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    Thu
    18
    Oct
    2018

    GAVAGAI // Dolunay Oct 18

    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 or Reason: Poets, Philosophers, and the Problem of Being Here Now 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:  

     

    Jenny Luna - voice, percussion

    Adam Good - ud

    Eylem Basaldi - violin

    Special guest:

    Paul Brown - bass

    With a musical vision that is at once ethereal and grounded, Dolunay flirts with the soundscape of the ancient Ottomans, tracing its migration through Balkan villages, coaxing it across seas and oceans, and grafting it onto a Brooklyn-based backdrop. The trio infuses classic and contemporary traditions with an urban grit that can only be found in New York City’s confluence of musical and cultural forces. With an array of original compositions offered alongside renditions of Turkish and Rumeli standards, the music of Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) offers listeners an escape from the press of city life.

     

    Fri
    19
    Oct
    2018

    Damon Isaac Smith , Elise Leavy & Caroline Kuhn Oct 19

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

    Damon Isaac Smith is a Northeast based pianist, songwriter, improviser. He's a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and performs as a sideman and performer with the legendary "Losers Lounge" series at Joe's Pub (2014 onward). He started his career performing and touring with artists such as Jon Anderson of Yes and Napoleon Murphy Brock of Frank Zappa's band. He's played his original music at the Stone, Highline Ballroom, the Knitting Factory, CBGB's, and the Bitter End, and as a sideman in festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Zappanale. Damon is a founding member of two bands: The Jacobins and Cricket. His debut solo album, "Intimate Machinery," came out on ERASED! tapes in December 2017.

    Caroline Kuhn is a New York native who began singing at age four, recording for jingles and television. Her songwriting focuses on interesting harmonization and rhythmic fingerpicking on guitar and tenor banjo. This is strongly influenced by her extensive choral training and appreciation for a wide range of music styles, such as pop, folk, and contemporary vocal music. Since entering the New England Conservatory, she helped to form two bands: The Ladles and Ruthless Moon. Both perform regularly throughout the New England area.

    Elise Leavy is a singer and songwriter from northern California. Coming from a background of largely Beatles, she began writing songs at the age of 8 and has since begun her endeavor to bring the accordion and the tenor guitar back into the folk world through her own songs, pulling from the likes of Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and other such songwriters. She is also a core member and songwriter in the group Ruthless Moon, an up and coming folk band begun in Boston, MA, by students of the New England Conservatory, made up of accordion (Elise Leavy), guitar (Sam Talmadge), tenor banjo (Caroline Kuhn), bass (Dan Klingsberg), and vocals by all.


    Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018

    Relatives (with strings), b o t & Suhail Yusuf Khan Oct 20

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

     

    Relatives - Ian Davis and Katie Vogel - met upon arrival to New York City in 2007 and have been singing and writing together since. Over the years, we have been paring down and turning inwards, exploring what can be done with less. Our new album, Strange We Fall, was released on Figure & Ground Records in August 2018.

     

     b o t (/bät/) is a brooklyn-based musical collective created in early 2016. in all of its permutations, b o t is led by an unnamed character of ambiguous gender who appears to be perpetually apprehensive and cynical. being heavily influenced by the contemporary gospel of the late nineties and oughts, b o t's sound lends itself to being off-centered, soulful pop.
     
    instagram : @bot_speaks
     
    for information on SYK:
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suhail_Yusuf_Khan

    Sun
    21
    Oct
    2018

    Open Ground: Tobias Meinhart & Eden Baraket Oct 21

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

     

    Open Ground Presents:

    - Double Album Release -
    Tobias Meinhart | Eden Baraket

    8pm
    Tobias Meinhart Quartet
    Tobias Meinhart - tenor saxophone
    Yago Vazquez - piano
    Matt Aronoff - bass
    Jesse Simpson -  drums

    9pm
    Eden Bareket Trio
    Eden Bareket -baritone saxophone
    Or Bareket - bass
    Felix Lecaros drums


    Thu
    25
    Oct
    2018

    Closed for this one night 10/25

    We usually have shows on Thursdays but tonight there is nothing.  


    Fri
    26
    Oct
    2018

    Out of Sight of Land / Threeds OCt 26

    7:00 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Variously called “beautiful, hypnotic” (Weird Canada), and “highly intriguing” (Birds of Canada), the music of New York-raised, Montreal-matured composer Damon Hankoff treads lines between minimalist textures, ancient choral sonorities, and folk sensibilities. Damon, a.k.a. Out of Sight of Land, will be performing a set of all-new music.
     

    THREEDS OBOE TRIO 10th Anniversary Show

    Kathy Halvorson, oboe. Mark Snyder, oboe.  Katie Scheele, English horn

    with special guests. Christof Knoche, bass clarinet Sara Parr & Seth Gilman, voicesMirna Lekic, piano

    THREEDS is a New York City based oboe trio.  Formed in 2008, the trio enjoys creating new paths for the oboe and English horn, playing arrangements of pop, rock, jazz, folk and world music while using improvisational techniques. The members of Threeds have also arranged music to accompany several local singer-songwriters, including Paul Brill, Amber Rubarth, Andrew Vladeck, Jamie Leonhart, and Adam Levy. 

    Their 10th anniversary show will feature debut performances of new compositions written for the trio by Gene Pritsker, Dean Rosenthal, and Daniel Blake. 

    www.threedsoboetrio.com

     www.facebook.com/threeds


    Sat
    27
    Oct
    2018

    Scree, Dida Pelled and Katie the Kyng Oct 27

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    New York-based Israeli guitarist and vocalist Dida has a particular talent for storytelling. Whether it be a jazz standard, a scorching blues number, an old country ballad, or a heartfelt original “Dida sings in a voice sometimes playful, warm, resonant, no frills. She sings the words, giving them their meaning, their weight, with perfect diction and charm." (Jazz Hot, France)

     

    Scree plays instrumental musings on crags, cliffs, and life after the fall of the American empire.

     

    Katy the Kyng plays a slightly overdriven Stratocaster narrated by spurts of poetry. She studied Thelonious Monk in school and e e cummings in bed. Her sound is dry and sweet-- DeMarco with hints of Hedberg.
     

    Thu
    01
    Nov
    2018

    Lau Noah / Daniel Rotem Nov 1

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      

     

    Lau Noah (Spain 1994) is a Brooklyn based storyteller. She has recently found the deepest way to express her tales in the harmonic tapestry that a guitar and a voice, intertwined, create. 

    Through several musical influences and four languages that bring  widely diverse qualities to the music, Noah travels from multi instrumentalist, film scorer, composer to writer, painter and teacher with the endeavor of using Art as a shelter where the colors of the dark and the light naturally reconcile.

    Saxophonist, composer, and educator Daniel Rotem fell in love with music at an early age and started playing tenor saxophone when he was 13. Now at age 27, Daniel is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston and the world-renowned Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. He has performed on four continents and has had the honor to share the stage with legendary artists from Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Billy Childs, and Dave Liebman, to Stevie Wonder, Usher, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson.

    Daniel went on a U.S. State Department Tour to Morocco, and had the privilege of leading and narrating a jazz history masterclass and performance at the White House hosted by the First Lady, Mrs. Michelle Obama, as part of International Jazz Day in 2016. Daniel has performed at acclaimed festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Playboy Jazz Festival, the Red Sea Jazz Festival, the Montalcino Jazz Festival, and at famed venues such as The Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, the Hollywood Bowl, the Microsoft Theater in LA, and many more.

    Daniel has taught at the Stanford Jazz Summer Camp and Jazz Institute, and is currently on faculty at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA), and teaches the LAUSD All-City Jazz Band. His debut album “Be Nice” was released independently in February 2017. His second double album ‘Serenading the Future’ will be released on September 28, 2018.


    For more information please visit www.danielrotem.com.


    Fri
    02
    Nov
    2018

    .michael, Joanna Sternberg, Zach Onett & James Gentile Nov 2

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

      
     

    .michael is a clarinet/guitar duo that plays sometimes instrumental love songs and sometimes non-instrumental love songs, often about or told from the perspective of a person named Michael, no relation to the band or its members.

     

    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.

     
    Pianist Zach Onett and guitarist James Gentile are a duo exploring melodic narrative through instrumental music. Their compositions tinker with the traditional aesthetics of their instruments by blending genre and creating theatrical soundscapes. Onett is a composition graduate of CalArts and resides in Haverhill, MA. Gentile holds his BFA in photography from Pratt and resides in Brooklyn. They are currently working towards releasing their first collection of music.

    Sat
    03
    Nov
    2018

    Lohai, Mike Green& Miranda Di Perno Nov 3

    7:30 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

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


    Sun
    04
    Nov
    2018

    Open Ground: AYA Trio & Trees Take Ease Nov 4

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

    Open Ground Presents:

     
    8pm
    AYA Trio 
    Alexa Barchini - voice
    Yago Vasquez - piano
    Andre Matos - guitar
     
    9pm
    Trees Take Ease ft. Martin Nevin
    Steven Becker - voice and guitar
    Martin Nevin - bass

    Thu
    08
    Nov
    2018

    GAVAGAI // DPCD Nov 8

    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 or Reason: Poets, Philosophers, and the Problem of Being Here Now 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:  TBD

     

    DPCD is the work of Illinois-based musician Alec Watson. The music embraces the American song tradition with quiet intensity, offering warm repetitions on daily routine, memory, family history, and grey areas of belief and doubt. 
     
    DPCD released their first album, "Good Visions," in 2017.  
     

    Fri
    09
    Nov
    2018

    Allegra Krieger, Chris Merritt & The Mommyheads Nov 9

    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.

     

    Chris Merritt is a songwriter, producer, performer, and piano tuner.  His thousands of original songs have been labeled Prog Pop, Piano Rock, and Jazz.  In a culture where mainstream music lacks originality and individuality, Merritt's independent albums have accrued tens of thousands of plays online, and a dedicated, snowballing fan base.  Some of Chris' music featured in mainstream film and advertising have even seen millions of plays online. He's toured the US and Japan, put out 7 full records under his own name (and several others: from his early days with Paperface to his newer collaboration with Cruise Elroy).

    The depth of songwriting on Chris's latest album "Time is Real" has been praised by Fountains Of Wayne, Bruce Hornsby, and The Zombies.   Ye Olde Machine Piano is the upcoming album from Chris Merritt.  As usual, Merritt's lyrics hit on topics from the cycles of civilization, to quantum physics, to love and loss.  Catch him now as creative, deep, piano-driven rock music makes its comeback.

     

    The Mommyheads were formed in Brooklyn in 1988 and have been producing creative, melodic, and experimental indie-pop ever since. Their new, eleventh album, Soundtrack to the World's End offers a blend of groovy songs, progressive art-rock, and bracing messages for a world teetering on the brink of social, economic, and ecological catastrophe. 
     
    "The Mommyheads are back, which is good news" - NY POST
    “The Mommyheads are a true indie rock national treasure.” - FUN FUN FUN
    "Look no more for the untouchable pop indie band" - INSIGHT
    “When encountering this outpouring of melodic sophistication and creativity - both in the actual instruments and what is done with them, it’s near revelatory” - CMJ
    “The Mommyheads specialize in winsomely low-key, perfectly cut gems of avant-pop.“ - NEW YORK MAGAZINE
    “Incorporating delicately picked, Television-like Fender guitar chiming, ultra-catchy power pop infused tenor vocal melodies, and a snap-tight rhythm section, the group has fully realized a record of astounding ambition and scope.” - ALLMUSIC
    “Man, they rock like motherfuckers onstage”- MAGNET
     

    Sat
    10
    Nov
    2018

    Hayley Sabella and Keenan O'Meara Nov 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      


    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

    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

    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.


     

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