Sinister-grinning electronician Aphex Twin is preparing to embark on two sure-to-be-jaw-dropping collaborative performances in Europe this month. The first takes place on Saturday September 10 as part of the European Culture Congress in Wroclaw alongside Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead guitarist, composer, duh) and composer Krzysztof Penderecki (interesting esoteric nugget: Penderecki’s compositions were recently performed by members of the Krakow orchestra at Lincoln Center in New York during the Unsound Festival opening night, which also featured Ben Frost!). Aphex Twin will perform his reworkings of Penderecki’s “Polymorphia” and “Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima.” This will be the world premiere of both compositions.
On September 17, the second collaboration at the Sacrum Profanum Festival in the Tinning Plant of ArcelorMittal, Kraków will consist of Aphex Twin performing as part of recently no-fly listed Steve Reich’s Reich 75 project, with the following collaborators: Adrian Utley of Portishead, Will Gregory of Goldfrapp, Tom Verlaine of Television, Leszek Moz.dz.er, Pianohooligan (a.k.a. Piotr Orzechowski), and Envee. According to Warp Records, this is a one-off performance and will never be repeated again.