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    Thu
    02
    Jan
    2020

    closed


    Fri
    03
    Jan
    2020

    Nick Lyons, Focus Group, Wendy Eisenberg Jan 3

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    1) Nick Lyons Solo
    2) Focus Group (Michael Rocketship, Booker Stardrum, Eli Crews and Ava Mendoza)
    3) Wendy Eisenberg Solo

    Sat
    04
    Jan
    2020

    Julia Easterlin / Innov Gnawa Jan 4

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

    Julia Easterlin (born March 14, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter and baritone ukulelist whose music draws from elements of world-beat, chamber-pop, folk and contemporary classical music.

    She has collaborated with artists Vieux Farka Touré, Bill T. Jones, Kris Bowers, Shahzad Ismaily, Bobby McFerrin, and Alex Toth of Rubblebucket, among many others. She has also worked as a co-writer and contributing vocalist with Mason Jar Music for The New York Times.  Her early work entails extensive use of a BOSS RC-50 loop pedal to compose and perform wide-ranging a'capella music for a single voice. She departed from this style briefly in 2015 with the release of Touristes, her collaborative project with Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Touré.

    In 2017, Easterlin set her loop pedal aside indefinitely to release her first full-length solo album: an acoustic chamber-pop work Light of a Strange Day, under the moniker Hite. The album was produced by Shahzad Ismaily and Charles Van Kirk and released to critical acclaim.[1] In 2019, Easterlin joined the touring ensemble for dream-pop artist Barrie as a bassist and background vocalist. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Innov Gnawa is a Grammy-nominated musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco's venerable Gnawa music tradition in the heart of NYC. Formed in the summer of 2014, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, A Maalem, or master Gnawan musician, originally from Fez, Morocco. Ben Jaafer is accompanied by Amino Belyamani and Ahmed Jeriouda, along with a brotherhood of guest musicians, all playing the karkabas, metal castanets whose staccato sound is said to represent the shackles and chains of slaves. 

    Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov Gnawa has delved deep into the roots and rituals of Gnawan music and has made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city's most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, and the storied backroom of Brooklyn's Barbes. Innov Gnawa has also collaborated and shared the stage with such luminaries as Bonobo and Antibalas.

     

    Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the "5 Bands You Need to Know" in Brooklyn's Arabic music scene, Innov Gnawa make great use of a traditional repertoire and add their own contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. This exciting new outfit fuses a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of NYC.


    Sun
    05
    Jan
    2020

    Open Ground: Sean Clapis / Olli Hirvonen Jan 5

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Olli Hirvonen New Helsinki & Sean Clapis
     
    Olli Hirvonen - guitar
    Luke Marantz - piano
    Nick Dunston - bass
    Nathan Ellman-Bell - drums
     
    Sean Clapis: Guitar
    Sebastienn Ammann: Piano
    Alex Tremblay: Double Bass
    Colin Stranahan: Drums
     
    On Displace, his latest album and first for Ropeadope, the Finnish-born, Brooklyn-based guitarist Olli Hirvonen introduces a highly personal, pathbreaking vision of guitar heroism. Melding jazz, prog, noise-rock, new music and other influences, his playing and composing evoke everything from Pat Metheny and Ralph Towner to Tim Berne, Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine.
    “Expressively granular” -Village Voice
     
    Sean Clapis is a guitarist, composer and bandleader born in Hartford, CT to a mother and father who would sing him to sleep every night as a child. After discovering jazz at the Artists Collective and Academy of the Arts, Sean went on to study at the Hartt School of Music under the tutelage of Jackie Mclean, Nat Reeves, Andy LaVerne and many others. After graduating, he moved to New York City, making a name for himself performing with Cyrille Aimée, Steve Davis, Gene Jackson, Warren Wolf, and many others. In 2017, he received 2nd prize at the Jarek Smietana International Jazz Guitar Competition in Krakow as well as the jury prize which afforded him the opportunity to record an album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. 

    Thu
    09
    Jan
    2020

    Michael Bates’ Acrobat / Mother Octopus Jan 9

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       
     
    Michael Bates’ Acrobat
    Marty Ehrlich-clarinet
    Mazz Swift-violin
    Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon
    Michael Bates-bass
    Michael Sarin-drums
     
    Acrobat, the quintet led by bassist/composer Michael Bates, features five fearless voices sharing a passionate commitment to creativity and artistic beauty.  Here, the quintet explores 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.
     
    Violin player and composer Dana Lyn presents a suite of music for sextet inspired by visual artist Jay DeFeo and her monumental work, "The Rose."
     
    Dana Lyn, violin
    Mike McGinnis, clarinet
    Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
    Patricia Brennan, vibes
    Gary Wang, bass
    Noel Brennan, drums/percussion

    Fri
    10
    Jan
    2020

    Secret Sibling, Camila Ortiz and Stephen Becker Jan 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

        

     

    Secret Sibling is an experimental pop band featuring the music of Michael Sachs. Its got synths, saxes, clarinets, vocals, and drums. Lyrics range from sentimental emo to cold and absurd. Personnel includes Kim Mayo(voc), Tomas Cruz (voc), Michael Sachs (synths, winds), Sam Decker (synth, winds), Pete Moffett (drums).  

    Camila Ortiz is a singer and songwriter who writes about dreams, emotions, and driving. In addition to her solo project, she makes up half of experimental pop duo, Myrtle.  
     
    Steve Becker (formerly Trees Take Ease) is a songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Always in search of the in-betweens, Steve's music grapples with simplicity / complexity, consonance / dissonance, joy / grief. His music is a living, breathing compilation of his own self, an emotional landscape, a diary with arms and legs. When not working on his own music, Steve performs, tours, and records with his friends: Market, Zero Stars, Katie Von Schleicher, and Wilder Maker. 

    Sat
    11
    Jan
    2020

    Elizabeth Ziman, Andreas Arnold, Lau Noah Jan 11

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She's toured​ with the likes of Sara Bareilles​ and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills​ and more. 

    "Her piano playing, reflecting classical studies, can be virtuosic at her best; Ms. Ziman brings her own core of craft and insight to the mainstream. She tucks musicianly treats into her songs: meter shifts, unexpected chord progressions and structures that break free of verse-chorus-bridge, all crisply executed by her band.
    -Jon Pareles, New York Times

    Guitarist-composer Andreas Arnold released his latest album Odisea in 2019, followed by the video EP Four For Jaco which explores the music of Jaco Pastorius from a flamenco guitarist's perspective. At the Owl he will perform with his current flamenco-jazz quartet featuring Yvonnick Prene (chromatic harmonica), James Labrosse (2nd guitar) and Jeremy Smith (percussion). www.andreasarnold.info

    Lau Noah is a singer-songwriter from Reus, Spain who recently performed on NPR's Tiny Desk series—a web series that showcases emerging and established musicians in a pared-down format similar to 90's TV show, MTV Unplugged. Noah is multilingual and speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, and Hebrew.


    Sun
    12
    Jan
    2020

    Open Ground: Martin Nevin Quintet & Alexa Barchini/Jackson Fitzgerald Jan 12

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     
    Martin Nevin Quintet
     
    Christopher Hoffman- cello
    Kyle Wilson- tenor saxophone
    Ari Chersky- cello
    Craig Weinrib- drums
    Martin Nevin- bass and compositions
     
    Alexa Barchini - voice
    Jackson Fitzgerald - guitar
     
    Martin Nevin plays music for breathing, sitting, sleeping, dancing or praying. Music for anyone and everyone.

    Alexa Barchini and Jackson Fitzgerald are a Brooklyn based guitar+voice duo, performing originals and covers spanning jazz, singer-songwriter, and Americana realms. Alexa Barchini - vocals Jackson FitzGerald - guitars

    Thu
    16
    Jan
    2020

    Kenny Warren & #1 Kid Jan 16

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    Trumpeter Kenny Warren will play some of his highly improvised newer compositions for trio with Matthias Pichler on bass and Flin van Hemmen on drums.

    Adam Dotson(#1 Kid) is a song-writer, trombonist, euphoniumist, singer who was a founding member of indie dance pop band Rubblebucket as well as a current member of NYC legacy brass band Slavic Soul Party!. His Arthur Russell DIY inspired bedroom pop songs are usually presented as #1 Kid. This broken down acoustic trio version features vibraphonist Matt Moran(Claudia Quintet, Slavic Soul Party) and Bassist Aryeh Kobrinsky. Adam lives in Bed-Stuy and his preferred bagel order is Whitefish salad with bacon, pickles and onions on a pumpernickel everything bagel. Matt also lives in Bed-Stuy and his bagel order is everything with plain cream cheese. Aryeh lives in Park Slope and likes and everything bagel with cream cheese, cucumber, and a tomato with S&P.


    Fri
    17
    Jan
    2020

    Allegra Krieger, Margaux Bouche and Crosslegged Jan 17

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    18
    Jan
    2020

    Closed for a Private Event

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    closed tomorrow night too, sorry


    Thu
    23
    Jan
    2020

    closed for a short winter break

      but we have a show tomorrow!  ...

    Sweet Megg, Foster Power, Belle-Skinner (Jan 24)


    Fri
    24
    Jan
    2020

    Sweet Megg, Foster Power, Belle-Skinner Jan 24

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       

    Foster-Powell is a triangular neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, which sprang up around the construction of Portland's electric street car line in the 1890s. Meanwhile, Foster Powell is an indie rock band based in Boston. They sing from the gut and shoot from the hip. Their songs are astonishingly true, and hearty, and occasionally sound like lost Beatles cuts. ​Foster Powell, Amy Anders, and Daniel O'Connor met at Bennington College and in the fall of 2018 formed a formidable trio of electric guitar, octave "fiddle bass", drum kit (as played by a classical percussionist), and vocal harmonies. Carling Berkhout (Carling & Will, Surplus Daughters) has since joined on lead guitar.

    https://www.foster-powell.com/

    Belle-Skinner is a dark nostalgic singer-songwriter based in upstate New York and Brooklyn. With a hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano and innate sense of melody she crafts tales of songbirds, sirens and desert nomads - nuanced and layered stories which bridge the gap between past and present. Though her influences cover a broad range of genres - from French chansons and Russian folk to contemporary alt-pop and rock - her voice often draws comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, and Lana Del Rey. Opening for acts such as Mitski, Sean Rowe, Bill Ryder-Jones (Arctic Monkeys), Saint Saviour (Groove Armada) and Heather Maloney, she has performed at venerated venues and festivals including The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and the Roundhouse Theatre in London. "A hidden treasure...Belle-Skinner reflects the deepest flaws and the greatest beauties of human nature within her music, which is both charming and chilling, and a simple joy to listen to." -The Wild Honey Pie

    belle-skinner.com

    “When jazz was born it was exciting and made us laugh and cry. Jazz should be the most relatable of music because it is pure human improvisation being broadcasted in real time. Our goal with this group is to not recreate the past but to explore it and mix it with the future. I want to use our original music to create that theme.” - Sweet Megg Sweet Megg has been lighting stages around the across the eastern United States for the past 4 years. Her enthusiasm and honesty cuts straight through to the heart as she seamlessly transitions from an energetic Western Swing number to a melancholic French waltz. Sweet Megg was born and bred in New York City but her sound reaches far beyond the confines of Manhattan. Her voice is exceptional and is colored with the vast variety of influences she holds dear including Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, and Bessie Smith. Her recent excursions outside of the US were a huge success and she is now building up a following not only in New York, Nashville, Asheville, and other Eastern cities but also in cities like Moscow, Paris, Montpelier, and Kaliningrad. Her newest record comes out February 7th on Dala Records, a local Brooklyn record company. Her music is steeped in many traditional American musical styles but also allows for influence from the present era. Her music is American to the core in that it is ever evolving and reflecting the changes surrounding it.

    http://www.sweetmeggswayfarers.com/

     


    Sat
    25
    Jan
    2020

    closed again for that short winter break

      but we have a show tomorrow!  ...

    James Carney quartet / Matt Marantz Quartet


    Sun
    26
    Jan
    2020

    James Carney / Matt Marantz Jan 26

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    "Mr. Carney is a sharp pianist and a broadly imaginative conceptualist and composer." -The New York Times.

    “The James Carney Group...is an Ellington band for the new millennium. This, I suppose, makes Carney, the pianist and composer, a New Duke. I exaggerate not.”
    — Will Layman, PopMatters

    Pianist, keyboardist and composer James Carney is a Brooklyn-based award-winning improviser who draws inspiration from many different sources of music, and has worked with a wide variety of great musicians and artists throughout his career. He has cultivated a reputation for developing an original, polystylistic approach to making music - a philosophy that respects and explores both tradition and the avant-garde. Carney will be joined by saxophonist Michaël Attias with Richard Bonnet, guitar; Melvin Bauer, drums. The music will feature avant-garde improvisations and music by Carney & Bonnet.


    Thu
    30
    Jan
    2020

    James Tillman & Elysse Jan 30

    7:30 Doors $17.00 adv/ $20.00 door

    https://venuepilot.co/events/32175/orders/new

     

    Elysse is a Brooklyn-based vocalist and composer who crafts cinematic, genre-bending songs. Elysse discovered her penchant for songwriting while pursuing an MA in Cultural Studies at NYU, taking cues from such artistic influences as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, and Joni Mitchell to cultivate a panoramic yet intimate style spanning a vast spectrum of idioms from psychedelic soul to chamber pop, all anchored in her passion for poetics and the written word. She released her debut single "Eve," to critical acclaim, and is poised to release her debut album project in 2020. 

    “Elysse herself most readily recalls Jill Scott, or better yet KING with slightly better chops, sipping at the waters of jazz and quiet storm soul, with a vulnerability that suits the lyrical arc of passion, lust, loss and regret.” - SoulBounce.
     
    Born and raised in Washington DC, singer-songwriter/producer James Tillman surfaced in early 2013. After spending some time in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tillman self-released his notable Shangri La EP in 2014. Garnering comparisons to Marvin Gaye and Nick Drake, Tillman's Shangri La received praise from music and media sources around the world Tillman continued to grow his fan base touring as an opener for Tune-Yards and performing throughout North America. Tillman then released his debut album Silk Noise Reflex in 2016. The album saw a sold out special-edition physical release  and headline show in Tokyo, Japan. Tillman's song "Casual Encounters" expanded his reach and fan base after appearing in the Netflix Series Dear White People. Tillman is based in Brooklyn, NY.
     

    Fri
    31
    Jan
    2020

    Dig Nitty, rbke, Relatives Jan 31

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    rbke is the moniker of harpist rebecca el-saleh. rbke released her first ep in 2008 with lymbyc systym’s mike bell, and then made her way out to the west coast where she released another ep recorded at tiny telephone & produced by john Vanderslice in 2012. after a spell in toronto studying with judy loman, and a moment in southern california, rebecca moved to new york. in 2019, she began chipping away at a new ep with zubin hensler. “break through arrive here” is the result of a progression through darkness and into the light.

     


    Sat
    01
    Feb
    2020

    Lau Noah, Ambrose Getz & Emma Frank Feb 1

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     

    Ambrose Getz is the project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Caroline Getz. Seeded in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury, Getz's songs wind their way from the West Coast through Ohio's rust belt farmlands to the flashing fire of New York City. Luck, lineage, and letters that never reach their destination find footing alongside characters from life and story.

    Emma Frank is a Brooklyn based songwriter. She has released four albums of original music. Her latest release, Come Back, came out on Justin Time Records in fall 2019, and featured pianist Aaron Parks and producer/guitarist Franky Rousseau. “The slightly tart tunes are complemented by literate lyrics that, nevertheless, cut to the center of the heart, addressing romance as poetry and yearning. Given that Frank and Parks manage to find original hooks amidst their mixture of songcraft and jazz, these love songs feel like they should be radio hits in some new era of grown-up pop music. Perhaps that's asking way too much of today's pop audience, but the music is good enough to work a miracle or two. Why not that one?” (Will Layman, PopMatters)

     
    Lau Noah's musical tapestry is a conversation between masterful storytelling, intertwined cultures and a limitless sense of imagination that provide the audience with the capacity to time-travel between their child self and the being they will become when the last song of the show comes to an end. 

    Sun
    02
    Feb
    2020

    Yoav Eshed // Oren O'Blivion & friends feat Billy Martin, Kenny Warren, Michael Coleman and more! Feb 2

    7:30

     

     

     

     

     

    Yoav Eshed is an award-winning guitarist and composer born in Israel,
    releasing his quartet debut album with Fresh Sound New Talent Record Label this upcoming spring.
    Yoav Eshed Quartet is an exciting journey of guitar, piano, upright bass and drums,
    storytelling jazz musicians with an innovative playing and exciting sound featuring some of the top musicians in the NYC jazz scene.
    Yoav Eshed - Guitar
    Gadi Lehavi - Piano
    Ben Tiberio - Bass
    JK Kim - Drums

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4vMxSy-geE

    Oren O'Brien aka The Least Grebe will be appearing on bass with long time associate Billy Martin, drums, plus Kenny Warren, tpt, Michael Coleman, keys, Adam Dotson, additional Brass and Grackle McMorning, guitar.  Having just returned from Jamaica, The Least Grebe is in a Dub Mood, so bring your Dub Shoes, Loons and Housing.


    Wed
    05
    Feb
    2020

    Grey McMurray /Briars of North America Feb 5

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       

     

    "The Briars of North America are excited to be performing new and slightly-used music in anticipation of our new album to be released in May 2019!  We’ll be diving deeper into newer songs and visiting some old classics as well.
     
    The Briars of North America is a futuristic-chamber-folk group that find inspiration from both traditional and experimental sounds — shape note singing, old-timey string music, etc., and weirder free jazz, new classical, and electronic music.  We call the band “post-americana” because it reflects a desire to return to a life of simplicity, a way to reorganize human relations outside the context of apocalyptic capitalism, an affirmation of one of our mentor’s sayings: “Simplicity is the new wealth.”  
     
    Members of the Briars have played with Neutral Milk Hotel, Steve Coleman, Meredith Monk, The National, Becca Stevens, Jim Black, Steve Reich, and Helmut Lachenmann (to name a few).  Formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2008, the Briars is the brainchild of second cousins Jeremy Thal and Gideon Crevoshay, and quickly grew to include bassist Greg Chudzik, guitarist Simon Jermyn and drummer Tommy Crane.  Our first album “Orisis” was recorded in a drafty third floor apartment in Hudson NY and has found a small but devoted audience in the greater Columbia County area. The album reached a wider audience when we played an opening slot for Jeff Mangum’s solo tour in early 2013, and were described as “hushed chamber folk with classical precision and exquisite harmonies”, “pensive, existential, and thought-provoking”, and “Christian” (although the band is led by agnostic Jews).”
     
    Guitarist, singer and producer Grey Mcmurray has been called “sublimely odd”(New York Magazine), and “the world’s least obtrusive guitarist”(The Guardian).  He released his first solo album on Shahzad Ismaily’s Figureight Records in September 2019.   He has performed/recorded with Gil-Scott Heron, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tyondai Braxton, Alarm Will Sound, Du Yun, Ali Sethi, Beth Orton, Colin Stetson, So Percussion, Samita Sinha, Sam Amidon and John Cale among others.  He’s a member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, 6G with Greg Fox and M. Geddes Gengras, Sunny Jain’s Wild Wild East, and of the duo itsnotyouitsme with Caleb Burhans, with four releases on New Amsterdam Records.  He hopes everyday to provoke joyful tears in strangers' eyes.

    Thu
    06
    Feb
    2020

    Atoosa Grey & Lori Carson Feb 6

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Atoosa Grey is a singer-songwriter and poet based in Brooklyn. She has released four independent albums: Out of the Jar, Sound Travels Up, Night of the Deep Bloom, and When the Cardinals Come. She began honing her craft at the Sidewalk Cafe's Anti-Folk scene and was a regular at The Living Room, in addition to shows at other great NYC venues including Joe's Pub and LPR. She is currently working on a new collection of songs entitled Dear Darkness, to be released in 2020. “Combining the open wound delivery of Patty Griffin with the breezy elegance of Deadstar’s Caroline Kennedy, Atoosa Grey is a singer/songwriter of tremendous talent. The New Yorker takes a long look at love, desire and all the closed-fisted miles the heart has to travel by itself before it can finally open.” - Alex Green, Caught in the Carousel

    www.atoosa.net

     

    Lori Carson is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and author whose albums include: Shelter, Where it Goes, Everything I Touch Runs Wild, House In The Weeds, and Another Year. A former member of the seminal band Golden Palominos, she has contributed to the soundtracks of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, Keith Gordon’s Waking the Dead, and others. In 2013, her debut novel, The Original 1982, a story about a young musician and the daughter she might have had, was published by William Morrow/Harper Collins. Guitarist Paul Pimsler will join Lori for an intimate set of new songs and favorites.

    http://www. lifeandfiction.loricarsonmusic.com


    Thu
    06
    Feb
    2020

    Quique Escamilla & tba Feb 27

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    JUNO Award winner, Quique Escamilla was born and raised in the tropical southern lands of Chiapas, Mexico. Today he is an internationally accomplished artist and singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Canada.
    Quique breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music such as ranchera and huapango with contemporary sounds of rock, reggae, pop, cumbia, bolero and many other sounds from around the globe. 
    His latest release, Encomienda, represents Quique’s own “mestizaje of the Music of the Americas”, and the wide range of genres found in it are to support the world's diversity of culture, colour, race and language. 
    Quique uses his voice and guitar to tell stories designed to decimate xenophobia and borders. Be it in Canada, Mexico or Europe, he continues to take his Zapatista-influenced message around the world chanting: "We want a world where many other worlds fit in."  "He's a unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique is really one to watch!" 
- Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada.

    Fri
    07
    Feb
    2020

    Night Fishing w Levon Henry Feb 7

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    'Night Fishing' is a new monthly series, hosted at the Owl Music Parlor and curated by Levon Henry. Halfway between round-robin and jam-session, the evening will juxtapose solo performances against collective attempts at each others' music (and maybe some covers too).



    Sat
    08
    Feb
    2020

    Drinking Bird, Julia Easterlin and Adam Schatz Feb 8

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Combining intimate jazz improvisation with cinematic melodies and rock-and-roll verve, DRINKING BIRD is a trio that draws from a liberally defined American Songbook to build a sound of its own. Comprising New Yorker Eladio Rojas on the drums, Norway-bred guitarist Jacob Matheus, and Pacific Northwest native Tree Palmedo on trumpet, the members of Drinking Bird have also performed with folk singers, rock bands, and a host of jazz greats.  In addition to original material by its members, the trio tackles numerous jazz standards, country tunes, and pop songs reflective of the band's eclectic taste; the sparse instrumentation lends a uniquely nuanced approach to Elliott Smith and Thelonious Monk alike. Several video projects and a debut album are in the works.
     
    Julia Easterlin is one part Bjork, one part Regina Spektor, one part loop scientist; a sophisticated musical mind that can wield composition, production, and soaring performance in one fell swoop. Her music is majestic yet delicate, beautiful and brooding.

    Adam Schatz does too much at once and often likes it that way. As a song-writer and performer, he leads the band Landlady, who have released three records, and toured around the world to audiences very small and reasonably large. They’ve performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and been acclaimed by publications you’ve heard of, and plenty of other’s who’ve since gone out of business. He plays saxophone and keyboards at shows and records for people who ask him nicely, such as Sylvan Esso, Hand Habits, Japanese Breakfast, Man Man, Those Darlins, Adia Victoria, This Is The Kit, Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, and more.

    As an person who burns himself, he bakes sourdough bread and has a secret recipe for apple cider donuts.


    Sun
    09
    Feb
    2020

    Open Ground: Evan Shinners & Caroline Davis with StringsFeb 9

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    Evan Shinners - piano, performing selections from the Well Tempered Clavier, Book 2
     
    Caroline Davis - alto saxophone / compositions 
    Julian Shore - piano
    Chris Tordini - bass
    Mazz Swift - violin
    Eddie Venegas - violin 
    Jessica Pavone - viola
    Christopher Hoffman - cello

    A graduate of the Juilliard School (BM ’08, ‘MM ’10), Evan Shinners is the founder and director of the 'Bach Store': Beginning in November 2018, after winning an 'Alumni Enterprise Award' from the Music Academy of the West, Shinners opened 'The Bach Store' on 56th and Broadway, in Manhattan, where in plain view in 5000 square feet, he performed Bach for five hours daily for 37 days consecutively. He organized and hosted 37 individual nightly concerts each evening, on which over 60 acclaimed guest artists participated during the run. His efforts landed him on the front page of the New York Times arts as other esteemed new outlets such as German Public Radio and the Wall Street Journal. He followed soon after with 'Bach Store: Variation One' in July 2019 in Wall Street to similar success. Mr. Shinners has been invited to open a 'Bach Store' in Eisenach, Germany, town of Bach's birth, in February 2020.  His alter ego, "WTF Bach" releases unique original compositions and short films. His avant-garde incorporations of Bach into social media (SnapChat and Instagram), were featured in an art gallery during Bushwick open studios in 2016. 'Bang on a Can' declared his electronic music, “Better than Coffee.”
     

    Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer, and saxophonist Caroline Davis lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and she was named one of JazzTimes’ Best New Artists in 2012. Her second album, Doors: Chicago Storylines, is an audio documentary that uniquely sets stories from Chicago's jazz scene from the 80s and 90s alongside her original music. In 2018, she won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll “rising star” in the alto saxophone category. Caroline’s third album, Heart Tonic, was released on Sunnyside Records to much acclaim in NPR, the New York Times, and DownBeat. Davis’ self-titled Alula, featuring Matt Mitchell and Greg Saunier, was released on New Amsterdam Records May 10, 2019.  She has shared musical moments with a diverse group of musicians, from jazz to improvised and composed music, recently including Lee Konitz, Angelica Sanchez, Matt Mitchell, Miles Okazaki, Matt Wilson, and Billy Kaye. Her regular collaborations include Maitri, Whirlpool, and Persona (with Rob Clearfield). In March of 2019, she was a composer-in-residence at the esteemed MacDowell Colony, and was awarded the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship for her work for 2019-20.


    Thu
    13
    Feb
    2020

    Xanthoria Quartet, Ben Katz, harpsichord & Lacy Rose Feb 13

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    Xanthoria Quartet was founded in early 2019 by kindred musical spirits Kate Goddard, Abby Swidler, Hannah Selin and Alexandra Jones. The four met as freelancers in New York, playing music ranging wildly in style from contemporary classical music, to baroque music, to music by indie bands and singer-songwriters. As a quartet, they share a commitment to bringing music of many genres to life with vivacity and color. In 2019, Xanthoria Quartet worked with the Brooklyn Composers Collective to record an album of new compositions; played with singer-songwriter Leah Shaw in the premiere of her forthcoming album, Play Beautifully; and recorded an original film score by composer Jessica DiMari. The group also performed a program of “story-within-a-story” quartets by Janacek, Glass and Josquin at Brooklyn College in May 2019. In February 2020, the quartet will premiere new compositions by its own Swidler and Selin alongside reimagined vocal works by Josquin, Gesualdo and De Rore. 

    Harpsichordist Ben Katz is fascinated by the similarities between 17th and 18th century improvisation-based compositions and their relationship to contemporary musical forms. The tension between text and interpretation is baked in to all the music that Katz is drawn to. His program at the Owl Music Parlor on 2/13 presents pieces newly composed for him as well as his own transcriptions. 

    Lacy Rose is a lyric poet, classically trained vocalist, and composer living in New York City. As a creator of neoclassical art songs, Lacy regales her audience with tales of myth, magic, tragic and eternal love, performing regularly with her Starling Quartet. She is currently adapting Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to GH into an opera with director Dara Malina as well composing a piece entitled Lispector, a song cycle devoted to the author’s glamorous, complicated, and radical life and works. “You don't understand music: you hear it. So hear me with your whole body.” CL ⭐️ Lacyrosemusic.com 


    Fri
    14
    Feb
    2020

    Eliana Glass and Alyssa McDoom Feb 14

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    Eliana Glass & Micah Thomas            Alyssa McDoom & Evan Wright

    Eliana and her family moved to Seattle in 2000 where she began singing at a very young age. Currently based in New York, Eliana continues to pursue her passions of music, visual art and writing, continuously gaining insight into each medium through the other. Eliana finds the voice is unlike any other medium of expression because it goes straight to the essential. Where in many art forms we are constantly trying to "find our voice", with singing there is no mediator. This is an important part of her music and artistic expression.

    Alyssa is a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alyssa creates music informed from her greatest influences folk music, 60’s soul and reggae. Looking up to artists like Joan Baez, The Supremes, The Delfonics, and Alton Ellis, Alyssa mixes her folky voice and compositions with arrangements and sounds reminiscent of the 60s and 70s. Heavily inspired by producer arrangers of that period like Burt Bacharach and the Holland- Dozier Holland, she produces her music with a love for analog and warm textured arrangements that normally include her playing an old nylon guitar and organ.


    Sat
    15
    Feb
    2020

    Soft Fangs, Stone Irr, Melisande Pope, Glossolalia Feb 15

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    Join Soft Fangs, Stone Irr, Melisande Pope and Glossolalia for a night of intimate songwriting, captivating storytelling, and intricate guitar work.

    https://softfangs.bandcamp.com/ -- https://stoneirr.bandcamp.com/ -- https://melisandepope.bandcamp.com/


    Sun
    16
    Feb
    2020

    So Long Ivey Long - featuring Oren O'Blivion & the Oblivion Country Express feb 16

    7:00 Doors, $10 Suggested Donation

      


    Thu
    20
    Feb
    2020

    Dan Seiden, tadzio, Nicomo, lover's almanac Feb 20

    7:00 Doors, $10 Suggested Donation

     

    Queens-born singer-songwriter Dan Seiden first played CBGB at age 14, and has been performing his tender, genre-defying originals ever since. Along the way, he’s done studio work for Jewel and Lisa Loeb. Find his recently released, self titled collection at Spotify.

    tadzio is an ensemble of Philadelphia/D.C. based musicians who share an interest in creating evocative sonic landscapes that blend warm acoustic tones (harp, piano, flute, percussion) with electronic instrumentation with an uneasy lushness that recalls both the soaring verticality of a symphony hall and the distorted hum of a basement noise show.

    Nicomo are the songs and spaces of Nico Osborne, with a band of the hands and hearts of Duncan Standish and Gerard Marcus. Views through windows and fields recorded, shadows and conversations misunderstood, sounds through walls, opaque reflections. 

    lovers’ almanac is dreamy & geometric vocal & instrumental music from dina maccabee & damon hankoff


    Fri
    21
    Feb
    2020

    The Pointless Forest, Caleb Curtis's Bottom Feeders Feb 21

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       

    The Pointless Forest plays Harry Nilsson’s "The POINT!"
     
    The POINT! follows Oblio, a round headed boy growing up in The Land of Point, a town where everyone and everything must, by law, have a point. When he and his dog Arrow are banished for breaking the Law of the Land they must find out for themselves what the Point really is.  Our version of The Point! is a tribute of our admiration to the film, the music, and the man himself: Harry Nilsson. To us, The Point! represents the most concentrated examples of what makes Nilsson Nilsson as well as the pinnacle of George Tipton's inspired and original arrangements of Nilsson's songs.
     
    Matt Robbins (Vocals, Keys) 
    Caleb Curtis (Alto Saxophone, Flute) 
    Paul Jones (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet) 
    Rachel Therrien (Trumpet) 
    Eric Burns (Guitar) 
    Doug Berns (Bass) 
    Arthur Vint (Drums)
     
    Caleb Wheeler Curtis – alto saxophone
    Christopher Hoffman – cello
    Noah Garabedian – bass
    Rashaan Carter – bass
    Martin Nevin – bass
    Vinnie Sperrazza – drums
     
     

    Sat
    22
    Feb
    2020

    Damon Isaac Smith, Joanna Sternberg and Miriam Elhajli Feb 22

    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 at the Paul Green School of Rock, performing and touring with artists such as Jon Anderson of Yes, Napoleon Murphy Brock of Frank Zappa's band, and Burlap to Cashmere. 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. His debut solo album, "Intimate Machinery," came out on ERASED! tapes in December 2017. His second album "God of the Grid" followed in 2019.

    Joanna Sternberg is a 28-year-old singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist born/based in New York City.  When Joanna was 2, their parents overheard them humming the entire melody to “Oh What A Merry Christmas Day” from Mickey’s Christmas Carol at their passover seder.  They sent Joanna to piano lessons when they turned 5.  Joanna taught themself how to play the guitar and electric bass when they were 11. Joanna attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art.  They started studying double bass during their freshman year.  Joanna got a full scholarship to Mannes College of Music, and studied classical double bass there for a year and a half.  Joanna decided to leave the school and take a year off.  During that year they did nothing but stay in their room and draw comics.  Joanna has been a freelance musician and visual artist since they were 18-years-old.  Joanna finished their double bass performance degree at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, where they got a full scholarship.  When Joanna was 23, they began writing songs and learning how to sing.  At the age of 24 Joanna started singing in public while accompanying themself on different instruments. Today, Joanna continues to write songs, sing, play instruments, and create visual art.  Joanna does not like using genres to describe music or art.   They also do not like using the word music to describe music, or the word art to describe art. 

    Miriam Elhajli is a Venezuelan-Moroccan-American composer and vocalist whose work is influenced strongly by the folkloric musics of South and North America, modern jazz, and contemporary classical music. 

    A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she currently lives in Brooklyn where she performs (on the side of the road or otherwise), and is a researcher at The Association for Cultural Equity founded by Alan Lomax. 


    Sun
    23
    Feb
    2020

    Julian Shore Group & Jeff Miles Group Feb 23

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    An American guitarist, composer and producer from San Diego, California,Jeff Miles is a Berklee College of Music alum and the winner of the 2008 Montreux Jazz Guitar competition. Featured on numerous recordings,  Jeff is sought after for his orchestral pallet of sounds and blistering, evocative improvisations. He has performed around the world in venues such as The Monterrey Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Las Condes Jazz Festival,  Saulkrasti Jazz Festival,  Jazzclub Augsburg and Blues Alley, as well as in long standing New York City clubs such as the Bar Next Door, 55 Bar and Smalls Jazz Club. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
     
    Julian Shore is a Brooklyn based pianist and composer. For this performance, he'll be joined by Noah Preminger (tenor sax), Caleb Curtis (alto sax), Noah Garabedian (bass), Allan Mednard (drums)


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