Sonya Belaya and ДАЧА: New Childhood
Sunday, April 3. 8:00 pm
Sonya Belaya returns to Roulette to premiere her commission New Childhood, written for her band Дача (pronounced “Dacha”), a word in Russian meaning a summer home that is a resting place of simpler means. The ensemble explores the intersection of improvisation, Russian folk music, Soviet bard songs, and American jazz.
Sara Serpa: Intimate Strangers
Wednesday, April 6. 8:00 pm
Intimate Strangers is a collaboration between Portuguese vocalist-composer Sara Serpa and Nigerian writer Emmanuel Iduma, drawing inspiration from Iduma’s latest book, A Stranger’s Pose, a unique blend of travelogue, musings, and poetry. A combination of music, text, image, and field recordings collected by Iduma during his travels, Intimate Strangers explores such themes as movement, home, grief, absence, and desire in what Iduma calls “an atlas of a borderless world.”
Wendy Eisenberg: Eye Music
Thursday, April 14. 8:00 pm
Eye Music is an experimental song cycle composed and performed by commissioned artist Wendy Eisenberg. The piece was written for a new ensemble featuring Eisenberg on guitar and vocals, Chris Williams (trumpet), Zekkereya El-Magharbel (trombone), Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Tyrone Allen (bass), and Booker Stardrum (drums). This is a world premiere of both the cycle and this new band and features a video projection by photographer Richard Lenz.
Friday, April 15. 8:00 pm
Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins gives the culminating performance of his year-long Roulette residency.