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The Roulette Tapes
28 minutes | Aug 1, 2021
Lenny Pickett: Sweet Spots
Saxophonist Lenny Pickett discusses his career straddling popular culture and the avant-garde, from his work with David Bowie and Saturday Night Live to his own ensemble work for dance, film, and the concert hall, illustrated with examples from 1984-2018 including the Borneo Horns, his score for choreographer Bebe Miller, and plenty of gospel and R&B influenced pyrotechnics. With appearances by Jack Bashkow and Stan Harrison on saxes; a quartet with Michael Wolff, piano, James Genus, bass, John Hadfield, percussion; and a duo with Cheryl Hardwick, piano.
28 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Don Byron: Weird Wrinkles
The composer and clarinettist discusses his fascination, influences, and obstacles to film scoring and re-imagining 20th Century classics, illustrated with excerpts including his projects ranging from Messiaen to Warner Bros. cartoons and inspiration from Lalo Schifrin to Jean Michel Basquiat.
28 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Shelley Hirsch: Primal Impulses
Equal parts composer, vocalist, and storyteller Shelley Hirsch is universally admired for an astounding gift firing off free association between words and sounds, which is our focus in this edition. Here with collaborators keyboardist/arranger Simon Ho, turntablist Christian Marclay, guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi, pipa master Min Xiao Fen, electronic percussionists Ikue Mori & Samm Bennett, cellist Okkyung Lee, keyboardist David Weinstein, and Horst Rickels’ Mercurius Wagen.
28 minutes | May 1, 2021
Tomas Fujiwara: A Drummer’s Tale
The drummer discusses origins, influences, and compositions with excerpts from his always collaborative projects: 7 Poets Trio (with Patricia Brennan, vibraphone and Tomeka Reid, cello), Thumbscrew (with Michael Formanek, bass and guitarist Mary Halvorson), a duo with bassist Meshell Ndegeocello, and Triple Double for Fujiwara and Gerald Cleaver, drums; Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook, guitars; and Ralph Alessi, Adam O’Farrill, trumpets.
28 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
Fast Forward: The Zing Effect
The mysteriously named composer/sound artist investigates sonic properties of traditional drums and percussion “objects” including discarded industrial materials, toys, and even food, plus a fascination with the Trinidadian steel pan. From the Roulette Archive dating 1984-2017, solos, duo projects with Takehisa Kosugi and Yves Musard, a trio (The Chutneys) with Gelsey Bell & Chris Cochrane, some conversation, and more.
28 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Jennifer Choi: Bowing Up
The violinist/composer discusses her classical training, mastering improvisation, Korean heritage, and introduces us to musical examples recorded at Roulette with collaborators including Marco Cappelli, Susie Ibarra, Rubin Kodheli, Ikue Mori, Michael Nicolas, Vongku Pak, and the Talujon Percussion Ensemble.
28 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Maria Chavez: Needles & Stones
Turntable, sound, and installation artist Maria Chavez, based in New York by way of Texas and Peru, demonstrating tools and techniques and performing in a variety of settings recorded over the years at Roulette, with appearances by longtime collaborators David Dove and Sandy Ewen and spirit guide Pauline Oliveros. Plus a peek at her 2019 release, “Playing”. A preview for her February 2021 livestream concert from Roulette.
28 minutes | Jan 1, 2021
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.
28 minutes | Dec 1, 2020
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.
28 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
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.
28 minutes | Oct 1, 2020
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.
28 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
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.
28 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
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.
28 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
Myra Melford: Merging Music
The pianist and composer discusses influences and cross-genre creations, mentors and collaborators from Leroy Jenkins to Butch Morris, keyboard and electronic strategies, and curiosity to keep exploring. Lushly illustrated with concert excerpts from the Roulette Archive.
28 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Ned Rothenberg: Beyond Beyond
A 40-year retrospective on the work of composer and multi-instrumentalist Ned Rothenberg with 8 excerpts featuring the artist on bass clarinet, alto sax, and shakuhachi in compositions and improvisations alongside musicians including: Fred Frith, Hans Reichel (guitars, daxophone); Evan Parker (sax), Jennifer Choi/Olivia De Prato/Stephanie Griffin/Alex Waterman (string quartet); Yumiko Tanaka (Shamisen); Min Xiao-Fen (Pipa), Vortex (percussionist Satoshi Takeishi, pianist Shoko Nagai); Riley Lee, Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi); and the Paul Dresher Ensemble (Joel Davel, conductor; Woramon Jamjod, engineer). Rothenberg does a stellar job of weaving the history together in stories and observations. Concert excerpts included in this program: Hans Reichel w/Fred Frith & Ned Rothenberg 1987 / Ned Rothenberg Solo 2005 / Evan Parker / Ned Rothenberg Duo 2006 / Ned Rothenberg Quintet #1 for Clarinet and String Quartet 2008 / Yumiko Tanaka / Ned Rothenberg / Min Xiao-Fen with Vortex 2013 / Ned Rothenberg’s Ryu Nashi, New Music for Shakuhachi 2016 / Ned Rothenberg: Beyond C w/Paul Dresher Ensemble 2019
28 minutes | May 1, 2020
Anastasia Clarke: Brainstorming
The composer and multimedia electronic artist discusses new and developing works, appreciation of the experimental lineage, adapting to COVID-19, and shares recordings that document one point along the curve. Roulette awarded Clarke a 2020 Van Lier Fellowship.
28 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
MV Carbon: Amplified Senses
The musical work of the interdisciplinary artist who conjures experiences through ritual, altered perception, and shared imagination—employing traditional and customized instruments and electronics—in order to explore the multifaceted layers of consciousness. Photo: Nikki Sneakers.
28 minutes | Mar 1, 2020
Cooper-Moore: Playing Free
Pianist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and instrument builder Cooper-Moore in conversation about roots and priorities, singing pianos, collaborators and influencers, and how life and music intersect, alongside some of his free jazz and cross-disciplinary projects recorded at Roulette. The Vision Festival awarded him Lifetime Achievement honors in 2017.
28 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
David Behrman: Nectar & Noise
Composer David Behrman (Sonic Arts Union, Merce Cunningham) describes his unique flavor of electronics with examples covering three decades. Appearances by Takehisa Kosugi, Jon Gibson, Cleek Shrey, and a moment with Christian Wolff. Photo: Maria Ludovici.
28 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
Mary Prescott: Stepping Out
Music and a conversation with Mary Prescott, the Thai-American interdisciplinary artist, composer, and pianist based in Minneapolis and New York City whose work explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions. Prescott discusses process, experimentation, improvisation, and curiosity alongside excerpts from Songs Between Life and Death recorded in concert at Roulette in 2019.
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