Music listings – 4/11 through 4/17

1. Mademoiselle Fleur

Date: Monday, April 11, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Genre: French Jazz

Mademoiselle Fleur is with an interesting life story involving a journey from her native Morrocco to France and now USA… Mademoiselle Fleur performs some of the most beautiful pieces of French music (with personal arrangements) and enjoys to do this in New York, this jazzy city that is now her home.

2. Neighborhood Concert: New York Arabic Orchestra, featuring Bassam Saba

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037, 212-491-2040)
Ticket: free
Genre: classical Arabic music

On Muslim World Music Day, audiences around the globe embrace the diversity and beauty of music, art, and literature of the Islamic tradition. Bassam Saba and the 30-member New York Arabic Orchestra bring the celebration to Harlem with classical Arab-Andalusian vocal and instrumental repertoire on featured traditional instruments, including the oud (Arabic lute) and nay (Arabic reed flute)

3. Tony Allen

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue:  Le Poisson Rouge  (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $22
Genre: Afro Beat

Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1940, of mixed Nigerian and Ghanaian parentage, Tony Allen taught himself to play by listening to records made by the American jazz drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach. He began working as a professional musician in 1960, gigging around Lagos and variously playing highlife and jazz. Today living in Paris, Allen has long been acknowledged as Africa’s finest kit drummer and one of it’s most influential musicians, the man who with Fela Anikulapo Kuti created Afrobeat – the hard driving, James Brown funk-infused, and politically engaged style which became such a dominant force in African music and whose influence continues to spread today.
Special guests: Amp Fiddler , Props DJs Rich Medina & Akalepse

4. Hadar Noiberg CD Release Concert

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/World

Since arriving in NYC at age 21, flutist, composer and arranger Hadar Noiberg has a major force in the  Cuban, Jazz and World music scenes, with a language that transcends her Middle Eastern roots, she  ‪fuses styles seamlessly, making her voice one that is highly distinctive and innovative. Growing up in Israel which has an eclectic musical culture, Hadar was surrounded by various styles of music that are a part of the Israeli melting pot such as Middle Eastern music, Eastern European, Yemenite and Moroccan music to name a few. Now she is fusing those influences into her own compositions, sliding between Jazz improvisation and Western harmony to Middle Eastern rhythms and semitones. ‬‬


5. The Mimesis Orchestra presents Mohammed Fairouz’s first-ever opera, Sumeida’s Song

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street, NY)
Tickets: $25, $39, $55 ($12 with student ID)
Genre: Arabic opera

The Mimesis Orchestra presents the world premiere of the critically acclaimed composer, Mohammed Fairouz’s first-ever opera, Sumeida’s Song , at the Ethical Culture Society in New York City. The work represents the first major opera by an Arab composer, and is a major sprawling piece based on the classic Tawfiq El Hakim play, Song of Death. As told by the great playwright, the opera follows the return of Alwan to his Upper Egyptian peasant village, and his attempts to bring modernity to darkness in an effort to break a never ending cycle of violence. The opera also clearly dipicts the grave consequences of this pioneering energy, containing a moral lesson for a troubled region by intermingling classical tragedy with the unharnessed energy of youthful hope and idealism.

Sumeida’s Song is an evening length work for full-orchestra conducted by Scott Dunn. Joining the Mimesis Orchestra are soprano Jo Ellen Miller, mezzo-soprano Barbara Rearick, tenor Robert Mack, and baritone Randall Scarlata. It will be a concert production. A portion of the ticket sales will go towards The Association for the protection of the Environment (A.P.E.), a charitable organization working to improve the lives of the poor in Egypt with an interest in protecting the environment specifically with regards to man-made household waste.

Scott Dunn, conductor
Jo Ellen Miller, soprano [Mabrouka]
Barbara Rearick, mezzo-soprano [Asakir]
Robert Mack, tenor [Sumeida]
Randall Scarlata, baritone [Alwan]

6. Phyllis Chen “rewonders” Alice in Wonderland for toy piano, puppets and more

Date: Wednesday, April 13 & 14, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Voorhees Theater – Theatreworks at the New York City College of Technology (16 Jay St., Brooklyn, NY)
Tickets: $10 ($5 with student ID)
Genre: multi-media performance

Toy pianist and multi-media artist Phyllis Chen is set to launch her latest project entitled Looking-Glass ReWondered. It’s an ambitious project comprised of two multi-media works — The Memoirist andDown the Rabbit Hole — involving five toy pianos, live electronics, home-made puppets, video and props.


7. Platero y Yo

Date: Thursday, April 14, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia/Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990)
Tickets: $34

Guitar Plus presents a rare New York appearance by Italian guitarist Emanuele Segre in an evening-length work about life, love, and loss, narrated by Symphony Space’s very own Isaiah Sheffer with text by Nobel prize-winning Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez and music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

8. MaMa Afrika Festival

Date: Friday, April 15, 2011
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Genre: African music

About The MaMa Africa Program: The MaMa Africa program was developed to assist non-profit organizations, clinics, schools, and community organizations in supporting mothers in need of health care. Featuring: JOJO ABOT NO ASSUMPTIONZ, DANIE OCEAN, RAFIYA, MELANIE, CHARLES SA-ROC, MAIMOUNA YOUSSEF. Hosted by Akua Taylor. Guest DJ Manchildblack (Hype Life Music). Donations will be collected for baby blankets, latex gloves and diapers.

9. Karl Breger And The Creative Music Studio ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

Date: Friday, April 15, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Contemporary Jazz/improve

Karl Berger is founder and director of the Creative Music Foundation, Inc. The Creative Music Studio, a not-for-profit corporation, dedicated to the research of the power of music and sound and the elements common to all of the world’s music forms; and to educational presentations through workshops, concerts , recordings, with a growing network of artists and CMS members worldwide. The line up of the Creative Music Studio Anniversay Session is: Karl Berger (piano, vibes), Steve Gorn (bansuri flutes), David Rothenberg (clarinet), Bohdan Hilash (bass clarinet), Bob Selcoe (trumpet), Peter Apfelbaum, Jorge Sylvester (alto sax & tenor sax), Adam Rudolph (percussion), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Don Davis (alto sax, alto clarinet), Sylvain Leroux (flutes), Jeremy Carlstedt (drums) and surprise guests.

10. VooDoo Funk

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $5
Genre: African music/DJ

VOODOO FUNK aka Frank Gossner presents earth shattering Afro Funk, Afrobeat and Funky Highlife. Some of his records are just extremely rare, others are unknown and completely unique on the North American continent.

11. Elikeh

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2011
Time: 12pm (midnight)
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-967-7555)
Tickets: $14
Genre: Afro Beat/Funk/Togo

Mixing Afro-beat influences with rock and traditional Togolese polyrhythms, Elikeh churns out tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable.Elikeh’s captivating, anthemic funk surfaces from its roots as triumphantly unique, while being a force for collective unity.


12. Benefit Concert for Japan! HarmoNYom presents: Indian Bamboo Flautist Shashank

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2011
Time: 5pm
Venue: The Center – Lerner Auditorium (208 West 13 Street (7/8 Aves), Room 301, New York, NY 10014)
Ticket: $40
Genre: Japanes and Indian music

Virtuoso Indian bamboo flautist Shashank  as part of The Music Room!  He’s accompanied by Akkarai Subbulakshmi on violin and Parupalli Phalgun on  Mridangam. Opening concert by Miya Masaoka & Akiko Sasaki on  Japanese Koto. The concert will be followed by a lively conversation with the artists. The evening includes complimentary Chai and Indian-inspired gourmet snacks.10% of all revenues will be donated to IBREA Japan!