What: Phyllis Chen – Childhood Is A Curious Country
Where:Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
When: November 13, 8 pm
Cost/Info: $15/10 members/students/seniors, www.roulette.org

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents pianist, toy pianist and composer Phyllis Chen, Tuesday, November 13, 8pm. Praised by the New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Chen performs original multimedia compositions and works by contemporary composers. For her Roulette performance, Chen will be Premiering a custom-built coiled gong piano instrument by builder/designer Ranjit Bhatnagar and featuring video by engineer/artist, Robert Dietz. Chen’s work has been described as “captivating performance….animated by unbridled inventiveness, the kind of joyous creativity that playing with toys is meant to inspire.” – The Oregonian.

Chen has played at many major US festivals including the Chicago World Music Festival, Portland Piano International and the San Francisco Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival. She is one of the founding members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the  the founder of the  UnCaged Toy Piano, an annual call for scores to expand the repertoire for toy piano. This year, UnCaged launches the a Special Commissioning Project, searching for a new piece that will be premiered at the next toy piano festival in 2013.

About Roulette
Roulette – one of New York City’s premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years – has reopened bigger and better than ever. Located in a newly renovated 1920s Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Roulette 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. Teamed with bold new programming, the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City – if not the country – to experience adventurous music and art.


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