Muzzix is a collective of around thirty musicians based in Lille, active since the late 1990’s. Its musical universe spans from jazz to experimental and improvised music, in varied forms that range from solos to large orchestras, from concerts to sound installations and performances.
Muzzix’s overall activity revolves around artistic creations emanating from the collective, exploring contemporary musical and sonic languages while focusing on experimentation. Today, there are over thirty projects annually that express the lively creativity of collective musicians, produced regionally, in France, and more and more crossing borders, into Europe, Asia, and North America.
Muzzix also programs events in different locations around the Lille metropolitan area. The highlights Muzzix & Associés (Muzzix and Associates) is organized every trimester, offering an opportunity to invite French and foreign artists on tour, try out new musical configurations with these artists, and to develop partnerships with cultural institutions in the region. The collective also offers activities to raise awareness, through concerts in partnership with local organizations or in private homes, as well as workshops aimed at educational, professional and amateur audiences.
Places in which Muzzix projects have been heard abroad include, notably, the United States (Chicago Jazz Festival, The Stone NY, etc.), Canada (Festival de Musiques Actuelles Victoriaville, Guelph Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, etc.), Japan, Australia, South Korea, Israel, Vietnam, Austria (Saalfelden, etc.), Poland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands and Great Britain. In France, Muzzix productions have appeared in festivals (Jazz à Luz, Meteo Mulhouse, Musique Action Vandoeuvre, Nevers, Albi, Le Mans, Paris Jazz Festival, etc.), on national stages (La rose des vents in Villeneuve d’Ascq, L’Arsenal in Metz, Le Théâtre de Cornouaille in Quimper, in Albi, etc.), SMAC - contemporary popular music structures (Aéronef in Lille, Les Abattoirs in Bourgoin-Jallieu, Le Fil in Saint-Etienne, La Carène in Brest, etc.) and clubs (Petit Faucheux in Tours, Pannonica in Nantes, Périscope in Lyon, AJMI in Avignon, etc.).
Outside the region and abroad, the collective collaborates with the Dedalus ensemble (Montpellier), the Coax collective (Paris), La Lutherie Urbaine (Bagnolet), the transatlantic network The Bridge, Alternativa Festival (Prague, Czech Republic), Avant Art & AirWro (Wroclaw, Poland), the association E-IMP LTD (Katowice, Poland), the Impakt collective (Cologne, Germany), Le Tour de Bras (a collective and label in Rimouski, Quebec), and Citadelic (Ghent, Belgium).
Find information about some of the current discography from Muzzix on the Circum label.
Muzzix is supported by the DRAC Hauts-de-France and the Hauts-de-France region, the Métropole Européenne de Lille, the city of Lille, the Centre National de la Musique (CNM), the Sacem, the Spedidam, and the Institut Français. Muzzix is a member of Futurs Composés and of Grands Formats.