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Roulette Intermedium, Inc.

Brooklyn, NY         

Roulette Intermedium, Inc. was founded in 1978 in a small loft space in Manhattan with the mission to support artists creating New + Adventurous art in all disciplines by providing them with a venue and resources through which their creative vision can be fully realized and shared with an audience interested in the evolution of experimental art. Now in its 38th year, Roulette has earned a worldwide reputation as a center for experimental music and related arts, presenting pioneers in music, Intermedia, and movement who are now recognized as seminal figures in their fields.

Some of the 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, Christian Marclay, Meredith Monk, Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, Kaija Saariaho, Henry Threadgill, and John Zorn. 

In 2011, Roulette moved into its new home: a 400-seat venue in a historic 1928 building in the burgeoning Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. A $2.7 million Capital Campaign, completed in the summer of 2015, turned the theater into a laboratory for artists where new ideas and technologies can be investigated, appraised, and developed, and where young talent is encouraged and sustained. The theater is architecturally flexible, offering a proscenium with a 40-foot thrust stage, a 2,000 sq. ft. dance floor, advanced amplification and recording equipment, a theatrical lighting grid, and two audio/visual post-production studios.

The move  allowed Roulette to expand its repertoire: we now have formalized experimental dance and opera series, which provide choreographers, composers, and media artists greater opportunity to explore and create expansive new work.

An Overview of Roulette

A montage of brief excerpts from Roulette performances 2013-15 with work by Doron Sadja, Sun Ra Arkestra, Elke Rindfleisch & Sarah Weber Gallo, Nate Wooley & Ron Miles, YAMS Collective, Amirtha Kidambi, Joan Jonas, Evan Parker, Okkyoung Lee, Christina Wheeler, Jen Shyu, Cassie Tunick & Heather Harpham, Rinde Eckert & Ned Rothenberg, Mark Fell, and Uumans.

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Bérangère Maximin Roulette Concert & Interview

Bérangère Maximin discusses her solo set at Roulette, the development of her creative practice, and her relationship to music. Bérangère Maximin’s music engages the listener in considerations of space and textures. Since her debut album, Tant Que Les Heures Passent on Tzadik (2008), she has gradually developed a hyper-personal style, creating sensual, hypnotic, sultry pieces with immediate impact. She studied under the musique concrète composer Denis Dufour (a member of the famous GRM and a pupil of Pierre Schaefer). Her label is Crammed Discs.

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Robin Holcomb Roulette Concert & Interview

Pianist/vocalist/composer Robin Holcomb in performance and discussing her process and history. She has performed internationally as a solo artist and the leader of various ensembles. Following Sundanese gamelan performance studies at UC Santa Cruz and several years spent sharecropping tobacco in North Carolina, she was active in New York for many years as a composer and performer with deep roots in the downtown avant-garde as one of the original Studio Henry mavericks. She has recorded her music for Songlines, Tzadik, Nonesuch and New World.

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