Music Listings – 3/23 through 3/29/2015


Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: 647 Columbus Ave near W 92nd st (Goddard Riverside)
Ticket: donation
Genre: ambient-gong sounds

BROTHERS OF THE GONG Is a collective of two gong enthusiasts who have come together to help people experience deep states of meditation. When the gong tones bathe you, your brainwaves are automatically tuned to the frequency of Alpha, Theta, or Delta….. Beta is the preferred brainstate of modern society and our exclusive focus on it has ultimately not served us well. If we are going to have a peaceful and more harmonious planet we need to change this. These meditations are our contribution to this effort.

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2. Rich Rosenthal Quartet

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Quinn’s (330 Main Street, Beacon, New York 12508)
Tickets: donation
Genre: jazz/improv

Guitarist Rich Rosenthal on guitar brings a quartet featuring Francois Grillot on bass, Swedish marvel Biggi Vinkeloe on sax and flute and inimitable Europe-based American drummer Donald Robinson

3. Kyle Nasser – CD Release Party

Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

Restive Soul, debut album by the saxophonist/composer Kyle Nasser– features thoughtful compositions and dynamic improvisation.

Kyle Nasser, tenor sax;  Jeff Miles, guitar;  Dov Manski, piano;  John Tate, bass;  Rodrigo Recabarren, drums

“The compositions that comprise Restive Soul combine fervent jazz playing by Nasser’s quintet with elements from Nasser’s intensive study of western classical music. But this is no Third Stream hybrid, wearing its “classical” inspirations on its sleeve; instead, Nasser seamlessly assimilates counterpoint and long-form harmonic development into electrifying modern jazz pieces.” – Shaun Brady

4. Dervisi

Date: Wednesday, March 25 , 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue:  Troost (1011 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn 11222)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: Greek traditional music/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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5. The Mighty Alpacas

Date: Wednesday, March 25 , 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

The Mighty Alpacas: Jason Candler on alto sax & electronics and Jesse Dulman on tuba.

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

Date: Thursday, March 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.

Featuring Kelvin Daly’s Filipoberiophone and Nick Demopolous’s SMOMID. Plus some string inspired weirdness by yours truly. Seriously weird fun!

Kelvin Daly is a musical improviser, poet, songwriter, and visual artist who specializes in designing, building, and composing on new musical instruments, with a focus on bowed strings and instruments that favor multiple playing approaches. He has done collaborate work with theatre, dance , and circus, spent much of his life as a street performer, and currently does his solo project focused on the possible relations between voice, text, and musical improvisation. He is a member of the 23 Windows studio collective, where he builds his pieces and often improvises on the roof in the middle of the night.

Nick Demopoulos is guitarist, sound designer, performer and instrument creator. For Weird Wednesday Nick will be performing with his Smomid, a guitar-like interface and Pyramidi, a triangular midi interface resembling a console. In January 2015 he released his first full length album of music created only with Smomid and Pyramidi instruments called Rhythms of Light. Some of the interests he explores and employs in his music are artificial intelligence, micro tonality and algorithmic improvisation. With his Smomid Nick has been featured on the Discovery Science Network, Guitar World, Create Digital Music, Metal Injection and Popular Noise Magazine among others. For more information please visit:


Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: 10pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Arabic music-oud music

NASHAZ. Original music featuring oud, percussion, trumpet, saxophone, and bass, finding common ground between Arabic rhythms, jazz improvisation, and melodies inspired by traditional middle-eastern music. With Brian Prunka (oud), Kenny Warren (trumpet), Matt Darriau (sax, etc.), Reuben Radding (bass), Tareq Rantisi and Vin Scialla (percussion)

8. Persian Arts Festival w. VATAN, Arian Saleh & Navid Kandelousi

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Iranian influenced indie rock/electronics/club/Persian classical music

Persian Arts Festival’s 9th annual Nowrouz celebration headlined by acclaimed Iranicana Perso-Country band, Vatan, and featuring performances by mischievous and romantic singer-songwriter, Arian Saleh, and Persian folk master, Navid Kandelousi.

Set Times:

7:30PM – 8PM – Arian Saleh
8:15PM – 9PM – Navid Kandelousi
9:15PM – 10PM – Vatan

Vatan, or “homeland” in Persian, is a group of Middle Eastern-American musicians based in Brooklyn, NY. Blending the lines between Persian folk music and country, funk and rock, they revive classic tunes while building new ones. While Vatan’s band members, Mona Kayhan and Piruz Partow were raised and even born in the United States, they draw inspiration from their motherlands/home country. Through their music, Vatan honors their roots while celebrating the coming together of the cultures. The country underlinings honor America and what it has to offer those who come from anothercountry to start a new life while continuing to empower their heritage through music.

Navid Kandelousi studied western classical music at the Verdi Conservatory in Milano, Italy and at the Moscow Violin Academy in Russia. Kandelousi has mastered virtuosic skills on a great breadth of instruments including the violin, Setar, Tar and Kamanchah, in addition to experience with Tombak, Santour and Gheychak. Throughout his professional career, he has collaborated with numerous prestigious Persian ensembles such as Iranian National Orchestra, and has performed internationally across Europe, Asia and America in venues such as Lincoln center, Julliard music school, Albert Hall, Sydney’s Symphony hall and Vahdat hall. His teaching background include work at the Yamaha School of Music, Suzuki Violin School, and Master Classes in Kamanchah, Taar and Setar at the Julliard School. Navid is currently working with Maestro Danial Philips in Queens college of music.

Though Arian Saleh began playing all over Los Angeles in 2009, music has been a part of Arian Saleh’s life from the beginning. The grandson of Monir Vakili, Iran’s First Lady of Opera, and the son of acclaimed recording artist ZaZa, Saleh’s unique sound is deeply rooted in a troubadour tradition and has a heavy emphasis on lyrics and melody, with nods to gypsy, tango, and electronic music.

9. Pallavi Concert Series: Aparna Balaji

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Reflections Yoga Center for Conscious Living/Jiva Performing Arts (227 East 24th Street, New York, NY 10010)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Indian Carnatic vocals

Join us for the final concert in our Pallavi Series, where the talented Aparna Balaji presents an evening of Carnatic vocals.  She will be accompanied by Bala Skandanon mridangam, disciple fo Karaikudi R. Mani of Chennai and S. Sharada, disciple of Vittal Ramamurthy on violin.

Aparna Balaji  hails from a family of musicians. Aparna’s music has been meticulously shaped by her grandfather Sangeetha Booshanam Shri. O.V Subramaniam, father Shri. Sangeetha Choodamani Shri. O.S.Thiagarajan and Shri. Neyveli R.Santhana Gopalan, who found in her a discerning student. Aparna has a pleasing voice ,excellent spontaneity, vast repertoire, and clear diction. A firm believer of giving back to the music community, Aparna has been an active performer for the past 17 years, both in India and in the US.  Aparna performs in the Chennai music season every December, in all major music organizations including the prestigious Music Academy of Chennai, and has won many awards.  She has been conferred the title ” Ilam Isai Mamani” conferred by Madras Kali Bari temple,
Aparna is the founder/director of Abhyaas in Boston, MA.

Bala Skandan is a performer/teacher/composer of Carnatic (South Indian) Percussion. He plays the Mridangam (double-headed drum), Kanjira (frame drum) and Konnakkol (vocal percussion).  Bala Skandan is based in Manhattan and performs widely in the US. As a percussionist, he has accompanied established international musicians for several years.  He is the lead performer in Akshara, a percussion ensemble based in NY. In 2007/08 Bala Skandan had the distinction of teaching and conducting the first Carnatic student recital at the prestigious Juilliard School of music.  He is also Artistic Director of Jiva Performing Arts.

Sharada Krishnan started learning Carnatic violin from Smt. Radhika Devarajan. Since 2008, she has been receiving advanced training under Vidwan Shri Vittal Ramamurthy.  She has performed around the USA and in India as both a soloist and an accompanist and has been awarded many prizes from Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana and CMANA competitions. Sharada has also had the privilege of accompanying her guru, Shri Vittal Ramamurthy, several times. She is the co-founder of a youth-run organization, Brindavani, that aims to promote Carnatic music, provide a platform for the youth of America to perform, and encourage them to give back to the community. She enjoys teaching violin as well.

10. Seabrook Power Plant / Black River Manifesto / James T Psycho Path //Zach Pruitt and Alex Kirkpatrick

Date: Friday, March 27, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY, Phone: 917-515-5444)
Ticket: $7
Genre: alternative banjo experimental jazz/noise/indie rock

4. Seabrook Power Plant

3. Black River Manifesto

2. James T Psycho Path

1. Zach Pruitt/Alex Kirkpatrick DUO

11. Pas Musique Curates the Torus Porta – SubSonic Emissionz Series

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Torus__porta (113 Stockholm Street, Storefront 1A, Brooklyn, New York 11221)
Ticket: donation
Genre: sound /electronics

Three sound artists are chosen to improvise to spontaneous performance art curated by Wild Torus during their sets.

After their sets the sound artists will have the opportunity to improvise together while the unpredictable performance art rages on with audience participation.

Order below:

1. Tidal Channel
(Billy Cancel + Thursday Fernworthy)

2. Luciernaga
(Joao M Da Silva)

3. Zilmrah
(Lawry Zilmrah)

12. Italian Surf Academy

Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 8pm – 9pm
Venue: The Shrine (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd, NY)
Ticket: donation
Genre: surf music

Marco Cappelli (guitar), Damon Banks (bass) & Dave Miller (drums)

“Take one Italian guitarist active in the Downtown Improvisation and New Music scene – combine with youthful influences of movie music and Spaghetti Westerns – mix well with a love of ’60s Surf Sound (think The Ventures, Beach Boys, etc.) bathed in reverb – anchor with a solid rhythm section of bass and drums.. and you get the Italian Surf Academy! Certainly the baddest bad Morricone you’ve ever heard – as well as themes from other ’60s Italian soundtrack stalwarts such as Piero Umiliani, Riz Ortolani, Carlo Rustichelli, Armando Trovajoli, and Luis Enriquez Bacalov!….”

13.  Nobuko’s “Inorikaze” Album Release Concert w/ Collaborative project of Kotoe, Alessandro, and Arei

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Renee Weiler Concert Hall at Greenwich House Music School (46 Barrow Street, New York, New York 10014, 212-242-4770)
Ticket: $15
Genre: fusion of classical, jazz, Japanese, and Arabic music/Brazilian jazz

Come and experience Nobuko’s musical world, featuring works from the new album Inorikaze (Prayer Wind) and newer works expressing her Middle Eastern influences, craftily interwoven with personal stories.

A passionate and emotive flutist/shinobue (Japanese bamboo flute) player/composer, Nobuko Miyazaki draws influences from classical, jazz, Japanese, and Arabic music, embracing traditions and transcending them. She has performed across the world, including at BBC Proms in the Park and as a soloist at Carnegie Hall. Her orchestral composition “Inorikaze” was premiered in 2013 by Manhattan Symphonie.

She is joined by the highly acclaimed oud player/composer Brian Prunka (Nashaz, Near East River Ensemble) who works with greats such as Simon Shaheen, Michael Bates, and Ravish Momin; a truly multicultural drummer/percussionist Arei Sekiguchi whose beats reflect everything from jazz, samba, and Latin American music; and the award-winning pianist/composer Emi Inaba, who is Nobuko’s decade-long collaborator across three continents.

Nobuko is passionate about children’s rights and education, and a portion of the album sales will be donated for the cause.

A COLLABORATIVE PROJECT of outstanding musicians Alessandro Ricciarelli (guitar/vocal), Kotoe Suzuki (piano/vocal), and Arei Sekiguchi (percussion). Originally from Japan and Italy, the three musicians are united in their love of Jazz and Brazilian music. With a rich and unusual instrumentation of piano, guitar, and percussion with occasional guest musicians, they will perform an exciting and poetic set of original compositions.

13. Flux & Friction #3

Date: Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY, Phone: 917-515-5444)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: experimental music

An evening of game-changing avant, improv and experimental live music with some of the most creative talent New York has to offer right now.

Naked Roots Condusive w. Valerie Kuehne – cello; vocals; songs and Natalia Steinbach – violin; vocals; songs

Jazzfakers w. David Tamura – sax; keys, Raphael Zwyer – bass; electronics, Robert Pepper – violin; electronics and Matt Luczak – drums

GaGouDij{Ya w. Evan Gallagher – casio CTK-611/01, Yasuno Katsuki – euphonium, Dave Gould – drums and Jochem van Dijk – bass guitar

CO(P)E (Council of (Poetic) Experimentation): Steve Roe; Al Margolis; Kevin Geraghty; Dan Andreana; Detta Andreana all – voice; electronics and other devices.