CMKY 2012: Festival Overview

Posted: April 20, 2012

With this year’s Communikey Festival just around the corner (we’re five days out now!), we thought it would be appropriate to provide a basic rundown of what you can expect from our musical offerings. Spread out over the course of five days, this is one of the most eclectic rosters we’ve booked yet…and we can’t wait to share it with all of you.

Take some time to peruse all of the aural pleasures below, then check out the full program guide. Don’t forget, tickets and passes are still available! We got what you need right over here.



Wednesday, April 25

Communikey Festival 2012 wastes no time in getting well and truly underway. Our opening night takes place at the Boulder Theater and features performance art legend Laurie Anderson’s Dirtday!, a playful and poignant rumination on politics, evolution and history told through her signature blend of story and song.

Afterwards, festival goers can make their way to nearby Bitter Bar to experience the debut of a new interactive audio / visual installation by Deniz Kurtel, which represents the culmination of her years of work in multimedia arts. Supporting Deniz with deliciously deep dance vibrations will be Colorado vinyl purists Patricia Hertz and Tony Z.

Thursday, April 26

Thursday sees Boulder blessed with another towering musical giant, as electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick - preceded by NYC-based vocal artist Lesley Flanigan - graces ATLAS with a rendition of Silver Apples of the Moon, his seminal work of early synthesizer music.

Thursday evening, we will find ourselves at Shine, delving into the shape of things to come. Zammuto of The Books will present material from his debut solo LP, alongside Vancouver’s Square Root of Evil and Denver cultural catalyst Sarah Slater.

Friday, April 27

Friday finds CMKY returning to Boulder’s gorgeous Odd Fellows Lodge, the perfect venue in which to showcase two brilliant modern classical soundscape artists: Germany’s Nils Frahm and Poland’s Jacaszek.

Then, it’s onwards to the Fox Theatre to celebrate queer culture in collaboration with local institutions Prop Gay, Damn Gurl and Titwrench Festival. Gender-bending performance rock outfit MEN, led by Le Tigre’s JD Samson, will be accompanied by the prolific – and equally outspoken – musician and thinker DJ Sprinkles a.k.a. Terre Thaemlitz, with further support provided by Denver’s Narky Stares and Piper Rose.

Afterwards, Santa Fe’s beloved Team Everything will take things into the wee hours with their own brand of dancefloor magic.

Saturday, April 28

Saturday afternoon, we invite festival attendees to relax and re-center, joining us for sun, tea and soothing tones from a diverse roster of North American ambient artists, including Nathan Wheeler, Radere, Lake Mary, Young Pharaohs, You Are My Symphonic, Ten And Tracer, Astro Glamour and Pillow Garden.

Afterwards, ATLAS will play host to a very special limited-capacity immersive event featuring a specially commissioned collaboration between ambient legends Lustmord and Biosphere, alongside fellow luminaries Pole and Offthesky.

From there, we take our freshly-rested legs onto Apex Movement’s dancefloor for a tribute to American techno, featuring Detroit’s up-and-coming Kyle Hall, as well as old-school heavyweights Claude Young and Shawn Rudiman, with support from Tom Schreiber and Colorado’s own Attentat and Roy England.

Sunday, April 29

Once again on Sunday afternoon we shall meet in Civic Plaza to enjoy some sunshine and fine company, rejoicing and reflecting on an amazing week as it draws to a close. This year’s park celebration will showcase a jubilant blend of sun soaked rhythms presented by some of CMKY’s most beloved family members: David Last, Time For Trees, Brian Mayhall of D Numbers and Ivy. Expect to smile!

Sunday’s closing event will feature perhaps one of its most eclectic lineups to date, as we gather once more at BMOCA to enjoy a diverse array of blissful psychedelic offerings from Peaking Lights, Sun Araw, Lulacruza, Brandon Brown and Ejival. We’ll laugh, cry, reminisce and look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Please note: for our limited capacity events in the ATLAS Black Box Theater, we will require that pass holders come by HQ on the day of show to obtain a reserved seat ticket to ensure entry. Full details will be explained at HQ when you pick up your pass next week, but please direct any questions you  may have to