Join us! Thomas Chapin's Rare Brazilian Music, Spirits Rebellious, Friday Sept. 9th

Come and hear Spirits Rebellious, Thomas Chapin's rare Brazilian/Afro-Cuban music with original members, Arthur Kell, Saul Rubin and Joe Cardello! The music is beautiful, bold and rockin!

Join us for this little-known, rarely heard music:  Thomas Chapin's Brazilian group, Spirits Rebellious, led by Arthur Kell, bassist, and Saul Rubin, guitarist, original members, along with Joe Cardello, percussion.

Saul Rubin, guitar
Stacy Dillard, saxophone
Arthur Kell, bass
Joe Cardello, percussion
Mark Ferber, drums

Here's a sample of Thomas' little heard Brazilian music, "Circles"


Arthur Kell's Bar LunÀtico
486 Halsey St. (corner of Lewis Ave)
Brooklyn, NY  
Friday, Sept. 9 - 8:30-11 pm
Two sets, no cover. 
$10 suggested donation for musicians


Join us for dinner at 6 pm at Saraghina - a rustic, authentic Italian restaurant that is "kitty corner" from Arthur's Bar LunA'tico.

Saraghina Restaurant
435 Halsey St. (corner of Lewis Ave.)
Does not take reservations (unless large group). Wait in line that forms at dinner time.

Urgent: Support the Documentary "Night Bird Song" Today

DVD Screeners of Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song are Now Available for a Donation

At long last, the moment an early version of the film has been seen by over 1,000 people already, with more to come in March and beyond. Watch this page for announcements.

After four long years in the making, Emmy-winning filmmaker Stephanie Castillo has successfully shown her first film screenings of Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song in the East, and to great acclaim. In March, 2016 the two premiere screenings were shown to great accolades:

  1. In Thomas' home state of Connecticut, at Real Art Ways in Hartford, on Sun., March 6, some 200+ were in attendance. After the screening, the audience enjoyed a performance of the Chapin Brass Band Concert, led by Trio’s own Mario Pavone and Mike Sarin, and reuniting all seven A-List players for the Chapin Brass Band, directed by arranger Dave Ballou.
  2. In NYC, a FREE showing to the public on Sun., March 13 at SVA Theater to a full house of about 400 people. The crowd was moved and elated, many said they cried, but all were thrilled and stunned by the force and quality of the music and performances of Thomas on the screen.

For more film news, go to TC Film News

More Bookings are Coming In, Including Internationally!

Requests are coming from national and international Festivals, jazz educators, schools, a variety of jazz and art venues, and museums who are hearing about the film and want to show it. It is being submitted to Jazz Festivals as well. By May, Stephanie will be taking the film to Europe for much-anticipated screenings in major cities where Thomas and the Trio played in the 80s and 90s.


Support the Film Today

The Film is in Two Parts and runs 150 minutes

Please note “DVD Donation” on your check or when you donate online via PayPal. State your shipping address. Expect 2-3 weeks for delivery.

U.S. checks or U.S. money orders only. Make out to “Akasha, Inc.,” include your name, shipping address, phone number, and send to:
Akasha Inc.
P.O. Box 721032
Jackson Heights, NY 11372


EDMONTON (CANADA) JAZZ FEST will be the first international showing of the film. It will be shown on April 30.

News of acceptance arrived on 3/15/16.

THE FUNDING NEED NOW is for securing other-than-Thomas-Chapin music rights, visual rights, for production of the DVDs, including the Director’s 3-hour cut, for marketing and publicity and for touring and showing the film worldwide, including art and jazz centers, film festivals and ultimately into theaters and TV broadcast. Support Emmy-winning filmmaker Stephanie Castillo’s Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song. See below for more on Funding Need at this time.

This 7 min. trailer will give you the scope of Stephanie J. Castillo's documentary film in the making Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song.


The critical need at this time is for rights and acquisition fees for copyrighted music and visuals in the film, and for film festival fees and expenses for screening opportunities across the country and abroad.


All Donations are Tax-Deductible

Thomas’s legacy nonprofit, Akasha Inc. (a 503 c3), will receive the donation via PayPal when you click on either of the DONATE WITH PAYPAL button on this page. This means a tax deduction for you!

If you prefer to send a donation via check or money order for U.S. dollars only, we welcome and thank you! Make it out to "Akasha, Inc.," include your name, address and phone number, and send to:

Akasha Inc.
P.O. Box 721032
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

All donations big and small will push us closer to completion.

Please let Stephanie Castillo know if she should make a phone call to you to speak further about this urgent request. She would be very happy to do that.

For updates on the film’s progress and additional info about Emmy-winning film director Stephanie J. Castillo and Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song, please visit Facebook updates are available at the film's fan page.