Is it art? Is it music? It could be described as an arts collective or an experimental music group, but in reality, what is it?
With the help of more than 200 hours of footage compiled from its inception in the year 2000 until today and interviews with fans, collaborators and contributors, this documentary, the first of its kind about this enigmatic group, will try to answer the question: What is Matotumba?, documenting their career in the world of art and experimental music in Puerto Rico for more than a decade.
Matotumba (MTTMB) is an electronic music group formed in the year 2000 by a collective of visual artists from Puerto Rico. ItÂ’s mostly known for its experimental music proposal and the inclusion of visual-art at their live shows.
Currently the group's line-up is composed of Jorge MartÃnez PicÃ³n, Milton RamÃrez MalavÃ© and HÃ©ctor RomÃ¡n and often collaborating with fellow experimental artists such as Robin Alicea and Jose Vega (Shhh, PPRSS), Ariel HernÃ¡ndez (Similar, Introdujos), among others. Along with the psychedelic rock band, Psiconautas, are part of the shoegazing / noise / experimental group, 'The Alliance' or AEI (Intergalactic Exploration Alliance).
It's not an easy task to assign a genre to Matotumba's musical style since it's very evolutive. In the beginning, their approach to experimental music was based on improvisation with strong tribal roots and over time, it leaned more towards rock and electronica.
Over the course of a decade they have managed to compile an extensive discography and videography as well as producing the documentary Â¿matotumba? which chronicles their trajectory from its inception to the present. Matotumba has presented their audio / visual projects in Radio and TV; art galleries, museums and countless music, theater and film festivals; spanning the entire island of Puerto Rico, Mexico, Spain, Italy and the United States.