Category: Press Releases

Toby Driver / Madonnawhore with String Noise

What: The duo of Toby Driver and Keith Abrams, followed by String Noise, present two sets of dark, austere avant-folk.
When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette hosts two sets of dark, austere avant-folk inspired by the likes of David Ackles, Sam Prekop, Nick Cave, Grouper, and Current 93. The first set will feature the duo of Toby Driver and Keith Abrams performing material from the new album Madonnawhore, followed by the world premiere of several new pieces featuring Driver and Abrams joined by String Noise, the violin duo Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris.

Toby Driver and Keith Abrams are best known by their work together in their avant-goth experimental rock band Kayo Dot. The pair have toured Europe extensively, from the shores of Portugal and Ireland to as far east as The Republic of Georgia, Israel, Russia, and Istanbul. Madonnawhore’s music can be heard on the album by the same name, released by Flenser Recordings in spring 2017.

String Noise is a classical, avant-punk violin duo comprised of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim. Since the do’s inception in 2011, String Noise has expanded the two violin repertoire in over 50 new works to include larger collaborations with electronics, projections and dance. String Noise was highlighted in Performa 2011 with artist Will Cotton and was the featured ensemble for the launch of composers collective Index 0. Premieres include works by Christian Wolff, John King, Phill Niblock, John Zorn, and more. As curators, Conrad and Pauline presented Drawing Sound: Part II, a three-night mini-festival featuring artists Alvin Lucier, Greg Saunier and Jad Fair, at the Drawing Center in Manhattan.

[RESIDENCY] The Tomeka Reid Quartet

What: The Tomeka Reid Quartet, featuring Jason Roebke, Tomas Fujiwara, and Mary Halvorson, performs compositions composed by artist-in-residence Tomeka Reid.
When: Monday, March 20, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette is pleased to welcome back cellist Tomeka Reid as a 2017 artist-in-residence. For this performance, The Tomeka Reid Quartet performs compositions composed by Reid and featuring Jason Roebke, Tomas Fujiwara, and Mary Halvorson.

Over the last decade Tomeka Reid has emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in the Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community. Her distinctive melodic sensibility, usually braided to a strong sense of groove, has been featured in many distinguished ensembles over the years. She is a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists such as Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer Dee Alexander, and drummer Mike Reed. She’s also a founding member of the adventurous string trio called Hear in Now.

Mary Halvorson is one of the most recognizable guitarists of her generation who has a won accolades from both side of the Atlantic, through her own bands and projects with Anthony Braxton, Stephan Crump, Ingrid Laubrock, Tom Rainey, and Ches Smith. Jason Roebke is a bandleader in his own right, scoring deserved praise with his 2014 debut recording by his octet. He has also served as the harmonic anchor for a host of Chicago bandleaders including Mike Reed, vibist Jason Adasiewicz, clarinetist James Falzone, and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. Tomas Fujiwara is a Brooklyn-based drummer and composer. Fujiwara is an active player in some of the most exciting music of the current generation, including his collaborative duo with cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum; the collective trio Thumbscrew (with Mary Halvorson and Michael Formanek); and appearances alongside forward thinking peers such as Matana Roberts and Nicole Mitchell.

Curated by Meredith Monk: Ellen Fisher: Time Don’t Stop for Nobody

What: Ellen Fisher presents Time Don’t Stop for Nobody, a movement-based performance relating to the perception of age.
When: Thursday, March 23, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – For the final Curated by Meredith Monk performance of the winter season, Ellen Fisher presents Time Don’t Stop for Nobody, a movement-based performance relating to the perception of age. A small ensemble of four performers, each 25-30 years apart, will collaborate during the creative process to highlight their shared experiences on the progression of growing up.

Ellen Fisher is an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines dance with visual components. She began performing with Meredith Monk / The House in the 1970s and continues today. Fisher’s performance work is informed by ethnographic research in trance dance and rituals of South Asia, particularly Sri Lanka. Since 1981, she has toured solo work throughout Europe and the U.S., also directing large ensemble work reinterpreting myths and legends. Her film work, including documentaries, has been included in festivals throughout the world. Fisher continues to teach and collaborate with artists on community intergenerational and intercultural projects, both domestically and internationally, and recently served as a Fulbright Scholar in Sri Lanka.

About the Series: Curated by Meredith Monk features performers selected by Monk who are following his or her own path, asking questions, finding places that fall between the cracks of genres or categories.

Curated by Meredith Monk: Robin Holcomb: Quartet

What: Robin Holcomb performs new compositions and songs for quartet.
When: Friday, March 17, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Singer-songwriter Robin Holcomb returns to Roulette to perform new compositions and songs with long-time collaborator Peggy Lee on cello, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, and Guy Klucevsek on accordion. The same quartet performed her score for Yasujiro Ozu’s 2010 film That Night’s Wife, which will premiered as part of the evening’s program.

Robin Holcomb has performed internationally as a solo artist and the leader of various ensembles. Following Sundanese gamelan performance studies at UC Santa Cruz and several years spent sharecropping tobacco in North Carolina, Holcomb was active in New York for many years as a composer and performer with deep roots in the downtown avant-garde as one of the original Studio Henry mavericks. She has recorded her music for Songlines, Tzadik, Nonesuch and New World labels. Holcomb is a founder and co-director of The New York Composers Orchestra and WACO (The Washington Composers Orchestra), ensembles for which she is also conductor, pianist and a principal composer.  Other current performing ensembles include a longstanding duo project with cellist Peggy Lee and The Robin Holcomb Ensemble. Composing instrumental and vocal music for a wide variety of chamber ensembles and soloists, she has been commissioned to create scores for dance, film and theatre.

About the Series: Curated by Meredith Monk features performers selected by Monk who are following his or her own path, asking questions, finding places that fall between the cracks of genres or categories.

Curated by Meredith Monk: Don Byron: Works For Quartet

What: Don Byron premieres new works for quartet alongside pieces by Anton Webern, Erik Satie, and Olivier Messiaen.
When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Meredith Monk convenes Don Byron, Blair McMillen, Cornelius Dufallo, and Wendy Sutter to premiere new works for quartet by Don Byron and works by Anton Webern, Erik Satie, and Olivier Messiaen.

For over two decades, Don Byron has been a singular voice in an astounding range of musical contexts, exploring widely divergent traditions while continually striving for what he calls “a sound above genre.” As clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and social critic, Byron redefines every genre of music he plays, be it classical, salsa, hip-hop, funk, rhythm & blues, klezmer, or any jazz style. Byron is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Doris Duke Performing Artist, Sundance and Rome Prize fellowships, and was a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent recording, Infinite Winds, features his concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble commissioned by MIT.

Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Byron was exposed to a wide variety of music by his father, who played bass in calypso bands, and his mother, a pianist. His taste was further refined by trips to the symphony and ballet and by many hours spent listening to Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Machito recordings. He formalized his music education by studying classical clarinet with Joe Allard while playing and arranging salsa numbers for high school bands. He later studied with George Russell in the Third Stream Department of the New England Conservatory of Music and, while in Boston, also performed with Latin and jazz ensembles.

About the Series: Curated by Meredith Monk features performers selected by Monk who are following his or her own path, asking questions, finding places that fall between the cracks of genres or categories.

Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet

What: Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet performs music from Enter the PlusTet, followed by a premiere of a new composition.
When: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet performs music from their recent Firehouse 12 Records release Enter the PlusTet, followed by the U.S. premiere of Uncle, Another Tale – a piece first performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra last fall, and now reimagined for improvising creative orchestra. The PlusTet is the expansion of Bynum’s core sextet into a creative orchestra, inviting musicians to travel fresh avenues of sonic exploration, balancing the spontaneous and the pre-determined in an organic whole. Drawing on a variety of techniques from improvised conduction to big band orchestration to deconstructed fanfares, the band demonstrates a celebration of musical community, a belief in the transformative power of improvisation, and a commitment to work that offers listeners and performers challenge, surprise, and satisfaction in equal measure.

Taylor Ho Bynum has spent his career navigating the intersections between structure and improvisation through musical composition, performance and interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as through production, organizing, teaching, writing and advocacy. Bynum’s expressionistic playing on cornet and his expansive vision as composer have garnered him critical attention on over twenty recordings as a bandleader and dozens more as a sideman. His varied endeavors include his Acoustic Bicycle Tours, where he travels to concerts solely by bike across thousands of miles, and his stewardship of Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Foundation, which he serves as executive director, producer, and performer. Bynum is also a published author and contributor to The New Yorker’s Culture Blog and has taught at universities, festivals, and workshops worldwide.

[COMMISSION] Travis Laplante: A Dance That Empties // Battle Trance: Blade of Love

What: Travis Laplante presents A Dance That Empties, a new long-form composition commissioned by Roulette.  
When: Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette presents A Dance That Empties, a newly commissioned long-form composition from tenor saxophonist Travis Laplante. The evening will also feature Laplante’s saxophone quartet Battle Trance performing the album-length composition Blade of Love. Released on New Amsterdam Records/NNA Tapes in August 2016 to wide critical acclaim, Blade of Love was included on best-of-2016 lists from Rolling Stone, NPR, Stereogum, Bandcamp, and more.  

A Dance That Empties creates intense rhythmic and melodic repetitive cycles as a means to slowly open the listener’s ears and heart over the course of the composition. The cyclic aspect of the piece is inspired by the sacred origin of dance and its connection of humans to the Earth. The follow-up to Battle Trance’s widely acclaimed debut Palace of Wind (2014), Blade of Love is an elemental composition that aims to fulfill the tenor saxophone’s expansive potential as an ensemble instrument. Working within the intimate intersection of the human body/breath and the saxophone, Blade of Love is a spiritual and enigmatic work with a deep emotional resonance.

Travis Laplante is a saxophonist, composer, and qigong healer living in Brooklyn and southern Vermont. In addition to his work with Battle Trance, Laplante is known for his solo saxophone work and his longstanding ensemble Little Women. He has recently performed and/or recorded with Trevor Dunn, Ches Smith, Peter Evans, So Percussion, Gerald Cleaver, Michael Formanek, Buke and Gase, Darius Jones, Matt Maneri, and Matt Mitchell, among others. His focus in recent years, under the tutelage of Laura Stelmok, has been on Taoist alchemical medicine and the cultivation of the heart.

The flurry of saxophones known as Battle Trance is a tour de force of intense focus and unending breath. Comprised of tenor saxophonists Travis Laplante, Matthew Nelson, Jeremy Viner, and Patrick Breiner, the quartet uses circular breathing and immense physical stamina to produce hypnotic and meditative sounds. In pursuit of a music that is both modern and timeless, the group strives to create a “portal of resonance” where there is no separation between the listener and the sound.

Richard Sussman Evolution Ensemble: The Evolution Suite

What: Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presents The Evolution Suite for jazz quintet, string quartet, and electronics.
When: Sunday, February 5, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presents the ground-breaking Evolution Suite for jazz quintet, string quartet, and electronics. The five-movement, hour-long composition was premiered and recorded on December 20, 2015, at the Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space in New York City. The evening’s performance will serve as an album release concert for the recording, currently available on Zoho Records.

Richard Sussman is a jazz pianist, composer, music technologist, educator, and author. Sussman has performed with many jazz greats including Lionel Hampton, Lee Konitz, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Donna Summer, Blood Sweat & Tears, among others. Known for his large ensemble arrangements and compositions, his music has been performed by the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Westchester Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of Holland, and the American Composers Orchestra in New York. A member of the jazz faculty at the Manhattan School of Music since 1986, Sussman is the author of Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age, published by Oxford University Press. Sussman is the recipient of numerous awards, including two NEA grants in Jazz Composition, an ASCAP Jazz Composition Award in 2008, and a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grant in December 2015. His extensive work in the field of film and TV has included projects for ABC, NBC, CBS, Disney, and Nickelodeon.

Mixology

What: The 2017 edition of Mixology showcases Roulette’s powerful 12-channel soundsystem and features Olivia Block, Greg Fox, and Eli Keszler as highlights.
When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Saturday, February 25, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette’s powerful 12-channel soundsystem is the common denominator of this year’s Mixology Festival. Each evening groups artists with a roughly similar approach, each offering a unique perspective on sonic space. The theme in all cases is immersion; participation through active, physical engagement with the medium.

The festival is curated by Michael J. Schumacher, a composer, performer and installation artist based in Brooklyn. The founder and director of Diapason, a gallery devoted to sound art, Schumacher is the current music director of the Liz Gerring Dance Company.

He has received awards and residencies from NYFA, Harvestworks, EMPAC, DAAD, and others. He is an adjunct professor at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and a guest lecturer at Bard College and Columbia University. Schumacher’s Room Pieces, published by XI Records, is a 5-DVD set of sound installations as computer applications, playable on up to eight speakers, which may be installed on a computer to create sound environments in the home. The piece ran continuously for one year in the lobby of EMPAC.

Mario de Vega’s sound installation Target ZIP Code (Zone Improvement Plan), which features the exhibition space translated into a frequency value, will be on view each night throughout the festival. Exploring the physicality of listening and the threshold of human perception, Mario de Vega researches the materiality of sound, the vulnerability of systems, materials and individuals, and the potential of unstable systems.

Works and Installations by Olivia Block, Jason Lescalleet, Mario de Vega, Jim O’Rourke project
Wednesday, February 22

Five artists unleash lo-fi / hi-fi pleasures and resonant wonder, test the threshold of perception and unstable systems, and drive a 12-channel rig.

Sonic Youth producer Jim O’Rourke is composing a new piece to be played by festival curator Michael Schumacher. O’Rourke is an American musician and record producer who has collaborated with Loren Connors, Phill Niblock, Fennesz, Oren Ambarchi, and Keiji Haino amongst others. O’Rourke played for the Merce Cunningham dance company for four years with music director Takehisa Kosugi. He is the 2001 recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

Composer and media artist Olivia Block performs a live mix of an extended version of Dissolution B in 16 Channels, improvising the diffusion of sounds through different channels and speakers. Block creates studio-based sound compositions for concerts, site-specific multi-speaker installations, scores for chamber groups, and cinematic sound designs. Her compositions include field recordings, amplified objects, orchestral instruments, and electronic textures. Her current work reflects her interests in ethnographic sound and “found” recorded and text-based materials. Her recent installation, Sonambient Pavilion, which utilized the sounds from Harry Bertoia’s Sonambient sculptures, was featured on the cover of the Chicago Reader. Her electroacoustic studio piece, Dissolution, is now out on Glistening Examples.

Jason Lescalleet presents the world premiere of modern musique concrete for multichannel immersion. The performance will be a hybrid of tape music, field recordings, and electronic music. Since establishing himself as a preeminent voice in contemporary electro-acoustic study, Lescalleet has exploded the notion of what is possible within the realm of tape-based music. His recorded catalog acknowledges a diversity of application, from lo-fi reel-to-reel soundscaping and work for hand-held cassette machines, to digital sampling and computer generated composition. Lescalleet’s live actions further expand his oeuvre to include work with video, dance, performance art and multimedia concerns.

Cecilia Lopez presents eardrumcluster, an installation and composition for resonating steel drums made with multichannel sound, feedback and live performers. The piece explores the juxtaposition of two different resonant spaces: the ears and the steel drums. The sound material is constructed with recordings of otoacoustic emissions and sounds tuned to the resonance of the steel drums. Cecilia Lopez is a composer, musician and installation artist from Buenos Aires. Her work explores the boundaries between composition and improvisation, as well as the resonance properties of diverse materials through the creation of non-conventional sound devices and systems. She holds and M.F.A from Bard College and an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University.

Drummers and Frequencies: Greg Fox, Eli Keszler, Mario de Vega
Thursday, February 23

Drummers with curiosity about hybrid systems engage the acoustic, electronic, and mechanical to test Roulette’s 12-channel immersive system.

Greg Fox is a New York City born-and-bred drummer, multidisciplinary artist, and teacher. He has played on and released 49 records since 2008, including his work with Liturgy, ZS, Ben Frost, Colin Stetson, Skeletons, Hieroglyphic Being, Man Forever, and others, as well as with his own solo work and his projects GDFX and Guardian Alien. Fox has toured worldwide with various groups and collaborations, held residencies at Clocktower and Pioneer Works, and was awarded “Best Drummer in NYC” by the Village Voice in 2011. Fox uses a hybridized electroacoustic drum setup to explore new dimensions through the traditional gestures of the modern drummer and the possibilities inherent in electronic and computer music.

Eli Keszler is a New York-based artist, composer, and percussionist. His compositions and visual works examine the limits of instrumentation, notation, and space in its institutional, musical and public form. Keszler’s sound installations, music and visual work have appeared at Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, SculptureCenter, The Kitchen, MoMA PS1, and more. Keszler has released solo records for ESP-Disk and PAN, and most recently released Sounds of Speed on Empty Editions from Empty Gallery in Hong Kong. Keszler is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a 2016 NYFA Fellow.

Reshaping Roulette with Kenneth Kirschner, Daniel Neumann, Anne Guthrie, Ben Manley
Friday, February 24

Can you transform a room using just acoustic phenomena, pattern manipulation, immersion, and durational composition complicated by chance?

Kenneth Kirschner will perform a live multichannel realization of his composition September 27, 2016. A composer in experimental music working at the intersection of avant-garde classical composition and contemporary electronic music, Kirschner’s work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context. His work has been released by labels such as Sub Rosa, 12k, and Room40. Kirschner was a 2015 artist in residence at Eyebeam and a 2016 artist in residence in Times Square.

Daniel Neumann’s FROM WITHIN A FIELD #05 is an ongoing electroacoustic live performance for multichannel speaker systems that uses loudspeakers and room response as an instrument to form a spatial field. Neumann is a Brooklyn-based sound artist, organizer and professional audio engineer, originally from Germany. He holds a master’s degree in media art from the Academy of Visual Art Leipzig and also studied electronic music composition under Emanuele Casale in Catania, Italy. Neumann’s main focus is how sound interacts with space and how spaces can be shaped by sound. Neumann is the curator and organizer of CT::SWaM, an event series in NYC and Berlin that engages in spatial sound works and focused listening.

Anne Guthrie premieres 3D field recordings and spatialized electronics that will be layered and processed in real-time to provide an immersive and flexible listening experience. An acoustician, composer, and French horn player, Anne Guthrie studied Music Composition and English at the University of Iowa and received her Ph.D. in Architectural Acoustics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Her electronic music focuses on exploiting the natural acoustic phenomena of unique architectural spaces through minimal processing of field recordings.

Composer and experimenter Ben Manley explores the natural variability of wind, amplified small vibrations, and resonant objects as a means of generating dynamic electroacoustic environments. Manley has presented performances and installations at venues including Experimental Intermedia, The Kitchen, Roulette, ISSUE Project Room, Paula Cooper Gallery, Harvestworks, and more. He has collaborated with Connie Crothers, Jim Staley, Dan Evans Farkas, and has appeared with Composers Inside Electronics in David Tudor’s Rainforest IV at the Lincoln Center Festival 1998 and with Essential Music in performances of works by John Cage and Robert Ashley.

Dance & Installation: Liz Gerring with Michael Schumacher / Leila Bordreuil / Ursula Scherrer
Saturday, February 25

A four-hour durational experience for dancers, 12-channel sound, and multi-channel video projection with audience invited to wander and wonder.

Michael Schumacher, Ursula Scherrer, and Liz Gerring have been collaborating for decades together – Schumacher and Gerring’s work together dates back to loft performances in the 1980s, and Scherrer joined their experiments in the 1990s. Participants include members of the Liz Gerring Dance Company, three musicians including Michael Schumacher on piano, Leila Bordreuil on cello, and Ursula Scherrer projecting video. The music, video and dance aspects will respond to one another throughout the duration of the piece, working on similar timing but each improvising through a pre-determined structure in response to a musical score written by Schumacher.

Scherrer will place multiple projectors around the hall, breaking the space into distinct visual areas. In preparation, Scherrer filmed details of the dancers’ movements in front of a black background. The dancers will be nude, but close-ups of different parts of their bodies will make the subject often unrecognizable in its abstraction. Scherrer will then project this footage onto the naked bodies of other dancers that will act add texture and color to their flesh. The audience will be encouraged to walk around the space between the different points of interest.

The poetic quality of Ursula Scherrer’s work reminds one of moving paintings, drawing the viewer into the images, leaving the viewer with their own stories. Scherrer transforms spaces and landscapes into serene, abstract portraits of rhythm, color and light. A Swiss artist living in New York City, Scherrer’s aesthetic training began with dance, transitioned to choreography, and has now expanded to photography, video, text, mixed media and performance art.

Liz Gerring studied dance at the Cornish Institute in Seattle. In 1987, she received a BFA from The Juilliard School, where she studied with Kazuko Hirabayashi and Doris Rudko. In March 1998, she presented her first piece, a four-hour movement installation, and soon after formed the Liz Gerring Dance Company. Liz Gerring was awarded the Jacob’s Pillow Prize in June 2015 and a Joyce Theater residency and creation award in the same year. In 2016/17 she was awarded a New York City Center Choreographic Fellowship

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space.

Weasel Walter Large Ensemble: Igneity

What: Weasel Walter presents a longform work for large ensemble harnessing free jazz virtuosity with deliberate structural control.
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Multi-instrumentalist and composer Weasel Walter presents a longform work for large ensemble harnessing free jazz virtuosity with deliberate structural control and variation. The 12-piece group (featuring multiple reeds, brass, guitars, double basses, and Walter himself on drums) delivers an assault of ceaseless momentum and musical surprise with orchestration ranging from unaccompanied solos to the full orchestra. Building off the traditions of John Coltrane’s legendary Ascension, Globe Unity Orchestra’s various works, and the complex sonics of modern composers like Xenakis, Penderecki, and Stockhausen, the Weasel Walter Large Ensemble conjures a high-energy atmosphere where instrumental extremity is paramount.

Weasel Walter founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 and currently performs as part of Cellular Chaos and Lydia Lunch Retrovirus. A major contributor to the Chicago no-wave/noise/improvised music underground during the 1990s and early 2000s, Walter has performed with The Flying Luttenbachers, Miss High Heel (with Jim O’Rourke and Azita of The Scissor Girls), Lake of Dracula (with Marlon Magas and Heather M. of the Scissor Girls), To Live and Shave in L.A. 2, and Hatewave, among others. Collaborators include Evan Parker, Elliott Sharp, Marshall Allen, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Jim O’Rourke, as well as influential underground rock bands including Lair of the Minotaur, Bobby Conn, U.S. Maple, and Harry Pussy. Walter has produced albums by Lydia Lunch and Glenn Branca.