Robin James
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Sunday, June 12 at 6pm @ THE CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ

The long-running "Entertaining Science" series hosted by Nobel laureate Roald Hoffman and Dave Soldier at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village creates a monthly dialogue between science and art. On June 12, 2011, the series presents "Singing In the Brain":

Birds! The creatures of romance and fidelity—and of "feather-brained" giddy impracticality. This Entertaining Science presents both fact and fiction—songs of nightingales, canaries, bobwhites and pigeons, mixed with observations and discoveries on birds' capacity for learning and memory, and on the changes in the brain that make the learning possible. A sad crow (in song) segues into thoughts on brain capacities and constraints... and how beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. Finally we will think (and sing) about human memory.

Robin Beckhard (vocalist) has one life as a consultant for a firm involved in leadership development, a second as a cabaret singer, and a third as a frequent migrant between New York and Ithaca.

Paul Greenwood (pianist) has appeared as pianist, musical director and singer in New York's premiere cabaret venues, including The Oak Room at the Algonquin, The Improv and The Metropolitan Room.

Tim DeVoogd (the one not singing or playing the piano) does research on bird brain neurobiology at Cornell, with particular interests in mechanisms of learning and in evolution of capacities for learning.

Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 6pm

The Cornelia Street Café
29 Cornelia Street


Two for the Road

In May 2008, Robin gave three performances at The Metropolitan Room in NYC of "Two for the Road" with Musical Director David Brunetti. The show explored the joys and woes of travel with and without the one you love, with the music of Cole Porter, Noël Coward, Charles Trenet, Kurt Weill, Christine Lavin and others.

French Heritage Society Benefit

In November 2006, Robin gave a performance in Philadelphia at the French Heritage Society’s benefit gala. The event raised money to rebuild historic houses in New Orleans that were ruined by Hurricane Katrina. The all-French program included a set of five rarely-performed Creole songs arranged by Camille Nickerson, an ethnomusicologist and performer of traditional Creole music of the early-mid 20th century. David Brunetti was the pianist.

In Love Again

In May 2006, Robin sang at Odette's in lovely New Hope, PA with pianist Ian Herman. From Broadway to Edith Piaf, Cole Porter to Billy Joel, the program was a fresh, funny and affectionate take on love in its many iterations — looking for love, finding it (and reveling in it), losing it and starting over again.

Circle Game

Robin gave three performances of her third show at the Encore in New York City in June, 2005. She was joined by musical director and pianist David Brunetti, and bass player Frank Wagner; the show was directed by Scott Barnes. The program is reprised on Robin's CD, "Circle Game."

can't live with him, can't live without him... more love songs

Robin's second show at Don't Tell Mama, in 2003, was as diverse and well-received as her first. The program spanned styles and genres as varied as jazz, Broadway, French cabaret and the American Songbook, with some delightfully wicked surprises thrown in for good measure, including "Tamara, Queen of the Nile" and "You're Outa Here," with lyrics written by Lorraine Feather to a Fats Waller piece. Helen Baldassare directed; Robin was joined again by multiple MAC Award-winning musical director and pianist Dick Gallagher (whose 2002 MAC Award was for directing Robin's first show).

Love, Longing & Levity

Robin was nominated for the Female Vocalist Debut MAC Award for her sold-out 2002 show at Don't Tell Mama in New York City. Her five performances of this critically acclaimed program included numbers by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael and 14 other songwriters, including some unusual and very funny gems. Acclaimed musical director, composer and pianist Dick Gallagher accompanied Robin; Helen Baldassare was the artistic director.