Music listings – 6/18 through 6/24


Date: Monday, June 18, 2012
Time: 9:30pm
Venue:  Clemente Soto Velez Center (107 Suffolk Street, NY 10002, 212-260-4080)
Ticket: $10
Genre: contemporary music/electronc music

Shoko Nagai (piano, auto harp, moog), Satoshi Takeishi (Percs, electronics)

The Japanese experimental piano/percssion duo ABYSM incorporates improvisation, compositions, electronics, objects and visual elements into their performances. Their music is very unique and something special in contemporary music scene. Each song tells a specific story which is expressed by certain chosen sound textures which help the listener to visualize the story.

2. Nashaz

Date: Monday, June 18, 2012
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Sycamore (1118 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, near the Q train)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Arabic music

Brian Prunka, who recently joined SoSaLa, is with his newest Arabic/Jazz/Oud/? project Nashaz back in town! He’se been laying low for the past few months, rehearsing some new music and preparing to make a record. He’s lucky to have some really amazing musicians involved who bring their passion and talents and personalities to the music. Nashaz is going to perform two new tunes.

Kenny Warren, trumpet
Nathan Herrera, alto sax
Apostolos Sideris, bass
George Mel, percussion
Brian Prunka, oud


Date: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Time: 9pm
Venue: Korzo (667 5th Avenue , Brooklyn , NY 11215)
Ticket: $10
Genre: contemporary music/electronc music

Three blocks from the Prospect Expressway, you’ll find some of the city’s most energizing jazz every Tuesday at Korzo. Composer and keys man James Carney gathers a collegial mix of veterans (pianist Fred Hersch, trumpeter Ralph Alessi) and younger players (pianist Dan Tepfer, vocalist Jen Shyu) around this Central European bar-restaurant’s back-room grand piano. This week’s billing features ABYSSM.

4. Auktyon (CD release party)

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2012
Time: 10pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph:            212- 505-3474      )
Ticket: $40
Genre: Jazz

AUKTYON – the unique phenomenon on the contemporary music scene of Russia: in contrast to the majority of genre-challenged and as a rule stylistically within the framework of contemporary canons, this group draws its inspiration from such remote sources as ska, reggae, new-jazz, ethnic music of North Africa and Middle East, beat- and pop-music of the 60’s; in spite of the eternally present messianic idea in Russian rock and its inherited didacticism, this group did not teach as much as it entertained, which apparently resulted in it being the only representative of Russia on the European club scene.


Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Time: 8pm
Venue:  Casa Mezcal (86 Orchard Street, NY 10002, 212-777-2600)
Ticket: $10
Genre: electronic jazz/nu jazz

The duo Tarana is Ravish Momin on drums and lap top and the trombonist Rick Parker. Performing as a duo for the first time.

“Tarana is boldly bringing live electronic beats and sounds into unusual/challenging rhythms. Using bass-synths, layered electronic beats/loops that are tweaked in real-time, along with Indian melodies, global rhythms and Jazz-improvisations, they blend the acoustic and electronic to create music easily categorized as jazz, traditional music, electronica, or more likely, some unholy combination of all three. ” (Marlon Bishop,WNYC- National Public Radio Affiliate)

6. Ibrahim Maalouf’s Oriental Jazz-Rock

Date: Thursday, June 22, 2012
Time:  10:45pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: FREE w/ RSVP
Genre: Jazz-Rock

Ibrahim Maalouf was born into a family of intellectuals and artists; he is the son of trumpeter Nassim Maalouf and pianist Nada Maalouf, nephew of the writer Amin Maalouf and grandson of journalist, poet and musicologist Rushdi Maalouf. He is noted for playing Arabic music with quarter tones on the trumpet, which is a rare skill, pioneered by his father in the 1960s.


Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Zebulon (258 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Gnawa music from Morocco

Nass Gnawa is the Moroccan trio Brahim Fribgane, Hassan Ben Jafar and Said Damir. They play music of the Gnawa people who are Afro-Moroccan descendants of slaves from the south. Their mystical brotherhoods and their music combine North and Black African elements.

8. Keb’ Mo’ w. Natalia Zukerman

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Prospect Park Bandshell (9th St. and Prospect Park West entrance)
Ticket: free, but $3 donation
Genre: Delta Blues

A channeler of authentic Delta Blues and one of the form’s greatest modern interpreters, KEB’ MO’ effortlessly incorporates other styles into his playing and storytelling in a powerful celebration of African American roots music. He’s here for what promises to be an unforgettable solo performance, with an opening set by the dazzling Brooklynite NATALIA ZUKERMAN, whose “voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” (New Yorker)

9. Papo Ortega’s CUBANOSON

Date: Friday, June 22, 2012
Time: 8pm
Venue: S.O.B.’s (204 Varick St., New York, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Latin/Salsa

Papo Ortega’s CUBANOSON New York’s Cuban Orchestra Performing for the first time at SOB’s! The traditional Cuban Dance Orchestra founded by Leonel “Papo” Ortega, CubanoSon continues to unite the talent and dedication of excellent contemporary musicians to offer and express traditional Cuban music. CubanoSon brings us danceable Cuban music at its very best. Enjoy their original and classic Son Montunos and Guajiras – you’re certain to get up and dance. SOB’s is proud to present, on their stage for the very first time, this phenomenal world class orchestra! Tickets on sale now at the Box Office and online at Papo Ortega’s CUBANOSON New York’s Cuban Orchestra’s live and recorded performances are known for their classic irresistible Cuban rhythms that appeal to dancers and listeners alike. CUBANOSON’s recently released second CD entitled “Rumba Nueva” has been receiving worldwide attention. “Rumba Nueva” contains 13 songs including 7 originals; this 2010 release also contains songs in Spanish, English and French.


Date: Saturday, June 23, 2012
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Prospect Park Bandshell (9th St. and Prospect Park West entrance)
Ticket: free, but $3 donation
Genre: hip-hop

Many of the greatest names in the game have passed through the legendary Lyricist Lounge, and what began 20 years ago as an open mic night in a studio apartment on the LES has become one of the most revered showcases in hip-hop. Def Jam core artist GHOSTFACE KILLAH, the most prolific record-maker in the Wu-Tang Clan pantheon, headlines this birthday celebration. Check for lineup updates.