【 Music Festival Report 】MUTEK Montréal 2016

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This edition was a truly exceptional illustration of variety, quality, inspiration and most importantly, community. The festival is always the sum of all of its parts, and this year expressed the kind of magic of immediacy and conviviality that recalled the first heady days of the event. The MUTEK audience is among the most receptive, open minded and enthusiastic, and many of the artists expressed their deep appreciation for that.

NEXT EDITION TAKES PLACE AUGUST 23-27, 2017
Due to an overcrowding of events in the city’s springtime calendar, and as an opportunity to refresh its formula, MUTEK Montréal will be making a leap into August for its 18th edition next year.




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MUTEK Montréal 2016

A beacon signalling the beginning of the summer festival season, MUTEK returns to the heart of the Quartier des spectacles and the MAC Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal for 5 days and nights of carefully curated performances. Emphasizing live and original expressions of contemporary electronic music and audiovisual arts, the festivities run at a breakneck pace from Wednesday, June 1 through to Sunday, June 5 at various indoor and outdoor locations downtown.

This year’s program balances international names, masters and trendsetters with emergent talents, Québec and Canadian artists, and more women than ever.

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ASH KOOSHA (IR/UK) / ATOM™ (DE/CL) / BURNT FRIEDMAN (DE) / COLLEEN (FR) / DASHA RUSH (RU) / DASHA RUSH & STANISLAV GLASOV present DARK HEARTS OF SPACE (RU) / DAWN OF MIDI (US) / ESSAIE PAS (CA) / FLANGER (DE) / FRANCESCO TRISTANO (LU) / FRANCK VIGROUX & KURT D’HAESELEER present CENTAURE (FR/BE) / FUNCTION (US) / GALCHER LUSTWERK (US) / JLIN (US) / JULIA KENT (CA) / KARA-LIS COVERDALE (CA) / LAKKER (IE) / LOCAL ARTIST (CA) / MAAYAN NIDAM (IL) / OFF WORLD (CA) / ORPHX (CA) / PAUL JEBANASAM & TARIK BARRI present CONTINUUM (LK/NL) / POWELL (UK) / PROJECT PABLO (CA) / ROMARE (UK) / SONJA MOONEAR (CH) / TEREKKE (US) / TIM HECKER (CA)

► Bio: bit.ly/mutek2016-artists
► Podcats: bit.ly/MUTEK2016PREVIEW01

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MUTEK is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art. Its mandate is to provide a platform for the most original and visionary artists currently working in their fields, with the intent of providing an outlet of initiation and discovery for the audiences we seek to develop.

MUTEK’s principal activity is the annual presentation of its namesake festival, which has taken place in Montreal since 2000. Since its first edition, the MUTEK festival has distinguished itself as an international rendezvous for original and avant-garde programming. In terms of content, the festival’s range strives to be diverse, with interests in both the experimental and the playful sides of digital creativity. MUTEK’s programming intends to create a sonic space that can support innovation in new electronic music and digital art. This is a world of constant evolution and incessant refinement – the “MU” in MUTEK refers consciously to the notion of “mutation”.

Over the years, the MUTEK festival has presented a considerable number of renowned artists while simultaneously providing an important showcase for up-and-coming talent. Each edition offers a notable array of Canadian, North American, and even international premieres. The festival provides an open, inviting environment that encourages rewarding exchanges between artists, professionals, and the public; MUTEK is a point of convergence, drawing participants from all over the world to profit from a context of active discovery. Many of the festival’s participants have gained concrete and positive opportunities from their involvement with MUTEK.

Always looking to maintain and develop its pertinence within its chosen community, from early on MUTEK has strived to expand its sphere of activities beyond the core festival. These initiatives have multiplied since 2002, both in Montreal and on the international scene: showcases, tours, and international editions of the festival, not to mention a record label.

A MUTEK network exists today, with ramifications in North America, South America, and Europe, which provides an essential platform to promote and explore wide-ranging artistic content, all the while reflecting a cultural effervescence that is both real and global.






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