Music Listings – 1/18 through 1/24/2016

1. Arts For Arts Week Festival

Date: Monday, January 18 through Sunday, January 24, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (107 Suffolk St, New York, New York 10002)
Tickets: $10
Genre: free jazz/improv/dance/poetry

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 18th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – 2 BASSes
Hill Greene – bass
Ratzo Harris – bass

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Henry Grimes / Melanie Dyer
Henry Grimes (acoustic bass, violin, poetry)
Melanie Dyer (viola)

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Turisemo Metaphysica ; the metaphysical tourist
a meditation on Native American music traditional, original and contemporary
L. Mixashawn Rozie – reeds, strings, voice
Guest Bill Arnold – percussion

Tuesday January 19th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Deep Ecology Trio
Cristian Amigo – guitar
JD Parran – reeds
Andrew Drury – drums

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Tomas Fujiwara & Taylor Ho Bynum
Tomas Fujiwara – drums
Taylor Ho Bynum – cornet

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Whit Dickey / Kirk Knuffke
Whit Dickey – drums
Kirk Knuffke – cornet

Wednesday January 20th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Anais Maviel / Sam Yulsman
Anais Maviel – voice, piano
Sam Yulsman – piano, voice

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Rob Brown Trio
Rob Brown – sax
Todd Nicholson – bass
Juan Pablo Carletti – drums

9:00PM – 10:00PM – CENTO
Andrea Wolper, voice, compositions, poems
Ken Filiano, bass
Michael TA Thompson, soundrhythium

Thursday January 21st, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Michael Bisio / James Brandon Lewis
Michael Bisio – bass
James Brandon Lewis – sax

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Michael TA Thompson Trio
Rod Williams – piano
Ken Filiano – bass
Michael TA Thompson – drums

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Lewis Barnes Quartet
Lewis Barnes – trumpet
Connie Crothers – piano
Michael Bisio – bass
Warren Smith – drums

Friday January 22nd, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Ras Moshe Music Now! Unit
Ras Moshe – tenor, soprano sax & flute
Bill Cole – sona, hojok, piri, didgeridoo, nagaswarm, flutes
Larry Roland – bass & poetry
Charles Downs – drums

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Tony Malaby’s Apparitions Trio
Tony Malaby – sax
Billy Mintz – drums
Randy Peterson – drums

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Angelica Sanchez Trio
Angelica Sanchez – piano
Brandon Ross – guitar
Chad Taylor – drums

Saturday January 23rd, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – Joe Morris / Yasmine Azaiez
Joe Morris – guitar
Yasmine Azaiez – violin

8:00PM – 9:00PM – PNParker’s Resurrection Revolution Quintet
Patricia Nicholson – dance
Jason Jordan – dance
Michael TA Thompson – drums
Jason Kao Hwang – violin
Bill Mazza – painting/projections

9:00PM – 10:00PM – Jones’ Tenor Duets
Jessica Jones – tenor sax
Tony Jones – tenor sax
featuring guest poet Raymond Nat Turner

Sunday January 24th, 2016
7:00PM – 8:00PM – NBB Collective
Andrew Bemkey – piano
Todd Nicholson – bass
Newman Taylor-Baker – drums

8:00PM – 9:00PM – Warren Smith Trio
Warren Smith – percussions
Andrew Lamb – tenor
Larry Roland – bass, poetry

9:00PM – 10:00PM – William Parker’s Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra

2. THE MEHMET POLAT TRIO / Shelley Thomas with Brooklyn Takht

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Time: 7:15pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Arabic music

The Mehmet Polat Trio is a spiritual yet adventurous meeting of three virtuosos of magical instruments: ney, kora and ud. With roots in the Ottoman, ancient Anatolian, Balkan and West African music traditions, the trio welcomes listeners with itsmusical authenticity. The original compositions are colored by daring improvisations and grooves, presented in an atmosphere of chamber music. The Mehmet Polat Trio invites its audiences on a sincere musical journey from the traditional past to an innovative present.

Dubbed “One of the most eclectic of New York’s elite singers” by NY Music Daily, Shelley Thomas is a professional vocalist specializing in Eastern European and Arabic styles. She sings in over fifteen languages with disarming fluidity, authenticity and emotion. She has taught workshops, recorded, performed and toured nationally and internationally with various World Music ensembles and artists including Kronos Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Hassan Hakmoun, the New York Arabic Orchestra, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Vlada Tomova’s Bulgarian Voices Trio, and Black Sea Hotel. She has performed at festivals such as Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Vancouver Island Music Festival, and Abu Dhabi Festival.

Brooklyn Takht is a new ensemble comprised of Arab and American musicians from the New York Arabic Orchestra. Recreating classic Arabic songs from the Golden Era, they tell tales of unrequited love and inextinguishable passion through complex forms and modes. Lusciously ornamented melodies and evocative poetry stir the ancient spirit of this rare musical form.

 Line up 

Shelley Thomas – vocals
Samer Ali – violin
Brian Prunka – oud
Sprocket Royer – bass
Zafer Tawil – riq

3. BRM Benefit Concert for Chennai Flood Relief: Roopa Mahadevan (vocal) with Anjna and Rajna Swaminathan

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Tickets: $10
Genre: South Indian vocal music
Proceeds of event will go towards helping Carnatic musicians in Chennai recover from the extensive loss of personal property from the recent floods.

BRM is happy to present Roopa Mahadevan, a rising star in NYC’s Indian music scene. She is an astonishingly versatile vocalist trained in the Carnatic (South Indian) tradition. Roopa is is a student of Asha Ramesh and Suguna Varadachari and has performed across the globe as a Fullbright Scholar. She is currently the artistic director for the NYC-based vocal group, Navatman Music Collective. She has also performed R&B/soul music and theatre. Roopa has received praise and notable press across the U.S. and India alike for her stunning vocals and vibrant performances.
Roopa Mahadevan, Carnatic vocals
Rajna Swaminathan, Mrudangam
Anjna Swaminathan, violin

4. Anthony Braxton Portrait Concert

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: National Sawdust (80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Tickets: $25
Genre: modern music/jazz

The next installment of Wet Ink’s ongoing Portrait Concerts series will celebrate the work of Anthony Braxton, a major figure of American music, on the occasion of his 70th birthday. The program will showcase the extraordinary breadth and scope of Braxton’s output, from the early Stockhausen-influenced chamber works to mid-career quartet works (written for the seminal lineup of Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, Gerry Hemingway, and Mark Dresser), and the development of his “Ghost Trance Music” series. Featuring mid 70s works for large creative bands, Compositions 56 and 58, mid-80s works for small improvising ensemble, Composition 116 and 131, and Composition 227, a classic work for Large Ghost-Trance Ensemble, the concert highlights three decades of music from one of America’s greatest living composers.

The Wet Ink Large Ensemble brings together a group of performers with the versatility to grapple with Braxton’s unique blend of rigorously notated complexity, open form, free and structured improvisation, along with a number of special guests from Braxton’s remarkable teaching lineage, in celebration of an altogether uncategorizable artist.

Nate Wooley (trumpet)
Peter Evans (trumpet)
Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon)
Dan Peck (tuba)
Jacob Garchik (trombone)
Jeff Snyder (modular synth)
Alex Mincek (saxophone)
Josh Modney (violin)
Kate Soper (voice)
Eric Wubbels (piano)
Ian Antonio (percussion)
Greg Chudzik (bass)


5. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions”

Date: Thursday, January 21, 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.


6. Rez Abbasi

Date: Saturday, January 23, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Asia Society (725 Park Ave, New York, New York 10021)
Ticket: $30
Genre: Carnatic classical music from Southern India through the idiom of jazz

Invocation is Pakistani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi’s quintet featuring pianist Vijay Iyer and saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. In this performance, the quintet unveils a new project that explores Carnatic classical music from Southern India through the idiom of jazz. This is the final installment in a triptych made by Abbasi that puts a jazz lens on the musical traditions of South Asia; Invocation previously explored Hindustani music and qawwali in a pair of critically acclaimed recordings.

Abbasi — along with Iyer and Mahanthappa — is one of a trio of jazz musicians who are forging distinctly South Asian-inflected voices on the contemporary scene. Abbasi comes to this endeavor honestly: he is one of the foremost guitar players in modern jazz, a product of the Manhattan School of Music, but early in his career he made a pilgrimage to India to study with tabla master Ustad Alla Rakha, father of Zakir Hussain. The mission of Invocation’s music, Abbasi declares, is “to create a global-based music steeped in jazz. This tradition follows in the footsteps of some of the greatest jazz musicians. Coltrane, Ellington, and Gillespie all immersed themselves in music from around the world.”

With Johannes Weidenmueller on bass; Dan Weiss on drums; and Elizabeth Means on cello.

7. Augustus Arnone

Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016
Time: 3pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow St., New York, NY)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: contemporary music

The Complete Solo Piano Works Of Milton Babbitt, Concert II
‘The Time Series’
• Playing For Time (1977)
• About Time (1982)
• Overtime (1987)
The Old Order Changeth (1998)
Canonical Form (1983)

Augustus Arnone is an adventurous pianist who has made a home at the edge of transcendental extremes in the modern repertory. His repertoire includes the complete works for solo piano by Milton Babbitt and Michael Finnissy’s complete monumental eleven movement piano cycle, “The History Of Photography In Sound,” as well as works by Cage, Xenakis, Stockhausen, Rzewski, Carter, Nono, Lucier, Feldman, Martino, Rakowski, Sierra, Campion and Eckardt. Composers who have written for him include Christopher Bailey, Yotam Haber, Michael Klingbeil, Aaron Brooks, James Romig, Lou Bunk, Spencer Topel, and Todd Tarantino. A stalwart champion of the ever controversial Babbitt, Mr. Arnone performed the composer’s complete solo piano music over the course of two evenings at Merkin Concert Hall, the recordings of which available as streaming audio by following this link. Mr. Arnone has been presented at venues throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn including Merkin Concert Hall, the Issue Project Room, Roulette Concert Space, the cell, the Firehouse Space, Spectrum, and the Greenwich House. He is also an enthusiastic improviser and recent concerts have featured solo improvisation using MIDI-enabled acoustic piano as well as digital synthesizers.