New York City Live Music Calendar for October and November 2015
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
10/9-18 “A live-shredding of art world criticism, an original chamber opera about the revolutionary spirit and the power of the written word: what type of insurrectionary action is possible when words are the only weapons at hand, when the vanguard becomes the establishment? A commemoration of forgotten events where talk is cheap. To the great emptiness of a post-revolutionary society, Kara Feely and Travis Just‘s cheap&easy OCTOBER is a homage, a send-up and a surrender.With the performers encased in nets and intricate action, “cheap&easy OCTOBER” careens forward with crushing guitar, violin and drums and is filled with musical non-sequitor and ecstatic voices.” Robert Ashley reportedly hopes that this is the future. At LaMama, 10/9-10 at 7:30, 10/11 at 6, 10/16-17 at 10 and 10/18 at 6, $18/$13 stud/srs
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Next up: works by Debussy, Rameau and Mozart, 10/15 at 7 and 10/18 at 4 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.
Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.
Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).
Also Mondays in October Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting around 11:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party til past three in the morning. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with Dave Smith from Smoota on trombone, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in October, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St, $15
Tuesdays in October clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.
Tuesdays at around 10 Julia Haltigan and her band play 11th St. Bar. A torchy, charismatic force of nature, equally at home with fiery southwestern gothic rock, oldschool soul and steamy retro jazz ballads, and her band is just as good as she is.
Wednesdays in October, 8:30 PM guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (of Dr. Lonnie Smith’s band) leads a trio at the Bar Next Door, $12.
Three Wednesdays in October: 10/7, 10/21 and 10/28, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly and band at the small room at the Rockwood.
Three Wednesdays in November: 11/4. 11/11 and 11/18, 9ish iconic second-wave Afrobeat pioneers Antibalas – still vital and surprisingly terse after all these years – at Brooklyn Bowl
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.
Thursdays in October, 7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Pangea, $20
Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary mateiral at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary mateiral at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
Fridays in October at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Fridays in October, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata
Fridays at 11 PM flamenco guitarist Ian Banks with special guests each week at St. Mazie’s (the old Rose Bar) on Grand St. just off the BQE in Williamsburg
Saturdays in October at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.
Saturdays in October, 6 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch at Barbes
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 in November, 2 PM Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir play their deliriously fun mix of original eco-warrior gospel and edgy street theatre at Joe’s Pub, $15
Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15
Sundays in October, 5 PM Afro-Peruvian jazz pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass leads a rotating series of bands at Barbes
Sundays in October, 7:30 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop singer Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with hypnotically luminous pianist Matt Kanelos – at Pangea on 2nd Ave. btw 11th/12th Sts, $20. Several special guests are promised: on October 11th, Rachel Mason AND Lorraine Leckie with Czech violiln wizard Pavel Cingl, wow!
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 October, 8:30 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of trios at the Bar Next Door.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1
6 PM Tristan Honsinger, Nicolas Calioa and Josh Zubot join forces as an improvising string trio at Downtown Music Gallery
6:30 PM a wind/strings octet from the Orchestra of St. Luke‘s plays music by Beethoven, Strauss, and Nielsen at the Brooklyn Historical Society. 128 Pierrepont St, downtown Brooklyn, free. The program repeats on 10/3 at 5 at the Rubin Museum of Art and then on 10/4 at 2 PM at the Queens Museum in Corona Park across the way from where Shea Stadium used to be
6:30 PM a relatively rare NYC appearance by smart, purposeful highway rocker/Americana songwriter Eric Stuart at the Bitter End. If you couldn’t afford the BoDeans at City Winery, this guy will do just fine.
7 PM a typical amazing triplebill at Barbes: edgy psychedelic tropicalia chanteuse/bandleader Holly Holden y Su Banda , dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez and accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood project, Bombay Rickey
7 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio play a celebration of Harlem jazz at Settepani:,196 Malcolm X Blvd, (Lenox Ave) at 120th St., free
7 PM guitarist Mike Baggetta – who’s been known to jazz up Patsy Cline classics – leads his trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $8
7:30 PM subversively hilarious cabaret personality/chanteuse Tammy Faye Starlite leads an all-star chamber-rock band playing her twistedly brilliant Marianne Faithfull parody/homage at Pangea, $20
7:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes
7:30 PM otherworldly, rustic, haunting folk tunes and originals from the Reupblic of Georgia with Zedashe at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at 9:30 PM (separate adm, $15 adv tix available) by fiery female-fronted Russian Romany trio Via Romen
7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Michael Blake leads a killer quartet with Frank Kimbrough – piano , Ben Allison – bass , Rudy Royston – drums followed at 10:30 by fellow tenorist Ken Fowser and his similarly good quintet with Paul Gill – bass , Steve Einerson – piano , Josh Bruneau – trumpet , Jason Tiemann – drums at Smalls
8 PM sharp (get there a little early to make it easy on the host), a rare Manhattan house concert with poignantly lyrical, velvet-voiced southwestern gothic/tropicalia/psychedelia songwriter Jenifer Jackson at a convenient Upper West location (close to 1/2/3 trains at 96th), email for info/location
8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with pianist Gilbert Kalish play “The Concert from Hell” with works by Julián Carrillo, Eugène Ysaÿe, Philip Glass, George Crumb’s Black Angels and Charles Ives’ Halloween at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15
8 PM soundscaper Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda with his field recordings and his trusty processed Walkman, mashing up kinetic improvisations at Emily Harvey Foundation: 537 Broadway #2 (Spring/Prince), $15. The show repeats on 10/2
8 PM rustic guitar-and-washboard duo Dubl Handi at the Jalopy, $10
9ish torchy intense southwestern gothic songwrite Julia Haltigan and her excellent band at Bar Lunatico
9ish Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s catchy, swirling noiserock/postpunk collaboration with drummer/organist Chris Mulligan at Aviv, $8
9 PM a smaller subset of mighty 75-woman Brazilian drum battalion BatalaNYC at Meridian 23
9 PM honkytonkn night, in reverse order: Johnny Pinhook & the Tobaccoaires, Americana songwriter Andrew Sovine – trucker song legend Red Sovine’s grandkid – and the Loretta Lynn-influenced Aron Blue & the Bootleggers at the Cobra Club in Bushwick, $5
9 PM in reverse order; skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, the bludgeoning Weasel Walter/Chris Pitsiokos Duo, the baritone sax-driven, assaultive Andrew Barker Trio, and some serious shredding with Max Jaffe/Branxon Seabrook/Tim Dahl at Muchmore’s, $7. Also see 10/2.
9 PM the Greezy Greens play guitar-and-harmonica Americana inspired by Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee at Moto in south Williamsburg
9:30 PM a super rare Steve Wynn solo acoustic show at Bowery Electric, $10. Saw the legendary noir psychedelic songwriter/guitar duellist play solo many, many years ago at Westbeth and the show was amazing.
9:30 PM mesmerizing, lickety-split tabla ensemble Talavya at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec
9:45 PM devious, charismatic, subversive comedic songwriter Killy Dwyer followed at 10:20 by lyrically intense avant garde chanteuse Jane LeCroy and then 11 PM the brand-new, ostensibly water-drenched Mars – with edgy power trio the Grasping Straws‘ Mallory Feuer on drums and vocals! – at Sidewalk
10 PM a killer twinbill at the Knitting Factory with Romany punk/latin rock band the Butcher Knives followed by high-velocity British punk-folk band Skinny Lister – sort of the UK version of the Pogues – at the Knittting Factory, $15 adv tix rec.
guessing 10ish ageless dub reggae pioneer Lee Scratch Perry at Brooklyn Bowl, $20, celebrating 40 years of burning spliffs and burning down the Black Ark, maybe?
10 PM the Super Friends Band play surf and soul classics at Hank’s
FRIDAY OCTOBER 2
5:30 PM Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble play their distinctive mashup of latin jazz, classical and klezmer at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, 895 Shore Rd. in the Bronx, $10/$8 stud/srs
7 PM pianist Karl Larson (of Bearthoven) and cellist Ashley Bathgate (of the Bang on a Can All-Stars) perform the works of first-class bass clarinetist Ken Thomson at Spectrum, $15
7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble plays works by Kaija Saariaho, Salvatore Sciarrino, Ian Wilson, Balz Trumpy and others at Symphony Space, $20/$15 stud/srs http://www.glassfarm.org
8 PM a killer triplebill at Sidewalk of all places: country blues guitar genius Lenny Molotov’s swing band the Fascinators followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir and then Joe Yoga, frontman of ferociously tuneful southwestern gothic rockers the Downward Dogs
8 PM badass oldschool-style blues belter Shemekia Copeland and her similarly purist band play the album release show for her new one at City Winery, $20 standing room avail.
8 PM the two-marimba Cisum Percussion Duo: Nicholas Hall and Josh Zaid followed by the heavier Palladium Percussion Quartet at the Firehouse Space, $10
8 PM Quebec-based bassist Alain Bédard leads his Quintet with Donny McCaslin on tenor sax at Flushng Town Hall, $16
9:30 PM in reverse order: skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, Michael Coleman’s rainy-day bedroom pop project Young Nudist, clarinetist Aaron Novik‘s Abebbe, and drummer Marc Edwards and Slipstream Time Travel‘s smoky, enveloping firestorm at Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St , Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave., free
10 PM this era’s greatest cinematic noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes
10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Desmond’s
10:30 PM gorgeously cinematic surf/soundtrack/twang instrumental band the TarantinosNYC at Lucille’s, $10
10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat
11 PM Mauritanian folk music reinventors 75 Dollar Bill at Freddy’s
1:30 PM Dodo Orchestra play their cosmopolitan, carnivalesque take on Balkanica, swing and torch song at Joe’s Pub, $15
midnght and 2 AM psychedelic tenor saxophonist/composer Ilhan Ersahin with Juini Booth, and Jochen Rueckert at Nublu. The show repeats on 10/3.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 3
4 PM Songs for Unusual Creatures – whose charming, psychedelic tributes to weirdness in the animal kingdom are suitable for adults as well as children – followed at 6 by badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch, then otherworldly, rustic, haunting folk tunes and originals from the Reupblic of Georgia with Zedashe aat 8 and Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes. Note $10 cover for the two later acts
5 PM Fizz – murderously intense noir Americana chanteuse Liz Tormes and Ollabell’s Fiona McBain, whose specialty is murder ballads sung in harrowing harmony – followed eventually at 10 PM by terse, tuneful, witty artsong bassist/composer Matt Siffert at Pete’s
5 PM hypnotic, high-energy Garifuna dance-rock bandleader.guitarist Aurelio Martinez and band at the Brooklyn Museum, free He’s also at the Lincoln Center Atrium at 7:30 PM on 10/15
6 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic ?!? at Radegast Hall. Even without amps, they have the energy to drown out the tourists. If you couldn’t afford Gogol Bordello, these guys and girls will hit the spot.
7 PM crystalline-voiced Portland, Maine acoustic Americana chanteuse Caroline Cotter – who moves seamlessly and compellingly between original New England front-porch folk, jaunty Prohibition swing, French chanson and oldtimey/bluegrass stylings – at Caffe Vivaldi
7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues
8 PM synthy 80s-style goth/darkwave singer Elle Le Fantome, singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke and and catchy, popular female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at Union Hall, $10
8 PM oudist Kenan Adnawi and the Alfaia Quartet play their Middle Eastern jazz at Alwan for the Arts, $20
8 PM darkly catchy piano-and-guitar art-rock duo Christy & Emily at Matchless, $8
8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with guest Marcy Rosen on cello play the Debussy String Quartet plus George Crumb’s Sonata for Solo Cello and works by Michael Small, Luigi Boccherini, Tomas Luis de Victoria:at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15
8 PM one of Spain’s leading flamenco guitarists, Antón Jiménez, in a rare Brooklyn show at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs
8 PM pianist Yves Léveillé leads his moody, globally inspired third-stream jazz quartet at Flushng Town Hall, $16, reception to follow
8ish skronky, angular postpunk experimentalists Grex, the defiantly uncategorizable India Czajkowska and bewitchingly assaultive art-rock duo Naked Roots Conducive – violinist Natalia Steinbach and cellist Valerie Kuehne – at Panoply Performance Lab
8:30 PM Koyt far dayn Fardakht (The Filth of your Suspicion) play “Yiddish revolutionary punk rock” followed eventually at 10:30 by Brown’s Syndrome featuring members of brilliant latin-tinged art-rock band Kotorino playing darkly assaultive improvised rock and then the amazingly multistylistic, fun, original Funkrust Brass Band at Rock Shop, $10
9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with allstar Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers, the absolutely brilliant, eclectic Turbosonics at 10, purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf at 11 and amusingly futuristic-themed surf punks Tsunamibots at midnight or so
midnight highly regarded Turkish art-rock/foli-rock guitarist/bandleader Demir Demirkan at Drom, $20 adv tix a must
2 AM ish (actually wee hours of 10/4) the ferocious, politically-inspired Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires play their “real Alabama R&R” at Baby’s All Right, $12
SUNDAY OCTOBER 4
11 AM community day at the newly opened National Sawdust in Williamasburg, free. Australian violinist Jon Rose engages the public with a ten-foot-tall, interactive electronic musical instrument, yikes! Via sensors and radio transmission, the movements and speed of the ball determine the sonic results. Puppeteer/designer/director Julian Crouch and musician/composer Saskia Lane—Birdheart collaborators and booking agents at the venue —join forces with Asphalt Orchestra for an interactive puppet parade to the East River at 3 PM. Found Sound Nation supply mobile studios throughout the parade for the public to make free recordings. The concert there that night with sets at 7 PM/9 PM features Terry Riley’s Abbeyozzud and Beyond with Gyan Riley, Zach Brock (violin), David Cossin (percussion), Travis Laplante (saxophone), Matmos (electronics), Benjamin Verdery and guitarists from the Yale School of Music, and Evan Ziporyn (saxophone), $25
3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture, the Elgar Cello Concerto and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow
4 PM the Windscape Wind Quintet play their new arrangements of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie material at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
4 PM early music ensemble Rebel perform a medieval program tracing “the Path to Enlightenment at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.
6:30 PM the Cassatt String Quartet play music by Peter Schickele and Antonín Dvorák at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow..
7:30 PM a wild windup to this year’s NY Gypsy Festival with – in reverse order -trumpet icon Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars featuring singer Eleanor Reissa; NYC’s long-running, eclectic Hungry March Band; the similarly eclectic, Ellington and hip-hop-influenced Slavic Soul Party and the Underground Horns, who veer from the Balkans to the Mediterranean to New Orleans, at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace Univ. on Spruce St. in the financial district, $20
730 PM the Pretzel Club play fun, playful improvisations with flute, trumpet, piano and bass at the Firehouse Space, $10
8 PM the Momenta String Quartet with guest pianist Gordon Beeferman play improvisational works by Borey Shin, Wilfrido Terrazas, Gordon Beeferman, Yusef Lateef: and Arthur Kampela, many of them world premieres, at the Tenri Institute, 43 W13th St, $15
9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Skinny Dennis
9 PM intense improvisation with the Public Speaking Quartet: Jason Anthony Harris (voice, electronics, objects), Johnny Butler (saxophone), Valerie Kuehne (cello), Jeanann Dara (viola) at Jack, $12
MONDAY, OCTOBER 5
7 PM string orchestra String Power play everything from Earth Wind & Fire to global styles at Branded Saloon
7:30 PM fiery, gospel-infused belter Lizzie Edwards leads a brilliant pickup band – comprising most of the people who played that awesome New Marble Giants tribute last month – in a performance of Paul McCartney’s Ram album at Bowery Electric, $10
8 PM snide boogie power trio Satan’s Satyrs, psychedelic, artsy doom metal band Electric Citizen and Pentagram (most of the original mid-70s US lineup) at St. Vitus, $25. Be aware that the 10/6 show is sold out
8/10:30 PM hip-hop lyricist par excellence Talib Kweli does his hip-hop jazz thing at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.
8 PM the self-explanatory Gypsy Jazz Caravan at Radegast Hall
9 PM 70s freak-folk legend Kath Bloom at – get there early
TUESDAY OCTOBER 6
7 PM a sensationally eclectic multi-performer bill with haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel performing with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus plus string quartet; other composers/performers on the bill include Paola Prestini + Caroline Shaw at National Sawdust, $25
7:30 PM an all-star lineup: Joanna Maurer and Georgy Valtchev, violin; Dov Scheindlin and Danny Kim, viola’ Joel Noyes and Wolfram Koessel, cello; Troy Rinker, bass; Anna Stoytcheva and Lora Tchekoratova, piano plays works by Mozart, Dobrinka Tabakova plus Schubert’s Trout Quintet at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
10/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist Amina Figarova leads her lush, cinematic sextet at the Jazz Standard, $25
7:30 PM Dan Trueman’s Nostalgic Synchronic digital prepared piano project with So Percussion, percussionist Adam Sliwinski and pianist Cristina Altamura at le Poissoin Rouge, $15 adv tix avail.
8:30 PM the towering, majestic, art-rock/symphonically neoromantic Awakening Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $10
10 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –at the Way Stattion
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7
6 PM Gian Luigi Diana (sitar) + Jonathan Singer (percussion) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
7:30 PM OMG one of the most exciting free concerts of the year – the Chamber Orchestra of the Macedonian Philharmonic with the supersonic Ismail Lumanovski on clarinet play works by Manchev, Tura (Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra) and Bartok at Merkin Concert Hall, early arrival a must
8 PM jazz and indie classical cross-pollination: pianist Matthew Shipp and violinist Fung Chern Hwei presenting his project Lisao, vocalist Lola Danza performs her project Korean Shamans, George Spanos‘ Quartet and Ben Stapp & the Zozimos also on the bill at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs
8 PM up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at Silvana
8 PM uncategorizable singer Anais Maviel solo, Ellen O & violinist Jeff Young collaborare and fire off some sparks, go through the phone booth in Ange Noir Cafe, 247 Varet St. in Bushwick, closer to the Morgan Ave. stop.
8:30 PM bassist Michael Bates’ Chamber Group project with Jeff Lederer-clarinet; Mazz Swift-violin; Alden Banta-bassoon; Michael Sarin-drums followed at 10 by violist Miranda Seilaff’s Chamber Group with Amie Weiss – violin; Nicola Barbieri – bass ; Jacob Sacks – piano at Seeds, $10
9 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Fontana’s
9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 10/15 at 8:30 they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts., free.
9ish dazzlingly eclectic folk noir/psychedelic songwriter Lorraine Leckie and Czech violin wizard Pavel Cingl at 11th St. Bar
10 PM tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger and his new band – with trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass and drummer Ian Froman – perform half-hour, hard-swinging visions of Bukka White’s “Parchman Farm Blues” and “Fixin’ to Die Blues,” with “the sound channeling the Mississippi Delta via Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz” at 55 Bar, $10
THURSDAY OCTOBER 8
6 PM this era’s premier jazz tuba player Bob Stewart’s Double Quartet at Shrine
6:30 PM a rare performance of Armenian and Western classical gems: pianist Sofya Melikyan plays works by Artunian, Kachaturian, Shahrimanyan, Granados and Mompou’s immortally plaintive Variations on a Theme by Chopin at Zinc Bar, $25/$15 stud.
7 PM puppeteer Julian Crouch and bassist Saskia Lane’s multimedia project Birdheart – a contemplation of escape and renewal, among other things – with Bang on a Can Allstars guitarist Mark Stewart plus cellist Jeffrey Zeigler at National Sawdust, $25. The program repeats on 10/11 and 10/14.
7 PM ex-President Bill Clinton at Highline Ballroom, $10,000. This is not a joke. Ten grand, this has to be a record. It’s not known if he’ll bust out the sax and play Kenny G covers.
7:30 PM ghostly, oceanically-inspired Nashville gothic band Karen & the Sorrows at C’mon Everybody
7:30 PM opening night at the Ear, 75 Murray St. with lots of new indie classical material, solo piano by Lisa Hogan and others tba, $20/$10 stud incl. open bar
8 ish a benefit for the recently burned Silent Barn with Celestial Shore – who veer between stuttering postpunk and low-key, lyrically-driven glamrock, the nebulously jangly female-fronted Mega Bog, savage guitarist Alyse Lamb’s jaggedly tuneful organ-guitar-drums outfit Parlor Walls, mystery band Real Adult and dynamically shifting, cinematic black metal/mathrock band Sirens at Palisades
8 PM the album release show by globally-influenced chanteuse Dahlia Dumont‘s reliatbly tuneful reggae/jazz/chanson band the Blue Dahlia followed at 10 by the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
8 PM wry newschool oldtimey songwriter Odetta Hartman plays the record release for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood, followed at 9 ($10 cover) by catchy, time-warping oldtimey Americana/oldschool soul mashups from“steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime. 10/24 Hartman is at Festival of the Hunt at the Irondale Cente at 85 S Oxford St. in Ft. Greene, time TBA with Feral Foster, Alex Battles and a whole bunch of NYC acoustic Americana talent, $25 includes open bar and bbq style food
8 PM the California Honeydrops play their purist 60s blue-eyed soul and groove music – with a healthy dose of good oldschool postbop jazz – at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec
8 PM the massive SLM Ensemble play the album release show for their new one featuring new works by conductor Sarah Weaver and bassist Mark Dresser – also featuring Jen Shyu on vocals, George Ziadeh on oud and Oliver Lake on sax – at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs
9ish eclectic, state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his trio at Bar Lunatico
10 PM fiery klezmer-tinged guitarist Eyal Maoz, Lukas Ligeti on percussion, James Ilgenfritz on bass and Jon Rose on violin jam up a storm at the Stone, $15
10 PM tuneful, southwestern gothic-tinged acoustic songstress Maya Caballero at Muchmore’s
10 PM Alfonso Velez – the rare Cure-influenced dark rocker who doesn’t suck – at the small room at the Rockwood
11 PM psychedelic powerpop/new wave rocker Mike Rimbaud plays songs from his characteristically tuneful, snarling, politically smart, Elvis Costello-esque new one Put That Dream in Your Pipe and Smoke It at Nublu
FRIDAY OCTOBER 9
7 PM Macedonian folk luminaries Odglasi play a set to celebrate the release of Martin Koenig’s field recordings on Smithsonian Folkways. Playing ‘Til Your Soul Comes Out! Music of Macedonia iat the Macedonian Consulate’s Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St., free but rsvp reqd
7 PM kick-ass guitar-and-organ-fueled original psychedelic garage rockers the Electric Mess at Grand Victory, $
7 PM NY Baroque Inc. play an equally oldschool and rare program of cantatas by J. S. Bach, J. C. Bach, and Telemann, plus J. S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6., joined by British violinist Monica Huggett, at the Rogers Auditoirum at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $30
7 PM Paula Boggs – whose blend of electric Neil Young and oldschool soul music evokes the raw emotion of those influences rather than some lame 70s hippie dadrock imitation – at the big room at the Rockwood, $10
10/9-10, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist John Ellis leads a quintet with Gary Versace – organ; Alan Ferber – trombone; John Altieri – sousaphone’ Jason Marsalis – drums playing the album release show for his aptly titled new one, Charm at the Jazz Gallery, $22
10/9-10. 7:30 PM highly regarded soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome leads a quintet with Josh Evans – trumpet , Luis Perdomo – piano , Brad Jones – bass , Gerald Cleaver – drums at Smalls
7:30 PM Mark Olson, late of the Jayhawks, followed by well-loved 90s Americana/garage rock road warriors the Bottle Rockets at Bowery Electric
10/9-10, 7:30 PM the premiere of Stefania de Kennesey‘s Bonfire of the Vanities: The Opera, based on the Tom Wolfe bestseller, at El Teatro at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave. at 104th St, $30
8 PM cult favorite Romany chanteuse (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her killer band followed by pianist Alejandro Zuleta and band, who reinvent cumbia classics with a jazz and classical tinge, at Barbes
8 PM noir rocker Nicole Atkins at Webster Hall.. JD McPherson – who should be opening for her, not the other way around – plays afterward, $20
8 PM not making this up: Thelonious Monk classics played tango style, featuring Konrad Adderley, bass; Nick Danielson, violin; Tito Castro, bandoneon; Gustavo Casenave, piano; Reno Padilla, vocals, plus dancers, at Flushing Town Hall, $16
8 PM bass clarinetist/saxophonist Lindsay Vickery and singer Dafna Naphtali unveil relevant new electroacoustic new works responding to the Occupy Movement, Whistleblowers, and the reportage of Chris Hedges, Glenn Greenwald and others at the Firehouse Space
8 PM the first of a two-day John Zorn festival at National Sawdust with the world premiere of Madrigals Books I-II sung by Lisa Bielawa, Jane Sheldon, Sarah Brailey, Mellissa Hughes, Rachel Calloway and Kirsten Sollek perform this world premiere. The 10 PM set has Asmodeus featuring Marc Ribot (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums), $25
8 PM indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En plays an enticing program of works by Frederic Rzewski, Enda Bates. Keeril Makan, and comductor/impersario Moon Young Ha at Mise-En Place Bushwick, 678 Hart St 1B in Bushwick, L to Dekalb Ave, $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink
8:30 PM a cool string jazz twinbill: violinist Sam Bardfeld with pianist Kris Davis and drummer Mike Sarin followed by cellist Chris Hoffman with bassist Adam Hopkins and Craig Weinrib on drums at I-Beam, $15
9 PM consdiering the spae, a cool-temperatured night with Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Richard Wyands (piano), Peter Washington (bass) at Mezzrow, $20
10/9, 10 PM cabaret & tarot fortunetelling with Shelley Hirsch, lyrically intense avant garde singer/poet Jane LeCroy, acoustic art-rock/folk noir songwriter/chanteuse/force of nature Larkin Grimm, performance activist Took Edalow, jazz pianist Mitch Hampton, Darcey Leonard, Michael Wiener @ The Red Room, 3rd floor above KGB bar, 85 E 4th St. (near 2nd Ave), $15
10:30 PM Zlatne Uste, NYC’s first and arguably most deeply authentic, explosive Balkan brass band, at Drom, $10
SATURDAY OCTOBER 10
5 PM up-and-coming pianist Brian Le plays music by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Schumann, Bartok, Chopin, Ravel and Prokofiev at the DiMenna Center, $5
6 PM badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch followed at 8 by sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes
6 PM the Bogmen’s Vic Thrill at Pete’s. He’s also here on the 24th
6:30 PM the Third Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition – featuring Jose Davila, Clark Gayton and Steffen Granly – followed by performances by the man himself, PUBLIQuartet and more at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15
7 PM Chicago-style blues guitar monster Bobby Radcliff at Terra Blues.
7 PM pianist Nathanial LaNasa plays works by Debussy, Beethoven, Franck and Schoenberg at Third Street Music School Settlement, free
7:30 PM Ensemble Pi play the world premiere of Eleanor Cory’s Rikers Island, inspired by texts written by women inmates and compiled in the new anthology, These Are Hard Times for Dreamers; Frederic Rzewski’s iconic minimalist epic Attica, in memory of the 1971 upstate New York prison riot; and Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time, at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St., $20 .
7:30 PM diverse, purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse Brianna Thomas and her combo at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15 standing room avail.
8 PM day two of the John Zorn festival at National Sawdust has Zorn reprising his legendary Met Museum improvisation a couple of years ago with Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet) and Milford Graves (drums). The 10 PM set has Cobra featuring Mark Feldman (violin), Okkyung Lee (cello), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), Ikue Mori (electronics), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Brian Marsella (keyboards), Eyal Maoz (guitar), Marc Ribot (guitar), Trevor Dunn (bass), Cyro Baptista (percussion), Ches Smith (drums/vibes), Kenny Wollesen (drums/vibes) and Zorn himself as “prompter,” $25
8ish Red Metal: Patrick Breiner, tenor sax – Chris Hoffman, cello – Emilie Lesbros, Anaïs Maviel – voice, Sana Nagano – violin at New Revolution Art, 7 Stanhope Street, Bushwick, J to Kosciuszko St
9 PM pyrotechnic, theatrical art-rock/blues/ragtime pianist/songwriter Jack Spann at Sidewalk
9 PM hypnotic cello-and-marimba duo Goli play the album release show for their new one at Caffe Vivaldi
10 PM wryly swirly newschool psychedeliic garage rockers Gringo Star at the Cameo Gallery, $10
SUNDAY OCTOBER 11
4 PM East of the River Ensemble play their original recorder-driven arrangements of Balkan, Middle Eastern and Armenian tunes at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
4 PM pianist Emir Gamsizoglu plays works by Chopin, Mozart, Tschakovsky, Liszt, Scarlatti and de Falla plus his own intense, neoromantic Variations d’Heybeli at Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St., $20
8 PM recorder player Terri Hron and composer Paula Matthusen spar and combine atmospheric textures, followed by a rare NYC appearance by keyboardist/composer Yoni Niv balanced on the high end with sax by Dan Blake and on the low by Josh Sinton at the Firehouse Space, $10
8 PM guitarist Chris Welcome leads a quartet (Shayna Dulberger, Mike Pride, Jonathan Moritz) followed by Air Ceremony (Dustin Carlson, Mike Baggetta, Nathaniel Morgan, Danny Gouker, Kate Gentile) at Jack, $12
9 PM Algiers – who mash up creepy, explosively cinematic postpunk with noir soul and a fearless, confrontational anti-surveillance state political stance- at Rough Trade, $15
9ish psychedleic cumbia/reggaeton bandledaer and lyricist Ana Tijoux at Webster Hall, $20
10:30 PM sweeping, swinging, ambitous vibraphone jazz with the Behn Gillece Quartet feat. Nate Radley – guitar , Paul Gill – bass , Jason Tiemann – drums at Smalls
11 PM dark, smart, edgy post-Velvet rock songwriter and former Band of Susans guitarist Anne Husick and band at Otto’s
midnight, edgy Russian art-rock/indie classical keyboardist/songwriter Olga Bell plays the album release show for her new one Incitation with violinists Mari Kimura and Jon Rose at National Sawdust, $25
MONDAY OCTOBER 12
6 PM Haitian brass band DjaRARA on the terrace at 1 Penn Plaza, 34th St. close to 8th Ave., free
6 PM some fascinatingly textured improvisations with Miya Masaoka, koto; Nate Wooley, trumpet; Theresa Wong, cello, voice at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
7 PM intense, darkly politically-fueled Tunisian-born art-rock chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi at National Sawdust, $25
7:30 PM edgy, fun, original Bay Area Romany guitar jazz trio Gaucho at Joe’s Pub, $20
7:30 PM pianist Judit Gabos plays an all-Bartok program at the Hungarian Consulate, 223 E 52n d St., free, rsvp reqd
8 PM fun, edgy, eclectic bluegrass/newgrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers – Steve Martin’s backing unit – at Bowery Ballroom, $20
8/10:30 PM moody but kinetic third-stream pianist Romain Collin with bassist Luques Curtis and drummer Nate Wood at the Blue Note
8 PM new electroacoustic works by Neil Rolnick performed by the composer with Ashley Bathgate, cello; Ted Nash, alto saxophone; and Kathleen Supové, piano. at Roulette, $20
8:30 PM balmy, sardonically individualistic vocal jazz stylist Dorian Devins and her trio with Lou Rainone on piano and Tom Hubbard on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12
TUESDAY OCTOBER 13
Be advised that this year’s Colossal Music Joke a.k.a. CMJ starts right about now. If there’s any week to stay out of the clubs, this is it. There are, however, some gems hidden amidst the garbage, just remember that set times are very fluid and can’t be trusted: a trip far from home to see somebody you love might turn out to be disappointing. It’s a good week for brass bands, though, with Honk Festival in progress.
half past noon acclaimed Belgian organist Ignace Michiels:performs a program tba at Central Synagogue, 54th and Lexington Ave., free
5 PM atmospherically towering marching band jazz with the Himalayas feat. Kenny Wollesen on drums and gongs on the High Line, enter at 34th St. btw 11/12 Aves and follow the sound
5:50 PM (wtf?) a brief set by the Clean’s Hamish Kilgour at Pete’s
7 PM a rare US appearance by Moroccan trance-folk ensemble Dar Gnawa of Tanger in collaboration with Abdellah El Gourd and jazz piano legend Randy Weston at the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, free, get there early
10/13-14, 7:30/9:30 PM deviously edgy, eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $25
8 PM intense contralto singer and punk-inspired noir cabaret songwriter Deby Medrez Pier at the Way Stattion
8 PM a true Americana original: glampunk/ghoulabilly guitarist Tav Falco’s Panther Burns with Mike Watt on bass at Grand Victory, $15
10/13-18, 8/10 PM intense improvisational bassist James Ilgenfritz plays with a pretty scary series of ensembles at the Stone, $15. Choice pick: 10/14, 8 PM his dystopic “cut-up opera,” based on William Burrough’s The Ticket That Exploded, with a massive 18-person cast
8 PM the Philadelphia Orchestra play works by Grieg and Bartok plus Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $21 tix avail.
8 PM inventive Austalian art-rock/jazz pianist (and Greta Gertler collaborator) Barney McAll in a rare duo show with Matt Clohesy on bass at Mezzrow, $20
8 PM brilliant indie classical pianist Sarah Cahill plays Terry Riley works at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs
11 PM Parlor Walls – Eula guitarslinger Elyse Lamb’s snarling, catchy, noiserock/postpunk collaboration with organist/drummer Chris Mulligan – at Muchmore’s. 10/14 at 8 they’re at Tender Trap (66 Greenpoint Ave/Greenpoint), then at 10 on 10/15 at Our Wicked Lady (153 Morgan Ave /Bushwick), then on 10/30 at 9:30 they’re at Aviv
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14
3:45 PM Palehound a.k.a. guitarist Ellen Kempner plays her catchy, biting retro 80s-inflected but not blatantly imitative postpunk at Cake Shop. 10/15 she’s at Union Pool at 7:30; on 10/16, at Palisades at 10:45 and on 10/16 at Baby’s All Right at 2 PM.
6 PM massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment at 1 Penn Plaza, 34th St. close to 8th Ave., free
6 PM charming all-female newgrass/southern pop harmony trio the Wild Reeds ollowed eventually at 1 AM (wee hours of 10/15) by singer/guitatarist Mia Wilson’s haunting, blues-infused, angst-ridden, psychedelic project with brilliant lead guitarist Quincy Ledbetter, the Bright Smoke at the small rooom at the Rockwood
6 PM the Sphinx Virtuosi with the Catalyst Quartet and composer Gabriela Lena Frank at the piano perform works by Frank, Jennifer Higdon, Jessie Montgomery, Rachel Barton Pine, Daniel Bernard Roumain at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
6:30 PM the NYC debut of Puglia, Italy’s Kalascima playing their intoxicating, original “psychedelic trance tarantella” at Dron, $15 adv tix rec
7 PM mesmerizing, hypnotic indie classical/jazz sax ensemble Battle Trance at Bric Arts, free
7:30 PM a free screening of the documentary film Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Godmother of Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger and his new band – with trumpeter Jason Palmer, bassist Kim Cass and drummer Ian Froman – perform half-hour, hard-swinging visions of Bukka White’s “Parchman Farm Blues” and “Fixin’ to Die Blues,” with “the sound channeling the Mississippi Delta via Ornette Coleman’s Free Jazz” at Smalls
8 PM luminous indie classical singer/composer Gelsey Bell‘s Prisoner Songs – a harrowing collaboration with visual artist Erik Ruin about life behind bars – with shadow puppetry, at Roulettte, $20/$15 stud/srs
8 PM singer/pianist/accordionist Gina Leishman‘s Mr. Wau-Wau with Rinde Eckert, vox, accordion, pump organ; Doug Wieselman, clarinet, sax, guitar Marcus Rojas, tuba and Kenny Wollesen, drums. plays Berthold Brecht at Barbes, $10 cover
8 PM a throwback to Glenn Branca in the 80s: 121 guitar students , faculty members, and friends from the Third Street Music School Settlement perform the world premiere of 121 Guitars & More by David Lang at the World Financial Center, free
8:30 PM edginess in an intimate space: the Out Louds with Mary Halvorson – guitar; Ben Goldberg – Clarinets; Tomas Fujiwara – Drums at Seeds, $10
9 PM smartly pensive, minimalistically-inclined, lyrical acoustic singer Amy Bezunartea followed by brilliantly brooding guitarslinger Jennifer O’Connor and then the creepy, psychedelic Tim Foljahn at Union Pool, $tba
9 PM one of the most original, smartly eclectic songwriters in swinging, noir-tinged, occasionally psychedelic music, Daphne Lee Martin at the Way Station
9ish purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico. 10/15, 8 PM she’s at Barbes
9ish kinetic Icelandic female-fronted postpunk/janglerockers Mammut at Black Bear Bar, 70 N Sixth St. in Wililamsburg, free
9 PM irreverent oldschool Williamsburg vocal jazz crew the Old Rugged Sauce at Freddy’s
THURSDAY OCTOBER 15
6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez with Marty Isenberg on bass and Rodrigo Recabarren on drums at the Bar Next Door, free
6:30 PM French pianist Lise de la Salle and American violist Kyle Armbrust play works by Bach, Prokofiev, Brahms, and Kodály at the French Consulate, 934 5th Ave., $30, all proceeds to benefit the French-American Piano Society
7 PM hypnotic, psychedelically funky hammered dulcimer instrumentals with House of Waters at Club Bonafide, 2112 E 52 nd St., $20
7 PM the Music from Copland House Ensemble plays music by emerging composers Viet Cuong, Reena Esmail, Michael Gilbertson, Gity Razaz, Steven Snowden and Dan Visconti at the Greene Space, $20 includes a drink
7:30 PM smart, diverse art-rock pianist/songwriter Erika Lloyd – sort of the Manhattan counterpart to Greta Gertler – at Pete’s
7:30 PM pianist/composer Anjelika Akbar plays her homage to Russian painter Ivan Aivazofsky and his portrayal of Istanbul at Drom, $20 gen adm.
10/15-18, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Donald Harrison leads his quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30
8 PM probably in reverse order: a subset of mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment , French punk brass unit Les Vilains Chicot, New Orleans second-liners New Creations Brass Band and NYC’s most epic, intense, battle-ready original Balkan brass group, Raya Brass Band at WFMU Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St (Greene/Washington), Jersey City $10, Path train to Exchange Place
tasty fresh-fermented Vermont ciders 8-11 PM, the Bram Kincheloe Quartet (a Sister Sparrow family thing) at 9, free (the band that is) at Jimmy’s No. 43 at 43 E 7th St.
8 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Mendelssohn, Rihm and Schumann at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail.
8 PM the Ullmann Project performs rarely heard vocal music of cult favorite, individualistic early third-stream composer (and Holocaust victim) Viktor Ullmann at Merkin Concert Hall, $30
8 PM lively improvisation with pianist Simone Weissenfels with Sayun Chang: percussion, On Ka’a Davis: guitar/eectric violin,; Ben Stapp: tuba at the Firehouse Space, $10
8 PM electric guitar quartet Dither plus special guest guitarist Mark Stewart from the Bang on a Can All-Stars for a performance of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint at the World Financial Center, free
9 PM the Strung Out String Band play hi-energy oldtime Appalachian tunes at Bar Chord
9:30 PM the Microscopic Septet‘s Joel Forrester and Dave Hofstra play a stripped-down piano/bass show at Mezzrow, $20
10 PM fun, quirky, skronkily kinetic female-fronted post-new wave band the Walking Shapes at Grand Victory, $10
10 PM popular dark Americana duo the Tall Pines in the back room at Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E Seventh St. (Bowery/Second Ave)
11 PM North by North – who veer between catchy gutter blues, boogie rock and new wave and somehow make it all work – at the Shop in Bushwick
FRIDAY OCTOBER 16
noon, a very rare daylight show by NYC’s most haunting, inscrutable, lyrically brilliant noir band Karla Rose & the Thorns at the big room at the Rockwood
noon the Sleepy Hahas – whose take on 60s psychedelia and garage rock has a welcome, hard-hitting terseness – at Bowery Electric, free
7 PM the Brooklyn New Music Collective play premieres from Kallembach, Roven, and Stubblefield, plus songs from Matheson and Gerbe at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs
7:30/9:30 PM edgy, Balkan-inspired alto saxophonist Roman Filiu leads a quintet with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet at the Jazz Gallery, $22
8 PM probably in reverse order: increasingly funky, awesome low-register original vintage-style Cuban groove band Gato Loco , the intense parade-ready Drumadics, the more eclectic but also more punk Hungry March Band, massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment , French punk brass unit Les Vilains Chicot, mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC,and more at Gowanus Ballroom, 37 9th Street, Brooklyn, $20, F to Smith/9th St., just take 9th a couple of blocks across the canal
8:30 PM the original cello rockers, Rasputina, as fearless and funny and relevant as ever, playing the album release show for their new one at Highline Ballroom, $17.50 adv tix rec
9 PM a wild night of hot swing jazz: Nick Russo + 11 followed at 10 by their alter ego Banjo Nickaru & His Western Scooches and then at 11 the Hott Jazz Jumpers doing their album/dvd pre-release party? at the Jalopy, $10
9 PM hard-hitting funk/Afrobeat band Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe at at C’Mon Everybody
9/10:30 PM tersely tuneful, popular jazz guitarist Lage Lund leads a quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum.
9:30ish if you’re out in Bushwick and you feel like seeing a free show, you could do worse than gutter blues/garage rockers Acid Dad at the Wick. Darkly watery dreampop band Lazyeyes play after at around 1:30 in the wee hours of 10/17.
10 PM fiery, hard-grooving Balkan band Tipsy Oxcart at Silvana
10 PM New Orleans shuffles and funky second line beats with New Creations Brass Band at Shrine
1:30 AM (actually wee hours of 10/17) a wild, deep-Brooklyn style postbop night with tenor sax powerhouse Eric Wyatt , Benito Gonzalez – piano , Essiet Essiet – bass , Kyle Poole – drums at Smalls
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17
noon, free, otheworldly all-female Balkan choral trio Black Sea Hotel and the Kronos Quartet premiere brilliant, haunting singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Sarah Small‘s new seven-part suite. Plus other composer-performers “too amazingly prolific and talented” to announce yet, at St. Ann’s Warehouse, early arrival a must. The program repeats at 8 PM; $26 tix available.
2 PM Eugene Marlow’s Heritage Ensemble play their distinctive mashup of latin jazz, classical and klezmer at Brooklyn Heights Branch of the Brooklyn Public Librarym 280 Cadman Plaza West (@ Tillary St) in Brooklyn Heights, free, A/C to High St., free
2:30 PM the Human Jukebox Brass Band, Seriously Noisy Marching Band, French punk brass unit Les Vilains Chicot,, Kings County Pipes and Drums, New Orleans’ New Creations Brass Band, mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, and massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment , plus a 4 PM performance of “Hello Folly” by Pat Oleszko with music by Ken Field: a twenty person theater troupe, a “ burlesque costumed romp on the mad idea of not drilling in the Arctic” at the community garden at Ave. C and 9th St.
5:45 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries at Leftfield
7 PM the Nat Osborn Band – whose wry, cleverly lyrical New Orleans sounds come across somewhere in between Dr. John and Brother Joscephus – followed eventually at 11 by bouncy Afrobeat orchestra Emefe – who’re going in a harder funk direction lately -at the big room at the Rockwood
7 PM undulating ecstatic Pakistani grooves with Riyaaz Qawwali at Flushing Town Hall, $16
7:30 PM massive, paradigm-shifting indie classical choir Roomful of Teeth perform works by Ted Hearne, Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, William Brittell, Eric Dudley and Caleb Burhans at Natoinal Sawdust, $25. The 10 PM show (separate $25 admission) features the world premiere of Memory Palace, with Christopher Cerrone‘s music performed by percussionist Jonny Allen, and film by Francesco Simeti; Listen, Quiet, with Paola Prestini’s music performed by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, percussionist David Cossin, and film projections by S. Katy Tucker; and the world premiere of a new collaboration by the amazingly multistylistic, haunting pianist/sound sculptor Bora Yoon and multimedia artist Joshue Ott. Then at midnight (separate $15 admission) there’s another show with the JG Ballard-inspired Low City and the strangely, intriguingly kinetic Hessismore
7:30 PM indie classical chamber group Cadillac Moon Ensemble play premiere pieces by composers Jeff Nichols, Julie Harting, Chi-hin Leung, and Inés Thiebaut whose compositions were inspired by graphs showing income inequality. The graphs will be projected during the performances, with commentayr and conversation with Chad Kautzer, author of Radical Philosophy. Sugg. don “half your hourly wage,” no one turned away, at the Tenri Institute, 43 W 13th St.
8 PM French punk brass unit Les Vilains Chicot, New Orleans’ New Creations Brass Band,, Luminescent Orchestrii mastermind Sxip Shirey & His Jank Band, eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass group the Underground Horns and Brazilian percussionist Marcus Santos, location TBA (probably Gowanus Ballroom), watch this space, $20
10/17-18, 8 PM legendary first-wave UK punk-reggae band the Subhumans at the Acheron, $15
8 PM Andalucian and Persian-tinged flamenco sounds with guitar virtuoso Arturo Martínez and the Espiritu Gitano Ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20
8 PM atmospheric, cinematic, minimalist female-fronted art-rock band Letters to Nepal at Matchless
8 PM could be a really smoldering night of noisy improvisation with saxophonist Bonnie Kane’s Fire Maidens from Outer Space with Dave Miller: drums, Reuben Radding: bass, Anais Maviel – vocals/ percussionat the Firehouse Space, $10
9 PM the Delorean Sisters – who specialize in funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s radio pop – electric, lyrically-fueled folk noir band Leland Sundries and and 90s-style alt-country act Butchers Blind at Hank’s
9 PM Italian percussion sorceress Alessandra Belloni‘s trancey, witchy tarantella rock band at Mehanata, $10
9 PM Rocky & the Pressers – sort of a second-generation Slackers, blending roots reggae with a healthy dose of oldschool soul and some cool, wry original tunes – followed eventually at midnight by charming Italian 50s swing harmony trio Ladyvette at the Way Station
9ish another of this week’s wild brass band extravaganzas, artists probably in reverse order: Luminescent Orchestrii mastermind Sxip Shirey & His Jank Band,, a subset of mighty all-female Brazilian drum troupe BatalaNYC, eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass group the Underground Horns ,the intense parade-ready Drumadics, massive carnivalesque horn-driven street band Environmental Encroachment at the Wick, $20
10 PM Sweet Tits, “the punk raw lesbo Spinal Tap” – you heard it here first – at Freddy’s
SUNDAY OCTOBER 18
11:30 AM ish NYC’s most eclectic klezmer/latin/cumbia band, Metropolitan Klezmer for klezmer brunch at City Winery, $10, kids free, no minimum.
1 PM free tacos on the roof at the Delancey, not a music event but if you’re in the hood and hungry…
2 PM savagely lyrical, enigmatic great plains gothic chanteuse Ember Schrag and her similarly brilliant lead guitarist Bob Bannister at Union Pool, free
3 PM organist Renee Anne Louprette plays works by Jeanne Demessieux, Marin Marais (her own transcription), a Pamela Decker world premiere plus pieces by Ibert, Ad Wammes and a heroic finale with Franck’s Piece Heroique at the church of St. Ignatius Loyola on the upper west, $20
3 PM pianist Alessio Bax plays Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with live drawing by Doug Fitch at National Sawdust, $25
3 PM a six-hour marathon of music by composers under 40 including Caroline Shaw, Jason Treuting and many, many others performed by the Jack Quartet, So Percussion, Duo Cortona and more at Merkin Concert Hall, $15
4 PM early music group Musica Temprana make their US debut with a fascinating, rare performance of “Bailes, Tonadas & Cachuas, Songs and Dances from 18th Century Trujillo, Peru” at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.
4 PM a fascinating, diverse cross-pollinating chamber concert with music of 14 Japanese and American composers including David Del Tredici, Fernando Otero and Ippo Tsuboi and played by clarinetist Thomas Piercy with Chatori Shimizu, koto player Jun Ando, pianist Taka Kigawa and pianist Judith Olson at the Tenri Instittue, 43 E 13th St., $25/$15 stud.srs, reception to follow
4 PM pianist Joel Fan plays Wang Jianzhong’s Five Yunnan Folksongs, Alberto Ginastera’s Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 22 and Liszt’s Piano Sonata in B Minor at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
4 PM the Double Entendre Music Ensemble – devoted to music on double-reeded instruments – play a program TBA at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $tba
4:30 PM the intense, minor-key, Middle Eastern tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Smalls
5 PM an eclectic triplebill: Afro-Peruvian jazz pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass and band at 5, Villa Delirium – who shift from hypnotic, slowcore Americana to creepy circus rock – at 7 and psychedelic rock/Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel at 9 at Barbes
5 PM the NY Scandia Symphony Chamber Orchestra play a Frank Foerster world premiere plus Scandinavian works by Johan Helmich Roman, Carl Nielsen and Niels Gade at Our Saviour’s-Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave (one block west of Broadway at 189th St, free
6 PM sensational accordionist Ismail Butera‘s Velvet Jubillee play their “cajuny, bluesy, bar hoppin’ music” at Silvana
8 PM sardonically hellraising multistylistic string band the Appleseed Collective – heirs to the throne of the Asylum Street Spankers – at the Jalopy
10 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Littlefield, $12
MONDAY OCTOBER 19
7:30 PM art-rock bandleader Lorraine Leckie and witheringly funny social critic Anthony Haden-Guest reprise their haunting, devilishly lyrical, sardonic chamber pop album Rudely Interrupted at Pangea
7:30 PM the American String Quartet with Anton Nel, piano play works by Mozart, Bartok and Dohnanyi at Borden Auditorium at Manhattan School of Music, free
8 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster – Jeff Morris of Kotorino and Ellia Bisker from Sweet Soubrette – host a night of murder ballads feat. inscrutable cellist/art-rocker Serena Jost and others including but not limited to Jessi Robertson, Bobtown, Andrew Vladeck (Fireships), Pearl Rhein, Karen Poliski, Erica Di Loreto, and Orphan Jane at Branded Saloon
8 PM Evgeny Genchev, piano plays works by Beethoven, Scriabin, Chopin and Liszt at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free
9 PM charming all-female newgrass/southern pop harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Union Hall, $8
9 PM NYC jazz legend and twin-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat
tersely poignant acoustic tunesmith Amy Bezunartea at the Mercury
TUESDAY OCTOBER 20
half past noon Claudia Dumschat, organ: plays Jean Langlais’ Suite Medievale at the charming little Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, $5 sugg don
2 PM ahotshot klezmer duo – violinist Jake Shulman-Ment accompanied by Pete Rushefsky on tsimbl (hammered dulcimer) Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse in the Bronx
7/11 PM the 24-piece Wild Up Ensemble with special guests Archie Carey, electric bassoon; Brian Walsh, baritone saxophone; Richard Valitutto, piano play new works by innumerable indie classical and jazz composers (and a cover of Fear’s New York’s All Right If You Like Saxophones to open the show) at Roulette, $20/$15 stud/srs, cover charge includes admission to both early and late sets.
8 PM “Lea Bertucci explores the sonic qualities of a decrepit alto sax uncovered from Bradley Eros’ basement, with a live collage of 35mm slide and 16mm film projections by Eros. Anthony Saunders, of seminal harsh noise group Bastard Noise, performs with Bertucci on bass clarinet, celebrating the duo’s first cassette” at the Walker Space, 55 Walker St. in Chinatown, $15
10/20-25, 8/10 PM trumpeter Nate Wooley plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: 10/21 at 8, the premiere of his Psalms from Hell Cycle with Megan Schubert (soprano) Christopher Hoffman, Mariel Roberts, Shanda Wooley, Eleanor Norton (cellos)
10/20-25, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads his trio at the Vanguard, $25
8:30 PM plaintive Portuguese fado star Sofia Ribeiro with Juan Andrés Ospina, piano; Petros Klampanis, bass; Marcelo Woloski, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum
9 PM Czech jazz guitarslinger Martina Fiserova at the Way Station
9:30 PM edgy, funky, fearlessly populist female-fronted latin rock/art-rock band the Dysorderlies at Drom, $5 adv tix rec!
9:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21
starting at 3ish Mexico’s massive, sweeping, purist Mariachi Real at the street fair at Brook Ave. @ 163rd St. in the Bronx
6 PM koto/shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm
7:30 PM tuneful third-stream jazz pianist Julian Shore leads a quintet with Noah Preminger – tenor sax , Nir Felder – guitar , Aidan Carroll – bass , Colin Stranahan – drums at Smalls
7:30 PM Hajnal Pivnick plays solo violin and viola works by Elaine Barkin, Mei-Fang Lin, Taylor Brook, Nina C. Young, Arthur Kreiger and Carl Bettendorf at Dixon Place, free
8 PM the Klez Dispensers’ Alex Kontorovich & the German Goldenshteyn Memorial Band, with Jake Shulman-Ment, Mike Cohen, Patrick Farrell, Brian Glassman, and Yiddish dance leading by Avia Moore at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min
8:30 PM Steve Curtis from Hem and Ray Rizzo’s new band Three Ring Bender (in which Ray plays guitar) joined by special guest Sohrab Habibion from dark indie legends Obits at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglas @ 4th Ave in Gowanus, free
8:30 PM cinematic violinist/composer Dana Lyn‘s oceanically-themed psychedelic/jazz instrumental unit Mother Octopus at Seeds, $10
10 PM pianist Clarice Assad’s tropical jazz/indie classical nonet followed by the Eco-Music Big Band with special guest accordionist Melissa Ellledge playing jazz compositions by conductor Marie Incontrera plus numbers by Zach O’Farrill, Livio Almeida, Felix Del Tredici at Drom, $15
THURSDAY OCTOBER 22
1 PM the Jeremy Kittel Band bridge the gap between bluegrass, Celtic music, newgrass and indie classical violin music at Trinity Church, free
8 PM Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation plays witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by the Moroccan folk-funk of Innove Gnawa at Barbes
8 PM Alarm Willl Sound plays new music by Texu Kim, Charlie Piper, Jeremy Podgursky, Kate Soper and John Orfe at Merkin Concert Hall, $25
10/22, 8:30 PM the jangly, bristling psychedelically-tinged Ape Man, at 9:15 PM the Stammer – who reach back toward a driving postpunk vibe whent they’re not aping New Order – and then rainswept 80s dreampop/postpunk band 2 Frail at Matchless
9 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra directed by the ageless Marshall Allen and his ewi horn at Brooklyn Bowl, $15
9:30 PM Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22
10 PM tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at the Fat Cat. If you don’t want the poolhall background noise, they’re at Smalls 10/30-31 at 10:30 PM for $20
FRIDAY OCTOBER 23
5 PM pianist Jose Garcia-Leon plays music by Earl Wild, Poulenc, Debussy, Albeniz, Gershwin and Carlos Surinach at the DiMenna Center, $5
5:30 PM minimalist piano-based gothic art-rock act Bright Brown, elegant and hauntingly intense Americana/chamberpop chanteuse Liz Tormes and the increasingly darker, more Americana-oriented, lyrically brilliant Linda Draper at the American Folk Art Museum, free
10/23-24, 8 PM the Chelsea Symphony play a world premiere by Aaron Dai plus Gerard Schwarz: A Journey; Artie Shaw: Concerto for Clarinet with Angela Shankar – clarinet and George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue at the DiMenna Center, $20
10/23-24, 8 PM the world premiere of Beth Morrison Projects‘ Persona – based on the Bergman film, a “complex depiction of human frailty, cruelty and identity” with music by Keeril Makan directed by Evan Ziporyn, at National Sawdust, $25. On 10/23 at 10 there’s also a performance of Makan works by the Aeolus Quartet, $25
8 PM Regional de NY with “Brazil’s oldest popular music with deep groove and a love for improvisation, feat. Hadar Noiberg – flute; Vitor Gonçalves – accordion; Kahil Nayton – cavquinho; Cesar Garabini – 7 string guitar and Ranjan Ramchandani – pandeiro. followed by brass band Chia’s Dance Party with Ben Stapp – tuba; Alex Terrier – soprano saxophone; Justin Wood – alto sax and flute; Rafi Malkiel – Bombardino and Martín Vejarano – drums & compositions.,” reinventing classic and rare tunes at Barbes
8:30 PM catchy psychedelic pop band Summer Fiction – who blend Big Star jangle and balmy Zombies tunefulness – at Union Hall, $10. Popular indie jangle guy Chris Mills plays after.
9 PM pianist Misha Piatigorsky and eleven-piece string ensemble the Sketchy Orchestra play their dark, quirky, Balkan-tinged, individualistically lush sounds at Zinc Bar, $20
9:30 PM two generations of dark Americana: X’s John Doe and brilliantly jangly Canadian gothic rockers the Sadies at Hill Country Brooklyn, $5
9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klampanis plays his edgy Middle Eastern-tinged originals and jazzed-up Mediterranean tunes from years past with a stellar quintet: Gilad Hekselman, guitar; John Hadfield, percussion; Keita Ogawa, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum
9:30 PM a rare duo show between two longtime, lyrical collaborators: bassist Todd Coolman with pianist Bill Mays at Mezzrow, $20
SATURDAY OCTOBER 24
5 PM up-and-coming pianist Lisa Yui plays music by Franck, Weber, Debussy and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the DiMenna Center, $5 .
6 PM a screening of the zombie classic Night of the Living Dead with live soundtrack by latin jazz percussion genius Bobby Sanabria and his band at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd. in the Bronx, free
7 PM pianist Jessica Xylina Osborne plays works by Chopin, Haydn, Liszt and Scriabin at Third Street Music School Settlement, free
7:30 PM the London Symphony Orchestra with Yefim Brontman at the piano play Bartók: Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin and Piano Concerto No. 3 plus Stravinsky: The Firebird at NJPAC in Newark, a short ten-minute walk from the Path train, $25 tix avail.
8 PM luminous, ethereal jazz composer/singer Sara Serpa & City Fragments – her cutting-edge vocal harmony/guitar-driven septet – at the Cell Theatre
8 PM the Karl Berger Improvising Orchestra – who are pretty much unsurpassed at creating dark, surrealistically swinging big band jazz by the seat of their collective pants – at the Firehouse Space, $10
8 PM, repeating 10/25, 3 PM the Park Ave. Chamber Symphony play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Schéhérazade with violinist Bela Horvath, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dances, and Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor with piano soloist Jeffrey Biegel at All Saints Church, 60 th St just weast of First Ave., free
8 PM west African kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso – a one-man orchestra of circular rhythmic riffage and intricate ornamentation – with his group at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs
8ish 90s-style alt-country act Butchers Blind play the album release show for their new one at Hifi Bar
9/10:30 PM Loren Stillman, alto sax; Nate Radley, guitar; Gary Versace, organ and piano make a tuneful trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum
10 PM the mysteriously impossible-to-find Carvels (hiding behind the Tastee Freeze? followed by garage rock guitar maven Palmyra Delran at Hank’s, note $8 cover
10 PM Random Test play oldschool roots reggae at Shrine
SUNDAY OCTOBER 25
4 PM guitar/violin/piano trio Importango play classic and nuevo tango at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
4 PM pianist Eleonor Bindman plays music by Rachmaninoff, Rimsky-Korsakov and Kreisler at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs
4:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra make a return appearance at Smalls with their lush new arrangements of old standards, $20
6 PM twin bass duels with Thomas Helton and William Parker at Downtown Music Gallery
7 PM the Brothers Nazaroff supergroup with Daniel “Danik” Kahn, Psoy “Pasha” Korolenko, Michael “Meyshke” Alpert and Jake “Yankl” Shulman-Ment play the album release show for their debut album, a tribute to obscure/legendary klezmer-punk precursor Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff and his wild cult favorite 1954 lp in the back room at the Ukrainian Village Restaurant, 2 nd ave. btw St. Marks/9 th Sts., $15
7 PM Brooklyn Rider violinist Johnny Gandelsman plays solo Bach partitas and sonatas at National Sawdust, $25
8 PM ex-Railroad Jerk lead guitarist and eclectically tuneful Americana/folk noir/garage rocker Alec Stephen at Silvana
8 PM “two classic Halloween retellings of Poe’s “The Raven” with puppetry and narration by Daniel Patrick Fay and music by Whitney George and “The Tell-Tale Heart”, a 1920’s avant-garde and experimental film with a modern rescoring by Whitney George plus Nick Omiccioli’s chilling “Funeral Symphony” for string quartet and projections, Christopher Cerrone’s “The Nightmare” for chamber ensemble and electronics, the premiere of Pat Muchmore’s aggressive and brutalist “2ⁿ-ion 3 or 2^n-ion 3”, and a theatrical staging of George Crumb’s mysterious and illusive “Madrigals, Book I” at the South Oxford Space, 138 S Oxford St in Ft. Greene, $15
8:30 PM two sets by hellraising alt-country pioneer Zane Campbell at the Jalopy, $10
MONDAY OCTOBER 26
8 PM Mad Jenny & the Society Band play their carnivalesque Weimar cabaret at Pangea, $20
9 PM intense dark garage/psychedelic bandleader Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec. 10/27, 10:30 PM she’s at the Mercury, same deal
NYC’s most haunting, torchily mysterious, lyrically brilliant noir/psychedelic/janglerock band Karla Rose & the Thorns at Berlin under 2A
TUESDAY OCTOBER 27
drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, solo performances by memnbers of Ensemble Signal; powerhouse violinist Olivia De Prato plays a Clemens Gädenstatter U.S. premiere, and Nicholas Tolle plays two cimbalom works by György Kurtág, plus compositions by Brad Lubman and Oliver Knussen at the Miller Theatre, free
8:30 PM guitarist Cameron Mizell – whose take on Bill Frisell-style pastoral jazz tends toward the atmospheric and cinematic – leading a trio with Brad Whiteley, piano; Kenneth Salters, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 minimum
8:30 PM ambient improvisation with Matthew Aidekman– flower vase and Hans Tammen-synthesizer at Freddy’s
9:30 PM J trumpeter Josh Evans leads 15-piece his big band at Smalls
9:30 PM Albrecht Maurer – violin; Mat Maneri – viola; Lucian Ban – piano explore dark improvisational terrain at I-Beam, $15
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28
7 PM doo-woop groups the Diplomats and the Super Girls Group sing a homage to the Chantels’ Arlene Smith at the Pregones Theatre, 571-575 Walton Ave. in the Bronx, $5 sugg don
7:30 PM rising star classical pianist Leann Osterkamp plays a program TBA at Greenwich House Music School, free
8 PM high-voltave, eclectic klezmer fiddler Alicia Svigals and the accordion-fueled, Bulgarian-flavored Lauren Brody Ensemble with Brian Glassman, Aaron Alexander at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min
8:30 PM luminous, individualistic soprano Kristin Norderval sings portions of Frances White’s newly released chamber opera ‘She Lost Her Voice That’s How We Knew’, for solo soprano with electronic sound, plusshakuhachi player Elizabeth Brown performs material that influenced the new cd; at Spectrum, free, reception to follow. .
9 PM Balkan night at Freddy’s with bands TBA
9ish Uzupusians (the Kenny Wollesen vibes trio) at Bar Lunatico
THURSDAY OCTOBER 29
1 PM indie classical/art-rock band Founders at Trinity Church, free. They’re at the Bitter End the same night at 7 for $10.
7:30 PM oud virtuoso Kenan Adnawi at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
8:15 PM coyly satirical Japanese kitchen-sink klezmer/circusrock/quirkpop sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan (meaning half-assed in Japanese) make their New York debut at the Japan Society at the Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, between First and Second Ave, $25
10/29-30, 9 PM state-of-the-art jamgrass with the Infamous Stringdusters at Brooklyn Bowl, $15 on Thurs, $20 on Fri
9ish dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio at Bar Lunatico
10 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at Barbes
FRIDAY OCTOBER 3O
10/30-31, starting at 5ish adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel (Ralph Farris, viola; Dorothy Lawson, cello; Kip Jones, violin; and Tema Watstein, violin) play the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm.
7:30 PM explosive brass-driven circus-rock monstrosity MarchFourth Marching Band at the Cutting Room, $15
7:30 PM adventurous indie classical/art-rock/cinematic ensemble the Portland Cello Project at Littlefield, $15
8 PM Drina Seay – torchy Americana/soul/jazz siren who is to NYC now what Neko Case was to Portland in 1999 followed eventually at 10 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Silvana
8 PM brilliant bassist/singer Felice Rosser’s perennially vital groove band Faith opens for Richard Lloyd at Bowery Electric
8 PM the most powerful, socially aware rapper on the planet, Immortal Technique followed by the most stoned, most reslient rappers on the planet, Cypress Hill playing their annual Halloween show at the Nokia Theatre, $33.50
8 PM perennially adventurous electroacoustic vocalist/composer/performance artist Pamela Z at the Firehouse Space, $10
8:30 PM 90s ska and more recent punk, in reverse order, at the Mercury: the kinda-creepy Mephiskapheles, the bouncier Hub City Stompers, hard-hitting garge punks the 45 Adapters and the completely miscast death-metal Hymen Holocaust, $20 adv tix rec
9 PM a reprise of what was arguably the year’s best twinbill: velvet-voiced guitarist Paula Carino’s transgressively fun first band, Regular Einstein and Elvis Costello-esque underground powerpop heroes Lazy Lions at Rock Shop, $10
9 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord
9:30 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Union Hall, $12.
10 PM La Internacional Sonora Balkanera play their lively Mexican take on fiery Romany and Balkan sounds at Barbes
SATURDAY, HALLOWEEN 2015
5 PM catchy original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at Pete’s. the Bogmen’s Vic Thrill l plays after at 6; after that, he’s gotta hustle over to Warsaw to open for the murderously noir Karla Rose & the Thorns at around 9.
6 PM ish brilliant, deviously funny trumpeter Pam Fleming‘s Dead Zombie Band play their annual Halloween show outdoors at the street fair on Waverly Avenue, between Willoughby and DeKalb Ave.in Ft. Greene
8 PM edgy female-fronted Romany/Middle-Eastern-tinged groove rockers Paprika plays their annual Halloween shindig at Branded Saloon
8 PM Arabic-tinged, keyboard-driven art-rock/stadium rock from Beirut with Mashrou’Leila at le Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix avail.
8 PM the Dover String Quartet with Paul Watkins, cello play Schumann’s String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1, Dutilleux’s Ansi la Nuit amd Schubert’s Cello Quintet in C Major, D. 956 at Irving Auditorium, 17th St. and Irving Place, $14
9 PM an Americana Halloween at the Jalopy starting at 9 with the gruff, carnivalesque, banjo-fueled Coyote & Crow, Tara Mills & Jimmy Stelling of the bluegrass Hackensaw Boys, harmony trio Ivy, Beck, and Niell and finally at midnight deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band
10 PM Sekouba and his fiery, politically aware, Peter Tosh-inspired African roots reggae band at Shrine
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1
3 PM a rare performance of Astor Piazzolla vocal music with pianist Pablo Zinger and a global cast of vocalists including Gizelzanath, Leonardo Granados (Venezuela) and Diana López (Honduras-USA) at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St (Elizabeth/Mott), $30
8 PM a rare NYC appearance by pianist/songwriter Tris McCall – one of the few guys who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Eivis Cotello -at Sidewalk. Nobody writes about dead-end suburban angst better than this guy.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 2
7:30 PM a memorial concert for the late great Bob Belden featuring the surviving members of his groups the Treasure Island Band, Animation/Imagination and Animation, at le Poisson Rouge, free
8:30 PM the Daedalus Quartet play an all-Czech program: Martinu: Fantasie for Theremin, Oboe, Piano and Strings; Ullmann: String Quartet No. 3; Elisa Cilkova: String Quartet No. 3, Kalabis: String Quartet No 5. Op. 63, “In Memory of Marc Chagall”; Jezek: Bugatti Step at the 92nd St. Y, $30
10:30 PM sultry, torchy, creepy noir soul bandleader/chanteuse Karina Denike at Cake Shop, $10
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3
7 PM a killer triplebill at Bowery Electric: purist, golden-roiced Americana songwriter Rebecca Turner, Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – playing the album release show for their new one and well-loved Americana duo the Kennedys playing the album releaes show for theirs, $9
7 PM badass stars of klezmer violin Jake Shulman-Ment, Deborah Strauss and Alicia Svigals: at the Eldrigdge St. Synagogue, on Eldridge just north of Division in Chinatown, $20/$14 stud/srs
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 4
8 PM powerhouse klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd leads his band at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min
adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel play works by women composers Julia Wolfe, Missy Mazzoli, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lainie Fefferman, Mary Ellen Childs, Anna Clyne, Pamela Z, Paola Prestini and ETHEL’s own Dorothy Lawson at National Sawdust
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 5
7 PM the Olympus Piano Trio play Rachmaninoff’s immortal, haunting Trio Elegiaque plus works by Ravel, Hatis and Mendelssohn at Merkin Concert Hall, free but rsvp required
7:30/9:30 PM sassy, torchy oldtimey swing/saloon blues pianist/chanteuse Davina & the Vagabonds at B.B. King’s, $15
FRIDAY NOVEMBER 6
7:30 PM the Brooklyn Art Song Society with Miori Sugiyama on piano perform “Songs of the Great War” by Vaughan Williams, Browne, Finzi and Gurney at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud.srs
8 PM firebrand, brilliantly lyrical noir blues rockers LJ Murphy and his ferocious band the Accomplices followed by Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their hard-charging, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir after at 9, at Sidewalk
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7
Operator – who put a quirky motorik spin on trebly bass-fueled 80s inspired postpunk and postrock – at Secret Project Robot
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 8
4 PM Cappella Pratensis perform medieval choral works by Josquin at at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.
4 PM intense neoromatic/nuevo tango/noir soundtrack pianist Fernando Otero leads a quartet at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 9
The Oh Hellos – who put an elegant chamber pop spin on folk noir – at Bowery Ballroom
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Curtis 20/21 Ensemble with soprano Alize Rozsnyai play Schoenberg’s immortally creepy Pierrot Lunaire at the Miller Theatre
8ish haunting, intense, wickedly tuneful Nashville gothic songwriter Jessie Kilguss and her band at Hifi Bar
11/11, 1 PM wildly popular early music choir Seraphic Fire sing Marc-Antoine Charpentier: Dixit Dominus; Jean-Joseph de Mondonville: Dominus Regnavit; George Frideric Handel: Dixit Dominus at Trinity Church
11/11, 6:15/830 PM the Modern Art Orchestra with special guest saxophonist Dave Liebman play a progarm including a new arrangement of Bartok’s Allegro Barbaro at Symphony Space, $16 adv tix rec
11/11, 7 PM well-liked all-female Americana/newgrass harmony trio Underhill Rose at the third stage at the Rockwoodk, $12 gen adm + $10 drin min
11/11, 7 PM Czech-born chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray play their kinetic yet swirling mashup of Middle Eastern, Balkan and Celtic sounds at Drom, $15 adv tix rec
11/11, 8 PM whirlwind clarinetist Dimitri Zisl Slepovitch leads an allstar cast playing a Yiddish folk dance party at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min
11/13, 8 PM the New York Classical Players perform Piazzolla’s Four Seasons in Buenos Aires plus Brazilian composer Ney Rosauro’s Marimba concerto, performed by Tomoya Aomori at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp, watch this space for info
11/13 edgy, kinetic Balkan brass unit West Philadelphia Orchestra and NYC’s most epic, intense, battle-ready original Balkan brass ensemble, Raya Brass Band playing the album release show for their new one at Littlefield
11/15, 4 PM pianist Sofya Mellikyan plays works by Armenian composers Aram Khachaturian, Komitas Vardapet, Eduard Sadoyan , Alexander Arutunian, Jirayr Shahrimanyan and Arno Babadjanian to commenorate the 100th anniverary of the genocide in Armenia at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no
11/15, 5 PM Andrii Didorenko and Yuliya Basis play violin and piano sonatas by Vivaldi, Schubert, Milhaud, and Didorenko at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.
11/6, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays new chamber works by New England composers: Keith Kirchoff, Beth Wiemann, Hiroya Miura and William Matthews at Mise-En Place in Bushwick (678 Hart St 1B), $20/$15 stud/srs includes a drink, L to Dekalb Ave
11/15, 8 PM a rare US apprearance by Hungarian pianist Gábor Csalog playing music by Liszt, Ligeti, Beethoven and Bartok at Symphony Space, free
11/17, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, folk noir/jangly rock songwriter Elisa Flynn leads an evening of “songs of antagonism and rivalry” with Lys Guillorn, Maharajah Sweets, Dan Cullinan, Wifey, Sarah Bisman, Neville Elder, John LaPolla, plus a eading by Kevin Kinsella at the Way Station
11/17 dark, charismatic, mischieviously witty literate keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez plays the album release show for her new one at Dixon Place
11/18, 8 PM Klezmerfest! w/saxophonist/”jazz rabbi” Greg Wall, Jordan Hirsch, Zev Zions, Brian Glassman, Aaron Alexander at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min
11/19, 8 PM Ensemble Mise-En plays exciting new works by Danish composers Per Nørgård, Hans Abrahamsen, Bent Sørensen, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen, and Simon Steen-Andersen, at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, $15
11/20, 7 PM Naoko Shimizu, viola with Anna Stoytcheva, piano play works by Schumann, Schubert and Franck at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free
11/20, 8 PM popular garage-psych/janglerock/powerpop band the Grip Weeds at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the highway), $15
11/20 the Midwestern Willie Nile: dramatic, Celtic-tinged anthemic four-on-the-floor rockers the Ike Reillly Assassination at the Mercury
11/22, 2 PM a historically-rich multimedia program with two international tsimbl (Balkan/Ukrainian Jewish hammered dulcimer) players, Pete Rushefsky and Walter Zev Feldman plus special guests performing rare Polish klezmer music from across the centuries at the the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $10/$7 stud/srs
11/22, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Verdi: Forza del Destino Overture; Mahler: Songs of the Wayfarer; Strauss: Death and Transfiguration at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow
11/22, 9 PM 60s/70s powerpop/proto-punk legends the Flamin’ Groovies’ first-ever Williamsburg show at Baby’s All Right, $20
11/24, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal play works for cello and percussion by David Lang, Caroline Shaw, Ken Thomson and Iannis Xenakis at the Miller Theatre, free
11/24, 6:30 PM performances by Colombian vocalist and cuatro player Johanna Castañeda and harpist Vidal Garzón; Gambian kora player and jail (praise singer) Alhaji Papa Susso; and members of stark, haunting Central Asian group Ensemble Shashmaqam.and a discussion of the current crisis in US immigration reform at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5 th Ave. just north of 34 th St., free but rsvp reqd
11/25, 8 PM Briitish klezmer songstress Polina Shepherd and band at Mehanata, $10 + 1 drink min
12/2, 7 PM a rare performance of works by noted Bulgarian composer Dobrinka Tabakova at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free
12/8 drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Tilt Brass play works by Anthony Coleman, Tilt co-founder Chris McIntyre, James Tenney, Liza Lim and Catherine Lamb at the Miller Theatre, free
12/9, 7 PM pianist Pablo Zinger backs a series of first-rate Latina singers: Brenda Feliciano, Gizelzanath, Virginia Herrera, and Maribel Salazar, to perform a program dedicated exclusively to the powerful and immensely varied vocal music of Mexico from olero to classical, passing through rancheras, huapangos, habaneras and danzones. Featured composers include “the father of Mexican music”, Manuel M. Ponce, and Tata Nacho (Ignacio Fernández Esperón) to the composer of “Granada”, Agustín Lara, to Armando Manzanero (creator of “Somos novios” – “It’s Impossible”).at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker (Elizabeth/Mott, $30
12/13, 4 PM early music group Juilliard415 with harspichorist Richard Egarr perform a holiday choral celebration at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail.
12/14, 10 PM a subversive holiday tradition: Xmas songs by Jewish songwriters. Subtext, anybody? Performers include host Steven Blier on piano with chanteuse Lauren Worsham, clarinetist Alan Kay, cantor Joshua Breitzer, many others at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St, $10; Reservations requred to 212-866-0600 if you want to eat but not for bar seating
12/20, 3 PM the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra play Handel’s Messiah at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail.
12/26, 8 PM stars of the klezmer and Yiddish world including Frank London, Sarah Gordon and Michael Winograd present an evening of music from singer/musicologist Adrienne Cooper’s cult classic 1999 album In Love and In Struggle: The Musical Legacy of the Jewish Labor Bund at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Pl. north of Batttery Park
1/31/16, 5 PM jazz chanteuse Suzanne Lorge and her combo at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.