"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 has released five records with his electro-acoustic jazz trio Ergo, and melodronoise duo Cherubim.

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 as well. His process has subsequently been an effort to reconcile these disparate fields: to develop an organic, improvisational approach to computer instruments, and to seek out dynamic, technological possibilities in music.

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 an electro-acoustic, cross-millennial collaboration with Rauno Nieminen, a renowned luthier and performer of kantele, jouhikko, and other traditional instruments of Northern Europe. With As subtle as tomorrow, Ergo's forthcoming release on Cuneiform Records, a suite of acoustic pieces are transformed into electronic reflections of themselves.

Continuing to explore alternative contexts for audience and composer alike, Sroka will visit Alfred University's Institute for Electronic Arts in 2015 to develop Syllable from Sound, a participatory installation that integrates the voices of it's visitors into a modular composition.


Friday, August 28-performance, 29-30-installation
Sine Qua Non featuring Alicia Hall Moran
Fridman Gallery
287 Spring St, New York, NY
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Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7, 2015 12-6pm
Liminoid (an ephemeral site-specific installation/event)
Bushwick Open Studios
18-66 Troutman Street,
Ridgewood, New York
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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 5pm
Sine Qua Non featuring Jeremiah Cymerman
Turner Gallery, Alfred University
Alfred, NY
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March 30-April 4, 2015
Visiting Artist Institute for Electronic Arts
Alfred University
Alfred, NY

Sunday, March 29, 2015 8pm
Parias Ensemble
Shapeshifter Lab
18 Whitwell Pl.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Friday, March 20, 2015 8pm
Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, March 14, 2015 8pm
Walking Distance record release show
45 Bleecker St,
New York, NY

Sunday, September 28, 2014 7pm
Third Space
Tarkk'ampujankatu 18, 00150
Helsinki, Finland
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Saturday, September 27, 2014 1pm
Arteles Center Live Review. ix/2014
Hahmajärventie 26, 38490
Haukijarvi, Finland
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Wednesday, September 23, 2014 8pm
David Ornette Cherry's Organic Groove

Nyyrikintie 4, 33540
Tampere, Finland

Sunday, September 8, 2014 4pm
Rauno Nieminen & Brett Sroka
Sorkkistentie 9 27510
Eura, Finland

Thursday, August 28, 2014 4pm
Arteles Center Live Review. viii/2014
Hahmajärventie 26, 38490
Haukijarvi, Finland
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Artist in Residence
Arteles Creative Center

Haukijarvi, Finland

Thursday, July 17, 2014 10pm
Brett Sroka + John W. Fail, adešõn & Ernie's Pop-up Spa
Tallinn, Estonia
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Artist in Residence

Tallin, Estonia

April 12, 1pm & April 13, 8pm
TriCentric Festival Installation
Andre Vida - Moving Scores

EYEBEAM Art + Technology Center

540 W. 21st St.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

85 Ave A (b/w 5th & 6th)
New York City

Friday, March 14, 2014
Brooklyn house show

Brooklyn, NY

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center

8230 Georgia Avenue,
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Monday, January 20, 2014, 8pm
Sine Qua Non
with Carl Maguire

509 Atlantic Ave

Brooklyn, NY 10002

past shows

sine qua non
film music
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