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Entertaining Science: The Taste of Light  12/3/2017
Entertaining Science: Art At The Intersection Of The Ephemeral And The Eternal 11/5/2017
Entertaining Science: ASTROBIOLOGY, ACCORDIONOLOGY 10/1/2017
Entertaining Science: BE DAZZLED 9/3/2017
Entertaining Science: CROSSING GENRES, IN SEARCH OF EXOMOONS 6/4/2017
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE NESTEDNESS OF THINGS 5/7/2017
Entertaining Science: MUTANT MIRACLES 4/2/2017
Entertaining Science: EVIDENCE THAT MUSIC HEALS, AND NOT JUST THE SOUL 3/5/2017
Entertaining Science: THE ABSTRACT BOWL! 2/5/2017
Entertaining Science: CARBON’S ITALIAN FAMILY CONNECTIONS 12/4/2016
Entertaining Science: Cold War, Warm Climate 11/6/2016
Entertaining Science: DO BABIES GET THE BLUES? 10/2/2016
Entertaining Science: The Jazz of Physics, Artificial Intelligence and Sculpture 9/4/2016
Entertaining Science: MUSIC FOR THE CORNELIA FIREWORKS 7/3/2016
Entertaining Science: THE MUSE AT THE BIRTH OF THE UNIVERSE 6/5/2016
Entertaining Science: FLAMENCO ON THE BRAIN 5/1/2016
Entertaining Science: The Jazz Cure for Molecules in Distress 4/3/2016
Entertaining Science: OLIVER ON OUR MINDS 3/6/2016
Entertaining Science: THE DANCE OF MOLECULES 2/7/2016
Entertaining Science: 65 MILLION YEARS OF BIRD EVOLUTION DON’T LIE 12/6/2015
Entertaining Science: WHAT MISTINGUETT AND MARIE CURIE TALKED ABOUT 11/1/2015
Entertaining Science : Oscillation/Why Wake Up in the Morning 10/4/2015
Entertaining Science : What did Roald do over the summer? 9/6/2015
Entertaining Science: Turning Breath Into Music 6/7/2015
Entertaining Science: THE HARMONIC DESTINY OF HEALING 5/3/2015
Entertaining Science: EGGSTRAVAGANZA (AND CHICKENS TOO) 4/5/2015
Entertaining Science: Pluto and the Ice Princess, Together at Last 3/1/2015
Entertaining Science: LUNINE, LIGETI, and McMURRAY 2/1/2015
Entertaining Science: SOUND SYMMETRY - Patterns of Mind  1/4/2015
Entertaining Science: SO YOU THINK YOU’VE HEARD IT ALL? 12/7/2014
Entertaining Science: Light and Color 11/2/2014
Entertaining Science: The Big Melt: Tales of Antarctica 10/5/2014
Entertaining Science: ONE NOTE AT A TIME? IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE LIKE THAT!  9/7/2014
Entertaining Science: Unfolding Evolution 6/1/2014
Entertaining Science: Life's Music 5/4/2014
Entertaining Science: SING TO ME, O NATURAL PHILOSOPHER! 4/6/2014
Entertaining Science: EDGES and GRAVITONS 3/2/2014
Entertaining Science: MUSIC, LANGUAGE LEARNING US 2/2/2014
Entertaining Science: SMALL, DEADLY, AND DELICIOUS 1/5/2014
Entertaining Science: CO-SEISMIC PIANO 12/1/2013
Entertaining Science: Explosive evolution in birds 11/3/2013
Entertaining Science: Interactions : So Complicated It's Simple 10/6/2013
Entertaining Science: CIAO BELLA! WHAT MAKES AN ARIA OR AN ALCOHOL BEAUTIFUL? 9/1/2013
Entertaining Science: Mars ! 6/9/2013
Entertaining Science: MUSIC OF THE SPHERES 5/12/2013
Entertaining Science: On Paper 4/14/2013
Entertaining Science: Now Hear This! 3/10/2013
Entertaining Science: A Jump into the Gene Pool 2/10/2013
Entertaining Science: FLIGHT CLUB 12/9/2012
Entertaining Science: YOU ARE WHAT YOU HEAR 11/11/2012
Entertaining Science: IT YEAST AIN’T THE SAME 10/14/2012
Entertaining Science: Hearts and Devils 9/9/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: PAY ATTENTION! 6/10/2012
Entertaining Science: Rhapsody for Piano and Universe 5/13/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE  4/8/2012
Entertaining Science: BEAUTY AND THE BEASTIES 3/11/2012
Entertaining Science: The Two Garys--Guitar Zero & Exponential 2/12/2012
Entertaining Science: SILENT GENES AND GENTLE SONGS 1/8/2012
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, O UNIVERSE  12/11/2011
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: THE DRONE AND THE UNIVERSE 11/13/2011
ENTERTAINING SCIENCE  10/9/2011
Entertaining Science 9/11/2011
Cafe Stories 7/25/2011
Entertaining Science 7/10/2011
Entertaining Science 6/12/2011
Entertaining Science 5/8/2011
Entertaining Science 4/10/2011
Entertaining Science 3/13/2011
Entertaining Science 2/13/2011
Entertaining Science: Abstraction and Passion: The Brainwave Music Project 1/9/2011
The Science of Fear in Words and MUsic 6/6/2010
Entertaining Science 5/2/2010
Prognosticating the World's Wheat and Bluegrass 4/4/2010
Entertaining Science -- Can culture emerge from scratch? 3/7/2010
Entertaining Science -- The Camera Never Lies 2/7/2010
Entertaining Science -- EXTREMES 1/3/2010
Entertaining Science -- YOU SEE WHAT YOUR BRAIN WANTS YOU TO SEE 12/6/2009
Entertaining Science -- SHAPES AND ENERGIES: LOVE AND HATE AMONG THE ATOMS 11/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- NATURAL LAW: DARWIN'S TANGLED BANK 10/4/2009
Entertaining Science -- THE WORLDS WE MAKE UP 9/6/2009
Entertaining Science -- ACQUA! THE SOUNDS AND SCIENCE OF WATER 6/7/2009
Entertaining Science -- EL BAILE BACTERIANO! 5/3/2009
Entertaining Science -- ANNIHILATION! 4/5/2009
Entertaining Science -- NANOARCHITECTURES: WHY MORE OF LESS IS MORE! 3/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- JEDUTHUN’S HEIRS: JEWISH GENES, JEWISH GROOVES 2/1/2009
Entertaining Science -- FLEAS ON STEROIDS 1/4/2009
Entertaining Science -- A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE LAB 12/7/2008
Entertaining Science -- IMAGINE SCIENCE IN FILM 11/2/2008
Entertaining Science -- The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind 10/5/2008
Entertaining Science -- TABOOS 9/7/2008
Entertaining Science -- WAVE/PARTICLE 6/1/2008
Entertaining Science -- WHY DO WHALES SING? 5/4/2008
Entertaining Science -- It's the Way it Shatters that Matters 3/2/2008
Entertaining Science -- Five Feet High and Rising 2/3/2008
Entertaining Science -- SeaChange: Reversing the Tide 1/6/2008
Entertaining Science -- THINKING, FEELING 12/2/2007
Entertaining Science -- ALL IS PATTERN 11/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- Harmonious Triads 10/7/2007
Science 8/30/2007
Entertaining Science -- COLTRANE, EINSTEIN, AND COSMOLOGY 2 7/1/2007
Entertaining Science -- Reflections of the Animal Mind 6/3/2007
Entertaining Science -- HE SAYS, SHE SAYS, EITHER WAY IT'S ALL PHALLACY 5/6/2007
Entertaining Science -- A RIFF ON THE WAY TO STRUCTURE 4/1/2007
Entertaining Science -- ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS 3/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL 2/4/2007
Entertaining Science -- COSI SIMILI, COSI DIVERSE 1/7/2007
Entertaining Science -- I FORGOT TO LEARN TO FORGET 12/3/2006
Entertaining Science -- NAMING NATURE 11/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- Chateau Jiahu, Vintage 7000 BC 10/15/2006
Entertaining Science 2 -- Chateau Jiahu, Vintage 7000 BC 10/15/2006

Entertaining Science -- CHOICES
 9/3/2006
Entertaining Science -- Finally With Women 8/6/2006
Entertaining Science -- SMALL TALK AMONG THE BACTERIA 6/4/2006
Entertaining Science -- BIOMINERALIZATION: THE BEAUTY OF FUNCTION 5/7/2006
Entertaining Science -- AFTERNOON OF THE CHIMERAS 4/2/2006
Entertaining Science -- IN YOUR EAR 3/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- DARWIN’S BIRTHDAY BASH 2/5/2006
Entertaining Science -- NEON! 12/4/2005
Entertaining Science -- IMPROVISING ON CHAOS 11/13/2005
Entertaining Science -- GM FOODS; MONSTERS OR MIRACLES? 10/2/2005
Entertaining Science -- FERNS 9/4/2005
Entertaining Science -- FROM SAMARKAND TO CORDOBA 8/7/2005
Entertaining Science -- SCIENCE AND THE MORAL LIFE--A MISMATCH? 6/5/2005
Entertaining Science -- WHY DO BIRDS SING? 5/1/2005
Entertaining Science -- SHUFFLE OFF THIS MORTAL COIL 3/6/2005
Entertaining Science -- ECO-OPERA-EVO 2/6/2005

 
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ART ON THE WALLS

Mixed Media by RACKIE DIANKHA

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Sunday
Mar 07
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE -- CAN CULTURE EMERGE FROM SCRATCH?
Roald Hoffmann, Diana Reiss, hosts

Ofer Tchernichovski, biologist;  Deborah Latz, singer;  Daniela Schaechter, piano;  Oleg Osenkov, bass;  Elisabeth Keledjian, drums
Entertaining Science -- Can culture emerge from scratch? image
The forbidden experiment: Can culture emerge from scratch?"

Ofer Tchernichovski, Professor of Biology at CUNY, has been performing multi-generational experiments with songbirds. He writes:

"What would happen if human infants were raised in an isolated environment without any exposure to human culture? What would happen if we let such a naive colony evolve over generations? We performed the analog experiment with songbirds. Songbirds learn to sing by imitating their parents and neighbors, and different colonies vary in their song culture. Without exposure to parents and neighbors, birds develop abnormal songs. We performed a multi-generational experiment, and discovered that abnormal isolate songs evolve into normal songs within 3 to 4 generations. How does this happen, and what are the implications for human culture?"

Deborah Latz is one of Cornelia Street's favorite songbirds. She sings in English, French and German, and these different languages and musical cultures inform her art. She has just returned from a European tour, where she played in Paris with legendary pianist Alain Jean-Marie, and in Livorno at Jazz Club Il Paradosso. Critics have called her “one of the finest balladeers of our time” (Jazz Society Of Oregon) and “undeniably unique” (jazzimprov.com). AllAboutJazz-NewYork says, “Her free vocal line is clear and perfectly centered. Her technical facility is most evident, however, when she sustains a pitch at a pianissimo for several measures”. She exemplifies the handing down of various musical and linguistic traditions, through iconic figures such as Marlene Dietrich and Edith Piaf to the legendary composers who contributed to the great American Songbook.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  THE 4TH ANNUAL BJU FESTIVAL
THE 4th ANNUAL BJU FESTIVAL image L to R: Dan Pratt, Adam Kolker, Anne Mette Iversen, Alexis Cuadrado, Sunny Jain, Rob Garcia, David Smith, Alan Ferber
8:30 PM:Alan Ferber Nonet
Performing music from his new Sunnyside Records CD, due out in April 2010
Alan Ferber - trombone Dave Smith, trumpet; Jon Gordon, alto sax; Dan Pratt, tenor sax; Adam Kolker, bass clarinet; Nate Radley, guitar; Dave Cook, piano; Alexis Cuadrado, bass; Quincy Davis, drums

Alan Ferber joins the new resurgence of talented young trombonists with vision and leadership.” (Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz) Since moving to Brooklyn in 1999, Ferber (a Northern California native) has built a solid reputation both as a forward-thinking improviser and composer. It didn’t take him long to catch the attention of renowned eight-string guitarist, Charlie Hunter. In 2001, Hunter asked him to join his Quintet with whom Ferber toured with for a year. Upon returning to NYC, Alan has rapidly become one of the city’s most highly demanded sidemen. He played lead trombone in the U.S. premiere of the “Sweet Ruby Suite” with Kenny Wheeler and his Large Ensemble. He has performed extended engagements with the Lee Konitz Nonet, Don Byron’s Large Ensemble, the Benny Wallace Nonet, and the John Hollenbeck Big Band in clubs ranging from The Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Birdland, and Iridium. In addition, his compositions and arrangements have received awards from ASCAP and CAPA. Alan Ferber has two recordings as a leader. His most recent release on Fresh Sound New Talent (Alan Ferber Nonet, “Scenes From An Exit Row”) has been described as “extremely uplifting, enlightening, and just plain gorgeous” by All About Jazz New York and graced many “Best new releases of 2005” lists. Featuring nine of New York City’s most in-demand young players, Ferber’s music brings out the strongest qualities of each band member and truly reflects the strength, energy and creativity of the city’s current jazz scene. After playing regularly for six months at Smalls Jazz Club in Greenwich Village, the Alan Ferber Nonet went into the studio to record a follow-up record for Fresh Sound New Talent. Due for release in the Winter of 2007, the CD will be called “The Compass.
http://www.alanferber.com/

10 PM: Dan Pratt Organ Quartet
Performing music from their new Posi-Tone Records CD, Toe The Line, due out in March 2010
Dan Pratt, saxophone; Jared Gold , organ; Alan Ferber, trombone; Quincy Davis, drums

Dan Pratt has the rare talent of writing tunes that bring out the strongest qualities of himself and his sidemen. The result is a band whose communication is instinctive and whose unity is undeniable. A band fronted by sax and bone, heard through the filter of the classic rhythm section of Hammond B3 organ and drums, and just as modern today as it was in the days of Jimmy Smith and Larry Young. That band is DPOQ.
http://www.danpratt.com/

Cover $10 per set/$15 for the whole night
Festival pass for three nights $35

The Brooklyn Jazz Underground is an association of independent artists with a shared commitment to creativity and community. Through cooperative efforts, the BJU aims to build a greater awareness of original music emerging from Brooklyn, NY.

"Consider this the opening shot in the latest revolution to hit New York's improv scene." - Time Out New York

"These days integrity counts for a lot. That's what keeps jazz relevant in a fragmented music industry. Musicians like Cuadrado and The Brooklyn Jazz Underground understand that it takes more than talent."
- NPR.org/music

THE BROOKLYN JAZZ UNDERGROUND SAMPLER, VOL. 4 Available NOW at http://brooklynjazz.bandcamp.com   www.brooklynjazz.org

Monday
Mar 08
6:00PM  THE MINISTER OF CULTURE AND THE POET LAUREATE
Robin Hirsch Angelo Verga
Robin Hirsch and Angelo Verga read in celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Mr. Verga's appointment as Poet Laureate of the Cornelia Street Cafe
8:30PM  COMPOSERS COLLABORATIVE: SERIAL UNDERGROUND
Jed Distler, host

Ed Schmidt, theater;  QUATTRO MANI: Alice Rybak Susan Grace, piano;  CYGNUS: Thelonius Griffin, rapper, baritone;  Liana Stillman, soprano;  Nehemiah Luckette, baritone;  William Anderson, guitar
CoMPOSERS COLLABORATIVE: SERIAL UNDERGROUND image
Serial Underground, “the subversive nightclub series” (Time Out NY)
Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “... part of the ecology of urban night life.” CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.

Tonight:
Another monologue written and performed by Ed Schmidt (theater). More info: http:// http://www.edschmidt.info

QUATTRO MANI play Celestial Mechanics by George Crumb (piano)
More info: http://http://http:/www.bridgerecords.com/management-page.php?artist=Quattro Mani

presents Rapproachment: Urban Hip Hop & the Classical Scene with Thelonius Griffin rapper, baritone. Liana Stillman, soprano, Nehemiah Luckette, baritone and William Anderson, guitar.

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 + one drink minimum

  www.composerscollab.org

Tuesday
Mar 09
6:00PM  TWO LOUISIANA POETS.
J Tolan, host

Darrell Bourque Sheryl St. Germain
Darrell Bourque is the poet laureate of Louisiana. His five books of poems include most recently Call and Response: Conversations in Verse (with Jack B. Bedell) from Texas Review Press. A selected poems is due out later this spring. He served as both President of the National Association of Humanities Education and Editor in Chief of its journal Interdisciplinary Humanities and is professor emeritus in English at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Bourque lives with his wife Karen, a glass artist, in rural southwest Louisiana.

A native of New Orleans, Sheryl St. Germain has published six collections of poetry, most recently Let it Be a Dark Roux: New and Selected Poems, published by Autumn House Press in 2007. Her work has received several awards, including two NEA Fellowships, an NEH Fellowship, and the William Faulkner Award for the personal essay. A book of lyric essays, Swamp Songs: the Making of an Unruly Woman, was published in 2003 by The University of Utah Press. She directs the MFA program in Creative Writing at Chatham University.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  JAMIE BAUM SEPTET
Jamie Baum, flutes;  Ralph Alessi , trumpet;  Doug Yates, alto saxophone, bass clarinet;  Chris Komer, french horn;  Aaron Goldberg, piano;  Johannes Weidenmueller, bass;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Jamie Baum Septet image Jeffrey Kliman
On the tails of Baum's Sunnyside Records release "Solace", which made several "Best CDs of 2008", her ten-year old and counting Septet of stellar first-call NYC players will present new music before heading to Europe. Aside from being known for her adventurous and beautifully crafted compositions, Baum has recieved critical praise for four CD's as leader/composer, was nominated by the Jazz Journal Association in ‘05 and ’06 as “Flutist of the Year” and has been listed in the DownBeat Critics Polls every year since ’98

“…on a cold night in January this reviewer decided to experience the Jamie Baum Septet at Joe’s Pub in the east village. The experience was nothing short of extraordinary. Each tune was gripping, and played to perfection by the ensemble. The best compliment that can be given to such compositional creativity is that all concept of the passage of time was lost… I had been transported…for what seemed like precious few moments, but it was enough to leave me breathless and wanting more.”
-- All About Jazz
 Cover $10   www.jamiebaum.com www.myspace.com/jamiebaummusic

Wednesday Mar 10
6:00PM  RICHARD HOEHLER IN PERFORMANCE
Richard Hoehler
Richard Hoehler In Performance image
Actor, playwright, and teaching artist, Richard Hoehler gets off his not-so-high horse to share a bunch of poems. Part rap, part Nash, and all theatre, Richard will read from "poemz for dayz," a new collection of poetry for special occasions, "mad stuff," inspired by his work with NYC high school kids and several small epics including "Oswiciem" and "Depression: The Musical.

" Part actor, part poet, part spokesperson and perhaps even part anthropologist for America's unseen." –Clive Barnes
 Cover $10

8:30PM  PAMELA BOB SINGS THE MANDEL AND LYDON SONGBOOK
Pamela Bob, vocals;  Ellen Mandel, piano;  Michael Lydon, guitar;  Dave Hofstra, bass
PAMELA BOB sings the MANDEL and LYDON Songbook image
Pamela Bob, named Best Actress in a Musical by the Talkin' Broadway and MTA awards, returns to Cornelia St to sing songs by Ellen Mandel and Michael Lydon in a wide variety of styles, including ballads, blues, pop, and comedy, with lyrics by Mandel and Lydon as well as E. E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, and others.

Pamela Bob: "A knockout turn":--Variety

Ellen Mandel and Michael Lydon: "...ardent, spiky and freshly organic"
--NY Times
"Funny and musical"-Daily News
  www.ellenmandel.com www.michaellydon.com

Thursday
Mar 11
6:00PM  POETRY & JAZZ
EVE PACKER , words;  STEPHANIE STONE , piano
2 NEW YORK WOMEN!!

EVE PACKER: Bronx-born, poet/performer, author of 2 books, skulls head samba & playland poems 1994-2004, 4 CD’s w/jazz, including the recent eve packer/noah howard now playing. From Donald Hall: “I salute her as the Weegee poet”, and from Dennis Duggan, Newsday: “...smokey & sexy in a way that makes you think of love.”

STEPHANIE STONE: Still swinging at 88 going for 89, pianist and vocalist since the ‘40’s, an icon of the downtown jazz scene, featured as one of the ‘TRUE ORIGINAL New Yorkers. (Time- Out Mag, ’07)


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  GNU VOX: LORI PEREZ -- CD RELEASE
David Devoe, host

Lori Perez, voice;  Xavier Perez, saxophone;  Alex Brown, piano;  Aidan O'Donnell , bass;  Franco Pinna, drums
Gnu Vox: Lori Perez -- CD release image
Lori Perez started out as a small town girl from southwestern Minnesota. This was farm country, where you could see the sky and land for miles, the kind of place where your imagination could run and play. It was here that Lori began interpreting her own lyrics, and she continues to reinterpret and arrange standards to fit her unique style.

While school gave her a foundation and understanding of music, it was the world experience; the tours, and singing in Miami and NYC that helped her discover her voice. Since arriving in New York City, Lori has written, recorded and produced music for her debut CD, "I Shall Find". By taking familiar songs and pairing them with new harmonies, Lori tells a new story - her story. "I Shall Find" is a weaving of her experiences, influences and inspirations melded with her life stories and memories. What emerges is a brilliant musical blend with a lingering note of hope.
 Cover $10   www.loriperez.com

Friday
Mar 12
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Jackie Sheeler, host

Wendy Barker, featured poet
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Wendy Barker's fifth collection of poetry is a novel in prose poems called Nothing Between Us: The Berkeley Years, which was runner-up for the Del Sol Prize and published in 2009 by Del Sol Press. She has received NEA and Rockefeller fellowships, among other honors, and is Poet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is married to the critic and biographer Steven G. Kellman.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  WHIRRR! THE MUSIC OF JIMMY GIUFFRE
Joel Harrison, guitar;  George Schuller, drums;  Marty Ehrlich, woodwinds;  Ohad Talmour, wooodwinds;  Jacob Garchik, trombone/accordion;  Cameron Brown, bass
Whirrr! The Music of Jimmy Giuffre image
Joel Harrison and George Schuller present: A tribute to Jimmy Guiffre

Harrison, Schuller and band will perform rarely heard gems from Guiffre's canon both as a sextet and in smaller units. Guiffre, who died this year, was an inspiration as a player and composer. He charted new directions in "chamber-jazz", in groups with Jim Hall and Bob Brookmeyer, and Paul Bley and Steve Swallow.
 Cover $12   www.joelharrison.com

Saturday
Mar 13
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, host


Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Kara Candito and Ned Balbo,

plus open mic, 5 minute limit.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)   http://www.iawa.net

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MICHAEL ATTIAS RENKU + 2
Michaël Attias, alto saxophone;  John Hébert, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, drums;  + Kirk Knuffke, trumpet;  Russ Lossing, piano
MICHAEL ATTIAS RENKU + 2 image Peter Gannushkin, www.downtownmusic.net
A renku is a form of Japanese poetry that originated over one thousand years ago. Here, superfine and somewhat under-recognized saxophonist Michaël Attias uses the renku as an interactive jazz frontier with his crack rhythm section. The musicians have performed on and off since 2004. Unsurprisingly, their intuition and synergy looms rather prolifically throughout. Thus, Attias is one of the best in the biz, and this 2009 endeavor, Renku in Coimbra (Clean Feed) reemphasizes that notion in glimmering fashion.The trio attains a translucent balance, where sheer might, eloquence and capacious movements ride atop buoyant, asymmetrical pulses.
- Glenn Astarita, www.jazzreview.com
 Cover $10   www.michaelattias.com
Sunday
Mar 14
6:00PM  “PERKS IN PURGATORY” BY VALERY OISTEANU
Valery Oisteanu , launches his new book of poems
“Perks in Purgatory” by Valery Oisteanu   image
"Valery Oisteanu is a Living National Treasure of an imaginal Atlantis situated somewhere between Tristan Tzara’s lost Romania and the beat–mythographical Lower East side." - Peter Lamborn Wilson (Poet, philosopher, author)

"Perks in Purgatory is a juicy album filled with retinal snapshots from a slapstick apocalypse, a Mongolian cluster of dream scenarios, surreal encounters, and extraordinary events. Oisteanu's magnetic rhythms conjure telluric forces, twitchy little storms in the diaphragm. This Zen daddy trickster takes Gentle Reader on a whirlwind tour of the outer limits, endlessly spinning tales as old as Homer, as fresh as milk." - Max Blagg (poet, performer, editor of Bald Ego magazine)

"Valery's like a priest with a stopwatch, running through the world, consecrating everything. Valery "Poet-Philosopher-Extoller" Oisteanu lives in three centuries and nine continents at once. A savage and gifted raconteur, dream-cartographer and Zen Dada high priest, Oisteanu is an excellent tour guide through New Jersey, Bucharest and the Upper No-Mind. Valery Oisteanu is a tenured professor at the "Buddha University in space." - Sparrow (poet,author, performer)


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  THE WEE TRIO
CELEBRATES THE RELEASE OF CAPITOL DINER VOL. 2

James Westfall , vibraphone;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums
the Wee Trio <br>Celebrates the Release of Capitol Diner Vol. 2 image

Hailed by critics as “the ambassadors of the genre’s future,” praised for “stirring up jazz you don’t have to be old to enjoy," and credited for delivering “lightning in a bottle," The Wee Trio, featuring James Westfall (vibes), Dan Loomis (bass) and Jared Schonig (drums), exploded onto the scene in 2008 with their debut CD, Capitol Diner, Vol. 1 (which brilliantly captured the energy, eclecticism and excellence of the band’s birthplace, Brooklyn, NY). This March the critically-acclaimed Trio releases the much-anticipated follow up recording, Capitol Diner Vol. 2 Animal Style, an album that was recorded at Piety Street Studios in New Orleans (studio of choice for Dave Mathews Band, Cassandra Wilson, John Scofield, Harry Connick Jr., etc), but built on the road in California during the band’s tour in support of Vol. 1.

“The Wee Trio often veers from the expected...questioning the rules of jazz orthodoxy. They keep the music substantive and riddled with direction surprises. Definitely a group to watch. ”
- Downbeat

“an immediate musical simpatico”
– The New Orleans Times Picayune
 Cover $10   www.theweetrio.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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