12 Apr 2024


The Wire Magazine has reviewed Rouse’s latest release LANGUAGE BARRIER. Composer and writer Leah Kardos writes: “As cosy and accessible as [Language Barrier] might seem on first listen, deep complexity hides in plain sight – stubborn polytonality, dizzying polymetre and dislocating polytemporalities frame the central image of Rouse’s creative life story with engrossing, sometimes unsettling, […]

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05 Oct 2023

Paul Taylor Dance Company to perform Ulysses Dove’s ‘Vespers’ set to Mikel Rouse’s ‘Quorum’ at Lincoln Center

Powerful. Influential.Revelatory. A captivating addition to the Taylor Company’s repertoire, Ulysses Dove’s Vespers showcases the bold choreographic brilliance of Dove and the extraordinary talent of the phenomenal Taylor women. His emotive choreography is propelled by Mikel Rouse’s electric score and succeeds in transporting and transforming audiences. Vespers (Company Premiere) | NOV 4 (EVE), 9

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08 Sep 2023

Mikel Rouse Featured on the Bandcamp Daily

On September 7, 2023, Bandcamp Daily featured ‘A Guide’ to many of Rouse’s contemporary works: It’s hard to be first, especially when your style might be too downtown for the uptown people and too uptown for the downtown ones. The subject matter—true crime, TV talk shows, movie-going, even trying to make money as an artist—should […]

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08 Mar 2022

Mikel Rouse releases Broken Consort LIVE 1987

On Friday, March 11, Mikel Rouse will release an archive recording of his chamber ensemble Mikel Rouse Broken Consort. This is part of the ongoing Mikel Rouse Archive at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. MRBC went through a number of personnel changes from its inception in 1980 to its final concerts […]

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29 Apr 2021

Mikel Rouse Releases One Boy’s Day Electronic Beds 4/30/2021

This long-form album represents the 27 electronic beds for the 13+ hour music theater installation One Boy’s Day. These beds are to be accompanied by live musicians which switch off every half hour corresponding to the original observers. The premiere was set for April 30, 2021, but due to Covid restrictions, the premiere has been […]

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22 Oct 2020

New York Times Weekend Music: Mikel Rouse’s ~/Library/Mouth/Congress/

Seth Colter Walls says in the The New York Times:  “~/Library/Mouth/Congress/,” the latest independent effort by Mikel Rouse, set for release on Friday. Another American composer with a penchant for samples, Rouse assembles his fieriest collection in recent years, and it turns on politically pointed (or exhausted) opuses like “Spokecard.” On these and other tracks, he employs samples […]

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02 Oct 2020

Mikel Rouse Releases ~/Library/Mouth/Congress/ Coming October 23, 2020

Mike Rouse will release his 3rd new album in the last 12 months. The new album explores the dream/reality of our new dystopia. ~/Library/Mouth/Congress/ was created using samples from the Library of Congress’s Citizen DJ platform in its Beta Version and samples from John Cage Prepared Piano Sample Library conceived and produced by Mikel Rouse. […]

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21 Apr 2020

Metronome-Community Spread. Coming 05/01/2020

The new video album from Metronome. It comes with a new cast, a rebate and a grateful vibe for all who are staying in place. Play loud. Play often. Be safe and help your neighbors. Available on all digital outlets, Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon etc. May 1, 2020. Video is live HERE

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05 Sep 2019

Mikel Rouse Releases Swingers Castle

Swingers Castle is the new album from Mikel Rouse, coming on September 6. It’s an outsiders homage to the City of Angels. Original piano tracks were recorded in a 1926 era Hollywood Hills mansion and tracks were completed and mixed in NYC.. The ghosts of LA make an appearance and William Holden is floating in […]

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