Together Announces Third Wave of Artists for May Festival
From deep house to drum and bass to ambient, this year’s lineup celebrates the diversity of modern music.
Now only a month away, the Together festival — the Boston area’s only city-wide week-long celebration of all things Music, Art, and Technology — is thrilled to announce another wave of high-caliber artists from near and far both geographically and musically. From May 15-22, Boston will again be abuzz with Together’s seventh annual slate of workshops, technology demonstrations, and nighttime concerts, shining the spotlight on the city’s thriving creative economy and music scene. With the first taste of it’s next incarnation already being greeted with anticipation and excitement from local music lovers, Together continues to build its reputation as a taste-making festival, blending forward thinking event curation with sincere community and civic engagement and activation.
Together is proud to share the addition of the following international artists as part of its programming (click the name to be taken to a high-res photo):
Ivy Lab (UK) — North London trio Ivy Lab formed out of a shared enthusiasm for experimentations on the fringes of the drum n’ bass scene. Several after initially coming together, the collective move from strength to strength; propagating a new generation of sub-genres housed within the framework of their “20/20” project. Ivy Lab head into the horizon not only with an anchored presence at the heart of the drum n’ bass landscape, but also a secured reputation as pioneers helping to develop the destiny of a newly enfranchised movement. Presented by Elements in partnership with Together. [Thurs 5.19 at Phoenix Landing]
Matthew Dear (MI) —
Depending on whom you ask, Matthew Dear is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, or bandleader.
He co-founded both the label Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and Chemical Brothers. He’s made mixes for the Fabric mix series and Get Physical’s “Body Language.” He maintains four aliases (Audion, False, Jabberjaw, and Matthew Dear), each with its own style and distinct visual identity. Dear straddles multiple musical worlds and belongs to none—and he’s just hitting his stride. [Sat 5.21 at Middle East Downstairs]
J.Phlip (SF) — Jessica Phillippe is diehard, born with true grit, and skills to pay the bills. Diggs, a member of the prominent Dirty Bird gang, can be found out in record stores on the regular… digging, uncovering precious gems and weaving them into her dynamic sets with panache.
She’s a hard-working, dedicated lady who refuses to compromise and aims to rock the dancefloor without relying on the most obvious tracks.
Her production is fearsome; her tracks are laced with a tough yet bouncy flavour. Her prowess combined with her infectious sense of fun and a mind-boggling depth of knowledge make her one of the most revered DJs on the global circuit today. [Sat 5.21 at Middle East Downstairs]
Steve Bug (DE) — Germany‘s very own taste-maker, trend-setter, and all-around mover-shaker-extraordinaire Steve Bug is a multi-faceted artist who refuses to back down from the limelight. A dedicated, energetic, and constantly surprising talent, Steve is nothing less than an electronic music ambassador, a much-loved spokesman to the people, and for good reason. Presented by Project Mixx in partnership with Together. [Fri 5.20]
N.A.A.F.I. Collective (MX) — Mexico’s N.A.A.F.I. Collective was formed by Alberto Bustamante and Tomás Davo in 2010. N.A.A.F.I., which stands for “No Ambition And F*&#-all Interest” originated as a bi-monthly club night aiming to showcase underrepresented artists from Mexico and beyond. It soon identified a larger mission to promote Latin music and make a place for it in the global dance music scene, and has formed a community around club nights, a roster of artists, and releases. Bustamante, who DJs under the moniker Mexican Jihad, and fellow artist Lao will come to Together to represent the crew and its mission. [Tue 5.17 at Phoenix Landing]
DJ Minx (DET) — DJ Minx was inspired to spin by the famed Music Institute in Detroit. Her style is described as funky, powerful house, with a splash of grace. For two years, Minx engineered and hosted “Deep Space Radio,” an electronic music show on Detroit’s WGPR radio station. The show was heralded by the innovators of techno music: “Magic” Juan Atkins, Kevin “Reese” Saunderson, Eddie Fowlkes, and Derrick May. Minx also expanded her musical majesty by creating a sub-imprint of the label called W.O.W. B.A.M. (Women On Wax Bangin’ Ass Music) as well as boasting releases on multiple other labels, including Minus’ “A Walk In the Park,” which was remixed by Josh Wink, Matthew Dear, Magda and Ricardo Villalobos. With so much broad success already, one can only imagine the new heights that Minx will explore in the years to come. [Tue 5.17 at Middlesex Lounge]
France Jobin (CA) — France Jobin is a sound/installation artist, composer, and curator residing in Montreal whose audio art, qualified as “sound-sculpture,” reveals a minimalist approach to complex sound environments where analog and digital intersect. Her installations incorporate both musical and visual elements inspired by the architecture of physical spaces. Her work can be “experienced” internationally in varied music venues and new technology festivals such as Mutek, Flussi, FIMAV, SEND + RECEIVE, Club Transmediale, ISEA RUHR 2010, and the surface tension tour Japan. Presented by Non Event in partnership with Together. [Wed 5.18 at Waterworks]
Tim Feeney (NYC) — Composer/performer Tim Feeney seeks to explore and examine the possibilities inherent in unstable sound and duration. Tim began working in this thread in 2002 within Boston’s timbral improvising community, a group of musicians interested in austere combinations of sounds and silences, and has since performed and recorded with musicians throughout the United States and abroad. He frequently collaborates with artists including the trio Meridian, with percussionists Sarah Hennies and Greg Stuart, pianist Annie Lewandowski, cellist and electronic musician Vic Rawlings, vocalist Ken Ueno, saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar, banjo and electronic musician Holland Hopson, trumpeter Nate Wooley, sound artists Jed Speare and Ernst Karel, saxophonist Jack Wright, and many others. Presented by Non Event in partnership with Together. [Wed 5.18 at Waterworks]
Natasha Diggs (NYC) — For well over a decade, Natasha Diggs has been digging deeper to provide the soundscape for parties across the globe in cities such as New York, Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Prague, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Diggs has played alongside or opened for an impressive roster of iconic artists across genres which includes Erykah Badu, Mark Ronson, Grandmaster Flash, Just Blaze, Dam Funk, The Pharcyde, Rakim, Slum Village, Foreign Exchange, Kenny Dope, 45 King, Cut Chemist, Spinderella, DJ Scratch, Prince Paul, DJ Spinna, DJ Muro, and many more. Presented by Soulelujah in partnership with Together. [Sat 5.21 at Zuzu]
Zebbler Encanti Experience (BOS) — Zebbler Encanti Experience (aka “ZEE”) is an audio/visual collaboration between video artist Zebbler and electronic music producer Encanti, based out of Boston, USA and Valencia, Spain. The Experience is an immersive performance of mapped visuals on three custom winged projection screens, synchronized with heavy peak-hour psychedelic bass music, resulting in the creation of a fantasy world for audiences to lose themselves in. Presented by Wobble Wednesdays in partnership with Together. [Wed 5.18 at Wonder Bar]
Jackie House (SF) — Jackie House is the alter-ego of Jacob Sperber. With appearances around the world, Miss Jackie House has brought the kool disco vibes to the realms of RinseFM, Beats In Space, Clandestino, As You Like It, MixMag…should we go on? The main thing is that Ms. House’s selections and creations make dancefloors weep. With joy. Presented by Houseboi in partnership with Together. [Sun 5.15 at Zuzu]
In addition to these artists, an entire roster of performers including the recently announced Ben UFO, Henrik Schwarz, Floating Points (live), and an RA Showcase featuring Jon Hopkins and Kink will take over music venues all over the Boston area. Festival passes are on sale now for $190, which allow access into all Together events (excluding after-hours). Passes can be purchased at togetherboston.com/passes.
Stay tuned over the coming weeks for even more artist announcements, as well as details on this year’s partnerships, workshops, local music compilations, event information, and more.
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