Jaimie Branch’s “FLY or DIE”
Roulette resident artist Jaimie Branch returns with her quartet, FLY or DIE, performing compositions from each of her acclaimed records—Fly or Die and FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise (IARC 027). Released Oct. 11, 2019 and recorded (mostly) in studio at Total Refreshment Centre and live at Café OTO in London, UK at the end of Fly or Die’s first major European tour. Bird dogs of paradise is the result of a never-satisfied Branch pushing her distinct style of progressive composition to new heights — while also stepping forward as a vocalist for the first time. “So much beauty lies in the abstract of instrumental music,” says Branch in the album’s liner notes, “but being this ain’t a particularly beautiful time, I’ve chosen a more literal path. The voice is good for that.”
Fly or Die* is the compositional outlet of trumpeter, composer, and (now) vocalist, Jaimie Branch. Branch, originally from Chicago and now Brooklyn based, has worked for many years as a sideman and has lead many bands/ensembles in Chicago, Baltimore, and New York. With the release of her debut album as a leader, Fly or Die (IARC 011) in 2017, and the surprise success of that album, she has catapulted onto the main stages of many jazz festivals at home and abroad. The New York Times featured Branch in an article about women jazz instrumentalists in December 2017 and then the following week named her album #4 on the “Best Albums of 2017” year end list. NPR’s jazz critic’s poll awarded Fly or Die best debut of 2017 and NPR music cited Fly or Die in the top 50 albums of 2017 (#47) calling the album “both a fully formed statement and a bolt out of the blue.” The album was also featured on Bandcamp Daily and in the Wire (top ten albums of 2017), Jazztimes, The Los Angeles Times, Stereogum, Aquarium Drunkard, and more. Rolling Stone named Branch in the June 2017 article 10 New Artists You Need to Know—a feat for sure for a jazz musician—saying “[Fly or Die] Sounds like Art Ensemble of Chicago jamming at an art punk loft.”
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Presented by Roulette Intermedium.