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Mixed Media by LENNY ACHAN

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Apr 01
Jed Distler, host/piano

Demetrius Spaneas , saxophone;  Paul Hecht Roberta Maxwell
Barred Music--Shakespeare's Fools Day image
Serial Underground: New York's Premier New Music Variety Show

Jed Distler, host

Doors open at 5:45 PM

"Barred Music" Shakespeare's Fools Day

Readings by Paul Hecht and Roberta Maxwell. With composer/performer Demetrius Spaneas and pianist Jed Distler

ROBERTA MAXWELL: Broadway: Our Town, Equus, Othello, Henry V. Off-Broadway: CSC, The Public Theater, MTC. Regional: Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, The Old Globe, Guthrie Theater, Alley Theatre, Stratford Connecticut, Stratford Ontario. Film: Dead Man Walking, Brokeback Mountain, Popeye, Philadelphia, Last Night, Sudden Disclosure, Scar Tissue. TV: "Law & Order," "Another World," "Mourning Becomes Electra" (PBS), "Airwaves, (CBS Series), "What Makes A Family," Warehouse 13." Awards: Obie (Whistle in the Dark, Ashes), Drama Desk (Slag), Willager (Mary Stuart), Carbonell (Lettuce and Lovage).

PAUL HECHT has starred on Broadway opposite such actors as Rex Harrison and Maggie Smith, was a Tony nominee for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and received an OBIE for the title role in Pirandello's Henry IV. He has a long and varied career in film and television and has directed and appeared in many literary events in NYC, including at least a dozen at Cornelia Street. including last year's Shakespeare celebration and, in an inspired stroke of typecasting, God in Milton's Paradise Lost.

$20 music charge at the door, includes $10 drink/food credit

Sara Serpa, vocals;  André Matos, guitar;  Aryeh Kobrinski, bass;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ted Poor, drums

Born in Lisbon, Sara Serpa is currently living in New York, this being her 5th year in the United States. Her reputation as an innovative vocalist, improviser, and composer, has been growing for the past couple of years, since she initiated a collaboration with alto-saxophonist Greg Osby, with whom she recorded his latest album “Nine Levels” and performed at the Village Vanguard. Sara has recently recorded with pianist Danilo Perez: his latest album "Providencia" and, also with the Noir pianist Ran Blake. She has been keeping a regular activity as a leader of her own quintet in New York and Europe.

Ben Rattliff from The NY Times describes Sara as " cool all over, from concept to execution. She has a halting, careful, nearly affectless soprano that prowls a narrow pitch range in mostly wordless lines, perching naturally around the E above a piano’s middle C, then surprises you when it gradually swells in volume or suddenly jumps up an octave, without breaking stride".

$20 cover (includes a drink)

André Matos , guitar;  Jacob Sacks , piano;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Billy Mintz, drums
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The distance between modern post-bop sounds and free jazz suffused with high-tech experimentalism narrows significantly on the 2010 album Quare from André Matos, guitarist and Portuguese native now living in New York. Released on Inner Circle Music, Quare is Matos’s third album as a leader, and it features his spectral playing in various musical settings with accompaniment from some of the top young jazz artists on the scene today.

Matos has been performing and recording with Sara Serpa, Greg Osby, Thomas Morgan, Noah Preminger, George Garzone, Mikado Lab and João Lencastre among many other artists.

¨Mr. Matos advances a pointedly contemporary air¨-- The New York Times

$20 cover (includes a drink)

Apr 02
Tulis McCall, host

James Braly, Special Guest
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Original Monologues. No slamming, no judges, just great material, excellent actors and YOU. Come See These Amazing Daredevils Perform Without a Net!!!

$10 includes a drink ( my god what a bargain! )

8:30PM  AMRAM & CO
David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  John de Witt, bass;  Adam Amram, percussion
This series explores in his highly personable, generous and informal style the astonishing variety of David Amram's interests and accomplishments--renowned composer of symphonic classical music, jazz compositions, improvisation, spoken word, scat, he sits at the piano, schmoozes about music, about the greats, the beats, the obscure, the legendary; plays the French horn, pulls out all kinds of instruments (flutes, drums, horns) gathered from his many circumnavigations of the globe, pulls in guests drawn from just about every artistic walk of life.

$20 cover (includes a drink)

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Apr 03
Bob Quatrone, host

Four Horsemen Open Mic Poetry image
4 Horsemen #18 hosted by the inimitable Bob Q.


SIGN UP 5:45/ 20+ READERS/3 Minutes.

Bring your favorite Yeats, Joyce, Whitman, Dickinson, Burns, Eliot, Stevens, Williams, Ginsberg, poem, etc. etc.

$ 7 includes a drink

Geoff Vidal, tenor sax;  Nir Felder, guitar;  Linda Oh, bass;  Gene Jackson, drums
Geoff Vidal Quartet image
$20 cover (includes a drink)
Alon Nechustan, piano;  John Ellis, tenor sax;  Chris Lightcap, bass;  Adam Cruz, drums
Alon Nechustan image
" A talent to watch, with a surfeit of ideas, an unbridled spirit and bold, two-fisted sense of Architecture" -(Down Beat magazine 2011)- Pianist and composer Alon Nechushtan will be bringing to Cornelia Street Cafe a quartet of fantastic improvisers with a loose-tight chemistry placing a premium on group interplay at the same time encouraging individual solo expression. --Bill Milkowski

$20 cover (includes a drink)

Wednesday Apr 04
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

Edmund White Susanna Moore David McConnell
The White Swallow Reading Series image
The White Swallow, a queerish reading series in Manhattan's West Village, features emerging and established poets and fiction writers.

Edmund White has written over twenty books. He is perhaps best known for his biography of Frenchwriter Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award. Heis also the author of a trilogy of autobiographical novels: A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. His most recentnovel is Jack Holmes and His Friend.A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he teaches writing at Princeton and lives in New York City.

Susanna Moore's earliest three novels make up a Hawaiian trilogy --- the first book, My Old Sweetheart, published in 1983,won the PEN Hemingway Citation and the Prize for First Fiction from theAmerican Academy of Arts and Letters. She has written a memoir of her childhoodin Hawaii; a commonplace book about the sea; a novel, In the Cut, about a murder in NewYork; and a novel set in 19th-century India. Her last novel, The Big Girls, takes place in awomen's prison and is currently being adapted into a film for HBO. Ms. Moorewas awarded a prize for Literary Achievement by the American Academy of Artsand Letters in 1999. She has been teaching Creative Writing since 1988.

David McConnell is the author of the acclaimed novel, The Silver Hearted, 2010. Edmund White called it “a perfect work of art.” PatrickMcGrath hailed him as “the most intriguing, original and exotic writer I’vecome across in years.” His short fiction and journalism have appeared widely inmagazines and anthologies, including The Literary Review (UK), Granta and Prospect Magazine (UK). His novel The Firebrat came out in 2003. Hisnewest book (Akashic, March, 2013) will be ground-breaking non-fiction, a reappraisal and narratives of hate crimes to be called American Honor Killings, ecstasies of violence and crazed sexual dignity among young men. He’s also co-chair ofthe Lambda Literary Foundation. He lives in New York City.

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Liberty Ellman, guitar;  Stephan Crump, bass;  Damion Reid, drums
Guitarist Liberty Ellman’s improvisational and interpretive flexibility, along with his unique rhythmic touch, has allowed him to contribute to the creative jazz ensembles of Henry Threadgill, Wadada Leo Smith, Myra Melford, Greg Osby, Butch Morris, Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Steve Lehman. Ellman has also accompanied stand out vocal artists like Ledisi, and Somi.

$20 (includes a drink)

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Apr 05
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

This is a monthly opportunity for artists associated with the cafe--from every genre and every generation, past, present, and future--to gather informally, schmooze, re-invent the world, and hoist a glass of quelque chose (the only kind of chose to hoist). Our glorious curators are present, you can buttonhole them to find out what's cooking, you can introduce yourself to other toilers in the vineyard, invent projects and discover collaborators. All are welcome.
Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Glenn Turner, vocals;  Jerry Korman, piano;  Booker King, bass;  Tony Allen, drums
Ribs and Brisket Revue image
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue’ is featured on Shapiro’s CD “Essen” which was released last year on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records to rave reviews:

As a member of the Microscopic Septet in the 1980s and early 1990s, Shapiro was part of a small but vibrant community of jazz musicians who refused to submit to the narrow, neoconservative ethos of the day, and chose instead to celebrate the entire tradition, from early swing to the avant-garde. You can hear that joyous open-mindedness in all of Shapiro's subsequent work, including his two previous albums for John Zorn's Tzadik label, Midnight Minyan and It's in the Twilight, which subject traditional synagogue melodies to a variety of treatments, from rhythm and blues to modal jazz.

$20 (includes a drink)

Apr 06
Lorette Velvette, vocals, guitar;  Charlie Burnham, vocals, violin;  Dave Soldier, banjo, violin;  Dog (Mark Deffenbaugh), guitar;  Alex Greene, bass drum;  Jonathan Kane, snare drum
The KROPOTKINS in New York City image
The Kropotkins, a punk Delta blues New York-Memphis collaborative "super group" featuring

Lorette Velvette : vocals, guitar

Charlie Burnham : vocals, violin

Dave Soldier : banjo & violin

Dog (Mark Deffenbaugh) : guitar

Alex Greene : bass drum

Jonathan Kane : snare drum

with possible guests Bob Neuwirth and Ron Franklin from Memphis

"In 1994, inspired by the fife-and-drum blues of northern Mississippi and the bluegrass inventor Bill Monroe, the iconoclastic downtown composer and scientist Dave Soldier (he's a professor of neurology at Columbia) formed the Kropotkins, named after the Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin. While the group is conventional by the standards of some of Soldier's other projects (he once created enormous instruments for a group of Thai elephants to play), it can nonetheless seamlessly weave a Charles Ives cover into a set of soulful, if sometimes angular, country- or blues-tinged originals." ---- The New Yorker

$ 15 includes a drink

Ralph Alessi, trumpet;  Loren Stillman, alto saxophone;  Drew Gress, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums;  Will Jennings, voice
Ralph Alessi’s Modular Theatre is a band seemingly capable of reaching almost any musical territory. An underlying "jazz" sensibility is infused with any and everything from Hip Hop (texts ancient and spontaneous) to chamber music. The band just released it’s 2nd CD called "Open Season" on the RKMmusic label.

$25 (includes a drink)

Apr 07
Andy Christie, host

Peter Aguero Giulia Rossi Steven Berkowitz Erin Barker
The Liar Show image

Seek Truth. Get a T-Shirt.

4 Storytellers, 3 True Stories, 1 Pack of Lies. Uncover the liar and win a prize worth its weight in fool's gold.

This month, The Liar Show welcomes Peter Aguero (BTK Band; Moth Grandslam Champion), Giulia Rossi (Stripped Stories), Steven Berkowitz (Writer; The Moth), and Erin Barker (Producer, The Story Collider).

Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; The Moth Radio Hour)

$15.00 includes a drink

Ellery Eskelin, tenor sax;  Gary Versace, organ;  Rudy Royston, drums
ELLERY ESKELIN - Trio New York image
"Eskelin loves the hard-boiled tenor tradition once embodied by Gene Ammons and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, though, and because he remains in touch with the combination of the tender and the brusque central to the code even at his most abstract, these interpretations are as moving as they are thought-provoking." --Francis Davis, The Village Voice, NYC December 2011

$25 (includes a drink)

Apr 08
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier hosts

Jeff Lankov, piano;  Ken Perlin, animations
Loops, Waves, and Textures

In the early 1970’s, John Adams began to write music that combined his interest in American popular music, the classics, and electronics. Inspired by the waveform transformation that occurs in a modulating circuit, Adams set out to write music “as if the piano was a generator of waveforms,” by using loops, phasing, and algorithmic devices. Pianist Jeff Lankov will perform Adams’ first exploration into minimalism, the revolutionary Phrygian Gates; as well as his “manic, bipolar scherzo,”American Berserk.

Waves are at the heart of what Ken Perlin does. Ken, who directs the NYU Games for Learning Institute, is an Academy Award winning computer scientist at NYU’s Media Research Laboratory who has created a goodly number of the techniques used in today's cinema. His interests include animation with personality, realistic textures, and educational computer games. For this event, he will be creating original graphically animated work inspired by Jeff's interpretation of John Adams' music.

$10.00 cover plus one drink minimum

Nils Weinhold, guitar;  Adam Larson, sax;  Fabian Almazan, piano;  Raviv Markovitz, bass;  Bastian Weinhold, drums
Nils Weinhold Quintet image
Since moving to New York in 2008 guitarist Nils Weinhold has performed with artists such as Seamus Blake, Justin Brown, Francisco Mela, Gerald Clayton, Joe Lovano, Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Joey Calderazzo, Greg Ward, Luques Curtis, Lars Dietrich, John Escreet, Linda Oh, Martijn Vink, Clemens van der Veen, Fabian Almazan, Pascal Niggenkemper, Thomas Hampson, Ferenc Nemeth, Jane Monheit, John Riley and many more. He recorded several CD’s as a sideman, including Bastian Weinhold’s album “River Styx”, “Vantage Point” with Manhattan Experiment and “Sudden Appearance” with the Danjam Orchestra.

In 2011 he recorded “Shapes”, his first album as a bandleader with his quintet, featuring saxophonist Adam Larson, Fabian Almazan, Luques Curtis and his brother Bastian Weinhold on drums.

$20 cover (includes a drink)

Drum kit donated by

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