Thursday September 22, 2016 @ 8pm, Roulette
Kevin Norton’s Breakfast of Champignon(s) // Sarah Weaver: Works for Mark Dresser & SLM Ensemble
Vibraphonist/percussionist Kevin Norton presents Staten Island: All That Is Solid Melts Into Air, a song cycle (with and without words), with Esther Noh (violin), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Julia Simoniello (voice, guitar), & Steve LaSpina (bass). Sarah Weaver presents Polydimensional Transformation for Mark Dresser (solo bass) and Resonance Synthesis for the SLM Ensemble (Jane Ira Bloom, Ellery Eskelin, David Taylor, Min Xiao-Fen, Samir Chatterjee, Satoshi Takeishi, Denman Maroney, Mark Dresser, & Sarah Weaver).
Thursday October 20, 2016 @ 8pm, Roulette
Malcolm Goldstein: “Soundings, etc.” // Matthias Kawl Trio “After the Rain” & More
Violinist/composer Malcolm Goldstein presents improvisations, both open & structured, for solo violin/voice. Composer Matthias Kawl brings his trio of flute, guitar, and percussion, to present After The Rain (with baritone Thomas Buckner) and Opium for T. as well as Untitled (For A Flutist), by Berlin-based composer Marianthi Papalexandri- Alexandri.
Thursday November 17, 2016 @ 8pm, Roulette
Erik Friedlander’s Black Phebe // David First & The Same Animal Band
Ubiquitous cellist Erik Friedlander presents music from his recent CD “Rings”, featuring his new trio Black Phebe, with Shoko Nagai (piano, accordion, electronics) and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion). Guitarist/composer David First explores hyper-minimalist procedures and psychoacoustic phenomena through micro-tuning and overtone isolation. With longtime collaborators Jeanann Dara (viola), Sam Kulik (trombone), Danny Tunick (percussion).
Thursday December 8, 2016 @ 8pm, Roulette
Reinier Van Houdt plays Robert Ashley // Brian Schober & Joan Ross Sorkin
Dutch pianist Reinier Van Houdt performs Maneuvers for Small Hands (1961), one of Robert Ashley’s first major explorations. The work is a catalogue of puzzles for the contemporary musician, consisting of 110 cards in which 10 fundamental actions are spun out into 110 movements. Brian Schober and Joan Ross Sorkin present a monodrama about voodoo, murder, and revenge, scored for soprano and percussion. Based on the 19th century Jamaican legend of Annie Palmer, a white woman notoriously known as “The White Witch of Rose Hall,” with mezzo-soprano Blythe Gaissert and percussionist Jared Soldiviero.
Thursday February 9, 2017 @ 8pm, Roulette
Robert Dick & Ursel Schlicht “The Galilean Moons” // Gustavo Aguilar Get Libre Collective
Flutist Robert Dick and pianist Ursel Schlicht celebrate the release of their CD The Galilean Moons, a suite inspired by each of the four Jovian moons discovered by Galileo, and co-created for the Festival Cervantino in Mexico. Percussionist Gustavo Aguilar premieres But We Must Build As If The Sand Were Stone, an evening-length work for quartet based on the writings of Jorge Luis Borges, featuring Anthony Davis (piano), Earl Howard (live electronic processing), JD Parran (woodwinds) and Gustavo Aguilar (percussion).
Thursday March 16, 2017 @ 8pm, Roulette
David Behrman: “Unexpected Places” // Gisburg Sings With Michel Foucault & Friedrich Nietzsche
Vocalist Gisburg presents a musical visual theater for vocals and live band based on Michel Foucault’s “History Of Madness” as well as works by Friedrich Nietzsche. David Behrman presents Unexpected Places: new and older reworked pieces, and some re-emerging from the quarries of the 20th century.
Thursday April 13, 2017 @ 8pm, Roulette
Thomas Buckner w/ Earl Howard, JD Parran, Ted Mook, & Andrew Drury – Works by Annea Lockwood, Earl Howard, Daniel Rothman, & Sam Ashley
Thomas Buckner, baritone, with JD Parran, winds, Andrew Drury, percussion, Earl Howard, electronics, and Theodore Mook, cello, perform Night and Fog (1987), by Annea Lockwood (based on poems by Osip Mandelstam and Carolyn Forché); Left-handed Quark, by Earl Howard, Nothing Personal by Daniel Rothman; and Ear of the Beholder, Eye of the Storm, Benefit of the Doubt, by Sam Ashley.
Thursday May 25, 2017 @ 8pm, Roulette
SPACE (Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner, & Scott Robinson) // Reggie Nicholson
The seminal improvising trio SPACE was originally formed in 1979 by Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner and Gerald Oshita, featuring works by both Oshita and Mitchell, as well as group improvisation. This will be the first performance of the group since the passing of Gerald Oshita, with multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson as the new third member. A member of the AACM since 1979, drummer/percussionist Reggie Nicholson is known throughout the world for his profound abilities. Nicholson presents new music for his group Percussion Concept, with Bryan Carrott, Baba Don Eaton, and Patience Higgins.