Category: Press Releases

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: www.roulette.org // (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: www.roulette.org // (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.

Jin Hi Kim, Elliott Sharp, William Parker, Hamid Drake: Four Directions

What: Musical ideas merge from four directions by four creative musicians all moving in four directions.
When: Tuesday, March 13, 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: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Four Directions, a new ensemble formed by Jin Hi Kim, will present an all-improvised performance in a combination of solos, duos, quartets focusing on freely improvised, cross-cultural, and techno sound.

Jin Hi Kim, innovative komungo virtuoso and Guggenheim Fellow in Music Composition, has performed as a soloist in her own compositions at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art, Asia Society,  and more. She is known as a pioneer for introducing komungo (geomungo) to American contemporary music scene through her “Living Tones” cross-cultural chamber and orchestral compositions and her extensive solo performances of the world’s only electric komungo with interactive MIDI computer system.

Elliott Sharp, a central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. Recipient of the Berlin Prize for 2015 and a Guggenheim Fellowship winner for 2014, Sharp has composed for Ensemble Modern, RadioSinfonie Frankfurt, and Arditti Quartet. His opera Port Bou premiered in the United States at Issue Project Room in October 2014 and in Berlin at Konzerthaus in April 2015. In 2010, Sharp created About Us, a sci-fi opera for all-teenage performers at the Bayerische Staatsoper..

William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City. He has recorded over 150 albums, published six books, and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. The Village Voice calls Parker, “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time” and Time Out New York named him one of the 50 Greatest New York Musicians of All Time.

Hamid Drake is widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and he has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers.

Bobby Previte’s Rhapsody Band

What: Nels Cline, Zeena Parkins, Jen Shyu, and others perform Rhapsody, an acoustic song cycle exploring the experience of travel.
When: Friday, March 2, 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: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Rhapsody is an acoustic, narrative song cycle which incorporates written music, improvisation, and vocals with lyrics to create an evening length performance. Rhapsody twists and turns, landing on song ‘events’ but never ending there, instead, spinning off in other directions, only to land again on a vocal moment, sung by Jen Shyu. Using acoustic harp (Zeena Parkins), piano (John Medeski), acoustic guitars (Nels Cline), and drums, autoharp, harmonica and percussion (Bobby Previte) the piece places the listener ‘in transit’ — traveling to an unknown place that subtly changes over the course of time, until in the end, they arrive at a surprise destination. Rhapsody was commissioned by the 2015 Greenfield Prize in Music at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. The recording will be released in March 2018 on RareNoise Records.

Bobby Previte is a composer and performer whose work explores the nexus between notated and improvised music. One of the seminal figures of the 1980s New York Downtown scene, Previte is the recipient of the 2015 Greenfield Prize for music, and was a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2012. Leading a plethora of diverse ensembles from the drums, he has collaborated with many of the leading lights in and beyond the world of music.

Bearthoven: New Works

What: Piano trio Bearthoven teams up with four critically lauded composers to perform new works for modern anxieties.
When: Wednesday, February 27, 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: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Fresh off the release of their 2017 album Trios, Bearthoven performs three NYC premieres by a collection of America’s strongest upcoming compositional voices — Kristina Wolfe, Adam Roberts, Shelley Washington, and Scott Wollschleger.

Bearthoven [ \’bâr-toh-vən\ ] is a piano trio creating a new repertoire for a familiar instrumentation by commissioning works from leading young composers. Karl Larson (piano), Pat Swoboda (bass), and Matt Evans (percussion) have combined their individual voices and diverse musical backgrounds to create a versatile trio focused on frequent and innovative commissioning of up-and-coming composers. Bearthoven is rapidly building a diverse repertoire by challenging composers to apply their own voice to an instrumentation that, while common amongst jazz and pop idioms, is currently foreign in the contemporary classical world.

Shelley Washington writes music to fulfill one calling- to move. With an eclectic palette, Washington tells sonic stories with a range of direction and change. Her major body of work is written for saxophone and large or small chamber ensembles. Besides composition, Washington is an active baritone saxophonist and vocalist.

Adam Roberts writes music that takes listeners on compelling journeys while drawing on a vivid array of sonic resources. Roberts’ music has been performed by ensembles such as the Arditti Quartet, the JACK Quartet, le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Callithumpian Consort, Earplay, andPlay duo, Transient Canvas, Ums ‘n Jip, Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, the Association for the Promotion of New Music, violist Garth Knox, Guerilla Opera, and at festivals such as Wien Modern (Vienna), Tanglewood, the Biennale Musique en Scene (Lyons), and the 2009 ISCM World Music Days (Sweden).

Kristina Wolfe spent many of her formative years wandering through the forests of Mols Bjerge (near the city of Aarhus) in Denmark listening to the sounds of space and place. This environment, rich with neolithic graves, stone markers, and ancient roadways cultivated her imagination and creative focus on the spirits of the past, and has inspired her composition and listening practices up to the present day.

[RESIDENCY] Amirtha Kidambi: Solo // Elder Ones

What: Two-part performance-as-purge from established experimental vocalist and bandleader, Amirtha Kidambi.
When: Tuesday, February 27, 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: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — For her first residency performance of the 2017-2018 season, Amirtha Kidambi performs Yajna, a solo vocal ritual designed as a sacrifice to the metaphoric sacred fire to purge the dark energies of this era. The performance will be followed by Kidambi’s quartet Elder Ones.

Amirtha Kidambi is invested in the performance and creation of music, from free improvisation and  jazz, to experimental bands, and new music. She is a soloist, collaborator, and ensemble member in groups including Charlie Looker’s  early music inspired dark folk band Seaven Teares, Mary Halvorson’s quintet Code Girl, analog percussion and light ensemble Ashcan Orchestra, and Darius Jones’ vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit. As an improviser, she has played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Ingrid Laubrock, Daniel Carter, Ava Mendoza, William Parker, Trevor Dunn, and many innovators in the New York scene. Recent collaborations include the premiere of AACM founder and composer/pianist Muhal Richard Abrams’ Dialogue Social, Darius Jones’ The Oversoul Manual at Carnegie Hall, a premiere of electronic composer Ben Vida’s work Slipping Control for voice and electronics with Tyondai Braxton at the Borderline Festival in Athens, Greece, the premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s final opera CRASH at the Whitney Biennial, a Jazz Gallery commission for Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, the premiere of William Parker’s Soul of Light and a commission from the Jerome Foundation for her quartet Elder Ones at Roulette and artist residency at EMPAC to record the group’s debut album.

Elder Ones is the quartet performing the compositions of vocalist Amirtha Kidambi. Situated in concentric musical circles and communities in New York City, her collaborators include saxophonist Matt Nelson (Battle Trance/GRID), bassist Nick Dunston (Tyshawn Sorey Trio) and drummer Max Jaffe (JOBS/Peter Evans’ Being and Becoming) have crossed paths in the DIY underground and permutations of free improvisers in clubs and concert halls across New York City. The instrumentalists chosen for this project draw from a wide variety of vocabularies from hip-hop to the avant-garde, each bringing their highly individual language to the group. The quartet uses composed material and loose structures for improvisation, over a bed of Indian harmonium drones and synthesizer. Oscillating between worlds of raga, microtonality, jagged rhythmic precision and punishing brutality, Thyagaraja, Alice Coltrane or Stockhausen could be equally suspect sources of their sound.

[DANCEROULETTE] Chris Ferris: Present Tense Multiplied

What: Chris Ferris & Dancers premiere If This Were Not Real and perform excerpts from Rampaging Light.
When: Monday, February 26, 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: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Known for their fearless action, physical indulgence, and elegant design, Chris Ferris & Dancers perform the world premiere  of If This Were Not Real, choreographed by Chris Ferris, which reflects alienation as a result of living in a time of hyper-connectivity. As space is defined, boundaries are created, and the dancer as a single unit appears In development since May 2016, Rampaging Light by Chris Ferris & Dancers holds and releases the audience with the silent step, soundless wind, screaming train, and buzzing wall of voices. The performance alters the perception of a single room and the flipping numbers on your clock. Dancers inhabit space by weaving a fabric of movement that varies from intricate to sweeping, light to determined, and is always part of a larger spatial design.

Chris Ferris is the artistic director of Chris Ferris & Dancers. Her work is based on an exploration of movement from a sculptural, dynamic and emotional point of view, attempting to merge space and time with a human element. Their newest suite of works, Rampaging Light, were presented in March 2017 as part of The Waxing Crescent, an evening of dance and music with guest artists presented by Ferris. An earlier version of Rampaging Light was performed at Take Root, Green Space Studio, Long Island City, in September 2016. Ferris’ work has also been presented at 60×60, Triskelion Arts, Green Space Blooms, Performance Mix, Sans Limites Movement Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church, University Settlement, the 92nd Street Y, and a variety of other venues.

Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers: Jantar // GAIAMAMOO

What: Two groups that collectively build visual and sonic textures into fantastical journeys, from Bushwick to Tokyo.
When: Friday, February 16, 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: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Reflective and raucous, from Bushwick to Toyko. The final night of Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers showcases Japanese duo GAIAMAMOO playing textured, noisy improvised music accompanied by video projections of Japanese Noh by Hiroshi Mehata, a.k.a. Mehata Sentimental Legend. The duo focuses on the intersection of sight & image, demonstrated by improvised sounds and abstract visual patterns. Afterwards, Bushwick collective Jantar performs Others, Who Will Follow Us, a new work consisting of video elements and improvised acoustic and electronic instruments in various combinations.

GAIAMAMOO is an experimental improvisation group formed in 2012 by Shogo Haraguchi and Mehata Sentimental Legend from Tokyo. In 2015, GAIAMAMOO were chosen to perform during the Sound Live Tokyo festival, organized by Pacific Basin Arts Communication (PARC), and also performed on “New Sound Sanctuary.” In 2016 and 2017, the duo toured California and New York City, appearing on Ridgewood Radio on WFMU broadcasted by Outpost Artist Resources. GAIAMAMOO also appeared in Festes Majors Alternatives de Vallcarca (Barcelona, 2016), eight-hour noise marathon festival GIGANOISE 2 (Tokyo, 2016), Ende Tymes (Brooklyn, 2017), Jazz Art Sengawa 2017, CLUB JAZZ 屏風 (Tokyo, 2017) and opened for Wolf Eyes’ Psycho Jazz in the Bay tour (California, 2017).

Jantar grew out of a series of site-specific and film collaborations between Tianna Kennedy and Chad Laird, gradually building to an ensemble that includes Kirsten Nordine, Kelly Rudman and Ted Robinson. Jantar performs experimental easy listening music, incorporating ambient noise and improvisation derived from film and background music.

Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers: Causings // Plan 23

What: Psychedelic, dark ambient, and virtuoso mindfulness from groups using microcosmic polyrhythms, transmission, and deep tech.
When: Thursday, February 15, 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: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — On the third night of Mixology 2018: Circuit Breakers, Causings investigates two intertwining sound worlds: one of glacial music formed by intensely slow-moving polyrhythms, the other a malleable choreography for honing free form at the microcosmic level; while Silver Chord from Plan 23 offers ocean waves of textured, mostly electronic sound palettes, forming an integrated music that crosses the sensitivity of great improvisers with the experimentation of early electronics pioneers.

Causings is a collective with fluid membership and instrumentation based in New York City. The group explores structured improvisation using traditional and non-traditional instruments, 1-bit electronics, found objects, field recordings, cellphones, photographs, and signal-processing software. Since 2015, Causings has been featured on WKCR, WGXC / Wave Farm, Wesleyan University, Bennington College, The New School, and have released music on the Pan y Rosas and Power Moves labels.

Emerging out of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Plan 23 creates extended, immersive, audio-visual experiences that bend one’s perception of time & space. Encompassing a sonic spectrum from dark-ambient soundscapes via subliminal pulses to electro-acoustic psychedelic sounds the group delivers sonic explorations into uncharted spaces, thus redefining electronic psychedelic music for the 21st century. Plan 23 has performed at Knockdown Center, Silent Barn, Trans Pecos, BPM, Index Art Center Newark, Microscope Gallery, 23 Windows, Sonic Front, CADENCE 23, Brooklyn Wildlife Summer Festival, Bushwick Open Studios Arts Festival, Catskill Art Society, and at “Alien Acres” Summer Arts Festival in the Catskill Mountains. Their performance at Mixology Festival 2018 is dedicated to Peter Principle (1954-2017).

Mixology Festival 2018: Circuit Breakers: Daisy Press + Nick Hallett // Rachika S

What: Artists weaving the sacred and the profane into an electronic / human spectrum of artifacts, voices, cultures, and tradition.
When: Wednesday, February 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: www.roulette.org // (917) 267-0368

Brooklyn, NY — Two distinct sets that conjure the divine, on the most sacred of days. First up, vocalist Daisy Press collaborates with composer-performer Nick Hallett for a concert of new material that traverses medieval plainchant, ambient techno, Indian raga, spectral music, tintinnabuli, and other extended techniques for voices and electronics. The following set will see Rachika S using A/V work, synthesizing light and video, to premiere music from her 2016 Loveless Records album Themes for a Film and an unreleased follow-up album.

Daisy Press is a prominent interpreter of modern and experimental classical music in the US and Europe. She has worked closely with influential living composers, including Steve Reich. For her recording and performance of Morton Feldman’s Three Voices, the New York Times hailed Press as “intrepid” and “passionate.” Press is a specialist in the music of 12th-century mystic Hildegard of Bingen, and she incorporates aspects of North Indian (Hindustani) ragas into her unusual and extraordinary interpretations of Hildegard’s Medieval chants. As the principal vocalist at House of Yes, a Bushwick performance venue, Daisy regularly collaborates with the creative directors and performance artists to arrange, improvise, and perform works which embody ecstasy, holiness, and the occasional taste of profanity. Daisy is the High Priestess of “Voice Cult,” a monthly performance art vocal community ritual.

Nick Hallett is a Brooklyn-based composer, vocalist, and cultural producer working between the worlds of sound, art, and performance. Hallett recently completed work on a trilogy of dance- theater scores for choreographer-director Bill T. Jones’s Analogy cycle, which he has been touring with the Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company for the past three years. He received a 2017 New York Dance & Performance Bessie award for his music in Variations on Themes from Lost & Found, a reconstruction of work by choreographer John Bernd (1953-1988). His first opera, co-authored with artist Shana Moulton (and featuring Daisy Press), Whispering Pines 10, is currently being adapted for the internet. Hallett is the music director of the Joshua Light Show and co-directs the Darmstadt new music series. In their decade of working together, Daisy Press and Nick Hallett have teamed up in a range of cultural contexts — including opera, video, and performance art — at such venues as National Sawdust, New Museum, The Kitchen, SFMOMA, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, ISSUE Project Room, among others.

Rachika S is a Brooklyn-based ambient-electronic producer and multi- instrumentalist whose work touches upon electro-acoustic methods, installation, and video. She magnifies latent sonic and harmonic qualities of her instrumental work using electronic processing techniques like granular synthesis, while pushing and resampling those digital apparatuses to the point of revealing their artifacts—situating her work within the transitional space between physical acoustics and digital audio, the real and the virtual. She also drums for several local bands, including queercore quartet MALLRAT, and writes for national music magazines including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and Time Out NY. She has spoken on panels and presented music at universities such as Hampshire College, Cornell University, and Wesleyan University, and her work in her various projects has been featured in publications including Tiny Mixtapes, Mask Magazine, Afropunk, New Noise Magazine and more.