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Rumbling in Brooklyn with Josh Sinton

Friday night at Issue Project Room, Josh Sinton sat with his back to the audience in the middle of the stage, breathing into his contrabass clarinet. It’s a secondary instrument for him: his usual axe is the baritone sax, which he plays with some of New York’s most interesting big bands, notably Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society and Amir ElSaffar‘s Rivers of Sound.

The sound of the horn rumbled through a pedalboard and then a bass amp. In his black suit and matching fedora, he made a somber presence. It was clear from his silhouette, larger than life on the northern wall above the marble arch to the side of the stage, that he was breathing pretty hard. It takes a lot of air to fill those tubes. Sinton did that via circular breathing, in an almost nonstop, practically forty-minute improvisation. Is there an Olympic swimmer who can match that for endurance?

Likewise, the music conjured vast, oceanic vistas – when it wasn’t evoking an old diesel tractor. Several other machines came to mind: an encroaching lawnmower; a bandsaw; the hypnotically comforting thrum from the engine room of an ocean liner, through a heavy bulkhead. Overtones echoed, and pulsed, and sometimes hissed or howled, Sinton pulling back on the volume when that happened until the final ten minutes or so.

There was a point about halfway through when it felt utterly shameful to sit back, eyes closed, and get lost in the rumbling ambience, considering how hard Sinton was working to create such a calming effect. Finally, he opted not to pull away from the rising wall of feedback, letting it shriek as the throb of the amp became more like a jackhammer. Suddenly, what had been incredibly soothing was absolutely assaultive: a couple of people exited the front row. Finally, slowly and methodically, Sinton brought the atmosphere full circle to a barely audible wisp. And then silence.

Sinton calls this project Krasa – it’s a deliberate attempt to push himself out of his comfort zone to spur new creative tangents. Another completely different gig which Sinton has excelled at lately has been as the leader of Phantasos, a Morphine cover band. He had a residency with that trio last month at Barbes, putting a somewhat more slinky edge on Mark Sandman’s noir bounces and dirges. He had Dana Colley’s alternately gruff and plaintive sound down cold, and a rotating cast of bassists and drummers – notably Sam Ospovat- rose to the challenge of doing justice to such an iconic band. Much as Issue Project Room was close to sold out for Krasa, Phantasos could be a money gig to be proud of if Sinton could find the time. 

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for March and April 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Wednesdays in March, 9ish the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) at Threes Brewing Outpost, 113 Franklin St (Greenpoint/Kent Aves) in Greenpoint, free

Three Wednesdays in March: 3/13, 3/20 and 3/27, 9 PM atmospherically anthemic Indian-influenced spacerock band Humeysha at C’Mon Everybody, $10

Thursdays at 8:30 in March, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

Fridays in March, charmingly inscrutable Parisienne jazz chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20.  Schedule is 3/1 at 6, 3/8 at 9:30, 3/15 at 8, 3/22 at 5:30 and 3/29 at 6. She’ll also be there on 3/17 at 8, 3/24 and also 3/31 at 6 . Somebody give this woman a regular time slot, huh?

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

Free classical concerts on Saturdays at 4 PM on March 23 and 30, returning to weekly Saturdays in April at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in March, 6 PM Shelley Thomas – best known as a spectacular, haunting singer specializing in music from across the Middle East and the Balkans, but who is also an accomplished oudist – with a series of ensembles at Barbes

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

Sundays at 9:30 PM paradigm-shifteing Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel leads his band at Barbes

3/1 Ty Segall at Warsaw is sold out – but in that space unless he really turns down you’re not going to hear anything anyway…

3/1, 7 PM sax quartet Nois make their New York debut with three world premieres by New York based composers Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty and Ed Rosenberg III, plus Gemma Peacocke’s ‘Dwalm’, ‘Thirteen Changes’ from Pauline Oliveros and Georg Friedrich Haas’ ‘Saxophonquartett’ at Arete Gallery, $15

3/1, 7:30/9:30 PM epically brilliant, Shostakovich-inspired jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan leads his ensemble at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/1, 8 PM purposefully atmospheric guitarist Gyan Riley followed at 10 by amazingly fun, noirish, psychedelic surf/cinematic  trio Hearing Things at Barbes

3/1-2 at 8 pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the NY Philharmonic  perform Grieg’s Piano concerto No. 1 plus the Peer Gynt Suite and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $34

3/1, 8 PM hypnotically invigorating, shamanistic Korean percussion ensemble Noreum Machi at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/under 18 free w/ID

3/1-2, 8 PM improvisations from a vast cast from the John Zorn circle with the man himself (sax) Michael Nicolas (cello) Ikue Mori (electronics) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Cyro Baptista )percussion) Brian Marsella (keyboards) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ned Rothenberg (sax) Ches Smith (drums) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Jim Staley (trombone) Jon Irabagon (sax) Chris Tordini (bass) Brandon Lopez (bass) Miles Okazaki (guitar) and special guests at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

3/1, 9 PM creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk-punk band Mad Meg at the Bitter End

3/1, 9 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at Hill Country

3/1, 11 PM energetic fifth-wave garage rockers the Lord Calverts at Otto’s

3/2, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 6 by haunting, magical Middle Eastern classical singer Shelley Thomas, at 8 by similarly haunting, charismatic oldtimey-style banjo player and corrosively political songwriter Curtis Eller’s American Circus and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes at Barbes

3/2, 6 PM hauntingly torchy songwriter Daphne Lee Martin at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover plays at 9 for $10

3/2, 6 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

3/2, 6 PM purist swing singer Catherine Russell and her amazing band at Bethany Baptist Church – 275 W Market St, Newark, free

3/2, 7 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter at Joe’s Pub, $18. She’s also at 55 Bar on 3/8 an hour earlier for the tip jar

3/2, 7:30 PM firebrand Malian rock chanteuse/bandleader Awa Sangho at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/2, 7:30 PM  Innov Gnawa play a traditional Moroccan Lila trance/healing ceremony – a real rarity in this country on a public stage – at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix req

3/2, 8 PM a rare solo set by bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s of Faith followed at 9 by irrepressible storyteller/psychedelic guitarist/new wave cult hero Wreckless Eric at El Cortez, $15

3/2, 8 PM experimental sacred music duo ARIADNE followed by a very rare US performane by French musique concrète pioneer and IRCAM vet Christine Groult at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 studrs

3/2, 8 PM, repeating 3/3 at 3 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra with pianist Jeffrey Kahane play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 plus Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

3/2, 8 PM darkly colorful, perennially interesting bassist Linda May Han Ohleads her Quintet at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/2. 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

3/2, 9 PM terse, acerbic trumpet improviser Steph Richards at the Owl

3/2, 9 PM edgy, uneasy female-fronted retro new wavers the New Tarot at the Knitting Factory, $10

3/3, 4 PM a live score and film screening of the silent classic East and West (1923), featuring klezmer jazz piano legend Pete Sokolow – composer of the original score for the 1991 remastered film – with the great Michael Winograd on clarinet to celebrate the 121st birthday of the film’s star, Molly Picon, at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15 adv tix rec

3/3, 6 PM tuba duo Avant Garde Working Class with Joe Daley and Jesse Dulman followed at 7 by Karen Ng and Henry Fraser doing a clarinet/bass duo at Downtown Music Galley

3/3, 6 PM guitarslingers Jason Loughlin and John Shannon play Chet Atkins classics and obscurities at Pete’s

3/3, 7 PM elegant French/Afghani-inspired duets: jazz harpist Isabelle Olivier jams it out with guitarist Rez Abbasi followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/3, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch solo at Mezzrow, $20, you might want to get there early

3/3, 7:30 PM pianist Edith Monaco plays works by Prokofiev, Granados and Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20

3/3, 8 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar

3/3, 9 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the big room at the Rockwood

3/3, 11 PM ferociously tuneful ska-punks Uncle Djuzeppe folllowed by haunting Balkan psychedelic rockers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores at Muchmore’s, $tba 

3/3, 9:30 PM bouncy, incisive Romany jazz group Gaucho at Joe’s Pub, $20

3/3, 10 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Barbes. The following night, 3/4, 6 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood

3/4, 7:30 PM early music chorale Calmus and adventurous early music ensemble the Sebastians play works by Handel, Bach, Tavener, Schutz, Palestrina and Rheinberger at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

3/4, 8 PM popular newgrass road warriors Chathan County Line at City Winery, $20

3/4, 9:30ish Los Mochuelos plays classic Colombian vallenato music at Barbes. 3/19 at 9 they’re at Bar Chord

3/5, 7 PM Venezuelan group El Tuyero Ilustrado – cuatro player Edward Ramírez and singer and percussionist, Rafa Pino – play their new take on traditional  joropo tuyero sounds at the Americas Society, $20

3/5, 7:30 PM pianist Han Chen plays music by Liszt, Ravel and Ades at CUNY Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., free

3/5, 8 PM brilliant acoustic guitarist and sardonic alt-country songwriting pioneer Robbie Fulks – of Fuck This Town infamy -at City Vineyard, $15

3/5, 7 PM rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill “with his new nine-piece ensemble Bird Blown Out of Latitude, performing new music born from the disorientation of personal displacement.” trumpeter Aaron Burnett and the Big Machine follow with special guest, the pyrotechnic Peter Evans at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/5, 8 PM masterful improvisational camaraderie with Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray – Matthew Shipp, Allen Lowe, Gerald Cleaver, Kevin Ray – at  at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

 3/5-9, 8:30 PM postbop/improv jazz drum maven Ches Smith leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Many killer lineups: the best could be 3/8 with Kris Davis (piano), Marc Ribot (guitar), Leon Boykins, Devin Hoff (bass)

3/5-9, 8:30/11 PM iconic fire-and-ice jazz singer Karrin Allyson and band at Birdland, $30 at the bar

3/6, 1 PM pianist Changyong Shin plays a program TBA at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req 

3/6, 7 PM the New School Studio Orchestra directed by Darcy James Argue play his epic, paradigm-shifting material at the New School’s ground-floor auditorium, 63 5th Ave, free

3/6, 7 PM Mantra Percussion play a program TBA at Pregones Theater, 571-575 Walton Ave(at 149th St) in the Bronx, free

3/6, 7:30 PM avant-rock band Boio, the genre-obliterating Warp Trio, and Forward Music Project – Amanda Gookin’s multimedia project of solo cello works developed to empower women and girls –  followed by Contemporaneous playing works by violet Barnum and Henry Threadgill – a homage to Butch Morris – at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec 

3/6, 7:30 PM iconic art-rockers the Bang on a Can All-Stars play world premieres of indie classical/art-rock dance music by Nicole Lizée, Josué Collado Fregoso, Henry Threadgill, and Trevor Weston, plus “three classics from Bang on a Can history by Annie Gosfield, Arnold Dreyblatt and Glenn Branca, with a rare performance of Branca’s massive “three dimensional” Movement Within, written specifically for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, in his unique tuning system and on his own original instruments” at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/6, 8 PM a night of first-class female improvisers: cinematic multi-instrumentalist/violinist Laura Ortman, multi-keyboardist Liz Kosack, haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn and cellist Okkyung Lee at Union Pool, $12

3/6, 8ish wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan at Coney Island Baby, $10

3/6, 8 PM Gene Yellin’s new, long-awaited bluegrass band at Barbes

 3/6, 9 PM heavy riff/stoner boogie band Frankie & the Witch Fingers followed by Aussie heavy psych band the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at the Knitting Factory, $12 

3/6, 9 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner  at LIC Bar

3/6, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

3/6, 10 PM powerhouse New Orleans soul/blues shouter Rev. Sekou at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

3/7, 7 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Drom, $15

3/7, 7:30 PM a killer twinbill with two of the best, most unselfconsciously poignant solo string composer-performers out there: violinist/percussionist Christopher Tignor and Julia Kent playing the album release show for her new one at National Sawdust, $22 adv tix rec

 3/7, 7:30 PM cellist Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir with pianist Tomomi Sato play works by Boccherini, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff at Scandinavia House, $20

3/7, 7:30 PM Bella’s Bartok – akin to a more mellow Gogol Bordello – at Symphony Space, $20 for 30 and under

3/7, 7:30 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play works by composers: Brian Field, Ian Erickson, Jennifer Castellano, Marga Richter, Mari Tamaki, and Sam Post along with their own stuff at the DiMenna Center, $25

3/7, 7:30 PM the Tesla Quartet play works by Beethoven and Respighi at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/7-9, 7:30 PM Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre’s  Le Jardin Qui Rit – a surrealistic dance homage to Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights with live score by Aleksandra Vrebalov at the Baruch College auditorium, $30/$15 stud/srs

3/7, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

3/7, 8 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System followed by wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soulat Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec. Underground System are also at C’Mon Everybody on 3/22 at 11 for five bucks less.

3/7-8, 8 PM, repeating 3/10 at 4 PM Jiva Dance Company’s elegantly apocalyptic performance The Four Horsement with music by Rajkumar Bharathi and lyrics by Shiv Subramanian at Dixon Place, $28

3/7, 8 PM the US debut of edgy, dynamic, uneasily ethereal improvisational extended-technique pianist Irene Aranda in the Black Box Theatre at 244 Rehearsal Studios,  244 W 54th St., $20. 3/8 at 8:30 PM she’s solo at 8:30 at I-Beam, followed by feral bassist Brandon Lopez at 9:30, $15

3/7, 8 PM percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eastern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the Parkside

3/7, 8 PM intrepid bassist Shayna Dulberger leads a quartet with singer Fay Victor, guitarist Ava Mendoza, and drummer Juan Pablo Carletti at Roulette, $18 av tix rec

3/7, 8 PM psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West  at the small room at the Rockwood

3/7, 8 PM a composer portrait of John Zorn by an allstar cast: the Jack Quartet, pianist Steven Gosling and many more at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail

3/7, 8:30 PM followed by the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

3/7, 8:30 PM klezmer violinist Jake Shulman-Ment’s accurately named “MIDWOOD” w/Yoshie Fruchter, Richie Barshay, Eleonore Weill, and special guest, Francesca Ter Bergat Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/7, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at 11th St Bar

3/7, 10 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hank’s, $10

3/7, time tba (guessing 9ish) the L Train Brass Band (who won’t be able to get home after the show, presumably), Dingonek Street Band playing second line, Afrobeat, Ethio-jazz, and Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band at Pine Box Rock Shop

3/8, 6 PM mini-sets by poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez’s provocative jazz poetry quintet with singers Sara Serpa and Charlotte Greve reinventing writing by Bukowski, Sylvia Plath and others; solo vibraphone from the magical Patricia Brennan and piano/flute duos by Lyubov Mirzoyev and Frances Brodeur at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15.

3/8, 7 PM magically haunting flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez at Joe’s Pub, $30

3/8, 7 PM composer-performer Gemma Peacocke’s Waves & Lines song cycle, incorporating poems by Afghan women exploring distance, anonymity, and “strange new forms of intimacy” at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

3/8, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s thundering, tidally shifting two-guitar/two-drum Triple Double at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/8, 7:30/9:30 PM ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and band at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/8, 7:30 PM violinist Stanichka Dimitrova and the PhiloSonia ensemble explore the concept of sturm und drang in works by Schubert, Wolf and Brahms, woo hoo, at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $25/$10 stud/srs

3/8, 7:30 PM Arion Chamber Music play works by Barber, Beethoven and Brahms:  Sonata No. 1 for Violin at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, $30/$15 stud/srs

3/8, 8 PM pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri play their creepy Transylvanian jazz followed at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

3/8-9, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play wartime works including Fascist Baby, a world premiere by Tim Kiah; Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, French composer Fernande Breilh-Decruck’s 1944 suite Cinq poèmes chrétiens, the Haydn Trumpet Concerto Friday night and on Saturday, the Haydn Cello Concerto instead at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

3/8, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra with pianist Ingrid Fliter play works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Britten at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

3/8, 8 PM sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene and the similarly hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $10

3/8. 8:30 PM unpredictable singer Cristina Morrison leads a quartet playing the album releaes show for her new one – a mix of reimagined South American classics – at the Cell Theatre, $20

3/8, 9 PM Smock – skittish Joy Division and MBV-influenced guitar band – open for mighty, labyrinthine doom/art-rockers the Hazytones at Lucky 13 Saloon, $tba 

3/8, 11 PM guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced surf band 9th Wave at Berlin

3/9, 4 PM the CMS Improvisers Orchestra featuring an all-star lineup with Peter Apfebaum, Sana Nagano and many others play epic AACM-style jazz soundscapes at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/9, 6 PM haunting, magical Middle Eastern classical singer Shelley Thomas and her band followed at 8 by art-song luminary Karen Mantler and at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes 

3/9, 7:30 PM brilliant tabla player/composer and Brooklyn Raga Massive anchor Sameer Gupta does double duty, first in a trio set with sarangi player Rohan Misra and then with sitarist Rishab Sharma at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

3/9, 8 PM one of the year’s best twinbills: brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu and her orchestra and hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadalupian/New Orleans band Delgres a at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/9, 8 PM singer Charmaine Lee makes her Issue Project Room debut solo and in an improvised trio performance featuring id m theft able (voice, objects) and Andrea Pensado (voice, electronics), free

3/9, 9 PM atmospheric, hypnotic guitar soundscaper Scott Helland solo followed at 10 by allusively haunting, minimalist folk noir singer Belle-Skinner at Pete’s 

3/9. 9  PM drummer, composer and bandleader Mareike Wiening leads a killer quintet with Rich Perry on sax and Glenn Zaleski on piano at the Cell Theatre, $15

3/9, 9:30 PM hilarious, savagely cynical, fearlessly political C&W parody band the Great American Country Drifters at Pine Box Rock Shop

3/9, 10 PM sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

3/9, 11 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at the Way Station

3/10, 1 PM low-key deep-Brooklyn sounds with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens playing a gospel brunch show at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on  3/24

3/10, 2 PM Eleonor Bindman and Susan Sobolewski of Duo Vivace play a family-friendly concert including Bernstein’s Overture from Candide and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20 adults/$10 kids

3/10, 3 PM violist Elise Frawley leads an ensemble playing a program tba at the 92nd St.Y, free

3/10, 3 PM the Neave Trio play a program of works by women composers: Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio; Amy Beach’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150; Cécile Chaminade’s Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 11; and Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio at  Madison Presbyterian Church (921 Madison Ave), $25

3/10, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho with pianist Elliott Roth at Freddy’s

3/10, 4 PM the Publiquartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/10, 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 – with similarly haunting pianist Matt Kanelos at Pangea, $20

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

3/11, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

3/11, 7:30 PM Tamás Varga, principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra joins forces with Aaron Jay Kernis to pay tribute to Zoltán Kodály at Merkin Concert Hall, free, rsvp req 

3/11, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, darkly lyrical Israeli jazz pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $25. He’s back there on 3/20 with brilliant vibraphonist Joel Ross

3/11, 8 PM the NYU01 Orchestra play Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 35, “Haffner”Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

3/11, 8:30 PM lavish oldschool style New Orleans funk/soul orchestra bandleader Brother Joscephus at City Winery, $20 standing room avail

3/11, 8:30 PM glimmering, noir-inspired vibraphonist Tom Beckham ’s Slice with Nate Radley on guitar at Bar Lunatico

3/11, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

3/11, 10 PM acerbic, enigmatic parlor pop/new wave/avant garde band Dollshot at Coney Island Baby, $8

3/11, 10ish the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

3/11, 10:30 PM  fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s eclectic, dynamic No No Nonet at Smalls

3/12, half past noon Gottfried Trepte plays the organ at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

3/12, drinks at 5:30, show at 6 Marilyn Nonken plays piano music of Tristan Murail at the Miller Theatre, free

3/12, 7:30 PM pianist Dominic Cheli plays works by Vine, Scriabin, Brahms, Liszt and others at Wiell Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/12-16, 8:30/11 PM purist saxophonist Vincent Herring’s History of Jazz – an epic suite spanning classics from the early swing era to the present day – at Birdland, $30 at the bar

3/12, 7 PM bassist Matt Pavolka’s kinetic, tersely tuneful horns band quartet followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

3/12, 7:30 PM violinist and composer Megumi Saruhashi with her Middle Eastern ensemble at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton at Washington St., Ft Greene,

3/12, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/12-17, 8/10:30 PM soaring, politically relevant, brilliantly purposeful alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon leads his quartet at the Vanguard

3/12-13, 8/10:30 PM perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/12-16, 8:30 PM indie classical chamber group Talea Ensemble play with a series of guests at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Gato Loco guitar shredder Lily Maase

3/12, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘s Tromboniverse at Smalls

3/12, 11 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Niagara upstairs, Ave. A/7th St.,

3/13 and 3/19 at 7:30 PM, also 3/15-16 at 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play the Mozart Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

3/13, 7:30 PM the Spectrum Symphony with cello prodigy Jiaxun Caroline Yao play the Elgar Cello Sonata, a world premiere by the brilliant Balint Karosi with Hungarian clarinet soloist Gábor Varga, and the Serenade for Orchestra by Leó Weiner,at Saint Peters Church, 619 Lexington Ave at 54th St., $25/$15 stud/srs

3/13, 7:30 PM the Claring Chamber Players perform string trios and quintets by Schubert and Mozart at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, free

3/13, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Silk Road/klezmer mashup project at Barbes

3/13, 9 PM late 80s powerpop heroes Teenage Fanclub at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

3/13, 10 PM the Last Nites play the Pulp Fiction soundtrack; also on the bill: NY horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

3/14, 6 PM  bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton leads her group at Silvana

3/14, 7 PM haunting Mexican jazz and pan-latin singer Magos Herrera teams up with perennially adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/14, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

3/14, 7 PM the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Choir and Mick Moloney & Friends with organ accompaniment play the arguably loudest concert of Irish music you’ll ever hear at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, free

3/14, 7:30 PM fiery Portuguese twelve-string guitar sorceress Marta Pereira da Costa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. She’s also at Drom a half-hour earlier the next day for $15.

3/14, 7:30/9:30 PM veena virtuoso Saraswathi Ranganathan witih her brother, Ganapathi, on mridangam at the Jazz Gallery, $20

3/14, 7:30 PM rapturous Indian carnatic composer/violinist Arun Ramamurthy with his trio at Symphony Space, $20 for 30 and under

3/14, 8 PM amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes – followed at 10 by wryly psychedelic cinematic Italophile instrumentalists/parodists Tredici Bacci at Barbes

3/14, 8 PM iconic avant garde singer/composer Joan La Barbara‘s Scenes from Dreams of Water Beyond One’s Depth; also, FLUX Quartet violinist Tom Chiu leads his Ensemble Metrix at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/14, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by Valerie Coleman, Yotam Haber, Eric Moe and Ralph Shapey at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

3/14, 8 PM conversational pianist Jeffrey Siegel plays Beethoven Sonatas at Scandinavia House, $25

3/14, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, crystalline-voiced folk noir/art-rock/loopmusic songwriter Elisa Flynn at Troost

3/14, 8;30  PM Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Klezmer Ensemble, led by colorful violinist Zoe Aqua at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/14, 9:30 PM the haunting, stark, ancient sounds of the Yale Slavic Chorus at the Owl

3/15, 6:30 PM cellist Bryan Hayslett presents a rare portrait concert of obscure/influential avant garde composer Lee Hyla’s chamber works: the piano trio Mother Popcorn Revisited based on a James Brown song; an iconic trio for cello, piano, and percussion titled Dream of Innocent III. Other performers include Tristan McKay and Robert Fleitz (piano), Jess Tsang (percussion), Michiko Theurer and Paul Hauer (violins), and Hannah Levinson (viola) at the Stone at the New School, $20

3/15, 7 PM indie classical ensemble Longleash and mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae play Shawn Jaeger’s Places We Know – a collection for digital piano trio inspired by the soundscapes of urban and rural streams, rivers, and harbors including field recordings from Muscota Marsh (Inwood) Red Hook Channel (Brooklyn), Beargrass Creek (Louisville, KY), Coleman Run (Nerinx, KY), and Chenoweth Run (Louisville, KY), at Arete Gallery, $15

3/15, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Dimitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 9 and Sergi Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 at the New School’s ground-floor auditorium, 63 5th Ave, free

3/15, 7:30 PM Venezuelan percussionists Roberto and Luisito Quintero’s oldschool Salsa Project at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/15, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Gallo Bueno at Barbes

3/15, 8 PM the unpredictably fun, funny  art-rock/psychedelic soul band the Academy Blues Project at Silvana

3/15, 8 PM reggae-rockers Zion80 and wild, hilarious klezmer punks Golem at Drom, $15 adv tix rec 

 3/15, 8 PM the Philadelphia Orchestra play Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 plus Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail

3/15, 8 PM violinist Maya Bennardo and pianist Karl Larson play music of Charles Ives at the Owl

3/15, 8 PM perennially brilliant low-register reedman Josh Sinton performs his lushly looming, enveloping Krasa contrabass clarinet project at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

3/15, 8 PM purposefully atmospheric guitarist Gyan Riley with drummer David Cossin and bassist Jared Engel at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. Riley’s here the following night, 3/16 with the amazing, even more atmospheric Arooj Aftab

3/15, 8 PM a very rare solo show by ubiquitous bassist Larry Grenadier performing music from his debut solo bass recording The Gleaners at Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker St, $20

3/15, 8:30 PM haunting Bulgarian singer Biliana Voutchkova with similarly haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn at I-Beam, $15

3/15, 8:30 PM haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project with singer Sarah E. Charles at Bar Lunatico

3/15, 9 PM hypnotically emveloping, atmospheric guitarist/soundscaper Rafiq Bhatia, Ian Chang (electronic and acoustic drums) and Jackson Hill (bass and synthesizers) at the  Kitchen, $25

3/16, 2 PM two of the world’s most lyrical, captivating Indian carnatic violinists, Trina Basu and Anjna Swaminathan “engage together in an improvisational dialogue with an art piece of their choice during a special museum “Art & Music” tour” at the Rubin Museum of Art

3/16, 4 PM Afro-Cuban singer Melvis Santa, dancer Hadar Ahuvia and terse, enigmatic avant garde singer/percussionist Anais Mavie with Sam Yulsmanat Luisa Muhr’s monthly Women Between Arts show – NYC’s only multidisciplinary series focusing exclusively on woman performers at the Glass Box Theatre at the New School, 55 W 13th St, $20, “no one turned away for lack of funds”

3/16, 5:30 PM Alice Jones, flute | Anneke Schaul-Yoder, cello | Derin Öge, piano play works by Beethoven contemporary Louise Farrenc and Michael Fiday at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/16, 6 PM haunting, magical Middle Eastern classical singer Shelley Thomas followed eventually at 10 by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

3/16, 6 PM, Júlia Hámos (piano), Abigél Králik (violin), Dávid Nagy (bassoon) and Noémi Sallai (clarinet) play a rare all-Hungarian program of works by Kodály, Kurtág, Bartók and Leó Weiner at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St (1/2 Aves), free

3/16, 8 PM hypnotically percussive Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble: at Flushing Town hall, $16

3/16, 9 PM amazing, mostly-female, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos at City Winery, $20 gen adm

3/16, 9 PM hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $25

3/16, 10 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess  at Hank’s, $10

3/17, 2 PM the Ariel String Quartet play works by Mozart, Mendelssohn and Harbison at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St., $18

3/17, 3 PM lyrical latin jazz pianist Manuel Valera plays a rare solo show at the Pregones Theatre, 571 Walton Ave. in the Bronx, free, res req, 2/4/5/ to Grand Concourse 

3/17, 3 PM Benjamin Larsen, cello and Hyungjin Choi, piano​ play works by Grieg, Schumann and Robert Sirota at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

3/17, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the premiere of a clarinet concerto by Irish composer Frank Corcoran. Also on the program :works by David Froom, John David Little and Heather Savage. Clarinetist Sammy Lesnick and flutist Lisa Hansen are the soloists at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St,  free

3/17, 4 PM sensational, whirlwind nuevo tango bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/17, 7 PM veteran Irish crooner Pierce Turner – at one time he was doing a mashup of the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at Joe’s Pub, 25

3/17, 7:30/9 PM oldschool stride sounds: Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Ehud Asherie (piano) at Mezzrow, $20

3/17, 8:30 PM baritone Nashville gothic/honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw and band at the Treehouse at 2A

3/17, 9 PM high-voltage psychobilly band the Goddamn Gallows at the Kingsland, $tba

3/18, 9:30 PM jazz group the Atom String Quartet at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/18, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

3/19, 7 PM Kristin Lee, violin & Jeremy Jordan, piano play 20th-century American music from ragtime to today, with a special emphasis on improvisation, with works by George Gershwin (arr. Jasha Heifetz), J.J. Johnson (arr. Jeremy Ajani Jordan), Scott Joplin (arr. Jeremy Ajani Jordan), John Novacek, Kevin Puts, and Jonathan Ragonese at 1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/19, 7:30 PM percussionist Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella band plays the release show for her joint book/cd project Healing Journeys of the Black Madonna at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave, $25

3/19, 7:30 PM Norwegian indie classical group Ensemble Neon perform video and sound pieces by Jan Martin Smørdal, Ane Marthe Holen and Lars Skoglund, plus My Red Red Blood, “an excursion into the sound world of Marina Rosenfeld” at Scandinavia House, free

3/19, 8 PM pianist Alex Peh collaborates with percussionists Susie Ibarra, Kyaw Kyaw Naing and flautist Claire Chase to perform new Asian-tinged works at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/20, 7 PM pianist Emanuele Arciuli plays works by Corigliano, Rzewski, Nino Rota, Chick Corea,Curtis Cacioppo and Missy Mazzoli’s hauntingly torrential Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos at the Italian Academy, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave(just south of 118th St, free

3/20, 7 PM Patrick Higgins’ two-movement piano trio Tocsin performed by pianist Vicky Chow, cellists Jay Campbell and Mariel Roberts, employing “subtle mechanical preparations for piano and a unique instrumentation to create a music where the line between piano, cello, and otherworldly source constantly traversed, undermined, and transformed’ at 1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/20, 7 PM cellist Amanda Gookin plays six new works from five female composers — Alex Temple, Shelley Washington, Kamala Sankaram, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and National Sawdust honcho Paola Prestini  at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

3/20-21, 7:30 PM hard-charging postbop tenor saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins leads his group at Smalls

3/20, 9 PM brilliant noir swing/Romany jazz/latin soul composer and guitarist Jack Martin (ex-Knoxville Girls and Dimestore Dance Band) at Troost

3/20, 9:30 PM subtly psychedelic, dynamic, eclectic Niger desert rock guitarist Bombino and band at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv rtix rec

3/20, midnight boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at the Ear Inn

3/21, 7 PM the harrowing, immigration-themed multimedia performance Ask Hafiz – the story of Sahar Muradi’s tumultuous journey from a Soviet-ruled Afghanistan to Queens. “Along the way, Sahar, following an age-old practice, asks questions to the book of poetry by Hafiz. The answers are revealed through songs composed and sung by Haleh Liza, dance choreographed and performed by Malini Srinivasan, with music by Adam Maalouf, Trina Basu, Bala Skandan and Rich Stein, at Joe’s Pub

3/21, 7:30 PM the deservedly acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus sing new work by Owen Pallett, joined by Alev Lenz for a set of her songs followed by by similarly lush, enigmatic art-rock/parlor pop band Wye Oak at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/21, 7:30 PM early music lutenist Paul O’Dette channels “John Dowland’s Midnight” at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St., $10 tix avail

3/21, 8 PM a string-driven thing at Drom:  apocalyptic string quartet Sevensuns, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift’s MazzMuse, Joe Deninzon’s wickedly fun string metal band Stratospheerius and strings-and-percussion crew 2Birds Band, $15 adv tix rec 

3/21, 8 PM singer Dida Pelled salutes obscure and cult favorite women songwriters including Connie Converse, Elizabeth Cotten, Molly Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Norma Tanega at Barbes

 3/21, 8 PM  saxophonist María Grand’s “Music As a User’s Manual” which “Invites the audience to use it as a manual – the manual will offer several things that can be done: scream; meditate; and others” at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/21, 8 PM veteran electric Chicago blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at City Vineyard, $20

3/21, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams with Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne at City Winery $25 standing rom avail

3/21, 8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Ave), Jackson Heights

3/21, 9 PM the kings of macabre British noir doom music, All Them Witches at Bowery Ballroom, $20

3/21, 9 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Hank’s, $10

3/22-23, 7:30/9 PM  reliably tuneful postbop piano vet George Cables s solo at Mezzrow, $25

3/22, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

3/22-23, 8 PM brilliantly eclectic vibraphonist Joel Ross with Sergio Tabanico – tenor saxophone; Kanoa Mendenhall – bass; Jeremy Dutton – drums at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

3/22, 8:30 PM majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC. at Freddy’s

3/22, 8:30 PM otherworldly French-Algerian singer Ourida with her combo at Bar Lunatico

3/22, 9 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical electro-punk band Ohmslice with special guests guitarist Martin Philadelphy plus Daniel Carter & Nikki D’Agostino on horns at Flowers for All Occasions, 1114 Dekalb (J to Kosciuszko) Then on 3/24 at 7 they’re at Downtown Music Gallery 

3/22, 9:30 PM explosive Boston original Balkan crew Cocek Brass Band at Radegast Hall

3/23, 2 PM the Orchestra of St Luke’s play a composer portrait of Gabriela Lena Frank at Flushing Town Halll, free w/rsvp. The program repeats on 3/24 at 2 PM at Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. in Bed-Stuy; 3/28 at 7 at the Hostos Center, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and 4/4 at 6 at the Harlem School for the Arts, 645 St Nicholas Ave

3/23, 3 PM the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra play works by Korngold, Britten, Anna Clyne and Michael Torke at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W 181st St, free  

3/23, 6 PM haunting, magical Middle Eastern classical singer Shelley Thomas followed at 8 by poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s Tango Quartet and at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

3/23, 7:30 PM terse, purposeful classical Indian raga ambience: Rohan Misra on sarangi with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20 

3/23, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud  and wild female-fronted Russian turbo-folk jammers Romashka  at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/23. 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra play Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No. 8, the Dvorak Cello Concerto at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

3/23, 8:30 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico.

 3/23, 9 PM psychedelic Pakistani crooner Ali Sethi and His Lahore Band at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/23, 9 PM dark intense lyrical southwestern gothic/paisley underground rockers Shanghai Love Motel at Connolly’s, 121 W 45th St., $10

3/23 snarky cabaret/funk/punk band Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds– who are more new wave and less Crampsy than you would think – at Brooklyn Bazaar

3/24, 2 PM the LA Guitar Quartet play works by Handel, Liszt, Pat Metheny and others at the Town Hall, $17 tix avail

3/24, 4 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/24, 5 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players perform works by Mozart, Schumann, and Bruch at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs

3/24, 7 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd leads his big band followed at 9:30ish by paradigm-shifteing Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel and his band at Barbes

3/24, 8:30 PM catchy, politically fearless soulstress Alice Lee – Nina Simone meets Fiona Apple – at Pete’s

3/24, 9 PM baritone honkytonk crooner Jack Grace resurrects his legendary 90s jamband Steak at the Treehouse at 2A

3/25, 7:30 PM darkly glimmering jazz pianist/composer Guy Mintus plays a solo set followed by one with clarinetist Mark Dover at 1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/25, 7:30 PM majestic, slinky cumbia orchestra the Gregorio Uribe Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

3/25, 8:30 PM intense Indian-influenced psych-folk songwriter Larkin Grimm followed by quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Pete’s

3/25, 9:30 PM feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

3/26, 7 PM Brenda Castles, Liz Hanley and Johnny Cuomo play Irish guitar/fiddle/concertina music followed at 9 by wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band at 11th St. Bar

3/26, 7:30 PM violinist Bella Hristova leads an ensemble playing works by Messiaen, Bach, Zwilich and Brahms at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

3/26, 7:30 PM the Canadian Guitar Quartet reinvent works  by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Pouilenc, Ravel and Brahns at the Baruch College auditorium, free, rsvp req 

3/26-27. 8/10:30 PM  iconic bassist Ron Carter leads an ensemble TBA at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/26-30, 8:30 PM epically lyrical alto saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Coice pick: 3/30 with his NY Heiroglyphics

3/26, 9:15 PM Peruvian brass band La Patronal at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/27, quarter past noon spellbinding Bulgarian vocal harmony trio Black Sea Hotel at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, free

3/27, 6 PM a good tunesmith twinbill: cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, soaring-voiced powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey  followed by the much darker, more eclectic darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  at the small room at the Rockwood

3/27, 7 PM fiercely brilliant guitar twinbill: solos and duels between Ava Mendoza with Wilco’s Nels Cline at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/27, 7 PM Eric Moe, piano, and Robert Frankenberry, actor perform David Del Tredici’s cult favorite, gleefully macabre Monsters at the Italian Academy, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave(just south of 118th St, free

3/27, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at 11th St. Bar

3/27, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

3/28, 7:30 PM pianist Per Tengstrand with Leland Ko (cello), Hana Mundiya (violin), Noah Pacis (viola), and Soyeong Park (violin) play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major at Scandinavia House, $25

3/28. 7:30 PM rare solo shows by 75 Dollar Bill’s microtonal guitarist Che Chen and Debo Band’s 5 string electro-acoustic violin player Kaethe Hostetter at the Old American Can Factory, 232 3rd St., Gowanus, $15 cash only at the door, space limited, RSVP to reserve your ticket

3/28, 7:30 PM singer Min Jin and others perform classical Korean gajok art-songs backed by a chamber ensemble at Merkin Concert Hall, free, res req, limit 2 tix per person

3/28, 8 PM Fire! – Swedish psychedelic power trio with Mats Gustafsson (tenor and baritone saxophone, live electronics), Johan Berthling (bass), and Andreas Werliin  followed by playful electronic soundscaper Madalyn Merkey at the Clemente Soto Vélez Center, 107 Suffolk St, $20

3/28, 8 PM dynamic avant-garde harp luminary Zeena Parkins plays her new improvisational suite Captiva at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/28, 8 PM bass goddess/soul singer Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at Silvana

3/28, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble  joins the Jack Quartet for a composer portrait of jazz drummer Tyshawn Sorey at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail

3/28, 8:30 PM a raucous klezmer dance party with music by Ken Maltz, Lauren Brody, Aaron Alexander at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/28, 7:30 PM Iraqi maqam music icon Hamid Al-Saadi with trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s hypnotic, incisive classical Iraqi music ensemble Safaafir at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/28, 10 PM drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinvent classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

3/29, 7 PM genre-smashing avant-jazz saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou and her band play her harrowing jazz suite Comfort Girl, about women forced into sexual slavery under the Japanese in WWII at Joe’s Pub, $15

3/29, 7 PM allstar Indian music collective the Women’s Raga Massive with an especially potent lineup:  Deepal Sanghvi Chodhari (santoor), Roopa Mahadevan (vocals), Roshni Samlal (tabla), and Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

 3/29. 7 PM the Latin American Chamber Players perform works by Ravel, Boulanger, Francaix, Roussel and Poulenc at Scholes St. Studios, $20 

 3/29, 7 PM pianist Conor Hanick and Parallax Ensemble play works by Kati Agócs, Balázs Futó, Nicolas Namoradze; Robert Beaser and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade; and the U.S. premiere of Petrichor, a violin-piano duet based on J.S. Bach by Jocelyn Morlock at 1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/29,  7 PM not a music event but of interest: “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a hilarious, poignant, thought-provoking work by Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis. Boasting a large, zany cast of characters, the play asks one of the most plaguing questions in the Christian ideology: What happened to Judas Iscariot? The story is that Judas was the disciple of Jesus who betrayed his friend and teacher to the authorities. He is seen as the man responsible for Jesus’s death; afterwards, Judas fell into despair and hung himself from an olive tree; since then, he has been suffering for his deeds deep in Hell, and will continue to do so for all eternity. Is that really fair? Was Judas the duplicitous master of his own fate, a much-suffering pawn used for Jesus’s ends, or just a man who made a mistake? Set in a courtroom in Purgatory, The Last Days puts Judas’ case to a hilarious, riotous, piercing trial, the results of which are sure to make the inhabitants of Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory -mand the audience — reconsider.” At St. George’s Episcopal Church, 7 Rutherford Pl, free, RSVP required

3/29, 8 PM violin loopmusic artist Joe Kye with percussionist William Catanzaro and pianist Josh Ehrlich at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/29, 9:30 PM NY horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers at the Gutter

3/29, 10 PM Dakha Band mix up north and South African sounds at Club Bonafide, $15

3/30, 7 PM ambient electroacoustic composer Jonathan Zorn, followed eventually around 9 by a very rare solo show by the enigmatic Paula Matthusen, and the alternately squonky and hushed Philip White & Chris Pitsiokos at Holo, $10

3/30, 7:30 PM a Cuban music dynasty: Malena Burke – daughter of legendary songstress Elena Burke,  joined by her own daughter, pianist / vocalist / composer Lena Burke at the Hostos Center theater, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx $20

3/30, 7:30 PM the Argus Quartet play works by Debussy, Theofanidis, Mendelssohn and Josquin des Prez at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

3/30, 8 PM an intriguing triplebill at the Parkside: darkly lyrical psychedelic pop songwriter Jennifer Hall, Fatsy Cline (whoever she/they is/are) and a very rare performance by wickedly lyrical, Graham Parker-esque retro new wave band Lazy Lions

3/30, 8 PM Anda Union play ancient, windswept Mongolian themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

3/30, 8 PM Appalachian music maven Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters play the album release show for their new one at the Jalopy, $20

3/30, 8 PM murder ballad specialists and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club spinoff DBUK at El Cortez, $15

3/30, 8 PM otherworldly Moroccan mountain jams with downtown NYC types: Bachir & Mustapha Attar of the Master Musicians of Jajouka with Ned Rothenberg, Arrington De Dionysio & Ben Bennett at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs

3/30, 8 PM composers and instrumentalists Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom — the U.S.’s only extant daxophone consort – at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs “The daxophone is a thin wooden strip played with a bow, created by the German improviser/inventor Hans Reichel in 1987. The instrument’s sound, somewhere between a cello and badger, ranges from furtive gurgles and delicate whistles to wild screams.”

3/30, 8:30 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at Bar Lunatico

3/30, 10 PM Pangari & the Socialites play classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes 

3/30 catchy female-fronted powerpop band Big Eyes – who absolutely nail a late 70s/early 80s CBGB sensibility – play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool 

3/31, noon the annual Queens Overground Jazz Festival, acts TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free, res req

3/31, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play works by Shostakovich, Faure and Michael Kropf at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/31, 4 PM avant garde crooner Theo Bleckmann with Ike Sturm and Jesse Lewis at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/31, 4:30 PM want to learn haunting Ukrainian choral and folk singing from one of the best in the business? Charismatic singer Eva Salina conducts a master class suitable for vets and beginners at Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, Room 3D, 440 Lafayette St. (between Astor Pl. and East 4th St.), $15 adults | $10 students & seniors | children free, RSVP rec.  to reserve your seat.

3/31, 5 PM Mirror Visions Ensemble – Abigail Levis, mezzo-soprano; Scott Murphree, tenor; Mischa Bouvier, baritone; and Grant Wenaus, piano – play  music by immigrants (Kurt Weill, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, and Erich Korngold), women (Ruth Crawford Seeger, Francine Trester), and African Americans (Adolphus Hailstork, Brittney Boykin, Florence Price, and Leslie Adams), as well as by classic American composers (Charles Ives, Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, and Pete Seeger) as well as world premieres from Mohammed Fairouz, Braxton Blake, and Harold Meltzer at the Sheen Center, $20

3/31, 7 PM Mississippi hill country bluesman Robert Kimbrough (son of Junior) at Barbes, $10. Followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel

3/31, 8 PM haunting Turkish art-rock guitarist/crooner Ahmet Aslan at Drom, $30 adv tix re

3/31, 7:30 PM new updates on haunting old Middle Eastern sounds: Takht al-Nagham featuring Arab Idol superstar Farrah Yousef, the Tarab Ensemble, and Nano Raies at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

3/31, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton  leads his ensemble at Smalls

 4/1-2, 7:3/9:30 PM this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leads a quartet with Liberty Ellman on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

4/2, 7 PM RighteousGIRLS (Gina Izzo, flute & Erika Dohi, piano) play the world premiere of Legion (for 8 flutes and 8 pianos) by Alex Burtzos plus less epic works Andy Akiho, Ambrose Akinmusire, Paula Matthusen, and Mike Perdue at  1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

4/3, 4:30 PM the irrepressible, cinematic, comedic Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet with special guest  drummer Todd Isler, pianist Wade Ridenhour and singer/narrator Daphné Mia Essiet at St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights 129 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, (performance space is on Clinton Street across from the school.), free

4/4, 7:30 PM, repeating 4/5 at 8 PM and 4/6 at 2 and 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Stucky ,Wagner and very young composers at Avery Fisher Hall, $5 tix available to NYPD, NYFD, EMT, and NYC city service professionals. 

4/6, 6 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at the Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Ave in Ridgewood, $5 sug don

4/6 drinks and kettle corn at 6:30 PM, show at 7 PM  innovative piano duo HereNowHear play a  world premiere by Loren Loiacono and George Crumb’s epic masterwork Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos Book IV) plus works by Steven Stucky, Emily Cooley, Walter Zimmerman, Luciano Berio at the DiMenna Center, $20,

4/6. 7:30 PM a tribute to jazz and latin flute legend Dave Valentin, featuring a quintet led by his musical director, pianist Bill O’Connell, with flutist Andrea Brachfeld in the Valentin role, followed by the debut of O’Connell’s new project A.C.E. (Afro-Caribbean Ensemble) featuring a nonet at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, $20//$5 stud

4/6, 7:30 PM lush, sultry tropical jazz with chanteuse Belen Cusi and her combo at Groove, $5 

4/6-7, 8 PM haunting, charismatic oldtimey-style banjo player and corrosively political songwriter Curtis Eller and band play a live score to the Bipeds Dance Company’s phantasmagorical performance “54 Strange Words” at Triskelion Arts,106 Calyer St in Greenpoint, $18 adv tix rec

4/6. 8 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot at 68 Jay St Bar

4/7, 5 PM the Kandinsky Trio perform a lyrical early Beethoven piano trio and then will be joined by clarinetist Jose Garcia Taborda and narrator Patricia Raun for Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs

4/9, 7 PM a first-class indie classical ensemble fronted by singer Eliza Bagg with Daniel Schlosberg, Maya Bennardo, Hannah Levinson, Hannah Collins, and Mike Compitello perform the album release show for Alex Weiser’s new album All the Days Were Purple – putting a new spin on ancient Jewish musical traditions – at the Yivo Institute, 15 W 16th St., free, reception to follow

4/10, 7 PM pianist Julia Den Boer plays a world premiere by Claudia Jane Scroccaro plus works by Giacinto Scelsi. Giulia Lorusso and Luigi Nono at the Italian Academy, Columbia University, 1161 Amsterdam Ave(just south of 118th St, free

4/11, 7 PM pianist Lisa Moore plays imagistic works by Beethoven, Martin Bresnick, Leoš Janáček, Missy Mazzoli, Frederic Rzewski, and Robert Schumann at  1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

4/12, 6:30 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at the American Folk Art Museum

4/13, 3 PM the colorful Fordham University Orchestra play Slavonic Dance V, Op. 46 – Dvorak; Overture to “Candide” – Bernstein; Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade – Mussorgsky,at Leonard Theatre, Fordham Prep (441 East Fordham Rd, Bronx,, free, B/D to Fordham Rd. 

4/16, 8 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian in a rare trio show at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington, $10

4/19, 9 PM creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster followed by similarly sinister psychedelic art-rock/circus rock band Cookie Tongue at Coney Island USA, 1280 Surf Ave, Coney Island, $20 includes dessert, 

4/24, 8 PM, Stefan Tcherepnin and Taketo Shimada’s dirgey duo project Afuma followed by  sepulchral, otherworldly Cairo singer/multi-instrumentalist Nadah El Shazly – who puts an eerie shoegaze spin on classical Arabic song – at Brooklyn Music School Theater, 126 St Felix St, up the block from BAM, $20 

4/30, 8 PM spectacular yet nuanced Palestinian opera singer Nour Darwish and ensemble at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St. at Washington, $10

5/4, 10 AM – 2:30 PM a free block party with music, dance and more to celebrate 60 years of Lincoln Center on the plaza there, lineup tba

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

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

The Julia Wolfe String Quartet Cycle at the Jewish Museum: A Major Moment in New York Music History

This past evening a sold-out crowd at the Jewish Museum witnessed what could have been a once-in-a-lifetime event: the first-ever live performance of the Julia Wolfe string quartet cycle on a single bill. On one hand, it’s kind of a shock that it took the composer’s own organization, Bang on a Can, to stage it. Sure, Wolfe’s string quartets are taxing to play, but so are Bartok’s, and hundreds of groups play the Bartok cycle. And Wolfe’s profile has never been higher: it’s hard to remember the last time the New York Philharmonic built a weekend around a work by another living composer, as they did with her epic cantata Fire in My Mouth back in January.

Assuming she writes another string quartet or two – hardly out of the question – putting five or more on a single program would be next to impossible, which would make this night even more historic. Wolfe was in the front row and revealed how she’d been moved to tears by Ethel’s performance of the most recent work on the bill, Blue Dress for String Quartet, so it made sense to give them the herculean task of playing all four this time. And the group captured lightning in a bottle.

It took immense stamina and persistence to get it all in there. All four of the works employ long, slowly mutating, sometimes utterly hypnotic passages of emphatic, insistent quarter notes (and often considerably faster volleys as well). Over the course of almost two hours onstage, violist Ralph Farris, cellist Dorothy Lawson, violinists Corin Lee and Kate Dreyfuss (the latter subbing for Kip Jones) didn’t miss a beat, no small achievement.

They began with Blue Dress, which, like so much of Wolfe’s work, draws on Americana, in this case the old folk song Little Girl with a Blue Dress On. Wolfe cautioned the crowd that this particular girl is fierce. Echoes of Philip Glass and Louis Andriessen blended into a twisted quasi-Appalachian sound world with relentless intensity and sarcasm that bordered on savagery, as the old folk tune filtered in and out of the picture. There was some wry clog-dancing and singing too. Little Girl? As if! This may have been state-of-the-art, end-of-the-decade serious concert music, but the ethos was vintage punk rock.

The other string quartets dated from the 90s. Dig Deep, Wolfe explained, was all about searching, written at a time when she felt “crazy” because she was having trouble trying to conceive. The ensemble worked the contrasts between wisps of hope and crushing reality with a knowing soberness grounded by Lawson’s pitchblende cello resonance. Lee got to give the music a breather with a Vivaldi-esque passage; Farris delivered the ending with cold matter-of-factness.

Four Marys, Wolfe said, was inspired by a Jean Ritchie murder ballad as much as by the “crude, crying sound” of the only stringed instrument she plays, the mountain dulcimer. Creeping up and around a central note, sometimes with slow, lingering glissandos, the ensemble maintained a lush intensity.

They closed with Early That Summer, the one piece that most closely foreshadowed Wolfe’s harrowing Cruel Sister string piece from 2012. She’d written this one in Amsterdam after reading Kai Bird’s The Chairman: John J. McCloy and the Making of the American Establishment, a prophetic book to encounter in the era of GATT, NAFTA and corporate sovereignty over democratically elected governments. Wispy microtones and slow upward trajectories built white-knuckle suspense, a relentlessly troubled mood amidst the calm, Lawson’s cello a stygian river of sound.

The monthly Bang on a Can concert series at the Jewish Museum continues on May 23 at 8 PM with avant garde vocal icon Meredith Monk and two members of her Vocal Ensemble, Katie Geissinger and Allison Sniffin; tix are $20/$16 stud/srs and are still available as of today but probably won’t be much longer. Ethel’s next gig is March 16 starting around 5 PM at the balcony bar at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the performance is free with museum admission.

Trumpeter Steph Richards Brings Her Devious Sense of Humor to Lefferts Gardens Saturday Night

The cover illustration for trumpeter Steph Richards’ solo album Fullmoon (streaming at Bandcamp) shows an open palm holding what could be a postcard of the moon – a pretty warped moon, anyway. But when you click on the individual tracks to play them (on devices that play mp3s, anyway), it turns out that’s a phone the hand is holding, and you’re taking a selfie. Truth in advertising: Richards’ music is deviously fun. She’s bringing her horn and her pedal to a show at the Owl on March 2 at 9 PM; ten bucks in the tip bucket helps ensure she’ll make more appearances at that welcoming, well-appointed listening room.

The album’s opening track, New Moon is based around a catchy, repetitive two-note riff, spiced with gamelanesque electronic flickers via Dino J.A. Deane’s sampler, with unexpected squall at the end. The second number, Snare develops from a thicket of echo effects, insectile sounds and breathy bursts, to a wry evocation of a snare drum. Then, with Piano, Richards moves from desolate, echoey, minimalist phrases to wryly cheery upward swipes: the title doesn’t seem to have anything to do with either the instrument or the dynamic.

The coy humor of the atmospheric miniature Half Moon introduces the album’s first diptych, Gong, which develops into a querulous little march, then a weird kaleidoscope of polyrhythms. Timpani doesn’t sound anything like kettledrums; instead, it’s a funny bovine conversation that all of a sudden grows sinister – although the ending is ridiculously amusing. The album ends with the title track, Richards developing a complicated conversation out of late-night desolation in the first part, then a barnyard of the mind (or the valves). Her levity is contagious – and she’s capable of playing with a lot more savagery than she does here, something that wouldn’t be out of the question to expect Saturday night in Lefferts Gardens.

A Profoundly Entertaining, Interactive Night of Operatic Fun at the Edge of Chinatown

At his sold-out show last night to close a weekend of performances at the Abrons Arts Center, countertenor Ju-eh hit high notes that were as disconcerting as they were spectacular. It was a profound and often profoundly funny display of awe-inspiring technique matched with witty banter and deep insight into the relationship between audience and performer. In an era where more and more, the act onstage becomes a mere backdrop for social media posturing by wannabes in the crowd, Ju-eh’s generous interaction with the audience had unusual resonance.

He made his entrance from the side of the stage with a soaring aria by Handel over a solo organ recording. Seated centerstage, his verbal sparring partner Hwarg worked a series of mixers and laptop. Although Ju-eh was wearing a skirt, he revealed in a lengthy Q&A after the show that he didn’t choose that to be genderqueer: rather, it was a historical reference to an era when pretty much everyone wore the same robe, or the same daishiki. The rest of the outfit – plain white shirt and blue thermal socks, his hair knotted with a stick – mirrored his background as a Chinese-born New York avant garde artist who’s built a career singing western opera.

He and his collaborator call this piece Living Dying Opera: he lives to sing it, but it’s also killing him sometimes. Self-doubt quickly became a persistent theme, most poignantly portrayed via a plaintive John Dowland version of an old English air. Ju-eh’s voice reached for the rafters with an imploring wail as he crouched in the corner in the darkness, holding a simple lamp, Diogenes-style. On one hand, it’s reassuring to know that someone with such prodigious talent can also be self-critical; on the other, if this guy isn’t satisfied with his achievements, how about us mere mortals?

After the show, he explained that he always wants audiences at his performances to feel loved. That assessment in many respects makes a lot of sense, in that a lot of people go to a performance to transcend, to see themselves in the music or the narrative and come out on the other side to a better place. What he didn’t address is that audiences all too often have other, similarly self-involved reasons for going out. Whether watching something on Facebook Live and texting all your ‘friends” about it confers the same status as taking a selfie at the actual show, with the performer somewhere in the background, is open to debate.

But even with all that talent and that resume, Ju-eh remains a fish out of water, even in the rarefied world of countertenors. He explained that most operatic roles written for men singing in a soprano’s range are antagonists: they’re supposed to sound evil. Ju-eh’s voice, and his style, don’t fit that mold: they’re especially robust, an endless, thick rope ladder reaching into the clouds, with a muscular vibrato to match. Although he’s working in a range usually limited to women, he doesn’t hear his own voice as female, and he shouldn’t: it’s uniquely his.

There were a lot of very amusing, sometimes coy, sometimes disarmingly down-to-earth extemporaneous moments where he and Hwarg discussed how well, or not so well, the show was progressing. There were also points where he took crowd members and put them centerstage, then continued singing from their seats. The most haunting of those moments was when he delivered a stark, aching verse and chorus of Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child from the front row.

The after-show Q&A kept the audience as engaged as the performance itself did. The funniest revelation was that Ju-eh had come up with a brief interlude where he lay on the floor in order to give himself a breather rather than to add any kind of meaning. The man he’d pulled from the crowd to stand onstage – as “Mr. Mango” – confided that he’d encouraged Ju-eh to pick him because he wanted to find out if the other audience members had also been chosen randomly, or if they were shills. Over and over again, Ju-eh’s most existential questions of identity resonated more profoundly than anything else in this provocative encounter sponsored by the New York Chinese Culture Salon.

A Viscerally Intense, Purposeful New Album From Violist Jessica Pavone

Violist Jessica Pavone has been one of the most consistently interesting and compelling musicians on the New York improvisational scene for the better part of a decade, someone who always seems to elevate other players to new levels of spontaneity. Everybody wants to work with her: trumpet icon Wadada Leo Smith, haunting psychedelic art-rocker Rose Thomas Bannister and the late, great guitar stormscaper Glenn Branca number among her many collaborators. Her broodingly surreal 2012 song cycle Hope Dawson Is Missing is a genuine classic, and her Dark Tips project with another hauntingly chameleonic multi-instrumentalist, Raquel Bell is magically murky. Pavone’s latest solo release, In the Action is streaming at Bandcamp. She’s playing on a killer twinbill on Feb 20 at 8 PM at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, followed at around 9 by charismatic accordionist/multi-instrumentalist songwriter Rachelle Garniez, who’s playing with another first-rate violist, Karen Waltuch. The cover charge is a mystery right now; ten bucks would be a fair guess.

Pavone is not typically a showy player, preferring purpose, melody and texture. Muted, rhythmic white noise flickers behind uneasy, slowly resolving, multitracked close harmonies as the album’s first track, Oscillatory Salt Transport gets underway. Pavone wails on a pedal note when she’s not working twisted permutations on what could be the intro to a Scottish air.

With tons of reverb echoing from her spare, plucked phrases and overtones burning from her low strings, 2 and Maybe in the End could be a deconstructed 80s spacerock anthem at quarterspeed. Using her trusty loop pedal, Pavone builds vortical variations from a chugging diesel engine idle in Look Out Look Out Look Out: these stygian sounds hardly bring to mind the typical range of a viola. She turns the pedal off to begin the album’s concluding title cut, digging into her axe’s natural low registers in a return to allusions to British Isles folk, teasing the listener with that insistent opening cadenza up to a wry, completely unexpected false ending. As is typical of Pavone’s work, it has the freshness of having been made up on the spot even though a lot of it was probably planned out in advance. 

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for February and March 2019

Daily updates – if you go out a lot, you might want to bookmark this page and check back regularly. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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 in February, 8 PM the unpredictably fun, funny  art-rock/psychedelic soul band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine

Mondays in February at 10 PM Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins at LIC Bar. One of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC works up new material – should be a clinic in good tunesmithing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays in February, 9 PM Trio Quimbombo play salsa, son, trova, bossa nova, changui, and more!! Featuring vocals and tres by Cuban virtuoso Yuniel “El Guajiro” Jimenez at the 18th Room, 134 9th Ave @ 19th St 

Three Wednesdays in March: 3/13, 3/20 and 3/27, 9 PM atmospherically anthemic Indian-influenced spacerock band Humeysha at C’Mon Everybody, $10

Thursdays at 8:30 in February, the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play the Jalopy, $15 adv tix at the bar at the main space. Tons of special guests followed by a wild raga jam!

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

Fridays in February and March, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne jazz chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20. They’re also there on 2/24 at 5:30 PM

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

Free classical concerts on Saturdays at 4 PM in February as well as

March 23 and 30, returning to weekly Saturdays in April at Bargemusic;  usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles. If you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in February, 6 PM low register reedman Josh Sinton’s Phantasos play Morphine at Barbes. Hard to think of anyone more capable of tackling that ominously kinetic songbook.

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

2/1, 5:30 PM soul/gospel belter (and Lenny Molotov collaborator) Queen Esther at the American Folk Art Museum 

2/1, 7 PM indie classical ensemble SoundArt NYC play a rare program of Costa Rican composers including Valeria Brenes, Carlos Jose Castro Mora and Susan Campos-Fonseca at the Americas Society, free

2/1-2, 7:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting, irrepressibly fun B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads his trio at Smalls

2/1, 7:30 PM Alloy Orchestra play their live score to Josef von Sternberg’s silent gangster film Underworld at the World Financial Center, free

2/1, 7:30 PM the Juilliard Orchestra play works by Ligeti, Betty Olivero and Michael Tippett at Alice Tully Hall, free

2/1, 8 PM a rare Queens appearance by Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks – the Boardwalk Empire house band – at Flushing Town Hall, $25/$20 stud

2/1, 8 PM pianist Jeremy Denk plays works by John Adams, Mendelssohn and Beethoven at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

2/1-2, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play Mozart’s first and 41st (Jupiter) Symphonies plus works by Haydn and Stravinsky at Avery Fisher Hall, $34

2/1, 8 PM Fresh Squeezed Opera presents world premieres of works by Whitney George, Gabi Herbst, & Gemma Peacocke for voice & electronics at Roulette, $18

2/1-3, 8/10:30 PM bouncy live hip-hop groove band the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

2/1, 9:30 PM chamber tango night with poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s Tango Quartet and similarly adventurous pan-latin singer Sofia Tosello at joe’s Pub, $20

2/1, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes. They’re also here on 2/11 at 9:30ish

2/1, 10 PM Atlas & the All World Band play fiery, socially aware roots reggae at Shrine 

2/2, 3 PM the Brooklyn Conservatory Chorale plus 14-piece chamber orchestra, sopranos Tami Petty & Kate Maroney perform works by Lauridsen, Yardley, and Gjeilo, plus Vivaldi’s Gloria, at Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford St., Ft. Greene, $20/$15 stud/srs

2/2, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 6 by low register reedman Josh Sinton’s Phantasos playing Morphine covers,  followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playimg their creepy Transylvanian jazz at Barbes

2/2, 5 PM pensive, Middle Eastern-tinged guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and band followed at 6 by atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

2/2, 6 PM postbop sax legend Oliver Lake and ensemble at Bethany Baptist Church, 275 W Market St, Newark, free

2/2, 7:30 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra play a Chinese New Year celebration at NJPAC in Newark with Beethoven’s Festival Overture, works by Tan Dun and Li Huanzhi and others, $20 tix avail 

2/2, 8 PM left coast postbop pianist Richard Sears with his trio followed by torchy singer Jennifer Charles’ and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow’s haunting, fearlessly political art-rock/noir band Elysian Fields on their home turf at the Owl, $10

2/2, 8 PM Wet Ink Ensemble play pianist Eric Wubbels’ new microtonal trio at the DiMenna Center, $10

2/2, 8 PM spirited Irish/Scottish folk singer Pamela Jean Agaloos followed by sea chantey duo Twa Corbies at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/2, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others, Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers at 10, the Superbness (let’s hope they have it) at 11 and at midnight wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers 

2/2, 9 PM ubiquitous, moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

2/2, 10 PM the Last Internationale – sort of the Patti Smith Group of latin rock – play the album release show for their new one at Rough Trade, $10 adv tix rec

2/2, 10 PM bass sax monster Stefen Zeniuk’s punk mambo crew the NY Fowl Harmonic at Hank’s, $10

2/2, 10 PM Epic Order play roots reggae at Silvana 

2/3, 3 PM Orpheus Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Eriko Sato leads a piano quartet playing works by Saint-Saens, Dvorak, Charles Villiers Stanford and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

2/3, 6 PM irrepressible tuba player Jesse Dulman leads his punk dixieland quartet with Ras Moshe, Dave Sewelson and Leionid Laganov followed by the acerbically atmospheric Beyond Group at Downtown Music Gallery

2/3, 7 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art postbop jazz guitarist Will Bernard and band play Strayhorn followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

2/3, 9:30 PM tunefully adventurous tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake leads a rare chordless trio at 55 Bar

2/3, 9:30 PM guitarist Ilusha Tsinadze does his pensive, rustic Georgian folk thing at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

2/4, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Verdi’s Overture to The Force of Destiny, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Tschaikovsky’s overture to Romeo & Juliette at the ground-floor U100 auditorium at the New School, 63 5th Ave., free

2/4, 9:30ish Los Mochuelos plays classic Colombian vallenato music at Barbes

2/5, 7 PM purist pop tunesmithing: powerpop titan George Usher and the hilarious, politically fearless Amy Rigby at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

2/5, 7 PM Free Range Rat with Slavic Soul Party‘s John Carlson – trumpet, pocket trumpet & flugelhorn; Eric Hipp – tenor saxophone – Shawn McGloin – bass and George Schuller – drums, followed at 9 by SSP doing their amazing Balkan brass/hip-hop mashups at Barbes

2/5, 8/9:30 PM the glimmering, noir-inspired Tom Beckham on vibes with guitarist Rale Micic & bassist Peter Slavov at Mezzrrow, $20

2/5, 8 PM terse, enigmatic avant garde singer/percussionist Anais Maviel  presents a diptych: vocal-and-drums and then vox and piano: “Who is this ritual for and from? at Roulette, $18

2/5, 8:30 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteuse Julia Patinella.at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $12

2/5-10, 8:30/10:30 PM reliably tuneful postbop piano vet George Cables leads a trio at the Vanguard, $35

2/6, 1 PM avant jazz singer Jay Clayton with intense Armenian-influenced pianist Armen Donelian at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

 2/6-9, 7/10 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña plays the album release stand for her new one at Birdland, $20 at the bar

2/6, 8 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars  at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

2/6,8:30 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” and hash-smoking anthems from the 1930s at Troost. 

2/6, 9:30 PM high lonesome Orbisonesque acoustic Americana with Bobby Blue the Balladeer at the Jalopy. 2/16 at 11 they’re at Better Days, 302 Broome St; 2/22 at 10 they’re at Diviera Drive, 131 Berry St in Wiliamsburg

2/6, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece and group at the Fat Cat 

 2/6, 10 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at the Mercury, $10

2/7, 7 PM solo sets from women composer/performers Lea Bertucci, Carla CanalesMargaret DavisLiz FaureSarah GoldfeatherAnna Meadors,  Emily Wells, and Molly Joyce at 1 Rivington St. (at Bowery), upstairs, $15/$10 stud 

2/7, 7 PM poignant, nuanced jazz singer Amy Cervini leads her septet at 55 Bar

2/7-8, 7 PM “Spanish guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas and his Jazz Quartet combine with the Mivos Quartet to create a classical-jazz suite inspired by the 3,000-year-old Andalusian fishing tradition known as the almadraba” at Aaron Davis Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs

2/7, 7 PM Conduit: Zach Manzi (bass clarinet) and Evan Saddler (percussion) at Arete Gallery, $15

 2/7, 7:30 PM the Navarra String Quartet play Pēteris Vasks: String Quartet No. 4;  Ravel: String Quartet in F major at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

 2/7, 7:30 PM pianist Mackenzie Melemed plays a program tba at Greenwich House Music School, free

2/7, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hank’s, $10. They’re at Bar Chord on 2/23 at 9 for free.

2/7-9 and 2/13-16, 8 PM Robert Ashley’s opera Improvement (Don Leaves Linda): “follows the adventures of its protagonist Linda, whose travels and romances can be read as attempts at assimilation and cultural cross-pollination, with varying degrees of success and rejection. The metaphor stretches in time from 1492—the beginning of a European consciousness of America and the expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain—to the late 1940s on the West Coast (representing the future of the USA). Densely layered streams of text, lush live vocals, and a minutely structured electronic orchestra combine to present a portrait of the American psyche” at the Kitchen, $25

2/7, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez followed at 10 by Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Barbes

2/7, 8 PM Wormburner – who were once Hoboken’s answer to the Jam – at 11th St Bar at 11th St. Bar

2/7. 8:30 PM brilliantly lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes’ Naked Lore with Kyle Sanna and Shane Shahanan at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

 2/7, 10 PM the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. He’s also here on 2/12 at 7

 2/8, 7 PM left coast improv sax luminary Jessica Jones leads her quartet followed by Tony Jones’ Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness string jazz Quartet at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

 2/8, 8 PM a composer portrait of enigmatic, trippy electroacoustic vocal composer Erin Gee at Roulette, $18 

2/8, 6 PM the opening for visual artist Rosaire Appel’s musically-themed exhibit Untitled Scores with solo piano by klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman at 7:30

2/8, 6:30 PM folk noir crooner Greg Connors at the American Folk Art Museum 

 2/8, 7:30 PM the Parhelion Trio followed by guitarist Liz Faure’s pensive SugarCave trio with piano and vocals at Arete Gallery $15 

 2/8, 8 PM epically trippy Laotian psychedelia with an electric phin as the lead instrument with the Drunken Foreigner Band at Secret Project Robot

2/8, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play William Levi Dawson’s 1934  Negro Folk Symphony; soloist Haerim Elizabeth Lee performs the Sibelius Violin Concerto at Symphony Space, $25/$18 stud/srs

2/8, 8 PM cinematic noir soul instrumentalists the Ghost Funk Orchestrafollowed by fourth-gen post-Velvets stompers Ghost King at Trans-Pecos, $10 

2/8, 8 PM busker legends the Xylopholks in their furry suits followed by horn band Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you missed it) playing Little Rascals theme music at Barbes

2/8, 8 PM the Dead Jetsetters – who do a decent late 60s MC5 impersonation – at Arlene’s, $10 

2/8, 9 PM NYC’s answer to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hugh Pool l at Bar Chord

2/8, 10 PM popular Americana highway rockers Mandolin Orange at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $25 adv tix avail

2/8-9, 10:30 PM vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s wild Tito Puente and Dave Brubeck cover band, Supermambo at Terraza 7, $15

2/8, 10:30 PM popular,purist postbop guitarist Mark Whitfield at the Fat Cat

2/8, 10:30 PM semi-legendary underground Brooklyn jazz multi-instrumentalist D. Treut at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/9, noon and 2 PM Chinese musicians Wu Na and Chang Jing elicit the sounds of nature—mountains, water, wind, and moon—from traditional Chinese zithers. in Galleries 963–965 on the court level at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/9, 2 PM soul/funk trumpeter Lee Hogans and his Quintet at Harlem School for the Arts, 645 St. Nicholas Ave at 141st St., free

2/9, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by low register reedman Josh Sinton’s Phantasos playing Morphine covers, at 8 by intense, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet and at at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes 

 2/9, 7:30 PM sitarist Kinnar Seen with tabla player Samir Chatterjee at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

 2/9, 8 PM populist Irish songwriter Joe Jencks and the perennially entertaining, funny, politically spot-on Rod MacDonald at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”  

2/9, 8 PM pyrotechnic bhangra-jazz alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa‘s wickedly tuneful Indo-Pak Coalition at the Miller Theatre, $30 tix avail

2/9, 8 PM the Delorean Sisters – who do funny oldtimey acoustic covers of cheesy 80s pop songs – at the Way Station

2/9, 8 PM wild rock and classical arrangements plus improvisation: Tom Swafford, violin; Zachary Swanson, bass; Leonor Falcon; Sana Nagano, violin, viola, at I-Beam, $15

2/9, 8 PM the NY Repertory Orchestra with Gretchen Windt, mezzo-soprano play Vaughan Williams: English Folk Song Suite; Elgar: Sea Pictures; Moeran: Symphony in G minor at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St., $15 sug don

2/9, 8:30ish lustrous singer and badass cello-rock bandleader Serena Jost and wildly diverse pastoral jazz/Americana violinist Skye Steele at First Unitarian Congregational Church, 119-121 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn Heights, any train to Borough Hall, $15 

2/9, 8:30 PM Serena Jost’s old band, the original creepy cello rockers, Rasputina at the Mercury, $18 adv tix rec

2/9, 8:30 PM Nashville gothic/desert rock duo the Whiskey Charmers at the downstairs room at the Rockwood, $10

 2/9, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub,, $25

2/9, 10 PM sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band  at Skinny Dennis

2/9, 11 PM Brooklyn’s hilarious counterpart to Spinal Tap, stoner metal parodists Mighty High at Hank’s, $10

2/10, 2 PM Alexander Zhurbin and Irena Ginzburg – Soviet musical theatre subversives from the 70s with their kid, viola virtuoso/film composer Ljova at Joe’s Pub, $20

2/10, 4 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band  at Skinny Dennis. He’s also here on 2/26 at 8

 2/10, 4 PM vocal ensemble Blue Heron perform “the Lost Music of Canterbury” at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121St St, $10 tix avail  

2/10, 5 PM torchy oldtimey swing crew the Buck and a Quarter Quartet at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/10, 6 PM Xander Naylor and Ryan Dugre duel on guitars followed at 7 by the abrasive Outside World with bassist Hazel Rigby, Ben Scott and Taylor Adams at Downtown Music Gallery

2/10, 7 PM wildly theatrical, creepy circus rock band Orphan Jane at LIC Bar

2/10, 7 PM singer Bethany Yarrow and cellist Rufus Cappodocia shift between Middle Eastern, jazz and Gregorian chant inspired material followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

2/10, 7 PM surfed-up tv themes from Commercial Interruption at Otto’s

 2/10, 8 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Pioneer Works, free

2/10, 7:30  PM pianist and composer Nicolas Namoradze plays his own works plus Scriabin’s Black Mass and works by Bach at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $15 tix avail

2/10, 7:30 PM the St. Cecelia Chamber Ensemble play Mozart’s Oboe and Clarinet Concertos plus a Beethoven piano trio at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St , $10

2/10, 9:30 PM Arpalice – the new ghoul-spaghetti western band from Twin Guns’ Andrea Sicco – at Coney Island Baby, $10 

2/11, 7 PM southwestern gothic icon and Giant Sand mastermind Howe Gelb at Bowery Electric, $15

2/11, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

 2/11-16, 9/11 PM purist swing singer Catherine Russell  leads her septet at Birdland, $30 at the bar

2/11, 10 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

2/12, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 the Mivos Quartet & guitarist Nadav Lev play new music by Murail, Abbasi and Klartag at the Miller Theatre, free

 2/12, 7 PM a major moment in New York music historiography: Roulette is unveiling its historic archive of nearly 4,000 concerts dating back to its first concert in 1978. Today this includes hundreds of audio and video recordings, photos, notes, programs, posters, and ephemera collected, restored, and preserved, with thousands more items to come.” Literally everyone who was anybody in the downtown scene back in the day played Roulette – and a lot still do. Free.

2/12, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian at 55 Bar

2/12, 7 PM indie classical ensemble Tenth Intervention play new music by a fantastic lineup of composers; Zosha DiCastri, Kamala Sankaram, Dorian Wallace, Bethany Younger, Gelsey Bell and others at the Americas Society, free

2/12, 7:30 PM two fearless, politically relevant ensembles: the PubliQuartet and Imani Winds play works by Poulenc, Martinů, Russell Platt, Jeff Scott, Lalo Schifrin, and Valerie Coleman at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall $25 / $15 student

2/12,  7:30 PM new music for voice and organ by Kevin McCarter; Jinhee Han; David Picton; Eugene Marlow; Frank Retzel; Roger Blanc; Richard Brooks and Raoul Pleskow featuring Bill Gross, baritone, with Claudia Dumschat in the console at the Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St. $20

2/12, 8 PM psychedelic funky tropical sounds with El Imperio at Freddy’s 

2/12-16, 8 PM one of the avant garde world’s go-to pianists, Vicky Chow at the Stone with a variety of ensembles, $20. Choice pick: 2/14-15 playing Philip Glass etudes

 2/12, 8 PM kinetic, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift solo at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

 2/12-17, 8:30/10:30 PM the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra play a week on their home turf, $35

 2/12, 8:30 PM soaring, epic all-female mariachi/tropicalia orchestra Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

2/13, 7 PM Jenny Luna and Adam Good of hauntingly slinky Turkish band Dolunay in a rare duo show followed by Balkan chanteuse Vlada Tomova’s Yasna Voices choir at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

2/13, 7 PM the legendary klezmer duo of Andy Statman (clarinet/mandolin) and Walter Zev Feldman (tsimbl/hammered dulcimer) for the first time in 35 years at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St, $15/$10 stud

 2/13, 7:30 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch at Bowery Electric, $10

2/13, 8 PM blowtorch singer Hannah Fairchild’s explosive, lyrically brilliant noir punk power trio Hannah vs. the Many at Arlene’s, $10

2/13, 8 PM quirky, smartly lyrical female-fronted avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Sidewalk

2/13, 8 PM eclectic Romany and Indian-inspired jazz accordionist Will Holshouser at Barbes

2/13, 7:30 PM Stoogoid stoner sludge with the Greasy Hearts at Coney Island Baby, $10

2/13-16, 8 PM a dance and acoustic guitar spectacular with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail

2/13, 9 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner followed by rustic, acerbic front-porch folk singer Jo Williamson at LIC Bar

2/13, 10:30 PM lyrical, incisive alto saxophonist Dave Pietro leads his quintet at Smalls

2/14, 7 PM, repeating 2/16 at 8 pianist Stephen Hough returns to the NY Philharmonic for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3; plus Nielsen’s Helios Overture and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31

 2/14, 7:30 PM energetic Cape Verdean acoustic guitarist/balladeer Tcheka at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/14, 7:30 PM the Du-Rites play slinky oldschool soul and funk grooves at Symphony Space, $20 tix avail for under 30

 2/14, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by raucous all-female Colombian bullerengue trance-chanta band La Perla Bogota 

2/14, 8:30 PM Eleonore Biezunski plays Yiddish love songs from the Ruth Rubin collection at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

2/14, 10 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Los Feliz, 109 Ludlow St (between Rivington and Delancey), free, free Jack Daniels too. 2/28 at 8 they’re at Otto’s, no free Jack Daniels but they will have salty snacks

2/14, 10 PM nebulous chanteuse Adrienne Lenker of Big Thief at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 gen adm

2/14, 11 PM wryly psychedelic cinematic Italophile instrumentalists/parodists Tredici Bacci play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $12 grn adm

2/14. midnight rustic Colombian sounds with the Cumbia River Band at the small room at the Rockwood

2/15, 7 PM irrepressible bassist Moppa Elliott does triple duty: with Advancing on a Wild Pitch, then with the large improvisational ensemble Acceleration Due to Gravity and finally his Unspeakable Garbage, apparent heirs to the Mostly Other People Do the Killing satire-jazz throne at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/15, 7:30 PM Nuyorican legends the New Swing Sextet play oldschool salsa dura at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/15,  8 PM darkly trippy acid jazz/poetry soundscapers Late Sea followed at 9 by the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at the big room at the Rockwood. Downstairs at 8:30 it’s wryly tuneful, purist Americana/C&W band Grain Thief for an additional $15 

2/15, 8 PM the Red Room Orchestra play Twin Peaks soundtracks at Symphony Space,$30 tix avail

2/15, 8 PM day one of the Jalopy’s annual jug band festival with banjo player Little Nora Brown, the all-female, oldtimey Queens of Everything, crazed Steel City Jug Slammers and much more delicate Crisco Dreams, $12

2/15, 8 PM dark cabaret legend Sanda Weigl and her Romany-flavored band followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Gallo Bueno at Barbes

2/15, 8 PM pianist Haesun Paik plays Beethoven piano concertos – the stirring First and dazzlingly powerful Third Piano Concertos, plus Samuel Adler’s Concertino at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp. She’s also at Bwy Presbyterian Church, 114th/Bwy at 5 PM on 2/17  

2/15, 8 PM the NYU01 Orchestra play Barber: Essay No. 1; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

 2/15, 9 PM eclectic, electric, guitarishly excellent C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Bar Chord

2/15, 9 PM newgrass crew the Lost Dog Street Band and punkgrass road warriors the Devil Makes Three at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $27.50 adv tix avail

2/15, 9 PM the Horszowski Trio play works by Wuorinen, Schumann and Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2  at the 92nd St. &, $25

 2/15, 10:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio  at the Fat Cat

2/16, 6 PM low register reedman Josh Sinton’s Phantasos play Morphine covers followed at 8 by  poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango quartet and at 10 by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

2/16, 7 PM psychedelically ripping hammered dulcimer power trio House of Waters play the album release show for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $15

2/16, 7/9 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade leads her group at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

2/16, 7:30 PM indie classical ensemble Tigue Percussion followed by opaque indie darlings Deerhoof playing their 2007 album, Friend Opportunity at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/16, 8 PM charismatic, politically fearless, historically-inspired oldtime country blues duo Piedmont Bluz and bluegrass band Cole Quest & the City Pickers at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

 2/16, 8:30 PM skittish new wave guitar band Dryclean, ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black and Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Coney Island Baby, $10 

 2/16, 8 PM day rwo of the Jalopy’s annual jug band festival with the Dirdy Birdies, Staten Island’s Wahoo Skiffle Crazies, the New Found Country Homebodies and the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – who do an awesome, slyly funny evocation of the Memphis Jug Band – $12

2/16, 8 PM ambient duo Metasplice and Colombian sound sculptor Lucrecia Dalt at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

2/16, 9 PM ageless CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras at Elsewhere, $17

2/16, 9  PM Ensemble Parallax premieres Gabriele Vanoni’s multimedia electroacoustic chamber opera Island of Peoples, incorporating first-person, heart-wrenching stories of immigrants passing through Ellis Island at the turn of the 20th century  at the  Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, $10 

2/16, 10 PM allusively haunting, minimalist folk noir singer Belle-Skinner and original swing/torchsong bandleader Gracie Terzian at City Winery, note $10 standing room tix rec – they’re selling advance tix here now

2/16, 10ish intriguingly opaque parlor postrockers Green & Glass at the Owl

2/16, 10:30 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/roadhouse jamband Lizzie & the Makers at at the big room at the Rockwood

2/17, 2 PM the Calidore String Quartet play works by Beethoven, Haydn, Hannah Lash and Caroline Shaw at the Town Hall, $17

2/17, 3 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho with pianist Elliott Roth at Freddy’s

2/17, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra plays works by Peter Aviss, Edna Longoria, Mikhail Johnson and Hilary Tann; violist Rita Porfiris appears as soloist, free, at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St

2/17, 5 PM pensive folk noir/parlor pop band Little Embers at LIC Bar

2/17, 7 PM one of the great oudists in NYC, Adam Good and band followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

 2/17, 8 PM Chris Ferris & Dancers premiere UNQUANTIFIABLE with composer/cello monster Loren Dempster. “Experience survival and enjoyment of crowds verses solitude,” at Roulette, $18

217, 8 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave, just off the Morgan Ave L stop, $10

2/17, 9:30 PM a rare small club show by haunting noir soul bandleader Karine Denike at Pete’s

2/18, 8 PM Paracosm – the new duo project by saxophonist María Grand and  brilliant Indian percussionist Rajna Swaminathan at Arete Gallery, $15

2/18, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini followed by Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins – one of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC – at LIC Bar

2/18, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

 2/19, 7:30 PM celilst Zlatomir Fung and pianist Tengku Irfan play works by Bloch, Berio, Brahms, Dallabacco and Katherine Balch at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 seats avail  

2/19, 8 PM haunting, magical Middle Eastern classical singer Shelley Thomas and her band followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party

2/19, 8 PMthe all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring original populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides at City Winery, $15

 2/19, 9 PM violinist Joshua Modney and pianist Eric Wubbels perform Anthony Braxton’s Composition No. 222 at Arete Galllery, $15

 2/19-23, 8:30 PM cellist Jeffrey Zeigler plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night wiht Zachary Watkins (guitar) Laura Ortman (violin)

2/19, 9:30 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical electro-punk band Ohmslice at 2A

 2/19, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘s Tromboniverse at Smalls

2/20, 1 PM the mighty, Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex 

2/20, 8 PM ish brilliant noir swing/Romany jazz/latin soul composer and guitarist Jack Martin (ex-Knoxville Girls and Dimestore Dance Band) at Troost

2/20, 9 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at Gold Sounds, $8

2/20, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams with Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne at City Winery, $25 standing room avail

2/20, 8 PM soprano Amy Owens, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Urquiola, baritone Jesse Blumberg, violist Tien-Hsin (Cindi) Wu, and pianists Michael Barrett, Steven Blier and Leann Osterkamp perform art-songs by a global cast of composers: Roberto Sierra, Clarice Assad, Bright Sheng and Daniel Sabzghabei at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 tix avail 

2/20, 8 PM Darmstadt Ensemble play Terry Riley’s In C  at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

2/20, 8 PM acerbic indie classical duo String Noise play “very quiet music written for two violins” by Catherine Lamb,  Jurg Frey and Lou Bunk at Arete Gallery, $20. They’re back here on 2/21 playing the album release show for their new one, $25 includes free prosecco

2/20, 8 PM haunting, purposeful viola improviser Jessica Pavone followed by New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez  with violist Karen Waltuch at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

2/20, 9 PM edgy lefty lead guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band  at Bar Chord

2/21, 7 PM lyrically potent oldtimey songwriter Lenny Molotov – the missing link between Elvis Costello, Hoagy Carmichael and Rev. Gary Davis, maybe – at Sidewalk

2/21, 7:30 PM, repeating 2/22-23 at 2 and 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays Stravinsky’s The Firebird plus works by Ravel at Avery Fisher Hall, $34

2/21, 7:30 PM guitarist Glenn Cryzter and His Savoy Seven play classic 1930s style swing jazz at Symphony Space, $20 tix avail for under 30

 2/21-24, 7:30/9:30 PM sizzling salsa dura band the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $35

2/21, 8 PM psychedelic janglerock guitar icon Chuck Prophet at Union Pool, $15

2/21, 8 PM  a composer portrait concert with colorful Chinese  pianist Wang Lu playing her own works joined by International Contemporary Ensemble and Yarn/Wire at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/21, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist chamber pop stylist Alice Bierhorst and imagistic, compellingly lyrical acoustic songwriter Sandy Bell at the Owl, $10

2/21, 8 PM solo works by composer-performers Gary Philo, Amy Reich and James Bergin  at the DiMenna Center, $15

2/21, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem at SOB’s, $15

2/21, 9 PM poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo’s tango orchestra at Terraza 7, $12

2/21, 8:30 PM clarinetist Adrianne Greenbaum leads her klezmer band at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

2/22, 7  PM ferociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister, acidically loopy psychedelic soundscapes Rosemary Krust and improvisational lo-fi minimalist one-man band Yes Selma at Sunview Luncheonette , 221 Nassau Ave in Greenpoint, G to Nassau Ave, sug don

2/22-23, 7 PM operatic countertenor Ju-eh + electronic soundscaper Hwarg perform their surreal, creepy electroacoustic Living Dying Opera at the Abrons Arts Center, $20   

2/22, 7:30 PM the MSM Orchestra play Respighi’s The Pines of Rome plus works by Liszt and Arurtuinian at Neidorff-Karpati Hall at Manhattan School of Music, 130 Claremont Ave. (just north of W. 122nd St.), free, tix req 

2/22, 7:30 PM legendary Black 47 leader and Irish punk songwriter Larry Kirwan and his allstar band play his new song cycle Ireland and America – A History in Song at the Schimmel Auditorium at Pace University, $30 tix avail

2/22, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/22, 8 PM the Oratorio Society of NY play Berlioz: “La mort d’Ophélie”, Op. 18, No. 2 from Tristia*; Debussy: ”Sirènes” from Nocturnes; Sibelius:  Kullervo, Op. 7 at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $20 seats avail

2/22, 9 PM, repeating 2/23 at 10 rambunctious, occasionally ghoulish rockabilly band the Royal Hounds at Skinny Dennis

2/22, 9:30 in reverse order at the Gutter: eclectic, kinetic female-fronted Afrobeat/postrock/funk jammers Kleptokrat, the twistedly cinematic, psychedelic Ben Pagano and the Space Machine, and skittish, math-y early 80s style new wave funk-punk band Impressionist, $8

2/22, 10 PM cinematic, kaleidoscopic jazz composer/singer Annie Chen  leads her quintet at Nublu $10

2/23, 3 PM the string section from the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra play a potently relevant program: Kenji Bunch’s Supermaximum, Toru Takemitsu’s Requiem, Karen Tanaka’s Dreamscape and  Christopher Theofanidis’ A Thousand Cranes at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W 181st St, free  

2/23, 4 PM the Three Quarters Piano Trio play works by Martinu and Brahms followed at 8 by klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman  leading a trio at Scholes St. Studio, $10 sug don

2/23, 7 PM Rohan Prabhudesai plays solo on harmonium, then joines with Hindustani singer Rahul Thandla with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

2/23, 8 PM Haeun Joo on piano with Matt Holman on trumpet, Danny Weller on bass, Ronen Itzik on drums at I-Beam, $15

2/23, 8 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Cliff Westfall followed by baritone Nashville gothic/honkytonk crooner Sean Kershaw and band at Hank’s, $10

2/23. 8 PM hard-charging oldschool soul/funk/rock singer Bette Smith and band at the big room at the Rockwood

2/23, 8 PM populist, sharply perceptive guitar/vocal duo Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” Sample lyric: “We passed Shea Stadium at ten miles an hour, nothing lasts forever just like the Mets”  

2/23, 9 PM Erin Regan – who blends haunting, emotionally depleted story-songs with jaunty Americana – followed by the similarly brilliant/obscure, lyrically torrential Dan Penta at Sidewalk

2/23, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at the Way Station

2/23, 9:30 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $8

2/23, 10:30 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman followed by sunshine psych-pop songwriter Sam Kogon at Freddy’s

2/24, 3 PM violinist Suliman Tekalli leads  a trio playing works by Ives and Paolo Marchettini at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, Park Slope, any train to Grand Army Plz, sugg don

2/24, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra with violin soloist Ming-Feng Hsin play Dvoř︎ák: Romance; Glazunov: Concerto for Violin; Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3 at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (2/3rd Aves), $20

2/24, 7 PM lustrous pianist Simone Dinnerstein plays works by Franz Schubert, Patrick Zimmerli and Philip Glass at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix avail

2/24, 7 PM iconic singer Lucy Shelton reprises repertoire from her 1980 Naumburg debut recital (Villa-Lobos, Schwantner), plus songs written for her by Carter and Knussen, and premieres Ives song arrangements with the Westerlies brass quartet to celebrate her 75th bday. She’ll also sing works by Ravel, Rossini, and Schubert at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 tix avail

2/24, 7 PM wildfire guitarist Brandon Seabrook leads a trio with with Henry Fraser- bass and Erica Dicker -violin followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

 2/24, 7:30 PM erudite baritone saxophonist Claire Daly leads her quartet at Smalls

2/24, 8 PM Ned Rothenberg and an ensemble of variable instruments (Contemporaneous) play his new piece Beyond C, a concerto for improvising woodwind soloist Inspired by Terry Riley’s In C  at Roulette, $18

2/24, 8:30 PM dark Nashville soul songwriter Paul Burch at Pete’s

2/24, 9 PM anthemic janglerocker Alejandro Meola – who evokes Oasis back when they were a great powerpop band – at Union Pool, $10 

2/24, 10:30 PM serpentine, cinematic art-rock instrumentalists You Bred Raptors at Bowery Electric, $10

2/25. 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 at the ground-floor U100 auditorium at the New School, 63 5th Ave., free

 2/25, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s eclectic, dynamic No No Nonet at Smalls

2/25, 7:30/9:30 PM perennially lyrical pianist Matthew Shipp plays the album release show for his latest trio release at Dizzy’s club, $30

2/25, 7:30 PM Paul Chihara’s “Amatsu Kaze” for soprano, clarinet, flute, violin, cello, and piano: “Amatsu Kaze” is based on seven Haiku dealing with love, death and separation. The second half of the program features pianist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman performing music of Lewis Spratlan, Harold Meltzer, Hannah Lash, and James Matheson, at Symphony Space, $20

2/25, 8 PM Middle Eastern-tinged art-rock singer/pianist Brittany Anjou plays the album release show for her new one Enamiĝo Reciprokataj (Esperanto for “mutual breakdown”) with her trio at the Poisson Rouge, $10 adv tix rec.

2/25, 8 PM avant garde piano titan Kathleen Supové (on Disklavier piano), Dafna Naphtali (electronics, voice, composition), Nick Didkovsky (electronics, guitar, composition) provide “improvisations and surprises” at Arete Gallery, $25

2/25, 9 PM exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets followed by Melissa Gordon of Melissa & the Mannequins – one of the best purist janglerock songwriters in NYC – at LIC Bar

2/25. 10ish feral singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

2/26, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Third Sound play music by Auroco, Castillo plus Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1 at the Miller Theatre, free

2/26, 7:30 PM a killer original Indian music twinbill: violinist Arun Ramamurthy with his Trio +  saxophonist Pawan Benjamin’s quartet A Circle Has No Beginning at Jack, $15

 2/26, 7:30 PM cello/piano sibling duo Marilies and Nikolaus Guschlbauer play pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven, Helmut Schmidinger, and Iván Erőd, among others at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req 

2/26, 8 PM NY Polyphony sings a rare program of Alpine early music by Philippe Verdelot, Cipriano de Rore, plus works by Lassus, Clemens and Palestrina at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St,  $30 tix avail

2/26-3/3, 8:30/10:30 PM pyrotechnic postbop trumpeter Terrell Stafford leads a quintet at the Vanguard, $35

2/26, 8:30ish stark southwestern gothic jangle and clang with And the Wiremen at Troost

2/26, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band on her old home turf at 11th St Bar

2/26, 9:30 PM dark, carnivalesque oldtimey songwriter Feral Foster  at Pete’s

2/26, 10 PM saxophonist Anant Pradhan leads his ska/rocksteady octet at Freddy’s

2/27, 7 PM wildly virtuosic jazz improv trumpeter Peter Evans plus ensemble tba at National Sawdust $25

2/27, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and Richard Strauss’ Suite in B Flat at the ground-floor U100 auditorium at the New School, 63 5th Ave., free

2/27, 7:30 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteuse Julia Patinella in a rare duo show plus Brian Cloud’s hotshot lapsteel player Raphael McGregor in a rare solo show at the American Can Co., $15

2/27, 8 PM haunting noir singer Karla Rose & the Thorns play her menacingly playful, brilliantly lyrical songs at the Bedford, 110 Bedford Ave ((N 10th/11th), Williamsburg

2/27, 9 PM  NO ICE at Otto’s – whaaaaat? NYC’s most potent soul rockers squeezed into that little space? Uh huh.

2/27, 9 PM Jessica Lurie (sax/flute, electronics); Katie Down (glass instruments, metal cello); Sarah Schoenbech (bassoon) & Terry Dame (amazing, original invented instruments, percussion and electronics) at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

2/27, 9 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at LIC Bar

2/28, 7 PM haunting, rapturous Palestinian singer Mira Awad with Guy Mintus on piano at Joe’s Pub, $25

2/28, 7 PM indie classical string quartet Ethel play the first-ever performance of the Julia Wolfe string quartet cycle – all four of them – at the Jewish Museum, $20/$16 stud/srs

2/28, 7:30 PM a rare duo show by Sephardic dance jamband Yemen Blues at Symphony Space, $20 tix avail for under 30

2/28-3/2, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and his countryman percussion ace Pedrito Martinez duel it out at the Jazz Standard, $30

2/28-31, 7:30 PM gothic rock legend JG Thirlwell at National Sawdust is sold out

2/28, 7:30 PM Deviant Septet play Stravinsky’s sardonic, intensely relevant L’Histoire du Soldat at St. Bartholomew’s Church, $25/$10 stud/sr

2/28, 7:30 PM iconic, rapturous AACM pianist/organist Amina Claudine Myers, Nicole Mitchell and Irreversible Entanglements. and poet Camae Ayewa (a.k.a. Moor Mother) collaborate and play separate sets at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

2/28, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/1-2 at 8 pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the NY Philharmonic perform Grieg’s Piano concerto No. 1 plus the Peer Gynt Suite and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $34

2/28, 7:30 PM pianist Per Tengstrand, Katie Liu (viola), Leland Ko (cello) Emiri Morita (violin), and Hana Mundiya (violin) play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 and Sonata No. 9 for Piano and Violin in A Major, Op. 47, “Kreutzer” at Scandinavia House, $25

2/28, 8 PM plaintive Yorkshire/Appalachian singer Jan Bell – whose gloomy chronicles of Brooklyn gentrification are spot-on – with her all-female band the Maybelles followed at 10 by drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinventing classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks at Barbes

2/28, 8 PM cellist Inbal Segev playas music for solo cello by five topnotch women composers -Anna Clyne, Missy Mazzoli, Reena Esmail, Kaija Saariaho, and Gity Razaz- at Roulette, $18 adv tix req

2/28, 8:30 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Gutter, $8

2/28, 8:30 PM a raucous klezmer dance party with music by Ken Maltz, Lauren Brody, Aaron Alexander at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

2/28, 8:30 PM drummer Jeff Davis’ dynamic Quartet with Jason Rigby – tenor sax and Jonathan Goldberger-  guitar at I-Beam, $15

3/1 Ty Segall at Warsaw is sold out – but in that space unless he really turns down you’re not going to hear anything anyway…

3/1, 7 PM sax quartet Nois make their New York debut with three world premieres by New York based composers Nathan Hudson, Howie Kenty and Ed Rosenberg III, plus Gemma Peacocke’s ‘Dwalm’, ‘Thirteen Changes’ from Pauline Oliveros and Georg Friedrich Haas’ ‘Saxophonquartett’ at Arete Gallery, $15

3/1, 7:30/9:30 PM epically brilliant, Shostakovich-inspired jazz pianist/composer Fabian Almazan leads his ensemble at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/1-2 at 8 pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the NY Philharmonic  perform Grieg’s Piano concerto No. 1 plus the Peer Gynt Suite and Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $34

3/1, 8 PM hypnotically invigorating, shamanistic Korean percussion ensemble Noreum Machi at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs/under 18 free w/ID

3/1-2, 8 PM improvisations from a vast cast from the John Zorn circle with the man himself (sax) Michael Nicolas (cello) Ikue Mori (electronics) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Cyro Baptista )percussion) Brian Marsella (keyboards) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ned Rothenberg (sax) Ches Smith (drums) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Jim Staley (trombone) Jon Irabagon (sax) Chris Tordini (bass) Brandon Lopez (bass) Miles Okazaki (guitar) and special guests at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

3/1, 9 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at Hill Country

3/2, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 8 by haunting, charismatic oldtimey-style banjo player and corrosively political songwriter Curtis Eller’s American Circus at Barbes

3/2, 6 PM hauntingly torchy songwriter Daphne Lee Martin at the small room at the Rockwood. Next door at the big room jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover plays at 9 for $10

3/2, 6 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl and his group at Pete’s

3/2, 6 PM purist swing singer Catherine Russell and her amazing band at Bethany Baptist Church – 275 W Market St, Newark, free

3/2, 7 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter at Joe’s Pub, $18

3/2, 7:30 PM firebrand Malian rock chanteuse/bandleader Awa Sangho at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/2, 7:30 PM  Innov Gnawa play a traditional Moroccan Lila trance/healing ceremony – a real rarity in this country on a public stage – at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix req

3/2 8 PM experimental sacred music duo ARIADNE followed by a very rare US performane by French musique concrète pioneer and IRCAM vet Christine Groult at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 studrs

3/2, 8 PM, repeating 3/3 at 3 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra with pianist Jeffrey Kahane play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 plus Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

3/2, 8 PM darkly colorful, perennially interesting bassist Linda May Han Oh leads her Quintet at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/2, 9 PM terse, acerbic trumpet improviser Steph Richards at the Owl

3/2, 9 PM edgy, uneasy female-fronted retro new wavers the New Tarot at the Knitting Factory, $10

3/3, 6 PM tuba duo Avant Garde Working Class with Joe Daley and Jesse Dulman followed at 7 by Karen Ng and Henry Fraser doing a clarinet/bass duo at Downtown Music Galley

3/3, 6 PM guitarslingers Jason Loughlin and John Shannon play Chet Atkins classics and obscurities at Pete’s

3/3, 7:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch solo at Mezzrow, $20, you might want to get there early

3/3, 9 PM intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens at the big room at the Rockwood

3/3 , 11 PM ferociously tuneful ska-punks Uncle Djuzeppe folllowed by haunting Balkan psychedelic rockers Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores at Muchmore’s, $tba 

3/3, 9:30 PM bouncy, incisive Romany jazz group Gaucho at Joe’s Pub, $20

3/3, 10 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Barbes. The following night, 3/4, 6 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood

3/4, 8 PM popular newgrass road warriors Chathan County Line at City Winery, $20 

3/5, 7 PM Venezuelan group El Tuyero Ilustrado – cuatro player Edward Ramírez and singer and percussionist, Rafa Pino – play their new take on traditional  joropo tuyero sounds at the Americas Society, $20

3/5, 8 PM brilliant acoustic guitarist and sardonic alt-country songwriting pioneer Robbie Fulks – of Fuck This Town infamy -at City Vineyard, $15

3/5, 7 PM rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill “with his new nine-piece ensemble Bird Blown Out of Latitude, performing new music born from the disorientation of personal displacement.” trumpeter Aaron Burnett and the Big Machine follow with special guest, the pyrotechnic Peter Evans at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/5, 8 PM masterful improvisational camaraderie with Shipp/Lowe/Cleaver/Ray – Matthew Shipp, Allen Lowe, Gerald Cleaver, Kevin Ray – at  at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

 3/5-9, 8:30 PM postbop/improv jazz drum maven Ches Smith leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Many killer lineups: the best could be 3/8 with Kris Davis (piano), Marc Ribot (guitar), Leon Boykins, Devin Hoff (bass)

3/5-9, 8:30/11 PM iconic fire-and-ice jazz singer Karrin Allyson and band at Birdland, $30 at the bar

3/6, 1 PM pianist Changyong Shin plays a program TBA at the Greene Space, free, rsvp req 

3/6, 7:30 PM avant-rock band Boio, the genre-obliterating Warp Trio, and Forward Music Project – Amanda Gookin’s multimedia project of solo cello works developed to empower women and girls –  followed by Contemporaneous playing works by violet Barnum and Henry Threadgill – a homage to Butch Morris – at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec 

3/6, 7:30 PM iconic art-rockers the Bang on a Can All-Stars play world premieres of indie classical/art-rock dance music by Nicole Lizée, Josué Collado Fregoso, Henry Threadgill, and Trevor Weston, plus “three classics from Bang on a Can history by Annie Gosfield, Arnold Dreyblatt and Glenn Branca, with a rare performance of Branca’s massive “three dimensional” Movement Within, written specifically for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, in his unique tuning system and on his own original instruments” at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/6, 8 PM a night of first-class female improvisers: cinematic multi-instrumentalist/violinist Laura Ortman, multi-keyboardist Liz Kosack, haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn and cellist Okkyung Lee at Union Pool, $12sx

 3/6, 9 PM heavy riff/stoner boogie band Frankie & the Witch Fingers followed by Aussie heavy psych band the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets at the Knitting Factory, $12 

3/6, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

3/6, 10 PM powerhouse New Orleans soul/blues shouter Rev. Sekou at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

3/7, 7 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Drom, $15

3/7, 7:30 PM a killer twinbill with two of the best, most unselfconsciously poignant solo string composer-performers out there: violinist/percussionist Christopher Tignor and Julia Kent playing the album release show for her new one at National Sawdust, $22 adv tix rec

 3/7, 7:30 PM cellist Geirþrúður Anna Guðmundsdóttir with pianist Tomomi Sato play works by Boccherini, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff at Scandinavia House, $20

3/7, 7:30 PM Bella’s Bartok – akin to a more mellow Gogol Bordello – at Symphony Space, $20 for 30 and under

3/7, 7:30 PM intense, microtonal string ensemble the Sirius Quartet play works by composers: Brian Field, Ian Erickson, Jennifer Castellano, Marga Richter, Mari Tamaki, and Sam Post along with their own stuff at the DiMenna Center, $25

3/7, 7:30 PM the Tesla Quartet play works by Beethoven and Respighi at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/7-9, 7:30 PM Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre’s  Le Jardin Qui Rit – a surrealistic dance homage to Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights with live score by Aleksandra Vrebalov at the Baruch College auditorium, $30/$15 stud/srs

3/7, 8 PM ferocious, female-fronted Afrobeat band Underground System  followed by wild Palestinian hip-hop/dancehall reggae/habibi pop band 47soul at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec. Underground System are also at C’Mon Everybody on 3/22 at 11 for five bucks less.

3/7-8, 8 PM, repeating 3/10 at 4 PM Jiva Dance Company’s elegantly apocalyptic performance The Four Horsement with music by Rajkumar Bharathi and lyrics by Shiv Subramanian at Dixon Place, $28

3/7, 8 PM the US debut of edgy, dynamic, uneasily ethereal improvisational extended-technique pianist Irene Aranda in the Black Box Theatre at 244 Rehearsal Studios,  244 W 54th St., $20. 3/8 at 8:30 PM she’s solo at 8:30 at I-Beam, followed by feral bassist Brandon Lopez at 9:30, $15

3/7, 8 PM intrepid bassist Shayna Dulberger leads a quartet with singer Fay Victor, guitarist Ava Mendoza, and drummer Juan Pablo Carletti at Roulette, $18 av tix rec

3/7, 8 PM psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West  at the small room at the Rockwood

3/7, 8 PM a composer portrait of John Zorn by an allstar cast: the Jack Quartet, pianist Steven Gosling and many more at the Miller Theatre, $25 tix avail

3/7, 8:30 PM klezmer violinist Jake Shulman-Ment’s accurately named “MIDWOOD” w/Yoshie Fruchter, Richie Barshay, Eleonore Weill, and special guest, Francesca Ter Bergat Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/7, 9 PM Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at 11th St Bar

3/7, 10 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hank’s, $10

3/8, 6 PM mini-sets by poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez’s provocative jazz poetry quintet with singers Sara Serpa and Charlotte Greve reinventing writing by Bukowski, Sylvia Plath and others; solo vibraphone from the magical Patricia Brennan and piano/flute duos by Lyubov Mirzoyev and Frances Brodeur at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15.

3/8, 7 PM composer-performer Gemma Peacocke’s Waves & Lines song cycle, incorporating poems by Afghan women exploring distance, anonymity, and “strange new forms of intimacy” at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

3/8, 7 PM magically haunting flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez at Joe’s Pub, $30

3/8, 7 PM composer-performer Gemma Peacocke’s Waves & Lines song cycle, incorporating poems by Afghan women exploring distance, anonymity, and “strange new forms of intimacy” at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

3/8, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara’s thundering, tidally shifting two-guitar/two-drum Triple Double at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/8, 7:30/9:30 PM ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson and band at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/8, 7:30 PM violinist Stanichka Dimitrova and the PhiloSonia ensemble explore the concept of sturm und drang in works by Schubert, Wolf and Brahms, woo hoo, at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $25/$10 stud/srs

3/8-9, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play wartime works including Fascist Baby, a world premiere by Tim Kiah; Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, French composer Fernande Breilh-Decruck’s 1944 suite Cinq poèmes chrétiens, the Haydn Trumpet Concerto Friday night and on Saturday, the Haydn Cello Concerto instead at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

3/8, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra with pianist Ingrid Fliter play works by Debussy, Mendelssohn, and Britten at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

3/8, 8 PM sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene and the similarly hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $10

3/8, 9 PM Smock – skittish Joy Division and MBV-influenced guitar band – open for mighty, labyrinthine doom/art-rockers the Hazytones at Lucky 13 Saloon, $tba 

3/8, 11 PM guitar mastermind Mike Rosado’s volcanic, pounding Dick Dale-influenced surf band 9th Wave at Berlin

3/9, 7:30 PM brilliant tabla player/composer and Brooklyn Raga Massive anchor Sameer Gupta does double duty, first in a trio set with sarangi player Rohan Misra and then with sitarist Rishab Sharma at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

3/9, 8 PM one of the year’s best twinbills: brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu and her orchestra and hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadalupian/New Orleans band Delgres a at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/9, 8 PM singer Charmaine Lee makes her Issue Project Room debut solo and in an improvised trio performance featuring id m theft able (voice, objects) and Andrea Pensado (voice, electronics), free

3/9, 9 PM atmospheric, hypnotic guitar soundscaper Scott Helland solo followed at 10 by allusively haunting, minimalist folk noir singer Belle-Skinner at Pete’s 

3/9, 9:30 PM hilarious, savagely cynical, fearlessly political C&W parody band the Great American Country Drifters at Pine Box Rock Shop

3/9, 10 PM sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

3/9, 11 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at the Way Station

3/10, 2 PM Eleonor Bindman and Susan Sobolewski of Duo Vivace play a family-friendly concert including Bernstein’s Overture from Candide and Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20 adults/$10 kids

3/10, 3 PM violist Elise Frawley leads an ensemble playing a program tba at the 92nd St.Y, free

3/10, 3 PM the Neave Trio play a program of works by women composers: Rebecca Clarke’s Piano Trio; Amy Beach’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 150; Cécile Chaminade’s Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 11; and Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio at  Madison Presbyterian Church (921 Madison Ave), $25

3/10, 4 PM the Sometime Boys’ riveting, powerful, theatrical frontwoman Sarah Mucho with pianist Elliott Roth at Freddy’s

3/10, 4 PM the Publiquartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/10, 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 – with similarly haunting pianist Matt Kanelos at Pangea, $20

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

3/11, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, darkly lyrical Israeli jazz pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery, $25. He’s back there on 3/20 with brilliant vibraphonist Joel Ross

3/11, 8 PM the NYU01 Orchestra play Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 35, “Haffner”Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

3/11, 8:30 PM lavish oldschool style New Orleans funk/soul orchestra bandleader Brother Joscephus  at City Winery, $20 standing room vail

3/11, 10:30 PM  fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s eclectic, dynamic No No Nonet at Smalls

3/12, drinks at 5:30, show at 6 Marilyn Nonken plays piano music of Tristan Murail at the Miller Theatre, free

3/12-16, 8:30/11 PM purist saxophonist Vincent Herring’s History of Jazz – an epic suite spanning classics from the early swing era to the present day – at Birdland, $30 at the bar

3/12, 7:30 PM violinist and composer Megumi Saruhashi with her Middle Eastern ensemble at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton at Washington St., Ft Greene,

3/12, 7:30/9:30 PM the haunting, smokily atmospheric Michael Leonhart Orchestra at the Jazz Standard, $30

3/12-17, 8/10:30 PM soaring, politically relevant, brilliantly purposeful alto saxophonist Miguel Zenon leads his quartet at the Vanguard

3/12-13, 8/10:30 PM perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/12-16, 8:30 PM indie classical chamber group Talea Ensemble play with a series of guests at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Gato Loco guitar shredder Lily Maase

3/12, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy‘s Tromboniverse at Smalls

3/13 and 3/19 at 7:30 PM, also 3/15-16 at 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play the Mozart Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

3/13, 9 PM late 80s powerpop heroes Teenage Fanclub at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

3/13, 10 PM the Last Nites play the Pulp Fiction soundtrack; also on the bill: NY horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers at the Mercury, $10 adv tix rec.

3/14, 6 PM  bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton leads her group at Silvana

3/14, 7 PM haunting Mexican jazz and pan-latin singer Magos Herrera teams up with perennially adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/14, 7:30 PM fiery Portuguese twelve-string guitar sorceress Marta Pereira da Costa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised. She’s also at Drom a half-hour earlier the next day for $15.

3/14, 7:30/9:30 PM veena virtuoso Saraswathi Ranganathan witih her brother, Ganapathi, on mridangam at the Jazz Gallery, $20

3/14, 7:30 PM rapturous Indian carnatic composer/violinist Arun Ramamurthy with his trio at Symphony Space, $20 for 30 and under

3/14, 8 PM iconic avant garde singer/composer Joan La Barbara‘s Scenes from Dreams of Water Beyond One’s Depth; also, FLUX Quartet violinist Tom Chiu leads his Ensemble Metrix at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/14, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform works by Valerie Coleman, Yotam Haber, Eric Moe and Ralph Shapey at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

3/14, 8 PM conversational pianist Jeffrey Siegel plays Beethoven Sonatas at Scandinavia House, $25

3/14, 8 PM irrepressible, historically informed, crystalline-voiced folk noir/art-rock/loopmusic songwriter Elisa Flynn at Troost

3/14, 8;30  PM Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Klezmer Ensemble, led by colorful violinist Zoe Aqua at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/14, 9:30 PM the haunting, stark, ancient sounds of the Yale Slavic Chorus at the Owl

3/15, 6:30 PM cellist Bryan Hayslett presents a rare portrait concert of obscure/influential avant garde composer Lee Hyla’s chamber works: the piano trio Mother Popcorn Revisited based on a James Brown song; an iconic trio for cello, piano, and percussion titled Dream of Innocent III. Other performers include Tristan McKay and Robert Fleitz (piano), Jess Tsang (percussion), Michiko Theurer and Paul Hauer (violins), and Hannah Levinson (viola) at the Stone at the New School, $20

3/15, 7 PM indie classical ensemble Longleash and mezzo-soprano Lucy Dhegrae play Shawn Jaeger’s Places We Know – a collection for digital piano trio inspired by the soundscapes of urban and rural streams, rivers, and harbors including field recordings from Muscota Marsh (Inwood) Red Hook Channel (Brooklyn), Beargrass Creek (Louisville, KY), Coleman Run (Nerinx, KY), and Chenoweth Run (Louisville, KY), at Arete Gallery, $15

3/15, 7:30 PM Venezuelan percussionists Roberto and Luisito Quintero’s oldschool Salsa Project at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/15, 8 PM the unpredictably fun, funny  art-rock/psychedelic soul band the Academy Blues Project  at Silvana

3/15, 8 PM reggae-rockers Zion80 and wild, hilarious klezmer punks Golem at Drom, $15 adv tix rec 

 3/15, 8 PM the Philadelphia Orchestra play Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 plus Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 at NJPAC in Newark, $30 tix avail

3/15, 8 PM violinist Maya Bennardo and pianist Karl Larson play music of Charles Ives at the Owl

3/15, 8:30 PM haunting Bulgarian singer Biliana Voutchkova with similarly haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn at I-Beam, $15

3/15, 8 PM perennially brilliant low-register reedman Josh Sinton performs his lushly looming, enveloping Krasa contrabass clarinet project at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

3/15, 8 PM purposefully atmospheric guitarist Gyan Riley with drummer David Cossin and bassist Jared Engel at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20. Riley’s here the following night, 3/16 with the amazing, even more atmospheric Arooj Aftab

3/15, 9 PM hypnotically emveloping, atmospheric guitarist/soundscaper Rafiq Bhatia, Ian Chang (electronic and acoustic drums) and Jackson Hill (bass and synthesizers) at the  Kitchen, $25

3/16, 2 PM two of the world’s most lyrical, captivating Indian carnatic violinists, Trina Basu and Anjna Swaminathan “engage together in an improvisational dialogue with an art piece of their choice during a special museum “Art & Music” tour” at the Rubin Museum of Art

3/16, 5:30 PM Alice Jones, flute | Anneke Schaul-Yoder, cello | Derin Öge, piano play works by Beethoven contemporary Louise Farrenc and Michael Fiday at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/16, 8 PM hypnotically percussive Afro-Honduran sounds with the Garifuna Jazz Ensemble: at Flushing Town hall, $16

3/16, 9 PM amazing, mostly-female, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos at City Winery, $20 gen adm

3/16, 9 PM hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at Bowery Ballroom, $25

3/16, 10 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess  at Hank’s, $10

3/17, 3 PM Benjamin Larsen, cello and Hyungjin Choi, piano​ play works by Grieg, Schumann and Robert Sirota at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

3/17, 4 PM sensational, whirlwind nuevo tango bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/17, 7 PM veteran Irish crooner Pierce Turner – at one time he was doing a mashup of the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at Joe’s Pub, 25

3/17, 7:30/9 PM oldschool stride sounds: Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet), Ehud Asherie (piano) at Mezzrow, $20

3/17, 9 PM high-voltage psychobilly band the Goddamn Gallows at the Kingsland, $tba

3/18, 9:30 PM jazz group the Atom String Quartet at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

3/19, 7:30 PM Norwegian indie classical group Ensemble Neon perform video and sound pieces by Jan Martin Smørdal, Ane Marthe Holen and Lars Skoglund, plus My Red Red Blood, “an excursion into the sound world of Marina Rosenfeld” at Scandinavia House, free

3/19, 7 PM Kristin Lee, violin & Jeremy Jordan, piano play 20th-century American music from ragtime to today, with a special emphasis on improvisation, with works by George Gershwin (arr. Jasha Heifetz), J.J. Johnson (arr. Jeremy Ajani Jordan), Scott Joplin (arr. Jeremy Ajani Jordan), John Novacek, Kevin Puts, and Jonathan Ragonese at 1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/19, 8 PM pianist Alex Peh collaborates with percussionists Susie Ibarra, Kyaw Kyaw Naing and flautist Claire Chase to perform new Asian-tinged works at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/20, 7 PM Patrick Higgins’ two-movement piano trio Tocsin performed by pianist Vicky Chow, cellists Jay Campbell and Mariel Roberts, employing “subtle mechanical preparations for piano and a unique instrumentation to create a music where the line between piano, cello, and otherworldly source constantly traversed, undermined, and transformed’ at 1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/20, 7 PM cellist Amanda Gookin plays six new works from five female composers — Alex Temple, Shelley Washington, Kamala Sankaram, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and National Sawdust honcho Paola Prestini  at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

3/20-21, 7:30 PM hard-charging postbop tenor saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins leads his group at Smalls

3/20, 9 PM brilliant noir swing/Romany jazz/latin soul composer and guitarist Jack Martin (ex-Knoxville Girls and Dimestore Dance Band) at Troost

3/20, 9:30 PM subtly psychedelic, dynamic, eclectic Niger desert rock guitarist Bombino and band at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv rtix rec

3/21, 7 PM the harrowing, immigration-themed multimedia performance Ask Hafiz – the story of Sahar Muradi’s tumultuous journey from a Soviet-ruled Afghanistan to Queens. “Along the way, Sahar, following an age-old practice, asks questions to the book of poetry by Hafiz. The answers are revealed through songs composed and sung by Haleh Liza, dance choreographed and performed by Malini Srinivasan, with music by Adam Maalouf, Trina Basu, Bala Skandan and Rich Stein, at Joe’s Pub

3/21, 7:30 PM the deservedly acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus sing new work by Owen Pallett, joined by Alev Lenz for a set of her songs followed by by similarly lush, enigmatic art-rock/parlor pop band Wye Oak at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/21, 8 PM a string-driven thing at Drom:  apocalyptic string quartet Sevensuns, eclectic, funky parlor jazz violinist Mazz Swift’s MazzMuse, Joe Deninzon’s wickedly fun string metal band Stratospheerius and strings-and-percussion crew 2Birds Band, $15 adv tix rec 

 3/21, 8 PM  saxophonist María Grand’s “Music As a User’s Manual” which “Invites the audience to use it as a manual – the manual will offer several things that can be done: scream; meditate; and others” at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/21, 8 PM veteran electric Chicago blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at City Vineyard, $20

3/21, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams with Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne at City Winery $25 standing rom vail

3/21, 9 PM the kings of macabre British noir doom music, All Them Witches at Bowery Ballroom, $20

3/21, 9 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Hank’s, $10

3/22-23, 7:30/9 PM  reliably tuneful postbop piano vet George Cables s solo at Mezzrow, $25

3/22-23, 8 PM brilliantly eclectic vibraphonist Joel Ross with Sergio Tabanico – tenor saxophone; Kanoa Mendenhall – bass; Jeremy Dutton – drums at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $20

3/22, 8:30 PM majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC. at Freddy’s

3/22, 9:30 PM explosive Boston original Balkan crew Cocek Brass Band at Radegast Hall

3/23, 2 PM the Orchestra of St Luke’s play a composer portrait of Gabriela Lena Frank at Flushing Town Halll, free w/rsvp 

3/23, 3 PM the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra play works by Korngold, Britten, Anna Clyne and Michael Torke at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W 181st St, free  

3/23, 7:30 PM terse, purposeful classical Indian raga ambience: Rohan Misra on sarangi with Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20 

3/23, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud  and wild female-fronted Russian turbo-folk jammers Romashka  at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/23. 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra play Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony No. 8, the Dvorak Cello Concerto at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

 3/23, 9 PM psychedelic Pakistani crooner Ali Sethi and His Lahore Band at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/24, 2 PM the LA Guitar Quartet play works by Handel, Liszt, Pat Metheny and others at the Town Hall, $17 tix avail

3/24, 4 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/24, 5 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players perform works by Mozart, Schumann, and Bruch at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs

3/24, 8:30 PM catchy, politically fearless soulstress Alice Lee – Nina Simone meets Fiona Apple – at Pete’s

3/25, 7:30 PM darkly glimmering jazz pianist/composer Guy Mintus plays a solo set followed by one with clarinetist Mark Dover at 1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/25, 7:30 PM majestic, slinky cumbia orchestra the Gregorio Uribe Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20

3/25, 9:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Pete’s

3/26, 7:30 PM violinist Bella Hristova leads an ensemble playing works by Messiaen, Bach, Zwilich and Brahms at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

3/26, 7:30 PM the Canadian Guitar Quartet reinvent works  by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Pouilenc, Ravel and Brahns at the Baruch College auditorium, free, rsvp req 

3/26-27. 8/10:30 PM  iconic bassist Ron Carter leads an ensemble TBA at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/26-30, 8:30 PM epically lyrical alto saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum plays with a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Coice pick: 3/30 with his NY Heiroglyphics

3/27, 7 PM fiercely brilliant guitar twinbill: solos and duels between Ava Mendoza with Wilco’s Nels Cline at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/28, 7:30 PM pianist Per Tengstrand with Leland Ko (cello), Hana Mundiya (violin), Noah Pacis (viola), and Soyeong Park (violin) play Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 and Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major at Scandinavia House, $25

3/28, 7:30 PM singer Min Jin and others perform classical Korean gajok art-songs backed by a chamber ensemble at Merkin Concert Hall, free, res req, limit 2 tix per person

3/28, 8 PM dynamic avant-garde harp luminary Zeena Parkins plays her new improvisational suite Captiva at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

3/28, 8:30 PM a raucous klezmer dance party with music by Ken Maltz, Lauren Brody, Aaron Alexander at Town & Village Social Hall, 334 E 14th St.(between 1st & 2nd Ave.), $15

3/28, 7:30 PM Iraqi maqam music icon Hamid Al-Saadi with trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s hypnotic, incisive classical Iraqi music ensemble Safaafir at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/29, 7 PM genre-smashing avant-jazz saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou and her band play her harrowing jazz suite Comfort Girl, about women forced into sexual slavery under the Japanese in WWII at Joe’s Pub, $15

3/29, 7 PM allstar Indian music collective the Women’s Raga Massive with an especially potent lineup:  Deepal Sanghvi Chodhari (santoor), Roopa Mahadevan (vocals), Roshni Samlal (tabla), and Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

 3/29. 7 PM the Latin American Chamber Players perform works by Ravel, Boulanger, Francaix, Roussel and Poulenc at Scholes St. Studios, $20 

 3/29, 7 PM pianist Conor Hanick and Parallax Ensemble play works by Kati Agócs, Balázs Futó, Nicolas Namoradze; Robert Beaser and Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade; and the U.S. premiere of Petrichor, a violin-piano duet based on J.S. Bach by Jocelyn Morlock at 1 Rivington St. upstairs, $15/$10 stud/srs

3/29, 8 PM violin loopmusic artist Joe Kye with percussionist William Catanzaro and pianist Josh Ehrlich at Flushing Town Hlal, $16

3/29, 10 PM Dakha Band mix up north and South African sounds at Club Bonafide, $15

3/30, 8 PM Anda Union play ancient, windswept Mongolian themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

3/30, 8 PM Appalachian music maven Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters play the album release show for their new one at the Jalopy, $20

3/30, 7:30 PM the Argus Quartet play works by Debussy, Theofanidis, Mendelssohn and Josquin des Prez at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

3/30, 8 PM otherworldly Moroccan mountain jams with downtown NYC types: Bachir & Mustapha Attar of the Master Musicians of Jajouka with Ned Rothenberg, Arrington De Dionysio & Ben Bennett at Roulette, $30/$26 stud/srs

3/30. 8 PM composers and instrumentalists Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom — the U.S.’s only extant daxophone consort – at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs “The daxophone is a thin wooden strip played with a bow, created by the German improviser/inventor Hans Reichel in 1987. The instrument’s sound, somewhere between a cello and badger, ranges from furtive gurgles and delicate whistles to wild screams.”

3/30 catchy female-fronted powerpop band Big Eyes – who absolutely nail a late 70s/early 80s CBGB sensibility – play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool 

3/31, noon the annual Queens Overground Jazz Festival, acts TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free, res req

3/31, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play works by Shostakovich, Faure and Michael Kropf at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/31, 4 PM avant garde crooner Theo Bleckmann with Ike Sturm and Jesse Lewis at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/31, 8 PM haunting Turkish art-rock guitarist/crooner Ahmet Aslan at Drom, $30 adv tix re

3/31, 7:30 PM new updates on haunting old Middle Eastern sounds: Takht al-Nagham featuring Arab Idol superstar Farrah Yousef, the Tarab Ensemble, and Nano Raies at Roulette, $25 adv tix rec

3/31, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton  leads his ensemble at Smalls

 4/1-2, 7:3/9:30 PM this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leads a quartet with Liberty Ellman on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

4/4, 7:30 PM, repeating 4/5 at 8 PM and 4/6 at 2 and 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play works by Beethoven, Bernstein, Stucky ,Wagner and very young composers at Avery Fisher Hall, $5 tix available to NYPD, NYFD, EMT, and NYC city service professionals. 

4/7, 5 PM the Kandinsky Trio perform a lyrical early Beethoven piano trio and then will be joined by clarinetist Jose Garcia Taborda and narrator Patricia Raun for Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs

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

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

Dynamic, Kaleidoscopic Massed Improvisational Sprawl from Ingrid Laubrock

As a saxophonist, Ingrid Laubrock has formidable chops, borderless ambitions and an often devious sense of humor. While she’s been increasingly sought after for prestige big band gigs in the last couple of years, her own compositions up til now have been mostly for small groups, heavy on the improvisation. This blog characterized her 2016 album Ubatuba as “free jazz noir.” Her latest release, Contemporary Chaos Practices – streaming at Bandcamp – is her most ambitious project to date: two lushly invigorating, Braxton-esque pieces for orchestra and soloists. Those looking for bouncy hooks and swing won’t find it here, but as far as grey-sky massed improvisation, vivid unease and wry humor are concerned, this album is hard to beat.

One big innovation here is that Laubrock employs two conductors. Eric Wubbels conducts the score, while the conduction of Taylor Ho Bynum guides the improvisational aspects of the performance. A big whoosh from the 42-piece orchestra kicks off guitarist Mary Halvorson’s insistent pointillisms as the first segment of the epic four-part title piece gets underway, quickly echoed by the full ensemble: the hammering effect is very Louis Andriessen. Echoey, after-the-battle desolation alternates with massive upward swells; hushed flickers interchange with assertive, massed staccato. From there, a big, portentous heroic theme gets devoured by a flitting swarm of instruments: the effect as funny as it is disconcerting.

The first two movements segue into each other; the third begins with Messiaenic birdsong-like figures, then Jacob Garchik’s trombone kicks off a deliciously off-center, frantic chase scene from the whole ensemble. Led by dissociative figures from the strings, the calm afterward foreshadows the eerie resonance of the coda, awash in enigmatic low brass while Kris Davis’ electric piano flickers and flutters like the celeste in a Bernard Herrmann horror film score.

The album’s second piece, Vogelfrei, begins lush and still, Davis’ muted, ghostly piano signaling a droll exchange between strings and low brass. The intricacy of the interplay, right down to the tongue-in-cheek whistling of the strings amid a slowly emerging, lustrous melody, may be more thoroughly composed than it seems. Comedic moments – Halvorson’s guitar detective hitting a brick wall and then collapsing, and a yes-we-can/no-you-can’t smackdown – liven an otherwise persistent disquiet. A sepulchral choir of voices enters as the instruments build to a crowded skatepark tableau, which disappears only to pop up again.

Davis’ brooding neoromantic figures echo over a distant whirl and bustle, followed by a couple of slow but vigorous upward crescendos. Moments of bittersweet melody fall away one after the other, fading down and out with a long shiver from the strings a la Julia Wolfe.

Laubrock’s New York home these days is the Jazz Gallery, although she also likes to explore the fringes, both literally and figuratively. Her next gig is on Jan 31 at Holo in Ridgewood with a like-minded cast of improvisers: guitarist Ava Mendoza, microtonal violinist Sarah Bernstein, bassists Adam Lane and Brandon Lopez, and drummer Vijay Anderson. It’s not clear who’s playing when or with whom, but the lineup is worth coming out for whatever the case might be. Showtime is 7 PM; cover is $15.

Winter Jazzfest, New York, January 12, 2019: Late Start, Early Departure

The new “luxury” Public Hotel at 215 Chrystie Street in Chinatown was constructed so cheaply that they didn’t even spend the two hundred bucks it would have cost them to put a sink in the men’s latrine.

The exit door swings open to the inside. There are also no paper towels.

Meaning that if you want to leave, you have to use your bare hand to yank something that many other dudes have yanked earlier in the evening, presumably with bare hands as well.

What relevance does this have to night two of the big marathon weekend of Winter Jazzfest 2019? You’ll have to get to the end of this page to find out.

For this blog, the big Saturday night of the increasingly stratified annual event began not in Chinatown but at the eastern edge of the Bleecker Street strip, which has traditionally traded in its cheesiness for a couple of nights of jazz bliss to accommodate the festival. Less so this year.

What’s the likelihood of seeing a band playing spaghetti western rock two nights in a row? It happened this weekend at Winter Jazzfest. Guitarist/singer Markus Nordenstreng, co-leader of the eclectic Tuomo & Markus took an early stab at defusing a potential minefield. “I know we’re pushing the limits of what you can do at a jazz festival. But we’re Finnish, so we don’t have to play by the rules,” he grinned. The group had just slunk their way through a triptych of slow, lurid, Lynchian soundtrack instrumentals in front of an aptly blue velvet backdrop. Trumpeter Verneri Pohjola took centerstage in a mashup of Angelo Badalamenti and late Bob Belden noir, with a couple of departures into Morricone-esque southwestern gothic. After that, Nordenstreng sang a new wave-flavored tribute to Helsinki pirate radio and then took a turn for the worse into Americana.

In past editions of the festival, the thrill of getting into a coveted set has too often been counterbalanced by the failure to do the same: a festival pass doesn’t guarantee admission, considering how small some of the clubs are. Down the block from Zinc Bar, it was heartwarming to see a long line hoping to get in to catch darkly tuneful pianist Guy Mintus with explosive singer Roopa Mahadevan. It was less heartwarming to have to go to plan B.

Which meant hunkering down and holding a seat for the better part of an hour waiting for Jen Shyu to take the stage at the rundown venerable cramped intimate Soho Playhouse. Shyu’s music inhabits a disquieting dreamworld of many Asian languages and musical idioms. She’s a talented dancer, a brilliantly diverse singer and composer. At this rare solo gig, she played more than competently on Taiwanese moon lute, Japanese biwa, Korean gayageum, American Rhodes piano and Korean soribuk drum, among other instruments.

Shyu’s themes are often harrowing and fiercely populist; this show was a chance to see how unselfconsciously and bittersweetly funny she can be, via a retelling of an ancient, scatological Taiwanese parable about the dangers of overreaching. “Cockfighting,” she mused. “You can laugh. It’s a funny word.” It got way, way funnier from there, but a dark undercurrent persisted, fueled by the devastating loss of a couple of Javanese friends in a brutal car crash in 2016.

Back at Subculture, it was just as redemptive to watch Dave Liebman challenge himself and push the envelope throughout a mystical, hypnotic trio set with percussionists Adam Rudolph and Hamid Drake. Liebman’s meticulous, judiciously slashing modal work on soprano sax was everything a packed, similarly veteran house could have wanted. His trilling wood flute, adventures plucking under the piano lid, and unexpectedly emphatic, kinetic tenor sax were more of a surprise from a guy who’s in many ways even more vital than he was forty years ago – and that says a lot. Rudolph wound up the set playing sintir – the magical Moroccan acoustic bass – and looping a catchy gnawa riff as Drake boomed out a hypnotic beat on daf frame drum.

Even better than two successive nights of spaghetti western music was two nights of Carmen Staaf compositions. The poignantly lyrical pianist shared the stage with the similar Ingrid Jensen on Friday night; last night, Staaf was with polymath drummer Allison Miller and their wryly titled Science Fair band with Dayna Stephens on tenor sax, Jason Palmer on trumpet and Matt Penman on bass. Staaf proved a perfect, hard-hitting rhythmic foil throughout Miller’s compositions, which are as restless as Miller’s drumming would have you believe. We’re not just taking A and B and C sections; we’re talking M and N and maybe more, considering how many fleeting ideas were flickering through her metrically glittering tunes. Palmer started out as bad hardbop cop but got lingeringly Romantic, fast; Stephens stayed in balmy mode, more or less. And Miller’s hyperkinetic, constantly counterintuitive accents added both mirth and mystery to Staaf’s methodically plaintive balladry, a richly bluesy Mary Lou Williams homage and a final, broodingly modal latin-tinged anthem.

That’s where the night ended for this blog; much as it could have been fun to watch tenor sax heavyweights JD Allen and David Murray duke it out, or to hear what kind of juju trumpeter Stephanie Richards could have conjured up alongside reedman Oscar Noriega, sometimes you have to watch your health instead.

Now about that bathroom and how that factors into this story. According to the printed festival schedule, there was a whole slate of hot swing jazz scheduled in a downstairs room – hidden behind an unmarked, locked doorway, as it turned out – at the “luxury” Public Hotel. According to a WJF staffer, a last-minute change of venue two train stations to the north was required when the hotel suddenly cancelled because someone had offered them more money to do a wedding there instead. The result was a lot of mass confusion.

And the Public Hotel staff did their best to keep everybody in the dark. None of the support people seemed to have been briefed that such a room existed, let alone that there was any such thing as Winter Jazzfest – notwithstanding that the hotel had been part of the festival less than 24 hours before. Those who knew that there actually was such a room gave out conflicting directions: no surprise, since it’s tucked away in an alcove with no signage.

It is pathetic how many people will not only kiss up to those they view as bosses, but also emulate their most repulsive characteristics. Cornered by a posse of a half dozen of us, the Public Hotel’s front desk people on the second floor wouldn’t make eye contact. Despite repeated entreaties, they pretended we didn’t exist. Entitlement spreads like herpes.

A floor below, the bar manager couldn’t get his story straight. First, there was no way to the downstairs room other than through the locked outside door. Then, woops, it turned out that there was an elevator, but that we weren’t “allowed to use it.” Likewise, he told us that the venue – whose website didn’t list the night – also didn’t have a number we could call for information.

“A Manhattan music venue without a phone, that’s a first,” a veteran in our posse sneered.

The simpering manager finally copped to the fact that there was in fact a phone, “But it’s private.” Would he call it, or get one of his staff to call it for us and find out what the deal was? No.

“The hotel and the venue are separate places,” he confided – and then enumerated the many types of information the two share. What he didn’t share was what would have sent us on our way. And maybe he didn’t have the answer. What was clear was how much he wanted us to abandon our search, and stay and pay for drinks amidst the Eurotrash.

One tireless member of our posse went down into the basement and opened one of many, many doors marked “private.” Behind it was the kitchen. One of the cooks, a personable individual eating a simple plate of what appeared to be Rice-a-Roni, volunteered to help. First, the cook suggested we go up to the front desk and ask. After hearing how all we were getting was the runaround, the cook was still down for finding an answer: “Let me just finish this and I’ll come up with you.”

As welcome as the offer was, one doesn’t drag people away from their dinner…or into a fiasco that clearly was not going to be resolved. But it was reassuring to know that in the belly of the beast, surrounded by Trumpie Wall Street trash and their enablers who mistakenly think they can get ahead by aping them, that good people still exist.

Mesmerizing Contrabass Clarinet Atmospherics From John McCowen

One of the most subtly magical atmospheric albums released in recent months is John McCowen’s Solo Contra album, streaming at Bandcamp. It’s a trio of solo compositions for contrabass clarinet. McCowen is a protege of Roscoe Mitchell and has a background in punk jazz; this album brings to mind the former if not the latter. Lesley Flanigan’s experiments with speakers and audio feedback are another strong point of comparison. McCowen’s formula seems simple but is actually very technically daunting: to employ this relatively rare, low-pitched instrument to produce surrealistically oscillating, keening high textures via tireless circular breathing.

Gritty, simmering ambience rises out of a mist as the first track, Fur Korv gets underway. Valves pop delicately in the room’s tantalizing natural reverb; high harmonics build slowly and disappear in a second.

It’s amazing how many of those harmonics McCowen is able to simultaneously tease out of the horn in the second number, Chopper HD, a study in burred high frequencies. Much as the sonics often evoke a circular saw, or a loose fanwheel that could use some grease, it doesn’t appear that McCowen uses any electronic effects to make his job easier.

McCowen’s magnum opus here is the practically seventeen-minute suite Berths 1-3. Digeridoo-like spirals contrast with barely audible, breathy white noise; as the pitches grow higher and more acidically scratchy, it’s a clinic in rattle and hum, a treble counterpart to the diesel-beyond-the-bulkhead ambience of Gebhard Ullmann’s BassX3 project. This isn’t music that will hit you over the head, but you can get completely lost in it.