DOORS @ 7:30 / SHOWS @ 8PM, UNLESS POSTED OTHERWISE
Nick Lyons, Focus Group, Wendy Eisenberg Jan 37:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation1) Nick Lyons Solo2) Focus Group (Michael Rocketship, Booker Stardrum, Eli Crews and Ava Mendoza)3) Wendy Eisenberg Solo
Julia Easterlin / Innov Gnawa Jan 47:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Julia Easterlin (born March 14, 1989) is an American singer, songwriter and baritone ukulelist whose music draws from elements of world-beat, chamber-pop, folk and contemporary classical music.
She has collaborated with artists Vieux Farka Touré, Bill T. Jones, Kris Bowers, Shahzad Ismaily, Bobby McFerrin, and Alex Toth of Rubblebucket, among many others. She has also worked as a co-writer and contributing vocalist with Mason Jar Music for The New York Times. Her early work entails extensive use of a BOSS RC-50 loop pedal to compose and perform wide-ranging a’capella music for a single voice. She departed from this style briefly in 2015 with the release of Touristes, her collaborative project with Malian guitarist and singer Vieux Farka Touré.
In 2017, Easterlin set her loop pedal aside indefinitely to release her first full-length solo album: an acoustic chamber-pop work Light of a Strange Day, under the moniker Hite. The album was produced by Shahzad Ismaily and Charles Van Kirk and released to critical acclaim. In 2019, Easterlin joined the touring ensemble for dream-pop artist Barrie as a bassist and background vocalist. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Innov Gnawa is a Grammy-nominated musical collective dedicated to exploring Morocco’s venerable Gnawa music tradition in the heart of NYC. Formed in the summer of 2014, the group draws on the considerable talents and expertise of Hassan Ben Jaafer, A Maalem, or master Gnawan musician, originally from Fez, Morocco. Ben Jaafer is accompanied by Amino Belyamani and Ahmed Jeriouda, along with a brotherhood of guest musicians, all playing the karkabas, metal castanets whose staccato sound is said to represent the shackles and chains of slaves.
Under the guidance of Ben Jaafer, Innov Gnawa has delved deep into the roots and rituals of Gnawan music and has made a big splash in NYC, playing some of the city’s most prestigious rooms including Lincoln Center, Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn Bowl, and the storied backroom of Brooklyn’s Barbes. Innov Gnawa has also collaborated and shared the stage with such luminaries as Bonobo and Antibalas.
Hailed by Brooklyn Magazine as one of the “5 Bands You Need to Know” in Brooklyn’s Arabic music scene, Innov Gnawa make great use of a traditional repertoire and add their own contemporary spin with additional African and Latin percussion. This exciting new outfit fuses a centuries old North African tradition with the pulse and attitude of NYC.
Open Ground: Sean Clapis / Olli Hirvonen Jan 57:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationOlli Hirvonen New Helsinki & Sean ClapisOlli Hirvonen – guitarLuke Marantz – pianoNick Dunston – bassNathan Ellman-Bell – drumsSean Clapis: GuitarSebastienn Ammann: PianoAlex Tremblay: Double BassColin Stranahan: DrumsOn Displace, his latest album and first for Ropeadope, the Finnish-born, Brooklyn-based guitarist Olli Hirvonen introduces a highly personal, pathbreaking vision of guitar heroism. Melding jazz, prog, noise-rock, new music and other influences, his playing and composing evoke everything from Pat Metheny and Ralph Towner to Tim Berne, Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine.“Expressively granular” -Village VoiceSean Clapis is a guitarist, composer and bandleader born in Hartford, CT to a mother and father who would sing him to sleep every night as a child. After discovering jazz at the Artists Collective and Academy of the Arts, Sean went on to study at the Hartt School of Music under the tutelage of Jackie Mclean, Nat Reeves, Andy LaVerne and many others. After graduating, he moved to New York City, making a name for himself performing with Cyrille Aimée, Steve Davis, Gene Jackson, Warren Wolf, and many others. In 2017, he received 2nd prize at the Jarek Smietana International Jazz Guitar Competition in Krakow as well as the jury prize which afforded him the opportunity to record an album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
Michael Bates’ Acrobat / Mother Octopus Jan 97:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationMichael Bates’ AcrobatMarty Ehrlich-clarinetMazz Swift-violinSara Schoenbeck-bassoonMichael Bates-bassMichael Sarin-drumsAcrobat, the quintet led by bassist/composer Michael Bates, features five fearless voices sharing a passionate commitment to creativity and artistic beauty. Here, the quintet explores one of music’s most mysterious personalities, Dmitri Shostakovich. With literal themes by Shostakovich or themes composed with his spirit, “Acrobat” is full of music that is playful yet dark and swinging. And while Shostakovich is clearly being channeled, the voices of these five fantastic improvisers will be on full display: Beautiful and vicious, elegant and dissonant, and humor laced with serene sarcasm.Violin player and composer Dana Lyn presents a suite of music for sextet inspired by visual artist Jay DeFeo and her monumental work, “The Rose.”Dana Lyn, violinMike McGinnis, clarinetSara Schoenbeck, bassoonPatricia Brennan, vibesGary Wang, bassNoel Brennan, drums/percussion
Secret Sibling, Camila Ortiz and Stephen Becker Jan 107:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Secret Sibling is an experimental pop band featuring the music of Michael Sachs. Its got synths, saxes, clarinets, vocals, and drums. Lyrics range from sentimental emo to cold and absurd. Personnel includes Kim Mayo(voc), Tomas Cruz (voc), Michael Sachs (synths, winds), Sam Decker (synth, winds), Pete Moffett (drums).Camila Ortiz is a singer and songwriter who writes about dreams, emotions, and driving. In addition to her solo project, she makes up half of experimental pop duo, Myrtle.Steve Becker (formerly Trees Take Ease) is a songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. Always in search of the in-betweens, Steve’s music grapples with simplicity / complexity, consonance / dissonance, joy / grief. His music is a living, breathing compilation of his own self, an emotional landscape, a diary with arms and legs. When not working on his own music, Steve performs, tours, and records with his friends: Market, Zero Stars, Katie Von Schleicher, and Wilder Maker.
Elizabeth Ziman, Andreas Arnold, Lau Noah Jan 117:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Elizabeth Ziman, who performs as Elizabeth and the Catapult, is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter from New York, living and working in Brooklyn. She’s toured with the likes of Sara Bareilles and Kishi Bashi; collaborated with Esperanza Spalding, Gillian Welch, Blake Mills and more.
“Her piano playing, reflecting classical studies, can be virtuosic at her best; Ms. Ziman brings her own core of craft and insight to the mainstream. She tucks musicianly treats into her songs: meter shifts, unexpected chord progressions and structures that break free of verse-chorus-bridge, all crisply executed by her band.
-Jon Pareles, New York Times
Guitarist-composer Andreas Arnold released his latest album Odisea in 2019, followed by the video EP Four For Jaco which explores the music of Jaco Pastorius from a flamenco guitarist’s perspective. At the Owl he will perform with his current flamenco-jazz quartet featuring Yvonnick Prene (chromatic harmonica), James Labrosse (2nd guitar) and Jeremy Smith (percussion). www.andreasarnold.info
Lau Noah is a singer-songwriter from Reus, Spain who recently performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk series—a web series that showcases emerging and established musicians in a pared-down format similar to 90’s TV show, MTV Unplugged. Noah is multilingual and speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, and Hebrew.
Open Ground: Martin Nevin Quintet & Alexa Barchini/Jackson Fitzgerald Jan 127:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationMartin Nevin QuintetChristopher Hoffman- celloKyle Wilson- tenor saxophoneAri Chersky- celloCraig Weinrib- drums
Martin Nevin- bass and compositionsAlexa Barchini – voiceJackson Fitzgerald – guitarMartin Nevin plays music for breathing, sitting, sleeping, dancing or praying. Music for anyone and everyone.
Alexa Barchini and Jackson Fitzgerald are a Brooklyn based guitar+voice duo, performing originals and covers spanning jazz, singer-songwriter, and Americana realms. Alexa Barchini – vocals Jackson FitzGerald – guitars
Kenny Warren & #1 Kid Jan 167:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationTrumpeter Kenny Warren will play some of his highly improvised newer compositions for trio with Matthias Pichler on bass and Flin van Hemmen on drums.
Adam Dotson(#1 Kid) is a song-writer, trombonist, euphoniumist, singer who was a founding member of indie dance pop band Rubblebucket as well as a current member of NYC legacy brass band Slavic Soul Party!. His Arthur Russell DIY inspired bedroom pop songs are usually presented as #1 Kid. This broken down acoustic trio version features vibraphonist Matt Moran(Claudia Quintet, Slavic Soul Party) and Bassist Aryeh Kobrinsky. Adam lives in Bed-Stuy and his preferred bagel order is Whitefish salad with bacon, pickles and onions on a pumpernickel everything bagel. Matt also lives in Bed-Stuy and his bagel order is everything with plain cream cheese. Aryeh lives in Park Slope and likes and everything bagel with cream cheese, cucumber, and a tomato with S&P.
Allegra Krieger, Margaux Bouche and Crosslegged Jan 177:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Closed for a Private Event7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
closed tomorrow night too, sorry
closed for a short winter break
but we have a show tomorrow! …
Sweet Megg, Foster Power, Belle-Skinner (Jan 24)
Sweet Megg, Foster Power, Belle-Skinner Jan 247:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Foster-Powell is a triangular neighborhood in Portland, Oregon, which sprang up around the construction of Portland’s electric street car line in the 1890s. Meanwhile, Foster Powell is an indie rock band based in Boston. They sing from the gut and shoot from the hip. Their songs are astonishingly true, and hearty, and occasionally sound like lost Beatles cuts. Foster Powell, Amy Anders, and Daniel O’Connor met at Bennington College and in the fall of 2018 formed a formidable trio of electric guitar, octave “fiddle bass”, drum kit (as played by a classical percussionist), and vocal harmonies. Carling Berkhout (Carling & Will, Surplus Daughters) has since joined on lead guitar.
Belle-Skinner is a dark nostalgic singer-songwriter based in upstate New York and Brooklyn. With a hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano and innate sense of melody she crafts tales of songbirds, sirens and desert nomads – nuanced and layered stories which bridge the gap between past and present. Though her influences cover a broad range of genres – from French chansons and Russian folk to contemporary alt-pop and rock – her voice often draws comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, and Lana Del Rey. Opening for acts such as Mitski, Sean Rowe, Bill Ryder-Jones (Arctic Monkeys), Saint Saviour (Groove Armada) and Heather Maloney, she has performed at venerated venues and festivals including The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and the Roundhouse Theatre in London. “A hidden treasure…Belle-Skinner reflects the deepest flaws and the greatest beauties of human nature within her music, which is both charming and chilling, and a simple joy to listen to.” -The Wild Honey Pie
“When jazz was born it was exciting and made us laugh and cry. Jazz should be the most relatable of music because it is pure human improvisation being broadcasted in real time. Our goal with this group is to not recreate the past but to explore it and mix it with the future. I want to use our original music to create that theme.” – Sweet Megg Sweet Megg has been lighting stages around the across the eastern United States for the past 4 years. Her enthusiasm and honesty cuts straight through to the heart as she seamlessly transitions from an energetic Western Swing number to a melancholic French waltz. Sweet Megg was born and bred in New York City but her sound reaches far beyond the confines of Manhattan. Her voice is exceptional and is colored with the vast variety of influences she holds dear including Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline, Edith Piaf, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, and Bessie Smith. Her recent excursions outside of the US were a huge success and she is now building up a following not only in New York, Nashville, Asheville, and other Eastern cities but also in cities like Moscow, Paris, Montpelier, and Kaliningrad. Her newest record comes out February 7th on Dala Records, a local Brooklyn record company. Her music is steeped in many traditional American musical styles but also allows for influence from the present era. Her music is American to the core in that it is ever evolving and reflecting the changes surrounding it.
closed again for that short winter break
but we have a show tomorrow! …
James Carney quartet / Matt Marantz Quartet
James Carney / Matt Marantz Jan 267:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
“Mr. Carney is a sharp pianist and a broadly imaginative conceptualist and composer.” -The New York Times.
“The James Carney Group…is an Ellington band for the new millennium. This, I suppose, makes Carney, the pianist and composer, a New Duke. I exaggerate not.”
— Will Layman, PopMatters
Pianist, keyboardist and composer James Carney is a Brooklyn-based award-winning improviser who draws inspiration from many different sources of music, and has worked with a wide variety of great musicians and artists throughout his career. He has cultivated a reputation for developing an original, polystylistic approach to making music – a philosophy that respects and explores both tradition and the avant-garde. Carney will be joined by saxophonist Michaël Attias with Richard Bonnet, guitar; Melvin Bauer, drums. The music will feature avant-garde improvisations and music by Carney & Bonnet.
James Tillman & Elysse Jan 307:30 Doors $17.00 adv/ $20.00 doorElysse is a Brooklyn-based vocalist and composer who crafts cinematic, genre-bending songs. Elysse discovered her penchant for songwriting while pursuing an MA in Cultural Studies at NYU, taking cues from such artistic influences as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder, and Joni Mitchell to cultivate a panoramic yet intimate style spanning a vast spectrum of idioms from psychedelic soul to chamber pop, all anchored in her passion for poetics and the written word. She released her debut single “Eve,” to critical acclaim, and is poised to release her debut album project in 2020.“Elysse herself most readily recalls Jill Scott, or better yet KING with slightly better chops, sipping at the waters of jazz and quiet storm soul, with a vulnerability that suits the lyrical arc of passion, lust, loss and regret.” – SoulBounce.
Dig Nitty, rbke, Relatives Jan 317:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
rbke is the moniker of harpist rebecca el-saleh. rbke released her first ep in 2008 with lymbyc systym’s mike bell, and then made her way out to the west coast where she released another ep recorded at tiny telephone & produced by john Vanderslice in 2012. after a spell in toronto studying with judy loman, and a moment in southern california, rebecca moved to new york. in 2019, she began chipping away at a new ep with zubin hensler. “break through arrive here” is the result of a progression through darkness and into the light.
Lau Noah, Ambrose Getz & Emma Frank Feb 17:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Ambrose Getz is the project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Caroline Getz. Seeded in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury, Getz’s songs wind their way from the West Coast through Ohio’s rust belt farmlands to the flashing fire of New York City. Luck, lineage, and letters that never reach their destination find footing alongside characters from life and story.
Emma Frank is a Brooklyn based songwriter. She has released four albums of original music. Her latest release, Come Back, came out on Justin Time Records in fall 2019, and featured pianist Aaron Parks and producer/guitarist Franky Rousseau. “The slightly tart tunes are complemented by literate lyrics that, nevertheless, cut to the center of the heart, addressing romance as poetry and yearning. Given that Frank and Parks manage to find original hooks amidst their mixture of songcraft and jazz, these love songs feel like they should be radio hits in some new era of grown-up pop music. Perhaps that’s asking way too much of today’s pop audience, but the music is good enough to work a miracle or two. Why not that one?” (Will Layman, PopMatters)Lau Noah’s musical tapestry is a conversation between masterful storytelling, intertwined cultures and a limitless sense of imagination that provide the audience with the capacity to time-travel between their child self and the being they will become when the last song of the show comes to an end.
Yoav Eshed // Oren O'Blivion & friends feat Billy Martin, Kenny Warren, Michael Coleman and more! Feb 27:30Yoav Eshed is an award-winning guitarist and composer born in Israel,releasing his quartet debut album with Fresh Sound New Talent Record Label this upcoming spring.Yoav Eshed Quartet is an exciting journey of guitar, piano, upright bass and drums,storytelling jazz musicians with an innovative playing and exciting sound featuring some of the top musicians in the NYC jazz scene.Yoav Eshed – GuitarGadi Lehavi – PianoBen Tiberio – BassJK Kim – Drums
Oren O’Brien aka The Least Grebe will be appearing on bass with long time associate Billy Martin, drums, plus Kenny Warren, tpt, Michael Coleman, keys, Adam Dotson, additional Brass and Grackle McMorning, guitar. Having just returned from Jamaica, The Least Grebe is in a Dub Mood, so bring your Dub Shoes, Loons and Housing.
Grey McMurray /Briars of North America Feb 57:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation“The Briars of North America are excited to be performing new and slightly-used music in anticipation of our new album to be released in May 2019! We’ll be diving deeper into newer songs and visiting some old classics as well.The Briars of North America is a futuristic-chamber-folk group that find inspiration from both traditional and experimental sounds — shape note singing, old-timey string music, etc., and weirder free jazz, new classical, and electronic music. We call the band “post-americana” because it reflects a desire to return to a life of simplicity, a way to reorganize human relations outside the context of apocalyptic capitalism, an affirmation of one of our mentor’s sayings: “Simplicity is the new wealth.”Members of the Briars have played with Neutral Milk Hotel, Steve Coleman, Meredith Monk, The National, Becca Stevens, Jim Black, Steve Reich, and Helmut Lachenmann (to name a few). Formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2008, the Briars is the brainchild of second cousins Jeremy Thal and Gideon Crevoshay, and quickly grew to include bassist Greg Chudzik, guitarist Simon Jermyn and drummer Tommy Crane. Our first album “Orisis” was recorded in a drafty third floor apartment in Hudson NY and has found a small but devoted audience in the greater Columbia County area. The album reached a wider audience when we played an opening slot for Jeff Mangum’s solo tour in early 2013, and were described as “hushed chamber folk with classical precision and exquisite harmonies”, “pensive, existential, and thought-provoking”, and “Christian” (although the band is led by agnostic Jews).”Guitarist, singer and producer Grey Mcmurray has been called “sublimely odd”(New York Magazine), and “the world’s least obtrusive guitarist”(The Guardian). He released his first solo album on Shahzad Ismaily’s Figureight Records in September 2019. He has performed/recorded with Gil-Scott Heron, Meshell Ndegeocello, Tyondai Braxton, Alarm Will Sound, Du Yun, Ali Sethi, Beth Orton, Colin Stetson, So Percussion, Samita Sinha, Sam Amidon and John Cale among others. He’s a member of the American Contemporary Music Ensemble, 6G with Greg Fox and M. Geddes Gengras, Sunny Jain’s Wild Wild East, and of the duo itsnotyouitsme with Caleb Burhans, with four releases on New Amsterdam Records. He hopes everyday to provoke joyful tears in strangers’ eyes.
Atoosa Grey & Lori Carson Feb 67:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Atoosa Grey is a singer-songwriter and poet based in Brooklyn. She has released four independent albums: Out of the Jar, Sound Travels Up, Night of the Deep Bloom, and When the Cardinals Come. She began honing her craft at the Sidewalk Cafe’s Anti-Folk scene and was a regular at The Living Room, in addition to shows at other great NYC venues including Joe’s Pub and LPR. She is currently working on a new collection of songs entitled Dear Darkness, to be released in 2020. “Combining the open wound delivery of Patty Griffin with the breezy elegance of Deadstar’s Caroline Kennedy, Atoosa Grey is a singer/songwriter of tremendous talent. The New Yorker takes a long look at love, desire and all the closed-fisted miles the heart has to travel by itself before it can finally open.” – Alex Green, Caught in the Carousel
Lori Carson is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and author whose albums include: Shelter, Where it Goes, Everything I Touch Runs Wild, House In The Weeds, and Another Year. A former member of the seminal band Golden Palominos, she has contributed to the soundtracks of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty, Kathryn Bigelow’s Strange Days, Keith Gordon’s Waking the Dead, and others. In 2013, her debut novel, The Original 1982, a story about a young musician and the daughter she might have had, was published by William Morrow/Harper Collins. Guitarist Paul Pimsler will join Lori for an intimate set of new songs and favorites.
Quique Escamilla & tba Feb 277:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationJUNO Award winner, Quique Escamilla was born and raised in the tropical southern lands of Chiapas, Mexico. Today he is an internationally accomplished artist and singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Canada.Quique breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music such as ranchera and huapango with contemporary sounds of rock, reggae, pop, cumbia, bolero and many other sounds from around the globe.His latest release, Encomienda, represents Quique’s own “mestizaje of the Music of the Americas”, and the wide range of genres found in it are to support the world’s diversity of culture, colour, race and language.Quique uses his voice and guitar to tell stories designed to decimate xenophobia and borders. Be it in Canada, Mexico or Europe, he continues to take his Zapatista-influenced message around the world chanting: “We want a world where many other worlds fit in.” “He’s a unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique is really one to watch!” - Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada.
Night Fishing w Levon Henry Feb 77:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
‘Night Fishing’ is a new monthly series, hosted at the Owl Music Parlor and curated by Levon Henry. Halfway between round-robin and jam-session, the evening will juxtapose solo performances against collective attempts at each others’ music (and maybe some covers too).
Drinking Bird, Julia Easterlin and Adam Schatz Feb 87:30 doors $10.00 Suggested DonationCombining intimate jazz improvisation with cinematic melodies and rock-and-roll verve, DRINKING BIRD is a trio that draws from a liberally defined American Songbook to build a sound of its own. Comprising New Yorker Eladio Rojas on the drums, Norway-bred guitarist Jacob Matheus, and Pacific Northwest native Tree Palmedo on trumpet, the members of Drinking Bird have also performed with folk singers, rock bands, and a host of jazz greats. In addition to original material by its members, the trio tackles numerous jazz standards, country tunes, and pop songs reflective of the band’s eclectic taste; the sparse instrumentation lends a uniquely nuanced approach to Elliott Smith and Thelonious Monk alike. Several video projects and a debut album are in the works.Julia Easterlin is one part Bjork, one part Regina Spektor, one part loop scientist; a sophisticated musical mind that can wield composition, production, and soaring performance in one fell swoop. Her music is majestic yet delicate, beautiful and brooding.
Adam Schatz does too much at once and often likes it that way. As a song-writer and performer, he leads the band Landlady, who have released three records, and toured around the world to audiences very small and reasonably large. They’ve performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and been acclaimed by publications you’ve heard of, and plenty of other’s who’ve since gone out of business. He plays saxophone and keyboards at shows and records for people who ask him nicely, such as Sylvan Esso, Hand Habits, Japanese Breakfast, Man Man, Those Darlins, Adia Victoria, This Is The Kit, Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, and more.
As an person who burns himself, he bakes sourdough bread and has a secret recipe for apple cider donuts.
Open Ground: Evan Shinners & Caroline Davis with StringsFeb 97:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationEvan Shinners – piano, performing selections from the Well Tempered Clavier, Book 2Caroline Davis – alto saxophone / compositionsJulian Shore – pianoChris Tordini – bassMazz Swift – violinEddie Venegas – violinJessica Pavone – violaChristopher Hoffman – cello
A graduate of the Juilliard School (BM ’08, ‘MM ’10), Evan Shinners is the founder and director of the ‘Bach Store’: Beginning in November 2018, after winning an ‘Alumni Enterprise Award’ from the Music Academy of the West, Shinners opened ‘The Bach Store’ on 56th and Broadway, in Manhattan, where in plain view in 5000 square feet, he performed Bach for five hours daily for 37 days consecutively. He organized and hosted 37 individual nightly concerts each evening, on which over 60 acclaimed guest artists participated during the run. His efforts landed him on the front page of the New York Times arts as other esteemed new outlets such as German Public Radio and the Wall Street Journal. He followed soon after with ‘Bach Store: Variation One’ in July 2019 in Wall Street to similar success. Mr. Shinners has been invited to open a ‘Bach Store’ in Eisenach, Germany, town of Bach’s birth, in February 2020. His alter ego, “WTF Bach” releases unique original compositions and short films. His avant-garde incorporations of Bach into social media (SnapChat and Instagram), were featured in an art gallery during Bushwick open studios in 2016. ‘Bang on a Can’ declared his electronic music, “Better than Coffee.”
Mobile since her birth in Singapore, composer, and saxophonist Caroline Davis lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her debut album, Live Work & Play, was featured on All About Jazz’s best releases, and she was named one of JazzTimes’ Best New Artists in 2012. Her second album, Doors: Chicago Storylines, is an audio documentary that uniquely sets stories from Chicago’s jazz scene from the 80s and 90s alongside her original music. In 2018, she won the Downbeat Critic’s Poll “rising star” in the alto saxophone category. Caroline’s third album, Heart Tonic, was released on Sunnyside Records to much acclaim in NPR, the New York Times, and DownBeat. Davis’ self-titled Alula, featuring Matt Mitchell and Greg Saunier, was released on New Amsterdam Records May 10, 2019. She has shared musical moments with a diverse group of musicians, from jazz to improvised and composed music, recently including Lee Konitz, Angelica Sanchez, Matt Mitchell, Miles Okazaki, Matt Wilson, and Billy Kaye. Her regular collaborations include Maitri, Whirlpool, and Persona (with Rob Clearfield). In March of 2019, she was a composer-in-residence at the esteemed MacDowell Colony, and was awarded the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship for her work for 2019-20.
Xanthoria Quartet, Ben Katz, harpsichord & Lacy Rose Feb 137:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Xanthoria Quartet was founded in early 2019 by kindred musical spirits Kate Goddard, Abby Swidler, Hannah Selin and Alexandra Jones. The four met as freelancers in New York, playing music ranging wildly in style from contemporary classical music, to baroque music, to music by indie bands and singer-songwriters. As a quartet, they share a commitment to bringing music of many genres to life with vivacity and color. In 2019, Xanthoria Quartet worked with the Brooklyn Composers Collective to record an album of new compositions; played with singer-songwriter Leah Shaw in the premiere of her forthcoming album, Play Beautifully; and recorded an original film score by composer Jessica DiMari. The group also performed a program of “story-within-a-story” quartets by Janacek, Glass and Josquin at Brooklyn College in May 2019. In February 2020, the quartet will premiere new compositions by its own Swidler and Selin alongside reimagined vocal works by Josquin, Gesualdo and De Rore.
Harpsichordist Ben Katz is fascinated by the similarities between 17th and 18th century improvisation-based compositions and their relationship to contemporary musical forms. The tension between text and interpretation is baked in to all the music that Katz is drawn to. His program at the Owl Music Parlor on 2/13 presents pieces newly composed for him as well as his own transcriptions.
Lacy Rose is a lyric poet, classically trained vocalist, and composer living in New York City. As a creator of neoclassical art songs, Lacy regales her audience with tales of myth, magic, tragic and eternal love, performing regularly with her Starling Quartet. She is currently adapting Clarice Lispector’s novel The Passion According to GH into an opera with director Dara Malina as well composing a piece entitled Lispector, a song cycle devoted to the author’s glamorous, complicated, and radical life and works. “You don’t understand music: you hear it. So hear me with your whole body.” CL ⭐️ Lacyrosemusic.com
Eliana Glass and Alyssa McDoom Feb 147:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Eliana Glass & Micah Thomas Alyssa McDoom & Evan Wright
Eliana and her family moved to Seattle in 2000 where she began singing at a very young age. Currently based in New York, Eliana continues to pursue her passions of music, visual art and writing, continuously gaining insight into each medium through the other. Eliana finds the voice is unlike any other medium of expression because it goes straight to the essential. Where in many art forms we are constantly trying to “find our voice”, with singing there is no mediator. This is an important part of her music and artistic expression.
Alyssa is a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Alyssa creates music informed from her greatest influences folk music, 60’s soul and reggae. Looking up to artists like Joan Baez, The Supremes, The Delfonics, and Alton Ellis, Alyssa mixes her folky voice and compositions with arrangements and sounds reminiscent of the 60s and 70s. Heavily inspired by producer arrangers of that period like Burt Bacharach and the Holland- Dozier Holland, she produces her music with a love for analog and warm textured arrangements that normally include her playing an old nylon guitar and organ.
Soft Fangs, Stone Irr, Melisande Pope, Glossolalia Feb 157:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Join Soft Fangs, Stone Irr, Melisande Pope and Glossolalia for a night of intimate songwriting, captivating storytelling, and intricate guitar work.
https://softfangs.bandcamp.com/ — https://stoneirr.bandcamp.com/ — https://melisandepope.bandcamp.com/
So Long Ivey Long - featuring Oren O'Blivion & the Oblivion Country Express feb 167:00 Doors, $10 Suggested Donation
Dan Seiden, tadzio, Nicomo, lover's almanac Feb 207:00 Doors, $10 Suggested Donation
Queens-born singer-songwriter Dan Seiden first played CBGB at age 14, and has been performing his tender, genre-defying originals ever since. Along the way, he’s done studio work for Jewel and Lisa Loeb. Find his recently released, self titled collection at Spotify.
tadzio is an ensemble of Philadelphia/D.C. based musicians who share an interest in creating evocative sonic landscapes that blend warm acoustic tones (harp, piano, flute, percussion) with electronic instrumentation with an uneasy lushness that recalls both the soaring verticality of a symphony hall and the distorted hum of a basement noise show.
Nicomo are the songs and spaces of Nico Osborne, with a band of the hands and hearts of Duncan Standish and Gerard Marcus. Views through windows and fields recorded, shadows and conversations misunderstood, sounds through walls, opaque reflections.
lovers’ almanac is dreamy & geometric vocal & instrumental music from dina maccabee & damon hankoff
The Pointless Forest, Caleb Curtis's Bottom Feeders Feb 217:30 doors $10.00 Suggested DonationThe Pointless Forest plays Harry Nilsson’s “The POINT!”The POINT! follows Oblio, a round headed boy growing up in The Land of Point, a town where everyone and everything must, by law, have a point. When he and his dog Arrow are banished for breaking the Law of the Land they must find out for themselves what the Point really is. Our version of 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.Matt Robbins (Vocals, Keys)
Caleb Curtis (Alto Saxophone, Flute)
Paul Jones (Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet)
Rachel Therrien (Trumpet)
Eric Burns (Guitar)
Doug Berns (Bass)
Arthur Vint (Drums)Caleb Wheeler Curtis – alto saxophoneChristopher Hoffman – celloNoah Garabedian – bassRashaan Carter – bassMartin Nevin – bassVinnie Sperrazza – drums
Damon Isaac Smith, Joanna Sternberg and Miriam Elhajli Feb 227:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Damon Isaac Smith is a Northeast based pianist, songwriter, improviser. He’s a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and performs as a sideman and performer with the legendary “Losers Lounge” series at Joe’s Pub (2014 onward). He started his career at the Paul Green School of Rock, performing and touring with artists such as Jon Anderson of Yes, Napoleon Murphy Brock of Frank Zappa’s band, and Burlap to Cashmere. He’s played his original music at the Stone, Highline Ballroom, the Knitting Factory, CBGB’s, and the Bitter End, and as a sideman in festivals such as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Zappanale. His debut solo album, “Intimate Machinery,” came out on ERASED! tapes in December 2017. His second album “God of the Grid” followed in 2019.
Joanna Sternberg is a 28-year-old singer, songwriter, musician and visual artist born/based in New York City. When Joanna was 2, their parents overheard them humming the entire melody to “Oh What A Merry Christmas Day” from Mickey’s Christmas Carol at their passover seder. They sent Joanna to piano lessons when they turned 5. Joanna taught themself how to play the guitar and electric bass when they were 11. Joanna attended LaGuardia High School of Music and Art. They started studying double bass during their freshman year. Joanna got a full scholarship to Mannes College of Music, and studied classical double bass there for a year and a half. Joanna decided to leave the school and take a year off. During that year they did nothing but stay in their room and draw comics. Joanna has been a freelance musician and visual artist since they were 18-years-old. Joanna finished their double bass performance degree at The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music, where they got a full scholarship. When Joanna was 23, they began writing songs and learning how to sing. At the age of 24 Joanna started singing in public while accompanying themself on different instruments. Today, Joanna continues to write songs, sing, play instruments, and create visual art. Joanna does not like using genres to describe music or art. They also do not like using the word music to describe music, or the word art to describe art.
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.
Julian Shore Group & Jeff Miles Group Feb 237:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationAn American guitarist, composer and producer from San Diego, California,Jeff Miles is a Berklee College of Music alum and the winner of the 2008 Montreux Jazz Guitar competition. Featured on numerous recordings, Jeff is sought after for his orchestral pallet of sounds and blistering, evocative improvisations. He has performed around the world in venues such as The Monterrey Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, Las Condes Jazz Festival, Saulkrasti Jazz Festival, Jazzclub Augsburg and Blues Alley, as well as in long standing New York City clubs such as the Bar Next Door, 55 Bar and Smalls Jazz Club. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.Julian Shore is a Brooklyn based pianist and composer. For this performance, he’ll be joined by Noah Preminger (tenor sax), Caleb Curtis (alto sax), Noah Garabedian (bass), Allan Mednard (drums)
QuiQue Escamilla & Lily Henley Feb 277:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationJUNO Award winner, Quique Escamilla was born and raised in the tropical southern lands of Chiapas, Mexico. Today he is an internationally accomplished artist and singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Canada.Quique breaks down language barriers through his powerful voice and passionate delivery while fusing traditional Mexican styles of music such as ranchera and huapango with contemporary sounds of rock, reggae, pop, cumbia, bolero and many other sounds from around the globe.His latest release, Encomienda, represents Quique’s own “mestizaje of the Music of the Americas”, and the wide range of genres found in it are to support the world’s diversity of culture, colour, race and language.Quique uses his voice and guitar to tell stories designed to decimate xenophobia and borders. Be it in Canada, Mexico or Europe, he continues to take his Zapatista-influenced message around the world chanting: “We want a world where many other worlds fit in.” “He’s a unique talent who holds to the traditions of heavyweights like Bob Marley and Manu Chao. Quique is really one to watch!” - Garvia Bailey, CBC Radio Canada.
Lisa Hoppe's Third Reality, Charlotte Jacobs, and Jack Broza Feb 287:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationLisa Hoppe’s Third RealityDavid Leon – saxTal Yahalom – gitLisa Hoppe – bassJack Broza writes big pieces out of small scraps he has gathered. Both his debut album “Gather, Together” and upcoming EP “Not That Deep” run without interruption, weaving between intimate songs, spacious sound-worlds, and asymmetrical grooves to form one extended musical journey. He will be premiering the EP’s new compositions alongside Nathan Reising (saxophone, keys), Griffin Brown (drums), Hannah Marks (bass), and Ashtan Towles (vocals).
Jack is a guitarist, was born and raised in NYC, and spent the past year studying Cuban music. jackbroza.com
Charlotte’s musical expression washes over you like waves, and she has been riding those waves for as long as she can remember. Inspired by her travels, from Nepal to Lithuania, throughout Africa and combined with her Northern European roots, Charlotte’s songwriting is eccentric as she merges experimental and abstract qualities with pop elements. She lets strands of Eastern classical, Scandinavian sound, and Intelligent Dance Music leap in, resulting in innovative songs perfect for her acrobatic and beautiful voice.
Her art pop projects include top notch musicians and producers from the worlds of improvised music, synth pop, contemporary classical music, EDM, dance and video.
In her newest EP, Fishtale – out May 31, 2019 and recorded in Brooklyn – she combines her quirkiness with more familiar song formats that best describe this collection as avant pop.
Her designs for these songs began in her bedroom, where she shapes sounds using the instrument of her voice as the primary source of textural samples and loops, fusing this with an electronic synth palette. She then joined forces with producer and engineer Zubin Hensler, who has collaborated with Half Waif, the Westerlies and Hannah Epperson.
Paul Spring, Kate Mattison of 79.5, Grandkid & Belle-Skinner Feb 297:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Paul Spring is an instrumental guitarist and songwriter from Minnesota, who currently resides in Brooklyn. Playing primarily nylon string acoustic guitar, and occasionally 12 string, he relies upon carefully arranged fingerpicking parts as the foundational voice of his music. He has released 6 full length albums and an EP since 2013. His latest, Neptune, is a mix of instrumentals and songs played on 7 string nylon with minimal drum machine accompaniment. It’s lyrics explore the concept of submersion, and were influenced by David Lynch’s book ‘Catching the Big Fish’, which frequently uses the metaphor of diving to illuminate exploration of the deep and dark sea which pervades our imagination.
Attempting to pigeonhole 79.5 into something as narrow as a single genre would be an ill advised, if not impossible task. The New York City band sounds like someone spinning a radio dial with such passionate intensity that all the stations blend together into a single, transcendent, almost spiritual force. It’s disco to the beat of modern house; it’s a Supremes cover of a Cardi B banger; it’s Roland Kirk playing jazz through one saxophone, funk through another, and the most earwormy pop tune the 1970’s could muster through a third. It’s an experience—one so effecting that with only a self-released 12” single in circulation, 79.5 had been written up twice in The New Yorker on the merit of their live sets alone. Their debut album Predictions is produced by Leon Michels and was recorded at The Diamond Mine in Queens the old school way, with the whole band playing the songs in one take and captured to analog tape.
Grand Kid is the dynamic post-americana project of singer/songwriter/guitarist Dan Kleederman. By virtue of the conversation between his voice and the voice of his guitar, Grand Kid tells the story of the everyday-hero’s journey of letting go and growing up, often traveling from intense intimacy to explosive psychedelia while making many stops in between.
Belle-Skinner is a dark nostalgic singer-songwriter based in upstate New York and Brooklyn. With a hauntingly beautiful, lilting soprano and innate sense of melody she crafts tales of songbirds, sirens and desert nomads – nuanced and layered stories which bridge the gap between past and present. Though her influences cover a broad range of genres – from French chansons and Russian folk to contemporary alt-pop and rock – her voice often draws comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Angel Olsen, and Lana Del Rey.
grandkidmusic.com – instagram: @grand.kid – facebook: @grandkidband
Open Ground: Luisa Muhr trio and Santiago Liebson Mar 17:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Luisa Muhr – voice, movement
Sae Hashimoto – vibraphone
Jonna Mattrey – viola
Chet Doxas – tenor
Santiago Leibson – piano
Matt Pavolka – bass
Dayeon Seok – drumsLuisa Muhr specializes in performance, movement, vocal, installation, and theater art. Muhr is also the creator and curator of New York’s leading interdisciplinary womxn and non-binary artists performance series Women Between Arts at The New School. She co-founded the performing arts company FENGARI Works and is a core member of the vocal-movement ensemble Constellation Chor, lead by Marisa Michelson. Muhr’s was a Music Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works in 2019 and at the Rockefeller Pocantico Center with six-times-Grammy-winning composer Arturo O’Farrill. Currently, Muhr is creating new work commissioned by Roulette Intermedium for its 2020/2021 season, as well as developing a new opera with Arturo O’Farrill.Muhr has collaborated with artists such as Iva Bittová, Claire Chase, Kenneth Goldsmith, Sarah Hennies, Shelley Hirsch, Frank London, Arturo O’Farrill, Jenny Romaine, Peter Schumann, Sxip Shirey, John Zorn, and was part of Constellation Chor’s performance of Ashley Fure’s ‘Filament’ with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. She performed at venues such as The Kitchen, National Sawdust, Park Avenue Armory, Judson Memorial Church, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Museum of the Moving Image, the Albright Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, and various other experimental venues in New York. www.luisamuhr.comSantiago Leibson is a Brooklyn based, Argentinian born jazz pianist and composer. His music is situated in the frontier of jazz, improvised music, classical and contemporary music. As a bandleader, he has released four records: Amon (2014), Pendular (2015), Out of Orden (2016) and Episodes (2018). JazzTrail says about his last release: “Episodes is a swinging album with abundant evocations of past grandeur. Thence, the trio of performers lay bare their solid command of time and space to create new narratives”.
In 2019 Santiago made his Carnegie Hall debut playing a solo concert of original and classical compositions at the prestigious series “Sophia Rossoff Presents” organized by the Abby Whiteside Foundation. He has also performed at venues such as Cornelia St. Café (New York), Firehouse 12 (New Haven, Connecticut), Jazz Filloa (Spain), Thelonious Club (Buenos Aires), Bourbon Street Music Club (Brazil) among others.
Matt Siffert, Georgia Sackler & Evan Tyor Mar 57:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Georgia Sackler is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor living in Brooklyn, New York. Creating at the crossroads of nostalgia-steeped tradition and hopeful promise, her classical voice background informs a deep musical and poetic sensitivity, a “fresh air of song writing.” Her debut EP, Where Once Grew Green, is a modern folk tale. It offers listeners a tender memorial of youth and innocence, paired with an emotional thesis for the future. Georgia wrestles with the passage of time—facing loss, grief, and mental health struggles—and upholds that we need not suffer these things alone. The narrative she crafts is undeniably melancholic, but woven together with threads of hope; where once grew green will again renew. The EP is available everywhere you buy or stream music.
Matt Siffert is an experimental songwriter. He seeks to merge his love of folk-influenced storytelling with his training in jazz and classical music. He has released seven albums as a solo artist and performs music tonight from his upcoming release, “The Magic of the New.”
Schimscheimer Family Trio, .Michael. & Shahzad Ismaily March 197:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationThe Schimscheimer Family Trio
As if from an actual collection of blood relatives, the Schimscheimer Family Trio’s music opens a window into an alternate world—one in which songs become people, sounds describe stories, and music falls beyond categorization. The fake siblings (and their fake uncle) harness a mixture of woodwind, synthesizer, and percussion sounds in creating tuneful odes to their fake relatives, semi-traumatic childhood recollections, and intimidating animals of note..michael.Shahzad Ismaily
The multi-tentacled master transmitter of the divine delight of virtuosity and funky truth.
Night Fishing w Levon Henry & friends Mar 67:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
‘Night Fishing’ is a monthly series, hosted at the Owl Music Parlor and curated by Levon Henry. Halfway between round-robin and jam-session, the evening will juxtapose solo performances against collective attempts at each others’ music (and maybe some covers too). This Month:
+ Special Guests
Pocket Venus & Steve Salett Mar 77:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Pocket Venus is Ella Hunt, a 21-year-old sing songwriter from Devon, England. She recently moved to New York, and is currently putting the finishing touches on her debut album, produced by Thomas Bartlett aka Doveman.
Steve Salett is a musician, songwriter, and producer. As a musician, Steve Salett occasionally performs as The Poison Tree and was formerly in the bands The King of France, The Kelley Deal 6000 and Deformo. He wrote the music of a musical that won the LA Film Fest— wrote a song that won the Cannes Gold Lion. But he really just wants to sing sad songs and try to be funny.
Open Ground: Or Bareket & Alex Goodman album release Mar 87:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationOr Bareket QuartetMorgan Guerin – Tenor Sax/ EWIGadi Lehavi – pianoOr Bareket – BassSavannah Harris – DrumsAlex Goodman QuartetAlex Goodman – guitarAlex LoRe – saxophoneRick Rosato – bassJimmy Macbride – drumsBorn in Jerusalem to parents of Moroccan, Iraqi, Argentinian, and Eastern European descent and raised between Buenos-Aires and Tel-Aviv, Or Bareket is currently emerging as one of the most in-demand and versatile bassists on the New York and global jazz scenes, as well as a composer/bandleader with a unique sound and aesthetic.
Winner of the 1st prize at the International Society of Bassists’ jazz competition in 2011, Or’s diverse heritage is clearly present in his playing and writing. His distinct lyricism, rhythmic dexterity, and groove-centric approach are informed by his roots, interpreted through his life-long study and appreciation of the American Jazz tradition, and distilled through his own life experience as a musical nomad.Winner of first prize and the Public’s Choice Award at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival International Guitar Competition, Alex Goodman has been hailed as “a definite musical voice” (Guitar International), and as a player of “fluid lyricism” (Downbeat), “dazzling improvisational dexterity and engagingly smart composition (New York City Jazz Record). His quintet LP Bridges, was nominated for a Juno Award, Canada’s top recording honor, as the year’s best contemporary jazz album.
This evening will mark the launch of his new double CD Impressions in Blue and Red.
Sebastien Ammann / Simon Jermyn7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel celebrates the release of “Resilience” (Skirl Records, 2020), their second album on Skirl Records.
The band creates a world of sound in the moment that is continuously in movement, looking simultaneously to the past and to the future. Sebastien Ammann’s compositions are vessels that enable the musicians to embark on a journey that takes the listener to new, yet familiar places. While well rooted in improvised music, jazz and classical music, the music recalls at times, Ornette Coleman with the quartet’s quicksilver unison lines, Cecil Taylor through the group’s sheer energy and sonic density or Anton Webern’s serial or abstract compositions. Sebastien Ammann writes polychromatic compositions that not only blur the lines between composition and improvisation, but leave ample space for the band to create it’s own collective narrative.
Sebastien Ammann is the leader of Sebastien Ammann’s Color Wheel since 2012.
The band features some of New York’s most interesting and fearless improvisers, saxophonist Michaël Attias (Renku, Anthony Braxton, Paul Motian), bassist Noah Garabedian (Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Andrew D’Angelo) and drummer Nathan Ellman-Bell (Michael Formanek, Dave Douglas, Brass Against). Since arriving in New York in 2008, Sebastien Ammann has collaborated with such musicians and projects as Kris Davis’ Massive Thread, Tony Malaby, Gene Ess’ Fractal Attraction, Nick Biello Sextet, The Russ Flynn’s Large Ensemble, Le Zhang Quintet, Michael Bates, Jon Irabagon, Mark Ferber, George Schuller, Dana Leong, Billy Drewes, John Hébert, Samuel Blaser, Sean Conly, Michael Sarin and many others, performing in venues and festivals all over the USA and Europe.Simon’s band will be S. Jeremyn (guitar)Chris Lightcap (bass)Satoshi Takeishi (drums)
CANCELED Rema Hasumi / Ilusha Tsinadze7:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
WE ARE SORRY THE OWL WILL BE CLOSED THIS NIGHT. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AND THE FUTURE REBOOKING DATE FOR THIS CONCERT….. Thank You!8pmRema Hasumi (piano/synth/vocal)Simon Jermyn (electric bass)Flin van Hemmen (drums)9pmIlusha Tsinadze (vocal/guitar)Chris Tordini (electric bass)Aynsley Powell (drums)
Rema Hasumi is a Brooklyn based pianist, vocalist, and improviser. The musicians she’s collaborated with for various recording and performance projects include Randy Peterson, Masa Kamaguchi, Todd Neufeld, Thomas Morgan, Darius Jones, Anais Maviel, Stomu Takeishi, and many more. She continues her pursuit in finding ways to create songs where abstraction and improvisation can coexist. “Those stories sound like tales drifting out of a dream land: untethered to time and place, free-flowing and graceful, strikingly pretty, sometimes spooky, and starkly rendered.” (Dan McClenaghan – All About Jazz)
Singer and guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze was born in Soviet-era Georgia and emigrated with his family to the U.S. at the age of 8, where his musical upbringing consisted of punk rock, jazz and American folk tunes. Playing traditional Georgian songs in new arrangements on electric guitar and electronics, along with bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Aynsley Powell, Ilusha’s music is a true expression of a contemporary multicultural identity.
CANCELED Elliott Sharp's Aggregat trio / Charlie Burnham trio / Allegra Krieger solo Mar 147:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
WE ARE SORRY THE OWL WILL BE CLOSED THIS NIGHT. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AND THE FUTURE REBOOKING DATE FOR THIS CONCERT….. Thank You!
With his improvising trio Aggregat, E# on saxophone reveals a deep familiarity with jazz history and practice but also dives headlong into a futuristic approach, shredding tradition while acknowledging it. Aggregat’s rhythm section of Brad Jones on bass and Brian Chase on drums is powerful and supple ranging from solid swing to skittering high-velcoity textures.
Charlie Burnham will be joined by two of Brooklyn’s finest, Dom Richards on bass, and Sameer Gupta on percussion. The trio will play songs from the past, present, and elsewhere.
Allegra Krieger: A contemporary folk singer, songwriter, tree planter, art model, waitress, and cave dweller inspired by a life lived transiently and freely; with songs regarding her travels and the relations that have come and gone within them. http://allegrakriegermusic.com
CANCELED Richard Sears Trio ft. Tootie Heath /Andre Matos Sara Serpa Quartet Dec 14
WE ARE SORRY THE OWL WILL BE CLOSED THIS NIGHT. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AND THE FUTURE REBOOKING DATE FOR THIS CONCERT….. Thank You!Richard Sears – pianoMartin Nevin – bassAlbert “Tootie” Heath – drumsSara Serpa – voiceAndré Matos – guitarDov Manski – piano/keyboardsChes Smith – drums
Albert “Tootie” Heath made his recording debut on John Coltrane’s first album as a leader, “Coltrane”, released on Prestige in 1957. Growing up in Philadelphia during a historically vibrant time, Tootie came of age playing with the likes of Bobby Timmons, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison, as well as his older brothers Jimmy and Percy. Tootie lived in New York and Denmark through the the 60’s, and continued to make history working with Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, Wes Montgomery, Dexter Gordon, and many others. In 1969, Tootie joined Herbie Hancock’s band and recorded The Prisoner. During this year he also recorded his debut album as a leader, Kawaida, which features the poetry of his nephew, James Mtume, as well as performances by Hancock, Don Cherry, and Ed Blackwell. Currently, Tootie lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is 84 years old. Longtime musical collaborators, Sears and Nevin are currently involved in documenting Heath’s oral history.
Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, improviser who implements a unique instrumental approach to her vocal style. Recognized for her distinctive wordless singing, Serpa has been immersed in the field of jazz, improvised and experimental music since first arriving in New York in 2008. Described by JazzTimes magazine as “a master of wordless landscapes” and by the New York Times as “a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook,” Serpa started her recording and performing career with jazz luminaries such as Grammy-nominated pianist, Danilo Perez, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow pianist, Ran Blake, and Greg Osby.
CANCELED Michael Rocketship, .michael. and Shahzad Ismailly Mar 197:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
CANCELED: Pamela Stickney's Jatakas & Raga Space, Sonya Belaya / Dida Pelled Mar 207:00 Doors, $10 Suggested DonationPamelia Stickney – Jatakas Suite w/ ODES & fragmentsChris Mannigan – Alto SaxDanny Tunick – MarimbasPamelia – theremin + processing+Raga SpaceLatest collaboration with Sameer Gupta on tablas and Pawan Benjamin on bansuri flute
CANCELED b o t, Starchild and Daeva Mar 217:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationB O TThe solo project of Brooklyn-based musician Dandy C. McDowell investigates the parameters of what it means to be alive. Inspired by the gospel of the 90s and early aughts, their sound lends itself to a sincere and off-center kind of pop.DÆVA“Dæva (pronounced day-va) is the solo experimental pop act of Gigi Mead. Dæva resides in Brooklyn, NY with her cat Aubrey where she casts spells, slings books, and writes songs. Her debut album Beta Persei collects 10 songs of love, loss, and X-Files.”via Furious Hooves“STARCHILD & THE NEW ROMANTICBryndon Cook is a hired gun for Solange, Chairlift, and Blood Orange; his debut album is a slick, colorful foray into retro-futurist funk that’s fueled by his keen sense of style.”Mathew Ismael Ruiz, Pitchfork
CANCELED Open Ground: Vinnie Sperrazza / Vanisha Gould 3/227:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
CANCELED Market, Dirty Bird and Izzy Heltai Mar 277:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationMarket:The songwriting project of Nate Mendelsohn, currently accompanied by Natasha Thweatt, Stephen Becker, and Duncan Standish. Songs about family, friends, therapy, Watergate, the NBA, scars from tick bites, bus and train rides, the Spanish Civil War. New album out late 2019.https://cowsattheedgeoftheearth.bandcamp.com/album/not-good-at-spending-time-alone-a-k-a-cleanlinessDirty Bird:
Dirty Bird hails from the concrete woodlands of New York City, and consists of Christie Belanger, Melissa Escudero, Natasha Thweatt, Nick Katz, John Crisan, Eli Greenhoe and Blake Suben. With roots going back to New York’s renowned arts school LaGuardia High School, the members of Dirty Bird reconnected in 2016, and in true New York style bring a wide variety of musical backgrounds—ranging from jazz to bluegrass to classical—together in one vibrant and wholly original folk sound.
Since forming, the band has presented powerful performances to venues including Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, Mass MoCa and Radio Bean, and the Northside Music Festival. Dirty Bird brings both new and long-devoted audiences intimate, poetic lyrics charged by three-part harmony and lively, distinctive arrangements. Soulful, harmonious, and ever-evolving, Dirty Bird’s music redefines what it means to be a folk band.Izzy Heltai:
Izzy Heltai is an indie-folk singer-songwriter who puts a unique twist on traditional story-telling. Based out of Northampton, Massachusetts, Izzy’s songs reference specific images while simultaneously addressing broader universal truths, often inspired by the natural beauty of Western, Massachusetts
CANCELED Michael Chorney's Fish and Game // Mother Octopus Mar 287:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Two Vermonters, two New Yorkers, one quartet. Rob, Dana, Michael and Tony met in the pit of the show Hadestown when it was off-Broadway. Together they have worked up a repertoire that includes material written together, tunes by Lyn and Chorney, improvisational forays and Chorney’s songs. Music as pastoral and gritty as their respective homes.Violin player and composer Dana Lyn inhabits a musical world somewhere in the Venn diagram of 70’s art rock, classical, traditional Irish and improvised music; this evening, her sextet Mother Octopus presents a suite of music inspired by the life and work of visual artist Jay DeFeo, and in particular, the creation story of her one-ton painting, “The Rose.”Dana Lyn, violinMike McGinnis, clarinetSara Schoenbeck, bassoonPatricia Brennan, vibesGary Wang, bassNoel Brennan, drums
CANCELED Charlotte Greve & Simon Jermyn / Zack Clarke Mar 297:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
CANCELED Robbie Pollock, Zoë Boekbinder, Robinson & Rohe Apr 27:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Robinson & Rohe is the duo of Brooklyn songwriters Liam Robinson (banjo, accordion, vocals) & Jean Rohe (guitar, vocals).
After a touring hiatus this past year, during which Liam music directed the smash hit Broadway musical, Hadestown, and Jean released Sisterly, an award-winning record of her own, Robinson & Rohe anticipate the release of Wait & See in late 2020. This record builds on the keen-eyed writing and impeccable duo singing of their debut record, Hunger.
“Zoe Boekbinder opens [their] mouth, and the voice that comes out is ageless, beautiful, heartbreaking and wise. Zoe looks so young, and so innocent. I think [they] kidnapped a marvellous singer from long ago Paris, and stole her voice. It’s the only explanation.” – Neil Gaiman.
“I took a break from touring because I felt unsure that it was what I should be doing. I didn’t make an album for four years. I barely played any shows. I’d been a full-time musician for my entire adult life – so this was a big deal for me. After working in prison, I started to doubt that the songs I wrote were important to the world. During this break I discovered a bravery, that I hadn’t had before, to write songs about issues outside of myself. I wrote about feminism/violence against women, privilege, and prison abolition. I wrote about my best friend who committed suicide. My songs started to feel important. This album is the least and most personal art I’ve ever made. It feels terrifyingly vulnerable.” Zoe resides in New Orleans, Louisiana. Some of their favorite collaborators over the years have been; Ani DiFranco, Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Neil Gaiman, Mal Blum, and Mirah.
Robbie Pollock is a singer/songwriter raised in East New York, Brooklyn, and South Jamaica, Queens. After almost a decade in prison, Robbie is now a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections reentry program, a board member of Musicambia, an organization that teaches music in prisons around the country, and the producer of an annual anthology of award winning writing from prison with PEN America. Since returning home in 2016, Robbie has performed at Carnegie Hall twice, Global Citizen, community performances, and numerous fundraising events for arts programming in prisons.
CANCELED Ruby, Jesse in Grey, DPCD & Lina Tullgren Apr 36:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
ruby is a Brooklyn-based free-folk duo made up of violinist/composer/singer abby swidler and singer/composer kim mayo. Brought together by friendship, a shared passion for collaboration, a deep love for lyric-writing, and an experimental approach to the composing and recording process, ruby was officially born when abby and kim challenged each other to fully write and arrange one song each day for a week, which culminated in creating a piece collaboratively on their last day. Through this process, in getting to peek so intimately into each other’s songwriting instincts, and in turning their own and each others’ songs over in their hands like the stone they’re named for, they realized that their musical sensibilities complemented each other, and that they wanted to keep exploring songwriting together.
Their week of writing every day together birthed the seed for a collection of songs that they are preparing for their first recording, which they plan to release early 2020
Jesse in Grey sings songs that ruminate on lost time, alternate endings, and the internal dialogue of a truly bored midwesterner.
DPCD is the work of Illinois musician Alec Watson. Embracing the American song tradition with quiet intensity, the music contains warm repetitions on family, daily routine, and memory. DPCD released their first album, “Good Visions,” in 2017. Their second album, “False Virtue,” was released October 4, 2019.
Lina Tullgren is a Queens guitar player, singer and writer . They make songs with 4 releases of varying sizes out in the world to date: an EP of sparse solo music, 2 full lengths of rock band music and a 7″ of electronic pop songs written with friend and collaborator NTHNL . It’s music that feels simultaneously gigantic and miniscule, quiet and loud; these songs are small attempts to understand the chaos of existence, to quiet the constant buzz in ones head .
CANCELED The Very Starcrossed WishWrays Apr 47:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
CANCELED Jenifer Jackson Apr 57:15 $10.00 Suggested Donation
CANCELED Jean Rohe Estar Cohen Quintet Sarah Elizabeth Charles (w Jordan Peters) April 107:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationJEAN ROHE
“A sure-footed singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. She is perhaps best known for her aspirational alternative national anthem, Arise! Arise!, which has now been performed by countless artists and choirs across the country. Her latest record, Sisterly, is a collection of songs about communication and its failures, and tackles topics from love, lust, and longing to prisons, police violence, migration, and home. It was the recipient of the 2019 Independent Music Award for best adult contemporary album. She is currently at work on a new record, Wait & See, with Robinson & Rohe, her songwriting duo with Liam Robinson. She is an artist with the Lullaby Project and teaches songwriting in the Future Music Project at Carnegie Hall. www.jeanrohe.com
Sarah Elizabeth Charles (vocalist) first began writing music to Maya Angelou’s poetry in 2016 after being commissioned to write a new work by The Catskill Jazz Factory. Angelou’s writing, performing and identity as a prolific artist has had an influence on Charles since she was very young and continues to have an effect on her today. This musical work has developed overtime and now exists as an opportunity for Charles and her collaborator in performance, Jordan Peters (guitarist), to delve into Angelou’s creative world and to combine it with their own. Historically, Angelou’s poetry has been under celebrated and not widely regarded or known. With this project, Charles utilizes her multi-faceted identity as a musician rooted in jazz, folklore, hymns, soul and blues to celebrate Angelou’s imaginative, profound and historically relevant poetry in an explorative creative space.
Estar Cohen Quintet
Estar Cohen – Voice, Alex Levine – Guitar, Lex Korten – Piano, Ben Rolston – Bass, Lesley Mok – Drums
Estar Cohen is an award-winning vocalist, lyricist, composer, and educator from Toledo, OH and currently based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her ensemble is dedicated to performing original music that reflects an exploration in poetry, composition, and the deep curiosity of the stories that define us. Cohen’s sound as a composer is rooted in thoughtful songwriting and spirited improvisation, highlighting the unique voices in each project’s configuration.
In 2018, Cohen received the ASCAP Foundation’s Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award for her piece, “Endings,” and was invited to lead her band at the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Cohen has continued to build momentum with an array of performances, releases, and honorable distinctions; opening for the legendary Sheila Jordan as an up and coming artist on the acclaimed Vocal Mania series in NYC, receiving honorable mentions in the 2019 and 2020 New York Youth Symphony Series for her pieces, “Only Once,” and “For Tad,” being selected to present at the 2019 International Symposium of Jazz Arrangers and Composers in Colorado, and receiving press from outlets including NextBop and ASCAP, among others.SARAH ELIZABETH CHARLES (photo Shervin Lainez)
CANCELED Voice Three // Yotoco April 117:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested DonationVoice Three is a trio comprising Adam O’Farrill on trumpet, Mat Muntz on bass, and Griffin Brown on drums. They play and write a brand of improvised music at once steeped in jazz and contemporary concert music, with the dynamic range and textural subtlety common to both. (Photo by Glenn Cornett)
CANCELED: Relatives, Jeff Taylor, Emma Frank April 177:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
In their music Relatives blend the dissonant tonalities of the 20th century with the unadorned folk songs of Appalachia. The group was created in New York City in 2007 by Ian Davis, Katie Vogel and Gabriel Gall. Together they self-released two EPs, They Love You Well (2009) and Tardy Mark (2011), and put out a full-length album, The Relatives (2011), on the Museum People label. In the fall of 2011, Gall left the group and Vogel and Davis reconfigured with Ross Edwards. Relatives writes and performs both as a duo/trio as well as a full-band ensemble, often incorporating winds, strings, horns, and additional singers into their music. In 2013 they signed with MDR, an independent, Cork-based record label who put out their most recent EP; The Signs That Mock Me As I Go.Jeff Taylor is a singer-songwriter based in Jersey City. A little while back, Jeff released a four song EP, “Organelle.” He has recently completed recording on his first full length solo record. These recordings will feature a rhythm section of Matt Johnson (Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright, St. Vincent) and Jesske Hume (Conor Oberst, Margaret Glaspy). Jeff frequently appears with Mark Guiliana‘s Beat Music. In 2018, Jeff worked with saxophonist Donny McCaslin (David Bowie’s “Blackstar” band) to co-write and record his latest LP, “Blow.” With the rest of Donny’s band, they toured around the world throughout 2018-19 for the album’s release. Jeff also appeared on Donny’s previous album, “Beyond Now,” singing a cover of David Bowie’s “A Small Plot of Land”. Earlier in 2018, Marike van Dijk‘s “The Stereography Project” was released featuring arrangements of Jeff’s songs for a 12-piece wind and string ensemble.
New York-based singer-songwriter Emma Frank was born and raised outside of Boston, before moving to Montreal in 2006 to study literature at McGill University. Whilst there she began performing regularly, releasing two critically acclaimed albums under her own name on the Montreal-based label, The 270 Sessions and performing vocals and brass with art-pop ensembles She’s Got a Habit and Malcolm Sailor’s Songs.
After coming to New York in 2015 to perform in Franky Rousseau and Dominic Mekky’s chamber opera, April, Emma decided to move to Brooklyn. It was there she forged her own unique sound, blending elements of folk, R&B, and even jazz to create shifting tempos and winding melodies.
Following the success of her critically acclaimed 2018 release, Ocean Av, Emma returned this year with the new album Come Back. Here she describes each song in turn, revealing a record made with love, lust, self-doubt, commitment and sadness…
Miles Hewitt, Lisa/Liza and Joanna Sternberg May 27:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Brian Prunka and friends Mar 37:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Brian Prunka, oud; Layth Sidiq, violin; Firas Zreik, qanun; John Murchison, bass; Philip Mayer, percussion.
Description: One of Brooklyn’s most distinctive oud players, Brian Prunka will be performing his original compositions with special guests Layth Sidiq on violin and Firas Zreik on qanun, accompanied by frequent collaborators John Murchison on bass and Philip Mayer on percussion. Layth and Firas are some of the brightest stars of a new generation of Arab musicians, and their brilliant improvisations and interpretations of Prunka’s music are not to be missed.
Elysian Fields record release: Transience Of Life May 97:30 Doors $16 adv. /$20 door
Ali Dineen n and Sheila Anozier w Rufus Cappadocia May 167:30 doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
Canceled: Raf Vertessen Quartet, Ryan Power, Charlotte Jacobs May 217:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
We are so sorry – NYS has shut us down. Stay safe everyone; we’ll be back as soon as we can!
Canceled: I Sang to You & the Moon featuring The Westerlies Kenny Warren, Kirk Knuffke May 287:30 Doors $10.00 Suggested Donation
We are so sorry – NYS has shut us down. Stay safe everyone; we’ll be back as soon as we can!