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Roulette Announces Spring Season – Avant Music News


(Apr 4) An Evening with Mark Stewart and Polygraph Lounge — A performance by the Bang on a Can guitarist and his duo with Rob Schwimmer featuring works by Erich Barganier, Stewart, and Schwimmer.

(Apr 5) International Contemporary Ensemble: New Works by Mazz Swift and Murat Çolak — A world premiere by Mazz Swift, the NYC premiere of Murat Çolak’s LAV, and two new commissions.

(Apr 8) Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota — The NY concert premiere of Hal Willner’s 1981 “concept album,” the first time he approached recorded albums as sonic cinema.

(Apr 10) Forward Music Project 3.0: Fever Dream — Amanda Gookin explores self perception and the complex relationship of mother and daughter through new works for solo cello.

(Apr 12) Muyassar Kurdi: A Daughter Of Isis — The Roulette resident artist presents an interdisciplinary sound performance with ink drawings that serve as graphic scores for the musicians.

(Apr 13) Interpretations: Alexandra Gardner / Johannes Sidenius — A split bill featuring the music of Alexandra Gardner and Johannes Sidenius; part of our series co-produced by Interpretations.

(Apr 14) Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Blues From Mali [RBA] — Mali’s master of the ngoni, along with his powerful ensemble, continues the celebration of his latest critically acclaimed album, Miri. Co-presented by Robert Browning Associates.

(Apr 15) Sahba Motallebi: Persian Music [RBA] — The ““Queen of the Tar” performs a repertoire of traditional Persian music and original pieces.Co-presented by Robert Browning Associates.

(Apr 16) Terry Jenoure and The Portal: Letters From Papa — The NYC premiere of a memoir work expressing the plight of an immigrant and his yearning to return home.

(Apr 20) Wendy Eisenberg’s Eye Music — The resident artist’s sextet returns to Roulette to premiere and live-tape a new work about the persistence of vision.

(Apr 23) Morton Subotnick’s 90th Birthday Celebration — A collective celebration of the innovative electronic music pioneer, with performances by friends, family, former students, and others.

(Apr 24) Dafna Naphtali: DUOS++OCTET — Naphtali’s long-time duo partners perform together in live, electro-acoustic free/structured improvisations, with a premiere of her new work.

(Apr 25) Adam O’Farrill: Flatbush Blue / The Man From The Sea — The composer, trumpeter, and Roulette-commissioned artist presents two new suites, written for and performed by his family.

(May 3) Yarn/Wire Currents — The 2023 edition of Yarn/Wire Currents features 3 world premieres by composers Heather Stebbins, Jordan Dykstra, and Jessie Cox.

(May 4) Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita Featuring Gustavo Ovalles – Suba Revisited: Cuban/African Connections [RBA] — Cuban piano virtuoso Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora master Seckou Keita return to NYC revisiting their acclaimed SUBA album. Co-presented by Robert Browning Associates.

(May 5-6) Bang on a Can: Long Play — Part of a three-day destination music festival featuring 50+ concerts across Brooklyn.

(May 9) Piano Spheres: New Piano Sounds From Los Angeles — New music by LA-based composers for piano, toy piano, and microtonal keyboards, played by HOCKET, Ray/Kallay and Mark Robson.

(May 10) DeForrest Brown, Jr.: Bombingham — The Roulette-commissioned artist will use archival recordings of Sun Ra provided by Chicago’s ESS to extend his gestural electronic drumming via iPad and Ableton.

(May 15) Jennifer Simone: ici avec moi//journals — A personal exploration in vulnerability and a ritual for opening oneself via an improvised loop-pedal performance. A Roulette-commissioned performance.

(May 17) Zeena Parkins & Laetitia Sonami — New collaborative and solo work by electro-acoustic composer/improviser (Parkins) and sound artist/performer/instrument builder (Sonami).

(May 19) Sun Han Guild [Eddy Kwon, Laura Cocks, Jessie Cox, Doyeon Kim, Lester St. Louis] — As part of her Roulette residency, eddy kwon leads an ecstatic ritual performance by a collective of composer-improvisers.

(May 23) Anna Sperber: Amplifier — Experiments in detailed choreographic structures situating mystery, agency and aggression within the feminine.

(May 30) Brandon Lopez: vilevilevilevilevilevilevilevilevilevilevilevilevilevilevilevile — The Puerto Rican/American bassist, composer and improviser presents a new set of material for solo bass and celebrates his new solo record.

(May 31–June 3) 25 Years: MATA Festival 2023 — The incubator for adventurous emerging artists celebrates its 25th anniversary with a performance by resident ensemble Found Sound Nation.

(June 5) Lester St. Louis: Metahaven — The Roulette-commissioned artist presents a work made of instrumental and electronic compound sounds, loops, beats and fragments.

(June 6) Bergamot Quartet with Dan Trueman — A program featuring works that explore “the spaces between the notes,” backboned by fiddle traditions from around the world.

(June 11) William Parker & Andrew O’Conner: Music and the Shadow People — An immersive, multidisciplinary performance for musicians, actors, live video art and multichannel sound design.

(June 20) Morgan Guerin — The “wunderkind saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist” (NYTimes) and Roulette resident artist will perform his second residency show.

(June 22-24) Julie Mayo: Bluefire Sleepwalking — A dance that foregrounds the unique and collaborative workings of its performers.

(June 27) Iridescent: Conjuring Apparitions — Nicole Mitchell & Christina Wheeler premiere new work inspired by family histories, magic, universal energy, electronics, and more.


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