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Lao Dan, John McCowen, Charmaine Lee

March 27, 2024

7pm doors 

full dinner menu available 

seating is first-come, first-served 

8pm music 

performing solos, duos and as a trio:

LAO DAN is a classically trained Chinese flutist at Shenyang Conservatory of Music (SYCM), Lao Dan sticks to his own vision of and approach to the bamboo flute and its sounds. His playing continues to push the limits of artistic expression on this instrument, exploring the possibilities of free, energetic, and nonconformist ways of sound-making confined by neither Jazz nor traditional Chinese musical conventions. His improvisation often brings to the audience an overwhelming sonic experience in which the East and the West, the ancient and the modern clash dramatically on each other. Bandcamp

JOHN MCCOWEN‘s musical life has become an obsession with discovering a polyphonic language on a historically monophonic instrument – the clarinet. This has led him to a unique acoustic vocabulary that is akin to a shifting soundscape of electronic feedback. John’s multi-phonic approach is based in drones, difference tones, and beating harmonics as a means to showcase the compositional potential within a single, acoustic sound source. His work has been described by The New Yorker as “the sonic equivalent of microscopic life viewed on a slide” and by The Wire as “an astonishing demonstration of pure sound & human will.”

CHARMAINE LEE is a New York-based vocalist. Her music is predominantly improvised, and favors a uniquely personal approach to vocal expressed concerned with spontanaeity, playfulness, and risk-taking. Beyond extended vocal technique, Charmaine uses amplification, feedback, and microphones to augment and distort the voice.  


Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few

February 16, 2024

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7pm doors 8pm music, seating first come first serve

performing live in the back room

Isaiah Collier is a Chicago/Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, curator and educator. His style draws from master saxophonists such as John Coltrane, Roscoe Mitchell, and Wayne Shorter. Cosmic Transitions – his most recent album with The Chosen Few – received 5 stars from Downbeat magazine. He is a former fellow of the Dave Brubeck Institute, and one of the last musicians to work with the late Rudy Van Gelder.

with special guest

Shara Lunon a transdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She is the product of the evolution of Black American musical traditions. As a poet, vocalist, composer, and improviser, her art finds the ethereal in the chaotic. With voice as the foundation, Shara’s music is an exploration of text and sound that seamlessly weaves through the ongoing relationship of struggle, resilience, and resolution. Her goal is to challenge lassitude and in its place, instill hope.

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