Together Boston masters the mix for 2014 installment
The fifth annual Together Boston is approaching, and as has been the case in previous years, the lineup of talent curated for the weeklong celebration of music, art, and technology, May 11-18, includes names both universally renowned and cutting-edge. While the full list of performers, panels, venues, and exhibitions is still rolling out, among the notable announcement thus far include Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def), German DJ Tensnake (behind the 2010 club smash “Coma Cat”), Australian electronic R&B crooner and producer Chet Faker, and London audio-visual artists Breton, to name just a few.
In addition, today the Globe can announce performances from London DJ and producer Daniel Avery (behind the recent, genre-defying Drone Logic), the Netherlands drum & bass and house producer trio NOISIA, experimental UK dubstep artist Pearson Sound, Holland’s multi-genre veteran Martyn, mysterious UK producer Sophie (behind last year’s bass-music, pop-hybrid “Bipp”), and a DJ set from Bob Mould of the formative alt-rockers Hüsker Dü.
The bulk of the performances will take place at the “Harvard Stage” at the Sinclair, and the “Central Stage” at the Middle East, creative director David Day explained. “We also have plans to turn other venues into live labs, where the live band experience will be somehow redefined.” Other events include the New England premiere of “I Dream of Wires,” a documentary about modular synthesizers, at the ICA, and a presentation at the Museum of Science Planetarium. Acclaimed UK house and bass producer and DJ Julio Bashmore will close out the week at the Sinclair on May 18.
As usual, the group stresses that the focus of the week is not just music, but also the art and technology that makes Boston such a thriving, creative place to live at the moment.
“What we’ve called panels in the past is going to turn more into a series of talks, lectures, and product launches, putting some true innovators on display from the likes of MIT and the Seaport corridor,” managing director Alexander Maniatis says. “You’re going to be surprised at how creative code can get and how much art factors into technology. I was inspired by the Design Exchange Boston from this past October, and our daytime demos and lectures are going to be more structured the way they did them.”
“We have a hard-working staff that does this on a shoestring, but we do it because we really do love this city and believe it can be the international art and cultural destination its meant to be,” Day says. “Boston’s always been very important in the musical landscape of America. We don’t think that’s changed in the slightest.”
“If it’s special and unique to this city, we’re going to call it our own and celebrate all things that are Boston,” Maniatis adds. “We called it Together Boston for a reason.”
Together Boston will take place May 11-18 at various venues throughout the city. For more details go to www.togetherboston.com.