ASCAP's Fran Richard was honored at the first annual benefit for Roulette for her years of advocacy and support of living composers and contemporary American music. Composer and ASCAP member Meredith Monk performed at the benefit, held on January 10th, at Roulette's performance space in Brooklyn, New York. A who's who of distinguished composers representing a wide cross section of contemporary American music helped pay tribute to Fran, including Pulitzer Prize-winners John Corigliano, David Lang, Steve Reich, Morton Subotnick and Harold Meltzer, John Duffy, Tania Leon, Joan LaBarbara, Derek Bermel, Eve Beglarian, Frank Oteri, James Oliviero, Martha Mooke, Matthew Shipp, Ed Harsch, Zeena Parkins, Fast Forward and Roulette founder Jim Staley.
In presenting the award to Fran, Eve Beglarian commented: "Her standards are high... but her definitions of excellence, of talent, of imagination are as capacious, as expansive, as those definitions could possibly be. Fran LOVES the messiness, the risk, the terror, involved in making something new, and having her as our advocate is a great gift. And that’s the thing: Fran is an INCREDIBLE advocate."
Roulette is a major New York City venue for contemporary music and intermedia art, internationally recognized for the presentation and promotion of experimental contemporary music, an incubator for young talent and a laboratory where new ideas and new technologies are examined, appraised and developed. It is also an artists’ resource center, offering cheap rehearsal space, high quality recording facilities, information and commissions.
To learn more about Roulette, please visit http://roulette.org.