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World War

from Etudes by Tirez Tirez

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    One of the most innovative composers of his generation, Mikel Rouse is known for a trilogy of operas that includes Dennis Cleveland and a gift for superimposing pop vernaculars onto avant-garde music. This memoir channels Rouse’s high energy personality into an exuberant account of the precarity and pleasures of artistic creation. Raconteur and starving artist, witty observer and acclaimed musician, Rouse emerged from the legendary art world of 1980s New York to build a forty-year career defined by stage and musical successes, inexhaustible creativity, and a support network of famous faces, loyal allies, and high-art hustlers. Rouse guides readers through a working artists’ hardscrabble life while illuminating the unromantic truth that a project’s reception may depend on a talented cast and crew but can depend on reliable air conditioning.
    Candid and hilarious, The World Got Away is a one-of-a-kind account of a creative life fueled by talent, work, and luck.
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WORLD WAR

There are no more men
There’s no more money
It just started
Do you own time

Mating season
Thin red line
Read it in the New York Times

No matter what has happened
I’m on a holiday
Keep this in mind
Try to find a New York Times

For our times
Transparent comedy
Taking a train at half fare
Getting ready

Abandoned children
In a tavern, in a tavern
Dancers of the east
Dancers of the west

It’s the mating season
Focalize
Cosmorama, cosmoline

In this world
Some change occurred

Throw out the lifeline
Throw out the lifeline

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from Etudes, released January 26, 2024

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Mikel Rouse New York, New York

Mikel Rouse is a New York-based composer, director, performer and recording artist hailed as “a composer many believe to be the best of his generation.” (NY Times 2002) His works include 25 records, 7 films (including Funding and Music For Minorities), and a trilogy of media operas: Failing Kansas, Dennis Cleveland and The End Of Cinematics. ... more

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