Music listings – 3/14 through 3/20

1. Nublu Orchestra conducted by Butch Morris

Date: Monday, March 14, 2011
Time: 9:30pm & 11pm
Venue: Nublu
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve

Come down to Nublu for a magical evening featuring the legendary Butch Morris conducting a spontaneous musical creation into being with some of New York City’s most talented musicians. Either this week or next week will be the end of the current run, so don’t miss this rare musical treat.


Date: Monday, March 14, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Lincoln Center/Allice Tully Hall
Ticket: $25 and more
Genre: Hispanic Baroque and guitar music fusion

Jordi Savall, vielle and music director;
Tembembe Ensamble Continuo; Montserrat Figueras, soprano;
La Capella Reial de Catalunya; Hespèrion XXI

This concert is a vibrant, revealing take on centuries of musical and cultural history. Spanish early-music legend Jordi Savall who has made a career of rediscovering the essence of supposedly lost musical traditions, traces the movement of music from Old Spain to the New World, fusing Hispanic Baroque and guitar music with the still very much alive Jarocho and Huasteca traditions of Mexico.

3. György Ligeti: Music for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $18
Genre: modern music

Sonata for Cello Solo
Sonatina for Piano, Four Hands
Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano
String Quartet No. 1
Bagatelles for Wind Quintet

Jasper String Quartet
Sospiro Winds
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Jacob Greenberg, piano
Aaron Wunsch, piano
Julia Bruskin, cello
Angela Cordell Bilger, horn

György Ligeti, whose opera “Le Grande Macabre” was a sold-out sensation at the New York Philharmonic this past May, is an undisputed musical giant of the last century. Presented by Music Mondays’ artistic director Aaron Wunsch, this exciting exploration of Ligeti’s solo and chamber music — both the lyrical and the propulsive — will feature the Jasper String Quartet, Sospiro Winds, violinist Miranda Cuckson, pianists Jacob Greenberg and Aaron Wunsch, cellist Julia Bruskin, and hornist 

4. Alvin Curran & Elliott Sharp

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: contemporary music/electronics/improve

Go wihout any expectations. Nobdy knows what’s going to happen?! Alvin Curran (solo keyboard, sampler, small instruments) and Elliott Sharp (saxes, guitar, electronics).

5. Jolie Holland & Shazad Ismaily

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $12
Genre: folk, blues, jazz

The Texas-bred singer-songwriter Jolie Holland navigates a new rock approach that is built upon the folk, blues and jazz spectors supported by Shazad Ismailly on bass and electronics.

6. The Mandingo Ambassadors

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Guinean trad music

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, the government of Guinea engaged in a campaign known as Authenticité. It was a drive to create a new musical movement that would be specifically Guinean, but would include the modern wonders that were the electric guitar, the electric bass and the drumset. Musicians were given instruments and orchestras were formed. Surprisingly, the results proved mesmerizing and a myriad new bands were born. Many of them would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on African music. Mamady Kouyatewas one of those pioneers. He played in various bands – his own band, Les Ambassadeurs du Mandingue, being one of them – but is probably best known as the guitarist in the classic Bembeya Jazz National. Kouyate, who now lives in NY, has reformed the Mandingo Ambassadors, updating the sound of his youth, but keeping it very close to the standard of Authenticité. The new All-Star band includ es Ismael Kouyate – vocals; Mamady Kourouma – guitar; Oran Etkin – tenor sax & clarinets; Sylvain Leroux – flute, tambin and alto sax; Andy Algire – drums; Nick Cudahy – bass and Mamady Kouyate – guitar.

7. Rana Santacruz

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Mexican Bluegrass

A former member of Mexico’s La Catrina, Rana Santacruz’s music has been called “Mexican Bluegrass” or “Irish Mariachi” with a dose of rock and alternative. His sound starts in Ireland, runs through Appalachia, swings through New Orleans, and careens across most of Mexico. The acoustic instrumentation includes cajón, upright bass, accordion, guitar, banjo, jarana, violin and trumpet. He cites his main influences as The Pogues, Tom Waits, Chavela Vargas, Agustín Lara, son jarocho, tambora, and folk music in general. Lyrically, his songs tell short tales about broken hearts, sailors, dogs, turkeys, and farewells. His new album, Chicavasco, was picked by popmatters as one of 2010’s ten best world music album.

8. Heiner Goebbels – SONGS OF WARS I HAVE SEEN

Date: Friday, March 18, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Lincoln Center/Allice Tully Hall
Ticket: $25 and more
Genre: modern music

London Sinfonetta;
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Anu Tali, conductor;
Sound Intermedia, sound projection;
Heiner Goebbels, conception, music, and director

Gertrude Stein’s memoir Wars I Have Seen is a deeply personal glimpse at life in France under the looming Nazi occupation. Visionary music director Heiner Goebbels, who returns to Lincoln Center after his acclaimed Stifters Dinge, combines Stein’s text, spoken by female members of the ensembles, with a score that pairs Baroque music with staccato machine-gun fire. Remixing Baroque music also features in Sampler Suite, a compelling ensemble work that includes samples of Jewish cantors recorded in the 1920s and 1930s.

9. Pauline Pisano

Date: Friday, March 18, 2011
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Santos Party House (96 LaFayette Street, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Pops

Pauline has been receiving praise for her profoundly unusual voice from critics and fans alike. An edgy romantic singer/songwriter with an unexpected pop/rock twist,” she has pipes that are rare and impressive with a range that sails easily from the basement to the heavens.” (Debra Donahue, the Cape-May Times). However, it is Pauline’s unique sense of story and melody that have led her to win several national and international songwriting awards including The Father Fame Award, The American Theater Wing’s Rising Stars Award and the honor of being featured soloist at Alice Tully Hall.

10. Faye Victor Ensemble

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve/Blues

In command, infectious, energetic and strong: Fay Victor hypnotizes audiences, whether she sings a blues, sculpts a free piece, reinvents a Herbie Nichols tune through her own lyrics, or effortlessly scats over the harmonies of a jazz standard. Fay Victor – Voice, Ken Filiano – Bass, Michael T.A. Thompson – Drums and Anders Nilsson – Guitar

11. Pete Drungle Quartet

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz

The Quartet is: Daniel Carter(sax, flute, trumpet), Pete Drungle (piano), Dom Richards (contrabass), and Ryan Sawyer (drums).

Pete Drungle is an acclaimed composer, pianist and sound designer who lives and works in NYC; Pete has made music with Ornette Coleman, The Kronos Quartet, Yoko Ono, Ronald Shannon Jackson, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Sean Lennon, Craig Harris, Daniel Carter and many others. Drungle has created scores for theater, film, TV, and several works for dance.

12. Thiefs

Date: Sunday, March 20, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St, NY)
Ticket: $15 & $18
Genre: Jazz/electronics

Collectively led by drummer and vocalist Guillermo E Brown, bassist Keith Witty and saxophonistChristophe Panzani, THIEFS ( ) is a grammatically incoherent jazz bastardization.  Fully acoustic to fully electronic, THIEFS weaves elements of modern composition and improvisation into a boundary-less foundation of beats.

Between them, Brown, Witty and Panzani have supported artists as varied as Amel Larrieux, Anthony Braxton, Carla Bley, David S. Ware, EL-P, Jamie Lidell, Saul Williams, Somi and VIjay Iyer.  As THIEFS, their experiences and influences make a hot mess in the melting pan.

13. Arooj Aftab &  Bhrigu Sahni – New Light (Nowruz)

Date: Sunday, March 20, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Zora Art Space (315 4th Avenue between 3rd and 2nd Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Ticket: $10
Genre: fusion world music/singer-song writer

Lahore-born and raised Arooj Aftab is an emerging musician whose music is influenced by an array of artists – from traditional Pakistani singers to contemporary sounds from the likes of  Erykah Badu. A self-taught guitarist, Arooj was one of four recipients of Berklee Music’s first merit-based scholarship, allowing this innovative musician to receive a formal music education at the acclaimed college.Today, she lives in Brooklyn, and has plans to tour Pakistan and the region next year with a unique blend of artistry that encompasses a true spectrum of global sounds.
Bringing together a large variety of styles, guitarist/composer Bhrigu Sahni showcases a collaboration with talented artists from all over the world, with a focus on Sufi Indian influences (Arooj Aftab) to intricate solo guitar arrangements to heavy grooving funk drum ‘n’ bass experimental sounds.

14. KODO

Date: Sunday, March 20, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Lincoln Center/Allice Tully Hall
Ticket: $40 and up
Genre:  Japanese taiko (drum) music

Since 1981, KODO has given over 3,300 performances on five continents and has introduced countless audiences to its peaceful, world-centered vision. The word ‘Kodo’ is a homonym for ‘heartbeat’—humanity’s most fundamental source of rhythm. The taiko drum, in the hands these master drummer, has an astounding organic power.