Friday 03.08.13 Dru Cutler 8pm, Maria Neckam 9:30pm, Pete lanctot 10:30pm

Dru Cutler 8pm

Dru Cutler Audio Reel from Dru Cutler on Vimeo.

Maria Neckam 9:30pm

“a jazz singer of composure and purpose” – Nate Chinen, The New York Times
“a vocalist whose compositions are informed by unconventional phrasing and a striving for serenity” – Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR’s a blog supreme
“clear-water tones” – Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
“[Her] fecund creativity emerges from a genre-blurring sensibility that spans jazz, pop, rock, opera, musical theater and scared hymns… She has found eager and superbly gifted copilots. Led by Neckam’s crystalline soprano, they travel to some remarkable places, many not of this earth, several influenced by her conversion to Buddhism…. Every Neckam voyage is a wild one.” — Christopher Loudon, JazzTimes
“Neckam functions as a coequal instrumentalist and deft storyteller, using a clear fluid voice to convey raw emotions with philosophical detachment.  She dresses the stories with an impressive array of compositional and orchestrative strategies. Some evoke the autobiographical clarity of Joni Mitchell. Three duos with cellist Mariel Roberts nod to the art songs of Mahler and Schoenberg. Another three pieces frame poems by Hafez, Pablo Neruda and Rainer Maria Rilke. Others refract the rhythmic, harmonic and performative pathways established by stars such as Brad Mehldau and Luciana Souza. Whether rendering a lyric or a wordless melody, Neckam unfailingly follows her line, traversing the tricky time feels with confidence and grace.” — Ted Panken, DownBeat
“Lovely” – John Schaefer, New Sounds, WNYC
“…idiosyncratic jazz riffs and haunting pop hooks.” — Jaime Cone, New York Daily News
“In a field dominated by whispering gamines and Peggy Lee clones, Neckam’s uncompromising individuality is a refreshing digression. This album is a perfect, multi-faceted product of that temperament that should satisfy both the jazz purist and casual listener.” — Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz

Pete lanctot 10:30pm
Brooklyn based singer/songwriter, violinist, violist and guitarist, Pete Lanctot's songs tell stories that feel like spooky dreams of a bygone America. Backed by a rotating cast of talented musicians and improvisers, his experimental folk and blues songs recall Tom Waits, Latter-day Dylan and The Mississippi Sheiks.