Release Date: Monday, April 13, 2020


The multitalented improviser, composer, and trumpeter Jaimie Branch brings her quartet FLY or DIE to Roulette to perform compositions from their acclaimed records: Fly or Die and FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise. The live performance brings to life the raw power and boundary-pushing abilities of Branch as a player and composer, and showcases the combined playing power of Lester St. Louis (cello, percussion), Jason Ajemian (double bass, percussion, vocals), and Chad Taylor (drums, mbira).

This performance follows the release of FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise. Recorded and released late last year after a lengthy European tour, the album is the result Branch’s insatiable need to explore new frontiers of composition and style. It also marks the instrumentalist’s first venture as a vocalist. “So much beauty lies in the abstract of instrumental music,” notes Branch in the album’s liner notes, “but being this ain’t a particularly beautiful time, I’ve chosen a more literal path. The voice is good for that.”

Jaimie Branch: trumpet
Lester St. Louis: cello, percussion
Jason Ajemian: double bass, percussion, vocals
Chad Taylor: drums, mbira

Episode Produced by Jim Staley
Directed and Edited By Wolfgang Daniel
Graphics by Rachel Lyngholm and Wolfgang Daniel