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Roulette Presents Guy Barash's FACTS ABOUT WATER Tonight

Roulette Presents Guy Barash's FACTS ABOUT WATER Tonight

Roulette proudly celebrates Guy Barash's debut album, Facts About Water, from Innova Recordings with
a retrospective of this intriguing composer's recent works tonight, May 21st at 8.

The pieces programmed represent highlights of Barash's past three years of activity and projects currently in progress. As with those on the album, this evening's works are drawn from many areas of Barash's œuvre, including operatic, vocal, electronic, chamber, and multimedia with each exploring his central interests of music in time and space, such as the abstract phenomena of simultaneity, synchronicity, and geometry as manifested in different contexts and idioms.

A prose poem-like passage in Nick Flynn's second memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb, provides the title for Barash's debut release. This album represents Barash's musical journey that started with them meeting one evening in a Brooklyn cafe? in the fall of 2008 and which has evolved into a fruitful collaboration.

Facts About Water was produced by internationally renowned composer and producer, Elliott Sharp and mastered by Silas Brown. The cover artwork is by Philip Blackburn.

Available at: Innova, iTunes, Amazon and more. Please visit Innova for liner notes.

ROULETTE is located at 509 Atlantic Ave (On the corner of Atlantic & 3rd Aves) in DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN. Public transportation: 2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR. Tickets: $20; Members/Students/Seniors: $15; FREE for All Access Members. Visit www.roulette.org/events/guy-barash-facts-about-water for more information.

Program:

Featured Artists:

David Bloom, conductor
Kathleen Supové, piano
Tom Chiu, violin
Rachel Golub, violin
Stephanie Griffin, viola
Meaghan Burke, cello
Megan Schubert, soprano
Blythe Gaissert, mezzo soprano
Seth Gilman, baritone

Aram Tchobanian, tenor
Kayleigh Butcher, mezzo soprano
Javier Ortiz, bass
Nadav Lev, guitar
Vasko Dukovski, clarinet
Amy Garapic, marimba
Jen Baker, trombone

Nick Flynn, author & poet
Jared Handelsman, artist

TalkBack IV for piano and computer (2010, revised 2012)
Blind Huber (2011)

Wrong Ocean for string quartet (2012)
1. Brack
2. Rush
3. High water

4. Torrent
5. Dissolve
6. Stream
7. Counterstreams
8. Feed
9. Low water
10. Source

TalkBack III for guitar and computer (2010, revised 2013)
Reading: Nick Flynn reads from Blind Huber, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, along with new poems from his forthcoming book.

Excerpts from Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins - opera (2013, work in progress)

Notes on the Program:

TalkBack IV for piano and computer (2010, revised 2012)

This piece is the fourth in a series of compositions for acoustic instruments and interactive computer processing. With Talkback, Barash explores new playing techniques, enhanced timbre, and other sonic features that are characteristic of the instrument by magnifying and amplifying otherwise subtle nuances of the instrument and bringing them to foreground prominence.

Blind Huber (2011) - Blind Huber, for soprano, tenor, clarinet, violin, trombone, guitar, piano, and marimba, is an audio/visual rendering of poems from Nick Flynn's eponymous collection. In his book, Flynn invites us to consider the intricate geometry of the beehive. Barash derived his structural/textural pallet for this piece from the geometry of the beehive and the sonic environment within and around it. Jared Handelsman has designed the video projections for Blind Huber. He says:

"On an autumn afternoon, worker bees methodically seal a wooden seam of their hive with propolis. After a winter storm bees lie strewn in snowdrifts, the keeper explains that bees venture out in the storm to defecate and don't make it back. During a dry spell in late spring bees gathering water from a source near their hives buzz over the water and create waves of turbulence with their wings on the surface as it reflects the sky. In late summer two swarms hang in the canopy of a maple tree. The keeper climbs the tree with a cardboard box in an attempt to capture the queens. Over a yearlong cycle of visiting the hives of a nearby beekeeper I gathered these and other images for Blind Huber. To get close to the hives without getting stung I wore two layers of clothes, leather gloves and a hat with netting and tucked my pants into my socks. Guard bees attack anything coming close to their hive resulting in remarkable close up, abstracted images of the guards attacking the camera lens."

Wrong Ocean for string quartet (2012)
1. Brack
2. Rush
3. High water

4. Torrent
5. Dissolve
6. Stream
7. Counterstreams
8. Feed
9. Low water
10. Source

In his recently completed string quartet, Guy Barash explores simultaneity and synchronicity as musical phenomena within the context of a psychologically disorienting microtonal environment. The world of electronic music inspired his original sound palette. By preserving sonic features idiomatic to the live, acoustic ensemble, alongside concepts appropriated from electronic composition, Barash exploits characteristics latent in, but less commonly associated with quartet writing, and leads the listener to a fresh, new sound world. The piece was commissioned by CBD Music, Inc.

TalkBack III for guitar and computer (2010, revised 2013)
Reading: Nick Flynn reads from Blind Huber, Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, along with new poems from his forthcoming book.

Excerpts from Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins - opera (2013, work in progress)

In this opera based on text by Nick Flynn, four strangers meet on a New York City sidewalk during a black out. Unable to make sense of their predicament, let alone alter it, the four float aimlessly in and out of seeming reality only to find themselves even more lost when electricity comes back on. Incorporating music for traditional instruments and voices, a rock-band, and real-time digital signal processing, the work will depict the absurd in the play with a relevant sound.

Notes on Guy Barash's Facts About Water and Tracks:

Produced by: Elliott Sharp
Mastering: Silas Brown

Wrong Ocean for string quartet

1. Brack
2. Rush
3. High water
4. Torrent
5. Dissolve
6. Stream
7. Counterstreams
8. Feed
9. Low water
10. Source

Cornelius Dufallo, violin
Jennifer Choi, violin
Lev 'Ljova' Zhurbin, viola
Yves Dharamraj, cello

Recorded at EastSide Sound

In his recently completed string quartet, Guy Barash explores simultaneity and synchronicity as musical phenomena. The world of electronic music inspired his original sound palette. By preserving sonic features idiomatic to the live, acoustic ensemble, alongside concepts appropriated from electronic composition, Barash exploits characteristics latent in, but less commonly associated with quartet writing, and leads the listener to a fresh, new sound world. Wrong Ocean was commissioned by CBD Music, Inc.

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