Second Wave of MUTEK Montréal 2015 Artists
More than 25 new artists confirmed, and individual tickets for the NOCTURNE MUTEK at MAC and MÉTROPOLIS series now on sale!
March 19, 2015
With just over 10 weeks to go, the festival unleashes a second wave of wide ranging talent to the bill for its 16th edition, taking place from May 27 to 31, 2015!
Representing a plethora of premieres, and embodying the festival’s values of live performance, discovery and revelation, here is the next set of names:
ANTHONY NAPLES (US) / BASIC HOUSE (UK) / BILLY DALESSANDRO & OMBOSSA present BOOMERS (CA) / CABAAL (CA) / DASHA RUSH presents ANTARCTIC TAKT (RU) / DREW GRAGG (CA) / FUMIYA TANAKA (JP) / GUNNAR HASLAM (US) / HUGUES CLÉMENT presents DICHOTOMIE (CA) / JONATHAN SCHERK (CA) / KAREN GWYER (UK) / LUMISOKEA (BE/IT) / LVIS MEJÍA presents SYNTAGMA (MX) / MINI & NELLY-EVE RAJOTTE present NIX (CA) / MIKA VAINIO (FI) / PATRICIA (US) / PERFUME ADVERT (UK) / PHEEK (CA) / RÉSERVOIR (CA) / SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL (CA) / STÄRKER (CA) / SVENGALISGHOST (US) / TAKAMI NAKAMOTO & SEBASTIEN BENOITS present REFLECTIONS (FR) / WAVESHAPER (CA) / WIKLOW presents SKELETAL WIRES (CA)
The always pulsating international underground is well represented with the addition of several artists associated with the UK based Opal Tapes roster, including: label head STEPHEN BISHOP, whose post industrial, textured, austere electronics as BASIC HOUSE will feature, the skewed tech and ecclesiastical chords of KAREN GWYER, the gauzy, aromatic dub house of PERFUME ADVERT, while Brooklyn based cohort PATRICIA will also bring his crunchy percussion and raspy basslines to the festival for the first time. From the infamous L.I.E.S label, the now Paris-based via Chicago producer and performer SVENGALISGHOST represents with his frenetic, dirty, retro-future visions, as does GUNNAR HASLAM with the world premiere of his solo live set.
The MAC will host a special program of light based performances on Thursday night, along with other audiovisual and immersive fare in Salle BWR throughout the week. MUTEK welcomes back TAKAMI NAKAMOTO from NONOTAK for the world premiere of a new audioreactive work, a collaboration with drummer SEBASTIEN BENOITS; joining this bill are two artists presented in partnership with CTM festival as part of their Berlin Current initiative which supports emerging sounds from the German capital: Russian producer DASHA RUSH presents her immersive, and experimental ANTARCTIC TAKT project, and Belgian/Italian duo LUMISOKEA combine ingenious light based scenography with their enveloping, neo-industrial sonic world. From Mexico, accomplished multimedia artist LVIS MEJÍA participates in a lineup of screen based works on Wednesday night with his live A/V performance, SYNTAGMA.
Finnish noise veteran MIKA VAINIO joins a deep listening program on Thursday already anchored by RICHARD DEVINE, as does Italian producer LUCY, previously announced for Friday night at Métropolis, who will play an additional set of improvised modular synth music; while local minimal stalwart PHEEK will present his latest sound design leaning work in this context too.
MUTEK is of course proud to also put forward a collection of promising new Canadian producers and recognized scenemakers. From the fertile Montréal scene: the classically trained DREW GRAGG whose wistful output has been picked up by NICOLAS JAAR’s label, Other People; noise/techno mainstay MARTIN DUMAIS (AUN) brings STÄRKER, a thick, intense new project with Cyclic Law’s FREDERIC ARBOUR to the big stage of Métropolis; seasoned techno/electro DJ and producer EVELYN DROUIN aka MINI, debuts a live audiovisual project with visual artist NELLY-EVE RAJOTTE; BILLY DALESSANDRO teams up with the Moment Factory’s MANUEL BOSSARD for a high definition audiovisual work; emerging but prolific producer and sound designer CABAAL has a new A/V project; radio artist and post-digital turntablist WIKLOW debuts; and last year’s audiovisual contest winner and MUTEK VJ, HUGUES CLÉMENT presents his brand new piece DICHOTOMIE.
From Gatineau, RÉSERVOIR performs a set of austere reverb drenched dub techno inspired by brutalist architecture; sound designer JAKOB THIESEN from Toronto presents his live ambient audiovisual show WAVESHAPER; and from British Columbia, rhythmic delicacies from JONATHAN SCHERK; and dancehall tropes from SEEKERSINTERNATIONAL.
While the vast majority of artists playing MUTEK perform their own original works live, careful consideration goes into choosing the Saturday night DJ for the all night MÉTROPOLIS program. This year welcomes Perlon records mainstay, and boundary pushing producer FUMIYA TANAKA to this coveted spot. Also taking to the decks during NOCTURNE 4 at the MAC, young, dynamic talent ANTHONY NAPLES.
And there is more to come, including the sensational audiovisual performances that comprise the A/VISIONS series at Théâtre Maisonneuve, and all of the free programming including: the outdoor EXPÉRIENCE series, the late night experimental PLAY program (at the MAC in the Salle BWR on Friday and Saturday night) and the entire compliment of daytime DIGI_SECTION workshops, showrooms, panels and artists Q&As at the Phi Centre.
To help you plan your festival, a rough guide to the night by night programming is available here.
All the artist bios are available here.
Join the MUTEK 2015 Facebook event page.
PASSPORTS PRESALE NOW ON
Prices will rise again March 24 (or until supplies last)
The best way to enjoy the festival's many and varied offerings is through the full FESTIVAL PASSPORT or WEEKEND PASS, now on sale in limited quantities.
The box office is open here.
When you buy your FESTIVAL PASSPORT or your WEEKEND PASS online, you have the option of adding an extra $10 or $5 to your basket. For this, you will receive a specially marked ECOPASS that acknowledges your support of this year's cause. MUTEK is proud to support the ongoing work of Santropol Roulant and their innovative approach to meals-on-wheels, urban food systems and community care.
PASSPORTS and WEEKEND PASSES can also be purchased in person at MOOG Audio and Atom Heart in Montréal:
MOOG Audio: 3828 Boul St-Laurent
Atom Heart: 364 Rue Sherbrooke East
Individual tickets for the MÉTROPOLIS and NOCTURNE MUTEK programs are now available here.
Hotel with PASSPORT deals
With more than half of the festival audience once again expected to arrive from outside Montréal, some enticing hotel and PASSPORT packages are being offered.
All details can be found here.