The 2016 edition of Roulette’s Festival of Mixology explores the history and tradition of electronics as it influences contemporary performance. Over five days and featuring nine artists and their collaborators, the Festival illustrates the potency of invention and re-invention that has fueled experimentation and imagination for a century. Concerts feature masters in the art of of Theremin, synthesizer, sampling, glitch, appropriation, film and video interface, analog processing, circuit bending, and DJ technology.
Curated by David Weinstein, the co-founder of Roulette and producer of the first Festival of Mixology over 25 years ago, the series celebrates resurrected, restored, and recovered machinery, vintage recordings, and principles of electronic sound and image stretched to impact new and adventurous work.
In a tribute to Alice and John Coltrane, the legendary percussionist and industrial music godfather Z’EV presents his audio and video reconstruction of two television broadcasts utilizing his custom pentatonic sound rig. A 1961 German TV performance of My Favorite Things by the Coltrane Quartet and a 1987 harp solo in Warsaw by Alice become source material for a lush, surreal, and delicious multimedia montage.
In transforming the Roulette space into a giant cabinet of curiosities, analog alchemist and sorcerer scientist Lary 7 celebrates both the circus and the laboratory that we identify with technology. Drawing from his massive collection of obsolete gear, gadgetry, and mutant machinery, 7 will dazzle and delight with his passion for the flawed struggle of aging voices to speak beautifully.
David Weinstein is a composer, curator, radio producer, event organizer, and activist for new and experimental arts in all media. He has been a director of programming and/or operations at Roulette, MoMA PS1, Clocktower Gallery and Radio, Outpost Gallery, and many more. He has performed and recorded with artists including Shelley Hirsch, Elliott Sharp, and John Zorn. His radio series, Impossible Music, is streamed at clocktower.org.