Since 1994, Sonar has gathered the world’s most interesting and innovative (and sometimes baffling) electronic musicians for an annual showcase in Barcelona and, since 2002, the festival has held smaller-scale events all over the world. This year, the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art (how’s that for a title?) will take on Chicago in its first full format production in the States.
The three-day event, organized in conjunction with the Institut Ramon Llull and Bonnaroo promoter AC Entertainment, will take place this weekend, September 9-11, at the Chicago Cultural Center and other venues throughout the Windy City. The lineup includes Spanish acts Bradien, Faraón, bRUNA (pictured below), and Huan, as well as musicians from other parts of the world, like Martyn, Ben Frost, and Nosaj Thing Visual Show.
Chicago’s architectural and musical landscape will provide the perfect venue to promote the festival’s ethos of featuring and cultivating experimental art, of which there will be plenty this weekend. If all goes well, festival organizers expect Sonar Chicago to become an annual event.