Communikey Festival: 8th Edition has released its initial line-up. Scheduled to run Thursday, April 16th through Sunday, April 19th in Boulder, the Communikey Festival has consistently brought in some of the most innovative international and local experimental music and visual artists throughout its run. The programming of events, workshops, installations and speakers is guided by a mission statement every year, and Communikey 2015 will be informed by, according to the festival's press release, a "dive into the deepest recesses of the self and explore our innerspace."
The line-up for this year's festival will bring several noteworthy experimental musicians including Philadelphia-based free jazz and composition legend Charles Cohen, one of the few living masters of the Buchla Music Easel synthesizer.
French composer Pierre Bastien promises a truly unique performance -- he is known for building his own instruments as well as machines that play instruments. He even built a full orchestra, called the Mecanium.
Music technology pioneer Paula Temple recently returned to the world of music after several years as a teacher and will bring her unique brand of industrial techno to the festival.
Former 90 Day Men singer and multi-instrumentalist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe will make an appearance with his drone/ambient/psychedelic project Lichens.
Other artists announced include: Neel, Orphx, Christina Chatfield, Erika, Clinker, Stridah, Erin E, Foans, Experimental Housewife and Silent Season Showcase (featuring Segue, Jamie McCue and other guests). Other artists, local and otherwise, as well as workships and installations will be announced in the weeks ahead.
Festival passes go for $125 for full access to all musical shows, worhshops and other activities. For more details and to purchase tickets please visit the Communikey website at www.cmky.org/tickets.
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