Ned Rothenberg, Alain Kirili and Ariane Lopez-Huici chat with Roulette about their April 24th 2021 performance—Concert Without Public—their work, and the shared history of presenting live music in downtown Manhattan loft spaces over the last 40 years.
Composer/performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 33 years on five continents. He performs primarily on alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi—an endblown Japanese bamboo flute. His solo work utilizes an expanded palette of sonic language, creating a kind of personal idiom all its own. In an ensemble setting, he leads the trio Sync, with Jerome Harris, guitars and Samir Chatterjee, tabla; he works with the Mivos Quartet playing his Quintet for Clarinet and Strings and collaborates around the world with fellow improvisors. Recent recordings include this Quintet, The World of Odd Harmonics, Ryu Nashi (new music for shakuhachi), and Inner Diaspora, all on John Zorn’s Tzadik label, as well as Live at Roulette with Evan Parker, and The Fell Clutch, on Rothenberg’s Animul label.
Alain Kirili is a French American sculptor of verticality and modeling. His work emphasizes an “aesthetics of spontaneity” and seeks its formal unity through the variety of materials he employs in a quest for “organic simplicity.” He has worked on the monumental aspects of sculpture in public spaces (at the campus of the University of Bourgogne in Dijon, in Paris and Grenoble). Alain Kirili was commissioned by the Ministère de la Culture to install the sculpture of the 20th century in the Tuileries in Paris.
Ariane Lopez-Huici work focuses on the human body, transgressing the conventional canon of beauty. Accentuating the shadowy areas of the human adventure, she uses black and white photography with a pronounced grain and deep blacks. Her series Aviva, Dalila, and Holly shows her passion for Rubenesque bodies. Her african series Adama&Omar and Kenekoubo Ogoïre develops her interest for any kind of physical and sensual expression. Her series Rebelles and Triumph deal with a group of voluptuous women asserting their majesty. Her series Priscille, 2009-2010, with an handicapped model, claims in the Rodin’s tradition for the true beauty and personality of the fragmented body. After photographing the naked body for many years, it was an unusual challenge to work with Shani Ha, 2013-2016 and her wearable textile sculptures, Ariane’s most recent work.
Connected to the incredible rich world of the free jazz improvisation, she records in depth many of the most talented musicians, publishing for example the series the flying hands of Cecil Taylor.