Roulette Presents:

3 Nights of Jerome Foundation Commissioned Artists

Ben Gerstein Freedom Choir – Nov 1

Geoff Matters – Nov 3

Peter Evans Quintet & Marty Ehrlich’s 4Alto(s)- Nov 4

What: 3 Nights of Jerome Foundation Commissioned Artists
When: November 1, 3 & 4 @ 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $15/$10 members/students/seniors
Info: / 917.267.0368

Brooklyn, NY: In 2010 Roulette received a two-year grant from the Jerome Foundation to support its commissioning program, which awards four commissions each year to emerging composers based in New York City and/or Minnesota, and emerging artists performance fees in the Contemporary Music Series. November 1, 3 & 4 Roulette will present the remaining recipients of the awards; Ben Gerstein’s Freedom Choir, Geoff Matters “Mic Check”, and The Peter Evans Quintet.  All events will be $15/10 including the November 4 double bill featuring The Peter Evans Quintet and Marty Ehrlich’s 4Alto(s).

Ben Gerstein’s Freedom Choir, November 1
Feat: Ben Gerstein, trombone; Tony Malaby, Chris Speed, Jonathan Moritz, Andrew Bishop, Ohad Talmor, tenor saxophone; Tim Berne, Michael Attias, David Binney, Darius Jones, Loren Stillman, alto saxophone; Dan Weiss, Ches Smith, Mike Pride, Randy Peterson, drums.

Ben Gerstein brings together a unique ensemble of enormous acoustic, experiential intensity to celebrate the powers of improvisation. A congregation for cathartic improvisational service. An historic event for expansive sound and emotion; unnameable sound, unnameable emotion.

Geoff Matters, November 3
Geoff Matters is a musician, artist, and technologist residing in New York City. Since creating the open-source software GDAM in the late 90’s, he has been at the cutting edge of computer interfaces for live media performance. As a founder of Share open media jam and forum, he has spent a decade observing and fostering creative technology performance locally and internationally. As the force behind the A/V band Lance Blisters, he crafts protest music for the 21st century.

In “Mic Check” Geoff Matters, punk singer and former choirboy, attempts to come to terms with the sound of his own voice by exploring and building on his personal history of vocal expression. Commissioned by Roulette with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.

The Peter Evans Quintet, November 4 , double bill w/& Marty Ehrlich’s 4Alto(s)
The Peter Evans Quintet is centered around the integration of heavily notated and completely improvised materials with live electronics. Drawing from his experiences with Evan Parker’s Electro-Acoustic Ensemble and concerts in NYC with Sam Pluta and Nathan Davis, Evans seeks to use the quintet format (piano, bass, drums, trumpet and live processing) as a place to synthesize almost every element of his musical interest into an organic whole.

Marty Ehrlich’s 4Alto(s) with Michael Attias, Marty Ehrlich, Andy Laster, and Ned Roth
enberg will perform after intermission, one admission  both groups.

About Roulette
Roulette – one of New York City’s premiere venues for experimental music for over 33 years – has reopened 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