Together — Boston’s only city-wide week-long celebration of all things Music, Art, and Technology — is thrilled to announce its return this Spring. From May 14-21, the festival presents its annual slate of concerts, art installations, and workshops and brings together the cultural community in celebration of the intersection of sound, sight, and science.
“The core notion of the festival…isn’t just to provide a good time, but to illustrate the fertile mix of art and technology intrinsic to current-day Boston, a city that celebrates its visual artists and musicians even as it cultivates a fresh identity as a hub for technological advancement.”
— Steve Smith, The Boston Globe
With perhaps the festival’s most ambitious plans yet, Together continues to build its reputation as a taste-making festival, with its proven forward thinking event curation and passion for community and civic engagement and activation. Together Boston is proud to host the following slate of artists from all across the globe as part of its programming:
Alessandro Cortini (IT) — Alessandro Cortini is best described as a sonic alchemist and studio wizard. While best known for touring and recording with Nine Inch Nails, he is also the frontman for the Los Angeles based electronic-alternative band SONOIO. He has helped produced albums for Ladytron, recorded with Christina Aguilera, and was a member of Puscifer. His knowledge of music technology and synthesis is almost without equal. [Mon 5.15 at Middlesex Lounge]
Leon Vynehall (UK) — Leon Vynehall has already proved himself to be that rare thing: an artist with his own agenda rather than a producer aping the sound of the day. His off kilter sounds have come in the form of EPs on labels like 3024, Rush Hour, and Running Back, and have been carefully crafted – layered with musicality and never straying too far from an infectious groove. Building from the foundations of house, techno, disco, funk, hip-hop, and soul, Vynehall’s music also incorporates many elements from his musical past. His journey began as a teenager, when he drummed and played piano in bands. This history manifests itself in the raw, live sound he strives for in his productions, and much of his spare time is spent listening to music ranging from classical and orchestral compositions to post-punk. His work dabbles in tempos, palettes, and styles, but consistently manages to keep his songs inherently “Vynehall.” [Sun 5.21 at Middlesex Lounge]
Com Truise (NY) — Com Truise is one of the many personas of producer and designer Seth Haley, born and raised in upstate New York and operating out of a 12’-overrun apartment in Princeton, New Jersey. An admitted synth obsessive, Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls “mid-fi synth-wave, slow-motion funk.” The first Com Truise release was the Cyanide Sisters EP—distributed for free on the AMdiscs label—where mellow stone-outs like “Sundriped” and “Slow Peels” sat next to harder IDM bangers (“BASF Ace” and “IWYWAW”) and bumpy alt-funk trips (“Norkuy” and “Komputer”). After that came a single “Pyragony/Trypyra,” and a series of eclectic podcast mixes titled “Komputer Cast.” Now comfortably situated amidst the Ghostly roster, he’s prepping his next warped pillage, and hopefully not changing that name again. [Sat 5.20 at Middle East Downstairs]
Avalon Emerson (USA) — Avalon Emerson is from the desert. While she currently lives in Berlin, the music she produces comes from the dreamlike expanse and abstract textures of the Sonoran landscapes of Arizona. Her journey has taken her from that sunbaked state to the contemporary dance music mecca via a long stint in San Francisco, where she cut her teeth as a DJ in the city’s storied warehouse party scene. In her DJ sets and productions now, she offers a timeless narrative that reflects a passion for the sound design of new wave, the futurism of techno, the soul of American house and the exuberance of rave. Though she’s built up steam in 2015 from multiple sets at Panorama Bar, and globetrotting all around Europe and North America, she’s just getting started, and continues to outdo herself with original productions released on Whities, Shtum, Spring Theory, and Icee Hot, and her own DJ tool edit pool, the Cybernedits series. Her latest release, the Narcissus In Retrograde EP, was released on Ghostly Records. [Tues 5.16 at Middlesex Lounge]
Clark (UK) — Chris Clark refuses to conform. The Warp Records mainstay has coloured outside the lines throughout his illustrious career, resisting the increasingly regimented and compartmentalised electronic music world with productions that bounce between genres with boundless energy, beholden to nothing but his own restless creativity. Across six albums, seven EPs, and innumerable singles and remixes, Clark has emphasized versatility above all, forging a sound that has incorporated innumerable strands of party-starting techno, abrasive electronics, somber piano tunes, and haphazard electro without ever obscuring the emotional truth at the core of all his productions. His ongoing creative process and future plans reflect an innate sense of the restlessness of the human condition that shines through in his work with propulsive and emotional singularity. “Music is always an imperfect facsimile of your original idea,” says Clark. Yet despite this, Clark’s music remains continually entrancing, incendiary, and utterly human. His newest album, Death Peak, comes out in April. [Sat 5.20 at Middle East Downstairs]
Volvox (NYC) — A dominant force on the Brooklyn underground scene, Volvox is known for tough, stripped-back techno and groovy, acid-flavored sets. She has been a busy DJ and event producer since 2006 and in that time has shared the decks with many international stars including The Black Madonna, Marcel Dettmann, DVS1, The Hacker, Legowelt and Mike Servito. [Tues 5.16 at Middlesex Lounge]
Mike Servito (NYC) — Mike Servito is a DJ’s DJ — a lifelong music fanatic with a truly unique ability to move a dance floor. Fearless in his seamless transitions from one style to another, Servito has an unpredictability and a deep trust in his music knowledge that has garnered him a cult following over the years. Although Servito is a New York transplant, his DJ style is unmistakably Detroit. Inspired by Detroit radio of the ‘80s and the city’s local DJs in the ‘90s, Servito came of age in a flourishing electronic music scene, making his debut in 1995 and immediately gaining attention and the respect of his peers and local techno heroes. After a brief hiatus, Servito was lured back through the vigorous encouragement of his close friend Magda. He returned to the DJ realm in 2002, redefining himself and finding inspiration in the new generation of electronic-music producers and DJs. [Sat 5.20 at Good Life Boston courtesy @CreateSpaceCo]
— CSC (@CreateSpaceCo) February 27, 2017
Ben UFO (UK) — As one of the co-founders of Hessle Audio, Ben UFO has been responsible, alongside Pearson Sound and Pangaea, for some of the most varied and ground breaking releases of recent years. Having become immersed in the still emerging dubstep scenes in London and Leeds in 2005, his musical taste was shaped primarily by the DMZ and Sub Dub nights taking place in those cities. However, as tastes have shifted and scenes have fragmented, Ben UFO’s approach to the music and to Hessle Audio itself has developed. As BPMs have dropped and influences have broadened, so too has the vision of Ben UFO’s DJing. He remains one of the few DJs in the UK to have made an impact without a production career to fall back on, and as such his reputation is solely the result of his skill as a selector and as a mixer. As a result he remains in a position to fully explore sounds both old and new, across the worlds of house and garage, dubstep and grime, and further into the past. This level of commitment to the dance music of the last two decades has led to a collection of records which reflects the position London has long held as a city responsible for the constant development of forward thinking music. [Wed 5.17 at Middlesex Lounge]
Pangaea (UK) — Pangaea, aka Kevin McAuley, makes electronic dance music that draws its energy from the bleeding edges between sounds. Steering clear of the self-perpetuating feedback loops that often exist within established scenes, his tracks instead express the elusive and innovative qualities that characterize club genres in their infancy. In 2007 Pangaea established the Hessle Audio label along with Ben UFO and Pearson Sound, which has expanded over the years to become a unique and pioneering force in modern club music. The label’s ethos is simple: to draw together original and boundary-pushing music not being represented elsewhere. As a trio they’ve been at the forefront of a scene that’s accelerated at an unprecedented rate, making their enviable ability to stay ahead of the curve all the more impressive with a roster that boasts the indisputable talents of James Blake, Peverelist, Blawan and more. [Wed 5.17 at Middlesex Lounge]
Pearson Sound (UK) — Following a momentous year of releases in 2010 and having concentrated his output under the Pearson Sound moniker, David Kennedy’s following 12 months have been just as busy; but for different reasons. Releasing a critically acclaimed FABRICLIVE compilation in March he’s since remixed and opened for one of music’s most respected acts, Radiohead, in New York. Having travelled across Europe on the first Hessle Audio tour of the continent he’s also DJd on the London Eye, lectured at Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid and he’s constantly finding himself in new and interesting positions; whether that’s following Moodymann on a Sunday afternoon in a London basement or pre-empting Rusko at an open air festival. [Wed 5.17 at Middlesex Lounge]
Ry X (AUS) — Originating from Australia and now based in LA, enigmatic artist and producer RY X has been making waves since his debut EP Berlin entered the public consciousness upon its release in late 2014 powered by the sleeper success of the set’s title track. RY X’s momentum has continued alongside the release of highly acclaimed albums and touring by his projects The Acid and Howling. [Tues 5/16 at First Church Cambridge via Bowery Boston]
And this is just the beginning. In addition to these artists, an entire roster of soon to be announced performers will take over music venues all over the Boston area. Limited second-tier passes are on sale now for the low price of $120, which allows access into all Together events. Passes can be purchased 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.