Music listings – 5/30 through 6/5

Will be updated during the week!

1. Karl Berger’s Stone Workshop Orchestra

Date: Monday, May 30, 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.

2. Leni Stern

Date: Monday, May 30, 2011
Time: 7pm & 9:30pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: World music

Leni Stern’s recordings, especially on “Africa,” an album inspired by her immersion in Malian and Senegalese culture made her know in the African music scene. Clearly the German-born, New York-based singer-songwriter-guitarist has found another home. Recorded mostly at singer Salif Keita’s studio in Bamako, Mali, “Africa” is a cross-cultural prayer meeting of sorts. She’s playing with a special trio with the amazing Patrick Andriantsialonina on electric bass and incredible Tim Keiper on percussion!

3. Anders Nilsson

Date: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Time: 10pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz

Anders Nilsson, guitar player and composer in Brooklyn, New York, and everywhere. Performing his original music with Dave Ambrosio – bass, Daniel Kelly – keyboard & piano, Satoshi Takeishi – drums & percussion and Brahim Fribgane – oud & percussion

4. Double CD release party: Andy Akiho, Vicky Chow & Ryan Francis

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Time: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Venue: The Gershwin Hotel (7 East 27th Street, between 5th and Madison, New York, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: contemporary music

This show will celebrate the release of Ryan Francis’ debut album ‘Works for piano’ on Tzadik Rec performed by Bang on a Can pianist, Vicky Chow, and composer and steel pan virtuoso Andy Akiho’s ‘No One To Know One’ on innova. This event is generously sponsored by The New Spectrum Foundation.
Performers: Andy Akiho – Steel Pan, Sam Adams – Bass, Kenneth Salters – Drums, Domenic Salerni – Violin, Liesl Schoenberger – Violin, Joshua Modney – Violin, Edwin Kaplan – Viola, Raul Garcia – Viola, Mariel Roberts – Cello, Nicole Camacho – Flute, Alejandro Acierto – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet, Fay Wang – Soprano, Erika Dohi – Piano, Maura Valenti – Harp, Candy Chiu – Marimba, Ian Rosenbaum – Marimba & Percussion


Date: Friday, June 3, 2011
Time: 10pm, 11:30pm and 1am
Venue: Zink Bar (82 West 3rd Street, bet. Thompson & Sullivan, NY, Tel: 212 477 ZINC)
Tickets: $10

Genre: African Beat

SOURCE was founded by Quebecois flutist Sylvain Leroux as an  improvisational group with a standard formation of bass, drums,  keyboards and wind but was soon transformed into an explorative African  Jazz unit with the advent of singer Abdoulaye Diabate.  Line up: Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabate: vocal, guitar, percussion, Sylvain Leroux: flute, alto sax, Fula flute
Bailo Bah: Fula flute, Alexis Marcelo: keyboards, Mamadou Ba: bass and Sean Dixon: drums

6. Blitz the Ambassador

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052, 718.638.500)
Ticket: free
Genre: rap

Biltz “The Ambassador” Bazawule, the silver-tongued rapper born in Ghana and based in Brooklyn, has at least one thing that nobody else in hip-hop today has: a killer, off-the-walls live show. In concert, West African guitar licks, boom-bap drum beats and the funkiest horn section since the JBs are topped off by Blitz’s smart rhymes, which are delivered with impeccable flow.” -WNYC

7. Sima Bina & Lian Ensemble

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: Town Hall (123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, 212-840-2824)
Tickets: $100, 85, 75 & 55 (Ticketmaster)

Sima Bina, one of Iran’s most distinguished folk and classical singers, makes a rare appearance in New York with the highly acclaimed Lian Ensemble. Together they will present a stunning blend of music influenced by Persian traditional and folk music. Evocative and exhilarating, the music presented is an authentic expression of a way of life and a rejection of rigid boundaries, preferring simplicity, authenticity, joy and hope.

8. Best Batch Yet! A Tribute to Captain Beefheart

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012)
Ticket: $10 – All proceeds from the event to go to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Genre: blues/nu blues/avantgarde rock

Best Batch Yet! — A Tribute to Captain Beefheart: A Benefit for Multiple Sclerosis —

On June 4th, a collection of NYC’s finest musicians will pay tribute to the influential singer/composer/artist/poet Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart, who passed away from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis last December. —
Impossible to define, classify, or categorize, Beefheart’s music touched upon the blues, free jazz, avant-garde, rock, prog, swing, & spoken-word, culminating in his best-known work, “Trout Mask Replica”. A sprawling double-album released in 1969 and produced by Frank Zappa, Trout Mask Replica; is frequently mentioned by such publications as Mojo, The Wire, and Rolling Stone as one of the greatest albums of all time. —
The line up: Gary Lucas (Beefheart alumni, Jeff Buckley), Nona Hendryx (Labelle, Talking Heads), Nina Persson (The Cardigans), Nathan Larson (Shudder To Think), Cynthia Sley (Bush Tetras), Doug Gillard (Guided By Voices), Mike Fornatale (The Left Banke), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), and Weasel Walter (Behold The Arctopus), will be joined by musicians from the rock, jazz, metal, progressive, blues, experimental, & classical worlds to perform faithful and interpretive versions of songs from Beefheart’s entire catalog, from his 1966 debut Safe As Milk to his final record Ice Cream For Crow, released in 1982. —
This will be a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of musicians who simply wish to say Thank You to a man who changed their lives.

9. Saadi, Janka Nabay and Jogyo

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2011
Time: 7pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $10
Genre: electro pop/reggae/tribal

NYC’s own Boshra Al Saadi (aka Saadi, who did the fresh cover of Dylan’s “Mama, You Been on My Mind”, which Pitchfork debuted) and collaborative partner Dither Down Records founder Tim Wagner (33Hz), have teamed up with Sierra Leone artists Ahmed Janka Nabay (of True Panther and Bubu Gang) and Pupa Bajah of the increasingly momentous Dry Eye Crew. “There’s something beautifully unsettling about the music Syrian-born rocker-turned-synth-queen SAADI makes. Sure, it’s jaunty, canorous, and massively danceable. But it’s also composed of broken-down doll melodies, tainted by screwy pops and wormy schizophrenia. It’s weird. It’s different.

10. Neil Pearlman

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011
Time: 7:15pm – 9:15
Venue: Caffe Vivaldi ( 32 Jones St., NY, 212.691.7538)
Ticket: free
Genre: nu Scottish music

As an accompanist and as a member of Highland Soles, the Pearlman family band, Neil Pearlman has been moving to and making Scottish music professionally for more than a decade. Pearlman is rapidly distinguishing himself as a uniquely innovative artist in the contemporary traditional music scene and his newest project continues that trend. Drawing on a musical influences from Latin, Funk, Jazz, and other genres, the group infuses traditional Scottish melodies with new ideas without losing their essentially Scottish spirit.

11. Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $20
Genre: nu Jazz

Festival Of New Trumpet presents the NYC premiere of trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten Freedom Summers, a three-part suite dedicated to the American civil rights movement between 1954-1964: “Brown v. Board of Education” (equal protection, 1954); “Little Rock Nine” (desegregation in education, 1957); and “Freedom Summer” (voter registration, 1964). Born in Leland, Mississippi in 1941, Smith had a first-hand view of the revolutionary activities that inspired this work. The piece is written specifically for the musicians in Smith’s signature ensemble, the Golden Quartet; an ensemble of master composer/performers, whose experimental practice utilizes the quartet form, considered by Smith the purest foundation of musical expression in jazz/creative music and western music culture. The appearance of Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet is made possible by Chamber Music America’s Presenting Jazz program, and Smith’s composition Ten Freedom Summers was commissioned through the CMA program New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development. Both programs are supported through the generosity ofthe Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Line up: Wadada Leo Smith, (trumpet), Angelica Sanchez (piano), John Lindberg (bass) and Pheeroan akLaff (drums)

12. Brandon Terciz’s Xalam Projext

Date: Sunday, June 5, 2011
Time: 9pm
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave, 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 Zebulon.
The Lineup:
BrandonTerciz,  Oud
Sylvain Leroux,  Sax and Fulani Flute
Matt Kilmer, Percussion
John Shannon, Guitar
Chris Mees, Bass