Music Listings – 6/15 through 6/21/2015

1. InnoVe Gnawa Band & The Stooges Brass Band

Date: Monday, June 15, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: BROOKLYN BOWL (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-963-3369)
Ticket: $8 – $10
Genre: Gnawa & New Orleans brass music

Innove Gnawa Band is a gnawa band comprised of artists from different parts of Morocco. Led by master Maalem Hassan BenJaafer, InnoVe Gnawa celebrates this ancient spiritual music of North Africa in NYC with an innovative, hypnotic, and ecstatic take on this trance-inducing folk tradition.
Stooges Brass Band has earned their rank as one of the elite brass bands in New Orleans. The band consistently provides a welcome blast of true New Orleans spirit engaging audiences with their innovative blend of traditional New Orleans brass sounds, contemporary jazz and hip-hop beats.

2. Nora McCarthy Qu’ART’et

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Bahá’í Center of NYC (53 E 11th St, New York, New York 10003)
Ticket:  $15
Genre: jazz

Nora McCarthy – voice, compositions, poetry
Mike Longo, piano
Donald Nicks, bass
Charles Goold, drums

Nora McCarthy Qu’ART’et is a group of rooted musicians who masterfully apply an organic earthy vibrancy and well seasoned approach to an artful array of original compositions and skillfully arranged standards, post modern contemporary jazz music, and blues that are spontaneously intermingled with flights of improvisation and poetry. A compelling sound fashioned in a modern mode that is immersed in tradition, infused with rhythm and spirit. Featuring jazz master Mike Longo who is is best-known as a reliable and versatile player who was the pianist with Dizzy Gillespie during 1966-1973.

Emotionally provocative and intensely creative, McCarthy’s “…shaping of pitch often foregoes the fluid note-bending of the jazz singer in favor of the full press of a sculptor’s touch against viscous clay.” Ramsey Ameen

3. The Black Atlas

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Time: 10:30pm
Venue:  The Manderley Bar at The McKittrick Hotel (530 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001)
Ticket:  $t.b.a.
Genre: ambient grunge-rock

Celebrating the release of Devils (out 6/23), The ambient grunge-rock band The Black Atlas will be joined by The Little Top Circus & MedicineShow, a 19th-century style medicine show, featuring hellfire sermons and lettered ballyhoo, ill-advised acts of physical improbability, cigar smoke hoochie-cooching, hayseed hokum and gypsy fiddling, all in the service of saving souls and demonstrating the healthful benefits of the Little Top’s own patented snake oil derivative.

Listen to “Moonsong”  HERE.

4. Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut ‘s Everybody’s Music

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 9:45pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/improv

New York-based multi-instrumentalist Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut invited NY’s talented improv musicians to create sounds on the spot.

Line up: Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, Guillermo Gregorio, Kevin Shea, Marcus Cummins, Nick Gianni, Welf Dorr and Pete Dragotta.

5. Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents Akshara Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Bluebird (504 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225)
Tickets: $10
Genre: Carnatic and Hindustani classical music

The concert will be followed by the classic BRM jam session.

BRM presents the dynamic & energetic Akshara Ensemble to kick off the Ragas Live Festival weekend!

Comprised of virtuosic performers in Carnatic and Hindustani classical genres, Akshara performs an energetic blend of classical Indian melody and rhythm highlighted with solo and scale-based improvisations.The group performs original compositions demonstrating the powerful and complex rhythmic structures inherent in South Indian classical music. Akshara is led by mridangist & composer Bala Skandan.

Akshara’s lineup includes some outstanding musicians:
Bala Skandan – mridangam/compositions
Nitin Mitta – tabla
Arun Ramamurthy – violin
Trina Basu – violin
Jay Gandhi – bansuri and Amali Premawardhana – cello

6. Vanessa Falabella & Ernani Silva

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 8:15pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Northeastern part of Brazil music

Following its highly successful debut in 2014, ART MEETS MUSIC returns to DROM on a thrilling double bill featuring a musical performance by singer Vanessa Falabella and an art exhibition by one of Brazil’s finest painter, Ernani Silva.

A charismatic musician of depth and expression, Vanessa Falabella will present fascinating music from the Northeastern part of Brazil, where African rhythms and European Portuguese melodies mingled to create some of the country’s most exciting music.
With a repertoire that includes baião, maracatu, frevo and forró, Vanessa will perform standards made famous by renowned artist such as Elba Ramalho, Lenine, Chico Cesar and Dominguinhos – as well as her own original compositions.

Music performance by:
Vanessa Falabella – Vocal
Adriano Santos – Drums
Richard Miller – Guitar
Jorge Continentino – Sax/Flute
Greg Jones – Bass
Special guest: Carlos Dias – Berimbau

7. Dervisi

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Time: 8:30pm – 10pm
Venue: Espresso 77 (35-57 77th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372, 718-424-1077)
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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8. Sanjoy Banerjee

Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Rubin Museum (150 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011,  212-620-5000)
Ticket: $25
Genre: North Indian Vocal Classical Music.

Raga is a Sanskrit word which means an act of coloring. In musical terms it represents feeling of emotions. One of the unique characteristics of Indian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Raga melodies.

Through his soulful presentation and improvisations, combined with mastery over sargams, taans, and renditions of Khayal, Sanjoy Banerjee explores the evening ragas, the melodic beauty and majestic splendor of which evoke deep emotions within his listeners.

Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee is one of the finest vocalists of international repute from India and a distinguished exponent of the Kirana Gharana of North Indian Vocal Classical Music. Sanjoyji was a scholar at ITC Sangeet Research Academy under the able guidance of Late Pt. A.T. Kanan and Sangeet Bidushi Late Malabika Kanan, who considered him as their successor to their musical heritage.

With his sonorous and unwavering voice he has enthralled audiences at home and abroad, performing extensively in the UK, Germany, Bangladesh, Canada, USA and within India including at Sur Singar, Swai Gandharva, Sangeet Piysi, Ustand Faiz Khan Sangeet Sammelan.

Sanjoy Banerjee – vocals
Dibyarka Chatterjee – tabla
Rohan Prabhudesai – harmonium
Prasad Ramanan – violin
Andrew Shantz – vocal support
Harry Einhorn – vocal support

9. Marla Mase & The Tomás Doncker Band

Date: Friday, June 19, 2015
Time: 8:30pm – 11:30pm
Venue: The Classon (807 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Ticket: $8
Genre: spoken word/funk/blues

Known all over the world as “The High Priestess Of Global Soul”, Marla Mase brings her provocative mix of Spoken Word, Funk, and Kick-Ass Rock-N-Roll for a Friday night Throw Down.

10. The Bone Chimes 

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Gramercy Theater (127 E 23rd, New York, NY 10010 )
Ticket: $19
Genre: indie pop

The Brooklyn-based orchestral indie-pop band The Bone Chimes celebrates the release of their self-titled EP  (out July 7).

“The music that The Bone Chimes creates could certainly never be mistaken for an imitation of anything other than the full-driven pop determination of a band comfortable in their own skin.” ( The five-piece has shared the stage with The Dirty Pearls and Jesus on The Mainline and has performed at all the iconic NYC venues including Irving PlazaMusic Hall of WilliamsburgMercury Lounge, and Arlene’s Grocery. “The addition of the occasional backup female vocals, and trumpet playing keeps [The Bone Chimes’ sound] fresh and fun.” (The Voice Magazine)

Listen to “Precious Curse

Listen to “High Line” Signature anthemic indie-pop-rock” (

11. Ragas Live Festival 2015 – WKCR Radio

Date: Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2015
Time: 12:00am – 11:45pm & 1:30pm – 8pm
Venue: Radio show and Central Park
Ticket: free
Genre:  Indian classical music

The Ragas Live Festival 2015, one of radio’s most ambitious events, expands in it’s fourth year on SATURDAY JUNE 20th. Over 70 world-class musicians will perform Indian Classical Music over a period of 24 hours, all broadcast on WKCR.
This year it will now by now be followed on SUNDAY JUNE 21st by free concerts in Central Park.

1- On SATURDAY JUNE 20th, 2015 (midnight to midnight) WKCR will broadcast 24 hours of live performances throughout New York City at 89.9 FM-NY and internationally at The festival will be recorded and made available on both the WKCR archives online at and at
2- This will be followed by free concerts, workshops and Mass Appeal of Indian Drums (open to everyone) in Central Park – Dairy Lawn, mid-park on West 65 Street (5/6 Aves) New York, NY from 1:30-8pm on SUNDAY JUNE 21st as part as Make Music NY (MMNY).

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Date: Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2015
Time: 8am – 8am
Venue: West Park Presbyterian Church (165 West 86th St. (bet. Amsterdam & Columbus Aves. New York, NY 10024, Phone 212-362-4890)
Ticket: free ?
Genre:  contemporary music

ComposersCollaborative, Inc. & The Center at West Park present a free 24-hour marathon performance of SERIOUS IMMOBILITIES, to usher in 2015’s Make Music New York.

SERIOUS IMMOBILITIES in its fully-realized form consists of two “layers” of music performed simultaneously. These are:

1) Serious Immobilities – 840 variations on Erik Satie’s Vexations, for piano solo, by Arthur Jarvinen & 2) Spineless Dog – variations on Satie’s Vexations, for MIDI keyboard controller, MacIntosh computer, and electronics, by Randall Woolf.
The performance begins on Saturday, June 20th at 8:00 AM and concludes on Sunday, June 21st at 8:00 AM, with a rotating group of musicians, featuring many of the new music world’s luminaries. Artists scheduled to perform include:

Eve Beglarian
Jed Distler
Allison Brewster Franzetti
Jeanne Golan
Marija Ilic
James Irsay
Sachiko Kato
Anna Keiserman
Mirna Lekic
Anthony de Mare
Art Lillard
Neil Rolnick
Kathleen Supové
Adam Tendler
Isidora Vladic
Nicole Wakabayashi
David Witten
Meng Yang

This event marks the first time in New York that SERIOUS IMMOBILITIES has been performed complete since its 1998 premier at The Kitchen. Several of the CCi/West Park performers took part in the premier, including CCi’s Artistic Director Jed Distler, who has long desired to revive SERIOUS IMMOBILITIES for a new generation of musicians and audience members alike.

13. Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Highline Ballroom (431 W 16th St, New York, NY 10011, 212-414-5994)
Ticket: $20 – $45
Genre: modern Bollywood’s golden age music 

Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra combines the timeless elegance of Bollywood’s golden age music with a modern inventive style to create a musically and visually stunning treat.

Singer Falu is highly acclaimed for her formidable Indian classically-shaped vocal talent. Currently her first album “Falu” is featured in Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s “Beyond Bollywood” exhibit as representative of the voice of Indian American trendsetting artists, and in early 2015 Falu was named one of the top 20 most influential Global Indian Women in India’s Economic Times.

Falu moved to the States in 2000 and her subsequent career has led to a series of brilliant and high profile collaborations with Yo-Yo Ma, Wyclef Jean, Philip Glass, Ricky Martin, Blues Traveler and A. R. Rahman. She was appointed Carnegie Hall’s ambassador of Indian Music in 2006 and has performed there numerous times as part of the Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute programs.

Falu and her eponymous band have put out two albums of original and traditional music (“Falu” in 2007 and “Foras Road” in 2013).  These songs and live performances have been aired on FOX TV, National Geographic TV and NPR, and have been described by the New York Times as “East and West, ancient and modern”, by Billboard as “Ethereal and Transcendent” and by Vogue as “a rare brand of timeless elegance.”

14. Rebeca Vallejo

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu Flamenco

World Music Boutique Productions presents ‘The Flame: Flamenco Infused Jazz’ monthly concert series. Showcasing the work of its producer and curator Rebeca Vallejo.

Rebeca Vallejo, curator and host
Rebeca Vallejo, vocals;  George Dulin, piano;  David Silliman, bass

Madrid born vocalist and composer Rebeca Vallejo is a most versatile and innovative performer. Known for combining her ancestral Flamenco roots, her deep love and understanding of Brazilian music, with the language of Jazz, Rebeca Vallejo deftly weaves all these elements into a sound that is truly unique. “Azúcar, Canela” reaches beyond what’s purely “entertaining” in order to create a unifying journey where three musical cultures, three countries (Spain, Brazil, US), and three different types of “blues” converge. The fusion of flamenco with the flavors of the old and new continents will not only preserve flamenco, but also help to take it further into the future. Rebeca Vallejo will be accompanied by George Dulin at the piano and David Silliman on the percussion/drums.

15. Underground Horns

Date: Saturday, June 20, 2015
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Nublu  (62 Avenue C between 4/5th street, East Village, NYC, NY 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: funk/jazz/world/New Orleans

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!

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16. Taikoza Free Concert Series In The Parks

In collaboration with NYC Council, East Winds, Inc.and NYC Parks Department we present Summer Taikoza concert series in the Parks.


Join NYC Parks and East Winds, Inc. for a special concerts featuring Taikoza. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance.

Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced Taiko to the world). The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls and locations such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and House of Music, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center, Mount Fuji, Miyajima Temple in Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Hall in Hiroshima and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Belarus, Republic of Georgia, and many more.

Friday, June 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fort Greene Park, Dekalb & S. Portland, Brooklyn

Saturday, June 20, 2015, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Highbridge Recreation Center Playground, 2301 Amsterdam Avenue,New York, New York 10033, (212) 927-2012

Monday, June 22, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Sunset Park, Sixth Avenue & 41st Street Entrance,  Brooklyn

Follow path towards 6th Ave. toward the flag pole

Saturday, July 25 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Pelham Bay Park South, Bruckner Blvd. & Middletown Road

June  18, 19 & 22:Introduction to Japanese drumming:  Taiko workshops @ the

J.Hood Wright Recreation Center, 351 Ft. Washington Avenue, NY, NY 10033

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