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Sunday
Aug 26
6:00PM  ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE
Jorell Williams, baritone;  Candice Hoyes, soprano;  Christopher Berg, piano
All The Things You Are image

Jorell Williams and Candice Hoyes inhabit the songs that first piqued their curiosity for Opera: the eloquent American songbook, and Broadway melodies. The evening also highlights the brilliant contemporary music that defines right now, including works by John Musto and Mark Campbell, and Zach Redler and Sara Cooper (The 2012 Winner of the Weston Playhouse New Musical Award/LOVING LEO).

In humor, in struggle, and in love...this program is about all the things we are.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

8:30PM  CLASSICAL FESTIVAL: JED DISTLER PLAYS JOHN CAGE
Jed Distler, piano;  Darynn Zimmer, soprano
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Our 2012 summer classical festival opens tonight with Jed Distler playing John Cage's Four Walls, with special guest soprano Darynn Zimmer

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Cage's death and the 100th anniversary of his birth, composer/pianist and long time CSC denizen Jed Distler plays the iconic composer's 1944 "dance-drama" Four Walls. Written to be played on the piano's white keys only, the music's relentless yet varied and emotionally compelling use of repetition, silence, and ostinatos adds up to a powerful listening experience. Four Walls also features a central unaccompanied vocal solo, performed this evening by the celebrated American soprano Darynn Zimmer.

Jed Distler is artistic director of ComposersCollaborative, inc, and the founder of the long running Serial Underground series, held most first Sundays of the month at the Cornelia Street Cafe. His works can be found on the Point, Bridge, Decca, Nonesuch, CRI, New World and Musical Concepts labels. Jed also has been a regular guest host of Q2's Hammered! and writes frequent reviews for Gramophone and Classicstoday.com

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Monday
Aug 27
6:00PM  BENNINGTON WRITERS SERIES - FICTION
V. Hansmann, host

J.R. Angelella, featured reader;  Kristy Davis, June ’12;  Will Smith, January ’11;  Susan Jay Watson, ’08
J. R. Angelella is the author of the novel Zombie, published by Soho Press in early June, as well as a young adult series co-written with his wife, Kate Angelella, forthcoming from Sourcebooks/Teen Fire in 2013. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Sou’wester, JMWW, The Collagist, Fiction Writers Review, The Quivering Pen, Largehearted Boy, and The Nervous Breakdown. His short story “Sauce” won The Coachella Review 2012 Short Story Contest. Angelella received an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature from the Bennington Writing Seminars in January, 2011 and currently teaches creative writing at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City.

$ 8 includes a drink.

8:30PM  CLASSICAL FESTIVAL: MELODY FADER WITH EMILY POPHAM
Melody Fader, piano;  Emily Popham, violin
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Melody Fader and Emily Popham will play Beethoven's great "Kreutzer" sonata for violin and piano. There will also be works for solo piano by Debussy and Chopin.

Pianist Melody Fader enjoys a busy career as a soloist, chamber musician and freelance artist in New York City. Miss Fader has performed in such New York venues as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Cornelia Street Café, and the Joyce. Miss Fader earned her Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music, and Master of Music in Collaborative piano at the Juilliard School where she studied with Margo Garrett. Melody has a new CD, Music of Frederic Chopin, which was released by Centaur Records on February 1, 2012.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Tuesday
Aug 28
6:00PM  NAKED CITY : NYC POETS
Thew NeuroNautic

George Wallace
Join Eric Alter, Peter Carlaftes, Thomas Fucaloro, Aimee Herman, Matthew Hupert, Jane LeCroy, Eliel Lucero, Puma Perl, and George Wallace for an amazing evening of verse from the City that Never Sleeps

There are 8 million stories, tonight we have 9 of them.

$ 8 includes a drink

8:30PM  CLASSICAL FESTIVAL: EVAN SHINNERS: BACHSTAR
Evan Shinners, piano
Classical Festival: Evan Shinners: Bachstar image
BACHSTAR

johann sebastian bach in the early 21st century. as steered by evan shinners.

Evan Shinners is becoming known as the voice of Bach for today's generation. Unconcerned with preconceptions of how bach should be played, or with conventions of what a finished recording should sound like, this wildly talented pianist and 2010 Juilliard graduate released @bach (december 2011 on new cull records), a compilation of two live, unedited performances recorded at Juilliard and Rockefeller University. The Huffington Post hailed @bach as "essential, one of the brattiest Bach recordings to come along since Glenn Gould himself."

Shinners currently performs 'all-bach' recitals throughout the United States, has made three tours of Taiwan, and has played in Europe and Canada over the last two summers. In January 2011, Shinners was seen and heard by over 10,000 Museum of Modern Art attendees during his residency at MoMA's "stop, repair, prepare: variations on ode to joy for prepared piano." Shinners was interviewed by CBS "eye on new york" and a review of the cover of The New York Times arts section declared, "Evan Shinners attacked the score with a bravura that might have pleased Liszt."

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Shinners began playing piano at age 9 and gave his orchestral debut at age 12. He holds undergrad and Masters degrees from Juilliard where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal. When he is not playing bach, Shinners can be found writing poetry and a novel, or playing rock in Brooklyn warehouses with his Julliard colleagues.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.evanshinners.com

Wednesday Aug 29 6:00PM  STUDENT LOAN DEBACLE
Kristen Major
$ 8 includes a drink
8:30PM  VOXIFY FESTIVAL: NINA MOFFITT QUARTET
Nicky Schrire, host

Nina Moffitt, vocals;  Chris Pattishall, piano;  Jackson Hill, bass;  Alex Ritz, drums
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NINA MOFFITT is a vocalist from Brooklyn, NY who uses an instrumental approach to interpret music from a distinctive, genre-bending perspective. Nina learned to integrate diverse musical influences at an early age through collaborations with her father, pianist Peter Moffitt, and through studying the music of such musicians as Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter and Joni Mitchell. Bossa nova phrasing has also become pervasive in Nina’s musical concept since she studied Portuguese in Brazil in 2007. These influences led Nina to develop herself as both a storyteller and an instrumentalist alike, bridging the gap between lyrical delivery and collective improvisation. She returns to the Cornelia Street Cafe on August 29th to perform new material with her quartet. Visit Nina on the web at ninamoffitt.com, and download her EP at ninamoffitt.bandcamp.com.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  ninamoffitt.com

10:00PM  VOXIFY FESTIVAL: SARAH ELIZABETH CHARLES
Nicky Schrire, host

Sarah Elizabeth Charles, vocals;  Jesse Elder, piano;  Burniss Earl Travis, bass;  John Davis, drums
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The stylings of vocalist Sarah Elizabeth Charles are wide ranging, touching on everything from contemporary arrangements of jazz standards to the re-workings of Haitian folkloric music. Her creative energy pours out of each composition with a sense of warmth, passion, honesty, and a unique voice that acts as the tie that binds between each song in her varied repertoire. The S.E.Charles Quartet, composed of Sarah, Jesse Elder (piano), Burniss Earl Travis (bass), and John Davis (drums), has been together for two years working toward the sound that they have discovered today: one rooted in a musically intuitive nature and strong personal connections. With the release of Sarah's Debut EP, Red, on the horizon, the S.E.Charles Quartet's show at Cornelia Street Cafe will be the very first time that a live audience will be able to purchase the recording prior to the official fall release. Sarah and the S.E.Charles Quartet cannot wait for the opportunity to share this!

"Sarah Elizabeth Charles uses the full range and timbre of her voice to improvise in a way that often sounds more like a synth than a voice, and does it so naturally that one is reminded of the most talented freestylers" -Adam Gardner (CultureMob)

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.sarahelizabethcharles.com

Thursday
Aug 30
6:00PM  FLASH POINT/ NYC: WRITERS AND COMPOSERS
Matthew Daddona Sarah Dohrmann George Michelsen Foy Brandon Judell Laurie Stone Quintan Ana Wikswo and Arthur Kell
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A multidisciplinary call-and-response experience, the FLASH POINT/ NYC ensemble of writers and composers interweave new hybrid texts, flash fiction, micro memoir and prose poems across the harmonic rhythms, inversions, melodies and lines of original live jazz. Synchronicities and spontaneities emerge, converge and diverge to cross genres, provoke tradition and explore the territories ahead.

NYC writers Matthew Daddona, Sarah Dohrmann, George Michelsen Foy, Brandon Judell, Laurie Stone and Quintan Ana Wikswo riff off one anothers’ themes and obsessions with tales that are by turn incisive, moving, outrageous, funny, beautiful, shocking; often all of these at once. Acclaimed composer and bassist Arthur Kell breaks and orchestrates the texts with prismatic jazz compositions and improvisations.

$8 includes a drink

  www.flashpointnyc.com

8:30PM  VOXIFY FESTIVAL: CAMILA MEZA
Nicky Schrire, host

Camila Meza, vocals;  Glenn Zaleski, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Greg Ritchie, drums
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A native from Santiago de Chile, singer and guitar player Camila Meza, has found a unique way of blending jazz with her wide musical world including latinamerican, brazilian, folk and pop elements. With a deep understanding of jazz tradition, and a unique way of approaching songs, she creates musical landscapes that are full of color, interesting rhythms, deep melodies and felt improvisations. An intuitive and inventive singer and a captivating guitarist, she forms part of a reduced group of jazz musicians that perform their instrument with great dexterity while maintaining a strong vocal presence.

“Meza has a rich voice that’s playful without being too syrupy. She manages to make the music sound fresh with her obvious enthusiasm and her emotional connection with the songs." Jason Crane, The Jazz Session

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.camilameza.com

10:00PM  VOXIFY FESTIVAL: SEFIRA
Nicky Schrire, host

Sachal Vasandani, vocals;  Sofia Rei, vocals;  Malika Zarra, vocals;  Mathias Kunzli, percussion;  Paulo Stagnaro, percussion
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Sefira is a new vocal/percussion ensemble comprised of Sofia Rei, Malika Zarra, Sachal Vasandani, Mathias Kunzli, and Keita Ogawa. Each of the members lead a successful career of their own, and are very inspired to lend their diverse backgrounds to Sefira. Malika’s blend with Moroccan traditional music, Sofia’s fusion with South American rhythms, and Sachal’s deep connection to the American song book provide a very colorful and rich melodic and harmonic base. The three vocalists are supported by percussionists Mathias Kunzli and Paulo Stagnaro who provide not only a solid and groovy rhythmic foundation but also add infinite colors and moods in order to make Sefira a unique and very intimate experience for listeners of all corners of this world.

“Morocco's Jazz Jewel: Singing in Berber, Moroccan Arabic, English and French [Malika Zarra] is redefining the term fusion and adding her unique sound to the world” CNN International

"If Sachal Vasandani has a trademark, it’s his vocal tone. Clean and clear, it glides with an accessible assurance.” DownBeat

“Sofía's vocal prowess contains an emotional impact that leaves an audience gasping for air and begging for more. Her power and precision sets her apart from the legions of current jazz vocalists.” The Latin Jazz Corner

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  http://www.reverbnation.com/sefira

Friday
Aug 31
6:00PM  JORDAN DODSON WITH YUMI TAMASHIRO
Jordan Dodson, guitar;  Yumi Tamashiro, percussion
Jordan Dodson with Yumi Tamashiro image

Guitarist Jordan Dodson is joined by special guest percussionist Yumi Tamashiro in the New York City premiere of Paul Lansky's Partita. This formidable new duo explores the dynamic relationship between these two instruments while swerving in and out of textures and styles. The program will also include solo guitar music by Regondi, Brouwer, and others.

Jordan Dodson is a soloist and chamber musician based in New York and Philadelphia. He is currently a Diploma student at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Yumi Tamashiro is a freelance percussionist based in New York City and is a founding member of the Mobius Percussion Quartet. She has performed at various venues such as the Banff Center of Arts, Chapman University, CultureFix, (le) poisson rouge, and Symphony Space in NY.

$8.00 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  VOXIFY FESTIVAL: PETER ELDRIDGE & JO LAWRY
Nicky Schrire, host

Peter Eldridge, vocals, piano;  Jo Lawry, vocals, piano, guitar;  Matt Aronoff, bass
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Australian-born vocalist Jo Lawry's debut album, I Want to Be Happy, was released in 2008 to rave reviews, and named among the “Best CDs of the Decade” in Downbeat Magazine. She is becoming known beyond jazz circles, however, for her work with Sting, with whom she has been recording and touring since 2009, and this year she made her solo performing debut opening for Suzanne Vega's UK tour. Here, she'll present a set of fresh new songs, accompanied by Matt Aronoff.

“Jo Lawry numbers among our favorite discoveries of the past year.” Time Out New York

Peter Eldridge is best known as a member of jazz-vocal ensembles such as New York Voices and Moss, but on his own he is a prolific composer and arranger. His latest offering, Mad Heaven, was released on Palmetto Records to much critical acclaim and he has also worked with Bobby McFerrin (lending his voice to McFerrin’s recent ‘Vocabularies’ project), Michael Brecker, Meredith Monk, Fred Hersch, George Benson, Kenny Werner, David Byrne, Jim Hall, Larry Goldings, the Roches, Jonatha Brooke, Bill Charlap, Betty Buckley, Joshua Redman, and many others.

“A superb musical alchemist, Peter Eldridge synthesizes modern jazz with not only pop but also R&B and latin music. The results are varied and dynamic but also aesthetically focused, as Eldridge’s mellifluous baritone and urbane lyrics brim with pop accessibility”(JazzTimes).

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

  www.jolawry.com www.petereldridge.com

Saturday
Sep 01
6:00PM  THE LIAR SHOW
Andy Christie, host

Ophira Eisenberg Andy Ross Tracy Rowland Martin Dockery
The Liar Show image

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.

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Ophira Eisenberg (Host of NPR's Ask Me Another), Andy Ross (Mad Magazine), Tracy Rowland (TV writer, producer), and Martin Dockery (Wanderlust, "Fantastic!" - NY Times).

Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; WFUV's CityScape)

$15.00 includes a drink

  www.theliarshow.com

9:00PM & 10:30PM  KIRK KNUFFKE, MARY HALVORSON, ROB GARCIA - AMERICAN SONGS
Kirk Knuffke, trumpet;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Rob Garcia, drums
Drummer/composer Rob Garcia leads this trio collaborating with two most notable young musicians who are drawing much attention in the modern creative jazz scene: guitarist Mary Halvorson and trumpeter Kirk Knuffke. The group will uniquely perform standard from the early and modern jazz song book, as well as common songs from the rock and pop song book. Expect joy and the unexpected.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  http://www.robgarcia.com/

Kirk Knuffke, Mary Halvorson, Rob Garcia - AMERICAN SONGS image
Sunday
Sep 02
6:00PM  SERIAL UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK'S PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VARIETY SHOW
Serial Underground: New York's Premiere New Music Variety Show image

25th anniversary season kickstarter!

The Mighty Cci House Band plays Terry Riley’s In C plus…

ComposersCollaborative Inc. turns 25 on October 9th (it also happens to be John Lennon’s 72nd birthday). Raise a glass with us as the Mighty CCi House Band serves up their highly acclaimed version of Terry Riley’s minimalist manifesto IN C, led by CCi’s artistic director Jed Distler and Serial Underground’s guest curator Demetrius Spaneas. Look out for surprise performers (including many Serial Underground favorites) and some unexpected works too.

In 2007, Distler directed In C with 100 musicians outside in front of the Cornelia Street Café for the first Make Music New York Festival, and again in 2010. The New York Times’ Allan Kozinn praised the performance, noting its “joyfulness tempered now and then with dynamic subtlety.”

Proceeds from this evening will benefit Serial Underground’s 2012/13 season.

$10 music charge at the door, plus $10.00 drink/food minimum

  http://www.composerscollab.org/

8:30PM  JANE IRA BLOOM QUARTET/WINGWALKER
Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax, live electronics;  Dawn Clement, piano;  Mark Helias, bass;  Bobby Previte, drums
Jane Ira Bloom Quartet/Wingwalker image
2012 Jazz Journalists Association Award winner for Soprano Saxophone, Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia Café with her quartet featuring long-time bandmates Dawn Clement - piano, Mark Helias - bass, and Bobby Previte -drums. This is a band of seasoned composer/ performers who have a lot of history together walking the wings. They’ll reprise selections from their critically acclaimed Wingwalker CD and venture forth into new airspace where no woman or man has gone before. Don’t miss this special one time event.

“…intense lyricism, striking melodies, subtle electronics and a rock-solid band."-- Steve Smith, Time Out NY

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.janerabloom.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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