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Thanks to everyone who came to share musical and physical space on the recent Australia dates. What a journey. I just returned to NYC this morning and it all feels like a dream, but I have this so I know it was real! One of my favorite sets from the "Acid Witch of the West" Oz DJ tour. Late afternoon at Pitch Music & Arts in a beautiful location inland on the Australian continent. With some of the tracks form the upcoming Black Meteoric Star "Ghost Frequency" EP I'll be releasing soon peppered in there. This is just recorded on my phone in the booth, originally for personal use only, but since it felt to me as so good a representation of how I am playing at the moment I'm sharing it. And I grew up and came up listening to a lot of shitty room recordings of DJs I liked so if you did too you'll recognize this kinda audio quality. https://soundcloud.com/gavinraynarussom/dj-session-at-pitch-festival-mafeking-australia-march-9-2019
Very excited to be part of Emerge Impact + Music with Nancy Whang as The Ladies of LCD Soundsystem. This looks like it will be quite special. I mean Patrisse Cullors people! I’m very honored to be sharing creative space with someone I respect on such a deep level. The same goes for the rest of the folks involved. It will be great to see you again Big Freedia!
This kicks off on Friday in Sydney. Full listing below. See you sisters.... Gavin Rayna Russom Acid Witch of the West Oz DJ Tour March 2019 Fri Mar 1 2019 - Harpoon Harry’s - Sydney, NSW Sat Mar 2 2019 - Farmer & The Owl Festival - Wollongong, NSW Sun Mar 3 2019 - Soggybones Warehouse [Outer Body & Garbage.TV] - Perth, WA Fri Mar 8 2019 - Grot @ Yours&Mine - Melbourne, VIC Sat Mar 9 2019 - Pitch Music & Arts Festival - Mafeking, VIC Sun Mar 10 2019 - Circus Paradise Festival - Gold Coast, QLD
I’ve got a new sculptural work with sound in this exhibition. Opening Friday February 15th and running until May 12th. https://www.migrosmuseum.ch/en/exhibitions/annual-program/producing-futures-an-exhibition-on-post-cyber-feminisms/
https://thebrag.com/deep-dive-career-journey-gavin-rayna-russom/ Photos by Colectivo Multipolar
March Australia DJ Tour Dates!!!!!!! Fri Mar 1 2019 - Harpoon Harry’s - Sydney, NSW Sat Mar 2 2019 - Farmer & The Owl Festival - Wollongong, NSW Sun Mar 3 2019 - Soggybones Warehouse [Outer Body & Garbage.TV] - Perth, WA Fri Mar 8 2019 - Grot @ Yours&Mine - Melbourne, VIC Sat Mar 9 2019 - Pitch Music & Arts Festival - Mafeking, VIC Sun Mar 10 2019 - Circus Paradise Festival - Gold Coast, QLD
The National Sawdust Hildegard Competition (for which I am one of the mentors) has extended the application deadline to December 7th! See more info below: “The Hildegard Competition is National Sawdust’s premiere competition for emerging female, trans, and nonbinary composers. After a successful inaugural year in the 2017–18 season, the second year of the competition digs deeper into its purpose: Uncovering how gender affects the lens through which music is perceived by providing a platform for composers whose voices are often underrepresented in the conversation. In addition to a $7,000 cash prize and a professional performance and recording with the National Sawdust Ensemble, the winners will receive one-on-one mentorship with the established figures in the field who also serve as judges for the competition: Paola Prestini (National Sawdust’s Co-Founder and Artistic Director), Angélica Negrón, Du Yun, Tania León, and Gavin Rayna Russom.”
I made this to DJ on Halloween night. Free download at my Soundcloud page in case you want to play it next year: https://soundcloud.com/gavinraynarussom/the-dub-of-40000-years
I'm very honored to have been one of the final guests for NOISE IN MY HEAD and to present this "Dance Excursions" mix. Thanks Michael for the support and these kind words: "My tiny mind was fractured by her collaborative epic with Delia Gonzales - Days of Mars - in 2006 and I’ve intently followed every chapter of the synthesist/visual artist/dancer’s journey since. This one brings back fond memories of the Toff + Bamboo Musik dancefloors, 3RRR studio hijinx + our 5th anniversary group art show. Thanks for always sharing Rayna!" https://www.noiseinmyhead.com.au/2018/10/231018-w-gavin-rayna-russom/
Tune in on Facebook and Twitter today (Oct. 24). I’ll be part of a live discussion hosted by Billboard Pride, moderated by Pose star Indya Adrianna Moore with a panel of transgender musicians: Me, Jaimie Wilson, Mila Jam and Morgin DuPont. We will discuss the recent New York Times article and the political moves that prompted it. https://www.facebook.com/Billboard/videos/709244622784299
Looking forward to hitting Miami, as well as Detroit and Athens, GA this weekend as the Ladies of LCD Soundsystem tour continues. https://www.miaminewtimes.com/music/nancy-whang-and-rayna-russom-are-more-than-just-the-ladies-of-lcd-soundsystem-10848166
Sharing this picture of/by Hildegard Von Bingen from my image file because the deadline for National Sawdust’s Hildegard Competition is coming up soon! The competition is for emerging femme, trans and gender non conforming composers and the prize is $7,000.00! I am super honored to be one of this year’s judges and mentors so if this looks like it could be for you please head over here: https://bit.ly/2RgP4ht for more details and let’s make music!