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March 21, 2023
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First announcement of MUTEK Festival: 33 unseen performances for a novel 24th Edition

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The international electronic music and digital creativity festival MUTEK is proud to reveal the first names slated to be part of a 24th edition focused squarely onnovelty and eclecticism.

.VRILDE Ale HopPE/DE Alessandro CortiniIT Animistic BeliefsNL Carmen Jaci & Matthew SchoenCA/NL CinthieDE dBridgeUK DeadbeatCA/DE Deena AbdelwahedTN/FR E-SaggilaCA Efe Ce EleCO/ES Eris Drew & Jeisson DrenthUS+NL Grand RiverIT+NL/DE Halina RiceUK Hatis NoitJP Hieroglyphic BeingUS HoneydripCA/QC Husa & ZeyadaCA+EG Iza SmelczyńskaPL Kyoka & Shohei FujimotoJP/DE+JP LowfishCA Nick LeónUS Open Reel EnsembleJP ParaadisoIT/UK Pascale ProjectCA/QC SalamandaKR Sapphire SlowsJP SKY H1 & Mika OkiBE SPRLUACA/QC The CyclistIE Tim Hecker & Vincent de BellevalCA+CA/SE upsammy & Jonathan CastroNL+PE/NL µ-Ziq & ID:MoraUK+CZ

Today’s announcement includes 33 live performances bringing together over 50 artists who will all be appearing for the first time at MUTEK Montréal, with the exception of three major Canadian figures who have made their mark internationally: Deadbeat, who will returning with his new project, Ark Welders Guild; Lowfish, who performed at the festival’s third edition in 2002; and Tim Hecker, who this time joining forces this time with the renowned Swedish visual artist Vincent de Belleval.

A sonic journey featuring electronic music will cover ground from ambient to drone to industrial, including house and more experimental works. This sensory exploration, which will be shared live with the public every night, will be driven by the talents of the passionate artists producing music using electronic instruments and relentlessly innovating through the use of modular synthesis, old magnetic tape recorders, and even artificial intelligence.

Some of the international acts who have particularly distinguished themselves at Europe’s most renowned festivals—or as part of the recent MUTEK network events in Mexico City and Tokyo—include Alessandro Cortini, a solo project by one of the members of Nine Inch Nails; the high-octane, irresistible collaboration between Eris Drew and Jeisson Drenth; Japanese sensation Hatis Noit’s bewitching marriage of lyricism and technology; iconic Chicago producer Jamal Moss, who will present pieces from his new album There Is No Acid In This House under the moniker of Hieroglyphic Being; and the founder of the eclectic and pioneering label Planet Mu, Mike Paradinas, who captivated the audience (and our artistic director) at Prague’s Lunchmeat festival as part of the µ-Ziq & ID:Mora project.

Meanwhile, many of the budding local scene’s most promising talents will take the stage, including the likes of prolific artist and activist Pascale Project, marking their return to live performance at MUTEK; trio SPRLUA, who bring together musicians Samito, Haig V, and Peter Colantonio for a hybrid set mixing amapiano rhythms and filter house treatments; and Honeydrip, who is sure to win audiences over as part of her first live performance.

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The full program will be unveiled in May, but the passports and weekend passes are already on sale at an attractive price, including discounts for students and groups of five or more, which 1% of each sale contributing to the Planetair reforestation project.

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