William Roper is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. As a tubaist, his professional experience ranges from the symphony stage to free improvisation groups. He has toured North and South America and Europe as soloist and as a member of jazz, rock and classical ensembles. His has released several recordings as a leader and co-leader. He has played or recorded with numerous artists and ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Elton John, Leon Russell, Jusef Lateef, James Newton, Horace Tapscott, Anthony Braxton, Michael Vlatkovich, Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Glenn Horiuchi and many others. In addition, he has played on several major motion picture soundtracks.
Roper has received several awards from organizations such as NEA, California Arts Council, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Meet the Composer, American Music Center, American Composers Forum, Durfee Foundation, Broady Arts Fund and others. He has been a resident composer at the Djerassi Institute in California and the Oberfaelzer Kuenstlerhaus in Bavaria.
As a composer he has fulfilled commissions for the Gloria Newman Dance Theater, Dance L.A., SASSAS. His compositions have been performed in the U.S. and Europe. Click here for a listing of Roper's compositions.
He has done extensive work in the fields of theater, dance and performance art. In addition to his own work he has collaborated with such artists as Jackie Apple, Linda Austin, Bob Carroll, Heidi Duckler, John Fleck, Anna Homler, Scott Kellman, Dan Kwong, Jeff McMahon, Joseph Mitchell, Betty Nash, Gloria Newman, Rudy Perez, Will Salmon, Joseph Santarromana, Eve Stabolepsy and Bernie White.
As a visual artist his media are painting, assemblage, video and performance art. His work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe.
Watch a video portrait of Roper by Joseph Santarromana.
A word about the links below: other than the first three links these events have already happened. Don't get bent out of shape. I have linked to the pages to give you an idea of some of the types of projects I participate in. Furthermore, you may find the some of the images fun.
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Land Ob Cotton
Mo Betta Butta
Hot Water Cornbread
Watch Roper's improvised performance on Ear Meal.
William Roper is a Miraphone artist and plays Warburton mouthpieces.
See the video of Roper's Fanfares and Arhoolies on youtube