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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

Monday
Sep 03
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
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.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

  http://www.davidamram.com

AMRAM & CO image
Tuesday
Sep 04
8:30PM  THE WEE TRIO
Jame Westfall, vibraphone;  Dan Loomis, bass;  Jared Schonig, drums
THE WEE TRIO image
"The World's Most Vicious Vibes-Led Threesome"

The Wee Trio burst onto the scene with Capitol Diner Vol. 1, winning huge international acclaim and being picked for the Top Ten CDs of ’08 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Boston’s Patriot Ledger and All About Jazz. The same year, the brooklyn-born band became ‘bi-coastal’, with James returning to the New Orleans to pioneer the post-Katrina Musicians’ Village. The group toured extensively, playing across the US at venues and festivals such as Snug Harbor, Jazz at the Bistro, the Harrisburg Jazz Festival, Rochester’s MCC Jazz Festival and the Jazz Bakery. In 2010 the release of Capitol Diner, Vol. 2: Animal Style, an exciting evolution of the trios sound inspired by their travels, brought a fresh round of excitement and praise from critics and fans alike.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.theweetrio.com

Wednesday Sep 05
6:00PM  THE WHITE SWALLOW READING SERIES
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Ben Fama Wayne Koestenbaum Ariana Reines Rachel Zucker
The White Swallow, a queerish reading series in Manhattan's West Village, features emerging and established poets and fiction writers.

Kicking off the fall season of The White Swallow Reading Series with Ben Fama, Wayne Koestenbaum, Ariana Reines, and Rachel Zucker

Wayne Koestenbaum is the author of several collectionsof poetry, including Blue Stranger withMosaic Background (forthcoming, 2012), Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films (2006), The Milk of Inquiry (1999), and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems(1990), which was named one of the VillageVoice Literary Supplement’s Favorite Books of the Year.

His prose works include Humiliation(2011); Hotel Theory (2007);the novel Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes(2004); Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars,and Aesthetics (2000); and National Book Critics CircleAward–nominated The Queen’s Throat:Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire (1993).

He received a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University,and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. Currently, he lives in New York City,where he is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of NewYork Graduate Center.

Rachel Zucker is the author offour books of poetry, most recently, Museum of Accidents, which was afinalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Along with poet ArielleGreenberg, Zucker co-wrote Home/Birth: a poemic and co-edited twoanthologies: Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and WomenPoets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. She lives in New York with herhusband and their three sons. In addition to teaching at NYU and the 92ndStreet Y she is a certified labor doula and is studying to become a childbirth educator.

$8 cover includes a house drink   www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=84682296951

8:30PM  PILC MOUTIN HOENIG
Jean-Michel Pilc, piano;  Francois Moutin, bass;  Ari Hoenig, drums
Pilc Moutin Hoenig image
"Pilc Moutin Hoenig reinvents the art of improvisation, thanks to the unique rapport that these three exceptional musicians have built over almost two decades of playing together. Virtuosos, innovators and inventors all at once, they have a chemistry which allows them to go anywhere and bring exhilarated audiences along for the ride everywhere they play. Standards, improvisations, originals, blues, grooves... there seems to be no end to where they could go, and to the emotion they feel and transmit."

"One of the astounding jazz piano trios of the past decade… in a class unto itself, stunning the listener to attention."--Don Williamson, JAZZ REVIEW

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.jeanmichelpilc.com

Thursday
Sep 06
6:00PM  ARTISTS’ SALON
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts


Don't the first class of the fall semester

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators.

All are welcome.

8:30PM  DIANE MOSER & MARK DRESSER: CD RELEASE, “DUETTO”
Diane Moser, piano;  Mark Dresser, bass
Diane Moser & Mark Dresser: cd release, “Duetto” image Dennis Connors
Diane Moser and Mark Dresser return to celebrate the release of their new recording “Duetto” on CIMP Records. “There is a simpatico going on here that navigates the sublime. These two musicians seem to live in each others heads, because everything is perfectly balanced--from the tune authorship to the remarkably even distribution of melodies and solos. Heady, serious fun. Highly recommended. “--Robert Bush, San Diego Reader, 4/12/2012

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

10:00PM  DIANE MOSER QUINTET “MUSIC FOR THE LAST FLOWER”
Diane Moser, piano;  Anton Denner, alto saxophone, clarinet;  Ben Williams, trombone;  Mark Dresser, bass;  Michael Sarin, drums
Diane Moser Quintet “Music for the Last Flower” image Dennis Connors
Commissioned by Chamber Music America’s New Works: Creation and Presentation program, and The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Diane Moser's composition is inspired and based on the illustrated story by James Thurber, The Last Flower. This project is supported by the American Music Center’s and New Music USA’s CAP Recording Program, made possible by endowment funds from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday
Sep 07
6:00PM  SON OF PONY
Kat Georges, host

Barbara Ann Branca, Featured Poet;  Mitch Cohen, Guest Poet
Son of Pony image
Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$ 8 includes a drink

9:00PM & 10:30PM  JASON RIGBY QUARTET
Jason Rigby, tenor saxophone;  Russ Lossing, piano;  Kermit Driscoll, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
Jason Rigby Quartet image
Tenor saxophonist / composer Jason Rigby is known for his compelling inside-outside style of improvising. An earthy voice that deftly combines many influences, Rigby's unique and un-compromised approach to playing the saxophone has earned him international recognition and respect by critics and musicians as both a leader and a sideman. Tonight he presents an explosive new ensemble of like-minded improvisers who, on the fly, spin poetically melodic lyricism and dynamic energy.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.jasonrigby.net

Saturday
Sep 08
6:00PM  ITALIAN-AMERICAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION
Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, hosts

Francesca Maxime Frank Perero
The Italian American Writers Association (IAWA) Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.

Featured writers

Francesca Maxime, a weekday anchor with Ebru TV; her first poetry collection, Rooted, will be published by NYQ Books in October.

Frank Perero’s first collection of poems Drive through the Night will be published in December; the title poem and others were recently published by Dublin-based Seven Tower Press in the anthology Census 3.

$8.00 includes a drink   http://www.iawa.net

9:00PM & 10:30PM  TONY MALABY PALOMA TRIO
Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Nasheet Waits, drums
TONY MALABY Paloma Trio image
New music dedicated to an angel flying over the Iberian Peninsula by a trio of omni directional improvising masters of ecstatic lyrical elasticity.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

  www.tonymalaby.com

Sunday
Sep 09
6:00PM  ENTERTAINING SCIENCE: HEARTS AND DEVILS
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier hosts

Carl Hart Dorian Devins

Our program this month brings together a leading researcher on addictive behavior with a songwriter and singer addicted to making music. Music draws us in, gives us a spiritual high, and so does science. But is that just loose talk, or does our dependence on music –those earbuds! – have a kinship to much more destructive substance abuse?

Come hear Carl Hart from Columbia University talk of his forthcoming book and his work on methamphetamine. Dorian Devins comes to us from, of course, Hell’s Kitchen – hear her every Friday at the Linc on W. 42nd -- to bring us her remarkable new jazz songs. She will feature music from her forthcoming album, The Procrastinator.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

8:30PM  GLOBAL LIVING ROOM: SKYE STEELE'S RAILROAD RODIA
Jean Rohe, host

Skye Steele, violin;  Aram Bajakian, guitar;  Josh Myers, bass;  John Hadfield, drums
Global Living Room: Skye Steele's Railroad Rodia image Sebnem Tasci
When Skye Steele was almost three years old, his grandma asked him to sing the Star-Spangled Banner for a luncheon of the United Methodist Ladies of Paris, Tennessee. He doesn't actually remember the gig, but she insists he nailed it. That same year his mother began teaching him how to play the violin. Fifteen years later Skye moved to New York City to pursue a Nobel Prize in Literature, but quickly found that his fiddle was a better way to make a living. In the decade since, curiosity and the fiddle have lead him on exploratory trips from the backstreets of Istanbul to the mangroves of Brazil and back home to work with musicians ranging from Anthony Braxton to Willie Nelson. With Railroad Rodia, Skye considers all of this territory to be in-bounds, and the band joyfully ranges from thorny punk-jazz explosions to tottering dances and lyrical incantations. This music is about beauty that is unexpected and inexplicable.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum   www.skyesteele.com

Drum kit donated by
CANOPUS DRUMS, Japan

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