The group will featuring quartets, trios, duets and solos of composers such as Sondheim, Bernstein, Flaherty, Weill, Porter and more!
VOW’s most recent recital program centered on taking the recital out of the recital by presenting a cabaret review at the Singers Forum in Manhattan. The recital titled Loss & Find is comprised of American Art songs by well-known composers such as Lee Hoiby, Ricky Ian Gordon, Ned Rorem and Aaron Copland, along with the works of some not so well known composers, Richard Hageman and Amy Beach. The recital explored the path that each singer has taken in her musical journey and how the paths of music and life often intersect with one another. VOW also performed two quartets commissioned by contemporary composer Richard Pearson Thomas, and also featured local New York City composers Joseph Turrin and Lori Laitman.
The Voices of Women (VOW) have performed with many noted American opera companies and orchestras including Opera Colorado, American Singers Opera Project, Chelsea Opera, Opera Company of Brooklyn, Garden State Opera, Bronx Opera, Amato Opera, New Jersey Symphony, the Hillyer Festival Orchestra, and Opera Boston. The artists hold advanced degrees from such esteemed institutions as Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Middle Tennessee State University, and S.U.N.Y. Purchase.
$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum
$10 cover plus $10 minimum
Daniel Cainer is a London-based composer, songwriter and broadcaster of topical songs. Having paid very little attention to his cultural heritage until now, his show Jewish Chronicles is a genuine reflection of his current mid-life kosher-crisis.
Jewish Chronicles has sold out theatres in London's West End, the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne and Sydney. His acutely observed songs are full of wry humour and he is not afraid of controversy. His journey through Jewish culture covers true tales of feuding tailors, a young woman who elopes with the leader of a fundamentalist Christian cult, a coke-dealing rabbi, a drive through the West Bank courtesy of a faulty GPS system, and the hilarious, adulterous adventures of his own parents . . .
"With his stories within stories, Cainer reminds me of Buńuel . . . if Buńuel had been Jewish and born in England . . ." Alan Bennett
"Brilliant and Brave" Australia Stage
"Very funny, very moving" UK Daily Mail
$15 includes a drink
Russ Lossing is a provocative, fresh leader in creating alternatives to long held conceptions in music. His individual voice, as a pianist, teacher and composer, is sought out as an authority in the jazz and avant-garde fields emerging in music today. He's has composed over 300 works and is in special demand as a world class jazz pianist and improviser. Lossing has seven CDs as leader and is featured on over 30 other CDs as sideman and collaborator with world acclaimed musicians such as Paul Motian, Dave Liebman, John Abercrombie, Mat Maneri and Mark Dresser. He has composed 21 film scores from avant-garde shorts to full length documentaries for PBS, BBC and world broadcast performances, as well as dramatic features both foreign and domestic. He has numerous television and live radio performances and interviews in the U.S.A. and Europe relative to his distinction as a performer and composer.
Tonight's performance promises to be an adventure into musical territory both expansive and introspective, not to be missed by those with a cutting-edge sensibility.
THE MAD SEVEN--A MYSTICAL COMEDY WITH ECSTATIC DANCE is a modern-day riff on a 19th century Hasidic tale. Playwright, actor and choreographer Yehuda Hyman tells the epic tale of Elliott Green, San Francisco office drone turned reluctant hero who embarks on a strange and mystical quest. In a virtuosic performance, Hyman uses music and dance as he becomes the many characters of this playful, off-beat and moving story of spirituality and self-discovery.
Inspired by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov’s “The Seven Beggars,” The Mad 7 is a wild tour of the mysteries of the universe and the ecstasy of the soul. The Jerusalem Post says, "Hyman's one-man performance piece transports the Orthodoxy of that Hasidic tale to secular America...his transformations reveal the essence of character in simple choreographic strokes...If Madonna can take charge in Kabbaladom, surely there must be a fiefdom for Yehuda Hyman."
Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.
$ 7 includes a drink
"BassDrumBone is so precise that they sometimes feel like a percussion trio, everything in its place." --Kurt Gottschalk
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Saxophonist George Garzone is a member of The Fringe, a jazz trio founded in 1972 that includes bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gullotti, A veteran jazzman, Garzone has appeared on over 20 recordings. In addition Garzone has guested in many situations, touring Europe with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and performing with Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette, Rachel Z and John Patitucci among others.
Based in Perth, Western Australia, Jamie Oehlers, was named Australian Jazz Musician of the Year at the 2007 Bell Awards, as well as winning the Best Jazz Release category and is now coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
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New Georges' original and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk!
This installment of TRUNK SHOW kicks off our 20th year and features the work of New Georges affiliated artists...Katie Baldwin Eng, a playwright and librettist, shares a monologue written specifically for actress Rita Marchelya. Andrea Lepcio, a playwright and librettist living in Harlem and Maine, explores the character Ozone Hole as an Aussie named Oz. Gretchen M. Michelfeld, an alumna of Lesbian Pulp-O-Rama, believes political theatre can and should be funny. She’ll be sharing her short play entitled EAT IT performed by Christen Clifford and friends. Saviana Stanescu, New York’s favorite Romanian playwright, will read from her monologue collection, NEW YORK WITH AN ACCENT. And once again, New Georges’ very own Artistic Director Susan Bernfield will serenade us with an original song on her uke! Olga Humphrey, who writes plays, screenplays, and children’s TV about characters such as fire-eaters, volcanologists, murderous mothers, and other stay-at-home types, will be our host. Collaborating artists include: Damion Clark, Christen Clifford, Chad Hoeppner, Gabriel Shanks and Brian Shoaf.
New Georges, in business since 1992, is an award-winning nonprofit theater which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown; and is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources to a community of venturesome artists (who are women).
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KARAVIKA is a New York City based chamber ensemble comprising violinist Trina Basu, cellist Amali Premawardhana, bassist Perry Wortman and tabla player Avi Shah. With members of the group coming from distinct musical backgrounds, Karavika’s aim is to explore the simple, complex, beautiful and sometimes dissonant musical threads that intersect as a result of their unique combination. Their repertoire is influenced largely by the rich musical languages of South Asian folk and classical genres as well Americana’s blues and folk genres. Karavika's debut album Sunrise is set to be released in winter 2012.
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Larry explains how a nice Jewish boy from 1950’s Los Angeles came to be a cynical iconoclast. “I owe everything to Dwight David Eisenhower, who gave his name to an era of smug self-satisfaction and conformity. I worked against that zeitgeist. “ “When I graduated from Junior High School, the principal handed me my diploma and said, ‘Good luck, Josephson. You’ll need it.’ “
“After five years of math and physics at Berkeley, I knew almost nothing about life, the life of the mind, or sex (I was a virgin when I walked into WBAI). During the six years the program lasted, I got a real education in politics, literature, music, love, death and sex--and the dark side of the left. I’ve seen the left with its pants down. Not a pretty sight.”
The program came to an abrupt end when an infant daughter he had with his first wife, died. “I was too grief stricken to continue doing confessional radio.” The marriage died with the child. Larry eventually returned to radio after a year of rehab in Berkeley. Sixteen years after he entered as a freshman he finally graduated with a degree in Linguistics. Governor Ronald Reagan awarded Larry the title “punning linguist” at a special ceremony held in the third subbasement of Sproul Hall.
Larry Josephson’s debut monologue is dedicated to the memory of his dear friend, mentor and model, Spalding Gray.
Written for his friends, the Jacquin family, for their intimate house concerts in Vienna (with Mozart on viola), this piece is the first of its kind scored for these instruments, breaks many standard musical conventions of tempi and forms (including a 7-part, multi-rondo finale with piano intermezzi), and helped raise the clarinet, a new instrument, to prominence. Its instrumentation is often swapped around to suit the musicians available on a particular occasion, as Mozart did, but this is the original. It is said to be all about delicacy, dialogue, and intimacy (“Kegelstatt,” “Skittle Alley,” added by others after the fact due to improbable tales of Mozart’s gaming during its composition).
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Jay Deshpande's poems and reviews have been published in Washington Square, Boston Review, Upstairs at Duroc, and the Argos Books anthology Why I Am Not A Painter. He curates the Metro Rhythm Reading Series in Williamsburg (metrorhythm.wordpress.com), and is the former poetry editor of AGNI. He currently teaches writing at Columbia University.
Amy Meng is an MFA candidate at New York University. She has been published in the
North Dakota Quarterly, Conte, and the inaugural issue of Literary Laundry. She is trying to drink more apple cider and less whiskey, but is not married to that plan. She currently lives
Chris Slaughter graduated from Medgar Evers College with a degree in English. Currently, Chris is doing an MFA in poetry at Hunter College and received a fellowship from Cave Canem. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he implements his know how and experience to the youth, helping them articulate the pain and strife of inner city suffering. At the age of 21, Chris wrote and self published a book entitled Hear My Cries: The Street jazz and ghetto blues of an only child. He’s been interviewed and published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and academic journals. He
is now working at Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hill Queens, while chipping away at his new manuscript.
Amanda Smeltz is the author of Imperial Bender, a full-length poetry collection from Typecast Press, out in early 2013. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Barrow Street, H_NGM_N, Pax Americana, and The Lumberyard. She balls out of control as the assistant poetry editor for Forklift, Ohio. She serves wine, oysters and baby pigs in some Manhattan restaurants; Brooklyn is her stomping grounds. Buy her a drink.
$7.00 includes a drink
“Scheffer has the agility and panache of a seasoned horn player and
the imagination of the brightest stars of her generation”-- Andrea
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