December 7, 2015

Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

1. MFM 1st Open Meeting

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: CA Music Room (218 E. 25th Street, NY, NY 10010, Tel#: 212-686-4220 or 845-758-5919)
Ticket: free
Genre: coming together and celebration of MFM’s birth two weeks ago

The first open Musicians For Musicians (MFM) meeting will be hosted by president and musician Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi and attended by some of the board members. The purpose of this meeting is to let musicians know that they have a “home” in NY. Make them understand that that there’s an organization which is run by their own peers who care for them and understand their needs. And it’s about “US” as a business league which is represented by the MFM.

The meeting’s agenda will be as following:

1. Introduce the president and the MFM organization
2. Discuss the MFM’s mission and member code of ethics
3. Discuss MFM’s first goals (one of them is to announce the 1st fundraiser event in February 2016 where some members will play)
4. Present opportunities and benefits for members
5. Discuss the importance of pay for gigs

Attending musicians are welcome to speak out about some of their issues

Every musician who reads or hears about this meeting should show up and find out whether he or she wants to be on board. MFM invites you to become a member, because it’s your home – run and financed by you – and only numbers can only make change in our musicians lives.

SoSaLa – Enough is Enough Promo from Hoody_Alan on Vimeo.


Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Venue: 647 Columbus Ave near W 92nd st (Goddard Riverside)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Latin jazz

Gladys “Karima” Kitchell (piano)
Darnell “Jay” Starkes (bass)
Kahlil Kwame Bell (drums)
Tracey Johnson (percussion)
Marsha Perry Starkes (vocal and percussion)
Gene Ghee (saxophone and flute)
Stanton Davis (trumpet and flugel horn)

3. 75 Dollar Bill

Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Union Pool (484 Union Avenue, corner of Union & Meeker, Brooklyn, NY, 718-609-0484)
Ticket: $10
Genre: indie/experimental rock

Rick Brown plays percussion and homemade horns, and Che Chen plays electric guitar. “Che Chen’s guitar: a cut-rate Japanese model sketching looped figures inside old Arabic modes, pushing jagged sound through a small amplifier…the drummer Rick Brown sat on a square wooden box, building odd or compound rhythms, turning them around and blurring distinctions between downbeats and upbeats One couldn’t do without the other.” – Ben Ratliff, for the NY Times.

4. Roshel Rubinov Ensemble

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Graduate Center, Elebash Hall (365 Fifth Avenue, bet. 34th and 35th Streets, New York, NY
Ticket: $25

Roshel Rubinov, the master Bukharian singer, composer, and instrumentalist, presents a rare concert of classical Central Asian music, known as maqom. Performing both traditional music and original compositions, Rubinov will play both tanbur and guitar and will be joined by his brother Yakov Rubinov, an expert doira (frame drum) player; Ilya Khavasov, one of NYC’s leading Bukharian singers; and dancer Shahlo Khudoyberdiyeva.

5. Eric Fraser (Bansuri) & Shivalik Ghoshal (Tabla)

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, between Carroll St & 1st St, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Indian flute music

Eric Fraser ( presents a taste of authentic Kolkata tradition with his sweet bansuri sound and accompaniment by Bengal’s own Shivalik Ghoshal on tabla. Eric has trained and performed extensively in the rarely heard gayaki, or vocal, tradition of indian flute with Pandit Gopal Roy, while Shivalik’s dynamic and rich tabla playing is the result of many years of training, currently under the renowned Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. This collaboration will deliver a thorough rendition of ragas and rhythms in a classical style by contemporary musicians.

6.Tyshawn Sorey 6tet with Strings

Date: Wednesday, December 9 through Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Seeds Brooklyn (617 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, Brooklyn, NY-11238)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz

“We recently premiered a “rough draft” performance of the Double Trio during the closing night of my residency at Roulette, which was met with overwhelming success. I am very much delighted to present this project in its final, unabridged form during my residency at SEEDS in Brooklyn (9 – 12 December), in preparation for a recording of the work to take place on the following day. There will be only four readings of the Double Trio (one per night – 90 minutes in duration), and an additional premiere of a work of relatively recent vintage that also features this ensemble (Friday and Saturday only). I really hope to see you all there during our SEEDS residency… Thanks for your continued support of the work!

***As I have discovered, it’s very difficult to get all of these musicians into the same venue together, so – no pressure or anything, but you might want to come out and see this ensemble if you are interested, as future NYC performances will become scarce after our four-night run…!***” – Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey – drum set, conductor, small instruments
Cory Smythe – piano
Christopher Tordini – double bass
Fung Chern Hwei – violin
Kyle Armbrust – viola
Rubin Kodheli – violoncello

One reading per night.

7. Twindrum feat. Yoshimio and Ikue Mori

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20
Genre: electronics/improv/noise

Special Twindrums Project with Yoshimio and Ikue Mori
Electric jungle. Enigmatic Noise. Tribal resonante

Yoshimi, Drums and Voice Processing
Ikue Mori, Drums and Laptop

Yoshimio and Ikue Mori met in the 80’s in Osaka, and have been involved together with different projects throughout the decades. Twindrum is project that started in Brooklyn in 2013, and performed in Japan in 2014.

YOSHIMIO is an original member of the world’s most radical experimental music group BOREDOMS from Japan. Yoshimi is known as a drummer but is a multi instrumentalist who also plays guitar, a keyboard, trumpet, and her own voice.  She is also the leader of the  experimental band OOIOO, a member of Free Kitten with Kim Gordon (ex. Sonic Youth),  and Saicobaba – a improvisational band which uses electronics mixed with traditional Indian musical instruments.

8. Unicornicopia, Kidaudra & Quitzow

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY, Phone: 917-515-5444)
Ticket: donation
Genre: avant-pop/singer-song writer


Natalie creates music as Unicornicopia, her solo performance-art moniker. Wielding processed accordion, synths, samplers and armfuls of effects units, Unicornicopia’s “danceable, insistent music that people will want to hear” (TimeOut NY) has also been presented in gallery settings including PS1: MoMA, Human Resources, and Ramiken Crucible Gallery, where she lived and worked. While a resident, she arranged an improvised polyphonic saxophone piece for 5 female voices, built a VHS instillation featuring outsider-artist R. Stevie Moore, and composed a long-form piece for omnichord, mbira, drums, samplers, keyboards and processed vocals. Projects include collaborations with members of Wooster Group, Psychedelic Furs, Fischerspooner, Santigold, ICE, Xiu Xiu, Chairlift, Glasser, Aur Revoir Simone, Elevator Repair Service and Radiohole.

Statements like “upstate New York singer songwriter Erica Quitzow gives her cello and Moog art whimsy a bubbly groove and defiant summer strut” from Spin Magazine and “Prince meets Pavement” from Limewire aptly describe the joyous sound created from unlikely instrumentation: an MPC 2000, analogue synthesizers, and cello. This music has appeared in The Amy Schumer Show, Comediens in Cars Getting Coffee with Jim Carrey and Jerry Seinfeld, 4 episodes of Gossip Girl, has been featured on Arte TV in Germany and France, and has been toured internationally.

Kidaudra is a Producer / Singer Songwriter from Cleveland, OH. Kidaudra’s music pulls elements from 90’s Dance Music, New Wave, with a touch of R&B. As Kidaudra performs her pop renderings, she uses a vocal looper to build stunning back-up harmonies before she soars over-top with glittery pop vocal hooks. Kidaudra delivers a brand of emotional Pop that only gives good vibes, and asks nothing in return, but leaves you feeling happy. A couple influences come to mind while listening to Kidaudra’s music; Depeche Mode, Ace of Base, Mariah Carey with Space Music. Now, Kidaudra is nearing the completion of her debut LP, set to be released in 2016. Be not worried my friends, Kidaudra has three EPs available for download via BandCamp (link above); Unknown EP ( Jul. 2012 ), Ache ( Aug. 2014 ), and A U R Y N ( Mar. 2015 ). She also has several collaborative tracks available for listen on her SoundCloud (

9. Blood Drum Spirit

Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: 292 Lefferts Ave, Brooklyn (at Andrew Drury‘s place)
Ticket: $20
Genre: jazz/African music

Blood Drum Spirit performss at Andrew Drury’s space, the soup ‘n sounds series. The ensemble includes saxophonist David Bindman, bassist Wes Brown, pianist Art Hirahara, and percussionist Royal Hartigan. Filmmaker Steven De Castro will be also present who did some of the videos from their Ghana 2015 tour.

Ghana video 2 –

Royal playing bawa music with Tijan Dorwana.

10. SilkFest2015  ft. The Saturators, Uglybraine, Lars Viola + Special Guests

Date: Friday, December 11, 2015
Time: 10pm – 3am
Venue: Meridian 23 (161 W 23rd St, New York, New York 10011)
Tickets: $10
Genre: blend of rap, Hip-Hop and Latin 

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.

Uglybrain”s 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.

11. Banning Eyre

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: African music & book reading

BANNING EYRE: Lion Songs Thomas Mapfumo and the Music That Made Zimbabwe. In support of his new book, the guitarist, author and radio producer will offer a multi-media evocation of Mapfumo’s life and music in the rough and tumble of Zimbabwean history, followed by a short reading and some live music. Expect special guests.