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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: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: https://roulette.org/event/mario-diaz-de-leon-and-tak-ensemble-sanctuary-album-release/

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

Resonant Bodies Festival

What: Roulette’s fall season kicks off with three nights of the acclaimed contemporary vocal performance festival Resonant Bodies.
When: Tuesday-Thursday, September 6-8 2016, 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: $20/15 Online $25/20 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door

Brooklyn, NY – Acclaimed Resonant Bodies Festival returns to Roulette in its fourth annual incarnation as New York’s most innovative and wide-ranging presenter of contemporary vocal artists. Featuring an international roster of virtuosic singers, world premieres, and an exhilarating mix of genres, the nine vocalists performing over three days will provide an immersive musical experience unlike any other.

Opening night (September 6) features soprano Julia Bullock, winner of the 2014 Naumburg International Vocal Competition, singing David Hertzberg, Lukas Foss, and John Cage; flutist, lyric soprano, and curator of a vibrant repertoire of lesser-known contemporary masterpieces, Alice Teyssier, will perform with her multi-media experimental ensemble, The Atelier (Bradley Scott Rosen, Michael Weyandt); and award-winning Ethiopian-born, Swedish composer/vocalist/improviser Sofia Jernberg, will make her New York debut with her own compositions for solo voice as well as new works showcasing her virtuosic vocal talents.

The second night (September 7) features the “open-hearted” (Wall Street Journal) performing style of mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, performing Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Florent Ghys; along with the fearless, boundary-pushing tenor Peter Tantsits, giving the US premiere of several works by Karlheinz Stockhausen; and bass-baritone Dashon Burton, founding member of the Grammy-winning Roomful of Teeth, performing works by Georges Aperghis, Stockhausen, Jake Endris, David Heard, and a world premiere of an original work for voice and electronics.

The final night (September 8) will feature “Hamburg’s queen of avant-garde” (Hamburger Abendblatt) Frauke Aulbert, who boasts a vocal range of four octaves, sharing her explorations of extended vocal techniques from around the world, on the same program as Sophia Burgos, a rising star of contemporary vocal music, presenting a collage of virtuosic vocal music by Philippe Leroux, Lucian Berio, and Zesses Seglias; and “preternaturally focused” (The New York Times) Canadian soprano Charlotte Mundy, who will be joined by her ensemble, TAK, to perform premieres by Natacha Diels, Doug Balliett, and Erin Gee in settings of Anne Carson’s poem, “The Albertine Workout.”