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A 3-year initiative co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, the SHAPE project reunites 16 European non-profit organisations active within the ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound network to create a platform that aims to support, promote, and exchange innovative and aspiring emergent musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound.
All 16 organisations will collectively choose 48 musicians to participate in a mix of live performances, residencies, workshops and talks across member festivals and special events. A new pool of 48 artists will be selected subsequently for each of years two and three of the SHAPE initiative.
The SHAPE project launched at CTM 2015 with an open Meet and Greet. Presentations by several SHAPE organisations as well a selection of participating artists provided insight into the upcoming year of activities, musical projects, and beyond. CTM 2016 launched the platform's second year, announcing the 2016 supported artists. Artists supported in 2017 were announced autumn 2016, with a first major presentation at Novas Frequencias festival in Rio de Janeiro.
April sees SHAPE returning to concert-goers via the Rokolectiv festival in Bucharest, Romania (April 20 – 23). Alongside such acts as Foodman and Silent Servant, the platform will be represented by Romanian DJ Chlorys, Black Zone Myth Chant - a project of Afrocentric psychedelia and hypnotic footwork by French psych-drone artist High Wolf, Lithuanian musician J.G. Biberkopf, whose “audio theater” works are impressive collages that draw on a wide range of influences, including grime and musique concrète, hardwave and minimal electronics influenced techno producer Maoupa Mazzocchetti, Russian-born, Bunker records-associated DJ Inga Mauer and experimental duo Amnesia Scanner whose sound design decimates and regurgitates tropes of trance, future grime, Atlanta, noise, and mainstream pop.
French rhythmic music/digital art project NSDOS has joined the platform, replacing producer Jacques, who cannot continue his participation in SHAPE due to scheduling difficulties.