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Adam Levy's Mint Imperials • Morley & Chris Jan 57:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Morley and Chris Bruce create global, earthy, ethereal stories in praise of courage, vulnerability, resistance, dignity and love. Joined by bassist Ross Gallagher and Yuval Lion, drums.
Adam Levy & the Mint Imperials (Adam Levy – vocal & guitar; Andy Hess – Fender bass; Tony Mason – drums) specialize in story-songs, chock full of dreamy realism. The band’s groove swaggers and sways collectively, as they play with familial telepathy. Levy is probably best known for having been in Norah Jones band for her first three albums. He is also featured on recordings by Allen Toussaint, Tracy, Chapman, Amos Lee, Ani DiFranco … Bassist Andy Hess was in Gov’t Mule for several years, and has toured with Robben Ford, John Scofield, Graham Nash … Drummer Tony Mason has played with Charlie Hunter, Paula Cole, Jim Campilongo …“Even the thorniest jazzbo snobs can recognize Levy’s potential to pen material for the next Great American Songbook.” —Offbeat magazine
Ambient Pasta presents Weeze/teasea • ros • Rain JohannesJan 67:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationWeeze/teasea is a collaborative performance between brothers Dan and Tom Criblez’s solo projects. Weeze(Dan Criblez) has created music exploring ambient, art pop, and experimental genres. He expresses through nostalgic and emotional melodies using instruments and sounds like piano, synth, creative beats and samples. teasea creates ambient guitar music for moments of solitude and friendship with a goal of reaching a sense of calm and center. This past year he experimented with a 3 album summer solstice release, curating a days worth of music for listeners to embrace the longest day of the year. The 2 collaborate often on each other’s music but this is the first set combining the nature of both their worlds into one performance.Curious to explore the balance between authenticity and creation, the magic of sound found ros at the early age of 4 with classical piano. Painting from the quietude of inner thoughts, inspired by the exploration of memory and love, blended with early influences of classical, jazz and indie soul music; ros quickly discovered the power of expression through music and storytelling.
In the fall of 2016, Rain Johannes spent two months in his bedroom recording ten songs he wrote as a junior and senior in high school. On November 4th 2016, those songs were released as his debut album “Sunshine.” To celebrate its 6-year anniversary, brothers Dan and Tom Criblez will join Rain in performing “Sunshine” in its entirety and as faithfully to the original recordings as possible. Plus, falling only a day after Rain’s 26th birthday, guests are sure to expect a night of celebration, reminiscence, and beautiful music. We will see you at the Owl on January 6th!
Jean Rohe // James Shipp Jan 77:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Songs from the 74 Corridor” is a new memoir concert by songwriter Jean Rohe. In it, she traces the length of the NJTransit #74 bus line (Paterson to Newark, NJ) with stop-specific songs telling family stories about life in the cities that shaped her and her forebears: a route and a root. Featuring Caroline Davis (saxophone, voice, electronics), Christopher Tordini (bass), Jason Burger (drums). “74 Corridor” is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).
The James Shipp Music Band is exploratory and interactive, American and outer space, acoustic and electronic; it showcases mostly instrumental compositions and a few of James’s (famous) songs. It is occasionally Brazilian, and populated with players who will admit (if pressured) that they are jazz musicians. James has been a vibraphonist, percussionist and synthesist in NYC for 20+ years. He is a member of the Grammy-nominated Anat Cohen Tentet, Miho Haza’s M Unit, and travels currently with Anat Cohen’s Quartetinho. James plays Vic Firth sticks, Balter Mallets, and Zildjian cymbals exclusively.
The band: JS – vibes, synthesizer, percussion, vox; Chris Parker – electric guitar; Mike LaValle – electric bass; Bill Campbell – drums
Maya Tsou AFTERNOON SET Jan 84pm
19 year old singer Maya Tsou comes together with guitarists Owen Pattillo, Mitch Owens, bassist Stevie Howard and drummer Leonardo Tapia to commemorate her birthday in a personal selection of indie favorites. Not dissimilar to the soundtrack of an early 2000’s coming-of-age film, these songs come from artists Regina Spektor, Blur, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, among others. The sound is nostalgic and electrifying, with an undeniably grunge, DIY-attitude.
Leslie Mendelson • Amy Helm Jan 87:30 Door 8:00 Show $20.00 adv / $25.00 cash at the door
Leslie Mendelson is a Grammy Award-nominated singer/songwriter. Her most recent album, ‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…’ is out now. Described by Relix Magazine as an artist with “a loyal, cross-generational audience that hugs the hippie, hipster, coffee shop and society crowds.” Leslie had collaborated with legends such as the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir as well as Jackson Browne on the duet “A Human Touch,” for the documentary ‘5B,’ which is also included on his 2021 Grammy nominated album, ‘Downhill From Everywhere.’ Leslie recently opened for The Who for three nights on their current tour The Who Hits Back and supported Roger Daltrey for his 2022 UK solo tour.
Amy Helm’s third album, What the Flood Leaves Behind, is her most autobiographical yet, both in content and creation. Released in June 2021 via Renew Records/BMG, these 10 songs represent a gathering of ideas and experiences, friends and collaborators. Yet, the album also marks a landing — a pause for the traveling musician and mother of two young boys who was seeking clarity in her calling and career.After making multiple albums and performing in far-flung places, Helm returned home to Woodstock’s Levon Helm Studios — casually known as The Barn — just before the pandemic to record What the Flood Leaves Behind and reclaim a sense of self. The Barn became what Helm calls “the tuning fork” for the record. Helm sings stories of life’s relentlessness. But like she extrapolates from “Verse 23,” the most productive, and often the most healing response, is to create. As a result, What the Flood Leaves Behind serves as a defiant form of self-expression, as Helm steps fully into her own light.
Levon Henry Presents, Jan 127:30 Doors 8:00 Show
$12.00 suggested donation
The saxophonist/songwriter Levon Henry hosts a collaborative monthly residency, with a different cast and structure every show.
Benji Santos • Miriam Elhajli • The Cradle Jan 137:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Miriam Elhajli is a Venezuelan-Moroccan-American composer and vocalist whose work is influenced strongly by the folkloric musics of South and North America, modern jazz, and contemporary classical music. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she currently lives in Brooklyn where she performs (on the side of the road or otherwise), and is a researcher at The Association for Cultural Equity founded by Alan Lomax.The Cradle is the musical project of Brooklyn artist Paco Cathcart. Paco has been part of the DIY scene in New York for a decade now, constantly writing and recording albums, playing in a variety of groups (see: Climax Landers, Shimmer, Sweet Baby Jesus, Eyes of Love), touring consistently, and engineering for other artists and bands.
Ross Martin and Grant Gordy • Jacob Joliff & Wyndham Baird Jan 147:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Brooklyn, NY duo Grant Gordy and Ross Martin’s recording Year of the Dog brings together two of acoustic music’s most forward-thinking virtuoso guitarists, both of whom have deep backgrounds in the American musical vernacular. The duo, born of impromptu musical meetings and jams, honors its birth in spontaneity with plenty of seat-of-the-pants soloing as well as some elaborate two-guitar arrangements. Improvisation, fluency in different styles, and thoughtful arranging are also hallmarks of some of the bands in which Grant and Ross have previously made their marks (David Grisman Quintet, Matt Flinner Trio).
Jacob Jolliff grew up just south of Portland, OR. He was awarded a full scholarship to The Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2007. Shortly after graduating from Berklee, he won the National Mandolin Championship. In 2014, he joined the progressive bluegrass group, Yonder Mountain String Band. He toured with YMSB until the end of 2019, releasing two albums with them. This year he has been touring with Béla Fleck’s My Bluegrass Heart, as well as his own group, The Jacob Jolliff Band.
Tomas Fujiwara & Mariel Roberts • Alta 4tet Jan 157:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
The Brooklyn-based Fujiwara/Roberts duo brings together two artists who are active performers, improvisers, and composers working in the field of new and experimental music. On cello and drums, the duo weaves together their individual backgrounds in jazz, classical, and experimental music through improvisation.
Praised for their “fiery” and “faithful” performances of contemporary repertoire, Brooklyn-based ALTA 4TET is a collaboration of four committed players who prioritize exploration, excellence, and curiosity in their performances. ALTA is: violinists Gabryel Smith and Rachel Hauser, violist Emily Bookwalter and cellist Ken Hashimoto.
Crosslegged, Elizabeth & the Catapult, Oropendola7:30 Door 8:00 Show $15.00 suggested donationOROPENDOLA’S SINGLE + MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE SHOW!Joanna Schubert, the Brooklyn-based singer-songmaker-keyboardist behind Oropendola, creates kaleidoscopic chamber pop filled to the brim with energy and emotion. Her songs often sound like a wink but hit like a gut punch, pendulum-swinging from playfulness to earnestness with deft, technicolor brushstrokes. She has been a touring member of Half Waif and Barrie, sung with Samir Langus, and currently plays in Brooklyn-based Nicomo and beccs. The band for this show will include Elizabeth LoPiccolo on harmonies/flute/synth, Gabby Sherba on harmonies, Nico Osborne on guitar, Derek Weaving on bass, Mike Gebhart on drums/drum machine, and Tree Palmedo on horns. Oropendola’s debut album will be out in the spring.Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a Brooklyn-based critically acclaimed singer/songwriter. She’s toured with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and Ben Folds; scored, with Paul Brill, international award-winning documentaries, and won an Independent Music Award for Songwriting, Folk category. Her songs have been featured in national television campaigns, and she most recently wrote music for Sara Bareilles’ new Apple TV show, “Little Voice.” Always writing, Elizabeth has narrowed her vast collection of previously unrecorded material down for her fifth full-length studio album “Sincerely, e” which she self-produced and was released on Compass Records in 2021.Crosslegged is the project of singer-songwriter-producer Keba Robinson. Born in Norristown, PA and raised between Pennsylvania and California, her musical inspirations span folk, experimental pop, post punk, indie rock and soul. She grew up in a Jamaican household where the sounds that filled the air ran the gamut of roots reggae acts like Burning Spear and Third World and singer-songwriters like Carole King and The Mamas and the Papas, which developed her original love of singing and pure melody. Keba’s early days as Crosslegged were inextricable from the creative community that she built with friends through fests and art shows. She’s excited to release a new album called Another Blue on January 27th, 2023.
Layale Chaker / Timo Vollbrecht's Fly Magic7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
FLY MAGIC is a genre-exploding band with a bold sense of creativity and intent, led by Brooklyn-based saxophonist and composer Timo Vollbrecht. It fuses jazz with post-rock, electronics, and melody-oriented instrumental songwriting. After two acclaimed records and performances in over 30 countries, their third album, Givers & Takers, marks a new chapter: It conjures acoustic delicateness with otherworldly soundscapes of orchestral width. With this stellar line-up, Timo is presenting his vision of a band that is truly original, avoids easy categorization, is warm-timbred, melodic, atmospheric, and unpretentious.
Timo Vollbrecht – sax, Elias Stemeseder – piano & synths, Vinícius Gomes – guitar, s Jason Burger – drums www.fly-magic.com
Layale Chaker’s Radio Afloat is a reflection on the intertwined destinies of people and the natural world, which manifest even louder in times of collective pain; a commentary on the ebb and flow of politics of power and conflict that further the vulnerability of the land and those who tend to it. Conceived as a suite of intersecting movements, it echoes “The Trace of Blue Passion”, a poem by Lebanese author Ounsi el-Hage:
“… And just as birds flock wisely / I trekked from ocean to ocean / From peak to branch / From night to night to night..”
With Jake Charkey, cello – Phillip Golub, piano – Sam Minaie, bass – John Hadfield, percussion. https://www.layalechaker.com/
Evangeline Young • Camille • Eliza Edens Jan 217:30 Door 8:00 Show
Camille Schmidt is a Brooklyn based songwriter.Evangeline Young is a singer-songwriter and actor originally from outside of Philadelphia, now based in Brooklyn. Growing up acting and playing music in a family of folk musicians, Evangeline discovered her profound love for telling stories when she was a young kid, and she’s been doin’ it ever since. Her music ties in sounds from indie, folk, country and rock genres with an emphasis on vulnerable storytelling through her lyrics. She released her first EP, “Splinters”, in August of 2018. Evangeline is currently in the process of recording/mixing her upcoming record “As Long As We Can See,” which she began recording in November of 2020 at the Black Lodge Audio Studio in New Hampshire. In March of 2022, Evangeline opened for Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s band The Swell Season at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, and again at The Anthem in Washington D.C.Born and raised in rural Massachusetts and currently living in Brooklyn, NY, Eliza Edens weaves together disparate influences of people and place into her work to create mesmerizing sonic tapestries with guitar and voice. With a love for tinkering with alternate tunings à la Nick Drake, a curious harmonic ear from years of childhood classical piano lessons, and an ever-expanding affinity for words and stories, Edens’ songs build a kaleidoscopic world that documents the parallels between hope and heartbreak. The resulting sound is a diverse palette of guitar-based, experimental folk-rock centered around Edens gently cradled voice and brimming at the edges with pockets of sonic whimsy. Edens is due to release her sophomore album We’ll Become the Flowers on October 14th.
Mariel May, / Atlantic Collective Jan 227:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donation
New York native Mariel Mayz is a sought-after composer, pianist, educator, and administrator. She has been commissioned by American Opera Projects, the Hunter Opera Theater, Latin Grammy nominee João Luiz, and many others. Mariel is an Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and lecturer for the Arts Management & Leadership Certificate at CUNY Hunter College and pursuing a PhD in Composition and Theory at Brandeis University. She serves as the Co-Founder and Associate Director of Porto Pianofest based in Porto, Portugal. She will be presenting the music from her debut album Cuban Sketches for Piano, which was released in September 2022 by the ZOHO music label. The album features premiere recordings of the piano music of legendary Cuban composer Leo Brouwer, as well as original compositions and arrangements.Atlantic Collective is an adaptive, flexible chamber ensemble performing concert music that explores social and cultural themes. Formed during the COVID-19 pandemic, each musician has worked collaboratively or professionally with one another in various classical, contemporary, and pop music settings. As an ensemble, Atlantic Collective seeks to invigorate classical and contemporary repertoire by performing works from around the globe that illustrate our common humanity. Atlantic Collective’s varied instrumentation allows for performances to be a multi-sonic experience, drawing the listener in with an array of voicings and textures on a single program. Tonight, the collective presents “Mixtape”, a collection of short works and movements in a variety of instrument configurations reflecting the mood of the times. It’s like your iPod shuffle has started working again and has come to life in concert form.
JP Schlegelmilch • Andrew Munsey7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
JP Schlegelmilch is a pianist, composer, and improviser originally from New Hampshire now living in Brooklyn. Since arriving in New York he has performed with a wide range of musicians in the jazz and experimental music world. His 2019 album “Visitors” with drummer Jim Black and guitarist Jonathan Goldberger was widely acclaimed and mentioned on Rolling Stone’s “Best Jazz Albums of 2019”. For this new acoustic trio JP has written music exploring churning minimalist textures, boogie-woogie, and classical counterpoint.Drummer Andrew Munsey leads a quartet of musical brothers featuring Ochion Jewell (saxophone), Amino Belyamani (piano), and Sam Minaie (double bass). Munsey’s music navigates the modern and geometric contours of groove while making room for free exploration along the way. His work has been described as “rich in invention and unexpected twists and turns” (San Diego Union-Tribune), displaying a “robust individuality both as a player and composer.” (All About Jazz).
Rachel Sumner / Brittany Ann Tranbaugh Jan 277:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
With songs as sweet and biting as the nectar and venom in her voice, Rachel Sumner has been captivating audiences throughout the northeast with her Boston based string band, Traveling Light. While their instrumentation and textures show roots deep in bluegrass and traditional folk music, Sumner’s lyric-forward writing and penchant for snaking chord progressions demand something beyond folk conventions, highlighting the acrobatic range of her brilliant bandmates Kat Wallace (fiddle/harmonies) and Mike Siegel (upright bass).
Brittany Ann Tranbaugh is a songwriter from Philadelphia, PA. Her queer country song “Kiss You” won Song of the Year in the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Katy the Kyng• Jesse In Gray • Wish Wish Jan 287:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Katy the Kyng is a February Aquarian who believes in the guitar solo, the love poem, the snide aside, the double entendre, the prom dress, and the journey to the center of things. She hopes to combine all of the above in her work.
Jesse in Grey is the songwriting project of Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist Jesse Bielenberg. One could call his music folk, or rock, or even slowcore, but he likes to think of it as comfortcore. Jesse has two EPs under his vegan leather belt, with songs ruminating on trees & television & domesticity & growing up & the grey in-between spaces of uncertainty. Jesse will be joined by Connor Parks on drums/percussion, & Daniel Durst on bass.
WishWish features the songs of drummer and vocalist Rachel Housle. Reaching into the space between the abstract and the familiar, pop melodies mingle with country-inflected slide guitar and a punk spirit.
Michael Sarian / Amir El-Saffar Jan 297:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Trumpeter and composer Michael Sarian has been praised for his “unique compositional and instrumental voice… reminiscent of [his] lyrical contemporaries such as Ralph Alessi, Ambrose Akinmusire or Avishai Cohen.” (Friedrich Kunzmann, AAJ) Born in Toronto and raised in Buenos Aires, Michael relocated to NYC in 2012, and has performed at some of the most iconic international stages, including the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Kennedy Center, Teatro Colón in Argentina, the Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, BRIC JazzFest, and Central Park SummerStage. He has appeared on WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer, NPR’s World Cafe, and many more.
Amir ElSaffar has been described as “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music,” (the Wire) and “one of the most promising figures in jazz today” (Chicago Tribune). ElSaffar has created techniques to play microtones and ornaments idiomatic to Arabic music that are not typically heard on the trumpet. He is also one of the few musicians in his generation to master the centuries-old Iraqi maqam tradition, which he performs actively as a vocalist and santur player, merging it with contemporary Western harmony. ElSaffar has received the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a US Artists Fellowship, and a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.
Zahra Alzubaidi • Leila Adu Feb 27:30 Door 8:00 Show $20.00 suggested donation
Zahra Alzubaidi is a New York based Iraqi vocalist who performs a variety of Arabic styles, with a focus on Iraqi music. She has performed as a featured artist in multiple music venues throughout the US, and as a guest/chorus with ensembles.
Leila Adu is an astonishing force in the space where electropop, avant-classical and singer-songwriter meet. Exploring her roots in New Zealand, Britain and Ghana, Adu is an international artist who has performed at festivals and venues across the world. Compared to Nina Simone and Joanna Newsome by WNYC, Adu has released five acclaimed albums, and has given visionary solo BBC and WQXR performances. Adu’s credits include Ojai Music Festival, Bang on a Can, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Late Night with David Letterman, and composing for a Billboard charted album. Adu holds a Princeton University music composition PhD. In 2022, Leila Adu–Gilmore has been awarded a Charles Ives Composer Fellowship’s from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Alec Spiegelman, Izzy Oram Brown, Good Intentions Feb 37:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationAlec Spiegelman is a multi-instrumentalist, producer & songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. He will be improvising, on clarinet & with pedals, in conversation with a piece of software called the Echolaliator, by Eric Rosenbaum. Alec says, ‘here’s Eric’s explanation of the software: https://www.ericrosenbaum.com/echolaliatorand here’s me playing along with it:
Izzy Oram Brown is a Brooklyn based guitarist and songwriter who released her debut record Mess on September 23, 2022. Created with a host of collaborators in various spaces around New York over the past two years, Mess finds Oram Brown drawing on her work as a guitar player and her love of the folk song tradition to create her first project as a songwriter. She pairs introspective lyrics and winding melodies with layered guitars, synthesizers, and percussion to create an ethereal and moving body of work. Grounded in precise songwriting and embellished with experimental production, Mess is Oram Brown stepping out from a supporting role and sharing an assured album of naked honesty.Good Intentions is a fuzzy five piece instrumental rock band that sends you heartfelt melodies, like a mixtape made for your high school crush. They release their first single, “Songe” on February 3rd, from their upcoming album release, “Devotion Comes Easy to Me.” Sam Decker: saxophone. Gregg Belisle-Chi: guitar. Franky Rousseau: guitar. Luke Bergman: bass. Dave Flaherty: drums
Colin Babcock • Nick Pauly • Gregory Michael Jordan Feb 47:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Nick Pauly is a violist, composer, and improviser from Brooklyn, NY. After completing his M.M. from Manhattan School of Music, he served on faculty at the Third Street Music School from 2015 to 2021. A contemporary music enthusiast, Pauly focuses on extended techniques for strings, including performance with household objects and alternative tunings. Recent work features structured improvisation for singing bowls, waterphone, and viola.
Colin Babcock is a Trombonist, Composer, Improvisor, and Teacher living in New York City, originally from Columbus, Ohio. He regularly performs most genres of music, including classical, jazz, pop, electronic, free improvisation, and everything in between. He has performed with the Stormin’ Norman Band, Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, So Wrong It’s Right, SEM Ensemble, Brownstone Brass Quintet, various musical theater shows, numerous big bands and brass bands across the city and more. His 2020 album “Circle” and other original music encapsulates his diverse influences. He is a teacher with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in the Music Partners division.
Gregory Michael Jordan writes and records orchestral pop out of his bedroom. Live, he is accompanied by a five-piece string and wind ensemble who bring his lush and sweeping arrangements to life. Songs about epilepsy, Judaism, and professional wrestling are all brought to you with a stunning combination of piano, orchestra, and uninhibited vocal affectation. Greg bounces between universes, going from imagining up fictitious characters to touching on the deeply personal. After a decade of playing shows and recording preliminary demos, Greg is releasing his first studio album in 2023. February 3rd at The Owl, Greg will be celebrating the release of his first single, Prom, as well as his 29th birthday.
Maya Carney • Agrol Agra: A quartet • Frank London's ¡No Pasarán! Feb 57:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationMaya Carney is a Brooklyn born and based vocalist. Maya enjoys working in artistic environments rooted in a variety of musical and performative traditions such as jazz, house, r&b, improvised and contemporary classical music. She primarily roots her practice in her spirituality, letting her music act as a form of release and personal expression before a performative act.Agrol Agra: A quartet (Deborah Carmichael, Kinga Cserjesi, Marisa Michelson, and Margot B. Silver) sing selected pieces from their a cappella program, Ágról Ágra, from Branch to Branch. Ágról Ágra is a program of unaccompanied choral pieces by Béla Bartók, as well as Hungarian traditional songs including new arrangements by the talented young Korean composer, Song Yi Jeon. Enjoy the magical world of modal music. This program honors the memory of Béla BartókFrank London’s ¡No Pasarán! is a brass trio plus percussion that blurs the borders between chamber & folk music, composition & improvisation, Jazz, latin & world music, traditional to avant garde. The group features London on trumpet, trombonist José Davila, tubist Ben Stapp, and conguero Onel Matos. London is co-founder of the Klezmatics and has performed with John Zorn, LL Cool J, Mel Torme, Lester Bowie‘s Brass Fantasy, LaMonte Young, They Might Be Giants, David Byrne, Jane Siberry, Ben Folds 5, and is featured on over 400 CDs. Called the “mystical high priest of Avant-Klez jazz”
Sean Kiely • Kitba Feb 97:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
“Your Logo, My Logo has that quiet earnestness of an alt-folk record. Kiely’s sense of humor shines through, though. He’s able to call attention to some of the absurdities of our modern lives without resorting to “Put down your phone. Stop and smell the roses.” simplicity. Kiely is a clever songwriter, an excellent guitar player; and he’s given us an excellent 21st century folk album.” – Cool Dad Music
Nicomo • Jackie West • Scout Gillett Feb 107:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Brooklyn-based Scout Gillett joins the Captured Tracks roster and shares her first release for the label: the title track of her debut EP one to ten, out April 29th, 2022. The five-song collection consists of four covers—of Broadcast, Blaze Foley, Ferrante & Teicher, and Brenda Lee—alongside the hypnotic original “one to ten,”“
Jordan Tyson • John Cushing • Lily Talmers Feb 117:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationJordan Tyson (vocals) is a choral nerd turned music and theater fairy on a mission to heal. As an actress, she has worked all over the country— in the Netflix limited series The Chair and the film Vampires Vs. The Bronx, and in the theater as Young Allie in the world premiere of the Notebook Musical and Kizette in LEMPICKA to name a few. Musically she grabs from theatre, folk, r&b, & pop. Audelco Rising Star Award.jordantyson.com | @curlybroadLily Talmers is a Michigan-born, Brooklyn-based artist and band leader of a new age of Americana. Her lyricism draws from heady 60’s folk revivalists as Leonard Cohen and Judee Sill, coating Midwestern-accented melodies with intimacy and refined wit. These melodies provide a unique journey into Lily’s strange intervallic insides, informing themselves by Greek, Lusophone, and classical music, in addition to the Americana cannons. Her latest record, “Hope is The Whore I Go To” was captured live, full band, and features stylistic nods that unbind genre. Its twin record, “My Mortal Wound,” features a live, largely solo version of Lily’s sound.
John Cushing writes songs, and writes music that attempts to clarify the longing embed in human joy and suffering. Arrangements range from small ensembles to a 19-piece big band, and the music is about community; drawing on the mutual witness of vulnerability and humility within an audience. The musical stylings of such ensembles celebrate a diverse network of folk traditions, centered in the Afro-European styles of the Americas but also reaching specifically to music of the Balkans, and the Romani Diaspora in Europe. The Lyricism is succinct and direct, and you will be left with a clear understanding of why, but a collected curiosity—humming and wondering—of how. His latest recording is a live record of heart songs and folk arrangements you can find on Bandcamp: John Cushing Big Band, “Live at Magnolia Loft.”
Closed for Nat'l Safety Pup Day Feb 127:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
special Valentine's Day show with Ember • The Point Feb 147:00 Door 7:30pm Show
The Point is a synchronized live performance of the entire Harry Nilsson opus with the charming film projected on the Owl’s new theater-size screen. A perfect date!
Ember is Caleb Curtis, Noah Garabedian & Vinnie Sperrazza
Eleanor Buckland • Louisa Stancioff Feb 167:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Singer songwriter and guitarist Louisa Stancioff, backed by her bandmates Dave and Dan Kelly, is quickly establishing herself as one of the premier musical artists in Maine. Her intelligent and soulful writing pairs with a confident and catchy indie sound drawing on folk, rock, pop, and her own Bulgarian heritage. She has toured across the country with her previous band Dyado, and is now beginning on a whole new soundscape venture with this solo project. You can listen to Dyado anywhere, and keep an ear out for her debut LP, which will be released next summer.
Eleanor Buckland made her start as one-third of Lula Wiles, the Boston-based folk-rock trio that became an acoustic music scene favorite with their three critically hailed albums. Now living in Brooklyn, the singer songwriter has turned to a different side of her musical interests as a solo artist. Buckland’s debut album You Don’t Have To Know (released October 2021 on Soundly Music) sets her deeply personal songs against inventive indie rock arrangements.
zannie • Cosmo. Feb 177:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
zannie is the project of singer-songwriter zannie owens, who is thrilled to be joined by their friend zoots houston on pedal steel for this event. they’ll perform songs mostly off of zannie’s debut LP ‘How Do I Get That Star’, which was released in august 2022 AD.
Cosmo is the instrumental project of Jesse Harris (guitar/composer), with Jeremy Gustin (drums), Will Graefe (guitar), James Buckley (bass) and Shahzad Ismaily (keys). All the music will be from a new, forthcoming album, produced by Shahzad.
Ali Dineen• Jefferson Hamer • Fellow Pynins • Feb 187:30 Door 8:00 Show $18.00
online sales have closed but tickets are still available at the door starting at doors / 7:30 pm
Ali Dineen is a poet-composer born and raised in Queens, whose lyrics are poetic and deeply personal, and highlight the intersections between personal experience, larger histories, and systems of power. Ali has performed at the Museum of Art and Design, the Caramoor American Roots Music Festival, the American Folk Art Museum, and the Brooklyn Folk Festival, among other wonderful venues, and was awarded the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in 2020. Ali is also the music director for local puppet troupe extraordinaire The Boxcutter Collective, arranges music and sings with Reverend Billy & the Stop Shopping Choir, and is part of a duet with the inimitable Feral Foster. Ali released a third album, Hold On, in 2020, and is currently working on a new piece about Joan of Arc.
Jefferson Hamer is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. He has toured and recorded albums with Anais Mitchell (Child Ballads, winner of a BBC2 Folk Award), Sarah Jarosz (as guitarist and harmony singer on her Grammy-nominated Blue Heron Suite), and Session Americana. The Murphy Beds, his long-running traditional folk duo with Eamon O’Leary, has released two self-produced albums, about which the Huffington Post wrote, “[the album] bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” His original songs and lead guitar work are featured on Alameda, an acoustic and electric collaboration with bassist Jeff Picker and drummer John Fatum, featuring special guests from the NYC folk community and beyond.
Fellow Pynins embody the music they make. They travel the world with their two children collecting old songs and connecting with the generations who still sing them. Reworking the old ballads, they create a sound that can easily sit alongside the music that comes through the pen of their own hand. This is the band that you never knew you needed in your life. So soak in the stories and as Lisa Dunn from BBC says, let the music “transport you into their haunting and beguiling world of love tales and spine-tingling harmonies… They will have you traveling far and wide to hear them again.”
Hank Roberts • Mike McGinness Feb 197:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
The Hank Roberts Trio with Aruán Ortiz on piano and Matt Wilson on drums will be performing their world premier concert at The Owl in Brooklyn, NY on Sunday evening February 19th, 2023. Over his 5-decade musical career, Hank Roberts has shared stages and recording studios with some of the most celebrated musicians in the world. He has forged a compelling original voice as a cellist and composer, and is considered a major innovator as an improvisational cellist. Of his collaborators, critics say, “There are few more dazzling drummers working today, but almost nobody in Wilson’s peer group with a broader grasp of jazz or a more natural sense of time…” – Nate Chinen JazzTimes. “One of the most creative and original composers in the world, pianist Ortiz is an experimentalist and a tonal provocateur influenced by European modernism and contemporary jazz as much as by Afro-Cuban tradition.”Mike McGinnis celebrates his 50th Birthday by playing some of his music from the late 90’s with some of the musicians who helped create it.Featuring Mike McGinnis: saxophone/clarinet • Ravi Coltrane: saxophones • Jacob Sacks: piano • Dave Ambrosio: bass • Tom Rainey: drums
Hasumi/Ishito/Togami • Stephen Becker • GADADU Feb 237:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
With a kaleidoscopic sense of time and texture, GADADU weaves odd-meter grooves, synth-spiked orchestral arrangements, and unorthodox song forms into a dreamy, soulful sound. Founded in 2013 by Hannah Selin (voice, viola) and Nicki Adams (keys/synths), GADADU also features the sounds and talents of bandmates Patrick Adams (trumpet), Ayumi Ishito (tenor sax), Daniel Stein (bass) and Arthur Vint (drums). GADADU has released three full-length albums: The Weatherman Is Wrong (2022), Outer Song (2018), and And I See Night (2015). Their new album moves between the natural and the supernatural, staying true to their live sound while traveling through expanded soundscapes of strings, field recordings, synths, and vocals.
Lou Roy • Market • Helenor Feb 247:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Lou Roy’s debut album Pure Chaos might well be a little magical. The LA singer-songwriter had been getting deep into chaos magic, and she found that embracing the forces of chaos worked pretty well for her art. On the album’s opening track and lead single “Valkyrie”, Roy sings: “Chaos reigns, all is permitted” — a reference to a core tenet of chaos magic. “I found that to be such a profound little couplet, because it gave me creative freedom. There’s nothing that I can do wrong; everything that I could do is okay.” She used that newfound liberation to create an extraordinary debut; one where unconventional musical constructions and irreverent lyrical ideas add up to a rousing celebration of life
Helenor is the musical moniker for Brooklyn-based visual artist, songwriter and producer, David DiAngelis. The DIY debut LP Something Twice was written, recorded, and produced at home, as well as self-released. Something Twice has since found support from notable publications such as The Line of Best Fit, Birp.fm, David Dean Burkhart, and more. “Channeling the likes of Deerhunter and Beck, Helenor captures a moment with blissful indie pop” – The Line of Best Fit
Katie Martucci • Akie Bermiss Feb 257:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Katie Martucci is a tall lady in Brooklyn, singing as much as possible and just trying to get good at music, ya know? Her latest release ‘Note to Self’ on La Reserve Records is a collection of songs about the “unspoken third thing in the room” — stories surrounding friendship, family history, imposter syndrome, her own personal journey with epilepsy and more. With Devon Yesberger (piano) Jacob Matheus (guitar) Dan Pappalardo (bass)
Akie Bermiss is affable, near-sighted, hirsute, and a nerd of the highest water. Nevertheless, he has also somehow managed to cultivate and live a double-life as cool and *very* hip musician. His favorite thing to do is write (and, subsequently, sing) songs about aliens and spaceships and falling in love.
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Bonomo • Adam Neely • Guitar Hearts Mar 37:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
BONOMO is an Indie acoustic outfit that pulls at the heart strings with symphonic resonance and a distinct take on Indie-Folk music. Influenced by the sounds of Folk, Jazz, Gospel and Classical music. BONOMO is a melting pot of true artistry and the finest pioneering genres of all time. On a mission to unify musical tradition and audiences alike, the ensemble is set of visionaries inspired by the sounds of yesterday while simultaneously crafting a resonance all their own.
Band Practice is an improvisational collective that plays jazz fusion, rock, funk and electronic music. Adam Neely, Josh Bailey, Shubh Saran and Eitan Kenner explore new modes of musical expression through completely improvised sets based on audience input.
Guitar Hearts is a group of emotional virtuoso jazz musicians led by Yoav Eshed, who fill audiences worldwide with awe and admiration with their captivating energy. The performance invites the listener to a fascinating journey of soundscapes derived from jazz and romantic-era melodies, ranging from highly energetic to the most delicate and slow moments.
Created by a duality of relaxed harmony and rhythmic intensity, Guitar hearts play with open heart, deep groove and brilliant execution. … “Gifted musician with emotional depth and brilliant technical abilities” Mick Goodrick
Mike Haldeman • Momentum Mar 47:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donationMomentum is a New York based collective united by the joy and freedom of jazz communicated through the sounds that pulse along the airwaves of today and tomorrow. Their sound is mystic, kinetic, clear and deep – uplifting and inspiring its listeners. Momentum recently released their first two singles, Aséna and Scream, which has been met with great excitement. The Collective has performed at such notable festivals and venues, WildflowerFestival 2022, Bar LunÀtico, and the Sō Percussion artist series Brooklyn Bound.
Luke Marantz • Matt Marantz Mar 57:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
The Choir Invisible • Gregg Belisle-Chi Quartet7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Yesterday & The Undoing • Jim Keller • Lost Leaders Mar 107:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationYesterday and the undoing’ is gabby sherba‘s solo project. She draws inspiration from plants, elements, cycles, light, darkness, color, and threshholds. Among other muses. Her songs wish to share with you the questions she has about it all.A cult figure in the music business, Jim Keller’s gigs at The Rockwood Music Hall are legendary. If the best players in town aren’t on stage with him, they are in the audience, singing along, playing along, making the sort of noise that would get you locked up in a lesser town.
But at The Owl, Keller will do something that he rarely does: Play a solo, stripped-down set. Granted, his collaborators Adam Minkoff (producer of Keller’s newly released album, Spark & Flame) and Byron Isaacs (Keller’s songwriting partner and member of Lost Leaders) are likely to be on hand, but this is a rare chance to hear Keller do his most personal work in Brooklyn’s most intimate music venue.Lost Leaders is the decade-old magical collaboration of Byron Isaacs (The Lumineers, Ollabelle) and Peter Cole (Lava Baby, and now acting in the NYT Critic’s Pick Hannah Ha Ha) who met as jazz musicians and grew into rock musicians together, recording their first Lost Leaders album at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock. They each write, each sing and for this show they’ll be backed by their powerhouse drummer, Hudson Valley’s Lee Falco (The Lemonheads). Lost Leaders debuted on the Americana charts last year with “Long Way Down” and their radio hit “I’m Gonna Win” continues to rack up Spotify adds as new fans discover their psychedelic-guitar, monster-harmonies goodness.
Kolker/Ammann/Menares/Kronreif • Michael Bates' Northern Spy Mar 117:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Featuring Adam Kolker on saxophones, Sebastien Ammann on piano, Pablo Menares on bass and Peter Kronreif on drums, this new collective has been diving deep in each member’s compositions and will be presenting new compositions written with this group in mind.Michael Bates’ Northern SpyMichael Blake-saxophoneJosh Deutsch-trumpetSantiago Leibson-pianoGreg Joseph-drumsMichael Bates-bassTake one listen to the joy and energy of this unpredictable band and try not to get caught up in the excitement. Northern Spy’s rough-and-tumble interplay makes everything an option. They veer happily between wide open jazz, the swing tradition and heavy grooves. An organic and soulful quintet of long time New Yorkers who play with intensity and fire; they take the blues and manhandle it into unexpected musical shapes.
Phillip Golub Quintet • David Adewumi May 117:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationPianist/ composer Phillip Golub performs Abiding Memory with Alec Goldfarb, guitar, Daniel Hass, cello, Sam Minaie, bass and Vicente H. Atria, drumsDavid Adewumi, trumpet, will appear with Adam Olszewski, bass & Jongkuk Kim, drums
Ethan Iverson trio w Thomas Morgan & Eric McPherson7:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donationEthan Iverson has played with the Bad Plus, Billy Hart, and the Mark Morris Dance Group. His current release is Every Note Is True, his first for the Blue Note Label, released to critical acclaim in early 2022 and cementing Iverson’s place as “a master of melody” (DownBeat).
Dana Lyn's Baby Octopus • Brian Prunka & friends Mar 167:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Brooklyn-based musician Dana Lyn is at home in a wide range of musical genres and has worked with Tony Award-winning musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald, actor-directors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, 2017 MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac, Bruce Springsteen, the Elysian Fields, Irish poet Louis de Paor, guitarist Kyle Sanna, Killer Mike and the Walkmen. She has received commissions from Brooklyn Rider, A Far Cry, Palaver Strings and the National Arts Council of Ireland. Also a visual artist, she has created album art for four of her albums and stop-motion animations in support of her music. Baby Octopus will play music from her most recent release, “A Point on a Slow Curve. Joining her are Michael McGinnis on clarinet, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, Gary Wang on bass and Noel Brennan on drums.The emphatic melodicism of Brian Prunka’s music (oud, compositions) is the thread that connects his jazz background and his nearly 20 years in NYC’s Arabic music scene. He first fell in love with the sound of the oud during his musically formative years immersed in the jazz community of New Orleans, and those two threads continue to be a source of inspiration. Lending their talents to his music for this performance are musicians who likewise have a foot in two (or more) traditions: cellist Eric Allen, sax/clarinet/nay player Gideon Forbes, and percussionist Philip Mayer.
Scree Record Release Show • Martin Nevin Mar 177:30 Door 8:00 Show $15.00 adv / $20.00 Door
Martin Nevin will perform solo. His set will explore music from both his upcoming collaboration with producer Ari Chersky, and from his album, Tenderness is Silent.
Brooklyn trio Scree (Ryan El-Solh – guitar, Carmen Rothwell – bass, Jason Burger – drums) celebrate the release of their debut LP “Jasmine On A Night In July” with an expanded lineup featuring Greg Sinibaldi (bass clarinet, sax), Ivan Arteaga (clarinet, sax), Kristina Teuschler (clarinets) and Willem de Koch (trombone). They will be performing music inspired by the poetry of Mahmoud Darwish.
Claire Ozmun, Damon Smith & The Cradle Mar 187:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Damon Smith is a New York City based pianist, songwriter, and improviser. He’s a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. His debut solo album, “Intimate Machinery,” came out on ERASED! tapes in December 2017. His second album “God of the Grid” came out in March 2019, which prompted NPR’s Here and Now to state: “excited for what he has next.” The “River of Regret” EP followed in November 2020. In 2022 he started the band The Brightmares with his brother Brendan Jacob Smith, and their first album “When the World Gets Fixed” was released in June of that year.
Zosha Warpeha • Ocelot • Ochion Jewell Quartet Mar 197:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Zosha Warpeha is a composer-performer working in a meditative space at the intersection of contemporary improvisation and folk traditions. Her long-form compositions explore transformations of time and tonality on Hardanger d’amore, a sympathetic-stringed instrument closely related to the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, alongside her own voice. Her current work is informed by the cyclical forms, rhythmic elasticity, and the physical momentum of Nordic folk music.
Brooklyn-based trio Ocelot (Cat Toren on piano; Yuma Uesaka on clarinets and saxophone; Colin Hinton on drums and percussions) interweaves the patience of Contemporary Classical and the restless spirit of Free Jazz with an attention to deep listening that verges on sound sculpture. Ocelot’s music aims to balance insistent, cerebral minimalism with earthy melodicism, and a sublime commitment to the moment honed by years of engaged improvisation. As a testament to their group improvisational chemistry, Nate Chinen (WBGO) states that “their interplay suggests a life of its own” upon listening to their 2021 eponymous record,
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, Ochion Jewell, Qasim Naqvi, Sam Minaie, and Amino Belyamani explore a wide diversity of free and structured improvisational settings. Their recent album, VOLK (with 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).
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