An evening of through-composed and improvised musics for piano, clarinet and cello and works for solo piano. Mastermind of Zony Mash, The President and veteran of countless projects with Bobby Previte and Bill Frisell, Horvitz has synthesized jazz, funk, folk, blues, ambient, world music, classical and even singer-songwriter-type music into his own hybrid full of angular twists and vertiginous turns, memorable hooks and delicious progressions. With Doug Wieselman on clarinet.
The bassist/composer presents the world premiere of a new piece for his Organic Orchestra. Universal Tonality is written for 13 instruments and the players include Jin Hi Kim, komongo; Dave Burrell, piano; Joe Morris, guitar; Grachan Monchur III, trombone; Clyde Kerr, trumpet; Billy Bang, violin; Jason Kao Hwang, violin; Steve Swell, trombone; Leena Conquest, voice; and others. Commissioned by Roulette with funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Trust.
Let’s Try This Again, new and old piano music and songs as assembled by the composer under the admitted influence of Little Anthony, Francois Villon, and the paradisiacal parents of us all, Adam and Eve-as sprung from the fertile rib of poet Mary Griffin.
Composer/pianist Krause presents an evening of piano and computer-generated sound. His virtuosic and intricate compositions often include computer-based algorithms and experimental signal processing. His piano performances have included the music of Stockhausen, Cage, Finnissy, and Lachenmann and performances with his Thump Piano Duo. He has also conducted works by composers including Boulez, Xenakis, Braxton, Varese, Webern and many more.
Jump the Circle, Jump the Line employs the distinctively graceful shapes and gestures of analog electronic music in an interactive performance environment shaped by spontaneous vocal performance. The result is a wildly unpredictable yet skillfully and strangely balanced music; enchanted, other-worldly, sub-merged and subterranean ... from evil-hearted birds or ghastly shadowy creepy-crawlies out of our murkiest sub-conscious.
The Space Between trio formed in 1996 utilizing a unique combination of Just intonation accordion with shakuhachi and piano. The trio employs timbre and texture as their main structural units for composition and improvisation offsetting the discrepancy in tuning systems and turning it to a musical advantage. Their CDs include Between Waves for Sparkling Beatnik with saxophonist Jon Raskin and a new release on 482music with bassist Barre Phillips.
Rope is cellist Friedlander's dynamic and emotional improvising trio that courageously strides on a tight line strung between design and chaos and then throws itself out into open space, changing shape each time it lands. With Mark Helias, bass and Mike Sarin (Tim Berne, Ned Rothenberg, John Zorn), percussion. You shall never want rope enough. -FranÃ§ois Rabelais (1490-1553)
An expert and imaginative installation, electronics and media artist and musician, Vitiello presents a rare evening of solo works incorporating photocells, feedback and field recordings. His CD releases include Bright and Dusty Things (New Albion) and a collaboration with cellist Frances-Marie Uitti on JDK. His installations recently appeared at the 2002 Whitney Biennial and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon.
In Group Music the composer celebrates a ten-year retrospective by expanding his performance quintet to include pianist Kathleen Supove and percussionist Tigger Benford. The ensemble will also perform excerpts from a new full-evening work, Andy Warhol Three Times. A recipient of many distinguished awards, York has composed for dance, theater, television and film as well as for the concert stage and is a respected writer on contemporary music.
M=Desire, the place where mystery and meaning interrupt each other. Speculation: Site, the mouth is where the whole bungling, veering, streaming process of life blows out voice like fire that's swallowed in reverse. Voice sounds the body open, spilling into the world or splitting words like seconds. Performer/vocalist Book presents hybrid compositions for voice, body, electronics and objects shifting between music and performance with guest percussionist Christine Bard.
The singer/composer's electronica trip hop band Douce performs the soundtrack for Lila Yomtoob's feature film, High Life. Featuring DJ Jonny Sender on turntables and keyboards, Christine Bard on acoustic and electronic percussion, and beathound Phil Painson (co-founder of Douce) who lays down beats the way David Lynch and John Cassavetes direct movies. Gisburg's dazzling vocal range and agility adds another irresistible element for this dark-hued soundtrack.
In this debut performance of Song of Praise Zamir turns to Jewish sources as musical inspiration utilizing Psalms and original texts. Zamir (sax and voice) is joined by pianist Yonatan Avishai on piano in a rare appearance here. The two began their collaboration years ago in Israel and can be heard together on three Tzadik releases by their band, Satlah. Breathtaking, soulful, complex and soaring. Commissioned by Roulette with funds from the Jerome Foundation.
Recently relocated to Austin, Texas Hopson returns to New York with his high-lonesome, saltlick saxophone and a new clawhammer banjo interface. Expect mountain-dulcimer harmonies and mockingbird phrases strip-mined from DSP technology spinning (wildflower wildfire) out of control. Plus a random reading from The Field Guide to "Okie from Muskogee".
The Reggie Workman Trio features the doublebass legend alongside John Purcell on reeds and the great Andrew Cyrille (Philly Joe Jones, Cecil Taylor) on drums. Workman has associated with an extraordinary catalogue of genius across several musical generations from Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Art Blakey and John Coltrane up to Butch Morris, David Murray, and Marilyn Crispell.
Resurrections for Goat Skins explores Mesinai's lifelong fascination and experimentation with goat-skinned percussion instruments such as the Celtic Bohrahn, the Persian Zarb, the Daf and many others. He focuses on the goat and its role as a sacred symbol of sacrifice, possession, and protection over thousands of years. Commissioned by Roulette with funds from the Jerome Foundation.
"Mr. Fulmination Rides the Horse", the drummer/percussionist/performer presents a series of new solo percussion, electronic and theremin pieces exploring the dreamworld movements of sound and rhythm entrainment (to pull or draw along after itself) on instruments of time travel and resonance. Percussive drone music from the God is My Co-Pilot collaborator, amateur bicyclist, gourmand and unofficial expert on one-man bands.
The composer/pianist Dan DeChellis performs with his trio featuring Matthew Heyner, double bass and Ravish Momin, percussion. The group operates as an astonishingly tight unit, blending minimalism, jazz, classical and rock forms. Via Pittsburgh and Boston, DeChellis has worked with Gerry Hemingway, Philip Tomasic and Tatsuya Nakatani among others. His CDs include Chamber Music and Real Time (on Sachimay ).
"Halloween Costume Birthday Party Concert" is under the sovereign control of video, performance and installation legend Julia Heyward who will perform solo and with special guests. Promising a sneak preview of her new "playable" interactive interface (excerpts of new DVD), Ms. Hayward is requesting a costumed public all in the best interest of the birthday party to follow the performance. Masks provided at door for the lazy.
"Operation Kracpot", live data feeds from Alaska vibrating with the Earth's electro-magnetic resonance, pulsating drones designed to emulate and induce various states of brainwave activity, and a rocking band modulating all of the above with the sole purpose of making you feel really good on multiple planes. The ensemble features the composer on guitar, synthesizer and drone programming; Lisa Karrer, voice; Dafna Naphtali, laptop; Jim Pugliese, percussion; and David Simons, percussion, sampler.
"Dred Violin" is an exploration of "life as a (black) violinist and composer, told through the use and integration of ancient Greek mythology and folklore, re-told through the use of the contemporary languages of jazz, hip-hop, soul and electro-acoustic concert music." Computer-assisted sounds in combination with live vocal, acoustic and electronic violin in a work that examines the artifacts of culture, and how we might be understood using only its remains: words, writings, music. "Let me make the songs of a nation and I care not who makes its laws." Supported by an Emerging Artist Commission from the Jerome Foundation.