Music Listings – 10/5 through 10/11/2015

1. Iva Bittova

Date: Monday, October 5, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Quinn’s (330 Main Street, Beacon, New York 12508)
Tickets: donation
Genre: jazz/world/improv

Iva Bittová is a Czech avant-garde violinist, singer, and composer. She began her career as an actress in the mid-1970s, appearing in several Czech feature films, but switched to playing violin and singing in the early 1980s. She started recording in 1986 and by 1990 her unique vocal and instrumental technique gained her international recognition. Since then, she has performed regularly throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, and has released over eight solo albums.

Bittová recorded her first full length solo album Iva Bittová in 1991, followed by River of Milk, her first United States release. In 1997, she began exploring classical music with a series of concerts and recording an album of Béla Bartók’s violin duets with Dorothea Kellerová. She collaborated with Vladimír Václavek to record a double album Bílé Inferno (White Inferno) in 1997, and the success of this release lead to Bittová and Václavek establishing Čikori, an association of musicians involved in improvisational music.

Bittová has performed with a number of avant-garde musicians internationally, including Fred Frith, Chris Cutler and Tom Cora, and has given solo concerts across the world.

2. The Brooklyn Experimental Song Carnival : DAY 5 : Jeff Young/Anais Maivel/Ellen O/Naked Roots Conducive

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Hell phone (247 Varet St, New York, New York 1120600)
Tickets: $10 – $20
Genre: experimental song carnival

Naked Roots Conducive & The Super Coda are THRILLED to present the first annual Brooklyn Experimental Song Carnival.

We will no longer force experience from experiment. We will create a context in which song once again births ritual. We will perform in protest of prescription bullshit and radio decay. We’ll attempt to witness song writing and sung performance from as many different angles as possible: from inception to decay, from influx to arborescence, from the entertaining to the funereal. We will dance between the lines of song and narrative, explosively. DAY FIVE :

8p @ Hell Phone –

Jeff Young –

Anais Maviel –

Ellen O –

Naked Roots Conducive –

3. Triptych Music Series: Near East River Ensemble, Ilusha Tsinadze & Jad Maamary

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY, Phone: 917-515-5444)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu Arabic-oriental music/nu Republic of Georgia music

Near East River Ensemble:
Traditional Arabic ensemble performing original jazz-influenced music.
Brian Prunka, oud
Bridget Robbins, nay
Sprocket Royer, bass
Dan Kurfirst, percussion

Ilusha Tsinadze:
Ilusha plays traditional music from his native Republic of Georgia in an untraditional way.

Jad Maamary and friends

4. Brooklyn Raga Massive Residency at Shapeshifter Lab Launch Party

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Indian classical music

Brooklyn begins a month long residency at the widely respected performance art space, Shapeshifter Lab! Our weekly raga jam series has grown exponentially over the past year, giving us reasons to find bigger & better venues. BRM & Shapeshifter Lab couldn’t have come at a better time. Now it’s time to celebrate with more great music! Let’s throw down!

8:30pm – Deepal Chodhari – santoor and Shiva Ghoshal – tabla

10pm – 12pm – BRM All-Stars & Jam Session

This Wednesday’s opening set will feature the exquisite percussive melodies of the Santoor, the indian hammered dulcimer, along with the traditional accompaniment of the tabla.

Deepal Chodhari has studied the santoor under her guru, Shri Dineshkumar Sampat for the past twenty years. Her approach to the santoor blend the gayaki (vocal), gatkari (instrumental) and layakari (rhythmic) improvisations, and is known for clarity of tone and vigor. Deepal is the premier teacher of saunter in the ti-state area and has attained many awards and acclaims and has also performed on National Television in India with here guru. When she’s not mesmerizing her audience with her instrument, she can also be found working as a software design lead at Credit Suisse.

Shivalik Ghoshal has studied tabla since the age of of seven, and has spent the last eighteen years under the tutelage of the renowned Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. He has accompanied many premier artists and has also been featured in “The Jungle Book” workshop and the soundtrack of the oscar-winning “Born into Brothels. Shivalik is a regular performer at the Brooklyn Raga Massive, displaying the tabla with an explosive groove that is bound to captivate the audience.

5. Dervisi

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Greek Blues/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.

CHECK them out on SoundCloud:

6. Two-Steppe: The Amigos w/ Special Guest Nature Ganganbaigal

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 W 62nd St, New York, New York 10023)
Ticket: free (sponsored by Lincoln Center)
Genre: accordion-infused Indie-Americana music/ traditional throat singing

The Amigos deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Indie-Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and hot jazz. In a 2014 tour organized by the State Department program, American Music Abroad, The Amigos collaborated with musicians in Cambodia, China, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. In the spirit of re-opening this musical dialogue The Amigos will be joined by special guest, morin khuur player and throat singer, Nature Ganganbaigal.

Nature Ganganbaigal is a morin khuur player and traditional throat singer. The morin khuur, also called a horsehead fiddle, is a bowed string instrument and considered a symbol of the Mongolian nation. Nature is also a film music composer and music producer and winner of the NYU Film Score Competition. In addition to playing traditional music Nature leads a band called 【Tengger Cavalry】.

We are also excited to have Byambakhuu Darinchuluun of the Mongol Heritage Foundation join us for a recitation of a traditional horse praise poem accompanied by Nature on morin khuur.

Listen to The Amigos here:

Listen to a horsehead fiddle solo by Nature Ganganbaigal here:

7. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions” w. Jessica Care Moore

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 10:30pm
Venue: Gin Fizz (308 Lenox Avenue (125th Street), New York, NY 10027)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/r&b/soul

Marc Cary’s “Harlem Sessions,” which takes place every Thursday night at the New York City speakeasy Gin Fizz, continues to gain ground in the community that the keyboardist-composer-bandleader calls home, and where he’s emerging as a leader committed to the values of the Harlem Renaissance pioneers such as Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington, in the spirit of providing fresh lifeblood to Harlem’s unique and vibrant cultural scene.

Cary began hosting the late night jam session in May, opening it to musicians, poets, rappers, dancers and comedians, and announcing the song menu in advance via social media, to develop an organic and crucial cutting ground for artists. It’s a celebration of local artists, groups and composers who truly brought a melting pot of influences together; take a song like “Harlem River Drive” (by pianist Eddie Palmieri‘s super group), cultivate it, and that typifies what this session is about and how deeply its local roots grow.

Cary’s longtime rhythm section features Rashaan Carter on bass and Sameer Gupta on drums/tabla.

I welcome all my musician, poet, artist, philosopher, and dancer friends to our late night Harlem Hang.

This is not your ordinary jam session. Each week, we aim to build and explore a new common repertoire with original arrangements in the live arena through ensemble work.

We will cover a wide span of music, from the performers and composers who developed this music, to our modern day peers. This will be a celebration of some of the greatest Black and American composers of our time and of our heritage.

In the spirit of all the creativity that came before us here in Harlem, we want to create new standards as community.


8. Eco-Music Big Band Pre-CD Release Party

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 8:30pm & 10:30pm
Venue: Iridium (1650 Broadway New York, NY 10019, 212-582-2121)
Ticket: $15
Genre: big band jazz/political music

Be the first to hear the works of the Eco-Music Big Band’s first album!


The Eco-Music Big Band is a 16-piece, multigenerational and unique big band that includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians (such as bass trombonist David Taylor, drummer Zack O’Farrill, and trumpeter Adam O’Farrill). Hailed as “…music and activism at its finest” (DooBeeDooBeeDoo), the Eco-Music Big Band regularly commissions works by younger and emerging composers, and performs music with a vision for a better world. The band also performs the exclusive repertoire of the music of its late founder, Fred Ho, and the 1970s jazz composer and bandleader Cal Massey. The Eco-Music Big Band has performed on respected stages throughout the New York area such as the Blue Note Jazz Club, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, BAMcafe, and on the national scale throughout Vermont and Philadelphia.

Fusing the classic works of virtuosic jazz with the freshest voices in big band composition, COLORS OF RESISTANCE is a program that includes new works by up-and-coming New York jazz composers Marie Incontrera, Albert Marques, Zack O’Farrill, Livio Almeida and Stefan Zeniuk; celebrates the five-decade career of bass trombonist and composer David Taylor; and celebrates the iconic works by the late composers Fred Ho and Cal Massey.

COLORS OF RESISTANCE tells a joyful story of music that comes from the tradition of resistance: fusing virtuosic radical jazz with hip hop, heavy metal, Latin rhythms, and blues forms, the Eco-Music Big Band promises a one-of-a-kind experience that intends to propel the jazz idiom into the 21st century. The title of this program was conceived during bandleader Marie Incontrera’s final conversation with the band’s founder (and her long-time mentor) Fred Ho before his death in April 2014, in which Mr. Ho said “all the colors of resistance… all the colors of life… hold them…”.

9. Anindo Chatterjee & Anubrata Chatterjee Tabla Duet

Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Bhavanee Maa Mandir INC. (239 McKinley Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 112)
Genre: Indian classical music

Anindo Chatterjee is a rare phenomenon in the art of tabla playing. Throughout history, a few artists stand out in each generation. They preserve their heritage while defining it anew, marking its evolution in time. Pandit ji is one of those rare few, his power/ speed combined with total clarity and sweetness is unparalleled and speaks of years of backbreaking practice. His vast knowledge of repertoire and ability to improvise in every style of tabla playing make him invaluable to Indian music. The spontaneity and intuitiveness of both his accompaniment and his solo improvisations speak of the depth of his artistry and leave his audiences speechless. Pandit ji will be presenting a Tabla Duet with his son Anubrata Chatterjee who stands out as one of the leading tabla exponent of the current generation. 

Opening by Tabla/Sarod presentation by Camila Celin (Sarod) and Vivek Pandya (Tabla). 


Date: Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 W 64th St, New York, New York 10023
Ticket: $40 to $100
Genre: Persian classical music

Iranian American Society of New York, Inc. (IAS) presents HAMED NIKPAY and Ensemble on Saturday, October 10, 2015, in MANHATTAN, NEW YORK.

Born in October of 1977 in Tehran, Hamed Nikpay learned to sing at the age of seven encouraged by his mother who loved Persian music and poetry. At nine, he began playing Taar and Setaar, (Persian stringed instruments), under the tutorships of such music masters as Hooshang Zareef, Zeydolah Tolouee, Attaolah Jangook, Farokh Mazharee, and Daryoush Pirniakan.

His interest in performing Persian music coupled with his passion to write his own music motivated him to learn fundamentals of music composition from such music Masters as Vartan Sahakian, and Farhad Fakhredeanee. He received top honors for improvisation of music on Setaar and vocal in the All Iranian Students Music Festival held in Tehran in 2002.

Hamed’s  debut in the United States was in April 2005 in Santa Cruz, California.

As a recording artist, and in partnership with Emad and Rumi Bands, Hamed has recorded his own brand of music which is an infusion of Persian classical and folk  themes, mixed with other styles of music. This collaboration has resulted in two CDs and a DVD.  His recent work includes a performance with the Tehran Symphony Orchestra conducted by Majeed Derakhshanee.
Hamed currently resides in Palo Alto, California.

For info and tickets, please call (866) 767-6498 or you can purchase tickets online at or at Super Jordan in Syosset, New York.11. God’s Unruly Friends

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: The University of the Streets (2381 Belmont Avenue, 2nd Floor Bronx, NY 10458 )
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: ethno-jazz

God’s Unruly Friends (GUF) is an ethno-jazz, / harmolodic raga / electronica adventure into psychoactive music. Led by multi-instrumentalist Dawoud (dilruba, sitar, guitar, bass, laptop, whatever else he can get his hands on) and a circle of master musicians who contribute their unique voices. The element of theatrics is a part of GUF, and uses improvised processes.

11. Edith Lettner w. Ken Wessel

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: free
Genre: jazz/improv

Edith Lettner’s interests lie primarily in jazz, free improvisation, African music and music from diverse regions in the Middle East. She plays alto and soprano saxophone and duduk, an Armenian woodwind instrument. She very intuitively brings her unique and distinctive style to the cooperation with numerous bands, both during live performances and CD recordings.

This time Edith who’s also a visual artist will have an opening of her art work exhibition at 6 pm, then playing improv with Ken Wessel, jazz guitar who played with Ornette Coleman for a number of years among others.