October 23 – Sexmob

Hello dear listeners!

It’s an October Surprise! The Parlor Series is back for our 6th season, and we are thrilled to start things off with a big bang!

Sexmob

Together for almost 20 years, Sexmob continues to redefine the jazz tradition, while being part of it. There is already a generation of young musicians (including Mostly other People Do the Killing)  inspired by their CDs and legendary live performances. As each member of the band continues to evolve in their own projects (including Bernstein’s 8 year tenure with legendary drummer/vocalist Levon Helm), new sounds are are folded into the Sexmob “big tent”. Sexmob embodies the sound of Downtown: insistent, elastic, unrepentant, unfazed. The deconstruction of familiar themes has long been a band trademark—and unquestionably a key reason for the Mob’s notoriety beyond the standard jazz crowd.

Sexmob

Steven Bernstein – Slide Trumpet
Briggan Krauss – Alto Saxophone
Tony Scherr – Bass
Kenny Wollesen – Drums

Sunday 23 October, Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.

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June 26 – Jean Rohe and Lucía Pulido

Hello dear listeners!

We are back with our final concert for the spring season, and are thrilled to share with you the amazing voices of Jean Rohe and Lucía Pulido, each playing a solo set.

Jean Rohe

“a unique musical voice that sounds like a love song for a world imperiled.” Albany Times Union

“A sure-footed young singer-songwriter,” in the words of The New York Times, Jean Rohe has been captivating audiences for years with her one-of-a-kind narrative songs. In her latest release, Jean Rohe & the End of the World Show, she showcases the unique, multilingual musical voice that she has honed since her debut record, Lead Me Home. Her intuitive aesthetic blend of folk, jazz, and Brazilian traditions led one Elmore magazine reviewer to call it “remarkable in so many ways I can think of no comparison”. The record won three Independent Music Awards in 2014.

Jean’s writing concerns itself as much with the internal world as with the external. Her songs, which range from fantastical riffs on old folktales to autobiographical sojourns, to “phonojournalism”, a genre of her own invention, have won recognition from the ASCAP Foundation and the New York Songwriters Circle. A true citizen artist, she gracefully approaches matters of social concern with artistry and heart. Her 2013 video release, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” is an aspirational alternative national anthem for the United States, which has now been performed by choirs and bands across the country. No Depression wrote, “Not only does she make astoundingly beautiful music but she is thoughtful, reflective, and courageous.”

Raised in a participatory folk music scene, Jean’s inviting performances balance precise craft with the unpredictable boisterousness of community music-making. Alone or together with her eclectic ensemble, Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show, she has toured throughout the US and as far as Havana’s Teatro Nacional. In November she gave her first European tour. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Lucía Pulido

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Lucía Pulido’s off-stage demeanor–delicate, reserved, unassuming–belies one of the most powerful and original voices in Latin American music today: a torrent of sound and emotion that mesmerizes with its energy and captivates with its sensibility. Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, Lucía left an important mark in popular music in Colombia. Since her arrival in NYC in 1994, however, she has become a relentless explorer and exponent of the depth of Colombian and Latin American folklore. Of most significance is the fact that she has delineated her efforts with experimentation, surrounding herself with a variety of improvisers, composers and producers who are established artists and pioneers in their own right, such as Fernando Tarres, Erik Friedlander, Satoshi Takeishi, Dave Binney, Christian Fennesz, Burkhard Stangl, Franz Hautzinger, and long-time collaborator, producer, and musical director Sebastian Cruz.

She is currently working on several projects with musicians in New York City and in different countries in Europe and Latin America. Her active career includes performances in Canada, United States, Europe, Asia, and South America.

On her solo performance, Lucía will play an intimate but strong repertoire of songs accompanied by cuatro (traditional Colombian and Venezuela four string guitar) and small percussion.

 

Sunday 26 June, Jean Rohe and Lucía Pulido

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.


May 22 – Michel Gentile FLOW

Hello dear listeners!

We are back with another lovely Sunday afternoon of music! This month we are featuring a quintet created by the renowned flutist Michel Gentile.

Michel Gentile FLOW

Flutist and composer Michel Gentile is an active member of the New York jazz scene.  He received his Master of Music degree with distinction from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Jimmy Giuffre, Dave Holland, Geri Allen, Mick Goodrick, and George Garzone. Michel has appeared on record with Ray Charles, Anthony Braxton, Dave Kikoski, Bobby Previte, Jane Ira Bloom, Michael Formanek, and Adam Rudolph. He has performed with Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Fred Hersch, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Joseph Jarman, Yusef Lateef, and many others.

He has been teaching for over 30 years and his teaching portfolio includes Queens College, New England Conservatory, Wellesley College and Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Michel has taught privately, in the classroom, in workshops, and lead master classes. He takes special pride in his work in the public schools and with preschoolers with special needs at the Helen Keller School for the Visually Impaired.
Michel has studied composition with George Russell, John Heiss, Muhal Richard Abrams and with Donna Doyle.  Michel has composed for everything from solo instruments to a quintet with flute and string quartet and a triple concerto for flute, piano and drums with chamber orchestra. He has composed for radio, television and film media. His compositions have been featured on “Seize the Moment” 1994, “Trapeze Contortionist” 2001 “Red Balloon” 2005, “Flesh and Steel” 2008 and “Rock, Paper, Scissors” 2011 by Gentile-Romano. His 2013 release with the collaborative ensemble WORKS was named among the best CDs of the year by Downbeat Magazine. He was also a Rising Star in the 2015 Downbeat critic’s poll. Michel has worked extensively with dance, theater, and film, most notably with the remarkable ensemble” Strike Anywhere”, and has been featured on national radio and television throughout North America and Europe.

Michel has been running the non-profit organization Connection Works with Rob Garcia and Daniel Kelly for the last nine years. Connection Works’ acclaimed concert series, Brooklyn Jazz Wide Open, has consistently received New York Times critic’s picks. CW has presented an outstanding array of jazz musicians, including jazz legends Sheila Jordan, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Billy Hart, John Abercrombie, Joseph Jarman and Cecil McBee.

Michel Gentile FLOW

Michel Gentile – flute

Sam Sadigusky – clarinet

Nathan Koci – French horn, accordion

Matt Pavolka – bass

Rob Garcia – drums

Sunday 22 May, Michel Gentile FLOW

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.


April 17 – Tavche Gravche

Hello dear listeners!

Spring is here and we are excited to warm things up and celebrate with a wonderful, mesmerizing afternoon of Balkan Music from the trio Tavche Gravche.

Tavche Gravche

Hailing from New York City’s bustling streets, Tavche Gravche merges haunting Macedonian and Mediterranean melodies, both traditional and original, with dynamic improvisational elements; all the while maintaining the explosive dance-able rhythms and energy of Balkan music.

Macedonian-born and Juilliard graduate clarinetist Vasko Dukovski is a concert performer dedicated to breathing new life into the music of his roots. Steeped in both jazz and flamenco, Israeli-born guitarist Dan Nadel provides the fiery textural and harmonic palette for the band’s music. Jazz bassist Daniel Ori, also from Israel, is the group’s founder, and his prominent sound is its foundation. Tavche Gravche pushes the boundaries of this unique blend of cultures, rhythms and colors to become an all-encompassing adventure for the listener.

In May 2014 Tavche Gravche released its debut album, Our Village, featuring special guests– acclaimed clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski, and world-renowned trumpeter Frank London. The group has created an impressive itinerary in a short time, performing at venues such as Caramoor Center for the Arts, City Winery NYC, Drom NYC, the JCC in Manhattan, NY Sephardic Music Festival, Alfred University and a center stage concert at New York City’s annual Balkan Festival.

Sunday 17 April, Tavche Gravche 

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.


March 20 – Becca Stevens with Chris Tordini

Hello again dear listeners!

We are thrilled to welcome back Becca Stevens to the Parlor Series. Becca Stevens is a truly unique talent. An incredible singer with a soulful, intimate voice that displays emotions both big and subtle. Stevens is also an accomplished string player whose guitar, ukulele, and charango work is central to her sound. Her acoustic songs boast musical textures and colors that reach from her roots in North Carolina to a unique melange of folk, pop, and rock, embracing it all with the adventurism of jazz. She will be joined by the wonderfully musical bassist, Chris Tordini.

Sunday, 20 March, Becca Stevens with Chris Tordini

Doors 2:30 pm, concert begins at 3pm sharp.

 

North Carolina bred, Brooklyn based singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, describing her as “a best-kept secret” and “impressively absorbing.” Drawing upon elements of pop, indie-rock, jazz, and traditional Appalachian folk, Stevens has been hailed by the press, her peers and fans alike for her unique ability to craft exquisitely understated compositions both for her own band, and for artists who run the gamut of genre from trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, singer José James to classical pianist Timo Andres. Fluent on guitar, ukulele, and charango, Stevens’ seamless arrangements embrace inventive textures and idiosyncratic melodic elements, communicated with immense warmth and effortless urgency through her pitch-perfect and inimitable vocals.Since the release of 2011’s Weightless (Sunnyside), Stevens has toured the world with her band and also found time to collaborate with Brad Mehldau, Esperanza Spalding, Snarky Puppy, David Crosby, Jacob Collier, Alan Hampton, and many others. Stevens is one part of a trio with Rebecca Martin and Gretchen Parlato called Tillery, and is a featured vocalist on the GRAMMY-Winning Billy Childs record Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro, produced by Larry Klein.

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February 21 – Tom Wasinger with Marc Shulman, plus Ilusha Tsinadze with Vitor Gonçalves

 


Happy New Year dear listeners!

We are very excited to start our 2016 season with a special afternoon of two duos, celebrating the great  lineage of folk music that joins the old world to the new.  

Tom Wasinger with Marc Shulman

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Tom Wasinger is a three-time Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, music producer/arranger, composer, and singer/songwriter based in the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado. He has received four Indie Awards from the American Federation of Independent Music. In the early 90’s Tom compiled and produced “The World Sing’s Goodnight”, a collection of international lullabies sung in their native languages that reached #3 on the Billboard World Music chart. Tom has played in concert halls around the globe from Carnegie Hall right here in NYC, to The Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul. He has recorded and/or performed with Ian Anderson, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Miller, Carlos Nakai, Joanne Shenandoah, and many others. Tom’s repertoire will include his own contemporary folk and blues tunes as well as a few of his favorite songs from the British Isles. Tom will be joined by the guitarist, performer and recording musician Marc Shulman.

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Marc played in rhythm & blues bands in the New York area for fifteen years before landing the job with contemporary folk singer Suzanne Vega in 1986. Since then he has recorded with Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, Cliff Eberhardt, Jennifer Kimball, Vanessa Williams, Celine Dion, Jonatha Brooke, Ben Green, Michael Franks, Jim Gilmour and others. He has performed in concert or on television with Jewel, Shawn Colvin, Billy Vera, Rosanne Cash, Junior Wells, Martha Reeves, Charley Pride, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Rodney Crowell, and Edie Brickell. Marc has recorded extensively with Bob Telson and been a part of several Bob Telson/Lee Breuer collaborations including their acclaimed “Gospel At Colonus”,  “A Warrior Ant” and the Percy Adlon musical “Bagdad Cafe.”

Ilusha Tsinadze with Vitor Gonçalves

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We are pleased to welcome back Ilusha Tsinadze. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Ilusha came to the U.S. with his family at the age of eight, and wouldn’t return to Georgia until 2005, by which time he had already earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz guitar. There, he rediscovered his musical heritage, lost to him for so many years. It became a bridge between cultures and lands, between his family in Georgia and himself. Ilusha was inspired to share this music with an audience in the U.S. But rather than combing the diverse New York City music scene for Georgian traditional musicians he opted to call on some of his accomplished friends, creative musicians recognized for their talents in jazz, American roots music, and other music traditions from around the world. These influences all come together on Ilusha’s latest album, Deda Ena (Mother Tongue), which is named after the primer that all young Georgians use when they first learn to read and write. Ilusha will be joined by accordionist Vitor Gonçalves.

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Vitor Gonçalves is a pianist, accordionist, composer and arranger from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After an illustrious career as an in demand musician in Brazil, playing with such icons as Hermeto Pascoal, Maria Bethânia, Itiberê Zwarg, and many others, he made the move to New York City, where he currently resides. Since arriving here in 2012, he has garnered much acclaim and built a star lighted resume, including features in NPR’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride, A frequent resident on the stages of Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Standard, and the Jazz Gallery, he both leads his own projects, and collaborates with figures in the New York scene such as Anat Cohen, Vinícius Cantuária, Kate McGarry, Anthony Wilson, John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, and many others. Abroad, he also has played in Jazz Festivals and venues around the world, such as Jazz à Vienne, Umbria Jazz Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, and the Coliseum in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sunday 21 February, Ilusha Tsinadze with Vitor Gonçalves and Tom Wasinger with Marc Shulman

Doors at 2:30 PM, concert begins at 3:00 PM sharp.


December 21 – Robinson and Rohe – The Longest Winter

 


A crowd of friends and neighbors has gathered on one of the longest nights of the year. All is warm and cozy inside, while the cold winter wind blows just outside the door. The clatter of wine glasses and mugs filled to the brim with hot cider gives way to silence. And from that radiant silence emerges a song.

Xmas Image (with star)

For the past nine years, Robinson & Rohe has been performing a Lightbox Christmas Concert and Singalong. Annually hosted in their Brooklyn home (always teeming with friends and neighbors), this event is full of good food and drink and beautiful music, and has been a high point of every year. This winter solstice, they return to Dupuy’s Landing,  bringing their midwinter music resplendent with a gorgeous set piece, a triptych of paper cut light boxes designed by illustrator Andrew Benincasa. 

Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe bring their folk-music roots and contemporary sensibilities to songs new and old. Robinson & Rohe go deep into the Christmas repertoire: the mystical, the melancholic, the soulful, the sublime. Expect songs you may not know: haunting melodies of old Europe, joyful singalongs of the Southern US, and modern takes on the strange and ancient Christmas tale. Please join us for this special evening. Suitable for all ages.

Monday 21 December, Robinson & Rohe

Doors at 6:30 PM, concert begins at 7:00 PM sharp.

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