Malaby/Sanchez/Rainey Trio (Sat) Sebastian Noelle Group (Sun) Big Bang (Mon) & More at the Cornelia Street Cafe


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29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1,9 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, F to West 4th St.

Saturday Feb 18
Dean Kostos, host

Dean presents former students Kristen Anderson, Laura Gerheiser, Matthew Hupert, Darielle Rayner, & Barbara Rubin. Cover $6 (includes one house drink)

Tony Malaby, saxophone; Angelica Sanchez, piano; Tom Rainey, drums

The husband and wife team have been playing with their drummer pal Tom Rainey for years now; their bedrock rapport doesn't vanish for an instant when they're truly hitting it. That gives their well- conceived abstractions an inner balance that often eludes others. Sax, piano, percussion - quite a concept. Jim Macnie/Village Voice NYC

This is a particularly articulate small ensemble in a time where subtle ensemble articulation is a lost art to many musicians. The trio subtly balances between the overt and the introvert. Intuitive ensemble-play moments find their space, without ever loosing sight of precise process and motion within the longer time-lapses. This is quite a compliment when you consider the fact that all their material is improvised and crafted; on the spot. How often have you not listened to a “free-jazz" combo and felt: “well, some good moments here and there, but there is just no focus, no story, and no narrative." Not so with this trio. Come out, listen intently, and you will hear fluid narratives you can relate to, all night long. This is modern improvised chamber music. Structure and exploration go hand in hand, not one sacrificed for the other. Malaby's embracing sound is reminiscent of the more lyrical sax players from both American as well as European traditions; he is thus quite unique in the American landscape these days. With Rainey's highly intelligent and intuitive rhythmic play/counter play, Sanchez's colorful and imaginative harmonic musings; this trio has enough musical intelligence and heart to capture anyone out there with half an ear for any kind of music. Gaute Solaas Cover $10 www.tonymalaby.com , www.angelicasanchez.com Sunday Feb 19
Polly Frost, host

“SEX SCENES" by Polly Frost and Ray Sawhill

The erotic adventures and misadventures of our characters continue! Stories of ambition, betrayal, desperation -- and most of all, sex! - - set in Hollywood, and read by hot actors. With Lyndsay Becker, Jake Thomas, Prudence Heyert, Mason Pettit, Sarah Kozinn, Karen Grenke and Tami Mansfield.

The series contines on March 19th and April 16th. Cover $6 (includes one house drink) http://www.pollyfrost.com/

Sebastian Noelle, guitar, composition; Dave Smith, trumpet; Dave Ambrosio, bass; Take Tosiyama, drums

's compositions are often rhythmically intricate, drawing from the elaborate harmonic language of modern jazz and classical music and enriched by Middle Eastern, Asian and South American folk music. In his improvisations he tends to move away from the traditional soloist-plus rhythm-section concept. He often uses open textures to create space for interaction between the players. Above all, the logic development of the melodic material derived from the compositions is always a priority. Cover $8 www.sebastiannoelle.com Monday Feb 20
Ted Jonathan; Bridget Cross; Scott Bailey Great poets from a literary journal with a storied history.

This monthly reading series offers work by poets published in the New York Quarterly. Every third Monday of the month our poets serve up poetry as eclectic as New York itself. Cover $6 (includes one house drink) 8:30PM BIG BANG
Jane Rigle , flute; Clyde Forth, dancer; Iain Machell , visual artist; David Rothenberg , clarinet; Jaanika Peerna, multimedia artist

8:30 - Flutist, Jane Rigler collaborating with dancer, Clyde Forth and visual artist Iain Machell in an animate ensemble using visuals, movement, sound and space to create and disassemble the structure of its negotiation.

9:45 - Clarinetist, philosopher, scientist, author (WHY BIRDS SING and SUDDEN MUSIC), David Rothenberg collaborating with Jaanika Peerna a multimedia artist whose work combines drawing, photography, and digital media. Together they will present video pieces with live music, including SUDDEN FLOW and LINES IN SILENCE.

“Big Bang", a new music and mixed media series every third Monday of the month is the creative collision of musicians with artists in spoken word, dance, visual art, video art, found words, theatre, etc. presenting works in progress. The evenings will include two featured groups followed by a brief talk back with the audience after each set. Every evening ends by inviting audience members to join in an informal jam session for about 10 minutes.

Electronics player Brian Moran began his performance career in experimental dance, whose working methods he later adapted to music and sound design. A one-time collaborator with artists as diverse as Lydia Lunch, Ikue Mori, the live video group NNeng, and the Yoshiko Chuma and Stephanie Skura dance companies, his approach to musical performance employs a variety of circuit-bent electronics, analog synthesizers, field recordings, and processing devices. Brian is currently attending his final semester in the nursing program at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Trained in Persian classical percussion and other near-eastern styles, Matt Hannafin has performed at venues as diverse as the United Nations General Assembly Hall, the New England Conservatory of Music, and CBGBs. His collaborators have included a similarly wide range of artists, from Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Julian Kytasty to Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller and legendary industrial percussionist Z'ev. For improvisation, his approach blends the techniques and timbres of eastern and western percussion with sonorities and ideas borrowed from nature, electronic music, and the urban-industrial soundscape.

Cynthia Spencer works with contemplative arts, both traditional and contemporary forms, as a way of integrating the view of meditation into all aspects of life. This exploration began with movement improvisation with Barbara Dilley and has since extended to include such forms as kado (the way of flowers), brush calligraphy, and qigong. She has performed at downtown arts community venues such as PS 122 and with the Dan Tao school at the Interfaith Center of NY. Cover $10

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