What: The composer/vocalist Amirtha Kidambi channels centuries of vocal tradition through electronics and structured improvisation
with inspired, virtuosic collaborators.
When: June 17, 2018. 8pm.
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $20 Door, $15 Presale
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Brooklyn, NY – Virtuosic composer/vocalist Amirtha Kidambi returns to Roulette to present the world premiere of Lines of Light, a work for voice and analog electronics. The piece is inspired by the title of the late Muhal Richard Abrams’s Levels and Degrees of Light and medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen’s reference to her vision of God as “The Shade of the Living Light” and brings together a group of female vocal powerhouses. Featuring Jean Carla Rodea, Anaïs Maviel, Emilie Lesbros, and Charmaine Lee, the quartet is a structured improvisation, intended to allow each vocalist to exercise maximum creativity within the larger framework of the piece. Each vocalist was chosen by Kidambi for their individual techniques and expression. The group has “free improvised” together, which became the inspiration, reference point, and basis for the piece. The show is not to be missed, as Pitchfork notes, “In New York’s experimental scene, the presence of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi on a concert bill has been a consistent indicator of quality.”
Amirtha Kidambi is invested in the performance and creation of music, from free improvisation and jazz, to experimental bands, and new music. She is a soloist, collaborator, and ensemble member in groups including Charlie Looker’s Seaven Teares, Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, analog percussion and light ensemble Ashcan Orchestra, and Darius Jones’s Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. As an improviser, she has played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, Ava Mendoza, William Parker, and Trevor Dunn. Recent collaborations include the premiere of AACM founder and composer/pianist Muhal Richard Abrams’s Dialogue Social, Darius Jones’s The Oversoul Manual at Carnegie Hal, and Ben Vida’s Slipping Control with Tyondai Braxton at the Borderline Festival in Athens, Greece.
Jean Carla Rodea
Amirtha Kidambi/Lea Bertucci Duo
Amirtha Kidambi – Voice
Lea Bertucci – Analog Electronics