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Photographs by JAMES KWITNY
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$20 (includes a drink)
“Some young jazz musicians find their style and move in lock, stock and barrel, making little refinements over the years but basically keeping their place. Ingrid Laubrock, a German saxophonist who started her career in London and has spent the last 15 years playing there, sounds happily unsettled. On tenor and soprano, she’s omnivorous and pointed, slouching and precise, humorous and austere (…)
You didn’t walk away thinking, well, that sounded like a certain person, place or time. Ms. Laubrock encouraged its constant sense of renewal.”--Ben Ratliff,New York Times
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Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.
Long Island poet Robert Savino whose recent book, Inside a Turtle Shell is a diverse journey of paths crossed, family and friends . . . lost and found. The poet’s focus is to capture the everyday experience driven by the passion of his Italian cultural upbringing.
Mass.-based, Colleen Michaels is a poet, performer, and host of the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, which brings poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools. Yes, in the swimming pool.
$7.00 includes a drink
"a low-key marvel...bracing improvisation, a strangely intuitive group dynamic...selfless and deceptively effortless" --JazzTimes
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David Rothenberg, author of WHY BIRDS SING and SURVIVAL OF THE BEAUTIFUL (“ecstatic” says the Wall St Journal, “triumphant” says the Guardian) will tell us why evolution is as much about survival of the beautiful as it is of the fittest; why Charles Darwin said the peacock’s tail made him sick. Showing us bowerbird sculptures and playing animal sounds from whales to cicadas, he explains why beauty is a necessary part of nature.
Which leads most naturally to a surreal performance by Irene Moon, of the Museum of Natural History and the Begonia Society, “What is Beautiful?”. In vignettes, biological organisms act out short PowerPoint plays emerging out of the creative fascination with detail that could only come out of the intimate relationship a scientist has with his or her subject. Song and imagery will make the disgusting beautiful – believe us. Moon’s actors include internal parasites--tapeworms, hookworms--and blood-sucking insects and their mouths--mosquitos, fleas, and, since this is New York City, bedbugs.
Sarah Sarai's poems are in Boston Review, Gargoyle, Threepenny Review and others;in Say It Outloud: Poems About James Brown (Whirlwind Press); in her collection, The Future Is Happy(BlazeVOX [books]. She is a co-facilitator of Occupy Language; presented a manifesto in the Tendenciesseries in honor of Eve Sedgwick at CUNY Grad School; featured in the Mary: A Literary Quarterly benefit for the Ali Forney Center for homeless GLBT youth. Her MFA in creative writing is from Sarah Lawrence College.
MARGO BERDESHEVSKY, poet, fiction writer, photographer, actress, is just in from Paris! Author of two poetry collections Between Soul and Stone and But a Passage in Wilderness, (from Sheep Meadow Press) and the sexy stories called Beautiful Soon Enough. Her honors include FC2’s American Book Review/Ronald Sukenick/ Innovative Fiction Award for Beautiful Soon Enough, (University of Alabama Press/ 2009,) & the Robert H. Winner Award from the Poetry Society of America, 7 Pushcart Prize nominations, 2 Pushcart "special mention" citations., & her very latest poems & stories are in the Kenyon Review & Poetry International. Forthcoming: a cross-genre novel titled Vagrant.
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Program: Four works, including two World Premiers, written for Gotham:
*Recurve (World Premier): David Wolfson, *Yuu (World Premier): Yohei Kurihara, *Secret Nights: Gilbert Galindo, *Predisomnia: Jonathan Pieslak
Other works by composers closely associated with Gotham Ensemble:
Episodes for Four Players: Ned Rorem, Peace Out, My Brother: Donal Fox, Your Kindness: Jun Nagao
* Written for Gotham
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Claudia Chopek has been seen and heard playing with Bruce Springsteen, The Jonas Brothers, Moby, Sean Lennon, TV On The Radio, Nancy Sinatra, Donna Summer, Ryan Adams and Norah Jones. She’s been in 2 episodes of Gossip Girl, appears in the movie The Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience, and her arrangements and playing were heard in the 2011 Academy Award winning short film The New Tennants. Most recently, she appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, performing with host Joe Scarborough.
Joe McGinty & Ward White, with their mutual affinity for the lush, orchestral balladry of Jimmy Webb and Burt Bacharach, formed New York City based chamber pop duo McGinty & White. They received widespread critical praise for their debut album, McGinty & White Sing Selections From The McGinty & White Songbook, including accolades from The New Yorker and New York Press, who named it one of the five best albums of 2009. M&W have performed live on WFUV, WFMU and WXPN/WorldCafe Live, toured with original Stiff recording artist Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby and appeared as musical guests for Upright Citizens Brigade. Joe McGinty is a keyboardist, composer and producer, best known for his work with The Psychedelic Furs and as founder and musical director of the long running Loser's Lounge tribute series. He has recorded and/or performed with The Ramones, Debbie Harry, Stew and The Negro Problem, Ronnie Spector, Ryan Adams, and many others. Ward White is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His latest album, Done With The Talking Cure, was named as one of the best records of 2011 in MAGNET Magazine's Year In Music issue. "(A) terrific duo of local craftsmen, Joe McGinty and Ward White." — The New Yorker. www.mcgintyandwhite.com.
John Newell: I've been working on a series of stories under the title Walking Baby, stories about the people I've known while walking my cat Baby, illustrating them with motion graphics and enhancing them with music written especially for the stories. Ophira Eisenberg, Moth storytelling host said, "I could listen to your stories all day and night long - most compelling stuff on the stage time and time again."
Mr. Patrick, 2003, as the world is headed towards Chaos, begins telling True Stories from his Life. "The only Truths we have to share are the Stories of our Selves. Its Truth is our Story. "With friend Master Lee, they created Talkingstick, where True Stories are told. Completing its 6th season at the Rubin Museum of Art. www.talkingstick.us
Thomas Pryor’s work was published in The New York Times, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Our Town, The Westside Spirit, and A Prairie Home Companion. His blog, “Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts,” is listed in The New York Times. Thomas appeared on public radio’s This American Life, and has columns in NearSay.com & AskaNewYorker.com. He was featured in Public TV Ch 13’s Baseball: A New York Love Story.
Before becoming a storyteller, Rivka Widerman was a lawyer, and words were her stock-in-trade. She has conducted storytelling workshops for children and adults, has performed throughout New York City and served on the board of The Storytelling Center in New York. She tells personal tales, historical tales, folk tales and really big fibs.
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Grammy Award winning bassist Marcus Miller says that Tixier "is making an international name for himself. I heard him in France and was immediately struck by his individuality and his sound.“ Guitarist Pat Metheny says, "[Scott] has found a place for himself within the elite community of New York jazz musicians, no small feat."
Also presenting Dan North, author of "The Slow Walker."
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This working group features the two young sensations and regulars in the group for the past 3 years, Noah Preminger and Dan Tepfer as well as the future bass legend and long time friend, John Hebert. Their previous album was named one of the "10 best jazz albums of 2009" by the New York Observer.
“remarkable drummer” -- Village Voice
“A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene…” -- Time Out New York
Elana Bell’s first poetry collection, Eyes, Stones, was selected by Fanny Howe as the recipient of the 2011 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets and will be published by Louisiana State University Press in 2012. She currently serves as the writer-in-residence for the Bronx Academy of Letters, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
E.J. Antonio is a recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Hurston/Wright Foundation and the Cave Canem Foundation. Her work has appeared online and has been published in various Journals and magazines. Her debut jazzoetry CD, Rituals in the marrow: Recipe for a jam session was released in the Fall of 2010.
$ 7 includes a drink, what a value !
Featured guest poets include Dada superstar boxer/poet Arthur Cravan, brought back to life for this special event. Plus Live Dada Twitter Feed, and performances by DADA NYC founders Lois Kagan Mingus and Joanie Fritz Zosike, Romanian Dada poet/performance artist Valery Oisteanu, mysterious Dada musician/poet/instigator Steven Retchard, Personable Peter Carlaftes, Juggernaut John J. Trause, and more.
Plus: The first 20 people will receive a free copy of Maintenant 6: Contemporary Dada Poetry & Art Journal (now archived at MOMA). And: new videos, prize giveaways and more. Arrive early and bring your dada poems to read!
$ 7 includes a drink, what an amazing bargain !!
$25 (includes a drink)
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