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  • Sat
    21
    May
    2022

    Exquisite Drones by Wick Simmons & Laurie Olinder // Gyan Riley May 21

    7:30 Door 8pm Show

    $18.00 advance / $20 at door

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/55692/orders/new

     

    Conceived and performed by Wick Simmons, Exquisite Drones is a work for cello, electronics with music composed by inti figgis-vizueta, Conrad Tao, and Jack McGuire, and with projections designed by Laurie Olinder.  Exquisite Drones takes its inspiration from the drawing game “Exquisite Corpse”, which was first played by surrealist artists to create bizarre and intuitive drawings. The collaborators here juxtapose drone compositions that were written in isolation by the three composers, each expressing their personal relationships to long-held tones with humming, growling, and de-contextualized words. Projections designed by award winning multimedia designer Laurie Olinder re-interpret the drone score and Wick’s cello lines to add a stunning visual component to the collaboration.

    Gyan Riley is a one-man American-music machine, amicably ranging across the fields of jazz, world music, and post-minimalism.” (The New Yorker)  Gyan performs with Bill Frisell, Julian Lage, the Kronos Quartet, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Arooj Aftab, and and his father, the iconic composer Terry Riley.  “Beautiful and enigmatic”…”an alluringly intimate vibe created from the first note.” (The New York Times) 

  • Thu
    26
    May
    2022

    Mariel Roberts/Tomas Fujiwara duo // Adam O'Farrill trio May 26

    7:30 Door 8pm Show

    $12 suggested donation

      

     

    Adam O’Farrill will perform with Ledah Finck, violin, and Dana Saul, piano.

  • Fri
    27
    May
    2022

    Diane Exavier /Damiel Kleederman // Los Mochuelos May 27

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12 suggested donation

       

    Diane Exavier is a writer, theatermaker and educator working at the intersection of performance and poetry. Her work has been presented with The New Group, BRIC Arts, The Bushwick Starr, Bowery Poetry Club, and more. Diane concerns herself with what she recognizes as the 4 L’s: love, loss, legacy, and land. Her book-length lyric, The Math of Saint Felix was recently published by The 3rd Thing Press. A 2021 Jerome Foundation Finalist, Diane lives and works in Brooklyn.  http://www.dianeexavier.live/who.

    Daniel Kleederman’s music straddles two worlds: the bucolic, rural northeastern US, and the frantic cosmopolitan centers that blast out of these wildernesses. Kleederman grew up in Western Massachusetts before moving to New York City,  where he spent years as a sought-after musical voice on the guitar, most recently and notably as lead guitarist for indie rock powder keg Bartees Strange. After almost a decade in NYC, and before heading out on national tours with Strange and the band, he returned and reconnected to his childhood home and past during the pandemic, self-producing his debut solo EP Grand Kid to capture the spirit of this homecoming.

    Los Mochuelos plays Colombian Cumbia de Acordeon. 
    Sebastian López – Acordeon
    Natalia Perez – guacharaca y lamador 
    Sebastian Angel – bajo
    Carlos Rienzo – Tambor Alegre

     

  • Sat
    28
    May
    2022

    Tim Berne & Gregg Belisle-Chi / Burnt Ends May 28

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 Suggested Donation

    Brooklyn native and stalwart of the creative music scene Tim Berne brings his powerhouse alto saxophone playing and relentless curiosity back to the Northwest, where he was first drawn to the power of R&B through the music of Julius Hemphill while attending Lewis & Clark College in the 1970s. Berne has been performing internationally since 1982 with various ensembles including Caos Totale, Fractured Fairy Tales, Bloodcount, and Snakeoil among others. He has made over 50 recordings as a leader for labels such as Soul Note, Sony, JMT, ECM, and Intakt Records. Through his collaborative approach to improvisation, his distinct angular and off-kilter melodies, catalog of compositions, and work as record producer at Screwgun Records, Berne has left an indelible mark on the modern jazz and creative music scenes.

    Asian-American guitarist and composer, Gregg Belisle-Chi, will be touring the West Coast with the saxophonist in March. A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, and now based in Brooklyn, Belisle-Chi embarks on a new collaboration with Berne on their debut duet record, Mars (Intakt Records). Belisle-Chi’s 2021 release on Relative Pitch Records, Koi, is Belisle-Chi’s solo acoustic guitar interpretations of ten Berne compositions, which were produced by David Torn and Berne himself. Described by the New York Times as “a subtle stunner,” his work draws from the spaces between the spiritual and the analytical, the ethereal and the tactile, inviting listeners to a place of pause and reflection; music that “oozes beauty both in concept and execution, making us luxuriate in its immersive sonorities” (Part-Time Audiophile). Berne and Belisle-Chi will perform works off the latest record during the second set of the night.

    In the silhouette of a distant desert sunset, The Burnt Ends come into view. Riding travel-worn steeds with musical paraphernalia strapped across their backs, they traverse the sonic desert with steadfast resolve. Stopping from town to town channeling ancient spirits through the brass, wood and skins of their instruments, they play for the people. Hard-working people. People connected with the sun and the earth. People that hear the coyotes call in the night.

    They came together from far and wide: California, Colorado, Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, New York and Germany. With a shared love of slow-cooked meat and the tales of heartache and wide-open spaces told by the songwriters of the old west, they knew they had an opportunity to create something special. Something that would transport people to a train crossing a snowbound canyon, or next to a fireplace in a creaky old rocking chair. They aim to help people forget about their troubles and dance to their driving rhythm and lush harmony.

    So put on your snakeskin boots, pull a swig of grandpa’s cough medicine and stretch out under the prairie stars with The Burnt Ends.

  • Thu
    02
    Jun
    2022

    Melissa Weikart record release with special guest Carmen Q. Rothwell June 2

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

    Melissa Weikart is a French/American vocalist, pianist, and composer originally from Boston, US, currently based in Strasbourg, FR. Her musical approach is shaped by her passion for experimental vocal harmony and formative training as a classical pianist. Melissa’s Here, There (out on Northern Spy Records, May 27th) features fraught reflections on devotion, obsession, and doubt, delivered naturalistically and matter-of-factly despite the complexity of the musical setting. Weikart keeps this frenetic energy well in hand, grounding her gorgeous and discomfiting songs with refrains with a pop appeal reminiscent of forebearers like Judee Sill and Fiona Apple.

    Carmen Q. Rothwell is an upright bassist, songwriter and improviser living in Brooklyn, NY. With her 2020 solo debut recording, Don’t Get Comfy / Nowhere, Carmen “has created a unique work of art that is relatively experimental in its structure but musically seductive enough to win fans of all stripes” (Popmatters). “The album thrives on the meeting of reservation and vulnerability, and its songs feel as emotional and virtuosic as a power ballad yet are sparse and withholding as a Rembrandt” (Pitchfork). In addition to performing her solo songs regularly around NYC and elsewhere, Carmen is an active bass player in Brooklyn’s jazz/improvised, indie and experimental music scenes. She is one-third of the band Scree. 

     

  • Fri
    03
    Jun
    2022

    The Cradle / Wendy Eisenberg/ Youbet June3

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

         

  • Sat
    04
    Jun
    2022

    Harish Raghavan solo Matt Aronoff Quartet CD release June 4

    7:30 Doors 8:00 Show

      Harish Raghavan by Emra Islek

     

    Harish Raghavan – Solo Bass
     
    Matt Aronoff Quartet:
    Jason Rigby- Sax
    Yago Vazquez- Piano
    Ross Pederson- Drums
  • Sun
    05
    Jun
    2022

    Martin Nevin / Timo Vollbrecht June 5

    7:30 Doors 8pm 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.

  • Thu
    09
    Jun
    2022

    Jean Rohe / Zoe Guigeno June 9

    7:30 Door 8pm Show

    $12.00 Suggested Donation

      

    Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the interior lives of her narrators as with the wider world outside them. She is a 2022 Brooklyn Arts Council grant recipient and a neighborhood friend of The Owl. Her latest single, “Animal,” is out everywhere May 9. www.jeanrohe.com

    Zoe Guigueno is a bassist, singer, and songwriter. Most recently she has worked with avant-pop string band Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Americana ensemble Della Mae, and klezmer collective Michael Winograd and the Honorable Mentshn. She has toured in over 20 countries, busked in a pink gorilla costume in the New York subway, slept in a bathtub, performed on CBS and the Grand Ole Opry, and played upright bass on a moving white-water raft. Her third solo album, We Were Radar Stations, will come out October 2022. She will play with Michelle Willis on keys, Jason Burger on drums & Adam Iredale-Gray on fiddle & electric guitar

  • Fri
    10
    Jun
    2022

    The Bird Calls / Katy Cruel / TJ Douglas June 10

    7:30

    The Bird Calls is the recording project of Sam Sodomsky, a singer-songwriter and music journalist who lives in Brooklyn. In general, Sam tries his best to make good decisions, speak clearly, and keep to himself. Performing on nylon string guitar and recording using ancient laptop technology, he writes carefully and makes music quickly, sef-releasing a large number of albums through Bandcamp. The most recent of those albums, Tarot, was recently reissued in a handsome physical edition by the label Ruination Record Co.

    Katy Cruel  is the solo project of New York based actress, artist and musician, Katy Pinke.  Under Katy Cruel Pinke writes impressionistic songs with incisive lyrics over clean, finger-picked guitar lines, focusing on interpersonal themes.

    Beach Plum Tapes is proud to announce the release of TJ Douglas’ Lo 2.0, Douglas’ fourth full-length LP, following 2015’s Joey (“a tender meditation on youthful malaise” — Pitchfork) and 2017’s Our Lady Star of the Sea, Help and Protect Us (“an exercise in attentiveness… explores that dance between belief and nonbelief with earnest curiosity” — MTV News). Lo 2.0 is an album of deep personal reckonings, slow-burn intensity, and unforgettable honesty about what Douglas describes as “this war between meaning and meaninglessness.” It’s a bold step forward from their earlier releases as Tica Douglas, embracing the full prophetic potential of rock music while simultaneously tapping into a new sense of personal truth.

     

  • Sat
    11
    Jun
    2022

    Matt Bachman / Katy Rea / Allegra Krieger June 11

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

    Matt Bachmann (b. 1988, Chicago) is a musician/composer/songwriter based in New York. Maybe best known for his bass plucking in Mega Bog, the Seattle-New York-anywhere fresh music nest of Erin Birgy, Matt’s also spent time on the road with Hand Habits, Happy You, and iji. Walking Preference is Bachmann’s most recent collection of passionate instrumentals, inhabiting an animated universe inspired by Miyazaki films and Nintendo fantasies — a world both natural and unreal. Air and space have been carefully manufactured. The playful drones and compositions within are full of bubbles and sharp turns while still adhering to the core tenets of Bachmann’s sound— that of beauty and space. Bachmann’s music is more sky than earth. Walking Preference zooms out.

    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 

    Katy coats important messages in velvet coated enchanting vocals and wonderful guitar.” -Atwood Mag
    In the depths of making her own records, Katy put her savings into refurbishing an 80s 8 track reel to reel and has begun to record herself and friends out of Phil Weinrobe’s lower east side studio. Born in Houston, Texas, her mother sang Linda Ronstadt around the house and her father, a writer, played Leonard Cohen and Dylan. He would say, “you only need a few chords and the truth to write a good song.” But Katy took her time developing her truths and moved to New York for acting, where she found herself in other people’s stories. After working in tv and theatre, she drifted back to herself finding a home in songwriting. She set up her first U.S. solo tour, playing every dive and diy and soon after met her band. Back in Brooklyn, they recorded her debut LP live at Figure 8 Recording. Kind advice sought from Sam Evian and other industry friends has inspired her to learn the art of recording, thus becoming self reliant creatively. She engineered overdubs and mixed the album, leaning into the honest and soulful sounds that inspired her youth and brought her back to herself.
  • Thu
    16
    Jun
    2022

    Sebastien Ammann's Color Wheel / Richard Sears June 16

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show
     
     
    Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel is:
    Adam Kolker (saxophones)
    Sebastien Ammann (piano)
    Pablo Menares (bass)
    Russ Meissner (drums
  • Fri
    17
    Jun
    2022

    Good Intentions / Emma Frank June 17

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

  • Sat
    18
    Jun
    2022

    Joseph Keckler // Domino Kirke June 18

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 Suggested Donation

  • Thu
    23
    Jun
    2022

    Schlegelmilch / Schnite / Freedman / Dow / Goldman / Warren // Danny Fox Trio June 23

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    Schlegelmilch Warren etc

    In the spirit of reconnecting with old friends and with live audiences after the long pandemic lockdown, Brooklyn-based pianist and composer JP Schlegelmilch has assembled a new group featuring some of his longtime collaborators for a special northeast tour. The band features saxophonist Adam Schneit and drummer Max Goldman, JP’s bandmates from the Americana/Folk/Jazz group Old Time Musketry, which released two critically-acclaimed recordings and toured widely in the US; trumpeter and composer Kenny Warren (In the Heat Trio, Laila and Smitty, Slavic Soul Party), lap steel player Myk Freedman (The Mykfreedmans, The Sandcatchers); and electric bassist and composer Andrew Dow (Ressik). 

    Formed in 2008, the Danny Fox Trio, featuring pianist Danny Fox, bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest, and drummer Max Goldman, is a true working band hailed for reinventing the classic piano trio format with genre-defying, uniquely personal original music. Whether holed up in a Brooklyn basement rehearsing or touring around the country crammed into a sedan, the trio has spent countless hours developing a rapport that’s immediately palpable in their music.  Described as “cool but not modish” (New York Times), the band mixes tight ensemble playing with highly interactive, attuned improvisation.  Drawing on influences as varied as Ellington, Bartok, and The Meters, the music can switch gears at any moment yet remains cohesive thanks to strong motivic development and rigorous arrangements that challenge the traditional roles of the piano trio instruments.  Having received critical acclaim for the albums “The One Constant” (Songlines) and “Wide Eyed” (Hot Cup), the trio released their third album “The Great Nostalgist” (Hot Cup) in 2018.

  • Fri
    24
    Jun
    2022

    Jazztopad Festival June 24

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    tickets $17.00 adv/ $20.00 door

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/56617/orders/new

    Jazztopad Festival NYC presents:
     
    Uri Caine with the Lutosławski Quartet
    Kamil Piotrowicz Quartet with Jamie Baum

    http://www.jazztopad.pl

  • Sat
    25
    Jun
    2022

    Julia Easterlin // Innov Gnawa June 25

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

  • Sun
    26
    Jun
    2022

    Serena Jost / Atoosa Grey June 26

    6:30 Doors 7pm Show

     

    Serena Jost’s music evokes vivid emotional landscapes. Described as the “the Elizabeth Barrett Browning of avant-classical folk” by Stereo Embers Magazine, “It was as if she stepped off a cliff into the musical abyss–and lived to tell” WUSB Finn Miller. Performing new songs and favorites with her band, Julian Maile (guitar), Rob Jost (bass) and Robert DiPietro (drums).

    On Dear Darkness, Atoosa Grey’s latest release, the songwriter and poet explores a dialogue of fearless confrontation. Stitched Sound notes: “The 8-track album is a true testament to Atoosa’s love of poetry. Her lyrics are enticing, relatable, and create a wonderful sense of imagery and intimacy with her listeners.”

  • Thu
    30
    Jun
    2022

    Joanna Schubert's Oropendola / Joy Askew June 30

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    $12.00 suggested donation

     

    Oropendola is the lyrical art-pop project of Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter-keyboardist Joanna Schubert. With a knack for emotional, whimsical storytelling, colorful, eclectic arrangements, and influences including Kate Bush and 90s/00s pop-R&B, Oropendola chassés through various genres with a playful theatricality and experimental indie sensibility. She recently completed her debut full-length record with Zubin Hensler at Studio 44 in Sunset Park, BK, release date TBD. Joanna is also a touring member of the band Half Waif, and has played keys and/or sung with various artists including Barrie, Elizabeth & the Catapult, Glenn Echo, and Emmerson & Her Clammy Hands.

    Joy Askew came to NYC from England in the early ’80’s and had an embellished past playing in the bands of musical icons such as Peter Gabriel, Laurie Anderson and Joe Jackson. Now, after label and indie releases and collaboration with publishers including Quincy Jones, as a re-invented musical poet, she is about to release her 10th solo album, “Everything Is Different.”

    This new collection was recorded during Covid’s first two years, with songs from the innocence of before the pandemic, then from the change that had set in fast and deep during it.       

    https://joyaskew.bandcamp.com/album/everything-is-different

  • Thu
    14
    Jul
    2022

    Kyle Morgan. / Ali Dineen Jul 14

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

  • Fri
    15
    Jul
    2022

    Eleanore Buckland/ Alec Spiegelman / Dallas Ugly Jul 15

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

    Since 2014, Eleanor Buckland has been one-third of Lula Wiles, the Boston-based folk-rock trio that has become an acoustic music scene favorite with their three critically hailed albums. Her own album You Don’t Have To Know spotlights a different side of Buckland’s musical interests as it sets her deeply personal songs against inventive indie rock arrangements. “Buckland’s folksy drawl plays perfectly with this fresh set of pop tunes that are seemingly built for fans of contemporary FM radio acts like Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift, both nostalgically rustic and immediately modern.” – WBUR

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    Alec Spiegelman is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer living in Brooklyn, NY. Lately, he’s produced albums for Ana Egge, The David Wax Museum, Taylor Ashton, Sadie Gustafson-Zook, Zoe Guigueno, and Dallas Ugly (sharing the bill this evening!) He’s a member of the band Cuddle Magic, who recently released a 6th full-length album (Bath), and are at work on a 7th. And he released his own debut full-length album, Airplane Mode, in the dark days of our first pandemic Autumn. He’ll be performing songs from that album, as well as newer material. 
     
    The music of Dallas Ugly shimmers with an iridescent nostalgia on their debut album, Watch Me Learn (produced by Alec Spiegleman). Built on a foundation of mellow interchanges of electric guitar and pedal steel, the rhythm and flow evoke an old-school country version of lofi hip hop radio. But combined with soaring fiddle and heartfelt vocals, it becomes something wholly new – a sound as unique as it is dreamy. Themes of change, loss, and growth, felt alongside the band members’ decade-long friendship, lend themselves naturally to the rolling country music vibes of their melodies and instrumentation. Together, Owen Burton, Eli Broxham, and Libby Weitnauer present a dreamy, last-call rendition of three chords and the truth. If you close your eyes, you can practically feel yourself slow dancing under the lazy orbit of a disco ball at midnight.
     
  • Sat
    16
    Jul
    2022

    Diego Ramierz Qtet / Jake Sherman solo Jul 16

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

  • Fri
    26
    Aug
    2022

    Are Skwaird / Emily Frembgen

    7:30 Doors 8pm Show

     

    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
    15
    Sep
    2022

    Music of Dmitri Shostakovitch: Michael Bates' Acrobat September 15

    7:30 Door 8pm Show
     
    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
     
     
     
     

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