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Jan 09

poets Geoffrey Jacques, E.J. Antonio, Alexandra Van de Camp, and JoAnne McFarland. And for good measure prose writer Anna Steegmann.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
Riccarda Caflisch, flute;  Justine F. Chen, composer;  Jed Distler, piano & composer;  Ed Schmidt, playwright;  David Sonton-Caflisch, violin/composer;  Matt sullivan, oboe, english horn, electronics, composer;  Arnold Barkus, director;  David Lovett, lighting drssign
ComposersCollaborative presents Serial Underground the 2nd Monday of the month image
Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes SERIAL UNDERGROUND, CCi’s monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe – “Informal performances of concert works were part of the musical ecology, and to some extent part of the ecology of urban night life as well. That tradition lasted into the 20th century, when ... “serious music” reserved the concert hall as its home, and jazz (and later other popular forms) took its place at street level. ... Composers Collaborative and its inventive artistic director, the composer and pianist Jed Distler, have decided that this [lost] intimacy [between listeners and performers] is worth recapturing.”

SERIAL #13 presents us with the family history of our disgruntled protagonist in The Gold Standard (excerpt) by Jed Distler and Ed Schmidt (The Last Supper); the first NY appearance by David Sonton-Caflisch and Riccarda Caflisch of Switzerland’s Konzertreihe o! playing the music of John Cage, Justine F. Chen, Debussy and more; and the irrepressible oboe genius, Matt Sullivan.

Box office: 212-663-1967
Advance sale tickets (AMEX, MC, Visa): $15
Tickets purchased on day of event: $20
One house drink included with admission

Jan 10
Barbara Aliprantis, host

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.

Back 1997, my beloved friend and mentor Dr. John Kallas and I, with the help of a handful of story lovers and tonight's featured tellers Jim Hawkins and Elizabeth Rowe, launched this "2nd Tuesday of the Month" series.

The series was billed as "Storytellers from Around the World: Unite!” And, indeed, over the years we've united and featured over 125 tellers - from as near as our own backyard - Greenwich Village - and as faraway as, China, Ireland, Israil, Japan, Scotland, etc., etc. And, of course, countless others have stepped up to the Mic and "swapped" a story. Hmm...and some folks said it “wouldn’t last...”

Ten years later we're going strong and welcome back to our stage, Jim Hawkins and Elizabeth Rowe who started the storytelling ball rolling - so to speak! - Barbara A.

JIM HAWKINS, Irish-American Storyteller/Actor/Musician/Teacher, spins humorous and poignant tales from his memories of growing in Ireland and in and around THE BIG APPLE!

ELIZABETH ROWE, Storyteller/Actor/Writer/Teacher, is delighted to return to help us celebrate this special anniversary! Her repertoire includes a rich blend of family stories, world folktales, myths, legends and literary tales, which she performs in English and French!

Format: Featured Teller(s)/Open Mic - 6 - 8 minute limit Cover $6 (includes one house drink)
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

John Morrison, host

Laurie Kilmartin Julie Goldman Liam McEneaney Chris Mata Shecky Beagleman Mike Cotayo Luchia Mike Payne, stand up
Morrison Motel has been called "a comedy powerhouse" by Comedy Central. John Morrison hosts some of the most intelligent, established and emerging, comics, satirists, and vocal acrobats in New York.
 Cover $5
Wednesday Jan 11
Coung Vu, trumpet;  Jesper Zeuthen, Ned Ferm Chris Speed, reeds;  Peter Dahlgren, trombone;  Jacob Anderskov, rhodes/piano;  Jeppe Skovbakke, bass;  Rune Kielsgaard, drums
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Please note show time: 8:00PM - 9:30PM

Anderskov Accident has released their second CD, UNITY OF ACTION. "Unity of Action" is the follow-up to their debut album "Anderskov Accident" (scr/ILK), which received the Danish Music Award Jazz 2003 as “Jazz Discovery of the Year”.

The music of Anderskov Accident is about unifying opposites. Edgy innovation meets and unites with the straight down beautiful. Groovy meets melodious, and high expressiveness is placed in a natural forward flow. Short and longer stories are told with raw energy, heart and soul along with mania and melancholy. Odd meters and mysterious rhythms are played hairily groovy – with a lot of personal freedom.

This music is visionary and warm-blooded. It is liquid, sparkling and intuitive yet subtly structured. Unconventional compositions and grooves are mixed with great musical reserve, giving the music an inner balance and a true spontaneity.

The result is honest, unpolished - and an emotionally powerful experience. This truly being the album to elevate ANDERSKOV ACCIDENT up the ladder. Accommodating both the open-minded listener and the wild at heart.

Double Danish Music Award winner Jacob Anderskov received in 2004 the Danish Government Art Foundation’s prestigious 3-year Composers Working Grant, as one of the youngest rhythmic composers ever.

" I dare to promise the open-minded listener that the respect for Anderskov's musical universe will grow for every minute. It is deeply original and is really pulling nails out. In my ears, Anderskov's music is like an ancient Nordic fairytale flower that slowly opens up and takes new colours, while you are at first gaping and amazed, later moved by its richness and satisfying beauty. So now I just can't get enough of this redefined Nordic sound, and must hear the records over and over again."
- Peter Rahbek, Jazz Special, February 2003.,/i>

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials
 Cover $10

John McNeil, trumpet;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Allison Miller, drums;  Mike McGuirk, bass
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A new quartet – new music!

McNeil renders anthem style choruses amid vocal-like phrasings to complement a robust tone, awash with razor sharp lines.

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials
 Cover $10

Jan 12
David Devoe, curator

Please note show time: 6:00PM - 11:30PM

- FEATURE PERFORMANCE: Rachel Caswell, David Devoe, Julia Dollison, Sara Leib

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Critically acclaimed vocalist and composer Julia Dollison returns to New York this week to celebrate the release her new self-arranged and produced debut CD, "Observatory." Julia will also be appearing at this week's 2006 IAJE Annual Conference as a guest with the Grammy-winning jazz orchestra conducted by Maria Schneider, who testifies, "I am blown away by her fluidity, beautiful clear sound, her masterful musicianship and her impeccable absolute joy!" Influenced by American modern composers like Mose Allison and Rufus Wainwright, Dollison continues to evolve into a deeply compelling vocal musician, breathing new interpretive life into jazz standards and original compositions with a fresh and dynamic perspective.

"Julia Dollison has a fluid voice, a wide range and great technique, but you can he her heart in this music and that's what's so impressive."
- Hartford Courant, January 200

Rachel Caswell is an award-winning jazz vocalist with a unique style combining extraordinary scatting ability and sensitive song interpretation. Rachel has appeared at colleges and festivals nationwide and continues to gig in support of her debut CD Some Other Time (July 2003) that features pianist, Lynne Arriale, drummer, Steve Davis, bassist, Kelly Sill and violinist, Sara Caswell. In addition to her solo work, she co-leads the Caswell Sisters Quintet with her sister, jazz violinist, Sara Caswell, and frequently performs in duo with bassist, Jeremy Allen, a duo that was selected to perform at the 2006 International Association for Jazz Education’s Annual Conference in New York. A graduate of Indiana University and the New England Conservatory, she has performed with The Glenn Miller Orchestra, John Blake, Jr., Ingrid Jensen, the Billy Taylor Trio and Curtis Fuller and was selected as one of two vocalists for the 1997 Thelonious Monk Institute Jazz Colony at Jazz Aspen/Snowmass.

One of the most inventive young vocalists and improvisers around, Sara Leib is proving herself an integral key to the modern jazz scene. Her harmonic approach to scatting, charismatic personality, and endearingly thoughtful stage presence have echoed through the jazz communities of her native Los Angeles and the New England jazz scene.

"Leib displays an attractive voice and inventive phrasing...Sara Leib has great potential for the future and It's Not the Moon is an important first step"
-Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

"She's got a beautiful, natural voice, and she improvises with aplomb, scatting with ease.
-Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe

This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists.  The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz.  The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price!

Half price when you show your IAJE credentials
 Cover $10

Jan 13
Jackie Sheeler

Jackie Sheeler's open mic poetry series. Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

This week's feature Meghan Cleary.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Jeremy Steig, flute;  Vic Juris, guitar;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Anthony Pinciotti, drums
Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician.
 Cover $12
Jan 14
Maria Lisella & Jeanne Dickey, host

Italian American Writers Reading w/ Open Mike : Feature Writers: Ed Smith & Geri DeLuca plus open mic, 5 minute limit.

Inspired by the factories and seascapes of New Jersey, librarian and teacher Ed Smith writes poetry that finds exquisiteness in everyday life. Ed Smith's poems and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, including Exquisite Corpse, The Poetry Project Newsletter, The World, Abraxas, Beehive, Giants Play Well in Drizzle, Footwork, as well as in the anthologies Under a Gull's Wing, Blue Stone & Salt Hay, and The Temple of Baseball.

Editor and Brooklyn College English professor Geri DeLuca will read from her lively new memoir, Bensonhurst Sutra, about growing up Italian in Brooklyn. Excerpts from that book have appeared in Voice In Italian-Americana; The Notebook: Narratives of Teaching and Learning, and Brooklyn Review. She is co-founder and co-editor of The Lion and the Unicorn: A Critical Journal of Children's Literature, published by John Hopkins University Press. She also co-edited Dialogues on Writing, an anthology of essays, published by Lawrence Erlbaum, and she has published a long poem about her eternal subject, her mother, in The Paterson Literary Review.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

David Binney, saxophone;  Josh Roseman, trombone;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Ted Poor, drums;  James Carney, rhodes & compositions
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David Binney - saxophone Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet Josh Roseman - trombone Chris Lightcap - bass Ted Poor - drums "Mr. Carney is an accomplished composer and a sharp pianist."
- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"Carney's compositions range far beyond standard jazz fare, drawing from genres as disparate as Indian ragas and New Orleans piano, Brazilian afoxe and Jarrett-esque lyricism. His playing is exquisite, and he gets the most out of the beautiful sound of his piano."
- Ernie Rideout, KEYBOARD

"Not only the real deal, but flat-out one of the most imaginative composers and players around."
- Brandt Reiter, LA Weekly

Since moving to NYC in November 2004, keyboardist & composer James Carney has performed with the likes of Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, and Tony Malaby. Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, Carney moved to California in 1986 to study jazz at CalArts with Charlie Haden and James Newton.

Carney received the 1999 Thelonious Monk International Composers Award, and he also received "Best Jazz Artist" honors at the 2002 LA Weekly Music Awards. He has released three well-received albums: "Fables from the Aqueduct" (1994); "Offset Rhapsody" (1997); and "Thread" (2002). Carney's music might be described as inclusive jazz; he favors assymetrical forms and complex harmonic models influenced as much by classical, rock, pop, world and the avant-garde as by the jazz tradition. He also composes chamber music and was recently commissioned by the Extension Ensemble to create a ten-minute brass quintet for this adventurous group.

Now residing in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, Carney also curates the tuesday night jazz & improvised music series "konceptions@koze" at the Koze lounge in Park Slope.
 Cover $10

Ben Waltzer, piano;  Bill McHenry, saxophone;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Joe Strasser, drums
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“This no-nonsense jazz pianist in the Ellington and Monk vein (who has occasionally written for Arts & Leisure) gets a big, ringing sound out of the extreme registers of the instrument; he also takes a decisive stand against the ultra-sensitive, lush-harmony tendency of so many young jazz composers. "One Hundred Dreams Ago" (Fresh Sound), with a trio including the bassist Matt Penman and the drummer Gerald Cleaver, is by far the best thing he's done, but he hasn't been making records for very long.”
--Ben Ratliff, NYTimes, 7.18.04

“Brilliantly performed…very impressive.”
- Ahmad Jamal, jazz piano legend, of ‘100 Dreams Ago.’

"In the era of concept records, this startling young pianist has flipped the script: the message behind One Hundred Dreams Ago is ‘let's just play.’ Accordingly the trio gets its bustle on. Ellington's small groups are in the air here, and the pleasure Waltzer generates is bountiful.”
- Jim Macnie, the Village Voice
 Cover $10

Jan 15
Larry Simon, host

Larry's band (from New Hampshire) and poets (usually local) combine for an evening of great sounds.

This month's Featured READERS- Thaddeus Rutkowski, Iris N. Schwartz, Alice B. Talkless and Sheryl Simler.

Accompanied by- The Larry Simon Ensemble-Larry Simon-Guitar/music director, Cynthia Chatis-flute, Nate Edgar-Bass, Mike Barron & Frank Laurino- Percussion, and Special Guest: Patrick Grant-keyboard.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Nick Bisesi, tenor saxophone & compositions;  Pete McCann, guitar;  Cliff Schmitt, bass;  Owen Howard, drums;  Special Guest Gayle Bisesi, vocals
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CD Release Concert for Gemini

Nick Bisesi has performed with such notables as Ray Charles, Nancy Wilson, David Liebman, and Ramsey Lewis,. His compositions range from gritty downtown industrial sounds to folkish melodies to East Indian scales. This is the NYC debut performance of Nick's new CD Gemini.

Gemini exudes a sense of energy and freshness. Nick's knowledge and respect for the tradition of jazz is evident; but he clearly wants to chart his own path.
-Mark F. Turner, All about Jazz

Bisesi can't help but infuse the music with throaty emotion.
-Neil Tesser, Miles Ahead, Listen Here, & Chicago Reader's Critics Choice

A talented and highly individual tenor-saxophonist.
-Scott Yanow, Author of nine books including Jazz On Film, Trumpet Kings, Bebop and Jazz On Record 1917-76

Nick's polished sound and technique, combined with a fine ear and a lively imagination, make him a formidable player...
-David Franklin - Jazz Times

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 Cover $10

Jan 16
Ted Jonathan, host

Douglas Goetsch Melissa Christine Goodrum Fred Yannantuono
This month's readers from the venerable & rejuvenated journal are Douglas Goetsch, Christine Melissa Goodrum, and Fred Yannantuono.

This monthly reading series offers work by poets published in the New York Quarterly. Every third Monday of the month our poets serve up poetry as eclectic as New York itself.
 Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

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Katie Down, curator

Matt Hannafin , percussion;  Brian Moran, electronics;  Cynthia Spencer, flower arranger;  Jen Shyu, Vocalist/violinist/dancer;  Soomi Kim, actor/performance artist;  Lenora Lee, dancer;  Rubin Kodelhi, cello
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8:30 - Percussionist, Matt Hannafin collaborating with Cynthia Spencer in zen kado flower arranging and Brian Moran on electronics.

9:45 - Vocalist/violinist/dancer Jen Shyu & actor/performance artist Soomi Kim present an excerpt from Kim's "Lee/gendary", a multidisciplinary piece inspired by Bruce Lee. Shyu will also collaborate with dancer Lenora Lee and cellist Rubin Kodelhi in spontaneous text/movement/music composition.

”Big Bang”, a new music and mixed media series every third Monday of the month is the creative collision of musicians with artists in spoken word, dance, visual art, video art, found words, theatre, etc. presenting works in progress. The evenings will include two featured groups followed by a brief talk back with the audience after each set. Every evening ends by inviting audience members to join in an informal jam session for about 10 minutes.

Electronics player Brian Moran began his performance career in experimental dance, whose working methods he later adapted to music and sound design. A one-time collaborator with artists as diverse as Lydia Lunch, Ikue Mori, the live video group NNeng, and the Yoshiko Chuma and Stephanie Skura dance companies, his approach to musical performance employs a variety of circuit-bent electronics, analog synthesizers, field recordings, and processing devices. Brian is currently attending his final semester in the nursing program at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Trained in Persian classical percussion and other near-eastern styles, Matt Hannafin has performed at venues as diverse as the United Nations General Assembly Hall, the New England Conservatory of Music, and CBGBs. His collaborators have included a similarly wide range of artists, from Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Julian Kytasty to Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller and legendary industrial percussionist Z'ev. For improvisation, his approach blends the techniques and timbres of eastern and western percussion with sonorities and ideas borrowed from nature, electronic music, and the urban-industrial soundscape.

Cynthia Spencer works with contemplative arts, both traditional and contemporary forms, as a way of integrating the view of meditation into all aspects of life. This exploration began with movement improvisation with Barbara Dilley and has since extended to include such forms as kado (the way of flowers), brush calligraphy, and qigong. She has performed at downtown arts community venues such as PS 122 and with the Dan Tao school at the Interfaith Center of NY.

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