Pre-Reception with cocktails and refreshments from 7pm-8pm
On May 8, 2014 Roulette will present a benefit concert that salutes 35 years of presenting and supporting experimental music, dance and Intermedia in New York. This special concert will feature six performances from emerging artists whose work Roulette has cultivated through residencies, commissions and presentations designed for emerging artists over the past five years and WNYC’s David Garland will serve as Master of Ceremonies.
Jennifer Choi, Well-Spent for violin and electronics by Eve Beglarian
Mario Diaz de Leon, The Flesh Needs Fire (2007) for flute, clarinet, and electronics, with TAK Ensemble
Darius Jones,The Oversoul Manual, with The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit
Tristan Perich, Formations, for solo cello and 6-channel 1-bit electronics, with Mariel Roberts, cello
Jennifer Shyu, Excerpt from solo opera Solo Rites: Seven Breaths for vocals, dance, Taiwanese moon lute, piano, gayageum, er hu, and East Timorese lakadou
Varispeed, Love is a Good Exampleby the late Robert Ashley
About the Artists and Presenters: Composer/trombonist Jim Staley is renowned for his groundbreaking solo performances and collaborations with advanced music creators including Fred Frith, Tom Cora, Morgan Powell, David Weinstein, Takehisa Kosugi, Ikue Mori, Robin Holcomb, and many others. He has worked with many choreographers (Suzie Brown, Pooh Kaye, Debra Loewen, Sally Silvers and others), and been a member of several creative music ensembles including Psychological Operations, Elliott Sharp’s Carbon, The Tone Road Ramblers, groups headed by Lenny Pickett and John Zorn, the Slide Hampton Jazz Ensemble, and the New York Composers Orchestra. Staley was a founding member of Roulette Intermedium Inc., the director of its performance series since 1978, and he is the producer of the Roulette TV series.
David Garland is a composer/performer who also hosts and produces WNYC-FM’s Spinning On Air, an eclectic music show that he started in 1987. In addition, Garland hosts Saturday and Sunday evenings on WQXR. He is the host and producer of Movies On The Radio, Saturdays at 9 pm, a show that explores the art of music for film, from classics to indies to blockbusters. Garland presents Old-School, an early music show on WQXR, Sundays at 9 pm. Ten albums of his music have been released.
Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music, and the art of creative improvisation. She is regularly sighted in performances of works that stretch the limits of violin playing with extended techniques, improvisation, and the use of electronics. She has premiered numerous solo and chamber works by John Zorn including Goetia, Le Momo, and Amour Fou, as well as the world premieres of Wadada Leo Smith’s Afrikana 2 Concerto for Violin and Silver Orchestra, Randall Woolf’s Holding Fast for Violin and Video, and Daniel Felsenfeld’s Bad Coffee Serenade for violin and chamber orchestra. She can be heard on over a dozen albums for TZADIK record label in compositions by John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Susie Ibarra Trio. A prominent chamber musician, Jennifer was a former violinist of the Miró String Quartet and ETHEL and currently performs regularly with the Either Or Enemble.
Mario Diaz de Leon is a composer and guitarist, known for his performances on guitar and electronics, as well as his compositions for chamber ensembles. His influences include composers such as Ligeti, Xenakis, and Scelsi, underground metal, and a wide range of electronic music. His work as a composer has developed in part through extended collaborations with the ICE and Talea ensembles, and has also been performed by Eighth Blackbird, Mivos Quartet, JACK Quartet, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Alter Ego (Italy), and Romania’s Hyperion Ensemble. He currently records and performs as Oneirogen, an experimental project known for its merging of ethereal synths, brutal distortion, and noise influences. His discography includes releases on labels including Tzadik, Denovali, and Shinkoyo. He holds degrees in composition from Oberlin Conservatory and Columbia University. Darius Jones is an alto saxophonist and composer who joined the New York music community in 2005. Jones has collaborated with Gerald Cleaver’s Black Host, Oliver Lake Big Band, William Parker’s Essence of Ellington, Mara Rosenbloom Quartet, Trevor Dunn’s Proof Readers, James Carter, Fred Ho, Eric Revis, Elliott Sharp, Matthew Shipp, and many more. Nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and for Up and Coming Artist of the Year two years in a row by the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, Jones made his recording debut as a bandleader in 2009 on AUM Fidelity with the Darius Jones Trios’Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing). With visual artist Randal Wilcox, Jones has developed the Man’ish Boy Epic, an ongoing Bildungsroman for the Twenty-First Century that folds Jones’ original, all-encompassing musical quest into a startling science fiction story.
Tristan Perich‘s work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code. The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic.” 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live. His latest circuit album, 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe, 2010) has received critical acclaim, called “sublime” (New York Press), and the Wall Street Journal said “its oscillations have an intense, hypnotic force and a surprising emotional depth.” His award winning work coupling 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music (Active Field, Observations) and visual art (Machine Drawings, Microtonal Wall) has been presented around the world, from Sonar and Ars Electronica to the Whitney Museum and bitforms gallery.
Jennifer Shyu is an experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, scholar, and educator, having performed internationally as a solo artist, bandleader, and collaborator. Also a Stanford University graduate, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Montalvo Arts Center fellow, she has toured and recorded with saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements since 2003 and has presented her own music at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Blue Note NYC, Bimhuis (Netherlands), Salihara (Indonesia), National Theater of Korea and National Gugak Center in Korea to name a few. Shyu has sung with Anthony Braxton in his operas Trillium E and Trillium J (April 2014), Dave Burrell, Chris Potter, Mat Maneri, and Michael Formanek among many others. She has produced 5 albums as a leader: For Now, Jade Tongue, Inner Chapters, Raging Waters and Red Sands, and is the first female artist and vocalist as bandleader on the Pi Recordings label with the widely praised album Synastry with legendary bassist Mark Dresser.
Varispeed is a collective of composer-performers that creates site-specific, sometimes-participatory, oftentimes-durational, forevermore-experimental events. Founded by Aliza Simons, Dave Ruder, Paul Pinto, Brian McCorkle, and Gelsey Bell, Varispeed came together in June 2011 to perform Perfect Lives Brooklyn, a 12-hour celebration of Robert Ashley’s landmark opera. Subsequently, they were invited to perform an updated version across the river as part of Performa ’11, and Perfect Lives Manhattan made Time Out New York and New York Times’ critic Steve Smith’s “Best of 2011” list. In August 2012, Varispeed presented their second full scale project, an over-night arrangement of John Cage’s Empty Words, which was presented at Roulette, Exapno, and across the Brooklyn Bridge. In August of 2013, Varispeed created an arrangement of Arthur Jarvinen’s Adult Party Games, a collection of conceptual scores, and adapted Perfect Lives for the Catskills during a two-week residency at Mount Tremper Arts. The collective will bring Perfect Lives to Pittsburgh in Spring 2014. Varispeed has also performed for Cage’s centenary at The Stone (September 2012), presented their work on Perfect Lives at Performers Forum (December 2011), released a series of 1-minute opera recordings, and further championed rarely heard Robert Ashley pieces such as Public Opinion Descends Upon the Demonstrators (March 2013) and That Morning Thing (November 2011). Varispeed’s members regularly perform together as members of Panoply Performance Laboratory, ensemble thingNY, and the band Why Lie?, as well as under their own names.
Jen Shyu’s Solo Rites: Seven Breaths directed by Garin Nugroho
Jen Shyu: Composition, vocals, dance, Taiwanese moon lute, piano, gayageum, er hu, East Timorese lakadou Garin Nugroho: Director Danang Pamungkas: Choreographer Kristen Robinson: Set & Props Designer Solomon Weisbard: Lighting Designer Maria Hooper: Costume Designer
Sonic, visual, and visceral rites and reflections upon pilgrimage throughout Taiwan, East Timor, Indonesia (Java, Bali, Bandung, Kalimantan), Vietnam, and South Korea. Using multiple tools of expression in multiple languages (new improvised languages as well as existing ones including Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, indigenous Taiwanese languages, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean), this solo performance—that of a woman living simultaneously in multiple cultures and “projecting her ancestry” (Val-Inc) through contemporary monologue—will reveal a personal journey of loss and redemption made universal, giving voice to the silenced. These losses reflect crises now plaguing these lands: the loss of voices found in traditional music and shaman rituals; the loss of habitat and wildlife and thus the linked ancient cosmology; and finally, the loss of public space, such as the submission of traditional markets and forests to malls and coal mines. These issues will be explored in performance through sound, movement, and fieldwork footage, creating a land-sound-scape which will serve to transport and transform both the performer and audience, leading to shared revelation and recovery from past sorrow.
Prolific, uncomprimising, and most renowned Indonesian film and stage director Garin Nugroho (Opera Jawa, Under the Tree, Daun di Atas Bantal) will direct Shyu’s solo ritual, breathing into the work his distinctive vision for celebrating the exhilarating and sacred bond between tradition and modernity.
Jen Shyu’s performance is made possible by the Jerome Foundation, Asia Society, and by Timor Plaza.
Born in Illinois, USA, from immigrant parents of Taiwan and East Timor, Jen Shyu is an experimental jazz vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, scholar, and educator, having performed internationally as a solo artist, bandleader, and collaborator. Also a Stanford University graduate, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Montalvo Arts Center fellow, she has toured and recorded with saxophonist Steve Coleman & Five Elements since 2003 and has presented her own music at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Blue Note NYC, Bimhuis (Netherlands), Salihara (Indonesia), National Theater of Korea and National Gugak Center in Korea to name a few. Shyu has sung with Anthony Braxton in his operas Trillium E and Trillium J (April 2014), Dave Burrell, Chris Potter, Mat Maneri, and Michael Formanek among many others. She has produced 5 albums as a leader: For Now, Jade Tongue, Inner Chapters, Raging Waters and Red Sands, and is the first female artist and vocalist as bandleader on the Pi Recordings label with the widely praised album Synastry with legendary bassist Mark Dresser. Having done extensive music fieldwork and research, especially shedding light on lesser known traditional musics in Taiwan, China, and East Timor, Shyu recently spent 22 months on a Fulbright scholarship in Indonesia studying Sindhenan, traditional Javanese improvisational singing, as well as the simultaneous Sindhenan and dance form rarely performed because of its difficulty, Ledhekan. She performed Ledhekan at Mangkunegaran Palace in Surakarta as well as her own music at numerous festivals throughout Indonesia both solo and in collaboration with Javanese artists such as Djaduk Ferianto, Eko Supriyanto, Mugiono, Slamet Gundono, Peni Candrarini, and Garin Nugroho. She then received a six-month scholarship from the National Gugak Center to study Pansori and Gayageum Byeongchang in Seoul. The research for this solo work has been supported by Asian Cultural Council, Jerome Foundation, Fulbright Program, Bronx Council of the Arts, and the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and Timor Plaza. www.facebook.com/jenshyu www.facebook.com/jenshyumusic http://jenshyu.bandcamp.com/
Garin Nugroho (b. June 6, 1961) graduated from the Faculty of Cinematography at Jakarta Arts Institute (IKJ) and from the Faculty of Law at University of Indonesia. His father was an author and publisher who wrote novels in Javanese language. Nugroho’s creative output in the arts is very broad, ranging from making films, commercials, music videos, theater works, installation art, books of cultural communication, to authoring numerous newspaper columns. He is also the founder of JAFF (Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival) and the L.A. Indie Movie Festival, both continuing to expand over the past eight years.
Garin is considered a pioneer for the 90’s new generation. His films have garnered numerous awards at many international film festivals and have also been presented at films festivals such as Cannes, Venice, and Berlin. Starting off his career in film criticism and documentary making, his works represent social issues, culture, politics, and mapping of Indonesia which consists of over 13,000 islands. He has made films on location and in the local languages of Papua, Aceh, Sumba, Java, and Bali. Garin has written three books related to cultural communication, and each month writes a special column in KOMPAS, the leading newspaper in Indonesia.
Danang Pamungkas, Choregrapher Danang Pamungkas, born in Surakarta, Indonesia on 30 December, 1979, received formal training from a young age and graduated from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts (ISI), Surakarta. He also learned traditional Javanese dance at Mangkunegaran Palace of Surakarta, where he is currently a principal dancer. Credits: “Spring In Solo” with Pappa Tarahumara Dance Company from Japan (Solo 2002); English National Opera inMonteverdi’s “Orfeo” and “The Coronation of Poppea” produced by Cheng Shi-Zheng at London Coliseum and Schubert Theatre Boston (2006-2007); Choreographed “Panyot Pun Padam” (First Prize Winner at The Next Wave Indonesian Choreographer in Jakarta and Surabaya Art Festival in 2004) and “Song of Body” performed in Salihara Theatre, Jakarta (2009); Member of Cloud Gate Dance Company led by Taiwanese artistic director Lin Hwai Min in Taiwan(2008 – 2011); Beat Project supported by Kelola Foundation and performed at Teater Arena Taman Budaya Jawa Tengah In Surakarta (aka TBS, 2011) and Salihara Theatre, and Indonesian Dance Festival 2012, Jakarta; Choreography credits: “Gandamayu” with Garasi Theater, Gedung Kesenian Jakarta (2012); Garin Nugroho’s “Opera Jawa: Selendang Merah“, Jakarta Theatre (2013); “A Part of Passion,” Teater Arena TBS (2013); and will perform at Salihara Festival 2014 in Jakarta; Occupy the Museum “Break the Harmony,” Welt Museum Impulstanz Festival 2013 in Vienna, Austria; “Fly on the Earth,” Welt Museum Vienna, Austria (2013); Residence program from Austrian Ministry of Education Vienna, Austria (2013); “Fly on the Earth” with Maya Dance Theater of Singapore at Sub Station Singapore 2013.
Kristen Robinson, Set & Props Designer Born to a family of rural artists in Ohio she grew up building forts and painting pictures. She received her liberal arts with a focus in painting and design for theatre from Centre College. At Yale she participated in a fellowship program, collaborating with Parapanda Theatre Lab in Tanzania. Recent credits include, Chorus of All Souls, Abron’s Art Center/Experiments in Opera, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Atlantic Theatre’s Acting School, My Friend’s Story, a new opera, International Festival of Art’s and Ideas, The Princess Plays 1&2: a site-specific work, American Night the Ballad of Juan José: Yale Repertory Theatre. Kristen is a 2013 Princess Grace Theatre Fellowship, Pierre Cardin Award winner. MFA, Yale, Set Design
Solomon Weisbard, Lighting Designer Selected credits: Rite of Spring (Martha Graham Dance Co.); Stones in his Pockets (Yale Rep); The Coronation of Poppea (Princeton); The Film Society (Keen / Theatre Row); I Came to Look for You on Tuesday (La Mama); Lion in Winter, A Class Act (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Pommerat’s Cinderella (Univ. of Rochester); White’s Lies (New World Stages); Christina Anderson’s Hollow Roots (Public Theatre – Under the Radar); Blind.ness, Quartet v4.0 (Waxfactory); Faust, The Barber of Seville (Tri-Cities Opera); What of the Night, St. Joan of the Stockyards (Barnard College); 9 to 5, A Chorus Line, All Shook Up (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse); Frank London’s A Night in the Old Marketplace (international tour); bauhaus the bauhaus, A Gathering, The Attendants (The Nerve Tank, as resident designer). Numerous original, evening-length dance works with rising and established New York choreographers. Education: BFA at Ithaca College, MFA at Yale School of Drama. www.solweisbard.com
Maria Hooper, Costume Designer
Maria designs clothes for theater, film, and television. Previous theatrical credits include: Sarah Ruhl’s Dear Elizabeth at Berkeley Rep and Yale Rep (World Premiere). The Seagull Directed by Alex Mihail, Yale School of Drama. Associate Designer: Joseph…DreamcoatNational Tour. In addition to numerous commercials, TV Credits include the series NickMom Night Out and Playing Favorites. Film credits include: Paper Lions music video Philadelphia, and the feature film Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Maria is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Yale School of Drama.