Sound It Out

Greenwich House Music has long been a focal point of the downtown arts scene, with pivotal figures from Henry Cowell, Edgar Varèse and John Cage to Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara and Morton Subotnick linked with the institution. Singer-songwriter Steve Earle and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen have performed at Greenwich House, and jazz has a history there, too: Varèse and composer Earle Brown, collaborating with saxophonist-producer Teo Macero, hosted an improvisation session in 1957 with a group that included such players as Art Farmer and Charles Mingus. More recently, the Jazz Composers Collective held important concerts at Greenwich House in the 1990s. 

Sound It Out, founded by series curator Bradley Bambarger in June 2012, aims to continue this tradition by hosting musicians from jazz and other venturesome genres, further binding Greenwich House Music with progressive scenes across New York City. 

GHMS was named one of the five best jazz venues in New York City for 2013!

Saturday, October 17, 8:00 p.m. – Poetry in motion...

Frank Carlberg's Word Circus

Frank Carlberg, piano/compositions; Christine Correa, voice; John O’Gallagher, alto saxophone; Kim Cass, double-bass; Michael Sarin, drums

The Hartford Courant says: “Carlberg does a masterful job blending the music and words, the results sounding so organic. The melodies wrap around the words with ease and the solos never seem obligatory. His music is melodic, challenging, intelligent and fiercely original.”

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)


Thursday, October 29, 7:30 p.m. – Guitars, electric and acoustic!

Brandon Ross & Rubin Kodheli duo + Cameron Mizell solo

Brandon Ross, acoustic guitar, banjo & soprano guitar; Rubin Kodheli, cello

Cameron Mizell, electric guitar/loops

A double-bill featuring the new duo of guitarist Brandon Ross & cellist Rubin Kodheli; plus – opening the show with a solo set – guitarist Cameron Mizell, celebrating the release of his solo EP The Edge of Visibility (Destiny Records).

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)



Wednesday, November 4, 8:00 p.m. – ECM album release show!

Ben Monder & Andrew Cyrille

Ben Monder, guitar; Andrew Cyrille, drums

Guitarist Ben Monder celebrates the release of his atmospheric ECM debut, Amorphae, with a duo show featuring a veteran free-jazz great: drummer Andrew Cyrille. The New York Times has praised Monder’s music for its “convergence of the oceanic, the otherworldly and the cerebral.” His new album sees him reach a kind of apotheosis of this quality, with the album like a dream in sound – free-floating and kaleidoscopic, mostly freely improvised and full of surprise.

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)



Thursday, November 12, 7:30 p.m. – Angie Sanchez double-bill!

Angelica Sanchez & Omar Tamez Duo + Alessi/Attias/Sanchez Trio

Tierra Mestiza: Angelica Sanchez, piano; Omar Tamez, guitar

Ralph Alessi, trumpet; Michaël Attias, alto saxophone; Angelica Sanchez, piano

This double-bill revolves around the piano artistry of Angelica Sanchez, featuring her in the duo Tierra Mestiza with kindred-spirit guitarist Omar Tamez and in a collective trio with two of New York’s finest: Ralph Alessi and Michaël Attias.

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)


Saturday, November 14, 8:00 p.m. – A rare jazz piano-duo performance!

Andy Milne & Kevin Hays

Andy Milne, piano; Kevin Hays, piano

Few jazz clubs, or any small venues, have the luxury of two Steinway pianos; but Greenwich House does, and Sound It Out will be taking full advantage by presenting this rare piano-duo performance by Andy Milne and Kevin Hays, two of New York’s most adventurous jazz pianists.

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)



Friday, December 4, 8:00 p.m. – Swinging and atmospheric chamber jazz!

OWL Trio: Orlando le Fleming, Will Vinson, Lage Lund

Orlando le Fleming, double-bass; Will Vinson, saxophone; Lage Lund, guitar

It’s a treat for Sound It Out to present the beautiful music of one of New York City’s most engaging chamber-jazz groups. About the OWL Trio’s first record, DownBeat said: "Everything about this album, which should contend for debut of the year honors, is a resounding success. The music swings effortlessly, every utterence is gorgeous, and the recording is intimate and beautiful."

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)



Thursday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. – Exotic double-bill!

Surface to Air + Tongues in Trees

Surface to Air: Jonathan Goldberger, guitar; Jonti Siman, double-bass; Rohin Khemani, tabla

Tongues in Trees: Samita Sinha, vocals; Grey Mcmurry, guitar; Sunny Jain, drums 

One of Sound It Out’s favorite New York bands, Surface to Air, returns to the series on a double-bill with kindred-spirit trio Tongues in Trees, featuring singer Samita Sinha, guitarist Grey Mcmurry (half of the great duo itsnotyouitsme) and drummer Sunny Jain (leader of the ever-popular world-beat combo Red Baraat). WNYC’s John Schaefer described the music of Tongues in Trees as sounding like where “indie dream-pop and Indian rhythms collide.”

Tickets: special price of $12 for all


Friday, December 18, 8:00 p.m. – Radical Jewish Culture!

Ned Rothenberg’s Inner Diaspora Quintet

Ned Rothenberg, woodwinds; Mark Feldman,violin; Erik Friedlander, cello; Satoshi Takeishi, percussion; Jerome Harris, guitar and bass

Ned Rothenberg brings the quintet that recorded his Tzadik album Inner Diaspora to Sound It Out @ Greenwich House. His lyrical, color-rich take on “Radical Jewish Culture” features his trio Sync alongside guest string players Mark Feldman and Erik Friedlander, with the band exploring the possibilities of 21st-century Jewish culture through the nuances of scales, modes and feelings of alienation and belonging.

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)

Saturday, January 23, 8:00 p.m. – All-star New York quartet!

Jesse Stacken Quartet

Jesse Stacken, piano; Tony Malaby, saxophones; Sean Conly, double-bass; Tom Rainey, drums

Pianist-composer Jesse Stacken will perform with the all-star quartet that recorded his most recent album, Helleborus. Reviewing the record, The New York Times called Stacken’s music “scintillating” and “beautiful,” the band playing with “gusto.”

Tickets: $15 ($12 for students and seniors)

Drummer, Dave King, and saxophonist, Chris Speed's, performance from Thursday, July 18, 2013. To view more footage, click here

Past performances in this series include 

Tim Berne’s Snakeoil . . . Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan (w/ E. Eskelin, M. Formanek, R. Alessi) . . . Matt Mitchell Trio . . . Surface to Air . . . Big Satan (T. Berne, M. Ducret, T. Rainey). . . Open Loose (M. Helias, T. Malaby, T. Rainey) . . . Dan Tepfer’s “Goldberg Variations / Variations” . . . Sam Newsome & Ethan Iverson . . . Tony Malaby’s Novela with Kris Davis . . . Dan Blake’s “Aquarian Suite” . . . Noah Preminger Group (w/ B. Monder, M. Pavolka, C. Stranahan) . . . Joel Harrison’s String Choir: Music of Paul Motian . . . Michael Attias’s Spun Tree (w/ R. Alessi, M. Mitchell, S. Conly, T. Rainey) . . . Harold O’Neal . . . Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman . . . NY3 (Anat Cohen, Martin Wind, Matt Wilson) . . . Tim Berne & Kris Davis . . . Darius Jones Quartet . . . Paraphrase (T. Berne, D. Gress, T. Rainey) . . . Russ Lossing . . . Lucian Ban & Tony Malaby . . . Ted Nash’s “The Creep” . . . Ches Smith Quartet (w/ M. Maneri, J. Finlayson, S. Crump) . . . Renku (M. Attias, J. Hebert, S. Takeishi) . . . Ananda Gari w/ Rez Abassi, Tim Berne & Michael Formanek . . . Wadada Leo Smith & Angelica Sanchez . . . Tyshawn Sorey Quartet (w/ M. Kikuchi, T. Neufeld, T. Morgan, plus J. Garchik) . . . Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys . . . Curtis Macdonald Quartet w/ David Virelles . . . Frank Kimbrough & Scott Robinson . . . Roni Ben-Hur, Santi Debriano & Duduka Da Fonseca . . .

For more information about Sound It Out, contact Bradley at 917-805-8747 or

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