Roulette to Welcome Musician and Composer William Parker, 2/14-16
Roulette presents three nights of new music by master musician, improviser, and composer William Parker, February 14, 15 & 16.
Parker emerged out of the 20 century as one of the most prolific and influential improvisers/composers/bassists whose work has infiltrated not only the avant-garde jazz scene but mainstream music in general. It is clear that in the 21st century he has cemented his legacy as one of the strongest voices in music history. For this extraordinary three night engagement, Parker will be touching on his past successes with the pervasive drummer Milford Graves and also presenting a collection of new work with a host of stand-out musicians.
Thursday, February 14, 8pm
Live soundtrack played to Jean Luc Godard's 1965 Film.
Featuring William Parker (bass), Rob Brown (alto sax), Lewis Barnes (trumpet), Cooper moore (piano), Jason Hwang (violin), Jean Cook (violin), Mazz Swift (violin), Alex Waterman (cello).
Friday, February 15, 8pm
Heart Sound Music With Organic Graphics
Milford Graves (drums/percussion)
William Parker (bass, donso ngoni)
Patricia Nicholson (dance)
Recorded Heart Beat Music and graphics by Milford Graves
Saturday, February 16, 8pm
World Premier of William Parker's new work, "Inscription"
Featuring William Parker (bass, composer, arranger), Rob Brown (alto sax), Darius Jones (alto sax), Roy Campbell (trumpet), Lewis Barnes (trumpet), Josh Rosman (trombone), Mashiko Kono (trombone), James Brandon Lewis (tenor sax), Sabir Mateen (sax), Dave Sewelson (baritone sax), Dave Hofstra (tuba, bass), Dave Burrell (piano), Cooper Moore (electric keyboard), Jackson Krall (drums), Fay Victor (vocals).
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.