David Behrman calls upon the talents of guitarist John King and fiddler Cleek Schrey to present Reinventions, a program of updated works. The inaugural event in Meredith Monk’s performance series at Roulette, Curated by Meredith Monk features performers selected by Monk who are following his or her own path, asking questions, finding places that fall between the cracks of genres or categories. There is an inclusiveness and a weaving together of elements that lead to the discovery of new worlds. There is no discrepancy or polarization of high art/low art, electronic/acoustic music, ritual/dance, jazz/classical, abstract/personal. Anything is possible; nothing is taken for granted. Freedom of the imagination, authenticity and liveliness are part and parcel of each artist’s work.
David Behrman has been active as a composer and artist since the 1960s. He has made sound and multimedia installations for gallery spaces as well as compositions for performance. Sound and multimedia installations include: Cloud Music (1979), a collaboration with Robert Watts and Bob Diamond, recently acquired into the collection of the Smithsonian; Pen Light (2002); and View Finder (2005). Together with Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, and Gordon Mumma, Behrman was a founding member of Sonic Arts Union. He had a long association with the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio as composer and performer.
John King is a composer, guitarist and violist. His string quartets have been performed by the Eclipse Quartet (LA) and the Mondriaan Quartet (Amsterdam), in addition to the Secret Quartet, which has premiered many of his compositions at The Stone, The Kitchen, Lincoln Center Festival, and Roulette.
Cleek Schrey is fiddler, improviser, and composer from Virginia and currently based in NYC. Recent engagements include a residency with David Behrman and Anton Lukoszevieze at Café OTO in London, the Beckett in London Festival with Gare St. Lazare, and a solo appearance at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Schrey has studied composition with David Behrman, Paul Caputo, Bunita Marcus, and Walter Zimmermann. The journal Sound Post has noted that Cleek "possesses a rare combination of traits: deep respect for traditional music and the people who make it, and an unbounded curiosity about new directions for sound." Schrey is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Composition at Wesleyan University.