Roulette – one of New York City’s premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years – reopens bigger and better than ever. Located in a newly renovated 1920s Art Deco concert hall in Downtown Brooklyn, the new Roulette features two levels of seating for up to 400 people (600 standing), an expanded multi-channel sound system, projection screen for film and multi-media events, state-of-the-art lighting system, modular stage, and a specially designed floor to accommodate dance. Teamed with bold new programming, the new Roulette promises to be one of the most exciting places in New York City – if not the country – to experience adventurous music and art. Join us as we kick off our inaugural season with a huge four night Grand Opening Celebration!

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid
Kaija Saariaho
Margaret Leng Tan
Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman Duo
Thu Sep 15 – 8:00 PM
$100 Front Row
$35 General Admission
*No student, senior or member pricing
The first night of Roulette’s eclectic Grand Opening Celebration features performances by Henry Threadgill’s ZOOID, new work for flute, electronics, and projections by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, Margaret Leng Tan performing John Cage piano works, and Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman duo performing their own compositions as well as excerpts from John Zorn’s Masada Book II (Book of Angels).

Marc Ribot’s Film Noir Project
Fred Frith & Shelley Hirsch
Fri Sep 16 – 8:00 PM
$100 Front Row
$35 General Admission
*No student, senior or member pricing
For the second night of Roulette’s Grand Opening Celebration, guitarist/composer Marc Ribot presents Film Noir – an ensemble exploring a lonely place between classic noir film scores of the 40’s thru 60’s, and the 80’s No-Wave bands who worshipped them, New York City’s ETHEL Quartet, a group dedicated to new music called the “…avatar of ‘post-classical’ music—the virtuosic alternative string quartet…vital and brilliant.” by the New Yorker performs work by John King, Judd Greenstein, and Anna Clyne; and critically acclaimed vocalist, composer, and storyteller Shelley Hirsch teams up with iconoclast guitarist/composer/improvisor Fred Frith.

Laurie Anderson + Lou Reed + John Zorn Trio
Sat Sep 17 – 8:00 PM
$100 Front Row
$50 General Admission
*No student, senior or member pricing
Three legends of the New York Underground combine forces for an evening of extreme improvised music. “The most important multimedia artist of our time,”(LA Times), Laurie Anderson is best known for her multimedia presentations and musical recordings that have challenged and delighted audiences around the world for more than 30 years. Tonight Anderson teams up with husband Lou Reed – arguably one of the most influential musicians in rock history whose band, the Velvet Underground, redefined the music of the late ’60s. Also joining them tonight is maverick composer/performer and godfather of the Downtown New York scene, John Zorn.

(Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, Matthias Bossi, and the Norman Conquest)
Sun Sep 18 – 8:00 PM
$100 Front Row
$35 General Admission
$25 student, senior or member pricing
Cosa Brava is an all-star experimental rock and improvisation quintet formed by multi-instrumentalist, composer, and icon of experimental music, Fred Frith – featuring Frith on guitar, Zeena Parkins on keyboards and accordion, Carla Kihlstedt on violin, Matthias Bossi on drums, and The Norman Conquest on sound manipulation. All About Jazz described their music as “somewhere between folk, Celtic, modern chamber, Latin, funk, Eastern, and prog-rock”.  Join us for this rare NYC performance!

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Venue Information
509 Atlantic Ave
At the Corner of Atlantic & 3rd Ave in Downtown Brooklyn
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR