Tracking The Odds: Billy Bang
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
Violinist, composer, and improviser Billy Bang in a solo concert of original works and a Thelonious Monk classic recorded at Roulette on 13 March 2006. Bang (1947-2011) is known for his Vietnam War experience and mental health activism underscoring a remarkable string of bands and collaborations including The Survival Ensemble, which he founded in the 1970s; as co-founder of The String Trio Of New York; and as an original member of Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio. In addition, Bang worked with Sam Rivers, Frank Lowe, Don Cherry, Marilyn Crispell, James Blood Ulmer, Roy Campbell, William Parker, Andrew Cyrille, and Sun Ra, among many others. A bonus track with drummer Susie Ibarra from 1994 closes the program.
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 and Standing Wave Radio. 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 1 a.m. ET 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.