New York’s Roulette Closes Out 40th Season

Source: Roulette.

Saturday, July 20 at 8pm
Nels Cline with Zeena Parkins
Ikue Mori and Craig Taborn
Matana Roberts
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio (with Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen)

Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and pioneer harpist Zeena Parkins headline the first concert, on July 20. Night One will also feature the innovative noise improviser Ikue Mori in a duo with pianist Craig Taborn. One of the most creative pianists of the downtown scene, Sylvie Courvosier brings her trio featuring bassist Drew Gress and drummer Kenny Wollesen. And Matana Roberts—who’s been dubbed “the spokeswoman for a new, politically conscious and refractory music scene” (Jazzthetik)—will play a set on alto saxophone.

Sunday, July 21 at 8pm
John Zorn’s Simulacrum (John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski)
JG Thirlwell
John Medeski
Val Jeanty and Fay Victor

On Night Two, July 21, the all-star organ trio Simulacrum (John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg, and Kenny Grohowski) performs compositions by John Zorn that incorporate elements of metal, jazz, minimalism, atonality, and noise. Acclaimed keyboardist John Medeski will also perform a solo set on organ. Val Jeanty, who uses sound sampling and technology to explore her self-created genre, AfroElectronica, is joined by the dazzling and acrobatic improvisational vocalist Fay Victor. And JG Thirlwell plays a solo set with electronics, prepared piano, and theremin in front of an immersive backdrop of new visuals created by Sten Backman.