Michael Attias' Renku Entertaining Science, Amram & Co & More This Weekend at the Cornelia Street Cafe


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September 2, 2005

To: Listings/Critics/Features From: JAZZ PROMO SERVICES Press Contact: JIM EIGO, [email protected]

Cornelia Street Cafe 29 Cornelia Street Greenwich Village, NY 10014

Tel: 212-989-9319 Fax: 212-243-4207 Web: corneliastreetcafe.com

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

“a culinary as well as a cultural landmark" Mayoral Proclamation, City of New York 1987

This Weekend at Cornelia Street Cafe Sept. 4 thg Sept. 5

Fri Sep 02 MICHAEL ATTIAS' RENKU CD RELEASE PARTY (Michael Attias, saxophones; John Hebert, bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums/percussion) Celebrating their debut release on Playscape Recordings ... Critics write that Attias “blows with great authority and passion" (AllAboutJazz.com), recognizing his trio's “knottily vibrant compositions" (Time Out-New York) and “perpetually shifting tunes, richness of timbre, and a singular personality" (Village Voice).

Born in Haifa, Israel in 1968, Michael Attias had a Parisian childhood, Moroccan parents, and a Midwestern adolescence. He studied music with Pat Moriarty, Lee Konitz, Alan Silva, and Anthony Braxton with whom he later performed and recorded in situations ranging from duet to large orchestra. Concerts in clubs and festivals throughout the US, Europe, and the Middle East have brought him together with musicians such as Anthony Coleman, Marty Ehrlich, Ellery Eskelin, Mark Helias, Oliver Lake, Mat Maneri, Jim Pugliese, Tom Rainey, Herb Robertson, Han Bennink, and many others. He began working professionally as a musician in the early 90s in Paris, where he recorded an album of Monk compositions with the pianoless quartet Four in One, and his first album as leader, Philomela's Song. Since moving to New York in 1994, he's performed at venues such as the Knitting Factory, Tonic, Roulette, the Cornelia Street Cafe, the 55 Bar, and at the What is Jazz?, Visions, Bell Atlantic, and JVC Jazz festivals. His live scores for theater, dance, and silent film have been performed in New York City, the Midwest, and Europe. Scheduled for release in 2005 are the debut album of his trio renku on Playscape Recordings in August, and CREDO with an earlier incarnation of his Sextet on Clean Feed in November. His compositions can also be heard on Anthony Coleman’s Morenica (TZADIK) and Fred Lonberg-Holm's In Zenith (MIGUEL). Michael Attias is a 2000 Artists' Fellowship Recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts and a founding member of Dangerous Ground Productions. He also curates the Night of the Ravished Limbs Weekly Concert Series at Barbès in Brooklyn, NY. 9:00PM Cover $8

Sun Sep 04 ENTERTAINING SCIENCE Hosted by Roald Hoffmann

FERNS Companions to dinosaurs and Victorians, edible and poisonous, resurrecting, close to the earth and arboreal, unfurling, sexy, and mysterious --- ferns are very special, very ancient plants. Robbin Moran of the New York Botanical Garden, a world expert and author of “The Natural History of Ferns" will tell us of these plants. Oliver Sacks will read from his “Oaxaca Journal" about a recent fern society expedition; poet Liz Socolow will read some poems about ferns. And Reuben Radding on contrabass and Karen Waltuch on viola will play! It may be that the plants themselves will make a rare cafe appearance. 6:00PM Cover $10

Mon Sep 05 AMRAM & CO 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. 8:30PM Cover $10 www.davidamram.com

Upcoming Shows: Tue Sep 06 ARTURO O'FARRILL (Note Schedule Change from 2nd Tuesday of the month to first Tuesday of the month) (Arturo O'Farrill, piano; Rafi Torn, percussion; Rafi Malakiel, trombone; Peter Brainin, tenor sax; Emilio Valdez, drums; Harvie S, bass)

Arturo O'Farrill y Riza Negra - Explorations in Latin Jazz

Arturo O'Farrill, son of the legendary Cuban composer/bandleader Chico O'Farrill and musical director of the Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, performs at the Cornelia Street Cafe every second Tuesday of the month.

Arturo is music director of the Lincolin Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, yet he still makes time for his Y Riza Negra performances at Cornelia Street.

One of the highlights of this incredible musical opportunity, for both listeners and younger musicians: Arturo, the consummate teacher, is offering both a student discount rate and the opportunity for jazz students to sit in with his band during the second set.

This performance is a rare opportunity to see this high-energy, exceptionally gifted artist perform with his trio in the intimate setting of The Cornelia Street Cafe's 60-seat downstairs lounge. 8:30PM Cover $10

Wed Sep 07 NICK MANCINI TRIO (Nick Mancini, vibraphone; Arthur Kell, bass; Mark Bordenet, drums) “Full of drive and lyricism...music with pizazz and finesse....There is a sense of another era embedded in this music; yet it is not dated. The style is given fresh life in the hands of this band with sparkling improvisations and fine interactivity." Cadence Magazine 8:30PM Cover $5 www.nickmancini.net

Thu Sep 08 GNU VOX VOCAL SERIES: SINGERS SHOWCASE (12 vocalists; Steve Cardenas, guitar; Matt Clohesy, bass; Ferenc Nemeth, drums) Gnu Vox Singers Showcase featuring: Julie Hardy, Sasha Dobson, David Devoe, Jo Lawry, Sachal Vasandani, Heidi Krenn, Amy Cervini, Sofia Koutsovitis, Abby Riccards, Sean Wood, Alexis Cole, Monikah Heidemann and more!

The opening night of this season's Gnu Vox series is a rare opportunity to sample some of the highest caliber vocalists in the world. The night will serve as a preview and showcase of this series focusing on emerging vocal talent. Each vocalist will sing several selections accompanied by some of the finest instrumentalists in New York. These singers have been chosen for the Thelonious Monk Vocal Competition, the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, Aspen Snowmass Jazz Festival, Montreaux Jazz Vocal Competition and Downbeat Student Music Awards. They have performed at the Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Jazz Standard, and Sweet Rhythm, as well as the top establishments of Europe, South America, Asia and Australia. Don't miss the chance to hear the next generation of great jazz vocalists!

www.juliehardy.com, www.amycervini.com, www.abigailriccards.com, www.abbyriccards.com, www.sashadobson.com, www.alexiscole.com, www.monikah.com, www.sachalvasandani.com, www.daviddevoe.com, www.myspace.com/ seanwood, www.stevecardenasmusic.com

This season of Gnu Vox, the jazz vocal series, concentrates on emerging vocalists. The programs will showcase the singers unique abilities as interpreters, improvisers, composers and arrangers from traditional to avant-garde jazz. The Cornelia Street Cafe provides an intimate setting in which to hear these artists at a reasonable price! David Devoe, curator 8:30PM Cover $10 www.daviddevoe.com

Fri Sep 09 JEREMY STEIG QUARTET (Jeremy Steig, flute; Vic Juris, guitar; Cameron Brown, bass; Anthony Pinciotti, drums) Come and hear the HOTTEST jazz flutist playing in NY. Jeremy Steig has played with Bill Evans, Art Blakey, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and many others. He brings with him three legendary musician. 9:00PM Cover $12 www.jeremysteig.info

Sat Sep 10 MALABY/SANCHEZ/ RAINEY TRIO (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

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