"An Ellington fiend who likes to get his computerized space-dub on, the trombonist has lots of sound sculpture in him. His rather dramatic art music is both texturally rich and compositionally engaging."
- The Village Voice

Brett Sroka is a composer, musician and sound artist for film, dance, installation and is the Cultural Program Curator at Lévy Gorvy Gallery in New York City. He has released six records, inculding four with his electro-acoustic jazz trio, Ergo, on Cuneiform Records, and with his melodronoise duo Cherubim on Zeromoon Reocrds.

His first record, Hearsay (from Fresh Sound - New Talent Records) featured then newcomers Jason Moran, Avishai Cohen and Eric Harland, but being a trombonist in jazz engendered an outsider's perspective on the idiom, inspiring Sroka to begin exploring electronic music. His process has subsequently been an effort to reconcile these disparate areas: to develop an organic, improvisational approach to computer instruments, and to draw out dynamic, technological possibilities from traditional forms.

In early 2014, at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, Sroka premiered Sine Qua Non, a generative sound installation that grows out of a live improvisation. At the Arteles Center in Finland, he began a cross-millenial collaboration with Rauno Nieminen, a renowned luthier and virtuoso of kantele, jouhikko, and other traditional instruments of Northern Europe, traversing the centuries of technology between medieval instruments and software instruments. In 2015 at Alfred University's Institute for Electronic Arts in 2015 he began developing Syllable from Sound, a participatory sound installation that integrates the voices of it's visitors into a modular composition.

As subtle as tomorrow, Ergo's 2016 release on Cuneiform Records, is a suite of acoustic pieces transformed into electronic reflections of themselves in real-time. Inspired by the stark intensity and hymn-like clarity of the Emily Dickinson poem it's named after, As subtle as tomorrow has brought forth the group’s most powerful statement yet.


sine qua non
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 630pm
Stuart Dempster - Waterfall
Lévy Gorvy Gallery

909 Madison Avenue
New York, NY

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Brett Sroka & Rauno Nieminen
Galway Jazz Festival

Galway, Ireland

September 2017
Interfaces - Inagh Valley Trust
- artist in residency
Connemara, Ireland

August 2017
Camac Art Centre
- artist in residency
Marnay Sur Siene, France

The Meeting of Edgard Varése and Charlie Parker
Peter Evans
- trumpet with: Warren Smith - percussion; Dave Taylor - bass trombone; Jon Irabagon - saxophones/woodwinds; Levy Lorenzo - percussion, live electronics; Alice Teyssier - flutes, voice

Friday, January 6, 2017 7pm
Craig Harris - BREATHE
Winter Jazz Festival

New School Tishman Auditorium
63 Fifth Avenue NYC

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 630pm
Sandbox Percussion
Dominique Lévy Gallery

909 Madison Avenue
New York, NY

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 5pm
Altar - video/sound collaboration w/ Shani Jamila and Alicia Hall Moran
Cooper Gallery
- screening as part of the exhibit:
Carrie Mae Weems: I once knew a girl...

Harvard University
The Hutchins Center for African and African American Research
102 Mount Auburn Street | Cambridge, MA

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3pm

Sunday, October 2, 2016, 5pm
Ergo - with special guests
Bushwick Open Studios
18-66 Troutman Street,
Ridgewood, New York
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Thursday, September 1, 2016, 5pm
Altar - video/sound collaboration w/ Shani Jamila and Alicia Hall Moran
The New Museum
- premiere as part of: Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter
1235 Bowery
New York, NY

Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 8pm & 10pm
Ergo - Record Release show
Cornelia St. Cafe

29 Cornelia St.
New York, NY
$10 cover, $10 minimum

past shows