Music Listings – 6/10 through 6/16

1. Marc Ribot’s Los Cubanos Postizos w. Edmar Castaneda

Date: Monday, June 10, 2013
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $30
Genre: Cuban jazz/tango, Brazilian and flamenco guitar

One of the ultimate New York City party bands, Marc Ribot’s Los Cubanos Postizos (aka “The Prosthetic Cubans”) became a must-see attraction in the late 1990s, with its feverishly cooking shows built around arrangements of Cuban bandleader Arsenio Rodriguez – innovator of the son montuno, and two critically acclaimed albums released on Atlantic Records. Reformed by popular demand with the addition of Cuban’s own Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez on drums and original members Anthony Coleman (keys), Brad Jones (bass) and EJ Rodriquez (perc), 2011 had the band once again in front ecstatic audiences from the stages of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival and Ellnora Guitar Festival at the Krannert Center of Performing Arts.

At every turn, Ribot dazzles with both his urbanity and his radical streak, creating a wonder of otherworldly Cuban soul.” – Guitar Magazine

Edmar Castaneda

His music draws on the traditional joropo music of the grasslands he absorbed early, as well as tango, Brazilian and flamenco guitar, West African kora and virtuoso jazz pianists like Art Tatum. That’s a fascinating mix, but his technique is the real astonishment. Castañeda juggles lead, rhythm and bass lines, using a variety of hard and soft string attacks to keep those voices distinct — all without giving up the groove.” – NPR Music

2. Bill Frisell , Marc Ribot , Nels Cline , and Shahzad Ismaily w/ Zeena Parkins & Matana Roberts

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Time: 6:30pm & 9:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $30
Genre: guitar music

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3. Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra/Nathan Parker Smith Large Ensemble/JC Sanford Orchestra

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

What a crazy and awesome night this will be. 3 large ensembles with 3 completely different vibes.

Info here:

4. Ambient-Chaos Night w. Cheryl Pyle (flute) & Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic/Lifesquad/a.o.

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Time: 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $10-20 dollar floating donation
Genre: improv/free

Robert L. Pepper (PAS) and Damien Olsen present: Ambient-Chaos Night

Scheduled acts in order of appearance:

1) Cheryl Pyle (flute) & Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (Bass)
Anthony Cerretani-live painting

2) Lifesquad –
Michael Eaton (saxes), Nick Anderson (drums), Nicholas Letman-Burtinovic (bass), Sean Sondregger (saxes)

3) Gospel of Mars (Aaron Moore)

4) John Dunlop

5) Brian McCorkle

5. Vision Festival 18 – Celebrating Milford Graves, For A Lifetime Of Achievement

image003Date: Wednesday, June 12 thru Sunday, June 16, 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue:  The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Tickets: $30 per day/$20 students & seniors, festival pass $140
Genre: jazz/improv

Since 1996, the Vision Festival has been New York’s premiere festival of free/avant-garde/experimental/world jazz music bringing together visionaries from New York and all over the world for dynamic collaborations, the exploration of new sounds, and to foster multicultural and multigenerational dialogue.

Roulette welcomes back Vision Festival 18 to our performance stage for 5 evenings of wall-to-wall programming, beginning Wednesday, June 12 through Sunday, June 16, with extraordinary performances from Milford Graves, William Parker, Roy Campell, Joe McPhee, Marshall Allen, Amiri Baraka, Hamid Drake, Roscoe Mitchell, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Grimes, among others, along with a robust multimedia program that features dance, poetry, film, and panel discussions with artists.

Festival Recommendation: Vision Festival 18 – Celebrating Milford Graves, For A Lifetime Of Achievement

6. Timo Vollbrecht N.Y. Group

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Time: 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Venue: St. Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York, NY 10022, Telephone 212 935 2200)
Ticket: free
Genre: jazz

The four jazz musicians who sign under the name of the Timo Vollbrecht New York Group are passionate improvising artists. This explains the diverse, dynamic and at the same time constantly creative musical style of this New York based group. The musicians, who come from different continents, bring their cultural backgrounds to the bandstand in order to collectively explore the unknown. Melodic elements from classical music merge with the colorful harmonies and intricate rhythms of jazz, creating a vibrant, genuine sound.
They were brought together by the city of New York: Here, German saxophonist Timo Vollbrecht and Berliner guitarist of Japanese origin Keisuke Matsuno met bassist Sam Anning (Australia) and drummer Jason Burger (USA). Their high quality of musicianship, as well as the looseness with which they improvise, make this band a powerful cultural cocktail that captivates the audience from the first note on.
Timo Vollbrecht, who is one of Germany’s most important up-and-coming voices in jazz, studied with Mark Turner and performed alongside Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner and Brian Lynch. He won numerous awards and appeared on important stages such as the Blue Note Jazz Club New York or Jazz at Lincoln Center.
The members: Keisuke Matsuno – guitar, Sam Anning – bass, Jason Burger – drums and Timo Vollbrecht – sax plus guest appearance by the vibraphonist Chris Dingman.

7. JP Schlegelmilch / Nashaz

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: IBeam Brooklyn (168 7th St., Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/electronics/Arabic jazz

JP Schlegelmilch: JP Schlegelmilch – Piano, Keyboard, Sampler at 8:30PM

Performing new music for piano and electronics, plus selections from his recent solo piano album Throughout: The Music of Bill Frisell

Nashaz at 9:30pm

Brian Prunka – Oud
Kenny Warren – Trumpet
Nathan Herrera – Alto sax, Alto flute, Bass clarinet
Apostolos Sideris – Bass
George Mel – Percussion

Nashaz performs original music makes it sound like Arabic oud and jazz belong together, which of course they do.

Recommended concert: Nashaz @ Sycamore (Brooklyn)

8. Father Fugures

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2013
Time: special midnight show
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen Street, NY)
Ticket: free
Genre: jazz

Father Figures formed at New York University in 2007 with Adam Schatz on sax and effects, Jas Walton on sax, Spencer Zahn on upright bass, Ian Chang on drums and Ross Edwards on keyboards. If they come to a club or living room near you, drop all plans and go. This video is just the beginning.

9. Carmen Souza

Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Time: 9:15pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, Ph: 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20
Genre: African/Brazilian/jazz

Lisbon-born Cape Verdean songstress Carmen Souza has it all: excellent repertoire, a mesmerizing, expressive and versatile voice that glides effortlessly through a huge range of registers and a spellbinding, charismatic stage presence. Whether she is singing the plaintive morna (the Cape Verdean variation of the blues) or an exuberant batuco, Souza is always convincing owing to her swingy jazz sense of timing and her virtuoso voice full of nuances from the highest to the lowest notes she sings. Singing in her ancestors’ Creole language and mixing traditional African and Cape Verde rhythms with contemporary jazz influences she creates a unique sound all of her own.

10. Jamshied Sharifi Group & The Matthew Garrison Group

Date: Friday, June 14, 2013
Time: 8:15pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz-world fusion

Jamshied Sharifi, a Persian-American, has composed scores for Hollywood films, written arrangements for major artists such as Ray Charles and Carole King, and performed with world music artists such as Kailash Kher, Yungchen Lhamo, and Mamak Khadem.  But the music that is closest to his heart is from his two solo records, One and A Prayer For The Soul Of Layla. He will perform songs from those records with his long-time friends and collaborators: Ole Mathisen on clarinet, Damon Banks on bass, and Benjamin Wittman on drums and percussion.

And while Sharifi’s initial focus in music can be credited to American jazz, it is his infusions of elements from the Middle East and Africa that make his music distinctive. He is an accomplished pianist and synthesizer player. Notably, Sharifi holds the synthesizer to an ‘acoustic’ standard and aims to play it with the detail and richness of articulation that comes naturally to an acoustic instrumentalist. To achieve this sound he uses a controller which allows him to manipulate the synthesizer with his breath. He combines this technique with a ribbon controller that allows him to bend the pitch smoothly and continuously with his finger. According to Jamshied, using both these techniques makes the instrument a “wind-driven, fretless synthesizer”.

The Jamshied Sharifi group:
Jamshied Sharifi (keyboards)
Ole Mathisen (saxophone, clarinet)
Brahim Fribgane (percussion, oud)
Damon Banks (electric bass)
Benjamin Wittman (drums, percussion)

Through the ’90s, bassist Matthew Garrison (co-owner of the Shapeshifter Lab) established a reputation in jazz circles after hitting the road with such high profile bands as Joe Zawinul’s Syndicate, Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, John McLaughlin’s The Heart Of Things, and the John Scofield Group. His remarkable speed and facility on electric 5-string fretted and fretless basses easily impressed the bass community, but it was Garrison’s sophisticated chordal approach on the instrument that clearly set him apart from other chopsmeisters on the scene.

11. Taikoza

Date:  Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time: 5:30pm (rain date Sunday, September 9, 2012, 5:30pm)
Venue: Isham Park by Bruce’s Garden at the South end of Park Terrace East. Between Seaman Ave. and Broadway and South of 215th Street. Take the 1 Train to 215th street or take the A Train to 207 and walk to 215th street and Park Terrace East.
Ticket: free

About Taikoza

Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear the 100 lb. taiko drum; give thunderous voice to traditional and new compositions. Roughly translated, taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages. Drawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances. The group has toured internationally and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, etc. Taikoza’s music is featured on Nintendo’s wii game: Red Steel.

This performance is made possible in part by funds from East Winds, Inc. and in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and in part by public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/NY Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
For more info or photos please contact: Marco Lienhard, Tel. 646-418-8808, E-mail:

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Date: Saturday, June 15, 2013
Time: 11pm
Venue: Nublu  (62 Avenue C, bet. E. 4th and 5th st., New York, NY 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/world/funk

Eclectic percussion master Adam Rudolph seems to turn up at Nublu every couple of  Tonight he duets with funky jazz-rock guitarist JeanPaul Bourelly.

ADAM RUDOLPH (handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, cajon, percussion)

JEAN PAUL BOURELLY (guitar, vocal, and beats)

13. Andy

Date:  Sunday, June 16, 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: Colden Auditorium, Queens College (Flushing, New York) – Special buses will be organized from Brooklyn -$15 round trip. For more information call (917) 670-4436.
Ticket: from $30-$100
Persian Pop

Persian Legendary Music Icon ANDY live in concert. Live Music and Dancers!

Andy Andranik Madadian ( اندی آندرانیک مددیان), better known by his stage name ANDY, is an Iranian Armenian singer and former professional soccer player currently based in Glendale, California. He is often referred to as the “Persian Elvis Presley.”

He has been awarded Best Armenian International Singer of the year four times and in 1994 Universal Studios declared Andy the best Iranian singer of the decade. Andy has released fifteen music albums since the start of his career including “And My Heart…” in which he sings five tracks in Persian, two in Armenian, two in Spanish, two in English, one in Arabic, and one in Hindi. His music is currently banned by the government in Iran, but bootleg versions of his albums can be found very easily.