Serial Underground
"the subversive nightclub series" (Time Out NY)
Sunday, June 8 at 6pm

Jed Distler, host

@ The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street bet. (6th and 7th Ave.), NYC (map)

ComposersCollaborative, inc.

Jessie Montgomery
Jessie Montgomery:
Breakaway, for string quartet
Untitled, for violin solo

Publiquartet and Jessie Montgomery

watch PQ play Jessie's Voodoo Dolls here

Ed Scmidt

Ed Schmidt
"So Long"

watch a vintage 2005 Ed Schmidt Serial Underground clip here




Theodore Mook and Margaret Kampmeier





Theodore Mook, cello
Margaret Kampmeier, piano

Lois V Vierk's "Words Fail Me"

watch one of Lois' coolest piano pieces here




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A few words from CCi Artistic Director Jed Distler:
This is it. The last installment of Serial Underground. When we began the series in October 2004, we had no idea how long it would endure. But it brought many emerging and established composers, instrumentalists, singers, poets, playwrights, fiction writers and visual artists to the Cornelia St. Café stage, trying out new work, breaking in repertoire, experimenting, reaching past their comfort zones, and gaining your trust in the process. In turn, you, the audience, have allowed CCi to take similar chances, giving valuable feedback and support.

For our final show, I thought it fitting to look forward and back. Among our earliest champions in CCi’s first presenting years was composer/saxophonist Ed Montgomery, who generously invited me to open his new performance space Context Studios in the East Village with a series of solo piano concerts in May 1993. His young daughter Jessie was a budding violinist and composer, and she’s now one of today’s bright young creators on the new music scene. Ed Schmidt and I developed our piano theater work The Gold Standard during Serial’s first three seasons, and he’s also turned up over the years with unique monologues in tow. Lastly, we conclude with bittersweet yet joyful noise in the form of Lois V Vierk’s powerful Words Fail Me, a work we premiered on Serial in 2005.

I'm proud of Serial Underground's variety and breadth of genres, styles and personalities, thanks to so many artists who were willing to give their time and talent to the cause. And let us not forget Célia Cooke (1948-2011), CCi’s co-founder and producing director, whose extraordinary behind the scenes work and gentle yet vibrant presence continues to be felt three years after her passing. I also thank Robin Hirsch for his unswerving faith, support, patience and friendship, and for providing his landmark Cornelia Street Café as our home base. And to the cafe's artistic curators Angelo Verga, Joshua Rebell and Tom Chang, and to the wonderful, supportive staff....I can't thank you all enough. We look forward to our new adventures this fall.