In the second part of her year-long Roulette residency, bassist Shayna Dulberger presents three sets representing her most formative ensembles and projects:
HOT DATE is noise project has been a crucial development in Dulberger’s artistic path. Here she abandons the bass to explore found sounds and electronic manipulations with tape. Her collages explore themes of nostalgia and commercialism by using samples of R&B singers, Heavy Metal, Gamelan, confident celebrity interviews, feminist discussions, international depression awareness PSA’s, grief management, hypnotism and television from the 1990’s. HOT DATE is representative of Dulberger’s chaotic mind and sense of humor for the absurd world we live in. Welcome and Dulberger have been recording and touring as HOT DATE since 2013. They have four releases on Talking Skull Records (Montreal) and Babysunghxing Tapes (New York). https://hotdatenoise.bandcamp.
Warrior of Light
Djassi DaCosta Johnson
Warrior of the Light is an evolving, ongoing collaboration between, dancer-choreographer Djassi DaCosta Johnson and Dulberger. The base of their creative impulse for the work is rooted in inspiration from the manual Warrior of the Light, by Paolo Coehlo which speaks to personal strength and poise when faced with constant war and struggle. We live in a time where we are constantly reminded of war, struggle, inequality, and the rapid decline of mother earth. https://djassidacostajohnson.
Keir Neuringer: saxophone
Shayna Dulberger: bass
Julius Masri: percussion
Dromedaries is a Philadelphia/Brooklyn-based trio who first played together in this format in 2014. The three musicians share an approach to improvisation that is grounded in technical virtuosity, instrumental physicality, and a rigorous approach to form. Stated differently: they climb deep into their instruments and play hard to reward listeners for their time. All three have performed with and been mentored by elders of the jazz avant-garde. Each performs solo and leads their own projects, and each has long-standing collaborations across a range of genres. Their first album, recorded by Eugene Lew in Philadelphia in 2015, was released in 2017 on independent cassette label Already Dead Tapes. A follow-up is forthcoming. Praise includes:
Shayna Dulberger has been living and performing in the NYC area since 2003. You can catch her slapping upright bass in her old timey band Nifty Knuckles, rocking out on electric bass in band Chaser and exploring textures and found sounds on tape collages in noise project HOT DATE. Dulberger has appeared on over a dozen recordings mostly in the free jazz genre. She has performed in ensembles led by William Parker, Ras Moshe, Bill Cole, Charles Gayle, Jonathan Moritz and Chris Welcome. She plays electric bass on Cellular Chaos’s record Diamond Teeth Clenched (Skin Graft). Dulberger (b. 1983) is from Mahopac, NY. She attended Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division in High School and was awarded a Bachelor of Music from Mason Gross School of The Arts Conservatory, Rutgers University where she majored in Jazz Performance. Aside from performing she currently teaches at Brooklyn Conservatory.
Keir Neuringer is a Philadelphia-based saxophonist, composer, and writer whose work is underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches and socio-political contextualizations. He is best known for a personal and intensely physical saxophone technique, revealed through long form solo improvisations, and he has collaborated with a multitude of world-renowned and underground practitioners in jazz, avant-garde, noise, classical, theater, and dance disciplines. He has travelled extensively to present his work, appeared on numerous festival stages, and given workshops throughout Europe and North America. In addition to the saxophone, he plays analogue electronics and Farfisa organ, narrates text (most notably with Dutch new music group Ensemble Klang), and composes largely outside of conventional new music scenes. He trained as a composer and saxophonist in the US, spent two years on a Fulbright research grant in Krakow, and then moved to The Hague, where he lived for eight years, curating performative audiovisual art and earning a masters degree from the experimental ArtScience Institute. Originally from New York State, he settled in Philadelphia in 2012, where he lives with his family and advocates against prisons as a member of the Books Through Bars Collective. Keir is a founding member of the band Irreversible Entanglements, improvisation trio Dromedaries, and Speak Cities, a duo with Canterbury-based turntableist Matt Wright. He has a two-decade collaboration with bassist Rafal Mazur, from Krakow, and in recent years has performed regularly with pianist Simone Weissenfels, from Leipzig. His music is documented on recordings released by International Anthem, Relative Pitch, Already Dead Tapes, Not Two, For-Tune, New Atlantis, and independently.
“…with Neuringer’s music…mortal purpose is a given.”
(Bill Meyer, September 2014 issue of Wire Magazine)
Julius Masri is a Philadelphia-based multi-instrumentalist, and a performer/composer for the city’s dance community at large. Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, he moved to the States in 1990 and picked up drumming a year later. He studied with Philadelphia instructors Carl Mottola, Elaine Hoffman-Watts, and as an undergraduate at Bard College, with AACM’s Thurman Barker, Richard Teitelbaum, and Joan Tower. Julius plays drums, circuit-modified Casio keyboards, oud, kamancheh (aka rabab, spike fiddle), and various other instruments. He currently performs in grind/crust metal band Night Raids, free jazz groups Sirius Juju and Dromedaries, experimental rock band Van Sutra, trombone and synth duo Superlith, and others. He has performed with such crucial musicians as Henry Grimes, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Thurman Barker, members of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Festivals performed include Sonic Circuits DC (2013, 2016), High Zero Baltimore (2016), Maryland Death Fest (2015, 2017), Shadow Woods Metal Festival (2017), The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival (2016, 2018).
Shayna Dulberger: Active Projects 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.