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Damon Smith, Alvin Fielder, Joe McPhee Trio

What: The world premiere of the trio celebrates the meeting of free jazz masters, Joe McPhee and Alvin Fielder, joined by bassist Damon Smith.
When: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $20/15 Online $25/20 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Master musicians Joe McPhee and Alvin Fielder, joined by bassist Damon Smith, will play together for the first time following Fielder’s illness. The evening will offer a rare opportunity to witness two free jazz greats reflect on their storied careers. With strong ties to American jazz traditions as well as European-style free improvisation, all three musicians will push the boundaries of jazz, swing, and blues in unlikely and inspiring ways.

Mississippi-born jazz drummer Alvin Fielder began his career in Chicago, where he co-founded the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in 1965. Over the next several decades, Fielder has played with Sun Ra, Muhal Richard Abrams, Eddie Harris, Kalaparusha, Fred Anderson, Lester Lashley and Roscoe Mitchell, among others. Fielder is featured on Roscoe Mitchell’s seminal 1966 Sound recording. He is the 2012 recipient of the Resounding Vision Award from Nameless Sound in Houston.

Joe McPhee is a jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer hailing from Miami, Florida. Active since the late 1960s, McPhee plays tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone. Inspired by Pauline Oliveros, whose theories of “deep listening” strengthened his interests in extended instrumental and electronic techniques, and Albert Ayler, who inspired McPhee to pick up the saxophone, McPhee has produced over 100 recordings throughout his 50+ year career.

Damon Smith’s explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Born and raised in the fertile Bay Area music scene of the 1990s, Smith is heavily influenced by visual art, film, and dance, and counts Werner Herzog and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company among his collaborators.

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Resonant Bodies Festival

What: Roulette’s fall season kicks off with three nights of the acclaimed contemporary vocal performance festival Resonant Bodies.
When: Tuesday-Thursday, September 6-8 2016, 7:30pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $20/15 Online $25/20 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Acclaimed Resonant Bodies Festival returns to Roulette in its fourth annual incarnation as New York’s most innovative and wide-ranging presenter of contemporary vocal artists. Featuring an international roster of virtuosic singers, world premieres, and an exhilarating mix of genres, the nine vocalists performing over three days will provide an immersive musical experience unlike any other.

Opening night (September 6) features soprano Julia Bullock, winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, singing David Hertzberg, Lukas Foss, and John Cage; flutist, lyric soprano, and curator of a vibrant repertoire of lesser-known contemporary masterpieces, Alice Teyssier, will perform with her multi-media experimental ensemble, The Atelier (Bradley Scott Rosen, Michael Weyandt); and award-winning Ethiopian-born, Swedish composer/vocalist/improviser Sofia Jernberg, will make her New York debut with her own compositions for solo voice as well as new works showcasing her virtuosic vocal talents.

The second night (September 7) features the “open-hearted” (Wall Street Journal) performing style of mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, performing Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Florent Ghys; along with the fearless, boundary-pushing tenor Peter Tantsits, giving the US premiere of several works by Karlheinz Stockhausen; and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, founding member of the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, performing works by Georges Aperghis, Stockhausen, Jake Endris, David Heard, and a world premiere of an original work for voice and electronics.

The final night (September 8) will feature “Hamburg’s queen of avant-garde” (Hamburger Abendblatt) Frauke Aulbert, who boasts a vocal range of four octaves, sharing her explorations of extended vocal techniques from around the world, on the same program as Sophia Burgos, a rising star of contemporary vocal music, presenting a collage of virtuosic vocal music by Philippe Leroux, Lucian Berio, and Zesses Seglias; and “preternaturally focused” (The New York Times) Canadian soprano Charlotte Mundy, who will be joined by her ensemble, TAK, to perform premieres by Natacha Diels, Doug Balliett, and Erin Gee in settings of Anne Carson’s poem, “The Albertine Workout.”