Category: Press Releases

Ka Baird: centers: 4 channels

What: Ka Baird premieres two piano pieces incorporating 4-channel synthesis with spatialized light and movement.
When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
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 Door, $15 Online
Info: / (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY – Seated at a piano in the middle of Roulette’s concert hall, with the audience in the round, Ka Baird will premiere centers: 4 channels. The program, part of her Jerome Residency at Roulette, will consist of two pieces: piano: vivification exercises with Crystal Penalosa, and voices: source. Both pieces incorporate 4-channel synthesis (in which speakers are positioned at the four corners of the listening space, reproducing signals that are wholly or in part independent of one another), as well as spatialized light and movement.

Ka Baird is a composer and performer living and working in NYC. She is one of the founding and continuing members of the experimental outfit Spires That In The Sunset Rise founded in Chicago in September 2001. Since relocating to NYC in November 2014, she has set off in numerous directions apart from Spires to both pursue new collaborations and hone her solo work. Her current work explores piano, electroacoustic interventions, extended vocal techniques, physical movement, and the electronic manipulation of the flute. She is interested specifically in performance/sound as a means to break recurring thought patterns and create passages into pure energy potential.

Crystal Penalosa is an American artist & interdisciplinary designer based in New York. Their work primarily focuses on performance with modular electronics, utilizing signal processing as a collaborative tool to sculpt sounds in real-time. Penalosa has performed collaboratively and solo in New York at Issue Project Room, Microscope Gallery, Sediment Gallery, MoMA PS1, Experimental Intermedia, and at Spektrum in Berlin. They currently work with the veteran underground record label Generations Unlimited.


piano: vivification exercises
Ka Baird – Piano, Voice
Crystal Penalosa – Electronics, Processing

voices: source
Ka Baird – Voice

Che Chen with Talice Lee and Patrick Holmes

What: 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen present slow-moving modal music in just intonation for bass recorder, clarinet, violin, voices, organ
When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost:  $20 Door, $15 Online
Info: / (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NYWidely celebrated as the guitarist and multi-instrumentalist in 75 Dollar Bill, Che Chen has taken this Roulette Jerome Commission as an opportunity to push deep into the sound worlds of modal improvisation, untempered tunings, and extended, slow-moving durational structures. Built around a just intonation tuning matrix and modes devised by Chen, this intimate, evening-length work aims to slow the listener’s attention and direct it towards minute differences in pitch, timbre, and awareness.

Chen has assembled a new ensemble especially for this piece featuring Talice Lee (violin, voice), Patrick Holmes (clarinet, voice) and himself (bass recorder, voice, electric organ). Bracketed by long tone harmonies and unison themes, individuals improvise at length with extemporaneous support from the other two players. The trio’s interaction is often framed by static, microtonal chords from Chen’s organ, resulting in a “triangle within a circle” structure of voices.

Che Chen is a musician and multi-instrumentalist based in Queens and Stonybrook, NY. Born in 1978 to Taiwanese immigrant parents, Chen studied painting and drawing before turning his attention to sound. This change in direction has made improvisation, the harmonic series and the ecstatic possibilities of music his main preoccupations ever since. Chen’s interest in modal, microtonal improvisation has led him to an earnest, if rather informal study of the musical traditions of North Africa, India, and the middle east, as well as the acoustical theories underpinning their tuning systems (just intonation).

Che Chen – Bass Recorder, Voice, Electric Organ
Talice Lee – Violin, Voice
Patrick Holmes – Clarinet, Voice

Cecilia Lopez: machinic fantasies

What: Cecilia Lopez’s multichannel video and sound installation uses oil drums that have been transformed into playback systems.
When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost:  $20 Door, $15 Online
Info: / (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NYCecilia Lopez’s machinic fantasies is a performative installation based on the idea of producing a sonic and visual live “mediation process/machine.” The Roulette-commissioned work utilizes multichannel video and sound spatialization techniques to augment the audience’s perception of specific kinetic sound objects. Performers will hand-spin oil drums that have been transformed into revolving playback systems to amplify appropriated sound and field recordings, spoken word, and live acoustic/electronic instruments. Images of these sound objects will also be projected onto different screens, creating an immersive environment of synchronicity, and asynchronicity.

Cecilia Lopez is a composer, musician, and multimedia artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work explores perception and transmission processes focusing on the relationship between sound technologies and listening practices. She works across the media of performance, sound, installation and the creation of sound devices and systems.

Jean Carla Rodea is a Brooklyn-based vocalist, interdisciplinary artist, and educator, born and raised in Mexico City. She is dedicated to perform a plethora of music in a variety of settings -from solo to large ensembles. She has performed and recorded with Darius Jones’ vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, Gerald Cleaver’s Uncle June and NiMbNl quintet, Anthony Braxton’s Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Choir. In addition to this, she leads her own projects: AZARES, trio=tres nube.

Julia Santoli is a Brooklyn-based artist and experimental musician. Creating immersive and precarious environments with voice, feedback, electronics, and installation, her work deals with intergenerational hauntings and reclamation through the body.

Cecilia Lopez – Composition, Electronics
Jean Carla Rodea
Julia Santoli

Jason Treuting: Nine Numbers, Vol. 1 with Sō Percussion, Tigue, Adam Groh, Ji Hye Jung

What: Nine powerhouse percussionists perform a program of modular “sudoku” works written by composer/performer Jason Treuting.
When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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 Door, $20 Online
Info: / (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NYJason Treuting, founding member of Sō Percussion, presents nine pieces for nine percussionists, with each piece governed by a set of instructions inspired by sudoku puzzles. The kinetic and hypnotic trio TIGUE, as well as percussionists Ji Hye Jung and Adam Groh, and Sō Percussion, perform. Jason Treuting is a founding member of the innovative, multi-genre original group Sō Percussion, which The New Yorker describes as an “exhilarating blend of precision and anarchy, rigor and bedlam.”

Jason Treuting – Composer and Percussion

Sō Percussion
Eric Cha-Beach – Percussion
Josh Quillen – Percussion
Adam Sliwinski – Percussion

Matt Evans – Percussion
Amy Garapic – Percussion
Carson Moody – Percussion
Adam Groh – Percussion
Ji Hye Jung – Percussion

María Grand: Revés/Rêves: Dreams of a Departed Maestra // Magdalena Album Release Show

What: María Grand premieres a multi-media work honoring dancer Noemí Lapzeson & celebrates the release of a new DiaTribe album.
When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018. 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 Door, $15 Online
Info: / (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY – For her Roulette-commissioned piece, saxophonist, vocalist, and composer María Grand offers an exploration of sound and movement in a tribute to her childhood dance teacher, Noemí Lapzeson. Inspired by Lapzeon’s split screen dances, Revés/Rêves: Dreams of a Departed Maestra presents movement as an instrument and uses the placement of musicians on stage to create intentional spaces of sonic expression. The second part of the evening will celebrate the release of Magdalena, a new album by Grand’s band DiaTribe. Magdalena explores modern familial relationships through the lens of Egyptian and early Christian myths, connecting them to the pioneering work of family therapist Virginia Satir.

María Grand was born in Switzerland in 1992, to a Swiss mother and an Argentinian father. Since her move to New York in 2011, she has become an important member of the city’s creative music scene, performing extensively in projects with musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Jen Shyu, Steve Lehman, Aaron Parks, Marcus Gilmore, Jonathan Finlayson, Miles Okazaki, etc. Her debut EP “TetraWind” was picked as “one of the 2017’s best debuts” by the NYC Jazz Record. María is a recipient of the 2017 Jazz Gallery Residency Commission and the 2018 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission.


Revés/Rêves: Dreams of a Departed 

  • María Grand, tenor saxophone and vocals
  • Ganavya Doraiswamy, vocals
  • Joel Ross, vibraphone
  • Rajna Swaminathan, mridangam

Maestra Magdalena Album Release Show

  • María Grand, tenor saxophone and vocals
  • David Bryant, piano
  • Rashaan Carter, bass
  • Jeremy Dutton, drums


String Orchestra of Brooklyn: String Theories I: String Noise + Greg Saunier

What: String Noise teams up with String Orchestra of Brooklyn in a high-octane event with drummer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof.
When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 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 Online $25 Doors
Info: // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Opening night of the String Orchestra of Brooklyn‘s String Theories Festival promises to be a “trailblazing” example of one of the most ambitious collaborative initiatives yet by “New York’s most daring violin duo,” String Noise. The program will be comprised of short pieces written for the duo, as well as the two ensembles dueling at maximum speed in a Double Concerto by Eric Lyon. This “formidable display of virtuosity” will be fueled even further with interludes in between each movement of the Double Concerto by drummer, Greg Saunier. Hybridizing punk rock and classical music, with Brahmsian bleed throughs, the drum visitations invites chaos from all quarters.

String Noise is a classical, avant-punk violin duo comprised of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris. Since its inception in 2011 at Ostrava New Music Days, they have expanded the two violin repertoire in over 50 new works to include larger collaborations with multimedia art, electronics, video projections, opera and dance.

Eric Lyon is a composer whose work focuses on articulated noise, chaos music, oracular sound processing, and spatial orchestration for high-density loudspeaker arrays. Lyon’s music has been selected for the Giga-Hertz prize, MUSLAB, and League ISCM World Music Days. His audio software packages FFTease and LyonPotpourri are widely used in the computer music community.

Greg Saunier is a drummer, composer, producer, singer and/or guitar player for Deerhoof and many other musical projects.

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.

John Abercrombie: Timeless: A Tribute To His Life And Music

What: A dream lineup pays tribute to the life + music of John Abercrombie in a concert underscoring his legacy and influences.
When: Monday, March 26, 2018, 7:30pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $40 Online $45 Doors // $60 VIP $20 Student
Info: // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — One of the most influential guitarists to earn initial renown in the mid-1970s, John Abercrombie continued to make exceptional music as he grew and explored, ever-refining his approach across the decades. As NPR declared, he was “an intrepid and deeply lyrical guitarist who made a formative contribution to jazz-rock before refining a judicious, poetic iteration of post-bop.” Like his breakthrough LP as a leader – the aptly titled Timeless of 1975 – John’s final album, Up and Coming, was released by ECM Records in January 2017. In between came dozens of albums primarily for ECM as a leader, co-leader and key sideman, an evergreen body of work that helped define the label and will continue to confirm his stature as an innovative, individual artist who inspired his great colleagues as well as multiple generations of guitarists. Nels Cline, one of those guitarists shaped by recordings, performances and conversations from across John’s long career, said in an appreciation published in Premier Guitar: “It’s so hard to imagine our collective musical life without him.” Cline will join a dream lineup of John’s dear friends and close collaborators – Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Joey Baron, Marc Copland, Mark Feldman, Drew Gress, Adam Nussbaum, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Marc Johnson, and Thomas Morgan – to pay tribute to the beloved guitarist’s life and music in an evening-length event underscoring his legacy and influences. Along with his career as  performer, composer and recording artist, John was also a teacher, lecturer and mentor at Purchase College of the State University of New York.

All proceeds from the concert will go to the John Abercrombie Jazz Scholarship Fund. Tax deductible donations to benefit the John Abercrombie Scholarship Fund, a 501c3 non-profit organization providing tuition assistance for jazz students in need, will be accepted at the venue.

An Evening of Transmedia Performance Curated by Angie Eng

What: Media artist Angie Eng highlights Asian artists and composers working in transmedia and computerized instruments.
When: Wednesday, March 21, 2018, 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 Online $25 Doors
Info: // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Media artist Angie Eng curates an evening of Asian artists and composers working in transmedia and computerized instruments, featuring premieres from Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Carole Kim, Atau Tanaka, and more.

  1. Chasers: Un Pugno di dollari versus Yojimbo *

Director/Videobass: Angie Eng
Musician/Myo: Atau Tanaka
Videobass: Akio Mokuno

Chasers is A/V videobass band that cross compares culture through film remakes. Using custom computerized instruments this trio breaks down narrative into fragmented and repetitive gestures of sound and image.

  1. Iconoclashgiftsfeld or the ambiguity of the destruction of images in a poison field *

Director/Video: Angie Eng
Music by: Hoppy Kamiyama
Movement by: Celeste Hastings
installation/Gift Shop: Angie Eng

Iconoclashgiftsfeld or the ambiguity of image destruction in a poison field is a parody on the fragility of collective memory, the power of the image and the struggle to replace the landscape with dominant voices. Dancer Celeste Hastings imitates statues being destroyed while Hoppy Kamiyama improvises music to both video and dancer.

  1. Myogram **

Solo Music Performance by Atau Tanaka

Myogram by Atau Tanaka is a performance with the Myo bio-electrical interface as musical instrument where sensors capture electromyogram (EMG) signals reflecting muscle tension. The system renders as musical instrument the performer’s own body, allowing him to articulate sound through concentrated gesture.

  1. Chew **

Director/Video: Carole Kim
Music by Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori

Media artist Carole Kim and musicians Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori will gnaw and ponder their way through an exploratory set of live visuals and sound. Kim experiments extensively with the moving image, engaging the materiality of projected light with the organic, textural surfaces she hand-constructs.

* World Premiere
** New York Premiere

Angie Eng is a visual artist who works in experimental video, conceptual art and time-based performance. In 1993 she moved to New York City and soon discovered time-based arts. During this time she became involved in the downtown electronic arts scene where she experimented with video sculptures, interactive installation and live video performance. She collaborated on numerous video performance projects, including The Poool, a live video performance group she co-founded and co-directed with Nancy Meli Walker and Benton Bainbridge in 1996-1999. Her experimentation with interactive installation began during her first solo show at Artists Space in 1997. Her work has been performed and exhibited at established venues such as the Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Lincoln Center Video Festival, The Kitchen, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, Roulette Intermedium, Artists Space, Art in General , Anthology Film Archives, Experimental Intermedia, CNES, and Cité de la Musique.

Will Mason Electroacoustic Quintet

What: New compositions for quintet by Will Mason featuring extensive live processing and electronic sounds, plus improvisation.
When: Sunday, March 18, 2018, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $15 Online $20 Doors
Info: // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Will Mason‘s compositions are based around shimmering and otherworldly harmonies, novel formal structures, and a shifting interplay between periodic and aperiodic rhythms and grooves. In his new electroacoustic quintet, he is joined by four world-class improvisers, and will be augmenting the performers with live vocal processing and a variety of samples and backing tracks.

Will Mason is a composer, drummer, and electronic musician from Maine. He has composed and performed in an eclectic range of settings and the bulk of his compositional output has been geared toward producing albums for ensembles he leads and in which he performs. His music draws influence from both the European modernist and American jazz avant-gardes. His debut album Beams of the Huge Night was released by New Amsterdam Records in 2015. All About Jazz writes that “Mason has an acute talent for composing very complex, extended pieces, creating an absorbing synthesis of jazz, technology, classicalism, and an organic construction that includes any or all of those components.” He also leads the noise-rock quartet Happy Place, which released its debut album in 2016 on Exit Stencil Records. The New York Times writes that the band “succeeds at fusing experimental rock and chamber music… The cathartic two- guitar attack has the feel of avant-rock, while the astringent harmony recall experiments by Charles Ives.” Mason is currently a visiting faculty member at Oberlin Conservatory and is completing his PhD at Columbia University.

Aaron Burnett and the Big Machine: New Spectrums in Electronic Acoustics

What: Electronic instruments coincide with acoustic instruments for improvised music from saxophonist Aaron Burnett.
When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $15 Online $20 Doors
Info: // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY —  Founded in 2008 by saxophonist Aaron Burnett, the Big Machine reflects on society’s urgency for freedom and peace in a world ruled by corporations and overwhelming technology. In a small ensemble setting, the Big Machine attempts to incorporate the aspects of modern day electronic music and world music with the traditional classical and jazz practices of the past innovators of our time. New Spectrums in Electronic Acoustics will be the first instance where Burnett will use a an audio-to-midi converter, along with Ableton, to process midi and the actual audio from the tenor saxophone at the same time with virtually no latency. The program will also feature new compositions as well as improvisation.

Born with a natural talent for visual art, Aaron Burnett began to study classical saxophone at the age 11. After attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for Classical and Jazz Performance (1999-2001), he relocated to Berklee College of Music in Boston for Classical Composition (2005-2008), graduating with a degree in Professional Music. Burnett has always stressed the importance of establishing a unique sound for himself while in college, studying classical Baroque composition techniques, advance harmony, world music, and atonal composition. He has performed with many renowned musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Teri Lyne Carrington, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Michelle Rosewoman, Jeff Tain Watts, and Kim Thompson, and toured with three-time Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding in her 2012 world tour with Radio Music Society. Burnett retains true nature of jazz in his music and his playing, always searching for new ways of interpreting the music while remaining modern and consistent with the times we live in.