Michaël Attias: Nine

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Michaël Attias brings together a nonet of master improvisers for an evening of boundary-pushing sonic exploration.
When: Wednesday, December 12, 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
Tickets: https://roulette.org/event/michael-attias-nine/

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette is pleased to present the music of Nine, a seamless weave of free improvisation and notated scenarios, textures and grooves, dissolving soundscapes, spontaneous kaleidoscopes of instrumental recombination, the coiling and uncoiling of melody, rhythm, polyphony as prismatically refracted through the mirrored orchestration of two reeds, two brass, two strings, two percussions, and one piano. The evening is composed of nine moments — some heavily textured, others extremely sparse and thin, some intricately notated and rhythmically specific, others lightly sketched forms for floating improvisations. In response to the first performance of the group, poet Marjorie Welish wrote that it was “ a privilege to hear such musicianship enabling the mental life of sound!”

The nonet developed at Michaël Attias’s Stone Residency in August 2018. At its core, the group is the trio of John Hébert, Satoshi Takeishi, and Attias, which has performed and recorded three albums since 2003 under the name of Renku. The remaining members have all been drawn from Attias’s many groups and collaborations over the years. These players, among the most rhythmically advanced and inventive in the world, are also timbral wizards and passionately lyrical improvisers, painters in sound that fill the spaces of an ensemble with liquid light and color beyond any such closed terms as solo or ensemble playing.

Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
Tony Malaby: tenor and soprano saxophones
Ralph Alessi: trumpet
Ben Gerstein: trombone, electronics
Jacob Sacks: piano
Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello, electronics
John Hébert: bass
Satoshi Takeishi: percussion
Eric McPherson: drums