Last Wave! Complete Program for MUTEK Montréal 2017

Including a special NTS collaboration and the free outdoor program

June 15, 2017
Last Wave! Complete Program for MUTEK Montréal 2017

After months of careful deliberation, the 18th edition of MUTEK taking place from August 22-27 in Montréal is finally all dressed up and ready to go. Here is the last batch of artist names:

Bambooman (UK) / Beatrice Dillon (UK) / Ben Shemie (CA) / BSLC x Groj (CA) / buffalo MRI (CA) / Christian Olsen  (CA) / Dis Fig (US) / ESB (CA) / Flandez (CA) / Forage (CA) / gonima (CA) / Helm (UK) / Imaginary Landscape (CA) / Jonathan Kawchuk (CA) / Lotic (US) / Moma (CA) / N.M.O. (ES/NO) / Ouri (CA) / Pelada (CA) / Racine & Wolski (CA) / Reginald Omas Mamode IV (UK) / OSB (CA) / Revlux™ (CA) / Sarah Farina (DE) / Shit & Shine (UK/US) / Shiva Feshareki (UK) / Stereo _IMG (CA) / Teo Zamudio (CA) / Toboggan (CA) / Tokiomi (CA/JP) / Valeda (CA) / You’re Me Band (CA)

Friday August 25 & Saturday August 26 at The WILDER Building - Espace danse

Exploring new territories, MUTEK christens the new Espace danse of the recently opened WILDER Building with 2 showcases presented with the renowned international music platform and online radio station NTS with the support of the Arts Council England. A mix of cutting-edge UK artists and locals, each night takes off from the NTS slogan “Don’t Assume,” investigating different axes of the underground sounds they are renowned for.

The first program snakes through Beatrice Dillon’s singular, electro-acoustically inclined jazz tweaks and avant-dub stylings, to Space Afrika and their slow-stepping, urban dubscapes, finishing off with a punk-noise-electronics mash with a live drummer from Shit & Shine. A cast of compelling local artists are peppered throughout — experimental soundscaping from Racine with visuals by Wolski, the live hardware dub -flavoured improvs of duo Loose Excursions (Gene Tellem and Gabriel Reichhold), and the propulsive percussion and collage of Godspeed You! Black Emperor drummer Aidan Girt as alter ego OSB.

Saturday’s adventure follows a decidedly avant-garde trajectory that features a four-turntable extravaganza from composer Shiva Feshareki, making waves with her mix of classical and electronic investigation, winding up with an overwhelm of sound and fog from uncomfortable-ambient and experimental producer Helm. Effortlessly mixing with these elements are sets from local cassette-tape composer buffalo MRI, the John Cage inspired, gramophone, clarinet and audiovisual trio Imaginary Landscape and a furious and fragile feedback and drone piece from Suuns frontman and composer Ben Shemie.

Friday, August 25
Racine & Wolski (CA) / Beatrice Dillon (UK) / Loose Excursions (CA) / Space Afrika (UK) / OSB (CA) / Shit & Shine (UK/US)

Saturday, August 26
buffalo MRI (CA) / Shiva Feshareki (UK) / Imaginary Landscape (CA) / Ben Shemie —  Enduring Love (CA) / Helm (UK)

Sunday, August 27

Closing night unfolds as two tandem programs physically and musically in and about, “spheres.” Spatial, ambient compositional works engulf the Satosphère in the early evening with soundtracks by Murcof, analogue-digital reconfigurings from Kara-Lis Coverdale and sweeping clusters of sound by composer Jonathan Kawchuk — eventually morphing into a delicate set of dub appliqué from You're Me Band, a web-house hardware set from ESB and a culminating disco-house-jazz hybrid from Harvey Sutherland. Downstairs, take a frequent flyer ride to all corners of the planet with the IDM and field recordings of Tokiomi, the African influenced downtempo of Anchorsong, electrified folk and cumbia from Nicola Cruz, polyrhythmic, pan-continental odysseys from Africaine 808, and the elegant, globally-tuned house of Kuniyuki.

Satosphère 7pm-1am
Murcof (MX) / Kara-Lis Coverdale (CA) / Jonathan Kawchuk (CA) / You're Me Band (CA) / ESB (CA) / Harvey Sutherland (AU)

Espace SAT 10pm-3am
Tokiomi (CA/JP) / Anchorsong (JP) / Nicola Cruz (EC) / Africaine 808 (DE) / Kuniyuki (JP)

Wednesday August 23 to Saturday August 26

Taking place on the Esplanade of the Place des Arts adjacent to the MAC, our free outdoor stage presented as part of the official celebrations of Montréal’s 375th, privileges artists from London, Mexico City, Barcelona and Berlin and runs through the late afternoon until 11pm Wednesday through Saturday. Set up as a gathering and a taking off place to discover new artists, there will food trucks, chillout furniture and a very special MUTEK 18 beer, brewed by local Brasserie Harricana just for the occasion. This whole Quartier des spectacles zone will be vibrating with activity as the Festival Mode & Design will be running concurrently — expect a special collaboration to be announced soon.

Wednesday, August 23

The program adds live sets from young London producer Bambooman who straddles the worlds of house and bass music with hip-hop undertow and the downtempo, broken beat and afrofunk stylings from Reginald Omas Mamode IV, and a DJ set of experimental rhythms from Beatrice Dillon. Locals joining the fray include the breezy chillbient of Moma, the sideways grooves and poly-techno of Oren Ratwosky’s Revlux™ project, and a driving live set from the duo of BSLC x Groj.

EXPÉRIENCE Berlin: CTM presents Berlin Current x Montreal
Saturday, August 26

Saturday’s EXPERIENCE Berlin lineup, curated by the venerable CTM festival, highlights residents who represent a new wave of sounds, diversity and spirit of eccentricity the city is infamous for: Fluxus inspired performance by N.M.O., amalgams of bass, trap and urban sonics from Sarah Farina and Dis Fig, and the phantasmagorical electronics of Lotic. Performative electro-techno duo Pelada and the trippy, melodic concoctions of Toboggan represent the Montréal angle on this outdoor stage.

The final pieces of the EXPÉRIENCE México stage on Thursday include the soulful productions of Ouri and the delicate electronic experiments of Stereo_IMG. On Friday, Montréalers interspersed among the EXPÉRIENCE Barcelona artists include gonima with an ambient set, the tech-house swing of Flandez and the progressive-tech of Forage. Inside at the SAT on Friday night for INTER_CONNECT Barcelona the program brims with local artists specializing in expressive forms of electronic performance: Valeda’s moody mix of vocals and spacious production, drummer and composer Christian Olsen with his melodramatic new material and the cinematic sound and image of’s Teo Zamudio

Consult the complete program here


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