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January 2010 at the Stone 
curated by Matana Roberts

JANUARY: Stone Seminars 1–4
Seating limits and admission prices may vary each week. Please check details and arrive early! STUDENT DISCOUNTS DO NOT APPLY TO SEMINARS.
In the interest of updating and supplementing contemporary music education, The Stone initiates a special series of workshops, lectures, seminars and Q&As on a variety of fascinating subjects by some of the world's most unique, cutting edge musical thinkers. Made available to musicians, students, critical thinkers and the general public at affordable prices, all curricula will be decided by the musicians themselves and presented at the Stone at 7pm every Monday night.

1/1 Friday (JB)
8 pm
Steve Dalchinsky with Albey Balgochian's bassentric
Steve Dalchinsky (poems) Albey Balgochian (bass) Hilliard Greene (bass) Francois Grillot (bass)

10 pm
Martin Perna and Special Guests
Martin Perna (saxophone)
Martin Perna has been in the eye of many musical storms in New York since his arrival in 1994. He is one of the original members of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, founder of Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds, and frequent TV on the Radio collaborator since 2001. His performance at the Stone will feature members of all of these projects to collaborate and reinterpret selected original Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds compositions as well as new experimental repertoire.

1/2 Saturday (BLG)
8 pm
Nicole Mitchell’s Truth or Dare
Nicole Mitchell (flute) Renee Baker (violin) Shirazette Tinnin ( drums)

10 pm
Andy Laster's Cast a Spell Trio
Andy Laster (saxophones, clarinet) Mick Rossi (piano) John Mettam (percussion)
Andy Laster's Cast a Spell Trio performs works originally composed for playwright Traci Parks' play Cast a Spell, a comedy that had an extended run at HERE a few years ago. This performance 
will also include new and newly-arranged Laster compositions.

1/3 Sunday (JC)
8 pm
Hilliard Greene—Blues, Bop, Bach and Negro Spirituals on a Bass
Hilliard Greene (bass)
African American folk music, Classical music, Jazz and improvisations composed and arranged for unaccompanied bass.

10 pm
Thomas Morgan & Dan Weiss Duo
Thomas Morgan (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)

MARC RIBOT: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Marc Ribot (but were afraid to ask)
8PM to 10PM—TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS: Open to all. May bring instrument, MUST bring question!
An intimate solo performance followed by a Q&A/ discussion period.


1/5 Tuesday (CB)
8 pm
Jessica Pavone's Army of Strangers
Jessica Pavone (violin, viola) with Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Jonti Siman (bass guitar) Harris Eisenstadt (drums)
Wordless songs inspired by life's cast of characters.

10 pm
Forbes Graham—Wild May
Forbes Graham (trumpet) Kevin Frenette (guitar) Luther Gray (percussion) Ryan McGuire (bass)
Boston in the Building!

1/6 Wednesday (YT)
8 pm
Robert Stillman's Station-Wagon Interior Perspective
Robert Stillman (one man band)
Music for one-man-band, brass, and percussion.

10 pm
Ras Moshe & EarthSpace
Ras Moshe (tenor, flute) Dafna Naphtali (electronics) Kyoko Kitamura (voice) 
Shayna Dulberger (bass) Atticus Cole (percussion)

1/7 Thursday (AV)
8 pm
Bad Touch
Loren Stillman (alto saxophone) Nate Radley (guitar) Gary Versace (organ) Ted Poor (drums)

10 pm
Katt Hernandez and Joe Morris Duo
Katt Hernandez (violin) Joe Morris (guitar)

1/8 Friday (JB)
8 pm
Shoko Nagai
Shoko Nagai (piano, prepared piano, effect) Satoshi Takeishi (percussion, electronics)
Premiere of a new project, combining composition and improvisation work by experimental musicians.

10 pm
Tyshawn Sorey—3-0
Tyshawn Sorey (trombone, drums) Ben Gerstein (trombone) Terrence McManus (guitar)

1/9 Saturday (RK)
8 pm
Josh Abrams Group
Joshua Abrams (guimbri, mpc) Emmett Kelly (guitar) Tomeka Reid (cello) Chad Taylor (drums)
Fifteen dollars.

10 pm
Tomeka Reid Group
Tomeka Reid (cello) Josh Abrams (bass) Shirazette Tinnin (drums)

1/10 Sunday (AV)
8 pm
Vijay Iyer
Vijay Iyer (piano)

10 pm
Miya Masaoka
Miya Masaoka (koto, electronics) Audrey Chen (cello, electronics) Hans Grusel (electronics) Kenta Nagai (shamisen)
Audio landscapes of wild, banshee dionysian personas, counterpointed with the austere and mechanical.
The debut CD of this new qaurtet was just released on Resipiscent. First three ticket holders receive free CD.

7PM to 9PM—TWENTY DOLLARS: Open to all. Musicians may bring their instruments.
Uri will perform a piano trio concert with John Hébert and Ben Perowsky, and then speak about several of his musical projects. There will be a Q&A period and time for pianists and musicians to perform and discuss their own work with Uri and his group.


1/12 Tuesday (JM)
8 pm
Amanda Monaco’s Deathblow
Amanda Monaco (guitar, compositions) Michaël Attias (alto and baritone saxophones) Sean Conly (bass) Satoshi Takeishi (drums)
Deathblow is a jazz and improvisational music quartet that combines free-bop sensibilities with through-composed pieces equal parts textural, adventurous, and whimsical. www.amandamonaco.com

10 pm
Scrap Relation
Emma Alabaster (bass, voice) Alex Carter (tenor saxophone) Zach Dunham (drums) Jonathan Nocera (guitar)

1/13 Wednesday (AV)
8 pm
Hannah Marcus and Friends
Hannah Marcus (guitar, piano, violin, voice) Shazad Ismaily (bass) and other Special Guests

10 pm
Susan Alcorn
Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar)
Compose. Improvise. Stillness. Motion Awareness. Pedal steel guitar.

1/14 Thursday (AV)
8 pm
The Jazz Vault Project
Fay Victor (voice) Michael Attias (alto and baritone saxes) Anders Nilsson (guitar) Jose Davila (tuba)
Psychedelically infused Dixieland tinged jazz, sort of.

10 pm
Oded Lev-Ari: Parlor Music
Marty Ehrlich (woodwinds) Alexander Waterman (cello) Uri Sharlin (accordion) James Shipp (percussion) Oded Lev-Ari (piano, compositions)

1/15 Friday (KR)
8 pm
Tomas Fujiwara and The Hook Up
Tomas Fujiwara (drums, compositions) Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet) Brian Settles (tenor saxophone) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Danton Boller (bass)

10 pm
Wake Up
Demian Richardson (trumpet) David Moss (acoustic and electric bass) Federico Ughi (drums) Daniel Carter (alto, tenor and soprano, saxophones)

1/16 Saturday (AV)
8 pm
The Quarktett Presents: The Destruction of Black Civilization
Ronny Drayton, Andre LaSalle, Ben Tyree, (guitars) Jason Di Matteo (bass) Moist Paula Anderson (baritone sax) Mazz Swift (violin) Chris Eddleton (drums) Greg Tate (laptop)
In which Greg Tate and his cohorts flip that idea from the great historian of Africa Chancellor Williams while being more musically uncivilized than a lil bit.

10 pm
Reut Regev - Brassix
Reut Regev (trombone, glugabone, baritone horn, slide trumpet, composition) Frank London (trumpet, alto horn, piccolo trumpet)
James Zollar (trumpet) Mark Taylor (french horn, mellophone) Jay Rozen (tuba, euphonium) Igal Foni (drums, brass percussion)
Five Brassists and one drummer, playing a musical game, and taking it seriously, but not too seriously! Originally commissioned by Festival of New Trumpet Music. www.reutregev.com

1/17 Sunday (AV)
8 pm
Lori Freedman
Lori Freedman (clarinets) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)
Conspicuously described as “a musical revolutionary”, Canadian born and based Freedman is known internationally as one of the most provocative and creative performers in her field. Her work includes contemporary, improvised and electroacoustic music, and frequent collaborations with dance, theatre and visual artists. Tonight she is joined by one of NYC’s most intriguing voices in improvisation and sound.

10 pm
Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Sporty Brown Trio
Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto sax) (piano) Dan Weiss (drums)

CYRO BAPTISTA—Rhythm Awareness Workshop
7PM to 9PM—THIRTY DOLLARS: Open to all musicians
Not just for percussionists but open to all musicians, Cyro will work with the participants using their hands, feet and voice, clapping, stomping and singing with the objective of acquiring polyrhythmic awareness. Starting with basic rhythms and getting into more complex patterns, the students will develop their perception and musical intuition both individually and as an ensemble. For more info: http://www.myspace.com/cyroworkshops


1/19 Tuesday (NY)
8 pm
Scott Burton—Glows in the Dark
Scott Burton (guitar, compositions) Scott Clark (drums) John Lilly (saxophones) Reginald Pace (trombone) Cameron Ralston (bass)
Improvising group from Richmond Virginia. Tunes based on films.

10 pm
Matt White—Fight the Big Bull
Jason Scott (saxophone, clarinet) John Lilley (Saxophone) Reggie Pace (Trombone) Bryan Hooten (Trombone) Bob Miller (Trumpet, Electronics) Cameron Ralston (Bass) Pinson Chanselle (Drums) Matt White (Guitar)
A spirited congregation of saxophone, clarinet, trombones, trumpet, guitar, bass and two drummers, Fight the Big Bull is a display of spontaneous emotion filled with powerful significance and baptized in the traditions of the music. The band's recordings have drawn praise from artists such as Ken Vandermark and Steven Bernstein and recently gained the attention of Portuguese avant-garde label, Clean Feed Records. Dying Will Be Easy, the bands debut effort, connects the group to its rich southern musical heritage. Proud residents of Richmond, Virginia, the band's music is filled with remnants of spirituals, New Orleans marches, southern soul dance bands, and gospel choirs - all peeking through a kaleidoscope built in the avant-garde tradition.

1/20 Wednesday (JC)
8 pm
MazzMuse Featuring Ben Tyree
Mazz Swift (violin) Ben Tyree (guitar)
Out of the primordial stew that is Burnt Sugar comes the inevitable string & noise duo.

10 pm
Matt Lavelle
Matt Lavelle (trumpet, alto and bass clarinets) Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano sax) Ras Moshe (tenor, flute) Andrea wolper (voice) Lola Danza (voice) Chris Forbes (piano) Mike Wimberley (percussion) Mike Thompson (drums) Hilliard Greene (bass)

1/21 Thursday (KR)
8 pm
Marty Erhlich
Marty Ehrlich, Michael Attias, Andy Laster, Ned Rothenberg (alto saxes)

10 pm
Keith Witty Ensemble
Loren Stillman (sax) Mark Taylor (french horn) Chris Dingman (vibraphone)
Jeremy Clemons (drums) Keith Witty (contra bass, compositions)

1/22 Friday (NY)
8 pm
Con Vivo New Jersey—The Strangetet + String music for a New World
Benjamin Grow (trumpet) Andrew Roitstein (bass) Nicholas Gallas (clarinet) Amelia Hollander, Ames, Paula Cho (violas) Mazz Swift, Dana Lyn (violins) Marika Hughes (cello)
Music of Mexico, Lior Novak, Simon Fink and Ben Greenstein, presented by Con Vivo New Jersey.

10 pm
The Greg Ward Quartet
Greg Ward (alto sax, compositions) David Bryant (piano) Vincente Archer (bass) Gerald Cleaver (drums)

1/23 Saturday (DS)
8 pm
Bern Nix Trio
Bern Nix (guitar) Franciose Grilliot (bass) Jackson Krall (drums)

10 pm
Greg Davis and Ben Vida
Greg Davis (analog synthesizer) Ben Vida (analog synthesizer)

1/24 Sunday (JM)
8 and 10 pm
John Zorn Improv Night—A Stone Benefit
John Zorn (sax) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Dougie Bowne (drums) Duck Baker (guitar) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Ikue Mori (laptop) Ned Rothenberg (sax) Marty Ehrlich (sax)
Come on out and support The Stone in our monthly rent party! TWENTY DOLLARS

DUCK BAKER—Approaches and strategies for modern composition, arranging, and improvisation, for fingerstyle guitar.
7PM to 11PM—FIFTY DOLLARS for personalized instruction, restricted to 15 students with their guitars—TWENTY DOLLARS to simply sit and observe.
A lecture/demonstration in which Duck Baker will share some of his arranging ideas, especially regarding the music of Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk. Ways in which these arranging tools can be used for other jazz tunes, traditional tunes, and original composition will be discussed, as will how one can expand on arrangements by improvising, both with and without independent bass lines. Free jazz and free improvisation will be touched upon as well, and students are encouraged to bring any and all questions about musical problems encountered working in these areas. A few arrangements will be illustrated in detail, and students should expect a very hands-on teaching approach.


1/26 Tuesday (TD)
8 pm
Deanna Witkowski Quartet
Deanna Witkowski (piano, vocal) Felipe Salles (soprano and tenor sax) Dave Ambrosio (bass) Vince Cherico (drums)

10 pm
Seth Meicht and the Big Sound Ensemble
Matt Bauder (alto saxophone) Seth Meicht (tenor saxophone, compositions) Charles Evans (baritone saxophone) Aaron Meicht (trumpet, compositions) Herb Robertson (trumpet) Steve Swell (trumpet) Adam Lane (bass) Mike Pride (drums)

1/27 Wednesday (SK)
8 pm
Jason Palmer Group
Jason Palmer (trumpet) Mike Thomas (saxophone) Greg Duncan (guitar) Lim Yang (bass) Lee Fish (drums)
Performing the music of Minnie Ripperton.

10 pm
Amy Cervini
Amy Cervini, Jo Lawry (voices) Oded Lev-Ari (piano) Matt Aronoff (bass) James Shipp (percussion)

1/28 Thursday (DS)
8 pm
Reed's Bass Drum
Jonah Parzen-Johnson (baritone saxophone) Noah Garabedian (bass) Aaron Ewing (drums)

10 pm
Liberty Ellman Trio
Liberty Ellman (guitar) Stephan Crump (bass) Damion Reid (drums)

1/29 Friday (JV)
8 pm
Chad Taylor's Circle Down
Chris Lightcap (bass) Angelica Sanchez (piano) Chad Taylor (drums)

10 pm
Gordon Allen Trio
Gordon Allen (trumpet) Mat Maneri (violin) Andrew Greenwald (drums)
Toronto born, Montreal based trumpeter original Gordon Allen presents music for three intriguing soundmakers.

1/30 Saturday (DS)
8 pm
Who Cares How Long You Sink
Matt Bauder, Peter Hanson, Nathaniel Morgan (sax) Jacob Wick, Brad Henkel (trumpets) Jason Ajemian (bass)

10 pm
Sam Shalabi’s Land of Kush
Radwan Moumneh (saz, vocals tapes) Ariel Engle (vocals, harmonium) 
Sam Shalabi (guitar, oud, tapes)
Sam Shalabi, one of Canada’s most unique and prolific players over the past twenty years. The Egyptian Canadian Shalabi performs constantly on electric guitar and oud, with regular appearances in numerous jazz and free improv ensembles, membership in a kaleidoscope of avant rock bands, and at the compositional helm of various musical assemblages large and small. Shalabi has seen a dozen full-length album recordings released in the last eight years. Land of Kush is a sprawling, gorgeous conceptual and compositional framework modeled on classical orchestras from late Nasser-era Egypt era. www.cstrecords.com

1/31 Sunday (CB)
8 pm
Nakatani/Chen Duo
Audrey Chen (cello, voice) Tatsuya Nakatani (percussion)

10 pm
Alessandro Bosetti "Trophies"
Alessandro Bosetti (voice, electronics, compositions) Kenta Nagai (fretless guitar) Ches Smith (drums)
A type of voice bordering song and speech but not embracing either one of those practices completely. Spoken/sung phrases are repeated over and over by three vocalists and embedded in a musical texture created by drums, fretless guitar and electronics. Looped phrases in Trophies disappear from the listener's perception after a while. They become hidden in plain sight and vanish altogether after repeated listening.