Roulette, NYC, 21st December 2020

This will be the first time, ever, that everyone in the world, with an internet connection, can see/hear this concert. Maybe there is a blessing in the pandemic, after all!

My short announcement of the Roulette December 21 2020 concert:

I am playing at Roulette in NY, in my yearly December 21, Winter Solstice concert, six hours of music never before played at Roulette, most of them New York premiers, and many World premiers; there are another 3 to 6 hours of pieces, not played at Roulette, which would not fit in the program; the concert will be recorded and available after December 21 –

And of course, there is much film/video as well. A novel way of presenting the image work in this time of pandemic, With a chat screen, for text

And with a short prelude/talk with Jim Staley and David Weinstein and me, before, probably starting at 5:40pm NY time, and the concert is from 6pm until midnight

Vimeo Link:

1 UnMounted, Muted Noun
2 ExplTiltBrass
3 BaobabBozziniStringQuartet
4 ExplPhoenixBasel
5 Herbal Cooled
6 ExplArdittiStringQuartet
7 Noizzze One
8 Browner
9 ExplWatson
10 Poom3
11 TwoBlooms & OneLargeRoseMix
12 ExplMaranhaLisbon
13 ExplWiessenthanerMachine
14 BaobabDorf
6.355Gb file, 378 minutes

From the Roulette website:

As the longest night of the year unfolds and the journey of our planet nears the point when Winter commences in the Northern Hemisphere, Phill Niblock stages his annual Winter Solstice concert for the 10th consecutive year at Roulette. Starting at 6pm, the performance will comprise of six sublime hours of acoustic and electronic music and mixed media film and video in a live procession that charts the movement of our planet and the progress of ourselves through art and performance at its maximal best. To mark this strange and extraordinary year, all of six hours of music on December 21 will be a Roulette premiere.

Niblock’s minimalistic drone approach to composition and music was inspired by the musical and artistic activities of New York in the 1960s, from the art of Mark Rothko, Carl Andre, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, and Robert Morris to the music of John Cage and Morton Feldman. Niblock’s music is an exploration of sound textures created by multiple tones in very dense, often atonal tunings (generally microtonal in conception) performed in long durations.

6 Hours of Music and Film will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Roulette’s theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.