May 6, 2019
Doors At 7. Music At 7:30pm
Drummer claire rousay is a leading light of a new generation of improvisers currently making waves in creative music. rousay will present a set of solo music for percussion, followed by a duo set with Chicago based clarinetist Emily Beisel.
claire rousay is an improviser, percussionist, and event organizer based in San Antonio, Texas. Her work explores queerness, human physicality, and self perception through the use of physical objects and their potential sounds. rousay has recently performed with Tom Carter, Lori Goldston, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Paul Giallorenzo, and Brandon Lopez. She currently works extensively within duo contexts with both Michael Foster and Jacob Wick. rousay has toured extensively across North America, booking over 200 dates in 2017 alone. In 2018 she participated in the Sonic Transmissions Festival and NMASS Festival as well as performed at venues such as Elastic Arts and Issue Project Room. Her work recently received support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. rousay curates Contemporary Whatever, a monthly series for adventurous art in San Antonio; she also collaborated with Artpace to produce Right Now Festival in August 2017, which brought experimental and improvising performers to town from across Texas.
Multi-reedist Emily Beisel finds that her most enriching artistic experiences are those involving extended collaborations characterized by in-depth comprehension and interpretation of musical works. In this she includes everything from established free improvising trios to long runs of theater shows. She is fascinated by the communicative possibilities of joint composition and free improvisation and the potential for reaching otherwise unexplored territory.
Photo credit: Devin De Leon