New York’s Roulette has announced their March schedule.
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Admission $15 Students $10 MEMBERS FREE
Saturday, March 1st
ChildrenÂ¹s Concert: ELLIOTT SHARP 2:00-3:00pm
Within a context of rhythmic and accessible music, multi-instrumentalist,
composer, and performer Elliott Sharp will demonstrate the huge variety of
sounds that it is possible to make on an acoustic guitar with references to
American blues and folk music, non-Western music from India and Africa, and
Sunday, March 2nd
JIM STALEY + SYLVIE COURVOISIER 8:30pm
Two pillars of the downtown music scene collide! Trombonist and Roulette
founder Jim Staley is joined by pianist/composer Sylvie Courvoisier for an
evening of virtuosic improvisation.
Monday, March 3rd
BORAH BERGMAN, JOE MCPHEE, ADAM LANE, AND RAY SAGE 8:30pm
Percussionist/Composer Ray Sage is joined by ambidextrous pianist Borah
Bergman, saxophonist Joe Mcphee, and bassist Adam Lane for a concert of
fiery Avant-Jazz and Free Improvisation.
Thursday, March 6th
ROBERT ASHLEY Roulette Benefit 8:30pm
ALL TICKETS $20
“When the 21st Century glances back to see where the future of opera came
from, Ashley, like Monteverdi before him, is going to look like a radical
new beginning.” (Village Voice). Robert Ashley, a distinguished figure in
American contemporary music, holds an international reputation for his work
in new forms of opera and multi-disciplinary projects. His recorded works
are acknowledged classics of language in a musical setting. He pioneered
opera-for-television with such revolutionary pieces as Music with Roots in
the Aether, a 14-hour opera/documentary about the work and ideas of seven
American composers and Perfect Lives, an opera in seven half-hour episodes
commissioned by the Kitchen and broadcast in Britain, Germany, Austria,
Spain, and the US. Distinctly original in style, and distinctly American in
their subject matter and use of the American language, AshleyÂ¹s work is “so
vast in their vision that they are comparable only to Wagner’s Ring cycle or
Stockhausen’s seven-evening Licht cycle. In form and content, in musical,
vocal, literary and media technique, they are, however, comparable to
nothing else.” (The Los Angeles Times). Join us for this Benefit Concert to
help keep Roulette running!
Friday, March 7th
JOE KUBERA & CATHERINE CAHILL 8pm
Pianists Joseph Kubera and Catherine Cahill present newly commissioned
pieces for four hands by Terry Riley. Kubera has been a leading interpreter
of contemporary music for the past 25 years, performing with the S.E.M.
Ensemble, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New York New Music Ensemble.
Sarah Cahill was recently praised in the Village Voice for Â³her phenomenal
technique, her instinctive command of recent aesthetics, and quite possibly
the most interesting repertoire of any pianist around.Â² Specializing in new
American music as well as the American experimental tradition, Cahill has
commissioned, premiered, and had works dedicated to her by such artists as
John Adams, Annea Lockwood, Kyle Gann, and Pauline Oliveros.
Saturday, March 8th
ChildrenÂ¹s Concert: FAST FORWARD 2pm
Fast Forward is a New York based English composer and performer who makes
music with almost anything. In his solo performances, he adopts a
sculptural approach to creating sound. He examines the sensual, tactile
qualities of the objects, then ties the sound of the objects to the physical
gesture that creates the sound. The result is a stage presence that
integrates the visual element of the performance with the music. Join Fast
Forward in his performance designed especially for Kids!
Saturday, March 8th
UCHIHASHI KAZUHISA 8:30pm
Japanese free improv guitarist Uchihashi Kazuhisa has performed with
everyone from Fred Frith, to Peter Brotzmann, Christian Marklay, Hans
Reichel, and Elliott Sharp. Exploring the guitar through the use of
different machines and sound devices, Kazuhisa has lent his signature sound
in composition for film, theater, dance and has been conducting his
rock-oriented powerful improvised band Â³Altered StatesÂ² for 18 years.
Monday, March 10th, 17th, 31st
ADAM RUDOLPH GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA 8:30pm
Composer and Artistic Director Adam Rudolph returns with another series of
the Go: Organic Orchestra, an ensemble and conduction/performance concept
that can be taught and performed anywhere. Rudolph will conduct the
orchestra players through music/letter grids, language themes, Indian Ragas,
rhythm cycles, and his own Â³Cyclic VerticalismÂ² rhythm concept to create
moods, movement and sonic gestures. Utilizing these elements in a
spontaneous way, elements will weave what Rudolph calls an “audio syncretic
music fabric” that serves as a platform for improvisation and
self-expression. Three Mondays in March!
Wednesday, March 12th
SOUND VISION ORCHESTRA 8:30pm
The Sound Vision Orchestra was founded in 1998 as a collective organization
of artists seeking to further the conception, realization, and appreciation
of creative music for improvising orchestra. Tonight is a tribute to former
member, trombonist/composer Jeff Hoyer, who passed away this December.
Thursday, March 13th
Interpretations: AL MARGOLIS + DENMAN MARONEY 8pm
Â³New works for vocals and prerecorded sounds; trombone and prerecorded
sounds; flute, electronics and tape; and electronics, flute, trombone,
vocals, and prerecorded sounds. I continue to use sound palettes as the
basic structure of my works; the instrumentalists then create their parts
over these sound palettes. Other prerecorded and sampled sounds are then
added to the live mix; the result is multi-layered works that are never
twice the same.Â² â€¹ Al Margolis. Featuring: Al Margolis manipulating
prerecorded sounds and sampling; Lisa Barnard, vocals; Monique BuzzartÃ©,
trombone; Tom Hamilton, electronics; Jacqueline Martelle, flute; and
Katherine Liberovskaya, video.
Â³Pianists have been tinkering with the guts of their instruments for nearly
a century now, but itÂ¹s altogether likely that no one has explored the art
of prepared piano as diligently or creatively as Å’hyperpianistÂ¹ Denman
Maroney.Â² TimeOut NY, Aug. 2006. Denman Maroney will give a solo piano
concert of improvisations in his trademark Â³hyperpianoÂ² style: playing the
keys with one hand and the strings with the other, using bows and slides of
metal, plastic and rubber. He also employs a system of temporal harmony
based on the undertone series to compose and improvise in several tempos at
once. His music is inspired by natural sounds and the music of Cage,
Coleman, Cowell, Ellington, Ives, Joplin, Messiaen, Monk, Nancarrow and
Stockhausen, among others.
Friday, March 14th
STEVE BERESFORD w/ Okkyung Lee & Peter Evans 8:30pm
A central figure of the British improvisation scene for over 30 years, Steve
Beresford (Wellington, Shropshire, 1950) is a composer, musician and
arranger, and a veteran of countless bands from the Slits to the Melody
Four. Strange sambas, jittery jazz, melancholy moods and more from one of
the most consistently imaginative and creative musicians in Europe.
Co-founder and editor of both Musics and Collisions magazines, he has worked
with the likes of Derek Bailey, Evan Parker and Han Bennink and was once a
prime mover in the London Musicians Collective with David Toop. Tonight
Steve Beresford will be joined by cellist/composer Okkyung Lee and Trumpet
player Peter Evens.
Saturday, March 15th
MARIA CHAVEZ w/ THOMAS DEXTER 8:30pm
Â³Improvised/Abstract TurntablistÂ² Maria Chavez creates electro-acoustic
soundscapes through the use of melted and mutated vinyl and a variety of
broken styluses. A frequent collaborator, she is currently producing an
album with Kaffe Matthews due out early this year. Tonight she will be
joined by experimental media artist Thomas Dexter.
Sunday, March 16th
ROBERT EEN 8:30pm
“The incredible music by Robert Een mixes jazz, Asian, vocal and
instrumental music in moving and melodious ways.” (Brooklyn Papers).
Acclaimed composer, cellist, and singer Robert Eens performs from his Obie
Award winning score for Hiroshima Maiden, a puppet/theater piece by Dan
Hurlin. Just released on the Innova label, the music features the
composer on cello and voice, Bill Ruyle on hammer dulcimer and percussion,
and Jeff Berman on vibraphone, marimba, lap dulcimer and percussion.
Monday, March 24th
BUFFALO COLLISION 8:30pm
Buffalo Collision is comprised of two generations of improvisers. Long-time
collaborators Tim Berne and Hank Roberts are legends of the NYC Downtown
music scene; Ethan Iverson and Dave King are members of The Bad Plus who
grew up listening to Berne on Roberts on some of their favorite records.
These two philosophies collide like buffalo, resulting in uncompromising
free improvisations with accessible structure.
Tuesday, March 25th
JASON KAU UHWANG/ EDGE 8:30pm
Composer, violinist, and educator Jason Kao Hwang creates works ranging from
jazz, classical, “new” and world music. Mr. Hwang’s seminal ensemble, The
Far East Side Band (1990-2004), featuring taiko, kayagum, tuba and his
violin, released two CDs of his compositions and performed internationally.
Tonight Hwang and his jazz quartet EDGE (with Andrew Drury, Taylor Ho Bynum
and Ken Filiano) celebrate the release of their second album Â³Stories Before
Wednesday, March 26th
CELESTIAL MOON BEAMS FUNK 8:30pm
Choreographer/Improviser and songwriter Patricia Nicholson presents an
evening featuring her latest creative endeavor, the Celestial Moon Beams
Funk Group. Full of surprises, Ms Nicholson has started her own avantFunk
group, featuring some of the top musicians on the avantJazz scene
interacting with classically trained dancers and cappoeristas. It redefines
what it means to be modern. The group has already proved its worth at its
premier performance at this yearÂ¹s HOWL festival on the South Stage at
Tompkins Square Park. The idea for this group came out of Ms. NicholsonÂ¹s
other recent undertaking, Rise Up Creative Music and Art. The songs, their
lyrics and rhythms; and the dancersÂ¹ movements express the ideas and
sentiments of this new movement in the arts.
Thursday, March 27th
Harvestworks Inside: BOB OSTERTAG & PIERRE HEBERT / mem1 Duo 8:30pm
Â³Living CinemaÂ² is the creation of Quebecois filmmaker Pierre HÃ©bert and San
Francisco composer Bob Ostertag. This innovative project brings the creation
of cinema out of the movie and recording studios and on to the stage.
Ostertag has created custom software that allows the two artists to actually
perform an animated movie with soundtrack, live on stage. They will perform
their newest work Special Forces, which premiered last May in Beirut and San
Francisco. Like their earlier works, it incorporates events from the world
news; in this case, it begins with the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the
summer of 2006.
Sonodendron is a fully immersive work that explores the sonic potentials of
cello and electronics on both the microscopic and macroscopic scale. With a
5.1 Surround Sound score by Mem1 (Laura Thomas-Merino, cello & M. Cera,
electronics) and video by media artist Liora Belford, Sonodendron is a
visceral tour through the bowels and ephemera of the cello.
Friday, March 28th
Harvestworks Inside: MESSAGES: TRES WARREN & TAKETO SHIMADA / REBECCA CHERRY
Messages is a collaboration between Tres Warren of Psychic Ills and visual
artist Taketo Shimada. Their sound falls somewhere between drone, raga,
techno and psychedelia – mashing guitar, homemade tanpura, voice,
percussion, turntables and everything else they can get their hands on.
About their first EP from The Social Registry, Dusted magazine proclaimed:
“This is some heavy, humid drone, pregnant with 4am electricity and, in the
end, thick fuzzy beats. A beautiful surprise, engaging even in its abstract
Violinist and composer Rebecca Cherry will present a new multi-media
Surround-Sound installation exploring the relationship between sound an
imagery. Juxtaposing original sound samples of stringed instruments
employing extended techniques with video footage from popular music videos,
the work seeks to generate new and unexpected connections between seemingly
unrelated materials. Audience members will have the opportunity to interact
with the installation through a computer interface provided by the artist.
Saturday, March 29th
ChildrenÂ¹s Concert: KEN BUTLER 2pm
Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose hybrid musical instruments,
collage drawings, performances, and installations explore the interaction
and transformation of common objects, altered images, sounds and silence.
Listen and watch in amazement as inventor and virtuosic musician Ken Butler
plays his hammer violin and “guitars” made from a broom, snow shovel, and
toothbrush! Children learn how instruments were invented, how they produce
sounds, and how those sounds can be combined live with modern technology,
stimulating imagination and creativity.
Saturday, March 29th
Harvestworks Inside: IKE YARD / ROBERT MADLER 8:30pm
Ike Yard, the early Â¹80s No WaveÂassociated outfit that pushed the idea of
experimental electro as far as anyone at that time, has gained new life due
to 1980Â82 Collected, a compilation of tracks recently released by Acute
Records. Tonight, original members Stuart Argabright, Kenneth Compton and
Michael Diekmann are performing live, showing off material from an upcoming
Performing under his IDM/electronica moniker Plasticity, New York-based
composer Robert Madler will perform a set of electronic works that explore
experimental beats, static drones, loops, polyrhythms and noise. A 2006
Harvestworks Artist In Residence, MadlerÂ¹s music has been featured at many
universities in the US, including the SEAMUS festival, as well as in Canada,
Mexicao, Spain and France.
Sunday, March 30th
TAYLOR HO BYNUM & SPIDERMONKEY STRINGS 8:30pm
Composer/Cornettist Taylor Ho Bynum & SpiderMonkey Strings (Jason Kao Hwang,
Jessica Pavone, Tomas Ulrich, Pete Fitzpatrick, Joseph Daley, Luther Gray)
present the World Premiere of Madeleine Dreams (music by THB, text by Sarah
Shun-lien Bynum). Madeleine Dreams is a secular oratorio for female
vocalist and improvising chamber ensemble, written especially for
SpiderMonkey Strings with special guest vocalist Kyoko Kitamura. The
composition uses text and draws inspiration from the highly acclaimed and
award winning novel Madeleine is Sleeping, by the composer’s sister, Sarah
Shun-lien Bynum, a magical-realist fable of a girl’s coming of age that
moves between dreams and reality in 19th century France.