Akousma

Festival of immersive digital music

18ᵗʰ edition :
OCTOBER 11-15, 2022

17ᵗʰ edition report

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News – 14/03/22



March 23, 2022 • Akousma@CIRMMT

Morton Subotnick
+ Lillevan

MUTEK, AKOUSMA et CIRMMT present: “As I Live & Breathe”, created and performed by Morton Subotnick with live video by Lillevan.
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Ana Dall’Ara-Majek
Louis Dufort

March 23, 2022
Doors: 19h15
CIRMMT (527, rue Sherbrooke West)
30 $* (tx+fs inclus)
TICKETS
*Please note that masks are mandatory (subject to changes according to new regulations).

PROGRAM NOTES HERE

Morton Subotnick & Lillevan (US)

Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre. His work Silver Apples of the Moon has become a modern classic and was recently entered into the National Registry of Recorded works at the Library of Congress. Only 300 recordings throughout the entire history of recordings have been chosen.

Lillevan is a well known video artist, live performer and co-founded of the visual audio group Rechenzentrum (Berlin, 1997–2008) Lillevan’s performances, DVD releases, collaborations and solo works have been acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, taking visual music, animation, bricolage and film manipulation to new levels.


PROGRAM
As I Live and Breathe, 60’

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Ana Dall’Ara-Majek (CA/QC)


Ana Dall’Ara-Majek is a composer and sound artist living in Montréal. She is dedicated to the study of how instrumental, electroacoustic and computational-thinking approaches interact in music. She performs regularly as an electronic musician and theremin player with groups Jane/KIN, ILÉA and blablaTrains. She is also a visiting professor at University of Montréal where she’s teaching composition at the digital music department.

PROGRAM
Xylocopa Ransbecka (2017) 15’22’’
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Louis Dufort (CA/QC)

Louis Dufort is a Montréal composer. His productions are numerous and of multiple forms: fixed support, mixed with live processing, visual music and installation. He has also been a regular collaborator with Compagnie Marie Chouinard since 1996. In 2018, he composed the soundtrack for Denys Arcand’s latest film, The Fall of the American Empire. In addition to his creative work, Louis Dufort teaches composition at the Montréal Conservatory of Music and is artistic director of the AKOUSMA festival for which he received an Opus Award for artistic director of the year 2018.

PROGRAM
Into the forest my wounded arms wide open, 9’57’’
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This project has been made possible by the Government of Canada, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.





Akousma Festival

Next edition : October 11 > 14, 2022 / Montreal


In 1991, composers Jean-François Denis, Gilles Gobeil, and Robert Normandeau founded the Réseaux des arts médiatiques. From this initiative, the Akousma festival was born; today, the Akousma name also covers the concert production company. In 2021, we celebrated 30 years of Akousma with the festival’s 17th edition. This was also artistic director Louis Dufort’s tenth edition, and once again, he has led the team in designing an eclectic program, which you can see here.

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Akousma 17 Programming


A note on our history: the first concert from the Réseaux des arts médiatiques was held in November 1991. The concert, “Top Secret – Hommage à Francis Dumont” was organized as a surprise for the composer’s 65th birthday. For a snapshot of the event (and for the full 1991 vibe), take a look at our video.





Electrochoc

The Electrochoc concert series, presented jointly by the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and Akousma ,

is a series of concert-discussions that introduces audiences to different aspects of electroacoustic music. The concerts also showcase the talent and creativity of the students invited by Martin Bédard and Louis Dufort (the series’ two artistic directors) from their composition classes.


Programming


ARTISTS

Thierry Gauthier — 09/09/2021
Soundwich n° 1— 30/09/2021
Joël Lavoie et Émilie Payeur— 25/10/2021
Maxime Corbeil-Perron — 27/01/2022
Soundwich n° 2— 17/03/2022
Pierre-Luc Lecours —14/04/2022





Akousma@

The Akousma@ series encompasses our different partnerships, our one-off co-presented concerts, and the ad hoc programs that we put together at the invitation of other organizations.

If you can’t come to Akousma, Akousma will come to you!


Akousma@Mutek — Akousma@Empac — Akousma@FMC — Akousma@Eastern Bloc —Akousma@Griffintown —

Akousma@CIRMMT —Akousma@SAT —Akousma@Suoni —Akousma@MTL-Connecte —Akousma@CMM —