The award-winning Broken Frames Syndicate (BFS) based in Frankfurt, Germany makes its US-debut presenting a program of internationally diverse composers with a focus on composer-trumpeter Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson. At one time a New York staple, Nelson makes his heartfelt return to the city after living 30 years in Biel, Switzerland. Over the course of a five-year period, the members of BFS have become intimate with Nelson‘s musical language resulting in many new solo/chamber works, and European premieres from Nelson‘s time in the USA. At the core of the program is Nelson’s trumpet concerto Jim is still crowing featuring the composer as soloist. This work was written specifically for the musicians of BFS, with each member’s individual voice in conversation with the solo trumpet. Nelson’s background as a composer, trumpeter, and improviser shines through in this personal expression of the times we are living in. The world premiere of Jim is still crowing was given at the Naxoshalle concert series in Frankfurt, Germany in November 2022 with further performances at the Lucerne Festival (August 2023) by the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra, and Rainy Days Festival (November 2023) in Luxembourg. The piece will receive its US premiere at Roulette in this concert.
Broken Frames Syndicate will also highlight the music of Talib Rasul Hakim who was a mentor to Nelson during his time in New York. BFS pianist Talvi Hunt will perform Sound-Gone for prepared piano (1967), a haunting work that sounds as fresh as if it was written today. To round out the program, the ensemble will present US premieres of works from composers Anahita Abbasi – Within the Hadal & Epi (Iran), Macarena Rosmanich – A Sky of Thousand Windows (Chile), Ellis Hallik – To become a Tree (Estonia), and Yongbom Lee – A little Night Music (South-Korea). Through collaboration and experimentation, BFS presents works that allow the composer’s voices to be clearly unique while allowing room for the ensemble‘s own interpretation.
Lola Rubio violin
William Overcash violin
Laura Hovestadt viola
Nathan Watts cello
Katrin Szamatulski flute
Moritz Schneidewendt clarinet
Peng-Hui Wang bassoon
Talvi Hunt piano
Yu-Ling Chiu percussion
Lautaro Mura Fuentealba conductor
Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson trumpet/composer
A livestream will be available free of charge at 8pm on the day of the performance and archived for future viewing. Watch below or on YouTube.