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    Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017

    .michael. / Hollow Ground / Wishbone Ensemble 3/30

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    8:00-8:30 .michael.
     
    .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.
     
    8:45-9:30 Hollow Ground
     
    Kind of a gloomy vibe type thing. Featuring Ryan Beckley (guitar) Carmen Rothwell (bass) Jason Burger (drums)
     
    9:45-10:30 Andy Clausen's Wishbone Ensemble
     
    Clausen’s “The Wishbone Suite” was commissioned by King County 4Culture, and recorded for Table & Chairs Music in 2011. The 19-movement suite for chamber jazz ensemble of clarinet, accordion, piano, trombone and drums embodies Clausen’s playful and vivid musical outlook. In the jazz tradition, compositionally crafted folk-like motifs act as springboards for the ensemble’s improvised material. While the traditional concept of the jazz solo is seldom present in Clausen’s works, improvisatory counterpoint and conversations abound in his music, creating innovative opportunities for his band-mates to assert their personal voices. Featuring Andy Clausen (trombone) Michael Sachs (clarinet) Mitch Lyon (cello) Addison Frei (piano) Jason Burger (drums)

    Fri
    31
    Mar
    2017

    Peter Gordon & Abraham Gomez-Delgado // Ben Goldberg Quintet 3/31

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Composer, performer and bandleaders Peter Gordon and Abraham Gomez-Delgado will present a concert of solo performances at The Owl on March 31 at 8p

    The Eje is an instrument that was created to allow one musician to play all the parts of a Latin ensemble simultaneously. Abraham Gomez-Delgado will perform original compositions and improvisations on this instrument. “Playing solo ‘ensemble music’ is as much about exploring the group as it is exploring the individual.” Abraham Gomez-Delgado is a Puerto Rican/Peruvian composer, educator and visual artist based in Brooklyn, New York.

    Peter Gordon will interweaving saxophone, piano and electronics with fragmented spoken narratives. This is latest installment of Gordon’s ongoing series of solo “tone poems” and will includes work-in-progress segments of a new album.

     

     
    "Last and perhaps Leased. Molto Adagio with some grease on it, and three people named Ben."
    Ben Goldberg - clarinet
    John Ellis - tenor saxophone
    Michael Coleman - keyboards
    Ben Allison - bass
    Ben Perowsky - drums

    Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Apfelbaum, Rojas, Baptista April 1

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Peter Apfelbaum/Marcus Rojas/Cyro Baptista
     
    Three luminaries of contemporary music with highly personal sound worlds and much history together meet for the first time in a trio setting. Drawing on several eras of technology, they will explore songs and sonic combinations which were previously thought unimaginable.
     
    Peter Apfelbaum (saxophones/flute/keyboards/percussion)
    Marcus Rojas (tuba, tubapercussion) 
    Cyro Baptista (percussion, vocals, homemade instruments) 

    Tue
    04
    Apr
    2017

    Levon Henry and Robert Stillman 4/4

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    1. Robert Stillman
     
     
    Robert Stillman is a saxophonist from the northeast United States. His music juxtaposes the archaic with the futuristic, incorporating influences of Folk Americana, Jazz, Minimalism, and experimental electronic music to create a sound described by the Guardian as “lending an avant-garde shimmer to pre-modern American sounds.” He has released eight albums of his own work, the most recent of which Rainbow (Orindal Records) received critical acclaim from publications such as Mojo, Other Music, and Aquarium Drunkard. He has performed his music at venues and festivals internationally, sharing bills with bands such as Deerhoof, Dirty Projectors, Black Dice, and Yo La Tengo, and worked with a wide variety of musicians, including Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic), Kit Downes, Hello Skinny, and Bat for Lashes, as well as visual artists such as Mark Garry, Sara Magenheimer, and the Borbonesa publishing group. 
     
    2. Eliot Krimsky
     
    Eliot Krimsky is a composer and songwriter, co-founder and lead singer of the band Glass Ghost, keyboardist, and media artist.
    3. Tom & Lee
     
     
    A spirited duo (Tom Csatari & Levon Henry) that splits the difference between the folk and jazz genres, exploring the nooks of old American songs as well as new explorative original songs inspired by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Bob Dylan, Thelonious Monk, John Fahey and Duke Ellington — all the while maintaining a spirit of risk and adventure.

    Wed
    05
    Apr
    2017

    Michael Holt and Friends

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Michael Holt with Sam Bardfeld, Oren Bloedow, and Zoe Guigueno
     
     
    Michael Holt writes beautiful, moving songs in the creative, sophisticated pop tradition started by the late Beatles and carried on by Joni Mitchell, XTC, Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith, Rufus Wainwright, and Radiohead. His newer piano songs deal with the spiritual/social/environmental crises of our time. Tonight he'll be joined by Sam Bardfeld, one of NYC's most acclaimed Jazz violinists, Owl proprietor Oren Bloedow on guitar, and up-and-coming double bass player Zoe Guigueno. They'll spin a web of new songs, old songs, and unpredictable improvised music.
     

    Thu
    06
    Apr
    2017

    Dolunay and Sharq Attack 4/6

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     
     
    DOLUNAY plays an array of original compositions alongside renditions of Turkish and Rumeli standards.  The music of Dolunay (Turkish for “full moon”) 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. 
     
    SHARQ ATTACK is a Brooklyn based ensemble playing original music composed by oudist Brian Prunka, as well as traditional favorites from the Middle East. With Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion.

    Fri
    07
    Apr
    2017

    Sam Levin and Dia Luna April 7th

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Sam Levin created this band to find expression for his personal vision of the combination of math, melody and rich guitar sounds.  He strives to find the right balance between clarity and mystery.  What is beautiful that is not also strange?  The songs are from an EP to be released Spring 2017.  The band features a trio including Kirk Schoenherr on bass and Shaun Lowecki on drums
     
    DIA LUNA is a Brooklyn Brujita who plays with the alchemy of music and memory. 
    With simple song structures and a velveteen voice, DIA LUNA explores the sexy mess of being alive. Drawing on inspirations like Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell, and James Blake, her elegant piano based songs deal with the internal world of the unseen, using electronic flourishes and the voice as a method of describing emotional landscapes in music the way Anais Nin would describe them in writing. The resulting sound is honest, and vulnerable, and haunting.
     

    Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    Jen Shyu April 8

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Born from Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrant parents, 2016 Doris Duke Artist Jen Shyu is an acclaimed vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer, producer, and Fulbright scholar. She has performed her music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and other prestigious venues around the world. For this special performance, Shyu will perform part of her newest solo work, "Nine" (working title), a solo ritual music drama, through both narrative and abstract, integrative music-movement methodologies via the voice, Taiwanese moon lute, gayageum, piano, and electronics. Shyu will sing in languages including Indonesian, Javanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin, Tetum, Korean, and English. This mythical work is inspired by Shyu’s 12-plus years of study of traditional music from four specific countries: epic storytelling (Pansor i ) and East Coast shaman music (DongHaeAhnByeolShinGut), both from Korea; music from sub-districts Aileu and Ataúro from East Timor; Hengchun Folk Song with moon lute from Taiwan; and Ledhekan, which combines Javanese dance with improvisational singing (Sindhenan) from Indonesia. "Her voice, a wonder of technical control and unrestrained emotion, tells a story dotted with well-researched facts and wild poetic allusions. She claims both as her truths." - Wall Street Journal


    Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017

    Blaise Siwula & Luciano Troja April 12

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Blaise Siwula has been involved with the arts for most of his life. He began studying the alto sax at the age of 14 in middle school and following explorations of drama, poetry, architecture, visual art (a B.F.A. and an M.F.A.) and a quick stint to Europe he arrived in NYC in 1989 with his family and an alto sax.

    Incorporating traditional musical scoring techniques and visual/graphics with spontaneous composition he has been honored to perform across the USA Canada, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, Romania, Poland, Croatia, Morocco, Japan, Portugal, Mexico, Slovenia, Denmark, South Korea and Austria.

    Notable musicians/composers collaborations include: Cecil Taylor, Tan Dun, Peter Kowald, Perry Robinson and Katsuyuki Itakura
    Although primarily an alto saxophonist his current instrumentation includes: tenor/sop sax, bass/alto/sop clarinet and reed flutes

    Recordings are available on: CIMP, Cadence Jazz Records, SLAM, Konnex and NoFrillsMusic.

    Multi-saxophone threat Blaise Siwula thrives in a world where the outré is routine. His musical language is based on bold explorations of tonality and structure, with unconventional concepts of musical ground.” Terrell Holmes New York Jazz Record Dec, 2016


    Thu
    13
    Apr
    2017

    GAVAGAI feat.Jay Deshpande, Natalie Shapero, Rachel Hadas April 13

    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:Jay Deshpande, Natalie Shapero, Rachel Hadas

     

    The Freewheel Trio is a twenty-first century string band that hails from Denver, CO. Through the kaleidoscope of bluegrass, old-time, classical, jazz, and world music, the group's clever melodies and harmonies serve as a springboard for virtuosic improvisation.


    Fri
    14
    Apr
    2017

    Rema Hasumi // Neufeld•Morgan•Weiss

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Ruweh Records Presents : Rema Hasumi // Neufeld • Morgan •Weiss
     
     
     
    8pm Rema Hasumi - piano + voice
           Stomu Takeishi - bass
          Flin van Hemmen - drums


    9:30pm Todd Neufeld - guitar
                Thomas Morgan - bass
                Dan Weiss - drums


    Pianist and vocalist Rema Hasumi's latest album "Billows Of Blue" that featured Masa Kamaguchi on bass and Randy Peterson on drums was described on All About Jazz as " "stories" that sound like tales drifting out of a dream land: untethered to time and place, free-flowing and graceful, strikingly pretty, sometimes spooky, and starkly rendered" by Dan Mcclenaghan. Rema has studied with pianists such as John Hicks, George Cables and Amina Claudine Myers. Her performance is also influenced strongly by Annette Peacock, Jen Shyu, Jeanne Lee, among many others. This performance will constitue the musical first meeting with the great electric bassist Stomu Takeishi.



    Guitarist Todd Neufeld "creates a tonal footprint like no other."  His
    highly metaphorical approach to the instrument has found him a
    collaborator of such musicians as Masabumi Kikuchi, Tyshawn Sorey, Lee
    Konitz, Tony Malaby, Gerald Cleaver, Samuel Blaser and many others.
    Tonight he'll be joined by greats Thomas Morgan and bass and Dan Weiss
    on drums, both musicians he's shared a long standing relationship.
    They'll be playing original material from Neufeld's upcoming debut
    album on Ruweh Records, as well as under-played standards from
    repertoire Neufeld and Morgan have long mined.

    Sat
    15
    Apr
    2017

    Brian Marsella's Trio de Flail // Vinnie Sperrazza jazz band April 15

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    Brian Marsella- piano
    Reid Taylor- bass
    Charles Goold- drums
     
    Trio de Flail is the rhythm section of the NYC quintet The Flail.   The Flail has been performing its unique expression of jazz since 2001 when the members met at the New School and became friends.   The Flail has released 5 albums to date, their latest being, Not Dead…Yet, released February of this year on Marsella’s label, Red Palace Records.  Marsella has appeared on over 40 albums and is most known for his work with legendary Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista (as a member of Cyro’s Beat the Donkey and Banquet of the Spirits) and New York avant-garde icon John Zorn (including appearing on 12 TZADIK releases).    Marsella also performs with Sun Ra Arkestra leader, Marshall Allen in the project UB313 and is a member of numerous other jazz and world music groups.  
    Marsella’s compositions, and those particularly for The Flail, are episodic and storytelling in nature.  
     
    “I’d pay good money to see these guys play.” 
    -- Jazz legend Kenny Barron
     
    “… it’s a band of impressively sound rapport.”
    — Nate Chinen, New York Times
     
    'I was very knocked out by [Marsella’s] piano solo…with lots of block chords and rapid two-handed unison playing that was reminiscent of the late great Phineas Newborn, Jr…” - Bob McWilliams (Kansas Public Radio)

    Vinnie Sperrazza jazz band will consist of Jacob Sacks on piano, Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone, and VS on drums.


    Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Tyrone Cotton and Julia Patinella April 22

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sun
    23
    Apr
    2017

    Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry & Emile Blondel Apr 23

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Australian-American violinist Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry is an active freelancer in the New York City area and across the US. She is a member of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and substitutes regularly with the California Symphony and Las Vegas Philharmonic, in addition to playing with the New Hampshire Music Festival. Irene has performed chamber music with Robert Walters of the Cleveland Orchestra, David Goldblatt of the San Francisco Symphony, and Sara Trobäck and Claes Gunnarsson of the Gothenburg Symphony. She graduated summa cum laude from NYU Steinhardt with a BM in Violin Performance and Linguistics, as well as receiving an MFA from the Swedish National Orchestra Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, and an Artist Diploma from the San Francisco Academy Orchestra. Irene teaches piano and violin lessons privately and for the Brooklyn Performing Arts Center, City Strings & Piano, and Music to Your Home.

     


    Emile Blondel collaborates regularly with musicians, dancers and artists of all mediums. He received BM and MM degrees from the North Carolina School of the Arts under the guidance of Eric Larsen. In 2001 he moved to France, studying at the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot. While in Paris Emile was awarded a residency at the Cite International des Arts. Orchestral appearances include the Richmond Symphony, the Durham Symphony and the Heritage Chamber Orchestra. Emile was named a 2010 Kenan Performing Arts Fellow at Lincoln Center Education and most recently created the music for Marcel and Man Ray, which premiered in the 2016 Lalapalooza! festival of new puppet theater at St Anne`s Warehouse. He is currently on faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, a teaching artist with National Dance Institute and performs with the multidisciplinary performance group Artists by Any Other Name.

     


    Fri
    28
    Apr
    2017

    Red Union & Haleh Liza April 28

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Red Union was born when Amin Sarshar & Juliet Rabia Gentile met at a Sufi lodge in Tribeca in 2015. Their music is infused with Sufi magic, from the lyrical poetry of Rumi and Hafez, to the rich sound of the Persian Setar and the Daf frame drum. Persian folk songs, classical Ghazals, Turkish Illahis (sacred songs), Arabic chants and songs will be woven together in this night of Sufi music.
     
     
    Amin Sarshar - Setar, vocals
    April Centrone- Oud, percussion
    Juliet Rabia Gentile - Vocals, frame drum
     
    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.
     
     
    April Centrone is the Executive Director of The New York Arabic Orchestra. She 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 oud (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.
     
    Juliet Rabia Gentile is a student of sufism, writer and performance artist.  She holds an MA from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from New School University. She is a spiritual representative of her teacher Shaykha Fariha Fatima of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Community. Juliet has led prayer ceremonies and lectured widely on Sufism throughout New York City at venues 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 who sings Sufi improvisational chants in Arabic known as Qaside, Persian folk songs and Turkish sacred songs, as well as plays the frame drum. She performs in several ensembles including Red Union, ​Brooklyn Raga Massive, American Sufi Project, Adam Maalouf and The Tribe​,​ I Guillari di Piazza. She also teaches Sufi Sema (whirling) both privately and in groups in NYC.
     

    Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Pam Fest 2017 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!

     


    Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    PamFest 2017 ii May 26

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    May 26 - trio with Stuart Popejoy (keys) and Gerry Gibbs (drums) and me (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

    PamFest 2017 iii 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.



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