Led by Uwe Schmidt (a.k.a. Atom Heart), the Señor Coconut project revisits classics of the 70s and 80s, reinterpreting them with an inimitable Latin flair. Scrupulously executed, the brilliance of this caustic approach may well overshadow the original compositions. Their first victim was Kraftwerk, that mythical precursor to the current electronic wave, whose work was subjected to repeated assaults by these masters of hybrid chicanery. The question is, who's next on the musical chopping block? We'll soon find out, since Señor Coconut is about to release a new album. In the meantime, MUTEK is pleased to host the combo's North American debut, which likely will be their last performance of Kraftwerk material. Live, the dynamism of the ensemble is largely driven by the cataclysmic presence of brass and percussion, as arranged by Danish bandleader August Engkilde, the charisma of Venezuelan singer Argenis Brito, and the unmistakably singular manipulations of brainchild Atom Heart.
Place des festivals 05/06/2010
MUTEK couldn’t be more proud to present its very first free concert, under the open night sky and right in the heart of downtown Montreal with the indelible Latin rhythms of SEÑOR COCONUT & HIS ORCHESTRA, accompanied by Argenis Brito. Without a doubt, this will be one of those memorable milestones in the festival’s unfolding history. Señor Coconut is but one of the many faces of legendary German producer Uwe Schmidt, one of the world’s most respected electronic musicians and a longtime acolyte of the MUTEK Festival. World-renowned for his stunning 2000 album “El Baile Alemán”, which saw him rendering nine classic Kraftwerk singles in Latin styles such as the Cha-Cha-Cha, Merengue, and Cumbia, Señor Coconut & His Orchestra have since become a very popular live act featuring nearly a dozen musicians and a mastery of crowd-pleasing Electrolatino rhythms. Still reproducing electro-pop hits in a Latin style, the latest Señor Coconut album, 2008’s “Around The World” delivered covers of Daft Punk, Eurythmics, Prince and others.