Sunday, November 23, 2014

Roulette Presents: Henry Threadgill’s ZOOID, Dec 4 & 5

For Immediate Release/Listings Release:

Roulette Presents:
Henry Threadgill's ZOOID
premiere performance of new quintet book
December 4 & 5, 2014, 8pm

What: Henry Threadgill's ZOOID
When: December 4 & 5 , 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost:  $25 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $35 at Door,  Members/Students/Seniors: $20 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $30 at Door, Series Members - $15 Pre-sale (ends at noon on 12/4) $25 at Doors , FREE for All Access Members
Info: / 917.267.0368

Brooklyn,  NY: Roulette is thrilled to premiere four brand new quintets by Henry Threadgill in a premiere performance December 4 and December 5, 8pm. Each evening will present a different program, both evenings featuring Zooid members plus a selection of soloists. Each evening there will also be a featured short preceding the quintet program.

Tickets range from $35 - 15 and can be purchased at

The quintet program,  featuring:  Liberty Ellman (Ceroepic), Jose Davila (Unoepic), Elliot Kavee (Dosepic), Christopher Hoffman (Tresepic), focuses extensively on the each featured instrument and soloist, Threadgill states:  "One important factor for me in writing these pieces was to seek another process which puts each featured soloist in the directorial position."

Full program:
Dec 4, 2014
In for a penny, in for a pound (short)
Ceroepic—Quintet for guitar
Unoepic—Quintet for trombone/tuba

Dec 5, 2014
Off the prompt box (short)
Dosepic—Quintet for drums/percussion
Tresepic—Quintet for cello

Threadgill, hailed by Nate Chinen of The New York Times as "one of the most thrillingly elusive composers in and around the jazz idiom:" is one of the great musical masterminds of the past quarter century - a composer, arranger, and innovator who transcends genres in contemporary music.

ZOOID is based on a  musical language developed by Threadgill. Compositions are organized in blocks and assigned to each musician who in turn can use them independently, throwing in elements of improvisation and utilizing counterpoint. The term Zooid describes an independent organism that works together like a colony, Threadgill has often used this comparison for his music explaining that the music is a group of independent voices coming together to create a whole sound. Threadgill has recorded or performed with many of the legends of the jazz avant-garde, including Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, David Murray and Bill Laswell.

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.

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