When: May 1 – 3, 8pm

What: New York premier of Ten Freedom Summers

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

Cost: $20 / 15

Info: www.roulette.org / 917.267.0368

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents the illustrious trumpeter-composer Wadada Leo Smith who will present a complete version of the 5-hour work that stunned the Jazz world last fall: The New York premiere of Ten Freedom Summers, a cycle of compositions about the American civil rights movement.

Ten Freedom Summers is the result of the research and reflection concerning the philosophical, social and political history of the United States of America. Ten Freedom Summers is programmed as three evenings of music, and is composed for Golden Quartet and the Pacifica Coral Reef Ensemble and will feature performances by Golden Quartet, Pacifica Red Coral and Video Artist Jesse Gilbert . On May 3rd, the Flux Quartet will premier The March on Washington D.C., August 28, 1963


Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet

Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet

Anthony Davis, piano

John Lindberg, bass

Pheeroan aKlaff, drums

Pacifica Red Coral

Mark Menzies, violin

Mona Tian, violin

Andrew Macintosh, viola

Ashley Walters, cello

Alison Bjorkedal, harp

Jesse Gilbert, video artist

Flux Quartet

Tom Chiu, violin

Conrad Harris, violin

Max Mendel, viola

Felix Fan, cello

Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada Leo Smith is a trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser has been active in creative contemporary music for over forty years. His systemic music language Ankhrasmation is significant in his development as an artist and educator. Born in Leland, Mississippi, Smith’s early musical life began in the high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and Improvisation music traditions. He received his formal musical education with his stepfather Alex Wallace, the U.S. Military band program (1963), Sherwood School of Music (1967-69), and Wesleyan University (1975-76).

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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