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  • Interview: Robert Een Robert Een returns to Roulette on Tuesday, June 23rd joined by an all-star cast of musicians in an evening of new music. Coming out of the Downtown Music scene his influences are far ranging from Julius Eastman to Nino Rota, Meredith Monk to J.S. Bach, and a little bit of Igor Stravinsky and John Cage thrown in. Driven by cello and voice, Een orchestrates saxophones, accordion, hammer dulcimer and drum kit for a fresh take on concert music in the 21st century. Could you please describe the program you are presenting at Roulette? For my concert at Roulette I will be presenting music ...
  • Interview: Amirtha Kidambi Could you please describe the program your quartet Elder Ones will be presenting at Roulette on June 22? The timing of this Jerome Commission is nothing short of cosmic for me. I was just starting to cultivate a language for solo improvisation, spending hours by myself singing in as unconscious a way that I possibly could. What started to develop was a non-lyrical, syllabic style that reflected some of the work I did with Darius Jones, my auto-didactic shedding of Carnatic ragas with the syllables for the swaras (notes), and my classical training using different vowel types to easily access different ...
  • Interview: Lesley Flanigan Lesley Flanigan presents Voices, a new work for vocal ensemble and electronics that expands her sculptural music-making approach from speaker electronics to the human voice at Roulette on June 12 Could you tell us more about Voices? Voices will be my first concert of music just for voice. It will be an extension of my work with speaker feedback, thinking about amplification as a central process in electronic sound, but for this show I’m removing my feedback instruments to focus entirely on voice.  It centers around a new piece I’m creating for four singers, including myself. Each singer will have a loop pedal, ...
  • Interview: Wet Ink Large Ensemble Wet Ink presents an evening of intriguing new music for large ensemble by Mahir Cetiz, Katherine Young and David Franszon alongside recent chamber pieces by Sam Pluta and Alex Mincek, performed by the Wet Ink Large Ensemble – a unique collection of NYC’s most ferocious new music interpreters — at Roulette on Monday, June 8 Could you please describe the program Wet Ink is presenting at Roulette? The Wet Ink Large Ensemble is our platform to showcase ambitious, large-scale works by exciting composers from around the world.  Our program on June 8th features 3 works for large ensemble by NYC and Chicago-based ...
  • Interview: Mary Kouyoumdjian Could you describe the program you are presenting with Kronos Quartet and Hotel Elefant on Tuesday, May 12? As an Armenian-American composer whose family went through the Armenian Genocide, a tragic event that led to the mass extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Turks and was the first genocide of the 20th century, I felt an undeniable need to discuss this through my music and to dedicate this concert to the genocide’s 100th anniversary. The program will include the U.S. premiere of a new multi-media work written for the Kronos Quartet entitled Silent Cranes, written specifically to commemorate the genocide centennial, ...