Music Listings – 12/15 through 12/21/2014


Date: Monday, December 15, 2014
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu jazz

Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music, Marta’s tunes are rhythmically complex but strongly melodic. Music that tell stories by integrating folk elements with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz. She’ll be performing with a quintet that features a number of top-flight New York-based musicians, including Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Jerome Sabbagh on tenor saxophone, Or Bareket on bass, and Jason Burger on drums.

2. The Nora McCarthy Trio

Date: Monday, December 15, 2014
Time: 8:30 – 11:30pm
Venue: Bar Next Door (129 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012, Tel: (212) 529-5945)
Ticket: $12
Genre: nu Jazz/improv

“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

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Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/world

Hadar Noiberg, flutes;  Haggai Cohen Milo, bass;  Allison Miller, drums

Highly skilled flutist and composer Hadar Noiberg has established herself firmly in the New York Jazz and World music scenes. With a language that transcends her Middle Eastern roots she leads her trio with the daring instrumentation of flute, bass and drums. The trio has a unique and full sound and is a perfect blend of jazz and world music. Their captivating melodies and tight grooves have a strong impact on their audiences and therefore it’s not a surprise that the Hadar Noiberg Trio has had tremendous success in festivals globally.

4. Ay Mayo

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Afro Roots Tuesdays (647 Columbus Ave near West 92nd Street and Goddard Riverside)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: afro-colombian percussion

Ay Mayo! is a New York based afro-colombian percussion group dedicated to perpetuating folkloric traditions of song, drumming and dance as communion and celebration of life. Their music has roots in the oral and acoustic traditions born of the fusion of African, European and Pre-Colombian Indigenous ancestry!!

The Afro Roots series, in which a great variety of artists from Africa, its diaspora and extended family, will be featured every other Tuesday night.

Kevin Nathaniel, the curator for this amazing night, is a world music pioneer, has been a vital cultural influence on the New York City music scene since the 80’s and continuing. Hailing musically from an ancient master-disciple tradition, Kevin is a virtuoso percussionist and well-known specialist for various traditional African instruments and musical styles, especially mbira and shekere. He tours nationally and internationally as a solo artist, as well as with varous bands including Spirit Ensemble, Heritage OP, Kaleidhaphonic, and Afara. He worked extensively with Zimbabwe’s mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, and with master drummer Chief Bey.

5. Chop And Quench (The Fela! Band) & Raja Kassis

Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-963-3369)
Ticket: $8
Genre: Afro Beat

CHOP AND QUENCH, “The Fela! Band”, is comprised of members of the cast and band of FELA! the musical. Individually, the musicians are some of the finest in New York, having performed with The Roots, India Arie, Elvis Costello, and many others. Lead singer Sahr Ngaujah was nominated for a TONY Award for his performance in the Broadway show and has been featured on film and television. As a unit, the band has gotten to accompany performers such as Beyonce, Femi Kuti, and Angelique Kidjo. Known for their straightforward performances of classic Fela Kuti compositions, they have branched out, bringing their own original music to the stage. After performing around the world, they recently performed at the Sundance Film Festival in conjunction with the premier of Alex Gibney’s film “Finding Fela”. They are now back home in New York preparing new material to take into the studio for their first recording since the Fela! Broadway cast recording, and looking forward to starting a weekly Monday night residency at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn.

Best known for his work with Antibalas and Blitz The Ambassador, Raja Kassis has just released his Debut album entitled HUMANBEING (Ropeadope Records, September 2014). He has recorded and performed with the likes of Damian Marley, Angelique Kidjo, Seun Anikulapo Kuti, Allen Toussaint among many others. Kassis brings not just a show, but an experience. Featuring master Sengalese Musicians to some of New York City’s finest, the experience is a high energy journey from start to finish, with the most unexpected turns.

6. Jeremy Siskind Trio

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: Kitano (66 Park Avenue/East 38th Street, New York)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Contemporary Jazz/piano jazz

Jeremy Siskind Trio: Jeremy Siskind – piano, Harry Allen – sax, and Raviv Markowitz -kj bass

Pianist, composer, and educator Jeremy Siskind originally from Irvine, CA, now living in NYC earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Eastman and his Master’s in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia, and studies piano with  Sophia Rosoff and Fred Hersh. Siskind performs around the world as a leader and sideman. Since the 2010 release of Simple Songs, Siskind’s first CD on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records, he placed 2nd in the Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, was a runner-up for the American Pianist Association’s Cole Porter Fellowship, performed at Carnegie Hall, has had his book, Jazz Etude Inspirations, published by Hal Leonard, and has become the musical director for Sandra Bernhard.

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7. World Rhythms for Didgeridoo

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: on-line
Ticket: free
Genre: Didgeridoo on-line course

World Rhythms for Didgeridoo is a FREE online course that will show you exactly what it takes to develop a wide palate of musical rhythms on your instrument. Drawing on music from Africa, Cuba, Brazil and the Middle-East this class will get you connecting to your inner pulse and learning the key rhythmic elements syncopation and subdivision. Through a combination of video, audio and PDF worksheets you will be guided through a number of approaches to enhance your didgeridoo playing.

Here’s what you’ll learn:
* How to develop a strong sense of time
* How to break down complex rhythms into easy counts
* Understanding and using theme and variation
* How to begin training for circular breathing
* The #1 secret to playing rhythmically on didgeridoo

Don’t have a didgeridoo handy? You do not need to have a didgeridoo to take this course. In fact, all musicians can benefit by learning these rhythms and applying them to their respective instruments.

This event will be recorded and playback will be available for a limited time. Sign up to ensure you received the link to the class recording.

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8. Dervisi

Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Time: 8:30pm – 10pm
Venue: Espresso 77 (35-57 77th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, 718-424-1077)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: Rembetika music

DERVISI performing exotic Greek Gangsta Blues called Rembetika. Rembetika originally the songs of hashish clans and outlaws; and Smyrnaika, the elaborate oriental cafe music of the refugees from Greek Asia minor.

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9. Cult Of Riggonia with Ellen O, CE Schneider Topical, and Invisible Circle

Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Time: 6pm
Venue: Secret Project Robot Art Experiment (389 Melrose St, Brooklyn, New York 11237)
Ticket: $5
Genre: synth pop/avant pop/electronica/

David Kedden:

” Heads up! This show takes place in the Secret Project Robot Holiday Market, a whole bunch of vendors selling everything from used records to homemade hot sauce to crazy art both indoors and outdoors. Come hang out with a hot beverage, do some holiday shopping, and check out some of my favorite bands around today! Doors open at 6 PM and we’re asking $5 for the touring buds!”

Line up:

Cult of Riggonia is a psychedelic collective from Macon, GA. There are waves of texture with catchy melodies that rise up from the primordial stew. The sound hints of Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band, Animal Collective, Gong, and African music. Their live show is a full-on sensory experience with video projections, costumes, and stuffed animals.

Gold Bolus Recordings artist Ellen O: singer/songwriter/mulit-instrumentalist Ellen O’Meara (Illegal Dads, Sweat Lodge, PPL, Rady & Bloom) puts out her first release as ellen o – sad, beautifully orchestrated tunes built around microKORG and drum machine, tied together by Ellen’s husky alto.

CE SCHNEIDER TOPICAL is a collaborative project which combines Christina Schneider’s well-honed songwriting skills with Zach Phillips’ equally-honed engineering chops. In general, their songs are embracing, adventurous, and damn good! Navigating a strange, new space between minimal folk-pop and eroded piano-bop, They don’t seem to concern themselves with any particular genre. Rather, they achieve unity of vision without relying on easily identifiable tropes.

Invisible Circle

10. Naked Roots Conducive/Shit Show/Jonathan Wood Vincent

Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: 552 Hancock St. # 2, Brooklyn, NY
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: free style/free rock/noise/improv




11. Brooklyn Abolitionists: Raul’s 50th with Kakande

Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Soapbox Gallery (636 Dean St, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Ticket: donation
Genre: benefit concert/trad. Guinean music

Raul Rothblatt, cellist of Kakande will turn 50 on 12/19/14. We will celebrate with an African dance party to celebrate and support the Abolitionist home at 227 Duffield in Downtown Brooklyn.

Please join us as we raise seed money to launch a new cultural space in Brooklyn to continue the efforts of those who fought against slavery in the 19th century.

You can join our effort by donating here:

New York City was the financial capital of the slave trade. But some people always resisted the institution that sold human beings as property. 227 Duffield was their home, and we will make it the home of everyone who builds on their tradition.

12. New Mellow Edwards + Seven Suns

Date: Friday, December 19, 2014
Time: 9pm – 11:30pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $20
Genre: nu jazz/free style

Curtis Hasselbring‘s The New Mellow Edwards
Curtis Hasselbring trombone | John Hollenbeck drums | Chris Speed reeds | Trevor Dunn bass

Seven Suns
Patti Kilroy, Amanda Lo- violins
Earl Maneein- viola
Jennifer DeVore- cello
Kenny Grohowski- percussion
Kishor Haulenbeek- narration, vocals

The New Mellow Edwards is a quartet that defies traditional jazz conventions and favors primal garage rock-derived grooves, textural explorations and classically-influenced structures. The repertoire of the group can be humorous, dark, accessible and exciting, often simultaneously. Trombonist/composer Curtis Hasselbring put the group together in 2002 and the band has consistently featured the line up of Chris Speed (clarinet and saxophone), Trevor Dunn (bass) and John Hollenbeck (drums). The band has three recordings out, the first self-titled record (2006), their second, Big Choantza in 2009 (both on Skirl Records) and 2013’s Number Stations (Cuneiform) featuring an expanded version of the group.

Seven Suns is string quartet + percussion and vocals named after apocalyptic Buddhist prophecy. The sound of Seven Suns is, by turns, driven, aggressive, dissonant and hard-edged as well as contemplative, meditative, still and serene. It is rooted in the proletariat music of recent generations, such as punk and hardcore, as well as the Western classical tradition. We play the works of our members in addition to that of composers like Shostakovich, Crumb, Rzewski, Pärt, and Bach, whose music embodies spiritual introspection or social criticism.

13. ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY w. Marco Cappelli / Damon Banks / Mathias Küntzli

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Morricone inpired trio music?

The Italian guitarist and composer Marco Cappelli navigates between rigorous written music and free improvisation. He has collaborated with the likes of Anthony Coleman, Marc Ribot, Elliott Sharp and Markus Stockhausen and regularly appears in classical and contemporary music series around the world. He will be in residence with various guests every Saturday in December.

This Week: ITALIAN SURF ACADEMY. Marco Cappelli (guitar) – Damon Banks (bass) – Mathias Küntzli (drums)
Introducing the Italian 60’s sound when – while trying to imitate the American 50’s sound (but no chance to leave spaghetti, mamma and mandolins behind) – it turned into the best sound for western, noir and horror B-movies! Welcome to Mario Bava and Sergio Corbucci soundtracks: here’s to you the “baddest” bad Morricone you have ever heard!

14. PitchBlak Brass Band & Exact Change Project

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: music with funk, rock, jazz and classical genres/hip-hop

PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based 10-piece band whose style and sound represent hip-hop from the 1980s to present day. A collective of young musicians, composers and artists, PitchBlak embodies the contemporary and vibrant undercurrents of New York City. PitchBlak’s members have incredibly diverse musical backgrounds, allowing them to infuse hip-hop driven music with funk, rock, jazz and classical genres, resulting in a style as fresh as their dreads, shades and dashikis—rich brass harmonies, lyrical hooks, tongue-twisting raps, and rhythms that make your blood race.
In addition to performing at such prestigious venues as Brooklyn Bowl and 92YTribeca, PitchBlak trains and mentors young musicians in community outreach programs and classrooms throughout the country.

Exact Change Project is a live hip-hop band from New York City. Their musical vision was born in Queens, New York City, but the idea truly came to fruition in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the group recorded their debut album “Escape Capsule.”


Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Scholes Street Studio (375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, New York 11206)
Ticket: $10
Genre: avant jazz

Sarah Bernstein – violin/composition
Kris Davis – piano
Stuart Popejoy – bass
Ches Smith – drums

SARAH BERNSTEIN is a violinist, composer, improviser, vocalist and poet based in NYC. She leads projects ranging from minimalist/experimental duo Unearthish with Satoshi Takeishi, to avant-noise/poetry band Iron Dog with Stuart Popejoy and Andrew Drury, to improv strings Frikativ Quartet with Scott Tixier, Mat Maneri and Rubin Kodheli, to avant-jazz Sarah Bernstein Quartet with Kris Davis, Stuart Popejoy and Ches Smith.

16. Beyond Quintet

Date: Sunday, November 30, 2014
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: the University of the Streets (130 east 7th street. 2nd floor. NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv/experimental

Cheryl Pyle -flute
Roberta Piket- piano
Bern NIx -guitar
Francois Grillot -bass
Newman Taylor Baker -washboard percussion