle or Cabaret Voltaire.
The festival will also feature the sound performance 100 Keyboards, created by the artist Asuna Arashi. Despite being considered a young talent of sound art and the Japanese avant-garde, Arashi’s career goes back to the 90’s. A pioneer and key figure in the ambient, drone and experimental scene of Tokyo, Asuna has published numerous record references on labels around the world. In recent years his work has focused on performance and installations, especially on the border that blurs the division between art and music. Arashi explores in this work the physical and psychological effects induced by the different depths of sound that are part of the geography of a space.
The long years of study and dedication of the cellist Lucy Railton, also founder and co-director of the London Contemporary Music Festival (LCMF), has equipped her with techniques and unbeatable skills to test and explore the limits of composition and interpretation with her instrument. Her work sinks and shines in an experimental mist, alternating between acoustic chaos and moments of lucidity.
For its part, the project of the Greek descent artist Christina Vantzou and the American John Also Bennett, CV & JAB, will present their album “Thoughts of a Dot as It Travels to Surface”, a collection of vibrations, abstract strings and recordings of field based on a 90 meter long mural made by the plastic artist Zin Taylor.
Finally, the very young RRUCCULLA, also known as Izaskun, is barely over 20 and keeps leaving open mouths with her work. Her electronic and experimental drums bring to mind Tortoise, Battles, Four Tet or Flying Lotus, with a stop at avant-garde jazz, dubstep or hip hop. Difficult to see live, last year we missed her as she had to cancel her visit to WOS Festival x SON Estrella Galicia, and this year we expect her with twice the desire.
These new names are added to those already announced, building a list of 24 confirmed artists by now: ABU SOU · ABUL MOGARD · ASUNA: 100 KEYBOARDS · CV & JAB · CHRISTINA VANTZOU · DEATH WHISTLE · GÁBOR LÁZÁR · GROUP A · JASSS · KREIDLER · LAUREL HALO · LUCY RAILTON · NADAH EL SHAZLY · ODDISEE · PAUL JEBANASAM & TARIK BARRI: CONTINUUM · RON MORELLI · RRUCCULLA · SKEE MASK · SPECTRUM · SUMRRÁ · SUSO SAIZ · TERRITOIRE · THE BUG FEAT. MISS RED · THE EVIL USSES
The annual event of the Galician producer WORK ON SUNDAY will take place between Wednesday 12th and Sunday 16th of September, with SON ESTRELLA GALICIA linking its name to the festival as the main sponsor. Weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and Premium (which give access to the five days of the festival) passes can be purchased at the online ticket shop of this web and at three selected brick-and-mortar stores. Tickets for a single day will go on sale in the next few hours.