Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm
What: Joseph C. Phillips Jr and Numinous premiere the intuitive and introspective mono-opera The Grey Land.
When: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $18 presale, $25 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Brooklyn, NY – Roulette is proud to present the world premiere of Joseph C. Phillips’s mono-opera The Grey Land, which explores themes of humanity and identity in relation to race, class, and power through the lens of a black mother’s experiences navigating American society with her son. The Grey Land ruminates on longstanding systemic societal, economic, and cultural issues exemplified by the recent spate of police shootings and subsequent protests, and how they have become part of a wider public consciousness. The piece features 28-piece orchestral ensemble Numinous, as well as soprano Rebecca L. Hargrove, choreography by Edisa Weeks, and film and video work by Malik Isasis & Xuan Zhang.
Joseph C. Phillips Jr.: Composer, Conductor
Rebecca L. Hargrove: Soprano soloist
Kenneth Browning: Narrator
Malik Isasis & Xuan Zhang: Video/Film
Edisa Weeks: Choreography
Michael Hammond: Electronics
Jay Bouey: Dancer
Phillips defines his multifaceted work as mixed-music – a term inspired by mixed-race people who have traits and characteristics that come from individual parents, but blend to create something unique and new. Phillips’s composions not limited or defined by genre but rather are an amalgamation, transmuted into a singular and individual style. Numinous, a flexible ensemble was formed in 2000 to perform Phillips’s compositions. Their music generates emotions in the listener that resonate with beauty, mystery, and wonder in order to challenge, enlighten, and refresh.