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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
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"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
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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.”

Apr 06
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts

Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo soprano;  Mathew Schickele, composer;  Massimo Pigliucci, evolutionary biologist
Entertaining Science: SING TO ME, O NATURAL PHILOSOPHER! image


What is real science? And if it makes the human spirit soar, can we turn the excitement of discovery and creation into song? We will explore that wondrous land twixt philosophy, music, and science with mezzo soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and composer Mathew Schickele. The words of, inter alia, Marie Curie and Natalie Angier, will ring out. And philosopher of science and evolutionary biologist Massimo Pigliucci will be our guide to this territory.

Dan Weiss, host

Dan Weiss, tabla, drums;  Samarth Nagarkar, voice;  Ohad Talmor, saxophone
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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.

Apr 07
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;  Robbie Winterhawk, congas
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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.

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.

Apr 08
Thomas Pryor, host

Tribute To Kurt Gerstmann Dean Dacian Robin Gelfenbien David Noven
City Stories: Stoops To Nuts image

The neighborhood’s awake and talented storytellers & musicians are ready to paint characters and scenes for you.

Kurt Gerstmann, a close friend of Cornelia Street Café and Stoops to Nuts, died suddenly earlier this year. He was scheduled to do this show, and he will. We’re honoring Kurt in a showcase tribute featuring a short film by Dean Dacian.

Kurt Gerstmann had what the Chinese call an "interesting" life. A refugee at the age of one (Nazi Germany) he was smuggled out of Germany by nuns and spent time as a young boy in the Israeli Underground and Army. He ended up in Switzerland in a Medical school. A professional lifetime in Pathology (he's retired but volunteers time in NYU and Bellevue) provides the background to his stories some of which he told previously at the Cornelia Street Cafe.

Dean Dacian is a first generation New Yorker; his family emigrated from Romania in the sixties. Born and bred on the Upper West Side, he is a writer, director, actor, raconteur, bon vivant and man about town. A pedantic peripatetic, who’s brevity is "not" the soul of his wit, he is currently producing and directing a short film and book of poetry and fancies himself as The Nostalgic New Yorker.

Robin Gelfenbien wrote jokes for Rosie O’Donnell at The Matrix Awards. Her original comedy songs are played on Sirius Satellite Radio and The Wiseguy Show. She appeared on VH1’s “Awesomely Badder Videos,” AMC’s “Liza Life Coach.” Her critically acclaimed solo show, “My Salvation Has a First Name (A Wienermobile Journey),” premiered at the N.Y. International Fringe Festival. Robin performed at The Moth, RISK! Mortified, and her monthly storytelling series, “Yum’s the Word,” features her homemade ice cream cakes. She co- created the web series “Auntie, Do Tell” and was featured in Marie Claire and The Huffington Post.

David Noven has had 46 jobs, or at least that's how many he can recall. He currently works for New York City Transit. This is his first time doing this sort of thing.

Thomas Pryor's work is published in The New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion, and other periodicals. His blog:"Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts," is listed in The New York Times Blog Roll. Thomas appeared on PBS's TV series: "Baseball: A New York Love Story," NBC TV’s “New York Nonstop,” and Radio’s “This American Life.” His photography book, River to River ~ New York Scenes From a Bicycle, was published in 2012 (YBK). Last year, Cornelia Street Café hosted his two-month photography exhibition. NBC TV, New York Press/Our Town Downtown and NY1 TV praised the exhibit and the book. His stories are featured in three anthologies, Have A NYC 2, Lost and Found: Stories from New York and Mickey Mantle - Memories and Memorabilia.

Benjamin Scheuer, voice, guitar
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Benjamin Scheuer is the recipient of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting, the 2013 Musical Theatre Network Award for Best Lyrics, and the curator of the Songwriter Series at Cornelia Street Café.

He is the writer/performer of THE LION, a one-man musical that opens off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club in June 2014. He also leads the band Escapist Papers, who recently released their second album, The Bridge.

"Benjamin Scheuer is New York's next great young songwriter. His music stirs the soul, his lyrics pierce the heart. He has wit, grace, power, and consistently dips his pen into the deepest emotional well." --Andrew Lippa

Jean Rohe, voice, guitar
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Jean Rohe is a multi-lingual singer, storyteller, and composer, mixing aesthetic approaches from jazz, folk, and Brazilian traditions. Her one-of-a-kind narrative songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to “phonojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from ASCAP and the New York Songwriters Circle, and her refreshingly candid performance won her the audience prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival. She is the recipient of residency fellowships through the Blue Mountain Center, The MacDowell Colony, and The Johnny Mercer Foundation. Her October 2013 release with her genre-bending 8-piece ensemble, Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, has been called “masterful” (Daily News). Currently, she spends her time writing and performing in New York.

“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” –-The New York Times

Wednesday Apr 09 6:00PM  POETRY
Carol Matos, poetry;  Joanne Polk, piano;  Lucy Avery Brooke, poetry;  Kim Sykes, director
Ms Polk will perform works by Francis Poulenc, Domenico Scarlatti and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Lucy Brooke will perform "Ekphrasis : A Few Words About Art"

Bob Arthurs, trumpet, voice;  Steve LaMattina, guitar;  Joe Solomon, bass
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This unique group plays standards and originals and loves to improvise. Bob Arthurs sings as well. The trio has been performing regularly in the New York area for over two years. Bob Arthurs and Steve LaMattina have recently released a duo CD entitled Jazz for Svetlana, which has been well received by critics and the public alike: “The joy they trade is palpable.” Downbeat “It’s not a matter of chops here, but telling a story, and these guys tell them like Hans Christian Andersen. This (CD) will make you fall in love with music again.” Jazz Weekly /

Apr 10
Laurie Stone Catherine Wing Gordon Beeferman, piano
Stone, Wing and Beeferman: A Jazzy Splice of Words & Music image
Catherine Wing's second collection of poems, Gin & Bleach, won the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature from Sarabande Books in 2012. Her poems have been published in such journals as Poetry, The Nation, and The New Republic, featured on The Writer's Almanac, and included in Best American Erotic Poems and Best American Poetry 2010. She teaches English and poetry at Kent State University and serves as the General Editor for the Wick Poetry Center’s Ohio Chapbook Series.

Composer/pianist GORDON BEEFERMAN has created and performed work spanning opera, orchestral, solo and chamber music, improvisation, and collaborations with dance, literary and visual arts. His “complex and daringly modern” compositions (NY Times) have been performed internationally. He leads Other Life Forms, an avant-jazz quartet that performs his music. His opera collaborations with librettist Charlotte Jackson include The Rat Land, to be premiered next season in Los Angeles, and The Enchanted Organ: A Porn Opera.

Author Laurie Stone frequently collaborates with writers, musicians, and artists, and her flash fiction is widely published. In 2005, in the Flux Factory project "Novel," she lived and wrote in a house built for her by an architecture team and installed in an art gallery.

John Hollenbeck , drums, composition;  Chris Speed, tenor sax, clarinet;  Red Wierenga, accordion;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Drew Gress, bass
Claudia Quintet image Signe Maehler
The Claudia Quintet Led by composer, drummer and four-time Grammy nominee John Hollenbeck, The Claudia Quintet have quietly but definitively recast jazz into shimmering new shapes inflected by classical minimalism, new music, progressive rock and post-rock. They are one of the most influential stylists on other musicians in cutting-edge jazz today. The sound of jazz and what jazz can be in our time has changed because of their sound and stance. Celebrating 15 years of work together with the release of September, this NYC ensemble’s sound continues to explore the edge without alienating the mainstream, proving that genre-defying music can be for everyone.

“Rich with ambition and empathetic interplay...the Claudia Quintet doesn’t...sound like anybody else. Which is exactly what makes them worth seeking out.” — Los Angeles Times

Apr 11
Stephanie Carlin, guitar, vocals
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Vocalist/guitarist Stephanie Carlin performs an intimate solo set. Buddhist texts describe Avidya and four other Kleshas as the fog in our consciousness, the mental states that cloud the mind, i.e why we suffer. Translated from Sanskrit, this incapacity to see reality for what it is defines “avidya,” which is the root klesha in all of us; it is the source of our other mental states of discomfort.

Stephanie Carlin is the bandleader of folk/jazz quintet Avidya And The Kleshas and the founder/creative director of Free Spirits Music, a mobile songwriting program. She believes artists hold a responsibility to serve as catalysts for evolution, social justice, and inner peace.

Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  John Hébert, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
Veteran saxophonist Ellery Eskelin presents an evening of improvisation in a classic setting of tenor saxophone, bass and drums. Bassist John Hébert’s robust tone and drummer Billy Mintz's agile swing promise to propel the music into surprising directions.

"…a rugged tenor saxophonist with a romantic streak that runs parallel to his experimental leanings…" The New Yorker

"An imaginative, daring improvisor...The tenor saxophonist favors long sinuous phrases with enough twists and turns to keep his solos in a state of surprise, and his edgy tone lets you know it's all animated by a cagey authority" (The Village Voice)

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