Among dozens of premieres (exclusive worldwide or in Spain) and unique experiences are the new shows by Arca, Holly Herndon, Four Tet, Floating Points, BERLINIST presents GRIS Game Live, Bad Gyal,Hauschka & Francesco Donadello, Cecilio G and three back to back dj sets conceived exclusively for Sónar: Louie Vega & Honey Dijon, Peggy Gou & Palms Trax and Blawan & Dax J.
After its 25th anniversary, this year the festival reaffirms its vocation for diversity, with an important presence of creators who elaborate their artistic discourses from a radical point of view or on geographical, political, sonorous or gender fringes. K Á R Y Y Y N, Lotic, Jlin, Muqata’a, Hibotep or Sevdaliza stand out in this line.
This edition listens to the sounds from all the different corners of the world, with artists from 36 countries, and a special focus on the new sound of Africa such as Petite Noir, Deena Abdelwahed, Sho Madjozi, DJ Lag, Obongjayar, Faka, Slikback, and voices from Latin America, with Bad Bunny, Nicola Cruz, Dengue Dengue Dengue, LAO & Wasted Fates (N.A.A.F.I.), Jesse Baez, ha$lopablito, or La Diabla.
The national scene is also strongly represented by talents such as Bad Gyal, Dellafuente, Cecilio G, Territoire, Ylia, Virgen Maria, Tutu, Desert+Desilence, Hamill Industries, Mans O, Aleesha, La Diabla, Phran, $kyhook, Rrucculla or Alba G. Corral, among many others.
Faithful to its commitment to technological advances and with the will to connect Sónar’s programming with that of Sónar+D, the festival presents several shows that explore the relationship between music and the brain, the dialogue between light and sound and Artificial Intelligence; which for the first time in history makes the leap to the stage with Holly Herndon’s PROTO, Daito Manabe+Kamitani Lab: dissonant imaginary, Ouchhh+Za!: Superstrings, plus Actress+Young Paint Live AI/AV.
|SÓNAR 2019: 140 CONCERTS AND DJ SETS
The 26th edition of Sónar, which for one year only will take place in the middle of summer, on 18, 19 and 20 July, will present a total of 140 shows on 10 stages across Sónar by Day, at Fira Montjuïc in Barcelona, and Sónar by Night, at Fira Gran Via in L’Hospitalet. In 2020, the festival will return to its usual dates, 18, 19 and 20 June. Sónar 2019 will present 89 concerts and 51 DJ sets of global stars and emerging artists, many of which will be premieres or exclusive shows with an extensive audiovisual component. A total of 12 shows will use the latest technological innovations such as Artificial Intelligence, data visualization or live scientific experimentation.
|New expressions of contemporary classical
The new forms of contemporary classical music will have a starring role: the piano. Instrument and element that unites the performances of Bruce Brubaker & Max Cooper (presenting the show “Glassforms“), Kelly Moran, new rising star of Warp records, and the veteran Hauschka (both specialists in prepared pianos and the teachings of John Cage), and the special concert of “Investigations”, the most recent work by Christian Marclay, which will be performed by ten pianists in La Capella at MACBA on Friday 19th July.
SonarDôme presented by Red Bull
The SonarDôme stage, curated by Red Bull, will feature a total of 22 performances, including several shows co-produced by Red Bull that can be seen for the first time in Spain, such as that of Petite Noir; Lorenzo Senni, a great innovator of tranceand the most extreme sounds of rave music, with his band Stargate; or that of the Iranian avant-garde r&b singer Sevdaliza, presenting her powerful new show“The Great Hope Design”. You can also enjoy the popular and fantastic MC Dellafuente, one of the stars of national urban music, or Detroit dj and producer Theo Parrish, with a special 3-hour set.
Living legends of electronica
As every year, Sónar presents a good number of timeless classics of electronica. With a career of more than 30 years, Underworld is one of the most important duos in the history of dance music. Karl Hyde and Rick Smith will unveil their new expansive and epic techno project “Drift” live. Figures such as Fennesz (presenting “Agora”, one of the best records of his respected career), the Japanese DJ Krush(master of scientific beat and instrumental hip hop) or Matthew Herbert, star of the Sónar 2019 Closing Concert at the Teatre Grec with his new Brexit focused project: The Matthew Herbert Brexit Big Band.