Actress to embark on North American tour with two AI performers in tow

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Actress is taking artificial intelligence on tour with him.

The British DJ is using technology in a new way on his North American tour, bringing along two AI performers as support, a move that is somewhat unprecedented for a touring artist. The AI performers will appear alongside “chrome man,” Actress’s keyboard player. Kicking off October 11, the 11-date tour will place Actress alongside Chicago-based electronic duo, Telefon Tel Aviv, and Chilean-American composer, Nicolas Jaar. Telefon Tel Aviv and Jaar’s performances vary by date and by city. Jaar will currently be appearing at Actress’s New York City, Toronto, and Montreal dates. View a complete list of tour dates here.

H/T: Resident Advisor

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Actress was born for the stage, announces North American dates with Nicolas Jaar and Telefon Tel Aviv to prove it

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Hark! Forget all those vocaloids and Tupac holograms, everybody — because the next stage in the Future of Live Performance™ is upon us with Actress’ newly announced fall tour!

The new string of dates (which follows a summer U.S. tour that we won’t talk about because we’re all about THE FUTURE here) will take the producer through the US — as well as a few fleeting dalliances across the Canadian border — as he debuts a brand new live A/V set featuring two “AI performers” and “a special appearance from Actress’ ‘Chrome Man’ figure on keyboard.” But enough of this impenetrable technical jargon. All you lay people need to know is that there’s lots of STATE-OF-THE-ART TECH and WHOZITS and WHATZITS going on behind the scenes to make the performance as groundbreaking and forward-thinking as, I don’t know, Blade Runner 2049 (I haven’t seen it yet, guys; so no spoilers!). The tour will also feature shows with similarly-minded futurist luminaries Nicolas Jaar and Telefon Tel Aviv, which is, you know, “nice”.

So, if you have an eye for tech and ear for electronic music (or you just really liked Actress’ most recent album, AZD) and you happen to call one of those big colorful areas in the top left quadrant of that old framed map in your grandparents’ basement home, then check out the full list of dates below and, like, buy tickets and stuff! In either case, until next time: I’ll see you…in the FUTUREEEE!!

Actress Tours Soon-To-Be Dystopian Urban Wastelands 2017:

10.11.17 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall *
10.12.17 – Montreal, QC – Olympia *
10.13.17 – Miami, FL – III Points Festival
10.17.17 – Los Angeles, CA – UNION
10.18.17 – San Francisco, CA – Grey Area
10.19.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel *
10.20.17 – Troy, NY – EMPAC
10.21.17 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bazaar
11.30.17 – Dallas, TX – Dada ^
12.01.17 – Austin, TX – Barracuda ^
12.02.17 – Houston, TX – Walters ^

* Nicolas Jaar
^ Telefon Tel Aviv

Watch: Actress – “Falling Rizlas” (dir. Dean Blunt)

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1. Earlier this year, Actress released a new album.

2. The album is titled AZD.

3. Today, Actress has released a video for one of its tracks.

4. That track is titled “Falling Rizlas.”

5. The video is directed by Dean Blunt.

6. Some of the imagery references Dean Blunt’s other art.

7. Watch it above.

8. And make sure to stay for the ending.

AZD is available now via Ninja Tune. Meanwhile, the vinyl version of Wahalla, Dean Blunt’s collaboration with Joanne Robertson, is up for pre-order.

Watch: Actress – “Falling Rizlas” (dir. Dean Blunt)

This post was originally published on this site

1. Earlier this year, Actress released a new album.

2. The album is titled AZD.

3. Today, Actress has released a video for one of its tracks.

4. That track is titled “Falling Rizlas.”

5. The video is directed by Dean Blunt.

6. Some of the imagery references Dean Blunt’s other art.

7. Watch it above.

8. And make sure to stay for the ending.

AZD is available now via Ninja Tune. Meanwhile, the vinyl version of Wahalla, Dean Blunt’s collaboration with Joanne Robertson, is up for pre-order.

Actress announces precious few US summer dates, including MoMa PS1 Warmup peformance, synthetic and organic hands applaud wildly!

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If I was a “reclusive, London-based, avant-garde club producer” like Actress’s Darren Cunningham, I tell you what I’d do: I’d STAY THE FUCK IN LONDON and occasionally put out new albums of avant-garde club music.

I wouldn’t leave my badass little studio…I wouldn’t leave comfy London…And I certainly leave the friggin’ U.K. entirely and head across the pond to those huge, sprawling, messy, gnarly “United States” to perform in public! (I mean, c’mon now: that’s literally the opposite of being a recluse!)

Luckily, Cunningham isn’t me. And in the wake of last month’s AZD album (out now on the Ninja Tune label, ya know), he’s apparently ALL ABOUT stepping out to warmly greet — and possibly even intimately embrace! — every last one of his legions of American fans, no matter how talkative, dirty, rabid, politically-backward, or contagious-with-pink-eye he or she might be!

Uh…except…well, he’s still not much of a “people-person,” so, when I say he’s “all about” it, I mean that he’s playing precisely four shows; one on each coast, and two in the middle of the place.

Buuuut…one of them is totally at MoMa PS1 for their “emerging artist” series WarmUp, though! Which is pretty fitting, since he’s sorta literally-emerging from his fortress of solitude to perform over here, right?! (Hey, I’m doing the best I can here.)

Anyway, look: just listen to AZD album-cut “Dancing in the Smoke” and be grateful this is happening, okay? Especially if you live anywhere near Detroit, Chicago, New York, or Seattle. Besides; I mean, everyone in this country lives kinda close to one of those places…don’t they? I said: DON’T THEY?!?

The British Invasion:

08.23.17 – Seattle, WA – Kremwerk
08.24.17 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
08.25.17 – Detroit, MI – El Club
08.26.17 – New York, NY – MoMa PS1