November at Roulette

Henry Threadgill
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From New York’s Roulette:

Aki Onda & MV Carbon
Thu Nov 4 – 8:30 PM
Analog fetishists and sonic spectacle-makers Aki Onda and MV Carbon combine forces, cassettes, cellos, synths, mics, amps, magnets, wires and echoes in unique experimental electronic collaboration. Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer, and photographer who is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project – works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of two decades. MV Carbon is a Brooklyn based musician and artist. She is recognized for her unconventional approach to music and her use of tape machines, cello and circuit bent devices.

Chris Cochrane: Solo and Ensemble Concert
Fri Nov 5 – 8:30 PM
Structured and not structured improvisation: dynamic, ear-splitting silence amidst the ever-shifting drones over loud conversation. Tonight guitarist/composer Chris Cochrane presents two sets: one for solo guitar and voice with excerpts from his piece Them, and another with Annie Gosfield, Roger Kleier, Miguel Fransconi, and Richard Carrick. Cochrane has played with Eszter Balint, Zeena Parkins, John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Jim Pugliese and many others.

Anders Nilsson
Sat Nov 6 – 8:30 PM
“Nilsson’s shimmering axe evokes a dimensional warp.” – Signal to Noise
Expanding upon previous work with Fulminate Trio, Aorta Ensemble, improvisational NYC collaborations, and solo guitar, Anders Nilsson takes this opportunity to present new music for a special Octet of musicians. Exploring relationships between expression – openness, structure – freedom through instrumental stories, this music draws from the Swing Era, Film Noir scores, Jazz-Rock, free music and beyond.

Adam Rudolphs Go Organic Orchestra
Mon Nov 8, 15, 22, 29 – 8:30 PM
” I caught a performance Go: Organic Orchestra down in SoHo last spring and was swept away by what they were doing. It was fascinating and ahead of its time, in the best possible way. I loved every minute of it. ” – Marc Meyers
Unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting, Go: Organic Orchestra utilizes a composed non-linear score consisting of sound and motion elements. These include tone rows, synthetic scales, melodies, linguistic shapes, intervallic patterns, textural gestures, modes, ragas, maqams, and plainchant. The score serves to provide material for both the improvisations and the orchestrations. Motion and forms and are generated through the application of the composer’s rhythm concept “Cyclic Verticalism” whereby polymeters are combined with additive rhythm cycles.

Henry Threadgill w/ Zooid & Flux Quartet
Thu Nov 11 – 8:30 PM
Henry Threadgill, aside from being a remarkable alto saxophone player, is one of the most imaginative of jazz composers today. “He seems to be deliberately challenging the audience: My lyricism and mastery come complete with thorns and spikes, and I promise to yank the props out from under you,” quoted John Litweiler, longtime Down Beat jazz critic, in an article he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times. Threadgill was one of the founding members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a Chicago group that was free-form, you might say, in its philosophy and approach. Tonight Threadgill is joined by his band Zooid and Flux Quartet: one of the most fearless and important new-music ensembles around,” (Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle) “who has a brought a new renaissance to quartet music,” (Kyle Gann, The Village Voice).

Henry Threadgill w/ Zooid & Talujon Percussion Quartet
Fri Nov 12 – 8:30 PM
Henry Threadgill, aside from being a remarkable alto saxophone player, is one of the most imaginative of jazz composers today. “He seems to be deliberately challenging the audience: My lyricism and mastery come complete with thorns and spikes, and I promise to yank the props out from under you,” quoted John Litweiler, longtime Down Beat jazz critic, in an article he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times. Threadgill was one of the founding members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a Chicago group that was free-form, you might say, in its philosophy and approach. Tonight Threadgill is joined by his ensemble Zooid and the Talujon Percussion Quartet: a percussion ensemble d escribed by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy”.

CHILDRENS CONCERT with Stephe Cooper $5
Sat Nov 13 – 2:00 PM
Once a month, Roulette opens its doors specially for tots and tweens, giving pre-K to fifth-graders the chance to listen and interact with adventurous, professional composers and musicians of a variety of genres. Come play instruments, explore wacky fun houses, listen to exciting new music, and experience sounds in a way you’ve never before!

Henry Threadgill + Zooid
Sat Nov 13 – 8:30 PM
Henry Threadgill ends his 3 day residency at Roulette with an evening of music with his band Zooid. More info TBA.

Joe Fonda, Billy Bang, Barry Altschul
Sun Nov 14 – 8:30 PM
Composer/bassist Joe fonda teams up with violinist Billy Bang and drummer Barry Altschul for an evening of improvised music. Fonda has performed with his own ensembles throughout the United States and Europe, and as a side man with Archie Shepp, Ken McIntyre, Lou Donaldson, Bill and Kenny Barron, Leo Smith, Perry Robinson, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Mark Whitecage, Marion Brown and Bill Dixon. Billy Bang is a violinist that refuses categories; from elegant free jazz and austere art music to playing on Bootsy Collin’s comeback album.

The M6 Ensemble: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation
Tue Nov 16 – 8:30 PM
The M6 is a vocal ensemble dedicated to continuing the legacy of legendary composer/singer/director Meredith Monk. The members of the group were among 19 singers chosen from around the world to participate in a professional training workshop offered by Monk and the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall in January 2006, culminating in the Meredith Monk Young Artists Concert at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall. Current repertoire includes Dolmen Music, Tablet, Three Heavens and Hells, Basket Rondo (a work-in-progress), and selections from Monk’s American Archeology #1, ATLAS, Book of Days, Facing North, Quarry, Songs from the Hill and Volcano Songs.

Gabrielle Herbst
Wed Nov 17 – 8:30 PM
Original music featuring composer/vocalist Gabrielle Herbst with the Kalmia String Quartet and special guests including Tristan Shepherd (turntables), Matthew O’ Koren (percussion) and Conor Brown (clarinet). Design and costumes by Allie Tsypin. Combining traditional notation with graphic scores and improvisation, the music is sensory and imagistic, pursuing an intimacy between instruments and voices, audience and spatial environment. Drawing from many influences she composes for her own and other voices with orchestra, chamber ensemble and electronics.

INTERPRETATIONS: Jon Gibson & Ralph Gibson / Alexandra Gardner & NOW Ensemble
Thu Nov 18 – 8:00 PM
An evening of stunning visuals and music from Jon Gibson and Ralph Gibson, and new electro-acoustic chamber works by Alexandra Gardner, featuring the NOW Ensemble. Music & Motion is Photographer/guitarist Ralph Gibson’s collaborative performance work with composer, multi-wind instrumentalist, and visual artist Jon Gibson. The work will incorporate Jon Gibson’s 1975 video piece entitled “One Way”, and Ralph Gibson’s film/performance work “Typography”. Electro-acoustic composer Alexandra Gardner and New York’s NOW Ensemble will present an evening of Gardner’s new and recent chamber works, featuring the premiere of “Mint Conditioner” for double bass and electronics.

Volume (III)
Fri Nov 19 – 8:30 PM
Volume (III) is an improvising quartet featuring electro-acoustic harpist Shelley Burgon, turntable-ist Maria Chavez, laptop artist Stephan Moore and electro-acoustic flutist Suzanne Thorpe. Harpist Shelley Burgon is a member of Stars Like Fleas and the chamber ensemble Ne(x)tworks. Peruvian avant-turntablist Maria Chavez’s work is focused on short solo electro-acoustic sound pieces using a collection of new and broken needles that she calls “pencils of sound” and a selection of records, which provide the palette. Suzanne Thorpe is a composer and performer of electronic music who enjoys revealing the peripheral consciousness, exposing coexisting perspectives and concurrent realities via composition, performance and installation.

COMPOST Q: Morgan Powell, Dorothy Martirano, Yu-Chen Wang, Erik Lund, Armand Beaudoin, Kirstie Simson
Sat Nov 20 – 8:30 PM
improvisation • composition • dance
A seasoned, multi-dimensional collective steeped in improvisation, composition, and dance presenting active, rich, organic, dark, loamy and finished collaborations. Performers include violinist Dorothy Martirano, trombonist Morgan Powell, Gu-Zheng player Yu-Chen Wang, bassist/cellist Armand Beaudoin, trombonist Erik Lund, and dancer Kristie Simons.

The Voicing of Progression – an Evening of Tributes to Composer/Guitarist/Educator Dennis Sandole
Tue Nov 30 – 8:30 PM
Featuring: Ian Ash – drums, percussion; Rob Brown – saxophone; Bruce Eisenbeil – guitar; David
In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Dennis Sandole’s passing, TVoP (a phrase from the Sandole lexicon) will be an evening of performances by a selection of artists who studied with the Maestro. Above all else, Dennis stressed creativity and individuality – some of his past students include John Coltrane, James Moody, Pat Martino, Rufus Harley, Randy Brecker and Sumi Tonooka. With this in mind, this evening has been curated by composer/ guitarist David First with the intention of demonstrating the length and breadth of Dennis’s inspiration and influence on some of the most important and forward thinking musicians of the past 50+ years.

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