James Holden & The Animal Spirits, John Maus, Yasuaki Shimuzi, Dazion, Khidja

Dekmantel Festival

Dekmantel Festival Day 2


James Holden & The Animal Spirits
Not many people can bring together progressive and jazz in an exotic fusion, yet Border Community's James Holden does it seemingly with little, to no effort. Having played the opening concert for Dekmantel 2016 at the Muziekgebouw, Holden returns with the Animal Spirits, performing the esoteric, and ethereal sounds from his 2017 LP. With a range of interpretive percussion, modular wizardry, and far-out brass sounds, Holden brings a new style to contempory jazz.

John Maus

John Maus, the synth-maestro and once member of cult band Ariel Pink, will be performing his baroque, epic experimental craftsmanship sounds. Known for his enigmatic live performances, which The Guardian described as: ”pogos, head-bangs and gives vent to a succession of feral howls as he jack-knifes at the waist,” Maus’ live shows are evocative and memorable in every sense.

Yasuaki Shimizu

Palto Flats’ recent reissue of Yasuaki Shimizu’s classic 1982 jazz record 'Kakashi' was one of the most desired records of 2017. Classically trained Japanese saxophonist Shimizu falls in line with a long list of iconic Japanese musicians coming to global attention thanks to seasoned diggers and reissuers bringing the music to global fanfare. Shimizu will bring his avant-garde, jazz-fusion as part of a set of a limited set of shows in Europe - making this a rare chance to see such a prolific artist.


Rising Dutch talent Dazion whose 2017 Second Circle release 'Don’t Get Me Wrong' — featuring a love for 80s synths, tropical rhythms, and a collaboration with Ghanian musician Ebou Gaye Mada — has helped propel the young producer into the limelight. An esoteric, and worldly style, easily slot this young man into the books of festival line-ups for years to come.


Khidja are one of the most exciting, and fresh-sounding acts to hail from Romania. The duo, signed to Hivern Discs, offer a stylised take on Middle Eastern, dub-house, with general tweaks of random-oddities, creating beauty, and nuanced charm in their fun and creative music. Supported by the likes of Optimo, Mehmet Aslan and Huntleys & Palmers, this is Romanian-random-rave music, and gets a big seal of approval.

More info: www.dekmantelfestival.com


14:00 - 22.30 Live radio broadcast by Red Light Radio & The Rest is Noise (free entrance)

Grote Zaal
17:30 - 18:30 Yasuaki Shimizu
19:30 - 20:30 W.I.T.C.H. (ft. Jacco Gardner)
21:30 - 22:30 NONOTAK
23:30 - 00:30 John Maus
01:30 - 02:30 James Holden & The Animal Spirits

Kleine Zaal
22:30 - 23:30 Khidja (live)
00:30 - 01:30 Dazion (live)

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