What: Roulette winter season highlights include two evenings of free jazz legend William Parker; the return [DANCEROULETTE] and Mixology, two annual winter performance series celebrating emerging and established artists; the continuation of Meredith Monk’s curated performance series featuring American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME), Don Byron, Robin Holcomb, and Ellen Fisher; and rising jazz star Tomeka Reid.
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Roulette is pleased to announce the release of their winter season from January 11 to March 30, 2017. Tickets will be available online at roulette.org or by phone at (917) 267-0368.
The winter season kicks off Chicago-based musician, filmmaker, and arts organizer Matt Mehlan presenting “Unlikelihoods,” a suite of new compositions written to be realized in iterations, from the new band Facelessness, followed by back-to-back evenings from legendary free jazz bassist William Parker. Multi instrumentalist and Perfect Wave cofounder Ka Baird will utilize Roulette’s Steinway D Grand Piano to present experiments in solo voice + piano, followed by the return of Moroccan-influenced psychedelic jazz collective Club d’Elf. The premiere of Gary Lucas’ solo guitar score accompanying Orson Welles’ surreal silent comedy Too Much Johnson rounds out the month of January.
February will see performances from tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis presenting works from his most recent release, No Filter; Brendon Randall-Myers’ Invisible Anatomy ensemble exploring the notion of change through composition, lighting, video, and choreography; and Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presenting The Evolution Suite for jazz and string quartet. Highlights include the week-long [DANCEROULETTE] New Movement Series curated by Jennifer Lafferty, featuring performances from contemporary dance artists Marc Crousillat, Jessie Gold, John Hoobyar, Heather Lang, Abigail Levine, Melanie Maar, Marilyn Maywald Yahel, Maddie Schimmel, EmmaGrace Skove-Epes, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Netta Yerushalmy, and Anonymous: Pierre Guilbault and Cori Kresge. Roulette’s annual electronic music festival, Mixology, will also make a reappearance with Michael J. Schumacher as curator. The four day festival will witness live performances from Olivia Block, Anne Guthrie, Greg Fox, Eli Keszler, Kenneth Kirschner, Jason Lescalleet, Daniel Neumann, and Stefan Tcherepnin, complimented by nightly installations from Mario de Vega, Cecilia Lopez, and Ben Manley. The final performance of Mixology will feature a dance installation from Liz Gerring with Michael J. Schumacher, Ursula Scherrer, and Leila Bordreuil. The month concludes with performances from avant-garde percussionist Susie Ibarra; musician / video artist Josiah Cuneo presenting The Paper Dance, a site-specific film and performance; a rare performance of Morton Feldman’s 1982 composition For John Cage from the piano and violin duo of Joe Houston and Aisha Orazbayeva; and American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) curated by Meredith Monk.
March marks the beginning of Roulette’s residencies and commissions series for emerging experimental artists, featuring performances from saxophone quartet Battle Trance presenting Blade of Love and an evening with Chicago-based cellist, composer, and educator Tomeka Reid. Meredith Monk’s year-long curated performance series continues with clarinetist Don Byron performing works for quartet, singer-songwriter Robin Holcomb, and longtime Meredith Monk ensemble member Ellen Fisher. Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet will perform music from their recent release on Firehouse 12 Records, followed by performances from seven-piece ensemble The Jazz Passengers and Kaufman Music Center’s youth ensemble Face The Music. Kayo Dot frontman Toby Driver will perform two sets of austere avant-folk, first as Madonnawhore, a duo of Keith Abrams and Driver, and secondly as String Noise, an avant-punk violin duo comprised of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim. The winter season concludes with two evenings of the String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories festival celebrating 21st century music for strings. The first evening will feature a portrait of composer Anna Clyne in collaboration with Mivos Quartet, followed by a newly commissioned evening-length orchestral work by the composers of the W4 New Music Collective.