Category: Press Releases

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.

[RESIDENCY] James Brandon Lewis Trio: No Filter Feat. Guitarist Anthony Pirog

What: The first performance in Roulette’s annual residency program features the James Brandon Lewis Trio performing works from their new album, No Filter.
When: Wednesday, February 1, 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 first performance of our annual residency program. The James Brandon Lewis Trio, with the addition of guitarist Anthony Pirog, will perform songs from No Filter, the follow up to Lewis’ 2015 album, Days of FreeMan. Combining elements of R&B, 90s hip hop, and experimental jazz, No Filter is a raw, gritty, mind-bending journey of soulful jazz funk.

Saxophonist and composer James Brandon Lewis has received accolades from cultural tastemakers such as Ebony Magazine, who hailed him as one of the “7 Young Players to Watch” in 2013. Lewis has shared stages with icons such as Benny Golson, Geri Allen, and Dorinda Clark Cole, as well as Roulette artists Ken Filiano, Darius Jones, and Jason Hwang. Lewis attended Howard University and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Bassist Luke Stewart is a seminal figure in Washington, DC’s music community. Regular ensembles include Trio OOO with drummer Sam Lohman as well as legendary free jazz saxophonist Aaron Martin. Stewart is also a member of experimental electronic group MOM^2 (Mind Over Matter, Music Over Mind), with whom he was invited to perform and lecture at the University of South Carolina.

Warren G. Crudup III has always had a passion for the drums. Born in Alabama and raised in Maryland, Crudup developed musically in church and is well-versed in diverse styles of music including jazz, gospel, funk, and reggae. A member of the University of the District of Columbia’s prestigious Big Band, he has recorded and performed with artists such as Edward “Butch” Warren, Cheick Hamala Diabate, Tarus Mateen, and David Ornette Cherry, among others.

Anthony Pirog has made his mark on the guitar-playing universe one sonically enthralling project at a time. From his work on Janel and Anthony’s Where is Home, described in Guitar Player Magazine as “approachable experimentalism,” to to what AllMusic described as “pristinely executed rock guitar solos” with Skysaw, Pirog displays a “crystalline tone  immediately recognizable as his own” in his evolving conception of how a guitar can sound.

Gary Lucas: Too Much Johnson

What: Gary Lucas presents a solo guitar score accompanying Orson Welles‘ 1938 surreal silent comedy “Too Much Johnson.”
When: Friday, January 27, 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 world premiere of Gary Lucas’ solo guitar score accompanying Orson Welles‘ rediscovered 1938 surreal silent comedy “Too Much Johnson.” Long thought to be lost, the silent slapstick film was produced and directed by Orson Welles to be integrated into Welles’s Mercury Theatre production of the 19th century farce “Too Much Johnson” by William Gillette. However, due to the absence of projection facilities at the venue, the motion picture sequences could not be shown. The 66-minute print went unseen publicly until its rediscovery in a warehouse in Pordenone, Italy in 2008. For this performance, Lucas will present a score comprised of both composed and improvised elements.

Hailed as “one of the best and most original guitarists in America” by Rolling Stone, Gary Lucas has released over 30 acclaimed albums in a variety of genres. Lucas is a pioneer of  live film scoring, beginning with his 1989 score for the German Expressionist film “The Golem” (1920). He has composed ten live soundtracks to date for both silent and sound films, including the Spanish “Dracula” (1931), Luis Bunuel’s “El Angel Exterminador” (1964), and Carl Dreyer’s “Vampyr.”  A Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, Lucas has performed in over 40 countries and at international festivals and venues including the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, the Jerusalem Film Festival, the American Film Institute in Maryland, the Havana Film Festival, and more.

Club d’Elf Album Release Party ft. Hassan Hakmoun & Mat Maneri

What: Boston-based, Moroccan-influenced dub-jazz collective Club d’Elf celebrates the release of Live At Club Helsinki.
When: Friday, January 20, 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 – Boston-based, Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective Club d’Elf celebrates the release of Live At Club Helsinki, an epic double album that expands the band’s mix of avant jazz, electronica, hip hop, psychedelia, dub and Moroccan trance. Featuring John Medeski, the music explores touchstones as disparate as John Cage, Studio One, Gnawa, and drum n’ bass. Joining the band for this show are special guests Hassan Hakmoun and Mat Maneri, who add elements of Moroccan folk music and microtonal free jazz to the mix.

Orbiting around permanent members Mike Rivard (bassist + composer) and Dean Johnston (drummer), each Club d’Elf performance features a different line-up drawing from creative improvisers from the jazz, DJ, rock, and world music scenes of Boston and New York City. The band owes its Moroccan trance influences to core member Brahim Fribgane, who hails from Casablanca. Informed as much by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick’s ideas of shifting reality and parallel universes as by Miles Davis & Fela Kuti, the band draws inspiration from many sources, including the avant comedy of Firesign Theater and Mr. Show. Guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas and all manner of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix. Derived from ancient sources, trance forms the central core of the Club d’Elf aesthetic, unifying the various genres the band has absorbed.

Ka Baird: Sapropelicisms

What: Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ka Baird, joined by Marcia Bassett and Camilla Padgitt-Coles, presents experiments in solo voice, piano, and flute.
When: Wednesday, January 18, 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 vocalist Ka Baird (aka Sapropelic Pycnic) will explore piano improvisation, electroacoustic interventions, extended vocal techniques, physical movement, and electronic manipulation of the flute to present Sapropelicisms, featuring Marcia Bassett on Buchla Easel and sound reactive projections from Camilla Padgitt-Coles. Baird coined the term “Sapropelicisms” as exercises or rituals that honor the dark rich sludge of our own psyches and the processes by which they are revealed. Sapropelicisms come from the root word sapropel, a contraction of ancient Greek words sapros and pelos meaning putrefaction and mud, respectively.

Ka Baird is one of the founding members of long running avant-psych project Spires That In The Sunset Rise, which has contributed a different slant to the New Folk movement by incorporating various avant-garde and world music influences into their music. Since 2001, the band released eight full length records and several side releases. Since relocating to New York City in November 2014, Baird has set off in numerous directions with new collaborations as well as honing in on her own solo work. Baird released See Sun Think Shadow, an album of piano improvisations in November 2015 and A Love Supreme, a tribute record to John Coltrane in January 2016. She co-runs the Brooklyn-based record label and concert organizer Perfect Wave with Camilla Padgitt-Coles.

As a co-founder of Philadelphia’s shambolic psychonauts un, tectonic drone pioneers Double Leopards, psych-folk drone trio GHQ, and Hototogisu, Marcia Bassett is deeply entwined with the American noise underground. In addition to collaborations with Samara Lubelski, Barry Weisblat and others, she performs solo under the moniker Zaimph and released the album Between The Infinite and The Finite in November.

Camilla Padgitt-Coles is a multimedia artist working in light, sound, video art and audio-visual environments. She makes music solo as Ivy Meadows and participates ambient projects Future Shuttle, Energy Star, Tropical Rock and Non Human Persons.

[GENERATE] William Parker

What: Two evenings of vocal + ensemble performance from free jazz legend William Parker.
When: Friday + Saturday, January 13+14, 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 and Centering Music present two evenings celebrating the music of free jazz bassist, composer, and improviser William Parker. The first evening, Healing Songs from the Tone World, will feature various ensembles presenting vocal music, while the second evening, Tone World Creation Song, will feature the Little Huey Music Orchestra.

William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, and educator from New York City. Heralded by The Village Voice as “the most consistently brilliant free jazz bassist of all time,” Parker has contributed to over 150 albums and six books in addition to teaching and mentoring young musicians and artists. Parker’s current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Parker has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among many others.

Facelessness Plays Unlikelihoods

What: Matt Mehlan presents “Unlikelihoods,” a suite of new compositions written to be realized in iterations, from the new band Facelessness.
When: Wednesday, January 11, 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 – Chicago-based musician, filmmaker, and arts organizer Matt Mehlan presents “Unlikelihoods,” a suite of new compositions written to be realized in iterations, from the new band Facelessness. Performances from American Academy of Achievement and JOBS round out of the evening.

“Unlikelihoods” exists as two scores of the same music. The first cycle is fully entered into notation software, while the second cycle is a set of looser scores for ensemble. This music will be realized in as many iterations as possible, including:

  1. The MIDI Output / Computer Version of the “Score,” orchestrated for a collection of synthesizers and drum machines (with Choir – 3 vocalists + Mehlan)
  2. The performance of the “Score” by X musicians
  3. The performance of the score as a set instructions by Y musicians

Facelessness is a new band formed for the purpose of playing brand new compositions by Matt Mehlan in New York City. Mehlan is joined by longtime collaborators Jason McMahon and Matt Nelson, violist Jessica Pavone, Rob Lundberg and Max Jaffe, and Sam Sowyrda. Matt Mehlan is an artist and musician currently living in Chicago, where he is a lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Based in Brooklyn for 10 years, he is the lead singer of the Skeletons and Uumans, a member of Congotronics Vs. Rockers, and runs the record label Shinkoyo.

American Academy of Achievement is the pseudonym of guitarist, composer, and performer Jason McMahon.

Since forming in 2008, JOBS has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting new forces within the thriving Brooklyn experimental music scene. Comprised of drummer Max Jaffe, bassist Rob Lundberg, and guitarist Dave Scanlon, the group (formerly known as Killer Bob) has set itself apart with its charged performances dripping with intensity and wild spontaneity.

Winter 2017 Season (January – March)

What: Roulette winter season highlights include two evenings of free jazz legend William Parker; the return [DANCEROULETTE] and Mixology, two annual winter performance series celebrating emerging and established artists; the continuation of Meredith Monk’s curated performance series featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Don Byron, Robin Holcomb, and Ellen Fisher; and rising jazz star Tomeka Reid.
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368

Roulette is pleased to announce the release of their winter season from January 11 to March 30, 2017. Tickets will be available online at roulette.org or by phone at (917) 267-0368.

The winter season kicks off Chicago-based musician, filmmaker, and arts organizer Matt Mehlan presenting “Unlikelihoods,” a suite of new compositions written to be realized in iterations, from the new band Facelessness, followed by back-to-back evenings from legendary free jazz bassist William Parker. Multi instrumentalist and Perfect Wave cofounder Ka Baird will utilize Roulette’s Steinway D Grand Piano to present experiments in solo voice + piano, followed by the return of Moroccan-influenced psychedelic jazz collective Club d’Elf. The premiere of Gary Lucas’ solo guitar score accompanying Orson Welles’ surreal silent comedy Too Much Johnson rounds out the month of January.

February will see performances from tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis presenting works from his most recent release, No Filter; Brendon Randall-MyersInvisible Anatomy ensemble exploring the notion of change through composition, lighting, video, and choreography; and Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presenting The Evolution Suite for jazz and string quartet. Highlights include the week-long [DANCEROULETTE] New Movement Series curated by Jennifer Lafferty, featuring performances from contemporary dance artists Marc Crousillat, Jessie Gold, John Hoobyar, Heather Lang, Abigail Levine, Melanie Maar, Marilyn Maywald Yahel, Maddie Schimmel, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Netta Yerushalmy, and Anonymous: Pierre Guilbault and Cori Kresge. Roulette’s annual electronic music festival, Mixology, will also make a reappearance with Michael J. Schumacher as curator. The four day festival will witness live performances from Olivia Block, Anne Guthrie, Greg Fox, Eli Keszler, Kenneth Kirschner, Jason Lescalleet, Daniel Neumann, and Stefan Tcherepnin, complimented by nightly installations from Mario de Vega, Cecilia Lopez, and Ben Manley. The final performance of Mixology will feature a dance installation from Liz Gerring with Michael J. Schumacher, Ursula Scherrer, and Leila Bordreuil. The month concludes with performances from avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra; musician / video artist Josiah Cuneo presenting The Paper Dance, a site-specific film and performance; a rare performance of Morton Feldman’s 1982 composition For John Cage from the piano and violin duo of Joe Houston and Aisha Orazbayeva; and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) curated by Meredith Monk.

March marks the beginning of Roulette’s residencies and commissions series for emerging experimental artists, featuring performances from saxophone quartet Battle Trance presenting Blade of Love and an evening with Chicago-based cellist, composer, and educator Tomeka Reid. Meredith Monk’s year-long curated performance series continues with clarinetist Don Byron performing works for quartet, singer-songwriter Robin Holcomb, and longtime Meredith Monk ensemble member Ellen Fisher. Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet will perform music from their recent release on Firehouse 12 Records, followed by performances from seven-piece ensemble The Jazz Passengers and Kaufman Music Center’s youth ensemble Face The Music. Kayo Dot frontman Toby Driver will perform two sets of austere avant-folk, first as Madonnawhore, a duo of Keith Abrams and Driver, and secondly as String Noise, an avant-punk violin duo comprised of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim. The winter season concludes with two evenings of the String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories festival celebrating 21st century music for strings. The first evening will feature a portrait of composer Anna Clyne in collaboration with Mivos Quartet, followed by a newly commissioned evening-length orchestral work by the composers of the W4 New Music Collective.

Phill Niblock: 6 Hours of Music and Film

What: Roulette legend and intermedia artist Phill Niblock presents his annual 6-hour Winter Solstice concert.
When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016
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 – As the longest night of the year unfolds and the journey of our planet nears the point when Winter commences in the Northern Hemisphere, Roulette stages Phill Niblock’s annual Winter Solstice concert — six sublime hours of acoustic and electronic music and mixed media film and video in a live procession that charts the movement of our planet and the progress of ourselves through art and performance at its maximal best.

Niblock’s minimalistic drone approach to composition and music was inspired by the musical and artistic activities of New York in the 1960s, from the art of Mark Rothko, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and Robert Morris to the music of John Cage and Morton Feldman. Niblock’s music is an exploration of sound textures created by multiple tones in very dense, often atonal tunings (generally microtonal in conception) performed in long durations.

Phill Niblock is an intermedia artist using music, film, photography, video, and computers as his medium. Since the mid-1960s, he has been making music and intermedia performances which have been shown at numerous venues around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, The Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and World Music Institute at Merkin Hall. Since 1985, Niblock has been the director of the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York where he has been an artist and member since 1968. He is the producer of Music and Intermedia presentations at Experimental Intermedia since 1973 (with 1000 performances to date!) and the curator of EI’s XI Records label. Niblock’s music is available on the XI, Moikai, Mode and Touch labels. He is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage award.

Ingrid Laubrock Septet: Serpentines Album Release

What: The Ingrid Laubrock Septet weaves together Laubrock’s compositions with improvisation and live processing.
When: Thursday, December 15, 2016
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 – Coinciding with the release of Serpentines on INTAKT Records, the Ingrid Laubrock Septet will present four compositions that straddle the boundaries of improvisation, new music and avant-jazz. Weaving together Laubrock’s compositions with live processing in multiple simultaneous layers, the four compositions will combine to create an imaginative and evocative whole.

Consisting of seven New York City-based musicians who are significant composers, performers, and improvisers in their own right, the Ingrid Laubrock Septet features the talents of Ingrid Laubrock on tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, and glockenspiel; Peter Evans on piccolo trumpet and trumpet; Miya Masaoka on koto; Craig Taborn on piano; Sam Pluta on electronics; Dan Peck on tuba; and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.

Originally from Germany, Ingrid Laubrock currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Between 1989 and 2009 she was active as a saxophonist and composer in London, and has performed and/or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas, Kenny Wheeler, Jason Moran, Tim Berne, William Parker, Tom Rainey, Mary Halvorson, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey, and Craig Taborn, and many others. Ingrid’s current projects as a leader include Anti-House, Sleepthief, Ingrid Laubrock Orchestra, Ingrid Laubrock Sextet, and Ubatuba. She is a member of Anthony Braxton’s Falling River Music Quartet, Nonet and 12+1tet, Tom Rainey Trio and Obbligato, Andrew Drury’s Content Provider, Mary Halvorson Septet, Kris’ Davis Quintet, Nate Wooley’s Battle Pieces, and Luc Ex’ Assemblée. Ingrid was one of the featured soloists in Anthony Braxton’s opera Trillium J.

Featuring:
Ingrid Laubrock – Tenor Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Glockenspiel
Peter Evans – Piccolo Trumpet, Trumpet
Miya Masaoka – Koto
Craig Taborn – Piano
Sam Pluta – Electronics
Dan Peck – Tuba
Tyshawn Sorey – Drums