Tashi Wada & Julia Holter © Dicky Bahto
Concert Artefact Stukresidentie

Artefact Sound 2024: Tashi Wada with Julia Holter / Valentina Magaletti & more

Artefact Sound comes to an end with a relaxed listening afternoon full of new creations by residents and the groundbreaking duo Tashi Wada and Julia Holter.


14:00: doors + exhibition open
15:00: Clara Levy — Exhibition intervention with Sophie Whettnall (Studio)
16:30: Valentina Magaletti & Theresa Baumgartner — Lucha Libre (Soetezaal)
18:00: BELLY FLOP (Farida Amadou & Leslie Gutierrez) (STEK)
19:00: Tashi Wada with Julia Holter (Soetezaal)
20:00: free closing drink (STUKcafé)
+ Radio Scorpio djs (STUKcafé)


➤ Sunday 25.02
➤ STUK Soetezaal - Naamsestraat 96, Leuven
➤ €18 / €14 (STUK card / KU Leuven Culture Card)
➤ Concerts in the Soetezaal are seated, those in STEK are standing. No drinks allowed in the Soetezaal and the exhibition spaces (STEK is fine). STUKcafé is open for a drink before and after the shows.

• Clara Levy — exhibition intervention with Sophie Whettnall
(live, artist-in-residence, premiere)

Clara Levy is a classically trained violinist and improviser. She has interpreted music by composers as diverse as Hildegard Von Bingen, Pauline Oliveros and Kaija Saariaho, shared the stage with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and moves smoothly between the contemporary classical circuit, sound art and minimal music. Commissioned by Artefact, she will dialogue with Sophie Whettnall's artwork in the Studio (fourth floor). A series of painted silk canvases hang scattered around the room, like a forest you can walk through. Fans and a humming voice bring the installation to life. Clara Levy will make her way through the canvases with her violin, playing with the architecture of the hall and the meaning of Whettnall's creation.

• Valentina Magaletti & Theresa Baumgartner — Lucha Libre
(live, artist-in-residence, premiere)

As a percussionist, Valentina Magaletti is one of today's leading and most prolific musicians. Besides ensembles like Moin, Holy Tongue, Tomaga and Vanishing Twin, she has frequently collaborated with household names like Nicolas Jaar, Thurston Moore and Bat for Lashes. At Artefact, she presents the premiere of her new show Lucha Libre, together with light artist Theresa Baumgartner. In it, she performs never-before-performed pieces from her acclaimed album A Queer Anthology of Drums, alongside new compositions from her upcoming release Disquiet Mouth. The set-up is reminiscent of a battle arena with the performer in the middle and the audience in a second imaginary ring. The performance is divided into three parts, ironically addressing the male and female nature of drumming and culminating in a queer finale in which conventions are defeated and freedom of expression triumphs.

• BELLY FLOP (Farida Amadou & Leslie Gutierrez)
(live, artist-in-residence, premiere)

BELLY FLOP is the brand-new friendship duo of bassist Farida Amadou and drummer Leslie Gutierrez. While Amadou currently plays in the top tier of the European improv scene, Gutierrez created a furore as a member of the female punk trio Pega (RIP!). Together, they bridge the gap between free improvisation and groovy songs. Their project originated during a residency in our new venue STEK, where the toilets used to be. This sanitary genesis is the hilarious starting point for the duo, who above all do not take themselves too seriously. "BELLY FLOP is a bit of pop, a bit of experimental, a bit of rock music and for sure a lot of fun!".

• Tashi Wada with Julia Holter

Tashi Wada is an American composer and the son of the legendary sound pioneer Yoshi Wada. He explores resonance and dissonance, using alternative tunings and simple structures to generate rich and unanticipated perceptual effects. He will appear together with close collaborator Julia Holter, best known for her transportive, multilayered recordings with voice. For years, Wada and Holter have performed in each other’s groups and projects, developing an intuitive, musical kinship. So expect for this Artefact Sound closing concert “ecstatic drones, unconventional tunings, and a spirit of infinity” (The New Yorker).

Artefact Sound 2024 ‘At the still point of the turning world’
8.02 → 25.02
STUK - House for Dance, Image & Sound

  • Sun 25 Feb
  • 14:00 - 21:00


Studio + Soetezaal + STEK


€18 (standard)
€14 (reduction)