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Saturday,  Feb 12 - 6:00PM 
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

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Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award Honorees: Anthony Buccino and Maria Giura , plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
Saturday,  Feb 12 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Anat Fort, piano;  Gary Wang, bass;  Roland Schneider, drums
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Anat Fort trio returns to Cornelia St. Café, which has been its home base for many years. This time, drummer Roland Schneider arrives from Berlin and pianist Anat Fort from Israel to join Brooklynite Gary Wang on bass. The trio, which has been voted "best jazz Show" by All About jazz NY has been playing together for more than a decade. Their first recording, "And If", came out recently on ECM Records and has garnered critical acclaim worldwide.

Her new cd And If was also just selected as one of the best 10 jazz cd's of 2010 by Slate magazine,

Sunday,  Feb 13 - 6:00PM 
Roald Hoffmann, host

Lauren Redniss Dr. Florence Huguet
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Exposure: Radioactivity from Marie Curie to Today

"In 1891, 24 year old Marie, née Marya Sklodowska, moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, a scientist engaged in research on heat and magnetism. They fell in love. They took their honeymoon on bicycles. They expanded the periodic table, discovering two new elements with startling properties, radium and polonium. "

Author and artist Lauren Redniss will present artwork and reporting from her new book Radioactive, the story of Marie and Pierre Curie and a look at the contemporary ramifications of the Curies' research. The book features Lauren's artwork using a process called cyanotype printing. Cyanotype is a camera_less photographic technique in which paper is coated with light_sensitive chemicals. When the chemically-treated paper is exposed to the sun's ultraviolet rays, it turns a deep blue color. The book has received extraordinary attention including articles in the New York Times ( and Nature 9

Then we will hear from radiation oncologist and radiobiologist Dr. Florence Huguet, an assistant professor at the University of Paris where she used to perform her experiments Marie Curie's laboratory bench. Working this year working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Florence will speak with Lauren about the contemporary use of radiation in the treatment of cancer, and related topics.

Sunday,  Feb 13 - 8:30PM 
Matt Mitchell, piano, compositions;  Tim Berne, alto sax;  Oscar Noriega, bass clarinet;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  John Hebert, bass;  Tomas Fujiwara , drums
"With the ensemble Central Chain, Matt Mitchell strives to reconcile various areas of composition and improvisation within a group context. Towards this end he has assembled a group consisting of several of the foremost New York City improvisors, including Tim Berne, Oscar Noriega, Mary Halvorson, John Hebert, and Tomas Fujiwara. This will be the groups first NYC appearance."
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Monday,  Feb 14 - 6:00PM 
Eugene Sirotkine, host

Jenny Greene, soprano;  Abigail Wright, mezzo soprano;  Robert Garner, baritone
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Renowned for the beauty of her voice, exquisite musicianship and magnetic stage presence, Natalya Kraevsky, Soprano, made her Carnegie Hall debut in Dvorak’s Stabat Mater with the Oratorio Society of New York in May 2004, and the following season returned to Carnegie Hall to perform Verdi Requiem, as well as Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok with the Pittsburgh Piano Trio. Recent engagements include Don Giovanni in Padova, Italy, recitals in Bergen and St. Annaland, Netherlands, Mozart Concert arias and Requiem concert tour in the Netherlands and Ukraine, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with Yakov Kreizberg, at Concertgebow, Amsterdam, Mozart’s concert aria and Mahler’s 4th Symphony with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Bach St. Matthew Passions with Thuringen Philharmonic under Alun Francis; Pergolesi Stabat Mater in Concergebouw, Rossini Stabat Mater; Mozart Requiem with Yasuhiko Daimon; recitals of Russian romances in Miami; concert of Russian arias and Schumann’s Das Paradies Und Die Peri in New York; Dvorak Requiem with Martin Panteleev in Netherlands; Gliere Concerto for voice and orchestra in Germany and the Netherlands with Shinik Hahm.

Abigail Wright is a lyric Mezzo Soprano and actor whose excellent musicianship and dramatic skills are matched only by her captivatingly unique and desirable voice. Ms. Wright recently performed Verdi’s Requiem and the role of Nellie in the musical South Pacific in Washington State. In Israel, she had the privilege of working with composer Mark Adamo while performing Meg in their country's premiere of Little Women. Other roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dorabella in Così fan tutte, Concepción in L’Heure Espagnole, Fidalma in Il Matrimonio Segreto and the Mezzo Soprano in Transformations.

Robert Garner, Baritone, is in his fifth season with The Metropolitan Opera associate chorus having appeared in Aida, Turandot, Götterdämerung, Die Meistersinger von Nuremberg, Peter Grimes, and War and Peace among others. This season he can be seen in Boris Godunov, Simon Boccanegra, Orfeo ed Euridice and Don Carlo in both New York and on tour in Japan. Mr. Garner received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Alabama. He was a New York City district winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and has been a past winner of the Friedrich Schorr Memorial Prize for Vocal Performance and the Giulio Gari Foundation Vocal Competition.

Eugene Sirotkine, a St. Petersburg-born conductor who debuted with the Latvian Philharmonic in St. Petersburg in 1989 and was an assistant conductor and assistant chorus master with the New York Metropolitan Opera from 1999 through 2008, is the director of the Hudson Valley Singers and the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra. Over the past two decades he has conducted orchestras and choruses across the globe, including the Hong Kong Philharmonic; the Symphony Orchestra UN Cuyo in Argentina, the National Symphony Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; the Cape Philharmonic and the Cape Town Opera in South Africa, Cali Philharmonic in Columbia, and with the New York Metamorphoses Orchestra in collaboration with the Paul Taylor Dance Company at New York City Center and the Kennedy Center Orchestra at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

$20 cover charge includes a glass of Rose Champagne

Monday,  Feb 14 - 8:30PM 
Julie Hardy, host

Jay Clayton, vocals;  Peggy Stern, piano;  Cameron Brown, bass
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Julie Hardy Presents a Special Night of Vocal Jazz this Valentine's Day featuring Jay Clayton.

Jay Clayton is an internationally acclaimed vocalist, composer, and educator, whose work boldly spans the terrain between jazz and new music. In 1963 she began her career performing the standards on the vibrant New York music scene. However, she quickly became a prominent part of the free jazz movement. Her work in these two worlds led to the development of a highly personal, wordless vocabulary later enhanced by her innovative use of electronics.

Tonight, Jay Clayton celebrate the release of her new CD, In and Out of Love, on Sunnyside, this time performing with Peggy Stern on piano, Cameron Brown on bass.

“Clayton is an important singer…one who proposed dramatic changes in vocal styles and roles…her musicianship is impeccable.” - Francis Davis, Downbeat

“As far as vocal innovation goes, Jay Clayton is precariously on the cutting edge.” - Fred Bouchard, Jazz Times

“More than 20 years after her debut recording All Out, Clayton is still the most adventurous singer in jazz, a specialist in wordless improvisation who’s also expert in distending and finding new meanings in the melodies and lyrics of classic popular songs.” - Francis Davis, The Village Voice, July 14, 2004

cover $25 (includes a glass of champagne)

Tuesday,  Feb 15 - 6:00PM 
Bob Quatrone, host

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Among Bob's poets will be George Guida, Christine Timm, Laura Boss, Viviana Grell

Eve Packer, Robert Gibbons, Cindy Hochman, Evie Ivy, Boni Joi, Ronna Lebo

Michael Cook, and Cynthia Toronto.

Tuesday,  Feb 15 - 8:30PM 
Arun Ramamurthy , violin;  Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, mridangam;  Ashvin Bhogendra, vocals
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Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Like its counterpart in the North, Carnatic music is based on raga & tala. An emphasis on rhythm in Carnatic compositions and improvisations lead to lively interaction between the musicians, an exciting and spontaneous element of the Carnatic tradition.

Tonight will be the first of a Carnatic Series at Cornelia Street Cafe. Arun Ramamurthy will be inviting artists monthly to share their musical interpretations with the Cornelia Street audience. Tuesday, February 15 Arun will be joined by Akshay Anantapadmanabhan on mridangam and Sriram Ramesh on kanjira. The second set will feature a widely respected and talented vocalist, Ashvin Bhogendra

Wednesday,  Feb 16 - 6:00PM 
Simon Mulligan, piano

Randy Landau, bass;  Warren Odze, drums
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The Cornelia Street Cafe is proud to present The Simon Mulligan Trio in an evening of blues, standards, ballads, and originals.

Described by The Times of London as 'the most abundantly gifted of pianists', British pianist Simon Mulligan performs and records internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. His most recent recordings include a disc of Beethoven sonatas and a live recital in Switzerland for Alexis Weissenberg’s birthday.

As a chamber musician, Simon collaborates with many notable artists. He began touring with cellist Lynn Harrell while a student at London’s Royal Academy of Music. He has also given numerous recital tours worldwide with Joshua Bell, including performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Hamburg’s Musikhalle, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the 2002 Grammy Awards, and a recent performance for President Barack Obama. In other fields, Simon has supported Van Morrison, Dame Shirley Bassey and Liza Minnelli, and was invited to perform for Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He has recently begun collaborating with award-winning broadcaster and journalist John Suchet on a series of concerts about the life of Beethoven.

Alongside an extensive solo repertoire and over fifty concertos, Simon is a devotee of contemporary music and has given first performances of works by Hans Werner Henze, James MacMillan, Tobias Picker, Alexis Weissenberg, Mark Anthony Turnage and Paul Moravec, (winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Music). His recording of Ned Rorem’s Piano Concerto No.2 with José Serebrier and the Royal National Scottish Orchestra (for Naxos) was Gramophone magazine’s “Editor’s Choice”. A new album of James MacMillan’s music is due for release shortly.

Simon is also a passionate composer and arranger, writing for film, television and his own jazz quartet. He collaborated on several projects with film composer Michael Kamen, including The New Moon In The Old Moon’s Arms recorded for Decca, conducted by Leonard Slatkin with the BBC Symphony. Simon was featured as soloist on Kamen's score for Band of Brothers – the award-winning HBO television series produced by Steven Spielberg. Simon’s playing of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata features in the independent film The Target, starring Christopher Lambert and Dennis Hopper. He also provided the piano score to the theatre production Full Circle starring Joan Collins. As a jazz pianist, he has led several of his own groups since he was 13, performing at festivals throughout the UK, Europe, Shanghai and Barbados. The new jazz quartet album Playlist/i> is available through Simon's website.

$10.00 cover plus a one drink minimum


Wednesday,  Feb 16 - 8:30PM 
Matt Pavolka, bass;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Pete Rende, piano, electric piano;  Ted Poor, drums;  Special Guest, Akiko Pavolka, vocals
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The Matt Pavolka Band has been sharing their particular take on the music of the early twenty-first century with audiences in New York and abroad for the past five years or so now. Pavolka’s compositions are influenced by everything from Lemmy Kilmister to Thomas Pynchon to Japanese Astrology Lessons to dear departed pets. The band brings a wealth of experience in the New York jazz and creative music scenes to bear on the music, twisting, turning, sometimes cajoling and sometimes pounding it mercilessly into submission to create an experience that JAZZ.PTdescribes as “a Virus-like sonic discharge”.

"Pavolka is the instigator of many of the compositions found here, with much of the program hinging on every note wrought from his fiddle. The industrious, abstract rhythms of "Chasing Cats With Vacuums", the ping-pong gallup of "Peanut Boy's Lucky Day", a nice feature for Rende's Keys and Monder's 12-string work, as well as the electric bass pulse of "Nowhere, Nobody, Nothing" demonstrate both Pavolka's technical skills and ability to drive the forces without being overbearing.", Cadence Magazine

Thursday,  Feb 17 - 6:00PM 
Angelo Verga, host

Philip Fried Patty Grossman
$7 admission includes a drink


Thursday,  Feb 17 - 8:30PM 
Curtis Macdonald, alto sax;  Jeremy Viner, tenor sax;  Chris Tordini , bass;  Bobby Avey , piano;  Devin Gray, drums
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The Curtis Macdonald Group is an ensemble composed of world-class improvising musicians, and one of this group’s greatest strengths is its freedom with original music. Curtis brings new material into the group’s repertoire often and presents the ensemble with ideas for experimentation on top of musical forms. No two pieces are alike, each having a unique character of its own to draw from as inspiration. A cohesive overall sound unites the contrasting repertoire, lighting up a dramatic energy and paving the way for improvisational interactivity on stage and shared with the audience.

While Curtis’ music draws from a variety of influences, he remains most allured by the emotive sounds of saxophonists past. Yet attracted to today’s most explosive voices, Curtis draws a new melodic virtuosity based not only on harmony but also more abstract and philosophical models. Many have cited his sound as a myriad of forms both past and present.

“He’s so original — He’s got the spark of creativity of the jazz thing. It’s just wonderful to see someone so young have that much dexterity. He’s got an innate player’s sense about him.” -Eric Friedenburg (Calgary Herald)

“Curtis is a saxophonist of note, one who is worthy of great recognition.” -Greg Osby

“He constantly continues to impress me.” - Kenny Werner

Thursday,  Feb 17 - 10:00PM 
Kenny Warren, trumpet;  Dan Peck, tuba;  Owen Stewart-Robertson, guitar;  Devin Gray, drums
Kenny Warren image Peter Ganushkin
"Brooklyn trumpeter Kenny Warren returns to Cornelia Street to debut his new project featuring all new music written with the amazing talents of tuba player Dan Peck, guitar player Owen Stewart-Robertson, and drummer Devin Gray in mind. Kenny’s music draws from a wide variety of influences from Bartok to Deerhoof, as well as from his deep appreciation of the jazz tradition. In the past year you may have seen Kenny perform with Slavic Soul Party, Tony Malaby, Bobby Avey, The Sway Machinery, NOOK, Hala Hala, The Walkmen, or Spoon."
Friday,  Feb 18 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Feature: The Idiom Poets.

Straight outta New Jersey, three madcap poets: Chris McIntyre, Steven McNamara, Mark Brunetti.

Creative and poetically-inspired, The Idiom Magazine is going into its 5th year of publication. It won the London Book Festival: Magazine Category in 2007 and was banned from Rutger's zine festival for obscene material and a 4 1/2 foot paper-mâché volcano which attracted a lot more attention than expected. Behind the Idiom are three poetic forces of nature: Chris McIntyre, Steven McNamara & publisher Mark Brunetti. Each poet has a distinctive voice; together, they make the world vibrate with possibility.

The featured reading follows the fabulous Son of a Pony open reading at the cafe. Poet & gracious mistress of ceremonies Kat Georges hosts.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m.; the open reading begins at 6 p.m.

Friday,  Feb 18 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
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Pianist Dan Tepfer invites legendary drummer Paul Motian to join him for an evening of duos. First coming to prominence in the late '50s with the pioneering trio of pianist Bill Evans, Motian has since worked in an array of contexts, and has led a number of groups. He is one of the most influential modern drummers, having played an important role in freeing the drummer from strict time-keeping duties. 29-year-old Dan Tepfer has been called "an exceptional young player who has made an indelible impact on the scene" by Time Out; he has achieved recognition for his voracious appetite, encompassing everything from notated music to free improvisation in contexts ranging from solo to full orchestra. Tepfer and Motian played together as part of the Lee Konitz quartet in 2009; this will be their second meeting.

"Brilliant… Dan Tepfer is a sharp young talent, rugged and emphatic... A young pianist of exceptional poise who is drawn to the deeper currents of melody." -- New York Times

Saturday,  Feb 19 - 6:00PM 
Dean Kostos, host

Dean's guest readers are Becky Sakellariou, Patricia Brody, Adrianne Kalfopoulou, Aaron Poochigian, & Gretl Claggett.

Born and raised in New England, Becky Dennison Sakellariou has lived most of her adult life in Greece. A teacher, writer/editor and counselor, Becky has also taught in Albania and Bulgaria with some wonderfully diverse student bodies. Over the past fifteen years, she has published poetry in many journals, most recently in White Pelican Review, Comstock Review, Persimmon Tree and Common Ground Review. Nominated for the Pushcart Poetry Anthology twice, she also won first prize in the 2005 Blue Light Press Chapbook Contest for her chapbook, The Importance of Bone. Her book, Earth Listening, was selected by Hobblebush Books, Brookline, NH, as the second book in their Granite State Hobblebush Poetry Series in 2010.

Adrianne Kalfopoulou is the author of two poetry collections, a memoir, and several chapbooks, her most recent book is Passion Maps (Red Hen Press, 2009). She teaches literature in Athens, Greece and is on the adjunct faculty in the Creative Writing Program at NYU.


Saturday,  Feb 19 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Gary Versace, organ;  Nasheet Waits, drums
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Inspired by his mother "Bobbie Lee" who played Hammond B3 organ professionally in Baltimore in the early sixties, veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin explores the organ trio format with stellar bandmates Gary Versace and Nasheet Waits.

"...brilliant and consummately versatile..." Time Out New York

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