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THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 8 pm @ ROULETTE (BROOKLYN)Christian Wolff-1

Roulette put on several shows in honor of composer Christian Wolff’s 80th birthday last year. Before this member of the 1960’s New York School turns 81, the venue is squeezing in one last celebratory hurrah, showcasing an incredible cast of supporting musicians: Joey Baron (drums), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Thomas Morgan (bass), Robyn Schulkowsky (percussion), and Nate Wooley (trumpet).

The bill will include Song (for 6) (18 min), originally for and performed at Merce Cunningham Dance Company’s sold-out farewell performances (Armory, 2011); the premiere of a new work titled Brooklyn (for 6 players or more) (15-20 min); Percussionist 5, a duo composed in the 1990s and performed by long-time collaborators Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron; and selections from Exercises (1973-2012) for open instrumentation. “Arguably his finest works to date” (All Music).

“While identifiable by its melodic material and a frequent harmonic parallelism of sixths (major and minor), this music is quite variable,” Christian Wolff writes. “Tempo, dynamics, instrumental combinations (neither “Brooklyn” and nor the Exercises specify instrumentation) are open; are partly planned ad hoc for a given performance and are partly improvised in the actual time of performance. Players with Jazz and improvisation connections are particularly good at this.”


Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)

$30/$25 Roulette Membership/$20 Series Membership/Free for ALL Access Membership. To order tickets, visit or call 917-267-0363.



What: John Zorn’s Cobra
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
When: Saturday, November 29, 8pm, doors open at 7pm
Cost/Info: $35 – $15 /

Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents John Zorn’s Cobra, Saturday, November 29th, 8pm. Cobra, a unique composition created by Zorn, is a piece created for multiple improvisors which consists of a system of cues and corresponding rules. Devoid of traditional musical notation, Cobra creates an electrifying environment where the composition can be radically different with each live performance.

This Roulette season highlight event, the 30th anniversary celebration of the highly acclaimed, frequently performed and world traveled composition, will feature Trevor Dunn, bass, Sylvie Courvoisier, piano, Mark Feldman, violin, Erik Friedlander, cello, George Lewis, trombone, Cyro Baptista, percussion, Eyal Maoz, guitar, John Medeski, organ, Ikue Mori, electronics, Marc Ribot, guitar, Kenny Wollesen, drums, John Zorn, prompter.

There will be a pre-concert audience discussion with John Zorn and select musicians.

General Admission tickets are $25 pre-sale, $35 at the door.
Members/students/seniors $20 pre-sale, $30 at the door.
Series Members – $15 Pre-sale, $25 at the door
FREE for All-Access Members
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Roulette is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of John Zorn‘s Cobra which originally premiered at Roulette in 1984. One of the most often performed compositions in new music, the phenomenon of John Zorn’s Cobra lives on into the 21st Century with continuous monthly performances in Japan, Europe, Australia and the United States. Under the direction of the composer himself this newest performance gives Zorn’s infamous game piece a startling new reading by some of downtown New York’s leading improvisers. Cobra is never really Cobra without Zorn himself at the helm—and here the music takes some surprising turns that even he never expected. A 21st Century update of a 20th Century classic.. Zorn has said of Cobra “deliberately chosen not to publish (or even write down) the rules”.

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Pauline Oliveros, Doug Van Nort, David Arner and FILTER
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

A visionary figure in the experimental tradition, Pauline Oliveros has influenced American music profoundly through her work with improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth, and ritual.  Tonight, Oliveros teams up with David Arner, a pianist and long time proponent of innovative music and spontaneous composition, Doug Van Nort, an experimental musician who creates immersive sonic experiences, and FILTER (Freely Improvising, Learning & Transforming Evolutionary Recombination system), a machine which reacts to its partners, transforming their sound in a musical dialogue.  This set will feature each of the three possible human-machine duos, followed by the full quartet.

509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

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May 21 & 22 Roulette presents highly acclaimed, Los Angeles based ensemble, Eclipse Quartet. An all-female, musical powerhouse comprised of award winning musicians, Eclipse Quartet will present two fascinating evenings of programming featuring the New York premiere of Roscoe Mitchell’s 9/9/99 version II, Morton Feldman’s epic Piano and String Quartet, 1985 (featuring guest pianist Vicki Ray), String Quartet 1931 by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Amazing Grace by Ben Johnston and, the New York premiere of Sean Heim’s No Quartet.

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On November 16th 2011, Roulette in Brooklyn, NY present Lisa Moore on piano and keyboard sampler, with special guest artists So Percussion in the double EP/CD release by  Cantaloupe Music of Lightning Slingers and Dead Ringers (EP) and  Caprichos Enfaticos (CD). Music by Martin Bresnick and Annie Gosfield
tickets $15
Doors open 7.30pm
Address corner Atlantic Ave and 3rd Ave. Brooklyn

Lisa Moore piano and sampler keyboard
Music by Annie Gosfield:
– Lightning Slingers and Dead Ringers
– Brooklyn October 5, 1941
Music by Martin Bresnick
Willie’s Way (for solo piano)
Caprichos Enfaticos selected movements (with So Percussion)
– Estragos de la Guerra (The Ravages of War)
– Estrana Devocion (Strange Devotion)
– Farandula de Populacho (Farandole of the Rabble).

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String quartet Crucible (Cornelius Dufallo and Chris Otto, violins; John King, viola; and Alex Waterman, cello) will perform music from composer John King’s new CD “10 Mysteries” at NYC’s Roulette on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 8:30 pm.

Roulette is located at 20 Greene Street, NYC, between Canal and Grand. Tickets are $15/$10 and can be reserved at 212.219.8242. Admission is free to Roulette members.

Earlier this year, John King released his second CD, “10 Mysteries” on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. King has 2 previous CD releases of music for string quartet; AllSteel (Tzadik) and Ethel (Cantaloupe). Featuring passionate and inspiring performances by the remarkable quartet Crucible with King himself on viola, the music on 10 Mysteries jumps from moment to moment with lightening speed and an organic sense of form. In his second CD on Tzadik he again embraces rock, jazz, blues and other popular styles in an energetic and colorful program for string quartet.

Crucible will also be joined by the TILT Brass project’s quartet (Rachel Drehmann, horn; Joe Exley, tuba; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Chris McIntyre, trombone) and Charlotte Dobbs, soprano, for the world premiere of SAPPHO presto chango. These 12 short arias are based on the poem fragments of Sappho which are to be performed as an independent layer to the instrumental ensemble. To end the evening, pianist Jenny Lin will perform King’s petite ouverture en forme de mErCE CunninGHAm, a piece written for Merce in honor of his 90th birthday.

Crucible features New York string luminaries Cornelius Dufallo, Chris Otto and Alex Waterman, who perform with such groups as Ethel, the JACK Quartet and the Either/Or Ensemble.

Led by trombonist and composer Chris McIntyre, Brooklyn-based TILT Brass is a versatile collective of brass and percussion artists that present works ranging from the historical avant garde to commissioned works by composers such as James Tenney, Anthony Coleman, and Lois V. Vierk.

Soprano Charlotte Dobbs maintains an active opera performance and concert career. In 2008, she appeared in recital with Mitsuko Uchida at the Marlboro Music Festival, performing Schoenberg’s Book of the Hanging Gardens. Miss Dobbs made her Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall debuts in Nielsen’s Third Symphony with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and Alan Gilbert in 2008.

Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her ability to combine classical and contemporary literature has brought her to the attention of international critics and audiences alike.

Composer, guitarist and violist John King ( has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, Red {an orchestra}, Ethel, the Albany Symphony, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Mannheim Ballet, New York City Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, the Ballets de Monte Carlo and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, with whom he worked closely for more than 20 years. He has written three operas (his most recent opera Dice Thrown was recently performed at CalArts in Los Angeles) and has composed for orchestra, chamber ensembles, rock bands, dance, film and theater. He was Music Curator at The Kitchen from 1999-2003. King won the Alpert Award in the Arts for Music in 2009. This award, initiated and funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation, provides unrestricted, annual prizes of $75,000 to five artists.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010
8PM at Roulette
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

The 21st season of Interpretations continues into 2010, presenting two of the downtown scene’s most distinct horn players, both presenting imaginative ensemble configurations that produce vivid imagery. Trumpeter and composer Roy Campbell’s Akhenaten performs music from their recent Aum Fidelity release, Live at the Vision Festival 12. Saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts presents her compositional configuration Illumination, based on ongoing research related to the questions, history, and conundrums of the universal creative act of dreaming.

General admission: $15 ($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members
Free for Roulette and Location One members
For reservations, call 212-219-8242 or visit www.roulette.org2010_5

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Interpretations Presents:
FLUX Quartet premieres David First
Dom Minasi String Quartet

Thursday, December 10, 2009
8PM at Roulette
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

The 21st Season of Thomas Buckner’s innovative series of new music continues on Decermber 10, 2009, featuring two guitarist/composers premiering new music for two very different string quartets. Pioneering new-music group, FLUX Quartet, premieres Elegies For The Afterland, a new work by eclectic composer and punk-era innovator David First, commissioned through the Meet The Composer Commissioning Music/USA program.

David First’s Elegies for the Afterland is an evening length work composed for string quartet and electronics. Drones moving through shifting extended chords tuned to just-intonation ratios provide a field inside which the quartet executes languorous unison melodies, hallucinogenic pitch-bends and deep polyrhythmic rocking. Influenced by numerous world events and circumstances, the title refers to Mr. First’s concern over the planet we are leaving to future generations.

Dom Minasi’s unique string ensemble functions both like contemporary chamber music group and a jazz band, due largely to Minasi’s innovative compositions and the distinct characteristics of the improvising musicians in the ensemble. Minasi’s classical guitar sometimes substitutes for viola, second violin, or cello, diversifying and enhancing richness of the textural palette. With the addition of contrabass and the inter-mingling of parts, this quartet has its own unique sound.

For more information on Interpretations:
Office Phone: 212-627-0990
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For more information on Roulette:
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)
General admission: $15
($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)
For reservations, call 212-219-8242 or visit

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

8PM at Roulette

20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

“Alchemies between music and theater, text, movement, and ritual”

Benjamin Frandzel, San Francisco Classical Voice

The 21st Season of Thomas Buckner’s innovative series of new music continues on November 12, 2009, featuring work by two American masters of integrating composition, electronics, and live performance: Earl Howard and Edmund Campion.

Saxophonist, composer and electronic sound constructionist Earl Howard’s work seamlessly integrates meticulously sculpted electroacoustic textures with the visceral immediacy of  live improvisation. Howard presents Strasser 60 for synthesizer solo, 2455 for saxophone solo, and Crupper, an electroacoustic duet w/ Koto player Miya Masaoka.

Howard successfully moves his composition[s] through different zones of rhythm and harmony without diminishing the buoyant ‘presentness’ which characterizes freely improvised music”- Ben Watson, The Wire

Earl Howard by Robert Kim

Earl Howard by Robert Kim

Edmund Campion by Phillippe Gontier

Edmund Campion by Phillippe Gontier

ALSO: Coming Up on December 10: Interpretations Presents

FLUX Quartet performs David First / Dom Minasi String Quartet

Interpretations Online:   

For more information on Roulette:

20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

General admission: $15

($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)

For reservations, call 212-219-8242 or visit

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Interpretations Presents:

Daan Vandewalle: Piano Works of  Gordon Mumma,

Alvin Curran, & Contemporary Belgian Composers

Thursday, October 15, 2009

8PM at Roulette

20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

Daan Vandewalle brings a keen awareness of architecture and an incisive touch that enables him to express episodes of delicacy, buoyancy, lyrical flow, hard-edged abstraction, dancelike movement, and spirituality., Art Lange, Fanfare

The 21st Season of Thomas Buckner’s innovative series of new music continues on October 15, 2009, with dynamic Belgian pianist Daan Vandewalle performing selections from his recent recording of piano works by pioneering composer Gordon Mumma dating from 1960-2001. Also featured are works by American Composer Alvin Curran, and a handful of contemporary works by Belgian composers, including leading postwar Belgian composer Karel Goeyvaerts (1923-1993), emerging Flemish composer Thomas Smetryns, the extremely prolific and unusual composer Boudewijn Buckinx.


Unsentimental nostalgia, capacious in feeling but iron-beamed, imbued equally with a sense of wonder and of hard curiosity.,Brian Olewnick, The Squid’s Ear

Daan Vandewalle enjoys an international reputation as new music specialist,with a strong focus on 20th and 21th century american piano music. He studied at the Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium, with Claude Coppens, and at Mills College, California, with Alvin Curran. His programs are often highly unusual both on a technical or intellectual level, often combining the classical repertoire such as Mussorgski and Chopin with premieres of new works written especially for him by composers including Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, and Fredrick Rzewski.

For more information on Interpretations:

Office Phone:                                     212-627-0990

Interpretations Online:   

For more information on Roulette:

20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

General admission: $15

($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)

For reservations, call 212-219-8242 or visit

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