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M.A.R.S. Festival Takes Over DTLA for its Second Year

Music & Arts ReSound (M.A.R.S.), a festival based on interdisciplinary cooperation between different forms of contemporary music, applied arts and independent film, will be bringing advanced technology, 3D video mapping projections, and innovation to Los Angeles for its second year. The 8-day festival, held at The Vortex from October 5 – 13, will feature over 20 musicians, 10 artists, and consist of 3 concerts for a two-weekend music festival unlike any other. Festivalgoers can also expect daily activities centered on art as well as a panel discussion with a surprise guest.

This year’s opening night will include a musical performance from the international group, Ensemble Garage, alongside composers Genoel Lilenstern, Katharina Rosenberger, Ying Wang and Wen Liu. The opening night, TELEPORMARTIAN, aims to construct a new world through the latest techniques of video mapping, virtual reality, and interactive projections provided by THISPLAY, granting spectators access to a one of a kind virtual space.

The following two days, October 6th and 7th, will feature performances by the legendary Miguel Atwood- Ferguson along with Jesse Gilbert. The depth and range of Atwood-Ferguson’s work is vast, having contributed to over 500 recordings, and thousands of live concerts. He has a rare gift as well as a serious devotion and dedication to continuing the development of his talents and has collaborated with many top musicians. Concluding the festival on October 13th will be M.A.R.S. closing show, featuring a festival-wide special event and closing party.

The Los Angeles portion of the international festival will officially be known as MULTIVERSE, and has expanded to two other cities: Shanghai (ARRIVAL) and Berlin (PROMETHEUS). Since its conception, M.A.R.S. has aimed to create platforms for internationally established musicians and artists of all kinds to promote their work and open new perspectives on seeing music through cross-artistic pairings.

M.A.R.S. is a progressive music and arts festival that connects musicians, artists, and audiences through the means of virtual reality – merging and blurring the geographical realities of its three arts capital cities: Berlin – Los Angeles – Shanghai. Through carefully curated and handpicked events, M.A.R.S. expands the musical imagination by blurring the borders between music and other applied arts.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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