Beat Music Series

Join us for music, poetry, food and drink at the next Beat Music Series on Tuesday, March 13, 8PM-1oPM at Silvana, 300 W. 116th Street, New York. Admission is free. Tips are encouraged!

Melissa Czarnik (Poet/Emcee)
Billy Chi (Jazz/Classical)
UnderGround Mantra (Psychadelic Hip Hop)

The Beat Music Series is a monthly poetry and live music event held at Silvana every second Tuesday of the month, 8PM-10PM. The two-hour set promises to feature an eclectic mix of hip hop, jazz, soul, poetry, folk, and spoken word artists. The event is hosted by composer/producer Eric Joseph Meyer and poet/emcee Melissa Czarnik. The Beat Music Series is presented by Hyperdrive Motivator Productions, an engaged media company whose mission is to promote diversity, equality and empowerment through music and film.



Guitarist, arranger and composer, BILLY CHI’S newest EP “Solo,” is a graceful ride of music that spans from blues to rock to jazz. The 4 track EP is a culmination of songs that show Chi’s diversity in composing and arranging eclectic stylings. With phenomenal technique that has gained him a following on social media, he is an up and coming solo guitarist audiences will not want to miss. As one critic said, “I can imagine myself hanging out in a late night jazz club where Billy is performing and having to stop any and all conversation to appreciate his tune.”

MELISSA CZARNIK (Zar-nik) defies category with her genre blending approach to hip hop and spoken word. Her soulful and melodic flow captivates listeners with intricate lyricism and heartfelt storytelling. She performs with a live band made up of Eric Joseph Meyer (keys), Ryan Ramirez (drums), Sam Neufeld (trumpet), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass) and Ali Carter (backing vocals). Her latest album Rainbow Skies (HMP, 2017) is available on iTunes, Spotify and BandCamp!

UNDERGROUND MANTRA’S (UGM) sound is rooted in Psychedelic Rock with a Funky Hip-Hop Fusion. The duo of Tyler Schwartzman and Carmine Mattia materialized at the age of 13, writing songs and experimenting after school. After attending Berklee College of Music UGM knew they needed they recently moved to NYC, UnderGround Mantra is currently releasing a 4 track EP entitled “Before the Swell” which is the sonic representation of the journey for success that we are all on. They often create a state of meditation for their listeners while connecting to both the dark and light sides of the world we live in. Their New Singles on Spotify, Show Me Some Type of Way.

Beat Music Series co-host, ERIC JOSEPH MEYER is a New York City based composer, producer and pianist who recently completed his Masters in Music Composition at NYU. Meyer’s compositions are authentic and unaffected with a lively, soulful and jazz infused depth of expression. Without apology, Meyer remains true to his musical core while combining elements of hip hop, improvisation and the downtown school of composition into his distinctive musical voice. Meyer is also the producer and composer behind poet/emcee, Melissa Czarnik.

Check out the video playlist below for a sneak peek at past performers!


To be considered as a future performer, please submit your band name, genre of music, short bio, and links to your music, YouTube and website to with “Beat Music Series” in the subject line.


Already veteran bookers of world-class musical acts from their experience at Shrine World Music Venue, Silvana’s music schedule is filled with musical talent from New York City and all over the globe. On any given night you can enjoy the soothing music of a jazz quartet, a master conguera from Cuba, a reggae band and then, if you’re lucky an impromptu jam session. After, dance the night away with our DJs who spin everything from funk to hip-hop to house to reggae to African music.

Silvana, 300 West 116th Street (SW Corner of Fredrick Douglass BLVD./8th Ave). Off the C,B at 116th and Fredrick Douglass or 2,3 Trains at 116th and Malcolm X Blvd.