Category: Press Releases

Phill Niblock: 6 Hours of Music and Film

What: Roulette legend and intermedia artist Phill Niblock presents his annual 6-hour Winter Solstice concert.
When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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 – As the longest night of the year unfolds and the journey of our planet nears the point when Winter commences in the Northern Hemisphere, Roulette stages Phill Niblock’s annual Winter Solstice concert — six sublime hours of acoustic and electronic music 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 its maximal best.

Niblock’s minimalistic drone approach to composition and music was inspired by the musical and artistic activities of New York in the 1960s, from the art of Mark Rothko, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and Robert Morris to the music of John Cage and Morton Feldman. Niblock’s music is an exploration of sound textures created by multiple tones in very dense, often atonal tunings (generally microtonal in conception) performed in long durations.

Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video, and computers as his medium. Since the mid-1960s, he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, The Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and World Music Institute at Merkin Hall. 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 Experimental Intermedia since 1973 (with 1000 performances to date!) and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage award.

Ingrid Laubrock Septet: Serpentines Album Release

What: The Ingrid Laubrock Septet weaves together Laubrock’s compositions with improvisation and live processing.
When: Thursday, December 15, 2016
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 – Coinciding with the release of Serpentines on INTAKT Records, the Ingrid Laubrock Septet will present four compositions that straddle the boundaries of improvisation, new music and avant-jazz. Weaving together Laubrock’s compositions with live processing in multiple simultaneous layers, the four compositions will combine to create an imaginative and evocative whole.

Consisting of seven New York City-based musicians who are significant composers, performers, and improvisers in their own right, the Ingrid Laubrock Septet features the talents of Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, and glockenspiel; Peter Evans on piccolo trumpet and trumpet; Miya Masaoka on koto; Craig Taborn on piano; Sam Pluta on electronics; Dan Peck on tuba; and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.

Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1989 and 2009 she was active as a saxophonist and composer in London, and has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, William Parker, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, and Craig Taborn, and many others. Ingrid’s current projects as a leader include Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Orchestra, Ingrid Laubrock Sextet, and Ubatuba. She is a member of Anthony Braxton’s Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Andrew Drury’s Content Provider, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris’ Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley’s Battle Pieces, and Luc Ex’ Assemblée. Ingrid was one of the featured soloists in Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium J.

Featuring:
Ingrid Laubrock – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Glockenspiel
Peter Evans – Piccolo Trumpet, Trumpet
Miya Masaoka – Koto
Craig Taborn – Piano
Sam Pluta – Electronics
Dan Peck – Tuba
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums

Yoshimio / Susie Ibarra / Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe Trio

What: The debut performance from a new trio consisting of Yoshimio, Susie Ibarra, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.
When: Friday, December 9, 2016
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 – A first time meeting of a trio consisting of multi-instrumentalist Yoshimio (Boredoms / OOIOO), avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra, and modular synthesist Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe.

As an original member of BOREDOMS, one of Japan’s most radical experimental music groups, Yoshimio is a drummer and multi instrumentalist who dabbles in guitar, keyboard, trumpet, and vocal performance. She is the leader of the experimental band OOIOO and a member of Free Kitten with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, and counts Hisham Bharoocha and The Flaming Lips among her collaborators. A multi-disciplinary artist, Yoshimio has contributed to innumerable session works and participated in many musical adventures outside of her usual projects. Outside of music, Yoshimio is the head designer / creative director for the fashion line Emeraldthirteen.

Percussionist Susie Ibarra is known for her innovative style and cultural dialogue as a composer, improviser and humanitarian. She is interested in the intersection of tradition and avant-garde and how this informs and inspires interdisciplinary art, education and public service. Ibarra creates live and immersive music that explores rhythm, Indigenous practices, and interaction with the natural world. A 2014 TEDSenior Fellow and Faculty member at Bennington College in Vermont, Ibarra teaches Percussion, Performance and at the Center for Advancement in Public Action with focused advocacy on Human Rights extended equally to women and girls and Rebuilding Cities with the Arts.

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe is an artist and composer who works with his voice in the realm of spontaneous music, most often under the Lichens moniker. Modular synth patch pieces and tonal vocal work have been the focus of his live performances and recordings recently. His written work leans toward the themes of human relations to the natural/magical world, and the repetition of motifs. Through a series of artist residencies and commissions in 2015-15, Lowe has focused on performances related to Hypnagogic states and video synthesis, including collaboration with Jóhann Jóhannsson and French composer Ariel Kalma, as well as theatre/installation based work with artist Alexandra Wolkowicz.

Steve Swell’s Kende Dreams

What: Trombonist Steve Swell presents Kende Dreams, an homage to Hungarian composer Béla Bartók.
When: Sunday, December 4, 2016
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 – Steve Swell‘s curiosity and passion for extending the bounds of the vocabulary of the trombone has garnered him the reputation of being an asset to any ensemble. For this evening, Swell calls up his quintet — featuring Rob Brown on alto saxophone, Dave Burrell on piano, William Parker on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums and percussion — to present Kende Dreams, an homage to Béla Bartók. The piece sources its name from the “Kende,” the spiritual leader of the early Hungarian tribe known as the Maygars. Although thought to be wiped out, the spirit of the Kende strives to assert itself in art, music and throughout modern society. This program will feature some of New York’s premier improvisers playing music inspired by Bartok and Olivier Messiaen.

A native of Newark, NJ, Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975. Having toured with and recorded with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker, Swell counts over 40 CDs to his name and is a featured artist on more than 100 other releases. In addition to running workshops around the world, Swell is a teaching artist in the New York City public school system focusing on special needs children.

Featuring:
Steve Swell – Trombone, Compositions
Rob Brown – Alto Saxophone
Dave Burrell – Piano
William Parker – Bass
Chad Taylor – Drums, Percussion

Curated by Meredith Monk: Missy Mazzoli // GABI

What: Missy Mazzoli and GABI present an evening of vocal exploration curated by Meredith Monk.
When: Thursday, December 1, 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 $50 Series Pass
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door, $50 Series Pass

Brooklyn, NY – Composers and performers Missy Mazzoli and GABI join forces for a rare night of solo and collaborative performances exploring the ethereal fringes of electronic music, classical virtuosity, glitchy vocals, and extended techniques.

For this performance, Missy Mazzoli brings her trademark blend of harmony-drenched electronic soundscapes, virtuosic piano performance, and eccentric minimalism to Roulette’s stage. Mazzoli will perform as a soloist and in new collaborations with Aaron Roche (guitar, voice), Ludovica Burtone (violin) and Gabrielle Herbst (voice). She will present new compositions for electronics, piano, synths, guitar, strings, and voice, accompanied by new films created for her work. Mazzoli is a Brooklyn-based composer and pianist who has received wide critical acclaim for her chamber, orchestral and operatic work. Her first chamber opera Song from the Uproar, based on the life of Swiss explorer Isabelle Eberhardt and featuring a libretto by Royce Vavrek, premiered at The Kitchen in March 2012. She is the founder and keyboardist for Victoire, an electro-acoustic band dedicated to performing her music. Mazzoli is a 2015 recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

GABI (née Gabrielle Herbst) performs new experimentations for voice and ensemble inspired by dissolving genres and incorporating her pop sensibility within an evolving landscape of opera. GABI will experiment with extended technique, textural looping, and theatrical performance to present new spatial music for two voices and two harps, as well as music for saxophone, piano, percussion, and electronics. Herbst’s formal training began at an early age, studying Balinese dance and gamelan in Indonesia while learning both the clarinet and piano. She continued her training at Bard College where she studied voice and composition under the tutelage of Joan Tower, Zeena Parkins and Marina Rosenfeld. Her work has been showcased at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, as well as Roulette, who in 2014 commissioned and premiered her first opera, Bodiless. GABI released her debut album, Sympathy, on Software Recording Company in 2015.

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.

[DANCEROULETTE] Kyli Kleven: Triangle Theory

What: Three nights of Kyli Kleven’s Triangle Theory, a dance-based preoccupation with the meaning and depth of shape-making.
When: Monday + Tuesday + Wednesday, November 28-30, 2016
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $15/10 Online $20/15 Doors $50 Series Pass
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $15, Members/Students/Seniors $10, $20/15 Tickets at the door, $50 Series Pass

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette presents three consecutive evenings of Kyli Kleven’s Triangle Theory, a dance-based preoccupation with the meaning and depth of shape-making, specifically of making meaning with/as triangles. The piece began as an exploration of dance’s relationship to form/precision, and has morphed into a dance-driven series of studies mixing craft values with pared down shapes/textures and abstract femme iconography. Making use of visual effects, foam props, and immersive projections, Triangle Theory pays homage to Wendy Carlos’ Beauty in the Beast album, Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, and the very first tripod erected in Nenana, Alaska, which, every spring since, has floated down the broken Tanana river pulling a line of triangles behind it.

Kyli Kleven is an experimental dance artist and video artist based in Brooklyn and originally hailing from Nenana, Alaska. She owes much of her point-of-view to her participation in the art-making practices of Kim Brandt, Ryan McNamara, Jillian Peña, Milka Djordjevich, Jen Monson, Jen Rosenblit, Jen Allen, Kirstie Simson, and many others. She also worked extensively with Our Dads, a dance-making collaborative project with Stevie May, Tess Dworman, and Caitlin Marz, and as a video artist for knitwear designer Stephen West. She studied dance and gender studies at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and was a 2008 DanceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz.

The ongoing [DANCEROULETTE] series reflects Roulette’s commitment to presenting experimental dance held since the organization’s founding in 1978, particularly the collaborative efforts of composers and choreographers exploring the relationship between sound and movement, choreography and composition.

Featuring:
Lydia Adler-Okrent
Jessica Cook
Tess Dworman
Angie Pittman

Roulette Announces New Managing Director

Roulette is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Burns as Managing Director.

Jamie previously oversaw Roulette’s Access Program as the Director of Special Events and Community Programming. Immediately prior to stepping into the role of Managing Director at Roulette, she served as the Membership Engagement Manager at PEN America, a human rights and literary organization that advocates for free speech and celebrates literature around the world. At PEN, she oversaw initiatives and programming aimed at growing and diversifying PEN America’s membership of 4,500 writers and artists. Jamie comes to Roulette with a background in publishing, having served as a Commissioning Editor, Managing Editor, and Director of Publishing at Common Ground Publishing, a scholarly publisher and conference organizer focused on the arts, humanities, and social science. At Common Ground, she expanded the organization’s journal offerings from 24 to 89 journals and helped organize book launches, receptions, and more than 20 international conferences in nine countries. Before earning her master’s degree in Comparative and World Literature, she worked in non-profit development and volunteer coordination at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute in Los Angeles and Interfaith House, an organization that provides healthcare and housing for the homeless in Chicago. Jamie speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has lived and undertaken research in Spain, Ecuador, and Brazil as both a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. A member of the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Bookend Events Committee and the Lit Crawl NYC Advisory Council, Jamie also co-chairs the Events and Communications Committee for the Brooklyn Eagles, the Brooklyn Public Library’s young professionals board. Jamie is a 2015-16 Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow.

Curated by Meredith Monk: Theo Bleckmann’s Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush

What: Theo Bleckmann reinterprets the music of Kate Bush for the second installment of the Curated By Meredith Monk series.
When: Saturday, November 26, 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 $50 Series Pass
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door, $50 Series Pass

Brooklyn, NY – Vocalist Theo Bleckmann takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop recluse Kate Bush by not merely recreating Bush’s music but taking it into other realms of sound and interpretation. Bush’s œuvre is mysterious and often enigmatic in nature: unusual song forms, oracular lyrics and unpredictable meter- and harmony-changes are an anomaly in pop music, making her oeuvre the perfect vehicle for Bleckmann‘s distinctive, interpretive spirit and interest in the unusual.

Kate Bush’s use of British and Irish myths, her references to psychology, literature and film, her meticulously multi-layered productions and her unusually high voice make her idiosyncratic body of work challenging for other artists to interpret. Bleckmann first heard Bush as a young teenager and was immediately intrigued: ”Her music has this thing that I love in art: you’re instantly drawn into someone’s universe without really knowing why but somehow understanding everything in your heart.” Many teenage pop heroes came and went, but Kate Bush remained a constant in Bleckmann‘s life. “Her songs and records never became obsolete – I now realize that the way she layered sound, speech and music became a major influence for my live electronic looping aesthetic.” For Hello Earth!, Bleckmann chooses songs that warranted a different interpretation.

A jazz singer and new music composer of eclectic tastes and prodigious gifts, GRAMMY-nominated Theo Bleckmann makes music that is accessible, sophisticated, unsentimentally emotional, and seriously playful. A resident of New York City since 1989, Bleckmann has released a series of albums on Winter & Winter, including recordings of Las Vegas standards, of Weimar art songs, and of popular “bar songs” (all with pianist Fumio Yasuda); a recording of newly-arranged songs by Charles Ives (with jazz/rock collective Kneebody); his acoustic Solos for Voice I dwell in possibility, and his highly acclaimed Hello Earth – The Music of Kate Bush. Bleckmann has worked with Meredith Monk as a core ensemble member for over fifteen years.

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.

Ron Stabinsky: Free for One Album Release Celebration // Tom Blancarte Solo

What: Pianist Ron Stabinsky celebrates the release of his debut album, Free for One.
When: Tuesday, November 15, 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 – In celebration of the release of his debut album Free for One, Ron Stabinsky presents an evening of solo piano improvisations. Hailed as a “stylistic chameleon” by All About Jazz, Stabinsky has developed his improvised solo language through decade of performance in top music ensembles.

Stabinsky’s performance will be preceded by a solo set from bassist Tom Blancarte. Taking the impossible task of translating the solo saxophone language of Evan Parker into a new language for the double bass as a point of departure, Blancarte (member of Seabrook Power Plant, Peter Evans Quintet, Sweet Banditry) uses every contemporary upright bass technique available in a quest to force something new and original out of that most intractable of instruments.

Pennsylvania-born jazz pianist Ron Stabinsky has performed in a stylistically diverse array of situations throughout the United States and Europe with many other musicians and ensembles, including free-improvising saxophonist Jack Wright, bass trombone virtuoso David Taylor, Meat Puppets bassist Cris Kirkwood, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman. Recent festival appearances include Newport Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival (Netherlands), Moers Festival (Germany), and Jazz and More Festival Sibiu (Romania). Stabinsky is a regular member of the band Mostly Other People Do the Killing, the new music ensemble Relâche, the Charles Evans Quartet, and the Peter Evans Quintet.

For over a decade, Texan bassist Tom Blancarte has contributed a vivid palette of dark frequencies to New York’s creative music scene, both as a freelance performer as well as a member of bands such the Peter Evans Quintet, Seabrook Power Plant, Totem, Sparks, The Gate, Sweet Banditry, and more. A native of the Texas Hill Country in Austin, Texas, his formative years included a steady diet of fantasy and sci-fi novels, comic books and video games, and later on a total immersion in death and black metal.

Mick Barr and Judith Berkson

What: Guitarist Mick Barr and vocalist Judith Berkson share a program of premieres written by each other.
When: Monday, November 14, 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 – Roulette hosts an exemplary evening of premieres from Mick Barr and Judith Berkson, offering a rare occasion to hear the artists perform each other’s pieces. The program will include Berkson premiering Barr’s piece Wethantheld (2015) for voice and organ followed by Barr premiering a new work from Berkson. Berkson will also premiere a new piece for piano and her 72-tone microtonal voice.

About Mick Barr:

Active since the mid-1990s, Mick Barr is known primarily for his angular, fleet guitar playing and intricate avant-garde compositions. Known for straddling  the worlds of heavy metal and experimental music, Barr’s distinctive voice is always present no matter what the context. Barr’s musical output of nearly 100 releases spans a range of collaborative and solo projects. Barr was active in the math-punk outfit duo Crom-Tech (1996-1999) and his technical duo Orthrelm (2001-2012). He began producing music through his solo vehicles Ocrilim and Octis in the early 2000s. Barr is affiliated with bands such as the black metal project Krallice and the Flying Luttenbachers, and he has participated in improvisational collaborations with musicians including Zach Hill, John Zorn, Jon Irabagon, Marc Edwards, and Zeena Parkins.

About Judith Berkson:

Judith Berkson is a soprano, pianist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York. She studied voice with Lucy Shelton and composition with Joe Maneri at the New England Conservatory. She has collaborated with Kronos Quartet, Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire and City Opera and has presented work at Picasso Museum Malaga, Roulette, Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, The Stone, Barbès and the 92 Street Y. She is the recipient of a Six Points Fellowship, a Jerome Foundation grant, Meet The Composer grant and support from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her solo album Oylam (ECM Records) was called “Standards and Schubert and liturgical music, swing and chilly silences, a beautiful Satie-like piece to open and close the record” by the New York Times.