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Jan 15
John Hudson And The Dark Lady Players

John Hudson Isaac Scranton Mimi Hirt Alexandra Cohen Spiegler Jenny Greeman, director;  Elizabeth Weitzen, costumes
Was Shakespeare Jewish? image

Was Shakespeare Jewish? an Introduction by John Hudson

Mr Shakespeare’s Miraculous Career by Isaac Scranton

An Interview with Amelia Bassano by John Hudson and Mimi Hirt, sketch by Hudson and Poynton, a reading

Salve Deus; A Comic Crucifixion, by Mimi Hirt and Alexandra Cohen Spiegler, a reading

Shakespeare’s Parodies of the Annunciation, scenes from the plays by Elizabeth Weitzen, Mimi Hirt and Alexandra Cohen Spiegler

Directed by Jenny Greeman.

Costumes by Elizabeth Weitzen

$ 15 includes adrink

Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Perry Wortman, bass;  Sameer Gupta, drums;  Marc Carey, piano
Sangeet Utsav, Indian Music Festival: Arun Ramamurthy Trio image
In January 2011, South Indian Classical music landed at Cornelia Street Cafe with a new series called Carnatic Sundays. Now, its second mini-festival will explore the music's tradition and its possibilities. At Sangeet Utsav, a mix of "kutcheri" style concert & innovative projects grounded in Carnatic music will take stage at the cafe. Featuring Kiran Ahluwalia, Roopa Mahadevan, and the Arun Ramamurthy Trio.

The ART will be joined by very special guest Marc Cary. Hailed by Down Beat as one of the most, “multi- dimensional keyboard players on the scene today,” whose music reveals those multi-dimensions in sensual living color, Marc Cary’s continual search for his musical identity has brought him to all corners of the earth, quenching his thirst to bring forth indigenous musics in all of their forms. A rare musician, Cary uses his understanding of the Indian raga system to create profound soundscapes which are accessible to all.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Anne Marie Levine Robin Hirsch
Two long time friends explore Jewish themes in powerful prose.

$ 8 includes a drink

Roopa Mahadevan, vocals;  Nishanth Chandran, violin
Sangeet Utsav - Indian Music Festival image
In January 2011, South Indian Classical music landed at Cornelia Street Cafe with a new series called Carnatic Sundays. Now, its second mini-festival will explore the music's tradition and its possibilities. At Sangeet Utsav, a mix of "kutcheri" style concert & innovative projects grounded in Carnatic music will take stage at the cafe. Featuring Kiran Ahluwalia, Roopa Mahadevan, and the Arun Ramamurthy Trio.

Roopa Mahadevan is a rising star in Carnatic music today. Born and raised in California, Roopa underwent her major formative training in San Jose, CA under Asha Ramesh and later received the Fulbright scholarship to received advanced training in Chennai, India under Suguna Varadachari. Roopa has performed regularly in India, inlcuding the Chennai December music season, and in America, including the Cleveland Aradhana Festival, which gave her the title "Kala Ratna" for her commitment to Carnatic music as a young American. Roopa has lent R&B vocals to two albums, 'Lovespeak' and 'Bring Back the Nyte', and has sung lead on the track 'Sukla Krsne' for the album Calling All Dawns, which won the 2011 Grammy for "Best Crossover Classical Album." She has been privileged to work with NYC-based artists such as Karsh Kale, Samrat Chakrabarti, Mike Block, Anthony McGill, Arun Ramamurthy, and Karavika, and continues to pursue Carnatic and crossover opportunities, while working in the public health policy field.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jan 17
Isabelle Ganz, voice;  Jed Distler, piano
Ganz and Distler will explore the influence of cantorial music, Jewish folksong and Yiddish theater music on 20th century Broadway songs by composers Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill and Stephen Sondheim. And the Jewish-sounding tunes composed by the one non-Jew in the bunch: Cole Porter.

Mezzo-soprano ISABELLE GANZ has had a long and varied career in many musical fields. Beginning as a pianist, she was a soloist with the New York Philharmonic at age 10. Having started at the top, she worked her way down, becoming a flutist at the H.S. of Music and Art and later a folk singer. She formed a duet with her first husband, Peter Gardner: “The Gardners” were the opening act for Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, The Smothers Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, Odetta, The Kingston Trio, Miriam Makeba, John Lee Hooker and many others.

Ganz has been a Cantorial Soloist for many synagogues in the U.S., as well as in Winnipeg, Amsterdam and Munich.

Distler is artistic director for Composers Collaborative, inc, and creator of their long-running new music variety show Serial Underground at the Cornelia Street Café. Called “an altogether extraordinary pianist” (Newark Star-Ledger) and “the Downtown Keyboard Magus” in the New Yorker, Jed’s most recent CD on the Musical Concepts label is Meditate with the Masters.

$ 15 includes a drink

Dan Blake, tenor sax;  Nando Michelin, piano;  Gary Wang, bass;  Rogério Boccato, drums, percussion
Brazilian Fest: Rogério Boccato Quarteto  image
Here with the 'After Bossa-Nova' project, Rogerio leads a stellar quartet through some of the lesser-known pieces by the greatest among the post-Bossa Nova generation of composers, such as Toninho Horta, Egberto Gismonti, Milton Nascinento, Edu Lobo. This group gives these songs a unique treatment, infused with improvisation. The idea revolves around openness and interaction, using the motifs of each song as a springboard for instant group compositions. It is a fresh and ever-changing approach to Post-Bossa Nova music.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Richard Miller, guitar;  Itaiguara Brandão, bass;  Zé Maurício, percussion
Brazilian Fest: Richard Miller Trio image
Richard Miller was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to an American father and Brazilian mother. He grew up in the midst of the rebirth of choro in the 1970s The trio is completed by two icons of the New York music scene,Their repertoire consists of choro, bossa, samba and baião. Previously, Richard lived in Washington DC and played extensively in venues such as the Kennedy Center and Strathmore Hall and for three of the past four Presidents. He played regularly for the Brazilian Embassy in DC and for the DC Jazz Festival.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jan 18
Judith Sloan, playwright/actor;  Frank London, trumpet
YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide image
Door opens at 6 pm. Show starts at 6:30 PM

Judith Sloan performs stories from her play-in-progress YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide, a play with music

Actress and radio producer Judith Sloan known for her one woman performances and her collaboration with Warren Lehrer on the multi-media project Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America spent 15 years teaching in schools and jails where she encountered and reported on immigration stories, cultural clashes, and generation gaps.

Now she teams up with director, Joanna Settle presenting the sometimes funny, sometimes sad, truth-seeking play YO Miss! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide. Fusing the art of theatre and radio, Yo Miss is an eye- and ear-witness account of one artist navigating a maze of miscommunications and memories, while breaking down assumptions that divide residents of a city who live in close proximity but come from conflicting worlds.

In Yo Miss! Sloan transforms into a multitude of characters, accompanied on stage with a live sound engineer and musicians.

Performed with multi-instrumentalist MIWI La Lupa (of Red Baraat) and DJ/Live Sound Engineer Luke Santy

10 cover plus $10 minimum

Billy Newman, guitar;  Eric Schugren, tenor sax;  Leco Reis, bass;  Vanderlei Pereira, drums
Brazilian Fest: Billy Newman Quartet image
Billy Newman has been performing his expressions of many Brazilian genres (Choro, Samba, Valsa, Baiao) for over 10 years. Billy's music explores the parallels between Brazilian Instrumental and American Jazz in linearity, rhythmic motion and improvisatory language. His compositions have been performed in Brazil, Europe and here in the States. He is a recipient of numerous composers residencies from Yaddo and MacDowell Colony. He recently released his new sextet CD and has recorded his original choros with Brazilian Guitarist Rogerio Souza

$10 cover plus $10 minimum)

Billy Newman, host

Rob Curto , accordion;  Gustavo Amarante, bass;  Gil Oliveira, drums
Rob Curto is a renowned accordionist, pianist and composer and a founding member of the band Matuto which was chosen to represent the US State Department overseas as part of the American Music Abroad program in 2012. He has released 4 CD's as a band leader and is a prolific composer.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Brazilian Fest: Rob Curto  image
Jan 19
Gerard Edery , vocals, guitar;  Meg Okura , violin, vocals;  Sean Kupisz , bass, cajon
Join master singer/guitarist Gerard Edery, virtuoso violinist Meg Okura, rocking bass and cajon player Sean Kupisz, and be dazzled by a passionate program of music and song from the Sephardic and Andalusian worlds.

The ensemble presents a seamless fusion of two musical traditions powerfully linked by language and culture. The many songs in Ladino, Spanish, Arabic and Hebrew create a stirring combination unlike any other. Emotive vocals, flamenco guitar, virtuoso bass and world beat percussion make this show a must see!

“Edery brings the passion and romance of ancient music to contemporary audiences." -American Sefardi Federation (ASF)

“Edery and his band are among the best interpreters of Sephardic Music in the business.” - The New York Jewish Week

$ 20 includes a drink

Oriente Lopez , flute;  Klaus Mueller, piano;  Mike Pope, bass;  Mauricio Zottarelli, drums
Brazilian Fest: Mauricio Zottarelli Group image
The Brazilian-born and New York City–based drummer, composer Mauricio Zottarelli has been on the forefront of the Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music scenes for quite some time. Mauricio is a critically acclaimed and award-winning drummer and artist and has worked with dozens of the most important and notable artists of today, crossing over many musical styles. 
Some of them are: Hiromi, Dig Trio, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Prasanna, Esperanza Spalding, Keiko Matsui, Richard Bona, Cláudio Roditi, Joe Locke, Geoffrey Keezer, Mike Pope, Ivan Lins, Carmen Souza, Chuck Loeb, Rosa Passos, Dom Salvador, Jovino Santos Neto, Nilson Matta, Toninho Horta, Filó Machado, Hendrik Meurkens, Oriente Lopez, among many others. As a band-leader, Mauricio released “7 Lives” (2009) and a collaboration with pianist Gilson Schachnik called MOZIK (2011). Both discs have been receiving high praises from critics and fans worldwide.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Ben Flocks, saxophone;  Chris Stover , trombone;  Alex Nolan , guitar;  Mamiko Watanabe, piano;  Amanda Ruzza, bass;  Mauricio Zottarelli , drums
Brazilian Fest: Amanda Ruzza image
Amanda Ruzza is an electric bass player and composer based in New York City. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Ruzza developed an eclectic musical ear at an early age. By age 13, she was already gigging professionally. While in Brazil, she worked with distinguished Brazilian producers and arrangers, including Grammy Award-winner Moogie Canazio, Maestro Jobam and Sony Music Japan's Osny Mello. Currently, she performs with groups in a variety of styles, such as Global Noize, Jill Sobule, and Chris Stover’s Caetano Veloso Project, as well as with her own band, the Amanda Ruzza Group – Amanda’s multicultural background has influenced her passion for composing music that incorporates elements of funk, jazz and South American rhythms, which can be heard on her debut album This Is What Happened.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jan 20
Elektra Kurtis, violin;  Benita Meshulam, piano;  Curtis Stewart, violin;  Alva Anderson, viola;  Akua Dixon, cello
From Bach and Bartok to Monk and Kurtis   image

Retracing her musical footsteps and some of the most powerful inspirations, violinist and composer, Elektra Kurtis presents pianist Benita Meshulam, duet, and a string quartet with Curtis Stewart , Alva Anderson and Akua Dixon. The program includes concertos by Bach, violin duets by Bartok, arrangements of tunes by Thelonious Monk and her own world jazz compositions.

$10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum

Sara Serpa, voice;  André Matos , guitar;  Kris Davis, piano;  Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass;  Tommy Crane, drums
Voice Box Festival: Sara Serpa 5tet image
Vocalist-composer-bandleader Sara Serpa is “the magical voice” according to pianist Ran Blake, who knows a thing or two about singers. Her unadorned, vibratoless delivery has been described as “smooth as glass” and her ability to sing complex vocalese lines on an equal footing with instrumentalists marks her as one of the most innovative singers of recent years. Praised by All About Jazz as “the freshest vocalist on the scene at the moment,” the 33-year-old Serpa has risen from the Hot Clube Jazz of her native Lisbon to New York’s Village Vanguard in a surprisingly short time. After coming to the world's attention as a member of Greg Osby's group in 2008, and further establishing her credentials in duet with pianist Ran Blake on "Camera Obscura" , as well as with pianist Danilo Perez, in his most recent and Grammy nominated release "Providencia", Serpa now sets off firmly on her own journey as a leader. Sara Serpa presents on this occasion, her quintet, with new music inspired on the writings of French philosopher Luce Irigaray, and also original composition of her band members.

"Sara Serpa is cool all over, from concept to execution." -- Ben Rattlif,The New York Times

"Unlike most vocalists, Serpa is not always 'out front.' Sometimes she accompanies the others, and sometimes they accompany her. She is completely integrated into her exceptionally fine band. The composing here is also world-class, and Serpa's music is consistently far more substantial than the typical jazz vocalist fare." --Jazzreview

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sofía Rei, voice;  Jorge Roeder , bass
Voice Box Festival: Sofía Rei, Jorge Roeder Duo image
“As the Argentine singer Sofía Rei led her multinational band,(…) the passion and clarity with which she assayed a tricky mix of South American rhythms and jazz-inflected harmonies made clear why she has been embraced by New York City audiences from Carnegie Hall to the hippest downtown haunts."-- The New York Times

Sofia Rei is considered one of New York’s most passionate, eclectic, charismatic and inventive vocalists. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, her own music is grounded in traditional South American rhythms such as chacarera, zamba and vidala from Argentina, Afro-Peruvian festejo and lando, Afro- Uruguayan candombe, Colombian cumbia and bullerengue and other genres that merge involving jazz harmonies, electronic sounds and rich improvisations.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Jorge Roeder is a versatile bass player living in New York. He was awarded 1st prize at the 2007 International Society Of Bassists Jazz Competition, and he was a semi-finalist at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Jazz Bass Competition. Jorge Roeder is currently part of several projects, including The Julian Lage Group, whose debut album was nominated for a Grammy for the “Best Contemporary Jazz Album” category in 2009; Shai Maestro Trio, Victor Prieto Trio, Ryan Keberle’s Catharsis, among others. A musician with diverse interests and a wide range of abilities, Jorge has performed with luminaries such as Gary Burton, Roy Haynes, Alex Acuna, Geoffrey Keezer, Steve Lacy, Antonio Sanchez, Kenny Werner and Matt Wilson.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jan 21
Ted Jonathan, host

Iris Lee Maria Mazziotti-Gillan Maria Nazos
New York Quarterly image
The hits keep coming from the editors of NYQ.

$ 8 includes your first drink

Emilie Weibel, voice
Emilie Weibel is a Swiss- born vocalist and song-writer based in Brooklyn. She started her solo project "Omoo" in 2011. Her repertoire is a multi-lingual brew of experimental jazz and electronics including her originals. Emilie has studied jazz and improvisation with Gretchen Parlato, Ralph Alessi, and Jen Shyu. She is very inspired by Herman Melville, Madlib and Magic Malik. The "Omoo" is the island wanderer.

"The mesmerizing "Arawaks," where guest vocalist Emilie Weibel applies her ghostly wordless vocalizations" --- Downbeat (2012)

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Voice Box Festival: Emilie Weibel Solo-  image
Kristin Slipp, voice;  Dov Manski, piano
Voice Box Festival: Kristin Slipp & Dov Manski  image
Brooklyn-based vocalist, improviser and composer Kristin Slipp has a deep understanding and appreciation for the human voice and its limitless capacity to convey, emote, and transport. A Maine native, Slipp has performed all around North America and Europe, often with the "avant-pop" band for which she sings, composes, and plays glockenspiel, Cuddle Magic.As a sought-after collaborator, Kristin has been privileged to share stages and studios with a wide number of musicians including Fred Frith, Ran Blake, Dagmar Krause, Zeena Parkins, Carla Kihlstedt, Anthony Coleman, Greg Saunier, Chris Cutler, Allan Chase, Anais Mitchell, and Phyllis Chen. As a lover of song, Slipp interprets the jazz standard repertoire with pianist Dov Manski, the two of whom will release their album of standards in the spring of '13 on Sunnyside Records.

Dov Manski is a pianist, composer and teacher who has performed professionally for over a decade. Manski has shared the stage with many notable musicians including Bill McHenry, Dave Holland, John McNeil, Cecil McBee, Steve Davis, George Garzone, Bob Moses, and Allan Chase. He, along with his quartet and trio, has been featured at the Costa Rica Jazz Festival, Mexico City Jazz Festival, Portland Jazz Festival, and Boston Jazz Festival. He received his BMA in jazz piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Danilo Perez, Ran Blake, Michael Cain and Frank Carlberg. Manski currently resides in Brooklyn where he performs regularly.

"Kristin Slipp is a phenomenal jazz vocalist—equal parts Blossom Dearie, Karen O, and, I don’t know, Pharoah Sanders or something. Dov Manski plays keys. The result is haunting and beautiful." -- St. John Frizell, writer and proprietor of Ft. Defiance, Brooklyn.

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Jan 22
Alissa Fleck and Peter Longofono, hosts

Lisa Marie Basile, The New School;  Anne Fiero, Columbia;  Eric Conroe, Brooklyn College;  Shea Boresi, Fordham

On the fourth Tuesday of every month, new hosts Alissa Fleck and Peter Longofono showcase a group of promising poets selected from New York City MFA programs.
Each month's readers are carefully chosen to strike a balance between experimental and traditional form; exploratory and interior character; and declarative and intuitive voice. The series functions as a dialogue between programs, a welcoming venue for developing talent, and a means for new alumni to establish their connections and craft beyond the MFA. Come hear NYC's next poetic generation in a uniquely generative peer environment!

Lisa Marie Basile is a graduate of The New School's MFA in Writing. She is the author of Andalucia (Brothel Books) and Triste (Dancing Girl Press). Her work can be seen in Word Riot, PANK, kill author, Moon Milk Review, elimae & Pear Noir! among other publications. She is the founding editor of Patasola Press and is an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal. She's also writer for THEthepoetry. Anne Fiero is a poet, writer, and host of the radio show Studio A on WKCR. Her work has been published in KGB Magazine, Anderbo, White Fungus, The Quarterly Conversation and more. She was featured on the radio show Women of Note, and has read at a range of venues including The Soho Playhouse, Nuyorican Poets Café and The Bowery Poetry Club. She will receive her MFA in Poetry from Columbia School of the Arts sometime in 2013.

Eric Conroe is pursuing his MFA in poetry at Brooklyn College.

Shea Boresi is a student in the creative MA writing program at Fordham University. She has spent the semester immersed in literature and the craft of writing. She also serves as a student editor at Fordham's literary magazine CURA, and has had the opportunity to open for the Poets Out Loud reading series. In 2012, before she began graduate school, she occasionally read with the NYC Poetry Brothel. In Columbia, MO, where she lived until this year, she was an arts contributor to The Columbia Tribune, organized art shows and poetry readings, and read her work in reading series at galleries and bookstores.

$8.00 includes a drink

Akiko Pavolka, voice, piano;  Loren Stilman, sax;  Nate Radley, guitar;  Matt Pavolka, bass;  Bill Campbell, drums
Voice Box Festival: Akiko Pavolka & House of Illusion image
Akiko Pavolka is a Brooklyn-based musician, composer and educator who’s strikingly original music blends pop and jazz with the music and sensibilities of her native Japan. Akiko was born in Tokyo and grew up in Yokohama. Her newest recording, her fifth as a leader, is “Mahoroba” for the Fresh Sound New Talent label. It features her band House Of Illusion (Loren Stillman, Nate Radley, Matt Pavolka and Bill Campbell) and her long-time friend Guillermo Klein performing a set of her brand-new compositions with Japanese lyrics. Pavolka moved to New York in 1995 after attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and formed House Of Illusion shortly thereafter. She has been performing regularly ever since at venues such as Joe’s Pub, Cornelia Street Café, The 55 Bar, Shapeshifter Lab and Barbes. She has also toured in the United States, South America, Europe and Japan. Most recently she headlined at the Buenos Aires Jazz Festival in Argentina and also at Guimaraes in Portugal.

“Deeply felt vocals sung in Japanese against a band perfectly in tune with her timbre and phrasing define pianist/vocalist Akiko Pavolka’s Mahoroba. Pavolka’s voice is deeply resonant, hyper-mature in a way and carries with it a gorgeous round resonance. Her piano style is measured and likewise richly tonal, imparting an overall harmony to compositions that stylistically borrow from and blend together pop, jazz and Japanese balladry.” –-Elliott Simon, The New York City Jazz Record

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

Fay Victor, voice, words;  Michael Attias, alto, baritone saxophone;  Anthony Coleman, piano;  Ratzo Harris, bass;  Rudy Royston, drums
Voice Box Festival: Fay Victor presents
Fay Victor has been hailed by the New York Times as “artistically complete” for her unique vocal approach to the blues, jazz, free improvisation and her own original material. Starting from the jazz tradition, Victor has gone on to encompass a multi-genre approach to music, lyrics and song called “Freesong.” She has released seven critically acclaimed recordings as a leader, toured extensively throughout Europe as well as Japan, India, Russia, and Mexico and has worked with a veritable who's-who of musicians such as Anthony Braxton, Amiri Baraka, Misha Mengelberg, William Parker, Laurence “Butch' Morris, Gary Lucas, Dave Burrell, Roswell Rudd, Han Bennink, Tyshawn Sorey and more.

“Fay Victor has a rich, commanding voice that’s matched by a sense of adventure, like Betty Carter if that late singer hung around the current Downtown New York scene.” -Chicago Reader

”Accomplished vocal modernist Fay Victor manages to deconstruct the tradition of jazz song without pretension or tedium—quite a high-wire feat, if you ask us.” – Time Out New York

$10 cover plus $10 minimum

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