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    RA! pres. James K [USA] & Lucas Abela at Door 84 // Meanjin

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    Roused At! presents: 

    JAMES K (live) [USA] & LUCAS ABELA [AU] @ Door 84  

    w/ guests S>C>R>A>P>S + more TBA


    A version of James K was born. Comprised of bones, reactive metals and a larynx with freckled eyes that catalyzes that mix. When she chews gum, it's not clear which one of her personas does it. Since their first release in 2013, describing them separately is grunt work as they switch places, cosplay each other and would most likely lull you into a lonesome dream. Together, they know how to produce, sound, film and edit. Thus, they are brought to the table, performing and DJing in clubs and theaters, along composers and musicians alike.

    In the past year, she has performed at Dripping Festival, Meakusma Festival, and Tresor 31 Festival, NY Art Book Fair, Nowadays, Public Records, as well as support for pioneer Morton Subotnick's final run of live shows, shared stages with James Ferraro, Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, and has performed a string of shows throughout Europe and UK. She released her sophomore LP on Incienso, last September, as well as other releases with AD 93, PAN, Dial, UNO, among others, and continues to operate her label She Rocks!

    K has been a resident on NTS, with her show, ‘Trip Lick,’ since 2019, and she has provided mixes for magazines such as Crack and Fact, and is a past resident of Issue Project Room, NY. She has collaborated with artists such as Yves Tumor (‘Licking an Orchid’), Hoodie, Beta Librae, Drew McDowall, crimeboys, LEYA, Parris, and slayed her band SETH twice. She produces music that makes temporary haven for indomitable lyrics – and these are in constant flux. It's only a part of her fairly detailed world. A world that she abandons and then builds upon.

    𝒮𝑜𝓂𝑒𝓉𝒾𝓂𝑒𝓈 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒸𝒶𝓃'𝓉 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝑜𝓇𝒹𝓈......𝓈𝒾𝓃𝒸𝑒 𝒶𝓃𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒷𝑒𝓎𝑜𝓃𝒹 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓈𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝒶𝓃𝓉𝓈 𝓉𝑜 𝑔𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓎𝑜𝓊 𝒶 𝒽𝒾𝓃𝓉......𝒾𝓉'𝓈 𝓃𝑜𝓉 𝓅𝓇𝑒𝓉𝓉𝓎 (𝒷𝓊𝓉 𝒾𝓉'𝓈 𝓅𝓇𝑒𝓉𝓉𝓎).

    Her collaboration with Hoodie, a 10” single, titled ‘Scorpio,’ was released via AD93 last July. She will release a CD with iDEAL recordings, in addition to a 6 track EP with Psychic Liberation this upcoming Fall, as well as a number of collaborations with Moin, Oli XL, and others.

    She is currently working on her third full-length album.


    Lucas Abela’s practice evolved from within the experimental music underground where he’s best known for his ecstatic performances with shards of amplified glass. After a long performance career, Abela turned his attention to participatory sound installation, or to put it more accurately, large-scale stochastic instruments devised to switch roles between audience and performer in line with his philosophy that experimental music is more rewarding to play than observe. These participatory installations are devised with musical play in mind, providing users with tangible experiences filled with fun and purposeful goals requiring focused engagement.

    "Lucas Abela’s work, all of it as far as I can tell, walks a tightrope between the profane and the profound. I’ve known and loved his work for 20 years now, from live shows with the Freddy Krueger–style record-needle glove mashed onto vinyl, spinning at impossible speeds on an industrial motor, through the merciless onslaughts of the Dynamic Ribbon Device (a piece of glass played, smashed and, at times, it seems, consumed) and on to the more recent ingenious installations including Vinyl Rally (2010) and pinball projects, Pinball Pianola (2012) and Gamelan Wizard (2015).

    All these manifestations and countless others in-between play on an immediacy of impact; a high-octane, adrenalised danger in the early performance works and a provocative employment of cognitive dissonance in the latter interactive installations. All the while, though, there is virtuosity and depth, or at least a nod to it. Abela’s facility with his glass instrument developed into something quite spectacular and he became quite musical with it, a fact that is often overlooked amid the gore and noise. And there is a seriousness to the bizarre musical instrument hybrids and game-based pieces. A real attempt to forge a new music, a new way of expressing the sonic." - Robin Fox, for The National 

    **no charge for First Nations punters or trans people of colour wishing to attend**
    Saturday, April 20th
    $30 - $37 (pay what you can) | 9:00pm - 1:00am
    Door 84, 84 Queen St Brisbane CBD

    This show takes place on the stolen land of the Jagera people and the Turrbal people. We acknowledge that this is a contested space & pay our deepest respects to Elders past and present.

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