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Feb 01
Andy Christie, host

David Crabb Ophira Eisenberg Brad Lawrence Adam Wade
The Liar Show image

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.

Hosted by Andy Christie (The New York Times, WNYC'S The Moth's Radio Hour)

This month, The Liar Show welcomes DAVID CRABB (Bad Kid; "Endearing and subtle." - N.Y. Times), OPHIRA EISENBERG (Author, Screw Everyone; Host of NPR's "Ask Me Another"), BRAD LAWRENCE (Moth GrandSlam Champion), and ADAM WADE (TEDx; "You can't not like him." - TimeOut NY)

"They can lie to me all night long!" - The New York Times

"Christie & Co. make dishonesty fun again." - TimeOut New York

Pete Robbins, alto sax;  Jonathan Finlayson , trumpet;  Carlos Homs , piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Nate Wood, drums
 Pete Robbins Pyramid Quintet, CD Release image
With the album Pyramid, saxophonist Pete Robbins explores a different sort of standard – classic rock and pop tracks that were formative for him as a youth: Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine,” Nirvana’s “Lithium,” Stevie Wonder’s “Too High,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by way of Jeff Buckley, even Glenn Campbell’s Jimmy Webb-penned hit “Wichita Lineman.” The Brooklyn-based Robbins turns these tunes inside out with a quartet featuring some of New York’s most abundantly talented musicians: pianist Vijay Iyer, double-bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Tyshawn Sorey. Robbins and company not only re-invent classic songs in an utterly individual and jazz-wise way; they dig into a batch of the saxophonist’s originals, playing with the pithy, catchy spirit of the covers in mind. Pyramid – to be released Jan. 28, 2014, via Robbins’s Hate Laugh Music label – is his seventh album as a leader.

"Mr. Robbins, an industrious and venturesome alto saxophonist and clarinetist, ambitious ensemble that combines spacious avant-gardism with the melodic punch of rock...[He has] a cool tone and a thoughtfully off kilter sensibility. ...[A]n intimate jazz-rock hybrid ... [C]omplex but welcoming, and ultimately light on its feet. ... Mr. Robbins plays with coolness as well as confidence. ...[H]is compositions seem to breathe according to some collective whim."--Nate Chinen, New York Times

Feb 02
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Ann Senghas, linguist;  Jason Kao Hwang, violinist
Entertaining Science: MUSIC, LANGUAGE LEARNING US image

Ann Senghas of Barnard College explores the ways in which language learners and language users create ordered systems from disorder, and specifically the emergence of grammatical structure in a new sign language being created over generations of deaf children and adolescents in Nicaragua.

Jason Kao Hwang, a composer and violinist with roots in jazz and improvisational music, aspires to express life through a voice and language inseparable from that life. He imagines that the Chinese language his parents spoke at home was his formative musical experience. Jason will be joined by pianist Chris Forbes.

Language and music are both learned. But do they need to be taught? Come and hear of the improviser's primal voice, inseparable from life, emerging through wonderful music and fascinating psychology.

Dan Weiss, host

Dan Weiss, tabla, drums;  Samarth Nagarkar, voice
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Samarth Nagarkar is an astounding talent in the field of Hindustani Classical Music and he has the ability to mesmerize audiences wherever he sings. He will be accompanied by Dan on the tabla and drumset.

Feb 03
Tulis McCall, host

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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion;  Frank Messina, poet
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.

Tonight with special guest poet Frank Messina reading his NY Mets poetry. The show will be filmed for a movie on the 1986 Mets, directed by Heather Quinlan.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

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Feb 04
Warren Smith, percussion;  Steve Dalachinsky, poetry;  Edith Lettner, alto & soprano saxophone, duduk
Dialogues image

Warren Smith, Edith Lettner, and Steve Dalachinsky present an evening of improvised music and poetry with the accent on spontaneity in a painterly fashon - exercising the principles of freedom while celebrating Lettner's exhibition of paintings currently on view upstairs in the cafe Café.

Improvised music is a passion of saxophonist, composer and painter Edith Lettner. Based in Vienna, Austria she has played with many great musicians and bands from all over the world (world music, jazz, improvised music). Her frequent cooperation with musicians from other cultures and artists from other art genres and her numerous stays abroad (Senegal, New York, Armenia) have made her an incredibly versatile artistic personality.

„......saxophonist Edith Lettner has all technical, musical and creative skills and in addition to that a very sensitive and clear sound.“ - Franz Zamazal, OÖ Nachrichten

Rhys Tivey, trumpet;  Jean-Michel Pilc, piano;  Ross Pederson, drums;  Or Bareket, bass
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The young Rhys Tivey whispers, cries, laughs, and sings through the trumpet with silken intensity, and he composes lyrical launching pads for dreamy improvisation. The group, which includes renowned Jean-Michel Pilc, Ross Pederson, and Sam Minaie, summons melodies of exceptional imagination and emotion with the momentum and uncanny intercommunication of a seasoned dog-sledding team. Prepare to be carried away.

"Tivey is a dynamic improviser and compelling composer, nicely rooted in the past but always looking forward." Ralph Alessi, trumpeter/composer

Wednesday Feb 05

Women of The Barrow Group Maame-Mensima Horne Victor V. Gurbo & Co. Karl Leone Trae Harris Chicle + Angelus Julie Patton Joyce Leeann Lavonne Natasha Caeser and Anne Waldman
The Belladonna* Series: Holding The Space image

Join us in "holding the space" for our late friend and poet Akilah Oliver with an evening of poetry-in-performance and new collaborations. This event supports artists who fuse music, movement, sound, and dance with spoken word poetry. We are dedicated to poets, like Oliver, who seek alternative ways to present the spoken word.

Sara Gazarek, voice;  Josh Nelson, piano
Sara Gazarek + Josh Nelson DUO image
The piano is the most versatile of all instruments. It can become a suit of armor or a bouquet of flowers. It can keep time and it can stop time. When paired with the human voice, the possibilities are limitless but the outcome is unpredictable. Vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have aligned their musical spirits in a way that would make any artistic duo envious. Gazarek’s top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson’s supple command and they have transfixed audiences from New York to Tokyo. They have a telepathic understanding that has come about through more than a decade of friendship, not just hundreds of hours on the bandstand and it blankets any audience lucky enough to hear their swinging high-wire act of trust and commitment.

"Someday, Sara Gazarek is going to be respected as one of the best singers in jazz..." Bob Karlovits - Pittsburgh Tribune"

Feb 06
Robin, Angelo, 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.

Angelica Sanchez, piano;  Steve LaSpina, bass;  Kevin Norton, drums
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“LaSpina evokes a wonderful sound, bent to the task by a solid time concept and intonation His understanding of the instrument comes through loud and clear..."—Jazz Times

"In his writing and playing Norton displays much subtlety, imagination and originality" —JazzTimes

“Sanchez's provocative writing - full of evocative harmonies and open-ended forms showcases her flair for counterpoint and marks her as a formidable talent...”—JazzTimes

Feb 07
Kat Georges

The Monthly: Naked Burroughs image
NAKED BURROUGHS 100 Year Tribute to William S. Burroughs

Featuring William Burroughs discussions and readings starring Penny Arcade • Steve Dalachinsky • David Lawton • Kat Georges Plus a group reading of excerpt from Burroughs’ masterpiece NAKED LUNCH Hosted by Peter Carlaftes

Three Rooms Press presents a 100 Year celebration of Beat icon and postmodernist trailblazer William S. Burroughs on Friday, February 7, at Cornelia Street Cafe. The event will be highlighted by tribute readings and discussions by performance artist and Burroughs associate Penny Arcade, poet Steve Dalachinsky and spoken word artist Kat Georges. Also on tap will be an audience group reading of an excerpt from Burroughs’ iconic masterpiece NAKED LUNCH. Three Rooms Press co-director Peter Carlaftes hosts.

Penny Arcade is a performance artist, actress and playwright, best known for her show Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! She has worked with numerous underground film and theater artists including John Vaccaro’s Playhouse of the Ridiculous, Jack Smith, Charles Ludlam, Quentin Crisp and Andy Warhol. She is a co-founder of the Lower East Side Biography Project, an oral history of New York’s Bohemian culture from the 50s to the present.

Steve Dalachinsky is a New York downtown poet and author of the PEN Award-winning book The Final Nite & Other Poems (2006). Dalachinsky's main influences are the Beats, Blake, The Odyssey, obsession, socio-political angst, human disappointment, music (especially Jazz), and visual art with leanings toward abstraction. His work, for the most part is spontaneous and leans towards transforming the image rather than merely describing it, in what he now refers to as transformative description/descriptive transformation.

David Lawton is a spoken word artist and actor, who former MC5 manager and White Panther founder John Sinclair calls “a fine poet and terrific performer.” His most recent books is the poetry collection Sharp Blue Stream (2012), which includes homages to Herbert Huncke and other Beat icons.

Kat Georges is a New York spoken word artist, designer and co-director of Three Rooms Press. Her books include the poetry collection Our Lady of the Hunger and Punk Rock Journal. She will read an excerpt from Burroughs’ classic novella Junkie.

Mark Helias, bass;  Quinsin Nachoff, tenor saxophone;  Mark Ferber, drums;  Dave Ballou, trumpet
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Composer/Bassist Mark Helias' Quartet Music is a project of exceptional musicians interpreting new material in the immediacy of a live situation. Mr. Helias is inspired to be performing this music with Quinsin Nachoff, Mark Ferber and Dave Ballou.

NYC-based Canadian saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Quinsin Nachoff is one of the truly bright younger jazz minds hereabouts” (GLOBE&MAIL) His Forward Motion (2011) release was described as “Funky, passionate and intellectually probing, Nachoff is the total package.” (Exclaim Magazine) Drummer Mark Ferber can be heard on over 100 records. Past work includes tours and recordings with Lee Konitz, Jonathan Kreisberg, Jack Wilkins, Don Byron, Fred Hersch, Tony Malaby, and Billy Childs, among others. One of his shining moments as a drummer was sitting in with Tom Jones on "Great Balls of Fire."

 Dave Ballou has released nine internationally recognized CD's as a leader and co-leader. He has performed or recorded with ensembles led by Michael Formanek, Denman Maroney, Maria Schneider, Andrew Hill, Dave Liebman, Oliver Lake, Joe Lovano, Sheila Jordan, Steely Dan, Rabih Abou-Kahlil, Don Preston and an extensive list of jazz personalities.

Feb 08
Penelope Karageorge, host

Nicholas Alexiou Basil Rouskas Meg Scott-Copses
The Greek-American Writers Association invites you to get in touch with your literary kefi (gusto).

Poets Nicholas Alexiou, author of Astoria, Basil Rouskas, author of Redrawing Borders and Meg Scott-Copses, Illuminations editor, present original work from the Illuminations International Literary Journal -- a special issue devoted to Greece - country of myth, memory and ouzo.

Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
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Tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby's explosive triumvirate showcases current and new works in preparation for an upcoming recording. Having garnered much attention from his previous efforts as both sideman and leader, DETROIT-CLEVELAND TRIO pays energy, excitement, creativity and cohesive elasticity in spades.

DETROIT-CLEVELAND TRIO combines the creative powers of Detroit natives bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Gerald Cleaver, with Cleveland native Jason Rigby. Hailed as "a truly lyrical musician" and "New York's rising star of tenor sax" with a "pioneering voice that deftly combines many influences," Rigby is known for his compelling inside-outside improvising. Cameron Brown is one of the greatest living bass veterans, a driving and creative constant and has worked with the likes of Don Cherry, Art Blakey, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, as well as with Dannie Richmond as a member of the celebrated Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet. Gerald Cleaver is an unstoppable modern drummer who consistently dazzles with his creative depth, having performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Craig Taborn, Michael Formanek, Mat Maneri, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, to name a few.

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