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.
Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon) is joined by Susie Ibarra (Ai Wei Wei, EMPAC) and Ikue Mori (John Zorn, DNA) in a trio that merges three distinct voices melding sounds and expressions driven by their personal “technology” and what may be Earth’s first instrument: drums. From the steady heartbeat to the heart-stopping subwoofer, each has embraced and mastered both primitive and the progressive approaches to rhythm in solo and collaborative projects. Performing improvised music, these adventurers activate wave upon wave of abstract clarity elevating themselves and the listener to sublime vibration.
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.