Music Listings- 3/14 through 3/20/2016

1. Ksenija Sidorova

Date: Monday, March 14, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St, New York, New York 10012)
Ticket: $15/$20/$25
Genre: classical and contemporary

Praised as “superbly subtle and virtuosic” (The Arts Desk) and “an amazingly accomplished artist” (Classical Source), Russian Ksenija Sidorova is the leading ambassador for the accordion.

In 2009 Ksenija made her debut at London’s Wigmore Hall and appeared in the Park Lane Group Young Artists Showcase prompting The Times to single her out as“one of the real finds of the series”. In May 2012 she became the first International Award winner of the Bryn Terfel Foundation, and this year appears at the Royal Albert Hall as part of his 50th birthday celebrations alongside Sting.  Ksenija Sidorova official site

2. Afro Roots feat. George Brandon’s Blue Unity Sextet

Date: Tuesday, March 15 , 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Bernie Wohl Center (647 Columbus Ave, New York, New York 10025)
Tickets: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz

Under the direction of composer George Brandon, Blue Unity Sextet is a jazz-based genre-defying ensemble that is just as likely to include gospel music, Yoruba chant, blues, folk, world, or avant-garde and experimental music. Guest host: Kewulay Kamara.


Date: Tuesday, March 15 , 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: nu jazz

Combining elements of rock, pop, jazz, classical and experimental music, Marta’s tunes are rhythmically complex but strongly melodic. Music that tell stories by integrating folk elements with the harmonic sophistication and spontaneity of jazz. She’ll be performing with a quintet that features a number of top-flight New York-based musicians, including Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Jerome Sabbagh on tenor saxophone, Rick Rosato on bass, and Daniel Dor on drums.


Date: Tuesday, March 15 , 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: poppers locarno (1563 Decatur St, New York, New York 11385)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: electronics/installation

IKUE MORI entered our consciousness as drummer in the iconic band DNA. She then pioneered the drum machine as a live creative instrument. Since 2000 she has used a laptop and has consistently been one of the most brilliantly insightful and provocative figures in New York’s music community.

TOM HAMILTON has composed and performed electronic music for over 40 years originating in the late-60s era of analog synthesis. He often explores the interaction of many simultaneous layers of activity, prompting the use of “present-time listening” on the part of both performer and listener. Hamilton has been a member of the late Robert Ashley’s ensemble for 25 years, and he composed the electronic music for Ashley’s opera-novel Quicksand, recently presented at The Kitchen.

Life changed dramatically for MORGAN ZWERLEIN, a hardcore punk drummer from Long Island, when he became apprentice to the late Haitian Master Drummer, Frisner Augustin. Morgan immersed himself in the traditions of Vodou and has gained the respect of the Vodou community in New york, Haiti and beyond. He continues Augustin’s legacy by leading Troupe Makandal and teaching. He is also a member of Zing Experience, Brother High Rara, Troupe Zetwal, Granchimen and others.

KRK has devoted itself to a muscular integration of electronic and acoustic sonic worlds, incorporating technology from catgut and horsehair to infrared sensing and concatenative synthesis.
MATTHEW OSTROWSKI is a composer, performer and installation artist using digital tools and formalist techniques.
Based in Prague, bass player GEORGE CREMASCHI has overlapped music, sound art and noise for 30 years, and is the director of Pražský Improvizační Orchestr (PIO).

5. Emel Mathlouthi

Date: Tuesday, March 15 , 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: Auditorium – Lycee Francais de New York (505 East 75th street, New York NY 10021)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: Tunisian music/singer-song writer

The Cultural Center of the Lycée Français de New York and New York Live Arts present:

Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter best known for her protest songs “Ya Tounes Ya Meskina” and “Kelmti Horra” which became anthems for the Tunisian revolution.

First big show since the transcendent Nobel Prize performance; first also since the leaked track Ensen Dhaif was named Best New Track by the tastemaker indie-gods at Pitchfork. Much excitement, new stuff, plus new band member with thundering bass…

6. Hanna Barakat

Date: Wednesday, March 16 , 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: Bushwick Public House (1288 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11221
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: singer-song writer

Hanna Barakat: Vocals & Guitar

Hanna Barakat is a Lebanese-American singer, with a songwriting degree from Berklee College of Music ’10. Hanna has always been very influenced and inspired by hard rock and popular music styles. Heavy, emotional and realistic, socially and politically charged, passion driven, Rock with Arabic/oriental influences. Powerful and connective. Singing with force, as the music requires, softening the vibe from heavy metal to intense and hard driven rock, adding Arabic ornamentation, as well as allowing other influences to seep through.

Aside from touring in Lebanon, Middle East, Hanna’s been booked throughout the Ottawa-Gatineau , Canada area, the states of Yucatan and Guanajuato, Mexico, as well as numerous venues in the United States of America.


Date: Wednesday, March 16 , 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Graduate Center, Elebash Hall (365 Fifth Avenue, bet. 34th and 35th Streets, New York, NY
Ticket: $25
Genre: Korean traditional music

The stunning Seoul-based group Jeong Ga Ak Hoe, perform thoroughly unique interpretations of Korean traditional music alongside newly composed works for traditional instruments. The band’s eclectic repertoire has deep roots in the ancient Korean concept of Johwa, meaning ‘harmony’ or ‘balance’ and each performance is an expression of the transformative power that exists in music and nature. Bringing narrative, recitation, dance and video into their performance the group creates a ritualistic, genre-defying space where past, present and future coexist simultaneously; preserving and transforming the musical heritage of their ancestors.

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8. Brooklyn Raga Massive Feat. Women’s Raga Massive

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 6pm – 11pm
Venue: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231)
Tickets: $15
Genre: Hindustani vocal music

In celebration of International Women’s Month, BRM will present projects led by women of the massive, featuring them in a multidisciplinary performance that exhibits the diverse questions, identities and conversations of each woman’s musical journey.

Encounter Hindustani vocal music by the acclaimed singer Falu, Karavika’s “Raga Chamber Folk” string ensemble’s music inspired by motherhood, Camila Celin’s Devi Tribute’s homage to archetypes of Divine Feminine through song. Roshni Samlal will create texts and electronic soundscapes in ode to heroines of the subcontinent and visual artist Seema Pandya’s elemental sculpture will be unveiled.

Workshop: Advance $10 / Door $15
Concert: Advance $10 / Door $15
Workshop + Concert: Advance $20 / Door $25

WORKSHOP: 6:30pm
YaliniDream facilitates participants on a journey of reflection and connection through movement, breath, voice, and word. YaliniDream is a performing artist, facilitator and consultant of Sri Lankan Tamil descent who reshapes reality in the lands of earth, pysche, soul, and dream.

CONCERT: 8:00pm
Set 1 – Karavika, w/ special guests
Trina Basu – violin
Amali Premawardhana – cello
Perry Wortman – bass
Roshni Samlal – tabla

Set 2 – Hindustani vocal
Falu Shah – vocal
Arun Ramamurthy – violin
Sameer Gupta – tabla

Set 3 – Devi Tribute
Camila Celin – sarod/guitar
Haleh Kilmer – vocal
Roopa Mahadevan – vocal
Trina Basu – violin
Amali Premawardhana – cello
Tali Rubinstein – recorder
Roshni Samlal – tabla
Rich Stein – percussion

9. Tortoise w/ Mind Over Mirrors and 75 Dollar Bill

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker St, New York, New York 10012)
Ticket: $25
Genre:  dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism

Simply put, Tortoise has spent nearly 25 years making music that defies description. While the Chicago-based instrumental quintet has nodded to dub, rock, jazz, electronica and minimalism throughout its revered and influential six-album discography, the resulting sounds have always been distinctly, even stubbornly, their own.

Mind Over Mirrors, the evolving project of Jaime Fennelly, deploys modest acoustic constituent materials—an Indian pedal harmonium and the human voice—to produce roiling, meditative music that both simulates the swells and troughs of synthesized electronics and conjures the ceaseless rhythms of tidal surges.

75 Dollar Bill is Che Chen: electric guitar, quartertone electric guitar, alto saxophone and

Rick Brown: percussion, alto saxophone.

75 Dollar Bill formed in New York City in 2012; the singular music of this instrumental duo draws various sources from around the world and across disciplines, everything from Mauritanian guitar to raw minimalism and blown-out urban blues, yet sounds unlike anything we’ve heard before. Wooden Bag is their debut vinyl release (after various cassette and digital EPs) and first for Other Music Recording Co., packaged in a limited-edition hand-stamped sleeve, download included. The band will be touring the US throughout the winter and spring.

Che Chen has recorded and toured playing violin, guitars and other instruments, with a diverse set of artists including True Primes, Jozef van Wissem, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Che-Shizu and Robbie Lee. His guitar work explores a variety of influences, including Mauritanian guitar, Indian music, North Mississippi guitar boogie, Sun Ra, Led Zeppelin, the Velvets, Henry Flynt, and DNA.

Rick Brown has been playing drums and percussion on the downtown New York scene since the early ‘80s, and has recorded and toured with numerous bands, including V-Effect, Run On, Timber, Fish & Roses, and Chris Stamey, and has collaborated live or in the studio with Tortoise, Matmos, Yo La Tengo, Charles Hayward, Fred Frith, Malcolm Mooney, Elliott Sharp, Jean Smith, Mark Cunningham and many others.

10. Ole Mathisen’s Outlier Ensemble & Take Off Collective

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 8:15pm
Venue: Shapeshifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215)
Tickets: $12
Genre: free jazz and Olivier Messiaen’s boldest chamber classical

The Village Voice says: Saxophonist Ole Mathisen’s Outlier Ensemble’s 7 Seconds to Sundown is at once environmental call to arms, challenge to the standard distribution model (it’s available on thumb drive only, no streaming or label releases), and hybrid experiment in improvisation; somewhere between Henry Threadgill’s brand of free jazz and Olivier Messiaen’s boldest chamber classical. With Julian Pollack doubling on keyboards and synth bass and veteran drummer Marko Djordjevic, Mathisen’s metrically complex but immediately accessible grooves, originally composed for a classical setting, become a jumping-off point for three of the most exciting improvisers working today.

Also on the double bill is the equally dizzying and irrepressibly genre-defying Take Off Collective, featuring Mathisen, Djordjevic and bassist Matthew Garrison.

11. Maja S. K. Ratkje: Solo, Voice + Electronics / SPUNK: Live in New York

Date:  Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Ticket: $20
Genre: vocal experiments, instrumental virtuosity and impulsive improvisation

Maja S. K. Ratkje – music & Tord Knudsen – visuals

Maja Ratkje — vocals/electronics
Hild Sofie Tafjord –  french horn/electronics
Lene Grenager – cello
Kristin Andersen – trumpet/recorder

With her voice as the main sound source, Maja S. K. Ratkje will present a vocal improvisation using the acoustics of Roulette’s concert hall space. With the help of various electronic devices, she will create unique soundscapes that utilize her expressive voice as the main instrument. Lighting designer and videographer Tord Knudsen provides live visuals. A graduate of the Norwegian State Academy of Music in Oslo, Ratkje is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the Distinction Award at Prix Ars Electronica for her solo album, Voice.

Now in their 20th year, SPUNK is comprised of four of Norway’s most innovative musicians: Maja S. K. Ratkje, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Lene Grenager, and Kristin Andersen. Established in 1995, SPUNK combines individual talents ranging from vocal experiments, instrumental virtuosity and impulsive improvisation with a witty sense of play. The quartet derives its free improvised music from a variety of sources, with the expression of each of the group’s four members given equal weight within the ensemble. The name of the ensemble recalls the playful word invented by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren’s fictitious character Pippi Longstocking. Bold, witty, and always alert, SPUNK makes engaging music that keeps the sound of surprise alive.

12. AiR (Atmospheric Irish Recital) and The Yanks

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 West 62nd St & Broadway, NY))
Tickets: free (sponsored concert)
Genre: Irish music

Representing an international Irish youth, AiR weaves songs and rhythms from the traditional repertoire through electro-acoustic composition. Our Atmospheric Irish Recital is framed by a multi-media installation of Irish natural soundscapes, cinematography, stills photography and youth participants’ expressions inspired by the dramatic personality and natural heritage of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

13. The Saturators 

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 10pm – 12am
Venue: Shrine World Music Venue (2271 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd, New York, NY 10030)
Tickets: donation
Genre: jazz rock/blues/funk

THE SATURATORS came together in March of 2015 to spark up what can only be described as Wet Music. Anchored by drummer Josue “Sway” Guillien’s cutting blend of Hip-Hop and Latin drums, Will Sack’s soulful and throaty bass timbre and Misha “Silky” Savage’s eclectic scratching and bombastic stage persona, the group draws on a myriad of influences to create, full-bodied party music. With the addition of powerhouse Brooklyn MC Reddaz, and sit-in percussionists Theo Moore & Frantz Celestin, the group summons up a sound bathed in the likes of P-Funk, J Dilla, Fela Kuti, Erykah Badu, and Lee Scratch Perry.

14. Persian Arts Festival w. Aida Shahghasemi & Mitra Sumara

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 10pm
Venue: National Sawdust (80 N 6th St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Tickets: $45
Genre: nu Persian classical music/Persian 60’s pop

The 10th Annual Persian Arts Festival will feature multiple art forms including short films by Iranian Americans, performances by established poets, curated by Zohra Saed and Sara Goudarzi, the NYC premier of vocalist and daf player, Aida Shahghasemi, who fuses her exquisite Persian classical vocal training with indie-rock tendencies, and Mitra Sumara, a big-band of NYC-based musicians dedicated to Pop/funk music from Pre-Revolutionary Iran.

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15. Rosario Guerrero “La Tremendita” Mohammad Motamedi – Qasida

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Carnegie Hall – Zankel Hall  (Box office: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, NY, NY 10019)
Tickets: $38 & $45
Genre: Flamenco & Persian classical music

Qasida brings together musicians from Spain and Iran who expand upon the ancient musical relationships from which flamenco is derived. Led by vocalists Rosario Guerrero “La Tremendita” and Mohammad Motamedi, the concert invokes the spirit of Al-Andalus—the cultural center of the Arab-Iberian world where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in relative harmony.

16. Dark Circuits Series presents Jess Rowland

Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow Street, #2, NYC NY 10012 )
Tickets: t.b.a.
Genre: electronics/sounds

Sound artist, musician, and composer Jess Rowland’s sound works explores the breaking of systems of technology. As part of this process, she use handmade flexible sound objects such as her large multichannel homemade sound tapestries, unexpected inductive surfaces, and random glitch accidents as a clash and concordance which is reflective of these systems. She is interested in exploring and reflecting on the kinds of systems we all experience everyday – the way the body and systems of technology are intricately tied together. For the Dark Circuits Series, she will present a program of works for laptop destruction and inductive interactions, featuring a collection of her sound tapestries.


Date: Friday, March 18, 2016
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Venue: Silvana
Tickets: t.b.a.
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.


Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: The Lively (26 9th Ave, New York, New York 10014)
Tickets: free
Genre: brass band music/jazz/rock/funk

underground horns, 8:30pm

Underground Horns is a 6-piece brass band playing afro, funk, bhangra, new orleans & latin

Adam Ahuja, 5:30pm

Adam Ahuja is an NYC-based keyboardist (primary instrument), guitarist, drummer, and vocalist who draws jazz, rock, funk, electronic and hip-hop styles into a fluid approach. Performing both as a soloist using live-looping and with groups, Adam’s music highlights textured harmonies, a strong sense of groove, singing and rap vocals and inspired improvisations, building fresh energy from moment to moment.

19. Googoosh

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Queens College – Kupferberg Center Of Art (65-30 Kissena Blvd, Queens, New York 11367)
Tickets: $75
Genre: Persian Pops

Googoosh, is Iranian’s POP Diva & super star (of the Shah days), a singer and actress of Azeri origin. She is known for her contributions to Iranian pop music, but also starred in a variety of movies from the 1950s to the 1970s.

20. Randy Weston

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: Carnegie Hall – Zankel Hall  (Box office: 57th Street and Seventh Avenue, NY, NY 10019)
Tickets: $44 & $52
Genre: jazz

NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston celebrates his 90th birthday by combining the rich music of Africa with the African-American tradition of jazz, mixing rhythms and melodies into a hybrid music that has been a hallmark of his storied career.