Post MUTEK Montréal 2015 Wrap
16th Festival Edition a Journey of Discovery and Revelation
June 26, 2015
Re-centering around the founding principles and values of the festival, namely discovery and revelation, the 16th edition of MUTEK animated the hallowed halls of the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal with 5 nights of dynamic and distinctive live performances highlighting the best in contemporary electronic and digital artistry.
Audiences were wowed by the laser and audiovisual work of ATOM™ & ROBIN FOX, the DASHA RUSH presentation of ANTARCTIC TAKT, TAKAMI NAKAMOTO & SEBASTIEN BENOITS' light tubes and live synchro soundtrack, JAMES HOLDEN with a drummer, RICHARD DEVINE and BASIC HOUSE in the Salle BWR, KIASMOS, GUNNAR HASLAM, POLE & MFO, and COBBLESTONE JAZZ, while a plethora of local and Canadian talents also captured people's attention, including PHEEK, BILLY DALESSANDRO & OMBOSSA, KARA-LIS COVERDALE, HERMAN KOLGEN and MUSIC FOR LAMPS.
Consolidating the festival's long standing reputation for new works and risk taking, the A/VISIONS programs enraptured festival goers with two motion mapping, light and dance pieces by HIROAKI UMEDA, the world premiere of MARTIN MESSIER's theatrical presentation of electrical fields, and the Canadian premiere of TYONDAI BRAXTON's compositional masterpiece HIVE. Meanwhile, the Métropolis hosted shows from RROSE, STEFFI, ATOM™ & TOBIAS, and SHERWOOD & PINCH.
The festival's occupation of the outdoor Parterre, in the Quartier des spectacles, proved an essential late afternoon gathering spot with stand out sets from MATHEW JONSON, PROJECT PABLO, NORTEC COLLECTIVE, MIKE SHANNON & DEWALTA, and KODE9 who closed the park on Sunday night.
A much expanded daytime program for DIGI_SECTION featured packed artists talks and panels, workshops from TOUCHDESIGNER, MADMAPPER and other technological partners, as well as showrooms for modular synthesizers by MOOG AUDIO and NATIVE INSTRUMENTS that overflowed with enthusiasts.
Considered an international destination for those seeking out new sounds, sights and new experiences, MUTEK once again drew a large contingent of festival goers from within and outside of Montréal, with many commenting on the quality and diversity of the programming. The shared joy and convivial atmosphere was infectious all week long.
We would like to sincerely thank the MUTEK community at large and everyone who came out and enjoyed the festival with us. Gratitude as always to the artists, our partners, sponsors, volunteers and staff.
We'll see you next year, from June 1 to 5, 2016!