Category: Press Releases

[GENERATE] Curated by Meredith Monk: Phil Kline with Jim Jarmusch: Not OK

What: Composer Phil Kline collaborates with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch to present Not Ok, a program of past, present, and future work.
When: Wednesday, April 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 – Composer Phil Kline, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner, pianist Kathleen Supové, and percussionist David Cossin perform past, present, and future work, including music from Kline’s upcoming album and two theater works-in-progress, “I Am Joan Crawford” and “Tesla.” The program will feature Horner singing two songs and an aria from a work-in-progress, Supové performing a solo piano piece, Kline and Cossin playing a section from a work-in-progress, and Kline and Jarmusch performing feedback improvisation over a composed bed played on 24 boomboxes, framed by projections of footage of NYC shot by Thomas Edison.

A veteran of New York’s downtown scene, Phil Kline stands out for his range and unpredictability. From vast boombox symphonies to chamber music and song cycles, his work has been hailed for its originality, beauty, subversive subtext, and wry humor. Early in his career he cofounded the rock band the Del-Byzanteens with Jim Jarmusch and James Nares, collaborated with Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, and played guitar in the Glenn Branca Ensemble. Some of his early work evolved from performance art and used large numbers of boomboxes, such as the outdoor Christmas cult classic Unsilent Night, which is now an annual holiday tradition celebrated around the world. Other notable works include Exquisite Corpses, written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars; the politically-infused Zippo Songs and Rumsfeld Songs; John the Revelator, a setting of the Latin Mass written for early music specialists Lionheart; and the Sinatra-inspired song cycle Out Cold, written for Theo Bleckmann and premiered at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Phil hosts a daily radio show on WQXR / Q2 in NYC and is currently collaborating with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch on a music theater spectacle about Nikola Tesla.

Jim Jarmusch is an independent film director known for such works as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), and Only Lovers Left Alive (2013).

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.

Matt Mitchell plays Førage (Music of Tim Berne) // Berne + Mitchell Duo

What: Two sets of original music from pianist Matt Mitchell and saxophonist Tim Berne.
When: Tuesday, April 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 – Roulette presents two sets of original music from pianist Matt Mitchell and saxophonist Tim Berne. For the first set, Matt Mitchell will perform Tim Berne’s music from the new album førage on Screwgun Records, followed by Mitchell and Berne playing duo versions of their original compositions.

The compositions of saxophonist and bandleader Tim Berne have earned renown for their intensely kinetic, dizzyingly intricate quality. With the album førage, listeners have the chance to experience Berne’s music as never before, in versions for solo piano. On førage, Mitchell creates mash-ups of multiple compositions, improvises new angles off the music, and often slows it down to reveal hidden beauties.

Tim Berne is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Described by critic Thom Jurek as commanding “considerable power as a composer and … frighteningly deft ability as a soloist,” Berne has composed and performed prolifically since the 1980s.

Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. He has taught extensively with the Brooklyn-based School for Improvisational Music, as well as at the New School, NYU, and the Siena Jazz Workshop. He is also a 2015 recipient of a Doris Duke Impact Award and a 2012 recipient of a Pew Fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.

Spring 2017 Season (April – June) Announcement

What: Roulette spring season highlights include John Zorn presenting two of his game pieces, Joan La Barbara honoring her 70th birthday with the premiere of new work, and [DANCEROULETTE] performances from Stephanie Skura, Sally Silvers, and Biba Bell.
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Roulette is pleased to announce the release of their spring season from April 4 to June 30, 2017.

The month of April begins with the duo Matt Mitchell and Tim Berne playing music from Førage, a new recording on Screwgun Records, followed by downtown veterans Phil Kline and Jim Jarmusch performing a feedback improvisation over a composed bed played on 24 boomboxes, with projections of footage of NYC shot by Thomas Edison. Former Merce Cunningham Dance Company composer Fast Forward presents Octopoda, a selection of works for solo and ensemble featuring bicycle handlebars and steel pan as instruments; Contemporaneous presents Transcendental Geometry, a performance project that will explore new music written with non-traditional tunings from around the world; and Lucie Vítková presents OPERA, a new commission based on utopian thinking and its environment, including sound, visuals, fashion, and movement. For two back-to-back evenings, choreographer Stephanie Skura directs seven elder-inclusive stellar improvisers to present Surreptitious Preparations For An Impossible Total Act, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Ensemble L’Itinéraire collaborate to present three generations of French and American music spectral music.

May kicks off with John Zorn performing two of his game pieces, Xu Feng and Cobra, followed by Matthew Goodheart and Matthew Ostrowski presenting Action Without a Distance, a program of solo compositions based on computer control of musical and non-musical objects. Composer and installation artist Miya Masoaka performs A Line Becomes a Circle, a Noh chamber opera, with text from Haiku fragments of the dying poet, Shiki Masaoka. Haitian electronic music composer Val Jeanty presents Dancing The Divine, a collaboration between her AfroElectronica soundscape with fire dancer Ra Nubi as part of her artist residency; Guy Klucevsek debuts his accordion quartet Bellows Brigade, featuring the premiere of “Pauline, Pauline,” in memory of Pauline Oliveros; Alex Weiser presents And All The Days Were Purple, including a new work commissioned by Roulette; and Joan La Barbara honors her 70th birthday year with the premiere of The Wanderlusting of Joseph C, inspired by the obsessions, visions, and dreams of visual artist Joseph Cornell. The month concludes with Cholera Nocebo, JG Thirlwell‘s surround sound immersive cinematic presentation. and The M6 vocal ensemble performing rarely heard compositions by Meredith Monk, as well as the world premiere of a new piece by Monk.

June is a strong month for Roulette’s dance programming and residencies + commissions series. Residencies include James Brandon Lewis presenting Heroes Are Gang Leaders, a program of original works inspired by Amiri Baraka, David Murray, and Sun Ra Arkestra; the Tomeka Reid Large Ensemble; and Brendon Randall-Myers premiering Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies, which features two large pieces by Randall-Myers written from opposing angles: a set of microtonal electro-folk songs for soprano Eliza Bagg, and an ethereal electric guitar quartet for Dither. Gemma Peacocke’s commissioned piece, Waves + Lines, is a multimedia song cycle adapted from Afghan women’s folk poems collected in Eliza Griswold’s book, “I Am the Beggar of the World.” The Curated by Meredith Monk series concludes with Song Out! Folk ‘n’ Pop Fantasies featuring new songs by Dick Connette, Rachelle Garniez, and Mimi Goese, followed by Ensemble Connect celebrating the voices of immigrants in the nation, featuring works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Shulamit Ran, and Anna Clyne. Other performances include Hans Tammen’s Third Eye Orchestra performing Clepsydra, a score produced from electronic sample and hold procedures, and Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan supporting the release of their duo album, Small Town, on ECM Records. The spring season concludes with two series of [DANCEROULETTE] from Biba Bell and Sally Silvers.

CT::SWaM and AMEE Present: Spanish Electroacoustic Multi-Channel Music

What: CT::SWaM presents an overview of recent works by composers from the Spanish Association for Electroacoustic Music (AMEE).
When: Saturday, March 18, 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 – Sound art series CT::SWaM presents an overview of recent works by composers from the Spanish Association for Electroacoustic Music (AMEE). The program will feature multi-channel acousmatic pieces from composers Jaime Esteve, Miguel A. García, Gregorio Jiménez, Andrés Lewin-Richter, Pedro Linde, Reyes Oteo, Stefano Scarani, and a piece for violin and electronics performed by Sarah Goldfeather. The evening will conclude with a discussion between Ferrer-Molina, president of AMEE, and Daniel Neumann, director of CT::SWaM.

Founded in 1987, AMEE is Spain’s official national association for electroacoustic music and sound art. The organization aims to promote these experimental forms of art in its broadest definition (included are acousmatic, computer and tape music, soundscape, performance, video, environmental, space and conceptual sound art, and other experimental modes of cultural production). The goals of AMEE are to foster a broad, diverse and inclusive community of electroacoustic artists and develop the collaboration and interchange of artists working within different fields, to produce projects, events, seminars and exhibitions of the sonic art fields. AMEE operates with Spanish and international cultural and educational organizations.

CT::SWaM is an artist-run series that has been presenting performances and workshops in spaces such as Eyebeam’s former Chelsea location, MoMA PS1 Printshop, Fridman Gallery, and The Knockdown Center in NYC, Neu West Berlin in Berlin, as well as on Clocktower Radio. The series, initiated by Daniel Neumann in 2012, focuses on spatial sound works, where the distribution and localization of sounds is a primary compositional parameter and a central feature for the listener. These works consider architectural, acoustical and technological factors when exploring the complex and dynamic relationship between sound and space.

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn Presents: Argus String Quartet

What: The Argus String Quartet presents an evening of old and new works for string quartet.
When: Friday, March 31, 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 closing night of The String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival, the Argus String Quartet presents an evening of old and new works for string quartet. The Argus String Quartet is featured on The String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s inaugural album, AfterImage, to be released June 21, 2017.

The Argus String Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the core of the quartet’s mission. The quartet also believes that today’s ensembles can honor the storied chamber music traditions of our past while forging a new path forward. In that spirit, their repertoire includes not just staples of the chamber music canon but also a large number of pieces by living composers.

Founded in 2007, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn has become an integral part of New York City’s vibrant and diverse musical landscape, bringing together creative instrumentalists, composers, and like-minded organizations and ensembles to collaborate on adventurous musical projects and present them to the public at an affordable price.

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn Presents: W4 New Music Collective

What: W4 New Music Collective presents the world premiere of a new work commissioned by The String Orchestra of Brooklyn.
When: Thursday, March 30, 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 – The world premiere performance of a new work by W4 New Music Collective is the headlining act for The String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival.

Whether by choice or circumstance, there are times that we walk the road alone. Acknowledging these moments in their own lives, composers Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, and Molly Herron have collaboratively created Solo, a multi-movement instrumental work for The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. A rotating cast of soloists from every section of the orchestra highlight movements expressing different aspects of solitude. Each composer makes a personal connection with a poet from the past to inspire their work: Sara Teasdale, Hafez, and Rainer Maria Rilke, poets who have written extensively on self-truth and individuality.

West Fourth New Music Collective (W4) is an international group of composers who explore aspects of the human experience by presenting original music at public concert events. Born in the spirit of collaboration, these cohesively-themed concerts are created from a dynamic combination of the composer’s individual voices along with those of guest musical ensembles and artists from other disciplines.

Founded in 2007, String Orchestra of Brooklyn has become an integral part of New York City’s vibrant and diverse musical landscape, bringing together creative instrumentalists, composers, and like-minded organizations and ensembles to collaborate on adventurous musical projects and present them to the public at an affordable price.

The String Orchestra of Brooklyn Presents: The Music of Anna Clyne with Mivos Quartet + Inbal Segev

What: The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Mivos Quartet perform string works by composer Anna Clyne.
When: Wednesday, March 29, 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 first evening of the third annual String Theories festival, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Mivos Quartet perform string works by composer Anna Clyne, joined by an opening set from cellist Inbal Segev.

London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” by The New York Times and as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians worldwide. She is currently serving as the Music Alive Composer-in-Residence with the Berkeley Symphony through the 2018-2019 season. Clyne was nominated for the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for her double violin concerto, Prince of Clouds.

Mivos Quartet, described as “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” by The Chicago Reader, is devoted to performing the works of contemporary composers, presenting new music to diverse audiences. Since the quartet’s beginnings in 2008 they have performed and closely collaborated with an ever-expanding group of international composers who represent multiple aesthetics of contemporary classical composition.

Cellist Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone .. delivered with impressive fluency and style,” by The Strad and “first class,” “richly inspired,” and “very moving,” by Gramophone. Equally committed to new repertoire and masterworks, Segev brings interpretations that are both unreservedly natural and insightful to the vast range of music she performs.

Founded in 2007, String Orchestra of Brooklyn has become an integral part of New York City’s vibrant and diverse musical landscape, bringing together creative instrumentalists, composers, and like-minded organizations and ensembles to collaborate on adventurous musical projects and present them to the public at an affordable price.

The Jazz Passengers: Still Life With Trouble Album Release Celebration

What: NYC jazz stalwarts The Jazz Passengers celebrate the release of their new album, Still Life With Trouble.
When: Tuesday, March 28, 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 – NYC jazz stalwarts The Jazz Passengers celebrate the release of their new album, Still Life With Trouble. The album draws upon the intuitive abandon that characterized the band’s early releases in the late 1980s.

Founded in 1987, The Jazz Passengers are a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a “perverse mainstream… hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa” by The Boston Globe. Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians’ wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern American music. Saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes found strong affinity in their Brooklyn roots while playing together in the band of the Big Apple Circus and John Lurie’s seminal band, The Lounge Lizards. The band emerged in the New York City avant-garde scene centering around the Knitting Factory with a hybrid of Mingus-influenced dance rhythms and original tunes complete with lyrics and/or entertaining stories. In addition to Nathanson and Fowlkes, original band members included Bill Ware on vibraphone, E.J. Rodriguez on percussion, Brad Jones on bass, Jim Nolet on violin, and Marc Ribot on guitar. The group is currently a six-piece band with Sam Bardfeld on violin.

75 Dollar Bill: Little Big Band

What: Minimalist duo 75 Dollar Bill performs arrangements for large ensemble, recreating densely layered tracks of their records while also adapting duo materials for an expanded group.
When: Monday, March 27, 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 – Minimalist duo 75 Dollar Bill performs arrangements for large ensemble, recreating densely layered tracks of their records while also adapting duo materials for an expanded group. Drawing on the loose, improvisatory structure of the music, the performance will emphasize the individual contributions and personalities of the band members. Players will come and go throughout the evening, with the band taking on larger and smaller configurations depending on the material. The music is intended to be social, at times appropriate for dancing and at others for more contemplative listening.

75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 by percussionist Rick Brown and guitarist Che Chen. Brown’s earthy, elemental rhythms, played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, are both the foundation and foil for Chen’s searchingly abstract guitar playing. Often using a custom quarter tone guitar, Chen’s improvisations are forays into a modal, microtonal sound world. The duo’s electric, richly patterned music can shape shift from ecstatic dance tunes to slowly changing polyrhythmic trance minimalism, an uncategorizable hybrid which draws on early electric blues, the modal traditions of West Africa, India and the Middle East, Sun Ra’s space chords and the minimalist and No Wave histories of their home town. The band’s second album, Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock, was released in 2016 on Thin Wrist Recordings to wide critical acclaim. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, the duo frequently expands into other configurations live, from trio with saxophone to 25-piece marching band.

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.