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  • Sun
    29
    Jan
    2023

    Michael Sarian / Amir El-Saffar Jan 29

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

     

    Trumpeter and composer Michael Sarian has been praised for his “unique compositional and instrumental voice… reminiscent of [his] lyrical contemporaries such as Ralph Alessi, Ambrose Akinmusire or Avishai Cohen.” (Friedrich Kunzmann, AAJ) Born in Toronto and raised in Buenos Aires, Michael relocated to NYC in 2012, and has performed at some of the most iconic international stages, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Teatro Colón in Argentina, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BRIC JazzFest, and Central Park SummerStage. He has appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer, NPR’s World Cafe, and many more.

    Amir ElSaffar has been described as “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music,” (the Wire) and “one of the most promising figures in jazz today” (Chicago Tribune). ElSaffar has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. He is also one of the few musicians in his generation to master the centuries-old Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively as a vocalist and santur player, merging it with contemporary Western harmony. ElSaffar has received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a US Artists Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.

    www.michaelsarian.com

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  • Thu
    02
    Feb
    2023

    Zahra Alzubaidi • Leila Adu Feb 2

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $20.00 suggested donation

     

    A Brooklyn-based Iraqi vocalist, Zahra Alzubaidi performs a variety of Arabic music styles with a focus on Iraqi maqamat and atwaar. She has appeared with several ensembles in NYC, such as Safaafir & Hamid Al Saadi (Iraqi maqam), Takht al-Nagham (Syrian Music Preservation Initiative), The Brooklyn Nomads, among others. Most recently, she headlined a performance at the Brooklyn Maqam Hang. She has performed in venues including Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum, Roulette Intermedium, Rutgers University, and BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. 

    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.

  • Fri
    03
    Feb
    2023

    Izzy Oram Brown, Alec Spiegelman, Good Intentions Feb 3

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

        

    Izzy Oram Brown is a Brooklyn based guitarist and songwriter who released her debut record Mess on September 23, 2022. Created with a host of collaborators in various spaces around New York over the past two years, Mess finds Oram Brown drawing on her work as a guitar player and her love of the folk song tradition to create her first project as a songwriter. She pairs introspective lyrics and winding melodies with layered guitars, synthesizers, and percussion to create an ethereal and moving body of work. Grounded in precise songwriting and embellished with experimental production, Mess is Oram Brown stepping out from a supporting role and sharing an assured album of naked honesty.

    Alec Spiegelman is a multi-instrumentalist, producer & songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. He will be improvising, on clarinet & with pedals, in conversation with a piece of software called the Echolaliator, by Eric Rosenbaum. Alec says, ‘here’s Eric’s explanation of the software: https://www.ericrosenbaum.com/echolaliator
    and here’s me playing along with it:
  • Sat
    04
    Feb
    2023

    Colin Babcock • Nick Pauly • Gregory Michael Jordan Feb 4

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

       

    Nick Pauly is a violist, composer, and improviser from Brooklyn, NY. After completing his M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, he served on faculty at the Third Street Music School from 2015 to 2021. A contemporary music enthusiast, Pauly focuses on extended techniques for strings, including performance with household objects and alternative tunings. Recent work features structured improvisation for singing bowls, waterphone, and viola.

    Colin Babcock is a Trombonist, Composer, Improvisor, and Teacher living in New York City, originally from Columbus, Ohio. He regularly performs most genres of music, including classical, jazz, pop, electronic, free improvisation, and everything in between. He has performed with the Stormin’ Norman Band, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, So Wrong It’s Right, SEM Ensemble, Brownstone Brass Quintet, various musical theater shows, numerous big bands and brass bands across the city and more. His 2020 album “Circle” and other original music encapsulates his diverse influences. He is a teacher with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in the Music Partners division.

    Gregory Michael Jordan writes and records orchestral pop out of his bedroom. Live, he is accompanied by a five-piece string and wind ensemble who bring his lush and sweeping arrangements to life. Songs about epilepsy, Judaism, and professional wrestling are all brought to you with a stunning combination of piano, orchestra, and uninhibited vocal affectation. Greg bounces between universes, going from imagining up fictitious characters to touching on the deeply personal. After a decade of playing shows and recording preliminary demos, Greg is releasing his first studio album in 2023. February 3rd at The Owl, Greg will be celebrating the release of his first single, Prom, as well as his 29th birthday.

  • Sun
    05
    Feb
    2023

    Maya Carney • Agrol Agra: A quartet • Frank London's ¡No Pasarán! Feb 5

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
        
     
    Maya Carney is a Brooklyn born and based vocalist. Maya enjoys working in artistic environments rooted in a variety of musical  and performative traditions such as jazz, house, r&b, improvised and contemporary classical music.  She primarily roots her practice in her spirituality, letting her music act as a form of release and personal expression before a performative act. 
     
    Agrol Agra: A quartet (Deborah Carmichael, Kinga Cserjesi, Marisa Michelson, and Margot B. Silver)  sing selected pieces from their a cappella program, Ágról Ágra, from Branch to BranchÁgról Ágra is a program of unaccompanied choral pieces by Béla Bartók, as well as Hungarian traditional songs including new arrangements by the talented young Korean composer, Song Yi Jeon. Enjoy the magical world of modal music. This program honors the memory of Béla Bartók
     
    Frank London’s ¡No Pasarán! is a brass trio plus percussion that blurs the borders between chamber & folk music, composition & improvisation, Jazz, latin & world music, traditional to avant garde. The group features London on trumpet, trombonist José Davila, tubist Ben Stapp, and conguero Onel Matos. London is co-founder of the Klezmatics and has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Mel Torme, Lester Bowie‘s Brass Fantasy, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5, and is featured on over 400 CDs. Called the “mystical high priest of Avant-Klez jazz” 
     
  • Thu
    09
    Feb
    2023

    Sean Kiely • Kitba Feb 9

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

    “Your Logo, My Logo has that quiet earnestness of an alt-folk record. Kiely’s sense of humor shines through, though. He’s able to call attention to some of the absurdities of our modern lives without resorting to “Put down your phone. Stop and smell the roses.” simplicity. Kiely is a clever songwriter, an excellent guitar player; and he’s given us an excellent 21st century folk album.” – Cool Dad Music 

  • Fri
    10
    Feb
    2023

    Nicomo • Jackie West • Scout Gillett Feb 10

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

     

    Brooklyn-based Scout Gillett joins the Captured Tracks roster and shares her first release for the label: the title track of her debut EP one to ten, out April 29th, 2022. The five-song collection consists of four covers—of Broadcast, Blaze Foley, Ferrante & Teicher, and Brenda Lee—alongside the hypnotic original “one to ten,”“

  • Sat
    11
    Feb
    2023

    Jordan Tyson • John Cushing • Lily Talmer TBA Feb 11

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

      

    Jordan Tyson (vocals) is a choral nerd turned music and theater fairy on a mission to heal. As an actress, she has worked all over the country— in the Netflix limited series The Chair and the film Vampires Vs. The Bronx, and in the theater as Young Allie in the world premiere of the Notebook Musical and Kizette in LEMPICKA to name a few. Musically she grabs from theatre, folk, r&b, & pop. Audelco Rising Star Award.
    jordantyson.com | @curlybroad 
  • Tue
    14
    Feb
    2023

    special Valentine's Day show with The Point and Caleb Curtis

    7:00 Door 7:30pm Show

    The Point is a synchronized live performance of the entire Harry Nilsson opus with the charming film projected on the Owl’s new theater-size screen.  A perfect date!

  • Thu
    16
    Feb
    2023

    Eleanor Buckland • Louisa Stancioff Feb 16

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

    Singer songwriter and guitarist Louisa Stancioff, backed by her bandmates Dave and Dan Kelly, is quickly establishing herself as one of the premier musical artists in Maine. Her intelligent and soulful writing pairs with a confident and catchy indie sound drawing on folk, rock, pop, and her own Bulgarian heritage. She has toured across the country with her previous band Dyado, and is now beginning on a whole new soundscape venture with this solo project. You can listen to Dyado anywhere, and keep an ear out for her debut LP, which will be released next summer. 

    Eleanor Buckland made her start as one-third of Lula Wiles, the Boston-based folk-rock trio that became an acoustic music scene favorite with their three critically hailed albums. Now living in Brooklyn, the singer songwriter has turned to a different side of her musical interests as a solo artist. Buckland’s debut album You Don’t Have To Know (released October 2021 on Soundly Music) sets her deeply personal songs against inventive indie rock arrangements.

     

  • Fri
    17
    Feb
    2023

    Zannie Owens • Cosmo. Feb 17

    Cosmo is the instrumental project of Jesse Harris (guitar/composer), with Jeremy Gustin (drums), Will Graefe (guitar), James Buckley (bass) and Shahzad Ismaily (keys). All the music will be from a new, forthcoming album, produced by Shahzad.

  • Sat
    18
    Feb
    2023

    Ali Dineen• Jefferson Hamer • Fellow Pynins • Feb 18

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/66792/orders/new

      

    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.

    Jefferson Hamer is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. He has toured and recorded albums with Anais Mitchell (Child Ballads, winner of a BBC2 Folk Award), Sarah Jarosz (as guitarist and harmony singer on her Grammy-nominated Blue Heron Suite), and Session Americana. The Murphy Beds, his long-running traditional folk duo with Eamon O’Leary, has released two self-produced albums, about which the Huffington Post wrote, “[the album] bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” His original songs and lead guitar work are featured on Alameda, an acoustic and electric collaboration with bassist Jeff Picker and drummer John Fatum, featuring special guests from the NYC folk community and beyond.

    Fellow Pynins embody the music they make. They travel the world with their two children collecting old songs and connecting with the generations who still sing them. Reworking the old ballads, they create a sound that can easily sit alongside the music that comes through the pen of their own hand. This is the band that you never knew you needed in your life. So soak in the stories and as Lisa Dunn from BBC says, let the music “transport you into their haunting and beguiling world of love tales and spine-tingling harmonies… They will have you traveling far and wide to hear them again.”

  • Sun
    19
    Feb
    2023

    Hank Roberts /TBA Feb 19

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

    The Hank Roberts Trio with Aruán Ortiz on piano and Matt Wilson on drums will be performing their world premier concert at The Owl in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday evening February 19th, 2023.   Over his 5-decade musical career, Hank Roberts has shared stages and recording studios with some of the most celebrated musicians in the world. He has forged a compelling original voice as a cellist and composer, and is considered a major innovator as an improvisational cellist. 

    Of his collaborators, critics say, “There are few more dazzling drummers working today, but almost nobody in Wilson’s peer group with a broader grasp of jazz or a more natural sense of time…” – Nate Chinen  JazzTimes.  “One of the most creative and original composers in the world, pianist Ortiz is an experimentalist and a tonal provocateur influenced by European modernism and contemporary jazz as much as by Afro-Cuban tradition.” 

     

  • Thu
    23
    Feb
    2023

    Hasumi/Ishito/Togami • Stephen Becker • GADADU Feb 23

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

        

    With a kaleidoscopic sense of time and texture, GADADU weaves odd-meter grooves, synth-spiked orchestral arrangements, and unorthodox song forms into a dreamy, soulful sound. Founded in 2013 by Hannah Selin (voice, viola) and Nicki Adams (keys/synths), GADADU also features the sounds and talents of bandmates Patrick Adams (trumpet), Ayumi Ishito (tenor sax), Daniel Stein (bass) and Arthur Vint (drums). GADADU has released three full-length albums: The Weatherman Is Wrong (2022), Outer Song (2018), and And I See Night (2015). Their new album moves between the natural and the supernatural, staying true to their live sound while traveling through expanded soundscapes of strings, field recordings, synths, and vocals.

  • Fri
    03
    Mar
    2023

    Bonomo • Adam Neely • Guitar Hearts Mar 3

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

       

    BONOMO  is an Indie acoustic outfit that pulls at the heart strings with symphonic resonance and a distinct take on Indie-Folk music. Influenced by the sounds of Folk, Jazz, Gospel and Classical music. BONOMO is a melting pot of true artistry and the finest pioneering genres of all time. On a mission to unify musical tradition and audiences alike, the ensemble is set of visionaries inspired by the sounds of yesterday while simultaneously crafting a resonance all their own. 

    Band Practice is an improvisational collective that plays jazz fusion, rock, funk and electronic music. Adam Neely, Josh Bailey, Shubh Saran and Eitan Kenner explore new modes of musical expression through completely improvised sets based on audience input. 

    Guitar Hearts is a group of emotional virtuoso jazz musicians led by Yoav Eshed, who fill audiences worldwide with awe and admiration with their captivating energy.  The performance invites the listener to a fascinating journey of soundscapes derived from jazz and romantic-era melodies, ranging from highly energetic to the most delicate and slow moments.
    Created by a duality of relaxed harmony and rhythmic intensity, Guitar hearts play with open heart, deep groove and brilliant execution.    … “Gifted musician with emotional depth and brilliant technical abilities” Mick Goodrick

  • Thu
    09
    Mar
    2023

    The Choir Invisible • Gregg Belisle-Chi Quartet

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

  • Fri
    17
    Mar
    2023

    Martin Nevin • Scree Mar 17

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

  • Sun
    19
    Mar
    2023

    Zosha Warpeha • Cat Toren • Ochion Jewell Mar 19

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

  • Thu
    23
    Mar
    2023

    Hayfitz Farewell Show w Special Guests Mar 23

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

  • Wed
    29
    Mar
    2023

    Laura Veirs with Katy Pinke. $20 adv / $25 door

    7:30 doors 8:00 Show

    tickets:  https://www.venuepilot.co/events/64511/orders/new

    This special performance by Laura Veirs will gather those who played on her most recent album Found Light—co-producer Shahzad Ismaily (drums, keys), Sam Amidon (fiddle, vocals) Karl Blau (bass, vocals) and Charlotte Greve (sax, vocals)—together for their first live performance of the entire album, alongside a set of Veirs’ greatest hits. This is Veirs’ only State-side full band show.

    “On the edge of this vibrant new world, Veirs names everything she feels and sees, with breakthrough frankness and the occasional whip-sting of vengeance, and it’s thrilling to share in that freedom with her.” – Pitchfork (10 Best Reviewed Albums of the Week)

    “…Found Light plunges us headlong into Veirs’ discoveries, which she elucidates with trademark nuance as well as a newly honed way with a gut punch…Intimate and profound, it is a powerful document of self-discovery” – NPR Music

    “…fittingly reinvigorated and inspired.” – The New York Times

     

     

  • Thu
    30
    Mar
    2023

    Laura Veirs with Jackie West March 30. $20 adv / $25 door

    7:30 doors 8:00 Show

    Sold Out!  See second show added for Wednesday the 29th.

    This special performance by Laura Veirs will gather those who played on her most recent album Found Light—co-producer Shahzad Ismaily (drums, keys), Sam Amidon (fiddle, vocals) Karl Blau (bass, vocals) and Charlotte Greve (sax, vocals)—together for their first live performance of the entire album, alongside a set of Veirs’ greatest hits. This is Veirs’ only State-side full band show.

    “On the edge of this vibrant new world, Veirs names everything she feels and sees, with breakthrough frankness and the occasional whip-sting of vengeance, and it’s thrilling to share in that freedom with her.” – Pitchfork (10 Best Reviewed Albums of the Week)

    “…Found Light plunges us headlong into Veirs’ discoveries, which she elucidates with trademark nuance as well as a newly honed way with a gut punch…Intimate and profound, it is a powerful document of self-discovery” – NPR Music

    “…fittingly reinvigorated and inspired.” – The New York Times

     

  • Fri
    14
    Apr
    2023

    Ryan Dugre • Chelsea Crabtree • Kitba Apr 14

    7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation

  • Fri
    05
    May
    2023

    Alec Spiegelman / Rachel Baiman May 5

    7:30 door 8:00 Show $15.00 adv / $20.00 Door

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/69082/orders/new


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