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María Grand: Music as a User’s Manual

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Composer and saxophonist María Grand gives the first concert of her 2019 Roulette residency featuring new compositions exploring a system of music similar to a user’s manual.
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019
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: http://roulette.org/event/maria-grand-music-as-a-users-manual/

Brooklyn, NY – For the first concert of her residency, María Grand performs Music as a User’s Manual, a series of compositions that seek to functionalize the rituals that make up a concert experience. It asks what is there to take home after one goes to a concert – is there any real change that happens, and are there any actual tools offered to listeners that they can implement in their lives? Grand strives to create self-contained music that is not a means to an end, rather is the means are the end – where sound illustrates, concretely and abstractly, something everyone can do. She will be joined by Ganavya Doraiswamy on vocals, Joel Ross on vibraphone, and Rajna Swaminathan on percussion.

FIRST SET:
María Grand solo, vocals and saxophone

SECOND SET:
Ganavya Doraiswamy, vocals
María Grand, tenor saxophone
Joel Ross, vibraphone
Rajna Swaminathan, mridangam

María Grand is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and vocalist. She moved to New York City in 2011. She has since become an important member of the city’s creative music scene, performing extensively in projects including musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Craig Taborn, Jen Shyu, Steve Lehman, Aaron Parks, Marcus Gilmore, Jonathan Finlayson, Miles Okazaki, among others. Grand writes and performs her original compositions with her ensemble, DiaTribe; her debut EP TetraWind was picked as “one of the 2017’s best debuts” by the NYC Jazz Record. The New York Times calls her “an engrossing young tenor saxophonist with a zesty attack and a solid tonal range”, while Vijay Iyer says she is “a fantastic young saxophonist, virtuosic, conceptually daring, with a lush tone, a powerful vision, and a deepening emotional resonance.” Grand is a recipient of the 2017 Jazz Gallery Residency Commission, 2018 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission, and 2019 Roulette Jerome Foundation Residency. She is a member of the Doug Hammond quintet, has toured with Antoine Roney, and performs regularly with her own ensemble, as well as with RAJAS, led by Carnatic musician Rajna Swaminathan, and Ouroboros, led by Grammy Award winner alto saxophonist Román Filiú. She has toured Europe, the United States, and South America, playing in venues and festivals such as the Village Vanguard in NYC, La Villette Jazz Festival in Paris, Saafelden Jazz Festival in Austria, Millennium Park in Chicago, the Blue Whale in LA, IloJazz in Guadeloupe (FR), and many others.

Talking Gong: Alex Peh with Kyaw Kyaw Naing, Susie Ibarra, and Claire Chase

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Pianist Alex Peh collaborates with percussionists Susie Ibarra, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, flutist Claire Chase, and the first ever Burmese-American Hsaing Ensemble to perform new works drawing on the musical traditions of Southeast Asia.
When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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: http://bit.ly/WI190319

Brooklyn, NY – In an event organized by pianist Alex Peh, he is joined by a series of virtuosic collaborators to present an evening of music drawing from the musical traditions of Southeast Asia. In Talking Gong, Peh teams up with percussionists Susie Ibarra, Kyaw Kyaw Naing, and flutist Claire Chase to perform a new trio inspired by Southeast Asian gong chime music. Talking Gong, written by Ibarra for Peh and Chase, explores traditional Philippine Kulintang cipher scores, reimagined for piano, flute, and mixed percussion. Peh will also perform three new works by Ibarra and Kit Young for solo piano, inspired by their lifetime of work and study in Southeast Asia, as well as two works by composer Phyllis Chen with Chase.

Peh and Naing, a Burmese percussionist and master of the saing waing or pat waing—a unique drum-circle instrument that has roots in Burmese court culture and Buddhist folk traditions— present new improvisations and compositions for piano and pat waing, a traditional combination that developed when the Italian ambassador gifted King Mindon of Burma a piano in the mid-19th century. Additionally, Peh and Naing will perform the world premiere of new works written for piano and percussion ensemble. The concert will inaugurate the first Burmese-American Hsaing Ensemble in the United States, and features Naing, Peh, and SUNY New Paltz community members and students.

Performers:
Alex Peh, piano
Kyaw Kyaw Naing, percussionist/composer
Susie Ibarra, percussionist/composer
Claire Chase, flutist
Robert Vetri, toy piano, bowl, music box

Hsaing Ensemble:
Elana Kellerhouse
Robert Vetri

Pianist Alex Peh is a collaborative teaching artist, assistant professor of music and coordinator of the piano program at SUNY New Paltz in the bucolic Hudson Valley. He engages with a wide range of music, using his classical training to support his work in traditional and contemporary music, experimental works, and improvisation. He commissions composers to write new pieces, explores world music idioms, and experimental processes. From working with LEGO Mindstorm robotic musical instruments to Burmese piano style, Peh has performed in venues such as the DiMenna Center NYC; Carnegie Weill Recital Hall NYC; Kennedy Center, DC; Austrian Embassy, DC, Abrons Art Center, NYC; and Benaroya Hall, Seattle. Recent concerts include performances at BRIC house, Byzantine Museum in Thessaloniki, Greece; Stone Residency at the Glass Box Theater, NYC; Howland Cultural Center, Beacon; and Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center. Alexpeh.com.

Cecilia Lopez: Dos (tres) / Bifurcations with Aki Onda

Monday, March 18, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Resident artist Cecilia Lopez presents a collaboration with Aki Onda and the premiere of Dos (Tres) for brass and electronics.
When: Monday, March 18, 2019
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: http://bit.ly/WI190318

Brooklyn, NY – For the first concert of her 2019 Roulette residency, artist/composer Cecilia Lopez will present a two-part program, which explores different scales of sound in Roulette’s theater. The program will begin with Dos (tres) written for brass trio and electronics. By conjuring a very subtle atmosphere and focusing on the directionality of sound, timbre, and specific frequency material, this piece investigates the outcome of a very intimate encounter between instruments/instrument players.

The second part of the evening will feature Bifurcations, the first collaboration between Lopez and composer and artist Aki Onda. Sharing a trajectory based on the use of acoustic feedback and the exploration of space through amplification, this concert is an opportunity for both artists to join forces and present a duo feedback composition. Lopez will be playing her handmade instruments, weaved from speaker-wire; Onda will wield multiple amplifiers and his custom lighting system which responds to the aural environment, expanding the perception of space visually.

Dos (tres)
Cecilia Lopez, composition, electronics
Forbes Graham, trumpet
Joe Moffett, trumpet
Christopher McIntyre, trombone

Bifurcations
Cecilia Lopez, electronics, feedback
Aki Onda, feedback, custom light system

Cecilia Lopez is a composer, musician and multimedia artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina currently based in New York. Her work explores perception and transmission processes focusing on the relationship between sound technologies and listening practices. She works across the media of performance, sound, installation and the creation of sound devices and systems. She studied composition with Carmen Baliero and Gustavo Ribicic. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and an MA from Wesleyan University in composition (2016). Her work has been performed and exhibited at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (AR), Center for Contemporary Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania), Festival Internacional Tsonami de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Roulette Intermedium, Issue Project Room, Floating Points Festival , Ostrava Days Festival 2011 (Ostrava, Czech Republic), MATA Festival 2012 (NY), Experimental Intermedia (NY), Fridman Galley (NY), Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo, Norway) and Ende Tymes Festival (NY), Festival Punto de Encuentro organized by the Asociación de Música Electroacústica de España (Spain), and the XIV Cuenca Biennial, among others. She was a Civitella Ranieri fellow in 2015 and has participated in various residency programs such as Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ostrava Days Institute, Harvestworks, and Rupert Residency. She has collaborated in projects with Carmen Baliero, Carrie Schneider and Lars Laumann, among others

Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn: The Transitory Poems

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, two of jazz and contemporary music’s premier pianist-composers perform together in celebration of their record The Transitory Poems on ECM.
When: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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, $30 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: http://bit.ly/WI190312

Brooklyn NY – In celebration of the release of their collaborative record The Transitory Poems, renowned pianists Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn will play an evening at Roulette. Recorded at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest on March 12, 2018—exactly one year before this performance—the album is produced by label founder Manfred Eicher, and will be released on ECM March 15, 2019.

Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer was named Downbeat Magazine’s Jazz Artist of the Year for 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2018 and Artist of the Year in Jazz Times‘ Critics’ Poll and Readers’ Poll for 2017. He received a 2013 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and a 2011 Grammy nomination. He has released twenty-one albums, the most recent of which are on ECM: Far From Over with the Vijay Iyer Sextet, which topped numerous polls and was cited by Rolling Stone as “2017’s jazz album to beat”; A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke with Wadada Leo Smith, named “Best New Music” by Pitchfork; Break Stuff with the Vijay Iyer Trio; the score to the film Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi by filmmaker Prashant Bhargava; and Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project (Pi Recordings) with poet-performer Mike Ladd, named Album of the Year in the Los Angeles Times.

Born in Detroit in 1970, Craig Taborn first earned international notice as a member of saxophonist James Carter’s ensembles. In the late ’90s, he played regularly with Roscoe Mitchell, along with leading his own groups; and by the next decade, the keyboardist was heard collaborating with Tim Berne, Chris Potter, Dave Holland, among others. Taborn first appeared on ECM as a member of Mitchell’s ensembles and subsequently on recordings led by David Torn, Evan Parker, Ches Smith, and Michael Formanek. He made his ECM leader debut in 2011 with an album of solo piano, Avenging Angel, which The New York Times called “a brilliant and unpredictable study informed by contemporary classical music as well as several currents of improvisation. It’s a sit-up-and-take-notice statement.” Then came Chants, a trio disc with bassist Thomas Morgan and drummer Gerald Cleaver, described by DownBeat as being without “borders, or ordinary structures, or typical narrative flow. The songs are positively shimmering, immaculately detailed, prismatic and very improvisational… They flutter and spiral, bend and float, and constantly surprise.” In 2017 he released Daylight Ghosts, referred to as “spellbinding” by the Los Angeles Times.

The independent record label ECM—Edition of Contemporary Music—was founded by producer Manfred Eicher in Munich in 1969, and to date has issued more than 1500 albums spanning many idioms. Emphasising improvisation from the outset, ECM established its reputation with standard-setting recordings by Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, the Art Ensemble of Chicago and many more and began to include contemporary composition—including Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians and Meredith Monk Dolmen Music—in its programme in the late 1970s and early 80s.

Shayna Dulberger: Bitter Sky

Thursday, March 7, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Bassist Shayna Dulberger is joined by Fay Victor, Ava Mendoza, and Juan Pablo Carletti in a performance that is an exploration of sound dimensions using voice, guitar, bass, and drums.
When: Thursday, March 7, 2019
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: http://roulette.org/event/shayna-dulberger-bitter-sky/

Brooklyn, NY – If a sculpture is the art of making two or three-dimensional representations or abstract forms, then how do we apply that model to the creation of music? Are we able to hear dimensions and listen for different parts similar to the way we can walk around a sculpture and see different parts? Which musician creates stability? Which is peppering the ensemble with colors? Which musicians are syncing up on a psychic level? In every performance, Shayna Dulberger asks the audience to explore what they are watching and listening to.

Inspired by minimalist Anthony Caro’s steel sculpture Bitter Sky (1983), bassist and 2019 Roulette resident artist Shayna Dulberger has invited musicians Fay Victor, Ava Mendoza, and Juan Pablo Carletti to explore sound dimensions through improvisation. Bitter Sky is made of steel with bolts and seams that are very visible: layers and layers of parts with nothing hidden—an obvious parallel to watching a band perform.

Fay Victor, vocals
Ava Mendoza, guitar
Shayna Dulberger, bass
Juan Pablo Carletti, drums

Shayna Dulberger has been living and performing in the NYC area since 2003. You can catch her slapping upright bass in her old-timey band Nifty Knuckles, rocking out on electric bass in band Chaser, and exploring textures and found sounds on tape collages in noise project HOT DATE. Dulberger has appeared on over a dozen recordings. She has performed in ensembles led by William Parker, Ras Moshe, Bill Cole, Charles Gayle, Jonathan Moritz, and Chris Welcome. She plays electric bass on Cellular Chaos’s record Diamond Teeth Clenched (Skin Graft). Dulberger (b. 1983) is from Mahopac, NY. She attended Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division in High School and was awarded a Bachelor of Music from Mason Gross School of The Arts Conservatory, Rutgers University where she majored in Jazz Performance. In addition to from performing she currently teaches at Brooklyn Conservatory.

Contemporaneous IMAGINATION presents

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Performance 7:30pm / Doors 6:30pm

What: In celebration of the diverse ways we express our lives through music, Contemporaneous IMAGINATION presents a genre-defying concert featuring Boio, Warp Trio, and Forward Music Project.
When: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
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: http://roulette.org/event/contemporaneous-imagination-presents/

Brooklyn, NY – In a snapshot of the endlessly varied forms of musical expression throughout our community, the 22 musicians of Contemporaneous will host a non-genre musical gathering with performances by some of the most powerful artists working amongst us – daring avant-rock band Boio, the genre-obliterating Warp Trio, and Forward Music Project, Amanda Gookin’s multimedia project of solo cello works developed to empower women and girls.

Contemporaneous will end the night with a set of pioneering new works developed by Contemporaneous IMAGINATION, an initiative that seeks to foster a culture of radical creative openness. The ensemble interprets the finale from storied saxophonist/bandleader and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Henry Threadgill’s sweeping and beautiful homage to Butch Morris in a new version for large ensemble. Contemporaneous also presents the world premiere of a new work by Violet Barnum, a talented recent alumna of the Luna Composition Lab for young composers and the first-ever Contemporaneous Composer-in-Residence. Sarah Goldfeather sings with the ensemble in her highly-anticipated song-cycle Treading Water, which draws on her experiences from indie-folk-rock to contemporary classical music in an electrifying musical synthesis.

Contemporaneous:
Fanny Wyrick-Flax, flutes
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Vicente Alexim, clarinets
David Nagy, bassoon
Cameron West, horn
Evan Honse, trumpet
Daniel Linden, trombone
Amy Garapic & Matt Evans, percussion
Robert Fleitz, piano
Colin Davin, guitar
Sarah Goldfeather, voice
Sabrina Tabby, Finnegan Shanahan, Lauren Cauley, & Curtis Stewart, violin
Scot Moore and Leah Asher, viola
Amanda Gookin & Meaghan Burke, cello
Pat Swoboda, contrabass
David Bloom, conductor

Boio:
Finnegan Shanahan, voice, guitar, violin, and viola
Robby Bowen, drums

Forward Music Project:
Amanda Gookin, cello
Katy Tucker, projections

Warp Trio:
Josh Henderson, violin
Ju-Young Lee, cello
Mikael Darmanie, piano
Rick Martinez, drums

Contemporaneous is an ensemble of 22 musicians whose mission is to bring to life the music of now. Recognized for a “ferocious, focused performance” (The New York Times) and for its “captivating and whole-hearted commitment” (I Care If You Listen), Contemporaneous performs and promotes the most exciting work of living composers in innovative programs throughout the United States. The ensemble has been presented by such institutions as Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, PROTOTYPE Festival, MATA Festival, and Bang on a Can, and has worked with such artists as David Byrne, Donnacha Dennehy, Dawn Upshaw, and Julia Wolfe. Contemporaneous has premiered more than 150 works, and with its newly-launched program Contemporaneous IMAGINATION, the ensemble champions large-scale works, curated from an open call for artists to submit ideas for projects that take risks and defy constraints. Read more at contemporaneous.org

Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What:  Jazz-based quartet Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray bring their unique and exciting chemistry to Roulette.
When: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
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: http://roulette.org/event/shipp-lowe-cleaver-ray-2/

Brooklyn, NY – Roulette is pleased to present the unique and exciting chemistry of the jazz-based quartet Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray. A cooperative group of established musicians, the quartet incorporates the uniquely recognizable pianist Matthew Shipp, masterful alto saxophonist Allen Lowe, legendary percussionist Gerald Cleaver, and acclaimed bassist Kevin Ray. Specializing in free improv, a recent concert was called “a remarkable outing,” and “a testament to their understanding of subtleties and their overall musical experience” in All About Jazz.

Pianist Matthew Shipp has worked and recorded vigorously from the late 1980s onward, creating music in which free jazz and modern classical intertwined. He first became well known in the early 1990s as the pianist in the David S. Ware Quartet, and soon began leading his own dates—most often including Ware bandmate and leading bassist William Parker—and recording a number of duets with a variety of musicians, from the legendary Roscoe Mitchell to violinist Mat Maneri. Through his range of live and recorded performances and unswerving individual development, Shipp has come to be regarded as a prolific and respected voice in creative music into the new millennium.

Allen Lowe is a saxophonist, guitarist, mastering engineer and music historian. He has performed and recorded as a leader with David Murray, Doc Cheatham, Marc Ribot, Matthew Shipp, Don Byron, Julius Hemphill, Nels Cline, Ken Peplowski, Nels Cline, JD Allen, Kalaparusha, Ursula Oppens, Roswell Rudd, James Brandon Lewis, Frank Lacy, and Jimmy Knepper. He has released at least 15 albums under his own name and has five new works coming out in 2018. There are entries about him in the New Grove Dictionary of Jazz and The Penguin Guide to Jazz. There is a chapter on him in the book Bebop and Nothingness by Francis Davis (Schirmer Books: 1996).

Raised in Detroit, Gerald Cleaver is a product of the city’s rich music tradition. Inspired by his father, drummer John Cleaver, he began playing the drums at an early age, in addition to violin and trumpet. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Cleaver has been an assistant professor in the Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan, and in 1998 also joined the jazz faculty at Michigan State University. He moved to New York in 2002. He has performed or recorded with Franck Amsallem, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Lotte Anker, Reggie Workman, Marilyn Crispell, Matt Shipp, William Parker, Craig Taborn, Kevin Mahogany, Charles Gayle, Mario Pavone, Ralph Alessi, Jacky Terrasson, Jimmy Scott, Muhal Richard Abrams, Dave Douglas, Tim Berne, Jeremy Pelt, Ellery Eskelin, David Torn and Miroslav Vitous, among others.

As a young man casting about for direction, critically acclaimed bassist Kevin Ray drifted into the New School jazz program, where he became a protege of Reggie Workman. Under Workmans’s tutelage, he developed an affinity for adventurous artists such as The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Henry Threadgill, The World Saxophone Quartet, Andrew Cyrille, and others. Supporting himself in the early 1990s managing a division at Forbes Publishing, Ray continued to study and play. Toward the end of the decade, he came into contact with one of his spiritual mentors, Andrew Hill and became a full-time musician. For ten years he played regularly with Hill and continued to expand his horizons by performing and recording with artists such as John Hicks, Bobby Zankel, Oliver Lake, Greg Osby, John Stubblefield, Ray Anderson, Kelvyn Bell, Elliott Sharp, Hamiet Bluiett, Nels Cline, Ursula Oppens, Ken Peplowski, J.D. Allen, and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre.

Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anaïs Maviel, Megan Schubert: QUARTET

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Vocalist-composers Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anaïs Maviel, and Megan Schubert come together to perform new pieces written for each other in QUARTET.
When: Sunday, March 3, 2019
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:http://roulette.org/event/gelsey-bell-amirtha-kidambi-anais-maviel-megan-schubert-quartet/

Brooklyn, NY – Drawing from a wide array of inspirations, techniques, and genres, four acclaimed vocalist-composers—Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anaïs Maviel, and Megan Schubert—come together to write new pieces for each other. Each world premiere reflects the individual style of the composer while capitalizing on the collaborators’ flexible voices and improvisational intelligence.

Drawing on her characteristic blend of extended vocal techniques and vocal harmony, Gelsey Bell‘s Within attempts to untangle the ineffable from the corporeal by exploring the interplay between inside and outside. Amirtha Kidambi combines notated materials, graphic score, conduction, and free improvisation to explore vocal textures from polyphony and harmony to microtonality and harsh noise, encapsulating a microcosm of vocal practice from ancient to modern. Anaïs Maviel approaches the liminal spaces between so-called artificial and natural environments. Megan Schubert’s Late Duck, examines her personal experience with performing gender through a theatrical blend of live and pre-recorded sound, samples, stop-motion animation, and video. With a sense of ubiquity, four unique vocal instruments will invoke divine feminine metamorphosis in the face of apocalyptic times.

QUARTET is organized by New York City-based singer, songwriter, and scholar Gelsey Bell. She has been described by The New York Times as an “imaginative” “winning soprano” whose performance of her own music is “virtuosic” and “glorious noise.” She has released multiple albums, including most recently This is Not a Land of Kings, and Ciphony with John King. She received a 2017 Music/Sound Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, has had work included in MoMA PS1’s Greater New York exhibition, and has had both a residency and a commission from Roulette. Her works include Bathroom Songs, Scaling, Our Defensive Measurements, This Takes Place Close By (with thingNY), Prisoner’s Song (with Erik Ruin), Wealth from the Salt Seas (with Anna Sperber), and the acclaimed adaptation of Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives (with Varispeed). She is a core member of thingNY, Varispeed, and the Chutneys. Other performance highlights include Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre, & the Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway and Ghost Quartet, Robert Ashley’s Crash, Matthew Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s River of Fundament, John King’s Micro-Operas, Yasuko Yokoshi’s BELL, Kate Soper’s Here Be Sirens, and Gregory Whitehead’s On the Shore Dimly Seen. www.gelseybell.com

Inbal Segev: 21st Century Women

Thursday, February 28, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: Cellist Inbal Segev performs works by modern female composers: Missy Mazzoli, Reena Esmail, Anna Clyne, Gity Razaz, and Kaija Saariaho.
When: Thursday, February 28, 2019
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: http://roulette.org/event/inbal-segev-21st-century-women/

Brooklyn, NY – Cellist Inbal Segev, known for her “glowing, burnished tone” (The Washington Post) presents a program of music for solo cello by five of today’s prominent women composers—Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, Reena Esmail, Kaija Saariaho, and Gity Razaz—at Roulette. San Francisco Classical Voice described Segev’s performance of this program as “dynamic and musically diverse.” The evening’s focal point, Legend of Sigh (2015) by Gity Razaz, is a multimedia, immersive piece for cello and electronics written for Segev with video and projection design by filmmaker Carmen Kordas. Legend of Sigh explores the themes of birth, transformation, and death through the retelling of an Azerbaijani folktale about a mysterious being, Sigh, who appears every time someone lets out a heartfelt sigh, unknowingly calling out to him.

Segev will also perform a solo cello arrangement of Anna Clyne’s Rest These Hands (2009), which shares the title with a
poem written by Clyne’s mother in the last year of her life; Missy Mazzoli’s A Thousand Tongues (2009), a short but
intense response to a text by Stephen Crane; Reena Esmail’s Perhaps (2005), composed in collaboration with video and
projection designer, dancer, and filmmaker Heather McCalden; and Kaija Saariaho’s Spins and Spells (1997), of which
Saariaho writes, “The title evokes the two gestures which are at the origin of the work: on the one hand the pattern which I
call ‘spinning tops’ turning around on the one spot or undergoing changes, and on the other, timeless moments, centered on
the sound colour and texture.”

Inbal Segev’s playing has been described as “characterized by a strong and warm tone … delivered with impressive fluency and style” and with “luscious phrasing” by The Strad. She has performed around the world as a soloist with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and Pittsburgh Symphony, and has collaborated with legendary conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Lorin Maazel, and Marin Alsop. She has commissioned new works by Avner Dorman, Timo Andres, Gity Razaz, and Dan Visconti, and in 2018 was the first cellist to perform Christopher Rouse’s violoncello concerto since Yo-Yo Ma premiered it in the 1990s. Segev co-founded the Amerigo Trio with former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow and violist Karen Dreyfus, and has co-curated the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra New Music Festival with Marin Alsop since its inception in 2017. Segev’s recent discography includes acclaimed recordings of romantic cello works with pianist Juho Pohjonen (Avie) and Bach’s Cello Suites (Vox). Her YouTube channel features music videos and her popular master class series Musings with Inbal Segev, which has thousands of subscribers across continents and close to one million views. Her many honors include prizes at the Pablo Casals and Paulo International Competitions. Segev began playing the cello in Israel and at age 16 was invited by Isaac Stern to come to the U.S. to continue her studies. She holds degrees from The Juilliard School and Yale University. Her cello was made by Francesco Ruggieri in 1673.

Josiah Cuneo: The Screen Above

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Performance 8pm / Doors 7pm

What: The Screen Above, a new multi-media performance featuring original choreography, music, and live video created and led by writer, director, and composer Josiah Cuneo, with original musical scores interpreted by Jessica Pavone, Meagan Burke, Nick Dunston.
When: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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: http://bit.ly/WI190227

Brooklyn, NY – Positioned in the lineage of Expanded Cinema, The Screen Above is a new multi-media performance featuring original choreography, music and live video created and led by Josiah Cuneo. Employing narration as a theatrical device and trope, The Screen Above subverts conventions of spectatorship and performance as a means of exploring ideas of authority, conformity, rebellion, and improvisation. Here, each scene proposes centuries of obedience in relationship to an ancient screen that hovers above the stage and transmits views of the performance that would otherwise remain obscured or out of reach, transposing its omnipotence to the audience.

Woven between simultaneous spatial, temporal and perspectival shifts of performances on stage and on screen, a narrator and four dancers reveal underlying themes through a complex system of verbal and non-verbal cues in tandem with original musical scores interpreted by Jessica Pavone on viola, Meagan Burke on cello, Nick Dunston on double bass.

Engaging the audience in a spatiotemporal dynamic that exposes the fissures between image and reality, The Screen Above pushes the boundaries of representation through the interaction of filmed sequences, flat projected images, and performers. Citing inspiration from multidisciplinary artists Laurie Anderson, Charles Atlas, Miranda July and William Kentridge, Cuneo’s use of image sequencing through an amalgamation of theatre, video, dance and live music performance is equally informed by the work of composers such as Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, and Giacinto Scelsi.

Josiah Cuneo is a Brooklyn-based writer, director, and composer. In recognition for his work writing, directing and composing films In Through the Night (2015) and LILT (2017) Cuneo has earned awards for Best Director from the NYC Indie Film Awards (2017) and Best Original Score from the Maverick Movie Awards (2017); Feel The Reel International Film Festival (2017); and Mindfield Film Festival Los Angeles (2017). He was awarded Best Experimental Film from The London Film Awards (2018); Festigious International Film Festival (2017); Top Shorts Film Festival (2017); Top Indie Film Awards (2017); Oniros Film Awards (2017); NYC Indie Film Festival (2017); Largo Film Festival (2017); Los Angeles Shorts Awards (2017); Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival (2017); and The European Independent Film Awards (2017). Cuneo was the recipient of the Dance Film Association Production Grant (2015) as well as the Jerome Foundation Grant and Artist Residency at Roulette, New York (2017). This is his third multimedia performance at Roulette Intermedium following Scenes (2014) and The Paper Dance (2017). Cuneo graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and his work has been exhibited or performed at venues including ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, New York (2008); Gallery Satori, New York (2008); Hampden Gallery Incubator Project Space, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2008); Exit Art, New York (2015); DCTV, New York, (2015); Otion Front Studio, New York (2015); The Picture Show, New York (2015); Anthology Film Archives, New York (2015, 2017); and Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn, New York (2014, 2017).