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Roulette Intermedium

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Conceived in Chicago and established in a Tribeca loft in 1978 at the height of the Downtown experimental arts revolution, Roulette is one of the few surviving organizations to maintain its identity as an Artists’ Space and its commitment to bringing the experimental performing arts to a wider public. Roulette’s mission is to support artists creating new and adventurous art in all disciplines by providing them with a venue and resources to realize their creative visions and to build an audience interested in the evolution of experimental art. Its history of performances (preserved in the Roulette Archive—a comprehensive collection of more than 3,000 concert listings with historic audio, video, limited-edition concert posters, publications, press, and ephemera), leaves a detailed and distinguished record of four decades of artistic development, experimentation, and achievement.

40 Years, 40 Artists: Roulette Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

In celebration of Roulette’s 40th Anniversary season, we’re proud to present highlights of 40 years of programming, including Zeena Parkins, Jen Shyu, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Oliver Lake, Sally Silvers, Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Elliott Sharp, Tyshawn Sorey, Ikue Mori, and many more.

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Roulette TV: Gabrielle Herbst // Ashes

Roulette TV visits composer and vocalist Gabrielle Herbst in her studio to discuss her 2018 residency work: the premiere of her opera “Ashes.” Written for two voices and two loop pedals, electronics, harp, violin, cello, flute, piano and clarinet, the opera explores themes of personal and collective vulnerability. Progressing through sensory, dreamlike, non-narrative tableaux with close harmonization, textural rhythms, melismatic vocals, and electronics, the opera takes an immersive look at an inner world struggling to connect outwards.

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Excerpt of Miya Masaoka & Samir Chatterjee live at Roulette in 2000

Miya Masaoka utilizes unique inventions of techniques, songs and contraptions to merge acoustic, Laser Koto, and computer-assisted work. Here is an excerpt from her rhythmic/harmonic duo with guest tabla player, Samir Chatterjee.

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