High Zero 20th Anniversary Tour Brings Improvised, Experimental Music to Roulette

Source: I Care If You Listen.

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, New York’s downtown music scene was invigorated by a fresh and eclectic infusion of Baltimore area musicians, gathered within the hallowed proscenium-sanctum of Brooklyn’s Roulette Intermedium. This special group of individuals was on tour to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of High Zero, the East Coast’s preeminent festival of improvised, experimental music. Emerging in 1999 from The Red Room—an experimental music venue established in 1996 and nestled in the back of Normals Books in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood—High Zero was an answer to a call from destiny that grew out of the unexpected enthusiasm Baltimore concertgoers were emoting for unorthodox sounds and out-of-bounds music. At the time of High Zero’s inception, saxophonist John Berndt remarked, “It seemed like the right time to do something like this.”