Oslo World Music Festival: Untzdag invites Orpheu the Wizard

Orpheu the Wizard | Øyvind Morken

Once a year the musical world ascends on to Oslo from all four corners of the globe to celebrate the regions often overlooked by the western hemisphere. The Oslo World Music Festival sets the stage for new and established artists, bringing together many famous names for a 5-day musical festival whose intentions spread beyond the realm of entertainment. OWMF presents music from around the world, with special focus on Asia, Africa and Latin America with the purpose of the festival focussed on artistic quality and social engagement. Every year Jæger too takes part in OWMF’s nocturnal activities looking to highlight new and established talent from the more unlikely corners of the electronic music world. OWMF teams up with our weekly residencies for one week in early November, with Untzdag, Retro, Frædag and Nightflight residents bringing DJs together that most accurately define their individuality.

Orpheu the Wizard joins Øyvind Morken to traverse the known musical galaxy from Afro Beat to Techno. Based in Amsterdam but with one foot in the cosmos, Orpheu The Wizard has been surprising and delighting people with his unconventional sets for years. The Dutchman has done so with little fanfare before now, because his skills have simply spread through the mouths of those astounded by what they have heard when they see him play. It’s hard to describe what goes down in one of his sets, the distinguished selector is not afraid of taking left turns, serving up curveballs and doing the unexpected. 

Taking real pride and joy in unearthing and sharing his usually musical treats, Orpheu The Wizard is musically curious and invites his audiences to be so too. As versatile as he is eclectic, you are as likely to be floating in outer space one moment as you are rooted to a beat the next. The man born Orpheu de Jong is a Red Light Radio co-founder celebrated for the breadth and depth of his taste and the passion with which he plays. Closely linked with the acclaimed Dekmantel crew for who he is in house designer, Orpheu is a big player on his native scene’s backstage, and is now rightfully making a mark on the wider world.

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