Prisoner’s Song on Roulette TV

Prisoner’s Song is a piece for music and projections created by Gelsey Bell and Erik Ruin. Roulette made a video of excerpts from the premiere performance and us talking about the piece.

“This is Not a Land of Kings”

2015 Interview with Gelsey

Here’s the video that accompanies a New Music Box profile piece about my work.

“Spent Horizon”

A duo for two improvising performers by Gelsey Bell. Premiered by Gelsey Bell and Odeya Nini on March 18, 2015 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY. (Video by Matthew Bernard)

Excerpt from WIFE

Performed by Gelsey Bell, Kjersti Kveli, and Megan Schubert, April 12, 2015, the Wild Project, New York, NY, commissioned and presented by Avant Media. This excerpt involves structured improvisation that relies on the talents and musicality of all the performers.

“Death Comes Quick” from thingNY’s This Takes Place Close By

A song by Gelsey Bell in thingNY’s opera. September 26, 2015, the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, Queens. Gelsey Bell, vocals; Andrew Livingston, bass; Paul Pinto, vocals; Erin Rogers, vocals; Dave Ruder, vocals; Jeff Young, vocals; Directed by Ashley Tata; Set design by Jesse Greenberg; Lighting design by Sarah Abigail Hoke-Brady; Sound design by Daniel Neumann; Video design by Brad Peterson.

“The Backyard” from Robert Ashley’s Perfect Lives

A new arrangement and performance by Varispeed of Robert Ashley’s classic opera. Mount Tremper Arts, August 17th, 2013. Gelsey Bell (lead), Ray Spiegel (tabla), Brian McCorkle (synth + chorus), Paul Pinto (harp + chorus), Dave Ruder (metallophone + chorus), Aliza Simons (accordion). (Video by Matthew Bernard)

“Cradle” from Our Defensive Measurements

An excerpt from my song cycle Our Defensive Measurements, premiered at Roulette on Feb. 22, 2013, performed with Jen Baker, Paul Pinto, Dave Ruder, and Aliza Simons. The audience is asked in this piece to be very close to the performers and to have something soft or smooth to touch.

“You” from Bathroom Songs

An excerpt from Bathroom Songs performed at CultureFix, New York, NY on March 11, 2012.

thingNY performs Vinko Globokar’s Un Jour Comme Un Autre

These are the final scenes of Vinko Globokar’s wordless experimental chamber opera from 1979, written in response to the kidnapping and torture during the French-Algerian War. This new staging was devised by thingNY and director Robert A. K. Gonyo and filmed Robert O’Haire.

V-Day with The Chutneys

An excerpt from The Chutney’s Valentine’s Day concert at Roulette as part of the Xperimental Love Festival. 14 February 2012.


Three-part video of SCALING, performed with Paul Pinto, recorded at Clarendon Hill Church in Somerville MA, on Jan 12, 2012. (Special thanks to Matt Samolis.)
Part two is here and part three is here.

Excerpt from Varispeed’s “Supermarket”

A clip from the “Supermarket” episode of Perfect Lives Manhattan, Varispeed’s site-specific arrangement of Robert Ashley’s classic opera, set at the Essex Street Market, 06 November 2011. To see videos of all the episodes go to the Varispeed Collective vimeo channel.

This Word

Home brew video of “This Word.”

This Time

Live performance of “This Time” from In Place of Arms CD Release Party at Caffe Vivaldi, New York City, Sept. 12, 2010. Andrew Livingston on bass, Evan Honse on trumpet, and Jake Goldbas on drums.

Myself/ to Myself

Live performance of “Myself/to Myself” from In Place of Arms CD Release Party at Caffe Vivaldi, New York City, Sept. 12, 2010.

The Night the Power Went Out

Music video from Under a Piano, 2005
Directed by Todd Hunter


Live performance of “Lullaby” from Under A Piano at Rockwood Music Hall, New York City, 2008.


Live performance of “Eurydice” at Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn, NY, 2008.

This Is The Real Me

Roulette, New York, NY 19 March 2010.


Excerpt of Urisov’s Prism with Gelsey performing original vocalizations from the balcony.
Choreography by Biba Bell.
Other performers include Biba Bell, Will Bowling, Claire Duplantier, Musetta Durke, Jamm Leary, and Ruby MacDougall.
Judson Memorial Church, New York, 2007.

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