Thursday, March 6, 8:30PM (all tickets $20)
Benefit for Roulette: Robert Ashley
Reading of the first act of his new opera, “Quicksand”

“When the 21st Century glances back to see where the future of opera came from, Ashley, like Monteverdi before him, is going to look like a radical new beginning.” (Village Voice). Robert Ashley, a distinguished figure in American contemporary music, holds an international reputation for his work in new forms of opera and multi-disciplinary projects. His recorded works are acknowledged classics of language in a musical setting. He pioneered opera-for-television with such revolutionary pieces as Music with Roots in the Aether, a 14-hour opera/documentary about the work and ideas of seven American composers and Perfect Lives, an opera in seven half-hour episodes commissioned by the Kitchen and broadcast in Britain, Germany, Austria, Spain, and the US. Distinctly original in style, and distinctly American in their subject matter and use of the American language, Ashley’s work is “so vast in their vision that they are comparable only to Wagner’s Ring cycle or Stockhausen’s seven-evening Licht cycle. In form and content, in musical, vocal, literary and media technique, they are, however, comparable to nothing else.” (The Los Angeles Times). Join us for this Benefit Concert to help keep Roulette running!

Friday March 7th, 8:30PM

play premieres of four-hand works by Terry Riley

Pianists Joseph Kubera and Catherine Cahill present newly commissioned pieces for four hands by Terry Riley. Kubera has been a leading interpreter of contemporary music for the past 25 years, performing with the S.E.M. Ensemble, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New York New Music Ensemble. Sarah Cahill was recently praised in the Village Voice for “her phenomenal technique, her instinctive command of recent aesthetics, and quite possibly the most interesting repertoire of any pianist around.” Specializing in new American music as well as the American experimental tradition, Cahill has commissioned, premiered, and had works dedicated to her by such artists as John Adams, Annea Lockwood, Kyle Gann, and Pauline Oliveros.

Saturday, March 8th, 8:30pm
Uchihashi Kazuhisa / Shelley Hirsch
“One of the best pairing of personalities that one could imagine, Hirsch and Kazuhisa show all their magnificent talent in a flawless live recording. The American vocalist is her usual self, her interpretation ranging from one genre to another with a fantasy and an intelligence that are rare to see nowadays; her technical ability is well known, so is the sense of humour that she always puts in front of us, a trademark for which Shelley is recognizable at the first note she hits. Uchihashi Kazuhisa complements her in stunningly perfect fashion, accompanying and counterpointing through a fresh sense of technical abandon that never cancels the simple beauty of the “gesture of playing”. His use of delays and effects to reach different timbral zones is a perfect balance to Shelley’s crazy yet lucid evolutions. And when they try to subvert “In a sentimental mood” with their cross between anarchy and loving homage, well – I think that the circle is closed. This is a masterpiece”. (review on CD: Duets. Innocent, ICR-008, 2002.)


Monday, March 10th, 8:30PM
Adam Rudolph/Organic Orchestra

Composer and Artistic Director Adam Rudolph has constructed music using innovative and experimental means without the use of western music notation. Rudolph will conduct the woodwind players through music/letter grids, language themes, Indian Ragas and song forms to create the moods, movement and sonic gestures.

Go: Organic Orchestra is an ensemble (with both Los Angeles and New York based groups) and a conducting/performance concept that can be taught and peformed anywhere. The musicians listed below will be appearing in performance with Go: Organic Orchestra on one or all of the Monday evening concerts. Additional musicians will be performing: the exact line-up and instrumentation will be determined the night of the performance.

Graham Haynes. Martin Loyato, Stephen Haynes, Amir Eisaffar,, Trumpet and Cornet
Steve Swell, Peter Zummo- Trombone
Ned Rothenberg, J.D. Parran, Pablo Calgolero, Charles Waters, David Rothenberg, Avram Fefer- Clarinets
Alex Waterman, Tomas Ulrich, Daniel Levin, Kirsten Jerme – Cello
Charles Burnham, Sarah Bernstein, , Gwen Laster, Violin
Stephanie Griffin, Miguel Atwood Ferguson, – Viola
Sylvain Leroux, Ze Luis, Michel Gentile, Jane Rigler, Kaoru Watanabe, Salim Washington, Flutes, Bamboo Flutes
Batya Sobel, Oboe
Sara Schoenbeck – Bassoon
Jerome Harris, Leni Stern, Kenny Wessel, Marco Cappelli – Guitar
Harris Eisenstadt, Brahim Fribgane, Gustavo Aguilar, Michael Lipsey- Drums and Percussion
Lindsey Horner, Stuart Popejoy, Acoustic Bass
Alex Marcelo, Acoustic Piano
Chris Dingman, Vibraphone

20 Greene St. (between Canal and Grand) 2 blocks west of Broadway
$15 at the Door
DTW members
students, seniors: $10
Reservations: 212.219.8242
Roulette & Location One, members free

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