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PLG Arts Chamber Music Series: Brooklyn Guitar Quartet

PLG Arts Chamber Music will present an afternoon of contemporary chamber music performed by the Brooklyn Guitar Quartet on Sunday, October 26 at 3pm.  Following a successful launch of the series last spring, this is the first event of the fall in an ongoing series of concerts in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

The Brooklyn Guitar Quartet (BGQ) began life in 2006 as an ensemble training project at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.  Now permanent, and no longer affiliated with the college, the current line-up includes Lars Frandsen, professor of music at Nyack and Brooklyn Colleges; Jesse Miller, guitar instructor at James Madison High School (and 30 year PLG resident); Carlos Cuestas, DMA candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center; and John Olson, scientist and president of the NYC Classical Guitar Society.

“Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar, save perhaps two” – Frederic Chopin.  Then why not four?

BGQ’s repertoire focuses on accessible art music inspired by popular forms.  Many of the composers whose music they play are guitarists themselves, such as Andrew York, Paolo Bellinati, Leo Brouwer, and Roland Dyens.

PLG Arts is delighted to include PLG Arts Chamber Music in their current programming, which includes visual arts shows, jazz performance, theater, author readings, and other expressions of creativity in local venues.  The Chamber Music series is held at various venues in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and surrounding neighborhoods.

Brooklyn Guitar QuartetSunday October 26, 3pm; admission: $5 suggested donation
Prospect Lefferts Garden, Brooklyn, NY (address will be sent to audience at time of their RSVP)
Another performance in the PLG Arts Chamber Music series

Space is limited and reservations are required: Please email chambermusic@plgarts.org  to RSVP.
The performance address will be distributed to the RSVP list.

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Acclaimed Brooklyn Novelists Darcey Steinke and Martha Southgate to Read at PLG Arts Reading Series

Brooklyn authors Darcey Steinke and Martha Southgate will be featured on Thursday, Oct. 30, at PLG Arts’ Meet-the-Author Reading Series.

The joint reading and book signing begins at 7:30 pm at The Inkwell Café at 408 Rogers Avenue in Brooklyn’s Prospect Lefferts Gardens neighborhood.

The event is the second in PLG Arts’ reading series.

Darcey Steinke photoDarcey Steinke, a longtime PLG resident, will read from her new book, Sister Golden Hair – “a daring and arrestingly beautiful novel” named one of the most anticipated books of 2014 by The Millions. Darcey is also the author of a memoir, Easter Everywhere, a New York Times Notable Book set partly in PLG, and four earlier novels, MilkJesus SavesSuicide Blonde and Up Through the Water. She has taught at Columbia, Princeton, Barnard, The New School and The American University of Paris.

Southgate_twitter_icon[1]Martha Southgate is the author of four novels, Another Way to DanceTe Fall of RomeThird Girl from the Left and her latest, The Taste of Salt, a “searing, gorgeous” and “tenderly powerful” story that was named one of the best novels of 2011 by the Boston Globe. Martha teaches at MFA in creative writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts and has written for the New York Times Book Review, The New York Times Magazine, O, Entertainment Weekly and Essence. Her work also appears in the anthology Best African-American Essays 2009.

The Park Slope Community Bookstore is co-sponsoring the reading and will have the authors’ books for sale. The Inkwell has a great selection of drinks and craft beers.

The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at PLGArts.org or email readingseries@plgarts.org.

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FOR TREES AND BIRDS: INKWELL Jazz Fri, Sept 12, 7-9 pm

at the Inkwell Friday Sept 12
For Trees and Birds

For Trees and Birds, a group of young musicians playing original music, performs at the Inkwell Jazz Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts & Sterling. Comprised of 4 individuals each coming out of the jazz tradition, the band reaches for a cohesiveness derived from elements inherent in the human spirit: structure, lyricism, and balance. Rooted in simplicity of composition, For Trees and Birds seeks a method of group improvisation that doesn’t sound haphazard or circuitous. What results might be the soundtrack to the moments in life you wish to capture: music you will like to listen to.

FOR TREES AND BIRDS is  Jasper Dutz, winds; Lee Meadvin, guitar; Chris Gaskell, bass; Connor Parks, drums.

Michael-David Gordon Quartet

Michael-David Gordon Quartet
Friday, July 11, 7-9 pm
michael-david_gordonSinger and actor Michael-David Gordon is a dynamic entertainer who explores standards, pop, and R&B, drawing on his experience singing with the Temptations, acting with Irondale Ensemble Project, and fronting the Pocket Band, featured in one of Times Square’s most successful restaurants.

Michael-David will premiere his new quartet at the Inkwell Friday, July 11. The group, which includes John Landers, piano; Pierre Morquart, bass; and Hollis Headrick, drums; is equally at home with music from Cee Lo Green to Duke Ellington to Bruno Mars to Otis Redding. Michael-David’s vibe is accessible, funky, swinging and always fun!

Click here: Benny and the Jets – Michael-David Gordon on Vimeo for a sample of Michael-David performing a tune we know well at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village.

Please join us Friday, July 11, 7-9 pm, for an exciting evening of music when the Michael-David Gordon Quartet performs at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts and Sterling.

Your $5 donation (or more, or less) supports the musicians and PLG Arts! This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NY State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

And be sure to try the Inkwell’s new expanded menu plus soul food selections, fine wines and beers.

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2nd event in Chamber Music Series: June 8, 3 pm

PLG Arts Chamber Music will present its second event, andPlay, on Sunday, June 8th. This new series of classical music performances will be held in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and surrounding neighborhoods.

andPlay is committed to expanding the violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. This New York-based duo of Maya Bennardo and Hannah Levinson has performed in venues including the Firehouse Space, Caffe Vivaldi, and on the East Bank and Concerts on the Slope music series.Midwood and Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible to chambermusic@plgarts.org. The address (near Flatbush Ave &  Midwood St) will be distributed to the RSVP list.

$5 suggested donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts.

PLG Arts is delighted to add PLG Arts Chamber Music to their current programming, which includes visual arts shows, jazz performance, theater, and other expressions of creativity in local venues. 

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Re-Enchanting the Ordinary | Photography by Yoshiko Mori

Yoshiko will be presenting photographs centered around Prospect Park

Please join us for the opening reception on Friday May 9th @ Tugboat Tea Company (546 Flatbush Ave)
Light refreshments will be served.

“Photography is a tool for me to find and capture an emotion in the “external world.” It is my emotion, clearly embedded in the landscape outside my skin—I leave part of me there when I take a photo as I take some of the scene with me.

I want to live aware of the world like this. I want to feel the constant wind for days, then no wind all day; a full moon so bright I squint my eyes—I strive to be open to the world in such a way that it can flow through me.

These moments exist anywhere during my walk within Prospect Park, but each moment is only that: a moment. Like dreams, these scenes are entirely unique and will never repeat. Every time when I witness those moments I dream, re-enchanting the ordinary.

I hope the viewer can visit these moments and in-between places in their imaginations, while bringing their own thoughts and experiences to this shared process of sense perception.”

みなさん、ぜひ遊びにきてください!

Emilio Teubal Trio @the Inkwell Fri, Apr 25, 7-9 pm

Pianist/composer Emilio Teubal started playing the piano at the age  of nine. He studied at Argentina’s National Conservatory and was an active performer in the tango and jazz scene of Buenos Aires until 1999, when he relocated to New York City to continue his musical studies.  His latest album, Musica Para Un Dragon Dormido, was chosen as a 2013 best album and has been in the top 100 albums on E-Music.  Joining Emilio are Ignacio Rivas Bixio on drums and Moto Fukushima on electric bass.

Emilio received a BFA in music from the City College of New York, where he studied with prominent jazz figures such as Marc Copland, Scott Reeves, Bruce Barth, Mike Holober, John Patitucci, Cliff Korman and Ron Carter. He received the Bushwick Composition Award for two consecutive years.

Emilio TeubalEmilio has performed as a leader in some of the most prestigious venues in New York City, among them Iridium, Joe’s Pub, the Knitting Factory, BAM cafe , Cornelia Street Cafe, and the 55 Bar, as well as at major jazz festivals. In 2007, Emilio was awarded Meet The Composer’s prestigious Van Lier Fellowship, which provides support for talented, culturally diverse young people who are seriously dedicated to a career in the arts.

His credits include performances and recordings with Grammy award winners Raul Jaurena and Fernando Otero, Erik Friedlander, Hector del Curto, Bob Mover, John Benitez, Lucia Pulido, Pedro Giraudo, Lisandro Adrover, Miguel Bertero, and Astor Piazolla’s legendary violinist Fernando Suarez Paz. Teubal has also been a steady member of several New York-based bands, including Sebastian Cruz’s Coba, Los Chantas Tango Group, and the Marta Gomez Group, with whom he has toured the U.S., Mexico, Spain, and Argentina.

This Friday, April 25, 7-9 pm, join us for an exciting evening of music when Emilio and his Trio perform at the Ink Well Cafe, 408 Rogers Ave, between Lefferts and Sterling.

Try the Inkwell’s new expanded menu plus soul food selections, fine wines and beers.

Your $5 donation supports the musicians and PLG Arts!

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This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).