04 Jul 2024

THE WIRE Reviews The World Got Away

THE WIRE’s August 2024 Issue includes a review of Mikel Rouse’s Memoir, The World Got Away. George Grella states: “Right at the start, he writes that the book is ‘a snapshot of a life. Well, my life. But the essential thing is it could be anyone’s life.’ Possible, but not likely. For one thing, there’s […]

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14 Jun 2024

Mikel Rouse Book Event and Commemorative Plaque at Rudy’s

Rudy’s Book Event: THE WORLD GOT AWAY, A Memoir by Mikel Rouse + Commemorative Plaque Unveiling. Saturday, June 15 at 1:00PM Come join us as we celebrate Mikel’s new book! The book features the many trials and tribulations of being a musician and artist in NYC. Thankfully, Rudy’s, which features prominently in the manuscript, was […]

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13 May 2024

Mikel Rouse Discusses His New Memoir and Album June 13, 2024 at LPA

Mikel Rouse speaks with Brent Reidy, Andrew Rose Gregory, and Evan Gregory of The Gregory Brothers about his new memoir, his life and work. Event at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Tickets are FREE HERE. One of the most innovative composers of his generation, Mikel Rouse has a gift for superimposing […]

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03 May 2024

George Grella Interviews Mikel Rouse for The Brooklyn Rail

Mikel sat down for an interview with George Grella. George gives a brief description of Mikel: Mikel Rouse is one of the most important and accomplished contemporary American opera composers. Coming to New York out of Kansas City in 1979 with his rock band, Tirez Tirez, Rouse went on to pioneer polyrhythmic, post-minimal chamber music […]

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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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