This month features vocalist Brinda Manickavasakam, a top disciple of the respected and celebrated vocalist, Neyveli Santhanagopalan. Brinda is blessed with a sweet voice and is adept at expressing herself with refined classicism. She has performed in many of the major sabhas (venues) in India as well as in the US. This is a concert not to be missed, as Brinda is based in Washington DC and will only be performing one concert in the NYC area. She will be accompanied on violin by a newcomer to Cornelia Street, Smitha Krishnan. Our very own, Akshay Anantapadmanabhan, will accompany on mridangam.
$20 (includes a drink)
The CONTEXTUAL trio, with the drummer extraordinaire Ari Hoenig and young luminary Gilad Hekselman, will allure the audience with powerful compositions and tasteful improvisations.
Petros Klampanis debut album CONTEXTUAL was released by Inner Circle Music label last April and has received rave reviews.
"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.
$20 cover (includes a drink)
Emily Elizabeth, vocalist from the heart of the United States was immersed in music from childhood. She studied classical piano and voice throughout her upbringing and was drawn to jazz after hearing Maynard Ferguson and his Big Bop Nouveau Band live in Chapman, Kansas.
In the fall of 2009 Emily moved to New York City jazz scene to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has studied with Junior Mance, Richard Harper, Janet Lawson and Amy London as well as worked with Sirius XM's Mark Ruffin. Some of Emily Elizabeth's appearances include the Garage Restaurant, NY, NY The Cornelia Street Cafe NY, NY and Miles' Cafe, NY, NY.
Daisy began her solo career performing a concerto at the Royal Albert Hall in London at the age of 14. Since then she has toured the world, recorded the music for the Hollywood Films Spanglish and The Road to El Dorado, signed to BMG RCA Victor, and recorded six albums. After opening the Vienna Festival twice before 30,000 people, she is currently on tour with the Daisy Jopling Band playing modern arrangements of great classical pieces.
"Daisy Jopling plays classical music with the energy and spontaneity of a rock musician. She has a lyrical intensity that seems to reach inside you with each stroke of the bow."
- Tom Morris, Tony Award Winner 2011 for Best Director of War Horse
$25.00 includes a drink
Kyla Marshell is an alumna of Spelman College. She is the winner of the Edith A. Hambie Poetry Award, given at Spelman through the Academy of American Poets, and the Zora Neale Hurston-Langston Hughes Award, endowed by Alice Walker. She has been a resident at the Vermont Studio Center artists colony, and is a Cave Canem fellow. Her poetry and prose appear in Mythium, The November 3rd Club, Zora & Alice, XhibitP.com, and The Revivalist, and poems are forthcoming in PMS poemmemoirstory and CALYX Journal. She lives in Brooklyn, and attends the MFA program in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College.
Jennifer Nelson lives in Flushing, where she writes a dissertation in art history and serves as the poetry editor of Epiphany magazine (www.epiphanyzine.com). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Volt, Handsome, Action, Yes, 6x6, Forget Magazine, RealPoetik, and elsewhere. She formerly curated this very series.
A native of Chicago, IL, Dave McNamara received his MFA in Acting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an MFA in Poetry at The New School. His poems have appeared on The Best American Poetry Blog, Flying Fish, and the anthology Why I Am Not a Painter. Dave is also the author of blackmountainreviewed.wordpress.com: a blog devoted to the Black Mountain, Beat and New York School poets. Dave is a member of Actor’s Equity and lives in Crown Heights with his wife.
Sean Edgley is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area currently getting his MFA at City College. He has spent several years working and traveling in Europe and Asia. He has poetry forthcoming in the spring issue of Literary Bohemian and is working on translations of contemporary Korean poetry, as well as a futurist screenplay set in China, inspired by Nabokov's Invitation to a Beheading.
$7.00 includes a drink
$ 7 includes a drink
A soulful and harmonically savvy guitarist from New Orlean. --Nate Chinen, New York Times
Joel Frahm, DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as a Rising Star in the category of tenor saxophone. He has released three highly regarded albums on Palmetto, The Navigator, Don't Explain, and Sorry No Decaf. Having made a name for himself through his associations with singer Jane Monheit and boyhood friend, pianist Brad Mehldau, Frahm continues to hone his own voice. Joel has also worked with a vast array of musical peers and jazz legends including Maynard Ferguson, Betty Carter, Matt Wilson, Larry Goldings, Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Andrew Hill, Ben Allison, Pat Martino, and Ingrid Jensen.
Joel and Deborah will perform in duo exploring jazz classics, world music and originals.
Deborah+1! continues June 30 with Ray Parker, acoustic bass
cover $10, (minimum $10)
His newly formed unit will perform original contemporary jazz compositions influenced by Southern Indian Carnatic concepts as well as contemporary classical music and contemporary jazz.
New Georges' original and irreverent artists whip out new pieces from the ol' trunk!
This installment of TRUNK SHOW celebrates New Georges turning 20th and features the work of affiliated artists and friends: LaShea Delaney and Pirronne Yousefzadeh, a playwright/director team who are part of New Georges' Jam - our group for awesome emerging theater makers - will present some perspectives on Condeleeza Rice. Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, a playwright who's also part of The Jam tests out some new material. One of our all time favorite actresses who played the Tooth Fairy in our production of GOD'S EAR, Judith Greentree, will entertain us silly with excerpts from WHAT DOES NOT KILL ME MAKES ME STRANGER. Our host will be the spirited Andrea Lepcio, a playwright and librettist who splits her time between New York and Maine!
New Georges, in business since 1992, is an award-winning nonprofit theater which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown; and is a play and artist development organization, providing essential resources to a community of venturesome artists (who are women).
$15.00 cover (includes your first drink!)
"Jeff Williams has honed a sound that seamlessly blends a sinewy, propulsive rhythmic sense with a masterful appreciation of space and atmosphere. On Another Time, Williams leads a remarkable group through a series of original compositions that are prefect vehicles for the veteran drummer's singular approach, as well as the quartet's consistently inspired improvisations." --Matthew Miller, The New York City Jazz Record
$25 cover (includes a drink)
Actress Despina Sarafeidou has interpreted several roles from both the classical and contemporary repertoire in Greece and abroad. As an actress and assistant director she has worked with Lee Breuer and Roula Pateraki. Some of her work on film includes A Touch of Spice, Jaguar, and The Wedding List. She has collaborated with composers/musicians such as Ross Daly, Kyriakos Kalaitzidis, and Eve Beglarian in multicultural performances in Greece, the UK, and the United States. She has also translated theatre and has written plays and adaptations, produced in Greece and at La MaMa N.Y. With Kassandra she travelled to various theater festivals in Greece and Europe; she received the Leading Female Role Award in the Apollon 2011 International Theatre Festival.
Playwright Sergio Blanco was born in Uruguay. He studied theatre and classical literature, and has been acclaimed as an innovative director. Since 2000 he has turned to playwriting, producing works both rich and diverse. His plays have been translated and staged in Uruguay, France, Portugal, Italy, Argentina and elsewhere. He has been honoured with several Dramaturgy Awards. He gives lectures and workshops at theatres and universities throughout Latin America and Europe. He currently lives in Paris.
$20.00 includes a drink
Whenever some fool goes on about the death of jazz, play that misguided soul some music by Ben Allison. — LA TIMES
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
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".
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
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