Category Archives: music

January 13 – Song a Week Showcase

Come listen and enjoy original music! Featured performers are members of Song A Week 2018: James Kerr, Cristhopper, Eric Vetter, Carlo Fortunato, Tamora Wilson, and more. Song A Week, founded by James Tristan Redding, is an international community of artists supporting each other’s creative process week by week. Food will be provided.

Ven a disfrutar una noche de música original! Los artistas que van a presentar son miembrxs de Song A Week 2018: James Kerr, Cristhopper, Eric Vetter, Carlo Fortunato, Tamora Wilson, y más. Song A Week, fundado por James Tristan Redding, es una comunidad internacional de artistas que gozan del apoyo mutuo de sus miembrxs en sus procesos creativos semana por semana. Habrá comida.


Song a Week  Showcase
Friday, January 11, 2018
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. @ 165th St.
New York NY 10032


January 6 – Album Release: Dan Rauchwerk’s We Are More Than What We Leave Behind

Best described as a “musical Wikipedia,” songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Rauchwerk seeks to educate as he entertains. A founding member of the internationally touring folk band The Lords of Liechtenstein, Dan has recently embarked on a solo career. At Word Up, Dan will be playing from his debut solo album, We Are More Than What We Leave Behind, alongside readings by friends.

Album Release: Dan Rauchwerk’s We Are More Than What We Leave Behind                Sunday, January 6, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm 
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria
2113 Amsterdam Ave. (@ 165th St.)
New York NY 10032

February 17 – Family Jam

This is a free, all-ages, community music event where real local musicians play live music in diverse genres for toddlers, grandmas and everyone in-between.  Dancing, singing, audience participation and deep listening encouraged. Past jams have included hip hop, folk, klezmer, classical, bossa nova, son jarocho, jazz, Bulgarian fiddle music and electronica.  Who knows, this time we might even try some rock ‘n’ roll.

Contact Jon Braman if you want to perform!,,

Family Jam
Saturday, February 17 
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue @ 165th St. 
New York NY 10032

December 16 – Words and Music Series: Session 4-from the Opposite Ends of Pisces

Words and Music Series—Session 4: Sheila Maldonado & Janice A. Lowe

The next installment of our Words and Music Series pairs author/multimedia artist Sheila Maldonado and composer/musician Janice A. Lowe. Janice and Sheila met as teaching artists for Teachers & Writers Collaborative and spent time together at a residency at Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate in Westchester. They found they were quite copacetic, as they were actually cuspy Pisces on opposite ends, Sheila, Pisces/Aquarius cusp, and Janice, Pisces/Aries cusp. Here, they meet to blend word and sound intuitively as Pisces will do. They will experiment and play, remix poems together, draw sound out of the page and the spaces between words. The resulting collaboration will be performed by Sheila, Janice, and Janice’s band, Namaroon.

Poetry by Sheila Maldonado                                                                         Original Music by Janice Lowe

Namaroon is:                                                                                                           Keyboard & Voice, Janice Lowe                                                                                          Guitar, Gregory Kage                                                                                                              Bass, Yohann Potico                                                                                               Percussion, Shawn Banks

Sheila Maldonado is the author of the poetry collection one-bedroom solo (Fly by Night Press, 2011). Her 2nd publication, that’s what you get, is forthcoming from Brooklyn Arts Press. Her poems have appeared in Gulf CoastPing Pong, and The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States. She is a CantoMundo Fellow and a Creative Capital awardee as part of desveladas, a visual writing collective. She has served as an artist-in-residence on Governors Island for the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She teaches creative writing for The City University of New York.

Janice A. Lowe writes and composes music-text hybrids. She is the author of Leaving CLE poems of nomadic dispersal and composer of the musical LIL BUDDA, text by Stephanie L. Jones. Her poems have appeared in CallalooBest American Experimental Writing, (Pre)Conceivable Bridges and Solidarity Texts: Radiant Re-Sisters. As a pianist/vocalist, Janice has recorded with the experimental bands w/o a net, HAGL, and Digital Diaspora, and she performs with her band, NAMAROON. She is a co-founder of the Dark Room Collective.

This is the fourth installment of the Words and Music series, which presents new collaborations between wordsmiths and musicians at Word Up Community Bookshop.

Words and Music is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

On the Cusp: Words and Music from the Opposite Ends of Pisces
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Followed by Word Up’s annual end-of-year party!
Word Up Community Bookshop/Librería Comunitaria


December 8 – Jazz and Jewels

Jazz and Jewels
a mini holiday market with local vendors and live jazz from the Mamaphry Quartet
The Mamaphry Quartet is a NYC-based jazz group featuring Phil Weitzman (guitar), Matt Ellis (sax), Matt Swan (bass), and Ryan Harper (drums). They play a selection of original tunes and jazz classics, with a particular flair for bop and post-bop from the 1950s and 1960s Blue Note era.
Holiday market vendors:
Linea Germania | Fashionton Heights | Popup Crafts | Confeltti | & more
Check our website/Facebook page for vendor updates
Jazz and Jewels
Friday, December 8, 2017
Word Up Community Bookshop