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T. M. De Vos is a poet and fiction writer living in New York City. Her work has appeared in Washington Square, Small Spiral Notebook, Yuan Yang: A Journal of Hong Kong and International Writing, Pebble Lake Review, Global City Review, Alimentum: The Literature of Food, The Pedestal Magazine, The Saint Ann's Review, Ars Medica, and the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. She has taught at the University of Michigan, NYU, and in the NYC public school system. She received an MFA in 2004 from NYU and a Hopwood Award in 1999 from the University of Michigan.
Luis H. Francia is a poet, nonfiction writer, and journalist. His poetry collections include Museum of Absences and The Arctic Archipelago and Other Poems. His semiautobiographical Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago (2001) won both the 2002 PEN Center Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. His poetry theater piece, The Beauty of Ghosts, premiered at Topaz Arts in 2007. He is included in the Library of America anthology of immigrant writing, due out in late 2009. He teaches at New York University's Asian/Pacific/American Studies program.
Jeffrey Ethan Lee won the first Tupelo Press prize for literary fiction in 2001. His poetry book identity papers was a 2006 Colorado Book Award finalist. He became one of the
poetry editors for Many Mountains Moving in October 2004. Lee won the 2002 Sow's Ear Poetry Chapbook prize for The Sylf (2003), and published poems, stories and essays in North American Review, Xconnect, Crazyhorse, Washington Square and Many Mountains Moving in 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2006. He has a Ph.D. in British Romanticism and an M.F.A. from New York University
Julia Rust lives and writes in the Hudson River Valley. She has
three teenagers, 20 years experience as a performer in regional and
local theater, and works as a freelance graphic designer. Her
stories have been published in The Cortland Review, The Blue Moon
Review, and Many Mountains Moving. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
(includes one house drink)
Clarino is the duet of quarter-tone trumpeter Thomas Heberer and clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst. The duet's name refers to the close association of the two instruments. The clarinet (literally translated: "little clarino") took on the high trumpet (a.k.a. clarino) parts in baroque music after the art of the clarino died out in the 19th century. Additionally, the rediscovered clarino techniques influence the trumpet embouchure advocated by Thomas. Check out his essay on trumpet mechanics on his website www.thomasheberer.com.
Sharing the same musical vision, Thomas and Joachim have absorbed the traditions of jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music resulting in personal instrumental styles that incorporate both traditional and extended techniques like circular breathing, micro-tonality, and multiphonics.
Thomas Heberer, born 1965 in Germany, living in NYC since 2008, winner of numerous awards, has been at the forefront of creative improvised music for the last 20 years. Having worked with nearly everybody in the field, he is probably best known for his work with Misha Mengelberg's ICP, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and bassist Dieter Manderscheid.
Joachim Badenhorst, born 1981 in Belgium, divides his time between New York and Belgium. He is active in numerous projects as a co-leader: Mogil (Iceland), Red Rocket (Ireland), Rawfishboys (France), Ploug/Pettersen/Badenhorst (Denmark), and Ryan Blotnick Group (New York). Joachim is a member of the Han Bennink trio.
Russ Johnson Quartet
Russ Johnson, trumpet; Jacob Sacks, keyboard; Eivind Opsvik, bass; Rudy Royston, drums
Brooklyn-based trumpeter Russ Johnson is an active performer in the jazz, improvised, and contemporary classical music scenes throughout the U.S. and abroad. In addition to leading his own groups, and co-leading The Other Quartet and New Math, Russ is currently touring as a member of Lee Konitz's New Nonet and the Steve Swallow/Ohad Talmor "L'Histoire du Clochard" sextet. In addition, Russ has performed with a long list of musical heavyweights including Kenny Wheeler, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, Joe Maneri, Oliver Lake, Myra Melford, Anthony Davis, Brian Blade, Tony Malaby, Jenny Scheinman, and Mat Maneri.
For the FONT 2009, Russ is premiering a new set of music featuring three of New York's most creative musicians: Jacob Sacks on keyboard, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Rudy Royston on drums.
Cover $10 per set/$15 per night
This is comedy the way it should be – over the top FUNNY! NYC’s most talented stand-up veterans unite to make you laugh till you cry! So bring your hanky and the change from under your couch cushions! That’s all you need for the Hi/Lo Comedy Show!
Featuring Joe Dixon, Slava Yaryshkin , Amy Carlson, Mick DiFlo, Jeff Lawrence and Lisa Harmon!
(includes one house drink)
Tony Malaby's Apparitions featuring two drummers — Tom Rainey and John Hollenbeck — along with a bassist, Drew Gress
....."The process began a couple of years ago when he performed several times with two drummers and loved it: "It's just the most comfortable couch, or like taking a warm bath, just being surrounded by that sound and falling into it." He soon knew who the band was going be; having played together a lot in various other combinations, they already had a shared vocabulary to build on. They worked with Tony's structural concepts more than with written-out compositions: "I decided to try to create platforms for my favorite 'zones' that we'd developed or would hit on. So for example, a multi-layered zone where the four of us are each playing in our own pulse or dimension in time, or a very transparent zone where it's cymbals/mallets/brushes and I'm playing flute-like and Drew's playing arco. And the question is: how am I going to get this into a composition, how am I going to structure it?"
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"... Andy Guthrie transcends the traditional singer songwriter mold."
- David Dye, NPR World Cafe
"... Gorgeous, beautifully produced album, simply amazing."
- NPR All Songs Considered
Maryellen Bova is a Writer, Educator, Director of The Goddess Center, Certified Poetry Arts Therapist and Journal Instructor. She encourages her students to embark on a journey toward self-nurturance and personal growth.
Alysa Cummings is a ten year cancer survivor who works full time
supporting the healing of fellow cancer survivors as a poetry therapist, patient navigator, health educator, treatment coach, freelance writer and poet-in-residence for the University of Pennsylvania.
Rich Fireman has been writing for 40 years: mostly poetry, essays about chess, news for local magazines. Read at NJ libraries, fairs, B&N. 59, married, living in NJ with lots of dogs & cats. B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook, retired from a career in the P.O., now a paralegal. Working on a screenplay and the obligatory novel.
Preston Hood’s book, A Chill I Understand, (2006) received Honorable Mention in the 2007 Maine Literary Awards for published poetry. Most recently, he returned from Arizona State University where he was a visiting writer in residence while his book was being taught as Poetry of Witness.
Linda Lanza is a poet and calligrapher whose work has been published and exhibited worldwide including Caligraphia USA/USSR in Russia, Words for Peace in San Francisco, and Museum of the Bora, Trieste, Italy. For over 25 years, Linda has facilitated expressive and reflective writing workshops for strength, growth, and healing.
Sherry Reiter is Director of The Creative “Righting” Center , poetry therapist and co-author of “Writing Away the Demons” (North Star Press, 2009) with all of the above amazing poets.
'You didn't hear the name of Robin Verheyen yet? That will change... Since the maturity of his sound and the virtuosity of his phrasing on soprano as well as tenor, will be much talked about, as well as the daring architecture of his compositions.'
-Gwen Cathelin Jazzman France
Today in the world of modern jazz and improvised music there is an imperative for artists to strive for individuality while embodying the developments in jazz and music as a whole. New York, for the past decade, has been a hotbed of creative music for artists who are concerned with the continued developement of the jazz vocabulary. As one of these artists, John O'Gallagher has drawn attention for his unique voice and artistic vision.
"his elusive, chromatically-charged lines twitter and twist" - Coda Magazine
"The music spoken here is vibrant, fresh and perhaps the harbinger of a newfound stylistic vantage point."
- Jazz Review
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
Ms Georges won't take this weekend off and neither will her featured poet, Rob Plath.
Rob Plath is a 39 year old poet from New York. He is a former student of Allen Ginsberg. Since then he has published hundreds of poems in the small press. Rob has 7 books of poetry out and one large collection due out in early 2009 called A Bellyful of Anarchy. He runs an online zine called The Exuberant Ashtray which has published writers such as Dan Fante and Scott Wannberg. Rob is also co-host of a poetry talk show on blogtalk radio called 'Rob & Jack America" which has had guests such as Dan Fante, Tony O'Neill, Wanda Coleman, Raindog Armstrong, Scott Wannberg and many others.
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The New York Times Notes: “Mr. Stillman reinforces his reputation as an alto saxophonist
with an inquisitive relationship to
"Not only is the playing extraordinary, but the germinating ideas and the conviction with which the group approaches them is something that a lot of people in this music could learn from." -Clifford Alle
One of only a handful of drummers equally well-known for his work as a composer, Eisenstadt is among the most versatile and prolific musicians of his generation. His eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in both improvised music and West African drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theater to poetry and dance to contemporary classical and opera. Most active in jazz and improvised music, as both an in-demand sideman and a bandleader, he has performed all over the globe, earned commissions from organizations such as Meet The Composer and the American Composers Forum, and appeared on more than 35 recordings over the past decade. His latest, Guewel (Clean Feed, 2008), was named one of the year’s best in publications such as AllAboutJazz.com, Time Out New York and the Village Voice.
Nina attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts, where she studied classical, gospel, and jazz voice and new music composition. In 2005, Nina was granted an Honorary Mention from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in the category of jazz voice, sang with the All City Jazz Band at Lincoln Center, and performed with singer-songwriter Josh Groban at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, and on national television (ABC Good Morning America). This spring, Nina graduated with honors from Oberlin College, where she also studied at the world-renowned Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Wendell Logan, Paul Samuels, Marcus Belgrave, and mezzo-soprano Lorraine Manz.
Nina recently recorded an EP (to be released shortly) and is currently performing with her quintet in the New York area. Visit her on the web at
Cover is given where known
Many spoken words events are free
There is always a one-drink minimum per set; times are door opening times