Music listings – 11/8 through 11/14

1. Natacha Atlas w/ Gaida: Levantine Indulgence

Date:  Monday, November 8, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474) 
Ticket: $30
Genre: Arabic pop

Musically and geographically, Natacha Atlas has always been an itinerant. The Anglo-Egyptian singer has spent more than a decade fusing electronic beats with North African and Arabic music, finding links between seemingly disparate musical genres, exploring new and different sonic settings and working with a wealth of like-minded collaborators from across the world along the way. The resulting body of work is both a triumph of true multiculturalism and a testament to the richness and accessibility of Arabic culture.

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2. Adam Rudolphs Go Organic Orchestra

Date: Monday, November 8, 2010
Time:  8:3o pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Jazz/contemporary

Composer Adam Rudolph returns with another series of Go: Organic Orchestra at Roulette. In concert he will conduct between 20 – 35 musicians in a spontaneous way, using a newly created score of music/letter grids, language themes, tone rows, traditional and synthetic scales, diadic and intervalic harmonies, The compositions will also utilize Rudolph’s rhythm concept of “Cyclic Verticalism” to generate form and weave what he calls an “audio syncretic music fabric”. The music is “organic” in the sense that the compositions and conducting exist as an inspiration and context for the musicians to express themselves by using their instruments as an amplifier for their inner voice. 

3. AfroCubism “The original idea for the Buena Vista Social Club”

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Town Hall (123 West 43rd St., New York, NY 10036)
Ticket: buy
Genre: Afro-Cuban music

AfroCubism is World Circuit’s dream project. This was Nick Gold’s original idea for the Buena Vista Social Club – a stellar collaboration of musicians from Mali and Cuba. 13 years ago, a tale of lost passports meant that the Africans never arrived and so instead, a rather fine but different record was made.

Now the original plan has finally been realised with an incredible group of musicians. Original invitees Cuban singer/guitarist Eliades Ochoa and the Malians Bassekou Kouyate (ngoni) and Djelimady Tounkara (electric guitar) are joined by Eliades’ Grupo Patria, Toumani Diabate (kora), Kasse Mady Diabate (vocals) and Lasana Diabate (balafon).

This is their first US Tour performing together.

4. Carmen Staaf and Henry Grimes

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of avenue C and 2nd street)
Ticket: $20
Genre: contemporary/modern Jazz

Carmen Staaf (piano, accordion) and  Henry Grimes (bass, violin)
Winner of the 2009 Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Pianist Competition, Carmen Staaf has performed throughout the United States, as well as at numerous festivals and other venues in Europe, Latin America and India; she has worked with jazz luminaries including Henry Grimes, Eddie Gomez, Bob Brookmeyer, Rakalam Bob Moses, and George Garzone. Her 2008 album “Reflection” has been called “profoundly beautiful” and features her original jazz compositions with currents of swing, Cuban music and free improvisation. She joined the piano faculty at Berklee College of Music at age 24 and taught there for four years. 

5. Poetic Heritage Festival presents M. Nahadr aka M & Ntozake Shange 

Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Nuyorican Poets Cafe  (236 East 3rd Street, NY)
Ticket: $12
Genre: poetry/modern Jazz/improve

Literary Free Jazz, liberated diva:  Ntozake Shange and multi-Octave singer M. Nahadr find creativity in themMoment. Together in For Colored Girls f ilm and several shows at NYC’s Nuyorican this month. Read more.

Two more shows at the Nuyorican Poet Cafe next week: 11/15 & 11/17!

To hear M.’s song, “I Found God In Myself” (as heard in the feature film ‘For Colored Girls)


Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: TERRA BLUES (149 Bleecker Street, NY, 212-777-7776)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: nu blues/ New Orleans brass

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

7. Angelique Kidjo “THE SOUND OF THE DRUM”

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Carnegie Hall – Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage ( 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, 212-247-7800)
Ticket: start at $13.50
Genre: Afropop/Cuba/Jazz/Latin/Brazil  

The brilliant Afro-pop star Angelique Kidjo tells the journey of the drum through rhythms, songs, and dances from Africa to the Caribbean and on to America,  joined by a few of contemporary music’s most important icons: Youssou N’Dour, Dianne Reeves, Omara Portuondo, Christian McBride and Romero Lubambo.

8. Henry Threadgill and his Zooid ensemble 

Date: Thursday through Saturday, November 8 – 11, 2010
Time:  8:3o pm
Venue: The Roulette (20 Greene St., NY)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Jazz/contemporary

November 11: Henry Threadgill with Zooid + Strings (members of Flux Quartet)

November 12: Henry Threadgill with Zooid

November 13: Henry Threadgill with Zooid

Henry Threadgill, aside from being a remarkable alto saxophone player, is one of the most imaginative of jazz composers today. “He seems to be deliberately challenging the audience: My lyricism and mastery come complete with thorns and spikes, and I promise to yank the props out from under you,” quoted John Litweiler, longtime Down Beat jazz critic, in an article he wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times. Threadgill was one of the founding members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, a Chicago group that was free-form, you might say, in its philosophy and approach. Not long ago Peter Watrous of the New York Times described Threadgill as “perhaps the most important jazz composer of his generation.” Recent concerts in Chicago have led the local critics to speak of him as a revolutionary figure, altering the manner in which jazz itself is going. Said Howard Reich, jazz critic of the Chicago Tribune, “It would be difficult to overestimate Henry Threagill’s role in perpetually altering the meaning of jazz..…He has changed our underlying assumptions of what jazz can and should be.”
Threadgill’s music has been performed by many of his long lasting instrumental ensembles, including the trio Air, the seven-piece Sextett, Very Very Circus, twenty- piece Society Situation Dance Band, X-75, Make a Move, Aggregation Orb, and his current group Zooid. He has recorded many albums as a leader of various ensembles. 

9. Ghazal Ensemble

Date: Friday, November 12, 2010
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Carnegie Hall – Zankel Hall  (57th Street and Seventh Avenue, 212-247-7800)
Tickets: start at $38
Genre: Persian-Indian classical fusion music

Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute. Persian & Indian Improvisations by the Ghazal Ensemble. Rare NY appearance. Featuring maestros: Kayhan Kalhor on Kamancheh and Shujaat Husain Khan on Sitar, two master musicians from the Persian and Indian classical traditions. Kalhor (kamancheh-spike fiddle) has worked with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, the Kronos Quartet and Masters of Persian Music.  Khan (sitar-lute), son and disciple of Ustad Vilayat Khan, is a top-ranking artist in North Indian music who recently recorded with Asha Bhosle.  They are joined by Samir Chatterjee on tabla (drums).  

10. Randy Weston “Uhuru Afrika” 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration with Randy Weston & His Orchestra

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Tribeca Performing Arts Center (199 Chambers St., NY, NY 10007)
Ticket: $25, $35, $45 
Genre: Modern Jazz

Randy Weston has also been named a 2010 Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame Inductee – The National Black Sports & Entertainment Hall of Fame.

The orchestra includes: Vincent Chancey on the French Horn; Ron Jackson on guitar; and Charlie Persip on the drums; Eddie Henderson, Eddie Allen and Cecil Bridgewater in the trumpet section; Craig Harris, Bob Trowers and Barry Cooper in the Trombone section; and Alex Blake and Essiet Essiet in the base section.  T.K. Blue, James Spaulding, Billy Harper, Alex Harding, Bill Saxton round out the saxophone section while Candido Camero, Ray Mantilla, Roland Guerrero, Kwaku Obeng and Neil Clarke form the percussion section.  The orchestra also features vocalists Jann Parker and Gregory Porter and conductor Paul West.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of pianist/composer Randy Weston’s landmark opus Uhuru Afrika, a tribute to the many African countries that gained independence in 1960. The album featured jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Cecil Payne, Ron Carter and Max Roach, to name a few. It was arranged by the late Melba Liston and included legendary poet Langston Hughes, who contributed lyrics to the recording of “African Lady.”

Read more about Randy Weston!


Randy Weston Feature from Howard Tate on Vimeo.

11. WMI presents: Flamenco Festival Gitano/Andalusian Gypsy Celebration: Pepe Torres w. Juan del Gastor

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU (566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South, New York)
Tickets: $55, $65
Genre: Flamenco dance

The powerful and riveting dancer Pepe Torres, known for his work with the award-winning ensemble Son de la Frontera, returns to New York with the debut of his acclaimed company. Raised in Andalusia’s Moron de la Frontera, a hotbed of Gypsy flamenco, he toured extensively with Martirio, Antonio Canales, Sara Baras and Manuela Carrasco and appeared in the New York Flamenco Festival with Son de la Frontera (2006 and 2008) and with Farruquito and Juana Amaya (2003).

This program marks the New York premiere of Homenaje, a centennial tribute to Pepe Torres’ grandfather, Gypsy flamenco singer Joselero de Moron, and to the unique contributions his family (which includes his grand uncle, guitar legend Diego del Gastor) has made to the history of flamenco. Juan del Gastor appears as guest artist.

12. James Chance & The Contortions w/ DJ Jonathan Toubin (New York Night Train)

Date: Saturday, November 13, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474) 
Ticket: $17
Genre: no wave

One of the original punk jazz groups of the New York No Wave scene, James & the Contortions were led by saxophonist James Chance, aka James White (birth name James Siegfried). The group formed in New York City in 1977 and ended along with the No Wave scene in 1979.

Their first recorded appearance, credited solely as the Contortions, was on the 1978 compilation, No New York. The following year, two albums were issued almost simultaneously on the ZE label, Buy the Contortions (an extreme jazz-punk LP) and Off White (a disco/standards hybrid released under the moniker James White and the Blacks, with one side vocals, the other side instrumentals).

Read more about DJ Jonathan Toubin.

 13. WMI presents: Flamenco Festival Gitano/Andalusian Gypsy Celebration: Angelita Vargas & Jairo Barrull

Date: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU (566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South, New York)
Tickets: $55, $65
Genre: Flamenco dance

Direct from Seville, Gypsy flamenco dance icon Angelita Vargas and the dynamic young Jairo Barrull join together for a mesmerizing night of Gypsy flamenco. Vargas appeared on Broadway with Flamenco Puro and was recently featured in the Farruco family’s Gitanas, which toured extensively throughout Europe. Barrull, the great-grand nephew of famed guitarist Diego del Gastor, has performed with such important figures as Concha Vargas and Juana Amaya. Their program Gitanerias, which features a cameo appearance by Juan del Gastor, is a celebration of the passing down of flamenco traditions from generation to generation in the Gypsy community where dance is an expression of cultural identity.

14. Gwen Laster Band & Nioka Trio

Date: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Time: 2pm til 5pm
Venue: Theaterlab (137 W 14th Street, NYC)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Jazz

Gwen‘s classical training and collaborations with Popular, Global and Avant Garde recording artists have inspired her vision of a Global Jazz Fusion concept. They include a mix of vocalists and instrumentalists; Alicia Keys, Anthony Braxton,  Rhianna, Joe Giardullo, Leroy Jenkins, Shakira; (Obama Inauguration) Aretha Franklin,  Beres Hammond;  Angie Stone, Shaggy, Joss Stone,  Emeline Michel, chamber and orchestral work with Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Harlem Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Sugar Hill Classical Band and tours in the  U.S.Japan, and the Carribean.  Gwen has released two CD’s “Sneak Preview” and “I Hear You Smiling”. She has also  published her first violin method book; Music for the Creative String Player.

Gwen’s band featuring Gwen Laster -Acoustic Electric Violin, Brandon Ross-Guitar, Damon Banks– Electric Bass, Brahim Fribgane-Oud/Cojon, will play music from her upcoming  CD “The Gameboard” to be released in 2011.  

 Nioka is an active among force of innovative cellists forging new frontiers for string players. Nioka’s multi-disciplinary approach has afforded her credits with leading artists including R& B collaborations with India Arie and Joe; Hip-Hop collabs and extensive tours with Spoken-Word artist, Saul Williams; Singers J.D. Walters, Helga Davis and gracing the stage with such music illuminaries as Kanye West, Jay-Z and Common at the Pepsi Smash Festival. Constantly seeking new challenges, Nioka often works with conceptualists and performance artists. Her credits include solos with the Uptown String Quartet at the Kennedy Center, multi-instrumentalist Kali Z, Cooper Moore’s Keyboard Project at the Son D’Hiver Festival 2008;  Hemisphere by conceptualist Anthony Davis. Jazz performances with Avery Brooks/Craig Harris (Harlem Gatehouse and the upcoming National Black Theater CD Party) and Reggie Workman’s African-American Legacy Project.  

 Nioka Workman on cello, monster 7-string guitarist Hui Cox and dazzling drummer Newman Baker, is a fusion trio of jazz/funk and beyond, displaying organized to “out of control” style of music making.