Thursday 8 September – Tivoli, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Friday 9 September – Paradiso, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Saturday 10 September – Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Thundercat feat. Austin Peralta
His Flying Lotus-produced debut – The Golden Age of Apocalypse – is scheduled for release just before The Night (29th of august on Brainfeeder), but tracks are already available on the internet. According to Thundercat – aka Suicidal Tendencies’ bassplayer Stephen Bruner – his debut will be accentuating and further distilling the jazz current running through that landmark Lotus release, Cosmogramma. Bruner played bass on the Lotus release and contributed on several albums of an impressive cast of musicians, such as Erykah Badu and pianist Austin Peralta. According to his press release his music combines ‘classic jazz fusion, futurist electronic strains and timeless musical seeking’.

Kid Koala
Eric San, a.k.a. Kid Koala, is known as Ninja Tune’s king of turntablism. The Canadian has made an art out of cut-and-past techniques, forging different and unsual samples to a surrealistic whole. Growling noises, swingjazz, pianosolo, funny vocals, solid hiphop beats and hardrock riffs are mixed on an inventive, humorous and unpredictable way.

The music of ‘prepared piano’- artist Volker Bertelmann – Hauschka – has been characterized as ‘contemporary minimal classical music’.Salon des Amateurs is the title of his latest album, featuring among others Múm-drummer Samuli Kosminen and Calexico’s John Convertino and Joe Burns. An intimate prelude to autumn.

Lean Left
Lean Left is a supergroup from the improvised music scene with virtuoso reed player Ken Vandermark, expert percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, and the two Ex- guitarists, Terrie Hessels and Andy Moor. Free music with a cutting edge. Lean Left will not be playing in Eindhoven.

Erik Bosgraaf
A recorder player as a guest in the popular Dutch tv show ‘De Wereld Draait Door’ is seldom heard of! However, we are talking about Erik Bosgraaf, the virtuoso recorder player and winner of the Dutch Music Award 2011. He feels equally at home in early and contemporary music. And, as demonstrated in DWDD, with the use of electronics Bosgraaf can even sound like Jimi Hendrix.

Sarah Nicolls
In the work Transit by Michel van der Aa the movements of pianist Sarah Nicolls interact with the movements in the video. It is a piece written in the multidisciplinary idiom Van der Aa excells in. Van der Aa earned international fame with the (chamber)operas ‘One’ and ‘After Life’, in which music, video and theatrical elements come together.

Slagwerk Den Haag (The Hague Percussion)
That percussion is also writing on a chalkboard with pieces of chalk has already been demonstrated by Slagwerk Den Haag (SDH). Their diversity is enormous: they have performed in the Holland Festival pavillion designed by architect Zaha Hadid and recently they have played the first performance of a full evening’s composition by Michael Gordon.

In Eindhoven and in Amsterdam in addition to the chalkboard piece by Mayke Nas and Wouter Snoei (‘I delayed people’s flights by walking slowly in narrow hallways’) they will also perform the work ‘Words and Beyond: Hwang Jin-Yi’ – with mezzo soprano Margriet van Reisen – by the winner of the Toonzettersprijs 2010 (Composer’s Award) Seung-Ah Oh. This work was inspired by Korean traditions and symbolics. In Utrecht ‘Venus’ by Rozalie Hirs will be played.

Lunapark is one of the most fun and inspiring amongst nowadays new music ensembles. During The Night of the Unexpected Lunapark plays a piece by the young Philip Glass, film music by Arnold Marinissen and an ambient birthday song by Louis Andriessen.