Tracking The Odds: Susie Ibarra & William Parker Duo
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
Recorded in concert on May 2, 1997, Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion and William Parker on bass and percussion utilize bells, strings, wood, bows, skins, gongs, sticks and brass in a rare meeting of two major players from the downtown New York scene. Ibarra has performed with luminaries such as Pauline Oliveros, NEA heritage artist Danongan Kalanduyan, John Zorn, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Douglas, Tania Léon, Ikue Mori, Yusef Komunyakaa, Yuka Honda, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trisha Brown, Derek Bailey, Marc Ribot, Jennifer Choi, Craig Taborn, Mali singer songwriter Mamadou Kelley and Hamdcha Sufi Group of Fez, Morocco. Here DreamTime Ensemble has a new release on Decibel Collective. William Parker is a bassist, improviser, composer, writer, activist, and educator from New York City. In addition to recording over 150 albums, he has published six books and taught and mentored hundreds of young musicians and artists. His current bands include the Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, In Order to Survive, Raining on the Moon, Stan’s Hat Flapping in the Wind, and the Cosmic Mountain Quartet with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, and Cooper-Moore. Throughout his career he has performed with Cecil Taylor, Don Cherry, Milford Graves, and David S. Ware, among others.
This program features a bonus track by Val Jeanty, great grand niece of Haitian composer, pianist & music director fr:Occide Jeanty, granddaughter of a Mambo (Vodou priestess). The drummer, turntablist, and sound engineer has created a distinctive style of music called Vodou electronica which she also refers to as Afro Electronica.
Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive is a monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium (roulette.org) and broadcast in partnership with Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM. The broadcasts feature selected highlights from Roulette’s New York experimental music space dating from the early 1980s to the present. Thousands of rare, formative, and often unheard recordings by innovators and adventurous musicians populate the archive. Tracking The Odds airs the third Thursday of each month at 1am and is archived at wavefarm.org.
Founded in 1978, Roulette operates a 400-seat concert hall on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn with a focus on experimental and unorthodox music and performance across all genres and media. It's archive of thousands of audio and video recordings is currently being restored.
Pictured: A screening, reading, and performance for Henry Hills' film "Money" at Roulette (1985) with dancer Pooh Kaye surrounded by (L-R) John Zorn, Tom Cora, Ciro Baptiste, (obstructed, possibly Sally Silvers), Abigail Child, Diane Ward, Susie Timmons, Alan Davies, Bruce Andrews, Ikue Mori, Jim Staley, Butch Morris. Photo: Lona Foote.