Rémillard and Highbloom’s singular new jazz/minimal tech meeting of the minds, merges the increasingly distinct and experimental sides of deep, dubby textural techo with tenor sax and remarkable tension, restraint and an affective sense of well-being.
A flagship artist from Montréal’s electronic music scene since the late nineties, Jean-Patrice Rémillard has racked up an impressive discography, on top of founding his own acclaimed label, Archipel, through which he has advanced many fledgling talents. Having always cultivated a penchant for musical improvisation and a proclivity for brooding techno, Rémillard was among the earliest proponents of the netlabel, routinely issuing singles and EPs as mp3s. And while he may be a newcomer to the MUTEK circuit, soft-spoken Bryan Highbloom has a lifetime of experience in free jazz under his belt. First, as frontman of jazz-meets-world-music outfit Wendajam, but also as someone widely hailed for providing the blueprint for music therapy in Québec. He has clocked almost three decades as the Jewish General Hospital’s irrepressible music therapist. Having long advocated for music’s ability to heal, comfort and connect with people, Highbloom launched JGH Jazz, a parallel event to Montreal’s annual international jazz festival, where local and international artists alike are invited to perform at the hospital for the patients and staff who can’t make it downtown for the big festivities.
Rémillard has performed collaborative projects on more than one occasion at MUTEK, from unsettlingly ambient, audiovisual techno (with Diagraf) to atmospheric layers of micro-sounds with dub nuances (with Off the Sky). He takes to MUTEK’s Saturday night Métropolis stage with veteran Highbloom, who will ride his saxophone alongside Rémillard’s modular rig.