On May 16, the City of Cambridge has presented proclamations to the organizers of Together festival, as well as to representatives of the Dutch government. In addition to “Dutch Culture Day” at Together, the Dutch vibe will stay in the US a little longer, with Fatima Yamaha bringing his thrillings keys and basslines to Chicago and New York on May 19 and May 20.
On the “Dutch Takeover” day of the festival, the Massachussets city celebrated the contribution of Together and the Dutch to their culture, as well as the cultural exchange between Fontys Acadamy for Creative Industries and the Mmmaven Music & Production School. Vice Mayor Marc McGovern has present proclamations, recognizing them for their contributions to Boston’s cultural scene and creative economy.
The City of Cambridge is known for it’s support of the arts and cultural community, and boasts one of the oldest and most dynamic arts agencies in the country. Established in 1974, the Cambridge Arts Council is a city agency that funds, promotes, and presents highquality, community based arts programming for the benefit of artists, residents, and visitors to Cambridge.
Together continues to build its reputation as a tastemaking festival, blending forward thinking event curation with sincere community and civic engagement and activation. Through May 22, Cambridge will still be abuzz as the festival continues its seventh annual slate of workshops, technology demonstrations, and nighttime concerts.
Fatima Yamaha equals Amsterdam urban legend. Keeping a low profile while spinning the decks in the underground scene, Fatima Yamaha is hard to find, but impossible to ignore. Laying his tracks in a tiny, dark and steamy Middlesex Lounge, the Dutch artist felt right at home with the Cambridge crowd. Together co-founder Alex Maniatis called What’s a Girl to Do “the catchiest song I’ve ever heard,” baptizing him a “Dutch boy wonder” in Metro.
But who is Yamaha Fatima? The artist’s barren Facebook “about” section comes up as practically the only source, and simply states “Fatima Yamaha, the girl between two worlds. Turkish mother and a Japanese father. Recording artist for Magnetron Music.” In truth, she is no such thing; she is a pseudonym of Dutch recording artist Bas Bron. Fatima has been releasing music for 15 years under a variety of aliases. The 2004 track “What’s a Girl To Do?” received acclaim from artists including Hud Mo and Jackmaster, and this year became a staple on the festival circuit due to a crafty reissue by Dekmantel. Fact Mag describes Fatima’s 2015 debut album Imaginary Lines as inhabiting the same world as “What’s a Girl to Do?.” “Every track smoulders rather than erupts, with Moog-y basslines and keys to die for.”
Together Boston is an annual music festival based in Massachusetts that was first held in February, 2010. Its primary focus is to emphasize the unity of music, art and technology and their propagation in the city of Boston. Through a week-long series of educational and professional discussions, demonstrations, installations, screenings and performances at venues around the Boston/Cambridge area, Together Boston attracts thousands of people every year, and has increased its attendance every year as a primary New England area music festival. Although historically based in Boston, the festival has found its footing across the Charles River in Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
About Fontys ACI
Fontys Academy for Creative Industries (Fontys ACI) in Tilburg has 2700 students working towards a bachelor of Business Administration (International Event, Music & Entertainment Studies and Digital Business Concepts), a bachelor of Communication (International Event, Music & Entertainment Studies) or a bachelor of Lifestyle (International Lifestyle Studies). The academy trains people to create exciting concepts to improve our quality of life. Students are trained for an industry in which creativity is of the highest value to a product or service. At Fontys ACI, the students feel at home in the (digital) world of entertainment and lifestyle, and understand that creativity can also mean business.
Mmmmaven courses specialize in teaching the details that define digital music. Offering hands-on exposure to the many facets of music production; Mmmaven state-of-the-art labs are outfitted with advanced software and technology such as Ableton Live 9, Logic, Serato Scratch Live, Traktor Pro. Seasoned instructors join their classrooms straight from of the club, imparting the wisdom of experience and the tricks of the mix. usic production and performance is an artform based in creativity, innovation, and technical skill. Like any other art, raw passion and intuition are at the core of producing and performing music. What defines an amateur from an expert is skill. Mmmraven helps transform creative instincts into audio brilliance.