$10 music charge at the door, plus drink/food minimum
Words and Music: an evening with poet, lyricist and librettist Kate Light,
featuring composer Masatora Goya and surprise guests.
Kate Light is the author of three volumes of poetry, Gravity¹s Dream, Donald
Justice Award), Open Slowly, and The Laws of Falling Bodies (Nicholas
Roerich Prize), and of the texts of two works for narrator and chamber
ensemble, The World Beneath the Waves (originally Oceanophony), and
Einstein¹s Mozart: Two Geniuses. She is also the librettist of The Life and
Love of Joe Coogan (an opera based on ³The Dick Van Dyke Show²), and her
lyrics to the song ³Here Beside Me² are heard in Disney¹s Mulan II. Her
poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, Hudson Review, Washington Post Book
World, Feminist Studies, Carolina Quarterly, The Formalist, The Dark Horse,
New York Sun, the anthologies Western Wind, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet,
Garrison Keillor¹s Good Poems for Hard Times, and four times on his program
³The Writer¹s Almanac,² among many other publications. She has been visiting
professor at Cornell University and at the Musashino Art University in
Tokyo, and is a professional violinist.
Butcher is one of the most acclaimed and advanced improvisers currently working, and has been honing a refined and exploratory approach to the saxophone since the 1980's. He was a member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble and has additionally worked with improvisers as varied as Toshimaru Nakamura, Derek Bailey and Gerry Hemingway.
$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )
Their latest explorations include the use of batá drums, odd meter clave, classical flute, and their ongoing collaboration with Rumba Tap dance pioneer Max Pollak.
Improvisations and recompositions of Alma and Gustav Mahler performed by HOME, a string trio
Hayden DeWitt, a native of Daytona Beach, divides her time and artistic activities between New York and Florida. She made her debut with First Coast Opera in the role of Hansel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. In Central Florida, she continues to enjoy a long standing relationship with the Walt Disney Comapny as mezzo-soprano soloist in the Italian Pavilion at Disney's internationally-themed EPCOT Center
Cathy Venable has been a pianist on Broadway for The Light in the Piazza, Curtains, Sondheim on Sondheim, Wonderful Town, Beauty and the Beast, The Apple Tree, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Anything Goes, The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and Where’s Charley? at Encores. Cathy is an accompanist at NYU and New Jersey City University, and made her Carnegie/Weill Hall debut in 2008 accompanying tenor Brian Cheney. In 2012, she will perform again at Weill Hall with pianist Steven Ryan in the American premiere of Robin Halloway’s Gilded Goldbergs for two pianos. Cathy was a staff pianist for the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria and the Institute for Vocal Studies in Paris. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from Northwestern University and her Master's Degree in Accompanying from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Home is a new collective trio with violinist Mazz Swift (Matana Roberts' Coin Coin, Burnt Sugar), violist Tanya Kalmanovitch (Myra Melford, Turtle Island String Quartet) and cellist Marika Hughes (Charming Hostess, 2 Foot Yard). The three string players first met as students at the Juilliard School in the early 1990s, but each followed a very different path to their reunion in New York City some 15 years later. Tonight's performance will trace some of those pathways, while blurring old lines between chamber music, experimental music, popular music and jazz.
Mazz Swift, is a singer and Juilliard-trained violinist who brings her passion for creating true compositions in the spur of the moment to audiences around the world. She has recorded and performed with a wide variety of artists including Whitney Houston, Perry Farrell, Dee Snider, James “Blood” Ulmer, the great Irish balladeer Paddy Reilly, Vernon Reid, DJ Logic, William Parker, Butch Morris, Kanye West and Budapest Bár and recently was Musical Director and co-Curator for the Hungarian gypsy/Black American collaboration Fire + Fire (Gypsy Meets Black) in Budapest, Hungary. She lives in Jersey City, NJ where she splits her time between her solo project MazzMuse and her international improvisational trio HEAR in NOW. www.mazzmuzik.com
Violist and violinist Tanya Kalmanovitch was born in Northern Alberta. She trained at the Juilliard School, but established her reputation as an improviser straddling the worlds of classical music, jazz and experimental music. Her last recording "Heart Mountain" with pianist Myra Melford was released in 2007 and topped many jazz critics' lists of the year. Kalmanovitch joined the faculty of Boston's New England Conservatory in 2006, and currently serves as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Contemporary Improvisation. She holds a PhD in ethnomusicology where her work focused on exoticism and jazz. This summer, she'll return to Kabul where she is developing a collaborative program with the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. www.tanyakalmanovitch.com
Marika Hughes, granddaughter of the great cellist Emanuel Feuermann, was born and raised in NYC. She was a regular on Sesame Street long before receiving a Political Science degree from Barnard College. After training at The Juilliard School she moved into a musical hybrid world, blurring and joining the lines between classical and jazz, experimental and pop music. A former member of acclaimed chamber groups, 2 Foot Yard and Charming Hostess, Marika has also lent her cello skills to countless scores, commercials and artists including Whitney Houston, Lou Reed and David Byrne. In 2011 Marika released her first recordings as a band leader with "The Simplest Thing" and "Afterlife Music Radio - 11 New Pieces for Solo Cello". www.marikahughes.com
$10 cover + a one drink minimum
[…] a wowingly sensitive encounter with mostly-free but sometimes creatively structured music of the moment, and one of the most memorable sets of the festival.-- Joseph Woodard , Jazz Times (about a performance at the 2010 Moers Jazz Festival)
Melissa Fadul, Rigoberto González, Andrey Gritsman
Kimiko Hahn, Marie Howe, Jan Heller Levi, Donna Reis
Virginia Slachman, Maria Terrone,
Michael Waters, Estha Weiner, Philip Dacey.
$ 7 includes a drink
“To his credit, the young tenor saxophonist has wasted no time finding his own voice. Shim is already a powerful player, with a resonant low register, a commanding improvisational vision, and a strong rhythmic drive.” – Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times
Doors open 5:45 pm, arrive before 6pm to sign up for open reading.
$7.00 includes a drink
Few can listen to the musical spectacle of composer Dmitri Shostakovich and expect to forget it. Everything is a paradox in his world. The grotesque mixing with elegance and dissonance, anger and humor, serenity and sarcasm. It is often vicious or quietly raging music that contains beauty, poise and compassion as if there was some insight into the listener's deepest thoughts. The same can be said of this fine new release on Sunnyside.
Joining Michael Bates is a quintet featuring some New York's finest. Chris Speed-saxophone/clarinet, Russ Johnson-trumpet, Russ Lossing-piano/fender rhodes and Tom Rainey-drums and here they filter pieces by one of the great Russian composers through a fender rhodes driven band with 7 other compositions by a charismatic and emerging innovator in tribute to one of his musical heroes…and don't be mistaken, this is no timid foray into a dusty world of the old guard. This is a group that plays with fire and a jazz sensibility that can be linked in many ways to the great Miles Davis 60's and 70's quintets. Always searching and committed making music that grooves.
$10.00 cover plus one drink minimum
“Loren Stillman is one of New York best alto saxophonists, and has gained that distinction well before reaching age 30.” David Adler, Jazz Times Magazine
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