The Swiss-based Ensemble Tzara stops by Roulette for a performance of the world premiere of a new composition from Robert Ashley along with recent works by Timothy McCormack and Ensemble Tzara’s own resident composer David Sontòn.
Inspired by Robert Ashley’s fascination with Rumantsch, the little-known fourth Swiss language, Mixed Blessings, Indiana takes the advertising leaflets for books of contemporary American popular literature as source material for the composition. In Ashley’s remarkable work, the titles, authors, and the numeric commercial book identifiers (catalog numbers, ISBNs, e-book numbers, postal addresses, etc.) are translated into Rumantsch and the resultant abstract texts allow for an impersonal use of the language that carries its own rhythmic structure. Born equally of chance and determinism, the score, for French Horn, Cello and Keyboard Synthesizer and voices, offers the musicians 16 ordered sequence and the musicians’ free choice of which score to perform determines the outcome, transforming the ephemeral into the real.
McCormack’s Interfacing with the Surface explores a tense volley of sounds, an interaction between instruments and static electronic noise. Sontòn’s La metta da feine round out the evening’s performance.
Mixed Blessing, Indiana by Robert Ashley for Horn, Cello and Synthesizer, and Voices (World Premiere)
Interfacing with the Surface by Timothy McCormack for Horn, Cello, Synthesizer, and Live-Electronics
La metta da feine by David Sontòn for Horn, Cello, and Synthesizer
“Tcherepnin is like a jester holding court, playing our emotions with his digital flute — one we never actually see but are very aware is present.” –The Brooklyn Rail
For his Jerome Foundation commissioned performance, Sergei Tcherepnin presents a new composition for piano and multichannel electronics. The work – rooted in a particular style of improvising that he has developed over the years and best described as “folk music from another planet” – draws from a wide range of influences, such as Giacinto Scelsi’s one-tone compositions, Valentin Silvestrov’s floating Metamusik, and Maryanne Amacher’s studies in structure borne sound.
In this piece, Tcherepnin fuses together his piano improvisations within a carefully constructed sound “stage” which places the piano in a distinct other world – this “world of sound” is reminiscent of the reality depicted in Olaf Stapeldon’s fiction (of the same name) in which space and bodies are navigated and differentiated by perception of sound. The “sound stage” acts as a force of nature, leaving large gaps for the piano-meteor to float adrift, only to renew a sense of gravity-center through the reoccurrence of dense new worlds of sound. But with each new gravity-center comes a new sense of reality.
Brooklyn-based Sergei Tcherepnin’s recent performances and installations have been held at the Kitchen, Issue Project Room, Audio Visual Arts, Murray Guy Gallery, Guggenheim Museum, 30th Sao Paulo Biennial, and 55th Venice Biennial. A participant in the 2013 Soundings exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Tcherepnin will showcase new works in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
OpenICE at Roulette Three weeks of radical new projects by emerging composers, commissioned, produced and performed by ICE, presented by Roulette, Brooklyn’s home for new music.
All three OpenICE concerts are FREE
December 3: Maria Stankova & Sasha Siem December 10: Martin Hiendl & Monica Duncan December 17: Daniel Dehaan & Felipe Lara
ICElab presents 2013 collaborators, Daniel Dehaan and Felipe Laraat Roulette. Daniel Dehaan’s project is an evening-length piece adapted for large indoor spaces where the audience’s attention is diverted (with lights and sound manipulations) to small instrumental ensembles positioned throughout the space during the performance. Felipe Lara’s work is an evening-length piece for ICE, Tran(scribe), in which he begins with the improvised gestures of the individual musicians of ICE and transforms them, through transcription and electronic manipulation into a cohesive form and structure.
Inspired by a decade of emerging artist commissions, ICElab channels our best composer/performer collaborations into a radical model for developing new music.
The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and pursuing groundbreaking strategies for audience engagement. Since its founding in 2001, ICE has premiered over 500 compositions, the bulk of them by emerging composers, in venues ranging from New York’s Lincoln Center and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art to galleries, bars, clubs, and schools around the world. The ensemble has released acclaimed albums on the Bridge, Naxos, Tzadik and New Focus labels, with forthcoming releases on Nonesuch, Kairos and Mode. With leading support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ICE launched ICElab in early 2011. This new program places teams of ICE musicians in close collaboration with six emerging composers each year to develop works that push the boundaries of musical exploration. ICElab projects will be featured in more than twenty performances each season and documented online through DigitICE, a new online venue. iceorg.org
The music of Chicago based composer Daniel R. Dehaanemerges from an ever evolving sound palate, while his compositional language maintains a humanistic physicality, drawing gestural guidance from the natural movements of the body. His works have evoked feelings of distant familiarity, violence, intimacy, and meditative tranquillity. Recently his studies have begun reaching across the lines of linguistics, cognitive-sciences, and computer programming environments to explore possible paths to the discovery of meaningful structures within sounds.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Felipe Lara’smusic has been recently described as “brilliant” by The New York Times, and has been performed in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Luxemburg, Switzerland, and the United States by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, Camerata Aberta, Duo Diorama, Ensemble Recherche, Ex Novo Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic Hilversum (Peter Eötvös), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. His work has been presented at Acanthes (France), Ars Musica (Belgium), Darmstadt (Germany), Donaueschinger Musiktage (Germany), Europalia (Belgium), Festival for Festival for Contemporary Music (Tanglewood), Festival Musica Nova (Sao Paulo), Luxembourg Philharmonie, and Teatro La Fenice (Venice). felipelara.com
ICElab is made possible through lead support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, alongside generous funding from the Greenwall Foundation, the Creative Capital Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the French American Cultural Exchange, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
As the longest night of the year unfolds, and the journey of our planet nears the point when Winter commences in the Northern Hemisphere, join us for Phill Niblock’s annual Winter Solstice concert: six sublime hours music (acoustic and electronic) and mixed media film and video in a live procession that charts the movement of our planet and the progress of ourselves through art and performance at is maximal best.
Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video, and computers. Since the mid-60s, he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world: The Museum of Modern Art, The Wadsworth Atheneum, the Kitchen, the Paris Autumn Festival, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Institute of Contemporary Art (London), Akademie der Kunste (Berlin), Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard, World Music Institute at Merkin Hall NYC. Since 1985, Niblock has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist and member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at EI since 1973 (about 1000 performances to date) and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. In 1993 he was part of the formation of an Experimental Intermedia organization in Gent, Belgium – EI v.z.w. Gent. Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels.
Live performance transforms into an interactive, immersive sound installation in the premiere of Sine Qua Non by composer and musician Brett Sroka. Developed in part at Alfred University’s Institute of Electronic Arts and the Vilnius Academy of Art, Nida Art Colony in Lithuania, for this performance Sroka is joined by pianist Carl Maguire whose live performance is sampled and processed by a special custom Max/MSP patch to foster an improvisational dialogue between performance and abstract processing, the acoustic and electronic, the transient and the essential (Sine Qua Non, i.e., without which there is nothing). As the live interaction between the two musicians develops, the sampled fragments slowly take over through generative processing, and Roulette’s performance space becomes the site of an ever-changing, multi-channel sound installation, offering each listener a unique immersive sonic experience based on spatial positioning and engagement with the emergent new work.
Brett Sroka is a composer, trombonist and electronic musician. He has released five records with his electro-acoustic ensembles Ergo and Cherubim, on Cuneiform Records, Fresh Sound (New Talent), and Zeromoon, working with musicians such as Jason Moran, Mary Halvorson and Avishai Cohen Sroka has performed at the Sonic Circuits Festival, the Guggenheim Museum and Risonanze in Venice, Italy, received awards from the Queens Council on the Arts, the I-Park Foundation, and has been a visiting artist at the University of Pennsylvania, the Institute of Electronic Arts at Alfred University and the Vilnius Academy of Art. While in residence at the Vilnius Academy of Art – Nida Art Colony in Lithuania in Spring 2013, Sroka completed a new suite for Ergo which will be released in 2014. brettsroka.com
Carl Maguire performs on piano and Rhodes, with both traditional and less-traditional techniques. He has performed or recorded with a wide range of creative musicians. As a composer, Maguire has received commissions from Roulette Intermedium and Chamber Music America. His primary focus as a bandleader for the past decade has been realizing Floriculture. The quintet is dedicated to the performance of Maguire’s compositions, which call on the band members to integrate extended sections of exact notation with improvisational passages to create vivid and compelling aural landscapes. Floriculture has released two critically acclaimed records, Floriculture (Between the Lines) and Sided Silver Solid (Firehouse 12), which Cadence Magazine called “represents the best of what’s possible in the Avant-garde.” carlmaguire.com