Saturday, March 22, 2014 8pm at Standard Toykraft with Kaki King

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 in Featured, Live Shows, News

A revolving cast of some of the best improvisers come to improvise a play inspired in the moment by the guest musician. NEXT SHOW: Saturday, March 22, 2014 8pm at Standard Toykraft with Musical Guest Kaki King! Improvisers: Andrew Benedict Ryan Crossman Brian Fountain Risa Sang-urai Harms Shannon Manning Branson Reese Mary Regan Robin Rothman Doug Stoley Sean Taylor Betsy Todd Plus an introduction by ZEBADIAH KENEALLY who will hold forth on the topic of beauty, love, and/or truth and their buddy MAGIC!   All this, plus drinks and a hang before and afterwards…for $10. (Donations welcome!) Limited number of advanced tickets available. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=Y6RTRT6CRUA8S Saturday, March 22, 2014 8pm at Standard Toykraft 722 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York. L to Graham or G to Metropolitan.   JOIN THE FACEBOOK EVENT More about Kaki King: Hailed by Rolling Stone as “a genre unto herself,” Kaki King is a true iconoclast, a visionary musician/artist whose singular work rightly stands out amongst the easily formatted.  Over her decade-long career thus far, the Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer has recorded five extraordinarily diverse and distinctive LPs, performed with such icons as Foo Fighters, Timbaland, and The Mountain Goats, contributed to a variety of film and TV soundtracks (spanning Golden Globe-nominated work on Sean Penn’s Into The Wild to scoring – and appearing in as guitar-playing hand double – the acclaimed 2007 drama, August Rush), and played to ever-growing audiences on innumerable world tours.  Each twist and veer marked the turning of a page, another step forward on a truly exceptional musical path.  Beginning with 2002’s Everybody Loves You – to date, her only fully acoustic guitar recording – King has expanded and reconceived the role of the solo instrumental artist, constantly kicking at the boundaries of what’s expected. MORE...

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The BLT Q&A: Stranger Cat by Nivea Serrao

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 in BLT Musician Q&A, Featured, News

You can take the musician out of the wilderness, but not the wilderness out of the musician. That’s how Stranger Cat was born. The latest project from Cat Martino, it is the result of Martino’s brief sojourn in the Sierra Foothills in search of a respite from city living, writing and recording songs that blend together synthesized instruments and electronic beats and layering it with her powerful voice. Still an organic quality is retained. A few years ago, the Brooklyn native was afflicted with an undiagnosed neuromuscular condition that left her isolated in her bedroom. Physically constrained, she turned to her microphone and loop pedal for musical expression. Now, having fully recovered, Martino has thrown herself into her music, employing the loop effects she’d taught herself in her songs, giving them an almost dream-like quality. However, she notes these new songs balance an ethereal layering quality with a rawer and more aggressive energy. She’s also spent the last few years touring and recording with friends – first fellow songstress Sharon Van Etten, then frequent collaborator Sufjan Stevens and now, Stranger Cat co-collaborator Sven Britt. In fact, they’ve even recorded an as-of-yet-to-be released EP together. We asked Cat a few questions in advance of Stranger Cat’s appearance at BLT this Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Standard Toykraft.   Tell us something you think is beautiful. Our bodies are a mini-verse to the macro universe. Inside of us is mostly water, and the elements oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen. And essentially we are the same stuff of the stars. Scientifically and metaphorically this is beautiful to me. What is your first memory of love? My father holding me as a newly adopted child. I was only 3 months old, so perhaps it’s just I’ve envisioned the story so many times… I don’t remember it in my mind, but definitely in my body. What is something you know to be true since you were a child? Cinnamon Toast Crunch is the best cereal. What do you love most about making music? The constant return to being a curious and playful child, and having a raw expression through sound. Also, the fringe benefits are off the hook, never-ending hummus… Have you known other people who have done Beauty Love Truth? What are you expecting? What are you looking forward to? Nope! No clue, surprise me, bring it ON! I am looking forward to what I just found out about improvisation and comedy – improvisation has always been a huge part of my creative process before a song becomes fixed. It allows one to be completely in the moment, and find intuitive truths come out when there is no time for plotted thinking. I...

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Beauty Love Truth with Stranger Cat – Saturday, Oct 19, 2013 at 8pm at Standard Toykraft

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 in Featured, Live Shows, News

A revolving cast of some of the best improvisers come to improvise a play inspired in the moment by the guest musician. NEXT SHOW: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 8pm at Standard Toykraft 722 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York. L to Graham or G to Metropolitan. Musical Guest: STRANGER CAT (Cat Martino and Sven Britt).   Improvisers: Matt Higgins (Centralia, Burn Manhattan) Dan Hodapp (PIT, UCB) Ed Illades (IO Chicago) Shannon Manning (Second City, IO, UCB, “Conan”) Doug Moe (“Doug Moe is a Bad Dad,” UCB’s MOTHER, “30 Rock,” “Conan”) Louie Pearlman (“Billy on the Street”, Story Pirates, Spidey Project) Alexis Saarela ( C. Monster, Taco Supreme) Rylan Venegas (Magnet) Plus an introduction by LIAM MCENEANEY who will hold forth on the topic of beauty, love, and/or truth. On October 1ST, ASpecialThing Records released Liam McEneaney’s debut album, “Comedian.” Liam has appeared on Comedy Central, Showtime’s “Caroline Rhea & Friends,” Vh1’s “Best Week Ever,” and his concert film, “Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!” He has toured as a headliner across North America and throughout Europe. He’s also made multiple appearances on top podcasts including WTF with Marc Maron, Keith & The Girl, Put Your Hands Together!, The Steven Brody Stevens Festival of Friendship, Myq Kaplan’s Hang Out With Me, and many more. More about STRANGER CAT: Raised in the urban sprawl, Stranger Cat was born out of a respite in the wilderness. As most stories go, she was seeking a noiseless place for musing, but found instead a sentient beast stalking through the woods, be it animal, alien, or deity; she memorized its sound. Stranger Cat is the new project from Cat Martino. Her penchant for loop effects was inspired by homebound isolation from a debilitating neuromuscular affliction several years ago that mysteriously could not be diagnosed. Isolated to her bedroom for the better part of a year, a simple microphone and loop pedal became her new choir. Now restored to health, she celebrates her freedom of movement by creating lush layers with voice, synthesizers, and electronics that gamut ethereal, soulful, and turbulent chaos, inspired by the body in motion. Cat retreated from Brooklyn, NY to winter in the Sierra Foothills and wrote and recorded new songs. Simple melodies or beats morphed into powerful walls of sound to melt in through snowstorms, howling winds, or stark silence nestled by gargantuan oaks and the infinite starry dome. Joined by co-collaborator Sven Britt for a week, they traded recording each other on casios, synths, guitars, drum machines, branches and spoons. Often a cat would come to the door to listen, meowing to be let in. When it appeared daily they called it Stranger Cat, observing its alien supernatural powers, as she’d heard tell of the Foothills’ history of UFO sightings and ghost haunts. One day...

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BEAUTY LOVE TRUTH Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8pm with COMMON PRAYER (feat. Jason Sebastian Russo/Tara Autovino) at Standard Toykraft

Posted on May 28, 2013 in Featured, Live Shows, News

A revolving cast of some of the best improvisers come to improvise a play inspired in the moment by the guest musician. That’s Beauty Love Truth! NEXT SHOW: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 8pm with musical guest COMMON PRAYER (feat. Jason Sebastian Russo/Tara Autovino) [Read the Q&A by Kaitlin Fontana here!] CourtPie Photography and this amazing cast of improvisers: Cast for June 8, 2013 show. Kaitlin Fontana (the PIT’s BODYHEAT, the Magnet Theater’s Breakfast for Dinner, Buckshot N Benny) Matt Higgins (Centralia, Burn Manhattan) Shannon Manning (Second City, IO, UCB, “Conan”) Doug Moe (“Doug Moe is a Bad Dad,” UCB’s MOTHER, “30 Rock,” “Conan”) Louie Pearlman (“Billy on the Street”, Story Pirates, Spidey Project) Andy Schneeflock  (Story Pirates, 4Squares Improv, “Robocamp” “Boardwalk Empire”) Lauren Ashley Smith (Story Pirates, Featherweight) Sean Taylor (Magnet Junior Varsity, Spotlight, Pizza Month, Variety Underground) Maggie Serota (photo by Mindy Tucker)   Plus an introduction by Maggie Serota (Low Times podcast, The Onion AV Club, Radar, NY Press, Philadelphia Weekly)   All this, plus drinks and a hang before and afterwards…for $10. (Donations welcome!)   Standard Toykraft 722 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York. L to Graham or G to Metropolitan.       BEAUTY LOVE TRUTH Press Release June 8, 2013 And LOOKIT: IMPROV FOR POETS AND GENIUSES. An improv workshop for...

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Beauty Love Truth performers in ACT ONE at the PIT Sun, Oct 7th at 8pm

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 in Live Shows, News

Some of us are performing in a showcase of one-act improvised plays called ACT ONE. PIT Sun, Oct 7th at 8pm 123 East 24th St. btw Park and Lex. Kirk Damato, Shannon Manning, Louie Pearlman, Branson Reese, and Mary Regan. Musical guest TBA. PIT Site: http://thepit-nyc.com/show/act-one-20/?cur_d=121007&cur_m=1210 Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/e/186626 Tumblr: http://actonenyc.tumblr.com/post/32811552017/performing-in-act-one-on-sunday-october-7th-at-8pm...

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