Roulette is pleased to host an evening celebrating the Indonesian gamelan featuring violinist Jennifer Choi and Talujon Percussion Ensemble performing Lou Harrison's Concerto for Violin and Percussion alongside gamelan-inspired works from Nick Brooke and John Cage.
First up, Nick Brooke presents The Traps, consisting of six attaché cases filled with makeshift Javanese gamelans, including glass gongs, steel-tine mbiras, aluminum crotales, and other tiny instruments, each tuned to the six tonalities in central Javanese gamelan. The evening continues with Lou Harrison’s Concerto for Violin and Percussion, which combines traditional and non-traditional percussive instruments (including brake drums, galvanized washtubs, clock coils set in a base made from an old guitar body, coffee cans, windchimes, flower pots, and plumber's pipes) with violin to evoke the sounds of Southeast Asian ceremonial music. John Cage’s Haikai rounds out the evening, featuring instruments such as the suling, boning, jengglong, saron, panerus, gambang, kendang, kempul, and gong. The haiku structure is not manifested in durations, but in the numbers of events, or attack points. In his performance notes, Cage explains that each of the eight haikai has 17 events, each with its own length.
Jennifer Choi has charted a career that breaks through the conventional boundaries of solo violin, chamber music, and the art of creative improvisation. Hailed as “one of New York's most reliably adventurous performers” by Time Out New York, Jennifer has traveled the globe playing violin in both solo and chamber music settings, becoming one of a few pioneering violinists of her generation to garner a such a reputation for performing in multiple genres. Described by the New York Times as an ensemble possessing an "edgy, unflagging energy," Talujon Percussion is thoroughly committed to the expansion of the contemporary percussion repertoire as well as the education and diversification of its worldwide audience. Over the past 20 years, Talujon has commissioned dozens of new works for percussion, including works by Alvin Lucier, Henry Threadgill, Julia Wolfe, and more.