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  • Thu
    25
    Aug
    2022

    Vireo / Field Guides / Eliza Edens Aug 25

    Doors 7:30 Show 8:00

    $12.00 suggested donation

      

    Vireo was born in 2015 out of band-lead Chris Beaulieu’s childhood home, the creative projection  of eight years spent with a band that was due for, but never got, their big break. Bringing together acoustic instrumentation, alternative percussion, and natural soundscapes, alongside lyrics rooted in themes of the natural world and human emotion, across all albums, Vireo’s intention is clear: create authentically.  Over the years, Vireo has released several homegrown recordings and collaborated with a community of artists in order to play in the Pittsburgh DIY scene and tour the east coast; Vireo is rooted in and represents the community that makes it a whole. With a lineup now consisting of Anthony Capozzi, Matt Hochberg and Suzanne Gomes, the gang is set to release their 4th LP, Moss Longing on August 19th.

    Field Guides is the ever-shifting project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Benedict Kupstas, accompanied by an expansive list of collaborators both on record and live. With Ginkgo, the band’s third album—after 2014’s Boo, Forever (which The Big Takeover called “sprawling, dense, and mysterious”) and 2019’s This Is Just A Place (which Gold Flake Paint called “one of the year’s most rewarding discoveries”)—Kupstas has created a “profoundly organic indie folk space” (PopMatters), a record “full of beautifully intricate details and crashing waves of melody” (For The Rabbits).

    Born and raised in rural Massachusetts and currently living in Brooklyn, NY⁠—via Colorado and then Philadelphia—Eliza Edens weaves together disparate influences of people and place into her work to create mesmerizing sonic tapestries with guitar and voice. With a love for tinkering with alternate tunings à la Nick Drake, a curious harmonic ear from years of childhood classical piano lessons, and an ever-expanding affinity for words and stories, Edens’ songs build a kaleidoscopic world that documents the parallels between hope and heartbreak. The resulting sound is a diverse palette of guitar-based, experimental folk-rock centered around Edens gently cradled voice and brimming at the edges with pockets of sonic whimsy. Edens is currently putting the finishing touches on a new sophomore album.  Her debut record Time Away From Time (2020) was called “… a mesmerizing 29 minutes of delicate finger picking and poetry in motion” by No Depression. 

     

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2022

    Are Skwaird / Emily Frembgen

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation 

     

    Rebecca Tilles and Rachel Swaner are Are Skwaird, a duo that reimagines old folk tunes and outsider classics through sweet harmonies, curious instrumentation, and an appropriate mix of wistfulness, humor, and charm. A rare appearance now that Rebecca lives in Sweden!

    Emily Frembgen is a NYC-based singer-songwriter with “an angelic voice, ethereal songs, and a poetic sensibility that recalls the minimalism and genius of Emily Dickinson.” Her latest album, irreverently titled It’s Me or the Dog, is her most personal and fully realized offering to date. It’s indicative of everywhere she’s been and everywhere she still wants to go.

  • Thu
    08
    Sep
    2022

    Festival Of New Trumpet Music:  Alexandra Ridout Trio / Sonny Singh Sept 8

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

         

    Sonny Singh: 
    • Personnel: Sonny Singh (voc/tp/dhol), Jonathan Goldberger (g), Mackenzie Shivers (harmonium/keys/voc), Yuka Tadano (b), Rohin Khemani (dr/tabla)

    Alexandra Ridout Trio: 

    “The trio is a relatively new project which is collaborative in nature. We all have similar avenues of influence in the music we like and write, whilst each having our own unique input. The sound of trumpet in the drumless trio is fairly rare and we have worked on making a trio sound that resonates with us. The trumpet can be so versatile and this trio explores a lot of that. We play a mix of original music written specifically for this trio sound as well as some of our favourite music that we play in our own way”
  • Fri
    09
    Sep
    2022

    Dead Gowns / Allegra Krieger / Little Mazarn /Sept 9

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation 

       

     

    Dead Gowns is the project of Portland-Maine-based songwriter Geneviève Beaudoin. Her latest single is called ‘How You Act.’ It’s the first from a series of new recordings that New Commute says will “turn the head of any Whitney or Cate Le Bon enthusiast” and For the Rabbits calls “the sound of a songwriter coming good on all her promises and then some.” 

     

    http://deadgowns.com

    www.instagram.com/voila_deadgowns/

    Allegra Krieger is a new york based songwriter and composer. With emotive lyricism and explorative harmony, her songs are at once cathartic and compelling. She will be releasing her second album with Northern Spy Records, “Precious Thing” on March 4th 2022. 
    At the heart of this album is a young, working woman asking “Do you see this right now? I can’t be the only one.” This is an album about looking, and Krieger fills up each lonely space she enters with her gaze. Krieger asks you to look, to really, really look, so that you can remember something, however small it is, when it’s all gone.”
    – Melissa Lozada-Oliva 

    https://allegrakrieger.bandcamp.com

    The music of Little Mazarn is a cool float a few feet from the ground through a dimly lit, almost familiar forest. It is quieter than silence, big as everything, still but always moving. If you’ve ever had flying dreams, or an amazing night time bike ride on LSD, this might be a world for you. Chords are made up of notes; Little Mazarn gives them all their own moment. There are NO superfluous notes played here. Lindsey’s kind and twisting voice ambles along over the spare sounds of Jeff Johnston’s saw bowing, Ralph White’s electric mbira wanderings, and her own slow banjo. Like DJ Screw, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, and anyone who chooses to walk instead of ride, Lindsey realizes the amazing power of slow… slow… slow music. Lindsey is at once a baby and a wise old man. Get in this canoe at dawn on some Texas river that remembers when Comanche slept under the stars.

    http://www.littlemazarn.net

     

  • Sat
    10
    Sep
    2022

    William Alexander, Brittain Ashford, Adam Lytle

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show Sept 10

    Coming fresh off of a national tour supporting Mndsgn – Brooklyn based singer songwriter William Alexander deconstructs his self produced songtape “The Uncut Tree” through the lens of thoughtful, acoustic soul.

    While Brittain Ashford has spent much of her career recording and touring in support of her original music, her unlikely appearance in the Broadway musical The Great Comet of 1812 took her a slightly different direction. Lin-Manuel Miranda once suggested that she could sing while he wept into a bucket and The New York Times said that she should have been nominated for a Tony. She will be performing songs from her forthcoming album, Trotter. 

    Adam Lytle is an American singer-songwriter known for his work with the band Quicksilver Daydream. A technician of the sacred, his songs paint symbolic landscapes, conjuring worlds that vibrate between the hallucinatory and nostalgic.

  • Sun
    11
    Sep
    2022

    Marta Sanchez, Caleb Curtis Sept 11

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2022

    Music of Dmitri Shostakovitch: Michael Bates' Acrobat September 15

    7:30 Door 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation 

     
    10 pm: Michael Bates’ Acrobat, a quintet featuring some of New York’s finest improvisers, reimagines several iconic pieces by one of music’s most mysterious personalities.   Led by bassist/composer Michael Bates, Acrobat features five fearless voices sharing a passionate commitment to creativity and artistic beauty. With literal themes by Shostakovich or themes composed with his spirit, “Acrobat” is full of music that is playful yet dark and swinging.  And while Shostakovich is clearly being channeled, the voices of these five fantastic improvisers will be on full display: Beautiful and vicious, elegant and dissonant, and humor laced with serene sarcasm.
    Marty Ehrlich-clarinet
    Mazz Swift-violin
    Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon
    Michael Bates-bass
    Michael Sarin-drums
     
     
     
     
  • Thu
    15
    Sep
    2022

    Michael Bates’ Acrobat / ALTA String Quartet Spet 15

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
      
    Acrobat, the quintet led by bassist/composer Michael Bates, features five fearless voices exploring one of music’s most mysterious personalities, Dmitri Shostakovich.  With literal themes by Shostakovich or themes composed with his spirit, “Acrobat” is full of music that is playful yet dark and swinging.  And while Shostakovich is clearly being channeled, the voices of these five fantastic improvisers will be on full display: Beautiful and vicious, elegant and dissonant, and humor laced with serene sarcasm.
     
    (With Marty Ehrlich,clarinet; Mazz Swift,violin; Sara Schoenbeck,bassoon; Michael Sarin,drums)
     
    The ALTA String Quartet present radically different explorations of two dissident composers: Dmitri Shostakovich and Witold Lutoslawski.   This is music filled with hidden messages mocking a regime that willfully crushed people. With the war continuing in Ukraine, this is timely and vital music.  
     
    personnel:  Gabryel Smith-violin  Rachel Hauser-violin Emily Bookwalter-viola  Ken Hashimoto-cello

     Michael Bates’ Acrobat w/guests The ALTA String Quartet 
    Arrangements of Shostakovich and Lutoslawski

    with guest violinist Fung Chern Hwei
  • Fri
    16
    Sep
    2022

    Marcellus Hall and the Hostages / Chris Maxwell

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

     

    As a singer-songwriter Marcellus Hall has recorded with bands Railroad Jerk and White Hassle and has toured the US, Europe, and Japan. He continues to make music under his own name. The First Line was recorded with accompanying musicians and released on Glacial Pace Recordings in 2011. Afterglow was recorded and released with The Hostages (Damon Smith, Mike Shapiro, and Troy Fannin) via Bandcamp in 2013. Hall is at work on an, as yet untitled, album of new material. If it’s awesome, awe-inspiring, hip-shaking, intellectual, harmonica-tinged, heart-wrenching, tales of love and redemption you want, then look no further. Marcellus Hall’s new sound echoes his previous stints in Railroad Jerk and White Hassle, but takes it to another level. A level where all other bands blush in embarrassment. Questions? 

    Chris Maxwell made his name playing perhaps the furthest thing from wistful Americana — in the ’90s, he made catchy, jagged junkyard rock with the legendary New York band Skeleton Key. Before that, he was the principal songwriter and clever guitarist of Little Rock, Arkansas’ first band to be signed to a major label, the Gunbunnies, whose Southern Gothic jangle the L.A. Times characterized “…as if the Beatles met Faulkner on E Street.” These days, Maxwell works out of his new Goat House Studio in Woodstock, where he composes and records music for hit TV shows like Bob’s Burgers and Inside Amy Schumer, as well as having produced and written music for other artists (They Might Be Giants, Iggy Pop, Yoko Ono, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion) as part of the celebrated production team The Elegant Too.

    “Chris Maxwell musically channels the heart of Americana-pop — Big Star, Freedy Johnston, Wilco and the like — in crafting a song-cycle as personal as home movies with X-rays included. A beautifully poised grown-up album in an age that still coughs one up from time to time.” — Jonathan Lethem

  • Sat
    17
    Sep
    2022

    Anni Rossi / Katy Cruel/ Jae Soto Sept 17

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

      

    Anni Rossi is a songwriter, comedic performer and multi-instrumentalist from Minnesota based in Brooklyn. Her work draws from the natural landscape within and has been called “experiential folk”. She often plays hybrid electric viola-tars built out of tree branches by collaborator Thor Harris (Swans).

    Katy Cruel is the solo project of New York based musician, actor, and artist Katy Pinke. 

    Jae Soto is the solo moniker of Brooklyn-based vocalist and producer Justina Soto. Initially trained as a vocalist, she studied modern production independently, and later developed into a self-described “computer musician”. Influenced by artists like Japanese producer Haruomi Hosono, American composers like John Cage and Steve Reich, and 80s synth-pop icons, she often uses a blend of experimental micro-sampling, multi-fx hardware, and synthesis to transform her sounds. While creating, Soto listens to her surroundings and places those abstractions into a familiar context, often using topically diverse lyrics and delivering a sardonic yet holistic view of her experiences.

  • Thu
    22
    Sep
    2022

    Martin Nevin / Alex LoRe Quartet Sept 22

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

    Martin Nevin is a Brooklyn-based composer and bassist. He has performed and/or recorded with notable artists such as Albert “Tootie” Heath, Billy Hart, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, Ethan Iverson, and Aaron Parks, in venues across the U.S and abroad. Martin’s debut as a leader, Tenderness is Silent, was released in 2017. In that same year he was awarded a grant by the American Composers Forum to compose Scratch at the Same Table, a song cycle based on the poetry of Jonathan C. Creasy. Martin holds a B.M. from Manhattan School of Music and an M.A. from Columbia University.

    Alex LoRe has been praised by the New York Times as a saxophonist who is “…making the connections among about 70 years’ worth of contemplative, articulate and light-toned players.” He has recorded on over two dozen albums as a side musician and released three albums under his own name — “Dream House” (2014) and “More Figs and Blue Things” (2016) on acclaimed saxophonist Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music label, and most recently “Karol” (2019) on Challenge Records International. LoRe is a Boston Sax Shop Artist and is on teaching staff at the New School College of Performing Arts in Manhattan. He currently lives in Brooklyn. with Glenn Zaleski on piano, Des White on bass, and Allan Mednard,drums

  • Fri
    23
    Sep
    2022

    Nightfishing with Levon Henry & Friends Sept 23

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

    Nightfishing is a new monthly series with Levon Henry featuring Julian Cubillos, Ivy Meissner, Alena Spanger, Trevor Vaz + special guests”

  • Sun
    25
    Sep
    2022

    Timo Andres with Annie Hart Sept 25

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    Join Timo Andres and Annie Hart for an evening of minimal, ambient, and improvised music for piano, keyboards, and synthesizers, including works by themselves, Philip Glass, Ann Southam, and others.”

  • Thu
    29
    Sep
    2022

    Wendy Eisenberg/ Jay Gandhi / Dustin Carlson Trio Sept 29

     

     

    Guitarist Dustin Carlson will appear with Micheal Attias, saxophone, Satoshi Takeishi, percussion, and  guest vocalist Sivan Arbel. “Dustin Carlson just surprises me with each new project, f***ing genius “new music” composer/conceiver-cum-americanonical-singer/songwriter-lyrical noiseblaster-brilliant guitarist with his own voice, but a voice that keeps shifting around in further & otherly ways (wtf is a “brand”, anyway? he’s still in motion, oh yeah he is; music).” — David Torn 

     

  • Fri
    30
    Sep
    2022

    Oropendola, Wood River, Tree Palmedo Sept 30

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

     

  • Sat
    01
    Oct
    2022

    Leila Adu / Ali Dineen Oct 1

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

      

    Ali Dineen is a poet-composer born and raised in Queens, whose lyrics are poetic and deeply personal, and highlight the intersections between personal experience, larger histories, and systems of power. Ali has performed at the Museum of Art and Design, the Caramoor American Roots Music Festival, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Folk Festival, among other wonderful venues, and was awarded the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in 2020. Ali is also the music director for local puppet troupe extraordinaire The Boxcutter Collective, arranges music and sings with Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir, and is part of a duet with the inimitable Feral Foster. Ali released a third album, Hold On, in 2020, and is currently working on a new piece about Joan of Arc.

    Leila Adu is an astonishing force in the space where electropop, avant-classical and singer-songwriter meet. Exploring her roots in New Zealand, Britain and Ghana, Adu is an international artist who has performed at festivals and venues across the world. Compared to Nina Simone and Joanna Newsome by WNYC, Adu has released five acclaimed albums, and has given visionary solo BBC and WQXR performances. Adu’s credits include Ojai Music Festival, Bang on a Can, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Late Night with David Letterman, and composing for a Billboard charted album. Adu holds a Princeton University music composition PhD. In 2022, Leila Adu–Gilmore has been awarded a Charles Ives Composer Fellowship’s from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

  • Sun
    02
    Oct
    2022

    Margaux/ Adam Schatz Oct 2

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

      

    Margaux is a singer-songwriter based in brooklyn. She is excited to share new and old songs with reimagined arrangements for a special and intimate night of music. 

    Adam Schatz (Landlady, Japanese Breakfast) is breaking in a brand new song cycle that will be the next Landlady album(s?). It’s a bit different every time to some hear the good and the bad unfold on the grand piano at the Owl. 

  • Thu
    06
    Oct
    2022

    Simon Jermyn / Allison Miller Oct 6

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show
  • Fri
    07
    Oct
    2022

    Your next pie. Oct 7

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show
       
     
     
    Katie McShane has been writing music for the past 10 years, with over 20 albums released in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  Her recent projects include rock band Spirits Having Fun and children’s show Draw Together.   Through her years of writing Katie has developed a strong musical language that is warm, present-minded, and full of spirit and laughter.  “Your next pie” is Katie’s first true solo project, supported by a band of her deepest collaborators.
    Jesse Heasly (bass). Borey Shin (synth). Peter Moffett (drums)
     
  • Sat
    08
    Oct
    2022

    Elysian Fields record release Oct 8

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/60243/orders/new

    Presenting their new album ‘Once Beautiful, Twice Removed’.

     

  • Sun
    09
    Oct
    2022

    Trippers & Askers / No Lands/ Will Stratton Oct 9

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

    Trippers & Askers is the folk / spiritual jazz project of musician, sound artist, educator and researcher Jay Hammond. The group’s latest album Acorn takes inspiration from Octavia Butler’s immersive and frighteningly prescient novel Parable of the Sower. As an intertextual work, Acorn brings together a wide array of collaborators that include members of Wye Oak, Califone, former Sun Ra member Ken Moshesh and comic artist John Jennings to explore the book’s narrative as it pertains to the very real political and emotional challenges of the present. The album was called “a shimmering homage to nature” by The Guardian. For this performance at The Owl, Hammond will perform solo with likely special guests and new material. 

    No Lands is the recording project of Brooklyn-based songwriter and audio engineer Michael Hammond. The debut No Lands album Negative Space was called “one of the most thrilling headphone experiences of this year” [Tome to the Weather Machine] and named the best electronic album of the year by the Brooklyn Rail. As a sound designer and audio engineer, Michael has worked with artists including So Percussion, yMusic, Shara Nova, the Kitchener‐Waterloo Symphony, Judd Greenstein, the San Francisco Symphony, Residentie Orkest, and Signal Ensemble. For this show, Hammond is joined by Molly Kerker on keyboards and vocals.

    https://nolands.bandcamp.com

    Will Stratton is a songwriter and fingerstyle guitarist who lives in Beacon, NY. His last album, The Changing Wilderness, was called “An understated delight, beautifully written, beautifully played, and beautifully arranged” by Alexis Petridis in The Guardian‘s list of the best albums of the first half of 2021, and “exquisite” by Sir Elton John, who interviewed Will on his radio show Rocket Hour on Apple Music about the record. Will’s upcoming album is a collection of songs written about a group of fictional Californians affected by wildfires over several decades.

    Will Stratton

  • Thu
    13
    Oct
    2022

    Theresa Rosas / Christopher Street Songwriters Oct 13

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

    Theresa Rosas is a pianist and songwriter based in New York City since 1998. Alongside developing Heart Songs and Sounds (an album of original songs/improvisations/compositions,) she is currently recording Chopin’s 24 Preludes, op. 28. The Owl set is a combination of music from these two projects. With Alan Grubner and Sam Weber

    https://theresarosas.bandcamp.com/album/chopin-7-preludes

    Christopher Street Songwriters is a diverse group of solo songwriters lead by Brooke Lynn McGowan, Stephen Stavola, and Scott Konrad, who first met each other at the Christopher Street Open Mic at St. John’s Church in the West Village. Over the past two and a half years, the group has worked together crafting their individual songs in an inclusive, supportive, and musically bold spirit. This night is a showcase of these songwriters and their favorite songs, as well as a celebration of the open mic returning to Christopher Street and St. John’s this fall.

  • Fri
    14
    Oct
    2022

    Jaime Lowe/ Chase Elodia / Sillivan October 1

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

  • Sat
    29
    Oct
    2022

    Piano music and Pickling with Phillip Golub. Afternoon show -Oct 29

    2pm - 5pm!
     
    Phillip Golub comes to The Owl to celebrate his debut solo piano release on Greyfade. A beautifully meditative and architectural set of loops for solo piano, “Filters” approaches the concept of endless repetition through the prism of his radiant pianism. Golub’s loops unite the austerity of the systems-based with the infinite variety & imagination of live performance. More at Greyfade: https://www.greyfade.com/releases/filters.
     
    This unique afternoon (2-5pm!!) release show will feature long-duration performances of the loops plus an opportunity to take home a special long-duration object of your own making. For a voluntary donation, assorted vegetables, jars, and vinegar will be available at The Owl bar for you to prepare a pickle jar to take home and contemplate alongside the music. Hot-off-the-press vinyl will also be available for purchase.

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