Music Listings – 11/16 through 11/22/2015

1. Home Within

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Times: 8pm
Venue: Miller Theatre/Columbia University (2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)
Tickets: $15, $25 & $30
Genre: audio-visual performance

A sixty-minute audio-visual performance, Home Within is the latest project of Syrian composer and clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh, and Syrian-Armenian visual artist, Kevork Mourad. In this work, art and music develop in counterpoint to each other, creating an impressionistic reflection on the Syrian revolution and its aftermath.

Home Within has been touring North America and Europe to raise awareness and funds for Syrian refugees.

2. Doron Lev & Uglybraine

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Times: 8pm
Venue: C’mon Everybody (325 Franklin Ave, NY, Brooklyn)
Tickets: $8 – $10
Genre: rap/hip hop/latin

Doron Lev: raised in Miami, FL on sunshine & good times, this Brooklyn-based musician does two things well: drumming & getting live on the mic. Not to mention, he does ’em both at the same time. Catch UGZ live to get the full effect. With NYC jazz elites filling in seats for this band on any given night, you never know who you might see. Pristine lyrics over deft beats. UGZ is the next step in rap evolution. He’s also a member of the NY music collective SoSaLa.

Line up: Doron Lev & Uglybraine
Jamie Register and the Damn Thang
Lady Moon and the Eclipse
Pen Pals
Stonehenge Parnhashnakovsky

3. Laubrock/Manning/Settles

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Times: 8pm
Venue: Threes Brewing (333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, New York 11217)
Tickets: $15
Genre: jazz

Three Conic Sections #8…The Series dedicated to New Songs and Sounds from Saxophonists

8:00 PMIngrid Laubrock with Tom Rainey
Ingrid Laubrock is one of the rising stars in the world of creative music having appeared regularly with luminaries such as Anthony Braxton, Luc Ex, Kris Davis, Tim Berne, Ab Baars and many others. She is rapidly buidling one of the most formidable bodies of work to be found and has just released her newest album Ubatuba on Firehouse 12 Records. She’ll be joined by the extraordinary drummer Tom Rainey who has played with some of the most unique and beautiful musicians of the past 40 years including Tim Berne, Fred Hersch and Mark Feldman

9:00 PMSarah Manning’s Underworld Alchemy with Briggan Krauss, Rob Jost and Jeff Davis.
Sarah Manning is one of the most distinctive saxophonists and composers in New York City. She has spent equal amounts of time in the North East and Bay Area having worked with major artists on both sides of the continent such as Yusef Lateef, John Zorn and Eyvind Kang. For this set she’ll be joined by Briggan Krauss (of Sex Mob) on guitar, Rob Jost on electric bass and Jeff Davis on drums.

10:00 PMBrian Settles with Jeremy Carlstedt
Based in Washington D.C., Brian Settles has quickly become an in-demand saxophonist due to both his virtuosity and unique voice on such a demanding instrument. He’s appeared on all three of Tomas Fujiwara’s Hook-Up Records and has recently toured and recorded with Michael Formanek, worked with Jason Moran and led his own formidable trio. He’ll be joined by his friend, drummer and singer/song-writer Jeremy Carlstedt on drums and electronics for this special evening of unique, spontaneous constructions.

4. Brooklyn Raga Massive feat. Innove Gnawa Band

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Tickets: $10
Genre: Gnawa music/Indian music

BRM’s popular Africa/India series continues with their most ambitious event yet: an incredible blending of Trance music from Morocco with the Indian and African influences of the BRM-All Stars.

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.

Maalem (Master)Hassan Ben Jaafer (Sintir, vocals)
Samir Langus (Sintir, Vocals)
Ahmed Jeriouda (Vocals, percussion)
Amino Belyamani (Vocals, percussion)
Said Sayed (Vocals, percussion)
Nawfal Atiq (Vocals, percussion)

Jay Gandhi (bansuri)
David Ellenbogen (Guitar)
Guy Mintus (Melodica)
Adam Malouf (Percussion)
Ehren Hanson (tabla)
Kevin Nathaniel (mbira, percussion)
Hany ElDiwany (Surbahar)
+ surprise guests

Concert review: InnoVe Gnawa Band & Faith at Mercury Lounge (NY)

5. El Tryptophan

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue:  Trans Pecos (915 Wyckoff Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385)
Tickets: $10
Genre: singer-song writer/indie rock/electronics/noise

El Tryptophan who is celebrating the release of his debut album Guilt Vacation, on November18 at Trans Pecos in Brooklyn.

“[“Guilt Vacation” is an] experimental ether of mellow distortion adaptations and arrangement edges.” (Impose Magazine) Gryphon Rue, the innovative voice behind El Tryptophan, comes from a legacy of visual artists and political activists. At age 18, Rue toured with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary in Vietnam to raise money for victims of Agent Orange. Peter Yarrow proclaims Rue’s music to be “as interesting as it is original. He’s going to make a big, wonderful splash.” Rue is a great-grandson of the artist Alexander Calder, who’s experiments with noise and percussion in mobiles helped shape 20th century avant-garde music. Having studied electronic music at Bard College with avant-garde composers Marina Rosenfeld, Richard Teitelbaum, and Zeena Parkins, Rue’s eclectic sound draws from his visual arts background, which includes jobs curating exhibitions and restoring sculptures. Rue has attracted the likes Grammy award-nominated songwriter Peter Himmelman, who declares: “El Tryptophan has in his blood what so many others want; a truly fearless creative spirit.”

Listen to “Syntax Static” 

‘Syntax Static’ is a song about the relation between lust and communication based on an unusual two quarter drum pattern, that’s regularly interrupted by choruses in four quarters that are – alternatively – sonically exploding and imploding. Like a more extreme Beck, Rue incorporates, constantly recycles and disposes of various sounds, genres and ideas, without ever venuring into pop territory, though.” (The Deli Magazine)


Date: Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 West 62nd St & Broadway, NY))
Tickets: free (sponsored concert)
Genre: Indian classical music

Millennials in the world of Indian classical music gather for an evening of discussion and performance featuring the IndianRaga Fellows Ensemble and RAJAS. Highlighting the music in both a traditional and contemporary context, these two groups illuminate the vitality of this art form among young artists in America. The two performances will be followed by a panel discussion on the creative process and personal significance of playing Indian classical music as a young person in the U.S., how we can re-imagine the conversation of cultural appropriation and genuine collaboration, and the spaces and programs that are fueling the music’s preservation and growth.

Presented in collaboration with IndianRaga and Brooklyn Raga Massive.

7. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions”

Date: Thursday, November 19, 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. Cheryl Pyle Trio

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Time: 8pm – 9:30pm
Venue: 5C Cafe & Cultural Center (68 Avenue C, New York, New York 10009)
Tickets: t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/improv

Beyond Trio
Roberta Piket – piano
Cheryl Pyle – flute
William Ruiz – percussion

9. Topos Kolektiv w. guest Steve Cohn

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Firehouse Space (246 Frost St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Tickets: t.b.a.
Genre: improv/dance/free music

TOPOS KOLEKTIV is a project of six musicians who concern themselves with site-specific eclectic improvisation based in Prague, Czech Republic. TOPOS KOLEKTIV is coming to The Firehouse Space to perform an evening of improvised music and is going to be joined by renown piano and shakuhachi player and improviser Steve Cohn.

Marek Matvija – shakuhachi
Hana Hrachovinová – harp
Tomáš Kerle – percussions
Tereza Kerle – performance
Anna Friedländer – voice
Martin Klusák – keyboard instruments

10. BK Gypsies / Arian Saleh / Subatomic Sound System

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Time: 10pm
Venue: Meridian 23 (161 W 23rd St, New York, New York 10011)
Tickets: $10
Genre: oriental music/gypsy

Brooklyn Gypsies return to NYC Friday Nov. 20th at Meridian 23 in Chelsea with new songs, arrengemnts, musicians & stories we’ve developed during our recent Euro- Tour and beyond.. They will be playing music from their release Sin Fronteras as well as selections from The Spy From Cairos – Arabadub release featuring guest musician Fatou Gozlan (from Hungary) on Arabic Percussion and the Ney Flute.

Carmen Estevez – Voice, Percussion
Troy Mobius – Sax
Zeb – Oud
Fatou Gozlan – Darbuka, Ney
Jonathan Granoff – Bass
Brandon Lewis – Drums

Opening Set by  Arian Saleh (

DJ Sets by – Emch of Subatomic Sound System (

11. Brian Shimkovitz

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Bamcafe (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217)
Tickets: free ( sponsored concert)
Genre: DJ set/African music

After spending time in Africa on a Fulbright Scholarship for ethnomusicology, Brian Shimkovitz brought back huge collections of tapes. After sitting in his Brooklyn apartment trying to figure out what to do with them, he thought that he should share them by creating the Awesome Tapes From Africa blog, which has become a phenomena unto itself. The blog sheds light on obscure and wonderful sounds from across the continent, attracting tens of thousands of visitors a month. As a DJ, Shimkovitz brings the blog to life with 2-3 hour sets blending folkloric pop, left-field dancefloor gems, and hip-hop bangers he’s collected on African marketplace finds.

For more information visit:

12. Zikrayat Trio at Tagine Fine Moroccan Cuisine

Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Tagine Fine Moroccan Cuisine (221 W 38th St, New York, New York 10018)
Tickets: t.b.a.
Genre: Egyptian and Syrian music

Sami is an Arabic violinist, vocalist, and rababa player, co-founder and musical director of Zikrayat (, and a teacher and scholar of maqam and Arabic music. His field of expertise is in the Egyptian and Syrian music traditions, and Zikrayat highlights gems from the “Golden Age” of Egyptian Cinema, the 1930’s-60’s, presenting exciting dance numbers alongside classical Tarab repertory.
With Zikrayat, founded in 2006, he has performed at Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Joe’s Pub, GlobalFEST, the American Folk Festival, the Lowell Folk Festival, the Global Film and Music Festival at William & Mary, Galapagos Art Space, Alwan for the Arts, and numerous other venues. He’s joined by Brian Prunka on oud ( and Zafer Tawil on oud, violin, and qanun, and a master of Arab percussion.

13. The Saturators / Moon Sugar / Circular Time

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 6pm – 12am
Venue: Shrine World Music Venue (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, New York, NY 10030)
Tickets: donation
Genre: jazz rock/blues/funk

6-8pm: Moon Sugar – Jazz Rock

Moon Sugar is an instrumental act that fuses elements of Funk, Rock, and Jazz. Their music blends improvised and composed music seamlessly, all while packing a serious punch. The music they offer is reminiscent of other fusion acts such as Herbie Hancock, Galactic, and Chick Corea Elektric Band. Their high energy performances, fueled by the groovy hookup of Mike Yaw’s furious drumming and Jeff Koch’s funked up bass lines, Tim Basom’s epic guitar shredding, and Campbell Charshee’s rippin’ keyboard and synth solos, leave the audience pumped up and begging for more!

8-10pm: CIRCULAR TIME – Afro/World Blues


10pm-12am: The Saturators – Funk

THE SATURATORS came together in March of 2015 to spark up what can only be described as Wet Music. Anchored by drummer Josue “Sway” Guillien’s cutting blend of Hip-Hop and Latin drums, Will Sack’s soulful and throaty bass timbre and Misha “Silky” Savage’s eclectic scratching and bombastic stage persona, the group draws on a myriad of influences to create, full-bodied party music. With the addition of powerhouse Brooklyn MC Reddaz, and sit-in percussionists Theo Moore & Frantz Celestin, the group summons up a sound bathed in the likes of P-Funk, J Dilla, Fela Kuti, Erykah Badu, and Lee Scratch Perry.

14. Food Will Win the War w. Ellen O

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Union Pool (484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Tickets: t.b.a.
Genre: accordion-infused, violin-tinged glockenspiel rock

Brooklyn based indie rock/folk band Food Will Win the War recently finished an EP of new songs. Since then, some of the musicians who performed for that EP have moved out of state and moved on to other projects.
For one night only all of the musicians who recorded this EP will reunite in Manhattan to play a special EP release show at Union Pool.

Food Will Win the War
 is comprised of: Rob Ward (Lead Vocals and Guitar), Jeffrey Young (Violin and Vocals), Kyra Michelle (Vocals, French horn and Glockenspiel), Scott Stein (Keyboards, Vocals and Accordion), Matt Epstein (Bass), Dan Barman (Drums).

Ellen O – “Singer/songwriter/mulit-instrumentalist Ellen O’Meara [plays] sad, beautifully orchestrated tunes built around microKORG and drum machine, tied together by Ellen’s husky alto.” (from

15.  Gato Loco

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Bamcafe (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217)
Tickets: free ( sponsored concert)
Genre: Latin mambo

Psycho-Mambo from NYC! Like the bombastic fusion of a Latin mambo ballroom and a 21st century rock show, Gato Loco sweeps audiences off their feet. Their live show transforms any space into an instant party, filled with celebration and joy. The group takes its cues from scratchy pre-war Cuban records and vintage betty boop cartoons, while freely incorporating an unbridled modern mentality. Finding the surprising connection between early mambo and salsa of the 50s & 60s, early punk of the 70s, and post-modern avant-garde jazz of the 80s, Gato Loco embraces an all-encompassing sound of irreverence, rebellion, and abandon that defies place or time.

16. U-Theatre

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: BAM’s Peter Jay Sharp Building (30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Tickets: $20 up
Genre: dance

Pitched gongs, thunderous taiko drums, nomadic chanting, and enlightened laughter score this multi-dimensional foray into temporal transcendence from Taiwan’s U-Theatre. Skirting material limits, bodies whirl with a controlled yet ineffable precision that combines martial arts mudras, contemporary dance, and Gurdjieffian movement practice, while projections render rainfalls, eclipses, and full moons in shimmering blue light. Redoubled by mirrored flooring, the incomparable ensemble subverts the tyranny of time in this ceremonious, percussive vortex where void and substance, human and universe, mastery and wonder lead to sensuous spiritual awakening.

Directed by Liu Ruo-yu
Composed and choreographed by Huang Chih-chunSet and lighting design by Lin Keh-hua – Costume design by Tim YipVideo design by Hsu Yi-chun

17. Nina Simone Tribute Night

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Tickets: t.b.a.
Genre: blues/jazz/R&B

A tribute to the masterful queen, Nina Simone. Come celebrate a night of her songs, curated by HYPNOCRAFT and Miles Francis of EMEFE.
**Space is very limited, we are first come first serve at the Inn, only about 100 spots available**

Nick Hakim
Xenia Rubinos
Deva Mahal
Jaime Woods
Amy León
J. Hoard
Katrina Cunningham

18. Mat Maneri & Daniel Levin

Date: Sunday, November 22, 2015
Time: 9pm & 10pm
Venue: 65Fen Music Series (Delroy’s, 65 Fenimore St, Brooklyn, New York 11225)
Tickets: t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/improv

Special CD Release Party for the brand new Clean Feed recording, The Transcendent Function
Mat and Daniel will have discs on hand!

Mat Maneri – viola
Daniel Levin – cello