Each year, TodaysArt invites a selection of renowned, pioneering and cutting-edge artists and musicians in contemporary electronic music and audiovisual art to present their latest creations.
TodaysArt has been invading the city center of The Hague each year. Since 2005 it has developed into one of the key events for contemporary visual and performing arts and e-culture worldwide. In the framework of the tenth edition, a program has been composed consisting of four evening programs in the brand new main hall of the Zuiderstrandtheater, the only theatre in the Netherlands that is situated at the beach.
The program includes some of the most acclaimed sound artists in the contemporary music scene and pioneers of musical experimentation in dialogue with a younger generation of artists. In addition, three club nights will be organized to showcase some of the best live acts and DJ’s in today’s international music scene.
The festival will host two special concerts on the opening night featuring Ben Frost and Tim Hecker. NONOTAK will present their performance ‘Late Speculation’; a synchronistic exploration of electronic music and dynamic, linear visuals of widths in flux. German musician and composer Nils Frahm, who has been this year’s favorite at many festivals, is one of the headliners of the festival. T
odaysArt will present Dutch premieres like SOHN and Planningtorock and key figures of contemporary electronic music like Charlemagne Palestine (along with Mika Vainio and Eric Thielemans) will be present to deliver particular contributions. The program is further characterized by the typical atmospheric music of Rafael Anton Irisarri. Robert Henke will close the festival on Sunday night with his audiovisual laser performance Lumiere.
Exciting collaborations and partnerships
The Thursday night program includes exclusive live sets by high profile acts Peder Mannerfelt and Dasha Rush. This program is a mixture of rare techno-electronic experimentations and highly danceable music and will be closed by none other than the prolific producer and dj Tadd Mullinix under his JTC (James T. Cotton) moniker.
The main club program on Friday will be highly energetic and eclectic. Electronic singer-songwriter and video artist Planningtorock opens the night with an operatic post-punk performance. Torus presents the world premiere of his new live audiovisual show. The brilliant Fatima Al Qadiri will take the stage, as well as the bass-oriented Sarah Farina. The Gaslamp Killer is also on board to confront you with his ecstatic appearance.
In the small room, TodaysArt teams up with music platforms Smoke Machine and Field Records to present an exquisite and exclusive line-up of like-minded electronic artists in the realm of techno, ambient, experimental, and related sounds from different parts of the world.
The program includes various Dutch premieres and features Objekt, DJ Nobu, Neel, Varg, Artefakt and diskonnected. Underground Resistance, who have been involved in many previous editions of TodaysArt with a variety of unique performances, return this year on Saturday night to bring the high-tech jazz outfit Timeline to The Hague. One of the more recent UR allies, Waajeed, also takes the stage for a very rare show. From Japan, Rondenion joins for his first-ever European appearance and brings his unique blend of smooth house, joined by Akiko Kiyama.
Headlining the small room is Kiasmos (Ólafur Arnalds + Janus Rasmussen). The rest of the program is composed of Berlin Current artists Moon Wheel, OAKE and Phoebe Kiddo.CTM visit the TodaysArt festival with a diverse range of Berlin Current-artists from the initiative’s ever-growing roster. The new sound of the city – Berlin Current presents young, unconventional, and experimental pop music from Berlin city.
The Festival Magazine can be found here:
Ben Frost – A U R O R A | Dasha Rush | JTC (James T. Cotton) | Peder Mannerfelt | Tim Hecker | Artefakt | Charlemagne Palestine + Mika Vainio + Eric Thielemans | diskonnected | DJ Nobu | Fatima Al Qadiri | Neel | Objekt | Planningtorock | Sarah Farina | SOHN | The Gaslamp Killer | Torus | Varg | Akiko Kiyama | Kiasmos (Ólafur Arnalds & Janus Rasmussen) | Moon Wheel | Nils Frahm | NONOTAK – Late Speculation | OAKE | Phoebe Kiddo | Publicist | Rafael Anton Irisarri | Rondenion | Underground Resistance – Timeline | Waajeed | Robert Henke – Lumière