Second wave of artists for Insomnia 2019!
The second wave of artists to perform at Insomnia 2019 are now ready to be explored!
London-based Jon Hopkins is one of the key artists on the current electronic music scene, with numerous outstanding releases, including his last album “Singularity” from 2018 which was nominated for the Grammy Award. His music carries the unique ability to captivate both scholars and regular punters, as he composes complex textures and intricate arrangements, but without losing sight of what moves the dance-floor in an elegant, yet bass-heavy manner. At Insomnia, Jon will treat us to one of his stellar, dance-floor heaving DJ-sets.
Extreme Chill and Insomnia Festival have initiated a collaboration to engage one Icelandic and one Norwegian artist to create a commissioned music piece to be performed at both festivals. For 2019 the selected artists are Special K (IS) and Farao (NO). Special-K is an avant-garde musician and artist. Her music has been described as "depresso pop bangers" and “sarcastic baby pop”. Farao established her dedicated alternative dance music with an off-kilter electro-acoustic sound on her latest album "Pure-O", specifically inspired by Soviet disco and an obsession with the era's analog synthesizers.
Originating from Tunisia, Deena Abdelwahed is a uniquely creative artist who is inspired just as much by different subcultures as sounds, be it bass, techno or experimental. She moulds the influences into her own sound, taking inspiration from breaking down borders, be them musical, cultural or political. At Insomnia she will perform live with material from her acclaimed debut album “Khonnar.”
DJ Fett Burger is an eccentric underground DJ and producer from Moss, Norway. One half of the duo behind the Norwegian labels Sex Tags Mania and Amfibia. As a DJ he is acclaimed for his diverse selection and trippy eclectic long sets. He is not bound by any genres, but with a solid base in house, disco and left-field. Fett Burger keeps things odd, underground and doing his thing at his own pace.
Alexander Rishaug aka RUDOW is a sound artist, contemporary composer and techno-musician who operates in the borderlands between the art and music-scene. He makes dark dub-techno inspired by vast landscapes, shut-down industrial facilities and brutalistic architecture. At Insomnia 2019 he will present a mixture of laid-back ambient, cold electronica and danceable tracks.
The dark, rough kuduro of Nazar is inspired by the civil war in his native Angola. On his debut EP on legendary label Hyperdub, he inverts the typically happy tones and rhythms of kuduro into a dark, weaponised sound, a stronger reverb from the streets he grew up on. His lyrics tell of violence, massacres and oppressive chants and taunts against dictatorship.
Astrid Sonne is a Copenhagen-based composer and viola player. With a background in classical music, she opens up an electronic space to channel different perceptions of sensory and emotional states of being through open, melodic compositions. Her compositions consist of everything from synthesizers to choir samples and viola sequences, exceeding genre definitions yet paying homage to sources of inspiration, be it a Danish choir tradition or various noise soundscapes.
Maria w Horn hails from Northern Sweden. As a composer, she is interested in the manipulation of time and space through sonic extremes - oscillating between minimalist structures and piercing power electronics. Her work examines aspects of human perception - how audiovisuality and overload/loss of perceptual stimuli can conspire to transcend everyday life and invoke alternate mental states.
Soho Rezanejad is an electronic composer and vocalist whose practice, much like her upbringing, is a testament to versatility. Born in NYC to Iranian parents, raised in Copenhagen, her sonic practice continues to resist definition, from nocturnal takes on pop to the more abrasive and abstract, to the current where understated layers and synths accompany her splendid vocals.
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