Music Listings – 2/1 through 2/7/2016

1. El Tryptophan

Date: Monday, February 1, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Manhattan Inn (632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222)
Tickets: $10
Genre: singer-song writer/indie rock/electronics/noise

El Tryptophan who is celebrating the release of his debut album Guilt Vacation which 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)

2. Aruan Ortiz Trio

Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Time: 7:30pm & 9:30pm
Venue: Jazz Standard (116 E 27th St, New York, New York 10016)
Ticket: $25
Genre: Afro-Latin jazz

Aruán Ortiz is an internationally acclaimed pianist and composer who has gigged and/or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Oliver Lake, Don Byron, and Wallace Roney, just to name a few. A prolific recording artist, in 2012 Ortiz released three albums as a leader including Santiarican Blues Suite (Sunnyside), and showcased a thirst for incorporating the music of his native Cuba into his contemporary concept.. This Jazz Standard one– nighter celebrates Aruán Ortiz’s latest trio album, Hidden Voices (Intakt Records) and will treat the audience to a rhythmic feast with not one but two thrilling percussionists, Enildo Rasúa and Mauricio Herrera.

Aruán Ortiz – piano
Brad Jones – bass
Eric McPherson – drums

With Special Guests:
Enildo Rasúa – percussion
Mauricio Herrera – percussion

3. Brooklyn Raga Massive Feat. Awa Sangho

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231)
Tickets: $15
Genre: a night of African and Indian Classical Music

Brooklyn Raga Massive will launch its Pioneer Works residency with a special concert celebration, a retrospective of it’s joyful Africa/India Series. For over a year now, Brooklyn Raga Massive, NYC Radio LIve and Afro Roots Music Nights teamed up to bring African and Indian artists together for a popular series of monthly concerts. The majority of these have been archived on the podcast and broadcast on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY.

For Feb 3rd’s special triple bill, we will be presenting the legendary “golden voice of Mali,” Awa Sangho, supported by the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars, the fresh new electro-acoustic Kora/Tabla duo Orakel made up of Kane Mathis and Roshni Samlal and the original band in this new genre Afrika Meets India, led by Kevin Nathaniel on Mbira and Eric Fraser on Bansuri.

Set 1
Kane Mathis, Kora, electronics
Roshni Samlal, Tabla

Set 2
Afrika Meets India:
Kevin Nathaniel – Mbira, percussion
Eric Fraser – Bansuri
Giancarlo Luigi, percussion,
Sameer Gupta, tabla,
Salieu Suso, Kora
Neel Murgai, Sitar

Set 3
Awa Sangho with the BRM-All Stars

Awa Sangho, Vocals, percussion
Daniel Moreno, Percussion,
Joshua Geisler, Bansuri; ,
Michael Gam, Bass,
David Ellenbogen, guitar
Arun Ramamurthy, Violin
Jay Gandhi, bansuri
Kane Mathis Kora,
Roshni Samlal, Tabla
Malick Koly, drumset

4. Dervisi

Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: donation
Genre: Greek Blues/Rembetika music

DERVISI performing exotic Greek Gangsta Blues called Rembetika. Rembetika originally the songs of hashish clans and outlaws; and Smyrnaika, the elaborate oriental cafe music of the refugees from Greek Asia minor.

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5. Típica 73

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 W 62nd St, New York, New York 10023)
Tickets: free (sponsored concert)
Genre:  New York City-based Latin music

A series of free concerts specifically designed to celebrate New York City-based Latin music, ¡Vaya63! continues at Lincoln Center’s David Rubenstein Atrium on February 4th with Típica 73 supported by DJ Jose Calderon. Originally founded by members of the Ray Barreto Orchestra, Típica 73 revitalizes and brings the essence of a real 1970s salsa dance party to Lincoln Center. The performance begins at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.

The series is curated by NYU Professor of Music Business Carlos Chirinos, who worked with Lincoln Center to generate programming that would effectively reflect and engage the Latino community. Professor Chirinos, a native of Venezuela, selected artists with deep roots in the New York City Latin music scene, and also reflective of its evolution since the 1960s.

6. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions”

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Time: 10:30pm
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. Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic

Date: Friday, February 5 through Sunday, February 7, 2016
Times here:
Venue: BAM (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217)
Ticket: $15
Genre: theatre/kids featuring puppets, a storyteller, and shadow casters

Conceived, designed, and directed by Hamid Rahmanian
In collaboration with Larry Reed and ShadowLight Productions

Original Music by Loga Ramin Torkian and Azam Ali
Produced by Fictionville Studio and Banu Productions

This captivating performance stages the legend of Zaul & Rudabeh, one of the stories in the Persian Shahnameh, the national epic of Iran. Featuring puppets, a storyteller, and shadow casters, this all-ages adventure updates the classic shadow play—a storied cultural form across Asia and the Near East—melding traditional puppeteering techniques with new media.

8. Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents: A performance workshop on the Classical Music of India

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (58 7th Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217)
Ticket: $15
Genre: Indian Classical Music workshop

Indian Classical Music (ICM) is rooted in the ancient Vedic mantras, dating back over a thousand years. Throughout the course of history, two distinct forms of classical music emerged in the North (Hindustani) & South (Carnatic).

Leading practitioners of ICM in the U.S., Arun Ramamurthy (violin) & Jay Gandhi (bansuri) will explore the similarities and differences of these two styles in an informative and interactive performance. Joined by respected percussionists, Ehren Hanson (tabla) and A.R. Balaskandan (mridangam), the team will discuss the concepts and applications of Raga and Tala, the two essential elements of the music.

This performance workshop is presented by Brooklyn Raga Massive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and innovation of Indian Classical music and currently artists in residence at the Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

9. Amir Vahab

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Columbia University: Party Space, Lerner Hall ( 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027)
Ticket: $7
Genre: Sufi and folk music

The evening will feature Amir Vahab, one of New York’s most distinguished composers and vocalist of Sufi and folk music. He will be joined by his ensemble for a performance of Rumi poetry and Sufi music.

10. Filtron M

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Nublu (62 Avenue C, New York, New York 10009)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Latin fusion jazz

Manu Koch – keys
Panagiotis Andreou – bass
Mauricio Zottarelli – drums
Samuel Torres – congas

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11. L. Subramaniam

Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Ave, New York, New York 10128)
Ticket: $45
Genre: Carnatic classical music of Southern India

India’s violin icon L. Subramaniam, dubbed “The Paganini of Indian Classical music,” has earned international acclaim for his virtuosic techniques and distinct style that embraces both the Carnatic classical music of Southern India and Western classical music. A Grammy-nominated artist, Dr. Subramaniam has made more than 200 recordings and collaborated with artists such as George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, and Yehudi Menuhin.
This rare Indian Classical performance in New York will be the only North American event of the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival, which he founded and leads. He is joined
by his son, violinist Ambi Subramaniam, and drummer Mahesh Krishnamurthy.

“L. Subramaniam is the best this listener has heard.” — The New York Times


Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 6pm
Venue: Barbès (376 9th St, Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Ticket: $10
Genre: African-Arabic music

KANE MATHIS performing on the 21-string Mandinka Harp and the Turkish Oud, Kane Mathis renders compelling interpretations of these traditional musics.
Kane began making trips to The Gambia, Africa in 1996 to live with a family of hereditary musicians studying primarily with Malamini Jobarteh. In 2011 Kane became the first non-African to be endorsed by the Gambian National Center For Arts and Culture. Kane has also studied at Istanbul’s I.T.U. conservatory before a 5 year apprenticeship with Oud virtuoso Münir Beken. Kane is a 2010 Earshot Jazz album of the year winner and a recipient of the 2012 Chamber Music America grant.
This week of the residency he performs with Rich Stein on percussion, Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, and Josh Geisler on bansuri.

13. Mohsen Namjoo

Date: Saturday, February 6, 2016
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Symphony Space – Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (2537 Broadway, New York, New York 10025)
Ticket: $70/$50/$35
Genre: Iranian indie folk-rock

After a highly successful tour in the United States and Europe, Mohsen Namjoo returns to New York City. Hailed by the New York Times as the Bob Dylan of Iran, Mohsen Namjoo and his ensemble will play music from his latest album, “Trust the Tangerine Peel,” plus some old favorites.

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