In this world premiere of a new transmedia work for film, music, and circus arts, Not One Or The Other explores the ways in which we forget or suppress ourselves to fit some mold, the stories we tell to stay hopeful, and the communal joy and solace we find in our chosen families.
Lesley Mok: composition, percussion, videographer, production,
Charmaine Lee: vocals
Maya Keren: piano
Aliya Ultan: cello
Gabrielle “Teddy” Ment: dancer, aerialist
Eleanor Getz: dancer, aerialist
Not One Or The Other will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Roulette’s theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.
Lesley Mok is a drummer, composer, and improviser who continually finds herself among Brooklyn’s most respected musicians and experimentalists. Interested in the ways social conditions shape our beings, Lesley’s work focuses on transposing, augmenting, and overacting humanness to explore ideas about normalcy, alienness, and privilege. Performing with artists such as Jen Shyu, Cory Smythe, and Tomeka Reid, Lesley has honed a unique voice as a drummer and percussionist by employing a dynamic range of timbres and orchestrations. Lesley received her undergraduate and master’s degree at Berklee College of Music in Contemporary Performance. She is an alumni of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute and the Banff Workshop for Jazz & Creative Music. She has studied and been mentored by Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Henry Threadgill, Billy Hart, Danilo Perez, and Terri Lyne Carrington.
Charmaine Lee is a New York-based vocalist. Her music is predominantly improvised, favoring a uniquely personal approach to vocal expression concerned with spontaneity, playfulness, and risk-taking. Beyond extended vocal technique, Charmaine uses am