The Douglass Street Music Collective is an artist-run rehearsal and performance space in Brooklyn's historic Gowanus district. Changes in the New York City real estate market have seen the recent closure of many seminal venues for jazz and creative music. The Douglass Street Music Collective was conceived as a creative response to a challenging situation: a space for rehearsing, composing, teaching and performing creative music. The DSMC's 15 members represent independent bandleaders covering a range of musical interests - from jazz and classical music to free improvisation and world music and all of the spaces in between. In January 2008, DSMC executive directors Tanya Kalmanovitch and Joel Lambdin - both classically trained string players operating from different sides of the music world - assumed the lease with the support of 12 other musicians drawn mainly from Brooklyn's jazz scene. Kalmanovitch and Lambdin conceive of the DSMC as a rehearsal and performance space configured to accommodate members' diverse musical and professional needs. Central to the DSMC is a comprehensive offering of workshops and private instruction in jazz, classical music and improvisation for school aged students, emerging professionals, and adult amateur musicians. The DSMC will partner with Connection Works, a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization, to being music to the Brooklyn community in new ways. Regular open sessions will bring together musicians from a variety of creative musical scenes in an expression of the spirit of creativity, community, and a do-it-yourself initiative that has always kept New York City at the forefront of the international creative music community.
Douglass St. as a venue is just getting off the ground, but the creative bills are undeniable. That can be surely attributed to the fact that the shows are presented by the 15 musician collective that rehearses in and runs the space, made up of the likes of Andrew D'Angelo, Matt Moran, and Josh Sinton. The room has a great, intimate table layout, and though they're still working on improving the sound of the space, panels that hang from the ceiling do their part to make the room more ideal for live music.