Roulette is thrilled to welcome back prolific composer John Zorn to present two of his game pieces, Cobra and Xu Feng. This will be the second time Cobra is performed at Roulette since the 2014 performance celebrated the work’s 30th anniversary.
Game pieces, or controlled improvisation, is a concept of experimental music with roots in composers Iannis Xenakis, Christian Wolff and John Zorn. With no pre-arranged sequence of events, game pieces unfold freely according to certain rules. A number of methods can be used to determine the direction and evolution of the music, including hand gestures and shuffled cards. Cobra, which has been recorded several times for various labels, uses a combination of cards and gestures and can be performed by an ensemble of any size and composition.
Eyal Maoz Trevor Dunn Kenny Wollesen Taylor Levine Cyro Baptista Kenny Grohowski Matt Hollenberg Ches Smith Ches Smith Ikue Mori Kenny Wollesen Jim Black Sylvie Courvoisier Brian Marsella Tim Keiper Michael Nicolas Okkyung Lee Aaron Edgcomb