One year ago, Le Cri du Caire released their hauntingly beautiful, self-tilted debut album. We are now thrilled to share the recording of their mesmerizing performance at Utrecht's Jacobikerk during Le Guess Who? 2023, where the group performed the majority of the album, as well as new material.
Singer, writer, poet, and expressionist Abdullah Miniawy became, in the wake of the revolution, an artistic emblem for Egypt’s agitated youth. Alongside Peter Corser on the saxophone and Karsten Hochapfel on the cello, he is sure to grip audiences as Le Cri du Caire. Blending rock, jazz, sprinkles of oriental flourishes, spoken word, and Sufi poetry and philosophy, the three-piece adorn each room they play in with a rich metaphorical universe transcending identities and borders. Their self-titled debut, released in January, serves as a sample of what can be achieved on the stage.
In addition, VPRO Vrije Geluiden also recently released a session recorded with the group during Le Guess Who?:
Le Guess Who? Recordings
The publication of this recording is part of Le Guess Who?’s ongoing expansion of the festival’s recordings archive, with 100+ recordings from past editions now freely available online. It contains audio and/or video recordings of Pankisi Ensemble, African Head Charge, clipping., Panda Bear & Sonic Boom, Marina Herlop, Arooj Aftab, OSEES, Deerhunter, Lightning Bolt, Suuns, Alabaster dePlume, Duma, FLOHIO, The Microphones, Aldous Harding, Deerhunter, Gilla Band, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Beverly Glenn-Copeland, Neneh Cherry, Mount Eerie, Selda Bağcan and many more.
Audio recorded at Jacobikerk Utrecht on Friday, 10 November 2023.
Abdullah Miniawy: voice
Peter Corser: saxophone
Karsten Hochapfel: cello
Sound manager: Anne Laurin
Audio recording by Vera Kraaijkamp; mix by Marc Broer
Photography by Jelmer de Haas