Mixology 2022: Kamau Patton // Marcia Bassett

Thursday, February 17, 2022. 8:00 pm
Tickets: $20 Online | $25 Doors
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Doors 7pm
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Mixology 2022: Kamau Patton // Marcia Bassett

Thursday, February 17, 2022. 8:00 pm

Mixology 2022 / Night One: Kamau Patton presents new and evolving sonic transmissions. Marcia Bassett brings new work in sound and light multidimensionality, meta patterns, and relationships composing in and with time.

Set one: Marcia Bassett (Buchla Music Easel), Ted Gordon (Buchla Music Easel), and Patrick Cain (video manipulation).

Set two: Kamau Patton (electronics).

$50 Festival Pass! See all three nights for $50

Roulette’s annual Mixology Festival of electronically engaged artists returns with purveyors of the multidimensional. Taking inspiration from the great multi-instrumentalist Jerome Cooper’s description of his extended drum kit performances as “multidimensional drumming,” Mixology 2022 brings artists working in similar multiplicities, layers and multi-rhythms, for whom instrumentation, medium, and even genre—from techno to noise to hip hop beat tapes to synth folk blues—are, utilizing Cooper’s words, “…synthesized into one instrument.” Guest curated by artist and arts-worker Matt Mehlan.

Kamau Patton is an interdisciplinary artist and educator whose work examines history and culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories, and sites. Patton’s projects are dialogic and take form as expanded field conversations. Patton received his MFA from Stanford University in 2007 and received a degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. His work was shown in 2012 as part of Pacific Standard Time and in 2013 as part of the Machine Project Field guide to LA Architecture. Patton has completed projects in soundscape studies through support provided by the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative, and the Tang Teaching Museum. He presented research in 2016 at the ABF house in Stockholm, Sweden, as a part of The Shape of Co- to- Come symposium and exhibition. Patton participated in a series of performances as part of Projects 107: Lone Wolf Recital Corps at the Museum of Modern Art in August 2017. In September 2017, he installed an iteration of his ongoing project, Tel, at the Tang Museum. In 2019, Patton’s public art commission with the Bowman Montessori School in Palo Alto, CA, was open to the public.

Artist/musician Marcia Bassett works in areas of sound, improvisation and visual creations. Bassett’s work is equal parts trance and critique. Her sound pieces thread the needle between the conceptual and the sensual, between ritual invocation and cold semiotic gaze. Using handmade electronic instruments, prepared guitar, synthesizer, field recordings and tape explorations, Bassett deftly wields philosophical systems to produce heady, experiential clouds; pushing through drones into provocative soundscapes – the intangible narratives of dreams.

Ted Gordon is a musician and musicologist whose work connects experimental music with the critical study of science & technology. As a scholar, his work has been published by Contemporary Music Review (forthcoming), Current Musicology, Portable Gray, the Library of Congress, the American Musicological Association, and Cultural Anthropology. As an improviser, he performs with the viola and the Buchla Music Easel. With Matthew Mehlan, he has released music as the Chicagoland Electric Music Box Association, and has collaborated with Marcia Bassett and Jeffrey Perkins. He is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Baruch College, City University of New York. 

Patrick Cain is a multimedia artist working with sound and video to create improvised abstractions. They are one-half of the band model home and make solo music under the name p cain.