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May 26
Peter Eldridge, vocals;  Sara Caswell, violin;  Jody Redhage, cello;  Martin Urbach, percussion/cajon;  Steve Hudson, piano
Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble with Peter Eldridge image

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble morphs jazz, classical chamber music, and indie rock music into one cohesive, individual sound. “Exquisitely beautiful compositions…there is a quest for beauty in his lines that evoke the masters - Keyboard Magazine

Two time Grammy award winner Peter Eldridge will perform new compositions for the ensemble this evening, and the group will play selected works from their latest recording, Galactic Diamonds.

Eldridge has recorded and performed with Bobby McFerrin, Kurt Elling, Theo Blackmann, Meredith Monk, Joshua Redman, David Byrne, Michael Brecker, the New York Voices, and many others. Cellist Jody Redhage (Esperanza Spaulding, Tokyo String Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Neil Diamond) is a rising star on the chamber and new music scene and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Violinist Sara Caswell has performed and/or recorded with Esperanza Spaulding, Mark O'Connor, Gene Bertoncini, and Fred Hersch. Drummer/Percussionist Martin Urbach has performed with Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Ellis Marsalis, and Tony Malaby. Steve Hudson (Steven Bernstein, Claire Daly, James Zollar, Marcus Rojas) is a pianist and composer whose compositions and piano style embrace the history of jazz, blues, folk, and modern classical music, all with a free spirited love of improvisation.

The Steve Hudson Chamber Ensemble's latest album, Galactic Diamonds has been called “a collection of little gems” by All About Jazz; “so disarmingly fun that it’s impossible to resist...a good-naturedly eclectic mix of third stream jazz with a catchy, quirky pop edge” by Lucid Culture; and “consistently engaging” by Christian Carey, Signal To Noise.

$20 Admission (Includes one drink)

Jason Rigby, tenor sax;  Cameron Brown, bass;  Gerald Cleaver, drums
This ensemble represents tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby's most recent work as improviser-composer-bandleader. Having garnered much attention from his previous efforts as both sideman and leader, Rigby's newest creative direction pays energy, excitement, creativity and cohesive elasticity in spades.

CLEVELAND-DETROIT TRIO combines the creative powers of Detroit natives bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Gerald Cleaver, with Cleveland native tenor saxophonist Jason Rigby. Hailed as "a truly lyrical musician" and "New York's rising star of tenor sax" with a "pioneering voice that deftly combines many influences," Rigby has performed with Mark Guiliana's HEERNT, John Scofield, John Patitucci, Eivind Opsvik and Dan Wall. Cameron Brown is one of the greatest living bass veterans, a driving and creative constant and has worked with the likes of Don Cherry, Art Blakey, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, as well as with Dannie Richmond as a member of the celebrated Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet. Gerald Cleaver is an unstoppable modern drummer who consistently dazzles with his creative depth, having performed with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Craig Taborn, Mat Maneri, Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan, to name a few.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

May 27
Francesca Rizzo
The Cherry Sisters: True Stories from the Kitchen Table image
Staged reading of a solo play by Francesca Rizzo

Back for an encore performance! Francesca first performed The Cherry Sisters on this very stage over ten years ago and went on to enjoy runs around the tri-state area. Tonight she’ll be performing excerpts from the play, both funny and poignant, which was written as a tribute to her mother who was a natural raconteur.

The Cherry Sisters is about surviving childhood with a modicum of dignity and how our emotional scars eventually just grow together to form who we are. And how humor and song and telling stories out loud around a kitchen table is sometimes the only real therapy some of us ever get.

"Rizzo plays her mother, Grace, a woman who faces life head-on with wit and bravado ... tackling subjects few would be willing to discuss in public. And she does it with flair and sharp comedic timing." Steven V. Cronin, The Atlantic City Press

"I loved Francesca Rizzo's "The Cherry Sisters." Rizzo, a fine film actress, is mercurial on stage as well ... it seems as both writer and actor she is in touch with life itself ... better than Spalding Gray, in my book." Ray Carney, Moviemaker Magazine

Francesca Rizzo is an award-winning writer, actress and filmmaker. Her latest play, (Never Underestimate) Dames Like Her, was also launched here at the Café. And she can usually be seen here in Tulis McCall’s Monologues & Madness show, every first Monday.

$10 includes a drink

Ravichandra Kulur, flute;  Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, mridangam
Carnatic Sundays: Ravichandra Kulur image
Carnatic Music is the classical music of South India. Grounded in traditional songs of the great Trinity of composers, Carnatic musicians explore their own musical creativity improvising in Ragas and the music's intricate rhythmic cycles (Tala). CARNATIC SUNDAYS, curated by Arun Ramamurthy, is a series which presents traditional South Indian classical music and innovative projects influenced by it. Featured in India's most respected newspaper, The Hindu, this series is reaching newer and more diverse audiences each month.

Ravichandra Kulur is considered one of the most exciting and creative flutists in Carnatic music today. A disciple of his father, Sri K Raghavendra Rao, Ravi has carved a niche for himself in a field governed by great maestros and emerged as one of the most sought after flutists from India. Ravi's versatility as a musician was recognized by none other than Pandit Ravi Shankar, calling him a "fantastic, brilliant and very well known flutist from India" Ravichandra has been part of most of Pandit Ravi Shankar and Anoushka's world tours the past few years.

"Kulur played up the contrast with gliding, curling lines teasing against her staccato ones...Set off improvisations and dizzyingly fast unison passages from Ms. Shankar on sitar and Ravichandra Kulur on wooden flute." New York Times – Aug 31, 2007

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

May 28
Jed Distler, host

Serial Underground: New York's Premiere New Music Variety Show image
Serial Underground : New York¹s Premier New Music Variety Show

Jed Distler, Host

Doors open at 5:45 PM

An evening with composer Virko Baley

$20.00 includes a drink

Mary Hubbell, soprano;  Camilla Barrientos Ossio, clainet;  Katya Mihailova, piano
Classical At The Cornelia: neoLIT Ensemble image

neoLIT ensemble: MUSICAL POETRY: a performance of musical poetry and poetic music.

Established in 2008, neoLIT ensemble is a New York-based contemporary music group of classically trained musicians who perform and promote modern music and discover masterpieces of the 20th and 21st centuries. neoLIT celebrates the diversity of contemporary music with a vision unrestrained by convention, presents programs representing contemporary compositional styles from around the world, and is especially devoted to presentation of works by women composers. Recent performances include venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, Bryant Park Festival, and the Tank, among others.

$20.00 includes a drink

May 29
A book release celebration for "Have A NYC: New York Short Stories"

Kat Georges, David R. Lincoln, Kofi Fosu Forson, Jane Ormerod, Peter D. Marra,

Puma Perl, Janet Hamill & Peter Carlaftes, and others

Day or night. Rain, heat or snow. The city streets are full of people seeking the path to a better life. Everybody learns the hard way. Some not soon enough. And even dreams must pay their dues. That’s just the nature of The City. That’s New York. Welcome to "Have a NYC" (Three Rooms Press, 2012), the first of a new New York short stories series, edited by Peter Carlaftes and Kat Georges.

In honor of "Have A NYC," Three Rooms Press is throwing a launch party featuring 12 readers from the book. All stories are based in New York, and all have a mood and edge that reveals the still writhing underbelly and energy that refuses to bow down even as technology slowly grips the throngs of people walking the streets here.

Admission is $7, which includes a free drink.

Andrew Rathbun, saxophones;  Phil Markowitz, piano;  Jay Anderson, bass;  Bill Stewart, drums
Join Andrew Rathbun's newest ensemble/project as they perform new music from "Numbers & Letters" which will be recording immediately after this performance. Featuring stellar percussionist Bill Stewart, Phil Markowitz, who is one of the most harmonically inventive piano players on the scene, and Jay Anderson's brilliantly crafted and inventive bass work, this project's focus are compositions that find the journey of childhood as their inspiration.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Andrew Rathbun Quartet image
Wednesday May 30
Wythe Marschall and Ted Enik, hosts

Kip Rosser
Cornelia Street Observatory image
Human+ or You'll Be Partly Plastic When You Die. Lectures on posthumanism, machine music, transhumanism, and machine love.

Tonight: The Mind Behind the Theremin: An Evening of Live Theremin Music, Bad Judgement, and Genius Gone Haywire

“Genius” is the category we have peopled with exceptional humans – beings of both genders who have revolutionized every area of endeavor throughout the ages. Our collective fascination with genius has spawned studies, books, workshops, exercises, and “how-tos,” all claiming that we each have a genius inside of us. It is time for a musical cautionary tale, a tale of genius at the dawn of the technological revolution.

In 1919, Lev Sergeivitch Termen, known throughout the world as Leon Theremin, invented the first synthesizer. Originally dubbed the Aetherphone, the Theremin remains the only musical instrument played without being touched. His genius did not stop there. A prodigious inventor and visionary, he went on to revolutionize the fields of communications, surveillance, and even Macy’s window displays. Theremin suffered (and miraculously survived) the pitfalls that brought down many of history’s geniuses, a classic combination of volatile personality traits, poor judgement, and the striking of an almost Faustian bargain with those in a position to help him.

In addition to his own story, we’ll observe how Theremin’s creation has influenced the lives and career trajectories of contemporary electronic music’s geniuses such as synthesizer pioneers Dr. Robert Moog and Don Buchla, theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore, and legendary composers, Wendy Carlos and Morton Subotnick.

Kip Rosser is considered one of the most accomplished thereminists playing today, performing his solo concerts and collaborating with musicians around the world. For reviews, photos, music samples, and upcoming performances please visit Rosser's CDs of theremin music --Euphonic Verses and Exploration of the Black Exterior -- will be available for purchase. To hear samples from both discs visit:

Observatory is an art and events space in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. Founded in February 2009 by a group of seven artists and writers, the space seeks to present programming inspired by the eighteenth-century notion of "rational amusement." Observatory is especially interested in topics residing at the interstices of art and science, history and curiosity, and magic and nature. Part of the Proteus Gowanus arts complex, Observatory hosts frequent screenings, lectures, classes, and exhibitions.

$10.00 includes a drink

James Shipp, vibraphone, percussions, ;  Jean Rohe, voice, mandolin, shruti;  Becca Stevens, voice, mandolin, shruti;  Jesse Lewis, guitar;  Rogério Boccato, percussion
Nós Novo is an band of jazz-trained folk-enthusiasts exploring the curious intersections of Irish and UK folksongs and tunes, Brazilian and North African grooves, and jazz musicians' tendency to follow their ears into trouble.

“Nós Novo offers a worldly mix of sea shanties, Celtic reels and airs, Brazilian soul and jazz spirit, played via a mix of strings and percussion instruments and the soaring voice... More amazing than the boldness of the mix is the seamlessness with which it all comes together. --New York Times

The voices soaring over this particular performance will be that of two of the most intriguing and affecting young vocalists in NYC, Becca Stevens and Jean Rohe.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

James Shipp's Nós Novo image
May 31
Gian-Carla Tisera, soprano;  A.J. Khaw, piano;  Varuni Tiruchelvam, cello;  Chesney Snow, beatboxer

Bolivian opera singer Gian-Carla Tisera and Burmese-American pianist A.J. Khaw share their genre-crossing interpretations. Melodies emerge from every corner of the world -- from folk tunes heard in the poorest slums to the soaring arias of bygone eras. Cucaracha Luminosa is joined at Cornelia Street by guest artists from the Stone Forest Ensemble - Varuni Tiruchelvam on cello and beatboxer extraordinaire Chesney Snow.

$20.00 includes a drink

Duane Eubanks, trumpet;  Abraham Burton, tenor sax;  Orrin Evans, piano;  Dezron Douglas, bass;  Eric McPherson, drums
Duane Eubanks Quintet image
As a collective we are trying to grow from what we learned from our mentors that include Louis Hayes, Elvin Jones, Art Taylor, and Jackie Mclean, to name a few. We perform mostly original music that is inspired by straight ahead jazz with the focus of keeping it modern in sound and concept.

"He plays straight-ahead jazz with the necessary mixture of scorch and sensitivity to keep it interesting." - The New York Times

"The sound that Eubanks projects is personal, warm, and sonorous." - JazzTimes

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Jun 01
Kat Georges, host

PUMA PERL, featured poet;  ALLEGRA MIRA, spotlight poet
Son of Pony image
Open mic, arrive early to sign up.

$ 7 includes a drink

Petros Klampanis, bass, compositions;  Jean-Michel Pilc, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Christos Rafalides, vibraphone
Petros Klampanis' CONTEXTUAL trio w/Christos Rafalides image
Bassist Petros Klampanis invites two of the finest musicians in the NY scene for that Friday night at Cornelia Street Cafe.

Petros Klampanis' CONTEXTUAL trio, featuring the extraordinary drummer Ari Hoenig and young luminary pianist Shai Maestro, will allure the audience with powerful compositions and tasteful improvisations.

"A formidable player and composer, bassist Petros Klampanis, now a member of Greg Osby’s stable at Inner Circle, makes his auspicious Stateside debut with Contextual"-Jazztimes Magazine/Bill Milkowski.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Jun 02
Andy Christie, host

Michele Carlo Ed Gavagan Joanne Solomon Daniela Schiller
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 Michele Carlo (Author of Fish Out Of Agua), Ed Gavagan (The Moth Radio Hour), Joanne Solomon (De La Guarda), and Daniela Schiller (The Moth GrandSlam Finalist).

Hosted by Andy Christie (NY Times; WFUV's CityScape)

$15.00 includes a drink

Ari Hoenig, drums;  Tivon Pennicott, sax;  Noam Weisenberg, bass
Ari Hoenig New Trio image
Ari Hoenig (born on November 13, 1973 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), is a jazz drummer, composer and educator known for his unusual and intense approach to drumming emphasizing complex rhythms in direct harmony with other group members.

"expansive technique, propulsive time and deep musicality" "his style is characterized by a crisp attack and quick attentive reflexes. Ari Hoenig approaches jazz drumming with manic glee, and yet he's exacting with texture and pulse, an irrepressibly kinetic drummer ." Nate Chinen, NY Times

$15 cover plus $10 minimum

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