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Busty and the Bass—connected to our five senses

The 38th edition concludes tomorrow


Montreal, Friday, July 7, 2017 — The 38th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, presented by TD Bank Group in collaboration with Rio Tinto, concludes tomorrow, Saturday, July 8 with an extraordinary evening: Five Senses, One Band. Immediately following the Anderson .Paak concert, the audience is invited to party with Montreal group Busty and the Bass from 11:30 p.m. in L’Astral and participated in a wildly unique experience at the crossroads of emotion, design, technology and a fantastic good time. An event conceived by Bleublancrouge in collaboration with the Festival team, Baillat Studio, Robocut studio, Serge Maheu and Maxime Damecour.

On the program:

Get ready for brass, ultra-funky grooves and buckets of contagious energy served up by one of the most exciting bands on the Montreal scene.

The dancing, vibrations, sounds, motion and sweat of the crowd will create the colours, forms and images of tomorrow’s Festival. The five senses of audience members will be connected to an extraordinary luminous installation: thanks to sensors installed in the venue, each step becomes an image, each bodily movement a spectre, each shout a vibration…

Busty and the Bass

Springing to life from a jam session just a week after starting classes at McGill University, Montreal collective Busty and the Bass assembles a crew of young musicians digging into a repertoire fusing electronica, soul and hip-hop, with utterly contagious onstage energy. Winners of the Rock Your Campus contest, the group quickly made its name on the Montreal scene.


Hearing: microphones capture the voices of the crowd in real time, with the sounds affecting the luminous intensity of the visuals.

Touch: a tableau of sensors installed in the floor affect the complexity of visual textures according to every step/leap/dance of the audience.

Sight: infrared cameras capture the movement and motions of the crowd, affecting the amount of visual textures.

Taste: contact sensors installed in the refrigerator doors of the venue tabulate alcohol sales in real time and affect the addition of the graphics.

Smell: a sensor analyzes humidity and heat, affecting the textures of the visuals.

Everything recorded during the evening will feed the installation and help develop the visual identity of the 2018 Festival.


To attend, head to the L’Astral entrance at 11:30 p.m. or visit the Festival Facebook page for access to a contest for 50 winners.

Have a fantastic, frenzied final Festival night!

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