Roarke Menzies

Artist & Composer








Roarke Menzies is a New York City-based artist and composer who uses his voice, mouth and body as sound sources, along with audio hardware, software and field recordings, to create electronic and electroacoustic works.  

The New Yorker has described his music as "a layered electronic throb, coming and going, always enhancing but never overpowering." His work has also been described as "striking" (Hyperallergic), "understated" (Performing Arts Journal), "haunting" (Cultural Weekly), "shadowy" (CultureMap Houston), "delicate and supple" (Electric Literature).  

In addition to performing and recording, Menzies has created scores for contemporary dance, performance and installation, as well as content for games, television and film.  His work has appeared in such venues as the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, the Watermill Center, FIAF Crossing the Line Festival, MUSE Center for Photography and the Moving Image, the Kitchen, Abrons Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, DiverseWorks, Diapason Gallery, Storefront Gallery, the Bushwick Starr, Walkerspace Theatre, and the Center for Performance Research.

Menzies has worked extensively in performing arts management and production, producing and curating events and multi-disciplinary arts projects in and around New York City, and coordinating tours to major US venues.  His work has also included writing, editing and design.  Menzies was born in Vancouver, Canada, and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.