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FEBRUARY 10 @ 9:00pm


JAMES CARNEY, piano + compositions



FEBRUARY 10 @10:30p


CHRIS SPEED, woodwinds

OSCAR NORIEGA; woodwinds


JIM BLACK, drums



This appeared in the New York Times Jazz Listings September 20 – 26, 2013. We couldn’t be more proud!

Drunken Sailor/Ben Holmes Quartet (Tuesday) The first band on this bill, playing at 9 p.m., is a wryly named collective of improvisers with a strong feel for group dynamics: the cornetist Kirk Knuffke, the saxophonists Jeff Lederer and Petr Cancura, the trombonist Brian Drye and the drummer Alison Miller. The second band, led by the trumpeter Ben Holmes and performing at 10:30 p.m., will be joined for the occasion by the tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Chris Speed. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

We’re so thankful to be surrounded by such great musicians.


Jen performed live at Korzo in January; it was a solo production of “Inner Chapters”. Watch the video on YouTube here.
Jen Shyu’s Web site

The KONCEPTIONS jazz and improvised music series, established in 2005 as a nomadic, flexible entity, has been presented at KORZO since 2009. Pianist and composer James Carney, co-founder and curator, has presented hundreds of New York City’s most outstanding musicians, both established and emerging. Veteran luminaries of the NYC jazz scene such as Tim Berne, Fred Hersch, Ravi Coltrane and Matt Wilson share double-bills with exciting younger artists such as Jen Shyu, Kris Davis, and Matt Mitchell. The Konceptions Music Series has been called a “valuable Park Slope progressive-jazz showcase” by Time Out New York, who also listed konceptions as one of the top “100 things to do on NYC weeknights for $10 or less.”

Schedule of upcoming events: Click the link at the top of this page that reads 2013 Schedule


Sets: 9:00pm & 10:30pm
$10 Suggested Donation / $10 Restaurant Purchase

667 5th Avenue (between 19th & 20th Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Says curator James Carney: “In 2005 I was walking past the Koze Lounge (now called Quarter Bar) on 5th Avenue in the South Slope. Koze hadn’t been open very long, and the  owner was standing outside. I asked him if they ever had live music, and he said “Yes, sometimes. Why? Are you a musician? Do you know other musicians that would want to play here? If you want a night I’m happy to give it a shot.” I couldn’t believe it; I had just moved here from LA, I was starting to get myself booked around town, and here I was being handed this random golden opportunity. We ended up only doing about 8 nights because he had to close the bar, but that short experience was so satisfying to me that I immediately found another venue nearby (Bar4 on 7th Avenue) that was fantastic. We were at Bar4 for 18 months, then we did short runs at the Douglass Street Music Collective and Biscuit in the north Slope. I took a break from the series for another 18 months and found I really missed the weekly ritual. Then, an acquaintance who was working at Korzo in 2009 told the owner about me, and after a couple of discussions we relaunched Konceptions in September 2009.”

“At the end of September we will celebrate our 3-year anniversary at Korzo, and on December 4, 2012, konceptions #250 will happen. I’m bringing in my 7-piece group that night, and Tim Berne will play the second set. It’s been a lot of work, and it’s not always easy, but the rewards have made it worthwhile.”

Please come join us every Tuesday, enjoy the music, and feel good about the fact that all of the $10. you pay for the suggested donation actually goes to the musicians. Those very artists who work hard – day in and day out – to create amazing music that can change your perspective while challenging you to think differently.  We’re not out to change the world, we just want to present music that isn’t always easy to program in New York City venues. And we want you to hear it live – not on your iPod, but in person. There is a significant difference. Live music is best; it resonates within our bodies in ways we cannot fully comprehend. It alters our perception of what is possible, and empowers and inspires us to improve our own individual artistry. Come experience the magic for yourself each week like we do!
Click above link for the schedule

Every Tuesday
Sets: 9:00pm & 10:30pm
$10 Suggested Donation / $10 purchase

667 5th Avenue (between 19th & 20th Streets)
Brooklyn, NY 11215