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ART ON THE WALLS

Thursday
Apr 12
6:00PM  YOM HASHOAH--HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY
Robin Hirsch, memoir;  Janet R. Kirchheimer, poetry/film;  Richard Kroehling, film;  Liz Magnes, piano;  Jacqueline Margolis, the poetry of Gertrud Kolmar;  Raquel Solomon, guitar;  Cornelius Eady, guest poet
Yom HaShoah--Holocaust Remembrance Day image

A program of Poetry, Memoir, Music, and Film to commemorate the Holocaust, convened by Robin Hirsch and Janet R. Kirchheimer

Janet R. Kirchheimer is the author of How to Spot One of Us, (2007). She is currently producing AFTER, a cinematic documentary that explores poetry written about the Holocaust featuring the works of renowned, contemporary poets. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, as well as online publications. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and received a Drisha Institute for Jewish Education Arts Fellowship. Janet teaches a variety of creative writing workshops and Jewish-themed classes and is a gold-star, licensed New York City sightseeing guide.

Robin Hirsch is a former Oxford, Fulbright and English-Speaking Union Scholar and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinksi, for portions of which he received two NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts) Fellowships. It has been called "one of the best books ever written on the long arm of the Holocaust" (Jewish Book News), "a luminous evocation of a vanished European world, masterfully performed" (American Theatre Magazine), and "completely glorious" (The Village Voice). He is an award- winning scholar, writer and actor, but the titles he is proudest of are self-bestowed: Minister of Culture, Wine Czar, Dean of Faculty at the Cornelia Street Café, where he has presided over some 700 cultural events a year since 1977.


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8:00PM  JEFF MILES SEPTET
Will Vinson, saxophone;  Zach Lapidus, piano;  Steve Brickman, guitar, sax, voice;  Alessandra Gabrielle, voice;  Joe Martin, bass;  Jeff Miles, guitar, voice;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums
Jeff Miles Septet image

Jeff Miles returns to Cornelia St. to present music from his genre-defying debut album "The Periphery of Knowing."

  www.novastrio.com

9:30PM  ANDRÉ MATOS TRIO
André Matos, guitar;  André Carvalho, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
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Guitarist André Matos returns to Cornelia Street Café with his trio - feat. André Carvalho on bass and Billy Mintz on drums- playing music from Matos´ solo albums "Múquina" and "Nome De Guerra" as well as revisiting songs from previous works; occasionally covering such composers as Pixinguinha, Jobim, Mintz and Motian. The trio addresses the composed material maintaining a spontaneous improvisor´s perspective.

“It’s hard to think of a guitarist in any style, especially jazz, who makes more masterful use of space than Matos, his melodies minimalistic yet rich." Lucid Culture

  www.andrematosmusic.com

Friday
Apr 13
6:00PM  COLE DAVIS 3
Cole Davis, bassist;  Lex Korten, piano;  Jongkuk Kim, drums;  Vaughn Stoffey, guitar
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Bassist Cole Davis, pianist Julian Shore and drummer Jongkuk Kim interpret songs from the jazz repertoire.

  www.cole-davis.com

8:30PM  CIPHER DUO
Justin Aronson, voice;  Sarah Goldfeather, violin, voice

Named after composer Kate Soper's piece of the same name, Cipher has premiered works by Brooklyn-based composers Sarah Goldfeather, Rebekah Driscoll and Eric Shanfield among others, and has been featured on WQXR, at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, and at the String Theories Festival at Roulette.

"Cipher will blow your mind." - New Classic LA

  http://www.cipherduo.com

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10:00PM  PASCAL LE BOEUF WITH STRINGS
Pascal Le Boeuf, piano, comp.;  Sarah Goldfeather, violin;  Andie Tanning Springer, violin;  Jessica Meyer, viola;  Dave Eggar, cello
Pascal Le Boeuf with Strings image

Described as "sleek, new" and "hyper-fluent" by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is a Grammy-nominated composer, jazz pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to cross- breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms.

"[Le Boeuf's] performances and compositions display an impressive level of sophistication. Textured harmonies and shifting time signatures are handled with aplomb." - San Francisco Chronicle

  www.PascalLeBoeuf.com

Saturday
Apr 14
6:00PM  GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Penelope Karageorge, host

Nektarios Antoniou Pericles Kanaris Dean Kostos Stephan Morrow
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“The isles of Greece! The isles of Greece...Where burning Sappho loved and sung…” - Lord Byron, 1788-1824

Two brilliant, exceptional musical talents will perform:

NEKTARIOS ANTONIOU, founder and artistic director of Schola Cantorum, as recorded in the Grammy-nominated “A Story of the City: Constantinople-Istanbul,” will present Greek poetry set to the music of Theodorakis and Hadjizakis!

PERICLES KANARIS, international composer and performer whose talents range from writing film scores to producer, performer, and founder of the band SYNOLON, winner of multiple distinctions and awards, will perform a special selection of his original music!

An intriguing footnote: Kanaris is a direct descendent of Konstantinos Kanaris, one of the great Naval heroes of the Revolution.

Poet DEAN KOSTOS and writer/actor/director STEPHAN MORROW will present poetry and literary inspiration, including Morrow’s rendition of Lord Byron’s stirring “The Isles of Greece.”

8:35PM  SARA SERPA TRIO, CD RELEASE: CLOSE UP
Sara Serpa, voice;  Ingrid Laubrock, saxophones;  Erik Friedlander, cello
Sara Serpa Trio, CD Release: Close Up image

Through a series of critically acclaimed releases over the past ten years, Lisbon, Portugal native, singer and composer Sara Serpa has continually defied the limitations of genre, implementing a singular instrumental approach to her vocal style. Her new album, Close Up, presents the compelling configuration of voice, saxophone and cello, exploring Serpa’s own compositions. Accompanied by a stellar new trio, Serpa finds her partners in two innovative improvisers with distinct musical personalities: saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, one of the most significant voices in contemporary jazz and improvised music, and Downtown veteran cellist Erik Friedlander.

“The configuration of voice, saxophone and cello exposes each instrument with a precise vulnerability,” says Serpa. “From within this exposure, we look for cohesion and collective sound. I write the material, but the music takes shape in the process of our rehearsals and the time we spend together, through discussion and collective experimentation.”

The result is an album that resembles a high resolution photograph, a mesmerizing play on the idea of close- ups: the compositions, the musicians and their roles within the trio, and the recording process.

“Serpa is a fresh and riveting presence on the vocal-jazz landscape.”–Nate Chinen, JazzTimes “Serpa possesses a preternatural cool, injecting weightless sophistication and melodic grace into everything she touches.” –Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

  www.saraserpa.com

Sunday
Apr 15
6:00PM  THE JEN AND JIMMY SHOW
Jen Lap & Jimmy Schatz, hosts

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Featured Comics: Sam Morrison, Alyssa Limperis, Nick Jack Pappas, and headliner Khalid A. Rahmaa.

8:01PM  NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: HELIO ALVES QUARTET
Billy Newman, host

Helio Alves, piano;  tba, guitar;  Edward Perez, bass;  Alex Kautz, drums

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, pianist Helio Alves combines the rhythmic complexity of modern brazilian music with the edgy energy of contemporary jazz. A resident of NYC since the early '90s, Alves has received high praise as an in-demand sideman with the likes of Joe Henderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D'Rivera, Airto Moreira, Claudio Roditi, Rosa Passos and Sadao Watanabe, to name but a few.

New Brazilian Perspectives: Helio Alves Quartet image
Monday
Apr 16
6:00PM  PLAYFUL PROCEDURES
Another Poetry Provocation of Bourgeois Normalities

Liora Mondlak Don Hogle
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Liora Mondlak remembers accompanying her mother to the market in Mexico City, where she grew up. There were chickens hanging by their feet and sawdust around her saddle shoes. Years later, she returned to the market to buy ground chameleon, a popular love potion, which she uses sparingly.

Don Hogle’s love of poetry began as a child, acting out the witches’ scenes from Macbeth with monkey puppets. He was disciplined in kindergarten for kissing the girls. Some things have changed over the past six decades, others not so much.

  www.lioramondlak.com www.donhoglepoet.com

8:30PM  MORRISON MOTEL
John Morrison, motelmeister

Janeane Garofalo Jeff Kreisler Sandy Ehlers Ellen Karis Donnie Sengstack Sagar Bhatt
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Tuesday
Apr 17
6:00PM  SOUL SISTER REVUE 5- YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Cynthia Manick, curator; Ed Toney, host

Rachel Eliza Griffiths Rosebud Ben-Oni Leila Ortiz Tala Abu Rahmeh Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Soul Sister Revue 5- Year Anniversary Show image

For a night of tales and poetry, join Soul Sister Revue for its 5-year anniversary show at Cornelia Street Café where we ask “what does Soul mean to you?” Soul Sister Revue is a quarterly reading series for established and emerging poets who write in the narrative tradition of storytelling.

8:00PM  DAN MCCARTHY QUARTET
Dan McCarthy, vibraphone;  Randy Ingram, piano;  Michael Bates, bass;  Owen Howard, drums

In his first live performance in eight years, Canadian vibraphonist Dan McCarthy returns to his home away from home at the Cornelia Street Café to showcase his new band, and a repertoire of all original material. "Dan plays every selection as if it was the last opportunity—with deep feeling, expectancy and freedom—the very things that makes jazz so appealing." Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz New York

"An extraordinary musical ability and a boundless imagination" - Gary Burton, vibraphone pioneer and 7-time Grammy winner

  http://www.vibraphonedan.com

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9:30PM  PABLO MASIS QUARTET
Pablo Masis, trumpet;  David Juarez, guitar;  Perrin Grace, bass;  Eric Reeves, drums
Pablo Masis Quartet image

Trumpeter Pablo Masis returns to Cornelia Street Cafe to present an evening of his compositions. Some were composed while teaching music in Kabul Afghanistan, along with others that have been developed in late 2017 and early 2018. Selections from his recent recording, "Rubicon", which debuted at Cornelia Street Cafe, will also be showcased. Joining him for the evening will be David Juarez on guitar, Perrin Grace on bass, and Eric Reeves on drums.

"Pablo Masis blows his trumpet with the temperament of a romantic poet" - Portland Tribune

  www.pablomasis.net

Wednesday Apr 18
6:00PM  CELEBRATE POETRY MONTH AND RUTH DANON’S LATEST COLLECTION, WORD HAS IT
Ruth Danon Sally Dawidoff Hermine Meinhard
Celebrate Poetry Month and Ruth Danon’s Latest Collection, Word Has It image
A Reading and Book Signing Featuring Ruth Danon, Sally Dawidoff, and Hermine Meinhard.

Ruth Danon’s extraordinary poems take us directly into states of feeling and perception that are subtle and profound. With rare economy and surefootedness, they conjure and then pierce one small mystery after another. I was amazed by the virtuosity of their voice, which ranges from casual, quotidian intimacy to the kind of authority that comes only from a lifetime of wrangling with ambitious poems. Danon strips away all but the essential. There’s no filler, no obfuscation, no decoration. These are necessary poems. - Chase Twichell, author, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been (winner of Kingsley Tufts Award)

Through her unique, brilliant, and astonishingly intimate poetry, Sally Dawidoff compels us to wrestle with the maddening complexities of human relationships. Her extraordinary attentiveness to the nuances of language enables profound new levels of fascination and understanding. - Stephen Massimilla, author, Cooking with the Muse (multi-genre) and The Plague Doctor in His Hull-Shaped Hat (poems)

In these lucid dreams of revelation, Hermine Meinhard takes as her starting point the most mysterious territory of the soul. Amazed and hurt, joking in fear, loving and experienced, she is one of those few artists (Kafka and Fra Angelico come to mind) whose simplicity and skill deliver the refreshment of a deeper tenderness toward being. - Brooks Haxton, author, They Lift Their Wings to Cry (poems) and My Blue Piano (translation)

  www.ruthdanon.com www.theurbanrange.com

8:01PM  ANDREW HADRO, CD RELEASE: FOR US, THE LIVING
Ingrid Jensen, trumpet;  Andrew Hadro, saxophone;  Julian Shore, piano;  Rogerio Boccato, dance, percussion
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For Us, The Living is a project to honor tradition through innovation. For Us, The Living II: Marcescence is the second recording in this series. All of the compositions recorded on this album were written by living composers. This is a dedication to the musical giants upon whose shoulders We stand. Rather than re- interpret and re-perform long-standing works, we wish to extend the timeline of jazz with new compositions and performances by the best living composers and musicians today.

“Hadro succeeds big time on For Us, The Living. He pays tribute to the history of improvised music by shining a spotlight on artists who are working on its next chapters right now.”-- DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE EDITOR'S PICK

  http://www.andrewhadro.com

Thursday
Apr 19
6:00PM  THE IMPERFECT PERFECT SHOW
Terry Moore, host and curator

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The Imperfect Perfect Show is a mix of storytelling, standup comedy, poetry, short stories and works in progress hosted by comedian/producer Terry Moore. It’s mostly booked with 2 open spots for 2 lucky audience members who dare to join the spoken word party.

8:00PM  PETER SLAVOV QUARTET
Matt Marantz, saxophone;  Nitzan Gavrieli, piano;  Peter Slavov, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
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Better known as a sideman with Joe Lovano, George Garzone, Alfredo Rodriguez and others, bassist Peter Slavov has been writing music since his early days as a professional musician. He and his quartet will be performing some of this music, as well as new music written for the occasion.

  www.peterslavov.com

9:30PM  TOM GUARNA
Tom Guarna, guitar;  Jon Cowherd , piano;  Orlando Le Fleming, bass;  Nate Smith, drums
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Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer, bandleader and arranger Tom Guarna creates plush compositions with memorable melodies by combining modern jazz with a touch of modern classical influence. His natural ability to play and compose with phrasing reminiscent of his idols, paired with a relentless drive to refine and invent a unique guitar style has made him a desired commodity in the music industry, performing and recording with such artist as Lenny White, Stanley Clarke, Mulgrew Miller, George Cables, Aaron Goldberg, Mark Turner, Randy Brecker. His work with pianist Manuel Valera earned him a Grammy Nomination in 2012. Guarna will be recording a new CD in May of 2016. The group features bassist John Patitucci, drummer Brian Blade and pianist Jon Cowherd.

"An unequivocally modern record that focuses on both his compositional acumen and a broader textural palette . . . it's about time that the secret already known amongst musicians finally becomes public knowledge."-- John Kelman, All About Jazz.com

  www.tomguarna.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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