Music Listings – 4/22 through 4/28


Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/jazz orchstra improv

Composer Adam Rudolph returns with another series of Go: Organic Orchestra to Shapeshifter. In concert he will conduct between 20 – 35 musicians in a spontaneous way, using a newly created score of music/letter grids, language themes, tone rows, traditional and synthetic scales, diadic and intervalic harmonies, The compositions will also utilize Rudolph’s rhythm concept of “Cyclic Verticalism” to generate form and weave what he calls an “audio syncretic music fabric”. The music is “organic” in the sense that the compositions and conducting exist as an inspiration and context for the musicians to express themselves by using their instruments as an amplifier for their inner voice.

2. Soul Understated featuring Mavis “Swan” Poole

Date: Monday, April 22, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, 212-414-5994)
Ticket: $25
Genre: nu soul

This sultry vocalist (Mavis ‘SWAN’ Poole), melodic drummer (Jeremy‘BEAN Clemons), and the mothership of musicians known as Soul Understated, is one of the rarest discoveries in music since Motown. The influences on their music are overwhelming and pleasurable all at once. With elements from EWF to Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway to Curtis Mayfield, and Sarah Vaughn to Count Basie, and even Hip hop infused into one musical body, you’re sure to find something that pleases your appetite.

3. Scorpio Twins & Fulminate Trio

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 10pm
Venue: Freddys Bar (627 5th Ave at 17th Street – one block from the Prospect Avenue R-stop, Brklyn, N.Y. 1215)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

Michael Evans – percussion, Ken Filiano – bass, Anders Nilsson – guitar – Fulminate Trio has been around since 2006 and play all too rarely, now the “sonic poltergeists” fly again. This time with reed-great Scott Robinson!

Scorpio Twins with Jochem van Dijk/Ras Moshe/Michael TA Thompson

4. Aural Dystopia New Hardcore Improv

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue:  JACK ( 505 ½ Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, between Fulton – Atlantic in Clinton Hill, C or G train to Clinton-Washington)
Ticket: $10
Genre: electronics/contemporary/improv/free music

THE GATE (dan peck/tom blancarte/brian osborne) 11pm
HAN BLASTS PANEL (briggan krauss/curtis hasselbring/kevin shea) 10pm
SLIPSTREAM TIME TRAVEL (marc edwards/ernest anderson/takuma kanaiwa/alex lozupone/gene janas) 9pm
PERILOUS ONESIE (matt nelson/stuart popejoy) 8pm

5. Timucin Sahin 3+2

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Time:  7:15pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/fusion

Timucin Sahin has been recognized as one of today’s truly unique voices of contemporary jazz music by publications such as San Francisco Bay Guardian, AllaboutJazz, Jazzwise and Jazz-Times as well as by many others.

Both his compositions and his playing on his double-neck guitar – his trademark – radiate an incomparable individualism.

Timucin Sahin, born in Turkey, immigrated to Holland as a young man to study jazz guitar and classical composition in Hilversum and Amsterdam. Then he continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music. He played and/or recorded with Randy Brecker, Greg Osby, Robin Eubanks, Kai Eckhardt, Mike Mainieri, Mark Turner, Tony Moreno, Aydin Esen, Gene Jackson, Dave Kikoski, Ernst Reizeger, Armando Gola, Owen Hart Jr, Donny McCaslin, Tyshawn Sorey,Thomas Morgan,Sean Rickman,Concertgebouw Jazz orchestra, to name a few.

Timucin Sahin: 7 string fretless & 6 String fretted electric guitars, Christopher Tordini: Bass, Loren Stillman: alto saxophone, Tom Rainey: Drums and Gordon Beeferman: Piano

6. Hot & Cold

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 8pm
VenueBarbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Jazz/improve

HOT & COLD. A collaboration between guitarists Aaron Dugan and Anders Nilsson who share affinity, an instrument, and a birthday. Their musical process is one of total democracy with lots of fun writing sessions bouncing ideas back and forth.
Hot & Cold recently released the album Hogwild Manifesto featuring suite-like electric guitar duo music traversing a lot of terrain. This performance will premier works expanded into quartet with bass and drums aces Sean Conly and Tim Keiper (Beat the Donkey). Aaron Dugan: guitars; Anders Nilsson: guitars; Sean Conly: bass and Tim Keiper: drums.

7. Quatuor Creole

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 9pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St,Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: world/jazz

On Thursday, April 25, Downbeat Rising Star Sylvain Leroux will present a live performance of his latest project “Quatuor Creole” featuring legendary vibist Karl Berger. Released in June of last year, the CD has been well received by critics, eliciting such comments as: “… perfect contemporary music release…” (Dustin Garlitz,; “… gentle as a river in the afternoon sun.” (Thurston Hunger, KFJC); “… worthy addition to the canon of the world- jazz…” (Hrayr Attarian, All About Jazz); “… mellifluous acoustic quality…” (Howard Mandel, Jazz Beyond Jazz); “…belongs to a lineage of precious recordings […] such as CoDoNa, Oregon, Steve Wilson, Don Cherry, Dollar Brand and Chico Hamilton…” (Dan Behrman, Magazine Son & Image–translated from the French).

With Quatuor Creole, Leroux reexamines the fusion of European and African music that took place in the Americas and informs it with his deep experience.

Line up:

Sylvain Leroux: flute, tambin (Fula flute), alto sax, donzo ngoni
Karl Berger: vibraphone, piano
Matt Pavolka: bass
Sergo Decius: congas, percussion

A quote from from the DooBeeDoo CD review: There are several highlights through out Quatuor Creole. The constant contrast between the western and world influence is always at the heart of the matter. This is best exemplified by Leroux’s constant switching between the Tambin flute and your everyday western flute. Read complete review here.

8. Fay Victor Blues & Standards

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: The 55 Bar (55 Christopher St., (Sixth/Seventh Avenue), New York, ( 212 ) 929-9883)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/blues

Fay and the band will be singing out the year in style with a selection of blues and standards. Fay Victor voice with Anders Nilsson guitar, Ratzo Harris bass and Jason Nazary drums

9. Fred Ho

20130425_MOCA_HO_v4Date: Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time:  7pm
Venue: Museum of Chines In America (215 Centre St  New York, NY 10013, 212- 619-4785)
Ticket: free
Genre: film screening and book signing

Please join Fred Ho and MOCA for a celebration of his life and work with the launch of a major critical anthology, YELLOW POWER, YELLOW SOUL: THE RADICAL ART OF FRED HO (University of Illinois Press) edited by Roger Buckley and Tamara Roberts and a screening of DIARY OF THE DRAGON: THE (R)EVOLUTION OF FRED HO a documentary film that spans his early family life, tumultuous personal relationships, groundbreaking musical career and infamous revolutionary ideologies and praxis. The film features rare, exclusive footage, photos and candid interviews with a man poised to become one of the great contemporary treasures of our time.

10. Attention Screen

Date:  Friday, April 26 22, 2013
Time: 8pm
VenueThe Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/world/classical music

Bob Reina: Piano, Liam Sillery: Trumpet, Mark Flynn: Drums, Chris Jones: Bass

The group is welcoming guest Daniel Carter: Woodwinds, Trumpet and Piano.

The quartet Attention Screen integrates jazz, world music, and classical vocabularies into flowing musical explorations. Their music is composed spontaneously, immediately accessible, and backed by four lifetimes of experience in jazz, classical, world music, and sound design.


Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 7pm & 10pm
Venue: TERRA BLUES (149 Bleecker Street, NY, 212-777-777)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: nu blues/ New Orleans brass

One of New York’s original bands, HAZMAT MODINE delivers a rustic, deliriously Dionysian blend of whorehouse Blues, Reggae, Klezmer, Country and Gypsy-tinged music.

12. Underground Horns

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 11pm
Venue:  Nublu  (62 Avenue C, bet. E. 4th and 5th st., New York, NY 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Afro Funk, Bhangra & New Orleans grooves

Underground Horns is a Brooklyn-based brass band playing Afro Funk, Bhangra & New Orleans grooves and beyond. AllAboutJazz called their 2009 debut record Funk Monk“kick-ass dance music…that brushes up against psychedelia…with shots of funky brass juice.” In 2010 they recorded their second album Big Beat which The New York Jazz Record’s Ken Waxman called “an unapologetic party band with brains…with tonal inflections from the Big Easy, central Africa, the Maghreb and the Baltic states.”  Underground Horns has performed internationally in Egypt and Germany. Here in New York they’ve made people dance in subway stations, parks and at their numerous dates at venues ranging from Nublu to Lincoln Center, Barbes to Brooklyn Bowl, not to mention last year’s sold out show at 92YTribeca. The band has also played as a marching band, namely at the spectacular NYC Village Halloween Parade.

12. Kočani Orkestar with Sazet Band

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Roma music/Balkan beat

Ecstatic and joyous music with two exciting Roma bands! Macedonia’s famed multi-generational 12-member Kočani Orkestar, one of the funkiest Balkan brass bands around, displays a thunderous trademark style that has made it one of the most popular Gypsy groups in Europe and the US. Acclaimed for its powerful rhythm section (drummer and four tubas) and passionate solos (sax, trumpet, clarinet, accordion), this celebrated ensemble performs music descended from Ottoman Empire army bands. The dance party will open with the intoxicating sounds of New York’s hot Sazet Band headed by the dynamite combination of clarinetist Sal Mamudoski and saxophonist Romeo Kurtali.

13. META

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
Time: 10pm
Venue:  Nublu  (62 Avenue C, bet. E. 4th and 5th st., New York, NY 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: subsaharian music

The songwriter, singer and percussionist, META writes spontaneous and sensitive music and defines his work as world songs. “Songs” stands for the form he uses, “world” for the sounds and subsaharian rhythmic backbone as well as the large space he dedicates to improvisation. In order to give shape to his repertoire, Meta called upon accomplished jazz musicians ready to enter in resonance with his singular universe. Meta’s music is a magical blend of musical cultures that introduces a collection of songs charged with emotional depth and infused with the energy of his performances.

Line up: Meta (voc), Ari Hoenig (dr), Francois Moutin (b) and Thomas Enhco (key).

Concert review: META a well-blended confection of jazz and African (both Subsaharan and Northern) musics and sensibilities