Music Listings – 3/7 through 3/13/2016

1. Mary Halvorson 

Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20
Genre: jazz/improv

Famed jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson celebrates the second night of her Roulette residency with a debut performance from the new trio comprised of Ambrose Akinmusire, Craig Taborn, and Halvorson.

Guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson has been called “NYC’s least-predictable improviser” (Howard Mandel, City Arts), “the most forward-thinking guitarist working right now” (Lars Gotrich, and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders” (Francis Davis, Village Voice). Ms. Halvorson is best known for her longstanding trio, featuring bassist John Hébert and drummer Ches Smith, and more recently for her solo guitar project, Meltframe. She has several other projects as a bandleader including a quintet, septet and octet. Collaborative projects include a chamber-jazz duo with violist Jessica Pavone, the avant-rock band People and the collective ensembles Thumbscrew (with Michael Formanek and Tomas Fujiwara) and Secret Keeper (with Stephan Crump). Ms. Halvorson is also an active member of bands led by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, Trevor Dunn, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Mike Reed and Marc Ribot, among others.

2. Brooklyn Raga Massive Feat. Raga and the Moving Image

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Venue: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231)
Tickets: $15
Genre: film & Raga music

Raga is ‘that which colors the mind’ and tonight BRM presents a night featuring film, live video projection art and collaborative work with live soundtracking by Raga inspired projects. Musicians will work with video projection artists and independent filmmakers to present the spectrum of how Indian Classical inspired music and the moving image build dialogue. Featuring Biryani Boys, CultureHub and Treeline Picture’s Josh Adler, KARAVIKA, Dana Leong’s TEKTONIK and the BRM All Stars! Masala popcorn treats available.

(FREE) 6pm – 8pm – JALSAAGHAR (The Music Room) by Satyajit Rai (sound track by Ustad Vilayat Khan)

8pm Doors – Tickets Advance $10 / Door $15
BRM All-Stars w/ CultureHub Trio
Selections from Biryani Boys
Dana Leong’s TEKTONIC w/ Marton Gabor
and more…


Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Meridian 23 (161 W 23rd St, New York, New York 10011)
Tickets: $5
Genre: hip hop

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.

4. Blake Morgan

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: $10
Genre: singer-song writer/indie rock

Native New Yorker Blake Morgan is a recording artist, record producer, and the founder and owner of ECR Music Group, a global music company which operates under an elemental principle unprecedented in the music world: all of its artists and labels own one-hundred percent of their master recordings.

He also started the #IRespectMusic movement which continues to grow at an unprecedented pace ( Music makers, music lovers, music organizations, luminaries like Patrick Stewart, Gavin DeGraw, Gloria Steinem, Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, Jane Fonda, Jean Michele Jarre, Garth Richardson, Marisa Tomei, Roseanne Cash, numerous members of the United States Congress, the NMPA, the RIAA, the US Copyright Office, SoundExchange, and countless others have voiced their support by both signing the petition and posting or tweeting a selfie with the hashtag: #IRespectMusic.

The #IRespectMusic campaign follows his whistle-blowing victory over Internet radio giant Pandora, which led to the multi-billion dollar company abandoning its own signature Congressional legislation proposal which would have reduced artists’ pay by up to 85%.

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5. Turkish Story Time

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 4pm
Venue: Book Culture on Columbus (450 Columbus Ave, New York, New York 10024)
Ticket: free
Genre: reading stories in Turkish and learning Turkish songs

A first in NYC, Turkish Story Time brings children and their caregivers together to learn about Turkish culture through reading stories in Turkish, learning songs, rhymes, and riddles, introduce instruments, and advance literacy. Event run by Ahmet Erdogdular.

6. Kosi: a tribute to Abbey Lincoln

Date: Thursday, March 10 through Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: WOW Café Theatre (59-61 East 4th, New York, New York 10003)
Ticket: $20
Genre: vocal jazz

Celebrating the life, the philosophy, the music, and the magic of Abbey Lincoln: jazz singer-songwriter, actress, civil rights activist, and outspoken black woman, with an evening of music, poetry, and invocation by Kosi.

Kosi – vocals
Brendon Biagi – saxophone
Aron Marchak – guitar
Christopher Hall – bass
Isaiah Pierce – drums

Performance dates:

Thu Mar 10
Fri Mar 11
Sat Mar 12

Thu Mar 17
Fri Mar 18
Sat Mar 19

7. Ayman Fanous 

Date: Thursday, March 10 and Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Firehouse Space (246 Frost St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: synthesis of classical and flamenco guitar technique with contemporary free improvisation

Over the last 25 years, Ayman Fanous has forged a singular synthesis of classical and flamenco guitar technique with contemporary free improvisation.  His music has been described as a “stylistic amalgam of Derek Bailey and Paco de Lucia” (Signal to Noise). Fanous also reaches back into his Egyptian ancestry in improvisations on the bouzouki.  Although he has only recently begun to release recordings, his duo partners have included a number of leading improvising musicians including Bern Nix, Tomas Ulrich, Jason Hwang, William Parker, Frances-Marie Uitti, Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman, Mat Maneri, Lori Freedman, Kinan Azmeh, and Tatsuya Nakatani.  Over two nights at the Firehouse Space, Fanous will bring together some of the most original and acclaimed improvising musicians in New York to debut four different ensembles, including several first meetings.


7:00pm: Ayman Fanous/Denman Maroney Duo (Guitar/hyperpiano)

8:00pm: Ayman Fanous/Jason Hwang/Ned Rothenberg/Daniel Levin Quartet (Guitar/violin/reeds/cello)

9:30pm: Ayman Fanous/Ikue Mori Duo + Guests (Guitar/laptop electronics)


7:00pm: Ayman Fanous/Jason Hwang/William Parker/Tatsuya Nakatani Quartet (Guitar/violin/bass/percussion)

8:00pm: Ayman Fanous/Tomas Ulrich/Mark Feldman Quartet (Guitar/cello/violin)

9:30pm: Ayman Fanous/Andrea Parkins Duo + Guests (Guitar/electronics and accordion)

8. Michela Musolinoa

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Father Demo Hall, Our Lady of Pompeii Shrine Church ( 25 Carmine Street, NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Sicilian and Southern Italy folk and dance music

Join us again as we welcome Spring with a night of the folk music and dance of Sicily and Southern Italy. Once a year the theater below Our Lady of Pompeii Church turns into an Italian Piazza with a music and dance concert when we celebrate the end of winter and Persephone’s return to the land of the living! It will be an evening of tamburelli, organetti and zampogne, tarantellas, balletti and tammuriatas. We’ll all be there, Rosa Tatuata: Phil Passantino, Michael Delia, Domenico Porco, Charlie Rutan, JP Provenzano and myself (Michela Musolino) and this year, we are honored to have as our special guests, our friends, Lassatili Abballari : Michele Piccione, Benedetto Basile; Marco Macaluso, Ciccio Piras and Barbara Crescimanno, who are bringing even MORE Sicilian folk music and dance as well as the folk songs and dance traditions of Europe: Balfolk. 

9. Oran Etkin & Sullivan Fortner

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 9:30pm & 11pm
Venue: Mezzrow (163 W 10th St, New York, New York 10014)
Ticket: $20
Genre:  jazz

Clarinetist Oran Etkin is a rapidly rising star in the jazz circles.  He is a virtuoso of the clarinet and plays with great joy.  Accompanying him on piano is the highly celebrated Sullivan Fortner. Performing music from Etkin’s new album What’s New? Reimagining Benny Goodman.

10. 14th LADY GOT CHOPS Women’s History Month Music and Arts Festival (@ A PLETHORA OF VENUES)

11. Hubert von Goisern

Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Austrian indie rock/pops?

For a man who has tirelessly pushed the envelope of Austrian popular music, while somehow scoring hit after hit in Europe, Hubert von Goisern keeps it simple: “I like sounds,” he insists. “I just like to get sounds out of everything,” one reason he brings everything from concertina to nose flute into his work. More here:

12. Sahba Motallebi w/ KoriSoron

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St, New York, New York 10012)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Persian classical music

Iran-born and Southern Californian based Sahba Motallebi is a songwriter, Tar, Setar and Shoorangiz virtuoso and an internationally acclaimed musician. She has studied music and composition at distinguished institutions such as the National Conservatory (Iran), Saint Petersburg Korsakov Conservatory (Russia), RGS University (Turkey), and California Institute of Arts (USA). Sahba has been recognized as the best Tar player at the Iranian Music Festival (FAJR) for four consecutive years. Her performances as a soloist and in collaboration with renowned vocalists such as Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Alireza Ghorbani, Sina Sarlak, Mamak Khadem and esteemed composers such as Hossein Alizadeh, Arshad Tahmasebi, Keyhan Kalhour, and Yo-Yo Ma.

13. Border Crossings: Music of American composer Richard Cameron-Wolfe & Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Runchak

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Tenri Cultural Institute of New York (43 W 13th St, New York, New York 10011)
Ticket: $30
Genre: modern music?

Tenri Cultural Institute proudly presents Border Crossings, a cultural exchange featuring works by American composer Richard Cameron-Wolfe and Ukrainian composer Volodymyr Runchak. World premieres, U.S. premieres, New York premieres and more grace this program performed by trombonist Jen Baker, pianists Gayle Blankenburg (in town from LA) and Irena Portenko, double bassist Ken Filiano, soprano Elisabeth Halliday, saxophonists Daniel Kochersberger, Aaron Patterson, Jay Rattman and Jordan Smith, flutist Rachel Rudich (LA/NY) and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck with a special guest appearance by actor Kevin Kline as the poet in the premiere of Cameron-Wolfe’s micro-opera A Sound-Shroud for Bill Knott.

14. Ji Park & Friends

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: IBeam Brooklyn (168 7th St, Brooklyn, New York 1121)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/improv/electronics

Ji Park & Friends – Improvisations & Compositions

Ji Park / Jochem van Dijk: Improvisations (8:30 pm)
Ji Park (cello)
Jochem van Dijk (bass guitar)

Ji Park / Tyler Gilmore: Compositions (9:30 pm)
Ji Park (cello)
Tyler Gilmore (electronics)

15. Walad and Bowery Arts And Science Present: Dialect-ics

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Bowery Poetry Club (308 Bowery, New York, New York 10012)
Ticket: $15
Genre: language and music event

Dialect-ics seeks to explore different modes of expressing personal narratives in various styles, forms and dialects to reckon with multiple representations of experience. The event brings together a cast of writers and artists of various backgrounds, disciplines, and dialects. This bricolage of style and language reflects the vast array of experience in New York City with all its underlying contradictions; questions of identity and language, alienation and belonging, the personal and the political are rendered poetically. It also sets the stage for interdisciplinary and inter-linguistic experimentation, collaboration, and nurturing of collective experience.

Mohamad J Hodeib (Walad – الولد)
Mowaffak Lahham
Tina Fish
Sara Farag
Miri Gabriel
Emma Root
Halexis Jones
Narish Singh
Ashna Ali
Maryam Al-Khawaja

Musician: Hanna Barakat (Lebanon/Canada — electric guitar lady/musician and performer)


Date: Sunday, March 13, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Barbès (376 9th St, Brooklyn, New York 11215)
Ticket: $10
Genre: West African music/jazz/improv

VOYAGERS. An acoustic trio featuring kora maestro Yacouba Sissoko from Mali, Austrian saxophonist Edith Lettner, and American guitarist Banning Eyre. Sissoko has collaborated with artists from classical/jazz violinist Regina Carter to Paul Simon. Lettner is a veteran collaborator with West African musicians, both in Austria and Senegal. And Eyre has a long history of forays into African guitar. Together, they make magic—music deep with tradition and alive with spontaneity.