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Nov 03
Vote for Shelley Stenhouse (poetry & prose ticket) image
Her positions are progressive.

VIVIAN DEMUTH is the author of the novel, Eyes of the Forest, and the poetry chapbook, Breathing Nose Mountain. She hosts a poetry event on firelookout where she works, and she has worked with homeless people in NYC and taught writing workshops. She is currently working on a poetry manuscript entitled, Earth Works.

MARY SHANLEY is a poet who has been publishing, reading and performing her work for the past twenty-five years. Hobo Code Poems, published by Vox Pop in 2008, is her first book of poetry. ("This book is a tingling gift."- Eileen Myles.) Mary lives in New York City.

SHELLEY STENHOUSE (writer/editor) was a finalist in the 2009 National Poetry Series; received a NYFA Fellowship; an Allen Ginsberg Award; is published in New York Quarterly (current issue), The Antioch Review, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West and others; has read on NPR. This winter, NYQ Books will publish her poetry collection, Impunity. She works one-on-one with writers.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Sherry Weaver, host

Mike Daisey Martin Dockery Guilia Rozzi DJ Hazard Rachel Biello Pat Lamb
SPEAKEASY: Stories from the Backroom image
SpeakEasy is . . .

A new twist on the ancient tradition of oral history.

SpeakEasy is people telling stories-- true stories. Period. No scripts. No crib notes. No rehearsals. SpeakEasy has a dynamic and constantly changing cast of storytellers that include such greats as Mike Daisey, Jonathan Ames, and Reno, along with homemakers, lawyers, dog walkers, street magicians and writers

You never know what you'll hear. So join us for what could be a life changing experience!

 Cover $10

Wednesday Nov 04 6:00PM  FREE RANGE READINGS
Mira Ptacin, host

Nick Flynn
Our favorite newly wed orchestrates a somewhat new genre with many young clever practitioners. As sexy as it sounds.

Whether you ran the NYC marathon and have blisters, shin-splints and inner-thigh chafing, or just watched the runners and vowed to do it in your lifetime, Freerange welcomes every one of you to the upcoming November storytelling session.

November readers include Catherine Lacey, Adam Theron-Lee Rensch, and Matt Ufford.

Featuring: Award-winning author, playwright and poet Nick Flynn, best known for his memoir, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City.

as well as Mira Ptacin, the curator and founder of Freerange. She'll be reading an excerpt from her recently-completed memoir,"Poor Your Soul," which is about the Uterus and the American Dream.

 Cover $7

Timucin Sahin, electric fretless guitars;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums;  John O 'Gallagher, alto saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass
Timucin Sahin Group - CD release image
TIMUCIN SAHIN 4 CD Release Concert "BAFA"

Timucin Sahin has been recognized as one of today’s truly unique voices of contemporary jazz music by publications such as San Francisco Bay Guardian, AllaboutJazz, Jazzwise and Jazz-Times as well as by many others.

Over the past years, Sahin shared the the stage with musicians such as Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Mark Turner, Mike Mainieri and many more and won numerous prizes. Both his compositions and his playing on his double-neck guitar – his trademark – radiate an incomparable individualism. His music sounds compassionate, melodic, almost melancholic at times, only to break out into wild, rock-influenced energy in the next moment. You hear an ingenious amalgam of contemporary chamber music,jazz,non-western music influences.

His very rare chamber music works are known for their intense progressivity.He has been commissioned by and composed for Amsterdam Percussion Group,Jorge Isaac,Verso as well as his own chamber group "Occult" which is based in Netherlands.

Sahin will be presenting his latest record "Bafa" on the 4 th of november which features John O' Gallagher,one of the most unique alto saxaphonist in NY scene,Thomas Morgan on bass who is extremely versitile and established in the scene at a very young age, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums who has experienced a meteoric career over the past years and one of the most exiting drummer of our times.

“From Turkey comes Timucin Sahin with his music that shows how far away from the American tradition jazz has drifted, all the while remaining vibrant and true to its essence.”
- All About Jazz February 2004
 Cover $10

Nov 05
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.
David Devoe, host

Tracy Bonham, voice, violin;  Nicole Frederici, viola;  Jon Darling, guitar;  Conrad Meissner, drums
Gnu Vox: Tracy Bonham image
A native of Eugene, Oregon, Bonham began singing at age 5, playing the violin at 9, and piano at age 14. After transfering to Berklee College of Music to study voice, leaving her full violin scholarship at the University of Southern California behind, she began to write her own songs on the guitar. It was 1994 and the young musician had decided it was time to express her own feelings and not those of composers from a different era. She proved to be a quick study; Her 1996 major label debut, The Burdens of Being Upright (Island), went gold, spawning the hit single “Mother Mother”, leading to a pair of Grammy™ nominations as well as an MTV Video Award nomination (her video featured her real mother as well as her step father).

With her latest indie EP In The City + In The Woods, Tracy Bonham show us her sensitive side. This is an EP mostly made up of acoustic performances where she plays every instrument, sometimes shifting from guitar to violin and back again in one song. With the help of loops and effect pedals Bonham creates an exciting and creative musical landscape for her songs to exist. Along with these performances is a studio recording of a mixed up cover song; Beyonce's "Crazy In Love". "Who knew there would be a Klezmer-swing version of this song?" says Bonham. "The idea came to me because I thought I had heard it playing in a restaurant over the noise of people dining and talking. Turns out it was my imagination. I figured it must be a sign to do it myself".

Bonham has performed on TV shows such as The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Late with Craig Fergusson, A & E's Breakfast For The Arts, and Saturday Night Special with Roseanne Barr. Her songs have recently been played on TV shows such as What About Brian, Brothers and Sisters, The L Word, The Closer, AMC Network, and Rockstar Supernova.

Currently Tracy is writing, recording, and string arranging in Brooklyn and Woodstock, NY.
 Cover $15

Nov 06
Kat Georges, host

Feature: Alan Harawitz
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Russ Lossing, piano;  Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone;  Mark Helias, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
 Russ Lossing: HEAVY MERGE image
New York based jazz pianist, composer and recording artist Russ Lossing is known worldwide for his highly personal and unique improvising voice. Lossing has composed over 300 works, 21 film scores, and has an international reputation as a world class improviser. Paul Motian, Dave Liebman and John Abercrombie are among the many musicians he has performed and recorded with. Lossing has seven releases as leader on Hat Hut, Clean Feed, Fresh Sound, Double Time and OmniTone record labels. His critically acclaimed solo piano release “All Things Arise” on Hat Hut Records “bridges the worlds of jazz and new music, the pieces feeling as if they arise out of the primal silence of the universe. Even the ‘standards’ feel as if they’re emerging newly formed from a magnificent world of thought and impulse.” Lossing’s Fresh Sound release,’Phrase 6’ has quickly become a cult classic among musicians and his new cd ‘Metal Rat’ with Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser has received rave reviews from critics and musicians. Look for Russ Lossing's new releases, "Personal Tonal", on Fresh Sound records coming Fall 2009, featuring Loren Stillman, John Hebert and Eric McPherson.... and "Oracle", on HatHut Records coming in March 2010 featuring his long time trio with Masa Kamaguchi and Billy Mintz.

“…The pianist illuminates the silence, suspends the time, and intensifies the collective flux. The wealth of his harmonic knowledge, the fluidity of his phrasing and his attention to the weight of every single note creates a sound palette for endless pleasures.”
 Cover $10

Nov 07
Andy Christie

CARTER EDWARDS , Upright Citizens Brigade;  JIM O'GRADY, NY Times;  SUZIE SIMS FLETCHER, The Moth;  DAN ALLEN, Comedy Central;  Host: ANDY CHRISTIE, NY Times; NPR
Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies.

Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

Christine Correa, voice;  John O'Gallagher, alto saxophone;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums;  Frank Carlberg, piano
Frank Carlberg Quintet image
The Frank Carlberg Quintet , now in existence for over 10 years, will be performing new pieces to texts by Jim Gustafson, Anselm Hollo, Ken Mikolowski, Charles Bukowski etc as well as pieces from their recent CD release on Red Piano Records.
 Cover $10
Nov 08
Angelo Verga, host

Rob Zollman, Drums and Percussion;  Matthew Snyder, Clarinet;  John Fischer, Piano and Voice
Pianist, painter, film-maker, writer, oh yes, and friend.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jesse Stacken, piano;  Kirk Knuffke, trumpet

Release Mockingbird on SteepleChase Records

Pianist Jesse Stacken and Kirk Knuffke have been playing together in the duo format for over three years. The duo has played concerts around New York City at venues including the Cornelia Street Café, I-Beam, the Douglass Street Music Collective, 5C café, Biscuit BBQ, and the Bloomingdale School of Music. They began working through the compositions of Thelonious Monk, looking for ways to approach the tunes that showcase the duo format. They soon expanded the material to include Ellington tunes as well as a few by Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg Carle Bley, Lennie Tristano, and Charles Mingus.. The duo recently released an album on Steeplechase records, entitled Mockingbird. Stacken and Knuffke have also played together in many other working ensembles, including the improvisational group No Truck.
 Cover $10

Nov 09
Alice Denham Sharon Olinka

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Jed Distler, host

Stephanie Kai-win Saar Ahuvia Niel Rolnick Momenta Quartet
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.

The Stephanie & Saar DUO return for a Serial Underground residency, with works ranging from Conlon Nancarrow’s wildest excursions to Bill Evans’ most urgently lyrical inspirations (piano duo).

Composer/laptop virtuso Neil Rolnick explores how we lose our senses (electro-acoustic improvisation, theater)

Momenta Quartet plays Gordon Beeferman’s String Quartet (chamber danger).

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum

Nov 10
Curator/Host: Barbara Aliprantis

New York STORY Exchange (NYSE) image
New York STORY Exchange (NYSE)

Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of the month

FORMAT: Open Telling (5/6 minute limit), followed by Featured Teller(s)

Featured Tellers: Lonnie Harrington & Ruben Gonzalez

Cameo: Rivka Widerman

LONNIE HARRINGTON has been telling stories for as long as he can remember. He has also been singing, playing guitar, and hitting some kind of percussion instrument in just about every type of musical style one can think of since the 1950’s, performing around the United States including Florida, the Northeastern United States, eastern Canada and New Mexico. Born in Tallahassee, Florida of African, Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Shawnee ancestry, Lonnie has researched African-Native American relations since 1972 and is the author of Both Sides of the Water: Essays on African-Native American Interactions. Lonnie lives in the New York City area, working as an arts administrator, musician, lecturer AND storyteller!

RUBEN GONZALEZ, a remarkable classical guitarist and composer, calls himself a “cantautor” who tells stories thru music and song. Born in San Juan, Argentina, where he studied classical guitar, Ruben combines Rock en Español, bossa nova, the Latin American popular song with his own rhythmic style with novel harmonies. His lyrics touch upon social issues and current events as well as personal experiences.

RIVKA WIDERMAN is a real Renaissance woman who has worn many hats, including professional storyteller, professor of law, Hebrew/Yiddish translator, workshop facilitator, and visual artist. A native of Brooklyn, now living in Manhattan, Rivka draws on her extraordinarily diverse talents, whether she’s painting a picture, telling a family story, a folktale or really big fib.

"...Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write for only in such response do we find truth." - Madeleine L'Engle (Reflections on a Writing Life)
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Randy Ingram, piano;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums;  + special guest Noah Preminer, saxophones
Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records Presents: Randy Ingram Trio image
Randy Ingram Trio

Celebrates the release of "The Road Ahead" on Brooklyn Jazz Undergound Records

"Randy Ingram is among the vanguard of young jazz pianists on the New York scene. He plays with finesse, thoughtfulness and passion." - Fred Hersch. On his brilliant debut album the "incredible pianist" (composer George Russell) Randy Ingram comes flying out of the gate with "Rock Song #3", a modal tour-de-force for the trio, or the result of what the pianist chalks up to "when Zeppelin comes up on shuffle too often on one's iPhone. But I think we convey the best sense of what it means to rock out a bit. As for the title, it's pure Rothko." Ingram's take on Lennon/McCartney's "For No One" follows, revealing his long time Beatles addiction. He delivers pure beauty here and shows that when a song is "meaningful to you, then you can make it your own and really make it work. I used the original bass line from the bridge of the tune as an intro; just pretend my left hand and Matt's bass are really a Rickenbacker! I think as a trio we really capture the spirit of this tune - a great ballad vibe but still a good bit of energy underneath," said Ingram.

The Road Ahead is the first recorded offering from a pianist with boundless talent, and the wisdom to use it to the listener's benefit. Ingram is a thoughtful, versatile young pianist, composer and improviser. Many players have chops to spare; Ingram's are laced with an expressive touch and a keen imagination. The heavenliness that he conjures up, whether playing his own compositions or those by Monk ("Think Of One"), Ornette Coleman ("Round Trip") or Cole Porter ("So In Love"), can remind us why jazz is so loved around the world, and why its present and future is so bright in the hands of this gifted artist and his contemporaries.
 Cover $10

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