Music listings – 9/20 through 9/26

1. Filmmakers Steven Blush and Paul Rachman’s new documentary LOST ROCKERS reception w. special acoustic performance by Jake Holmes.

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: The  Bleecker Street Theater (45 Bleecker St, New York, NY‎ 10012, 212-260-8250‎)
Ticket: free
Genre: reception and music

Please join filmmakers Steven Blush and Paul Rachman for a reception in support of their new documentary LOST ROCKERS with a special acoustic performance by Jake Holmes. Co-produced by Tony Mann.

2. Songs from the East Village: a musical evening with Susan McKeown and students from the East Village Community School

Date: Monday, September 20, 2010
Time: 6:30pm
Tenement Museum (108 Orchard Street, NY)
Ticket: free

The first ever musical project to tell the stories of New York City’s immigrant children. A public school using compelling ballads and funky beats as a creative way of raising money during the current funding crunch. Students, parents, and staff members part of the arts-based East Village Community School in the heart of New York’s historically global neighborhoods have come together to produce an album uniting Iraqis and Tibetans, immigrants by choice and refugees, and deep historical roots on Songs from the East Village (releases September 20th, 2010).

Head-started by local Irish singer Susan McKeownSongs from the East Village integrates an extraordinary group of talented artists from the area who are also parents of students at the school, including Puerto Rican Salsa pianist Ray Santiago, bassist and Black rock icon Melvin Gibbs, and actress Sharita Choudhury.

3. Testastella w. Shiraishi Tamio & Fantasmes

Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Time: 11:00pm – 12pm
Venue: Goodbye Blue Monday (1087  Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: indie rock/ avant pop

Testastella is an international rock and experimental band unifying people and cultures with lyrics from all over the world. Featuring Federico Ughi (drums/voice) and Pasquale Cangiano (guitar/bass/voice/trumpet/fx) and top guests from the Downtown music scene.

Line up: Federico Ughi, Pasquale Cangiano and  Domenick Galati.

4. Theo Bleckmann – Hello Earth! The music of Kate Bush

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $15

Theo Bleckmann [voice, arrangements & live electronic processing]
John Hollenbeck [percussion, crotales]
Skuli Sverrisson [bass]
Henry Hey [piano, keyboard and voice]
Caleb Burhans [electric violin, guitar and back-up vocals]

After tackling American maverick composer Charles Ives and being rewarded with a Grammy nomination for it, vocalist Theo Bleckmann now takes on the mysterious songbook of British pop recluse Kate Bush. This project goes beyond merely re-creating Kate’s Bush music but taking it to even further realms of sound and interpretation. Joining him in this venture will be long-time collaborator percussionist John Hollenbeck, bassist Skuli Sverrisson and keyboardist Henry Hey and special guest, mult-instrumentalist Caleb Burhans on viola, guitar and back-up vocals.

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5. Alexei Borisov & Olga Nosova / Thomas Buckner & Robert Dick

Date: Thursday, September 23, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15

Two electrifying improvisational duo collaborations from Moscow and New York City. The 22nd season of the Interpretations series begins with two new collaborative endeavors. Innovative virtuosos, flutist Robert Dick and baritone Thomas Buckner celebrate the release of their new CD “Flutes and Voices”. Moscow-based improvisers Alexei Borisov and Olga Nosova will bring their highly idiosyncratic music to the US, touching on elements of noise, sound art, and spoken word, using electronics, guitar, and percussion.

6. Dawn of Midi

Date: Friday, September 24, 2010
Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: contemporary/modern music

Dawn of Midi is Indian contrabassist Aakaash Israni, Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani and Pakistani percussionist Qasim Naqvi. Based in New York and Paris, the group’s debut record ‘First’ (Accretions) has garnered a startling amount of critical acclaim for an album of completely improvised music. Dawn of Midi’s sound-world draws from a variety of musical idioms: from minimalism, to musique concrète through romanticism, the leaderless trio breathes rigor, lyricism, and silence. Dawn of Midi’s sound-world is one of effortless juxtaposition; from the harmonic language of Debussy to the clammer and rattle of extended techniques evoking Cage’s piano preparations. In the global art music setting, one can sense a paradigm shift that veers towards an appreciation of timbre, color, and the silences that frame a musical offering. This new sensibility is immediately recognizable within DoM’s language.

7. Nobu Stowe / Andrea Centazzo

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: contemporary/multi media & electronics

Nobu Stowe presents : Lee Pembleton Project “Confusion Bleue” with Special Guests: Perry Robinson and Chris Kelsey – the project behind the third album by Nobu Stowe on the famed Italian label SOUL NOTE. In his 5-star review, Stef Gijssels of the widely popular FREE JAZZ blog described ““It is hard to describe, but you get more musical ideas and influences in one album here, than in a dozen other, combined to organically forge a musical universe that is coherent, full of drama and cinematic evolution and story-telling. It is not about the expression of the individual supported by fellow musicians, although you get that too, but a real collective and powerful sound sculpture. It is quite ambitious in its concept, but the end result is stunning. Don’t miss it.”

VISION the latest multimedia solo percussion and digital percussion concert of Andrea Centazzo is an anthology from his solo works. After an intense season of improvised music (1972-83) in 1984 Andrea made is debut as filmmaker with Tiare, a videofilm journey to his childhood. The video won all the video festival around the word and launched a new chapter in Andrea Artistic adventure. After may videos and soundtrack, Andrea decided to blend all his artistic experiences in a new medium, the Multimedia solo concert. Using a percussion keyboard and acoustic percussion, Andrea integrate the images that he shoot and edit with his compositions in a mix of endless possibilities. Still improvising is great part of this new expressive process, creating every time a different setting for the images projected on the back or the vast array of instruments..

8. Shonen Knife

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2010
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, New York, NY)
Ticket: $20
Japanese indie rock

The Japanese all-women trio Shonen Knife has built a solid worldwide following with their Ramones meets theBeatles brand of sticky-sweet punk-pop. It has made major fans out of alt-rock’s elites (Sonic YouthNirvanaRedd Kross, among others). Watch video clip here.

9. Merzbow (from Japan) and Xiu Xiu w. Ecstatic Sunshine and Gentle

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $20

Merzbow is a noise project created in Tokyo, Japan in 1979 under the direction of noise technician Masami Akita. Since 1979, he has formed two record labels and has contributed releases to numerous independent record labels. As well as being a prolific artist, Akita has written books on avant-garde art, postmodern culture, and Animal Rights.

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