Music Listings – 5/25 through 5/31/2015

1. Gerald Cleaver, Larry Ochs and Nels Cline

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue:  JACK (505 ½ Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 Between Fulton – Atlantic in Clinton Hill, C or G train to Clinton-Washington)
Tickets: $15
Genre: improv/jazz/noise

Hear three giants of experimental music in their first trio set together.

Larry Ochs (saxophone)
Nels Cline (guitar)
Gerald Cleaver (drums)

2. Daniel Levin/Juan Pablo Carletti/Sam Kulik 

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Time: 8:30 pm
Venue: Freddys Bar (627 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 718-768-0131)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

The “1 on 1″ series invites a musician to select 1 other partner to perform with in a rare happenstance. This is an opportunity for those asked to go for playing with “‘that” musician in an improvised blitz, or present something more worked out in duo form. 

“1 on 1″ presents:

Daniel Levin  / Juan Pablo Carletti Duo

Daniel Levin – cello

Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

Daniel Levin is “one of the outstanding cellists working in the vanguard arena” (All About Jazz), and “very much the man to watch.” (Penguin Guide to Jazz). No matter what setting he plays in, cellist Daniel Levin occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them.

Juan Pablo Carletti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He grew up in a musical environment in which his father played percussion, and was instantly drawn to the drums. As he performed with a variety of bands, he focused mainly on improvised music and playing mainstream jazz. He began working with his own projects, and created a small label dedicated to new music. In 2005, Juan traveled to New York City and played with the David Haney Group at Cornelia Street Cafe.

Sam Kulik moved to New York in 2004 and settled in the Astoria, Queens neighborhood. He plays improvised music and along the way has met many like-minded players through playing in the New York Soundpainting Orchestra and volunteers and generally hangs out at the Stone. Parallel to his activity as a serious improviser of music, he hooked up with several of the extremely talented rock musicians and songwriters that live in this city, and also found himself getting involved in playing music for theater and dance. He started touring a fair amount and meeting people all over the US and Europe.

3. Connie Crothers/Joe McPhee/Bonnie Tchien Hy

Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Zurcher Gallery (33 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012
(212) 777-0790)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

CONNIE CROTHERS, pianist, has lived her musical life as performer, recording artist and teacher releasing the feeling—her source—into the music which realizes her range of expression, her virtuosity based in her love of the instrument and her desire to discover everything she can hear and imagine through spontaneous improvisation….

Connie Crothers – piano, Joe McPhee – sax and /Bonnie Tchien Hy – ?

4. Lim Yang Group & Snackasaurus Flex

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: IBeam Brooklyn (168 7th St., Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

8pmSnackasaurus Flex

Marta Sanchez, piano
Eric Trudel, tenor sax
Michael Attias, alto sax
Kenji Herbert– guitar

9:30pmDomestic Affair

Lim Yang, bass
Adam Kolker, tenor sax
Nick Sanders, piano
Jesse Simpson, drums

5. Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents Ehren Hanson

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 8pm to 11pm
Venue: Bluebird (504 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225)
Tickets: $10
Genre: tabla solo

Ehren Hanson began learning tabla when he was 15 years old under Misha Masud of New York City. In 2000, he was accepted as a disciple by the great Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and has developed into an exciting performer and a dynamic teacher. Ehren then went on to teach rhythm as an assistant professor at Bard College in 2002 and in 2005 he received the prestigious Senior Performing Arts Fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies. He has had the honor of accompanying great musicians such as Pandit Debi Prasad Chatterjee, Pandit Subrata Roy Chaudhuri, Steve Gorn, and others. In 2012, The Time of India described his tabla solo performance as “enthralling.” Ehren currently lives in New York where he is an active performer and teacher. He is also the director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla.

6. Mashkoor Ali Khan 

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Rubin Museum (150 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011,  212-620-5000)
Ticket: $25
Genre: Indian vocal music

Master vocalist Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan makes a welcome return to the Rubin, his only public appearance in New York City this season.

He will be joined by Harshad Kanetkar on the tabla, Arun Ramamurthy on the violin, with Michael Harrison and Aaron Shragge as tamboura and vocal accompaniment.

Ustad Mashkoor Ali Khan descends from a distinguished line of elders who reigned supreme in the world of music. He is the direct descendant of the great Abdul Karim Khan and Abdul Wahid Khan, the founders of the famous Kirana lineage. His father, the great sarangi player, Shakoor Khan was the grand nephew of Bande Ali, Beenkar, while Mehboob Baksh Khan and Aajiz Pia were Mashkoor’s great grandfathers.

Mashkoor was initiated into music and trained by his father for fifteen years and secured a place in the world of music very early in life. After his father’s demise, he joined the ITC-Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata, as a scholar, to polish and hone his undiluted style of Kirana gayakee (singing). Now, as a Guru of both the Sangeet Research Academy, and the American Academy of Indian Classical Music, he nurtures numerous vocalists and scholars under his able wings. His recitals reveal great imagination and vocal agility. An erudite musician, he possesses a keen understanding of the characteristic styles of Kirana gayakee, emphasizing the numerous permutations of musical phrases, known as “Khandmeru.”

7. Beautiful Losers 

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $8
Genre: improv/piano, voice + electronics

Beautiful Losers is a piano, voice + electronics duo created by Columbian pianist, composer and producer Alejandro Zuleta in collaboration with Dafna Naphtali singer, composer and electronic musician. They will perform Zuleta’s open form compositions “Music in Frames” creating strange and beautiful universe of sound and melody in a first time outing together and including Zuleta’s piece “Open Window” first recorded Nov 2013.


Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: music-sounds by instrument inventors and players of found objects and other musical oddities

WEIRD WEDNESDAYS (on Thursdays). 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. This month, with special guest Kenny Wollesen.

9. Dennis Sullivan Curates (3 NIGHTS!)

Date: Thursday, May 28 through May 30, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue:  JACK (505 ½ Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 Between Fulton – Atlantic in Clinton Hill, C or G train to Clinton-Washington)
Tickets: $15
Genre:  theatrically-driven contemporary music

Three nights of theatrically-driven contemporary music curated by percussionist/composer Dennis Sullivan.


Thursday, May 28:

Naked Roots Conducive
(Valerie Kuehne – Cello/Vocals, Natalia Steinbach – Violin/Vocals)
Naked Roots Conducive is an experimental and classically-driven musical duo whose eclectic style bridges the gap between the traditional and wildly original. The duo combines virtuosic strings, alluring vocals, and freakish dramatics into an enticing and mesmerizing performance.

The Adelphi University Percussion Ensemble
Performing Steven Snowden’s “A Man With a Gun Lives Here” and Thomas Meadowcroft’s “The Great Knot”

Ben Lewis / Lyndsey Anderson / Owen Weaver / Kelly Klein
Performing Lewis and Anderson’s short play, “Veruca and Dex Take it Back”

Friday, May 29:

Thump & Wail
(Dennis Sullivan – Percussion/Voice, Ed Rosenberg III -Saxophone/Voice, Jane Sheldon – Voice)
Performing Rick Burkhardt’s “Great Hymn of Thanksgiving,” Dennis Sullivan’s “Grind/Strangle/Thump,” and a world premiere by Ed Rosenberg

Iktus Percussion and Radical 2
(Josh Perry, Chris Graham, Levy Lorenzo, Dennis Sullivan)
Performing Dennis Sullivan’s “Apocalypse Ready”

Doctor Rocktapus
Performing a brief interlude of airness.

Vomit Fist
Nick “Vürdoth” Didkovsky – Guitar, Leo “Lurkrot” Didkovsky – Drums, Malcolm “Scrag the Screecher” Hoyt – Vocals
Vomit Fist is blackened grind core for your guts and face.

Saturday, May 30

Radical 2 (Levy Lorenzo and Dennis Sullivan)
Performing Stuart Saunders Smith’s “By Language Embellished, I,” Mark Applebaum’s “Aphasia,” and Jessie Marino’s “Endless Shrimp.”

(Gelsey Bell, Andrew Livingston, Paul Pinto, Erin Rogers, Dave Ruder, Jeffrey Young)
The band will perform new scenes from their upcoming collaboratively composed opera This Takes Place Close By, which centers around weather disasters and how we deal with them. The premiere production, directed by Ashley Kelley Tata, will run Sep. 24-27 at the 50,000 sq ft. Knockdown Center in Queens.
This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

10. Ayman Fanous

Date: Friday, May 29 and Saturday 30, 2015
Time: 7pm
VenueThe Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv/free style/noise

Ayman Fanous has been described as a “master musician/composer… who has honed distinctive and unconventional methods on both guitar and bouzouki, managing to synergize classical, flamenco, and free jazz techniques” (Karl Ackerman, His signature sound has been described as a “stylistic amalgam of Derek Bailey and Paco de Lucia” (Jay Collins, Signal to Noise). In addition to the guitar, Fanous also reaches back into his Egyptian ancestry in improvisations on the bouzouki. This is informed by many years of absorbing influences from the musical traditions of the Arab world, Turkey, India, North Africa, Persia, and the Balkans.

Over two nights at The Firehouse Space, Fanous will bring together some of the most unique and acclaimed improvising musicians in New York to debut several different ensembles. Most of these groupings have never performed together before, and include several first meetings. In addition, this will include a rare NYC appearance by Baltimore’s Susan Alcorn, a pioneer of pedal steel guitar.

Friday May 29

7:00pm: Ayman Fanous: Guitar and Bouzouki, Susan Alcorn: Pedal Steel Guitar, Tatsuya Nakatani: Percussion/Gongs

8:00pm: Ayman Fanous, Denman Maroney: Hyperpiano, Tatsuya Nakatani: Percussion/Gongs

9:30 Ayman Fanous, Ned Rothenberg: Clarinet/Bass Clarinet/Shakuhachi, Tatsuya Nakatani: Percussion/Gongs

Saturday, May 30

7:00pm: Ayman Fanous, Tomas Ulrich: Cello, Mark Feldman: Violin

8:00pm: Ayman Fanous, Joe McPhee: Reeds, plus guests

9:30pm: Ayman Fanous, Jason Hwang: Violin/Viola, James Ilgenfritz: Bass, Tatsuya Nakatani: Percussion/Gongs

11. Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne w. Chris Q. Murphy, Ian Foster 

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Roots Music (639A 5th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Ticket: $10
Genre: folk/nu folk

Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne are joined by  Chris Q. Murphy and Ian Foster (of Newfoundland).

CD Review: Brooklyn Duo Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne…the music is subtle and minimalist while remaining dynamic and stylistically robust

12. Golden Drum and Didge Project

Date: Friday, May 29, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
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.

13. NEPALease w. Quickly Quietly

Date: Friday, March 29, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue:  Rakit Club (338 Moffat, Brooklyn, New York 11237, (646) 341-0975)
Ticket: $15
Genre: edgy indie rock and live painting

Line up:
Quickly Quietly
Red Foot
Karate TV
Arie Dixon

Any proceeds from the evening will go to support victims of the earthquake in Nepal…

Quickly Quietly formed in 2011, at the end of the year they released their debut Seven EP. The band first played together in prospect-lefferts garden and continued grinding out improv sessions into a fresh sound from analog drum machines, deep guitar and heavy rhythms. The new sound, exemplified by the track “Nothing But Air,” is very electric and very live. Lautaro on drums and samples, Paul on bass and keys, Aaron on guitar and vox. Each member serves double duty to the music creating a eclectic sound and a wide palate, uncharacteristic of a rock trio. If there was an ethos to the band it would be song, texture, rhythm, electrified. Quickly Quietly are:  Aaron Hyzen (guitar,vocals/leader), Paul Sikivie (bass & synths), Lautaro Burgos (SoSaLa, drums ), Greg Zweiben (SoSaLa, synths & percussion)- This band plays edgy indie-esque rock.


Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 10pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: percussion music/improv

CYRO BAPTISTA & SERGIO KRAKOWSKI. The duo formed by these two NY-based Brazilian percussion players turn away from conventional stereotypes to present an innovative expression both in musical and technological terms.Cyro Baptista has emerged as one of the world’s premier percussionists since arriving in the US from in 1980. He has performed luminaries such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Caetano Veloso, and many others, as well as his own Beat the Donkey project. Sergio Krakowski is considered a master of the Pandeiro. In twenty years of career, he has shared the stage with artist such as Anat Cohen, Edmar Castañeda, Maria Bethânia and Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Krakowski also uses his knowledge as a Computer Music PhD to allow percussion instruments to trigger videos, control effects and interact with the machine, creating real time dialogues between percussionist and computer. This innovative technology blends perfectly well with the talent and charisma of Baptista, to create a free percussive narrative that engages the audience through sound and image.


Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Flamenco infused jazz

World Music Boutique Productions presents ‘The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz’ monthly concert series. Curated and hosted by Rebeca Vallejo, showcasing the work of Juan Antonio Simarro.

Directly from Madrid, Juan Antonio Simarro, has enjoyed a remarkable career as a successful composer, musician and music producer for film, theatre and television, is focusing his current creative work on his deepest calling, Classical and Symphonic music. With a musical approach bleeding through with influences of the great Spanish classical repertoire of Falla and Albeniz, Juan Antonio’s take on Flamenco-inspired-textures is showcased with an eclectic trio formation of Piano, Violin and Viola.

Rebeca Vallejo, curator and host
Juan Antonio Simarro, piano, compositions;  Ernesto Llorens, violin;  Eric Cooper, cello

16. Ab uno pluribus – May 2015 Session

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: The Three Jewels NYC (61 4th Ave, 3rd Fl (Btw 9th & 10th), New York, New York 10003)
Ticket: $10
Genre: audio-visual event

NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR! The May session of this monthly audio-visual event will present electro-acoustic live sound by LEILA BORDREUIL [violoncello], HANS TAMMEN [tabla machine and live sound processing], KEVIN WOODS [saxophone + processing] and live visuals by KURT RALSKE.

They present new exploratory experiences in the audio-visual realm. The versatile energies of select live musicians and video artists are synthesized into explosive though unrehearsed solo and group performances. You will never hear or see the same thing twice.

Curated & produced by WvS
Co-producer: Miah Artola

17. Emanuel Lévy, J. Keys & VFerg feat. Fragadagadagada

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 10pm
Venue: Cutting Room (44 E 32nd St, New York, New York 10016)
Tickets: $20
Genre: funk-rock/blues

18. Innove Gnawa Band

Date: Saturday, May 30, 2015
Time: 12am – 2am
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C, NY, NY 10009)
Tickets: $10
Genre: Gnawa music/Americana/one man band

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)


Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 12pm
Venue:  John Jay college/Black Box Theater (524 West 59th Street, New York, N. Y. 10019)
Tickets: t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/protest music

THE RED MICROPHONE‘s “Liberation Jazz”…..

A concert by the Red Microphone will be among the special events to bring this year’s Left Forum to a powerful close. The band will present a 45 minute set which includes adaptations of compositions by Eisler, Mingus and more as well as free improvisations and original works. Plus poetry by Langston Hughes and some very revolutionary prose too.

John Pietaro: vibes, percussion, spoken word
Ras Moshe: reeds, flute, spoken word
Rocco John Iacovone: reeds
Philip Sirois: bass

{Following the Red Mic set will be one by the noted visual artist MAC MCGILL with his band. McGill’s illustrations will be seen in projections while the ensemble plays music and offers spoken word as part of a multi-media presentation}

CD Review: The Red Microphone’s new album “The Red Microphone Speaks!”… a fine collective effort created and constructed…

Concert Review: The Red Microphone CD Release Show Performing Protest Songs

20. Beyond Duo

Date: Sunday, May 31, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: ABC No Rio (156 Rivington Street between Norfolk and Suffolk, Lower East Side. F train to Delancey)
Ticket: donation
Genre: jazz/improv

Beyond Duo w. guests:
Francois Grillot   – bass
Cheryl Pyle – flute

David Tamura- tenor sax
Gene Coleman – flute