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The Avant_MUTEK Tour
During the first half of this decade, AKUFEN was one of the biggest names in contemporary house music. A native Montrealer who had spent the 80s and 90s engaged in the fervent experimental music community of this city, Marc Leclair began to gain notoriety during the first edition of the MUTEK Festival in 2000 when one of this singles found its way into the hands of Germany’s Thomas Brinkmann. Brinkmann noticed correctly that Leclair’s style had evolved into something utterly distinct, a cut-up, micro-sampled approach to house music that recalled the work of Matthew Herbert as it did the abstraction of Leclair’s homegrown influence, the painter Jean-Paul Riopelle.
After a successful run of singles on labels such as Background , Trapez , and Perlon , in 2002 Leclair released My Way , the Akufen debut album, which became one of the most critically acclaimed records of that year. After two years of non-stop touring and promotion, Leclair stepped out of the limelight, issuing only the experimental album Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes (MUTEK_REC ) in 2005. Since then, he has released only a few remixes.
For the last edition of the MUTEK Festival, Akufen returned to the stage for the first time in five years to present his first new material in just as long. He's now touring presenting his new live set yet to released.
About STEPHEN BEAUPRE
More than 10 years of active participation on the Montreal scene has converted Stephen Beaupré into an uncontestable dj/artist in the world of Canadian music. Attracting attention with his Crackhaus project, for which he collaborates with his friend and fellow artist Deadbeat, Steve has managed to gain recognition as a solo artist with his EP Dirty Lipreading on the upstart Montreal label Musique Risquée, launched by Akufen and Vincent Lemieux. 2006 brought the release of his first solo album, the masterful Foe Destroyer, released on both Musique Risquée and MUTEK_REC.
His particular approach to music manifests itself in decomposed and syncopated rhythms, which he develops with an incredible spontaneity. Animated ambiances based upon abstract and organic textures abound in his productions, where an equal measure of house and techno interplay with elements of funk, guided by a strong artistic sensitivity. Diverse vocals and instrumentation, reworked with humor, intermingle with intense beats, delivering both a relaxed and agitated tone to his pieces.
Cutting his teeth as an adolescent promoter for electronic music events in Ottawa, Stephen became quickly seduced by the more substantial rhythms and textures of house and techno that was striving to be deeper, funkier and more engaging. He began djing at 18, always with a mind for the dancefloor, always trying to stay close to the crowd. With a love for gritty punchy music, at once technological and organic, Stephen skillfully mixes dancefloor rocking tracks always trying to create an atmosphere of humor, excitement and malaise.
Over the past few years Stephen has toured in four continents both solo and with Crackhaus performing in such cities as Tokyo, Berlin, Beijing, Detroit, Valparaiso, Mexico City, Paris and New York to name a few. He has played along side such luminaries as Matthew Herbert, Richie Hawtin, Ricardo Villalobos, Pole, Isolée, Dimbiman and many other like-minded artists.
w/ SiGNAL resident WOODHEAD
Advance tickets $15; more @ door
@ record stores BeatStreet, Vinyl & Zulu
OFFICIAL AFTER PARTY AT GORGOMISH w/ DJ sets by both MUSIQUE RISQUÉE headliners
EXPECT THE BEST sounds in Vancouver @ SIGNAL SATURDAYS!
Since taking over Saturdays at the Lotus in 2006, SiGNAL has consistently brought the goods for the best in electronic dance music. Our resident DJs have been rockin' the decks with an assortment of local and international talent joining them throughout. Email guestlist requests to [email protected] before 5pm on Saturday so we can accommodate you and your party.
19+ | 2 Pieces of ID Required | Visuals by Lighthead
Sat, 20 Jul 2019
Club Tropicana Boat Party 2019
Sat, 20 Jul 2019
Slab and Aufect present Summertings
Sat, 20 Jul 2019
Loscil Secret Pyramid
Fri, 26 Jul 2019
Acceleration x Terrestrial FM: ArtSaves
Sat, 27 Jul 2019
Sun, 28 Jul 2019
Rogue presents: The Boat Party [2.0]
Sat, 3 Aug 2019
Lost All Day 03.08
Mon, 5 Aug 2019
Kettama Day Party - TeaParty X Rogue