Podcast: listen to Part 2 of the episode 'What's Behind The Mask?'

Podcast: listen to Part 2 of the episode 'What's Behind The Mask?'

Wed Jul 28th
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Le Guess Who? presents ‘The Big Playback’, a conversational, in-depth podcast about all things music. In the second episode of ‘The Big Playback’, host Margaret Munchheimer talks to four different musicians about the shifting relationship between Art and Identity and who in some way explore the self as a medium, through persona and performance. 

In the first part of episode 2, called 'What's Behind The Mask?', we spoke to four musicians about how identity and persona play a role in their work, whether through legit alter-ego’s or just digging into the self as a raw material. We heard about different experiences from Cindy Lee, the drag-chanson project of Patrick Flegel; a series of music/performance art hybrids from Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist; anonymous Swedish collective Goat; and Jerusalem In My Heart, a film and music happening by Radwan Gazi Moumneh and Erin Weisgerber, which attempts to project Arabic musical references for reception into a western context.

We have now released part 2 of this episode, that digs deeper into both the conflict and conviction that comes with blazing a trail where there is none, about the unique position of the outsider, cultural appropriation by way of colonialism, the rewards of sticking out, and in the process reaching similar minds and folks in sympathetic situations. 

You can listen to the second episode of ‘The Big Playback’ below or via your favorite podcast app.

"Coming from that religious framework and then realizing I didn't believe in it ... When you come out of that and dissolve that, and that's your reality and it's gone, it kind of levels everything out and it makes you doubt everything else. Because if that wasn't true, and that's the whole purpose and origin of the universe, then when you get into other things like society and these gender roles, it's not that hard to be disillusioned" - Patrick Flegel / Cindy Lee

Patrick Flegel, Canadian musician and force behind the project 'Cindy Lee', sings sparse and eerie ballads against the occasional squall of guitar. Patrick starts us off with the revelations that what the artist intends and what the audience sees are two very different things, reminds us that each performance is only a snapshot of a single moment but with an entire history behind it, and probes into the exclusivity of ‘inclusive spaces’.

Cumbrian Natalie Sharp, introduced her signature hybrid of performance art/live music as Lone Taxidermist, in 2017, allowing the body free reign to exaggerate all its impulses; then followed up with Body Vice, an open investigation into chronic pain and the experience of medical procedures and hospitalization. Natalie speaks with us about the highs and lows of doing performance art work in the context of clubs and live music venues, the role of audience involvement, and her new project Mara, which turns the focus to her own dual cultural heritage.

Lebanese producer and composer Radwan Gazi Moumneh speaks to us from his home-base of Montreal, about his project Jerusalem In My Heart, an immersive multi-projection visual and audio experience. Radwan takes us through how his work reflects his dual realities existing in two very different cultures simultaneously. discusses how we experience music through individually accumulated filters, and parses out a nuanced take on cultural appropriation.

And finally, an undisclosed member of Swedish collective Goat sheds a bit of light on the spiritual experience of immersing the individual ego for the good of the collective, and the ups and downs of producing anonymous artistic output. 

Host of 'The Big Playback' is Margaret Munchheimer, an American visual artist and writer living in the Netherlands, and veteran Le Guess Who? supporter since 2012.

Production: Margaret Munchheimer & Le Guess Who?
Artwork: Victoria Topping
Music: Ultrabillions

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