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Tuesday,  Nov 22 - 6:00PM 
GRADUATE POETS SERIES
Seth Graves and Emily Brandt, hosts

Marina Blitshteyn Laura Jo Hess Alex Morris Matt Zing

Join us for this month's installment of The Graduate Poets Series, featuring poets from NYU, Columbia, Adelphi, and The New School.

What is The Graduate Poets Series? Over the course of the season, hosts Seth Graves and Emily Brandt welcome the diverse talent of New York City's MFA community. Once each month, you'll have the chance to see and hear four of the city's most stunning young poets before they start racking up six-figure advances. Hundreds of poets have made their stage debut in this supportive peer environment, discovering their toilers in the field and forming collegial relationships.

Marina Blitshteyn (Columbia) is the author of Russian for Lovers (Argos Books). Her poetry has appeared in Anamesa, Fawlt Magazine, and Wag's Revue, among others. She is currently a writing instructor and consultant at Columbia University.

Laura Jo Hess (New School) is from St. Louis, Missouri. After writing grammar textbooks in Chicago for two years, she moved to New York to pursue an MFA at The New School. Her work has been published in Margie Review, decomP magazine, 2River View, and The Little Anthology by Argos Books, among others.

Alex Morris (NYU) is a writer, musician and events assistant at NYU's Creative Writing Program. He has worked for New Orleans Review and Washington Square. He received his BA in English from Loyola University New Orleans, and is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU. He lives in Brooklyn.

Matt Zing (Adelphi) is a native of East Tennessee. His poems have appeared in The Cider Press Review, the Madison Review, Low Log and Opium Magazine, among others. He is a co-founder of 1441, a writer's collective based out of Brooklyn, NY.

$7.00 includes a drink


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Tuesday,  Nov 22 - 8:30PM 
TAKSIM
Souren Baronian, sax, clarinet, duduk, kavai;  Haig Manoukian , oud;  Lee Baronian , daruka, percussion;  Mal Stein , drums;  Sprocket Royer, bass
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Souren Baronian's band Taksim is a true Fusion of Mid-East and World Music mixed with Jazz..."Taksim" is a Middle Eastern term meaning improvisation, and inspired improvisation is the home territory of Souren Baronian and his band.

Taksim has performed in most of the city’s major jazz clubs,have played many concerts in Europe and built a strong following there, they also created a sensation at the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival.

"The cheers of five thousand people at the 25th Anniversary of the Montreal Jazz Festival spoke volumes about this band." -- Dan Behrman, Festival Program Director

"Like two chemicals that flare upon touching, the music is a remarkable hybrid of two cultures." - Boston Herald American
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Wednesday,  Nov 23 - 6:00PM 
PERFECT SENSE
Alissa Heyman, host

Julie Sheehan TBA
$ 7 includes a drink
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Wednesday,  Nov 23 - 8:30PM 
RYAN BLOTNICK'S 04646
Michael Blake, tenor sax;  Ryan Blotnick, guitar;  Eliot Cardinaux, piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Kresten Osgood, drums
Ryan Blotnick brings a new quintet to Cornelia street featuring the great Danish drummer Kresten Osgood. This is p 1owerful, heartfelt jazz that transports the listener to another mental state. Probably the most important figure in Danish jazz, Osgood has played with many jazz and avant-garde legends such as Sam Rivers, Paul Bley, Derek Bailey, founded a collective record label (ILK), has a hip-hop group that raps in fake dutch, and runs an improvise

This will also be Eliot Cardinaux's first appearance in NYC in a number of years, a longtime cohort of Ryan's from Pete Robbins Centric and other groups.

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Wednesday,  Nov 23 - 10:00PM 
TATTOOS AND MUSHROOMS FEATURING: MICHAEL BLAKE
Steven Bernstein, trumpet, slide trumpet;  Marcus Rojas, tuba;  Kresten Osgood, drums;  Michael Blake, tenor sax
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"Steven Bernstein is the master of traditional tunes in new clothes, of neat arrangements with a good sense of humor, yet often with more attention paid to the entertainment value of the music than to its artistic development. At times, the humor still prevails on this album, but it is much more refreshing and creative than much of what Bernstein has been involved in in the past years. He is accompanied by Marcus Rojas on tuba and Kresten Osgood on drums. The music is still rooted in tradition, with klezmer, folk, Latin, swing and blues often providing the backbone of the pieces, but the music is all about exploration, improvisation, interaction and musical expressivity." --freejazz-stef.blogspot.com
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Friday,  Nov 25 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
JOHN MCNEIL QT. FEATURING ETHAN IVERSON
John McNeil, trumpet;  Ethan Iverson, piano;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Adam Nussbaum, drums
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This Quartet is making its second appearance at the Cornelia Street Café, this time for two nights.

Security will be tight since a rather bloody riot broke out during the band's first appearance here in September. Some survivors reported that it was like the Arab Spring combined with the Ice Follies. Many others felt that the first engagement's madness was exactly like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, only with everyone wearing giant vegetable suits.

Suffice to say we expect no violence this time because there will be a strong police and SWAT team presence.

For their part, band members seemed confused by the fans' violent reaction. "I mean, come on, man," said McNeil, "we're just playing some damn tunes, you know?"
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Saturday,  Nov 26 - 6:00PM 
CANCIONES DE CAMBIO - SONGS OF CHANGE!
Gian-Carla , vocals
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'Canciones de Cambio - Songs of Change': Love, Folklore, Revolution and the Songs that Inspired Latin America

GIAN-CARLA, acclaimed Bolivian singer and arranger will bring the sound track of some of the most beautiful epochs of Latin American history to The Cornelia Street Café. From Cuban ‘Guajira’ to Latin American Folklore and ‘Trova’, ‘Canciónes de Cambio’ is a musical and socio-artistic experience where GIAN-CARLA’s arrangements of Latin American songs are passionately charged with her operatic and folkloric singing fused live with the virtuosic improvisations of renown jazz artists.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum



 $10 cover plus $10 minimum    http://www.giancarlatisera.com

Saturday,  Nov 26 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
JOHN MCNEIL QT. FEATURING ETHAN IVERSON
John McNeil, trumpet;  Ethan Iverson, piano;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Adam Nussbaum, drums
John McNeil Qt. Featuring Ethan Iverson image
This Quartet is making its second appearance at the Cornelia Street Café, this time for two nights.

Security will be tight since a rather bloody riot broke out during the band's first appearance here in September. Some survivors reported that it was like the Arab Spring combined with the Ice Follies. Many others felt that the first engagement's madness was exactly like the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, only with everyone wearing giant vegetable suits.

Suffice to say we expect no violence this time because there will be a strong police and SWAT team presence.

For their part, band members seemed confused by the fans' violent reaction. "I mean, come on, man," said McNeil, "we're just playing some damn tunes, you know?"
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Sunday,  Nov 27 - 6:00PM 
GIANTS STEPS PRESS PRESENTS A DOUBLE BOOK PARTY & MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
John Rullo, author;  Kirpal Gordon, author;  Claire Daly , baritone sax;  Arthur Kell , bass;  Steve Elmer , piano
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John Rullo reads, sings and plays original music written from Planet Love.

Kirpal Gordon reads from Round Earth, Open Sky

accompanied by the music of Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dean Martin and Jimi Hendrix played by the Speak-Spake-Spoke Band: Claire Daly (baritone sax), Arthur Kell (bass) and Steve Elmer (piano).

Kirpal Gordon and John Rullo met at Cornelia Street Cafe two years ago. Now they have a new press featuring two new novels: Planet Love: The End of the World as We Knew It is the story of one musician’s eye-opening journey with other-worldly entities who guide him in establishing a future world where love finally rules; Round Earth, Open Sky is a psychological suspense thriller and Native American sci-fi road novel that tells the tale of Sky Man who gets tricked by human sorcery and falls out of the sky and accidentally into a dead human out in the Sonoran desert.

$7 includes a drink
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Sunday,  Nov 27 - 8:30PM 
SCOTT DUBOIS QUARTET
Scott DuBois, guitar;  Jon Irabagon, tenor, soprano saxophones;  Thomas Morgan, bass;  Kresten Osgood, drums
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Guitarist Scott DuBois’ music is described by Jazz Times as “fascinating”, by Cadence Magazine as “exceptional…faultless, a perfect gem” and by AllAboutJazz New York as “captivating music for the meditative thinker”. He has recorded two CDs with David Liebman for the historic Soul Note record label, Monsoon (2004) and Tempest (2006), two CDs for New York’s Sunnyside Records, Banshees (2008) and Black Hawk Dance (2010) and was selected as a Semi-Finalist in the 2005 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. New York City’s Downtown Music Gallery wrote that Scott is, “one of the best and most adventurous guitarists in New York City”, and Spain’s largest jazz media source, Tomajazz.com, calls Scott, “one of the best modern jazz guitarists.” Tonight DuBois is joined by tenor saxophonist Jon Irabagon, winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Competition, along with the dynamic rhythm section consisting of Thomas Morgan on bass and Kresten Osgood on drums.
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Monday,  Nov 28 - 6:00PM 
ONE WOMAN SHOW: A SCORE TO SETTLE
Rita Costanzi, Classical Harp Soloist/Actor
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$ 20 includes a drink

In collaboration with Hal Prince's long time Associate, Arthur Masella, Rita Costanzi brings a new Hybrid Monologue/Concert Version of "A Score to Settle" to Cornelia Street via the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, where it received a huge standing ovation and much acclaim. Richard Hanna pronounced it: "Sensational! Beautifully written, sensitively played and exuberantly performed." Viewers have described it as "Hilarious, Sensuous, Entertaining, Engaging, Compelling and Deeply Moving!"


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Monday,  Nov 28 - 8:30PM 
CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: AMY X NEUBURG
Jed Distler, host

Amy X Neuburg, voice, live electronics
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Amy X Neuburg is widely considered one of the most innovative practitioners of voice and live electronics performance working today. She calls her style “avant-cabaret,” as it combines theater and wordplay, intricate multi-layered composition, expressive use of music technology (with emphases on drums and live looping), and exploration of multiple genres using the many colors of her 4-octave vocal range -- with lyrics ranging from the personal and poignant to the political and downright outrageous. As soloist Amy has performed at Other Minds, Bang on a Can, the Berlin International Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (NZ), the Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, electronic music festivals, colleges, clubs, and concert halls at home and abroad.

Amy’s compositions for ensembles often feature her own voice and text and employ live electronics. Commissioners include Robin Cox, Present Music, Solstice vocal ensemble, Christchurch Arts Centre chorus (NZ), Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Sqwonk, and Del Sol String Quartet. She has composed extensively for visual media, including Mondomedia's Piki & Poko web animations and numerous onstage collaborations with modern dancers. Her recent recording Fill as Desired is a cycle for 8 voices with looping electronics, based on recipes collected by women of the Terezin concentration camp.

A classically trained singer specializing in contemporary music, Amy toured Europe and Japan with 3 Robert Ashley operas, performed in a long-running musical with Culture Clash, and sang the leading role of Simone Weil in Guillermo Galindo’s Decreation. In the '90s she sang and drummed with her art band Amy X Neuburg & Men, and she performs regularly with her Cello ChiXtet -- a cello trio with voice and electronics -- for whom she composed her formidable song cycle The Secret Language of Subways. Amy received degrees in linguistics and voice from Oberlin College and Conservatory and an MFA in electronic music from Mills College. Grants and honors include Arts International, Zellerbach, William & Flora Hewlett, Meet the Composer, the Alpert/Ucross Prize, The US Embassy New Zealand, LEF, SF Friends of Chamber Music, Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Kappa Lambda.


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Tuesday,  Nov 29 - 6:00PM 
WASHINGTON SQUARE WINDS: DIVERSITY!
Caryn Freitag, flute;  Amy Yamashiro, oboe;  Elyssa Plotkin, clarinet;  Anna Morris, bassoon;  Casey Cronan, horn
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A touch of summer tonight as The Washington Square Winds perform a rescheduled summer classical festival program (special thanks to Irene!) - an evening of works built around the theme of "Diversity".

Showcasing the versatility of the woodwind quintet, they will be performing pieces as disparate in sound and style as possible. Audiences can expect to hear pieces from French romanticism and 19th century Italian operas, to The Beatles and late 20th century works.

Washington Square Winds is a New York based woodwind quintet dedicated to creating connections between both musicians and audience members through exceptional chamber music. Just as Washington Square Park brings the NYU community together, Washington Square Winds strives to inspire connection and teamwork through their music. The ensemble’s mission is to spread this message of unity through music.

$10.00 cover plus a $10.00 minimum


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Tuesday,  Nov 29 - 8:30PM 
BLUE TUESDAYS: FOOLISH HEARTS
Julie Hardy, host

Peter Eldridge Matt Aronoff
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Peter Eldridge and Matt Aronoff make up the relatively new acoustic duo Foolish Hearts - just voice, piano, upright bass and percussion. Having gotten their start this past year with a tour of the west coast, as well as a week performing in Latvia, Foolish Hearts mixes original compositions by both Peter and Matt with arrangements of pop tunes and jazz standards in compelling and original ways. The duo is in the middle of recording their first studio project, and will be a featured act at the JEN conference in Louisville, Kentucky this coming January.


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