Category: Press Releases

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.

[DANCEROULETTE] New Movement Series

What: Roulette’s contemporary dance program returns with the New Movement Series curated by choreographer Jennifer Lafferty.
When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 – Friday, February 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: $20/15 Online/Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Curator Jennifer Lafferty convenes 14 of contemporary dance’s most exciting players for February’s annual [DANCEROULETTE] series at Roulette. The New Movement Series features 14 artists presenting experimental work in dance and choreography. This four-day series features three or four performances per night, each with a unique approach to artistry, composition and dance.

Southern California native Jennifer Lafferty studied dance at University of California, Los Angeles. A frequent contributor to Roulette’s contemporary dance programming, Lafferty previously curated the [DANCEROULETTE]’s New Movement Series in February 2016 and the Five x Three series in February 2015.

Roulette’s ongoing [DANCEROULETTE] series reflects the commitment to presenting experimental dance that we’ve held since our founding in 1978, particularly the collaborative efforts of composers and choreographers exploring the relationship between sound and movement, choreography and composition. Roulette’s move to Brooklyn in September 2011 has enabled the organization to initiate a regular season of [DANCEROULETTE] presentations, which now hosts nearly 40 performances yearly.

Abigail Levine, John Hoobyar, Jessie Gold, Rebecca Brooks
Wednesday, February 15

Abigail Levine is a New York-based artist whose work is rooted in dance and informed by visual and performance art. She has presented her work at venues including the Movement Research Festival, Mount Tremper Arts, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, and the Center for Performance Research. As a performer, Abigail has worked recently with Marina Abramovic, Carolee Schneemann, Clarinda Mac Low, Larissa Velez-Jackson, and Will Rawls. She is currently Visiting faculty in Dance at Wesleyan University.

John Hoobyar is an artist and performer in New York City. He has collaborated with many illustrious folk and was a danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival in 2016.  

Jessie Gold presents Untitled (Fold), a duet performed by Elizabeth Hart and Nikki Rollason Childree with music by Ivan Berko. The performance attempts to fold the space inside the body without creating hard lines — an attempt at softness and making inexplicable the necessity of lines. Gold is a New York City–based dancer and artist. Her first solo exhibition, Carmela DeSanso at Bas Fisher Invitational, functioned as a set for a fictitious dance by way of a painting and video installation. She was the co-owner of the artist-run bar and performance space Cafe Dancer from 2010-2015, through which she co-curated the performance series Contemporary Dancing at NADA New York in 2013.

Rebecca Brooks lives and works between Brooklyn and Vermont. She worked as a dance artist in New York City for 13 years and is currently pursuing her MFA in Dance at Bennington College.

Marc Crousillat, Maddie Schimmel, Anonymous: Pierre Guilbault and Cori Kresge
Thursday, February 16

Marc Crousillat presents Brass Orchids, a solo performance incorporating a process of layering and re-narrativizing movements, techniques, and ideologies.

NYC-based dancer Marc Crousillat has performed in the works of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2014-present), Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey, John Jasperse, and Alessandro Sciarroni. His dances which have been shown at Open Performance, 5×7 Space at HyLo Labs, FringeArts Philly, and Center for Performance Research as an artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick. Crousillat received his BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is the 2016 recipient of the Princess Grace Award Dance Fellowship.

Maddie Schimmel presents Laminates in collaboration with performers Camille Delaney, Justin Faircloth, Stanley Gambucci, Patrick McGrath, and Cassidy Wagner. The performance explores the notion of bodies are a shared space, but not a shared experience. Maddie Schimmel studied dance at New York University Tisch School of the Arts and is currently working as a freelance dancer and choreographer in New York City.

Fun / Young / God is a new dance work examining the phenomenon of the American rock star and the cycle of how society creates and reabsorbs these figures. The two dancers, Pierre Guilbault and Cori Kresge, are tasked with reproducing the movements of these icons, as well as channeling their own charismatic powers. This work is created anonymously for the entirety of its production. Viewing audiences are invited to experience the performance as its own autonomous entity, free of associations that are often based on who the creator is or is not.

Raised in Vancouver, Pierre Guilbault graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in dance. Guilbault has done extensive work in and around the Merce Cunningham workshops at Westbeth and New York City Center and is currently working on projects with Ellen Cornfield, Liz Gerring, and Jody Oberfelder.

Cori Kresge is a NYC-based dancer and teacher with a BFA in dance from SUNY Purchase. In 2005, Kresge received a Darmasiswa International Scholarship to study Balinese dance in Indonesia. She has been a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group, José Navas / Compagnie Flak, and Stephen Petronio Company. She currently freelances and collaborates with various artists including Esme Boyce, Bill Young, Sarah Skaggs, Liz Magic Laser, and many others.

Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald Yahel, Netta Yerushalmy & Marc Crousillat
Friday, February 17

Heather Lang is an artist from Chicago. She received her BFA in dance from New York University.

Marilyn Maywald Yahel has been dancing in New York City for the past decade with Beth Gill, Melanie Maar, Vicky Shick, Melinda Ring, Maggie Bennett, Steven Reker, and Yin Mei. She has performed her own solos through Danspace Project, Roulette, BAX, Movement Research, and Dixon Place. Marilyn graduated from Arizona State University and grew up in Nashville, TN. Commercial credits include backup dancing for Reggie Watts, Wynona and Naomi Judd, and Shania Twain. Marilyn teaches Pilates at Finetune Studio in Brooklyn, where she lives with her husband Sam and son Ben.

Netta Yerushalmy is a dance artist based in New York City. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellow, and a NYFA Fellow. Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, The Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, HAU Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), Harkness Festival, La Mama, F.D. 13, Curtain-Up (Tel-Aviv), and others. She is a 2016-17 Extended Life participant through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a MR Artist-In-Residence, and will be in residence at the Watermill Center, Djerassi, and SUNY Brockport.

NYC-based dancer Marc Crousillat has performed in the works of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2014-present), Wally Cardona and Jennifer Lacey, John Jasperse, and Alessandro Sciarroni. His dances which have been shown at Open Performance, 5×7 Space at HyLo Labs, FringeArts Philly, and Center for Performance Research as an artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick. Crousillat received his BFA from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He is the 2016 recipient of the Princess Grace Award Dance Fellowship.

Melanie Maar, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Tatyana Tenenbaum
Saturday, February 18

New-York-via-Vienna dance artist Melanie Maar performs Rough Dimensions. Maar’s work grows out of exploring the intimacy between movement and sound, energy and material, animalism and humanism, feminism and objectism, the personal and the communal, resonance and struggle within changing contexts. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her choreographies have been commissioned by Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, as well as Laboratory Arte Alameda Mexico, ImPulsTanz Vienna, and Tanzfabrik Berlin. She currently collaborates with sound artists Christian Schröder, Kenta Nagai, the performance collective Masters of Ceremony, and within composer Anthony Braxton’s Pine Top Aerial Project. She co-curated the Moving Sounds Festival for The Austrian Cultural Forum NY in 2013 and Movement Research Festival in 2010. Having taught internationally, Maar is currently faculty at Movement Research and a guest teacher at The New School’s Lang College.

EmmaGrace Skove-Epes performs an excerpt of a new work, In Search of Mirrors. Performed alongside an accumulating cast of collaborators, In Search of Mirrors constructs and unravels real, remembered, and imagined landscapes and environments transposed onto and melded with and into the performance space. Skove-Epes is a choreographer and dancer, born, raised, and currently residing in Brooklyn. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (MFA ‘15) and Bard College (BA ’08), her choreography has been presented at venues including AUNTS, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Center for Performance Research, and Judson Memorial Church. As a performer, she has danced with Edisa Weeks, Jon Kinzel, Jodi Melnick, and Sondra Loring, among others. She is a former space grant recipient at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Gowanus Arts.

Untitled Work for Voice is an evolving collection of solos for the singing body from Tatyana Tenenbaum. Taking the form of a backstage drama, performers assemble a performance before our eyes, laying bare the threads and layers within meaning and intention. Each performer possesses a solo practice, distinct in its set of textures, tones, and states. The solos overlap and intertwine to reveal a “production” in variable apertures of focus and legibility.

Tatyana Tenenbaum is a choreographer and composer based in Brooklyn. Her work explores the phenomenal space of the singing body, from interwoven perspectives of dance, performance, theater and music. Her original work has been commissioned and presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Temple University,Dance Theater Workshop Fresh Tracks, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, Danspace Project’s Draftwork series, Panopoly Performance Laboratory, The Watermill Center and AUNTS. She has performed and collaborated with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, Jennifer Monson/iLAND, and Levi Gonzalez.

Roulette to Receive $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Brooklyn, NY – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $25,000 to Roulette for GENERATE. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Roulette, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

Roulette Managing Director Jamie Burns, stated: “Roulette is thrilled to have received a 2017 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our GENERATE program. GENERATE provides artists with the time, space, means, and technical support they need to conceive, develop, and execute complex works of music, dance, and intermedia art in our space. We are incredibly grateful and excited about the productions that this grant will make possible.”

Designed to assist artists in the creation and presentation of new works through commissioning fees, rehearsal space, production support, technical assistance, publicity, and documentation of their work, the GENERATE program supports composers, choreographers, and multidisciplinary artists who are-shaping today’s theatrical environment and expanding the definition of performance art. Past GENERATE artists include William Parker, Jennifer Choi, Jen Shyu, TIGUE, and Gelsey Bell.

Weasel Walter Large Ensemble: Igneity

What: Multi-instrumentalist and composer Weasel Walter presents a longform work for large ensemble harnessing free jazz virtuosity with deliberate structural control and variation.
When: Monday, February 21, 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: $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 outrageous assault of ceaseless momentum and musical surprise with orchestration ranging from unaccompanied solos to the full-bore apocalypse of the full orchestra, and everything in between. 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. Previous soloists in the group have included Henry Kaiser, Elliott Sharp and Peter Evans.

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, 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, Harry Pussy, and more. Walter has produced albums by Lydia Lunch and Glenn Branca.

Curated by Meredith Monk: American Contemporary Music Ensemble

What: American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will perform works by Timo Andres, Meredith Monk, and Caroline Shaw.
When: Monday, February 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: $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 – American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) will perform works by Timo Andres, Meredith Monk, and Caroline Shaw.This concert celebrates the release of ACME’s new album, Thrive on Routine, available on Sono Luminus in February 2017.

Described by NPR as “contemporary music dynamos” and by The New York Times as “vital,” “brilliant,” and “electrifying,” ACME’s dedication to new music extends across genres and has earned them a reputation among both classical and rock crowds. ACME’s many collaborators have included The Richard Alston Dance Company, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, Gibney Dance, actress Barbara Sukowa, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Grizzly Bear, Low, Matmos, Jeff Mangum, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Roomful of Teeth, Lionheart, and Theo Bleckmann. The group has performed at leading venues including Carnegie Hall, BAM, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Constellation Chicago, Stanford Live, UCLA, Peak Performances, Melbourne Recital Hall, among many others. ACME has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, New World, New Amsterdam, and Butterscotch Records, and will release its first portrait album on Sono Luminus in spring 2017, featuring music by members Caroline Shaw, Timo Andres, and Caleb Burhans, plus John Luther Adams. The group’s 2016-2017 season includes a tour with Blonde Redhead; a tour with Grammy- and Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson; two performances of Jóhannsson’s ACME-commissioned Drone Mass; a concert of composer Lisa Bielawa’s works at National Sawdust; and a performance with Jóhannsson during the LA Phil’s Reykjavik Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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.

[CANCELLED] Joseph Houston & Aisha Orazbayeva: For John Cage

Roulette regrets that this concert has been cancelled. All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. The artist has determined that current U.S. immigration restrictions are prohibitive and discriminatory and has withdrawn from all engagements in the United States.

What: The piano + violin duo of Joseph Houston + Aisha Orazbayeva give a rare performance of Morton Feldman’s “For John Cage.”
When: Sunday, February 12, 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: $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 piano + violin duo of Joseph Houston and Aisha Orazbayeva give a rare performance of Morton Feldman’s 1982 composition, “For John Cage.” The 75 minute performance will run without pause. The piece unfolds with slow, fragile gestures, often repeated with minute rhythmic variations, and always operating on the edges of audibility.

Aisha Orazbayeva and Joseph Houston came together in 2015 to play music by Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff and John Cage in a series of concerts across the UK, Europe and the US. They have since commissioned a new work by Wolff, with whom they worked at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent, Belgium.

Aisha Orazbayeva is a Kazakh-born, London-based violinist with an interest in filmmaking. Recent releases include Seeping Through EP with Tim Etchells on PRAH Recordings and Scelsi’s Duo EP for violin and cello. Orazbayeva regularly performs with ensembles Plus-Minus and Apartment House.

Joseph Houston is a pianist based in London and Berlin. His wide-ranging curiosity has led to activity in a variety of fields, particularly in contemporary and experimental music. He has performed all over Europe and in China, and his performances have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, and Albanian national television.

Josiah Cuneo: The Paper Dance

What: Josiah Cuneo presents The Paper Dance, a new work of dance, theatre and film that is interlaced by a narrative of transformation through nonhierarchical modes of artistic expression.
When: Friday, February 10, 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: $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 present The Paper Dance, a one night site-specific film and live performance directed by Josiah Cuneo. The Paper Dance is a new work of dance, theatre and film that is interlaced by a narrative of transformation through nonhierarchical modes of artistic expression. Exploring the oblique nature of communication, often stymied by constructed notions of authority, the production follows  a young woman as she evolves through a sense of collaboration and self-actualization. Woven between performances on stage and on screen, this theme is further contemplated through music and dance created through a complex system of extemporized scores. Emerging through collaboration and improvisation, the music performed is based on aleatoric compositions created and led by Cuneo.

Featuring Leanne Darling and Joanna Mattrey on viola, Meaghan Burke on cello and Jesse Pietroniro on guitar, the resulting compositions involve melding arrangement and spontaneity. Utilizing the film and live dance as inspiration, the underlying structure of the music is informed by a nonhierarchical collaboration with the dancers, wherein visual cues are exchanged within and between both groups; guiding time, movement, cadence, and interaction. Malin Barr and Ben Van Berkum undertake lead roles in a site-specific film, which weaves into their performance on stage, where they are joined by Marilyn Sokol and an ensemble of ten dancers. While informed by the conceptual work of avant-garde composers such as John Zorn, Iannis Xenakis, and John Cage, Cuneo’s use of image sequencing through an amalgamation of photography, printmaking, collage, video, and music composition, evokes the tradition of live orchestration from the silent film era as much as it conveys a romanticism of the everyday; situating his practice in lineage with filmmakers such as Luis Bunuel and Maya Deren.

Josiah Cuneo is a Brooklyn based filmmaker and composer. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (BFA, 2004) and his work has been exhibited at venues including Sevengaits, Southbridge, MA (2008); Gallery SATORI, New York (2008); Exit Art, New York (2015); DCTV, New York, (2015); Otion Front Studio, New York (2015); The Picture Show, New York (2015); and Anthology Film Archives, New York (2015). Cuneo’s work has been performed at the Hampden Gallery Incubator Project Space, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2008); ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, New York (2008); and at the Montague Phantom Brain Exchange, Turners Falls, Massachusetts (2008). Cuneo was the recipient of a Dance Film Association Production Grant (2015) and the Roulette Artist in Residency Program with the support from the Jerome Foundation (2016). Cuneo recently produced twelve films for artist Duane Michals’ multimedia exhibition Talking Pictures: Twelve Mini-Movies, held at DC Moore Gallery, New York (2016).
This is Cuneo’s second performance at Roulette, which presented the premier of his multimedia performance Scenes in 2014.

Susie Ibarra: Dreamtime Ensemble

What: Susie Ibarra’s Dreamtime Ensemble performs the NYC premiere of Perception.
When: Tuesday, February 8, 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: $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 – Susie Ibarra’s Dreamtime Ensemble performs their New York City premiere of Perception, a suite of music composed by Ibarra and created with the ensemble for their forthcoming new recording on Decibel Collective. The performance will feature special guest Yuka C. Honda on electronics.

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. Notable works include: Musical Water Routes in the Medina of Fez, a music and river route mobile app in collaboration with architect Aziza Chaouni; Mirrows and Water, a composition and sonic installation commissioned for Ai WeiWei’s Circle of Animals / Zodiac Signs at the sculpture trail of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; Digital Sanctuaries, a modular music app walk that remaps cities with sanctuaries of music and engages with historical and cultural sites; Circadian Rhythms, commissioned by EMPAC for Earth Day 2013; and We Float, a 2014 commission by Ecstatic Music Festival with singer songwriter Mirah. A 2014 TEDSenior Fellow and Faculty member at Bennington College in Vermont, Ibarra teaches Percussion and Performance 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.

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: Tuesday, February 28, 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: $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 their 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 function 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.

Invisible Anatomy: Transfigure

What: Brendon Randall-MyersInvisible Anatomy ensemble presents Transfigure, the third and final creation in a triptych of collaboratively written, evening-length musical compositions integrating lighting, video, and choreography.
When: Thursday, February 2, 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: $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 welcomes back rising young composer Brendon Randall-Myers as an artist-in-residence for the Winter + Spring 2017 season. For this performance, Randall-Myers presents Transfigure, the third and final creation in a triptych of collaboratively written, evening-length musical compositions that integrate lighting, video, and choreography. Co-composed by all six members of the group Invisible Anatomy, the piece unpacks notions of change through a mix of improvisations, arguments, and screaming into a snare drum.

Invisible Anatomy (IA) is a composer-performer ensemble that explores the human body as the most fundamental aspect of music creation and performance. Formed in 2014 by six graduates of the Yale School of Music, IA creates and develops shows from the ground up by writing and performing all new compositions. The group harnesses elements from classical, jazz, experimental rock, performance art and theater, combining an omnivorous stylistic palette, virtuosic physicality, and dramatic visual presentation. IA’s inaugural show BODY PARTS dismembers, manipulates, and reanimates bodies in performance – creating a chattering chorus of woodblock teeth, wearing pop songs as a mask, and floating screaming eyes on TV screens. Their second show, DISSECTIONS, features six interconnected pieces that probe the destruction, transformation, and intimacy inherent in peeling away our surfaces. Derived from a collaboratively generated text over numerous workshops, these works trace a line from ornate to bare, taking the scalpel to instruments, gestures, and language. After the group’s 2015 debut concerts in New York City, IA was invited to China for three shows, including a featured solo concert at the Beijing Modern Music Festival. IA’s second season opened with an intimate house concert of BODY PARTS hosted by David Lang, followed by the world premiere of DISSECTIONS at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust. The group performed DISSECTIONS at Pomona College and The Blue Whale in Los Angeles in February 2016, followed by appearances with Heartbeat Opera and at Roulette in New York City, and at the Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT. The group was the first runner-up in the 2016 SAVVY Chamber Competition, and recorded their debut studio album in June 2016.