• Actress announces new AV show + US & European tour

    Earlier this year, Actress aka Darren Daz Cunnigham – released AZD, the first new music from the reclusive producer in three years. The simplest you could say about AZD, is that its art the unique creation of a unique mind. There will be few more distinctive, brilliant or visionary suites of music released in 2017. Call him what you will, this is the year that Actress asserts more clearly than ever before his complete independence.

    He recently played a string of US summer dates, which included a live performance at MoMa PS1’s WarmUp event. Now he is back for a extended fall tour of the US/North America and Europe with a brand new live/AV set that includes two AI performers on either side of the stage and a special appearance from Actress’ ‘Chrome Man’ figure on keyboard. A special preview of the set up can be viewed here.

    This tour includes a handful of Texas dates alongside Telefon Tel Aviv and shows in Montreal, Brooklyn and Toronto with Nicolas Jaar as well as a performance at the 5th annual III Points Festival in Miami.


    A C T R E S S 
    ( L I V E  A V )
    F / W  2 0 1 7
    11 – Massey Hall, Toronto GTA *
    12 – Olympia, Montreal, QC *
    13 – III Points Festival, Miami, FL
    17 – UNION, Los Angeles, CA
    18 – Grey Area, San Francisco, CA
    19 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY *
    20 – EMPAC, Troy, NY
    21 – Brooklyn Bazaar, Brooklyn, NY
    27 – Jazzhouse, Copenhagen, DK
    28 – Insomnia Festival, Tromsø, NO
    30 – BLITZ Music Club, Munich, DE
    03 – P4K at Trabendo, Paris, FR
    04 – Club2Club, Turin, IT
    10 – Six d.o.g.s., Athens, GR
    11 – Exil, RBMA Festival, Zurich, CH
    16 – Musicbox, Lisbon, PT
    18 – Funkhaus, Berlin, DE
    30 – Dada, Dallas, TX **
    01 – Barracuda, Austin, TX **
    02 – Walters, Houston, TX **
    * With Nicolas Jaar
    ** With Telefon Tel Aviv
  • Actress releases AZD on Ninja Tune



    Actress, aka Darren Cunningham, returns with a new album, now on Ninja Tune and a new music system called AZD (pronounced “Azid”), a chrome aspect journey into a parallel world. The album in few days has reached #3 in UK Electronic iTunes Album Chart and #5 in the US one. The album reviews, until now, leave no doubts: AZD is a masterpiece.

    “Actress’ sixth LP reaches deep into both Cunningham’s clubbiest and most avant-garde impulses, exploring language and Afrofuturism while maintaining a musicality that holds the listener close”.  (Pitchfork)

    It feels unfussy and workmanlike. Which isn’t to do it down: now that he’s back to just getting on with it, Cunningham can once again produce mirage-like moments of beauty like nobody else”. (Resident Advisor

    “AZD is an album you have to digest in full rather than dipping in and out. If you put in the effort this is one of the most rewarding albums of the year so far” (Drowned in the Sound

    Actress debuted his new live show at a sold out Village Underground on March 24th,  and the tour has just started. 

    14 April Shelter – Amsterdam (DJ)    
    29 April North Atlantic Flux – Hull (DJ)
    05 May Donau Festival – Krems (Live)
    06 May Arts School – Glasgow (Live)
    20 May Wetware – Beijing (Live)
    26 May Nuits Fauves – Paris (Live) 
    27 May Nuits Sonores – Lyon (Live) 
    23 June Marsatac Festival – Marseille (Live) 
    01 July Pitch Festival – Amsterdam (Live)
    14 July Lattexplus Festival – Florence (DJ) 
    29 July Farm Fest – Bruton, Sommerset (DJ)