Closing Reception/Performance: in which we all kiss something secretly

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Closing Reception/Performance: in which we all kiss something secretly

March 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm




Art by Maria Mercedes Martinez/Poetry by Denver Butson

With guitarist Marco Cappelli and Violist Mat Maneri

Saturday, March 2, 2019 5-7 pm (performance at 6)

$10 at the Door


Court Tree Collective in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn is proud to close its second NEIGHBORHOOD series exhibition, in which we all kiss something secretly:    photoboxes of Maria Mercedes Martinez and the poetry of Denver Butson, with a first-time meeting of celebrated musicians, guitarist Marco Cappelli and violist Mat Maneri, with Denver Butson reading poems from the exhibition and the book.


Guitarist Marco Cappelli  has collaborated with a fascinating array of performers, including Anthony Coleman, Michel Godard, Butch Morris, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp, and others. He is also a seasoned band leader with his own original projects, including Ensemble Dissonanzen, ABC Modern Trio, Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio, and Italian Surf Academy.  He has been a guest professor at Juilliard, NYU, Poly University in LA, Dim in Mexico City, and at Guadalajara University. He lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

the improvisational smarts and depth [of Marco Cappelli] is unlike anything I’ve heard . . .”  

 Marc Ribot

Grammy-nominated violist Mat Maneri is an American composer, improviser and jazz violin and viola player, specifically derivatives such as the five-string viola, the electric six-string violin, and the baritone violin. Maneri has recorded with Cecil Taylor, Matthew Shipp, Joe Morris, Joe Maneri, William Parker, Michael Formanek, as well as with his own trio, quartet, and quintet. Maneri has worked with Ed Schuller, John Medeski, Roy Campbell, Paul Motian, Craig Taborn, Ethan Iverson, and David King and has recently toured and recorded with Lucian Ban and Tanya Kalmonovitch. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn.


“Mat Maneri has changed the way the jazz world listens to violin and viola.”  

All About Jazz

Maria Mercedes Martinez is an artist and coder. She is a Henry Street Settlement Van Lier Fellow and has worked with artists Donald Judd, Tony Bechara and Jeff Koons. Previously Maria collaborated with Denver Butson on the cigar box project, in 1999 and on Mechanical Bird, a website she coded by hand in 2015, to send Butson’s recorded poetry as a simple phone call.. Maria’s work looks to find the magical in the mundane in both digital and physical mediums. Her collaborations with Butson have combined her love for drawing, technology, vernacular photography and word in unique and exciting ways.

Denver Butson is a poet who is always looking for ways to get poems off the page through collaboration and other visual/audio methods. He has published four books of poetry has been featured in Poetry 180, in dozens of  journals and anthologies, and regularly on National Public Radio. A New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellow, Denver has been thrice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Denver’s frequent collaborations with musicians, visual artists and actors have been showcased in many venues throughout the US and abroad. This is Butson’s third collaboration with Maria Mercedes Martinez and their second project together exhibited at Court Tree Collective.  

“Here is a poet who is wild, frenzied, and refreshingly mad. His imagination unlocks for us the cells of reason and sets us loose in a world of dizzying possibilities.”

Billy Collins



March 2
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Court Tree Collective
371 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231 United States
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