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Together Boston Announces First Wave of Artists for Seventh Annual Festival

After a banner festival in 2015, receiving raves from both attendees and critics alike, Together Boston — Boston’s only city-wide week-long celebration of all things Music, Art, and Technology — is thrilled to announce its return. From May 15-22, Boston will again be abuzz as the festival presents its seventh annual slate of workshops, technology demonstrations, and nighttime concerts, shining the spotlight on the city’s thriving creative economy and music scene. With ambitious plans for 2016, Together continues to build its reputation as a taste-making festival, blending forward thinking event curation with sincere community and civic engagement and activation.

“At several points during my week-long stay in Boston for Together’s sixth edition, I found myself trying to put my finger on just what I liked so much about the festival. I’ve been to events several times its size, festivals that have energized entire cities, festivals that happen inside huge sports stadiums, festivals with all-star lineups.

Together isn’t any of those things, but it is an exceptionally executed event that keeps the focus just where it should be: on fun and intimate club parties.

Resident Advisor

Together Boston is proud to host the following international artists as part of its programming:

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The Black Madonna (CHI) — After less than a year as a resident at Smart Bar, North America’s oldest independent venue, The Black Madonna became the club’s first ever Creative Director in its three decade history.  To best describe her style, it seems appropriate to quote the musician, talent buyer, and producer herself, “Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. It needs DJ Sprinkles. Dance music needs some discomfort with its euphoria. Dance music needs salt in its wounds. Dance music needs women over the age of 40.

Dance needs breastfeeding DJs trying to get their kids to sleep before they have to play. Dance needs cranky queers and teenagers who are really tired of this shit. Dance music needs writers and critics and academics and historians. Dance music needs poor people and people who don’t have the right shoes to get into the club.

Dance music needs shirts without collars. Dance music needs people who struggled all week. Dance music needs people that had to come before midnight because they couldn’t afford full admission. Dance music does not need more of the status quo.” Sounds perfect for Together Boston. [Tues 5.17 at Middlesex Lounge]

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Floating Points (Live) (UK) — Since making his debut in 2009, Floating Points’ Sam Shepherd has been ahead of his time in England’s dance-music scene. Though the first in his steady stream of singles came out during the UK’s fruitful electronic music era immediately following the rise of dubstep, it was instantly clear that Floating Points didn’t fit the scene. His music was generally slower, more traditionally funky than anything tagged “bass,” and integrated musical concepts from house and disco. He was reliant on live instruments (specifically keyboards) and, rather than approaching his music like your typical producer, used them like a player, composer, and arranger. [Sun 5.15 at The Sinclair]

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Honey Dijon (NYC) — Honey Dijon’s unique, bold style blends Chicago sound with inflections of the deep New York underground. Drawing from styles ranging from old school Chicago house to disco to tribal, Honey has managed to create a sound unlike any other. Gifted in the studio as well as the booth, Honey has released tracks on Skint Records and Toolroom, as well as a mix compilation on Classic Records. Honey Dijon knows how to work it beyond the club and on the runway, as she was recently commissioned to create the soundtrack for a Louis Vuitton Menswear show. [Tues 5.17 at Middlesex Lounge]

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Juju and Jordash (NL) — Musicians Juju and Jordash first met at a series of weekly be-bop jams in the mid-90s. Starting off as serious jazz musicians by day and avant garde improvisers by night, Gal Aner and Jordan Czamanski paired their guitar and piano skills with synthesizers, drum machines, and dance music beats. The modern, versatile duo have since  become known for long, improvisational jams that walk a fine line between late-night creative abandon and psychedelic freak-out. [Mon 5.16 at Middlesex Lounge]

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Fatima Yamaha (NL) — Searching for biographical information on Fatima Yamaha leads to very little information. The artist’s barren Facebook “about” section comes up as practically the only source, and simply states “Fatima Yamaha, the girl between two worlds. Turkish mother and a Japanese father. Recording artist for Magnetron Music.” In truth, she is no such thing; she is  a pseudonym of Dutch recording artist Bas Bron. Fatima has been releasing music for 15 years under a variety of aliases. The 2004 track “What’s a Girl To Do?” received acclaim from artists including Hud Mo and Jackmaster, and this year became a staple on the festival circuit due to a crafty reissue by Dekmantel. Fact Mag describes Fatima’s 2015 debut album Imaginary Lines as inhabiting the same world as “What’s a Girl to Do?.” “Every track smoulders rather than erupts, with Moog-y basslines and keys to die for.” [Mon 5.16 at Middlesex Lounge]

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Henrik Schwarz (Live) (DE) — Henrik Schwarz is a long time veteran in the German deep house scene. Known for his eclectic musical approach to composition and sound design, Schwarz built a reputation at major events in the early nineties but a desire to breach musical and technological boundaries pushed Henrik into production. As a producer and performer, he has successfully maintained a balance between electronic music, classical, and jazz, and between energetic, highly charged dance sets at huge techno events and seated performances in concert halls and auditoriums. Schwarz is an innovator when it comes to the invention and development of music software and new technology for musical instruments, and released a compositional patch, the SCHWARZONATOR. He works closely with companies like Yamaha Music, Ableton, and Native Instruments. [Thurs 5.19 at Middlesex Lounge]

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Palms Trax (UK) — Jay Donaldson aka Palms Trax is bit of a paradox. A British producer and DJ who is based in Berlin, Germany and holds a spot on Berlin Community Radio, Donaldson makes music straight out of the Chicago-Detroit area of sound. His first record was released in October of 2013 on London-based imprint Lobster Theremin. Compared to Legowelt, John Heckle, Tevo Howard, Nu-Groove era Burrell Brothers, and legend Omar-S, the young producer whips up rugged workouts, tempering pounding drums and twice-fried synths with gentle, soaring pads. [Mon 5.16 at Middlesex Lounge]

In addition to these artists, an entire roster of performers will take over music venues all over the Boston area. Limited second-tier passes are on sale now for the low price of $130, which allows access into all Together events (excluding after-hours). Passes can be purchased at https://togetherboston.com/passes.

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.

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