The Polish festival Unsound continues to add value to this year’s offer, which will be held in different spaces in the city of Krakow from the 14th to the 21st of October. It is an offer that, like every year, looks to be edgy and enormously attractive, revolving around a motto, which this year is the idea of "THE END". Julia Holter, accompanied by musicians from Sinfonietta Cracovia, Leyland Kirby putting his hibernating project V/VM onstage, Oneohtrix Point Never and Tim Hecker premiering material from their joint works, Ben Frost, accompanied for the occasion by percussionists Shahzad Ismaily and Greg Fox, Monolake presenting the audio-visual project ATOM, aTelecine and Evian Christ offering the first live shows of their respective careers, as well as Vatican Shadow, Shackleton, Traxman, Cooly G, Kuedo... These are some of the names confirmed so far.
Another ten names have now been added to this list. Unique projects, specifically prepared for Unsound, stand out. Demdike Stare, for example, will present "Concealed", a piece commissioned for the festival, written in collaboration with the cellist Danny Norbury, which will incorporate live strings and percussion from the Sinfonietta Cracovia. It will be the first time that Sean Canty and Miles Whittaker perform with instrumentation live. The performance will also be participated in by visual artist and animator Michael England, who has previously worked with people like Autechre and Leila.
Unsound will be the framework for the first live presentation of "Mala In Cuba", the new work gestated in Cuba by Mala, half of Digital Mystikz, which is slated for release on 11th September through Brownswood, Gilles Peterson’s label. Mala will present the album in Krakow accompanied by several guest musicians.
The third wave of festival confirmations is topped off by the legendary Theo Parrish (on his first visit to Poland), Factory Floor (the trio will soon have a new single out on DFA, followed by a first album, which is announced for the beginning of 2013), repeat performer Stefan Betke, aka Pole (presenting some of the material that will be on his next album), Slava (Russian Slava Balsanov, defending his rhythmic exercises halfway between electro-techno, garage that takes a sideways glance at footwork, and syncopated house), and Valkula (quality deep house from the Ukraine). Ron Morelli (the founder of New York label L.I.E.S., offering a DJ set that promises to be full of harsh house and discordant techno) and MikeQ (head of the label Qween Beat and one of the outstanding figures on the New York and surrounding area ballroom/vogue-house scene).
Soon we’ll be able to tell you how and where to get tickets to Unsound Krakow 2012. For now, take a look at the list of artists confirmed so far (to the right of these lines). That should be enough to convince you that it’s worth being there for.