Tracking The Odds: Stuart Dempster and Greg Powers
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Produced by Roulette Intermedium.
Virtuosos Stuart Dempster and Greg Powers in a Druphad style raga for didjeridu and trombone, recorded in concert at Roulette on March 4, 1999. Powers develops the raga on trombone while Dempster provides the drone on his beautiful brass didjeridu. Two Americans fusing European and Australian Aboriginal instruments in the tradition of Asian Indian Dhrupad music, the oldest of the three major vocal styles associated with Hindustani classical music and the most closely related to the South Indian Carnatic tradition. Stuart Dempster is a trombonist, didjeridu player, improvisor, and composer. He collaborated extensively with Pauline Oliveros and Panaiotis including co-founding the Deep Listening Band. He is credited with introducing the didjeridu to North America. Greg Powers is a pioneer in adapting Indian music to the trombone. He is a disciple of the Dagarbhani tradition and has studied with Jeff Lewis, The Dagar Brothers, and Uday Bhawalkar in Seattle and Mumbai.
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.