Music listings – 6/14 through 6/20

1. The Mighty Alpacas ( before called The Energizers)

Date: Monday June 14, 2010
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Otto’s Shrunken Head (538 East 14th. Street between Avenue A and B)
Ticket: no cover
Genre: Jazz/World/improve

4 gentlemen came together just recently to entertain New Yorkers in a free approach towards music. Their music is created in the moment and sounds very fresh.  The members are: Shakira’s percussionist Ravish Momin, Iranian saxophone sensation and leader of  THE TEHRAN-DAKAR BROTHERS‘ Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi, New York’s most in demand session trumpeter Lex Samu and Stumblebum Brass Band founding member and tuba player Jesse Dulman

2. Baaba Maal

Date: Monday, June 14, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Central Park SummerStage (69th Street and 5th Avenue, 212-360-2756) 
Price: free
Genre: World/Senegal/Senegalian Pop

Celebrating Senegal’s independence, West Africa’s best-known musician meets a boundary and nation busting collective of global artists. World-renowned singer/songwriter and SummerStage alumnus Baaba Maal is widely acknowledged as one of Africa’s most prolific and beloved musicians. Maal’s distinctive palette, which fuses traditional African rhythm and song structure with elements of Western pop and R&B.

3. Lo’Jo

Date: Friday June 18, 2010
Time: 10pm
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Av., Brooklyn)
Price: donation
Genre: World/Jazz/Nu folk/French avant pop

To describe the music played by Lo’Jo, one would have to delve both into a dictionary of the world’s rhythms and an encyclopedia of universal harmonies. One would borrow from them adjectives like “shamanic”, “polyglot”, and wander from savannas to deserts, from rivers to oceans, from meadows to asphalt roads; there would be sunrays and dust clouds, rain effluvia, fire scents and spicy flavors, ululations, fiestas and bivouacs; not a junk of sounds, no, rather a great acoustic soul.

This angelic French tribe has been roving the world with its heterogeneous and eclectic musical luggage for twenty-five years. Not a band, rather a caravan, a collective of incorrigible backpackers/tightrope walkers/globe-trotters, open to every experience and every encounter. Along a dozen of records, Lo’Jo’s gang, coming from the punk, the jazz, the rock, has explored as many musical lines as continents. As Denis Péan, singer and songwriter, says, “our music is an anarchic garden we try to cultivate so as to make it both beautiful and wild. We are like farmers: we play with time.”

4. Anthony Braxton – Tri-Centric Modeling: Past, Present, and Future
w/ Anthony Braxton 12+1tetMarilyn Crispell-Mark Dresser-Gerry Hemingway trioSteve Coleman-Jonathan Finlayson duoNicole MitchellRichard TeitelbaumMatthew Welch and John Zorn-Dave Douglas-Brad Jones-Gerry Hemingway quartet

Date: Friday, June 18, 2010
Time: 6pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker St., Ny, NY 10012, Phone: (212) 505-3474)
Ticket: $45
Genre: Modern Jazz/ Modern Music/Improve

5. Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan

Date: Friday, June 18, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: At Faust Harrison Pianos (204 West 58 Street ,7 Avenue/Broadway, New York, NY)
Ticket: $25
Genre: World/India

Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan has musical blue blood in his veins owing to his family lineage. A direct descendant of the family of the great Ustad Abdul Karim Khan and the much legendary Sartaj-e-Mousiqui, Ustad Abdul Wahid Khan who were the founders of the famous Kirana Gharana. Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan is the son of the great Sarangi-nawaz, Padmashree Ustad Shakoor Khan, who was the grand nephew of Ustad Bande Ali Khan Beenkar who composed numerous bandishes under his pseudonym ‘Sabras”. Accompanied by talented Nitin Mitta on Tabla.

6. Glenn Branca –  Mr. Brancas solo improvisation on his Harmonics Guitar and The Paranoid Critical Revolution w/ Release party with full screening of the film: “135 GRAND ST. 1979” by Ericka Beckman

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleeker St., Ny, NY 10012, Phone: (212) 505-3474)
Ticket: $16
Genre: contemporary/no wave/film


Date: Saturday June 19, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, at corner of 6th Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn, tel: 347-422-0248)
Price: donation
Genre: Blues/Nu Blues/New Orleans brass/Balkan Beat

One of New York’s most original bands, HAZMAT MODINE delivers a rustic, deliriously Dionysian blend of whorehouse Blues, Reggae, Klezmer, Country and Gypsy-tinged music.

8. Salif Keita w. Tabou Combo, Lo’Jo

Date: Sunday June 20, 2010
Time: 3pm
Venue: Central Park SummerStage (69th Street and 5th Avenue, 212-360-2756)
Price: free
Genre: World/Malian Pop

Salif Keita’s career as a musician will always be colored by a history of ostracism due to his albinism, and the fact that he is a member of the Royal Family of Mali and the caste restrictions that should have barred him from becoming a performer. Instead, “The Golden Voice of Africa,” has become one of the most celebrated African vocalists of all time. With a career that spans four decades, his undeniable musical influence has had an impact worldwide — from western pop and rock to Pink Floyd, among others.  He will be performing as part of the Summerstage Series at Central Park, as part of the North American tour in support of his new album La Différence (Emarcy Records – June 8, 2010).

More about Salif in DBDBD.

Tabou Combo is Haiti’s preeminent high-energy dance band, singing in English, Spanish, French and their native Creole. Tabou’s fresh interpretation of konpa borrows equally from Haiti’s traditional drum-heavy carnival music, the meringue of the Dominican Republic, and American R&B and soul.

Lo’Jo is a sextet that builds on France’s popular art form of street performance to reflect their diverse communal culture, and truly push the traditional music into a modern context by incorporating a variety of international grooves.

9. The Center for Traditional Music and Dance presents – SOURCE

Date: Sunday June 20, 2010
Time: 2pm
Venue: the Dana Discovery Center, Harlem Meer Central Park, NY, enter at 110th Street and 5th Avenue
Price: t.b.a.
Genre: World/African Beat

SOURCE featuring:
Abdoulaye Diabate, vocal, guitar
Sylvain Leroux, flute, alto sax
Bailo Bah, Fula flute
Abdoulaye Alhassane, guitar
Chulo Gatewood, bass
Sean Dixon, drums
and special guest: little Toumani Diabate