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The Da Capo Chamber Players Unveil a Stunningly Diverse, Global Mix of Sounds at Merkin Concert Hall

The Da Capo Chamber Players have an enviable track record performing a vast stylistic range of lesser-known works that deserve to be heard on a much wider scale. Wednesday night at Merkin Concert Hall, the theme was global.

The coda was a richly noir, relentlessly shifting narrative that frequently resembled Bernard Herrmann’s best work. But Reinaldo Moya‘s Cronica de una Muerta Anunciada was much more of a horror soundtrack than a suspense theme. The full ensemble – Steven Beck on piano, Chris Gross on cello, Curtis Macomber on violin, Patricia Spencer on flute, Nuno Antunes on bass clarinet and clarinet, and Michael Lipsey on vibraphone and percussion – reveled as much as  a group can revel in a story about a grisly murder. Fleeting quotes from a couple of familiar wedding themes appeared early on. before a couple of chase scenes and a sharp, stomping finale illustrating the savage public stabbing immortalized in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Aptly, a recurring, dancing riff for the violin and piano spelled out the name of the murder victim, Santiago Nasar, who’d been the illicit lover of a young woman in a rural Colombian village.

The opening piece – for cello, violin, flute and piano – was Chinary Ung‘s Child Song, interpolating several Asian modes around a lively pentatonic theme based on a surrealistic Cambodian nursery rhyme. The quartet wove a series of graceful exchanges punctuated by sudden dramatic bursts and a moody cello solo as the tonalities cleverly drifted further into western territory. Historically, this 1985 piece was a triumphant return to composition for Ung, who’d spent much of the previous ten years simply trying to stay alive in his native Cambodia while so many of his colleagues were murdered.

While Chou Wen-chung‘s Ode to Eternal Pine celebrates a Korean longevity archetype , it’s written in a western idiom. The ensemble rose from spacious, spare exchanges to a serene majesty in tribute to rugged mountaintop greenery, mysetrious ambience alternating with echo phrases and a sudden, striking coda.

Gabriela Lena Frank’s four-part suite Cuatro Bosquejos sent a shout out to now-vanished civilizations on the Peruvian and Colombian coast. Gross’ cello, in particular, stood out through acerbic chromatic passages in lively, shapeshifting depictions of an ancient, insistent group of flutists, the contrasting cascades in a portrait of a pre-Colombian man-bird, seaside calls into a desert wind, and a methodical disassembly of a panpipe-influenced tune.

Also on the bill were also a brief, elegant partita for solo flute by Noel Da Costa, and a persistently unsettled, steady, occasionally noirish Second Viennnese School trio for clarinet, violin and piano by Pablo Ortiz.

The New York Philharmonic Premiere David Lang’s Chillingly Relevant New Opera

David Lang has more contempt for a police state than he does for capital letters. That’s a lot. A sold-out audience last night were treated to the New York Philharmonic‘s world premiere of his sometimes allusively haunting, sometimes horrifyingly realistic new opera “enemy of the state” [all lowercase, as is the style throughout his catalog]. It’s easy to read Lang’s new take on the theme Beethoven followed in his lone opera, Fidelio, as a Julian Assange parable. Although with the iconic Wikileaks founder reportedly near death from mysterious causes in a British prison, he doesn’t seem to have anyone as willing amd able to spring him as the central prisoner’s wife is in Lang’s new magnum opus. It’s an important work for our time: $34 tickets are still available for tonight and tomorrow night’s 8 PM performances. You should see it.

Lang has always been an anomaly, a brilliant tunesmith in a field too often dominated by both pigheaded obscurantism and twee amateurishness. The music of this new work (Lang also wrote the lyrics) resembles the Hindustani-influenced art-rock of singer Peter Gabriel, the late 70s recordings of the rock band King Crimson at their most purposeful, and the anthemic, artsy side of 80s new wave, more than it recalls Beethoven. Strings and percussion dominate throughout. Late in the narrative, a trumpeter perched on one of the balconies will sound a particularly sardonic variation on an already cynical fanfare. The sheer gorgeousness of the vocal overlays and harmonies of singers Julie Mathevet, Eric Owens and Alan Oke offer cruelly sarcastic contrast with a relentlessly grim, profoundly philosophical narrative that quotes Arendt and Macchiavelli and coldly references Bentham on what the ideal prison should be.

How did maestro Jaap van Zweden tackle the music? Bouncing on his heels as he pulled subtle variations on Lang’s tersely expanding, cellular, Glass-ine themes from the orchestra, he validated every claim about his dedication to new music. Lang’s metrics are challenging, to say the least, and the conductor had those rhythms in his pocket. He was having as much fun as anyone can have leading an orchestra, choir and soloists through the story of a potentially averted execution (you will not find out here how it ends).

The acting is as strong as the singing. Mathevet’s tantalizingly brief flights upward are matched by a resolute presence (as in Fidelio, we are expected to believe that in costume she can pass for a boy, a real stretch). Owens is almost as imperturbable as a would-be Eichmann, just doing his job, but not 100% completely devoid of humanity. Oke, as prison honcho, exudes pure evil as coldblooded sociopath and executioner.

We never even get to see the titular Prisoner, played with depleted, almost-out-of-gas determination by Jarrett Ott, until the third movement. Nor do we ever learn why he’s behind bars – although, as the Jailer avers, he probably has powerful enemies. The difference between life behind bars and outside, as the Prisoner puts it, is that inside, you can see the bars. In this Hobbesian terror state, ruled by greed, corruption and (allusively) Instagram, the jailers are as much prisoners as those they watch over. And somebody’s always watching.

Behind the scenes, Donald Nally matched van Zweden for mastery of uncanny rhythms, leading the orange-clad prisoner choir personfiied by the many men of the Concert Chorale of New York. Elkhannah Pulitzer’s direction sets the stage aptly, with imaginative use of projections and a Guantanamo-like set. When van Zweden emerged from an unexpected entry point, he set off the lone flicker of laughter in this otherwise chillingly relevant retelling of an all-too-familiar story.;

Darkly Eclectic Composer Jay Vilnai Releases His Most Haunting Album

Guitarist Jay Vilnai is one of Brooklyn’s most individualistic, consistently interesting composers. Over the years, he’s led a fiery Romany-rock band, Jay Vilnai’s Vampire Suit and made acerbic chamber music out of Shakespearean poetry. He’s also the lead guitarist in another wild, popular Slavic string band, Romashka. His latest album, Thorns All Over – a collection of new murder ballads with text by poet Rachel Abramowitz, streaming at Bandcamp – is one of his best projects so far. In fact, it could be the most lurid, Lynchian indie classical album ever made. Vilnai is playing the album release show at Arete Gallery in Greenpoint on June 6 at 7 PM, leading a trio with violinist Skye Steele and singer Augusta Caso. Cover is $15.

The allbum’s Pinter-esque plotline follows a series of jump cuts. Likewise, the rhythms shift almost incessantly, enhancing a mood of perpetual unease. Vilnai layers eerily looping piano, desolately glimering tremolo guitar and evil, twinkling vibraphone up to a savage crescendo in the album’s opening track, The Lake: it’s all the more haunting for how quietly and offhandedly the narrator relates what happens along the shore that night.

Vilnai builds a skronky maze of counterpoint in tandem with Reuben Radding’s bass in A Woman or a Gun, a surreal mashup of what could be Ted Hearne indie opera, John Zorn noir soundtrack tableau and Angelo Badalamenti taking a stab at beatnik jazz.

“I took her to the dark forest to see if she would light the way,”Vilnai intones over gloomy pools of piano, as the band make their way into The Forest. A chamber ensemble of Skye Steele on violin, Oscar Noriega on clarinet, Ben Holmes on trumpet, Katie Scheele on English horn and David Wechsler on alto flute build a gently fluttering tableau, a sarcastic contrast with the story’s ugly foreshadowing.

A ghostly choir – Quince Marcum, Laura Brenneman and Jean Rohe – join in an echoing vortex behind Vilnai’s stately angst in Heartbreak. He layers grim low-register guitar, coldly starlit piano and enveloping atmospherics in the title track, up to a squirrelly mathrock crescendo amd slowly back down: this love triangle turns out to be a lot stranger than expected.

The album’s macabre final diptych is The Night We Met: Noriega’s moody clarinet rises over creepy, lingering belltones, Vilnai’s minimalist guitar lurking in the background. It concludes as a glacially waltzing dirge. Count this as one of this year’s most haunting and strangest records: you’ll see it on the best albums of 2019 page here in December.

Perennial Relevance, Irrepressible Wit and Catchy Tunes From Meredith Monk at the Jewish Museum

Thursday night at the Jewish Museum, Meredith Monk sang a playful, relentlessly catchy, perennially relevant mix of songs spanning over forty years. Now well into her seventies, the iconic composer still has the same clarity and purity in her upper register that she had back in the 1970s when she first came to prominence as a young lioness of the avant garde. Since then, just about every quirky songstress, from Laurie Anderson, to Bjork, to Carol Lipnik, owes her a shout for blazing the trail.

Monk always looks like the cat who ate the canary, an outward calm masking an inner delight that she can’t resist sharing. Her leaps and bounds and sudden rhythmic shifts seem more seamless – and easy to sing – than they actually are, considering what a brilliant tunesmith she is. Bright, kinetic melodies from throughout the show lingered long after it was over. She opened solo, a-cappella with Wa-li-oh, a 1975 number from her Songs from the Hill collection, where she’d literally gone to the mountaintop for the inspiration to write them. Its subtle echo effects may well have reflected that milieu.

She delivered similarly dappled, sunspotted pointillisms in a couple of other numbers: the Xosa-inflected Click Song, from 1988, and later in a series of brief pieces from last year’s suite of Cellular Songs, the final puckishly titled Lullaby for Leaves. By then, she’d been joined by two members of her Vocal Ensemble, Allison Sniffin and Katie Geissinger, tall blonde valkyries flanking the modestly dressed, slender bandleader. The two womens’ harmonies, frequent upward flights and command of Monk’s frequently challenging counterpoint were the icing on the cake.

The night’s most memorable number was Scared Song, for organ and vocals, its macabre undercurrent reflecting its response to Reagan-era fearmongering. “Fear becomes violence when we don’t know it’s fear,” she advised.

Another starkly relevant moment was when the trio sang Memory Song, from Monk’s dystopic 1984 suite The Games, a calmly surreal evocation from the point of view of a quasi-griot enumerating lost cultural references, from the essential to the ridiculous. That’s why Monk’s work has always had such resonance beyond the cutting edge: there’s always something funny to lighten even the darkest points.

Monk related how she’d recorded the bittersweetly circling Gotham Lullaby in 1975, solo on piano on her debut album, and felt like she’d botched the take. Producer Manfred Eicher told he it was fine – she could do another take if she felt like it, but he’d be going out for coffee while she did. And he was right, she demurred: there was magic in its imperfections, although her take this time out certainly didn’t seem to have any.

The most operatic moment of the night was a song from her 2006 Impermanence suite. The most trickily rhythnic was Waltz in 5’s, from 1996’s The Politics of Quiet. The most enigmatic was her own solo rendition of Happy Woman, from last year. Monk’s everywoman narrator seems on the surface to be perfectly content, but it turns out she’s also troubled in almost innumerable other ways. At face value, she maintained a resolute calm, but the turbulent undercurent cuoldn’t be masked. In an era when state legislatures are falling like dominoes to a lunatic misogynist fringe, that song couldn’t have had more of an impact.

This was it for this spring’s series of concerts at the Jewish Museum sponsored by the Bang on a Can organization, but they typically do an outdoor summer series at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City as well. Meanwhile, the Museum’s must-see Leonard Cohen exhibit will be up through Sept 8, and trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s noir cinematic trio Sexmob are there for free on June 11 at around 6 as part of this year’s Museum Mile Festival.

The Chelsea Symphony Celebrate Audacity in the Face of Terror

The New York Philharmonic’s newfound dedication to socially aware programming is a welcome development, but among New York orchestras, the Chelsea Symphony got there first. This year their entire season has been devoted to music celebrating freedom fighters and the struggle against fascism. The coda of Saturday night’s program, Shostakovich’s audaciously transgressive Symphony No. 5, was arguably the most deliciously redemptive piece they’ve played in the last several months, at least from this perspective.

It was a loud yet remarkably distinct performance. It often makes perfect sense for an orchestra to play the lulls close to the vest, in order to max out the dynamics, but conductor Reuben Blundell did the opposite, right from the somber opening riffs, a paraphrase nicked from Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The effect was the same: gloom and doom, in your face, and the rest of the symphony was as impossible to turn away from.

One by one, the ensemble absolutely nailed many of the composer’s future signature tropes: a creepy, satirical danse macabre, buffoonish phony pageantry, cynically strutting militarism and the terror and soul-depletion all those things create. In moments of guarded hope, the brass section, in particular, distinguished thesmelves with their lustrous clarity. Solos throughout the performance – notably from Michael Dwinell’s oboe, Sarah Abrams’ flute, Hannah Murphy’s harp and Tyler Hefferon’s timpani – had guided-missile precision.

The piece was an enormous gamble for the composer. In 1937, Stalin’s secret police were rounding up and murdering his friends; meanwhile, he was under fire from the censors for drifting too close to the Second Viennese School, i.e. ‘western” sounds, notwithstanding that so many of the leading figures in that movement were also Slavic. Shostakovich’s response was this wickedly catchy, emotionally panoramic, occasionally harrowing masterpiece.

Notwithstanding all its drama and hope against hope, the one section that might have been the group’s greatest triumph could have been the surreal, atmospheric interlude in the third movement, one which often gets away from other orchestras. Blundell seemed to offer contrasting hope with the robustness of the conclusion, which others often leave much more unsettled.

One thing that did get away from the orchestra was beyond anyone’s control. The DiMenna Center’s air conditioning kicked in hard and sent the string sections’ tuning awry as Nell Flanders led the ensemble matter-of-factly through Dvorak’s Violin Concerto in A Minor. Soloist Bryn Digney played it from memory. She knew what she was doing, but stringed instruments tend not to adjust well to unexpectedly cold air on a warm night.

Fortunately, that wasn’t a factor in the beginning and end of the concert, which the group kicked off with minute attention to sudden stylistic shifts throughout Courtney Bryan‘s Sanctum. A portrait of the attempt to stake out solid ground amid relentless police brutality and attacks on black Americans, it requires split-second timing to sync up with a backing track including field recordings  from the Fereguson, Missouri protests. But the Symphony were up to the task of elevating stark bluesiness out of the murk – and vice versa.

The Chelsea Symphony conclude their season on June 29 at 8 PM, repeating on the 30th at 2 at the DiMenna Center with a performance of Cofigliano’s Symphony No. 1 plus the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D Minor with soloist Adam von Housen.  For Sunday’s performance, they switch out Mendelssohn for Beethoven’s violin cnncerto in that same key.. Suggested donation of $20 is about half what the Philharmonic is charging for the Corigliano ealier next month. It will be interesting to compare the two.

Marathon Microtonal Magic with Kelly Moran at Roulette

During the momentary pause midway through Kelly Moran‘s riveting, marathon parformance at Roulette Monday night, a handful of audience members went up on the balcony to peer into the concert grand piano she’d been playing. What had she done to get such magically eerie, bell-like, otherworldly pointillistic sounds out of that thing?

Moran never addressed the issue, emerging from the wings for the second half in a new outfit – switching out an airy linen dress for a slightly more fesitve black top and jeans. Had she detuned some of the strings? There were some suspicious coppery objects inside the piano, and people in the crowd were speculating whether she’d put tacks, or similar metal objects, on some of the hammers. And there were a couple of laptops involved. Whatever the case, Moran worked the keyboard hard as she swayed from side to side on the bench, a rugged individualist reveling in her own iminitable sound.

It was a torrentially gorgeous tour through Moran’s two latest albums, plus a lengthy suite of new material. Moran combines the uneasy belltones of Mompou with the Asian inflections and rhythmic complexity of Debussy while adding her own layers of microtonal mystery. She tackled six relatively short pieces from her botanically-themed Bloodroot album with an unexpected vigor. The album is on the delicate side; here, she raised the voltage, anchoring her meticulous, rhythmically perfect righthand articulation with graceful, sparse lefthand accents, a trope that would recur with even more intensity later on. While both the subtle circular shifts of Phlip Glass and the plaintiveness of Chopin seemed to be touchstones, the music was unmistakably Moran’s.

The two new, considerably longer pieces before the intermission were even more dynamic. There was a Glass-ine matter-of-factness in the methodical, outwardly rippling variations of the first two movements of Helix II, while the aptly titled Night Music brought to mind late Ravel.

The second half of the program was more electroacoustic, Moran playing along to videos of underwater imagery in tandem with prerecorded, synthesized orchestration that ranged from low drones to what seemed to be live sampling. Often that increased the psychedelic factor, spinning her celestial curlicues and spirals back kaleidoscopically, although as the thicket of sound grew more dense, it sometimes subsumed what Moran was actually playing. After the better part of two hours onstage, she finally closed with a stately, spacious, echoingly minimalist theme to send the crowd home on a rapt note.

Roulette continues to program the most exciting avant garde and 21st century music of any Brooklyn venue, while staying in touch with their roots in the loft jazz scene. Fans of largescale improvisational music and the AACM canon might want to swing by the memorial concert for the great saxophonist Joseph Jarman this Saturday, May 25 at 2 PM; admission is free with a rsvp.

Brooklyn Rider and Kinan Azmeh Play a Transcendent Coda to a Popular Upper West Side Concert Series

Over the last few years, the mostly-monthly Music Mondays concert series has become an Upper West Side institution. The level of classical talent they’ve been able to lure up to the corner of 93rd and Broadway rivals the programming at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. The final night of this season on May 6, with paradigm-shifting string quartet Brooklyn Rider and haunting clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, was as transcendent as any in recent memory here. And that includes two separate, equally shattering occasions where the East Coast Chamber Orchestra played their towering arrangement of Shostakovich’s harrowing anti-fascist masterpiece, the String Quartet No. 8.

As they’re likely to do , Brooklyn Rider opened the night with a New York premiere, in this case Caroline Shaw‘s Schisma. With equal parts meticulousness and unbridled joy, the quartet – violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Michael Nicolas – stood in a semicircle as they played. Maybe that configuration gave them a jolt of extra energy as they parsed the composer’s development of a series of cell-like phrases, spiced with fleetingly jaunty cadenzas and passages with an unselfconscious, neoromantic attractivness.

The world premiere of Jacobsen’s Starlighter, bolstered by Azmeh’s emphatic drive, was even more fun. The violinist explained to the sold-out crowd that it’s about photosynthesis, which came across as a genuinely miraculous, verdantly triumphant phenomenon. Its deft metamorphosis of riffs within a very traditional sonata architecture made a good pairing with Shaw’s work.

That the concert’s high point was not its centerpiece, a stunningly seamless perrformance of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15 speaks to the power of the entire program. Brooklyn Rider’s recorded version has a legato and a stamina that’s remarkable even in the rarified world of those who can play it on that level. But seeing it live drove home just how much of a thrill, and a challenge, it is to play. The contrasts between all the interchanging leaps and bounds and the rapt atmospherics of the adagio third movement, became all the more dramatic.

The highlight of the night was the world premiere of The Fence, the Rooftop and the Distant Sea, Azmeh’s duo piece for clarinet and cello. The composert told the crowd how he’d been inspired to write it from the rooftop of a Beirut building after fleeing his native Syria with his wife. It’s about memory, how it can fade and be reinvented, how tricky those reimagining can be – and how they haunt. Azmeh would look out over the ocean and convince himself that he could see his home turf in the far distance. As most exiles would, he clearly misses it terribly. The introduction had plaintively fluttering echoes of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time;. Later passages, for both the duo and each solo instrument, followed a plaintive trajectory that dipped with a murky, almost macabre cello interlude laced with sepulchral harmonics and ended as a poignant Arabic ballad.

All five musicians closed the show with a deliroius romp through Kayhan Kalhor‘s Ascending Bird. On album, with Kalhor playing kamancheh and joined by Brooklyn Rider, it’s a bittersweet, furiously kinetic escape anthem. Here, Azmeh taking Kahor’s place, it was more stark and resonant, even as the piece’s bounding echo effects and sudden, warily intense riffage coalesced.

Music Mondays’ fall season of free concerts typically begins in late September or early October; watch this space. Brooklyn Rider’s next concert is on May 31 at the Oranjewoud Festival in the Netherlands with legendary singer Anne Sofie von Otter. Azmeh’s next show is May 19 at 2 PM at First Presbyterian Church,,201 S  21st Street at Walnut St in Philadelphia with pianist Jean Schneider.


Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for May and June 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. May is when most of the free outdoor summer concerts are announced, so this blog will be working extra hard all month long to get you info to plan your summer.

If you’re leaving your hood, don’t get stuck waiting for a train that never comes, make sure you check for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

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.

If you see a typo or an extra comma or something like that, remember that while you were out seeing that great free concert that you found out about here, somebody was up late after a long day of work editing and adding listings to this calendar ;)

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 10 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

Mondays starting at around 10:45 PM Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play two sets at Union Pool. 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 woke, 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 usual lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests. Sizzling guitarist Binky Griptite – Sharon Jones’ lead player – is also often there.

Tuesdays at 9 PMclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes (check the club calendar). Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

Wednesdays at 9ish 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 8:30, 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 at 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 on Saturdays at 4 PM 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 May, 6 PM eclectic Satie-inspired jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson leads a series of ensembles at Barbes. Choice pick: 5/25 with the premiere of his noir-infused Outer Space Caravan. with Stephanie Griffin – viola, Michael Attias-alto sax, Ken Filiano-bass

Sundays in May, 5 PM rapturous Afro-Peruvian/classical pianist/singer Chi-Chi Glass  at Barbes

Most Sundays at 5:15 PM, a free recital on the amazing, powerful, dynamic new organ at St. Thomas Church at 5th Ave and 53rd St. featuring some of the world’s greatest organists. The space is magnificent and the music usually is too. Right now the church fathers are programming pretty much everybody who used to work here and play the mighty old Aeolian-Skinner organ that finally had to be replaced. Check the concert calendar for details. 

Sundays in June, 5 PM tuneful postbop composer and  Hearing Things drummer Vinnie Sperrazza leads a series of ensembles at Barbes

Sundays in June, 8 PM purist guitarist Peter Mazza – who gets the thumbs up from bop-era legend Gene Bertoncini – leads a series of groups at the Bar Next Door

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes – check the club calendar just to make sure.

5/1-2, noon nuanced, politically savvy Portuguese fado-jazz singer Sofia Ribeiro at the World Financial Center, free

5/1, 6 PM Sharon Goldman – one of the great tunesmiths to come out of the NYC acoustic scene since the turn of the century – at the small room at the Rockwood

5/1, 7 PM the New School Studio Orchestra play Vanguard Jazz Orchestra compositions at the New School ground floor auditorium at 67 5th Ave, free

5/1, 7 PM African-American string band polymath Rhiannon Giddens plays a super-rare intimate show at the Greene Space, $25

5/1, 7:30 PM the amazing, haunting, otherworldly NY Andalus Ensemble – who play ancient Middle Eastern and North African Jewish sounds from as far back as a thousand years ago  –  at La Nacional, 239 W 14th St, $20/$16 stud/srs

5/1, 8 PM acerbic, enigmatic postrock band Marateck play their guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers’ compositions; peripatetic pianist Miki Sawada also plays his solo worksat Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

5/1, 8 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/1-2, 8 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara with a typically brilliant edgy lineup: Nick Dunston – bass; Mary Halvorson – guitar; Patricia Brennan – vibraphone at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

5/1-4, 8:30 PM arguably the foremost piano improviser alive (and a hell of a composer too), Satoko Fujii leads a series of groups at the Stone at the New School, Choice pick: opening duo night, reprising her two magical duo albums with bassist Joe Fonda

5/1, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and Middle Eastern flavored hash smoking anthems at Troost

5/1, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Otto’s

5/2, 730 PM, repeating 5/4 at 8 the NY Philharmonic with pianist sisters Katia and Marielle Labèque perform Bruch’s double concerto and Richard Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, $31 tix avail

5/2, 7:30/9:30 PM tthe mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Minton’s, $20

5/2, 7:30 PM the Minguett String Quartet play Beethoven: String Quartet in C-sharp minor, Op. 131 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/2, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

5/2, 8 PM brilliant blues guitarist, above-average bassist, strongly tuneful blues songwriter and badass singer Celisse Henderson at Greenwich House Music School, $15, beer/wine included

5/2-5, 8/10:30 PM guitar icon Bill Frisell with the Sexmob rhythm section – Tony Scherr and Kenny Wollesen  – at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

5/2, 8 PM irrepressible 60s-style blue-eyed soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/2 , 8 PM Pauline Kim Harris, Vicky Chow, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Roger Kleier play Annie Gosfield;s “real and imagined sounds for instruments and electronics:” plus Edmund Campion’s new work for triangles and electronics played by Marilyn Nonken, Manuel Laufer, Russel Greenberg and Bill Solomon at Roulette, $20 gen adm

5/2, 8 PM conversational pianist Jeffrey Siegel plays boisterous works by Scott Joplin, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Weber, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and many others at Scandinavia House, $25

5/2, 8:30 PM a haunting klezmer-inspired twinbill: tMarianna Rosett’s harrowing Auschwitz family tale The Ghost Brothers, plus KIez Dispensers violinist Amy Zakar & band at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

5/3, 1 PM Austrian organist Stefan Donner plays Austrian music of the 20th and 21st centuries including pieces by Johann Nepomuk David and Wolfgang Sauseng amongst others at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 308 W 46th St, free. He’s also at he Actor’s Chapel, 239 W 49th St, the same day at 6:30 playing works by Louis Vierne and Felix Mendelssohn

5/3, 4 PM violinist Monica Huggett & Byron Schenkman salute composers Leclair, Rameau, and the Age of Enlightenment at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121St St, $10 tix avail

5/3,7 PM purist pianist/bandleader Benjamin Appel debuts his big band Do You Love with an absolutely killer lineup at the fifth floor auditorium at the New School, Room I531, Arnhold Hall55 W 13th St , free

5/3, 7:30 PM Portuguese fado stars Camané and Ana Sofia Varela with an all-star band: André Dias (Portuguese guitar), André Ramos (classical guitar) and Rodrigo Serrão (acoustic bass guitar) at the World Financial Center, free

5/3, 7:30/9:30 PM elegantly eclectic, tuneful pianist Angelica Sanchez at the Jazz Gallery, $20

5/3. 8 PM trombonist Vera Kemper’s Blu Cha Cha group followed at 10 by horn band Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you missed it) playing Little Rascals theme music at Barbes

5/3, 9 PM one of the year’s best lineups: creepy art-metal band Black Road, crescendoing, psychedelic doom metal band Clouds Taste Satanic, eclectic heavy psych/stoner boogie band Grandpa Jack and kinetic heavy psych band the Stone Eye at Footlight Bar, $10

5/3, 9 PM the Vivisectors – who make macabre surf rock out of old Soviet prison songs – at Otto’s

5/3-5, 9 PM Hoboken janglerock legends the Feelies, with their twin drummers and three guitars at Rough Trade, $25 gen adm

5/3, 10 PM Brooklyn’s hilarious counterpart to Spinal Tap, stoner metal parodists Mighty High at Hank’s, $10

5/3, 9 PM deliciously brass-heavy retro 60 soul band Jeremy Beck & the Heavy Duty Horns play the album release show for their new one at the Knitting Factory, $12

5/3, 10:30 catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

5/3, midnight unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project  at the big room at the Rockwood

5/4, 10 AM – 2:30 PM a free block party with music, dance and more to celebrate 60 years of Lincoln Center on the plaza there, an eclectic lineup includes hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at 1 PM plus some indoor classical shows, free tix distributed at 10 AM.

5/4, 7:30 PM fado stars Hélder Moutinho and Maria Emília with an all-star band: André Dias (Portuguese guitar), André Ramos (classical guitar) and Rodrigo Serrão (acoustic bass guitar) at the World Financial Center, free

5/4, 7:30 PM pianist Richard Goode plays works by Mozart, Beethoven, Janacek, Chopin and others at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

5/4, 7:30/9:30 PM trombonist Kalia Vandever plays solo, trio and quartet works to celebrate the releae of her debut atlbum at the Jazz Gallery, $20

5/4. 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes’ broodingly Middle Eastern/klezmer-tinged Naked Lore trio  followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes at Barbes

5/4, 8 PM ghostly avant-garde trumpeter Jaimie Branch presents new works with her drum-trumpet duo Anteloper and quartet Fly or Die at Roulette $18 adv tix req

5/4, 8 PM surrealist avant garde free jazz collective thingNY present the premieres of Skylighght by Erin Rogers & Gelsey Bell, a duet for voice and saxophone “that explores that larger space as well as the space within their instruments, and You Must Read a Lot of Jung by Dave Ruder, a slow-moving melodic sextet that seem to keep turning over the same questions,” plus Stevie May’s Softboarding multimedia project at Artefix, 38-02 61st St, Woodside, Queens (7 train to 61st St), $10

5/4, 8 PM sharply literary, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

5/4, 8ish feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub allstars Combo Chimbita  play the album release show for their new one at Elsewhere, $17

5/4 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the eclectic, had-hitting Aquatudes, at 10 the spooky organ-fueled Renegade Lounge, the Dick Dale-ish Killers from Space at 11 and around midnight : NY horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers

5/4, 9 PM lyrical third-stream pianist Vadim Neselovskyi with a fantastic string quintet playing compositions and improvisations at the Cell Theatre, $15

5/4, 9ish eclectic, acerbic Americana/klezmer violinist Lily Henley leads her band at the Owl

5/4, 9 PM eclectic, tuneful, seriously woke Americana guitarist/accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen at Pete’s

5/4, 9 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk”atat Bar Chord

5/4, 10 PM the latest edition of 90s alt-country favorites Son Volt at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25

5/5, 2:30 PM pianist Marilyn Nonken plays works by Scott Joplin and Charles Ives at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/5, 3 PM violinist Joshua Bell. pianist Jeremy Denk and cellist Steven Isserlis play piano trios by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff’s harrowing Trio Elegiaque at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail

5/5, 3 PM St. George’s Choral Society sing Milhaud’s rarely staged Sacred Service with Paolo Bordignon on the organ at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Ave at 35th St, $30

5/5. 3 PM the epic Chinese Music Ensemble NY play lush tradiional themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

5/5, 4 PM acoustic folk vet Bev Grant and her songwriter colleagues, janglerocke Steve Mayone, Americana rock siren and ex-Red Molly multi-instrumentalist  Carolann Solebello & Lindsey Wilson at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/5, 4 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh with pianist Jean Schneider, piano play a classical program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/5, 5 PM the Brooklyn chapter of the American Guild of Organists show off their chops: Aaron Comins, Stephen Danziger, Phillip Lamb, Nick Martellacci, Maria Rayzvasser, Thomas Hobson Williams, John A. Wolfe, and Ellen Wright play what is sure to be an eclectic program at the San Damiano Mission,, 85 N 15th St, Williamsburg, free, closest train is actually the G (which is running) to Nassau St.

5/5, 5 PM rapturous Afro-Peruvian/classical pianist/singer Chi-Chi Glass followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/5, 5:30 PM clarinetist Jeff Perlman,with brilliant klezmer accordionist Shoko Nagai at Bar Thalia next to Symphony Space

5/5, 6 PM colorful, cinematic big band sounds: Migiwa Miyajima & her Miggy Augmented Orchestra at Birdland, $30

5/5. 7 PM Guinean band Kakande and the amazing, phantasmagorical klezmer band Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/5, 8 PM jamming out the lows: tuba player Jesse Dulman, baritone sax maven Dave Sewelson and multi-instrumentailst Leonid Galaganov at Downtown Music Gallery

5/5, 8:30 ish ferocious psychedelic guitarist Debra Devi, jangly Laurel Canyon psych-folk songwriter Rebecca Turner and fiery, populist Pete Cedenedella – frontman of vintage Springsteenian rockers the Tru Mongrel Hearts – at the Treehouse at 2A

5/5, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

5/6, 7:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh with perennially adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider play works by Azmeh, Kayhan Kahor, Beethoven, premieres by Caroline Shaw and Colin Jacobsen at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

5/6, 8 PM the Korea Fantasy Orchestra back a series of singers celebrating Korean independence at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, free tix avail at the box ofc

5/6, 8:30 PM the best 80s British songwriter not named Elvis Costello: the perennially relevant, cynical Graham Parker at City Winery $25 standing room avail

5/6, 9:30 PM the eclectic, electrifying Los Mochuelos play classic Colombian vallenato and cumbia at Barbes

5/6, 10:30 PM O Kwarterto play string quartet arrangements of samba, forro, choro and other Brazilian folk styles at Pete’s

5/7, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30, show at 6 Big Dog Little Dog – Jessie Montgomery, violin; Eleonore Oppenheim, bass – improvise duets at the Miller Theatre, free

5/7, 7 PM American Contemporary Music Ensemble perform Nordic noir compositions by Ejnar Kanding and My Beautiful Decay 1973 (alias Carsten Bo Eriksen) at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/7-8, 7:30/9:30 PM vocal jazz supergroup Duchess -Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Sthrisianou- at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/7-12, 8:30/10:30 PM drummer Antonio Sanchez leads an unorthodox, enticing quartet with Chris Potter and Donny McCaslin on saxes and Scott Colley on bass at the Vanguard

5/7-11, 10:30 PM tuneful postbop pianist Matthew Shipp leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20 Choice pick: 5/11 leading a trio wih vMichael Bisio (bass) Newman Taylor Baker (drums

5/7, 8 PM the Hypercube quartet (sax, electric guitar, piano, perc) play he US premiere of Eric Wubbels’ Voided Cross + works by Erin Rogers, Nick Deyoe at the DiMenna Center, $10

5/8, 7 PM woodwind ensemble Quintet of the Americas play “an evening of new music, including Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s Danza de mediodia, Brazilian-American composer Ricardo Romaneiro’s minimalist piece Ventos, Xinyan Li’s Mo Suo’s Burial Ceremony, Valerie Coleman’s Tzigane and Owl City’s Fireflies (!?!). at the National Opera Center, 330 Seventh Ave, 7th Fl, $20/$10 stud

5/8, 8 PM indie powerpop maven and once-and-future Silos bandleader Walter Salas-Humara at an unlikely venue, Barbes

5/8, 8 PM Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laksa’s assaultive dub industrial I.U.D. project followed by the NYC debut of Japanese noise quartet SAICOBAB at issue Project Room, $15

5/8, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall

5/9, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

5/9, 7:30 PM the Danish Clarinet Trio play works by Brahms, Gade, Nieslen and Clara Schumann at Scandinavia House, $15

5/9, 7:30/930 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads an unorthodox tuneful trio with Matt Mitchell on piano and Dan Weiss on drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/9, 7:30 PM pansori singer Lee Narae reinvents the classic Korean epic Byeongangseo-ga from the point of view of its anti-heroine at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/9-10.,8 PM allstar violinist and drummer Jenny Scheinman & Allison Miller’s Parlour Game trio with formidable pianist Carmen Staaf  at Barbes, $10, followed at 10 by the unlikely awesome the Burnt Ends – Kyle Wilson – tenor sax, Kenny Warren – trumpet, Charlotte Greve – alto sax, Chris Parker – guitar, Danny Fox – piano, Noah Garabedian – bass, Sean Mullins – drums.- play horn arrangements of classic honkytonk tunes.

5/9, 8 PM the Oratorio Society of NY perform Verdi’s Requiem at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/9-12, 730/930 PM trumpet powerhouse Jeremy Pelt l leads a septet at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/9, 9ish oldtimey Appalachian duo Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves at the Owl

5/9, 9:30 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads followed by eclectic, pensive, purposeful original acoustic Americana songwriter Ruby Landen at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/9, 11 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Niagara, corner of 7th and Ave A, upstairs

5/10, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter at 55 Bar

5/10, 6ish darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by dark blues/folk noir/oldschool soul songwriter Kelley Swindall at the American Folk Art Museum. Gemini is also at Branded Saloon on 5/22 at 8.

5/10, 7:30 PM the Verona Quintet play a classical program tba at the Cell Theatre, $20

5/10, 7:30/9:30 PM vibraphonist Nikara Warren leads a septet playing her Black Wall Street suite, examining the massacre of black residents of Norman Oklahoma in 1921 at the Jazz Gallery, $20

5/10, 8 PM nuanced, fearlessly populist Malagasy chanteuse Razia Said at Club Bonafide, $20

5/10, 8ish horn-fueled 90s ska-punk nostalgia with Mephiskapheles at the Kingsland, $10

5/10, 8 PM the New York Virtuoso Singers perform Three Masses by Renaissance Composer William Byrd at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 225 W. 99th St., enter on Amsterdam Ave. between 99th and 100th, $25/$20 stud/srs

5/10, 8 PM, repeating on 5/11 at 3 and 8 PM Periapsis Music & Dance presents four collaborations, including three world premieres, by resident choreographers Erin Dillon and Hannah Weber, and guest choreographers Norbert De La Cruz III and Annalee Traylor, backed by a live score by composers Jonathan Howard Katz, Hilary Purrington and Harry Stafylakis, at the LIU Kumble Theatre, corner of Dekalb and Flatbush, downtown Brooklyn, $15 tickets with code ORACLE19

5/10, 9 PM colorful vintage Springsteenian highway rockers the Felice Bros. at the Bell House, $20

5/10, 9 PM pianist Orion Weiss plays Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, Shostakovich’s  Piano Sonata No. 2 and three of the Brahms Choral Preludes at the 92nd St. Y, $25

5/10 10 PM Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw and band followed by brilliant Americana rock guitarist Tom Clark & the High Action Boys at Hank’s, $10

5/11, 7 PM electric microtonal improvisation with the Take Off Collective – Marko Djordjevic: drums; Ole Mathisen: saxophone; Matthew Garrison: bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

5/11, 7:30 PM Quatuor Daniel play Shostakovich’s haunting String Quartet No. 6 plus quartets by Beethoven and Weinberg at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

5/11, 8 PM purposefully atmospheric  indie classical guitarist Gyan Riley followed by  Super Yamba playing their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

5/11, 7:30 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlanderr solo followed by flutist Michel Gentile’s Works trio with Daniel Kelly – piano and Rob Garcia – drums at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

5/11, 8 PM the circus rock band that started the whole thing – World Inferno – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 gen adm

5/11, 8 PM jangly Merseybeat garage rockers Ghost King, soul/funksters Native Sun and retro psych road warriors Night Beats at the Knitting Factory, $15

5/11, 8 PM instrument inventor/electronic composer Daniel Fishkin plays a “concert that may or may not include solar sound, pre-synthesizer electronic music, craft in America, radical lutherie and wood attached or unattached to the ground,”  at Flushing Town Hall, free, rsvp req, reception to follow

5/11, 9ish jangly, catchy sad-sack acoustic songwriter Field Medic at Alphaville

5/11, 8:30 PM hilarious, savagely cynical, fearlessly political C&W parody band the Great American Country Drifters at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/11, 10 PM sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

5/11, 10 PM swirly fuzz/dreampop band Mantismass, epic, cinematic postrock/metal instrumentalists Lighteater and the thundering, Mastodon-inspired Somnuri at Footlight Bar, $10

5/12, 11 AM NY original klezmer icons Metropolitan Klezmer at City Winery, $28

5/12, 3 PM first-wave punk rock chronicler Vivien Goldman reads from her new book Revenge of the She-Punks  at McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, 5/24 at 7 she’s at Rough Trade reading and performing a couple of her songs with pioneering Afro-punk bass player Felice  Rosser of Faith

5/12, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho with pianist Elliott Roth at Freddy’s

5/12, 4 PM the Daedalus Quartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/12,, 7 PM PM guitarist Loïc Da Silva leads the Fado-Manouche Trio playing Portuguese/French Romanhy mashups followed at 9:30 by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/12, 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Balinese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara  at the Fat Cat

5/12, 7 PM a good triplebill at Coney Island Baby: catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights,  wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers and guitar goddess Barbara Endes’ exhilarating psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass  $8

5/12, 7 PM singer Arta Jēkabsone leads a lush octet making string jazz out of ancient Latvian themes at the fifth-floor New School auditorium at 55 W 13th St., free

5/12, 7:30 PM wildfire Macedonian trumpet virtuoso Džambo Agušev and his equally ferocious, brassy orchestra at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St (1/2 Aves), $20

5/12, 7:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea, $25

5/12, 8 PM Karla Bonoff – NYC’s answer to Linda Ronstadt back in the 70s and 80s – at City Winery, $25 standing room avail

5/12, 9 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the Treehouse at 2A

5/13, 7 PM funny female-fronted powerpop/indie band Bad Bad Hats at the Mercury, $12

5/13, 8 PM smartly lyrical, eclectically tuneful 70s British style pub/punk rockers Binky Phillips & the Planets at Arlene’s, free

5/13, 8 PM Tigue Percussion play an eco-disaster themed program of 2 NYC premieres of works by Paula Matthusen and Elori Kramer with a recent batch of Tigue’s original music at Roulette, $18 adv tix req

5/13, 10:30 PM Cameron Mizell – the best pastoral jazz guitarist not named Bill Frisell – at Pete’s

5/14, drinks at 5:30, show at 6 So Percussion’s Jason Treuting leads a quintet playing his new works at the Miller Theatre, free

5/14, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

5/14, 7:30 PM Estonian folk singer/multi-instrumentalist Mari Kalkun plays a rare program of ancient tunes at Scandinavia House, free, early arrival advised

5/14, 7:30 PM Scott Ballantyne, cello and Hiroko Sasaki, piano play the 3 Beethoven cello sonatas at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

5/14, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/14, 8 PM epically shapeshifting Middle Eastern/Greek jamband Atlas Maior at Sisters Brooklyn, $10

5/14. 8 PM intrepid bassist Shayna Dulberger plays duo sets with keyboardist Chris Welcome, then a dancer, then leads a sax-bass-drums trio at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

5/14, 8 ish the world’s loudest quasi-reggae band, Dub Trio at St. Vitus, $15

5/14, 8/10:30 PM saxophonist Ben Wendel leads his Seasons quintet with Aaron Parks on piano at the Vangurad

5/14, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

5/14, 9 PM awful segue, decent twinbill: kinetic dreampoppers the Mattson 2 and noir-tinged retro soul songwriter Nick Waterhouse at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv ti rec

5/14, 10 PM powerhouse singer Shara Nova’s kinetic chamber-rock dance band My Brightest Diamond at Rough Trade, $22 adv tix rec

5/14, 10 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Birdland, $20 seats avail

5/15, 7 PM enigmatic, sharply literary jazz songwriter and singer/bandleader Allegra Levy at Birdland, $20 seats avail

5/15, 8 PM fiery oldschool soul and hard funk with Bruce Mack & the Nubian Messengers at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

5/15, 8 PM psychedelic powerpop guitar god Pete Galub followed by surf rockers Crazy Pills and then quirky, jangly psych-pop band Rancho Cowabunga at Footlight Bar, $10

5/15, 8 PM allstar Americana jammers the Honky-Tonk Heroes,, featuring Springsteen pianist Charlie Giordano, Gene Yellin, Trip Henderson, Tim Kiah and some surprise guests (including a fantastic mandolin and clarinet player, hmm) at Barbes

5/15, 9 PM veteran Irish crooner Pierce Turner – who at his best comes across as a mashup of the Pogues and the Moody Blues – in a very rare intimate pub show at 11th St. Bar, get there early

5/16, 7 PM darkly colorful, perennially interesting bassist Linda May Han Oh leads a quartet bolstered by a string quartet playing the album release show for her new one at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/16, 7:30 PM high-voltage alto saxophonist Tia Fuller and her band at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave (at 135th St, free rsvp req  

5/16, 7:30 PM repeating on 5/18 at 8  the NJ Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Leonore Overture plus works by Bach, Weber, and Mackey at NJPAC in Newark, $20 ti avail

5/16, 7:30 PM  the Israeli Chamber Projectt play works by Karl Goldmark, Aaron Copland, Bernard Herrmann. Shulamit Ran and other Jewish composers at Weill Hall at Canegie Hall, $30 tix avail

5/16, 7l30/9:30 PM singer Arta Jēkabsone leads a lush octet making string jazz out of ancient Latvian themes at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/16. 7;30 PM quirk-pop cult fave Nellie McKay hosts a subversive multimedia night with comedy by Nancy Giles, Roz Chast and Patricia Marx, author Meghan Daum, badass harp virtuoso Bridget Kibbey,  bassist Jay Leonhart leading the 1-Train Band, and other acts at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

5/16, 7:30 PM  Anthony Arnove – Howard Zinn’s collaborator for the Voices of a People’s History of the United States anthology emcees a night of Zinn-inspired readings and music tba at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/16, 8 PM Bubble  leader Dave Foster’s retro jazz song project the Gershwin Bros. at Barbes

5/16, 8 PM exceptionally adventurous indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En play works by Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen at Scandinavia House, $15

5/16, 9:30 PM fiery, dark art-rock/avant garde violinist Natalia Steinbach does double duty, playing the album release show for her new WaterLynx album, then teams up with her bandmates in the supergroup Feeding Goats with Michael Hafftka on guitar, Yonat Hafftka on theremin, Cameron Mizell on guitar at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/16-17, 10 PM Steve Wynn’s legendary, ageless, searing guitar duel band the Dream Syndicate at the Mercury (a place they’ve never played before), $25. 80s guitarslinger cult hero Stephen McCarthy (ex-True West) opens both shows at around 8

5/16, 9 PM punchy, sardonic postpunk band Big Bliss at Alphaville, $12

5/16, 9:30 PM newgrass and classcial with violinist Tessa Lark and bassist Michael Thurber at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/17-18, 7/9 PM a rare solo performance by Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander at Birdland, $30 seats avail

5/17-18, 8 PM perennnially edgy, darkly tuneful, fearlessly noisy guitarist Mary Halvorson with Gabriel Seymour (bass); Henry Mermer (drums) at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

5/17, 8 PM crazy segue, but two good bands: sax-and-organ grooves with Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith and baroque specialists the Beijing Guitar Duo at Flushing Town Hall, $12

5/17, 8:30 PM sepulchral, otherworldly Cairo singer/multi-instrumentalist Nadah El Shazly – who puts an eerie improvisational spin on classical Arabic song –  followed by a series of short films about “neighborhood celebrities, the rebels of Chinese trap music, animated bungee dives, and conga lines on the high seas,” then party amid the tombstones in Green-Wood Cemetery, $16 

5/17, 10 PM increasingly electric, psychedeic cumbia band Cumbiagra at Barbes

5/17, 10 PM rustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band  at the small room at the Rockwood

5/17, 7 PM newschool jazz singer Gretchen Parlato leads her quartet at the big room at the Rockwood

5/18, 4 PM  the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan at El Museo del Barrio, free

5/18, 5 PM the Make Some Noise festival in Riverside Park just north of 91st St with Bacchantae, Barnard College’s all-female a cappella group, ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black, the Educadorian-flavred Luz Pinos Band and eventually genre-smashing avant-jazz saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou and her band at the crabapple grove in Riverside Park, enter at 91st or 95th St. and follow the noise

5/18, 7 PM indie classical ensemble ensemble Contemporaneous and berimbau sextet Projeto Arcomusical at Littlefield $10

5/18, 7:30 PM pipa-driven Chinese traditional pastorales with Zhou Yi and Ban Ban Chinese Music Society at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/18, 8 PM  intense, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet at Barbes

5/18-19 9 PM ageless third-wave ska/soul band the Slackers at the Kingsland, $20. 5/18 punk-popsters the Hempsteadys and Big Tuens open at 7; 5/19 it’s ska band Westbound Train and Love & Wra; 5/19 the opening acts are roots reggae group the Far East and goth band Deep Cuts

5/18, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony wind up their socially aware season with Courtney Bryan — Sanctum; Dvořák — Violin Concerto in A Minor, op. 53 featuring soloist Bryn Digney; Shostakovich — Symphony No. 5 in D Minor at the DiMenna Center, $20 sug don. The program repeats 5/19 at 2 PM, switching out the Dvorak for Eric Ewazen’s Rhapsody for Bass Trombone and String Orchestra; with bass trombone soloist Owen Caprell

5/18, 8 PM riveting Japanese shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe at Branded Saloon

5/18, 9 PM trumpet icon Frank London and percussion maven Deep Singh’s Bagels & Bhangra, and klezmer reedman Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue at City Winery, $15

5/18. 10 PM energetic fifth-wave garage rockers the Lord Calverts at Hank’s, $10

5/18. 10 PM fuzztone-fueled retro 60s psychedelic rockers the Mystery Lights at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15 adv tix rec

5/18, 10 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall and his killer band at Skinny Dennis

5/19, starting at around noon the annual Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, acts TBA starting at Washington St and 7th St. ; feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi is the highlight at 2. A former New York pierrot repreises his popular 80s faux latin lounge lizard act at around 6.

5/19, 2 PM slashing, careening, irrepressible former Friggs guitarslinger Palmyra Delran and band followed by sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Mulligan’s Pub, 159 1st St. close to the Path train in Hoboken

5/19, 7 PM the Fair Trade Trio play the world premiere of Alon Nechushtan‘s Fractured Fairy Tales along with Beethoven’s String Trio, Op. 9, No. 1. and join forces with pianist Taisiya Pushkar for Schumann’s Piano Quartet at the Dimenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/19, 7:30 PM Miriam Phyro reinterprets Edith Piaf at Birdland, $20 seats avail

5/19, 9ish NYC Americana vet Samoa Wilson, newschool boleros with Yva Las Vegas and quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock band the Icebergs  at Starr Bar

5/19, 8 PM one of the world’s most brilliant and individualistic slide guitarists:  Debashish Bhattacharya, who’s equally thrilling with Indian ragas and Hawaiian nightscapes, at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

5/20, 8 PM hauntingly cinematic pianist/composer Kelly Moran plays two sets, accompanied by videos at Roulette, $18 adv tix req

5/21-22, 8/10:30 PM the new generation’s most eclectic jazz harpist, Brandee Younger leads her band with Ravi Coltrane on alto at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail

5/20, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

5/21, 7 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio with cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza followed by fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at 9 PM at Barbes

5/21, 8 PM Travis Laplante & erennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play their ecologically-themed, hypnotic suite Inner Garden at Roulette, $18 adv tix req

5/21, 9 PM fiery political rock en Espanol/ska punk band Outernational at Coney Island Baby, $8

5/22, 7 PM klezmer jazz band Hevreh Ensemble play the album release show for their new one at Drom, $10 adv tix rec. Followed at 9 ($10 separate adv tix admission) by the album release show by Cuban-style charanga La Banda Ramirez

5/22, 7:30 PM crescendoing, psychedelic doom metal band Clouds Taste Satanic, followed by doomy postrockers Seasick Gladiator and then Stoogoid stoner boogie band Sun Voyager at Arlene’s, $10

5/22-23 and 5/28, 7:30 PM repeating on 5/25 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, $34 tix avail

5/22, 8 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat at Barbes

5/22, 8 PM brilliantly eclectic vibraphonist Joel Ross leads a quartet, then a massive octet at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

5/22-23, 8/10 PM eclectic soul-jazz alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her eclectic oldschool soul/jazz/psychedelic funk band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

5/22-25, 8:30/11 PM funky jazz organ icon Dr. Lonnie Smith with the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw at Birdland, $30 seats avail

5/22, 9 PM cinematic rock band Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes and songs from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films at LIC Bar

5/22, 9 PM 80s Irish punk-pop/powerpop legends the Undertones at the Poisson Rouge, $26 adv tix rec. Maybe they’re getting their Middle Aged Kicks right about now

5/22 midnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

5/23-26, 7:30/930 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana  leads a quartet at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/23, 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players perform works by Chausson and Franck at the Baruch College Auditorium, $21

5/23. 7:30 PM pianist Todd Crow plays works by Mendelssohn , Schumann, Debussy, Bartok and Dutilleux at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/23, 7:30 PM salsa dura flutist Karen Joseph leads her own band, MamboCha at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/23, 8 PM playful avant garde vocal icon Meredith Mon (performing on voice and keyboard) offers one of her more rare, intimate concerts in her premiere at the Jewish Museum, with members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger (voice) and Allison Sniffin (voice, violin and keyboard).  $20. Check out the Leonard Cohen exhibit while you’re there

5/23, 8 PM the original creepy cello rockers, Rasputina at Baby’s All Right, $20

5/23, 10 PM “the Slippery Fish pay tribute to the Mexican pedal steel master Tõno Quirazco, who in the 1960’s combined the new sound of ska music out of Jamaica with country twang to invent a twist on the Caribbean sound. With Ari Folman-Cohen – bass and John Echelay – pedal steel,” at Barbes

5/23, 11 PM hilarious, ageless hair metal parody band Satanicide at the Mercury $10

5/24, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

5/24, 8 PM  amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/24, 8 PM elegant folk noir songwriter Jean Rohe at the Owl

5/24,, 8 PM adventurous choir Khorikos sing Josquin des Prez’s under-recorded motet cycle “Vultum Tuum Deprecabuntur,” plus material from their lavish triple album Joy and Grief and Rest at the DiMenna Center, $20

5/24, 8 PM crystalline-voiced, vivid, Tom Waits-influenced acoustic storyteller Lara Ewen and darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at the Way Station

5/24, 8 PM dynamic avant-garde harp luminary Zeena Parkins plays solo, duo and trio pieces at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

5/24, 8 PM Shilpa Ray – who lately has been doing a decent Patti Smith impression – followed by amazingly fun, noirish, psychedelic surf/cinematic  trio Hearing Things at Cmon Everybody, $10

5/24, 8:30 PM psychedelic Brazilian band Os Clavelitos at Espresso 77. 5/31 at midnight they’re at the small room at the Rockwood

5/24, 8:15 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet play leader Charley Girard’s Obamalogues t Shapeshifter Lab, $10

5/24, 9 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 – at the Jalopy, $10

5/25, 4 PM a Joseph Jarman memorial concert at Roulette, lineup TBA, probably plenty of AACM talent, free w/rsvp

5/25, 4 PM oldschool bomba and plena sounds with Tito Matos and La Maquina Insular at Poe Park in the Bronx

5/25, 7 PM excoriatingly lyrical, fearlessly anti-fascist klezmer/art-rock band Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird at Joe’s Pub, $20

5/25, 7 PM eclectic, pensive, purposeful original acoustic Americana songwriter Ruby Landen at Arlene’s, $10

5/25, 9:30 dark, Crampsy garage-punk band the So So Glos at the Mercury, $16 adv ti rec

5/26, 5 PM pianist Andrea Lam performs Bach, Schumann and Stravinsky at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs

5/26, 7 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka at Barbes

5/26, 7:30/9:30 PM starry, mesmerizing, pointillistically sweeping space-jazz band Bryan & the Aardvarks at the Jazz Gallery, $15s

5/26, 8 PM Peruvian psychedelic cumbia legends Los Mirlos – whose version of the national anthem or cumbia, Sonido Amazonico, remains the best-known – make their American debut at Brooklyn Bazaar, outrageously expensive, $35, but this might be your only chance to see the on this continent

5/26, 8 PM smart, tuneful, soulful oldschool blues/soul singer/multi-instrumentalist Lola Johnson at 11th St. Bar

5/26, 8:30 PM blowtorch singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many and colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at the Merrcury, $10

5/26, 10 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his combo at Smalls

5/27, 6 PM the Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

5/27, 7 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss  and her bandmates from Jim Andralis’ band the Syntotics. Susan Hwang, Larry Krone, Julie DeLano,  Leslie Graves at Sid Gold’s Request Room 165 W 26th St, $tba

5/27, 7 PM the NY Philharmonic play Bruckner’s big, blustery Symphony No. 8 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free, you should get in line by 4 at the latest if you’re going.

5/27, 9 PM smart, tuneful drummer/composer Jordan Young leads his B3 organ trio at the Fat Cat

5/27, 10ish  feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

5/28, 6 PM kinetic Cuban jazz pianist Elio Villafranca leads an octet playing his new suite about Cuban freedom fighter Florentina Zulueta battling slave traders and conquistadors, at Barretto Point Park (a former slave burial ground) in the Bronx, free

5/28 7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Alexa Tarantino plays the album release show for her new one with pianist Christian Sands, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr. at Dizzy’s Club, expensive $35, but she’s really something

5/28, 8 PM edgy, purposeful, improvisational tenor saxophonist María Grand leads two duos – one wiht a dancer – and a quartet at Roulette, $18 qdv ix rec

5/28-6/2, 8/10:30 PM drummer Mark Guiliana leads a killer quatet with Jason Rigby on tenor and Shai Maestro on piano at the Vanguard

5/28-6/1, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, darkly klezmer-tinged pianist Uri Caine leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 5/31 leading a tango band with strings and accordion!

5/28 8:30 PM purposeful, tuneful blues guitarslinger Joanne Shaw Taylor – who comes across like a female version of a young Robert Cray – at Iridium, $30

5/28, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘s Tromboniverse at Smalls

5/29, 6 PM Colombian-style cumbia with LaMar at Bryant Park

5/29, 7 PM the Aizuri Quartet (slightly augmented) play Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution, “full of twists and surprises, reinventing the sounds a string quartet can produce,” alongside Schubert’s epic String Quintet in C, at 1 Rivington St at Bowery, upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/29-31, 7/9 PM classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent leads a trio at Birdland, $20 seats avail

5/29, 7:30 PM mystical belltones: pianist Anthony McDonald plays a rare all-Mompou program at Scholes St. Studio

5/29. 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars w/allstar oudist Ara Dinkjian at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

5/29 8 PM Andrew Vladeck – whose lyrically-driven songs careen from stark oldtimey tunes to epic, cinematic anthems – at the small room at the Rockwood. Blueeyed soulstress/guitarslingerMiss Tess is at the basement room next door for $12 at the same time

5/29, 8 PM legendary Bob Marley bassist Family Man Barrett’s version of the Wailers at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

5/29, 9:30 PM pianist Jiyoun Lee (a.k.a Queen of Arpeggios at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

5/30, 7 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteus Julia Patinella at the basement room at the Rockwood, $12

5/30, 7:30/930 PM bassist Shawn Lovato leads a quintet with Oscar Noriega -alto saxophone; Brad Shepik -guitar’ Santiago Leibson -piano; Chris Carroll -drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/30. 7:30/9 PM noir-tinged pianist Frank Kimbrough with Jay Anderson on bass & Jeff Hirshfield on drums at Mezzrow, $20

5/30, 7:30 PM, repeating 6/1 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 plus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24, $34 tix aail

5/30, 7:30 PM powerhouse retro 60s soul singer Meah Pace and her killer band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/30, 7:30 riveting, charismatic, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays fiery works by De Falla, Liszt and Kachturian at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hell, $20 seats avail

5/30, 8 PM scruffy indie gutter blues duo Eleanor followed by  edgy lefty latin soul guitarist Damian Quinones acoustic at Freddy’s

5/30-6/2, 8/10:30 PM perennially edgy, tuneful alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

5/30 8:30 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess and  punk/rockabilly band the Screaming Rebel Angels  at Coney Island Baby, $10

5/30, 8:30 PM original klezmer songwriter Josh Waletzky & band with the charismatic Ilya Shneyveys on vocals at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

5/30, 9 PM catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens  followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas  at Niagara, Ave. A and 7th st.

5/30, 10 PM catchy, politically fearless soulstress Alice Lee – Nina Simone meets Fiona Apple, equally psychedelic and torchy – at Pete’s

5/30, 10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

5/31, 7 PM an eclectic slate of guitarists – pensive, thoughtful Caribbean/Canadian banjoist/songwriter Kaia Kater, hypnotic soundscaper Rafiq Bhatia and ferociously powerful, politically fearless southern gothic banjo player Amythyst Kiah.– salute 20s blues pioneer Memphis Minnie at the Greene Space, $25

5/31, 7:30 PM cutting-edge string jazz with drmmer Kendrick Scott‘s Oracle and the Attacca Quartet at Aaron Davis Hal, free, rsvp req 

5/31, reception at 7:30, show at 8:30, mystical courtly themes and edgy improvisation with Korean piri flutist Gamin with Minkyung Park (haegeum fiddle);Sangmi Kang (gayageum zither) at the Center for Remembering & Sharing, 123 4th Ave FL 2 (between 12th & 13th str $25 adv tix rec

5/31, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare duo show with pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Ches Smith at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/31, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play Schubert’s Rosamunde suite, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto at Symphony Space, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/31, 8 PM probably the best twinbill ever to play Silvana: careeningly explosive ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse followed by unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project 

5/31-6/1, 8 PM wryly psychedelic cinematic Italophile instrumentalists/parodists Tredici Bacci at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

5/31, 9 PM cinematic, kaleidoscopic jazz composer/singer Annie Chen leads her quintet at the old Nublu

5/31, 9 PM ne of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet at Sunny’s

5/31, 9:30 PM oldschool 60s Muscle Shoals style soul duo Dwight & Nicole at Bower Electric, $10 dv tix rec

5/31, 11:30 PM the Pandemics play ska at Otto’s

6/1, 1/3 PM up-and-coming chamber group Ensemble Connect play Ives’ Symphony No. 3 plus other works on Governors Island, free

6/1, 5 PM ecketic, fiery jazz improv guitarist Ryan Ferreira followed at 6 by atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and band, at 8 by purist front-porch folk banjo player/singer Stephanie Jenkins and eventually at 11 by creepy 80s goth/folk noir group Ghost Harbor at Pete’s

6/1, 6 PM a Azeri ensemble TBA play works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Skryabin, Lecuona, and Azerbaijani composers Qara Qarayev, Tofik Kuliyev, Aziza Mustafazadeh. at the Sheen Center, $25/$15 stud/rs

6/1, 7 PM a wildly diverse bunch including (probably not in consecutive order) Alsarah and the Nubatones, Nicole Atkins, Rafiq Bhatia, , Kevin Breit, Banning Eyre, Fantastic Negrito, Binky Griptite, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Kaia Kater, Brandon Ross, Amythyst Kiah, Rachael & Vilray, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, Jontavious Willis, and Brandee Younger. play a Memphis Minnie tribute on the water behind the World Financial Center

6/1, 7:30ish oldschool 60s style soul crooner/guitarist Durand Jones & the Indications followed by Americana soulstress Emily King at Central Park Summerstage. To get in, you may have to stand through a set by a putrid opening act that starts about a half hour earlier

6/1, 7:30 PM erudite jazz drummer Winard Harper & Jelly Posse at Smalls

6/1, 8 PM  clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniac Slavic Soul Party celebrate 15 years at Barbes

6/1, 8 PM gothic rock legend JG Thirlwell followed by wryly psychedelic cinematic Italophile instrumentalists/parodists Tredici Bacci at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. 6/26 at 7 they’re at National Sawdust for five bucks more in advance plus you have to deal with L train bullshit

6/1-2, 8./10;30 PM reliably acerbic alto sax powerhouse Kenny Garrett leads his band at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

6/1 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others, the Derangers, ageless, jangly, purist NY originals the Supertones and surfed-out tv themes from Commercial Interruption sometime after midnight

6/1, 9 PM electric, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts  at Bar Chord

6/1, 10 PM sharply literary, ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

6/2, 1130 AM ish this years’ s Celebrate Israel Parade on 53rd St between 5th and 6th Aves, performers tba

6/2 2 PM the Scandia String Quartet with flutist Lisa Hansen play works by Friedrich Kuhlau, Lard-Erik Larsson, Jean Sibelius, Edward Grieg, and Frank Foerster on the Billings Lawn  on th4 downhill slope on the Hudson side of Ft. Tryon Park,

6/2, 5 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at FM Jersey City , $tba

6/2, 6 PM dynamic Americana/highway rock guy/girl duo Ransom Pier followed by the female-fronted AC/DC, Hannah Wicklund & the Stepping Stones at the Mercury, $12 adv tixx rec

6/2, 6 PM potentially spine-tingling, quiet improvisations from bassist Giacomo Merega, low register reed maven Joshn Sinton and guitarist Todd Neufeld at Downtown Music Galley

6/2, 7 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson and ensemble play her works plus pieces by Aaron Jay Kernis, Reena Esmail’s Teen Murti and a Peter Askim world premiere at National Sawdust, $25 adv tic rec

6/2, 7 PM improvisational choir Constellation Chor at Spectrum, $15

6/2, 7:30 PM disarmingly direct, lustrous jazz singer Marianne Solivan leads her quartet at Smalls. 6/10 at 8:30 she’s at the Bar Next Door with with Leonardo Pellegrino on guitar and Gregg August on bass, $12

6/2, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar

6/2, 8 PM , 8 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey –  at the Knitting factory, $12

6/2, 8:30 PM skittish, oldschool 70s style powerpop band the Penultimate followed at 10;30 by quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock band the Icebergs  at Pete’s

6/2, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black  at Footlight Bar, $10

6/3, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat

6/4 drinks at 5:30, show at 6 the Bent Duo -David Friend, piano; Bill Solomon, percussion – play works by Hannah Lash, Sarah Hennies and Mayke Nas at the Miller Theatre, free

6/4, 7 PM Afro-Peruvian jazz/classical/psychedelic folk pianist/chanteuse Chi-Chi Glass and band followed by  clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes. 6/26, 6:30 PM SSP are outdoors at 300 Ashland Place, corner of Lafayette Ave & Flatbush Ave, Ft. Greene

6/4-5, 7:30;9:30 PM brilliantly eclectic vibraphonist Joel Ross leads a quintet with Immanuel Wilkins – alto saxophone; Jeremy Corren – piano ; Kanoa Mendenhall – bass ; Jeremy Dutton – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30

6/4, 8 PM bassist Nick Dunston, who blends jazz, 20th and 21st-century western classical music, experimental music, and no wave, leads his ensemble through the premiere La Operación for soprano voice, two alto saxophones, two basses, and two percussionists. “Inspired by the 1982 documentary of the same name by Ana María García, La Operación is an abstract interpretation of a historical phenomenon involving colorism in Puerto Rico, eugenics, medical malpractice, second-wave feminism, and American colonialism” at Roulettte, $18 adv tix rec

6/4, 8 PM 70s disco nostalgia with Patti LaBelle at Prospect Park Bandshell – this will be a mobscene, try watching from behind the back fence if you’re going

6/4, 8 PM the Festival Chamber Orchestra play works by Mozart, Brahms and others at Washington Square Park

6/4-8, 8:3/10/30 PM lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes leads aquartet wih Steve Nelson on vibes at the Vanguard

6/4-8, 8:30 PM hauntingly Middle Eastern-influenced alto saxophonis Uri Gurvich leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20 Choice pick: 6/7 playing blues with Adam O’Farrill (trumpet) Edward Perez (bass) Clarence Penn (drums)

6/4, 10 PM the Belle Curves – who have an achingly gorgeous new janglerock single out – at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/5, 1 PM violinist Bran Hong plays a program tba at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req

6/5, 7 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Hank’s, free

6/5, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform a program of music from a global cast of composers including Chou Wen-chung, Reinaldo Moya, Chinary Ung, Pablo Ortiz, Noel da Costa and Gabriela Lena Frank at Merkin Concert Hall $20

6/5, 8 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

6/5, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40  at Bar Chord

6/5, 9 PM pedal steel player Jonathan Gregg and his trio followed by guitar goddess Barbara Endes’ exhilarating psychedelic janglerock band Girls on Grass at Hank’s, $tba

6/5, 9 PM high-voltage Texas stoner boogie/heavy psych power trio Jason Kane & the Jive at Otto’s

6/5, 9:30 PM sepulchral, otherworldly Cairo singer/multi-instrumentalis Nadah El Shazly – who puts an eerie shoegaze spin on classical Arabic song – at Joe’s Pub, $15

6/5, 11 PM eclectic pan-latin and Middle Eastern-inflected acoustic songwriter Miriam Elhajli at the small room at the Rockwood

6/6, 6:30 PM postbop drum vet Winard Harper leads hisvtypicaly excellet  band at Marcus Garvey Park

6//6, 7:30 PM, repeating 6/7-8 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play David Lang’s new opera Prisoner of the State – inspired by Beethoven’s Fidelio, it chronicles the rise and fall of a tyrant, what a coincidence in 2019! $34 tix avail

6/6-7, 7:30 PM tuneful, purist postbop guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg leads his quartet at Smalls

6/6, 8 PM an avant string twinbill: acerbic indie classical violin duo String Noise (Pauline Kim Harris and Conrad Harris) play new works by George Lewis, Sam Yulsman, Jessie Cox, Pauline Kim Harris. Then the String Trio of New York: James Emery, Tony Marino and Rob Thomas, with guest percussionist Thurman Barker, perform works by Billy Bang, John Lindberg, Muhal Richard Abrams and Emery at Roulette, $20 gen adm

6/6, 8 PM jangly highway rock and gothic Americana with the Rural Alberta Advantage at the Mercury, $20 adv tix rec. Notice how so many old Bowery Ballroom acts are being squeezed into this much smaller space lately? Hmmm…

6/6, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez followed by theremin virtuoso Pamelia Stickney‘s awesome quartet with Sarah Bernstein: violin, Stuart Popejoy: piano/keys, & Danny Tunick: vibraphone. at Barbes, Stickney is back there on 6/12 at 8 and then on 6/21 she’s at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery with Ches Smith , $20. She’s back there following night 6/2 with Chris Mannigan and Danny Tunick

6/6, 9 PM the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band  followed by Dingonek Street Band playing second line, Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, and the Black Tie Brass at Pine Box Rock Shop

6/6, 9 PM dark new psychedelic improvisational electroacoustic trio Sly Horizon with Rick Parker (trombone, electronics, synths), Álvaro Domene (7 string electric guitar and electronics), and Jeremy Carlstedt (drums/electronics). playing the album release show for their debut album at Arete Gallery, $15

6/7, 5 PM Sonoro Nuyorkina featuring Mayra Bello, Osmay Calvo, and Wilson Quevedo play salsa, merengue and bachata at Bryant Park

6/7, 5:30 PM rousing spiritual/soul singer Vienna Carroll at the American Folk Art Museum

6/7, 6 PM eclectic, tuneful folk noir accordionist/guitarist/songwriter Ali Dineen and similarly dark, carnivalesque oldtimey songwriter Feral Foster a on the terrace in Pier 3 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, past the basketball courts

6/7, 6:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez leads his salsa jazz Quartet at Sunset Park Recreation Center in Sunset Park, 43rd Street at 7th Ave

6/7, 7 PM oldtimey torch-swing cult favorite Jolie Holland unamplified acoustic at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix ec

6/7-8, 7 PM the annual steel guitar Unconvention at the Jalopy, $25. Friday nghts lineup begins with pedal steel and cello duets from Bob Hoffnar and Christopher Hoffman – wow – followed at 8 by the: Dime Store Romeos featuring Raphael McGregor at 9 Dave Easley, at 10 Atlanta sacred steel band: Kashiah Hunter and the Sacred Sounds. Saturday nght’s lineup starts at 7 with latin steel sounds from John Eichleay, at 8 Hazmat Modine’s fierce Michaela Gomez, at 9 Anupam Shobhakar playing Indian sarod and at 10 pm Murnel Babineaux on Cajun steel guitar

6/7-8, 7:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ grooves with the Jared Gold quartet with Jeremy Pelt on trumpet at Smalls

6/7, 8 PM new music ensemble Desdemona – Adrianne Munden-Dixon (violin), Carrie Frey (viola), Julia Henderson (cello), and Margarita Rovenskaya (piano – play works by Peter Kramer, Tom Morrison and Finola Merivale at Arete Gallery, $15

6/7, 8ish long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Shrine. 6/11 at 9 PM they’re at Arlene’s, $10

6/7, 8 PM a rare duo performance by darkly tuneful pianist Kris Davis with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

6/7, 9ish terse, acerbic trumpet improviser Steph Richards leads her trio at the Owl

6/7, 10 PM the Barcelona Gipsy Balkan Orchestra at the Cutting Room,, $30 adv tix rec

6/7, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

6/7, 11 PM Athan Hilaki and his band play classic Greek rebetiko rock and pop hits at Drom $15 standing room avail

6/8, 1 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia playing edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Ruppert Park, Second Ave. bet. E. 90 St. and E. 91 St.

6/8, 7 PM latin drum maven Bobby Sanabria, and band at Playground Fifty-Two, 681 Kelly St, in the Bronx, 2 6 to Jackson Ave

6/8, 730 PM seven-piece chamber jazz ensemble Wide Open with Mark Feldman – violin Michel Gentile – flute Jacob Garchik – trombone Anna Webber – saxophones Daniel Kelly – piano Matt Pavolka – bass Rob Garcia – drums at Brookliyn conservatory of Music, $tba

6/8, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes’ broodingly Middle Eastern/klezmer-tinged Naked Lore trio  followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

6/8. 8 PM the String Orchestra of Brooklyn  performs newly commissioned works by Greg Spears and Phil Kline alongside Julius Eastman’s Gay Guerrilla at Roulette, $18 gen adm

6/8, 8 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery band the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – followed eventually at 10 by world-weary noir pop songwriter Mara Connor at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec

6/8, 8:30ish postbop/improv jazz drum maven Ches Smith leads a pretty scary quartet with Mary Halvorson and Liberty Ellman on guitars plus Nick Duonston on bass at I-Beam, $15

6/8 9ish a rare reunion of retro, low-key, horn-driven ska band the Bluebeats at Hank’s, $10

6/9, 2 PM the Scandia Brass Quintet on the Billings Lawn  on the downhill slope on the Hudson side of Ft. Tryon Park,

6/9, 3-11 PM an allday free Wall to Wall John Coltrane marathon at Symphony Space,, lineup tba includes Lakecia Benjamin, the Brooklyn Raga Massive and others

6/9, 3 PM roots and dancehall reeggae with British Dependency, Mr. Kool, and Paul St. Albans Park in Queens

6/9, 3 PM the  NJ Symphony Orchestra  play Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream plus Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail, if you can’t get to Central Park for the Philharmonic playing that symphony, you should go to this

6/9, 3 PM Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano and Gloria Kim, piano perform an all George Crumb program at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, Park Slope, any train to Grand Army Plz, sugg don

6/9, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

6/9, 7 PM brilliantly eclectic Ameriana guitarist Jason Loughlin‘s String Gliders play western swing followed by followed at 9:30 or so by paradigm-shifting Romany swing/psychedelic rock guitarist Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

6/9,  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

6/9, 7 PM Bobtown – NYC’s most allusingly lurid folk noir harmony band – play the album release show for their slightly less creepy new one at the big room at the Rockwood

6/9, 8:30 PM quirky, whirling, string-driven chamber pop/art-rock band Gadadu at Pete’s

6/10, 6 PM the Brooklyn Songwriters Exchange – a diverse bunch playing everything from folk noir to Costelloesque, literatry rock to Indian ragas and oldschool soul – at Pete’s

6/10, 8 PM brilliantly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom leads her trio then joins with Bone Labyrinth: the Mara Rosenbloom Trio meets Melanie Dyer’s We Free Strings at I-Beam, $15

6/10, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble  and the City of Tomorrow woodwind quintet play a three-part program featuring rare works by Ursula Mamlok, Natasha Anderson, and Felipe Lara at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

6/10, 7 PM otherworldly Norwegian folk singer Marja Mortensson puts an ethereal art-rock spin on ancient reindeer herding songs at Joe’s Pub, $20

6/10, 7 PM  tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhode followed at 10 by eclectic, witty, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette at 55 Bar

6//10, 7 PM up-and-coming indie classical ensemble Face the Music with flutist Claire Chase play Anthony Braxton compositions at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

6/10, 10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

6/11, drinks at 5:30, show at 6 Ensemble Échappé play works by Selim Göncü, Katherine Balch, Nina C. Young and others at the Miller Theatre, free

6/11, 7 PM composer Matt Frey celebrates the release of his operatic concept album, One-Eleven Heavy about the suspicious 1998 plane crash of Swissair Flight 111 off Nova Scotiqa, at Arete Gallery, free

6/11, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

6/11, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily cinematic Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

6/11, 8 PM the Festival Chamber Orchestra play works by Brahms and Mohammed Fairouz at Washington Square Park

6/11, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 plus other stuff at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on 6/12 in Central Park, 6/13 in Cunningham Park, at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike in Queens, 6/14 in Prospect Park. The orchestra’s brass and percussion also play a free concert on 6/16 at 4 at the St. George Theatre in Staten Island

6/11, 8:30 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis with Rick Rosato on bass and Kenneth Salters on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

6/11-15, 8:30 PM vivid, intense, lyrical jazz pianist Myra Melford  leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20 Choice pick: 6/13 with Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Tomeka Reid (cello)

6/11, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at 11th St Bar

6/11, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

6/12, 7 PM a cantorial music showdown with Azi Schwartz, Yanky Lemmer and Netanel Hershtik backed by an all-star band led by trumpet legend Frank London at Central Park Summerstage

6/12, 7 PM soaring, epic all-female mariachi/tropicalia orchestra Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

6/12, 7 PM Los Pleneros de 21 play classic Puerto Rican bomba and plena sounds at Albee Square, (corner of Fulton and Bond), downtown Brooklyn

6/12, 7 PM Jog Blues mash up Indian and American jazz sounds – but nothing about running or blues – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

6/12, 8:15 PM the Take Off Collective trio with Marko Djordjevic: drums; the magically microtonal Ole Mathisen: tenor saxophone; Matthew Garrison: bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/12, 8:30 PM brilliant noir swing/Romany jazz/latin soul composer and guitarist Jack Martin (ex-Knoxville Girls and Dimestore Dance Band) at Troost. He’s also here on 6/26

6/12, 8:30 PM  pensively intense microtonal violinist/singer Sarah Bernstein‘s excellent Veer Quartet with Sana Nagano – violin; Leonor Falcón – viola; Nick Jozwiak – cello at Arete Gallery, $15

6/13, half past noon polymath latin jazz pianist Arturo O’Farrill leads a small group at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/13, 6-9 PM the Museum Mile Festival with free admission at museums all along 5th Ave

6/13, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

6/13, 7:30 PM  fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers and folk noir duo the Tall Pines playing the album release show for their new one at Coney Island Baby, $12

6/13, 7:30 PM bassist Anne Mette Iversen leads an excellent quintet with John Ellis on soprano sax at Smalls

6/13, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by Quatre Vingt Neuf, who do playfully improvisational versions of hot jazz classics with a rock rhythm section at Barbes

6/13, 8 PM Duo Violete – Émilie Fortin (trumpet) and Laura (violin and viola) – play transcontinental violin-trumpet works by John Mallia (Boston), Bekah Simms (Toronto), Ryan Maguire (Virginia), Lucy Hollier (NYC), Maxime Daigneault (Montreal), and Dan Antoniu at the Owl

6/13, 8ish wild, epic Afrobeat jamband the Brighton Beat at the Knitting Factory, $12

6/13, 9 PM hauntingly jangly retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Mystic Braves at Rough Trade, $15 gen adm

6/13, 10 PM a rare reunion gig by pioneering salsacore/Puerto Rican punk band Ricanstruction at Shrine

6/14, 5:30 PM a fearsome lineup of acoustic and Americana talent celebrate irrepressible impresario and songwriter Lara Ewen‘s bday at the American Folk Art Museum

6/14, 6 PM purist postbop jazz guitarist Ed Cherry and band at J Hood Wright Park W. 173 St. bet. Haven Ave. and Ft. Washington Ave. uptown

6/14, 7 PM exhilarating klezmer/latin/cumbia jamband Metropolitan Klezmer on the roof of the Manhattan JCC, $18, noshes and drinks available

6/14, 8 PM Afrobeat bassist Will Graefe and band followed by eclectic, cinematic keyboardist Frank LoCrasto playing the album release show for his coy new tropicalia/exotica record at Union Pool, $12

6/14-15, 8 PM fascinatingly lyrical, individualistic pianist Sylvie Courvoisier with Mary Halvorson on guitar at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

6/14, 8 PM Pakistani reggae-rock band Kabir Cafe at Flushing Town Hall, $16

6/14, 8 PM serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors followed by jaggedly guitar-driven, female-fronted anthem band Grayhunter at the Knitting Factory, $10

6/14, 8 PM Lost Dog New Music Ensemble play the the world premiere of new orchestrations of Leonard Bernstein’s haunting Dybbuk and his much more carefree early suite Fancy the DiMenna Center, $20

6/14, 8:30 PM surf rock night at Freddy’s: Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others and  the majestic, darkly cinematic TarantinosNYC.

6/14, 9 PM dark intense lyrical southwestern gothic/paisley underground rockers Shanghai Love Motel at Connolly’s, 121 W 45th St., $10

6/14,, 9 PM Bollywood-influenced oldschool soul harmony band Say She She followed by psychedelic Afrobeat jamband Ikebe Shakedown at Rough Trade, $15 ad tix rc

6/14 10 PMLos Cumpleanos – with Nestor Gomez – vox/percussion; Lautaro Burgos – drums; Eric Lane – keyboards; Alex Asher – trombone play Colombian cumbias, salsa and originals at Barbes

6/15, 5 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra  at Marcus Garvey Park

6/15 boarding a 6 PM, sailing at 7 noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers and psychedelic latin soul tinged band Garcia Peoples aboard the Lucille, leaving from behind the heliport at 23rd St. and the East River, $20 adv tix available at the Rocks Off Concert Cruise box office there

6/15, 7 PM drummer Jack DeJohnette leads a Coltrane tribute trio with Ravi Coltrane on alto and Matt Garrison on bass at Central Park Summerstage

6/15, 7 PM Orquesta Afinke play oldschool salsa dura at Gorman Playground 30 Ave., 25 Ave. bet. 84 St. and 85 St. in Queens

6/15, 7 PM drummer/composer Matt Slocum plays the album release fo rhis new trio album withAdam Birnbaum – piano; Larry Grenadier – bass at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, sug don $20

6/15, 730 PM thunderous Ukrainian folk-punk stompers Dakhabrakha at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University downtown, $30

6/15, 730 PM 7:30 PM the  Queens Symphony Orchestra play Honegger’s “Pastorale d’été,” Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks Concerto,” Vivaldi’s Oboe Concerto in C Major, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 “The Jupiter.” at Flushing Town Hall, free, rsvp req

6/15, 8 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic, electric cumbia direction lately at Barbes

6/15, 8 PM  high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem followed by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at C’Mon Everybody, $10. Super Yamba are also at Barbes on 6/22 at 10.

6/15, 8 PM Yousef Shamoun & Tarab Ensemble play slinky, haunting Middle Eastern jams at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rc

6/15, 9ish playful improviser Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax; Eva Novoa, piano ; Drew Gress, bass ; Tom Rainey, drums at I-Beam, $15

6/15, 10 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio at the Fat Cat

6/15, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘s Tromboniverse at Smalls. 6/25, 8 PM they’re in Washington Square Park

6/15, 11 PM circus rock legends World Inferno at the Market Hotel, $20

6/16, 2 PM the Scandia String Orchestra  perform  Nordic works by Frank Foerster, Niels W. Gade, Johan Helmich Roman, and Svend S. Schultz. on the Billings Lawn  on the downhill slope on the Hudson side of Ft. Tryon Park,

6/16, 3 PM ish the largescale improvisational ensemble who started it all, the Sun Ra Arkestra outdoors at Union Pool, free

6/16, 5 PM Bang on a Can regular and bass clarinetist Ken Thomson leads his sextet followed by eclectic indie classical piano trio Bearthoven at Arete Gallery, $15. At 8 PM there’s a separate show featuring trio In Dreams exploring “the hope and discomfort of dreams, the moments when we let go and imagine a thing wouldn’t name when we’re awake” including Houtaf Khoury’s “Apres un reve” (2008), a modern nightmare reacting to the terror of relentless war in the Middle East: a dream of hope amidst the fatigue of fear. Hasan Ucarsu’s “…the city of anachronistic nostalgia, Istanbul…” (2003) celebrates his and Derin’s hometown of Istanbul, a city rich in contradictions and layers,” plus an adaptation of Claude Debussy’s “Bilitis”, and Michael Fiday’s “Nine Haiku” that sets works by 8th century poet Basho with flashes of powerful images, dreams that come into focus for only a moment before they vanish,” separate $15 adm

6/16, 5 PM cellist Angela Lee, with pianist Evelyne Luest play works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Janáček at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/sr

6/16 8 PM intense, lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

6/16  9:30 PM sharply lyrical alto saxophonist Dave Pietro leads a killer sextet including Gary Versace on organ at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

6/16, 10 PM the anthemic, grittily 80s-tinge Dark Moon Apache at Footlight Bar, $10

6/17, 7 PM singer Rocío de Frutos & harpist Manuel Vilas perform a rare program of Quecha mystical music at the Americas Society, $20

6/17, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s eclectic, dynamic No No Nonet at Smalls

6/17, 7:45 PM singer Simona Minns leads her quartet playing “tribal roots, pagan spells, Lithuanian zither sounds, and chants incorporated into urban musical styles” at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

6/17 , 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

6/18, 7 PM popular, eclectic, edgy orchestra the Knights play works by Mendelssohn, Britten and Lisa Bielawa at Temple Emmanu-El, 1 E 65th St, free, rsvp req

6/18, 730 PM a Django Reinhardt tribute with Uptown Guitars, Franglais, Daniel John Martin & Romane Quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/18-19, 8 PM acoustic goth/folk noir dude Sea Wolf with a string quartet at National Sawdust, $25 dv tix rec

6/18, 8 PM the Festival Chamber Orchestra play works by Liszt, Barber and Beethoven at Washington Square Park

6/18, 8 PM composer Alex Weiser “presents an evening of songs culminating the complete first act of his opera-in-progress, State of the Jews, with librettist Ben Kaplan. State of the Jews follows Theodor Herzl in the last year of his life, as his efforts to establish a Jewish state become increasingly desperate. It includes scenes from the Sixth Zionist congress, in which Herzl proposes Uganda as a possible land for Jewish settlement, and Herzl’s visit with Pope Pius X, in which he seeks the Pope’s support for a Jewish Ssate,” at Roulette, $18 adv tix tec

6/18-23, 8:30/10:30 PM perennially popular postbop pianist Brad Mehldau leads his trio at the Vanguard. Be aware that the early shows are selling out

6/18-22, 8:30 PM klezmer-jazz piano ico Anthony Coleman leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20 Choice pick: opening night, leading a chamber jazz nonet with strings

6/19, 6:30 PM sizzling violin-driven tarantella/Romany string band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino outdoors at 300 Ashland Place, corner of Lafayette Ave & Flatbush Ave, Ft. Greene. 6/23 they’re at Joe’s Pub at noon for a $20 cover

6/19, 7 PM bass sax monster Stefen Zeniuk’s punk mambo crew the NY Fowl Harmonic at Hank’s , free

6/19, 8 PM haunting noir singer Karla Rose & the Thorns play her menacingly playful, brilliantly lyrical songs at 11th St. Bar

6/19, 10:30 PM cscampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunk/psychedelic band Sharkmuffin at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/20, noon ageless soul-jazz pioneer and Blaxpolitation film soundtrack icon Roy Ayers at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/20, 7:30 PM bluesy funk followed by gullah-influenced soul: organist  Cory Henry & the Funk Apostles and Tank & the Bangas at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/20, 7:30 PM catchy, eclectic ska-pop/latin/reggae sounds from the Brown Rice Family followed by soaringly haunting Yorkshire lass Jan Bell and her all-female Americana band the Maybelles under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

6/20, 7:30 PM Icelandic bassist & composer Sigmar Matthíasson and his Arora trio at Scandinavia House, $15

6/20, 8 PM 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Pharaoh Monche at Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave in Bed-Stuy, G to Bedford-Nostrand

6/20 8 PM enigmatic psychedelic funk guitarist/singer Aubrey Haddard and her band at South House in Jersey City, free. Edgy and fearlessly jazzy like a young Alice Lee

6/20, 8 PM sound sculptor Cecilia Lopez‘s RED, which “investigates interactions with unstable acoustic feedback systems,” hmmm, at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

6/20, 8 PM searing, intense, brilliantly tuneful Turkish-American rockers Barakka at the old Nublu, $10

6/20, 9 PM scruffy punkish jamband Jeff the Brotherhood at Industry City Courtyard, 238 36th St, Sunset Park, $15 adv tix avail at the Bell House

6/21, 6 PM a rare uptown appearance by Brooklyn folk noir icon Liz Tormes at the American Folk Art Musem

6/21, 6 PM soaringly haunting Yorkshire lass Jan Bell and  soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther on the terrace in Pier 3 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, past the basketball courts

6/21-22, 7 PM iconic low register reedman Scott Robinson switches to tenor for a show by his Tenormore Quartet at Birdland, $30

6/21, 7:30 PM psychedelic blues singer/bandleader Aida Victoria followed by desert rock/southwestern gothic legends Calexico fronted by that Iron & Wine dude at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/21, 8 PM careeningly explosive ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Shrine

6/21, 8 PM pianist Huizi Zhang and composer-pianist Gu Wei play an evening of contemporary music for toy and “real” piano featuring pieces by Phyllis Chen, Jun An Chew, Daniel Despins, Chris Parrello, Yuting Tan, and Gu Wei. at the DiMenna Center, $20

6/21, 10 PM psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Gallo Bueno at Barbes

6/22, 10 AM the annual free Punk Island allday concert on Governors Island, dozens of bands from all styles of punk. Houston folk-punk faves Days N Daze on the bill with dozens of others. Keep in mind that security to get on the ferry is FEROCIOUS, no alcohol alllowed, you will be searched.

6/22, 2 PM Stefanie Minatee & Jubilation celebrate 20 years of singing ecstatic gospel tunes at NJPAC in Newark, $34 tix avail

6/22, 3 PM “dozens of musicians from Syria, Croatia, Egypt, Brazil, Cuba, and all over the world—many of whom are revitalizing their musical lives after resettling here in the U.S.— perform both traditional and contemporary music” at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, free

6/22 8/10 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade leads her group at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

6/22, 8:30 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes and sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene  at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/22, 8:30 PM psychedelic Chicago postrock/downtempo legends Tortoise at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/22 10 PM sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies at the small room at the Rockwood

6/23, noon sizzling violin-driven tarantella/Romany string band Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino at Joe’s Pub, $20. multi-instrumentalist avant-garde singer Ka Baird  and dark cinematic klezmer art-rockers Barbez  play a twinbill there at 9:30 for $15 separatte adm

6/23, 3 PM ish  electroacoustic film composer/performer Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux at Union Pool, free

6/23 8 PM the original cello rockers, Rasputina, as fearless and funny and relevant as ever, at Baby’s All Right, $20

6/23, 10 PM edgy lefty latin soul guitarist Damian Quinones acoustic at Freddy’s

6/24-28, half past noon perennially tuneful, Monk-influenced, witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester on the terrace at Bryant Park

6/24, 7 PM catchy, lyrically edgy, anthemic janglerock tunesmith Greta Keating at the small room at the Rockwood

6/24, 7:30 PM Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug with bassist Jeppe Skovbakke and drummer Sean Carpio at Scandinavia House, $15

6/24. 10 PM catchy folk noir/Nashville gothic songwriter Emily Frembgen at the Knitting Factory, $10

6/25, 7:30 PM pointillistic Nordic jazz with keyboardist Kari Ikonen with bassist Olli Rantala and drummer Markku Ounaskari at Scandinavia House, $15

6/25 7:30 PM Johannes Fleischmann plays the album release show for his new record with works by Korngold and Erich Zeisl At the Austrian Cultural Center, free, rsvp req

6/25, 7:30 PM Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks, the boisterous horn-driven 11-piece 1920s/early 30’s band that pretty much singlehandedly springboarded the oldtimey swing revival in NYC, at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

6/25, 8ish psychedelic doom metal band Witchkiss at St. Vitus, $15

6/25-29, 8:30 PM iconic trumpeter and fearlessly political composer Wadada Leo Smith leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 6/28 with Mariel Roberts, Okkyung Lee (cellos) Erika Dohi, Gabriel Zucker (pianos)

6/25, 9:30 PM Russian quirk-rock, ska punk and freak-folk with Vezhlivy Otkaz – Russian for “polite refusal” –  “one of the most original and erratic rock bands in Russia” at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

6/25, 10 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony at Shrine

6/26, 7:30 PM latin jazz drum maven Dafnis Prieto‘s Si o Si Quartet and Cuban piano legend Chucho Valdés at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/26-27, 7:30/9:30 PM edgy postbop guitar improviser Liberty Ellman leads a septet including both Jonathan Finlayson and Steve Lehman at the Jazz Gallery, $20

6/26, 730 PM sunshine psych-pop songwriter Sam Kogon at Sunnyvale, $10

6/26, 8 PM this era’s most fearlessly relevant, hard-hitting tenor saxophonist, JD Allen unveils his brand-new trio and plays the album release show for his latest one, Barracoon at Bar Bayeaux, 1066 Nostrand Ave in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, free, 2 to Sterling St. omfg

6/26, 8:30 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band at Berlin, $12

6/27, half past noon playfully eclectic trombonist Art Baron and band at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/27, 5:30 PM Avenida B play oldschool salsa dura under the Manhattan Bridge archway

6/27, 7 PM golden-age hip-hop vets Smif & Wessun and Black Moon at Betsy Head Park in Brownsville, 3 to Saratoga Ave

6/27, 7 PM pianist Yumi Kim plays Monk at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

6/27, 7:30 PM Jamaican dancehall night with conscious singer Jah9 and her rootsy band followed by Protoje at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/27, 7:30 PM Swedish multi-reed player Thomas Backman leads a quartet playing Nordic jazz and “widescreen chamber pop” at Scandinavia House, $15

6/28, 5:30 PM one of New York’ most acerbic, distinctive voices in front-porch folk,  Jo Williamson,  star Pakistani crooner Ali Aslam, and richly lyrical noir soul band Sweet Soubrette at the American Folk Art Museum

6/28, 6 PM intense, multistylistic blues guitarist/singer Will Scott with violinist Charlie Burnham on the terrace in Pier 3 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, past the basketball courts

6/28, 7 PM Indian classical mandolinist Snehasish Mozumder at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

6/28-29, 7:30/9:30 PM terse, crystalline-voiced guitarist/jazz chantense Camila Meza leads a chamber jazz septet at the Jazz Gallery, $25

6/28, 7:30 PM Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta play their fiery Afrobeat jams followed by singer/accordionis Celso Piña – the psychedelic Mexican “Rebelde del Acordion” – at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/28. 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest, slinkiest, most psychedelic crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

6/28, 8 PM terse, enigmatic avant garde singer/percussionist Anais Maviel‘s new largescale improvisational piece Time Is Due – synthesizers and custom-made percussion instruments, played by an ensemble of vocalists/multi-instrumentalists at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

6/28-29, 8/10 PM eclectic, purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

6/28-29, 8 PM incisive, latin-inspired sax improviser Maria Grand leads a trio with Hwansu Kang: bass; Savannah Harris: drums at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20.

6/28, 10 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues followed by wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Hank’s $10

6/29, sets at 5:30 and 7:30 PM exceptionally adventurous indie classical group Ensemble Mise-En wind up their four-day festival with a free concert at Scandinavia House featuring works by 30 composers from 20 countries, including 27 premieres

6/29, 7 PM violinist Elissa Cassini and powerhouse cellist Ashley Bathgate present an evening of music by living female composers plus Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

6/29, 7ish psychedelic, minimalist Cameroonian crooner/guitarist Blick Bassy at Central Park Summerstage

6/29, 7:30 PM well-loved, riff-rocking Boston fourth-wave garage rockers Muck & the Mires at Coney Island Baby, $10

6/29, 7:30 PM rustic Cuban country music band Los Hacheros play ancient island grooves at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

6/29, 8 PM, repeating on 6/30 at 2 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony wind up their socially aware season with Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor with soloist Adam von Housen; and Corigliano — Symphony No. 1. 6/30 they switch out the Mendelssohn for Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, at the DiMenna Center, $20

6/29 10ish  feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

6/30, half past noon amazing, mostly-female, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

6/30, 3 PM ish  irrepressible storyteller/psychedelic guitarist/new wave cult hero Wreckless Eric at Union Pool, free

6/30, 3 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra play a program TBA at  the bandshell in Forest Park on Woodhaven Boulevard

6/30, 5:30 PM bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton‘s Bonegasm trombone ensemble – hey that’s her name for the group – at Birdland, $30-

6/30, 7 PM Battle Trance’s Travis LaPlante opens solo for the album release show by Big Dog Little Dog – Jessie Montgomery, violin; Eleonore Oppenheim, bass at Arete Gallery, $10

7/3, 7;30 PM the Sisterhood of Swing Seven with Catherine Russell  on vocals plus Camille Thurman,saxophone; Emily Asher, trombone;Endea Owens,bass; Shirazette Tinnin, drums; Champian Fulton,piano; and Molly Ryan guitar celebrate the legacy of the legendary all-female 30s swing band at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/4, 7:30 PM El Rey del Bajo, Bobby Valentín leads his Orchestra playing 70s Fania classics at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 7 PM the Casym Steel Orchestra and soca hall of famer Mighty Sparrow – see if he cancels again this time – at Springfield Park in Queens

7/5, 7:30 PM trumpeter Joe Battaglia &The New York Big Band play 30s/40s swing at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/5, 8:30ish conscious hip-hop artist Leikeli47 followed by Chicago hardcore mc Mick Jenkins – who had the sense to nick a Gil Scott-Heron song for the title of his latest album – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/6, 7 PM epic, woke, Middle Eastern rap night with Narcy, wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul and Oddissee at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/7, 3 PM ish the ageless godfather of boogaloo, Joe Bataan at Union Pool, free

7/7, 3 PM Christina Conroy plays the Irish harp at Jefferson Market Garden in the west village. She’s also here at 10 AM (in the morning) on 7/21

7/7, 7 PM Aztec Sun play hard funk at Pier One on the upper west side

7/9, 7:30 PM a rare NYC appearance by Brazilian jungle song chanteuse Elba Ramalho ,“The Queen of Forró,” at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/10, 7 PM the Venice Baroque Orchestra make a rare outdoor NYC appearance playing works by Handel, Vivaldi and others at Temple Emmanu-El, 1 E 65th St, free, rsvp req

7/10, 7:30 PM the mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band with special guest Brianna Thomas burning down the house on vocals at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/11, 6:30 PM irrepressible 60s-style blue-eyed soul singer Eli “Paperboy” Reed under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

7/11, 6:30 PM saxophonist TK Blue leads a killer quintet with Sharp Radway on piano playing a Randy Weston tribute at Socrates Scuulpture Park

7/11, 7:30 PM Shirley Alston Reeves – lead singer of the Shirelles, you know, the Phil Spector-produced 60s girlgroup – at the bandshell in Forest Park, Woodhven, Queens, closest train is the 121st St. stop

7/11 7:30 PM Argentine pianist Analía Goldberg’s tango Sextet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/11, 8 PM female-fronted Colombian rock en Espanol vets Aterciopelados at Queensbridge Park,

7/12, 7:30 PM Maria Muldaur  – yeah, her, Midnight at the Oasis – sings the songs of Blue Lu Barker and more at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/12, 8 PM veteran Argentine folksinger Leon Gieco at Queensbridge Park

7/13, 3 PM Video Music Box founder and hip-hop legend Ralph McDaniels emcees an afternoon at Socrates Scuulpture Park

7/13, 7:30 PM retro swing with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra playing their 15th annual tribute to Illinois Jacquet at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free to get into the park, $18 in advance for the dancefloor

7/14, 7 PM dynamic accordionist Rob Curto’s Forro for All play dusky Brazilian rainforest folk at Pier One on the upper west side

7/18, noon the thunderous hip-hop influenced Brooklyn United Drumline and seriously woke psychedelic soul with Fantastic Negrito at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/18, half past noon the self-explanatory, reliably adrenalizing, surprisingly dynamic Gypsy Jazz Caravan at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th

7/18, 6:30 PM Colombian trance-dance band Kombilesa Mi under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

7/18, 7 PM A Far Cry play works by Muffat, Caroline Shaw, Beecher and Tschaikovsky at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th Stl free, rsvp req

7/18, 7:30 PM Americana rockers Darlingside and acoustic Americana supergroup I’m with Her – Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan – at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/19, 7 PM the Salsa Warriors at the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,

7/20, 5 PM psychedelic cumbia/reggaeton bandleader Ana Tijoux at Corporal Thompson Park in Staten Island

7/20, 9 PM Alloy Orchestra play a live score to the 1925 German silent film Varieté. at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/21, 7 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem at Pier One on the upper west side

7/23, 7 PM the Slavo Rican Asssembly mash up salsa and Balkan sounds at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

7/25, 5 PM Junior Marvin’s version of what’s left of Bob Marley’s group the Wailers on the plaza outdoors at NjPAC in Newark

7/25, noon ecsatic Mardi Gras funk band Cha Wa at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn. The following night 7/26 they’re at Bryant Park at 7

7/25, half past noon accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting, increasingly loud and psychedelic Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project at St. Marks Park, 2nd Ave/10th St

7/25, 6 PM opening night of this year’s Bryant Park Accordion Festival, acts TBA – the last two years were sublime

7/25, 7 PM eclectic, politically fearless tropical rock band La Santa Cecilia at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM magically spiky tropical psychedelic band Inti & the Moon on the water at 125th Street and Marginal Street at the West Harlem Piers

7/26, 7 PM individualistic Belgian cello rocker/improviser Helen Gillet followed by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy at Damrosch Park

7/26, 7 PM salsa romantica with Los Hermanos Moreno and crooner Lalo Rodriguez at Soundview Park in the Bronx

7/27,7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: ubiquitous pan-latin psychedelic guitar god Adrian Quesada leads a Texas soul band with vocalists Jonny Benavidez, Eric Burton, Kam Franklin, Johnny Hernandez, Ruben Ramos, and Paul Schaldal James Brown contemporaries Lee Fields & the Expressions and darkly psychedelic soul band the Black Pumas

7/28, 3 PM ish  pyrotechnic clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn, and psychedelic Incan folk band Inkarayku on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: salsa dura bands Las Caras Lindas de Mi Gente Negra featuring Moncho Rivera, Cita Rodriguez (daughter of the great El Conde) & Su Banda, and allstar percussionist Carlitos Padron & Su Banda

7/28, 7 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Pier One on the upper west side

7/30. 7 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s play works by anna Clyne, Florence Pryce, Samuel Barber and otehs at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th Stl free rsvp req

7/31, 7 PM salsa romantica with Edgar Joel and Ray de la Paz at Crotona Park

7/31, 7:30 PM jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington leads a bewilderingly eclectic all-star all-female band including Rhiannon Giddens, Xiomara Laugart, Ledisi, Amina Claudine Myers, Cleo Reed, Valerie Simpson, Charenée Wade, and Lizz Wright of at Damrosch Park

7/31, 8 PM a theatrical Afrobeat tribute with FELA! The Concert at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and you’lll need to get there early to get in

8/1, noon eclectic Texas acoustic blues guitarist Ruthie Foster at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/1, 6:30 PM oldschool salsa jazz with Yunior Terry & Son De Altura under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/2, 7ish hypnotically percussive Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble at Crotona Park

8/3, 6 PM legendry hip-hop dj Funk Flex celebrates his bday and EPMD celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1989 classic Unfinished Business at Crotona Park

8/3, 7ish PM politically fearess Taiwanese guy/girl piano pop duo Tizzy Bac at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 4ish hypnotically pointillistic microtonal African guitar/drums jams with 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, free

8/4, 7:30 PM rappers of south Asian heritage: G. Sidhu, Rianjali, Taizu, Rolex, Robin Dey, SA Grooves, Project Convergence, IMGE Dance at Damrosch Park

8/6, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play works by Rodrigo, Piazzolla, Gabriela Lena Franh and others at Temple Emanu-El, Fifth Avenue at 65th St, free, rsvp req

8/6, 7 PM New Bojaira play flamenco jazz at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/7, 7:30 PM amazing, atmospheric Hindustani singer/multi-instrumentalist  Arooj Aftab opens for a flameco dance performance at Darnrosch Park

8/8, noon surprisingly vital first-wave Jamaican roots reggae band Third World at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

8/9, 7:30 PM a Marvim Gaye tribute with guitarist Felicia Collins, Toshi Reagon, Siedah Garrett, Kecia Lewis, and others at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/10, 6 PM reggae acts from across the years, in reverse order at Central Park Summerstage: dancehall king Elephant Man, ex-Black Uhuru singer Junior Reid, Estelle and newschool conscious roots band Raging Fyah at Central Park

8/10, 7:30 PM psychedelic cumbia night with the slinky female-fronted Delsonido and Bomba Estéreo at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/11, 3 PM ish funk-punk-postpunkers the B Boys play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, free 

8.13, 7 PMrustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City

8/15 5 PM newschool gospwl with Texas singers the Walls Group & Washington DC all-female classical trio the String Queens on the plaza outdoors at NjPAC in Newark

8/15, 6:30 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatones  under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/17, 8ish conscious hip-hop legend Talib Kweli at Marcus Garvey Park

8/18, 6 PM oldschool salsa with Jose “El Canario” Alberto La Sonora Ponceña at the Coney Island Amphitheatre, free, it’s a pretty small place run by corporate idiots and youlll need to get there early to get in

8/18, 6 PM what’s left of multiple incarnations of Bob Marley’s band the Wailers featuring Julian Junior Marvin/ at Marcus Garvey Park

8/22, 6:30 PM Bollywood-influenced oldschool soul harmony band Say She She under the Manhattan Bridge archway in Dumbo

8/23, 7 PM in reverse order at Marcus Garvey Park: Brianna Thomas, Vuyo Sotashe, the JBs’ Fred Wesley, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse at Marcus Garvey Park

8/24, 3 PM in reverse order; Ravi Coltrane, Quiana Lynel, Reclamation with Camille Thurman, Nikara Warren and Brandee Younger at Marcus Garvey Park

8/25, 3 PM in reverse order at Tompkins Square Park: Carl Allen’s Art Blakey Tribute, the George Coleman Trio,  Fred Hersch and Lakecia Benjamin at Tompkins Square Park

8/25, 8ish popular 90s salsa chanteuse La India at Central Park Summerstage

Stark, Almost Shockingly Catchy String Tunes and Improvisations From Allstar Trio Hear in Now

Violinist Mazz Swift, cellist Tomeka Reid and bassist Silvia Bolognesi all have busy careers as bandleaders, but they also occasionally play in an edgy, often stunningly catchy trio they call Hear in Now. The project is bracingly and deliciously uncategorizable: ostensibly the music is string jazz, and there’s a lot of improvisation, but also more than a hint of Italian folk, the blues and even string metal. Their latest album Not Living in Fear is streaming at Bandcamp. Reid may be airing out any material from it in two sets at the Jazz Gallery on April 26, the first a duo with drummer Tomas Fujiwara, the second with her quartet including Fujiwara, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Jason Roebke. Cover is $25.

The trio open the album with a jam, rising from hints of a stately march to shivery squall…and then Frankenstein looks in the window but keeps going. Leaving Livorno is every bit the lament the title suggests, Bolognesi’s stark bowed lines taking centerstage over a whispery backdrop.

Transiti has a staggered staccato pulse, errie close harmonies and a sharp, acidically emphatic cello solo. Requiem for Charlie Haden is unexpectedly catchy, despite the astringency of the circling strings. The aptly titled Circle is even bouncier, bordering on parlor pop in the same vein as groups like the Real Vocal String Quartet: it’s neat how the group shift from punchy to a balletesque strut.

Bolognesi’s steady bowing anchors the sailing melody overhead in the miniature Billions and Billions, another strikingly direct, catchy number. Swift sings the album’s title cut, its message of indomitability set to keening high string harmonies and plucky chords over growly bass.

The album’s second improvisation, interestingly, is just as memorable, waltzing intricately around a circling, blues-tinged hook. Terrortoma is the most darkly bluesy track, with its tight, bracing haronies. The longing in Prayer for Wadud – a diptych – is visceral, Swift’s spare, resonant riffs, Reid and Bolognesi joining underneath with a brooding, bowed riff.

They open Cantiere Orlando with neo-baroque elegance, then hit a spiky interlude and artfully bring the main theme back. They close with the liltingly anthemic waltz Last Night’s Vacation and then the showstopper Cultural Differences, shifting gears hard through minimalism, some atmospherics and then shivery, metal-tinged phrasing. There’s really nothing like this out there.

Lisa Bielawa Makes a Memorable Conducting Debut at the New School

To what degree is it a blessing, or a curse, for a conductor to make her debut with three world premieres? On one hand, it could be an overwhelming challenge. Until another orchestra plays those works, yours is the definitive version, for better or worse. On the other, it’s a chance to really shine,. Wednesday night at the New School, Lisa Bielawa did exactly that, leading the Mannes String Orchestra through lively debuts of arrangements of a couple of her own powerfully relevant pieces plus similarly striking contemporary works by Jon Gibson, David T. Little and a joyously swinging, dynamic finale with Philip Glass‘ Symphony No. 3.

Of course, Bielawa is best known as a composer, and a singer. She related how she’d been blown away by that symphony, shortly after joining the Philip Glass Ensemble as a vocalist, more or less straight out of Yale, 24 years ago. So she had the inside track for what was obviously a dream gig, seizing that moment with the same kind of muscular meticulousness that defines so much of her work.

So much of Glass’ music has a rapturously unfolding beauty that orchestras tend to play up the lustre factor, gliding through all those mesmerizing, shapeshifting phrases. This performance was much more bright and emphatic, in about as high definition as an ensemble can play it. Individual voices were strikingly distinct, notably violinists Yeji Pyun and Ann-Frances Rokosa, among the group’s nineteen members.
They danced through the playful, baroque-tinged humor in the first movement, tackled some daunting extended technique, notably glissandos and microtonal haze in the second, and accentuated the frequently shifting contrast between celestial sweep and trouble lurking just around the corner as the counterpoint grew more complex and intertwining.

The opening numbers were just as fascinating to wattch unfold. The ensemble arrived in threes for the opening work, Jon Gibson’s elegantly crescendoing Chorales for Relative Calm, with phrasing and more than one riff that sent a shout-out to Glass. Bielawa seemed at ease in her new role in front of the orchestra with that one, and really worked up a sweat with a pulsing, turbulent take of her own piece, The Trojan Women, pulling individual voices and clusters out of the increasing storm with Nielsen-esque color and aplomb.
The string orchestra arrangement of David T. Little’s 1986 – another world premiere – was even more of a challenge as the music leapfrogged between centuries and idioms, imgued with plenty of sarcasm and allusions to other works, and Bielawa and the ensemble held up to the challenge. 1986 was a pretty horrible year for just about everybody other than the Mets, and this piece doesn’t seem to include them.

Soprano Rowen Sabala emerged from the wings to sing two excerpts from Bielawa’s dystopic sci-fi opera Vireo and dispayed steely intensity as well as breathtaking range and a rare ability to enunciate, lyrically, something a lot of bigtime voices can’t do. Playing the role of a teenage visionary who exists simultaneously in three different centuries, she channeled both cynical contentment at being locked away at Alcatraz, away from her tormentors, along with surreal, hallucinatory angst.

Big up to the New School for getting to the guy who’s arguably the greatest American composer of the late 20th and early 21st century and setting up the Philip Glass Institute. Bielawa being their inaugural Composer-in-Residence, there will likely be more like this happening in the weeks to come.