Electronic Music Festival Circuits Festival returns with a sixth edition


Electronic Music Festival Circuit Festival | Photo credit: André Syman Moers

Electronic Music Malta (EMM), the Maltese homeland of contemporary electronic music, is hosting the Circuits Festival this year, which will take place from 23 October to 9 December 2021.

The festival will be divided into two parts: a festival weekend on 23-24 October where performances, public lectures, workshops and presentations will take place at Spazju Kreattiv; and three other events organized during the months of November and December.

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Electronic Music Festival Circuit Festival | Photo credit: Rafal Mielczarek

“This year’s festival will also feature EMM’s flagship projects Away from the Comfort Zone, Storbju and Elektronika,” said Luc Houtkamp, ​​artistic director of EMM. “This year, Away from the Comfort Zone will focus on internationalization and pair German, Dutch, Belgian and Italian electronic music and performance artists with Maltese artists in performances which will be premiered during the festival weekend. “

For the Away from the Comfort Zone project, Maltese singer Clare Ghigo will perform with Italian electronic musician Paolo Gatti, Maltese electronic music artist Neil Hales (Acidulant) with Dutch trombonist Wolter Wierbos, Maltese dancer Rochelle Gatt with the German electronic musician Sabine Ercklentz, and Maltese / Belgian electronic duo Ayn ​​il-Widen (Kurt Buttigieg and Carla Said) will share the stage with Dutch vocal artist Han Buhrs.

Two concerts of contemporary electronic music will also be given during the festival weekend, one by Iranian / Dutch composer Siamak Anvari and the other by Belgian pianist Marlies Debacker.

“After the successful launch last year of Storbju noise monger, which was the first synthesizer designed and built by a Maltese, a brand new device named Storbju Terramaxka will be launched this year, ”announces EMM CEO Edwin Balzan. “This device was designed and produced by Mike Desira and will be available for purchase, fully assembled and very affordable, on the Circuits website.”

Electronic Music Festival Circuit Festival |  Photo credit: Vera-Marmelo
Electronic Music Festival Circuit Festival | Photo credit: Vera Marmelo

The conferences and workshops organized on this year’s Circuits include a presentation on historiography Electronic project, which is managed in collaboration with the M3P Foundation, sessions on music production, copyright and music law awareness, hearing health awareness and composition, to name but a few -a. The workshops taking place at the festival were organized in collaboration with Sawtooth Audio Academy.

Circuits Festival will continue on November 13 with the screening of the documentary Sisters with Transistors at Spazju Kreattiv. Next is Gear-Mania on November 20 at Ivy House, which will feature performances by artists Robert Babicz, Owen Jay, Tina and Giacinte, as well as a presentation and performance by Toni Gialanze and Introwerks. Finally, a DIY synthesizer building workshop will take place on December 9, presented by Mike Desira, Edwin Balzan and Frank Cachia.

Circuits is organized by the Maltese NGO Electronic Music Malta and is supported by Arts Council Malta. This event is part of the Spazju Kreattiv program and is further supported by the German-Maltese Circle, the Goethe Institut and Air Malta.

For more information on the Festival des Circuits, visit the website. Information can also be found on the Electronic Music Malta Facebook page and here.


Gerald R. Schneider

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