Mekanik Kantatik is the invention of Nicolas Cante, a truly rare specimen on today’s music scene.
Defying classification, the pianist from Aix creates his style in close relation with his instrument: a modified and disarranged piano that produces music somewhere between dance and experimental.
From jazz to techno, pop to singer-songwriting, this act demonstrates a surprising originality at the junction of many genres.
Fundamentally jubilant, this man and his machine explore swing in the 21st century to an offbeat electronic groove.
A mix of mechanics, digital technology and man, Mekanik Kantatik is an organic trio of piano-computer-musician making you forget who’s controlling who or what’s creating what.
Pianist and electronic musician, Nicolas Cante graduated from the Conservatoire d’Aix-en-Provence in 2001.
While his musical and artistic experiments steered him into the realms of jazz, improvised music and electro, he has also collaborated in dance, street performance and other contemporary art forms.
In 2009, he released his first album Mekanik Kantatik, Sounds… from my piano that brought him to public attention and led to a 50-date tour in France and other countries.
Then, in January 2012, he released Improvisium 1.1 that won him the Qwartz/FFI composition prize and launched a series of successful recordings on his Kantatik Music label (2011).