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MUTEK Festival Announces Second Wave of Performers

May 30 – June 3: A GUY CALLED GERALD, KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN, CLARK join line-up

April 03, 2012
MUTEK Festival Announces Second Wave of Performers

Three weeks after a strong global reception for its first wave of performers, MUTEK 2012 returns with a second wave that is equally strong in fleshing out the festival’s scope.  Joining the growing pool of talent converging on Montreal from May 30th to June 3rd are respected pioneers, hotly tipped emerging artists, adventurous sonic manipulators, and a significant number of Canadian artists who represent the wealth of digital creativity currently at work in this country.  MUTEK’s second wave features:

A GUY CALLED GERALD [UK] / ALICIA HUSH [CA] / ATHEUS [CA] / BENOIT & SERGIO [US] / BERNARDINO FEMINIELLI [CA] / CLARK [UK] / CONTAINER [US] / DENIZ KURTEL [US] / DKMD [CA] / ESPRITS FRAPPEURS [CA] / K.A.N.T.N.A.G.A.N.O [CA] / KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN [US] / KRAUSE DUO [DE] / LARRY JAMES [CA] / LE RÉVÉLATEUR [CA] / LEBOEUF ET LAVIOLETTE [CA] / MAGNANIME [CA] / MARTIN TÉTREAULT & NANCY TOBIN présentent TÉTO [CA] / MOR† [CA] / MICHEL PLAMONDON [CA] / NELLY-EVE RAJOTTE [CA] / SALVA [US] / SENDAI [BE] / SHLOHMO [US] / SIBIAN & FAUN [CA] / SIMON CALLED PETER [CA] / SOLVENT [CA] / THE GULF STREAM [CA] / TONEPUSHERS [CA] / VALENTIN STIP [CA] / WOLF + LAMB [US]

Leading off today’s announcement is British acid-techno producer A GUY CALLED GERALD, a central figure in the first incarnation of legendary trio 808 STATE, whose appearance at MUTEK constitutes not only a Canadian premiere of his “Live In Session”, but also the famed producer’s first show in the country in over five years. At the other end of the spectrum is American composer KEITH FULLERTON WHITMAN, considered by many to be one of his generation’s most critically acclaimed disciples of electronic music’s avant-garde classical roots.

Whitman will be joining Toronto synth-electro veteran SOLVENT (Jason Amm), who returns to the festival after a decade’s absence.  Amm will be leading a showcase that includes Whitman, UK Warp act CLARK, American indie-techno producer CONTAINER, and more, to take place at Montreal’s new Satosphere, a truly original planetarium-style dome for digital-arts performance.  This showcase will be filmed for the upcoming feature-length documentary “I Dream of Wires”, which explores the resurgence of the modular synthesizer.  In the month of May, MUTEK TV will be featuring exclusive weekly excerpts from the film.

MUTEK’s new partnership with Red Bull Music Academy, which began with a successful cross-Canadian tour, comes to full fruition with a three-day Red Bull Music Academy Stage at this year’s festival.  Of the exciting collaboration, Red Bull Canada’s Culture Marketing Manager André de Pape says, “MUTEK as a festival provides an exciting opportunity for collaboration with Red Bull Music Academy. Both organizations focus on pioneering artists, unique performances, and music discovery. Our stage will feature participants from past Red Bull Music Academies, in addition to contemporary artists who've helped to shape the sound of 2012 and beyond. It's a diverse lineup that will bring some exciting artists to MUTEK and will look forward to the Red Bull Music Academy in New York this fall.”  That line-up features new names announced today, such as bass practitioners SALVA, SHLOHMO, and SIBIAN & FAUN, as well as techno producers SENDAI (featuring Peter Van Hoesen).  They join previously announced figures such as KODE9, NOUVEAU PALAIS, PAUL WHITE, BNJMN, NAUTILUSS, DANUEL TATE, and KINK.  

No MUTEK festival is complete without international talents on the verge of critical breakthroughs, and today’s additions build upon that reputation in spades.  This year the festival spotlights a new generation of exciting American producers, among them Brooklyn label bosses WOLF+LAMB and their current roster highlight DENIZ KURTEL, as well as DFA-affiliates BENOIT & SERGIO.  From Europe’s electronic scene, the festival adds Germany’s long-running KRAUSE DUO, a pair closely connected to a family tree that includes The Wighnomy Brothers and Mathias Kaden.  

As always, the festival’s commitment to homegrown artists who explore the fringes of sound manipulation stands strong, and this edition’s reach spans further across the country than ever before.  Montreal’s enigmatic dark ambient and dub techno producer ATHEUS, a well respected figure on the international scene, makes a MUTEK debut performing his first-ever live set in his hometown. Longtime Quebecois favourites MARTIN TÉTREAULT (appearing this time with NANCY TOBIN) and K.A.N.T. N.A.G.A.N.O. return to showcase new works. Winnipeg is represented by minimal-techno duo TONEPUSHERS, while LARRY JAMES constitutes a collaboration between Vancouver’s Max Ulis and Ryan Trann.  Toronto’s upcoming talents have a fitting ambassador in ALICIA HUSH, of the Hushlamb Free Range Radio Show.

All this and more makes up the second wave of performers for what is shaping up to be a banner 13th edition for MUTEK.  More performers, along with full showcase details and individual tickets, will be made available on April 17th.  Discount passes for MUTEK 2012 are currently available at www.mutek.org until April 17th, at which point the prices rise.  A five-day festival passport costs $195 (+ txs & sc), while a weekend pass costs $110 (+ txs & sc).

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