Roper: Events of Interest - 2024

William Roper_Pomona Drags, Riverside Museum of Photography
The Pomona Drags


  • 09/21 Performance at Edendale Branch Library, Los Angeles, CA
  • 06/08 Premier of Brain Child Part 6, a micro opera by Kathleen Johnson, William Roper – composer. Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles, CA
  • 05/19 Performance with Heidi Duckler Dance in collaboration with Jessie Cox, Los Angeles, CA
  • 03/10 Duo Roper v Wong @ Studio Gen Japan Center East Mall, S.F., CA
  • 03/10 Francis Wong's ensemble drawn from Asian Improv Arts members @ Thi Ca Su Viet, Legion of Honor Gunn Theatre in San Francisco, CA
  • 02/10 Premiere of Simon Leung's video opera Act 2 @ ICA, Los Angeles, CA
  • 02/10 Purple Gums (Bobby Bradford, Francis Wong, William Roper) @ Byrd and Beckett Books, San Francisco
  • 01/07 Mark Menzies plays “My Head Is Always Down For I No Longer Look For You,” at the 16th Annual SoundON Festival Series, La Jolla, CA

  • 12/30 My Name is Friday We're a Cop (Vinny Golia/William Roper) @ Gold Diggers, Los Angeles, CA
  • 12/14 w/ Wasteland Ensemble performing Chacon's American Ledger I, Los Angeles, CA
  • 10/16 w/ Vinny Golia and Josh Gerowitz @ the Angel City Jazz Festival. Los Angeles, CA
  • 10/14 My Name is Friday We're a Cop (Vinny Golia/William Roper) @ High Desert Soundings Festival of New Music, Wonder Valley, CA
  • 09/03 P.A.P.A. @ Zebulon, Los Angeles, CA
  • 08/30 P.A.P.A. @ L.A. Metro, Los Angeles, CA
  • 08/25 Trio with Marc Perez and Ethan Marks @ Automata, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
  • 07/18 – 08/14 Resident Artist @ Oberfalzer Künstlerhaus, Schwandorf, Germany
  • 07/14 CuZns (Bobby Bradford/William Roper) @ Automata, Chinatown, Los Angeles, CA
  • 06/18 Orchestre Surreal @ Artist's Theater, Laguna Beach, CA
  • 06/17 P.A.P.A. @ Levitt Pavilion – McArthur Park, Los Angeles, CA
  • 06/16 P.A.P.A @ The World Stage, Los Angeles, CA
  • 06/04 appearing with the Pan African Peoples Arkestra at National Sawdust in Brooklyn.
  • 05/19 & 20 Remembrance Rising, An interdisciplinary work featuring poetry, dance, and music in dialogue with the public art piece Comfort Women Column of Strength Memorial in St. Mary’s Square in San Francisco Chinatown. Featuring composer/saxophonist Francis Wong, dancer and poet Lynn Huang, dancer Flora Hyoin Kim Han, tuba performer William Roper, violinist Sandy Poindexter, and multi-percussionist Karen Stackpole. Parallel to the performing arts work is a companion zine set, created and illustrated by Katie Quan, focusing on the experiences of comfort women, Jan Ruff-O’Herne and Maria Rosa Henson. Both projects are made possible through the inaugural Comfort Women Research and Creative Scholarship Small Grant Awards program. Presented by Asian Improv aRts, API Cultural Center, and Lenora Lee Dance.
  • Performances: Admission - free

    May 19, 2023 7pm-8pm, Manilatown Heritage Foundation, 868 Kearny St., San Francisco, CA 94108

    May 20, 2023 2pm-3pm, St. Mary’s Square, 651 California St., San Francisco, CA 94108

  • 04/28 My work West Adams Onigiri, is incorporated into John Kennedy's new work Sidewalks! Premiere at Luckman Theatre, Luckman Fine Arts Complex, CSULA.
  • 04/22 participating as a member of the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra in Horn Calls, a collaborative performance between members of the AACM & PAPA.
  • 04/07 Purple Gums at The World Stage. Purple Gums is Bobby Bradford, Francis Wong, William Roper. 8:00PM.
  • 03/19 Francis Wong's ensemble drawn from Asian Improv Arts members at Thi Ca & Su Viet 10. 1:30PM. Legion of Honor Gunn Theatre in San Francisco, CA.
  • 03/16 Francis Wong's Special Quartet at Bird and Beckett Books. 8:30PM. 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco, 94131
  • 02/03 appearing with Southland Ensemble to perform James Tenny's Harmonium 1, Harmonium 7 & In A Large Open Space.
  • 01/06 Raku Full Moon Project, led by Artist in Residence Alan Nakagawa, the Raku Full Moon Project (Jose Salcedo) will take place with live traditional Koto Music (Hiroko Masuda and June Chin) and Experimental Soundscapes (Nakagawa with Zoe Kumagai and William Roper) at the Pasadena Buddhist Temple. Pasadena Buddhist Temple. 1993 Glen Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103. Register to attend HERE.

  • 12/5 CuZns (Bobby Bradford & William Roper) will again share the bill with The Smudges on the Vernacular New Music Series at the Oracle Tavern and Coffee, 1640 N. Spring St., L.A. 90012.
  • 11/10 & 12 premiere of Juvenile Terrestrial References - String Quartet #2, by the Koan Quartet at LACSA and YOLA at Torres. These performances are not open to the general public.
  • 09/16 w/ Bobby Bradford and Friends @ LACMA
  • 06/22 an improvised set with vocalist Dominique Matelson at 3141 Glendale Blvd., in Atwater Village. 7PM. Free, though donations are strongly encouraged.
  • 06/11 w/ Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra @ The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of Memory - Material
  • 06/04 w/ Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra @ RedCat
  • 04/07 w/ Vijay Anderson Quintet doing a workshop and performance - @ CSUFullerton
  • 03/22 CuZn's doing workshops and a performance with the jazz band @ New Roads School
  • 03/13 w/ the Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra - Lodge Room
  • 03/12 CuZn's w/ Smudges + premiere of two of three movements of "Choofa," commissioned by The Smudges @ ArtShareLA
  • 02/27 Purple Gums @ Bird & Beckett-S.F. stream
  • 02/05 Opening-OCCCA Art Opening (two paintings and an assemblage work) Virtual Tour
  • 01/24 Edendale Up Close - streaming stream

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Read commentary and see photos from many of these events on Roper's blog at Peripatetic Roper.

Roper performs his composition Cygnus olor for solo cimbasso (travel tuba, in this case.)

Watch Roper's October 5, 2011 improvised performance on Ear Meal.

William Roper is a Miraphone artist and plays Warburton mouthpieces.

See the video of Fanfares and Arhoolies, a site-specific work for 12 lip-reed and 1 percussion players on youtube


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