Music Listings – 2/17 through 2/24

1. Avram’s Electric Kool-Aid

Date: Monday, February 17, 2013
Time: 11pm
Venue: Nublu  (62 Avenue C, bet. E. 4th and 5th st., New York, NY 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Funk/Jazz/improv

Inspired by Ornette Coleman’s Primetime, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, Moroccan Gnawa music, and Stanley Turrentine,  Avram’s Electric Kool-Aid will be playing my original compositions, featuring improvisations by some of NYC’s most creative groove players. The members are: Dave Phelps guitar, Keith Witty elec. bass, Chris Eddleton drums and Avram Fefer saxes and composition.

2. 9 Volt CD Release Concert

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Time: 9pm
Venue: Korzo Restaurant (667 5th Avenue (between 19th and 20th Streets, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

9 Volt are: Eyal Maoz – Guitar, Rick Parker – Trombone, Yoni Halevy – Drums and special guest Tim Berne – Alto Sax celebrating the release of their new CD Open Circuit (OutNow Recordings!).

“On its new album, “Open Circuit” (OutNow), the collective known as 9 Volt — with Rick Parker on trombone, Eyal Maoz on guitar and Yonadav Halevy on drums — thrashes toward an expressive new-breed fusion, informed by a few generations of downtown experimentation. ” – Nate Chinen, New York Times

3. George Harrison Fest 70th Birthday Celebration w/ Alan Merrill Trio , Sean Yox & The Streamers , Kath Buckell , Nenad Bach Band , and Durians

Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $15
Genre: indie rock/psychedelic/electronics

George Harrison English musician, singer, and songwriter who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. During the mid-1960s, Harrison became interested in the Hare Krishna movement, and over time became an admirer of Indian culture and mysticism, introducing it to the other Beatles and to their Western audience. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 11 in their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. His songs with the band include “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Here Comes the Sun”, and “Something”, which became the second most-covered Beatles song.

Harrison released the triple album All Things Must Pass, from which two hit singles originated. Later, he wrote hit songs for former Beatle Ringo Starr, as well as for the Traveling Wilburys. With Ravi Shankar, Harrison organized the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, a precursor to later benefit concerts such as Live Aid. Also a music and film producer, Harrison co-founded HandMade Films in 1978.



Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (NY)
Ticket: free
Singer, accordionist, musicologist and Warsaw-native Olga Mieleszczuk’s (Polesye Project) special focus is music of the Ashkenazi Jewish tradition of Eastern Europe, especially the border areas of Poland (Galitzia, Polesye). A classically-trained musician, who divides her time between Warsaw and Tel Aviv, she has studied and performed wide-ranging genres from Hassidic music, to Yiddish songs, to folk music from the Jewish, Slavic and Balkan traditions. Her recording, Jewish Folksongs From the Shtetl, drawn from works of Mariam Nirenberg, a Jewish singer from Polesye who emigrated to Canada in 1932, was released earlier this year.
Polesye project:
Olga Mieleszczuk – vocal,
Lisa Gutkin – violin,
Ittai Binnun – wind instruments,
Uri Sharlin – accordion, piano

Shofar Trio—guitarist Raphael Roginski, saxophonist and bass clarinet player Mikolaj Trzaska and drummer Macio Moretti (who performed at Target ® Free Thursdays for the 2012 Unsound Festival as half of LXMP)—formed in 2006, joins traditional Jewish music with contemporary avant-jazz and rock. The Poland-based band released its debut album album in 2007—works based on the first compendium of Hassidic melodies from the Ukraine, Poland and Moldova compiled by early 20th-century Soviet musicologist Moshe Beregovsky. Over the past five years, the group has performed throughout Europe. The concert will feature the trio’s innovative interpretations of nigunim, or religious songs (meant to induce a state of religious ecstasy), more dancelike freylakhs, and Jewish liturgical music.

5. Welf Dorr Unit

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 9pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C, between 4th and 5th Street in the Lower East Side)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

On his steady search for the right balance between “free” and “groove” Welf Dorr‘s composing and (alto) playing are mixing influences from the jazz of the 60’s with contemporary elements from hip hop, drum&bass and world music. Originally from Munich (Germany) he studied at Berklee before he moved 1995 to New York. The members are: Dave Ross (guitar), Dmitry Ishenko (bass), Joe Hertenstein (drums) and Welf Dorr (alto sax, bass clarinet)…a free jazz flight touching down into funk and rock…

Welf Dorr Unit – ‘Big Tree’ – Clemente Soto Velez Center – April 9, 2012 from Don Mount on Vimeo.

6. Casimir Liberski Trio

Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
Time:  7:15pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

Born in 1988 in Brussels Belgium. Coming a long way, after six years in the USA : 4 years at Berklee College of Music in Boston on a prestigious presidential scholarship then after that 2 years living in the heart of Harlem in New York city working as a professional musician in various contexts and occasions, Casimir Liberski debarks on the so called music scene with a full range of intricate and intriguing compositions that he will perform with his clinically insane and interesting sounding piano-drum-bass power trio.

Mr Liberski is  now being accompanied by his best buddies and fellow musicians with whom he hasn’t stopped playing and rehearsing his music with since they all moved in together on the outskirt of the Big rotten Apple, a bare and obscure place called Bushwick : Louis De Mieulle on Fender bass and Jeffrey Witherell, a young and over-voltaged drummer from Portland Maine, versatile in percussive attacks that of wood to skin in addition to monstrous mental electronic beats. He’s the pioneer of the RDM genre (ridiculous dance music).
Their repertoire features only originals with the exception a few variations on themes from Zappa, Szobel, Holdsworth, Stockhausen, Marc Moulin, Steve Ellison or even, Setsuo Yamamoto, Masanori Adachi and Taro Kudo, all flowed within an alien force and a unique style that the Liberski corporation has been conceptualizing and elaborating for many years in the secret underground lab of endless inspiration.

7. Elikeh

Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
Time:  9:30pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $12, $15
Genre: Afro Beat/Afro Pop

Elikeh uses elements of Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced funk,blues and rock to produce captivating Afro-pop tunes that are as listenable as they are danceable. Although based in indigenous traditions, Elikeh’s music has no borders, exploring global themes and personal odysseys.
Elikeh recently released a new album Between 2 Worlds featuring the Malian guitarist, Vieux Farka Toure and John Kadlecik, lead Guitarist of Furthur.
“Elikeh always gets the crowd moving with its enthusiastic shows.” The Washington Post

Please check  Elikeh’s previous concert review here.

8. TOMAS DONCKER BAND & Teddy Afro with Abogida Band

Date: Friday, February 22, 2013
Time: 11pm & 12am
Venue: B.B.KING (237 West 42 St., New York, NY 10036)
Ticket: $37.50 (advance), $42 (door)
Genre: funk

TOMAS DONCKER BAND performing music from the album Power of the Trinity, based on the life and work of H.I.M. Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. It features legendary bassist/producer Bill Laswell, Ethiopian singers Ejigayehu “Gigi” Shibabaw and Mahmoud Ahmed, legendary Ethiopian guitar hero Selam Woldemariam (who also served as production consultant for the project), saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum, trumpet and horn arrangements by Steven Bernstein, electro-dub specialist Dr.Israel, and a host of New York’s finest jazz, funk and rock musicians. Power of the Trinity was released on Mr. Doncker’s own True Groove label in June, 2012, and is distributed by Sony/Red.

Tewodros Kassahun, better known by his stage name of Teddy Afro, is an iconic Ethiopian pop star who has dominated the local music scene for nearly a decade. Calling himself a “man of freedom”, Teddy sings about topics of reconciliations, unity, history, justice, equality and for political change. These subjects have gained him the hearts and ears of millions of adoring fans, as well as a list of enemies from the Ethiopian dictator and his dwindling loyalist.

Since signing with an Ethiopian record label in 2001, the pop star has officially released 6 albums: Abugida (2001), Tarik Tesera (2004), Yasteseryal (2005), Yasteseryal Edition 2 (2005), Best Collection-Nahom Volume 14 (2006), Tikur Sew (2012). His latest Album, Tikur Sew (black person), smashed Ethiopian record sales and is on pace to become the number one selling Ethiopian album of all time.


9. Oliver Lake & Tamar-kali: Psychochamber Ensemble

Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz and nu chamber music

8 pmOliver Lake & Trio
Oliver Lake (reeds), Bill Mcclellan and Reggie Nicholson (drums)

10 pmTamar-kali: Psychochamber Ensemble
Tamar-kali (voice, composition, arrangements), Mazz Swift – String Mistress (1st violin), Charisa (2nd violin), Amelia Hollander (viola), Eleanor Horton ( cello), Emma Alabaster (contrabass), Hagar Ben Ari (electric bass) and Lisala Beatty, Kendra Ross (voices)