FALL 2016 PERFORMANCE SEASON
Sunday, October 16, 2:00 PM
Bertha Hope and the Bertha Hope Quartet
Pianist Bertha Hope’s contributions to mainstream and improvised musical idioms have made her elite among her peers. She and the Bertha Hope Quartet grace the BWAC stage for this, the final concert of the 2016 season.
Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America’s Gig Fund program, with support from the NEA and NYSCA.
Sunday, October 16, 4:00 PM
Silent Affordable Auction
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Saturday, October 15, 2:00 PM
Dr. Ruth Richards, “New Routes To Creative Ideas”
Join Dr. Ruth Richards, professor, researcher, and writer on creativity (Editor of Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature) for an illustrated talk to explore three key paths to creating. Best of all, we’ll hear from six amazing artists, all well known to BWAC: Evan Cordes, Anna Hagen, Judith Hooper, Russell Mehlman, John Strohbeen, and Tobi Zausner. They will do cameos and take part in a later Q and A with you and Dr. Richards to share the “real story.”
Saturday, October 15, 4:00 PM
The Word Cabaret
Our favorite long-running Saturday reading series finishes with The Word Cabaret’s 2nd annual Ekphrastic Spectacular. Word Cabaret asked some favorite Brooklyn-based writers to create original pieces inspired by BWAC’s fall show, “Brooklyn Is….” For this “reading,” audience members gather and then literally walk off for a promenade production–or walking tour–through the gallery. Each tour makes 9 stops at various works to hear new stories, monologues, and poems in front of the art that that inspired them. Artists whose work inspired the texts on the tour, include Jon Bunge, Marvin Fink, James Hanlon, Elizabeth Featherstone Hoff, Brian G. Keogh, Renee Radenberg, Syma, Ellie Winberg, and Shihori Yamamoto.
Grab your FREE tickets for one of three tours for Writers include award-winning poets David Tomas Martinez and Sally Wen Mao; playwrights Nathan Dobson, Cindy D. Hanson, Lindsay Joy and Padraic Lillis; and the filmmaking, dramtist poet husband and wife team of Lori and Tom Romero. Professional actors will peform their words in many cases, all under the direction of Courtney Wetzel.
The three tours on Saturday leave from the front of the 2nd floor gallery at 3:30, 4:15, and 5:00 pm; reserve the time of your choice through Eventbrite here.
The Word Cabaret reading series aims to celebrate and savor local talent and is curated by John Francis Istel.
Sunday, October 9, 2:00 PM
A veteran of the downtown NYC music scene, J.R. returns to BWAC with his spectacular renditions of musical standards and his own brilliant songs.
Sunday, October 9, 4:00 PM
Sam Rasiotis and Rachel Swaner – Solidarity, Punk and Folk
Sam Rasiotis (vocalist and songwriter of the Astoria band Dirty Wings) performing with multi-instrumentalist Rachel Swaner (piano, accordion and ukelele in the bands R2, The Silbin Sandovar Review and Main Squeeze Orchestra.) Sam and Rachel will be performing originals as well as punk rock and folk songs with an emphasis on songs of the labor movement.
Saturday, October 8, 2:00 PM
A guitarist on the NYC jazz scene, bringing beauty to everyday life. Hear Sasha’s music at https://soundcloud.com/alex-kolontyrsky.
Saturday, October 8, 4:00 PM
The Word Cabaret, “Learning Curves”
BWAC’s long-running reading series, curated by John Istel. For this installment, “Learning Curves,” educators O’Hagan Blades, Brett Burns, Raquel Goodison, Aimee Herman, Avram Kline, Danny Shot, Nicole Smith, and Tim Tomlinson will provide their perspectives.
Sunday, October 2, 2:00 PM
Tom Fitzpatrick & Jason Biggs
Tom and Jason brought down the house last spring with their group Fitz, Callan & Biggs, and now return to BWAC as a duo. Tom’s songs meld elements of rock, folk, country and blues, and you can hear them at www.reverbnation.com/
fitztunes. Jason completes the sound with his melodic fills and tasty solos.
Sunday, October 2, 4:00 PM
“Roots revivalist Victor V. Gurbo and his four-piece backing band create original folk ballads infused with an Americana spirit. Recently voted the 2013 Brooklyn Borough Champion at WNYC & WQXR’s Battle of the Boroughs, Gurbo & Co. pay homage to the canon of American song and poetry with a raw, bluesy, foot-stomping sound that’s both classic and contemporary.”
- Brooklyn Academy of Music
See and hear performances by Victor at http://www.victorvgurbo.com.
Saturday, October 1, 2:00 PM
Zac Messick, a Brooklyn-based songwriter originally from North Carolina, draws influence from a variety of genres and art forms. If you missed his brilliant performance this spring, here’s your chance to see and hear him. You can listen to his music at http://zacpm.bandcamp.com.
Saturday, October 1, 4:00 PM
BWAC welcomes the return of the irrepressible Repressions, NYC’s only art-therapy-funk-rock vaudeville band! Their music is by weirdos, for weirdos, and you can check them out at https://therepressions.com.
Sunday, September 25, 2:00 PM
Originally from Littleton, Colorado, Brandon Glasgow has been writing and performing for over 15 years from the west to the east coast. Influenced by a soul-infused cocktail of rock, pop, blues, and funk, his focus on songwriting and performance is evident in every one of his songs. He simply creates stories and melodies that audiences will connect with again and again.
Sunday, September 25, 4:00 PM
Pianist David Durrah has had a long and varied career in jazz and blues.He got his start in Cleveland, backing up touring blues musicians like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Junior Parker, Bobby Blue Bland, and BB King, with whom he would work for several years. He appeared on legendary records of the ’70s jazz underground during periods living in Detroit (Marcus Belgrave, Kenny Cox, Doug Hammond) and LA (Henry Franklin, Calvin Keys). He has worked with many legends of jazz, including Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie, Archie Shepp, Willie Bobo and Tito Puente. For this performance, his group will feature the alto saxophonist Harold Robinson and the vocalist Keith Dames. Presented by the Jazz Foundation of America’s Gig Fund program, with support from NYSCA and the NEA.
Saturday, September 24, 1:30 PM
Sal Cataldi/Rome 56
Of Sal Cataldi, Time Out New York writes, “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims that Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.”
Of Rome 56, Wouter Meijer says, “When in the morning I’m woken up by a melody in my head – which happens about every morning – it’s very often an Arthur Lamonica song. That is the risk you willfully run when you listen to his contagious songs, regardless if it’s Mashville or any of the previous Rome 56 CDs. With Arthur Lamonica the Song is King, and he is a most valiant servant.”
Saturday, September 24, 3:30 PM
RB Quintet In Concert
Richard Bennett and his quintet will be playing music from their upcoming release, “The Raga & The Abstract Truth,” as well as other poignant and groovetastic music!
Sunday, August 14
Final Show of the Summer Season
Matt is a New York City based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was born and raised in England. He draws influences from the British folk music revival as well as American roots, blues & country music.
Saturday, August 13
Al Lee Wyer
BWAC welcomes the return of Al Lee Wyer, one of the most original songwriters and performers on the planet, again playing his own provocative constructions as well as his brilliant interpretations of American standards.
Saturday, August 13
“Playing bass and singing are not the easiest things to do, and doing them both well is rare. Now, add to that writing great songs, and you have a triple threat. Lisa Chloe is a triple threat: great songwriting, a beautiful voice, and bass playing so good that it would be enough all by itself! A very impressive combination by any measure!”
– Larry Hartke
Sunday, August 7
Harry Oppenheimer has been playing Mountain Dulcimer for thirty years. He is a frequent performer at the Conference House Staten Island, the ETG Book Cafe, The Raritan Bay Festival, The Muddy Cup and The Perking Latte. In addition, he has played at numerous art exhibits and at the New Hope Art Festival. Employed by Historic Richmond town as a teacher, historical Interpreter and musician, he has been a workshop leader and performer at the 2014 Nutmeg Dulcimer Festival and the 2015 Cranberry Dulcimer and Autoharp Gathering.
Sunday, August 7
Braxton Hicks is an energetic and talented singer-songwriter whose music is a unique mixture of styles and sounds. You’ll hear shades of Broadway, New Orleans, Rock ‘n Roll, American popular standards, and even classical music in his finely crafted pop tunes. The lyrics tell stories of love and deception, celebration and pain.
Saturday, August 6
The Word Cabaret
Guest curator Charles Gariepy will host this installment of our favorite long-running spoken word series.
Saturday, August 6
Astoria-based musician and writer Ben Absurdo (1/2 of The Repressions) melds poetry and anarchy into philosophy-punk over the white-hot furnace of his traumatized guitar.
Sunday, July 31
Paula Jeanine and Richard Bennett
Join vocalist, lyricist and percussionist Paula Jeanine Bennett and pianist and composer Richard Bennett for a set of original songs and the stories behind them. Partners in marriage and music, they will present works diverse in their inspiration – from Brazil to New Orleans – as well as several new songs from their recent collaborations. Backing them will be multi-faceted drummer/percussionist Kevin Sport.
Sunday, July 31
John Keegan is an alternative/ indie rock, anti-folk singer/ songwriter from Astoria, Queens who comes to us with songs of love, loss, life and togetherness.
Saturday, July 30, 4:00 PM
The Word Cabaret Presents “Fatal Attractions”
The Word Cabaret presents “Fatal Attractions,” a program of three riveting short plays: “Hangman,” by Gregory Fletcher, “Mergers and Acquisitions” by John Francis Istel, and “Noon Watch” by Lori Romero.
Saturday, July 30, 1:30 PM
Palma Mingozzi, “The Entitlement of the Soul”
Together with her daughter Francesca, Palma will present her new book of poetry and will take the audience on a journey of experience through life with a message of healing therapy through writing.
An afternoon of today’s most experimental writers, who happen to work for a living. Their work has appeared in McSweeney’s, Hobart, THE FANZINE, NPR, Witch Craft Magazine, Luna Luna, Prelude, Hyperallergic, and Funhouse Magazine.
Saturday, July 23, 1-6 PM
Opening Day and Artists’ Reception for Our Summer Show, Speak Your Truth!
Opening Day for COLOR, Our Current National Juried Art Show!
SATURDAY, May 7th:
Meet the Artists Opening Reception, 1-6PM
Sal Cataldi’s Spaghetti Eastern Music
Time Out New York writes, “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and
hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims that Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.”
BWAC longtime friend Paula Jeanine Bennett sings and swings with her topnotch classic jazz ensemble, The Spring is Here Quartet – guitarist Masami Ishikawa,
Red Hook bassist Adam Armstrong and pianist Richard Bennett.
Whether as a leader of her own ensembles or as a musician on a team in a variety of the arts, Paula consistently brings her vision to all proceedings. She has performed internationally on stages from Morocco to India to Java and at the opening ceremony of Pope Benedict XVI’s Summit for Peace in Assisi, Italy.
2 – 6 PM
Participants will be invited to help build and play a giant xylophone made out of the kinds of reusable materials distributed by Materials for the Arts. Everyone can tie objects such as plastic bottles, hardware, and more into a large frame and then proceed to play on it using available drumsticks, joining in a collaborative reuse orchestra.
It will be constructed from 2:00 – 6:00 pm on May 7th, and will be left up for others to play on the following day, Sunday, May 8th.
SUNDAY, May 8th
Whitney Marchelle Jackson
UnPlugged in Red Hook concert with international singer, songwriter, educator, recording artist Whitney Marchelle Jackson, an award-winning international performing, recording, songwriting, and educational artist. Her new CD, DigDis, is on the BluJazz record label.
SATURDAY, May 14th:
UnPlugged in Red Hook concert with Segal & Fahey.
David Segal (piano) and Seth Fahey (bass) have been playing straight ahead jazz together for almost 30 years. They have played with Billy Kaye and the late Jimmy Vas, and the late Clarence “C” Sharpe.
SUNDAY, May 15th:
“You can just feel the eccentric vibe through the microphone. I can see Hunter S. Thompson sitting front row at one of these shows. Rome 56 is vintage yet new. It is yellow and weathered yet crisp and fresh. I love the old and new feeling almost as if it’s been refurbished.” — Megan Gazzo
Jim Petrie is a New York based guitarist, singer and writer of songs that are a bit country, bit folky, bit bluesy, and bit rock ‘n roll; all played with a classical guitarist’s touch.
SATURDAY, May 21st:
New York storyteller Marty Kleinman has assembled his dream-team of spoken word artists – the area’s finest and most engaging published writers including Honor Molloy, Terence Degnan, Kate Cantrill, Mellini Kantayya, Dan Kleinman, Lauren Belsk, Nicole Callihan, Charlie Vasquez, Amanda Tiller, Jack Wilson, Jimmy Newell, Martin Kleinman.
SUNDAY, May 22nd:
UnPlugged in Red Hook concerts with Malcom Smart whose tunes are sometimes funny songs of lost love (never his fault, of course), sometimes angry political rants or perhaps an observation of the mundane through his blurry bifocals.
With his thicker-than-water Brooklyn accent, his storytelling, whether through song or through his long spoken word segments in between, is humorous to the extreme.
SATURDAY, May 28th:
Originally from Baltimore, Zach Henry is a folk-rock singer/songwriter whose tunes, distinguished by rich melodies and lyric vulnerability, are strongly influenced by The Beatles, Neil Young, Conor Oberst, Wilco, and Ween. Zac Messick, a Brooklyn-based songwriter originally from North Carolina, draws influence from a variety of genres and art forms.
Photographer J.R Rost is also an American musical treasure, harkening back to ancient times on the 1980′s NYC club music scene.
SUNDAY, May 29th:
Fitz, Callan & Biggs
Tom Fitzpatrick, Trevor Callan and Jason Biggs meld elements of rock, folk, country and blues into their music. New to the group, fiddle player Jason Biggs, completes the sound with his melodic fills and tasty solos.
The REPRESSIONS are an art-therapy-funk-rock vaudeville band who dedicate their music to anyone who has even been made to feel small for being sensitive, kind, smart, or mentally ill.
SATURDAY, June 4th:
Sam Rasiotis of Astoria’s Dirty Wings, performing gritty, reflective Alt-Americana, rooted in location and relations, with inventive, paired down popular alt-rock and pop interpretations. Guitarist Joe Pepe will be joining Sam to play the majority of the Dirty Wings records “30th Ave. Heartache” and “Do the Decline,” as well as some new songs and choice covers.
Curated by John Ishtel, this Saturday afternoon reading series celebrates the wondrous variety of Brooklyn-based wordsmiths. This installment will feature Hal Ackerman, Mary Ann McGuigan, Tim Tomlinson, Joe Pfister, and Melissa Lewis-Ackerman.
SUNDAY, June 5th:
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Jim Petrie was a resounding hit at his BWAC performance on May 15. If you missed him, this is your chance to experience his unique amalgamation of folk, country, and rock ‘n roll. You can listen to Jim’s music right now at www.reverbnation.com/
Red Hook concert with Angel Band. Their music and members span generations of the American roots, folk, country and spiritual traditions.
SATURDAY, June 11th:
Trash Dance: A Documentary
SIMS Municipal Recycling presents a screening of TRASH DANCE an inspiring documentary about dance creativity and dirty work. Choreographer Allison Orr finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and in the unseen men and women who pick up our trash. Filmmaker Andrew Garrison follows Orr as she rides along with Austin sanitation workers on their daily routes to observe and later convince them to perform a most unlikely spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen trash collectors and their trucks deliver — for one night only — a stunningly beautiful and moving performance, in front of an audience of thousands.
The Word Cabaret: A Bandolier of Bards
John Istel’s reading series continues this Saturday with authors Sara Fetheroff, Aimee Herman, Mike Jurkovic, Janice A. Lowe, and Michael Handler Ruby.
SUNDAY, June 12th:
A Brooklynite, the great R&B, blues and jazz pianist/organist Jimmy Hill has worked with Wilson Pickett, The Intruders, and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens.
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We are grateful to the Jazz Foundation of America, NYSCA and NEA for their support of this concert series.