Nick Dunston: La Operación: Reverberated
In 2019, composer and bassist Nick Dunston premiered the multi-movement composition La Operación at Roulette. The chamber-opera-in-progress is an abstract digestion of the composer’s exploration of a historical phenomenon involving necropolitics in Puerto Rico imposed by American colonialism and capitalism.
Two years later, after/during a devastating global pandemic and significant life shifts, this piece is revisited, developed, mutated, and reverberated. Another angle of the process is examined. Patience, time, and reflection (both internal and external) are crucial elements of this iteration.
Less so a “sequel,” La Operación: Reverberated is more of an alternate-reality-based inversion. A new dynamic instrumentation and ensemble of improvisers manifests this phase to actualization. Joining Dunston for this performance will be Stephanie Lamprea (voice), Clifton Joey Guidry III (bassoon), Anna Webber (tenor saxophone), Weston Olencki (trombone and electronics), and Ches Smith (drum set and percussion).