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    Thu
    03
    Jan
    2019

    Matt Shipp and Michael Bisio Jan 3

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    “The interaction of Shipp and Bisio by now has become a wonder. They intertwine around themselves in brilliant ways—“
    gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com/2015/02/matthew-shipp-trio-to-duke.html

    "Floating Ice is a revealing portrait of two master
    improvisers engaged in spontaneous discourse,..." Troy
    Collins allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=42745#.UD4GZM8yaPL

    "It's free-jazz, but full of melody, and every sound counts." (****) - John Fordham, The Guardian
    guardian.co.uk/music/2012/dec/13/matthew-ship-floating-ice-review


    here's the duo page : http://michaelbisio.com/duo/shippbisioduo.shtml


    Fri
    04
    Jan
    2019

    Danny Fox Trio / Melissa Mary Ahern Jan 4

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      
     
    Danny Fox- piano
    Chris van Voorst van Beest- bass
    Max Goldman- drums
     
    Formed in 2008, the Danny Fox Trio, featuring pianist Danny Fox, bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest, and drummer Max Goldman, is a true working band hailed for reinventing the classic piano trio format with genre-defying, uniquely personal original music. Whether holed up in a Brooklyn basement rehearsing or touring around the country crammed into a sedan, the trio has spent countless hours developing a rapport that's immediately palpable in their music.  Described as "cool but not modish" (New York Times), the band mixes tight ensemble playing with highly interactive, attuned improvisation.  Drawing on influences as varied as Ellington, Bartok, and The Meters, the music can switch gears at any moment yet remains cohesive thanks to strong motivic development and rigorous arrangements that challenge the traditional roles of the piano trio instruments.  Having received critical acclaim for the albums "The One Constant" (Songlines) and "Wide Eyed" (Hot Cup), the trio released their third album "The Great Nostalgist" (Hot Cup) in 2018.
     
     
    Melissa Mary Ahern began generating buzz last week surrounding her feature on the release of Sufjan Steven's 2007 rarity "Lonely Man of Winter" out on vinyl 12/7 via Asthmatic Kitty. Though the artist has been frequenting the New York and Berlin music scenes for many years and has worked with acts such as Lucius, Jonah Smith and Oh Cassius! this is her first formal release. "Next To You" is the first single off of Ahern's 2019 forthcoming album produced by Doveman -- the producer behind albums by Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Rhye, Norah Jones and many more. "Next To You" marries Ahern's folk-pop roots in the timeless themes of love and love lost. 

    Sat
    05
    Jan
    2019

    Relatives, fern maddie, Julian Cubillos Jan 5

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       

     

    fern maddie is a banjoist, singer- songwriter, and artist living off-the-grid in N'Dakinna (Northern Vermont). Fern's work is inspired by ancestral memory, ritual practice, and joyful intimacy with the rhythms of the land. Fern cultivates interactive, multimedia performances (healing spaces) which weave together history, ecology, folklore, and traditional music.


    Sun
    06
    Jan
    2019

    Stardrum/Crews/Rocketship, Charlotte Greve, Dina Macabee Jan 6

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    Stardrum/Crews/Rocketship
    Written and improvised music for synthesizers and drums.
     
    Dina Maccabee 
    Dina Maccabee is a violinist, violist, composer, and vocalist originally from California. Working both inside and outside song forms, she combines experimental and traditional approaches to string instruments with electronic processing to create multi-layered sonic and emotional explorations. 
     
    Charlotte Greve/Simon Jermyn
    Charlotte sings and plays alto saxophone and Simon plays baritone guitar. 

    Mon
    07
    Jan
    2019

    Meshell Ndegeocello Presents: Jake & Abe + Venus (feat. Samora Pinderhughes & Jack De Boe ) Jan 7

    7:30 pm $15 online/$18 door

    http://VenuePilot.co/events/22436/orders/new


    Thu
    10
    Jan
    2019

    Treya Lam and Ashni Jan 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

    Treya Lam is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist and songwriter whose cinematic songs and ethereal vocals are built on Nina Simone-inspired piano, meditative guitar and lush chamber arrangements. Treya’s debut album Good News was created entirely by women - headed by Kaki King who produced and released the record on her label. It debuted to a sold out crowd at Joe’s Pub followed by a nationwide tour Fall 2018. Lam seeks out extraordinary venues and has performed original music at the Prospect Park Bandshell, American Museum of Natural History, Town Hall, Garfield Park Conservatory, MOCA museum and the New York Public Library. 
     
    Ashni is a queer, first-generation Indian American singer and a songwriter with soulful melodies, powerful lyrics and rhythmic current, heavy with jazz and R&B influence.  Her relationship with the stage began with classical North Indian dance, Kathak; the sound and movement remain an inspiration. As the child of Indian immigrant parents, she grew up listening to her father's records and her mother's voice. Weekends began with music from Amjad Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, and old-school Bollywood. When she wasn't dancing, Ashni studied western classical piano and began discovering the incredible voices of jazz and soul - Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Billie Holiday - in contrast and equal reverence to the newer artists of R&B, hip hop and soul.

    The two met in and are currently active members with the Resistance Revival Chorus.

     


    Fri
    11
    Jan
    2019

    Siobahn Sung/ Chris Van Voost Double Trio Jan 11

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

    Siobahn and Friends present “Then and Now and Then Again": a collection of stories about falling in and out of love in New York

    Chris Van Voorst's concert will feature through-composed chamber works played by one trio, each followed with an improvised response by the second trio.

    Jeremy Viner, clarinet
    Zach Lapidus, piano
    Tara Hanish, cello
    Kyle Wilson, Saxophone
    Chris van Voorst, bass and compositions
    drums, tba


    Sat
    12
    Jan
    2019

    Emily Hope Price / Elizabeth and Oren // Seaside Girls Jan 12

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

         

     

    Emily Hope Price is a New York cellist, singer/songwriter, film composer, arranger, performer, and illustrator.  She is an active composer, solo performer, teacher, coach, and freelancer in New York City and performs world-wide and on national television (SNL, Late Night With Seth Meyers) and regularly performs and collaborates with artists and musicians including Roger Waters, D'Angelo, Sting, Alex Lacamoire (Hamilton), Ani DiFranco, Pete Seeger, Kishi Bashi, Josiah Johnson (Head in the Heart), Pete Lalish (Lucius), Father John Misty, Haim, and Devotchka. Her current solo work resonates with cinematic intensity and imagery - using songwriting, voice, effects pedals, and multi-track composition. Outside the music world, she produces two art-performance web series: Darling, Please Understand and Look, Honey, I Know. She will be publishing a book of her illustrations - Backhanded Illustrated: odd drawings of painfully honest, strange looking people who may or may not represent actual events which may or may not have occurred.

     

    Elizabeth and Oren are Owl Family stalwarts who will share songs and singing in this assorted set, with sidekicks Spencer Murphy and Sean Dixon.

    Seaside Girls is a collective improvising ensemble that combines electronics with instrumental composition. Drawing on the influences of Boards of Canada, Brian Eno, Paul Motian, and Alice Coltrane, the group aims to create a blend of ambient electronica and spiritual jazz. Its members are:

     
    Danny Fisher-Lochhead - alto and soprano sax
    Ari Chersky - guitar & electronics
    Ross Gallagher - bass
    RJ Miller - drums

    Thu
    17
    Jan
    2019

    Ray Rizzo, Tyrone Cotton, Jefferson Hamner & Julia Patinella Dec 17

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      


    Fri
    18
    Jan
    2019

    Jamie Saft Trio / Hank Roberts Trio Jan 18

    7pm • $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Jamie Saft will be performing w Brad Jones and Bobby Previte

    Hank Roberts with Vinnie Sperrazza and Jacob Sacks


    Sat
    19
    Jan
    2019

    Ochion Jewell Quartet // So Brown Jan 19

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    With Qasim Naqvi, Sam Minaie and Amino Belyamani


    Thu
    24
    Jan
    2019

    Closed for Winter Schedule Jan 24


    Fri
    25
    Jan
    2019

    James Shipp, Taylor Ashton and Jean Rohe Jan 25

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    JAmes Shipp is a vibraphonist, percussionist, synthesist and songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York.  His music is a reflection of decades of performing and touring with jazz bands, Brazilian bands, singer-songwriters and shouty/semi-nude European dance troupes, with Randy Newman and Tom Lehrer on shuffle in the back of his mind.  His songs often have the architecture of jokes, and they bob and weave between social satire and explorations of misery and triumph, often with catchy beats and pretty chords.  When JAmes is not performing his own music in NYC he can be found performing with Anat Cohen, Jean Rohe, Banda Magda, and Christina Courtin. 

    James' band at the Owl shall be:
     
    Chris Parker - guitar
    Mike LaValle - bass/synth
    Aynsley Powell - drums
     
     

     


    Sat
    26
    Jan
    2019

    Andy McLeod & Rachel Meirs / Anna RG Jan 26

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    Andy McLeod is an experimental musician and gardener based out of Fredericksburg, VA. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar, but he incorporates many instruments into his original tunes, improvisations, and interpretations of the works of others. With quite a bit of work under his belt already, including a record on the estimable Dying For Bad Music label, it will be exciting to see him continue to explore, expand, and refine his already heady sound and approach. In his own words, "Mug Hummies" is a mix of acoustic drone music and fingerstyle guitar adaptations of traditional gospel hymns (with a Hawaiian tune thrown in), with all instrumentation performed and arranged by Andy himself.

     

    Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multi disciplinary artist working in Brooklyn, moving outwards from her immersion in folk music.

    She's toured the last seven years with her project with ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, playing at the Newport Folk Festival, Big Ears, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and Carnegie Hall. Smithsonian Folkways released their third record The Invisible Comes to Us, was heralded by the New Yorker as “a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do.”

    She was guest curator of traditional music at the Big Ears Music Festival in Knoxville; and has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Berea College Traditional Music Archive, Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

    Recently, she's performed and collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Cleek Schrey, Ellen Fullman, Timo Andres, Susan Alcorn, and Grey McMurray.

    www.annaandelizabeth.com


    Thu
    31
    Jan
    2019

    Closed for Winter Schedule Jan 31


    Fri
    01
    Feb
    2019

    Meshell Ndegeocello Presents: Ryan Sawyer, Otto Hauser and Tomas Fujiwara Feb 1

    7:30 Doors $15.00 at door (Cash Only)

     
     
    MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO PRESENTS 
     

    I BELIEVE IN THE DRUM

    THE DRUMMER HAS THE ABILITY TO CHANGE NOT ONLY THE TEMPO 

    AND VOLUME OF A SET 

    A DRUMMER CHANGES THE BAND 

    A DRUMMER CAN CHANGE THE MOOD 

    A DRUMMER CAN MAKE YOU WANT TO MOVE YOUR BODY

    A DRUMMER CAN MAKE YOU LEAVE THE ROOM 

    BUT IVE ALSO COME ACROSS  DRUMMERS WHO CHALLENGE 

    THE NORM & EXPECTATIONS OF THE INSTRUMENT 

    www.tomasfujiwara.com


    Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    Richard Sears Trio ft. James Watson Feb 2 9:30 pm

    9:00 pm door $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Richard Sears 
    Richard Sears - piano
    Masa Kamaguchi - bass
    RJ Miller - drums
    James Watson - visual projection

    Sat
    02
    Feb
    2019

    Elysian Fields 8:00 pm  Feb 2

    7:30 Doors SOLD OUT

    https://venuepilot.co/events/23193/orders/new

     

    Pink Air, the eleventh album from the distinctive and idiosyncratic New York cult band Elysian Fields, is a post-apocalyptic rock & roll joyride, touching on themes as far-reaching as natural disasters and global warming (the menacing, carnal “Storm Cellar”), life under a narcissist would-be dictator (“Philistine Jackknife”), the loss of human heritage (the dystopian sci-fi of “Karen 25”), vulnerable families falling through the social safety net (“Household Gods”), and meditations on time, friendship, loss, and mortality (“Time Capsule,” “Star Sheen”). Despite its mordant tone, the record never feels heavy handed, its mood lightened with infectious hooks and doses of humor and satire.


    Thu
    07
    Feb
    2019

    Ana Egge / Kaiser Cartel Feb 7

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation


    Fri
    08
    Feb
    2019

    Danton Boller 5tet / Drinking Bird w Eli Rojas and friends Feb 8

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    Danton Boller - bass
    Josh Roberts - drums
    Seamus Blake - saxophone
    Yusuke Yamamoto - vibraphone
    Jeremy Wilms - guitar

    DRINKING BIRD is Eladio Rojas (drums), Jacob Matheus (guitar), and Tree Palmedo (trumpet), three improviser/composers who collectively and separately have played with jazz orchestras, folk singers, emo bands, and pop stars. Together, they bring a sensitive, melodic, and eccentric approach to original compositions, group improvisations, and covers ranging from Thelonious Monk to Elliott Smith to John Williams.


    Sat
    09
    Feb
    2019

    Arnan Raz, Caitlin Pasko, Julia Easterlin Feb 9

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       

     

    Influenced by the legacy of jazz masters such as Lester Young, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, as well as Charles Lloyd and Joe Lovano, The Arnan Raz Quintet succeed to create an experience full of emotion and spontaneity. With deftly-constructed solos that are congruous to the compositions in both their melodic and intuitive nature, the audience is presented with a versatile sonic palette of emotions; at times tempestuous and stirring, at other times quiet and shy. 

    Arnan Raz - Sax
    Eyal Hai - Sax
    Scott Colberg - Bass
    Kofi Hunter - Percussion
    Joel Mateo - Drums
     
    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 came out of a headspace where different kinds of loss are collected and confused together: loss of love and loss of life. The album chronicles Pasko's shifting mental state as she lives through the sudden and unexpected passing of her father as well as a painful break-up, which took place not long after. On Glass Period, we find a small chapel to personal grief. 

    Sun
    10
    Feb
    2019

    Canary (a play reading) by Ann Gillespie 2pm Feb 10

    1:30 doors

     

    CANARY

    Two individuals - hungry for love, but lost in their own skin - flirt, tease and play with each other. But both are smart enough to know that sometimes getting drunk on another person is just an escape from yourself. This dark, comic, romantic play looks at how men and women articulate their wants: and whose voice is trusted with authority on this. “In A World” meets “Lost in Translation”. A new play that will leave you laughing, sighing and excited to talk!


    Thu
    14
    Feb
    2019

    Valentines Day w Christian Antonio Medrano, Dida Pelled and Melissa Mary Ahern 2/14

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      
     
     
     
    “Songwriter from Texas living in Brooklyn. Constant river, collected habits, sleeved influences. Annunciated redemption, communal time.” 
     
    Melissa Mary Ahern began generating buzz last month surrounding her feature on the release of Sufjan Steven's 2007 rarity "Lonely Man of Winter" out on vinyl 12/7 via Asthmatic Kitty. Though the artist has been frequenting the New York and Berlin music scenes for many years and has worked with acts such as Lucius, Jonah Smith and Oh Cassius! this is her first formal release. "Next To You" is the first single off of Ahern's 2019 forthcoming album produced by Doveman -- the producer behind albums by Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Rhye, Norah Jones and many more. "Next To You" marries Ahern's folk-pop roots in the timeless themes of love and love lost. 
     
    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)

    Fri
    15
    Feb
    2019

    Bad History Month,Sam Tallmadge, Allegra Krieger, Feb 15

    7:30 Doors $12.00 Admission

        

     


    Sat
    16
    Feb
    2019

    Krystle Warren, Green and Glass, Kim Anderson 2/16

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       

    Paris-based Kansas City native Krystle Warren is a singer songwriter of uncompromising quality and extraordinary gifts, with a substantial international performing career to match.    Her collaborators include Rufus Wainwright and Teddy Thompson among many others.  Her Owl appearance is a rare opportunity to glimpse this top-echelon artist in such an intimate setting.

    https://krystlewarren.com

    Kim Anderson] has cultivated a mix of of introspective songwriting, superbly composed orchestrations, pristine vocals and cross-genre influenced rhythms on her freshman album sure to please even the most discerning music listener...she offers unfiltered talent and her promise as an up-and-coming artist shines as brightly as the promise of summer, just around the corner." -Medium.com

    Watch 'Emily' music video

    http://kimandersonmusic.com

    Born in Brooklyn apartments and suspended in air by harp, synthesizer, winds, Green and Glass makes songs that move deliberately through the soul.  Green and Glass released their first EP in 2015 with Brooklyn cassette label Very Special Recordings, and their debut full length record is in post production. 

    https://www.facebook.com/greenandglass/

    https://greenandglass.bandcamp.com/


    Sun
    17
    Feb
    2019

    Open Ground w Noah Garabedian and Matt Marantz Feb 17

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     
    8pm
    Noah Garabedian Quartet
    ft. 
    Luke Marantz - piano
    Jimmy MacBride - drums
     
    Matt Marantz Quartet 
    ft.
    Richard Sears - piano
    Rick Rosato - bass
    Kush Abady - drums
     

    Thu
    21
    Feb
    2019

    Sandy Bell / Alice Bierhorst Feb 21

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

    Sandy Bell is a songwriter, singer and musician who currently calls Woodstock, NY home. She has moved through a vibrant and textured musical constellation, playing most notably with the eternally brilliant Jeff Buckley, and contributed vocals on the Mercury Prize nominated ‘Bat for Lashes’ album. While Sandy’s music is expressionistic and lush, she is most interested in the ‘cathartic transmutation of grief into song’. 

    A review of her most recent record by music journalist Alex Green honored the album by saying:

    ‘When I Leave Ohio is beautiful, resonant work that’s stark and painful, oddly comforting and deeply, deeply sad. Sandy Bell’s songs have such poetic precision and crushing emotional exactitude, her work is nothing short of staggering.’

    Alice Bierhorst is a visionary singer and songmaker. Ethereal and earthy, tender and tough, her music draws upon classical music, 60's and 70's pop, roots rock, Tin Pan Alley, and dreamy indie folk. Debussy, Kate Bush, Burt Bacharach, Carole King, Nick Drake, Brian Wilson, Judee Sill can be discerned in the mix. A voice clear and plaintive, airy and grounded, full of wonder, tenderness and love.
     
    https://www.sandybell.com/

    Fri
    22
    Feb
    2019

    Gabriel Kahane Feb 22

    7:30 door SOLD OUT

    https://venuepilot.co/events/22801/orders/new

     

    Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane takes over the Owl Music Parlor for a two-night residency with special guests, to be announced.


    Sat
    23
    Feb
    2019

    Gabriel Kahane Feb 23

    7:30 door SOLD OUT

    https://venuepilot.co/events/22802/orders/new

     

    Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane takes over the Owl Music Parlor for a two-night residency with special guests, to be announced.


    Thu
    28
    Feb
    2019

    Lesley Mok's Living Collection // Tomoko Ozawa Feb 28

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

      

    "The living collection" is a phrase that describes the zoos, botanical gardens, and museums of the city. These places, made of tiny creatures and organisms, have inspired a sense of wonder and deep mystery in the way they collectively function to create a balanced ecosystem. The Living Collection aims to build an ecosystem of its own—one in which each member activates compositional material, learns to find a center within multiple relationships, and creates new forms and cycles as it unfolds.

    The band will feature:
    David Leon, flute/alto saxophone
    Yuma Uesaka, clarinet/tenor saxophone
    Kalun Leung, trombone
    Sonya Belaya, piano
    Florian Herzog, bass
    Lesley Mok, drums/compositions
     
    Tomoko Ozawa quartet
    Yoav Eshed - guitar
    Rob Taylor - bass
    Noam Israeli - drums
    Tomoko Ozawa - vox & piano 

    Fri
    01
    Mar
    2019

    Grey McMurray/ Shahzad Ismaily and Timo Andres 3/1

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       


    Sat
    02
    Mar
    2019

    Steph Richards and James Carney Mar 2

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      
    Steph Richards Take The Neon Lights
    After her "spellbinding" (NPR) debut trumpeter Steph Richards follows up with Take The Neon Lights  (Birdwatcher records).  An avant/jazz expedition of grit and brilliance, this project is takes sounds of NYC and explores a spontaneous prose of ugly beauty. Featuring Steph Richards (trumpets) Oscar Noriega  (sax, bass clarinet) James Carney (piano), Sam Minaie (bass) and Andrew Munsey (drums).
     
    Steph Richards is a trumpeter whose “skillset explodes every category,” (Take5, WBGO), having “steadily established herself as one of the most engaging experimentalists” (Free Jazz Collective). She has recorded with pioneering artists ranging from Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton and John Zorn to St. Vincent and Yoko Ono and her own works have premiered on stages at Carnegie Hall, the Blue-note and Lincoln Center and been featured across the US, Mexico, Canada and Europe. Her debut record Fullmoon (Relative Pitch Records) was hailed as a “bold pronouncement” (New York Times) and voted on multiple “Best of 2018” year end lists. Her much anticipated upcoming record, Take the Neon Lights (Birdwatcher Records) comes out in March 2019 and has been included in the 2019 New York Times Playlist, and categorized as “ingenious” by Nate Chinen’s Take Five. Richards is a Yamaha artist.
     
    James Carney, piano/compositions 
    Dezron Douglas, bass
    Gerald Cleaver, drums

    Sun
    03
    Mar
    2019

    Open Ground: Vinnie Sperrazza's Pilot House //Adam Kolker and Steven Cardenas Mar 3

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    8pm
    Vinnie Sperrazza's Pilot House
    Soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome, pianist Angelica Sanchez, and drummer Vi9pm Adam Kolker and Steven Cardenas Long-time musical partners Adam Kolker (saxophone) and Steve Cardenas (guitar) will be appearing in a rare and intimate duo setting, performing compositions of their own as well as by Monk, Ornette and others.nnie
    Sperrazza comprise the group Pilot House. Assembled by Sperrazza, the group’s focus is on
    total improvisation, synthesizing the various musical languages spoken in the group and
    creating an ever-evolving group sound. This is their second show.
     
    9pm 
    Adam Kolker and Steven Cardenas
     
    Long-time musical partners Adam Kolker (saxophone) and Steve Cardenas (guitar) will be appearing in a rare and intimate duo setting, performing compositions of their own as well as by Monk, Ornette and others.

    Mon
    04
    Mar
    2019

    Jim Black Trio CANCELED


    Thu
    07
    Mar
    2019

    Mike Robinson / Emma Frank 3/7

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    Depending on when you walk in on a song, Emma's music might sound like folk, jazz, even R&B. It's music that never stays put, full of moving parts, shifting tempos, and winding melodies. Her songs are journeys of self-discovery, framed by insightful lyrics and her warm, gossamer voice that songwriter Leif Vollebekk described as "like leather on silk."

    Born and raised outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Emma Frank moved to Montreal in 2006 to study literature at McGill University. It's there that she began performing regularly, releasing two critically acclaimed albums under her own name on the Montreal-based label, The 270 Sessions and performing with art-pop ensembles like She's Got a Habit and Malcolm Sailor's Songs for Voice and Brass. After coming to New York in August of 2015 to perform in Franky Rousseau and Dominic Mekky's chamber opera "April", Emma decided to move to Brooklyn. It's there that she penned the songs on her latest release, "Ocean Av". The music was realized by collaborating and working with the pianist Aaron Parks, and features Rick Rosato on bass, Jim Black on drums, Franky Rousseau on guitar and production.  Her fourth album, Come Back, on Montreal label, Justin Time, features Aaron Parks, Franky Rousseau, Tommy Crane and Zack Lober, and is due out early 2019.

     

    Written and recorded in moments on and off the road, Clevidence exudes the on-the-go nature of its maker, Mike Clevidence Robinson. An in-demand collaborator, Robinson is rarely in one place for very long; when not on the road as a former member of The Jeff Austin Band, he can be found performing throughout NYC, producing, or recording for others out of his home in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. A testament to Robinson’s multifaceted-ness, Clevidence showcases his many forms on guitar, pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, and bass while also delivering his recorded debut as a vocalist and songwriter. 

    The record spans as wide a breadth lyrically as it does sonically, exploring transition and growth while embracing influences from and features an all-star list of fellow Brooklynites Emma Frank, Alex Hargreaves, Dave Speranza, John Fatum, Zosha Warpeha and Libby Weitnauer. It was produced by Joseph Valentine and recorded at Robinson’s home in Brooklyn, NY. 

    Growing up for the first five years of his life on a sailboat in The Caribbean, Robinson is no stranger to a life in transit. His parents would dock at the various islands, exposing him to a vast array of cultural influences that have underpinned his work and provided a unique perspective that few of today’s songwriters can call upon. At age six, the family migrated to Boulder, Colorado where was introduced to “mountain” music, citing Tony Rice as an early influence. Robinson began learning guitar from his father, an active local musician, and eventually joined his band for weekly performances around Boulder, adopting the lifestyle of a professional musician at an early age.  At eighteen, Robinson moved to New York City to study music and soon became ingrained in the city’s vibrant acoustic music scene where he has become an in-demand multi-instrumentalist. His debut EP, Clevidence, is a bold step forward as a songwriter and frontman.


    Fri
    08
    Mar
    2019

    Ryan Dugré / Lau Noah / Will Graefe Mar 8

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     
     
    Ryan Dugré is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY. March 8th is the album release show for The Humors, his second record under his own name. Recorded once again with Sam Owens (Sam Evian) at Figure 8, this follow up to his 2016 debut Gardens takes his minimal, precisely arranged webs of fingerpicked guitar and incorporates layers of synthesizer, piano, drums, and strings.

     

    Lau Noah (Spain 1994)is a Brooklyn based storyteller. She has recently found the deepest way to express her tales in the harmonic tapestry that a guitar and a voice, intertwined, create. 

    Through several musical influences and four languages that bring  widely diverse qualities to the music, Noah travels from multi instrumentalist, film scorer, composer to writer, painter and teacher with the endeavor of using Art as a shelter where the colors of the dark and the light naturally reconcile.

    Sat
    09
    Mar
    2019

    Scree, Adeline Hotel, Alena Spanger 3/9

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    The members of Scree are like ripples in the water, mostly still with one motion setting off every other motion. It’s beautiful because like ripples, the sounds don’t care about being pretty or constructive, but they’re always true. Truly following their own consequences. A band can only do this if all the musicians are mostly still, mostly quiet, always listening, always with courage to follow the ripples where they lead.

    Alena Spanger is a singer/pianist/songwriter from the balsam forests of Maine, now based in Brooklyn. Weaving together angular art-pop songcraft, unorthodox vocalizations, and intricate arrangements that turn from baroque complexity to visceral immediacy on a dime, Spanger's songs construct their own elaborate and immersive worlds. With her previous band—Tiny Hazard, and in her new music, Spanger explores the less familiar nooks and crannies of timbre and of psyche. As Dusted Magazine noted, "Spanger sings to provoke, not to comfort."


    Mon
    11
    Mar
    2019

    Nandi Rose Plunkett, anna rg, Zubin Hensler March 11

    7:00 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

     

    Nandi Rose Plunkett is a singer, songwriter, and producer who leads the project Half Waif. Over the past six years, Half Waif has created a bold and unique sound that melds pop and folk songwriting styles with experimental production and arrangements rendered in electronic brushstrokes. Influenced by Nandi’s Western Massachusetts upbringing as the daughter of an Indian refugee mother and an American father of Irish/Swiss descent, Half Waif’s songs are forever searching to understand what it means to be truly “home.” The project has released two EPs and three albums, the most recent being 2018’s Lavender, released via Brooklyn-based label Cascine. Since its release in April, the album has received widespread critical acclaim, with Pitchfork calling it “A striking album of beautifully rendered and deeply layered synth-pop” and NPR commenting that "Plunkett writes songs that travel profoundly inward - asking questions about who we are and how we relate to each other - over beds of electronic instrumentation that expand and recede like ocean tides." It’s that kind of reflection of nature that has led Nandi to relocate from Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley, where she finds inspiration in the nature around her every day. Maybe she’s found a home after all. (photo by Tonje Thilesen)

    anna rg is a multi media story oriented artist. she will share a set of new original songs, sonic experiments on the banjo, and some re workings of ancient ballads.
     
    her recent record with her longtime collaboration "anna & elizabeth" was called "a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do." she has worked with musicians of many beautiful stripes, including timo andres, ellen fullman, susan alcorn, jim white, benjamin lazar davis and glen hansard, and spent many years as the apprentice of fiddle and banjo traditions in appalachia. she has performed at carnegie hall, the big ears festival, the newport folk festival, and has played fiddle in many kitchens.

    Zubin Hensler is a composer and recordist living in Brooklyn, NY. He spends his time working on albums, designing sounds for various forms of media, and performing with his brilliant friends. For this show he’ll be sharing some new personal music for analog synthesizers, recorded samples, and his voice. (photo by Michael George)


    Thu
    14
    Mar
    2019

    The Yale Slavic Chorus / Relatives / Carmen Rothwell Mar 14

    7:00 Doors, $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

        

     

    The Yale Slavic Chorus is a performance group comprised of women from a variety of cultural and academic backgrounds who share a common passion for Slavic music. The Chorus sings a diverse repertoire that spans the traditions of Bulgaria, Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia, among others. Though many members of the Chorus are not native speakers of Slavic languages, the Yale Slavic Chorus works extensively with native folk musicians and vocalists to practice accurate pronunciation and style. Founded in 1969, we are Yale’s oldest women’s vocal ensemble. Although primarily an undergraduate group, the Slavs, as we are affectionately known around Yale’s campus, also include other members of the Yale community. The Slavic Chorus has always been dedicated to maintaining musical vigor and excellence, seeking to empower women through song.

     

    Relatives - Ian McLellan Davis and Katie Vogel - met upon arrival to New York City in 2007 and have been singing and writing together since. In August 2018, they released their latest record, Strange We Fall, on Figure & Ground Records. For this performance, they will be playing as a full band, joined by bassist, Dandy McDowell (b o t) and drummer, Jason Burger (Witchduck). 

     

    Carmen Rothwell is an upright bass player whose current musical projects include Brooklyn-based bands Scree (with Ryan Beckley and Jason Burger), TRIO (with Andrew D’angelo and Allan Mednard) and VALES (with Asa Horvitz). She also has a solo recording project called Parenthetical Girl.


    Fri
    15
    Mar
    2019

    The Ives of March w Maya Bennardo and Karl Larson 3/15

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    The Ives of March is an annual event hosted by Maya Bennardo and Karl Larson to celebrate the exhilarating and eccentric music of Charles Ives. 

     
    Program:
     
    This year the artists will be presenting "the biggest one yet ... two sets with each set containing two sonatas, so that by the end of the evening you will have heard all four sonatas!"
     
    Violinist Maya Bennardo is an active performer and teacher living in Brooklyn, NY. Maya is passionate about opening the dialogue between composers and performers, and is devoted to performing music of the present. She is a founding member of the violin/viola duo andPlay, an ensemble that works to commission new works and perform lesser-known pieces for their instrumentation. She has worked with new music ensembles such as Ensemble Signal, ensemble mise-en, Nouveau Classical Project, Hotel Elefant, Contemporaneous, Mimesis Ensemble, and [Switch~ Ensemble]. She graduated from NYU with a Master of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music. She studied with Gregory Fulkerson at both institutions.
     
     
    Brooklyn-based pianist Karl Larson is a specialist in the music of our time. Consistently presenting adventurous programs, Larson regularly performs across the United States. Recent performances of note include appearances at EMPAC, the Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA. Karl has collaborated with many highly regarded members of his field. He frequently performs with his trio, Bearthoven, and has also recently appeared with the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Signal, and the American Composers Orchestra. Larson has released recordings on Cantaloupe Music, New Focus Recordings, and GALTTA Media, and he holds a DMA in Contemporary Music Performance from Bowling Green State University
     
    New England based cellist, Zan Berry, is a passionate and creative musician who weaves together diverse musical interests in his work as a performer and teacher. He tries to perform the works of living composers as much as possible.  He has participated in music festivals, including Bang on a Can, New Music on the Point, and Fresh Inc and has played with members of the JACK Quartet, Bang on a Can All Stars, and Fifth House Ensemble. Zan currently holds the Urban Musical Fellowship at Community MusicWorks, a non-profit organization based in Providence, RI that builds a cohesive urban community through free musical performances and educational programs.

     

     


    Sat
    16
    Mar
    2019

    Oren O'Blivion & The Back to Bed Gang w special guest Ed Pastorini 3/16

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Oren O'Blunder Buss is a founding member of the band Elysian Fields and has played guitar or bass with scores of notables in the music scene.  His personal songwriting focuses on relationships and reflects his liking for folk, rock, pop, blues, classical, avant garde, jazz and world music.  He will be joined by Ollabelle /The Lumineers' Byron Isaacs on bass, Jonno Linden from the Catapult on guitar and Sam Levin on drums.

    Special Guest Ed Pastorini has appeared many times on John Schaefer's show on WNYC among many possible points of reference.  He studied piano with Lenny Tristano but loved Beefheart and The Beatles more than jazz.   His mordant, incisive lyrics and consummate musicianship are one in a million, but his modernistic and unique compositional and poetic language stamp him as an even rarer specimen.


    Sun
    17
    Mar
    2019

    Open Ground: Miles Okazaki & Matt Mitchell / Anna Webber's Rectangles Mar 17

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    8pm
    Miles Okazaki - guitar
    Matt Mitchell - piano
     
    9pm
    Anna Webber's  Rectangles
    Anna Webber - tenor saxophone
    Marc Hannaford - piano
    Adam Hopkins - bass
    Mark Ferber - drums

    Miles Okazaki is a NYC based guitarist originally from Port Townsend, a small seaside town in Washington State. His approach to the guitar is described by the New York Times as “utterly contemporary, free from the expectations of what it means to play a guitar in a group setting — not just in jazz, but any kind.” His sideman experience over the last two decades covers a broad spectrum of approaches (Kenny Barron, John Zorn, Stanley Turrentine, Dan Weiss, Matt Mitchell, Jonathan Finlayson, Jane Monheit, Amir ElSaffar, Darcy James Argue, and many others). He was seen prominently with Steve Coleman and Five Elements from 2009-2017. As a leader Okazaki has released four albums of original compositions over the last 12 years and is an artist on the Pi Recordings label. He has also released a six album recording of the complete compositions of Thelonious Monk for solo guitar, published a book Fundamentals of Guitar with Mel Bay, has taught guitar and rhythmic theory at the University of Michigan for five years, and holds degrees from Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School.
     
    Anna Webber'sRectangles is a band that exists in order to play Rectangles 3, a set-length modular composition that flits seamlessly between group improvisation and highly-structured written material.
     
    Webber is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow. She has additionally been awarded grants from the Shifting Foundation (2015) and residencies from the MacDowell Colony (2017), theMillay Colony for the Arts (2015), and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2014). In 2014 she won the BMI Foundation Charlie Parker Composition Prize as a member of the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop. Webber is originally from British Columbia.

    Thu
    21
    Mar
    2019

    closed 3/21

    Shuttered for Spring Solstice.


    Fri
    22
    Mar
    2019

    Carlos Truly, Elysse, Cale Hawkins 3/22

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    Elysse is a Brooklyn-based vocalist and composer who crafts cinematic, genre-bending songs. While pursuing an MA in Culture Studies at NYU, Elysse discovered her penchant for songwriting, taking cues from such artistic influences as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, and Joni Mitchell to cultivate a panoramic yet intimate style spanning a vast spectrum of idioms from psychedelic soul to chamber pop, all anchored in her passion for poetics and the written word. 

     

    Carlos Truly is Carlos Hernandez

    Brooklyn native, writer, singer, producer.

    Toured the world with his band Ava Luna

    "A soul man deconstructing soul men" -NY Times

    "An intelligent, almost-too-ambitious maestro who over time has learned how to embrace playfulness." -Pitchfork

    "The glasses, the non-flashy threads, the meek geek look still works, kind of in a McLovin kind of way" -Fader


    Produced, Arranged, or Co-wrote for: Sneaks, Mr Twin Sister, Wiki, Nadine, Frankie Cosmos, Eartheater, Speedy Ortiz.

    Sat
    23
    Mar
    2019

    Michael Rocketship and friends 3/23

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    First Set
    Josh Crumbly, solo bass
     
    Second Set
     Yuka Honda (Eucademix), solo keys/electronics
     
    Third Set
    Drawings:
    Michael Coleman - piano/synth
    Jay Gandhi - bansuri
    Zosha Warpeha - violin
    Yuka Honda - electronics
    Josh Crumbly - bass
    Shahzad Ismaily - percussion
     
    Rocketship and friends will be playing pieces based on ink drawings by SF-based comic artist Rimble.  'The drawings will be mostly of natural things. There will be text and some musical notation as well.'
     

    Sun
    24
    Mar
    2019

    Mariel Roberts, Shy Bully & F$F 3/24

    7:00 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

        
     
    Shy Bully- Nathaniel Morgan, Jason Nazary, Jessica Pavone, Jamie Branch
     
    F$F- Dustin Carlson and Brad Henkel.

    Wed
    27
    Mar
    2019

    Martin Nevin 3/27

    7:00 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Martin Nevin is a Brooklyn based composer and bassist. He will be performing music his album “Tenderness is Silent” in addition to newer compositions.

    “Overflowing with heavy, yet enchanting lyrical invention, this music – that Mr Nevin also likens to a series of slow-moving visuals – compels the listener to also follow along with a keen sense of narrative…it feels as though one is on a hot-line to the composer’s original source of inspiration. And it is this sense of glowing expressive candour that makes this an album to die for.” -Raul da Gama

    Martin Nevin- bass and compositions

    Ari Chersky-guitar

    Kyle Wilson- tenor saxophone

    Christopher Hoffman- cello

    Craig Weinrib- drums


    Thu
    28
    Mar
    2019

    Midwood / Ali Dineen March 28

    7:00 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Led by violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, Midwood is a contemporary klezmer/rock celebration of freedom and the Jewish tradition of wandering and migration. This new supergroup, featuring some of the most exciting young performers on the international world music stage, seamlessly traverses borders through original compositions, expansive improvisations on traditional melodies, and heart-wrenching re-imaginings of Yiddish folk songs. Their debut album on Chant Records, Out of the Narrows, draws from deep Eastern European Jewish roots to explore the power of love, movement, and wilderness to transform the human mind and heart.

    Jake Shulman-Ment - violin
    Yoshie Fruchter - guitar
    Richie Barshay - drums
    Eleonore Weill - vocals, hurdy gurdy, flutes


    Fri
    29
    Mar
    2019

    Tommaso Gambini // Marta Sanchez 3/29

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

        

     

    Tommaso Gambini
    “The Machine Stops”

    Author Edward Morgan Forster wrote “The Machine Stops” in 1909. Through the eyes of protagonists Vashti and Uno, he envisioned a dystopian future in which humans rely on a universal machine to provide for their needs and to interact with each other. Drawing inspiration from the novel, Gambini reflects on how the internet and social media are impacting our time.


    Tommaso Gambini, Guitar
    Manuel Schmiedel, Piano
    Ben Tiberio, Bass
    Adam Arruda, Drums

     

    Marta Sanchez Quintet:
    Alex Lore: alto saxophone
    Kyle Wilson: tenor sxophone
    Marta Sanchez: piano
    Simon Wilson: bass
    Daniel Dor: drums
     

    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 is presenting new music that will be recorded this summer. Their last CD, “Danza Imposible” (2017), released by Fresh Sound Records, had a great reception. The New York Times said about it “It features eight tunes she wrote explicitly for her two-saxophone quintet that dance with an unruly grace. It’s glimmering, propulsive music, with hints of elegiac Spanish folk song, cool jazz from the 1950s and the Romantic modern jazz of the 1990s”

    The Quintet's previous recording, "Partenika", was selected as one of the best 10 CD of 2015 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. 

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

     


    Sat
    30
    Mar
    2019

    Haley Zoller, .michael., You Bet & Horn Horse Mar 30

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    Haley Zoller is a folk musician from New England.

    Matt Norman (Horn Horse) uses brass, percussion, electric percussion, keyboards, Garageband and iTunes to try to record and perform music that expands on the fertile tradition of the soundtrack genre.

     

     


    Sun
    31
    Mar
    2019

    Open Ground: Luke Marantz and Gabriel Zucker Mar 31

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    8pm
    Luke Marantz - "Embers" Album Release - solo piano
     
    9pm
    Gabriel Zucker - piano 
    Matteo Liberatore on guitar
     
     
     
    “Among the best young American jazz pianists” (NPR) Luke Marantz is a pianist, composer, amateur photographer and person from Dallas, Texas currently living in Brooklyn, New York. Born to a musical family, his studies started at an early age with piano, voice, saxophone and visual art. He attended the Booker T. Washington high school for the Performing and Visual Arts and upon graduating moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the New England Conservatory of Music and upon graduating moved to New York City. 

    As a leader and a sideman he has traveled the world playing and recording music. His debut record, “Embers”, is a collection of original works and improvisations for solo piano. It was recorded on his favorite piano.

    Gabriel Zucker is a pianist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York, whose work combines maximalist compositions with the progressive improvisation of New York’s creative music scene. His music has received two ASCAP composition awards, and was awarded 4.5 stars in Downbeat. A Yale graduate and Rhodes Scholar, Zucker has performed throughout New York at such venues as Carnegie Hall and the Jazz Gallery as well as in 18 countries around the world.

    “On a night when technical proficiency and musical insight were in abundance, Zucker’s rendering of Rzewski’s Squares took things to the next level, creating the illusion of the music itself speaking, rather than a player interpreting a score.”
    — David Wright, New York Classical Review

    Thu
    04
    Apr
    2019

    Melissa Ahern, Dida Pelled and Nat Osborn

     


    Melissa Mary Ahern began generating buzz last week surrounding her feature on the release of Sufjan Steven's 2007 rarity "Lonely Man of Winter" out on vinyl 12/7 via Asthmatic Kitty. Though the artist has been frequenting the New York and Berlin music scenes for many years and has worked with acts such as Lucius, Jonah Smith and Oh Cassius! this is her first formal release. "Next To You" is the first single off of Ahern's 2019 forthcoming album produced by Doveman -- the producer behind albums by Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Rhye, Norah Jones and many more. "Next To You" marries Ahern's folk-pop roots in the timeless themes of love and love lost. 

    Singer, guitarist and songwriter Dida Pelled returns to the Owl with her signature set of odd and wondrous songs that reaffirm why we love music. 
     
    One of the first people to take note of Dida's abilities and promise was trumpet player and producer Fabio Morgera who put together her first recording project. The album 'Dida Plays and Sings' was released on the quality Italian label 'Red Records' in 2011 and boasts two of today's jazz greats on the bill, Roy Hargrove and Gregory Hutchinson. 'All About Jazz' chose the album as one of the best albums of that year and asserts that "Pelled's warm voice possesses an emotive quality that's simultaneously soothing and intoxicating, and her guitar playing, which is built on her round sound, strong comping skills and soulful single note solo lines, places her in a category all her own." (All About Jazz)
     
    Dida’s album ‘Modern Love Songs’ was recorded by Grammy-winning engineer Helik Hadar and includes Sam Yahel on organ. The album was released in Israel and in the US in May 2015 and is available at stores in Italy and Japan as well. The Album was released in France on September 14th 2015 and Dida celebrated the release with shows at Nancy Jazz Festival and Sunside Jazz Club in October 2015.  

     

    Nat Osborn “writes smart, punchy tunes that blend old-school Gershwin-era song craft with decidedly modern sensibilities” (Popdose).   Largely known as the leader of the international touring act the Nat Osborn Band, he’s also a compelling and accomplished solo performer.   Osborn was born in and lives in New York City. His style is, like New York, an eclectic mix of influences.   One can expect to hear a unique blend of old school soul, inventive jazz inflected piano playing, and tinges of funk, blues, and classical music all centered around smart, catchy pop songs and a powerful and captivating voice. Nat has performed on television and in celebrated festivals in a dozen countries.  He currently plays keyboards in and music directs the soulful rock band Sister Sparrow + the Dirty Birds.  He's also an active and avid film scorer with films.


    Fri
    05
    Apr
    2019

    The Westerlies, Typical Sisters and Secret Sibling April 5

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      


    The Westerlies are a New York-based brass quartet comprised of childhood friends from Seattle: Riley Mulherkar and Chloe Rowlands on trumpet, and Andy Clausen and Willem de Koch on trombone. Formed in 2011, the self-described “accidental brass quartet” takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), The Westerlies explore jazz, roots and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both "folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Sought-after collaborators, The Westerlies are featured on recordings by Fleet Foxes, Common, Vieux Farka Touré, and Dave Douglas, and have performed at such wide ranging venues as Coachella, The Hollywood Bowl, Red Rocks, Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Carnegie Hall.

     
    westerliesmusic.com
     
     
    Hungry Ghost, the title of Typical Sisters’ new album from Outside in Music, refers to the Chinese Buddhist idea of a being whose appetites cannot be sated. In 2019, when smartphones are essentially a human appendage, governments are corporatized and the media cycle never rests, it’s a concept that all but defines our reality.

    Consider, then, this thoughtful, immersive music by guitarist Gregory Uhlmann, bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Matt Carroll as a kind of antidote—the yang to our 21st-century yin, or, as Carroll puts it, “optimism amidst impulse.” With the melodic and structural focus of rock or folk, a sense of musicianship and interplay rooted in jazz, and production aspects that pull from experimental music and DJ culture, Hungry Ghost is equally distinctive and evocative. In these reflective soundscapes, one can hear the maverick jazz guitar of Bill Frisell, Marc Ribot and Jakob Bro; the krautrock of Can and the post-rock of Tortoise; the ambient fusion that begins with Miles’ In a Silent Way and ’70s ECM LPs; the sun-faded scores of Ennio Morricone and Ry Cooder; the psychedelic funk of Khruangbin; Reich-ian minimalism; and more.

    “Throughout the process of making this music, we intended to establish a kind of balance within each atmosphere,” Sommers explains. “In life, our goal is to find these systems of balance.”
     
     
    SECRET SIBLING
     
    Secret Sibling is an experimental pop band featuring the music of Michael Sachs. Its got synths, saxes, clarinets, vocals, and drums. Lyrics range from sentimental emo to cold and absurd. Personnel includes Kim Mayo(voc), Tomas Cruz (voc), Michael Sachs (synths, winds), Sam Decker (synth, winds), Peter Moffett (drums)
     

    Sat
    06
    Apr
    2019

    Dina Maccabee, Kaethe Hostetter & Out of Sight of Land 4/6

    7:00 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    California native Dina Maccabee is a sought-after collaborator as a violist and vocalist, currently a member of Julia Holter’s critically acclaimed touring and recording group. She began devising her current set for solo viola, electronics and voice in 2015, and she is especially curious about modal string music and cyclical semi-improvised structures.

    Kaethe Hostetter is a 5 string electro-acoustic violin player who splits her time between Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and wherever her projects take her. As a child, she was exposed to traditional musics of all kinds – Mexican, Cajun, Balkan, Klezmer, Albanian – and a passion for virtuoso folk music has stayed a theme in her life throughout. It is no surprise, then, that Kaethe is well versed in Ethiopian music, leading to the creation of the successful groove outlet Debo Band, of which she was a co-founder in Jamaica Plain, MA, 2006. Currently in Addis, she has focused her energy now on her project QWANQWA, which is an experimental/traditional band with traditional instruments using effects pedals. Her myriad influences have resulted in a unique approach and sound, showing incredible technique, musicality, and the influence of a rich tapestry of genres and cultures. Tonight Kaethe will be performing her works for solo electric violin, which are influenced by her time in Ethiopia.

    Out of Sight of Land
    Variously called “beautiful, hypnotic” (Weird Canada), and “highly intriguing” (Birds of Canada), the music of New York-raised, Montreal-matured composer Damon Hankoff treads lines between minimalist textures, ancient choral sonorities, and folk sensibilities. The most recent iteration of his project entitled Out of Sight of Land features bassist Brian Dolphin and vocalist Kim Anderson. (outofsightofland.com)

    Sun
    07
    Apr
    2019

    Open Ground: Seth Trachy / Noa Fort 4/7

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    8pm
    Seth Trachy's Zygmon
    Seth Trachy - tenor saxophone 
    Glenn Zaleski - piano
    Pablo Menares - bass
    Felix Lecaros - drums
     
    9pm
    Noa Fort Trio
    Noa Fort - piano
    Satoshi Takeishi - bass
    Kenneth Jimenez - drums
     
    Saxophonist and composer Seth Trachy brings his quartet to the Owl  to present a set of Cameroonian Baka music adapted for jazz quartet.  Rhythmic and melodic content from recordings of the Baka forest people serve as the framework for a dynamic and surprising set of compositions played by this band made up of Chilean musicians Pablo Menares on Bass and Felix Lecaros on drums in addition to Glenn Zaleski on piano.

    Thu
    11
    Apr
    2019

    Wayne Tucker / Lau Noa April 11

    7:30 Doors $10 suggested donation

      
     
    Wayne Tucker - Trumpet & Vocals 
    Miles Tucker - Tenor Sax 
    Hila Kulik - Piano 
    Tamir Shmerling - Bass 
    Diego Ramirez - Drums 
     
    Lau Noah (Spain 1994)is a Brooklyn based storyteller. She has recently found the deepest way to express her tales in the harmonic tapestry that a guitar and a voice, intertwined, create. 
    Through several musical influences and four languages that bring  widely diverse qualities to the music, Noah travels from multi instrumentalist, film scorer, composer to writer, painter and teacher with the endeavor of using Art as a shelter where the colors of the dark and the light naturally reconcile.

    Fri
    12
    Apr
    2019

    Shelley Thomas // Charlie Burnham Trio Apr 12

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    Shelley is a professional vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer & composer specializing in Balkan and Mediterranean music. She sings in over fifteen languages with disarming fluidity, authenticity and emotion, syncretizing methods absorbed from different world musics which she has studied extensively. She has taught workshops, recorded, performed and toured internationally with world-class artists including Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad, The Knights, Kronos Quartet, Simon Shaheen, Hassan Hakmoun, Bassam Saba & the New York Arabic Orchestra, and many more.

    Current highlights include feature on Yo-Yo Ma and Silkroad’s GRAMMY-Winning album, Sing Me Home, with vocal ensemble Black Sea Hotel (2017 Best World Music Album) and the trio’s Fall ‘18 Sweden Tour;soundscape vocals for Panorama Festival’s 360 ARK Dome; and Yale Repertory Theater’s “Skin for Skin” Workshop. Recent performances include Ragas Live Festival, Lund Choral Festival, Stallet Stockholm, Santa Fe’s San Miguel Mission, BRIC, Le Poisson Rouge, Jalopy, SoFar Sounds, Alwan for the Arts, Havana World Music Festival, NY Sephardic Music Festival, Rural Route Film Festival, Prototype Festival, Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, Toronto’s Small World Music Center, and Fete de la Musique Beirut. 


    Sat
    13
    Apr
    2019

    Ali Dineen & Feral Foster // Eva Salina & Peter Stan Apr 13

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      


    Sun
    14
    Apr
    2019

    Open Ground: Raf Vertessen Quartet, Caleb Wheeler-Curtis April 14

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    8pm
    Raf Vertessen Quartet
    Anna Webber - ts
    Adam O' Farrill - tp
    Nick Dunston - b
    Raf Vertessen - ds / compositions
     
    9pm
    Caleb Wheeler-Curtis Trio
    Caleb Wheeler-Curtis - alto saxophone
    Rashaan Carter - bass
    Mark Ferber - drums
     
    Brooklyn, NY based GRAMMY nominated saxophonist Caleb Curtis “lives at the junction of rigorous preparation and willingness to explore.” (Jazz Speaks) His playing and compositions are informed by a constantly searching, at times introspective, brash and melodic. In addition to band-leading, Caleb is a core member of Walking Distance (Sunnyside Records). Their new album, Freebird feat. Jason Moran (Sunnyside Records), has been widely praised by The New York Times, DownBeat Magazine, Bandcamp (best of September 2018), JazzTimes and others. The New York Times wrote that “[Walking Distance] tears into the new stuff it has created, sounding ageless”, that the music is “utterly fresh”, and selected it as one of the 20 best jazz recordings of 2018. For this set, Curtis is joined by bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer Mark Ferber for a set of improvised music.

    Thu
    18
    Apr
    2019

    Sam Harris // Sonya Belaya Apr 18

    7:00 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

        

    Sam Harris, piano
    Martin Nevin, bass
    Craig Weinrib, drums 
     
    “Is it a brilliantly assembled suite of compositions for trio, or a loose, 30-minute improvisation? Either way, it’s low, dark and beautiful. And it feels like a guarantee that we’ll be talking about the pianist Sam Harris for a long time.”
    – Giovanni Russonello, on HARMONY, for New York Times
     
    “Sam Harris has some different ideas about how a piano trio works. His new recording, HARMONY, documents them. I’m proud to have been one of his teachers. Go hear this.”
    – Jason Moran
     
    “ The group taps into something so basic and profound that I find it impossible to ignore and deeply satisfying to get lost within.”
    – Peter Margasak

    Sonya Belaya is a Russian-American pianist and singer. Her work centers around personal narratives that create intimate spaces for exploration of suffering, growth, and the human condition.

    Her upcoming release "Songs My Mother Taught Me", written for an octet of flexible instrumentation, tells the story of her mother's sudden disappearance in 2014. Touching on themes of loss, motherhood, and creative identity,  the music serves as a vulnerable exploration for healing and self understanding. At the Owl, she will be performing an intimate, pared down version of this song cycle.

     

    Fri
    19
    Apr
    2019

    Michael Rocketship and friends 4/19

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    with

    Carmen Rothwell Solo
    Katy the Kyng
    Michael Coleman's Similes
    (MC - synth, Carmen Rothwell - bass, Kenny Wollesen - vibes)
     

    Sat
    20
    Apr
    2019

    Fieldings & Caitlin Pasko April 20

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

     

    FIELDINGS 

    Fieldings is Brooklyn-based (Australian born) producer/songwriter Lucinda Hearn, with Paul Weintrob (guitar) and Alex Kirkpatrick (percussion).

    Fielding's latest album Soft Tissue explores vulnerability through gauzy dream pop: imagined death, anxiety, skin, memories of being a kid, seeking oblivion to numb. Its textures wash over and pull at you, from the tense icy piano of Northern Lights, to the scatter-fuck fragility of Soft Jewels.

    Soft Tissue was written and recorded between fall 2015 and summer 2017, while songwriter Lucinda Hearn found a new home and new band in NYC. It's woozy with the loneliness and uncertainty of that time, only showing its soft underbelly from around corners.


    CAITLIN PASKO

    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 — the first to be released under her own name, and her first full length release since 2010 — came out of a headspace where different kinds of loss are collected and confused together: loss of love and loss of life. The album chronicles Pasko's shifting mental state as she lives through the sudden and unexpected passing of her father as well as a painful break-up, which took place not long after.

    On Glass Period, we find a small chapel to personal grief. There's a chapel’s sense of calm, of refuge from the world, but also its starkness, its lack of cover from fear, its welcoming of the large and the small. There are small terrors that we must occasionally sit with for a while, which can be their own source of strength. There is air and there is time. This feeling, and the open space the album creates, stems partly from the liquid phrasing of Pasko’s voice and piano playing, but it's also largely the result of the elegant production treatments by producer/composer Henry Terepka (Zula, LEPT).

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