Tracking The Odds: Brandon Ross (Audio)
Composer Brandon Ross (guitar/banjo/vocal) in excerpts from two Roulette performances (2011, 2017) with his group, Blazing Beauty, featuring Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) and JT Lewis (drums) and a guest appearance by Graham Haynes (trumpet, cornet, electronics). The 2017 event features improvisations influenced by photographic images from Venezuelan artist Carolina Muñoz. Ross has scored classic silent films from China, arranged music of Delta Blues legends and classical modernists alike, and played with everyone from Henry Threadgill to Arrested Development. Self described as Future-Folk Music, the music is at once pastoral, dissonant, intimate, and avant-garde.
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 fourth Monday of the month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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.