Music Listings – 2/10 through 2/16/2014

1. The Multi-Organic Trio

Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
Time: 8:30 & 10:30pm
Venue: Bar Next Door (129 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012, Tel: (212) 529-5945)
Ticket: $12
Genre: Jazz/improv

Multi-Organic Trio is: Nora McCarthy – voice, Aruan Ortiz – piano and Ratzo Harris – bass
Three dynamic innovators, each richly expressive, sensitively powerful and eloquently versed in the vernacular of creative music. They will  perform original  music, music of Jazz composers, and free improvisation tapping into the roots of the universal language = love.

NORA McCARTHY – Voice, Composer, Poet: “A trailblazer: fearless and uncompromisingly original!” … “McCarthy is a remarkably talented musician with a background in traditional and avant-garde jazz, and for her these two worlds are not separate; she uses both structured sounds and joyful noises, and seamlessly harmonizes composition and improvisation.”

Ramsey Ameen/Florence Wetzel

ARUAN ORTIZ – Piano, Composer:  “The latest Cuban wunderkind to arrive in the United States.”  He portrays his music as architectural structure of sounds, incorporating contemporary classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and improvisation as primary material for his compositions.


RATZO HARRIS – Contrabassist, Bass Guitar:  “His playing is muscular, a rebar of sonic foundation, yet sinuous and subtle. From the heartbeat of free jazz, to aural filigrees on jazz standards, he’s at the top of his game. Ratzo Harris plays bass that’s living root and steel girder.” Lisa Alvarado

2. House of Waters/Renegade Sufi Sitar & Pooquette

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Friends And Lovers (641 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Ticket: $10
Genre: psychedelic sitar jazz/gypsy jazz/world

House of Waters is a Brooklyn based band with a global sound. Drawing inspiration from Africa, India, South America, and Jazz, the band is, as TimeOut NY states “a sight to behold.”

House of Waters is hammered dulcimer virtuoso Max ZT; master percussionist Luke Notary; and brilliant bassist Moto Fukushima. These three innovative musicians are redefining their instruments as they excite their audiences. Max, a National Hammered Dulcimer Champion studied with the Cissoko griot family in Senegal and recently returned from a year in India studying with the world-renowned santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. Luke studied with djembe legend Cheik Oumar Diabate and has just returned from a year touring the world with Cirque du Soleil. Moto’s finesse, subtlety and power attracted the attention of many jazz greats, who he has accompanied to critical acclaim.

House of Waters has shared the stage with Ravi Shankar, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, KODO, and more. Their concerts are beautiful and electrifying moments of mastery and magic.

Renegade Sufi

Renegade Sufi plays a singular blend of sitar-based electronic jazz. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Dawoud—who has performed and recorded with such artists as Lauryn Hill, James Blood Ulmer, and Nona Hendryx—the group expands upon classical raga with otherworldly electronics, hypnotic drum loops, and free-jazz-style improvisation to produce deep, trancelike grooves.


Pooquette grew up in a small German town near the french border and learned how to play Gypsy Jazz from renowned jazz violinist Zipflo Reinhard.

After moving to New York City in 2006, she met guitar master Stephane Wrembel, with whom she performed for several years, and who introduced her to the New York Gypsy Jazz scene. Since then she has shared the stage with Titi Bamberger, the Avalon Jazz Band, Talking Strings, Mary Alouette, Alex Simon and the Joel Beaver trio, and has performed at the Dances of Vice, Joe’s Pub, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Jalopy theatre, Shapeshifter Lab and numerous french bistros and bars in New York City.

3. Mathias Kunzli invides friends

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Whynot Jazz Room (14 Christopher Street, New York, New York 10014, 646- 756-4145)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/world/funk

It is my pleasure to invite you to my very first installment of my residency here at the Whynot Jazz Room.

Each time I will be joined by different friends and together we shall have an unforgettable time in this super-intimate setting!

Please help me welcome these three amazing forces for this edition of “Mathias Kunzli invides friends”.

Jonathan Goldberger – Guitar
Manu Koch – Keys
Derek Nievergelt – Bass

Jonathan currently plays with artists including Todd Sickafoose, Josh Roseman, Jim Black, Briggan Krauss and has just released the CD Surface to Air a collective with Rohin Kemani and Jonti Siman.

Manu has been all over the globe touring with artists such as Angelique Kidjo, New York Gipsy All Stars, and his own group Filtron M. He lends his groovy talent to countless Brazilian, African, and Jazz groups.

Derek is one of the grooviest bassist i know and has played/written/recorded with artists like Coldplay, Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock, Cassandra Wilson, Diane Reeves, Fred Wesley, Keb’ Mo, Clark Terry, Terrence Blanchard, and Sharon Jones and the Dapkings.

I do what I do and am currently in the process of releasing my first SOLO-Album…. stay tuned!
I have been making music with all kinds of folks like Regina Spektor, Yo-Yo Ma, John Zorn, Moby, Lauryn Hill, Paul Winter Consort, Rashanim and the list of wonderful collaborations goes on…. more about me here:

4. Noise Collective NY 2014

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Idle Hands Bar (25 Avenue B, New York, New York 10009, 917-338-7090)
Ticket: free
Genre: music convention

Welcome to another installment of Noise Collective NY, a dynamic community of musicians and music industry professionals, all with the common goal of strengthening the New York music scene.

At Noise Collective, you will find artists, agents, managers, label and A&R reps, and more all under one roof with the shared objective of forging invaluable relationships. The aim of our events is to bring people together in a social environment with the common thread of music. These gatherings happen on the second Wednesday of each month. If music is your passion, Noise Collective is your scene.

What’s the cost? Free.
What’s the catch? There is none.
What’s the goal? To build a stronger community within the New York music scene.

February Spotlight Guests:

Chris Sampson – General Manager, Superfly Presents
(Bonnaroo, GoogaMooga, Outside Lands Festival)

Ryan Nagle – Agent, ICM Partners
Clients include: Gemini Club, Joywave, Hey Champ, PigPen Theatre Co., The Dan Band, and more.

Andy Vandette – Chief Mastering Engineer, Masterdisk
Clients include: Rush, David Bowie, the Beastie Boys, Go Radio, Porcupine Tree, Jon McLaughlin, Metric, and more.

All of our events are soundtracked by submissions from our favorite NYC-based artists. If you’ll be joining us on February 12th, be sure to send your SoundCloud link (single tracks only please) for consideration for our February playlist to:

We look forward to seeing old friends and new faces for yet another unforgettable night at New York’s biggest free music networking event. See you on the 12th!

5. Max ZT

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Rubin Museum (150 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011,  212-620-5000)
Ticket: free
Genre: dulcimer/improv

Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, and a “force of nature” by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.

6. Ambient-Chaos featuring: Norton Anti-Virus, Progressive BeatMix, Black Saturn, ( ), and Octonomy.

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $10
Genre: electronics/improv/experimental/hip-hop/industrial/noise and dub

Robert L. Pepper (PAS) presents a night of Ambient-Chaos featuring: Norton Anti-Virus, Progressive BeatMix, Black Saturn, ( ), and Octonomy.


Acts scheduled in the order below:

1) Norton Anti-Virus

7. Dream Seed

Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Venue:  Golden Drum (97 Green St Apt G24,Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos

Dream Seed is a two-hour sound bath hosted by members of Golden Drum and Didge Project. Shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos, crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs, harmoniums, tuning forks and other overtone-emitting instruments are used to create an environment conducive to deep relaxation and inward investigation. Participants are led through guided meditations and sound healing practices designed to harmonize body, mind and spirit.

8. Himalayas vs Search & Enjoy

Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (is located at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

Dalius Noujo, Daniel Jodocy (drums) William Shore (vibraphone) Kenny Wollesen (bass drum) Tim Kieper, Sandra Koponen, Lorne Watson, Dixie Estes, Jennifer Harris (percussion) Mike Irwin, Sean Francis Conway (trumpet) Jesse Harris (banjo) Tony Scherr (guitar) Aaron Kean (bass) Jonathon Haffner, Matt Cole, Welf Dorr, Jessica Lurie, Jason Chandler, Samir Zarif, Sean Sonderegger (saxes) Giuseppe Zevola (poetry) Agota Zdanaviciute, Dorote Zdanaviciute, Zivile Rimsaite (vocals, percussion) Milda Lauzikaite (vocals and trombone) Lina Saveikyte, Kriste Krupovisovaite (vocals) plus many more!

9. The Dangles/Shockwave Riders & Hurricanes

Date: Friday, February 14, 2014
Time: 9pm
Venue: The Gutter (200 N. 14 St.,Brooklyn, New York 11211,718-387-3585)
Ticket: $5
Genre: psychedelic rock/spiritual mountain gangsta folk

The Dangles are bringing it to the Gutter for Valentines Day. Also playing are Shockwave Riderz (Philip Boyd and Paul Quattrone of Modey Lemon’s new band) and Hurricanes of Love! – Visuals by B.A. Miale!

10. TriBeCastan

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/world/Balkan Beat

Radically multicultural  poly-stylistic to the marrow, TriBeCaStan are one of contemporary music’s most musically diverse bands. Blending American music, world, and jazz to “bold and dazzling effect,” The Washington Post hails them as “an international jazz and folk festival unto themselves.”

11. Paradoxical Frog

Date: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Greenwich House Music School (46 Barrow Street, New York, New York 10014, 212-242-4770)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

Ingrid Laubrock, tenor saxophone; Kris Davis, piano and Tyshawn Sorey, drums

The Sound It Out series presents the return of Paradoxical Frog – the ever-experimental trio of saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, pianist Kris Davis & drummer Tyshawn Sorey. These are three of the most impressive composer-improvisers on the New York creative music scene, each leading multiple bands and constantly in demand as collaborators. Both National Public Radio and The New York Times picked the group’s debut as one of 2010’s best albums, while JazzTimes said: “This empathic trio presents a colorful and convincing example of post-free jazz, mixing intricate rhythmic notions, introspective musings and moments of cathartic release.” The band’s 2012 follow-up, “Union,” met more enthusiasm, and All About Jazz reviewed a Paradoxical Frog live show this way: “It’s as if they’d agreed to avoid the easy way to make a fire and instead rubbed sticks telekinetically.”

Paradoxical Frog will perform a mix of new music and key pieces from their first two albums at Greenwich House. Ingrid Laubrock says: “The three of us have a shared sense of adventure and spontaneity – we take the music off the page very quickly. Although the three of us compose music very differently, we’re all in touch with a certain lyricism and intuition. We take our time so there’s a sense of space as well as tension, in that we’re always ready to jump here or jump there. There’s trust within the trio and a real chemistry, so we’re free to allow each other to really ‘play,’ in both senses of the word. We may not be the most entertaining-y band, but the audience is always important, especially in an intimate place like the Greenwich House. You feel an audience subconsciously, and when you’re connecting with the listener, it can make a performance very special.”


Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: ABC No Rio (156 Rivington Street between Norfolk and Suffolk, Lower East Side. F train to Delancey)
Ticket: sliding scale $5 to $20
Genre: jazz/free jazz/experimental/improv

BIG ULTRA: Johnny Engle-guitar/keys, Gary Poulson-drums,

Beyond Trio: Daniel Carter -sax/trp,
Cheryl Pyle -flute,
Claire de Brunner -bassoon,

LIVE ART: Anthony Cerretani – live painting