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New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for November and December 2016

by delarue

Daily updates – you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. 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 published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Thursdays and Sundays, 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. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in November, 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).

Mondays at the Vanguard the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra – composer Jim McNeely’s reliably good big band vehicle – plays 9/11 PM, $30 per set plus drink minimum.

Mondays at 9 PM erudite, purist torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at the Back Room, 102 Norfolk St just north of Delancey St, free

Mondays at 10 noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood

Also Mondays in November, 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 November, 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 November, 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 in November, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

Wednesdays at 8-ish, amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – at Cheryl’s Restaurant, 236 Underhill Ave. (Eastern Pkwy/Lincoln Pl.) in Ft. Greene. Closest train is actually the 2/3 to Brooklyn Museum.

Wednesdays at 8 the Brookliyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

Wednesdays at 9 PM Feral Foster’s Roots & Ruckus takes over the Jalopy, a reliably excellent weekly mix of oldtimey acts: blues, bluegrass, country and swing.

Wednesdays in November at 10ish darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151, 151 Ave. C

Fridays and Saturdays at 5 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel plus frequent special guests playing a mix of classical and more contemporary material at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

Fridays in November at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

Fridays at around 9:30 PM Bulgarian Romany sax legend Yuri Yunakov with his wild but haunting band at Mehanata

Saturdays in November 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 December at 6 PM haunting Turkish and Balkan songs of hearbreak, longing and despair played by darkly slinky ensemble Dolunay 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 December at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 2 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – 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 November, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

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 at 8:30 in November Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, $10

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

11/1, 7 PM the brand-new, all-star, presumably plaintive and haunting Turkish group Gezgin with Dolunay’s Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shannahan and Philip Mayer, percussion followed by explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/1, 7 PM elegantly tuneful bassist Iris Ornig leads her quintet at 55 Bar

11/1, 7 PM the Pedrito Martinez Group play their hard-charging, psychedelic latin jazz for a benefit for the National Jazz Museum in Harlem at the Alhambra Ballroom, 2116 Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (125/126), $25

11/1, 7:30 PM the NY Phil plays Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Frank Huang plus Dvorak’s Dance Suite and Symphony No. 7 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

11/1, 7:30 PM at NJPAC in Newark, a Ralph Ellison-inspired superstar jazz bill with Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell,Talib Kweli, Angélique Kidjo, Patti Austin, and Joe Morton with Andy Farber & His Orchestra, $25 seats avail

11/1, 7:30 PM legendary Indian percussionist V. Selvaganesh on hybrid drums and khanjira leads an explosively hypnotic multi-drum troupe at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

11/1-6, 8/10 PM downtown jazz drum icon Susie Ibarra (of Electric Kulintang) leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, both sets with Mephista: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (laptop electronics) and Ibarra (drumset, percussion)

11/1, 8 PM catchy, motorik synthy newschool new wavers Decorum at the Silent Barn, $8

11/1, 8:15 PM drummr Dan Pugach’s mighty eighteen-piece Big Band with the soaring Nicole Zuraitis on vocals at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/1-6, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes leads a quartet with Steve Nelson on vibes at the Vanguardm $30

11/1, 9 PM psychedelic, artsy doom metal band Electric Citizen at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $15

11/1, 930 PM twin fiddle music with eclectic Americana/klezmer songwriter Lily Henley and Duncan Wickel at Pete’s

11/2, 1 PM the Howard Williams Jazz Orchestra at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

11/2, 7 PM Parisian chanteuse Gay Marshall does her fascinatingly individualistic, lyrically revealing, devilishly hilarious and sometimes crushingly intense reinventions of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics and rarities with an excellent pianist at Pangea, $20.She’s also here on 11/9

11/2, 7:30 PM, 10 PM Indian classical quartet Nrityagram Music Ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail. 11/3, 10 PM they’re at the Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center

11/2, 7:30 PM low-key, tuneful jazz guitarist Lage Lund leads his quartet followed at 10:30 by fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger leading hers at Smalls. Lund is also here on 11/3

11/2,  8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes at Barbes, $10

11/2, 9 PM Jake Sanders, Dennis Lichtman and Jared Engel, the Ukrainian Village Voices with special guests from Ukraine, Sosin Karer, Esteban Gaspar Silva, and darkly lyrical songwriter/impresario Feral Foster at the Jalopy, free. Then they all move next door to the Jalopy Tavern for a second set at 11:30!

11/2, 10 PM lushly adventurous, pensively swirling female-fronted art-rock band Flock of Dimes at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

11/2, 10 PM wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at Bowery Electric 11/11, 8 PM she’s at Maxwell’s for two bucks extra

11/3, 7 PM A-list avant crooner Theo Bleckmann and noir-tinged pianist Shai Maestro perform “All Souls in the Dark”at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/3, 7 PM pianist Christina McMaster plays a program featuring Book 1 of Debussy’s Préludes alongside music by Stravinsky, Satie, Scarlatti, Bartók, and Ligeti. at Symphony Space, $15

11/3, 7:30 PM wild newschool Ethiopiques-inspired dancefloor groovemeisters Debo Band at Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/3-6 Carla Bley conducts the Charlie Hayden Liberation Muaic Orchestra, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

11/3, 7:30 PM, repeating 11/4-5 at 8 Anoushka Shankar plays Ravi Shankar’s Concerto No. 2 followed by tthe NY Phil playing Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

11/3, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes.

11/3, 8 PM first-class bluegrass band Chatham County Line at the Jalopy, $15

11/3, 8/9:30 PM vibraphonist/pianist Anthony Smith leads his quintet with Syberen Van Munster, guitar; Marcos Varela, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums; Laura Angyal, guest vocals at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/3, 8 PM a rare solo electroacoustic performance by 80s noise legend Rhys Chatham at Issue Project Room, $20

11/3, 9 PM edgy lyrical intense Nina Simone-influenced soul siren Alice Lee at Pete’s

11/3, 9ish edgy, eclectic, tuneful, smartly lyrical punk-jazz-inspired rock songwriter Mimi Oz at Bar Chord

11/3, 9:45 PM savagely lyrical, wryly erudite art-rock/new wavers Changing Modes – sort of akin to a female-fronted Elvis Costello & the Attractions – at Matchless, $10

11/3, 10 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Sunny’s 

11/3, 11 PM Grace Slick soundalike and fiery guitarslinger Mallory Feuer of the Grasping Straws  solo at Otto’s

11/4, 5:30 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at the American Folk Art Museum

11/4, 6 PM the Diana Wayburn Trio featuring the astonishingly eclectic composer on cello along with Edith Lettner on sax and Spencer Hale on banjo premiering new works at the Parkside

11/4, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge Spectrum Symphony of NY play concertos for organ and orchestra by Poulenc and Hungarian composer Balint Karosi (world premiere) with organ soloist János Pálúr at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sugg don $25/$15 stud/srs

11/4, 7:30 PM the brilliantly edgy, catchy, Elvis Costello-esque Dada Paradox (a Larch spinoff) at Freddy’s

11/4, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

11/4, 7:30 PM latin jazz drummer extraordinaire Bobby Sanabria directs the MSM Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra at Niedorf Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

11/4, 7:30 PM music by Robert Ceely, John Becker, Dane Rudhyar, Beth Wiemann and Eleanor Cory performed by rtists including pianists Keith Kirchoff, Wen Shen, Christopher Oldfather, and Daniel Colalillo. at Symphony Space, $8 adv tix rec

11/4, 7:45 PM smart, catchy, purist, sometimes devastatingly funny acoustic pop songwriter Elisa Peimer  at Branded Saloon

11/4, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band followed by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

11/4, 8 PM a cool bluegrass/newgrass triplebill, in reverse order: well-liked oldtimey Americana string band the Hackensaw Boys , Morgan O’Kane, Moonshine Creek Bluegrass Band at American Beauty, $15

1/4-5, 8 PM the world premiere of Goddess frontwoman Fran Pado’s supremely creepy, surrealist musical Halloween drama Grinny – Stephen King as Tris McCall might have wrritten it – at Simple Syrup, 819 Nostrand Ave., Crown Heights, 2 to President St., free

11/4, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

11/4, 8:30 PM purposeful string jazz improvisation: Tomeka Reid, cello ;Lisa Mezzacappa, bass; Tomas Fujiwara, drums at I-Beam, $15

11/4, 9ish hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Hell Phone. 11/20 she’s at the Footlight Club, 465 Seneca ave in Bushwick on an awesome all-female triplebill with  Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls  and darkly lyrical, harmony-fueled, chamber pop/soul band Sweet Soubrette , playing the album release show for their new one

11/4, 9 PM a good latin rock triplebill, in reverse order: NYC’s Hurray For the Riff Raff, Making Movies, Mexican folk-punks Las Cafeteras at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

11/4, 9 PM Americana rock guitar legend and former Lakeside Lounge honcho  Eric Ambel – of the Del-Lords and formerly with Steve Earle – at Hill Country Brooklyn

11/4, 9ish, exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

11/4, 10 PM gleefully grisly punk lyricism, purist powerpop songwriting: Berwanger followed by Sonic Avenues – who blend post Arthur Lee psychedelia, goth and postpunk – at Cake Shop, $10

11/4, 10 PM wickedly tuneful, Zombie-esque psychedelic pop songbandleader Sam Kogon plays the album release show for his excellent new record Psychic Tears at Baby’s All Right, $10

11/4, 10 PM cinematic guitarist Pat Irwin (ex-Raybeats, B52s) leads his power trio w/ Sasha Dobson on drums and Daria Grace on bass at Sunny’s

11/4, 10 PM edgy, politically-fueled, tuneful powerpop/folk-pop songwriter Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

11/4, 10 PM edgy bassist/songwriter Georgia Weber’s Sleeved Hearts punk jazz project at Petes

11/4, 10 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

11/5, 5 PM ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at at the Brooklyn Museum, free

11/5, 7:30 PM a rare chance to hear some charanga legends on their home turf: Orquesta Broadway, under the direction of Eddy Zervigon, Charanga ‘76 with Andrea Brachfeld, and Típica Novel, led by Mauricio Smith, Jr., and special guest artists including legendary Cuban violinist Félix ‘Pupi’ Legaretta, and flutists Karen Joseph and Connie Grossman at Hostos Center, 450 Grand Concourse at 149th St ,$25

11/5, 7:30 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Haydn, Beethoven and Mendelssohn at Irving Auditorium, 17th St/Irving Place, $14

11/5, 7:30 PM, repeating on 11/6 at 3 the NJ Symphony Orchestra play the adagio from Haydn’s Piano Trio No. 40, his Symphony No. 102 and Richard Strauss’ Suite from Der Rosenkavalier at NJPAC in Newark, $20 adv tix avail

11/5, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hill Country Brooklyn. 11/26 he’s at the Manhattan branch at 9.

11/5, 8 PM wild modern brass band jazz improvisation with the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble playing the album release party for their new one “I Want That Sound!”  followed at 10 by stormy Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos  at Barbes

11/5, 8 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at the Way Station

11/5, 8 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Owl

11/5, 8:15 PM longtime janglerock/psychedelic/powerpop faves Speed the Plough at Matchless, $10

11/5, 8:30 PM a very rare deep-Brooklyn appearance by nor jazz legends the Jazz Passengers at Bar Lunatico

11/5, 8:30 PM the CMS Improvisers Octet led by Karl Berger jam on themes from Don Cherry’s 50-Year-Old Landmark Recordings Symphony for Improvisers,Where is Brooklyn and Complete Communion at Greenwich House Music School, $20

11/5, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock shindig at Otto’s opens with the Aquatudes, then Connecticut legends 9th Wave – who outdo Dick Dale at wild tremolo-picking sometimes – then kick-ass original third-wavers Tsunami of Sound  and then amazing, ferocious Boston horror surf band Beware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion headlining

11/5, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

11/5, 9:30 PM hypnotically funky psychedelic hammered dulcimer instrumentalists House of Waters at Club Bonafide, $15

11/5, 9:30 PM irrepressible chamber/vocal ensemble Cantata Profana deliver a playful program of works tba at Joe’s Pub

11/5, 10:30 PM catchy, pensive newschool new wave with Royal Canoe at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

11/5, 11 PM ferociously funny, intense, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene play fiery belter frontwoman Charlene McPherson’s bday show at the Parkside

11/6, half past noon simmeringly intense, wickedly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom plays classic instrumental piano blues at Branded Saloon

11/6, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (selections from Suites 1 & 2) and the Lieutenant Kijé Suite plus the legendary, harrowing Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 with soloist Imri Talgam at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

11/6, 3:30 PM Beatlesque powerpop/garage rock band Zombies of the Stratosphere followed at 4:15 by excellent, lush space-funk/psychedelic rockers Wizard Farm at Matchless, $10

11/6, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Ave (53/54), free

11/6, 4 PM Christopher Houlihan plays the organ at the reputedly haunted Fordham University Church, 441 E Fordham Rd, in the Bronx, B to Fordham, free

11/6, 5 PM microtonal Indian raga vocal powerhouse T.M. Krishna and ensemble at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College, 524 W 59th St, $28 tix avail.

11/6, 6 PM low-register wildness: bassists Lisa Mezzacappa and Ken Filiano duel it out at Downtown Music Gallery

11/6, 7 PM darkly edgy Middle Eastern-inflected parlor po band Charming Hostess – Jewlia Eisenberg, Marika Hughes and others – with a string section followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/6, 7 PM ageless, perennially fun rockabilly/oldschool soul/C&W band Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys at Union Pool, $12, get there on time!

11/6, 7:30 PM NYC’s great unsung, darkly tuneful hero of jazz guitar, Saul Rubin and his Zebtet play the album release for his excellent new one at Smalls

11/6. 8 PM  whirlwind electric punkgrass/honkytonk crew Demolition String Band followed by high-voltage honkytonk guitar monster Wayne Hancock at American Beauty, $15

11/6, 8 PM pianist Jenny Q Chai plays a global warming-themed program with music of Debussy, Liszt, Llgeti, Milica Paranosic, Victoria Jordanova and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec 

11/6. 10:30 PM Flamin Groovies soundalikes the Penultimate at Matchless, $10

11/6, 10 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing all the time would be one of NYC’s best bands – at Berlin, $10

11/6, 11 PM the Baked Potatoes play trippy, dubwise newschool roots reggae at Shrine 

11/7, 7 PM Quintet of the Americas woodwind ensemble perform a concert celebrating the life and music of Colombian composer Jorge Olaya Muño at Salvation Army Temple, 86-07 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, free

11/7, 8 PM in reverse order: indie violin powerouse Todd Reynolds, dowtown noise guitar pioneer, David First, Hans Tammen, the incomparable sax/percussion polymath composer Terry Dame at Trans-Pecos, $8

11/7, 8 PM enigmatic jazz/avant/art-rock chanteuse Hilary Lankford at LIC Bar

11/8, 7 PM  the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at the big room at the Rockwood

11/8, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group followed at 10 by acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leading his quartet at at 55 Bar

11/8-9 the purist golden age-style Ted Nash Big Band, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $30

11/8, 8 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 11/22

11/8, 8 PM Joan Jett/Ramones-inspired power trio Mancie at LIC Bar

11/8-13, 8/10 PM tunefully ubiquitous downtown jazz reedman Marty Ehrlich  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: the 11/9, 10 PM show: Marty Ehrlich (sax, clarinet, flute) Mark Feldman (violin) Matt Maneri (viola) Erik Friedlander (cello)

11/8, 8:30 PM shambling garage and Americana-flavored triplebill: the Othermen, Gallows Bound and the Goddamn Gallows at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec. The only band missing from this lineup is Beninghove’s Hangmen

11/8, 9 PM pianist James Carney leads his quintet with Ravi Coltrane, saxophone Dezron Douglas, bass , Mark Ferber, drums followed at 10:30 PM by lyrical soprano saxophonist Jasmine Lovell-Smith‘s Towering Poppies with Josh Sinton – bass clarinet’; Cat Toren – piano; Adam Hopkins – bass; Kate Gentile – drums playing the album release show for their new one at Korzo, $10 plus $10 min

11/8, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

11/8, 10 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who rampage between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk followed by punk trio the Unknown Nobodies at Shrine. Both bands are also at the Parkside on 11/18 at 10

11/9, 7 PM Bang on a Can regular and bass clarinetist Ken Thomson plays the album release show for his new one with Ashley Bathgate on cello and Karl Larson on piano at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec; at 9:30 PM Polly Ferman’s Tango-Fado Project plays afterward, $15 separate adv tix admission

11/9, 7:30 dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio, the 8:30 Vincent Sperrazza Group (TBA lineup along with the brilliant drummer) and at 9:30 Mostly Other People Do the Killing spinoff Moppa Elliott’s aptly named Advancing on a Wild Pitch (Charles Evans – baritone sax, Sam Kulik – trombone, Danny Fox – piano, Moppa Elliott – bass, Christian Coleman – drums) at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

11/9, 8 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jam out classic Middle Eastesrn themes at Barbes

11/9, 8 PM tunefully psychedelic composer/avant-harpist Zeena Parkins performs a new acoustic solo set, followed by an electric performance with her band, Green Dome at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/9, 8 PM Milwaukee Americana dude Trapper Schoepp followed eventually by fiery, danceable British folk-punks Skinny Lister at the downstairs studio space at Webster Hall, $18

11/9, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint.

11/10, 6ish International Contemporary Ensemble’s newest member, Josh Modney, assembles a typically adventurous program of works by Aperghis, Deils, Johnson, Greenwald (world premiere), DuFay, and Spahlinger at Abrons Arts Center, free. The program repeats with Katherine Young’s new piece for tuba and Wurlitzer, yummy!

11/10, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

11/10, 7:30 PM Ensemble Pi s annual, perennially relevant “peace concert” features works written in solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Sidney Boquiren’s Stop and Frisk (premiere of the orchestrated version for tenor, baritone and chamber ensemble), with text by Daniel Neer; the spirituals I Want to Go Home (arranged by Jessie Montgomery, 2016) and There Is a Balm (arranged by Trevor Weston, 2016) for baritone and chamber ensemble; Alvin Singleton’s Jasper Drag (2000) for clarinet, piano, and violin; Valerie Coleman’s Wish (2015) for flute and piano; Trevor Weston’s Shape Shifter (The Angry Bluesman) (2011) for cello; and Courtney Bryan’s Etude II: Secondline for Black Love; at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

11/10, 7:30 PM the MSM Philharmonia Orchestra play Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Niedorf Mall at Manhattan School of Music, free

11/10, 7:30 PM classic cinematics and new Middle Eastern classical: the Israeli Chamber Project  play works by Bernard Herrmann, Karl Goldmark and Shulamit Ran at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/10, 7:30 PM intense, magically nuanced Mexican jazz chanteuse Magos Herrera at Joe’s Pub, $20

11/10, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his quartet at Smalls

11/10, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by  followed by guitarist Sean Cronin‘s new ensemble Very Good at Barbes

11/10, 8 PM playful piano improvisations by Vicki Ray (of Piano Spheres) at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

11/10, 8 PM percussive electroacoustic soundscapes by composer and performer Aki Onda and Yokohama-based sound practitioner Nao Nishihara at Issue Project Room, $15

11/10, 8:15 PM Jeff Cosgrove/drums, Matthew Shipp/piano, Mat Maneri/viola at Shapeshifter Lab, sparks will fly, $10

11/10, 8:30 PM sizzlingly eclectic guitarist Avi Fox-Rosen & the Electric Klezmer Trio Concert w/Zoe Guigueno & David Licht, plus Tantshoyz with elegantly pyrotechnic clarinetist Michael Winograd and Steve Weintraub at the Jalopy, $15

11/10, 9 PM fiery Canadian gothic Americana rockers Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons open for legendary 80s paisley underground/Americana band the Long Ryders making their first NYC appearance in almost 30 years at Bowery Ballroom, this will sell out, $20 adv tix rec

11/10, 9 PM smartly populist oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free

11/10, 9 PM explosive Neil Y/Crazy Horse-ish sounds and slinky desert rock with guitarist Marco with Love  at the big room at the Rockwood

11/10, 10 PM an extremely rare NYC performance as a bandleader by keyboardist Benmont Tench – the edgiest songwriter in Tom Petty’s band – at Iridium, $25. Be aware that there’s an early set and that’s sold out.

11/11 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

11/11, 6ish enigmatic, individualistic, torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes plays her own songs at the American Folk Art Museum. Sle’s also at LIC Bar on 11/30 at 7 although she may play covers there

11/11, 7 PM popular indie classical group Talea Ensemble  play works by from their new album Centripedalocity) and features the piano suite Roundabouts, saxophonist Ryan Muncy and harpist Nuiko Wadden diving into the improvisatory and microtonal world of Refrain from Riffing, and violinist Yuki Numata Resnick performing the mercurial Character Studie at National Sawdust, first thirty ticket buyers free, after that $30 adv tix avail

11/11, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Orchestra with alto saxophonist Dave Liebman play Miles Davis’ Miles Ahead at Niedorf Mall at Manhattan School of Music, free

11/11, 7:30 PM the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players performs new works by Kirsten Broberg, Nathan Heidelberger, Aaron Helgeson and Matthew Barnson at Roulette, free

11/11, 8 PM intense Bartok and Can-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan’s Memorable Sticks piano jazz project play a very rare small club gig at Barbes

11/11, 8 PM lush, cinematic LA art-rock instrumentalists Signal Hill followed by bass legend Tony Maimone’s haunting, cinematic postrock project No Grave Like the Sea,, lushly drony postrock soundscapers the Sound of Rescue and the darkly hypnotic, ambient guitarscapes of Katmal at Matchless, $10

11/11, 8 PM adventurous, eclectic Korean folk-rock band Coreyah blend traditional, latin and Balkan sounds with Korean classical and folk themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

11/11, 9 PM the amazing Mitra Sumara – who play haunting psychedelic funk covers of classic 1960s and 1970s Iranian rock hits – at Nublu

11/11, 9ish stoner sludgecore warriors Bongzilla at Gold Sounds, $20

11/11, 10 PM fiery female-fronted doom metal/boogie power trio the Violet Hour at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

11/11, 10:30 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chantuese Nico Turner at Pine Box Rock Shop

11/12. 3 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 11/18 at 9

11/12, 7 PM tango jazz pianist Gustavo Casenave leads a killer quintet at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/12, 7/9:30 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his group at Minton’s, free, two-item minimum per person at tables

11/12, 7 PM playfully but also hauntingly eclectic pan-latin songstress Sofia Rei sings at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

11/12, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re back here on 11/26

11/12, 7:15 PM eclectic latin rock songwriter and spellbinding, atmospheric singer Ani Cordero plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

11/12, 7:30/9 PM Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse (and Gil Scott-Heron reinterpreter) Charenee Wade and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

11/12, 7:30 PM lush, majestic string ensemble the  East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Turina, Adams, Lutoslawski and Dvorak at Irving Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

11/12, 8 PM dark intense cult favorite lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable, blues and Stax/Volt-infused noir band the Accomplices followed by Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

11/12, 8 PM Tredici Baci play the record release show for their debut of original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks at the Market Hotel, $13

11/12, 8 PM fiery, slinky, female-fronted horn-driven latin soul crew Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec

11/12, 8 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed eventually at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

11/12, 8 PM spine-tingling, eclectically dramatic sprano Mellissa Hughes joins TCNJ Wind Ensemble for a concert “celebrating the interplay of language and music” by Andriessen and Golijov at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/12, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata,$10

11/12, 9:30 PM cellist Nioka Workman’s intense Firey String Sistas chamber jazz project at BAM Cafe, free.

11/12, 10ish intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot at 68 Jay St Bar

11/12, 10 PM the pan-latin Chia’s Dance Party at Barbes

11/12, 11 PM Mike Rimbaud – NYC’s current powerpop/new wave counterpart to Joe Strummer – at Otto’s

11/13, 3 PM John Zorn leads a trio with Christian McBride on bass and Milford Grave on drums at the Vanguard

11/13, 3 PM, Canta Libre Chamber Ensemble play works by Turina, Piazzolla, Villa-Lobos and other Latin-American composers at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W. 69th St, $15

11/13, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays lesser-known Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/13, 7 PM female-fronted duo Pink Painful – who blend stark, dark postpunk and Lush-like dreampop – followed eventually at 10 by fiery retro rock/60s soul/noir rockabilly band Blaire Alise and the Bombshells at Gold Sounds, $tba. Avoid the awful cover band and then the fey pop poser in between

11/13, 7 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at t at Branded Saloon

11/13, 7:30 PM Japanese pop star Kiyoko Suizenji aka “Chita” sings a benefit for earthquake survivors in her home town, Kumamoto, joined by New York-based mixed choir TOMO and Tokyo-based female choir Shiki-no-Ne Symphony Space, $30 adv tix rec

11/13, 8 PM pensively dynamic psychedelic art-rock band the Radiant Reveries – like a teens update on creepy Country Joe & the Fish – at the Knitting Factory, $10

11/13, 8 PM Quartetto Tomassini play their majestic string tango jazz at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/13, 8 PM the Christopher McBride Quintet performing Gigi Gryce & Donald Byrd’s Complete Jazz Lab Sessions at the Jalopy, $10

11/13, 8:30/10:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius  leads his octet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/13, 9 PM careeningly bluesy post-Stooges psych/garage rockers Acid Dad followed eventually by dark psych/garage icons Thee Oh Sees at Warsaw, $22 tix avail. at the Mercury Lounge

11/13, 9 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Bowery Electric, $8

11/13, 9 PM high-energy oldschool soul/groove band the California Honeydrops at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec

11/14, 8:30 PM Veronica Gonzalez, soprano; Chris Baum, lute; Bradley King, tenor; Annalisa Ewald, guitar perform 16th/17th century “courtier and courtesan songs” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/14, 10 PM dark Iron Maiden-influenced stadium metal band the Black Butterflies at LIC Bar

11/15, 7 PM a rare clarinet/viola summit with cinematic composer Ljova and and the fearlessly relevant, brilliant Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/15 Margo Price at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

11/15, 7:30/9:30 PM  towering, intense, epic big band jazz composer Miho Hazama and her Ensemble perform new compositions by Joel Harrison, Michael Thomas and Christopher Zuar at the Jazz Gallery ,$15.

11/15, 8 PM bassist Tom Blancarte opens solo, then Ron Stabinsky celebrates the release of his debut album Free For One with an evening of solo piano improvisations at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/15-20, 8:30/10:30 PM perennially tuneful, darkly latin-tinged pianist George Cables leads a trio at the Vanguard. $30

11/15, 8:30 PM a rare solo performance by golden age jazz guitarist Gene Bertoncini at the Bar Next Door, $12

11/15, 10 PM intense, theatrical female-fronted art-rock band Frogbelly & Symphony at 11th St. Bar

11/15, 10 PM multi-keys, B3 organ and drmns: Henry Hey, Brian Charette and Jochen Rueckert collaborate and set a few things onfire at 55 Bar

11/16, 7 PM intense, haunting noir chanteuse Gemma Ray at the Owl

11/16, 7 PM pianist Magdalena Baczewska plays works by Galuppi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Nino Rota, Chopin and Szymanowski at the Columbia Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th St., free

11/16, 7 PM Antonina Chehovska, soprano; Kinga Augustyn, violin and Konstantza Chernov, piano perform works by Prokofiev, Sarasate, Kapralova, Saprun and Szymanowski at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St., free

11/16, 7 PM the Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet join forces for a nonet playing the album release show for their new chamber jazz collaboration at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/16, 7:30 PM violinist Soobeen Lee plays works by Saint-Saens, Bartok, Beethoven, Tartini and Jeong Kyu Park at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

11/16, 8 PM haunting, soaring, lyrically brilliant Great Plains gothic songstress Rose Thomas Bannister, loopmusic peeps Public Speaking, Dana Schechter’s hauntingly cinematic slowcore/art-rock project Insect Ark play a benefit for RAINN – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – at the Park Church Co-Op, 129 Russell St  just off Nassau in Greenpoint, sugg don.

11/16-17, 8 PM hilariously lyrical, intense Americana songbird Amy Rigby celebrates the 20th anniversary of her classic Diary of a Mod Housewife album – when she was the edgiest single mom songwriter in Williamsburg – at Hifi Bar

11/16, 8 PM psychedelic boogie/heavy blues/stoner metal band Them Evils followed eventually by popular female-fronted gutter blues crew the Pretty Reckless at Terminal 5, $28 gen adm

11/16, 9 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto’s Tropical String Band, darkly lyrical songwriter/impresario Feral Foster and others at the Jalopy, free

11/16, 9 PM retro 70s country/Memphis blue-eyed soul songbird Margo Price  at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $16 adv tix rec

11/16, 9:30 PM fun, high-voltage Bay area Romany jazz guitar band Gaucho at Joe’s Pub, $20

11/16, 10 PM honkytonk songwriter par excellence Cliff Westfalll at 11th St. Bar

11/17, 1 PM Novus NY  play works by steel pan virtuoso and distinctive composer Andy Akiho at Trinity Church, free

11/17, 7 PM perennially tuneful, Monk-influenced, witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  at Cleopatra’s Needle

11/17, 7 PM edgy, lyrical guitarist Tony Moreno leads a trio with Gary Versace on organ at 55 Bar

11/17, 7:30/9:30 PM percussionist Rajna Swaminathan leads a carnatic jazz quintet including guitarist Miles Okazaki and violinist Anjna Swaminathan at the Jazz Gallery ,$15.

11/17,-19 erudite postbop composer/pianist Orrin Evans’ trio with special guest Kurt Rosenwinkel 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, $35

11/17, 7:30 PM, repeating on 11/19 at 8, the NY Phil lay a new Viola Concerto by Julia Adolphe with soloist Cynthia Phelps plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

11/17, 8 PM downtown guitar legend followd by dark cinematic eclectic cellist/composer: David First & the Same Animal Band followed by Erik Friedlander‘s Black Phebe trio with accordionist Shoko Nagai and drummer Satoshi Takeishi at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/17, 8 PM bassist Mark Dresser, JACK Quartet and indie classical ensemble Loadbang play a composer portrait of Lei Liang at the Miller Theatre, $30

11/17, 8 PM the Composers’ Voice Ensemble plays World Premiere of Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame: Re-Imaginging Beethoven, Stephen Porter, piano-15 one-minute works by 15 composers Alberto Alassio, Aaron Alter, Bracha Bdil, Daniel Cocchetti, Paul Dickinson, Alessandro Giannotti, Peter Gilbert, S.R. Kisselbaugh, Kamil Kosecki, Mathieu Daniel Polak, Aurelio Scotto, Mateo Soto, David Nelson Tomasacci, Anne-Marie Turcotte, and Peter Walton at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/17, 8;30 PM singer Eleonore Biezunski and rippling tsimbl dulcimer player Pete Rushefsky’s duo project the Klezmographers and then the Shtetl Stompers (trio with Ilan Moss and Joanna Sternberg) at the Jalopy, $15

11/17, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

11/17, 9 PM  Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show play their creepy circus punk followed at 10 by the haunting, creepy circus rock/art-rock band the Dust Bowl Faeries and then at 11 by theatrical circus rock goth Luis Mojica at Sidewalk

11/17, 9 PM darkly psychedelic guitarist/bandleader/indie icon Martin Bisi aleads a vortical improvisational trio at Spectrum

11/17, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

11/17, 10 PM brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, resurrecting the twistedly irresistible work of legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica composer at Barbes

11/17, 10:30 PM catchy, cinematic, noir-inclined saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his quintet at Smalls

11/18, 6ish wickedly lyrical, warmly charismatic, edgy tunesmith/wordsmith/janglerocker Linda Draper  at the American Folk Art Museum

11/18, 7 PM violinist Claire Smith with the Queens Consort at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

11/18, 8 PM Melinda Faylor, pianist, plays 20th and 21st century solo piano works by Corigliano, Adams, Rzewski, Karen Tanaka and Tobias Picker at the Firehouse Space, $10

11/18, 8 PM a musical history of the Lower East Side with an all-star cast giving voice to a huge melting pot of musical traditions. On the bill: Peruvian jazz player Yuri Juárez (guitarist, arranger / composer), Deni Bonet (vocalist, violinist) & Jhair Sala (percussionist); Ashley Bell (opera singer), David S. Goldman (singer/songwriter, producer) & Basya Schechter (vocalist, guitar, oud and saz); Mala Waldron (vocalist / pianist), Charles R. Hale (producer, writer), Noah Hoffeld (cellist) & Niamh Hyland (vocalist / songwriter) at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

11/18, 9ish heavy psych group the Golden Grass followed by hilarious 70s metal parody band Mighty High at Hank’s

11/18, 9 PM the Cannibal Ramblers play their messy fun swamp punk at Arlene’s, $10

11/18, 10 PM searingly intense, charismatic, fearless acoustic punk blues siren Molly Ruth  followed by and the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

11/18. 10 PM rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Barbes. The following night, 11/19 they’re at the Owl at 8ish

11/18. 10 PM Cretan lute virtuoso with Dirty Three drum genius Jim White at National Sawdust, $15 adv tix rec

11/18-19, 10:30 PM pyrotechnic alto sax player Mike DiRubbo and his quartet at Smalls

11/19, 7 PM creepy, carnivalesque female-fronted acoustic punk duo Cruel Children followed eventually at 9 PM by catchy, anthemic, pensively jangly power trio the Native Alloys at Leftfield

11/19, 7:30 PM brilliant, haunting Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh pays tribute to exiled Syrian poets, joined by soprano Dima Orsho, cellist Kinan Abou-Afach and pianist Lenore Davis at Symphony Space, $25

11/19, 8 PM Andalusian ensemble La Banda Morisca perform “an intoxicating blend of traditional flamenco with Arab-Andalusian melodies and rock” at Roulette, $25

11/19, 8 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Barbes

11/19, 8 PM charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting new latin soul band, Fulaso at SOB’s, $10 adv tix rec

11/19, 9ish  intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many  play the album release show for their new broodingly cinematic one Cinemascope cd at Bushwick Public House

11/19, 9/10:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson leads her eclectic band – Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Chris Ziemba, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jeremy Noller, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/19, 9:30ish searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka – who are just as fun as Gogol Bordello – at Mehanata

11/19, 10 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano – at Bowery Electric, $12

11/19, 11 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo at Pete’s

11/19, midnight LES stoner folk legends David Peel & the Lower East Side – who still can’t always remember the word to The Pope Smokes Dope – at Sidewalk

11/20, 2 PM fearless eco-crusader Reverend Billy & his mighty forty-piece gospel choir – whose intensely relevant new album is amazing – at Joe’s Pub, $15. He’s also here on 11/27

11/20, 2 PM banjo player/multi-instrumentalist and classic folk reinventor Laura Baird (of the Baird Sisters) at Mayflower Bar, 132 Greene Ave., Ft. Greene, C to Clinton-Washington

11/20, 2 PM pianist Elina Cristova plays works by Scriabin at Scholes St. Studios

11/20, 4 PM Joana Genova, violin; Ariel Rudiakov, viola; Benjamin Capps, cello; and Vassily Primakov, piano; perform Debussy’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Shostakovich’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, and Saint-Saens’ Piano Trio. at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/20, 4 PM salsa afternoon with Los Ciegos Del Barrio at the Museum of the City of NY, free w/rsvp

11/20, 6:30 PM Quartetto Tomassini play string arrangements of Piazzolla classics at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

11/20, 7ish epic, exhilarating original Balkan brass music with alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Expanded Circle followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

11/20, 7 PM the NY Symphony play Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

11/20, 7 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

11/20, 7:30 PM the SayLaVees, the Stompin’ Riff Raffs and garage/Merseybeat rockers the Above, at Union Pool, $8

11/20, 8 PM a multimedia “allegory of a beggar’s perplexing dreams offers a compelling and original perspective on the Five Pillars of Islam,” for gamelan, organ and guitar performed by pioneering Bay Area group Lightbulb Ensemble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/20, 10 PM fiery, eclectic Greek/South Afrian jazz violinist Maria Manousaki with Guy Mintus, piano; Panayiotis Andreou, bass; Ziv Ravitz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

11/21, 8 PM Kadisha Onalbayeva, piano with Gaziza Zhubanova – the National String Quartet of the Republic of Kazakhstan play works by Zhubanova, Taneyev, Mozart and Michael Coleman at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

11/21, 8 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall

11/21, 8 PM edgy tuneful guitarist Mike Moreno & Jon Cowherd at Mezzrow, $20

11/21, 9 PM vibraphonist Ian Rosenbaum and string quartet Brooklyn Rider join forces with works by Christopher Cerrone, Timo Andres, Tawnie Olson, David Crowell and Paola Prestini at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix availx

11/21. 9 PM jazz legenda and dual-reedman George Braith leads a quintet at the Fat Cat

11/21, 9:30ish Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes

11/22, drinks at 5:30, show at 6 indie classical ensemble Loadbang play works by Josquin David Lang, Carlos Cordeiro at the Miller Theatre, free

11/22, 7 PM eclectic original Middle Eastern and North African style oudist Brandon Terzic leads his group followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/22, 7:30 PM catchy, danceable female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia band La Yegros at the Lincoln Center Atrium

11/22, 7:30 PM two distinctive voices on the piano – longtime Piazzolla sideman Pablo Ziegler and Christopher O’Riley, beloved for his Bernard Herrmann Hitchcock score reinventions, play nuevo tango at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

11/22, 8 PM lots of garage rock for the buck: Tokyo garage/surf band the Stompin Riff Raffs, the punk-soul Gartrells and high-voltage doo-wop punk with the King Khan & BBQ Show at Bowery Ballroom, $20 gen adm

11/22-27, 8:10/10:30 PM the guy Ethan Iverson wishes he was: Jason Moran & the Bandwagon at the Vanguard, $30

11/22, 9ish explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal power trio A Deer A Horse at Shea Stadium

11/22, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

11/23, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

11/23, 7 PM the Eco-Music Big Band presents Jazz Stravinsky: a jazz reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier’s Tale). at Joe’s Pub, $16

11/23, 7:30 PM, repeating on 11/25-26 at 8 the NY Phil play the Beethoven Violin Concerto with soloist Nikolaj Znaider plus Bartok’s Symphony No. 8 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

11/23, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at City Winery, $30 standing room avail

11/23, 8 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Barbes

11/23, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at LIC Bar

11/24, 9:30 PM tunefully cinematic postbop composer trumpet luminary Nadje Noordhuis  & the Quintet de Turks at 55 Bar

11/25, 7:30 PM Romanian pianist Sînziana Mircea plays Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition plus works by Enescu, Ravel and Bach at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail

11/25-26, 7:30/9:30 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art bassist Linda Oh leads her reputedly amazing, kinetic string-fueled “double quartet” at the Jazz Gallery ,$25.

11/25, 7:30 PM Dahka Band play their Middle Eastern and flamenco-flavored jams at Club Bonafide, $15

11/25, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

11/25, 8 PM a rare duo show with Mike LeDonne moving from his usual organ to piano, with bassist John Webber at Mezzrow, $20

11/25, 8:30 PM My Demons Galore – who careen between sunbaked Almost Famous boogie and more mathrocky sounds – at Arlene’s, $10 

11/25-26, 9/10:30 PM trumpeter John McNeil and saxophonist Jeremy Udden’s catchy quartet Hush Point at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

11/26, 7:30 PM jazz flutist Michel Gentile’a FLOW feat. Mike Mcginnis – clarinet Brian Drye – trombone Matt Pavolka – bass Tom Rainey – drums  followed by the auspicious Noah Preminger/Rob Garcia Chopin Project with Noah Preminger – tenor sax Nate Radley – guitar Kim Cass – bass Rob Garcia – drums at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $tba  

11/26, 8 PM crooner Theo Bleckmann leads an adventurous rock band with Henry Hey on keys playing Kate Bush covers at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

11/26, 8 PM swirly, organ-and-horns-fueled psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat band Carolina Oliveros y La Nacion at the Silent Barn, $8 

11/27, 4 PM eclectically talented classical organist Gail Archer plays a thorny all-Max Reger program at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

11/27, 5 PM an eclectic songwriter triplebill at LIC Bar: smart, tunefully anthemic, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly, eclectically tuneful soul/Americana chanteuse Shelly Bhushan and chanteuse Theresa Hoffmann’s pensive, smartly jangly low-key band Little Embers  

11/27, 6 PM dark Australian art-rock pianist/songwriter Ka-Tya at Silvana

11/27, 7 PM pianist Teodora Stepančić performs works for piano by Christian Wolff, Luciano Berio, Jürg Frey and Assaf Gidron. at Spectrum, $15

 11/27, 10 PM roots reggae band Thunda Vida at Shrine

11/28, 6 PM fiery klezmer fiddler/composer Alicia Svigals‘ band – featuring similarly pyrotechnic accordionist Patrick Farrell – outdoors at the triangle at 63rd St. and Broadway

11/28, 7:30 PM psychedelic funk band the People’s Champs at the Lincoln Center Atrium

11/28-29, 8/10:30 PM iconic bassist Ron Carter leads his quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

11/28, 10 PM terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza and her quartet at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

11/28. 11:30 PM purist jazz drummer Dan Pugach’s Nonet at the big room at the Rockwood

11/29, 7 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas and epic, original, intense original Balkan sounds from Raya Brass Band at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

11/29, 7 PM nimbly performed, rare klezmer classics and obscurities performed by the Klezmographers – Eleonore Biezunski (violin, vocals) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl) followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/29, 7 PM the Mannes College Chamber Ensemble plays a Vaclav Havel tribute with music of Smetana, Martinu, Janacek, Dvorak and Schulhoff at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd St,  free

11/29, 7 PM legendary salsa-jazz drummer Bobby Sanabria leads the Mannes Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra Ensemble at the School of Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St, free

11/29, 7:30 PM an all-star jazz lineup: Edmar Castañeda, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Kevin Hays, John Ellis, Matt Clohesy, Magos Herrera, Vitor Gonçalves, Rogerio Boccato and the Asaran Earth Trio at St. Peters Church, 54th/Lex, free adm, sugg don, all proceeds to Syrian emergency relief

11/29-12/4, 8/10 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist  Marc Ribot leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: the 10 PM slot 12/3 with Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Milford Graves on drums

11/29, 8 PM percussionist/composer Gerry Hemingway plays works by up-and-coming composer Sarah Weaver in a multimedia collaboration with visual artist Beth Warshafsky at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St, $20/$15 stud/srs

11/29-12/4, 8:30/10:30 PM tuneful postbop saxophonist Donny McCaslin leads a quartet with Jason Lindner (piano) Nate Wood (bass) Mark Guiliana (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

11/29, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

11/29, 10:15 PM plaintive rainy-day slowcore/chamber pop band Ellen Siberian Tiger at the Way Station

11/29, 10:30 PM fiery, politically-fueled, Patti Smith-esque punk/powerpop band the Last Internationale at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

11/30, half past noon an all-acoustic set by electically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer with Debra Kreisberg, Pam Fleming, Eve Sicular & guest accordionista Shoko Nagai. at One NewYork Plaza, Water St just around the corner from the SI ferry terminals

11/30, 5 PM OMFG – two bass trombonists play a rare program of sweet so-lo pieces: Nayib Gonzales and Morgan Fite tackle works including Concertino – Ernst Sachse; Concertino Basso – Richard Lieb; Suite for unaccompanied Bass Trombone, movs. 1, 2 & 4 – Eric Culver; ”Nur Wer die Sehnsucht kennt” Op. 6, No. 6 – Pyotr Tchaikovsky ; Concert Allegro – Alexander Lebedev; New Orleans – Eugene Bozza at Stiefel Concert Hall, Arnold Hall, 55 West 13th St, free

11/30, 6 PM hypnotically intoxicating, intertwining Indian violin duos with Trina Basu + Arun Ramamurthy at the Rubin Museum of Art, free adm

11/30, 6:30 PM one of the most interestingly lyrical, eclectic young jazz guitarists around, Dave Juarez leads his trio at the Bar Next Door, free

11/30, 7 PM perennially edgy, psychedelic cult favorite avant garde harpist/composer Zeena Parkins  with drummer Brian Chase followed at 9 by playfully but also hauntingly eclectic pan-latin songstress Sofia Rei leading a piano trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, 734 Nostrand Ave, Bed-Stuy – 2/4 to Franklin Ave or A/C to Nostrand

11/30, 7:30 PM two first-class cutting-edge guitarists Mike Baggetta and Anders Nillson lead their respective trios at Greenwich House Music School, $15

11/30, 7:30 PM pianist Vassilis Varvaresos plays pieces by Mozart, Lizst, Scriabin, Schumann and Ravel at Merkin Concert Hall, free

11/30, 8 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner and Parlour Game at Barbes

11/30,8 PM gonzo postbop piano with the Dred Scott Trio  at Mezzrow, $20

11/30, 10ish intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatones play the album release show for their fantastic new one at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

11/30, 10:30 PM  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette  leads a trio at Smalls

12/1, 7 PM Texas Americana multi-instrumentalist (ex-Red Molly) Molly Venter and Goodnight Moonshine followed by Crescent City-flavored “steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM accordionist Christina Crowder’s haunting Bessarabian chamber jazz/klezmer quartet Bivolita at the Jalopy, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Peter Breiner leads an all-star octet playing Slovak Dances for Triango and Orchestra at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix currently avail at the venue box office

12/1, 7:30 PM popular tenor saxophonist David Murray plays and sings Nat King Cole en Español at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/1-3, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s “power quintet” with Steve Nelson – vibes; Danny Grissett – piano; Peter Washington – bass; Bill Stewart – drums, $25/$30 on the weekend

12/1-3, 8 PM, repeating on 12/4 at 2 PM singer/performer Jadele McPherson offers “a cosmic sonic journey through black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from Haiti and Cuba, surrounded by fellow performers Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey and Daniel Gi,” at Jack, $18

12/1, 8  PM wit and lively piano-and-bass jousting – Uri Caine & Mark Helias at Mezzrow, $20

12/1, 8 PM fiery female-fronted psychedelic soul/funk band Sirsy (think, mythical temptress) at the Bitter End, $10

12/1, 8 PM singer Gabrielle Herbst leads a quartet with Missy Mazzoli on keys, Aaron Roche on guitar and Ludovica Burtone on violin at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire  and indie vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces for a composer portrait of Zasha Di Castri at the Miller Theatre, $30 tix avail

12/1, 9ish careening folk noir and heavy-duty grasscore: O’Death and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

12/1, 9 PM haunting, purposeful viola improviser Jessica Pavone at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/1, 9:30 PM fiery, noir-influenced guitarist  Andy Green leads a quartet with JC Sanford – trombone; Jeremy Udden – saxophone; Dave Ambrosio – bass at I-Beam, $15

12/2, 5:30 PM rustic guy/girl mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at the American Folk Art Museum

12/2, 7 PM up-and-coming indie classical cellist Ashley Walters solo followed at 8:30 by tuneful, Middle Eastern-inspired tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen leading a killer quartet:  Amir ElSaffar – trumpet; Bobby Avey – piano; Gregg August – bass at Spectrum, $15

12/2, 7 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

12/2, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

12/2, 8 PM badass slowcore art-rock cellist/chanteuse Meaner Pencil, ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin, enigmatic lo-fi janglerock/folk noir songwriter Tica Douglas and the fiery, theatrical, goth-tinged Catfox at the Park Church Co-op. 129 Russel St. at Nassau, $10, G train to Nassau Ave stop. 

12/2, 8 PM dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted  at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play their electric originals at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at the Owl. 12/4 at 10 she’s at Sunny’s

12/2, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

12/2, 8 PM trombone powerhouse Reut Regev’s smoky, funky, serpentine R-Time followed by fiery violinist/singer Carla Kihlstedt’s Causing a Tiger at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery 

12/2, 8 PM guitarist Douglas Bradford’s improvisational chamber jazz outfit Dragonfly: withPatrick Breiner – clarinet, Christopher Hoffman – cello, Sam Ospovat – drums followed at 9 by violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House with Andrew Drury – drums; Ken Filiano – bass; Chris Forbes – piano; Steve Swell – trombone at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/2, 8 PM David Broome (piano), Kate Dillingham (cello), Thomas Piercy (clarinet) perform works by Barash, Fetherolf, Galindo, and Schultz, alongside Henryk Górecki’s Lerchenmusik at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria (23rd/Crescent), free, reception to follow, R/W to Broadway

12/2, 8:30 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by noir jazz legends the Jazz Passengers at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 12/22

12/2, 9 PM haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic guy Jaye Bartell at Troost

12/2, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

12/2, 9 PM Epica and their cello-metal Metallica covers at Webster Hall, $30

12/2, 9:30 PM the Jentsch Group No Net premiere the brillint cult favorite jazz guitarist’s Topics in American History – his chamber jazz abstraction of historical themes and events – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/2, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/2, 10 PM darkly torchy, individualistic psychedelic jazz/slowcore/noir singer Bianca Muniz with her band at Terra Firma 119 Ingraham St just off Porter, Bushwick, free, L to Montrose Ave

12/2-3, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art, pyrotechnically soulful trumpeter Ingrid Jensen leads her quintet at Smalls

12/2, 11 PM the Tsunambots – who put a creepy postrock spin on surf punk – followed at midnight by deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s. The ‘Bots are also here the following night, 12/3 at midnight

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

12/3, 8 PM Sarah Rara of Lucky Dragons plays solo electroacoustic works followed by mesmerizing sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan at the Kitchen, $15

12/3, 9 PM the Alan Lomax of surf rock, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly extravaganza at Otto’s starts with Bongo Surf, at 10 the cinematically twangy Agent Octopus, at 11 the the Luau Cinders (to be known in the future as the Kaweem Abdoo Jabbaws) and creepy surfy postrockers the Tsunambots

12/3, 10 PM Haunted Gypsy play their ominous Siouxsie-esque goth rock at Leftfield 

12/4, starting at 9 AM an all-day Mannes Chamber Music Bash with performances across the campus at the New School’s Arnhold Hall: Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, Room 450, and the Glass Box Theater, program TBA  

12/4, 5 PM dynamic choral ensemble Musica Viva NY, joined by the Aeolus Quartet and colleagues bring the stormy heavenly battles of Bach’s four “Michaelmas” cantatas to life. Also on the bill: organist Renée Anne Louprette plays Knut Nystedt’s “Immortal Bach” and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th St) $30

12/4, 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet play Beethoven string quartets – one early (#1) and one late (#14) –  at the Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Avenue at W. 183rd St., suggested donation of $12 includes post-concert reception with the artists

12/5, 7 PM monster new music pianist Vicky Chow joins with the Momenta Quartet to play Alberto Ginastera’s hair-raising, rather sinister Piano Quintet, alongside rarely heard string quartets by two of his most celebrated students: Mesías Maiguashca and Joaquín Orellana at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave at 68th St, $10 adv tix avail

12/5, 7 PM, repeating 12/17 and 1/5/17, 7 PM Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier perform their twisted theatre/cabaret show Tis the Season to Be Morbid with songs by Richard Maltby & David Shire, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, an unpublished song by John Bucchino and Amanda McBroom, at Pangea, $25

12/6 7:30 PM a rare reunion of Austrian sax legend Karlheinz Miklin with his longtime American collaborators, Billy Hart on drums and Ron McClure on bass at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St, free but res req 

12/7, 6:30 PM thought-provoking musicologist and Oxford History of Western Music editor Richard Taruskin considers an artist’s obligation to society, based on his book The Dangers of Music, Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., free but rsvp req

12/8, 7:30 PM hauntingly lyrical, grimly witty folk noir/Nashville gothic band Thee Shambels at Post Mark Cafe,326 6th St (4th/5th Aves), Park Slope, closest train is the R to 9th St.

12/8, 7:30 PM eclectic, badass alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her oldschool soul/jazz group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/8, 9 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals at Roots & Ruckus at the Jalopy

12/9, 8 PM psychedelic cumbia band Yotoco and the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Drom, $10

12/9, 8 PM riveting Indian classical sitarist Ustad Shafaat Khan at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the river), $21

12/9, 10 PM one of the funniest men in rock, sardonically Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk

12/10, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

12/10, 7:30 PM the Dessoff Choir sing works by Tavener, Handel, Bach, Robert Parsons and others at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25/$15 stud/srs The program repeats 12/18 at 4 PM at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 139 Saint Johns Place, Park Slope, B/Q to 7th Ave, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza

12/12, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet and vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces to perform music from and celebrating northern climes:  John Luther Adams – Canticles of the Sky interspersed with works by Karin Rehnqvist, Kajia Saariaho, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jean Sibelius and Marc Sabat at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Anthony de Mare curates a dramatic evening in honor of Eric Satie’s 150th birthday year with fellow pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Adam Tendler and others at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

12/15, 7:3o PM wickedly tuneful, funky chambet-pop/funk/art-rock cellist/songwriter Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/15, 8 PM pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s ferally tuneful improvisational trio celebrates her birthday, plus bassist Sean Conly’s Re:Action+1:with Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, saxophones; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums) at Greenwich House Music School, $18/$15 stud/srs

12/16, 7 PM paradigm-shifting Indonesian bell orchestra works with Gamelan Son of Lion at Flushing Town Hall, $15

12/16-17 and 12-21-22, 8 PM, also 12/18 at 5 PM Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella theatre spectacle La Cantata Dei Pastori, based on Andrea Perrucci’s traditional 17th century Neapolitan play, performed in Italian with English narration by La Befana, the “good Christmas witch,” with special guest from Apulia, Italy: Giovannagelo de Gennaro on vocals, accordion, bagpipe, viella at Theatre for the New City, 155 First Ave (between 9th & 10th Sts

12/17, 8 PM unpredictably eclectic, perennially edgy rising star alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads an improvisational trio at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/20, 8 PM members of the SLM Ensemble perform solo and chamber music compositions and improvisations for peace, feat. an amazing lineup: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Julie Ferrara, oboe, english horn, Joe McPhee, saxophone, trumpet, Zafer Tawil, oud, ney, percussion, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Sarah Weaver, composer, electronics, at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St, $20/$15 stud/srs 

12/31, 10 PM gritty downtown guitar god Marc Ribot leads a killer trio with an even more legendary rhythm section, Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor.MMW drummerBilly Martin does an electroacoustic duo with Ribot to open the night at Issue Project Room, $30

12/31, 11 PM in an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and organist performs works by Bach, Böhm, Franck, and Willan on the grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave at 51st St, free, reception to follow.

1/12/17, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 and Brahms: Clarinet Quintet at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

1/14/17, 7:30 PM check out this awesome lineup and awesome program of rare oboe and bassoon works; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Cat Cantrell, oboe; Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Liz Dorman, piano play Sonatine for Oboe and Bassoon, Jolivet; Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons, Sofia Gubaidulina; Trio Sonata for Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Harpsichord/Piano, Zelenka at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, sugg don

3/17/17, 10 PM Pussy Riot at National Sawdust. Tix not avail yet – and might not be affordable – watch this space


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