Few Canadian electronic artists can claim the level of success that has met West Coast native Mathew Jonson, whose bounteous discography of moody, exquisitely layered compositions runs the rhythmic gamut. Recognized worldwide as one of the country’s premier techno producers, this classically trained percussionist, pianist and jazz drummer began releasing expansive, emotionally exacting records in 2001 on the B.C. based Isitwhatitisimprint – an imprint that made a non negligible dent in the minimalist house movement at the time, and which Jonson bought up in 2012, remastering and rereleasing its entire catalogue digitally. Jonson’s reputation picked up further steam with the 2004 launch of his Wagon Repair label, on which he has since released the bulk of his seminal catalogue, as well as that of a who’s who of Canadian superplayers: The Mole, Cobblestone Jazz (which features Jonson), energetic techno supergroup Modern Deep Left Quartet (which features The Mole and the members of Cobblestone Jazz), Hrdvision and Mike Shannon. This master of meandering melodies and time honoured MUTEK blood brother has kept up the pace with a slew of surprising forays into jazz, house, fusion, and techno. He’s also thrived on spontaneity and thrilling improvisation in live settings, whether with the Modern Deep Left Quartet, Cobblestone Jazz, Midnight Operator (a duo with brother Nathan Jonson, aka Hrdvsion), or through collaborations with artists such as Dandy Jack (MUTEK 2009), Minilogue (MUTEK 2012) and Jesse Heartthrob (as Jonson & Siminski). The festival welcomes back one of its many cherished, Berlin-based progeny for the first time since releasing the Her Blurry Pictures LP (2013) on Crosstown Rebels, and the Northern Lights EP (2015), the latest, futuristic morsel of Cobblestone Jazz candy.
Jean-Drapeau Park - Second Stage
Wagon Repair label co-founder Mathew Jonson has long been at the forefront of the Canadian scene with his moody, exquisitely layered compositions. His forays into jazz, house, fusion, and techno, along with his thrilling live performances, have brought broad international attention. The Berlin-based Jonson teams with Swedish duo Minilogue at this year’s MUTEK.
Vancouver, B.C.'s own Mathew Jonson has built a solid reputation over the past few years through his participation in the Modern Deep Left Quartet, Cobblestone Jazz (which MUTEK welcomed in 2003) and with various other productions under his own name. His forays into jazz, house, fusion, techno and other forms of electronic-based music conjure up a youth filled with musical creativity and even naïve ingenuity. Formally trained in percussion at a young age, Mathew also had stints performing clarinet and classical piano. Through his father's interest in early electronic music and instruments, young Mathew discovered a new form of sound and musical composition, which he began to tamper with utilising keyboards, basic sequencers and sound modules. Only a few years later, he began experimenting with computer-based sequencing and sound-the programming of which was only a logical extension of his earlier infatuation with rudimentary analogue instruments. A visit to the monolithic Expo '86 in Vancouver, catapulted the youngster into a world of computer-based production and musical exploration. Since then, Mathew's deeply moody solo performances, combined with his impressive session playing in the Modern Deep Left Quartet and Cobblestone Jazz, has acknowledged the artist's temperament for masterful compositions, and riveting and intensely emotional musicianship. His solo productions for the Itiswhatitis label in Vancouver and collaborative recordings for Perlon, Arbutus, Definition, Minus, and Sub-static have brought him broad international attention and exposure, while his MUTEK appearance this year will offer a firsthand look at the understated modesty characterizing the deeply personal nature of his work. Prepare for a true demonstration of his artistry and his inspired personality.