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Rapturous Nightscapes From an Invisible Orchestra by Pamelia Stickney

Pamelia Stickney is arguably the world’s foremost theremin player. By any standard, she’s done more than anyone else alive to take the original electronic instrument to new places. While most musicians use the early Soviet-era contraption for horror-movie shivers or comedic whistles, Stickney plays melodies on it. At various points in her career, those have ranged from desolate deep-space tableaux to earthy symphonic extravaganzas. At her tantalizingly short set this past weekend at Barbes, she led her ironically titled Transcendental Dissonance Quartet through a similar, stylistically vast expanse of styles, from film noir themes to lowdown latin soul to elegant chamber jazz improvisation.

Stickney plays theremin as if she’s playing a magical, invisible, somewhat cranky bass. Standing perfectly still, her right hand controlling the volume, she bends her left hand at the elbow, expanding her fingers outward to hit the notes. She saves the instrument’s signature, quavery, creaky-door effects for when she really needs to make a point. This time, she opened with a low bass synth sound that George Clinton would undoubtedly love to have in his arsensal.

Meanwhile, Stuart Popejoy – playing piano instead of his usual bass here – delivered tersely incisive, moody variations on a stark, Lynchian theme while Danny Tunick’s vibraphone sprinkled stardust throughout the tableau, violinist Sarah Bernstein completing the picture with airy washes and spare, plaintive  countermelodies. They would stick with this eerie, surreal thousand-layer cake of textures throughout their roughly fifty minutes onstage while Stickney channeled the sound of massed voices, a cello (which she also plays, among many other instruments), and various kinds of brass. Her m.o. is simple: a theremin takes up a lot less space when you’re on tour.

Midway through the set, she moved to the piano for a slowly unfolding, hushed duet with Bernstein, who finallly got the chance to move through the magical microtones that have become her stock in trade over the last few years. Then the whoe group reconfigured for a final nightscape.

Stickney is back in New York this September, where she’s doing a week at the Stone with a series of ensembles. In the meantime, she’s back on her home turf in Vienna this week, with gigs on May 24 at the Ruprechtskirche at Ruprechtspl. 1 – where she’s playing cello alongside the carnivalesque Hans Tschiritsch & NoMaden – and then on May 25 with her Scrambolage trio with pianist Monika Lang and cellist Melissa Coleman at Roter Salon, Wipplingerstr. 2 at 8 PM; cover is 15€/10€ stud.  And for New Yorkers, Bernstein is playing the album release show for her most lyrically-driven album yet this May 30 at 9ish at Wonders of Nature.

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A Relentlessly Savage New Horror Noiserock Album and a Williamsburg Show From Guitar Shredder Reg Bloor

Guitarist Reg Bloor – wife of the late, great Glenn Branca – writes bloodcurdling industrial metal instrumentals with dead-on accurate titles like Theme From an Imaginary Slasher. Don’t listen to her deliciously assaultive, aptly titled new solo album Sensory Irritation Chamber if you have a headache. On the other hand, if you need a shot of adrenaline, you have a sense of humor, and you can handle her nails-down-the-blackboard attack, this is your jam.

Although her husband’s influence is obvious- Bloor played in his noisily enveloping guitar orchestra for seventeen years – her compositions are a lot more succinct. She runs her Gibson Les Paul through a dense wall of freezing-rain reverb. Tritones – the so-called devil’s chord – are her thing: she’s got more of them on the new album than most artists use in a lifetime. The album isn’t officially out yet and consequently not up at her music page. She’s playing the release show tomorrow night, May 18 at 11 PM at Muchmore’s; cover is $10. Shrieky, pounding but surprisingly catchy no wavers Radio Shock open the night at 9, followed by the grimly theatrical Samantha Riott; downtown vets God Is My Co-Pilot headline.

Sarcasm and cynicism reach redline immediately in the new album’s deceptively catchy opening anthem, Hilarity Ensues. Bloor’s inventive use of octave and harmony pedals give this quasi-fanfare an epic, orchestral quality that persists throughout the next nine tracks.

Rhythmic, loopy Hitchockian shrieks kick off the title cut, then Bloor fires off a sardonically frantic panic theme: amid all the hysterics, there’s a very patient serial killer at work here. From there she segues into Projectile Bleeding – how’s that for evocative? – adding a coldly loopy, mechanically waltzing rhythm to the incessant tritones. Then her venomously precise tremolo-picking and sardonic chromatics get up in your face in the relentless Present Dystopia.

(You’ll Feel) A Little Pinch veers more toward Branca-esque white-noise orchestration, while the epic, slowly sirening 122 Zeros (And Then a 1) howls with feedback and the clatter of a blown-out speaker before Bloor kicks into a rhythmic drive, throwing up a cloud of toxic dust as she rides the shoulder.

Desiccated Survivor – which could be you, needing a drink after one of her shows – is a series of increasingly desperate variations on a staggered, loopy riff. Heads on Pikes is more hardcore – if you can imagine that. Raison d’Eath is a twisted study in wave motion, while Molotov Cocktail, a rehearsal for a suicide jumper, speaks for itself – and for the rest of the album. The final cut is the writhing, tongue-in-cheek The Wrath of That.

This isn’t for everybody, but as noise goes, it’s unbeatable. Just don’t play this too loud in your headphones – seriously. You could hurt yourself.

The Bang on a Can Marathon 2018 – A Marathon Report

“I know so many of you have followed our nomadic trail to so many locations,” composer Julia Wolfe demurred, introducing today’s 31st anniversary of the Bang on a Can Marathon at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium. 

“Great to be in a space where we can all listen,” mused her fellow composer and husband Michael Gordon, possibly alluding to less sonically welcoming venues the annual New York avant garde music summit has occupied.

This year’s program was the most compact and New York-centric in a long time, and considering the venue, it’s no surprise that NYU alums mentored by the Bang on a Can composers featured prominently on the bill. Terry Riley’s influence circulated vastly throughout much of the early part of the show; the ageless lion of indie classical took a turn on vocals as the concert wound up.

“We have a duty to go up to the people who come in afterward and brag,” grinned Bang on a Can’s David Lang, referring to the afternoon’s first piece, Galina Ustvolskaya’s relatively brief Symphony No. 2. The NYU Contemporary Ensemble – with woodwinds, brass and percussion – negotiated it calmly but forcefully. David Friend’s steady hamfisted piano thumps ushered in and then peppered steadily rhythmic, massed close harmonies from the rest of the group, Vocalist Robert Osborne implored a grand total of three Russian words – God, truth and eternity – over and over in between pulses as the music veered between the macabre and the simply uneasy. The ensemble really nailed the surprise ending – gently.

Michael Gordon’s Sonatra, the composer explained, is the only solo piano piece in his repertoire, quite a surprise considering that he’s a strong pianist and the best musician among the Bang on a Can hydra. “Somehow Vicky Chow has learned how to play it,” he deadpanned. She made Gordon’s vast, subtly contrasting, rigorously crosshanded Terry Riley-like expanses of steady eighth notes seem easy, engaging every single one of the piano’s eighty-eight keys.

Murky faux-boogie woogie lefthand paired against relentlessly twinkling righthand riffage; that Chow could incorporate Gordon’s relentlessly tongue-in-cheek glissandos with as much aplomb as she did reaffirms her mighty chops as one of the world’s foremost avant garde musicians.

Chamber orchestra Contemporaneous tackled a carbonated, caffeinated, endlessly circling fifteen-minute slice of cellist Dylan Mattingly’s similarly daunting, epically ecstatic six-hour opera Stranger Love. The Bang on a Can All-Stars – as amazingly mutable as ever – made the first of their many appearances with Gabriella Smith’s Panitao, evoking the swoops and high swipes of whale song amid increasingly animated, rippling, sirening ambience. Then they pounced their way through the staggered math steps of Brendon Randall-Myers’ Changes, Stops, and Swells (For B).

A sextet subset of Contemporaneous returned for Fjóla Evans’s turbulent tone poem Eroding, an Icelandic river tableau. With its sharp contrasts – bass clarinet, cello and piano gnashing and swirling amid the flickers from violin, flute and vibraphone – and disarming trick ending, it was the first real stunner among the new material on the bill.

Purple Ensemble – a string trio augmented with vibes, viola and vocals – played three Yiddish songs from Alex Weiser’s cycle And All the Days Were Purple. Singer Eliza Bagg channeled joy shadowed by angst and longing, Lee Dionne’s piano beginning low and enigmatic and then slithering in a far more Lynchian direction over the strings.    

The All-Stars’ were bolstered by Contemporaneous’ strings and percussion for a trio of  commissions. Jeffrey Brooks was first represented by After the Treewatcher,  based on a trancey earlier work which was the composer recalled being vociferously booed when Gordon premiered it back in the early 80s. Guitarist Taylor Levine’s warily oscillating lines undulated amongst emphatic strings and rustling, peek-a-boo suspense-film percussion riffs, building a Riley-esque web of sound that was as gorgeously hypnotic as it was hard-hitting.

A second new work, Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, featured additional reeds and brass along with pointillistic twin electric pianos. A bustlingly circular, Bollywood-inflected theme gave way to austere, lingering ambience and then a wryly gritty Beatles guitar knockoff.

The Flux Quartet played their first violinist Tom Chiu’s Retrocon, a meteorologically-inspired, spiraling, Philip Glass-ine series of rising and falling microtonal cell figures. Violinist Mazz Swift and keyboardist Therese Workman juxtaposed electroacoustic string metal, new wave pop, a classic spiritual and faux-EDM in their mini-suite Revolution:House.

The big hybrid ensemble reconfigured for a final Brooks work, The Passion – the triptych “Reflects the kind of suffering that goes on every day, not the biblical kind,” the composer emphasized. Lavishly kinetic pageantry with wry Black Sabbath allusions shifted to dissociative, Laurie Anderson-ish atmospherics, Bagg narrating sobering advice from the composer’s terminally ill sister to her children. The leaping, trebly counterpoint of the final segment brought to mind My Brightest Diamond.

Sō Percussion took the stage for Nicole Lizée’s increasingly dissociative, gamelanesque electroacoustic instrumental White Label Experiment, echoed with considerably louder hi-tech energy later on by neosoul singer/keyboardist/dancer Xenia Rubinos and drummer Marco Buccelli.

Veteran new-music string quartet Ethel’s percussively insistent, clenched-teeth performance of Aleksandra Vrebalov’s Balkan-infected Logbook, Part II took the intensity to redline in seconds flat: it was the highlight of the night. Fueled by cellist Dorothy Lawson’s darkly bluesy glissandos, their take of Jessie Montgomery’s rousing dance theme Voodoo Dolls was a close second. They wound up their trio of pieces, joining voices,instruments and eventually their feet throughout the bracing, allusively Appalachian close harmonies of Wolfe’s enveloping, driving Blue Dress for String Quartet.

The Bang on a Can All-Stars took back the stage alongside narrator Eric Berryman in a cinematic, suspensefully rocking arrangement of Frederic Rzewski’s Attica-themed Coming Together, cellist Ashley Bathgate and bassist Robert Black’s heroically furtive pedalpoint anchoring the story’s grim foreshadowing.

Cellist Maya Beiser and narrator Kate Valk teamed up for Lang’s pensively minimalist, gently amusing loopmusic piece The Day, its lyrics mostly a litany of tongue-in-cheek mundanities sourced off the web via a search on “I remember the day.” He explained that he’d deleted the product references and lewdness – a lot, he admitted. 

The night’s coda was Riley’s Autodreamographical Tales & Science Fiction, the composer joining the All-Stars on vocals. Chow’s bluesy Rhodes piano made a smooth segue out of the Lang work in tandem with Riley’s wry beat-poetry reminiscence. Levine’s Pink Floyd echoes added bulk and bombast; Bathgate’s powerhouse soul vocals were an unexpected treat. As was Riley’s turn solo at the piano, part Satie, part Tom Waits.

What’s the takeaway from all this? This year was less a sounding of what’s happening on a global level, as past years’ and decades’ marathons have been, than a simple celebration of the Bang on a Can inner circle, with a few tentative ventures outside. But that’s ok. They earned that a long time ago.

A Shatteringly Relevant New Suite Casts a Cold Eye on Surveillance State Terror

“The last refuge of privacy,” is how the central object in The Secret Diary of Nora Plain was described by the song cycle’s lyricist, Lucky Fonz III at National Sawdust this past weekend. In their US debut, premiering this haunting, labyrinthine yet often shatteringly direct suite to a sold-out audience, Dutch ensemble the Ragazze Quartet were bolstered by the eclectic beats of percussionist Remco Menting.

In front of the ensemble, charismatic singer Nora Fischer channeled the increasing terror of being caught in the spycams’ deadly web, whether calm and stoic, shivering on the floor or twitching like a marionette, Ian Curtis-style.  “Let bygones be bygones,” she encouraged coolly during one of the early songs, hope against hope. At that point it wasn’t clear just what this story’s everywoman had done – if anything – to catch Big Brother’s merciless eye, a conclusion that the suite left hanging. That only raised the suspense, underscoring how anyone with an identifiable cellphone or a Facebook page  – or without one, conceivably – could be caught in the trap.

Fischer is force of nature. At her quietest, she brought a plaintive, sometimes prayerful quality to the narrative; at her loudest, she belted with a gale-force wail worthy of Aretha. Likewise, the quintet of musicians began with an atmospheric whisper and rose in a series of waves, through as many different styles as a string quartet augmented by a drummer with a full kit plus vibraphone could possibly play.

The stage direction was spare yet tightly focused on an ever-encroaching menace, pushing Nora further and further toward the edge. There were moments when the quartet drew ominously closer and closer to her; other times, they fell in line as good soldiers in a police state are required to. Menting took a couple of turns behind a small keyboard during quieter, more atmospheric interludes. Likewise, violinists Rosa Arnold and Jeanita Vriens shifted to Menting’s vibraphone and bowed icy, airy textures at a couple of the suite’s most whispery ebbs.

The songs, with music by Morris Kliphuis, rose and fell, akin to Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters with music by Philip Glass and Caroline Shaw and played by Rasputina, perhaps. Cellist Rebecca Wise propelled those shifts with stark, raw washes along with elegantly incisive pizzicato; violist Annemijn Bergkotte was a spare, striking presence in both the low and higher registers as well. Stylistically, the segments ran the gamut from hypnotically circling, kinetic chamber rock – often spiced with allusively macabre, Glass-ine phrases – to an emphatic detour into funk, murky mood pieces, and a couple of rises to sheer terror, most grippingly in Rat in My Room. Whether that rat was the four-legged or two-legged kind was left to the audience to figure out.

Was Fischer’s final exit what it seemed on the surface, a coyly triumphant slip out the side door? Or was she going elsewhere? Readers of Lois Lowry‘s dystopic classic The Giver will get that reference. Anyone concerned with the perilous state of civil liberties should see this hauntingly enigmatic, rivetingly disturbing, potently relevant work. 

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for May and June 2018

Daily updates – considering that May is when most of the free outdoor summer concert series are announced,you might want to bookmark this page.

If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from.

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included!

Puppeteer Basil Twist’s disorienting, phantasmagorical Symphonie Fantastique, with pianist Christopher O’Riley playing a score by Berlioz, “takes place in the most unlikely of places – a 1,000-gallon water tank, in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dream-like world of imagination and surreal storytelling,” at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $35,  through July 15, Tuesday–Saturday at 8:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 4

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 in May, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

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

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

Thursdays at 8 in May the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

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

Free classical concerts return on Saturdays at 4 PM in May 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 jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson – who ranges from reinvented 20th century classical styles to savage metal to postbop – plays with a series of groups at Barbes

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

Sundays in May, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year. Also Sundays at 6 PM in May rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel of the Screaming Rebel Angels leads her own band here.

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

5/1, 6:30 PM a super rare performance by downtown guitar icon Elliott Sharp on acoustic, plus he reads from his book, ‘Found Sound Nation’, at Downtown Music Gallery, free, reception to follow

5/1, 7 PM hotshot young bluegrass stars in an unexpected venue: Yonder Mountain String Band’s Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) at Barbes followed at 9 byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/1, 7:30 PM Maria Grand on sax and voice with ensemble in two sets: first the premiere of Revés/Rêves: Dreams of a Departed Maestra, dedicated to her early multimedia mentor, and then the album release show for her new one Magdalena performed by her DiaTribe ensemble at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/1. 8 PM cutting-edge, eclectic cellist Okkyung Lee’s Yeo-Neun Quartet at the San Damiano Mission, $15

5/1. 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine. They’re also there on 5/8

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

5/1, 10 PM enigmatic Turkish saxophonist/composer llhan Ersahin with drummer Yusuke Yamamoto & Daniel Jodocy at his home base, Nublu 151

5/2, 6 PM Los Titanes del Trombon play classic salsa dura at Bryant Park

5/2, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play new material at Dizzy’s Club, $35

5/2, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Asian/klezmer mashup project at Barbes. She’s also at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery on 5/23 at 8 playing solo piano and then leading a quartet at 9.

5/2, 8ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 5/10 at 9 they’re  at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

5/2, 8 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at LIC Bar

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

5/2, 9 PM Norwegian gothic art-rock band Voluspa, cinematic guitar-and-EFX dude Xander Naylor and band and Mexican shoegaze/dreampop band Jablonsky at C’Mon Everybody, $12 

5/2, 10 PM rising star singer/pianist and Christian McBride protegee Kelly Green leads her sextet at Smalls

5/3, 6 PM a screening of the Peruvian immigrant documentary Urban Condors followed by a reception with live music by the Andean ensemble Inkarayku at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square S, free, rsvp rec

5/3, 7 PM irrepressible storyteller/psychedelic guitarist/new wave cult hero Wreckless Eric at Berlin, $10

5/3, 7 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner, cleverly lyrical 90s Britrock-influenced stadium rock band Mustardmind and psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West at Coney Island Baby, $10

5/3, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Marike van Duk’s lustrous 14-piec Stereography Project at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/3. 7:30 PM, repeating on 5/5 at 8 PM and 5/8 at 7:30 the NY Philharmonic play selections from Tschaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty plus the Sibelius Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 seats avail

5/3, 8 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes’ new string quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/3. 8 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at Barbes. Wow.

5/3. 8:30 PM Thumbscrew and reeds: Mary Halvorson (guitar) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Michael Formanek (bass) with: Tim Berne (alto sax) Oscar Noriega (alto sax, clarinets) Peter Formanek (tenor sax, clarinet) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20.

5/3. 8 PM amazing string quintet – who are also the world’s coolest Radiohead cover band – Sybarite5 at the Cell Theatre, $25

5/3, 9 PM psychedelic eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter followed by high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops  at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/3, 9 PM rippling klezmer sounds wiwth Ukrainian tsimbl (hammered dulcimer) player Pete Rushefsky’s “Flora Hora” w/Josh Waletzky, Madeline Solomon & Zoe Aqua at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/3, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

5/3. 10ish scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, free w/rsvp

5/3. 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 5/8 at 7

5/3. 11 PM sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies  at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

5/4 4 PM saxophonist and Ellington alum Alvin Flythe with his combo at Haswell Green Park, 61st and the East River

5/4. 5:30 PM two contrasting, brilliant singers: haunting Romany/Balkan music reinventor Eva Salina and western swing faves Brain Cloud’s frontwoman Tamar Korn – who can impersonate any instrument ever made –  at the American Folk Art Museum

5/4, 7 PM pianist Anna Khanina plays works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and Chopin at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

5/4, 7 P Schola Heidelberg and Ensemble Aisthesis, featuring pianist Donald Berman play Daniel Peter Biro works including the US premiere of his new piece Nulla Res Singularis at St. Peter’s church, 346 W 20th St (8/9), free

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

5/4, 7:30 PM trombonist Chris Washburne’s Rags and Roots improvise on melodies from 1921 for a live score to the classic horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Bell House, $25

5/4, 8 PM Haitian compas/calypso band Agoci Band followed by Zikrayat playing slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/4, 8 PM Niger’s Tuareg psychedelic guitar sensation Mdou Moctar at Elsewhere, $15

5/4, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts  at Barbes. 5/12 they’re at Bar Chord at 2 PM

5/4, 8 PM Hidden Green with Anna Weber -sax, Peter Evans -trumpet, flute, Mariel Roberts -cello, Joseph Green -bass  at Scholes St. Studios, $10

5/4, 8 PM the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers present an evening of vocal and harpsichord music by Tallis, Byrd, Schutz, Handel, and Bach at the Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, 117th St and Broadway, free

5/4, 9 PM uneasy indie guitar icon and longtime Steve Wynn collaborator Chris Brokaw at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/4. 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet at Sunny’s

5/4, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

5/4, midnight spectacular, intense Yemeni-Israeli guitar monster Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis at Joe’s Pub, $20

5/4, midnight the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at the old Nublu

5/5, 2:15 PM son jarocho punk rock with Cambalache at Flushing Town Hall, $14

5/5, 3 PM indie classical vocals and bass: singer Amber Evans and bassist Sam Zegnit’s Confluss Duo play works by Gubaidulina, Katie Balch, Beat Furrer, Jon Deak and others at Scholes St. Studios, $10. 5/8 they’re at Arete Gallery at 7 followed by Contrafunktus – JD Davis, bass trombone,  and Rose Xiu Yi Kow, violin – for five bucks more

5/5, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 6 by eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson with Jason Kao Hwang on violin and viola, at 8 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

5/5, 6 PM the Michele Brangwen Dance Co. with music by trumpeter Tim Hagans and vocalist Danielle Reich Seale explore Statue of Liberty-inspired themes at the  Mark Morris building, 3 Lafayette Ave, downtown Brooklyn, free, reception to follow

5/5, 7 PM a wild Hungarian string and brass band triplebill: Fényes Banda, Életfa Zenekar and Szikra Banda at Hungarian House, 321 E 70th St. $15/$10 stud/srs

5/5, 7 PM Florida roots reggae band the Marauders sandwiched between a couple of lame folkie acts at the small room at the Rockwood. Stranger things have happened. 

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

5/5, 8 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch at Berlin

5/5, 8 PM eclectic Mediterranean/tango/Romany band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $20

5/5, 8 PM haunting, hypnotically lyrical fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter Jean Rohe at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

5/5, 8:30 PM Irish superduo House of Hamill, featuring Rose Baldino (Burning Bridget Cleary) and Brian Buchanan (Enter the Haggis) play fiery Celtic string band music at the third stage at the Rockwood, $20

5/5 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock quadruplebill at Otto’s begins at 9 with the careeningly jangly, sardonic Aquatudes, the eclectically original, harder-rocking Blue Wave Theory at 10, the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  at 11 and legendarily eclectic surf band Tiki Brothers at around midnight

5/5, 9 PM smartly lyrical, politically fearless Detroit underground art-rock legends Discipline – the American Genesis, at least if you count The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway as that British band’s peak – at Spectrum, $10 

5/5, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

5/5, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at Sidewalk

5/5, 9ish haphazardly psychedelic Afrobeat-influenced psych-punk guitarist/bandleader Yonatan Gat at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

5/5, 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver at Coney Island Baby, $10 

5/5, 9:30 PM Heidi Lieb’s recently reunited all-female punk/powerpop NYC legends Sit N Spin followed eventually at 11 by oldschool garage-punks Mala Vista at Hank’s

5/5, 9:30 PM stoner boogie/psych blues band the Balkun Brothers at Hill Country 

5/5. 10:30 PM God Tiny – who veer from stoner soul to boogie-ish to creepy psych blues – at Footlight Bar, $10

5/5, 10:30 PM powerhouse drummer Ralph Peterson leads his formidable Fo’Tet at Smalls

5/6, 1 PM murderous, wild, Middle Eastern-tinged surf Beninghove’s Hangmen at the 7th St. stage at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival on Washington St; at 4:30 PM Steve Wynn’s iconic, amazingly vital, darkly psychedelic, noisy 80s jamband the Dream Syndicate at the Observer Highway stage right around the corner from the Path station, OMFG, see you there

5/6, 1 PM Zikrayatt violinist Sami Abu Shumays teaches a useful introductory class in Arabic maqam: “Are you curious about the microtonal scales used in Middle-Eastern music? Do you want to expand your improvisation skills? Sami demystifies maqam by presenting basic melodies in a straightforward call-and-response style, accessible to musicians and aspiring musicians of all levels. This 90 minute workshop will introduce several common maqamat through both songs and improvisation. Vocalists and instrumentalists welcome,” at the Jalopy, $25

5/6, 3 PM singer Elspeth Davis leads a chamber ensemble playing songs from Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters album at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

5/6, 4 PM the Claremont Trio play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/6, 4 PM Tin & Bone with rising star multi-instrumentalist and champion banjo player Nora Brown, harmonica guy Trip Henderson, fiddler Stephanie Coleman and guitarist Eli Hetko at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/6, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play works by Taverner, Purcell and their predecessors William Byrd, Robert Parsons, Orlando Gibbons, Giovanni Coprario, and John Jenkins, at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25

5/6, 6 PM sharply lyrical, Waits-ish southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

5/6, 6 PM descend into the maelstrom: bassists Thomas Helton and Brandon Lopez duel it out at Downtown Music Gallery

5/6, 7ish the rapturous, otherworldly Bulgarian Voices Trio at X Marks the Loft, 405 Johnson Ave off Knickerbocker, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave,, $10 sugg don, “lamb and other librations will be served” to celebrate the Bulgarian festival of St. George

5/6, 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 with special guest, downtown vocal legend John Kelly

5/6, 7 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at Caffe Vivaldi

5/6, 7 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

5/6, 7 PM Ensemble Ipse play works by new Latin American composers including Santos, Bolanos, Pereyra, Hancke, Ricardo Gallo, Patricia Martínez and others at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

5/6, 8:30 PM ferocious guitar icon Marc Ribot ’s Ceramic Dog play the album release show for their incendiary, politically-fueled new one at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

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

5/6, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the Treehouse at 2A

5/6, 10 PM uneasily amorphous, brooding improvisational indie band Green & Glass at C’Mon Everybody, $12

5/7, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet play music of Derek Bermel at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

5/7, 8 PM composer/performer Elliot Cole & percussionist Peter Ferry team up with NYU percussionists for The Future is Bright, a pointillistic, gamelanesque suite for 100 flowerpots – will they get smashed? – along with Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap, “a dramatically percussive retelling of the ancient Indian Hanuman myth, which draws on epic song, hip hop, reggae, throat singing, choral, and experimental music to create something both ancient and new” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

5/7, 8ish multi-instrumentalist Nick Demopoulos‘ twinkly, atmospheric electroacoustic Smomid project at Troost

5/7, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

5/7, 10 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) pinch-hit for Rev. Vince Anderson at Union Pool, free

5/8, half past noon Scottish organist Kevin Duggan plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

5/8, 8 PM charming Montana Americana fiddle/guitar duo the Brook Sisters at the small room at the Rockwood. 

5/8, 7 PM all-female klezmer band Tsibele (Yiddish for “onion”) and recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Barbes. Veveritse are also at Silvana on 5/25 at 8.

5/8, 7:30/9:30 PM popular purist postbop saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a rare chordless trio with Doug Weiss – bass; Johnathan Blake – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $20. They’re also here on the 13th

5/8. 8 PM haunting, erudite North African Jewish music maven Samuel Torjman Thomas leads a rare small group performance with John Murchison (bass) and Jeremy Smith (percussion), Sami Abu Shumays, Megumi Sahurashi (violins), and Dror Shahaf (percussion) at Sister’s Brooklyn, Fulton off Washington, C to Clinton-Washington, $10

5/8, 8:30 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – with the Darrell Green Trio at Iridium, $20

5/8, 9 PM guitar god Steve Antonakos plays electric slide blues with his band at Bar Chord

5/8, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/8, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

5/9, 6 PM Punjabi psych-folk band Rhythm Tolee play live bhangra at Bryant Park

5/9, 7 PM the world premiere of Tristan Perich’s Drift Multiply for 50 violins and 50 self-built 1-bit speakers. plus mesmerizing sound sculptor/singer Lesley Flanigan debuts her new project for her own custom-made subwoofers and solo voice at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $20

5/9, 7 PM diverse, purposeful, poignant bassist/composer Iris Ornig plays Burt Bacharach material with her band at 55 Bar

5/9, 7:30 PM the lush, propulsive, cinematically vintage Glenn Cryzter Orchestra play the album release show for their new one at the Montauk Club, 25 8th Ave. off Grand Army Plaza, Clinton Hill

5/9, 8 PM amazing microtonal Afrobeat band 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen on bass recorder, vocals and organ with Talice Lee on violin and Patrick Holmes on clarinet at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/9, 8 PM eclectic pan-latin singer Sofia Tosello’s starkly rhythmic Chuno project at Barbes

5/9, 8 PM the Emerald Trio play works by Matt Castle, Dan Cooper, Carolyn Steinberg, Joseph Pehrson, Milina Paranosic and  Davide Zannoni at the DiMenna Center, $15/$1o stud/srs

5/9, 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC  Bar

5/9, 9 PM Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw and others play Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn covers at Otto’s. This should be amusing.

5/9, 10:30ish the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – followed by lo-fi psychedelic Americana band Lord Youth at Footlight Bar

5/10, 7 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho with special guest, spitfire poet Zenen Zeferino play the album release show for their new one Rios de Norte y Sur at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by eclectic soul-jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s Soul Party

5/10. 7:30 PM, repeating 5/11-12 at 8, the NY Philharmonic play the Elgar Cello Concerto plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

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

5/10, 8 PM kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos with special guest, incomparably charismatic accordionist Rachelle Garniez at City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St., $20, Russ & Daughters rugelach plus locally-sourced Lower East Side knishes included

5/10, 8 PM tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza  and pianist Aaron Goldberg explore themes of justice, equality and social awareness in songs from the Latin America diaspora at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/10, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed  at 10 by pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands  at Barbes

5/10, 8 PM intense improvisational cellist Leila Bordreuil and haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Holo, $10

5/10, 8 PM Jamaican dancehall sensation Konshens at the computer store at 247 Bedford Ave (N 3/4) in Wililamsburg, free, rsvp rec 

5/10, 8:30 perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis & Double Wide at Bar Lunatico

5/10, 9 PM powerhouse klezmer trumpeter Jordan Hirsch’s Secret Ensemble at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/10, 9 PM Sloan – Halifax’s answer to Guided by Voices – at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

5/10, 9 PM Clebs – the trippy, ethereal acid jazz-y duo of singer Emilie Wiebel and percussionist Jason Nazary – at Trans-Pecos, $12

5/10, 9ish Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Footlight Bar, $10

5/10, 9 PM golden age hip-hop legends EPMD celebrate Parrish Smith’s 50th bday at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec. These guys never, ever compromised their flow.

5/11, 5:30 PM haunting, brilliantly lyrical Americana songwriter Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – and popular powerpop/janglerock songwriter Mike Errico at the American Folk Art Museum

5/11, 6 PM pianist Hyo-jee Kang plays works by Ligeti, Ravel and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrouchka at the NY Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave, free

5/11, 7 PM early music ensemble Tenet play music of 12th and 13th century French troubadours at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave,  Queens, $15/$10 srs. The program repeats on 5/12 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church Riverdale,  5030 Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx for $10 more

5/11, 7/9 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her group at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15 standing room avail

5/11, 7:30/10:30 PM legendary Moroccan Sufi trance ensemble the Master Musicians of Jajouka with Bachir Attar, British elecroacoustic cellist Oliver Coates, harpist Zeena Parkins, drummer Greg Fox, bassist Trevor Dunn plus a light show at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $25

5/11, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic electroacoustic postbop saxophonist Dayna Stephens leads his quintet at the Cave at St. George’s, 209 E. 16th St (east of 3rd Ave), side courtyard entrance, $15 cover

5/11, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical latin jazz alto saxophonist Roman Filiu leads a sextet playing the album release show for his new one Quarteria at the Jazz Gallery, $25

5/11, 8ish fiery reverbtoned latin  hardcore band Depresion Tropical followed eventually at around 10 by snarling, lo-fi surf/cumbia band Le Yikes Surf Club at Union Hall 

5/11, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of NY perform the Mozart Requiem and the US premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s final, similarly harrowing 1930 large-scale work, The Prison at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/11, 8 PM Iktus Percussion plus  special guests Andrea Lodge; piano, Roberta Michel; flute, and Hannah Levinson; viola play music by emerging composers Louis Aguirre, Alice Shields, Morgan Greenwood, Jeremy Rapaport-Stein, Kevin Michael Kay, Faye-Ellen Silverman and Nicholas V. Hall at Arete Gallery, $tba

5/11, 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 5/17, time TBA they’re at Bowery Electtric, free adm w/rsvp; and 5/24 at 9 at the small room at the Rockwood

5/11, 9 PM sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $12

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

5/11, 9:30 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats  at Hill Country

5/11, 10 PM Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes 

5/11, 10 PM hauntingly psychedelic folk noir crooner/songwriter Jaye Bartel at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/11, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/11, 11 PM bad segue, good twinbill:  jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover followed at midnight-ish by unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at the big room at the Rockwood

5/11, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 5/12) this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leads the jam at Smalls

5/12, 4:30 PM the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra play the album release show for their characteristically cinematic, sweeping new one followed at 7:30 by the one guy who can match them for volume and power all by himself, Eric Wyatt and his group at Smalls

5/12, 6 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson  followed at 8 by state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard & the Strays doing their Strayhorn tribute thing at Barbes

5/12, 7 PM in reverse order: oldschool reggae crew the Hub City Stompers, irrepressibly funny hardcore party band No Redeeming Social Value, dark second-wave style ska crew the Ladrones and unstoppable hardcore band None Above All at El Cortez, all ages, $12

5/12, 8 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical electro-punk band Ohmslice followed eventually at midnight by ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at the Parkside

5/12, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

5/12, 7:30 PM powerpopstress Tara Lynne and the Sometime Boys’ incendiary frontwoman Sarah Mucho join “musical and comedic forces” followed at 9:30 by elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at Freddy’s

5/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard Quartet cellist Astrid Schween leads an ensemble playing works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Scott Joplin, Brahms, Franck and Didorenko at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

5/12, 8 PM veteran Greek chanteuse Maria Farantouri and her band play a tribute to legendary balladeer Mikis Theodorakis at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $34 tix avail

5/12, 9ish cult favorite apocalyptic stoner boogie/doom/art-rock band Mos Generator followed by popular heavy lo-fi 90s rockers Fu Manchu at Bowery Ballroom, $15

5/12, 9ish composer Vanessa Rossetto presents her new work The Dirt, exploring the physical manifestation of transgenerational trauma at Issue Project Room, $15

5/12, 10 PM bass saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk’s punk mambo band the NY Fowl Harmonic   followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas a at Hank’s

5/13, 2 PM-ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park

5/13, 3:30 PM adventurously lyrical pianist Lucy Yao leads a multimedia electroacoustic program of works by emerging composers Trey Makler and Kirsten Milenko examining the Orpheus/Eurydice myth from Eurydice’s perspective, plus dance by Moscelyne Parkeharrison, Barry Gans, Nicolas Noguera at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 W 71st St, sug don $15 or pay what you can. Yao is also at Arete Gallery at 67 West St in Greenpoint on 5/20 at 3 PM leading a trio with Madeline Hocking on violin and Paul Mizzi on flute playing new work by Samn Johnson, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/13, 3:30 PM violinist Christina Bouey and pianist Tatiana Tessman play works by Saint-Saens plus Beethoven’s Kreuzer Sonata at Scholes St. Studios, $15

5/13, 6:30 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20. She’s also here on 5/25 a half hour earlier

5/13, 7 PM pianist Jinjoo Yoo leads her Trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $10. Purist Monk influence, unselfconscious sense of humor, vivid compositions: good stuff. 

5/13, 7:30 PM the reliably exciting Queensboro Symphony Orchestra play Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 plus the Jupiter Symphony plus the world premiere of Paul Joseph’s “The Vanished Princess” to celebrate Mother’s Day at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, sug don

5/13, 8 PM somber, diversely textural, female-fronted, often atmospheric postrock/avant garde band Oracle Hysterical play the album release show for their new one Hecuba – a cut-and-paste retelling of the Euripides play – at National Sawdust, $25

5/13, 8 PM the New Asia Music Society plays works by Mozart as well as the world premiere of Shih-Hui Chen’s Flashback Moments at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

5/13, 8 PM an electroacoustic multimedia program by intense avant garde singer Ka Baird on piano and vocals with Chris Penalosa on the mixing desk at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/13, 9 PM bassist Petros Klamanis plays his haunting Mediterranean jazz at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15. At 11 PM the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – is up the block at the small room there.

5/13, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads his group at Smalls 

5/13, 7 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at LIC Bar followed by dark Americana singer Emily Frembgen. 5/18, 11 PM Leckie is at Sidewalk; 5/31 at 10 PM she’s at Pete’s

5/14, 2 PM trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio reinterprets the work of legendary jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington at Fresh Meadows Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows

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

5/14, 7 PM Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and Nina Young perform their own works for violin, viola, and electronics, at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery, $20/$15 srs

5/14, 7 PM a benefit for progressive candidate Zellnor Myrie’s State Senate campaign with traditional Ghanian music by Alfred Kpedsaane and Brittany Anjou at the Owl, $50 contribution if you have it for the candidate who co-sponsored the Tenant Bill of Rights

5/14, 7:30 PM saxophonist Javier Oviedo and pianist François-Xavier Poizat play a very rare program of works by Mompou, Poulenc, Britten and Schulhoff at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St., $25

5/14, 8 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the big room at the Rockwood

5/14, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

5/14, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos play psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes

5/15 7 PM  Katie Hyun plays solo violin works from Bach to Bartok at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery, $15/$10 srs

5/15, 7/9 PM unorthodoxically intriguing new classical works by Greg Watson and other contemporary composers played by Cesare Papetti – percussion; Derin Oge – piano; William Lang – trombone at Arete Gallery, $15

5/15, 7:30 PM  pianist Tamara Cashour and ensemble play works by Frederick Boyle, Richard Brooks, Cashour, Robert Cohen, Kevin McCarter, Timothy Lee Miller, Dary John Mizelle, Dana Dimitri Richardson and David See Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th Street $20

5/15, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico. 5/25 at 10 they’re at Barbes and 5/29 they’re at the third stage at the  Rockwood at 8:30 for $10 followed by amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes 

5/15-20, 8:30/11 PM this era’s most consistently interesting, original jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer leads his sextet at the Vanguard, $30

5/15, 10 PM  brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/15, time/price TBA brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch and dark glam/ghoulabilly cult hero Tav Falco’s Panther Burns at El Cortez

5/16, 7 PM busy jazz and klezmer bassist Jim Whitney plays the album release show for his colorful, Stravinsky-esque new one Dodecahedron with Eric  Halvorson on  drums,  Nate  Radley on  guitar  and  Bennett  Paster on  keyboards  at 55 Bar. Whitney is also at Barbes at 7 on 5/22 with his Perpendicular Shoes quarrtet with Diego Voglino – drums; Michel Gentile – flute and Sean Moran – guitar followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  

5/16, 7:30 PM perennially interesting new music advocates Ensemble Mise-En  play works by Korean and Austrian composers Sungji Hong (Korea/Texas), Mirela Ivičević (Croatia/Austria), Peter Jakober (Austria), Seong Ae Kim (Korea/NYC), Matthias Kranebitter (Austria) and Sojin Yoon (Korea) at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, rsvp req. The free program repeats on 5/17 at 8 at the Cell Theatre

5/16, 8 PM “feminist feline marching band” Pussy Grabs Back, catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens , mystery band Nevada Nevada and the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Friends & Lovers, $tba

5/16, 9 PM tuneful, epically-inclined, cinematic trombonist John Yao leads his quintet at Terraza 7, $10

5/16, 9ish haunting, intense, creepy harp/violin duo Leya at le Wallet, 1154 Myrtle Ave (Broadway/Bushwick Ave)

5/17, 4:30 PM a rare performance of Vietnamese music worth skipping work for: the Mekong Group play mystical dan tranh songs at Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, B/D to Kingsbridge Road

5/17, 6 PM the Samurai Mama Big Band play music by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Maria Schneider, Radiohead, and Owen Carter at the auditorium at Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Malcolm X Blvd at 136th, free, res req  

5/17, 7 PM badass, fiercely political, sultry New Orleans oldtimey chanteuse Carsie Blanton at the Mercury, $15

5/17, 7 PM Jog Blues – who reinvent classical Indian themes much like Brooklyn Raga Massive does – at the  Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

5/17-18, 7:30/9:30 PM Gil Evans scholar/archivist/conductor Ryan Truesdell leads the Gil Evans Project playing rare, recently unearthed gems by the iconic big band composer at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/17, 8ish ethereal vibraphonist Chris Dingman solo and the duo of atmospheric guitarist Todd Neufeld and terse bassist Thomas Morgan  at the Owl, $10

5/17, 8 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano  & Jauncho Herrera on guitar at Mezzrow, $20

5 /17, 8 PM the Starbenders – who blend a little funk and reggae into their powerpop and glamrock – followed by the Muckers – who veer between catchy GBV powerpop, gutter blues and art-rock  – at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec 

5/17, 9 PM intense, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leadshis Tango Quartet, followed at 10 by wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

5/17, 9 PM bassist Brian Glassman’s “Klezmer-Jazz Alliance” at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/17, 9 PM a killer, edgy violin-driven twinbill: Dana Lyn’s psychedelic, ecologically-themed Mother Octopus followed at 10 by Skye Steele and band at Niagara at 7th and A

5/18, half past noon singer/guitarist/flamenco dancer Marija Temo at the World Financial Center atrium, free

5/18, 5 PM Street Beat Brass Band play ”music from New Orleans Jazz to polka, Mexican banda, gospel, klezmer, and funk” at Bryant Park

5/18, 7 PM Michael Moss’ wildly improvising 22-piece Accidental Orchestra play the album release show for their lavish new one at the Westbeth Community Center, 155 Bank St. in the west village, $10 

5/18, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, witty saxophonist Daniel Bennett with guitarist Nat Janoff and Matthew Feick on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

5/18, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 bypsychedelic cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

5/18-19 at 8, repeating on 5/22 at 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic play Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 plus Shostakovich’s savage Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/18, 8 PM Barbes comes to Queens: pioneering Guinea guitar legends the Mandingo Ambassadors and epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/18, 8 PM Korean musicians and dancers perform Ssitkimkut: The Korean Shaman Ritual of the Dead at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $25. There’s also a pre-concert lecture at 7.

5/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist Brandon Lopez plays the debut of his piano trio, “Mess,” – “With Mess, he attempts to dismember the notion of the piano trio to create a counterpart where each instrument functions outside of their supposed traditional roles. A sprawling thing devoid of harmony or melody, the trio insists giving violence and silence equivalent weight,” at Issue Project Room, $10 sugg don

5/18, 8 PM chamber ensemble Collectio Musicorum play a homage to baroque composer Guillaume Dufay and his contemporaries at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St., free

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

5/18, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets  at Troost

5/18, 10:30ish alternately ambient and swirlingly ferocious guitar looper Ben Greenberg aka Hubble and the even more feral Reg Bloor playing the album release show for her deliciously assaultive new one Sensory Irritation Chamber at Muchmore’s, $10

5/18, midnight awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $10

5/19, 2 PM bouncy, slyly amusing psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at Lafayette Avenue and Edgewater Road in Hunts Point Riverside Park in the Bronx, 6 to Longwood Ave

5/19, 3 PM Wall to Wall Leonard Bernstein at Symphony Space with a whole series of chamber and vocal ensembles playing a career retrospective in more or less chronological order, free, the whole marathon lineup is here 

5/19, 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd  and lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes play poignant, cleverly intertwining new klezmer music followed at 6 by eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson and at 8 by uneasy Transylvanian jazz pianist Lucian Ban and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding at Barbes,

5/19, 4:30 PM experimental singer Odeya Nini, dancers Coco Karol and Ximena Garnica, sound artist Michaela Davies, and wild New Orleans-influenced loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St,, $15

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

5/19, 7 PM wild Korean-klezmer cross-pollination with Lee Tae-Baek (ajaeng); Yi Jiyoung (gayageum); Kim Sung-Ah (haegeum); Kim Tae Young (janggo); Gamin (piri); Sita Chay (violin); Frank London (trumpet) and Ned Rothenberg (saxophone) at the Asia Society, $25

5/19, 7 PM sensational ex-Klezmatics fiddler Alicia Svigals and pianist Marilyn Lerner play their original score to the rare 1918 silent film Yellow Ticket at National Sawdust, $30. Followed at 10 ($20 separate adm) by wild avant jazz trumpeter Stephanie Richards playing the album release show for her new one

5/19, 7:30 PM acclaimed classical guitarist Sharon Isbin with guest six-stringer Romero Lubanbo at the World Financial Center atrium, free

5/19, 8 PM folk-gospel duo Gathering Sparks plus Pete Seeger’s Walkabout Clearwater Chorus at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

5/19,8 PM entertaining female-fronted saloon blues/parlot pop band the Claudetteat the small room at the Rockwood

5/19, 8 PM the Centre Symphony Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, plus Beethoven’s Triple Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 56 with Muneko Otani, violin, Elizabeth Anderson, cello and Kaoru Fukuda, piano, at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave., at 54th St, $10 sugg don

5/19, 10 PM 70s dark folk legend Kath Bloom – who has a haunting new album out  – a at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/19, 11 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager at the Gutter, $10

5/20, 11 AM a rare performance of music for kids that isn’t condescending or stupid: Vered & the Babes play the album release show for their new one Songs for Sisters and Brothers, “which approaches the topic from every angle – from the eldest’s point of view, the youngest’s point of view, and the parent’s point of view,” outdoors at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, free

5/20, 1 PM epically lyrical alto saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum with Middle Eastern drummer April Centrone at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

5/20, 1/3 PM Sandbox Percussion play works by Steve Reich, Andy Akiho, Victor Caccese, Jonny Allen & Alex Weiser at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

5/20. 1 PM new music guitarist Denise Mei Yan Hofmann leads a chamber ensemble premiering soprano Kelsey Park’s new work exploring the challenges of fertility at at All Angels Church at 80th and Broadway., free

5/20, 6 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies at LIC Bar

5/20. 7:30 PM the Orchestra of the League of Composers plays music by Du Yun, Samuel Adler, Hayes Biggs, and John Harbison at the Miller Theatre, $20/$12 stud/srs

5/20, 8 PM thereminist Pamelia Stickney’s Transcendental Dissonance Quartet followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/20,8 PM the PubliQuartet play NYC premieres of works by composers Jessica Meyer and Steven Snowden and a world premiere by Xian Wang at Arete Gallery, $20

5/20, 8 PM Triptyk with Patricia Brennan – vibraphone; Leonor Falcón – violin; Noel Brennan – drums and Multi-percussion followed by ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leading her trio with Angelica Sanchez – piano; Erik Friedlander – cello at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

5/20, 9 PM an all-female version of singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush, cinematic 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band the New York Chillharmonic at Littlefield

5/20, 9 PM bad segue, good twinbill: thoughtful, purposeful original jazz songwriter Gracie Terzian followed by ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner, at the small room at the Rockwood

5/21, 8/10:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a multi-generational Coleman quartet with George Coleman Sr. on tenor and his son on drums plus Vic Juris on guitar at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail

5/21, 8 PM a rare NYC performance by edgy Japanese experimental percussionist, composer, and theater artist Midori Takada at the Kitchen, $25

5/21, 8:30ish legendary, savagely lyrical British new wave era songwriter Graham Parker at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

5/21, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

5/21, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

5/22, 8 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

5/22, 8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock with the Icebergs  followed by the catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged Trouble with Kittens at Pete’s

5/22, 9:30 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner at Sidewalk

5/23, 6 PM haunting, lyrical Indian violinist/composer Trina Basu at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/23, 6 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 6 at Bryant Park

5/23, 7 PM an extremely rare small club gig by noir Americana icon Neko Case at Littlefield, $30

5/23, 8 PM cinematic trombonist/guitarist Curtis Hasselbring’s colorful, wry, sometimes satirical Curhastra at Barbes

5/23, 8 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony, string metal band Stratospheerius and math-metal band the Astral Cadence at Gold Sounds, $10 

5/23, 8 PM purposeful, tunefully purist trombonist Nick Finzer plays the album release show for his new one with his sextet at Subculure,45 Bleecker at Lafayeette, $20 adv tix rec

5/24, 6 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays a rare all-Zosha Di Castri program at the NYPL for the Performing Arts out back of Lincoln Center, free, res req 

5/24, 7 PM Luc Sante reads; reggae-soul Faith bandleader and badass bassist Felice Rosser follows in an evening of music and spoken word at the Howl space, 6 E 1st Str

5/24, 7:30 PM koto player Yumi Kurosawa and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura perform an eclectic program of traditional and untraditional Japanese music spanning four centuries, including duets with cello and tabla at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St, $25

5/24, 8 PM thoughtful, original cello/fiddle Americana duo Oliver the Crow at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

5/23, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

5/24, 7 PM ridiculously bad segues but three good acts: wryly surreal Lynchian parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters, oldtime country blues guitarist Mary-Elaine Jenkins and intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri at the small room at the Rockwood

5/24, 7:30 PM repeating on 5/26 at 8 the NY Philharmonic  play Berio’s Sinfonia with mighty avant garde choir Roomful of Teeth, plus Richard Strauss’ epic Alphine Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

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

5/24, 8 PM David Ostwald and his ensemble the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, Queens, a 15-minute walk from the 7 stop at Junction Blvd

5/24, 9 PM klezmer mischief and mayhem: Reb Leybl & the Heights and the 156th Street Freylekh Band (w/Louis Pollison & Jesse Chevan) at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/25, 5 PM Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band at Bryant Park

5/25, 7 PM indie classical piano/percussion ensemble Bearthoven play a program TBA at Arete Galley, $15

5/25, 7:30 PM the NY Festival Orchestra and Festival Chorus play works by Mozart, Hirai, Haydn, Handel, plus Japanese songs at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66 St (west of Broadway), $20, reception to follow

5/25-26, 8 PM cinematic, lyrical vibraphonist Joe Locke with Lorin Cohen & Jim Ridl at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

5/25, 8 PM woodwind group Soundmind Ensemble play Schoenberg’s iconic wind quintet and other works at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

5/25, 9 PM a killer triplebill with Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls, pensive acoustic duo Peach and Knife –  Molly White and Elena Degl’Innocenti – and creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Pine Box Rock Shop 

5/25, 9 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat at the big room at the Rockwood

5/25, 9 PM acerbic, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts leads his sextet with Dana Lyn on violin at I-Beam, $15

5/25, 10ish Christina Schneider’s jangly psych/garage/blue-eyed soul band Locate S1 at Secret Project Robot, $12

5/26, 1:30 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, Queens, a 15-minute walk from the 7 stop at Junction Blvd

5/26, 7:30 PM lyrical postbop trombonist/composer Michael Dease leads his sextet at Smalls

5/26, 7:30 PM the CMS Improvisers Orchestra directed by Peter Apfelbaum and Karl Berger explore river-themed group improvisation at El Taller, 215 W 99th St., $10

5/26, 8 PM otherworldly, ancient trance-dance music from the Punjab and Morocco: Falsa Band and Innov Gnawa at the Owl, $10 

5/26, 8 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost, pensive acoustic duo Peach and Knife –  Molly White and Elena Degl’Innocenti, and acerbically lyrical chamber-soul band Sweet Soubrette at Hell Phone, 247 Varet St. in Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave

5/26, 9:45 PM sardonic, tuneful punks the Car Bomb Parade at the Gutter, $7 

5/26, 10 PM bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, sweepingly menacing loopmusic instrumental project Insect Ark at Union Pool, $12

5/26, 10 PM psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

5/27, 4 PM a very rare perofrmance of Anna Thorvaldsdóttir piano music by pianist Cory Smythe and International Contemporary Ensemble at National Sawdust, $30

5/27, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/27, 7 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s 

5/27, 6:30 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

5/28, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free, GET THERE EARLY, like 6 PM if you’re going

5/28. 9:30ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

5/29, 9 PM terse, enigmatic avant garde singer Anais Maviel plays the album release show for her new one at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/30, 6 PM terse, hypnotic acoustic guitarist Camila Celin and tabla player Ehren Hanson reinvent stark Indian carnatic sounds at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/30, 7 PM Indian-inspired jazz vocal-and-bass duo François Moutin & Kavita Shah play the album release show for their new one Interplay at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $25 adm) by the Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Samoa Wilson on vocals.

5/30, 7 PM noir and spy-theme-inspired downtown composer Annie Gosfield plays an electroacoustic keyboard world premiere at National Sawdust, $25

5/30, 7:30 PM pianist Elias Stemeseder and vocalist Lauren Kinsella perform the world premiere of their cross-disciplinary music theater work for two improvisers, Press Play Backwards at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req 

5/30, 8ish cinematic multi-instrumentalist/violinist Laura Ortman, fearlessly relevant no wave-ish songwriter Emilie Lesbros and the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish play the album release show for their new one at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/30, 8 PM rising star composers Felix Bransbourg, Isaac Lageschulte, Ella Vermut, Owen Woolford, Danielle Wu, Philina Zhang, and Marina Zurita McKinnon parse Nathaniel Hawthorne’s take on the Midas myth with trio works for bassoon (Brad Balliett), guitar (Jordan Dodson), cello and narrator (Paul Hecht) at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery,  $10/stud free

5/30, 8 PM the Hands Free – composer/performers James Moore (guitar/banjo), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion) and Eleonore Oppenheim (bass) – celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album at the Kitchen, $20

5/30, 8 PM “thingNY gives a taste of its opera-in-development with a short selection of songs from Gelsey Bell’s Rolodex, in which the ensemble surrounds the interrogation table to investigate a crime, calling on witnesses from a Rolodex that doubles as a musical score. Varispeed, with additional members from thingNY, performs their new arrangement of Kenneth Gaburo’s masterpiece, Maledetto, from 1968” at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/30, 10 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly  at the small room at the Rockwood

5/31, 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and his amazing Middle Eastern jazz ensemble put a relevant, intense new spin on ancient Syrian sounds at National Sawdust, $30

5/31, 7:30 PM six-string guitarist Timucin Sahin and pianist Cory Smythe play uneasy Middle Eastern-tinged improvisations at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/31, 7:30 PM colorful, intense, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads his quartet at Smalls

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

5/31, 8 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by sharply lyrical, grimly futuristic parlor pop band the Tyranny of Dave followed at 10 by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes 

5/31, 8 PM singer Gabrielle Herbst leads a chamber octet through her dreamlike but arresting new opera, Vulnerability at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/31, 8:30 PM Indian jazz crew Overview Effect with Mustafa Bhagat – sitar; David Freeman – drums; Steve Hudson – keyboards; Jamie Zillitto – bass with special guests Ivan Barenboim – bass cllarinet & Arun Ramamurthy – violin play the album release show for their new one at the Jalopy, $15

5/31, 8:30 PM impressively diverse, adventurous latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz at Bar Lunatico

5/31, 9 PM Lynchian Moscow klezmer/latin noir dance band Vanya Juke at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

6/1, 7 PM the Aizuri Quartet with Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh play immigration and exhile-themed works by Azmeh, Komidas, and Lembit Beecher, plus a suite of short works by Pauchi Sasaki, Michi Wiancko, Wang Lu and Can Bilir at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 but worth it

6/1. 7 PM pianist Zach Lapidus, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Aaron Seeber play an all-Leonard Bernstein program at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

6/1, 8 PM one of the year’s best twinbills:hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly and epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band at Flushing Town Hall, $16

6/1, 8 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis  leads her Quartet at the Neighborhood Church, 269 Bleecker St. at Morton St., free

6/1, 8 PM the epic (possibly four-hour) annual performance by legendary Japanese collective improvisers Marginal Consort – who use homemade acoustic instruments, electronics, bamboo sticks, marbles, water and more – at Pioneer Works, $20 

6/1, 8:30 PM, repeating on 6/2 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play works by Samuel Beebre, Jonathan Bruce Brown and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Friday’s concert features soloist Susanne Chen on the Victor Bruns’ Contrabassoon Concerto. Saturday’s concert also has the Violin Concerto by Erich Korngold featuring Emanouil Manolov, at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

6/2, 3 PM this year’s Choralfest features performances by the rivetingly eclectic all-female Accord Treble Choir, Stuyvesant High School Choir, St. Thomas Gospel Choir, Polyhymnia early music singers, Every Voice Choirs, University at Buffalo Choir, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Canticum Novum Singers, LaGuardia High School Women’s Choir and New York Virtuoso Singers at Symphony Space, free  

6/2. 9 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many at Hank’s. OMFG this band is good – they slayed on an off-night at LIC Bar, who knows what they could do in the surprisingly good sonics here. 

6/2, 10 PM singer Allysen Callery blends medieval and new, original folk noir sounds at Wonders of Nature, $10 

6/3, 11 AM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister’s amazing band serves at the backing unit for her surreal songwriting class for seniors at Young Israel Senior Center, 1694 Ocean Ave at Ave. L, Midwood, Q to Ave. M, free

6/3, 3 PM the rivetingly eclectic all-female Accord Treble Choir, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 423 Clinton St. (Greene/Gates) in Ft. Greene. 6/9 at 6 they’re at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave (entrance on 87th St.)

6/3, 7 PM Karen Bentley Pollick reprises “an awesome solo violin & viola recital mixing Serbian, Lithuanian, Oriental, Icelandic & Mid-Eastern harmonies and melodies” at Spectrum, $10

6/4, 8 PM Tosca Opdam, violin and Victor Stanislavsky, piano play works by Prokofiev, Bach, Korngold, Debussy and De Raaf at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

6/4 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform an enticing new music bill with works by Philip Glass, David Lang, Dylan Mattingly, Christopher Cerrone, Tania Leon, Taylor Brook, Mario Davidovsky and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs

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

6/6, 7 PM singer Elspeth Davis and the Argus Quartet play Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery, $15/$10 stud

6/7, noon the world’s most-recorded drummer ever, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie’s All-Star Shuffle with guests Bobbi Humphrey and Quiana Lynell at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/7, 7 PM the Spectrum Symphony  play a rapturously lyrical, extremely rare performance of Henryk Wieniawski’s High Romantic Violin Concerto No. 2 plus the equally rare, arioso 1867 Mass in F by Italian-influenced Polish composer Prince Poniatowski with brand-new orchestration by conductor David Grunberg at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave, $30

6/7, 7:30 PM iconic, fearless Mauritanian rights crusader and psychedelic bandleader  Noura Mint Seymali at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/7, 8 PM Mitra Sumara – New York’s only psychedelic 1960s style Iranian art-funk band – play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151, $15

6/7, 8 PM bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval plays Jakob Ullmann’s mystically ambient Müntzer’s stern at the San Damiano Mission, $20

6/8, 7 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Well, 272 Meserole St. in Bushwick, L to Montrose Ave. They’re back there at 9ish on 6/28

6/8, 8 PM hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at Flushing Town Hall, free, rsvp req 

6/8, 8 PM sitar legend Krishna Bhatt teams up for some ragas with avant guitar fave Gyan Riley at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

6/9, 1/3 PM Ensemble Connect play chamber works of Jennifer Higdon, Charles Wuorinen, Osvaldo Golijov & a New York premiere by Andy Akiho at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

6/9 hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby at Berlin

6/10, 3 PM the original Mexican-American folk-punks: Los Lobos at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/10, 5 PM the Toomai String Quintet with special guest vocalist Alina Roitstein play the release show for their gorgeous new album, Cuerdas Cubanas – “modern string arrangements of legendary songs by Ernesto Lecuona as well as salsa, bolero, and mambo classics” at Symphony Space, tix $17 with code TOOMAIFAN

6/10 up-and-coming new music ensemble Face the Music collaborate with the Tricentric Foundation, playing Anthony Braxton compositions; ensembles include the FTM Big Band, Improv Ensemble, and Advanced Jazz Project with performers from Braxton’s circle, at the Jazz Gallery

6/11-14, 4-7 PM choreographer Abigail Levine’s Restagings No. 2: Of Serra (to movement) “begins at the moment of precarious balance enacted by Richard Serra’s Prop pieces. The performance makes a substitution of materials, replacing Serra’s steel forms with human bodies. For three hours each day, dancers perform looping solos and duets, their movements recorded on graphite panels mounted on the walls. Paula Matthusen’s sound design highlights the performance’s departure from sculpture, measuring and reflecting changes in position through shifting sound,” at the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, free

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

6/12, 7:30 PM violinist Tessa Lark leads a pickup ensemble playing Fanfare & Fugue (for a Fish) (world premiere) – David Handler; Aurora (East Coast premiere) – Thea Musgrave; The Red Violin: Suite for Violin and Orchestra – John Corigliano; Serenade for Strings – Tchaikovsky; Clair de Lune –  Debussy at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.

6/12, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays a program TBA at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on 6/13 on the great lawn in Central Park (enter at 79nd St. in the west side), 6/14 at Cunningham Park in Queens – enter at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike, concert is at the 193rd St. field; and 6/15 in Prospect Park (use the 9th St. entrance). They’re also at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island for free at 3 PM on 6/17.

6/13, 7 PM new, adventurous and older, more traditional klezmer and Jewish liturgical sounds, probably in reverse order: Klezmatics trumpeter Frank London and his Klezmar All Stars;clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman; Middle Eastern tinged folk-rockers Pharaoh’s Daughter fronted by chanteuse Basya Schecter; wild, hilarious klezmer punks Golem; popular cantor Magda Fishman; theatrical singer Eleanor Reissa; the excoriatingly lyrical, fearlessly anti-fascist Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird and Yiddish theatre maven Zalmen Mlotek at Central Park Summerstage

6/14, 6:30 PM David Ostwald and his ensemble The Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, 7 to Main St.. 6/29 at 6 they’re at Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, Queens. Hitch a ride if you can

6/14, 8ish fiery jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina with his band The Marrow with Hank Roberts-cello; Mark Helias- bass and Hamin Honari on Persian percussion at Happy Lucky No 1 Gallery. 6/16, 8 PM he leads a quartet with Russ Lossing piano; Oscar Noriega alto and clarinets; Satoshi Takeishi drums at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud. Then they’re at Bushwick House on 6/18

6/15 Eno-esque, haunting, fearlessly political Berlin feminist singer Mary Ocher at Holo

6/16, 6 PM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister at Gowanus Canal Dredger Society Boathouse, 125-153 2nd St, downhill from the Carroll St. F stop. 6/22 at 9ish Bannister is also at the Letlove Inn, 27-20 23rd Ave in Astoria, N/W to Astoria Blvd. opening for psychedelic no wave legends The Scene Is Now.

6/16 wildly eclectic Afrobeat/funk/art-rock jamband the Jauntee at Drom

6/19, 4:30 PM  trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio reinterprets the work of trumpeter Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington at Windsor Park Library,79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, Queens

6/20, 8 PM golden-age era hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane celebrates his 30th anniversary onstage (and about his 20th playing the NYC summer parks circuit) at the Amphitheater at Coney Island, 3052 West 21st St., free. Caveat: this is a rare free show at a Nazi corporate venue, prepare to be treated like a criminal at the entry gates

6/21, 4 PM Los Hijos de la Gran Puna play traditional Andean panpipe music on the second floor of the Ottendorfer Library, 135 Second Ave

6/21, 7:30 PM funny quirk-pop songwriter Jonathan Coulton, a lame 90s band, and then iconic, perennially relevant lit-rock songwriter Aimee Mann at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/21-24, 8 PM dancer Molissa Fenley and Company join with percussionist Frank Cassara and violist Ralph Farris for an evening ofwater-themed scores by Linda Bouchard, Andrew Toovey, Frank Cassara and Tigran Mansurian at  Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St, $22

6/22, 7 PM saxophonist and composer Tyrone Birkett “presents a musical work giving voice to the dispossessed, acknowledging circumstances caused by dehumanization and “otherness,”  at Flushing Town Hall, free

6/22, 7 PM cellist Margalit Cantor, soprano Katherine Copland & pianist Marc Peloquin play a program tba  at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

6/22, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes’ Naked Lore with Kyle Sanna and Shane Shahanan at Barbes

6/23, 6 PM an all-Portuguese triplebill at Central Park Summerstage, in reverse order: fado chanteuse Mariza, rainy-day keyboard instrumentalist Noiserv, and more improvisationally-inclined pianist Renato Diz.

6/27, 7 PM oldschool 90s hardcore hip-hop nostalgia: Black Moon and Smif N Wessun at Betsy Head Park, 167 Livonia Ave in Crown Heights; 3 to Saratoga Ave.

6/28, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21/6; Othmar Schoeck: Summer Night, Pastoral Intermezzo for Strings, Op. 58 (NY Premiere) and Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”  at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/29, 7 PM fiery latin dub guitarist/bandleader Nicolas Emden at the park on the Hudson at 125th St. 

6/29, 8:30ish jazz royalty; Branford Marsalis and band at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/30, 3 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Avenue, Forest Hills, 7 to 71st St.

6/30, 7 PN in reverse order at Prospect Park Bandshell: banjo player and Nashville pop refugee Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder,  mandolinist Sierra Hull and Justin Moses and badass original country blues and oldtimey guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch, who’s gonna blow them all off the stage

6/30, 7ish perennially relevant hip-hop artist Talib Kweli at Betsy Head Park, 167 Livonia Ave in Crown Heights; 3 to Saratoga Ave

7/5, noon hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadalupian/New Orleans band Delgres at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/7, 1/3 PM avant garde guitar quartet Dither play works of Eve Beglarian, Josh Lopes, Lisa Renée Coons, Gyan Riley, James Moore & Taylor Levine at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

7/7, 6ish golden age hip-hop legends EPMD at Springfield Park, 147th and Springfield Blvds at the far edge of Queens

7/8, 6ish in reverse order: newschool lovers rock crooner Kabaka Pyramid, the surprisingly vital version of what’s left of popular 70s roots reggae band Third World and ubiquitous loverman Barrington Levy at the Amphitheater at Coney Island, 3052 West 21st St., free, prepare to be treated like a criminal at the entry gates since this is a corporate venue

7/10, 7:30 PM A Far Cry play Divertimento in F – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozar; Symphony No. 3 – Philip Glass; Divertimento for String Orchestra – Bartók at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.

7/12, noon Amalgarhythm with lyrical pianist Kris Davis and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/12, 7 PM oldschool-style, accordion-fueled vallenato punks Very Be Careful and  alternately rustic and techy tropicalians Systema Solar at Queensbridge Park, 41st Ave and Vernon Blvd in Queens, F to 21st St. and walk to the water

7/12, 8ish feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat allstars Combo Chimbita and iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/13, 7:30ish cumbia reapper Ana Tijoux‘s Roja y Negro and Spanish hip-hop artist Mala Rodriguez at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/14, 5ish pensively lyrical, politically fearless Uruguayan folk-jazz singer Jorge Drexler at Central Park Summerstage

7/14, 7:30  PM Malian griots Trio Da Kali and new music icons Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/17,  7:30 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play Within Her Arms – Anna Clyne; Armenian Folk Songs – Komitas; Idyll – Janáček and Hungarian Dances – Brahms at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat

7/19, noon trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn 

 7/20, 7:30 PM kinetic chamber-rock dance band My Brightest Diamond and cutting-edge sitarist Anoushka Shankar at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/24, 7:30 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA leads an ensemble in an epic re-score of the 1978 martial arts flick The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free, get there very early

7/26, noon trumpeter Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/27, 7:30 PM Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate and the world’s most popular duskcore band,Tinariwen at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/27, 7:30 PM classic Feelini film scores live with Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/28, 7 PM a very rare Iranian rock triplebill in reverse order: crooner Faramarz Aslani accompanied by Babak Amini, underground legends KIOSK and Brooklyn expat band Habibi at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/29, 3 PM trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess followed by politically fearless Afrobeat scion Femi Kuti at Central Park Summerstage

7/29, 4 PM Gran Combo bandleader Charlie Aponte and his latest salsa dura project at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx

7/31, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with soprano Sherezade Panthaki and violinist Krista Bennion Feeney play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons,  Concerto for Strings in C Major and In Furore lustissimae Irae at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, get there early if you want a seat.

8/2, 8ish the Nigerian “Queen of Afrobeat” Yemi Alade at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/4, 3 PM Brazilian neosoul singer Xenia Franca, the Hamilton de Holanda mandolin Trio and trippy dub band Baiana System at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 8:30 PM popular Jamaican dancehall crooner Tarrus Riley at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5, 1 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman, Irish group Cherish the Ladies, Grupo Rebolu, and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou on the plaza at Lincoln Center. The program repeats at 5 out back in Damrosch Park.

8/5, 6 PM a brassy New Orleans bill: New Breed Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a lame jamband, and then Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave at Central Park Summerstage

8/5, 7 PM Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Ire and two popular Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center,

8/9, 7 PM 5/5, 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver and popular blues guitarslinger Gary Clark Jr. at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/8. 6:30 PM in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra play a live score to Space Is the Place, José James sings Bill Withers and Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suiteat Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center. Jury’s out on the openers.

8/10. 7:30 PM the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band reinvent Leonard Bernstein’s Wes Side Story soundtrack at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/11, 3 PM the North, South, East, and West choruses sing the world premiere of John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth at Harlem Meer in Central Park

8/10, 7:30 PM fiery, politically fearless, atmospheric Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi  and macabre slowcore band Godspeed You Black Emperor at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/11, 8:30 PM jangly, clanging late 80s nostalgia with the Breeders at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/18, 1/3 PM the Collaborative Arts Ensemble play southern US-inspired works by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Johnny Cash,Hoagy Carmichael, Henry Mancin at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

8/25, 5ish purist swing singer Catherine Russell and Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander’s reggae-jazz Harlem-Kingston Express at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 3 PM the trio of Adam O’Farrill, Immanuel Wilkins and Joel Ross, Amina Claudine Myers, then a lame corporate jazz act, then Gary Bartz leading a quartet at Tompkins Square Park

8/26, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri  at Central Park Summerstage

8/28, 8 PM badass oldschool electric bluesmistress Celisse Henderson  and a bunch of actors read from and play music inspired by the Howard Zinn classic People’s History of the United States at Central Park Summerstage. They did something like this at Lincoln Center last year and it was surprisingly subversive.

9/27, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides followed by afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summerstage

Two Rare New York Shows by Magically Chameleonic Israeli Singer Victoria Hanna

Singer Victoria Hanna has built a career as one of Israel’s most individualistic and magically protean vocalists. She draws on centuries of Middle Eastern music as well as the avant garde and more commercial dancefloor sounds. Her lyrics often explore ancient mystical themes; her evocative, protean voice transcends linguistic limitations. You don’t have to speak Hebrew to fall under her spell. The last time anybody from this blog was in the house at one of her performances was way back in the zeros, when she electrified a sold-out crowd at Tonic on the Lower East Side with a couple of cameos at a Big Lazy album release show. Since that iconic noir cinematic group very seldom uses vocals, that they would choose Hanna to sing with them speaks for itself.

Hanna is at the Bronx Museum of the Arts at 1040 Grand Concourse on April 25 at 6 PM in conjunction with the opening for new exhibits by Oded Halahmy and Moses Ros. Admission is free but a ravp is required; take the B to 167th St. Then the next day, April 26 she’s making a very rare Brooklyn appearance on April 26 at 7 PM with Gershon Waiserfirer on electric oud and trombone at the first special event in Luisa Muhr’s fascinating Women Between Arts series at the Arete Gallery, 67 West St. in Greenpoint. The closest train is the G at Greenpoint Ave; cover is $25.

Hanna’s long-awaited debut album is streaming at her music page. The instrumentation is usually very spare – occasional strings, brass and percussion. The songs are a mix of upbeat, new wave-tinged dance numbers, with occasional windswept ambience. The first track, Aleph- Bet (Hoshana) is both characteristically playful and unsettling. It’s a Hebrew alphabet rhyme that also references ancient Jewish numerology. Hanna’s multitracked, processed voice takes on both techy outer-space and otherworldly Middle Eastern cadences over former Big Lazy drummer Tamir Muskat’s shamanistic, echoey beats – if Bjork was Middle Eastern, she might sound something like this

The second track, 22 Letters revisits that theme over a funky, minimalist habibi pop groove. That grows a lot slinkier in Orayta, a catchy, bouncy, similarly spare devotional hymn spiced with spare, echoey synth and spiky buzuq riffs. Hanna infuses Sheharhoret (Brown-haired Girl) with a misterioso, coyly conspiratorial energy, her melismatic delivery part levantine, part Bollywood.

Ani Yeshena (Sleeping But My Heart Is Awake) is a surreal mashup of a stately klezmer dirge, Balkan brass music and catchy new wave pop. Hanna follows with the wistfully hazy, atmospheric Kala Dekalya (The Voice of All the Voices) and Hayoshevet Baganim (Sitting in the Garden), the latter with airy accordion and echoes of north Indian ghazals.

In contrast with the song’s spacious rainy-day piano, Hanna’s voice is both more hopeful and tender throughout Shaarei Tziyon, a duet. With its lush string ambience, Yonati (My Dove) brings to mind the terse art-songs of Tunisian chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi. The album’s final and most haunting track is the majestically crescendoing grey-sky tableau Asher Yarzar. Fans of all of Hanna’s many influences, from classical Indian to Middle Eastern to dance music should get to know her.

A Shattering Performance of Iconic Classical and Film Music Uptown

In terms of pure thrills and chills, there hasn’t been a concert in New York this year more exhilarating than string ensemble Shattered Glass’ performance last night at the popular Washington Heights classical spot Our Savior’s Atonement. And that includes all of Golden Fest, trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar’s oceanically intense Middle Eastern mass improvisation in February at NYU, and cinematic noir trio Big Lazy’s shattering performance of mostly new material at Barbes later that month. This crew are like another popular conductorless string orchestra, ECCO…on steroids.

Just back from midwest tour, the fourteen-piece ensemble were clearly psyched to be back on their home turf. They played in the round, gathered in a circle under the church’s low lights. Between works on the bill, the group shifted positions so that everyone could get to see who was playing what. It was a transcendent program, kicking off with a relentlessly angst-ridden, percussive take of Shostakovich’s Two Pieces for String Octet. The sonics in the church enhanced the resonance of the pizzicato phrases to the point where they lingered almost like guitar chords. That effect would also help the delicately overtone-spiced, challenging extended technique required in Caroline Shaw’s concentrically circling Entr’acte to resound. It’s on Shattered Glass’ debut album; they’re the first group to record it.

Philip Glass’ diptych Company, its signature cell-like melody expanding deliciously outward, had distantly ominous chromatics that reminded of his Dracula soundtrack. It set the stage for what under ordinary circumstances would have been the night’s piece resistance, Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho Suite for Strings. The whole group got into the act on that lusciously chilling arrangement of the iconic horror film soundtrack. The sinuous menace of the central up-and-down staircase riff at its center, the machete attack of the shower scene, cumulo-nimbus buildups to icepick attacks and a final somber conclusion left the crowd breathless.

The group ended the night with a harrowing, dynamically epic arrangement of second Shostakovich piece, the String Quartet No. 3. The quartet of violinists Christina Bouey and Ravenna Lipchik, violist Michael Davis and cellist Max Jacob played the work as written, augmented with sinister force by the rest of the circle around them. Davis spoke passionately about how much the work means to them, and how wrenching it is to play, emotionally speaking. He didn’t say outright that there’s a psycho in the White House, or that wartime horror is that situation’s logical conclusion, but the piece spoke for itself.

And the group really nailed the narrative: the cynically lilting faux country dance that tries to come back valiantly but never does; the franticness, furtiveness but also the resilience and heroism of the second movement, Russians fending off the Nazi attackers; and the exhausted, mournful sweep of the concluding movements. It was as searing and relevant as any piece of music could have been in this country on this date.

Watch this space for Shattered Glass’ next performance. The next concert at Our Savior’s Atonement is on April 29 at 8 PM with the Jack Quartet playing a free program of “maverick American composers” TBA.

Fearlessly Individualistic, Poignant Singer Sara Serpa Brings Her Catchy, Intimate New Album to Deep Brooklyn

That Sara Serpa’s voice is able to convey such a frequently harrowing depth of feeling is all the more remarkable considering that she doesn’t usually sing lyrics. But that doesn’t stop her music from addressing a wide range of relevant and sometimes controversial topics, from the disastrous effects of western imperialism in Africa, to philosopher Luce Iragaray’s radical proposals for how to eliminate sexist bias in language. Serpa’s latest album Close Up is due out momentarily, with three tracks streaming at her audio page. Serpa titled it after the Abbas Kiarostami film and the layers of meta created when non-actors played actors in a movie about themselves. She and her trio, who recorded it in a single June day last year, are playing the album release show on April 4 at around 8 at the Owl. Suggested donation is $10.

Lately Serpa has been exploring unorthodox lineups; here she’s joined by Ingrid Laubrock on tenor and soprano sax and Erik Friedlander on cello. Although he sometimes plays basslines here, the absence of drums and traditional chordal instrumentation enhance the music’s intimacy. In her liner notes, Serpa explains that the configuration creates “a vulnerability that sometimes verges on discomfort,” a consistent theme throughout her work, from Camera Obscura, her cult favorite noir jazz duo album with iconic pianist Ran Blake, to her role as a member of John Zorn’s Mycale vocal quartet.

Throughout the album, Serpa’s crystalline, starkly direct voice is calm yet often anything but serene. The opening cut, Object is as arresting as a canon for scat singing, soprano sax and cello could possibly be: Friedlander’s rhythmic riffs, Laubrock’s Balkanic trills and Serpa’s steady ba-do-ah keep the suspense going despite the catchiness of the melody.

Pássaros (Birds), with lyrics by her late Portuguese compatriot Ruy Bello, examines Messieanically and rhythmically how our feathered friends can turn trees into a forest of playful call-and-response. A catchy yet wary pavane, Sol Enganador has Friedlander plucking out a catchy, baroque-tinged backdrop for Serpa’s nebulous vocalese, Laubrock finally floating into the picture – then things get crazy!

The Future is a chillingly rhythmic duo piece for vocals and cello, Serpa drawing on Virginia Woolf as an update on the Sex Pistols; historical mashups have never been so apt. The next track, Listening is even more sparse, Serpa and Laubrock rising to the top of their ranges for austere harmonies as Friedlander holds down a sparse rhythm.

The trio develop Storm Coming from Laubrock’s terse, overtone-spiced intro to a series of hypnotic cloudbank phrases, in an Anna Thorvaldsottir vein. Then Serpa returns to neo-baroque for Woman, singing a text by Irigaray that “exposes the invisibility of motherhood, the lack of support women artists receive as mothers,” as she puts it. And she’s right: how many women artists do you know whose careers went on ice the moment the kid was born?

Quiet Riot is not a tribute to a headbanging one-hit-wonder rock band from the 80s, but a coyly bubbly, minimalist, briskly strolling exercise in counterpoint. The trio close with Cantar Ao Fim, whose intro Serpa came up with singing by herself in the mountains one evening: its starkly circling, distantly Andalucian modalities make a gorgeous coda. It’s rare to find three artists who can so seamlessly merge classical, jazz improvisation and new music.

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

The new May/June calendar – with all the free summer concert listings – is here.

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

Constant updates. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

This is not a list of every show in town – it’s a carefully handpicked selection. If this calendar seems short on praise for bands and artists, it’s because every act here is recommended if you like their particular kind of music. Many different styles to choose from.

Showtimes listed here are set times, not the time doors open – if a listing says something like “9ish,” that means it’ll probably start later than advertised. If you see a show listed without the start time, that’s because either the artist, their publicist or the venue in question sent incomplete info – those acts are usually listed last on a particular date.  Always best to check with the venue for the latest information on set times and door charges, since that information is often published here weeks in advance. Weekly events first followed by the daily calendar.

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! Upcoming concerts on 4/11 at 7 PM, 4/15 at 4 featuring rarely heard piano music of Dvorak, Clementi and Grieg, email for info/location.

For six shows beginning on 4/14 at 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/15-16 at 6:30 and 4/19, 4/21 and 4/22 at 7:30 PM, singer/sound artist Samita Sinha’s envelopingly confrontational multidisciplinary work This Ember State at the Asia Society, $20. With mashups of classical Indian ragas, sound art and dance inspired by the myth of Sati—the Hindu goddess who self-immolates in sacrifice—and the concept of dark matter, the work tackles a lot of heavy, relevant issues. “Some nudity is involved – not appropriate for children.” 

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 in April, Rev. Vince Anderson and his band play Union Pool in Williamsburg, two sets starting at 10:30 PM. The Rev. is one of the great keyboardists around, equally thrilling on organ or electric piano, an expert at Billy Preston style funk, honkytonk, gospel and blues. He writes very funny, very politically astute, sexy original songs and is one of the most charismatic, intense live performers of our time. It’s a crazy dance party. Paula Henderson from Burnt Sugar is the lead soloist on baritone sax, with frequent special guests.

Tuesdays in April, clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at 9 PM at Barbes. Get there as soon as you can as they’re very popular. $10 cover.

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

Thursdays at 8 in April the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

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

Free classical concerts return on Saturdays at 4 PM in April 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 April, 6 PM Kane Mathis – whose fast fingers are as electrifying on the kora as they are on the oud – plays with a rotating cast of Middle Eastern and African talent at Barbes

Saturdays in May, 6 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson – who ranges from reinvented 20th century classical styles to savage metal to postbop – plays with a series of groups at Barbes

Saturdays eclectic compelling Brazilian jazz chanteuse Marianni and her excellent band at Zinc Bar, three sets starting at 10 PM.

Sundays there’s a klezmer brunch at City Winery, show starts around 11:30 AM – 2 PM, $10 cover, no minimum, lots of good bands

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

Sundays at 6 PM in May rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel of the Screaming Rebel Angels leads her own band at Hank’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/2, 8:30 PM terse, purposeful guitarist Miles Okazaki with Linda Oh on bass and Dan Weiss on drums at Bar Lunatico

4/2, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

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

4/3, 7 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

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

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

4/3, 7:30 PM pianist Jeanne Golan and the Attacca Quartet play a rare all-Mieczyslaw Weinberg program featuring his Piano Quintet, haunting Cello Sonata, and Piano Sonatine at the Baruch College Auditorium, 55 Lexington Ave at 24th St.,(enter mid-block), $21

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

4/3, 8 PM enigmatically lyrical minimalist parlor pop pianist/singer Dia Luna followed by Sharon Jones guitarist Joe Crispiano and his band at Freddy’s 

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

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

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

4/4, 6 PM lyrical pianist Monika Herzig’s SHEroes album release celebration with a killer all-female band feat. Chicha Libre’s Karina Colis on drums, Jennifer Vincent on bass, Reut Regev on trombone and more at the New School 5th floor jazz room, 55 W 13th St., free

4/4, 7 PM a composer portrait of Jason Eckardt:  ”performers include, but are not necessarily limited to” Claire Chase (flute), Jordan Dodson (guitar), Rebekah Heller (bassoon), Bridget Kibbey (harp), and Will Lang (trombone) at Spectrum, $10

4/4, 9 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s most dangerously underrated band – at LIC Bar

4/5, 7:30 PM eclectic, poignant cabaret chanteuse Gay Marshall – whose latest album is titled Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night – sings Leonard Cohen at Pangea, $25

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

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

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

4/5, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Yuri Juarez’s slinky Afroperuano group with Steve Turre on trombone; Shirazette Tinnin on drums and percussion; Moto Fukushima on bass; Renato Diz on piano; Héctor Morales on drums and percussion; and special guest Sofia Tosello on vocals at Minton’s

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

4/5, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Asian/klezmer mashup project at Barbes 

4/5, 8 PM Hindustani classical sarod virtuoso Steve Oda at the Jalopy, $15

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

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

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

4/5, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End. 4/27 at 9 they’re at at the small room at the Rockwood

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

4/6, 1 and 3 PM oldschool deep Brooklyn gospel with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 4/20

4/6, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

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

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

4/6, 7 PM a killer, eclectic triplebill: irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat, Soul Loom with drummer Billy Mintz, violinist Ben Sutin, and clarinetist David Valbuena, and pianist Gabriel Zucker playing his own material in addition to works by Ives and Wadada Leo Smith at Spectrum, $10

4/6, 7 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio  with cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $tba

4/6, 7:30 PM first night of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: 7:30pm Little Nora Brown – young banjoist with a very oldtime sound; 8:00pm Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino – hilarious, acerbic Veracruz folk band with punk energy collaborating with the politically fearless poet; 8:45pm Mamie Minch & Tamar Korn – badass oldtimey resonator guitarist/singer with the similarly irrepressible Brain Cloud frontwoman/tapdancer; ; 9:30pm Innov Gnawa; 10:15pm Women’s Raga Massive – Indian Classical and folk music; 11:00pm The Crimson Ragdolls –Blues, folk and early Jazz. On the parish hall stage at 11 Jackson & the Janks play retro 50s style New Orleans R&B

4/6. 7:30 PM pioneering, otherworldly Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave at 70th St., free, early arrival advised

4/6, 8:30 PM a rare reunion of cult favorite Bay Area jazz group the Munchies with Dred Scott on piano and saxophonist Kenny Brooks at Bar Lunatico

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

4/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others, at 10 Dick Dale cover band Surf Squad, at 11 spaghetti western and hotrod influenced quartet the Jagaloons and then jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones,

4/6, 9 PM DD White and her catchy, jangly retro garage/surf/R&B band at Singlecut Beersmiths 

4/6, 9:30 PM slinky psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

4/6, 10 PM classic C&W cover band and wry Sit N Spin side project the Lonesome Prairie Dogs followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  at Hank’s, $5. Grace is also at Bar Chord on 4/7 at 9.

4/6, 10 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes. Those wondering how Sankaram might sound singing traditional western opera can check out Opera on Tap, who sing beforehand at 8.

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

4/7 day two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: at noon King Isto’s Tropical String Band play jaunty, balmy Hawaiian sounds; 12:45pm Suzy & Eric Thompson’s oldtime string duet; 1:30pm Piedmont Bluz’s haunting, politically apropros oldtime country blues; 2:15pm Georgia string band the HickHoppers; 3:00pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues playing sly, traditional and original jug band music; 3:45pm Clifton Hicks plays ballads and banjo songs from Georgia; 4:30pm brilliant banjoist Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters 5:15pm the Horse-Eyed Men plaing “disgruntled country songs and at 6 the Birdman of Rome returns, all the way from Rome, Italy! Not to be missed. The parish hall stage has jams, workshops and at 5:30pm Poorboy Krill playing blues and ragtime

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

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

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

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

4/7, 7:15 PM night two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: 7:15pm Wyndham Baird doing folk and country blues; at 8 riveting, haunting Balkan singer/accordionist duo Eva Salina & Peter Stan; 8:45pm Bulla En El Barrio playing hypnotically pulsing Afro-Colombian trance-chants; 9:30pm amazing multi-instrumentalist and oldtime blues maven Jerron Paxton; 10:15pm high-voltage oldtime string band Spirit Family Reunion; 11:00pm brooding original Nashville gothic songwriter Feral Foster; 11:45pm Alabama jugband the Steel City Jug Slammers. The parish hall stage has salsa jazz icon Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars at 9:30

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

4/7, 7:30 PM noir cabaret legend Ute Lemper and her ensemble at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14. 4/9 she sings songs from Theresienstadt at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

4/7, 7:30 PM pianist Marie Blair plays works by Faure, Debussy, Quilter, Bridge, and Alwyn at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $tba

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

4/7, 8 PM the world’s most captivatingly assaultive extended technique trumpeter, Peter Evans  plus percussionist Levy Lorenzo & pianist Yvette Janine Jackson at the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St. 

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

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

4/8, 11AM-ish violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at City Winery for brunch, $10, no min., kids 10-under free. Sutin is also at Sidewalk ?!? on 4/11 at 7 PM where he leads a trio.

4/8, 2 PM day three of the Brooklyn Folk Festival has a lot of workshops and kiddie music, and a banjo tossing competition at the corner of Smith and 9th Sts. in Gowanus at 1 PM to kick it off. The shows are at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage, the adult stuff starts at about 3:30pm with bluegrass band the Hayrollers; 4:15pm Thomas McCarthy plays solo Irish songs; 5:00pm acoustic blues guitarist Pat Conte; 5:45pm the amazing East River String Band w/ R. Crumb playing all kinds of wild 19th century country blues in weird tunings. The parish hall stage has some jams and at 4 the rising star singers of the Jalopy Chorus, led by the great Eva Salina, singing haunting Balkan folk tunes.

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

4/8, 3 PM Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls at Pete’s

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

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

4/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

4/8, 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Javanese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara play pool – woops, serenade the pool players – at the Fat Cat

4/8, 7 PM night three of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage 7:00 pm the Down Hill Strugglers w/ John Cohen play rambunctious 19th century string band music; 7:45 pm Seyyah, the only largescale Turkish band in NYC; and at 10 amazing flamenco singer Julia Patinella closes it out. 

4/8, 7 PM Ansahman – limitless in Armenian flamenco guitarist Anna Garano and Armenian singer Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian’s poignant Near Eastern/Spanish mashup duo Ansahman (Armenian for eternal) followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/8, 7 PM sharply lyrical, Waits-ish southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

4/8, 8:30 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

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

4/9, 8ish Roger Miller covers in the round followed by New Orleans’ Jackson & the Janks at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don

4/9, 8 PM the NY New Music Ensemble play dynamic new electroacoustic works by Paula Matthuse, Eric Wubbels, Benjamin Hackbarth and Rand Steiger at the DiMenna Center, $20/$10 stud/srs 

4/9, 9:30 PM horn-driven psychedelic cumbia band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes

4/10, 7 PM otherworldly, dynamic all-female Armenian vocal trio Zulal at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/10, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian plays a rare trio set at 55 Bar

4/10, 7 PM the Mivos Quartet play a mnemonically-themed program of works by Hans Thomalla, Charles Wuorinen, Matthew Ricketts, and Sofia Gubaidulina at the second floor space at 1 Rivington St. at Bowery, $15/$10 stud/srs, use code MKQ7 for $5 off

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

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

4/10, 8/9:30 PM singer Michelle Lordi leada a phenonemal quartet with Orrin Evans, JD Allen & Ben Wolfe at Mezzrow, $20 

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

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

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

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

4/10, 11 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at the Mercury, $10. She’s also at the small room at the Rockwood on 4/30 at midnight for the tip jar.

4/11, 8 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom  plays solo and then with her trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

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

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

4/11, 10 PM tenor sax improv legend George Garzone leads a quartet at Zinc Bar, $20

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

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

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

4/12, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

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

4/12, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by epic, cinematic violinist/soundtrack composer Christina Courtin at Barbes

4/12, 8 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa and tabla playser Roshni Samlal at the Jalopy, $15

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

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

4/12, 9ish catchy, terse postbop tenor saxophonist Arman Raz leads his quintet at the old Nublu. Primo new record, lots of hooks, no wasted notes.

4/13, 7 PM a night of new and not so new works by some of the best avant jazz and new classical musicians in  NYC: Brandon Lopez, Lucie Víková, Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Matt Welch, Chris Corsano, Sam Yulsman and Emily Manzo at the Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West St#103, Greenpoint, $10

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

4/13, 8 PM chamber ensemble Shattered Glass play Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3, Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho Suite for Strings plus works by Glass and Caroline Shaw – WOW –  at Our Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave one block west of Broadway at 189th St in Washington Heights, free

4/13, 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 crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

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

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

4/13, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn & guitarist Kyle Sanna play the album release show for their eco-disaster themed new one The Coral Suite at the Irish Arts Center, 551 W 51st St., $20 includes a copy of the cd

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

4/13, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet do a lot of gearshifting through Webern’s Five Movements,, Op. 5, Schoenberg’s creepily magical Verklärte Nacht and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Major, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music

4/13, 8 PM pianist Stanislav Fridman plays compositions inspired by “ madness, passion, jealosy, desire” at the DiMenna Center, $20/$15 stud/srs, light refreshments included

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

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

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

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

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

4/14, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by oud powerhouseKane Mathis, at 8 by the deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci playing original instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s and then at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

4/14, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20

4/14, 7:30 PM a very rare solo show by brilliant bassist Mark Dresser; at 9 he leads a quartet with Michel Gentile – flute; Daniel Kelly – piano; Rob Garcia – drums at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

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

4/14, 7:30 PM eclectic soul-jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin plays the album release show for her new one at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15 standing room avail

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

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

4/14, 8:30 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at Freddy’s

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

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

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

4/14, 11:30 PM violinist/string bandleader/intense songwriter Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15. Late 90s/early zeros angst-fueled Americana songcraft for string ensemble: an idea you wish you invented.

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

4/15, 4 PM mysterious, otherworldly, ecstatic Georgian traditional music and dances with Dancing Crane Company at the United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway (btwn 175th and 176th Sts).free w/rsvp

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

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

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

4/15, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play a rare program of piano music by Conlon Nancarrow, Steve Reich, and Heather Stebbins on non-pianos including analog synthesizers, repurposed piano wiring & components, and B. Toys Meowsic keyboards at the Abrons Arts Center, free, res req https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10270521

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

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

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

4/16, 8/9:30 PM the Makrokosmos Orchestra – akin to a woodwind-ier take on Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – at Sir D’s Lounge, 837 Union St., Park Slope, free 

4/16, 8 PM jazz pianist Yuko Fujiyama returns to Roulette with her new quartet to release of their album, joined by Graham Haynes on cornet and flugelhorn, Jennifer Choi on violin, and Reggie Nicholson on drums, $20 adv tix rec

4/16, 9 PM pianist/singer Neha – who mashes up simmering oldschool soul, torch jazz and a little quirky atmospheric rock – at LIC Bar 

4/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

4/16, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

4/17, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –  followed at 9 by by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

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

4/17, 7 PM drummer Colin Hinton’s enigmatically cinematic postrock jazz quartet Glassbath at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

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

4/17, 7:30 PM the Dorian Wind Quintet play works by Gershwin, Billy Childs and Lalo Schifrin at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave/50th St., $25/$15 stud/srs

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

4/17, 8 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at C’Mon Everybody, $12

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

4/17, 8 PM ominously, relevantly lyrical no wave electro duo Ohmslice – sort of this era’s Suicide – celebrate frontwoman Jane LeCroy’s bday at Sensei Bar, 135 Eldridge St. in Chinatown

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

4/17, 8:30 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” at Bar Lunatico

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

4/17, 10 PM Americana songbird Jackie Bristow – sort of the New Zealand counterpart to Kasey Chambers – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

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

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

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

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

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

4/18, 8 PM an intriguing, no-BS soul triplebill: oldschool soul/funk singer Kara Ali and band, stoner trip-hop/neosoul singer Francesca Milazzo and the much harder-edged, simmeringly retro Amira B at Drom, $12 adv trix rec 

4/18. 8 PM the Mivos Quartet play new works by NYU composers TBA at  35 West 4th St Room 303 free

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

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

4/18, 9 PM tuneful, epically-inclined, cinematic trombonist John Yao leads his quintet at Terraza 7, $10

4/18, 10 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at the Way Station

4/18, 10:30 PM the amazingly eclectic, groovalicious Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – like Booker T & the MG’s on steroids – at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

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

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

4/19, 7:15 PM the NY debut of wild Finnish string band Frigg at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

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

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

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

4/19, 8 PM dark cabaret legend  Sanda Weigl sings Romany songs and Tom Waits material followed by high-voltage Dominican Afro-Caribbean trance-dance legends Enerolisa Nunez y El Grupo de Salve de Mata los Indios at Barbes

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

4/19. 8 PM ex-American Ambulance frontman and Stonesy rock maven Pete Cenedella’s new band Pete & the True Mongrel Hearts at a house concert at 269 Vose Ave in South Orange, NJ, a block and a half from the Jersey Transit station, $20 includes food and beverages

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

4/19, 8 PM new music ensembles represent composers from their respective countries, the UK and France: ECCE and Court-Circuit join forces to play works by Christophe Bertrand, Philippe Hurel, David Felder, Philippe Leroux, and John Aylward at Roulettte, $20 adv tix rec

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

4/19, 9ish badass all-female swing harmony trio the Tickled Pinks sing an Elvis tribute followed by new surf band the Cameramen at Hank’s. The Pinks are also at Bedlam, 40 Ave C on 4/20 at 9 and at Pete’s on 4/22 at 8:30 PM

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

4/20, 6 PM broodingly vivid, crystalline-voiced harmonium player/singer/atmospheric songstress Elena Low at Sidewalk. For those who prefer lucidity on 4/20. 

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

4/20, 7 PM playfully soaring pan-latin avant jazz songstress Sofia Rei and powerhouse guitarist Juancho Herrera team up to celebrate iconic Argentine artist Jorge de la Vega’s original music at the America’s Society, 680 Park Ave, $20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/20, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes

4/20, 8 PM charismatic, soaring Ladybugs frontwoman Martina DaSilva with trumpeter Alex Nguyen and pianist Steven Feifke play jazz standards with original string orchestrations at 33 W 17th S, $20

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

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

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

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

4/21, 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd  and lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes join forces for edgy new klezmer tunes followed eventually at 10 by pan-tropical psychedelic band Yotoco – whose rotating cast spins through cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles – at Barbes

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

4/21, 7 PM pianist Daniel Schreiner explores “100 years of radical pianism” via works by Debussy, Messiaen, Berio, Murail and Donnacha Dennehy at Scholes St. Studios, $!0. 4/29 at 4 he’s doing much of the same at Spectrum followed at 7:30 by pianist Erika Dohi playing sonatas by Berio, Schubert and Scriabin

4/21, 7:30 PM  the 18-member Steve Oquendo Mambo Orchestra with guest vocalists Ray De La Paz, Frankie Morales, Nayibe La Gitana, Luisito Rosario, Miss YaYa and flutist Jeremy Bosch play salsa dura classics at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse, in the Bronx, $25 tix avail

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/21, 10 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant Organ Monk Trio at the Fat Cat, no joke

4/21, 10 PM wild psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia band Yotoco at Barbes

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

4/21, 10 PM trippy cinematic downtempo/boudoir soul instrumentalists House of Blondes at El Cortez, $10

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

4/22, 11 AMish kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jambandIsle of Klezbos with singer Natalia Zukerman at City Winery, $10, no min, kids 10 and under free!

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

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

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

4/22, 7 PM a rare Sunday early evening show by the Crooked Trio with lyrical pianist Marta Sanchez, playing originals from their long-awaited debut album followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/22, 7 PM cellist JunYi Chow plays his improvisational concerto Mountain Water with sho player Chatori Shimizu, singing bowl player Miyoko Satoh, and dancer Satoshi Haga at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave #2, $25

4/22, 7:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls

4/22, 9:30 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads an unorthodox quintet with Maeve Gilchrist…harp; Jesse Lewis…guitar; Ike Sturm…bass; James Shipp…synths/percussion at 55 Bar

4/22, 10 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries  at the Silent Barn, $10

4/23, 6:30 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop; cellist Leah Coloff,evokes Patti Smith with her acerbic parlor rock; and others at Theater of the Apes production company’s monthly ”low-budget variety show – visual art, skits, music, and surprises” – this month based on Marie of Romania’s 1916 memoir. memoir My Country –  “wine and light refreshments will be served” at the Society Library of NY, 53 E 79th St. (Madison/Park), $20, rsvp reqd 

4/23, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

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

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

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

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

4/24, 8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical, female-fronted avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Pete’s

4/24, 8:30 PM adventurous Velocity Duo avant jazz singer/pianist Lauren Lee followed by the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

4/24, 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

4/24, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

4/24, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his  quintet at Smalls

4/24 enigmatically soaring orchestral rock songwriter Juliet Quick at the Silent Barn

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

4/25, 7 PM a rare duo appearance by cult favorite powerpop/indie Americana band the Silos’ Walter Salas-Humara with Pete Galub taking a rare turn on bass at Barbes

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

4/25, 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 Benevolent Society, 239 W 14th St., $20

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

4/25, 9 PM high-energy twin-guitar ska-rockers Finn Miler & His Rustkickers – whose latest single is the deliciously funky Impeach the President – play the album release show for their new one at LIC Bar  

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

4/25, 10:15 PM intense, brooding Turkish jazz pianist Burak Bedikyan leads his trio at Drom, $10 adv tix very highly rec 

4/25, 10:30 PM Arcoiris Sandoval’s Sonic Asylum Quintet at Smalls. One of the most darkly melodic, intense, captivating pianists in jazz

4/25 Austin Americana/powerpop supertrio Nobody’s Girls – BettySoo, Grace Pettis, Rebecca Loebe – at the Rockwood

4/26, 6 PM fearlessly smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined Toot Sweet accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp – who brings to mind Rachelle Garniez early in her career – at the small room at the Rockwood

4/26, 7 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by spellbinding Israeli avant singer and BIg Lazy collaborator Victoria Hanna with Gershon Waiserfirer on electric oud and trombone at Arete,, 67 West St. in Greenpoint, G to Greenpoint Ave, $15

4/26, 7 PM sharp, composer and pianist Daniel Kelly and his trio reinterpret texts from Shakespeare’s most beloved plays with powerhouse jazz vocalist Frederick Johnson at Stella Adler Studio G, 31 W 27th St, Floor 3, free, get there on time, no late seating!

4/26, 7:30 PM edgy jazz cellist Tomeka Reid leads her awesome quartet with Jason Roebke, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums at the Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St., $18/$15 stud/srs, Includes museum admission.

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

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

4/26, 7:30 PM hard-hitting rising star saxophonist Chet Doxas leads his quintet at Smalls

4/26, 7:30 PM not necessarily in this order: a-cappella neosoul singer Madison McFerrin, psychedelically ripping hammered dulcimer power trio House of Waters and piano-based, Aimee Mann-style chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult, plus a funny-ha-ha phony-Americana dude at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/26, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 9 by psychedelic tropicalia allstars Combo Chimbita and then psychedelic Colombian cumbia reinventor Kiko Villamizar at Barbes

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

4/26, 8 PM hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby  at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St. in Hoboken, a block from City Hall and about three from the Path train, $25

4/26, 8 PM cutting-edge guitar/sax duo: Mary Halvorson & Maria Grand at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

4/26, 8 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty, tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls play the album release show for their new one at Alphaville, $10

4/26, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

4/26, 8 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly and soaringly lyrical dark Americana songwriter Lara Ewen at Fawkner, 131 Smith St. in Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St.

4/26, 8 PM lyrical, Balkan-inspired pianist Uri Caine – just back from Dave Douglas tour – at Russ & Daughters, free

4/26, 8:15 PM the lush, intense Bobby Spellman Nonet with torchy, spectacular blue-eyed soul singer Sami Stevens set Charles Bukowski poetry to music at Shapeshifter Lab. A woman singing Bukowski: he would have liked this. 

4/26, 8:30 PM sarodist and Hindustani carnatic singer Samarth Nagarkar at the Jalopy, $15 

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

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

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

4/27-28, 7:30 PM perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis leads his quartet at Smalls. This era’s most intensely powerful tenor guy, JD Allen is there for a rare official after-hours set or two at 1 AM on 4/27 (actually wee hours of 4/28)

4/27, 7:30 PM the Alcott Trio play Ives’  Piano Trio and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St., $25

4/27, 8 PM wryly cinematic, cleverly lyrical noir swing band the Black Tails at the Bitter End 

4/27, 8 PM intense, cinematic Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera leads an amazing quartet with Luis Perdomo (piano); Sam Minaie (bass) and Alex Kautz (drums) at Symphony Space, $22 adv tix highly rec

4/27, 8 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

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

4/27, 8 PM a rare duo show by uneasy Transylvanian jazz pianist Lucian Ban  and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding at Barbes, $10 cover

4/27, 8 PM the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers perform the Verdi Requiem at Church of the Ascension, 221 W. 107th St, $5/$3 stud/srs

4/27, 8 PM the Washington Square Ensemble play new and recent chamber works by Fennelly, Karchin, Kern, Krzywicki, Thorvaldsdottir, and Wuorinen at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St., $15/$8 stud

4/27, 8 PM the NYU Jazz Orchestra with Combo Novo play Rich Shemaria’s One World Suite at the Loewe Theatre, free

4/27, 9 PM dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia/dub band Karikatura play the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $12

4/27, 9ish irrepressible, historically informed, crystalline-voiced folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn at Picasso Machinery, 43 Broadway at Wythe in South Williamsburg

4/27, 9ish stoner boogie band the Judex and ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Well in Bushwick

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

4/27, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled, deviously witty newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

4/27, 10ish charismatic Afrobeat singer Blitz the Ambassador at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/28, 11 AM an allday concert featuring virtually all of Beethoven’s string quartets – but not his first – performed by Juilliard ensembles at the Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave behind Lincoln Center, free

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

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

4/28, 7 PM ruthlessly hilarious, fearlessly political Mexican chanteuse Astrid Haddad – whose satires of Mexican music, culture and stereotypes are sort of a Spanish-language mashup of Weird Al Yankovic, Madonna and Tenacious D – at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 

4/28, 8 PM brisk, edgy new Neapolitan and Turkish string band sounds with Newpoli and Dolunay at the Jalopy, $12 adv tix rec

4/28, 8 PM perennially tuneful, dark, soaring noir soul singer/bandleader Nicole Atkins  at Baby’s All Right, $20

4/28, 8 PM eclectic, globally-inspired violinist Dina Maccabee at Pete’s

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

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

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

4/28, 8 PM poignant soprano and intrepid impresario Jessica Gould leads a quartet in a rich survey of the musical paradigm shifts during notorious Cardinal Mazarin’s regime in pre-Revolutionary France, including works by Rossi, Mazzocchi, Carrissimi and their contemporaries at he Church of St. Jean Baptiste, 184 E 76th St, $35/$25 stud/srs

4/28, 6 PM NYC’s answer to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hugh Pool and band at 55 Bar

4/28, 8 PM the Canticum Novum Singers perform Josquin Des Prez’ Missa Pange Lingua plus works by Handel at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, $25/$20 stud/srs  

4/28, 8:30 PM Day So Far with the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein: vox/violin/keys; Stuart Popejoy keys; Danny Tunick drums at Troost. Bernstein is also at Holo on 4/29 at 9ish preceded at 8 by violinist Dina Maccabee and followed at 10 by haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone for $10

4/28, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave b/t 116th St & 115th St , $10

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

4/28, 10:30 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes  followed by creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg at Freddy’s

4/28, 11ish feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi and her power trio at the Fox & Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City Heights 

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

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

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

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

4/29, 5 PM the Jack Quartet play a program TBA at Our Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave one block west of Broadway at 189th St in Washington Heights, free

4/29, 7 PM a killer melodic jazz triplebill: poignantly lyrical pianist Emma Grace Stephenson’s trio with popular singer Kristin Berardi followed at 8;15 PM by pianist Richard Sussman‘s sweeping, enveloping Sextet feat. Tim Hagans – trumpet; Rich Perry – tenor sax; Zach Brock – violin and then at 9:30 by the auspiciously tuneful Notet with saxophonist Jeremy Udden, trombonist JC Sanford, guitarist Andrew Green and guests playing the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab. Up the slope at 7 PM at Barbes beforehand, trombonist Ryan Keberle joins forces with Udden for some electroacoustic improvisation

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

4/29, 8 PM creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost followed eventually at 10 by sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and 11 by edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Sidewalk 

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

4/29, 8:30 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

4/29, 9 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay, rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo , the Lonely Samoans‘ Samoa Wilson and well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at the Treehouse at 2A

4/30, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet play rarely performed works by Argentinian composers Graciela Paraskevaídis and Mariano Etkin plus Guatemala’s Jorge Sarmientos’ String Quartet no. 1, op. 37 at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free

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

4/30, 8 PM acerbic, epic jazz guitarist composer Chris Jentsch’s No Net play the ostensibly final live performance of his intensely relevant suite Topics in American History at Greenwich House Music School, $10

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

4/30, 9 PM Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films followed by careening original surf punks the Squeegee Men at LIC Bar 

5/1, 7 PM hotshot young bluegrass stars in an unexpected venue: Yonder Mountain String Band’s Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) at Barbes followed at 9 byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/1. 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine. They’re also there on 5/8

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

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

5/3, 8 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes’ new string quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

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

5/4, 7 PM pianist Anna Khanina plays works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and Chopin at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

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

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

5/5, 9 PM smartly lyrical, politically fearless Detroit underground art-rock legends Discipline – the American Genesis, at least if you count The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway as that British band’s peak – at Spectrum, $10 

5/6, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play works by Taverner, Purcell and their predecessors William Byrd, Robert Parsons, Orlando Gibbons, Giovanni Coprario, and John Jenkins, at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25

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

5/7, 8 PM composer/performer Elliot Cole & percussionist Peter Ferry team up with NYU percussionists for The Future is Bright, a suite for 100 flowerpots – will they get smashed? – along with Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap, “a dramatically percussive retelling of the ancient Indian Hanuman myth, which draws on epic song, hip hop, reggae, throat singing, choral, and experimental music to create something both ancient and new” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

5/8, half past noon Scottish organist Kevin Duggan plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

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

5/10, 8 PM tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza  and pianist Aaron Goldberg explore themes of justice, equality and social awareness in songs from the Latin America diaspora at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/11, 7 PM early music ensemble Tenet play music of 12th and 13th century French troubadours at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave,  Queens, $15/$10 srs. The program repeats on 5/12 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church Riverdale,  5030 Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx for $10 more

5/11, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of NY perform the Mozart Requiem and the US premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s final, similarly harrowing 1930 large-scale work, The Prison at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

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

5/13. 2 PM ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park

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

5/15, 7:30 PM  pianist Tamara Cashour and ensemble play works by Frederick Boyle, Richard Brooks, Cashour, Robert Cohen, Kevin McCarter, Timothy Lee Miller, Dary John Mizelle, Dana Dimitri Richardson and David See Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th Street $20

5/18, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, witty saxophonist Daniel Bennett with guitarist Nat Janoff and Matthew Feick on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

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

5/18, 10:30ish alternately ambient and swirlingly ferocious guitar looper Ben Greenberg aka Hubble and the even more feral Reg Bloor playing the album release show for her deliciously assaultive new one Sensory Irritation Chamber at Muchmore/s, $10

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

5/19, 8 PM the Centre Symphony Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, plus Beethoven’s Triple Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 56 with Muneko Otani, violin, Elizabeth Anderson, cello and Kaoru Fukuda, piano, at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave., at 54th St, $10 sugg don

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

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

5/30, 8ish violinist Laura Ortman, fearlessly relevant no wave-ish songwriter Emilie Lesbros and the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish playing the album release show for their new one at Wonders of Nature

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

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

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

6/12, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays a program TBA at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on 6/13 on the great lawn in Central Park (enter at 79nd St. in the west side), 6/14 at Cunningham Park in Queens – enter at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike, concert is at the 193rd St. field; and 6/15 in Prospect Park (use the 9th St. entrance). They’re also at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island for free at 3 PM on 6/17.

6/21-24, 8 PM dancer Molissa Fenley and Company join with percussionist Frank Cassara and violist Ralph Farris for an evening ofwater-themed scores by Linda Bouchard, Andrew Toovey, Frank Cassara and Tigran Mansurian at  Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St, $22

Subtlety and Savagery From the Rhythm Method String Quartet at Roulette

This past evening’s performance by the Rhythm Method String Quartet at Roulette was a stunning display of fearsome extended technique and fearless programming. The American avant garde has a long and sometimes painfully precious tradition of art strictly for art’s sake – and this all-female quartet seem hell-bent on changing that. Beyond the concert’s transgressive themes, from Margaret Atwood dystopia to the struggles of women and immigrants, the segues between the works on the bill followed as well musically as they did thematically.

To what degree was this music successful in conveying those ideas? Circling, repetitive phrases stopped and started unexpectedly, with syncopation that defied any attempt to predict it. Slowly and methodically, the group built momentum, a vividly recurrent trope throughout a series of works, mostly by the group themselves. A reflection on, say, how the Metoo movement has reached critical mass, or how gains for human rights won by previous generations built a foundation for today’s victories? Maybe. Whatever the case, there was plenty of suspense punctuated by drama…and a savagely conflagrational payoff at the end.

All of this pushed the limits of how a stringed instrument can be played. If there was a central theme, musically, it was flickery, slithering, whispery, silken textures punctuated by more emphatic gestures. all of them requiring minute inflections within the most delicate high harmonics.

The centerpiece was Lewis Nielson’s Le Journal du Corps, whose sepulchral wisps and poltergeist accents engaged not only the violins of Leah Asher and Marina Kifferstein but also Wendy Richman’s viola and Meaghan Burke’s cello. Subtly but matter-of-factly, the group developed a theme and variations that relied more on attack than melodic shifts, an illustration of an Aime Cesaire poem giving voice to the horrors endured by slaves, and their resilience against those injustices.

Kifferstein’s An Alien with Extraordinary Abilities foreshadowed that piece, notably with its herky-jerky, off-kilter rhythms, although melodically it was closer to horizontal music. Likewise, Asher’s Hollux Rey relied on rhythmic variations for its dynamics, an almost punishing maze of glissandos, plucks, squirrelly shivers and the occasional siren or doppler effect.

Everyone in the group sang, cool and calm, in contrast to the music’s flashes of agitation. Burke spent more time on the mic than anyone else since she’d contributed two pieces to the program, driving the music to a crescendo midway through. Her work as a soloist and bandleader is closer to the subversive cello rock of Rasputina or the stark grooves of the Icebergs, and this pair of alternately atmospheric and incisively propulsive tunes had a similarly sharp sense of melody. The first, Siren Song, referred to The Handmaid’s Tale and was the more serious. The second, Hysterie, was inspired by primitive medical attempts to cure hysteria, once thought to be exclusively a female malady. Burke got the crowd howling by revealing that doctors once employed primitive vibrators as a treatment: “Everybody wins…or maybe doesn’t win,” she mused.

The quartet encored with the incendiary shrieks and jet-engine trajectories of Kristin Bolstad‘s And Nobody Gets Everything Right, screaming their way through the intro – literally – and concluding with a fierce swordfight, Asher and Kifferstein duking it out with their bows. Asher won; the audience basically didn’t know what hit them.

The next concert at Roulette is April 3 at 8 PM with new music chamber group Tak Ensemble – with Kifferstein on violin once again – playing an all-Mario Diaz de Leon program including a New York premiere for bassoon and electronics and his 2016 Sanctuary suite. Advance tix are $20; there may be some sonic extremes but probably no swordfighting.