Music listings – 10/21 through 10/27

1. Yumi Kurosawa & Deep Singh

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Rubin Museum (150 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011,  212-620-5000)
Ticket: free
Genre: modern koto music

Japanese Kotoist Yumi Kurosawa is joined by guest artist and tabla master Deep Singh for an innovative musical performance emphasizing both tradition and modernity. Kurosawa, labeled a “mesmerizing… inventive, cosmopolitan composer,” by The New York Times, will showcase her unique approach to the Koto by venturing beyond the limits of traditional acoustics, exploring classical techniques with contemporary, electronically-infused flair. Kurosawa’s solo virtuosity, featured for the first half of the concert, will then be accented with the echoing, sharp tones of Singh’s Indian tabla.

2. IOLA / Great Red Spots / Space Drugs / Jovian Drifts

Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: Brooklyn Fire Proof (119 Ingraham Street (in the alley), Brooklyn, New York 11237)
Ticket: $7
Genre: indie rock/punk/garage

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Space Drugs
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3. Bill Cole’s UNtempered Ensemble

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 7pm & 8pm
Venue:  The Brecht Forum (388 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, New York)
Ticket: $11
Genre: jazz/world

Bill Cole’s UNtempered Ensemble with:
Bill Cole – Hojok/Sona/Shenai/Didgeridoo/Nagaswarm
Warren Smith – Percussion
Joseph Daley – Tuba/Euphonium
Althea SullyCole – Voice/Kora
Shayna Dulberger – Bass
Ras Moshe – Tenor Sax/Soprano Sax/Flute
Lisette Santiago – Bata Drums/Theremin


4. CD Zilzal Release Concert: Ayman Fanous and Jason Hwang

Date:  Thursday October 24, 2013
Time: 8pm
VenueThe Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: improv/jazz/world

Zilzal is the Arabic word for “earthquake,” and there couldn’t be a more fitting word to describe the collision of musical worlds on the debut album by the duo of guitarist Ayman Fanous and violinist Jason Hwang. Forged in New York’s downtown music scene of the late 1990s, this duo has developed a unique improvisational language that spans many streams of musical culture, aesthetics, and compositional philosophy. The pieces range from the lyrical and jazzy, to the fiery, the melancholic and contemplative, and to rhythmic abandon.

5. Carter/Rosenberg/Kevin Shea/Gaugh/Popejoy  & Bettis/Pride

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: Douglass Street Music Collective (295 Douglass Street, between 3rd & 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv/elctronics/sound scapes

8pm – Spontaneous compositions from a spontaneous formulated cast of NYC musical characters with Daniel Carter – saxophones, clarinet and flute, Jonah Rosenberg – piano/electronics, Kevin Shea – drums/percussion, Micah Gaugh – saxophone, Stuart Popejoy – bass/electronics.

9pm – Chuck Bettis – electronics, Mike Pride – drums, Jessica Pavone – viola

6. Loco Gato

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu mambo

Gato Loco is a 10-piece Psycho-Mambo group, that formed in 2008.  Their music is a mix of latin music with downtown experimental energy, and a very energetic live show.  They recorded their 2nd album on the German label Winter & Winter ( in 2010.


Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

THIS IS THE SECOND ANNUAL OCTOBER JAZZ REVOLUTION’ CONCERT. These events are inspired by the experimentalism of New Jazz and its heritage in the movement for social change. These sounds are as radical as the times demand and call on the full spectrum of liberation culture about us…

THE RED MICROPHONE: John Pietaro (vibraphone, percussion), Ras Moshe (reeds, flute), Rocco John Iacovone (reeds), Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic (bass)
The Red Microphone is a NYC-based New Music/New Jazz quartet of rad musicians engaging in a repertoire drenched in liberation jazz, dissident swing and contemporary composition at once compelling and patently “downtown”. Call it post-Ornette, Post-Dolphy, post-Occupy music. The Red Microphone has performed at such New York City spaces as Shapeshifter Lab, ABC No Rio, the Brecht Forum, 17 Frost, ZirZamin and Downtown Music Gallery, among others. The ensemble’s debut CD, The Red Microphone Speaks! was released in April (Dissident Arts label). Self-produced but mastered by legendary producer Kramer, the disc features sweeping free improvisation, original works, unique adaptations of modernist sounds and protest song, and militant prose and poetry that recalls the New Objectivity, the New Thing and the No Wave.

A SMALL DREAM IN RED: Nora McCarthy (voice), Jorge Sylvester (alto saxophone)
Nora McCarthy and Jorge Sylvester perform under the name A Small Dream in Red, thereby acknowledging a deep affinity to the expressionist master Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), who painted the masterpiece, Small Dream In Red (kleiner traum in rot) in 1925. The artistic pioneer’s quintessential goal was to achieve the unique immediacy of music in abstract visual form. Since their debut at the Knitting Factory in NYC on September 10, 2001, they have performed and conducted workshops in New York, Ohio; Montenegro; Austria; and, Panama. In March, 2003, they recorded their first CD, A Small Dream In Red, a live performance captured at Cleveland State University at the Sundown Jazz Series. Their new CD, In The Language of Dreams is a tribute to Ornette Coleman and Wassily Kandinsky. It features original compositions, lyrics and poetry by McCarthy and Sylvester; interpretations of five Kandinsky’s paintings and two Ornette compositions.

8. Sexmob

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

Sexmob plays Ellington: Steven Bernstein (slide trumpet), Briggan Krauss (sax),  Tony Scherr (bass) and Kenny Wollesen (drums)

Sex Mob is a New York City jazz band, originally formed as a Knitting Factory vehicle for Steven Bernstein to exercise his slide trumpet. Sex Mob’s sets feature a high proportion of covers, usually familiar pop songs, given a humorous, but avant garde treatment. Bernstein points out that this is a return to a fundamental jazz tradition, to take a familiar song then disassemble and reassemble.

9. New York Didgeridoo Summit, Part I

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: noon to 6pm
Venue: 102 Eagle St. #1R, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Ticket: $10
Genre: didgeridoo workshop and jam

We now have access to a private indoor/outdoor space in Brooklyn where we can gather and play didge! Join Didge Project for The New York Didgeridoo Summit, Part I, a new event for the NY Didgeridoo Community.

This event will feature an intermediate/advanced didgeridoo class with AJ Block, a didgeridoo technique sharing circle, roundtable discussions on the future of the NY didgeridoo community and an open mic/didgeridoo jam.

Discussion topics include:
-Hosting our own didgeridoo festival
-Bringing master didgeridoo players to New York
-What we learned from InDidjInUs Didgeridoo Festival in Oregon

Vegetarian food will be available. This event is rain or shine.

10. Armenian Jazz with Arto & Friends: Dedicated to world renowned jazz drummer Paul Motian Arto Tunçboyaciyan , Noah Garabedian , Michael Sarian , and Tatev & Lucy Yeghiazaryan

Date: Sunday, October 27, 2013
Time: 7pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, ph: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $25 (a pair of giveaway tickets are available @ Please mail by Friday noon!)
Genre: Armenian jazz

Arto Tunçboyaciyan, percussionist and singer, was born in Turkey in 1957 of Armenian descent of the Anatolian root.

Currently he is working with Armenian musicians with whom he founded his new group THE ARMENIAN NAVY BAND, a small orchestra rooted in Armenian and Anatolian traditional music with the inspiration and sound of today. The project was born in 1998 after the meeting in Yerevan with young Armenian musicians coming from different music experiences (ethnic and contemporary Armenian music). Since then the idea to create a group which could represent the sound of Armenia of today became concrete. The two albums that represent the current aspects of Arto’s music search are Avci, a movie soundtrack composed by the artist, and Bzidik Zinvor. Bzidik Zinvor has been recorded in Armenia and is the result of the very first meeting with several musicians from Yerevan. Arto’s original compositions express the sound of the past generations along with today’s life: this is what he calls “avantgarde folk”.

During the year 2000 THE ARMENIAN NAVY BAND has been touring Europe receiving great acclaim from the audience and enthusiastic music criticism. This experience will be collected in the next CD recorded in Istanbul for the Turkish label Imaj Müzik.

A native of Berkeley, California, Noah Garabedian holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from the The University of California Los Angeles, and a Master’s in Music Performance from New York University. In 2006 he was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship, and in 2007 was selected as a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz graduate program.  As an educator Mr. Garabedian currently works with the music outreach program at Jazz At Lincoln Center, called Jazz For Young People. As a sideman, Mr. Garabedian has worked with Ravi Coltrane, Josh Roseman, Ralph Alessi, Andrew D’Angelo, Myron Walden, Ben Perowsky, Julian Pollack, Zongo Junction, as well as his own sextet Big Butter And The Egg Men.

Michael Sarian is a Canadian born musician and composer whose work has been heard throughout the United States, South America and Europe. Introduced to music at an early age, Michael began playing the piano at the age of six, was handed his first trumpet at 13, and was touring the United Kingdom by age 18. As a young adult in Buenos Aires, he studied with many of the best musicians in Argentina, including Juan “Pollo” Raffo and Juan Cruz de Urquiza, performed professionally with several groups, playing genres that ranged from tango to disco, and could even be seen onstage at the Teatro Colón, playing in what is considered to be one of the five best concert venues in the world.

Tatev Yeghiazaryan was born in Armenia on July 7th 1987.  She moved to the United States in 2003 after achieving much recognition in the Armenian musical community. After a short time in the States, Tatev graduated from the NJPAC Jazz for Teens program. In 2009 she completed a degree in jazz studies at William Paterson University. Tatev had her first solo vocal concert at the age of 9 and thereafter won numerous musical competitions. Most notably, at the age of 11 she had the honor of participating in the 1998 Yerevan International Jazz Festival for an audience of three thousand at the Opera House of Yerevan among acclaimed jazz musicians. Tatev had a series of concerts in Los Angeles as a winner of the “Do Re Mi” singing competition at the age of 12. She received an award in National Arts Recognition And Talent Search in 2004. Tatev was a guest on several radio and television shows. Her current aspirations include composing for films and cartoons, singing, learning, playing, being inspired, inspiring others and enjoying life!

Lucy Yeghiazaryan was born in a small village in Armenia, where she spent the earlier years of her youth prior to immigrating to the United States in 2001. As a child she studied classical violin at the national conservatory and took an initial interest in singing as a result of her father’s love for jazz.  Her repertoire is extremely versatile and includes unknown and scarcely recorded jazz, blues, sharakan and Latin compositions. Lucy plays violin in the septet Sound Sketch lead by sister Tatev, who mostly perform original Armenian or jazz compositions. Lucy performs regularly at various venues and festivals including Saturdays at The Cupping Room in addition to Cyrille Aimee. She is currently enrolled at William Paterson University for History and Jazz Performance.