Music Listings – 9/16 through 9/21/2014

1. SexMob plays film music of John Lurie & Inner Greatness performs the Music of John Lurie

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $18
Genre: jazz

Featuring also Steven Bernstein, Tony Scherr, Briggan Krauss, Kenny Wollesen, Greg Saunier (of Deerhoof), Doug Wieselman, and Adam Brisbin

Sex Mob began merely as a setting to feature the slide trumpet of leader Steven Bernstein, but has grown into a band with a much larger mission: to put the fun back in jazz music. After assembling the band (Bernstein, slide trumpet; Briggan Krauss, alto sax; Tony Scherr, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums), Sex Mob began a residency at the Knitting Factory, playing predominantly originals written by Bernstein. During a special evening of film music, the crowd went crazy for the “James Bond Theme,” and Bernstein realized that the audience was much more attuned to their playing when they recognized the tune. The band started to expand their songbook, but not to the same old, tired jazz standards. Songs by Prince, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and even the “Macarena” could find their way into a Sex Mob set, the only rule being that the song had to have such a strong melody that it could withstand serious deconstruction. Bernstein said in Jazz Asylum, “I realize that’s what jazz musicians have always done. That’s how Lester Young got popular; it’s how Charlie Parker got popular; it’s how Miles Davis got popular; that’s how John Coltrane got popular. They played the songs that everyone knew and because they could recognize the song, then that invited them into their style.”

Inner Greatness performs the music of John Lurie feat. Adam Brisbin, Doug Wieselman, and Greg Saunier

2. Public Enemy w. PE2.0, Kendo the Almost Famous

Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-963-3369)
Ticket: $45
Genre: Hip-hop/rap

Chuck D
Flavor Flav
Professor Griff
DJ Lord
The S1W’s

A group whose musical style and incendiary delivery have earned them critical acclaim and millions of fans throughout their career, Public Enemy continues to blaze musical and technological trails with the release of their latest album, Revolverlution. A combination of new songs, live performances recorded around the world, and several classics reworked by fans via the Internet. Revolverlution pulls rap music into the future, all while keeping its musical roots firmly intact. Once again, Public Enemy transcends the confines of rap and pop music, remaining one of the African American community’s most important messengers, digital music’s greatest champions, and a rare rap group who need not rely on misogonistic and pro-violent lyrics.

3. Activator/Bassoon/NOMOTO & Marateck

Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
Tickets: $8
Genre: heavy metal

“The core of [Activator‘s] approach is something of a metallic hardcore base with lots of uniquely melodic riffing and great vocal patterns that really work some energy into the songwriting, but then you’ll also spot some totally unexpected death metal riffs, awesome solos, etc. – so there’s definitely a lot going on here. There are little bits and pieces that feel familiar, but I sure as hell can’t think of any bands that sound like this, and that’s an excellent trait to achieve, especially in this day and age.” – AVERSIONLINE.COM




4. Salif Keita

Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: S.O.B.’s (204 Varick St., New York, NY 10014)
Ticket: $50
Genre: Mali pop

Salif Keita’s career as a musician will always be colored by the fact that he is a member of the Royal Family of Mali.  In 1970 he was invited to play in Rail Band, an orchestra supported in part by public money that played in the restaurant of the railway hotel in Bamako. In Rail Band he came into contact with Kante Manfila who had many of the same ideas as Keita concerning the blending of disparate styles. After three years Keita and Manfila moved on to the (then) second most prolific group in Mali, Les Ambassadeurs, that had a more modern repertoire. The group’s popularity soared and in 1978 Salif Keita was created “Minister for Music and Culture” by the president of neighboring Guinea. In gratitude, Salif Keita composed the song ‘Mandjou’, which was an enormous success. Keita and Manfila continued to develop their fusion music and create hypnotic sounds, one after the other, but in the 1980s Keita dissolved Les Ambassadeurs and set out on his solo career. Since then his meaningful influence has cropped up in many areas – from western pop and rock to Pink Floyd, among others.

5.  Marjan Moghaddam’s Installation

Date: Thursday, September 18 through Thursday, October, 23, 2014
Time: Mon – Fri 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Sat – Sun 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Venue: Church of Saint Paul The Apostle (405 West 59th Street, New York, NY 10019, 212-265-3495)
Ticket: free
Genre: High Definition CG animation installation

Digital artist and animator, Marjan Moghaddam will be showing her latest project, David & Goliath Still Can’t Fight, a spectacular High Definition CG animation installation, as part of the #occupycommonground exhibition of contemporary art at Saint Paul The Apostle church in Manhattan. Conceived as a time-based, digital painting, this 14 minute animation with text, explores the myth of David and Goliath as a virus of civilization. The visual and textual narrative blends the biblical myth with Computer and media theory, philosophy, evolution, post humanism, political science, contemporary digital culture, metaphysics and shamanism. The main characters are designed in Ms. Moghaddam’s signature Digital Cubist style which is suggestive of contemporary film and video game style digital figuration, they engage in an epic battle amidst explosions of paint and special effects in a mesmerizing slow motion mock battle. The text interacts with the visuals, exploring the power dynamics of revolutions while citing Marx and Picketty, and pondering whether we’re stuck, subverting the myth, or transcending it.

Ms. Moghadam is an Iranian born, American artist who works primarily with computer-based technologies; she lives and works in Brooklyn. Her pioneering and award-winning works have been exhibited widely, funded by organizations such as Brooklyn Arts Council/NY Department of Cultural Affairs and the Rockefeller Fund. Her works have additionally been exhibited in international festivals and curated programs of the Armory Show and Art Basel Miami. She was selected for the prestigious Siggraph Computer Animation Festival and Computer Art Gallery a total of 5 times, including the “Siggraph 30 Years of Computer Art Gallery”. She is on the cover of the September issue of ArticulatiAction Art Review magazine this month.

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6. JC 4

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz

Trombonist/composer/conductor JC Sanford is a musician of rare breadth, deeply rooted in the traditions of Jazz and Classical music, yet constantly pushing at their boundaries. Equally at home in many roles, Sanford works regularly as a composer, performer, arranger and conductor.

JC Sanford – trombone, tunes
Mike Baggetta – guitar
Dave Ambrosio – bass
Russ Meissner – drums

7. Underground Horns

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time: 11:45pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: brass/ Balkan/Jazz/Funk

The Underground Horns are cooking audio gumbo… our special recipe includes some funk, jazz, hip hop mixed with brass band traditions, spiced up with African and other world rhythms…music for the people!

8. Rana Farhan

Date: Friday, September 19, 2014
Time:  7:15pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20 – $40
Genre: jazz/blues/lyrics in Farsi

Rana Farhan will be celebrating the release of her new album “Attar Boulevard” with a special performance at DROM on Friday, September 19th.

Iranian born singer Rana Farhan has found a way to sing the rich mystical poetry of Iran with the classic American sound of jazz and blues. Her ability to fuse these two very distinct cultures and deliver such a unique musical style makes her truly a one of a kind artist.

Rana’s mission to bring unity and understanding through the arts has taken her around the globe, from Dubai to London to San Francisco. Her stand out performance in the critically acclaimed film “No One Knows About Persian Cats” solidified her icon status with the young musicians of Iran who download her music religiously over the internet.

9. Rage Against the Dying of the Light!

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: 52 Marble Hill Ave, the Bronx (one block away from the 225th street stop on the 1 train)
Ticket: $10
Genre:  music party/event

Got the Battleground Earth Blues?  Party to save the Planet!

Join us up on the mainland — the future shoreline of New York City, for a concert and convergence in solidarity with the People’s Climate March.

“If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution” – Emma Goldman

This September 20th, on the eve of the autumnal equinox and what may be the largest mobilization for climate justice in American history, a convergence of musicians, artists, activists, reformers and aspiring revolutionaries will gather in the Bronx for a concert and a political party to mobilize and celebrate our urgent work ahead. We’ll start at 7pm and go all through the night.

With invited guests from all over the world, a world class lineup of musicians and orators is guaranteed. This event will be hosted by The Villalobos Brothers, the winner of the NYC battle of the bands, and champion of the migrant justice movement. Performers will range from jazz to hip hop, and speakers from the United Nations to the Ecosocialist Horizon, and beyond. Featuring Ernesto Villalobos , Daro Behroozi, Ben Barson, Gizelxanath Soprano, Catalyst YaliniDream, Jendog Lonewolf, El Profe Dr. Michael Dorsey, John Clark, Patrick Bond, Colia Clark, Joel Kovel, Negro Primero William Camacaro, and more!

Some believe that the People’s Climate March will change the world. Others fear that it does not go nearly far enough. This will be a place for debate and dialogue about the strategy and the tactics, the theory and the practice, the ideology and the cosmovision of the global movement for climate justice.

“This isn’t about constructing a world rebellion. That already exists. It’s about constructing a space where this rebellion encounters itself, shows itself, begins to know itself.” – Subcommandante Marcos, EZLN

This event is convened by Ecosocialist Horizons, an organization dedicated to building a partnership in the belly of the beast with the revolutionary ecosocialist social movements of the global South.

“No matter how brilliant our attempts to inform, it is our ability to inspire that will turn the tides.” -Syracuse Cultural Workers

Food will be catered by RAWLIVITY, prepared by visionary Peter Lew, co-author of “The Raw Extreme Manifesto”. Fresh produce will also be brought from organic gardens in Vermont!

Stay tuned to Ecosocialist Horizons at

Co-sponsored by Capitalism Nature Socialism and Resistance in Brooklyn!

PS! Earlier the same day, Ecosocialist Horizons will be presenting a panel as part of the NYC Climate Conference, at 2:15pm on 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor. More details at:

10. Tapani Sissoku

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 9pm – 4am
Venue: African Methodist Church (172 west 137 street, New York, NY 10030)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre:  Mali folk music

Tapani Sissoku is a real “Djeli Mousso” from Mali. She has been living in New York and performing her traditional duties among her community for over 20 years. Here, she teams up with great balafonist, creative genius and fellow djeli Balla Kouyate to make this electrifying album WALEGNOUMADON

11. Dream Seed

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Studio: Tipi Project (329 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos, crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs, harmoniums

This is your last chance to experience Dream Seed at Tipi Project before the tipi comes down at the end of September. The autumn equinox is a powerful planetary alignment that signifies the beginning of fall, the balance of night and day and the beginning of the sign of Libra. People around the world come together for ceremony and celebration on this day.

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.

In case of rain this event will be moved to Golden Drum.

12. Are We Already Gone? Artists On the Art of Leaving

Date: Sunday, September 21 through Sunday, September 28, 2014
Time: 11am to 7pm
Studio: FlickerLab (78 Crosby Street, Suite: #203, NY, NY 10012)
Ticket: free
Genre: exhibition and music

Opening Reception: Sunday, September 21, from 5-9pm

Animation and technology studio FlickerLab is leaving their studios in SoHo and headed to Dumbo, Brooklyn. In celebration of this transformation and farewell, FlickerLab is sponsoring the exhibition Are We Already Gone? Artists On the Art of Leaving, a Time-Mark after their 15 years in Manhattan. Read more here:

13. Recommended Fall Festival: FIAF’s “Crossing the Line” from September 8 through October 20, 2014