Tracking The Odds: Val Jeanty’s AfroElectronica
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
A program featuring Haitian-born electronic music artist Val Jeanty, recorded in a collaborative performance with fire dancer Ra Nubi, at Roulette on 22 May 2017. Jeanty, a virtuoso percussionist, master of the DJ tool set, and wildly creative composer of montage, creates an esoteric experience that “tantalizes the subconscious while effecting a healing cosmic frequency.” Granddaughter of a voudou priestess, Jeanty synergistically combines acoustic with electronic instruments and the archaic with the postmodern, engaging African/Haitian musical traditions with the present and beyond. Plus an excerpt from a stunningly locked-in duo with saxophonist James Brandon Lewis at Roulette in Sept. 2018.
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.