The Bionic HarpistUS/QC
The Bionic HarpistUS/QC
The Bionic HarpistUS/QC
The Bionic HarpistUS/QC

The Bionic HarpistUS/QC
The Bionic HarpistUS/QC
The Bionic HarpistUS/QC
The Bionic HarpistUS/QC

Experience 1

09.09 | 21:00 EDT
Live: 21:00 EDT

Expérience 1 Virtual - Première

09.09 | 21:00_22:25 EDT
Live: 21:00 EDT

Expérience 1 Virtual - Replay 1

09.10 | 08:00_09:15 EDT
Live: 08:00 EDT

Expérience 1 Virtual - Replay 2

09.10 | 15:00_16:15 EDT
Live: 15:00 EDT

The Bionic HarpistUS/QC

California-born, Montréal-Based Alex Tibbitts is The Bionic Harpist, quite literally. Classically trained, Tibbitts has since been dedicated to new forms of gestural and digital augmentation of the harp. Through real-time processing during her performances, she joins her instrument in a symbiotic dance, a metaphorical image made even more relevant by the fact that half of her body contains metal. She holds a Masters in Interpretation as well as a Diploma in Orchestral Repertoire, and is a member of McGill University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) since 2016. Along with other musicians, Tibbitts founded Ensemble ILÉA, an electroacoustic improvisation ensemble, and has participated in writing academic articles dedicated to her area of research, such as Gestural Control of Augmented Instrumental Performance: A Case Study of the Concert Harp (2018).

For this year’s festival edition, Alex Tibbitts’ performance The Bionic Harpist is the result of a 4-week residency at Quebec City’s Avatar arts centre, in collaboration with MUTEK Festival. Working with John Sullivan, music technology researcher and Ph.D candidate at McGill University, Tibbitts has created a bionic harp designed for her haptic explorations, bound to offer a highly physical and visually captivating performance. Moreover, her personalized control interface will also allow her to modify visual elements, resulting in an impressive 1-person live A/V show.

This project was created during The MUTEK-Avatar production residency in August 2020.


Californian-born, Montréal-based Alex Tibbitts, harpist and researcher for new gestural and computer-driven approaches to harp performance.


Classical, Experimental, Electroacoustic


Cuchabata Records


Post.Variations (2019) - Ensemble ILÉA


Tibbitts joined the Orchestre de l’Agora as a production coordinator in February 2019, which offered the first orchestra concert in front of an audience in North America after the Canadian Government-issued confinement. The performance was dedicated to health care workers.


Montréal: 2020