A Roulette commission premiere. Multi-instrumentalist (trumpet, bass clarinet) Lavelle's work merges pure Afro-Cuban ritual with sanctified free jazz and the secret harmony of ascended masters. Written for and played by old souls Sabir Matten, sax; Andre Martinez, percussion; Roy Campbell, trumpet; Ras Moshe, sax; Chris Forbe, piano; and bassist Francois Grillot. www.interjazz.com/mattlavelle. Commissioned by Roulette with special support from the Jerome Foundation.
Clarinetist and alchemist of natural sounds Rothenberg teams up with Crispell, one of the greatest of all contemporary improvising pianist whom the New York Times described as "an active volcano." An ECM recording artist, she has recorded nearly a hundred records under her own name and as part of groups led by Anthony Braxton, Riggie Workman, and Barry Buy. David Rothenberg has released six album under his own name, and he's played with Hamid Drake, Glen Velez, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. Lately he's been jamming with lyrebirds in the Australian rain forest, and with bring some of the spirit of that work to this concert.
The first act of Coincidents, a multi-media opera with music by Jenkins and libretto and video by Griffin concerning African American and Welsh family histories. With an ensemble of Newman Taylor Baker, percussion; Corey Crawford, counter-tenor; Leroy Jenkins, violin; Diana Solomon-Glover, soprano; Peter Stewart, baritone; "Blue" Gene Tyranny, piano; Mary Griffin, video; and Alan Johnson, Music Director and Conductor.
Leaf-inspired by the art work of Kodo Okuta. The duo-plus video-featuring laptop audio/percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and pianist Shoko Nagai. The two continue to explore to the 20th century concept of "sound sculpting" alongside free improvisation and real-time audio processing. By extracting, magnifying live video manipulation by video artist Adam Kendall (Hellbender Film Projkt). www.home.earthlink.net/~takeishi
Pianist Bergman is a kinetic mixture of Bud Powell, Monk, and Charles Ives and one of the most ambidextrous pianist in circulation. His collaborators have included Evan Parker, Peter Brotzman and Thomas Chapin. Staley is a trombonist known for wandering into the Serengeti equipped with just a breakfast bar and a marmon mute. His resume runs through nosebleed serialism into Zorn world. Its volatile mixture to put these two together, freestyle. It won't be pretty.
The composer performs two recent pieces for piano and interactive computer processing: Retrospectacles and Shuffle. These works investigate reflections and transformation of sound; response and surprise to the performative gesture; playing the relationship between improviser and virtual narrative. Following early training as a classical pianist, Brown turned to inventing and building a personal electronic instrumentation. At first these were amplified acoustic devices then he went on to build analog circuits that modified their sounds, and custom-made computer systems that interactively transformed them. He is well known as a pioneer in internet/network-based performance, and as a writer and educator (Mills College). www.cbmuse.com/look
In::tension:. (Roulette commission premiere)-percussive, intimate, visceral, ritual and electrically charged, this music explores tension point and internal pulses, glimpses and gesture in a non-narrative world. Performed with the Argentinean composer conducting her new ensemble, the Electric Percussive Orchestra, with Kenta Nagai, fretless guitar; Kyoko Kitamura, voice/electronics; Taylor Ho Bynum, cornet; David Simons, theremin/percussion; Carl Maguire, prepared Rhodes/accordion. Ursel Schlicht, piano/prepared piano; Joel Harrison, electric guitar; plus viola, percussion and electric bass. Commissioned by Roulette with special support from the Jerome Foundation.
Breathe is drummer/composer Drury's new trio with celebrated pianist Myra Melford and alto saxophonist Briggan Krauss (Sex Mob) charged with exploring landscapes lying between improvisation, classical and jazz. Drury's music interweaves extended and conventional instrumental techniques and is animated by a drummer's sense of rhythm, phrase and energy.
Duos inside and out of the piano with bassist Reuben Radding followed by the sextet Ex Tempore that incorporates musical languages ranging from classical Indian, Middle-Eastern and West African music to experimental electronic sounds and free improvisation. Ex Tempore features Jamie Baum, flute; Thomson Kennland, acoustic bass/electrics; Bella Kouyate, balafon; Ravish Momin on tabla/percussion; and Brandon Terzic on oud. www.urselschlicht.com
The composer/pianist in one of his rare solo performance playing new pieces and work from his recent Lovely Music CD Take Your Time. "Tyranny has one of the most original styles in the modern classical world...the only pianist I can think of who rivals Cecil Taylor and Keith Jarrett in a single phrase."-Tucson Citizen. "The way he plays is so complex and majestic; it's like watching a huge ocean liner pull out."-Laurie Anderson.
Pianist/composer Sylvie Courvisier-often heard with the trio Mephista (Ikue Mori and Susie Ibarra), with her trio Abaton (Mark Feldman & Erik Fridlander), in John Zorn's Cobra or Improv nights, or with Time Berne & Herb Robertson-presents the premiere performance of her virtuosic Etude-Caprices followed by some electrifying improvisations for piano solo. www.sylviecouvoisier.com
Spinning Combinations: the iconoiclastic gamelan presents syncretic works, conflating tunings, timbres, and cultural norms, combining Indoesian and European scales and Western and Eastern timbres and sensibilities. Works by Barbara Benary, Daniel Goode, Lisa Karrer, Jody Kruskal, Laura Liben, Empi Morn, David Simons, and David Demnitz will be presented. The New York Times call this composers' collective a "provocative and artistically rewarding" gamelan ensemble.
A duo of electric violist/composer Mooke and electric drummer/remixer Verderosa. Mooke is a pioneer leading clinician on electronic and alternative approaches to string playing who has worked with legends from David Bowie to Ziggy Marley. Her genre-defying recording, Enharmonic Vision and Bowing's Cafe Mars with former Bongwater guitarist Randolph A. Hudson III, have attracted wide critical acclaim. Verderosa-aka VFX-was voted "#1 electric Drummer" in Drum Magazine's 2003 reader's poll for his samples, mixes and remixes using his DTXTREME IIS electronic drum system. www.marthamooke.com
A trio of Mike McGinnis (clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, soprano sax), Khabu (6-string/11-string/double-necked guitars, ukulele) and Kyoko Kitamura (voice, laptop). The group instrumentation and improvisational chemistry unleash dangerous freedom fully savoured, sometimes ravished. Intricate composition, spoken word, electronics, and unbridled spontaneity combine with an all-style-fair-game repertoire creating a rich, musical journey unique to each performance.
Composer and experimenter Ben Manley plays to the room with a couple of microphones and an electroacoustic path-of-the-day to make the most of the moment; generating a dynamic musical environment from wind amplified vibrations, resonant spaces. His is an Alvin Lucier-like quest to pull sound from physical truths and vice versa.
I love music. I love music. I love this. From a Swedish review, "if you want a brave and courageous woman here she is. The tone of her voice can be straight and almost cruel, soft and whispering, deep and dark and suddenly so light and high that it hurts. It's so shocking that you won't believe me." Her recent collaborator includes Mats Gustafsson, Sonic Youth, Ikue Mori, and William Parker.
This collaborative duo creates images and sounds that interact in random ways that seem intentional. By saturating the visual and sonic spaces, they allow correspondences between events to form of themselves, and larger formal shapes to emerge like a connect-the-dots graphic. Schumacher is a composer with a special interest in computer/electronic sound installations. Scherrer is a dancer turned photographer and video artist. Together, in 1996 they found Studio Five Beekman, an important and unduplicated multimedia art gallery focused on multi-channel installations, www.diapasongallery.org
Together for the first time, two master drummers in a concert performance of trap set music. Cyrille, a restless experiimenter also known as a stabilizing force to the musicians around him, cites as a primary musical vision "bring form to life." His musical associations range from Philly Joe Jones and Mary Lou William to Cecil Taylor to David Murrary, Muhal Richard Abrams, Billy Band and many more. "Victor Lewis is a master of shading and color, and the kind of timekeeper that could teach a clock new ways to tick." - LA Times. Rising out of the Tony Williams school, Lewis was the first-call drummer for masters like Joe Farrell, Dexter Gordon, and Hubert Laws and enjoyed long-time associations with Woody Shaw, Carla Bley, David Sanborn, Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, and Stan Getz.
Composer/guitarist and humble-seeker-after-truth Licht recruits the Sap Dream Electric Guitar Quartet on for the special arrangements of two pieces he originally composed for solo guitar, Betty Ford and Dreaky Friday. Plus a premiere of a new audio/video piece, Columbia Picture Presents, which stretches the openings of 1970 film Loving and the Who's Baba O-Riley to their respective limits. The Guitar Quartet -Bryce Dessner, Dan Lippel, David Nadal, and Rami Vamos-scavenges a variety of techniques, musical styles and sounds to arrive at a new form of electric guitar chamber music. Classically trained but electronically bent, the quartet's mission us to embrace both the obvious and not-so- obvious sonic possibilities of the electronic guitar. For more try www.furious.com/perfect/alanlicht.
New composition with Daniel Levin on cello, Satoshi Takieshi on percussion and the composer on alto sax. Brown has been actively leading groups or working as a sideman with Matthew Shipp, William Parjer, Joe Morris, and Whit Dickey since the 1980's. He has also performed and/or recorded with musicians including Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Denis Charles, Bill Dixon, Butch Morris, Reggie Workman, Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell Jr., Hamid Drake Fred Hopkins and various dance groups, poets and performance artists. His latest is The Big Picture - The Rob Brown Quarter on the French Label Marge 31. Learn more at the Sound Vision Orchestra site www.svo-ny.org