Tracking The Odds: John King (Audio)

Jul 26, 2021
Produced by Roulette Intermedium.

This edition features two works from composer John King’s 2012 performance at Roulette: Kosmos, for string quartet and electronics featuring the Crucible Quartet with King on viola, and Astral Epitaphs, for the TILT Brass ensemble with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus composed for the Merce Cunningham Company’s final concerts. Plus a concert excerpt with King on guitar in a 2016 trio with David Behrman on electronics and Cleek Shrey on the Hardanger fiddle.

John King, composer, guitarist and violist, has received commissions from groups ranging from the Kronos Quartet to the Stuttgart Ballet, enjoyed a long association with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co., is composer of seven operas and many scores for dance and theater, and is recipient of numerous awards including The Rockefeller Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. King is also a passionate activist for human rights and social justice.

Tracking The Odds: The Roulette Concert Archive is a monthly hour-long radio special produced by Roulette Intermedium ( 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 fourth Monday of the month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is archived at