Music Listings – 4/4 through 4/10/2016

1. Transcendent Arts of Tibet and India

Date: Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: Winter Garden (230 Vesey Street New York, NY 10821)
Ticket: free
Genre: Mandala/Indian dance and music

Immerse yourself in the glorious traditions of Tibet and India from April 4-15 in the Winter Garden at Brookfield Place!

The first week kicks-off with extraordinary sacred music and dance with The Mystical Arts of Tibet featuring the Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery. Watch throughout the week as they create a magnificent mandala sand painting created with millions of grains of colored sands. The week will conclude with a full performance by the Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery on Friday night and a fascinating closing ceremony for the sand mandala with a procession to the Hudson river on Saturday.

Week two of Transcendent Arts of Tibet and India brings the ancient Bharatanatyam dance tradition of South India to the Winter Garden alongside daily performances of North and South Indian classical vocal and instrumental art forms. Friday night’s closing event will be a superb dance performance with live musicians on the center staircase, in the round.

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2. Mountain Man / Netherlands / Cinema Cinema

Date: Monday, April 4, 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: The Grand Victory (245 Grand St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Punk/noise/heavy metal

Mountain Man (Worcester, MA) Punk/hardcore band. Ex-members of Last Lights. For fans of Panic, Neurosis and American Nightmare.

Netherlands (Brooklyn) “Netherlands rejects restraint in favor of maximum impact: shredding chops, soaring vocals, and maddening hooks. Following Ellis’ mission statement of making music that is equally “light-hearted, brutal, ecstatic”, Netherlands crushes decades’ worth of bombast into psychotropic nuggets of evil rock bliss. With nods to the dirtbag rituals of 70s heavy metal, the grandeur of 80s arena rock, and the crunch and hooks of 90s alternative.” -Curran Reynolds

Cinema Cinema (Brooklyn) “Since 2008, experi-metal punks Cinema Cinema have jacked up the amps to ear-bleeding-loud levels, destroying DIY dives across the boroughs and beyond with their distorto-drenched post-grunge and damaged-funk assault. Born and raised here in NYC, six-string-slinging beardo Ev Gold and his drummer cuz Paul Claro are Brooklyn diehards to the core, bred on both the seminal punk of SST Records (they’ve toured with the recently reincarnated Black Flag) and D.C. hardcore (their 2012 epic Manic Children and the Slow Aggression was recorded by Don Zientara, whose prior production credits include Minor Threat and Fugazi). Besides covering the holier-than-thou Nirvana and PJ Harvey, CC’s most recent shredder, A Night at the Fights, is an effects-pedal-stomping and time-signature-frenzied anthemic beast, captured in Gowanus at the legendary studio of Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth).” – VILLAGE VOICE, April 2015

3. Leni Stern Trio

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 10pm
Venue: The 55 Bar (55 Christopher St., , New York)
Ticket: $10
Genre: trad. West African arranged music

Acclaimed guitarist and vocalist Leni Stern brings her African music ensemble to 55 Bar. 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 special guest Carnatic master percussionist Selvaganesh.

4. Rick Barry

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center (61 West 62nd St & Broadway, NY))
Tickets: free (sponsored concert)
Genre: indie-folk

In Rick Barry’s award-winning songs there are no secrets. Uncensored and unapologetic, Barry undercuts the rawness of his lyrics with a poetic musicality that adds infinite layers of emotional complexity to his songs. A native of Asbury Park, this “New Jersey visionary” (Star Ledger) cites Bob Dylan as his earliest influence, and there is a distinct thread of lyrical Americana that runs through his songs. His recent work, with its rich instrumentation and slowly unfurling melodies, resonates with 21st-century indie-folk artists like Sufjan Stevens, Damien Rice, or Justin Vernon (Bon Iver). Barry was also the engine behind the acclaimed Night in Progress series at the Saint, a songwriting challenge that provided a vital creative platform for artists like A Great Big World, Allie Moss, April Smith, and Val Emmich, not to mention Barry himself.

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

5. Kavita Shah

Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 7pm
Venue: BRIC HOUSE (647 Fulton Street, enter on Rockwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Tickets: free (sponsored concert)
Genre: jazz

A “breathtakingly beautiful” new voice in contemporary music (Downbeat Magazine), vocalist composer Kavita Shah has been praised by NPR for her “amazing dexterity for musical languages.” A native New Yorker of Indian origin fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and French, Shah incorporates her in-depth knowledge of diverse cultural traditions into her jazz-based repertoire, placing seemingly eclectic songs, instruments, and artists in dialogue with one another.

Shah will be performing at BRIC House with James Francies (keys),Mike Moreno (guitar), Michael Olatuja (bass), and Jeremy Dutton(drums).

6. The Brooklyn Experimental Song Revival

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: ?

The Brooklyn Experimental Song Revival continues. Your souls are non-negotiable. maybe there will be free pizza.
Here you will find several forms of string – stainless steel, catgut, cello & violin – and the singing string players that string them (and potentially fling them at you, it’ll sting for but a moment)

okapi – phrenology/mosaics

concetta abbatte – appraisal/lullabies

valerie kuehne & the wasps nests – cliff diving/metal

7. Brooklyn Raga Massive: Ravi Shankar Birthday Tribute

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, New York 11231)
Tickets: $15
Genre: Ravi Shankar tribute/sitar music

BRM celebrates the maestro’s birthday as special guest and long time student of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Krishna Bhatt performs an Indian classical raga composed by Shankar. A second set will feature the BRM Orchestra performing original works of Ravi Shankar from his collaborations with Philip Glass and George Harrison, as well as original compositions from Pt. Krishna Bhatt in dedication to India’s most famous ambassador.

8. Dervisi

Date: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Time: 9pm
Venue: TROOST (1011 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: t.b.a.
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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9. Birdthrower, Valerie Kuehne and Gaudete

Date: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Time:  8pm
Venue: The Owl Music Parlor (497 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11225)
Ticket: $10
Genre: experimental music

Renowned animal portraitist Phil Puleo, is the drummer and hammer-dulcimer player in Swans. Cop Shoot Cop keyboardist, soundtrack composer and JG Thirlwell collaborator and mad scientist Jim Coleman will play the hurdy-gurdy, melodica and a pile of analog modules never before wired up in public. Paul Wallfisch will step away from the piano to test what happens when he plugs in a bass.

Birdthrower has crawled on hands and knees up Broadway from the Battery to Washington Heights. When he’s not crawling, he writes timelessly simple songs of love lost and found on his Teeny Genie and an acoustic guitar. Together, these four are Gaudete, named after Ted Hughes’ book-length poem he intended as a film. Gaudete just recorded 3 tracks for Martin Bisi’s 35th-anniversary celebration. This is their world premiere performance.

Cello virtuoso, storyteller, performance artist, singer and curator at Panoply Performance Laboratory and all-around iconoclastic firecracker Valerie Kuehne is a mainstay of new music in New York.

10. Red & Whites / Pruitt+Wilhite

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, New York 11211)
Ticket: $5
Genre: noise/indie rock/experimental

The Freedom Garden Presesnts: The Red and Whites (Austin White – bass
Anders Zelinski – drums)  and  Pruitt+Wilhite


11. Hanna Barakat

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Hell phone (247 Varet St, Brooklyn, New York 11206)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: singer-song writer

Hanna Barakat is a Lebanese-American singer/songwriter/guitarist, graduate of Berklee College of Music and international performer. Influenced and inspired by hard rock and popular music styles, Hanna’s unique style merges Arabic/oriental influences for powerful and genuine connection with her audience. Socially and politically charged, her passion-driven compositions and performances often add Arabic ornamentation, as well as other musical influences to transcend language and borders to touch the heart.

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12. An Intimate Evening of Traditional Trance Music From Morocco w/ Innov Gnawa

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community (245 W Broadway, New York, New York 10013)
Ticket: $25
Genre: Gnawa  music

Gnawa music is a rich repertoire of spiritual healing songs and rhythms. Its well preserved heritage combines ritual poetry with traditional music and dancing. Gnawa music is performed in a “Lila,” an entire night of celebration, dedicated to healing and trance guided by Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer and his group Innov Gnawa. Maalem, who is a one of a kind master, inherited Gnawa Music from his father Sidi Abdullah Ben Jaafer Sultan Gnawa, and will be playing alongside the young generation master Samir LanGus who learned Gnawa music in the streets of Agadir, Morocco.

Maalem (Master)Hassan Ben Jaafer (Sintir, vocals)
Samir Langus (Sintir, Vocals)
Ahmed Jeriouda (Vocals, percussion)
Amino Belyamani (Vocals, percussion)
Said Sayed (Vocals, percussion)
Nawfal Atiq (Vocals, percussion)

13. Spaghetti Eastern Music

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: Bushwick Public House (1288 Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn NY 11221)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: Eastern beat and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with acoustic vocal tunes

Spaghetti Eastern Music is the solo project of NYC guitarist, keyboardist and singer Sal Cataldi. Cataldi fuses Eastern beat and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with acoustic vocal tunes, much of it performed to the moves of his bellydancing collaborators Karen Wahl and Callista Zaki. Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere,” while The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “triumphantly funkified” by UPI and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel. His critically-acclaimed new album “Sketches of Spam” and more info is available at

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Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016
Time: 8pm – 11pm
Venue: Church of the Annunciation (259 North 5th Street at Havemeyer and MetropolitanBrooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: contemporary music

Craig Shepard (trombone) performs a 90+minute version of Alvin Lucier‘s piece for trombone and sine wave. The slowly moving wave of sound resonates through the elegant Church of the Annunciation, inviting listeners to just be in the space.

15. Beyond Duo – Bern Nix/Cheryl Pyle

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Venue: Downtown Music Gallery (New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: free
Genre: improv/jazz

Bern Nix (ex Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time)-guitar and Cheryl Pyle – flute

16. Tendrills (Baltimore) / Soulworm / Frank Hurricane / INVISIBLE CIRCLE

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 8pm
Venue: The Gateway (1272 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York 11221)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: experimental/noise/psychedelic





17. KINAN AZMEH CityBand w. Erdem Helvacioglu

Date: Sunday, April 10, 2016
Time: 6pm – 7pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow Street, #2, NYC NY 10012)
Ticket: $15
Genre: experimental/processed sounds

The abuse of power whether political or religious to oppress societies has a long history. In their new work DICTATORIALS, Kinan Azmeh and Erdem Helvacioglu depict the different ambiences, moods of a society under oppression. Through the use of processed sounds of electric guitar, clarinet and live performance, they create a sonic atmosphere that depicts this society through time, it’s evolution from the first days of oppression until the last days of resistance.