Roulette Announces Fall Season: Meredith Monk, Oliver Lake and More

Roulette Announces Fall Season: Meredith Monk, Oliver Lake and More

Roulette today announced its 2012 Fall season which kicks off September 7 with Mary Halvorson Septet.

Other highlights include accordionist Guy Klucevsek, composer Bunita Marcus, French bassist Joelle Leandre, Henry Threadgills ZOOID, S.E.M Ensemble, Judith Berkson, Phyllis Chen and more. Dance at Roulette will also continue, presenting cutting edge choreographers such as Sally Silvers and Biba Bell.

Also this season, Roulette introduces a unique partnership with Ear Heart Music, Ear Heart, a series which showcases cutting-edge performers, composers, and collaborative artists, will present performances once a month at Roulette’s beautiful, art-deco venue.

Other stand out events include Roulette’s benefit event in October, featuring a special performance by multi-disciplinary performance artist Meredith Monk whose impressive, award-winning body of works continues to thrill audiences and whose innovative style is symbolic of Roulettes continued mission to be the leading presenter of experimental performance in New York City.

Fall Schedule of Events:

September 7, 2012, 8pm
Mary Halvorson Septet
Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto saxophone), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), John Hébert (bass) & Ches Smith (drums)

September 8, 2012
Ha-Yang Kim + Jack Qt
Performing a program of music by Ha-Yang Kim
The JACK Qt. electrifies audiences worldwide with "explosive virtuosity" (Boston Globe) and "viscerally exciting performances" (New York Times). David PatRick Stearns (Philadelphia Inquirer) proclaimed their performance as being "among the most stimulating new-music concerts of my experience." The Washington Post commented, "The string quartet may be a 250-year-old contraption, but young, brilliant groups like the JACK Quartet are keeping it thrillingly vital." Alex Ross (New Yorker).

September 10, & September 11, 2012
Zeena Parkins + Ne(x)tworks Ensemble w/JACK Qt.
JACK Qt. joins forces with Ne(x)tworks for two performances of composer, multi-instrumentalist, and electric harp pioneer Zeena Parkins' Spellbeamed. Commissioned by Ne(x)tworks, Spellbeamed takes inspiration from literary critic Walter Benjamin's Archive, a published trove of images, texts, and ephemera collected by the author. For Parkins' new composition, quotidian materials collected by each musician are utilized to form an animated score developed in collaboration with visual artist Cynthia Madansky.

September 12, 2012
TCP - Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cochrane, Pippin Barnett
TCP a trio of veteran virtuoso improvisers, from diverse geographic locations and backgrounds, playing together as a group for the first time since 1985. Tim Hodgkinson, Chris Cochrane, and Pippin Barnett intend to teeter on the brink of the impossible in composition and improvisation. Their wide-ranging sonic interests range from jazz to rock to folk to contemporary classical; from West to East, and North to South; from the spiritual to the political; from ancient ritual practice to postmodern soundscapes for dance and theater.

September 20, 2012
Interpretations
David Behrman & Tim Brady

September 23, 2012
Shakuhachi Exploration with Kinya Sogawa
Plus special guests: ElizaBeth Brown, Ned Rothenberg, Ralph Samuelson & Laurie Sogawa
Tokyo shakuhachi virtuoso Kinya Sogawa makes his much anticipated U.S. debut! Unique to the shakuhachi world in that he is both a brilliant performer and highly acclaimed instrument maker, Sogawa is active in diverse genres of traditional and contemporary music--including enka and video game music. For this all-shakuhachi exploration, Sogawa performs meditative solo pieces passed down by the komuso wandering monks of the 17th century as well as new 21st-century works by composers Ned Rothenberg and ElizaBeth Brown that expand the sonic language of that tradition, creating new possibilities for the instrument.

September 24, 2012
Sean Noonan with Momenta
Premiere of A Gambler's Hand, music for strings, percussion and storytelling.
A Gambler’s Hand, music for electro-acoustic string quartet performed by the Momenta Quartet, drum set, percussion, narration, and guest improvisers will be premiered at Roulette. The composition is an an original story about Pavee, a man with a gambling problem who becomes trapped inside a wall living a life of solitude, and later becoming apart of the wall.

September 26, 2012
Ear Heart Music - Opening Series Party!
This preview event features a stellar selection of ensembles performing new work. Each artist will perform in larger Ear Heart Music productions later this season.

September 29, 2012
Melanie Maar, Shelley Hirsch, Kenta Nagai
ChoreographerComposer Series
Maar, Hirsch and Nagai are joining their distinct approaches to visual, sonic and kinetic performance practice for one special night at Roulette.

September 30, 2012
Biba Bell
Biba Bell and Ben Hall present three works: Mouth w/ Objects, THE BELLS, and Cold Vein. Mouth w/ Objects dances things without saying so. The mouth and its objects force ventriloquist moans across the body that stammer and collapse distances of communication. THE BELLS traces localized geographies over a choreography, an architecture, a city, excavating the characteristics of daily life. Cold Vein is a dance through proxy, proposing a lack of adornment as singularity, where one voice vibrates into three. Bell and Hall are based in New York City and Detroit.

October 1, 2012
Adam Rudolph: GO Organic Orchestra
Unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting, Organic Orchestra utilizes a composed non-linear score as material for creating the musical moment.

October 2, 2012
Carver Audain
Carver Audain composes music in the Acousmatic tradition, which, as defined by French composer and theorist Pierre Schaefer, refers to “a sound that one hears without seeing the causes behind it.” He is a self taught pianist, his earliest works are explorations in harmonics utilizing the piano, electronic organ, guitar and cymbals.

October 4, 2012
TwoSense in Concert- Lisa Moore, piano & Ashley Bathgate, cello
Featuring World Premieres by Ryan Brown, Daniel Felsenfeld and Hannah Lash
TwoSense is a New York based chamber duo and commissioning venture, described as the “new music equivalent of a special ops team” (New York Magazine) these “eloquent new-music interpreters” (New York Times) perform new works paired with mainstream classics for cello and piano.

October 8, 2012
Adam Rudolph: GO Organic Orchestra
Unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting, Organic Orchestra utilizes a composed non-linear score as material for creating the musical moment.

October 9, 2012
Ear Heart Music
In its brief three year history, the “innovative Ear Heart Music series has become a staple in the New York new music soundscape.” (Time Out NY) Curated by Amelia Lukas, Ear Heart Music is a modern chamber music series for modern ears. A showcase of adventurous and cutting-edge performers, composers, and collaborative artists, this is where curious New Yorkers get their aural fix.

October 10, 2012
Meredith Monk - Benefit for Roulette

October 11, 2012
Interpretations
John Eckardt & Peter Evans

October 12, 2012 to October 13, 2012
Oliver Lakes 2 day, 70 Birthday Celebration!
October 12, Improvised Duo’s Concert featuring: Orrin Evans, piano, Nasheet Waits, drums, Alex Harding, bari sax, Jason Marshall, bari sax, Jason Hwang, violin, Joel Harrison, guitar, Joe Daley, tuba, Pheeroan Ak Laff, drums
October 13 - Oliver Lake Big Band

October 15, 2012
Adam Rudolph: GO Organic Orchestra
Unique in the realm of approaches to improvisational conducting, Organic Orchestra utilizes a composed non-linear score as material for creating the musical moment.

October 21, 2012
"A portrait of the man as an animal"
An evening of talks, theatre and music performances dedicated to the animal side of human nature, with zoomorph and performer Cyril Casmèze, actress and theatre director Jade Duviquet, vocalist, actor and playwright Rinde Eckert, paleontologists Pascal Picq, musician and composer Ned Rothenberg, as well as paleontologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History Ian Tattersal. This event will be part of a series called "I Contain Multitudes", co-presented with Time Out New York. It will be the closing night of the 4th edition of the Franco-American arts and ideas festival "Walls and Bridges" (held in New York from October 11th to 21st).

October 25, 2012
Guy Klucevsek
Guy Klucevsek will perform solos from the vast catalog of over 100 pieces he has composed for accordion since 1982, including tributes to composers György Ligeti, Erik Satie, and Astor Piazzolla, and to fellow accordionists Lars Hollmer (Sweden), Kepa Junkera (Basque) and Ivan Milev (Bulgaria). After intermission, Guy will be joined by New York's reigning classical/jazz violinist (The New Yorker), Todd Reynolds, to preview Guy's score for Lionel Popkin's new dance/theatre piece, "Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore," inspired by the work of modern dance pioneer, Ruth St. Denis.

October 28, 2012
Bunita Marcus
Bunita Marcus began studying composition at the age of sixteen and worked in both electronic and instrumental mediums. Ms. Marcus' music has been consistently praised for its beauty and rare sensitivity. Kyle Gann of the Village Voice has called her one of his favorite women composers of all time. He applauds her piano work Julia for its "touching and unassuming depth," which "had the audience hushed under the impact of deeply communicated feeling." Los Angele's critic Alan Rich says her work Adam and Eve "states an eloquent case for the persistence of pure beauty in contemporary composition."

November 2, 2012 to November 3, 2012
Judith Berkson
Judith Berkson is a New York based soprano, pianist and composer who also performs as Liederkreis. She has played on various acclaimed stages, premiering pieces as both a singer and pianist. She has been collaborating with Kronos Quartet on re-workings of Schubert lieder for string quartet, voice, wurlitzer and organ.

November 4, 2012
S.E.M Ensemble
Music by Cage, Kotik, and Mitchell
S.E.M. Ensemble has established itself as one of the distinguished ensembles for new music in the U.S., maintaining a continuous schedule of concerts in New York, touring annually in Europe and also performing in South America and Japan. New York Times has hailed SEM as, “S.E.M. Ensemble represents the best of what is left of the experimental tradition.”

November 9, 2012 to November 10, 2012
Ned Rothenberg
Composer/Performer Ned Rothenberg has been internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music, presented for the past 30 years in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He performs primarily on the alto saxophone, clarinet , bass clarinet, and the shakuhachi - an end blown Japanese bamboo flute.

November 13, 2012
Phyllis Chen
Praised by the New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Chen is a pianist,toy pianist and multimedia artist that performs original multimedia compositions and works by contemporary composers. Chens’ artistic pursuits take her in numerous directions, leading to her selection as a New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2007 Concert Artist Guild International Competition.

November 15, 2012
Interpretations
Erik Griswold & Camilla Hoitenga

November 18, 2012
ICE/ Tyshawn Sorey
ICE is thrilled to be working with Tyshawn Sorey who is a ICElab composers for 2011-2012. Even prior to this upcoming ICE collaboration, ICE functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and pursuing groudbreaking strategies for audience engagement. In an era of radical change, ICE redefines concert music as it brings together new work and new listeners.

November 20, 2012
Ear Heart Music
In its brief three year history, the “innovative Ear Heart Music series has become a staple in the New York new music soundscape.” (Time Out NY) Curated by Amelia Lukas, Ear Heart Music is a modern chamber music series for modern ears. A showcase of adventurous and cutting-edge performers, composers, and collaborative artists, this is where curious New Yorkers get their aural fix.

November 23, 2012 to November 25, 2012
Henry Threadgill + ZOOID
Roulette presents 2 nights of Henry Threadgill’s ground breaking group ZOOID, hailed The New York Times as “one of the most thrillingly elusive composers in and around the jazz idiom:” is one of the great musical masterminds of the past quarter century - a composer, arranger, and innovator who transcends genres in contemporary music.” Featuring Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Jose Davila (trombone and tuba), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) and Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums).

November 28, 2012 to December 1, 2012
Sally Silvers
Sally Silvers has been making dances for 30 years & her association with Roulette goes back almost as far. She has performed and taught (improvisation, composition, repertory) nationally & internationally.

December 3, 2012
Alfredo Marin
Alfredo Marin, is a music/sound artist currently living and working in New York City. The vocabulary of Alfredo's work is a synthesis of melodic and harmonic moments, concrete recorded sounds, and abstract electronic sound coupled with the possibilities inherent in the theatrical aspects of sound production (loudspeakers) and performance. Alfredo's body of work is quite diverse in terms of style, genre, and aesthetic.

December 5, 2012
Joelle Leandre
French double bass player, improviser and composer, Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l’Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage, who has composed especially for her – as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Hersant, Lacy, Campana, Jolas, Clementi and about 40 composers.

December 6, 2012
Interpretations
Steve Swell w/ Omar Tamez & Douglas Ewart

December 7, 2012
John King
John King, composer, guitarist and violist, has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet; Red {an orchestra}, Ethel; the Albany Symphony/”Dogs of Desire”, Bang On A Can All-Stars; Mannheim Ballet; New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo; as well as the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. His string quartets have also been performed by the Eclipse Quartet (LA) and the Mondriaan Quartet (Amsterdam). His quartet Crucible has premiered many of his compositions at The Stone (June 2007) and The Kitchen (April 2009).

December 9, 2012
Kenny Wollensen

December 13, 2012 to December 14, 2012
Fiona Templeton & Samita Sinha - The Medead
A multi-layered poetic soundscape, performed by multiple and contradictory actors. It is the epic life and journey of Medea as a very different figure to the evil foreign woman shown by the Greeks, including little-known versions from her origin at the east of the Black Sea.

December 18, 2012
Ear Heart Music-Yarnwire
In its brief three year history, the “innovative Ear Heart Music series has become a staple in the New York new music soundscape.” (Time Out NY) Curated by Amelia Lukas, Ear Heart Music is a modern chamber music series for modern ears. A showcase of adventurous and cutting-edge performers, composers, and collaborative artists, this is where curious New Yorkers get their aural fix.

December 21, 2012
Phill Niblock
Roulette welcomes maverick, minimalist composer Phill Niblock presenting his annual Winter Solstice concert featuring 6 hours of music, film and video as the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn, the longest night of the year unfolds & winter begins in the Northern Hemisphere.

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