Performers from Berlin, Denmark, Paris, Belgium, & the US are featured performing groundbreaking works, including commissions by Michael Byron, Steed Cowart, Christian Dachez, Pauline Kim Harris, James Ilgenfritz, Bun-Ching Lam, and Chinary Ung.

“When we started, this was a real need, especially for the more experimental new music,” says Founder and Artistic Director Thomas Buckner. ” Now we are experiencing a blossoming of new music groups and solo performers, which makes the series necessary in a new way. There are so many exceptional composers and performers who need a great place to perform.”

The inaugural concert of the 2018-2019 Thirtieth Anniversary Season of the Interpretations Series will take place on Thursday, September 27th at 8pm at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217. The Interpretations Series is dedicated to nurturing the relationship of innovative composers with the growing community of new music virtuoso performers.

Interpretations began as a collaboration with Robert and Helene Browning and the World Music Institute, presenting concerts at Merkin Concert Hall, then at Roulette, at its Greene Street location in Soho. When Roulette moved to the current space in Brooklyn, Interpretations moved with it. Interpretations is thrilled to co-produce at Roulette, which has developed into a premiere venue for new and innovative music, with excellent acoustics and world-class technical facilities.

For its 30th Anniversary, Interpretations has assembled an eclectic line-up of innovative composers and their interpreters, representing a wide variety of approaches to music making.

Tickets to the opening night concert are available online and more information is available at Tickets range from $15 for Seniors, Students, and Roulette Members to $20 for General Admission. All concerts begin at 8pm unless otherwise noted. 

Reidemeister Move (Robin Hayward, tuba, and Chrisopher Williams, contrabass)


Berlin-based duo Reidemeister Move (Robin Hayward, tuba, and Chrisopher Williams, contrabass) perform Arcanum 17 (New York Premiere): a 45-minute piece composed by Christopher Williams & Charlie Morrow, with texts from André Breton’s book of the same name, set in the 8.1-channel immersive sound environment. Hayward’s self-designed microtonal tuba, and Williams’ previous work with Charles Curtis and LaMonte Young’s legendary Theatre of Eternal Music, provide the backbone for a sound based on purely tuned intervals, noise, corporeal rhythms, and spatial resonance. Their collaboration promises to produce an evening of exceptionally rich sounds coming from the resonances and overtones of Contrabass and Tuba.

Composer/performer(koto and electronics)/improviser/performance and installation artist Miya Masaoka‘s Four Moons of Pluto – a piece which explores deep and relational resonances – will be performed by an all star cohort of 5 contrabass players Robert Black, Shayna Dulberger, Rebekah Griffin-Greene, James Ilgenfritz, and Zach Rowden. 

Thursday, October 18: Thurman Barker & Andrew Lamb
Friday, November 16: Bun Ching Lam &Tana Quartet
Thursday, March 14, 2019: Randi Pontoppidan & Joan La Barbara
Thursday, April 4, 2019: Thomas Buckner joined by Joseph Kubera, William Winant, & Melanie Genin
Thursday, May 2, 2019: Annie Gosfield & and composer Edmund Campion with  Claudia Hart, Marilyn Nonken, & Manuel Laufer
Thursday, June 6, 2019: String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris) & Sam Ashley


The Interpretations series, now in its thirtieth season, is a New York-based concert series focusing on the relationship between contemporary composers and their interpreters. Sometimes the interpreters are the composers themselves; more often, the series features performers who specialize in the interpretation of new music. Since its inception in 1989, Interpretations has featured leading figures in contemporary music and multimedia, including Muhal Richard Abrams, Robert Ashley, Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, FLUX Quartet, Joseph Kubera, Annea Lockwood, and Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Pauline Oliveros, Ursula Oppens, and Morton Subotnick. 

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