Lucky Dragons

Lucky Dragons

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Additional members: Sara Diaz, Jasmine Albuquerque

"Lucky Dragons" means any recorded or performed or installed or packaged or shared or suggested or imagined pieces made by Luke Fischbeck, Sarah Rara, and/or any sometimes collaborators who claim the name.

Fischbeck and Rara have presented interactive performances and installations at MOCA Los Angeles, The Smell, Smithsonian's Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Whitney Museum of American Art (as part of the 2008 Whitney Biennial), The Kitchen and PS1 in New York, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, REDCAT and LACMA in Los Angeles, Frankfurt's Schirn Kunsthalle, ICA London, ICA Philadelphia, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

The name "Lucky Dragons" is borrowed from a Japanese fishing boat caught in the fallout of hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the 1950s. The crew stricken ill, and the boat itself contaminated, the "Lucky Dragon" became a crystalizing symbol for the previously diffuse worldwide anti-nuclear sentiment. Eventually the boat was painted black, renamed the "Dark Falcon", and put into reuse as a fishing vessel, until it was retired and disposed of on the man-made trash island "Dream Island", where it remains today.

Lucky Dragons are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures--equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves, building up fragile networks held together by such light things as skin contact, unfamiliar language, temporary logic, the spirit of celebration, and things that work but you don't know why. There have been hundreds of these simple yet shifting and unpredictable instances--with audiences ranging from the intense intimacy of one person to the public spectacle of thousands of people. At the heart of it all is playing together--building up social collectivities, re-engaging the wonder and impossibility of technological presence. It sounds--and looks--like simple and ancient patterns coming together and falling apart in a sincere attempt to let wires and screens and words become clear and crystal.

Lucky Dragons' sister projects include Sumi Ink Club--a weekly collaborative drawing society, and Glaciers Of Nice--a small press and internet community.
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Lucky Dragons Discography

Albums

Lucky Dragons Dark Falcon (Album) 555 Recordings US 2002 Sell This Version
none Lucky Dragons Hawks And Sparrows(CDr, Ltd) Not On Label none US 2003 Sell This Version
none Lucky Dragons Faults(CDr, Album, Ltd) Not On Label none US 2003 Sell This Version
55538 Lucky Dragons "Shh...!"(Lathe, 8") 555 Recordings 55538 US 2004 Sell This Version
Lucky Dragons Widows (Album) States Rights Records US 2006 Sell This Version
YUM11 Lucky Dragons / Sweet Potatoes Lucky Dragons / Sweet Potatoes - Future Feeling / New Home(Cass, Album) Undereducated YUM11 UK 2006 Sell This Version
Lucky Dragons Dream Island Laughing Language (Album) Upset! The Rhythm US 2008 Sell This Version
TD027 Lucky Dragons Shape Tape(Cass, Album + File, Album, MP3) Teenage Teardrops TD027 US 2011 Sell This Version
Lucky Dragons Existers (MiniAlbum) Swill Children US 2012 Sell This Version
ESC23 Lucky Dragons Publicity Reform(Cass, C20) Escho ESC23 Denmark 2012 Sell This Version
FS111 Lucky Dragons Long Form(Cass) Fictitious Sighs FS111 Australia 2012 Sell This Version
none Lucky Dragons Live At NEST(File, WAV) Social Harmony none Belgium 2012
Seabat / Lucky Dragons Seabat / Lucky Dragons - Peter Burr's Special Effect (Album) Vestibule US 2015 Sell This Version
none Lucky Dragons OOGA BOOGA BONGO MUSIC(LP, Album) Teenage Teardrops none USSR Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MUFF 007 Lucky Dragons F_uxus 0.10(7", Ltd, Num) English Muffin Records MUFF 007 US 2000 Sell This Version
MUFF 011, KINDER2 Lucky Dragons Boys(7") English Muffin Records, Miy Paluk Records MUFF 011, KINDER2 US 2002 Sell This Version
Unknown Lucky Dragons Twenty Bees 7"(Lathe, 7", Single, Ltd, Cle) Twenty Bees Unknown UK 2005 Sell This Version
Rhode Island, SMS003 Lucky Dragons Norteñas(CD, EP, Enh) States Rights Records, Slender Means Society Rhode Island, SMS003 US 2005 Sell This Version
HANDS 004 Lucky Dragons / YACHT Lucky Dragons / YACHT - Nirvana(12", Ltd) Hawks And Sparrows HANDS 004 US 2007 Sell This Version
CF/F03 Lucky Dragons Very(7", Single, Pic) Caff/Flick CF/F03 Ireland 2007 Sell This Version
WFWF009 Ecstatic Sunshine / Lucky Dragons Ecstatic Sunshine / Lucky Dragons - Easy Is Right / Take Turns(7", Ltd) Wildfire Wildfire Records WFWF009 US 2008 Sell This Version
TD015 Lucky Dragons Open Power(12", Ltd, Whi) Teenage Teardrops TD015 US 2009 Sell This Version
AC#2 Lucky Dragons Vrais Noms / True Names(7") Atelier Ciseaux AC#2 USA & Canada 2009 Sell This Version
GT&S015 Lucky Dragons Blond Rats(Cass, Single) Gnar Tapes GT&S015 US 2009 Sell This Version
SC001 Lucky Dragons / Weekend (11) Lucky Dragons / Weekend (11) - Sorrow / Jubilance: Pt. 1(7", Cya) Swill Children SC001 US 2009 Sell This Version

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tine

October 3, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
As far as I am informed Lucky Dragons is probably one of Americas most outstanding examples of free computer music. From 2000-2004 the dragons masterly avoided becoming part of the boring San Francisco posse and instead created something quite on their own. Lately Lucky Dragons has been one of the most intensely touring electronic music projects to come out of America and have built a worldwide fan base including me.

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