SONAR 2006


Another year passed, the summer begins, and with the heat comes one of the most time-honoured and established festivals of contemporary music. The international festival of advanced music and multimedia art, Sonar, in its 12th edition.

This year, the festival decided in favor of a more eclectic line-up without big names like the years before. Still, Sonar is eager to be up-to-date with the lates tendencies and styles in music, at the same time cherishing references and influences of the past. A glance back to move on.

So the performance of the artistic tandem formed by the Japanese Ryuichi Sakamoto and the German Alva Noto opens the first night of Sonar, the two presenting their new project INSEN in the auditory.

During the festival, you can see big Disco Music names like CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers and the old-school Hip Hop of Masters at Work along with new talents like DJ Krush, DJ Shadow, the clasic Digable Planets or the undergrounders Ugly Duckling and the black music of Nightmares on Wax, Gilles Peterson & MC Earl Zinder.

As examples of the musical diversity of this year’s line-up we find the live acts of Sr. Coconut and his Orchestra and the comparatively mainstream Goldfrapp.

But this year, Sonar counts with a big presence of artists from Japan, who will bring a wide range of suggestions from their home country to demostrate the importance of Japan for the current production of contemporary music.

Another one of the present countries this year is Jamaica, represented by the master of dub, Linton Kwesi Johnson& Dennos Novell Dub Band, accompanied by other new protagonists of dubstep like Modeselektor, Barbara Presinger and the avantgarde Pole & Band.

In the dance-version, visitors will recognize a lot of those musicians who seem to have subscribed to the festival and have their usual space in it every year, like Matthew Herbert, Miss Kittin, Richie Hawtin together with the Detroit Ryan Elliot, the Frenchman Laurent Garnier and the Canadian Tiga.

Ryuich Sakamoto + Alvar Noto: A colaboration between the two artists. The prior, one of the greatest composers and musicians of the contemporary music scene, works between the boundaries of music and technology. Sakamoto, founder and member of the famous Yellow Magic Orchestra, composed the soundtracks of as much as 18 films.

Carsten Nicolai aka Alvar Noto on the other hand is an artist who became known as one of the leaders in the field of visual and sound design. He uses art and music to create hybrid compositions that have made him become the avant-garde of a new minimalism in the contemporary electronic music.

This is how Sonar started: A delicate concert of sound and visual effects with Sakamoto on the piano and Alvar Noto on his computer, the two on the stage separated by a huge horizontal LED-screenshowing the movements of the sound from the piano together with real time images.

During the concert, one could see that the collaboration between the two artists has reached a point of understanding and accompliceship where they fully supplement each other, and the virtuosity of Sakamoto found its perfect match in the images and ambientes by Noto.


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