[RESIDENCY] Fire Breathing: David Byrd-Marrow, Peter Evans, Steve Lehman, Anthony Orji // Seaven Teares

Wednesday, December 16, 2015. 8:00 pm

Peter Evans has convened a new quartet of  wind players for a premiere performance of collaborative music. Steve Lehman (saxophones), David Byrd-Marrow (french horn) and Anthony Orji (bass clarinet) will work with Evans, composing new structures for improvisation and sonic exploration.  The all-wind instrument format is a rare one; the group will seek to both explore and break the limits imposed by breath sustained instruments, with each member of the group contributing his own unique voice and timbral approach to create a hybrid and ultra dynamic music.

Fire Breathing: David Byrd-Marrow, Peter Evans, Steve Lehman, Anthony Orji is made possible, in part, by the Jerome Foundation. This is the second presentation of three concerts as part of Evans’ Artist Residency.

Seaven Teares is a New York band formed in 2010 featuring singer/songwriter Charlie Looker (Extra Life, ex-Zs), experimental vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (Sequins and Skeletons), Robbie Lee (Howling Hex) on woodwinds, guitars and synth, and percussionist Russell Greenberg (Yarn/Wire). The bands’ mostly acoustic sound brings together a number of disparate influences: dark post-Industrial folk (Death In June, Current 93), 1960’s co-ed pop folk groups (Mamas and the Papas, Ian & Sylvia), the drones and textures of modern composition and experimental improvisation, and the cold alien vocal harmonies of Gothic era liturgical music. The seven slow-burning songs shift between abstract raga-like meditations and straight melodic hooks, set against acoustic guitars, dark synth ambience, vibraphone, bells, and occasional harsh electronics, as well as authentic Medieval pump organ and recorders.

Over the last 33 years the Jerome Foundation has awarded Roulette almost $1 million, supporting hundreds of emerging artists through Roulette commissions, residencies and presentations. This sustained support has helped Roulette welcome successive generations of experimental artists into our community and onto our stage.