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Pauline Oliveros, Dave Dove, Maria Chavez & more @ Roulette 8:30 pm

Fri May 11, 2007 00:00 - Fri May 11, 2007

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
8:30 PM Admission $15 Students $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242


Friday, May 11th
Dave Dove & Pauline Oliveros -- Deep Syrup without the Sentiment: H-Town
Oozing Upward

Pauline Oliveros, Maria Chavez, Chris Cogburn, David Dove, Sandy Ewen,
Juan Garcia & Jason Jackson make a rare New York City presentation of
their collective creations, spawned in the Houston heat. Houston long has
been the backdrop for idiosyncratic, isolated and potent soundings from
the musical underground. What factors affect these renegade stirrings and
outbursts from outside of the avant-garde mainstream? Extreme weather
slows thought and action to surreal tempos and a broad sense of space and
time has always marked much of Houston music across genres. This most
recently is heard in the singularly syrupy street music of visionary
Houstonian DJ Screw; but it has always been present in Houston's country,
noise, punk, Latino and avant-garde genres … Reckless, no-zoning,
laissez-faire attitudes of public development correlate to certain
cultural audacity. Unbridled immigration adds to this situation to make a
city of unpatterned and chaotic diversity. Houston is a perfect home for
outsiders. Everyone in Houston is an outsider.

In 1997, Houston trombonist David Dove began working at MECA, an
inner-city arts community center. With a diverse group of teenagers, Dove
developed a unique, non-traditional approach to music education based on
improvisation and creativity. In 2000, Pauline Oliveros invited Dove to
start a branch of her Foundation in order to develop this pioneering work.
Deep Listening Institute Houston began in 2001. In 2006, it became
Nameless Sound, an independent, Houston-based, non-profit organization.

Through his involvement with Nameless Sound, Jason Jackson has studied in
workshops with some of the most important names in Creative Music,
including: Joe McPhee, Sun Ra Arkestra, Keith Rowe, Steve Lacy, Bhob
Rainey, Leroy Jenkins, Sam Rivers, John Butcher and many others. Jackson
is currently a teacher in the Nameless Sound program.

Percussionist Chris Cogburn and Dove are close collaborators in
performance and workshop situations. They continue to steadily hone an
ever-evolving aesthetic that finds its way in the context teaching
projects, their duo, and in collaborations with many international
artists. Cogburn has organized the No Idea Festival for several years and
works with an array of musical and multi-disciplinary artists, including
Liz Tonne, poet Joshua Beckman and dancer Jennifer Monson.

As a teenager, Juan Garcia discovered the music of Xenakis and Penderecki
on the radio in his hometown of Monterrey (Mexico). Garcia came to Houston
in 2000 and found Nameless Sound. Garcia currently is completing a
master’s degree in performance. In 2005, he played bass on the first ever
US concert by another underground musician from Houston, Jandek.

In 2002, a teenaged Sandy Ewen, was spotted purchasing Sun Ra and Captain
Beefhart Records at Houston's Sound Exchange. It was only a matter of time
before the Canadian transplant joined the group. Soon, she would abandon
traditional guitar playing for her 'sit-on-the-floor and lay her guitar
down' approach. At a young age, Ewen has carved out a distinct language
highlighted by the mesmerizing harmonies of her 'chalk-on-the-strings
technique'. Ewen is a member of the band The Weird Weeds and plays with
Tom Carter, among others.

Turntabilist Maria Chavez was a club DJ when she met David Dove and came
to MECA. After her first workshop, she immediately "retired" from DJing
and dedicated herself to musical improvisation. Since then, she has toured
extensively and performed with Kaffe Matthews, Thurston Moore and
Christina Carter, among others. She currently lives in Brooklyn and owns
Hounds Tooth, a vintage clothing store (that also doubles as a music

Pauline Oliveros, composer, performer and humanitarian, is an important
pioneer in American Music. Acclaimed internationally, for four decades she
has explored sound -- forging new ground for herself and others. Through
improvisation, electronic music, ritual, teaching and meditation, she has
created a body of work with such breadth of vision that it profoundly
affects those who experience it and eludes many who try to write about it.
Oliveros has been honored internationally with awards, grants and
concerts. Through Deep Listening Pieces and earlier Sonic Meditations,
Oliveros introduced the concept of incorporating all environmental sounds
into musical performance. To make a pleasurable experience of this
requires focused concentration, skilled musicianship and strong
improvisational skills, which are the hallmarks of Oliveros’s form. In
performance Oliveros uses an accordion (re-tuned in two different systems
of her just intonation) with to electronics that alter the sound of the
accordion and explore the individual characteristics of each room. (Tuning


Michelle Nagai & Ursula Scherrer: "Synthetic Hand Holding" @ Roulette 8:30 pm

Fri May 04, 2007 00:00 - Fri May 04, 2007

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
8:30 PM Admission $15 Students $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242


Friday, May 4th
Michelle Nagai with Ursula Scherrer - "Synthetic Hand Holding"

Often described as an aura or "aetheric body", the presence of significant
electrical activity or intangible matter beyond the borders of the
physical body has been recognized and extensively studied by scientists,
philosophers, religious practitioners, spiritualists,
near-death-experience alumni and students of the occult. Drawn to this
aether like a moth to a lamp, composer/performer Michelle Nagai presents
"Synthetic Hand Holding", the latest in her series of performance
installations collectively entitled Sitting Pieces. She is joined for the
evening by video artist Ursula Scherrer. With the invitation to get wired
up and reach out and touch someone, audience members will travel with
Nagai and Scherrer on an intimate audio-visual journey through the
revolving door of mind/matter into the land of mists and vapors.

Brooklyn-based composer Michelle Nagai utilizes sound, physicality and
concept to create site-specific performances, installations, radio
broadcasts, dances and other interactions that address the human state in
relationship to its setting. Recent creative projects incorporate
through-composed and improvised music for acoustic instruments and
electronics, as well as natural environments, found objects, video,
costumes, texts and structures fabricated from a variety of media. In
addition, she has developed a number of web-based projects centered on the
topic of soundwalking. Nagai’s work has been presented throughout the US,
Canada and Europe. She has been supported by the American Composers Forum,
Eyebeam, Harvestworks, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, Meet the
Composer and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Nagai is a founding member
of the American Society for Acoustic Ecology and holds a teaching
certificate from the Deep Listening Institute.

Ursula Scherrer is a video artist and photographer living in New York. Her
videos have been shown in festivals and galleries internationally and she
had solo shows with her photographs at the Kentler International Drawing
Space and at Studio Five Beekman. Scherrer is part of the international
artist group Biwak, which meets annually in isolated locations to focus on
art. Scherrer’s work has been shown at the New York Video Festival 2004,
BAC 36th International Film and Video Festival, Brooklyn Museum of Art, at
the Chelsea Art Museum, at Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin,
Dissonanze Festival in Rome, 9e Biennale de l'Image en Mouvement,
Saint-Gervais Geneve, Galerie Rachel Haferkamp, Cologne, among others.


Jessica Feldman & Kim Young @ Roulette: 8:30 pm

Thu May 03, 2007 00:00 - Thu May 03, 2007

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
8:30 PM Admission $15 Students $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242


Thursday, May 3rd
Kim Young / Jessica Feldman

Kim Young
Choreographer/dancer Kim Young will collaborate with dancer Krista Nelson and composer/sound artist Stephan Moore in a new work that pairs exacting unison, improvisation and vibration-based movement with a live sound score. Young received her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Illinois in 2004. She has danced in and choreographed works that have been presented throughout the US and in a series of site-specific performances in Paris. She also has danced for choreographers Jen Schmermund and Todd Williams. Young is proud to be working for the third time with dancer Krista Nelson.

Jessica Feldman - Final Statement
Feldman presents Final Statement, a political, delicate, violent and interactive sound installation/social sculpture that explores oral history, recording technology, the privatization of sounds and communal decisions about preservation and destruction. The piece involves technologies that execute these decisions and requires audience participation for its ultimate realization…

The vocabulary of objects used for this installation is intended to make the setting look as institutional as possible. Multiple circuits installed in the space contain the recordings of testimonials (some of them final statements) from inmates on death row. Circuits self-destruct (by short-circuiting and burning out/electrocuting the recording) after a finite number of playbacks. Playback is activated by a sensor that the viewer touches. The sound plays quietly through one small, quiet speaker - so quietly that listeners have to place their ears against the speaker to hear the sound. In this way, the sound is made private and individual - only one person can receive the sound at once, and no one else can hear what he or she hears. Viewers/listeners are confronted with choices: to play the recording, to preserve the recording, to leave it for someone else, to share the information with a group, etc. Thus, the community's choices activate the work and the work documents the community's choices.

Jessica Feldman is an intermedia artist with a background in sound, sculpture and installation. She creates work that asks its audience to engage in dynamic relationships with their physical surroundings, with each other, with larger communities and with political questions. Recent pieces tend toward interactivity and often occur in extremely public or extremely private spaces. She makes use of sculptural materials, video and choreographic practices in addition to sound. Works have been performed, installed and exhibited internationally at art galleries, concert halls, public parks, city streets, tiny closets and the internet. Recent and upcoming venues include The Kitchen, The Museum of Contextual Amputations (ongoing online project), The Stone, The Tank, Chelsea Waterside Park, Tenri Cultural Institute and various outdoor locations. Her work has received grants/awards from the LMCC, the Max Kade Foundation, Columbia University and the Experimental Television Center, among others.


Andrew Cyrille w/Bob Stewart & Roy Campbell @ Roulette: 8:30pm

Sat Apr 21, 2007 00:00 - Thu Apr 19, 2007

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
8:30 PM Admission $15 Students $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242


Saturday, March 21st

Andrew Cyrille with Bob Stewart and Roy Campbell
[Live taping for Roulette TV]

[part of the 'AVANT JAZZ - STILL MOVING' festival]

Ferociously innovative, free-jazz drummer Andrew Cyrille performs with Bob
Stewart (tuba) & Roy Campbell (trumpet). Cyrille spent eleven years as
Cecil Taylor’s drummer, leads a number of his own projects, exploring
everything from free improv to Haitian musical traditions. Cyrille was
born in Brooklyn and attended the Juilliard and Hartnett schools of music.
His work has earned him grants and awards from the NEA and Meet the
Composer and a Guggenheim Fellowship for composition. He has performed
with jazz artists ranging from Coleman Hawkins to Muhal Richard Abrams.
Starting in 1969, Cyrille began to organize the first of several
percussion groups, including Dialogue of the Drums, Pieces of Time and
Weights and Measures. Some of the distinguished artists who played in
these groups are Kenny Clark, Milford Graves, Famoudou Don Moye, Michael
Carvin and Obo Addy. Since 1988 he has toured and performed in the US and
abroad with the renowned Russian percussionist, Vladimir Tarasov. He is a
member of Trio 3, featuring alto saxophonist Oliver Lake and bassist
Reggie Workman. Over the past several years, he has been collaborating and
working with Archie Shepp, Roswell Rudd, Dave Douglas and William Parker,
among others.



Fri Apr 20, 2007 00:00 - Wed Apr 18, 2007

ROULETTE presents
20 Greene St (between Canal and Grand St)
Admission $15 Students $10 MEMBERS FREE
TICKETS/RSVP: 212.219.8242


Friday, April 20th

“Avant-Jazz - Still Moving” Festival

8:00 pm - Rosi Hertlein with Howard Johnson
9:30 pm - Monika Heidemann: The Monika H. Band

Rosi Hertlein with Howard Johnson

Violinist & singer Rosi Hertlein shares her artistic devotions among the worlds of classical music, free improv & jazz. Her work includes collaborations with Joe McPhee, Pauline Oliveros, Reggie Workman, Vincent Chancey and others. Her acclaimed CD, Rosi Hertlein’s Improvising Chamber Ensemble's (ICE) “Two Letters I’ll Keep” was released in November 2001. She also has recorded as special guest on Joe McPhee’s Trio X CD, “Rapture”. In June 2002 she premiered a work of Cecil Taylor’s with the Sound Vision Orchestra and Mr. Taylor on piano. She performs with Reggie Workman’s African-American Legacy Project, the Jump Arts Orchestra (conducted by Butch Morris), sings with the Riverside Opera Company, performs in theatrical productions with DADAnewyork and is a member of the improvisational group, Earth People. She also collaborates and performs frequently with composers and performers in Europe. She presently is involved with the Improvising Chamber Ensemble (ICE), which features her own compositions and concepts.

Tonight Hertlein performs with avant-multi-instrumental-improviser-extraordinare, Howard Johnson. One of the top tuba soloists since the early '60s, Johnson is a versatile player whose instruments include tuba, baritone, other reeds and trumpet. He moved to New York in 1963, where he worked with Charles Mingus, Hank Crawford and Archie Shepp. In 1966, he started a 20-year off-and-on association with Gil Evans. Johnson's four-tuba group, Substructure, performed with Taj Mahal, and, in the late '70s, he formed a different tuba band, Gravity. Johnson has recorded with Crawford, Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition, Jimmy Heath, Bob Moses, George Gruntz's Concert Jazz Band and frequently with Evans's orchestra, among others.

Monika Heidemann: The Monkia H. Band

Monika Heidemann twists together vocal improvisation, jazz sensibility, pop melodies and the grind of rock n’ roll, exploring the colliding worlds of the technical and spontaneous. Tonight she performs with her group, the Monika H. Band: Brandon Seabrook (guitar), Dave Treat (drums), Erik Deutsch (piano/keys) & Jonti Simon (bass) w. guest filmmaker Vignesh Swaminathan. Heidemann is the leader, writer, and vocalist of this self-titled NYC-based project, now in its third year. Her compositions and lyrics are a platform for her band to tell the ever-changing musical story of her songs, teetering between the written music and the band’s own playful additives and interpretations. Monika will be performing with her band as well as premiering an extended music video produced in collaboration with San Francisco independent filmmaker Swaminathan. Vig is the founder of Floating World Films, a San Francisco based film collective dedicated to the pursuit of experimental cinema.