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PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS • BROOKLYN
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    Fri
    16
    Nov
    2018

    Closed/ no show Nov 16


    Sat
    17
    Nov
    2018

    Alena Spanger / Alec Spiegelman & Andrew Dimola Nov 17

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

     
        
     
    Alena Spanger (previously of Tiny Hazard), is a singer/pianist/songwriter from Maine, now based in Brooklyn. Weaving together angular art-pop songcraft, unorthodox vocalizations, and intricate arrangements, Spanger's songs construct their own elaborate and immersive worlds. 
     
    Andrew Dimola and Alec Spiegelman present the music from their new album, Diesel Cleaning. The LP features contributions from Trevor Dunn and Jason Nazary, and is full of grungey, far-ranging, quick-changing instrumentals, joined here and there by a whispery let's-not-bother-the-neighbors choir. Andrew and Alec will perform music from Diesel Cleaning, as well as newer songs, joined by Christopher McDonald & Dave Flaherty (Cuddle Magic, etc.)
     
     
    having a crazy time loading photos and sending them with this wifi. will try a from a different location later today.
     
    Alec

    Sun
    18
    Nov
    2018

    Open Ground: Maitri & Audible Sprits Nov 18

    7:00 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

      


    7:30pm
    Maitri - ft. Caroline Davis, Ben Hoffman

    8:00pm
    Audible Spirits - ft. Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Curtis Hasselbring, Matt Moran

    Translated from Sanskrit, Maitri (”my tree”) is an unconditional love and acceptance of self that extends outward into the world. Formed in Chicago by Caroline Davis, it has become a collective songwriting outfit for both her and Ben Hoffmann since its relocation to Brooklyn. Featuring soulful vocals over polyrhythmic grooves, the group also uses experimental sounds and effects to create a lush sonic landscape. Maitri is the soundtrack for the inevitable ushering in of the new world order.

    Audible Spirits is an electro-acoustic live performance blurring improvisation and recording, the spontaneous and the codified; a meditation on the institutionalization of jazz; a recognition that jazz brings its history with it – performance is the fulcrum between the past and the future, and as musicians push the boundaries for the future, the ghosts are always present in the room. These three musicians – Sarah Elizabeth Charles (voice and electronics), Curtis Hasselbring (samples and trombone), and Matt Moran (vibraphone and cymbals) – use their instruments and electronic samples of “music minus one” recordings to explore (in)visibility and legacy in jazz. By diving deeply into an iconic jazz education tool that foreshadowed a huge jazz education industry, and reverently exploring “outdated” jazz standards, Audible Spirits is a manifesto on historical lineage and individual creativity in a hall of mirrors using live music, samples, and visual stagecraft.


    Thu
    22
    Nov
    2018

    Closed for the holiday 11/22

    The Owl wishes a happy holiday to you and your loved ones.


    Fri
    23
    Nov
    2018

    HANKSGIVING Nov 23

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

    Featuring the Drifting Cow-Gals (Jared Engel, Zosha Warpeha & Raphael McGregor), Ali Dineen, Gustavo Rodriguez and More

    with your hosts Rachel Swaner and Oren Bloedow


    Sat
    24
    Nov
    2018

    Timo Andres and TBA Nov 24

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

     

    Composer/pianist Timo Andres grew up in rural Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn. A Nonesuch Records artist, Andres’s notable works include commissions for Carnegie Hall, San Francisco Performances, the Concertgebouw, the Barbican and Britten Sinfonia, the Takács Quartet, the Boston Symphony, the LA Phil, and (a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist ) The Blind Banister. He has collaborated with Philip Glass, Gabriel Kahane, Brad Mehldau, Sufjan Stevens, Becca Stevens, Jonathan Biss, and many others; performed solo recitals at Wigmore Hall, San Francisco Performances, Lincoln Center, and elsewhere.
    www.andres.com


    Thu
    29
    Nov
    2018

    Kris Davis & David Leon Nov 19

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

    Here accomplished pianist Kris Davis takes budding saxophonist David Leon under her wing for a performance inspired by Davis's approach to composition and bandleading. 
     
    Learn more about Kris and David 

    Fri
    30
    Nov
    2018

    Akie Bermiss / Richard Sears Nov 30

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    Akie Bermiss with his affable disposition, glasses, and healthy do of cascading dreads that drape down to his shoulders, is unabashedly a self-professed nerd to the nth degree. Since early childhood Akie has been an obsessed science fiction aficionado. Yet he does have an artist-friendly façade and has managed to cultivate and live a double-life as a thriving music protégé, pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and emerging solo artist. Akie kicked off his 2017 touring schedule playing keyboards and providing backing vocals for veteran indie multi-genre band Lake Street Dive’s national concert tour in support of their latest CD, “Side Pony.

    Akie is a Brooklyn native raised in a musical household full of jazz and politics fueled by his former- activist mom and dad. He began singing in church, moved it to school for a while, enroute becoming somewhat of a musical chameleon. His raucous, guttural and soulful vocals are a delectable fusion of Donny Hathaway and Tom Waits. He’s equally adept singing neo-soul, funk, contemporary jazz, alternative rock, and hip hop. 

    Akie cut his teeth in music the old-fashioned way; he went to college and earned a degree in music composition at Bard College.  Among other things he is also the author of a children’s book (“I Hate to Be Sick” — out on Scholastic), a lover of science fiction and fantasy novels, a huge fan of cigars, and he takes his bourbon: neat.

    Richard Sears Sextet - Iron Year CD release

    Richard Sears - piano and compositions
    Roman Filiu - alto saxophone
    Dayna Stephens - tenor saxophone
    Joel Ross - vibraphone
    Martin Nevin - bass
    TBA - drums 

    Brooklyn based pianist Richard Sears has appeared with the Billy Hart Quartet (ft. Mark Turner and Ben Street), the Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra, Joshua Redman, Ralph Alessi, Eric Revis, and others. As a composer Richard has received commissions/grants from The Shed (2018), the Aaron Copland Fund (2015) and the Los Angeles Jazz Society (2013). His previous release, “Altadena”, features the legendary drummer, Albert “Tootie” Heath performing with Richard’s sextet. “Altadena” earned 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine, naming it one of the Best Albums of 2017. Taking inspiration from the poetry of Hart Crane, “Iron Year” features original music for sextet, written since Sears moved to New York in 2015.

    Sat
    01
    Dec
    2018

    Dolunay Duo, Falsa Dec 1

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    08
    Dec
    2018

    Kim Anderson Dec 8

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation


    Fri
    14
    Dec
    2018

    Endangered Heart Quartet Dec 14

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

     

    Endangered Heart Quartet is an elastic group of composer-musicians. Founding members of the prestigious Jazz Passengers, saxophonist/writer Roy Nathanson and in-demand trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, join versatile bassist Tim Kiah and two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills to create a new ensemble with a broad musical palette. Endangered Heart Quartet elaborates on Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce ensemble, which explored ways to merge words and sound in an extended language, through composition and mostly jazz-inflected improvisation. This new collective band, Endangered Heart Quartet, expands that language through chamber music and detailed classical composition, to “sing” the most human songs from the American musical tradition. From re-imaginings of “Goodnight Irene” and Ornette Coleman’s “Circle with a Hole In The Middle” to the personal compositions of the bands’ members who all offer their own varied musical legacies, EHQ symphonically combines the instrumental sounds with their own vocals. Endangered Heart Quartet mines the many years of professional playing and composing of the group’s members, to offer a kind of “heart music” salve for the harsh political and social climate of today.


    Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018

    Allegra Krieger, The Cradle and Joanna Sternberg Dec 15

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

       

     

    about Allegra Krieger: A contemporary folk singer, songwriter, tree planter, art model, waitress, and cave dweller inspired by a life lived transiently and freely; with songs regarding her travels and the relations that have come and gone within them.

     

    Joanna Sternberg lives in New York City and plays instruments, writes songs, sings and draws.  Joanna writes songs about the span of human emotions with the hope that it will make someone feel less alone.  This is the reason Joanna creates all of their art.  Joanna does not like to think of music in terms of style or genre, and thinks that everyone can draw.


    Sat
    29
    Dec
    2018

    Ali Dineen , Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays &Kyle Morgan 12/29

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      


    Sat
    29
    Dec
    2018

    Ali Dineen , Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays &Kyle Morgan 12/29

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      


    Sat
    29
    Dec
    2018

    Ali Dineen , Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays &Kyle Morgan 12/29

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      


    Sat
    29
    Dec
    2018

    Ali Dineen , Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays &Kyle Morgan 12/29

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      


    Sat
    29
    Dec
    2018

    Ali Dineen , Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays &Kyle Morgan 12/29

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      


    Sat
    29
    Dec
    2018

    Ali Dineen , Frankie Sunswept and the Sunwrays &Kyle Morgan 12/29

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      


     

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