"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 six 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. 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.


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

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

Friday, March 11-27, 2016
Accidental Revolutionary - Andrew Cornell Robinson
(including a collaborative sound work)
Christopher Stout Gallery
299 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
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Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8pm
Stuart Dempster - Tromba-Annuciation
Music for Contemplation

259 North 5th St,
Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
$15 suggested donation

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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

Saturday, March 28, 2015 8pm
Underground Brass Trio (David Whitwell, Jay Rozen)
Scholes St. Studio
375 Lorimer St.
Brooklyn, NY 11206

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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