Mallet percussionist, media ecologist, composer, sound designer and public artist, Suki O'Kane is one of the founding members of the lo-fi sampling ensemble The Noodles (with Michael Zelner), plays percussion with Moe! Staiano's Moe!kestra! and Dan Plonsey's Daniel Popsicle, and has performed live and recorded with She Mob and the side projects of its co-founder Sue Hutchinson: mad folk duo Junior Showmanship and its alter-ego speed metal Winner's Bitch. She has performed in realizations of Jon Brumit's Vendetta Retreat, and with Lucio Menegon in his Split Lip and Soundtrack Instumentals projects. Her long-running conversation about intermedia with Sarah Lockhart is occasionally expressed in drumkit duo performances of SL Morse.
A three-year composing commission with Allen Whitman for the Theatre of Yugen involved a collaboration with Whitman and Bay Area musicians Lexa Walsh, Larnie Fox, Liz Allbee, Jason Stamberger, Dina Emerson, Jonathan Segel, Moe! Staiano and Dan Plonsey to create the music for The Cycle Plays: five plays performed during the course of a one-day-only presentation informed by the ritualistic Japanese Noh theater, written and directed in an ensemble process by Yugen's Artistic Associate and playwright Erik Ehn.
She works in partnership with House of Zoka, a live recording project that has documented over ten years of creative new music in the Bay Area, is an inveterate phonographer and since 2003 has been curating performances of live music and film, such as The Illuminated Corridor, a nomadic public art project that creates streetscapes of live experimental music and performative projection, and Music by the Eyeful, an intermittant performance series exploring the work of intermedia artists. She has collaborated with Neighborhood Public Radio to present NOVA, a culminating event of NPR's exhibition American Life at the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Educated in California prior to the passage of Prop 13, Suki O'Kane carries around an enormous assumption about the role of the arts in everyday life.
She does not know what is going to come next.