With their pulsating, celebratory beats indebted to the expansive beauty and isolated taiga of the Northwest Territories, Miraj creates open-ended rhythmic canvases that every listener can project their atmospheric excursions onto. Their solstice-spanning, ambient-house soundscapes gleefully tap into dubby divinations and cosmic techno textures.
Founded in Yellowknife in 2015, Miraj is the spaced-out multidisciplinary collaboration between Harrison Roberts (aka Fritz Zwicky) and Sami Blanco (aka Temple Volant). Their downtempo, often A/V enhanced project, employs improvisation techniques in a hybrid mixing experience of analog & digital machines – namely, hardware synths, field recordings, midi controllers and mixers. The resulting dubby lullabies have been coupled with projected visuals that take after geomancy and microcosmic elements from their isolated, oft-chilly surroundings. Miraj regularly perform on radio shows (Ravelength), art galleries and festivals such as Folk on the Rocks. Roberts and Blanco also occasionally produce music in Montréal, while collaborating with artists such as Cop Car Bonfire, Ylang Ylang and Doldrums.
Seasoned improvisers, the duo bring their hypnotic and quintessentially northern beat brew (which has been frequently powered off the grid, care of car batteries), to the festival’s outdoor stage.