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New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for December 2016 and January 2017

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 December, 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 December, 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 December, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

Tuesdays in December, 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 December, 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 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.

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 December 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 December 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 heartbreak, 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 December, 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.

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.

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 McPhersonoffers “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, 8/9:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio withJacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

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 a Memphis Minnie tribute, all proceeds to fight the Dakota Pipeline, artistsinclude lbluesman Rashad Brown, Kylie Wilder, catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights, chamber pop/Romany/Americana violinist/songwriter Sarah Alden, her fellow badass violinist colleague Chloe eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen Swantner, fiery oldtimey string band he Four O’Clock Flowers, acoustic soul chanteuse Queen Esther, eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen  $10 sugg, give what you can

12/2, 9 PM enigmatically careening,wickedly tuneful, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black, ageless, filthy oldschool punk/powerpop band Custard Wally – sort of the Blowfly of NYC punk rock –and paisley underground/punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, at Hank’s, be aware of $8 cover

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

12/2-3,9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klamanis’ mighty, haunting Bpazia ensemble with Magda Giannikou, voice, accordion;  Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Julian Shore, piano;  Keita Ogawa, percussion;  Roggerio Boccato, percussion;  Gokce Erem, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Adam Fisher, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

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, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

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, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – fo followed at 6 by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at 8 and then the blustery firepower of Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

12/3 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist and composer Fazil Say performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 plus Say’s new cross-pollinated composition, Silk Road, plus works by Haydn and Rossini at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $13 seats avail

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 a multimedia perfomance with dance, live painting, poetry and the Persian sufi music of ther Pejman Tadayon Ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/3, 8 PM pianists Azamat Sydykov and Nikita Galaktionov trade places and play works by Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Balakirev, Lyapunov, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabinat Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

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, 8 PM haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez & New Flamenco Sounds at Shapeshifter Lab

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, 9 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Muchmore’s

12/3, 9 PM visual scores by Aleksandra Vrebalov performed by Lynn Bechtold, Steve Bloom, Jennifer Choi, Dan Cooper, Du.0, Marija Ilic, John King, Hajnal Pivnick, Kathy Tagg, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Dorian Wallace at Spectrum, $15

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

12/3, 10 PM the original lineup of tuneful indie powerpop favorites Palomar at Union Hall, $10

12/3, 11 PM rockabilly/surf guitar favorite Rev. Horton Heat at Warsaw, $22

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, half past noon at Petteri Iivonen, violin; Ben Larsen, cello; Mika Sasaki, piano play piano trios by Hayen, Sibelius, Beethoven and Brahms at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 59 E 2nd St, sugg don

12/4, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra‘s annual family concert with holiday romp with Bizet’s toreadors, Copland’s cowboys, Brahms’ Hungarians, sleigh rides with Anderson and Prokofiev, and Sarasate’s gypsy violin music with young soloist Ben Lerman at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

12/4, 4 PM Ko-Eun Yi, piano, performs works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms, and Scriabin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

12/4, 5ish Miwa Gemini – the darkly enigmatic missing link between Calexico and Shonen Knife – at Muchmore’s

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 Brooklyn Brass Quintet play works by Matt Marks and John Altieri originals, as well as works by Ann Cleare and Tim McCormick followed by Karl Larson playing solo piano, program TBA at Spectrum, $15

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

12/4, 6 PM alto saxophonist Louise Jensen and guitarist Adam Caine:followed at 7 by the sax trio of Jensen with Chris Pitsiokos and Nick Lyons at Downtown Music Gallery

12/4, 7 PM Taylor Davis plays her violin covers of video game themes at the Mercury, $18 adv tix rec

12/4, 7 PM pianiist Nathaniel LaNasa plays a program TBA at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

12/4, 8 PM slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s noisy quartet the Grasping Straws, jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – and Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show playing their creepy circus punk and arena rock at Bowery Electric, $8

12/4, 8 PM a solo acoustic Joanna Sternberg set, the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne and at 9:30 accordionist Dineen and band playing the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy, $12

12/4, 8 PM free jazz trombone powerhouse Steve Swell’s shout-out to Bartok, Kende Dreams with Rob Brown – alto saxophone; Dave Burrell – piano; William Parker – bass; Chad Taylor – drums, percussionat Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/4, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn with eclectically atmospheric guitarist Kyle Sanna at the Owl

12/4, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conseratory of Music, $15

12/4, 8 PM TALIBAM! (Matt Mottel, synthesizer & Kevin Shea, drums); Tamio Shiraishi – alto saxophone; and David Watson – bagpipes and electric guitar at Jack, $15

12/4, 8:30 PM the haunting, creepy Dust Bowl Faeries circus rock/art-rock band and theatrical circus rock goth Luis Mojica at the Delancey 12/23, 7 PM they’re at Shrine

12/4, 8:30/10 PM Django Reinhardt tribute night with Olli Soikkeli, guitar;  Julian Labro, accordion;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Max O’Rourke, rhythm guitar at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/4, 10 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at Silvana

12/4, 10:30 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his quartet at Smalls

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 the tuneful, shapeshifting trombone-driven JC Sanford Quartet with Mike Baggetta on guitar at Spectrum, $15

12/5, 7 PM the up-and-coming indie classical ensemble Face the Music Symphony, directed by Whitney George, performs student composer Petite Symphony by Whitney George. Samurai Mama Big Band, Face the Music’s resident creative big band directed by Aakash Mittal, will perform Argue’s Transit and Snarky Puppy’s Kite at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

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

12/5-6, 8/10:30 PM 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner with .his quartet feat. Gary Bartaz on baritone sax at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

12/5, 8:30 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio Lou Rainone on keys and Paul Gill on bass at the Bar Next Door

12/6, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Curtis Chamber Ensemble play Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor, at the Miller Theatre, free

12/6, 6:30 PM oldtime country blues purveyor Eli Smith, rustic 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers, and badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch play American folk songs centered around the theme of death and mourning in the down-home tradition at the American Folk Art Museum, $10. Minch is also at Barbes at 8 on 12/16.

12/6, 7 PM a rare duo performance by klezmer chanteuse Polina Shepherd with Klezmatics, accordion wizard Lorin Sklamberg followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/6, 7 PM Jeremy Schonfeld’s Iron & Coal Holocaust-themed art-song project at National Sawdust, $35 adv tix rec

12/6, 7:30 PM amazingly eclectic original klezmer songwriter/chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg at the Jalopy, $15

12/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, intense pianist Gerald Clayton ’s trio plus special guest Miguel Zenon on alto, whooooah! $30

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 

12/6, 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play Sibelius-Finalandia, Beethoven-Symphony #8 and Debussy-La Mer at Symphony Space, free

12/6, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

12/6. 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

12/6, 11 PM Of Clocks & Clouds play their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at the Knitting Factory $10 adv tix rec

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

12/7, 10:30 PM snarlingly atmospheric, cinematic, darkly psychedelic postrock cellist Helen Money at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/7, 10:30 PM fearlessly relevant, politically-inspired drummer/composer Rob Garcia and his quartet at Smalls

12/7, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

12/7, 8 PM the first family of cinematic, rivetingly intense Middle Eastern classical music: oudist and partiarch Marcel, pianist Rami, and percusionist Bachar Khalife at the Town Hall, $35 tix avail

12/7, 8 PM Katie E, the Drunken Foreigner Band and noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Union Pool, $10

12/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

12/7 day one of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 9 PM with country blues guitarist Eli Smith; mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at 9:30; Venezuelan tradiional singer Yva Las Vegas at 10; sly, rustic late 20s style jug band/hokum blues crew Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at 10:30; country covers with Aaron Frazer at 11; Crushed Out at 11:30 and at midnight, Brother Roy. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern starting at 10 there’s King Isto’s Tropical String Band playing awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music and then the all-star Skalopy cover band, free.

12/7, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 12/15, 9 PM they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts.

12/8, 7 PM a night of creepy storytelling – audience participation invited – with music from cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, Sunset Park,$20, take the 5th Ave entrance. “Some material may not be suitable for young audiences.”

12/8, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  promises to play back-to-back, differing versions of his repetitive classic Industrial Arts at Spectrum, $15

12/8, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

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

12/8-11, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, purist, low-key postbop guitarist Peter Bernstein leads a pretty chill, oldschool quartet with Harold Mabern – piano; John Webber – bass; Jimmy Cobb – drums, $30

12/8, 8 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrooks Die Trommel Fatale, Tredici Bacci playing original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks and irresistibly named female-fronted art-rock band Reina Terror at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/8, 8 PM a killer female-fronted triplebill of jazz pianists: the Kazzrie Jaxen Group, Virg Dzurinko Quartet and feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful Mara Rosenbloom Trio atr Scholes Ste. studio

12/8, day two of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 9 PM with warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg, the rustically haunting Ukrainian Village Voices at 9:30, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at 10; whirlwind clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus at 10:30; high-voltage late 19th century style string band Four O’Clock Flowers at 11; Gato Paloma at 11:30 and riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at midnight

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

12/8, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

12/8. 9:30 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Footlight Bar, $10

12/8, 8 PM  the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian’s Taksim Middle Eastern jazz combo at Barbes

12/8, 8 PM Joanna Choy’s popular Americana cover band Scotch Bonnet at Hifi Bar

12/9, 6 PM 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

12/9, 6:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine at the American Folk Art Museum

12/9, 7 PM confrontentially comedic singer Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band play a holiday show – yikes – at Joe’s Pub, $22

12/9, 7 PM purist Memphis electric blues slide guitarist/singer Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

12/9, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by an accordion trio summit: Vitor Gonçalves, Felipe Hostins and Rob Curto play an evening of choro, forró, samba and original music in the tradition of Dominguinhos, Sivuca and Chiquinho do Acordeom, featuring Scott Kettner on percussion and special guests.

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, 8 PM wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/9 day three of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 8:30 with the Berger Sisters‘ high-energy string band, at 9 Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, at 9:30 a special duo set by Spirit Family Reunion, at 10 Brain Cloud’s tapdancing vocalese specialist Tamar Korn, at 10:30 darkly lyrical songwriter/impresario Feral Fosterat 11  the Crimson Ragdolls: at 11:30 pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals

12/9, 9 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chantuese Nico Turner at the Owl

12/9, 9 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band at Pete’s

12/9, 10 PM one of the funniest men in rock, sardonically Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego  followed at 11 by purist reverbtoned instrumentalists Strange but Surf at Sidewalk

12/9, 10 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the Way Station

12/9, 10 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra squeezing themselves into the tiny space for a stage at Nublu 151, 151 Ave C, $tba

12/9. 10:30 PM hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Hanks, be aware of $8 cover

12/9, midnight wry, jangly, retro 60s psychedelic popsters Gringo Star at Alphaville, $12

12/10, 2 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 at Avery /fisher Hall, $33 tix rec

12/10, 7:30 PM Dylan keyboardist Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series presents You Break You Buy — a potentially very dark, cinematic collaboration with Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box), Stephen Ulrich and Yuval Lion ( (Big Lazy), Jon Madof (Zion80). at Spectrum, $15

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 Dover Quartet play Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589; Britten: Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36; Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

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

12/10, 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

12/10, 8 PM a cant-miss, rare NYC show by Lynchian Michigan noir country duo the Whiskey Charmers followed eventually at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

12/10, 8 PM all-female indie classical sextet (well, that’s what they are) Nouveau Classical play at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/10, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York perform an especially interesting take on the tired “Bach Family Xmas” concept:.Bach’s Magnificat, a 15-minute comic intermezzo (mini-opera) by Jonathan Breit based on an altercation between Bach and one of his students, as well as Meine Seele Erhebet Den Herrn (“Magnificat” in German) by Johann’s cousin J. Ernst, and the Advent cantata Wachet Auf by his son J. Christoph Friedrich. at STern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/10, 9ish trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob – who’ve distinguished themselves with their reinventions of Nino Rota Fellini soundtracks – make a rare Brooklyn appearance at the Owl

12/10, 9:30ish intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10

12/10, 9:30 PM amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop with Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix red

12/10, 10 PM the Clean’s Hamish Kilgour’s new band Roya and tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Shea Stadium, $12

12/10, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

12/10. 10 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – at Pete’s

12/11, 2 PM psychedelic guitar cult hero Bob Bannister – Ember Schrag lead player and sort of the NYC answer to Richard Thompson – solo at Mayflower

12/11, 3 PM the China Philharmonic Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $25 tix avail

12/11, 5 PM haunting, ethereal avant/jazz chanteuse Gabriela Martina – who Hildegarde von Binghen-izes Wayne Shorter and the like – with her band – Vancil Cooper, bassist Kyle Miles, pianist Maxim Lubarsky, and fretted and fretless guitar player Jussi Reijonen.- at the small room at the Rockwood 

12/11, 7 PM Turkish crooner Ahmet Erdogdular  leads a nine-piece ensemble playing and singing bewitching classical Turkish, Greek Byzantine, Armenian, and Sephardi Jewish music at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

12/11, 7 PM Belarus folk noir songwriter Lavon Volski at Drom, $30 adv tix req

12/11, 7 PM pianists Nnenna Ogwo and Jiayin Shen play a program tba at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

12/11, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio followed by lyrical jazz pianist Jim Ridl tickling the plastic on the Rhodes at 55 Bar

12/11, 7:30 PM a killer Middle Eastern jazz/art-rock triplebill at Shapeshifter Lab, $15: dark surfy Israeli guitar monster Eyal Maoz and bassist Y Basstavi followed by guitairst Beledo and then Gilad Atzmon & the Art House Ensemble with special guests Amina Figarova on piano and Saul Rubin on guitar and Marko Djordjevic on drums, wow

12/11, 7:30 PM well-respected oldtime Americana multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky and band at the Jalopy, $20

12/11, 8 PM Daniel Epstein: piano; Jillian Blythe: cello play duos by Debussy, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff at the Firehouse Space, $15

12/11, 8:30 PM lots of enigmatic, darkly opaque possibilities: chanteuse Gretchen Parlato with Shai Maestro on piano at Mezxrow, $20

12/11, 9:30 PM noir, fearlessly political, lurid Americana: charismatic, powerhouse lyricist/banjoist Curtis Eller at at Pete’s

12/11, 9:30 PM multi-instrumentalist Dave Wechsler’s lush, historically-infused chamber pop project the Tyranny of Dave and subversively torchy, historically-informed, richly lyrical oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner & Parlour Game at Freddy’s

12/11, 10 PM explosively cinematic cello metal band Blues in Space at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/12, 7 PM drummer Will Mason leads his quatet with Kris Davis- piano; Ned Rothenberg- clarinet; Greg Chudzik- bass at Spectrum, $15

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 

12/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard’s contemporary ensemble, Axiom, play an all-Saariaho program at Alice Tully Hall, free tix avail. at the box ofc, get em now

12/12, 9 PM drummer Billy Hart and pianist George Cables‘ postbop supergroup the Cookers at Nublu 151 151 Ave C, $tba

12/13, 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

12/13, 7 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Circle followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/13, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

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

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Andrew Tyson plays works by Scriabin, Ravel, Petrossian, Gershwin and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free, tix avail at 6:30 PM day of show at the box ofc

12/13, 8 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall 12/23 he’s at Sunny’s at 10

12/13, 8/9:30 PM saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet with Marquis Hill, trumpet; Julian Shore, piano; Tamir Shmerling, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/13-18, 8:30/10:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron leads his trio at the o at the Vanguard, $25. 12/14-25 he leads a quintet with Steve Nelson (vibes) Dayna Stevens (saxophone) Kenny Barron (piano) Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) Johnathan Blake (drums)

12/13, 8:30 PM oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and eclectic violist Karen Waltuch making psychedelic free jazz out of classic Appalachian and Americana themes followed by warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico

12/13, 9 PM Ruby the Hatchet – female-fronted metal bnad who blend darkwave and a classic 70s stoner vibe to their Iron Maiden-inspired assault – and hauntingly slinky psychedelic doom band Earthless at Bowey Balllroom, $15 adv tix rec. Either that or they’re at St. Vitus for three bucks more – both venues have the show listed.

12/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/14, 2 PM Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano play works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mozart and Tschaikovsky at the Town Hall, $15

12/14, 7 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio at Flute Midtown 205 W 54th St, between Broadway & 7th Ave, free

12/14-15, 7:30 PM purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quartet at Smalls. The 12/14 show is followed at 10:30 PM by inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

12/14-17, 7:30 PM the Dublin Guitar Quartet play Michael Gordon’s new Amplified at BAM’s Fisher Theatre, 321 Ashland Place $25 tix avail

12/14, 8 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

12/14, 8 PM hauntingly Middle Eastern-influenced alto saxophonist Uri Gruvich leads a quartet with Manuel Valera, piano; Edward Perez, bass; Francisco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/14, 9ish devious baritone sax innovator Moist Paula’s Electric Embouchere electroacoustic jazz project at Troost

12/14, 10 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Otto’s

12/15 half past noon electically cinematic, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/reggae jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at Liberty Park (original site of Occupy Wall Street)

12/15, 7:30 PM mighty, sweeping, richly lyrical eighteen-piece big band the Christopher Zuar Orchestra – whose debut album is amazing = at Symphony Space, $22

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, 7:30 PM flutist Adrianne Greenbaum leads her klezmer group at th Jalopy $15

12/15, 8 PM raucous oldtimey blues/bluegrass/acoustic jamband the Howlin’ Brothers at Hill Country Brooklyn

12/15, 8/9:30 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads her quartet with with Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion; Thomas Morgan, bass; Nate Wood, drums; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

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

12/15, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts killer new sextet Jacob Sacks – piano; MIchael McGinnis – reeds; Dana Lyn – violin; Brian Drye – trombone and Vinnie Speranza – drums at Barbes

12/15-16, 8 PM tuneful, individualistic Afghani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi plays the album release show for his new one Invocation with Johannes Weidenmueller on bass; Dan Weiss on drums; and Elizabeth Means on cello. at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $30/$25 stud/sts

12/15, 8 PM charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at the Way Station

12/15, 9ish the original cello rockers, Rasputina, as fearless and funny and relevant as ever, at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

12/15, 9 PM tuneful jazz (and surf music) pianist/keyboardist JP Schlegelmilch at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

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

12/16, 8 PM elegantly exhilarating tarantella/Neapolitan folk jamband Newpoli with special guest violinist Eylem Basaldi from wildfire Turkish band Dolunay at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud.srs

12/16, 8 PM following a solo set, cellist Leila Bordreuil premieres “Memory City,” a new piece for large ensemble featuring Nate Wooley, Anne Guthrie, Chris McIntyre, Michael Foster and Ben Bennet. at Issue Project Room, suggg don

12/16, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts’ edgy, awesome sextet at the Owl

12/16, 8ish legendary 1960s charangueros Orquesta Típica Novel at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

12/16, 8;15 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa s City Fragments Band: Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei, Aubrey Johnson- voices; André Matos- guitar; Erik Friedlander- cello. Tyshawn Sorey- drums at Shapshifter Lab

12/16, 9 PM a killer guitar duo: Mike Moreno & Rale Micic duo at Symphony Space Cafe, free

12/16, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black followed by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

12/16, 10 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Hank’s $5

12/16, 10 PM hypnotic, catchy loopmusic cellist Laura Wolf at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/16, 10 PM eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at Sunny’s

12/17, 2 and 8 PM a free Kwanzaa family celebration featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theater with special guest global soul sister-chanteuse duo Les Nubians at NJPAC in Newark, free

12/17, 3 PM a rare daytime appearance by brilliant oldtime swing/Americana band (and Boardwalk Empire regulars) Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks at Park Avenue Plaza, 55 E 52nd St. (Park/Madison), free

12/17, 6 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay playing classical maqam music followed at 8 by  playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –and then at 10 by 10 PM rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Barbes

12/17, 6 PM the Schiller Community Chorus sing Handel’s Messiah plus a Bach cantata and African-American spirituals at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill), 2/3 to Bergen St., $10 sugg don

12/17, 7 PM ageless indie powerpop favorites the Figgs at the Mercury, $12

12/17, 7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – play their “Best of 2016” show at Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Hwy in Hoboken on the way to Jersey City, free

12/17. 7:30 PM art-rockers the Tea Club play their wild, eighteen-minute, early Genesis-esque epics at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

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

12/17, 8 PM garage punk duo Flyin’ J and the Ghostrobber – who compare themselves to Los Saicos and Mark Sultan – at Freddy’s. Anybody who knows who Los Saicos are in the first place is worth seeing.

12/17, 8 PM cult favorite, noisy 80s dreampop pioneer Kristin Hersh at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix rec

12/17, 9 PM rocksteady and reggae with the Frightnrs, Full Watts, and third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers at the Bel House, $20

12/17. 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

12/17, 9 PM violinist Ari Streisfeld plays Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII and Salvatore Sciarrino’s Six Caprices with the New York premiere of Robert Morris’s Variations with Aria and Kaija Saariaho’s mournful Nocturne in the middle. at Spectrum, $15

12/17, 10 PM Lux Vestra – who do a pretty good facsimile of the mid 70s Grateful Dead without turning into dadrock – at Leftfield

12/17, 10 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk” at Bar Chord

12/17. 10:30 PM garage rockers the Britemores followed at 11:30 by hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

12/17, midnight the catchy, propulsive, jangly new wave-ish Virginia & the Wolves at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/18, 2 PM darkly enigmatic indie/jangle bandleader PG Six plays a very rare solo show at Mayflower Bar

12/18, 4 PM Boston choir Blue Heron perform music for Christmas and the New Year in 15th-century France and Burgundy at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail

12/18. 6 PM it’s the flagship event of the annual, magically enveloping, global Unsilent Night boombox parade! For 23 consecutive years, composer Phil Kline has led this interactive parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. Show up no later than 5:45 PM, and you can pick up a boombox with a cassette of his carillonesque, pointillistic electronic score. Or download it for free, then bring your phone, mp3 player or tablet and join the fun! You can also stream it at soundcloud as you walk. A great family event!

12/18, 6 PM French harpist/chanteuse Margot Verret at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/18, 7 PM the all-female Accord Treble Choir sing an eclectic mix of haunting Balkan choral works and pieces from the western classical tradition at Barbes

12/18, 8 PM the adventurous Washington Square Winds play tje choral-like A Better Collapse by Thomas Deneuville, Wayne Alpern’s fun-loving Serenade for Winds, with guest soprano, Alexandra Fees, performing Elizabeth Egan’s piece for wind quintet and soprano based off of Victor Hugo’s dark poem, Demainplay at Spectrum, $15

12/18, 9 PM indie classical quintet Ensemble Pamplemousse  at Jack, $10

12/19, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Otto’s

12/19, 10 PM wild, menacing, explosive Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

12/20, 7 PM sizzling, hypnotically kinetic Middle Eastern/Northern African jazz trio Ensemble Fanaa followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

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 

12/20, 9 PM eclectic Americana/klezmer fiddler/songwriter Lily Henley at the smalls room at the Rockwood

12/21, 11:30 AM baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert presents an encore performance of his participatory version of Franz Schubert’s subtly incendiary anti-fascist song cycle Winterreise at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at Magnolia Plaza, in front of the sundial. “Bring a small battery-powered radio if you have one to tune in to the broadcast of the piano music, played by Timothy Long. Radios will be available for the first 50 people to borrow. Note that admission to the garden is free before noon,” so get there on time.

12/21, 7:30 PM legendary/obscure 90s NYC jug band Washboard Jungle – who predated the Brooklyn Americana explosion by 20 years –play the album release for their long long awaited new one at Dixon Place, $15

12/21-23, 8 PM a rare performance by John Zorn’s “mindbending”:Simulacrum organ trio with John Medeski (organ) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) at the Stone, $20

12/21-23, repeating 12/27-30 at 8 PM and 12/31 at 6 PM dangerously charismatic art-rocker Vera Beren directs Pamela Enz‘s “unholiday play” Fractured Hearts & Lurid Details starring Connie Costanzo and Paul Megna, among others at the IRT Theatre, 154 Christophe St., $14

12/21, 8/9:30 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco’s Spirit Forward quartet with John Ellis, tenor sax; Kevin Hays, piano; Clarence Penn, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/22, 7:30 PM mighty, slinky, kinetic klezmer big band Nu Haven Kapelye at the Jalopy, $15

12/22, 8 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg followed at 10 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band doing their Cafe Sabarsky project with songs by Hanns Eisler, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Yiddish songs & more at Barbes

12/22, 9:30 PM fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene, ex-Willie Nile guitarist Steve Conte & the Soul Resistance and eclectic retro 50s’/rockabilly band Jeremy & the Harlequins at Bowery Electric

12/22, 9 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

12/22, 10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet at Smalls

12/22, 10:30 PM catchy janglerockers the Bellegards – a singer short of excellence right now – at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/23, 6 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen n switches to piano for a show featuring shadow puppetry at Cornelia St. Cafe, $0 incl a drink. Followed at 9 and 10:30 PM by pianist concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leading a quartet with Roman Filiu, alto sax; Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Allan Mednard, drums, separate $20 adm

12/23, 7 PM a rare solo show by theatrical art-rocker/chamber pop songsmith Anais Mitchell at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 adv tic rec

12/23, 8 PM ish Elysian Fields guitarist/mastermind Oren Bloedow, Ollabelle pianist Glenn Patscha and Machine bassist Adam Minkoff lead an all-star band playing Richard & Linda Thompson’s iconic album I Wanna See The Bright Lights Tonight at the Owl

12/23-24, 8 PM a rare solo two-night stand by brilliant pianist Luis Perdomo at Mezzrow, $20

12/23, 10 PM deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi aplay their cult classic stoner Xmas carol collection A Very Duby Xmas at Bar Chord

12/23, 10 PM cleverly lyrical brilliant powerpop guitarist and songwriter Patti Rothberg at Arlene’s, $10

12/24, 8 PM luminous, haunting trumpeter Ben Holmes leads his second annual klezmer show at Barbes –  last year’s was killer, and it was packed.

12/25, 2 PM an all-day screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life Backwards” by Donald O’Finn.“This is a “fair-use” re-purposed rendition on the Original Master work. The film is reversed and split screened into black and white vs color. Sides swap depending on the scene. Most of the audio is also in reverse, select statements are audible through-out. The film starts happy and ends sad,” at Freddy’s

12/25, 3 PM a screening of Edward Sloman’s iconic 1925 silent film His People, focusing on New York Jewish live on the Lower East Side, with an original score performed live by klezmer jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro and his sextet followed by a Hanukah candle lighting ceremony at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, Eldridge just north of Division, B/D to Grand St., $14/$10 stud/srs, kids $6

12/26, 7:30 PM OMFG – an awesome cutting-edge newschool klezmer and klezmer-inspired extravaganza. Book of J (the new collaboration between powerhouse Jewish soul belter/guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood  of Sway Machinery) and singer Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess making their New York debut; the Fabulous Shpielkehs represent four generations (if not more) of traditional klezmer, Philadelphia-style, led by legendary drummer/pioneering bandleader Elaine Hoffman Watts and her daughter, trumpeter Susan Hoffman Watts. The evening will close with a dance set led by pyrotechnic violinist Jake Shulman-Ment and the New York Fidl Kapelye at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, only $15

12/26, 8:30 PM posttonal, polyrhythmic, lyrically intriguing violinist/bandleader Sarah Bernstein leads her Quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/26, 9:30 ish  Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

12/27, 8 PM the Yiddish NY All-Stars, Balkan singer Sarah Small’s hauntingly mesmerizing avant-folk/Middle Eastern trio Hydra collaborating with brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery , the Ternovka Ensemble with chanteuse Zhenya Lapotnik and the Brothers Nazaroff – a supergroup with Daniel “Danik” Kahn, Psoy “Pasha” Korolenko, Michael “Meyshke” Alpert and Jake “Yankl” Shulman-Ment playing from their debut album, a tribute to obscure/legendary klezmer-punk precursor Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff and his wild cult favorite 1954 lp at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/27, 8 PM the Machine do an amazingly close approximation of Pink Floyd classics and obscure material at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec /

12/27, 8/90:30 PM tuneful, exploratorily expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/27, 8:30 PM sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

12/27, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

12/27, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/28, 8/9:30 PM tuneful, moody third stream pianist Michel Reis leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/28. 9 PM haunting, rousing, classic Jewish liturgical sounds: singer/multi-instrumentalist Judith Berkson, cantor Jack Mendelson paying tribute to the Golden Age of the cantorate with an all-star ensemble led by clarinetist Michael Winograd and trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics (who have a killer new album out) at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, $15

12/28, 9ish high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing with the 4th St. Nite Owls  at Bar Chord

12/28, 9 PM excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

12/28, 11 PM trumpeter Jordan Hirsch leads what promises to be a wild and crazy klezmer jam at Mona’s, 224 Avenue B, just south of 14th St, free

12/29, 8 PM catchy, purist vintage Dire Straits-ish Americana rock with Whisperado at the Parkside

12/19. 9 PM the amazing Mitra Sumara – who play haunting psychedelic funk covers of classic 1960s and 1970s Iranian rock hits – at Bar Chord

12/29, 10 PM Tom Csatari – whose scruffy tunefulness and general fearlessness make him Brooklyn’s most formidable jazz guitarist – leads his awesome Uncivilized chamber jazz project at Barbes. Their last show here was off the hook

12/29; 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

12/30, 7:30 PM a first-class ska triplebill with the Rudie Crew, Skarroñeros, the Pandemics and the Porkers at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

12/30, 8 PM the Crimson Ragdolls and fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl

12/30, 8 PM a kille Afro-Peruvian jazz twinbill: guitarist Yuri Juarez plays the album release show for his new one Guitar Sapiens with Laura Andrea Leguía (saxophones), Juan Andrés Ospina (keys), Moto Fukushima (bass), Héctor Morales (drums), Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón (cajón) followed at 11:45 by Laura Andrea Leguía‘s Saxofón Criollo band with Yuri Juarez (guitar), Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón (cajón) at Zinc Bar, $20

12/30, 9 PM Knkarayku play moodily psychedelic Andean panpipe rock at Leftfield

12/30, 9:30 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic popsters the New Tarot at the Poisson Rouge, $10 gen adm

12/30, 10 PM purist, harmonically rich “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters at Pete’s

12/30, 11 PM newschool oldtimey country blues with Woody Pines at Hill Country

12/30, 11 PM trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at at Nublu 151, 151 Ave C

12/31, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra f.k.a. Lions at Barbes, $20

12/31, 10 PM artsy, edgy, catchily enigmatic 90s indie favorites Rainer Maria at St. Vitus, $25. They’re back on 1/1 an hour earlier for five bucks less.

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.

12/31, 11:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

1/2, 3 and 5 PM a massive group of NYC classical talent performs new works by composers from the Trinity Church circle including Doug Balliett, James Blachly, Caleb Burhans, Owen Burdick, Chris DeBlasio, Eric Dudley, Caroline Shaw, Julian Wachner, and Jonathan Woody at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free, reception to follow the 5 PM concert

1/2, 7 PM deviously fun baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson’s Quartet with Ryan Frazier – trumpet; Devin Hoff – bass; Alex Cline – drums followed at 8 by Gerald Cleaver – drums / Chris Potter – tenor sax at Clemente Soto Valez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St

1/3, 1 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform parts 1 and 3 of the Bach Christmas Oratorio at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free. They’re doing parts 2 and 4 the following afternoon, 1/4 at 1 and parts 5-6 on 1/6 at 1

1/4, 5 PM  Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano; Erika Dohi, piano and Sandbox Percussion perform George Crumb’s  American Songbook III: Unto These Hills at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free.

1/4, 8 PM a rare solo show by virtuoso cellist Ian Maksin playing haunting Macedonian and Georgian folk tunes plus classics by Bill Withers, Jacques Brel and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/5-7 and 1/11-14 at 7 PM, also 1/8 at 2 PM Matt Marks’ lurid new electroacoustic opera Mata Hari explores the romantic intrigue and betrayal that led to her execution as a WWI spy at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $30 

1/5, 7 PM fiery, bluesy Americana rockers Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes at the small room at the Rockwood

1/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/6-7 at 8 the NY Phil with pianist Emmanuel Ax play Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music for Wind Orchestra, a new HK Gruber piano concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

1/5, 8 PM haunting Hungarian psychedelic folk band Meszecsinka, wild, improvisational accordionist David Yengibarian and pyrotechnic cimbalom virtuoso Miklos Lukacs’ enigmatic folk/art-rock trio Borbély Mihály Polygon at Drom, free 

1/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed by first-class oudist Brian Prunka‘s Nashaz Middle Eastern jazz project at Barbes

1/6, 7 PM innovative, captivating sitarist Roopa Panesar, rapturously fun Pakistani/desert rock singer/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia, innovative Quebecoise Balkan filddler Briga, eclectic Americana/soul cellist/banjoist Lelya McCalla, at 10:45 PM lush, female-fronted chamber pop/chanson band Banda Magda and at half past midnight, noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza at Drom

1/6-7 and 1/9, 7:30 PM haunting, intricate composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s new opera Breaking the Waves, based on the Lars Von Trier art-house film at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium, $30 tix avail

1/6, 8 PM  haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar followed at 9:30 PM by fearlessly populist, wildly eclectic latin protest song maven/bandleader Ani Cordero and then at 11 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

1/6, 8 PM eclectic, theatrical Korean art-rock/dance/pansori glam band Ssing Ssing at Flushing Town Hall, $16, ages 13-19 free. They’re at the Rockwood when

1/6-7 and 1/11-14, 9 PM fiery, uncategorizable composer/singer Sarah Small’s new multimedia avant Balkan punk song suite Secondary Dominance featuring her amazing Balkan/Bulgarian vocal trio Black Sea Hotel at Here, 145 6th Ave south of Spring, $30

1/6, 11 PM noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza followed by hauntingly slinky Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the Mercury, $15

1/7, 1 PM Novus NY perform the premiere of Laura Schwedinger’s Artemisia, an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy based on the life of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown,209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/7-8 and 1/11-14, 8 PM David Lang’s grisly new opera Anatomy Theatre – chronicling the final months of an English murderess from her conviction to execution and then postmortem – at Bric Arts, $30 

1/8, short sets by a big roster of up-and-coming jazz talent starting at half past noon violinist Curtis Stewart and group followed at 1:10 by trombonist Nick Finzer, 1:40 pianist Chris Ziemba, 2:10 trombonist Jimmy O’Connell and others at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St., free

 1/8, 3 PM  the Miolina Violin Duo and the North/South Chamber Orchestra premiere works by Carson Cooman, Victor Kioulaphides,Max Lifchitz , William Toutant at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free 

1/8, 4:30 PM theatrical, philosohical, unselfconsciously poetic singer/pianist/composer Mong-Lan‘s fascinating, multimedia River of Senses: Dream Songs & Tangos chronicles a Vietnamese refugee’s eventful, tango-fueled journey from Saigon to Buenos Aires, via America at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, $15

1/9, 7;30 PM rrepressible indie classical art-rock band the Bang on a Can All-Stars play new works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and moreat Merkin Concert Hall, $25

1/10, 5 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders perform creative arrangements of American music by Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Harold Arlen, Bobby Bland and more, along with poetry set to song by the chilling American poet, Edgar Allan Poe . at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/11, 8 PM solo guitarscapes from Jason McMahon, asssaultive trio Jobs (formerly Killer Bob) and pianist/composer Matt Mehlan’s chamber jazz septet Facelessness at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/12, 5 PM the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s indie classical take on the classical choral mass tradition “Mass Reimmaginings,” at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/12, 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

1/13-19 the New York theatrical premiere of Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards’ new documentary “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past. “The man and the band who make the Jazz Age come alive! What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21 st century? Two words: Vince Giordano – bandleader, musician, historian,collector and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.This joyful documentary offers an intimate portrait of Vince, taking us behind the scenes as he shares his passion of hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans,” at Cinema Village Theater: 22 E 12th St (between 5th & University), showtimes: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, tix $12 Adults / $8 Seniors, Students, Children, 212-924- 3363 Vince Giordano + filmmakers Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards will appear at 7pm shows on Friday, Saturday 

1/13-14, 7/10 PM dramatic gospel-inflected drag crooner/pianist M. Lamar plays his creepy, politically relevant new suite Funeral Doom Spiritual at National Sawdust, $30

1/14-15, 5 PM the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform their new multimedia suite Silent Voices, examining the grim realities of marginalized young people with music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, at the French Institute’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, $30

1/14, 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

1/15, 4 PM baroque string ensemble ACRONYM joins baritone Jesse Blumberg in a program entitled Valley of Tears: Bass Cantatas and Instrumental Sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller. at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/16, 8 PM Mirror Visions Ensemble sing the four winning pieces from their inaugural Young Composer’s Competition—Margaret Barrett’s At a Window, with text by Carl Sandburg; John Glover’s Squall with text by Leonora Speyer; Aaron Grad’s Invitation to Love with text by Paul Laurence Dunbar; and Daniel Temkin’s Summer Rain with text by James Joyce plus an Emily Dickinson-inspired song cycle by Tom Cipullo at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker off Bowery, $20 

1/17, 7:30 PM the Zora String Quartet play works by Mozart, Webern and Shostakovich at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

1/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist avant-garde singer Ka Baird collaborates with Marcia Bassett on Buchla Easel and sound reactive projections from Camilla Padgitt-Coles in an exploration of our murkiest interior selves at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/20 toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen plays an all-Pauline Oliveros program at the DiMenna Center

1/21, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass plus a world premiere by Tavener protégé Ivan Moody at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

1/25, 7:30 PM goth-tinged indie/postrock/art-rock band San Fermin with indie classical chamber group Now Ensemble at Markin Concert Hall, $25

1/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/27-28 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix rec

1/29, 3 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Robert Paterson at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/stud $5

1/29, 5 PM the Aeolus Quartet and pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdeza play his new arrangement of Paul Desmond’s iconic Take Five for piano quintet plus Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 at All Souls Church, Lexington Ave and 80th St, sugg don

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

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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