New York City Live Music Calendar for January and February 2016
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This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from here, something for everyone
Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date. Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often posted here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.
On select Thursdays and Saturdays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries AND the connection between visual art, folk art and the classics via the pianist’s own imaginative fabric work from over the years. Next up: works by Schumann and Mozart, 1/10 at 4 and 1/14 at 7 PM. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.
Jan 7, 8, 12 at 7:30 PM plus Jan 9 at 6; Jan 10 at 2; Jan 11 at 4 PM the world premiere of Kaneza Schaal’s Go Forth, “ Schaal approaches the 3,000-year-old funerary text as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Presented in the labyrinthine basement of Westbeth’s Artists Community in Chelsea, an essential artery of New York City’s artistic community, remnants of past legends, such as Merce Cunningham’s studios and the flood of Hurricane Sandy, line the walls. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into the mythological landscape of the performance. Spurred by Schaal’s experience of ritualized grieving with her family in Rwanda,” at Westbeth Artists Community, 55 Bethune St in the west village, , $20 / $15 students & seniors, l./A./E/C to 14th St.
Mondays in January, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke
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 January, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 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. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.
Tuesdays in January, 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 January, 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.
Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.
Fridays 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 January,at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.
Fridays inJanuary,, 9ish dynamic, intense Bulgarian sax star Yuri Yunakov and the Grand Masters of Gypsy Music at Mehanata
Saturdays in January 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 at 6 at Barbes soulful, groove-oriented cellist/composer Marika Hughes leads a series of bands, spanning from jazz to downtempo and indie classical.
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 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 January, 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.
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 January, 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.
1/1, 8ish ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, free
1/1, 10 PM the most monstrously creepy noir twang instrumental band on the planet, Big Lazy – whose latest album was rated best of 2014 here – at Barbes
1/2, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 6 by cellist/composer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy, multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Balkan bagpipe project, Gaida Electrique with Matt on gaida and alto, Jessica Lurie – bari sax, Seido – drums, Ari Folman-Cohen – bass, Yoshie and Avi – guitars. and at 10 by upbeat Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos for $10 at Barbes
1/2, 9:30 PM darkly eclectic quirk-rock/soundtrack instrumentalist the Lonesome Organist followed by intense minor-key klzmer/groove/classical instrumentalists Barbez playing new material from their long-awaited forthcoming album White Phosphorus, a reflection on post-9/11 trauma in the Middle East, at Joe’s Pub, $15
1/3, 2 PM wry noir jazz icons the Jazz Passengers at Littlefield, $25. It’s your guess if Debbie Harry’s goinna be with them or not.
1/4, 7:30 PM sensational accordionist Ismail Butera‘s Velvet Jubillee with eclectically charismatic singer Deborah Karpel playing their “cajuny, bluesy, bar hoppin’ music” at at Cowgirl Seahorse, 259 Front St at South Street Seaport
1/4 pianists Jenny Lin and Uri Caine jam out on Scarlatti, Mozart and other composers at le Poisson Rouge
1/5, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Coyote Ugly Saloon. He’s also here on 1/26
1/6, 1 PM pianist Rossanno Sportiello in a rare duo show with bassist Nicki Parrott at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $10 sugg don
1/6, 7 PM and repeating 1/10, 12, 13, 15, 16, & 17 and also 1/9 at 3 PM composer Du Yun’s harrowing, icily kinetic indie classical opera Angel’s Bone, exploring themes of human trafficking, at the 3LD Arts & Technology Center, 80 Greenwich St., $25. Part of this year’s exciting theatrical Prototype Festival.
1/6, 8 PM honkytonk/highway rock chanteuse Aron Blue & the Bootleggers at Sidewalk
1/6, 10ish an extremely rare solo acoustic show by lyrically intense, southwestern gothic-tinged, darkly charismatic, subtly amusing noir singer Karla Rose of Karla Rose & the Thorns at 11th St Bar
1/7, 7 PM cellist cellist/composer Erik Friedlander‘s Black Phebe trio with accordionist Shoko Nagai and drummer Satoshi Takeishi followed at 8 by dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez and at 10 by original vintage-style Cuban psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes
1/7-10 and 1/12-17, 7 PM composer Heidi Rodewald’s theatrical antiwar parable The Good Swimmer, which recasts the story of Antigone onto a family of lifeguards in the early days of the Vietnam War at Here,145 6th Ave just south of Spring and west of 6 th Ave., enter on Dominick St. $25.Part of this year’s exciting theatrical Prototype Festival.
1/7-8, 1/12 at 7:30 PM; 1/9 at 6; 1/10 at 2 and 1/11 at 4 PM Kaneza Schaal’s performance piece Go Forth:”Drawing inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, GO FORTH is a performance and photo installation that considers how we create space in our lives for the presence of the absent. Burial is proposed not as erasure but as offering restitution and performing rites. Schaal approaches the 3,000-year-old funerary text as an ancient performance score: excavating the spells and incantations to create a series of burial vignettes, fragments of translation, memory and imagination. Presented in the labyrinthine basement of Westbeth, remnants of past legends, such as Merce Cunningham’s studios and the flood of Hurricane Sandy, line the walls. Photographic funerary murals usher the audience into the mythological landscape of the performance. Spurred by Schaal’s experience of ritualized grieving with her family in Rwanda and considering the harrowing intimacy between black people and death around the world, GO FORTH paves way for its audience to reflect on their individual and collective mourning processes,” at Westbeth Theatre, 55 Bethune St in the west village, $20 / $15 students & seniors
1/7, 8:30 PM Tracy Island – the catchy, smart, literate new wave/psychedelic rock project from Ian and Liza of the WonderWheels and the Larch – at Greenhouse Cafe, 7717 3rd Ave., Bay Ridge, R to 77th St.
1/8, 8 PM rip-roaring, oldtimey,-punk ghoul-swing band Megan Jean & the KFB at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec
1/8, 8 PM cutting-edge concert harpist Park Stickney at Barbes
1/8 and 1/15 at 8:30 PM, also 1/9 and 1/16 at 8:30 & 10:30 accordionist/chanteuse Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project, Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave range -at Here, 145 6th Ave just south of Spring and west of 6th Ave., enter on Dominick St. $25. Part of this year’s exciting theatrical Prototype Festival.
1/8, 9 PM darkly sardonic Southwestern gothic baritone crooner Sean Kershaw aka the Coney Island Cowboy and his New Jack Ramblers play an Elvis Bday tribute show at Red Hook Bait & Tackle
1/8-9, 10 PM hard-charging postrockers Russian Circles at St. Vitus, $20
1/9, 4 PM tight, original, fascinating new arrangements of Satie and his contemporaries for wind ensemble by the Erik Satie Quartet followed at 6 by eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy and at 10 by psychedelic Ethiopiques purists Nikhil Yerawadekar & Low Mentality at Barbes
1/9, 5 PM Miwa Gemini – the missing link between Francoise Hardy, Calexico and Shonen Knife – at the small room at the Rockwood
1/9, 7/10 PM, repeating 1/10, 7 PM Belgian art-rock/chamber pop band Dez Mona plays their theatrical song cycle Saga, inspired by Norse mythology, an exploration of lost souls searching for home – at National Sawdust, $25 Part of this year’s exciting theatrical Prototype Festival.
1/9, 8 PM an exhilarating, historically rich evening of haunting, otherworldly sounds from across the Sephardic world with ASEFA and the NY Andalus Ensemble playing a program titled “A Taste of Sepharad, an intimate, cabaret-style concert of music in Hebrew, Arabic, and Ladino, featuring songs from different Sephardi-Mizraḥi traditions. Tasty Sephardic desserts and drinks will be served “,at Brotherhood Synaogue, 28 Gramercy Park S, $10 adv tix avail at the synagogue office open daily.
1/9, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s
1/9, 9 PM a very auspicious, aptly dark and wintry new arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise arr. for bass and string quintet by Harold Birston with Dashon Burton, bass-baritone and the Diderot String Quartet with Doug Balliett, double bass, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 West 65th Street (at Central Park West), $25/$15 stud/srs
1/9, 9 PM Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk
1/10, 7:30 PM pianist Jenny Q Chai plays old and new visually-themed works by Chopin, Schumann and Kapuscinski at le Poisson Rouge
1/11, 6:30 PM pianist Yoonie Han’s Gloriosa Trio play newly commissioned works by Theodore Wiprud and Karen LeFrak at Zinc Bar, $25/$15 stud/srs/artists
1/11, 7:30 PM the Brentano Quartet play Bach – Selected Fugues from Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080; Britten – String Quartet No. 3; Dvořak – String Quartet in C Major, op. 61at at Music Mondays, Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., free.
1/11, 9:30 PM the brand-new Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone. play Colombian cumbias, salsa and originals at Barbes
1/12, 6 PM, repeating 1/13-14 at 7, 1/15 at 10, 1/16 at 9 and 1/17 at 5 the US premiere of Findlay//Sandsmark + Pettersen‘s multidisciplinary performance installation O’ death – which “impossibly and playfully attempts to prove that death does not exist and everything we have ever loved is not enough…a reflexive interaction between sound and movement, the performance comes alive amidst towering styrofoam sculptures and mechanical trees, giving sound a physical presence in movements, objects and lights, inspired by 1920s blues singer and brimstone pastor JM Gates’ songs such as “O’ Death, Where is Thy Sting?” at Ideal Glass Gallery, 22 E 2nd St, $20 / $15 Students & Seniors
1/12, 7 PM Pangari & the Socialites play classic ska, soul and rocksteady. followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.
1/12,.8 PM the Telegraph Quartet play Mozart: String Quartet K428 in E flat – 1st movementl Britten: Three Divertimenti; Webern: Fünf Sätze; Schubert: String Quartet No. 14 in D minor “Death and the Maiden”at St. Peter’s Church, 54 th/Lex, $20/$10 stud/srs
1/12, 8:15 PM a killer new large ensemble jazz twinbill: the Ken Thomson Sextet, led by the esteemed Bang on a Can bass clarinetist, followed by Mike McGinnis’ exquisitely lush, cinematic, pastoral Road Trip Big Band at Shapeshifter Lab
1/13, 7 PM Georgy Valtchev, violin and Lora Tchekoratova piano play piano trios by Smetana and Tschaikovsky at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free
1/13, 7/9:30 PM “wrapped in an absurd and hyperbolic narrative, the music film, Sever revisits the ancient Chinese folktale of Diao Chan with live accompaniment by the modern Chinese band Xi Ban. Mixing classical instrumentation with westernized form, Xi Ban create an intriguing interplay between kabuki theatre and American delta blues,” at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave. free but res req
1/13, 8 PM lush, pensive, eclectic noir cabaret/Romany rock/steampunk chamber pop band Kotorino at Barbes
1/13, 9 PM dark oldtimey songwriter Feral Foster, intense Balkan duo Eva Salina & Peter Stan, kinetic Veracruz folk group energetic, entertaining, female-fronted acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho and dynamic, nuanced flamenco chanteuse Julia Patinella with her band. at the Jalopy, free
1/13, time TBA explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at at Fifth Estate bar in Park Slope
1/14, 8 PM a killer multi-act Americana mini-festival at the Jalopy with stark Alaskan fiddler/poet Ken Waldman – a starkly distinctive and erudite player – opening the evening, backed by a rotating cast from the rest of the night’s acts. After Waldman, there’s honey-voiced singer/banjo player Evie Ladin with Keith Terry, then Anna & Elizabeth, who are a time machine back to Appalachia in the 1800s, with a delightfully imaginative, visual component to their act; powerful Appalachian banjoist, singer and luthier Riley Baugus; coyly edgy pre-rockabilly duo the Aching Hearts (Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells); the mighty banjo-fiddle team of Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton; the wild oldtimey/punkgrass Corn Potato String Band; and Mo Mojo playing zydeco at the top of the bill. Cover is $15, not bad considering how much music there is on the bill.
1/14, 8 PM Jared Rabin at the Bitter End. A tunesmith worth braving this hellhole for. Purist pop chops, some Americana, jangle and clang and big stadium choruses, stuff you hum on the train on the way home.
1/14, 10 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes
1/15, 7 PM avant garde Canadian cellist Cris Derksen followed eventually at 9:15 by amazing oldschool Cuban son/proto-salsa combo Septeto Nacional De Ignacio Piñeiro and then lush, soaring Romany/Middle Eastern/flamenco band Ventanas at half past midnight at Drom, free
1/15, 7:30 PM otherworldly Balkan/Middle Eastern singer Shelley Thomas’ Bulgarian Voices Trio at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St. east of Varick, $15
1/15, 9 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at the Knitting Factory
1/16, 7:30 PM the Barbes folks put on what’s probably going to be the funnest, most adrenalizing multi-band extravaganza of the year, heavy on the cumbia, OMFG, at Drom, $10; in order: Morrocan trance grooves with Samir Langus, psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso, the even more psychedelic cumbia/salsa jammers Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta; the magically haunting, soaring all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache , Tucson desert rocker Gabriel Sullivan’s coyly titled psychedelic cumbia project, Xixa, the darkly Middle Eastern flavored Nubian grooves of Alsarah & the Nubatones , rustic Haitian/Dominican cumbia/vallenato group Buyepongo and newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band. Buyepongo and then Xixa are also at Union Hall on 1/17 at 8 for $10
1/16, 7:30 PM intense, lyrical indie classical cellist Ashley Bathgate plays a new suite inspired by the Bach Cello Suites with movements written by Timo Andres, Andrew Norman, Jacob Cooper,Christopher Cerrone, Robert Honstein, and Ted Hearne at le Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec
1/16, 8 PM violinist Josh Modney leads a trio with members of Wet Ink Ensemble playing electroacoustic works by Kate Soper, Mario Diaz de Leon, Eric Wubbels, Scott Wollschleger, Sky Macklay and Zach Seely at Spectrum, $15
1/16, 10 PM high-energy old-time Americana band the Woes at Pete’s
1/16, midnight Golden Fest afterparty with bands tba at Freddy’s – Balkan madness, acts still hot from performanes around the corner, and without the steep cover charge!
1/16, 7;30 PM cellist Benjamin Larsen leads a string octet playing Shostakovich’s first quartet, Reena Esmail’s quartet, and the Mendelssohn Octet at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Pl just south of 7th Ave, Park Slope, take any train to Grand Army Plaza
1/16, 8:30 PM intense, lyrically brilliant, quirky female-fronted two-keyboard 80s-style art-rock/new wave revivalists Changing Modes at Fifth Estate bar in Park Slope, $10
1/16, 9 PM aphoristic oldtimey fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter Lord Youth followed by the deliroiusly fun punkgrass/swing sounds of the Corn Potato String Band at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby , $5, G to Myrtle-Wilioughby
1/16, 9;30 PM kitchen sink Brazilian/C&W/funk/New Orleans band Nation Beat followed by Yotoco, the “bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbias” at Barbes
1/16, 9:30 PM performance artist Penny Arcade‘s searing critique of gentrification and the destruction of the arts in NYC, Longing Lasts Longer at Joe’s Pub, $20
1/16, 10 PM savage, macabre,cinematic Middle Eastern surf/crime jazz band Beninghove’s Hangmen at the Fox & Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City heights
1/16, 10 PM exhilarating female-fronted heavy psychedelic Argentine-American rock band Desert Flower – with punk, blues, noiserock and 70s metal influences – at Fat Baby on Rivington St.
1/17, 2 PM hypnotically intense, allusively creepy, lyrical original folk noir duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene
1/17, 5 PM mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and baritone Christopher Burchett lend their talents to a concert reading of La Reina, an electro-acoustic opera commissioned by American Lyric Theater with text in Spanish and English by composer Jorge Sosa and librettist Laura Sosa Pedroza, which draws its narrative from the Mexico-U.S. drug trade at the French Alliance, 55 E 59th St., $25
1/17, 6 PM otherworldly a-cappella trio Black Sea Hotel – who reinvent haunting old Bulgarian and Balkan songs – at Pioneer Works in Red Hook
1/17, 7 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies play the album release show for their long-awaited new one at the Slipper Room, $12
1/17, 7:30 PM darkly lyrical, charismatic, mischieviously witty keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes
1/17, 8 PM acoustic Americana power trio Eva – Kath Buckell, Liz Simmons and Nicole Zuraitis – like a more piano-based, commercial-free version of the Dixie Chicks- at the small room at the Rockwood
1/18. 7 PM psychedelic, surfy, vallenato-influenced art-rock groovemeisters Los Crema Paraiso, the sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced Gregorio Uribe Big Band , singer Sofía Tosello & innovative percussionist Franco Pinna’s hypnotic new folk-trance duo Chuño, slashingly eclectic Pan-American guitarist Juancho Herrera and band and magically eclectic singer (and member of Sara Serpa’s dreamy Mycale project) Sofía Rei at Drom, $20 adv tix rec
1/18. 9:30 PM pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s Parker tribute, Bird Calls at Joe’s Pub, $20
1/18, 10:30 PM Jones Beach play their hard-hitting guitar/drums original surf music at Pine Box Rock Shop
1/19, 8 PM classic, slinky Egyptian themes with Broolyn Tahkt feat. haunting chanteuse Shelley Thomas with Brian Prunka – oud , Samer Ali – violin, Zafer Tawil – percussion, and Sprocket Royer – bass at Drom, $10 adv tix rec
1/19, 9 PM darkly sardonic Southwestern gothic baritone crooner Sean Kershaw at Coyote Ugly Saloon
1/21, 7:30 PM early music ensemble Cantata Profana play music of Monteverdi, Caccini, Rossi, Rochberg, Webern, and Dallapiccola at 235 South 1st St in Williamsburg, $20/$10 stud/srs. The program repeats at Symphony Space on 1/22 at 8
1/21, 7:30 PM the NY Classical Quartet plays Haydn— Quartet in G minor, Op. 20, no. 3, Quartet in C, Op. 33, no. 3 The Bird and Quartet in E flat, Op. 64, no. 6 at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29 th St., $25/$15 stud/sr
1/21, 10 PM Palehound – who put a hypnotic motorik spin on vintage Wire-era postpunk – at Bowery Ballroom
1/22, 8 PM the Spectrum Symphony of NY play Beethoven, Leonore Overture no. 1, Op. 138; Russell J. Courter, “Atmospheres” for trumpet and chamber orchestra (world premiere) with Christopher Scanlon, trumpet; Mozart, Clarinet Concerto, K.622 ; with Vadim Lando, clarinet; Beethoven, Symphony no. 1, Op. 21 at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 114th St/Broadway, free
1/22, 8 PM Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh plays his soundtrack to Syrian-Armenian artist Kevork Mourad’s haunting visuals on themes of exile and displacement at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs
1/22, 10 PM Colombian champeta band Tribu Baharu at Meridian 23
1/23, 9 PM funky, fun, shapeshiftingly unpredictable art-rockers Big Figment at the Gateway in Bushwick. $5
1/24, 8ish Old Time Musketry reedman Adam Schneit’s band feat. Sean Moran on guitar, Eivind Opsvik on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums and then lyrical, Americana-inspired jazz guitarist Mike Baggetta in a new trio setting with Matt Mitchell on piano and Billy Mintz on drums at Threes Brewing Company, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus
1/26, 8 PM low register magic! Rebekah Heller and Michael Nicolas explore the sonic possibilities of the cello and bassoon, both as solo instruments and as duo partners via music of Olga Neuwirth and Dai Fujikura. at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. on the LES, free
1/27, 6 PM the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra – arguably the most original, interesting and shapeshiftingly fun, cinematic large jazz ensemble in NYC, right up there with Darcy James Argue – at Shrine
1/27 8 PM harpist Bridget Kibbey and violinist David Bowlin team up to play duo works by Saint-Saens, Du Yun, Sebastian Currier, Kati Ogocs and others at the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. on the LES, free
1/27, 8:30 PM individualistic alto saxophonst Jessica Lurie’s awesome Balkan project, Sofie Salonika followed by the similarly haunting Sherita with violinist/singer Rima Fand and Raya Brass Band multi-reed monster Greg Squared at Freddy’s
1/27, 10:30 PM pianist Frank LoCresto’s Kolumbo tiki-jazz combo at Threes Brewing Company, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus
1/28-30 and 2/4-6, 7 PM the world premiere of the late Robert Ashley’s avant garde opera Quicksand at the Kitchen, $20. “Divided into three acts of 16 scenes each, combines separate and “moveable” sequences of choreography by Steve Paxton, electric orchestra composed by Tom Hamilton, and light environments by David Moodey to present a unified work without a linear narrative structure.. Using Ashley’s signature blend of speech and song, Quicksand tells the story of a composer who has been coerced by a U.S. Government Agency (“the Company”) to serve as a low-level spy. Traveling with his wife to an unnamed South Asian country run by a military dictatorship, he becomes involved with plans to overthrow the government through his close friendship with two tour guides. With the assistance of four American mercenaries sent by “the Company,” the composer participates in the capture and imprisonment of the country’s leaders, and the destruction of the torture operation by which the dictatorship has maintained its power.”
1/28, 7:30 PM an auspicious collaboration between two fiery, gamelanesque percussionists: Electric Junkyard Gamelan’s Terry Dame and Sexmob‘s Kenny Wollesen at Barbes
1/28, 8 PM jauntily eclectic newschool/olddtime accordionist Lonesome Leash,jangly lo-fi Americana bedroom prop project Holy Holy Vine and the more low-key newschool pastoral Molasses Gospel at a house concert at169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, $5
1/29, 8:30 PM, repeating on 1/30 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, and Fernande Breilh-Decruck’s Sonata in C# Minor (NYC premiere) at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don
1/28, 8:30 PM devious oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. at Otto’s
1/29, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes
1/29, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble “dream team” Claire Chase (flute), Ryan Muncy (saxophone), Ross Karre (percussion), and Levy Lorenzo (electronics) bring Mauricio Pauly’s The Threshing Floor to the Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St. on the LES, free
1/29, 9 PM irrepressibly edgy multi-reedwoman Bonnie Kane with a sympatico improvising ensemble including Dafna Natpthali, Sandra Sprecher on piano, Andrew Drury on drums at the Firehouse Space, $10
1/29, 11:30 PM intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco play an epic set of auspiciously new material at Joe’s Pub
1/30, 7:30 PM irrepressibly hilarious, poignant Americana songwriting icon Amy Allison with the estimable Jon Graboff on guitar and Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place, free
1/30, 7:30 PM composer-performers including Gustavo Casenave, Steve Mackey, Jeff Scott, Jin Hi Kim, Alexis Cuadrado, Peter Van Zandt Lane, and Polina Nazaykinskaya present and discuss recent works. Tania León, founder and artistic director of Composers Now, hosts at the Tenri Cultural Institute (W 13th St between 5th & 6th Ave), $25
1/30, 10 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs – who’re going in more of an Afrobeat direction lately at Barbes
1/31, 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.
1/31, 7 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes
1/31, 8 PM Jamaican roots reggae harmony trio the Mighty Diamonds – best known for the original Pass the Kutchie – at SOB’s, $15 adv tix rec
2/5, 8 PM artsy Nordic chanteuse Ane Brun at Housing Works bookstore just south of Houston on Crosby in Soho, $20 gen adm
2/7, 7 PM dazzlingly eclectic harpist Bridget Kibbey and the Amphion String Quartet play Bach’s Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, Haydn’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 77, No. 1, Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane for Harp and Strings and Andre Capelet’s Conte Fantastique for Harp and Strings at Bric Arts, free
2/9, 9ish eclectic New Orleans/Balkan/circus conglomerate Hungry March Band play a Mardi Gras bash at the Bell House, $15
2/10, 8 PM pianist Kris Wettstein aka A Microscope improvises clouds of sound and minimalist interludes on mystical themes at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway (23rd St/Crescent), Astoria, N/Q to Broadway, sugg don, all proceeds to benefit neighborhood community gardens
2/13, 9 PM a mighty oldschool soul/New Orleans twinbill with Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities and the titanic Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution + special guests at the Bell House, $10 adv tix rec
2/16, 11ish well-loved hard-drinking punkgrass/oldtimey/folk noir band Freakwater at the Bell House, $15 adv tix req
2/17, noon, Yun-Chin Zhou, piano plays Rachmaninoff preludes plus works by Profokofiev, Bach and Chopin at the Morgan Library, $20
2/17, 7 PM rustic 1800s style Appalachian folksinger/picker Lukas Papenfusscline at Arlene’s, $8. 2/18 he’s at Hank’s at 8 and then on 2/21 at Hell Phone (back room at the Ange Noir Cafe, 247 Varet St in Bushwick at 8
2/19, 7 PM cellist Inbal Segev plays the world premiere of Gitty Razaz’s Sigh, an Azeri folk-inspired electroacoustic contemplation of alienation and angst at National Sawdust.The program will also include Razaz’ Valley of Not-Knowing performed by Debbie Lifton, soprano; Jesse Blumberg, baritone; Lidiya Yankovskaya, conductor; Michael Smith, piano; Paul Wiancko, cello; and Pascal Archer, clarinet.
2/19, 9 PM eclectically tuneful third-stream pianist J.J. Beck at Caffe Vivaldi.
2/21, 5 PM Louise Schulman, viola, and Bill Zito, guitar play music of Mauro Guiliani, Beethoven, Ravel and others at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at 183rd St., $12 sugg don, reception to follow.
2/21, 9 PM percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s haunting, oldtime African-American spiritual jazz project Transcendence plays the album release show for their new one Work Songs with Chris Sholar and pyrotechnic alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw at Brooklyn Bowl, $10
2/23, 8 PM rising star pianist Fei-Fei Dong plays Baldassare Galuppi’s Sonata in C Minor, Schumann’s Papillons, Op. 2, Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles, Op. 29, and Liszt’s B Minor Sonata.at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25
2/26, 8 PM eclectic jazz singer/bandleader Annie Chen with her septet playing her compositions with influences from Chinese traditional, gospel, classical, Middle Eastern and other styles at Flushing Town Hall, $16
2/28, 7 PM North Carolina newgfrass vets Hank Smith & Pattie Kinlaw at the small room at the Rockwood
3/1-6 Dave Douglas’ lyrical piano guy Matt Mitchell plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with special guests including Mary Halvorson, Travis Laplante, Ches Smith, Dan Weiss, Ben Gerstein, Kate Gentile, Kim Cass and others, sets 8/10 PM, $15