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Roulette Presents: Skeletons
Mar 21, 2014 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm| 20/15
Brooklyn, NY: Roulette presents Skeletons, the American entertainment unit led by composer/musicians Matt Mehlan and Jason McMahon, Friday, March 21, 8pm.
For this Jerome Residency event, Skeletons will perform material from their new and yet to be released album – recorded in the Summer of 2013 via Roulette’s Jerome Foundation residency program. The album features new and re-worked orchestral arrangements (some based on Matt’s recent work with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra), electronic explorations, and collaborative experiments with a band culled from New York’s best, featuring drummer Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, Zs, formerly Liturgy), bassist Justin Frye (PC Worship), saxophonists Matt Nelson (tUnE-yArDs, Arts and Sciences) and Nathaniel Morgan (Buckminster), trombonist Sam Kulik (Starring, Talibam!), pianist Mike Gallope (Janka Nabay, Starring), percussionist Sam Sowyrda (Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Dan Deacon Ensemble), and violinist Caley Monahan-Ward (Extra Life).
One of the most fascinating bands from the hugely creative Brooklyn scene, Skeletons create intense, original and revelatory music, working a globe-spanning realm of inspirations into a singular and colourful vision. Based in New York City since 2005, the band is constantly evolving: performing as a duo, trio, quartet or otherwise – up to a 20 piece big band. They have released albums on the labels Shinkoyo (the label they co-founded), Ghostly International, Tomlab, and Crammed Discs, and the forthcoming full-length will be their 10th in as many years.
“Though originally birthed in Oberlin, Skeletons are a quintessential New York amalgam, guided by a fluttery art-jazz shimmer, a minimalist aesthetic, a grab bag of post-punk grooves and those disjunctive melodies currently turning the underground into a 12-tone headfuck” -Christopher Weingarten, Village Voice