Tracking The Odds: Toshio Kajiwara, Taketo Shimada
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
A sound installation/performance recorded at Roulette on May 15, 1999. Entitled Ferris Wheel, the piece is designed as a sonic flashback museum of digital samples, an archaeology of ideas, and a post-war musical journey. Toshio Kajiwara is a sound artist and a stage director based in Kyoto, Japan. His obsessive interest in archiving obscure recordings from times past evolved into a series of performances using old phonograph players and magnetic tape machines in the early 90’s, working with artists such as DJ Olive, Christian Marclay, Shelley Hirsch, Aki Onda, Raz Mesinai, Marina Rosenfeld and many more. Taketo Shimada is a visual and sound artist, born in Tokyo and living in New York, whose work explores contemporary variations on the Drone formula pioneered by La Monte Young’s Theatre of Eternal Music, Yoshi Wada, and other Fluxus tone-worshippers.
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.