2020 Roulette Resident Artist
The multitalented improviser, composer, and trumpeter jaimie branch returns to Roulette for the second performance of her 2020 Roulette Residency—postponed in the pandemic.
jaimie branch trio and Anteloper will be improvising music, loudly and softly. Improvisation is a musical practice of imagining future worlds unseen—there are other ways we can live, more loving ways, more fun ways—improvised music is a soundtrack to these imagined futureworlds.
jaimie branch: trumpet, synths
jason nazary: drums, synths
luke stewart: bass
mike pride: drums
jaimie branch (b. 1983) is a Brooklyn-based improvisor, composer, and trumpeter whose work is primarily focused on expanding the sonic and technical limitations of the trumpet in free and improvised musics. Branch received her bachelors degree in music from the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied with John McNeil, Joe Morris, and Steve Lacy. In May 2017, Branch released her debut record as a leader, Fly or Die (International Anthem 011), to critical acclaim. Her follow up release, “Fly or Die II: bird dogs of paradise” was released in October 2019 also on the International Anthem label. Branch believes that all the music in the Universe lives in a cloud just above our heads and that if you listen, you can hear it. Listen. Can you hear it?
Anteloper is the electric brain child of jaimie branch (fly or die, high life) and jason nazary (little women, helado negro, bear in heaven). Branch and Nazary have been playing together as trumpeter and drummer for years, since meeting at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2002, but in this duo both musicians include synthesizers to push further into the spectral space ship ether. With deep rhythmic passages, telepathic improvisations and effortless melodic negotiations, Anteloper pushes forward, swinging its horns all the while.
the jaimie branch trio is the musical output of jaimie branch, luke stewart, and mike pride. They improvise musically, telepathically, guided by the clouds of sound that surround us all.
This performance is made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation. The Jerome Foundation, a long-time supporter of young composers, was a mainstay in Roulette’s early development and continues to help us fulfill our mission by presenting ambitious work by promising artists. Each year, the Jerome Foundation supports five artist residencies and four commissions at Roulette.