Music Listings – 3/13 through 3/17

1. Simons @60: The Music of David Simons

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $15
Genre: percussion, Theremin, electronics, homemade instruments, and world music

David Simons is a composer and performer specializing in percussion, Theremin, electronics, homemade instruments, and World Music. Tonight, Simons presents a select retrospective featuring Gamelan Son of Lion performing his controversial Gong (Hump)ing Ceremony; a chamber group including Lisa Karrer and Denman Maroney playing songs based on the surrealist literature of Raymond Roussel, Alfred Jarry, and Mark Leyner; and Simons’ groundbreaking trio with Stephanie Griffin and Lisa Karrer in which each trigger percussion from their instruments.

2. Carlo Costa Quartet & Federico Ughi Quartet

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Time: 9pm & 10pm
Venue: Sycamore (1118 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, near the Q train)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

After racing their chariots at the Circus Maximus and going to watch captured enemies fight lions in the Colusseum, Carlo Costa and Federico Ughi once a year or so like to go play a set of improvised music at Sycamore…

9pm: Carlo Costa Quartet
Jonathan Moritz – tenor and soprano saxophones
Steve Swell – trombone
Sean Ali – bass
Carlo Costa – drums

10pm: Federico Ughi Quartet
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
Dan Fabricatore – bass
Federico Ughi – drums + tunes
with guest
James Brandon Lewis – tenor saxophone

3. SHOWPAPER + Chris Johanson present JED BRAIN ARCHIVES w/ Narwhalz of Sound

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $15
Genre: sound and video

SHOWPAPER presents a series of events at Roulette celebrating the newspaper’s guest curators and participating artists’ work, in newsprint as well as their explorations in the mediums of sound and video. Curated in collaboration with Chris Johanson, this month’s event features the Showpaper Documentary as well as a screening of a 1990 public access television series from Williamsburg shot by SHOWPAPER cover artist, JED BRAIN ARCHIVES WEST, contrasting the decade-divided nostalgia of North Brooklyn in both the mid-2000s and the mid-90s. Accompanying JED BRAIN PICTURES will be a performance of 8bit and synth perversions by Narwhalz of Sound.  A video by recent SHOWPAPER cover artist, Dana Dart-Mclean, will also be included in the program, and all 3 covers from Chris Johanson’s curatorial series will be on view and available.

4. M.A.K.U. SoundSystem

Date: Friday, March 15, 2013
Time:  11pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Afro-Columbian music

Comprised of 8 members, hailing mostly from Colombia, M.A.K.U. SoundSystem makes big music that begins in traditional Afro- Colombian rhythms and ends somewhere in the punk-jazz stratosphere. Clarinet, trombone, sax, guitarra, and Latin percussion supplement a rambunctious, driving rock core, creating a sound familiar enough to be danceable but always surprising.

5. Adam Lane’s Blue Spirit Band & Omar Tamez, Angelica Sanchez, Ratzo Harris, Lou Grassi

Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 8pm & 9:30pm
VenueThe Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

Adam Lane’s Blue Spirit Band consists of Roy Campbell (trumpet), Avram Fefer (sax), Adam Lane (bass) and  Michael Wimberly (drums) playing American Spirituals, Blues, and Balads. Lou Grassi curates.

Omar Tamez (guitar), Angelica Sanchez (piano), Ratzo Harris (bass) and Lou Grassi (drums). What can we expect them to perform? Soundscapes, yes. Music, yes. A lot of improv, yes.

6. Nowruz Celebration with Amir Vahab

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, Ph: 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Iranian folkloric music

The New York Times calls him the “ambassador for a silenced music.” Honored as a peacemaker and virtuoso, Amir Alan Vahab is one of New York’s most celebrated and distinguished composer / vocalists of sufi and folk music; his work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities in a way few artists can manage.

Amir Vahab’s music is rooted in tradition, but has been influenced by contemporary sounds. Like Amir himself, his music symbolizes diversity-in-unity. Amir Vahab is currently Teaching and lecturing private and group classes in universities, libraries, museums and cultural centers on the one hand, and organizes music therapy and sound healing workshops on the other.

7. VORTEX & The Restrictor

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Time: 8pm & 9pm
VenueThe Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: improv/contemporary music

Shoko Nagai (piano, processing)  and Satoshi Takeishi (percussion, electronics) are VORTEX.
Fusing accoustic instruments, such as the piano, the accordion, the organ and percussion instruments with electronics in their music their music consists of composition and improvisation. Their mission is to integrate all possible musical elements and use them in their own way.
The Restrictor started circa 2004 by sound and visual artist Damien Olsen ( keys, guitars, various electronics ) and Kevin Rozza (bass, bass guitar). Today, years away from its beginnings the band has finally established its sound at the end of the line of its most pushing influences: post jazz ECM style, and avant garde 19th and 20th Century orchestral music (Stravinsky, Debussy, Satie, Rimsky Korsakov, Mussorsky), the psychedelic Canterbury scene of late 60s and early 70s and  European progressive- free rock jazz.

8. Ras Moshe/Shayna Dulberger Duo

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Brecht Forum (451 West Street, New York)
Ticket: $11
Genre: improv/jazz/electronics

6pm – Ras Moshe/Shayna Dulberger Duo

7pm & 8pm – “Other Doors” – a new work featuring:
Nonoko Yoshida-Alto Sax
Tor Yochai Snyder & Omar Tamez-Guitars
Dafna Naphtali-Electricity
John Pietaro-Vibes
Max Johnson & Nicolas Letman Burtinovic-Basses
Mike Noordzy Electric Bass
Chris Forbes-Electric Piano

9. Casimir Liberski Trio’s CD Release party

Date: Sunday, March 17, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St,Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
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 (ridiculous dance music) genre.
They’re performing tracks from their new CD “The Caveless Wolf” which is available on CDbaby, iTunes and Amazon.