Roulette in Boerum Hill announces its programming for Fall 2016 which includes the premiere of new work from Glenn Branca; analog synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani’s first New York performance since 1975; a three-part performance series curated by Meredith Monk; and the first edition of the Optics 0:0 multimedia festival organized by video artist Victoria Keddie.
DANCEROULETTE returns with a two night festival in September featuring Patti Bradshaw and Elke Rindfleisch, followed by three nights of Kyli Kleven's Triangle Theory performances in December. Other highlights include world premieres from Ikue Mori, John King, and GABI, as well performances from avant-garde luminaries David Behrman and Zeena Parkins.
In recent years, Roulette has effected a major transition, expanding programs, audiences and community, but it is still an artist-driven space, valued for its payment of professional guaranteed fees, its insistence on the best presentation conditions, and the provision of other critical artists’ services. Our GENERATE Program, supported for more than 30 years by the Jerome Foundation and other private and public support, awards emerging and established composers commissions and/or monetary stipends along with extensive rehearsal time in Roulette’s theater, access to audio and lighting equipment and technical staff to help them with their experiments, and full production support for performances of the work created during the residency.
Roulette is one of the few surviving organizations to maintain its identity as an Artists’ Space and its commitment to bring the experimental performing arts to a wider public; its history of performances (preserved in an archive that contains nearly 3,000 hours of recordings and videos), leaves a detailed and distinguished record of almost four decades of artistic development, experimentation, and achievement.
Roulette Intermedium was founded in 1978 at the height of the Downtown Experimental Arts revolution by three young composers: trombonist/composer Jim Staley, composer/producer David Weinstein, and Intermedia artist Dan Senn in 1978. The informal concerts they presented in a small loft space in TriBeCa in Manhattan soon attracted an audience and critical attention. The first donation – an unsolicited and unexpected check for $1,000 – arrived in the mail from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, suggested by noted composer, John Cage. By the mid-1980s, Roulette had emerged as “a landmark for New York’s downtown new music composers.”
Over the next three decades, Roulette attracted a steadily growing audience and worldwide reputation as a center for musical innovation. Seminal pioneering figures who have presented their work at Roulette, oftentimes early in their careers, include Maryanne Amacher, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Simone Forti, Bill Frisell, Philip Glass, Yusef Lateef, Christian Marclay, Meredith Monk, Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Arthur Russell, Kaija Saariaho, Wadada Leo Smith, Henry Threadgill, and John Zorn. Roulette continues to make a mark as a venue where scores of promising avant-garde artists make their first professional statements. Representatives of the latest generation of composing artists who have recently developed and presented works at Roulette include Aaron Burnette, Maria Chavez, Phyllis Chen, Jennifer Choi, Mario Diaz de Leon, Mary Halvorson, Darius Jones, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Alfredo Marin, Tristan Perich, Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Ben Stapp, C. Spencer Yeh and many more.
This season's schedule is a continuation of their commitment to great entertainment in Brooklyn. Tickets and memberships can be purchased on their website at http://roulette.org
Fall 2016 Lineup
SEPTEMBER Tue 9/6: Resonant Bodies Festival: Julia Bullock, Alice Teyssier (with The Atelier), Sofia Jernber Wed 9/7: Resonant Bodies Festival: Abigail Fischer, Peter Tantsits, Dashon Burton Thu 9/8: Resonant Bodies Festival: Frauke Aulbert, Sophia Burgos, Charlotte Mundy (with TAK Ensemble) Tue 9/13: Damon Smith, Alvin Fielder, Joe McPhee Trio Wed 9/14: ACFNY & Dame Electric Present: Suzanne Ciani, E. Indigo & Antenes Thu 9/15: Elliott Sharp's Vivarium Fri 9/16: Ikue Mori: Pomegranate Seed // World Premiere of Obelisk Sun 9/18: Ned Rothenberg’s 60th Birthday Party: A Benefit For Roulette Thu 9/22: Interpretations: Kevin Norton // Sarah Weaver Sun 9/25: Matt Lavelle and the 12 Houses Orchestra Tue 9/27: [DANCEROULETTE] Elke Rindfleisch: Horsepower Wed 9/28: [DANCEROULETTE] Patti Bradshaw: 3 Short Portraits Thu 9/29: Kamikaze Ground Crew
OCTOBER Sun 10/2: Kris Davis & Craig Taborn Tue 10/4: The Vinny Golia Quartet with Tim Berne, Ken Filiano, and Michael TA Thompson Fri 10/7: RBA presents GANESH RAJAGOPALAN: Carnatic Masters: Swara Yoga – Meditation Concert Sat 10/8: Glenn Branca: The Third Ascension and The World Premiere of The Light (for David) Thu 10/13: Curated by Meredith Monk: David Behrman’s Reinventions Fri 10/14: Music of Huang Ruo Sun 10/16: Passin’ Thru Festival: Josh Evans Quintet + The Oliver Lake Big Band Mon 10/17: Passin’ Thru Festival: Trio 3, 10^32K Tue 10/18: The Westerlies: Album Release Show Thu 10/20: Interpretations: Malcolm Goldstein // Matthias Kawl Trio Wed 10/26: John King: Amorphous IV Thu 10/27: Vicky Chow: Piano
Passin’ Thru Festival: Josh Evans Quintet + The Oliver Lake Big Band
NOVEMBER Wed 11/2: Optics 0:0 Parallax View Thu 11/3: Optics 0:0 TV Eye Fri 11/4: Optics 0:0 Encoder/Decoder Wed 11/9: Zeena Parkins Mon 11/14: Judith Berkson and Mick Barr: WETHANTHELD Tue 11/15: Ron Stabinsky: Free For One Album Release Celebration // Tom Blancart Solo Thu 11/17: Erik Friedlander // Juho Laitinen Sat 11/19: RBA presents LA BANDA MORISCA: From Andalusia to North Africa and Near East Sat 11/26: Curated by Meredith Monk: Theo Bleckmann’s Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush Mon 11/28: [DANCEROULETTE] Kyli Kleven: Triangle Theory Tue 11/29: [DANCEROULETTE] Kyli Kleven: Triangle Theory Wed 11/30: [DANCEROULETTE] Kyli Kleven: Triangle Theory
DECEMBER Thu 12/1: Curated by Meredith Monk: Missy Mazzoli // GABI Sat 12/3: RBA presents The Secret Trio: Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski, Ara Dinkjian Sun 12/4: Steve Swell’s Kende Dreams Mon 12/5: Face the Music Thu 12/8: Interpretations: Reinier Van Houdt // Brian Schober Thu 12/15: Ingrid Laubrock Septet: Serpentines Album Release Wed 12/21: Phill Niblock: 6 Hours of Music and Film