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Make Music New York - June 21
Music presented by Composers Collaborative
on Cornelia Street 6:30PM


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Jun 17
Stan Richardson

The Writers Room Reading Series at Cornelia presents


Reflections on Pernicious Force, and other poems by Ralph Luttermoser

Memory Palace, an excerpt from a novel by Julie Abbruscato

UNTITLED, an excerpt from a novel by Signe Hammer

Anna & The Jester, a play by Benjamin Strouse

The Writers Room readings are supported by the Jerome Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

RALPH LUTTERMOSER is a recovering poet who won a Hopwood Award in creative writing (Major Poetry Division) in 1977 at the University of Michigan. He has published poems in Poetry New Zealand, Main Street Rag, Poetalk, and Poetry Motel. Ralph works as an Operations Analyst for the U.S. Customs Service and is currently working on a chapbook of poems.

JULIE ABBRUSCATO joined the Writers' Room in 1994. One of her short stories, "One Thousand Natural Shocks" was included in Symphony Space's "Selected Shorts" Series. Memory Palace, completed this year, is her first novel.

SIGNE HAMMER is the author of 4 nonfiction books, of which the most recent, By Her Own Hand: Memoirs of a Suicide's Daughter, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Last winter she completed her second first novel (the first one remains on the disk). She has also published poetry, short stories, essays and dozens of magazine feature articles. As a performer, she was a founding member of Meredith Monk's avant-garde dance-theatre company, The House.

BENJAMIN STROUSE, a native New Yorker and former entertainment attorney, is an aspiring playwright. His nonfiction has been published has been published in The New York Times and by Aspen Press.

STAN RICHARDSON is a playwright, actor, and director. An alumnus of NYU/TSOA, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and Edward Albee's Playwrights' Workshop, and a former resident of Albee's "Barn," Stan is a contributor to and a proud member of The Writers Room and The Dramatists Guild of America. Stan is also a script consultant on new plays; email him for more details at:
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Jacob Anderskov, piano;  Mark Helias, bass;  Tyshawn Sorey, drums
Jacob Anderskov Trio image
A rare NYC chance to hear Danish pianist and composer in a trio setting. Unifying acoustic post-downtown sounds with the European sound of tomorrow.

Within the latest 8 months, the Danish pianist, composer & band-leader Jacob Anderskov has released no less than 3 albums as a leader:
Jacob Anderskov & Airto Moreira: Ears to the Ground (duo), ILK143CD,
Jacob Anderskov: Panta Rhei (solo piano), ILK136CD,
Anderskov Accident: Newspeak (8tet), ILK144CD.
On each of these albums, Anderskov creates an enchanted universe of his own, while the material is unfolded with an ease that makes it seem completely natural to go there.

Since his two simultaneous debut CDs from 2001, Jacob Anderskov has released no less than 13 CD's as a bandleader, received the prestigious Danish "Govenment Art Foundation 3 year working grant" in 2004, and 5 Danish Jazz Music Awards (2 as a leader).

"A Masterpiece" ... "Rarely does one meet such an assembly of virtuosity, emotionalty, versatily of expression as by Anderskov"... "extraordinarily creative".
- Hans Jürgen von Osterhausen, Jazz Podium (Germany), April 2008.

"Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov’s playing comes across to me as a quiet celebration, even in passages of high density or volume. His virtuosity is never in question, and his conception of note and chord relations is deliciously complex. Yet, every note is meditative, seemingly born of long introspection. The music blends freedom and tradition in a manner that is often revelatory. Experienced lovers of new-thing mayhem will hear instrumental relationships anew while power and energy still abound. Connoisseurs of the piano should also take note, as this is one of the most original voices I’ve heard on the instrument in some time. "
- Marc Medwin, Cadence Magazine, March 2007.

Dominico Caro, singer;  Bernardo Martin, guitarist;  Lorena Sandra, dancer;  Toshiko Betsumiya , dancer;  Klaus Jekeli, dancer

 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)
Valerie Ghent

Vickie Russell Jenn Adams Valerie Ghent Monica Hope

Now in its 8th year, The Songwriter's Beat is New York's premiere performing songwriter series. Hosted by Valerie Ghent, four up-and-coming songwriters perform new material in a supportive and intimate atmosphere.

This month's Songwriter's Beat features:

Vickie Russell

Jenn Adams

Valerie Ghent

Monica Hope

Founded in 2000 by multiple ASCAP Pop Award winner Valerie Ghent, The Songwriter's Beat has presented over 240 songwriters from the Tri-State area as well as visiting songwriters from other parts of the United States, Canada, Cuba, the UK, Australia, South Africa and Japan. Every third Wednesday of the month, four songwriters of varying musical styles perform original songs and are encouraged to try out their newest material and arrangements. The series culminates in a week-long songwriters festival each July, featuring performers from throughout the years.

The Songwriter's Beat welcomes songwriters from around the world, so when planning your trip to New York, allow time for The Songwriter's Beat!

 Cover $10

Jun 19
Golda Solomon, host

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Chip White, drums and poetry with Cecelia Coleman, piano

and Bouquet of Poets including: Marria Banks, Elana Bell, Kathleen Cochran, Liz Lara, Mirlande 'Lala' Jean Louis, Tamara Magnitsky, Dorothy Saraceno, and Roger Singer

And from Washington, DC: Amy Melrose and Mike ‘Mykie’ Williams.
 Cover $15 (includes one house drink)

Joel Harrison, guitar, compositions;  Chris Howes Jakub Trasak Tanya Kalmanovich Wendy Sutter, strings;  Miguel Zenon, saxophone;  Jeff Hermanson, trumpet;  Lindsey Horner:, bass;  Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Joel Harrison Ensemble image
A multi movement suite for string quartet plus jazz quintet
CD release show for "The Wheel" (Innova/Intuition)

The impulse for this multi movement suite came from a longstanding determination to make music that equally represents improvisation and notation. I wanted to assemble a body of work that contained the intimacy, complexity, and beauty of acoustic concert music and merge it with the raw, grooving spontaneity of jazz. Though by no means a new idea, I felt that it was an area still ripe with possibility.

Two classic ensembles join forces from their respective worlds, then- string quartet and jazz quintet. Rather than writing jazz music and then pasting on the strings, like icing on a cake, I started by writing string quartet music with Appalachian, African, and modern classical sensibilities. The improvisation stems from a bedrock of notation, and comes in a variety of forms, from more typical solos over changes, to duo improvising, to free ensemble 'blowing.” Hopefully there are seamless transitions between the soul and spontaneity of improvising and the structure of written notes, resulting in a kind of music that truly IS both worlds, and does not just borrow from them.

The Wheel is being released in the US by Innova and in Europe by Intuition.
 Cover $12

Jun 20
Kathi Georges, host

Son of Pony image
The Friday night legendary open mic poetry series.

Arrive before 6 pm to sign up.

Featured poet : Precious Jones

Native Brooklynite poet Precious Jones' work has been published by online and print publications such as Dirt Press,, Rolling Out Urban Weekly, Gay Black Female, and Coloring Book, an anthology of poetry & prose. Her favorite poets are Sapphire, June Jordan, Chrystos, and Pablo Neruda.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Tony Malaby's Paloma Recio image
New music dedicated to an angel flying over the Iberian Peninsula by a quartet of omnidirectionally improvising masters of ecstatic lyrical elasticity.
 Cover $10
Jun 21
Dean Kostos, host

poetry & prose by

Sharon Olinka, Eric Poulos

& Thaddeus Rutkowski.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone;  Ben Monder, guitar;  Eivind Opsvik, bass;  Nasheet Waits, drums
Tony Malaby's paloma recio image
New music dedicated to an angel flying over the Iberian Peninsula by a quartet of omnidirectionally improvising masters of ecstatic lyrical elasticity.
 Cover $10
Jun 22
Martin Mitchell, Host

Featuring poets from the Spring 2008 issue: Lorna Knowles Blake, Clifford Browder, Suzanne Cleary, Greg Delanty, Allen C. Fischer, Gabrielle LeMay, Kate Light, Gardner McFall, Philip Miller, Holly Posner, Ron Price, Bertha Rogers, Stephen Stepanchev, Mervyn Taylor, Rachel Wetzsteon, Alison Woods and Michael T. Young
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Felipe Salles Jacam Manricks, woodwinds;  Nando Michelin, piano;  Jorge Roeder, bass;  Bertram Lehmann, drums
Felipe Salles Group image
"Felipe Salles has found a way to incorporate the rich musical heritage of his native country, Brazil ( with more than a nod to the genius Hermeto Pascoal), while at the same time incorporating sounds and colors from the advanced harmonies of 20th century contemporary classical music. Possessing a gift for orchestration and arranging, Felipe's music is definitely pointing to the future."
David Liebman

Salles is an orchestral and compositional force who, like Gil Evans or perhaps even more so Oliver Nelson before him, is to be watched closely for important things to come.
- - Ralph A. Miriello
 Cover $12

Jun 23
Jane Ormerod, host

Madeline Artenberg Desiree Burch Brant Lyon Richard Jeffrey Newman
Lust, anger and confusion. Four poets and performance artists face their audience in this interactive reading. The audience names an emotion, the performers react. Bliss, obsession or melancholy? You decide!

Madeline Artenberg’s work appears in many print and online journals such as Margie - The American Journal of Poetry, Vernacular, and The Absinthe Literary Review. She has garnered several poetry awards and her book Awakened was published by Rogue Scholars Press in 2006.

Desiree Burch graces the stage as a comedian, performance artist, actress and emcee. She is the creator of four full-length solo performances, including "52 Man Pickup," which will be featured in the 2008 NY International Fringe Festival, and is the Founding Director of The Hysterical Festival, for women in comedy.

Brant Lyon is the author of the chapbook Your Infidel Eyes (Poets Wear Prada, 2006) and the poemusic CD, Beauty Keeps Laying Its Sharp Knife Against Me (Logochrysalis 2008). His poetry has been published in journals including Rattle, Lullwater Review and BigCityLit.

Richard Jeffrey Newman is the author of The Silence of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006) and also three books of translations from classical Persian literature. He is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York, where he coordinates the Creative Writing Project.
 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)

21st schizoid music presents: caroline mallonee image
Systems, Strings and Songs

This concert is part of the 21st Century Schizoid Series curated by Frank Oteri, in which several sides of a composer's musical personality are presented. Here you will hear Carrie's cerebral side, her just-intuned and scordatura side, and her vocal side.

The concert features performances by Meighan Stoops, Eric Huebner, Rubin Kodheli, Mat Fieldes, Miranda Sielaff, Flexible Music, Jim Altieri, Matt McBane, Sam Pluta, Glissando bin Laden, Amy van Roekel, Emily Eagen, Guy Brewer, Silvie Jensen, and Holly Nadal. Carrie will be playing and singing, too!
 Cover $10

Jun 24
Alissa Heyman, host

Garrett Burrell, Sarah Lawrence College;  Christie Ann Reynolds, New School;  Jessica Reed, City College;  Diana Alvarez, Sarah Lawrence;  Zachery Sussman, NYU

 Cover $7 (includes one house drink)
Paul Shapiro, sax, clarinet, vocal;  Babi Floyd, vocals;  Cilla Owens, vocals;  Brian Mitchell, piano;  Booker King, bass;  Tony Lewis, drums
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue  image
Paul Shapiro’s Ribs and Brisket Revue celebrates the release of “Essen” on Tzadik Record’s Radical Jewish Culture series.

Schmeis! The newest CD from the madcap Yiddish sax maven Paul Shapiro is an over the top exploration of the crossroads of Yiddish Bop, Swing and comedy. Including covers of novelty songs originally recorded by Slim Gaillard and Cab Calloway as well as Yiddish classics popularized by Sophie Tucker and the Barton Brothers and some rockin’ originals, this is music for tanzen, zingen un lachen- all night long! Paul’s greatest recording to date is also his most outrageous and enjoyable.
John Zorn
 Cover $10

Drum kit donated by

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