What: Henry Threadgill’s ZOOID feat: Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Jose Davila (trombone and tuba), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) and Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums).
When: November 30 – December 2, 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/$15 members/students/seniors (attend 2 nights and attend third for free!)
Info: www.roulette.org / 917.267.0368
Brooklyn, New York: Roulette presents 3 nights of Henry Threadgill’s ground breaking group ZOOID, showcasing a collection of new work in preparation for their next studio recording. 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 featuring Liberty Ellman (acoustic guitar), Jose Davila (trombone and tuba), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) and Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums), 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.
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.