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Austria Meets NY Jazz Festival 2009

For the second consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and renowned NY Jazz clubs The Jazz Standard and Joe’s Pub present the Austria Meets New York Jazz Festival 2009 from October 12 through 16, 2009.

Austrian and American musicians explore and interpret the influence and the potential of Austrian musical idioms on contemporary Jazz. The festival is the result of a close cooperation with and the support of the Viennese club Porgy and Bess, as well as the Tyrolean Jazz festival Outreach. All performances are at the Austrian Cultural Forum unless otherwise indicated.

Robert Lehrbaumer in Concert: Haydn Contra Jazz -On the occasion of the Franz Joseph Haydn bicentennial and the ACFNY Jazz Festival 2009, Viennese pianist and organist Robert Lehrbaumer juxtaposes the works of Joseph Haydn with works from the Amercian Jazz tradition. The presentation includes works such as Gershwin’s Three Préludes, and Three New Préludes, as well as Haydn’s first and last piano sonatas.

Also in performance: 

Composer Gene Pritsker will present his chamber music based on or inspired by such Austrian composers as Mozart, Schoenberg, Haydn, and Malzat as well as folk music from the region.

Hans Glawischnig Quartet will perform originals by Hans Glawischnig, an eclectic mix from Latin American influences to the avant-garde. With Dave Binney, Luis Perdomo and Eric Doob, with Special Guest, Christian Havel. Perforamnce is at The Jazz Standard.

Loescher, Kondert & Brown Trio is a diverse US-Austrian formation with a mix of Groove, Hip Hop, Soul and Electronic sounds, all in a jazz trio formation. 

Roland Heinz Quartet combines chamber music and contemporary Jazz. With Loren Stillman, Scott Lee and Jeff Hirshfield.

Christian Havel & Jon Davis - one of the leading Jazz guitarists in Europe, Havel is joined by his long time collaborator, piano virtuoso Jon Davis.

Tom Zlabinger - Improvisations and experimental ideas building upon a mixture of the urgency and intensity of New York and the language of the age-old traditions of Vienna. With Ras Moshe and Gunter Gruner.

Franz Hackl's IDO Quartet merges “Tyrolean Folktunes,“ the musical dialect Hackl grew up with, with the music and sounds of New York. The music is both very personal and open to influences from all over the world. Each band member has all the artistic freedom they need to contribute equally to the same vision. With Adam Holzman, Lincoln Goines and Mino Cinelu. Performance is at Joe's Pub.

MoZuluArt is a project founded by the artists whose work is a fusion of traditional Zulu music with classical music, based mainly on Mozart compositions. With Roland Guggenbichler (Austria), Vusa Mkhaya Ndlovu (Zimbabwe), Blessings Nqo Nkomo (Zimbabwe) and Ramadu (Zimbabwe). Performance is at Joe's Pub.

For further information, contact:

Austrian Cultural Forum
11 East 52nd St.
New York, NY 10022
phone: 212 319 5300

The Jazz Standard
116 E 27th St
New York, NY 10016

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003


Festival of New Trumpet Music: Four Nights in Honor of Bobby Bradford

Font celebrates the extraordinary contributions trumpeter Bobby Bradford has made to the creative music community for over 50 years with The Festival of New Trumpet Music, four nights of music held in his honor. Bradford's clarion sound on both the trumpet and cornet, the conceptual vibrancy of his improvisations and compositions, and the gentle wisdom of his mentorship to countless artists makes this event one not to miss.

The Festival of New Trumpet Music will also present Bradford the 2009 Award of Recognition. See this master present his music at a rare NY club appearance.

The schedule of trumpet and jazz events is as follows:

Thursday, October 1, 2009
Ambrose Akinmusire performs a newly commissioned work honoring Bradford and written especially for FONT featuring pianist Vijay Iyer and trumpeter Avishai Cohen. Akinmusire is the winner of the 2007 Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition and the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
7:30 and 9:30.

Friday, October 2, 2009
Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt brings together a very special sextet with fellow trumpeters Eddie Henderson and David Weiss. Jeremy is currently a featured performer in the Mingus Big Band, Ralph Peterson Quintet, Lewis Nash Ensemble, Cannonball Adderley Legacy Quintet featuring Louis Hayes, Vincent Herring, and the Frank Foster Loud Minority Big Band.
7:30, 9:30, and 11:30

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Legendary cornetist Bobby Bradford makes a rare New York appearance with a Quintet featuring David Murray, Marty Ehrlich, Mark Dresser and Andrew Cyrille. Special Font-sponsored event, not to be missed.
7:30, 9:30, and 11:30.

Sunday, October 4, 2009
Bobby Bradford returns with an Octet featuring David Murray, fellow trumpeter Baikida Carroll, Benny Powell on trombone, and James Weidman on piano.
7:30 and 9:30.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
5:00 - 6:30pm
Sam Ash Music
60 West 48th St.
NYC 10036
Dave Douglas with Peter Evans and Nate Wooley: Extended Techniques for Trumpet - a Discussion and Demonstration. See and hear how new sounds are being created, and how they are being applied to new music.

Registration required. e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Festival of New Trumpet Music
Oct. 1st - 4th, 2009

Jazz Standard
116 E. 27th Street

Lebowski Fest In NYC This Week

The Dude would most definitely abide. The annual Lebowski Fest comes to New York City September 22-24, 2009, attracting fans from all over town. Lebowski Fest is a celebration of all things related to the 1998 Coen brothers cult comedy, The Big Lebowski. Fans of the film (aka "Achievers") come from far and wide to drink white Russians, throw some rocks and party with an array of Dudes, Walters and Maudes (not to mention a nihilist or two).

The three-day festival returns with the Movie Party at Terminal 5 on September 22njeff bridges as the big lebowskid and two nights of bowling on September 23rd at Lucky Strike Lanes and September 24th at Brooklyn Bowl.

For devoted Lebowski fans (commonly known as Achievers) the movie is not just an eclectic Coen brothers (Joel and Ethan) comedy, it is a way of life. Full of witty, highly quotable dialogue the film has very quickly taken a life of its own. Although the film was a sleeper when it was first released in 1998 it quickly blossomed into a cult movie.

The story of Lebowski Fest begins in 2002 during a rather dull tattoo expo in Louisville, Kentucky. Under the mistaken belief that it would be a great place to sell T-shirts from Scott's shop (Mothership Connection, R.I.P.), the “founding dudes”, as Scott and Will are now known, were manning a booth but were so bored by the lack of activity that they took to quoting The Big Lebowski for amusement. No matter how many times a line was said, it was undeniably funny. As the other vendors joined in they very quickly realized they had tapped into a pop culture phenomenon which had not yet been recognized. 

In creating a sense of bonding and camaraderie between complete strangers came a revelation amidst this swirl of neck tattoos and piercing enthusiasts: "If they can have conventions for tattoos and God knows what else, why not a convention for people who love The Big Lebowski? As a famous dude once said "If you will it, it is no dream."

A date was set, a bowling alley was rented and flyers were printed. And people flocked from La Jolla to Leo Carrillo and Pismo to take part in the shenanigans. The First Annual Lebowski Fest went so well that Scott and Will decided to host another one, and another, and another.

The “founding dudes” discovered that Lebowski fans were everywhere and took the movie very seriously. Thus, the first Lebowski Fest was born. Crowds poured in from all over the country to celebrate the movie and bask in its eclectic goodness. Sensing the universal potential of the venture they decided to continue the festival touring America each year.

 It's a multi-day party that typically opens with live performances and screening of the film the first night and concludes with a raucous bowling party the following night. The First Annual Lebowski Fest was in 2002 in Louisville, but subsequent fests have been held in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Austin, Seattle, London and Edinburgh. While the Coen brothers continue to maintain a safe distance from the madness they created, the fest has earned the blessing of the Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, who attended the fest in L.A. and even stuck around to sing a few songs

For more information visit or call 502-583-9290.  

Tues, Sep 22nd
Lebowski Fest New York Movie Party - Music by Black Diamond Heavies + special appearance by the Pin Heads. Followed by a screening of the movie. Doors at 7:30. @ Terminal 5 - 610 West 56th St, 10019
$20 Advance / $25 Day Of

Weds, Sep 23th
Lebowski Fest New York Bowling Party - Night 1 - Bowling, costume, trivia and other contests. Ticket includes bowling* and shoe rental. Ages 21 and over. 7pm @ Lucky Strike Lanes - 660 W 42nd St, 10036.
$28 Advance / $32 Day of

*Bowling is general admission and not guaranteed. Bowling shoes not required with any non-dark soled shoe.

Thur, Sep 24th
Lebowski Fest New York Bowling Party - Night 2 - Bowling, costume, trivia and other contests. Ages 21 and over. 8pm @ Brooklyn Bowl - 61 Wythe Ave, 11211.

Two differet tickets for Night 2: Bowling Ticket $30 (1 game of bowling + shoes) / Non-bowling ticket $22

Lebowski Fest Speed of Sound Tour Dates:

Lebowski Fest has packed up its dirty undies and giant bowling pin costumes and has hit the road for a North American tour Tickets are on sale now!
Lebowski Fest Philly: Sept 25-26

Lebowski Fest DC: Sept 28-29

Lebowski Fest Austin: Oct. 9-10

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2009

CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival 2009 will hit New York City from October 20-24, 2009. For five days and nights, over 1,200 artists and 120,000 fans will take over more than 75 of the city's greatest nightclubs and theaters. Headquartered once again at New York University's Greenwich Village campus, participate in New York City's largest music festival.

CMJ '09 will feature exclusive nighttime parties, daytime exhibit areas, registrant lounges, a technology fair, artist and press lounges, meet and greets, panels, seminars, mentoring sessions, community initiatives, networking events, Q&As and special events.

The CMJ Marathon 2009 initial lineup includes:

  • Broadcast
  • School of Seven Bells (at Webster Hall)
  • Zac Brown Band
  • Múm (at Le Poisson Rouge with Iceland's Sin Fang Bous)
  • Atlas Sound
  • Japandroids
  • Margaret Cho
  • The Budos Band
  • Pitbull
  • The Very Best
  • The Temper Trap
  • Crystal Antlers
  • Portugal The Man (at Bowery Ballroom)
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars
  • Malajube,
  • Local Natives
  • Wild Light
  • The Antlers
  • Das Racist
  • Suckers
  • Pissed Jeans
  • Screaming Females
  • Atlas Sound,
  • Broadcast
  • The Selmanaires
  • The Drums at Santos

 CMJ Music Marathon General badges are $475 and student badges are $285 until midnight Tuesday, September 22 2009. Don't miss the chance for group discounts.

In conjunction with the CMJ Music Marathon, the 2009 CMJ Film Festival, runs from Tuesday, October 20 through Saturday, October 24 at various locations in New York City.

Newly invigorated, the 15th year of the film festival marks the first under the aegis of Artistic Director Alex Steyermark and Festival Manager Frances Wallace. Over the years, the festival has appealed to hordes of music industry folk and Marathon registrants, but this year Steyermark and Wallace aim at diversify their selections and expand the outreach to the film industry and the general movie-going public.

This refocusing includes an expanded program of 31 films, with screenings split between the Norwood Club on 14th St. and Clearview Cinemas on Chelsea's W. 23rd St.

Selections range from larger-scale productions like The Men Who Stare At Goats, and the festival's closing film, director Oren Moverman's The Messenger, to first-time features such as the Terror Twins' dark comedy The Invisible Life of Thomas Lynch and hard-hitting docs like the controversial exposé of Dole Food's farming practices, Bananas!

This is the first year the festival has attempted to bridge the gap between music and film festival attendees through the Music Doc showcase. All films in the series -- including Searching for Elliott Smith (a post-mortem biopic), and Mellodrama, (a history of the mellotron) -- will screen in five-hour blocks during the daytime at the Norwood (where the festival's opening and closing parties - RSVP only - will also be held).

Friday night, the Clearview will hold a "Downtown Doc Double-Bill" featuring Pardon Us for Living But the Graveyard is Full (about the prolific if under-recognized band The Fleshtones) and Kid Creole and My Coconuts (a memoir of collected footage shot by Adriana Kaegi, the lead Coconut in an '80s world-fusion band that was ahead of its time).

The music-to-film connection is also reflected in the film festival's two panel contributions. The first, on "Breaking into Film Scoring," features Nathan Larson, music supervisor for Moverman's closing-night film, The Messenger, as well as Sue Devine, senior director of Film and Television Music at ASCAP, and will be moderated by Steyermark, an impressive music supervisor in his own right (Malcolm X, The Ice Storm).

The second panel, entitled "Déjà Vu All Over Again," explores the reality of the new film distribution model as it relates to changes already observed in the music industry. The panel, moderated by The New Yorker's John Seabrook, will showcase authorities from both the film and music industries, including Ira Deutchman of Emerging Pictures, Matt Dentler of Cinetic Rights Management and music industry attorney Nick Gordon.

To access the full schedule of festival films or purchase advance tickets or passes, visit the CMJ Film Festival website:

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