Second Wave of 11th Edition Performers Revealed
March 31, 2010
Today, we are pleased to reveal a second wave of 20 additional confirmations for the 2010 festival that will take over Montreal from June 2nd to June 6th.
ALEXANDRE ST_ONGE (CA)
ARNAUD RIVIÈRE (FR)
CHRIS HRENO (CA)
DEBASHIS SINHA (CA)
HERMAN KOLGEN (CA)
HYENA HIVE (CA)
JACEK SIENKIEWICZ (PL)
JEAN-PIERRE AUBÉ (CA)
JEDI ELECTRO (CA)
NATHAN FAKE (UK)
NURSE WITH WOUND (UK)
OVERCAST SOUND (CA)
PAUL DOLDEN (CA)
SAN PROPER (NL)
[THE USER] (CA)
As always, the MUTEK Festival distinguishes itself from the pack of international events by searching the globe for the most compelling live-electronics performers, with little regard for trends or hype.
Our A\VISIONS series is especially pleased to be presenting the North American premiere of legendary UK dark ambient troupe NURSE WITH WOUND, who add a new dimension to the ever-growing repertoire of tastes on hand for this year’s edition. Australia’s PIMMON also arrives at this year’s festival with a long history in the drone and experimental glitch arena. [THE USER] will be on hand for an exclusive performance of their Symphony for dot matrix printers, a work which transforms obsolete office technology into an instrument for musical performance, for the first time in Montreal in almost a decade.
At the other end of the spectrum, Poland’s JACEK SIENKIEWICZ and UK’s NATHAN FAKE are but the latest additions to an already deep field of contemporary techno being highlighted. Rush Hour’s SAN PROPER, meanwhile, rounds out a feast of high-end house on showcase.
Another steady dimension of MUTEK is the recurring exploratory series hosted by guest curator Eric Mattson, which highlights a blend of the most adventurous performers. Entitled ECTOPLASMES-3, this component of the festival will feature over 30 acts performing in the spirit of spontaneity and collaboration over the course of three thematically driven evenings. Avant-garde minimalists and Touch/Important Recording artists ELEH join the proceedings, bringing with a strong dose vintage modular synthesis and tube oscillation. Also on board are ALEXANDRE ST. ONGE, HERMAN KOLGEN, HYENA HIVE, JEAN-PIERRE AUBÉ and many others. Of course, there’s still more to come, including details of a special showcase highlighting Communikey and Dis-Patch Festival artists.
We’ll be revealing the entirety of MUTEK 2010’s five-day lineup on April 13th!
A SNEAK PEEK AT THE FIVE DAYS OF MUTEK 2010
With so much of our audience currently hammering down plans to join us in Montreal during the first week of June, we thought we’d sketch out a quick framework of what festivalgoers can expect between June 2nd and 6th in terms of trajectory.
Day 1 – Wednesday, June 2nd
• After a decade-long absence from the MUTEK stage, Baltimore’s MATMOS opens the festival’s A\VISIONS series at Montreal’s historic Monument National Theatre.
• Later that night, the CÓMEME collective joins forces with MUTEK to instigate a Latin American invasion of the Society for Arts & Technology. Chilean artist MATIAS AGUAYO holds centre court with the North American premiere of his new band, which includes ORIGINAL HAMSTER, while Mexico’s REBOLLEDO follows up with a sure-to-be rollicking DJ set.
Day 2 – Thursday, June 3rd
• UK magazine The Wire joins forces with MUTEK to present a showcase of British sonic experimentation. James Leyland Kirby arrives in Montreal to present the critically acclaimed hauntology of THE CARETAKER at the Monument National Theatre. The legendary NURSE WITH WOUND follows suit, with a long overdue Canadian premiere.
• The first showcase of the week at the Metropolis features the ear-bending, genre-defying electronics of locals JEDI ELECTRO, Domino Records act JON HOPKINS, and German post-rock fusionists MOUSE ON MARS. Afterward, Border Community’s NATHAN FAKE takes us deep into the night. Meanwhile, in the Savoy room, Montreal’s own MOSSA will be leading an exciting action packed line-up of deviant house artists.
Day 3 – Friday, June 4th
• The weekend’s showcases get underway at the Monument National Theater with the ethereal ambient of German producer MARSEN JULES, followed by the darker bristles of Australia’s PIMMON.
• Then, Friday night kicks into high gear with two heavyweight showcases at once, taking place only steps apart! In the Society for Arts & Technology, bass music gets bodies rumbling when UK's FACT Magazine joins the fray to present North American debut sets from DEMDIKE STARE, Kevin Martin’s KING MIDAS SOUND and Hyperdub’s IKONIKA. OVERCAST SOUND from Victoria, BC will be warming up the night. Up the street at Club Soda, international techno reigns supreme with Ostgut Ton’s SHED, Werk’s ACTRESS, New York’s CHEAP AND DEEP, Ontario’s ORPHX and Poland’s JACEK SIENKIEWICZ.
Day 4 – Saturday, June 5th
• The first of the weekend’s two MUTEK//Piknics gets underway in the afternoon with a sampling of some of the most eclectic and highly-anticipated names in the game. On the bill are live sets by KRILL.MINIMA, the ambient side of multi-talented MARSEN JULES, a North American debut live set by Sweden’s MINILOGUE and keeping the momentum going well into the day are Germany’s DJ KOZE and PAUL KALKBRENNER.
• The A/VISIONS series wraps on Saturday evening in somnambulistic fashion, with a drifting showcase of drone by CARL MICHAEL VON HAUSSWOLFF, post-guitar experiments by TIM HECKER and BEN FROST, and ambient dub by VLADISLAV DELAY.
• On Saturday night, MUTEK’s main event takes over the Metropolis for an all-night event featuring a MUTEK-exclusive band project mounted by GUILLAUME & THE COUTU DUMONTS (with special guest singer DAVE AJU), as well as jazz-inflected electronics by HENRIK SCHWARZ. Then, Innervisions’ DIXON steps up to the turntables to take us on a journey to dawn.
Day 5 – Sunday, June 6th
• The second of the weekend’s two MUTEK//Piknics turns its attention to the best in house music, with afternoon sets by Circus Company acts NICOLAS JAAR and DAVE AJU, followed by the highly anticipated Canadian debuts of PÉPÉ BRADOCK and the Netherlands' SAN PROPER.
• MUTEK’s closing night showcase pulls out all the stops, featuring the Canadian premiere of the MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO and live electronics from hotly tipped German trio BRANDT BRAUER FRICK. The festival draws to a close on a joyful note with Detroit’s THEO PARRISH on the decks in his first Montreal appearance.
EARLY BIRD PASSPORTS ARE NOW ON SALE
MUTEK 2010 promises five non-stop days of international-grade showcases for our increasingly diverse audiences. The best way to enjoy the festival’s many offerings is through the MUTEK PASSPORT & WEEKEND PASS, now on sale at www.mutek.org.
For the early-bird price of $195 CDN, attendees with the MUTEK PASSPORT can enjoy access to the entire five days of programming, as well all panel discussions and workshops. For the price of $125 CDN, attendees with the WEEKEND PASS will have access to all events between Friday, June 4th, and Sunday, June 6th.
The early-bird discount price is in effect until April 20th, so act quickly to take advantage of the savings.