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A Performance Festival Mixes Muzak, Noh Theater, and Video Art

The lineup for Roulette’s 2018 Mixology Festival, titled “Circuit Breakers,” features an enticing series of improbable audio-visual pairings.

GAIAMAMOO (photo by Go Nakamura)
GAIAMAMOO (photo by Go Nakamura)

The 2018 edition of Roulette’s Mixology Festival, titled “Circuit Breakers,” features four nights of provocative performance pairings, kicking off with Tuesday tonight’s tribute to French electronic music pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey by Wally De Backer (aka Gotye, of “Somebody That I Used to Know” fame). Though that may be the festival’s most improbable combination, its program promises many fertile musical and performative cross-pollinations.

On Wednesday night, for instance, the Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist (and video artist) Rachika S will follow a collaboration between experimental music singer Daisy Press and musician and composer Nick Hallett. Thursday’s lineup features the collective Causings — which experiments and improvises using electronic devices and other non-musical instruments — sharing the marquee with Bushwick-based group Plan 23, which pairs dark-ambient and psychedelic, electro-acoustic sounds with fluid, abstract video projections.

The most intriguing evening program, for my money, is the festival’s final night on Friday. The Tokyo-based duo GAIAMAMOO will perform live, improvised noise music accompanied by projections of Japanese Noh theater performances. They will be followed by the Bushwick collective Jantar, which specializes in ambient and improvised “experimental easy listening music” based on film and background music.

Plan 23 (photo Ralf Beuschlein)
Plan 23 (photo Ralf Beuschlein)
Rachika S (photo by Jessie Dunn Rovinelli)
Rachika S (photo by Jessie Dunn Rovinelli)

When: Tuesday, February 13–Friday, February 16 (times and prices vary)
Where: Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn)

More info at Roulette.

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