Music listings – 5/20 through 5/26


Date: Monday, May 20, 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. AURAL DYSTOPIA improv series

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 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: free improvs

Zebulon has been gone for 4 months, and JACK is now the de facto home for heavy hitting free improvisation. Our sound waves are born of the post-entropic womb of Lady Creation herself.

8pm Sarah Bernstein/Ken Filiano

9pm Joe Merolla/Sandy Ewan

10pm Ron Anderson/Stuart Popejoy/Michael Evans

11pm Chris Pitsiokos/Brian Questa/Cat Slowik/Joh Dunlap/Justin Veloso

3. A Tribute to Sun Ra with Craig Holiday Haynes

Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Time:  8pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz


Michael Ray (of The Sun Ra Arkestra and Kool & the Gang) on trumpet, vocals and keys
Knoel  Scott (of the Sun Ra Arkestra) on alto sax, flute & vocals & percussion
Bruce Edwards (formerly of the Sun Ra Arkestra) on guitar
Tyler Mitchell (of the Sun Ra Arkestra) on bass
Craig Holiday Haynes (of the Sun Ra Arkestra) on drums, percussion & soprano sax

Drummer, Craig Holiday Haynes turned down a job offer to join r&b great James Browns band, because (at the time) he wanted to play more than commercial music. He wanted to help the world by creating and playing music that was of a more spiritual nature and since he had just started playing with Sun Ra and the Arkestra it made sense to stay there, instead of continuing on the r&b and typical jazz path he was on.

He found Sun Ra to be not only a superior master musician (Sun Ra played with and arranged for Fletcher Henderson, who influenced Duke Ellington) but also a great philosopher,  a master of numbers, words, math, an astrologer and  a very socially conscious and spiritual being that was seemingly from another world.

Sun Ra  was the prime influence for Earth, Wind & Fire and a heavy influence on many more. He spoke of intergalactic travel and the space age, even  before NASA and spoke of saving this planet way before it was fashionable.  Sun Ra was one of the very first to use a synthesizer and to use electronics in jazz (influencing people like Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis)! This is a tribute to Sun Ra, from Craig Holiday Haynes.

4. AcquAria

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Sicilian folk music

AcquAria is Michela Musolino & Vincenzo Castellana. The rich musical tradition of Sicily includes many songs that speak of the sea, sing its praises or are sung by those whose work connects them to the water. Michela Musolino and Vincenzo Castellana join together to pay tribute to Sicily’s sea. Musolino, a vocalist known for her performances of Sicilian Roots Music, and Castellana, a noted percussionist of the Sicilian drumming tradition, present a theatrical work of song, percussion and recitations which illustrates the intimate connection of Sicily, her history and her culture to the sea which surrounds it. The Music Room of NYC is the perfect ambiance for their performance of Sicilian songs in homage to the sea.

Castellana, who worked with Ennio Morricone , and Musolino, who sang with renown Sicilian singer-songwriter, Pippo Pollina at his United States debut, are excited to be working together to bring Sicilian Music and a bit of Sicily’s sea to New York.

5. Emel Mathlouthi

Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Time: 8:00pm
Venue: Florence Gould Hall (of the French Institute Alliance Française, 55 E 59th St, NY, NY 10022)
Tickets: $25
Genre: modern Tunesian pop music

Banned from the Tunisian airwaves, singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi’s  protest songs became viral sensations, whose fiery lyrics were adapted as anthems for the Tunisian revolution. After being taken up by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and sung on the streets of Tunis, Mathlouthi managed to release the songs on her latest albumKelmti Horra (My Word is Free). She makes a rare New York appearance at World Nomads Tunisia, broadcasting her powerful lyrics and broad base of influences to a new audience. Mathlouthi evokes Joan Baez, Sister Marie Keyrouz and the Lebanese diva Fairouz in her role as an inspired singer, poet and composer who now stands among the great divas of the Arab world.

6. Hikashu from Tokyo w. various bands

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: PIANOS (158 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002
Ticket: $8
Genre: indie rock

Hikashu (ヒカシュー) are a renowned Japanese underground “avant-pop” music ensemble led by pseudo-Kabuki vocalist, Makigami Koichi, known for their highly experimental music. They are often referred to by their alternative English moniker, Hikasu. The group’s most recent album, Uragoe, was released in April 2012.


7. Dave Kadden and others

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time: 10pm
Venue: The Living Gallery BK (1094 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York 11221, 631-377-1998)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: experimental music

THE LIVING GALLERY provides a creative platform for local artists and teachers to share their artwork.

DAVE KADDEN (drone, elctronics:, DEAN CERCONE ( visual artist and experimental musician from Renfrew/Pittsburgh Pennsylvania), IMAGINARY FRIENDS (photographer/visual artist: & POISON DARTZ ( slice n dice primitive sub Rickety rock n roll).

8. Various experimental bands

Date: Friday, May 24, 2013
Time: 10pm
Venue: Secret Project Robot Art Experiment (389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn, New York 11237)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: experimental music

Secret Project Robot: Art Experiment is a not for profit dedicated to the exhibiting and the proliferation of contemporary art, music, and performance.

ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO’S MALAIKAT DAN SINGA (K Records) Utopic Spaces with multiphonic vocal work & minimalist instrumentation. It’s shamanic seance…

AYE AYE RABBIT (mems of DEERHOOF + SHY HUNTERS) Free rock/improve  (

MANY MANSIONS  (This is the project of Shane Donnelly, a Brooklyn by the way of Boston-based tribal experimentalist.)

DRUNKEN FOREIGNER BAND  Southeast Asian Jamz w. DAVE KADDEN’s new project  (


9. Underground Horns

Date: Friday, May 24, 2013
Time: 11:45pm
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.

10.  Kurt Rosenwinkel  – Solo

Date: Saturday, May 25, 2013
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $25 ( a pair of giveaway tickets are available @ Please mail by Friday noon!)
Genre: guitar music and sounds/ jazz

“In the past few years Kurt has been doing more and more Solo shows. It kinda started with a show we did on April 30, 2007 at the wonderful venue in Marlboro, NY called The Falcon, documented here on video. Then the following year Kurt played Solo at some venues in Holland and by this time Kurt really started to get more deeply into the idea and concept of playing Solo.”


11. Solo Drummers Vol. 4 with JASON NAZARY / JEREMY GUSTIN / IAN CHANG

Date: Sunday, May 26, 2013
Time: 10pm
Venue: Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: free
Genre: drum music

Solo Drumset Performances by:

Jason Nazary (Little Women):

Jeremy Gustin (Delicate Steve/Star Rover):

Ian Chang (Father Figures):

12. Deadly She -Wolf Assassin at Armageddon!


Date: Thursday May 16, 2013 through June 2, 2013
Time:  7:30pm
Venue: La Mama (74A East 4th Street, btw Bowery & 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003, 212-475-7710)
Ticket: $30
Genre: music theater

A Martial Arts-Samurai Sword Fighting-Music/Theater Fantasy Action-Adventure Blockbuster homage to “Lone Wolf and Cub” (Kozure Ogami) in a story of imperial decline and desperation, revenge, intrigue and catharsis. Fred Ho’s super-talented team unleashes a music/theater work of dazzling spectacle and emotional power.

Music and Concept by Fred Ho / Written by Fred Ho and Ruth Margraff / Directed by Sonoko Kawahara