March 1, 2017 (Boston, MA) — Following the first announcements of an already stellar lineup for its 2017 festival, Together — Boston’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 14-21, Boston will again be abuzz with Together’s eighth 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 Boston 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.
Even the UK’s most discerning music magazine, Fact Magazine, recently called Together “even more essential.”
Together Boston is proud to share the addition of the following international artists as part of its programming:
Kerri Chandler (NJ) — Kerri “Kaoz” Chandler is one of deep house music’s originators, and has been injecting soul into music since the early nineties. An ambassador of the natural and instinctive 4/4 beat, Kerri’s influences can be traced back to New Jersey growing up in a family of jazz musicians. Since, he has produced a prolific body of work that has helped him become one of the most respected house producers in the world. Rooted in soulful Jersey House, the expanses of his breaks will inexplicably appear for a second and then disappear, creating fleshy excitement, not mechanical repetition. Kerri is fascinated by technology and its application to creativity. If you think all house music sounds the same, has no soul and is just four to the floor, then check out Kerri Chandler… You’ll be glad you did! [Friday 5.19 at Middle East Downstairs]
Magda (DET) — Magda’s realm as an artist spans far beyond the typical role played by DJs and producers. With an open mind, Magda will try her hand at whatever feels right – from tech collaborations, fashion and art, to producing high-quality Tequila – creating a truly unique, multifaceted expression of herself. Whether through collaboration, a demanding touring schedule, or her newest Berlin-based PERM series, Magda continues to explore new creative avenues, each of them executed with the stamp of quality she has come to represent. [Sun 5.14 at Middlesex Lounge]
Simian Mobile Disco [DJ Set] (UK) — Every musician needs to take action to keep themselves fresh from time to time, but James Ford and Jas Shaw of Simian Mobile Disco are known to go to extremes. As members of the criminally underrated “prog-psychedelic band” Simian, as one of the UK’s finest electronic duos, and individually as esteemed producers for other acts – they have accumulated mountains of incredible vintage synthesisers and other general sound-making boxes. The bootleg Justice remix of “We Are Your Friends” blew the doors off of clubs worldwide, but the duo has worked with members of The Gossip and Hot Chip, remixed hundreds of artists like Air, Go! Team, Peaches, Muse, Kevin Saunderson, and Nine Inch Nails. Their new album, “Welcome to Sideways” sees them constraining themselves in order to free themselves up. The result takes you right into the heart of their creative processes, veering from completely abstract ambient explorations through buoyant repetitions that float into the territory of the most cosmic German and Italian synth explorers of the 1970s and 80s, then take flight into otherworldly techno grooves. [Thu 5.18 at Make It New at Middlesex Lounge]
Dâm-Funk (LA) — Dam-Funk grew up in the Los Angeles city/suburb of Pasadena. A ‘70s baby, he came of age in the era of the Uncle Jamm’s Army parties, of electro-pharaoh Egyptian Lover, of Prince’s purple reign. His parents nurtured his musical talents as a child and by his teens, he mastered the drums, then the drum machine. A chance encounter led to an apprenticeship under funk songwriter/producer Leon Sylvers III (SOLAR Records) and by the mid-90s G-Funk era in hip-hop, Dam found his musical skills in high demand by rappers such as Mack 10 and MC Eiht. “Everybody was trying to do the live instrumentation thing, so then you got cats like me playing on records,” Dam explains. Sideman status wasn’t enough though. Dam remembers “watching gold plaques hitting the wall” for everyone but him and he decided to go “full-funk” and make a do-or-die try to become an artist on his own terms. In 2006, Dam-Funk and a few friends launched the popular Funkmosphere party in L.A., bringing the boogie back. It’s around then that Dam drew the attention of Stones Throw and both label and artist related to Dam’s insistence that “funk is not just a Jheri Curl. There was more than that.” [Thu 5.18 at The Sinclair]
Soul Clap [BOS] — Boston’s Soul Clap are no strangers to Together Boston–in fact, they were a very part of its creation–but the duo’s funk-indebted sound is always a welcome addition to the Boston nightclub scene. Internationally known and locally revered Soul Clap has found the time to perform all around the world and share the spotlight with their local brethren. Their Soul Clap imprint has seen them increase their own tally of tunes while also promoting the work of their friends and fellow Boston producers. [Thu 5.18 at the Sinclair]
Detroit Swindle (NL) — The Dutch duo of Detroit Swindle (Lars and Maarten) are busy busy bees. Not content with just making awesome underground sounds, they have club nights, remixing the likes of Daft Punk or Chet Faker, and running their own label: Heist. They work hard to give Heist that unique edge with the artists they work with, the artwork they put forward and the special projects they have. Of course, Detroit Swindle have been playing live shows right from the get go, and have expanded their setup ever since. Currently, they’re touring with an extensive setup of analogue and digital instruments and perform their own music, unexpected covers and improvise on the spot. [Fri 5.19 at Middle East Downstairs]
Solar (SF) — When Solar began Djing in the early ’90s, San Francisco’s Clubs and Raves were places where musically, anything could happen. To be a DJ in this time and place meant having a fierce dedication to the craft of creating electrifying music for people to dance all night. A deep record collection and bold creativity were what people valued in the Djs they would go hear every weekend. In 1994, Solar and a couple other DJs began bringing a sound system and a generator to the Berkeley Marina for free gatherings to dance and watch the sun set behind the San Francisco skyline. As these Sunset parties grew from dozens to hundreds, and now thousands of attendees, Solar become one San Francisco’s best loved DJs. Known for his eclectic sets, blending Techno, Disco, House, Electro and electronic music with the energy of Punk and Psychedelic Rock, Solar has built a loyal following among a discerning crowd of dancers and party goers used to hearing every touring DJ you’ve ever heard of. Nearly twenty years of playing music for crowds large and small has evolved a style of DJing that seamlessly fuses the best of classic and modern dance music. More recently as resident and co-creator of the No Way Back parties, Solar has earned the reputation of a DJ devoted to the art of mixing and selecting music without regard to ephemeral fashion, trends or fads. [Sun 5.14 at Middlesex Lounge]
In addition to these artists, an entire roster of performers including the recently announced Avalon Emerson, Leon Vynehall, Clark, Alessandro Cortini, Volvox, Mike Servito, Com Truise, RY X, Hessle Audio 10 year Anniversary Party (with Ben UFO, Pangaea, and Pearson Sound) will take over music venues all over the Boston area. Limited passes are on sale now, which allow access into all official Together events. Passes can be purchased at here.
Stay tuned over the coming weeks for more artist announcements, as well as details on this year’s partnerships, workshops, local music compilations, general ticket sale information, and more.