Music Listings – 2/15 through 2/21/2016

1. No Orpheus: vocal music of Mohammed Fairouz
w/ Wayne Koestenbaum , Lloyd Schwartz , Adrian Daurov , and Rebecca Ringle

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, NY, NY 10010)
Tickets: $15/$20/$25
Genre: music which integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures

Mohammed Fairouz, born in 1985, is one of the most frequently performed, commissioned, and recorded composers of his generation. Hailed by The New York Times as “an important new artistic voice” and by BBC World News as “one of the most talented composers of his generation,” Fairouz integrates Middle-Eastern modes into Western structures, to deeply expressive effect. His large-scale works, including four symphonies and an opera, engage major geopolitical and philosophical themes with persuasive craft and a marked seriousness of purpose. His most recent symphony, In the Shadow of No Towers for wind ensemble, was described by Steve Smith of The New York Times as “technically impressive, consistently imaginative and in its finest stretches deeply moving.” His solo and chamber music attains an “intoxicating intimacy,” according to New York’s WQXR.

His principal teachers in composition have included György Ligeti, Gunther Schuller, and Richard Danielpour, with studies at the Curtis Institute and New England Conservatory. Fairouz’s works are published by Peermusic Classical. He lives in New York City.


Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: donation
Genre: DJ/club

DJ BARBA YIORGI (leader of Dervisi) with psychedlic global dance grooves from his secret stash of ancient and modern insane pan-cultural polymorphous funk:
Boogaloo – AfroBeat – Turkish Anadolu – World Garage Rock – Benga Beat – Cumbia – Saraha Desert Blues — Salsa – Etheo-Jazz – Soucous – Highlife – Champeta – Juju – Euro-Pop – Greek Sunshine Pop  AND MORE

3. Brooklyn Raga Massive Feat. Art of the Jugalbandhi, Workshop + Concert

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 12am
Venue: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231)
Tickets: Workshop: Advance $10 / Door $15
Concert: Advance $10 / Door $15
Workshop + Concert: Advance $20 / Door $25
Genre: workshop and music of Indian classical dance and music

Jugalbandhi brings together two melodic instrumentalists in what is normally a more soloistic form. To have true dialogue is a rarefied art, a special subdivision of Indian classical music. Art of the Jugalbandhi showcases 3 duets; the bansuri players, Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser, Carnatic violinist Arun Ramamurthy and North Indian sarod player Anupam Shobhakar, and the dynamic duo of Abhik Mukherjee on sitar and Jay Gandhi on bansuri.

WORKSHOP: 6:30 p.m.
What are raga and tala anyway? How do they come together to create the beautiful music we enjoy at so many BRM nights? The mysteriesSee More

4. Leni Stern

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time: 10pm – pm
Venue: Silvana (300 W 116th St, New York, New York 10026)
Ticket: $10
Genre: trad. West African arranged music

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 and Amanda Ruzza.

5. Z’EV

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2015
Time:  6pm
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20
Genre:  audio and video reconstruction

The 2016 edition of Roulette’s Festival of Mixology explores the history and tradition of electronics as it influences contemporary performance. Over five days and featuring nine artists and their collaborators, the Festival illustrates the potency of invention and re-invention that has fueled experimentation and imagination for a century. Concerts feature masters in the art of of Theremin, synthesizer, sampling, glitch, appropriation, film and video interface, analog processing, circuit bending, and DJ technology.

Curated by David Weinstein, the co-founder of Roulette and producer of the first Festival of Mixology over 25 years ago, the series celebrates resurrected, restored, and recovered machinery, vintage recordings, and principles of electronic sound and image stretched to impact new and adventurous work.

In a tribute to Alice and John Coltrane, the legendary percussionist and industrial music godfather Z’EV presents his audio and video reconstruction of two television broadcasts utilizing his custom pentatonic sound rig. A 1961 German TV performance of My Favorite Things by the Coltrane Quartet and a 1987 harp solo in Warsaw by Alice become source material for a lush, surreal, and delicious multimedia montage.

In transforming the Roulette space into a giant cabinet of curiosities, analog alchemist and sorcerer scientist Lary 7 celebrates both the circus and the laboratory that we identify with technology. Drawing from his massive collection of obsolete gear, gadgetry, and mutant machinery, 7 will dazzle and delight with his passion for the flawed struggle of aging voices to speak beautifully.

6. Shauli Einav Quartet

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time:  7:30pm
Venue: Smalls Jazz Club (183 W 10th St, New York, New York 10014)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz

After a long absence since moving to France, Shauli Einav is back at Smalls and looking forward to celebrate his quartet’s new album Beam Me Up (BERTHOLD records)
Featuring: Glenn Zaleskii – piano , Edward Perez – bass, Ari Hoenig – drums, & Shauli Einav – saxophones.

From the press:
It’s overly tempting and often fallacious to equate an artist’s musical output with their biography. However, it’s hard to miss the newfound maturity, the freshly-minted comfort, and the “adult” outlook that virtuoso saxophonist Shauli Einav presents on his new album, Beam Me Up. Einav’s work no longer has the feeling of a young lion anxious to earn his place among the world’s top players; instead, Beam Me Up is the mature statement of an artist in his prime, in command, and surrounded by musicians who buy wholeheartedly into his vision. ”

7. Randy Weston and Senegalese Master Drummers in a Tribute to Doudou N’Diaye Rose

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: The New School -Tishman Auditorium (66 W 12th St, New York, New York 10011)
Tickets: free
Genre: jazz/Sabar music

On August 19, 2015, Doudou N’Diaye Rose passed away in Dakar. We are deeply saddened by his loss, and in this program, which was intended to feature N’Diaye as a special guest artist, we will instead pay homage to Doudou’s incredible musical legacy , and will present performances by several of his sons–master drummers in their own right–direct from Senegal,Moustapha (“Tapha”) N’Diaye and Birame N’Diaye. They will be joined onstage by Senegalese drummers Mar Gueye and his son, Mor Coumba Gueye, legendary percussionistNeil Clarke, and New School Jazz Artist-in-Residence, pianist and composer Randy Weston.

Doudou N’Diaye Rose was a true legend, and one of the most renowned African musicians of the 20th century. Born Mamadou Ndiaye in Dakar in 1930, Rose is a Senegalese drummer, composer and band leader, and is the recognized modern master of Senegal’s traditional drum, the sabar. He is the father of a musical dynasty which includes some of the most successful traditional musicians of contemporary West Africa.

Ndiaye Rose is purported to have developed 500 new rhythms, and, indeed, his music is quite complex, featuring ever-changing rhythmic structures which he conducts with his trademark vigorous style. He has also invented new types of drum.

This program is part of the Randy Weston Artist-In-Residency series at The New School for Jazz.

8. The Bridge: Allan Harris, Doug Wimbish, Marc Cary, Daru Jones & Jesse Jones, Jr. ‘Bringing America Together’

Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, NY, NY 10010)
Tickets: $20
Genre: jazz

For Black History Month, introducing a new dramatic and musical telling of the African-American experience narrated by Allan Harris and accompanied by a trio of the country’s finest musicians. • Allan Harris (composer/songwriter/vocalist/guitarist) • Doug Wimbish (Living Colour and Sugar Hill House bassist) • Marc Cary (Grammy nominated pianist) • Daru Jones (drummer Jack White Band) and • Jesse Jones Jr, (saxophone).

After first playing together at Art Deco Festival 2014 (Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend) in Miami Beach, DownBeat Critic’s Poll award winner and New York City’s favorite jazz vocalist/guitarist Allan Harris and legendary rock ’n’ roll bassist, Living Colour’s Doug Wimbish decided to organize a live show commemorating the Freedom Riders and the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Special guest: Charenee Wade Group (The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson)

Charenee Wade – vocals
Brandon McCune – keys
Lonnie Plaxico – bass
Darrell Green – drums
Nikara Warren – vibes
Dave Stryker – guitar
Lakecia Benjamin – sax

First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenee Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who received her degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her accolades include Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC; being one of the talented four chosen for the Dianne Reeves Young Artist Workshop at Carnegie Hall; 1st Runner-Up in the Jazzmobile Vocal Competition; and being selected for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, 2007-09, directed by Christian McBride.

9. Meshell Ndegeocello w/ Chargaux

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, NY, NY 10010)
Tickets: $35
Genre:  hip hop/R&B/new wave

Mercurial and masterful, Meshell Ndegeocello (Meshell Ndegeocello official site) has survived the best and worst of what a career in music has to offer. She has eschewed genre for originality, celebrity for longevity, and musicals trends for musical truths. She has lived through the boom and bust of the industry and emerged just as she entered – unequivocally herself. Fans have come to expect the unexpected from Meshell, and faithfully followed her on sojourns into soul, spoken word, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, rock, all bound by a lyrical, spiritual search for love, justice, respect, resolution, and happiness.

A bass player above all else, Meshell brings her warm, fat, and melodic groove to everything she does and has appeared alongside the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, James Blood Ulmer, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Tony Allen, John Medeski, Billy Preston, and Chaka Khan. As for her own bass-playing influences, she credits Sting, Jaco Pastorius, Family Man Barrett, and Stevie Wonder. Meshell was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Bass Player magazine and remains one of few women who write the music, sing the songs, and lead the band.

Charly and Margaux, popularly known as Chargaux (Chargaux official site) are a Brooklyn based art collective. As a string duo who both compose and perform original works they have altered the reputation of classical instruments and the people who play them. Utilizing elements of visual art and creative fashion, they continue to pioneer a new breed of musicianship.


Date: Saturday, February 20, 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.