$20 suggested donation for all events. Door opens 30 minutes before show.

Help yourself to some excellent SOUP (no extra charge!) while it lasts. BYOB. Feel free to bring some food or drink to share.


March 25, 8:00 pm



first set–Nicola Hein (guitar, from Koln), Hans Tammen (synthesis), David Rothenberg (clarinet/bird calls)

second set–Daniel Levin (cello), Chris Pitsiokos (alto saxophone), Sam Pluta (electronics)

NICOLA L. HEIN The guitarist, soundartist, philosopher and composer Nicola L. Hein is one of the busiest players on the German scene of improvised music. He plays the guitar with his hands and plectrum but also with a lot of different objects: screws, rulers, iron wool, violin bow, abrasive paper, magnets and many other objects which are part of his musical vocabulary. The result is his very own world of sounds, which is using the rich potential of the guitar as a creator of sounds. The manual creation is a very important character of this sound world, which never gets distorted by the use of electronic effects. He has collaborated with musicians like Evan Parker, Phil Minton, John Russell, Paul Lytton, Frank Gratkwoski, Michael Vorfeld, Rudi Mahall, Christian Lillinger, Robert Landfermann, Burkhard Beins, Tobias Delius, Liz Allbee, Ute Wassermann, John Butcher, Axel Dörner, Thomas Lehn etc.

DAVID ROTHENBURG Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg wrote Why Birds SingBug Music, Survival of the Beautiful and many other books, published in at least eleven languages. He has 16 CDs out, including One Dark Night I Left My Silent House which came out on ECM, and most recently Berlin Bülbul and Cool Spring. He has performed or recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Elliot Sharp, Markus Reuter, and the Karnataka College of Percussion.  He also worked on the films SONG FROM THE FOREST and the upcoming NIGHTINGALES IN BERLIN is based on his next book.  Rothenberg is Distinguished Professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

HANS TAMMEN likes to set sounds in motion, and then sit back to watch the movements unfold. Using textures, timbre and dynamics as primary elements, his music is continuously shifting, with different layers floating into the foreground while others disappear. Whether richly processed guitar sounds from his hybrid interactive guitar/software instrument Endangered Guitar, traditionally notated material for his Third Eye Chamber Orchestra, or graphically notated elements for the all-electronic Dark Circuits Orchestra, his music flows like clockwork, “transforming a sequence of instrumental gestures into a wide territory of semi-hostile discontinuity; percussive, droning, intricately colorful, or simply blowing your socks off” (Touching Extremes).

April 7, 8:00 pm


Jason Weiss (reading)

Mark Dresser (contrabass), Fay Victor (voice), Denman Maroney (piano) play a combination of free improvisation, original compositions from everyone, and an occasional jazz tune. Author Jason Weiss will read.



April 28, 8:00 pm

Jason Kao Hwang SING HOUSE CD release

+ Hank Roberts/Andrew Drury Duo


Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House CD Release! featuring Hwang (violin/viola/compositions), Steve Swell (trombone), Chris Forbes (piano), Ken Filiano (bass), Andrew Drury (drums)

Hank Roberts (cello), and Andrew Drury (drums)


May 17, 8pm

Trio Elgar (Switzerland)

Trio Elgar consists of three improvisers from Switzerland whose names will be released last minute. Feel free to look up the group–it features a well-known free improvising bass clarinet/saxophonist from Switzerland (whose name rhymes with “watch”), who is a member of another well-known trio with Schutz and Studer, an alum of Cecil Taylor’s European group, etc. Info coming…


June–date TBA

Angelica Sanchez, Omar Tamez, Ramon Lopez