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ART ON THE WALLS

Monday
Dec 06
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!!!

$10 includes a drink, what a bargain!!
 Cover $10   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
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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 (includes one house drink)   www.davidamram.com
Tuesday
Dec 07
6:00PM  THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Hossannah Asuncion Tamiko Beyer April Naoko Heck Joseph Legaspi Timothy Liu
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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 notarie.tumblr.com.

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 wonderinghome.com and blogging at kenyonreview.org.

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 www.josepholegaspi.com.

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)

8:30PM  THEO BLECKMANN & BEN MONDER DUO
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.

“...so 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)   www.TheoBleckmann.com www.BenMonder.com

Wednesday Dec 08 6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY SERIES
Andrey Gritsman, host

Jeanne-Marie Beaumont Anna Rabinowitz David Lehman
BEST OF NEW YORK POETRY
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
8:30PM  POST FOLK: BB GUN
Curated by Becca Stevens

Ben Davis, supro electric guitar, vocals;  Bridget Kearney, bass,vocals
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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)   www.bridgetkearney.com www.cuddle-magic.com

10:00PM  POST FOLK:THE FUNDIES
Curated by Becca Stevens

Rachael Price, vocals;  Margaret Glaspy, guitar, vocals;  Brittany Haas, fiddle;  Bridget Kearney, bass
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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)   www.myspace.com/margaretglaspy
Thursday
Dec 09
6:00PM  POETRY
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)
8:30PM  THE MICHAEL ATTIAS SEXTET
Michaël Attias, alto saxophone;  Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Mark Taylor, french horn;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Sean Conly, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
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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)   www.michaelattias.com
Friday
Dec 10
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
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)

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MALABY/MOTIAN/SANCHEZ/MONDER
Tony Malaby, tenor, soprano saxophone;  Paul Motian, drums;  Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Ben Monder, guitar
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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)   www.tonymalaby.com

Saturday
Dec 11
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
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)   http://www.iawa.net
9:00PM & 10:30PM  ORANGE DOUBLE TENOR, CD RELEASE AND 70TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
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)   http://www.mariopavone.com

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Sunday
Dec 12
6:00PM  BARRY WALLENSTEIN & FREINDS
Angelo Verga, host

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


 Cover $12 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  JAMES SHIPP'S NÓS NOVO
James Shipp, vibraphone, percussion;  Becca Stevens, vocals, charango;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Rogério Boccato, drums, percussion;  Special Guest:Doug Wamble, guitar, vocals
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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)   www.jamesshipp.com

Monday
Dec 13
6:00PM  JULIAN WATERFALL POLLACK TRIO
Julian Pollack,, piano;  Noah Garabedian, bass;  Evan Hughes, drums
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After recent sold-out appearances at the Blue Note in New York and Yoshi's in Oakland, 22-year-old jazz pianist Julian Waterfall Pollack comes to the Cornelia Street Café stage to perform an evening of original music with his critically-acclaimed trio. Heralded by the San Francisco Chronicle as a pianist who "plays with seemingly impossible soul and maturity for someone so young," Pollack's music is driven by a strong sense of melody and emotional urgency, drawing from all styles of music, contemporary and old. The trio's latest release, Infinite Playground, has garnered rave reviews and international recognition. Among his many accomplishments, Pollack has been featured on Marian McPartland’s renowned NPR show, Piano Jazz at the young age of 18, and after the release of Pollack's first album, Goin’ For It, JAZZIZ Magazine selected the high-octane original, "Take Me Outside," to be on its monthly CD series, JAZZIZ On Disc. Pollack was also featured in the NFAA's Academy Award nominated documentary, "Rehearsing a Dream," which has appeared and continues to appear on HBO.

"...a wonderful new player on the jazz scene..."- MARIAN MCPARTLAND, host of NPR's PIANO JAZZ
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   www.julianpollackmusic.com

8:30PM  INSIDE/OUT
Tim Ferguson, bass;  Rob Henke, trumpet;  Diane Moser, piano
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Inside/Out is a trio with a unique sound and open mindedness about music and improvisation that weaves in and out of musical lines through the tapestry of ensemble playing. photo by Chris Drukker

$5 with student i.d.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://timfergusonmusic.com/calendar.html

10:00PM  "WORDS AND MUSIC" THE NEW SCHOOL FOR JAZZ AND CONTEMPORARY MUSIC
Mika Harry, vocals;  Tristan Cooley, flute;  Faiz Lamouri, tenor sax;  Diederik Rijpstra, trumpet;  Daniel Galvano, piano;  Rachel Housle, percussion;  Kiril Orenstein, percussion;  Diane Moser, director
Yasu Sorimach
Breaking it down letter by letter-telling a story-rhythmic codes-poetic ebb and flow- exploring the use of "words" as a compositional/improvisational tool. Featuring: Mika Harry-vocals, Tristan Cooley-flute, Faiz Lamouri-tenor sax, Diederik Rijpstra-trumpet, Daniel Galvano-piano, Rachel Housle and Kiril Orenstein-percussion, Diane Moser-director, photo by Yasu Sorimach

$5 with student i.d.
 Cover $10 (includes one house drink)   http://www.newschool.edu/jazz/subpage.aspx?id=10114

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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