June at Roulette

Tim Berne
Tim Berne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From New York’s Roulette:

June 3, 2013, 8pm
C Spencer Yeh (Jerome Commission)
Violinist, vocalist, and composer C. Spencer Yeh is the idiosyncratic and unpredictable mastermind behind Burning Star Core and collaborations with John Wiese, Justin Lieberman, Paul Flaherty, and many others. For his Jerome Foundation Commission, Yeh will premiere a series of new works, including a portrait/homage/perversion of longtime collaborator Nate Wooley, and a work for piano and electronics – both featuring Wooley, first as an improviser, and as accompanist on piano for the latter. In addition to these and other works, a quad channel tape composition “The Ohio Guitar”, documenting the acquisition of a replica Kay Solo King K4102, will be premiered, as well as the screening of trailers Yeh edited for Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn.

June 4, 2013 8pm
Ear Heart Music Presents: TRANSIT New Music: Corps Exquis
The multimedia opera Corps Exquis by “imaginative, skillful” (NY Times) composer Daniel Wohl incorporates aesthetic fragments of video installations, rock concerts, avant-garde cinema, and experimental classical and electronic music. Wohl based his structural process on the Surrealist’s “exquisite corpse” parlor game to create an immersive performance piece that vibrates with the fervent creativity of both NYC’s experimental video and underground music scenes, while communicating eloquently in a hybrid multimedia vocabulary. This concert celebrates the CD release of Corps Exquis on New Amsterdam records.

June 5, 2013, 8pm
Peter Gordon and Love of Life Orchestra
Peter Gordon’s Love of Life Orchestra is know for layering lyricism and complexity over funky grooves, with tight ensemble playing interwoven with sharp improvisation. Featuring Peter Gordon (sax, organ is joined by LOLO veterans Peter Zummo (trombone), Ned Sublette (guitar), and Randy Gun (guitar), with Max Gordon (trumpet) and Paul Shapiro (saxes) and the Afro-Cuban jazz powerhouses Robby Ameen (piano), Yunior Terry (bass) and Elio Villafranca (piano.) With video by Kit Fitzgerald,

June 7, 2013, 8pm
Ben Greenberg’s HUBBLE (Jerome Commission)
Ben Greenberg began Hubble in 2011 as a solo guitar project extended from his work with avant-rock band Zs and punk-fuck band Pygmy Shrews. Relying on virtuosic guitar techniques more in line with metal shredders or blues heroes than the experimental scene, Greenberg implemented finger-tapping and minimal use of pedals in his long-form compositions, setting him apart from legions of crescendo-building contemporaries. For his Jerome Foundation Commission, Greenberg presents new work composed for electric guitar.

June 19 – 22, 2013, 8pm
Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith “Tulip”
In Tulip, a new work by Dancer/choreographer duo Molly Lieber and Eleanor Smith, two women rely on each other to make work and perform it. Using the abstract realm as the container for the work, they want to be able to do anything with their bodies. Together they create an empowered and isolated performative culture where movement is used as a way to understand feeling.

June 27, 2013 @ 8pm
TILT Brass presents TILT 10: An Anniversary Celebration
TILT Brass turns 10! To celebrate, they’re presenting TILT 10, a month-long festival of performances featuring a cadre of brand new commission works and other premieres by a diverse roster local and international composers. Tonight’s program at Roulette presents an exciting set of local and world premieres (Enno Poppe, Mario Diaz de Leon, Lainie Fefferman, Andrew Hamilton, Filippo Perocco, Chris McIntyre), works dedicated “To TILT” from its first 10 years (Anthony Coleman, Dave Ballou), and an open form gem from the early 70’s (Jon Gibson).

June 28, 2013, 8pm
Tim Berne “More Snake Oil”
Commanding “considerable power as a composer and … frighteningly deft ability as a soloist,” (All Music) saxophonist Tim Berne has composed and performed prolifically since the 1980s. For this very special occasion, Tim Berne will be presenting a mixture of improvised music and new compositions for an 8 piece ensemble and a quintet including Herb Robertson,Trevor Dunn, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith, Oscar Noriega, Erik Friedlander, Ryan Ferreira and and Mat Maneri.

June 30, 2013, 6pm
The Bill Horvitz Expanded Band
The 17-piece Bill Horvitz Expanded Band performs music from their new CD, The Long Walk, a suite of pieces composed as a tribute to Bill’s brother Philip Horvitz, who passed away of heart failure in 2005 at the age of 44. The music includes a wide range of styles drawing on jazz, funk, folk, and new music. The compositions are tightly composed and arranged and contain sections of improvisation. Each piece relates in some way to a part of Philip’s life.

July 1, 2013, 8pm
International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM): Second Cross-cultural Improvisation Workshop and Performance
Featuring Gamin, Hyun-Sik Shin, Jane Ira Bloom and Elliott Sharp joined by members of ISIM. Program Director Jin Hi Kim. Virtuoso guest artists from Korea meet with leading American improvisers to explore cultural differences and create collective new voices.