Music Listings – 1/11 through 1/17/2016

1. Arts For Arts Week Festival

Date: Monday, January 11 through Saturday, January 16 , 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (107 Suffolk St, New York, New York 10002)
Tickets: $10
Genre: free jazz/improv

The Evolving Series has grown into a festival. The Music, Dance, Poetry and Art we make is important. It keeps us inspired and hopeful. It is our response to what is happening in the world. Evolving is great art in the context of social and spiritual responsibility. It is a shared experience and celebration of living art.
This is marks the Second year of the Artist Campaign. It is humbling to see the community of artists coming together to support each others visions.

Monday January 11th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Karen Borca Band
Karen Borca – bassoon
Warren Smith – vibes
Hill Greene – bass
Jackson Krall – drums

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Jemeel Moondoc Group
Jemeel Moondoc – sax
Larry Roland – bass
Reggie Nicholson – drums

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Sound River Trio
Mark Hennen – piano
Richard Keene – reeds
Jackson Krall – drums

Tuesday January 12th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – patrick brennan’s transparency kestra
Angelo Branford — guitar
patrick brennan — saxophone
Gene Coleman — flutes & piccolo
Ken Filiano — bass viol
Haruna Fukuzawa — flutes & piccolo
Brian Groder – trumpet
Jerome Harris – guitar
Thomas Heberer – cornet
Patrick Holmes – clarinet
Richard Keene — oboe, Eb clarinet, soprano sax
Nicolas Letman Bertinovic — bass viol
Michael Lytle — contrabass clarinet
David Sidman — guitar
Harvey Valdes – guitar
Rod Williams — piano

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Connie Crothers duo
Connie Crothers – piano
Patrick Holmes – clarinet

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Ellery Eskelin Solo
Ellery Eskelin – sax

Wednesday January 13th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Chris Pitsiokos Quartet
Chris Pitsiokos – alto
Andrew Smiley – guitar
Henry Fraser – bass
Jason Nazary – drums

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Jorge Sylvester Quartet IMAGINATION
Jorge Sylvester – alto sax, compositions
Nora McCarthy – voice, poetry, compositions
Donald Nicks – upright bass
Kenny Grohowski – drums

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Juan Pablo Carletti / Daniel Levin / Jon Irabagon
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums
Daniel Levin – cello
Jon Irabagon – saxes

Thursday January 14th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Kirk Knuffke Quartet
Kirk Knuffke – cornet
C. Knoche – bass clarinet
Mark Helias – bass
Kenny Wollesen – drums
8:00PM – 9:00PM – Joe McPhee / Michael Bisio
Joe McPhee – sax, trumpet
Michael Bisio – bass

9:00PM – 10:00PM – K.J. Holmes / Jeremy Carlstedt
K.J. Holmes – dance
Jeremy Carlstedt – drums

Friday January 15th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Raymond Nat Turner
Raymond Nat Turner – poet

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Cellular Levels
John Hébert – bass
Satoshi Takeishi – electronics, sampling, percussion
New Orleans special guest Angelle Hébert – dance

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Farmers by Nature featuring Bluiett
William Parker – bass
Gerald Cleaver – drums
Hamiett Bluiett – reeds

Saturday January 16th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – William Parker / Patricia Nicholson
William Parker – ngoni & flutes
Patricia Nicholson – poetry

8:00PM – 9:00PM – JD Parran’s Harlem Reunion
JD Parran – tenor sax, flutes, percussion
Shayshanh MacPherson – violin / percussion
Baba Donn Eaton – percussion
Alexi Marcelo – piano
Larry Roland – bass, poetry

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Michael Foster The Ghost
Michael Foster – saxophones & tapes
Henry Fraser – bass & tapes
Connor Baker – percussion

2. Afro Roots feat NY Jazz Philamonics

Date: Tuesday, January 12 , 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Ave, New York, New York 10025)
Tickets: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/improv

New York Jazz Philharmonic, under the direction of Elektra Kurtis and Sonelius Smith, will be playing the works of Akua Dixon, Warren Smith, Spiro Cardamis, Elektra Kurtis, and Sonelius Smith. It is an improvisational orchestra that integrates symphonic and jazz band instruments. It’s Afro Roots Tuesdays, where the music is HAPPENING!

3. Leni Stern

Date: Tuesday, January 12 , 2016
Time: 10pm
Venue: The 55 Bar (55 Christopher St., (Sixth/Seventh Avenue), New York, ( 212 ) 929-9883)
Ticket: $10
Genre: trad. West African arranged music

LENI STERN. Acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Leni Stern brings her African music ensemble to Barbés. The music juxtaposes Stern’s trademark inventive guitar and vocal explorations with the indigenous sounds of accomplished African instrumentalists. The result is at once haunting, exuberant, cinematic, personal and resoundingly assured. Featuring Leni Stern on n’goni, electric guitar, vocals, and calabash/Alioune Faye on sabar and djembe/Mamadou Ba on electric bass.

4. Mehmet Polat Trio US Concerts

Mehmet Polat is an accomplished oud player, composer, ensemble leader and soloist who tours internationally. From Africa to India, Persia to the Balkans, Contemporary to Jazz, he has been combining various musical genres with his Alevi Spiritual, Anatolian Folk and Ottoman classical music background. Through his improvisations, compositions and his own take on a variety of musical styles, Mehmet is constantly searching for new musical paths and inspiration. After many years of research, he invented his own technique to advance beyond the limitations of his traditional instrument. With this new left hand technique, he can play more advanced and modern pieces. He has also designed an ud with two extra bass strings to broaden the range and function of his instrument.
Mehmet has been based in Amsterdam since 2007.

His current project The Mehmet Polat Trio is a spiritual yet adventurous meeting of three masters of their magical instruments: ney, kora and oud. With roots in the Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions, the trio welcomes you with its musical authenticity. The original compositions are colored by daring improvisations and grooves, presented in an atmosphere of chamber music. The Mehmet Polat Trio invites you to a sincere musical journey from the past to the present.

Sinan Arat (Turkey) Ney
Bao Sissoko (Senegal) Kora
Mehmet Polat (Turkey) Oud

Concert Schedules

January 14th – APAP Showcase Concert at Hostelling international, New York City
January 15thConcert at The Shinnyo Center, New York City
January 16th – Double concert with Sahba at Chhandayan Indian Music Center, New York City
January 17thConcert at The Cedar, Minneapolis
January 19thConcert at Drom, New York City

5. Brooklyn Raga Massive feat. Brandon Terzic

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Tickets: $10
Genre: fusion of West African, Arabic and Hindustani music

Oud and Ngoni maestro Brandon Terzik will be offering his amalgamation of West African, Arabic and Hindustani musings on a silver platter served with a side of Rufus Cappadocia (cello), Kane Mathis (Kora), Matt Kilmer (percussion) and Matt Darriau amongst other special treats.

6. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions”

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Time: 10pm
Venue: Gin Fizz (308 Lenox Avenue (125th Street), New York, NY 10027)
Ticket: $10
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 2015, 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. DH4

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: The Emerson (561 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11205)
Ticket: $10
Genre: R&B, Funk, & Latin music

DH4 returns to The Emerson in Brooklyn, NY (561 Myrtle Ave – Clinton Hill 11205) on Thursday, January 14th, 2016 from 9:00pm-11:00pm. The concert will feature brand new original songs from the group’s upcoming album PLUS rare grooves in R&B, Funk, & Latin music. DH4 is led by Captain Dan Haedicke on electric guitar, with Doron Lev on drums, Indofunk Satish on Firebird Slide trumpet, and Everett Boyd on electric bass.

8. Peter Evans/Aaron Burnett/Brandon Lopez/Weasel Walter Quartet, Chris Pitsiokos/Tyshawn Sorey Duo & Zeena Parkins/Brian Chase Duo

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv/free music

9:00pm Zeena Parkins/Brian Chase

10pm Chris Pitsiokos / Tyshawn Sorey

10:45pm Peter Evans / Aaron Burnett / Brandon Lopez / Weasel Walter

11:30pm party time

9. Oran Etkin

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2016
Time: 6pm
Venue: Birdland Jazz Club (315 W 44th St, New York, New York 10036)
Ticket: $25
Genre: jazz

Join Oran Etkin, Sullivan Fortner, Alvester Garnett Bryan Carrott and guest vocalist Charenee Wade at the beautiful Birdland Jazz Club as they play music from Etkin’s latest release on Motema Music What’s New? Reimagining Benny Goodman – a distinctly modern and personal hommage to the King of Swing!

10. Zongo Junction, Slavic Soul Party, Debo Band,Dos Santos, Big Lazy,Fela aKUsTIc

Date: Friday, January 15, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Knitting Factory Brooklyn (361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Gnawa/Afro Beat?Balkan Beat

The Knitting Factory joins forces with Multiflora Productions to present a special Brooklyn showcase synced to occur during the annual APAP conference that brings emerging, international musicians from around the world to New York. It’s no secret that Brooklyn itself is more or less a microcosm of the world. On any given night one can wonder into a venue and hear traditional Moroccan gnawan music while next door a band is fusing Balkan brass arrangements with electronic cumbia rhythms. TheKnitting Factory has a long-standing reputation for presenting a wide spectrum of cutting edge and all-inclusive music and this showcase will certainly reinforce this legacy and reflect what’s great about making music Brooklyn combined with the creative power of pluralistic artistic visions simmering and thriving in the same pot together.

Plus all vinyl DJ sets by Crown Vic (Electric Cowbell Records) and E’s E (Names You Can Trust) and more special guest selectors.

Zongo Junction (Afro-Beat),
Slavic Soul Party (Afro-Beat)
Debo Band (World)
Dos Santos (Afro-Beat)
Big Lazy (Afro-Beat)
Fela aKUsTIc (Afro-Beat)


Date: Friday, January 15, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Alwan for the Arts (16 Beaver St, Fl 4th, New York, New York 10004)
Ticket: $30
Genre: Arabic music/Maqam music

Alwan for the Arts and the Center for Traditional Music and Dance present MAQAM FEST 2016, featuring six ensembles, performing the language of maqam in varied musical styles.

Now in its fifth year, Maqam Fest features outstanding ensembles from New York and around the world that bring a unique approach and perspective on maqam. Developed more than one thousand years ago, maqam is a complex system of musical modes and represents one of the greatest legacies of the Arab-Islamic world, influencing musical traditions from the Maghreb (Northwest Africa) to Western China and from the Balkans to the Sudan.

The line-up at Maqam Fest 2016 features:

Abdoulaye Diabate and Super Manden, an extraordinary group of master musicians from West Africa performing in the jali (griot) tradition.

Dolunay, infusing new life to the timeless songs and melodies of the southern Balkan region and its rich ethnic diversity.

Kiran Ahluwalia, a modern purveyor of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan who has created a style uniquely her own — a heady hybrid of Indian grooves, Saharan desert blues with elements of jazz.

Newpoli, a group of exceptionally talented musicians specializing in Southern Italian Folk Music that integrates styles such as Tarantella-Pizzica, Tammuriata, Villanella and the Neapolitan Canzone.

Tareq Abboushi’s Shusmo Reunion, bringing new and exciting definition to the international music genre through rhythms rooted in Afro-Cuban, western classical, jazz, funk, gypsy and Arabic music, including the maqam.

The New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble, as the only band performing traditional Crimean Tatar music in the United States.


4th Floor
Dolunay: 7:45 pm – 8:30 pm
Tareq Abboushi’s Shusmo Reunion: 8:45 pm – 9:30 pm
NY Crimean Tatar Ensemble: 9:45 pm -10:30 pm

6th Floor
Newpoli: 8:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Abdoulaye Diabate & Super Manden: 9:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Kiran Ahluwalia: 10:00 pm – 10:45 pm

12. Peoples Blues Of Richmond, Atlas Road Crew & The Narrowbacks

Date: Friday, January 15, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Bowery Ballroom (6 Delancey St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: $15
Genre: blues/indie rock

People’s Blues of Richmond ( brings a carnival-like mayhem to their dark, blues-infused psychedelia. Their new album, Good Time Suicide, is a study in excess, brimming with ballads of drugs, vice and murder that sonically recall early Led Zeppelin, only weirder and with a modern sheen. Word is starting to spread about the manic intensity of the band’s live performances as they burn up the road in support of Good Time Suicide, sharing bills with a diverse collection of bands—from Ghostland Observatory and Black Joe Lewis to Galactic and Flogging Molly.

The Narrrowbacks:


Date: Friday, January 15, 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Tagine Fine Moroccan Cuisine (221 W 38th St, New York, New York 10018)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: Mozambican xylophone (timbila) and the hypnotic thrumming of Zimbabwean thumb piano (mbira)

Banning Eyre’s TIMBILA blazes ecstatic African rock with an East Village edge. The trance of African spirit possession merges with the trance of free-spirited head-bangers. Surreal buzzing timbila, hypnotic dream melodies of mbira, stinging guitar. The buzzing rhythmic attack of the Mozambican xylophone (timbila) and the hypnotic thrumming of Zimbabwean thumb piano (mbira) join with the sting of guitar in grooves that are deeply funky, and an alluring bed for vocals that are sweet, sassy and feminine, and harmonized in celestial English, Chopi and Shona.


Date: Friday, January 15  through Saturday, January 16, 2016
Time: see below
Venue: The Grand Prospect Hall (263 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Ticket: $35 (two nights festival admission: $80)
Genre: Balkan music

On January 15 and 16th, 2016, Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall will again come alive with the music, song, and dance of the Balkans (and well beyond) as some 60 bands and 3000 revelers gather for the 31st annual Zlatne Uste Golden Festival.

Zlatne Uste Golden Festival has been called a once-in-a-lifetime experience that happens every year. Anchored in Balkan traditions (roughly Romania to Greece, Croatia to Turkey), and venturing generously beyond, the programming spans the ancient and the experimental, the oud and the synthesizer. It’s a pop-up community where young and old, the folklorist, music professional, and party animal come together in two nights of joy.


Friday, Jan 15th
Dance workshop w Steve Kotanksy at 7:30pm.
Doors open 7pm; Music 7:30pm to 12:30am; Admission: $35

Saturday, Jan 16th,
Doors open 5:30pm; Music 6pm to 2am; Admission: $55

15. Barbès & Electric Cowbell present SECRET PLANET

Date:  Saturday, January 16, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Gnawa/Mariachi/Latin

For the 6th year now, Barbès Records and Electric Cowbell Records
present a Manhattan showcase timed to coincide with the APAP
conference. APAP is an annual rite that, every January, brings
musicians from around the world to New York. This year’s Secret
Planet’s lineup continues our tradition of showcasing new talent
unlikely to remain secret for very long.


Samir Langus 7:30pm
Los Crema Paraiso – 8:15pm
Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta – 9:00pm
Mariachi Flor de Toloache – 9:45pm
XIXA – 10:30pm
Alsarah & The Nubatones – 11:15pm
Buyepongo – 12:00am
Debo Band 12:45am


Date:  Saturday, January 16, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, New York Chapter (4 West 43rd street, SUITE # 618 NYC 10036)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Turkish and Persian classical music

NUMINOUS MUSIC PRESENTS: An Intimate Persian & Turkish World Music Showcase At APAP, With SAHBA MOTALLEBI & THE MEHMET POLAT TRIO, Performing Individually & Collectivley.

SAHBA MOTALLEBI (Iran/US) – Contemporary, Classical & Persian Folk / Spiritual / World Music
Sahba Motallebi – Tar and Setar. or

MEHMET POLAT TRIO – World / Folk / Jazz / Spiritual Music
Mehmet Polat (Turkey) – ud
Bao Sissoko (Senegal) – kora
Sinan Arat (Turkey) – ney
Website –


Date: Saturday, January 16, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: TERRA BLUES (149 Bleecker Street, NYC  212.777.7776)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: nu blues/ New Orleans brass

One of New York’s most original bands, HAZMAT MODINE delivers a rustic, deliriously Dionysian blend of whorehouse Blues, Reggae, Klezmer, Country and Gypsy-tinged music. Special guest:Marika Hughes on cello.

18. Ibrahim Maalouf

Date:  Sunday, January 17, 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: oriental/electronic/jazz

Ibrahim Maalouf is a French trumpet player and teacher, composer and arranger. He was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and now lives in Paris, France. Maalouf was born into a family of intellectuals and artists; he is the son of trumpeter Nassim Maalouf and pianist Nada Maalouf, nephew of the writer Amin Maalouf and grandson of journalist, poet and musicologist Rushdi Maalouf. He is noted for playing Arabic music with quarter tones on the trumpet, which is a rare skill, pioneered by his father and Don Ellis in the 1960s.

18. Musical Performance: TARAB EDITION 2016

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Time: 4pm
Venue: Alwan for the Arts (16 Beaver St, Fl 4th, New York, New York 10004)
Ticket: $30
Genre: Arabic/Maqam music

Alwan for the Arts presents Tarab Edition, an evening of musical renditions demonstrating diverse instrumental, rhythmic and vocal techniques that vivify different regions of the Arab world. The musical styles featured are varied yet intimate and contemplative; all are unified under the aegis of the Maqam model system, a system whose “essentialist” element, or logos, strives to adhere, seamlessly, to the brilliance, miraculous and pure eloquence of the Arabic language.

The range of readings include the Syrian Muwashah, Iraqi Maqam, Kuwaiti Sawt, Homayni songs from Yemen, and 20th century Egyptian compositions made once alive in the memorable vocal experience and enduring interpretive resonance of the legendary Umm Kulthum.

The line-up at Tarab Edition 2016 features:

George Ziadeh & Zafer Tawil Duo, exceptional and seasoned musicians who will be presenting the extraordinary music of Umm Kulthum.

Safaafir, the only US based group dedicated to the masterworks of the Iraqi Maqam tradition, presenting a colorful combination of expressive singing, the hammering of the Santur and the sonorous Jawzeh. The group is composed of brother and sister duo, Amir & Dena ElSaffar.

Abdulrahman Al Akhfash, an innovative performer of the rich Yemeni musical tradition, which is characterized by its rhythmic pulse and unique melodic structure.

Tareq Abboushi, presenting unique solo Buzuq improvisations.

Yousif Yaseen, performing traditional Kuwaiti/Bahraini Sawt on a modified maqam guitar

19. Brooklyn Raga Massive APAP Showcase

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Time: 5pm
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: $20
Genre: North Indian classical music

North Indian Classical
Samarth Nagarkar, Vocal
Suryaksha Deshpande, Tabla
Rohan Prabhudesai, Harmonium

BRM All-Stars
Max ZT, Dulcimer
Eric Fraser, Bansuri
Neel Murgai, Sitar
Dan Weiss, Drums
David Ellenbogen, Guitar
Michael Gam, Bass

Brooklyn Raga Massive presents a special concert at Rockwood’s intimate stage 3, free for APAP attendees. This 2 part concert highlights what BRM is all about, showcasing musicians who are a big part of our collective. We begin with our raga roots as the very talented vocalist, Samarth Nagarkar performs North Indian classical with tabla and harmonium accompaniment. The second part features compositions of BRM members, showcasing our signature cross-cultural style, rooted in India but indigenous to Brooklyn.

20. Recommended Event: globalFEST 2016

21. Recommended Event: 2016 WINTER JAZZFEST