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Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States

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May 2017

John Zorn: Game Pieces

May 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Roulette welcomes back prolific composer John Zorn to present two of his game pieces, Cobra and Xu Feng. This will be the second time Cobra is performed at Roulette since the 2014 performance celebrated the work’s 30th anniversary. John Zorn is an accomplished saxophonist, a versatile composer, an improvisational maestro, and an ardent promoter of experimental music. His music often defies convention and explores the spaces between and among genres. In his eclectic orchestrations, including solo works, chamber ensemble pieces,…

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Matthew Goodheart + Matthew Ostrowski: Action at a Distance

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
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
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
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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Guy Klucevsek: Bellows Brigade

May 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Accordionist Guy Klucevsek presents Bellows Brigade, the most recent in a series of all-accordion groups that Klucevsek has put together over the decades. The repertoire features tunes and compositions by all the members of the band: Guy Klucevsek, Will Holshouser, Nathan Koci, and Kamala Sankaram. The program includes world premieres including Guy Klucevsek’s “Pauline, Pauline,” in memory of Pauline Oliveros, guest composer David Mahler’s “Shall we have that singing….” based on the poem by William Stafford, and Will Holshouser’s “Dragonflies,”…

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Val Jeanty: AfroElectronica Dancing The Divine

May 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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For her first residency of the 2017 season, Haitian composer Val Jeanty will explore the correlation of sound, body and spirit in a collaborative sound + dance performance with fire dancer Ra Nubi. Jeanty’s AfroElectronica soundscapes combine the spiritual medium of electronic voudou with a the fire spirit element in order to inspire and engage a wider depth of spirituality. Haitian electronic music composer Val Jeanty creates esoteric sounds that tantalize the subconscious while creating a healing / cosmic frequency.…

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Joan La Barbara: The Wanderlusting of Joseph C.

May 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Inspired by the obsessions, visions, and dreams of the American visual artist Joseph Cornell, “The Wanderlusting of Joseph C.” is a new song cycle composed by Joan La Barbara with lyrics by Monique Truong. A word coined by Cornell and appearing often in his journals, “wanderlusting” captures the two longings, the two impossibilities of this man’s outwardly quiet, staid life — travel and eros. In his dreams and his art, Joseph C. transcends and revels in both wander and lust.…

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Alex Weiser: And All The Days Were Purple

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Singer Eliza Bagg premieres a substantial new song cycle from composer Alex Weiser. Bagg will also play violin and will be joined by pianist Lee Dionne (of Ensemble Connect), New Morse Code (Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello), and andPlay (Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson). Weiser’s songs feature poems meditating on life, love, and death, in both English and Yiddish, by poets Anna Margolin, Abraham Sutzkever, Mark Strand, and others. The concert will open with a new arrangement of Weiser’s 2016…

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JG Thirlwell: Cholera Nocebo

May 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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JG Thirlwell presents Cholera Nocebo, a 50 minute electro-acoustic presentation performed with software and sampling, autoharp, prepared piano and small electronic and acoustic objects and instruments. By incorporating musique concrète and electronic sound along with live instrumentation, the composition is dynamic, cinematic and diverse with stylistic left-turns, often creating a tension between time and anxiety. Thirlwell was inspired to create a work incorporating live re-composition and improvisation into its structure, which could expand and contract fluidly with flow and spontaneity…

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The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation

May 31 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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The M6, a vocal ensemble dedicating to performing more rarely heard compositions by Meredith Monk as well as new material, performs a collection of solo and group works, including the world premiere of a yet to be titled work for six voices. Selections from Monk’s “Our Lady of Late” (1973) for solo voice and wine glass, “New York Requiem” (1993) written for Tom Bogdan during the AIDS crisis, “Calling” from “American Archeology #1: Roosevelt Island” (1994), “Basket Rondo” (2007) and…

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June 2017

Curated by Meredith Monk: Song Out! Folk ‘n’ Pop Fantasies

June 2 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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A new group consisting of Dick Connette, Rachelle Garniez, Mimi Goese, Steve Elson, Kevin Kuhn, Derek Nievergelt, and Karen Waltuch perform songs from Connette’s 2017 album Oysters Ice Cream Lemonade. The songs will be performed by the instrumental ensemble in various combinations, and will feature guest vocalists Suzzy Roche and Ana Egge. Dick Connette has been composing, performing, and recording music since 1970. His work has been presented by The Kitchen, LaMaMa, Arts at St. Ann’s, New Sounds Live at…

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James Brandon Lewis & Chad Taylor // Heroes Are Gang Leaders

June 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Roulette artist-in-residence James Brandon Lewis presents a program of original and arranged works inspired by John Coltrane, Rashied Ali, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, and Ornette Coleman. The passing of poet Imamu Amiri Baraka in 2014 was a major loss for various facets of Black Radicalism. A strong figure in politics, culture, and community, Baraka inspired many to follow in his footsteps. Formed from the love and respect of Baraka, a group of poets and musicians, led and founded by James…

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Hans Tammen & Third Eye Orchestra: Clepsydra

June 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Hans Tammen's Third Eye Orchestra performs Clepsydra, a score produced from electronic sample and hold procedures. Tammen's compositions are inspired by Charles Ives' polytonality, Steve Coleman’s rhythmic complexity and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s organization of sounds. Using textures, timbre and dynamics as primary elements, Tammen's music shifts continuously, with different layers floating into the foreground while others disappear. Whether richly processed guitar sounds from his hybrid interactive guitar / software instrument Endangered Guitar, traditionally notated material for his Third Eye Chamber Orchestra,…

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Tomeka Reid Large Ensemble

June 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Over the last decade Tomeka Reid has emerged as one of the most original, versatile, and curious musicians in the Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community. Her distinctive melodic sensibility, usually braided to a strong sense of groove, has been featured in many distinguished ensembles over the years. She is a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists such as Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer…

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Curated by Meredith Monk: Ensemble Connect: Immigrant Voices

June 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Ensemble Connect celebrates the voices of immigrants in our nation, featuring works by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Shulamit Ran, Anna Clyne, and the next generation of international composers who have come to live and create in the United States. Celebrating its 10th anniversary during the 2016–2017 season, Ensemble Connect — formerly known as Ensemble ACJW — is a two-year fellowship program for the finest young professional classical musicians in the United States. The program prepares its members for careers combining musical excellence…

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Dance Roulette: Sally Silvers: Tenderizer

June 15 @ 8:00 pm - June 17 @ 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Tenderizer is a mash-up of three new dance pieces/modes that both contradict and illuminate each other by their distinct approaches to movement and social play. Three different dances will interrupt and interweave throughout the evening-length work that will also have identifying music and video for the three modes. Sally Silvers & Dancers has an on-going engagement with the poetic as well as the social meanings of movement – to offer a no-holds-barred exploration of movement possibilities often wittily tilted toward…

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Brendon Randall-Myers: Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies

June 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Bookended with solo/duo sets by Brendon Randall-Myers and vocalist Doug Moore, Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies presents premieres of two large pieces by Randall-Myers written from opposing angles: a set of microtonal electro-folk songs for soprano Eliza Bagg, and a brutally ethereal electric guitar quartet for Dither. At play are psychoacoustic effects (timbral fusion and phantom rhythms) created by overtone interaction, interlaced with gradual decay in cycles at a nearly-imperceptible scale. Brendon Randall-Myers is a Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist, and the…

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Gemma Peacocke: Waves + Lines

June 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Gemma Peacocke presents Waves + Lines, a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics and chamber ensemble, adapted from Eliza Griswold's book, I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan. Gemma Peacocke is a New York-based composer from New Zealand. She writes both acoustic and electronic music and composes music that seamlessly combines electronics with traditional instruments and voices. She often collaborates with filmmakers, choreographers, and theatre practitioners, including with director Benita de Wit and renowned choreographer Sylvain…

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Dance Roulette: Biba Bell

June 27 @ 8:00 pm - June 29 @ 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Biba Bell presents a project created for summer, inspired by the social dance framework for the ensemble. Coming together in the structure of the group, drawing upon a range of real and imagined social dances for and of the time, this piece is about building a scene, feel, and sense of belonging in the room. Biba Bell is a writer, dancer, and choreographer. She has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University where her research focused on contemporary…

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Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan

June 30 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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Small Town presents guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Thomas Morgan in a program of duets, inspired by the poetic chemistry of their playing captured live at New York’s hallowed Village Vanguard. Frisell made his debut as a leader for ECM in 1983 with the similarly intimate In Line. The guitarist’s rich history with the label also includes multiple recordings by his iconic cooperative trio with Paul Motian and Joe Lovano, culminating in Time and Time Again in 2007. Small Town…

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