Music listings – 3/28 through 4/3

1. Avram’s Electric Kool-Aid

Date: Monday, March 28, 2011
Time: 11pm
Venue: Nublu
Ticket: $10
Genre: Funk/Jazz/improve

Inspired by Ornette Coleman’s Primetime, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Moroccan Gnawa music, and Stanley Turrentine, we will be playing my original compositions, featuring improvisations by some of NYC’s most creative groove players. Avram’s Electric Kool-Aid featuring: Kenny Wessel (Guitar), Dave Phelps (Guitar), Chris Eddleton (Drums), Todd Isler (Percussion), Stuart Popejoy (Electric Bass) and Avram Fefer (Saxes and Composition).

2. Chicha Libre

Date: Monday, March 28, 2011
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre:  Psychedelic Cumbias

Chicha Libre plays a mixture of latin rhythms, surf music and psychedelic pop inspired by 1970’s Peruvian music from the Amazon. The Brooklyn-based band mixes up covers of forgotten Chicha classics with French-tinged originals, re-interpretation of 70’s pop classics as well as cumbia versions of pieces by Satie and Ravel. With Greg Burrows – percussion; Joshua Camp – Hohner Electravox; Olivier Conan – Cuatro & Vocals – Nicholas Cudahy – bass; Vincent Douglas – Guitar – Neil Ochoa – percussion

3. DJ Olive 

Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: djing/turntable music

DJ Olive (turntables) plays his “vinyl score” project. Absurd concrete turntable “shit” for a sitdown audience. Palettes of sound pressed on vinyl. Paint with sound. What you mix and what I mix will always be different but the sounds remain the same. The vinyl score. DJ Olive will play selections from his various vinyl scores.


Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $100.00
Genre: benefit concert

(Le) Poisson Rouge is proud to host YOKO ONO & FRIENDS TO JAPAN WITH LOVE, a benefit for relief efforts in Japan. Performers will include Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band, Patti Smith with Tony Shanahan, and Cibo Matto.


Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve

Enjoy a night with Jazz musicians who you might not know but who have been around in this city for a long time. Playing themusic they love and believe in. Sabir Mateen – Reeds, Raymond A King – Piano, Jane Wang – Bass, Daniel Levin – Cello, Jason Kao Hwang – Violin, Michael Wimberley.

6. Grneta Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, March 30 2011
Time:  10pm
Venue:  Drom  (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: chamber music

1st Prize winners of the Arriaga Chamber Music Competition in 2010, praised for “the strength and intelligence of their playing” (, the members ofThe Grneta Ensemble have been enchanting audiences with their temperament, virtuosity and original concert programs. Initially comprised of clarinetists Vasko Dukovski and Ismail Lumanovski, the group became a trio in 2008, welcoming pianist Alexandra Joan and forming a unique combination of instruments. Read more about this ensemble.

7. Instant Composer’s Pool Orchestra 

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $18
Genre: European Jazz/improve

Instant Composer’s Pool Orchestra (from Holland) featuring Han Bennink , Misha Mengelberg , Will Holshouser Trio and special guests. Read more about this band.

8. The Residents

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, 212-414-5994)
Ticket: $35
Genre: avant pop/electronics

The Residents is an American art collective best known for avant-garde music and multimedia works. The first official release under the name of “The Residents” was in 1972, and the group has since released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, ten DVDs. They have undertaken seven major world tours and scored multiple films. Pioneers in exploring the potential of CD-ROM and similar technologies, The Residents have won several awards for their multimedia projects. Ralph Records, a record label focusing on avant garde music, was started by The Residents. Read more about this band.

9. Snehasish Mozumder & SOM

Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 9pm & 10:30pm
Venue: The Jazz Gallery (290 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013)
Ticket: $15

Snehasish Mozumder is among those few established musicians in India who has mastered the art of playing the mandolin, and has blended it perfectly into the style of Hinduism Indian Classical Music. Recently, Snehasish was invited by Ravi Shankar to perform for the George Harrison Memorial Concert held at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL, London.

Snehasish Mozumder – Doubleneck Mandolin
Nick Gianni – Baritone & Sopr Sax, Flute
Premik Russell Tubbs – woodwinds
Lars Potteiger – Piano, Keys
Dan Asher -Bass
Vin Scialla – Drums


Date:  Friday & Saturday, April 1 & 2, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, New York)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Indian music influenced Jazz

TIRTHA featuring pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, guitarist-composer Prasanna, and tabla player Nitin Mitta are highly accomplished artists who shift easily among multiple musical languages. Together, they have achieved an
exciting and truly innovative collaboration as a trio called Tirtha, with a newly released and critically acclaimed album of the same title on ACT music.



11. 和合 ~ Unity ~ Vol.1 

Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time: 6:30pm til midnight (performances: 7:30-11pm)
Venue: 239 W. 14th St. 2F (btwn 7th & 8th Avenues)
Ticket: $10
Genre: all kinds of music

This event is organized by Tomoko Tamura ( & Naomi Takahashi and supported by The Spanish Benevolent Society – Centro Espanol  featuring Classical music, Japanese tradtional music, martial arts demonstration, Oriental and Salsa dance, African music and more… All donations will be sent to the Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Prefectural governments.

12. Drom Grand Reopenning

Date: Friday, April 1, 2011
Time:  9pm
Venue:  Drom  (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: free
Genre: global music

“Join us as we celebrate Drom’s Grand Reopening! Granted it may come a bit late, but to be honest we’ve been so busy keeping a jam packed lineup of great eclectic acts, we simply did not have a chance to celebrate Drom’s re-takeover of world music in the East Village.  Not to mention, we’d like a chance to extend a huge Thank You to all who make our vision possible. Invited are persons with a love for quality music, press, musicians, friends & family. Since April 1st seemed like the perfect date to host an awfully exciting, and somewhat foolish, Grand Reopening of Drom, we cordially ask you to raise a glass with us as we celebrate Drom’s mission for “Global Music for a New World”.    
The evening opens with a special Cocktail Reception (invite only).  Just following, we open to the public with The Last of the International Playboys at 9pm. True to their name the Playboys are, “The Hottest of the Cool” playing Vegas Jazz and Latin Lounge. Next on the evening’s bill is Dario Boente’s latest project, Huge In Japan. Based on a solid foundation of jazz, Huge in Japan layers on the rituals of Argentina, the beats of Brazil and the beat of New York. Finishing out the night is DJ Andrea, master of African, Cuban, Latin and Global beats. In typical Drom fashion, the night promises to be full of great music, good company and a dash of the unexpected.” 

13. Taka Kigawa – A Benefit Concert for  Japan

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $25
Genre: piano, classical music

As a result of the devastating earthquake and Tsunami that occurred on March 11th in Japan, and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear power plant crises, Taka Kigawa will present a Benefit Concert for Japan, the 100% of ticket sales of which will go to The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund created by the Japan Society, which was made possible by the generosity of the venue of this concert, (le) Poisson Rouge. Mr. Kigawa will perform solo piano pieces by leading Japanese composers: Joule by Dai Fujikura, Haiku for Pierre Boulez by Tohio Hosokawa, ATARDECER/A RETRACED by Hiroya Miura, Crystalline by Karen Tanaka; as well as works by composers who had great affection for Japanese culture: Images Book I by Claude Debussy, and Trois Mouvements de Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky. [The program is subject to change.]

If you would like to make a donation but cannot attend the event, please write to


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

Andrew Raffo Dewar – soprano saxophone, Garrison Fewell – guitar, Steve Swell – trrombone. Serious Trio is Andrew Raffo Dewar, composer, soprano saxophone (University of Alabama), Garrison Fewell, composer, guitar (Berklee School of Music) & Steve Swell, composer, trombone. This trio has deep ties to the tradition of new improvised music and composition via Bill Dixon, Anthony Braxton, John Tchicai, Cecil Taylor, forging both an original identity with a 21st century aesthetic and an experience that is timeless.

15. Meta and the Cornerstones &  City Billies  

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue:   92YTribeca  (200 Hudson Street, ground floor, NY, NY 10013, 212-601-1000)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Reggae

Soul-reggae band Meta and the Cornerstones returns for the next monthly residency show. In the midst of finishing their new album, recorded at Kingston’s Tuff Gong Studios with Steel Pulse’s Sidney Mills, the shows have been featuring plenty of surprise guests and lots of extra love to spread around the room.

City Billies will warm things up with an opening set. Vocalist Sasha’mani Francois and guitarist Mark Anselm created roots band City Billies in early 2009 while casually discussing the basic similarities between traditional reggae and bluegrass music. Convinced that the two styles were destined to be joined together—by the percussive time kept by the rhythm instruments, as well as the themes of spirituality and tribulation—the two musicians began recruiting others to complete the sound. These days, the boys execute their new skanky, twangy sound with the help of banjo, mandolin, djembe drums and even the occasional saxophone, keeping the music rooted in acoustic sounds that are as much at home when heard through an amp as when played on a front porch.


Date: Saturday, April 2, 2011
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: YogaWorks Soho (459 Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212- 965-0801)
Genre: dance and music


GYDO is back and better than ever with more of everything you love! It all starts with Aarona Pichinson’s Yoga SoundScape featuring live music to get you stretched out and ready to move. Then doors open up for our amazing DJs, live drummers + musicians, saunas, chill spaces, superpowered eats + drinks, live art, body painting, feather adornments from Dana Divine, and LOTS AND LOTS OF DANCING!

7pm: doors open for Yoga SoundScape
8:30: doors open for everything else!

A portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Japan Society’s Earthquake Relief Fund

17. Roshi Nasehi

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

Featuring special guest Amy Kohn.

Born in Wales to Iranian parents, Roshi Nasehi performs a mix of original and Iranian material often at some of London’s most leftfield venues, alone or with her band (Roshi Featuring Pars Radio). Her debut EP And Stars (2008) and debut album The Sky And The Caspian Sea (2009) both received widespread acclaim across Europe and beyond from, amongst others, The Wire, Rock n Reel magazine, Tokalfi (Germany), Rockerilla (Italy), Camden New Journal and New Internationalist Magazine who described her album as ‘a début that exudes confidence, poise and promises the start of a great future’. Both records also received significant airplay on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction, The Verb, World on 3, BBC 6 music, RTE (Ireland) Norddeutscher Roadfunk (Germany) Ressonância Magnética (Italy) Sound Ways Through Sound (Australia) and many others. Her recently released EP Mehregan was experimental EP of the month in the Feb 2011 edition of Mixmag receiving 5 stars and describing her as ‘one of the most singular voices working at the moment.’


Date: Sunday, March 3, 2011
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette St, NY)
Ticket: $18
Genre: Moroccan Jazz

ASEFA, meaning “a gathering or collective” in Hebrew, was founded in 2001 as an ensemble to bring together elements from Moroccan and jazz-based musical traditions, re-imagining the soundscapes of North African and Iberian Abrahamic cultures. ASEFA reinvigorates Sephardic poetic texts from Medieval Spain and the Islamic world through original composition, improvisation, and a diverse instrumentation, including saxophone, nay, vocals, oud, guitar, guimbri, bass, drumset, and myriad African percussion. The ensemble includes: Samuel Thomas, saxophone, nay, vocals, bendir; Elie Massias, vocals, guitar; Yoshie Fruchter, oud and guitar; Noah Jarrett, bass and guimbri; Eric Platz, drumset and percussion.

9pm  The Last of the International Playboys 
11pm  Huge In Japan 
12am   DJ Andrea