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Studies In Loyalty: Wendy Eisenberg with Ryan Sawyer and Lester St. Louis

Friday, February 3, 20238:00 pm

Improviser and songwriter Wendy Eisenberg will debut new song-environments for improvising trio, featuring Ryan Sawyer (drums) and Lester St. Louis (cello), as part of their Roulette Residency.

“I had a sequence of three dreams in the fall of 2022,” writes Eisenberg. “In one, Ryan and I, who had never deeply met, were playing my songs, refracting them into a web of ropes of light. The second was that Lester was playing the cello like it was the shadow crosshatched under a drawing of a huge granite sphere. The third was that the band was called Studies in Loyalty, after a book I haven’t read that I had seen in passing in a store. We will be playing old and new songs I have written and we will be improvising around and beyond them. The first time we played was at Union Pool, where Nate Wooley had gotten the flu and they needed somebody to fill in for him. It felt like this trio had been on the road for twenty years.”

“This kind of musical adventurousness is always a bold, unfettered joy.”
—Popmatters

“[Eisenberg] consistently finds the square pegs that will miraculously fit a round hole, and their nonchalant, intimate style of
singing makes the juxtaposition feel natural.” —Pitchfork

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.

This performance was developed as part of Wendy Eisenberg’s Roulette 2022-2023 Residency, made possible with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. This performance is presented through Roulette’s GENERATE program, providing over 30 artists each year with in-depth creative and technical support.

Studies In Loyalty: Wendy Eisenberg with Ryan Sawyer and Lester St. Louis

Friday, February 3, 20238:00 pm

Improviser and songwriter Wendy Eisenberg will debut new song-environments for improvising trio, featuring Ryan Sawyer (drums) and Lester St. Louis (cello), as part of their Roulette Residency.

“I had a sequence of three dreams in the fall of 2022,” writes Eisenberg. “In one, Ryan and I, who had never deeply met, were playing my songs, refracting them into a web of ropes of light. The second was that Lester was playing the cello like it was the shadow crosshatched under a drawing of a huge granite sphere. The third was that the band was called Studies in Loyalty, after a book I haven’t read that I had seen in passing in a store. We will be playing old and new songs I have written and we will be improvising around and beyond them. The first time we played was at Union Pool, where Nate Wooley had gotten the flu and they needed somebody to fill in for him. It felt like this trio had been on the road for twenty years.”

“This kind of musical adventurousness is always a bold, unfettered joy.”
—Popmatters

“[Eisenberg] consistently finds the square pegs that will miraculously fit a round hole, and their nonchalant, intimate style of
singing makes the juxtaposition feel natural.” —Pitchfork

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.

This performance was developed as part of Wendy Eisenberg’s Roulette 2022-2023 Residency, made possible with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. This performance is presented through Roulette’s GENERATE program, providing over 30 artists each year with in-depth creative and technical support.