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March 2017

Curated by Meredith Monk: Ellen Fisher

March 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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For the final Curated by Meredith Monk performance of the winter season, Ellen Fisher presents Time Don't Stop for Nobody, a movement-based performance relating to the perception of age. A small ensemble of four performers, each 25-30 years apart, will collaborate during the creative process to highlight their shared experiences on the progression of growing up. Ellen Fisher is an interdisciplinary artist whose work combines dance with visual components. She began performing with Meredith Monk / The House in the…

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75 Dollar Bill: Little Big Band

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Minimalist duo 75 Dollar Bill perform arrangements for large ensemble, recreating densely layered tracks of their records while also adapting duo materials for an expanded group. Drawing on the loose, improvisatory structure of the music, the performance will emphasize the individual contributions and personalities of the band members. Players will come and go throughout the evening, with the band taking on larger and smaller configurations depending on the material. The music is intended to be social, at times appropriate for…

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The Jazz Passengers: Still Life With Trouble

March 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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The Jazz Passengers celebrate the release of their newest album, Still Life with Trouble. Founded in 1987, The Jazz Passengers are a fantastical fusion of post-bop and musical comedy, once called a “perverse mainstream… hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa” by The Boston Globe. Their name, a take-off on Art Blakey - Blue Note Records's Jazz Messengers, reveals the musicians’ wild ride along the eccentric currents in modern American music. Saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes found strong…

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The String Orchestra of Brooklyn: The Music of Anna Clyne

March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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The String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Mivos Quartet perform string works by composer Anna Clyne. The evening features an opening set from cellist Inbal Segev. Program: Prince of Clouds – for string orchestra | featuring Lauren Cauley, violin + Olivia de Prato, violin Within Her Arms – for string orchestra Rest These Hands – for solo cello | featuring Inbal Segev, cello Roulette – for string quartet | featuring MIVOS string quartet Shadow of the Words – for string quartet…

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The String Orchestra of Brooklyn: W4 New Music Collective

March 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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The world premiere performance of a new work by W4 New Music Collective is the headlining act for The String Orchestra of Brooklyn's String Theories Festival. Whether by choice or circumstance, there are times that we walk the road alone. Acknowledging these moments in their own lives, composers Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, and Molly Herron have collaboratively created Solo, a multi-movement instrumental work commissioned by The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. A rotating cast of soloists from every section of the…

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The String Orchestra of Brooklyn: The Argus String Quartet

March 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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For the closing night of The String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s String Theories Festival, the Argus String Quartet presents an evening of old and new works for string quartet. The Argus String Quartet is featured on The String Orchestra of Brooklyn’s inaugural album, AfterImage, to be released June 21, 2017. The Argus String Quartet is dedicated to reinvigorating the audience-performer relationship through innovative concerts and diverse repertoire – connecting with and building up a community of engaged listeners is at the…

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April 2017

Roulette Spring Open House

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Calling all local residents, community organizers, vendors, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Roulette’s Rental Program! You are invited to Roulette’s Spring Neighborhood Open House on Monday, April 3. From 6-8 pm, we will be opening our doors to the public and inviting the community to check out Roulette. Have a drink, listen to music, learn about Roulette’s programming, and see why Roulette has become one of the busiest venues in Brooklyn for weddings, not-for-profit and commercial…

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Matt Mitchell Plays Førage (Music of Tim Berne)

April 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Roulette presents two sets of original music from pianist Matt Mitchell and saxophonist Tim Berne. For the first set, Matt Mitchell will perform Tim Berne’s music from the new album førage on Screwgun Records, followed by Mitchell and Berne playing duo versions of their original compositions. Tim Berne is an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Described by critic Thom Jurek as commanding “considerable power as a composer and … frighteningly deft ability as a soloist,” Berne has composed and performed…

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Curated by Meredith Monk: Phil Kline with Jim Jarmusch: Not Okay

April 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Composer Phil Kline, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner, pianist Kathleen Supové, and percussionist David Cossin perform past, present, and future work, including music from Kline’s upcoming album and two theater works-in-progress, “I Am Joan Crawford” and “Tesla.” The program will feature Horner singing two songs and an aria from a work-in-progress, Supové performing a solo piano piece, Kline and Cossin playing a section from a work-in-progress, and Kline and Jarmusch performing feedback improvisation over a composed bed played on…

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Fast Forward: Octopoda + Music for Solo and Ensembles

April 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Roulette presents an evening of works dating back to 1986 and world premieres by experimental composer + multi-instrumentalist Fast Forward. The evening will consist of solo works for bicycle handlebars and steel pan (performed by Fast Forward), ensemble works for guitar, voice and percussion, an ensemble work for two trombones and two percussionists, and a New York premiere for quartet. Fast Forward is a New York based composer / musician who makes music with almost anything. He toured extensively with…

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Lucie Vítková: OPERA

April 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Czech composer Lucie Vítková prepares OPERA, a new evening piece for singing instrumentalists from The OPERA Ensemble. The piece will take the traditional musical form of opera filled by contemporary and experimental music materials, written for singing musicians playing harp, saxophone, flute, theremin, accordion and oboe. OPERA is based on utopian thinking and its environment includes sound, visuals, fashion and movement. The libretto of the piece is based on theoretical texts concerning voice, expressed via Morse code. Lucie Vítková is…

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Dance Roulette: Stephanie Skura

April 18 @ 8:00 pm - April 19 @ 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Stephanie Skura directs a group of seven stellar improvisers representing a diversity of ages and nationalities to perform two evenings of Surreptitious Preparations For An Impossible Total Act. The cast is comprised of five women in their 60s and two in their forties who consider immersed, empowered, individualistic performing to be their top priority. Stephanie Skura has created interdisciplinary movement-based performances for three decades. Her process focuses on the power and totality of each performer, collaboratively discovering and developing material.…

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Ensemble FIRE & Momenta Quartet: Huang Ruo’s Sonic Garden

April 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Celebrated Chinese composer Huang Ruo convenes Ensemble FIRE and Momenta Quartet to present five pieces, including “Wind Blows” for cello and piano; “Red Rain” for solo piano; String Quartet No. 2: “The Flag Project”; String Quartet No. 3: “Calligraffiti”; and “Drama Theatre No. 3: Written on the Wind” for pipa, voice, and visuals. Huang Ruo has been lauded by The New Yorker as “one of the world’s leading young composers.” His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from…

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Spectral Streams: ICE and Ensemble l’Itinéraire

April 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Roulette hosts a French-American collaboration between two leading contemporary music ensembles: International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) from New York / Chicago and Ensemble L’Itinéraire from Paris, conducted by French-Canadian conductor Jean-Michaël Lavoie. This Spectral Streams tour, initiated to celebrate the 70th birthday of Gérard Grisey (one of the founders of Ensemble L’Itinéraire), features works by French and American composers associated with the spectral school of composition. Three generations are featured throughout the tour: seminal works by Grisey (“Périodes” and “Partiels”), chamber…

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May 2017

Matthew Goodheart + Matthew Ostrowski: Action at a Distance

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Matthew Goodheart (piano, computer-controlled metal percussion) and Matthew Ostrowski (electronics, fluorescent lights) perform solo compositions based on computer control of musical and non-musical objects, while also performing together as an improvising duo for the first time. Goodheart’s work centers on transducer activated metal percussion, deriving and designing sounds tailored to each instrument’s the unique acoustic properties, often integrating them with his idiosyncratic pallet of solo piano techniques. Derived entirely from the amplified and processed sounds of a quartet of fluorescent…

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Miya Masaoka: A Line Becomes a Circle

May 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Miya Masaoka presents A Line Becomes A Circle, a Shomyo-Noh chamber opera featuring a libretto with Haiku fragments written by the composer’s ancestor, the poet Shiki Masaoka (1867-1902). Inspired by a Fulbright trip to Japan in 2016 to study Noh, the piece is both sparse and rich, weaving together bel canto opera with Shomyo and Noh vocalizations and percussion. A Line Becomes A Circle was recently performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, and Theater of Yugen in…

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