See the previous week's performances.   April 25-May 02, 2014  See the next week's performances.
Friday,  Apr 25 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Daniel Levin, cello;  Nate Wooley, trumpet;  Matt Moran, vibraphone;  Peter Bitenc, bass
Daniel Levin Quartet image
Cellist Daniel Levin’s drummerless quartet occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them. Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in the band’s unique sound. But as critic Chris May observes in All About Jazz, “Like all the most successful post-modern creative ventures, Levin’s quartet positions its antecedents in plain sight, but rises above them to create something novel, fascinating and unmistakably of its own time.” Levin and his quartet with trumpeter Nate Wooley, vibraphonist Matt Moran, and bassist Peter Bitenc, is “a provocatively assembled group of adventurous musicians,” that makes music with “the wild chaos of nature somehow centered in a sense of harmonious majesty,” according to critic Donald Elfman.

Without drums, Levin and his band mates are free to explore rhythm, melody, timbre, and texture in extremely subtle and varied ways, creating an alluring braid of lines shaded by autumnal colors, vocal inflections, and precise dynamics. “This group is able to rethink the dynamics and dialectic of a “jazz” group and find new phrasing, spacing and modes of interaction,” notes Elfman. Levin’s compositions set a lyrical tone suffused with mystery and ambiguity. But the quartet remains poised and open to the possibilities offered by the music. “For all its balance and clarity,” says Point of Departure, “the music tempers its delicacy with a dark, unsentimental edge that pushes it past the polite banter of chamber jazz into something deeper and truer.”

"Nothing short of superb. A stunning showcase for how jazz music has developed" (All About Jazz)

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Saturday,  Apr 26 - 3:00PM 
Michael H. Levin, poetry;  Katrine Suwalski, saxophone
Poetry book launch and jazz sax!

MICHAEL H. LEVIN, Washington DC lawyer, reads from his collection, Watered Colors (Poetica, 2014).

KATRINE SUWALSKI, Copenhagen jazz saxophonist, band leader and composer, provides interludes and accompaniment.

Private Event. By invitation only.


Saturday,  Apr 26 - 6:00PM 
Rebeca Vallejo, curator and host

Ariadna Castellanos, piano, composition
The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz: Ariadna Castellanos image

Spanish pianist and composer, Ariadna Castellanos , is one of the emerging talents of the Flamenco and Jazz scene. She now presents her album "Flamenco en Black and White. Produced by many times Grammy winner Javier Limón (lágrimas negras, Cositas buenas, Buika...etc.) and under Universal music in Spain.

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Saturday,  Apr 26 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Alex LoRe, alto sax;  George Garzone, tenor sax;  Desmond White, bass;  Colin Stranahan, drums
Alex LoRe Trio Ft.:  George Garzone, CD Release - Dream House image
Internationally acclaimed saxophonist and educator Bunky Green says saxophonist and composer Alex LoRe “…will emerge to become one of the leading voices on the international jazz scene.” With a strong upbringing in classical music, LoRe’s playing and compositions are influenced by a variety genres ranging from European classical music through today’s most influential artists on both the jazz and popular music scenes. LoRe’s trio, which features bassist Desmond White and drummer Colin Stranahan, are celebrating the release of their debut album on Greg Osby’s “Inner Circle Music” label. Entitled “Dream House”, the album also features LoRe's long time mentor, widely acclaimed and revered saxophonist George Garzone. Whether performing original compositions or exploring standards of the American Song Book, the trio always takes a fearless yet fluid approach to the material at hand.

"A crisp, young alto saxophonist"- Nate Chinen, New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Sunday,  Apr 27 - 6:00PM 
Jim Tolan

Tony Leuzzi Nicholas Samaras James Tolan
Tony Leuzzi has written three books of poetry, including RADIANT LOSSES (New Sins Press 2010) and THE BURNING DOOR (Tiger Bark Press 2014). In 2012, BOA Editions released PASSWORDS PRIMEVAL, Leuzzi's interviews with 20 American poets. Also a painter and assemblage artist, he writes film and book criticism for a number of publications, including Review Revue, Lambda Literary, The Empty Closet, Double Room, Louisiana Literature, and The Brooklyn Rail. His poetry embraces mainstream and experimental traditions and has been praised by writers as diverse as Michael Waters, Kevin Killian, Elizabeth Robinson and Jane Hirshfield. An Associate Professor of English, he teaches at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.

The son of a Greek Orthodox Priest, Nicholas Samaras is from Patmos, Greece (the “Island of the Apocalypse”) and, at the time of the Greek Junta was brought in exile to be raised further in Woburn, Massachusetts. He’s lived in Greece, England, Wales, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Jerusalem, thirteen states in America, and he writes from a place of permanent exile. His new book, American Psalm, World Psalm, is available from Ashland Poetry Press; he is completing a new book of poetry and a memoir of his childhood years living underground.

James Tolan is the author of Mass of the Forgotten (Autumn House Press) and the chapbook Red Walls (Dos Madres Press). Co-editor with Holly Messitt of New America: Contemporary Literature for a Changing Society, he worked for years as a poet in the New York City public schools with Teachers and Writers Collaborative. He is an associate professor at the City University of New York/BMCC.

$ 8 includes a drink, food menu available
 $ 8 includes a drink, food menu available 

Sunday,  Apr 27 - 8:30PM 
Falu Shah, voice;  Gaurav Shah, voice, harmonium;  Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Daniel Levy, bass;  Deep Singh, tabla
Carnatic Sundays: Falu image
Falu is internationally recognized for her rare ability to seamlessly blend a signature modern inventive style with a formidable Indian classically-shaped vocal talent.

In her early years in Bombay, singer Falu (aka Falguni Shah) was trained rigorously in the Jaipur musical tradition and in the Benares style of Thumrie, honing her talent for up to 16 hours a day. She later continued studying under the late sarangi/vocal master Ustad Sultan Khan, and continues to study with the legendary Smt. Kishori Amonkar (Jaipur style). Falu moved to the States in 2000 and was appointed as a visiting lecturer at Tufts University where she taught Indian Classical Music for 2 years. Falu’s subsequent career in the States had led to a series of brilliant and high profile collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler and A. R. Rahman amongst others. She was appointed Carnegie Hall’s ambassador of Indian Music in 2006, where her shows at Zankel Hall have been consistently sold out (as part of the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute series). One of Falu’s most astonishing recent performances occurred alongside A.R. Rahman for President Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House for their First State dinner in Nov 2009.

"Ethereal and Transcendent" - Billboard Magazine p> "Bridging cultural gaps with music...It's East and West, ancient and modern" - New York Times

 no cover $10 minimum 

Monday,  Apr 28 - 6:00PM 
V. Hansmann, host

Mark Wunderlich is tonight's featured writer, joined by three readers, Hayden Saunier and Jaime Clarke, and Tanya Jarrett. Mark Wunderlich’s first book of poetry, The Anchorage, published in 1999, received the Lambda Literary Award. His second, Voluntary Servitude, was published by Graywolf Press in 2004. A third volume, titled The Earth Avails, is recently available from Graywolf. He has published individual poems in The Paris Review, Yale Review, Slate, Tin House, Poetry, Ploughshares, Boston Review, and elsewhere.

He has taught in the undergraduate and graduate writing programs at many institutions. He has served on the faculty at Bennington College since 2003. In 2012 Wunderlich was named the Director of Poetry at the college, organizing on-campus readings, lectures and short residencies by prominent American and international poets. In addition, Wunderlich teaches at the Bennington Writing Seminars MFA program.

Wunderlich lives in New York’s Hudson Valley near the village of Catskill.

 $8 includes a drink 

Monday,  Apr 28 - 8:30PM 
Elizabeth Farnum, soprano;  Oren Fader, guitar;  William Anderson, guitar
Classical At The Cornelia:

Soprano Elizabeth Farnum, with her plucked contingent, Oren Fader and William Anderson, performs old music, new music and crazy settings of pop songs and folk songs, including a premiere by Jonathan Dawe, and works by Harold Meltzer, William Anderson, Frank Brickle, Richard Festinger, Robert Pollock, and others.

Vox n Plux combines guitarists William Anderson and Oren Fader with noted soprano Elizabeth Farnum. Anderson and Fader have been performing and recording with Ms. Farnum for 2 decades. The Trio has been heard in concerts in New York, New Jersey, California, and other states.

Vox n Plux specializes in contemporary music, especially the work of American composers, and also performs music by the early masters (Monteverdi, Dowland, Bach).

 $10.00 cover plus $10.00 minimum 

Tuesday,  Apr 29 - 6:00PM 
Cat Richardson, Chelsea Whitton, hosts

Marina Weiss, NYU;  Philip F. Clark, City College;  Jess Novak, FSU;  Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein, The New School
Graduate Poets Series image

On the fourth Tuesday of every month, hosts Chelsea Whitton and Cat Richardson present a selection of emerging poets from New York's MFA programs. Continuing the excellent tradition of the Graduate Poets Series, this monthly selection of readers is designed to showcase fresh voices in contemporary poetry, to stimulate a dialogue between MFA programs, and to offer alumni and area poets the opportunity to mingle and riff off of one another. For years, Cornelia Street Cafe has been a New York hub for literature and the arts. Join us this season for cocktails, camaraderie, and as always, great poetry!

Marina Weiss (NYU) is a very recent (Dec '13) graduate of the NYU MFA, where she was a Starlight Foundation Fellow at Maimonides Medical Center. Her work is published or forthcoming in Tin House, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Narrative, Canteen, Parallax, Paper Darts, Phantom Limb, dislocate, and elsewhere. For more, visit

Philip F. Clark’s (City College) poetry has been published in Assaracus Journal. His poetry reviews have appeared in Lambda Literary. Also a photographer and collagist, he is the editor of The Artpoint, an online blog that presents the work of emerging and established artists. A native New Yorker, he is currently a candidate for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing at City College.

Jess Novak (FSU) holds an MFA in creative writing from Florida State University. Her poetry has appeared in Gulf Coast, Maintenant, and in Posse Review, among others. She was nominated for Best New Poets in 2012. She is currently the Drink Editor of The Daily Meal and previously held a staff writer position for the observational news comedy website Newslo. She was formerly the online editor of The Southeast Review.

Poet (MFA, The New School) and classically trained soprano (BS, Mannes) Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein is the founding editor of SOUND - a literary magazine on contemporary musico-poetics, co-creator/editor of DIORMA - a poetry journal and event series, and a staff writer for Luna Luna Magazine. Her chapbook, Quiet, was selected by Matthea Harvey as The New School’s 2012 Chapbook Contest winner for poetry. She is developing PSNY’s Children’s Poetry Festival. This October her libretto will be featured in the premier of composer Jonathan Dawe’s fractal operatic retelling of Tamburlaine - a story of hunger, remorse, and redemption.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Tuesday,  Apr 29 - 8:30PM 
Jonathan Kreisberg, guitar;  David Cook, piano;  Michael Blanco, bass;  Clarence Penn, drums;  Rich Perry, tenor sax
Michael Blanco Quartet image
Melodic, grooving, and adventurous: this newly formed group performs compelling original music by bassist and composer Michael Blanco and features a stellar line up of top-notch musicians, including veteran tenor saxophonist Rich Perry, guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg, pianist David Cook, and master drummer Clarence Penn. The group will present compositions praised by Jazz Times magazine for their "dusky, imploring quality, with catchy, insistent hooks and compelling harmonies", and will premier new material written especially for the occasion.

"Michael Blanco is an imaginative bandleader, an emerging composer and a damn fine bassist." -- Fred Hersch

"Michael Blanco is a resourceful young bassist with two albums to his name, and a reputation confirmed by the caliber of his partners."-- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Wednesday,  Apr 30 - 6:00PM 
Aaron Friedman, host

Make Music Monthly: Dan Freeman (aka CØm1x) & Adriano Clemente     image

Join Make Music New York Founder Aaron Friedman and Ableton-certified Dubspot instructors Dan Freeman (aka CØm1x) & Adriano Clemente for a discussion about “controllerism,” kinesthetic sound design & music production, and the complexities of “live” performance with digital instruments.

Make Music New York Inc. is a NYC-based nonprofit that organizes two annual, participatory musical celebrations: Make Music New York on June 21st, the summer solstice, and Make Music Winter on December 21st, the winter solstice. Since its founding in 2006, MMNY has partnered with more than 1,000 community organizations and local businesses to present over 6,500 free concerts for audiences of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, giving countless musicians the opportunity to perform for friends, neighbors, and strangers on streets, parks, and plazas throughout the five boroughs.

 $8.00 includes a drink 

Wednesday,  Apr 30 - 8:30PM 
Mark Taylor, comp., piano;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet;  Darius Jones, alto sax;  Ken Filiano, bass;  Michael T.A. Thompson, drums
Mark Taylor Quintet image
Over the last 20+ years, Mark Taylor's work with Max Roach, Henry Threadgill and Muhal Richard Abrams, among many others, established his reputation as a go-to French Hornist in the jazz and improvised music communities. SECRET IDENTITY, Mark's newest ensemble, now puts the focus squarely on Mark Taylor the composer. Putting aside the French Horn for the composer's pen, Mark has enlisted the aid of fellow musical travelers Darius Jones and Jonathan Finlayson on alto sax and trumpet, and the stellar rhythm section of Ken Filiano, bass and Michael "T.A." Thompson at the drums on a new collection of compositions created to explore Mark's current obsession with drama and narrative in contemporary improvised music.

“Mark Taylor’s quartet certainly is unlike any other performing in today’s jazz scene." -- Don Williamson

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Thursday,  May 01 - 6:00PM 
Robin, Angelo, Josh, and Tom, hosts

Artists’ Salon image
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.

Finger food on us, drinks available. All are welcome.
 food on us, drinks on you 

Thursday,  May 01 - 8:30PM 
Pat Carroll, alto sax;  Adam Larson, tenor sax;  Dan Rufolo, piano;  Adrian Moring, bass;  Jimmy MacBride, drums
Rufolo Quintet image
Pianist/composer Dan Rufolo, having showcased four different groups in just under five years at Cornelia Street, brings yet another collaboration to the stage. This group keeps with Rufolo's ethos of "group above self", creating a musical environment that values all collective input and produces memorable, stimulating music.

 $10 cover plus $10 minimum

Friday,  May 02 - 6:00PM 
Kat Georges, Peter Carlaftes

Yuriy Tarnawsky Valery Oisteanu John J Trause Cynthia Toronto Bob Holman
The 7th Annual Dada Poetry & Performance Salon image

NYC Launch of Maintenant 8: a journal of contemporary Dada writing and art

Double Plus

NYC premiere of Friends Scream For Two Days, a dada opera

Double plus good

Costumes Encouraged, Come as you aren't
 $8 includes a drink 

Friday,  May 02 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM 
Joel Harrison, guitar;  Anupam Shobhakar, sarod;  Anindo Chatterjee, tabla;  Jacob Sacks, piano;  Hans Glawischnig, bass;  Dan Weiss, drums;  Samarth Nagarkar, voice
Multiplicity: Joel Harrison & Anupam Shobhakar, CD Release image Scott Friedlander
With Leave The Door Open (Whirlwind Recordings), guitarist Joel Harrison teams up with sarod player Anupam Shobhakar and the product is a wholly idiosyncratic, unparalleled synthesis of Indian and American music and more particularly, the lives and interests of these two musicians.

Harrison and Shobhakar met as a result of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship when Harrison set out to compose a piece for classical percussion, jazz quintet, and sarod. Harrison says that he and Shobhakar “spent a lot of time together figuring out how our different backgrounds could blend and cohere."

 $15 cover plus $10 minimum


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