Raz Mesinai (New York, NY)
Raz Mesinai has produced over a dozen albums on such diverse labels as the old school dub and hardcore punk label ROIR, Instinct, Asphodel and John Zorn's Tzadik label. Mesinai's music synthesizes modern technology, contemporary composition, improvisation and live dub techniques. In 1991 Mesinai formed the seminal modern dub duo "Subdub" with veteran producer John Ward. In 1994 he released his first solo album under the moniker Badawi, "Bedouin Sound Clash," which is still considered a modern dub classic. The Badawi project has continued to evolve, and the newest Badawi release, "Unit Of Resistance," includes remixes from Kode 9, DJ Rupture and DJ Spooky, among many others. In 2005 Mesinai's opera, "Myth Of Nations," based on the ancient Sumerian myth of Inanna's descent to the underworld, premiered at The Kitchen in New York City and incorporated live processing using Ableton Live. This led Mesinai to compose a series of electro-acoustic compositions that incorporate Ableton's live processing capabilities. In 2008 the Kronos Quartet will premiere Mesinai's "Crossfader" for string quartet.
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