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Dec 05
Jed Distler

Serial Underground image
Serial Underground: New York’s premier New Music Variety Show

From Sandover, a short new opera for four singers and supertitle screen, with libretto adapted from James Merrill’s epic poem The Changing Light at Sandover.

Matt Aucoin, composer/pianist

Victoria Crutchfield, director/supertitlist

With James Onstad, tenor, Stewart Kramer, baritone, Sofia Selowsky, mezzo, Christopher Aaron Smith, tenor

Giuffre Sketches, for multi-reeds and piano

Demetrius Spaneas, composer/tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet

Jed Distler, piano

Matt Aucoin is a poet, composer, conductor, and junior at Harvard University. He is currently music-directing/conducting Die Fledermaus for Harvard's Dunster House Opera, and recently spent a month studying rehearsals at Milan's La Scala and Florence's Maggio Musicale. He is a vocal coach/pianist at the Caramoor Festival, and recently music-directed Trouble in Tahiti for Opera Boston Underground; he has also toured/coached/performed with Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Manhattan, and the Lowell House Opera, and he regularly conducts the Boston Youth Symphony. His poetry has appeared in the Harvard Advocate and the Gamut, and he is studying under Jorie Graham.

Victoria Crutchfield graduated in May 2010 magna cum laude from Harvard University, where she staged full productions of The Rake’s Progress and John Eccles’ Semele and co-founded an opera scenes program for undergraduates while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Literature and a secondary degree in Dramatic Arts. She made her professional directing debut this fall with a production of Hansel and Gretel for Chesapeake Chamber Opera, which the Baltimore Sun praised for its “unforced charm.” Upcoming projects include directing two new one-act operas with Boston Metro Opera and assistant directing with Bronx Opera and Portland Opera.

Demetrius Spaneas has commissioned, recorded and premiered works by many major composers, including John Cage, John Harbison, Donald Martino, Bernard Rands, Gunther Schuller, Joan Tower, and many others. He currently has two solo recordings on Capstone Records, When Wind Comes to Sparse Bamboo (2003) and From a Far-off World (2006). In 2010 he released Sfumato, a collection of improvisations with vocalist Galina Parfenova under his own label, DSM. November Snow, a series of free improvisations that feature interaction between acoustic instruments and computer, with Neil Rolnick and Bruce Gremo, will be released within the year.

Jed Distler is artistic director of ComposersCollaborative, inc. and a composer/pianist. In addition to curating and hosting Serial Underground, Jed also has hosted WQXR/Q2’s keyboard show Hammered!, and his new solo piano CD Meditate with the Masters will be released January 11th on the Musical Concepts label.

Doors open at 5:45 PM / $10 music charge at the door, plus drink/food minimum
 Cover $10

Joel Harrison, guitar;  Zach Brock, violin;  Donny McCaslin, saxophones;  Dana Leong, cello;  Gary Versace, piano;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums
Joel Harrison Septet: Singularity image
Guitarist, composer, and Guggenheim Fellow Joel Harrison debuts a new project this fall entitled Singularity, featuring a septet of top-notch New York jazz musicians, including Zach Brock (violin), Donny McCaslin (saxophone), Dana Leong (cello), Gary Versace (piano), Stephan Crump (bass), and Clarence Penn (drums). These new compositions were commissioned by Chamber Music America’s “New Works” program.

Harrison’s compositional influences span the globe. It’s only appropriate then, that for the Singularity jazz project, he’s made use of techniques employed by classical composers like John Adams, Charles Ives, and Olivier Messiaen. Singularity merges Harrison’s wealth of experience in jazz and world styles with his longstanding interest in contemporary composition to create a sound that’s often described as “chamber jazz”.

Singularity has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2009 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Dec 06
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
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!!!

$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
 Cover $10

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
AMRAM & CO image
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 (includes one house drink)
Dec 07
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Hossannah Asuncion Tamiko Beyer April Naoko Heck Joseph Legaspi Timothy Liu
The White Swallow Reading Series image
This White Swallow reading features fellows from Kundiman, an organization dedicated to the creation, cultivation and promotion of Asian American poetry.

Hossannah Asuncion grew up near the 710 and 105 in L.A. She currently lives near an F/G in Brooklyn. She is Kundiman fellow and received a 2010 PSA Chapbook National Fellowship. She tumbles at

Tamiko Beyer is the author of the forthcoming poetry collection Bough Breaks (Meritage Press). She is a Kundiman Fellow, a recipient of a grant from the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, and an Olin and Chancellor’s Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis where she is an M.F.A. candidate. She is the poetry editor of Drunken Boat, and a founding member of Agent 409: a queer writing collective in New York City. She leads a writing workshop for at-risk youth and is a mentor with Girls Write Now. Find her online at and blogging at

April Naoko Heck was born in Tokyo in 1971 and moved to the US seven years later. A new Kundiman Fellow, her poems have been published most recently in Asian American Literary Review, Shenandoah, and Epiphany. This year her manuscript was named a finalist in the Kundiman Poetry Prize sponsored by Alice James Books.

Joseph O. Legaspi is the author of Imago, winner of a Global Filipino Literary Award. He lives in Queens and works at Columbia University. A graduate of New York University’s Creative Writing Program, his poems appeared in American Life in Poetry, World Literature Today, PEN International, From the Fishouse, North American Review, Callaloo, Bloomsbury Review, Gulf Coast, Gay & Lesbian Review, and the anthologies Language for a New Century (W.W. Norton) and Tilting the Continent (New Rivers Press). A recipient of a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he co-founded Kundiman a non-profit organization serving Asian American poets. Visit him at

Timothy Liu is the author of eight books of poems, most recently Bending the Mind Around the Dream's Blown Fuse. Poems this fall appear in Denver Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Malahat Review and Pushcart Prize XXXV.

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Julie Hardy, Host

Theo Bleckmann, voice, live electronics;  Ben Monder, guitar
Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder duo  image Scott Friedlander
For over 15 years, the Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder duo has frequently toured the U.S., Europe and Asia creating a unique approach to what might be called “jazz art song”, blurring the boundaries between jazz, classical, ambient and rock. Bleckmann’s vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition as well as “extended vocal techniques” (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble since 1994) and also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes. Film fans will note that Bleckmann created the alien language used in the film Men In Black. Bleckmann was recently interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air on NPR and received a GRAMMY™ nomination in 2010 for his CD of Ives songs with Kneebody. Monder, a regular with the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Paul Motian’s band, has developed a compositional style to exploit the full textural potential of the guitar; his playing is influenced as much by classical technique as jazz. The duo’s continued collaborations on both Bleckmann’s “Origami” and Monder’s “Excavation” and “Oceana” have garnered great critical acclaim world-wide.

“ virtuosic and inventive a pair...the two share a subtle discipline that results in a focused, cohesive whole...Rarely have such individual musicians sounded so single-minded.” Shaun Brady, Downbeat USA

 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Andrey Gritsman, host

Jeanne-Marie Beaumont Anna Rabinowitz David Lehman
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Curated by Becca Stevens

Ben Davis, supro electric guitar, vocals;  Bridget Kearney, bass,vocals
Post Folk: BB Gun image
BB Gun is the duo of songwriter/singers Ben Davis and Bridget Kearney. The two have been collaborators for the last 4 years in their 10-piece indie-rock orchestra, Cuddle Magic. The duo is more than a paired down version of the large ensemble, though there is definitely a connection, and one of the main attractions will be watching the two multi-task, covering drum parts with their feet and trumpet parts on their guitars and string parts with their mouths. More than anything, the duo will be a showcase for both songwriters. Davis has a preternatural sense of melody and draws musical inspiration from his background in folk music, his conservatory education and his travels in Africa. Kearney's realm is pop music, and she writes with what the Los Angeles Daily News called "wry existential intelligence." She is a two time winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and writes material for her bands, Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow, as well as Cuddle Magic, and of course, BB GUN.

"thoughtful, unpretentious lyrics, with a kind of casual force" -Sing Out

"it's kind of like Cuddle Magic without all the bullshit" -Alec Spiegelman (clarinetist for Cuddle Magic)
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Curated by Becca Stevens

Rachael Price, vocals;  Margaret Glaspy, guitar, vocals;  Brittany Haas, fiddle;  Bridget Kearney, bass
Post Folk:The Fundies image
An indie old time band that is the first of its kind. Margaret Glaspy, Brittany Haas, Bridget Kearney, and Rachael Price join forces to blow your mind with their sweet harmonies and catchy originals. Their talent paired with their good looks is said to be "overwhelming". A brand new set up, they have already begun to take New York by storm and will surely continue to do so.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Dec 09
Tina Chang

Poet Tina Chang presents students from her Hunter & Sarah Lawrence workshops. The lineup includes Aditi Rao, Catherine Lea, Christine Reilly, Rose Slaton, Christianne Karefa-Johnson, Elizabeth Tashiro, Andra Kucerak, Davya Eschenazi, Jason Anthony Julien, Billie R. Tadros, Matt Alberswerth, Lauren Wallach, Carly Orosz, Sebastian Paramo, Jacqui Goodman, and Melissa Ramos.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Michaël Attias, alto saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Mark Taylor, french horn;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Sean Conly, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Michaël Attias' 2010 Clean Feed release, Twines of Colesion, was called "one of the year's standout jazz albums, an alternately gritty and romantic set, perched on the border between postbop and the avant-garde." - Time Out NY- Tonight's concert will feature new and revisited music for a special edition of his long dormant sextet.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)
Dec 10
Jackie Sheeler, host

The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

George Held : featured

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor, soprano saxophone;  Paul Motian, drums;  Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Ben Monder, guitar
Malaby/Motian/Sanchez/Monder image
Tony Malaby leads a stellar quartet featuring drum legend Paul Motian in a rare New York performance.

Reservations highly recommended
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Dec 11
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Emelise Aleandri Frank Lentricchia
Italian American Writers Association, featured readers are: Jim Pignetti & Alison Koffler, plus open mic, 5 minute limit.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Mario Pavone, bass,compositions;  Tony Malaby, saxophones;  Marty Ehrlich, saxophones;  Dave Ballou, trumpet;  Peter Madsen, piano;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
The bassist and composer will celebrate his 70th birthday , 45 years in music , and a propulsive new cd - ARC SUITE with his ORANGE DOUBLE TENOR SEXTET.

" ... pavone's music has the rhythmic and harmonic grids of be-bop and all that descends from it,and the cathartic tracing-in-air of free jazz" Ben Ratliff>, New York Times
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Dec 12
Angelo Verga, host

Barry Wallenstein, poet;  Adam Birnbaum, piano;  Vincent Chancey, French horn;  Neal Haiduck, clarinet;  Lindsey Horner, bass;  David Friedman, Special Guest Poet
Barry Wallenstein & freinds image
Back from a well deserved respite Professor Wallenstein delivers new poems.

 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

James Shipp, vibraphone, percussion;  Becca Stevens, vocals, charango;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Rogério Boccato, drums, percussion;  Special Guest:Doug Wamble, guitar, vocals
James Shipp's Nós Novo image
Nós Novo is Shipp's laboratory for exploring the commonalities and clashes between jazz-based improvisation, traditional folk musics from the UK and Ireland, and grooves from the drum cultures of Brazil, the middle east, and India. The group's repertoire runs the gamut from 300-year-old Irish songs to Thelonius Monk tunes to Björk and José Gonzalez. Their music can be lush and whispering, explosive and uninhibited, thoughtful and challenging, and rollicking and danceable. What holds it all together is a belief in telling stories, artfully and honestly. Nós Novo has been delighting audiences since 2008, and has made notable appearances at New York's Irish Arts Center, the 2010 Melbourne (AUS) Jazz Festival, and the women's gymnasium on Rikers Island. The group released its debut CD, Strange Sweethearts in America, in October of 2009.

“Nós Novo offers a worldly mix of sea shanties, Celtic reels and airs, Brazilian soul and jazz spirit, played via a mix of strings and percussion instruments and the soaring voice of singer Jo Lawry. More amazing than the boldness of the mix is the seamlessness with which it all comes together on the band’s lovely new debut album…” --Time Out New York
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)

Drum kit donated by

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