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Tuesday
Jul 20
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Mr Patrick Robin Gelfenbien
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Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT :

Mr Patrick-Life need not be Lonely if you tell the truth , truthfully!

Robin Gelfenbien-High School Abusical: One dorky girl's mission to reclaim her cool with the help of Father Time, Calamity Jane and Debbie Gibson.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  THE BRYAN MURRAY (HIPSTER BAND NAME) TRIO
Bryan Murray, tenor sax;  Terrence McManus, guitar;  Jeff Davis, drums
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West Virginia native Bryan Murray began playing jazz saxophone at a young age and has devoted most of his life to studying and performing. He attended the University of Kentucky, then moved to Chicago and attended DePaul University where he performed with jazz legends including Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Nicholas Payton, and recorded a live CD with Tom Harrell.

The Bryan Murray (Hipster Band Name) Trio, which features guitarist Terrence McManus and drummer Jeff Davis alongside tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray, reflects a non-traditional musical collaboration 2 years in the making. This bass-less trio draws from many free jazz sources and takes an open, experimental approach to Murrays original compositions as well as those by eclectic American songwriters whose music is less explored in an improvisational context, including Willie Nelson, Led Zeppelin and Elliot Smith.
 Cover $10   www.bryanmurray.net

10:00PM  THE XYLOFOLKS
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Picked as the Village Voice's "Best Buskers dressed as Animals," the Xylopholks have rapidly become a familiar sight and sound to many around the world. The Xylopholks play novelty ragtime repertoire of the 1920's dressed in fuzzy animal costumes. The Xylopholks have been featured on the front pages of youtube.com and CNN.com, as well as MTV.com's Daily Detox, and NY Magazine's fashion tips. They have recently returned from a month-long tour of the Indian subcontinent.
 Cover $10
Wednesday Jul 21
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Greg Walloch; Jason Wachtelhau Mark Allen; Pseu Braun Valerie Gilbert
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Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT :

Greg Walloch and Mark Allen

"Join Greg Walloch (F**k The Disabled, Studio 360), Mark Allen (NPR, NYTimes), Pseu Braun (WFMU, WNYC) and Jason Wachtelhausen (Adbusters, Wired) for an evening of unexpected stories."

Valerie Gilbert

Dad: Toy designer by day, CIA agent at night.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  LE NOZZE DI CARLO
Gene Caprioglio, guitar, vocals;  Joel Darelius , bass, vocals;  Paule Diamond, soprano saxophone, vocals;  Bob Goldberg, accordian, vocals
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Le Nozze di Carlo is a New York-based quartet that performs ethnic and pseudo-ethnic music. The band--Gene Caprioglio - guitar & voice, Joel Darelius - bass & voice, Paule Diamond - soprano saxophone & voice, and Bob Goldberg - accordion & voice--first got together in 1993, with a handful of folk tunes, to play at a friend's wedding in upstate New York. Since then, they have developed a repertoire ranging from traditional Italian songs like "Bella Ciao" and "Funiculi Funicula", to modern classics such as "Volare", "Quando Quando Quando", and "La Vie En Rose" to originals like the mini-opera "Vino" and the cinematic "Hunger Suite". (Watch Le Nozze di Carlo on WNYC's Battle of the Boroughs: beta.wnyc.org/thegreenespace/articles/2010/jun/07/battle-boroughs-queens-vote
 Cover $10
10:00PM  DIRTY MAC AND THE BUMPER CROP BOYS
Gene Caprioglio , guitar, vocals, clarinet;  Jordan Ahiyan , percussion;  Octavio Salman, drums
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Dirty Mac and The Bumper Crop Boys began as a late night jug band experiment at The Black Hills Playhouse in the Black Hills of South Dakota in the summer of 2003. Band leader Sam Williams (Dirty Mac) moved to NYC in 2005, and Washtub Bassist Chris Zeig followed in 2006 where they began the reformation of the group. Fellow South Dakotans Emily Fellner (accordion, trumpet, vocals) and Doug Strich (harmonicas) came to join them soon after. The band has had over 30 members, and as many instruments, before settling in on its currant line-up. Rounding out the group are Queens natives Gene Caprioglio (electric guitar, clarinet, vocals)and Jordan Ahiyan (percussions). Octavio Salman holds it all together on the drum kit. Original country, blues, and rock and roll music that always stays true to its jug band roots. (Listen to Dirty Mac and The Bumper Crop Boys sing "Buy The Will of God": www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtDQzY8oFx0
 Cover $10
Thursday
Jul 22
6:00PM  SUMMER STORYTELLING FESTIVAL
Sherry Weaver, curator

Ryan Paulson H R Britton
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Cornelia St Cafe Summer Storytelling Festival presents New York's best storytellers!

TONIGHT Ryan Paulson--I'm Uncomfortable: How I Stopped Speaking In Tongues

H R Britton-Melting in Madras: Seeking, singing, and sickness in India.


 Cover $10

8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT FESTIVAL 2010
Valerie Ghent, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein, Deborah Berg, hosts

Elise Morris Steve Addabbo Sherryl Marshall Rob Morsberger Felicia Collins contest winner Walking Upright
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The Songwriter's Beat 6th annual Festival - NYC's only festival celebrating performing songwriters – returns for three consecutive nights and features 18 top performing songwriters including acclaimed artists Martha Redbone, Steve Addabbo, Felicia Collins, Bertha Hope, Valerie Ghent, Rob Morsberger, Tabitha Fair, Peter Calo, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein and three winners of the Songwriter's Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest.

Tonight's show features: Elise Morris, Steve Addabbo, Sherryl Marshall, Rob Morsberger, Felicia Collins and the Astoria based band Walking Upright, who won first place in the Songwriter's Beat 2010 Song Contest with their song, "The Fall".

ELISE MORRIS is a composer, a vocalist and a performance artist. Her music is an eclectic repertoire of styles influenced by jazz and pop, as well as by more experimental forms. She works primarily as a musician and artist in New York City but her work is also international. She has toured as a featured vocalist and keyboardist with Joe Jackson and has sung and/or played onstage or in the studio with numerous artists, including legends like Cy Coleman, and peter, paul and mary. In a more experimental collaboration, Morris was a featured vocalist playing “prepared” piano in the highly percussive and improvisational score of composer tan dun in “America Dreaming” directed by Michael Mayer. Morris has written numerous songs and scores for plays and dance as well as underscores for audiobooks. Recently Elise traveled to Mali as an invited guest artist to lead a one-week collaboration with local songwriters, singers and musicians, which culminated in an onstage presentation at the centre de culturel in Bamako. This culminated in the premiere of the dance “Qui Suis-Je?”, (score by Morris, choreography – Gabi Glinz) also at the Centre de Culturel. Currently, her voice can be heard on the opening credits of the CBS TV show, “cold case.”

SHERRYL MARSHALL is a New York singer who has recorded or performed live with everyone from Gloria Gaynor, Leslie Gore, Darlene Love, Chubby Checker to Peter Wolf, Southside Johnny, Johnny Rivers, Lou Gramm of Foreigner to Black 47, RuPaul, Al Kooper, Albert Collins to Joni Mitchell, Jane Siberry, Vallerie Simpson, Ashford & Simpson, The Klezmatics and a host of others. She was a regular member of the Buster Poindexter show for ten years and is a member of the New York Singers Collective. She has been heard and seen on national TV, live broadcasts such as Conan O'Brien, Saturday Night Live and the Today Show and film voiceovers on major motion pictures, including "Bonfire of the Vanities"and "Mambo Kings. She has sung her original compositions with many different NY bands over the years and her show "The Life and Times of Sherita Marshone the Argentine Bombshelter" was performed at the famous Bottom Line and the fabulous BAM cafe. She is happy as a clam at high tide to be singing in the vocal trio Dusty. She's just gotten off the Rescue Me Tour with Denis Leary and the Enablers. Her CD, "Black Cohosh", will be out this fall.

ROB MORSBERGER is a singer-songwriter and classically trained composer. In addition to his own records his sideman credits include Marshall Crenshaw, Crash Test Dummies, Loudon Wainwright III, Jules Shear and many more. He is composer of the award-winning PBS series NOVAscienceNOW, now entering its fifth season. BOSTON HERALD: “The kind of hyperliterate, pop-inflected singer-songwriter outing that went out of style when Warren Zevon died” “He can write a hook that could make angels weep” BOSTON GLOBE: “Think "storyteller" with a literary, cinematic, intellectual bent”.

FELICIA COLLINS Felicia was born <^> slept in a crib with a toy guitar <^> Taught herself to play <^> went to college <^> cool gigs happened <^> toured the world a buncha times <^> played on some records <^>became late-night TV's WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS RECRUIT <^> wrote some songs<^> formed a band <^> from the womb of downtown underground, B!TCHSLAPP became FELICIA COLLINS & THE LIFE <^> to be continued...

NEW: Leading up to this year’s Festival is the first annual Songwriter’s Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest, open to all songwriters. Win prizes and a performance slot at the Festival! Celebrity judges including songwriting legends Ashford & Simpson will review the finalists and decide the winners. The contest also serves as a fundraiser: song submission fees support Feel the Music!. Song submission deadline is June 28, 2010 at sonicbids.com/SongwritersBeat

Now in its 10th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 33rd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com songwritersbeat.com/facebook

Friday
Jul 23
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Jackie Sheeler, host


The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.


 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT FESTIVAL 2010
Valerie Ghent, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein, Deborah Berg, hosts

Keith Fluitt Valerie/Deni/Ann/Deb Martha Redbone Tabitha Fair AJ Roach
Songwriter's Beat Festival 2010 image

The Songwriter's Beat 6th annual Festival - NYC's only festival celebrating performing songwriters – returns for three consecutive nights and features 18 top performing songwriters including acclaimed artists Martha Redbone, Steve Addabbo, Felicia Collins, Bertha Hope, Valerie Ghent, Rob Morsberger, Tabitha Fair, Peter Calo, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein and three winners of the Songwriter's Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest.

Tonight's show features Keith Fluitt, a special set by Valerie Ghent, Ann Klein, Deborah Berg and Deni Bonet; Martha Redbone, Tabitha Fair and we will play AJ Roach's winning song, "Granddaddy" as AJ is on tour in Europe this month.

KEITH FLUITT has performed globally and locally. He is a well sough-after background vocalist who has recorded and performed with such artists as Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, Will Downing, Harry Belafonte, The Pet Shop Boys, Celine Dion and a host of others. He also co-wrote “I Met an Angel on Christmas Day” which was recorded by Celine Dion. In 2006 he was cast as the voice of Philip Bailey in the Broadway flop “Hot Feet”. Keith is now working on his first ever CD to be out sometime in 2017 hopefully.

DEBORAH BERG is a New York City-based singer/songwriter and recent songwriting workshop leader, whose distinctive voice, songwriting talents, and warm teaching style characterize her 25 year musical career. She has written and published over 50 original songs, including her work with Julian as the duo Eye to Eye, and her solo CD. With Doug Katsaros, Deborah co-wrote the theme song for the public television program "Great Museums," a public television series devoted to America's museums.

DENI BONET: Not every classically-trained musician plays the violin like an air guitar. Deni Bonet is a college radio favorite who's performed with the likes of R.E.M., Sarah McLachlan & Robyn Hitchcock and fits her string & vocal skills into ironic, catchy alternative pop. Her latest obsession with the ukulele has brought her an endorsement with Kala Ukuleles, and a recent headlining spot at the NY Ukulele Festival! Deni is currently in the studio recording a new CD with her band and producer Richard Barone (of the Bongos) for release later this year. For more information, check out Deni’s website: www.denibonet.com

VALERIE GHENT: Singer-songwriter and Songwriter’s Beat founder VALERIE GHENT is a whirlwind of musical energy. Born and raised in downtown NYC, Valerie offers a strikingly powerful and emotive voice, piano chops to match and "soul-stirring, uplifting songs full of vitality and joy". Keyboardist/singer and recording engineer with legends Ashford & Simpson since 1989, Val toured with Debbie Harry (Blondie), released three CD's on her own label and has written music for film, dance and two acclaimed off-off Broadway musicals. Founder of the uber-successful Songwriter's Beat series as well as the Songwriter's Beat Festival each July, Val continues to encourage and support hundreds of performing songwriters. In 2005, Val founded the nonprofit Feel the Music!, bringing music to children and families impacted by trauma and loss. The recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the Betances Award for Service to the Arts, Valerie is a student of internal martial arts and photography and has collaborated on two books. Currrently Valerie is recording her next (double) CD and can be seen in the live Ashford & Simpson DVD, The Real Thing.

ANN KLEIN plays guitar and mandolin and other things with strings. As a composer/songwriter, she has: toured in Europe consistently for 10 years; plays house concerts in the tri-state area and Texas; received lots of nice press from publications such as Billboard and HARP; written music for: three documentaries for French television; THE ENERGY FACTORY; and Metro Music, Inc. As an instrumentalist, credits include: Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Joan Osborne, Ani DiFranco, Darden Smith, PM Dawn, Will Lee, Natalie Imbruglia and the American Composers Orchestra. She has lent her expert guitar skills on Broadway in “Grease”, “9 to 5” and “Everyday Rapture”. Ann has also produced recordings for several artists with her partner, Tim Hatfield and was a MacDowell Colony grant recipient. In fall of 2005, she was a guest teacher at the Danish Rythmic Music Conservancy with 15 other teachers from NY and LA and serves on the faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music running songwriting workshops and teaching guitar. She is most proud of her ability to wah wah her way out of any solo, anytime. Ann is currently a member of the Harlem Parlour Music Club, which is a 12 piece orchestra consisting of NYC’s top musicians. She is also working with Allison Cornell on material for their European tour, slated for Fall 2010 and continues to work with many artists in the New York area.

MARTHA REDBONE's role as a leading voice in both soul and contemporary Native American music has been recognized by the awards garnered for both her albums - ‘Skintalk’ and ‘Home of the Brave’; which include 2006 Independent Music Award for Best R&B album and Best Debut Artist at the 2002 Nammys. In addition to music, Martha is a dedicated activist on behalf of both Native American and African American communities, she is recognized by the Nat’l HIV/Aids Partnership in Washington DC and was presented with a Red Ribbon Award at the United Nations. MOJO Music Magazine describes her as “Fabulous... uniquely individual...supremely soulful.. A gem...”

TABITHA FAIR, a pastor's daughter from Oklahoma, now living in NYC, writing, recording and singing songs that represent her spiritual journey and life experiences. She has had the honor to sing, write and perform with such artist as Carol King, Sting, Amy Grant, John Legend, Garth Brooks, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and many other recording artists that continue to musically inspire her. Tabitha is in the studio finishing up her record project that she's been working on with producer, writer, Phil Galdston and is looking forward to the next phase of her career as a solo recording artist.

NEW: Leading up to this year’s Festival is the first annual Songwriter’s Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest, open to all songwriters. Celebrity judges including songwriting legends Ashford & Simpson will review the finalists and decide the winners. Three winners will participate in the Festival! The contest also serves as a fundraiser: song submission fees support Feel the Music!.

Now in its 10th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 33rd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com songwritersbeat.com/facebook

Saturday
Jul 24
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie

Cormac Barrett, Last Comic Standing;  Faye Lane , NPR's The Moth Radio Hour;  Robert Hurst , The Moth Storytelling Champion;  Ryan Britt, Nerve.com
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.

Our host ANDY CHRISTIE is an accomplished word-weaver himself. He's featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio.
 Cover $15

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8:30PM  SONGWRITER'S BEAT FESTIVAL 2010
Valerie Ghent, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein, Deborah Berg, hosts

Kismet Bill Grady Morley Bertha Hope & Monica Hope Peter Calo Contest Winner Amanda Homi
Songwriter's Beat Festival 2010 image

The Songwriter's Beat 6th annual Festival - NYC's only festival celebrating performing songwriters – returns for three consecutive nights and features 18 top performing songwriters including acclaimed artists Martha Redbone, Steve Addabbo, Felicia Collins, Morley, Bertha Hope, Valerie Ghent, Rob Morsberger, Tabitha Fair, Peter Calo, Deni Bonet, Ann Klein and three winners of the Songwriter's Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest.

Tonight's show features Kismet Lyles, Bill Grady, Morley, Bertha Hope & Monica Hope, Peter Calo and Amanda Homi, who won first place in the Songwriter's Beat 2010 Song Contest with her song, "The Boyz in the Coffee Bar".

KISMET LYLES is an unyielding force of melody. Her music is a harmonious blend of rock and r&b, layered on a jazz foundation. She was a songwriter and lead singer for New York-based band D'Tripp for five years as they toured throughout the U.S. and headlined two European tours. Kismet was a featured lead for the Robert Wilson/Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon production of "The Temptation of St. Anthony" for 5 years throughout Europe and Australia; including a history-making performance series at the Opera Garnier in Paris in 2005. In the fall, she will release her Toshi Reagon produced CD entitled, “Given”.

BILL GRADY's songs are about those moments big and small, where you can say to yourself, “I’ve been there. I KNOW what that feels like”. He has been featured on BBC Radio and toured the UK. His debut album, “A Room Called Home” was called, “a minor miracle.” With a style ranging from acoustic-hiphop to pop-poetry he is always ready to provide his audiences with a real and thoughtful experience.

MORLEY: “If you’re feeling helpless, help someone”. These are the empowering words that inspire MORLEY as she dives deep, breathing sensuality into activism with her unabashed love songs, humorous takes on love, life, and outspoken lyricism. A former dance and yoga teacher and choreographer who colaborated with the late jazz legend and civil rights activists Max Roach, Baba Olatunji and Ossie Davis along with Cassandra Wilson for the celebration of Max Roach’s historic album, “We Insist!”, Morley has written, collaborated, shared the stage and toured with renowned artists such as Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, Dave Matthews, David Amram, Raul Midon, Leni Stern, Gil Goldstein, Larry Campbell, Richard Bona, Amadou & Miriam, Neil Finn, Sarah Mclachlan, Sheryl Crow, Queen Latifah and Angelique Kidjo to name a few. The featured artist at the 60th Anniversary of the UN, Morley has had he distinct honor to perform for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela. Morley has placed several of her original songs on television and has appeared on popular shows such as the comedy Bored To Death. Since February 2008, Morley’s sultry voice graced the TV commercial for Ralph Lauren’s “My Romance” fragrance. Morley’s CD’s include Sun Machine, Days Like These and SEEN.

BERTHA HOPE is a brilliantly gifted, well-traveled Jazz pianist and educator who has headlined and provided support to many different groups for many decades. Bertha enjoyed several months long stays in Japan performing in several different venues. She co-founded the women’s jazz group Jazzberry Jam! with long-time associates Carline Ray and Paula Hampton. Their performances include Gracie Mansion, the Schomburg Library, BAM, Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland and Florida Southern College’s annual Child of the Sun Festival at the invitation of the late Nat Adderley. In 2005, Bertha and the other founding members of Jazzberry Jam! received the Mary Lou Williams Lifetime Achievement Award, individually, at the 10th Annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival at Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center. The group was also featured in “Les Femmes du Jazz” which won Best Documentary at France’s Bairritz Film Festival. Bertha holds a BA in Early Childhood Education and teaches piano from beginner to master classes. Ms. Hope’s Reservoir label CD, Nuthin’ But Love, is available at Amazon.com.

MONICA HOPE began singing with a gospel choir at age 10 and wrote her first songs at 14. She spent nearly 14 years on the club date wedding and party circuit through 1998. Monica won the grand prize in the inaugural John Lennon Songwriting Contest for a dance tune entitled “When You’re Around.” In 2000, Monica performed as one of the choir members in the Vy Higgensen/Ken Wydro off-off Broadway choreographed production of “Gospel Is.” She is a member of the City Bar Chorus which volunteers local performances. Monica performs in Off/Spring, a quartet her mother, Bertha Hope, formed in October 2009, which allows her to hone her jazz vocal skills and present her original R&B and contemporary material. A cum laude NYU graduate with a BA in Creative Writing, Monica is currently converting her senior project memoir into a one- woman show with her original music entitled “Healing Fractures,” with an eye toward a fall 2010 debut.

PETER CALO Canadian born,singer/guitarist PETER CALO has been dubbed "one of the most engaging performers in the biz" by London's "Time Out" magazine. Calo has performed and/or recorded with Carly Simon, Hall and Oates, Joe Pecsi, James Taylor, Linda Eder, Robben Ford, Jimmy Webb, Joel Grey, Klezmer conservatory Band ,New York Voices, Boston Opera Company, The Platters, Luther "guitar" Johnson as well as played in the musical "Hairspray". A master songwriter, composer, and performer in his own right, Peter has released an album of originals, "Wired to the Moon." as well as a recording of original solo acoustic guitar music called "Cape Ann" available on Four Winds Records Peter is co producing an upcoming CD release from Carly Simon. He has just completed a producing a CD for Johnny Ray, “Songs from the El Rey Motel.” Peter was recently featured in Tribeca Film Festival entry “The Lost Soul of Havana.”

NEW: Yes! Leading up to this year’s Festival is the first annual Songwriter’s Beat - Feel the Music! Song Contest, open to all songwriters. Celebrity judges including songwriting legends Ashford & Simpson will review the finalists and decide the winners. The contest also serves as a fundraiser: song submission fees support Feel the Music!.

Now in its 10th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's most popular acoustic songwriters series, curated / hosted by singer-songwriter Valerie Ghent. The Songwriter's Beat features four songwriters of varying musical styles who are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements.

The Songwriter's Beat is delighted to share in the 33rd birthday celebration of the Cornelia Street Cafe!

Proceeds of the Songwriter's Beat Festival benefit "Feel the Music!" , a NYC nonprofit which brings music and art to children and families impacted by trauma.


 Cover $10   songwritersbeat.com songwritersbeat.com/facebook

Sunday
Jul 25
6:00PM  RADIO PLAYERS
Judith Kampfner, host


Radio scripts on stage.

Oligarchs, Circuses and Trial by TV

Russian Contemporary Society as revealed in 3 new plays for BBC Radio

Hear excerpts of sneak previews of the plays and meet the cast of actors - all Russian speakers - who are based in New York. Judith Kampfner the director will host a Q and A

Sunday 25 :Circus Train - Two Performers who miss their train, travel the remote countryside meeting eccentric characters who are working out ways to survive in the new Russia.

The Target Audience - a model, a businesswoman and an investigative journalist invite an oligarch to talk on their hot TV show but the outcome of their trial by TV is hotter than they could have predicted. The Russian writer is from a corporate business background and writes as an insider.

We will play audio excerpts, the actors will read short scenes and we will discuss the process of establishing a repertory radio company in New York for these radio plays. Radio drama is more like film than theater and we will demonstrate our production values and the dramatic thrills.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

8:30PM  JAMES CARNEY TRIO
James Carney, piano, compositions;  John Hbert, bass;  Tom Rainey, drums
  http://www.jamescarney.net
Monday
Jul 26
6:00PM  THOSE CRACKPOT CRONES
Terry Baum, slightly world-renowned lesbian playwright;  Carolyn Myers, warrior princess of comedy
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The Crackpot Crones will crack you up!

Terry Baum and Carolyn Myers are pioneer funny feminists, witches, and best friends. They stir together ancient wisdom and 21st century hilariousness, to make a brew of sketch comedy, spoken word, and improvisation.

Intriguing, enlightening, comical and real. - San Francisco Bay Times
 Cover $8   www.crackpotcrones.com

8:30PM  NOAH PREMINGER / KRIS DAVIS / ROB GARCIA
Noah Preminger, saxophone;  Kris Davis, piano;  Rob Garcia, drums
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This leader-less trio formed out of a mutual desire to make music together. Their music is based on being in the moment and the strong connection and communication between them. The trio has performed several times since its debut in early 2010.

Saxophonist, Noah Preminger has been receiving stellar recognition almost immediately after hitting the scene. This past year, Noah received a nomination for "Up and Coming Jazz Artist of 2009" by the Jazz Journalists Association, and his debut album, Dry Bridge Road, received the distinction of "jazz debut of the year" by the prestigious Village Voice poll. Noah has performed with Dave Liebman, Dave Douglas, Dave Holland, Roscoe Mitchell, and Cecil McBee to name a few.

Pianist, Kris Davis has quickly grown to become a vital contributor to New York's jazz scene. An artist exploring the balance between improvisation and composition, her writing and pianistic prowess have been described as 'adventurous' and 'refreshing'. With her own group, Kris has toured extensively and released 5 albums. She has performed with musicians such as Tony Malaby, John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckmann, and Chris Speed.

For over a decade, drummer Rob Garcia has brought his superb skills and subtly dynamic rhythmic sense to an assortment of jazz-based, creative ensembles. He has released 3 albums as a leader, and the most recent, Perennial was listed in the 10 Best Jazz Albums of 2009 in the New York Observer. He has also received grants from Meet The Composer, DCA and NYSCA to support his performances. Rob has collaborated with artists such as Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Wynton Marsalis, and Joseph Jarman.
 Cover $10

Tuesday
Jul 27
6:00PM  KAIROS ITALY THEATER
Laura Caparrotti, president

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Italian classics in a bilingual production.

Italian Literary Salon

Professional readings in English followed by the Italian version from masterpieces by Italian writers from the past to the present.

Q&A and mingle in before, during and after the reading.

The past and the present: The fantastic yet so real world of Stefano Benni and Primo LEVI

Two writers who transformed reality into fantasy to talk about the world, society and people. Satire, comedy and some hidden drama in stories by two Italian masters.

Centuries ago, first in Paris, and then all over Europe, Cafs and Salotti Letterari became meeting point for artists and intellectuals to discuss ideas as well as every day facts. While the Cafs were open to the public and attended mostly by men, the Salotti Letterari were private events, organized by cultural refined Ladies, often aristocrats, who loved to bring together people of different backgrounds to discuss and exchange opinions and knowledge.

KIT is now recreating its own Salotto-Caffe Letterario, hosted by KITs artistic director Laura Caparrotti together with other surprise guests. In a two-hour event, the guests will be introduced each time to two wonderful Italian writers from the past and the present.

Professional actors will engage in dramatic readings of short stories, excerpts from novels or essays by the most fascinated and beloved Italian authors from the past to the present. Following KITs tradition, the reading will be first in English followed by its Italian version.

Copies of the reading material in Italian will be provided to the audience the opportunity to follow the professional reading. Before, after and during the reading, well discuss discussion, well exchange ideas and opinions.

Primo Levi. Italian-Jewish writer and chemist, who first gained fame with his autobiographical story SE QUESTO UN UOMO (1947, If This is a Man) of survival in Nazi concentration camps. For the last forty years of his life Levi devoted himself to attempting to deal with the fact that he was not killed in Auschwitz. "The worst survived, that is, the fittest; the best all died," he said. Levi also published poetry, science fiction, essays, and short stories. In 1987, at the age of 67, he killed himself. Italo Calvino called Levi "one of the most important and gifted writers of our time."

Stefano Benni is widely considered one of Italys foremost novelists. His trademark mix of biting social satire and magical realism has turned each of his books into a national bestseller. His many novels include: Bar Sport, The Company of Celestini, The Cafe Beneath the Sea and the latest remarkably successful Margherita Dolce Vita. Benni is also the author of several volumes of essays and poetry and many collections of short stories. He lives in Bologna, Italy. From Europaedition web-site.

Kairos is the Greek god of the fleeting moment. Kairos Italy Theater was founded in 2002 in New York. KIT's mission is to create a cultural exchange program between Italy, the US and the international community, to unveil artistic and creative sides of these two countries to the world. In the States, Kairos Italy Theater is dedicated to spread the Italian Culture and to create an Italian Culture Network in order to maintain and grow the knowledge of Italy in the States. It is the only troupe doing bilingual (Italian and English) theater in New York.
 Cover $10   www.kitheater.com

8:30PM  AGENT ORANGE
Sam Trapchak, bass, compositions;  Nick Kadajski, alto saxophone;  Arthur Vint, drums
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Jazz is the common ground between Agent Orange members saxophonist, Nick Kadajski (alto saxophone), Sam Trapchak (double bass) and Arthur Vint (drums). Friends by musical association for the last three years, these musicians have finally come together to form a collaborative group featuring their innovative and highly varied compositions. The bands unique sound is the result of a proficiency in a wide range of musical styles; everything from heavy metal to afro-beat to country. Nick Kadajski heads up the NYC based group 5 Point Perspective, which features his original compositions. Nick's album "Remembering Things to Come" won praise from "Jazz Times" writer Bobby Vega "...Nick Kadajski's 5 Point Perspective and their new recording Remembering Things to Come is just another indication of the healthy state of jazz music. Fantastic compositions, remarkable arrangements and incredible musicianship. Take a moment and go check out some Nick Kadajski! One word - WOW!" www.nickkada.com

Sam Trapchak is a Michigan transplant, raised on the rich musical tradition of Detroit. For years a staple in the Detroit hardcore scene with his band Happiness, and then as a freelance jazz player, Sam has just finished his first year in NYC. Watch for the upcoming release by his current band, Put Together Funny, which is headed for the studio next month.

Arthur Vint is an up and coming drummer hailing from Tucson, Arizona. A highly adaptable musician, Vint has been a major figure in the Tucson music community since he was a teenager and now freelances in NYC. He has been featured on many recordings in a wide range of genres. For a complete discography visit his website. www.arthurvint.net/
 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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