Cornelia Street Cafe Announces Their Upcoming Events

January 11
4:28 PM 2010

CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York 212-989-9319 between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, V, F to West 4th St.

This Week At Cornelia Street Cafe

Mon Jan 11
(Kate Greenstreet; Suzanne Heyd; Jack Lynch)
Kate Greenstreet's second book, The Last 4 Things, is new from Ahsahta Press. Her first book, case sensitive, was published by Ahsahta in 2006. Her most recent chapbook is This is why I hurt you (Lame House Press). Find her poems in current or forthcoming issues of jubilat, VOLT, the Denver Quarterly, Court Green, Fence, and other journals.
Suzanne Heyd is the author of Fascicles (Finishing Line, 2009) and Crawl Space (Phylum 2007). Recent poems appear in Ploughshares, Interim, Agni, and elsewhere. She received a 2009 Artist's Fellowship from State of Connecticut.

Jack Lynch received a BFA in Music Theater from the New School and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hunter College. His work has appeared in Ology, POZ Magazine, The Paterson Literary Review, The Bellevue Literary Review, and Diva Complex: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them. He has recently completed Kessei (3-month intensive training) at Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Rinzai Zen temple in The catskill Mountains

Angelo Verga, host.

(Neil Rolnick, composer/laptop; SPIN-17, voice, electronics, percussion, toys; Rachelle Garniez, accordion, voice)
Serial Underground, "the subversive nightclub series" (Time Out NY)
Allan Kozinn (New York Times) contextualizes CCi's monthly performances in the basement of the Cornelia Street Cafe - "... part of the ecology of urban night life." CCi artistic director, Jed Distler, curates the programs abetted by director Arnold Barkus and lighting designer David Lovett.
Neil Rolnick - Composer/laptop virtuoso Neil Ronick installment #2, exploring ideas of losing our senses. More info:

SPIN-17 - returns with more music and film mayhem (electro-acoustic improvisation,theater).
More info:

Rachelle Garniez - the diva with a difference and her accordion (singer, songwriter, accordionist).
More info:
Watch her at the cafe, October 2008:

Box office: 212.663.1967 (advance purchase discount available)
Admission at the door: $20 + one drink minimum

Jed Distler, host.

Tue Jan 12
(Tony Malaby, tenor saxophone; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; John Hebert, bass; Billy Drummund, drums)
Saxophonist Tony Malaby, is one of the most compelling Living Voices on his instrument who is able to musically expand in multiple musical directions. Whether it is in a modern harmonic linear approach or a sonic approach. His is not an eclectic style, but an authentic language in which he is able to create meaning and communicate feeling through the primal power of sound and rhythm.
- Mark Dresser (July 2008)

Malaby is joined by some of his favorite NY improvisers - Advanced Reservations recommended.
Cover $10

Wed Jan 13
(Martin Walls; Karen Swenson; Estha Weiner)
Three Tiger Bark Press poets! One big reading!
Estha Weiner (Transfiguration Begins at Home), Martin Walls (The Solvay Process), and Karen Swenson (A Pilgrim into Silence).

Three diverse and powerful poets, the first offerings from one of the newest publishing houses on the literary scene.

Angelo Verga, host.

(Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone; Mary Halvorson, guitar; John Hébert, bass; Tom Rainey, drums)
German SWR-Jazz Prize winner Ingrid Laubrock has recently moved to NY from London.Her new project brings together a cast of some of her favorite creative musicians,all equally comfortable with improvisation and interpreting composed material. The seamlessly blended, multi-layered and movie-like music leaves plenty of space for each musician to express themselves in their own unique way.
"German-born, London-based reedist Ingrid Laubrock is a fearless composer-bandleader who relishes formidably knotty rhythms, unsettling electroacoustic episodes and bold injections of poignant melody."
Time Out/New York
Cover $10

Thu Jan 14
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!

With Jai Chakrabarti, Kat Georges, Jennifer L. Knox, Richard Loranger

Hosted by Jane Ormerod.

(Sunny Kim, voice; Carmen Staaf, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Bob Lanzetti, guitar; Nathan Goheen, electric bass; Brian Adler, drums; Andrew Urbina, Aki Nishiguchi, saxophones; Sam Barsh, piano; Dan Loomis, bass; Ronen Itzik, drums)
Celebrating the release of their third album, The Singing Image of Fire (Circavision, 2010), Prana Trio transfers the universal idea of breath into a musical format. Since 2003, the group has been dedicated to exploring original compositions and improvisations that serve as a frame for the ancient texts of Rumi, Hafiz, Lao Tzu, Kukai, Shankarcarya, Kabir, Issa as well as others. They have toured throughout the United States and Germany and have had the honor of playing with Ran Blake, Frank Carlberg, Dave Fiuczynski, Ben Monder and Stomu Takeishi.
"Like fine jewelers, Prana Trio craft's perfect settings for these poems ." ~David Dupont, Cadence Magazine.

"Beautiful... magical..." Marilyn Crispell, pianist.

Born in Belgium, raised in Israel and currently residing in Brooklyn, Vocalist and composer Tammy Scheffer's music combines influences of contemporary jazz with her own expressive voice and a strong sense of melody. After graduating from the New England Conservatory in 2009, Tammy moved to Brooklyn and recorded a debut CD featuring her compositions for a sextet, to be released in 2010.

Since arriving to Boston in 2007 Tammy took part in various projects, performing at venues all over the United States. In 2008 she toured with Ayelet Rose Gotlieb's project Mayim Rabim, and performed at PS 122 and Drom Club in NY, Chicago Cultural Center, Alevrno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and other premier venues. In March 2008 she has been chosen to participate in the exclusive Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead workshop, a program that took place in Washington DC and Philadelphia, and included three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Other notable performances include the Virginia Arts Festival, the Regattabar in Boston, and the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival in Israel.
David Devoe, host. Cover $10

Fri Jan 15
(Nikolaj Hess, piano; Jay Anderson, bass; Tony Moreno, drums; Marc Mommaas, tenor saxophone)
Dutch tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas (Sunnyside Recording Artist) and Danish pianist and co-leader Nikolaj Hess will be playing at the Corneliastreet cafe with the highly acclaimed group GLOBAL MOTION. This concert will feature compositions from Mommaas' and Hess' latest recording projects. Global Motion includes the stellar rhythm section Jay Anderson on Bass and Tony Moreno on drums. Stop by and start the year with fresh colors and new energy.
'Global Motion is always in stylistic motion, spanning bop, ECM-esque soundscapes and free-form chamber dreams.......' -
- Ed Enright - DOWNBEAT

- on Marc Mommaas:
‘A fearless improviser on both tenor and soprano, Mommaas has the ability and sense of spontaneous composition to start from almost nothing and build solos that were alive with energy and commitment, fairly bristling with power.....'
- ALL ABOUT JAZZ , John Kelman

Cover $12/$8 for students
Cover $10

Sat Jan 16
(Joel Harrison, guitar; Liberty Ellman, guitar; Chris Howes, violin; Sam Bardfeld, violin; Mat Maneri, viola; Dana Leon, cello)
Joel Harrison's String Choir plays Music of Paul Motian
Legendary drummer Paul Motian may be less known for his composing than his playing. Harrison spotlights Motian's compositions with a new ensemble of versatile string players in arrangements that are often ravishingly beautiful, connecting the dots between classical, jazz, and folk music.

"A great concept, with really interesting arrangemants." - Paul Motian

"Harrison suggests the music of the future"
- irish Times
Cover $10

Sun Jan 17
(Kris Tiner, trumpet; Mike Baggetta, guitar; Kirk Knuffke, trumpet; Jesse Stacken, piano)
Two duos, both with one trumpet
Since 2004 TIN/BAG, the bi-coastal duo of California trumpeter Kris Tiner and New York guitarist Mike Baggetta, has been dealing with a music that is spare, ethereal, and highly exploratory. Both are among a generation of young creative musicians contributing original new music and pushing a re-examination of the roles and possibilities of their instruments. Their performance is presented, in part, by a grant from The American Composer's Forum.

"Excellent... trumpeter Kris Tiner and guitarist Mike Baggetta explore abstract yet jazz-derived realms of expansive lyricism and liquid melody."
- Time Out New York

"Radiant... there's an open, intensely emotional quality to the duo's playing... spare, haunting, with hints of modernist avant garde gestures."
- The Wire (UK)

Kris Tiner is active on the West Coast as a trumpet player, composer, and improviser. His music has been described as "extraordinarily inventive" by Signal to Noise, and Cadence Magazine calls him "a really compelling voice." Besides co-leading the Empty Cage Quartet - a collaborative new jazz ensemble with releases on the Clean Feed label that has been hailed as "one of the most powerful and appealing jazz units currently active" (-All About Jazz), Kris is a regular member of the Industrial Jazz Group and the Los Angeles Trumpet Quartet, and he has collaborated with a broad range of creative musicians including Vinny Golia, Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Gerry Hemingway, Nels Cline, Ken Filiano, Kraig Grady,Tatsuya Nakatani, Jeff Kaiser, G.E. Stinson, Joe LaBarbera, Harris Eisenstadt, Lukas Ligeti and Brad Dutz.

Guitarist Mike Baggetta is one of his generations most original jazz improvisors and composers. He has performed and/or recorded with Tom Harrell, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Adam Kolker, George Schuller, Jeff Hirshfield, Jamie Baum, Tony Reedus, Lukas Ligeti, Kevin Norton, Joe Fonda, Steve LaSpina, Bill McHenry, Matt Wilson, Bucky Pizzarelli and Ruth Brown among many others. It has been said that his performances are "totally compelling" (Jazz Journal - UK), "his melodic sense is truly beautiful" (Jazzreview .com) and that "each piece he performs creates new worlds of possibilities" (The Hartford Courant). Mike Baggetta recently received an ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award for his compositional talent, and the first album of his works for the Mike Baggetta Quartet - "Small Spaces" - has recently been released on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. Mike lives in New York City and is an endorsing artist for D'Addario Strings.

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Kirk Knuffke / Jesse Stacken Duo

Pianist Jesse Stacken and Kirk Knuffke have been playing together in the duo format for over three years. They began working through the compositions of Thelonious Monk, looking for ways to approach the tunes that showcase the duo format. They soon expanded the material to include Ellington tunes as well as a few by Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg Carle Bley, Lennie Tristano, and Charles Mingus. The duo recently released an album on Steeplechase records, entitlEd Mockingbird.

Born and raised in Minnesota, Jesse Stacken moved to New York City in 2002, where he now lives and performs with artists such as Michael Blake, Peter Van Huffel, Liam Sillery, and Erica vonKleist. Jesse has appeared at noted New York City venues including Carnegie Hall, the Jazz Gallery, the Jazz Standard, 55bar, the Cornelia St. Café, the Center for Improvisational Music, The Stone, Roulette, and Barbes. He leads the critically acclaimed Jesse Stacken Trio, which has been together since early 2005 and is about to release it's second recording on the Fresh Sound record label. Other current projects include "No Truck" featuring trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, saxophonist Justin Keller, and drummer Ziv Ravitz, and the Stacken/Knuffke duo, which just released "Mockingbird" on Steeplechase records. Jesse has toured North and South America, Europe, and Japan, and is featured on recordings such as The Peter Van Huffel Quintet "Silvester Battlefield" (Fresh Sound), Liam Sillery "Minor Changes" and "Outskirts" (both OA2 records), Erica vonKleist "Project E" (self-released), and Sherisse Roger's "Sleight of Hand" (self released) featuring Donny McCaslin, Joel Frahm, and Dave Liebman. Jesse has also recently performed with acclaimed artists Rufus Reid, Ingrid Jensen, and Chris Potter.

The newest member of the Matt Wilson Quartet trumpeter Kirk Knuffke has been based in New York City since 2005. Kirk studied improvisation with great jazz artists Ornette Coleman, Art Lande and Ron Miles. He currently leads his own groups, including the Kirk Knuffke Quartet and trios and a Sextet with Butch Morris. Besides his work as a member of Butch Morris' groups, Kirk plays frequently with the Nublu Orchestra, the Andrew D'angelo Big Band, Josh Roseman's Extended Constellations, and Kenny Wollesen's Wollesonic. He has played professionally or recorded with, among others, Graham Haynes, Jim Black, Eddie Henderson, Daniel Carter, John Zorn, Tony Malaby, Dave Douglas, Briggan Krauss, and Steven Bernstein.

"Big Wig" was Knuffke's debut record, released in May of 2008 on Clean Feed Records was greeted with strong international reviews. Another Clean Feed release is slated for January 2010. It consists of a new trio with Kenny Wollesen and Doug Wieselman. Knuffke's recognition as a composer is demonstrated in the reviews of "Big Wig" and the receipt of the Jerome Foundation Composers Grant though Roulette in New York City; the commissioned works of which were performed at Roulette with a new trio in the spring of 2009.
Cover $10

Mon Jan 18
John Morrison's monthly comedy quickie--some of the smartest, most politically savvy comedians in or passing through New York make and unmake their bed here before some soon to be deported illegal third world alien comes in to clean it all up . . .
"One of the city's best alt-comedy shows."
- The NY Post
John Morrison, host. Cover $10

Spoken Word


Tue Jan 12
Storytelling occurs the second Tuesday of every month.
Ring in the New Year with a gathering of gifted tellers who will prove once again that "serendipity reigns."

Format: Open MIC (5-6 min each)

There is no judging, no contest, no theme! Just great fun!

Followed by: Featured Tellers

JUDITH HEINEMAN, storyteller, workshop leader, producer of special events, and an Illinois Humanities Council "Road Scholar", has been a featured teller at festivals around the country. She is founder/producer of the annual Mohegan Colony Storytelling and Music Festival in Westchester County, which celebrates its 10th anniversary on Saturday August 14th.

JOY KELLY, actress, director, musician and storyteller, performs throughout the country in theatres, cabarets, museums and libraries. She directs for the acclaimed theatre company, Theatreworks, USA, and has served as Artistic Director for the New Ensemble Actors Theatre and The Floating Hospital Theatre both based in New York. Joy's television credits include Late Night with David Letterman, All My Children and One Life to Live.

STEPHANIE PARELLO, a born storyteller, weaves an eclectic tapestry of stories and anecdotes from here and there and everywhere! A native of New York City, Stephanie turned her life upside-down two and a half years ago by moving Down Under! Does she have new stories to tell? You bet!

"Serendipity is looking in a haystack for a needle and discovering a farmer's daughter." - Julius Comroe Jr., MD (1911-1984)
Barbara Aliprantis, host. Cover $7

Fri Jan 15
(Benjamin Hirsch, trumpet; Huei Lin, alto saxophone; Allen Kramer, guitar; Andrew Chow, piano; Ruben Sonz-Barnes, bass; Natan Last, drums)
The boys are back! Reprising last year's sold out show, this young band reassembles from all over the country
Cover $10/$5 for students
Cover $10

Sat Jan 16
The Greek-American Writers' Association Will Celebrate our 20th Anniversary!

Lili Bita, Dean Kostos, Stephanos Papadopoulos,

Hilary Sideris, Marina Stenos & Robert Zaller

Dean Kostos, host. Cover $7

Sun Jan 17
(a cast of thousands)
A semi-regular series where artists of different genres collaborate around a given theme. On Jan. 17, artists "teem" with RIGHTEOUS INDIGNATION.
Set 1: Poet Precious Jones (a/k/a Amber Stewart) with poet Robert Gibbons

Set 2: Lyrical fusionist/Mad Hatters Review publisher Carol Novack with music by Austin Publicover

Set 3: Character monologist Elisa DeCarlo (a/k/a The Mad Fashionista) with actress Ninon Rogers.

Set 4: Actor Mickey Pizzo (late of The Sopranos), directed by David B. McConeghey, reading short-short story by writer and poet Iris N. Schwartz

Plus collaborative cameos by poet Madeline Artenberg, poet Jean Lehrman, and actor/director David B. McConeghey, performing poetry in between sets

Iris N. Schwartz, host. Cover $7

Mon Jan 18
(Shelley Stenhouse; Kevin Pilkington; Iris Lee/Norman Taffel)
New Year = New York Quarterly.
Ted Jonathan, host. Cover $7


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