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Olga Bell’s Irreverently Funny, Relevant Lincoln Center Debut Trumps Adversity

Olga Bell is hilarious. In her American Songbook debut at Lincoln Center’s Kaplan Penthouse last night, the Russian-born art-rock/avant garde keyboardist/singer validated a brave piece of booking, in the process triumphing over all sorts of adversity. This was a tough gig from the git-go. Cheefing on what seemed like a bottomless thermos til it was gone, then finally switching to water, she battled a cold along with some unfamiliar gear that malfunctioned to the point of threatening to completely derail her show. But she persevered, cheerfully breaking the fourth wall when she wasn’t mercilessly pillorying the yuppie careerism, incessant status-grubbing and money obsessions of gentrifier-era Brooklyn, which she now calls home.

And she did it with more than just her lyrical jabs, which turned out to be a lot subtler than her musical barbs. Those drew the heartiest laughs from a sold-out audience of well-heeled twentysomethings whose mere presence in Manhattan on a Friday night was something of a surprise: turns out that not everyone in zip code 11221 is petrified of being geotagged outside it.

When she hit her pitch pedal and ran her vocals through a toddler-voice patch to make fun of a guy who’s too big for his britches, and then a little later turned the kiss-off anthem Power User into phony hip-hop, the crowd roared. She had similar fun with her electronics and all the loops she’d stashed away in her sequencer, particularly a Bernie Worrell-style low bass synth setting that she worked for every droll riff she could think of.

Her between-song patter also had edge and bite. Acknowledging that for her, this gig spelled revenge for having been rejected by the Juilliard folks a few floors below, she played elegantly nuanced, neoromantically-tinged piano when she wasn’t fiddling with her mixer, or loading a stubborn loop device, or feeding layers of melody into an arpeggiator. Such things exist: clearly, there’s a market among players who prefer chords instead. She namechecked “aspirational hipsters,” including the guy at the corner bar who’s on the take more than he’s on the make.

“Wherefore art thou, Doppio?” she posed to another would-be romantic doofus. Even the simpler, techier, disco-oriented numbers were laced with taunts and sarcasm, particularly Stomach It and Your Life Is a Lie, among other tracks from her 2016 album Tempo. Toward the end of the show, she was joined by cellist Andrea Lee for a moody Russian border-rock ballad from the 2014 album Krai, and then soul singer Sarah Lucas, who belted out one of the more pop-oriented electronic numbers. Bell encored with a vaudevillian piano tune about finding romance on the L train, which she’d written in 2006 for the Rockwood Music Hall open mic. Who knew there was once such a thing – and who knew that somebody who played there would someday headline at Lincoln Center.

This year’s American Songbook series continues to venture much further afield than the theatre music and pop hits from the 1930s and 40s that it was created for almost twenty years ago. There are two Kaplan Penthouse shows next week that deserve special mention: on Tuesday, March 28 at 8 PM, the Cactus Blossoms, who have an eerie resemblance to the Everly Brothers, bring their rapturous harmonies and disconsolate Americana ballads. And the following night, March 29, powerhouse Ghanian-born oldschool soul belter Ruby Amanfu leads her band.

A Rare New York Appearance by Haunting Norwegian Soundscaper Deathprod

For more than twenty-five years, Helge Sten a.k.a. Deathprod has been creating hauntingly provocative sounds that are impossible to turn away from. Elements of minmalism, Eno-esque soundscapes, spectral, microtonal and film music all factor into what he does, but he transcends genre. Three of his European cult favorite albums – Treetop Drive, Imaginary Songs from Tristan da Cunha, and Morals and Dogma are being reissued by Smalltown Supersound and are all scheduled to be streaming at Bandcamp (follow the preceding three links or bookmark this page) He’s playing a rare New York live show on March 28 at around 9 at Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place in downtown Brooklyn; cover is $15/$12 stud/srs.

On the triptych that comprises three-quarters of Treetop Drive, originally released in 1994, the instruments are Sten’s “audio virus” and Hans Magnus Ryan’s violin. Steady minor-key chordal washes build a hypnotic backdrop, finally infiltrated by flitting, sepulchral shivers. A ghostly choir of sorts joins as the waves rise, and almost as if on cue, a wintry seaside tableau emerges. The second part, an assaultive industrial fugue, has a similarly insistent, pulsing quality. The spoken-word sample in the unexpectedly catchy, allusively motorik conclusion addresses a death fixation in late 20th century society that extends even to young children: creepy, at the very least. The final cut, Towboat, juxtaposes a calm minor arpeggio against waves of chaotic industrial noise

On 2004’s Morals and Dogma, Ryan also plays harmonium on one track, joined by Ole Henrik Moe on violin. The approach is more enveloping and layered: distant echoes of breaking waves, thunder, perhaps bombs and heavy artillery, are alluded to but never come into clear focus, raising the suspense and menace throughout the opening track, Trom. The almost nineteen-minute Dead People’s Things filters shivery flickers of violin, and then what could be a theremin, throughout a muted, downcast quasi-choral dirge. Orgone Donor, awash in a haze of shifts between major and minor, reaches for serenity – but Sten won’t allow anything so pat as a calm resolution. The final, enigmatically and ominously nebulous piece, Cloudchamber, is aptly titled. Heard at low volume, it could be soothing; the louder it gets, the more menacing it becomes. Perhaps Sten is telling us that just like life, death is what you make of it.

Looking Back at Some Wild String Madness at Barbes

Violist/composer Leanne Darling is the rare stellar classical musician who can school you with her improvisations. In the early part of this decade, she made a mark as part of the ambitious, dazzlingly eclectic Trio Tritticali. As she proved in that group, she’s as at home with latin and Middle Eastern music, string metal and funk as she is with the classics she was trained to play. She has a flair for quirky, sometimes hilarious arrangements of pop and rock hits. Much as she can be very entertaining, she can also be very poignant: it wouldn’t be overhype to put her on the same page with Jessica Pavone and Ljova Zhurbin.

The last time she was onstage and this blog was in the house, it was last year at Barbes and she was playing with wild chamber ensemble Tom Swafford’s String Power. And it was 4/20. But as much as there was a lot of improvisation going on, it wasn’t a 4/20 kind of show: everybody was pretty much on the same page. Considering how much time has passed since then, it’s hard to remember who was onstage other than the violinist/bandleader, Darling, and bassist Dan Loomis. Her old Trio Tritticali cello bandmate Loren Dempster, maybe? Patti Kilroy on violin, if memory serves right, with a handful of other string players? Regardless, the performance represented everybody well.

They opened with a striking, emphatically swaying baroque number – Pachelbel, maybe? – with a series of tightly wound solos and cadenzas from throughout the group. Swafford’s arrangement of the Velvets classic Venus in Furs was closer to Vivaldi than Lou Reed, full of neat counterpoint and polyrhythms that took on a menacing swirl as the individual group members diverged from the center, Swafford taking a shivery, slithery solo that would have made John Cale smile.

The first of Darling’s arrangements, Boogie Wonderland, was the funnest part of the evening. It’s surprising that only a few punk bands have covered it. Darling’s chart turned it into a constantly shifting exchange of voices. Later in the set she and the group had fun with another one of her charts, turning a schlocky dance-pop hit by Muse into something approaching Radiohead. And Bohemian Rhapsody was as over-the-top hilarious as it possibly could have been, as ridiculously fun as the Main Squeeze Orchesta’s accordion version. That kind of insanity aside, the high point of the evening was Darling’s arrangement of the Mohammed Abdel Wahab Egyptian classic Azizah.

If memory serves right – a dubious proposition at this point – they might have done a Mingus tune, a twisted mashup of psychedelia and bluegrass, and something that sounded like My Brightest Diamond without lyrics but wasn’t. Much as this is Swafford’s project, Darling played an important part in it, and her own groups are just as much fun. If you’re wondering why this blog would wait this long to cover the show, it’s because Darling had a Williamsburg gig scheduled for this week that apparently got cancelled: watch this space for upcoming performances. 

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for March and April 2017

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

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

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

On select 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. Up next: Bartok, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: Mar 22,  Apr 19 , May 17,  June 21, and Sundays at 4:   Mar 26,  Apr 23,  May 21,  June 25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in March 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.

Mondays in March at midnight wild noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood. 3/27 they’re at Mezzrow at 9

Tuesdays in March, 8:30 PM the George Gee Swing Orchestra play surprising new arrangements of old big band standards at Swing 46, 349 W 46th St,  $15

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

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

Wednesdays at 8 the 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 Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

Wednesdays in March, 11ish darkly rustic danceable Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151

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

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

Saturdays at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in March 6 PM Steve Ulrich of Big Lazy at Barbes. The darkest and most darkly humorous noir guitarist on the planet promises to bring a whole slew of special guests from his vast address book. Expect the film themes that have made him famous as well as deviations into Monk, Piazzolla, maybe even country and blues. There’s nothing this guy can’t play or take deep into the shadows.

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

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

Sundays in March at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back! It’s just like 1999 again!

Sundays in March, 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

Sundays in March, 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.

3/1, 7 PM PubliQuartet cellist Amanda Gookin plays electroacoustic piece by Leila Adu, Jessica Meyer, Allison Loggins-Hull, Morgan Krauss, Nathalie Joachim, and Amanda Feery from her new album at National Sawdust $30 adv tix rec

3/1, 8 PM a murderer’s row of first-rate singers including but not limited to Erica Smith, Tammy Faye Starlite, Lizzie Edwards of Lizzie & the Makers play a Leonard Cohen tribute, backed by an all-star band at Bowery Electric, $8

3/1, 8 PM rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo followed by well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at Sidewalk

3/1-2, 8 PM the Boston Symphony Orchestra play Gunther Schuller’s Seven Studies on Themes of Paul Klee, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 in E-flat Major, K. 482 and Beethoven’s  Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

3/1, 8:30  PM Rocky Mountain gothic songwriter Jackson Melnick plays the album release show for his new one with Rainy Mountain, Emma McMullin, and Joanna Sternberg at Muchmore’s 

3/1-5, 8:30 PM Mexican-American jazz fave Oscar Noriega leads a series of groups, alternating between alto sax and drums at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: the 3/3 quartet set with Mary Halvorson (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)

3/1, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

3/1, 9 PM torchy, eclectic jazz/Americana singer/dobro player Abbie Gardner (ex-Red Molly) at the small room at the Rockwood

3/1, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

3/1, 9:30 PM jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su with  Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  Petros Klampanis, bass;  Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/2, 7 PM fearless Malian psychedelic desert rock bandleader/freedom fighter Noura Mint Seymali at Littlefield, $20 adv tix avail

3/2, 7 PM oldschool soul bandleader Eliza Neals and the Narcotics plays the album release show for her new one followed eventually at 10 by wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at the Bitter End

3/2, 8:30 PM riveting, dynamic, poignant klezmer singer Inna Barmash and her fantastic band sing “winkling klezmer lullabies, songs of love and love gone wrong” at the  Jalopy, $15

3/2, 7/9 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton plays the album release show for her new all-instrumental cd Speechless with Stephen Fulton [flugelhorn]   Dor Samoha [bass]   Fukushi Tainaka [drums] at Smoke, $12 bar seats avail. 3/7 at 8 she gets back on the mic, leading a trio at Mezzrow, $20

3/2, 7 PM Argentine songwriter Pedro Aznar, Mexican torch jazz singer Magos Herrera & pianist Edward Simon and his Trio play a Mercedes Sosa tribute at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/2, 7:30 PM charismatic crooner Sahr Ngaujah’s Fela Acoustic Project and Sierra Leonean hip hop act Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

3/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band playing rustic Colombian acoustic grooves at Barbes

3/2, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play the shamanic, hypnotic, kinetic music of Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail

3/2, 8 PM wild largescale improvisation: cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum‘s PlusTet performs music from their release “Enter the PlusTet” and premiere a new composition for creative orchestra at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/2, 8 PM guitar/violin noise duo Aimee Niemann and Louis Cohen followed by concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez l leading her quintet with Roman Filiu on alto sax at the Owl, $10

3/2, 8/9:30 PM drummer/composer Rob Garcia  leads his quartet with Noah Preminger, tenor sax;  Gary Versace, piano;  John Hébert, bass;  playing his fearlessly political, tuneful, relevant compositions at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/2, 9 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country

3/2, 10 PM ceaselessly entertaining, carnivalesque, sometimes outrageously cartoonish big band jazz: Josh Green & the Cyborg Orchestra at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/2, 10:30 PM 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

3/2, midnight fiery, politically aware Texas Americana band City of Decades at the small room at the Rockwood  

3/3, 7 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

3/3, 7ish killer dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

3/3, 7 PM a multimedia commemoration of the holocaust in Armenia by singer Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian and visual artist Kevork Mourad with writing and performance by  Tekerian and music from guitarist Anna Garano at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/3, 7 PM “migra punk night” at the Silent Barn with a diverse lineup: bands include tuneful female-fronted Material Support, similar Pinoy punks Kadena and dark sludgy hardcore punk en Espanol band Huasipungo headlining, $10    

3/3, 7 PM Omurasu (Tomoko Omura : violin with Yuhan Su: vibraphone) followed by violinist/singer Karolina Beimcik’s Zormya quintet at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

3/3, 7 PM pianist Ena Bronstein Barton performs works by Mozart, Debussy and Chopin at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/3, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz followed at 10 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

3/3, 8 PM bassist Leila Bordreuil duels with guitarist Bill Nace and then premieres “Void and Dismissal” — a collaboration with guitarist and vocalist Austin Julian (Sediment Club, Sunk Heaven). Featuring Tamio Shiraishi (alto sax) and Julia Santoli (spatialized amplifiers) at Issue Project Room, $10 sug don

3/3, 8 PM  Irina Muresanu, violin; Angela Draghicescu, piano play a Homage to Dinu Lupatti with music by Bartok, Lupati and Enescu at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/3, 8:30 PM uneasy, lush chamber-rock and more avant garde sounds with the Parkington Sisters at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

3/3, 8:30 PM a benefit for the ACLU and Brooklyn-based immigrants rights group DRUM with the Occasionalists serving as the live band for revolutionary karaoke i.e. R.E.M.’s End of the World as We Know It to Bob Marley’s Redemption Song to the Beatles’ Revolution to Public Enemy’s Fight the Power to Bowie/Queen’s Under Pressure at Union Hall, $10

3/3, 9 PM fiery garage rock band the NY Fowl Harmonic – a Gato Loco spinoff – and, Dawn Drake and at Hank’s. Hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote plays hot Afrobeat and latin-tinged funk grooves after

3/3, 9  PM hilarious jazz versions of Merle Haggard classics with Bryan & the Haggards – a Mostly Other People Do the Killing spinoff – at Red Hook Bait & Tackle

3/3, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood

3/3, 10 PM New York City’s only Farsi funk group, the hauntingly psychedelic retro 60s/70s Iranian revivalists Mitra Sumara at Pete’s

3/3, 10 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with brooding, stomping Russian prison songs reinvented as surf rock by the Vivisectors, then sax-driven garage punks the Gotham Rockets and psychobilly band the Spastiks sometime after midnight

3/3, 11 PM epic Americana/newgrass anthems with Frontier Ruckus at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec 

3/4, 2:15 PM eclectic roots reggae/desert rock/African folk band Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars play a family concert at Flushing Town Hall, $13, ages 13-19 get in free w/ID; if you want to take part in an interactive workshop with the band, show up at 1 PM, that’s $7.

3/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Unusual Creatures, followed at 8 by this era’s greatest film noir guitarist and composer, Steve Ulrich of Big Lazy and eventually at 10 by epic, sweeping, adventurous Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

3/4, 6 PM carnatic vocal collective Sambhav sing a jazz and avant garde-influenced  program of tillanas — “the raucous, bravura traditional-closing-numbers of the South Indian music canon”- at Freddy’s  

3/4, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 3/25

3/4, 7:30 PM perennially fearless jazz piano icon Vijay Iyer joins forces with an eclectic group of multilingual performer/composers – Himanshu Suri (formerly of Das Racist), guitarist Rafiq Bhatia (Son Lux) and drummer/rapper Kassa Overall for a voyage across multiple musical landscapes, articulated by the individual brilliance of the four collaborators. Pakistani vocalist/composer Arooj Aftab performs a set of her own songs with Leo Genovese, piano; Jorn Bielfeldt, drums; and Yusuke Yamamoto, synths. at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 or $20 per ticket for multiple purchases

3/4, 7:30 PM jangly all-female garage/surf band the Pizza Boys, sharply funny punk band the Church Bats, more all-female garagey surf jangle from PMS and the Mood Swings and garage rockers the Othermen, at Footlight Bar, $10   

3/4, 8:30 PM a benefit for Planned Parenthood with excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall followed by Tatters & Rags and then the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at Union Hall, $10

3/4, 9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klamanis leads his hauntingly lush, string-driven septet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/4, 9:30 PM smart, cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5  – Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Some Like It Hot – at Joe’s Pub, $16

3/4, 9:30 PM pianist Max Lifchitz plays Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition as well as his own Piano Silhouettes inspired by Eliaabeth Condon’s artwork. Also on the program: recent works by American composers Dinos Constantinides, Robert Martin, Patricia Morehead and Douglas Ovens, at Specturm, $15

3/4, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others, Virginia rockabilly/surf band Brad & the Bombers, majestic, cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC  and at midnight X-rated comedy/surf rockers Thee Swank Bastards

3/4, 10 PM Ensemble Mik Nawooj – who work the same classical/hip-hop turf as Yasiin Bey, often covering classic 90s joints from the Wu-tang Clan and others – at the Apollo Music Cafe, $20 tix avail at the Apollo box ofc

3/4, 10 PM haunting Dawn of Midi pianist Amino Belyamani plays solo at the Owl

3/4, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord.  They’re at Hank’s at around 9 on 3/16 for free

3/4, 10 PM Oxygen Box play Haitian-inspired roots reggae at Silvana 

3/4, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 3/5) hard-hitting tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard leads his Brooklyn Circle trio at Smalls. They’re also here on 3/18 (technically 3/19)

3/5, 2 PM Geo Suquillo – guitarist, composer and charango player and leader of kinetic latin/Middle Eastern acoustic jamband Inti and the Moon – at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene. You should hear their kick-ass cover of Ya Rayyeh!

3/5, 2 PM the Zora String Quartet play Mozart – String Quartet No. 15 in D Minor, K. 42; Atar Arad – Whims for String Quartet (2015) – New York premiere; Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 9 in E-flat Major at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St. off 6th Ave, $18

3/5, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play the world premiere of Presences by John Harbison for string quartet, cello, and bass  at St. Bartholomew’s Church, $25

3/5 2 PM the Calefax Reed Quintet play their new arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations plus Tschaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite at the Town Hall, $15

3/5 7:30 PM Ansahman – Anna Garano, Trieste-base classical and flamenco guitarist, plays “a gorgeous repertoire of Armenian songs for voice and flamenco guitar, joined by New York-based Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian of Zula playing the album release show” for their debut at Drom, $15 adv tix rec 

3/5, 7:30 PM powerpop supergroup the Split Squad at Bowery Electric, $10

3/5, 9 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at the small room at the Rockwood

3/5, 9:30 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Pete’s

3/6, 6:30 PM violinist Kristin Lee, concertmaster of the Metropolis Ensemble plays the ep release show for composer Molly Joyce’s intense, acerbic new one; Joyce will also premiere a new work for toy organ and electronics, “Form and Deform.” at 1 Rivington St., free w/rsvp, reception to follow 

3/6, 8 PM  pianist Vyacheslav Gryaznov (New York Concert Artists 2016 Winner) performs works by Beethoven, Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev-Gryaznov and Rachmaninoff (the gorgeous Piano Sonata No. 2) at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $30 seats avail

3/6, 9:30 PM the Munchies with gonzo noir jazz pianist Dred Scott, saxophonist Kenny Brooks, drummer Mark Greenburg and bassist Malcolm Gold at the Bitter End

3/7, drinks at 5:30  PM, music at 6, violinist Miranda Cuckson  plays a solo concert with music of Aaron Jay Kernis, Huang Ro, Steve Lehman and Michael Hersch at the Miller Theatre, frree

3/7, 6 PM pianist Frank Levy plays works by Scarlatti, Mozart, Chopin, Bach/Marcello and Rachmaninov at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue (entrance on 54th street), $6 

3/7, 7 PM epic, exhilarating original Balkan brass music with alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Expanded Circle followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/7, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘ leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here on 3/14

3/7, 7  PM purist, cleverly lyrical jazz singer Sari Kessler with her combo at 55 Bar

3/7, 7:30/9:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis leads a trio with Eric Revis – bass and Johnathan Blake – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

3/7-19, 8:30/10:30 PM pastoral noir jazz guitar icon Bill Frisell leads a series of quartets and trios at the Vanguard, $30

3/7-12, 8:30 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: pretty much all of them. 3/8 he’s leading an organ trio with Gary Versace; 3/11 features the Sirius Quartet with Myra Melford

3/7, 8:30 PM klezmer “Songs of People Other People Don’t Like So Much” performed by fearlessly hilarious accordionist/novelist Geoff Berner and actor/singer/movement artist/director Luisa Muhr at Freddy’s. 3/9, same time they’re at the Jalopy for $15

3/7, 8:30 PM tuneful up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a trio at the Bar Next Door. 3/21-25, 11:30ish she’s at Dizzy’s Club, $5/$10 on the weekend

3/7, 9:30 PM blazing Balkan/Romany rock/Middle Eastern/flamenco jamband Ventanas at Drom,  $10 adv tix rec

3/7, 9:30 PM uneasy postpunk/new wave/dreampop band Rich Girls at Bowey Electric, $8

3/7, 10 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Shea Stadium, $8

3/7, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

3/8, 1:30 PM violinist Karen Dekker leads an ensemble playing Dvorak’s Quintet in A Major plus works by vivid, cinematic rising star indie classical composer Ayumi Okada at the Nagle Ave Y, 54 Nagle Ave, Inwood, free, 1 train to Dyckman St.

3/8, 6 PM a rare chance to see two of the most riveting string  players in Indian music, violinists Trina Basu + Arun Ramamurthy of Karavika at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

3/8, 7 PM Quartetto Tomassini play their edgy, lush string arrangements of Piazzolla classics at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/8, 7 PM Parisian chanteuse Gay Marshall does her fascinatingly individualistic, lyrically revealing, devilishly hilarious and sometimes crushingly intense reinventions of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics and rarities with an excellent pianist at Pangea, $20. She’s also here on 3/15 and 3/22

3/8, 8 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at LIC Bar

3/8, 8 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing – at Barbes

3/8-9. 8:30 PM summer tour fave and jamband icon: eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

3/8, 9 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson followed by charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at the Way Station

3/8, 9 PM a good Afrobeat twinbill in Greenpoint: the Super Yamba Band followed by the People’s Champs at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc. The Super Yamba Band are also at Bar Chord on 3/11 at 10 for free.

3/8, 10 PM edgy latin-inspired folk-rock with Hurray For the Riff Raff at Baby’s All Right, $15

3/9, 1 PM harpist Bridget Kibbey plays her arrangement of Debussy’s haunting prelude La Cathédrale engloutie at Trinity Church, free

3/9, 6:30 PM tectonically shifting improvisational soundscapes with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber at C’Mon Everybody, $tba. They’re also here on 3/16 and 3/23

3/9, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

3/9, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor pan jazz artist Victor Provost leads an excellent quintet with Robert Rodriguez on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15

3/9, 8 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed at 10 by brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, resurrecting the twistedly irresistible work of legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica composer at Barbes

3/9, 8 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat play the album release show for their new one at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Poisson Rouge on 3/18 at 10:30 for five bucks more if you buy tix in advance

3/9, 8 PM rapt extended-technique compositions with pianist and composer Teodora Stepančić at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10, reception to follow

3/9, 9 PM charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) at Pete’s

3/9. 9 PM sardonic female-fronted folk noir band the Dream Eaters – check out their hit Klonopin Girl – at Leftfield 

3/9, 9ish Barika play Malian guitar groove at Nublu 151, $10 

3/9, 9 PM upbeat Israeli jazz with the Arnan Raz Quartet followed at 10:30 by first-class, pensive quartet Beekman with pianist Yago Vasquez and bassist Pablo Menares at the Williamsburg Music Center,  367 Bedford Ave, $10 

3/9, 10 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 Sunnyvale, $10

3/9, 10 PM crooner Sean Kershaw‘s  creepy ghoulabilly band the Serpentones at Bar Chord

3/9, 10 PM wild string metal faves Stratospheerius at Shrine

3/9, 11 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara and her band at the Knitting Factory, $10

3/10, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

3/10, 6:30 PM otherworldly Mongolian throat-singing folk ensemble Khusugtun at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 adv tix rec

3/10, 7 PM hypnotic, richly tuneful Indian sounds: Rajasthani master of the Sindhi sarangi, Lakha Khan and ensemble at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

3/10, 7 PM “Poulenc and Cocteau’s cautionary tale La voix humaine receives a reflective update when soprano Laura Bohn and pianist Mila Henry’s conversation forces listeners to ask: in this age of technology, can we connect with others without losing ourselves?” at National Sawdust, $25 adv rix rec

3/10, 7:30 PM a first-class chamber ensemble –  Karen Dekker and Alex Fortes on violins, Alyona Aksyonova on piano, Rose Hashimoto on viola, and James Waldo on cello –  plays the world premiere of vivid, lyrical composer Ayumi Okada’s The Grey Wolf for piano quintet alongside works by Caroline Shaw, Doug Balliett, Anton Dvorak, J. S. Bach, Johann Goldberg, at Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming St., Washington Heights, $15/$10 stud 1 train to Dyckman St.

3/10. 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play new works by up-and-coming composers Rona Park: Destination; Nathan Fletcher: Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay; Brian Denu: it’s not a bottomless pit; Michael Spiroff: Ath-Sgal (Recurring Echoes); Sohwa Lee: Palindromev at Mannes’ Tishman Auditorium, University Center, 63 Fifth Ave, Room U100, free

3/10, 7:30 PM the cutting-edge Spectrum Symphony of NY with harp virtuoso Mélanie Genin and fellow soloists: guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin and Nicholas Tolle, cimbalom perform the American premiere of ferociously interesting Hungarian composer Bálint Karosi’s Triple Concerto, plus the Concertino for Harp by Ernő Dohnányi and Czardas (Csárdás) featuring concertmaster Susan Heerema on solo violin, Rumanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók, and more at St. Peter’s Church 54th/Lex, $25 sugg don

3/10, 7:30 PM accordionist Alex Sevastian and clarinetist Julian Milkis team up with the Voice Afire Strings for a dynamic multi-media concert with music by composers Ray Luedeke and Giya Kancheli at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

3/10, 8 PMd feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom  with singer/drummer Anais Maviel and Adam Lane on bass at !-Beam, $15

3/10, 8 PM minimalist art-rock songwriter Caitlin Pasko, “weaver of dreamy elegiac music for voice and piano,” at the Owl, $10

3/10, 8 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton plays solo at Mezzrow, $20

3/10, 8 PM the Dale Wilson Big Band at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

3/10, 8:30 PM the Chelsea Symphony play a Michael Boyman world premiere viola concerto with soloist Sarah Haines, plus Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don. The 7:30 PM show the following night, 3/11 showcases Gizem Yucel on two tangos by Piazzolla as well

3/10, 9 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and band at Cloud City, 85 N 1st St in Williamsburg

3/10, 9 PM a rare NYC appearance by Puerto Rican psychedelic salsa dura band Orquesta El Macabeo at Subrosa, $20 

3/10, 9 PM smart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at at the small room at the Rockwood

3/10, 10 PM Arki play darkly classic Ethiopian funk grooves at Shrine

3/10. 10 PM oldschool 70s style stoner art-rock/doom metal power trio All Them Witches at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix rec 

3/10, 10 PM hilarious one-man band Tattoo Money with his twisted hip-hop tales of NYC nightlife, sizzling bluesy guitar and psychedelic, funky keys, at the Way Station

3/10. 10 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes. They’re also there at 9:30ish on 3/20

3/10, 10 PM bluegrass/newgrass with the Dark City Strings at Union Hall, $10

3/10, 11 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

3/11, 1 PM an important multimedia event: Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversation at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine commemorates the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan. Assembled by Japanese dancer/multimedia artist Eiko Otake, the four-hour program at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine brings together scholars, specialists, and artists from many disciplines; performers include spectacular art-rock singer Carol Lipnik and legendary avant crooner John Kelly, free 

3/11, 4 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman at Pete’s

3/11, 5:30 PM a mystical carnatic (South Indian classical) vocal concert by singer Vignesh Ravichandran with Bala Skandan on violin, Srinath Vishwanathan on mridangam, and Kabilan Jegannathan on kanjira at the Reflections Center, 27 E 24th St, $20/$15 kids, admission includes food too! 

3/11, 7 PM Miya Masaoka’s powerful double quartet, Eleonore Oppenheim’s performance works for double-bass and electronics, Mari Kimura’s extended violin techniques, and brilliant alto saxophonist Yosvany Terry’s Afro-Cuban Bohemian Trio at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/11, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place. Brilliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

3/11, 7:30 PM dark Nordic chamber pop songbird Agnes Obel at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail

3/11, 7:30 PM the three finalists in this year’s New York Concert Artists piano competition: Adam Balogh, Zhenni Li  and Sebastiano Mesaglio perform Beethoven: 12 Variations on the Russian Dance from “Das Waldmadchen”; Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune; Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit; Prokofiev: Suite from “Sur le Borysthène” (arr. Vyacheslav Gryaznov, NY Premeire of arrangement); Rachmaninoff: Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor with NYCA Symphony Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 

3/11, 7:30 PM Barcelona pianist Eva Novoa plays a duo and trio set and then plays a third at 9:30 PM with microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein’s sextet at I-Beam, $15. A real workout!

3/11, 8ish rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at the Owl

3/11, 8 PM the Omni Ensemble play chamber works by J.S. Bach, G. F. Telemann, Milos Raickovich, and David Wechsler at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs 

3/11, 9 PM charismatic folk noir songwriter Mac McCarty’s auspicious new band Abraham’s River followed by fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene and then ferocious garage punk band the Lord Calverts at Sidewalk

3/11, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata,$10

3/11, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Shrine

3/11, 9 PM Nelson Ojeda, piano plays works by Granados and Ginastera at Spectrum, $15

3/11, 9/10:30 PM intense violist Mat Maneri leads his quartet with Lucian Ban, piano;  John Hebert, bass;  Randy Peterson, drumsat Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/11, 9:30 PM majestic, epic, anthemic cinematic art-rock loopmusic guitarist Sarah Lipstate a.k.a. Noveller at St. Vitus, $15

3/11, 9/10:30 PM jazz cellist Akua Dixon plays the album release show for her new one at Sista’s Place, 456 Nostrand Ave at Jefferson, Bed-Stuy, C to Nostrand Ave., $20

3/11, 10 PM the savagely Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons, followed by 80s style LES junkie powerpop/punk/stoner boogie band Grimm Jack at Desmond’s 

3/11, 10 PM excerpts from Peter Van Zandt Lane’s ballet about cyber hacking, followed by Neil Rolnick’s works for laptop and piano (with Kathleen Supové), and Cornelius Dufallo performing works for amplified violin. The evening ends with a massive graphic score by Mark Applebaum interpreted by the previous artists joined by his Innova labelmates, at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/11, midnight legendary SoCal surf punks Agent Orange – of Everything Turns Grey fame – at the Knitting Factory, $20

3/12, half past noon a performance of choral pieces and collected folk songs from the works of Zoltán Kodály at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, free, reception to follow, free but RSVP reqd 

3/12, 2 PM the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio play Rachmaninoff: Trio élégiaque No.2 in D minor, Op.9 ; Shostakovich: Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67; Tchaikovsky: Trio in A minor, Op. 50 at the Town Hall, $15

3/12, 4 PM catchy Americana rockers Greg Cornell & the Cornell Brothers at the small room at the Rockwood

3/12, 5 PM the Donald Sinta Quartet play a birthday tribute to Philip Glass with new works as well as Glass’s Saxophone Quartet Concerto at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library

3/12, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

3/12, 7 PM the American Festival of Microtonal Music with tantalizing new works by  Svjetlana Bukvich, Monroe Golden, Johnny Reinhard, Zach Seely, and others played by an ensemble of woodwinds, fretless guitars, double bass, and bass trombone legend Dave Taylor conducted by the theatrical Charles Coleman at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St.,  $15

3/12, 7:30 PM Books guitarist Nick Zammuto joins hard-hitting new music choir Roomful of Teeth in a program spanning Tuvan throat singing and yodeling to Korean Pansori and Persian classical at Merkin Cocert Hall, $25 or $20 per tix for multiple purchases

3/12, 8 PM noir-tinged crooner and expertly bluesy lead guitarist Phil Gammage‘s lRebel Factory at Otto’s

3/12, 8;30 PM fiery klezmer/Balkan/Middle Eastern jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

3/12, 8:30/10:30  PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/12, 8:30 PM NakedEye Ensemble joins forces with avant garde piano titan Kathleen Supové to premiere two-piano and ensemble works Richard Belcastro: Inner Strife (2016)* – cl, egtr, toy pno + melodica, pno, perc; Randall Woolf: Punching the Clock (2014)* – fl, cl, sax, vc, egtr, pno, perc; Rusty Banks: Spoke(n) (2016)* – 2 pnos + amplified bicycle; Jonathan Russell: Sextet (2010, arr 2013)** – fl, cl, sax, vc, pno, perc; Lois Vierk: Spin 2 (1995) – 2 pnos; Molly Joyce: Rave (2016) – pno + fixed mediaat the DiMenna Center $20

3/13, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at the Fat Cat

3/13, 7 PM tuneful pastoral jazz guitarist Cameron Mizell leads his trio at the small room at the Rockwood

3/13, 7 PM quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

3/13, 7 PM perennially young, theatrical, fun composer David Del Tredici’s 80th Bday concert with special guests include Courtenay Budd, Joseph Dalton, Felix Del Tredici, Robert Frankenberry, David Leisner, John Kelly, Eric Moe, Marc Peloquin, Mark Peskanov and the Voxare Quartet at Joe’s Pub, $25

3/13, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

3/14, 6 PM pianist David Shimoni plays nocturnes by Chopin, Faure and Lowell Liebermann, plus a screening of the documentary film Rosalyn Engelman: The Color of Memory, the artist in conversation with BPAC director Ted Altschuler, at the Recital Hall at Baruch College, E. 25th St between 3rd and Lexington Ave. $15, stud free

3/14, 7 PM brand-new, exciting Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion. followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/14, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet; at 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet  at 55 Bar

3/14, 8 PM bassist Lisa Dowling’s enigmatic, theatrical, Kate Bush-influenced solo loopmusic project Kills to Kisses at the Mercury, $10

3/14, 8 PM edgy third-stream improvisation with Jan Sturiale: guitar; Miha Koren: bass Klemens Marktl: drums at Shapeshifter Lab, free

3/14, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

3/14, 11 PM fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) at Shea Stadium, $12

3/15, 6 PM hypnotic Middle Eastern/Indian sounds: Orakel: Roshni Samlal (tabla) + Kane Mathis (kora, oud) at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

3/15, 6 PM intricate, intense, diverse jazz/soundtrack/Americana violinist/composer Skye Steele at the small room at the Rockwood

3/15, 7 PM indie classical through Fender amps: Steve Mackey, the Dither Guitar Quartet and Joel Harrison’s Resophonic Guitar Orchestra at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/15, 8 PM the album release show for the new one by formidable, reliably tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari‘s Uncivilized Americana jazz project at Barbes. “Each song on the EP was recorded live at a now-closed New York venue.”

3/15, 8 PM bouzouki player Avram Pengas leads an amazing band with Rachid Halihal on oud and George Stathos on clarinet playing bellydance classics, plus dancers Layla Isis and Mariyah at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/15, 8 PM Perl – former lead singer of Bulletproof Stockings, the Hasidic Sleater-Kinney – followed by fiery, brilliantly lyrical soul/rock songwriter Nehedar singing the album release show for her latest one, then she does double duty on vocals in powerpop bnd Fierce Love, then sardonic new wavers Blanket Statementstein at Bowery Electric

3/15, 9 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of the edgy female-fronted Talking Heads-ish Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band at Pete’s

3/15, 9:30 PM singer Renee LoBue’s popular, catchy, anthemic early zeros powerpop/southwesten gothic band Elk City at the Mercury, $10

3/16, 1 PM Useful Chamber Orchestra play their arrangement of Debussy’s haunting prelude La Cathédrale engloutie at Trinity Church, free

3/16, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

3/16, 7:30 PM ancient, otherworldly trance beats: the first-ever US performance by the master musicians of the Festival Gnaoua et des Musiques du Monde in Essaouira, Morocco with Maalem Hamid El Kasri + Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane with special guest Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer, leader of wildly popular NYC ensemble Innov Gnawa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. The following night, 3/17 at  7 PM they’re at the New School Theresa Lang Center, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St, free; 3/18 at 7 they’re at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, collaborating with jazz artists Marcus Strickland, Marc Cary, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma, $30 adv tix rec

3/16, 7:30 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier plays duos with guitarist Mary Halvorson and then violinist Mark Feldman at Greenwich House Music School, $20/$18 stud

3/16, 7:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with Behn Gillece and his quartet followed at 10:30 PM by former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry leading his quartet at Smalls

3/16, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet at Barbes

3/16, 8 PM guitarist Matt Munisteri and accordionist Will Holshouser’s shadowy Belgian barroom band Musette Explosion at the Owl, $10

3/16, 8 PM the lavish, kinetic Liberte Big Band led by pianist Liberté-Anne Lymberiou at the Wiliamsburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave 

3/16, 8 PM a rare and fascinating night of new music from Kyrzygstan played by Aza Sydykov and Joel A. Martin, piano; Nikoleta Rallis, soprano; Perizat Kopobaeva, komuz; Jonathan Levin, piano; Nurmira Greenberg, cello; Kairy Koshoeva, piano; Elvira Abdilova, komuz; composers on the bill include Atai Ogonbaev, Niyazaaly, Kalyi Moldobasanov, Tashtan Ermatov, Michael Burshtin, Jyldyz Maldybaeva, Muratbek Begaliev, George Gershwin, Jonathan Levin and Eric Thomson at Merkin Concert Hall $25

3/16, 8 PM Chicago postrock icons Tortoise at the Hall at MP, $25 adv tix available at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

3/16, 8:30 PM the Big Galute play their irreverent original klezmer tunes at the Jalopy, $15

3/16, 10 PM fiery oldtimey string band he Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

3/17, 7 PM Niva’s magical singer Corinna Skema Snyder with Vedran Boškovski and percussionist Jerry Kisslinger, of Zlatne Uste fame, play Balkan songs at an intimate Park Slope house concert, email for info  

3/17, 7 PM new art-songs from Ted Hearne performed by NYC indie classical talent: “Peabody Southwell and Allison Semmes give rare recital performances. Solo instrumentalists Mariel Roberts, Taylor Levine and Philip White join the Nouveau Classical Project and San Francisco duo the Living Earth Show as the evening’s ensemble. R WE WHO R WE, the vocal/electronics duo of Ted Hearne and Philip White, perform selections of their upcoming sophomore release,” at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/17, 7 PM acoustic jazz: guitarists Mark Mollica and Nate Radley with John Ellis on saxophone and Ike Sturm on bass at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St(off Broadway), free

3/17, 7:30/9:30 PM Swedish psychedelic/soundtrack band Dungen play their live score to the classic 20s silent film The Adventures of Prince Ahmed at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

3/17, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra f.k.a. Lions at Barbes

3/17, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan  at the Owl, $10

3/17, 8 PM pianist Kara Huber plays David Rakowski Selected Etudes; Joan Tower – No Longer Very Clear; Wild -Seven Virtuoso Etudes for Piano on Gershwin Songs; Rachmaninoff  13 Preludes, Op. 32 at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/17, 8:30 PM artful, slyly amusing jazz with the Daniel Bennett Group at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

3/17-18, 8:30 PM badass oldschool-style blues belter Shemekia Copeland and her similarly purist band at Iridium, $30

3/17, 9 PM Canadian Celtic fiddle star Natalie MacMaster with her Ontario colleague Donnell Leahy at Webster Hall, $20

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

3/17, 11 PM guitarist Demir Demirkan‘s Anatolian Knights throw a wild live Turkish psychedelic rock party at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

3/17, 11 PM darkly eclectic, enigmatic songwriter Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

3/18, 3 PM oldtime swing icons Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks play their live score to Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman at the Town Hall, $25 tix avail

3/18, 6 PM this era’s greatest film noir guitarist and composer, Steve Ulrich of Big Lazy followed at 8 by sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins and then at 10 by Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

3/18, 7 PM “magical string ensemble Alba Consort – with oud, veille, lute and percussion – performs early music from the Mediterranean on period instruments and weaves iconic themes  of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony no. 9 “From the New World” into ancient melodies at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, $30/$15 stud

3/18. 7 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange followed by catchy goth-tinged 80s punk/powerpop band the Limbo Dolls at Bowery Electric, $8 

3/18. 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with cello soloist Alisa Weilerstein play  Mendelssohn’s Nocturno for Winds; Schumann’s  Cello Concerto; Webern’s Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10 and Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

3/18, 7:30 PM intense, breathtaking Galician bagpiper/ multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

3/18, 7:30 PM the Traumerei Piano Trio play works by Beethoven, Piazzolla, Smetana and Zannoni at the DiMenna Center, $15$10 stud/srs

3/18. 8 PM elegant, atmospheric art-rock violinist/songwriter Concetta Abbate at the People’s Voice Cafe, $18, “no one turned away”

3/18, 8 PM guitarist Guy Picciotto, Dirty Three drummer Jim White and master lute player George Xylouris play live soundtracks to Jem Cohen films; subjects include a sudden Manhattan rainstorm, a sleeping infant, and an Istanbul city portrait, at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

3/18, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams and guest pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat at City Winery $22 standing room avail

3/18, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

3/18, 9ish dark oldschool soul/garage band Mighty Fine at Red Hook Bait & Tackle 

3/18, 10 PM rising star tenor saxophonist Camille Thurman and her and her band at the Fat Cat

3/19, 2 PM Chilean folk-rock songwriter Nano Stern opens for iconic Peruvian singer Susana Baca at Lefrak Concert Hall at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, $30 seats avail, from the Flushing Main St. 7 train stop, take the Q25, Q25-34, Q34 or Q17 bus along Kissena Blvd to the campus. 

3/19, 3 PM Eriko Sato, violin; Drew Vella, viola; Ben Larsen, cello; Yoon Lee, piano play works by Beethoven, Richard Strauss and Ke-Chia Chen at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave

3/19, 3 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

3/19, 3:15 PM organist Karen Electra Christianson – one of the most electrifying church organists in the country – plays a program TBA at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

3/19, 4 PM the perennially witty Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with pianist Roberta Piket at Sounds on Sackett at St. Agnes Church 433 Sackett St off of Hoyt St, Cobble Hill, any train to Atlantic Ave, $20, reception to follow

3/19, 5 PM latin jazz piano titan Arturo O’Farrill’s “Boss Level Sextet” at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

3/19, 6 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her quartet at the small room at the Rockwood

3/19, 7 PM brilliant, irrepressible classical/latin/art-rock/Middle Eastern violist/composer Leanne Darling at Scholes St. Studios

3/19, 7 PM expertly jazzy guitarist and alt-country pioneer Robbie Fulks and jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/19, 7:30 PM a benefit for immigrant rights with Ramon Ponce, Jr. of the mighty Mariachi Real de Mexico, and supersonic klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd with his band the Honorable Mentshn at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/19, 8:30 PM My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova and others backed by adventurous young orchestra the Knights  play Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s song suite  Unremembered, a chilling reminiscence of childhood traumas at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

3/19, 10 PM first-class roots reggae band Jah N I at Shrine 

3/20, 6 PM moderator Meera Dugal of Lincoln Center, creator of the first-ever Gnaoua World Tour teams up with Innov Gnawa’s Samir Langus, panelists Hisham Aidi and Tom Pryor, plus jazz piano titan Marc Cary to discuss the history and recent resurgence of rapturous, kinetically hypnotic Moroccan gnawa music, plus a performance by Innov Gnawa, at  the New School Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St., free

3/20, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/20, 8 PM the Tomeka Reid Quartet featuring Jason Roebke, Tomas Fujiwara, and Mary Halvorson play edgy cello jazz at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/20, 8 PM the Bob Bennett Big Band with Erica Seguine on piano at Sir D’s Lounge, 837 Union St, south of 7th Ave, Park Slope, R to Union St.

3/20, 8:30 PM the NY New Music Ensemble play David Felder: partial[dist]res[s]toration (2001) for sextet and electronics; Rand Steiger: Light on Water (2013) for flute, piano and electronics; Jacob Druckman: Come Round (1991) for sextet; Anthony Cheung  Roundabouts (2007) for piano at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th S, $20/$10 stud/srs

3/20, 10 PM the Amazonas Strings  play elegant, enveloping latin pastoral jazz at at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

3/21, 7:30 PM drummer LaFrae Sci & Quintet Groove Diplomacy will play pieces highlighting achievements by great women of blues and jazz including Bessie Smith, Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, and Mary Lou Williams. with Tamar-Kali on vocals at the Naitonal Jazz Museum in Harlem

3/21, 7 PM the F-Tones  Marcin Wisniewski, guitar, and Dwayne Beach, 5-string violin, – play their individualistic take on Romany jazz at Shrine

3/21, 7:30 PM pianist Dasol Kim plays Beethoven    Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 Pathétique; Barber –  Sonata, Op. 26; Chopin    24 Preludes, Op. 28 at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

3/21, 8/10:30 PM inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis with Camila Meza on guitar and vocals at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/21-25,8/10:30 PM popular trumpeter Roy Hargrove leads his quintet at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

3/21, 10 PM cleverly acerbic, charismatic avant garde singer/pianist/sound artist Bora Yoon joins forces with thereminist Armen Ra at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/21, 10 PM catchy, harmony-driven, historically-inspired original newgrass string band Cricket Tell the Weather at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

3/21, 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

3/22, 5 PM jazz piano legend and African music specialist Randy Weston leads a demo and introduction to kinetically hypnotic Moroccan gnawa music  at Medgar-Evers College, 1650 Bedford Avenue, Bed-Stuy, free, 2/5 to President St.

3/22, 7:30 PM intrepid indie classical ensemble International Street Cannibals with pianist Conor Hanick and soprano Ariadne Greif perform Schoenberg’s pivotal String Quartet No. 2, Op. 10, plus works by Berg, Korngold, Schnittke, Webern, Zemlimsky, and Arvo Pärt at St. Marks Church, 2nd Ave/10th St., $20/$12 stud

3/22, 8 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at LIC Bar

3/22, 8 PM Palehound – who blend eerie, lyrical new wave with hypnotic motorik vintage Wire-style postpunk – at Sunnyvale, $12

3/22, 8 PM bassist/composer Arnold Dreyblatt teams up for a dark duo performance with Brooklyn sound artist MV Carbon at the Kitchen, $15

3/22, 9ish baritone sax goddess Moist Paula and film composer Dorothea Tachler air out their new collaboration the GPS at Troost

3/22, 9 PM calm but fiery newschool Britfolk songwriter Roxanne de Bastion at Caffe Vivaldi . 3/31 she’s at the American Folk Art Museum at around 6 

3/22, 9 PM playful, sardonic French spoofers Nouvelle Vague – who’ve been making lounge music out of punk and new wave classics for decades – at Webster Hall, $30

3/23, 6 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Shrine. 3/24 she’s at Caffe Vivaldi at 7

3/23, 7:30 PM John Gattis, horn; Andy Kozar, trumpet; William Lang, trombone and David Broome, piano  play works by Guy Barash, Frances White, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Gaetano Lorandi and Oren Boneh at Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria, N/Q to Broadway, free

3/23-24, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/25 at 8 and 3/26 at 3 PM Amy Beth Kirsten’s Quixote- a vividly original reimagining of the Cervantes classic, performed by the HOWL ensemble withLindsay Kesselman (soprano), Hai-Ting Chinn (mezzo-soprano), Kirsten Sollek (contralto), Mark DeChiazza and four singing players from Sandbox Percussion: Ian Rosenbaum, Victor Caccese, Terry Sweeney and Jonathan Allen at the Kasser Theatre, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair NJ, $20; catch the shuttle buss leaving from 41st behind Port Authority 

3/23. 8 PM a one-time-only event: “hilarious, kick-ass klezmer punks Golem will put on a “fake wedding” according to an old Catskills tradition, complete with mock bride, groom, ceremony, and of course a truly rocking party mixing original Golem songs, traditional Jewish repertoire and lots of amazing rock covers, from James Brown to Van Halen“ at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

3/23, 8 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren Meah Pace and her oldschool band at Salzy Bar, 506 5th Ave at 13th St, Park Slope, F to 7th Ave

3/23, 8/9:30 PM the cutting-edge, atmospheric, cinematic Alan Ferber Nonet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

3/23. 10 PM popular Americana highway rockers Mandolin Orange at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec

3/23, 10 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  followed at 11 by Dares at Halyard’s Bar, 406 3rd Ave (at 6th St), Gowanus, F/R to 4th Ave. 

3/23, 10 PM well-loved Boston alt-country vets Session Americana at Barbes

3/24, 7 PM Jog Blues with Andy Biskin, Joel Bluestone, Rob Garicia, Ikhlaq Hussain, Siddartha Mukerjee, Jonathan Rose and Jeffrey Zeigler mash up Indian, jazz and indie classical sounds at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/24, 7:30 PM charismatic ex-Spanglish Fly frontwoman Erica Ramos’ exciting latin soul band Fulaso at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free

3/24, 7:30 PM wild, explosive, lush original and classic Indian cinematic themes with Falu’s Bollywood Orchestra at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College 524 W 59th St (between Tenth and Eleventh avenues) free, early arrival advised

3/24, 7:30 PM an all-ages ska/punk triplebill in reverse order: Voodoo Glow Skulls, Hub City Stompers, Midnight Foolishness at the Knitting Factory, $13 adv tix rec

3/24, 8 PM superb, nuanced jazz violinist Charlie Burnham and eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen  at the Owl, $10

3/24, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by similar oldschool danceable Colombian tunes with Chia’s Dance Party  at Barbes

3/24, 8 PM Spain meets Honduras at Flushing Town Hall: Basilio Georges and his group Flamenco Latino, plus Lucy Blanco and the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, $16/$10 stud, ages 13-19 free w/ID

3/24, 8:30 PM Beatlesque psych popsters the Babe Rainbow followed by jangly, catchy retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Allah-Las at Webster Hall, $20 

3/24, 8:30 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music at Bowery Electric, $8

3/24-25, 9 PM well-loved 90s Colorado newgrass/funk jamband Poi Dog Pondering at City Winery, $25 standing room avail

3/24, 9:30 PM catchy, enigmatic female-fronted dreampop band Loosie at Pine Box Rock Shop

3/24, 10 PM wickedly catchy powerpop/janglerock band Ruth Carp & the Fish Heads at Alphaville, $10

3/24, 10 PM Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff– at Guadalupe Inn, $10

3/24, 10:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

3/25, 6 PM this era’s greatest film noir guitarist and composer, Steve Ulrich of Big Lazy  followed at 8 byart-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

3/25, 7:30  PM rapt improvisation: trumpet icon Wadada Leo Smith and pianist Angelica Sanchez with her Trio with Michael Formanek on bass at Greenwich House Music School, $25/$20 stud

3/25, 8 PM a benefit to  support Community Voices Heard and the Arab American Association of NY: the rapturous Rafiq Bhatia / Chris Pattishall guitar/piano duo, hypnotically danceable Moroccan trance ensemble Innov Gnawa and Armo ( lead singer, trumpeter and members of the rhythm section of second-wave Afrobeat icons Antibalas) at Littlefield, $12

3/25, 8 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues – followed by cinematic soundtrack instrumentalists/surf rockers the Tarantinos NYC and then oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

3/25, 8 PM wickedly catchy psychedelic/garage band the Molochs followed by fuzzy drony jamband the Cosmonauts at Union Pool, $10. 3/27 at 10 careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara opens for that same twinblll at Berlin, same time, same price

3/25, 8 PM gritty, Albert King-influenced Chicago blues guitarist Lurrie Bell – son of legendary blues harpist Carey Bell – with his band at Roulette, $25 

3/25,  8 PM excellent, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts with Sarah Bernstein – violin, Shoko Nagai – piano,  Satoshi Takeishi – percussion at the Owl, $10

3/25, 8 PM standout British early music chamber ensemble the Orlando Consort perform the haunting Renaissance music of Loyset Compère at the auditorium at 150 W 83rd St., $30 tix avail at the Miller Theatre box ofc at 116th/Bwy, M-F noon-6

3/25, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conseratory of Music, $20/$10 stud/srs

3/25, 8:30 PM tunefully psychedelic composer/avant-harpist Zeena Parkins plays two sets, the first with guitar goddess Mary Halvorson at I-Beam, $15

3/25, 9 PM hauntingly atmospheric art-rock siren Marissa Nadler – who’s sort of become a one-woman Pink Floyd – followed by slowcore/dreampop/doom band Pallbearer at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec

3/25, 9 PM elegantly eclectic Americana/swing/newgrass songwriter Shannon Pelcher at Pete’s

3/25, 9 PM funky jamband the Pimps of Joytime at Bowery Ballroom, $20. It’s a long way from the old Lucky Cat

3/25, 9:30 PM socially aware, oldtimey-flavored Americana band 2/3 Goat at Hill Country, free.

3/26, 2  PM the Orion String Quartet play Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ at the New School Auditorium, 66 W 12th St. off 6th Ave, $18 

3/26, 3 PM an all-star band: Adrianne Greenbaum (flute), Michael Alpert (violin and badkhones), Jake Shulman-Ment (violin), Brian Glassman (bass), Walter Zev Mamlock (poyk/percussion) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl) play extremely rare, rustic klezmer tunes from Dubiecko, Poland at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, Eldridge St. just north of Canal, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/26, 4 PM the Calidore Quartet play works by Beethoven, Ligeti, and Dvorak at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

3/26, 7:30  PM cinematic pianist Tempei Nakamura plays the album release for his new one Vortex at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/26, 8 PM for elegant, atmospheric art-rock violinist/songwriter Concetta Abbate and Bridget Hill’s joint bday, “come see the PARK Quartet (Nicholas Alexander Wilson and Concetta Abbate – violins, Lenna Pierce- cello) live score the 1959 Mexican Sci Fi Classic “Ship of Monsters” (Spanish with English subtitles) at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $10 sugg don – bring food and we’ll all share”

3/26, 8 PM Nashville gothic/folk noir band Karen & the Sorrows at Bowery Electric, $8

3/26, 10 PM Wedeya play roots reggae at Shrine 

3/27, 7:30 PM  indie classical vocal ensemble Ekmeles sing works by Schütz and Haydn ; the Attacca Quartet play the New York premiere of Wolfgang Rihm’s 7 Passion Texts and David Lang’s Little Match Girl at Music Mondays, Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, 1/2/3 to 96th St., free

3/27,  7:30 PM Parisian/Senegalese hip-hop jazz with Steve Leyman & Selebeyone at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 or $20 per ticket for multiple purchases

3/27, 8 PM an eight-piece expanded version of hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill with strings and sax at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/27, 8 PM cinematic, plaintively sardonic composer/violinist Christopher Tignor at the Silent Barn, $8

3/27, guessing 8ish, popular 80s powerpop band Teenage Fanclub at Warsaw, $25

3/27. 8 PM the Canadian Guitar Quartet play works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Brahms, Côté-Giguère, and others at the Recital Hall at Baruch College, E. 25th Street between 3rd and Lexington Ave, free

3/28, drinks at 5:30  PM, music at 6,British early music chamber ensemble the Orlando Consort perform early music by Machaut, Defay, Geurrero, Isaac and others at the Miller Theatre, free

3/28, 6 PM Jiuilliard Provost Ara Guzelimian interviews John Adams, surrounded by performances of Adams’s own compositions and works by Ellington, Beethoven, and Ives at Paul Hall at Juilliard, 2 free tix avail. per person 

3/28, 6 PM pianist Jose Ramon Mendez plays works by Bach, Schubert and Rachmaninoff at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Ave (entrance on 54th st)), 3rd floor , $6

3/28, 7 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healy & intense, eclectic violist Karen Waltuch making wild psychedelia out of classic Americana folk themes followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/28, 7 PM Taiko drummer Kaoru Watanabe with the Brooklyn Raga Massive at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

3/28, 8 PM noir jazz legends the Jazz Passengers celebrate the release of their newest album, Still Life with Trouble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/28, 8/10:30 PM Marianne Solivan “sings with authority and grace” – true – joined by pianist George Colligan and bassist Matthew Parrish at Mezzrow, $20

3/28, 8:30 PM irrepressible slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice picks: opening night with the Diaspora Special Edition: Arturo O’Farrill (piano) Peter Apfelbaum (sax) Brad Jones (bass) Billy Martin (drums) ; and 3/29 with legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob

3/28, 9 PM Norwegian artist Helge Sten’s creepy ambient Deathprod project in a rare New York appearance at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

3/28, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

3/29, 7 PM uneasily fiery, intense jazz guitarist Sean Cronin‘s new ensemble Very Good at Barbes

3/29, 7:30 PM the Wellesley College Choir sing works by Brahms, Ronald Perera, Joan Szymko and Ysaye Barnwell at Merkin Concert Hall, $15

3/29, 8 PM haunting, intuitive cellist Inbal Segev opens for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Mivos Quartet performing works by Anna Clyne at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/29, 8 PM deep-space solo guitar epics with David Grubbs at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, $10, reception to follow

3/29, 8 PM enigmatic, synthy, propulsive new wave act Decorum followed by snide 80s-style goth-punks Pop. 1280 at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 

3/29, 9 PM a fun 90s roots-rock guitar twinbill: the Bottle Rockets and Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at Bowery Ballroom, $20

3/30, 1 PM lyrical jazz pianist Chris Pattishall and his group at Trinity Church, free

3/30-4/1, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez leads his flamenco jazz/dance quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/30, 7:30 PM Argentine pianist Emilio Teubal lead his strio at Club Bonafide, $15

3/30, 7:30 PM the Jasper String Quartet play Beethoven: String Quartet in A major, Op. 18, No. 5; Missy Mazzoli: Death Valley Junctionl Dvořák: String Quartet No. 12 in F major (“American”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/30, 7:30 PM Cookers trumpeter David Weiss & Point of Departure at Nublu. 3/31 at 11 they’re at the Fat Cat 

3/30, 8 PM legendary LA psychedelic rockers the Jigsaw Seen‘ followed by real oldschool Max’s style glampunks the New York Junk at Bowery Electric, $8

3/30, 8 PM lyrical jazz pianist Guy Mintus with flamenco guitarist Andreas Arnold at Caffe Vivaldi

3/30, 9 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the NYC underground, Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays a rare solo show featuring songs off his new powerpop album Bodega rock at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

3/30, 8 PM the W4 New Music Collective premiere a collaboration between composers Matt Frey, Tim Hansen and Molly Herron exploring aspects of solitude at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/30, 8 PM trumpeter John McNeil’s Hush Point –  a New York update on 50s West Coast cool jazz – play the album release show for their third disc at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/30, 9 PM enigmatic chamber jazz songwriter Becca Stevens sings the album release show for her new one at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

3/30, 9 PM  the hilarious, politically astute Paranoid Larry & His Imaginary Band at Freddy’s

3/30, 9:30 PM Boss Hogg – Christina and Jon pulling their legendary 90s project back together – at the Mercury, $15

3/30, 10 PM Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things  at Barbes

3/30, 10 PM Diamond Hotel – noir frontwoman Raquel Vidal’s fiery paisley underground psychedelic/noir Americana band – at Desmond’s of all places 

3/30, 10:30 PM Goblin-esque monster-cartoon soundtrack band Xombie at the downstairs space at Webster Hall, $12

3/31, 5:30 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly  followed by calm but fiery newschool Britfolk songwriter Roxanne de Bastion at the American Folk Art Museum

3/31, 7 PM haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

3/31, 7:30 PM the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra play John Adams’ The Gospel According to the Other Mary at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix aail

3/31, 8 PM Aussie soul-psych rock band Stonefield followed eventually by psychedelic stars King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – who are going in an amazing microtonal rock direction – at Webster Hall, $22 

3/31, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at Barbes

3/31, 8 PM eclectically tuneful swing/noir/pastoral jazz combo the Jazz Thieves at the Way Station

3/31, 8 PM the Argus String Quartet air out a mix of new and old works at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/31, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine

3/31, 11 PM psychedelic latin soul with Chicano Batman at Bowery Ballroom, $16 adv tix rec

3/31, 10 PM Red Gretchen – best known for their anguished Replacements/Nirvana anthems, although they’re even better at slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves – at Sidewalk.

4/1, 4 PM the Dessoff Choir sings motets by Bach, Buxtehude and Samuel Barber’s Dover Beach at Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, 1 train to 116th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

4/1, 7 PM a free screening of the jazz documentary film Night Bird Song: The Incandescent Life of Thomas Chapin at Flushing Town Hall

4/1, 8 PM NYC’s goddess of garage guitar, Palmyra Delran opens for Radio Birdman mastermind Deniz Tek and Keith Streng of the Fleshtones’ reputedly sizzling new two-guitar band at Bowery Electric

4/2, 7 PM Skinny Lister – the Pogues of oldtime British folk music – at the Mercury, $15

4/3, 7:30 PM the Eroica Trio play works by Paul Schoenfield, Bruce Wolosoff, and Kevin Putsat Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

4/5, 6:30 PM magical, mystical Pakistani Sufi chanteuse Sanam Marvi and her band at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $12/$10 stud/srs

4/5, 10 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren Meah Pace and her oldschool band at the McKittrick Hotel

4/6, 7 PM composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa takes a turn as soloist, backed by the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) singing works including A Collective Cleansing (2000) for solo voice and digital audio, Graffiti Dell’amante (2010) for string quartet and soprano, Genesis Again (1998) for soprano and violin, and two arias from her episodic opera Vireo: “The Bat” and “The Dragon and the Girl, at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix avail

4/6, 7:30 PM trippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble  Innov Gnawa  open for Malian guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

4/7, 5:30 PM fiery Americana stringband duo the Berger Sisters at the American Folk Art Museum

4/7, 7 PM intense, legendary, noirish punk jazz sax/drum duo Iconoclast – Julie Joslyn and Leo Ciesa – play their joint 30th anniversary show and album release show for their new one at stage 2 at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46 St

4/7, 8 PM percussionist Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans play Puerto Rican jazz; and Masayo Ishigure and her group the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble add innovative jazz and western classical influences to traditional Japanese music at Flushing Town Hall,  $16/$10 stud, 13-19 free w/ID

4/7, 10 PM well-liked 90s alt-country vets Son Volt at Bowery Ballroom, $23 adv tix rec

4/8, 7:30 PM Linda Chatterton (flute), Rachel Brandwein (harp) and Aristo Sham (piano) perform works by contemporary Hong Kong composers with world premieres by Galison Lau and Ka-wai So, US premieres by Wendy Wan-Ki Lee, Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong and Chi-hin Leung, with additional works by Donald Yu and Austin Ho-Kwen Yip at the DiMenna Center

4/8, 7:30 PM smartly eclectic singer and vivid original jazz songwriter Allegra Levy celebrates the release of her new album Cities Between Us with her album bandmates, saxophonist Stephen Riley, cornetist Kirk Knuffke, pianist Carmen Staaf, drummer Jeff Davis, and bassist Jay Anderson at Club Bonafide

4/8, 8 PM Vishwa Mohan Bhatt with Subhen Chaterjee play Indian music for slide guitar (mohan veena) & tabla at Roulette, $30

4/8, 8:30 PM Ensemble Signal plays a “composer portrait” of the darkly enigmatic, uneasily Schoenbergian Johannes Maria Staud at the Miller Theatre, $30/$20 stud

4/8, 10 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”at Pan-Icarian Brotherhood Hall, 8722 52nd Ave., Flushing, M/R train to Grand Ave – Newtown. 4/12 at 9 they’re at Troost and 4/20 at 9 at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts.

4/8, 10ish keyboardist Manu Koch’s trippy, socially conscious Mediterranean/Near Eastern jazz/groove/funk band Filtron M play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151 

4/11, drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM So Percussion’s Jason Treuting + JACK Quartet at the Miller Theatre, free

4/12, 8 PM wry 70s style kraurtock disco band Automaatio followed by Lusterlit’s ominous, noirish literary chamber pop at the Well, 272 Meserole St, Bushwick, $8 

4/19, 5 PM indie classical chamber luminaries Talea Ensemble with soprano Juliet Fraser perform John Zorn’s Alll Hallows Eve plus wotks by Olga Neuwirth, Beat Furrer and Steve Reich at the Austrian Cultural Forum 11 E 52nd St.,  free 

4/20, 8 PM the lavish, kinetic Liberte Big Band led by pianist Liberté-Anne Lymberiou Liberté-Anne Lymberiou at the Wil;liamsburg Music Center, 367 Bedford Ave 

4/21, 8 PM flutist Sylvain Leroux and Source play Malian folk music; brilliant, charismatic oudist Rachid Halihal and Fez play Moroccan and Middle Eastern classics at Flushing Town Hall,  $16/$10 stud, 13-19 free w/ID

4/24, 7:30 PM pianist Taka Kigawa and the String Orchestra of New York City split the bill on a concert of new music by Lisa Bielawa, Zosha Di Castri and Richard Carrick at Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

4/25, 8 PM for night one of the MATA Festival, in their North American debut Danish indie classical luminaries SCENATET play new works by Eric Wubbels (USA), Yu Oda (Japan): Daniel Tacke (USA): Martin Grütter (Germany): Messer Engel Atem Kling; Christian Winther Christensen (Denmark): Kaj Duncan David (Denmark): Murat Çolak (Turkey)  at the Kitchen, $20

4/28, 8PM Chartwell Dutiro plays Zimbabwean mbira music with his band at Roulette, $25

4/29, 8 PM hauntingly enveloping, kinetic Iranian art-rock/trance ensemble Niyaz at Roulette, $30

4/29, 8 PM pianist Pablo Mayor’s Folklore Urbano Orchestra and Pajarillo Pinta’o dance company team up for a theatrical concert exploring global culture, immigration, tradition, and love at Flushing Town Hall,  $16/$10 stud, 13-19 free w/ID

4/30, 8 PM hypnotic, swirling, ancient and brand-new Punjabi grooves with Riyaaz Qawwali at Roulette, $30

5/1, 7 PM Finnish murder ballad singer Pekko Käppi leads his haunting, austere folk trio at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th, $25/$20 stud

5/15, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM Michael Riesman and Ensemble Signal celebrate the music of Philip Glass at the Miller Theatre, free

5/19, 5:30 PM drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM New York Polyphony “illuminate Bach and Luther’s German roots” at the Miller Theatre, free

5/20, 3 PM the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra play a world premiere by Music Director Chris Whittaker and close with Mendelssohn’s exuberant “Italian” Symphony, at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W. 181st St.,free, reception to follow  

5/24, 7:30 PM eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos’ all-gal sextet ensemble (including mesmerizing vocalist Melissa Fogarty), plus clips from bandleader Eve Sicular’s cinema history project, The Celluloid Closet of Yiddish Film at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St. $25 adv tix req

6/6, drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM indie classical globetrotters International Contemporary Ensemble play animal behavior-inspired works at the Miller Theatre, free

6/13, drinks at 5:30, music at 6 PM the Mivos Quartet play a program TBA at the Miller Theatre, free

6/13, 8:30 PM popular newschool blue-eyed soul/Motown/swing band Lake Street Dive at Prospect Park Bandshell

An Irresistible, Globally Eclectic Show by Elektra Kurtis and the PubliQuartet

Violinist Elektra Kurtis’ latest album  is a fiery, often explosive electric jazz record. But she has many different sides. Last night at the Cornelia Street Cafe, she showed off as much elegance as kinetic energy in a completely acoustic set featuring irrepressibly adventurous indie classical ensemble the PubliQuartet.

She opened solo with a bravura Mozart interlude and closed the night with a full quintet arrangement of one of her signature originals, blending elements of flamenco, Romany dances and tarantella into a lithely stormy, polyrhythmic exchange of voices. An earlier piece, also featuring the quintet, resembled the work of Per Norgard with its enigmatically eerie, steady microtonal motion.

After a couple of flamenco-flavored solo original miniatures, Kurtis brought up Publiquartet violinist Curtis Stewart, who played a raptly hazy solo pastorale: the video for the song made it into the Inwood Film Festival, which makes sense since that’s where he’s from. Then the two violinists exchanged voices deftly throughout a neo-baroque Kurtis piece.

She then left the stage to the quartet. Valencia, a North Atlantic seaside tableau by Caroline Shaw juxtaposed ethereal, saline astringencies with churning, subtly polyrhythmic riffage circulating throughout the ensemble – violinist Jannina Norpoth, violist Nick Revel and cellist Amanda Gookin – who then tackled the evening’s most surreal number, David Biedenbender‘s Surface Tension. It was inspired by a weird dream where a simple glass of water took on the texture of putty and other unexpected substances. Norpoth took care in explaining its strange elasticity, then the ensemble brought its slithery, uneasy shapeshifting trajectory to life, a showcase for pouncing, emphatic voices throughout the group.

Matthew Browne’s Great Danger, Keep Out illustrated what kind of havoc can result when a Tesla coil explodes: Norpoth called it “fiery” and she wasn’t kidding. The Publiquartet’s next gig is with wild, ambitiously carnivalesque large jazz ensemble the Cyborg Orchestra, led by Josh Green at National Sawdust at 7 PM on March 2; $30 advance tix are available. Kurtis plays frequently at the Cornelia; watch this space for upcoming dates. 

A Darkly Intense New String Album and a Release Show from Edgy Composer Molly Joyce

As if we need more proof that Monday is the new Saturday night, on March 6 at 6:30 PM there’s an enticing indie classical performance on the Lower East Side. It’s free with a rsvp, and there’s a reception afterward. The main enticement is that violinist Kristin Lee, concertmaster of the Metropolis Ensemble will be playing the release show for composer Molly Joyce’s intense, acerbic ep Lean Back and ‘Release (streaming at Bandcamp). As a bonus, the composer will also premiere her new work for toy organ and electronics, ominously titled Form and Deform. The show is at the new gallery space that just opened at 1 Rivington St. just off Bowery. It’s about equidistant from the 2nd Ave. F stop and the J/M at Bowery.

There are just two tracks on this edgy little album, performed by violinists Adrianna Mateo and Monica Germino with unobtrusive electronic touches. The title cut, clocking in around seven minutes, is a stinging study in tension slowly unwinding. built around a rather haunting chromatic riff, descending from icy, airy heights to a nebulous swirl and an eventual, rewarding calm. Getting there isn’t easy: it’s hard to turn away from.

The other track follows a similarly dark but ultimately triumphant trajectory, a human-versus-machine tableau built on variations on an octave. All the more impressive considering that this is Joyce’s debut release. Fans of cutting-edge, intense string music would be crazy to miss this. What else are you doing after work on a Monday night, anyway?

Laurie Anderson Leads a Magically Enveloping, Deeply Relevant Series of Improvisations in Midtown

“Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses, and we’ll club their heads in,” Laurie Anderson mused last night toward the end of a rapturous series of trio improvisations with bassist Christian McBride and cellist Rubin Kodheli at the Town Hall. She was being sarcastic, of course, As a point of context, she’d brought up Naomi Klein’s book Shock Doctrine, where at the end the author contemplates what might happen if rightwing American bellicosity abroad was launched here. Anderson suggested that the incessant tweets and fake news emanating from that lunatic fringe in the Oval Office could be a harbinger.

Like so many New Yorkers, Anderson was profoundly affected by 9/11, and accurately connected the sense of horror and being blindsided then to the state of the city today. That unease pervaded much of the trio’s hour onstage, balanced by a defiant, surprisingly kinetic joie de vivre. She was obviously the bandleader, and her collaborators were practically jumping out of their shoes to revel in a surreal, richly textural, frequently eerie ambience that gave them a series of launching pads for daunting if terse and purposeful displays of extended technique.

Ominous chromatic piano riff and grey-sky organ from Anderson anchored the centerpiece of her political commentary, strongly evoking a Bat For Lashes hit from the late zeros. The trio’s backdrop for a voiceover of a Lou Reed poem was just as troubling and troubled, rising from starry, elegaic ambience to fluttery horror and then phantasmagorically pulsing, microtonal upward drifts.

Balancing that relentless angst was the coy tale of Anderson’s successful run for middle school student council. As she told it, she’d written to Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy, seeking advice, received a detailed letter in response, took his counsel to heart (kiss up to everyone, he said, more or less), and then won. And then sent him a triumphant thank-you note. Kennedy responded with a dozen roses. When the story made the local paper in Anderson’s Illinois hometown, “Kennedy had won the heart of every woman,” of voting age and otherwise, she told the crowd. They wound up the evening when Anderson hit her pitch pedal, took her vocals down a couple of octaves for a wry deep-space atmosphere: “We like stars because we can’t crush them,” her man-in-the-moon character informed the crowd.

The rest of the set was all instrumental. At one point, McBride responded to a sprightly volley of pizzicato from Anderson with a bittersweet twelve-note rock riff that would have been the envy of any artsy British band from the 70s. It was the night’s single most gorgeous moment. And he never reprised it. Otherwise, he spent most of the evening playing with a bow, parsing minutely inflected high harmonics and even some wryly creeping low-register glissandos when he wasn’t delivering steady, often circular minimalist riffage below the mist.

Anderson, bolstered by light effects via a couple of laptops, introduced monentary, flickering themes with plucky pizzicato phrases, keeningly ethereal microtonal cloudbanks and a couple of menacingly galloping interludes. Caught in the eye of the ice storm, Kodheli had the hardest job of anyone onstage and deftly found a middle ground. Often that meant taking the others’ roles, whether delivering stark staccato harmonic slashes way up the fingerboard, or providing sinewy basslines when McBride pounced and bubbled far beyond his axe’s customary range. The audience roared their approval with a series of standing ovations: clearly, we’ve reached the point where improvised music has the potential to draw a large audience if perhaps not a mass one. The time has come when places like Jazz at Lincoln Center should be booking creative musicians like Steve Swell and Wadada Leo Smith – and lowering ticket prices to where the average New Yorker can afford to see them.

Microtonal Merrymaking at the Mayflower

It was a treat to get to hear Concetta Abbate on Sunday at Mayflower Bar in Fort Greene. Abbate is best known as a violinist and composer of beguiling chamber-pop miniatures, but she’s also a magically nuanced, expressive singer. Lately she’s been working on finishing up her Master’s at Columbia, so she hasn’t been playing out a lot.

This time was a rapturous, mostly improvised duo set with Kyle Farrell, who played a marimba-like instrument invented by Skip Laplante. Its series of eighteen evenly tuned metal pipes covered the span of an octave, laid flat atop a styrofoam box doing double duty as resonator and carrying case. Guitar maven Bob Bannister, who was in the house, called it a styrophone, and the name stuck.

Abbate began the show by improvising gracefully strolling melodies. singing and then riffing on a series of Rumi poems from an older and almost surrealistically literal English translation. Meanwhile, Farrell kept the otherworldly, microtonal ripples and pings going, occasionally using a daf frame drum for extra texture or rhythm. Later in the set, he removed a handful of pipes to pare down the available tones for what ended up sounding both more western and more Asian, depending on how close the harmonies were.

Singing in Spanish, Abbate also treated the crowd to a couple of Peruvian tonadas, one a plaintive traditional number and the other an original inspired by a training ritual employed by shamanic healers. After the set was over, impresario Rose Thomas Bannister – who has one of the deepest address books in New York and runs the weekly music series here – took a playful turn on the mallets. The show this coming Sunday, Feb 19 stats at around 2 PM and features excellent cellist/composer Leah Coloff, who’s best known for her Lou Reed collaboration but has an impressively eclectic solo catalog as well.

Cocooning in Soho with Bing and Ruth

It took until about the halfway point in Bing and Ruth’s album release show last night at the Greene Space before the brunette in the front row finally rested her head on the shoulder of the adjacent sweaterboy. New Yorkers have been cocooning a lot lately: it’s hard to think of a more apt, or possibly more hopeful soundtrack for quiet reflection than the ensemble’s new record No Home of the Mind – available on vinyl and streaming at WNYC – which they played from start to finish.

Pianist David Moore has scaled down the original scope of the band from almost a dozen members to the current five, in the process further concretizing his signature blend of minimalism, indie classical and electroacoustic trance music. As the group’s instrumentals segued from one into another, they brought to mind acts as diverse as Anton BagatovDawn of Midi without the thump, George Winston without the sentimentality, or even Bruce Hornsby if he’d gone into minimalism after his time with the Grateful Dead.

What was most impressive was how little the group relies on electronics. Other acts would take Moore’s looping phrases and have a pedal do all the heavy lifting. Not Moore: it’s one thing to play his gnomic clusters, and elegant arpeggios, and Philip Glass-ine phrases once with perfect timing; Moore did it over and over, with unwavering intonation and touch and rhythm and made it seem easy. Much of the time, he had his eyes closed. Clarinetist Jeremy Viner, who supplied subtly shifting shades enhanced by a pedalboard, might have opened his once during about 45 minutes onstage. The two bassists – Greg Chudzik and Jeff Ratner – took different roles, one anchoring the music with a series of low drones, the other playing higher up the fingerboard and adding the occasional, understatedly emphatic slow glissando. Mike Effenberger sat stage left, running the sound through a series of mixers, sometimes for minute timbral shirts or oscillations, occasionally for dramatic low-versus-high effect. Moore began with his most energetic phrasing, segued down toward enigmatic ambience, took a turn into minor keys for the night’s most acerbic moments and ended on a warmly nocturnal note. 

Considering that Bing and Ruth usually play much larger spaces, it was something of a shock to see that the intimate Greene Space – a former deli about the same size as Hifi Bar – wasn’t sold out. Then again, everyone’s cocooning these days. Bing and Ruth’s next New York show is on April 10 at the San Damiano Mission, 85 N 15th St in Williamsburg, time/price TBA.

Just for the record, there is nobody with either the name Bing or Ruth in Bing and Ruth. There’ve been thousands of illustrious Ruths over the centuries; beyond a crooner of cheesy 1930s pop hits, a baseball executive, and the world’s most useless search engine, there haven’t been too many Bings. Here’s to this group for redeeming the name.

ACME Thrive on Routine – Seriously

For over  a decade, the American Contemporary Music Ensemble have relentlessly championed American composers, and the New York indie classical scene in particular. Since the mid-zeros, this semi-rotating chamber group – many of whose members are composers themselves – have recorded music as diverse as noir film themes, works for dance and a New York Mets themed song cycle (go Mets in 2017!).  The group are playing the album release show for their latest one, Thrive on Routine – streaming at WQXR – at 8 PM on Feb 13 at Roulette; $20 advance tix are still available as of today.

ACME member and violist Caleb Burhans’ string piece Jahrzeit, which opens the album, has an uneasy, lustrous haze that shifts through a series of changing meters. A requiem for his father, it comes across as a search to capture an image lost forever, a longing for a return to focus. Just as that clarity seems to be within reach, the music becomes more loopy and hypnotic.

Clarice Jensen plays the first of two Caroline Shaw pieces, In Manus Tuas, solo on cello. Inspired by a particular striking moment in a Thomas Tallis motet, the lingering mini-suite is a surreal mashup of a single, imaginary Elizabethan choral line and echoey, insistent minimalism, a pleasant Groundhog Day of sorts. Shaw is a singer, and a good one: there’s a strong, resonantly cantabile quality that’s often strikingly subsumed in a wash of overtones.

Timo Andres plays a second and similarly hypnotic Shaw piece, Gustave le Gray, solo on piano. Although the composer took her inspiration from Chopin’s A Minor Mazurka, the obvious comparison is the famous E Minor prelude. When it suddenly becomes untethered from an aching insistence, the effect is stunning.

Burhans, Jensen and violinists Yuki Numata Resnick and Ben Russell play the title track, an Andres string quartet inspired by Charles Ives’ predawn gardening and Bach obsession. It’s funny: tweety birds waking up in stillnes, a dazed man with a hoe, a bustling rush hour scene, oblique references to the venerable American transcendentalist and to Philip Glass eventually all make an appearance.

The final piece is John Luther Adams’ desolate and ultimately macabre tableau In a Treeless Place, Only Snow, the string quartet and Andres’ piano bolstered by Peter Dugan on celesta and the twin vibraphones of Chris Thompson and Chihiro Shibayama. Its starry stillness brings to mind the vibraphone nocturnes of Robert Paterson. And its allusive themes of eco-disaster – and maybe eco-revenge – speak as strongly as his global warming-themed suite Become Ocean.