Music Listings – 10/12 through 10/18/2015

1. The Ganawa: Abdellah El Gourd and Randy Weston Present the Traditional Music of Morocco

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 7pm to 10pm
Venue:  John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center (63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003
Ticket: free, First Come First Seated
Genre: Gnawa music

The Ganawa in Morocco, like African-Americans in the United States, were taken as slaves from sub-Saharan Africa and developed a unique and very spiritual music and culture. On October 13, Abdellah El Gourd will talk about and demonstrate aspects of traditional Ganawan music, and New School Jazz Artist-In-Residence Randy Weston will consider how this traditional music influences his own music. They will also perform together, along with Dar Gnawa of Tanger, a group of traditional Moroccan musicians led by El Gourd.

Ganawa music is one of the major musical currents in Morocco. Moroccans overwhelmingly love Gnawa music and Gnawas ‘Maalems’ are highly respected, and enjoy an aura of musical stardom.

The music is characterized by instrumentation. The large heavy iron castanets known as qraqab (or krakebs, large iron castanets; Ar. قراقب) and a three-string lute known commonly as a gimbri are central to Gnawa music. The rhythms of the Ganawa, like their instrumentations, are distinctive.

2. Afro Roots feat. The Peace Poets

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: 647 Columbus Ave near W 92nd st (Goddard Riverside)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Spoken Word/Hip Hop/Baladas

The Peace Poets are: Luke Nephew, Abraham Velazquez, Frank Antonio López, Enmanuel and Candelario Frantz Jerome.

The Peace Poets are a collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Our art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega.

Their style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. They hail from the Bronx and have been rocking the mic since 2005.

3. Brooklyn Raga Massive feat. Radhakrishna (sitar) & Ehren Hanson (tabla)

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Indian classical music

Brooklyn Raga Massive is proud to present:
Radhakrishna is a highly regarded sitar exponent and one of the senior most proponents of the Maihar gharana. An uncompromising artist, he strictly adheres to purity and tradition and has successfully spread the music of India and Maihar across borders. Radhakrishna trained under the legendary Pandit Ravi Shankar
Ehren Hanson, a top disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, has had the honor of accompanying such great musicians as Debi Prasad Chatterjee, Pandit Subrata Roy Chaudhuri, Steve Gorn and others. He lives in Brooklyn and is frequently featured at the Brooklyn Raga Massive. He is also the director of the Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla.

4. Music Now! At The Brooklyn Commons: October Jazz Revolution

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Commons Brooklyn (388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/poetry/film/mime

Multi-reedist Ras Moshe Burnett’s production organization Music Now! presents an evening of multi-disciplinary radical arts. The event honors the rich heritage of Free Jazz as well as the 98th anniversary of the October Revolution. The concert will comprise five sets of politically powerful statements, commencing with a poets’ open mic. A variety of downtown improvisers will perform works comprising a tapestry of new composition, free improvisation and spoken word; set number four also includes a film screening. The evening will close with an experimental large ensemble performing a piece conducted concurrently by several participants. It will showcase the spoken word performance of women poets.

The Revolution Begins: 6 pm Open Mic Poetry: 40 minutes of whatever you want to read. Open to all poets

Line up:

6pm – Open Mic Poetry-bring your words or whatever text you want to read
7pm – John Pietaro’s Literary Warrior Project with John Pietaro-recitation, percussion Laurie Towers-Bass and Ras Moshe Burnett-Reeds
8pm – The Music Now! Unit with Ras Moshe Burnett-Reeds & Flute, Matt Lavelle-Trumpet and Tiffany Chang-Drums
9pm – Trudy Silver’s “Where’s The Outrage” with Trudy Silver-Piano, Kyungmi Lee-Flutes, David Gould-Percussion, Scottie Davis-Mime/Acting, Sanae Buck-Butto Mime and Jane Grenier’s film “Where’s The Outrage”
10pm – The October Revolution Big Band with John Pietaro-percussion, Lauren Lee-Vocal, Zigi Lowenberg-Poetry, Rocco John Iacovone-Alto Sax, Lathan Hardy-Reeds, Edith Lettner-Alto Sax, Chris Forbes-Piano, Philip Sirois-Bass andLaurie Towers-Bass

5. HONK NYC! @ WFMU’s Monty Hall w/ Raya Brass Band, Batala NYC & More!

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: WFMU’s Monty Hall (43 Montgomery St, Jersey City, New Jersey)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Gypsy/brass/Balkan Beat

Bands from France, New Orleans, Chicago and NYC come together for this radio broadcast across the Hudson in Jercity City, NJ at WFMU’s performance space, Monty Hall.

Presented by HONK NYC! and WFMU’s Transpacfic Sound Paradise with performances by:

Batala NYC
Environmental Encroachment
Les Vilains Chicot
New Creations Brass Band
Raya Brass Band

6. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions”

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 10pm
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.


7. Awakening In Ink

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015 (AWAKENING IN INK opens Thursday, October 15th, and runs till November 7th.
Time: 9pm – 9.30pm
Venue: Morris-Jumel Mansion (65 Jumel Terrace, New York, NY 10032, (212) 923-8008)
Ticket: $40
Genre: theater

Utilizing our most primal fear of what haunts the dark, Awakening In Ink finds one young woman’s first night as the caretaker of the ominous Morris-Jumel Mansion to be anything but quiet. Submerged into the world of the play, audiences will come face to face with the history and lore within the walls of the iconic dwelling. An evening of discovery and unease awaits…

8. The Stefan Wolpe Fund presents World Premieres & Works by Harold Meltzer, Yehudi Wyner, Jonathan Dawe & William Anderson

Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 8 pm
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia /Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990)
Tickets: $25; Members $22; Seniors, Students, Children $15
Genre: classical music

The Stefan Wolpe Fund proudly presents its second annual concert featuring world premieres and works by Harold Meltzer, Yehudi Wyner, Jonathan Dawe and William Anderson.
Featured artists:
Evan Shinners, piano
Kinga Augustyn, violin
Keats Dieffenbach, violin
Jocelin Pan, viola
Serafim Smigelskiy, cello
Doug Balliett, double bass
June Han, harp
The Anderson-Fader Duo
Vox n Plux

9. Kamasi Washington w/ Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music and Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad [The Official 2016 NYC Winter Jazzfest Preview Show & CMJ Showcase]

Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 5:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $30
Genre: jazz

+Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music
+Lakecia Benjamin & Soul Squad

Kamasi Washington is an American jazz musician based in Los Angeles, CA. Born into a musical family, Kamasi began playing saxophone at the age of 13, later attending the prestigious Hamilton High School of Music followed by UCLA. He has toured and recorded with the likes of Snoop Dogg, Rapahel Saadiq, Kendrick Lamar, Gerald Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Mos Def, Harvey Mason and Chaka Khan, to name a few. Along with his own 10-piece band, “The Next Step,” Kamasi released his groundbreaking solo album, “The Epic,” on May 5th, 2015. The 172-minute, triple disc masterpiece, which includes a full string orchestra and full choir, debuted at #1 on several iTunes Jazz charts, including the US, Canada, Australia, Russia and UK. In addition to composing his own music, Kamasi is part of a west coast musical collective called the “West Coast Get Down.”

10. Voyagers

Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Venue: Silvana (300 W 116th Street, between Manhattan Ave & 8th Ave, New York, NY 10026)
Ticket: $10
Genre: world

An acoustic trio featuring kora maestro Yacouba Sissoko from Mali, Austrian saxophonist Edith Lettner, and American guitarist Banning Eyre. Sissoko has collaborated with artists from classical/jazz violinist Regina Carter to Paul Simon. Lettner is a veteran collaborator with West African musicians, both in Austria and Senegal. And Eyre has a long history of forays into African guitar. Together, they make magic—music deep with tradition and alive with spontaneity.

11. Voyagers

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: World

An acoustic trio featuring kora maestro Yacouba Sissoko from Mali, Austrian saxophonist Edith Lettner, and American guitarist Banning Eyre. Sissoko has collaborated with artists from classical/jazz violinist Regina Carter to Paul Simon. Lettner is a veteran collaborator with West African musicians, both in Austria and Senegal. And Eyre has a long history of forays into African guitar. Together, they make magic—music deep with tradition and alive with spontaneity.


Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 1pm to 6:30pm
Venue: Cameo Gallery (93 N 6th St  Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-302-1180)
Ticket: $10 or FREE with a CMJ badge!
Genre: indie rock

Rocker Stalker and Madhouse Management join forces to present a kick ass line up for CMJ 2015!

1:15-1:45: Buffalo Rodeo
2:00-2:30: The Tye Trybe
2:45-3:15: Yabadum
3:30-4:00: Whiskey Bitches
4:15-4:45: Chrome Pony
5:00-5:30: Pussywolf
5:45-6:15: The Wans


Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (Ave C @ 2nd Street, New York, NY 10009, (212) 473-0043)
Ticket: $15
Genre: free rock/improv

James Ilgenfritz Stone Residency continues w/ two collaborative composer/improviser ensembles:
HYPERCOLOR performs music from their Tzadik debut
MiND GAMeS performs works from their OutNow Records debut
PLUS new materials from both bands!

Angelika Niescier – alto saxophone
Denman Marony – hyperpiano
Andrew Drury – percussion
James Ilgenfritz – acoustic bass

Eyal Maoz – guitar
Lukas Ligeti – drums
James Ilgenfritz – electric bass

14. Infernal Machines

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015

Time: 7pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $15
Genre: electronics

Hans Tammen and Lars Graugaard perform as Infernal Machines.

The endangered guitar is Hans Tammens’ guitar-add-computer hybrid, a vehicle for unending sonic explorations. Together with Lars Graugaard’s sophisticated interactive computer sounds, patterns and grooves they become Infernal Machines and a world of rhythms and sonic escapes opens up.

15. AN EVENING OF FLAMENCO with Arturo Martínez and the Espiritu Gitano Ensemble

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015

Time: 8pm
Venue: Alwan for the Arts (16 Beaver St, 4th Fl, New York, New York 10004)
Ticket: $20
Genre: nu Flamenco

Led by Arturo Martínez, a noted figure in the New York flamenco scene, the Espiritu Gitano of musicians, singers and dancers present Fela-menguz (Fugitive Peasant). Through music and dance incorporating global influences from the traditions of Spain, the Middle East and India, Espiritu Gitano showcases the beauty and boldness of flamenco and the possibilities of blending cultures in defiance of conflicts.

Arturo Martínez, Flamenco Guitarist/ Musical Director
Bárbara Martínez, Singer/Dancer
Sholeh Dalal, Persian Singer
Jose Ramos, Flam Guitar
Alfonso Cid, Singer
Sean Kupiz, Bass
Elena Lintini, Middle Eastern Dancer
Marina, Flamenco Dancer

16. Kane/Miller, Maviel/Yulsman, Sprecher/Rosenberg/Galaganov

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 8pm – 11pm
VenueThe Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

A blistering show of extreme musics. Also celebrating the release of Fire Maidens From Outer Space (Kane/Miller/Radding) new CD, ” Suddenly Alien”

8:00 Bonnie Kane: Saxophone/ Flute/ Electronics, Dave Miller: Drums
9:00 Anais Maviel: Vocals/Percussion, Sam Yulsman: Piano
10:00 Sandra Sprecher: Keyboard, Electronics and Video, Jonah Rosenberg: Keyboard, Leonid Galaganov: Percussion. Plus a reappearance of the video girls.


17. Guy Barash

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2015

Time: 7pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $15
Genre: modern music/contemporary music

Guy Barash once again assembles an unconventional chamber ensemble to perform graphic scores by Cage, Brown, Stockhausen, and more.

Noa Fort – voice
Tal Gur – saxophones & percussion
Nadav Lev – guitars
Ronen Shai – piano and synths
Guy Barash – live electronics

18. Recommended Concert: Ancient & contemporary music from the Middle East & beyond: Kamran Hooshmand & SoSaLa w. Special Guests

Date: Sunday, October 18, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: CA Music Room (218 E. 25th Street, NY, NY 10010, Tel#: 212-686-4220 or 845-758-5919)
Ticket: $20 (including wine & snacks)
PLease call 212-686-4220 or 845-758-5919 for advanced reservations as space is limited.

Genre:  a mix of Middle Eastern/Balkan traditional & early music pieces and original contemporary Persian songs/nu world trash

Line up/show times: Doors @ 7:00 pm
SoSaLa: 8pm – 8:45pm
Kamran Hooshmand: 9pm – 9:45pm

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