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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
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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
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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

Jun 03
Jed Distler, host

Julia Den Boer Melody Fader Taka Kigawa

THE C&C PIANO FACTORY: Composers Concordance & ComposersCollaborative, inc. present an evening of piano premiers with music by Dan Cooper, Jed Distler, Patrick Grant, Peter Jarvis, Roberta Maxwell, Dan Palkowski, Milica Paranosic, Joseph Pehrson & Gene Pritsker. Special guest pianists include Julia Den Boer, Melody Fader & Taka Kigawa.

A few words from CCi Artistic Director Jed Distler:

For years I’ve admired the imaginative programming ideas, creative energy and generous spirit that my Composers Concordance colleagues have consistently brought to our new music community. For this reason I'm excited that we finally get to join forces and co-produce an evening of new piano music. There'll be solos and duos, plus a new piece by Gene Pritsker for one piano and eight piano players! Now how will we pull that off? Only Gene knows for sure....

$20 at the door, includes $10 food/drink credit: Cash only

Jane Ira Bloom , soprano saxophone;  Dominic Fallacaro, piano;  Dean Johnson , bass;  Matt Wilson, drums
Less is more when award winning soprano saxophonist Jane Ira Bloom returns to Cornelia St. Café to perform an evening of American songbook and original ballads with longtime collaborators Matt Wilson (drums), Dean Johnson (bass) and pianist Dominic Fallacaro. It’s close-up music in an intimate room with a band that likes to take their time carving the space. Don’t miss this special one time event.

“One of the most individual and compelling voices on the soprano saxophone”--Gary Giddins,Village Voice

$15 cover plus $10 minimum


Jane Ira Bloom, All Ballads image
Jun 04
Tulis McCall, host

Monologues & Madness image
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.

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

AMRAM & CO image
Jun 05
Ted Jonathan, host

Donald Lev Andrea Lockett Barry Wallenstein
Launch of a new book or two by some of our favorite poets.

$ 7 includes a drink

Adam Kolker, sax;  John Hebert, bass;  Billy Hart, drums
Adam Kolker Trio Featuring John Hebert and Billy Hart image
The three have been collaborating in different ensembles since 2003 (Kolker's "Sultanic Verses"), and appear here at CSC for the second time, always searching and hoping to bring something new to compositions by the trio as well as from such masters as Thelonious Monk and Wayne Shorter.

"[Kolker’s] a real improviser, making impulsive choices about phrasing and how to imply a chord..." --Ben Ratliff - NY Times "Billy Hart has been a coveted drummer for decades...His open-ended, direct technique opens up the music and the other soloists...makes few expected moves."--Jeff McCord, Downbeat

"Hebert is one of New York's first call bassists, boasting a reverberant tone, supple time feel and melodic sensibility as both a soloist and accompanist."--Ted Pankin, Downbeat $10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

Wednesday Jun 06
Angelo Nikolopoulos, host

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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.

Contributors read from Divining Divas, an anthology of gay poets and their divas.

Mark Bibbins on Kristin Hersh

Paul Legault on Jane Fonda

Tim Liu on Maria Callas

Michael Montlack on Stevie Nicks

Jerome Murphy on Alice in Wonderland

Angelo Nikolopoulos on Greta Garbo

$7 cover includes a house drink!/group.php?gid=84682296951

Nicky Schrire, vocals;  Nick Paul, piano;  Sam Anning, bass;  Jake Goldbas, drums;  Paul Jones, tenor saxophone;  Jay Rattman, clarinet;  Brian Adler, percussion;  and Peter Eldridge, piano/vocals
Nicky Schrire “Freedom Flight” Album Release Event image

Lauded for her "fresh and original” approach to music (Cape Town Live), Nicky Schrire is a vocalist, composer and arranger whose adventurous spirit reflects her international upbringing. London-born, South African-raised and now based in NYC, Nicky honed her skills at the Manhattan School of Music and venues such as the 55Bar, 92Y and Rockwood Music Hall. She has performed with Joseph C. Phillips “Numinous”, Abdullah Ibrahim’s Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, and most recently lent her voice to Brian Adler’s “Helium Project”, which also features artists such as Kate McGarry and Ben Monder.

“Schrire is a skilled arranger – clever without being precious, always serving the song…Freedom Flight [is filled] with moments that remind us of the power of the human voice and its ability to tell a story.” - Jason Crane The Jazz Session

“Nicky Schrire has a warm, honey-rich voice…a naturally engaging stage presence, a distinctive sound, assurance and focus. And besides all that, she is someone who will undoubtedly win you over with her charm, humour and empathy.” -Peter Eldridge

$10 cover (plus $10 minimum)

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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