Music listings – 5/2 through 5/8

Will be up dated later!

1. Karl Berger’s Stone Workshop Orchestra

Date: Monday, May 2, 2011
Time: 7:30 & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Contemporary Jazz/improve

During the ‘70- and ‘80’s, the Woodstock-based Creative Music Studio was considered the premier study center for contemporary creative music. Founded in 1971 by Karl Berger , Ingrid Sertso and Ornette Coleman, CMS brought together leading innovators in the jazz and world music communities. Unprecedented in its range and diversity, CMS was an acknowledged phenomenon in the international music world.

The Stone is proud to host a new series of CMS workshops in 2011: a new improviser’s workshop orchestra gets underway EVERY MONDAY NIGHT IN 2011 led by composer/pianist/vibist Karl Berger. Conducted in the tradition of the legendary Creative Music Studio (, original compositions, themes by the likes of Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, and world musical melodies will be utilized for orchestral explorations and contrasting solo/duo/trio flights. This series supports the Creative Music Studio Archive Project.

The musicians are: Art Bailey (accordion), Mike Pride (drums), Jorge Sylvester, David Schnug (alto sax), Stephen Gauci (tenor sax), Catherine Sikora (tenor and soprano sax), Skye Steele (violin), Sylvain Leroux (flutes), Brian Drye (trombone), Patrick Glynn, Adam Caine (guitar) Dominic Lash, David Perrott, Adam Lane (bass), Ingrid Sertso (vocals), Karl Berger (piano, melodica, conducting) and surprise guests.

2. Petar Ralchev Quartet

Date: Monday, January 10, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20
Genre: nu Bulgarian folk music

Petar Ralchev (accordion) is one of the brightest stars on the contemporary Bulgarian music scene. The founder of a unique performing style which he describes as “virtuosity, melodiousness, rich harmony and improvisation,” he is an inspiration for many young accordionists around the world today. Having inherited a wealth of tunes, rhythms and measures from the folk tradition, he takes them into new realms and leads them to new heights. His music captures the magic of Bulgarian folklore and mixes it with mystic rhythms of the Balkans.


Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Afro Beat/Funk

RAJA AND BAND play afrobeat and other funky things…

4. Blitz the Ambassador

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: S.O.B.’s (204 Varick St., New York, NY 10014)
Ticket: $20
Genre: African Hip Hop

With a lightning-fast mind, the political boldness of Chuck D, and the sixth groove sense of Fela Kuti, the Ghanaian-born, New York-based MC, composer, and producer, Blitz the Ambabassador, unleashes psychedelic Afrobeat colors and triple-time rhymes.



About his up coming new CD: “Native Sun” is one of the most organic marriages of African music and hip-hop we’ve heard — an effortless release that incorporates Afrobeat, highlife and kora music into old-school hip-hop. It’s a warm and danceable record with a social conscience, and it speaks to anybody who’s lived between two cultures — as more and more of us do. We’re thrilled to premiere it a week before the release date.”-YouTube

5. The 4th Annual Concert: Korea 21: Music Here and Now music

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Peter Jay Sharp Theatre /Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990)
Tickets: free
Genre: Korean music

The Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proudly presents the 4th annual concert, Korea 21: Music Here and Now, in collaboration with Gugak FM Broadcasting System in Seoul and the Korean Traditional Performing Arts Association of NY. A Highlight of this event will be the select group of outstanding Korean traditional and popular music artists directly from Korea, which ranked in the top ten at the 2010, “21C Korean Music Project Competition,” one of the most prestigious new music competitions in South Korea.

6. Two Bamboo Flutes

Date: Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Japanese flute meets Indian flute

Steve Gorn (bansuri) Ralph Samuelson (shakuhachi). Fragments of Teiji Ito’s masterpiece WATERMILL will be performed along with music by Gorn and others.

7. Brandon Terciz’s Xalam Projext

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Cameo Gallery (96 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: free
Genre: Middle Eastern music/oud music

Brandon Terzic is an up and coming oud virtuoso who has not only gotten a firm hold on the tradition, but has begun to add to the language and contexts of the instrument. He leads an outstanding lineup of musicians and they will be bringing there world/jazz stylings to the Cameo Gallery. They have been asked to do a May residency at this gallery in Williamsburg. It will be every thursday in May starting on the 5th.
The line up is:
Brandon Terzic: Oud, Ngoni
John Shannon: Guitar
Rich Stein: Percussion
Matt Kilmer: Percussion plus special guests!!

8. Brahim Fribgane & Ibrahim Maalouf

Date: Thursday, May 5, 2011
Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium (61 West 62nd St., NY)
Ticket: free
Genre: Berber jazz and Arabic improvisation

Brahim Fribgane (oud & percussion) & Ibrahim Maalouf (quartertone-trumpet) will team up performing free-range jazz, Mediterranean roots, and Arabic sounds at the Lincoln Center. Fribgane, a composer and artful oud player and percussionist, has no qualms about collaborating across genres and boundaries (he’s played with everyone from Medeski Martin & Wood to Harry Belafonte). Maalouf is similarly open-minded: After learning the quarter-tone trumpet from his father, a horn designed to navigate the complexities of Arabic modes, he has carved a genre-bending career, working with musicians as varied as Marcel Khalife, Amadou & Miriam, and Elvis Costello.


Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Mexican music

BANDA SINALOENSE DE LOS MUERTOS – New York’s only Mexican Banda.
In the Mexican state of Sinaloa, brass bands (bandas) are part of every public celebration. In the 1940’s, the pioneering Banda El Recodo started mixing up traditional brass band tunes with contemporary Mexican music – mostly ranchera – and soon transformed the idiom into a powerful new popular genre. In the 1990’s, banda music experienced a renewal, especially among young Californian Mexicans, many of whom have family roots in Sinaloa. Banda music’s popularity exploded in Mexico as well and has become the new urban music of choice. Banda de Los Muertos will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a selection of classic tunes to get dead drunk to, with a supergroup of sorts featuring alumni of Slavic Soul Party and other NY top players. With Oscar Noriega & Chris Speed.

10. The Bassam Saba Ensemble featuring Salma Habib, Naji Youssef and Jamal Sinno on qanun!

Date: Sunday, May 8, 2011
Time: 5:30pm – 7pm
Venue: Columbia University/The Miller Theatre (2960 Broadway at 116th Street, New York City)
Tickets: free
Genre: Arabic classical music

The Bassam Saba Ensemble is featuring new songs and very special guests! This event is celebrating the 99th Birthday of Lebanese Poet Sa’id Akl. Some of his poetry will be recited.