Roulette in September and October

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From New York’s Roulette:

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid
Kaija Saariaho
Margaret Leng Tan
Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman Duo
Thu Sep 15 – 8:00 PM

The first night of Roulette’s Grand Opening Celebration is an eclectic evening of experimental sounds – with performances by Henry Threadgill’s explosive Zooid Ensemble, new work for flute, electronics, and projections by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, Margaret Leng Tan performing John Cage’s toy piano works, and Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman Duo performing their own compositions as well as excerpts from John Zorn‘s Masada Book II (Book of Angels).

Marc Ribot‘s Film Noir Project
Shelley Hirsch & Fred Frith
Fri Sep 16 – 8:00 PM

For the second night of Roulette’s Grand Opening Celebration, guitarist/composer Marc Ribot presents Film Noir – an ensemble exploring a lonely place between classic noir film scores of the 40’s thru 60’s, and the 80’s No-Wave bands who worshipped them; New York City’s ETHEL Quartet, a group dedicated to new music – called the “…avatar of ‘post-classical’ music—the virtuosic alternative string quartet…vital and brilliant.” by the New Yorker performs work by John King, Judd Greenstein, and Anna Clyne; and critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, and storyteller Shelley Hirsch teams up with iconoclast guitarist/composer/improvisor Fred Frith.

Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, John Zorn Trio
Sat Sep 17 – 8:00 PM

Three legends of the New York Underground combine forces for an evening of extreme improvised music. “The most important multimedia artist of our time,”(LA Times), Laurie Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings that have challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Tonight Anderson teams up with husband Lou Reed – arguably one of the most influential musicians in rock history whose band, the Velvet Underground, redefined the music of the late ’60s. Also joining them tonight is maverick composer/performer and godfather of the Downtown New York scene, John Zorn.

(Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Matthias Bossi, and the Norman Conquest)
Sat Sep 17 – 8:00 PM

Cosa Brava is an all-star experimental rock and improvisation quintet formed by multi-instrumentalist, composer, and icon of experimental music, Fred Frith, featuring Frith on guitar, Zeena Parkins on keyboards and accordion, Carla Kihlstedt on violin, Matthias Bossi on drums, and The Norman Conquest on sound manipulation. All About Jazz described their music as “somewhere between folk, Celtic, modern chamber, Latin, funk, Eastern, and prog-rock”.

The Necks
Mon Sep 18 – 8:00 PM

The Necks (established 1987) are one of the great cult bands of Australia and the world. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. These three musicians are among the most respected and in-demand in Australia, working in every field from pop to avant-garde. Over 200 albums feature their presence individually or together, but the music of The Necks stands apart from everything else they have done. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most intoxicating fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the fourteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again. The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today.

Kaffe Matthews “Where Are the Wild Ones”
Camilla Hoitenga “Music from the Other Side”
Sun Oct 16 – 8:00 PM

London-based electro-acoustic artist, Kaffe Matthews is acknowledged as a pioneer in the filed of electronic improvisation and live composition with 6 solo CDs on the Annette Works label. Her 12-channel composition, Where are the wild ones?, is created from field recordings taken in the River Tyne, England using the water’s route as its score. In this piece, originally commissioned by AV Festival 10, Matthews develops Atlantic Salmon language to travel the river’s changing topography from Tynemouth to Kielder.

Camilla Hoitenga’s first concert at Roulette, in the spring of 1985, also turned out to be her New York debut. The program of New York premieres, raved about by Tim Page in the NY Times and subsequently presented by him on WNYC, included some of the first pieces by for solo flute by Karlheinz Stockhausen and Kaija Saariaho, as well one inspired by the Japanese shakuhachi by Ken Ichiro Kobayashi and one coupling the flute with electronics by Michael Manion. Having continued to work with these composers and in these genres over the years, Camilla is back with later pieces of Saariaho and Stockhausen, plus one with Japanese flute (nohkan) (written for her by Shoko Shida) and a brand new work for flute and live electronics and video (written for her by Jean-Baptiste Barrière).

Morton Subotnick & Tony Martin
George Lewis & Wet Ink Ensemble
Thu Sep 22 – 8:00 PM

An evening of immersive creations from two esteemed composers, featuring Morton Subotnick with projected visuals from light artist / painter Tony Martin, and electro-acoustic music from George Lewis with the Wet Ink Ensemble. Martin and Subotnick will present a new project, building on collaborative history that dates back to 1963. Wet Ink performs recent works by innovative composer, theorist, and improviser George Lewis, including “Les Exercices Spirituels” (2010), from Lewis’ new release on Tzadik’s Composer Series.

Magda Mayas & Tony Buck
Jessica Pavone “Hope Dawson is Missing” (Jerome Foundation Commission)
Thu Sep 29 – 8:00 PM

Berlin based pianist Magda Mayas has developed a vocabulary utilizing both the inside as well as the exterior parts of the piano, using preparations and objects as she explores textural, linear and fast moving sound collage. Tonight Mayas joins forces with one of Australia’s most creative and adventurous exports – percussionist Tony Buck!

Hope Dawson is Missing is the follow up to violinist/violist/composer Jessica Pavone’s 2009 Tzadik release, Songs of Synastry and Solitude. Lyrics meditate on plutonian themes of destruction and rebuilding, migration, falsities, and undeniable truths. Pavone augments the Toomai String Quartet’s format from SOSS – a string quartet that includes double bass – with guitar, drums, and voice to further explore her orchestration of songs for chamber ensembles.
Talujon Percussion
Fri Sep 30 – 8:00 PM

Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an “edgy, unflagging energy”, the Talujon Percussion Quartet has been mesmerizing audiences since 1991 with their thoroughly committed approach to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. Tonight, Talujon performs world premieres by composers Alvin Lucier, Eric Moe, and Joel Harrison. Joel Harrison’s composition was underwritten by the American Composers Forum with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation and with generous support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Eric Moe’s piece was commissioned with funds provided by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation. This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency and Meet the Composer’s Cary New Music Performance Fund.

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