Live Music in New York City in February and March 2013
The new calendar for March and April is here. In the meantime, daily updates: you might want to bookmark this page and check back periodically to see what’s new. There’s a comprehensive list of places where these shows are happening at NYMD’s sister blog Lucid Culture.
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. 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.
Oldschool Chicago style blues guitarist Irving Louis Lattin gets a lot of gigs. He’s at Lucille’s on 2/1 at 8 and at 7 PM at Terra Blues on 2/16, 2/17 and 2/26.
2/15, 8 PM and continuing Don Cristóbal, Billy-Club Man: A Lorca-inspired musical puppet play with music from violinist extraordinaire Rima Fand with Avi Fox-Rosen, Quince Marcum, Kyle Sanna at the Abrons Arts Ctr on the LES. Don Cristobal is the Spanish equivalent of Punch (as in Punch and Judy) – this devious avant puppet show explores his subtler side. Additional performances are 2/16, 22, 23, March 1 and 2 at 8, 2/16, 2/23 and 3/2 at 3 PM and 2/17, 2/24 and 3/3 at 5 PM, $20; discount code for $15 tickets for first weekend: Rosita.
Mondays in February, 7 PM intense Americana soul songwriter Jo Williamson at LIC Bar
Mondays in February, 7 PM the Grand Street Stompers play hot oldtimey swing and dixieland at Arthur’s Tavern on Grove St. just west of 7th Ave. South
Mondays starting a little after 7 PM Howard Williams leads his Jazz Orchestra from the piano at the Garage, 99 7th Ave. S at Grove St. There are also big bands here most every Tuesday at 7.
Mondays in Februuary at Zirzamin starting around 9, savage, macabre,cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen play their weekly residency.
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.
Mondays in February, 8 PM klezmer/jazz trumpet legend Frank London’s Shekhinah Big Band plays the Stone. A wild intense cast of downtown luminaries play dark jubilant stuff in minor keys, early arrival highly advised. Check out this lineup: Greg Wall, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Zach Mayer, Paul Shapiro, Doug Wieselman, Jessica Lurie (saxophones) Justin Mullens, Steven Gluzband, Ronald Horton, Pam Fleming, Rob Henke (trumpets) Curtis Hasselbring, Jacob Garchik, Matt Haviland, Brian Drye (trombones) Yoshie Fruchter (guitar) Anthony Coleman (piano) Uri Sharlin (accordion) Brian Glassman (bass) Roberto Rodriguez (drums) Renato Thoms (percussion).
Also Monday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Sofia’s Restaurant, downstairs at the Edison Hotel, 221 West 46th Street between 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 at Tea Lounge in Park Slope at 9:30 PM trombonist/composer JC Sanford books big band jazz, an exciting, global mix of some of the edgiest large-ensemble sounds around. If you’re anybody in the world of big band jazz and you make it to New York, you end up playing here: what CBGB was to punk, this unlikely spot promises to be to the jazz world. No cover.
Most Mondays in February (check the Barbes website for updates), 9:30ish Chicha Libre plays their home turf at Barbes. The world’s most vital, entertaining oldschool chicha band, they blend twangy, often noir Peruvian surf sounds with cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles along with swirling psychedelic jams and deep dub interludes. Show up early because they are insanely popular.
Also Mondays in February 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. Vince also makes a rare West Village appearance at 55 Bar on 11/2 at 10.
The second and fourth Tuesday of the month there are free organ concerts featuring a global mix of first-rate talent at Central Synagogue, Lexington Ave. at 55th St., free
Tuesdays in February clever, fiery, eclectic Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party play Barbes at 9. 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. Young as she is, she’s an institution – and a torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home in fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is. Why she isn’t as popular as, say, Neko Case, is a mystery.
Wednesdays at 1 PM there are free organ concerts at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, a mix of NYC-area and international talent.
Wednesdays at 8 in February jangly rocker Rob Teter (former frontman of gypsy rock band the Belleville Outfit) plays Zirzamin with a series of sensationally good special guests.
Wednesdays in February and March, 8:30/10:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg – Dr. Lonnie Smith’s main man, who’s got a killer new solo guitar album out – 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.
Wednesdays in March (not February), 10 PM Matt Bauder and Hearing Things with Dave Smith on trombone: a “new Ethiogyptian surf soul band” at Manhattan Inn in Greenpoint
Thursdays in February at 1 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays indie classical from all over the spectrum at Trinity Church, free.
Thursdays in March, 10 PM fearlessly political latin/gypsy metal cumbia band Outernational at Arlene’s, $8. One of NYC’s best bands, with a new ep out – they’re amazing live. If you wish you could afford Gogol Bordello tix, these guys are just as intense.
Thursdays and Fridays in February Bulgarian alto sax star Yuri Yunakov and band play Mehanata starting around 10. One of the most intense and gripping improvisers in gypsy music.
Thursdays in February at around 10ish, the Old Rugged Sauce play their irreverent, smart take on vocal jazz classics at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. A bunch of oldschool Williamsburg guys having fun, sometimes at the expense of the pantheon, without a care in the world.
Fridays at 5 PM in February, adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) plays the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm. When they’re not there, they’ll have someone from from their wide circle of like-minded avant ensembles. Although the sound wafts across the balcony, you actually have to be in the bar itself in order to really appreciate what they’re doing.
Friday evenings at various times (check the site for the weekly schedule) fearless avant cellist/impresario Valerie Kuehne’s Super Coda – a global mix of strange and sometimes amazing sounds, from the way-out to the way-in, drawing on a vast, global talent base – happens at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow St., 2nd floor.
Fridays in Februaryat 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Saturdays in February at 3 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.
Saturdays in February, 7 PM badass, brilliant, sultry resonator guitarist , Roulette Sisters frontwoman and oldtimey music maven Mamie Minch plays Barbes. A deviously fun, charismatic performer, not to be missed.
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.
Sundays 1 PM-ish, bluegrass cats Freshly Baked (f.k.a. Graveyard Shift), featuring excellent, incisive fiddle player Diane Stockwell and an A-list of players play a brunch show at Southern Hospitality 645, 9th Ave at 45th St.
Sundays in February, 2 (two) PM Niall Connolly plays Caffe Vivaldi. Pensive, moody but energetically lyrical – and politically aware – songwriter who plays as if he has a band behind him (as he often does). He’s also at the small room at the Rockwood on 2/9 at midnight.
Weekly Sunday organ concerts continue (with holidays excepted) at St. Thomas Church, 53rd/5th Ave. at 5:15 PM, an international parade of A-list organists looking to give the mighty 1913 Skinner organ here a sendoff before it’s replaced.
Every Sunday at 5 PM, New York Music Daily present the Sunday Salon at Zirzamin (in the old Zinc Bar space on Houston at LaGuardia, downstairs). An A-list of New York songwriters and instrumentalists work up new material and cross-pollinate in a comfortable, musician-friendly space. There’s no cover, and at the end of the salon, there’s a 45-minute set by a rotating cast of topnotch New York and international songwriters and composers. Americana guitar genius Homeboy Steve Antonakos is here on 2/3; noir NYC legend LJ Murphy & the Accomplices on 2/10; haunting four-octave chanteuse Carol Lipnik playing her Coney Island phantasmagoria with pianist Matt Kanelos on 2/17; eclectic Middle Eastern/tango/indie classical string band Trio Tritticali on 2/24; and many killer acts to follow. As always, watch this space for updates.
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 March , 8/11 PM the ferocious, intense Arturo O’Farrill Latin Jazz Orchestra plays Birdland, $30 seats avail.
Sundays 3/3 through 3/24, 8:30/10 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of groups at the Bar Next Door.
Three Sundays in March, 3/10, 17 and 24, 9 PM a rare US residency at Barbes by French gypsy jazz guitar star Gael Rouillhac – whose repertoire also includes Monk and Messiaen – at Barbes
2/1, 5:30 PM oldtimey singer Kristin Andreassen at the American Folk Art Museum, free.
2/1 7 PM a live webcast of Battle of the Boroughs from the Greene Space begins with the Brooklyn contingent; the concert is sold out but you can vote for your favorite for an hour after the performance at www.thegreenespace.org. This is the fourth year they’ve done this and it’s not like any other battle of the bands – the competition is fierce, and good. The first year, some no-name from Staten Island won and was never heard from again. But the next year’s winner was the weird, artsy Indian trance-rock band Charanams and last year’s was eclectic ska/rocksteady/world funk band the Brown Rice Family. NY Music Daily’s top pick for this one: creepy, surreal art-song improvisers Dollshot.
2/1, 7 PM eclectic pianist/songwriter Lee Feldman plays selections from Bach’s Well Tempered Clavier Book II, original music including Duo for Two Violins and the world premiere of Joel Forrester’s newly commissioned piece Tease for Two at Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
2/1, 7:30 PM ferocoiusly intense Italian gypsy band Canzonieri Grecanico Salentino at the Schimmel Center on Spruce St. downtown at Pact University; $35 tix, but give them promotion code 5off at the box office and get a $5 discount.
2/1-2, 7:30 PM first-rate melodic jazz composer and tenor saxophonist John Farnsworth & the Fraternal Order of Jazz with Harold Mabern – piano , Steve Davis – trombone , John Webber – bass , Joe Farnsworth – drums followed at 10:30 by trombonist Michael Dease and group with Ralph Bowen – tenor sax , David Berkman – piano , Linda Oh – bass , Mark Whitfield Jr – drums at Smalls.
2/1, 7:30/9:30 PM Marko Djordjevic on drums and compositions, Bobby Avey on keys and Desmond White on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12
2/1, 7:30 PM legendary Colombian feminist performance artist Maria Evelia Marmolejo premieres a politically-fueled 1981 piece: “The artist is using the space to connect her personal experience of a violent, chaotic past to a present time marked by great technological advances, but where the dynamics of social violence remain or have worsened.” at MAAS, 36-01 36 Ave. 3rd Floor North. Long Island City. 2/2, 5 PM there’s a talk with the artist plus audience Q&A.
2/1, 8 PM an Edward Said tribute concert at the Miller Theatre with Daniel Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, $25; Barenboim leads a pre-performance discussion of the great thinker at 7.
2/1, 8 PM the Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra contrasts East Coast and West Coast latin jazz at Symphony Space, $20. They played two of the most amazing shows in town here last year and bring extra special combustion to this space for some reason.
2/1, 8 PM Matt Siffert at Zirzamin: songwriter with string quartet. Don’t let the gentle voice fool you, he’s got bite and the arrangements are gorgeous.
2/1, 8 PM Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Iktus Percussion and New Morse Code play an adventurous mix of works by Quinn Collins, David Claman, Nissim Schaul, and Osvaldo Golijov at the Firehouse Spacek, 246 Richardson St. (around the corner from Pete’s), Williamsburg, $10
2/1, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art third-stream jazz improvisation with the Jean-Michel Pilc Trio + 1″, featuring Sam Minaie on bass, Ross Pederson on drums, and Jean-Michel Pilc on piano and whistle! at Shapeshifter Lab, $12.
2/1, 9 PM intense pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist Franziska Seehausen and band followed by gypsy/Balkan punk band Koshka at the Way Station in Ft. Greene. Seehausen is also at the Jalopy on a doublebill with Litvakus at the Jalopy on 2/7 at 8:30 for $10.
2/1, 9ish dark, catchy, intense original female-fronted acoustic Americana band the Sometime Boys at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene
2/1, 10 PM fiery, ecstatic, brass-driven live banghra funk orchestra Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec.
2/1, 10 PM fiery, lyrical anthemic rockers Wormburner at Arlene’s. If Springsteen was still writing the great songs he used to write 30 years ago, he’d sound like Wormburner.
2/1, 10 PM dark art-rock pianist/songwriter Eve Lesov at Sidewalk.
2/1, 10:30ish kick-ass Americana/paisley underground psychedelic rockers Chris Erikson and the Wayward Puritans at Fifth Estate Bar in Park Slope, 506 5th Ave. between 12th and 13th Sts.,
2/2, 4 PM a feast of new classical works at the Music of Now Festival at Symphony Space feat., $20, too many artists/composers to list here, the complete eight-hour lineup is here.
2/2, 7 PM a typically eclectic, excellent triplebill at Barbes: badass oldtime blue siren and resonator guitarist Mamie Minch at 7 followed at 8 by rustic, sometimes otherworldly ex-Soviet Georgian guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze and then at 11 by high-voltage Mexican polka band Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.
2/2, 7 PM violinist and Salomé Chamber Orchestra co-founder Sean Avram Carpenter and violist David Aaron Carpenter, playing period instruments currently on display for the first time in the museum’s musical instruments section, are the soloists in Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 adv tix very highly rec., this will sell out.
2/2, 8 PM Single Red Cent play edgy, biting, lyrically smart, sometimes really funny, bouncy/funky postpunk at Santos Party House.
2/2, 8 PM Americana rock chanteuse Karen Hudson and band on her home turf at An Beal Bocht Cafe, 445 W 238th St., Inwood.
2/2, 8 PM third stream experimental jazz with composer Laura Andel collaborating with Daniel Binelli (bandoneon), Elliott Sharp (guitars), Carl Maguire (Fender Rhodes), Andrew Drury (percussion), Richard Garet (video art) at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
2/2, 8:30/9:45 PM drummer George Coleman Jr. and the Rivington Project with Alexander McCabe: alto Sax; Paul Odeh: piano; Chris Haney: acoustic bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $15.
2/2, 9 PM an especially killer night of surf bands at Otto’s with the increasingly eclectic, increasingly noir TarantinosNYC, ferocious Connecticut Dick Dale-style 9th Wave at 10, Surfer Joe & His Boss Combo (sounds suspiciously like a Supertones spinoff) at 11 and sometime after midnight, the macabre pyrotechnics of amazing Boston band Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion.
2/2, 9 PM the amazing, massive, always more eclectic M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10.
2/2, 9/10:30 PM lyrical cutting-edge jazz pianist Kris Davis plays the cd release show for her new one with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Mat Maneri, viola; Eivand Opsvik, bass; Tom Rainey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/2, 9ish the Cannabis Cup Reggae Band at B.B. King’s playing a Bob Marley birthday tribute show, $25 adv tix rec.
2/2, 9:30ish Bad Buka and their gypsy punk meltdown at Mehanata.
2/2, 9:30 PM Cécile Broché on violin and Russ Lossing on piano improvise at the Firehouse Space in Williamsburg, $10
2/2, 11ish (you know Nublu – guess the time, it’s probably late) fun, high-energy, eclectically entertaining gypsy punk/oldtime swing band Kagero plays the cd release show for their long-awaited new one at Nublu
2/2, 9:30 PM smart, politically aware newschool bluegrass harmony crew 2/3 Goat at Hill Country.
2/2, 9:30 PM cellist Nioka Workman’s intense Firey String Sistas chamber jazz project at BAM Cafe, free.
2/2, 10 PM Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – at Freddy’s.
2/2, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 2/3) lead guitarist to the stars of the underground Thad Debrock – a brilliant, eclectic player on his own stuff too – at the small room at the Rockwood
2/3, 3 PM the Momenta Quartet with amazing, charismatic pipa virtuoso Min Xiao-Fen at Flusing Town Hall, $15.
2/3, 4 PM the Alba Consort plays classic Sephardic and Armenian tunes, featuring virtuoso oudist Haig Magnookian at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
2/3, 7 PM Middle Eastern sax improvisations with saxophonist Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi at Downtown Music Gallery, free
2/3, 7 PM brilliant Americana guitarist and wry, clever, eclectic songwriter Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays the Sunday Salon at Zirzamin, 7 PM, free.
2/3, 7 PM eclectic oldtime acoustic blues powerhouse Blind Boy Paxton at Terra Blues.
2/3 violinist Jessica Pavone solo at 7, bassist Shayna Dulberger and quartet at 8 and then at 9 PM Matthew Shipp & Michael Bisio at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
2/4, 6 PM Cadillac Moon Ensemble plays Mohammed Fairouz’s Three Fragments of Ibn Khafajah alongside other works by the composer.at New York Library for the Performing Arts’ Bruno Walter Auditorium, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
2/4, 7:30/9:30 PM trombone legend Roswell Rudd with Sunny Kim (the chanteuse, not the pitcher), plus Ken Filiano, bass; Lafayette Harris, piano at Dizzy’s Club, $25.
2/4, 8 PM dark, sardonically lyrical piano jazz with the Danny Fox Trio followed by guitarist Sebastian Noelle’s Koan with Amina Figarova tenor sax powerhouse Marc Momaas plus Thomson Kneeland – acoustic bass; Tony Moreny – drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
2/4, 8 PM an avant garde summit: Alarm Will Sound, Argento Ensemble, Either/Or, International Contemporary Ensemble, JACK Quartet and Talea Ensemble play Marc-André Dalbavie’s Fantaisies plus Periodes by Gérard Grisey with Michel Galante conducting the Argento Ensemble, Giacinto Scelsi’s Pranam II (1973) played by Either/Or led by Richard Carrick, Matthias Pintscher’s Study IV for Treatise on the Veil (2009) with the JACK Quartet, Olga Neuwirth’s Hooloomooloo (1997) with Eduardo Leandro conducting the Talea Ensemble, and Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel with Alarm Will Sound at Merkin Concert Hall, $25.
2/4, 8:30ish a rare free concert by members of the the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, program TBA at the Lincoln Center Atrium.
2/4, 9 PM Swingadelic play their monthly show at Maxwell’s, free
2/4, 9:30 PM Sandra Lilia Velasquez of Pistolera plays the album release show for her imaginative, eclectic yet purist Mexican-tinged new janglepop ep with Meshell Ndegeocello on bass at Joe’s Pub, $15.
2/4, 10 PM the Brooklyn What at the Mercury, $10. OMG their album release show last week was beyond intense – people were dancing onstage and stagediving, and their new album Hot Wine threatens to be the best of 2013. What are you waiting for people?
2/5, 7 PM ostensibly there are still some $35 tix available for the Richard Thompson show at Joe’s Pub. Good luck and hurry!
2/5, 7 PM eclectic violinist Sarah Goldfeather followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party at Barbes
2/5, 7 PM Kevin Puts and ensemble perform works by David Lang, Harold Meltzer, Derek Bermel, Tarik O’Regan, Andrew Austin and Missy Mazzoli at the Robbins Theater at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, W. 37th between 9th and 10th Ave., $10.
2/5, 7:30/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton leads his trio at Dizzy’s Club, $30 seats avail; he’s here at 10 PM the following night, 2/6.
2/5, 7:30 PM acclaimed Polish classical guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewki plays the Bach Cello Suite No. 5 plus works by Britten, Jose and Ponce at WMP Concert Hall, $18
2/5, 8 PM violist Nadia Sirota leads an ensemble playing the album release show for her new one, Baroque, featuring contemporary composers Daníel Bjarnason, Paul Corley, Missy Mazzoli, Nico Muhly, and Shara Worden, at the Kitchen, $15.
2/5-10, 8/10:30 PM bassist Ron Carter leads a quartet with Renee Rosnes, piano; Payton Crossley, drums; Rolando Morales-Matos, percussion at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
2/5, 9 PM pianist Oren Neiman leads his Middle Eastern-tinged jazz quartet at Freddy’s
2/5, 9 PM the Other Brothers play bluegrass and oldtime hillbilly sounds at the Way Station in Ft. Greene.
2/5, 10 PM Eyebone with Nels Kline on guitar, Teddy Klauser on keys and Jim Black on drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
2/5, 10 PM edgy tuneful alto saxophonist David Binneyleads a quartet with with Jacob Sacks pn Rhodes, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Dan Weiss on drums at 55 Bar. They’re also here on 2/19.
2/6, 7 PM the André Matos 4tet featuring Jacob Sacks (piano), Eivid Opsvik (bass) and Billy Mintz (drums), Americana saxophonist/composer Jeremy Udden plus band at 8 and then at 9 dark chanteuse Sara Serpa’s Crossing Oceans fado project at Shapeshifter Lab, $15 for 3 sets, $10 for the first two.
2/6, 7:30 PM Frank London (trumpet) and Lorin Sklamberg (vocals, accordion) of the radical klezmer band, Klezmatics, join jazz pianist Rob Schwimmer doing their own radical reinterpretations of classic Jewish liturgical themes at Symphony Space, $30 adv tix req.
2/6, 7:30 PM uneasy new pastorales with Sarah Kirkland Snider and Orchestra for the Next Century; the composer also plays with Clogs for a a stripped-down trio set at Merkin Concert Hall, $25.
2/6, 8 PM the raw, hard-hitting Hard Times play roots reggae at Shrine.
2/6, 8/10 PM 60s all-girl bandleader turned 70s blue eyed soul legend Genya Ravan – who’s still got her powerful pipes – at Iridium with her band, $25. She’s also at Maxwell’s on 3/16 at 8 for ten bucks less
2/6, 8:30 PM check out this lineup, sparks will be flying but in a purist and articulate way: Mike Baggetta – guitar; Jason Rigby – saxophones; Jeremy Stratton – bass; George Schuller – drums at Seeds, 617 Vanderbilt Ave (Bergen/St. Marks), Ft. Greene, Brooklyn, $10, B/Q to 7th Ave.
2/6, 9 PM S t. Croix roots reggae stars Midnite play a Bob Marley bday celebration at SOB’s, $28.
2/6, 9 PM noir chanteuse Nicole Atkins at the Way Station in Ft. Greene – no idea if this is solo or with band.
2/6, 9 PM Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band play bustling, sometimes snidely amusing oldtimey-style swing and gypsy jazz at Radegast Hall.
2/6, 10 PM twang and surf rock instrumentals with the Bakersfield Breakers at Otto’s
2/6, 10:30 PM eclectic, edgy guitarist Travis Reuter with Peter Evans, trumpet; Miles Okazaki, guitar; Jeremy Viner, tenor sax; Danny Sher, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/7, 7 PM “Resistance of the Earth, a new multimedia creation including video, film, dance and live music on a theme of natural disasters: how nature fights back against human civilization in the delicate balance of our planet. Featuring original music by Slovenian author and saxophonist Igor Lumpert and ensemble, inspired by the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and Sylva Fischerová. With16 mm films by Zeljka Blaksic and video testimonies by people who survived recent natural disasters,” at Bohemian National Hall (321 E. 73rd St, free but res. highly recommended.
2/7, 7:30 PM fiery jazz pianist/composer Bobby Avey premieres his jazz suite, Authority Melts from Me inspired by Toussaint L’Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution, at Symphony Space, $30/$15 for 25 and under.
2/7, 8 PM clarinetist Mike McGinnis’ Roadtrip Band plays Bill Smith’s 1958 pioneering third-stream Concerto for Clarinet & Jazz Combo and other pieces followed at 10 by coy, quirky, devious, harmonically gorgeous, theatrical faux torch song trio the Debutante Hour at Barbes.
2/7, 8 PM drummer Brian Adler’s Helium Music Project with Nick Kadajski, alto sax; Danny Fox, piano; Mark Lau, upright bass; Rohin Khemani, percussion at Shapeshifter Lab, $12
2/7, 8:30 PM Americana jazz maven and saxophonist Jeremy Udden plays the cd release show for his new one with Brandon Seabrook, banjo; Jeremy Stratton, bass; Kenny Wollesen, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/7, 9 PM conscious dancehall reggae star Anthony B – who still wants to burn down Babylon – at Galapagos of all places, $15.
2/7, 9 PM country twangstress Kara Suzanne at the small room at the Rockwood.
2/7, 11ish a benefit for 11 Rockaway families devastated by the hurricane with LES punk/rockabilly/surf legends Simon & the Bar Sinisters at Rodeo Bar, $20
2/8, 7 PM politically fueled, smart powerpop /Americana rocker Neil Nathan at Bowery Electric, $8.
2/8, 7 PM pianist Edmund Arkus plays music by Mendelssohn, Haydn and Liszt at Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
2/8, 7:30 PM violinist Natasha Lipkina and pianist Margrit Zimmermann play works by Schubert, Schoenberg, Messiaen, Couperin, Satie at WMP Concert Hall, $20/$10 stud.
2/8, 8 PM fiery, hyperliterate punk/powerpop alienation anthems with Hannah vs. the Many at Rock Shop, $8 .
2/8. 8 PM Parhelion Trio play a macabre Valentine’s Day concert with works by Daniel Felesenfeld, Jacob TV, Sunny Knable, Matthew Hindson and Astor Piazzolla at the Firehouse Space in Williamsburg, $10
2/8, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra with pianist Di Wu performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2; conductor Guerguan Tsenov concludes the program with Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 at Symphony Space, $20/$14 stud/srs.
2/8, 9/10:30 PM Boston free jazz legends the Fringe – George Garzone, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Bob Gulotti, who absolutely slayed at Winter Jazzfest back in January – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/8, 10 PM clever, artsy, ethereal and often haunting indie pop band Clare & the Reasons at Littlefield, $10.
2/8, 10 PM dark ex-Norden Bombsight Americana/noir/punk chanteuse Raquel Bell at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park, $10.
2/8, 10ish unstoppable 80s postpunk legends the Wedding Present play Hit Parade and other material at Maxwell’s, $15 adv tix rec.; the following night 2/9 they’re at Bowery Ballroom, same time, same adv tix price.
2/9, 4:30 PM pyrotechnic Balkan jam band Raya Brass Band at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 2/16.
2/9 good global retro triplebill at Barbes: oldtime guitar maven/siren Mamie Minch at 7, coyly torchy French chanson revivalists Les Chauds Lapins at 8, the Jug Addicts playing oldtime jug band music at 10.
2/9, 7 PM the Ebony Hillbillies – NYC’s one and only black bluegrass band – at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
2/9, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 2/23.
2/9, 8 PM Jordanian chanteuse/guitarist Farah Siraj plays flamenco-tinged classics and originals at Alwan for the Arts downtown, $20/$15 stud/srs
2/9, 8 PM perennially intense, relevant literate glamrock songwriter Ian Hunter at City Winery, $30 standing room avail.
2/9, 8ish funky hip-hop/brass grooves with PitchBlak Brass Band at Sullivan Hall, $10
2/9, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays an enticing bill of world and US premieres: Quinn Collins – Summer Music for chamber orchestra ; Elliott Schwartz – Texture; Hans Abrahamsen -String Quartet No. 3; Edison Denisov (Russia) Five Studies for Bassoon Solo; Bent Sørensen – Ständchen (2007, at the Cell Theatre, 338 W 23rd St (8th & 9th Aves, free, early arrival very highly advised
2/9, 8 PM an all-Sofia Gubaidulina program performed by International Contemporary Ensemble with the charismatic Rebekah Heller solo on bassoon at the Miller Theatre, $25.
2/9, 8:30ish intense oldtimey band Roosevelt Dime, ferocious outlaw country/psychedelic rockers the Newton Gang, Gangstagrass and the eclectic, artsier, more rock-oriented Hollows at the Bell House, $15.
2/9, 9 PM the Four O’Clock Flowers (Samoa Wilson of the Lonely Samoans and country blues guitar genius Ernie Vega) play blues, gospel, old folk tunes and more at the Jalpy, $10
2/9, 9 PM Revolutionary Snake Ensemble play sly funky tuneful avant garde jazz at BAM Cafe, free.
2/9, 9:30ish charismatic gypsy punk/metal cumbia band Escarioka at Mehanata.
2/9, 10 PM Que Vlo-Ve play classic Greek rembetiko at 68 Jay St. Bar.
2/9, 11ish creepy, weird, jazz/cinematic faux-operatic agitators Thrillington at Suburbia, 330 Melrose St., Bushwick, $5.
2/9, 11 PM intense female-fronted oldschool Memphis-style soul band the One and Nines at the Gowanus Ballroom, 55 9th St, Gowanus, Brooklyn, get there before 11 and get in half-price for $5, proceeds to benefit the building restoration fund in the aftermath of the hurricane.
2/10, 11:30 AM-ish brilliaint, intense all-female klezmer jam band Isle of Klezbos play the klezmer brunch at City Winery, $10, no minimum, kids 12 and under free – this band plays well early in the day, believe it or not.
2/10, 1 PM 2/10, 1 PM Hellgate Harmonie play wind octet music, program TBA at the Underground Lounge on the upper west, free
2/10, 3 PM the Park Ave. Chamber Symphony plays an all-Beethoven program:
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 and No. 7 with Piano Concerto No. 4 feat. Spencer Myer, piano in the middle at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
2/10, 5 (five) PM soulful, politically spot-on African roots reggae with Meta and the Cornerstones at the Canal Room, $10.
2/10, 5 PM lyrical jazz pianist Kevin Hays – of haunting Indian jazz band Saffron -with multi-instrumentalist Tony Jarvis and Rob Jost on bass at at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W 183rd St., $12, reception to follow
2/10, 7 PM noir NYC legend LJ Murphy & the Accomplices – whose ferocoiusly lyrical, politically-charged forthcoming album seems to be a lock for best of 2013 – at Zirzamin.
2/10, 7 PM the Lysander Piano Trio play a program TBA followed at 9 by gypsy guitar powerhouse Stephane Wrembel at Barbes.
2/10, 7:30 PM ethereal, moody, allstar postminimalist indie classical ensemble Billband at le Poisson Rouge, $13 adv tix rec.
2/10, 8/9:15 PM trombonist Curtis Hasselbring’s Number Stations – playing wry, clever new stuff from his killer new album – at Shapeshifter Lab, $12
2/10, 8:30 PM torchy Syrian chanteuse Gaida with her excellent band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/10, 10ish tuneful original postbop compositions from alto saxophonist Patrick Cornelius with his quartet: Miles Okazaki – guitar; Linda Oh – bass; Paul Witgen – drums at Sycamore Bar in Ditmas Park.
2/10, 10:30 PM noir Britfolk songwriter Adam Masterson at the big room at the Rockwood.
2/10, 11 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser and vibraphonist Behn Gillece – who have two killer albums out on Posi-Tone – with Rick Germanson – piano , Gerald Cannon – bass , Jason Brown – drums at Smalls.
2/11, 7:15 PM the Asuka Kakitani Jazz Orchestra celebrates the release of their lustrous new album at Drom, $10 adv tix rec. They’re also at Shapeshifte Lab on 2/28 at 8 for the same deal.
2/11, 9 PM Kyle Saulnier’s improvisationally inclined big band Awakening Orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
2/11-18, 9/11 PM celebrating 40 years of loud, lush sounds, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra play a weeklong stand on their home turf, $25 + 1 drink min.
2/11, 10 PM avant jazz chanteuse Seung-Hee leads a quintet with Adam Kolker on reeds, Toru Dodo, piano Thomson Kneeland, bass George Schuller, drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
2/12, half past noon Kentucky organist Wesley Roberts plays a free recital , program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lexington Ave.
2/12, 5:30 PM contemporary cimbalom works by Kurtag and othes featuring Either/Or and soprano Tony Arnold at the Miller Theatre, free
2/12, 7 PM the Ben Holmes Quartet at Barbes playing tuneful Balkan jazz followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party.
2/12, 7:30 PM eclectic virtuoso pianist Alexandra Joan and cellist Alice Yoo play works by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Liszt at WMP Concert Hall, $20.
2/12, 8 PM George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars – believe it or not, the guy is 70 years old – at B.B. King’s, $37.50 adv tix a must
2/12, 8:30 PM badass two-frontwoman honkytonk band the Sweetback Sisters at the Jalopy, $12 adv tix rec.
2/12, 9 PM PascAli (“upright bass insanity”) followed by the Bonnie Kane/Chris Welcome Duo – “sublime noise” -at the PPL space, 104 Meserole St., Bushwick.
2/12, 9 :30 PM wild all-female Brazilian percussion orchestra Batala NYC – fresh off their gig opening for the Rolling Stones – at Club Element, 225 East Houston at Ave A
2/12, 10 PM psychedelic latin dub with La Sovietika at Shrine.
2/12, 10 PM pianist Bennett Paster leads a quintet playing his lyrical latin jazz compositions at Shapeshifter Lab
2/13, just an indicator of how far the Lower East Side has gone to hell: if you want to go to Arlene Grocery tonight, it’ll cost you $250. This is not an early April Fool’s joke.
2/13, 6:30 PM (early arrival obviously advised) Judy Collins sings popular songs of the Civil War era including some of Lincoln’s favorites: Beautiful Dreamer, Johnny I Hardly Knew You and The Last Rose of Summer, as well as Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, featuring excerpts from Lincoln documents including the Gettysburg Address, at the great hall at Cooper Union, 7 E 7th St. (3rd and 4th Aves), free.
2/13, 7 PM eclectic jazz/Americana violinist Charlie Burnham’s Hidden City at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
2/13, 7 PM guitarist Gerard Edery explores “the surprising and exotic musical synergies between Christians, Arabs and Jews from Medieval Spain to the present with ecular and liturgical songs from Ancient Persia, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Morocco, Egypt, The Balkans and Syria” at Temple Shearith Israel at 70th Str and Central Park West, free, early arrival advised
2/13, 7:30 PM the MSM Brass Orchestra with special guest Peter Evans on trumpet at the Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free, early arrival advised.
2/13, 8 PM twisted art-song crew Thrillington, Flandrew Fleisenberg, and then free jazz alchemists Trio Hertenstein, Neufeld, and Conly – who will be choosing their name based on responses from the audience at this show, at the PPL space, 104 Meserole St., Bushwick
2/13, 8 PM haunting, politically astute Malagasy chanteuse/songwriter Razia Said at Shrine.
2/13, 8:30 PM up-and-coming tenor saxophonist Joel Miller makes his NYC debut with an all-star cast: trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, pianist Gary Versace, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Greg Ritchie at Shapeshifter Lab.
2/13-16, 8:30/11 PM torchy French jazz chanteuse Cyrille Aimee at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
2/13, 9ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.
2/13, 10 PM Damian Quinones and his guitarishly brilliant, psychedelic latin soul band at Freddy’s.
2/14, 11 AM (eleven in the morning) exciting classical orchestra the New World Symphony with soloistgs Marilyn Cole, oboe and Emanouil Manolov, Violin play Bach: Concerto for Oboe and Violin in D minor; Ellington: Concerto for Cootie, and Ko Ko; Gershwin: TBA; Andrew Struck-Marcell: In Delirium Remember (world premiere) at Holy Apostles Church 296 9th Avenue at W 28th St, free
2/14, 7 PM chanteuse Jennifer Charles’ lurid art-rock/goth band Elysian Fields at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
2/14, 7 PM avant-garde/third stream piano titan Anthony Coleman leads a quartet at Spectrum.
2/14, 7 PM Miscoscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester plays soundtracks to the 1927 Hitchcock silent film The Lodger and then Bunuel’s Un Chien Andalou at the Gershwin Hotel, $10
2/14. 7 PM if you’re feeling vengeful on V-Day, lyrical Americana rocker Amy Speace will vindicate you at the small room at the Rockwood
2/14, 7:30 PM the Cassatt Quartet, joined by Vermeer Quartet cellist Marc Johnson play a new quintet by Daniel Godfrey plus the Schubert Quintet. at Symphony Space, $30/$15 for under 25.
2/14, 7:30/9:30 PM, the Hot Sardines play sassy oldtimey swing at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised.
2/14, 8 PM Brazda plays new arrangements of otherworldly Balkan vocal music at Barbes.
2/14, 8 PM John Zorn and many of his minions jam out to benefit the Stone, $25.
2/14, 9/10:30 PM Caribbean and south-of-the-border big band flavors with the Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Zinc Bar.
2/14, 9:30 PM smart lyrical jazz with John Ellis – tenor sax , Aaron Goldberg – piano , Obed Calvaire -drums , Reuben Rogers – bass at Smalls.
2/14, 10 PM intense, cutting-edge jazz/third-stream chanteuse Sara Serpa leads a trio with Andre Matos on guitar and Tommy Crane on drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/14, 11 PM fiery tuneful powerpop rockers New Atlantic Youth at Matchless
2/14, 11 PM ferocious dark artsy metalish rockers Junius at Public Assembly- a small space for these guys to be playing, get there early.
2/15, 6 PM the Undigables: Ollie Boy Lester; Tony Ormond on guitar, Jan Kjaer on keys, Ray France on bass, Nat Seeley on drums at 55 Bar
2/15, 7 PM EVIYAN Ensemble featuring Czech singer/violinist Iva Bittova, guitarist Gyan Riley and Bang on a Can clarinetist Evan Ziporyn play each others’ new works at the Bohemian National Home, 321 E. 73rd St. free.
2/15, 7:30 PM cellist Bonnie Hampton and pianist Julio Elizalde continue their cycle of the complete Beethoven works for piano and cello at WMP Concert Hall, $20
2/15-17, 7:30/9:30 PM the Mingus Big Band’s annual showcase of outstanding high school soloists from the 5th annual Charles Mingus High School Festival & Competition at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend). See what the stars of tomorrow can already do with some of the most exhilarating stuff from years past, at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend; there’s an additional 11:30 PM set Fri/Sat).
2/15, 7:30 PM the devious alll-female Main Squeeze Orchestra plays clever accordion arrangements of both iconic rock songs and cheesy pop – Beach Boys, Edith Piaf, Lady Gag, Kurt Weill and Elvis – at le Poisson Rouge, $15 gen adm.
2/15, 8 PM accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey at Barbes.
2/15, 8 PM intense Argentine pianist Emillio Solla with Chris Cheek (soprano/tenor), Victor Prieto (accordion), Jorge Roeder (bass), and Ziv Ravitz, (drums and cajon) at Flushing Town Hall, $15.
2/15, 8 PM bassist Jim Cammack leads a quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
2/15, 9 PM oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club. They’re also at Barbes the following night, 2/16 at 8, and at 68 Jay St. Bar about two hours afterward. That’s what the calendar says anyway.
2/15, 9 PM Afrobeat powerhouse Ikebe Shakedown followed by oldschool James Brown-influenced funk and soul with Lee Fields & the Expressions at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec.
2/15, 9 PM Texas oldtime country songwriter Anthony DaCosta at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse at Columbia, free
2/15, 9 PM loud squalling avant jazz with Mike Noordzy, saxophonist Bonnie Kane’s Big Plastic Finger and scenemaker/drummer Weasel Walter’s latest project at Goodbye Blue Monday.
2/15, 9:30 PM third stream solo piano with Michel Reis at I-Beam, $10
2/15, 10 PM Royal Khaoz play roots reggae at Shrine
2/15, 11ish ferocious, fearless, tuneful and sometimes hilarious punk-Americana band Spanking Charlene at the Ding Dong Lounge, 105th/Columbus uptown.
2/15, 11 PM Steely Dan-ish psychedelic funk band Otis – whose latest album Music Elevator absolutely kicks ass – at the big room at the Rockwood.
2/15, midnight-ish, Noble Society play rooots reggae at Drom, $10
2/16, 2:15 (quarter past two) PM, pianist Frederic Chiu plays music of Chopin, Liszt, Gao Ping, Debussy, Ravel and Prokofiev interspersed with readings of classic Chinese poetry from the Tang and Song dynasties at Flushing Town Hall, $12.
2/16 another good eclectic triplebill at Barbes: sultry oldtime blues with resonator guitarist Mamie Minch at 7, sly oldschool C&W and southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at 8, and new acoustic cumbia band Chia’s Dance Party at 10.
2/16, 7:30 PM intense Mexican butoh artist Diego Piñon at MAAS, 36-01 36 Ave. 3rd Floor North. Long Island City, N/Q to 36th St., enter on the 36th St. side, free. Dunno what the musical component will be, if anything, but it’s good bet this will be scary.
2/16, 7:30/9:30 PM the Jack DeJohnette/Ravi Coltrane/Matt Garrison Trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $25
2/16, 8/10 PM TZAR feat. brilliant baritone saxophonist Moist Paula Henderson with alto saxophonist John Beary, drummer/bass pedalist Brian “Willie B” Wilson and keysman Michael Stark at the Stone, $10
2/16, 8 PM vibraphonist Stefon Harris and Blackout at the Miller Theatre, $25.
2/16, 8:30ish Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows, eclectic dark/energetic country band Tatters & Rags and oldschool/outlaw country songwriter Alex Battles & the Whisky Rebellion at Union Hall, $8
2/16, 9 PM a benefit for Restore Red Hook: M Shanghai String Band’s Matthew Brookshire followed at 10 by the cd release show for charismatic, vengefully literate oldtimey ukulele siren Kelli Rae Powell‘s live album at the Jalopy, $10, get there early, this will sell out.
2/16. 9:30 PM swirling, ethereal, anthemic Persian-American art-pop/disco/funk band the Yellow Dogs at Glasslands, $10.
2/16, 10 PM eclectic lapsteel virtuoso Raphael McGregor – equally adept at cinematic soundscapes, fiery blues and country – with his band at Spike Hill, free
2/16, 10 PM Her Vanished Grace play “power dream pop” at Rock Shop, $10.
2/16, 10 PM ska jazz tenor saxophone star Dave Hillyard’s Rocksteady 7 at Two Boots Brooklyn
2/16, midnight, NYC’s only all-female mariachi band, Mariachi Flor de Toloache.at the big room at the Rockwood.
2/17, 4 PM Trio Lumine with pianist violinist Luis Casal and clarinetist Neil Rynston play the Brahms 2nd violin sonata; Berg’s Op 5 clarinet/piano pieces, Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ “Semi-Suite” and the Khachaturian Trio at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
2/17, 5 PM at Barbes otherworldly vocal supergroup Zozulka – Eva Salina Primack, Black Sea Hotel’s Willa Roberts, and the Debutante Hour’s Maria Sonevytsky sing lyrical songs from the Poltava and Polissia regions of Ukraine. The band name is Ukrainian for “cuckoo.”
2/17, 7 PM haunting Coney Island phantasmagoria and creepy, hypnotic reinventions of dark rock and folk tunes with four-octave chanteuse Carol Lipnik and pianist Matt Kanelos at Zirzamin, free. Brilliantly eclectic, original Asheville bluegrass band Town Mountain play right afterward for $10.
2/17, 8ish oldschool 90s Brooklyn hardcore hip-hop with Smif-N-Wessun and M.O.P. at Highline Ballroom.
2/17, 8 PM psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy at Hank’s
2/17, 8:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically-fueled Americana songwriter Joe Pug – sort of this era’s version of Steve Earle – at the Mercury, $14.
2/17, 9 PM well-loved harmony-driven all-female Americana trio Red Molly at City Winery, $15 standing room avail.
2/17, 9 PM Brixton Saint plays roots reggae at Shrine
2/17, 10 PM the Dixons – the best honkytonk band north of Nashville – play Union Pool, $5.
2/17, 10ish Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies play torchy 20s/30s swing/jazz obscurities at Rodeo Bar .
2/18. 7 PM Jerome O’Brien of the late, great Dog Show plays his ferociously literate, vintage R&B/punk influenced songs followed at 9 by savage, macabre, cinematic noir jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at Zirzamin.
2/18, 7:30 PM the Miro Quartet play Beethoven – Quartet No. 14 in F Minor, Op. 95 (“Serioso”); Henri Dutilleux- Ainsi la Nuit; Schubert – Quartet in D Minor, D. 810 (“Death and the Maiden”) at Music Mondays at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free
2/18, 7:30 PM the American Composers Alliance presents new works by Elizabeth Bell, Lawrence Dillon, Phillip Rhodes, Christopher Shultis, Peter Westergaard, and Lewis Nielson at Symphony Space, $10/$5 stud.
2/19, 7 PM hypnotic, psychedelic dulcimber/bass/drums instrumentalists House of Waters at 55 Bar
2/19, 7:30 PM wild and crazy indie classical ensemble Lunatics at Large play recent works by Richard Brooks, Richard Cameron-Wolfe, Eleanor Cory, Brian Fennelly, Thomas Flaherty, Jan Gilbert, and Louis Karchin at Symphony Space, $10/$5 stud.
2/19, 8 PM a festival of classic French chanson: Marie Lenormand and Philippe Pierce singing classic Jacques Brel and Charles Trenet songs backed by pianist Steven Blier, accordionist Bill Schimmel and guitarist Greg Utzig at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 adv tix still avail. but going fast, plus post-concert reception with the cast
2/19, 8 PM an evening of new works for strings presented by the New York Composers Circle incl. Roger Blanc, Maneuvers, for vln & vla; Eugene Marlow, String Quartet No. 4; Richard Brooks, Lamentations; Jacob E. Goodman, Variations for a Rainy Afternoon; Carl Kanter, Summer Quartet, for string quartet; Debra Kaye, Duet After Winter, for 2 violins; Richard D. Russell, Two Songs from IMAP, for soprano and ensemble at St. Peter’s Church, Lexington Ave and 54th St, $20 sugg don.
2/19, 8:30 PM pianist Julian Shore leads a vocalese and vocal harmony-infused third-stream jazz septet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.
2/19-23, 8:30/11 PM the recently reunited Quest with Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Ron McClure and Billy Hart at Birdland, $30 seats avail.
2/19, 9 PM SisterMonk play their high-energy worldbeat/punk/funk at Shrine.
2/19, 9 PM 9 PM the Dorian Wallace Big Band at Something Jazz Club, $10.
2/20, 7 PM violinists Jaroslav Sveceny and Julie Svecena play works including the world premiere of Sveceny’s Strings for New York at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., free, reservations suggested .
2/20, 7 PM irrepressible punk cellist Valerie Kuehne’s birthday show at Spectrum, no telling what kind of insane/WTF/potentially life-changing events might take place
2/20, 7:30 PM Deerhoof and Dal Niente play new works by Brazilian composer Marcus Balter at Merkin Concert Hall, $25, adv tix highly rec, this will sell out.
2/20, 8 PM pianist Deanna Witkowski leads a trio with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Willard Dyson plus a 12-member choir playing a Mary Lou Williams tribute including her iconic gospel-jazz suite Music for Peace at Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Avenue at 85th, $20 seats avail.
2/20, 8 PM the O’Farrill Family Band feat. with visionary pianist dad Arturo O’Farrill and songs Adam on trumpet and Zack on drums plus Livio Almeida on tenor and the Mingus Bands’ Boris Kozlov on bass at Iridium
2/20, 9:30 PM two-time IBMA vocalist of the year winner Claire Lynch and her all-=star bluegrass band at Hill Country, $20 adv tix rec.
2/20, 10 PM a rare solo show by the Moonlighters’ torchy, nonchalantly brilliant bandleader Bliss Blood at Pete’s.
2/21, 6 PM the Eldad Tarmu Trio play vibraphone jazz w/special guest saxophonist Tom Tallitsch plus food, drinks, “eco-Jeopardy” and freecycle tables at the Culinary Conference Center @ Hudson County Community College, 161 Newkirk St,. Building E , Jersey City , a short walk from the Journal Square Path station, $10/$5 stud/srs.
2/21 killer triplebill at Barbes: 7 PM indie classical/film composer Jay Vilnai playing a birthday show followed at 8 by haunting Greek rembetiko duo Que Vlo-Ve and then at 10 by high-voltage Afrobeat band Ikebe Shakedown
2/21, 7:30 PM Shofar Trio—guitarist Raphael Roginski, saxophonist and bass clarinet player Mikolaj Trzaska and drummer Macio Moretti plus accordionist Olga Mieleszczuk’s Polesye Project – who’re revitalizing the rare pre-WWII Polish klezmer repertoire – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival highly advised.
2/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM high-voltate alto/soprano saxophonist Tia Fuller and her powerhouse postbop band feat. trumpeter Sean Jones at Dizzy’s Club, $30 seats avail. They’re also here on 2/24.
2/21, 8 PM charismatic oldschool soul siren Meah Pace – who’s sort of like Sharon Jones for a younger generation – at Bowery Electric.
2/21, 8 PM intense nuevo tango band the J.P.Jofre Hard Tango Trio at the Gershwin Hotel, $10
2/21, 8 PM the Alternative Guitar Festival feat. short sets by Wolfgang Muthspiel, Elliott Sharp, Brandon Seabrook, Joel Harrison and others at Shapeshifter Lab, $20
2/21, 8:30 PM tuneful guitar jazz with the Assaf Kehati Trio with Ehud Ettun on bass & Ronen Itzik on drums at Bar Next Door.
2/21, 9 PM longtime dark rock collaborators: the Pixies Black Francis and menacing retro noir bandleader Reid Paley at Maxwell’s, $20.
2/21, 9 PM the Moonlighters’ Bliss Blood’s creepy, torchy noir duo Evanescent at Rest-au-Rant, 30-01 35th Avenue (corner of 30th St.). Long Island City. 2/23 at 9 they’re at Sweet Grapes, 39 Essex (Grand/Hester) in Chinatown
2/21, 10 PM oldschool country doesn’t get any better than this: Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale at Bowery Ballroom, $25.
2/21, 10 PM sick Dolly Parton cover band Doll Parts– who mix straight-up rock versions of her schlockiest 80s crap with acoustic covers of her country classics – at the Bell House, $10. They’re also at the Way Station in Ft. Greene at 10ish on 2/26.
2/21, 10 PM trombonist Jacob Garchik’s tuneful, edgy 40Twenty with Jacob Sacks, piano; Dave Ambrosio, bass; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $0 + $10 min.
2/21, 10:30ish twangy fearless bluegrass/honkytonk rockers Demolition String Band at Rodeo Bar.
2/21, 11 PM funny, politically-fueled British acoustic punk/Americana songwriter JD Meatyard – whose big hit is titled Blow It Out Your Ass – at Sidewalk. He’s at Zirzamin the next day 2/22 at 8.
2/22, 6:15 PM pianist Marc Ponthus plays works by Beethoven, Outis and Xenakis at Third St. Music School Settlement, free
2/22, 7 PM lurid charismatic steampunk violin virtuoso/chanteuse/dramaturge Emilie Autumn presents her new art-rock opera Fight Like a Girl at the Gramercy Theatre, $32.
2/22, 7 PM pianist Neil Alexander (keyboardist from spot-on Pink Floyd cover band the Machine) plays solo piano versions of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring plus Gershwin, Bartok and original compositions at Zebulon Sound & Light, 223 West 28th St. 2nd Floor, $20
2/22, 7:30 PM torchy contralto noir chanteuse/David Lynch collaborator Chrysta Bell at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix a must, this will sell out.
2/22, 8 PM pianist Olga Vinokur plays Medtner – Sonata Tragica Op. 39; Rachmaninoff – Etudes Tableaux; Scriabin – Preludes Op. 11; Prokofiev – Sarcasms Op. 17 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
2/22, 8 PM a night of perfidiousness, revenge, murder and payback for hubris: “Heirs of Tantalus – from the House of Atreus to the Palace of Nero” – works by Monteverdi, Scarlatti, and Handel iluminate theatre from Aeschylus, Euripides, and Suetonius in an intriguing look at the origins of opera with soprano Jessica Gould, countertenor Jose Lemos and Jory Vinikour accompanying not only the musicians but also the actors involved, at the Broad St. Ballroom, 41 Broad St., downtown, $35/$20 stud
2/22, 8 PM Our Defensive Measurements, a new collection of songs by avant chanteuse Gelsey Bell. “Songs can be a mechanism for tracing a home – creating space for oneself.” at Roulette.
2/22. 8 PM fiery, eclectic classical/worldbeat/folk string ensemble Bowfire at NJPAC in Newark, $20 adv tix avail.
2/22, 9 PM Burnt Sugar spinoff the 13th Amendment play politically aware violin-driven jazz and funk at BAM Cafe, free
2/22-23, 9/10:30 PM the Alan Ferber Big Band at the Jazz Gallery, $20.
2/22, 9:30 PM ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs at Matchless
2/22, 9:30 PM slinky Washington DC Afrobeat crew Elikeh at Drom $12 adv tix rec.
2/22, 9:30 PM elcectic, often gorgeously cinematic jazz with Bryan & the Aardvarks feat. Chris Dingman on vibraphone at Joe’s Pub
2/22, 9:30 PM dark 80s style chanteuse Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi.
2/22, 10 PM dark, pensive, intense jangly indie rock chanteuse Jennife O’Connor at Cake Shop
2/22, 10 PM the Brighton Beat play psychedelic jazzy Afrobeat at Shrine
2/22, 11ish the Brooklyn What – the borough’s most exciting, ferociously tuneful, amusingly insightful anti-gentrification rockers, with a hot new album out, play the Lab, 224 Wyckoff Ave, Bushwick, L/M to Myrtle-Wyckoff. They’re also at Glasslands at around 9:30 three days from now, 2/25.
2/23, 1 PM a program of new music inspired by Dvorak and his connection to African-American music featuring poetry by Roger Bonair-Agard and new compositions from Valerie Coleman, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper and Milica Paranosic, played by LeeAnet Noble, Lauretta Malloy, Rochelle Small, Lynn Bechtold, Jennifer DeVore and Taka Kigawa, at the Museum of Natural History, free w/museum adm
2/23, 7:30 PM eclectic ukulele ska/rocksteady/worldbeat band Brown Rice Family – last year’s surprise winners of WNYC’s Battle of the Bands – at Groove.
2/23, 8 PM good eclectic acoustic triplebill: Joe Yoga, frontman of dangerous southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogss, funky/bluesy cellist Calum Ingram and Canadian gothic chanteuse Lorraine Leckie at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse, free.
2/23, 8 PM the Alaria Trio play Turina – Piano Trio No. 1, Op.35; Peter Schickele – Piano Trio; Shostakovich – Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
2/23, 8 PM a composer portrait of lively postminimalist Enno Poppe’s work featuring piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire plus the Jack Quartet and onstage discussion with the composer at Miller Theatre, $25 seats avail. ($15 stud
2/23, 8 PM the Alaria Trio Yuri Vodovoz, violin; Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir, cello; David Oei, piano play Turina: Piano Trio No. 1, Op.35; Peter Schickele: Piano Trio; Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs./$15 stud.
2/23, 9ish satirical klezmer/hair metal band Yiddish Princess plays a $12 benefit masquerade ball in support of Communities United for Police Reform at 220 36th St, Sunset Park, Brooklyn, D/N/R to 36th St
2/23, 9 PM trombonist Brian Drye leads a quartet with the incomparable Shoko Nagai on piano plus Javier Moreno – bass; Jeff Davis – drums at I-Beam, $10.
2/23, 10ish Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene.
2/23, 11 PM swirling glam/dreampop/psychedelic rockers the K-Holes at Cake Shop
2/24, 2 (two) PM violinist Mark Peskanov and pianist Doris Stevenson play works by Brahms, Bach, Kreisler, de Falla, Franck and Sarasate at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
2/24, 4 PM the Apollo Trio – violinist Curtis Macomber, cellist Michael Kannen, and pianist Marija Stroke joined by Ah Ling Neu on viola and Peter Weitzner on bass and play Mozart’s Trio in G Major, Rachmaninoff’s Trio Elégiaque and Franz Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A Major, D.667, “The Trout Quintet” at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza. Children under the age of 6 will not be admitted.
2/24, 7 PM slinky, haunting, wildly eclectic Middle Eastern/tango/jazz string band Trio Tritticali at Zirzamin.
2/24, 7 PM ish intense avant/punk cellist Valerie Kuehne’s birthday show at the PPL space, 104 Meserole St. in Bushwick, all hell could break loose, will be fun, performers tba. She’s also hosting a “personality swap” here on the 27th where musicians including Gelsey Bell and Carrie-Ann Murphy will play her works and vice versa
2/24, 8 PM potentially explosive chamber jazz with Lyric Fury: Cynthia Hilts-composer/piano/voice: Jack Walrath – trumpet; Lily White – tenor & alto sax; Lisa Parrott – bari & soprano sax; Deborah Weisz – trombone; Marika Hughes – cello; Ratzo Harris – bass; Scott Neumann – drums at the Firehouse Space in Williamsburg.
2/25, 7 PM the reliably entertaining, clever Erin & Her Cello at the big room at the Rockwood
2/25, 8 PM clarinetist Derek Bermel and the Mannes Orchestra play his eclectic clarinet concerto Voices at Alice Tully Hall, free but adv tix req, call the Lincoln Center box office at 212-671-4050.
2/25, 9 PM Michael Webster’s Leading Lines chamber jazz orchestra at Tea Lounge in Park Slope
2/26, 7 PM eclectic cellist Marika Hughes and band followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.
2/26, 7 PM high energy, dark original Americana/bluegrass band Pigpen Theatre Co. at the Mercury.
2/26, 7 PM an art opening with music featuring Jason Anastasoff, Ivy Catellanos, cello explosion Valerie Kuehne, Lindsey Drury and Christen Clifford at Culturefix
2/26, 7:30 PM a klezmer dance party with fiddler Deborah Strauss leading her ensemble at the Stephen Wise Free Synagaogue, 30 W 68th St (Columbus/Central Park West), $15, plus the band plays a special klezmer show for kids a little earlier at 4 PM.
2/26, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist George Cables leads a Dexter Gordon tribute with a combo including Victor Lewis, drums; Dezron Douglas, bass; Joe Locke, vibes; Brandon Lee, trumpet; Jerry Weldon, tenor saxophone; and Walter Blanding, Jr., tenor saxophone at Dizzy’s Club, $30 tix avail
2/26-27, 7:30 PM brilliant violinist Gil Morgenstern presents a colorful, intense program exploring the entirety of the violin’s sonic capabilities with pianist Benjamin Hochman featuring music of Beethoven, Berio, Webern, Bach, Schumann, Ysaÿe, and Ravel at WMP Concert Hall, $35
2/26-3/3, 7:30/9:30 PM Ravi Coltrane – who absolutely slayed at Jazz for Obama last year – plays with a bunch of different ensembles, 2/26-27 with Billy Childs (Fender Rhodes), Lonnie Plaxico (bass), Nikki Glaspie (drums); 2/28 with Tim Hagans (trumpet), Christian McBride (bass), Bill Stewart (drums 3/1 with Jason Palmer (trumpet), Christian McBride (bass), Bill Stewart (drums); 3/2-3 David Virelles (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass), Johnathan Blake (drums) at the Jazz Standard, $25 ($30 on the weekend)
2/26, 7:30 PM the Talich Quartet play the Debussy and Ravel string quartets at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
2/26, 8/10 PM drummer Ben Perowski’s Mood Swing Orchestra at the Stone, $10
2/26, 8 PM avant chamber group Ensemble Pamplemousse play works of Sigman, Greenwald, Naranjo, Diels, & Gottfried at Roulettte, $15.
2/26, 10 PM Tumbling Bones play kick-ass bluegrass, country gospel and oldtimey acoustic stuff at Pete’s.
2/26, 10:30 PM young guns of postbop jazz: Next Collective with Logan Richardson: saxophone, Walter Smith III: saxophone, Matthew Stevens: guitar, Gerald Clayton: keyboards, Ben Williams: bass, Jamire Williams: drums, and special guest Christian Scott: trumpet at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec.
2/26, 11 PM sardonic retro 90s second-generation glam with Spacehog at the Mercury, $15 adv tix rec.
2/27, 7 PM Canadian art-rock/noir cabaret chanteuse/songwriter Lily Frost at Zirzamin
2/27. 8 PM the Emerald Trio featuring flutist Karen Bogardus, violist Orlando Wells, and pianist James Matthew Castle, performing works by Stravinsky, Piazzolla, Carolyn Steinberg, Gene Pritsker, Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic, and Joseph Pehrson, among others. followed by Zin’s Classic Dixie Players, led by Zinovy Pritsker, playing swing and dixieland favorites by Joseph Lamb, George Botsford, Bob Carleton, and Ray Lopez, among others, plus the world premiere of ‘Zin’s Dixie’ by Gene Pritsker at Spectrum, $15.
2/27 swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo play the cd release show for their excellent debut album at the Mercury
2/27, 8:30 PM eclectic British jazz chanteuse Joanna Wallfisch (no relation to Paul, it seems) at Caffe Vivaldi.
2/27, 9ish Electric Junkyard Gamelan’s irrepressible, reliably cutting-edge Terry Dame plays instruments of her own invention with co-conspirators TBA at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene
2/27, 10ish the Brooklyn What – the borough’s most exciting, ferociously tuneful, amusingly insightful anti-gentrification rockers, with a hot new album out, play Shea Stadium in Bushwick.
2/28, 8 PM generations of oldschool-style ska: the Attractors, the Forthrights and what’s left of the Skatalites at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
2/28, 8 PM adventurous indie classical ensemble International Street Cannibals play a program TBA at Spectrum on Ludlow St.
2/28, 8 PM kora virtuoso Ballake Sissoko and his cello-playing French compadre Vincent Segal (with whom he’s recorded two stately, elegant African/jazz/indie classical albums), at the Alliance Francaise, 55 E. 59th St(between Madison & Park Ave.), $30
2/28, 8 PM Aventa Ensemble plays heavy percussion premieres at Roulette including
works by Laurie Radford, Rolf Wallin, Michel Gonneville, Kaija Saariaho and Simon Steen-Andersen, $15/$10 stud.
2/28, 8:30 PM irrepressible jazz satirists Mostly Other People Do the Killing play the cd release for their characteristically caustic, amusing new one Slippery Rock – ostensibly a parody of 70s and 80s elevator jazz – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min
2/28, 9 PM intense klezmer group Litvakus at the Way Station in Ft. Greene.
2/28, 9:30 PM newschool melodic jazz: Taylor Eigsti – piano , Julian Lage – guitar , Scott Colley – bass at Smalls.
2/28, 10 PM Sandra Lilia Velasquez of Pistolera plays her imaginative, eclectic yet purist Mexican-tinged new janglepop at Shrine.
3/1, 5:30 PM intense, smart, purist Americana chanteuse Jan Bell at the American Folk Art Museum
3/1, 7 PM the Sad Bastards – Mo and Charlene from Spanking Charlene singing dark, sad songs by their Americana rock friends – at Zirzamin
3/1, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Orchestra with special guest Dave Liebman on alto sax play Miles Davis’ Miles Ahead in its entirety at Milowsky Hall at Manhattan School of Music, 120 Claremont Ave. uptown, $12/$7 stud/srs.
3/1, 8 PM a good drummerless doublebill: the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with the Uptown Brass Quintet at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 58 7th Ave at Lincoln Pl. (equivalent of DeGraw St), Park Slope
3/1, 8 PM a great party quadruplebill at Spike Hill: ska bands Bigger Thomas and the Rudie Crew open and close the night, respectively, with the heavy funk of Funkface and then the psychedelic MK Groove Orchestra in between, only $5.
3/1, 9ish ferocoius, often hilarious oldtime blues/ragtime/punk rock powerhouse Molly Ruth at Brookyn Rod & Gun Club
3/1, 10 PM female-fronted garage punk gypsy music with Koshka at the Way Station in Ft. Greene.
3/1, 10 PM hilaroius, satirical Brooklyn stoner boogie rockers Mighty High at Hank’s
3/1, 10 PM eclectic, pensive, intense female-fronted Americana band the Sometime Boys at Branded Saloon in Ft. Greene
3/1, 10 PM Haley Bowery & the Manimals manhandle Blondie’s Parallell Lines all the way through at Grand Victory in Williamsburg, $8, should be a drunken good new wave time.
3/1, 10 PM wry country songsmith Alex Battles followed by the Four O’Clock Flowers with brilliant oldtimey blues guitarist Ernie Vega and Samoa Wilson from the Lonely Samoans at the Jalopy, $10. Battles is also at Hank’s on 3/13 at 9.
3/1, 10 PM Aima Moses plays roots reggae at Shrine.
3/2 ,7:30 PM popular Irish chamber-pop crooner Pierce Turner at Joe’s Pub, $23.
3/2, 6 PM edgy literate Tom Waits-ish alt-country rockers Fist of Kindness followed by the video release show by Bollywood chanteuse Nishi at Drom, $10 adv tix rec; followed at 9:30 PM by ferocious violin-driven klezmer circus punks Golem at Drom, separate admission, $10
3/2, 6 PM violinist Tom Swafford with pianist Emile Blondel playing antique Americana and folk songs at Barbes followed at 8 by gypsy jazz guitarist Koran Agan and then at 10 by high-voltage Mexican polka crew Banda Sinaloense De Los Muertos.
3/2, 8 PM intense, politically fueled, brilliant Americana rocker James McMurtry at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.
3/2, 9 PM the original NYC metrobilly band, M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10. These guys (and girls) totally get it: “As machine-made, mistake-free music becomes the norm, the M Shanghai String Band creates music the way it used to be: heartfelt performances on the human scale, recorded live with a sense of dangerous abandon.” Amen.
3/2, 9 PM intense Argentinian neoromantic/tango/indie classical pianist Fernando Otero and chamber ensemble play the album release show for his haunting, lush new one Romance at the 92YTribeca, $12 adv tix very highly rec.
3/2, 9/10:30 PM bop alto sax legend Dave Liebman works out some new stuff with an enticing band: Matt Vashlishan, saxophones; Bobby Avey, piano; Tony Marino, bass; Alex Ritz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $15 + $10 min.
3/2 high-voltage percussionist Dende and band celebrate the release of their latest Afro-Brazilian funk album at SOB’s
3/2, 9:30 PM Nick Cave-influenced Nashville gothic/noir cabaret crooner Henry Wagons and band at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec
3/2, 9:30 PM torchy Iranian noir chanteuse Rana Farhan – whose interpretations of Rumi poems are legendary – at Caffe Vivaldi
3/2 delightfully retro 60s psychedelic/chamber pop songwriter Jacco Gardner at Death by Audio.
3/2, 10 PM psychedelic funk band Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec.
3/2, 10 PM what’s left of the Skatalites at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
3/2, 11 PM CBGB era psychedelic punk legends Band of Outsiders celebrate the release of their new live 7″ single Gods of Happenstance b/w Shakin’ All Over at the Ding Dong Lounge, 105th/Columbus on the upper west. The night these were recorded on the LES last year was a good one and both songs kick ass.
3/3, 4 PM charismatic Chinese pipa virtuoso/composer/singer Min Xiao-Fen‘s Blue Pipa Trio at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free.
3/3, 4-11 PM the annual New Music Bake Sale at Roulette with performances by a whole slew of indie classical/avant garde luminaries: Timo Andres, Iktus Percussion, West Fourth New Music Collective, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Ensemble et al., ICE flutist Claire Chase, Newspeak chanteuse Mellissa Hughes, Guardian Alien and ZS, plus food, $10 cover includes a raffle ticket!
3/3, 6 PM a briliant doublebill at Zirzamin with haunting, otherworldly Balkan a-cappella trio Black Sea Hotel – who create their own arrangements of centuries-old Bulgarian folk songs – followed by Canadian gothic songstress Lorraine Leckie at 7 at Zirzamin.
3/3, 8:30 PM third-stream pianist Julian Shore and his quartet at Caffe Vivaldi
3/3, 9ish the Bakersfield Breakers play surf and twangy rock instrumentals at Rodeo Bar
3/3, 9 PM Annabella Lwin’s legendary 80s new wave band Bow Wow Wow at Grand Victory in Williamsburg, $20, no joke.
3/3, 10 PM the Moonlighters’ Bliss Blood’s creepy, torchy noir duo Evanescent at Pete’s. 3/8 at 8 they’re at Indian Road Cafe, 600 W 218th St in Inwood.
3/4, 8:30/10:30 PM Deanna Witkowski on vocals and keys with Marco Panascia on bass and Scott Latsky on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12.
3/5, 7 PM pensive, dark Americana/country blues songwriter Jeffrey Foucault followed by Peter Mulvey – whose new album sandwiches Ellington between Waits and Jolie Holland’s Old Time Morphine – at the big room at the Rockwood, $15
3/5, 7 PM the Enso String Quartet play a program TBA at Barbes followed at 9 by Slavic Soul Party
3/5-6, 7:30/9:30 PM longtime Buddy Montgomery collaborator and bandleader/drummer Killer Ray Appleton leads a hot postbop crew: Brian Lynch, trumpet; Peter Bernstein, guitar; Ian Hendrickson-Smith, alto sax; Todd Herbert, tenor sax; Rick Germanson, piano; Robert Sabin, bass; Little Johnny Rivero, congas at the Jazz Standard
3/5-6, 7:30/9:30 PM artsy, torchy jazz/oldtimey songbird/saxophonist Grace Kelly leads a quintet at Dizzy’s Club, $30 tix avail.
3/5, 7:30 PM klezmer jazz improv supergroup Leviticus: Michael Winograd, Daniel Blacksberg, Todd Nuefeld, Tyshawn Sorey at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15
3/5, 7:30 PM the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra with pianist Hiromi Hanafusa play works by Ravel, Weill, Nishamura, Galante and the premiere of Gary S. Fagin’s Suite from Mahagonny at the Schimmel Center at Pace Univ., 3 Spruce St. downtown, $35.
3/5, 8:30/10:30 PM Bria Skonberg on trumpet with Matt Munisteri on guitar and Sean Cronin on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12
3/6, 7 PM pyrotechnic, charismatic, amusing avant pianist Kathleen Supove performs works by Brooklyn contemporary composers Randall Woolf, Matt Marks, Missy Mazzoli and Lainie Fefferman at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
3/6, 10 PM the Cookers’ trumpeter David Weiss with his Point of Departure quintet at Drom, $15
3/7, 6 PM viola music by notable New York women composers, including Ursula Mamlok, Ruth Schoenthal, Marion Bauer, Rebecca Clarke, and Inessa Zaretsky played by Ann Roggen, viola; Nelson Padgett, piano; and guest artist Jo Ann Sternnerg, clarinet at the NYPL for the Performing Arts, Amsterdam Ave betw 65/66
3/7, 7:30 PM popular Irish rockers Lunasa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, get there early.
3/7-10, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Antonio Sanchez leads a dynamite group with David Binney – alto; Donny McCaslin – tenor; John Escreet – piano; Orlando le Fleming – b ass;Thana Alexa – Vocals at the Jazz Standard.
3/7, 8 PM dark, charismatic, deviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez plays a birthday show at Barbes at 8 followed at 10 by the No Small Money Brass Band playing Ghanian Ewe dance music.
3/7, 8 PM French chanteuse and Pascal Parisot collaborator Fredda at Shrine – she’s at Barbes the following night 3/8, same time and then at Drom on 3/9 at 7 opening for desert blues sensations Terakaft for $15.
3/7, 9ish irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Brooklyn Rod & Gun Club.
3/7, 11 PM haunting, intense Nashville gothic chanteuse Kerry Kennedy and band at Fontana’s, $7.
3/7, 111ish raucous Balkan horn band Bad Credit No Credit at the Cameo Gallery, $10.
3/8, 7 PM jazz chanteuse Alicia Olatuja – oh say can you see at Obama’s inauguration…- with Jaleel Shaw on saxophone, Samora Pinderhughes on piano, David Rosenthal on guitar and Otis Brown III on drums at Joe’s Pub. She’s also here on 3/22, $12 adv tix a must
3/8, 8 PM intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes open the Armory Night art show at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Bedford Ave. at Broadway, J/M to Marcy Ave.
3/8, 8 PM Ensemble mise-en (whose name in Korean equates to “decorating beautifully”) play NY and world premieres including Isang Yun: Distanzen for wind quintet and string quintet (NY premiere)Hans Abrahamsen: Walden for wind quintet; Karen Power: cold or hot bean slurper for chamber orchestra (world premiere); Eric Lyon: Noise Variations for chamber orchestra (world premiere) EunHye Park: The Morning Star for flute solo (US premiere) at the Tenri Cultural Ctr.,43A W 13th St, $15/$10srs./$5 stud.
3/8, 9 PM soaring, intense original Americana with Jan Bell & the Maybelles at Red Hook Bait & Tackle.
3/8, 9ish Irish drinking music with Shilelagh Law at Connolly’s
3/8, 10 PM 10 PM impassioned yet wickedly subtle, politically conscious oldschool-style soul crooner Preachermann & the Revival – best known for his 2007 album Negroes Stay Crunchy in Milk – at Shrine. Sort of the missing link between late-period Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott-Heron.
3/8, 10:30 PM wild bluegrass trio Big Eyed Rabbit at the Jalopy, $10
3/9, 7 PM eclectic Persian oud virtuoso Naseer Shamma and Al-Oyoun Ensemble preceded by the premiere of a new work performend by the brilliant NYC-based Alwan Ensemble at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Rogers Auditorium, $25. If you can’t make it to the show, it will be simulcast live here.
3/9, 7 PM Fremch chanteuse Fredda opens for desert blues sensations Terakaft – making their US debut – at Drom, $15 adv tix highly rec, door price is the same but this will probably sell out. The spectacular, funky, electric NY Gypsy All-Stars play for free afterward around 11, rsvp reqd
3/9, 7 PM up-and-coming baroque/early music ensemble Grand Harmonie plays Weber: Overture to Der Freischütz; Mozart: Divertimento in D, K131 and Symphonie Concertante for Four Winds, K297b; Schubert, Symphony no.8 “Unfinished” at Abigail Adams Auditroium, 417 E 61st St. (1st/York), $35/$20 std/srs
3/9, 8 PM theatrical Persian Jewish rock act Charming Hostess followed at 10ish by the increasingly dark, southwestern gothic-influenced Jack Grace Band at Barbes. Grace is also at Rodeo Bar on 3/14 at 10:30ish.
3/9, 8 PM choral group Cantori New York plus violist Nadia Sirota, baritone David Kravitz, English horn player Setsuko Otake, alto flutist Karla Moe play premieres and works by Lisa Bielawa, Mohammed Fairouz, Shawn Crouch and Piotr Moss at the DiMenna Center, 450 W 37th St, , repeating 3/10 at 3 PM at Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Ave, $25/$20 srs/$5 stud
3/9, 9 PM dark Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss at Red Hook Bait & Tackle.
3/9, 9 PM wry, tuneful, eclectic Nashville gothic band Maynard & the Musties at Hank’s. 3/25 they’re at Rodeo Bar
3/9, 9 PM eerie microtonal blues with Jane Lee Hooker at Arlene’s. They’re also at Shrine on 3/13 at 9 for free
3/9, 9:30ish dark metal cumbia/gypsy-punk dancefloor pandemonium with Escarioka at Mehanata.
3/9, 9:30 PM wickedly fun Staten Island oldtimey party band the Wahoo Skiffle Crazies at Union Hall, $8.
3/9., 9:30 PM sitarist Dawoud plays his hypnotic, enveloping ambient soundscapes at BAM Cafe, free.
3/9, 9:30 PM dark 80s style keyboardist/songwriter Kristin Hoffmann at Caffe Vivaldi
3/9, 11ish moody, hypnotically jangly, female-fronted dreampop rockers Butter the Children at Big Snow Buffalo Lodge in Bushwick.
3/10, 2 (two) PM the Apollo Trio play Mozart Piano Trio in G Major, K. 564; Rachmaninoff Trio elégiaque in G minor; Schubert Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat Major, D. 929 at Bargemusic, $35/$30 srs/$15 stud
3/10, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with Pierre Vallet, guest conductor and David Heiss, cello play an all-Tchaikovsky program: the Polonaise from Eugene Onegin, Variations on a Rococo Theme and the Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique” at the Old Stuyvesant Campus, 345 E 15th St (between 1st/2nd Aves), $15 sugg don.
3/10, 3 PM Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic with Vadim Repin, violin performing Shostakovich/s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail.
3/10, 4 PM the Chiara Quartet and pianist Simone Dinnerstein perform Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major, Henri Dutilleux’s String Quartet ‘Ainsi La Nuit’ and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Majorl children under the age of 6 will not be admitted, .at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza.
3/10, 4 PM a choral performance of Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vespers at First Presbyterian Church, 12th St/5th Ave.
3/10, 7 PM dark Americana/noir/punk chanteuse Raquel Bell – of late great art-rockers Norden Bombsight, now with Normal Love and Mesiko – at Zirzamin after the Sunday Salon.
3/11, 7:30/9:30 PM luminous, lyrical pianist Amina Figarova and her lush sextet at Dizzy’s Club, $30 seats avail.
3/11, 7:30 PM a 3/11 memorial concert violinist Erika Mitsui performing classical works on a violin made from tsunami debris plus the U.S. premiere of pianist and visual artist Tomoko Mukaiyama’s Nocturne; “samples of a children’s choir from the area of the tsunami singing school songs are threaded throughout, and the entire piece unfolds against striking video images captured from the devastated region.” Mukaiyama also plays works by Rzewski, Sciarrino, Ligeti, Somei Satoh, at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St between 1st and 2nd Aves, $20
3/12, half past noon Nashville organist Anthony Williams at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free.
3/12, 7 PM eclectic Balkan jazz trumpeter Ben Holmes leads a quartet witth Curtis Hasselbring (trombone), Vinnie Sperrazza (drums), and Matt Pavolka (bass) opening for Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.
3/12, 5:30 PM Ensemble Signal plays Berio Sequenzas and other works at the Miller Theatre, free.
3/12, 7 PM, hypnotic, gorgeous Turkish sufi improvisations with baglama lute and vocals from virtuoso Erdal Erzincan at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave (bet. 34th and 35th St), $25/$20 stud.
3/12. 7 PM, repeating 3/17, same time Opera Hispánica presents Astor Piazzolla’s tango operetta “Maria de Buenos Aires”, performers TBA at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail.
3/12, 7:30 PM a sizzling klezmer evening with violinist Alicia Svigals, accordionist Patrick Farrell, clarinetist Michael Winograd amd tuba virtuoso Don Godwin at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15
3/12-17. 8/10:30 PM oldschool Cuban salsa-jazz sensations Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All-Stars at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.
3/12 AfroHORN: the 3rd Incarnation with Sam Newsome – soprano saxophone; Abraham Burton – tenor; Aruan Ortiz – piano; Rufus Reid – bass; Roman Diaz – percussion; Francisco Mora–Catlett – drums 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20.
3/13-14, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/15-16, 8 PM Alan Gilbert conducts the NY Philharmonic and choir performing Bach’s B Minor Mass at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail.
3/13 A-list drummer Clarence Penn leads a quartet with Chris Potter on tenor sax plus Adam Rogers on guitar and Ben Street on bass, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $20
3/13, 8 PM roots reggae legends Israel Vibration, still going strong since 1977, at B.B. King’s.
3/13, 8 PM saxophone powerhouse Jason Robinson leads his Janus Quartet at Barbes, note $10 cover
3/13, 9 PMperennially fresh psychedelic punk/dreampop pioneers Band of Outsiders at Spike Hill.
3/13, 9:30ish tongue-in-cheek, period-perfect early 50s style country from Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Rodeo Bar.
3/13, 10 PMferociously lyrical, punk/new wave flavored Hannah vs. the Many at Arlene’s, $8
3/14 the adventurous Cassatt String Quartet continue their residency at Symphony Space, program TBA..
3/14, 8 PM powerpop cult favorite George Usher with chanteuse Lisa Burns at Zirzamin.
3/15 and 3/17, 7:30 PM Opera Hispánica presents “Maria de Buenos Aires”, the Piazzolla tango opera, players TBA, $15 standing room avail.
3/15, 7:30 PM the Attacca Quartet play Bartok’s String Quartet No. 6 at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $15.
3/15, 7:30 PM the Rogério Boccato Quarteto plays bossa nova jazz at University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street (at Rivington Street), free
3/15, 8 PM Manhattan Contemporary Chamber Ensemble honors the first round of victims of 3/11 with music by Japanese composers Takemitsu, Sasaki, Kobayashi, Fukishima, Shimoyama plus Michael Schelle and Richard Auldon Clark at Symphony Space, $20.
3/15, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony plays Brody: Drones, the peaceful kind (World Premiere); Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello in A minor, Op. 102 – Amanda Lo, Violin, Oliver Hsu, Cello; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 in D major, Op. 25 “Classical” at St. Paul’s Church at 315 West 22nd Street. The program repeats at 7:30 PM on 3/16, switching out the Brahms for the Beethoven Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61, $25 sugg don.
3/15, 10 PM hypnotic Americana nocturnes with Hem at the Bell House, $20.
3/15, 11 PM a rootsy night with the Reggay Lords, the rocksteady Bluebeats and dark 90s ska favorites Mephiskapheles at the Mercury, $15 adv tix rec
3/16, 3 PM the East of the River Ensemble explores medieval music of the Mediterranean, Balkans, and Middle East at Flushing Town Hall, $25.
3/16, 4 PM oldschool-style vallenato punk legends Very Be Careful at El Museo Del Barrio,1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th St, rsvp req at elmuseo.org
3/16, 8 PM Persian classical crooner Hamid Al Saadi at the Church of St. John the Divine
3/16 hot oldtime blues band the Fascinators feat. brilliant guitarist Lenny Molotov at the Way Station in Ft. Greene
3/16, 8 PM a one-of-a-kind pugilistic music event (no, not the kind you get at hardcore shows) 10 to 12-minute sets of 3-minute chamber music pieces played by guerrilla indie classical outfit International Street Cannibals alternating with 9-minute boxing bouts of 3 rounds each. “60-second thematic interludes that can involve music and/or movement will serve as transitions between the boxing rounds. Performances will take place in the three main rings of the gym, contributing to a theater-in-the-round effect.” A dance performance is also part of the deal. at Gleason’s Gym, 77 Front St in Dumbo, $20/$15 for gym members
3/16, 8 PM high-energy oldtime-style string band the Down Hill Strugglers at 68 Jay St. Bar.
3/17, 11 AM (eleven in the morning) Alina Ibragimova, violin and Cédric Tiberghien, piano play Schubert: Sonata in A major, D.574 and Beethoven: Violin Sonata in A major, Op. 47 (“Kreutzer”) at the Walter Reade Theatre at Lincoln Cenrter, $22 tix avail.
3/17, 4 PM violinist Rolfe Schulte and pianist Judith Olson play Beethoven and Janacek sonatas at at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, free.
3/17, 5 PM Evelyne Luest, piano; Nurit Pacht, violin; David Bekamjian, cello; Dalia Sakas, piano, Benjamin Metrick, piano; Bill Anderson, guitar, Oren Fader, guitar; Virginia Kaykoff, viol; accompanied by choir and stage actors/actresses perform works by Bach, Georges Bizet, Frank Brickle, Bill Anderson, John Dowland, and Aaron Kernis at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow
3/17, 6 PM the intriguing Bonnie Kane/Chris Welcome sax/guitar improv duo at
Downtown Music Gallery, free.’
3/17, 7 PM luminous, intense, inscrutable art-rock chanteuse/cellist/multi-instrumentalist Serena Jost at Zirzamin after the Sunday Salon.
3/17, 7 PM theatrical oldtimey songwriting from Poor Baby Bree and then the queen of Coney Island phantasmagoria, Carol Lipnik & Spookarama at Joe’s Pub, $15
3/17 timeless, politically-fueled, catchy-as-hell Celtic punk/anthemic rock legends Black 47 at B.B. King’s.
3/17, 8:30/10:30 PM this year’s 40th anniversary of the New England Conservatory’s improvisation program opens auspiciously with the Tanya Kalmanovitch/Anthony Coleman/Ted Reichman Trio at the Cornelia Street Café, $10 plus $10 min.
3/17 bhangra beats, Irish anthems: Delhi 2 Dublin at Webster Hall.
3/19, 7:30 PM tuneful, intense Dave Brubeck-influenced third-stream piano jazz with Matt Herskowitz at Drom, $TBA.
3/19, 7:30 PM a klezmer party with Tantshoyz at at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th St. (Columbus/CPW), $15
3/20, 7 PM wild Portland, Oregon bluegrass crew Foghorn Stringband at Zirzamin
3/20, 8 PM this year’s New England Conservatory celebration continues with a powerhouse concert of Jewish and klezmer-fueled jazz feat. Frank London, Hankus Netsky, Greg Wall, Lily Henley, Marty Ehrlich, Matt Darriau, Anthony Coleman at Symphony Space, $22 adv tix higly rec.
3/20 one of the world’s most exhilarating electric blues guitarists, Debbie Davies at Lucille’s, 8 PM, $10.
3/21, 7 PM New England Conservatory alumns Matt Darriau, Frank London, Ashley Paul, Mat Maneri, Andrew Hock, Judith Berkson and special guests join forces for a night of improv at Barbes, note $10 cover
3/21, 7:30 PM mesmerizing Syrian chanteuse Gaida with her great band: oudist Zafer Tawil, pianist George Dulin, bassist Jennifer Vincent, and percussionist Tony DeVivo at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised
3/21, 7:30 PM dark alt-country chanteuse Tift Merritt and classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein play songs from their reputedly amazing forthcoming art-rock album at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 adv tix a must, this will sell out.
3/21, 8 PM pyrotechnic, colorful avant garde pianist Kathy Supove in Earth to Kathy, performing Flaming Pairs (premiere) by Eric Lyon; Dr. Gradus vs. Rev. Powell by Matt Marks; What Remains of a Rembrandt by Randall Woolf and Barnacles by Lainie Fefferman at Roulette $15/$10 stud
3/22, 7 PM pianist Nnaenna Ogwo, violinist Naho Tsutsui and cellist Maria Bella play music of Haydn, Rachmaninoff and Bartk at Third. St. Music School Settlement, free.
3/22, metal/art-rock cello monster Helen Money (ex-Verbow) at St. Vitus in Greenpoint.
3/22 dark retro Link Wray-influenced surf/soul/rockers Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside at Bowery Ballroom; 3/25 they’re at the Bell House
3/23, 6 PM cumbia specialists Chia’s Dance Party, eclectic accordionist Victor Prieto and band and Puerto Rican bassist Ricardo Rodriquez’s Quintet at Fkushing Town Hall, $20.
3/23, 7:30 PM the New England Conservatory winds up the celebration of the 40th anniversary of their improvisation program with a spectacular, intense lineup including iconic noir pianist Ran Blake, chanteuse/songwriter Dominique Eade, John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet, Christine Correa, Sarah Jarosz, Anthony Coleman and Eden MacAdam-Somer among others at Symphony Space, $28 adv tix very higly rec.
3/23 percussionist Alessandra Belloni‘s intense Tarantata Italian gypsy band at Mehanata, 9:30ish.
3/24, 7 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 – at Zirzamin after the Sunday Salon.
3/24-31, 8/11 PM bassist Kyle Eastwood and his impressively excellent postbop band at the Blue Note
3/25, 8 PM the Vital Vox Festival (rescheduled from just after the hurricane) kicks off with the theatrical vocalscapes of Philip Hamilton, socially aware global chanteuse Sabrina Lastman’s Lorca-inspired Encounter with ‘El Duende’ and edgy violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish with percussionist Satoshi Takeishi at Roulette, $15
3/26, 7:30 PM Attacca Quartet plays John Adams’ John’s Book of Alleged Dances, for string quartet (1994) and his 2008 String Quartet at le Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec.
3/26, 8 PM day two of the Vital Vox Festival features multimedia artist Lisa Karrer, Sasha Bodanowitsch with Loom Ensemble playing “original wind instruments, such as the syrinx, fujara, and koncovka and entertaining bicoastal avant vet Pamela Z at Roulettte, $15.
3/27, 7:30 PM eclectic, pensive, smart pan-latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuna and band at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Avenue (between 133rd and 135th streets, free, rsvp req.
3/28, 8 PM the LA Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel play Vivier: Zipangu; Debussy: La mer; Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite at Avery Fisher Hall, $35 tix avail.
3/28, 9:30 PM Balkan brass monsters Slavic Soul Party plays Ellington’s Far East Suite at Joe’s Pub, $16, this is gonna be awesome!
3/29, 7 PM Hyunah Yu, soprano; Jeewon Park, piano; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; and Edward Arron, cello, perform Schnittke’s Musica Nostalgica for Cello and Piano (1992); the world premiere of a Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert commission, a work for string trio by Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky; Shostakovich’s Seven Romances on Poems by Alexander Blok for Soprano and Piano Trio, Op. 127; and Beethoven’s Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 16. at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35
3/29, 8 PM psychedelic Afrobeat with Emefe at le Poisson Rouge, $10.
3/29, 9 PM dark doubllebill straight out of the late 90s: cello rockers Rasputina and one of the original gypsy punk bands, World Inferno at Irving Plaza, $33.50.
3/30, 2 PM Alessandra Belloni’s bewitching, hypnotic Daughters of Cybele percussion project at the Flushing Main Library, 41-17 Main Street (at 41st Avenue, free.
3/30, 8 PM a bewitching evening of Indian melodies and beats with santoor virtuoso Shivkumar Sharma and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussein at the Town Hall, $35 adv tix going fast.
4/3-4 film composer and Philip Glass collaborator Clint Mansell and nine-piece band play two shows celebrating the release of his soundtrack to the new film Stoker in NY at the Church of Saint Paul the Apostle
4/6, 2 PM the Toomai String Quintet plays works by Ponce, Chavez, Lecuona and others at the Flushing Main Library, 41-17 Main Street (at 41st Avenue, free Flushing Main Library, 41-17 Main Street (at 41st Avenue, free
4/6, 8 PM eclectic blues/hip-hop songwriter Chris Thomas King – co-star of O Brother Where Art Thou – at Lucille’s.
4/7 Isle of Klezbos and the full Metropolitan Klezmer octet at the Walt Whitman Theatre, 2900 Campus Road, Midwood, Brooklyn, B/Q to Ave. M and walk through the Brooklyn College campus.
4/9, 7 PM Budapest Bar play Hungarian gypsy cabaret music at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave. (34/35), $25/$20 stud
4/12, 7 PM pianist Daniela Bracchi plays music of Barber, Beethoven and Chopin at Third St. Music School Settlement, free.
4/12, 8 PM charismatic, pyrotechnic pianist/deadpin wit Kathleen Supove in SINGLED OUT: Debussy on Wagner (premiere) for pianist with Debussy mask and soundtrack by Marita Bolles;La Plus Que Plus Que Lent (premiere) for pianist and MAX/MSP by Jacob Cooper; Layerings 3 (premiere) for pianist and soundtrack by Eric km Clark; Cakewalks (premiere) for piano, based on Golliwog’s Cakewalk, by Daniel Felsenfeld, and For Piano With Balloons (premiere) for pianist and balloons by Judy Dunaway at Roulette, $15/$10 stud/srs.
4/12 the long-awaited debut of recently reconfigured noir guitar soundtrack instrumental legends Big Lazy at Barbes.
4/13, 10ish what’s left of 60s psych-punk legends the Sonics plays a benefit for hurricane-swamped Norton Records at the Bell House, $25 adv tix rec
4/14, 5 PM Ensemble ACJW play works by Harbison, Ravel and Dvorak at Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church, 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th St) , free
4/18, 8 PM Voices of Ascension sing works by Mendelssohn, Weber, Vaughan Williams and the world premiere of Eve Beglarian’s commissioned work for choir and organ, Building the Bird Mound, inspired by the spectacular Poverty Point paleo-American bird mound in northeastern Louisiana, at the Church of the Ascension, 5th Ave/10th St., $10 seats avail. but going fast.
4/21, 8 PM steel guitar genius/baritone country crooner Junior Brown at City Winery, $22 standing room avail.
4/23, 5:30 PM new music by Laura Kaminsky played by Ensemble Pi and the Cassatt Quartet at the Miller Theatre, free.
4/25, 1 PM pianists from the recent APA competition – Sean Chen, Sara Daneshpour, Claire Huangci, Andrew Staupe and Eric Zuber – play New York premieres of APA-commissioned works by Lisa Bielawa, Margaret Brouwer, Gabriela Lena Frank, Missy Mazzoli and Sarah Kirkland Snider at Trinity Church, free.
4/25-27, 7 PM charismatic, pyrotechnic pianist/deadpin wit Kathleen Supové in DIGITAL DEBUSSY playing Storefront Diva: A Dreamscape (premiere) by Joan La Barbara; The Triumph of Innocence (premiere) by Nick Didkovsky; and What the West Wind Saw (premiere) by Annie Gosfield at the Flea Theatre, 41 White St., Tribeca, $20. There’s also a Saturday matinee at 3 PM on 4/27 for $10.
4/26, 8 PM the Jasper String Quartet play The Little Theatre, 31-10 Thomson Ave, Queens, alternate entrance at Building E on 47th Avenue and Van Dam St., RSVP required
4/27, noon the Queens Jazz Overground Festival at Flushing Town Hall, performers TBA, free.
5/4, 8:30 PM Mimesis Ensemble are at Merkin Concert Hall playing a Lynchian elegy by Caleb Burhans, a cruelly sarcastic take on eco-disaster by David T. Little, powerful and historically aware chamber pieces by Fairouz as well as other works, adv tix $10 (students $5).
5/5, 3 PM adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider at the Abrons Arts Ctr, 466 Grand Street (at Pitt St), free, early arrival advised
5/7, 5:30 PM the Tobias Picker Ensemble plays a program of the composers’s new works at the Miller Theatre, free.
5/5, 10:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant , quirky two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at the National Underground