December at Roulette

Upcoming shows at New York’s Roulette:

December 4th @ 8:30pm
Audrey Chen / Duane Pitre
Chinese-American musician and performance artist Audrey Chen presents a series of improvisations utilizing her voice, cello and analog electronics. The consequences will run the gamut between conflagration and the tenderness of a shared space of warmth, like eskimos retreated into their igloo for the night, burning oil and experiencing the co-mingled heat of their bodies and breath… Chen is currently based in Baltimore, where she is a member of the Red Room and High Zero Collective, an on-going series and festival devoted to experimental music.

Brooklyn-based composer, performer, and improviser Duane Pitre’s work explores chaos and discipline—and the relationship that exists between the two. Tonight Pitre presents Ensemble Drones – a rule-based, long-tone composition for 20+ performers (Strings, Winds, and Brass along with bowed electric guitar played by the composer and harmonium) arranged in a formation that will partially encompass the audience. Ensemble Drones is an exercise in discipline and freedom, in the refinement of music, and in communal focus.

December 5th @ 8:30pm
H*E*R : Yvette Perez, Danny Tunik, Peter Zummo
H*E*R blends minimalism, jazz, and pop influences in delicate, mysterious, and sophisticated tunes about memory and the outer world that blur the line between improv and song; between prismatic recollection and blighted reality. The trio is led by the Carla Bley of avant-pop music vocalist/keyboardist, Yvette Perez, whose sensuously sparse soundscapes are reminiscent of Annette Peacock and Laurie Anderson. Legendary trombonist/composer Peter Zummo contributes some of his compositions and crafts masterful melodies and improvisations. Vibraphone and percussion player Danny Tunick adds distinctive textures and floating rhythms. The group performs this evening with alto-saxophonist Darius Jones as special guest.

December 6th @ 2:00pm
Metal dust pan, aluminum sheets, bronze gear, faucet sleeve, shish kabob skewers, plastic chopsticks. By bowing, scraping, circular breathing, and sometimes hitting objects such as these, and many others, Andrew Drury will give a solo floor tom performance that revels in the hidden voices of the drum and pushes young peoples’ imaginations beyond the limit. There will be Q&A and audience participation. Drummer/composer Andrew Drury works mainly in jazz and free improvisation, with regular forays into new music, pop, and other genres and media. The former student of Ed Blackwell has performed in Europe and North America, can be heard on over 20 CDs, and has led nearly 1,000 workshops in schools (pre-K to graduate), prisons, museums, Indian reservations, homeless shelters, and in remote villages in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

December 6th @ 8:30pm
Join Roulette for this special Benefit concert with performances by an eclectic mix of some of the most important names in contemporary music and rarely seen in such intimate settings – PHILIP GLASS, JON GIBSON, SHELLEY HIRSCH, ZEENA PARKINS, with films by HENRY HILLS. All tickets $25 to help benefit Roulette and make sure Roulette can continue for another 30 years!

December 7th @ 8:30pm
Brooke Hamre Gillespie: The Holy Experiment
– Circle – Bowing – Remember – Light –
Weaving her voice through dream-like sound-scapes composed of acoustic/electric sounds from violin, bells, flutes, drums, electronics, and other instruments, Brooke Hamre Gillespie (aka The Holy Experiment) creates evolving, organic architectures of vibration, light, shadow, and movement. The listener is guided on an inner journey where the lines of audience and performer become obscured. The Holy Experiment will be performing a fluid meditational piece in honor and prayer of the sacred lands and waters of the earth, for the earth changes that are currently happening, and the people who are currently experiencing the effects of these changes; a ‘new’ musical offering.

December 8th @ 8:30pm
Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning (w/ Mark Whitecage, Perry Robinson and Rosi Hertlein)
The “hauntingly beautiful” music of Chakra Tuning weaves in and out of melodies, exploring rhythms, moods and inner space in a transforming, unfolding journey. Sonic conversations emerge and develop as the group explores textures, sonorities and space. Ms. Levine performs on alto clarinet, clarinet and bamboo flute, and is joined by long-time collaborator Mark Whitecage (clarinet, soprano saxophone, electronics), Perry Robinson (clarinet) and Rosi Hertlein (violin, vocals). Rozanne Levine’s compositions form the thematic material from which the musicians improvise. Electronic manipulation plays a part in the group sound, as do bird whistles, ocarinas, half horns and percussion.

December 11th @ 8:30pm
INTERPRETATIONS: Thurman Barker’s Strike Force
Douglas R. Ewart & Inventions
AACM percussionist Thurman Barker leads his percussion quintet Strike Force for a set of fascinating new works.
Also a longtime AACM member, reedsman Douglas R. Ewart brings together his ensemble of New York and Midwest musicians, Inventions, to perform new works inspired by Mr. Ewart’s recent experiences in Haiti and the memory of trumpeter Lester Bowie. Strike Force: Bryan Carrott, vibraphone; Eli Fountaine, marimba; Wilson Moorman, xylophone/timpani; Ray Mantilla, conga drums and percussion; Thurman Barker, drums. Inventions: Dee Alexander, vocalist; Kamau Brathwaite, poet; George E. Lewis, trombone and electronics; Adegoke Steven Colson, piano; Reggie Nicholson, marimba and drums; Douglas R. Ewart, reeds, voice, and percussion

December 12th @ 8:30pm
Violinist Tom Chiu Meets Digital Media: New Works With Special Guests David First, Elise Kermani, and Michael Schumacher
Noted champion of new music, experimental violinist, composer, and improvisor Tom Chiu has performed over 100 premieres worldwide and has worked closely with many distinguished composers including Virko Baley, Dean Drummond, Oliver Lake and Chen Yi, among others. Tonight Chui teams up with David First, Elise Kermani, and Michael Schumacher – three musicians whose work he greatly admires and has worked with collaboratively for as long as thirteen years. By presenting new works by three stylistically disparate sound artists, Chiu, a pioneer in extended vocabularies and techniques on the violin, stretches the sonic boundaries of the storied instrument when placed in today’s digital media context.

December 13th @ 8:30pm
Amy X Neuburg
“One-woman musical hurricane” Amy X Neuburg combines poetry, theater, technology, and exploration of multiple genres using the many colors of her four-octave vocal range to create emotionally intense, meticulously crafted ‘avant-cabaret’ songs and stories. In this concert Amy will perform favorites from her past and present repertoire as well as introduce works-in-development using her newest gadget the Blippoo Box — a hand-built analog synthesizer created for her by instrument designer Rob Hordijk. Tonight special guest singer, songwriter, pianist, and NYC Anti-Folk veteran Steve Espinola will join Amy for an experiment in live looping using 1940s archaic recording technology.

December 14th @ 8:30pm
Jim Staley & Joey Baron
Virtuosic trombonist, composer, and Roulette founder Jim Staley has worked with everyone from Fred Frith, to John Zorn, Ikue Mori, and Elliot Sharp. Percussionist Joey Baron has worked with everyone from Carmen McRae, to Bill Frisell, Laurie Anderson, and Dizzy Gillespie. Tonight these two colossal forces collide for an evening of free improvisation!

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