Suoni per il Popolo Montreal Fest Previewed

Source: Montreal Gazette.

How to describe Suoni per il Popolo? The question is daunting when one considers the festival’s wildly varied lineup – a mix of free jazz, punk rock, world music and assorted underground sounds.

For Suoni executive director Peter Burton, it’s just another day at the office.

“We’re a 21st century, avant garde, experimental music festival,” Burton said of the nearly month-long event, the 17th edition of which runs June 1 to 24.

“We have really eclectic musical tastes, and we try to present diverse artists – we have the same number of female and male artists in the festival. We also have people from extremely diverse backgrounds, racially and in terms of sexual identities. The common thread is experimental music that is not accepted commercially.”

Founded by Mauro Pezzente, of Montreal post-rock collective Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and his partner Kiva Stimac, Suoni per il Popolo has come to embody the kind of programming you’ll find year-round at their Mile End venues Casa del Popolo, La Sala Rossa and Il Vitrola, which have become landmarks of Montreal’s alternative music scene.