Past events:
Jazz Series: Sellick/Renfroe/Pettay
October 3
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
$15 suggested donation

The East Village has always been a hotbed for jazz since the days when Charlie Parker lived across from Tompkins Square Park, and later when Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, and Lee Morgan used to play at the infamous Slug's Saloon.

Join us as these great musicians express their freedom through improvisation, delicious swing, and the spirituality of the blues!

This third and final concert in the Planeta Jazz Series features:

Luke Sellick - bass
Andrew Renfroe - guitar
Jordan Pettay - saxophone

Bassist-of-choice for top-tier artists Russell Malone, Johnny O’Neal, Jimmy Greene and others, 26-year-old LUKE SELLICK is a compelling newcomer on the jazz scene. Raised in the rich and eclectic musical climate of Winnipeg, Canada, Luke’s musical journey lead him to New York where he attended The Juilliard School and was mentored by legendary bassist Ron Carter. He apprenticed musically with pianist Johnny O’Neal, performing weekly in classic New York clubs Smoke, Smalls and Mezzrow.
Jazz Series: Ruben Fox Trio w Evan Sherman & Russell Hall
October 5
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
$15 suggested donation

The East Village has always been a hotbed for jazz since the days when Charlie Parker lived across from Tompkins Square Park, and later when Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, and Lee Morgan used to play at the infamous Slug's Saloon.

Join us as these great musicians express their freedom through improvisation, delicious swing, and the spirituality of the blues!

This second concert in the Planeta Jazz Series features:

Ruben Fox - tenor saxophone
Russell Hall - bass
Evan Sherman - drums

Other events in the Planeta Jazz Series:
Oct. 17 - The Luke Sellick Trio

Ruben Fox, originally from London, is a student at The Juilliard School and already a very popular musician in New York. He's played with Wynton Marsalis at the Barbican Hall in London and as part of the Young Stars of Jazz Series in Marciac, France in 2016. Playing with Ruben is tap dancer Michela Marino Lerman, who is one of the most exciting tap dancers in the world and travels international to perform and teach, as well as Russell Hall on bass and Evan Sherman on drums.

All the members of tonight's ensemble play in the Evan Sherman Big Band, which plays regular late nights at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, and recently completed a tour of Australia. Many members of the group also recently produced a show in London called The Joint is Jumpin', a fusion of live jazz, tap dancing and storytelling celebrating and radically interpreting jazz icon Fats Waller’s music.

presented by Isaac Ezer
Jazz Series: Merrill/Cunningham/Lepore
September 4
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
$15 suggested donation

The East Village has always been a hotbed for jazz since the days when Charlie Parker lived across from Tompkins Square Park, and later when Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, and Lee Morgan used to play at the infamous Slug's Saloon.

We're very excited to present a series of three jazz concerts at Planeta featuring some of New York's finest musicians.

Join us as these great musicians express their freedom through improvisation, delicious swing, and the spirituality of the blues!

Adrian Cunningham - Clarinet, Saxophone, Vocals
John Merrill - Guitar
Joseph Lepore - Bass

Other events in the Planeta Jazz Series:
Oct. 5 - The Ruben Fox Trio
Oct. 17 - The Luke Sellick Trio

Adrian Cunningham and John Merrill are regulars on the New York jazz scene and at jazz festivals around the world. They tour together as part of Adrian's band Professor Cunningham and His Old School, playing traditional swing and New Orleans style music at international swing dance and jazz festivals. They both have a lyrical melodic style and relaxed swing feel, and whenever they hit the bandstand, it's obvious from the first minute that they love playing together.

Adrian, originally from Sydney, Australia, also tours regularly with the legendary trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, and leads the saxophone section of the grammy-winning Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, an NYC based 1920's swing orchestra responsible for the soundtracks for Boardwalk Empire and movies including the Aviator.

John has been on the New York scene since studying music at the New School in the early days of its jazz programme, and plays regularly as a member of Lapis Luna featuring vocalist Shawn Clark, as well as every Sunday night at Mezzrow, one of New York's finest jazz clubs.

Joining them is bassist Joseph Lepore who was born in New York and both raised and classically trained in Salerno, Italy. While living in Italy, Joseph was a first-call bassist for many visiting American jazz musicians, including Bobo Dorough and Gary Smulian, and played regularly on Italian television. Since returning to New York in 1999 he has performed and recorded with many of the top musicians in the NYC scene.

presented by Isaac Ezer
Earl Howard w/ a secret special guest
August 2
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
Suggested Donation $20

Join us for a special concert featuring two of the most daring, unconventional and creative musicians on the planet.

Earl Howard is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, saxophonist. In his performances, he creates orchestrated sounds with electronics and combines them in unique, densely layered, improvised compositions. He has also produced soundtracks for films and video artists including Nam June Paik, Mary Lucier, Rii Kanzaki, Bob Harris, and Bill Brand.

The special guest is one of the most creative string-instrument improvisers, who has performed with poets, dancers, actors, painters, sculptors, and photographers. If artists like Yo-Yo Ma and Werner Herzog wanted to collaborate with him... you know you’ll be up for a treat!

presented by Matteo Rini
We Are Here NYC meeting August
August 4
11:00 – 1:00am
Hello everyone -

In this week's meeting we are going to start working on a series of "We Are Here NYC" videos to educate and inform New Yorkers about IDC senators.

We are planning to release a series of videos - one about each of the IDC NY State senators later this year that will educate about their enabling of Republicans in the NY state senate.
Videos can easily and effectively be shared with your social networks, friends and family educating them to NOT vote for these thugs but rather for truly progressive candidates.

We have a lot of experience in our group (production, writing, partnerships, narrating, etc) to lead such a project but will need a lot of help in research, editing, we will need videographers and photographers and some of the other components of making a video campaign.
Any support and volunteers are very welcome.
Please get back to us directly at [email protected] or join this weeks meeting.

And, yes, please bring some friends along!

See you Thursday!

Ulli & Stephanie
July 0
8:30 – 10:30pm
Yes! Another round of disco time for the kids (and the parents). Come for the lights and the balloons and the dancing AND especially for a special guest:

Miss Emily! You may know her and her guitar from Family Storytime at the Tompkins Square Library.

This is a free event. We'll have some snacks, bring some snacks to share!
July 5
9:00 – 1:00am
Worksound International in collaboration with Planeta New York presents:

An Exhibition of limited edition objects made by artists that reflect on topics around environmental issues.

Giuliano Bruno -
Damien Gilley -
Laura Camila Medina -
Branislav Nikolic -
Valentino Quijano -
Jesse Siegel -
Eileen Isagon Skyers -

Modou Dieng and Nick Dangerfield
We Are Here NYC | Action 13
July 4
11:00 – 1:00am

295 E 8th St, New York, NY 10009 (basement)

We are in the thick of summer and we're 8 months old officially, thought we could use a little fun!

Tomorrow's meeting will be a general one in which we will address how we are keeping our heads in the game, how we are staying sane and effective, how far we've come, and what our next steps can be.

We have done a lot of amazing things together; how can we effectively continue the push? What have been our victories? Let's count them tomorrow!

295 E 8th St, New York, NY 10009

With respect!
Ulli + Stephanie

PS. Please if you like, bring a glass - we will be toasting our success with wine and Aperol spritz :)

Yes, the above picture made us smile and believe again, we hope it does the same for you...
Portrait Memoirs
June 3
11:00 – 2:00am

THE THESIS: With the rise of selfie culture, we want to take it back to the original, artful roots of what it means to capture yourself on film. We've asked 20 artists spanning mediums to take 3 self portraits, then write a 6 word memoir to accompany the series.

Join us to to meet our artists and create your own: #PortraitMemoirs

Music by Todd Brozman.

In collaboration with Electric Objects and Planeta.
Investing in Futures Workshop!
June 0
5:00 – 8:00pm
More&More Unlimited (an Illogistics™ Company) invites you to attend an INVESTING IN FUTURES workshop!

**Please note there are a very limited number of seats available, so please RSVP by emailing [email protected] if you would like to come.**

We are asking for a sliding scale donation ($30 suggested) to cover craft materials and snacks.


Investing in Futures is a world-building workshop that asks you to imagine radically different possibilities for what the future could look like. In groups, you choose randomly from a deck of cards containing parameters that could describe a society, such as government, food availability, and working conditions. You work together to conceptualize, diagram, make narratives, and craft artifacts from worlds that could meet those constraints — alternate realities that spark conversations about our current one.

This workshop also functions as our last playtest for our current set of constraints and rules before we send our kickstarter deck to print!


More&More Unlimited (an Illogistics Company™) is an arts collective concerned with global systems, in particular: shipping, the global economy, the climate, and ecosystems. Our past projects include: a pop-up store of fungus/plaster/3D-printed sculptures of globally traded commodities, a line of swimsuits called Tiny Containers (which visualize global trade relationships), postcards portraying nations as their commodities, and a radio which picks up info about boats passing by in the New York Harbor.

You can read more about us at
You can see the kickstarter for this project, and order your own deck of cards here:
Band Practice: Live drawing performance
June 5
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
$10 suggested donation

Please join us for a showcase of our new collaboration as
a messy three-way ritual and live-drawing performance by
Clara Claus -
Emily Johnston -
Melissa Godoy Nieto -

The performance will begin at 8pm and continue until 10:30pm for the final piece to rest during the remaining half hour. People are free to come and observe throughout the evening.
Mario and Sergio "The Tributes Series" #3: Federico Fellini
June 4
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
Free entrance (alcohol not served on premises)
(suggested donation $10/15, unless you can't afford it)

"La Voce della Luna" is the unexpected meeting between Anat Cohen, reknown Jazz Clarinetist, Steve Dalachinsky, poet and performative reader, Mario Forte and Sergio Krakowski, in quartet, around the surrealism of Federico Fellini, the italian movie maker.

Mario Forte: violin, electronics
Sergio Krakowski: percussion, electronics, video
Anat Cohen: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Steve Dalachinsky: Writer, Poet, Reader

For more info, contact [email protected]
Maeve Gilchrist and Nic Gareiss
June 3
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
15$ (suggested donation)

Join us for a unique musical experiment combining harp and dance: an explosive yet delightful duet in which Maeve Gilchrist on the Celtic Harp is accompanied by Nic Gareiss' percussive footwork.

presented by Matteo Rini
Larkin Grimm | Chasing an Illusion
June 6
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
$10-$15 suggested donation

w/ Ka Baird and Roshni Samlal

Larkin Grimm -

Please join us for the album release of Larkin Grimm's Chasing An Illusion. Out on Northern Spy Records June 16.
ZHE ZHE new episode "Battle of the Bend"
June 5
1:00 – 2:30am

Ruby McCollister
Leah Victoria Hennessey
Emily Allan
Rosie Whalen
Chester Algernal
Preacher Cassadine
Joe Siena
Ed Malone

And featuring incredible performances by superstars
Leo Gugu
Gerry Visco
Princess Superstar
Joon Taylor
Jake Levy

Tim Griffin Allan
and Jerry Garcia

and many many more.....
Call Your Ossoff!
June 4
10:30 – 12:00am

This Thursday join us for a Call Your Ossoff phone banking party for candidate Jon Ossoff.
6.30 pm - 8 pm
PLANETA at 295 East 8th Street (basement at the corner of Ave B

Join us at as we put a couple hours towards the democratic process! We'll have scripts, but please bring a laptop, cellphone and a charger would be wise!

We will be calling into Georgia to talk to voters - some will just need a reminder to turn in their ballots, others might need an extra push to support Ossoff and get out to the polls.

Don't worry if you have never done this before! We will help with all the information you need - you can also already read up on Swing Left's House Party Overview (

We hope to see you on Thursday so let's get ready to Flip the 6th!

Please spread the word and invite friends!
For the Love of Flamenco
June 3
11:30 – 3:00am
Doors at 7:30pm
$10-15 suggested donation

An evening of collaborations between five NY based artists simply brought together by their love and passion for the art of Flamenco.

Alfonso Mogaburo Cid - Cantaor/ Flute (
Julia Patinella - Cantaora (
Andreas Arnold - Guitarra Flamenca (
Guy Mintus - Piano (
Mark Holen Zambomba- Percussion (

Photo credits:
Gil Lavi, Torsten Redler, Andrew Leonhard
Kids' Disco Party! vol.4
May 0
8:30 – 10:30pm
Hey Everybody
The Kids' Disco is back
for Round 4

Bring some snacks to share and
Dancing Evening in the East Village with Astoria Salsa Company
May 6
11:00 – 3:00am
7:00pm doors open
7:30pm salsa dancing class
8:15pm Astoria Salsa Company performance

$15 suggested donation

Did you know that New York created the term "Salsa"? You can’t say you have lived in the city until you have heard and danced a bit of Salsa—the energetic distillation of Latin and Afro-Caribbean music.

Join us for an evening of live salsa music from the Astoria Salsa Company, a band of Grammy-winning artists. And if dancing scares you, we will help you with a mini dancing class (NY-style “on-2” dancing) before the concert. Absolute beginners welcome. By the end of the night, you will master basic salsa steps and a couple of turn patterns.

Astoria Salsa Company is a NY Salsa project led by Grammy-Winner percussionist and composer Samuel Torres. The band’s members are some of the most important musicians in NY’s Latin music scene, who have performed and recorded with artists like Ruben Blades, Seis del Solar, Eddie Palmieri, Marc Anthony, and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Their repertoire, which includes original arrangements of NY Salsa Classics as well as Colombia’s finest salsa tunes, creates an energetic party atmosphere for all dancers and music lovers.

Presented by Matteo Rini
Bystander/Upstander Workshop
May 4
10:00 – 12:00am
Training provided by Center for Anti Violence Education
Hosted by We Are Here NYC

$5-$10 sliding scale contribution

The purpose of the training is to help community members become allies and to gain the tools to assist immigrants, refugees and people of color in any type of harassment or violent situation. You will learn basic self-defense strategies including ways to evade violence in a threatening encounter, safety and prevention techniques, defending with both verbal and physical strategies, concrete steps to make our communities safer, and ways to seek help.

We Are Here NYC will supplement the training with a contextual framework on rising hate crimes and harassment on both the local and national levels. Please support us by making a small donation so we can continue hosting these trainings at this critical time.

RSVP here:
May 4
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
$10-$15 suggested donation

Georgia plays a show!
Fundamental Festival
May 5
9:00 – 3:30am
A festival of artists combining new music & sound art // Featuring:
Aki Onda
Tyler Gilmore - Western Verse
Lea Bertucci
Tatsuya Nakatani
Mara Mayer/Herbst/Donovan/O'Koren - Tombstones
Earth Tongues -

Doors at 5:00. Performances begin at 5:30.
$20 suggested donation (sliding scale)

A marathon evening presenting artists at the cutting edge of NYC’s live sound art community. The performers will present works tailored to Planeta’s unique space and sound system, built by innovative engineers Sound Concern.

Lea Bertucci is an American composer and performer whose work describes relationships between acoustic phenomena and biological resonance. In addition to her instrumental practice, (alto saxophone and bass clarinet), her work often incorporates multi-channel speaker arrays, electroacoustic feedback, extended instrumental technique and tape collage. Deeply experimental, her work is unafraid to subvert musical expectation.

Her discography includes a number of solo and collaborative releases on independent labels in the US and Europe, including I Dischi Del Barone, Obsolete Units, Telegraph Harp and Clandestine Compositions. In 2017, she will release All That is Solid Melts Into Air: Works for Strings, on NNA Tapes. She has performed extensively across the US and Europe at venues such as The Kitchen, PS1 MoMA, The Drawing Center, Anthology Film Archives, Abrons Arts, The Walker Museum, Madison Square Park, ISSUE Project Room, Pioneer Works, The Queens Museum, Artists’ Space, Caramoor, The High Zero Festival, and Experimental Intermedia, among many others. She is a 2016 MacDowell Fellow in composition and a 2015 ISSUE Project Room Artist-in-Residence.

“Very Boss” – Byron Coley, The Wire

Tatsuya Nakatani is an acoustic sound artist and master percussionist originally from Osaka, Japan. He has released over eighty recordings in North America and Europe. Residing in the USA since the mid-nineties, he has performed countless solo percussion concerts and has collaborated with hundreds of artists in international music festivals, university concert halls, art museums and independent venues. Infamous for his constant touring, Nakatani criss-crosses the country every year inspiring audiences with his pioneering sound. In addition to his solo performances, he conducts the Nakatani Gong Orchestra (NGO), a mobile community engagement project which organizes local ensembles performing on multiple bowed gongs.

Aki Onda is a composer, performer, visual artist, and curator. Onda was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his "Cassette Memories" — works compiled from a "sound diary" of field-recordings collected by using the cassette Walkman over a span of last quarter-century. He creates compositions, performances, and visual artworks from those sound memories. Onda has performed at The Kitchen, MoMA, P.S.1 MOMA, ISSUE Project Room (New York), Time-Based Art Festival (Portland), Images Festival (Toronto), ICA (London), Louvre Museum, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation Cartier (Paris), Argos, Bozar, Wiels (Brussels), International Film Festival Rotterdam, Nam June Paik Art Center (Seoul), Sound Live Tokyo (Tokyo) and many others.

An ensemble dedicated to exploring the scope and scale of experimental improvised music, Earth Tongues approaches each performance as a chance to build new, engaging work that questions our relationship to music and our understanding of sound. Consisting of Carlo Costa on percussion, Joe Moffett on trumpet, and Dan Peck on tuba, the trio creates immersive pieces that explore dynamic and temporal extremes. The ensemble released its second album, the two-part Ohio, on Neither/Nor records in 2016.

"...This slow-moving beast of a combo goes heavier and deeper than surface aesthetics." - Peter Margasak, Bandcamp Daily

The experimental music quartet composed of harpist Marilu Donovan, bass clarinetist Mara Mayer, percussionist Matthew O'Koren, and vocalist Gabrielle Herbst will perform selections from Michael Pisaro's work Tombstones. As a composer and guitarist from the Wandelweiser collective, Pisaro's work explores the relationship between silence and sound. Tombstones has been described as "drily diffuse and glacially paced compositions as challenging as they are beautiful" [Boomkat review]. The quartet also worked with the composer on a performance of the piece at Issue Project Room in 2015, and has subsequently performed at Home Audio in 2016. “A composer is somebody who changes the sonic situation… I see composition as basically just a change, because we have to admit that sound is going on all the time.” —Michael Pisaro

Tyler Gilmore is a composer and electronic musician, and founder of Not Art Records. He has worked with Jason Moran, Alicia Hall Moran, Cuong Vu, Jenny Hval, Ron Miles, and many others. His writing has been heard at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, National Sawdust, and the Jazz Gallery. His recent premieres include "From Overhead" with The Switch Ensemble in Valencia, Spain, and "More Like a Reader" with The Playground Ensemble in Denver, Colorado.
Forte/Krakowski/Feldman/Baptista - "The tributes series" #2
May 5
12:00 – 3:00am
Doors at 8pm
Free entrance (take your drinks!)
(suggested donation $10/15, unless you can't afford it)

This is the second performances of the monthly series, "The Tributes", organized by violinist Mario Forte and percussionist Sergio Krakowski.

"Hungarian Folks" takes influences from Hungarian and Eastern European music, from popular tradition to modern composer Bela Bartok. The performance will be improvised around few written sections, with two very special guests, Mark Feldman and Cyro Bapsista, both reknown musicians who collabored with John Zorn and many other artists during these past 30 years of career.

Mark Feldman on violin

Cyro Baptista on percussion.

More info:
Katie & Shaun Web Series Launch Party
May 3
11:30 – 2:30am
1st screening at 7:30pm
2nd screening at 8:30pm
Reception to follow

Celebrate the launch of Katie & Shaun!
Join us for a preview screening and celebration as we launch Katie & Shaun, an eight-part dramatic web series highlighting mental health.

About Katie & Shaun
Katie & Shaun is a series of six-minute web shorts about living with anxiety and depression. We see Katie and Shaun in sessions with their psychologists as well as out in the real world, demonstrating tolls that their conditions take on their lives, the strategies they employ, and the lies they tell themselves to cope. As Katie and Shaun start up a relationship, they are forced to come to terms with their relative conditions, and contemplate the personal growth required to be happy.

Written by Matt Thomas, and Directed by Susan Allen.

Please RSVP here for the 7:30 screening (8:30 is now full!):
Essence: Willow Gibbons & Leah Shirley
May 4
12:00 – 3:00am
Channel, open channel...

...a snake moves through like a river...

What are you willing to receive?

Death of, release of, reception of...

What is your essence?

Can you move towards this, allow this nectar to flow through?

There is no show. There is only willingness & unwillingness to allow for This

Willow Gibbons and Leah Shirley invite you to join them for a shared experience on the full moon in Scorpio on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 at PLANETA, 295 E 8th Street, at 8 pm. Site-specific sculptures will be activated through sound and danse. Free and open to the public, share and receive. Eats via Nick Nauman.

Willow Gibbons - Exploration of personal and universal energetic experiences and mediumship. Performer by virtue of this body and spirit.

Leah Shirley is an artist based in New York. Her work explores the feminine, myth and alchemy. She's looking for her reflection beyond the mirror.