This calendar’s never completely finished – there are daily updates. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive, recently updated list of places where these shows are happening at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. This calendar tends to be long on listings and short on praise for bands and artists because every act here is recommended if you like their particular style of music. Many different styles, something for everyone here.
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Upcoming concerts feature music of Beethoven, Stravinsky, Handel and Bartok, sugg don $30 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
Mondays in April, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Mondays nights at 9 PM charismatic Romany singer Eva Salina and her amazing, psychedelic band play high-voltage dub-tinged jams on classic themes from across the Balkans at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. (Washington/Waverly), Ft Greene, C to Clinton-Washington, free
Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.
Mondays in April, 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood.
Mondays at 10 PM there’s been quite a buzz about acoustic songbird Angela McCluskey and saxophonist Paul Cantelon’s weekly residency at the third stage at the Rockwood, with a rotating cast of high-quality special guests. It’s expensive: $15 plus a $10 drink minimum very strictly enforced.
Also Mondays in April Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in April, 7 PM Ninth House‘s hotshot lead guitarist Keith Otten plays his own tuneful, Britrock-influenced sounds at Isle of Skye, 488 Driggs Ave (btwn N9th/N10th St.) in Williamsburg
Tuesdays in April, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St, $15
Tuesdays in April clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Wednesdays in April, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Fridays at 5 PM, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar with a rotating cast of interesting special guests at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
The first Friday of the month, anytime between midnight and midnight you can download four songs from Kiam Records artists – like Jennifer O’Connor, Mascott and Tim Foljahn – for free. Each month’s theme is different (previously they have tackled covers, colors and money) December’s the fourth edition and a holiday theme. Available to download only on Friday and then archived and streaming at Soundcloud.
Fridays in April at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in April at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Every Saturday in April, 8 PM wild clarinet and alto sax powerhouse Greg Squared – probably best known as co-leader of the volcanic Balkan jamband Raya Brass Band – leads one of his many projects at Barbes. His webpage says “soulful expression, hard-driving chops.” OMFG – you have no idea.
Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.
Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands.
Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.
Sundays in April, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
Sundays in April at 9 – check the Barbes calendar to make sure -Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel plays Barbes. He’s holding on to the edgy, danceable spirit of Django Reinhardt while taking the style to new and unexpected places like art-rock and post-Velvets noiserock. He’s also very popular: get there early.
4/1, 7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio at Flute Gramercy, 40 E 20th St. 4/13, 8:30 PM she’s at the Bar Next Door at 8:30 PM with Behn Gillece – vibraphone and Hans Glawischnig – bass. They’re also at Flute on 4/29
4/1, 7:30 PM Music for sextet by Long Island composers Jay Gach, Dana Richardson, Leonard Lehrman, Julie Mandel, Margaret Stoop and Jane Leslie performed by new music sextet Innovox at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College, Kissena Blvd. and the LIE, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, 7 train to the end of the line and then take the Main St. bus, free
4/1 multi-reedman Michael Blake leads a killer quartet with Frank Kimbrough – piano; Ben Allison – bass; Rudy Royston – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
4/1, 8 PM El Imperio – intense, edgy, funky band who mash up Ethiopiques and latin styles- followed by psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality amd then brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery at the Hive, 20 Cook St., Bushwick (Graham/Manhattan, just off Broadway, J/M to Flushing Ave) $10 sugg don
4/1, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10
4/1, 9 PM surreal, Waits-influeuced, noirish, apocalyptic Americana guitar bandFellaheen at the Way Station
4/2, 7:30 PM percussive postpunk band Xiu Xiu and Mantra Percussion premiere “Extinction Meditation,” their 4-movement piece about the impending environmental apocalypse due to begin around the year 2050 at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
4/2-5 Randy Weston‘s African Rhythms Quintet, featuring alto saxophonist TK Blue and veteran drummer Lewis Nash celebrate the iconic pianist/Africanist/composer’s 89th birthday, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30 ($35 on the weekend)
4/2, 7:30 PM up-and-coming chamber ensemble Face the Music play new works by Yonatan Rozin, Paris Lavidis and Michael Daugherty at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
4/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuseRachelle Garniez at Barbes
4/2, 11 PM wild, psychedelic Bay Area Romany/Middle Eastern/Balkan band Taraf de Locos – sort of the left coast version of Tribecastan – at Silvana
4/3, 8 PM sharp, satirical, catchy, sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk
4/3, 9 PM a good Spanish-tinged twinbill: Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Silvana
4/3, 9 PM powerhouse bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at BAM Cafe
4/3, 10 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustically Colombian and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes
4/3, 11:30 PM hypnotic, psychedelic dulcimer/bass/drums instrumentalists House of Waters at Unit J, 338 Moffat St, Bushwick, L to Wilson Ave, venue is just 2 blocks from the train.
4/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 8 by intense, eclectic original Balkan clarinet/violin/oud/percussion quartet Sherita and then at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos for $10 at Barbes
4/4, 5 PM Argentine pianist Agustin Anievas plays Schubert and Chopin at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
4/4, 7:30 PM bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne – play the record release show for their “performance opera” Sacred521, “which “explores the beauty and terror of personal disclosure and visceral catharsis in individual experience” at Dixon Place, $12 adv tix rec
4/4, 7:30 PM banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone’s historically rich, individualistic folk ensemble the Lomax Project at the Lincoln Center Atrium
4/4, 8ish bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne – at Dixon Place
4/4, 8 PM raga pianist Utsav Lal and carnatic singer Anurag Harsh at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail.
4/4 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly four-band surf rock show at Otto’s begins at 9 with theAquatudes, cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYCplaying the album release release show for their new one at 10, kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound at 11 and the Jersey Shore’s explosive, deviously original, Dick Dale-influenced Black Flamingos sometime after midnight
4/4, 9:30 PM acclaimed Turkish classical guitarist Sinan Ersahin at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free
4/5, 8 PM the Brighton Beat bring their deliriously fun Afrobeat jams to Brooklyn Bowl, $8; free entry before 7 PM
4/6 7:30 PM – 100 years ago Claude Debussy began a project of six large-scale sonatas for “diverse instruments” but completed only three before his death in 1918. Three contemporary composers – Thomas Adès, Marc-Andre Dalbavie and Libby Larsen – completed those six final large-scale works; a stellar eleven-piece chamber ensemble plays them along with the three that Debussy himself finished, in a world premiere atAdvent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free
4/6, 7:30 PM James Austin Smith, oboe; Tessa Lark, violin; Max Mandel, viola; Edward Arron, cello; and Pedja Muzijevic, piano, play Mozart’s Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478, plus Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VII for oboe and John Cage pieces at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20
4/7, 7 PM the Tarras Band – who play the repertoire of legendary hotshot klezmer clarinetist Dave Tarras – featuring Tarras’ ageless, charismatic former pianist Pete Sokolow plus an allstar band including Michael Winograd (clarinet,) Ben Holmes (trumpet), Jim Guttmann (bass) and Dave Licht (drums) at Barbes followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
4/7, 7 PM dubious segue, good edgy jazz twinbill: Jon Irabagon, Matt Bauder and Tomas Fujiwara rip paint off the walls followed by soprano saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith‘s colorful, deftly cinematic chamber/pastoral jazz project Towering Poppies with Cat Toren – piano, Adam Hopkins – bass, Kate Gentile – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
4/7, 7:30 PM Raphaël Sévère, clarinet; Paul Montag, piano; Paul Huang, violin play works by Brahms, Boulez, Picart, Stravinsky and Poulenc at Merkin Concert Hall, $10
4/7, 8:30 PM ferociously tuneful brass-and-guitar-fueled southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at the Mercury, $10
4/7, 11ish catchy, sunny, kinetic janglepop band Kuroma at Baby’s All Right
4/8, 7:30 PM jazz pianist Steven Prutsman plays his third-stream album Passengers all the way through at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20
4/8, 8 PM oudist Brandon Terzic and his group Xalam – Pyeng Threadgill on vocals, Matt Kilmer on percussion, Tim Keiper on calabash, Matt Darriau on saxophone and kaval, Rufus Cappadocia on cello – play their Africanized take on Robert Johnson at Barbes
4/9, 7′:30 PM fun, lo-fi punk blues resonator guitarist/singer Breanna Barbara Arnesonfollowed by edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – playing the ep release show for their new one at Rock Shop, $10
4/9, 8 PM the NY Scandia Symphony celebrates the 150th anniversary of the births of Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius at Symphony Space, $15 adv tix rec.
4/9, 8 PM two of the greatest singers in town on a killer twinbill: luminous, intense, enigmatic art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost followed at 10 by Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
4/9, 9:30 PM coolly enigmatic original jazz/torch singer Dorian Devins and her first-rate combo at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free
4/10, 7 PM Ali Akbar Moradi – Iranian-Kurdish tambour lute virtuoso, Bahar Movahedcollaborator and master of the Yarsan (Iranian Kurdish Sufi) repertoire – at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., $25
4/10, 8 PM intense, celebrated Armenian-American oudist Ara Dinkjian plays from his new album of Armenian songs 1915-2015 Truth & Hope in commenoration of the 1915 holocaust there, backed by a string quartet plus the briliant Tamer Pinarbasi on qanun.at Alwan for the Arts, $20
4/10, 8 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her amazing band followed at 10 by funky, psychedelic Ethiopiques bandNikhil P. Yerawadekar and Low Mentality at Barbes
4/10, 8 PM anthemic, eclectic often haunting female-fronted Americana/acoustic funk/art-rock jamband the Sometime Boys and hard funk band Afroskull at Rock Shop, $10
4/10-11, 8:30 PM intense, Bartok and Can-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan leads a series of groups in two marathon nights at I-Beam. Night one opens with solo drums and storytelling followed by the Brewed by Noon Afro-Celtic Trio with Alex Marcelo – piano; Peter Bitenc – bass and then the”avees Dance Trio featuring Brandon Seabrook – guitar and Jonathan Moritz – sax. The Saturday show also opens with solo drums followed by a trio set with Kirk Knuffke – cornet; Christof Knoche – bass clarinet and then the Afro-Celtic Trio
4/10, 9ish psychedelic funk jamband the Pimps of Joytime at Brooklyn Bowl, $15, followed by (separate $12 admission) Moon Hooch – two tenor saxes and drums playing the craziest funky grooves you could imagine with the intensity of a brass band and the catchiness and edge of punk rock – at around half past midnight
4/10 Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – at the Parkside
4/11, 2:30 PM Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble play Marcel Grandjany’s O Bien Aimee and Aria in Classic Style, Handel’s Harp Concerto with Grandjany’s cadenzas, Joseph Jongen’s Concerto a Cinque and Debussy’s Sonata for Viola, Flute and Harp.Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center’s Bruno Walter Auditorium, 111 Amsterdam Ave, free, early arrival a must
4/11, 5 PM Luiz de Moura Castro plays piano works by Villa-Lobos, Liszt, Chopin and Mendelssohn at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
4/11, 6 PM an amazing night at Barbes: Long Shadow, the new duo from Sherita‘s Greg Squared and Rima Fand, joined by intense Greek rembetiko band Astoriani – Rima Fand-violin, vocals; Matthew Fass-accordion; Matt Moran-percussion; Greg Squared-clarinets, vocals; Demetri Tashie-laouto- followed at 8 by the Toomai String Quartet with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan & vibraphonist Matt Moran playing Romanian music .
4/11, 8 PM the Latvian National Choir sing rarely heard works by Arvo Part, Vytautas Miskinis, Vaclovas Augustinas, Ugis Praulins, Jekabs Janchevskis, Gundega Smite, Raimonds Tiguls, Eriks Esenvalds, Veljo Tormis and Eric Whitacre’s luminous Lux Aurumque at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W 37th St., $20
4/11, 9 PM Trapper Schoepp – a Milwaukee minor-leaguer with some promise, in a growling, lyrical Jeffrey Foucault Americana vein – opens for noiserock/paisley underground/noir rock legend Steve Wynn at Bowery Ballroom, $20
4/12, 2 (two) PM multistylistically interesting violinist/composer Concetta Abbate with her collaborator Josh Martin on woodwinds and electronics at Mayflower, 132 Greene Ave (cor Waverly & Greene), Ft. Greene
4/12, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play an all-Tchaikovsky program with the Festival Coronation March, the Violin Concerto with soloist Siwoo Kim, and Symphony No. 4 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow
4/12, 3 PM the Downtown Chamber Players perform a global Spanish-tinged program of composers including Carlos Gardel, Astor Piazzolla, G.H. Rodriguez, Montsalvatge and de Falla at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St, $15; $12.50 for students/seniors
4/12, 3 PM Sandbox Percussion premieres Robert Sirota’s Spindrift at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Park Slope (139 St. John’s Pl), sugg don.
4/12, 4 PM Ustad Shafaat Khan performs Indian classical music, featuring sitar, surbuhar and tabla at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
4/12, 7 PM jazz pianist/chanteuse Akiko Pavolka & House of Illusions with : vocals and piano; Guillermo Klein: Wurlitzer electric piano, vocals; Loren Stillman: alto sax; Nate Radley: guitar; Matt Pavolka: bass and Russ Meissner: drums followed at 9 by Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes
4/12, 7:30 PM Makam NY plays haunting classical and traditional sounds from Turkey, Greece and elsewhere in the Middle East at Merkin Concert Hall, $30/$20 stud/srs
4/12, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by a rare solo show by charismatic ghoulabilly/retro rock monster Reid Paley upstairs at 2A
4/13, 8 PM legendary 70s art-rock/hippie band Magma keep their own invented Kobaiian language alive at le Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req
4/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, a quartet version of Ensemble Signal plays childhood-inspired works by Clemens Gadenstätter, Sean Griffin, Elliott Carter and Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free
4/14, 6 PM Roy Jennings and supporting soloists play rarely heard African-American art-songs at St. Paul’s Chapel uptown, 117th St and Amsterdam Ave
4/14, 7 PM nocturnal jazz chanteuse/pianist/uke player Gina Leishman with a killer band : Charlie Burnham – violin; Matt Muisteri – guitar and Greg Cohen – bass followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Partyat Barbes
4/14, 7:30 PM jazz bassist Brian Glassman’s brass-fueled Klezmer/Jazz Alliance at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St, $15
4/14-15 lyrical jazz guitaist Julian Lage leads his trio with Scott Colley – bass, Eric Harland – drums, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
4/14, 7:30 violinist Paul Huang, pianist Louis Schwizgebel and cellist Julian Schwarz play music of Maurice Ravel and César Franck, and Francis Poulenc at Zinc Bar, $25/15 stud/srs
4/14, 8 PM opening night of this year’s MATA Festival: the Curious Chamber Playersperform new avant garde works from Finland, Bolivia, China, Sweden and the US by Tomi Räisänen, Todd Tarantino, Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga, Wang Lu, Johan Svensson and Malin Bång at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud
4/15, 7:30 PM up-and-coming cellist Jay Campbell and pianist Conor Hanick play works by Carter, Stravinsky, Brahms, and a New York premiere by David Fulmer at Subculture, $20 adv tix rec
4/15, 8 PM oudist/mandinka/kora player Kane Mathis plays music from North Africa on south at Barbes
4/15, 8 PM night two of this year’s MATA Festival features singer Abigail Fischer, Melanie Aceto and Music for Lamps performing Nordic, Balkan and American avant garde works by Bjørn Erik Haugen, Jasna Velickovic, Mirela Ivicevic, Megan Grace Beugger and others at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud
4/15, 8 PM bad segue, good show: psychedelic Afrobeat jamband Ikebe Shakedown followed by purist retro 60s garage rockers the Monophonics at Brooklyn Bowl, $12
4/15, 8:30ish irrepressible, historically informed songwriter Elisa Flynn takes a break from booking nights of murder ballads to play her own erudite, often haunting tunes at Troost
4/16, 7:30 PM haunting Middle Eastern jazz trumpeter Amir El Saffar‘s Two Rivers Large Ensemble at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must
4/16, 8 PM night three of this year’s MATA Festival features the Momenta Quartet + Christa van Alstine, Carl Christian Bettendorf, Stuart Breczinski, Ian Rosenbaum, Matthew Weber performing avant garde works from Greece, Brazil, Iran and the US by Michalis Paraskakis, Daniel Moreira, Guy Barash, Alex Weiser, Eric Nathan and Idin Samimi Mofakham at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud
4/16, 8:30 PM Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven – who play deliriously fun oldtime swing tunes that sounds like originals from eighty years ago even though they’re all originals – do the album release show for their period-perfect new one Uptown Jump at Swing 46, $15.
4/17, 7:30 dark chamber duo Soldier Kane, moody noir folk trio Hope For Agoldensummer and intense minor-key klzmer/groove/classical instrumentalists Barbezat Litttlefield, $12
4/17, 7:30 PM accordion wizard Sy Kushner’s Jewish Music Ensemble, w/Jeremy Brown and Marty Confurius at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15
4/17, 7:30 the Fire Pink Trio play Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp plus vivid works by Adrienne Albert, Dan Locklair,, Manuel Moreno-Buendia, Sonny Burnette and Hilary Tann at tke DiMenna Center, 450 West 37th St., $25 . Their performance of this program last year in the Lincoln Center neighborhood was dreamy and gorgeous.
4/17, 8 PM new arrangements of haunting old Armenian songs by flamenco guitarist Anna Garano with Armenian chanteuse Anais Alexandra Tekerian, plus clarinetist Kinan Azmeh at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
4/17, 8 PM two generations of twisted, asaultively fun noiserock: Blind Idiot God andInsect Ark at St. Vitus Bar $10
4/17, 8 PM pensive, intense newgrass fiddler April Verch and her trio at Subculture
4/17, 8 PM night four of this year’s MATA Festival features avant garde chamber ensemble Bearthoven, Amanda Schoofs and Du Yun playing works by Schoofs, Yun, David Alan Broome, Jonathan Nangle amd Adam de la Cour at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud
4/17, 9 PM the Bright Smoke (the French Exit’s Mia Wilson’s haunting, angst-ridden, atmospherically trippy new project) at at the Mercury, $10
4/17, 9 PM edgy Chilean psychedelic cumbia/hip-hop/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec. She’s at Rough Trade the following night, 4/18 at 11 for the same price.
4/17-26, 10 PM art-rock/chamber-pop pianist/songwriter Dane Terry performs his one-man theatre piece Bird in the House at LaMama, $10. Brightly neoromantic tunes laced with ragtime, Steven Foster minstrelsy and allusively creepy, childlike lyrics, like a slightly less grim Lee Feldman
4/17-19 the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights, lineup tba
4/18, 2 PM celebrated organist Delbert Disselhorst plays a program TBA at Grace Church, 802 Broadway north of 11th St., $20
4/18, 4 PM Robert McKay and Jennifer Rau star in a multimedia performance of “liberation imagery in the early American consciousness which comes to life through works by William Billings (1746 – 1800), Stephen Jenks (1772 – 1856), early spirituals and Shaker hymns performed with historical texts selected from abolitionist writings and slave and suffragette narratives, including selections from Solomon Northup’s Twelve Years a Slave” at the Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St. in the financial district, $35/$20 stud/srs
4/18, 8 PM intense, charismatic, grimly funny surrealist noir rocker Tom Warnick & World’s Fair at Otto’s
4/18, 8 PM final night of this year’s MATA Festival features Talea Ensemble playing adventurous works by Anna Clyne and otheres at the Kitchen, $20/$15 stud
4/18, 8:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play works by Debussy, Carter, Zohar Sharon, Ravel and Schumann, at Merkin Concert Hall, $20
4/18 Australian sensation the Cat Empire – quirky, latin-and-ska-inflected and great fun organic stoner dance grooves – at the at Webster Hall, 9 PM $25
4/18.10 PM brilliantly lyrical, politically fearless, guitarishly excellent Americana songwriter James McMurtry at Bowery Ballroom, $20
4/18 one of the year’s best rock doublebills: scorchingly lyrical, politically-fueled two-guitar anthemic punk/circus rock band the Brooklyn What followed by the similarly lyrically-driven, savagely political, hard-hitting Alabama populist rockers Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires at the Knitting Factory
4/19, 9 PM eclectic chanteuse Mavis Swan Poole’s oldschool psychedelic soul/funk band Soul Understated at BAM Cafe
4/20, 7:30 PM pianist Paul Barnes performs a Lukas Floyd world premiere plus new works by Jason Bahr and Zack Stanton followed by the festival debut of Miho Hazama’s m_unit jazz ensemble joined by saxophonist Steve Wilson playing world premieres by Hazama, Scott Ninmer and Chris Reza at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix req.
4/20, 10 PM this era’s default 4/20 party band, roots reggae vets John Brown’s Body at Brooklyn Bowl, $12
4/21, 7 PM Kotorino cellist Patricia Santos plays her own intriguing, catchy, terse songs at the Dead Poet , 450 Amsterdam Ave (81/82), free
4/21, 7:30 PM the New York Composers Circle chamber ensemble plays the world premieres of Susan J. Fischer’s Intermezzo, for oboe, violin, cello, and piano; Peri Mauer’s Journey, for oboe; Gayther Myers’s The Workday, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, and piano; Max Giteck Duykers’s Dark Body, for flute, violin, cello, and piano; David Picton’s Turning Leaves for Sandy, for oboe and guitar; Eugene Marlow’s Trois Chansons pour une Poetesse, for flute and alto flute; and Richard Brooks’s Into the Twilight, for flute, bassoon, violin, viola and piano plus Orlando Legname’s Vortici D’etere, for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, in its New York premiere at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don
4/21-25, 8/10:30 PM elegant, tuneful third-stream pianist Michel Camilo‘s 3+3 (piano trio plus horns) at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.
4/22, 7 PM Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands’ virtuoso fiddling traditions represented by Olav Luksengård Mjelva, Anders Hall and Kevin Henderson at Symphony Space, $30
4/22-26 the Vijay Iyer Trio play their cutting-edge piano jazz sounds, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
4/22, 8 PM good twinbill: jaunty chamber pop band the Spring Standards followed by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult at the Mercury, $12
4/22, 8 PM the New Orleans’ eclectic, funky stoner brass band the Dirty Bourbon River Show at Brooklyn Bowl
4/22, 9 PM Plates of Cake, who mash up 70s stadium bombast, early Pixies snarl and bite and a late 80s/early 90s retro glam vibe – followed by groovealicious Philly psychedelic soul band Needle Points at Arlene’s, $8
4/23, 7 PM high-voltage Puerto Rican pre-salsa revivalists Plena Libre at the Hostos Center for the Arts, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St., $20/$10 stud
4/23, 7:30 PM the JACK Quartet play Missy Mazzoli’s Death Valley Junction and John Zorn’s The Alchemist plus works by Caroline Shaw, Jason Eckardt and Crawford Seeger at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
4/23, 7:30 PM otherworldly all-female choral quartet Anonymous 4 – on their final tour with Americana music maven Bruce Molsky – at the great hall at Cooper Union, $25 gen adm
4/23, 8 PM Ensemble Signal with Lauren Radnofsky, cello and Adrián Sandí, clarinet play an Anna Clyne retrospective at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail.
4/23, 8 PM cellist Alisa Weilerstein with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Pablo Heras-Casado playing Shostakovich’s riveting Cello Concerto No. 2 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall
4/23, 11 PM awesome Ethiopiques band Lions at the small room at the Rockwood. 4/30 they’re at Barbes at 10
4/24, 7:30 PM charmingly jaunty French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee and band at the Lynch Theatre at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St. (10/11), free
4/24 intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan and cimbalom legend Marius Mihalache at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St.
4/24, 8 PM Willie & the Wolves – who play killer oldschool soul, funk and latin grooves that sounds like classics from the 60s but are originals, with the powerhouse Anne DeAcetis on lead vocals – doing the album release show for their excellent new one at Paddy Reilly’s, 519 2nd Ave
4/24, 10 PM soulpunk/psychedelic band Clear Plastic Masks and acoustic populist Alynda Lee Segarra aka Hurray for the Riff Raff at Bowery Ballroom are SOLD OUT – good for them.
4/24 the queen of otherworldly, exhilarating Romany ballads, Esma Redžepova at le Poisson Rouge
4/25, 4-11 PM Wall to Wall Johnny Cash – seven hours of songs by the Man in Black – at Symphony Space, free, with Alison Brown (banjo), Sierra Hull (mandolin), Mike Barnett (fiddle), and Trey Hensley (guitar), and a whole slew of Jalopy/NYC heavyweight talent including Bruce Molsky, Mamie Minch, Marika Hughes, Janine Nichols, Nation Beat and many others
4/25, 7 PM Hilka – the otherworldly side project from Shelley Thomas and Willa Roberts of Black Sea Hotel – singing rare Ukrainian and Belorussian songs once common to the Chernobyl region – at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St
4/25, 7 PM torchy, intense, dramatically soaring pianist/songwriter Elaine Romanelli at the third room at the Rockwood, $10
4/25, 8 PM irrepressible chamber music ensemble the International Street Cannibals hold their second annual boxing-themed concert at Gleason’s Gym, 7 Front St, Dumbo, $20/$15 stud/srs//$10 for under 17 at door. “10- to 15-minute sets of 3- to 4-minute chamber works alternate with 8-minute bouts of boxing, three rounds each. 60-second thematic musical interludes performed in between the teen pugilists’ rounds. Performances take place in the three main rings of the gym, contributing to a theater-in-the-round effect, with the audience progressing from one ring to another. Music by Bach, Mozart, Dan Barrett, Evin Fein and others.”
4/25, 8:30 PM the NY Virtuoso Singers perform works by Luigi Dallapiccola (a premiere), Elliott Carter, Thea Musgrave, George Perle, Hugo Weisgall, Karol Rathaus, Joel Mandelbaum, Leo Kraft, Allen Brings, Edward Smaldone, Bruce Saylor and David Schober at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
4/26, 3 PM the Australian Chamber Orchestra play works by Haydn, Mozart, Prokofiev and a world premiere by Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
4/26, 7 PM the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto (featuring Chulho Kim) and a world premiere by Paul Joseph at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, 7 train to Main St. (the last stop), transfer to the Q27 bus, sugg. don.
4/26 cellist/composer Erik Friedlander plays haunting, shapeshifting new pieces from his latest solo album, mixing up the baroque and the Middle East at Dixon Place
4/26 garage/powerpop allstar band the Split Squad, ageless garage rock legends the Fleshtones and iconic ex-Dead Boys and Rocket from the Tombs guitarist Cheetah Chrome at Bowery Electric
4/27, 7:30 PM the Miró Quartet perform Schubert’s Quartet in G Major at Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free
4/27, 8 PM edgy, funky Israeli Ethiopiques/Afrobeat/soul singer Ester Rada and band at SOB’s, $16 adv tix rec
4/28, 5 PM pianist Rosa Torres Pardo plays an all-Iberian program including works by Soler-Scarlatti, Albeniz, de Falla at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
4/28, 7 PM haunting, otherworldly three-woman Bulgarian choir Black Sea Hotel – who do fascinating original arrangements of ancient Baltic tunes – at Pete’s
4/28 eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his big band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
4/28, 7:30 PM Jewish folksong maven Susan Leviton and band at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.
4/28, 8 PM S.E.M. Ensemble with Ostravská Banda and Roscoe Mitchell, Thomas Buckner and George Lewis celebrate fifty years of the AACM with music by Lewis, Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Christian Wolff and others at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St, between 1st an 2nd Ave, sugg. don. The following night 4/29 at 8 features a jam between Muhal Richard Abrams, Mitchell and Lewis plus the SEM Orchestra playing Mitchell and Abrams pieces.
4/28, 9:30ish sprawling gospel-rock orchestra Jesus on the Mainline – featuring spectacular frontwoman Mel Flannery – at the at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
4/29 tuneful latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera leads his trio with Hans Glawischnig – bass and EJ Strickland – drums playing the album release show for his new one, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $25
4/30, 8 PM Guinean Fula flute sounds with Bailo Bah & Sylvain Leroux followed by fiery Mauritanian pschedelic/desert rock bandleader/chanteuse Noura Mint Seymali at Roulette
4/30 8ish edgy gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker followed at around 10 by the Bluebonnets with the Go Go’s Kathy Valentine (not only a superior bassist but a ferociously sizzling lead guitarist), $10 gen adm
5/1, 8 PM Pakistan’s Farid Ayaz, Abu Muhammad & Brothers Qawwali at Roulette
5/1, 8:30 PM female-fronted postpunk icons the Bush Tetras – of Too Many Creeps fame – at le Poisson Rouge
5/1, 10 PM this era’s version of Steve Earle, Joe Pug at Bowery Ballroom, $15
5/2, 8 PM intense 30–member all-male choir A Conspiracy of Beards sing from their vast repertoire of imaginatively orchestrated Leonard Cohen songs at Littlefield, $10
5/2, 8 PM entrancing Moroccan sintir virftuoso Hassan Hakmoun – the James Brown of gnawa – with his band at Roulette
5/2, 9 PM the Baseball Project – jangly, wickedly literate, historically informed baseball-themed supergroup fronted by Steve Wynn with Peter Buck and Mike Mills from REM and others – at Rough Trade, $20 gen adm
5/2, 10 PM a benefit concert for SaveNYC - the small business advocacy organization fighting to keep independently owned and operated businesses from being forced out by astronomical rent hikes and replaced by bland corporate chain stores – at Arlene’s, performers TBA, a good cause and reputedly some first class acts involved
5/3, 8 PM avant jazz grooves with Ned Rothenberg & Glen Velez followed by a rare global throat-singing twinbilll with Alash and Huun-Huur-Tu, the Throat-Singers of Tuva at Roulette
5/5, 7:30 PM powerful violinist and klezmer bandleader Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St., $15.
5/9, 5 PM pianist Josep Colom plays “a dialogue between Mozart and Chopin” at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
5/11 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Daedalus Quartet with pianist Benjamin Hochman play Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s haunting, Shostakovian 1944 Piano Quintet at the Miller Theatre, free
5/11, 7:30 PM Kate Soper, soprano; Gelsey Bell, soprano; Brett Umlauf, soprano; Erin Lesser, flutes; Ian Antonio, percussion; Joshua Modney, violin perform works by Soper, Guillaume de Machaut and Hildegard von Bingen at Advent/ Broadway Church,2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free
5/14, 7:30 PM edgy Romany/latin/ska rockers Karikatura followed by fiery, hard-rocking Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart playing the album release show for their new one at the big room at the Rockwood, $12
5/14, 7:30 PM James Lovell and his rustic Caribbean Garifuna Drum Band play a cross-pollinated collaboration with Cape Breton singers at Meridian 23 on 23rd St. east of 7th Ave.
5/16, 8 PM the band that put Haitian psychedelic funk on the map in the 90s, Boukman Eksperyans at Roulette, $25
5/16, 9 PM legendary Hoboken proto-dreampop jangleband the Feelies at the Bell House, $25 gen adm, adv tix rec, this might sell out
5/22-23, 8 PM a six-pianist ensemble – Taka Kigawa, Jenny Lin, Laura Barger, Tania Tachova, Joseph Kubera and Ning Yu – play the world premiere of John King‘s expansive Piano Vectors at the equally spacious Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Ave, Maspeth, L to Jefferson St, $10, “Imagine the 6 pianists traveling through space and time, each at their own rate, compressing or stretching time in randomized and improvised ways.”
5/29, 7 PM anthemic, kinetic, mathrock-inclined cello band Break of Reality at Highline Ballroom, $22 adv tix rec
5/30, 5 PM pianist Jeffrey Siegel plays Bach, Beethoven, Paderewski, Gershwin at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
6/2, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble with violinist Caroline Shaw play an all-Timo Andres program at the Miller Theatre, free
6/3, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6: Vicky Chow, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; Michael Nicolas, cello play John Zorn trios at the Miller Theatre, free
6/4-7. 7 PM with a 2 PM matinee on 6/7, drummer Eve Sicular and her exhilaring, multistylistic band Metropolitan Klezmer perform her ever-more-relevant, musically rich musical theatre piece J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files at Here, west of 6th Ave. past the park just south of Spring St.,, $25/20 stud/srs
6/4, 9 PM the postpunk band that invented the genre, Wire at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm
6/5, 9;30 PM ageless, corrosively lyrical glamrock icon Ian Hunter at the Bell House, $30 adv tix req
6/7-8, 9 PM southwestern gothic/desert psychedelia cult heroes Calexico at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm
6/20, 5 PM pianist Enrique Graf plays music from Uruguay and Russia at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St., $5
8/4, 10ish Penelope Houston‘s recently revitalized, legendary first-wave punk band the Avengers play their first-ever Brooklyn show at the Bell House, $18 adv tix req., if this doesn’t sell out, something’s seriously wrong with this city