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ART ON THE WALLS

Photographs by Linda Zecchino

All art is for sale. Please inquire

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 Kjřsnes, 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

Wednesday Dec 13
6:00PM  INTERCULTURAL POETRY
Andrey Gritsman, host

David Lehman
Intercultural Poetry image

Intercultural Poetry presents Russian Poetry in Translation

Poets presented: Vadimir Mayakovsky, Vladislav Khodasevich, Osip Mandestam, Anna Akhmatova; contemporary Russian poets - Vladimir Gandelsman and Vladimir Druk.

David Lehman, great American poet and essayist, Editor-in-Chief of Best American Poetry https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/david-lehman

Andrey Gritsman, Russian-American poet and essayist, Editor-in-Chief of Interpoezia www.andreygritsman.com

8:01PM  NEW YORK BOJAIRA PROJECT
Alfonso Cid, flamenco vocals, flute;  Jesús Hernández, piano;  Tim Ferguson, bass;  Mark Holen, drums
New York bojaira project image

The fusion between Jazz and Flamenco is one of the most exciting musical and artistic expressions emerging in the world today. The result, in the case of The New York Bojaira Project, is a powerful combination of energy and subtlety on stage. An original and versatile fusion, blending the depth and intensity of jazz harmony and improvisation, with the excitement of flamenco rhythms.

"This is excellent contemporary Flamenco... A must for music lovers of all kinds."--Patrick Dalmace, Jazz Hot Magazine, Paris, France.

  www.newyorkbojairaproject.com/

Thursday
Dec 14
6:00PM  JESSICA CRANDALL AND ELLEN MANDEL
Soprano Jessica Crandall sings music by Ellen Mandel

Jessica Crandall, vocals;  Ellen Mandel, piano, composition
JESSICA CRANDALL and ELLEN MANDEL image

Jessica and Ellen perform lyrical, dramatic, and humorous songs from their new CD I SO LIKED SPRING, with texts by Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Mew, Shakespeare, W.B. Yeats, Glyn Maxwell, and more! When Crandall sings Mandel, the music soars!

Mandel’s music is “Ardent, spiky, and freshly organic” NY Times

  ellenmandel.com

8:00PM  NITZAN GAVRIELI TRIO
Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums

Since moving to New York in 2007, Israeli pianist and composer Nitzan Gavrieli has been performing nationally and internationally with his trio and as a sideman. Nitzan brings his new trio to Cornelia Street Cafe for a set of original music featuring some of New York's top musicians on the scene.

  http://www.nitzangavrieli.com

Nitzan Gavrieli trio image
9:30PM  ZYGMON
Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Pablo Menares, bass;  Felix Lecaros, drums;  Seth Trachy, tenor sax
Zygmon image

Zygmon performs modern instrumental adaptations of Cameroonian Baka Pygmy music. A melding of diverse influences with the music of one of the oldest cultures on the planet.

"Music driven by a subtle twilight infused pulsation, one is confused as to whether traveling forward or backwards in time" World Sound Review

  www.sethtrachy.com

Friday
Dec 15
6:00PM  AUDREY SILVER, JAZZ SINGER & SONGWRITER
sings Jazz Standards, Originals, And Contemporary Songs

Audrey Silver, vocals;  Bruce Barth, piano;  Paul Beaudry, bass;  Anthony Picciotti, drums;  Alex Norris, trumpet
Audrey Silver, Jazz Singer & Songwriter image

Audrey will be performing works from her recently released album, Very Early, as well as from her next album, which she expects to release in the next year.

Since releasingVery Early at The Cornelia Street Cafe in October 2016, the album has received substantial, nationwide air-time, peaking at #100 on the Jazz Week chart, #12 on CMJ chart, and #10 on the RMR chart. Of note, it has been in regular rotation on WBGO throughout much of the year, and Michael Bourne hosted Audrey on his Singers Unlimited Show on WBGO on October 15.

"There's immediate comfort in encountering Audrey Silver's music for the first time. Her voice is an open invitation, an instrument of confession and creation that immediately transports you to someplace else. That's evident from her first utterances through her last words on Very Early.” Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

  www.audreysilver.com www.facebook.com/audreysilverjazz

8:35PM  SARA SERPA & CITY FRAGMENTS
Sara Serpa, voice;  Sofía Rei, voice;  Aubrey Johnson, voice;  André Matos, guitar;  Erik Friedlander, cello;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Sara Serpa & City Fragments image

“Sara Serpa is a fresh and riveting presence on the vocal-jazz landscape..” Nate Chinen, JazzTimes

Born in Lisboa, Portugal and based in New York since 2008, Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, bandleader and improviser who has been voted by the Downbeat Critics Poll 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 as "Female Vocalist Rising Star". While Serpa is mostly known for her wordless singing with such jazz luminaries as Greg Osby, Grammy-Award nominee Danilo Perez, or as an interpreter of the Great American Songbook with Guggenheim Fellow and legendary pianist Ran Blake, she has also been collaborating with innovators like John Zorn, Guillermo Klein, Aya Nishina, Kris Davis to name a few.Described by the JazzTimes magazine as “ one of the most exciting avant- gardists on the New York scene" and by the New York Times as "a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook", Serpa has produced six albums as a leader, (with the labels Clean Feed, Tzadik and Inner Circle Music), the latest being a partnership with Portuguese guitarist André Matos, "All The Dreams" (2016), which was noted by the All About Jazz as "“their music is art at the point where minimalism and cangiante merge".

This unique ensemble of three voices, guitar, cello, and drums features the impressive line-up of musicians with Serpa, Aubrey Johnson, and Sofia Rei with guitarist André Matos, cellist Erik Friedlander, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Serpa's desire to collaborate with other singers and create a communal relationship between their voices and instrumentalists inspired the project. The ensemble has been developing and working on "Breathe," an eight-movement piece penned by Serpa and based on French philosopher/feminist Luce Irigaray's book Between East and West (2002) . Irigaray’s particular focus on breath inspired Serpa to write music to excerpts of this book, creating an eight movement piece that brings awareness to body, breath, gender, ethnicity, globalization and nature.

  www.saraserpa.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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