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This Year's Communikey Festival to Be Its Last

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The people behind Communikey Festival just announced that the eighth edition of the experimental music and art festival in Boulder will be its last. As an organization, Communikey with its various events and festivals, has consistently explored themes and ideas on the outer edges of the art the festival was designed to showcase, so it should come as no surprise that Communikey would eventually decide the festival should come to an end before it could become stale. And, of course, Westword will keep you apprised of future projects and events hosted by Communikey.

The festival runs from Thursday, April 16th through Sunday, April 19th in Boulder and will include the usual menu of innovative art, music and workshops that have made it an important event for fans of thought-provoking creative work.

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 and his orchestra of music playing machines that he calls the Mecanium will perform as will industrial techno pioneer Paula Temple.

Other artists announced include: Lichens, Neel, Orphx, Radere, Christina Chatfield, Roger That, Cacheflowe, ponyrok, Normal Ones, Lone Dancer, Erika, Clinker, Stridah, Erin E, Foans, Experimental Housewife, Refracted, Silent Season Showcase (featuring Segue, Jamie McCue and other guests). Other artists, local and otherwise, as well as workships and installations have been announced and can be found at cmky.org/festival/.

Festival passes go for $125 for full access to all musical shows, workshops and other activities. For more details and to purchase tickets please visit the Communikey website at www.cmky.org/tickets.

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