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Baritone Sax Goddess Moist Paula Henderson Explores Her More Devious Side

Moist Paula Henderson is one of the world’s most distinctive and highly sought after baritone saxophonists. She got her nickname as the co-leader of legendary downtown punk-dance sax-bass-drums trio Moisturizer. She’s toured the world with avant jazz collective Burnt Sugar, noir rock crooner Nick Waterhouse and oldtime blues marauder C.W. Stoneking, among others. She’s also the not-so-secret weapon in Rev. Vince Anderson’s ecstatically careening gospel-funk jamband. But she’s not limited to baritone sax: like Marshall Allen of the Sun Ra Arkestra, she also plays the electronic wind instrument, a.k.a. EWI.

The last time this this blog was in the house to catch one of Henderson’s “GPS” gigs, as she calls them, was last month at Troost in a trio with multi-instrumentalist and film composer Dorothea Tachler and inventor/guitar shredder Nick Demopoulos. The three played music to get lost in, improvisation on the highest level, throughout a mix of themes that seemed at least semi-composed.

And the music was as fun as it was enveloping and trippy. Henderson is one of the world’s great musical wits: she takes her art very seriously, but not herself. She introduced a couple of long, kaleidoscopically unwinding soundscapes with wry P-Funk-style wah-wah basslines. Throughout about 45 minutes of music, Henderson got just about every sound that can be conjured out of an EWI, further enhanced by Tachler’s constant looping and shifting the riffs through an serpentine series of patches on her mixers. When she wasn’t occupied with that, Tachler sang calm, balmy vocalese, played and then looped all sorts of catchy, warpy riffs on a mini-synth, and on the night’s most ornately assembled sonic adventure, played and then looped a series of austere violin phrases.

Waves of gentle countermelodies, droll marching band cadenzas, artful pairings of fuzzy lows and twinkling highs from both EWI and the rest of the instruments, a rapturous quasi-Americana hymn and twinkling trails of deep-space dust wafted through the mix. At the end of the set, Demopoulos joined the duo, adding shifting tones on a couple of home-made analog synths as well as a custom-built, brightly color-coded keytar called a SMOMID. Silly vocoder-like phrases mingled within an increasingly warmer framework, the bassline growing gentler and more pillowy. They brought the morass of shifting textures down to the just that bassline and a few upper-register sparkles, then took it up again, building a starlit backdrop peppered with woozy Dr. Dre synth. They faded it down with a couple of mini lightning bolts and an echoey bubble or two. Henderson’s next show is with the Rev. – as the dancers who pack his Monday night residency like to call him – at Union Pool on April 10 at around 10:30 PM.

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

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

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: Apr 19 , May 17,  June 21, and Sundays at 4:  Apr 23,  May 21,  June 25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Tuesdays in April: 4/11, 18 and 25, 10ish noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Union Pool, $10

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

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in April, 6 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd with several of his many similarly edgy collaborators at Barbes. Expect classics from across the Jewish music diaspora as well as slyly witty originals. 

Three Saturdays in April: 4/1, 4/15 and 4/29 epic minor-key New Orleans blues/klezmer/soca/reggae jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

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

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

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

Sundays in April, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

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

4/1, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – followed at 6 by pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd and band playing music from a forthcoming album followed at 8 by pianist Lucian Ban and violist Mat Maneri playing their creepy Transylvanian jazz followed and at 10 by epic, sweeping, adventurous Sinaloa-style mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes Whew.Songs About Extraordinary People are also here on 4/8 at 4 as well.

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

4/1, 7/9:30 PM Gil Scott-Heron’s longtime pianist Kim Jordan plays a GSH tribute at SOB’s, $20

4/1, 7 PM NY Turk Musiki Cemiyeti play classic and contemporary Turkish orchestral music for string ensemble and choir at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/1, 7 PM theatrical, psychedelic, ragtime/barrelhouse pianist/songwriter Jack Spann does double duty, playing his own art-rock and then with sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego at Sidewalk

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

4/1, 7:30 PM Aussie psychedelic stars King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – who are going in an amazing, Middle Eastern-flavored microtonal rock direction – at Webster Hall, $22

4/1, 7:30 PM the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra’s Anthony Marwood, violin and Aleksandar Madžar, piano play works by Janacek, Ravel, Beethoven and Prokofiev at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

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

4/1, 8 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

4/1, 8 PM Misha Piatigorsky‘s tuneful, dynamic, wit-infused Sketchy Orkestra at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/1, 8:30 PM darkly Stonesy, slinky guitar band the Deadly Wights at Muchmore’s. Catch em now while they’re on the way up. 

4/1, 8:30 PM Greg Lewis’ innovative Organ Monk trio at Bar Lunatico

4/1, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with brooding, stomping Russian prison songs reinvented as surf rock by the Vivisectors, the icy reverb-drenched Blue Wave Theory at 10, tunefully jangly Strange but Surf at 11 and allstar Link Wray cover band the Wraycyclers sometime around midnight.

4/1, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

4/1, 9 PM eclectically tuneful swing/noir/pastoral jazz combo the Jazz Thieves followed by hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at the Way Station. The Jazz Thieves are also here on 4/8. 

4/1, 9:30 PM Cantata Profana perform clarinet and violin music by Kurtag, Bach, Claude Vivier and more at Joe’s Pub, $15

4/1, 10:30 PM the stomping, surprisingly energetic Earthmouth – pigsnorting vox, Sabbathy psychedelic guitars – at Lucky 13 Saloon, $10

4/1, 11 PM hard-hitting, noisy, catchy Japanese-flavored stoner boogie/hardcore/metal band Toranavox at Pine Box Rock Shop 

4/1, 11 PM slyly lyrical New Orleans oldschool soul/groove/Americana crew the Nat Osborn Band at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

4/2, 2 PM pianist Paul Lewis plays works by Weber, Beethoven, Chopin and Bach at the Town Hall, $20

4/2, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi continues his concert cycle of the Thirty Two Beethoven Sonatas  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

4/2, 4 PM popular bluegrass road warriors James Reams & the Barnstormers at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $15

4/2, 4:30 PM pianist Jason Hardink plays Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus at Spectrum, $15

4/2, 5 PM subtle, erudite retro swing singer Catherine Russell and her excellent band at St. Peter’s Church, free

4/2, 6 PM quirky, fun swing-infused songwriter Orly Bendavid & the Mona Dahls followed at 7 by darkly lyrical former Red Molly  multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Carolann Solebello, veteran politically-informed folksinger Bev Grant at 8 and at 9 by Lindsey Wilson and her shreddy, tuneful funk/soul band at Silvana 

4/2, 7 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

4/2, 7 PM guitarist Tom Csatari – whose latest big band album is rapturously good and tuneful – leads his Uncivilized chamber jazz project playing Chico Hamilton tunes followed at 9ish by psychedelic/art-rock/ Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

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

4/2, 7 PM enigmatic, psychedelically-tinged, subtly sardonic jazz guitarist Jon Lundbom and Big V Chord at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

4/2, 7 PM percussive, trance-inducing, bitingly tuneful, Middle Eatstern-tinged female-fronted jamband SisterMonk at the small room at the Rockwood

4/2, 7:30 PM slyly cinematic, edgy downtown swing legends the Microscopic Septet play tunes from their surprisingly trad, straight-ahead new blues album at Smalls

4/2, 9 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads a guitar-driven quartet at 55 Bar. 4/23 at 5 she leads a trio at St. Peter’s Church, free.

4/2, 9 PM hypnotic, pounding, surprisingly tuneful post-MBV dreampop band Ovlov at the Silent Barn, $8 

4/2, 9 PM Red Gretchen play their slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves at Otto’s. They’re also here on 4/9

4/2, 9:30 PM Annie Golden, soaring frontwoman of CBs powerpop legends the Shirts’ backed by a solid band including amazing guitarist Paul McKenzie at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

4/2, 11 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups with Nation Beat at the big room at the Rockwood

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

4/3, 9 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra followed eventually at 11 by the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec. Avoid the awful top 40 cover band in between at all costs.

4/3, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with Behn Gillece and his quartet at the Fat Cat. 4/22 at 7:30 they’re at Smalls

4/4, 7 PM the Silent Six – the Microscopic Septet’s Phillip Johnston (soprano sax), Joe Fiedler (trombone), Mike Hashim (baritone sax), Neal Kirkwood (piano), Dave Hofstra (bass), Rob Garcia (drums). A rare appearance! followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/4, 7:30/9:30 PM a captivatingly intimate, darkly tuneful duo show with pianist Shai Maestro‘s quartet featuring saxophonist Mark Turner at the Jazz Galley, $22

4/4, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

4/4, 8 PM Americana rock guitar legend and former Lakeside Lounge honcho  Eric Ambel of the Del-Lords and formerly with Steve Earle –  who has a reputedly scorching new live album out – at Hifi Bar

4/4, 8:30 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chanteuse Nico Turner at Bar Lunatico

4/4, 10 PM wickedly tuneful, Zombies-esque psychedelic pop bandleader Sam Kogon at Union Pool, $10

4/5, 6 PM sitarist Anjana Roy with Polash Gomes on tabla at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

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

4/5, 7 PM in homage to Paul Wittgenstein—the concert pianist who lost an arm in World War I and commissioned piano concerti for the left hand alone— an ensemble perform Sonate pour violon et piano (1917) by Debussy, D’un matin de printemps by Lili Boulanger, and Eric Korngold’s Suite pour 2 violons, violoncelle et piano op.23 at the Poisson Rouge, free

4/5, 7 PM violinist Miranda Cuckson plays the album release show for her ethereal new one with works by Wang Lu, Stefan Wolpe, Richard Barrett at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

 4/5, 7:30/9:30 PM sitarist Abhik Mukherjee plays a duo show with Sameer Gupta on tabla at the Jazz Gallery, $15

4/5, 7:30 PM intense, politically inspired pianist Bobby Avey solo followed by trumpeter Matt Holman’s Tenth Muse at Greenwich House Music School, $15

4/5, 7:30 PM Armenian jazz tar lute player Miqayel Voskanyan and band with special guest darkly fiery accordionist Sevana Tchakerian at Drom, $20 adv tix rec

4/5, 8 PM iconic indie classical composer Phil Kline, his old bandmate pal filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, mezzo-soprano Jacqueline Horner, fiery indie classical pianist Kathleen Supové, and Bang on a Can All-Stars percussionist David Cossin perform past, present, and future Kline works, including music from Kline’s upcoming album and two theater works-in-progress, “I Am Joan Crawford” and “Tesla” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

4/5, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

4/5, 8:30 PM guitarist Matt Munisteri and accordionist Will Holshouser’s shadowy Belgian barroom band Musette Explosion at Bar Lunatico

4/5-9, 8:30 PM bassist Greg Cohen plays a stand at the Stone with a variety of groups, $20. Choice pick: the 4/6 show: the Masada String Trio with Mark Feldman (violin) Erik Friedlander (cello) 

4/5, 9 PM haunting psychedelic/doom metal band Matte Black followed by horror surf legends the Coffin Daggers at the Parkside 

4/5, 9 PM Xylouris White – George Xylouris and the Dirty Three’s Jim White jamming out haunting themes on Cretan lute and drums – at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $15 

4/5, 9 PM charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at the Way Station

4/5, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall

4/5, 10 PM epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at Baby’s All Right, free

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

4/6, 1 PM the City of Tomorrow woodwind quintet explore futuristic water shortage-era themes at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

4/6, 7:30 PM a screening of the 1929 silent film Wings – the first-ever Academy Award-winner for Best Picture – with live accompaniment by the Prima Vista Quartet at the French Institute, 55 E 59th St., free

4/6, 7 PM historian Adrienne G. Alexanian reads from her new book, Forced into Genocide: Memoirs of an Armenian Soldier in the Ottoman Turkish Army at the Zohrab Center at the Armenian Church, 34th/2nd Ave., free, reception to follow

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

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

4/6, 7:30  PM haunting Pakistani chanteuse Sanam Marvi at the Gilman Opera House at BAM, $30

4/6, 7:30 PM subtly edgy, jazz-tinged acoustic songstress Meklit plays the album release show for her new one at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/6-9, 7:30/9:30 PM ageeless North African-inspired jazz piano paradigm-shifter Randy Weston leads his African Rhythms Quintet at the Jazz Standard, $30

4/6, 7:30 PM pensive, imaginative Kosovo-based jazz guitarist Taulant Mehmeti leads his band at Club Bonafide, $10

4/6, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty lyrical keyboardist/accordionist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez at Barbes

4/6, 8 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jam out classic Middle Eastern themes followed by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at the Owl, $10

4/6, 8 PM acclaimed Mexican poet and folk music legend Zenen Zeferino with NYC’s only original son jarocho party band, Radio Jarocho at Greenwich House Music School, $15

4/6, 8 PM magically nuanced drummer Carlo Costa  and one of his improvisational ensembles at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

4/6, 8 PM indie chamber orchestra Contemporaneous plays new works by  Victor Baez, Derek Cooper, Max Grafe, Alyssa Weinberg, Harry Stafylakis and Nicole Murphy at the DiMenna Center, $20/$10 stud, includes open bar!?. On 4/11 at 8 they play microtonal works by Sean Jaeger, Kristofer Svensson and Katherine Balch at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec but no bar. 

4/6, 8:30 PM klezmer dancefloor madness: the New York Fidl Kapelye concert & tantshoyz w/Sarah Myerson, featuring Amy Zakar, Deborah Strauss, Jake Shulman-Ment, Keryn Kleiman, Lauren Brody, Aaron Alexander & more! at the Jalopy, $15

4/6, 8:30ish Gozu – who range from post-Sabbath doom to stoner boogie to long, bubonic stoner jams – at Drom, $12 adv tix rec 

4/6, 9:30 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and the Stray Dogs at Hank’s

4/6, 10 PM explosive Neil Y/Crazy Horse-ish sounds and slinky desert rock with guitarist Marco with Love at the Delancey, $8

4/6, 10:30 PM intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her quintet at Smalls

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

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

4/7, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet play works by Berg, Beethoven and then the Schubert Quintet at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

4/7, 7:30 PM the New World Trio play works by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré and Payette at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$15 stud/srs

4/7, 8 PM NYC rock and swing guitar legend Steve Antonakos followed by Certain General guitarslinger Phil Gammage and his Quartet at Bowery Electric, free

4/7, 8 PM sitarist Alam Khan plays a bday tribute to his dad, Ali Akbar Khan with Nitin Mitta on tabla & the Om Gam Ensemble at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

4/7, 8 PM lyrical, lyrically-driven rising star jazz pianist Helen Sung and her trio at Mezzrow, $25

4/7, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony play Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto no. 1  and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 at Symphony  Space, $25

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

4/7, 9 PM psychedelic Punjabi rock band Rhythm Tolee and Pakistani crooner Abdul Aziz Peerzada at BAM Cafe, free

4/7, 9 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 4/21

4/7, 9 PM a ghoulabilly monstrosity at Lucky 13 Saloon with the screaming, punkish Northern Wrecks, Fiddler & the Crossroads, crooner Sean Keshaw‘s creepy Serpentones, cowpunks Kings County Casket Co. and rockabilly hellraisers the Screaming Rebel Angels at Lucky 13 Saloon, $8

4/7, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

 4/7, 10 PM eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at Sunny’s

4/7, 10 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at the Way Station

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

4/7-8, 10:30 PM powerful, erudite, elegantly tuneful tenor saxman/composerNoah Preminger/plays the album release shows for the first genuine protest jazz album of 2017 at Smalls with his long-running quartet

4/7, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

4/8,11:30 AM  Malian-born griot Abdoulaye Diabaté and band at the Hostos Center, 450 Grand Concourse north of 146th St. in the Bronx, free, 2/5 to 149th St.

4/8, 5  PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

4/8, 7 PM Serbian-born jazz vocalist Alma Micic and her quartet at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx, free; 2 or 5 train to Freeman St

4/8, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place, free. Brilliant new material, all kinds of rarities and devastatingly funny between-song banter

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

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

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

4/8, 8 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu  solo at the Owl, $10

4/8, 8 PM pioneering composer and electronic musician Richard Teitelbaum with pianist Marilyn Crispell, cellist Leila Bordreuil & improviser Miguel Frasconi at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$10 stud/srs

4/8, 8:30 PM brilliant Americana jazz pedal steel player Susan Alcorn with elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier at I-Beam, $15

4/8, 8:30 PM Brooklyn jamband legends Plastic Beef and their many spinoffs/side projects – who hasn’t been a member of Plastic Beef at some point? – at Freddy’s

4/8, 8:30 PM the world’s most popular newschool jazz group, Kneebody at the Poisson Rouge, $17 adv tix rec

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

4/8, 9 PM haunting, theatrical Korean art-folk/dance ensemble Baraji at BAM Cafe, free

4/8, 9 PM Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

4/8, 9 PM wryly surreal prozac rock with duo the Dream Eaters playing the album release show for their new one at Halyards in Gowanus

4/8, 9 PM eclectically tuneful swing/noir/pastoral jazz combo the Jazz Thieves followed eventually at 11 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band  at the Way Station. Viva is also here on 4/13 at 8 followed by Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show playing their creepy circus punk and arena rock and then on 4/29 at 10 followed by intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many 

4/8, 9 PM perennially fun fourth-wave garage rockers Muck & the Mires at Bowery Electric, $12 adv tix rec

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

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

4/8. 10:30 PM smart, cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5  – Breakfast at Tiffany’s meets Some Like It Hot – at the Django, $10 standing room avail

4/8, 11:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Hank’s

4/8, midnight a mind-blowing, murky collaboration between spacerock/postrock guitarist David Grubbs and dark low-register composer Eli Keszler at the Knockdown Center, $10

4/9, 2 PM a rare free performance by Polish polka legends the Jimmy Sturr Orchestra at the Knockdown Center

4/9, 4 PM hip-hop brass band grooves with the Lowdown Brass Band  at BMHC Lab, 1303 Louis Niné Blvd in the Bronx; 2 or 5 train to Freeman St

4/9, 4:30 PM the UK Subs at Bowery Electric, $20 adv tix rec., be aware that the late show is sold out. Think about it: Charlie Harper is probably close to 80 right now and playing 2 sets of punk rock.

4/9, 6  PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

4/9, 7 PM harpist Isabelle Olivier debuts a new trio with reed player Fraser Campbell and drummer Devin Gray followed by paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia – at Barbes

 4/9, 7 PM four basses in the same band: OMFG. Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic’s Bass Quartet with Nick Jozwick, Sean Ali and Zach Swanson at Downtown Music Gallery, free

4/9, 8 PM the guy who pretty much invented southwestern gothic, Giant Sand’s Howe Gelb opens for 90s indie crooner Mark Eitzel at Rough Trade, $18 adv tix rec. Should be the other way around

4/9, 8:30 PM Dance of Fury with Jason Yeager, piano;  Anna Webber, saxophone;  Nick Dunston, bass;  Samuel B, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

4/9, 9 PM edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Silvana

4/9, 9ish impassioned cantorially-inspired Sway Machinery singer Jeremiah Lockwood and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch  play their haunting original acoustic blues at the old Nublu at 62 Ave. C

4/10, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her quartet with special guest Jamie Baum on flute at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

4/10, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

4/10, 7:30 PM the Variation Trio – Jennifer Koh, violin; Scott St. John, viola; Wilhelmina Smith, cello and the Rhythm Method String Quartet – Leah Asher, violin; Maria Kifferstein, violin; Anne Lanzilotti, viola; Meaghan Burke, cello, plus Aaron Wunsch, piano play music of Andrew Norman, Kurtag, Bach and Dufay at Music Mondays, Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free, early arrival advised 

4/10, 8 PM Devin – the world’s funniest weedhead rapper, still smoking after 20 years – at B.B. King’s, $20 adv tix req

4/10, 9:30 PM psychedelic cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

4/10, 10 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

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

4/11, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group followed at 10 by acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leading his quartet at at 55 Bar

4/11, 8 PM haunting Iranian classical santoor player Sahba Sidzakhani opens for noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Union Pool, $10

4/11, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

4/11, 8/9:30 PM pianist Steve Sandberg & Alaya play “music from a country I’ve never been to but always wanted to visit.” performances from the solo classical piano repertoire and continue with the quartet’s improvisations on originals on European, African, Latin, Balkan and Indian themes at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

4/11, 8:30 PM Argentine tango/folklorico singer Isabel de Sebastian at Bar Lunatico

4/11, 9ish enigmatically soaring, lyrically searing noir cinematic songwriter Karla Rose – whose most recent work rivals Steve Wynn – at 11th St. Bar

4/11, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with Jack Grace solo at Bar Chord.

4/11, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

4/11, 9:30 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at Pete’s

4/11, 9:30 PM tersely catchy latin Caribbean songwriter Alex Cuba at Joe’s Pub, $20

4/11, 11 PM ex-Belleville Outfit violinist Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers play imaginative newgrass off their new album at the Rockwood

4/12, 6 PM Keisho Ohno on the tsugaru-shamisen at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/12, 7 PM hip-hop legend Uncle Ralph McDaniels hosts a live broadcast of the world’s longest-running and most influential rap tv show, Video Music Box at BRIC Arts, free w/rsvp 

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

4/12, 8 PM relentlessly dark, often creepy noir Americana with Joshua James at the Mercury, $15 adv tix rec

4/12, 8/9:30 PM unstoppable shredder Brandon Seabrook, guitar;  Daniel Levin, cello;  Henry Fraser, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

4/12, 9:30 PM fiery garage rock band the NY Fowl Harmonic – a Gato Loco spinoff – at the Delancey

4/12, 10 PM hard-hitting original garage-psych bandleader Sallie Ford at the Bell House, $15

4/12, 11 PM theatrical, captivating art-rock/glamstress Kristeen Young at Bowery Electric, $10. She’s also here on 4/19, an hour earlier

4/13, 7 PM a rare solo show by iconic noir NYC saxophonist/raconteur and Jazz Passenger Roy Nathanson at the Bobst Library at NYU, 70 Washington Square South, free w/rsvp, reception to follow 

4/13, 7:30/9:30 PM rapturous carnatic-inspired singer Amirtha Kidambi with Matt Nelson – saxophone; Brandon Lopez – bass; Max Jaffe – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

4/13, 7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $20

4/13, 8 PM playfully but also hauntingly eclectic pan-latin songstress Sofia Rei does her one-woman electroacoustic vocal thing at Greenwich House Music School, $15

4/13, 8/9:30 PM tuneful, terse third-stream jazz pianist Anat Fort with Chris Cheek, tenor sax;  Gary Wang, bass;  Francisco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

4/13, 8 PM violinist Maya Bennardo’s Arcus Collective play ten new works for trumpet and violin by Ashkan Behzadi, Agustí Charles, Nicoletta Chatzopoulou, Fjóla Evans, Texu Kim, Caroline Miller, Fernanda Navarro, Celeste Oram, Kristofer Svensson, and Sam Wells.at the DiMenna Center, $10

4/13, 8:30 PM the Ternovka Ensemble, w/Pete Rushefsky, Zhenya Lopatnik, Jake Shulman-Ment, Zoe Aqua, Joanna Sternberg play darkly bristling Ukrainian-tinged klezmer sounds at the Jalopy, $15

4/13, 8/10:30 PM alto sax powerhouse Kenny Garrett leads a quintet at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

4/13, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

4/13, 8:30 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on sax with Gary Versace on organ and Dan Weiss on drums at the Bar Next Door

4/13, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

4/13, 10 PM fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

4/13, 10 PM torchy, eclectic jazz/Americana singer/dobro player Abbie Gardner (ex-Red Molly) at Pete’s

4/13, 10 PM simmering, nocturnal oldschool soul vocal/guitar duo Dwight & Nicole at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

4/13, 11 PM it’s a long way from the days at the back room at Black Betty: soaring, explosive singer Xenia Rubinos at Bowery Ballroom, $15

4/14, 1 PM a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion at St. Peter’s Church, free

4/14, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

4/14-15, 7:30/9:30 PM technically dazzling, smart rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill leads his octet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

4/14, 8 PM cutting-edge big band jazz crew the Jihye Lee Orchestra play the album release concert for their haunting new one, inspired by a Korean ferry disaster, at Symphony Space, $25

4/14, 8 PM sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes

4/14. 8 PM perennially torchy, coyly captivating oldtimey Americana/swing songwriter Jolie Holland at the Mercury, $15

4/14, 8 PM a good, mysterious twinbill: ethereally spooky pianist Rema Hasumi leads her trio followed by guitarist Todd Neufeld leading his at the Owl, $10

4/14 8:30 PM bad segue, great twinbill: fiery southwestern gothic/Romany rock band Butcher Knives followed by the stoner New Orleans soul/psych/circus rock grooves of the Dirty Bourbon River Show at the Knitting Factory, $12

4/14, 10 PM deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band  at Sunny’s, 4/17, 8 PM he’s at Radegast Hall

4/14, 10:30 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls at Muchmore’s, $7

4/14, 11 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at the small room at the Rockwood

4/15, 2 PM edgy, lyrical rising star jazz singer/guitarist Rebecca Zola performs with her Zolaband: Nick Dunston on bass, Kalia Vandever on trombone, Lee Meadvin on guitar, and Connor Parks on drums.  She also plays guitar solo, and a duo with Theo Walentiny on piano at Mannes School of Jazz Performance Space, Arnhold Hall, 55 W13th St on the 5th floor, free 

4/15, 3 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

4/15, 5 PM a free screening of Risha Gorig’s imagistically sobering new documentary The Changing Faces of Red Hook at the Jalopy 

4/15, 6 PM songstress Kim Monroe’s badass highway rock/classic 60s pop band Castle Creek at the small room at the Rockwood 

4/15, 7 PM fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene, followed by longtime LES southwestern gothic/folk noir band Mad Juana and eventually former Willie Nile sideman/glamrocker Steve Conte at Bowery Electric, $10

4/15, 7:30 PM the darkly Middle Eastern-tinged Eyal Vilner Big Band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

4/15, 7:30 PM pianist Anna Fedorova plays works by Chopin, Scriabin, Mozart and others at at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

4/15, 8 PM superbly counterintuitive drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza leads his band followed by lyrical pianist Brian Marsella leading his at the Owl, $10

4/15, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata, $10

4/15 10 PM long-running, perennially stomping post-new wavers the Wedding Present at the Bell House, $20

4/15, 11 PM sardonic, hard-hitting, noisy Japanese girlpunks the Hard Nips at the Cobra Club, $7

4/16, 1 PM a fundraiser for global women’s reproductive health organization Marie Stopes International at Corkscrew Wines, 489 Myrtle Ave, Ft. Greene with readings by Ariel Yelen, Phoebe Glick and Jasmine Dreame Wagner+ a few songs by haunting Great Plains gothic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister, sugg don, potluck, sliding scale, contribute what you can, “nobody turned away,” C/G to Clinton-Washington

4/16, 6 PM edgy, lyrical, darkly kaleidoscopic original jazz pianist/singer/composer Alina Engibaryan at Shrine 

4/16, 7 PM accordionist Sam Reider’s “future folk music” band followed at 9ish by psychedelic/art-rock/ Romany guitar genius Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/16, 7:30 PM tersely incendiary Chicago blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker at B.B. King’s, $10 adv tix rec

4/16, 10 PM Dealer – who mix stoner boogie, doom metal and slower heavy psych sounds at the Silent Barn, $8 

4/17, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic vibraphonist Mark Sherman leads his quintet at Smalls

4/17, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

4/17, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

4/17, 9:30 PM savagely lyrical original klezmer songwriter/bandleader Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird at Joe’s Pub, $20

4/17, 9:30 PM Yotoco, “the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra plays a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes.

4/17, midnight noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood. They’re also here on 4/24

4/18, 7  PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/18, 7 PM counterintuitive drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza ‘s trio with Jacob Sacks on piano and Chet Doxas on tenor plus bass wildman Moppa Elliott‘s Advancing on a Wild Pitch at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

4/18, 7:15 PM indie classical piano/percussion ensemble Bearthoven play the album release show for their new album featuring works by some excellent indie classical and up-and-coming composers – Ken Thomson, Brooks Frederickson, Brendon Randall-Myers, Fjóla Evans, Adrian Knight, and Anthony Vine – at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

4/18, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

4/18, 8 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play  music by Schubert, Mozart, Haydn, Stravinsky, Philip Glass at Bric Arts, $18 adv tix rec

4/18-19, 8/10:30 PM killer soprano saxophonist James Carter leads a quartet at the Blue Note, $20 standing room vail

4/18-23, 8:30 PM OMFG Wadada Leo Smith plays a stand at the Stone with a variety of groups, $20. Choice pick: all of them, but the real special one is 4/20 with his String Quartet No. 13 (for Four Violas with Trumpet and Electronics) performed with Stephanie Griffin (viola) Gwen Lester (viola) Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola) Jason Kao Hwang (viola) Hardedge (electronics)

4/18. 8:30 PMi ntense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

4/18,  9 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at American Beauty, $10 adv tix req

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

4/19, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

4/19, 7 PM a benefit for the NYC Immigration Coalition at Littlefield with the ethereal, Balkan-influenced Accord Treble Choir, badass resonator guitarist Mamie Minch, latin jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe, Banda Nueva York and others, $20

4/19, 7:30/9:30 PM hardworking, perennially tuneful bassist/composer Linda Oh plays the album release show for her Marcel Marceau-inspired new one Walk Against Wind at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/19, 7:30 PM fiery postbop alto saxophonist/composer Hailey Niswanger leads her quartet at Smalls

 4/19, 7:30 PM Matuto mash up Brazilian forro and American bluegrass at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/19, 8 PM dangerously edgy jazz guitarist Sean Cronin‘s Animule at Barbes

4/19, 9 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

4/19, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

4/20, 1 PM Novus NY play Lou Harrison’s Solstice at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

4/20, 7:30 PM Colombian champeta party band Tribu Baharu at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/20 and 4/25, 7:30 PM, also 4/22 at 8 the NY Philharmonic and Jonathan Biss perform Beethoven’s dramatic Second Piano Concerto and Timo Andres’s new piano concerto – part of a project creating new concertos with each of Beethoven’s five – at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

4/20, 7:30 PM violinist par excellence Anne Akiko Meyers plays works by Beethoven, Part, Rautavaara, Ravel, Lauridsen and a Ciupinski premiere at the 92nd St. Y, $25 tix avail

4/20, 8 PM the Machine do an amazingly close approximation of Pink Floyd classics and obscure material at B.B. King’s, , $25 adv tix rec.

4/20, 8 PM the only Moroccan gnawa band this side of the Atlantic, Innov Gnawa play extremely rare Moroccan Jewish trance music  at Greenwich House Music School, $15

4/20, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo and his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at Barbes

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

4/20, 8:30 PM bassist Brian Glassman’s Klezmer-Jazz Alliance at the Jalopy, $15

4/20, 9ish hilarious 70s metal parody band Mighty High at at Lucky 13 Saloon, $

4/20, 9 PM folk noir from across the pond: Adam Masterson at the small room at the Rockwood

4/20, 9:30 PM violinist Lisanne Tremblay leads a quartet with Liberty Ellman on guitar,John Hébert on bass, and E.J. Strickland on drums at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

4/20, 10  PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at  Pete’s

4/20. 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

4/21, 5:30 PM darkly lyrical indie folk/parlor pop crooner/songwriter Nathaniel Bellows – who validates the inevitable Leonard Cohen comparisons – followed eventually at 6:30ish by the similarly haunting, lyrical Carolann Solebello (ex-Red Molly) at the American Folk Art Museum 

4/21, 6:30 PM Black Marble perform 17th and 18th century violin music by Mozart, Leclair, Reger, Barbella, and others at the King Manor Museum in the middle of Rufus King Park in Jamaica, F to Sutphin Blvd, $15/$10 stud/srs

4/21, 7:30 PM, repeating 4/22 at 8:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony premieres Samuel Magrill’s Concerto Fantastique for flute and orchestra with soloist Mira Magrill;  Stephen McDougall-Graham solos on Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto. Saturday’s concert welcomes back violinist Jenn Ahn as featured soloist, performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. The second half of both concerts features two 20th-century classics: Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and the Prokofiev Classical Symphony at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

 4/21, 7:30 PM the Occasionalists play a revolution-themed live karaoke show at Littlefield, $12

4/21, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 10 by energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Barbes

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

4/21, 8/9:30 PM cinematic, nocturnally-inclined pastoral jazz vibraphonist Chris Dingman with Linda Oh, bass;  Kenny Wolleson, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

4/21, 9 PM stoner boogie/gutter blues band the Krystys (all dudes, fyi) followed eventually at midnight by the far darker, more psychedelic, intense, noisy female-fronted Vaureen – sort of a heavier Castle Black – at Muchmore’s, $5

4/21, 9 PM violinist Adrianna Mateo plays songs from her upcoming debut album and violin selections with guitarist Adam Bilchik at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, free

4/21, 9 PM atmospheric Indian folk-inspired psychedelia with Tongues in Trees – vocalist Samita Sinha, drummer Sunny Jain of Red Baraat, and guitarist Grey McMurray from itsnotyouitsme – at BAM Cafe

 4/21, 10ish slow, crescendoing stoner dub jazz jams with Electric Red at Nublu 151 

4/21, 10 PM Lake Street Dive’s brilliant bassist Bridget Kearney with her irrepressibly fun new wave-tinged band at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

4/21, 11 PM intense, charismatic folk noir chanteuse Lorraine Leckie at Sidewalk

4/22, 7ish Bobby Radcliff – the rare blues guitarist who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them, sort of a funkier Stevie Ray Vaughan – with his trio at Terra Blues

4/22, 7:30 PM Christian Tetzlaff & Pamela Frank, violins play works by Bartok, De Beriot, Leclair and Prokofiev at at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

4/22, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – followed at 10 by hauntingly cinematic, harmony-driven Mexican nocturne band Las Rubias Del Norte at Barbes

4/22, 8 PM art-rock/parlor-pop pianist Elizabeth Ziman of Elizabeth & the Catapult – who may have catapulted the band out of existence and has officially gone solo – at the Owl

4/22, 8/9:30 PM crystalline, enigmatically enchanting jazz singer and vocalese specialist Aubrey Johnson  leads a fantastic band: Tomoko Omura, violin;  Michael Sachs, bass clarinet, alto sax;  Chris Ziemba, piano;  Matt Aronoff, bass;  Jeremy Noller, drums Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

4/22, 8:30 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss with her excellent band at Freddy’s

4/22, 8:30 PM if you got priced out of the Aimee Mann show this month, don’t stress: Andrea Wittgens is in the same league, and it won’t cost you as much to hear her at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

4/22, 8:30 PM Random Test bring their roots reggae to SOB’s, $10

4/22, 9ish high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose new album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at C’Mon Everybody, $tba

4/22, 9:30 PM paisley underground/punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, followed by enigmatically careening,wickedly tuneful, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black playing the release show for their third excellent album in year, at Matchless, $10

4/22. 10 PM careeningly bluesy post-Stooges psych/garage rockers Acid Dad at Rough Trade, $12 adv tix rec

4/22, 11 PM powerpop guitar hero Tobin Sprout of GBV leads his own powerpop band at the Bell House, $20

4/22, 11:30 PM twistedly phantasmagorical dark art-rock/circus rock band Chupacabra at Drom, $5 

4/23, 10 AM-8 PM the annual Mannes Chamber Music Bash, program TBA, free and open to the public, performances in the various auditoriums at Arnhold Hall, 55 W 13th St 

4/23, 5 PM intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot with his excellent violinist wife Ginger Dolden at LIC Bar

4/23, 7 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz and proto-rock and western swing – followed by multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud playing the album release show for their new one Live at Barbes, at Barbes ($15 cover)

4/23, 7:15 PM Nazan Nihal and pianist/composer Utar Artun, with oudist Jussi Reijonen and multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba play the album release show for their new one Anatolian Song at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

4/23, 8:30 PM chamber pop/Romany/Americana violinist/songwriter Sarah Alden at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

4/23, 9:30 PM ambitiously lyrical, cutting-edge rising star jazz composer/singer Annie Chen and her band at Shapeshifter Lab, $12

4/24, 7 PM violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at the small room at the Rockwood

4/24, 7 PM five new pieces by Huang Ruo performed by the Momenta Quartet and Ensemble FIRE and solo works performed by the composer himself at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

4/24, 7:30 PM wild, theatrical Japanese noir cabaret/klezmer/Romany accordion sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan w/ special guest violinist Alicia Svigals at Joe’s Pub, $20

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

4/24, 9:30 PM Colombian cumbia band Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

4/24, 10 PM Balkan powerhouse Tipsy Oxcart‘s bassist Ayal Tsubery plays with his own band at LIC Bar

4/25, 6 PM pianist Beatrice Long plays works by Scarlatti, Albeniz, Chopin and Ligeti at the Yamaha Piano Salon, $6

4/25, 7 PM big band jazz composer Amos Mitchell’s  Anomalous Ensemble plays their new album Anomalies all the way through at Shapeshifter Lab, $15

4/25, 7 PM the Orchestra of the SEM Ensemble play world premieres by George Lewis, Roscoe Mitchell, Christian Wolff and Petr Bakla plus works by Muhal Richard Abrams, and Jackson MacLow with soloists Muhal Richard Abrams, Piano;Thomas Buckner, Voice; Claire Chase, Flute; Joseph Kubera, Piano; George Lewis, Trombone; Roscoe Mitchell, Saxophone and the Momenta Quartet at Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St, sugg don

4/25, 8 PM haunting, crepuscular folk noir songwriter Erin Regan followed eventually at 10 by the similarly haunting, desperately dark folk noir band Jagged Leaves at Sidewalk

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

4/25, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play spectral music: “three generations of French and American music, from Gérard Grisey’s Périodes to a new work by Christopher Trapani” at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

4/25, 9 PM Romany turbo-folk songbird Zana and band at Shrine

4/25 10 PM charismatic, sultry, torchy Americana songwriter/chanteuse Julia Haltigan and her fiery noir band  at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

4/26, 7 PM hypnotic, psychedelic, playful new works for tabla and electronics by Suphala at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

4/26, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo and his Big Band at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/26, 8 PM clarinetist Andy Biskin‘s 16 Tons with John Carlson, Dave Smith, Kenny Warren – trumpets; Rob Garcia -drums at Barbes

4/26, 8 PM night two of this year’s MATA Festival features piano music: the Hocket piano duo, Sarah Brailey (soprano), Molly Herron Trio (Herron, piano; Pat Svoboda, bass; Amy Garapic, percussion), Bridget Kibbey (harp), Blair McMillen (piano), Adam Tendler (piano) performing works by  Charlie Sdraulig. Marina Poleukhina (Russia):Joseph Michaels; Michael Laurello; Karen Keyhani (Iran): Molly Herron; Sojourner Hodges at the Kitchen, $20

4/26, 8:30 PM darkly lyrical Americana/highway rock songwriter Jeffrey Foucault at City Vineyard, 233 West St. on the water, take Canal all the way west, $20

4/26, 8:30 PM the Ariel Quartet play works by Mohammed Fairouz, Menachem Weisenberg and Beethoven at the 92nd St. Y, $25

4/26, 9ish wild, trippy, hypnotically enveloping EWI and ambient electronics from Moist Paula Henderson and Nick Demopoulos on his keytar-like invention the SMOMID at Troost

4/27, 1 PM chamber ensemble Helicon play a water shortage-themed program tba at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

4/27, 7 PM intense theatrical Bartok-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan’s Soap trio with Alex Marcelo on piano, Peter Bitenc on bass at Barbes

4/27, 7:30/9:30 PM starry, hauntingly cinematic pastoral jazz group Bryan & the Aardvarks play the album release show for their new one at the Jazz Gallery, $15

4/27, 7:30 PM pianist Klara Min plays works by Scriabin, Messiaen, Mozart and the world premiere of Jean-Frédéric Neuberger’s Deux Etudes pour piano at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

4/27, 8 PM urban country fave Jack Grace – known for his boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic – plays the album release show for his long-awaited new one at Hifi Bar

4/27, 8 PM American Modern Ensemble perform new vocal works by Robert Paterson, Luna Pearl Woolf and Robert Maggio at Merkin Concert Hall, free

 4/27, 8 PM night three of this year’s MATA Festival at the Kitchen features works for viola, guitar and percussion by Lisa Hirsch, Samuel Cedillo, Karin Wetzel, Mikel Urquiza, Oleg Elagin and Nikolet Burzyńska, $20

4/27, 8 PM Sweden’s Ensemble SON and Either/Or  play music of Swedish-born, Netherlands-based composer Klas Torstensson at the Miller Theatre, $25

4/27, 9:30 PM ageless first-wave noise-punk trio the Bush Tetras at the Delancey, $12

4/27, 10 PM Super Yamba play their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes 

 4/27, 10 PM catchy, enigmatic female-fronted dreampop band Loosie play the album release show for their new one at Friends and Lovers at  

4/27, 10:30 PM riveting, smart, Indian-influenced psychedelic soul singer/bandleader Shilpa Ananth  – the Indian Sade, maybe? – at Pine Box Rock Shop

4/28, 5:30 PM catchy, soaring Swedish Americana singer Sofia Talvik at the American Folk Art Museum 

4/28, 7 PM violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist, Judith Olson play Beethovan sonatas at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

4/28-29, 7:30/9:30 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her band at Ginny’s Supper Club, $20

4/28, 7:30 PM the debut of up-and-coming indie classical clarinet/violin/percussion trio F-Plus play works by Timo Andres, Nathan Hudson, Dylan Mattingly, Anna Meadors and Roger Zare at Scholes St. Studios, $10 

4/28, 8 PM night four of this year’s MATA Festival at the Kitchen features Carl Bettendorf (conductor), Leah Asher (violin), Miranda Cuckson (violin), Isabel Lepanto Gleicher (flute), Hannah Levinson (viola), Carol McGonnell (clarinet), Isabelle O’Connell (piano), Mariel Roberts (cello) playing works by a global cast of composers: Francisco C. Goldschmidt, Giovanni Bertelli, Krists Auznieks and Siraseth Pantura-umporn, $20

4/28, 8 PM stomping Eastern European and Middle Eastern dance grooves with Balkan Beat Box at Brooklyn Steel, $25 adv tix avail. at the Mercury box ofc

4/28, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

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

4/28, 8:30 PM counterintuitive drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza plays solo drums at I-Beam, $15. Don’t laugh. Guy is good. Could be really fun.

4/28, 9 PM hypnotically funky psychedelic hammered dulcimer instrumentalists House of Waters at BAM Cafe, free

4/28, 9/10:30 PM drummer Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook-Up with Adam Hopkins, bass;  Mary Halvorson, guitar;  Brian Settles, tenor sax;  Jonathan Finlayson, trumpet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

4/28, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine

4/28, 10 PM oldschool Cuban country music with Los Hacheros at the Museum of the City of NY, $20

4/28, 10:30 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – at the Mercury, $10

4/29, 6 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetistMichael Winograd and his similarly amazing band play originals from his killer forthcoming album, followed at 8 by thethe Dirty Waltz Band- a seven-piece group playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time in countless genres from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions –and then Yotoco playing psychedelic cumbias at 10 at Barbes 

4/29, 7:30 PM Quatuor Danel play works by Mendelssohn, Weinberg and Shostakovich at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15

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

4/29, 8 PM adventurous indie classical piano/flute duo RighteousGirls play new works by works by Ambrose Akinmusire, Molly Joyce, Paula Matthusen, Masatora Goya, Vijay Iyer, and Andy Akiho at Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, free

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

4/29, 8 PM reliably acerbic jazz  cellist Hank Roberts leads his quintet at the Owl, $10

4/29, 8 PM night fiveof this year’s MATA Festival features Novus NY with the Le Boeuf Brothers playing works by a global cast of composers: Philip Venables; Kristina Wolfe; Dmitri Timofeev; Paul Pinto and Pascal Le Boeuf at the Kitchen, $20

4/29, 8:30 PM fiery Balkan sax master Yuri Yunakov with pyrotechnic clarinetist Sal Mamudoski play Romany dance music at Balkan Cafe at Hungarian House, 213 E 82nd St, $20

4/29, 10 PM ageless Japanese jangle-women Shonen Knife at Sunnyvale, $15

4/29, 11 PM high-voltage country blues and punkgrass with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band at the Mercury, $15

4/30 is International Jazz Day. Stay tuned.

4/30, noon-10 PM the Queens Jazz OverGround festival at Flushing Town Hall, free, performers tba

4/30, 4 PM classical chamber ensemble Counter)Induction play works by Faure, Bartok and a Jessica Meyer world premiere  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

4/30, 5 PM  legendary, world renowned, Guinness-record-holding former long-term (1960-2009!) principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic, Stanley Drucker and his frequent sparring partner, pianist Kazuko Hayami play works by Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, Poulenc and Bernstein at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

4/30, 7 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren and songwriter Meah Pace and her oldschool band at plays her bday show at LIC Bar

4/30, 7 PM Colombian pianist and keyboardist Ricardo Gallo’s psychedelic cumbia trio Los Aliens followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/30, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic third-stream jazz pianist Laura Dubin leads her trio playing the album release show for her new one at Club Bonafide $10 

4/30, 8 PM trumpet luminary Jeremy Pelt with pianist Simona Premazzi at Mezzrow, $20

4/30, 8 PM jazz vibraphonista Yuhan Su with Matt Holman, trumpet;  Alex LoRe, alto sax;  tba, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

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

4/30, 9 PM roots reggae cult figure opens for an iconic one: Gary “Nesta” Pine and the Love Generation Band open for Black Uhuru’s Mykal Rose at B. B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

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

5/2, 9 PM popular post-Velvets slowcore/psych band the Black Angels at Brooklyn Steel, $25

5/3, midnight, fun, catchy, noisy girlpunk band Sharkmuffin at Sunnyvale, $10

5/4, 6 PM one of the year’s best triplebills features sounds from across the Middle East: the hauntingly rustic, eclectic NY Andalus Ensemble, 1950s-60s Egyptian film music revivalists Zikrayat and enigmatic Iranian folk-rockers Vatan at Brooklyn Music School; 126 Saint Felix St, $15/$10 stud 

5/4, 7 PM an Annie Gosfield retrospective performed by Duo Cortona (singer Rachel Calloway, violinist Ari Streisfeld), guitarist Roger Kleier, percussionist Brian Chase, pianist Kathleen Supové, and Gosfield herself on keyboard, at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th, $15/$10 stud/srs. The program explores immigration, LES artistic milieux and possibly spy themes. 

5/4, 8 PM fiery fun violinist Chloe Swantner leads a Roger Miller cover night with a whole bunch of Americana peeps at a house concert at 169 Spencer at Willoughby, free

5/4, 9 PM inimitable, distantly ominous Japanese psychedelic folk/art-rock band Kikagaku Moyo at Rough Trade, $15

5/5, 8 PM saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou and her band blend classical and Chinese influences with jazz; Jamaican artist Owen Romeo plays with his group Tribal Legacy at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/6, 5 PM the Bang on a Can Marathon of indie classical and esoterica returns at the Brooklyn Museum, free: the highlight is at 8 PM with Amir ElSaffar’s 2 Rivers Ensemble doing their lush, haunting largescale Middle Eastern jazz soundscapes. Get there close to 5 or you may miss it. 

5/6, 7:30 PM Ba Ban Chinese Music Society play rarely heard, jazzy 1930s Shanghai film music themes at Flushing Town Hall, $16, kids 13-19 free w/id

5/7 explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at LIC Bar

5/8, 10:30 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 Club Bonafide, $10 

5/12, 7 PM intense, politically fearless, frequently hilarious gothic Americana songwriter Rachael Kilgour at the Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Ave. in Cobble Hill, any train to Atlantic Ave; 5/13 she’s at Caffe Vivaldi at 8.

5/13, 8 PM quirky, fun swing-infused songwriter Orly Bendavid & the Mona Dahls open for powerful, fearlessly political, poignant Nashville gothic/Americana songwriter Rachael Kilgour at Caffe Vivaldi

5/14, 3 PM Alan Pierson conducts new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound in the NY premiere of John Luther Adams’ avian-inspired symphonic work Ten Thousand Birds in Morningside Park, free, follow the sound

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

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

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

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

6/4 7 PM individualistic, John Fahey-esque acoustic guitar instrumentalist David Rogers plays a mix of “Spanish, flamenco, uptempo Latin, Leonard Cohen, Rolling Stones, Tim Buckley, Roxy Music, Beatles, J.S. Bach and original compositions” at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

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

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

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

A Rare New York Appearance by Haunting Norwegian Soundscaper Deathprod

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

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

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

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

Constant updates, and a brand-new calendar for April and May coming April 1, no joke. Til then, you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often. If you don’t recognize a venue where a particular act is playing, check the comprehensive, recently updated list of over 200 New York City music venues at New York Music Daily’s sister blog Lucid Culture.

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: Mar 22,  Apr 19 , May 17,  June 21, and Sundays at 4:   Mar 26,  Apr 23,  May 21,  June 25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sundays in March, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/9, 10 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls play the album release show for their new one at Sunnyvale, $10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/25, 8 PM oudist Tareq Abdallah celebrates the “golden age of Egyptian oud music” at Alwan for the Arts, $20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/30, 8 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster  at Pete’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/30, 10 PM legendary LA psychedelic rockers the Jigsaw Seen‘ followed by real oldschool Max’s style glampunks the New York Junk at Bowery Electric, $8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/31, 8:45 PM a rare solo show by Leigh Celent, frontwoman/guitarist of snarling, dark psychedelic punk trio Castle Black at Terra Firma, 119 Ingraham St., Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave

3/31, 9 PM Silencio play Twin Peaks themes and originals in a similar creepy vein at Nublu 151, $5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wild and Rapturous Improvisational Magic in Ridgewood on Super Bowl Sunday

As yesterday’s wryly named Super Bolus at Footlight Bar in Ridgewood got underway, it felt strange just to sit and watch  Typically, improvising musicians all end up playing with each other. Fifteen minutes into the show, that moment appeared. The long trip to the Cloisters a couple of weeks ago to jam a Pauline Oliveros chorale turned out to be useful practice!

After a duo set with trumpeter Daniel Levine, where Rallidae tenor saxophonist Angela Morris had introduced a jaunty Mardi Gras theme of sorts and the two had gracefully  intertwined with it, eventually taking it down to misty ambience and then back, she left the stage and went into the crowd.

Drawing us closer to her, she led what seemed for a minute to be a ditzy yoga mantra – “Beauty is above me, below me, around me,” that sort of thing. Instead, it turned out to be a round where she encouraged everyone to sing either a specific part or a sustained note. The resulting web of voices and close harmonies that converged on a warm center was as otherworldly as it was fun to be part of. In moments like this, there’s no thinking involved. Anyone can do it: the music tells you what it needs, all you have to do is pay attention. That’s pretty much what everybody on this often rapturously fun bill did in over three hours of music. 

As organizer Dave Ruder put it, the premise of the show was either improvisation, new material or reinventions of previously released compositions from other members of the Gold Bolus circle.

Anne Rhodes of Broadcloth joined voices with Anais Maviel, who anchored Sam Sowyrda’s virtuosic vibraphone work on the evening’s next improvisation with her minimalist pulse on a small-scale kora lute. Rhodes’ full, emotive soprano contrasted with Maviel’s more low-key nuance and extended technique, trombone and trumpet-like sputters included, while Sowyrda rippled and pinged and bowed his bells for sepulchral textures, at one point taking the music so far down that it was almost imperceptible. That, or he was just messing with the audience.

Kills to Kisses leader and bassist Lisa Dowling blended haunting Middle Eastern allusions and fiery but terse flamenco riffs into a dynamic set of Kate Bush-inflected art-rock loopmusic. Arguably the high point of the show was when oboeist Dave Kadden, of Invisible Circle, played volleys of microtonal tension against a central tone, his diabolical. virtuosically jajouka-esque phrasing manipulated by a guy with a laptop, which sometimes worked, and sometimes didn’t. By itself, the echo effect wasn’t ultimately even necessary, although admittedly it did add a deliciously dark resonance. This was a relentlessly searching, imploring call to arms. Amir ElSaffar played a very similar one of these solo on trumpet at a gig earlier in the year and this was every bit as inspiring. Clearly, it’s a meme among players of wind instruments.

Singing and playing guitar, Ruder – joined by Dowling and saxophonist Erin Rogers, on soprano – had fun with a number about being unable to move in a straight line, literally and metaphorically. Solo on accordion, Brian McCorkle sang a dadaesque, viciously sarcastic Rogers suite on a love-versus-money theme, and had a great time chewing the scenery: the audience loved it. In contrast, the trio of Morris, Sowyrda and keyboardist Ellen O ended the show with a raptly Eno-like ambient soundscape.

This show was typical of the Gold Bolus stable. Many of the artists lean toward the theatrical or performance art; their home base is the Panoply Performance Lab space in Bushwick. And Dowling is at the Gateway, 1272 Broadway in Bushwick on Feb 23, time TBA. Take the J to Gates Ave.

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

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

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

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

On select Thursdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Up next: Bartok, Haydn, Brahms and Chopin, 2/22 at 7 PM and 2/26 at 4.. Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays at 7: Mar 22,  Apr 19 , May 17,  June 21, and Sundays at 4:   Mar 26,  Apr 23,  May 21,  June 25.

Mondays in February 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in 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, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

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

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

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

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

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

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

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

Saturday Feb 24, reverting to weekly Saturdays at 4 PM  beginning in March at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in February, 6 PM eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes

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

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

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

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in February, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

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

2/1, 6 PM works for two kotos played by Masayo Ishigure + Kyoko Kurokawa at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

2/1, 7:30 PM the purposefully intertwining postbop Melissa Aldana / Glenn Zaleski Sextet at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/1, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

2/1, 8 PM enigmatic, synthy, propulsive new wave act Decorum at the Silent Barn, $10

2/1, 8:30 PM tuneful, thoughtful, lyrical Colombian pianist and composer Carolina Calvache at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

2/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

2/1, 9 PM first-class honkytonk cover band Scotch Bonnet play a ACLU benefit at 11th St. Bar

2/1 Gill Landry at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

2/2, 7 PM labyrinthine Nordic noir guitar and bass themes with Skúli Sverrisson at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 (separate $30 adv tix adm) by vibraphonist Nikara Warren (Kenny Barron’s granddaughter) and her group paying tribute to the survivors of the Greenwood, Oklahoma lynchings.

2/2, 7 PM pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at the Fat Cat

2/2, 7:30 PM ethereally rustic sounds: “post-Americana” chamber rock ensemble Briars of North America followed by Late Bloomers’ Tommy Crane playing to projections by Tracy Maurice at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/2, 7:30 PM, repeating on 2/4 at 8 and 2/7 at 730 the NY Phil with soloist with Kirill Gerstein play Tschaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto & Manfred Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

2/1, 9:30 PM Conscience Collective – a strikingly tuneful large-ish improvising ensemble – at Shapeshifter Lab, $8

2/1, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 jazz organist Jared Gold leads his trio at Smalls

2/2, 7 PM labyrinthine Nordic noir guitar and bass themes with Skúli Sverrisson at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed at 11 (separate $30 adv tix adm) by vibraphonist Nikara Warren (Kenny Barron’s granddaughter) and her group paying tribute to the survivors of the Greenwood, Oklahoma lynchings.

2/2, 7 PM André Laplante performs piano sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven alongside music of Liszt and Ravel. at Symphony Space, $15

2/2, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed at 10 by by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band at Barbes

2/2, 8 PM  luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano at Mezzrow, $20

2/2, 8ish downtown guitar hero Elliott Sharp and fellow Stone legend, multi-reedist Doug Wieselman play intriguing, colorful solos & duos at the Owl, $10

2/2, 8 PM Richard Carrick conducts Either/Or in an all-Beat Furrer program of postminimalism at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/2, 8:30 PM a characteristically propulsive klezmer dance party with T-Klez (w/Dena Ressler, Pesachya Septimus & David Licht)  at the Jalopy, $15

2/2, 8:30 PM long-running 90s alt-country favorites Rusty Truck at Hill Country, free

2/2, 9 PM darkly eclectic latin jazz/noir cabaret pianist/singer Cristina Morrison at Guadalupe Inn, $10 

2/2, 9 PM  incisive, darkly tuneful latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz leads his Trio at Bar Lunatico, $10. They’re also here on 2/16

2/2, 9 PM darkly eclectic latin jazz/noir cabaret pianist/singer Cristina Morrison at Guadalupe Inn, $10

2/2, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 2/28

2/2, 9:30 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at Sidewalk

2/2,  10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet at Smalls

2/3, 5:30 PM wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus  with special guest Sasha Lurje at the American Folk Art Museum

2/3, 7 PM magically lustrous indie classical choir the Crossing with Taylor Levine and James Moore, electric guitars play “Ted Hearne’s exploration of the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision. Hearne lifts texts from Jena Osman’s Corporate Relations, a collection of poems that follows the historical trajectory of corporate personhood in the United States. The five movements combine language taken from landmark Supreme Court Cases with words from ventriloquism textbooks “ no joke and a good time, at National Sawdust $25 adv tix rec

2/3-4, 7 PM popular lyrical pianist Bill Charlap plays solo piano at Mezzrow, $25

2/3, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

2/3, 8 PM the magically haunting, soaring, eclectic all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at Maxwell’s, $10

2/3. 8 PM intense, eclectic klezmer/jazz/hip-hop violinist Benjamin Sutin and saxophonist Elijah Shiffer lead their respective groups at Scholes St. Studios

2/3, 8 PM Lakeside Lounge garage supergroup Los Dudes, NJ garage rock cult faves the Gripweeds and the current edition of legendary 80s LA powerpop band the Plimsouls at Bowery Electric, $10

2/3, 8:30ish steel pan wizard Jonathan Scales’ Fourchestra followed by Middle Eastern-inspired microtonal guitar god Dave Fiuczynski’s Kif at Drom, $12 adv tix rec

2/3-5, 9 PM Tredici Bacci – whose specialty is original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks – at the Stone, $20. First and last night they’re doing their own stuff, on 2/4 they’re doing classic Morricone and Nino Rota themes and Thin Lizzy ?!?

2/3. 9 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

2/3, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/3, 10 PM awesomely abrasive noise/drone band York Factory Complaint at Alphaville, $8

2/3, 10:30 PM female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who rampage between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk at Lucky 13 Saloon in Gowanus

2/3, midnight Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – followed by lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at the small room at the Rockwood. Aunt Ange are also at the Mercury on 2/19 at 10:30 PM for $8, which is actually a better bargain.

2/4, 4 PM quirkily cinematic, psychedelic, family-friendly instrumentalists Songs for Extraordinary People followed at 6  by eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavythen at 8 by the wildly fun, hypnotic Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars then at 10 by stormy Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

2/4, 7:30 PM Marja Kaisla, piano; Domenic Salerni, violin;  Benjamin Larsen, cello   play original works plus material by Ke-chao Chen, Kaila and Dvorak at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave

2/4, 7:30 PM the mesmerizing, eclectic Min Xiao-Fen – pipa, sanxian, ruan, voice, sound effects; Satoshi Takeishi – percussion and electronics plus WORKS: Michel Gentile – flute; Daniel Kelly – piano; Rob Garcia – drumsat the Brookliyn Conservatory of Music, $15

2/4, 8/10 PM  hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at SOB’s, $10 av tix recs

2/4, 8 PM the Crown Heights Saxophone Quartet followed by the Stratus String Quartet at Scholes St. Studios

2/4, 8 PM Colibri – violinist Evelyn Petcher and pianist Hannah Mindeman – play Shostakovich’s Opus 134 plus Debussy violin-piano sonatas at the DiMenna Center, sugg don

2/4, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Kyung Sun Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

2/4, 8 PM the Budapest Festival Orchestra perform the First and Fifth Symphony in an all-Beethoven program, plus pianist Richard Goode playing Piano Concerto No. 2 at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail, kids free

2/4, 8PM purist jazz pianist Marcus Roberts leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/4 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with the Obsidians, at 10 the savagely Link Wray-inspired Howlin Thurstons, at 11 the purist reverbtoned Strange but Surf, and finally the monstrously creepy, awesome Inframen sometime after midnight.

2/4, 9 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues – followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Postmark Cafe, 326 6th St. north of 4th Ave in Park Slope, free

2/4, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $10

2/4, 9 PM in reverse order at American Beauty: psychedelic funk band Kwame Binea Shakedown, roots reggae with Judah Tribe and tectonically shifting improvisational soundscapes with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, $15

2/4, 9 PM first-call postbop tenor sax player John Ellis’ Double Wide at Bar Lunatico, $10. They’re also here on 2/18

2/4, 9:30 PM concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leads a quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15

2/4, 10 PM careening, savage electric blues guitarist Jeremy Bar-Ilan at Arlene’s, $10

2/4, 11 PM wryly lyrical urban country pioneer Alex Battles & the Whiskey Rebellion celebrate six years of Freddy’s Bar at the current location

2/4 the Bush Tetras at Bowery Electric are sold out

2/5, 1 (one) PM a wild bunch of first-class improvisers from the Gold Bolus scene join forces in variously noisy collaborations: Anaïs Maviel, Angela Morris (Rallidae), Anne Rhodes (Broadcloth), Carl Testa, Daniel Levine (Knuckleball), Dave Ruder, ellen o, Erin Rogers (thingNY), Joe White, Lisa Dowling (kills to kisses), Matthew D. Gantt, Sam Sowyrda, at Footlight Bar, 465 Seneca Ave, Ridgewood, $8 

2/5, 2 PM LES outsider jazz hero Willie Klein channels Woody Guthrie with his acoustic songs for troubled times at Mayflower Bar, 132 Greene Ave in Ft. Greene, free

2/5, 2 PM pianist Alexander Melnikov plays Rachmaninoff: Variations on a Theme by Chopin, Op. 22 and Variations on a Theme by Corelli, Op. 42 [;is Debussy: Preludes for Piano, Book 2 at the Town Hall, $15 tix avail

2/5, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela;† R. Strauss – Don Jua; Debussy – Rhapsody; Ravel – Daphnis & Chloé Suite No. 2 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

2/5, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi plays Beeethoven sonatas at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

2/5, 4 PM  Italienisches Liederbuch — a collection of 46 lieder by composer Hugo Wolf (1860-1903), sung by Jesse Blumberg, baritone, Donna Breitzer, mezzo-soprano with Grant Wenaus, piano at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$10 stud/srs

2/5, 5 PM intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot with superb violinist Ginger Dolden at LIC Bar

2/5, 7 PM superbly counterintuitive drummer/composer Vinnie Sperrazza leads Apocryphal with Loren Stillman­ alto saxophone; Brandon Seabrook­ guitar; Eivind Opsvik­, bass followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

2/5, 8 PM bracingly atmospheric art-rock guitarist Samara Lubelski at Union Pool, $15

2/5, 11 PM the darkly eclectic Merrymaker’s Orchestrina – who veer from catchy jangle uneasy cinematics to fullscale noir rock at Leftfield

2/6, 7 PM Allen Lewis Rickman directs a brand-new English version of Isaac Zolotarevsky’s ribald 1910 Yiddish play Money, Love, and Shame! starring Everett Quinton and Samantha Maurice.“Not for the weak of heart, it’s a wild ride with a group of dysfunctional Jewish immigrants. Though considered “shund” or “trash” by critics, it was one of the most popular and most often produced plays on the Yiddish stage.” At the Center for Jewish Culture, 15 W 16th St., $15/$10 stud/srs.

2/6, 8 PM performance artist Anya Liftig at the PPL Space, 104 Meserole St. in Bushwick, sugg don. This is the woman who made out with a cactus – for a long time. You can watch it on youtube if you have the nerve. Scary/powerful stuff. She also does somewhat more lighthearted things with food.

2/6, 8 PM the mighty 180-voice New York Choral Society sing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with soloists Vanessa Vasquez, soprano, Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano, Zach Borichevsky, tenor, and Sava Vemic, bass. at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall , $30 tix avail

2/6-7, 8.10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/6, 10 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at St. Vitus, free

2/6 10:30 PM JD Allen Trio – this era’s most important, and purposeful, and darkly intelligent tenor sax group – at Smalls

2/6, midnight noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood They’re here again on 2/26

2/7, 7 PM guitarist Jonathan Goldberger’s excellent, uneasy, Indian and Middle Eastern-tinged pastoral guitar jazz trio Surface to Air followed by explosive, wryly eclectic, Ellington/hip-hop influenced Balkan brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/7, 7 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players revisit the heartbroken year of 1877 through Gabriel Faure’s music at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

2/7 7:30/9:30 PM A-list avant crooner Theo Bleckmann leads his Elegy Quintet with Ben Monder – guitar; Shai Maestro – keyboard; Chris Tordini – bass; John Hollenbeck – drums at the Jazz Standard, $25

2/7, 7:30 PM the up-and-doing Verona Quartet performs works by Beethoven, Ravel, and a world premiere by Michael Gilbertson at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

2/7, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

2/7-12 9 PM perennially tuneful, improvisational pianist Kris Davis leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 2/8 with mysterious, fearlessly relevant pan-Asian singer Jen Shyu

2/7-12, 9/11 PM the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra play a weeklong stand on their home turf featuring compositions by their founder Thad Jones, leaders Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely and others from their massive catalog of of over 300 tunes, $30

2/7, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Freddy’s

2/7, 9 PM conscious dancehall reggae star Anthony B – who still wants to burn down Babylon – at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

2/7, 9:30 PM the fascinating, tuneful Giacomo Merega plays solo bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/7, 10 PM majestic, cinematic surf instrumentalists the TarantinosNYC  at the Knitting Factory, $10

2/7, 10ish psychedelic, atmospheric downtown postpunk supergroup Heroes of Toolik at the Silent Barn, $10

2/7, 10:30 PM saxophone powerhouse Lucas Pino‘s two-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

2/8, 7:30 PM amazing, eckectically kinetic Tunisian oudist/singer Dhaffer Yousef at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix avail

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/8, 8 PM gamelanesque downtown percussion icon Susie Ibarra‘s lustrously string-driven Dreamtime Ensemble at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/8 8:30 PM a short set fom brilliantly eclectic, cinematic cellist Emily Hope Price followed at 9 by ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin,at Sidewalk

2/8, 11:30 PM intense art-funk/psychedelic soul chanteuse Imani Uzuri at Brownsville Recreation Center in Brownsville Playground, 1555 Linden Boulevard (Christopher/Mother Gaston), East New York, free, 4/5 to New Lots Ave

2/9,  7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

2/9 7:30 PM, repeating 2/10-11 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovskiy’s Pathetique Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

2/9, 7:30 PM, the New Orford String Quartet play R. Murray Schafer: String Quartet No. 1; Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, Op. 59, No. 3 (“Razumovsky”) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/9, 7:30 PM colorful drummer Aaron Alexander leads his Klez Messengers, with clarinet god Michael Winograd and the similarly pyrotechnic Patrick Farrell on accordion at the Jalopy, $15

2/9, 8 PM wild, intense, frequently satirical newgrass/oldtimey hellraisers the Dustbowl Revival at Union Pool, $15

2/9, 8 PM pianist Jihee Heo‘s lustrous, lush Passion Septet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/9, 8 PM deep-space solo guitar epics with David Grubbs at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn, $10

2/9, 8 PM plush singer Daria Grace’s torchy, delightful oldtime uke swing band the Pre-War Ponies Barbes

2/9, 8 PM intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

2/9, 8:30 PM ethereal chamber pop songwriter/pianist Neha opens for the broodingly compelling, Elliott Smith-influenced Emily Mure at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

2/9, 9 PM  hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

2/9, 9 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station. She’s also there on 2/18 at 10

2/9, 10 PM ferociously catchy. fearlessly populiat ska-punk/latin rock band Outernational at Bowery Electric, $8

2/9, 10 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist  Marc Ribot  at Sunny’s. He’s also here on 2/23

2/9, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

2/9, 11 PM guitarslinger Mallory Feuer’s fiery power trio the Grasping Straws – sort of a mashup of Patti Smith and Hole’s first album – at Muchmore’s, $5

2/9, 11 PM high-voltage circus rock/Balkan brass monsters This Way to the Egress at Mehanata, free. Then they rush up to at the small room at the Rockwood for a midnight show

2/10, 6 PM  tuneful original delta blues and acoustic Americana from Jon LaDeau at the American Folk Art Museum

2/10, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

2/10, 6;30 PM jazz, oldtime folk and other material performed by an allstar band including jazz piano luminaries Bennett Paster and Deidre Rodman Struck and bassist Jim Whitney, M Shanghai String Band’s Philippa Thompson and many others plus guest drummer Scott Neumann at PS 130 Upper School Auditorium, 713 Caton Ave at E 7th St, Windsor Terrace; F to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy; Admission free, all donations benefit the PS 130 PTA

2/10, 7:30 PM short sets by high plainst gothic songstress, Karen Dahlstrom, art-rock pianist Greta Gertler, soaring cello rocker Serena Jost, Gato Loco low-register sax powerhouse Stefan Zeniuk, powerpop guitar genius Pete Galub, hypnotic art-rock pianist Matt Kanelos, folk noir piano songwriter Juliet Strong, jazz pianists Brittany Anjoy and Deidre Struck and maybe others at Greenwood Church, 461 6th St. (chapel entrance on 7th btw 5th/6th sts, Park Slope, $10 all proceeds to C.H.I/P.S, B/D/Q to 7th Ave

2/10, 7:30 PMsweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with Behn Gillece and his quartet at Smalls

2/10, 7:30/9:30 PM pianist David Virelles leads his quartet with Roman Filiu on alto at the Jazz Gallery, $22

2/10, 8 PM  RighteousGIRLS – pianist Erika Dohi and flutist Gina Izzo – and cellist Jillian Blythe’s Love Every Note presents an anti-Valentine’s Day show with a program including Ravel’s Duo Sonata for Violin and Cello pllus works by Andy Akiho, Todd Reynolds and others at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/10, 8 PM pianist Thomas Sauer plays Joseph Haydn: Sonata in C major, H. XVI: 48 (1789); Hans Abrahamsen: Selections from Ten Studies for Piano (1984-1998); Stephen Hartke: Sonata for Solo Piano (1998;  Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Op. 111 (1821-22)at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St., free

2/10, 8:30 PM vicious noiserock jamband the the Skull Practitioners– led by Steve Wynn sparring partner/genius guitarist Jason Victor at Matchless, $8

2/10, 8:30 PM Anti-Social Music drinks alone with works by performs a set of solo pieces written by Patrick Castillo, Ty Citerman, Max Duykers, Andrea La Rose, Pat Muchmore, Ed RosenBerg and Charlie Waters. Performers include Ty Citerman (guitar), Domenica Fossati (flute), Steven Gosling (piano), Mihai Marica (cello), Pat Muchmore (cello), and Ed RosenBerg (reeds).followed by Josh Sinton‘s horn trio at I-Beam, $15

2/10, 9 PM enigmatic latin jazz singer Linda Briceno at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/10, 9 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at the Jalopy, $10

2/10, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play their torchy oldschool soul and groove music followed by blue-eyed soul guy Ernest Ernie & the Sincerities at the Bell House, $12 adv tix rec

2/10, 10 PM jaunty Hawaiian swing sounds with King Isto’s Tropical String Bandat Sunny’s. They’re also here on 2/16

2/10. 10:30 PM catchy, irresistibly fun female-fronted oldschool rocksteady/roots reggae band the Big Takeover at the big room at the Rockwood

2/10 11 PM awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $5

2/11, 10 AM (in the morning) a family-friendly interactive concert/jazz workshop for all ages by haunting oldtime gospel/blues/jazz group Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence at PS 130 Upper School Auditorium, 713 Caton Ave at E 7th St, Windsor Terrace; F to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy; Admission free, all donations benefit the PS 130 PTA

2/11, 1 PM the opening of the new exhiibit Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom. Titled Weeksville: Transforming Community/In Pursuit Of Freedom, exploring the origins of one of the first free black communities in the country. Plus tours of the Historic Hunterfly Road Houses, a screening of “Digging For Black Pride” which chronicles the community centered archaeological dig of 1968, a family arts workshop, and BRIC’s “Black TV Matters”, a screening of community produced shorts that portray various facets of Black American life. At 2 pm, a deep listening session and discussion of oral histories collected as part of BHS’s Voices of Crown Heights public history project. at Weeksville Heritage Center, 158 Buffalo Ave at St. Marks, Crown Heights, A/C to Utica Ave, free

2/11, 3 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Radegast Hall. 2/24 they’re at Nublu 151 at around 10

2/11, 6 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant songwriter Marika Hughes  followed by badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch  and then otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash,

2/11, 7 PM up-and-coming chamber music trio Longleash with guest violist Anne Lanzilotti perform works by Scandinavian composers Saariaho, Abrahamsen and Thorvaldsdottir paired with Americans Wollschleger and Marshall at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave (37/38), $20

2/11, 7 PM lush string-driven Indian classical ensemble Akshara featuring powerhouse musicians Arun Ramamurthy, Dave Eggar and Kabilan Jeganathan perform along with dancers Sonali Skandan, Sahana Sridhar, Aishwarya Madhav and Janani Comar at Salaam Bombay, 319 Greenwich St at Reade, $25/$18 Seniors and Students/children under 12 free, 1 train to Chambers

2/11,7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

2/11, 7;30 PM powerhouse flamenco guitarist Javier Limon explores the roots of the style at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

2/11, 7:30 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘ leads his Zeb Trio at Smalls

2/11, 7:30/9 PM Brooklyn’s own purist up-and-coming jazz chanteuse (and Gil Scott-Heron reinterpreter) Charenee Wade and her combo at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

2/11, 8 PM fiery southwestern gothic-inflected jazz guitarist Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud/srs

2/11, 8 PM short sets from sardonically funny Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego – solo on piano – andMac McCarty of folk noir band Abraham’s River at Sidewalk

2/11, 8 PM the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play a fantastic program of string quartets: Shostakovich – String Quartet no. 8, Rosciszewski – *String Quartets nos. 1 & 2 (world premieres); Gorecki – String Quartet no. 2 at the Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”$15 

2/11, 8 PM Lauren Alfano-Ishida and Rachel Alexander play music for voice & violin by Blacher – Hovhannes – Vaughan-Williams –Villa-Lobos, at the DiMenna Center, $20

2/11, 8:30 PM pianist Yoon Sun Choi‘s Owls At Night trio followed by brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn ‘s pssychedelic, ecolotically themed Mother Octopus quartet at I-Beam, $15

2/11, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10

2/11, 9 PM fiery flamenco jazz with the James Labrosse Collective followed at 10 by oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats

2/11, 8ish intense, charismatic, fearlessly populist art-soul crooner/songwriter Chocolate Genius at the Owl, $10

2/11, 9 PM lyrical, soaring alt-country multi-instrumentalist/bandleader Alana Amram& the Rough Gems at Union Pool, $10

2/12, 2 PM elegant, atmospheric art-rock violinist/songwriter Concetta Abbate at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene

2/12, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

2/12, 6 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

2/12, 7 PM up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads her quintet at the Fat Cat

2/12, 7:30 PM Unheard-of Ensemble perform Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time as a tribute to the place where many of New York’s great new music ensembles and new works got their start. at the Firehouse Space, $10

2/12, 8 PM perennially interesting improvisers: solo sets from Chris Pitsiokos, trumpeter Nate Wooley,bassist Leila Bordreuil at the Knockdown Center, $10

2/12, 8 PMeclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at the Mercury, $8

2/12, 8:15 PM the Amazonas Strings with guest pianist Cesar Orozco play elegant, enveloping latin pastoral jazz at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/12, 10 PM intense, hypnotic, otherworldly instrumental solo electric guitar blues with Catriona Sturton at Alphavilla, $8

2/13, 7 PM popular postrock/avant minimalists Bing & Ruth play their new album No Home of the Mind in its entirety at the Greene Space, free but res req 

2/13, 7 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes at 55 Bar

2/13, 8 PM American Contemporary Music Ensemble play featuring Meredith Monk’s Stringsongs plus music by Caroline Shaw, Caleb Burhans, and Timo Andres from ACME’s new album Thrive on Routine at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/13, 9 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins followed at 10 by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

2/13, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos – new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

2/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, all-female punk classical French horn quartet Genghis Barbie play works from Bizet to Queen to Badfinger at the Miller Theatre, free

2/14, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/14, 7 PMeclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group at 55 Bar

2/14, 9 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette‘s Mighty Grinders grind it out at Bar Chord

2/14, 8ish cinematic, eclectic Balkan- and latin-tinged string band Ljova & the Kontraband  at the Owl, $10

2/14-19, 9/11 PM state-of-the-art alto saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenon leads his quintet at the Vanguard, $30

2/14, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

2/14, 10 PM excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

2/15, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

2/15. 8 PM retro continental swing sounds with singer Tatiana Eva-Marie & the Avalon Jazz Band at Guadalupe Inn, $5

2/15, 8 PM inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis  at Barbes

2/15, 8 PM  hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at LIC Bar

2/15, 8 PM powerhouse Nina Simone-influenced oldschool soul/jazz belter Spring Brooks at the Way Station 

2/15, 9 PM the Monk-inspired Greg Lewis Organ Trio featuring guitar monster Marc Ribot at Bar Lunatico, $10

2/15, 9ish epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at Brooklyn Bazaar

2/16, 7 PM the all-female Ensemble Leonarda explore works by composers who sought out brave new worlds:  Handel (in England), Hotteterre (who went to Rome), & French baroque opera founder, Jean-Baptiste Lully (who emigrated from Florence, Italy to the French court of Louis XIV).  Plus a special rendition of Dvorak’s “Largo” from his “New World” Symphony, featuring hilarious performance artist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, $25/$15 stud/srs 

2/16, 7 PM intense theatrical Bartok-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan’s “Soap” with Alex Marcelo piano Peter Bitenc bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/16, 7:30 PM rippling tsimbl dulcimer player Pete Rushefsky & the Ternovka Ensemble play eclectic Russian, Ukrainian and Eastern European klezmer sounds at the Jalopy, $15

2/16, 8 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner and Parlour Game folllowed at 10 by brilliant klezmer reedman Matt Darriau’s Who Is Manny Blanc, a homage to the legendary/obscure LES psychedelic Jewish jazz/esoterica compose at Barbes

2/16, 8 PM shapeshifting indie classical luminaries Ensemble Mise-en with brilliant, lustrous clarinetist Vasko Dukovski showcase the works of Djuro Zivkovic and Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen in a double portrait concert at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave., $15/$10 stud

2/16, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

2/16, 9  PM stoner soul and classic blaxpolitation soundtrack grooves with vibraphone legend Roy Ayers at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

2/16, 9 PM powerpopmeister Pete Galub followed eventually at around 11 by edgy, guitar-fueled peak era King Crimson-ish art-rockers Woodhead at Muchmore’s

2/16, 10 PM oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25. He’s finally playing for the tourists now.

2/17, 6 PM author and record producer Ian Brennan – responsible for the Zomba Prison Project compilation, among others – discusses his book How Music Dies (or Lives)  at Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, at the New School, free

2/17, 7 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

2/17, 7:30 PM organist Jason Roberts plays a live score to the Charlie Chaplin classic The Gold Rush at St. Bartholomew’s Church $20/$10 stud/srs

2/17-18, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare weekend engagement by the Mingus Big Band on their home turf at the Jazz Standard, $30

2/17, 7:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae jams with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

2/17, 8 PM Mike Rimbaud – NYC’s current powerpop/new wave counterpart to Joe Strummer – at Bowery Electric

2/17, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –at Barbes

2/17, 8 PM Nadya Meykson, violin; Andrey Tchekmazov, cello Victoria Schwartzman, piano play trios by Brahms and Shostakovich at Scholes St. Studios

2/17, 9 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at Silvana

2/17, 9ish Barmaljova – irrepressiblle indie classical/art-rock/klezmer string band violist Ljova and his similarly amazing wife, singer Inna Barmash – at the Postcrypt Coffehouse

2/17, 9 PM brilliant extrovert jazz drummer Allison Miller leads her band at Bar Lunatico, $10

2/17, 9/10:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa  leads an unorthodox trio with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Erik Friedlander, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/17, 10 PM roots reggae group Royal Khaoz at Shrine

2/18 not a music event but important and relevant: the poignant photo exhibit Muslim in New York, covering from the 80s to the present opens at the Museum of the City of NY, 1220 5th Ave. $18/$12 stud, under 20, free 

2/18, 7:30 PM up-and-coming jazz violinists lead their groups, in reverse order: Tomoko Omura Roots and the  Lisanne Tremblay Trio at the Cell Theatre, $tba

2/18, 8ish  lyrical pianist Jacob Sacks’ Chamber Quartet with Miranda Sielaff – viola, Kristi Helberg – violin, Mike McGinnis – at the Owl, $10

2/18, 8 PM Michael Malis plays solo piano followed by kinetic, darkly incisive guitarist Jessica Ackerley leading her trio, playing the album release for her new one Coalesce at Scholes St. Studios, $10

2/18, 8 PM high-energy original Fairport Convention-stye Britfolk with Divining Rod at the Way Station 

2/18, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan guy/girl-fronted punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

2/18, 9/10:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s kinetic, picturesque City Band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/18, 9:30 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of the edgy female-fronted Talking Heads-ish Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band followed eventually by her main act at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/18, 10 PM enigmatically jangly, female-fronted rainy-day lo-fi band Belle Mare at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $15

2/18, 10:30 PM singer Rev. Mary and her Blue Crew “unveil a steamy array of vintage bawdy blues, paying homage to performers like Mae West, Sophie Tucker, Bessie Smith, Rosa Henderson, Ruth Brown, Stella Johnson and Barrel House Annie, to name a few” at Freddy’s

2/19, 2:30 PM intense indie classical/art-rock cellist Leah Coloff at Mayflower Bar in Ft. Greene

2/19, 3 PM harpist Kate Sloat performs contemporary works for solo harp by Lowell Liebermann, Brian Erickson, and many more! at Spectrum, $15

2/19, 3 PM The North/South Chamber Orchestra play premieres by Arthur Gottschalk, David Maves, Winnie Yang , Margarita Zelenaia at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th St, free

2/19, 4 PM the Emerson String Quartet’s Eugene Drucker, violin; Roberta Cooper, viola; and Gili Melamed Lev, piano; play works by Beethoven and Brahms at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

2/19, 5 PM brilliantly lyrical latin jazz pianist Luis Perdomo + the Controlling Ear Unit at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

2/19, 5:30  PM the fantastic and irrepressible Momenta Quartet play a fascinating program of new Japanese chamber music by Shoichi Yabuta, Yuta Bandoh and Yoshiaki Onishi, on a program also featuring Molly Morkoski, Miya Masaoka, Akikazu Nakamura, Elizabeth Brown, Wendy Stern, Brian Ellingsen and Eriko Sato in other works by Jo Kondo, Tetsuya Yamamoto, Shohei Amimori and Miya Masaoka at Scandinavia House, 37th St./Park Ave.$20/$15 stud/srs

2/19, 7  PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – at Barbes

2/19, 9/10:30 PM the long-awaited return of the world’s funniest improvising ensemble, Mostly Other People Do the Killingplaying the album release hsow for their new one Loafer’s Hollow with Steven Bernstein on trumpet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/19,  10 PM the intoxicatingly clattering Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa; eclectic indie classical percussion ensemble Tigue open at 9 at Threes Brewing

2/20, 8 PM fiery, charismatic soul siren Meah Pace and her oldschool band at LIC Bar

2/20, 10 PM tuneful, state-of-the-art bassist Linda Oh leads her killer quartet with Jon Irabagon on alto sax at 55 Bar

2/21, 7 PM Carsie Blanton – who’s shifted her slinky act from oldtimey swing to torchy retro rock – at the Mercury, $12

2/21, 7:30 PM a fantastic Middle Eastern music benefit for the International Refugee Assistance Project from the seven banned countries featuring the Brooklyn Nomads feat. Hadi Eldebek, Mohammad Eldebek, Ramzi Edlibi, Nick Chbat and Shelley Thomas at the Poisson Rouge, $20 standing room avail

2/21, 7:30 PM the Mannes American Composers Ensemble play Andrew Norman: Try; Harrison Birtwistle: Carmen Arcadiae Mechanicae Perpetuum; Louis Andriessen: Workers’ Union at r63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100 at the New School, free

2/21, 8 PM wickedly lyrical French chanson/Romany jazz/cinematic new wave band Paris Combo at City Winery, $25 standing room avail. 

2/21, 8 PM magicallly crepuscular, cinematic Montreal slowcore/postrock/pastoral jazz trio Desert Foxx followed by similar, hyperkinetiically shapeshifting multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Thana Iyer at Muchmore’s. Iyer is playing the album release show for her new one on 2/23 at midnight at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/21, 8 PM lyricallyy sharp chamber pop/art-rock/jazz songwriter Joanna Wallfisch with Kenny Werner on piano at Mezzrow, $20

2/21, 8 PM the Weasel Walter improvisational Large Ensemble featuring Steve Swell on trombone, Leila Bourdreuil on cello and Brandon Seabrook on guitar at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/21, 8/10:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio with Jacob Sacks, piano;  Ben Street, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/21-26, 9 PM vibraphonist Chris Dingman leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: his cinematic, enveloping Subliminal & Sublime project on 2/23

2/21, 10:30 PM 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

2/21 Lake Street Dive at the Music Hall of Williamsburg is sold out

2/22, 7 PM smart, lyrically edgy Americana rock songstress/bandleader Abbie Barrett at the Mercury, $10

2/22-25, 7 PM Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – sing the album release stand for their new one Laughing at Life – their charming update on the Boswell Sisters’ harmony swing – backed by an excellent quintet at 55 Bar

2/22, 7 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrookquartet with  Dan Levin- cello;Vinnie Sperrazza- drums and Henry Fraser – bass at Barbes

2/22, 7:30 PM, repeating on 2/25 at 8 the NY Phil play Beethoven Symphonies No. 8 and 8 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail2/22, 9 PM singer Renee LoBue’s popular, catchy, anthemic early zeros powerpop/southwesten gothic band Elk City at Hifi Bar

2/22, 8 PM maybe the best big band jazz night of the year: violnist Meg Okura‘s Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble & the Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra – arguably the most original, interesting and shapeshiftingly fun, cinematic large jazz ensemble in NYC, right up there with Darcy James Argue –at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

2/22, 10 PM fiery punk/blues/soul bandleader Black Joe Lewis – sort of a mashup of Iggy Pop and Albert Collins – at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix at the Mercury M-F 5-7 PM highly rec.

2/23, 7 PM riveting, smart, Indian-influenced psychecelic soul singer/bandleader Shilpa Ananth  – the Indian Sade, maybe – plays a rare trio show with piano and tabla at Kava Shteeble on 94 Ralph Ave, Brooklyn

2/23, 7 PM epic Indian-inspired spacerock band Humeysha at the Mercury, $10

2/23, 7 PM scorching female-fronted psychedelic doom metal band Electric Citizen open for the Crazy World of Arthur Brown – still crazy after all these years – at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix avail

2/23, 7 PM pianist Yoonie Han performs the world premiere of Theodore Wiprud’s Miss Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth and selections from Enrique Granados’ Goyescas; plus the composer, pianist and art historian Professor Gail Levin all discuss the influence of visual art on music af the Recital Hall at Baruch College, E. 25th St between 3rd and Lexington Ave, use code CC20 for $20 tix

2/23, 7:30 PM the Catalyst Quartet play their string quartet arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/23, 8 PM charismatic, torchy, occasionally Lynchian jazz bassist/singer Kate Davis (of the Lady Bugs) with her combo followed at 10 by Chia’s Dance Party spinoff the Cumbia River Band playing rustic Colombian acoustic grooves at Barbes

2/23, 8 PM an explosive collaboration between drummer Greg Fox and low-register noise composer Eli Keszler at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/22, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams and guest pianist Bill Payne of Little Feat at City Winery $22 standing room vail

 2/23, 9 PM ace drummer/bandleader Tim Kuhl and his enveloping John Hollenbeck-ish 1982 art-rock project at Troost

2/23, 9 PM soulful chanteuse Kelly Sloan’s cachy, kinetic downtempo/neosoul group K Sloan & the Melodics at the Bitter End

2/23, 9ish cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster  at the Jalopy

2/23, 10 PM intense, lyrical, smartly Waits/Dylanesque Americana songwriter Pete Lanctot at Pete’s

2/23, 10 PM tunefully simmerimg improvisations from drummer Nick Fraser with Pat Briener – saxophone, Myk Freedman – lap steel at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

2/23, 10 PM hypnotic, catchy loopmusic cellist Laura Wolf at Pine Box Rock Shop

2/24, 7 PM brilliant, haunting oudist Ara Dinkjian and his legendary singer dad Onnik Dinkjian perform a rare Armenian and Turkish program at the CUNY Grad Center, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St;, $25

2/24, 7 PM the world premiere of the new global warming-themed opera Upon this Handful of Earth by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave $25 tix avail

2/24-25, 7 PM Cantata Profana bings a brand new staging of Leos Janácek’s song cycle, The Diary of One Who Disappeared, and one of J.S.Bach’s most sublime cantatas, BWV170 “Vergnügte Ru” to Symphony Space, $20 adv tix rec

2/24, 7:30 PM Happy Traum’s multimedia event Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival and the Woodstock Scene (1954 – 1971): “With colorful anecdotes and incisive memories, and the aid of vintage photos and music clips, Traum relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his participation in the “Great Folk Singers Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day such as Brownie McGhee, and a young Bob Dylan. Happy punctuates his remembrances with songs and guitar solos from the folk era and beyond,”  at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher St $25/$15 stud.

2/24, 7:30 PM high voltage latin jazz with the Pedrito Martinez Group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/24, 8 PM fearless punk classical cellist Valerie Kuehne at the PPL Space, 104 Meserole St in Bushwick, sugg don. She’s at Spectrum the following night, 2/25 at 8:30 PM for $15

2/24, 8 PM soaring alto saxophonist/jazz chanteuse Grace Kelly leads her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, $16, free for teens age 13-19 with ID.

2/24, 8 PM 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes

2/24, 9 PM the Dirty Waltz Project- a seven-piece band playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time in countless genres from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions – at the Jalopy, $10

2/24 9:30 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band and the Broken Mariachi Horns at Hill Country

2/24, 9 PM popular, shambling stoner boogie/Americana rockers Jeff the Brotherhood at Sunnyvale, $15

2/24, 9 PM tuneful, intriguing third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her trio at Pete’s

2/24, 9:30 PM intense, charismatic Tunisian art-rock songwriter – and Arab Spring heroine – Emel Mathlouthi at Joe’s Pub, $18

2/24, 10 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the small room at the Rockwood

2/24, 10 PM Dead Man Winter -Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett’s second-generation Wallfowers rock side project – at Bowery Ballroom, $18

2/24, 11 PM high-voltage Tex-Mex and zydeco sounds with the Whiskey Killers at Guadalupe Inn, $5

2/25, 5 PM a free dance party with the Harlem Renaissance Orchestra at the community center in the middle of Marcus Garvey Pak, free

2/25, 6 PM amazingly eclectic cellist and brilliant soul/art-rock/jazz songwriter Marika Hughes followed at 8 by eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts and at 10 by trippy North African dance grooves from Innov Gnawa at Barbes

2/25, 7 PM percussionist Jaimeo Brown’s Transcendence (ft. Chris Sholar & Jaleel Shaw) – who make haunting jazz soundscapes out of rustic African-American gospel themes – at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

2/25, 7 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic pop/new wave band the New Tarot play the album release show for their new one at Bowery Electric, $8

2/25, 7 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $22

2/25, 7:30 PM intense, controversial Portuguese fado star Gisela João makes her US debut backed by a great acoustic band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University, 3 Spruce St, $30, 6/J/M to City Hall

2/25, 7:30 PM Victoria Schwartzman, piano ;Andrey Tchekmazov, cello; Nadya Meykson, violin play works  by Alfred Schnittke, Alban Berg, Arvo Pärt and Dmitry Shostakovich at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20 sugg don

2/25, 8/10 PM popular oldschool 70s stye psychedelic salsa dura band Bio Ritmo at Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort St., $15

2/25, 8 PM the enigmatic Moodswing Orchestra – drummer Ben Perowsky, keyboardist Glenn Patscha and guitar monster Oren Bloedow – at the Owl, $10

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

2/25, 8:30 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jam out classic Middle Eastern themes at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

2/25, 9 PM Emiliano Messiez, piano and Rodolfo Zanetti Via, bandoneon play classic tango at Caffe Vivaldi

2/25, 9:30 PM Washington DC psychedelic soul band Aztec Sun followed by Pitchblak Brass Band at the Hall at MP, $12 adv tix rec

2/25, 9:30 PM eclectic Americana/C&W rock band Spuyten Duyvil at the Jalopy, $12

2/25, 10ish a free dreampop night at Muchmore’s with the glimmering, ringing Beach Moon Peach Moon and then the Parrot Dream Band, who sound like a louder Cocteau Twins

2/26, 2:30 PM the Dessoff Choirs sing an all-French program with music of Marcel Dupré, Claude Debussy, Lili Boulanger, Reynaldo Hahn, Jean Langlais, and Francis Poulen accompanied by organist Ray Nagem at St. Jean Baptiste Church, 184 East 76th St, $25/$15 stud/srs

2/26, 3  PM pianist Imri Talgam plays music of Daniel Fox, Peter Kramer and Vicente Alexim at Spectrum, $15

2/26, 5 PM former Little Jimmy Scott tenor sax player TK Blue and band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free

2/26, 6 PM ferocious, Middle Eastern-inspired jazz violinist Elektra Kurtis with indie classical chamber ensemble the PubliQuartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

2/26, 6 PM powerhouse multi-reedwoman Jenny Hill plays both sax and flute at the album release for her new one with her sextet at 55 Bar

2/26, 7ish vivid gothic Americana songstress Lara Ewen at Scratcher Bar on E 5th just off Bowery

2/26, 8:30ish dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez, rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo, Barbara Endes of wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass and NYC C&W vet Jonathan Gregg at the Treehouse at 2A

2/26, 9 PM mart, politically-fueled Irish rocker Niall Connolly at at the small room at the Rockwood

2/27, 7:30 PM Damstadt Essential Music join forces to play Terry Riley’s In C – performers include Nick Hallett and Zach Layton leading an ensemble with Elliott Sharp, Peter Kotik, Pauline and Conrad Harris, David Grubbs, Laura Ortman, Roddy Bottum – at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

2/27. 7:30 PM the Calefax Reed Quintet, organist Paul Jacobs, flutist Claire Chase, and the  Grand Electric ensemble play new arrangements of classic Bach workss at Music Mondays at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, free

2/28, 7 PMa ferocious update on a darkly classic sound: the Avi Fox-Rosen Electric Klezmer Trio with Dave Licht on drums,and Zoe Guigueno on bass play Dave Tarras tunes followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

2/28, 7 PM La Mecanica Popular play their original update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

2/28, 8 PM pianist/composer Richard Sussman’s Evolution Ensemble presents the lush, explosive Evolution Suite for jazz quintet, string quartet, and electronics.at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

2/28, 9 PM purist oldschool country songwriter/bandleader Michaela Anne a at the big room at the Rockwood, $12

2/28. 9 PM Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band,at the Bell House, $15

2/28, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/8, 9 PM a good Afrobeat twinbill in Greenpoint: the Super Yamba Band followed by the People’s Champs at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

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

3/9, 8 PM intense, funky Indian brass bhangra band Red Baraat play the album release show for their new one at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec. They’re at the Poisson Rouge on 3/16

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

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

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

3/14, 7 PM My Brightest Dimond’s Shara Nova and others backed by adventurous young orchestra the Knights  play Sarah Kirkland Snider‘s song suite  Unremembered, a hilling reminiscence of childhood traumas at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix a must

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

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

3/16, 7:30 PM ancient, otherworldly trance beats: the first-ever US performance by the master musicians of the Festival Gnaoua et des Musiques du Monde in Essaouira, Morocco at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarah Small’s Provocative Secondary Dominance: Highlight of This Year’s Prototype Festival

Sarah Small’s work draws you in and then makes you think. It says, “Get comfortable, but not too comfortable.” It questions, constantly. Throughout her fascinating, understatedly provocative multimedia work Secondary Dominance last night at Here – part of this year’s Prototype Festival – there was so much happening onstage that the leader of the Q&A afterward confessed to having a page worth of notes and no idea where to start.

Executive produced by Rachelle Cohen, the roughly hourlong performance began immediately as the audience settled into their seats, a warm, lustrous voice singing a gorgeous love song in Arabic wafting over the PA. Who was responsible for this gentle and reassuring introduction? It turned out to be Small’s Black Sea Hotel bandmate Shelley Thomas, seated stage right with an assortment of drums and percussion implements.

About midway through, the composer herself emerged from behind her two keyboards and mixing desk – mounted on a podium colorfully decorated like a curbside shrine out of the George Lucas universe – and stooped over, to the side as a trio of dancers – Jennifer Keane, Eliza S. Tollett and Carmella Lauer, imaginatively choreographed by Vanessa Walters – floated on their toes. Meanwhile, Small’s chalked-up collaborator Wade McCollum lurked tenuously behind her as her calmly uneasy vocalese mingled with the atmospherics looming from Marta Bagratuni’s cello, Peter Hess’ flute and Thomas’ voice and drums. A simultaneous projection of the action onstage played on a screen overhead, capturing Small’s lithely muscular, spring-loaded presence in shadowy three-quarter profile.

McCollum’s wordless narrative behind Small’s music explores power dynamics, memory and family tension. Gloria Jung and Henry Packer exuded regal integrity and a stolidity that cut both ways:  there was a moment where someone tried to pry something out of someone’s hand that was as cruelly funny as it was quietly vaudevillian. Ballet school, its rigors and demands was another metaphorically-loaded, recurrent motif, and the dancers held up under duress while barely breaking a sweat. McCollum’s ghostly character didn’t emerge from a fetal position until the spectacle had been underway for awhile, which ended up transcending any ordinary, otherworldly association.

What was otherworldly was the music, which, characteristically, spans the worlds of indie classical, art-rock and the Balkan folk traditions that Small has explored so vividly, as a singer, arranger and composer since her teens. What’s most notable about this surreal, nonlinear suite is that while it encompasses Balkan music – with brief, acerbic, closer harmonies sung by Small, Thomas, Bagratuni and McCollum, in addition to a projection of a lustrously lit seaside Black Sea Hotel music video directed by Josephine Decker  – the majority of it draws on western influences. Inspired by a series of dreams and an enigmatic, recurrent character named Jessica Brainstorm – who may be an alter ego – the sequence has the same cinematic sweep as Small’s work for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, grounded by Bagratuni’s austere, sometimes grim low register, Hess sailing warily overhead, sometimes mingling with the voices and electronic ambience. As the show went on, the music grew more detailed, with interludes ranging from gently pulsing, midtempo 80s darkwave, to rippling nocturnal themes evocative of Tuatara’s gamelanesque mid-90s psychedelia.

The work as a whole is a stunning example of how Small so often becomes the focal point of a collaboration that brings out the best in everyone involved.  Over the years, these efforts cross a vast swath of art forms: from her playfully ambitious body of photography in the early zeros, to Black Sea Hotel, to her surrealistically sinister starring role in Decker’s cult classic suspense/slasher film Butter on the Latch, and her lavish “tableaux vivants” staged earlier in this decade, equal parts living sculpture, slo-mo dance flashmob, dada theatre and fearless exploration of intimacy in an era of atomization, data mining and relentless surveillance. Small and McCollum have plans for both a more small-scale, “chamber version” of this piece as well as an epic 1200-person version for the Park Avenue Armory, still in the early stages of development. For now, you can be provoked and thoroughly entertained at the remaining three performances at 9 PM, tonight, Jan 12 through 14 in the downstairs theatre at Here, 145 6th Ave south of Spring (enter on Dominick Street). Cover is $30.

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for January and February 2017

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

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

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

On select Thursdays 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. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in January, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in January, 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 January, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

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

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

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

Wednesdays at 8 the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

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

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

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

Saturdays Jan 7 and 14 at 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

Saturdays in January at 6 PM eclectically brilliant jazz/musette accordionist Will Holshouser with a series of groups at Barbes

Saturdays in February, 6 PM eclectic, vivid jazz cellist/singer Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at Barbes

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

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

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

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in January, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

1/1, 5 PM luminary trumpeter Christine Jensen, pianist Helge Nysted and special guests at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

1/1-7 at 9 PM or later (check the club calendar) hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill play a weeklong stand at Troost

1/1, 7 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall. They’re at St. Mazie’s on 1/7 at 10:30

1/2, 3 and 5 PM a massive group of NYC classical talent performs new works by composers from the Trinity Church circle including Doug Balliett, James Blachly, Caleb Burhans, Owen Burdick, Chris DeBlasio, Eric Dudley, Caroline Shaw, Julian Wachner, and Jonathan Woody at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free, reception to follow the 5 PM concert

1/2, 6 PM  noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg and drummer Tom Rainey celebrate the 25th anniversary of Downtown Music Gallery

1/2, 6 PM tuneful piano jazz with the Jiyoun Lee Quartet (the so-called Queen of Arpeggios) at Silvana

1/2, 7 PM the amazing JP Jofre / Miho Hazama Project featuring a string quartet from the New Asia Chamber Music Society playing cross-pollinated nuevo tango and lush big band jazz sounds at Joe’s Pub, $18

1/2, 7 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads her quartet with Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion; Thomas Morgan, bass; Nate Wood, drums at 55 Bar

1/2, 7 PM deviously fun baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson’s Quartet with Ryan Frazier – trumpet; Devin Hoff – bass; Alex Cline – drums followed at 8 by Gerald Cleaver – drums / Chris Potter – tenor sax at Clemente Soto Valez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St

1/2, 9 PM guitarist/singer Kiki Sabater’s careeningly psychedelic, Hole-like power trio Slow Suck at Bowery Electric, $8

1/2, 9 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphone jazz with Behn Gillece and his quartet at the Fat Cat

1/2, 10 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard leads his quartet at the small room at the Rockwood

1/3, 1 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform parts 1 and 3 of the Bach Christmas Oratorio at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free. They’re doing parts 2 and 4 the following afternoon, 1/4 at 1 and parts 5-6 on 1/6 at 1

1/3, 6 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders perform creative arrangements of American music by Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Harold Arlen, Bobby Bland and more, along with Edgar Allan Poe lyrics set to new music at the small room at the Rockwood. 1/10, 5 PM they’re at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/3, 7 PM a benefit for Doctors without Borders in reverse order: hilarious 70s metal parody band Mighty High, a rare reunion by well-loved early zeros powerpop/janglerockers the Star Spangles, with opening sets by punk bands Trashy and the Whores at St. Vitus, $12

1/3, 8:30 PM the Out Louds – Tomas Fujiwara – drums; Ben Goldberg – clarinets; Mary Halvorson – guitar devise music inspired by plant species at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens at I-Beam, $15

1/3-8, 8:30/10:30 lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch‘s Trio + 2 with Dayna Stephens (sax) Mike Rodriguez (trumpet) John Hébert (bass) Eric McPherson (drums) at the Vanguard, $25

1/3, 9 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss at 11th St. Bar

1/3, 9 PM tectonically shifting improvisational soundscapes with Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber followed at 11ish by darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at Nublu 151

1/3, 9 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Fat Cat. He’s also at the Nuyorican at 10 on 1/17 and 1/24

1/3, 9 PM pensively improvisational, purposeful saxophonist Jure Pukl leads his group at Happy Lucky No 1 Gallery

1/3, 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar

1/4, 5 PM  Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano; Erika Dohi, piano and Sandbox Percussion perform George Crumb’s American Songbook III: Unto These Hills at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free.

1/4, 6 PM psychedelically machinegunning virtuoso Max ZT on the hammered dulcimer at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

1/4, 7:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s kinetic, picturesque City Band at Drom, $10

1/4, 7:30/9:30 PM fiery postbop jazz and Ethiopiques trumpeter Wayne Tucker leads his group at Minton’s. He’s also here on 1/31

1/4, 8 PM a rare solo show by virtuoso cellist Ian Maksin playing haunting Macedonian and Georgian folk tunes plus classics by Bill Withers, Jacques Brel and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/4, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

1/4, 9 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at Rye Bar in Williamsburg

1/4, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost in Greenpoint. 1/14 at 9 they’re at at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

1/5, 6 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 at Silvana

1/5, 7 PM an amazing all-Korean triplebill: enigmatically improvisational psych-folk group Black String, flutist Han Chung Eun‘s band and eclectic, theatrical Korean art-rock/dance/pansori glam band Ssing Ssing at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

1/5-7 and 1/11-14 at 7 PM, also 1/8 at 2 PM Matt Marks’ lurid new electroacoustic opera Mata Hari explores the romantic intrigue and betrayal that led to her execution as a WWI spy at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $30 

1/5, 7 PM fiery, bluesy Americana rockers Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes at the small room at the Rockwood

1/5, 7:30 PM ambient soundscapers/eclectic funkmeisters and David Bowie cover band Burnt Sugar play a “greatest hits” show at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/5, 7:30 PM longtime Piazzolla sideman and tango jazz piano luminary Pablo Ziegler leads his trio followed at 9:45 by edgy, improvisationally-inclined indie string ensemble the Sirius Quartet with guest Tracy Silverman at Club Bonafide, $15

1/5-6 state-of-the-art jazz violinist Regina Carter plays from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30

1/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/6-7 at 8 the NY Phil with pianist Emmanuel Ax play Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music for Wind Orchestra, a new HK Gruber piano concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

1/5, 8 PM haunting Hungarian psychedelic folk band Meszecsinka, wild, improvisational accordionist David Yengibarian and pyrotechnic cimbalom virtuoso Miklos Lukacs’ enigmatic folk/art-rock trio Borbély Mihály Polygon at Drom, free; followed at 10:30 PM by psychedelic, dub-inflected tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Istanbul Sessions, $15 

1/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed by first-class oudist Brian Prunka‘s Nashaz Middle Eastern jazz project at Barbes

1/5, 8 PM Ensemble U: Estonia’s best-known contemporary music ensemble plays works by Scott Miller, Heather Stebbins, Kristjan Kõrver, Helena Tulve and Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/5, 8 PM a killer multi-act Americana mini-festival at the Jalopy with stark Alaskan fiddler/poet Ken Waldman –Nic Gareiss & Maeve Gilchrist performing dance with harp; kinetic Americana songwriter/multi-instrumentalis Kaia Kater, Wild Hog (Thomas Bailey, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Max Johnson), Brian Vollmer & Claire Byrne playing old-time and country on fiddles and guitars; Miller, Knuth, Kilianski (Chris Miller, Audrey Knuth, Mark Kilianski); nd Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (Boston twin fiddle, cello, bass), $15

1/5, 8ish noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg‘s Invisible Guy and recent guitar monster tourmates Chris Cochrane and Marc Ribot at the Owl

1/5, 8:30 PM intense minor-key klzmer/groove/psychedelic art-rock instrumentalists Barbez followed by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy celebrating their 20th anniversary with special guests Steven Bernstein, Charlie Giordano, Peter Hess and Willie Martinez at Union Pool

1/5, 8 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Sunny’s

1/5, 9 PM anthemic, surfy chamame rock band Paracuta followed by hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at Shrine

1/5, 11 PM edgy, guitar-fueled peak era King Crimson-ish art-rockers Woodhead at the Mercury, $10 

1/6, 7 PM innovative, captivating sitarist Roopa Panesar, rapturously fun Pakistani/desert rock singer/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia, innovative Quebecoise Balkan filddler Briga, eclectic Americana/soul cellist/banjoist Lelya McCalla, at 10:45 PM lush, female-fronted chamber pop/chanson band Banda Magda and at half past midnight, noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza at Drom

1/6, 7 PM charmingly nuanced, erudite singer/pianist and Dinah Washington reinventor  Champian Fulton leads her trio at Pangea, $20

1/6, 7 PM lush but edgy original jazz chanteuse/songwriter Gracie Terzian with guitarist Rotem Sivan at Caffe Vivaldi

1/6, 7:30 PM whirlwind clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus with soaring singer Sasha Lurje & Nicole Borge at the Jalopy, $15

1/6-7 and 1/9, 7:30 PM haunting, intricate composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s new opera Breaking the Waves, based on the Lars Von Trier art-house film at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium, $30 tix avail

1/6, 7:30 PM legendary avant crooner John Kelly‘s new elegaic, historically rich New York-centric retrospective Time No Line at Dixon Place, $15 adv tix rec

1/6, 8 PM haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar followed at 9:30 PM by fearlessly populist, wildly eclectic latin protest song maven/bandleader Ani Cordero and then at 11 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

1/6, 8 PM eclectic, theatrical Korean art-rock/dance/pansori glam band Ssing Ssing at Flushing Town Hall, $16, ages 13-19 free. 

1/6, 8 PM a cool Brooklyn psychedelic cumbia twinbill: Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach followed by  Yotoco at the Knitting Factory, $13

1/6, 8 PM the smartly lyrical, soul-tinged Cornelius Eady Trio celebrate the release of their new album, Field Recordings; Jasmine Dreame Wagner opens the evening with music and poetry at 7 at Scholes St. Studios, free

1/6-7, 9 PM, repeating 1/8 at 3 and 7 PM and 1/9 at 3 Sylvia Milo’s fascinating biodrama The Other Mozart, bringing to life the composer’s supremely talented sister, pianist and fellow composer Nannerl and reclaiming her place in history, at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St. 3rd Fl, use code MUSICBOX for $30 tix

1/6-7 and 1/11-14, 9 PM fiery, uncategorizable composer/singer Sarah Small’s new multimedia avant Balkan punk song suite Secondary Dominance featuring her amazing Balkan/Bulgarian vocal trio Black Sea Hotel at Here, 145 6th Ave south of Spring, $30

1/6, 9ish in reverse order: amazingly psychedelic guitarscaper David Grubbs, Anastasia Clarke, Max Alper/Camilla Padgitt-Coles, Julia Santoli at the Knockdown Center, $10

1/6, 9:30 M moody, purposeful Middle Eastern-tinged jazz with Uri Gurvich and his quartet at Club Bonafide, $15

1/6, 9ish in reverse order: amazingly psychedelic guitarscaper David Grubbs, ambient artist Anastasia Clarke, trippy multimedia acts Max Alper/Camilla Padgitt-Coles and Julia Santoli at the Knockdown Center, $10

1/6, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

1/6, 10ish fiery, tuneful soul-punk rockers No Ice (a spinoff of the late, great Brooklyn What) play the album release show for their new one at Shea Stadium, $8

1/6, 10 PM  soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

1/6, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

1/6, 11 PM noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza followed by hauntingly slinky Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the Mercury, $15

1/7, 1 PM “Siren Baroque is thrilled to present a program of rare music from the convents of 17th-century Europe” by obscure women composers at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/7, 1 PM Novus NY perform the premiere of Laura Schwedinger’s Artemisia, “an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy based on the life of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi” at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown,209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/7, 6 PM amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser  followed at 8 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska, soul and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog, followed at 10 by stormy Mexican ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

1/7, 6 PM intensely lyrical, soaring art-rock pianist/uke player/bicycle athlete Joanna Wallfisch at the small room at the Rockwood

1/7, 7 PM all-female pan-latin rockers Ladama, otherworldly Tuvan throat-singing group Alash, legendary Ethiopiques jazz artist Girma Beyene & psychedelic Ethiopian groove orchestra Feedel Band , haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar, Moroccan trance grooes with Innov Gnawa,, latin rockers the Battle of Santiago, African dance-rap with Janka Nabay, and Afrobeat band Underground System at Drom, $10

1/7, 7 PM Helga Davis and Davóne Tines’ multimedia suite Requiem for a Tuesday, exploring violence against black communities, featuring Marc Cary on piano and the PubliQuartet at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix req

1/7, 7:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius leads a trio at th Bar Next Door

1/7, 8ish a benefit for Syrian refugees with Haleh Liza, Juliet Rabia Gentile, Adam Maalouf, Elysian Fields art-rock guitar god Oren Bloedow, pianist Brittany Anjou and oud mastermind Zafer Tawil and more at the Owl, sugg don

1/7, 8 PM edgy, charismatic, hauntingly otherworldly LES rock diva Carol Lipnik, with her astonishing four-octave range, backed by her longtime pianist Matt Kanelos at Dixon Place, $15 adv tix rec

1/7, 8 PM careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara and tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Baby’s All Right, $12. 1/13 at 11 PM Breanna Barbara and band are at Shea Stadium followed by awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors , $10

1/7-8 and 1/11-14, 8 PM David Lang’s grisly new opera Anatomy Theatre – chronicling the final months of an English murderess from her conviction to execution and then postmortem – at Bric Arts, $30 

1/7, 8 PM New Orleans and noir swing with Davina & the Vagabonds and then a reunion of legendary 90s oldtimey revivalists the Squirrel Nut Zippers at Highline Ballroom, $30

1/7, 8 PM “Quartetto Tomassini is coming to Scholes Street Studio with original arrangements of Astor Piazzolla, beloved popular tangos and American standards.”

1/7, 8 PM cleverly tuneful, understatedly haunting composer and piano improviser Anthony Coleman leads a guitar-drums trio with Brian Chase and Chris Cochrane at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/7, 8:30 PM 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 –at the big room at the Rockwood , $15. Followed at 10 ($12 separate adm) by intense, piano-based, Aimee Mann-style literate chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult and then at 11:30 (no admission charge) by amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop with Banda Magda and then at half past midnight by keyboardist and occasional Karla Rose collaborator Frank LoCrasto‘s cinematic “exotica hour”

1/7, 9 PM jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – at the Way Station. They’re back here on 1/21 at 9 and then 1/28 at 9 PM followed at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band and then 11 by oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats

1/7, 9 PM eclectic, misty, Lynchian pastoral jazz chanteuse Kristina Koller and her combo at Bar Thalia, free

1/8, short sets by a big roster of up-and-coming jazz talent starting at half past noon violinist Curtis Stewart and group followed at 1:10 by trombonist Nick Finzer, 1:40 pianist Chris Ziemba, 2:10 trombonist Jimmy O’Connell and others at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St., free

1/8, 2:30 PM Eli Yamin and the Astro Intergenerational Arkestra perform selections from their new CD, Message From Saturn, a space odyssey [yup] inspired by Sun Ra and Mary Lou Williams at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10

 1/8, 3 PM  the Miolina Violin Duo and the North/South Chamber Orchestra premiere works by Carson Cooman, Victor Kioulaphides,Max Lifchitz , William Toutant at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free 

1/8, 4 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at the Old Stone House, $10

1/8, 4:30 PM theatrical, philosophical, unselfconsciously poetic singer/pianist/composer Mong-Lan‘s fascinating, multimedia River of Senses: Dream Songs & Tangos chronicles a Vietnamese refugee’s eventful, tango-fueled journey from Saigon to Buenos Aires, via America at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, $15

1/8, 5/8:30 PM well-loved 90s goth/noise purveyors Blonde Redhead play a rare intimate show at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

1/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio followed at 8 by bassist Scott Colley’s 2×3 Featuring Kevin Hays, Nate Smith + special guests at 55 Bar

1/8, 7 PM guitarists Jack Petruzzelli and Cameron Greider play their electric guitar arrangements of Ravel and Bartok, followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/8, 7 PM Daniel Levin and Henry Fraser play duels with cello and contrabass at Downtown Music Gallery

1/8, 7:30 PM in reverse order at Highline Ballroom: rare noir jazz and cinematic themes from the 30s and 40s withBrian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra, feral New Orleans blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine, original klezmer punks the Klezmatics,  and innovative Quebecoise Balkan fiddler Briga, $20 adv tix rec

1/8, 8 PM eclectic third-stream jazz pianist Laila Biali and her group at the third stage at the Rockwood ,$10

1/8, 8:30ish kinetic Americana songwriter/banjoist Kaia Kater, thoughtful newschool Americana songstress Kristin Andreassen and charming antique Appalachian folk duo Anna & Elizabeth at the small room at the Rockwood. If you feel like paying a cover to see Anna & Elizabeth, they’re at National Sawdust on 1/20 at 7 for twenty bucks in advance…but no drink minimum.

1/8, 8:30 PM the Jentsch Group No Net play the brilliant cult favorite jazz guitarist’s Topics in American History – his chamber jazz abstraction of historical themes and events – at I-Beam, $15

1/8, 9 PM dynamic, subtle ex-Mariachi Flor de Toloache singer Maya Lazaro – now working a simmering oldschool soul sound – at Sunnyvale, $10

1/8, 11 PM haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell at Union Pool, $8

1/8, midnightish psychedelic, dub-inflected tenor saxophonist Ilhan Ersahin‘s Istanbul Sessions at Nublu 151

1/9, noon the Hillbenders play their wryly twisted bluegrass version of the Who’s Tommy at Lucille’s, $12

1/9, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan, the eclectic, jazz-tinged Macedonian sounds of Tavche Gravche and oudist Brian Prunka’s similarly diverse Nashaz at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St., 8th Fl

1/9, 7;30 PM irrepressible indie classical art-rock band the Bang on a Can All-Stars play new works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and moreat Merkin Concert Hall, $25

1/9, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest starts with a performance of the DVORÁK String Quintet in G Major, Op. 77 and Brahms’ Piano Quintet No. 1 at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free, adv tix req

1/9, 8 PM haunting, paradigm-shifting trumpeter/composer trumpeter Amir ElSaffar with Tomas Fujiwara on drums and Ole Mathisen on sax at the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St., $20

1/9, 9 PM brilliant Americana jazz pedal steel player Susan Alcorn and hypnotic postrock sax ensemble Battle Trance at the Silent Barn, $10

1/9, 9:30 PM the Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta play classic 70s style psychedelic salsa at Barbes

1/10, 6:45 PM Charlie Haden’s improvisationally-inclined Liberation Music Orchestra with special guest Geri Allen on piano at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

1/10, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

1/10, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11, Prokofiev’s Quintet in G Minor and Brahms’ String Quartet No. 2 at Paul Hall at Julliard, free, adv tix req

1/10-15 popular lyrical pianist Bill Charlap plays a week at the Jazz Standard. 1/10 solo, 1/11 with Carol Sloane, 1/12-13 with Renee Rosnes, 1-14-15 with Freddy Cole and Houston Person, $30/$35 on the weekend

1/10, 8 PM not music-related but fun: this month’s Secret Science Club installment features author  Alexandra Horowitz discussing “Being a Dog: Following the Dog Into a World of Smell” at the Bell House, free 

1/10-14, 8 PM Philippe Quesne‘s La Melacolie des Dragons: “A band of longhaired metalheads decide that the snowy forest where their hatchback has stalled might be the perfect location to build a new heavy metal-themed amusement park. A helpful stranger is invited into their world of classic rock, medieval recorders, and large inflatable sculptures. An international audience favorite, this three-dimensional poem is full of visual wonder, joy and melancholy, and sincere delight in human existence,” at the Kitchen, $25

1/10-15, 9 PM drummer Jim Black plays a weeklong stand at the Stone. Choice pick: the 1/13 show with the deliciously noisy Eyebone: Nels Cline (guitar) Elias Stemeseder (keyboards) Jim Black (drums, electronics), $20

1/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

1/10-14 11:30 PM lyrical pianist Chris Pattishall with bassist Marty Jaffe and drummer Kyle Poole at Dizzy’s Club, $5/$20 on the weekend

1/11, 6:30 PM guerrilla documentarian/photographer Clayton Patterson debates Forest City Ratner shill Marty Markowitz on the pros and cons of gentrification at the Museum of the City of New York, $20, reception to follow. Dollars to donuts that Patterson mops the floor with the ex-Brooklyn Borough President.

1/11, 7 PM eclectically funky, lyrical chanteuse/saxophonist Grace Kelly at Joe’s Pub, $25. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 admission) by 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 – playing Terry Riley’s In C

1/11, 7 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette with Peter Bernstein:guitar and Ari Hoenig drums at Smoke, $12

1/11, 7 PM Stephanie Chase, violin and Sara Davis Buechner, piano play rarely heard and little-known music by Mozart, Turina and Friml at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix avail

1/11, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with Mozart’s Quintet in A Major for Clarinet and Strings and Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free, adv tix req

1/11, 8 PM epic, exhilarating original Balkan brass music with alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Expanded Circle at Barbes

1/11, 8 PM solo guitarscapes from Jason McMahon, assaultive trio Jobs (formerly Killer Bob) and pianist/composer Matt Mehlan’s chamber jazz septet Facelessness at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/11, 8:30 PM noir-inspired low-register reedman Ben Goldberg, trombonist Brian Drye and pianist Jacob Sacks improvise, followed by multi-reedman/brilliant composer Mike McGinnis’s MusicNOW Trio at I-Beam, $15

1/11, 8:30 PM violinist Asi Matathias and pianist Victor Stanislavsky play works by Bloch, Stravinsky and Saint-Saens at the 92nd St Y, $25

1/11, 9:30 PM haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez & the NY Flamenco Ensemble at Club Bonafide, $15

1/11, 10:30 PM catchy, propulsive postbop trombonist Jimmy O’Connell leads his sextet at Smalls

1/12, 5 PM the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s indie classical take on the classical choral mass tradition “Mass Reimmaginings,” at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/12, 6 PM the improvisationally-inclined Osso String Quartet at Silvana

1/12, 7 PM a Pre-Golden Fest Celebration at Sunnyvale, $12. In reverse order: wild, feral, intricate psychedelic metal versions of classic underground 1920s and 1930s Greek hash smoking music from Greek Judas; epic, original, intense original Balkan sounds from Raya Brass Band; the organ-fueled Choban Elektrik – the Balkan Doors – and lickety-split, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus 

1/12, 7:30 PM powerhouse clarinetist Ilye Shneyveys supplies the good vibes at a klezmer dance party at the Jalopy, $15

1/12, 7:30 PM the PubliQuartet play works by Jessie Montgomery and Matthew Brown and improvise on themes by Dvorak at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with the Weinberg String Quintet and Grieg’s String Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 27 at Paul Hall at Julliard, free, adv tix req

1/12, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 and Brahms: Clarinet Quintet at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

1/12, 8 PM the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by hard-hitting original Balkan rockers Tipsy Oxcart at Barbes

1/12, 8 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

1/12, 8 PM noir jazz piano mastermind Frank Kimbrough with bassist Masa Kamaguchi at Mezzrow, $20

1/12, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

1/12, 9 PM magically nuanced drummer Carlo Costa and his Group at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/12, 10 PM King Isto’s Tropical String Band playing awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music at Sunny’s

1/13-19 the New York theatrical premiere of Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards’ new documentary “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past. “The man and the band who make the Jazz Age come alive! What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21 st century? Two words: Vince Giordano – bandleader, musician, historian,collector and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.This joyful documentary offers an intimate portrait of Vince, taking us behind the scenes as he shares his passion of hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans,” at Cinema Village Theater: 22 E 12th St (between 5th & University), showtimes: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, tix $12 Adults / $8 Seniors, Students, Children, 212-924- 3363 Vince Giordano + filmmakers Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards will appear at 7pm shows on Friday, Saturday 

1/13, 5:30 PM Anana Kaye, catchy, soul-infused existentialist parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette and up-and-coming paisley underground band Moji Abiola – who add soulful vocals to the psychedelic mix – at the American Folk Art Museum

1/13, 6 PM New Orleans’ guy/girl Balkan ensemble Blato Zlato followed at 7 by dynamic, often haunting Balkan band the G String Orchestra at Shrine

1/13, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

1/13, 7 PM Lesley Karsten‘s sarcastically titled new Astor Piazzolla biodrama That’s Not Tango with a killer band feat. Brandt Fredriksen (piano), JP Jofre (bandoneon), and Nick Danielson (violin) at Subculture, $25 adv tix rec

1/13, 7 PM thoughtful, luminous, smart art-rock/improvisational jazz pianist Matt Kanelos solo followed by guitarist Mike Baggetta leading a trio at the Drawing Room, 56 Willoughby #3, downtown Brooklyn, $10

1/13-14, 7/10 PM dramatic gospel-inflected drag crooner/pianist M. Lamar plays his creepy, politically relevant new suite Funeral Doom Spiritual at National Sawdust, $30

1/13, 7:30 PM Golden Fest – NYC’s funnest music festival – starts tonight with scores of Balkan and Romany bands from around the world at the sumptuous Grand Prospect Hall, 263 Prospect Ave (4th/5th Aves) in Kensington, Brooklyn, R to Prospect Ave. Tix for tonight are $35, bands go til 2 in the morning and then basically all night on Saturday, when the show starts at 6.

1/13-14, 7:30 PM the lush Euroradio Jazz Orchestra led by Ohad Talmor at the Jazz Gallery, $22

1/13, 7:30 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with Arensky’s String Quartet No. 2; Harrison’s Twilight Music for horn, violin, and piano and Brahms’ Piano Quintet in F minor at Paul Hall at Julliard, free, adv tix req

1/13, 7:30 PM reliably purposeful multi-reed improviser Marty Ehrlich leads a quartet at Smalls

1/13, 8 PM playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – folllowed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes

1/13, 8 PM Americana rock sirens and ex-Red Molly bandmates Carolann Solebello  and Abbie Gardner at the Jalopy, $15

1/13, 8 PM Misha Piatigorsky‘s tuneful, dynamic, wit-infused Sketchy Orkestra at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

1/13, 9 PM delicious original Americana/newgrass band Chamomile & Whiskey at Hill Country

1/13. 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many at the Way Station

1/13, 11 PM fiery, eclectic Turkish art-rock guitarist Demir Demirkan’s Anatolian Knights with chanteuse Demet Sagiroglu at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

1/13, 11 PM trippy London downtempo/acid jazz guy Yussef Kamaal at the Guadalupe Inn, 1 Knickerbocker at Johnson, L to Morgna Ave., $10

1/14, 3 PM Juilliard Chamber Fest continues with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11, Schoenberg’s Piano Septet, Op. 29 and DVORÁK Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major,at Paul Hall at Julliard, free, adv tix req

1/14, 3 PM Balkan/Latin/New Orleans brass grooves with the Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

1/14-15, 5 PM the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform their new multimedia suite Silent Voices, examining the grim realities of marginalized young people with music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, at the French Institute’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, $30

1/14, 6 PM amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser followed at 8 by Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

1/14, 7 PM Electric Diamond – Scott Diamond and Don Slepian – play their wild multimedia version of Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/14, 7 PM saxophonist/jazz singer Stephanie Chou leads her quintet at Joe’s Pub, $22

1/14, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble with Charlotte Mundy, voice; Martha Cargo, flute; Eileen Mack, clarinet; Leah Asher, violin/viola; Mariel Roberts, cello; Yvonne Troxler, piano. play Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire plus works by Willy Burkhard, Michel Jarrell, György Kurtag and Roland Moser. at Symphony Space, $20

1/14, 7:30 PM check out this awesome lineup and awesome program of rare oboe and bassoon works; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Cat Cantrell, oboe; Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Liz Dorman, piano play Sonatine for Oboe and Bassoon, Jolivet; Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons, Sofia Gubaidulina; Trio Sonata for Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Harpsichord/Piano, Zelenka at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, sugg don

1/14 8 PM Aleppo oudist/singer Muhammad Qadri Dalal and ensemble playing classic Syrian music at Alwan for the Arts is SOLD OUT

1/14, 8 PM Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish, fearlessly political punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

1/14, 8 PM pianist James Johnston plays works by Philip Glass, David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Eve Beglarian, Max Richter, Radiohead and others at Scholes St. Studios

1/14, 8 PM acoustic guitarist Robin Greenstein and Americana close harmony group Windborne at the People’s Voice Cafe

1/14, 8 PM Manhattan Chamber Players play works by Antonín Dvořák and JP Jofre at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv rix rec

1/14, 9 PM roots reggae, mento, ska and dub,with Dubistry at Shrine

1/14, 10 PM post-Stooges riff-rock stoners the Greasy Hearts followed by similar stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at Sunnyvale, $10

1/15, 2 PM Billygoat – plucked strings and slide, Britfolk and enigmatically noisy improv from Michelle Segre and Jennifer Sirey – at Mayflower Bar in  Ft. Greene 

1/15, 3 PM new music with shorts sets by the Etienne Charles Project, Turtle Island Quartet, and Helen Sung  Group at the DiMenna Center, free

1/15, 4 PM baroque string ensemble ACRONYM joins baritone Jesse Blumberg in a program entitled Valley of Tears: Bass Cantatas and Instrumental Sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller. at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/15, 4 PM a post-Golden Fest Balkan bill with Western Greek band Pontic Firebird, Loza, New Orleans’ Blato Zlato, NYC supergroup Orkestar BAM and the Balkan-American stars of tomorrow, Cocek Nation at Drom, $10

1/15, 5 PM this era’s most dynamic extrovert drummer, Rudy Royston leads his group at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

1/15, 6 PM a benefit for the Womens’ March on Washington at City Winery, $20, with women artists from the worlds of jazz, reggae, chamber pop, latin, Middle Eastern and the avant garde:  Yo La Tengo headline, preceded in order by Pyeng Theadgill, Faith,  Mazz Swift, Arooj Aftab, Ani Codero, Larkin Grimm and Anais Maviel, Elena Moon Park and Camila Meza

1/15, 7 PM jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila  followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/15, 7 PM guitarist Kristo Rodzevski leads a quintet with Mary Halvorson on electric guitar and Tomeika Reid on cello at Joe’s Pub, $15

1/15, 7 PM pianist Marie McAuliffe and Canadian reedman David Aaron on various saxophones plus brilliant, subtle drummer Dave Gould at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/15, 7:30 PM young female Korean-American rising stars of the jazz world: criss-pollinating pansori jazz chanteuse Song Yi Jeon and her Quintet followed by the Jihye Lee Orchestra and then alto saxophonist Yoosun Nam and her Quintet at Club Bonafide, $15

1/16, 8 PM Mirror Visions Ensemble sing the four winning pieces from their inaugural Young Composer’s Competition—Margaret Barrett’s At a Window, with text by Carl Sandburg; John Glover’s Squall with text by Leonora Speyer; Aaron Grad’s Invitation to Love with text by Paul Laurence Dunbar; and Daniel Temkin’s Summer Rain with text by James Joyce plus an Emily Dickinson-inspired song cycle by Tom Cipullo at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker off Bowery, $20 

1/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

1/16, 9:30 PM stragglers from Golden Fest blast into Barbes. Maybe a Slavic Soul Party  flashmob. Expect horns and minor keys.

1/16. 10 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

1/17, 6:30 PM edgy British noir cabaret chanteuse/political satirist Melinda Hughes with pianist David Shenton at Caffe Vivaldi

1/17, 7 PM  the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette play songs inspired by Vonnegut’s 2005 essay collection Man Without a Country followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/17, 7:30 PM the Zora String Quartet play works by Mozart, Webern and Shostakovich at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

1/17-22, 8:30/10:30 PM state-of-the-art bassist/composer Christian McBride leads his quartet with Marcus Strickland (tenor sax) Josh Evans (trumpet) Nasheet Waits (drums) at the Vanguard, $25

1/17-22, 9 PM diverse avant-garde guitarist James Moore of the Dither Quartet plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: the 1/20 show with Forever House feat. Meaghan Burke (cello, voice) James Ilgenfritz (bass)  Peter Wise (drums) and special guests

1/18, 7 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the Americana and Greek psychedelic underworld, Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays the album release show for his catchy new powerpop cd Bodega Rock at the Parkside

1/18, 8 PM adventurous, powerhouse oudist/composer/musical traveler Kane Mathis at Barbes

1/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist avant-garde singer Ka Baird collaborates with Marcia Bassett on Buchla Easel and sound reactive projections from Camilla Padgitt-Coles in an exploration of our murkiest interior selves at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/18, 8 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams and guest country/blues guitar goddess Cindy Cashdollar at City Winery, $22 standing room avail

1/19, 7:30 PM hauntingly psychedelic, theatrical female-fronted art-rockers Goddess  at Dixon Place, free

1/19, 7:30 PM fiery klezmer trumpeter Jordan Hirsch’s “Overnight Kugel” at the Jalopy, $15

1/19. 7:30 PM hypnotically kinetic Garifuna rocker Aurelio and band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/19, 7:30 PM latin jazz piano titan Arturo O’Farrill hosts a benefit for refusefascism.org with an all-star jazz cast including but not limited to Claudia Acuña, Fabian Almazan, Lakecia Benjamin, Stephan Crump, Peter Evans, Mary Halvorson, Vijay Iyer, Amirtha Kidambi, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Roy Nathanson, the Jazz Passengers, Matthew Shipp, Jen Shyu, Somi, The Westerlies  at Symphony Space, $30

1/19-21 luminary jazz drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts leads his group playing a weekend birthday stand at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $30

1/19, 8 PM in reverse order at the Owl: multi-reed maven Ned Rothenberg‘s In Cahoots’ cd release show with pianist Sylvie Courvosier and violinist Mark Feldman; intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, and Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jamming out classic Middle Eastesrn themes

1/19, 8 PM the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at Hifi Bar

1/19, 8 PM a wild night at Issue Project Room – feral cellist/vocalist Audrey Chen, Nextworks (Joan LaBarbara and  Miguel Frasconi, Doron Sadja and Raul de Nieves plus MV Carbon and Bradley Eros, $15

1/19, 8 PM French Romany jazz guitar band Les Beaux Tailleurs followed at 10 by charismatic, fearlessly political, lurid noir Americana songwriter and banjoist Curtis Eller at Barbes. Eller is also at Rest-Au-Rant, 30-01 35th Ave. in Long Island City on 1/21 at 10.

1/19, 8 PM pianist Jiayin Sun plays a Busoni  sesquicentennial recital at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

1/19, 9:30 PM indie classical gothic: David Lang’s Death Speaks and Brooks Frederickson’s Song Cycle performed by a first-class cast: Eliza Bagg, Ashley Bathgate, Karl Larson & Brendon Randall-Myers at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/20, 3 PM a concert joining voices for: WQXR host Nadia Sirota leads the audience in an interactive performance of Pauline Oliveros’ enigmatic, improvisational close harmony study Tuning Meditation at the Fuentidueña Chapel at the Cloisters, free with museum adm but rsvp reqd, A to 190th St and walk into Ft. Tryon Park

1/20, 7 PM Bearthoven and RighteousGirls – flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi – play an indie classical program tba at Joe’s Pub, $15 adv tix rec

1/20. 7:30 PM oldschool 70s style psychedelic salsa band Ola Fresca at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/20, 7:30 PM Iranian art-rocker/multi-instrumentalist Fared Shafinury & Tehranosaurus play the album release show for his new one Into the Night at the Poisson Rouge, $30 adv tix req

1/20, 7:30 PM the Turkish/North African/Nigerian Dahka Band at Club Bonafide, $15

1/20, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet play works by Webern, Ravel and the Brahms, Clarinet Quintet at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music, free

1/20, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble with Disklavier player piano perform pan latin works by Alejandro García Caturla, Alejandro Iglesias Rossi, Amoxtli Yoalli Ehecatl, Alejandro Castaños , Alberto Villalpando, Roberto Sierra at Symphony Space, free

1/20, 7:30 PM the MSM Chamber Orchestra play Adams, Shaker Loops; Villa-Lobos, Bachianas brasileiras No.5 for Soprano and Orchestra of Cellos; Milhaud, La Création du monde; and Stravinsky, Ebony Concerto at Ades Performance Space at Manhattan School of Music, free

1/20, 8 PM psychedelic gnawa/downtempo grooves with Club d’Elf playing the album release show for their new one with special guests Mat Maneri, John Medeski and Hassan Hakmoun at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/20, 10 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

1/20, 10:30 PM singer Tammy Scheffer leads her quintet with the excellent, lyrical Chris Ziemba on piano at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

1/20 toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen plays an all-Pauline Oliveros program at the DiMenna Center

1/21, 11 AM meet at the NW corner of 2nd Ave and 46th St and march with electically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer

1/21, 6 PM amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser  followed at 8 by chamber pop/Romany/Americana violinist/songwriter Sarah Alden  and then Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff –at Barbes

1/21, 7 PM the Brooklyn New Music Collective plays a composer portrait of Steven Burke at Spectrum, $15

1/21, 7 PM catchy, purist vintage Dire Straits-ish Americana rock with Whisperado at Branded Saloon

1/21, 7:15 PM epic minor-key New Orleans blues/klezmer/soca/reggae jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues

1/21, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu  plays her epically surreal suite Song of Silver Geese at the Jazz Gallery, $22

1/21, 7:30 PM pianist Gustavo Casaneve with his quartet featuring bassist John Pattitucci plays original chamber jazz, tango, and classical works at Flushing Town Hall, $30, ages 13-19 free

1/21, 7:30 PM the Pamela Frank Quintet plays works by Dvorak, Mozart and Mendelssohn at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th & Irving Place, $14

1/21, 7:30 PM eclectic vocal-chamber ensemble Cantata Profana perform love-themed music of Adès, Pärt, Foss, Crumb, Schumann, Brahms, Machaut, Dufay at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25, reception to follow  

1/21, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass plus a world premiere by Tavener protégé Ivan Moody at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

1/21, 8:15 PM vibraphone night at Shapeshifter Lab with Tony Miceli, Mark Sherman, Tom Beckham, Stefan Bauer, Yuhan Su, and Anthony Smith backed byMarcos Varela: bass and Jay Sawyer: drums $15

1/21, 7:30ish a subtly subversive post-election dance party: energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho followed by the intoxicatingly clattering Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at C’Mon Everybody

1/21, 9 PM Witchfinder Witch – the haunting new duo project of psychedelic rockers the Jigsaw Seen‘s Dennis Davison and folk noir songwriter Lorraine Leckie – at Pete’s. 1/25 they’re at Maxwell’s at 9 preceded at 8 by soaringly lyrical dreampop/art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Debby Schwartz with transgressive, populist comedienne/agitator Tammy Faye Starlite’s hilarious Blondie cover band the Pretty Babies headlining at 10, $10

1/22, 3 PM Paula Matthusen and Terri Hron create electroacoustic soundscapes at Spectrum, $15 

1/22, 4 PM the Cassatt Quartet performs Mendelssohn’s Capriccio for String Quartet, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s Voyage, Daniel Visconti’s Black Bend and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes

1/22, 7 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo  leads a guitar trio followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/22, 7 PM the album release show for the enigmatic Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, the new album from composer David Smooke featuring Loadbang, Karl Larson, Lunar Ensemble, Michael Parker Harley, Peabody Wind Ensemble, Harlan Parker at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/22, 7 PM the NY Jazzharmonic Quintet with Chris Ziemba on piano and Harrison Hollingsworth on bassoon at Bar Thalia, free

1/22, 7 PM Knuckleball featuring Daniel Levin on trumpet, Marc Hannaford on piano and Devin Gray on drums. play the album release for their new one at Downtown Music Gallery

1/22, 8 PM the One World Symphony – in collaboration with Mount Sinai’s SAVI (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program) play works by Beethoven, Margaret Allison Bonds, and premieres bu Rob Adler, Michael Mandrin plus by conductor Sun Jin Hong,saluting Charlie Chaplin and Michelle Obama at Church of the Holy Apostles, 296 9th Avenue at 28th St, $20

1/22, 8 PM sharply lyrical, tuneful Americana songwriter and Lazy Lions frontman Jim Allen – the missing link between Steve Earle and Graham Parker – followed by new wave/Britrock guitarist/singer Tim Simmonds (ex-Actual Facts) at Branded Saloon

1/22, 8:30 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio at I-Beam, $15

1/23, 7:30 PM New Juilliard Ensemble play pan-latin works by Alejandro Guarello, Manuel Sosa, Juan Campoverde, Martín Matalon, Mario Lavista, Martín Herraiz, Celso Garrido-Leccaand  Miguel del Águila at Symphony Space, free

1/23, 8 PM violinist Josh Modney, violist Kyle Armbrust, and cellist Michael Nicolas deliver a rare performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s hourlong string trio Musik für Drei Streicher–an oblique tribute to Beethoven’s late quartets – at the Abrons Arts Center, free, early arrival advised 

1/23, 9 PM the king of power pop, ageless Paul Collins – contemporary of both Ray Davies and Cheap Trick – at Berlin, $10

1/23, 9:30 PM Yotoco, the bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bioritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia at Barbes

1/24, doors and drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, pianist Marilyn Nonken plays commissioned works by Elizabeth Hoffman plusa Cy Twombly-inspired suite by Liza Lim at the Miller Theatre, free

1/24 tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza and her Nectar Orchestra chamber jazz septet at the Jazz Standard, 7:30/9:30 PM, $25

1/24-29, 9 PM elegantly melodic, darkly counterintuitive pianist Sylvie Courvoisier plays a weeklong stand at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night – Mephista + Jen Shyu with Ikue Mori (electronics) Susie Ibarra (drums) Jen Shyu (voice)

1/25, 6 PM cutting-edge improvisations with Japanese koto and shamisen player Sumie Kaneko  + flutist Haruna Fukazawa at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

1/25, 7 PM a screening of the documentary film In Memoriam: Hungarian Musicians – Victims of the Holocaust plus pianist László Stachó plays works by Schubert at the Hungarian Consulate,223 E 52nd St, free but rsvp req

1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM lush, intense, epically innovative big band jazz composer Miho Hazama & M-Unit at Dizzy’s Club, $30 and worth it

1/25, 7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

1/25, 7:30 PM goth-tinged indie/postrock/art-rock band San Fermin with indie classical chamber group Now Ensemble at Markin Concert Hall, $25

1/25, 7:30 PM the New Juilliard Ensemble perform pan-latin works by Luis Fernando Sánchez Gooding, Rafael Díaz, Valéria Bonafé, Paul Desenne, Wilma Alba Cal, Samuel Zyman, Alejandro Viñao at Symphony Space, free

1/25, 8 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons – at Barbes

1/25, 8 PM terse rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana plays a duo set with pianist Glenn Zaleski at Mezzrow, $20

1/25, 10:30 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal power trio A Deer A Horsat Alphaville, $10

1/26, 7 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at American Beauty, $12

1/26, 7 PM Michael Gordon’s Rushes for seven bassoons – omfg – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix req

1/26, 7:30/9:30 PM brilliant Indian violinist/composer Arun Ramamurthy leads his trio followed by the sprawling, cutting-edge, psychedelic, aptly named Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jazz Gallery, $22

1/26, 7:30 PM darkly rustic Brazilian rainforest folk (and John Zorn covers) with Forro in the Dark at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/27-28 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix rec

1/26, 7:30 PMthe New Juilliard Ensemble perform pan-latin works by Anabella Enrique, Andrés Nuño de Buen, German Cáceres, Francis Schwartz, Tania León, Rodolfo Acosta, Alejandro Cardona and Ricardo Romaneiro at Symphony Space, free

1/26, 8 PM intense tenor saxophonist Elijah Shiffer leads an octet playing his 14-part suite The Other Man inspired by the 1973 poem by Roland Clare and Tony Golding at the Firehouse Space, $10

1/26. 9 PM wickedly tuneful, Zombies-esque psychedelic pop bandleader Sam Kogon at Rough Trade, $13 adv tix rec

1/26, 9 PM lyrical trombonist/composer Marshall Gilkes  leads a trio with Matt Clohesy on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums at Club Bonafide, $20

1/27, 5:30 PM haunting dark Americana songwriter/belter Jessi Robertson at the American Folk Art Museum

1/27, 6 PM fearlessly eclectic, theatrically-tinged jazz singer/composer Rebecca Sullivan leads her group with Leonor Falcón, violin, backup vocals;  Juanma Trujillo, guitar;  Andrew Schiller, bass;  Robin Baytas, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum  

1/27, 7 PM soulful chanteuse Kelly Sloan’s cachy, kinetic downtempo/neosoul group K Sloan & the Melodics at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/27, 8 PM otherworldly Near Eastern harmonies with the Supruli Georgian Choir followed at 9 by the similarly haunting, our-and-string-driven Turkish band Dolunay and at 10 by another Georgian choral ensemble Adilei,  $10

1/27, 8 PM intense retro 60s influenced Nubian funk band Alsarah & the Nubatones at C’Mon Everybody

1/27, 8 PM purist, harmony-driven “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters at Pete’s

1/27, 8 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

1/27, 8:30 PM, repeating 1/28at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play a kinetic program including a Tim Kiah world premiere; Bach’s Violin Concerto No.2, BWV 1042, E major; Pēteris Vasks’ Concerto for English horn with soloist Jason Smoller; Kodály’s Dances of Marosszekand Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

1/27, 8:30 PM playful impovising quartet Bright Dog Red – “Digable Planets meets Mahavisnhu” – at Spectrum, $15

1/27, 9ish one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 plays tunes by his great Skatalites predecessor Roland Alphonso at Hank’s, $8

1/27, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

1/27, 9 PM the edgy female-fronted Talking Heads-ish Eliza & the Organix at the Way Station

1/27, 10 PM kinetic, mesmerizing, ancient Moroccan trance grooves from Innov Gnawa at Barbes

1/27, 10 PM wildly popular punkgrass hellraisers the Devil Makes Three at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec

1/27-28, 10:30 PM tenor sax improv legend George Garzone‘s Cosa Nostra at Smalls

1/27, 11 PM wildly theatrical, phantasmagorical noir cabaret band Orphan Jane at the Mercury, $10

1/28, 6 PM amazingly eclectic jazz/oldtimey accordionist Will Holshouser followed at 8 by former Snow frontwoman and haunting art-rocker Hilary Downes playing the album release show for her fantastic new one at Barbes

1/28, 7 PM solo Schubert-influenced David Del Tredici piano works based on Schubert songs by performed by Beth Levin and Dalit Warshaw followed by a chamber ensemble playing Schubert’s “epic and rollicking” Octet at Greenwich House Music School, $20 adv tix rec

1/28, 8 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Hill Country Brooklyn

1/28, 8 PM fearless improviser, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Anaïs Maviel performs a solo set and then a duo with bassist Michael Bisio at Issue Project Room, $15

1/28, 9 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner leads an all-star cast playing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Freddy’s

1/28, 11 :30 PM uneasy dreampop/postpunk band Dark Moon Apache, followed by ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bushwick Public House

1/29, 2:30 PM irrepressible, ubiquitously excellent veteran low-register brassman Howard Johnson with Yayoi Ikawa – piano; Melissa Slocum – bass; Newman Taylor Baker – drums playing the album release show for his new one at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $15

1/29, 3 PM an indie classical pianist summit. Joseph Liccardo plays Bach; Lisa Moore plays Martin Bresnick; Erika Dohi plays Berio at Spectrum $15

1/29, 3 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Robert Paterson at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/stud $5

1/29, 4 PM the Jack Quartet play works by Ruth Crawford Seeger, Derek Bermel, Julia Wolfe, and Iannis Xenakis  at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free

1/29, 4 PM French ensemble Alla Francesca fuses the music of “joglars” (minstrels) with the Occitan poetry of the “trobars” (troubadours) at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/29, 5 PM the Aeolus Quartet and pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdeza play his new arrangement of Paul Desmond’s iconic Take Five for piano quintet plus Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 at All Souls Church, Lexington Ave and 80th St, sugg don

1/29, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

1/29, 7 PM erudite, subtle Americana guitarist Jason Loughlin and the String Players tackle the Chet Atkins songbook followed at 9 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/29, 7:30 PM Bollywood-flavored neosoul with Shilpa Ananth, carnatic art-rock violin powerhouse Rini and her band and then the Indian folk-dreampop of Humeysha at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

1/29, 8 PM macabre, cinematic postrockers Mogwai at the Town Hall, $30 adv tix avail

1/29, 8:30/10:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor sxophonist Patrick Cornelius  leads his octet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/29, 9 PM elegantly tuneful bassist Iris Ornig leads her quintet at 55 Bar

1/29, 9:30 PM the Van Allen Belt – whose darkly swirly cinematics come across as a more punk, lo-fi Morricone Youth or Lost Patrol – at Pine Box Rock Shop

1/29, 9:30 PM noir-tinged crooner and expertly bluesy lead guitarist Phil Gammage leads his Adventures in Bluesland band at Lucille’s

1/30, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her quartet playing a double album release show for her ambitious new ones at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl. a drink

1/30, 9:30 PM Colombian cumbia band  Bulla en el Barrio  at Barbes

1/31,6 PM tuneful, intriguing third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 cover plus $10 minimum

1/31, 7 PM all-size clarinet quartet Andy Biskin‘s Reed Basket play jazz, classical and originals with Andy Biskin, Peter Hess, Mike McGinnis, and Sam Sadigursky followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/31, 8 PM Claudia Schaer – violin; Helen Lin – piano play works by Stravinsky, Piazzolla, Satoh and Adams at the DiMenna Center, $20

1/31, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

1/31, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

2/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

2/1 Gill Landry at Bowery Ballroom is sold out

2/2, 7 PM pianist Brian Marsella’s tuneful, first-rate original postbop jazz sextet the Flail at the Fat Cat

2/3, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/4, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3 and the Tschaikovsky Violin Concerto with soloist Kyung Sun Lee at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

2/4, 9 PM catchy, anthemic, charismatic folk noir band Thee Shambels – sort of the missing link between Nick Cave and the Pogues – followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at Postmark Cafe, 326 6th St. north of 4th Ave in Park Slope, free

2/5, 1 (one) PM a wild bunch of first-class improvisers from the Gold Bolus scene join forces in variously noisy collaborations: Anaïs Maviel, Angela Morris (Rallidae), Anne Rhodes (Broadcloth), Carl Testa, Daniel Levine (Knuckleball), Dave Ruder, ellen o, Erin Rogers (thingNY), Joe White, Lisa Dowling (kills to kisses), Matthew D. Gantt, Sam Sowyrda, at Footlight Bar, 465 Seneca Ave, Ridgewood, $8 

2/5, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Sibelius – Swan of Tuonela;† R. Strauss – Don Jua; Debussy – Rhapsody; Ravel – Daphnis & Chloé Suite No. 2 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $15 sugg don., reception to follow

2/6, 8 PM the mighty 180-voice New York Choral Society sing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem with soloists Vanessa Vasquez, soprano, Abigail Fischer, mezzo-soprano, Zach Borichevsky, tenor, and Sava Vemic, bass. at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall , $30 tix avail

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/11, 7 PM lush string-driven Indian classical ensemble Akshara featuring powerhouse musicians Arun Ramamurthy, Dave Eggar and Kabilan Jeganathan perform along with dancers Sonali Skandan, Sahana Sridhar, Aishwarya Madhav and Janani Comar at Salaam Bombay, 319 Greenwich St at Reade, $25/$18 Seniors and Students/children under 12 free, 1 train to Chambers

2/12, 6 PM erudite, witty art-rock pianist/songwriter/composer Lee Feldman at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

2/16, 7 PM the all-female Ensemble Leonarda explore sworks by composers who sought out brave new worlds:  Handel (in England), Hotteterre (who went to Rome), & French baroque opera founder, Jean-Baptiste Lully (who emigrated from Florence, Italy to the French court of Louis XIV).  Plus a special rendition of Dvorak’s “Largo” from his “New World” Symphony, featuring hilarious performance artist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center, 333 7th Ave, $25/$15 stud/srs 

2/16, 7 PM intense theatrical Bartok-influenced drummer/composer Sean Noonan’s “Soap” with Alex Marcelo piano Peter Bitenc bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

2/19 the intoxicatingly clattering Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa plus eclectic indie classical percussion ensemble Tigue at Threes Brewing

2/24, 7 PM the world premiere of the new global warming-themed opera Upon this Handful of Earth by Norwegian composer Gisle Kverndokk and librettist Aksel-Otto Bull at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Ave $25 tix avail

2/25, 7:30 PM intense, controversial Portuguese fado star Gisela João makes her US debut backed by a great acousic band at the Schinel Cner at Pace Univsity, 3 Spruce St, $30, 6/J/M to City Hall

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

2/26, 7 sh vivid gothic Americana songstress Lara Ewen at Scratcher Bar on E 5th just off Bowery

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

New York City and Brooklyn Live Music Calendar for December 2016 and January 2017

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

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

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

On select Thursdays 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. Perennial possibilities: Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak (!). Sugg don $10 (pay what you can), delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

Mondays in December, 7 and 9 PM, erudite pianist Orrin Evans‘ richly tuneful, purist, stampeding Captain Black Big Band at Smoke

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in December, 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 December, 7 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin‘s Zebtet at the Fat Cat

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

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

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

Wednesdays at 8 the Brookliyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – play Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15; closest train is the 2 to Bergen St.

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

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 December at 9 Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens play oldschool 1960s style gospel at the Fat Cat.

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

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

Saturdays in December at 6 PM haunting Turkish and Balkan songs of heartbreak, longing and despair played by darkly slinky ensemble Dolunay at Barbes

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

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

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

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 2 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – at Joe’s Pub, $15

Sundays at 3 PM at the Stone a rotating cast of familiar faces from John Zorn’s circle perform from Zorn’s characteristically exhaustive, marathon collection of 300 works titled Bagatelles, recently composed between March and May 2015. “Each concert will be introduced by John Zorn, often in conversation with the musicians,” $15

Sundays in December, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

Every Sunday the Ear-Regulars, led by trumpeter Jon Kellso and (frequently) guitarist Matt Munisteri play NYC’s only weekly hot jazz session starting around 8 PM at the Ear Inn on Spring St. Hard to believe, in the city that springboarded the careers of thousands of jazz legends, but true. This is by far the best value in town for marquee-caliber jazz: for the price of a drink and a tip for the band, you can see world-famous players (and brilliant obscure ones) you’d usually have to drop $100 for at some big-ticket room. The material is mostly old-time stuff from the 30s and 40s, but the players (especially Kellso and Munisteri, who have a chemistry that goes back several years) push it into some deliciously unexpected places.

Three Sundays in December, 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic, microtonally guitar-fueled East African psychedelic band 75 Dollar Bill at Union Pool, $10

Sundays at Barbes at around 9:30 PM paradigm-shifting Romany jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel – who blends Django with ominous Pink Floyd art-rock and growling post-Velvets psychedelia.

12/1, 7 PM Texas Americana multi-instrumentalist (ex-Red Molly) Molly Venter and Goodnight Moonshine followed by Crescent City-flavored “steamboat soul” band Roosevelt Dime at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM accordionist Christina Crowder’s haunting Bessarabian chamber jazz/klezmer quartet Bivolita at the Jalopy, $15

12/1, 7:30 PM pianist Peter Breiner leads an all-star octet playing Slovak Dances for Triango and Orchestra at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, free tix currently avail at the venue box office

12/1, 7:30 PM popular tenor saxophonist David Murray plays and sings Nat King Cole en Español at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/1-3, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, trumpeter Jeremy Pelt’s “power quintet” with Steve Nelson – vibes; Danny Grissett – piano; Peter Washington – bass; Bill Stewart – drums, $25/$30 on the weekend

12/1-3, 8 PM, repeating on 12/4 at 2 PM singer/performer Jadele McPhersonoffers “a cosmic sonic journey through black liberation figures, conjurers and spiritual leaders from Haiti and Cuba, surrounded by fellow performers Val Jeanty, Maxine Montilus, Yomaira Gonzalez, Caridad Paisan Garbey and Daniel Gi,” at Jack, $18

12/1, 8  PM wit and lively piano-and-bass jousting – Uri Caine & Mark Helias at Mezzrow, $20

12/1, 8 PM fiery female-fronted psychedelic soul/funk band Sirsy (think, mythical temptress) at the Bitter End, $10

12/1, 8 PM singer Gabrielle Herbst leads a quartet with Missy Mazzoli on keys, Aaron Roche on guitar and Ludovica Burtone on violin at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 8/9:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio withJacob Sacks, piano;  Thomas Morgan, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/1, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire  and indie vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces for a composer portrait of Zasha Di Castri at the Miller Theatre, $30 tix avail

12/1, 9ish careening folk noir and heavy-duty grasscore: O’Death and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

12/1, 9 PM haunting, purposeful viola improviser Jessica Pavone at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/1, 9:30 PM fiery, noir-influenced guitarist  Andy Green leads a quartet with JC Sanford – trombone; Jeremy Udden – saxophone; Dave Ambrosio – bass at I-Beam, $15

12/2, 5:30 PM rustic guy/girl mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at the American Folk Art Museum

12/2, 7 PM up-and-coming indie classical cellist Ashley Walters solo followed at 8:30 by tuneful, Middle Eastern-inspired tenor saxophonist Ole Mathisen leading a killer quartet:  Amir ElSaffar – trumpet; Bobby Avey – piano; Gregg August – bass at Spectrum, $15

12/2, 7 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

12/2, 7:30/9 PM the mighty sixteen-piece, accordion-spiced cumbia-jazz Gregorio Uribe Big Band at Ginny’s Suppper Club, $20

12/2, 8 PM badass slowcore art-rock cellist/chanteuse Meaner Pencil, ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin, enigmatic lo-fi janglerock/folk noir songwriter Tica Douglas and the fiery, theatrical, goth-tinged Catfox at the Park Church Co-op. 129 Russel St. at Nassau, $10, G train to Nassau Ave stop.

12/2, 8 PM dark, fiery, female-fronted female-fronted surf rockers High Waisted  at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play their electric originals at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

12/2, 8 PM riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at the Owl. 12/4 at 10 she’s at Sunny’s

12/2, 8 PM torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk

12/2, 8 PM trombone powerhouse Reut Regev’s smoky, funky, serpentine R-Time followed by fiery violinist/singer Carla Kihlstedt’s Causing a Tiger at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/2, 8 PM guitarist Douglas Bradford’s improvisational chamber jazz outfit Dragonfly: withPatrick Breiner – clarinet, Christopher Hoffman – cello, Sam Ospovat – drums followed at 9 by violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s Sing House with Andrew Drury – drums; Ken Filiano – bass; Chris Forbes – piano; Steve Swell – trombone at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/2, 8 PM David Broome (piano), Kate Dillingham (cello), Thomas Piercy (clarinet) perform works by Barash, Fetherolf, Galindo, and Schultz, alongside Henryk Górecki’s Lerchenmusik at the Broom Tree Theatre, 23-35 Broadway, Astoria (23rd/Crescent), free, reception to follow, R/W to Broadway

12/2, 8:30 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by noir jazz legends the Jazz Passengers at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 12/22

12/2, 9 PM a Memphis Minnie tribute, all proceeds to fight the Dakota Pipeline, artistsinclude lbluesman Rashad Brown, Kylie Wilder, catchy, fun indie soul band Sunshine Nights, chamber pop/Romany/Americana violinist/songwriter Sarah Alden, her fellow badass violinist colleague Chloe eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen Swantner, fiery oldtimey string band he Four O’Clock Flowers, acoustic soul chanteuse Queen Esther, eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen  $10 sugg, give what you can

12/2, 9 PM enigmatically careening,wickedly tuneful, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black, ageless, filthy oldschool punk/powerpop band Custard Wally – sort of the Blowfly of NYC punk rock –and paisley underground/punk trio the Unknown Nobodies, at Hank’s, be aware of $8 cover

12/2, 9 PM haunting folk noir/lo-fi psychedelic guy Jaye Bartell at Troost

12/2-3,9/10:30 PM bassist Petros Klamanis’ mighty, haunting Bpazia ensemble with Magda Giannikou, voice, accordion;  Yotam Silberstein, guitar;  Julian Shore, piano;  Keita Ogawa, percussion;  Roggerio Boccato, percussion;  Gokce Erem, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Adam Fisher, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/2, 9 PM darkly edgy, politically-fueled Irish tunesmith Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood

12/2, 9 PM Epica and their cello-metal Metallica covers at Webster Hall, $30

12/2, 9:30 PM the Jentsch Group No Net premiere the brillint cult favorite jazz guitarist’s Topics in American History – his chamber jazz abstraction of historical themes and events – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

12/2, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/2, 10 PM darkly torchy, individualistic psychedelic jazz/slowcore/noir singer Bianca Muniz with her band at Terra Firma 119 Ingraham St just off Porter, Bushwick, free, L to Montrose Ave

12/2-3, 10:30 PM state-of-the-art, pyrotechnically soulful trumpeter Ingrid Jensen leads her quintet at Smalls

12/2, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

12/2, 11 PM the Tsunambots – who put a creepy postrock spin on surf punk – followed at midnight by deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s. The ‘Bots are also here the following night, 12/3 at midnight

12/3, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – fo followed at 6 by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, intense, intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo band Gato Loco at 8 and then the blustery firepower of Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

12/3 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with pianist and composer Fazil Say performs Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 plus Say’s new cross-pollinated composition, Silk Road, plus works by Haydn and Rossini at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $13 seats avail

12/3, 8 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/ Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Roulette, $30

12/3, 8 PM a multimedia perfomance with dance, live painting, poetry and the Persian sufi music of ther Pejman Tadayon Ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

12/3, 8 PM pianists Azamat Sydykov and Nikita Galaktionov trade places and play works by Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Balakirev, Lyapunov, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabinat Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

12/3, 8 PM Sarah Rara of Lucky Dragons plays solo electroacoustic works followed by mesmerizing sound sculptor Lesley Flanigan at the Kitchen, $15

12/3, 8 PM haunting, intense flamenco jazz pianist Chano Dominguez & New Flamenco Sounds at Shapeshifter Lab

12/3, 9 PM the Alan Lomax of surf rock, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly extravaganza at Otto’s starts with Bongo Surf, at 10 the cinematically twangy Agent Octopus, at 11 the the Luau Cinders (to be known in the future as the Kaweem Abdoo Jabbaws) and creepy surfy postrockers the Tsunambots

12/3, 9 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Muchmore’s

12/3, 9 PM visual scores by Aleksandra Vrebalov performed by Lynn Bechtold, Steve Bloom, Jennifer Choi, Dan Cooper, Du.0, Marija Ilic, John King, Hajnal Pivnick, Kathy Tagg, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Dorian Wallace at Spectrum, $15

12/3, 10 PM Haunted Gypsy play their ominous Siouxsie-esque goth rock at Leftfield

12/3, 10 PM the original lineup of tuneful indie powerpop favorites Palomar at Union Hall, $10

12/3, 11 PM rockabilly/surf guitar favorite Rev. Horton Heat at Warsaw, $22

12/4, starting at 9 AM an all-day Mannes Chamber Music Bash with performances across the campus at the New School’s Arnhold Hall: Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, Room 450, and the Glass Box Theater, program TBA

12/4, half past noon at Petteri Iivonen, violin; Ben Larsen, cello; Mika Sasaki, piano play piano trios by Hayen, Sibelius, Beethoven and Brahms at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 59 E 2nd St, sugg don

12/4, 3 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra‘s annual family concert with holiday romp with Bizet’s toreadors, Copland’s cowboys, Brahms’ Hungarians, sleigh rides with Anderson and Prokofiev, and Sarasate’s gypsy violin music with young soloist Ben Lerman at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $20 sugg don., reception to follow

12/4, 4 PM Ko-Eun Yi, piano, performs works by Mozart, Debussy, Brahms, and Scriabin at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

12/4, 5ish Miwa Gemini – the darkly enigmatic missing link between Calexico and Shonen Knife – at Muchmore’s

12/4, 5 PM dynamic choral ensemble Musica Viva NY, joined by the Aeolus Quartet and colleagues bring the stormy heavenly battles of Bach’s four “Michaelmas” cantatas to life. Also on the bill: organist Renée Anne Louprette plays Knut Nystedt’s “Immortal Bach” and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, at All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington Ave (at 80th St) $30

12/4, 5 PM the Brooklyn Brass Quintet play works by Matt Marks and John Altieri originals, as well as works by Ann Cleare and Tim McCormick followed by Karl Larson playing solo piano, program TBA at Spectrum, $15

12/4, 5 PM the Daedalus String Quartet play Beethoven string quartets – one early (#1) and one late (#14) –  at the Lounge @ Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Avenue at W. 183rd St., suggested donation of $12 includes post-concert reception with the artists

12/4, 6 PM alto saxophonist Louise Jensen and guitarist Adam Caine:followed at 7 by the sax trio of Jensen with Chris Pitsiokos and Nick Lyons at Downtown Music Gallery

12/4, 7 PM Taylor Davis plays her violin covers of video game themes at the Mercury, $18 adv tix rec

12/4, 7 PM pianiist Nathaniel LaNasa plays a program TBA at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

12/4, 8 PM slashing, blues-infused guitarist/songwriter Mallory Feuer’s noisy quartet the Grasping Straws, jangly, sharply lyrical folk-rock/chamberpop band the Morning Sea – like a more stripped-down, less druggy Elliott Smith – and Dalton Deschain & the Traveling Show playing their creepy circus punk and arena rock at Bowery Electric, $8

12/4, 8 PM a solo acoustic Joanna Sternberg set, the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne and at 9:30 accordionist Dineen and band playing the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy, $12

12/4, 8 PM free jazz trombone powerhouse Steve Swell’s shout-out to Bartok, Kende Dreams with Rob Brown – alto saxophone; Dave Burrell – piano; William Parker – bass; Chad Taylor – drums, percussionat Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

12/4, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn with eclectically atmospheric guitarist Kyle Sanna at the Owl

12/4, 8 PM drummer Adam Rudolph’s strikingly tuneful, rumblingly improvisational Go Organic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conseratory of Music, $15

12/4, 8 PM TALIBAM! (Matt Mottel, synthesizer & Kevin Shea, drums); Tamio Shiraishi – alto saxophone; and David Watson – bagpipes and electric guitar at Jack, $15

12/4, 8:30 PM the haunting, creepy Dust Bowl Faeries circus rock/art-rock band and theatrical circus rock goth Luis Mojica at the Delancey 12/23, 7 PM they’re at Shrine

12/4, 8:30/10 PM Django Reinhardt tribute night with Olli Soikkeli, guitar;  Julian Labro, accordion;  Eduardo Belo, bass;  Max O’Rourke, rhythm guitar at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/4, 10 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at Silvana

12/4, 10:30 PM Middle Eastern-tinged Israeli guitarist Amos Hoffman leads his quartet at Smalls

12/5, 7 PM monster new music pianist Vicky Chow joins with the Momenta Quartet to play Alberto Ginastera’s hair-raising, rather sinister Piano Quintet, alongside rarely heard string quartets by two of his most celebrated students: Mesías Maiguashca and Joaquín Orellana at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave at 68th St, $10 adv tix avail

12/5, 7 PM the tuneful, shapeshifting trombone-driven JC Sanford Quartet with Mike Baggetta on guitar at Spectrum, $15

12/5, 7 PM the up-and-coming indie classical ensemble Face the Music Symphony, directed by Whitney George, performs student composer Petite Symphony by Whitney George. Samurai Mama Big Band, Face the Music’s resident creative big band directed by Aakash Mittal, will perform Argue’s Transit and Snarky Puppy’s Kite at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

12/5, 7 PM, repeating 12/17 and 1/5/17, 7 PM Austin Pendleton and Barbara Bleier perform their twisted theatre/cabaret show Tis the Season to Be Morbid with songs by Richard Maltby & David Shire, Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty, an unpublished song by John Bucchino and Amanda McBroom, at Pangea, $25

12/5-6, 8/10:30 PM 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner with .his quartet feat. Gary Bartaz on baritone sax at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

12/5, 8:30 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio Lou Rainone on keys and Paul Gill on bass at the Bar Next Door

12/6, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Curtis Chamber Ensemble play Brahms’s Piano Quartet in G minor, at the Miller Theatre, free

12/6, 6:30 PM oldtime country blues purveyor Eli Smith, rustic 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers, and badass resonator guitarist and delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch play American folk songs centered around the theme of death and mourning in the down-home tradition at the American Folk Art Museum, $10. Minch is also at Barbes at 8 on 12/16.

12/6, 7 PM a rare duo performance by klezmer chanteuse Polina Shepherd with Klezmatics, accordion wizard Lorin Sklamberg followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/6, 7 PM Jeremy Schonfeld’s Iron & Coal Holocaust-themed art-song project at National Sawdust, $35 adv tix rec

12/6, 7:30 PM amazingly eclectic original klezmer songwriter/chanteuse Lenka Lichtenberg at the Jalopy, $15

12/6-7, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, intense pianist Gerald Clayton ’s trio plus special guest Miguel Zenon on alto, whooooah! $30

12/6, 7:30 PM a rare reunion of Austrian sax legend Karlheinz Miklin with his longtime American collaborators, Billy Hart on drums and Ron McClure on bass at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St, free but res req 

12/6, 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play Sibelius-Finalandia, Beethoven-Symphony #8 and Debussy-La Mer at Symphony Space, free

12/6, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

12/6. 10:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

12/6, 11 PM Of Clocks & Clouds play their twisted postrock and goth-tinged post-new wave anthems at the Knitting Factory $10 adv tix rec

12/7, 6:30 PM thought-provoking musicologist and Oxford History of Western Music editor Richard Taruskin considers an artist’s obligation to society, based on his book The Dangers of Music, Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burnham, with a musical interlude at Elebash Hall at CUNY, 365 5th Ave. north of 34th St., free but rsvp req

12/7, 10:30 PM snarlingly atmospheric, cinematic, darkly psychedelic postrock cellist Helen Money at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/7, 10:30 PM fearlessly relevant, politically-inspired drummer/composer Rob Garcia and his quartet at Smalls

12/7, 7:30 PM slinky, carnivalesque Romany/Mediterranean band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

12/7, 8 PM the first family of cinematic, rivetingly intense Middle Eastern classical music: oudist and partiarch Marcel, pianist Rami, and percusionist Bachar Khalife at the Town Hall, $35 tix avail

12/7, 8 PM Katie E, the Drunken Foreigner Band and noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers at Union Pool, $10

12/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

12/7 day one of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 9 PM with country blues guitarist Eli Smith; mid-Atlantic country blues duets with Piedmont Bluz at 9:30; Venezuelan tradiional singer Yva Las Vegas at 10; sly, rustic late 20s style jug band/hokum blues crew Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues at 10:30; country covers with Aaron Frazer at 11; Crushed Out at 11:30 and at midnight, Brother Roy. Next door at the Jalopy Tavern starting at 10 there’s King Isto’s Tropical String Band playing awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music and then the all-star Skalopy cover band, free.

12/7, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 12/15, 9 PM they’re at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts.

12/8, 7 PM a night of creepy storytelling – audience participation invited – with music from cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Green-Wood Cemetery, 500 25th St, Sunset Park,$20, take the 5th Ave entrance. “Some material may not be suitable for young audiences.”

12/8, 7 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  promises to play back-to-back, differing versions of his repetitive classic Industrial Arts at Spectrum, $15

12/8, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

12/8, 7:30 PM hauntingly lyrical, grimly witty folk noir/Nashville gothic band Thee Shambels at Post Mark Cafe,326 6th St (4th/5th Aves), Park Slope, closest train is the R to 9th St.

12/8, 7:30 PM eclectic, badass alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her oldschool soul/jazz group at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/8-11, 7:30/9:30 PM at the Jazz Standard, purist, low-key postbop guitarist Peter Bernstein leads a pretty chill, oldschool quartet with Harold Mabern – piano; John Webber – bass; Jimmy Cobb – drums, $30

12/8, 8 PM unstoppable guitar and banjo shredder Brandon Seabrooks Die Trommel Fatale, Tredici Bacci playing original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film soundtracks and irresistibly named female-fronted art-rock band Reina Terror at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/8, 8 PM a killer female-fronted triplebill of jazz pianists: the Kazzrie Jaxen Group, Virg Dzurinko Quartet and feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful Mara Rosenbloom Trio atr Scholes Ste. studio

12/8, day two of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 9 PM with warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg, the rustically haunting Ukrainian Village Voices at 9:30, intense, fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at 10; whirlwind clarinet and violin-fueled klezmer group Litvakus at 10:30; high-voltage late 19th century style string band Four O’Clock Flowers at 11; Gato Paloma at 11:30 and riveting, soaring singer/guitarist Julia Patinella – equally adept at flamenco and haunting Sicilian sounds at midnight

12/8, 9 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals at Roots & Ruckus at the Jalopy

12/8, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

12/8. 9:30 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal band A Deer A Horse at Footlight Bar, $10

12/8, 8 PM  the plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing of Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by agelessly soulful Armenian clarinetist Souren Baronian’s Taksim Middle Eastern jazz combo at Barbes

12/8, 8 PM Joanna Choy’s popular Americana cover band Scotch Bonnet at Hifi Bar

12/9, 6 PM 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

12/9, 6:30 PM cult favorite Americana soul songstress Dina Regine at the American Folk Art Museum

12/9, 7 PM confrontentially comedic singer Dan Finnerty’s hilarious, viciously sarcastic top 40 cover band the Dan Band play a holiday show – yikes – at Joe’s Pub, $22

12/9, 7 PM purist Memphis electric blues slide guitarist/singer Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

12/9, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by an accordion trio summit: Vitor Gonçalves, Felipe Hostins and Rob Curto play an evening of choro, forró, samba and original music in the tradition of Dominguinhos, Sivuca and Chiquinho do Acordeom, featuring Scott Kettner on percussion and special guests.

12/9, 8 PM psychedelic cumbia band Yotoco and the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at Drom, $10

12/9, 8 PM riveting Indian classical sitarist Ustad Shafaat Khan at the Tribeca Performing Arts Ctr (the BMCC auditorium on Chambers east of the river), $21

12/9, 8 PM wryly trippy dub reggae bandleader Effie Liu at the Knitting Factory, $10 adv tix rec

12/9 day three of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus Fest opens at 8:30 with the Berger Sisters‘ high-energy string band, at 9 Hubby Jenkins of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, at 9:30 a special duo set by Spirit Family Reunion, at 10 Brain Cloud’s tapdancing vocalese specialist Tamar Korn, at 10:30 darkly lyrical songwriter/impresario Feral Fosterat 11  the Crimson Ragdolls: at 11:30 pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Seyyah with the similarly amazing Kane Mathis on oud and Jenny Luna on vocals

12/9, 9 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chantuese Nico Turner at the Owl

12/9, 9 PM pensive, smart multi-instrumentalist Kristen Tivey – of Eliza & the Organix – fronts her own folk/jazz band at Pete’s

12/9, 10 PM one of the funniest men in rock, sardonically Beatlesque/Costelloesque powerpop songwriter Walter Ego  followed at 11 by purist reverbtoned instrumentalists Strange but Surf at Sidewalk

12/9, 10 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the Way Station

12/9, 10 PM the Sun Ra Arkestra squeezing themselves into the tiny space for a stage at Nublu 151, 151 Ave C, $tba

12/9. 10:30 PM hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Hanks, be aware of $8 cover

12/9, midnight wry, jangly, retro 60s psychedelic popsters Gringo Star at Alphaville, $12

12/10, 2 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 at Avery /fisher Hall, $33 tix rec

12/10, 7:30 PM Dylan keyboardist Mick Rossi’s Outliers Series presents You Break You Buy — a potentially very dark, cinematic collaboration with Peter Hess (Balkan Beat Box), Stephen Ulrich and Yuval Lion ( (Big Lazy), Jon Madof (Zion80). at Spectrum, $15

12/10, 7:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison with Lee Feldman on piano at Dixon Place. Briliant new material! Devastatingly funny between-song banter!

12/10, 7:30 PM Dover Quartet play Mozart: Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 589; Britten: Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 36; Beethoven: Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3 at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

12/10, 7:30 PM the Dessoff Choir sing works by Tavener, Handel, Bach, Robert Parsons and others at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $25/$15 stud/srs The program repeats 12/18 at 4 PM at Saint John’s Episcopal Church, 139 Saint Johns Place, Park Slope, B/Q to 7th Ave, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza

12/10, 8 PM dark intense cult favorite lyrical rocker LJ Murphy and his unstoppable, blues and Stax/Volt-infused noir band the Accomplices followed by Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band playing their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

12/10, 8 PM a cant-miss, rare NYC show by Lynchian Michigan noir country duo the Whiskey Charmers followed eventually at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

12/10, 8 PM all-female indie classical sextet (well, that’s what they are) Nouveau Classical play at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/10, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of New York perform an especially interesting take on the tired “Bach Family Xmas” concept:.Bach’s Magnificat, a 15-minute comic intermezzo (mini-opera) by Jonathan Breit based on an altercation between Bach and one of his students, as well as Meine Seele Erhebet Den Herrn (“Magnificat” in German) by Johann’s cousin J. Ernst, and the Advent cantata Wachet Auf by his son J. Christoph Friedrich. at STern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

12/10, 9ish trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob – who’ve distinguished themselves with their reinventions of Nino Rota Fellini soundtracks – make a rare Brooklyn appearance at the Owl

12/10, 9:30ish intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10

12/10, 9:30 PM amazingly eclectic female-fronted latin/Mediterranean/Romany and charming French ye-ye pop with Banda Magda at Joe’s Pub, $20 adv tix red

12/10, 10 PM the Clean’s Hamish Kilgour’s new band Roya and tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at Shea Stadium, $12

12/10, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

12/10. 10 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – at Pete’s

12/11, 2 PM psychedelic guitar cult hero Bob Bannister – Ember Schrag lead player and sort of the NYC answer to Richard Thompson – solo at Mayflower

12/11, 3 PM the China Philharmonic Orchestra play Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $25 tix avail

12/11, 5 PM haunting, ethereal avant/jazz chanteuse Gabriela Martina – who Hildegarde von Binghen-izes Wayne Shorter and the like – with her band – Vancil Cooper, bassist Kyle Miles, pianist Maxim Lubarsky, and fretted and fretless guitar player Jussi Reijonen.- at the small room at the Rockwood 

12/11, 7 PM Turkish crooner Ahmet Erdogdular  leads a nine-piece ensemble playing and singing bewitching classical Turkish, Greek Byzantine, Armenian, and Sephardi Jewish music at Merkin Concert Hall, $30

12/11, 7 PM Belarus folk noir songwriter Lavon Volski at Drom, $30 adv tix req

12/11, 7 PM pianists Nnenna Ogwo and Jiayin Shen play a program tba at Third Street Music School Settlement, free

12/11, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo and his trio followed by lyrical jazz pianist Jim Ridl tickling the plastic on the Rhodes at 55 Bar

12/11, 7:30 PM a killer Middle Eastern jazz/art-rock triplebill at Shapeshifter Lab, $15: dark surfy Israeli guitar monster Eyal Maoz and bassist Y Basstavi followed by guitairst Beledo and then Gilad Atzmon & the Art House Ensemble with special guests Amina Figarova on piano and Saul Rubin on guitar and Marko Djordjevic on drums, wow

12/11, 7:30 PM well-respected oldtime Americana multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky and band at the Jalopy, $20

12/11, 8 PM Daniel Epstein: piano; Jillian Blythe: cello play duos by Debussy, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff at the Firehouse Space, $15

12/11, 8:30 PM lots of enigmatic, darkly opaque possibilities: chanteuse Gretchen Parlato with Shai Maestro on piano at Mezxrow, $20

12/11, 9:30 PM noir, fearlessly political, lurid Americana: charismatic, powerhouse lyricist/banjoist Curtis Eller at at Pete’s

12/11, 9:30 PM multi-instrumentalist Dave Wechsler’s lush, historically-infused chamber pop project the Tyranny of Dave and subversively torchy, historically-informed, richly lyrical oldtime Americana chanteuse Robin Aigner & Parlour Game at Freddy’s

12/11, 10 PM explosively cinematic cello metal band Blues in Space at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/12, 7 PM drummer Will Mason leads his quatet with Kris Davis- piano; Ned Rothenberg- clarinet; Greg Chudzik- bass at Spectrum, $15

12/12, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet and vocal ensemble Ekmeles join forces to perform music from and celebrating northern climes:  John Luther Adams – Canticles of the Sky interspersed with works by Karin Rehnqvist, Kajia Saariaho, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jean Sibelius and Marc Sabat at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

12/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard’s contemporary ensemble, Axiom, play an all-Saariaho program at Alice Tully Hall, free tix avail. at the box ofc, get em now

12/12, 9 PM drummer Billy Hart and pianist George Cables‘ postbop supergroup the Cookers at Nublu 151 151 Ave C, $tba

12/13, 6:30 PM  up-and-coming guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at the Bar Next Door, free

12/13, 7 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Circle followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/13, 7 PM intense, edgily tuneful Texas tenor saxophonist Stan Killian leads his postbop quartet at 55 Bar

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Anthony de Mare curates a dramatic evening in honor of Eric Satie’s 150th birthday year with fellow pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Adam Tendler and others at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

12/13, 7:30 PM pianist Andrew Tyson plays works by Scriabin, Ravel, Petrossian, Gershwin and others at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free, tix avail at 6:30 PM day of show at the box ofc

12/13, 8 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall 12/23 he’s at Sunny’s at 10

12/13, 8/9:30 PM saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet with Marquis Hill, trumpet; Julian Shore, piano; Tamir Shmerling, bass; Jay Sawyer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/13-18, 8:30/10:30 PM piano icon Kenny Barron leads his trio at the o at the Vanguard, $25. 12/14-25 he leads a quintet with Steve Nelson (vibes) Dayna Stevens (saxophone) Kenny Barron (piano) Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) Johnathan Blake (drums)

12/13, 8:30 PM oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healey and eclectic violist Karen Waltuch making psychedelic free jazz out of classic Appalachian and Americana themes followed by warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Bar Lunatico

12/13, 9 PM Ruby the Hatchet – female-fronted metal bnad who blend darkwave and a classic 70s stoner vibe to their Iron Maiden-inspired assault – and hauntingly slinky psychedelic doom band Earthless at Bowey Balllroom, $15 adv tix rec. Either that or they’re at St. Vitus for three bucks more – both venues have the show listed.

12/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/14, 2 PM Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano play works by Stravinsky, Beethoven, Mozart and Tschaikovsky at the Town Hall, $15

12/14, 7 PM enigimatically witty, erudite jazz chanteuse/songwriter Dorian Devins leads her trio at Flute Midtown 205 W 54th St, between Broadway & 7th Ave, free

12/14-15, 7:30 PM purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quartet at Smalls. The 12/14 show is followed at 10:30 PM by inspired, cutting-edge trombonist/composer Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

12/14-17, 7:30 PM the Dublin Guitar Quartet play Michael Gordon’s new Amplified at BAM’s Fisher Theatre, 321 Ashland Place $25 tix avail

12/14, 8 PM explosive psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Barbes

12/14, 8 PM hauntingly Middle Eastern-influenced alto saxophonist Uri Gruvich leads a quartet with Manuel Valera, piano; Edward Perez, bass; Francisco Mela, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/14, 9ish devious baritone sax innovator Moist Paula’s Electric Embouchere electroacoustic jazz project at Troost

12/14, 10 PM ferocious, twin guitar-fueled, Radio Birdman-esque psychedelic punks the Electric Mess at Otto’s

12/15 half past noon electically cinematic, kinetic klezmer/cumbia/reggae jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at Liberty Park (original site of Occupy Wall Street)

12/15, 7:30 PM mighty, sweeping, richly lyrical eighteen-piece big band the Christopher Zuar Orchestra – whose debut album is amazing = at Symphony Space, $22

12/15, 7:3o PM wickedly tuneful, funky chambet-pop/funk/art-rock cellist/songwriter Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/15, 7:30 PM flutist Adrianne Greenbaum leads her klezmer group at th Jalopy $15

12/15, 8 PM raucous oldtimey blues/bluegrass/acoustic jamband the Howlin’ Brothers at Hill Country Brooklyn

12/15, 8/9:30 PM shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads her quartet with with Vitor Gonçalves, piano, accordion; Thomas Morgan, bass; Nate Wood, drums; at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/15, 8 PM pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s ferally tuneful improvisational trio celebrates her birthday, plus bassist Sean Conly’s Re:Action+1:with Michaël Attias and Tony Malaby, saxophones; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums) at Greenwich House Music School, $18/$15 stud/srs

12/15, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts killer new sextet Jacob Sacks – piano; MIchael McGinnis – reeds; Dana Lyn – violin; Brian Drye – trombone and Vinnie Speranza – drums at Barbes

12/15-16, 8 PM tuneful, individualistic Afghani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi plays the album release show for his new one Invocation with Johannes Weidenmueller on bass; Dan Weiss on drums; and Elizabeth Means on cello. at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $30/$25 stud/sts

12/15, 8 PM charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke at the Way Station

12/15, 9ish the original cello rockers, Rasputina, as fearless and funny and relevant as ever, at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

12/15, 9 PM tuneful jazz (and surf music) pianist/keyboardist JP Schlegelmilch at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

12/16, 7 PM paradigm-shifting Indonesian bell orchestra works with Gamelan Son of Lion at Flushing Town Hall, $15

12/16-17 and 12-21-22, 8 PM, also 12/18 at 5 PM Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella theatre spectacle La Cantata Dei Pastori, based on Andrea Perrucci’s traditional 17th century Neapolitan play, performed in Italian with English narration by La Befana, the “good Christmas witch,” with special guest from Apulia, Italy: Giovannagelo de Gennaro on vocals, accordion, bagpipe, viella at Theatre for the New City, 155 First Ave (between 9th & 10th Sts

12/16, 8 PM elegantly exhilarating tarantella/Neapolitan folk jamband Newpoli with special guest violinist Eylem Basaldi from wildfire Turkish band Dolunay at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud.srs

12/16, 8 PM following a solo set, cellist Leila Bordreuil premieres “Memory City,” a new piece for large ensemble featuring Nate Wooley, Anne Guthrie, Chris McIntyre, Michael Foster and Ben Bennet. at Issue Project Room, suggg don

12/16, 8 PM cellist Hank Roberts’ edgy, awesome sextet at the Owl

12/16, 8ish legendary 1960s charangueros Orquesta Típica Novel at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival a must

12/16, 8;15 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa s City Fragments Band: Sara Serpa, Sofia Rei, Aubrey Johnson- voices; André Matos- guitar; Erik Friedlander- cello. Tyshawn Sorey- drums at Shapshifter Lab

12/16, 9 PM a killer guitar duo: Mike Moreno & Rale Micic duo at Symphony Space Cafe, free

12/16, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black followed by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

12/16, 10 PM hauntingly elegant Americana/chamber pop/noir chanteuse Jessie Kilguss and her excellent band at Hank’s $5

12/16, 10 PM hypnotic, catchy loopmusic cellist Laura Wolf at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/16, 10 PM eclectic, soulful, lyrical original oldtime Americana/folk band the Woes at Sunny’s

12/17, 2 and 8 PM a free Kwanzaa family celebration featuring Forces of Nature Dance Theater with special guest global soul sister-chanteuse duo Les Nubians at NJPAC in Newark, free

12/17, 3 PM a rare daytime appearance by brilliant oldtime swing/Americana band (and Boardwalk Empire regulars) Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks at Park Avenue Plaza, 55 E 52nd St. (Park/Madison), free

12/17, 6 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay playing classical maqam music followed at 8 by  playfully literate superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –and then at 10 by 10 PM rustic, clatteringly hypnotic Moroccan trance groove ensemble Innov Gnawa at Barbes

12/17, 6 PM the Schiller Community Chorus sing Handel’s Messiah plus a Bach cantata and African-American spirituals at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St, (Vanderbilt/Underhill), 2/3 to Bergen St., $10 sugg don

12/17, 7 PM ageless indie powerpop favorites the Figgs at the Mercury, $12

12/17, 7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – play their “Best of 2016” show at Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Hwy in Hoboken on the way to Jersey City, free

12/17. 7:30 PM art-rockers the Tea Club play their wild, eighteen-minute, early Genesis-esque epics at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

12/17, 8 PM unpredictably eclectic, perennially edgy rising star alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads an improvisational trio with excellent tuneful guitarist Rez Abbasi at the Firehouse Space, $10

12/17, 8 PM garage punk duo Flyin’ J and the Ghostrobber – who compare themselves to Los Saicos and Mark Sultan – at Freddy’s. Anybody who knows who Los Saicos are in the first place is worth seeing.

12/17, 8 PM cult favorite, noisy 80s dreampop pioneer Kristin Hersh at Terminal 5, $30 adv tix rec

12/17, 9 PM rocksteady and reggae with the Frightnrs, Full Watts, and third-wave ska/soul/blues cult favorites the Slackers at the Bel House, $20

12/17. 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Mehanata

12/17, 9 PM violinist Ari Streisfeld plays Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VIII and Salvatore Sciarrino’s Six Caprices with the New York premiere of Robert Morris’s Variations with Aria and Kaija Saariaho’s mournful Nocturne in the middle. at Spectrum, $15

12/17, 10 PM Lux Vestra – who do a pretty good facsimile of the mid 70s Grateful Dead without turning into dadrock – at Leftfield

12/17, 10 PM baritone crooner Sean Kershaw‘s Serpentones play “hi octane Brooklyn honkytonk” at Bar Chord

12/17. 10:30 PM garage rockers the Britemores followed at 11:30 by hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

12/17, midnight the catchy, propulsive, jangly new wave-ish Virginia & the Wolves at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/18, 2 PM darkly enigmatic indie/jangle bandleader PG Six plays a very rare solo show at Mayflower Bar

12/18, 4 PM Boston choir Blue Heron perform music for Christmas and the New Year in 15th-century France and Burgundy at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 seats avail

12/18. 6 PM it’s the flagship event of the annual, magically enveloping, global Unsilent Night boombox parade! For 23 consecutive years, composer Phil Kline has led this interactive parade from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park. Show up no later than 5:45 PM, and you can pick up a boombox with a cassette of his carillonesque, pointillistic electronic score. Or download it for free, then bring your phone, mp3 player or tablet and join the fun! You can also stream it at soundcloud as you walk. A great family event!

12/18, 6 PM French harpist/chanteuse Margot Verret at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/18, 7 PM the all-female Accord Treble Choir sing an eclectic mix of haunting Balkan choral works and pieces from the western classical tradition at Barbes

12/18, 8 PM the adventurous Washington Square Winds play tje choral-like A Better Collapse by Thomas Deneuville, Wayne Alpern’s fun-loving Serenade for Winds, with guest soprano, Alexandra Fees, performing Elizabeth Egan’s piece for wind quintet and soprano based off of Victor Hugo’s dark poem, Demainplay at Spectrum, $15

12/18, 9 PM indie classical quintet Ensemble Pamplemousse  at Jack, $10

12/19, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Otto’s

12/19, 10 PM wild, menacing, explosive Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

12/20, 7 PM sizzling, hypnotically kinetic Middle Eastern/Northern African jazz trio Ensemble Fanaa followed by ten-piece funky Balkan brass/Ellington jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/20, 8 PM members of the SLM Ensemble perform solo and chamber music compositions and improvisations for peace, feat. an amazing lineup: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Yoon Sun Choi, voice, Julie Ferrara, oboe, english horn, Joe McPhee, saxophone, trumpet, Zafer Tawil, oud, ney, percussion, Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Sarah Weaver, composer, electronics, at the Cell Theatre, 338 W. 23rd St, $20/$15 stud/srs 

12/20, 9 PM eclectic Americana/klezmer fiddler/songwriter Lily Henley at the smalls room at the Rockwood

12/21, 11:30 AM baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert presents an encore performance of his participatory version of Franz Schubert’s subtly incendiary anti-fascist song cycle Winterreise at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at Magnolia Plaza, in front of the sundial. “Bring a small battery-powered radio if you have one to tune in to the broadcast of the piano music, played by Timothy Long. Radios will be available for the first 50 people to borrow. Note that admission to the garden is free before noon,” so get there on time.

12/21, 7:30 PM legendary/obscure 90s NYC jug band Washboard Jungle – who predated the Brooklyn Americana explosion by 20 years –play the album release for their long long awaited new one at Dixon Place, $15

12/21-23, 8 PM a rare performance by John Zorn’s “mindbending”:Simulacrum organ trio with John Medeski (organ) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) at the Stone, $20

12/21-23, repeating 12/27-30 at 8 PM and 12/31 at 6 PM dangerously charismatic art-rocker Vera Beren directs Pamela Enz‘s “unholiday play” Fractured Hearts & Lurid Details starring Connie Costanzo and Paul Megna, among others at the IRT Theatre, 154 Christophe St., $14

12/21, 8/9:30 PM edgy, noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco’s Spirit Forward quartet with John Ellis, tenor sax; Kevin Hays, piano; Clarence Penn, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/22, 7:30 PM mighty, slinky, kinetic klezmer big band Nu Haven Kapelye at the Jalopy, $15

12/22, 8 PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg followed at 10 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and band doing their Cafe Sabarsky project with songs by Hanns Eisler, Nina Simone, Leonard Cohen, Yiddish songs & more at Barbes

12/22, 9:30 PM fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene, ex-Willie Nile guitarist Steve Conte & the Soul Resistance and eclectic retro 50s’/rockabilly band Jeremy & the Harlequins at Bowery Electric

12/22, 9 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass stylings of the Underground Horns at Radegast Hall

12/22, 10:30 PM unfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads a quintet at Smalls

12/22, 10:30 PM catchy janglerockers the Bellegards – a singer short of excellence right now – at Pine Box Rock Shop

12/23, 6 PM eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen n switches to piano for a show featuring shadow puppetry at Cornelia St. Cafe, $0 incl a drink. Followed at 9 and 10:30 PM by pianist concise, tuneful jazz pianist Marta Sanchez leading a quartet with Roman Filiu, alto sax; Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Allan Mednard, drums, separate $20 adm

12/23, 7 PM a rare solo show by theatrical art-rocker/chamber pop songsmith Anais Mitchell at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30 adv tic rec

12/23, 8 PM ish Elysian Fields guitarist/mastermind Oren Bloedow, Ollabelle pianist Glenn Patscha and Machine bassist Adam Minkoff lead an all-star band playing Richard & Linda Thompson’s iconic album I Wanna See The Bright Lights Tonight at the Owl

12/23-24, 8 PM a rare solo two-night stand by brilliant pianist Luis Perdomo at Mezzrow, $20

12/23, 10 PM deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi aplay their cult classic stoner Xmas carol collection A Very Duby Xmas at Bar Chord

12/23, 10 PM cleverly lyrical brilliant powerpop guitarist and songwriter Patti Rothberg at Arlene’s, $10

12/24, 8 PM luminous, haunting trumpeter Ben Holmes leads his second annual klezmer show at Barbes –  last year’s was killer, and it was packed.

12/25, 2 PM an all-day screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life Backwards” by Donald O’Finn.“This is a “fair-use” re-purposed rendition on the Original Master work. The film is reversed and split screened into black and white vs color. Sides swap depending on the scene. Most of the audio is also in reverse, select statements are audible through-out. The film starts happy and ends sad,” at Freddy’s

12/25, 3 PM a screening of Edward Sloman’s iconic 1925 silent film His People, focusing on New York Jewish live on the Lower East Side, with an original score performed live by klezmer jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro and his sextet followed by a Hanukah candle lighting ceremony at the Eldridge St. Synagogue, Eldridge just north of Division, B/D to Grand St., $14/$10 stud/srs, kids $6

12/26, 7:30 PM OMFG – an awesome cutting-edge newschool klezmer and klezmer-inspired extravaganza. Book of J (the new collaboration between powerhouse Jewish soul belter/guitarist Jeremiah Lockwood  of Sway Machinery) and singer Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess making their New York debut; the Fabulous Shpielkehs represent four generations (if not more) of traditional klezmer, Philadelphia-style, led by legendary drummer/pioneering bandleader Elaine Hoffman Watts and her daughter, trumpeter Susan Hoffman Watts. The evening will close with a dance set led by pyrotechnic violinist Jake Shulman-Ment and the New York Fidl Kapelye at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, only $15

12/26, 8:30 PM posttonal, polyrhythmic, lyrically intriguing violinist/bandleader Sarah Bernstein leads her Quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/26, 9:30 ish  Cumbiagra – whose take on psychedelic cumbias is more rustic and purist than most bands who play that stuff – at Barbes

12/27, 8 PM the Yiddish NY All-Stars, Balkan singer Sarah Small’s hauntingly mesmerizing avant-folk/Middle Eastern trio Hydra collaborating with brilliant psychedelic desert rock/cantorial art-rock band Sway Machinery , the Ternovka Ensemble with chanteuse Zhenya Lapotnik and the Brothers Nazaroff – a supergroup with Daniel “Danik” Kahn, Psoy “Pasha” Korolenko, Michael “Meyshke” Alpert and Jake “Yankl” Shulman-Ment playing from their debut album, a tribute to obscure/legendary klezmer-punk precursor Nathan “Prince” Nazaroff and his wild cult favorite 1954 lp at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/27, 8 PM the Machine do an amazingly close approximation of Pink Floyd classics and obscure material at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec /

12/27, 8/90:30 PM tuneful, exploratorily expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/27, 8:30 PM sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

12/27, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at the Bitter End

12/27, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/28, 8/9:30 PM tuneful, moody third stream pianist Michel Reis leads a trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 incl a drink

12/28. 9 PM haunting, rousing, classic Jewish liturgical sounds: singer/multi-instrumentalist Judith Berkson, cantor Jack Mendelson paying tribute to the Golden Age of the cantorate with an all-star ensemble led by clarinetist Michael Winograd and trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics (who have a killer new album out) at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 E 14th St, $15

12/28, 9ish high-voltage oldtimey barrelhouse swing with the 4th St. Nite Owls  at Bar Chord

12/28, 9 PM excellent, purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at 11th St. Bar

12/28, 11 PM trumpeter Jordan Hirsch leads what promises to be a wild and crazy klezmer jam at Mona’s, 224 Avenue B, just south of 14th St, free

12/29, 8 PM catchy, purist vintage Dire Straits-ish Americana rock with Whisperado at the Parkside

12/19. 9 PM the amazing Mitra Sumara – who play haunting psychedelic funk covers of classic 1960s and 1970s Iranian rock hits – at Bar Chord

12/29, 10 PM Tom Csatari – whose scruffy tunefulness and general fearlessness make him Brooklyn’s most formidable jazz guitarist – leads his awesome Uncivilized chamber jazz project at Barbes. Their last show here was off the hook

12/29; 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

12/30, 7:30 PM a first-class ska triplebill with the Rudie Crew, Skarroñeros, the Pandemics and the Porkers at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec

12/30, 8 PM the Crimson Ragdolls and fearless Romany/Balkan chaunteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan at the Owl

12/30, 8 PM a kille Afro-Peruvian jazz twinbill: guitarist Yuri Juarez plays the album release show for his new one Guitar Sapiens with Laura Andrea Leguía (saxophones), Juan Andrés Ospina (keys), Moto Fukushima (bass), Héctor Morales (drums), Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón (cajón) followed at 11:45 by Laura Andrea Leguía‘s Saxofón Criollo band with Yuri Juarez (guitar), Freddy “Huevito” Lobatón (cajón) at Zinc Bar, $20

12/30, 9 PM Knkarayku play moodily psychedelic Andean panpipe rock at Leftfield

12/30, 9:30 PM enigmatic female-fronted psychedelic popsters the New Tarot at the Poisson Rouge, $10 gen adm

12/30, 10 PM purist, harmonically rich “honkytonk power trio” Dylan Charles and the Layton Sisters at Pete’s

12/30, 11 PM newschool oldtimey country blues with Woody Pines at Hill Country

12/30, 11 PM trippy North African dance grooves with Innov Gnawa at at Nublu 151, 151 Ave C

12/31, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra f.k.a. Lions at Barbes, $20

12/31, 10 PM artsy, edgy, catchily enigmatic 90s indie favorites Rainer Maria at St. Vitus, $25. They’re back on 1/1 an hour earlier for five bucks less.

12/31, 10 PM gritty downtown guitar god Marc Ribot leads a killer trio with an even more legendary rhythm section, Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor.MMW drummerBilly Martin does an electroacoustic duo with Ribot to open the night at Issue Project Room, $30

12/31, 11 PM in an annual St. Bart’s tradition, William Trafka, Director of Music and organist performs works by Bach, Böhm, Franck, and Willan on the grand Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave at 51st St, free, reception to follow.

12/31, 11:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

1/2, 3 and 5 PM a massive group of NYC classical talent performs new works by composers from the Trinity Church circle including Doug Balliett, James Blachly, Caleb Burhans, Owen Burdick, Chris DeBlasio, Eric Dudley, Caroline Shaw, Julian Wachner, and Jonathan Woody at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free, reception to follow the 5 PM concert

1/2, 7 PM deviously fun baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson’s Quartet with Ryan Frazier – trumpet; Devin Hoff – bass; Alex Cline – drums followed at 8 by Gerald Cleaver – drums / Chris Potter – tenor sax at Clemente Soto Valez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk St

1/3, 1 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Trinity Baroque Orchestra perform parts 1 and 3 of the Bach Christmas Oratorio at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free. They’re doing parts 2 and 4 the following afternoon, 1/4 at 1 and parts 5-6 on 1/6 at 1

1/4, 5 PM  Elspeth Davis, mezzo-soprano; Erika Dohi, piano and Sandbox Percussion perform George Crumb’s  American Songbook III: Unto These Hills at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free.

1/4, 8 PM a rare solo show by virtuoso cellist Ian Maksin playing haunting Macedonian and Georgian folk tunes plus classics by Bill Withers, Jacques Brel and others at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

1/5-7 and 1/11-14 at 7 PM, also 1/8 at 2 PM Matt Marks’ lurid new electroacoustic opera Mata Hari explores the romantic intrigue and betrayal that led to her execution as a WWI spy at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $30 

1/5, 7 PM fiery, bluesy Americana rockers Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes at the small room at the Rockwood

1/5, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/6-7 at 8 the NY Phil with pianist Emmanuel Ax play Kurt Weill’s Little Threepenny Music for Wind Orchestra, a new HK Gruber piano concerto and Schubert’s Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

1/5, 8 PM haunting Hungarian psychedelic folk band Meszecsinka, wild, improvisational accordionist David Yengibarian and pyrotechnic cimbalom virtuoso Miklos Lukacs’ enigmatic folk/art-rock trio Borbély Mihály Polygon at Drom, free 

1/5, 8 PM dark, charismatic, mischievously witty art-rock keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  followed by first-class oudist Brian Prunka‘s Nashaz Middle Eastern jazz project at Barbes

1/6, 7 PM innovative, captivating sitarist Roopa Panesar, rapturously fun Pakistani/desert rock singer/bandleader Kiran Ahluwalia, innovative Quebecoise Balkan filddler Briga, eclectic Americana/soul cellist/banjoist Lelya McCalla, at 10:45 PM lush, female-fronted chamber pop/chanson band Banda Magda and at half past midnight, noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza at Drom

1/6-7 and 1/9, 7:30 PM haunting, intricate composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek’s new opera Breaking the Waves, based on the Lars Von Trier art-house film at NYU’s Skirball Auditorium, $30 tix avail

1/6, 8 PM  haunting Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar followed at 9:30 PM by fearlessly populist, wildly eclectic latin protest song maven/bandleader Ani Cordero and then at 11 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

1/6, 8 PM eclectic, theatrical Korean art-rock/dance/pansori glam band Ssing Ssing at Flushing Town Hall, $16, ages 13-19 free. They’re at the Rockwood when

1/6-7 and 1/11-14, 9 PM fiery, uncategorizable composer/singer Sarah Small’s new multimedia avant Balkan punk song suite Secondary Dominance featuring her amazing Balkan/Bulgarian vocal trio Black Sea Hotel at Here, 145 6th Ave south of Spring, $30

1/6, 11 PM noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza followed by hauntingly slinky Puerto Rican bolero revivalists – and Sylvia Rexach reinventors – Miramar at the Mercury, $15

1/7, 1 PM Novus NY perform the premiere of Laura Schwedinger’s Artemisia, an opera of passion, betrayal and art in 17th century Italy based on the life of Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown,209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/7-8 and 1/11-14, 8 PM David Lang’s grisly new opera Anatomy Theatre – chronicling the final months of an English murderess from her conviction to execution and then postmortem – at Bric Arts, $30 

1/8, short sets by a big roster of up-and-coming jazz talent starting at half past noon violinist Curtis Stewart and group followed at 1:10 by trombonist Nick Finzer, 1:40 pianist Chris Ziemba, 2:10 trombonist Jimmy O’Connell and others at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St., free

 1/8, 3 PM  the Miolina Violin Duo and the North/South Chamber Orchestra premiere works by Carson Cooman, Victor Kioulaphides,Max Lifchitz , William Toutant at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), free 

1/8, 4:30 PM theatrical, philosohical, unselfconsciously poetic singer/pianist/composer Mong-Lan‘s fascinating, multimedia River of Senses: Dream Songs & Tangos chronicles a Vietnamese refugee’s eventful, tango-fueled journey from Saigon to Buenos Aires, via America at Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St, $15

1/9, 7;30 PM rrepressible indie classical art-rock band the Bang on a Can All-Stars play new works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Juan Felipe Waller, an excerpt from Michael Gordon’s chamber opera Van Gogh, music by Philip Glass and moreat Merkin Concert Hall, $25

1/10, 5 PM innovative art-rock/postrock string chamber ensemble Founders perform creative arrangements of American music by Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Harold Arlen, Bobby Bland and more, along with poetry set to song by the chilling American poet, Edgar Allan Poe . at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/11, 8 PM solo guitarscapes from Jason McMahon, asssaultive trio Jobs (formerly Killer Bob) and pianist/composer Matt Mehlan’s chamber jazz septet Facelessness at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/12, 5 PM the world premiere of Paola Prestini’s indie classical take on the classical choral mass tradition “Mass Reimmaginings,” at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, 209 Broadway off Fulton, free

1/12, 7:30 PM the Parker Quartet play Mendelssohn: Quartet No. 1 and Brahms: Clarinet Quintet at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker St. west of Bowery, $27 tix avail

1/13-19 the New York theatrical premiere of Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards’ new documentary “Vince Giordano — There’s a Future in the Past. “The man and the band who make the Jazz Age come alive! What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21 st century? Two words: Vince Giordano – bandleader, musician, historian,collector and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.This joyful documentary offers an intimate portrait of Vince, taking us behind the scenes as he shares his passion of hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans,” at Cinema Village Theater: 22 E 12th St (between 5th & University), showtimes: 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, tix $12 Adults / $8 Seniors, Students, Children, 212-924- 3363 Vince Giordano + filmmakers Dave Davidson & Amber Edwards will appear at 7pm shows on Friday, Saturday 

1/13-14, 7/10 PM dramatic gospel-inflected drag crooner/pianist M. Lamar plays his creepy, politically relevant new suite Funeral Doom Spiritual at National Sawdust, $30

1/14-15, 5 PM the Brooklyn Youth Chorus perform their new multimedia suite Silent Voices, examining the grim realities of marginalized young people with music by Sahba Aminikia, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Shara Nova, at the French Institute’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 E 59th St, $30

1/14, 7:30 PM check out this awesome lineup and awesome program of rare oboe and bassoon works; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Cat Cantrell, oboe; Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Brad Balliett, bassoon; Liz Dorman, piano play Sonatine for Oboe and Bassoon, Jolivet; Duo Sonata for Two Bassoons, Sofia Gubaidulina; Trio Sonata for Two Oboes, Bassoon, and Harpsichord/Piano, Zelenka at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place, Park Slope, 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza, sugg don

1/15, 4 PM baroque string ensemble ACRONYM joins baritone Jesse Blumberg in a program entitled Valley of Tears: Bass Cantatas and Instrumental Sonatas by Johann Rosenmüller. at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/16, 8 PM Mirror Visions Ensemble sing the four winning pieces from their inaugural Young Composer’s Competition—Margaret Barrett’s At a Window, with text by Carl Sandburg; John Glover’s Squall with text by Leonora Speyer; Aaron Grad’s Invitation to Love with text by Paul Laurence Dunbar; and Daniel Temkin’s Summer Rain with text by James Joyce plus an Emily Dickinson-inspired song cycle by Tom Cipullo at the Sheen Center, 18 Bleecker off Bowery, $20 

1/17, 7:30 PM the Zora String Quartet play works by Mozart, Webern and Shostakovich at Merkin Concert Hall, $10 tix avail

1/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist avant-garde singer Ka Baird collaborates with Marcia Bassett on Buchla Easel and sound reactive projections from Camilla Padgitt-Coles in an exploration of our murkiest interior selves at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

1/20 toy piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen plays an all-Pauline Oliveros program at the DiMenna Center

1/21, 8 PM NY Polyphony sing Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass plus a world premiere by Tavener protégé Ivan Moody at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

1/25, 7:30 PM goth-tinged indie/postrock/art-rock band San Fermin with indie classical chamber group Now Ensemble at Markin Concert Hall, $25

1/26, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/27-28 at 8 Semyon Bychkov conducts the NY Phil playing Tschaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix rec

1/29, 3 PM the Claremont Trio play works by Beethoven, Dvorak and Robert Paterson at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/stud $5

1/29, 5 PM the Aeolus Quartet and pianist Alejandro Hernandez-Valdeza play his new arrangement of Paul Desmond’s iconic Take Five for piano quintet plus Samuel Barber’s String Quartet, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 at All Souls Church, Lexington Ave and 80th St, sugg don

2/3, 10 PM worst segue of the year but two Americana acts worth seeing: jugband legend Peter Stampfel and ferociously populist Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires – the Alabama highway rock version of the Clash – at the Knitting Factory, $15

2/6, 9:30 PM Level 5 play catchy, funky organ/guitar grooves, part vintage Meters, part JBs, with a psychedelic edge at the Bitter End. 2/20, 10 PM they’re at the small room at the Rockwood 

2/8, 8ish crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss leads an all-star cast – Heather Eatman, Freddie Stevenson, Adam Rubenstein, John Brodeur, Jon Crider, Bird of Youth, John Wray, Hilary Downes, Cliff Westfall and others – singing a Leonard Cohen tribute at Hifi Bar

2/25, 8 PM rapturously textured British Renaissance choir Stile Antico sing a pretty wild program of classics and obscurities by Tallis, Clemens Non Papa, Tompkins, Vivanco, McCabe and others at at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St between 6th and 7th aves, $30 seats avail

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