Tag: Roulette Brooklyn


    The composer, oud virtuoso, and educator Simon Shaheen is the epicenter of Arab classical music in the United States. And while he usually appears with his Near Eastern Music Ensemble, he takes the stage here with Rima Khcheich, an astounding Lebanese singer who stands out wherever she appears. The evening offers a rare opportunity to […]

  • Romano Drom

    This excellent Hungarian quintet named after the “gypsy road” hails from the Oláh community of Roma people. They still sing the old songs with onomatopoeic panache, using kitchen utensils for percussion, and over the years have extended their sound with Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and most recently, Balkan brass. Tonight’s pre-show festivities include free “cultural” […]

  • Ray Anderson

    The virtuoso trombonist reminded a Cobble Hill audience of his many skills — textural breadth and forward motion among them — a couple weeks ago, and this program finds him leading a large ensemble through a written piece of existential queries titled “The Point Being.” His associates are luminaries themselves, so expect some compelling answers. […]

  • Alam Khan

    The youngest son of the late sarod legend Ali Akbar Khan, 31-year-old Alam Khan has big Hindustani shoes to fill. Recent reviews from the young sarodist’s India tour, however, suggest that he has thoroughly digested his famous father’s instruction on the fretless, lute-like instrument. And after India, New York should be a breeze for Alam […]

  • Phil Niblock

    The esteemed minimalist composer and visual artist offers a maximalist helping of meditative work during his annual winter solstice concert, a six-hour acoustic and electronic celebration of seasonal segues. Niblock uses music, film, photography, and video to explore processes and transformations, such as the way in which a piece of iron ends up as equine […]

  • Ensemble Tzara

    The Swiss ensemble premieres New York avant-opera genius Robert Ashley’s new Mixed Blessing, Indiana for horn, cello, and synthesizer. One of 49 “Immortality Songs” (all with seven-syllable titles) Ashley began composing in the early ’90s as adjuncts to larger works, Mixed Blessings is conceived as a radio show derived from American literary ephemera, from advertising […]

  • Brandon Seabrook & Mary Halvorson

    Gonna be a big one. Two of town’s most inspired guitarists bring their leftie POVs to a room that breeds experimentation. Seabrook can be high-flying, with a fearless blitzkrieg approach. Halvorson is as sneaky as they come, twirling her lines in a way that lassos you before even realize she’s got a rope in her […]

  • Antibalas

    Brooklyn’s Afrobeat ambassadors turn on the juice at Surround Sounds Brooklyn, a benefit for MIMA Music, an urban outreach non-profit dedicated to providing arts and music education to NYC schools. The 11-piece orchestra has been enlisted to help raise $10,000 to expand the program to ten schools by Spring 2014, not a lofty goal for […]

  • Fred Frith’s ‘Gravity’

    The experimental guitarist revisits his second solo album after leaving important British avant-rock group Henry Cow. Recorded in New York and released in 1979 on the Residents’ Ralph label, Gravity mixed avant-garde tropes with merry melodies and holds up far better than you might expect. Frith will lead an 11-piece group through its myriad quirks […]

  • Myra Melford and Snow Egret

    The sensitively scorching pianist offers an excerpt from her ongoing “Language of Dreams” multimedia project based on Uruguayan writer Eduard Galeano’s magical-historicist Memory of Fire trilogy. She’ll be accompanied by her Snowy Egret band—Ron Miles (trumpet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar), and Tyshawn Sorey (drums)—and augmented with bilingual narration, choreography, and videography. […]