Music listings – 9/27 through 10/3

1. M.I.A. w. Rye Rye

Date: Monday, September 27, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Terminal 5 (610 W 56th St., Between 11th and 12th Avenues, New York, NY  10019)
Ticket: $35 – $40
Genre: Hip Hop/Rap

Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam better known by her stage name M.I.A., is a British singer-songwriter, rapper and record producer whose eclectic compositions combine elements of hip-hop, electronica,dance, alternative and world music.

M.I.A. is also an accomplished visual artist and fashion designer. Her activism has been met with both appreciation and criticism. In 2002 she received an Alternative Turner Prize nomination for her art, and has been recognized for work as a music video director and graphic designer.

Rye Rye is the stage name of Ryeisha Berrain, an American rapper from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. She met the musician Blaqstarr, a friend of her sister’s, and worked with him on her early material. She met M.I.A. in a studio after M.I.A. overheard one of her songs.[1] She is currently writing and recording her debut album, Go! Pop! Bang!, scheduled for release in January 2011.

2. Jazz Talmud + Ayn Sof Arkestra

Date: Monday, September 27, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Cell Theater (338 W 23rd St., NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: poetry/Jazz

Featuring Jake Marmer’s poetry accompanied by jazz improv from Grammy-winning Klezmatics trumpeter Frank London and klezmer legend Greg Wall.
I am part of the arkestra and some of my compositions will be performed.

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Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: the Living Theater (21 Clinton Street, NY)
Ticket: free
Genre: various

A celebration of the life of the late great Tuli Kupferberg !

A cast of 100’s  including Videos by Thelma Blitz, Speakers, readers, musicians include the Fuxxons, Judith Malina, David Amram, John Kruth and John S. Hall, Don Fleming, Brendan Evans, Samara Kupferberg, Peter Stampfel, Steve Ben Israel, Sky Hall,  Jeffery Lewis, Ron Kolm, Jim Feast, Susan Scutti, Jill Rapaport, Tom Savage, Norman Savitt, Dorothy Friedman August, Clayton Patterson, Stephen Paul Miller, Amiel Alcalay, Valery Oisteanu, Carl Watson, David Huberman, Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Tsaurah Litzky, Danny Shot, Cary Abrams, Coby Batty, Steven Taylor, Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte, George Wallace, Richard West, Thaddeus Rutkowski, Eliot Katz, Harry Nudel, Lorie Reinstein, Herschel Silverman, Mike Golden, Michael Carter, Laura Zelasnic, Richard Kostelanetz,

Possible appearances by Amiri Baraka, Ira Cohen, Bob Fass, Anne Waldman & many more. Plus surprise guests

4. Thursday Night Allstars w. Midtown Collective & Full Service

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Sullivan Hall (214 Sullivan Street btwn. Bleeker & W. 3rd, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: World-Fusion Band Featuring the Electric Persian-Tar

Thursday Night Allstars plays Middle-Eastern Country Meets Sexual Rock, Funk, and all around fun.
TNA will be playing with a horn section with Eric Lerner on Keys, Moreno Brown on drums, Charisse Fields on Vocals, Josh Lindy on Bass, Piruz Partow on Electric Persian Tar.

Midtown Collective 10:30pm/ Full Service 9:30pm

5. Khaira Arby

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St, NY)
Ticket: $17
Genre: desert blues/Mali folklore/world music

For women, singing can be the road to personal power. When their voice is as strong as Malian vocalist Khaira Arby’s, that power can move mountains, change minds, and win battles.  Arby’s rich, potent sound aims to do just that.  She shifts seamlessly between the edgy and progressive and the traditional and deeply rooted. Inspired by her cousin Ali Farka Toure, Arby turns to her mixed Berber and Sonrhai roots and draws on a sweet mixture of desert blues and recording sophistication, blending ripping electric guitar with the forefather of the banjo and funky drum breaks with the traditional percussion of the scraper and the calabash.

6. Tambuco Percussion Ensemble

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia/Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990)
Ticket: $34
Genre: modern percussion music

On the heels of their Kennedy Center debut, Tambuco Percussion Ensemble (Ricardo Gallardo, Alfredo Bringas, Raúl Túdon, Miguel González) offer a bold mix of avant garde and structuralist music in an evening of works by Calderón, Alvarez, Infanzón and Granillo.

7. Erik Friedlander

Date: Friday, October 1, 2010
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of avenue C and 2nd street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: modern cello music/improve

Cellist Erik Friedlander is a composer and an improviser, a classical musician and a jazzbo. As a longtime virtuosic veteran of NYC’s downtown scene, he’s not only backed John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, and Courtney Love, but has also recorded recorded 8 CDs as a leader. His compositional choices and dynamic improvising style have staked out new ground for his instrument. Whether it.s solo playing or performing with one of his bands, Friedlander blends his vision of what the cello can be pushed to do, while maintaining a firm grasp on traditions, both improvising and classical.

8. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: St John’s Lutheran Church (81 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014)
Ticket: $40
Genre: Indian traditional music

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt will give a Mohan-Veena concert. He is an Indian slide guitar player. Bhatt is the creator of the Mohan Veena. He performs Hindustani classical music and won a Grammy Award in 1994.

9. The Music of Julia Wolfe w/ JACK Quartet , Robert Black and the Hartt Bass Bandand Matthew Welch

Date: Sunday, October 3,  2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012)
Phone: (212) 505-FISH (3474)
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 505-FISH (3474)
Ticket: $15
Genre: modern music

Julia Wolfe, cofounder of Bang on a Can, comes to LPR with three passionate works for 8 double basses, string quartet, and bagpipes. Wolfe’s music is distinguished by an intense physicality and a relentless power that pushes performers to extremes and demands attention from the audience. In the words of the Wall Street Journal, Wolfe has “long inhabited a terrain of [her] own, a place where classical forms are recharged by the repetitive patterns of minimalism and the driving energy of rock.”