Tracking The Odds: Miya Masaoka
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
Miya Masaoka in concert with her unique inventions of techniques, songs, and contraptions ranging from the traditional Japanese Koto to her computer-assisted Laser Koto. Often seen in collaboration with live insects, plants, and video, here Masaoka performs solos and duos with tabla player, Samir Chatterjee at Roulette on 19 November 2000. Masaoka is a composer, sound artist, and musician who operates at the intersection of spatialized sound, frequency and perception, performance, and social/historical references. Also on the program, an excerpt from Masaoka’s The Clattering of Life performed by an ensemble of Masaoka, Jennifer Choi, Esther Noh, David Wallace, Alex Waterman, Ben Vida, and Satoshi Takeishi at Roulette in 2013.
Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive is a monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium (roulette.org) and broadcast in partnership with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM and Standing Wave Radio. The broadcasts feature selected highlights from Roulette’s New York experimental music space dating from the early 1980s to the present. Thousands of rare, formative, and often unheard recordings by innovators and adventurous musicians populate the archive. Tracking The Odds airs the third Thursday of each month at 1 a.m. ET and is archived at wavefarm.org.
Founded in 1978, Roulette operates a 400-seat concert hall on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn with a focus on experimental and unorthodox music and performance across all genres and media. It's archive of thousands of audio and video recordings is currently being restored.
Pictured: A screening, reading, and performance for Henry Hills' film "Money" at Roulette (1985) with dancer Pooh Kaye surrounded by (L-R) John Zorn, Tom Cora, Ciro Baptiste, (obstructed, possibly Sally Silvers), Abigail Child, Diane Ward, Susie Timmons, Alan Davies, Bruce Andrews, Ikue Mori, Jim Staley, Butch Morris. Photo: Lona Foote.