Music Listings: 2/23 through 3/1/2015

1. Ben Tyree Solo Guitar + BT3 Acoustic (w/ Kevin Farrell & Sameer Gupta)

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Art Cafe  (884 Pacific Street, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

8pm & 10pm – BT3 all improv sets (with Kevin Farrell: bass | Jeremy “Bean” Clemons: drums + special guests)

NYC-based guitarist and composer Ben Tyree presents Sonic Architectures LIVE residency at Art Café in Brooklyn every Tuesday evening in February 2015. The residency will allow Tyree to present new works in solo, duet and larger ensemble configurations collaborating with previous as well as new partnerships.

Stephanie Rooker is a composer, vocalist, cross-cultural music educator, and sound healing facilitator. Since 2007, Rooker has distinguished herself as a force of soul on the NY music scene with her band The Search Engine, duo work with guitarist Ben Tyree, and freelance work with ensembles throughout the city including Riverside Church Inspirational Choir & Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Company’s Revelations chorus. She has released two albums of original music – Tellin You Right Now (2008) and The Only Way Out is In (2010), with a third album currently in the works. In 2013, Rooker Voice Journey Sound Center, which offers a diverse array of vocal training & sound healing workshops, private lessons, community gatherings and sound healing services for the furthering of musical paths and enrichment of the holistic sonic experience.

Formed in 2009, BT3 has been astonishing NYC audiences at The Blue Note, (the now defunct) Black Betty, The Living Room, Rose Live Music, The Shrine, BAM Cafè and on 89.3 FM WKCR’s Live Constructions with their daring and unique style of instrumental, and heavily improvisational jazz/funk fusion. Performing all original material composed by guitarist/band leader Ben Tyree, BT3 also features rotating members Theo Harden (bass), Kevin Farrell (bass), Steve Jenkins (bass), Jeremy “Bean” Clemons (drums), Lawrence Qualls (drums), John Medeski (organ), DJ Logic (turntables), Stacy Dillard (tenor saxophone), and V. Jeffrey Smith (tenor saxophone).


Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: 647 Columbus Ave near W 92nd st (Goddard Riverside)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: poetry and hip hop

BARO! JALIYA TO HIP HOP features poet storyteller Kewulay Kamara, Salieu Suso, Mangue Sylla, Malang Jobarteh PLUS…
They will be joined by special guest classic hip hop group Exiled Dynamic!
Baro is a never ending conversation with music, poetry, and ain’t no telling what we might do.

3. Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents Om Shalom Trio

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Studio 487 (487 Union Street, b/t Bond & Nevins, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Indian Classical music

Abhik Mukherjee – Sitar, Jesse Reagan Mann – Cello and Ranendra Das – Tabla

Om Shalom Trio is a group of award-winning World Music artists. They draw on rhythmic and melodic aspects from their Far Eastern and Middle Eastern roots to create a fusion of Indian Classical and Jewish Folk.

The two words that join to form the Om Shalom’s name are both synonymous with Peace and the Sacred.

“Om” is the primordial sound of the Divine energy of Universal Creation. The vibrational tone is inaudible to all but only a very few highly enlightened yogis and spiritual gurus. Because of this, it is sometimes called the” unstruck sound.”

The Hebrew word “Shalom” has many definitions, one of which is “peace.” It is also one of the many sacred words used in Judaism to describe the name of the Divine.

The path of music is peace; its purpose, Divine. Enjoy the divine music of Om Shalom, and may peace be with you.

Abhik Mukherjee (sitar): Abhik is a gold–medalist Sitar player from Calcutta, India. His concert tours of Argentina, Suriname, Italy, Germany and Switzerland were widely acclaimed by the press and public. He also shared the stage with legends like Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder in the celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at Washington DC, in the presence of U.S. President Barack Obama.

A Chicagoland native, cellist Jessie Reagen Mann is based in New York City and involved with a variety of musical projects. Jessie has performed at the White House, the Met Ball, at Radio City, Carnegie Hall and on many TV shows performing with Beyonce, Jay-Z, Billy Joel, Frank Ocean, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Adele, Savion Glover as well as many others. She is often found playing with singer-songwriters in NYC’s clubs and with her cello duo 2VC. Jessie has recorded for many labels and is also a Musician in Residence at Congregation B’nai Jeshuran on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In May 2010, Jessie received the Outstanding Musical Achievement Award from the Max Reger Foundation of America.

Ranendra Das began learning tabla in his native Bangladesh from his father at the age of 3. Ranendra is a Gold Medal winner from Bangladeshi cultural competitions, and has played in Asia, Canada, and the US. Ranendra performed for President Barack Obama at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Dedication in Washington, DC in 2010, and has played at many prestigious venues including Madison Square Garden and Symphony Space. Ranendra earned his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont.

Have questions about Feb 25 Om Shalom Trio? Contact Brooklyn Raga Massive

4. Naked Roots Conducive / Barker Trio / Lucas Brode + SOKOL / Tongues

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: $5
Genre: improv/jazz/free style/contemporary

John Welsh (guitar), Derek Baron (drums), and Brandon Lopez (bass) –

:: Lucas Brode + SOKOL
Lucas Brode (guitar, effects, loops) and Matt Sokol (drums) perform new compositions and improvisations

Barker Trio
Enthralling improvisations by Michael Foster (saxophone), Andrew Barker (drums), and James Ilgenfritz (bass)

Naked Roots Conducive
Collaboration between Natalia Steinbach (violin, vocals) and Valerie Kuehne (cello, vocals).

5. Terry Dame’s Weird Wednesday -Episode XXl – Weird Glass 2

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: performing music & sounds on invented instruments

Terry Dame  presents an ongoing monthly music series dedicated to instrument inventors and players of found objects and other musical oddities. Dame is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and instrument builder and leader of the invented instrument ensemble Electric Junkyard Gamelan. Terry Dame’s WeirdWednesdays did start on a Wednesday, but to make it weirder, it will be now happen every last Thursday of the month…because Thursday is the weirdest Wednesday of all.

Special guest will be Miguel Frasconi performing on, well yes, glass. He is a composer and improvisor specializing in the relationship between acoustic objects and musical form. His instrumentarium includes glass objects, electronics, laptop, and constructions of his own design. His unique glass instruments are struck, blown, stroked, smashed and otherwise coaxed into vibration. Miguel’s compositions include chamber music, operas, film music, dance scores, and his array of activities have included collaborations with Balinese composers, with operatic vocalists, with Tibetan songwriters, and with laptop virtuosi.


Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: fusion of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music

Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music, Marta Sanchez‘s tunes are rhytmically complex but strongly melodic. Music that tells stories by integrating folk elements with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz.

She’ll be performing with a band that features a number of top-flight New York-based musicians, including Kavita Shah on vocals, Patricia Franceschy on vibes, Charlotte Greve on sax and Petros Kamplanis on bass.

7. Sweetcane

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Time: 10pm – 12pm
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Genre: reggae

Sweetcane delivers REGGAE & AFROBEAT rhythms in innovative MODERN BLENDS. Masterfully crafted songs come charged in a highly dynamic performance, from REGGAE SOUL BALLADS to UPTEMPO AFROBEAT JAMS with melodies that keep you humming days after!
Fronted by lead guitar playing singer-songwriter MARKO PANKOVICH, Sweetcane features NYC premier afro jazz drummer HARVEY WIRHT (from Angelique Kidjo, Hassan Hakmoun etc…) & deep Reggae bass from Rochester’s rootsy jam band scene, the incomparable ANCELMO JAMES (quickly quietlySoSaLa), with ADO COKER‘s sultry female presence doubling on vintage keyboards and melodica while singing harmonies – quite a feat!

Sweetcane BandPage on Facebook

8. Fly Magic

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/improv

FLY MAGIC‘s dynamic and emotive music merges the free spirit of Berlin with the urban vibrancy of NYC and combines elements of jazz with minimalism, classical, post-rock and today’s song culture. The quartet features Timo Vollbrecht – sax, Keisuke Matsuno -guitar, Sam Anning bass, and Jason Burger-drums.

9. Retro Remix (Duo)

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Time: 11pm
Venue: Red Room (85 E 4th St, New York, New York 10003)
Ticket: $t.b.a.

The Retro Remix Orchestra/Duo is a specialty swing band playing all your favorite hits of the 80s and 90s in gypsy and swing styles. With Lauren Lee, vocals/piano and Charley Sabatino, bass w. special guest horns and sit-ins.

10.  Innove Gnawa Band

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Time: 10pm-12pm
Venue: Silvana (300 W 116th Street, between Manhattan Ave & 8th Ave, New York, NY 10026)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Gnawa music (Morocco)

Gnawa music is a rich repertoire of spiritual healing songs and rhythms. Its well preserved heritage combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing. Gnawa music is performed in a “Lila,” an entire night of celebration, dedicated to healing and trance guided by the Maalem and his group. Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer, who is a one of a kind master, inherited Gnawa Music from his father Sidi Abdullah Ben Jaafer Sultan Gnawa, and will be playing alongside the young generation master Samir LanGus who learned Gnawa music in the streets of Agadir, Morocco.

Concert review: InnoVe Gnawa Band & Faith at Mercury Lounge (NY)

11. Champagne Sequins, Immanent Voiceless – A night of live analogue electronic music. DJ Louis Sherman

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: electronica and djing

Immanent Voices: experimental music made with guitar, field recordings, walkman, laptop and other things. Frequent collaborators include Michael Hendley, Jeffrey Prosser, Beau Finley and Aaron Campbell.

11pm – Champagne Sequins LIVE

10pm – Immanent Voiceless (Ivan Kh) LIVE 
(visuals by Brian Ratigan and Ryan O’Toole)

All night – Louis Sherman DJ


12. AHPresents: World Wide Vibe Records Night of Stars

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009)
Ticket: free
Genre: psychedelic garage powerpop/blues/rock

AHPresents is proud to announce a night of World Wide Vibe Records artists… The good folks at World Wide Vibe have been busy finding great music to release on their boutique label, and tonight we will get to experience some of these bands in their natural live environment.

6:30 – Ronnie Wheeler Solo Acoustic
7:15 – The Rebel Factory
8:00 – Singular Fashion (from Miami, F.L.A.)
8:30 – Anne Husick Threesome
9:30 – Adventures in Bluesland
10:30 – The Plastic Pals (from Sweden)
Mid – The Bowery Boys

You can see what’s going on at World Wide Vibe Records right here…

13. Haruna Walusimbi NYC Premier with Kakande

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Soapbox Gallery (636 Dean St, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Ugandan music

Multi-instrumentalist Walusimbi Haruna will bring his music for the first time to New York. A master of multiple Ugandan styles, this is a one-time chance to hear him on his first US tour.

Haruna is one of the artistic treasures of Uganda. In addition to leading several groups, he also performed with Bela Fleck in the Grammy-winning “Throw Down Your Heart.” He also acted in the Oscar winning “Last King of Scotland” as the guard.

He is joined by Kakande lead by Famoro Dioubate on balafon and Missia Saran on vocals.

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14.  Hooka Hey

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Time: 12am
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: free
Genre: blues/rock

15. Michael Blake Trio

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time: 3pm
Venue: Dupuy’s Landing (433 West 22nd Street, b/w 9th and 10th Avenues, enter upstairs)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: jazz

Michael Blake – tenor and soprano saxophones
Ben Allison – bass
Kenny Wollesen – drums

For over three decades the saxophonist and composer Michael Blake has managed to stun both critics and audiences alike. His live performances are consistently exciting and unbridled (New York Jazz Record Best Performances of 2014) and his recordings harness that energy into fully realized albums that resonate with personality. Known for his robust tone on tenor and pure soprano sound, Michael is frequently touted by critics as one the most original saxophonists of his generation. His latest CD Tiddy Boom (Sunnyside), a hard swinging homage to tenor titans Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young continues a legacy of rave reviews.


Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Terraza 7 (4019 GLEANE Street, Elmhurst, New York 11373, 718-803-9602)
Ticket: $7
Genre: Colombian folklore

During the last couple of years Alejandro Zuleta has explored ways of translating the Vallenato accordion repertoire to the piano. The result of this exploration is the unique sound of the Alejandro Zuleta Vallenato Collective, that performs regularly at Terraza 7 (NYC). The band presents an exciting journey into this beautiful Colombian folklore; filled with beautiful songs, contagious rhythms and true to the spirit of “La Parranda”. The group also gives space for creative and engaging spaces of solo and collective improvisation.

17. The Sway Machinery

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: Baby’s All Right (146 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Tickets: $10
Genre: take traditional Jewish music and make it funky enough for a nightclub

For those who have seen The Sway Machinery in action, little explanation is needed. The band’s combination of rhythmic power and potent folklore takes no prisoners. On stage the energy of submerged worlds is torn out into the light of day. And indeed, the historical tradition of Cantorial music, which is the focus of the band’s work, is very much a lost world. The music of The Sway Machinery invites the listener to become like children wandering in the forest, discovering something mythic and wonderful.

The band boasts an unusually accomplished line-up of musicians, featuring guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood of Balkan Beat Box, drummer John Bollinger of Barbez, bass saxophonist Colin Stetson of Arcade Fire and Tom Waits’ band, and the trumpet and tenor sax horn section of the band Antibalas, Jordan McLean and Stuart Bogie. The powerful combination of musical personalities yields an unassailable force of excitement.

In September 2007, the band premiered Hidden Melodies Revealed, a secret celebration of Rosh HaShana (the Jewish new year) at Angel Orensanz Foundation. This multi-media concert celebrated the power of the Cantorial music tradition in an event that blurred the line between rock show and ritual. In 2009 the band brought this unique concept to Los Angeles and San Francsico, playing to enthusiastic standing room only crowds.

The band’s debut full-length album, also entitled HIDDEN MELODIES REVEALED, was released on JDub Records in 2007.

In January of 2010, The Sway Machinery traveled to Mali to perform at the legendary Festival of the Desert. While in Africa, the group recorded a new album featuring collaborations with luminaries of Malian music, including Vieux Farka Toure and Khaira Arby. The album that resulted from this remarkable intersection of worlds is called The House of Friendly Ghosts.

18. Timbila

Date: Sunday, March 1, 2015
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: 255 Douglass St. Brooklyn, NY 11217
Tickets: free
Genre: loft party/video screening/happening

Timbila is playing a very special, private loft party in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The full band will be on hand, with fresh material and special guests.

Shumba ya Mukwashi – “The Lion Spirit of the Hunter” from Bob Coen on Vimeo.

Bob Coen’s amazing, short video of the song “Shumba ya Mukwashi (The lion spirit of the hunter)” performed by Chartwell Dutiro and Nora Balaban will be screened. The song is a prayer for guidance from the ancestors during troubled times. The video was filmed overlooking New York City’s downtown financial district, and it juxtaposes the sacred and spiritual mbira music of Zimbabwe and the memory of the tens of thousands of slaves who were brought here from Africa in the early days of the New York colony.

Nora Balaban – timbila, mbira, vocals
Banning Eyre – guitars
Dirck Westervelt – acoustic and electric bass
Louisa Bradshaw – vocals
Bill Ruyle – drums
Rima Fand – violin and vocals