Pierre Bastien & Espen Sommer Eide present Electric Folkways (FR/NO)
Two of the world’s most inventive orchestra conductors – both working with custom-built instruments and hybrid performers – come together on the MUTEK stage for a singular performance they call Electronic Folkways. France’s Pierre Bastien has built an entire private orchestra made out of Meccano robots, outfitted with traditional music instruments or, on occasion, everyday objects. He records albums and gives concerts with these machines, known collectively as ‘Mecanium’. Bastien, who performed at MUTEK in 2006, returns to the festival this year with his orchestra of hybrid, part-digital, part-analog instruments devised by Norway’s Espen Sommer Eide (Alog, Phonophani). An Oslo-born multi-instrumentalist, Eide has developed the Concertinome project – a custom-made instrument combining the concertina accordion with the monomer style keyboard – which he’s presented at Europe’s most prestigious concert halls and venues. Recording for Biophon Records (run by Biosphere, also performing this year), Eide has released a number of records as Phonomani, while also collaborating with noise-guitarist Dag-Are Haugan as part of the ALOG duo.