Category: Press Releases

Cluster Ensemble Plays Philip Glass: Music with Changing Parts

What: Cluster Ensemble presents Philip GlassMusic with Changing Parts for the first time in several decades in New York City.
When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 8:00pm
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 time in New York City in several decades, Slovakia’s Cluster Ensemble will play Philip Glass’ minimalist masterpiece Music With Changing Parts on the occasion of the composer’s 80th birthday year. Far from a traditional presentation, Cluster Ensemble’s unique take on the this work from Glass’ early minimalist phase will utilize live video comprised of digitized fragments of a dance performance.

Formed in 2009 in Bratislava, Slovakia, Cluster Ensemble is comprised of nine members playing three electric organs, flute, clarinet, saxophone, electric guitar, marimba and VJ. The ensemble originated with the Slovakian premiere of Steve Reich’s Six Pianos, performed in a piano store in Bratislava. Since then, the loose grouping of artists surrounding the artistic duo of Ivan Šiller and Fero Király have played all over the world, including Austria, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and the United States. The ensemble specializes in rarely-played ensemble works by composers such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich and John Cage, as well as their own artistic projects. The group’s first album, Cluster Ensemble Plays Philip Glass, was released in June 2016 to critical acclaim in Pitchfork, The Guardian, and others.

Optics 0:1 Combinations (Night 3)

What: Optics 0:1: Combinations examines the modalities of creation, production, and performance involving video-based technologies.
When: Thursday, November 9, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Victoria Keddie’s multimedia festival, Optics, returns to Roulette for three evenings in November. This year’s edition, Optics 0:1 Combinations, examines modalities of creation, production, and performance involving video-based technologies, focusing on combinations of multimedia within the context of a live performance. Areas of focus include multi-channel video camera recording processes and live production, choreography of space and movement, and photographic sound. In addition to unique programming each night, the festival will include an ongoing media installation of “Pattern Language” by Peter Burr as well as video programs curated by Enrico Camporesi (Centre Pompidou, Paris), Kolbein Holgi & Rebecca Moran (Reykjavik), and Mark Pilkington (Quietus Press / Strange Attractor, London).

Thursday’s programming includes —

  • Zach Layton with Victoria Keddie, Elisa Sanitago, Felicia Ballos present “Transduction,” new work for electronic video and sound controlled camera system and movement.
  • Tatiana Kronberg and Meg Clixby perform new work that presents the darkened chamber of the performance space as a metaphor for the unconscious brain activity of electrochemical waves.

Victoria Keddie is an artist working within cross disciplines of sound, video, installation, and performance as well as electronic sound, video composition, and choreography. Of interest are the fluctuations of electromagnetic activity, stereoscopic image and dimensional spaces, satellite debris and collision, image and sound synchronicity and collapse, time sensitivity, and the body in relation to the machine. Keddie is the co-director of E.S.P. TV, a nomadic TV studio that hybridizes technologies to realize synthetic environments and deconstruct the televisual for live performance. In January 2018, Keddie will launch “Satellite Studio” in Garlock, CA, using a 10 ft C band satellite dish receiver to track LEO space debris for sonic compositions.

Optics 0:1 Combinations (Night 2)

What: Optics 0:1: Combinations examines the modalities of creation, production, and performance involving video-based technologies.
When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Victoria Keddie’s multimedia festival, Optics, returns to Roulette for three evenings in November. This year’s edition, Optics 0:1 Combinations, examines modalities of creation, production, and performance involving video-based technologies, focusing on combinations of multimedia within the context of a live performance. Areas of focus include multi-channel video camera recording processes and live production, choreography of space and movement, and photographic sound. In addition to unique programming each night, the festival will include an ongoing media installation of “Pattern Language” by Peter Burr as well as video programs curated by Enrico Camporesi (Centre Pompidou, Paris), Kolbein Holgi & Rebecca Moran (Reykjavik), and Mark Pilkington (Quietus Press / Strange Attractor, London).

Wednesday’s programming includes —

  •  Kuperus and Miller perform “The Perfect Accent Piece,” a four-part study in absurdity, domestic repetition, and (un)reviewed & under-viewed situations.
  • Koen Holtkamp (as Beast) performs new work for laser projection and electronic sound.
  •  Charas, Syeus and Matthew Mottel perform “Charas: The Improbable Dome Builders,” an audio/visual performance incorporating  Syeus Mottel’s photographs from the new book CHARAS: The Improbable Dome Builders.

Victoria Keddie is an artist working within cross disciplines of sound, video, installation, and performance as well as electronic sound, video composition, and choreography. Of interest are the fluctuations of electromagnetic activity, stereoscopic image and dimensional spaces, satellite debris and collision, image and sound synchronicity and collapse, time sensitivity, and the body in relation to the machine. Keddie is the co-director of E.S.P. TV, a nomadic TV studio that hybridizes technologies to realize synthetic environments and deconstruct the televisual for live performance. In January 2018, Keddie will launch “Satellite Studio” in Garlock, CA, using a 10 ft C band satellite dish receiver to track LEO space debris for sonic compositions.

Optics 0:1 Combinations (Night 1)

What: Optics 0:1: Combinations examines the modalities of creation, production, and performance involving video-based technologies.
When: Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Victoria Keddie’s multimedia festival, Optics, returns to Roulette for three evenings in November. This year’s edition, Optics 0:1 Combinations, examines modalities of creation, production, and performance involving video-based technologies, focusing on combinations of multimedia within the context of a live performance. Areas of focus include multi-channel video camera recording processes and live production, choreography of space and movement, and photographic sound. In addition to unique programming each night, the festival will include an ongoing media installation of “Pattern Language” by Peter Burr as well as video programs curated by Enrico Camporesi (Centre Pompidou, Paris), Kolbein Holgi & Rebecca Moran (Reykjavik), and Mark Pilkington (Quietus Press / Strange Attractor, London).

Tuesday’s programming includes —

  • Nina Sobell revisits her 1972 work “Glass” for multi-channel video camera, broken glass, and mirror, silicone, and projection.
  • Amy Ruhl performs “Between Tin Men,” a multi-media performance, video, and installation project adapted from L. Frank Baum’s The Tin Woodsman of Oz.
  • Samantha CC performs new work for multi-channel broadcast.

Victoria Keddie is an artist working within cross disciplines of sound, video, installation, and performance as well as electronic sound, video composition, and choreography. Of interest are the fluctuations of electromagnetic activity, stereoscopic image and dimensional spaces, satellite debris and collision, image and sound synchronicity and collapse, time sensitivity, and the body in relation to the machine. Keddie is the co-director of E.S.P. TV, a nomadic TV studio that hybridizes technologies to realize synthetic environments and deconstruct the televisual for live performance. In January 2018, Keddie will launch “Satellite Studio” in Garlock, CA, using a 10 ft C band satellite dish receiver to track LEO space debris for sonic compositions.

Mari Kimura: Mugic in Hues

What: An interactive audio-video show for violin + motion sensor Mugic, featuring traditional Japanese ceramics.
When: Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Violinist Mari Kimura’s Mugic in Hues is comprised of two world premieres — “Ao-Hagi” (Blue ‘Hagi’), inspired by the work of Japanese master ceramic artist Susumu Notomi, and “Rossby Waving,” taken from Rossby waves, a natural atmospheric phenomenon relating to rotation of the planet. Kimura will perform using Mugic (Musical Gesture Interface Control), a motion sensor expanding the expressive capabilities of instrumental performance, developed in conjunction with physicist Liubo Borissov. The Mugic sensor tracks the intrinsic musical gestures and physical gestures of the performer, interacting with interactive processing of audio and video.

The program will be preceded by pre-concert talk with Susumu Notomi explaining the tradition and the beauty of “Ao-Hagi,” the Blue ‘Hagi’ ceramics from Japan. A prestigious prize-winning ceramic artist in Japan, Mr. Notomi creates renown blue-colored ceramics from ‘Hagi’ area of the Yamaguchi Prefecture in the western Japan.

Mari Kimura is at the forefront of violinists who are extending the technical and expressive capabilities of the instrument. Notably, she has mastered the production of pitches that sound up to an octave below the violin’s lowest string without retuning. This technique, which she calls Subharmonics, has earned Kimura considerable renown in the concert music world and beyond. She is also a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music and an internationally acclaimed a soloist and recitalist in both standard and contemporary repertoire. As of July 2017, Kimura is Professor of Music at University of California, Irvine’s “Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology” (ICIT) program, Music Department at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts.

Liubo Borissov is an associate professor at Pratt Institute’s Department of Digital Arts. He received baccalaureate degrees in Mathematics and Physics from Caltech and a doctorate in Physics from Columbia University, where he also studied electro-acoustic music at Columbia’s Computer Music Center. He holds a masters in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a Global Vilar Fellow in the performing arts. In his works, he explores the interface between art, science and technology.

Chris Lightcap & SuperBigmouth

What: With SuperBigmouth, Chris Lightcap combines and composes for his two working groups, Bigmouth and Superette.
When: Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Bassist and composer Chris Lightcap debuts SuperBigmouth, a new ensemble comprised of two groups, Bigmouth and Superette. SuperBigmouth consolidates Lightcap’s affinity for experimental composition and improvisation, as well as his love for west African music and pop songwriting.

Featuring tenor saxophonists, Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, keyboardist Craig Taborn, and drummer Gerald Cleaver, Bigmouth has performed, recorded and toured together for the past 20 years. The group’s most recent album, Epicenter, was named one of the best albums of 2015 by the New York Times, NPR, and Los Angeles Times. Assembled in 2013, Superette is Lightcap’s all electric band featuring guitarists Jonathan Goldberger and Curtis Hasselbring alongside drummer Dan Rieser. The group’s forthcoming self-titled album will be released in the spring of 2018 and features special guests Nels Cline and John Medeski.

Chris Lightcap is a double bassist, bass guitarist, and composer from Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Currently based in New York, Lightcap has worked with Marc Ribot, Regina Carter, Craig Taborn, Glen Hansard, Mark Turner, John Medeski, Jason Moran, Tomasz Stanko, Chris Potter, Butch Morris, Ben Monder and more. As a bandleader / composer, he has produced four critically acclaimed albums; his playing is featured on over 70 albums.

Tredici Bacci: Soundtracks to Italian Silent Films

What: The 14-piece band Tredici Bacci, lead by Simon Hanes, celebrates the sounds of 1960s-70s popular Italian culture.
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Tredici Bacci — a 14-piece group of musicians all under the age of 30 — sounds, to the thoughtful listener, like a celebration. A celebration not of a genre of music, but rather of an era, and, more specifically, the aspects of an era which perhaps have been glossed over by conventional history. To that end, Tredici Bacci celebrates the strange, somewhat seedy, schmaltzy and smooth aspects of 1960s-70s popular culture. The songs are cries in honor to the many artifacts which seem now to be the strange leavings of a recently liberated nation — the sensuous oddities leftover from an entirely different world.

Over the last few years, young musician and composer Simon Hanes has worked tirelessly to channel his deep love and infatuation with 1960s / 1970s soundtrack music into his own personal vision and homage to the style through dedicated songwriting, and the integration of the totality of his musical influences. After graduating from New England Conservatory and spending time playing bass in the then-Boston-based No(ise) Wave unit Guerilla Toss, Hanes adopted the “Luxardo” persona as an arranger, composer, conductor, and guitarist, and went on to assemble a band of epic orchestral proportions. Consisting of close friends and fellow classically-trained musicians, the resulting band is the ambitiously sizable 14-piece Tredici Bacci. The band’s first full-length album, Amore Per Tutti, was released by NNA Tapes in November 2016.

Charmaine Lee: Ceremony with Conrad Tao // Duo with Nate Wooley

What: Vocalist Charmaine Lee premieres Ceremony in collaboration with Conrad Tao and Nate Wooley.
When: Monday, October 30, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Vocalist Charmaine Lee premieres Ceremony, a collaborative work developed with pianist and composer Conrad Tao. Using spatialization, live signal processing, and fixed media, the piece explores a variety of sonic environments — each a meditation on the visceral tactility of vocal and electronic sound. Ceremony is a celebration of hybridity, weaving together diverse influences from ASMR, drone, ambient, and the 80s power ballad. The evening will open with an improvised duo performance by Lee and Nate Wooley. The duo will explore eclectic aesthetic territory together, comfortably moving between rapid-fire free improvisation and the sober austerity of Japanese onkyo.

Charmaine Lee is an improvising vocalist from Sydney, Australia. Her work favors a uniquely personal approach to vocal expression, concerned with spontaneity, playfulness, and risk-taking. She has performed with leading improvisers Joe Morris and Nate Wooley, and maintains ongoing collaborations with contemporaries Lester St. Louis and Zach Rowden. She currently resides in New York.

Nate Wooley was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, a town of 2,000 people in the timber country of the Pacific Northwest. He began playing trumpet professionally with his father, a big band saxophonist, at the age of 13. He has since become one of the most in-demand trumpet players in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes.  He has performed regularly with icons such as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Eliane Radigue, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, and Yoshi Wada, as well as being a collaborator with some of the brightest lights of his generation like Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, Peter Evans, and Mary Halvorson.

Conrad Tao has appeared worldwide as a pianist and composer, and has been dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by the New York Times, a “thoughtful and mature composer” by NPR, and “ferociously talented” by Time Out New York. His recent recitals and chamber performances—including appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Cliburn Concerts, the Gulbenkian in Lisbon, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Washington Performing Arts Society—comprise music by Frederic Rzewski, Liszt, Julia Wolfe, Charles Ives, Mozart, Pierre Boulez, a new commissioned work by Felipe Lara, and more.

[DANCEROULETTE] Nami Yamamoto: Headless Wolf

What: Choreographer Nami Yamamoto presents Headless Wolf, a new work about learning to find beauty in both life and death.
When: Wednesday, October 25—Friday, October 27, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Choreographer Nami Yamamoto presents Headless Wolf, a new work exploring the power of fate and discovering beauty in both life and death. In development since 2010, Headless Wolf draws from Yamamoto’s own experience of becoming a mother within close proximity of losing her father.

Originally from Japan, choreographer and artistic director Nami Yamamoto graduated from New York University in 1993 with a MA in Dance Education. Since then, her work has been presented at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, P.S. 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Kitchen, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Museum of the Art in Philadelphia, Studio 303 in Montreal, UC Irvine, Dance Studio Moga in Japan, Contemporary Dance Festival Free Dance in Ukraine, Walker Art Center and Gibney Dance Center. She has been nurtured and inspired by her residency experience at Asian Pacific Performance Exchange in UCLA, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Movement Research, Dance Wave in Japan, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Summer Theater Lab in UC Santa Barbara, and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. As a dancer, she has enjoyed working with choreographers such as Yoshiko Chuma, David Dorfman, Patricia Hoffbauer, Clarinda Mac Low, Victoria Marks, David Neumann, Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Karen Sherman, Cydney Wilkes, Christopher Williams, Yasuko Yokoshi, and many others. In 2004, she debuted as a puppeteer in Dan Hurlin’s Hiroshima Maiden, which toured in 2005-2006. She also performed for Lake Simon’s puppet piece, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, at Here Art Center. In 2014, she debuted at Lincoln Center as a puppeteer and dancer of The Oldest Boy written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Rebecca Taichman. Currently, she teaches in the New York City public school system through Movement Research’s Dance Maker’s program.

Brooklyn Rider: Spontaneous Symbols

What: String quartet Brooklyn Rider presents five new works influenced by Bach, Cage, Zorn, Xenakis, Minor White, and more.
When: Thursday, October 19, 2017, 8:00pm
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 – Veteran string quartet Brooklyn Rider presents Spontaneous Symbols, an evening of new works composed for the intrepid ensemble. Often noted for their global collaborations and provocative readings of the standard repertoire, the performance will showcase the quartet at the core of their mission — bringing new works to life. The evening will feature works by Battles veteran Tyondai Braxton, Brooklyn Rider’s own Colin Jacobsen, Bang On A Can founder Evan Ziporyn, electro-acoustic composer Paula Matthusen, and Brooklyn-based Kyle Sanna.

Brooklyn Rider combines an eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that is attracting legions of fans and drawing critical acclaim from classical, world and rock critics. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” The group has performed in venues as varied as Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, London’s Wigmore Hall and the South By Southwest. In 2015, the group celebrated its tenth anniversary with the groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project Brooklyn Rider Almanac, for which it recorded and toured 15 specially commissioned works. Other recording projects include the quartet’s debut recording in 2008, Passport, followed by Dominant Curve in 2010, Seven Steps in 2012, and A Walking Fire in 2013. The ensemble has appeared on two albums with banjo legend Bela Fleck and in 2016 released The Fiction Issue with singer- songwriter Gabriel Kahane, and so many things with celebrated mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter.