International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music
WHO: Montréal-based musician, producer and composer
STYLE: Multi layered synth compositions, post sacred tonalities steeped in noise, new age accents with hip hop swagger
LATEST: Aftertouches (2015), Sirens, with LXV (2015), A 480 (2014)
LABELS: Umor Rex, Sacred Phrases, Constellation Tatsu
MORE: Collaborated on Tim Hecker and Lee Bannon albums; is organist and music director at St. John’s church in Montréal
MUTEK: Montréal: 2015; Mexico: 2015; Barcelona: 2016
As at-home surrounded by wires and synths as she is before a pipe organ, Kara-Lis Coverdale makes multiple channel, multi timbral collages that conjure symphonies of the sacred, profane and transcendent. Informed by a Masters degree in musicology and composition and an ingrained love of hip hop, sampling and capsized New Age, Coverdale’s post-sacred music mobilizes traditional vocal and instrumental sources into electronic dreams of earthly existence.
Along with her evolving solo work, Coverdale has collaborated with LXV (musician David Sutton) on their Sirens album, and contributed keyboard and piano to recordings by Tim Hecker and hip hop junglist, Lee Bannon. Live, Coverdale draws on her latest recordings and recent compositions, layering sensorial electronics, pipe organ and piano, reverberating drones and bass, deliberately leaving space for improvisation inspired by the moment.
After an acclaimed live set at MUTEK in 2015 (The Guardian writer Ben Beaumont-Thomas called her his “absolute festival highlight”), followed by touring, shows at MUTEK.MX and MUTEK.ES and further critical accolades, Coverdale unveils a new live set for MUTEK Montréal.