Music Listings – 10/19 through 10/25/2015


Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Time: 11pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Ave C, NY, NY 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: charango (Bolivian trad) music

The charango is a beautiful Bolivian instrument. I found it in 2003 and have loved it and written music with it ever since. You’re invited to the first ever CHARANGO HOUR in NYC! It will be a really fun adventurous musical night, starting 11pm.NUBLU is an amazing home@ for musical journeys, come for the journey, stay for the charango and the cosmic love!!

Ivy Wong, double bass, vocals
Mthakathi Ema, mbira, imifece, guitar, vocals
Monique Mizrahii, charango, hosho, vocals
Bam Bam Rodríguez, venezuela, pana, arepas
Mitzy Nonaka Gonçalves Colletes, piccolo, flute
Emiliano “Nano” Rodriguez, cajon, pandeiro

with Giulio Serafini on Virtual Reality

What does the charango sound like?

2. Eco-Music Big Band & Off The Cliff

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20
Genre: jazz/classical/avant garde/ Brazilian and world music

The Eco-Music Big Band is a 15-piece professional big band that spans many generations and includes some of the nation’s most acclaimed jazz musicians. By adding violin and cello to the standard big band cohort, the Eco-Music Big Band performs a dynamic and exclusive repertoire that fuses virtuosic free-jazz with heavy metal, hip hop, and modern post-classical influence. Founded by composer and baritone saxophone virtuoso Fred Ho before his death in 2014, the Eco-Music Big Band is now led by Marie Incontrera, his final composition/bandleading protege. Hailed as “…music and activism at its finest” (DooBeeDooBeeDoo), the Eco-Music Big Band regularly commissions and performs works by younger and emerging composers, including its band members Livio Almeida, Marie Incontrera, Albert Marques, and Zack and Adam O’Farrill. During the 2015-2016 season, the Eco-Music Big Band will be recording and releasing its first studio album, COLORS OF RESISTANCE.

ZACK O’FARRILL: Foggy Conscience
LIVIO ALMEIDA: Action and Reaction
FELIX DEL TREDICI : Mission Accomplished
MARIE INCONTRERA: Seven Generations
Off The Cliff

Off the Cliff is Clarice Assad’s four piece ensemble that mixes jazz, classical, avant garde, Brazilian and world music. They perform with a rich variety of instruments in different combinations. A visionary composer and virtuoso pianist who draws on Heitor Villa-Lobos and Hermeto Pascoal in equal measure, and an overall practitioner of vocalese, Brazilian native Clarice Assad is as comfortable performing with a symphony orchestra as with her ancient-to-future unit Off The Cliff. Her music transcends boundaries as she is equally heralded for her compositions and performances in the realms of jazz, classical, ballet, theater and world music.

Clarice Assad – piano, voice
Sissy Castrogiovanni – Voice
Lara Bello – Voice
Keita Ogawa – Percussion
Petros Klampanis – Double bass
Matthew Rohde – Guitar
Adam Niewood – Saxophone, woodwinds
Sue Terry – Clarinet, bamboo flute
Sergio Krakowsky – Pandeiro

3. Brooklyn Raga Massive feat. Arooj Aftab

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: World Fusion/Pakistani Semi Classical/Nu-Sufiana

Members: Voice/ Arooj Aftab, Guitar/ Stelios Michas, Bass/ Bernat Guardia Arenas, Drms Perc/ Keita Ogawa, Marcelo Woloski, Keys/Tabla/Harmonium/ Aman Mahajan, Guitar/ Bhrigu Sahni, Bass/ Mario Carrillo, Drms Perc/ Jorn Bielfeldt, Accordion/ Magda Giannikou and Trumpet/ Sonny Singh.

4. M.A.K.U. Soundsystem w/El Imperio & Alba + The Mighty Lions

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Black Bear Bar (70 N 6th St, Brooklyn, New York 11249)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Colombian Folklore, Psychedelic-rock and Caribbean grooves

Opening acts: El Imperio and Alba + The Mighty Lions

M.A.K.U Soundsystem is an immigrant band from New York City. With most of its members hailing from Colombia, M.A.K.U embodies an active quest for identity through sound and bodies in motion, and puts on a party for everyday people. Born in 2010 the band has independently released two full-length albums, one EP, and toured across the U.S. with their fiery grooves.

M.A.K.U’s distinctive sound is enriched with a variety of musical backgrounds brought to the table by each of its members. Although not inherently discernible there are hints of Colombian Folklore, Psychedelic-rock and Caribbean grooves. It all comes together through a D.I.Y. attitude of getting things done, from composing to releasing independent records; M.A.K.U is as much about the music as it is about a way of life.

On stage MA.K.U juxtaposes traditional Colombian percussion, drum-set, synthesizers, electric base, guitar and sizzling horns, creating an explosive performance filled with unshakable grooves. Lyrically M.A.K.U talks about the realities of everyday people, encompassing love, hardships, culture, and the immigrant experience, but with a positive, spiritual and sometimes humorous spin.

5. Joyful Mbira Circle Singing and Rhythm Workshop with Kevin Nathaniel

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue:  Golden Drum (97 Green St Apt G24,Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: $20
Genre: mbira songs and music/workshop

This workshop will be a community music making experience in which we will be learning and singing mbira songs, moving together, and even breathing in rhythms. We will also play with African vocal textures such as yodeling, and other rhythmic textures. We will “musicalize” and “rhythmatize” everything we do at the core and essence of sound and motion. There’s no better way to learn to play something than to be able to say it, and to go a step further – to breathe it!

Afrikan mbira songs (and many other Afrikan songs) are often sung in interlocking, interdependent vocal parts just as the instruments are also played in interlocking, interdependent parts. The song becomes richer as people join in, and everyone’s contribution becomes important to the song. In this way the music becomes a picture of a harmonious, synergistic, symbiotic community.

Kevin Nathaniel Hylton graduated Yale University in 1982 as Scholar of the House for fine arts. He has since devoted himself to music – African music in particular. He performs on several traditional African instruments and builds them as well. Kevin is a known composer of African-inspired contemporary music. He writes songs, lyrics, poetry, and essays on music and instruments. He has composed and recorded for the audio version of Alice Walker’s Possessing the Secret of Joy, for the film Beloved, as well as several documentaries. His workshops and lecture/demos have been presented at Lincoln Center, Juilliard, University of Michigan, Wesleyan University, and several other institutions. In 2005 he and Hasan Bakr were commissioned by Carnegie Hall to write and direct the fall Family Concert titled “DIndinyaa”. As an advocate for African culture he has been called the “Johnny Appleseed” of the mbira because he has taught tens of thousands of people all over the world the art of mbira making and playing. Trained musically in the ancient master-disciple tradition, Kevin is an accomplished percussionist and well-known specialist on the mbira and the shekere. He worked extensively with Zimbabwe’s mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, and with master drummer Chief Bey. Along with 9 recordings he has produced, his music is also available on the Narada collection “African Voices”, and the Ellipsis Arts release “African Dreams”.

6. Lauren Lee “Space Jazz” Trio w. Brad Mullholland & Zack Clarke & The Grautet

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: The Basement Bar (249 Varet St, Brooklyn, New York 11206)
Ticket: $
Genre: jazz

With influences ranging from bebop and free jazz to glam rock and romanticism, Lauren Lee‘s “Space Jazz” Trio takes you on a whirlwind, abbreviated tour through music history with a very modern, sophisticated, and exciting flavor palate sure to please even the most discerning music lover. Featuring Charley Sabatino on bass and Andy O’Neill on drums.
9pm- Brad Mullholland & Zack Clarke
9:40pm- The Grautet
10:20pm- Lauren Lee “Space Jazz” Trio

7. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions”

Date: Thursday, October 22, 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.


8. Samarth Nagarkar, Kedar Naphade & Suryaksha Deshpande/ T. Radhakrishna & Suryaksha Deshpande

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College (695 Park Ave, Rm 424N, New York, New York 10065)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Indian classical music

First set: Samarth Nagarkar (Vocal), Kedar Naphade (Harmonium) & Suryaksha Deshpande (Tabla)

Second set: PT. T. Radhakrishna (Sitar) & Suryaksha Deshpande (Tabla)

9. Innove Gnawa Band

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Church Ave Yoga & Bodywork Center – CAYBC (338 E 5th St, Brooklyn, New York 11218)
Ticket: $15/20
Genre: Gnawa music (Morocco)

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: Friday, October 23, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: WFMU’s Monty Hall (43 Montgomery St, Jersey City, New Jersey)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/improv/everything from Mauritanian guitar to raw minimalism and blown-out urban blues

Holland’s greatest musical exports celebrate their 33rd Anniversary year with U.S. dates with Chicago saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Ken Vandermark performing within the band. The Ex have continued to musically explore undiscovered areas right up to the present day with collaborations with the likes of Tom Cora, Sonic Youth, Han Bennink, Shellac and a myriad of Ethiopian musicians including Getatchew Mekuria, who joined them at WFMU’s 2009 50th Anniversary Concert at Lincoln Center.

75 Dollar Bill formed in New York City in 2012; the singular music of this instrumental duo draws various sources from around the world and across disciplines, everything from Mauritanian guitar to raw minimalism and blown-out urban blues, yet sounds unlike anything we’ve heard before. Wooden Bag is their debut vinyl release (after various cassette and digital EPs) and first for Other Music Recording Co., packaged in a limited-edition hand-stamped sleeve, download included. The band will be touring the US throughout the winter and spring.

Che Chen has recorded and toured playing violin, guitars and other instruments, with a diverse set of artists including True Primes, Jozef van Wissem, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Che-Shizu and Robbie Lee. His guitar work explores a variety of influences, including Mauritanian guitar, Indian music, North Mississippi guitar boogie, Sun Ra, Led Zeppelin, the Velvets, Henry Flynt, and DNA.

Rick Brown has been playing drums and percussion on the downtown New York scene since the early ‘80s, and has recorded and toured with numerous bands, including V-Effect, Run On, Timber, Fish & Roses, and Chris Stamey, and has collaborated live or in the studio with Tortoise, Matmos, Yo La Tengo, Charles Hayward, Fred Frith, Malcolm Mooney, Elliott Sharp, Jean Smith, Mark Cunningham and many others.

In The New York Times, Ben Ratliff wrote of the duo’s live show: “Che Chen’s guitar: a cut-rate Japanese model sketching looped figures inside old Arabic modes, pushing jagged sound through a small amplifier. But as Mr. Chen stood playing hypnotic guitar repetitions, moving with the stresses of the riffs, the drummer Rick Brown sat on a square wooden box, open in the back, and attacked it from above. Sometimes he used his heel to bounce on a kick-drum pedal, pointing backward toward the box; mostly he was striking the sides of the box with his hands and a homemade mallet, hard, finding different pitches in different places. He cued transitions in the music, building odd or compound rhythms, turning them around and blurring distinctions between downbeats and upbeats. On the surface, the rhythms were only secondary to the guitar lines; deeper down, they were enfolded. One couldn’t do without the other.”

11. Brooklyn táncház with Életfa & Fényes

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 5pm – 11pm
Venue: Soap Box Gallery  (636 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238)
Ticket: $10 (child: $2)
Genre: Hungarian Folk Dance Party

Join Életfa & Fényes at a rare táncház in Brooklyn

Featuring several amazing fiddlers!
Claire Bright, Joska Horvath & Jake Shulman-Ment on violin
Gyuri Kalan & Heki on kotra (Hungarian 3-string viola)
Raul Rothblatt on bass
with special guests and some recently discovered stories about 1956

12. ab uno pluribus – October 2015 session

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 7pm – 9:45pm
Venue: The Three Jewels NYC (61 4th Ave, 3rd Fl (Btw 9th & 10th), New York, New York 10003)
Ticket: $10
Genre: multi-media

NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR! The October session of this monthly audio-visual event will present electro-acoustic live sound by Jeanann Dara [viola + effects], David Linton [analogue electronics], WvS [digital synthesis + iOS devices] and live visuals by Chris Jordan.

We 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

13. African & Caribbean Jazz Quartet

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Farafina Cafe (1813 Amsterdam Av., corner of 150th Street, New York, New York, 347-691-4738)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz

LEOPOLDO FLEMING (percussion with Nina Simone) and WARREN SMITH (marimba and percussion with Max Roach, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis) join saxophonist EDITH LETTNER, playing mainly original compositions. Melodic solos and vibrant grooves are the ingredients of this special world music and jazz flavored ensemble. With the addition of the incredible Alex Blake on bass.

14. 60×60 Surround Sound Mix

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Time: 3pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $15
Genre: contemporary music

60×60 Surround Sound Mix – Vox Novus and Harvestworks invited composers and sound artists to submit recorded works as 5.1 audio 60 seconds or less in length to be included in a special 60×60 project collaboration in New York City. We received over 160 submissions.

60×60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. A unique collaboration between VoxNovus / Robert Voisey and Harvestworks in New York City to create a 5.1 surround sound mix.

Every one-minute piece will be played continuously without pause. Each of the 60 pieces will begin precisely at the beginning of the minute, this will mark the end of one piece and the beginning of another.

Composers selected for the 60×60 Surround Sound Mix include:

Jeff Anderson, Daniel Bartos, Simon Belshaw, Jason Bolte, Mike Boyd, Andrei Branea, Arnold Brooks, Steve Bull, Jeremy Van Buskirk, Alejandro Casales, Ian Corbett, Douglas DaSilva, Jamez Dean, Blake Degraw, Rob Dietz, Lorenz Erdmann, Bit.Seq~ (Fred Feeney), Josh Feldman, John Ferguson, Matt Fidler, Tim Fodness, Enrico Francioni, Richard Garrett, Guiseppe Gavazza, Nate Goossen, Scott Gresham-Lancaster, Jenn Grossman, Samuel Hertz, Jason Hoffman, judsoN, Vivek Karun, John Kehoe, Andrew Levine, Jörg Lindenmaier, Buddy Lorentz, Nicolas Marty, Mike McFerron, Claudi Meneghin, Tiago Morais, Dafna Naphtali, Daniel Neumann, Serban Nichifor, Hull Pacific, Maggi Payne, Chris Peck, Samuel Pellman, Patrick Pham, Julien Poidevin, Kevin Ramsay, Cody Ranaldo, Steve Reinthal, Lorin Roser, Josh Simmons, Mary Simoni, David Jason Snow, J Sohn, Yuri Spitsyn, Ariane St.Louis, Hans Tammen, Jamie Todd, A. P. Vague, Robert Voisey, Jaeseong Wu, and Xo Xinh