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Month: March, 2018

The Year’s Best Americana Triplebill at Hank’s This Thursday Night

The best Americana triplebill of the year so far is happening this March 8 at Hank’s.  Kasey Anderson, whose gritty populist narratives bring to mind a young Steve Earle, opens the night at 8. Eric Ambel, proprietor of the dearly missed Lakeside Lounge and an even more spectacular, surreal guitarist and songwriter – who played lead in Earle’s band back in the day – follows at 9. Cliff Westfall  – whose aphoristic songs and soulful C&W baritone will take you back to 1956 at warp speed – headlines at around 10. Cover is $10.

Westfall, whose album Baby You Win is streaming at his music page. is as strong and memorable a retro songwriter as Pokey LaFarge – no joke. It takes you back to an era of neon-lit jukeboxes, tailfins, beer cans that you could crush in one hand only if you were really strong…and ten-cent drafts. And Westfall matches the honkytonk ambience with innumerable clever musical and lyrical details that fill out the picture. The opening track, It Hurt Her to Hurt Me is sort of Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen with even more clever wordplay, done by Hank Williams with a sizzling electric band behind him. The shuffling title track gives the group a chance to show off everything they’ve got: Scott Metzger’s tasty reverbtoned vintage tube amp sonics, a wry surf riff when least expected, a little Merle Haggard to kick off the song and colorful period vernacular. This guy’s “giving back the Crackerjack box I got from a so-called friend.”

Westfall croons bittersweetly over Charlie Giordano’s rippling honkytonk piano in the sad barroom ballad Til the Right One Comes Along. Then the group channel Orbison over a luscious web of twanging, jangling, echoing guitars in the Lynchian anthem More and More (as in “I think I love you more and more less and less”). With Metzger’s morosely tremoloing guitar solo, it’s a standout among many here.

With its chugging layers of twelve-string guitars – that’s Metzger and Graham Norwood – Off the Wagon is the missing link between Johnny Burnette and the Byrds –  the 1967 psychedelic Byrds, and the 1969 country Byrds as well. “We go together like booze and pills!” Westfall announces; those stampeding, twangy Bakersfield guitar multitracks on the way out are a straight shot of adrenaline.

The worn-out, defeated ballad Hanging On paints a vividly grim picture of a guy who’s just about had it with being strung along. By contrast, the boisterous I’ll Play the Fool comes across as a mashup of Subterranean Homesick Blues Dylan and Buck Owens.

The gorgeously clanging The Man I Used to Be paints a picture of a guy with “a little less size and a lot less wear…dusty 8X10s out in the hall, but I don’t recognize that guy at all.”

“I live in your world since I left my own,” Westfall admits in the sad waltz A Lie If You Must, over Dan Iead’s pedal steel.  “A lie calculated to appease and disarm, tell me what’s self-deception compared to your charms?” Elvis Costello would be proud to have written this one.

The End of the Line, the album’s hardest-rocking track, wouldn’t be out of place on a Wayne Hancock album, right down to that searing Metzger guitar solo midway through. The retro 50s shuffle ballad Sweet Tooth gives Westfall a chance to have fun with food and drug metaphors. The album winds up with similarly sly swamp-rock of The Odds Were Good. You’re going to see this on the best albums of 2018 page at the end of the year.

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Jazz Piano Icon Satoko Fujii Launches Her Ambitious 2018 Album-a-Month Project

What Wadada Leo Smith is to the trumpet, Satoko Fujii is to the piano: one of the most riveting improvisers to ever play the instrument. Like Smith, her themes can be epic and ambitious to the nth degree, yet her playing is meticulous and nuanced. Where a lot of musicians think in short phrases, Fujii thinks in paragraphs. Her most recent big band album, the harrowingly relevant Fukushima suite, topped the Best Albums of 2017 list here. Her latest project is to release an album a month this year to celebrate her sixtieth birthday. In person, beyond the sheer depth of her music, her indomitable joie de vivre, sense of wonder and daunting chops transcend preconceptions about age. The first release in the series is simply titled Satoko Fujii Solo.

Full disclosure: many of these albums seem to already be in the can. This first one was recorded live in concert in the fall of last year in Yawatahama, Japan. From the first magnificent, moody neoromantic chords of her eight-minute opening number, Inori, the way she distills them down to a simple, catchy three-chord riff and variations is a clinic in tunesmithing. Fujii is also a very site-specific pianist: she feels the room, figures out how long the reverb lasts,  then makes it an integral part of the music. She does that here with stabbing chords that build to a series of leaps and bounds. then a starlit outro. Chopin probably worked up a lot of his material this way.

This is a very otherworldly record, bristling with uneasy, insistently modal tangents. Don’t be fooled by the high drone that opens the second number, Geradeaus. That’s not a defect – that’s Fujii bowing and rustling around inside the piano. She finds a low pedal note, expands around it in an emphatic Keith Jarrett way, goes back inside and adjusts the timbre ever so slightly, then lightens a bit and dances around with uneasy chromatics. The few carefree flourishes turn out to be a red herring as this mood piece turns more savage and enigmatic.

As the twelve-minute Ninepin gets underway, Fujii juxtaposes muted gamelanesque taps on the strings…and what sounds like an electric sander on them. Slowly and methodically, she develops what could be a misterioso Indian wee-hours raga…but cuts off the pedal on each phrase suddenly – wherever this is going, we’re not there yet.  Some of it could be Satie, or Lennie Tristano, severity balanced against tongue-in-cheek humor.

The even longer Spring Storm is all about foreshadowing: stygian low torrents rise and then subside, give way to hints of a clearing, but that big black cloud is going to hang awhile! It’s Debussy’s garden in the hailstorm, but feeling the force of the elements row by row instead of the cloudburst simply shredding everything in its path.

In Gen Himmel, Fujii lets her Mompou-esque belltones linger, flits around under the lid, and cuts off phrases sharply, Intimations of gospel enter the picture, only to be elbowed out by funereal motives and restless close harmonies. The wryly titled Up Down Left Right begins as a funny study in how gremlins can pop up all over the keyboard, then morphs into twisted, bellicose quasi-boogie-woogie  Fujii closes the show by reinventing  Jimmy Giuffre’s Moonlight as a distantly menacing, saturnine elegy. “The stars settle slowly, in loneliness they lie,” Phil Ochs sang. Boy, do they ever.

Where does this rank in the immense Fujii catalog (over eighty albums)? Probably in the top ten, alongside her magical, mordant duo album with fellow pianist Myra Melford, for example.

Now where can you find this magical album…other than a Soundcloud page? Stay tuned!

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for March and April 2018

The new August calendar is here.

Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

Constant updates. 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.

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 Wednesdays 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. Next up: 2/14 at 7 PM, 2/18 at 4 PM Haydn, Clementi and Chopin. beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays at 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM by a variety of south-of-the-border-style bands playing cumbias, boogaloo, salsa, maybe all of the above.

Mondays at the Jazz Standard it’s all Mingus, whether with the Mingus Orchestra, Big Band or Mingus Dynasty: as jazz goes, it’s arguably the most exhilarating show of the week, every week. The first-rate players always rise to the level of the material. Sets 7:30/9:30 PM, $25 and worth it.

Also Monday and Tuesday nights Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, a boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band play Iguana, 240 W. 54th St ( Broadway/8th Ave) , 3 sets from 8 to 11, surprisingly cheap $15 cover plus $15 minimum considering what you’re getting. Even before the Flying Neutrinos or the Moonlighters, multi-instrumentalist Giordano was pioneering the oldtimey sound in New York; his long-running residency at the old Cajun on lower 8th Ave. is legendary. He also gets a ton of film work (Giordano wrote the satirical number that Willie Nelson famously sang in Wag the Dog).

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.

Tuesdays in March, 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 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

Wednesdays in March, 8 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Thursdays at 8 in March the Brooklyn 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 the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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 March, 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at the Django. Jukebox jazz in a JD Allen vein but not as dark and more straight-ahead/groove-oriented: as postbop party music goes, nobody’s writing better than this guy right now.

Free classical concerts return on Saturdays at 4 PM in March at Bargemusic;  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 March, 6 PM bassist Simon Hanes plays with his many groups at Barbes. The leader of cinematic Italophile instrumentalists Tredici Bacci has a sardonic sense of humor and chops that lend themselves to all kinds of different projects, as good bassists typically are prone to. 

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 March, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year. Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues there this month at 6 PM every Sunday this month as well.

3/1, 7:30 PM longtime Gil Scott-Heron collaborator and electric pianist Brian Jackson at Minton’s, $15

3/1, 7:30 PM an all-star 30-piece orchestra propelled by dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime’s drummer Andrya Ambro play Terry Riley’s In C at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

3/1, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/2-3 at 8 the NY Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden on the podium and violinist Yuja Wang perform  Brahms’s First Piano Concerto and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony  at Avery Fisher Halll, $35 tix avail

3/1, 7:30/9:30 PM cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum’s 9-Tette with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Tomeika Reid on cello at the Jazz Gallery, $20$10 stud. Could be seriously epic.

3/1, 7:30 PM the Ladies Day Jazz Quartet – MJ Territo – vocals; Linda Presgrave – piano; Iris Ornig – bass; and Barbara Merjan – drums – play material by women jazz composers including Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Peggy Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Patricia Barber,  at Club Bonafide,$tba. That’s a hell of a rhythm section.  

3/1, 8 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Great (and ever-expanding) Circle at Barbes. A vehicle for his most lavish compositions and not to be missed if Balkan or Middle Eastern music are your thing. 

3/1, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble with the spectacular Peter Evans on trumpet play a “composer portrait” of Irish contemporary composer Ann Cleare at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/1, 8 PM dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia band Karikatura at the big room at the Rockwood

3/1-3, 8:30 ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 3/2 with Sicilian Defense feat. Matt Mitchell on piano

3/1, 9 PM adventurous effects-fueled guitarist Xander Naylor followed by D. Treut‘s wild stoner soul/psychedelia/improvisation at C’Mon Everybody, $12

3/2, 5:30 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg does her charming, oldschool Americana songwriter thing at the American Folk Art Museum

3/2, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

3/2, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20

3/2, 7 PM slinky cumbia/ghoulabilly/ranchera band Jenny & the Mexicats at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

3/2, 7 PM guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at Shrine

3/2, 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

3/2, 7 PM rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill leads a septet at Spectrum $15

3/2, 7 PM violist Aundrey Mitchell & pianist Tim McCullough trace the development of viola music from the classical era to the mid 20th century with a program tba at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

3/2, 7:30 PM perennially brooding folk noir/dark psychedelic songwriter Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15

 3/2, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell – two thirds of the fiery Yiddish Art Trio – play new compositions followed at 10 by Yotoco, the “bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bio Ritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes. Yotoco are also at the Owl on 3/24 at 8 for $10.

3/2, 8 PM drummer Bobby Previte’s Rhapsody Band with Nels Cline, Zeena Parkins, Jen Shyu and others perform Rhapsody, his new travel-themed song cycle at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/2, 8 PM overlapping improvisations between computer music pioneer Carl Stone, esteemed multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg, and Tokyo-based vocalist and cross-media artist Ami Yamasaki at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud

3/2-3, 8 PM an intimate piano/drums gig by the smartly lyrical Danny Grissett with EJ Strickland at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

3/2, 8 PM high-voltage Neapolitan/Romany string band Newpoli at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/2-3, 8:30 PM ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson with Steve Lehman on alto sax at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. 3/3 Finlayson brings his Sicilian Defense band

3/2, 9ish the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at the Owl, $10

3/2, 9:30 PM intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco and searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

3/2, 10ish murderous, wild, Middle Eastern-tinged surf Beninghove’s Hangmen at FM Jersey City, 340 3rd St, Jersey City, free, Path train to Grove St. and about a 5-block walk

3/2, 10 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz, proto-rock and western swing – at Sunny’s

3/3, 2 PM artist Julie Klear leads a “protest animal” workshop for children: “kids are invited to create their own animal and choose an emotion, a protest, and to voice an opinion,” at FIAF Tinker Auditorium, 55 E 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue), free w/rsvp  

3/3, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 6 by intense, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

3/3, 7 PM jazz sax icon Miguel Zenón, with Bang on a Can clarinetist Evan Ziporyn lead an ensemble playing a benefit for Puerto Rico at Silberman School of Social Work Auditorium, 2180 Third Ave, $20

3/3, 7:30 PM enchanting Indian carnatic singer Mitali Bhawmik with tabla player Amod Dandawate at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music $20add

3/3, 8/10:30 PM haunting, extraordinary Palestinian microtonal trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf leads an improvising ensemble at Drom $25 adv tix rec

 3/3, 8 PM lyrical Cuban jazz pianist/composer Alfredo Rodriguez leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/3, 8 PM bassist Mark Wade leads his lyrical, cinematic piano trio at Club Bonafide, $15

3/3, 9ish activist community chorus Grassroots Harmony at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

3/3, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk.

3/3, 9 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 3/9 and 3/17

3/4, 2 PM pianist Lise de la Salle plays works by Roussel, Liszt and Bach at the Town Hall, $15

3/4, 2:30 PM the lavish, meticulous, thrilling Greenwich Village Orchestra play play the Poulenc Organ Concerto, the Hummel Trumpet Concerto and Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony” at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Ave at 35th St. $20 sugg don, reception to follow. Wow. 

3/4, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play a program TBA at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave at 51st, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/4, 3 PM Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Rosie Gallagher, flute; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Bixby Kennedy, clarinet; Patrick Jankowski, horn play works by Joan Tower, Tania Leon, Ligeti and others at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

3/4, 4 PM conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya’s  Refugee Orchestra Project play a program of female composers TBA at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

 3/4, 4 PM lyrical, haunting Bulgarian chanteuse/bandleader Vlada Tomova & Young Bulgarian Voices at Drom, $10. Followed at 8 (separate $10 cover) by fado and piano with singer Patricia Teixeira

3/4, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi continues his Beethoven sonata cycle at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/4, 6 PM Raf Vertessen/Keisuke Matsuno/Hans Tammen improvising on drums, guitar and rare vintage Buchla synth followed by Jim Denley solo on bass flute – ?!? – at Downtown Music Gallery

3/4, 10:30 PM tuneful soul-jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls

3/5, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides with special guests at Joe’s Pub, $15

3/5, 7:30 PM  Musicians from Marlboro play Boccherini’s String Quintet in E Major, Op. 11, No. 5; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2; and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $10 with discount code HCC10

3/5, 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players with guest cellist Marcy Rosen perform Schubert’s Quartettsatz plus string quartets by Mozart and Brahms at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W. 65th St., $20, students/kids free

3/5, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hanks. 3/13 at 9 he’s at Bar Chord solo

3/5, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

3/6, 5:30 PM percussion/ piano quartet Yarn/Wire  play Catherine Lamb’s titanic, 45-minute Curvo Totalitas at the Miller Theatre, free

3/6, 7:30 PM the show by Juilliard’s Ensemble Connect with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Paul Hall at Juilliard is SOLD OUT

3/6, 7:30/930 PM tuneful postbop alto saxophonist Logan Richardson leads his quintet at the Jazz Standard, $25

3/6-11, 8:30/11 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads a trio at the Vanguard, $30

3/7, 9ish wildly eclectic circus rock/folk noir/jazz/cinematic composer Gina Leishman at the Owl, $10

3/7, 9 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Silvana

3/7, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

3/8, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

3/8, 7:30 PM genre-smashing avant-jazz saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou with Andy Li on erhu and viola and Kenny Wollesen on drums at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/8, 8 PM the year’s best Americana triplebill so far: purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall, Lakeside Lounge honcho and guitar icon Eric Ambel, and fiery, lyrical Steve Earle-ish songwriter Kasey Anderson at Hank’s, $10

3/8, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

3/8, 8 PM flamenco guitarist Andreas Arnold followed by oudist Kane Mathis leading his high-voltage power trio at the Owl, $10. Mathis is also at Spectrum the following night, 3/9 at 6:30 PM with his more cinematic Orakel duo, $15

3/8, 8:30 PM bansuri flutist Rasika Shekar leads her trio at the Jalopy, $15

3/8, 8:30 PM wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

3/8, 8:30 PM the Actual Septet: Andrew D’Angelo, Jessica Jones, Claire Daily (saxophones) John Schott, Will Bernard (guitars) Dan Seamans (bass) John Hanes (drums) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

3/8, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also there on 3/28

3/8, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

3/8, 10 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi and her power trio at FM Jersey City, 340 3rd St, Jersey City, Path train to Grove St. and about a 5-block walk

3/9, 7:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea

3/9, 7:30 PM one of the original global jazz-oriented string ensembles, the Turtle Island String Quartet at the Cutting Room, $20

3/9. 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice –  at Barbes

3/9, 8 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/9, 9 PM Mediterranean chanteuse Zana plays “gypsy pop” followed by Mar Salá playing her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

3/9, 9ish the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Caveat, 21A Clinton St. $12. Caveat: there are a bunch of “comedians” also on the bill

3/9, 10 PM high-voltage, soul-infused Americana rockers the Woes at Sunny’s

3/9, 9 PM the British Pogues: Skinny Lister at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

3/9, 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Javanese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec . Followed at 10 PM (separate $30 adv tix adm) by fearless singer/composer Du Yun with her amazing chamber rock band: Nich Olas Farrell, guitars; Zhou Yi, pipa/ ruan / qin; Aakash Mittal, sax / clarinet

3/9, 7:30 PM chamber sextet Philosonia play works by Britten & Shostakovich at the Old Stone House, $25/$10 stud/srs

3/9, 10 PM a cool, eclectic surf twinbill: the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  followed by the exotic vibraphone-driven Vibro-jets at Sidewalk. The Vibro-Jets are also at Troost on 3/16 at 9

3/9, 10 PM duskily  Leonard Cohen-influenced janglers the Low Anthem at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

3/9, 10:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Hank’s , They’re also here in 3/23

3/10, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet, a stately wind ensemble who reinvent Satie material as well as obscurities by his contemporaries,  followed at 6 by quirky Tredici Bacci bassist Simon Hanes’ Dressage organ trio, at 8 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl singing Kurt Weill with Lucian Ban, piano & Mat Maneri, viola, and at 10 by wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

3/10, 7:30 PM hauntingly atmospheric Persian trance band Niyaz at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

3/10, 8 PM slinky and explosive Indian sounds: the self-explanatory Women’s Raga Massive followed by live bhangra powerhouse Red Baraat at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

3/10, 8 PM Punjabtronix – a more eclectic, less brassy version of Red Baraat – at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/10, 9 PM enigmatic cello rocker Leah Coloff,f erociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister and cult favorite tunesmith Franklin Bruno & the Human Hands at Wonders of Nature, $5

3/10, 9ish rapturously hypnotic Indian improvisation with A Circle Has No Beginning: Sameer Gupta – drums/tabla; Pawan Benjamin – tenor sax; Arun Ramamurthy – violin; Rashaan Carter – Bass at I-Beam, $15

3/10, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with classic cover band Anything But Surf, at 10 catchy reverbtoned trio the Killers from Space, at 11 Link Wray cover band the WrayCyclers and at midnight sick Richard Cheese-style instrumental parodists LoungeZotica 3000

3/10, 9:30 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at Hank’s, $8

3/10, 10 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

3/10, 10 PM haunting cello-driven dissident compositions: Matt Haimovitz and Frances-Marie Uitti, joined by a Bhutanese ensemble playing works by Isang Yun at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rc

3/11, 3 PM Japanese/Peruvian violinist Pauchi Sasaki  with flutist Claire Chase, playing their gamelanesque, politically-fueled Trade Routes suite at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rc

3/11, 3 PM a John Zorn matinee with John Zorn (sax) Jim Staley (trombone) Marc Ribot (guitar) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Christian McBride (bass) Kenny Wolleson (drums) Ches Smith (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

3/11, 4 PM WQXR’s Terrance McKnight leads a conversation with veteran Civil Rights-era artists and activists Emmett Wigglesworth and Otto Neals on how art and politics can intersect, in the context of their exhibition at FiveMyles, 558 St Johns Pl, Bed-Stuy, free, 4/5 to Franklin Ave.

3/11, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

3/11, 6 PM Sean Ali and Ayoko Kanda play bass/vocal duos followed at 7 by guitar/bass duos by Nico Soffiato and Zach Swanson and at 8 by the noir-inspired Ben Goldberg on clarinet with drummer Tom Rainey at Downtown Music Gallery

3/11, 7 PM the rapturous, haunting all-female Yale Slavic Chorus followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/11, 7:30 PM pioneering alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads his trio with Miles Okazaki (guitar), and Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) slice and dice rarely heard Indian nocturnal raga themes at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. A rare artist who can blend jazz with elegant traditional Indian improvisation and make it all seem perfectly natural. 

3/11, 9:30 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bowery Electric, $10

3/12-14, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

3/12, 9:30 PM horn-driven psychedelic band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes

3/13, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian  leads his quintet at 55 Bar

3/13, 7:30 PM indie classical violin star Olivia De Prato of the Mivos Quartet plays the album release show for her edgy new solo album at the second floor space at 1 Rivington St at Bowery, $20

3/13, 8 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play Robert Martin’s Wind Quintets at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

3/13, 8:30 PM ex-October Project bandleader and art-rock chanteuse Mary Fahl at City Vineyard, $20

3/13-17, 8:30 PM subtle, coloristic drummer Ben Perowsky leads a series of ensembles at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. Choice pick: 3/14 with the Moodswing Orchestra and Elysian Fields singer Jennifer Charles

3/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

3/13, 8:30/11 PM this era’s greatest jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell leads a trio with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Vanguard. Then 3/19-25 the trio adds Eyvind Kang on viola

3/14, 6 PM koto and shamisen player Kento Iwasaki at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

3/14, 7 PM Colin Stokes, cello and Sophie Zhang, piano play works by Goleminov, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Bridge at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St, free, res req 

3/14, 7 PM wild psychedelic lapsteel player Myk Freedman & the MykFreedmans followed by improvisational trombone icon Steve Swell leading a trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

3/14, 7  PM fearless, fiery blues-punk songwriter Molly Ruth – a real force of nature – followed by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – playing the album release show for her wildly psychedelic new album Live at Mercury Lounge at…the Mercury, where else, $tba. Leckie is also at Pine Box Rock Shop solo acoustic on 3/31 at 9:30 PM.

3/14, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band and special guest Eric Ambel on guitar at Hill Country. Lots of good duels, probably.

3/15, 7 PM composer/sound artist Zosha di Castri (piano), indie classical icon Missy Mazzoli (synthesizer) and others premiere new solo works at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

 3/15, 7 PM bittersweet, high-lonesome oldtime Americana trio the Night Kitchen with Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals; Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals at Barbes

3/15, 7:30 PMlatin jazz piano titan Arturo O’Farrill leads his quintet at Minton’s, $15

3/15, 8ish new works by violinist Maya Bennardohttps://www.mayabennardo.com/

, who’s ioned by cellist Zan Berry and pianist Karl Larson a the Owl, $10

3/15-18, 8/10 PM ageless jazz drum legend Roy Haynes celebrate his 93rd bday at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/15, 8;30 PM a wild klezmer dance party with Steven Weintraub and the all-female Tsibele (Yiddish for “onion”) at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St.

3/15, 8:30 PM star south Indian sitarist Alif Laila at the Jalopy, $15

3/15, 10:30 PM River Cult play their ferocious, feral, cinematically psychedelic doom metal/postrock at Sunnyvale $10

3/16, 5:30 PM multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba & guests from the NY Arabic Orchestra play a kid-friendly introduction to the magical microtone of the Middle East for zgess 4-up at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue (at 79th Street), free

3/16, 6:30 PM a night of mysterious, otherworldly, ecstatic Georgian traditional music with Dancing Crane Company at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, $30. Mens and women’s choirs, string bands, lots of dancing, the works.

3/16, 7 PM Betsayda Machado y La Parranda – “the voice of Venezuela” – sing raucous, catchy Afro-Venezuelan tambor beach party dance tunes at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25

3/16, 7:30 PM perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/16, 7:30/9:30 PM terse, purposeful guitarist Miles Okazaki’s quartet with Matt Mitchell on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/16, 8 PM Middle Eastern jazz sorcery with oudiste Tom Chess‘ Strange Ornament Quartet at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/16, 8 PM oldschool garage-punks Mala Vista, the Up Up Ups – the female NY Dolls –  the Carvels – who sound a lot like the Dickies – and second-save garage legend Johnny Chan at Sunnyvale, $10

3/16, 8 PM pyrotechnic, charismatic Argentine bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre backed by the New Asia Chamber Music Society at Symphony Space, $22 adv tix rec

3/16, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

3/17, 1 PM a “Poetry as Protest” workshop for kids with Amélie Gaulier: “kids are encouraged to create their own slogan, protest poster, catchphrase, or mantra,” at FIAF Tinker Auditorium, 55 E 59th St

3/17, 4 PM new klezmer tunes by clarinet sorcerer Michael Winograd,and lustrous trumpeter Ben Holmes followed at 6 by the deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci jamming out original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s,  at 8 by eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet, and at 10 by the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at Barbes

3/17, 6 PM ferociously lyrical populist rockers LJ Murphy & the Accomplices – the closest thing to Elvis Costello & the Attractions this city’s ever produced – with special guest Walter Ego on bass at Bar 9

3/17, 7 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – at the Delancey, $8. Get in, get out before the amateurs show up.

3/17, 7:30 PM sarodist Ranajit Sengupta at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

3/17, 7:30 PM ace drummer Bobby Sanabria and the MultiVerse Big Band play latin jazz versions of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story score at the Hostos Center,  450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St in the Bronx, $25 tix avail

3/17, 8 PM Super Yamba play their psychedelic Afrobeat jams followed by high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at C’Mon Everybody, $12

3/17, 8 PM a night of magical duo improvisations: James Moore & Andie Springer on resonator guitar, violin and voices; violin duo Leah Asher & Natalia Steinbach; the Berrow Duo (Thea Merisow & Leia Slosberg) on cello & flute; and Sleepalk (Steinbach and drummer David Grollman) at Bushwick Community Darkroom, 110 Troutman St, (Evergreen/Central), J to Central Ave, $10

3/17, 8 PM banjo player/singer Alison Kelley of the New York Packet (South Street Seaport’s official maritime music group) and DK and the Joy Machine – songwriter Dian Killian and her Appalachian Mountain dulcimer at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

3/17, 8ish Jake Sherman, the Real Vocal String Quartet’s Dina Macabee and NYC underground rock legend Ed Pastorini at the Owl, $10

3/17, 8 PM haunting, dynamic oudist Simon Shaheen’s Qantara with special guest group the Qantara Berklee Ensemble play iconic themes from Arabic cinema across the decades at Roulette, $30

3/17, 10 PM amateur-free St. Paddy’s Day with ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Gutter, $5

3/18, 2 PM amazing sounds at Musical Armenia 2018: pianist Timo Andres and chamber ensemble Hotel Elefant play new works by ambitious, sweeping, politically fearless composer Mary Kouyoumdjian plus pianist Hrant Bahgrazyan plays works by Babajanian, Ravel and Bach at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/18, 2  PM the amazingly eclectic Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play Paul Salerni – Two Partita; Dusan Bogdanovic – Quatre piéces intimes for cello and guitar; Franz Schubert – Quartet for flute, viola, cello and guitar; Kreutzer – Trio for flute, viola and guitar; Tina Kenny Jones – Making Monster at the S. I. Museum,1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”, Staten Island, $15.  

3/18, 4 PM legendary Dominican crooner/guitarist Joan Soriano “El Duque de la Bachata” at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/18, 5 PM up-and-coming new music ensemble Face the Music play large ensemble jazz pieces  by Rudresh Mahanthappa, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson and Steve Lehman at the Jazz Gallery, $15

 3/18, 7 PM Exotic Flora play edgy, intense new jazz: Slavic Soul Party‘s Chris Stromquist – drums; Stephen Moses – trombone and Sean Moran – guitar, followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/18, 9ish recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Starr Bar, $8

3/18, 9 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads a quartet including James Shipp on percussion and synths at 55 Bar

3/19, 7:30 PM chamber ensemble Kaleidoscope play a Harlem Renaissance-themed program TBA at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/19 ,9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

3/20, 5:30 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415 play works by medieval composers Handel, Porpora, Leclair and Boismortier at the Miller Theatre, free

3/20, 6:30 PM baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan perform a program of WWI songs and laments about veterans returning from war plus antiwar classics by Schubert and Rachmaninoff at the Museum of the City of NY, $15/$12 stud.srs

3/20, 7 PM acerbic, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts leads his quintet followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

3/20, 7 PM rising star jazz harpist Brandee Younger  plays her own tunes plus material by Dorothy Ashby at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10

3/20, 7:30/9:30 PM Camille Bertault – who rocketed to youtube virality with her spot-on vocalizations of famous jazz solos – with her similarly playful group at the Jazz Standard, $25

3/20. 7:30 PM pianist Zhenni Li plays works by Schumann, Lourie, and Bartók at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Halll, $25 tix avail

3/20, 9 PM cinematic, politically fearless guitarist Demir Demirkan at the Knitting Factory, $10

3/21, 6 PM sitarist Anjana Roy with percussionist Polash Gomes at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

3/21, 7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

3/21, 8 PM pianist Jacob Sacks leads his trio  at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

3/21, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

3/21, 9:30 PM soul-jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her band play the album release show for her new one Rise Up at Joe’s Pub, $25

3/22, 7 PM magical carnatic singer Mitali Bhawmik with Shree Suresh Benegal on harmonium and Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at the Mercy Home for Children, 273 Willoughby Ave, Ft. Greene, $20, G to Classon Ave

3/22, 7 PM a sax summit: the PRISM Quartet, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón, wow, at Symphony Space, $23/$15 srs/$8 stud

3/22, 7:30 PM Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand plays Beethoven’s Hammarklavier sonata at Scandinavia House, $25. He’s also here on 3/29 playing  Beethoven’s three last sonatas,

3/22, 7:30 PM the Heath Quartet play Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op. 74, No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/22, 8 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa performs her fascinating multimedia project Recognition – examining the ugly European occupation of Angola in the 1950s and 60s – with harpist Zeena Parkins and saxophonist Mark Turner at Alwan  for the Arts, $20

3/22, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

3/22, 8 PM jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila at Barbes

3/22, 8ish a very rare solo show by magical jazz violinist Charlie Burnham solo & guitarist Brandon Ross’ Phantom Station at the Owl, $10

3/22, 9ish haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano – at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $12 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

3/22, 9 PM noisy, shambling 90s Britrock nostalgia: the Wedding Present at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec

3/23, 7 PM sarangi virtuoso Sabir Khan and tabla maestro Aditya Kalyanpur at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

3/23, 7 PM  Naho Parrini, Eric Phinney and Marc Peloquin play an all-Leonard Bernstein chamber music program: Ten Anniversaries for Piano, Halil (Hebrew for flute), two love songs rarely performed, Extinguish My Eyes and When My Soul Touches Yours, with poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, and the final movement of the Serenade for Violin at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

3/23, 7:30 PM haunting, edgy Middle Eastern jazz pianist Tarek Yamani at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/23, 7:30 PM edgy, tuneful klezmer-influenced reedman Uri Gurvich  with Peter Slavaov on bass and Francisco Mela on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

3/23, 7:30/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery $25

3/23, 7:30 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra plays Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style D. 590; Stravinsky: Pulcinella and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Flushing Town Hall, free, get there early

3/23-24, 8 PM Qyrk Qyz (40 Girls): female poets and storytellers sing an epic version of the Gulaim legend about Amazons of Turkish ancestry with dutar (two-stringed lute), kyl-kiyak (two-stringed bowl fiddle), and jaw harp and a score by Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky – at BAM, $25 adv tix rec

3/23, 8 PM dark psychedelic soundtrack legends Morricone Youth play their live score to the cult horror film Danger: Diabolik at WFMU Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St in Jersey City, $10

3/23, 8ish the deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci jam out original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s at the Owl, $10

3/23, 8 PM pianist Thomas Sauer plays works by Bartok, Debussy, Saint-Saens and Bach at the New School auditorium, 66 Wt 12th St., free

3/23, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

3/24, 6 PM quirky, colorful Tredici Bacci bassist Simon Hanes leads a trio with Brian Chase – drums and Anthony Coleman – piano, followed at 8 by art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

3/24, 7:30 PM a brilliant, female-fronted Middle Eastern-flavored triplebill: fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi, slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones and Jordanian chanteuse Farah Siraj at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. expensive, $35, but worth it

3/24, 7:30 PM Portuguese fado crooner Ricardo Ribeiro leads his band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

3/24, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  with violinist Lisa Batiashvili play works by Prokofiev and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

3/24, 8 PM , Books leader and cellist Paul de Jong and composer and haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s String Ensemble at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud

3/24, 8 PM the Claudia Quintet – who didn’t invent pastoral jazz but perfected it so thousands of others could rip them off – at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/24, 8 PM topical songwriter Colleen Kattau with cellist Barry Kornhauser at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

3/24, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his band at Hank’s, $8

3/24, 9ish pensively psychedelic, massively tuneful Moroccan/Venezuelan-influenced songwriter Miriam Elhajl at Wonders of Nature

3/24, 7:30 PM sitarist Abhik Mukherjee at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

3/24, 8 PM Howlin Wolf-influenced guitar/drums duo Mr. Airplane Man at Union Pool, $15

3/24, 9  PM wryly surreal prozac rock duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s

3/24, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

3/25, half past noon sharp, violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht play an Australian-themed program of “music spanning 300 years, performed on period instruments, enhanced by a film of evocative landscape stills, moving images and bird call field recordings sourced from the Cornell Ornithology Lab” on the second floor at 1 Rivington St, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/25, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play Renaissance Italian “tomb sonnets” by  Luca Marenzio, Philippe Verdelot, Jacques Arcadelt, and Cipriano de Rore, and instrumental works by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, at the Secret Theatre, $25

3/25, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

3/25, 7 PM enigmatic, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at LIC Bar

3/25, 8:30 PM hypnotic postrock/art-rock/psychedelic supergroup Heroes of Toolik  at Pete’s

3/25, 9 PM trumpets and basses:  Danny GoukerJake Henry and Kenny Warren on the highs, Adam Hopkins,Will McEvoy and Zach Swanson on the lows at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/25, 10 PM long-running LES dark parlor pop/circus rock crew Black Flamingo at Otto’s

3/26, 7 PM organist Patrick Allen plays Charles Tournemire’s harrowing suite The Seven Last Words of Christ at Grace Church, free

3/26, 7:30 PM the Brentano Quartet play works by Haydn, Brahms and Steven Hartke at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

3/26, 10ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

3/27, 8 PM ethereally creepy singer Alice Boman and lush, hypnotic slowcore/postrockers Bing & Ruth at Murmur Ballroom,17 Eastern Pkwy, Ft. Greene, 4 to Brooklyn Museum, $15 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

3/27, 8 PM Courtney Marie Andrews – who’s gone in a refreshingly purist Melba Montgomery-ish 70s C&W/soul direction – at the Mercury, $12

3/27, 8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Pete’s

3/27-28, 8:30 PM Motoko Honda (piano, electronics) Theresa Wong (cello, voice) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

3/27, 9 PM fearlessly political, badass all-female swing harmony trio Rosie & the Riveters at the small room at the Rockwood 

3/27, 10:30 PM this era’s hardest-hitting, most purposeful, some might say darkest tenor saxophonist/composer JD Allen leads his quartet at Smalls

3/28, 7 PM thereminist Pamelia Stickney debuts the world-premiere of “Peripheral Vision, Escape Routes” – “lullabies, songs, and daydreams,” with special guests Danny Tunick on vibraphone + marimba and Stuart Popejoy on piano & keyboard at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/28, 7:30 PM Elissa Cassini, violin + Roy Amotz, flute play Gervasoni reinventions of Bach at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

3/28, 8 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” at Barbes

3/28, 8 PM String Noise teams up with String Orchestra of Brooklyn in a high-octane set with drummer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/28, 8 PM lyrical pianist Matt Mitchell leads his trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

3/28, 9 PM the Unrehearsed at Otto’s. Could be one of a million bands. No idea if they’re any good but you never know

3/28, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

3/29, noon and 7 PM intense pianist Polly Ferman’s Glamourtango play music by women tango composers at Aaron Davis Hall, on the CCNY campus between W133rd and 135th Streets on Convent Ave, $20

3/29, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly sweeping, cinematic newschool big band jazz with Jihye Lee Orchestra at the Jazz Gallery, $15

3/29, 7:30 PM Portuguese fado-jazz crooner/guitarist António Zambujo at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/29, 7:30 PM the aptly named Mantra Percussion and kaleidoscopically shapeshifting, edgy, tuneful art-rock band Bent Knee at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/29. 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan play the album release show for their haunting new tribute to legendary singer Vida Pavlovic at Greenwich House Music School, $15

3/29-31, 8 PM a three-night festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Composers Inside Electronics at the Kitchen, $20. Ensembles TBA play early works first performed there in 1977-78 along with newer compositions by Paul DeMarinis, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Tom Hamilton, Ralph Jones, Michael Johnsen, Ron Kuivila, Cecilia López, Paula Matthusen and Margaret Anne Schedel. Full schedule here 

3/29, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – followed by the brand-new Ife – African American drummer/singer Mark Underwood’s new latin project – at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

3/29, 8 PM a classic garage rock twinbill: Muck & the Mires and the ageless Fleshtones at Bowery Electric, $15

3/29, 8 PM Third Coast Percussion and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway perform a “composer portrait” of Christopher Cerrone at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/29, 8 PM colorful Jewish jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro at Russ & Daughters, free

3/29, 8 PM subversive music by three members of the highly improvisational Rhythm Method String Quartet alongside American composer Lewis Nielson at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/29, 8:30 PM fiery Moscow klezmer band Vanya Zhuk!  w/Ilya Shneyveys & guests at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

3/29, 8:30 PM Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto) John McCowen (contrabass clarinet) Theresa Wong (cello, voice) and special guest from Switzerland – Christian Kobe (sax) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

3/29, 9 PM the Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir on this continent – sing their innovative, lustrous, lush new arrangements of ancient Indian themes, plus the haunting Bulgarian Voices Trio at the Jalopy, $15

3/29, 9ish Clebs –  the “mutant brainchild” of atmospheric, eclectic singer Emilie Weibel and jazz drummer Jason Nazary – at the Owl, $10

3/29, 9 PM cinematic noir Americana with Nathan Xander at Alphaville, $10

3/30, 7 PM the Mivos Quartet, Steven Beck (piano), Ken Thomson (reeds), and Kristen Gornstein (mezzo) play the music of Max Johnson at Spectrum, $15a

3/30, 7:30 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

 3/30, 8 PM the very busy String Orchestra of Brooklyn play works by Tony Conrad and Zach Layton at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/30, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

3/30, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Silvana

3/30, 9 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Bowery Electric, $10

3/30, 9ish enigmatic, lustrous art-rock: Marcia Bassett with Samara Lubelski at Wonders of Nature

3/30, 9ish acerbic, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts leads his sextet at the Owl, $10

3/30, 10:30 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns play the album release show for their new one at Diviera Drive, 131 Berry St., Williamsburg, $10

3/30, 11 PM powerful singer Bela Zap Art’s transcendently good, ferociously stampeding heavy, latin-tinged psychedelic band Desert Flower at Pine Box Rock Shop

3/31, 7 PM a 10-piece subset of paradigm-shifting all-female Indian orchestra the Women’s Raga Massive celebrate Women’s History Month with a mix of raga classics and soul-infused originals at Joe’s Pub, $20

3/31, 7 PM Lisa Bielawa (voice); Vijay Iyer (piano), Du Yun and others premiere new solo works at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/31, 7:30 PM Muyassar Kurdi performs her multimedia improvisation Machine/Body: “a world in a world (a meditation on ecology with movement, homemade electronics, sculpture, sound collage, percussion, and voice)” at the PPL Space in Bushwick, $5 sugg, “no one turned away for lack of funds”

3/31, 7:30 PM fado chanteuse Lula Pena and her band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

3/31, 8 PM pointillistic electroacoustic keyboardist Félicia Atkinson performs “an imaginary dialogue between the poems of Francis Ponge (1899-1988) and texts of her own, in French and in English,” at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud

3/31, 8:30 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner followed at 11 by wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Freddy’s

3/31, 9ish epic, cinematic guitar soundtrack composer Christina Courtin at the Owl, $10

3/31, 9 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues e followed by NYC’s answer to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hugh Pool at Branded Saloon

3/31, 10 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

4/1, 4 PM the Iranian Female Composers Association launch their auspicious new series at National Sawdust with pianists Ava Nazar and Erika Dohi, the Steinem Quartet, Alison Rowe, and kamancheh player Niloufar Shiri, plus Anahita Abbasi, Aftab Darvishi, Farzia Fallah, Mahdis Golzar Kashani, Niloufar Karimi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Gity Razaz, Aida Shirazi, and Niloufar Shiri, $20

4/1, 6:30 PM Shafaat Khan – sitarist son of the legendary Vilayat Khan – at Joe’s Pub, $30. Gotta start early to give this guy a chance to take his time and mesmerize you.

4/1, 9ish the catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged Trouble with Kittens and explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at the Cobra Club

4/2, 7 PM night one of this year’s MATA festival of new music kicks off with a new music dream team of Miranda Cuckson, Ariadne Greif, Blair McMillen, Sarah Brailey, and Russell Greenberg playing a  mystical program including David M. Gordon’s song-cycle Mysteria Incarnationis, sung in the original Syriac plus works by Shawn Jaeger  and Lydia Winsor Brindamour at the Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue (at 74th St), $25

4/2, 7:30 PM eclectic Bay Area vocal jazz sextet Jazz-Ology at Club Bonafide, $2o 

4/3, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal’s Lauren Cauley, violin; David Friend, piano play works by Christopher Cerrone, Tonia Ko, and David Lang at the Miller Theatre, free

4/3, 7 PM irrepressibly theatrical parlor pop pianist Greta Gertler Gold at Joe’s Pub $15

4/3-4, 7:30/9:30 PM savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson plays the album release show for her excellent, sardonic new one Code Girl with Amitha Kidambi – vocals; Adam O’Farrill – trumpet; Michael Formanek – bass; Tomas Fujiwara – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30 but worth it

4/3, 8 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s reliably adventurous Mimesis Ensemble play haunting Middle Eastern-inspired works by Mohammed Fairouz and Halim El-Dabh – arguably the world’s first electronic composer – at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

4/3. 8 PM the Tak Ensemble sextet with bassoon soloist Rebekah Heller debut Mario Diaz de Leon’s first album-length suite at Roulete, $20 adv tix rec

4/3-9, 8:30/11 PM reliably lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes with Steve Nelson (vibes 4/3-4/7) Melissa Aldana (tenor sax 4/6-4/8) Peter Washington (bass) Lenny White (drums at the Vanguard

4/4 ,noon the Zorá String Quartet play Webern, Langsamer Satz; Beethoven, String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 at the Morgan Library, $20

4/5, 7:30 PM powerhouse bassist Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe play their hard-edged Afrobeat-flavored funk at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/5, 7:30 PM a collaboration between visual artist Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir,violinist Abraham Brody and cellist Ásta María Kjartansdóttir tackles “a quest for the silence that can be found in abundance in their native Iceland” at Scandinavia House , $12

4/5. 7:30 PM pyrotechnic klezmler clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg’s new immigration and displacement-themed Borderlands Project at Symphony Space, $3

4/5, 8ish ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads her shapeshifting group playing the album release show for her new one at the Owl, $10

4/5. 8 PM twistedly talented, vaudevillian cover band the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

4/5, 8 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – with her band at Greenwich House Music School, $15

4/5. 9 PM lush, dynamic female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at Union Pool, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

4/5. 10  PM the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at Sunny’s

4/6, 7 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch open for Richard Lloyd of Television at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tix rec

4/6, 7 PM killer dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

4/6, 9ish dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately – at Wonders of Nature

4/6, 10 PM classic C&W cover band and wry Sit N Spin side project the Lonesome Prairie Dogs followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  at Hank’s, $5

4/6. 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

4/7, 5 PM a house concert with magical carnatic singers Mohan Deshpande and Mitali Bhawmik plus Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Kedar Naphade on harmonium, $20, email the harmonium player for info/location 

4/7, 6 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

4/7, 7 PM New Tide Orquesta, fronted by composer  Per Störby Jutbring mash up “chamber music, minimalism, improvisation, and hints of new tango.” at Scandinavia House, $15

4/7-8, 7 PM Susana Cook’s “ Run! It’s Getting Utly, a “satire about racism and discrimination – Cook shares what she calls a “family melodrama for these fascist times.” In the brazen, wacky play, a white nationalist family falls into a muddy and desperate identity crisis when they are attacked by “La Contaminación Cultural.” Their sense of language, grammar and origin gets altered, making them question who they really are.” at Jack, $15

4/7, 7:30 PM the aptly named Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, play NYC premiere of works by Kanasevich, Janmohammadi, and Glaser, as well as music by Edvard Grieg. at the DiMenna Center, $tba

4/7, 7:30 PM noir cabaret legend Ute Lemper and her ensemble at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

4/7, 8 PM Fragile Sky – the Dead Boys meet Sonics Rendevous Band meet early Iron Maiden – at Gussy’s Bar in Queens 

4/7, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s

4/7, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk.

4/8, 2:30 PM Cantori NY perform Valery Gavrilin’s acerbic new cautionary cantata, Chimes, exploring the seductive danger of nationalism at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

4/8, 4 PM the world’s most popular renaissance vocal ensemble, Stile Antico tackle one of the era’s greatest masterpieces, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

4/8, 4 PM the brand-new Clarosa String Quartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4/8, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Bembe, 81 S 6th St, Williamsburg

4/10, 8 PM night two of this year’s MATA festival of new music with the East Coast debut of Mexico’s only independent new music ensemble, Liminar playing works by Sergey Khismatov’s D-Musik – for soprano broadcast from within a shower in the offices of the venue – plus works by Carlos Iturralde, Juro Kim Feliz and Annie Gosfield at the Kitchen, $25

4/10-15, 7:30/9:30 PM iconic jazz bassist Christian McBride with trumpeter Josh Evans, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, drummer Nasheet Waits at Dizzy’s Club, $25

4/10-14, 8:30 PM ubiquitously terse, interesting drummer Tomas Fujiwara leads a series of ensembles at the new Stone, $20. Choice pick: 4/11 with Amir ElSaffar (trumpet); Ole Mathisen (tenor saxophone), wow

4/10, 8:30 PM popular, pensive retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman at City Vineyard, $12

4/10-14, 8:30 PM lyrical Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi with Scott Colley (bass) Clarence Penn (drums) reprising his smartly terse live album recorded at the Vanguard, $30

4/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

4/10, 11 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at the Mercury, $10

4/11, 8 PM night three of this year’s MATA festival  of new music with Liminar playing works by  Kristin Boussard, Sky Macklay, Valentin Pelisch, Michael Winter and David T. Little at the Kitchen, $25

4/11, 9:30 PM the whip comes down when subversive chanteuse/provocatrice Tammy Faye Starlite reprises her legendary Lakeside Lounge Stones cover nights by playing Some Girls in its entirety at Joe’s Pub, $15

4/12. 7 PM violinist Abraham Brody and Lithuanian folk ensemble Trys Keturiose put a haunting new spin on ancient work and field songs at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

4/12, 7:30 PM the Aeolus Quartet playBeethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1; Ives: Quartet No. 2 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/12, 8 PM haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel followed by popular indie classical orchestra the Knights playing new arrangements of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances plus a world premiere arrangement of Ligeti’s Hungarian Rock by Knights horn player, Michael P. Atkinson at Bric Arts, $18 adv tix rec

4/12, 8 PM night four of this year’s MATA festival of new music features nightmare-themed works by Erin Rogers, Ken Ueno, Du Yun, Aaron Graham, Jenny Hettne, Steven Whiteley and Chris Perren at the Kitchen, $25]

 

4/12, 8 PM oceanically-inspired, relevant atmospheric sound artist Julia Santoli with sound artist Geng at Issue Project room, free 

4/12, 8 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her group at Greenwich House Music School, $27

4/13, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet with Noah Preminger on tenor at the Jazz Gallery, $25. Damn – those two out front, could be some serious fireworks

4/13, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed eventually at 10 by first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at Hank’s, $8

4/13, 8 PM Claire Chase and ensemble play a Du Yun premiere; gamelanesque percussionist/composer Susie Ibarra debuts her Filipino talking gong project at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/13, 8 PM night five of this year’s MATA festival of new music features “greatest hits” from past festivals  by Randy Hostetler, Carlos Gutierrez Quiroga,rKate Moore and Eric Wubbels’s played by pianist Vicky Chow, Sandbox Percussion and Face the Music at the Kitchen, $25

4/13, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play an all-Leonard Bernstein program: the Candide Overture and other works at Symphony Space, $25

4/13, 9 PM pianist Shai Wosner plays late Schubert sonatas at the 92nd St. Y, $30

4/13. 10 PM fiddler Diane Stockwell’s high-voltage Fresh Baked Bluegrass at Sunny’s

4/13, midnight, haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Baby’s All Right, $12

4/14, noon the Queens Jazz Overground festival with a lineup TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

4/14, 7:30 PM Ethan Philbrick leads six works for cello and string quratet at Dixon Place, free

4/14, 8 PM ageless CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/14, 8 PM night six of this year’s MATA festival of new music features chamber ensemble Contemporaneous playing theatrical and dance-oriented works by Andreas Eduardo Frank, David Kirkland Garner, William Dougherty, Jennifer Higdon and Jenna Lyle at the Kitchen, $25

4/14, 8:30 PM Jeremy Flower, John Hollenbeck, Ethan Iverson, Carla Kihlstedt, Christopher Tordini & Patrick Zimmerli play songs of mourning and the passage of time at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/14, 9:30 PM urban country legends Miller’s Farm – who did the original dis song about the L train – at Hill Country

4/14, 11ish Jack Grace‘s legendary, raucous 90s jamband Steak at Hank’s

4/15, 11 AM (in the morning) Chad Hoopes, violin and David Fung, piano play works by Ravel, Dvorak and Prokofiev at Walter Reade Theatre on 65th St. east of Broadway, $22

4/15, 4 PM carrillon player Dionisio A. Lind followed by organist Christopher Johnson playing a program TBA followed by the Combined Choirs of the Annual English Handbell Festival at Riverside Church, $20

4/15. 6:30 PM slinky Middle Eastern dance jamband Yemen Blues at Symphony Space, $18/$10 stud/srs

4/15, 7 PM improvisational multi-reed and bass magic Ned Rothenberg and Mark Dresser at Jack, $15

4/15, 8 PM the Last Revel play their wild oldtimey string band music at the Jalopy, $15

4/15. 8 PM 80s NJ janglerock icons the Feelies at Rough Trade, $25. Note that the 4/13-14 shows are sold out

4/16, 7 PM the Nels Cline 4 feat. Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Tom Rainey at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

4/17, 7 PM Twosense – pianist Lisa Moore and cellist Ashley Bathgate – play new works by Paul Dresher, Ingram Marshall, Jack Perla, Amy Beth Kirsten and Martin Bresnick at the  Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/17, 7:30 PM Trio Vitruvi play works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Dvorak at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25. 4/26 at 7:30 PM they play works by Dvorak, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven at Scandinavia House

4/17, 7:30 PM Norwegian string quartet Quartetto Testosterone – all-male, one assumes but you never know – play both of Grieg’s quartets at Scandinavia House, free

4/17, 8 PM pyrotechnic blues guitarist Ana Popovic – who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

4/17-22. 8:30 PM brilliant bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh leads her quintet with Ben Wendel (saxophone) Matt Stevens (guitar) Fabian Almazan (piano) Rudy Royston (drums) at the Vanguard

4/17, 9 PM hypnotic postrock/art-rock/psychedelic supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Sunny’s

4/17, 10ish popular, pummeling postrockers Russian Circles at Elsewhere, $25

4/18, 6  PM oud/kora wizard Kane Mathi leads his oud power trio at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/18, 7/9 PM hauntingly tuneful, propulsive Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani and vibraphonist Sasha Berliner at the Cunningham studio space at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St, $20

4/18, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her sextet at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/18, 7:30 PM Seth Parker Woods, cello, with Ashleigh Gordon, viola play a world premiere by Giorgio Nett and works by Claudio Gabriele, Matthias Pintscher, and Giacinto Scelsi at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

4/18, 9 PM purist retro dark Americana harmony band the Cactus Blossoms at Bowery Ballroom, $15

4/18, 9 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth play the record release show for their new one with special guest drummer Jim White and pedal steel sorceress Susan Alcorn at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $tba

4/19, 6/7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and vibraphonist Joel Ross improvise two sets in response to artwork by Terry Winter at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, free w/rsvp 

4/19, 7 PM La Camerata Washington Heights play works by pan-latin composers Víctor Jara, Violeta Parra, Luis Dias, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Mercedes Sosa, Pablo Milanes, Silvio Rodriguez, at Aaron Davis Hall on the CCNY campus between W 133rd and 135th St on Convent Avenue. free w/rsvp  

4/19, 7:30 PM French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares, French cellist Vincent Segal, and American drummer Nasheet Waits reimagine the forgotten tambeli tradition—a healing trance sound created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/19, 7:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost  plays the album release show for her new solo release Up to the Sky at St. Peter’s Church,346 W 20th Street between 8th & 9th Ave $10, reception to follow

4/19, 7:30/9:30 PM some real improvisational brilliance: Mike McGinnis – clarinet; Art Lande – piano; Steve Swallow – bass at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/19, 8 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero at Greenwich House Music School $15

4/19, 8 PM the Del Sol String Quartet play an all-Rzewski concert at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

4/19-22, 8:30/10:30 PM iconic alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

4/19, 9ish badass all-female swing harmony trio the Tickled Pinks sing an Elvis tribute at Hank’s

4/20, 5:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini, rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel, and socially conscious rapper Melissa Czarnik at the American Folk Art Museum

4/20, 7 PM the Orchestra Now  play Schubert, Symphony No. 8; Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet Suite at Aaron Davis Hall, on the CCNY campus between W133rd and 135th St on Convent Ave, free w/rsvp 

4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM paradigm-shifting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar mashes up Middle Eastern and Indian sounds with the Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jazz Gallery, $25

4/20, 7:30 PM 70s era salsa percussionist/bandleader Eddie Montalvo y su Orquesta at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM the massive Evan Sherman Big Band  at Dizzy’s Club, $20

4/20, 8 PM Nowhere Near (dark art-rock guitar icon Martin Bisi and drummer Bob Bert) followed by Ex-Cop (ex-Cop Shoot Cop, haha) and then New Old Skull (3/4 of 80s noiserock legends Live Skull) at St. Vitus, $15

4/20, 8 PM the Dirty Waltz Band- a seven-piece group playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions, politically-inspired cover band the Occasionalists and darkly enigmatic singer Erika Simonian’s rainy-day indie project Little Silver at Littlefield, $15

4/20, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly and brassy, spot-on Fela cover band Chop & Quench at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud/srs

4/20, 8 PM blistering post-Sonic Youth noiserock trio Weeping Icon and the even more deliciously abrasive Elizabeth Colour Wheel at Holo, $15 

4/20, 8 PM epic cello rockers Break of Reality at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tx rec

4/20, 8 PM New Orleans-tinged hard funk band Here Come the Mummies at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req 

4/20, 8 PM a night of seven-channel experimental works by cellist Leila Bordreuil, singer Ka Baird, and sound artists MV Carbon and Muyassar Kurdi at Holo, $10

4/20, 8:30 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  and post-Syd Barrett-ish Obits spinoff Savak at the Bell House, $15

4/20, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets  at Troost

4/20, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager play the album release show for their new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

4/20, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

4/21, 6:30 PM the final night of this year’s MATA festival  of new music is really wild: “Nadia Botello’s Sono/Aqua, part of MATA’s unique and vital initiative devoted to female-identifying composer-performers, A Room of One’s Own, will be a truly immersive event. The audience, having passed through stages of listening from the audible to the vibrational, will be invited to enter a sonified pool to become one with sound: generating, altering, and ultimately becoming sound incarnate,” at Imagine Swimming, 40 Harrison St west of Greenwich in Tribeca., $25, “tickets allow entry to the space for the duration of the event and for timed entry to the pool itself. Visitors will be required to sign a waiver in order to enter the pool. Not recommended for children, or for those with epilepsy or similar conditions”

4/21, 7:30 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic   playing the album release show for their new one at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

4/21, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble e play works by Jonathan Harvey, Yvonne Troxler, Claude Vivier, Alfred Zimmerlin and Balz Trümpy at Symphony Space, $25

4/21 8 PM cellist Mariel Roberts performs Davíð Brynjar Franzson’s Cartography of Time; Boston-based saxophone and viola duo Patchtax perform New York premieres; powerhouse soprano Mellissa Hughes does Great American Songbook material;improvisations by Peter Evans (trumpet) and Levi Lorenzo (percussion) with special guests Dan Peck (tuba) and percussionist Dennis Sullivan at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen St. off Smith, Carroll Gardens, F to Bergen St., free w/rsvp

4/21, 8ish eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen and brilliant Elysian Fields guitarist Oren Bloedow at the Owl, $10

4/21, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Korean art songs and orchestral works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

4/21, 9ish wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express, playing the album release show for their new one plus wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  at Hank’s

4/21. 9:30 PM wryly surreal Lynchian parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters at Pine Box Rock Shop

4/21, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at  at Silvana

4/21-22, 10 PM predictably tuneful Americana highway rocker Kevin Morby at Bowery Ballroom, $20

4/22, 2 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Michael Boyman — The Howling Wilderness (world premiere); Alan Hovhaness — And God Created Great Whales, op. 229, no. 1; John Luther Adams — Become Ocean in the ocean life section of the Museum of Natural History, free wmuseum adm

4/22, 2 PM violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Jeremy Denk play Ives sonatas at the Town Hall, $15

4/22, 2:30 PM an all-ages punk and punkish quadruplebill: dark second-wave style ska crew the Ladrones, intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka, girlpunks Babe Patrol & Ensemble Cavalera at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

4/24, 6:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated play works for two and three viols by Schenck, Couperin, and Marais, with musicians Wen Yang, Sarah Cunningham, and Shirley Hunt at the Morgan Library, $25

4/24, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House 4 with Mary Halvorson – guitar; Kris Davis – piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15

4/24. 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony, Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and the Griffes Poem for Flute and Orchestra, featuring soloist Aimee Tomer at Symphony Space, free

4/24-28, 8:30 PM playfully soaring pan-latin avant jazz songstress Sofia Rei leads a series of ensembles at the new Stone, $20.. Choice pick: 4/26 with “lides, Stills & Snapshots: Sara Serpa, Kyoko Kitamura, JD Walter, Monika Heidemann, Aubrey Johnson, Grecia Albán (vocals)

4/25, 6 PM koto player Masayo Ishigure with fellow kotoist Chris Vancil and shamisen player Tomoko Kerr at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/25, 7 PM legendary Sexmob drummer Kenny Wollesen’s twin-vibraphone Uzupis project with singer Laima Griciute at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

4/25, 8:30 PM brilliant oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25

4/25, 10 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Ziegeur at Elsewhere, $12

4/26, 7:30 PM toy piano icon Margaret Leng Tan premires works by George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin and Kelly Moran at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/26, 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter and Dvorak’s Concerto for Orchestra plus Debussy’s Fantaisie with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes  at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

4/26, 8 PM brilliant Middle Eastern percussionist April Centrone with ney flutist/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and NY Arabic Orchestra members at Greenwich House Music School, $27

4/26, 10 PM popular, purist blue-eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

4/27, 6:30 PM angst-fueled blue-eyed soulstress and Americana singer Jessi Robertson – a real force of nature – at the American Folk Art Museum

4/27, 7:30 PM Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic in a performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen: Pollux (New York premiere); Varèse: Amériques; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall ,$35 tix avail

4/27, 8 PM a rare NYC appearance by Afghani rubab lute virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi at Roulette, $30

4/27, 9ish enigmatic experimental indie vets Wet Tuna with Matt Valentine and P.G. Six at Wonders of Nature

4/28, 2 PM the amazingly eclectic Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 2, T.J. Tario’s Between the River Styx, plus works byTina Kenny Jones and a world premiere piano trio by the Shostakovian Andrew Rosciszewski at the S. I. Museum (1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”, Staten Island). $15 

4/28, 6 PM  saxophonist Arun Luthra’s Indian-inspired Konnakol Jazz Project with James Francies – piano, Evan Gregor – bass, Kenny Grohowski – drums at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp  

4/28, 8 PM Mary Kate Small – who wrote the classic parody hit White Christians – and the boisterously amusing David Dodson at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

4/28-29, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at City Winery, $30 standing room avail

4/28, 8 PM epic sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez at Roulette, $30

4/28, 8 PM lyrical, Balkan-inspired pianist Uri Caine – just back from Dave Douglas tour – at Russ & Daughters, free

4/28, 9:30 PM legendary Irish crooner Pierce Turner – sort of the missing link between the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at Joe’s Pub, $25

4/29, 2 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Haydn, Dvorak and Bartok’s harrowing String Quartet No. 5 at the Town Hall, $15

4/29, 2:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Verdi’s Requiem Aeternam at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Ave

4/29, 3 PM Chinese Music Ensemble of New York – the only full-size Chinese orchestra in the Americas – play their 2017 annual spring concert at Merkin Concert Hall,  $25

4/29, 4 PM  singer Nora Fischer, the Ragazze Quartet and Remco Menting perform Morris Kliphuis’ harrowing, dystopic The Secret Diary of Nora Plain, examining surveillance and police-state monitoring as experienced by an ordinary teenage girl, at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec.

4/29, 7 PM Hossein Omoumi, virtuoso of the Persian ney flute, makes a rare NY appearance joined by evocative vocalist Jessika Kenney, Amir Koushkani on setar and tar lutes, and Hamin Honari  on tombak and percussion at Roulette, $30

4/29, 8 PM the Phalanx Trio: Matt Mitchell – piano; Kim Cass – bass Kate Gentile – drums followed by guitarist Ryan Blotnick’s KUSH with Michael Blake – saxophones; Ross Gallagher – bass; RJ Miller – drums at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

4/30, 7:30 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio at the Bar Next Door, 

4/30, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

5/1, 8 PM allstar Romany guitar jazz royalty: the Django Festival Allstars (guitarist Dorado Schmitt, his sons Samson and Amati, accordionist Ludovic Beier, violinist Pierre Blanchard, guitarists Doudou Cuillerier and Francko Mehrstein with Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on bass) plus special gests singer Melody Gardot and reedman Ken Peplowski at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

5/2, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic Saharan desert rockers Imharhan at Rough Trade, $15. Or you could go see them for free on 5/3 at 7:30 PM at the Lincoln Center Atrium

5/3, 9 PM high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops  at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/4, 7:30 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns  and noir cabaret/goth rock legend David J at Berlin, $12. Mr. Haskins (if you’re a Bauhaus fan, you get that) is also at the Owl the following night, 5/5 at 8 with this era’s greatest dark rock pianist, Botanica‘s Paul Wallfisch for two bucks less in the tip jar

5/5, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet with violist Steven Tenenbom play works by Haydn, Borodin and Mozart at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $15

5/6, 9 PM diverse, upbeat, lyrical Americana/bluegrass string band and Steve Martin collaborators the Steep Canyon Rangers at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/10, 7:30 PM high-voltage oldschool-style Detroit soulstress Thornetta Davis at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/11, 9 PM jangly Dylanesque acoustic dude Hiss Golden Messenger followed by lush, artsy Americana band Trampled by Turtles at the Nokia Theatre, $25

5/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal plays works by Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free

5/18, 9 PM broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix avail. at the Mercury. Avoid the putrid headlining poser-rock band at all costs.

5/19, 7 PM magical Persian/Turkish improvisations with kamancheh fiddle icon Kayhan Kalhor and baglama player Erdal Erzincan at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

5/24, 7:30 PM newschool Cuban salsa jazz quintet Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/29, 7 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock band Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – play the album release show for their new one at the Cutting Room

5/31, 7:30 PM Punjabi-American soul with Zeshan B at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/5, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Spektral Quartet play works by George Lewis, David Fulmer and Eliza Brown at the Miller Theatre, free

6/12, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 the Mivos Quartet’s Olivia De Prato plays solo violin works by Ned Rothenberg, Missy Mazzoli and others at the Miller Theatre, free