Music Listings – 7/6 through 7/12/2015

1. Earth People

Date: Monday, July 6, 2015
Time: 8:15pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $12
Genre: jazz/improv

An amazing collaboration of musicians, led by drummer/percussionist Andre Martinez (former Cecil Taylor Unit).  This evening’s performance will reprise the motifs from their groundbreaking 2001 album Waking the Living (,).  In March 2001, a group of multi-talented musicians and friends premiered Waking the Living, a television broadcast performance, and the free-form music group Earth People was born.  Deeply rooted in almost every major musical tradition, ancient and modern, the members of Earth People have combined to form the vanguard of the modern avant-garde.  Earth People plays music that is inspirational and timeless, capturing the soul of the moment and the spirit of all people, young and old.

Andre Martinez – drums and percussion
Jason Candler – saxophone
Doug Principato – guitar
Francois Grillot – bass
Tomas Ulrich – cello
Rosie Hertlein – violin
Mark Hennen – piano
Chris Forbes – piano
Brian Groder – trumpet
Elliott Levin – saxophone & flute
Daniel Carter – saxophones, flute & trumpet
Karen Borca – bassoon
Jackson Krall – drums
Ricardo Solis – congas
Jimmy Cruz – percussion
On Davis – guitar
Firehorse – electronics
and special guest: Gunter Hampel – vibes, bass clarinet & flute

2. Naked Roots Conducive / Michael Foster-Ben Bennett Duo

Date: Monday, July 6, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: 65Fen Music Series (Delroy’s, 65 Fenimore St, Brooklyn, New York 11225)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu music/improv

65Fen Music Series Presents….

9pm: Naked Roots Conducive
– Valerie Kuehne – cello
– Natalia Steinbach – violin

10pm: Michael Foster (reeds/objects) – Ben Bennett (percussion/membranes)

Ben and Michael began playing together with drummer David Grollman in the trio BDM, which toured the US in the summer of 2014, delivering outlandish improvised performances that toed the line between music and performance art. Their duo project resulted from finding a strong musical affinity, and a shared desire to push the sonic boundaries of the drums/sax duo over the edge. The two have extended their instruments’ vocabulary to the point of overlapping with each other (Michael turning the saxophone into a percussion instrument, and Ben blowing on membranes like reeds). A wide-ranging sonic pallette, extreme shifts in dynamics and mood, and a commitment to presence and vulnerability come together in the duo’s unpredictable interactions to create music that is unique to each performance.
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3. VISION FESTIVAL 20th Anniversary

Date: Tuesday, July 7 through Sunday, July 12, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Sq S, New York, New York 10012)
Tickets: buy here
Genre: free jazz/improve/dance/poetry/visual painting/video

Celebrating Vision Artists & The On-going Legacy of FreeJazz

This year marks the Twentieth Anniversary of the Vision Festival. To celebrate this milestone Arts for Art (AFA) plans 6 days that set the standard for creative FreeJazz music, dance, visual art and ideas, embracing values that challenge and inform.

Arts for Art Celebrates its Chicago Sister: The AACM – Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
On Stage Projections: Art of Jorgo Schafer
Invocation by Joseph Jarman

Highlights: Douglas R. Ewart Ensemble, “For Love of Baraka”
w/ special guest Joseph Jarman; poetry by Nathaniel Mackey; Henry Grimes & Amina Claudine Myers; Roscoe Mitchell, “Two Trios and Combined Quintet”, feat. Hugh Ragin, Tyshawn Sorey, Craig Taborn, and Kikanju Baku

DAY II: July 8
A Cosmic Celebration of Multiple Visions
On-Stage Projections: video screenings and art of Katy Martin, Miriam Parker, and Jo Wood-Brown
Dance / FreeJazz Communion: MoralesDance w/ Connie Crothers

Highlights: Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage, Ken Filiano, & Lou Grassi; Marilyn Crispell & Gerry Hemingway; poetry & bass by Larry Roland; Whit Dickey Ensemble: Cosmic Breath w/ Rob Brown & Michael Bisio; and Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

DAY III: July 9
The Elder and Youthful Voices Speaking in Tongues
On-Stage Projections: Art of Joe Overstreet
Dance / FreeJazz Communion: Lance Gries & dancers

Highlights: Darius Jones Quartet (Sean Conly, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver) featuring Emilie Lesbros; poetry by Tyehimba Jess; Milford Graves, Charles Gayle, William Parker, & Hugh Glover; Dave Burrell Civil War Project feat. Steve Swell; and FOUR FOR TAZZ w/ Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Charles Downs, & Warren Smith

DAY IV: July 10
What Began in the 60’s Will Not Be Constrained
On-Stage Projections: Art of Bill Mazza
Dance / FreeJazz Communion: Yoshiko Chuma dance / Matthew Shipp

Highlights: Karl Berger Improvisers Chamber Orchestra feat. Ingrid Sertso, Karl Berger, Warren Smith, Steve Gorn, Sylvain Leroux, Bob Selcoe, Yasuno Katsuki, Lee Odom, Kenny Wessel, Sana Nagano, Ernesto Lorens, Jason Kao Hwang, Tomas Ulrich, Ken Filiano, & Hilliard Greene; poetry by David Budbill / William Parker; Jason Kao Hwang / Sing House feat. Andrew Drury, Ken Filiano, Chris Forbes, & Steve Swell; David Murray w/ Class Struggle Trio feat. Burniss Earl Travis, Chris Beck, & Mingus Murray; and William Parker Martin Luther King Project: Part 5 feat. Kidd Jordan, Jemeel Moondoc, James Brandon Lewis, Dave Burrell, Cooper-Moore, & Samara Gaev

DAY V: July 11
FreeJazz is a Worldwide Phenomena
On-Stage Projections: Live Painting by Jeff Schlanger
Dance / FreeJazz Communion: Patricia Nicholson Parker & Jason Jordan

Highlights: Ingrid Laubrock Sextet feat. Craig Taborn, Miya Masaoka, Dan Peck, Tyshawn Sorey, & Sam Pluta; Wadada Leo Smith / Aruan Ortiz Duo; poetry: Steve Dalachinsky; Tony Malaby TubaCello feat. Chris Hoffman, Bob Stewart, & John Hollenbeck; and Joëlle Léandre / Gerald Cleaver / Mat Maneri

May all Visions Unite
On-Stage Projections: Screening of “Viable Option” by Esteban del Valle
PANEL: Empowering Freedom / Justice Today – a creative movement
Dance / Free Jazz Communion: Urban Bush Women w/ Lafayette Harris

Highlights: Mazz Swift & Tomeka Reid; Matthew Shipp Trio
feat. Newman Taylor-Baker & Michael Bisio; poetry by David Mills; Rob Brown Quartet feat. Steve Swell, Todd Nicholson, & Gerald Cleaver

FINALE CONCERT: Hamiet Bluiett Telepathic Orchestra
Kidd Jordan, Charles Gayle, George Sams, Joe Daley, D.D. Jackson, William Parker, Warren Smith, Mazz Swift, Jason Kao Hwang, Judith Insell, Tomeka Reid, Mark Schmied, Riza Printup, & Charles ‘Bobo’ Shaw

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Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Time: 8pm & 9:30pm
Venue: Bahá’í Center of NYC (53 E 11th St, New York, New York 10003)
Ticket:  $15
Genre: jazz

Jorge Sylvester‘s distinctive alto saxophone sound is imbued with the volatility of Caribbean basin’s complex mosaic, transformed and focused by the probing musical linguistics pioneered by the great saxophonists of modern jazz. The ACE Collective utilizes the rich spectrum of rhythms from the Caribbean and other Latin American countries as a vehicle to create new and undiscovered rhythmic melodic lines within the jazz tradition.



5. Afro Roots feat. POLYPHONY MARIMBA

Date: Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: 647 Columbus Ave near W 92nd st (Goddard Riverside)
Ticket: $10
Genre: marimba sounds of Southern Africa and Zimbabwe

Polyphony Marimba brings the wildly beautiful marimba sounds of Southern Africa and Zimbabwe to Afro Roots Tuesdays! Special guest host: Akim Funk Buddha

6. Filtron M – Astoria Roots & Prasanna

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Time: 8:30pm & 9:30pm
Venue: Iridium (1650 Broadway New York, NY 10019, 212-582-2121)
Ticket: $15

Filtron M, a project led by Swiss pianist, keyboardist and composer Manu Koch, will be back at Iridium for the third time since their successful EP release show last December. Like his sidemen, Koch has been exposed to numerous genres and musical cultures working with a wide range of notable artists for nearly two decades. New York based Filtron M, consisting of various units, will feature the Astoria Roots at this show, with bassist Panagiotis Andreou from Greece, Brazilian drummer Mauricio Zottarelli and percussionist Samuel Torres from Colombia.

They will be joined by Indian guitar virtuoso and composer Prasanna, who is a pioneer in performing Carnatic music on the guitar.

Collectively the Astoria Roots are:
Manu Koch – piano, keyboards, compositions
Panagiotis Andreou – bass
Mauricio Zottarelli – drums
Samuel Torres – congas
and special guest: Prasanna – guitar

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7. Triptych Music Series: Near East River Ensemble/Surface to Air Trio/Kane Mathis, Ashley Robicheux and dancers

Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY, Phone: 917-515-5444)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Arabic-oriental music/ambient/jazz/world music plus dance

Back once again with our monthly music series, this month’s featured guest will be Surface to Air Trio.

9pm  Near East River Ensemble:
Brian Prunka, oud
Samer Ali, violin
Bridget Robbins, nay
Sprocket Royer, bass
Vin Scialla, percussion

10pm  Surface to Air Trio:
Jonathan Goldberger, guitar
Jonti Siman, bass
Rohin Khemani, tabla

11pm  Kane Mathis

Ashley Robicheux and dancers will also present a short work in between sets.

8. Slim Wray

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: donation
Genre: garage surf-rock

Celebrating the release of EP, Post No Bills, out July 14, 2015

Listen to  “Take It Or Leave It”

The Deli Magazine  stated that their sound and “energy can transform a live venue into an atomic explosion of punk, power-blues and grunge.”

9. Zoe Starks Presents: Adventures in Bluesland, The Werewolves, The Hipp Pipps

Date: Friday, July 10, 2015
Time:  7pm
Venue: The Bowery Electric (327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003)
Ticket: free
Genre: rock/blues

Wham Bam Raff & Sam and The HIPP PIPPS bring you the Can’t Miss This edition of our monthly Rock’n’Roll Party at The Bowery Electric. The sounds of Adventures in Bluesland get the party started at 7pm. Then The Werewolves bring their fabulous rock’n’roll sounds to the Party followed by The HIPP PIPPS winding up the night real tight.

10. The Benjees w. Swanky Tiger,TAT & Large Human

Date: Friday, July 10, 2015
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Bowery Electric (327 Bowery, New York, NY 10003)
Ticket: $10
Genre: alternative rock

The Benjees came together through a series of mishaps and lucky timing. Bassist/singer Joe Visconti joined the band when guitarist/lead singer Ben Roberts accidentally forgot to cancel his audition. Drummer Graham Doby moved to New York and joined different band, but after they unexpectedly broke up, he wound up in The Benjees. Similarly, keyboardist Martin McDonald signed up while on a fortuitous break in between projects.

With diverse influences ranging from Jack White to The Beastie Boys to James Brown and beyond, The Benjees create rock music with elements of punk and pop mixed in. Reflecting the urgency and gritty aesthetic of their native New York City, the band is set apart by their energetic, fast-paced songs that balance bottom-heavy foundations with interweaving guitar melodies and three part harmonies. The end result is captured for the first time on their forthcoming, full-length album.

Stay tuned as The Benjees follow up their first single release, “Hollywood” with subsequent single/video releases and live shows, leading up to the release of their debut album, ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT, in July 2015.

11. Rite Of Summer features the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Time: 1pm & 3pm
Venue: Rite Of Summer Music Festival (Governors Island, New York, New York 10004)
Ticket: free
Genre: jazz/gospel

The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, featured on Love, Peace, and Soul, Byron’s debut album for Savoy Jazz, is the newest adventure from the groundbreaking artist who has reveled in interpreting music by a wildly diverse range of artists and styles, including Duke Ellington, Igor Stravinsky, Mickey Katz, Raymond Scott, John Kirby, Sly Stone, Henry Mancini, Sugar Hill Records’ early hip-hop, Earth Wind & Fire, Herb Alpert, and R&B icon Junior Walker. With jazz as his springboard, this time the virtuosic clarinetist and saxophonist has turned his ear to Gospel icons Thomas A. Dorsey and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Don Byron – clarinet, tenor saxophone
Carla Cook – vocals
Pheeroan akLaff – drums
Nat Adderley, Jr. – keyboards
Brad Davis – bass

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Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: African-Arabic music

KANE MATHIS TRIO. Performing on the 21-string Mandinka Kora and the Turkish Oud, Kane Mathis renders compelling interpretations of these traditional musics. Years of study with generous masters have given him a rare opportunity to share these traditions with other cultures. Kane began taking trips to The Gambia, West Africa in 1997 and has continued rigorous study of the Kora. Over the past ten years his performances have earned him recognition by the Gambian president, The Gambian minister of culture, and both national television and radio of The Gambia.
Kane’s Oud study began with Mutlu Torun of the I.T.U. conservatory in Istanbul and continued with 5 and a half years of courses with Oud virtuoso Münir Nurttin Beken. Since completing his study Kane has been sought after as a soloist and accompanist internationally on both instruments. Featuring Kane Mathis – ud & kora; Chris Stromquist – Drums and Moto Fukushima – Bass, plus special guests tba.

13. Sivamani, Harsh & Devassy

Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue:  Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse/Lincoln Center for Performing Arts (165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023)
Ticket: $50
Genre: Rāga Rock. 25 drums, 3 keys and a vocalist

World’s #1 percussionist and the Drummer of Slumdog Millionaire & Jai Ho – the legendary Anandan Sivamani.

Vocalist of YouTUBE’s fastest growing Indian Classical video Anurag Harsh who recently sold out Carnegie Hall and

AR Rahman‘s favorite & India’s #1 Keyboardist Stephen Devassy.

A Unique midsummer night jam of lightening fast Ragas & Rhythms.

14. TESLA COILS & Sam Newsome / Henry Grimes Duo

Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015
Time: 7pm & 8pm
Venue: ABC No Rio (156 Rivington Street between Norfolk and Suffolk, Lower East Side. F train to Delancey)
Ticket: donation
Genre: jazz/improv/elecyronics

7pm Blaise Siwula (reeds), Harvey Valdes (tesla guitar) and Gian Luigi Diana and Lou Dean laptop present electro acoustic music at C.O.M.A.

8pm Sam Newsome (soprano sax) / Henry Grimes (bass) Duo


Date: Sunday, July 12, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $40
Genre: nu Iranian jazz-pop

“For those who look beyond American borders to see how jazz is interpreted in other nations, Sehrang will be an enlightening experience. Free from any commercial constraints, Sehrang roam through various styles and tones; every track has its own personality and individual quirks.
The ethereal glow of Golnar Shahyar’s voice immediately lights up Dar Lahze, the debut album from Sehrang. Featuring vocalist Shahyar, guitarist Mahan Mirarab, and percussionist Shayan Fathi, Sehrang (which means “tri-colored” in Farsi) is a trio of Iranians whose compositions unite jazz with world and Persian folk music. It’s an exotic mix, one that transcends geographical and language barriers, producing an album that is unique and endlessly fascinating.”
– All About Jazz, Nov 2014

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