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suki o'kane

oakland, CA         

Suki O’Kane is a classically trained mallet percussionist, composer and instigator working with artists from a wide array of of music, movement, expanded cinema and public art genres. Co-founder of the lo-fi sampling ensemble The Noodles, she had played percussion with Moe! Staiano’s Moe!kestra!, Dan Plonsey’s Daniel Popsicle, and is a member of Thingamajigs Performance Group with Edward Schocker, Dylan Bolles and performative projectionist Keith Evans (and it’s just-intoned, psychedlic alter-ego ‘Fraid o’ Freyja).

Suki has performed live and recorded with She Mob and its side projects: the 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; with Lucio Menegon in his Split LipSoundtrack Instumentals and Strangelet projects; with Pamela Z and Christina McPhee in their intermedia work Carbon Song Cycle, with Dohee Lee in realizations of her multidisciplinary performance and installation piece Mago, and in John Shiurba’s Vegan Butcher.

Her compositions for theater include three commissions for Theatre of Yugen with playwright Erik Ehn: Frankenstein (2003), The Cycle Plays (2007) and Cordelia (2011), part of Ehn’s Soulographie project.  She teamed with Jason Ditzian to compose for Inkboat’s Line Between (2011) and collaborated to score their 95 RITUALS (for Anna Halprin) (2015) and The Storm In My House (2018 – 2021). In 2014 she collaborated with filmmaker and musician John Davis to score a new handmade film for Lisa Mezzacappa’s Mission Eye & Ear project, and appears on John’s second meditation on film and music Gravity Spells II (2020).

A student of monumental and durational forms, Suki is currently collaborating with composer Rae Diamond and her Long Tone Choir project and with Erik Ehn on a series of in situ, seasonal performances of 10,000 Things. She is developing new site-specific work for the Illuminated Corridor, a nomadic public art project that creates streetscapes of live experimental music and performative projection, in West Marin (2022) and San Francisco (2023).

Suki’s work has been supported by the Creative Work Fund, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, Oakland Stock and New Music USA.

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