Mixtur is a collective that has been founded in Barcelona in 2012 with the aim of contributing to the process of creating, teaching and more extensively distributing contemporary music and sound art intertwined with the science of sound itself and the creative arts.
The main objectives of Mixtur find their artistic realization during a festival in Barcelona “The Festival Mixtur” and include:
- Bridging the gap
The Festival Mixtur wants to establish itself as a meeting point of musicians and other artists whose work focuses on research; and the public, including those who have a background in new music as well as those who do not and to whom this area of artistic expression is a new experience. We seek out artists who consider risk as an inherent aspect of their work. We want to be an avenue for the Spanish and International public to discover and experience this art form in an environment that allows and encourages exchange and discussion.
- Set new artistic trends
The Open Call Mixtur offers an opportunity to discover developments in music and sound art at an international level, especially with regard to young artists. This will expand our horizon; and introduce attendees, whether professional musicians or the public, to developments in music and sound art beyond the already known and established forms of expression. The Open Call structure also allows and encourages participation of musicians who seek to perform during the festival.
- To encourage education
It is our conviction that curiosity, discovery and the opportunity to learn are fundamentals in approaching unknown and novel ways of musical expression, for both professional musicians and the public. We want to extend our educational offers to musicians who may otherwise not have access to such possibilities. For this purpose, we include several and diverse workshops with some institutions. Also, one of the main activities of the festival is a Workshop on composition and sound experimentation led by composers of international renown.
- To promote new works
Finally, the ultimate goal of the Festival Mixtur is to promote the creative process itself by commissioning new works to recognized artists and also to young artists who, after completing their studies, find themselves at the very beginning of their career. This is a consequence of the strong commitment of the festival with new ways of contemporary creation.