Source: New York’s ISSUE Project Room.
On Tuesday, February 28, Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presents The Evolution Suite for jazz quintet, string quartet, and electronics. The five-movement, hour-long composition was premiered and recorded in December 2015 at Symphony Space in New York City.
The following day, Wednesday, March 1, Travis Laplante presents A Dance That Empties, a newly commissioned long-form composition. The evening will also feature Laplante’s saxophone quartet Battle Trance performing the album-length composition Blade of Love. Released on New Amsterdam Records/NNA Tapes in August 2016 to wide critical acclaim, Blade of Love was included on best-of-2016 lists from Rolling Stone, NPR, Stereogum, Bandcamp, and more.
Finally, on Thursday, March 2, Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet performs music from their recent Firehouse 12 Records release Enter the PlusTet, followed by the U.S. premiere of Uncle, Another Tale – a piece first performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra last fall, and now reimagined for improvising creative orchestra. Featuring an all-star cast of Roulette regulars including Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ingrid Laubrock on saxophone, and Tomeka Reid on cello, the PlusTet is the expansion of Bynum’s core sextet into a fully-fledged orchestra.
Tuesday, February 28 @ 8pm
Richard Sussman Evolution Ensemble: The Evolution Suite
Wednesday, March 1 @ 8pm
[COMMISSION] Travis Laplante: A Dance That Empties // Battle Trance: Blade of Love
Thursday, March 2 @ 8pm
Taylor Ho Bynum’s PlusTet