Roulette today announced its 2012 Fall season which kicks off September 7 with Mary Halvorson Septet.
Other highlights include accordionist Guy Klucevsek, composer Bunita Marcus, French bassist Joelle Leandre, Henry Threadgills ZOOID, S.E.M Ensemble, Judith Berkson, Phyllis Chen and more. Dance at Roulette will also continue, presenting cutting edge choreographers such as Sally Silvers and Biba Bell.
Also this season, Roulette introduces a unique partnership with Ear Heart Music, Ear Heart, a series which showcases cutting-edge performers, composers, and collaborative artists, will present performances once a month at Roulette’s beautiful, art-deco venue.
Other stand out events include Roulette’s benefit event in October, featuring a special performance by multi-disciplinary performance artist Meredith Monk whose impressive, award-winning body of works continues to thrill audiences and whose innovative style is symbolic of Roulettes continued mission to be the leading presenter of experimental performance in New York City.
Fall Schedule of Events:
September 7, 2012, 8pm
Mary Halvorson Septet
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), John Hébert (bass) & Ches Smith (drums)
September 8, 2012
Ha-Yang Kim + Jack Qt
Performing a program of music by Ha-Yang Kim
The JACK Qt. electrifies audiences worldwide with "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe) and "viscerally exciting performances" (New York Times). David PatRick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being "among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience." The Washington Post commented, "The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital." Alex Ross (New Yorker).
September 10, & September 11, 2012
Zeena Parkins + Ne(x)tworks Ensemble w/JACK Qt.
JACK Qt. joins forces with Ne(x)tworks for two performances of composer, multi-instrumentalist, and electric harp pioneer Zeena Parkins' Spellbeamed. Commissioned by Ne(x)tworks, Spellbeamed takes inspiration from literary critic Walter Benjamin's Archive, a published trove of images, texts, and ephemera collected by the author. For Parkins' new composition, quotidian materials collected by each musician are utilized to form an animated score developed in collaboration with visual artist Cynthia Madansky.
September 12, 2012
TCP - Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cochrane, Pippin Barnett
TCP a trio of veteran virtuoso improvisers, from diverse geographic locations and backgrounds, playing together as a group for the first time since 1985. Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cochrane, and Pippin Barnett intend to teeter on the brink of the impossible in composition and improvisation. Their wide-ranging sonic interests range from jazz to rock to folk to contemporary classical; from West to East, and North to South; from the spiritual to the political; from ancient ritual practice to postmodern soundscapes for dance and theater.
September 20, 2012
David Behrman & Tim Brady
September 23, 2012
Shakuhachi Exploration with Kinya Sogawa
Plus special guests: ElizaBeth Brown, Ned Rothenberg, Ralph Samuelson & Laurie Sogawa
Tokyo shakuhachi virtuoso Kinya Sogawa makes his much anticipated U.S. debut! Unique to the shakuhachi world in that he is both a brilliant performer and highly acclaimed instrument maker, Sogawa is active in diverse genres of traditional and contemporary music--including enka and video game music. For this all-shakuhachi exploration, Sogawa performs meditative solo pieces passed down by the komuso wandering monks of the 17th century as well as new 21st-century works by composers Ned Rothenberg and ElizaBeth Brown that expand the sonic language of that tradition, creating new possibilities for the instrument.
September 24, 2012
Sean Noonan with Momenta
Premiere of A Gambler's Hand, music for strings, percussion and storytelling.
A Gambler’s Hand, music for electro-acoustic string quartet performed by the Momenta Quartet, drum set, percussion, narration, and guest improvisers will be premiered at Roulette. The composition is an an original story about Pavee, a man with a gambling problem who becomes trapped inside a wall living a life of solitude, and later becoming apart of the wall.