Anticipation is in the air! MUTEK Montréal kicks off next week with a cornucopia of premieres, exclusives, and special projects. Plug into more than 75 live performances of contemporary electronic music and audiovisual works from artists from more than 20 countries.
To help you keep it all in perspective here’s an overview of highlights by program.
THE NOCTURNE SERIES
at Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC)
Opening night June 1, concentrates on A/V performances with premieres by Aïsha Devi and her mantric bass music and metaphysical visual world, the hyperreal virtual space of Foldings by Lee Gamble & Dave Gaskarth and a closing DJ set from the legendary Moritz Von Oswald. Downstairs, don’t miss Mathew and Nathan Jonson’s Midnight Operator.
Variations on affecting sonic experimentation characterize NOCTURNE 2 with Tim Hecker and Lorenzo Senni, Herman Kolgen’s earthquake inspired Seismik and Jackson’s metal sound sculpture.
NOCTURNE 3 is a whirlwind of musicality with pop dubbist Colleen, downtempo soul from Romare, quadrophonic rhythmic genius from Burnt Friedman and a live Canadian premiere of furious footwork by Jlin. Delicate and emotive music unfurls downstairs with the return of Désormais and a set of ambient leanings from Arcade Fire member Jeremy Gara.
NOCTURNE 4 delves into the underground a riff heavy set by Powell, spaced out dub by Terreke and the rap-house hybrids of Galcher Lustwerk, while downstairs it’s an international sampling of technos with Mexican artist White Visitation, British bass master Spatial and Polish quartet T’ien Lai. The festival comes in for a landing Sunday, with the deconstructed jazz of Flanger, the live trio Dawn of Midi and the North American premiere of a new warped-house live set by Frits Wentink. Downstairs it’s sweet beats by Lawrence Le Doux and Project Pablo among others.
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY & MUTEK
Present 2 Big Room Club Music Nights at Métropolis
On Friday, MUTEK transforms Métropolis into an overwhelming temple of techno, creating a completely unique space with exclusive stage design by LEX Studio in which to house Berghain resident Function performing a rare live set, the intensity of Dasha Rush and the cinematic, immersive, dub inflected music of Lakker.
Dare to dance until 6AM on Saturday with a program of big room, trippy house concoctions by Romanian Barac, the Debussy meets Detroit techno of keyboardist Francesco Tristano and a joyful, ebullient set of selections from Sonja Moonear to take you to dawn.
A/VISIONS at the Salle Pierre-Mercure:
Sight and Sound Featuring Transportive Audiovisual Performances in a Theatre Setting
Our signature series of audiovisual performances features another astonishing exclusive from Nonotak, back this year with a full stage, live, multiscreen performance called Shiro, on Friday evening.
On Saturday it’s the world premiere of Dark Hearts of Space, a multi-layer screen work exploring the metaphoric and poetic implications of black holes — from the audiovisual team of Dasha Rush & Stanslav Glasov, and the massive sound and vision of Paul Jebanasam & Tarrik Barri’s powerful meditation on our evolution through technology, Continuum.
EXPÉRIENCE: The Free Outdoor Stage
on the Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles
We’re outside and free from Thursday to Saturday until 11PM with a mix of local and international talents:
Blue Hawaii and Frits Wentink on Thursday, Booma Collective, Claire and Lee Gamble on Friday, Jlin, Nautiluss and Machinedrum, Saturday.
MUTEK is at the FTA with a free show by Fake_Electronics and Cop Car Bonfire at 5PM at Coeur des Sciences.
Sunday’s choices include Piknic Électronik and the Boiler Room at the SAT (Free RSVP here).
And we invite you to visit our virtual reality exhibition at the Phi Centre, running all week.
DIGI_SECTION: Free Daytime Program
Featuring Artist Q&As, Panels, Workshops and Showrooms
Get up close with artists in a series of illuminating conversations with Lorenzo Senni, Marcel Weber (MFO), Essaie Pas, and Dasha Rush – and panels featuring Burnt Friedman, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Tarik Barri and Matthew Biedermann.
Touch the technology in the Moog modular and Roland showrooms. There’s a performance by Mathew Jonson on Friday at the Phi and a mastering workshop with Pheek.
Richie Hawtin drops in at the MAC on Saturday afternoon with a demo of his MODEL 1 mixer.
*View the full program here.