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Upcoming Events

October 1, 2016 7:30 pm

David Broome & Leah Asher

david-broome-headshotleah-asher-headshotDavid Broome & Leah Asher will present an evening of compositions and improvisations for violin and keyboards with special guests Meaghan Burke (cello) and Jennifer Torrence (percussion.)

An imaginative and versatile pianist/composer, David Broome has a playful taste for all genres of music. His performances have been appreciated in America, Australia, Russia and across Europe. He has been described in the New York Times as a “deft and focused performer,” as well as an artist who composes “juicily atmospheric music.” As a creator of original works, David produces musical worlds that investigate sound and the act of performing with humor and wide-eyed curiosity. As a widely sought after interpreter of new music, David is dedicated to presenting music that is quirky and original.

Leah Asher has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe with artists and ensembles such as Jennifer Torrence, Sanae Yoshida, Mary Auner, AJO ensemble, NOSO Sinfoniettaen, The Arctic Philharmonic, The Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and eighth blackbird. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with NOSO Sinfoniettaen and Oberlin’s Contemporary Music Ensemble. A passionate collaborator, Leah has worked closely with composers such as Lewis Nielson, Rebecca Saunders, Frederic Rzewski, Edward Hamel, Phillipe Manoury, and Christian Wolff. Leah has served as solo violist of the NOSO Sinfoniettaen and co-principal viola of theArctic Philharmonic since 2013.




October 2, 2016 8:00 pm

Quentin Tolimieri CD Release Show

quentinjasonQuentin Tolimieri CD Release Show with Jason Mears: Saxophone

First Set:  Quentin Tolimieri: Solo Piano

Second Set:   Jason Mears: Saxophone, Quentin Tolimieri: Electric Piano

Quentin Tolimieri is a composer, pianist and improviser. His work has been presented throughout Europe and North America at a variety of venues, including, most recently, Roulette and The Stone (NYC), Instants Chavires and La Chapelle (France) and The SPOR Festival for New Music and Sound Art (Denmark), which presented his long form (three hours in total) multi-channel electronic work Three Comedies in its entirety. His music is included on the album West Coast Soundings (Wandelweiser Records) which has been listed as one of the top ten modern classical albums of 2014 by the Wire Magazine. A section of eldritch Priest’s Boring Formless Nonsense, Experimental Music and the Aesthetics of Failure(Bloomsbury Academic) is devoted to a lengthy discussion of his work Josef, Lieber Josef Mein. He holds an MA in composition from The University of Southampton (UK) and a BFA in composition and piano from California Institute of the Arts, studying with, among others, Michael Finnissy, Michael Pisaro, Joe Maneri and Vinny Golia.  He lives in New York City and works as a freelance pianist. More information is available at www.quentintolimieri.com

Jason Mears, from Alaska, is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser who is currently living in New York City. He holds a BFA in Music Education from Boston University and a MFA in African-American Improvisational Music from California Institute of the Arts. Jason has studied with Wadada Leo Smith, Leroy Jenkins, Harvey Pittel, and Vinny Golia. Jason’s most recent project, 20 TON BRIDGE, an electro-acoustic ensemble with Quentin Tolimieri (keyboards), Ken Filiano (bass), and Andrew Drury (drums) explores the multidimensional possibilities of his unique compositional language. As well as being a leader of the highly acclaimed Empty Cage Quartet, Jason has been a member of Anthony Braxton’s Trillium E Orchestra, Wadada Leo Smith’s Silver Orchestra, and Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day Octet. He has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Nate Wooley, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Jeff Parker, Mike Pride, Harris Eisenstadt, and Reuben Radding among many others. Jason has recorded on the Prefecture, Clean Feed, Nine Winds, 482, No Business, and pfMENTUM labels.







October 6, 2016 8:00 pm

Steve Swell/Didrik Ingvaldsen

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-2-52-32-pmSteve Swell: Trombone and Didrik Ingvaldsen: Trumpet

Norwegian trumpet master Didrik Ingvaldsen and New York’s first call improvising trombonist Steve Swell will gather their many resources to invent an evening of spontaneous compositions. This rare mix of cross cultural dialogues is a rare event and not just for fans of brass instruments but for intelligent listeners of all genres.

Born and raised in Norway, Didrik Ingvaldsen has compiled credentials that span the world of music, from conservatory studies at Juilliard to participation in the NYC downtown jazz scene, lecturing at the Leeds College of Music UK, and teaching brass music in Tanzania and the Faroe Islands. Didrik Ingvaldsen has performed with many ensembles including Stavanger Kitchen Orchestra, Bergen Big Band, UMO Big Band, Inbal Pinto Dance Company, Ulrich Gumpert Workshop Band, Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker, a.o. His own major band projects are POCKET CORNER and NOCZ Quartet. EXTENDED CORNER and DIDRIK INGVALDSEN ORCHESTRA (CZ)
He has released twelve CD’s of his own compositions with small and large ensembles.

Steve Swell has been an active member of the NYC music community since 1975.  He has toured and recorded with many artists from mainstreamers such as Lionel Hampton and Buddy Rich to so called outsiders as Anthony Braxton, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor and William Parker.  He has over 40 CDs as a leader or co-leader and is a featured artist on more than 100 other releases.  He runs workshops around the world and is a teaching artist in the NYC public school system focusing on special needs children. Swell has worked on music transcriptions of the Bosavi tribe of New Guinea for MacArthur fellow, Steve Feld in 2000. His CD, “Suite For Players, Listeners and Other Dreamers” (CIMP) ranked number 2 in the 2004 Cadence Readers Poll. He has also received grants from USArtists International in 2006, MCAF (LMCC) awards in 2008 and 2013 and has been commissioned twice on the Interpretations Series at Merkin Hall in 2006 and at Roulette in 2012. In 2014 he received a Creative Curricula grant from the LMCC for the project: “Metamorphoses: Modern Mythology in Sound and Words” which was taught in a month long residency at Baruch College Campus High School in Manhattan.

October 7, 2016 8:00 pm

Waves & Vibrations Jorge Chikiar and Terry Pender

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-2-56-04-pmImprovisations for analog synthesizer plus mandolin and guitar,

Jorge Chikiar is an Argentine composer, sound artist and producer. He has worked at Colon Theater, CETC, Michell  Maccarone’s Art Gallery, The Kitchen. Chikiar has produced works for Laurie Anderson, Michael J. Shumacher, Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke, David Behrman, Zeena Parkins, Ikue Morí, Steve Reich among others.

Chikiar Composed works such as Wu Wang for Fractus Ensamble, Granos en el Viento work for Moxenio and Live Electronics, Crakcs of Ice, multichannel acousmatic installation with Sounds recorded in Antarctica. Collaborations include, Crossing Hemispheres Cd with John King, At CMC with Terry Pender. Producer of The Opera The Jungle Within by Marcelo Toledo.

Terry Pender is the Associate Director of Columbia University’s Computer Music Center where he has worked for the past 20 years.  Terry is a composer, performer and sound designer who is best known for his work with his interactive trio PGT:   Pender, Garton and Taylor and for his sound designs with The Open Ended Group.

October 8, 2016 8:00 pm

IDES: Steven Long presents

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-3-01-47-pm8:00PM IDES is a duo of duos comprised of Steven Long piano, Dan O’Brien reeds, Drew Wesely guitar, and Utsav Lal piano. The group is fascinated by the dichotomy between the ear and the visual experience of the score. As the aural and visual senses merge and come apart they create a dynamic whole in our collective minds and actions. Through intensive play and experimentation with time, orchestration, and improvisation, we aim to create a music that bridges the gaps between our senses.



Maestro Day

9:00 PM Maestro Day is a quartet comprised of Brooklyn based musicians, Henry Fraser (bass), Sam Weinberg (saxophone), Connor Baker (floor percussion), and Joe Moffett (trumpet). The four work through surprising textural shifts, eerie insistent passages in their oft rehearsed music. Quickly contrasting areas of screamed multiphonics and whispered passages abound. Tonight’s the day.

October 13, 2016 8:00 pm



Angelica Sanchez: piano

Ken Filliano: bass

Lou Grassi: drums

Omar Tamez: guitar, compositions

October 14, 2016 8:00 pm


2016-10-14-thefirehousespaceMarco Sanguinetti (piano), DJ Migma (turntable), Mauricio de Souza (drums).

From Buenos Aires (Argentina) arrives pianist and composer Marco Sanguinetti with DJ Migma, for the first time in New York City, to present their new music project. They join the prominent Brazilian percussionist Mauricio de Souza to become a modern jazz trio. They are representatives of a new generation of South American musicians. According to AllAboutJazz.com site: Sanguinetti “pushes forth toward a new jazz genre”. The group will play music composed by the pianist.

Marco Sanguinetti has been considered by both local and international press as the creator of “a new jazz genre”. His last album “8″ (released on CD and vinyl edition) led him to be selected as the Best Composer of 2013 an annual survey of Argentine jazz journalists. Sanguinetti and his band opened for The Bad Plus’ concert in Argentina. His album “8″ was nominated for the 2014 Latin Grammy Awards. In September 2016 he released his fifth album: “Como desaparecer completamente”, which revisits the music of Radiohead.

October 16, 2016 8:00 pm


ras-moshe_warren-smith_edith-lettnerRas Moshe Burnett- tenor saxophone, flute

Warren Smith- drums

Edith Lettner- alto & soprano saxophone, duduk



Warren Smith was a co-founder of Max Roach´s M’Boom ensemble  and leader of the New York based Composer‘s Workshop Ensemble.

Smith is a master of all things percussive, from the vibraphone,  marimba, gongs to the drum set. Warren has worked with Miles

Davis, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Nat King Kole, Sam Rivers, Tony  Willimas, Janis Joplin, Quincy, Jones Count Basie and many other

musical giants.


Improvisation is a passion of the Austrian saxophonist, composer and Painter Edith Lettner and in New York she has found unique partners to

communicate with via music. Edith´s language has been shaped by playing with musicians from all over the world (creative jazz, improvisational

music, world music) and her cooperation with artists from other art genres. This and her numerous stays abroad (Senegal, Armenia, New York) have made

her an incredibly versatile artistic personality.


Ras Moshe Burnett was born in Brooklyn and he started studying music in public school, with his father and his grandfather. Although he is

trained in earlier forms of “jazz”,  his preferred mode of improvisation is in the later or “free” developments of the music. Ras has also been

writing and reciting poetry since childhood. He believes in the positive effect his music will have on social and personal change. “He has a

great smile and a heart of gold. His quiet demeanor is misleading because when he plays, he explodes with excitement.“  Don Minasi,

All About Jazz


October 21, 2016 8:00 pm


Damien Olsen – Keyboard
Lauren Lee – Piano/Vocals
Nicole Zaray – Piano/Vocals


October 22, 2016 9:00 pm

J.Lewis-I.McColm Duo / Sarah Bernstein Quartet




9 pm: James Brandon Lewis & Ian McColm Duo
10 pm: Sarah Bernstein Quartet

James Brandon Lewis & Ian McColm Duo:
“Only the immediacy of now, like a fire shut up in my bones.” #firebreathers

The Sarah Bernstein Quartet featuring Jacob Sacks on piano, Stuart Popejoy on electric bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums, performs works from recent album “Still/Free” plus new compositions. “Violinist Sarah Bernstein plays some of the most thoughtfully compelling music of any New York artist. Blending fearless jazz improvisation, indie classical acerbity and the occasional detour in the direction of performance art, her sound is distinctly her own.” - New York Music Daily


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