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    Thu
    05
    Jan
    2017

    Ben Goldberg's Invisible Guy // Chris Cochrane with special guest Marc Ribot Jan 5

    cc-by-jeremy-amar_n  After a busy year of playing in numerous projects, some of which were Collapsible Shoulder, Marc Ribot's Young Philadephians, BEE LINE with Billy Martin and Kato Hideki and a new trio with Gordon Beeferman and Kevin Shea, Chris Cochrane will settle in at the Owl for a night of performing his songs, solo and with Special Guest Marc Ribot.

    Fri
    06
    Jan
    2017

    Jenna Nicholls , Jason Harrod and Larry Gallagher Jan 6

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Bringing her original songwriting with flashes of the 1920's / 1930s jazz age, Jenna performs her latest works from her forthcoming release.

    Jason Harrod's songs are cinematic travelogues, filled with quirky narrative detail and propelled by a honey-dipped tenor. He lives in Brooklyn and has been performing for over 20 years


    Sat
    07
    Jan
    2017

    Syrian Refugee Benefit Jan 7

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    with Haleh Liza, Juliet Rabia Gentile, Adam Maalouf, Oren Bloedow, Brittany Anjou and Zafer Tawil and More!


    Sun
    08
    Jan
    2017

    CANCELED FOR SNOW Open Ground: Amino Belyamani & INGA Jan 8

    SORRY DUE TO SNOW THE FLIGHT FROM LA IS CANCELED> PLEASE WATCH CALENDAR for rescheduled dates.

    Open Ground Presents Amino Belyamani - piano 


    Born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco, Amino has been based in New York since 2009. Amino’s music reflects the diversity of his influences - complex african rhythms, arabic melodies, western classical music, jazz and electro-acoustic music. One can witness this richness in the various ensembles Amino leads and co-leads in New York - the critically acclaimed Dawn of Midi, the microtonal and hypnotic SSAHHA, the traditional Ewe ensemble from Ghana - Bedstuy Ewe, and the traditional gnawa music ensemble - Innov Gnawa. Amino has performed with world renowned artists such as Albert "Tootie" heath, Charlie Haden, Alfred Ladzekpo, Houman Pourmehdi, Hamid el Kasri, Hassan Hakmoun, Dimi Mint Abba, and many others.

    INGA
    Sam Gendel - guitar/voice/saxophone
    Richard Sears - piano
    Shahzad Ismaily - bass
    Craig Weinrib - drums
     


    https://iinnggaa.bandcamp.com/

    Doors @ 7:30 | $10 donation
     

    Wed
    11
    Jan
    2017

    School of Tristano with Eric Rasmussen, Nate Radley, Dave Ambrosio & Matt Wilson








    Thu
    12
    Jan
    2017

    GAVAGAI feat. Justin Boening, Beth Lisick 1/12/2017

    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:Justin BoeningBeth Lisick

     

    Fri
    13
    Jan
    2017

    Lacy Rose, Colin Fullerton and Alaina J. Ferris Jan 13

    7:30 doors $10 suggested donation

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    Join Lacy Rose, a classically trained vocalist, composer, and performer who regales listeners with tales of magic, myth, tragic, and eternal love, for a special concert at The Owl. This performance will feature works from her newly composed song cycle "Songs of Remembering and Forgetting" as well as an introductory performance of musical serenades by Colin Fullerton on classical guitar.
     
     
     
     
    When he first heard Neil Young’s “Rockin’ In The Free World” at the age of four, Colin Fullerton knew he would be a guitarist. Since taking up the instrument at six, he has received numerous accolades as a classical musician and performed throughout the United States and Southern Europe. The son of an actor, his playing is characterized by a heightened sense of drama and narrative, and he communicates through his guitar with a striking rhetorical sincerity. With his recent move to Brooklyn, Colin is revisiting his root inspirations through two innovative, popularly-influenced collaborations with his friends Lacy Rose and Ryan Dodge.
     
     

     

    Alaina J. Ferris
     
     

    Sat
    14
    Jan
    2017

    Ann Gillespie's 'Peggy Sue’s of Walnut' / Dear Georgiana Jan 14

    6:30 doors $10 suggested donation


    Ann Gillespie is a playwright and performer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Ann’s darkly comedic and nuanced writing for theater and film emphasizes movement, ambiguous moral dilemmas, and strong female characters. Plays include "Crossing" (voted best in show, From The Hip Theatre festival), “B in Oblivion” (commissioned by The Krane Theatre), “Terminal Moraine” (commissioned by Lost Girls Theatre Company), “Validating the Shit out of Each Other” (MicroTheatre Miami) and “Choreographing a Rape Scene to go into a Feminist Play” (workshopped at Florida International University Alternative Theatre Festival 2016, short-listed by the Eugene O’Neill Festival; staged readings at GableStage Theatre for South Florida Theatre League and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) Ms. Gillespie’s short play "BENCH" was performed at the Jay Sharp Theater in the Playwrights Horizons building as part of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival 2014. That same year, Ann also performed in an original play she wrote, “Was it Love or Just Dancing” produced at the RADA Festival in London. In 2015 Ann went back to the RADA Festival for a staged reading of her play “Bunnies Inside Her,” performed by Whistlestop Theatre. The company revived their performance of this full-length again in London in October 2015 in The Bloomsbury Festival.

    www.anngillespieplaywright.com

    Born in Alabama but having spent the last ten years in New York, Lauren Balthrop identifies as a New Yorker. Her new collection of songs is deeply personal and introspective and is largely influenced by the songwriting of Carole King.

    Lauren has played in bands such as Balthrop, Alabama, Elizabeth & the Catapult, The Bandana Splits, and Ximena Sariñana. In the last few years, she has been a backing vocalist for Bob Weir, Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker, Lucius and Sara Bareilles. She is also the director of the Brooklyn ladies choir, Sirens of Brooklyn. When she's not performing or writing, she spends most afternoons as a music educator teaching kids guitar, ukulele, piano and the art of songwriting.


    Thu
    19
    Jan
    2017

    Ned Rothenberg' In Cahoots' CD release// Dolunay and Sharq Attack Jan 19

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    In Cahoots is
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    Mark Feldman-Violin
    Sylvie Courvoisier - piano
     
     
    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
    20
    Jan
    2017

    Night of the Long Knives w/ Jeremiah Cymerman, Ed Pastorini, Oren Bloedow, Simon Hanes and more Jan 20

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    21
    Jan
    2017

    Michael Leonhart & Mauro Refosco  Jan 21

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     


    Sun
    22
    Jan
    2017

    Open Ground: Jan 22

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Open Ground Presents:
     
    Manuel Schmiedel Trio | Ari Chersky Trio + strings
     
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    Manuel grew up in southern Germany and moved to Berlin at age 19 to fully immerse himself into its exceptionally diverse and vital music scene. He became one of Berlin’s most sought after pianists and has performed extensively at jazz clubs and festivals all over Europe, South America and the United States. As part of the Open Ground Series at The Owl, Manuel will be making his NYC trio debut.
     
    Manuel Schmiedel - piano
    Rick Rosato - bass
    Craig Weinrib - drums
     
    Ari Chersky is a Brooklyn based Guitarist/Composer. With the addition of Viola and Cello to his trio, his "string band" further explores his interests in American improvised music, western imagery, and escapism in it's many forms.

    Ari Chersky - Guitar
    Joanna Mattrey - Viola
    Christopher Hoffman - Cello
    Ross Gallagher - Bass
    Craig Weinrib - Drums
     
     

    Thu
    26
    Jan
    2017

    Rema Hasumi "Billows Of Blue" CD Release Jan 26

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    rema9Rema Hasumi - piano/voice
    Masa Kamaguchi - bass
    Randy Peterson - drums

    "Billows of Blue" was recorded in June 2016, after a year of searching for her own sound, in the free-leaning jazz piano trio with the added presence of the voice.  With a series of compositions Rema wrote for this project, the meeting of the music with the trio was natural and convincing, in the hands of master improvisers Masa Kamaguchi and Randy Peterson. The record will be the fourth release of the new Brooklyn-based record label, Ruweh Records.

    Born and raised in Fukuoka, Japan, Rema Hasumi is an experimental pianist, vocalist, producer and writer now based in Brooklyn.Improvisation, the presence of poetry and automatism are the essential parts of her performances.

    Influenced by a somewhat esoteric line-up of pianists, such as Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Masabumi Kikuchi, Annette Peacock and Cecil Taylor, Rema performs with her unique expression of harmony and phrasings, yet with clear references to the rich tradition of Jazz. 

    Her debut record, "UTAZATA" was released in 2015. In the album, she performed with Todd Neufeld, Thomas Morgan, Billy Mintz, Ben Gerstein and Sergio Krakowski, featuring improvisational interpretations of Japanese traditional, ritual, and gagaku songs.

    "Utazata is an intimate, delicate, austere and very personal work. In it, Rema Hasumi - without grand gestures nor pompous declamations - expresses enormous respect for her history, her culture and its roots." -Sergio Piccirilli for El Intruso


    Fri
    27
    Jan
    2017

    Mary Halvorson's Reverse Blue Jan 27

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    with Chris Speed- saxophones and clarinet; Eivind Opsvik- bass and Tomas Fujiwara- drums


    Sat
    28
    Jan
    2017

    靡靡之音 featuring Oren Bloedow, Ross Gallagher and Sam Levin Jan 28

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      Mi Mi Zhi Yin is a new improvising band featuring Oren Bloedow, Ross Gallagher and Sam Levin


    Thu
    02
    Feb
    2017

    Elliott Sharp and Doug Wieselman solos&duo Feb 2

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    E# will present electroacoustic improvisations with guitar and electronics including music from Momentum Anomaly
     
    Doug Wieselman will be playing his solo clarinet project “From Water”,
    compositions based on what he has heard from bodies of water, incorporating live looping. 
    He has worked with many artists including Anohni, John Lurie, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed,
    CocoRosie, Steven Bernstein, Anthony Coleman and Martha Wainwright. 
     

    Fri
    03
    Feb
    2017

    Julian Cubillos and Evan Vidar Feb 3

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    04
    Feb
    2017

    靡靡之音 featuring Oren Bloedow, Ross Gallagher and Sam Levin Feb 4

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      Mi Mi Zhi Yin is a new improvising band featuring Oren Bloedow, Ross Gallagher and Sam Levin


    Sun
    05
    Feb
    2017

    Open Ground: Lisanne Tremblay's Ecdyses & SiSiSiSi Feb 5

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Open Ground Presents: Lisanne Tremblay's Ecdyses & SiSiSiSi
     

    8pm
    Lisanne Tremblay's Ecdyses
    LT - violin | Liberty Ellman - guitar | Gerald Cleaver - drums

    9pm
    SiSiSiSi
    Caleb Curtis Wheeler - alto saxophone
    Caroline Davis - alto saxophone
    Curtis Macdonald - alto saxophone
    Charlotte Greve - alto and baritone saxophone

    $10 donation

    Described as an “imaginative and agile Québécoise violinist” by JazzTimes, New York-based Lisanne Tremblay has shared the stage with outstanding artists such as Greg Osby, Danilo Pérez, Devin Gray, and many others. Pioneering the rare feld of modern jazz violin, she is an instructor at McGill University and a recipient of several artistic grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Tremblay's distinctive approach captured the attention of many through her debut album "Violinization," which was released in 2015 on Greg Osby’s Inner Circle Music label.

    SiSiSiSi is a quartet made up of alto saxophonists Caleb Curtis, Caroline Davis, Charlotte Greve, and Curtis MacDonald, performing both original music and pieces by Messiaen and Schumann. 

    Saxophonist Caleb Curtis was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI to parents that valued creativity and happiness. His strong and flexible sound has made him an in-demand sideman for many groups including the Captain Black Big Band and the George Gee Swing Orchestra. A founder of the Brooklyn quartet Walking Distance, Caleb plays with commitment in each musical situation. He is a lifelong vegetarian and a graduate of William Paterson University and Michigan State University.

    Curtis Macdonald is a saxophonist, composer and producer who has received several commissions to score modern dance and ballet worldwide. Curtis has released three albums as a bandleader, Community Immunity (2011), Twice Through The Wall (2013), and most recently, Scotobiology—the study of darkness, which is inspired by the effects of artificial light on living beings.

    Caroline Davis, originally born to Swedish-British parents in Singapore, now resides in New York. Her distinct sound and energy has brought her to many outfits as a side-woman, including the Billy Kaye Ensemble, Materials and Their Destiny, Pedway, and Orso. Her original music has been featured on her own quintet, Whirlpool, and Maitri records.

    Charlotte Greve is a New York-based alto saxophonist and composer originally from Germany. With a unique concept of tone and composition, she is making a mark on both the Brooklyn and German jazz scenes. As a bandleader and composer Charlotte has released 5 albums under her own name - 4 of them with the Lisbeth Quartet and one with her Brooklyn based band Wood River.


    Fri
    10
    Feb
    2017

    Ray Rizzo Presents: Tyrone Cotton, Steve Sallett and Julia Patinella Feb 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    11
    Feb
    2017

    Chocolate Genius Feb 11

    7:30 Doors $15.00 in adv / $18 at door

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/11471/orders/new


    Thu
    16
    Feb
    2017

    Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna Feb 16


    Fri
    17
    Feb
    2017

    Joy Askew solo (w/ the La La Las)

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Joy Askew, former keyboardist and vocalist for Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel, Joe Jackson, Jack Bruce, Rodney Crowell and more, is back at The Owl Music Parlor- her favorite venue in Brooklyn! 
    She recently finished her album "Queen Victoria" which features a Big British Brass Band.
    She will be performing Solo and with guests the "La La Las" (Abby Ahmad, Katie Mullins & Elizabeth Ziman), playing songs from Queen Victoria and newer ones. 

     


    Sat
    18
    Feb
    2017

    Jacob Sacks Chamber Quartet Feb 18

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Jacob Sacks Chamber Quartet is : Jacob Sacks - piano, Miranda Sielaff - viola, Kristi Helberg - violin, Mike McGinnis - clarinet


    Sun
    19
    Feb
    2017

    Open Ground Feb 19

    7:30 doors /8pm $10 Donation Suggested

    Open Ground Presents:
     
     

    8pm

    Roman Filiu Quartet

    RF - alto saxophone

    Christopher Hoffman - cello

    Martin Nevin - bass

    Craig Weinrib - drums

     

    9pm

    Recabarren - Menares -Vázquez CD Release: Desde la lluvia

    Rodrigo Recabarren - drums

    Pablo Menares - bass

    Yago Vázquez - piano

    Doors: 7:30 | $10 donation

    Roman Filiu

    After graduating from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana, Filiu joined to the well-known band Irakere, lead by Chucho Valdes, from 1997 to 2005. In the 8 years he spent with them, Filiu not only became an experienced and respected musician but also he travelled around the world. In the U.S Irakere performed at the Carnegie Hall and The Chicago Symphony Hall, among other important venues. Filiu has played with other important musicians such as Omara Portuondo, Issac Delgado, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Dafnis Prieto, the Buena Vista Social Club, Henry Threadgill, and David Virelles, among others.

    In 2010 he recorded his album Musae( Dafnison Music) (Best Jazz Album in the Cubadisco International Fair 2013 in Havana, Cuba) in New York, along with outstanding musicians David Virelles, Reinier Elizarde, Marcus Gilmore, Dafnis Prieto and Adam Rogers. Roman Filiu has been praised by the critics both for his soloing abilities as well as his compositions. Nowadays, he is an active performer and composer around the New York City area. His growing interest for the interdisciplinary arts has brought him to reconsider the connections between graphic design, poetry and music, all within the scope of spontaneous composition.

    Recabarren - Menares -Vázquez

    They emigrated to New York at different times in the last decade. In this city the jazz musicians of the planet congregate, attracted by the history, the mystic, the academic formation in the universities and the musical life around the nightclubs. So it was with drummer Rodrigo Recabarren, bassist Pablo Menares and pianist Yago Vázquez, jazz musicians, immigrants and residents. The latter a Spanish musician, while the first two are Chilean. It is a trio of three leaders that is presented then as Recabarren, Menares, Vázquez. And they are the names behind the first disc of contemporary jazz that publishes the stamp CHT Müsik, directed by Christian Hirth. It is titled "Desde la lluvia", was produced by Hirth himself and recorded in sessions at the CHT Studios on May 24 and 25 by engineer Gonzalo González. Originally, the trio Recabarren, Menares and Vasquez emerged as the rhythmic basis of a parallel project of greater reach, also formed in New York and already has two recordings published: Beekman Quartet. In "Desde la lluvia", a disc with a focus on what the specialists call modern mainstream, the influences are diverse, and the authorship shared, although it is the Spanish Yago Vázquez that stars in the repertoire with eight compositions, including the "Prologue "," Interlude "and" Epilogue ". "We wanted this to be a unitary work, from beginning to end, and that is why it is posed as an account with an introduction, and intermediate and an end," says Recabarren.


    Wed
    22
    Feb
    2017

    Gavagai: Angelo Nikolopoulos and Valerie Oisteanu & more Feb 22

    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:Angelo Nikolopoulos and Valerie Oisteanu


    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.
     

    Sun
    05
    Mar
    2017

    Open Ground: Romain Collin, Eden Ladin, Miro Sprague Mar 5

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Described by NPR host Jon Weber as “a visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young rising star in the jazz world”, and touted by the Boston Globe as being “among the leading lights of a new breed of jazz players”, Romain Collin continues to develop “a highly personal and contemporary vision” (A Blog Supreme, NPR), combining the tradition of improvisation with sound designing, and classical music. Having just released his third record, Press Enter (ACT), described by the New York Times as a “winning new album” and hailed by Jazz journal, UK as an “absolute masterpiece”, Collin keeps developing “a unique voice…a crystal clear vision” (UK VIBE), making his mark on the New York scene, as well as internationally. 

    Miro Sprague is a pianist, composer, and bandleader known for his
    dynamic performance style and inspiring creativity. A native of
    Western MA, Miro is based in New York City and has toured the United
    States, Europe, Japan and the Middle East, working with artists like
    Matt Wilson, Karrin Allyson, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Cardenas, Adam Cruz
    and Ed Howard among others. Miro is a graduate of the Manhattan School
    of Music and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he had the
    opportunity to learn from many jazz masters including Wayne Shorter,
    Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Jimmy Heath, Lewis Nash, Jason Moran,
    Stefon Harris and Hal Crook. Miro leads his own trio and quintet and
    frequently performs solo concerts. He has released four studio albums
    including his latest release: "Blue Dreaming".
     
     
    Eden has performed, toured and/or recorded with artists such as Wallace Roney, Avishai Cohen (bass), Ari Hoenig, Myron Walden, Avishai Cohen (trumpet), Antonio Sánchez, Antoine Roney, Darren Barrett, Kimberly Thompson, Mike Clark, Joel Frahm, John Ellis, Eli Degibri, Bill McHenrey, Omer Avital, Mark Guiliana, Dayna Stephens, Donny McCaslin, Gilad Hekselman and Eric Harland to name a few. He played in some of the top venues in NYC and constantly touring in festivals and venues across the USA, Europe and Asia.

    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

    Elysse // Innov Gnawa - March 11

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Elysse is a Brooklyn-based vocalist and composer who creates cinematic, genre-bending music. After receiving her BA in English Literature from Princeton University at the age of 19, Elysse has subsequently spent her time in NYC exploring wide-ranging sounds and styles while performing in jazz, folk, indie-soul, and psychedelic salsa groups. She’s taken cues from these many influences to develop an eclectic, yet fundamentally emotive songwriting style propelled by her passion for words and imagery. In the Fall of 2016, she released “Eve,” a lush dreamscape that marks her debut single as a solo artist. Elysse’s debut EP is set to arrive in early Summer 2017. 

    www.elyssemusic.com

     

    Innov Gnawa is a young musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable gnawa music tradition in the heart of New York City. Formed in the summer of 2014 by Moroccan expat Samir LanGus, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, a Maâlem, or master gnawa musician, originally from Fes, Morocco. Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov has delved deep into the roots and rituals of gnawa music, and 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 Barbès.

     

    For the uninitiated, gnawa music is the ritual trance music of Morocco’s black communities, originally descended from slaves and soldiers once brought to Morocco from Northern Mali and Mauritania. Often called “The Moroccan Blues”, gnawa music has a raw, hypnotic power that’s fascinated outsiders as diverse as writer/composer Paul Bowles, jazz giant Randy Weston and rock god Jimi Hendrix. The music is utterly singular, played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like sintir that the Maâlem uses to call the tune, to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with which the kouyos (chorus) keep time and pound out clattering, hypnotic rhythms.

     

    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 this traditional repertoire, and add their own, contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. Taken as a whole, this exciting new outfit works hard to fuse a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of New York City.

    Official music video for "Hammadi"

     

    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. 

     

     


    Fri
    17
    Mar
    2017

    Eva Salina & Peter Stan / Jay Rodriguez & Sounder Mar 17

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

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    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

     

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAqQ5KW2uBA

     


    Sat
    18
    Mar
    2017

    Closed for Private Event Mar 18


    Sun
    19
    Mar
    2017

    Open Ground: Ethan Braun, Chris Dingman Trio

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Open Ground Presents:

     
    8pm
    Ethan Braun
    featuring:
    Brendan Randall-Myers - electric guitar
    Fay Kueen - voice
    Ann Hung - bass clarinet
    Jeff Stern - vibraphone
    Yevgeny Yontov - piano
    Jo Whang - cello
    Ethan Braun - piano, compositions
     
    9pm
    Chris Dingman Trio
    featuring:
    Keith Witty - bass
    Tim Keiper - drums
    Chris Dingman - vibraphone, compositions
     
    doors @ 7:30. $10 donation. 
     
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    Chris Dingman is among the most celebrated composers and sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as a  “dazzling” soloist and a composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” his integrative approach to composition lends his music a fluidity and accessibility that transcends genres and has earned him praise as “an extremely gifted composer, bandleader, recording artist, and much sought-after sideman.” (Jon Weber, NPR).

    Dingman has collaborated and performed with some of the greatest musical minds, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and Anthony Braxton. His long-standing collaborations include cutting edge artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Lehman, Jen Shyu, Tyshawn Sorey, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Fabian Almazan, Garth Stevenson and many others.


    Composer Ethan Braun comes from Los Angeles, California.  His work embraces transient, neglected sounds of the classical canon, exhibiting a range from improvisatory to rigorously notated, from songful to textural.

    Braun has written music for the Albany Symphony (New York), Shanghai Symphony (China), the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble(Netherlands), the Ictus Ensemble (Belgium), Slagwerk Den Haag(Netherlands), the Yale Percussion Group (New Haven, Connecticut), and Ensemble Synaestesis (Vilnius, Lithuania) to name a few.  In addition to his work in concert music, Braun has released two EPs of electroacoustic music with experimental music label Khalija records in LA, and performed with the free improvisation group Out of Your Head.  Current commissions include works for New York Youth Symphony (New York, New York), the NAMES ensemble (Salzburg, Austria), and the Brendan Faegre Edge Ensemble (The Hague, Netherlands), and he is in the midst of a collaboration with Sam Gendel (INGA) for orchestra.

    Thu
    23
    Mar
    2017

    Jennifer Kimball / Alec Spiegelman / Hannah Read

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    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.

     

    Born and raised in Scotland, and now based in Brooklyn, NY, Hannah Read is a versatile musician widely recognized on the International stage. She is known for her fiddle playing, songwriting, composing and was recently described as one of “the finest singers of the day” in the UK’s MOJO magazine. Hannah spent her childhood between Edinburgh and the Isle of Eigg (a remote island off the west coast of Scotland) followed by musical studies in Paris and Boston. These very different places and landscapes have shaped and influenced her sound, which can be clearly heard through her original music. With one solo album - ‘Wrapped in Lace’ -  and another to be released in 2017, Hannah is also involved in projects both sides of the Atlantic, including the critically acclaimed British supergroup ‘Songs of Separation’. She records and plays regularly with many New York based bands and musicians including Ember Isles, Jefferson Hamer and John Fatum. 

     

    Singer/songwriter Jennifer Kimball is celebrating the indie release of her new cd, Avocet. Produced by Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic, Pokey LaFarge) who also arranged the songs, Avocet is Kimball’s first solo release in ten years. Perhaps best known for her early work in the duo The Story, Kimball is a crackerjack songwriter with three solo albums and numerous collaborative records to her name. In 2015 she produced HARK, the debut record for the collaborative holiday music ensemble Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony which she founded in 2010. She is an active member of the vibrant Boston songwriter community and has contributed background vocals to over sixty albums for, among others, David Wilcox, Kris Delmhorst, Rose Cousins, Patty Larkin and Peter Mulvey. She is currently on tour with Alec Spiegelman on bass clarinet/keyboards/vox and Deni Hlavinka on keyboards/vocals.

     


    Fri
    24
    Mar
    2017

    Charlie Burnham / Ali Dineen/ Robinson & Rohe Mar 24

    7:30 doors /8pm $10 Donation Suggested

     

    Charles Burnham (born 1950; also known as Charlie Burnham) is an American violinist and composer. He has a unique highly imaginative style[1] that crosses genres, including bluegrass, delta punk,[2] free jazz, blues, classical and chamber jazz.[3] He often performs with a wah-wah pedal. He initially became renowned for his work on James "Blood" Ulmer's Odyssey album. The musicians on that album later performed and recorded as Odyssey the Band, sometimes known as The Odyssey Band. He was also a member of the String Trio of New York, and currently plays in the 52nd Street Blues Project, Hidden City, We Free StRings, Improvising Chamber Ensemble[4] and the Kropotkins.

    Ali Dineen is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She performs original acoustic folk music, as well as songs from U.S. folk traditions, and incorporates historical and sociopolitical commentary into her shows. Her music is personal and also political, and explores the intersections of personal stories with larger histories. On this special occasion, she will be joined by friends and collaborators to present the full orchstration of her original music. Featuring Hannah Sassoon (cello), Eleonore Weill (voice and recorder), Jake Shulman Ment (violin), Zoe Christianson (clarinet), Richie Barshay (percussion), and Amy Carrigan (voice).

    Jean Rohe and Liam Robinson met a decade ago through their love of participatory music-making

    and American folk song. Their cowritten songs are inspired by the traditions they hold dear and

    shine with elegant vocal harmonies and detailed arrangements for guitar, banjo, and accordion.

    Whether in small clubs or on festival stages, Robinson & Rohe’s performances are intimate

    gatherings in which listeners are invited to share in the music-making.

    Acclaimed songwriters and performers in their own rights, Jean and Liam bring with them a

    wealth of creative experience: Liam was a cast member in the Tony Award-winning play,

    “Warhorse” and recently music directed the hit Off-Broadway folk opera “Hadestown” by

    songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. He routinely tours with the Becca Stevens Band. Jean’s songwriting

    has won accolades from the Independent Music Awards, ASCAP, and the Montreux Jazz Festival

    vocal contest. This year, her song “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” was published in the latest

    edition of the popular songbook Rise Up Singing and she was a Troubadour finalist at the 2016

    Telluride Bluegrass Festival.


    Sat
    25
    Mar
    2017

    Hank Roberts & Friends // Caroline Davis Mar 25

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

     

     

    Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer, saxophonist, and educator Caroline Davis now lives in Brooklyn, New York. After making her mark on the Chicago jazz community during her 8-year stint, she moved to New York in 2013, and has proven to be an active leader and sidewoman in the national jazz scene. 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 the 2012 Expanded Critics’ Poll. Her second album, Doors: Chicago Storylines, was just released as an audio documentary that uniquely sets stories from Chicago's jazz scene from the 80s and 90s alongside her original music. This year, she was named one of DownBeat’s rising stars in the alto saxophone category.


    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

    Robert Stillman, Eliot Krimsky, Tom and Lee 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 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 up-and-coming double bass player Zoe Guigueno. Watch:  https://www.youtube.com/michaelholtvideos

    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 with special guest Cha Seungmin 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

    For this performance, Jen will be joined by her close friend and collaborator, Cha Seungmin, a young master daegeum artist (Korean bamboo transverse flute) and current Asian Cultural Council Fellow.

     


    Sun
    09
    Apr
    2017

    Evil Hour Evening Reading: Translations April 9

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Translations is the second installment of Evil Hour Evening Reading, a live reading series named after the 1962 Gabriel Garcia Marquez novel that foreshadows the political climate of the United States 65 years later. We are in evil hour. Writers reading their work in this edition are Kaiama L. Glover, Liesel Schillinger, Kim Barker, Magus Magnus, and Stefanie Sobelle. Hosted by Lance Scott Walker. KAIAMA L. GLOVER is Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and author of Haiti Unbound: A Spiralist Challenge to the Postcolonial Canon (Liverpool University Press 2010). She has published articles in The French Review, Small Axe, Research in African Literatures, The Journal of Postcolonial Writings, and The Journal of Haitian Studies. She is an editor at numerous publications, and has translated Frankétienne’s Mûr à crever (Ready to Burst), René Depestre's Hadriana dans tous mes rêves (Hadriana in All My Dreams), and Chauvet’s Danse sur le volcan (Dance on the Volcano). Professor Glover has been the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Fulbright Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, The New York Public Library, the PEN/Heim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and she is a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review. LIESL SCHILLINGER is a New York–based critic, translator, and moderator. She worked at The New Yorker for more than a decade and became a regular critic for The New York Times Book Review in 2004. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, New York, The New Republic, The Washington Post, Vogue, Foreign Policy, The London Independent on Sunday, and many other publications. Her recent translations include the novels “Every Day, Every Hour,” by Natasa Dragnic (2012, Viking), and “The Lady of the Camellias,” by Alexandre Dumas, fils (Penguin Classics, 2013). Her most recent book is Wordbirds (Simon & Schuster). KIM BARKER was the South Asia bureau chief for The Chicago Tribune from 2004 to 2009, based in New Delhi and Islamabad. Her book about those years, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” was developed into the film “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” Barker is now a metro reporter at The New York Times, specializing in investigative reporting and narrative writing. Ms. Barker was an investigative reporter at ProPublica, writing about campaign finance and the fallout from the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. MAGUS MAGNUS is a native of Los Angeles, California now based in Washington, D.C. His books include The Re-echoes (Furniture Press Books, 2012), Idylls for a Bare Stage (twentythreebooks, 2011), Heraclitean Pride (Furniture Press Books, 2010), and Verb Sap (Narrow House, 2008). He founded Poets Theater and lectures on “Poetic Ways of Knowing” (poetry at the birth of Western philosophy, with focus on the pre-Socratics), performance techniques of the Idyll (art of the poetic monologue), and most recently, considerations towards a prospective Canon of the Free Spirit. Several of his poems and an Idyll appear in the latest two editions of Pearson Longman’s English anthology textbook, Literature. STEFANIE SOBELLE is the associate editor of fiction at the Los Angeles Review of Books and an associate professor of English at Gettysburg College. Her book The Architectural Novel is forthcoming from Oxford University Press, and her criticism has been published in Bookforum, the Financial Times, BOMB, Words Without Borders, Jacket2, and the Review of Contemporary Fiction. LANCE SCOTT WALKER is a native of Galveston, Texas and has written for Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Local Houston, Red Bull Music Academy, Thrillist, Vice, Wondering Sound, Fader, Free Press Houston, OutSmart, Texas Music, Dazed And Confused, GOOD, USA Today and RollingStone.com. He is the author of Houston Rap (Sinecure, 2013) and Houston Rap Tapes (Sinecure, 2014), both collaborations with photographer Peter Beste, and the host of Houston Rap Tapes Radio and Evil Hour Evening Reading. He lives in New York.


    Wed
    12
    Apr
    2017

    Blaise Siwula & Luciano Troja April 12

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Blaise Siwula as 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 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 will follow with Jacob Sacks on piano and Chet Doxas on tenor saxophone.


    Sat
    15
    Apr
    2017

    Vinnie Sperrazza, Chet Doxas & Jacob Sacks April 15

    9:30 Sharp $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sun
    16
    Apr
    2017

    Open Ground: Ethan Iverson 4/16

    7:30 Doors suggested donation: $10-15

    Ethan Iverson has asked two vital elder statesmen to join him for this one-off excursion into common-practice repertoire. For many years David Williams was always to be found with Cedar Walton and Billy Higgins. Victor Lewis is celebrated for his long term relationships with Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, Bobby Watson, Kenny Barron, and Carla Bley. They are both currently at the peak of their powers, and this is a rare chance to see them in action in an intimate trio setting.


    Thu
    20
    Apr
    2017

    Kim Anderson with Vilray 4/20

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Kim Anderson is a composer, songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist whose music walks the line between many genres, incorporating the lyrical intimacy and warmth of folk songs with the delicate, detailed instrumental arrangements of chamber music. Her current live band adds a warm backdrop of electric guitar, accordion, bass, drums and rich vocal harmony. https://soundcloud.com/kimandersonmusic Vilray (vill-ree) is a working musician raised in Brooklyn who sings, whistles, and plays guitar all around NYC, accompanied by bassist and fellow whistler Damon Hankoff. His music is a combination of originals and covers, a leisurely stroll through the varieties of swing music played in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, both jazz and country. http://www.vilraysings.com


    Fri
    21
    Apr
    2017

    Rosita Kess // Ed Pastorini and Elysse April 21

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Rosita Kess " Dark nomadic worldly folkloric sound " "I love living in a constant state of motion and I think my music reflects this. I have a little Argentinian blood and the very first compositions I fell in love with were old recording by Mercedes Souza and Ariel Ramirez that my grandmother used to play in the house. Tango; it ‘s the music of the immigrants, it reflects their profound sense of loss and longing for the people and places they left behind. It was born in African‐Argentinian dance venues where Polkas, Mazurkas, Waltzes were mixed with the popular Habanera from Cuba and the Candombe rhythms from Africa. These are the major influences in my music.” rositakess.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGSzTdLBdVw http://www.rositakess.com/music/ Elysse is a Brooklyn-based vocalist and composer who creates cinematic, genre-bending music. A graduate of Princeton University at the age of 19, Elysse has subsequently spent her time in NYC exploring wide-ranging sounds and styles while performing in jazz, folk, indie-rock, and psychedelic salsa groups. She’s taken cues from these many influences to develop an eclectic, yet fundamentally emotive songwriting style propelled by her passion for words and images. In the Fall of 2016, she released “Eve,” a lush dreamscape that marks her debut single as a solo artist. Elysse’s debut EP is set to arrive in early Summer 2017. Stanton Swihart, All Music Guide, on Ed Pastorini: "A glorious cacophony of disjointed but somehow still euphonious dissonance."


    Sat
    22
    Apr
    2017

    Elizabeth Ziman Apr 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.

     


    Thu
    27
    Apr
    2017

    Sebastien Ammann & Color Wheel Apr 27

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Active since 2012, Color Wheel creates a world of sound in the moment that is continously in movement, looking simultaneously to the past and to the future. While rooted in improvised music, jazz and classical music, the music recalls at times Ornette Coleman, John Cage, Paul Bley or Anton Webern. Color Wheel released their first record on Skirl Records in February of 2017. Michaël Attias - alto saxophone Sebastien Ammann - piano, composition Noah Garabedian - bass Gerald Cleaver - drums


    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 Sextet // Brandon Lopez Trio 4/29

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Hank Roberts Sextet
    with Brain Drye, Dana Lyn, Mike McGinnis, Jacob Sacks, and Vinnie Sperrazza.

     


    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 Guigueno, Alec Spiegelman // Trees Take Ease

    7:30 pm $10.00 suggested donation

    BC-bred, Brooklyn-based music maker Zoe Guigueno will be debuting a set of instrumentals and songs inspired by first mothers, second mothers, third mothers, the Rockies, Manitoba, Bed-Stuy, and the James Farley Post Office. While Zoe is usually found in a corner playing upright bass, tonight she will sit at the piano, accompanied by Alec Spiegelman on alto sax, nylon-string guitar and voice

     

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    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

     

    Fri
    12
    May
    2017

    Oren Bloedow Trio w special guest Charlie Burnham 8:30 pm // Julia Patinella at 10pm

    8pm Doors!

    some music to drink wine to


    Sat
    13
    May
    2017

    Historical Fiction: Doveman, Zsela Kuti, Steve Sallet, Sam Cohen and Friends May 13

    7:30 Doors $15.00 Ticket

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/12923/orders/new


    Thu
    18
    May
    2017

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

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    19
    May
    2017

    Kompromat with Ben Perowsky, Oren Bloedow and Simon Hanes May 19

    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

    Thu
    25
    May
    2017

    Jake Sherman // Relatives // Michael Rocketship May 25

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    https://www.facebook.com/events/795277247290501/?ti=icl


    Jake Sherman, a New York City based singer/songwriter also known for his virtuosity as an organist and pianist, makes music that embraces a vast array of sensibilities, leading his audience through a world of wonderment. Featuring Kyle Miles (bass) and Jason Burger (drums).
    www.thejakesherman.com

    Relatives, Ian Davis and Katie Vogel, met upon arrival to New York City in 2007 and have been singing and writing together since. Now based out of NYC and Providence, they perform regularly in both cities. Over the years, they have pared down and turned inward, exploring what can be done with less.
    www.relativesmusic.com

    Michael Rocketship (née Coleman) brings a varied experience to his songs. From playing marathon cocktail piano gigs to screeching noise shows in dirty basements, he's heard a few things. His songs are often a series of vignettes strung together, wry observations on daily life often tinged with sadness at the knowledge that it's all passing us by so quickly. The band varies from solo synthesizer to 10 piece chamber ensemble. For this special night at the Owl, Rocketship has assembled a supergroup of friends including Andrew Conklin (guitar), Kurt Kotheimer + Rob Adkins (double basses), Jake Fiss (alto sax), Matt Nelson (tenor sax) and Nick Lyons (clarinet).
    www.michaelcolemanmusic.com


    Fri
    26
    May
    2017

    Pam Jam II: Pamelia Stickney 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 : Pamelia 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.


    Sun
    28
    May
    2017

    CLOSED May 28

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Sorry due to ill health and related/ we're positioning this show.  Owl will be closed tonight!
    🙁
     
     
     
    Henry Fraiser's "Hank And Friends"!
     

    “we’re gonna play some make ‘em ups!” - Henry Fraser

     

    ANONYM!

    "quiet music for loud people"
     

    Thu
    01
    Jun
    2017

    Briggan Krauss String and Reed Quartet June 1

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    “CLAP” is a suite of seven compositions for the Briggan Krauss String and Reed Quartet which was premiered in December 2016 at the Chapel Space in Seattle Washington. This performance will feature an East Coast version of the quartet.

    Briggan Krauss - alto saxophone and guitar

    Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon
    Wayne Horvitz - piano and electronics
    Kenny Wollesen - drums and percussion


    Fri
    02
    Jun
    2017

    Alfred Kpebsaane + Brittany Anjou's BEWAA + Michael Eaton's Individuation June 2

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    Michael Eaton's Individuation
     
    Michael Eaton - saxophone/Compositions
    Brittany Anjou - vibraphone
    Brad Whiteley - piano
    Shareef Taher - drums
    Daniel Ori - bass
     
    Pianist/percussionist Brittany Anjou leads NYC musicians through the traditional funeral and social dance music of Ghanaian xylophone from the upper west region of Ghana. Sissala master xylophonist Alfred Kpebsaane, who she studied with while a student of Bernard Woma at the Dagara Music Center in Medie, Ghana, will guest star.
     
         
     
    8pm Michael Eaton Individuation Quintet
    Modern jazz with minimalist/postminimalist + world music influences
    Suggested donation of $10 supports the artists 100%

    Michael Eaton - saxophones/compositions
    Brittany Anjou - vibraphone
    Brad Whiteley - piano
    Shareef Taher - drums
    Daniel Ori - bass

    www.MichaelEatonMusic.com
    https://destinyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/individuation



    9:30pm Ghanaian master xylophonist Alfred Kpebsaane + Brittany Anjou's
    BEWAA: Traditional Ghanaian Xylophone
    Suggested donation of $10 supports the artists 100%

    Pianist/percussionist Brittany Anjou brings together a cadre of her
    Brooklyn based BEWAA project musicians to perform the traditional
    funeral and social dance music of Ghanaian xylophone from the upper
    west region of Ghana with her mentor of ten years, Ghanaian master
    xylophonist Alfred Kpebsaane as special guest artist.

    Alfred Kpebsaane - gyil
    Brittany Anjou - piano/vibraphone/gyil
    Michael Eaton - saxophone
    Mara Rosenbloom - piano/keys
    Dawn Drake - bass
    April Centrone - drums/percussion
    Sean Dixon - drums/percussion

    Alfred Kpebsaane's album, Te Songtaar is available to stream on Soundcloud.
    https://soundcloud.com/user-580301139/sets/alfred-kpebsaane-te-songtaar-the-northern-solohitter
    https://soundcloud.com/brittany-anjou/sets/bewaa-ghanaian-xylophone-live-at-the-firehouse-space-brooklyn
    https://brittanyanjou.bandcamp.com/album/bewaa-vol-i
    https://brittanyanjou.bandcamp.com/album/bewaa-vol-iii-the-threesome-sessions
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FS5OZmjMDQ


    Sat
    03
    Jun
    2017

    Coffee, feat Glenn Patscha, Ben Perowsky and Oren Bloedow // Robert Boston & Daniel Carter June 3

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    Daniel Carter and Robert Boston frequently collaborate, playing both as a duo and in the Ballast Quartet, an experimental improv group with piano/synth, horns, electric bass, and drums.  Daniel Carter is an American free jazz saxophone, flute, clarinet, and trumpet player active mainly in New York City since the early 1970s. A review of a recent recording describes Carter's timbre as "an almost Lee Konitz-like cool.”  Robert Boston is a pianist who regularly performs free jazz, contemporary classical, rock and electronic music. 

    Sun
    04
    Jun
    2017

    Open Ground: Martin Nevin Quintet  Jun 4

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Roman Filiu - alto saxophone
    Kyle Wilson - tenor saxophone
    Sam Harris - piano
    Craig Weinrib - drums
    MN - bass / compositions

    In the days following this concert, Martin will be recording his debut album as a leader. This performance will preview the compositions and the band before they go into the studio. Martin attended Manhattan School of Music, where he studied bass with Jay Anderson and David Grossman, and composition with Michael Patterson. Since then he has performed and/or recorded with notable artists such as Ethan Iverson, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Greg Osby, Jason Moran, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Aaron Parks, in venues across the U.S and abroad.  Martin currently resides in New York City where he continues to compose, teach, perform and record.

     

    Thu
    08
    Jun
    2017

    David Cieri and Group Jun 8

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    https://youtu.be/fNkMsgmSMos


    Fri
    09
    Jun
    2017

    Loosie, Du.0, Loud Relations June 9

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

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

    It's Gemini season and the shows are not what they seem. Featuring chamber music by Du.0, dance by Loud Relations, poetry reading by Sarah Edwards and Rami Karim, and songs by Loosie at The Owl Music Parlor in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn.


    8PM - Du.0 - Charlotte Munn-Wood & Aimee Niemann, violinists & professional noisemakers [chamber music / new music / old music]
    9PM - Loud Relations - Sophie Bromberg and Lindsey Weaving. They make movement based work for you to watch. ✨ [dance / movement / weirdness]
    10PM - Loosie - "Fever Dream Pop” from Brooklyn. Intimate and vulnerable pop songs of drummer-songwriter Alex Kirkpatrick come up for air beneath a slurry of rich and dense textures from shoegaze and improvised music. Anxiety, addiction, and alienation through technology are packaged with healthy doses of feeling-yourself, love for companions, and the good kinds of growing pains. [indie / sperimental / rock friend]
    Sarah and Rami will read in between sets.


    Sat
    10
    Jun
    2017

    Elysian Fields with special guest Dia Luna June 10

    7:30 Doors $15.00 Adv / $18.00 Door

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/12970/orders/new

    Hot on the heels of their latest release, Ghosts of No, Jennifer Charles and Oren Bloedow are hard at work on new material.  Here's a chance to hear the new songs live, in the intimate environment of The Owl Music Parlor!  Featuring Matt Johnson, Jonno Linden & Simon Hanes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLEhs86urK4

    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.


    Sun
    11
    Jun
    2017

    Open Ground: Michael Attias June 11

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    MICHAËL ATTIAS NERVE DANCE QUARTET
    Michaël Attias: alto saxophone
    Aruàn Ortiz: piano
    John Hébert: bass
    Nasheet Waits: drums
     
    "On Nerve Dance, Attias has assembled an ideal ensemble to wield concepts of structure space and risk, and forges a potent relentlessly unpredictable energy .... A glorious group enterprise.
    Britt Robson for JAZZTIMES

     


    Thu
    15
    Jun
    2017

    Richard Sears June15

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Sears - Nevin - Flouzat
     
    Richard Sears - piano
    Martin Nevin - bass
    Guilhelm Flouzat - drums
    +Sam Gendel - alto saxophone
     
    The Sears - Nevin - Flouzat trio is comprised of three bandleaders and composers based in Brooklyn (Sears/Nevin) and Paris (Flouzat). The trio debuted in February 2017, touring through Spain, France, and Italy. This performance marks their first New York appearance, for which they will be joined by Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist, Sam Gendel, of INGA. 
     

    Fri
    16
    Jun
    2017

    Moist Paula's Bliss Station / Smokey Hormel's Secret Family June 16

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Moist Paula's Bliss Station
    Moist Paula - saxophone 
    Daniel Fabricatore - upright bass 
    Chris Eddleton - drums 
     

     
    Smokey’s Secret Family
     
    Smokey Hormel is not only a versatile guitarist, he is considered a liner note legend, having played guitar on several award winning records by a wide range of artists including Adele, Beck, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond and Tom Waits (to name a few). His band "Secret Family" features twangy surf guitar, 3 world class percussionists, deep tuba grooves and a collection of songs that includes  Mississippi field hollers, Caribbean dancehall, 50’s African Rumba, and Brazilian “Forro” 
    David Hofstra is on Tuba and bass, and the world famous Meia Noite on congas. 
     

    Sat
    17
    Jun
    2017

    Steve Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra (7:30) Dervisi (10pm) June 17

    7:00 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Steve Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra

     

     

     

     

    The awesomely dark and mysterious songs and dances of the old-time Greek Rembetika underworld, originally performed by the hashish clans, gangsters and pimps of a now vanished Mediterranean subculture and the Greek bouzouki songwriters who mythologized it... YOU WILL ALL DANCE in ODD METERS because ODD IS GOD, baby! 

    Background:
    DERVISI perform a contemporary version of acoustic GREEK GANGSTA  BLUES...
    A repertoire derived from REMBETIKA and related Greek popular music.
    They are actually a small sect of New York musicians of Greek extraction who have stumbled into a time warp-
    They inhabit, when performing, a parallel world, where they present these songs as 
    expressions of their lifestyle, based on their affinity for sitting around their TEKE  (clubhouse) imbibing certain special
    herbal remedies that they acquire in the course of their Import-Export activities... 
    The core of DERVISI is
    GEORGE "BARBA YIORGI" :  Vocals, Tzoura (small trikordo bouzouki) and guitar
    STELIO "HOMEBOY STEVE" ANTONAKOS: Guitar and vocals
    PETER "PETROS" DERVISI:   Greek Baghlama and dumbek

    Dervisi Recreate a Shadowy World of Gangsters, Underground Revolutionaries and Hash Smoke”… New York Music Daily 

    https://www.facebook.com/events/123469268146373/


    Sun
    18
    Jun
    2017

    Kenny Warren (8) / Cataclysmic Commentary (9) // For The Love of Flamenco (10) June 18

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Open Ground presents:
     
     
    8pm
    Kenny Warren Quartet
    JP Schlegelmilch - piano
    Noah Garabedian - bass
    Satoshi Takeishi - drums
    Kenny Warren - trumpet/compositions
     


    9pm
    CATACLYSMIC COMMENTARY
    Ben Cohen, tenor saxophone
    Eli Wallace, acoustic piano
    Dave Miller, drums and percussion

    Trumpeter and composer Kenny Warren brings his new album Thank You for Coming to Life to Whirlwind – with close friends and empathetic colleagues JP Schlegelmilch (piano), Noah Garabedian (bass) and Satoshi Takeishi (drums) – in a program of six self-penned tracks that flare with character and eclecticism. Hailing from Denver, Colorado and now an integral part of the New York improvised music scene, Warren’s multifarious collaborations include Ben Stapp’s Zozimos, Andy Biskin’s 16 Tons, Slavic Soul Party; and in addition to two album releases with his folk-jazz songwriting project Laila and Smitty, he has duetted with guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood, fellow Whirlwind artist and pianist Bobby Avey and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby.

    Cataclysmic Commentary is a malleable and dynamic new trio of improvising musicians based in New York City. Living in a world of rapidly changing political and socio-economic permutations, they were founded with the premise of integrating these socio-political narratives into their work, sculpting every set according to the particular challenges of the time rather than relying on an established book of rote rehearsed material. This manifests in a diversity of repertoire from completely free improvisation, to compositions by members of the ensemble, to pieces by select influential musicians, to folk songs from around the world. All of the works directly relate to and portray a response to the challenges of our current epoch. Cataclysmic Commentary bring awareness and attention to the challenges faced as inhabitants of Planet Earth through a chameleon approach that is ever exploring, asking questions, and adapting accordingly through their music.
     
    FOR THE LOVE OF FLAMENCO is Julia Patinella, Andreas Arnold and Guy Mintus

    Thu
    22
    Jun
    2017

    Levon Henry and Friends June 22

    7:30 doors $10.00 Cover


    Fri
    23
    Jun
    2017

    Charmaine Lee Trio, Chris Childs & Anonym Jun 23

    7:30

      The Charmaine Lee Trio will include John McCowan (cl) and Zach Rowdan (bs)

     

     

    ANONYM!

    "quiet music for loud people"

    Sat
    24
    Jun
    2017

    Lacy Rose and Alaina J Ferris June 24

    7:30 doors $15.0 ticket (see link for online sales)

    http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2994633

    Alaina Ferris and Matt Schlatter

     

    Lacy Rose and Colin Fullerton

     

    Schlatter & Ferris are hosting an intimate sneak peak concert for their debut EP, 'This is a Photograph." 

    ~Doors @ 7:30
    ~Lacy Rose @ 8:30 w/ guests Colin Fullerton & John Albert Harris
    ~Schlatter & Ferris @ 9:30 w/ guests Lacy Rose, Brent Arnold, & Colin Fullerton

    Tickets $15 in advance, cash at the door 
    ~ includes a digital download of EP upon release.

     


    Sun
    25
    Jun
    2017

    Time of the Season with Adam Minkoff, Oren Bloedow, Ben Perowsky and Brad Whiteley June 25

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    In this special concert Adam Minkoff, Oren Bloedow, Brad Whitely and Ben Perowsky will play and sing songs in whose title the word 'Time' appears.


    Thu
    29
    Jun
    2017

    The Universal Thump June 29

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     


    The Universal Thump: Single Release Show for ‘Catsachusetts’, inspired by a story by Mike Birbiglia. https://gretagertlergold.com/the-universal-thump - A melodic (at times orchestral) pop band led by Australian expat singer-songwriter and pianist, Greta Gertler Gold and drummer/ producer, Adam D Gold. They have been performing together since 2008, have collaborated with a huge array of artists from the pop, classical, jazz and musical theatre worlds, produced an acclaimed Benefit Concert in tribute to George Harrison’s album ‘All Things Must Pass’ at The Bell House in 2010, and recorded their most recent EP ‘Walking the Cat’ at Abbey Road Studios in 2015. They are thrilled to be performing at The Owl for the first time, and will be joined by Josh Camp (keyboards) and Ian Riggs (drums) plus more Special Guests. 

     


    Fri
    30
    Jun
    2017

    Standard Candle // Lucia Stavros and Maria Neckam June 30

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Standard Candle is music originally written by Chris Morrissey for The Jazz Gallery's 2015 Residency Commission. The songs span from freewheeling to meticulous and explore themes like the end of the world and love.

    Grey McMurray-guitar and voice
    Josh Dion-drums, synth and voice
    Nick Videen-alto saxophone and voice
    Chris Morrissey-electric bass and voice

    www.chris-morrissey.com

     

     

    Maria Neckam is an Austrian-born, now Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter, who has made a name for herself as a highly unique and versatile voice. She has been praised by the press -- from the New York Times to NPR's "A Blog Supreme," and Le Monde in France -- as a "trailblazer," and "natural wonder."

    http://www.marianeckammusic.com/

    Lucia "Loosh" is a harpist turned rock vocalist superBitch of indie band Green and Glass. Loosh's solo project suggests musical catharsis' importance equals that of H2O.

    www.luciastavros.org


    Sat
    01
    Jul
    2017

    Chocolate Genius Inc. Jul 1

    7:30 $15 adv/ $18 door

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/13139/orders/new


    Wed
    05
    Jul
    2017

    Brooklyn Raga Massive *Weds in July* Jul 5

    7:30

    https://brooklynragamassive.viewcy.com/courses/910

    "Woven by Anjna Swaminathan"

     

     

    https://www.brooklynragamassive.org/ for more information

     


    Thu
    06
    Jul
    2017

    Elevator Party / The Peekaboos Jul 6

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Elevator Party was born in South Brooklyn, NY, September 2016. The concept was to form an exciting band of neighborhood people with similar musical aspirations. Since September, the band has been writing and developing their genre bending sound, exploring elements from 70's funk/rock, Nigerian Afro-beat music, English 80's pop music, hip-hop and experimental jazz.
    With Audrey Casey holding down drums and vocals, Eric Biondo on trumpet and synth, Ricky Quinones on lead guitar and vocals. the band is currently recording their debut album due out spring 2017. Some of the band members have performed/recorded with TV on the Radio, The Monkees, Antibalas, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Charlie Hunter, Passion Pit, Foals, Holy Ghost, Alicia Keys, India Ariie, Sade, Castle Black, Luther Vandross, Angelique Kidjo, Luther Vandross, Superhuman Happiness, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

     

     

    http://instagram.com/elevatorpartynychttps://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=266278623828765&tsid=0.5425528688821387&source=typeaheadhttps://soundcloud.com/elevatorparty/alltheriches

     

     

    The Peekaboos play rocksteady, the Jamaican music that came after ska, but before reggae, in the late 60s. Bassist Rob Jost fronts this outfit, characterized by 3 part harmonies, horns and a deep danceable groove.

    personnel:

     

    Rob Jost: bass, vocals

    Michelle Casillas: vocals

    Robert DiPietro: drums, vocals

    Oren Bloedow: guitar

    John Deley: Organ

    Jesse Neuman: trumpet

    Michael Blake: tenor saxophone

    Briggan Kraus: alto/bari saxophones

    ????:trombone


    Fri
    07
    Jul
    2017

    Christ Van Voorst Jul 7

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Hear + Now

    Hear + Now is a curated set of music exploring both the contrasts and similarities between composed modern classical music and improvisation. The concert begins with van Voorst's original compositions for chamber trio, followed by improvised music for jazz quartet.

    Personnel:

    Jeremy Viner, clarinet, saxophone

    Dov Manski, piano

    Julia Biber, cello

    Allan Medford, drums

    Chris van Voorst, bass and compositions

    www.chrisvanvoorst.com

     

    Sat
    08
    Jul
    2017

    Ghost Note Ensemble / Months of Indecision Jul 8

    Ghost Note Ensemble (Oakland, CA)
     
     

    Weaving music from Hungarian, Moldavian, Ukrainian, and Jewish folk traditions into a tuneful time traveled tapestry; a requiem for borders of future past.

     
    Months of Indecision (Olympia, WA)
     
     
    Combining elements of americana, country, and soul, Months of Indecision deliver a contemporary sound, yet maintain the candor and clarity of great folk musicians. While performing, Months of Indecision bare themselves with a rare and forthright innocence; it is a treat to be invited into the lives of these talented strangers.

    Wed
    12
    Jul
    2017

    Brooklyn Raga Massive *Weds in July* Jul 12

    7:30

    https://www.brooklynragamassive.org/ for tickets and information

     


    Thu
    13
    Jul
    2017

    Jabari Brisport Cabaret // Mike McGinness w Sachs, Ambrosio,Sperrazza Jul 13

    Cabaret at 7:00, band at Nine

    Come on out to support Brooklyn's own Jabari Brisport as he hosts a fundraising cabaret: Jabari's Big Green Revue. Featured performers will include Starr Busby (People's Champs), Jillian Walker (SKiNFoLK, Ars Nova), Dan Zimberg, Dylan Neely, and Victoria Frings. MC'd by the hilarious Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, this will be a great night to mingle with local artists and activists, and to support Jabari's city council campaign. Tickets available at http://www.jabari2017.nyc/theowl

     

     

    McGinness, Sperrazza, Ambrosio and Sachs are stalwarts of the Owl Scene and New York music in general.


    Fri
    14
    Jul
    2017

    Sylvie Courvoisier with Nate Wooley Jul 14

    7:30 doors $10.00 Cover


    Sat
    15
    Jul
    2017

    Glenn Patscha & Friends Jul 15

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Wed
    19
    Jul
    2017

    Brooklyn Raga Massive *Weds in July* Jul 19

    7:30

    https://www.brooklynragamassive.org/ for tickets and information

     


    Thu
    20
    Jul
    2017

    Dida Pelled // Seungmin Cha and JunYi Chow Jul 20

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

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

     

    Seungmin Cha

    Emerging as one of the most influential experimental Daegeum(Korean transverse bamboo flute) artists, Seungmin Cha was trained in traditional music and its discourse. A graduate of the School of Music at Seoul National University, Ms. Cha has developed her career as a solo Daegeum artist, the director of her music ensemble Shiro as well as composer. She is performing both solo and in bands as part of the indie music scene of Seoul’s Hongdae neighborhood. Her performances incorporate traditional (jeongga and minyo), indie, experimental elements. You can see the evolution of Gugak (Korean traditional music) through her as a traditional music performer, who is at the same time, a contemporary composer and independent musician in the underground scene. She received a prestigious Asian Cultural Council fellowship in 2016 and is currently living in NYC until October with ACC’s support.

    JunYi Chow

     
    New York-based Composer, Multi-instrumentalist and Improviser. Chow's music has been lauded by Financial Times for its "skilful contrasts in both volume and texture". His interest in music explores the indefinite possibilities of tone colour and sound, in merging music of East and West. March 2017, he received the grand prize of Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra International Composition Competition. His current project is "Stillness in Queens", a collaborative cross-disciplinary work with video artist Karen Y. Chan and is partly funded by Queens Council On The Arts. He is currently the Composer-In-Residence of Teng Company (Singapore) and Vivo Experimental Orchestra (Malaysia).
     

     


    Fri
    21
    Jul
    2017

    Ben Perowsky Quartet with Ben Monder, Chris Speed & Matt Penman Jul 21

    7:00 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    22
    Jul
    2017

    Ed Pastorini, Glespy, Relatives Jul 22

    7:00 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sun
    23
    Jul
    2017

    Ronald Reagan - Boston's Premiere 80s Pop Saxophone Duo  with special guest Pete Galub and more Jul 23

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     
    Ronald Reagan - Boston's Premiere 80s Pop Saxophone Duo  
     
    comes to the 
     
    The Owl
     
    for a reunion performance and celebration
     
    featuring 
     
    the comedians Mehran Khaghani and Jono Zalay
     
    and songwriter Pete Galub
     
     
     

    Wed
    26
    Jul
    2017

    Brooklyn Raga Massive *Weds in July* Jul 26

    7:30

    https://www.brooklynragamassive.org/ for tickets and information

     


    Thu
    27
    Jul
    2017

    Ochion Jewell and Friends / Jerm Boor Jul 27

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    4.5 ☆ Downbeat Magazine
    4.5 ☆ All About Jazz
    Top ten list 2016: Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR
    Top ten list: Cadence Magazine
     

    Having met at CalArts - where studies ranged from Ghanaian Ewe and Persian classical music to improvisation with Charlie Haden and composition with Wadada Leo Smith - and moved to Brooklyn together in 2009,l, Qasim Naqvi, and Sam Minaie explore a wide diversity of free and structured improvisational settings.  Their 2016 album, VOLK (with quartet member Amino Belyamani and special guest Lionel Loueke) was widely heralded for blending folk elements around the world through a wide array of dynamic settings, ranging from free jazz, traditional jazz, contemporary/new music, rock, North African, and several others, while emphasizing "emotional depth, breadth, and dynamic exhilaration" (Bud Kopman, All About Jazz).  
     
     
    Jerm Boor is a fingerstyle guitarist whose tunes fall obliquely within the so-called American Primitive style. As a lyricist, he tacks toward the formal, then fills it with focus until it drips. Boor resides in Colorado, where he teaches philosophy, literature and Ancient Greek. 

    Fri
    28
    Jul
    2017

    So Brown/ Four O'Clock Flowers

    7:00 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    29
    Jul
    2017

    Hite/ Ron Shalom / Bot Jul 29

    7:30 doors $10.00 Cover

     
    ron shalom:
     
    b o t is the solo project of rubblebucket bassist daniel mcdowell.

    Wed
    02
    Aug
    2017
    Thu
    03
    Aug
    2017

    closed for summer schedule


    Fri
    04
    Aug
    2017

    J. Pavone String Ensemble / Dina Maccabee

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    J. Pavone string ensemble 
     
    with special guest Nick Podgurski
     
    Jessica Pavone and Robby Kraft (violas)
    Sarah Bernstein and Dina Maccabee (violins)
     
    Nick Podgurski (synth)
     
      Dina Maccabee

    Sat
    05
    Aug
    2017

    John Deley and friends play music from New Orleans Aug 5

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Thu
    10
    Aug
    2017

    Ali Dineen and friends featuring Slow Pony from Nola Aug 10

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    11
    Aug
    2017

    closed for summer schedule aug 11


    Sat
    12
    Aug
    2017

    Seungmin Cha & Ami YAMASAKI​​​​​​​​​ Aug 12

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     Seungmin Cha

     

     

    Ami YAMASAKI​​​​​​​​​ is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. ​​​​​​​​​​With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: "How does the world construct itself?" For her, the asking of this question is a love letter to life itself, more important than any answers that it yields. As a vocalist, Yamasaki has collaborated with psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima and appeared the stage "Buring shadow of a Man" directed by Yasunori Ikunishi.

     

    http://amingerz.wixsite.com/ami-yamasaki


    Thu
    17
    Aug
    2017

    Robinson & Rohe Record Release Party

    7:30 doors tickets $12.00 advance/ $15.00 at door

    https://www.venuepilot.co/events/14059/orders/new

     
    8pm Sessie JAmes (Stephanie Coleman and James Shipp)
    9pm Robinson & Rohe (w/ guests Hannah Read - fiddle and Christopher Tordini - bass)
    10pm Zabumbananas (Zabumbananas)

    In their debut record, “Hunger”, Robinson & Rohe’s detailed arrangements and keenly crafted lyrics push at the edges of what Americana and folk music can accomplish. Over the course of the record, they turn the genre in on itself, pushing past historical nostalgia to pose open-eyed questions about the traditions we inherit and where we might find hope in a country freighted with an inheritance that is both beautiful and troubling.

    The combined effect of razor-sharp lyric writing and melodies make “Hunger” feel like an urgent message delivered in a patient, studied hand. Throughout, the sounds of guitar, banjo, violin, and bass all work to elevate the duo’s sweeping vocals—at turns muscular and ethereal. There’s a spacious quality to their harmonizing, as they deliver lyrics that feel as vast and rich as the American landscapes they sing about.

     
     

    Fri
    18
    Aug
    2017

    closed for summer schedule aug 18


    Sat
    19
    Aug
    2017

    An Afternoon Benefit for Pia Raymond (City Council) w Katie Scheele and friends

    4pm $20/advance $25 at door

    https://www.nycvotes.org/campaigns/PiaRaymond/contributions/new

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1872566913062347/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story.unseen-section

    On Saturday, August 19th, hear some of PLG's finest musicians as they come out to play in support Pia Raymond, our NYC council 40th district candidate. 

    Featuring a wide repertoire of music performed by Charlie Burnham (Oddessy the Band, 52nd St. Blues Porject) on violin, Kallie Ciechomski(Osso String Quartet) on violin/viola, Savannah Clare Gordon (Soprano),Mike Lormand (WeatherVest, International Contemporary Ensemble) on trombone, Jeremy Powell (Eddie Palmieri, Arturo O'Farrill, Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra), Katie Scheele (Threeds Oboe Trio, Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Orchestra) and many more! 


    Sun
    20
    Aug
    2017
    Sun
    03
    Sep
    2017

    closed for summer schedule aug 20 - Labor Day

    Enjoy Your Summer!


    Thu
    07
    Sep
    2017

    Dana Lyn's Mother Octopus

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    08
    Sep
    2017

    Foxy Johnsons & Zolaband Sept 8

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Zolaband is a five-piece group based in New York City that plays original music influenced by folk-rock, and jazz.  Rebecca Zola is the bandleader, composer, and vocalist of Zolaband, and hails from Lexington, Massachusetts.  The other band members include Kalia Vandever on trombone, Lee Meadvin on guitar, Nick Dunston on bass, and Connor Parks on drums.

     

     

     

    Brooklyn-based singers Kim Foxen and Mel Johnston are The Foxy Johnstons, a soul-folk duo. Singing together since childhood, their musical and on stage chemistry is unique. Both songwriters with their own distinct style, the two layer the sounds of lush and soulful harmonies into everything they create. 


    Sat
    09
    Sep
    2017

    Allegra Krieger // Dida Pelled Sept 9

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

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

     

     

    A contemporary folk singer, songwriter, tree planter, art model, waitress, and cave dweller inspired by a life lived transiently and freely; with songs regarding her travels and the relations that have come and gone within them.

     

     

     


    Sun
    10
    Sep
    2017

    Open Ground Presents: The Brothers Garabedian / Herbie Coleman Project Sept 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Open Ground Presents:
     
    8pm
    The Brothers Garabedian Band:
    Noah Garabedian - bass
    Raffi Garabedian - tenor saxophone
    Elias Stemeseder - piano
    Jimmy Macbride - drums
     
    Originally from Berkeley, California, Noah and Raffi Garabedian grew up playing music together from an early age. The brothers have worked extensively as side-men with Ravi Coltrane, Jorge Rossy, Ralph Alessi, Dayna Stephans, and Myron Walden to name a few. They have also led their own projects; Noah's Big Butter And The Egg Men, and Raffi's own trio as well as Brass Magic. Now they bring their compositional styles to The Owl with their new quartet project. 
     
    9pm
    Herbie Coleman Project
    Alex LoRe - alto saxophone
    Nick Sanders - piano
    Martin Nevin - bass
    Kenneth Salters - drums

    The Herbie Coleman Project pays homage to the more obscure music of Herbie Nichols, Ornette Coleman, and Carla Bley, among others. The program will also feature original compositions by the members of the band.
     

    Thu
    14
    Sep
    2017

    closed - no show Sept 14


    Fri
    15
    Sep
    2017

    Charlie Burnham Sept 15

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    16
    Sep
    2017

    Yotoco Sept 16

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    "Yotoco’s music defies categorization.  It isn’t salsa, son, cumbia, merengue or psychedelic rock; it isn’t rumba, funk, bomba or plena. It draws from all of those traditions, transcends them, and creates something unique, trippy, and danceable. Yotoco’s music may be hard to classify- but it is very easy to party to."


    Sun
    17
    Sep
    2017

    Open Ground: Matt Aronoff / Mariel Roberts & Ada Jeon duo Sept 17

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Bassist and composer Matt Aronoff has been praised for his “musicianship at the highest level, paired with an incredibly emotional connection with the crowd” (Jazz Advocate).  He has been deeply involved in the NY music community since 2006, when he graduated from Manhattan School of Music and began touring with Grammy-nominated singer Luciana Souza.  Well known for being, “greatly sensitive, with huge ears and a feel for accompaniment” (All About Jazz), Matt has been consistently playing, recording and touring with many of New York’s greats. He is also proud to be a Teaching Artist through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute.  ​

    9pm*

    Mariel Roberts - cello 

    Ada Jeon - piano

    Alfred Schnittke, Cello Sonata no. 1

    Olivier Messaien, Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus from Quartet for the End of Time

    Thomas Ades, Excerpts from Lieux Retrouves

    Ludwig von Beethoven, Cello sonata no. 5 in D Major

    “Trailblazing” cellist Mariel Roberts (Feast of Music) is widely recognized as a deeply dedicated interpreter of contemporary music. Recent performances have garnered praise for her “technical flair and exquisite sensitivity” (American Composers Forum), as well as her ability to “couple youthful vision with startling maturity”. (InDigest Magazine). Roberts' work emphasizes expanding the technical and expressive possibilities of her instrument through close relationships with innovative performers and composers of her generation. Her passion for collaboration and experimentation has led her to premiere hundreds of new works by both emerging and established artists.

    As an avid chamber and solo musician, Ada Jeon has performed extensively throughout the U.S. at venues such as the Chicago Cultural Center, Zipper Hall (Colburn), Colgate University, the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, Ravinia, Spectrum, and BargeMusic. In addition to her busy performing schedule, Ada performs at countless community retirement homes and schools. In the past, she has given recitals at the Moulin d’Ande Académie Internationale (France), Tel-Hai International Masterclasses (Israel). Upcoming projects include a commission of new works with oboist Erin Lensing with a focus on women composers. She currently resides in New York City where she is working as a freelance musician and music teacher

    *proceed from this performance will be donated to UNICEF


    Thu
    21
    Sep
    2017

    Sylvie Courvoisier and Mary Halvorsen Sept 21

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    22
    Sep
    2017

    Brandon Lopez, Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey // Sarah Bernstein Quartet

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Sarah Bernstein - violin/composition
    Jacob Sacks - piano
    Stuart Popejoy - electric bass
    Satoshi Takeishi - drums

    Sarah Bernstein Quartet performs new compositions plus works from recent album “Still/Free”. Showcasing Bernstein's distinctive approach to post-tonal and polyrhythmic composition, the music flows effortlessly from minimalist melody to breathtaking be-bop to free jazz, deconstructed by open improvisation and sonic exploration.

    “Violinist Sarah Bernstein plays some of the most thoughtfully compelling music of any New York artist. Blending fearless jazz improvisation, indie classical acerbity and the occasional detour in the direction of performance art, her sound is distinctly her own.” - New York Music Daily


    Sat
    23
    Sep
    2017

    Shape King // Jason Burger Trio // Lau Noah

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Thu
    28
    Sep
    2017

    Mi Mi Zhi Yin (w Alec Spiegelman) and Taylor Ashton Sept 28

    7:30 doors $10.00 Cover

      Taylor Ashton

     


    Fri
    29
    Sep
    2017

    Alena Spanger • Little Mystery • Renata Zeiguer Sept 29

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Sat
    30
    Sep
    2017

    Relatives Fall Residency: Last Saturdays at the Owl Sept 30

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Relatives - Ian Davis and Katie Vogel - met upon arrival to New York City in 2007 and have been singing and writing together since. Over the years, we have been paring down and turning inwards, exploring what can be done with less. This fall marks our ten year anniversary as a band and the release of our second full-length record, Weighed Down Fortune (November 7, 2017). In celebration we will be curating a series of four shows where we will perform duo alongside featured musicians/poets/performers at the Owl Music Parlor on last Saturdays this fall. 

     

    W Special Guests Lacy Rose and Joanna Sternberg

     


    Sun
    01
    Oct
    2017

    Open Ground: James Carney Quartet / Julian Shore Quartet

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

    Open Ground Presents:



    8pm
    James Carney Quartet
    Ravi Coltrane - tenor saxophone
    James Carney - piano
    Chris Lightcap - bass
    Mark Ferber - drums

     



    9pm
    Julian Shore Quartet
    Dayna Stephens - tenor saxophone
    Julian Shore - piano
    Or Baraket - bass
    Ofri Nehemya - drums

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

    Pianist Julian Shore is known for his "deep maturity as a composer and bandleader” (Brian Zimmerman, DownBeat) and has been called “a pianist/composer who beyond the obvious elegance of his playing, has a clear sense of the bigger artistic picture” (Peter Hum, Ottowa Citizen).


    Thu
    05
    Oct
    2017

    Aaron Irwin / GOK Oct 5

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

     

    Aaron Irwin Quintet 8-9pm

    Aaron Irwin - clarinet

    Matthew McDonald - trombone

     

    Emily Wong - horn

    Sebastian Noelle - guitar

    Dan Loomis - bass

    The music consists of pieces composed by Aaron Irwin which are mostly inspired by the twelve published short stories by Breece D’J Pancake. Breece (Dexter John) Pancake (1952-1979), was an American short story author who was a native of West Virginia. He wrote one published book of short stories that was published posthumously after he shot himself at the age of 26. Pancake’s stories lay out a world located in the hills of West Virginia – “the pockets of neglected farm and mining country where people lose their livelihoods, their friends and lovers, their land and their birthrights, but remain stubbornly hewn in place”. 

    "Through their subtle application of leftfield approaches, they reveal the strain of Weird America running through the project."
    - Stewart Smith, Wire

    GOK

    Ben Gallina - bass
    Andy O'Neill - drums
    Matt Kanelos - piano
     
    Members of the jazz trio GOK have one grammy collectively. Their others have passed. Their music is a tribute to all of their grammys, alive and deceased. They are also dedicated to the cause of friendship, their own friendships with one another as well as friendship in general. They draw much inspiration from the sense of friendship felt in the music of John Coltrane...others too. The list is long. They plan to continue playing together for as long as they all are alive.
     
     
     

    Thu
    05
    Oct
    2017

    Svetlana Lavochkina Reading

    6:30

     

    Join us in welcoming Ukrainian novelist Svetlana Lavochkina in celebration of the release of her first novel in English, Zap.    
     
    A night and a day away from Moscow by express train, or a day and a night away from the Black Sea by a slow passenger train, Zaporozhye, or Zap, inextricably see-saws between the south and the north, the sublime and the surreal, and the ancient and modern worlds.  Shortlisted for the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize, Svetlana Lavochkina’s Zap is a burlesque family saga whose characters form dynasties embroiled in the polyphonic tragicomedy of relationships and unfulfilled dreams.
     
    For her U.S. debut at The Owl, Svetlana will be joined on stage by NYC-based absurdist master Stefan Rak, who will be previewing his Adventures of Bastard and M.E., forthcoming from Whisk(e)y Tit in February 2018.

    Fri
    06
    Oct
    2017

    WishWish Rachel Angel & Oct 6

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    WishWish is the full band expression of the songs of Brooklyn musician Rachel Housle.  With a background as a side person on drums for such acts as Invisible Familiars, the punk and no-wave band NoPop, and the Fahey-inflected rootsy chaos of Uncivilized, Housle brings a wide range of influences to her original composition.  Her recently self-released EP, “From a Ceiling” is an exploration into isolation, community, authenticity, and the haunted spaces in-between using nothing but voice, guitar and a four-track tape machine. 

    Rachel Angel, the Brooklyn songwriter and poetess, writes songs that tell a story with genuine heart and just enough edge to keep the listener on their toes.  She moves effortlessly between her folk and country roots and her alt rock adolescence, mixing tender moments with a quick wit that doesn't take itself too seriously.  

    Giles Ruby is a dark country duo consisting of Rosalind Lilly and Isaac Gillespie (The Due Diligence).  Close harmonies and stark guitars presenting stories of love, loss and the great beyond.


    Sat
    07
    Oct
    2017

    Eszter Balint / Mary Lorson Oct 7

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     
     
    Eszter Balint is a singer-songwriter with three critically acclaimed solo albums, Flicker, Mud and most recently Airless Midnight Eszter has also appeared as a violinist and/or vocalist on notable recordings by Michael Gira’s Angels of Light and Swans, John Lurie, several compilations by John Zorn and by Marc Ribot
     
    Eszter grew up up as a member of the avant-garde theater company Squat Theatre, and has appeared in starring and featured roles in films by Jim Jarmusch, Woody Allen, Steve Buscemi, alongside David Bowie, and more recently as the star of a six episode arc in Louis CK’s FX show Louie. 
     
    Eszter is currently  at work on a new collaborativon with Stew. (Passing Strange, The Total Bent, Notes of a Native Song, and much more.)
     
     “Miss Balint has her own film noir sensibility as a songwriter. She puts arty twists into back alley Americana,… but the cleverness is not the point. She slips inside her characters to project their restlessness and longing.” 
    Jon Pareles, The New York Times
     
    Vid link: 
     
     
    Mary Lorson began her career with the NYC alt-rock group Madder Rose in the early 90's. She then made three albums with her group Saint Low, and has continued to develop project albums (including two Piano Creeps discs with Billy Cote and 2011's BurnBabyBurn with the alt-country trio The Soubrettes), contributions to publications like Esopus and Waywordsandmeansigns, and original film/text/music performance projects (2013's Cyclonic and 2016's Signals: a memoir). Lorson's 11th full-length CD, Themes From Whatever, will be out in November 2017.
     

    Sun
    08
    Oct
    2017

    Marco Capelli & Ken Filiano duo Oct 8

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     
    ANSAHMAN
    Anna Garano, guitar
    Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, vocals
     
    Ansahman means limitless in Armenian. Without boundaries. Infinite.
    For the musician, a simple melodic line found in an old book can inspire deep humility and boundless creativity. 
    Worlds are conjured out of a few measures.
    Anna Garano, the Trieste-base classical and Flamenco guitarist, has arranged a gorgeous repertoire of Armenian
    and Sephardic songs for voice and Flamenco guitar. She is joined by New York-based Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian of Zulal
    in this lyrical, poignant fusion of Flamenco and vocals of the Old World.
    The duo has released its first album, self-titled, through the Fonè label, with the celebrated clarinetist and composer
    Kinan Azmeh featured on three tracks.
     

    Born in Naples – Italy, MARCO CAPPELLI studied classical guitar at the Conservatorio di S. Cecilia in Rome. Supported by a scholarship provided by the Italian Government, he studied with Oscar Ghiglia at the Musik Akademie der Stadt in BASEL – Switzerland,  concluding his Konzert-Diplom with a recital featuring a remarkable performance of Le Marteau Sans Maître by Pierre Boulez and Sonata op. 47 by Alberto Ginastera.

    He has lead since the middle 90es an extraordinary artistic path, becoming familiar with rigorous written music as well with free improvisation languages: nowadays Marco Cappelli works as contemporary music interpreter, as side musician for other artists’ projects, as well as composer and band leader and with his original music.

    The diversity of Marco’s performances is due to a fascinating array of collaborations: Anthony Coleman, Michel Godard, Butch Morris, Franco Piersanti, Jim Pugliese, Enrico Rava, Marc Ribot, Adam Rudolph, Elliott Sharp, Giovanni Sollima, Markus Stockhausen, Cristina Zavalloni, Raiz… and many more.

    http://marcocappelli.com/

    Ken Filiano
     
    Ken Filiano performs throughout the world, playing and recording with leading artists in jazz, spontaneous improvisation, classical, world/ethnic, and interdisciplinary performance, fusing the rich traditions of the double bass with his own seemingly limitless inventiveness. Ken’s solo bass CD, “subvenire” (NineWinds), received widespread critical praise. For this and numerous other recordings, Ken has been called a “creative virtuoso,” a “master of technique” … “a paradigm of that type of artist… who can play anything in any context and make it work, simply because he puts the music first and leaves peripheral considerations behind.”

    Thu
    12
    Oct
    2017

    Evyl Syl, Ellen O & Secret Sibling Oct 12

    7:30 $10.00 suggested donation

    Evyl Syl is a vocalist, saxophonist, and composer currently based in NYC. His music is dense with harmony and love. Whether he really is evil or not is up to you.

    - Ellen O is a Brooklyn-based producer and vocalist. Originally trained as a classical pianist and composer, she now writes with a vintage MPC and Juno-106, crafting tracks equally inspired by Chicago footwork and dense modernist harmonies. ellen o released her debut album, Sparrows and Doves in 2014 on Brooklyn label Gold Bolus Recordings.

    Secret Sibling is an experimental pop band with synths, saxes, vocals, and drums. Their songs feature lyrics ranging from overly sentimental to cold and absurd. The band includes Tomas Cruz (voc), Kim Mayo (voc), Michael Sachs (synths, winds), Sam Decker (synth, winds), Pete Moffett (drums). 


    Fri
    13
    Oct
    2017

    Shelley Thomas and Brian Prunka / Orakel Oct 13

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    About the Musicians:
    Shelley Thomas and Brian Prunka will perform selections from the golden age of Arabic music, paying homage to the great composers and singers in an intimate duo format that draws the listener into the deep connection between the voice and the oud.

    Shelley Thomas is a professional vocalist, voice coach, percussionist, and composer specializing in Eastern European and Arabic styles. She sings in numerous languages and has taught workshops, recorded, performed and toured nationally and internationally with notable world music artists including Kronos Quartet, Simon Shaheen, Hassan Hakmoun, the New York Arabic Orchestra, Bulgarian Voices Trio, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and Black Sea Hotel. Shelley was also featured on Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble’s 2017 GRAMMY-Winning album, Sing Me Home.

    Brian Prunka spent his musically formative years immersed in the jazz community of New Orleans and for the past decade has been based in Brooklyn, composing and performing jazz and middle-eastern influenced music with his own projects (such as Nashaz, Sharq Attack and Near East River Ensemble). 

    Orakel is an electro-acoustic project of kora/oud player Kane Mathis and tabla player Roshni Samlal, who began their collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive. Using electronic compositional elements of sound design, field recordings, and drones, they create a new context for traditional elements of Indian classical percussion and kora repertoire.

    This performance will be a set of their acoustic music that explores the traditional vocabulary of each instrument. Both kora and tabla traditions contain philosophies of improvising within rhythmic structures; this performance explores the ways in which each tradition’s canon is complementary to the other’s.


    Sat
    14
    Oct
    2017

    Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber, Sam Reider and the Human Hands Oct 14

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    A jazz pianist turned folk musician, Sam has spent the last eight years redefining American roots music on the accordion. His original music draws inspiration from sources ranging from Woody Guthrie to George Gershwin to Ennio Morricone. Sam has been featured on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, toured in seven countries overseas, and appears regularly at Jazz at Lincoln Center and major festivals nationwide. 

    Sam is co-leader of Brooklyn-based roots band Silver City Bound, which the Huffington Post calls, “Americana at its best.” In 2013 the U.S. Department of State selected Silver City Bound to be cultural ambassadors overseas, and they conducted a six-week tour of China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. In 2016 they went abroad again, this time to Azerbaijan and Istanbul, where they collaborated on a benefit concert with young Syrian, Turkish, Kurdish, Palestinian, and American musicians. Global Citizen’s coverage of the concert is available here.

    Sam’s latest project, the Human Hands, presents his unique compositional voice alongside an ensemble of virtuosic bluegrass and acoustic musicians. The sound of the music has been compared to that of the Punch Brothers, David Grisman, and Andrew Bird—an irresistible mixture of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and mysterious sounds from around the world. In live shows, Sam often incorporates piano, synthesizer and vocals into the instrumentation of the band. With catchy tunes, a fiery pulse, and mind-bending improvisation, Sam and his band put on spontaneous live performances that keep audiences on their toes. 

    Sam is committed to having a positive impact on his community. Sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sam does over sixty concerts and workshops each year at public schools around the country. These performances explore the links between American music and social studies themes like freedom, democracy, and civil rights. Sam’s interest in music and social change began when he planned a benefit concert that raised $15,000 for San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention center. The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article on the front page of the entertainment section, “He's got rhythm. And for someone his age, plenty of soul, too.”
     
     

    TESSA LARK & MICHAEL THURBER brings a genre-bending blend of bluegrass, jazz, classical, and original works to life in high-energy performances built on audience interaction, and a fun, welcoming stage presence. Lark & Thurber met as alumni of NPR’s From the Top, and have grown their duo collaboration out of the unique musical variety show series “Thurber Theatre,” which Michael regularly hosts at beloved New York City nightclub Joe’s Pub. Building on the massive success of these intimate and varied musical evenings at Joe’s Pub, Lark and Thurber now offer their signature sound and charisma to venues across North America.

    Michael Thurber enjoys a reputation as one of the most versatile young musical talents currently active in New York City. Whether playing bass on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, composing music for the Royal Shakespeare Company, co-founding the smash YouTube channel CDZA, or hosting his “Thurber Theater” variety show at Joe’s Pub, Thurber’s musical voice defies genre and category.

    Tessa Lark earns consistent praise from critics and audiences alike for her astounding range of sounds, technical agility, captivating interpretations, and multi-genre programming and performance. In the classical music world, Tessa has earned many of the top competition prizes available to young artists including, among many others: a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Silver Medal in the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, and a first-place finish in the 2012 Naumburg International Violin Competition. 

    In their respective careers thus far, Tessa and Michael have had the privilege of collaborating with some of the world’s leading musicians in a wide variety of genres -- to name just a few: Mitsuko Uchida, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O’Connor (Tessa), and Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, and Cee Lo Green (Michael).

    Lark and Thurber both gained their first musical training at Midwestern institutions; with Michael attending The Interlochen Arts Academy and Tessa participating in the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music’s Starling Preparatory String Project. Tessa went on to study with Miriam Fried at the New England Conservatory, and recently earned her Artist Diploma from The Juilliard School, while Michael also studied at Juilliard.


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    Oct
    2017

    Ann Gillespie's Bunnies Inside Of Her - *Reading* -Oct 15

    8:00 pm doors

     

     
     

    Ann Gillespie is a playwright and performer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. While earning her BFA in Drama at Syracuse University, Ann was able to study performance at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Ann later went on to earn an MA in Text and Performance from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

     

    Ann’s darkly comedic and nuanced writing for theater and film emphasizes movement, ambiguous moral dilemmas, and strong female characters.  Plays include "Crossing" (voted best in show, From The Hip Theatre festival), “B in Oblivion” (commissioned by The Krane Theatre), “Terminal Moraine” (commissioned by Lost Girls Theatre Company), “Validating the Shit out of Each Other” (MicroTheatre Miami) and “Choreographing a Rape Scene to go into a Feminist Play” (workshopped at Florida International University Alternative Theatre Festival 2016, short-listed by the Eugene O’Neill Festival; staged readings at GableStage Theatre for South Florida Theatre League and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art)

     

     

    Ms. Gillespie’s short play "BENCH" was performed at the Jay Sharp Theater in the Playwrights Horizons building as part of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival 2014. That same year, Ann also performed in an original play she wrote, “Was it Love or Just Dancing” produced at the RADA Festival in London. In 2015 Ann went back to the RADA Festival for a staged reading of her play “Bunnies Inside Her,” performed by Whistlestop Theatre. The company revived their performance of this full-length again in London in October 2015 in The 



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