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Charlotte Greve • Emma Frank • Sylvester Germaine Trio Jan 47:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Charlotte Greve has developed a beautiful and original solo set merging her unmistakable alto saxophone sound, ambient electronics and the singing of songs. A seamless texture of music and words, the world viewed through a singular artistic lens.
Emma Frank is a singer and songwriter living in Brooklyn. She has released five studio albums of original songs and performs regularly in New York. This evening, she’ll be performing songs from her most recent album, Interiors, with her band: Gregg Belisle-Chi – guitar, Sam Weber- bass, Simon Jermyn – guitar, Pedro Barquinha- drums.
Luke Marantz, Jeff Davis and Sylvester Germaine perform original compositions by each member of the group. A band in the tradition of the jazz piano trio with nods to many other genres and artists, their performances are exciting and unpredictable.
Stephen Becker • Chelsea Crabtree • SHUTTER Jan 57:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Stephen Becker lives in the cracks between blissful and odd, writing songs about love, life, happiness, unhappiness, and whatever else comes to mind in the endless stream of consciousness. When he’s not out playing with bands like Rubblebucket, Katie Von Schleicher, Strawberry Runners, and Market, he can be found front and center in his own project. With an obsessive background in jazz, an amatuer affinity for classical music, and a fluency in indie rock, Steve can be found honing in on an art and craft that somehow looks like all and none, balancing songwriting with improv, counterpoint, and sound design. His latest instrumental album, Phosphenes & Allegories, was released on Atlantic Rhythms in 2023.
Chelsea Crabtree is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter originally from Seattle, WA. Growing up in a very musical family, she has been singing with her 8 siblings from a very young age. After studying jazz voice in college, she has now been inspired to write her own songs. Her music draws from elements of folk, pop, soul and 90’s rock music. She will be joined at The Owl by Gregg Belisle-Chi, Sam Decker, Chris Parker and Sam Weber.Andy Clausen is a Brooklyn-based trombonist, composer, and arranger. He is co-founder of new music brass quartet The Westerlies, and collaborates with artists across the musical map, including Fleet Foxes, Joanna Newsom, Chris Thile, Aaron Dessner, Aoife O’Donovan, Haley Heynderickx, Nico Muhly, Theo Bleckmann, Celisse, and John Zorn.His SHUTTER project presents chamber music inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver. Recently released as SHUTTER, Vol. 2: https://andyclausen.bandcamp.com/album/shutter-vol-2Featuring: Andy Clausen – Trombone • Riley Mulherkar – Trumpet • Gregg Belisle-Chi – Guitar, Ryan El-Sohl – Guitar • Carmen Rothwell – Bass • & Special Guest Zosha Warpeha – Hardanger Fiddle
Alena Spanger solo • Scree Jan 67:30 door 8:00 show $12 suggested donation
Scree – Ryan El-Solh (guitar), Carmen Rothwell (bass), and Jason Burger (drums) – have developed a distinctive group sound over their 7 years as a band, delivering song-like free improvisations and improvisational interpretations of El-Solh’s compositions. They will perform two sets as part of a live recording session
Dan Loomis's Mycellium Trio • Kenneth Jimenez7:00 Doors 7:30 ShowHailed as “The best trio you never believed could exist,” Dan Loomis’s Mycelium Trio delivers songs from the American heartwood inside a groovy, infectious, heart-breakingly nostalgic neighborhood potluck of soul. Stacked with icons of the creative and Americana music scenes, Adam Levy on guitar and Tony Mason on drums. Come spiritually hungry and leave full.
Brooklyn-based bassist/composer Kenneth Jimenez presents his new work “Sonnet to Silence”, available on We Jazz Records. The band will also feature Hery Paz on saxophone and flute, Angelica Sanchez on piano and Tom Rainey on drums. Sonnet to Silence echoes the original fire of New York free jazz while stepping into a terrain of its own, boldly forward-thinking. Jimenez, originally from Costa Rica, has a knack at composing pieces that breathe naturally and take flight on the wings provided by the first-rate quartet, joining scene stalwarts and newcomers together as a coherent unit.
Dustrider • Cassandra Jenkins • The Mops7:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationDustrider is the recording project of Oliver Hill, a songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, and string arranger based in Los Angeles. He has written string arrangements for artists such as Dirty Projectors, Helado Negro, Kevin Morby, Wet, Broken Bells, Cassandra Jenkins, Benjamin Booker, Sam Evian, and Vagabon, along with touring regularly as a violist, pianist, and guitarist. His former band Pavo Pavo released two records to critical acclaim: 2016’s Young Narrator in the Breakers (“a real gem … undoubtedly hip yet simultaneously geeky,” AllMusic) and 2019’s Mystery Hour (“a quietly poetic record that explores the stuff of life, love, and loss with a clear head,” Pitchfork).Oliver is currently one-third of the songwriting collective Coco, whose 2021 debut amassed millions of Spotify streams and was described as “bold, striking pop that seems to be filtered in from another dimension” (CLASH).
Cassandra Jenkins, deemed “one of our great working songwriters” by Rough Trade is a critically acclaimed musician born and raised in New York City. Her 2021 breakthrough album An Overview on Phenomenal Nature was praised by NPR as “stunning” & Rolling Stone as “ subtle magic,” and the album’s highlight “Hard Drive” was declared a “perfect song” by Pitchfork. In 2021 she was featured amongst Year End lists from the New York Times and Stereogum to the Guardian, and in 2022 she brought her poetic lyrics and signature blend of folk and ambient pop on tours to festival stages around the world with Mitski, The National, Courtney Barnett, and others. She is currently working on her next album, and lives in Manhattan, NY.The Mops’ folk-forward output is eclectic, winding its way from noisy indie rock to introspective chamber pop. Recently reunited in NY, The Mops love playing shows with friends. Their discography includes an eponymous cassette (2016), a heartbreak LP (2019), a streak of biweekly bandcamp singles (2020-2021), and a contemplative EP (2022). Their latest record, “Honeycomb,” was released in 2023 on Blissed Out Records. It’s the band’s most ambitious collection of songs to date, with odes to new love and apocalypse angst placed alongside reflections on loss and addiction.
Lyd Marie • R.O. Shapiro • Jean Rohe Jan 127:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Co-founder and percussionist of Austin’s beloved all female world folk band Ley Line, Lyd Marie steps into uncharted territory in her solo project Lyd Marie. She brings a world of experience to her debut self-produced album tying together lyrical storytelling with her background in west african and brazilian percussion. A developed songwriter who has worked as a mentor with refugees, young mothers, war veterans and everyone in between, Lydia’s songs are defined by their honest vulnerability. Her album LOVE COMES//LOVE GOES will be released in two parts that intimately explore relationships and grief while shining a glimmer of hope on life’s most challenging moments. Themes of acceptance and self-inquiry tie together the two complimentary projects as they move through a range of genres and sonic landscapes.
R.O. Shapiro is a purveyor of original Americana music, carefully crafted and soulfully sung. Originally from the very east end of Long Island, NY, he spent several years touring and recording with the acoustic trio Odell Fox. When the members of the group went their separate ways in 2017, R.O. settled down in Austin, TX, where he developed a full-band, electrified sound, as heard on his 2021 release King Electric Sessions. A powerful performer of original heartfelt songs, and with a little bit of New York swagger and Texas twang, he’s drawn comparisons to Josh Ritter, Ray LaMontagne, and Nathaniel Rateliff. R.O. is a winner of the 2022 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk songwriting contest, and recently recorded with producer/instrumentalist Phil Cook (Bon Iver, Hiss Golden Messenger.) He is currently based in California’s Bay Area, and regularly tours solo in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest. (www.roshapiro.com)
Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the interior lives of her narrators as with the sociopolitical forces that shape their lives. Her most recent album, “Into the Night,” with her songwriting duo Robinson & Rohe, came out on Righteous Babe this year. Current projects include a new animated single with illustrator Sakshi Jain and a performance memoir 74 Corridor, about her relationship with her father and the New Jersey cities where he lived and died. “Not only does she make astoundingly beautiful music but she is thoughtful, reflective, and courageous.” – No Depression
Nina Ryser • Samuel Boat • Turbo World Jan 137:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Nina Ryser is a Philadelphia-based musician. Her solo experimental synth-pop project consists of lush synth compositions, vocals and electronics, and has featured a rotating cast of different instrumentalists throughout its existence. As well as DIY home-recording and songwriting, Nina has a background in composition, working with and scoring for a variety of ensembles including the American Symphony Orchestra. She has played in a number of bands throughout the years, including Palberta – a DIY art-punk/weirdo pop trio of 10 years that released 8 full-length records, receiving reviews by the New York Times, NPR Music, Rollingstone, and Pitchfork, toured prolifically across the US/Canada/Mexico, and opened for Bikini Kill and Deerhoof. Nina is currently working on her seventh full-length solo album, as well as a synth-based score for her friend’s feature length sci-fi film.
Turbo World is the sunny and shady brainchild of co-conspirators Stephe Cooper (of avant-prog boppers Cloud Becomes Your Hand) and Caroline Bennett (of digital hardcore duo Stice). Their debut album, My Challenger, is a surreal, animated prog-opera inspired by a 1973 interview with a mafia hitman. They are joined live by Ryan Power (Ryan Power), Jake Lichter (Stice), and Calvin Grad (Big French).
Releasing his fuzzy home recorded music since 2015, and touring the haunted DIY spots of New England mostly solo, Sam Boat finally presents his family band. Samuel Boat is the moniker of Hudson Valley based multi-instrumentalist Sam Lisabeth– long time member of art rock/synth pop band Guerilla Toss.
Tyrone Allen Quartet • Alex Hamburger Jan 147:00 Door 7:30 Show $12 suggested donation
The Tyrone Allen Quartet plays selections from their upcoming album, a selection of covers, and songs from Tyrone’s experimental project, TY.000 (ty-thousand).
Alex Hamburger, flutist, vocalist, and composer from the Washington, DC area recently released her highly anticipated sophomore album “What If?” (Unit Records, June 29th, 2023), exploring perception, transition, and the boundaries of human experience. The album continues to stir up glowing testimonials as she continues to perform globally, just finishing the year with a month long tour in Europe, and receive with backing from grants including Jazz Roads South Arts, Pathways to Jazz, Chamber Music Americas Performance Plus and the Levedo Foundation.
Isaac Gillespie • Jefferson Hamer • Elise Leavy Jan 187:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
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.
Raised on the central coast of California and currently living in Lafayette, LA, Elise Leavy has a distinctly unique voice as a singer and songwriter. Often likened to Joni Mitchell and Judee Sill, Elise has been writing songs since she was 8 years old, and has studied the art of singing and harmony for the better part of her 25 years. After graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, and living in New York, and then Nashville, she is now thrilled to be touring her first big record, titled ‘A Little Longer’, recorded in Brooklyn, NY with a full band.
Kim Anderson • Good Intentions • Market Jan 197:30 door 8:00 show $12 suggested donation
Kim Anderson’s music walks the line between many genres, incorporating the lyrical intimacy of folk songs with the delicate, detailed instrumental arrangements of chamber music. Storytelling through poetry and lyrics are central to her craft. Mythology from around the world is woven into the fabric of the eight unique and genre-bending songs on her sophomore album, “Asphodel”. Her set of music will feature Damon Shadrach Hankoff (Out of Sight of Land).
Good Intentions is a Brooklyn based instrumental rock band that plays unabashedly emotional music, nostalgic and new, heartfelt and heavy. The debut record, “Devotion Comes Easy to Me”, reads like a mix-tape made for a high school crush, starry and warm.
On his debut for Western Vinyl, Nate Mendelsohn and his band Market use lyrical maximalism for the powers of good. Where his previous home recorded releases shifted genre restlessly, on “The Consistent Brutal Bullshit Gong” Mendelsohn and his band carve out space for his words to speak through with humor and intensity. Guitars and synthesizers tangle fluidly over top of the rhythm section’s tight bedrock, evoking the clarity of Elliott Smith or Big Thief. Market’s live form currently features Stephen Becker, Natasha Thweatt, and Duncan Standish.
Kitba • Wish Wish • Dig Nitty Jan 207:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Kitba, the eponymous musical project of singer-songwriter and harpist Rebecca Kitba Bryson El-Saleh, is the culmination of a lifetime of musical and artistic development. Based in Brooklyn, El-Saleh makes exhilarating, deeply personal music that explores the nuances of interiority, self-acceptance, communication, mental health, and love. Kitba’s debut self-titled album, produced by El-Saleh and Zubin Hensler, was released in July 2023 via Ruination Record Co.
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.
Erin, Nardo, Maddy, and Mikey will be playing Dig Nitty songs.
Alta Quartet • Alexandra Saraceno • Theresa Rosas •7:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donationAlta4tet / Alexandra Saraceno and Theresa RosasProkofiev String Quartet No. 2 / Messiaen and Chopin Preludes for PianoALTA 4TET is a collaboration of four committed and curious musicians based in Brooklyn, NY who perform and premiere a wide range of music for string quartet. Founded in 2021, the group has been praised for their “fiery” and “faithful” performances (New York City Jazz Record) of contemporary repertoire, and regularly performs music both old and new.
Pianist Alexandra Saraceno has established herself as an avid soloist, chamber musician, and sought-after teaching artist. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in piano performance at Western Connecticut State University as a student of Russell Hirshfield, Alexandra completed her master’s degree and advanced certificate in piano performance and pedagogy at New York University as a student of Marilyn Nonken. Past engagements include “Expectation, Emancipation, Eternity: Exploring Messiaen’s Visions de l’Amen” a lecture-recital featuring the music of Schoenberg, Debussy, and Messiaen; “Hommage à Messiaen”, a recital in association with Spectrum’s Modern Piano Festival; and Mark Mothersbaugh’s Music for Six-Sided Keyboard at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. Alexandra has cultivated a comprehensive approach to teaching through her work at the Center for Creative Youth at Wesleyan University, the School of Visual and Performing Arts at WCSU, and the Steinhardt School at NYU. In addition to her private studio, Alexandra teaches at the 92nd Street Y and Greenwich House Music School. www.alexandrasaraceno.comTheresa Rosas is a pianist and songwriter based in Brooklyn, currently working towards a full recording of Chopin’s 24 preludes, Op. 28 and her project, Rocks and Rivers, an album of original songs and compositions.
Lily Talmers • Jason Burger / Joshua Crumbly / Jesse Bielenberg / Alena Spanger Jan 257:30
Jason Burger / Joshua Crumbly / Jessse Bielenberg / Alena Spanger
This ensemble will meet in this configuration for the first time on the evening of January 25 and will spontaneously compose a set informed by the energy of that particular time and place.
Calder The Destroyer • Aggie Miller • Little Cliff Jan 267:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Calder Mansfield is a musician from Phoenicia, NY.
Aggie Miller is a 4 piece band from New York. The music is kind of like Sondheim, kind of like St Vincent. Mostly she just really hopes you know what she means by all of it.
A ‘new york based folk rock band; friends sharing new sounds and ideas’, little cliff is neil stiskin, brennan zaff, storey littleton, and matt kleitz.
Jackie West, Jesse in Grey and friends Jan 277:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Minnie Jordan Quartet • Nora Stanley Trio Jan 287:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationMinnie Jordan is a contemporary jazz violinist hailing from Texas and living in Brooklyn. Her compositions draw inspiration from the jazz tradition, but also are informed by the distinctive flavor of Texas roots music, as well as diverse non-musical sounds such as birdsongs and the occasional printer or leaking faucet. She will appear with Evan Main on piano, Willis Edmundson on drums, and Charlie Lincoln on bass.Nora Stanley is an improviser and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Stanley primarily uses saxophone, flute and synthesizer in her work which spans jazz, rock and experimental music. She leads a quartet featuring her original compositions and co-leads a duo with drummer and sensory percussionist Jon Starks. Stanley is also one half of a duo with Los Angeles-based keyboardist and producer Benny Bock exploring sounds both acoustic and electric. Their debut record, Distance of the Moon, was released in 2023 on Colorfield Records to acclaim from the New York Times, Fader and Downbeat Magazine. Stanley has performed and toured with The New Pornographers, Beth Orton and Dayna Stephens and recorded alongside Jeff Parker, Mark Giuliana and Jerry Gonzalez.Here she performs with guitarist Wendy Eisenberg and violinist Ledah Finck
Kelly Schenk • Elora • Koa Ho Feb 17:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationBorn in Portland, Oregon, and formerly based in Miami, Kelly Schenk is a versatile singer/songwriter making her home in Brooklyn. Known for her warm vocals and contemplative compositions, her music mindfully combines elements of folk story-telling, indie-pop finesse, and improvisational spirit to create a compelling and inviting act.Elora grew up in a household of artists where creativity was valued above all else (thank god cause she sucked at school). Her original songs from childhood were often about food but as a young adult she prefers writing about getting scammed on the phone, the growing pains of getting older, and middle school love. Elora co-produces her music with her synth wizard partner, Theo Walentiny and together they have crafted a unique indie/dream pop sound. Her music is characterized by psychedelic sonic landscapes, soaring melodies and crunchy slide guitars.Koa Ho is a Honolulu-born, Dallas-raised, and Brooklyn-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a sideman, he performs on bass and guitar with a diverse array of artists; in his solo output you’ll find him somewhere in between – on the baritone guitar attempting to glue together a diverse sonic collage of jazz and emo and folk and whatever else that someone with an attention deficit disorder might add to a longer multi-hyphenate buzzword list. His most recent project Now That I’m Older, I Don’t Look The Same (2023) explores the diffusion of identity, as marked by the passage of time.
Aliya Ultan • Charlie Burnham Trio Feb 27:30 Door 8:00 Show $15.00 admission
As a classically trained musician turned free improviser, Aliya’s sound is particularly unique as it presents contrasting styles, ideas, and approaches to the instrument resulting in a kind of maximalist minimalism, energy-based music. Her playing reads as both playful and cathartic through her physicality and use of preparations such as fishing line, glass, aluminum, chains, and more. For more information visit www.aliyaultan.com and/or follow @nocturnal-cellist
The Charlie Burnham trio will feature Brandon Ross, guitar, and Pheeroan akLaff, drums
Ali Dineen • Dallas Ugly Feb 37:30 Door 8:00 show $12 suggested donation
Ali Dineen is a songwriter, visual artist and teacher born and raised in Queens. 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.
As Nashville-based band Dallas Ugly gears up to record their second album with Grammy-award winner Justin Ryan Francis (Madison Cunningham, John R. Miller, Orville Peck), they have settled into a sound that is equal parts playful and mature. Their 2022 debut album, Watch Me Learn, was described by critics as “full of shimmering magic” (Under the Radar Magazine), “as unique as it is dreamy” (Glide Magazine), and “a record that deserves a lyric sheet” (Nashville Scene). Those elements have persisted, deepened even, but with two more years of experience writing and performing together, the seeds that Eli Broxham, Libby Weitnauer, and Owen Burton planted in 2021 have flourished into a lush garden of sound.
Eliana Glass • June McDoom • Katy Pinke Feb 47:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 adv/$15 door
Eliana Glass (b.1997) is a singer, pianist and visual artist. Born in Australia and raised in Seattle, she began singing and playing piano from a young age. Her music dedicates special attention to sparseness and sensuality, and she draws from such influences as Agnes Denes and Annette Peacock. Currently based in New York, Eliana pursues her passions of music and visual art, continuously gaining insight into each medium through the other. On February 4th at The Owl she will play a solo organ set. Photo by Jules Muir.
June McDoom is an emerging singer-songwriter based in New York City. Her unique approach to folk music incorporates influences of early soul, reggae, and vintage analog experimentation into a new world all its own.Katy Pinke is a singer-songwriter, actor, and multidisciplinary artist based in New York. Fault Magazine writes, “Drawing inspiration from her background as an actor, Pinke skillfully constructs immersive worlds within each song, intertwining herself with the music like an actor with her characters.” Pinke’s debut album, coming out in April, was recorded in a single day without overdubs — capturing the honest, heart-opening experience of hearing her perform live. She has released two singles from the album so far and will celebrate the release of a third single at this show.
canteenkilla • Ian Davis: Rock Band • Joshua Crumbly Feb 87:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
canteenkilla is an American born Ghanaian musician, producer, and artist who embraces the experimental and avant-garde spirit of music with a focus on electronic production & design, while also working towards boundary-pushing compositions, innovative soundscapes and mesmerizing live performances that can captivate audiences.
Ian Davis: Rock Band is an outlet for composer/guitarist/singer Ian Davis. The music is part carefully constructed, part free with sections of intricate counterpoint devolving into playful, noodly noise. The set features songs about Star Trek, debt, and love. ID:RB released their first album *Passing Phase* in January 2020. ID:RB will feature Jason Burger, Michael Coleman, Julian Cubillos, and Dandy McDowell.
In a world divided, the music of Joshua Crumbly takes the listener to a place that is uniquely unified, not just in the styles he blends but in the commonality of the emotions and ideas his songs suggest.
Stuart Bogie • Chris Morrisey Feb 97:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
During the pandemic lock-down, Stuart Bogie performed a daily series of improvised solo clarinet pieces using the accompaniment drone tracks sent to him by over 50 different collaborators including Arcade Fire, Richard Reed Parry, Colin Stetson, and James Murphy. Began in the second week of lock-down, the series ran for over 150 days consecutively and has been collected into four volumes, with more volumes in the works. An LP, Morningside, presenting 2 of the pieces made with James Murphy was released on October 27 on DFA records.
Chris Morrissey has played bass in the bands of Mark Guiliana, Norah Jones, Chris Thile, Sara Bareilles, Boy George, Jim Campilongo, Dave King and others. This year, his 6th record “Grey Like The Color” comes out on Snarky Puppy’s Ground Up Music label. He is reportedly thrilled to return to The Owl with his longtime band, Charlotte Greve: saxophone&voice, Bill Campbell: drums, Ryan Dugree: guitar, and Marco Bolfelli: guitar
Gregg Belisle-Chi bday bash with Kitba and Ryan Dugre Feb 107:30 door 8:00 show $12 suggested donation
Ryan Dugre is a New York based guitarist and composer. His newest EP “Look See” is an exploration of the tenor guitar, out on Ruination Records.
Gregg Belisle-Chi: guitar/vocals Chelsea Crabtree: vocals Sam Decker: Piano/synths Luke Bergman: bass/pedal steel Sean Mullins: drums/keys
Kitba, the eponymous musical project of singer-songwriter and harpist Rebecca Kitba Bryson El-Saleh, is the culmination of a lifetime of musical and artistic development. Based in Brooklyn, El-Saleh makes exhilarating, deeply personal music that explores the nuances of interiority, self-acceptance, communication, mental health, and love. Kitba’s debut self-titled album, produced by El-Saleh and Zubin Hensler, was released in July 2023 via Ruination Record Co
Michael Sarian • Timo Vollbrecht Trio Feb 117:00 Door 7:30 Show $12 suggested donation
Trumpeter and composer Michael Sarian has been praised for his “unique compositional and instrumental voice” (Friedrich Kunzmann, All About Jazz) and his “endlessly renewable strain of lyric improvisation regardless of context or material.” (Peter Margasak, Downbeat Magazine). 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, Kennedy Center, Teatro Colón in Argentina, 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. With Santiago Leibson: piano Marty Kenney: bass Nathan Ellman-Bell: drumsTimo Vollbrecht (sax), Luke Marantz (keys), Jason Burger (drums): three friends coming together to present new music that merges jazz, indie, post-rock, and song. Their music weaves together delicate textures and create a pastoral trio-sound at the intersection of acoustic resonance and otherworldy electronic sonorities of orchestral width.
Valentine's Day with Eric Burns's The Point! and Caleb Curtis Feb 147:00 Door 7:30 Show $15.00 cash at the doorSaxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Caleb Wheeler Curtis is a musician known for his “intensely focused and garrulously inventive” style, which draws from a wide range of influences including progressive bop and post-Coltrane/Ornette free improvisation. Based in Brooklyn, NY, Caleb is a leader and core member of several bands, including Ember, Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band (2x GRAMMY Nominated), Walking Distance, and the Fat Cat Big Band.His third album as a leader, HEATMAP received widespread critical acclaim, with All About Jazz calling him “one of the more interesting alto saxophonists to emerge since 2000,” and Jazzwise describing it as “exhilarating post-Ornette free-jazzmaking.” DownBeat Magazine said HEATMAP “radiates with brilliance,” and Musica Jazz (Italy) described it as “a masterpiece.”With Sean Conly-Bass • Michael Sarin-Drums
The Pointless Forest presents Harry Nilsson’s THE POINT
Matt Robbins-Keys, Vox • Rachel Therrien-Trumpet • Caleb Curtis-Alto Saxophone • Lynn Ligamari-Tenor Saxophone • Eric Burns-Guitar, Narration • Dan Stein-Bass • Peter Manheim-Drums
The Point! is a tribute of our admiration to the film, the music, and the man himself: Harry Nilsson. To us, The Point! represents the most concentrated examples of what makes Nilsson Nilsson as well as the pinnacle of George Tipton’s inspired and original arrangements of Nilsson’s songs. The Pointless Forest will perform a live version of their original arrangements and edit of the movie, bring a date or two!
Devin Hoff solo • The Blump Band • Katythekyng (trio) Feb 157:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationDevin Hoff is a bassist and composer who’s spent most of their career as a collaborator, working with bands and singers such as Julia Holter, Sharon Van Etten, Sean Ono Lennon, and more.Dev’s first solo record, Solo Bass, was named by Laurie Anderson as one of her top 5 favorite records of all time. In 2021 Kill Rock Stars released Voices From the Empty Moor, an exploration of the work of folk artist Anne Briggs. Mendoza/Hoff Revels, co-led by long time besties Dev and guitarist Ava Mendoza, released its debut record on Aum Fidelity in late 2023, which was featured in many end of year best-of lists, including NPR and The New York Times.The Blump Band plays music that sounds like blumps. Low, soft thumpy sounds, but also beautiful and tuneful melodies. Conceived by local synth sorcerer Michael Rocketship, the band features some of NY’s finest improvisors. Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon, Sam Kulik – bass trombone, Ivan Arteaga – bass clarinet, Sarah Galdes – drums and of course, Rocketship himself on his favorite instrument, the Korg Mono/Poly. Besides making blumpy music, Michael can be heard backing up a wide variety of musicians, from Ben Goldberg to Sam Evian, as well as performing his own songs both in NYC and around the country.https://michaelcolemanmusic.
bandcamp.com/Katy the Kyng & the Dyng-a-Lyngs are a power trio who play jazz-from-hell and rock’n’roll songs about love, death, and reality T.V. They are: Katie Battistoni on guitar & vocals, Andy Cush on bass, and Mike Gebhart on drums. Katy’s debut album, Selfies of You, will be released on Husky Pants records in the summer of ‘24.
Kristin Daelyn • Katy Rea • Miles Hewitt Feb 167:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donationKristin Daelyn is a songwriter and guitarist from Philadelphia. Daelyn creates a tender world of melancholy and warmth, weaving intricate fingerstyle guitar with poetic, intimate storytelling.Born in Houston, Texas, Katy Rea’s debut album, The Urge That Saves You (2022) is a hook-filled, fully live record that provides plenty of stories to cling to while splitting off into cinematic, dark psychedelia. Craving creative independence, Katy learned the art of recording and mixing and is now an engineer at Bushwick’s Black Lodge Recording. Her production co. is called Dying is Done. She is in the depths of creating her second album of originals. Make Your World! Covers & Demos, is out now.Miles Hewitt is a singer-songwriter and poet residing in Brooklyn, NY. His debut record, Heartfall, drew critical raves, including from The Boston Globe, who named it one of the 50 Best Albums of 2022 and wrote: “A simply brilliant debut . . . by turns intimate and epic, lush with strings and delicate fingerpicked guitar, languid psychedelia and dreamy pedal-steel painted soundscapes.” Heresiarch proclaimed that “Hewitt is truly in league with the likes of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen” and named it their favorite album of 2022.
Felice Belle • Chase Elodia's Perennials • Alejandra Sofia Feb 177:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Felice Belle’s debut collection Viscera (Etruscan Press, 2023) is quirky, accessible, pop-culture obsessed poetry for fans of 90 Day Fiancé and Ntozake Shange. As a poet and playwright, she has performed at the Apollo Theater, Joe’s Pub, TEDWomen, and TEDCity2.0. Felice is a lecturer in the low-residency MFA program at St. Francis College and Artists Network Director for the global nonprofit Narrative 4. She spends her free time solving fictional crimes.Chase Elodia’s Perennials is a Brooklyn-based ensemble. The band combines a collaborative and improvisational sensibility with an aesthetic orientation that has been nourished by singer-songwriters and electronic artists like Meshell Ndegeocello, Norma Winstone, and Becca Stevens. The group frequently tours across the US and abroad; in the past few years, they have performed at the San Teodoro Jazz Festival (Sardinia, Italy), DC Jazz Festival, Bird’s Eye (Basel, Switzerland), Lakehouse Jazz (San Francisco), The Muse (Boulder, CO), Rudy’s Jazz Room (Nashville, TN), Fulton St. Collective (Chicago, IL) and Rockwood Music Hall (New York, NY). The band was featured at the 2023 Winter Jazz Festival, has received accolades from the Café Royale Cultural Foundation and South Arts, and is set to release their next album in Spring 2024.Through a blend of electric and acoustic piano, vocal harmonies and percussion, Alejandra Sofia, Celine, and Matt create an inviting and eclectic listening experience for their audience. Drawing upon their unique musical influences and cultural backgrounds, this trio explores jazz, French pop, Latin songs, folk ballads, covers, and original compositions, to name a few. Similar to a listening session among friends, this trio bounces between songs of different languages and grooves, with a common thread connecting them all.
Mednard Noriega & Lightcap • Alexandra Ridout Duo Feb 187:00 Door 7:30 Show $12.00 suggested donationMednard Noriega & Lightcap isOscar Noriega, Sax and winds; Chris Lightcap, bass; Allan Mednard, drums.UK trumpeter Alexandra Ridout received the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016, British Jazz Awards ‘Rising Star’ 2018, was a Parliamentary Jazz Awards nominee 2020 and recently received ‘Best Soloist’ at the ‘Keep an Eye International Jazz Award 2023’. Alexandra’s exquisite playing is sought out by many revered international musicians including Renee Rosnes, Pablo Held, and
Dayna Stephens. She performs around NYC with Jochen Rueckert and Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
“Pretty much from the first note you know that you’re dealing with an original voice” – Matt Penmanwith Yvonne Rogers, Piano.
Old Feels • Evan Tyor Feb 227:30 door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Old Feels is the solo project of guitarist and producer Asher Kurtz. Folk songs, IDM beats , cassette tape loops, and found sound sample chops create a comfy bed of nostalgic ambient texture and deep groove. The upcoming album “Each Day” set to be out later this year, reflects on and explores the microcosms of childhood and how those memories impact everyday life.
Evan Tyor writes contemplative songs with soaring melodies, careful chords and good humor. He is a multi-instrumentalist, producer/engineer and composer with a diverse background in folk, rock and roll, punk, rnb, indie and classical music. This set will include friends from various music projects – past, present and future.
Leila Adu Trio • Oren 0'Blivion Feb 237:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donationGrammy-nominated composer Leila Adu (piano & organ), Jon Toscano (bass), and David Frazier (drums) play an intimate show at The Owl in advance of the release of their Moonstone and Tar Sands vinyl album. Over the last decade, Leila has firmly carved her name into a space where electro-pop, avant-classical and singer-songwriter meet. The composer-performer, who hails from New Zealand and Ghana but was born in London, has performed her original songs and improvisations at festivals and concerts across Europe, the US, Russia, Ghana and Asia. A Leila Adu performance is an intensely visceral experience, leading WNYC John Schaefer to draw parallels with Nina Simone and Joanna Newsom and describe her as “a genuinely good singer, with a velvety, soulful voice.” Leila has performed solo for the BBC’s World Service and produced soundtracks for films and documentaries. Her five highly acclaimed albums between 2005 and 2017 include two recitals for Italian National Radio and Dark Joan (produced by multiple Grammy winner Steve Albini). Leila’s performance credits include the Ojai Music Festival, Bang on a Can, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and Late Night with David Letterman. In 2022, Leila Adu–Gilmore was awarded a Charles Ives Composer Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Oren 0’Blivion is a cofounder of Elysian Fields and TOMP among other long-term commitments. His singing has been described as ‘increasingly effective’ in the Village Voice and he was Greil Marcus’s Artist Of The Year in 2000-something. Since then Mr. Marcus has not replied to any emails so the impression apparently wasn’t actually that deep. Over the decades Oren has recorded and toured extensively, often kind of at his own expense, but with substantial encouragement, like the guy who flew from Florida to San Francisco ‘to hear his favorite guitar player’ and the couple that drove eight hours in a blizzard to catch a show in Minneapolis, whom Oren, predictably, inadvertently insulted; one of possibly billions of blunders he lies awake regretting. Tonight he’s shooting for comparatively pleasant memories to displace those ouchy ones.
David Leon and Yuma Uesaka • Kenny Warren & Bobby Avey duo Feb 247:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Building on their collaboration as the horn section for many bands, multi-reedists David Leon and Yuma Uesaka come together as a duo to explore their shared musical language.
A rare performance by iconoclastic pianist Bobby Avey and Brooklyn trumpet stalwart Kenny Warren. These old friends and collaborators present as set of improvisations and original compositions from their upcoming duo album.
Kayla Williams • Katie Martucci Feb 257:00 Door 7:30 Show $20.00 suggested donation
Kayla William’s Quartet explores a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary chamber music. The ensemble strives to bridge the gaps between classical, jazz, folk, and roots music, bringing each of these musical communities into conversation and collaboration. Kayla Williams, violist, composer, and the group’s founder, created the ensemble while looking for a way to get back to some of her earliest experiences in music, where the boundaries between genre and style were often much more permeable than they appeared during her classical training.
Katie Martucci is a Brooklyn based indie folk/pop songwriter whose presence and warmth leaves audiences spell-bound and renewed. Her latest release ‘Note to Self’ is a collection of songs about the “unspoken third thing in the room” — stories surrounding friendship, imposter syndrome, her own personal journey with epilepsy and more.
Jules Olsen • Madeleine McQueen • Rachel Rose Feb 297:30 Door 8:00 Show $12 suggested donation
Jules Olson is a songwriter and musician based in New York. Her music that weaves together elements of indie folk, alt-country, and soul. In recent years she’s shared the stage with artists like Pinegrove, Margaret Glaspy, and Shallow Alcove, and released her debut album “Heavy Hitter” in the fall of 2023.
Madeleine McQueen is a songstress with a quietly captivating and powerful presence. A California girl who was uprooted and moved to Upstate New York as a teenager- McQueen found a home in songwriting. Taking great influence from the Laurel Canyon and Hudson Valley music scenes, like the coasts she grew up on- her lyrics are deeply personal, her presence is commanding and surprisingly grounding for someone who has spent most of her life in a nomadic state.
Rachel Rose, a Connecticut-born, Austin-launched, and Brooklyn-based folk singer/songwriter, has crafted a rich, nostalgic sound that incorporates elements of soul, blues, folk, and pop. Rachel’s notable accomplishments this year include the release of her sophomore EP And One More Thing in 2023 (produced by Charles Myers). She has collaborated with John Alagia (John Mayer, Lukas Nelson) and Tyler Chester (Grammy winner for producing Best Folk Record in 2022) and her original song, Back To The Beginning, was featured on Tiny Desk’s Top Shelf Segment. Rachel was also chosen to appear on The Tonight Show’s “Battle Of The Instant Songwriters” with Jimmy Fallon. Rachel is also an Official SXSW Artist and will be performing with her band in Austin for the festival.
Otracami • Alexia Avina • Jae Soto Mar 17:30 Door 8:00 Show $12.00 suggested donation
Otracami is the project of Brooklyn-based songwriter Camila Ortiz. As Otracami, Ortiz creates patient and painterly art pop, combining shimmering, spacious arrangements with sharp imagery—a fork in the eye, a locked jaw, lovers in windshields, spit in coffee. She released her debut full-length album touching the stove coil in October 2023.
Alexia Avina writes and records her own music and sometimes travels the world to various DIY spaces, venues, churches, and galleries to play for people. She is also a biodynamic craniosacral therapist in training.
Jae combines traditional songwriting and processed sounds and marries them into a playful symbiosis.
Deer Scout • 0 Stars • Ian Davis Mar 27:30 door 8:00 show $12 suggested donation
Ian Davis writes/performs regularly with a few different musical outlets; Relatives, Ian Davis: Rock Band, and Mushfoot. This iteration, billed as “Ian Davis”, stems from a collection of songs that were released on two solo EP’s, Dull Care (2020) and Night Thought (2022), made in collaboration with Adam Brisbin as producer/engineer. He’ll be joined by Erin McGrath on bass and Adam Brisbin on guitar and perhaps the 0 Star himself, Mr. Mikey Buishas, on drums
0 starsis a giant melting smiling snowman on the hill. Memory/loss, kindergartener art, crinkling/tiptoeing/wiggling, and guitar solos that last less than 10 seconds is the vibe. Key pals for life in this enterprise are Mikey Buishas, Adam Brisbin, Erin McGrath, and Stephen Becker.
Deer Scout’s Dena Miller recorded their earliest songs on a toy cassette player, and spent their teen years at DIY shows in New York and Philly. Their first EP, Customs (2016) and 2017 single “Sad Boy” introduced Miller’s studied sparseness and pointed songcraft. Woodpecker (2022), the project’s debut full length, brought together trusted friends and collaborators Ko Takasugi-Czernowin (bass), Zuzia Weyman (cello), Henry Munson (pedal steel), and Max Rafter (drums). With primary engineering and mixing from Heather Jones at Philly’s So Big Auditory, Woodpecker was eventually completed at home by Miller, whose piecemeal approach results in the record’s lush intentionality.
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