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

William Hooker: The Great Migration

What: Through music, narrative, and dance, William Hooker tells the story of African-American migration from 1935 to 1950.
When: Thursday, April 5, 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, NYAvant-garde percussionist William Hooker offers a multi-disciplinary contemplation and exploration of African-American migration from the American South to points north during the years 1935–1950. The Great Migration features music (with veteran performers like William Parker and David Soldier), dance, video, and narratives from 97-year-old Alton Brooks and Nannie Lampkin, who experienced this historical period firsthand.

A body of uninterrupted work beginning in the mid-seventies defines William Hooker as one of the most important composers and players in jazz. As bandleader, Hooker has fielded ensembles in an incredibly diverse array of configurations. Each collaboration has brought a serious investigation of his compositional agenda and the science of the modern drum kit. As a player, Hooker has long been known for the persuasive power of his relationship with his instrument. His work is frequently grounded in a narrative context. Whether set against a silent film or anchored by a poetic theme, Hooker brings dramatic tension and human warmth to avant-garde jazz. His ability to find fertile ground for moving music in a variety of settings that obliterate genre distinctions offers a much-needed statement of social optimism in the the arts.

William Hooker – Percussion
Ras Moshe – Reeds, Flute
Eriq Robinson – Electronics, Images
Mark Hennen – Piano
Goussy Celestin – Narrator, Dance
William Parker – Bass
David Soldier – Violin, Banjo
Ava Mendoza – Guitar
Alton Brooks & Nannie Lampkin – Primary Narratives

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

Mario Diaz de Leon and TAK Ensemble: Sanctuary Release

What: Mario Diaz de Leon and TAK Ensemble celebrate the release of Sanctuary, Diaz de Leon’s first album-length classical work.
When: Tuesday, April 3, 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 —  NYC-based composer and performer Mario Diaz de Leon presents work from his first album-length classical work, Sanctuary, which was released by Denovali in the fall of 2017. It was written in collaboration with TAK Ensemble, a brilliant quintet devoted to energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary music, who will appear with him at Roulette in an expanded lineup featuring marimba, synthesizer, soprano voice, flute, violin, and bass clarinet. Combining stark rhythms with ecstatic gestures, Diaz de Leon’s new work embraces elements of post-minimalism to dramatic and expansive effect. Bassoonist Rebekah Heller will open the evening with the NYC premiere of Labrys, a tour de force of virtuosic and luminous sonic alchemy, and the latest addition to Diaz de Leon’s acclaimed set of works for live soloist and electronics.

Mario Diaz de Leon is a composer, performer, and educator, whose work encompasses modern classical music, experimental electronic music, extreme metal, and improvised music. His debut album, Enter Houses Of was released in 2009 on John Zorn’s Tzadik label and praised by the New York Times for its “hallucinatory intensity.” His second album, The Soul is the Arena, was named a notable recording of 2015 by New Yorker Magazine. He has worked with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Talea, Mivos Quartet, and TILT Brass.  

TAK is a quintet dedicated promoting ambitious programming and fostering engagement within the contemporary music community and the artistic community at large. Their debut album Ecstatic Music: TAK plays Taylor Brook was released to critical acclaim by New Focus Recordings in 2016.

Rebekah Heller is a dynamic solo bassoonist and collaborative chamber artist committed to expanding the modern repertoire for the bassoon. Her debut solo album, 100 names, was called “pensive and potent” by The New York Times, and her newly-released second album, METAFAGOTE, is receiving wide acclaim. She is the recently-appointed co-artistic director of the renowned International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

Mario Diaz de Leon – composer, lighting design
TAK Ensemble
Charlotte Mundy –  soprano
Laura Cocks – flute
Marina Kifferstein – violin
Carlos Cordiero – clarinet and bass clarinet
Ellery Trafford – marimba and percussion
Tristan McKay – synthesizer and Ciat-Lonbarde tetrazzi

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


Spring 2018 Season (April 3–June 24)

Tues, April 3 Mario Diaz de Leon and TAK Ensemble: Sanctuary Album Release
Thurs, April 5 William Hooker: The Great Migration
Tues, April 10 [DANCEROULETTE] Kyle Marshall Choreography: Colored
Mon, April 16 Yuko Fujiyama Ensemble
Thurs, April 19 ECCE / Court Circuit: French/American Music in DialogueSun, April 22 Kit Fitzgerald and Peter Gordon: Into the Hot, Out of the Cool

Tues, May 1 [COMMISSION] María Grand: Dreams of a Departed Maestra
Wed, May 2 Jason Treuting
Thurs, May 3 Interpretations: Thomas Buckner: Works by Malcolm Goldstein, Jacques Bekaert, Bun Ching Lam
Tues, May 8 [COMMISSION] Cecilia Lopez: Machinic Fantasies
Wed, May 9 [COMMISSION] Che Chen w/ Talice Lee and Patrick Holmes
Sun, May 13 [RESIDENCY] Ka Baird: centers: 4 channels
Mon, May 21 Phew: Voice Hardcore // Laura Ortman
Wed, May 23 Vision Festival: Celebrating Dave Burrell
Thurs, May 24 Vision Festival: Mary Halvorson // Whit Dickey // Women with an Axe to Grind // SPACE
Fri, May 25 Vision Festival: Irreversible Entanglements // Nasheet Waits Equality // Matthew Shipp Acoustic Ensemble
Sat, May 26 Vision Festival: Fay Victor // Afro-Algonquin // Patricia Spears Jones // Ambrose Akinmusire // AfroHORN
Sun, May 27 Vision Festival: Frode Gjerstad // Cleaver, Lopez, Potter, Virelles // Arthur Jafa // By Any Means // Craig Harris
Mon, May 28 Vision Festival: Jaimie Branch // Cooper-Moore / /New World Pygmies // Oliver Lake Big Band
Tues, May 29 Anaïs Maviel: DIáSPORA / Cross Times
Wed, May 30 thingNY and Varispeed: Musical Voices Around A Table
Thurs, May 31 [RESIDENCY] Gabrielle Herbst: Vulnerability

Sun, June 3 Clara Latham: Bertha the Mom
Mon, June 4 Face the Music and Luna Composition Lab
Tues, June 5 Resist x Improvise: An Evening for Roscoe Mitchell
Thurs, June 6 Gemma Peacocke: Erasure
Wed, June 13 [DANCEROULETTE] Susan Rethorst: Stealing from Myself
Thurs, June 14 [DANCEROULETTE] Susan Rethorst: Stealing from Myself
Fri, June 15 [DANCEROULETTE] Susan Rethorst: Stealing from Myself
Sun, June 17 [RESIDENCY] Amirtha Kidambi: Lines of Light
Mon, June 18 Samuel Blaser Trio: Taktlos
Tues, June 19 [RESIDENCY] G Lucas Crane: Time Boiler
Thurs, June 21 [VAN LIER FELLOW] Brandon Lopez: Lamentations + Bennett/Foster/Wooley/Lopez
Sun, June 24 [COMMISSION] Jonathan Finlayson

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.