Mouse on Mars

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A rare US performance by Mouse on Mars, one of the most influential and innovative duos in German electronic music. For the past 21 years, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma have been making electronic music that defies genre labels and classification, mixing IDM with krautrock, disco, pop, ambient, and avant-garde styles. Their music has been reinterpreted by orchestras and remixed by DJs, performed in concert halls and shown in museums. Characteristically, their recent 21 Again anniversary record featured collaborators as diverse as Tortoise, Prefuse 73, Modeselektor, Junior Boys, and members of Stereolab, the Boredoms, and Battles. Fusing theory, sound research, and deep, sensual experience, the duo has forged an identity around process and agility rather than any set sound profile.  

Argeo Ascani

Born on the same day in the same hospital, Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma are childhood friends who released their debut record as Mouse on Mars in 1994. Fusing techno and ambient music, the duo became iconic within German Intelligent Dance Music before touring with Stereolab through the ’90s and releasing records on labels such as Thrill Jockey, Ipecac, Domino, and Monkeytown. St. Werner’s other projects include Microstoria, Von Südenfed, Lithops, Neuter River, Noisemashinetapes, and collaborations with artist Rosa Barba. In 2014, Toma produced Africa Express’s Terry Riley’s in C Mali, featuring Damon Albarn and Brian Eno.

Mouse on Mars
Studio 1—Goodman
March 7, 2015, 10PM
In Depth

EMPAC 2014-2015 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital, primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, the Boeing Company Charitable Trust, and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks extended to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for continued support of artist commissions.

National Endowment for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA