Lonnie Holley feat. Nelson Patton - Live at Le Guess Who? 2018

During Le Guess Who? 2018, we spent a weekend with musician and visual artist Lonnie Holley in Utrecht. On the opening night of the festival, Lonnie performed with expressive trombone & drums duo Nelson Patton; the next day, he gave us a guided tour through the city of Utrecht, showing the many unique ways of how Holley experiences his direct living environment.

Watch our video portrait of the remarkable artist & listen to his performance at the festival below:

"It’s probably fair to say Lonnie Holley is a legend, and his opening show in Grote Zaal on Thursday night was befitting that status. The musician has such an easy manner in performing, his soft sing-speak vocal style slipped beautifully around his subtle piano/organ keys and the trombone and percussion backing was terrific. Improv, sure, but sympathetic to what Holley was laying down. Although gentle, this simple trio filled the grand hall with gorgeous, echoing sound." - The Line of Best Fit

Since 1979, Lonnie Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and performance. Apart from being an acclaimed visual artist, Holley also creates experimental music which is as radical, deeply honest and finely detailed as his sculptures. His artistic expressions directly reflect the environmental and political state of our cities and earth today.

"Walking in to Grote Zaal and taking a seat for the first act we saw - Lonnie Holley who made me want to cry. Still not sure why - he was so humble and honest. It was clear this was going to be an amazing festival from the start." - Quote from the Le Guess Who? visitors survey

Listen + watch more Le Guess Who? recordings via our archive. 

Video directed & produced by Nick Helderman.
Video portrait filmed by Milan van Dril.
Interview by Gijsbert Kamer.
Audio recorded & mixed by Marc Broer.
Art by Nick Liefhebber.
Live photography by Ben Houdijk; portrait photography by Juri Hiensch.

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