Roulette in January

From NY’s Roulette:

Oliver Lake Big Band
Sat Jan 9 – 8:30 PM
Whether painting or composing major commissioned works for the Brooklyn Philharmonic, arranging for pop diva Bjork or rocker Lou Reed, collaborating with poets Ntozake Shange, Huang Xiang or choreographers Ron Brown and Marlies Yearby; Oliver Lake views it all as “Parts of the same whole.” Lake attributes his diverse musical styles and multifaceted creativity to his early experience with the Black Artists Group (BAG), the legendary multi-disciplined and innovative St. Louis collective of poets and musicians he co-founded 35 years ago. Lake also co-founded the prestigious World Saxophone Quartet, and continues to collaborate with many notable choreographers, poets and a veritable who’s who of the progressive jazz scene of the late 20th century, performing throughout the US, Europe, Japan, Africa and Australia. Tonight at Roulette, Lake presents the Oliver Lake Big Band.

INTERPRETATIONS: Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten / Matana Roberts’ Illumination
Thu Jan 21 – 8:00 PM
Trumpeter and composer Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten performs music from their recent Aum Fidelity release, Live at the Vision Festival 12, with vibraphonist Bryan Carrott, bassist Hilliard “Hill” Greene, and drummer Michael Wimberly. Surprise special guest to be announced. Saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts presents her compositional configuration Illumination, based on ongoing research related to the questions, history, and conundrums of the universal creative act of dreams. Featuring cornetist Graham Haynes, pianist Gabriel Guerrero, harpist Shelley Burgon, and drummer Damion Reid.

Sounding Out
Sat Jan 23 – 8:30 PM
Celebrating the release of “Sounding Out”, a new DVD featuring 6 lesbian composers Madelyn Byrne, Renee Coulombe, Linda Dusman, Mara Helmuth,Kristin Norderval, and Anna Rubin, presenting works which focus on aspects of identity and integrity related to the composers’ multifaceted gender/sexual/creative identities. Each composer takes advantage of a DVD’s capacity for encoding surround sound and/or visual images or video. This project is funded by the PatsyLu Fund for Women’s Music Projects under the aegis of the Open Meadows Foundation.

Matthew Shipp Record Release Celebration
Thu Jan 28 – 8:30 PM
Matthew Shipp’s new solo piano cd “4D” is the complete synthesis and culmination of all of his past Thirsty Ear releases, with the added wrinkle of standards reinterpreted as only he could muster, while combining his own brand of composition to the mix. Matt’s musical language, having been refined and mutated as has his career has continued to grow at exponential rates, allowing Mr. Shipp to fully explore the hidden aspects of jazz. Critics have called it “…an excellent record” – (New York Times) and ” His best solo effort yet, 4D. The pieces bristle with powerful dynamic shifts and brilliant uses of space and silence.” (- Chicago Reader). About the musician Village Voice proclaims: “The pianist digs deep,often bringing a molten motion to his work — it’s thick with ideas. On the upcoming 4d,you can hear this deliberate approach unfold; every left hand depth charge and right hand squiggle justifies their existence.”

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