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Featured Teller: Rachel Rose Reid, award-winning Storyteller/Aural Alchemist from Across the Pond!
Cameo Feature: Jennifer Rawlings, award-winning "globe-trotting" Storyteller/Comic returns by popular demand!
FORMAT: Open Telling - no contest, no judging, just plain fun! (5-6 minute limit)
Followed by Featured Tellers
Rachel Rose Reid, Storyteller/Aural Alchemist: Merging ancient myth and legend, contemporary theatre and spoken word with her own modern urban point of view, she has performed at prestigious festivals and venues around the world, from her home base in London to as far away as Bankok, Thailand. She has collaborated with Darfuri refugees recreating folktales from their homeland and was the first storyteller to work with political theatre company Nabokov on their popular Present: Tense performance projects. ”Magical...all of London held its breath!” - Jumoke Fashola, BBC London Radio. This September, she comes to Cornelia Street directly from the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock Desert, Gerlach, Nevada!!
"Rachel Rose Reid…breaking through boundaries of storytelling, crashing through walls of spoken word, RRR delivers a treat for the senses,
and for the mind's eye.” Imogen Butler-Cole, Cutlery Bowl Productions, UK
Jennifer Rawlings, writer, comic, filmmaker, and self-proclaimed kick-ass mom of four, gives new meaning to the words "world traveler." A native of Salina Kansas, she has entertained our troops in over 300 military shows in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Djibouti, Qatar, Kyrgyzstan, Kuwait, Korea, Kwajelean, Guam, Japan, Iceland and other countries. An award-winning story writer, Jennifer has written for numerous publications and television shows. This past spring she made her directorial debut in the film, "Forgotten Voices: Women in Bosnia." In addition, she is tickling the funny bone of folks across the country with her unique perspective on everyday life as a mom, comedian, and activist.
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Tonight's headliner is Al Lubel www.allubel.com
Nicholas Dawidoff, author of four books including The Fly Swatter, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. His latest book is The Crowd Sounds Happy: A Story of Love, Madness and Baseball. Nicholas writes for the New Yorker and teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
**Freerange is a method of literary husbandry where the authors are permitted to write, read, and roam freely instead of being contained in any manner. The principle is to allow the writers as much freedom as possible, to live out their instinctual behaviors in a reasonably natural way, regardless of whether or not they are eventually killed for meat. In practice, there are few regulations imposed on what can be called "free range," and the term may be used misleadingly to imply that the writing product has been produced more humanely than it actually has been.**
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According to Grammy nominated pianist Jessica Williams, “If there is to be jazz in our future, it'll be because of musicians like saxophonist and composer Sarah Manning. She’s a player to listen to, starting right now.” This young artist has produced two albums of her original compositions and headlined top venues from Yoshi’s in Oakland, California to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. On occasion, she can also be found busking in underground train stations. Manning’s last release, “Live at Yoshi’s: Two Rooms Same Door” (ArtistShare), led to a June 2007 profile in Down Beat Magazine. In the liner notes to her first album Nat Hentoff commented, “Sarah Manning can swing as naturally as she breathes…Manning plays – and writes – in what is unmistakably her own voice.”
At 10PM, tenor saxophonist Sean Nowell leads his group with Art Hirahara on piano, Thomson Kneeland on bass, Will Martina on cello and Joe Abba on drums. A tenor saxophonist and composer from Birmingham, Alabama, Nowell comes steeped in the southern traditions of blues, gospel, jazz, and funk - infused with the complex harmonic and world rhythmic concepts that permeate the music of New York City. They will be performing selections from his new release from Posi-Tone Records, “The Seeker".
"Originally from Birmingham, Alabama and influenced by the southern tradition of blues, gospel and jazz, tenor saxophonist and composer Sean Nowell unleashes his second project for the Posi-Tone Records with a command performance in a fiery passion-filled eight-piece barn-burner of a recording with “The Seeker.” Playing with the sophistication of a John Coltrane and the grace of a Lee Konitz, Nowell unfurls the sax for intense tenor work dominating the band and delivering an excellent session of straight ahead contemporary jazz elevating “The Seeker” to an elite category."
-Edward Blanco EJAZZ NEWS
With a double bill, Cornelia Street Cafe presents the opportunity to hear two artists with two very distinct voices, united in purpose by their quest to expand the boundaries of jazz
Witkowski is solid as a modern vocalist but exquisite as pianist and composer, in any context. -JazzPolice
Witkowski's playing is consistently thrilling, and her musical imagination seems boundless. -All Music Guide
Witkowski continues the work of Mary Lou Williams...this music is "healing to the soul." -Fr. Peter F. O'Brien,
Executive Director of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation
Originally trained as a pianist, Brenda Earle started singing in her early
twenties in an effort to better connect to her songs and audiences. As a
pianist, she has performed and/or recorded with Donny McCaslin, the Numinous
Ensemble, Dick Oatts, John Riley, Wycliffe Gordon and the DIVA Jazz
Orchestra. In 2007, Earle¹s piano playing was recognized when she was
selected as a finalist at the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition. She
has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Ravinia Festival, the Clifford
Brown Jazz Festival, the Toronto Jazz Festival and in clubs and festivals
across the US, Canada and New Zealand. Earle¹s Sacred Voices Project
encompasses original settings of Psalms, the Catholic Mass, gospel music and
unique arrangements of spiritual works, which combine her diverse influences
which range from jazz to rock to Brazilian and classical traditions. Her
exciting and intriguing vocal writing features some of the top emerging
artists in New York City.
“…the first to stand out was pianist-singer Brenda Earle, whose talent
gracefully bridges jazz and pop.” – The Washington Post
“Her keyboard work throughtout embodies lyrical melody, deft harmonie and
smart pacing…” – The Toronto Star
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
Our intrepid host features herself on the occasion of her birthday.
"Jackie Sheeler is the People's Poet Laureate of NYC. I would not miss one of her shows for anything." — Bill DiFazio, WBAI radio 99.5 FM - NYC
Composer, singer, director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music theater works, films and installations, Meredith Monk is a pioneer in what is now called “extended vocal technique” and “interdisciplinary performance”. She creates works that thrive at the intersection of music and movement, image and object, light and sound in an effort to discover and weave together new modes of perception. Her groundbreaking exploration of the voice as an instrument, as an eloquent language in and of itself, expands the boundaries of musical composition, creating landscapes of sound that unearth feelings, energies, and memories for which we have no words. During a career that spans more than 40 years she has been acclaimed by audiences and critics as a major creative force in the performing arts. In short, Meredith Monk has created her own world, her own genre, her own music, uniquely.
Meredith Monk’s work is seemingly simple but poses musical and emotional challenges so complex and mysterious that others most often shy away from performing or re-contextualizing it. Meredith Monk’s musical catalogue is full of beauty and complexity, astounding accessibility, and stirring, often wordless feelings. Musical structures merge with emotional specificity and come to life best when discipline and freedom have a place to flourish. Jazz music, with its own “ying & yang” of structure and improvisation, is a close relative to Ms. Monk's aesthetic.
For over 15 years Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck have been part of Meredith Monk’s close-knit Vocal Ensemble and are both acclaimed jazz performers who are genre-defying in their own rights. For Meredith Monk’s 40th anniversary at the Whitney Museum, Hollenbeck and Bleckmann put together “Future Quest,” a group of like minded musicians able to deal with the immense set of emotional and musical challenges at hand:
Pianist Gary Versace, whom Bleckmann and Hollenbeck perform with regularly in their collective, refuge trio, and with whom Bleckmann put together a duo evening of exclusively Meredith Monk’s music at Brooklyn Academy of Music (receiving a “Best of 2005” from New York Magazine), and saxophonists, Ellery Eskelin and Tony Malaby, both highly acclaimed improvisers, composers and soloists who truly understand Monk's discipline use of structure and sound.
Rarely has Meredith Monk’s (no relation to Thelonius Monk) music been placed in a jazz context with such care and understanding of her idiom. This is not only a tribute to her music but an opening of a door where her music can be taken to new places, encouraging an expansion of her legacy to many others.
John Domini has won awards in all genres, publishing fiction in Paris Review, Ploughshares, and anthologies, and non-fiction in GQ, The New York Times, and elsewhere, including Italian journals. The New York Times has praised his work as "dreamlike… grabs hold of both reader and character," and Alan Cheuse, of NPR's "All Things Considered," described it as "witty and biting."
Domini has worked as a visiting writer at many universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, and Grinnell. Italian publication for Earthquake I.D., is through the publishing house that first translated Don DeLillo's work, and it is one of five finalists for the distinguished Domenico Rea Prize, in Italy. A Tomb on the Periphery is under contract for translation in 2010.
Mark Saba grew up in Pittsburgh but his roots are in Sardinia. Initially he studied pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh, but switched majors once he arrived at Wesleyan University where he began to write. During his graduate work at Hollins College, he won the Andrew James Purdy fiction award as well as an award from the Academy of American Poets.
Last year his novella, "Thaddeus Olsen," appeared in the anthology Desperate Remedies from Apis Books (UK). He is the author of a novel, The Landscapes of Pater, published by The Vineyard Press (NY, 2004), which follows the main character's question of identity to the island of Sardinia.
His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in literary magazines many anthologies worldwide, most recently Connecticut Review, Poetic Voices Without Borders 2 (Gival Press), Steam Ticket, and Feile-Festa.
Saba's epic poem, "Judith of the Lights," won an award from the Mellen Poetry Press and was published by them in 1996. Saba lives with his family in New Haven, where he works as a medical illustrator and graphic designer at Yale University.
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“Here is a string ensemble for the new century!” Donald Elfman, AllAboutJazz-NY
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Violinist, pianist and composer Luca Ciarla is one of the most original artists of his generation. His music digs its roots into contemporary jazz but takes color also from ethnic and classical music, giving life to a fascinating new acoustic sound.
A native of Termoli, Italy, Luca began playing violin and piano at the age of eight. By twelve he was studying at the conservatory and already exploring jazz and improvisation. He received the “Diploma di Violino” in 1993 and then studied at the Fiesole School of Music and the European Community’s Music School of Saluzzo. In 1996 Luca moved to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree at the Indiana University, studying also jazz with David Baker. Subsequently he completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Arizona where he has taught violin and improvisation for several years. Winner of several competitions in Italy and abroad, in 1999 he has been awarded by New York-based Chamber Music America.
The Stephanie & Saar DUO return for a Serial Underground residency, with
works ranging from Conlon Nancarrow’s wildest excursions to Bill Evans’ most
urgently lyrical inspirations (piano duo).
No Soap Radio Wonderland features Joshua Fried with a Buick steering wheel
and old shoes hit with sticks that control the audio processing as he turns
live radio into recombinant funk, abetted by CCi Artistic Director Jed
Distler unplugged at the Cornelia Street Café Yamaha “Grand Upright,” as he
processes everything around him with brain, fingers, and the skin of his teeth (electro-acoustic improvisation).
Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $15 gen’l, $10 student/sr + one drink minimum
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