Music listings – 12/13 through 12/19

1. Kaoru Watanabe

Date: Monday, December 13, 2010
Time: 9pm
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: donation
Genre: nu world music

Kaoru Watanabe (Japanese fue, Western flut & taiko) will be playing with Tim Keiper (ngoni), Chris Dingman (vibraphone) and Matt Kilmer (percussion). They’ll play a blend of “World” sounds- Mali, Japan, the US and beyond.

2. Abjeez 

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Time:  9:30pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, N, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Persian Ska & Rock

Abjeez =Persian slang for sister … and that’s just what they are – Safoura and Melody Safavi. 
Backed by a colorful crew of musicians, the two abjee’s present their own original brand of Persian world pop! 
Their lyrics, often humorous and sometimes rebellious, are written in Farsi, English, Spanish and Swedish – the  expressive groove of the music and the abjees’ dramatic delivery break down all language barriers to create a new synthesis of cultures.

4. Alden Gatt Crossover

Date: Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: classical music/piano music/Persian music

Collaboration and innovation inspire this performance, in which Alden Gatt brings new life to rarely heard Satie repertoire with the imaginative gestures of mime artist Laine Barton, and the forward-thinking jazz harmonies of Chopin’s Nocturnes are revealed through the glosses of saxophonist/flutist Jay Rodriguez. Alden’s experimental settings of the mystical poetry of Rumi will be performed with a stellar ensemble including Arooj Aftab and Aida Shahghasemi.

5. Brandon Terzic

Date: Wednesday, December 15 , 2010
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Rubin Museum (150 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011,  212-620-5000)
Ticket: free
Genre: oud (arabic) music

A rare solo performance by American oud player Brandon Terzic. A chance to hear the instrument in its most evocative and intimate setting, alone and acoustic.

5. Miya Masaoka

Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Japanese koto music

Miya Masaoka, musician, composer, performance artist, has created works for koto, laser interfaces, laptop and video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. In her performance pieces she has investigated the sound and movement of insects, as well as the physiological responses of plants, the human brain, and her own body. Within these varied contexts of sound, music and nature, her performance work emphasizes the interactive, live nature of improvisation, and reflects an individual, contemporary expression of Japanese gagaku aural gesturalism.

6. Leni Stern

Date: Friday, December 17, 2010
Time: 10pm – 11pm
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Malian and Senegalese traditional music

A SPIRITUAL CURRENT always powers Leni Stern’s recordings, especially on “Africa,” an album inspired by her immersion in Malian and Senegalese culture. Clearly the German-born, New York-based singer-songwriter-guitarist has found another home. Recorded mostly at singer Salif Keita’s studio in Bamako, Mali, “Africa” is a cross-cultural prayer meeting of sorts.

7. Get Your Dance On turns 1 year old with Evolver!

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2010
Time: 8pm – midnight
Venue: YogaWorks Soho (459 Broadway 2nd floor)
Ticket: $20 at the door


Get Your Dance On connects people through movement, music, and world-changing ideas. We feature the very best local DJs, musicians, yoga teachers, healers, artists, and performers, local sponsors provide high vibe treats like raw chocolate, kombucha, turmeric elixirs, and fresh fruit, and YOU bring the magic that makes GYDO beyond amazing!

December 18th we’ll join forces with to take over YogaWorks Soho’s gorgeous duplex space, complete with three huge rooms, chill spaces, saunas, and showers for when you’re all danced out, and create an opportunity for NYC’s finest humans to revel in their collective awesomeness and have a freakin blast.

* DJ Dhundee (
* Live drumming with Brian T Carter ( From 10pm til 12am featuring Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi on sax
* Brooklyn Shekere 
* Black Panther Drumming (
* The Didge Project (
* Garth Stevenson (
* Parashakti (
* Unitribe (
* Brooklyn Acupuncture Project (
* Double Diamond Wellness (
* Adam Collett (
* Evolver Activation at 8:15pm: Asanas, Astrology, and Altered States: Techniques for Transformation in the Modern Age presented by
* Nyx of the night (
* JourneyDance with Jeanine T Abraham
* Live art
* Performance

8. Bali Tour CD Release Concert: Gamelan Dharma Swara: Balinese Music & Dance

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2010
Time: 7pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474 
Ticket: $17
Genre: Balinese music
Gamelan Dharma Swara, led by Balinese master musicians and dancers, celebrates the release of its newest recording, a double, enhanced CD/DVD set of live recordings and video from its July, 2010 tour of Bali, Indonesia. Performing on an enormous set of traditional percussion instruments housed in intricately carved cases, Gamelan Dharma Swara will present an evening of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance. With w/ Shahzad Ismaily (solo), I Nyoman Saptanyana, GDS Artistic Director and Ida Ayu Ari Candrawati, GDS Dance Director In 2010 the ensemble was the first foreign ensemble to be invited by the Indonesian Department of Culture to compete against professional Balinese ensembles in the annual gong kebyar festival.

9. The Just Ornette Quartet

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2010
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: free funk jazz
Al MacDowell (electric piccolo bass), Pete Drungle (piano, electronics), Tony Falanga (contrabass) and Tony Lewis (drums). This New York City-based quartet (led by Al MacDowell, a 35-year veteran of Ornette Coleman’s Harmolodic theory) gives a new and authentic take on Coleman’s compositions.

10. Martin Bisi w/ Bill Laswell, TALIBAM!, Coyote Eyes, SU

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2010
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, Tel: 347-529-6696)
Ticket: $8 tickets: 
Genre: indie rock
A night with Martin Bisi with special guest Bill Laswell, TALIBAM!, Coyote Eyes and SU.
SU goes on at 7:30

TALIBAM! At a time when most culture sticks to conservative niche opportunities, Talibam! is interested in expansion and exploration; They manage to part the sea by not sticking to genre, aesthetic predisposition or the usual norms of what being a ‘band’ is. More inclined to put on a show that any and all will like, and not be stymied by ‘avant’ type casting, they have won over both unsuspecting and in the ‘know’ audiences worldwide. The music of TALIBAM! though is not a serious smoldering affair. They are interested in fun, performance, and nuanced humor that creates a psychedelic pastiche of ‘black sabbath’ ‘sun ra’ and ‘cheech and chong.’
On their past two studio albums, they have been joined by Cooper-Moore, Jon Irabagon (Thelonious Monk Jazz Saxaphone Award Winner 2008), Peter Evans and others. Working with both jazz and rock musicians, Talibam!’s former collaborators are in BATTLES, TV ON THE RADIO, GRIZZLY BEAR, WOODS, AKRON FAMILY, and more.

Martin Bisi, a New York indie rock performer and record producer has been at a crossroads of indie/punk, avant garde, noire/cabaret rock, and electronic music since the early 80’s. In his live performances he combines indie rock songs with theatrical story-telling and unique sound layering that can be ambient and spacious, as well as beautifully chaotic – an ’80’s New York art-rock original. Martin Bisi’s band at this show will include Bill Laswell sitting in on bass
Bisi began his story in the downtown-meets-uptown scene of New York in the late 70’s, where hip hop from The Bronx coexisted with avant garde experimentalism, the punk/glam of CBGB’s, New Wave art-rock, and aggressive, nihilistic No Wave. In this world Bisi met Brian Eno who helped him start a recording studio in 1981. He has since realized albums by Sonic Youth, Swans, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, The Dresden Dolls, Herbie Hancock’s Rockit, Boredoms, Helmet, White Zombie, Cop Shoot Cop, Jon Spencer’s Boss Hog, Material/Bill Laswell, Foetus, Serena Maneesh and others.

Coyote Eyes started as a three-piece in Brooklyn, NY, in 2008, featuring dual male/female vocals. Starting in April 2009, they began releasing recordings of some of their first songs and they’ve just finished work on their first EP. Their sound has been described as “post-punk,” “art rock,” and “angular but melodic.” Recently, they’ve
begun including a fourth auxiliary player at most live shows.