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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

Tuesday
Dec 05
6:00PM  PLAYFUL PROCEDURES
A Poetry Provocation of Bourgeois Normalities

Liora Mondlak Don Hogle
PLAYFUL PROCEDURES image

Liora Mondlak remembers accompanying her mother to the market in Mexico City, where she grew up. She remembers the chickens hanging by their feet, and the sawdust around her saddle shoes. Years later, she would return to the market to buy ground chameleon, a well-known love potion, which she uses sparingly.

Don Hogle’s love of poetry began as a child, acting out the witches’ scenes from Macbeth with monkey puppets. He was disciplined in kindergarten for kissing the girls. Some things have changed over the intervening six decades, others not so much.

  www.lioramondlak.com www.donhoglepoet.com

8:00PM  VOXECSTATIC: LAUREN LEE- CURIOUS BEINGS
Deborah Latz, curator

Lauren Lee, voice, piano, compostion;  Shelly Washington, baritone sax, flute;  Brad Mulholland, alto sax, clarinet;  Lauren Seay, bass, voice;  Kevin Neyer, drums

Fresh from an extended European tour, Lauren Lee presents a program of new songs that reflect her global influences and experiences as a stranger trying to communicate in a language that anyone can understand. Constantly exploring the outer realms of what's possible with the human voice and ear, her compositions and improvisations draw on feelings of apprehension and disappointment as well as elation and curiosity.

"Most highly recommended, especially for listeners who love a solid sonic adventure." - Dick Metcalf/CADENCE Magazine
  http://www.laurenleeprojectjazz.com

Voxecstatic: Lauren Lee- Curious Beings image
9:30PM  VOXECSTATIC: MATKOT: MEDITERRANEAN VOCAL JAZZ BAND
Deborah Latz, curator

Dor Sagi, voice;  Naama Gheber, voice;  Arta Jekabsone, voice;  Eliza Bake, voice;  Mike Sheelar, piano;  John Koozin, bass;  Yonatan Oleiski, drums
Voxecstatic: MATKOT: Mediterranean Vocal Jazz Band image

MATKOT is the sound of a female vocal quartet and a swinging jazz trio playing the unique arrangements of Israeli composer Rami Bar-David. Lush harmonies and Mediterranean flavor Bar-David's grooves hip compositional style, which deconstructs jazz standards and popular classics and re-arranges them into a distinctive new sound. Based in New York, MATKOT's music draws on both the jazz tradition and their Israeli roots to create a vibrant new repertoire.

  https://www.matkotmusic.com

Wednesday Dec 06
6:00PM  MARGARITA ROVENSKAYA AND ELLY TOYODA
Margarita Rovenskaya, piano;  Elly Toyoda, violin
Margarita Rovenskaya and Elly Toyoda image

Music for Piano and Violin. Join us for an evening of Chopin Impromptus, Debussy Images, Mozart and Brahms Piano and Violin Sonatas, and Gershwin Porgy and Bess!

  www.margaritarovenskaya.com youtu.be/lQczLOExNpU

8:01PM  THE OUT LOUDS
Tomas Fujiwara, drums;  Ben​ ​Goldberg, clarinet;  Mary​ ​Halvorson, guitar
The Out Louds image Reuben​ ​Radding

The​ ​working​ ​method​ ​of​ ​The​ ​Out​ ​Louds​ ​is​ ​sonic​ ​research,​ ​conducted​ ​on​ ​a​ ​decibel-by-decibel level.​ ​Once​ ​ deconstructed,​ ​the​ ​music​ ​can​ ​be​ ​transmitted​ ​to​ ​the​ ​listener​ ​in​ ​its​ ​pure​ ​form​ ​and beauty.​ ​For​ ​example,​ ​a​ ​person​ ​contemplating​ ​the​ ​Fragility​ ​of​ ​Existence​ ​soon​ ​passes​ ​from​ ​this world,​ ​while​ ​the​ ​fragile​ ​existence​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ universe​ ​continues​ ​forever.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​for​ ​this​ ​reason​ ​that​ ​the song​ ​titles​ ​on​ ​their​ ​first​ ​record​ ​are​ ​derived​ ​from​ ​the​ ​ names​ ​of​ ​flowers​ ​that​ ​one​ ​can​ ​encounter​ ​at the​ ​Brooklyn​ ​Botanical​ ​Gardens.

Thursday
Dec 07
6:00PM  ARTISTS SALON
Robin, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists Salon image

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.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.

8:00PM  MATT HOLMAN’S OUTLANDS
Matt Holman, trumpet, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums

Hailed by the New York Times as a “conscientious” and “perceptive young trumpeter,” Holman has distinguished himself as a a composer and soloist in many of the leading jazz ensembles of our time include those led by Darcy James Argue, John Hollenbeck, and Fred Hersch. As a leader, Holman’s chamber jazz recordings When Flooded (2013, Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records) and The Tenth Muse (2017, New Focus Recordings) feature “richly orchestrated tapestries of sound and beautifully developed melodic ideas,” (Down Beat) that draw “inspiration from a large gamut of musical sources that stretch far beyond jazz” (Hot House).

Holman’s new project OUTLANDS features original music inspired by his native state of Arizona.

  http://www.mattholman.com

Matt Holman’s Outlands image
9:30PM  NICK BRUST QUINTET
Nick Brust, sax;  Ben Eunson, guitar;  Tuomo Uusitalo, piano;  Josh Allen, bass;  Jay Sawyer, drums

"Nick Brust’s playing and writing is evidence that the future of the alto saxophone is in good hands. Rarely do you find a young player who combines exquisite, head-spinningly dextrous playing with such thoughtful ideas and compositions. Check him out!" -Will Vinson

  http:// www.nickbrustjazz.com

Nick Brust Quintet image
Friday
Dec 08
6:00PM  OBERMAN, GARDINIER, AND HELAL READ NEW WORK AND OLD
Miller Oberman Suzanne Gardinier Marwa Helal
Oberman, Gardinier, and Helal Read New Work And Old image

Join us for a night of poetry readings featuring Miller Oberman, Suzanne Gardinier, and Marwa Helal. Hear stories of change and boundary crossing, writing the body visible, and immigration.

8:35PM  COLIN STRANAHAN’S PACEMAKER
Colin Stranahan, drums, comp.;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eden Ladin, piano;  Or Bareket, bass
Colin Stranahan’s PaceMaker image

Pacemaker” is an appropriate name for a band led by a drummer, the beating heart of the rhythm section. But for drummer and bandleader Colin Stranahan, the name has a deeper, more mysterious meaning. Colin’s grandfather Glen had a pacemaker, and the device seemed to posses special powers in the mind of young Colin.

Playing wide-ranging sets of original compositions by Stranahan and his bandmates, as well as music by the drummer Paul Motian.

  www.colinstranahanmusic.com

Saturday
Dec 09
6:00PM  GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Penelope Karageorge, host

Jill McManus Boots Maleson Stephan Morrow
Greek American Writers Association image

The Greek-American Writers Association invites you to a dazzling evening of music, comedy, poetry and story. Acclaimed jazz pianist Jill McManus and the great bassist Boots Maleson will perform. Director/actor/author Stephan Morrow will premiere a new piece.

The Open Mic will astound you with its talented and original artists.

8:35PM  SCOTT LEE, CLONING AMERICANA
Scott Lee, bass, compositions;  Billy Drewes, reeds, compositions;  Gary Versace, piano;  Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Scott Lee, Cloning Americana image

Cloning Americana explores the range of modern improvisational music in the context of the current political and cultural landscape. The group expresses their lament at how far we have moved away from the American values of respect, compassion, and tolerance.

" With the tactful touch of classic jazz, these established musicians craft an album at once effortlessly charming and heavy with nostalgia for the America of decades past. " " Such elegance and understatement maybe more revolutionary than wildly flaring saxophones and blaring drum rhythms. " --Sharon Mizrahi,NYC Jazz Record

  www.scottleemusic.com/

Sunday
Dec 10
6:00PM  TOGETHER FOR THE FIRST TIME: FOUR VISCERAL CONTEMPORARY POETS
Philip Fried Rachel Eliza Griffiths Richard Hoffman D. Nurkse
Together For the First Time: Four Visceral  Contemporary Poets image @ Lynn Saville 2017

Four poets who have never shared a stage, and who each have recent celebrated publications, will offer cutting edge responses to the challenge facing every artist in America today --or present poems whose only purpose is to tease out an inner truth.

8:00PM  ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: NOA FORT QUARTET
Or Bareket, host

Noa Fort, voice;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Ronen Itzek, drums;  tba, piano
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Noa Fort Quartet image

Israeli born vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser, painter of sounds. Recently regarded as “one of New York’s more interesting and original artists” (New York Music Daily), she draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, tabla studies, jazz singing and rock/punk/ska keyboard playing into her original music.

9:30PM  ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: IDAN MORIM QUINTET
Idan Morim, guitar;  Adam O'Farill , trumpet;  Micha Gilad, piano;  Almog Sharvit, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Israeli Jazz Spotlight: Idan Morim quintet image

Idan Morim, a young guitarist making a name for himself in the NYC Music scene over the last few years, will be performing his original music along side a band of unique and powerful talents. Performing under his projects name I.M Idans work is rooted in Jazz and improvised music while reaching into different music spheres along the way.

Monday
Dec 11
6:00PM  BEYOND THE MARKETPLACE MELTING POT: A RETURN TO MEANINGFUL MUSIC CLASSIFICATION
Joseph Biehl, curator

Jason Cutmore
Beyond the Marketplace Melting Pot: A Return to Meaningful Music Classification image

Tonight, our acclaimed Philosophy series returns!

It has been said that there are not different "types" or categories of music, only good music and bad music. How can we know the difference between good and bad music however? Well, on some accounts, there are indeed different types ('low' vs 'high' art), some of which are by definition bad, others good. Yet, on other accounts, music is music – there are no essential differences in kind, and it is simply each listener's favorable or unfavorable reaction to any given song or piece of music that decides its quality. In very broad strokes, these two contrasting orientations represent attitudes common in modernist and postmodernist theories, respectively. In the former, Western classical music was privileged (unjustly, in some respects) above all other kinds. However, the latter orientation, which is currently in fashion, seems to reduce all musical meaning and appraisal to little more than our own mental projections. In this presentation, a third, alternative way to identify musical "types" is proposed, one that seeks to illuminate meaningful musical distinctions in the natures and functions of three musical kinds (folk, mass, and art music), with some surprising results. A brief piano performance will precede the talk.

  www.philosophy.nyc

8:30PM  CABARET CLASSIQUE RIDES AGAIN AT CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ
Lisa Daehlin, soprano;  Tor Morten Kjøsnes, piano
CABARET CLASSIQUE rides again at CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ image
Tuesday
Dec 12
6:00PM  NEW YORK STORY EXCHANGE
Nicole Ferraro, host

Jean Le Bec Asher Novek Thomas Pryor Gianmarco Soresi
New York Story Exchange image

HEAR STORIES! TELL STORIES!

Featured stories by Jean Le Bec, Asher Novek, Thomas Pryor, and Gianmarco Soresi

Have a 5-minute story to tell? Sign up for our 5-for-5 open mic!

8:01PM  CARMEN STAAF'S "DAY DREAM" ALBUM RELEASE PARTY
Carmen Staaf, piano, comp.;  Nicole Zuraitis, voice;  Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn;  Kris Allen, alto sax;  Jon Michel, bass;  George Schuller, drums
Carmen Staaf's

After graduating from the Thelonious Monk Institute in 2016 (where she studied under Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock), pianist and composer Carmen Staaf has been increasingly busy as a side person, performing with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, Thana Alexa, Allegra Levy, Joe Phillips and Numinous, and many others. She is also a uniquely personal composer and arranger, drawing from the jazz tradition as well as her experience with klezmer, classical, Cuban and South Indian genres.

For her new record "Day Dream", Staaf enlists a star-studded ensemble to interpret her extraordinary arrangements of jazz classics and originals. Featuring vocals, horns, bass, drums, kora and percussion, this diverse group explores familiar songs with creativity, grace and innovation.

"A most impressive pianist" - Bob Brookmeyer

  www.carmenstaaf.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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