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    Thu
    02
    Jan
    2020

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    Fri
    03
    Jan
    2020

    Nick Lyons, Focus Group, Wendy Eisenberg Jan 3

    7:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

    1) Nick Lyons Solo
    2) Focus Group (Michael Rocketship, Booker Stardrum, Eli Crews and Ava Mendoza)
    3) Wendy Eisenberg Solo

    Sat
    04
    Jan
    2020

    Julia Easterlin / Innov Gnawa Jan 4

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

      

    Julia Easterlin (born March 14, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter and baritone ukulelist whose music draws from elements of world-beat, chamber-pop, folk and contemporary classical music.

    She has collaborated with artists Vieux Farka Touré, Bill T. Jones, Kris Bowers, Shahzad Ismaily, Bobby McFerrin, and Alex Toth of Rubblebucket, among many others. She has also worked as a co-writer and contributing vocalist with Mason Jar Music for The New York Times.  Her early work entails extensive use of a BOSS RC-50 loop pedal to compose and perform wide-ranging a'capella music for a single voice. She departed from this style briefly in 2015 with the release of Touristes, her collaborative project with Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Touré.

    In 2017, Easterlin set her loop pedal aside indefinitely to release her first full-length solo album: an acoustic chamber-pop work Light of a Strange Day, under the moniker Hite. The album was produced by Shahzad Ismaily and Charles Van Kirk and released to critical acclaim.[1] In 2019, Easterlin joined the touring ensemble for dream-pop artist Barrie as a bassist and background vocalist. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    Innov Gnawa is a Grammy-nominated musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco's venerable Gnawa music tradition in the heart of NYC. Formed in the summer of 2014, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, A Maalem, or master Gnawan musician, originally from Fez, Morocco. Ben Jaafer is accompanied by Amino Belyamani and Ahmed Jeriouda, along with a brotherhood of guest musicians, all playing the karkabas, metal castanets whose staccato sound is said to represent the shackles and chains of slaves. 

    Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov Gnawa has delved deep into the roots and rituals of Gnawan music and has 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 Barbes. Innov Gnawa has also collaborated and shared the stage with such luminaries as Bonobo and Antibalas.

     

    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 a traditional repertoire and add their own contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. This exciting new outfit fuses a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of NYC.


    Sun
    05
    Jan
    2020

    Open Ground: Sean Clapis / Olli Hirvonen Jan 5

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Olli Hirvonen New Helsinki & Sean Clapis
     
    Olli Hirvonen - guitar
    Luke Marantz - piano
    Nick Dunston - bass
    Nathan Ellman-Bell - drums
     
    Sean Clapis: Guitar
    Sebastienn Ammann: Piano
    Alex Tremblay: Double Bass
    Colin Stranahan: Drums
     
    On Displace, his latest album and first for Ropeadope, the Finnish-born, Brooklyn-based guitarist Olli Hirvonen introduces a highly personal, pathbreaking vision of guitar heroism. Melding jazz, prog, noise-rock, new music and other influences, his playing and composing evoke everything from Pat Metheny and Ralph Towner to Tim Berne, Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine.
    “Expressively granular” -Village Voice
     
    Sean Clapis is a guitarist, composer and bandleader born in Hartford, CT to a mother and father who would sing him to sleep every night as a child. After discovering jazz at the Artists Collective and Academy of the Arts, Sean went on to study at the Hartt School of Music under the tutelage of Jackie Mclean, Nat Reeves, Andy LaVerne and many others. After graduating, he moved to New York City, making a name for himself performing with Cyrille Aimée, Steve Davis, Gene Jackson, Warren Wolf, and many others. In 2017, he received 2nd prize at the Jarek Smietana International Jazz Guitar Competition in Krakow as well as the jury prize which afforded him the opportunity to record an album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. 

    Thu
    09
    Jan
    2020

    Michael Bates’ Acrobat / Mother Octopus Jan 9

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

       
     
    Michael Bates’ Acrobat
    Marty Ehrlich-clarinet
    Mazz Swift-violin
    Sara Schoenbeck-bassoon
    Michael Bates-bass
    Michael Sarin-drums
     
    Acrobat, the quintet led by bassist/composer Michael Bates, features five fearless voices sharing a passionate commitment to creativity and artistic beauty.  Here, the quintet explores one of music's most mysterious personalities, Dmitri Shostakovich.  With literal themes by Shostakovich or themes composed with his spirit, "Acrobat" is full of music that is playful yet dark and swinging.  And while Shostakovich is clearly being channeled, the voices of these five fantastic improvisers will be on full display: Beautiful and vicious, elegant and dissonant, and humor laced with serene sarcasm.
     
    Violin player and composer Dana Lyn presents a suite of music for sextet inspired by visual artist Jay DeFeo and her monumental work, "The Rose."
     
    Dana Lyn, violin
    Mike McGinnis, clarinet
    Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon
    Patricia Brennan, vibes
    Gary Wang, bass
    Noel Brennan, drums/percussion

    Fri
    10
    Jan
    2020

    Secret Sibling, Camila Ortiz and Stephen Becker Jan 10

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

        

     

    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), Pete Moffett (drums).  

    Camila Ortiz is a singer and songwriter who writes about dreams, emotions, and driving. In addition to her solo project, she makes up half of experimental pop duo, Myrtle.  
     
    Steve Becker (formerly Trees Take Ease) is a songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Always in search of the in-betweens, Steve's music grapples with simplicity / complexity, consonance / dissonance, joy / grief. His music is a living, breathing compilation of his own self, an emotional landscape, a diary with arms and legs. When not working on his own music, Steve performs, tours, and records with his friends: Market, Zero Stars, Katie Von Schleicher, and Wilder Maker. 

    Sat
    11
    Jan
    2020

    Elizabeth Ziman, Andreas Arnold, Lau Noah Jan 11

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     

    Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She's toured​ with the likes of Sara Bareilles​ and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills​ and more. 

    "Her piano playing, reflecting classical studies, can be virtuosic at her best; Ms. Ziman brings her own core of craft and insight to the mainstream. She tucks musicianly treats into her songs: meter shifts, unexpected chord progressions and structures that break free of verse-chorus-bridge, all crisply executed by her band.
    -Jon Pareles, New York Times

    Guitarist-composer Andreas Arnold released his latest album Odisea in 2019, followed by the video EP Four For Jaco which explores the music of Jaco Pastorius from a flamenco guitarist's perspective. At the Owl he will perform with his current flamenco-jazz quartet featuring Yvonnick Prene (chromatic harmonica), James Labrosse (2nd guitar) and Jeremy Smith (percussion). www.andreasarnold.info

    Lau Noah is a singer-songwriter from Reus, Spain who recently performed on NPR's Tiny Desk series—a web series that showcases emerging and established musicians in a pared-down format similar to 90's TV show, MTV Unplugged. Noah is multilingual and speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, and Hebrew.


    Sun
    12
    Jan
    2020

    Open Ground: Martin Nevin Quintet & Alexa Barchini/Jackson Fitzgerald Jan 12

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
     
    Martin Nevin Quintet
     
    Christopher Hoffman- cello
    Kyle Wilson- tenor saxophone
    Ari Chersky- cello
    Craig Weinrib- drums
    Martin Nevin- bass and compositions
     
    Alexa Barchini - voice
    Jackson Fitzgerald - guitar
     
    Martin Nevin plays music for breathing, sitting, sleeping, dancing or praying. Music for anyone and everyone.

    Alexa Barchini and Jackson Fitzgerald are a Brooklyn based guitar+voice duo, performing originals and covers spanning jazz, singer-songwriter, and Americana realms. Alexa Barchini - vocals Jackson FitzGerald - guitars

    Thu
    16
    Jan
    2020

    Kenny Warren & #1 Kid Jan 16

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation

     
    Trumpeter Kenny Warren will play some of his highly improvised newer compositions for trio with Matthias Pichler on bass and Flin van Hemmen on drums.

    Adam Dotson(#1 Kid) is a song-writer, trombonist, euphoniumist, singer who was a founding member of indie dance pop band Rubblebucket as well as a current member of NYC legacy brass band Slavic Soul Party!. His Arthur Russell DIY inspired bedroom pop songs are usually presented as #1 Kid. This broken down acoustic trio version features vibraphonist Matt Moran(Claudia Quintet, Slavic Soul Party) and Bassist Aryeh Kobrinsky. Adam lives in Bed-Stuy and his preferred bagel order is Whitefish salad with bacon, pickles and onions on a pumpernickel everything bagel. Matt also lives in Bed-Stuy and his bagel order is everything with plain cream cheese. Aryeh lives in Park Slope and likes and everything bagel with cream cheese, cucumber, and a tomato with S&P.


    Fri
    17
    Jan
    2020

    Allegra Krieger, Margaux Bouche and Crosslegged Jan 17

    7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation



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