Roulette is pleased to present an evening of contemporary classical performance from one of the foremost interpreters of minimal music, R. Andrew Lee. Lee will perform the world premiere of Breathing Trajectories by Michael Vincent Waller and the New York premiere of Obsessions by Adrian Knight.
The evening will open with Michael Vincent Waller's slowly unfolding, melodically hypnotic Pasticcio per menu e piu, followed by William Duckworth's Imaginary Dances. Borrowing from a variety of source material, Imaginary Dances combines these disparate elements against a backdrop of minimalism. Breathing Trajectories, a new collaboration between Lee and Waller, will conclude the first part of the program. Fostered through dialogue about one's personal trajectories in music, specifically minimalist orientations, the piece seeks to answer the question "Does the music breathe?" The second half will features Adrian Knight's Obsessions. Clocking in at nearly fifty minutes, the work presents an extended exploration of stubborn habits, routines, and patterns layered over Knight's beautiful harmonic language.
Pianist R. Andrew Lee is at the forefront of contemporary minimal music. Praised for his “consistently impressive solo releases” by The New York Times, Lee has performed in a number of venues dedicated to experimental music around the world, including ISSUE Project Room in New York and Café OTO in London. Lee has released eight albums on the Irritable Hedgehog label, including the premiere recording of Dennis Johnson’s five-hour minimalist epic, November, which was selected by Time Out New York as the best classical recording of 2013. As a researcher interested in intersection of minimal music and temporality, he has presented papers and lecture-recitals at several international conferences and published writings in Divergence Press.