Tracking The Odds: Ikue Mori
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
This edition illustrates two projects of composer/percussionist Ikue Mori whose drumming, drum machine experiments, and laptop electronics all display a unique sense of time and timbre. From her emergence with the No Wave band DNA to her collaborations with Sylvie Courvoisier, Zeena Parkins, John Zorn, Craig Taborn, and many more, Mori’s distinct style is unmistakeable. This program contains excerpts from two early ensemble projects presented at Roulette: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, an ensemble work from 1998 for Theo Bleckman (voice and electronics), Eyvind Kang (violin), Eric Friedlander (cello), Anthony Coleman (piano and organ), Kato Hideki (bass), and Mori on drum machines. This is followed by Tohban Djan, Mori’s project with vocalist/bassist Luli Shioi featuring Davey Williams (guitar), Hahn Rowe (violin), and Zeena Parkins (accordion).
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.