Music listings – 7/19 through 7/25

1. New York Sufi Music Festival hosted by Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon and Pakistani Peace Builders – from July 20 through July 22, 2010

Concert I

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
5:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: Union Square Park (north end, opposite Barnes & Noble, East 17th Street , btwn. Park Avenue South and Broadway)
Ticket: free admission

Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon and Pakistani Peace Builders Initiative will host the 1st Annual New York Sufi Music Festival. The Mohatta Palace Museum has played the key curatorial role in gathering this unprecedented selection of Sufi musicians from throughout Pakistan for this historic celebration. The New York Sufi Festival is presented in association with Asia Society and Rubin Museum.
An all-star group of musicians from Pakistan’s key provinces perform for three hours, including:
* Pakistan’s living legend Abida Parveen
* Akhtar Chanal Zehri from Balochistan
* Soung Faqirs from the Sachal Sarmast Shrine in Sindh
* Rafaqat Ali Khan, representing the Shaam Chaurasi Gharana in Punjab
* Mekaal Hasan Band, Pakistan’s most critically acclaimed contemporary band
* Zeb and Haniya, of the famed Coke Studio*
* Abid Hussain and Abdul Rasheed, dhol virtuosos
* Muhammad Ahmed, matka (clay pot) percussionist
* Muhammad Talib and Riaz Hussain, damboori virtuosos
* Sachoo Khan, Sarangi/Surinda virtuoso
* Ghous Bux, Flute/Alghoza virtuoso
* Tari Khan, Tabla virtuoso

Concert II

Artists: Zeb and Haniya, Mekaal Hasan Band, and more
Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Venue: Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17th Street)
Ticket: free admission

Concert III

Artists: Voice of the Sufi: A Musical Journey from Pakistan featuring living treasure Abida Parveen, Akhtar Channel Zehri from Baluchistan, and Soung Faqirs from Sindh (program subject to change)
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Time: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Venue: Asia Society (725 Park Avenue at 70th Street)
Ticket: free admission. Asia Society Members only.

2. Grupo Fantasma and Zizek Collective

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St. New York, NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Latin Orchestra/cumbia/club music

Grupo Fantasma – the progressive genius of Grupo Fantasma, now in the tenth year of its long and intriguing musical journey, comes to life on El Existential set for a May 11th, 2010 release on Nat Geo Music. Known as the funkiest, finest, and hardest working Latin orchestra to come out of the United States in the last decade, the band has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for their adventurous albums, prudent songwriting and unprecedented live shows.

Zizek Collective – Argentina’s Zizek Collective has spent the last few years spreading the gospel of cumbia, electro reggaeton, and mashups to all corners of the globe via its energy-fueled club nights, and for the latest installment of the XLR8R Podcast, the crew has brought the beats of South America to your headphones with this mix.

3. Dom Minasi

Date: Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (located at Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: contemporary/improve

8 pm – The Dom Minasi Super Septet
Sabir Mateen (tenor sax) Blaise Siwula (alto sax) Rob Henke (trumpet) Steve Swell (trombone) Dom Minasi (guitar) Ken Filiano (bass) Jay Rosen (drums)

10 pm – The Dom Minasi String Quartet
Dom Minasi (nylon string guitar) Jason Kao Hwang (violin) Tomas Ulrich (cello)
Ken Filiano (contrabass)

4. Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l feat Samba Mapangala and Chiwoniso

Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St. New York, NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: World/Africa/Highlife/Jazz

Chicago’s Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l are pleased to announce a new collaboration with Congolese music legend, the great Samba Mapangala! Playing the best-loved songs from both artists’ repertoires, the group is now also playing new songs that fuse together all their strengths.

The Occidental Brothers’ blend of high-energy soukous, rootsy Ghananian Highlife and African Jazz conjures sounds of the golden age of the African guitar band and has made them favorites of of music critics and devotees of the style, but it’s a sound that has also seduced an audience of listeners as diverse as the members of this multi-racial band.

5. Henry Grimes Trio

Date: Friday, July 23, 2010
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (located at Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/contemporary

Henry Grimes (acoustic bass, violin, spoken word) Andrew Lamb (reeds, flutes) Andrew Cyrille (drums)
Henry Grimes has played more than 38O concerts in 24 countries, including many festivals, since 2OO3, when he made an astonishing return to the music world after 35 years away. He studied at Juilliard and in his youth played/toured/recorded with Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, Benny Goodman, Coleman Hawkins, Roy Haynes, Steve Lacy, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, Cecil Taylor, McCoy Tyner… In recent years he’s played/toured/recorded with Rashied Ali, Marshall Allen, Fred Anderson, Marilyn Crispell, Andrew Cyrille, Bill Dixon, Dave Douglas, Paul Dunmall, Andrew Lamb, David Murray, William Parker, Marc Ribot, Cecil Taylor, and many more. Because Henry is an elder but still playing in completely new ways, he represents a bridge from the past to the future, embodying invention, inspiration, vision, and courage. TWENTY DOLLARS.

6. Linebreak: Poetics of Iran

Date: Friday, July 23, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $8 (donation)
Genre: Iranian poetry and music

If you missed the show last month or would like to see Linebreak again. Here is another chance!
Friday’s performance will feature a sampling of Persian poets, such as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī, Baba Taher, Shams e Maghrebi, and Mohammad-Reza Shafiei Kadkani, among others, through spoken word and music.
Performing members are: Sara Goudarzi (vocal & poetry), Aida Shahghasemi (vocal & daf) and Sinan Gündoğdu (saz & oud).

7. Geri Allen and Timeline

Date: Friday, July 23, through Sunday July 25, 2010
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Iridium Jazz Club (1650 Broadway, NY, NY 10019, Tel: 212-582-2121)
Ticket: $25
Genre: Jazz/contemporary

Geri Allen (piano), David Weiss (trumpet), Richie Goods (bass), Kassa Overall (drums), Maurice Chestnut (tap dancer)
Geri Allen will be celebrating the release of two new CDs for Motéma Music – the jazz trio with tap dance recording Live, featuring her Timeline group, and Flying Toward The Sound, her ambitious and critically lauded solo piano project.

8. Michael Blake Quartet

Date: Sunday, July 25, 2010
Time: 9:30pm
55 Bar (55 Christopher Street, NY, 212-929-9883)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz

Members are: Michael Blake (ts), Steven Bernstein (tr), Marcus Rojas (tuba) and G Calvin Weston (dr).