Ars Vitalis — the performing wing of the New Jersey New Music Forum — will present its annual spring concert this coming Thursday April 24 at 7:30 PM.

The event will feature music by Matthew Halper, Frank Ezra Levy, Max Lifchitz and Melinda Wagner.

It will take place at the sparkling Enlow Hall on Kean University’s East Campus (215 North Ave, Hillside NJ 07205).

Ars Vitalis April 24

Performers for the concert will include the Palisades Virtuosi, guitarist Jorge Caballero, as well as the North/South Consonance Duo — flutist Lisa Hansen and pianist Max Lifchitz.
All composers will be in attendance and will meet and greet audience members at the post-concert reception.

Tickets are $25 for the general public and $5 for students.

To purchase tickets, please call 908.737.SHOW (7469) or visit

http://www.keanstage.com/ seasontickets/concert.asp.

For directions to the concert hall please click on

http://www.enlowhall.kean.edu/

Complete information about the event at

https://www.facebook.com/events/608747315827572/?ref=22

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brotherbrotherNew York, NY — Experiments in Opera announces the premiere of Brother Brother, the final production of their 2013-14 Season at Abrons Arts Center, with music and libretto by Aaron Siegel. This 90-minute opera, which has been in development with Experiments in Opera for the last two seasons, explores the relationship between Orville and Wilbur Wright following their first flights in 1903. Scored for 2 vibraphones, glockenspiel, strings, flute, vocal soloists, actors and chorus, Brother Brother will be premiered on Friday May 2 and Saturday May 3, 8pm in the Playhouse at Abrons Art Center, 466 Grand Street, New York. For tickets ($20 general, $15 student), patrons should call Theatermania at 212-352-3101 or visit www.AbronsArtsCenter.org.

This production of Brother Brother will be directed by Mallory Catlett, with scenic design by Obie Award-winning designer Mimi Lien, and musical direction by David Bloom. The involved musicians have been collaborators in the development of Brother Brother over the last four years and include Mantra Percussion, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, soprano Michelle Kennedy, countertenor Patrick Fennig, tenor Marc Day, and actor Julian A Rozzell, Jr.

Prior to each Brother Brother performance, Experiments in Opera will share two “Opera Trailers,” 90-second videos that offer a sneak peek at new opera ideas and characters. Featured artists include Jason Cady, Dave Ruder, Matthew Welch and the partnership of Daniel Kushner, Noelle Evans and Jascha Narveson. Additionally, in partnership with CultureBot.org, composers and collaborators featured on Brother Brother will take part in a free public discussion — Opera in Dialogue #3 on Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:00 PM, at the Playhouse, Abrons Arts Center — exploring the ideas and motivations behind this premiere production.

The Wright Brothers’ fascinating story of family drama, business struggles and legal fights is layered over a secondary story about the fictional characters, Red and Blue, which details the challenges of contemporary brotherhood and the complexities of growing up with an unusual idea of brotherly intimacy. Aaron Siegel drew on his own experiences as a twin while writing the libretto that provides both sets of brothers a range of coded language to express their wonder in the world and in each other. The music for Brother Brother draws on Siegel’s wide range of experiences with percussive minimalism, early music, American shape-note singing, ambient electronic music and improvised jazz. Brother Brother is a timely look at the personal side of innovation and entrepreneurial optimism in America.

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From the Composer:

Aaron_Siegel1_SMALL_(photo_by_Kevin_McGrath)“I’ve always been more drawn to consonance than to dissonance. This musical impulse has dramatic implications as well, and you could say that Brother Brother is really an argument for hopefulness — the kind I have always felt when I am around my brother. I know this sounds sentimental, and that it bucks against the notion that great drama is by its nature more of a downer. The historical period that the Wright Brothers emerged from was defined by a sense of promise and possibility and I think it is a message we need to hear more about nowadays, despite our reservations.

“Rather than try to speak in an authoritative voice about history or ideas, it was very important to me that Brother Brother be a personal story in my own words. For better or for worse, I am eager to share a holistic vision of the sounds I hear and the words I use to create meaning in my life. This ‘auteur’ approach is more common these days in film and indie culture, where a do-it-yourself aesthetic is the norm, but it once was also an important part of opera culture. Why shouldn’t it still be?”

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Aaron Siegel’s inquisitive and playful work represents a personal vision of how we live with and respond to the sounds in our world. Brother Brother, his second opera, has been showcased in events produced by Experiments in Opera and at The Industry’s First Take Production in Los Angeles in June 2013. His CD Science is Only a Sometimes Friend for eight glockenspiels and organ was released in May 2011 on LockStep Records and hailed as “one continuous ecstatic sonic event,” and as one of the best records of 2011 by Time Out New York. In the past year, Science is Only a Sometimes Friend has been performed around the country by Mantra Percussion, Tigue, and the UNC-Pembroke and Eastern Kentucky University percussion ensembles. Siegel is currently working on a commission for the Young People’s Chorus of New York City’s Radio Radiance Series. A recording of his solo storytelling project Call Us Your People will be available in Spring 2014 on LockStep Records.

In addition to his work as a composer and organizer, Siegel has performed with Memorize the Sky, Anthony Braxton and Robert Ashley. His work can be found on numerous recordings including Cabinet for solo percussion and Every Morning, a History for chamber ensemble and solo piano. Siegel is manager of secondary school programs at the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall. For more information visit: aaronsiegel.net.

Mantra Percussion has been featured at festivals, venues, and universities throughout North America including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Carlsbad New Music Festival, the Bowling Green New Music Festival, MIT with Bang on a Can All-Stars, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, X Avant Festival, New Music New College, Moving Sounds Festival, Ear Heart Music, Hi Fi Music Festival, and Make Music New York. Mantra co-commissioned Michael Gordon’s recent evening-length percussion sextet Timber, and gave the work’s United States premiere in October 2011 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and its New York premiere of at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in December 2012.

The “commission-crazed” Cadillac Moon Ensemble is one of New York’s most visible new music groups, performing not just in traditional venues such as Roulette and the DiMenna Center, but in non-traditional spaces such as the High Line as well as in collaborations with dance, theater, and cabaret artists. The group strives to present a cross-section of contemporary music styles, tying together both uptown and downtown aesthetics with the creative use of thematic programming. Recent commissions have included works by Timothy Andres, Caleb Burhans, Shawn Allison, Nicholas Deyoe, Rick Burkhardt, Osnat Netzer, and Alex Weiser.

 

 

ABOUT EXPERIMENTS IN OPERA

Co-founded by composers Matthew Welch, Jason Cady, and Aaron Siegel, Experiments in Opera is a composer-driven initiative, featuring recent and new works with innovative answers to the traditional questions about how to connect words, story and music. Our activities respond to the pronounced need to nurture composers who are exploring musical work beyond a strictly concert setting, but furthermore into the hybrid genre of opera. Additionally Experiments in Opera builds supportive and informed audiences that are capable of contributing to its work.

In its first two programming seasons, Experiments in Opera has presented the work of more than 12 composers in three large-scale presentations aimed at expanding the collective understanding of experimental opera. Venues have included Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, and Issue Project Room, and have featured works by composers Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel, Matthew Welch, Georges Aperghis, John Zorn, Robert Ashley, Joe Diebes, Ruby Fulton, Gabrielle Herbst, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Justin Tierney, Leaha Maria Villarreal and the Cough Button collective. Also featured were performances by pianist Emily Manzo, singer Erin Flannery, drummer Brian Chase, Hotel Elefant, and the performance collective Why Lie?

Experiments in Opera’s 2013-14 season residency at Abrons Arts Center began with Chorus of All Souls in November 2013 featuring choral works by Jessica Pavone, Matthew Welch, Jason Cady and John Zorn. The residency continued with Radio Operas on February 28 and March 1, 2014 featuring works by Jason Cady, Paul Pinto, Aaron Siegel, John King, Jonathan Mitchell and Matthew Welch.

All of the work developed with Experiments in Opera is documented extensively in videos, images and writings that are available in an online catalogue at www.experimentsinopera.com. These insightful looks into the origins of artists’ ideas and their working habits help to support EIO’s mission of building a more robust conversation about how and why opera works the way it does.

The Abrons Arts Center, located at 466 Grand Street, New York, NY, is the performing and visual arts program of Henry Street Settlement. The Abrons supports the presentation of innovative, multi-disciplinary work; cultivates artists in all stages of their creative development through educational programs, commissions, and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers. For more information, call (212) 598-0400 or visit www.AbronsArtsCenter.org.

 

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NYCCImage314New York Composers Circle will present Music for Soprano, Strings and Piano, a concert of new works by NYCC members on Tuesday, April 22 at 8:00 PM at Saint Peter’s Church at Citigroup Center – Lexington Avenue and 54th Street in Manhattan.

Works to be performed are Carl Kanter’s Quintet for Piano and Strings, Emiko Hayashi’s Continuous Strand of Twisted Threads for string trio, Jonathan Howard Katz’s Crescit eundo (2012), for violin, viola, cello, and piano, Jacob E. Goodman’s Variationen G-Dur, für Klavier, Violine, und Violoncello, Eugene Marlow’s Undiminshed for string quintet, Matt Weber’s Gemstones for string quartet and Richard D. Russell’s The Rose Cycle for soprano and string quartet. Information about the composers can be found at http://nycomposerscircle.org/category/composer-bios/.

Performers will be the Bleecker String Quartet (Bleecker StQ) – violinists Machiko Ozawa and Lynn Bechtold, violist Edmundo Ramírez and cellist Jisoo Ok (http://bleeckerstringquartet.com/) – with bassist Troy Rinker, soprano Sofia Dimitrova and pianist Yvonne Troxler.

The April 22 concert is free, however, a $20 donation is suggested, payable at the door. For more information, call 212-787-8309 or visit http://nycomposerscircle.org/.

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photo by Isabelle Selby

Lainie Fefferman: photo Isabelle Selby

Lainie Fefferman’s Here I Am
Thursday, May 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Lainie Fefferman’s Here I Am is presented at Roulette with a residency through the Jerome Foundation.

An oratorio in nine movements for three singers, clarinet, violin, cello, electric guitar, piano, percussion, and drum set, Lainie Fefferman’s Here I Am is a deeply personal meditation on nine perplexing but often ignored portions of the Hebrew Bible. The music, set to the Jewish Publication Society’s plain and literal English translation of the Hebrew text, uses disparate musical genres and techniques (power chords, dreamy minimalism, folk-balladry, and performance art) to recontextualize the familiar biblical narratives in fresh light. The verses chosen for Here I Aminclude: the laws expounded in the Book of Leviticus; Lot’s offering of his virgin daughters to the people of Sodom; Abraham’s haggling with the divine over how many innocent men are needed to save Sodom; and Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son to show his devotion. Written for ensembles Newspeak and Va Vocals (Martha Cluver, Mellissa Hughes, and Caroline Shaw), Here I Am is an exploration of Fefferman’s relationship with her Jewish identity as a composer and, also, as an ethical thinker in the world.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting: http://roulette.org/events/lainie-fefferman-here-i-am/

Lainie Fefferman is a composer living and working in Brooklyn. Exploring the personal and the idiosyncratic aspects of music-making, she has created pieces for pianist Michael Mizrahi, guitarist James Moore, bassist Eleonore Oppenheim, electric guitar quartet Dither, So Percussion, the New York Virtuoso Singers, NOW ensemble, Newspeak, pianist Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, and ETHEL. Fefferman’s recent performance projects include Sideband, a laptop-based project; the avant vocal trio Celestial Mechanics; and Phthia, a minimalist folk band. Fefferman is the founder and co-director of Exapno, a New Music Community Center in Downtown Brooklyn, and lead-organizes the New Music Bake Sale. As a composer and a vocal performer, Fefferman has participated in a number of workshops, including: the Sentieri Selvaggi composer workshop in Milan (with Julia Wolfe), the Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble Workshop in New York City, the Bang on a Can Summer Residency in North Adams, Massachusetts, and the Arabic Music Retreat with Simon Shaheen at Mount Holyoke College.
lainiefefferman.com

NEWSPEAK, named after the thought-limiting language in George Orwell’s 1984, is a powerhouse ensemble that became an early standout within New York’s “indie-classical” scene.  The current stellar line-up–David T. Little (composer/drums), Mellissa Hughes (voice), Eileen Mack (clarinet), Caleb Burhans (composer/violin), Taylor Levine (guitar), Brian Snow (cello), James Johnston (piano), and Peter Wise (percussion)–began performing together in 2008, and has been featured as part of the Tune-In Festival with eighth blackbird at the Park Avenue Armory, the Ecstatic Music Festival in NYC, on New Sounds Live, at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, and on the 25th Anniversary Bang on a Can Marathon.  They have headlined on the MATA Festival, shared bills with The Fiery Furnaces as part of Wordless Music, and performed as part of John Zorn’s Full Force festival, and this summer will make their international debut at the Muziekgebouw as part of the 2014 Holland Festival.  Actively committed to the music of its time Newspeak has commissioned and premiered work by David T. Little, Caleb Burhans, Corey Dargel, Oscar Bettison, Ted Hearne, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli and many others. “You could call this punk classical,” Lucid Culture wrote, “fearlessly aware…(and) resolutely defiant.”  New Sounds host John Schafer called them “important players on the new music scene here in New York.”  Newspeak has released two critically acclaimed albums, sweet light crude (2010, New Amsterdam) and Soldier Songs (Innova, 2013) and is currently planning its third.
http://newspeakmusic.org/

Va Vocals (sopranos Martha Cluver, Mellissa Hughes, and Caroline Shaw) has been performing together since 2009. Described as “utterly unaffected and drop-dead stylish” (WQXR), they are versed in a broad range of styles, from baroque to modern to pop. They have appeared with Alarm Will Sound, AXI- OM, Signal, Roomful of Teeth, ACME, Wordless Music, the Trinity Wall Street Choir, So Percussion, The Roots, The National, My Brightest Diamond, John Cale, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Recordings that feature the Va sopranos include the recent Signal release, Shelter (Cantaloupe), and an upcoming Signal release, Music for 18. They hold degrees from Eastman, Yale, and Princeton.

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May 14, 2014

7:30 – 9:00pm
Bloomingdale School of Music
323 West 108th Street map
Free to the public

Robert Vuichard, composer, and Broadway Chamber Players: John Romeri, flute; Setsuko Otake, oboe/English horn; and Edward Malave, viola.

Exploring the Metropolis and Bloomingdale School of Music present an evening of new works and arrangements by composer Robert Vuichard, premiered in collaboration with the newly minted Broadway Chamber Players. This is the culminating program of Vuichard’s 2013-14 EtM Con Edison Composers’ Residency at Bloomingdale School of Music.

Robert has worked with a roster of artists that includes the Yale Glee Club, Westminster Choir, St. Petersburg String Quartet, NOTUS: Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and playwright Craig Lucas. His music has seen performances in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium and Weill Recital Hall, Cathedral Notre-Dame, the Berliner Dom, and Symphony Space, and Robert’s music is published with both Boosey & Hawkes and GIA Publications.

“. . . [Vuichard’s] treacherously clustered semitones and contrapuntal subtleties became otherworldly, transcendent even.” —The Washington Post

Broadway Chamber Players comprises the finest instrumentalists, composers, and conductors across classical, jazz, and new-music fields, all unified by the common thread of performing on Broadway. BCP seeks to continue Broadway’s great tradition of live music by bringing its musicians from the pit to the stage.

“. . . heaping with personality, and thoroughly top-notch in unity, balance, and pitch.” —Feast of Music

Listen to Robert Vuichard’s Zephyr Rounds

Listen to Broadway Chamber Players

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NEIGHBORHOOD CLASSICS
Simone Dinnerstein, Artistic Director
James Matheson, Artistic Director at P.S. 142

Face the Music
Music by ensemble members Sam Mellins, Jonah Murphy, 
and Owen Carter,

plus Vijay Iyer’s Three Fragments

 

Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7:30pm
P.S. 142′s Auditorium | 100 Attorney St. | NYC

 

Tickets: $15 at www.neighborhoodclassics.com or at the door. 
All ticket sales benefit P.S. 142.

 

Face the Music: www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/facethemusic

 

New York, NY– Neighborhood Classics presents teenage new music sensations Face the Music in concert on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 7pm, atP.S. 142 on the Lower East Side (100 Attorney Street). The program will include music by three of the ensemble’s own members – Sam Mellins’ Sax Quartet; Jonah Murphy’s Allegro for mixed ensemble and Owen Carter’s Sequester for chamber orchestra – plus Vijay Iyer’s Three Fragments. The performance will be hosted by James Matheson, composer and Neighborhood Classics Artistic Director at P.S. 142. All ticket sales for this one-hour, family-friendly concert benefit P.S. 142.

Called “a force in the new music world” by The New York Times, Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music is the country’s only ensemble for 18-and-under that is solely devoted to the music of living composers. In the space of nine years Face the Music has grown from an after-school club of eight kids to a massive group of over 170 students from all over the tri-state area who convene every week to write, rehearse and perform music together. The ensemble advances Kaufman Music Center’s commitment to contemporary music and provides unparalleled performance and education experiences for the next generation of musical leaders.

About Neighborhood Classics:
Pianist Simone Dinnerstein founded the Neighborhood Classics series in 2009 at P.S. 321, the school that her son attended and where her husband teaches, and expanded the series to P.S. 142 on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2010. Neighborhood Classics builds relationships at a local level between neighborhoods and musicians.

These one-hour, family-friendly performances, which are hosted by Dinnerstein or composer and P.S.142 Artistic Director James Matheson, are open to the public and raise funds for the schools. The musicians performing donate their time and talent to the program, and the concerts are organized and administered by parent volunteers and faculty members.

In addition to evening concerts, Neighborhood Classics stages all-school happenings – last year, these included a “Bach Invasion” and a “Renaissance Revolution” at P.S. 321 – which immerse the school in music, with dozens of musicians performing in all of the school’s classrooms throughout the day.

“This concert series is about bringing communities together around music,” Dinnerstein explains. “It is a way for students, parents, teachers and neighbors to gather in a familiar and comfortable setting to listen to great music.” All of the performances take place in the evenings and on weekends, so that families may attend together.

Neighborhood Classics has already raised enough funds to bring back the fourth grade band program at P.S. 142. At P.S. 321, proceeds benefit the school’s PTA, which helps to fund art, chess, band, and chorus programs. Since 2009, the top-tier musicians that have been presented by Neighborhood Classics include pianist Simone Dinnerstein, clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, cellist Maya Beiser, pianist Pablo Ziegler, cellist Zuill Bailey, pianist Valentina Lisitsa, harpist Bridget Kibbey, violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Wendy Sutter, Face the Music (a teenage new music group), lutist Paul O’Dette, cellist Clive Greensmith, Cypress String Quartet, Chiara String Quartet, and the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME). For more information, visitwww.neighborhoodclassics.com.

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IF_HSThe Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), the nation’s premier orchestra dedicated exclusively to commissioning, performing, and recording new orchestral music, partners with The Fine Family, The Irving Fine Society, and Brandeis University and its Department of Music to pay tribute to three central figures of the mid-century Boston musical landscape – Irving Fine, Harold Shapero and Arthur Berger. Celebrating Irving Fine’s (1914-1962) centennial, BMOP spotlights this trio of lifelong friends and composers who advanced a unique vision for American music that incorporated the neoclassicism of Stravinsky, the clean elegance of Copland, and the edginess of serialism, all with a highly personal stamp. Click here to view program details

When: Friday, May 16 @ 8:00 p.m. (free pre-concert talk @ 7:00 p.m.)

Where: Jordan Hall (30 Gainsborough Street), Boston, T: Symphony

Tickets: General $20 – $50/Students $10. To reserve seats now, contact BMOP at bmop.org or 781.324.0396. Starting April 18, tickets are also available through the Jordan Hall Box Office at 617.585.1260, in person, or at tix.com.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 8:00pm

 

St. Jean Baptiste Church

East 76th Street and Lexington Avenue

New York City 10020

 

AN EVENING WITH JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT & THE MCE

 

RACHMANINOFF Bogoroditse Devo

STRAVINSKY Pater noster, Ave Maria, Credo

MENDELSSOHN Verleih uns FriedenRichte mich, Gott

BRAHMS Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65, No. 1, 2, 7, 13, 14, 15

TRAD. ARR. ALICE PARKER & ROBERT SHAW Annie Laurie

TRAD. ARR. JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT O, Waly Waly

TRAD. ARR. JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT Flow Gently, Sweet Afton

TRAD. ARR. JOSEPH FLUMMERFELT Danny Boy

 

The Manhattan Choral Ensemble welcomes Joseph Flummerfelt to the podium in an evening of favorites from the Maestro’s 30-year conducting career. Chorus Master to the New York Philharmonic, former Artistic Director of Westminster Choir College, and Musical America’s 2004 Conductor of the Year, Dr. Flummerfelt has selected a program of works by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky, with a closing set of his own arrangements of beloved folk songs.

 

Tickets: $30 Premium Reserved, $20 General, $15 Senior/Student

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StevenGerber5Steven R. Gerber’s Soliloquy for Solo Bassoon will be performed by Jack Chan as part of the New Music Collective concert on Friday, April 18 – 7:30 PM at Spectrum NYC, 121 Ludlow Street in Manhattan.

The composer writes about the piece, “Soliloquy for Solo Bassoon was written in 2012 for bassoonist Bryan Young, who plays in the Poulenc Trio, for which I wrote a Prelude and Fugue in the 90s.  Bryan premiered Soliloquy in Richmond in August, 2013. It is based on the first four notes (CBCB) of the famous high opening bassoon solo in Le Sacre du Printemps.”

Other composers on the concert are Glen Roven, Thomas Millioto, Julia Wolfe, Ben Morss, Herschel Garfein, Lowell Liebermann, Jen Baker and Adam Tendler. Other performers include soprano Laura Strickling, mezzo Krista River and pianist Michael Brofman, the WorldWinds quintet and pianist Miori Sugiyama.

Tickets at the door $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors. For more information, visit http://www.spectrumnyc.com/.

Steven Gerber’s chamber music is represented on Steven R. Gerber – Chamber Music, (Naxos 8.559618), featuring nine of his finest works in the genre, recorded by violinists Kurt Nikkanen, Cho-Liang Lin and Cyrus Beroukhim, cellist Brinton Smith and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. His most recent release is the Albany Records CD (Mostly) Piano Music (Troy 1416). Visit his website at http://www.stevengerber.com.

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What: Soundbites: Celebrating 35 years of Roulette, featuring Jen Shyu, Jennifer Choi, Tristan Perich, Darius Jones ,Variaspeed, and Mario Diaz de Leon

When:  Thursday May 8th @ 8pm

Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR

Cost: $25/20

Info: www.roulette.org / 917.267.0368 / http://roulette.org/events/sound-bites-celebrating-35-years-roulette%E2%80%A8/

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents “Soundbites” a celebration of their 35 years at the helm of experimental music, dance and intermedia. This significant event, the first salute to Roulette’s long history of innovative  and experimental programming, will feature six performances by a selection artists whose work truly represents  Roulette’s unparalleled and unique perspective. Featured artists will be Jen Shyu, Jennifer Choi, Tristan Perich, Darius Jones , Variaspeed, and Mario Diaz de Leon, the event will be hosted by highly acclaimed musician and WNYC host,  David Garland.

 

Roulette was conceived and incorporated in 1978  by Jim Staley, David Weinstein and Dan Senn, three composers who met at the University of Illinois. The first concert was in Chicago at the Old Town School of Folk Music in November 1978 (a favorite haunt of Odetta, Mason Williams and other greats). By 1979 Staley had established a loft performance space in Tribeca, New York with a piano and a recording facility.

In the Fall of 1980 the group produced five concerts there and was inundated with requests by composers who loved the room. Even in these early days, Roulette paid the artists a fee. Weinstein said, “How will we choose who to show?” Staley said, “Let’s do them all!”  A community was born, and the work of learning how to support such an endeavor began in full.

 

Over the next three decades, Roulette built and continues to build, an international reputation for the quality and quantity of its eclectic programming, its dedication to the inquisitive, and its transformation of a loft space into a finely tuned environment for performing and listening to music. Thousands of artists have presented their work at Roulette. Many of them are now recognized as the leaders of avant-garde music. Roulette also continues to foster and support the work of emerging artists presenting a complex spectrum avant jazz, world music, experimental rock, improvisation, computer music, new technologies, and traditional and hybrid chamber ensembles.

 

In September 2011, Roulette took up residency in an Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn. The new space features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Since finding a new home, Roulette  has received numerous accolades from major national and international critics and has been tipped as one of the city’s best concert halls.

 

Full Program:

 

Tristan Perich

Mariel Roberts plays Tristan Perich

Formations, for solo cello and 6-channel 1-bit electronics

 

Jennifer Choi

Eve Beglarian Well-Spent for violin and electronics.

 

TAK Ensemble plays Mario Diaz de Leon

The Flesh Needs Fire (2007) for flute, clarinet, and electronics

Featuring: Laura Cocks, flute, Liam Kinson, clarinet

 

Variaspeed

“Love is a Good Example.” by Robert Ashley

 

Darius Jones

Excerpt from – The Oversoul Manual // Featuring The Elizabeth-Caroline Unit

 

Jen Shyu

Excerpt solo opera SOLO RITES: SEVEN BREATHS directed by Garin Nugroho

Jen Shyu: Composition, vocals, gayageum, Taiwanese moon lute, piano

Danang Pamungkas: Choreographer

Maria Hooper: Costume Designer

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