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    Mon
    13
    Aug
    2018
    Wed
    05
    Sep
    2018

    The regular Owl programming resumes after Labor Day Aug 13- Sept 5

    We're closing up and getting outdoors some.  🙂

    See you in the new School Year!  Enjoy your summers <3


    Thu
    06
    Sep
    2018

    Brandon Ross / Michael Coleman's Resort Music Sept 6

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Photo via Petra Cvelbar

     

    As a performing and recording artist, guitarist and composer Brandon Ross has worked and collaborated with several innovative voices in modern music such as Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Cassandra Wilson, Jewel, Tony Williams, Lizz Wright, Arto Lindsay, The Lounge Lizards, Leroy Jenkins, Oliver Lake, Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, Bill Frisell, Me'Shell N'degeocello, Arrested Development, Archie Shepp, Muhal Richard Abrams, Don Byron, Ron Miles and many others.

     

    This night's offering, Immortal Obsolescence, features drummer JT Lewis, bassist Stomu Takeishi and a special guest.

     

    Michael Coleman's Resort Music is the strange radio station that was playing in the elevator at that vacation destination you visited last Winter. You didn't really notice it but there was something both relaxing and unsettling about it as you stepped into the lobby on your way down to the beach. Like a vague memory of a dream you recall years later. "Was that a song I knew?", you ask yourself as you slip into the waves. Questions like, "What am I doing here?" and "Is this my life now?" begin to force their way into your mind as you float out into the sea. 
     
    The Resort Music Suite will be performed by Michael Coleman (keyboards), Rob Adkins (bass) and Austin Vaughn (drums).

    Fri
    07
    Sep
    2018

    Kate Olson // Kami Maltz & Josh Turner play Joni / Joanna Sternberg Sept 7

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

             

    K.O. SOLO (Kate Olson) is a Seattle-based electro-acoustic improvised meditation, featuring soprano saxophone, loops, beats, and synthesizers. 

    www.kateplayssax.com
     
    [K.O. SOLO has a] keen ability to evoke intimately vast space with just her horn, vox, effects, and a computer. Steeped in post-bop jazz and minimalism, Olson summons methodical, tranquil improvisations that conjure profoundly spiritual feelings that should please fans of Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, and Terry Riley....Olson really maximizes the emotional power of her melancholy, mellifluous sax and sparse beats, creating an eerie desolation that recalls Deep Listening Band's recordings in the Fort Worden Cistern. --Dave Segal, The Stranger
     
    Singer-songwriter Kami Maltz and fingerstyle guitarist Josh Turner join forces on stage for the first time in an homage to the great Joni Mitchell. They got the idea after their rendition of Mitchell's "Carey" amassed over 50,000 views on YouTube in just a few months, and have since been working together to meticulously create the sound of Joni's earlier work while bringing their own fresh perspectives to it.

    Joanna Sternberg is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist and visual artist living in New York City.  They make art about their emotions with the hope that it will help the viewer/listener/audience feel less alone.  Joanna plays all styles and genres of music, but does not like to categorize art in any way.  Their art is just a form of love designed to help people feel and heal.  Joanna’s work can be found on www.joannasternberg.com.  Thanks for reading this!  I tried to write in the third person... Sincerely,Joanna


    Sat
    08
    Sep
    2018

    Lytle Lyon and Innov Gnawa September 8

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

    Lytle Lyon: A culmination of culture. Made by the concrete jungle, forged in brass and skin. Rhythms and rhyme from the past and future. You have never heard anything quite like it. Cuba meets America meets Africa. Made in NYC. 

     

    Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city’s most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl and the storied backroom of Brooklyn’s Barbès.

     

    For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues”, gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix. The music is utterly singular, played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms. 

    Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the "5 Bands You Need to Know in Brooklyn's Arabic Music Scene", Innov Gnawa make great use of this traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. Taken as a whole, this exciting new outfit works hard to fuse a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of New York City.

     

     


    Thu
    13
    Sep
    2018

    Maris Sept 13

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    14
    Sep
    2018

    Robinson & Rohe w Charlie Burnham and Joanna Sternberg Sept 14

    7:30 doors /8pm $10 Donation Suggested

     

      

    Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson met a decade ago through their love of participatory music-making and American folk song. Their cowritten songs are inspired by the traditions they hold dear and shine with elegant vocal harmonies and detailed arrangements for guitar, banjo, and accordion.

    Whether in small clubs or on festival stages, Robinson & Rohe’s performances are intimate gatherings in which listeners are invited to share in the music-making.  Acclaimed songwriters and performers in their own rights, Jean and Liam bring with them a  wealth of creative experience: Liam was a cast member in the Tony Award-winning play, “Warhorse” and recently music directed the hit Off-Broadway folk opera “Hadestown” by songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. He routinely tours with the Becca Stevens Band. Jean’s songwriting has won accolades from the Independent Music Awards, ASCAP, and the Montreux Jazz Festival vocal contest. This year, her song “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” was published in the latest edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing and she was a Troubadour finalist at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.


    Sat
    15
    Sep
    2018

    Pat Irwin & Jon Cowherd, Eszter Balint Sept 15

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       

     

    Music for Electric Guitar and Piano are compositions by Pat Irwin. Jon Cowherd is on piano. (Please link to www.patirwinmusic.com for more info)

    Eszter is a singer-songwriter with three critically acclaimed solo albums, Flicker, Mud and last year’s widely praised Airless Midnight. Eszter has appeared as a violinist and/or vocalist on numerous projects including albums by Michael Gira’s Angels of Light and Swans, John Lurie’s Marvin Pontiac’s Greatest Hits, various projects by Marc Ribot, several film soundtracks, and has contributed tracks to two tribute albums by John Zorn.  Eszter grew up as a member of the avant-garde theater company Squat Theatre, and she has appeared in starring and featured roles in films by Jim Jarmusch, Woody Allen, Steve Buscemi, alongside David Bowie, and  in Season 4 of Louis CK’s FX TV show Louie and in A Woman A Part by Elisabeth Subrin.
     
    Eszter is currently at work on a new musical collaboration with Stew (Passing Strange, The Total Bent, Songs of a Native Son, The Negro Problem and more.)

    Tue
    18
    Sep
    2018

    Humbird & Asher Kurtz † Tuesday † Sept 18

     
    Combining a wintry longing with the warmth of a familiar folktale, Humbird stretches between experimental folk and environmental Americana to embrace the unexpected. This music invites a refreshing dissonance into the house, it leaves breadcrumbs along the path and reflects light back at the stars.
     
    LINKS
     
    VIDEO
    December – official video
    Kansas City, MO – live session

    Thu
    20
    Sep
    2018

    GAVAGAI // Guy Mintus Trio feat Special guest Roopa Mahadevan Sept 20

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

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    GAVAGAI is a monthly performance series curated and hosted by poet Danielle Blau that brings you poetry and fiction readings scored with original live music by composer-improviser-bassist Mike Brown, with other skilled improvisers (horn-players, cellists, violinists, vocalists, who knows?) often dropping in onstage as surprise guest-musicians.  Danielle Blau’s Rhyme and Reason: Poets and Philosophers on the Questions that Matter is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. She won first place for her poetry in the 2015 multi-genre Narrative 30 Below Contest, and her chapbook mere eye was selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Award and published in 2013 with an introduction by D.A. Powell. Blau's poems, short stories, articles, and interviews have also appeared and are forthcoming in such publications as The Atlantic online, The BafflerBlack ClockThe Harvard ReviewThe Literary ReviewNarrative Magazine, The New Yorker’s book blog, The Paris ReviewPloughshares, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Wolf, and the Argos Books poetry anthology Why I Am Not a Painter. A graduate of Brown University with an honors degree in philosophy, and of NYU with an MFA in poetry, she teaches at the City University of  New York. 

    This Month's Guests:  

    About Guy Mintus

    “An artist of prodigious talent and boundless ambition” (Brian Zimerman, DownBeat Magazine)
     
    Following recent debuts in Paris and at the Montreal jazz Festival, the Guy Mintus trio will arrive to the Owl for a concert in an intimate setting. Featured guest would be the carnatic extraordinairy vocalist Roopa Mahadevan. Music worlds spanning spanning Jazz, south indian classical music, jewish music, middle eastern makam and R&B will be explored in a spontaneous and open approach. 
     
    Roopa Mahadevan - vocals
    Guy Mintus - piano, vocals
    Dan Pappalrdo - bass
    Zack O'Farrill - drums
     

    Fri
    21
    Sep
    2018

    Danton Boller Trio / Jim Black, Hank Roberts & Elias Stemeseder Sept 21

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    22
    Sep
    2018

    MOTHER OCTOPUS with special guests BABA BIBI (featuring Stew of The Negro Problem) Sept 22

    6:30 door $10.00 suggested donation

     


    Thu
    27
    Sep
    2018

    Julia Patinella, Ali Dineen & Miriam Elhajli Sept 27

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    Ali Dineen is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist based in New York City. She performs original music as well as songs from U.S. folk traditions, incorporating historical and sociopolitical commentary into her shows. She believes in the power of narrative to connect people to their histories, themselves and one another. Ali's music is personal and also political, and explores the intersections of personal stories with larger histories. She has given her musical talents to various projects including the Bread and Puppet Theater. She performs regularly in New York City.

    Julia Patinella is a multilingual singer currently living between Sevilla, Spain and Brooklyn, NY. After years of immersion as a Flamenco singer in southern Spain, as well as a life-long dedication to the oral traditions of her ancestor's native Sicily, Julia has developed several original musical projects  in Spanish, Italian / Sicilian and English, that draw from her roots, her experience as a first-generation American female, and urgent socio-political themes. In her performances, she brings forth an expansive repertoire steeped in history and Mediterranean folk traditions, and a rich, guttural voice that carries the raw emotions of protest, the longing for freedom, and the uncompromising commitment to sing every note with soul. 

    Miriam Elhajli is a Venezuelan-Moroccan-American composer and vocalist whose work is influenced strongly by Latin American folk, modern jazz, and contemporary classical music.  A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she currently lives in a canoe near Brooklyn. Elhajli is set to release her debut LP "Observations" in November.


    Fri
    28
    Sep
    2018

    Chris Conti Sept 28

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018

    Timo Vollbrecht's Fly Magic / Oscar Noriega’s Western Band Sept 29

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Thu
    04
    Oct
    2018

    The Rhythm Method // Gaya Feldheim Schorr & Kat Lee Oct 4

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

      

     

    The Hidden Mothers Project is an initiative by The Rhythm Method to bring the music of historical women composers into the public consciousness. This inaugural Hidden Mothers performance will present little-known works by Florence Price, Amanda Maier-Röntgen, Amy Beach, and Elizabeth Maconchy, as well as a premiere performance of The Rhythm Method’s “Suffragette Songs,” which reset song texts from the early 20th century women’s movement.

    With “stunning displays of fearsome extended technique and fearless programming” (New York Music Daily) and “uncompromising and unreserved . . . intense, and sensuously gestural” performances (examiner.com), The Rhythm Method strives to reimagine the string quartet in a contemporary, feminist context. The four performer-composers of The Rhythm Method continually expand their sonic and expressive palette through the use of graphic notation, vocalization, improvisation, and performance.  They are slated to release its debut album, featuring new works by Leah Asher and Marina Kifferstein, on SCRIPTS Records in 2019.

     

     

    I Have Considered The Lilies - Gaya Sings Connie:
     
    Disappearing in 1974, folk musician and songwriter Connie Converse left behind a unique, wistful and haunting body of work that for many years remained unheard. Gaya found Connie earlier this year, and sat with her songs as they delicately unfolded. Amidst stories and melodies beautifully interwoven, it is an immense pleasure to relive Connie's enigma through Gaya's blooming reimagination. Born in the heart of Tel Aviv, New York based musician and vocalist Gaya Feldheim Schorr creates and performs jazz and creative contemporary music, deconstructing her wide array of musical influences to conjure up her enchanting original voice.
     
    “Kat Lee writes transportive songs that penetrate and linger. Otherwise found fronting the Brooklyn rock band Tiny Gun, here she conversely performs a batch of songs in their stripped down and raw forms, adding to the imbedded intimacy of their compositions. She is joined by multi-instrumentalist Jesse Bielenberg on semi-baritone guitar and vocals."

     

     

    Fri
    05
    Oct
    2018

    Sami Stevens and Bobby Spellman Oct 5

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    06
    Oct
    2018

    Lacy Rose & Alaina Ferris Oct 6

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     


    Thu
    11
    Oct
    2018

    Allegra Krieger // John Elliott Oct 11

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    http://thehereafterishere.com


    Fri
    12
    Oct
    2018

    Peter Stampfel's Atomic Meta-Pagans / Ether Frolic Mob Oct 12

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

     
    Peter Stampfel's Atomic Meta-Pagans Eat the Ether Frolic Mob.

    “We stick our hands up the ass of American music, grab it by the throat, and pull it inside-out. It’s 21st century 19th century American music played in a vast variety of 20th century styles.”  --Peter Stampfel
    Peter Stampfel first came to prominence in 1964, as the singing, banjoist-fiddler co-founder of the Holy Modal Rounders, who were in turn the backing band of the Fugs at the time of their 1965 debut. These alone would have secured his place in history as a founder of Freak Folk.  But Peter has never stopped playing or innovating, and currently leads two bands, exuberance undimmed.

    The Ether Frolic Mob is  Peter Stampfel (fiddle, banjo, lead vocals), Sam Werbalowsky (banjo, guitar), Eli Hekto (banjo, mandolin), Steve Espinola (piano), Heather Wagner (drums), and the Stampfel Sisters (Lily and Zoe Stampfel, vocals and percussion).

    When improvisatory vocalist-composer Shelley Hirsch joins the Ether Frolic Mob, they become the Atomic Meta-Pagans. They have recently completed their second album, soon to be released on Don Giovanni Records, with a third album already in progress. Peter and Shelley will duet their way through an unconventional take on standards of the 1930's and 40's.  http://www.shelleyhirsch.com/shelley/

    The other members of the Ether Frolic Mob will be spotlighted in short sets featuring their other music projects, rounding out an eclectic revue.

    Sat
    13
    Oct
    2018

    Hannah Read and friends Oct 13

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018

    Scree and TBA Oct 20

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018

    Threeds OCt 26

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018

    Lohai and TBA Nov 3

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_99Cv3BCVI


    Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018

    Hayley Sabella and Keenan O'Meara Nov 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      


    Thu
    15
    Nov
    2018

    GAVAGAI Nov 15

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Screen Shot 2016-08-13 at 7.55.08 PM

    GAVAGAI is a monthly performance series curated and hosted by poet Danielle Blau that brings you poetry and fiction readings scored with original live music by composer-improviser-bassist Mike Brown, with other skilled improvisers (horn-players, cellists, violinists, vocalists, who knows?) often dropping in onstage as surprise guest-musicians.  Danielle Blau’s Rhyme and Reason: Poets and Philosophers on the Questions that Matter is forthcoming from W.W. Norton. She won first place for her poetry in the 2015 multi-genre Narrative 30 Below Contest, and her chapbook mere eye was selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Award and published in 2013 with an introduction by D.A. Powell. Blau's poems, short stories, articles, and interviews have also appeared and are forthcoming in such publications as The Atlantic online, The BafflerBlack ClockThe Harvard ReviewThe Literary ReviewNarrative Magazine, The New Yorker’s book blog, The Paris ReviewPloughshares, The Saint Ann’s Review, The Wolf, and the Argos Books poetry anthology Why I Am Not a Painter. A graduate of Brown University with an honors degree in philosophy, and of NYU with an MFA in poetry, she teaches at the City University of  New York. 

    This Month's Guests:  

     

    Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    Akie Bermiss Nov 30

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation


     

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