2017 PERFORMANCES & EVENTS
OPENING DAY – Saturday, May 13, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Richard Bennett and his irreverent group of NY improvisers will perform selections from his upcoming Ropeadope Records release “Experiments With Truth” as well as other vital, groovalicious and transcendent tunes.
Richard Bennett – piano
Matt Parker – tenor sax
Lisa Parrott – bari sax
Adam Armstrong – bass
Mystery Guest – drums
“hypnotic” John Schaefer, WNYC
“adds a jazzy harmonic dimension to Indian ragas’ horizontally inclined structure.” Richard Gehr, Village Voice
“His playing is full of moments of lyricism, drama and decoration.” Raul da Gama, World Music Report
“The music hangs together with a kind of brilliance.” Gapplegate Music Review
In New York, composer/pianist Richard Bennett’s groups have performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rubin Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Central Park Summerstage. Internationally, he has toured over twenty countries as member of various jazz and blues ensembles. He has six albums on Indian labels including two from “Times Music”, India’s biggest label.
Sunday, May 14, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Raysa Cremona’s emotional vocals, infectious energy, and sure sense of rhythm is an appealing combination. Raysa’s work is influenced by pop and rock styles, particularly strong female performers such as Adele, Christina Perri, Amy Winehouse and Avril Lavigne. Performing regularly at venues on the Lower East Side venues as well as Queens and Manhattan, she has recently produced and recorded her new single “Without you” in 2015 on studio.
Facebook Music Page-
Instagram – @raysacremona
Raysa Cremona – Without you (single)
Sunday, May 14, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Zac Messick is a songwriter/musician/actor originally hailing from North Carolina where he studied Neuropsychology at Wake Forest University.
Zac currently lives in Brooklyn and focuses a lot of his time and energy on his current music project “Bug Street.” Zac’s music is inspired by many genres and and artists, but is most often described as “alternative folk,” or “progressive folk” for his use of time signature changes and existential subject matters. Bug Street recently released an album titled “Maps to Neverwhere,” which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, and Bandcamp.
Saturday, May 20, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Classically trained, Cathy Crisci has been a lead singer for the past 25 years. She is presently the vocalist for several NYC-based groups. Her disco, funk, soul and R&B band Luxe has held a residency at The Bohemian Hall & Garden since 2013. Crisci’s two acoustic duo acts are The Cheshire Cats (Paul Ryan, gtr) presenting classic rock hits with a bluesy edge, and Instant Gratification, (Ed Gonzales, gtr), boasting an eclectic assortment of songs from the 60s through the present. Crisci also fronts Tangerine, a Led Zeppelin cover band. Past projects include Quickfinger, a 80s hair metal tribute act, as well as other Astoria cover bands and original projects.
A songwriter and composer with an original project in the works, Crisci has a great love and appreciation for many genres of music and is proud to be a part of the Astoria music community. For the BWAC Performance Series, Cathy will be performing jazz standards with fellow friend and musician Joe Pepe, an incredibly talented multi-instrumentalist. Pepe’s funk/psychedelic band Kabina is a downtown favorite; he also performs in several Astoria-based bands, including original rock band Dirty Wings.
Joe Pepe is a guitarist and composer living in Queens, New York, who has played for over 20 years, exploring in depth Blues, Funk, Jazz, and Country genres in both his original work and collaborations. Pepe is currently involved with many different musical projects, including Dirty Wings (rock, country-punk), Kabina (Jam, Funk, Jazz), as well as playing and co-producing original music with Doris Cellar. Pepe is pleased to play with Cathy Crisci for the BWAC music series.
Links for Cathy Crisci
Saturday, May 20, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Shake Your Windows and Rattle Your Walls
New Prophecy Inspired by Bob Dylan In tribute to the latest Nobel Literature Laureate who wrote: Come writers and critics / Who prophesize with your pen… The Times They Are A-Changin, Word Cabaret presents a reading featuring some recent poetry, prognostications and political pontifications by a variety of writers and artists inspired by the current battles that are “outside raging.”
Sunday, May 21, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Led by composer/accordionist Bob Goldberg, The Famous Accordion Orchestra is an accordion ensemble that bridges the traditional and the post-modern. The Orchestra’s repertoire covers a broad spectrum that includes Bach, Offenbach, Duke Ellington, Guy Klucevsek, Lars Hollmer, and Andy Statman, as well as original compositions and folk tunes from American, Balkan, Klezmer, Basque, and Italian traditions.
Sunday, May 21; 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Toby “Fingers” DelRey – pianist and songwriter: the songs combine Chicago and New Orleans influenced boogie-woogie barrelhouse piano reminiscent of Dr. John, Otis Span, and James booker.
Fingers philosophy of music is based on the three “Ts“, SensualiTy, PersonaliTy, and HospitalTy:
HospitalTy:the music is fun, friendly, welcoming and easy to like.
PersonaliTy: strongly individualistic and easily identified from the 1st few notes
SensualiTy: because of the feeling of the grooves rocking you gently down below!