Underworld Cabaret is a concert venue and club found just above the Underworld shop in Downtown Montreal on the busy Rue Sainte-Catherine.
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After a sold out show in March with Audio Werner, 13 % and Musique Risquée present their second collaboration together to invite Horror Inc., also known as Akufen, Anna Kaufen, Nefuka and a number of various aliases, or just simply, Marc Leclair. After delivering a stunning live performance during the closing night of MUTEK_10 this past year, could you blame us if we want to hear more from this highly talented artist? 13 % launched last year as a result of Montreal’s disparaging nightlife. They hosted four events so far and have invited international guests such as Audio Werner, Ryan Crosson, Mark Henning, in addition to booking local heroes Pheek & Stephen Breaupré. Both crews share common ground in their dedicated endeavors to bring forth cutting edge artists in the electronic music industry.
On Friday 28th August, 13 % and Musique Risquée’s honorary guest Horror Inc. will no doubt show his followers how he placed Montreal on the map when it comes down to combining micro-sampling and minimal house music as Akufen. His Horror Inc. moniker clearly demonstrates Leclair’s undeniable talent as a very unique composer who incorporates jazzy elements to a cinematic sound design. This event will be held at the Underworld Venue located as 251 Ste-Catherine East (3rd Floor), corner of Ste-Elisabeth. Warm up beats will be provided by 13 % resident Ostrich, while Vincent Lemieux closes out the night. Doors open at 10pm and the event will go on till 3am. $8 reduced entry is available by emailing your full names at firstname.lastname@example.org / otherwise $10 at the door.
Musique Risquée was founded in 2003 by Marc Leclair aka Akufen after the profound success of his debut album ‘My Way’. Founding partners also include Vincent Lemieux, Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat and Stephen Beaupré. Since 2007, Musique Risquée has become the official label of the Mutek organization. Musique Risquée has picked up the fine catalogue and well-earned efforts of the festival’s pre-existing Mutek_Rec label, and combined them with its own catalogue. For years, these two techno imprints have been on a similar musical path and have shared many of the same artists. The union of the two labels only makes official what has been happening naturally for years.
13 %’s mission is to imagine, design, conceptualize and create. Thriving to showcase select events in which the creation of electronic music and digital art becomes accessible to a broader public. Simplicity being key in creating unique and avant-garde programming that is dedicated to promote established as well as up-and-coming artists.
AKUFEN / HORROR INC. BIOGRAPHY
Marc Leclair aka Akufen has come a long way in the seven years since the release of his now-classic debut album, My Way (Force Inc. 2002). In that time he’s garnered a reputation as one of the planet’s most in-demand DJ’s – not to mention one of the scene’s most talented – delivering prime-time sets to exuberant crowds all over the world.
For a lot of producers, the Akufen way has simply become the way to assemble tracks. After the release of My Way, Leclair was humbled by the unparalleled accolades and legions of admiring peers who began paying homage to his micro-sampling aesthetic. And yet, for Leclair, like any true artist, making music has always been a matter of where to go next, to find those stones still left unturned.
“My DJ sets are getting more experimental, more technological dance music than techno, with still a little bit of house thrown in. Actually, I’m even clearing out the house records to create a more mental experience from the DJ set, by playing more electronic music with an edge.”
When he’s not DJing, Leclair considers himself a conceptual artist first and music producer second. Perhaps his most considered artistic statement of late has been his least recognized. In 2005, Leclair issued a second full-length called Musique pour 3 femmes enceintes, a boldly experimental meditation on the cycle of pregnancy. He has performed the piece at London’s Tate Modern and across the world.
Leclair has even released some new music on the Perlon label’s popular Superlongevity 4 compilation, as Horror Inc. And this is what he seems most excited about at the moment. “The new Horror Inc. stuff is totally cinematic, jazzy and really dark”, he says. Whatever he has in store for us, we’re listening.
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