NOCTURNE 5
MUTEK 2016, montreal

Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) 06/06/2016

WHO: Montréal-based Guillaume Coutu-Dumont and Berlin-based Ernesto Ferreyra
STYLE: Hook laden microhouse filled with melody and sparkle
LATEST WORK: a forthcoming series of 3 EPS later this year on their own label, Escandalo EP (2008), Pogo-A-Gogo EP (2007)
LABELS: Crosstown Rebels, Musique Risquée, Raum
MORE: Coutu-Dumont plays in Flabbergast with MUTEK programmer Vincent Lemieux; Ferreyra is a big part of the Cadenza label family and a regular resident at events in Ibiza
MUTEKs: Bogota: 2015; Montreal: 2008. Ferreyra – Montreal: 2008, 2009, 2014; @Cervantino, Mexico: 2010. Coutu-Dumont – Montreal: 2014, 2010 (w. Side Effects), 2004 and 2003 (as Egg); Mexico: 2011(w. Side Effects), 2009

Chic Miniature's Latin flecked swing, undulating bass lines and delicate samples infuse a sound long on sparkle and grooviness, an effect of their Montréal/Córdoba upbringings – the duo of Guillaume Coutu-Dumont and Ernesto Ferreyra have a musical genealogy that goes back a decade to when both were based in Montréal. Now, after a few years concentrating on solo pursuits on different continents, they've reunited as a live act and in the studio.

Ferryra cut his electronic teeth in Argentina, first as a radio host in his hometown of Córdoba, where by age 14 he was already playing as a DJ in clubs. His rhythm lust landed him in Mexico City, where he made his producing debut, and led him to join the critical mass of electronic artists in Montréal at the turn of the last decade. His intricate approach to recording and DJing, at the confluence of Latin grooves and taut Northern minimalism, attracted the interest of Cadenza boss and tech-house mentor Luciano, who invited him to release material on his heavyweight label. A consummate musician with a proclivity for exuberant, worldly rhythms, jazz, gospel and techno, Coutu-Dumont has a background in electroacoustics and percussion. He released early recordings as surreal duo EGG (with Artificiel’s Julien Roy) before putting his funk wizardry to wax on Musique Risquée, Oslo and Circus Company with solo releases, and in several other collaborative projects.

Chic Miniature bloomed in 2005, releasing several 12”s and cultivating a live act that combined the sweetness of their recordings with the immediacy of performance. In 2007, as part of a collective exodus of Canadian artists, both men relocated to Berlin where their careers matured and their globetrotting established their individual international reputations. Last year, on the eve of Coutu-Dumont’s return to Montréal, they reanimated Chic Miniature and began playing and recording again, with a series of three self released EPS expected later this year. MUTEK is thrilled to have them close this year’s festival, treating festivalgoers to the perfect dessert for the end of this edition’s big meal.

NOCTURNO 1
MUTEK 2015, bogota

Solar Restobar 26/09/2015

One of the rising talents from the MUTEK_Rec stable! Chic Miniature is the exciting duo of Guillaume Coutu-Dumont and Ernesto Ferreyra, two of this city's finest up-and-coming micro-house producers. Between them, this pair has already accumulated a wide and varied catalogue of first-rate house music. Chic Miniatue, has released their work via Raummusik and Musique Risquée.

Guillaume Coutu-Dumont is an electronic artist born in Montreal and established in Berlin, Germany. He is recognized for his varied collaborations with musicians such as Julien Roy, David Fafard and Vincent Lemieux, as part of Mutek, and as he is one of the artists with whom the festival was launched.

Coutu-Dumont, who comes with an academic background in percussion, has been experimenting with micro-house under numerous guises since 2003. He's recorded one album and several singles with fellow Montrealer Julien Roy, as the dark and surreal duo Egg. Coutu-Dumont also works alongside David Fafard (Mutek_rec, Morris Audio, and of audio-visual troupe Nanalog) in Luci, producing more playful, party-minded tracks. Finally, Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts gives this prolific producer the chance to indulge his micro-funk fantasies.

The major part of Coutu-Dumont’s collaborative work was developed jointly with Mutek. Other collaborations include Vincent Lemieux (Mutek_rec), and also the artistic collective Racam. Recently Coutu-Dumont was part of Per Eckbo Orchestra, a project with Federico Molinari, that took place in Oslo.

Argentina-native Ernesto Ferreyra, on the other hand, has opted to take the DJ's path to the studio. He landed really early in the world of electronic music, after having worked as a radio host in Cordoba, his hometown in Argentina. At the age of 14, he was already swinging in underage clubs. Later, with the firm intention to know the world, he moved out to turbulent Mexico City, where he lived for 3 years and made his producing debut.

He then went to Montreal, seduced by the vibrating and creative culture of that place where Canadian electronic music was born. There, his know-how was propelled thanks to the artists of Mutek Festival, and particularly Guillaum Coutu-Dumont, with whom he plays and produces with the name Chic Miniature.

After several absent years, Chic Miniature comes back to the MUTEK stage, now at microMUTEK.CO in Bogotá.

EXPERIENCE 2: STREET (SM)ART

Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 30/05/2008

Chic Miniature is the exciting duo of Guillaume Coutu-Dumont and Ernesto Ferreyra, two of this city's finest up-and-coming micro-house producers. Between them, this pair has already accumulated a wide and varied catalogue of first-rate house music. Coutu-Dumont, who comes with an academic background in percussion, has been experimenting with micro-house under numerous guises since 2003. He's recorded one album and several singles with fellow Montrealer Julien Roy, as the dark and surreal duo Egg. Coutu-Dumont also works alongside David Fafard (of audio-visual troupe Nanalog) in Luci, producing more playful, party-minded tracks. Finally, Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts gives this prolific producer the chance to indulge his micro-funk fantasies. Argentina-native Ernesto Ferreyra, on the other hand, has opted to take the DJ's path to the studio. He only recently released his debut, the 2006 single Memoria Collectiva. Together as Chic Miniature, the pair issued their first single, Conexión Califa in 2005, and have two upcoming singles in the works. Top-notch homegrown talent!

NOCTURNO 2

Estación Indianilla 13/10/2007

One of the rising talents from the MUTEK_Rec stable! Chic Miniature is the exciting duo of Guillaume Coutu-Dumont and Ernesto Ferreyra, two of this city's finest up-and-coming micro-house producers. Between them, this pair has already accumulated a wide and varied catalogue of first-rate house music. Coutu-Dumont, who comes with an academic background in percussion, has been experimenting with micro-house under numerous guises since 2003. He's recorded one album and several singles with fellow Montrealer Julien Roy, as the dark and surreal duo Egg. Coutu-Dumont also works alongside David Fafard (of audio-visual troupe Nanalog) in Luci, producing more playful, party-minded tracks. Finally, Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts gives this prolific producer the chance to indulge his micro-funk fantasies. Argentina-native Ernesto Ferreyra, on the other hand, has opted to take the DJ's path to the studio. He only recently released his debut, the 2006 single Memoria Collectiva. Together as Chic Miniature, the pair issued their first single, Conexión Califa in 2005, and have two upcoming singles in the works. Top-notch homegrown talent!

MUTEK//PIKNIC 1

Jean-Drapeau Park 02/06/2007

One of the rising talents from the MUTEK_Rec stable! Chic Miniature is the exciting duo of Guillaume Coutu-Dumont and Ernesto Ferreyra, two of this city's finest up-and-coming micro-house producers. Between them, this pair has already accumulated a wide and varied catalogue of first-rate house music. Coutu-Dumont, who comes with an academic background in percussion, has been experimenting with micro-house under numerous guises since 2003. He's recorded one album and several singles with fellow Montrealer Julien Roy, as the dark and surreal duo Egg. Coutu-Dumont also works alongside David Fafard (of audio-visual troupe Nanalog) in Luci, producing more playful, party-minded tracks. Finally, Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts gives this prolific producer the chance to indulge his micro-funk fantasies. Argentina-native Ernesto Ferreyra, on the other hand, has opted to take the DJ's path to the studio. He only recently released his debut, the 2006 single Memoria Collectiva. Together as Chic Miniature, the pair issued their first single, Conexión Califa in 2005, and have two upcoming singles in the works. Top-notch homegrown talent!

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  • Conexión Califa
  • Poco-A-Gogo
  • Escandalo
  • Temptation And Lies - The Cynosure Remixes
  • Get Lost 03
  • Fortdance MMVIII Mix
  • Get Lost 03
  • Fortdance MMVIII Mix
  • Montreal Techno: MUTEK Compilation
  • Puro Urbano & Beach - Desert Lounge Weekend - Volume Two
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