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ART ON THE WALLS

Sunday
Apr 02
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: MUTANT MIRACLES
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Orrin Devinsky Lowell Handler and Robin Hirsch
Entertaining Science: MUTANT MIRACLES image

Mutation and disease – can’t live with ‘em or without ‘em. Orrin Devinsky, the Director of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, will tell us the reasons for this. And photographer Lowell Handler and our own Minister of Culture/Wine Czar/Dean of Faculty, Robin Hirsch, will read to us their serious and funny accounts of living with Tourette’s syndrome.

Mutations: As Dr. Devinsky will explain, life relies on mutation, no mutation = extinction. Mutation and disease are diversifying agents. This is especially true for neuropsychiatric disorders, where behavior the range of behavior is extended, often in novel ways. While much of this diversity may be pathological, it also contributes to creative and idiosyncratic approaches to seeing and interacting with the world.

Tourette’s syndrome is associated with both mental and motoric creativity. We will hear more of this from Lowell Handler, who has lived with the syndrome – he will reflect in context on who decides what is appropriate, inappropriate or offensive behavior for a given person in a specific situation and time. And Robin Hirsch, the master storyteller stoking the cornucopia of creativity that spills daily from the Cornelia Street Café, will read one of his apposite pieces.

The spirit of Oliver Sacks, a friend of all the people in this program – will be over the evening.

8:35PM  DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, DOMINIQUE CARRÉ
Koran Agan, host

Dominique Carré, guitar;  Koran Agan, guitar;  Josh Kaye, guitar;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Raphael Pannier, drums
DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, Dominique Carré  image

Cornelia Street Cafe, with it's Django at Cornelia Street series, celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt by featuring some of the finest gypsy jazz bands and other musicians influenced by the legendary gypsy guitarist. Featured this month will be guitarist Dominique Carré.

French guitarist Dominique Carré has worked with gypsy jazz greats such as Costel Nitescu, Rocky Gresset, Felix Belleau, Adrien Moignard and the legendary Tchavalo Schmitt.

In addition to his gypsy jazz quartet comprised of two guitars, violin and acoustic bass, Dominique also leads a fusion group in which he blends music of Django Reinhardt with sounds of jazz, rock and funk.

For his debut performance at the Cornelia Street Café he will present two versions of his groups. Starting with the acoustic set and finishing with the electric ensamble.

8:30 - Jazz Manouche Trio 10:00 - Django Fusion

  http://dominiquecarre.fr/

STREAMING LINK: https://youtu.be/ptMQX2Fct84

Monday
Apr 03
6:00PM  MONOLOGUES & MADNESS
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;  Elliot Peper, bongos
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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.

  www.davidamram.com

Tuesday
Apr 04
6:00PM  SPRING AWAKENINGS: CELEBRATING THE POETIC AND THE PROSAIC
Coree Spencer Sarah Stern Fredricka Maister Deborah Kahan Kolb
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"Changing everything carefully," E.E. Cummings writes of spring. With poetry and prose, four authors -- Coree Spencer, Sarah Stern, Fredricka Maister, and Deborah Kahan Kolb --give voice to change, growth and self-discovery in their diverse works. Their books will be available for purchase. The books' proceeds to go to Planned Parenthood.

8:00PM  VOXECSTATIC: DORI LEVINE WITH VIRG DZURINKO & ADAM LANE
Deborah Latz, curator

Dori Levine, voice;  Virg Dzurinko, piano;  Adam Lane, bass
VoxEcstatic: Dori Levine with Virg Dzurinko & Adam Lane image

Dori Levine's original style and sound is a standout in the NYC jazz vocal scene. She is known for her surprisingly fresh reinventing of standards, her endless creativity as a free vocal improviser and her ability to SWING!

She is a member of Jay Clayton's "Different Voices" vocal ensemble and has performed with pianists Connie Crothers and Kazzrie Jaxen, guitarists Andy Fite and Ed Littman in the recent past. She has appeared at Birdland, the Bluenote, Merkin and Steinway concert halls and abroad in Italy, Sweden and at the Brighton Festival in England.

“If sultriness were patentable, Levine would hold the patent … raises the level of Jazz vocal originality several notches” Frank Rubolino, Cadence

Levine has a distinctive voice all her own and is certainly not shy to take chances" Scott Yanow, All Music Guide
  www.dorilevine.com

9:30PM  VOXECSTATIC: HELLE HENNING QUARTET FEAT. JAY ANDERSON & JOCHEN RUECKERT
Deborah Latz, curator

Helle Henning, voice;  Christian Smith, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Jochen Rueckert, drums
Voxecstatic: HELLE HENNING QUARTET feat. Jay Anderson & Jochen Rueckert image

Helle Henning Quartet is exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz and new Nordic jazz/folkmusic with the most delicate balance and intense musical expression. All songs are written by the popuplar Danish singer herself containing alluring beautiful melodies and unique lyrics. Helle Henning is a wonderful performer and an authentic storyteller and fuelled by the other band members, a great improvisor.

“Loudness of Loneliness" - Bringing the touch of the Nordic countries to New York

"Helle Henning's expression is timeless, yet very present in our era. It’s Nordic, melancholic and very jazzy .... Original and classy. “ (JAZZNEWS DK)

"A heartfelt calling card from an intense voice, rich in facets." (CD-review)
  www.facebook.com/hellehenning

Wednesday Apr 05
6:00PM  MARY LYN MAISCOTT
Mary Lyn Maiscott, vocals, guitar;  Joan Chew , violin, piano, percussion, harmony vocals;  Graig Janssen, guitar, piano, harmony vocals
Mary Lyn Maiscott image

Singer-songwriter Mary Lyn Maiscott makes her debut at the Cornelia Street Café with a range of original songs, from the "hauntingly beautiful" (Vanity Fair) ballad "Alexander/Isabella" to the "fierce" rap/rocker "Unrequited Love," as well as a surprising cover or two. Having started out writing poetry, Mary Lyn blends catchy melodies with literate lyrics about such subjects as designer Alexander McQueen, a beguiling Edith Wharton character, and love in its various forms. She’s joined by the multitalented Joan Chew (violin, piano, percussion, harmony vocals) and Graig Janssen (guitar, piano, harmony vocals).

"Mary Lyn has the voice of the very angels."--Guillermo Henry, Radio Etiopia, Mexico City

  marylynmaiscott.com www.facebook.com/Mary-Lyn-Maiscott-244668802244909/

8:01PM  GEORGE BURTON-GROUP 5
Chris Hemingway, alto sax;  Craig Magnano, guitar;  George Burton, piano;  Noah Jackson, bass;  Wayne Smith Jr., drums
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Group 5, one of George Burton's two groups playing on the New York jazz scene, is the manifestation of George's relentlessly creative ear for progressive/modern original music that hinges on jazz influenced by rock.Group 5 features saxophonist Chris Hemingway, guitarist Andy Bianco, and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. These master vibe-creators don't merely walk the genre-crossing edge, but rather run it with rock-infused chords heavy with swing, groove, and mood. Their exchange of surprising harmonies, angular rhythms, pointed chords, use of space, and rhythmic elasticity bring deliverance from the traditional rules of engagement, breaking barriers between audience and musician, resulting in an organic harmonic symbiosis.

George Burton represents what many of Jazz's most exciting figures hoped the genre would become: precarious, dynamic, revolutionary...unable to be contained." — Daniel Palmer, Nextbop

  Georgeburtonmusic.com

Thursday
Apr 06
6:00PM  ARTISTS SALON
Robin, Josh, Deborah, and Tom, hosts

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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.

8:01PM  BRYAN AND THE AARDVARKS
Fabian Almazan, keyboard;  Charles Altura, guitar;  Chris Dingman, vibraphone;  Bryan Copeland, bass;  Joe Nero, drums

The imaginatively lyrical, eccentrically inventive Bryan and the Aardvarks reprise music from their long- awaited second release Sounds From the Deep Field, due out April 28 via Biophilia Records, which was written in a sudden burst of inspiration. The result is an album that is in equal parts an epic-scale modern jazz adventure, stargazing sonic dreamscape, and soundtrack for a non-existent science fiction film.

"This is a band with dynamic flux in its DNA, and brisk technique in its bloodstream. But its overriding purpose is consonance. “Pastoral shred,” my fellow critic Hank Shteamer put it on Twitter, and that sounds about right." - Nate Chinen, New York Times

  http://bryanandtheaardvarks.com

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Friday
Apr 07
6:00PM  4 HORSEMEN OPEN MIC POETRY
Bob Quatrone, host

Hillary Keel Gordon Gilbert Ronna Lebo, Ronnie Norpel Demetrius Daniel, Boni Joi Mindy Matijasevic Linda Lerner, Bob Heman Evie Ivy, Tobi Joi David Elsasser Ron Kolm
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4 HORSEMEN IS AN EXPERIMENTAL READING SERIES IN ITS TENTH (or is it eleventh?) YEAR

9:00PM & 10:30PM  MATT BREWER TRIO
Matt Brewer, bass;  Mark Shim, tenor sax;  Damion Reid, drums

  http://www.mattbrewerbass.com

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Saturday
Apr 08
6:00PM  GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Penelope Karageorge, host

Lili Bita Robert Zaller Nektarious Antoniou
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Brrrrrr! Baby, it's cold outside! Warm up with the Greek-American Writers Assn. on Saturday April 8 at the Cornelia Street Cafe with a program that's guaranteed hot. Among the highlights --

--Actress/poet/author Lili Bita will present a scene from her one-woman show, Euripides' Medea.

--Poet Robert Zaller will read from his Greek-inspired Islands.

-- Nektarious Antoniou, a graduate of Yale's Institute of Sacred Music and founder of the renowned group Schola Cantorum, will perform a program of Greek poetry set to music.

9:00PM & 10:30PM  YOTAM SILBERSTEIN & LA FAMILIA
Or Bareket, host

Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Vitor Gonćalves, piano;  Rick Rosato, bass;  Daniel Dor , drums

After a successful world tour the Yotam Silberstein Quartet is back at Cornelia Street Cafe with some new and old music.

  http://yotammusic.com/

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Sunday
Apr 09
6:00PM  MITCHELL PRODUCTIONS INC PRESENTS: THE SPRING SOIREE
Julia Campanelli, host

Tina Mitchell Helen Yee Matthew Fries And friends...
Mitchell Productions Inc presents: The Spring Soiree image

The Spring Soiree is a special event benefit that brings together the unique talents of three seasoned New York performers in a festive night of entertainment. Theatre maker Tina Mitchell, violinist Helen Yee and Jazz pianist Matthew Fries present a night of music and cabaret to raise funds for the US premiere of Miss Julia at La MaMa in June.

Tina Mitchell will perform a number of comedic scenes that present a variety of eclectic and hilarious characters who find themselves in strange predicaments. Joining her onstage will be Carla Kissane, Selene Beretta, William Apps and Terence MacSweeny among others.

Helen Yee performs original compositions by live-looping the violin with electronic effects, building evocative layers of sound in real time. Each performance relies on the unique qualities of the moment as no pre-recorded samples are used.

Matthew Fries performs solo piano works including selections from his recent album “Parallel States,” a collection of original compositions created in a collaborative project with his sister, a visual artist.

Hosted by Julia Campanelli, the Spring Soiree benefit promises to be a fun night of festivities.

Tickets on sale at http://springsoireemissjulia.brownpapertickets.com/

  springsoireemissjulia.brownpapertickets.com/

8:30PM  DANCE OF FURY
Jason Yeager, piano;  Anna Webber, saxophone;  Nick Dunston, bass;  Samuel B, drums
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Dance of Fury (aka Dunston/Yeager/Ber) is a trio of improvising musicians who met at the Banff Centre in the summer of 2016. Bringing together elements from 20th and 21st-century classical music, the fault line between tonality and atonality, Spanish and Latin Ameircan rhythms, music by Olivier Messiaen, the blues, and more, the ensemble injects youthful vigor into collective improvisations and sonic storytelling. They will be joined by special guest saxophonist Anna Webber.

10:00PM  GABRIEL VICÉNS SEXTET
Gabriel Vicéns, guitar;  Román Filiú, alto sax;  Luis Perdomo, piano;  Ricky Rodriguez, bass;  Henry Cole, drums;  Reynaldo de Jesús, barrill
Gabriel Vicéns Sextet image

Puertorrican born jazz guitarist Gabriel Vicéns brings to Cornelia Street Cafe a set of original music influenced by traditional afro-puertorican styes such as bomba and plena. Gabriel will share the stage with some of the best musicians in the New York scene feauturing: Román Filiú (alto saxophone), Luis Perdomo (piano), Ricky Rodriguez (bass), Henry Cole (drums) and Reynaldo de Jesús (barril).

"A rising jazz guitarist... Vicéns has provided a splendid recording that conveys a clear representation of his culture and individuality" --Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

  www.gabrielvicens.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times