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"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
Jon’s conception of complete musical inclusion in his improvisation and composition is apparent in the wide-ranging body of work he has compiled in his young career. Tonight he presents his continuous additive duo project with drummer Mike Pride.
In their own words: "The set-up and breakdown of grooves and improvisational material is an attempt at melding many of our musical influences, both jazz and non-jazz, all while firmly remaining in the world of extended tenor saxophone and drum improvisation. While this world is now an accepted part of the jazz lineage, our goal is to stack levels of different genres, tempos, noise, and moods, and to constantly shift the focus within this pile: either collectively or individually. After running through these continuously churning and evolving layers, the initial motifs transform into the resulting ideas that appear later, while also reappearing in their original forms. This duality produces another level of tension. Our hope is that the listener is able to hear through these various shifting layers and to notice the progression, development, and return of the original motifs." Hear them on “I Don’t Hear Nothin’ But the Blues” (Loyal Label).
SECOND DUO: Michaël Attias-Satoshi Takeishi
Michaël Attias and Satoshu Takeishi collaborates often in Michela's trio Renku with Bassist John Hébert. Tonight, they will perform as a duo.
Vincent Quatroche is from Fredonia New York and is a Professor at Fredonia State University. Quatroche has released two CD’S of his work at Sleeping Giant Records and has published several full length collections of his poetry and prose. Quatroche was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His website is www.rubbereden.com
(includes one house drink)
“Demonstrating a complete command of the sound and keys of her tenor...seems to defy logic and possibility in her speed, dexterity, and musicianship.”
- Larry A. Detwiler, Jazz Improv Magazine
Featuring poets from BigCityLit’s spring issue including
Patricia Carragon, Allen C. Fischer, Deborah Flanagan,
Joanne Grumet , Ann Lauinger, Linda Lerner, Charlotte Mandel,
Mark Nickels, D. Nurkse, eve packer, Ron Price,
Kryssa Schemmerling, Maggie Schwed, Angelo Verga ,
Barry Wallenstein, and Rob Wright.
(includes one house drink)
“The rapport between Danish saxist Kim Bock and trumpeter David Smith is nothing short of amazing on Secrets (SteepleChase), Bock’s smashing new disc. All of the originals bespeak the snap and ingenuity that can make weighty music surprisingly accessible and charming: The two horns shadow each other like a new school Dewey Redman and Don Cherry.”
Kelvin L. Williams – Time Out New York
Anne C. Fiero (poetry) & Roger Lipson (sitar)
Ngoma (spoken word, electric violin, bamboo flute, didgeridoo, vocals & beats) &
Jeanann Verlee (spoken word)
plus a staged reading of Jameson’s Irish,
a one-act play by Iris N. Schwartz & David B. McConeghey,
with (in order of appearance):
Shad Ramsey / Keith Amato / Amanda V. Hadad
Patricia Hodges / Michael Kostas / Mickey Pizzo
Heather Leonard / Kimberly Stowell
(includes one house drink)
Her trio with Frank Kimbrough and Ron Horton was formed in 2002 and has been playing in the New York area since then. This performance will be rounding out the trio with the wonderful Scott Robinson.
Her poetry has appeared in the Hartford Courant, Osiris, and she received the Editor’s Choice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the International Library of Poetry.
Her debut trio CD, A Glance, is released on LoNote Records, and features all original compositions.
Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York scene for more than twenty years and has been a composer-in-residence of the Jazz Composers Collective since its inception in 1992. He has recorded as a leader for Palmetto, OmniTone, Soul Note, and Mapleshade. His work has been cited by the Downbeat Critics Poll (piano TDWR 2001–2003), appearances on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz and NPR’s All Things Considered. He has received funding from Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America’s Doris Duke Jazz Ensembles Project. Frank’s latest CD is Lullabluebye, with bassist Ben Allison and drummer Matt Wilson He also co-leads the Collective’s Herbie Nichols Project, which has recorded three critically acclaimed CDs, and toured internationally.
Scott Robinson One of today's most wide-ranging instrumentalists, he has been heard on tenor sax with Buck Clayton's band, on trumpet with Lionel Hampton's quintet, on alto clarinet with Paquito D'Rivera's clarinet quartet, and on bass sax with the New York City Opera. On these and other instruments including theremin and ophicleide, he has been heard with a cross-section of jazz's greats representing nearly every imaginable style of the music, from Braff to Braxton. Scott has been heard numerous times on film, radio and television, and his discography now includes more than 190 recordings. His releases as a leader have garnered five-star reviews from Leonard Feather, Down Beat Magazine and other sources worldwide. One, Melody From the Sky (featuring the seldom-heard C-Melody saxophone), was recently the subject of a Wall Street Journal article by Nat Hentoff. His newest, Forever Lasting (featuring the compositions of Thad Jones and with guest artist Hank Jones), appeared on four "Best Of" lists for 2008 including All About Jazz and Jazz Improv Magazine.
". . . not competing for space . . . the aural equivalent of a flower
breaking through the sun-drenched earth."
Richard Kamins, The Hartford Courant
"Marking the release of a stark and haunting new album"...
Nate Chinen, The New York Times 12/23/05
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
Featured reader : Christine Goodman
Christine is Founder/Executive Director of Art House Productions, a
multimedia arts organization based in Jersey City, NJ. Christine hosts its
monthly poetry and performance series, the longest running open mike in the
Goodman serves as an Arts Commissioner for Jersey City, NJ, was awarded the
Key to the City in December 2007, and was recently named by Jersey City
Magazine as the #1 Most Influential Figure in Jersey City's Arts and Culture
Scene. As an actor, she is an honors graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the
Arts Theatre Program, has studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and
received a Best Actress in a Featured Role nomination by the New York
Innovative Theatre Awards.
(includes one house drink)
Susan Bernfield's full-length plays and solo works have been produced or developed at Soho Think Tank's Ice Factory Festival, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Magic Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, HB Playwrights, Vital Theatre Company, HERE Arts Center, and New Georges, where she is the artistic director. Daniella Topol directed her play STRETCH (a fantasia), originally produced at New Georges, at People's Light & Theatre Company in Malvern, PA, in April 2010. Rachel Peters wrote the critically-acclaimed score for New Georges' production of Susan Bernfield's STRETCH (a fantasia). ONLY CHILDREN (libretto by Michael R. Jackson) premiered on the NYU Mainstage in 2008. Current projects include two operas with librettist Royce Vavrek. Rachel is an alumna of NYU Graduate Musical Theater Writing program. Daniella Topol's recent directing credits include Leslie Ayvazian's CAROL & JILL (EST Marathon), Susan Yankowitz's NIGHT SKY (Stan Raiff/Power Productions), Caridad Svich's INSTRUCTIONS FOR BREATHING (Passage Theatre), Judith Thompson's PALACE OF THE END (Epic Theatre), Trista Baldwin's SAND (Women's Project) and Sheila Callaghan's DEAD CITY (New Georges).
TINY FEATS OF COWARDICE was presented at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival; as a work-in-progress at the 2007 Adirondack Theatre Festival in Glens Falls, New York; and has been presented in development at New York Theatre Workshop and Joe’s Pub.
“An affecting piece.” – The Village Voice
“These guys aren’t using the Fringe to launch improbable projects or careers; they’re workshopping a solid Off Broadway project-in-progress. The “tiny feats” of the title are the small victories that keep the perpetually scared Bernfield—phobic of heights, planes, people—not just among the “functioning fearful” but solidly in with the “pathetically high-functioning.” With help from a very capable backup band, she makes each fear pull its weight, emotionally and comically.” -- Time Out New York
Mike Dell'Aquila earned a degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from Penn State University in 2004. Shortly thereafter, he co-founded the online publication Farmhouse Magazine (www.farmhousemagazine.com), which he designed and edits. Framhouse's first anthology of fiction, poetry and essays (available on amazon.com) was released and Dell'Aquila is working with a team to create a full-fledged press. An award-winning copywriter, Dell'Aquila has also worked as a marketer for both cable television and Internet companies and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in English from Brooklyn College. His writing has appeared in Kalliope: A Penn State Literary Magazine, the literary journal Barcid Homily, The Riverside Press-Enterprise, Buckmasters Magazine and Farmhouse Magazine. He is also working on his first novel.
Carl Capotorto was born and raised in the Pelham Parkway section of the Bronx. He received an M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts in 1984 and has been a playwright, screenwriter, and actor for more than 25 years. He played Little Paulie Germani on The Sopranos, and is currently co-developing a new original series for HBO. Twisted Head is based on his solo show of the same name, which he has performed in New York and Los Angeles.
Of Twisted Head, Ken Auletta, author of Backstory: Inside the Business of News writes: “Twisted Head is a memorable portrait of a sweet and awkward boy growing up on the sometimes mean streets of the Bronx, struggling with his imposing father, brutal peers, inattentive teachers, and his own sexual identity. Not since Mario Puzo's novel The Fortunate Pilgrim, have readers been treated to such a sweet and sour tale of growing up Italian-American and of coming to appreciate the sturdy rock that is family.”
(includes one house drink)
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