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Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

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Mar 29

There will be a private party in the cabaret space from 5-8 PM.
Mat Maneri , viola;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Lucian Ban, piano;  Bob Stewart, tuba;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
Mat Maneri & Lucian Ban New Quintet image
Fresh of their 2013 ECM Records album “Transylvanian Concert” (BEST of 2013, All About Jazz ) Grammy nominated violist Mat Maneri and Transylvanian expat pianist Lucian Ban are premiering at CSC their new project featuring an all star group of: Tony Malaby on ten sax, Gerald Cleaver on drums and legendary tuba player Bob Stewart. They have all worked together in many groups in the past, notably the award winning “Enesco Re-Imagined” project in the case of Maneri, Ban and Malaby, Gerald’s Cleaver Uncle June (Maneri & Malaby) or Tuba Project (Ban & Stewart). The Guardian UK has called Lucian Ban “A name to watch” and All About Jazz has said that Mat Maneri “has changed the way jazz world listens to violin & viola” while the New York Times has described Tony Malaby as “A fountain of creative and energized improvising”. Bob Stewart is widely considered along Howard Johnson asresponsible for bringing “new glory to the tuba” (NY Times) in modern jazz with collaborations with everybody from Gil Evans, Carla Bley to Arthur Blythe and Sonny Rollins. Add to the mix one of the true masters of contemporary drumming Nasheet Waits . . . . and you will be surely in for a treat surprise.

Mar 30
Diane Block, violin;  Terry Batts, cello;  Fred Simpson, guest percussionist
Gemini Journey presents: 'Broadway Magic!' image

A Gemini Journey Jaunt down the Great White Way!

The violin/cello Duo, "TJ and Di", will share their artistry in a performance of 'The Best of Broadway'. From Jerome Kern to George Gershwin, from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Jerry Herman, passing by Burton Lane and Jerry Bock...and from the deep South to Oklahoma, from Ireland to Siam to the shtetls of Russia, TJ and Di will take you on a musical journey you won't easily forget!

GEMINI JOURNEY & FRIENDS, including a return appearance of the percussionist Fred Simpson, will perform Broadway hits and present the Poetry of the great Broadway lyricists.

Roopa Mahadevan, vocals
Carnatic Sundays:Roopa Mahadevan image
Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Grounded in traditional songs of the great Trinity of composers, Carnatic musicians explore their own musical creativity improvising in Ragas and the music’s intricate rhythmic cycles (Tala). The spontaneous nature of the music leads to lively on stage interactions between the musicians, bringing the artists and audience together.

CARNATIC SUNDAYS, curated by Arun Ramamurthy, is a series which presents traditional South Indian classical music and innovative projects influenced by it. Roopa Mahadevan takes stage tonight, a vocalist trained under Smt. Astha Ramesh, disciple of the late D.K. Jayaraman. Roopa received the highly-regarded Fullbright Scholarship in 2007 to study Carnatic music in Chennai, India and built a name for herself performing in major venues. Roopa regularly performs in Chennai and around the US.

Mar 31
Laurel Blossom Susan Sindall
Girlfriends: A Poetry Reading image

Susan Sindall and Laurel Blossom first met at a party in 2002, when Heliotrope: a journal of poetry was celebrating the publication of its third issue. Inspired by the vision of its founders, of whom Susan was one, Laurel joined Heliotrope’s editorial board, and thereby began a friendship that will last the rest of our lives. We are proud of each other and pleased to be sharing the podium in the justly famous basement of the Cornelia St. Café.


Kyungmi Nam, piano
Kyungmi Nam: An Exhibition of Classical Music for Solo Piano image

Join pianist Kyungmi Nam for an evening of classical music including works by Bach, Schubert and Schumann.

Acclaimed by New York Concert Review as "…an awareness of detail… a clear sense of compositional structure…, a lively, vibrant sound and a wide palette of dynamics and colors", pianist Kyungmi Nam has given numerous concerts as soloist and chamber musician in the New York metropolitan area. She gave her New York debut recital at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2005, as the winner of Young Artist Piano Award presented by Artists International Presentations, Inc. Kyungmi Nam has been awarded with prizes from competitions in the U.S., South Korea, and Italy including the Debussy Prize from IBLA Grand Prize International Competition in 2006. Her orchestra engagements include the World Premiere of Henry Martin's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the conductor Richard Auldon Clark and Manhattan Chamber Orchestra in 2007.

Apr 01
Mary Ann Miller, host

Ann Cefola Dean Kostos Susan L. Miller Angela Alaimo O'Donnell Christine Redman-Waldeyer Susanna Rich
St. Peter's B-list: Poetry image

Join us to hear these accomplished poets read their contributions to St. Peter's B-list, a quirky new anthology showcasing traditional saints in ways you've never imagined. With titles like "St. Agnes, Pink-Slipped," "Waiting for Ecstasy," and "Self-Portrait as St. Edith Stein," these poems shine a light on the sacredness that illuminates daily life.

Tracy Michailidis, voice;  Carl Danielsen, piano
Tracy Michailidis Swings into Spring: Songs from the Great American Songbook image
Canadian-born Michailidis sings music from the Great American Songbook, with dashes of contemporary music theatre, folk, and Americana thrown in for good measure. As an actor, she has performed on Broadway (Disney's Beauty and The Beast), at the acclaimed Stratford and Shaw Festivals in Canada (Fiddler on the Roof, The Fellini Radio Plays, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), and at regional theatres on both sides of the border.

Wednesday Apr 02
V. Hansmann, host

Kim Dana Kupperman Robert Atwan Dustin Beall Smith Suzanne Menghraj
BENNINGTON WRITERS welcome Welcome Table Press image

Join founding editor of Welcome Table Press, Kim Dana Kupperman, for a prose reading featuring friends of the press, including Robert Atwan, Dustin Beall Smith, and Suzanne Menghraj.

Welcome Table Press was founded in 2002 in her downeast Maine kitchen. Originally serving as a vehicle for Food For Thought, a miniature, hand-sewn periodical featuring lyric essays of 1,500 words or less, original art, and a recipe for a local, seasonal dish, the Press has expanded its vision, dedicating itself to publishing and celebrating the essay in all its forms. Its first volume, You. An Anthology of Essays Devoted to the Second Person, was edited by Kupperman and published in February 2013.

Kim Dana Kupperman is the author of a critically acclaimed essay collection, I Just Lately Started Buying Wings: Missives from the Other Side of Silence (Graywolf, 2010), which received the 2009 Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize in Nonfiction from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. Among her many accomplishments, she has garnered notable mentions in the Pushcart Prize anthology (2007; 2010) and Best American Essays (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013).

Kyle Nasser, tenor sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Dov Manski, piano;  Chris Van Voorst Van Beest, bass;  Devin Drobka, drums
Melodic, harmonically inventive, and distinctively contrapuntal, Kyle Nasser's compositions offer a fresh take on modern improvisational music. His quintet has honed its sound over the past few years with a weekly Brooklyn residency. The group will perform some music from Nasser's forthcoming album "Restive Soul", which will be released later this year.

Kyle Nasser Quintet image
Apr 03
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.

Roman Filiu, alto sax;  Sam Harris, piano;  Matt Brewer, bass;  Craig Weinrib, drums;  Yusnier Sanchez, percussion
Qrteria combines the element of Afro-Cuban music with jazz through a process of spontaneous composition.

"Filiou's music has great emotional range and combines a lot of energy on bright way of soloing."--Mischa Andrienssen

Roman Filiu's Qrteria image
Apr 04
Kat Georges


A National Poetry Month Celebration

Code poetry performance is changing the landscape of the poetry scene! Code poetry -- poems written in computer code -- has found new resonance in a world increasing integrated with electronics. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "Code poets find resonance between the constraints of programming and the traditional rules of poetry, where forms like the sonnet dictate strict rhyme schemes and syllable counts." Code poets are masters of both programming and poetry, and are compelling -- and daring -- visual and performance artists.

The NYC Code Poetry Performance Festival presents five top New York-based code poets, who will astound with their interpretations and breakthroughs transforming poetry as we know it. Featured code poets confirmed so far include Ishac Bertran, Zach Lieberman, Josh Galeota-Sprung, Jonathan Wohl with Andy Dayton, and Todd Anderson with Thomas Fucaloro, with host Kat Georges

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. /

Jean-Michel Pilc, piano, whistling;  Sam Minaie, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
Jean-Michel Pilc Trio + 1 image
"A unique trio, with an very special chemistry between the musicians, and a breathtaking energy at the service of music and emotion. Jean-Michel's virtuoso whistling adds some fun and magic to the mix."

Apr 05
Andy Christie, host

Sara Barron Martin Dockery Kristen Rouse 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 Sara Barron (Author of People Are Unappealing and The Harm in Asking), Martin Dockery ("Fantastic." - NY Times; Best in Fest, Winnipeg Fringe), Kristen Rouse (NYC Veterans Oral History Project), and Adam Wade (The Moth Radio Hour).

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

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

Kris Davis, piano;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax
Kris Davis Trio image Peter Gannushkin
Pianist-Composer Kris Davis’s residency at Cornelia Street Cafe

"Over the last couple of years in New York, one method for deciding where to hear jazz on a given night has been to track down the pianist Kris Davis." — The New York Times

Kris Davis – a pianist-composer who offers “uncommon creative adventure,” says JazzTimes – can be heard at Cornelia Street Café the first Saturday of March through May as part of an ongoing residency at the Café. She plans to feature a variety of trios- from her well established piano trio with Tom Rainey and John Hebert, to more experimental sets with long time collaborator and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson, and drummer Gerald Cleaver and saxophonist Tony Malaby.

The residency begins with Davis’s trio on March 1st , featuring the music from their new release, ‘Waiting for you to Grow.’ The music for this project was composed early last year as part of a Jazz Gallery commissioning residency. As the title suggests, ‘Waiting for you to Grow’ is a deeply personal recording for Davis, composed and recorded when Davis was pregnant with her first child. Her band mates, seasoned drummer Tom Rainey and John Hebert, were along side the seven month pregnant Davis as they toured Europe, developing and shaping the music before returning to New York to record. The result is a highly interactive and energetic effort from this long-standing trio.

The second concert in the residency on April 5th will feature a trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock. The three women perform together often in Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-house, and are each known for their unique approach to their instruments. This will be the first time they perform together as a trio.

The third concert on May 3rd will feature long time collaborator Tony Malaby and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Davis has performed with Malaby since 2001, in her quartet and then as pianist and arranger in Malaby’s large ensemble Novela. This will be the first time Davis performs with Gerald Cleaver.

Long favored by her peers, jazz fans and critics, 2013 was an especially fruitful year for Davis, finding her quintet record, Capricorn Climber, her solo recording, Massive Threads and her appearance on Eric Revis’s trio record with Andrew Cyrille on the top records of 2013 in the New York Times, Jazz Times, The Village Voice, Time Out and the New York City Jazz Record. Davis earned high praise from no less than star pianist and MacArthur “Genius” Grant honoree Jason Moran, who included her first solo record in his Best of 2012 piece in Art Forum, writing: “A freethinking, gifted pianist on the scene, Davis lives in each note that she plays. Her range is impeccable; she tackles prepared piano, minimalism and jazz standards, all under one umbrella. I consider her an honorary descendant of Cecil Taylor and a welcome addition to the fold.”

Davis has become a vital presence on the New York jazz scene, with The New York Times featuring her in a recent article titled “New Pilots at the Keyboard.” In addition to her commission from the Jazz Gallery in 2013, she received a grant from the Shifting Foundation to compose and record a large-ensemble project. Davis has performed with such top figures as Paul Motian, Eric Revis, Andrew Cyrille, Tim Berne, Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck, Kermit Driscoll, Michael Formanek, and Ralph Alessi. Davis started playing piano at age 6, studying classical music through the Royal Conservatory in Canada and formulating her desire for a life in music by playing in the school jazz band at age 12. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano from the University of Toronto. The pianist received a Canada Council grant to relocate to New York and study composition with Jim McNeely, then another to study extended piano techniques with Benoit Delbecq in Paris. She holds a master’s in Classical Composition from the City College of New York, and she teaches at the School for Improvised Music. About her art, JazzTimes has declared: “Davis draws you in so effortlessly that the brilliance of what she’s doing doesn’t hit you until the piece has slipped past you.”

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