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    Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Persian Music Ensemble & Camila Celin & Roshni Samlal April 28

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Persian Music Ensemble offers global music infused with the lyrical poetry of Rumi and Hafez, as well Persian Ghazals, Turkish Illahis, Arabic and Persian folk songs.

    April Centrone is a versatile performer of drumset in the genres of hard rock, jazz, funk, world, progressive and avante-garde. Her other trademark is as a performer and educator of the riqq (Arabic tambourine), as well as the darbekkeh (goblet drum) and frame drum. For almost ten years, she was student of master Lebanese/Palestinian percussionist, Michel Baklouk Merhej, and studied Arabic music and its other instruments, including the 'ud (Arabic lute), buzuq (Arabic 'saz') and violin. She has performed with renowned Arab artists such as Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbani, Bassam Saba, Charbel Rouhana and Najib Shaheen. Centrone is the executive director and co-founder of the New York Arabic Orchestra.

    Juliet Rabia Gentile is a student of sufism, writer and performance artist. She is a spiritual representative of her teacher Shaykha Fariha Fatima of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community. Juliet has led prayer ceremonies at various venues throughout New York City including: the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York Open Center, Union Theological, Auburn Seminary, Museum of Jewish Heritage and One Spirit Learning Alliance. Juliet is a vocalist in several ensembles including American Sufi Project, Adam Maalouf and The Tribe, I Guillari di Piazza, and Red Union. She also teaches Sufi Sema (whirling) both privately and in groups in NYC.

    Amin Sarshar is originally from Hamadan, Iran and has performed with various ensembles. He was also classically trained to sing Persian ghazals under the Persian Dastagh system. He received his PHD in mechanical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology.
     
     
     
    Camila Celin & Roshni Samlal~
    Classical Indian Music Set

    Camila Celin began playing guitar at age nine. For several years, she has been doing intensive studies in the Indian sarod, in Kolkata with sarod player Sougata Roy Choudhury and in New York with sitar maestro Pandit Krishna Bhatt. In 2009 she was nominated for a Grammy for best world music album in collaboration with slide guitar maestro Debashish Bhattacharya. She has been an active performer in her native Colombia, the U.S. and India. Camila has composed music for several films, for theater as well as for commercials and lives between New York City and Kolkata, India.

    Roshni Samlal is a New York–based tabla player who hails from the West Indies, where she was initiated into the ancient tradition of Indian classical music by her vocalist father. She has continued her tutelage in the Benares style of tabla playing under Shri Tapan Modak and is currently a student of the epic Farukhbad exponent, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee. While her passion is Indian classical tabla, she has played folk, jazz, and other genres. Samlal has performed at notable local venues such as Pianos, The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End, The Shrine, and Tea Lounge.
     
     

     


    Sat
    29
    Apr
    2017

    Hank Roberts Quintet // Brandon Lopez Trio 4/29

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Thu
    04
    May
    2017

    Alison K Hunt & Patrick Foley May 4

    7:30 pm $10.00 suggested donation

     
    Alison Kendra Hunt with Patrick Foley
    Alison Kendra Hunt is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who lives in Brooklyn. She performs in both solo and collaborative projects. More recently, writing lyrics and singing vocals on a track for Hamacide’s Mighty Little Machine album.
    Playing guitar, Los Angeles-based Patrick Foley accompanies her as he methodically weaves in and out, in perfect harmony. Foley is a former member of the Brooklyn band, Multitudes. 
    Together they perform songs known for their honesty and openness, with lyrics that touch the heart. 
     
    “Hunt combines delicate vocals and subtle guitar strokes to create a collection of heartbreaking songs that embrace melancholy and personal affliction. …Hunt’s music slowly unravels to expose thread-bare emotions of an extremely personal nature.” Chad Radford, Creative Loafing – Atlanta

    Fri
    05
    May
    2017

    Zoe Guigeno, Alec Spiegelman // Trees Take Ease

    7:30 pm $10.00 suggested donation

    Alec Spiegelman, Brooklyn-based singer, composer, arranger & multi-instrumentalist will perform a set of relatively new songs on classic themes like love, television-punditry, and the college application process.  

    Alec Spiegelman is a member of the band Cuddle Magic. As a sideman, on stage and in studio, he’s worked with numerous creative songwriters including Amanda Palmer, Anais Mitchell, Pokey LaFarge, and Will Sheff. He’s arranged and performed the wind instruments on countless recordings, among them three albums by The David Wax Museum, and Kristin Andreassen’s Gondolier. He’s produced recordings for Jennifer Kimball (formerly of The Story), Anna & Elizabeth, and the conceptual multi-media artist Jack Early. His musical-comedy project (with Kelly Roberge), Ronald Reagan – Boston’s Premier 80s Pop Saxophone Duo, has shared comedy stages with Eugene Mirman, Kristin Schaal, and Reggie Watts. His early musical education included lots of improvising in the jazz tradition (broadly defined), formal studies with Steve Lacy and Ran Blake, and a thorough (informal) grounding in r&b saxophone best-practices (a la Junior Walker) directed by Doo Wop survivor Little Joe Cook.

    “[Alec Spiegelman is] a very gifted clarinet, flute and bass clarinet player … He’s quite a guy” – Bob Brookmeyer

    “Musicians and night-club proprietors lead complicated lives …” – The New Yorker

     

     

    Trees Take Ease is the solo project of Brooklyn-based songwriter and guitarist Stephen Becker. Equal parts whimsical and wistful, TTE bridges the gap between songs and soundscapes, giving listeners something melodic to hum along to and something thoughtful to digest. Have a seat, relax, fall asleep, it's ok. 


    Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Pam Jam I : Pamelia Stickney and Simone Dinnerstein (duo) May 6

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Pamelia Stickney (theremin) + Simone Dinnerstein (piano) 8pm

    a rare opportunity to get to hear us together in the wonderfully intimate and cozy setting of the owl.  in the air i forecast some bach, satie, glass, maybe messiaen... ooo!

     


    Wed
    10
    May
    2017

    Ali Dineen / Joanna Sternberg / Eleonore Weil & Jake Shulman-Ment May 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Thu
    11
    May
    2017

    GAVAGAI May 11

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Screen Shot 2016-08-13 at 7.55.08 PMGAVAGAI 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-pianist David Cieri and composer-improviser-bassistMike Brown, with other skilled improvisers (horn-players, cellists, violinists, vocalists, who knows?) often dropping in onstage as surprise guest-musicians. 

    About the Curators (whose recent collaboration at Carnegie Hall can be seen here):

    David Cieri is a true artist. Fearless on the piano, a combination of virtuosity, sensitivity and curiosity, he is constantly discovering new ways to express complex emotions through music that has served as the backbone of our films.  - Ken Burns

    This is real music, not trapped by boxes, definitions and genres, but creating its own style. Cieri delivers beautiful moods…honest, imaginative, fearless.  - John Zorn

    David Cieri began playing the violin at the age of three, but switched to the piano at the ripe old age of six. He has studied with members of the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and with ECM recording artist Art Lande, and he has performed his original compositions at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Cieri’s film-scoring work includes Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War (with Trent Reznor and Yo-Yo Ma, Florentine Films, in post-production), The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (Florentine Films, 2014), The Address (Florentine Films, 2014), Prohibition (with Wynton Marsalis, Florentine Films, 2011), Baseball: The Tenth Inning (Florentine Films, 2010) and the Emmy-winning National Parks (Florentine Films, 2008), Barak Goodman’s Emmy-nominated The Emperor of All Maladies (Ark Media, 2015), and a short directed by George Lucas for The Academy of Arts and Sciences called “The Heart of the Matter” (2014). His original score for Raymond De Felitta's Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story was listed for an Oscar nomination in 2013.

    Danielle Blau’s Rhyme and Reason: Poets and Philosophers on the Questions that Matter 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

     

    Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Steve Sallett and Friends May 13

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Thu
    18
    May
    2017

    Zach Nestle-Patt Group , .michael, Smiley & Crowell

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    19
    May
    2017

    Glenn Patscha with Ben Perowsky and Oren Bloedow

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    20
    May
    2017

    Akie Bermiss solo // Mother Octopus May 20

    7:30 pm $10.00 suggested donation

     
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    Akie Bermiss is a pianist, composer, and singer living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Bard College with degree in music composition. While there he also studied American Music (read: tin pan alley, broadway musicals, and jazz) and writing (read: wrote some bad poetry and called it good). To his friends, he is considered a musical snob of the highest order; to his enemies — a musical charlatan of the basest variety. 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.
    Akie Bermiss is a Brooklyn native raised by former-activists & educators in a musical household full of jazz and politics. He began singing in church, moved it to school for a while, and then took it up as a career.
    Since graduating from Bard College, Akie has moved back to New York City and made a name for himself with his signature sound – a voice that blends R&B, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Funk effortlessly. Akie has unique skills in composing and songwriting, and, not least, great ability to work with and enhance the sounds of other musicians and singers.
    He is currently touring with Lake Street Dive, he has recorded and performed with FutureSoul band Aabaraki, the Screaming Headless Torsos, Miri Ben-Ari (the Hip Hop Violinist), Rap sensation Soul Khan, and he also works with his own band, the Akie Bermiss Trio.
    We can honestly say that this full blood musician brings soul and musicianship of the highest caliber to each one of his projects, and he is actually quite the comedian..
     
     
     
    Mother Octopus is the bald-headed musical stepchild of violinist-composer Dana Lyn. Joining her in this project are guitarist Ty Citerman, cellist Clara Kennedy, clarinetist Mike McGinnis and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza. About their 2013 release "Aqualude": “Stunning in its beauty, yet remarkable in that it includes the dark colors of the mosaic chips as well.” George Harris, Jazz Weekly.

    Sun
    21
    May
    2017

    PLG Arts/Open Ground present: The Rhythm Method String Quartet and The Choir Invisible May 21

    6:30 doors $10 suggested donation

    PLG Arts Festival Presents:  
    The Rhythm Method String Quartet at 7pm
     
     
    open ground presents:
    The Choir Invisible  9pm
    Charlotte Greve – alto saxophone
    Chris Tordini – bass
    Vinnie Sperrazza – drums

    Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    Pam Jam II: Pamela Sticky trio with Stuart Popejoy & Gerry Gibbs May 26

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    May 26 - trio with Stuart Popejoy (keys) and Gerry Gibbs (drums) and P.S.  (theremin + processing) 

    three freaks unite!   Gerry and Stuart have not yet played together but my last time in town playing with them, i thought, holy sheet,  i wanna hear where we take it.  they're both composers + improvisers with golden ears, instincts, versatility  and... humor!   things i recall listening to or jamming to with these doods nerding out - weather report, mahavishnu orchestra, herbie & the headhunters, arthur blythe, contortions, brahms, sinatra, earth wind & fire. 
     

    Sat
    27
    May
    2017

    Pam Jam III : Pamela Stickney & Sugarlife May 27

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    May 27- Pamelia Stickney w/ Sugarlife + special guests  8pm

    It's a celebration and if you dont know why, you'll probably figure it out by being there!   everything from extremely disciplined to completely out of control... written and improvised... because it's such a special day, there'll be some special peeps there who i'm gonna have to call up to play...   and it's my last concert on the east coast for a while, come out to say ciao ciao!

    Sugarlife is Christian Dautresme (voice) , Stuart Popejoy (keys), Danny Tunick (drums) and whenever i'm in town, i always make a point to play with them! 

    something funny, something scary, something below the earth's crust at any moment will spew out.  heavenly voices, hellish grooves, hedonist harmonies.


    Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017

    Briggan Krauss

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Briggan Krauss

    Wayne Horvitz

    Kenny Wollesen


    Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017

    Harris Eisenstadt's Old Growth Forest June 8

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation



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