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    Thu
    23
    Feb
    2017

    Evil Hour Evening Reading w/ Lance Scott Walker and more Feb 23

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Evil Hour Evening Reading w/ Lance Scott Walker, Anna Godbersen, Donald Nicholson-Smith, Peter Spagnuolo, Joan LeMay, Omar Columbus and Dr. Edward Machtinger

    Fri
    24
    Feb
    2017

    Boxcutter Cabaret Feb 24

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     
    A night of High Art, Low Concept night of slow-moving picture shows, fast-moving puppet shows, and semi functional technology of the middle ages, all in 2 and occasionally 3 dimensions.  A cabaret to make us laugh and/or cry about the state of everything, full of instantly gratifying puppet shows for a fiscally conservative and morally decaying society.
     
    Featuring:  The Various shows of the BoxCutter Collective: 
    - "The Banks are Made of Marble" by Semi-Upright Culture Workers Collective: A 25 Minute handpuppet show staring the great Judy as she navigates solutions for being poor, evicted, and dealing with dental problems in NYC. Classic puppetry in our modern times.
    - Tales from Killgore Trout: by Better than Never Theater:  Performed on a scrolling cranky.  A picture and shadow show of one of the great stories of Killgore Trout, by Kurt Vonnegut.    
                       And much more, music, cantastorias and other shinnanigans to get us through the times...  
     Also: With Special Guest Performer, TBA
     
    The BoxCutter Collective is made up of a group of puppeteers, bar tenders, union organizers, carpenters, musicians, painters, and general trouble makers who have been working together in various forms for the last 10-15 years. Include puppeteers from Bread & Puppet, People's Puppets of Occupy Wall St., Semi-Upright Cultural Workers Collective,  RPM Puppet Conspiracy, Great Small Works, The Rude Mechanical Orchestra and many others...
     

    Sat
    25
    Feb
    2017

    Moodswing Orchestra

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    Moodswing Orchestra is Ben Perowsky, Glenn Patscha and Oren Bloedow

     

     


    Thu
    02
    Mar
    2017

    Marta Sanchez //Aimee Niemann and Louis Cohen Mar 2

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music, Marta's tunes are rhythmically complex but strongly melodic. Music that tell stories by integrating folk elements with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz. The Quintet's latest recording, "Partenika", was selected as one of the best 10 CD of 2016 by Ben Ratliff for The New York Times. The Jazz Journalist Assotiation, Downbeat and All Music also included this work among their best jazz recordings of the year. The Quintet will be presenting the new material that will be included on their next CD. 

    “It’s an ambitious record by a strong new group” Ben Ratliff for The New York Times

    Line up:

    Roman Filiu: alto saxophone
    Jerome Sabbagh: tenor saxophone
    Marta Sanchez: piano
    Rick Rosato: bass
    Daniel Dor: drums
     

     

    Aimee Niemann and Louis Cohen are a violin - guitar duo whose music combines ambient textures and noisey harmonies to create twisting soundscapes and fleeting moments of reflection"

     


    Fri
    03
    Mar
    2017

    Matt Darriau’s Yo Lateef - March 3rd

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Matt Darriau’s project inspired by the music and legacy of  Yusef Lateef, the great multi-reedists and improvised music innovator.  Lateef was one of the first in the jazz community to bring world sounds and instruments into improvised music.  Matt has had a 30 year career making parallel music in jazz, Balkan, klezmer and world musics, (Ballin’ The Jack, Paradox Trio, The Klezmatics). This group is a nod to Lateef’s musical innovations and esthetic through original compositions and classic Lateef material.
     
    Matt Darriau - reeds, kaval, wood flutes
    Peck Allmond - trp, euphonium, wood flutes
    Arthur Kell - bass
    Steve Johns - drums
    Mez Row - Keys
     

    "For the doctor- the  perception of "in" and "out" begins with  an inclusion in space and at the same  instance  the  perception is that of being away from or not being in the normal or usual space" -Yusef Lateef


    Sat
    04
    Mar
    2017

    Amino Belyamani/ The Good Owls/ Maitri March 4

     
    Jazz pianist Amino Belyamani is a founding member of Dawn of Midi, among many other credits.
     
     
     
    The Good Owls
    The Good Owls are Jake (bass) and Becca Leckie (voice/guitar), a husband-and-wife duo who play songs inspired by Pennsylvania farm country, bourbon, old friends, cross country road trips and hurricanes. Originally formed in Baltimore in 2012, they released their first record, The Hours Between in 2014, and wrote a set of new songs as they traveled across the country from San Francisco to their new home in Brooklyn.  They will perform a set of original music as a quartet with drums and piano.

    Maitri
    Translated from Sanskrit, Maitri (”my tree”) is an unconditional friendship and acceptance towards oneself that in turn extends to the greater outside world and its people. This group was formed by Caroline Davis (voice/woodwinds) to embrace both the hardship and ecstasy of life through song, and it is now a collective songwriting outlet for both herself and Ben Hoffmann (voice/keyboards). Incorporating a heavy dose of soul and R&B, Maitri also draws upon indie influences to create a unique sound in the Brooklyn musical landscape.
     

    Thu
    09
    Mar
    2017

    GAVAGAI feat.Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Kimiko Hahn, Edward Hirsch, March 9

    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:Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Kimiko Hahn, Edward Hirsch,


    Fri
    10
    Mar
    2017

    Fieldings / Caitlin Pasko Mar 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Fieldings came to life in 2014 in the industrial Sydney suburb Marrickville with a handful sample-ripe recordings made in Garageband. Now based in Queens, they have also piqued local interest, playing the Sofar Sound series and being featured as a rising local act by The Deli. Live, Fieldings is a five-piece feat. the rubbery off-kilter rhythm section of John Zinder (bass) and Alex Fitzpatrick (drums), as well as ambient synth/guitar of Melodie Stancato and Paul Weintrob.

     

     

    Caitlin Pasko is a weaver of dreamy elegiac music for voice and piano. Musically her songs drift and float like the work of Satie or Debussy; lyrically they're clear, simple meditations on tenderness and heartbreak. Pasko's style is built on this tension: between the looseness of the Impressionists and the simplicity of modern songwriters. The songs on her new album 'Glass Period' — out March 10 — came out of a headspace where different kinds of loss are collected and confused together: loss of love and loss of life. 


    Sat
    11
    Mar
    2017

    Innov Gnawa - March 11

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    Thu
    16
    Mar
    2017

    Musette Explosion Mar 16

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Musette Explosion by Reuben Radding\

    Paris in the early 20th century was a cosmopolitan melting pot, like New Orleans or New York. A true “musette explosion,” musical and cultural, was taking place. Paris was “in the throes of explosive growth as poor migrants flocked in. Where people of all classes rubbed shoulders, places of amusement multiplied … Cafés, clubs, brothels, and dance halls were the crucibles in which were forged new musical forms.”1 The original bagpipes (“musettes”) of the French Auvergnats were replaced by the Italians’ accordions, but gave their name to the new style of music; Roma guitarists and violinists brought in Eastern European and Spanish influences; American GIs introduced jazz, the banjo, and drums. German and Polish waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas were also in the air.  This trio, with its unique instrumentation, continues the “explosion” through its new interpretations, sonic surprises, and original compositions.

    WILL HOLSHOUSER began playing accordion in the late 1980s when a friend gave him a musty old squeezebox as a surprise. He now performs all over the world as an accordionist, improviser and composer. Will has played for many years with violinist Regina Carter and appears on her last two albums. He has toured and recorded with clarinetist David Krakauer, pop visionaries Antony and the Johnsons, and improvisers Han Bennink & Michael Moore. As a freelance accordionist, he has appeared on a wide range of recordings and live concerts.   http://www.willholshouser.com

    Tuba player MARCUS ROJAS has played in a wide variety of musical contexts, and is internationally recognized as one of the most accomplished and unique voices on his instrument. He has worked with artists ranging from David Byrne and Paul Simon to the Metropolitan Opera, downtown luminaries such as John Zorn and Marc Ribot, reggae stars Sly & Robbie, and jazz legends Lionel Hampton and Lester Bowie. Marcus was a central figure in composer Henry Threadgill's ensembles and collaborated with trumpeter Steven Bernstein and guitarist David Tronzo in the trio Spanish Fly. He has appeared on hundreds of recordings from the labels Black Saint, Tzadik, Sony, Shanachie, Thirsty Ear, and many more.

    Growing up, guitarist/banjoist MATT MUNISTERI was the only kid on his block in Brooklyn who played bluegrass banjo; a freewheeling and virtuosic guitarist, he currently gets to work with a wide variety of artists at the top of their game across the jazz and American roots music spectrum. When not working on his own projects his primary sideman gigs for the last few years have been playing with violinist Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing; Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra; and with the singer Catherine Russell. Matt’s debut CD Love Story wound up on several critics’ “Best Of” lists, and garnered the number two slot on Amazon’s Top Ten Jazz CDs of The Year (2003). His latest CD, Still Runnin’ Round in the Wilderness: the Lost Music of Willard Robison, has also met with rave reviews. Matt has been featured on France’s ARTE television, profiled in Downbeat magazine, honored with Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Editor’s Choice award, and been the subject of several broadcasts on NPR. 

     

     


    Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017

    Closed for Private Event Mar 18


    Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017

    Jennifer Kimball / Alec Spiegelman / Hannah Read

     

    Alec Spiegelman is a Brooklyn-based singer, composer, arranger, & multi-instrumentalist specializing in woodwinds.

    He 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.

     


    Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017

    Charlie Burnham / Ali Dineen Mar 24

    7:30 doors /8pm $10 Donation Suggested


    Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017

    Hank Roberts & Friends Mar 25

     

    with Sarah Bernstein - violin, Shoko Nagai - piano, Hank Roberts - cello, Satoshi Takeishi - percussion


    Thu
    30
    Mar
    2017

    Jason Burger presents 3/30

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    01
    Apr
    2017

    Apfelbaum, Rojas, Baptista April 1

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    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 Andrea Diaz April 7th

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    08
    Apr
    2017

    Jen Shyu April 8

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    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,


    Sat
    06
    May
    2017

    Pamelia Kurstin and Simone Dinnerstein (duo) May 6

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    16
    Feb
    2018

    Eva Salina and Peter Stan Bartok Duets w Marandi Hostetter &? someday

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Eva Salina & Peter Stan
    Old Songs, New World


    A stunning duo with effortless chemistry, Eva Salina & Peter Stan bring their playful, dynamic energy to vintage Balkan Romani songs. In February 2016, Eva released LEMA LEMA, her brass-studded breakout tribute to Romani legend Šaban Bajramović. Recorded in New York and Serbia, LEMA LEMA and Eva have received praise from and appeared on NPR, WNYC, fRoots, Songlines, Transglobal World Music Chart, and hit #2 on CMJ's New World & Jazz Radio Charts.

    Eva's new album with Peter Stan, currently underway, is a portrait of one of Romani music's most poignant, powerful women, and will be released in 2017 on Vogiton Records. Eva and Peter are available internationally during the 2017-2019 season for performances, residencies, and workshops.

    Find out more about Eva Salina and Peter Stan via: http://evasalina.com

     

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