Music listings – 2/28 through 3/6

1. Hillard Greene IN & OUT ENSEMBLE

Date: Monday, February 28, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz

A night of challanging Jazz featuring Robert Picket – piano, Newman Taylor Baker – drums, Hilliard “Hill” Greene – bass.

2. Superhuman Happiness w. Chico Mann

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Time: 11pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Afrobeat/ electronics/dub

Superhuman Happiness was founded in 2008 to seek joy and love through shared rhythm and melody, composed and improvised. They have one CD, Stuart Bogie’s Superhuman Happiness – Fall Down Seven Time Stand Up Eight, and one 7″ entitled GMYL/Hounds. Members are known for their work with Antibalas, the Sway Machinery, TV on the Radio, Battle Apples, The Phenomonal Handclap Band, Caural, The Roots, James Hunter, King Expressors, Passion Pit, Celebration, Holly Miranda, Foals and the inimitable MC Chris. The band regularly rehearses, composes, and records together, engaging in various improvisatory musical games currently being compiled for implementation in widespread applications.
Introducing  African rhythms and the music of Cuba, the Latin freestyle flavors of 1980s New York and Miami, and the synth-heavy electro beats of dance floors across the globe, multi- instrumentalist Chico Mann (aka Marcos García) is making a larger musical statement that has emerged to be one of the new, vibrant styles of today.

Chico Mann’s 2010 release Analog Drift (Wax Poetics Records) sits atop the charts at acclaimed independent radio station KCRW and the live show is wholly energetic and infectious – a melting pot of sounds where call-and-response vocal interplay in Spanish and English meets polyrhythmic soundscapes both ancient and futuristic.

3. Melvin Van Peebles with LAXATIVE

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Funk/R&B/Jazz/poetry/Blues

Melvin Van Peebles had such a good time working with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber bringing “Sweet Sweetback’s Badasssss Song:The Hood Opera” to life on the Paris stage, that he decided to continue the collaboration. After enlisting Jared Michael Nickerson, Burnt Sugar’s bassist & business manager, and members Paula Henderson, Bruce Mack, Mikel Banks, Will Martina, Andre Lassalle and Chris Eddleton, M.V.P. titled his new band ‘Laxative.’  When asked why the title, Melvin replied, “Why? …’cause they’re a crew of musicians who make sh.. happen and get sh.. done.  That’s why!”


4. Brandon Ross’ “THEOREMA”

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/experimental

A night of challanging Jazz featuring Brandon Ross – Guitar, Chris Eddleton – Drums and Rubin Kodheli – Cello.

5. Lisle Ellis & The Remote Viewers

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: improve/modern Jazz

The line up is: Brian Groder (trumpet), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Bob Feldman (saxophone), Mike McGinnis (saxophone), Nassif Salim Zakak (piano) and Lisle Ellis (acoustic bass guitar, bass violin)
Future antiquities in music: negotiating processes to fully engage non-engagement. Original compositions forged by way of a series of mistakes, corrections and adjustments; modulating chaos and order; interpreting interiors, and sub-modalities. Texts by David Markson, Jean Genet and David Mitchell

6. Ethos Percussion Group

Date: Friday, March 4, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia /Symphony Space  (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990)
Tickets: $20
Genre: percussion music/minimal/African

Ethos Percussion Group, featuring members Trey Files, Michael Lipsey, Eric Phinney and Yousif Sheronick, are accomplished classical and world music artists, each with a distinctive background and musical perspective. The performance will feature recent commissions for the ensemble by noted NYC-based composers John Hollenbeck, Susie Ibarra, Michael Marcus and Dafnis Prieto, as well as Steve Reich’s landmark Drumming Part One.  Incorporating techniques ranging from the traditional drumming of Guinea, West Africa to cappuccino frother-based improvisations, this unique program celebrates New York City’s musical and cultural diversity while showcasing Ethos’ synthesis of global and contemporary styles.


Dafnis Prieto – The Guiros Talk

Susan Ibarra – These Trees That Speak

John Hollenbeck – Ziggurat

Michael Markus – Suli ti Nany

Steve Reich – Drumming Part One

7. Elliott Sharp (at 60) – Benefit concert

Date: Friday, March 4, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Issue Project Room (110 Livingston, entrance at 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn)
Ticket: tables are $2,500 and include 10 VIP tickets with reserved seating.
VIP Tickets are $250 ($200 tax-deductible) and include invitation to the full evening of events
Genre: electronics/experimental

ISSUE’s first benefit event at our future home — the beautiful McKim, Mead, and White jewel box theater at 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn — celebrating the 60th birthday of prolific composer and guitar virtuoso Elliott Sharp.

Composer, innovator, and guitar virtuoso Elliott Sharp is a leader in the New York arts community and a long-time supporter of ISSUE Project Room. Elliott’s rich history of collaboration with artists from various genres has been featured on hundreds of recordings and in live performances internationally.

Please join us on March 4, 2011 at the future home of ISSUE Project Room, a historic jewel-box theater at 110 Livingston in Downtown Brooklyn, for our first benefit event in the space in celebration of Elliott’s 60th birthday.  This special event is hosted by Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi and proceeds will provide support for groundbreaking new work by hundreds of artists in our community. Read more  about this event.

8. Elliott Sharp & Friends

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011
Time: 7:30pm (beginnig of the performances)
Venue: The Issue Project Room (at the Old American Can Factory,232 3rd Street, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $35
Genre: Jazz/contemporary music/improve

Elliott Sharp’s 60th birthday celebration continues with a collection of his long-time friends and collaborators performing his music at ISSUE’s current space at the Old American Can Factory. Among Sharp’s works to be performed are Flexagons (Orchestra Carbon), Octal (Elliott Sharp solo), Oligosono (Jenny Lin, piano), Bootstrappers (JG Thirwell, Anthony Coleman, Melvin Gibbs, Don McKenzie, & Sharp), Amygdala (Marco Cappelli, guitar), and an all-guitar version of Sharp’s SyndaKit. The celebration begins at 5:00 with an open Flexagons rehearsal and continues until late.

Admission to the Flexagons rehearsal and Q&A with ISSUE Board Member and longtime collaborator Luke DuBois is free and open to the public. Admission to the performances beginning at 7:30 will be ticketed ($35 / FREE for Members).

Read more  about Elliot Sharp, the performances and schedules of this event.

9. Khaira Arby w. SWAY MACHINERY and NETTLE

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Bell House (149 7th Street, Brooklyn NY 11215,  718-643-6510)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Mail folk music/world/Africa

KhaIra Arby was born in the village of Abaradjou in the Sahara Desert north of Timbuktu. Khaira’s parents came from different ethnic backgrounds, mother Songhai and father Berber. You can hear these cultures in her music; she sings in several languages. The instrumentation and rhythms are just as varied with electric guitar and bass, calabash, ngoni, traditional violin, and percussion creating a complex mixture of sound and structure. Some people compare the effect to the rhythms of the camel caravans crossing the Sahara, others to the cosmopolitan city of Timbuktu. By her mid twenties, KhaIRa had made her first recording with the Orchestre Regional de Tombouctou and after a short time was invited to sing with the famous Orchestre Badema in Bamako, the nation’s capitol. She continued to earn her stripes beside such Malian stars as her cousin, Ali Farka Toure and the widely influential Fissa Maiga. Since 1990 KhaIra has focused all her energies on her music. With three albums in her own name and a fourth recently released in August 2010 she is the Voice of Mali’s North. KhaIra sings in many desert traditions and her music takes the listener on an audio journey across the essence of Mali and Tombouctou, a meeting of compass points, religions, cultures, past and present. In 2006 she was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali. In August 2010, KhaIra and her band toured the United States and Canada performing to rave reviews at venues ranging from small Harlem nightclubs to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. This tour coincided with the international release of her latest album, Timbuktu Tarab, which has been critically hailed as one of the best new albums of 2010. 


For those who have seen The Sway Machinery in action, little explanation is needed. The band’s combination of rhythmic power and potent folklore takes no prisoners. On stage the energy of submerged worlds is torn out into the light of day. And indeed, the historical tradition of Cantorial music, which is the focus of the band’s work, is very much a lost world. The music of  The Sway Machinery invites the listener to become like children wandering in the forest, discovering something mythic and wonderful. This show is a benefit for ASSADEC, a consortium of 300 women’s groups from small desert villages. 

The group was founded in 2003 and provides AIDS information and instruction in the nomadic context. They are evolvong into seeking capacity for micro finance of local women’s projects and other learning bases projects

10. The Tehran-Dakar Brothers

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu world trash

The Tehran-Dakar Brothers are: Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi (sax and vocal), Doron Lev (Israel,drums), Alejandro Castellano (Colombia,guitar), Derek Nievergelt (bass) and Piruz Partow (electric tar). They’re going to play two sets of nu world trashy composed and imrovised music.


11. Class Reunion – Dave Liebman &  Steve Dalachinsky

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: Jazz/poetry

Legendary saxophonist Dave Liebman (Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, etc.) reunites with his 1960 PS99 classmate Steve Dalachinsky for an evening of music and poetry.