Past Events

02/21/2019 - 6:00pm


February 21, 2019, 6-8 PM


An evening discussion with Hanan Sayed Worrell, author of Table Tales: The Global Nomad Cuisine of Abu Dhabi, who will share insights on the multicultural communities and cuisines of Abu Dhabi featured in her book.


Joining the conversation will be Her Excellency Lana Nusseibeh, UAE Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and Dr. Mariet Westermann, executive vice president for programs and research at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


The discussion will be followed by a book signing and cocktail reception. Light appetizers will be provided.


02/20/2019 - 6:00pm

A book signing and discussion to celebrate the publication of Kerry Joyce: The Intangible with author Kerry Joyce and 1st DIBS editorial director Tony Freund.

02/12/2019 - 6:30pm

Join wedding planners Aleah and Nick Valley for a q&a and book signing to celebrate Storied Weddings: Inspiration for a Timeless Celebration that is Perfectly You.  With fifteen years of planning and designing weddings and celebrations, Nick and Aleah Valley are known as industry leaders who happily share their knowledge and creativity.

02/09/2019 - 3:00pm

To celebrate the publication of Thomas Demand's The Complete Papers, please join us to hear the artist in conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides, award-winning author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex.

The Complete Papers encompasses all of Thomas Demand's work and primary texts written about his practice, as well as previously unseen early works from 1990. Published by MACK, this book is the primary authority on the work of one of the major artists of the 21st century. The conversation will be structured around the trajectory and the practice of the multidisciplinary artist, primarily known for his photographs of pristine 3D models figuring real, often politically charged spaces. 

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02/07/2019 - 6:30pm


Performs for


the Music Series at Rizzoli Bookstore

Thursday, February 7th, 2019 – 6:30pm

1133 Broadway (25th - 26th Streets), New York City

The first CD release concert in the Rizzoli Music Aperitivo series marks also the launch of the international tour for the latest project led by Italian guitarist Marco Cappelli. His newly released album “Norwegian Landscapes” is freely inspired by the noir novels of Norwegian writer Jo Nesbø. For this project Cappelli has expanded his regular trio, with the addition of two special guests and a transnational line-up featuring American bassist Ken Filiano and clarinetist Oscar Noriega as well as the Japanese percussionist Satoshi Takeishi and multi-instrumentalist Shoko Nagai.

Norwegian Landscapes” completes Cappelli's "noir tryptic" after "Les Nuages en France" (Mode Records, 2011), dedicated to French writer Fred Vargas, and "Le Stagioni del Commissario Ricciardi" (Tzadik, 2013), dedicated to Italian writer Maurizio De Giovanni.

To listen to a preview playlist of the concert, please go to

Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.


Please rsvp to or simply reply to this email. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary prosecco.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours it means your rsvp has not reached us, so please write again.


Marco Cappelli has led an extraordinary artistic path, first becoming familiar with rigorous written music, then with free improvisation languages. The diversity of Marco’s performances is due to a fascinating array of collaborations (Avi Avital, Anthony Coleman, Michel Godard, Butch Morris, Franco Piersanti, Jim Pugliese, Enrico Rava, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp and many more) in jazz and avant-garde music festivals both as a soloist and in ensemble settings. Marco Cappelli currently lives in New York, where he is constantly involved with the contemporary and avant-garde music scenes.

Active since the early '80s, bassist Ken Filiano has since contributed to dozens of albums, most of them pertaining to creative jazz -- from post-bop to free improvisation. An educator, the bassist has taught at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque), New York State University (Buffalo), UCLA, and Rutgers University. In 2002 Filiano finally released his first solo album, titled Subvenire. The November 2010 release "Dreams from a Clown Car" marked the recording debut of Filiano’s Quantum Entanglements quartet, featuring saxophonists Tony Malaby and Michaël Attias and drummer Michael T.A. Thompson.


Drummer, percussionist, and arranger Satoshi Takeishi is a native of Mito, Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While at Berklee he developed an interest in the music of South America and went to live in Colombia following the invitation of a friend. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronics and improvisational music with local musicians and composers in New York.

Clarinetist/saxophonist Oscar Noriega, multi-instrumentalist and composer, lives in Brooklyn since 1992. He has worked with Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Gerry Hemingway, Dewey Redman and Paul Motion. He is currently performing with Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Endangered Blood (Chris Speed, Jim Black, Trevor Dunn) and colead with Jacob Garchek, the Mexico-inspired Banda De Los Muertos.

Shoko Nagai is a composer, multi keyboardist and electronic musician. Born in Japan, she studied classical and jazz music at Berklee School of Music in Boston, developing a very original approach to intense focus and virtuoso sound. Since moving to New York in 1999 she has collaborated with John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Marc Ribot, Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Butch Morris, Elliot Sharp and many others. She has toured extensively, playing in Sweden, Italy, Austria, France, Switzerland, Holland,  Japan, Israel, Brazil and USA.

01/30/2019 - 6:00pm

A toast with author Selma Slabiak to celebrate Spirit of the North: Cocktail Recipes and Stories from Scandinavia. Slabiak shares with her readers elevated bartending expertise and finesse, layering familiar and unusual flavors and ingredients, along with Scandinavian traditions and nostalgic stories from her childhood in Denmark.

01/21/2019 - 6:00pm

A lecture by world-renowned fashion strategist and author Mercedes Gonzalez to celebrate the publication of Chronicles of a Fashion Buyer: The Mostly True Stories of an International Fashion Buyer. Go on a global expedition with Mercedes, as she learns that there is no glamor in fashion and that only cut throat corporate espionage prevails!

01/19/2019 - 5:00pm
Erik Friedlander

Live at Rizzoli Bookstore, NYC

Saturday, January 19th, 2019 - 5pm 
1133 Broadway (25th - 26th Streets), New York City
Our next Aperitivo will feature Erik Friedlander - today's leading cello innovator and a stalwart of the creative music scene - in a rare solo performance showcasing some of the highlights from his diverse range of projects.

To listen to a preview playlist of the concert please click here

Erik Friedlander started studying music at an early age, beginning at 5 with guitar, and then at 8, cello lessons. He grew up in a house filled with music, as his father, an avid music lover, made countless mixtapes which played daily in their home. Erik spent his twenties honing his skills as a player and improviser and quickly became a sought-after studio musician, performing on the Downtown music scene with artists as diverse as The Mountain GoatsJohn ZornDave Douglasand Courtney Love. Erik's desire to actively participate in the swirl of music styles he was surrounded by led him to find new ways to play the cello and drives his solo work which is varied and unusual.

Friedlander's recent projects include Rings, featuring Black Phebe, Erik's three-trios-in-one band: "Together they travel musically around the world in different times and places. From dusty streets and whirling dances to delicate and ethereal tone poems. The music is widescreen." - Jakob Baekgaard (

Other projects include Oscalypso, a grooving tribute to bassist and sometimes cellist Oscar Pettiford and Illuminations, a magical solo CD that weaves inspirations from ancient book making with ritual dance movements and Renaissance vocal forms. Nighthawks is a project that was conceived during the blackout in lower Manhattan caused by Hurricane Sandy. The CD features his Bonebridge Band, a slide-guitar, cello, bass and drums quartet. Claws & Wings, an elegiac work dedicated to Erik's late wife, features laptop percussionist Ikue Mori and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier; and a limited edition LP with photographer Mitch Epstein entitled American Power. 
Friedlander recently completed the score for Thoroughbred, a feature film directed by Cory Finley that will appear at The Sundance Festival. Erik has also composed music for ads, dance works, and documentaries including the score for Nothing on Earth, a documentary about the work of landscape photographer Murray Fredericks' dangerous visits to the Greenland icecap. Erik scored the feature film Future Weather, released in 2013.

Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.

Please rsvp to Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary prosecco.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours it means your rsvp has not reached us, so please write again.
01/16/2019 - 6:00pm

Join us for the launch and book signing of Shooting War featuring a conversation with Anthony Feinstein and Sir Harold Evans, author of The American Century.  What does it take to bear witness to history as it violently unfolds?  Through 18 profiles, Shooting War offers behind-the-season insight into the lives of conflict photographers.

01/09/2019 - 6:00pm

Author Ted Fox will be in conversation with illustrator Hames Otis Smith to discuss the legends behind Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater.  This graphic novel adaptation of brings to life the theater's legendary significance to music history, African American history, and the culture of New York City.

01/06/2019 - 3:00pm


Performs for


the Music Series at Rizzoli Bookstore

Sunday, January 6th, 2019 – 3pm


1133 Broadway (25th - 26th Streets), New York City

A rare semi-private performance of NYC's most exciting large ensemble will launch the second year of Rizzoli Music Aperitivo.  

The Michael Leonhart Orchestra is a powerhouse and eclectic live ensemble in the spirit of Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus and Gil Evans. The orchestra features a magical blend of unique improvisers and world class ensemble players who play or have played for stars like David Bowie, David Byne or Caetano Veloso and bands such as Steely Dan, Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings, the Mingus Big Band, Maria Schneider’s Orchestra, the Tonight Show Band (Roots) and other musicians from the NY/Brooklyn jazz/soul/studio scene.

The MLO will be performing music from the recent Sunnyside records release “The Painted Lady Suite”, praised as “A seductive record that finds a balance between magnificence and melancholy” by the New York Times. The Painted Lady Suite is inspired by the butterfly of the same name. While Leonhart was initially attracted to its flamboyant coloration and wing ornamentation, it was the butterfly’s incredible migration, which spans over six generations and 9,000 miles — twice that of the Monarch butterfly, that sparked his imagination.

Other featured members of the orchestra will be:

Donny McCaslin - tenor sax;  Nels Cline – guitar; Steven Bernstein - trumpet; John Ellis – tenor sax; Philip Dizack - trumpet; Carter Yasutake – trumpet; Jordan McClean – trumpet; Ray Mason – trombone;  Jason Marshall – bari sax; Joe Martin - bass; Kevin Raczka – drums; Elizabeth Pupo-Walker – percussion; Robbie Mangano – guitar; Al Street – guitar; Sara Schoenbeck – bassoon; Nathan Koci - accordion; Pauline Kim – violin; Trevor Exter - cello

 Michael Leonhart is a Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate: trumpeter, composer, producer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. As a trumpeter, Michael has performed with rock legends Steely Dan since 1996, recording two albums with them, including 2000's four-time Grammy winning Album of the Year, Two Against Nature, on which he was a featured soloist, arranger and conductor.  He also appears on Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ Grammy-winning 2016 Record of the Year, “Uptown Funk.”  Michael has composed music for stage and screen, including a song for Meryl Streep, whose performance he directed on the Decca soundtrack album Songs of Lahore. Leonhart recently composed music for the score to Rockstar Games “Red Dead Redemption 2”.  Follow the Michael Leonhart Orchestra on Facebook and Instagram

Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.

Please rsvp to Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary prosecco.


12/15/2018 - 6:00pm

Saturday December 15th


Join us for a talk and wine tasting with author Filippo Bartollota

To celebrate the publication of

Di Che Vino Sei?


Come discover your wine archetype with wine journalist and Sommelier Filippo Bartolotta!   Filippo will be presenting his book Di che vino sei as part of the Amazing Wine Journey American Road Show 2019.* After the presentation guests will have an opportunity to taste their wine archetype and the nine fine Italian wines taking part in the Road Show.

About the author: Filippo Bartolotta is a wine educator, speaker and professional sommelier.

*Presentation will be in English





12/12/2018 - 6:00pm

A stunning tour of the work of internationally known architect Daniel Libeskind and an investigation of a master artist's creative process. Daniel Libeskind is one of the foremost architects of our time, a self-proclaimed rebel celebrated for innovative, site-conscious designs, including the Jewish Museum Berlin and New York's World Trade Center Redevelopment He has also emerged as one of architecture's most visible public ambassadors In Edge of Order, Libeskind opens the door to his unique creative process, guiding us through a selection of his projects never before collected--both built and unrealized, major commissions and unexpected favorites--and revealing how he arrived at their designs through text and a rich array of visuals, including drawings, plans, and photographs With a voracious appetite for culture and history, and an encyclopedic memory, Libeskind draws on everything from Greek mythology to Emily Dickinson to the Marx Brothers to explain the way he thinks about buildings and cities Far more than a monograph, Edge of Order is both an essential document of Libeskind's remarkable career and an intimate portrait of an artist that will encourage creative people in any field to discover new points of inspiration.

12/11/2018 - 6:00pm

Today, with the advent of "millennial pink, " the color formerly associated with Barbie has acquired a new identity Nor is this the first time the symbolism of pink has been radically transformed In collaboration with a major exhibition at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, curator and fashion historian Valerie Steele explores the history and significance of pink in fashion, art, and culture from the eighteenth century to the present.Steele and her co-authors tell the whole story of this controversial color, emphasizing how its meanings changed throughout the centuries and across the globe, in cultures as diverse as France, India, Japan, Mexico, and the United States In eighteenth-century France, men and women alike wore pink, which was a fashionably "new" color A century later, however, pink had become feminized and eroticized in the West. Pink is beautifully illustrated, with images of stunning pink fashions given context by photographs, advertisements, and works of art It features essays by scholars across the disciplines, giving readers access to a wealth of research into subjects as diverse as Hollywood movies and the symbolism of the pink triangle This book will appeal to those interested in fashion and culture, as well as those who love pink.

12/09/2018 - 5:00pm


Sunday December 9th at 5:00 pm
Join us for a special talk and presentation by Jonathan Kane
to celebrate Art Kane. Harlem 1958.
Jonathan will be in conversation with Nate Chinen of WBGO.

Art Kane. Harlem 1958 marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most celebrated images in American history. Now commonly known as A Great Day in Harlem, the famous shot of 57 jazz musicians gathered outside a brownstone in New York is one of the most imitated images in popular culture, by one of the world's greatest photographers.

This book is a visual history of an iconic image including, for the first time, virtually every single frame from the historic shoot. With original text by Art Kane, forewords by Quincy Jones, the legendary Benny Golson, who appears in the photo, and an introduction by Kane's son, musician and photographer Jonathan Kane, the 168-page hardback volume is the story behind the shot.
To read a review of Art Kane. Harlem 1958 in The New York Times, please click here.
About the author: Jonathan Kane began his career as the 15 year old drummer of the Kane Bros. Blues Band, touring the US opening for blues legends Muddy Waters, James Cotton, Willie Dixon and others. After studying at Berklee College of Music, he entered the NYC Downtown Music scene. He co-founded the experimental rock band Swans in 1981, and has toured internationally and recorded over 60 records with La Monte Young’s Forever Bad Blues Band, Rhys Chatham’s 100 Electric Guitar Orchestra, Transmission, Dave Soldier, The  Kropotkins, Soldier Kane, Tony Hymas, Elliott Sharp, Gary Lucas, Jean-François Pauvros, and as leader of his own maximalist blues drone band Jonathan Kane’s February. He is also a photographer and photo editor. 

About Nate Chinen: Nate Chinen joined WBGO as the Director of Editorial Content at the start of 2017.  In addition to overseeing a range of coverage at, he works closely with programs including Jazz Night in America and The Checkout, and contributes to a range of programming on NPR. Before joining the WBGO team. Chinen spent nearly a dozen years as a jazz and pop critic for the New York Times. He also wrote a long-running monthly column and assorted features for JazzTimes. 


"I cannot envision a more beautiful parallel for jazz and art in general; in the moment, you may not realize the impact that you have through your creations, but as this photo demonstrates, the effect and significance will outlast any lifetime. Not only is this photo important to the people in it, but it should be a reminder of where we need to be: together."  Quincy Jones


12/08/2018 - 5:30pm
Perform for 

RIZZOLI MUSIC APERITIVO, the Music Series at Rizzoli


Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 5:30pm
1133 Broadway (25th - 26th Streets), New York City

A very rare NYC pop-up concert by the in-demand Ahn Trio marks the end of the first year of the Rizzoli Music Aperitivo.  

Hailed as "exacting and exciting musicians" by the LA Times, the Ahn Trio is made up of three Juilliard-trained Korean-American sisters, pianist Lucia, violinist Angella, and cellist Maria. The Trio has released 9 critically acclaimed albums on EMI Classics, Sony, and Warner. Their ever-evolving vision of being a 21st century musician, and wideranging collaborations with modern dance companies including a B-boy dance company, film directors, rock bands, DJs, singers, and more led to the nickname "Classical revolutionaries" given to them by New York Newsday. Pat Methenyand other luminary composers such as Michael NymanMaurice JarreKenji BunchMark BaechleMark O'ConnorDJ SpookyChiel Meijering - among others - have written music for them.
In 2011 President Obama invited Ahn Trio to perform at the White House. The Ahns have performed at the prestigious TED conference and was the only classical group to be invited to perform at iTunes Festival 2008 in London. Ahn Trio's album Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac released by Sony, was No. 8 in the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks. Their Dvorak, Suk, and Shostakovich album on EMI won Germany's prestigious ECHO Award. People Magazine selected the sisters three of 50 Most Beautiful People in 2003. Their unique approach to music has taken the sisters to Buenos Aires' Teatro Colon, Vienna's Musikverein, New York's Lincoln Center, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, Beijing's Concert Hall, Istanbul's Aya Irini in Topkapi Palace, to over 30 countries and every state in America. Ahn Trio released their latest album BLUE in 2017 showcasing their wide-ranging interests and influences. The programme for the concert will feature music from BLUE and other releases from the Ahn Trio's wide-ranging discography.
To discover the music of the Ahn Trio check out the playlist prepared by Mondo Jazz at this link.
Rizzoli Music Aperitivo is sponsored by Mionetto Prosecco and curated by Mondo Jazz, the weekly Radio Free Brooklyn show dedicated to international jazz.
Please rsvp to or simply reply to this email. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 and include complimentary prosecco.
12/05/2018 - 6:00pm
12/04/2018 - 6:00pm
Rizzoli New York invites you to an evening with architect Mark Foster Gage to toast his new book, Projects and Provocations.  Mark will be in conversation with Michael Young and Ferda Kolatan.
12/03/2018 - 6:00pm
Author Meredeith Ochs, author of Rock-and-Roll Woman: The 50 Fiercest Female Rockers will be in conversation with Lincoln Center's Jill Sternheimer.  Join us to celebrate women who rock with this fully illustrated tribute to 50 iconic female musicians and bands.

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