Music Listings – 11/23 through 11/29/2015


Date: Monday, November 23, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20
Genre: jazz/improv

GO: ORGANIC GUITAR ORCHESTRA – composed and improvisationally conducted by ADAM RUDOLPH

Performing guitar artists:  Nels Cline, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, Damon Banks, Marco Cappelli, Liberty Ellman, Joel Harrison, Jerome Harris, Brandon Ross, Kenny Wessel.

For this, the debut of Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra, Adam Rudolph called upon 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists. These extraordinary musicians are each composers and bandleaders in their own right; their collective experience reads like a who’s who of contemporary music – from Wilco to Cassandra Wilson to Ornette Coleman.

This is the 10th release of Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra since he began developing the concept in 2001. With “Turning Towards the Light” Rudolph has envisioned and realized a new kind of orchestral sound. He says: “I try to do something new with each performance and recording I do. This time I wanted to experiment with a new kind of orchestration. I felt that the range of sound and rhythm these 11 electric guitars could generate a sonic palate that had never been heard before. I was looking for a new kind of “future orchestra” and I think we found it.”

Rudolph grew up and began playing music on the South Side of Chicago performing with artists like Fred Anderson and by 1978 he was touring Europe with Don Cherry. His longest and most significant collaboration was with the great Yusef Lateef. From 1988 until Yusef’s passing in 2013 they performed as a duet and collaborated as composers on many large ensemble projects.

2. Trauma Salon: trauma & traume

Date: Monday, November 23, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Panoply Performance Laboratory (104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, New York 11206)
Ticket: $5 – $15
Genre: singer-song writer/art rock/experimental-noise/performance

Life, in many ways, operates as an incomplete dream. unhinged memories; fragmented ideals. In case of insomnia; reverse nostalgia. A body at rest is there for the taking, if you desire it. Read the tibetan book of the dead before bed. In such a way, we endlessly dream.

CATFOX is Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, demon of glam-camp rock-erotics and sorceress of hi-literature, nu-carny, post-life song-spells.

Borts Minorts –

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Valerie Kuehne presents : Horror Vacui w/ guests Jeff Young & Alex Cohen –

Lorene Bouboushian –


Date: Monday, November 23, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Grand Victory (245 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: prog rock/jazz/blues

Hailed by critics and peers as the Godfathers of Prog-Rock, Nik Turner’s HAWKWIND blazed the trail for countless others. Turner himself has pioneered experimentation in music since the 60’s and continues to expand horizons to this day.

Nik has currently assembled some of the most gifted and groundbreaking musicians of his generation to accompany him !

This current musical project finally frees him from the gravitational pull of traditional rock music orbits and launches him into a new stratosphere of jazz, blues, fusion and other genres that will blow your mind.

Supporting NIK TURNER’S HAWKWIND on this tour is Progressive/Krautrock fan favorites HEDERSLEBEN.

4. James Keepnews/Dave Berger

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Time: 8:30pm – 11pm
Venue: Freddys Bar (627 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 718-768-0131)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

8:30pm – Nico Soffiato-guitar, Fraser Campbell- tenor sax and Marco Buccelli-drums
10:00pm – James Keepnews: guitar, bass, laptop, electronics and Dave Berger: drums, percussion

James Keepnews is a musician, writer, multimedia developer and performance artist. As a musician and composer, he has performed and/or recorded with such artists as George Lewis, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Karl Berger, Daniel Carter, Charles Gayle, Kidd Jordan, Roy Campbell, Tony Malaby, Hamid Drake, Jason Kao Hwang’s Spontaneous River, Ras Moshe, Matt Lavelle, Holland Hopson,  He has developed and performed with improvised computer-interactive video systems at The Kitchen, Bard College and other venues.

Dave Berger began his music journey at the age of 13. A Vintage Ludwig drum kit and a windowless basement in Upstate New York provided the perfect environment, fostering a constantly growing passion for music. 10 years of sessions, gigs and recordings. Now living in Beacon NY, the jamming continues! Currant collaborations include: Joe McPhee, John Menegon, Michael Bisio, James Keepnews, Travis Sullivan, Adam Seigel and tons of local Northeast flavor… Straight Ahead to Noise Improv,

5. Brooklyn Raga Massive feat. Arun Ramamurthy & Bala Skandan

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Tickets: $10
Genre: Indian Carnatic music

Concert 8:30pm | Raga Jam 10:00pm

Violinist Arun Ramamurthy performs a traditional Carnatic concert with mridangist Bala Skandan. Trained by the celebrated violinist brothers Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has developed a soulful, expressive sound bringing together his traditonal and contemporary influences. He has carved a niche for himself as a multi-dimensional artist in Indian Classical and World music.

“Ramamurthy’s instrument soars and growls, with the perfect pitch of Indian classical violin and the gritty lilt of American fiddle, Ramamurthy goes to evocative places of longing and joy…” (RPS)

Noted for his ‘superb musical accompaniment’ by the NY Times, Bala Skandan has accompanied established international musicians and dancers and has performed in prestigious venues in Chennai, Europe and North America throughout his musical career. As a mridangist, he belongs to the school of Sri Karaikudi R. Mani of Chennai.

6. Sean Conly & The True North Project w. SNARK HORSE

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Korzo Restaurant (667 5th Avenue (between 19th and 20th Streets, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

Bassist Sean Conly will be performing at The Konceptions music series playing music for piano trio featuring Kris Davis and Tom Rainey.

After this set SNARK HORSE w/ JON IRABAGON, soprano + sopranino saxophones; BEN GERSTEIN, trombone; AVA MENDOZA, guitar; MATT MITCHELL, piano; KIM CASS, bass; KATE GENTILE, drums


7. Honeybird / Ed Mondo / Lady Marty & Feel Cavalca & Abby Dobson

Date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Rock Shop (249 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11215)
Genre: various genres

8:45pm LadyMarty BeGood & Feel
9:30pm Honeybird
10:15pm Abby Dobson

Ed Mondo
The new project by singer-songwriter Diana and trumpeter/founder of OU, Ersilia. A charismatic and experimental duo who know how to have fun with songs that are ironic and irreverent, as well as musically refined. Their universe is made of comical chronicles of a bizarre everyday life, spiced with a sweet vitriol.

Lady Marty & Feel Cavalca
Two talented Italian singer-songwriters in New York City dishing up a powerful blend of art rock, rockabilly, and punk. Martina doubles as DJ and Feel is a film director and editor; both have radio shows on Radio Nuova York.

From her California roots and early love of punk, coming into her creative own in Italy and now Brooklyn, Monique “Honeybird” Mizrahi transformed her self-hate into self-love and now advocates for bisexual awareness. As a songwriter and performer, she merges the charango (a South American string instrument) and bass with many languages, creating a sticky queer sound. She will be debuting new material with John Fio on baritone sax.

Abby Dobson
Sonic conceptual performing artist/composer Abby Dobson offers her signature sound of Soul/R&B, jazz and folk that erases musical boundaries. She credits her experiences as an artist with sparking a deep interest in scholarship that speaks to black female artists as culture workers/knowledge producers. Abby’s research interests focus on the intersectionality of race and gender in the consumption, production, and distribution of music and on the Caribbean immigrant experience in the U.S.

8.  Wayne Horvitz

Date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20
Genre: contemporary music/jazz/poetry

Combining musicians from Wayne Horvitz’s two long standing quartets, The Gravitas Quartet and Sweeter Than the Day, Some Places are Forever Afternoon is a suite of instrumental songs based on 11 poems by iconic Northwest poet Richard Hugo.

Composer, pianist, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz is the leader of Sweeter Than the Day, Zony Mash, The 4 Plus 1 Ensemble, the Gravitas Quartet and co-founder of the New York Composer Orchestra. A prolific composer, he has been commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Players, the Icicle Creek Trio, Kronos, Meet The Composer, BAM and others. Collaborations include work with Paul Taylor, Gus Van Sant, Butch Morris, John Zorn and many others. He has produced CDs for Eddie Palmieri, Fontella Bass, Robin Holcomb and Bill Frisell among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2008 NEA American Masterpieces Award, the 2003, 2011, and 2014 Map Fund and the McKnight Visiting Composers Award.

Wayne Horvitz, Piano
Riley Mulherkar, Trumpet
Sara Schoenbeck, Bassoon
Marika Hughes, Cello
Nels Cline, Guitar
Tim Luntzel, Bass
Kenny Wollesen, Drums
Erica Hunt, Reader

9. Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra & Laura Andrea Leguía Jazz Orchestra

Date: Friday, November 27, 2015
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: Zinc Bar (82 W 3rd St, New York, New York 10012)
Ticket: $30
Genre: Afro-Peruvian Jazz

Explosive festejos and introspective landós are the cornerstones of the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Orchestra (APJO). New York is a city that simmers with Big Bands and in this environment the APJO contributes a noticeably new sound dedicated to exploring the music of Coastal Perú in a jazz context. The orchestra’s founder is saxophonist Laura Andrea Leguía.

The orchestra’s repertoire centers on Leguía’s compositions and arrangements. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Gabriel Alegría and features master percussionist Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón and Afro-Peruvian guitarist Yuri Juárez. The fusion of Afro-Peruvian folklore and modern orchestration gives audiences a new sound: one that is at once African, Andean and American.

This 17-piece big band was formed in 2013 by pianist, composer and arranger Liberté-Anne Lymberiou. This modern, multi-generational ensemble plays compositions by Lymberiou and her contemporaries. As it’s name would indicate, the band’s broad mission is to constantly perform new works while maintaining the all-encompassing creativity and communality of the jazz tradition.

Greatly influenced by Charles Mingus, Lymberiou captures the spontaneity and unpredictability of jazz through extended compositions. The moods of her music swing as much as the rhythms do, and inevitably move her audiences, both inside and out. “Liberté-Anne is the real deal. She exudes creativity, chance taking and originality. Her voice as a composer is unique and must be heard. She is one bad Mama Jama!” – Arturo O’Farrill

10. Tain + The Strain

Date: Friday, November 27 & Saturday, November 28, 2015
Time: 7pm & 9:30pm
Venue: The Jazz Gallery (1160 Broadway, 5th Fl, New York, NY 10001)
Ticket: $30 each set
Genre: jazz

Jeff “Tain” Watts returns to The Jazz Gallery with his group The Strain as part of the JG’s 20th Anniversary Concert Series.

Jeff “Tain” Watts – drums
Aaron Djuan Burnett – tenor saxophone
Theo Hill – piano
Romeir Mendez – bass

11. The Westerlies Play Horvitz // Duos w/Yukio Suzuki and Briggan Krauss // Cristina Valdes Solo Piano/Electronics

Date: Saturday, November 28, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20
Genre: contemporary music/jazz/dance

Wayne Horvitz presents a selection of recent works and projects.

The Westerlies perform from their debut CD Wish The Children Would Come On Home, a collection of Horvitz’s compositions arranged for this amazing young brass band.

Cristina Valdes performs selections from Etudes for Piano and Electronics (2013) as well as For Piano, Alone, in Four Parts.

Wayne Horvitz performs solo pieces and improvisations for piano with laptop, and two duos, one with saxophonist Briggan Krauss and the other with choreographer and dancer Yukio Suzuki.

12. PAK or Not Collapsible Shoulder

Date: Sunday, November 29, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: JACK (505 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Ticket: $
Genre: experimental rock

PAK or Not is Ron Anderson, Stuart Popejoy, Sarah Bernstein, and Alex Cohen.

Collapsible Shoulder is Chris Cochrane, Brian Chase, Kato Hideki, and Kevin Bud Jones

13. Steve Swell STONE Residency

Date: Tuesday, November 24 through Sunday, November 29 through, 2015
Time: 8pm & 10pm
Venue: The Stone (E 2nd St & Avenue C, New York, New York 10009)
Ticket: $15 for each set
Genre: jazz/improv

Please join me for my residency at The Stone, November 24-29, 8 & 10pm, closed on November 26 for Thanksgiving. The lineup is amazing. I have so many wonderful friends and musicians joining me for what will also be a celebraton of my 60th birthday (almost a year late). Click on the photo/ad above for full schedule or click here:

The schedule is:

November 24:
8pm – Improvising Trombone Trio – Dick Griffin, Joe McPhee, Steve Swell (trombones)
10pm – “Dragonfly Breath” – Paul Flaherty, (ts), C. Spenser Yeh, violin/voice, Weasel Walter, (dr), Steve Swell, (tb)

November 25:
8pm – Kende Dreams: Hommage à Bartok with Rob Brown, (as), Connie Crothers, (p), Larry Roland, (b), Chad Taylor, (dr), Steve Swell, (tb)/compositions
10pm – Leaf Peeping in Poland with Jason Hwang, (v), Larry Roland/James Ilgenfritz, (b), Chad Taylor, (d), Steve Swell, trombone/composition/words

November 26: Thanksgiving, the Stone will be closed

November 27:
8 & 10pm – Steve Swell’s Nation of We with Embedded String Quartet #1 with Jason Hwang, Jake Sokolov, Rosi Hertlein, Sarah Bernstein, Stephanie Griffin (strings), Darius Jones/Chris Pistikios, (as) Dave Sewelson, baritone saxophone, Lewis Barnes/Matt LaVelle, (tp), Vincent Chancey, (fh), Joe Daley (tuba), Todd Nicholson, (b) , Chad Taylor, (d), Steve Swell, trombone/compositions

November 28:
8pm – 1. Trombone Solo, Steve Swell
2. “Schematics and Heuristics for (4) Clarinets #2” with Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg, Guillermo Gregorio, Aaron Novik (clarinets)
3. Composite #11 Nate Wooley (tp), Marty Ehrlich (as), Steve Swell (tb/composition)
4. Improvisations with everyone
10pm – “TPP (trombone, piano, poetry) Improvisations with Connie Crothers, piano, Steve Dalachinksy, poetry, Steve Swell, trombone

November 29: 8 & 10pm – From Norway! Frode Gjerstad Trio with Steve Swell Frode Gjerstad, alto saxophone, clarinet, Johnny Ruun, bass, Paal Nilssen-Love, drums, Steve Swell, trombone