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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
May 02
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE
Stuart Firestein, host

Mark Moffett April Gornik
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The intrepid international explorer, biologist, and photographer MARK W. MOFFETT, "the Indiana Jones of entomology," takes us around the globe on a strange and wonderful journey in search of the hidden worlds of ants based on his just-released book, Adventures Among Ants. In tales from Nigeria, Indonesia, the Amazon, Australia, California, and elsewhere, Moffett recounts his exploits and provides fascinating details on how ants live and how they dominate their ecosystems, displaying behaviors strikingly like those of humans-yet on a different scale and at a faster tempo. Moffett's spectacular close-up photographs show us ants acting in familiar roles: as warriors, builders, big-game hunters, and slave owners. We find them engaged in market economies and production lines and dealing with issues we think of as uniquely human-including hygiene, recycling, and warfare. Adventures among Ants introduces some of the world's most awe-inspiring species and offers a startling perspective, including new ideas and discoveries on the workings of both ant and human societies.

Moffett has received the Explorers Club's Lowell Thomas Award, the Distinguished Explorer Award from the Roy Chapman Andrews Society, Yale University's Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, Harvard's Bowdoin Prize for writing, and many international photography awards.

One of America's most respected landscape painters, APRIL GORNIK has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, and many others. April will show a selection of her paintings and describe how they reflect her fascination with science, and her response to conservation issues and humankind's relationship to the environment in general.
 Cover $10

8:30PM  ROY ZIMMERMAN
Roy Zimmerman, vocals, guitar, compositions, lyrics
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What's funny about war, poverty, ignorance, greed, lust and fear? Ask Roy Zimmerman.

We are delighted to welcome back to New York from his aerie in San Francisco perhaps the most sophisticated political wit of our generation

The Los Angeles Times says, "Zimmerman displays a lacerating wit and keen awareness of society's foibles that bring to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer."

Tom Lehrer himself says, "I congratulate Roy Zimmerman on reintroducing literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don't just 'rhyne.'"

Joni Mitchell says, "Roy's lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection."   www.royzimmerman.com

Monday
May 03
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
Tulis McCall, host

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Actors, time limits, laughter, tears, our floorboards are used to perfection.

An Evening of Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU.

Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!


 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.monologuesandmadness.com

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  John Ventimiglia, actor
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This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.
 Cover $10   www.davidamram.com
Tuesday
May 04
6:00PM  FINISHING LINE PRESS

Ned Balbo's latest collection is the Finishing Line chapbook Something Must Happen. His second of two full-length collections, Lives of the Sleepers (University of Notre Dame Press) received the Ernest Sandeen Prize and was a ForeWord Book of the Year in poetry.

George Held's Finishing Line Press books are Grounded (2005) and The Art Of Writing (2007). His poems, stories, and book reviews appear regularly online and in print.

Maria Lisella has written two chapbooks, Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). She is a member of the online poetry circle, Brevitas and is the Program Coordinator for the Italian American Writers Association's readings at Cornelia St. Café.

Katrinka Moore's chapbook, This is Not a Story, won the New Women's Voices prize and was published by Finishing Line Press in 2003. Her latest book, Thief was a runner-up for the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and a finalist in the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize and Cleveland State UFirst Book competitions.

Leah Maines is former Poet-in-Residence of Northern Kentucky University, is the author of the Cincinnati/Tri-State Best Seller Looking to the East with Western Eyes (Finishing Line Press, 1998), and Beyond the River (KWC Press, 2002), winner of the Kentucky Writers' Coalition Poetry Chapbook Competition. She is currently Senior Editor of Finishing Line Press.

Linda Leedy Schneider is the editor of Mentor's Bouquet, Finishing Line Press, March 2010. She is a poetry and writing mentor, Pushcart nominee, and psychotherapist in private practice and has written five collections of poetry including Through My Window: Poetry of a Psychotherapist.

Melora Walters is the author of the forthcoming Sonnets and Failures, Finishing Line Press, winner of the 2010 Starting Gate Award. She is also an actress who plays Wanda Henrickson on the HBO hit series, Big Love.

Maria Terrone is the author of two poetry collections: A Secret Room in Fall (McGovern Prize winner, Ashland Poetry Press, 2006) and The Bodies We Were Loaned (The Word Works, 2002) as well as a recently published chapbook, American Gothic, Take 2 (Finishing Line Press).

8:30PM  DAVID SMITH GROUP
CELEBRATING THE CD ANTICIPATION

David Smith, trumpet;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Garry Wang, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums;  Kenji Omae, saxophone
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Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records proudly releases the new recording, Anticipation, from the Canadian-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter/composer David Smith. The album features an outstanding rhythm section that has been Smith's working unit for the past several years, Nate Radley on guitar, the much in demand Gary Wang on bass, and fellow Canadian Greg Ritchie on drums; plus an old friend on saxophone, longtime musical colleague Kenji Omae. As you can hear on Anticipation, these are musicians with whom Smith shares a special camaraderie.

Anticipation, the follow up recording to Smith's debut recording Circumstance (2006, FSNT),is largely about the experiences in Smith's life surrounding the birth of his daughter Hannah (who appears on the cover and inside). The recording opens with the title track, which refers to "the feelings, and to some degree anxiety I felt about impending fatherhood, but also the word as a musical term." Smith explains further, "the tune is built around a three-part counterpoint in the guitar with each resulting chord anticipating the beginning and middle of each measure which ends up making for a somewhat relentless and perpetual motion throughout the song."

Cover $12 includes the new CD

  www.Davesmithtrumpet.com www.BJURecords.com

Wednesday May 05 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Meaking Armstrong, featured reader;  David Boger Lisa Kunick Katie McDonough
Meakin is a freelance writer, an adjunct professor of English, a former employee at The New Yorker, and the fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. His work has appeared in Noö Journal, elimae, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Stories Literary Journal, InDigest, Sweeeeet, and three fiction anthologies. His nonfiction has been featured in TheAtlantic.com, TheAlanticWire.com, Time Out New York, USAir Magazine, and in the books, New York Calling: From Blackout to Bloomberg and Museyon Guides Film + Travel North America. In 2007, Meakin received a Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference scholarship.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  TRACY BONHAM & COMPANY
Tracy Bonham, vocals, violin, guitar, piano;  Rhett Miller, vocals, guitar
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Join multi instrumentalist Tracy Bonham for new music from her upcoming release Masts Of Manhattan as well as old favorites and covers with new twists. Tracy weaves in and out of alternative rock, where she is most commonly known, to bright moments of Classical, Eastern European, and Gypsy music in just a few brushstrokes. Tracy and her band will be joined by special guest Rhett Miller

Come join Tracy and her friends every first Wednesday of each month for the next four months, and watch collaborations unfold.

This classically trained Boston singer-songwriter sets meandering Aimee Mann-like melodies over bright electro-pop folk with string-laden atmospherics.
-Rolling Stone


 Cover $15   www.tracybonham.com www.rhettmiller.com

Thursday
May 06
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Poul, and David, hosts


This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
8:30PM  GNU VOX: BRENDA EARLE
David Devoe, host

Brenda Earle, voice and piano;  Jesse Lewis, guitar;  Ike Sturm, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums
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Jazz pianist/vocalist/composer Brenda Earle debuts new works for her quartet, including new originals and fresh arrangements of works by Canadian songwriters.

“…the first to stand out was pianist-singer Brenda Earle, whose talent gracefully bridges jazz and pop.” – The Washington Post

“…a breezy delight.” – Time Out New York

“Her keyboard work throughtout embodies lyrical melody, deft harmonie and smart pacing…” – The Toronto Star
 Cover $10   www.brendaearle.com

Friday
May 07
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

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The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured Readers: ICE & Robert Gibbons

ICE is a New York based multi media artist. The producer, author, of a self named cd and dvd purchase on cd.baby.com and film baby.com with a strong focus on performance, she’s a founding editor of Uphookpress, an annual judge and feature at Cuny college Poetry Festival, and she annually attends Juniper summer writers institute at UMass.

ROBERT GIBBONS is a unique spoken word artist who frequents many hot spots on the New York poetry scene. He has more than 15 years of teaching experience as a classroom teacher, and presently is a curriculum writer for the New York Junior Tennis League.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  CLEAN FEED'S ANNUAL NYC FESTIVAL
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In 2007 Cornelia Street Cafe had the pleasure of hosting the 2nd Clean Feed Festival and this coming May they will again present the fifth edition of the Festival. There couldn’t be a better venue than the Cornelia Street Cafe, as it is one of the best places in New York for this kind of music. The interest manifested in the past four years by the New York audiences in relation to the music released and staged by the Portuguese jazz label Clean Feed is more than a sufficient motive to keep it going on, and here we are again bringing to the Big Apple a bit of the enthusiasm lived now in Portugal in what concerns to jazz and improvised music.

8:30 Peter Van Huffel / Sophie Tassignon "Hufflignon"
Sophie Tassignon, voice; Peter Van Huffel, alto and soprano saxophones; Samuel Blaser, trombone; Michael Bates, bass

You may not be familiar with van Huffel's and Tassignon's names, but don't direct your attention to something else so quickly. Why? Because you're gonna hear about the saxophonist and the singer very often in the years to come. Both are values in fast ascension in the international scene and it's best to follow their tracks since the beginning. The Canadian, but living in New York, Peter van Huffel is a student of tenor great Tony Malaby, and only that information would be sufficient to have an idea of his profile – the words “powerful” and “lyrical” come to mind. But we have more data about him: he played already with people like Chris Potter, Clarence Penn and Danny McCaslin, and knowing this is enlightening. Belgian of origin and a former student of David Linx, Sophie Tassignon is getting more famous in Europe because of her very personal and unique way to deal with “unsingable melodies” and her quick and inventive reactions in improvising situations. And she's not shy at all doing so, as we can verify listening to the vocal band she co-founded, Screaming Bitches. Trombonist Samuel Blaser and bassist Michael Bates are their partners in the quartet effort titled “HuffLiGNon”, and the same we have to say about them: watch out!

9:45 - Ivo Perelman / Daniel Levin / Reuben Radding "Soulstorm"
As Charles Gayle, Ivo Perelman brought to our days the same concept as John Coltrane and Albert Ayler had for the tenor saxophone: make this instrument the ideal vehicle for a more visceral expression, though sublimated by all the unspoken spirituality. As a painter, his other artistic activity, it is clear alignment of the Brazilian musician for the abstract expressionism, very marked by the colors of the tropics, but by the music he recorded is equally clear that its adoption of the coordinates of the "new thing" serve him the same aesthetic purposes. The "scream" was once the most striking feature of his personal style, but as in Gayle, Coltrane and Ayler, this is not an expression of anger. These days in Perelman's music, the lyricism gets a rawness and a grain that the Romantics of the nineteenth century could not have imagined as a possibility. The sounds come to you from the depths of his soul and body, and to that extent a reflection of an enormous humanity. But not only: as happens on screen painting, Brazil is in the music that he gives us to listen. Evocations of bossa nova and choro themes emerge from the trio with the cellist Daniel Levin and bassist Reuben Radding (subbing for Torbjörn Zetterberg who's on the CF CD of this trio). All this makes this trio proposes so unique and inimitable, coming to our ears with the relevance of something that had inevitably to exist.
Ivo Perelman, tenor saxophone; Reuben Radding, double bass; Daniel Levin, cello

11:00 – RED trio + Nate Wooley "RED trio"
Rodrigo Pinheiro, piano; Hernani Faustino, double bass; Gabriel Ferrandini, drums; Nate Wooley, trumpet

The Red Trio is quite a unique case in the Portuguese jazz and improvised music scene. The free music played by Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano, prepared piano), Hernâni Faustino (double bass), and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums, percussion) have no attachment to anything else presented in the little European country known for its unusually dynamic jazz, improvised and experimental scenes. And even considering a wider scenario, few piano trios existing in the world can be comparable to what we find in their debut CD. Firstly, because this isn't really a piano trio. The pianist is not the central figure here, even if we imediatly recognise Pinheiro's resourceful and virtuosistic capacities, and the rhythm section, well, isn't in fact a rhythm section, the bass and the drums always intervening side-by-side with the harmonic instrument. This is indeed collective music, with no hierarchical roles for the intervenients, and conventions like melody and pulse are generally subverted, or replaced by textural instant constructions. In the middle of all the abstractions created, the connections with jazz are not lost – truth is they surface with a welcomed evidence. Thelonious Monk and Cecil Taylor are recognisable, if distant, influences. The same we can say about the references to contemporary classical music, and namely to Messiaen and Ligeti. This is very intense music, sometimes even violent, but with space for detail. On this very special occasion trumpeter Nate Wooley will join them for a very special set of music.

Cover $10 per set/$20 for the whole night   www.cleanfeed-records.com

Saturday
May 08
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, host


Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Michael La Sorsa Steffen & Nancy Carnevale, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  CLEAN FEED'S ANNUAL NYC FESTIVAL
Clean Feed's annual NYC FEstival image
In 2007 Cornelia Street Cafe had the pleasure of hosting the 2nd Clean Feed Festival and this coming May they will again present the fifth edition of the Festival. There couldn’t be a better venue than the Cornelia Street Cafe, as it is one of the best places in New York for this kind of music. The interest manifested in the past four years by the New York audiences in relation to the music released and staged by the Portuguese jazz label Clean Feed is more than a sufficient motive to keep it going on, and here we are again bringing to the Big Apple a bit of the enthusiasm lived now in Portugal in what concerns to jazz and improvised music.

8:30 – Samuel Blaser Quartet “Pieces of Old Sky"
Samuel Blaser, trombone; Todd Neufeld, guitar; Eivind Opsvik, double bass; Billy Mintz, drums

The fertile ground between hard bop and free jazz continues to attract the next generation of jazz artists, most notably trombonist Samuel Blaser. On Pieces of Old Sky, his first CD on Clean Feed, the Swiss-born and New York-developed brassman (now residing in Berlin) shows off the fruits of his rapid development as a bandleader and instrumentalist. In a quartet featuring three like-minded collaborators—guitarist Todd Neufeld, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Billy Mintz — Blaser delivers a work that is both imaginative and forceful. Earning serious attention and enthusiastic praise over the last few years for his daring virtuosity and engaging improvisations, Blaser is a prolific talent with a truly collaborative spirit. In listening to his spectral trombone playing you hear tradition, finesse and questing innovation. With an astute command of rhythm and an impeccable ear for melody and harmony, Blaser fashions entertaining original compositions that emphasize his versatile playing and deep commitment to the jazz aesthetic. Blaser was born and raised in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, and became a truly devoted musical student, entering the local conservatory at 14 and graduating seven years later in 2002. During this time he won numerous awards for both his classical and jazz performances, including the Benny Golson Prize in 2000, and was able to work in various big bands featuring guest luminaries like Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Jimmy Heath, Buddy DeFranco and Jim McNeely. A restless, questing individual, Blaser released numerous highly acclaimed CDs including “7th Heaven,” on Between the Lines (2008), “Yay” with the Braaf Blaser Duo on Fresh Sound New Talent (2008), and Solo Bone on Slam Productions (2009), among others. Recent sideman work has found the trombonist sharing the stage with Renee Rosnes, Hal Galper and David Taylor.

9:45 – Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet “Things Have Got to Change”
Marty Ehrlich, alto saxophone; James Zollar, trumpet; Erik Friedlander, cello; Michael Sarin, drums

Things Have Got To Change is Marty Ehrlich’s dynamic CD featuring his Rites Quartet, on Clean Feed. Inspired by the sound of Julius Hemphill’s landmark recording “Dogon A.D.”, Ehrlich presents five new compositions, ranging from the urgent to the reflective in mood. Joined by long time musical colleagues James Zollar on trumpet, Erik Friedlander on cello, and Pheeroan AkLaff (here we will listen to the great Michael Sarin) on drums. The music moves from dance rhythms into elegiac chorales, tied together by Ehrlich’s distinctive voice on alto sax. Two previously unrecorded compostions by Julius Hemphill’s are brought to light by the Rites Quartet on the CD, as well as a rocking version of his signature work Dogon A.D. The CD’s title points both inward and outward, to the task of keeping the past alive in the present, and as one of Ehrlich’s pieces “Song For Tomorrow” expresses, keeping our sights forward.

11:00 – Tom Rainey Trio "Pool School”
Tom Rainey, drums; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone

This is the very first with Tom Rainey’s name on the cover. Yes, what everybody wished for is finally happening: the drummer who picked our common attention behind such different musicians like John Abercrombie, Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Ted Curson, Tim Berne, George Gruntz, Mark Helias, Fred Hersch, Andy Laster, Simon Nabatov, Joe Lovano, Carmen McRae, Tony Malaby, Matthias Schubert, and Ken Werner is leading his own band. And the music has nothing to do with anything else recorded before by Rainey as a sideman. “Pool School” confirms that there was always a composer in the person handling the drumsticks: the music here may be organic, because that’s the nature of his playing, but it’s also surprisingly elaborated, elegant, even refined. Not in the way you can imagine, and that’s why Tom Rainey chose guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock to accompany him. Each in her own way, and very much like Rainey himself, they’re known for the capacity to refuse the obvious and for their adventurous personalities. And that means being experimental or straight-ahead when one thing and the other seems to be appropriate, or being jazzy or rock-oriented or whatever when the music benefits from it. Take note: in years to come, this CD will be referred as a historic mark.

Cover $10 per set/$20 for the whole night   www.cleanfeed-records.com

Sunday
May 09
6:00PM  WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES:
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Deborah Landau Timothy Liu Brenda Shaughnessy
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The White Swallow Reading Series Celebrates Mothers Day

Does Your Mother Know?

Poetry Reading, featuring Deborah Landau, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Timothy Liu

Deborah Landau is the author of Orchidelirium, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and Blue Dark (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press). Her poems have appeared in Triquarterly, The Paris Review, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Poetry Daily, and The Best American Erotic Poems, among other publications. She co-hosts Open Book on Slate.com and is Director of the Creative Writing Program at NYU

Timothy Liu is the author of eight books of poems, most recently Polytheogamy and Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse. His poems have been translated into nine languages, and his journals and papers are archived in the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library. An Associate Professor of English at William Paterson University and a member of the Core Faculty in Bennington College's Graduate Writing Seminars, Liu lives in Manhattan.

Brenda Shaughnessy is the author of two books of poems: Interior with Sudden Joy and Human Dark with Sugar, which won the 2007 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have been published in Bomb, Conjunctions, McSweeney’s, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere.

Angelo Nikolopoulos is a retired high school teacher currently pursuing an MA at NYU’s creative writing program, where he also serves as the managing editor of the Washington Square Review. He also works as a writing fellow at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and is the founder of The White Swallow reading series.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  CLEAN FEED'S ANNUAL NYC FESTIVAL
Clean Feed's annual NYC FEstival image
In 2007 Cornelia Street Cafe had the pleasure of hosting the 2nd Clean Feed Festival and this coming May they will again present the fifth edition of the Festival. There couldn’t be a better venue than the Cornelia Street Cafe, as it is one of the best places in New York for this kind of music. The interest manifested in the past four years by the New York audiences in relation to the music released and staged by the Portuguese jazz label Clean Feed is more than a sufficient motive to keep it going on, and here we are again bringing to the Big Apple a bit of the enthusiasm lived now in Portugal in what concerns to jazz and improvised music.

8:30 – Tetterapadequ "And the Missing R"
Daniele Martini, tenor saxophone; Giovanni Di Domenico, piano; Gonçalo Almeida, double bass; João Lobo, drums

What does Tetterapadequ mean? Is it an obscure Italian or Portuguese term that reflects this ensemble's mix of two Italian and two Portuguese musicians? No it is not. It's an anagram of “De Patter Quartet, ” which was named after the De Pater jazz club in Haia, The Netherlands. The club — one of the favorite venues for Gonçalo Almeida, Giovanni di Domenico, João Lobo, and Daniele Martini when they were attending the local conservatory — was where the project Tetterapadequ was born and began to develop. But something is missing from the anagram: it shoud have one more “r,” hence the CD's title. R or no R, what you'll find in the music extends far beyond what is taught in European jazz courses. At De Pater the quartet explored the possibilities of a shared musical language developed through collective improvisation. It is clearly jazz, which is the root of the musical language used here, but there's much more to it than typical jazz-like rhythmic patterns and harmonic constructions. The four young musicians call their new musical lingo “confusionism" because their structured improvisations and spontaneous compositions surprise the listener, and often the musicians themselves, with unexpected and even bizarre outcomes.

10:00 – Tony Malaby's Apparitions "Voladores”
Tony Malaby, tenor and soprano saxophone; Sean Conly, double bass; Tom Rainey, drums; Satoshi Takeishi, drums, percussion

By this day you get used to have only great albums coming from this new giant of the tenor saxophone, but watch out: “Voladores” is nothing less than a masterpiece, arguably the best music ever Tony Malaby put to record. At his seventh release, after “Sabino”, “Apparitions”, "Adobe", "Warblepeck", "Tamarindo" and "Paloma Recio", the two-drum project of the New York musician became a true wonder. Inspired by the Mexican troup of "Voladores" that Tony watched as a young child at Mexican festivals in Tucson, Arizona (there is an initial dance made by five men, the instruments being a carrizo flute, a tamborcillo and maracas. The men, each representing the five elements of the indigenous world climb a top a 100ft. pole, one of them stays on the pole playing a flute and dancing while the remaining four descend the pole with a rope tied by one of their feet. The rope unwraps itself 13 times for each of the four flyers, symbolizing the 52 weeks of the year). With the new additions of Satoshi Takeishi, who brings his very personal and unusual set of drums and percussion (instead of John Hollenbeck) and Sean Conly (subbing for Drew Gress), Tony's group Apparitions takes a new sonic leap and achieves soaring heights. With drummer Tom Rainey on top of his game and Takeishi and Conly fitting in,"Voladores" is one more powerful statement by Malaby (along with 6 new compositions by Malaby, 3 group improvisations and a never recorded composition by Ornette Coleman). Now it's our time to have the privilege to sense it.

Cover $10 per set/$15 for the whole night   www.cleanfeed-records.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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