New & Adventurous Music! Founded in 1978 and operating out of lofts and galleries for years, Roulette continues its mission to support new and established innovators in music and cross-media performing arts in a glorious 400 seat theater in Brooklyn. Podcasts and excerpts here; you can hear these full concerts, and hundreds more, at roulette.org/archive. Enjoy!
Joel Ross: The Praise Team
The vibraphonist in conversation and concert excerpts illustrating composition, collaboration, influences, and his relation to the instrument. Plus a glimpse ahead to new works created for his 2021 Roulette residency, starting with a live stream on 30 January.
Elliott Sharp: Counting Fingers
The composer/multi-instrumentalist whose output ranges from noise to blues and from electronic to orchestral works discusses improvisations and compositions recorded at Roulette between 1987-2018, illustrated with projects featuring CK Noyes, Orchestra Carbon, SysOrk, The Veni Academy, and solo flights including The Velocity of Hue.
Crystal Penalosa: Breathing & Balance
The electronic sound artist in conversation about vulnerabilities, strengths, transitions, and technology and how these impact her art works and life choices. With musical excerpts featuring solos and collaborations with Ka Baird, Joe Hertenstein, and Jim Denley. Note: Penalosa’s Roulette concert has been rescheduled for 26 January 2021.
Chris Cochrane: Perfect Fit
The adventurous guitarist admired for contributions to the improvisation scene, hybrid compositions for dance and concert settings, and thoughtful, poetic songs that reflect identity and social structures all in a unique and instantly recognizable style. Cochrane walks us through it, illustrated with concert and studio recordings from the 90s to the present. Musicians and collaborators who appear in this segment include Annie Gosfield, Miguel Frasconi, Roger Kleier, Richard Carrick, Zeena Parkins, Kato Hideki, Richard Dworkin, JD Foster, Gelsey Bell, and others.
Matthew Shipp: Piano Equations
The jazz piano virtuoso and highly praised composer/improviser channels spiritual and emotional musical poetry in concert excerpts from the Roulette archive, including his quartet with Allen Lowe, Gerald Cleaver, and Kevin Ray, a trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lytton, and a new solo album.
William Parker: Creation
Composer, poet, activist, organizer, author, educator, bandleader, and one of the world’s most celebrated jazz and new music bass players tells the tale richly illustrated with concert excerpts dating to 1990. Projects and people featured here include: Hamid Drake, Conrad Bauer, Roy Campell, Rob Brown, Jackson Krall, Matthew Shipp, Organic Orchestra, Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, and dozens more in the ensembles. Find the full concert recordings at roulette.org/archive.