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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for November and December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! Next performances are 11/8 and 12/5 at 7 PM with special guest violinist Gregor Kitzis playing Mozart, email for details/address

Four nights in November: 11/1 at 10 and, 11/13 ,11/16,and 11/20 at 7 the great unsung NYC hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat.

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

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

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

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

Mondays in November, 10 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays at 6 PM in November klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman at Barbes

Sundays in November, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year.

Sundays in November, 6 PM Red Molly’s irrepressible Americana multi-instrumentalist Molly Venter at the small room at the Rockwood

11/1, 7 PM Bellucci Band – Gordan Spasovski on piano, Kiril Tufekcievski on bass and Blagoja Antovski on drums play new material as well as music by McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and others at Gallery MC, 549 W 52nd St., 8th Fl

11/1, 7 PM poignant, nuanced jazz singer Amy Cervini leads her quintet at 55 Bar

11/1, 7:30 PM drummer Fernando Garcia’s bomba jazz quintet followed by tenor saxophonist Slovenian saxophonist Jan Kus’ Slavo Rican Assembly at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

 11/1, 8 PM free jazz trumpet maven Nate Wooley plays Annea Lockwood’s first trumpet piece), followed by the U.S. premiere of Library on Lightning by Ashley Fure performed by Rebekah Heller, Brandon Lopez, and Wooley. The evening also features Felipe Lara’s recent composition Metafagote performed by  Heller, and, lastly, the world premiere of the duo rendition of Wadada Leo Smith’s Red Autumn Gold, performed by Wooley himself at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

11/1-4, 8/10:30 PM luminously tuneful latin jazz pianist Michel Camilo leads a trio at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

11/1, 8:30 PM entrancing Indian carnatic violinist Megumi at Brooklyn Raga Massive’s weekly shindig at the Jalopy, $15

11/1, 8:30 PM hard-charging oldschool soul/funk/rock singer Bette Smith and band at Bar Lunatico

11/1, 8 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez followed by cutting-edge guitarist Sean Moran’s Very Good (understatement!) octet at Barbes

11/2. 6:30 PM terse, tuneful Americana singer Jenna Smith followed by ferocious bass improviser James Ilgenfritz’s Anagram Ensemble at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud 

11/2, 9ish sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene  at Coney Island Baby, $10

11/2-3, 9:30/midnight the Tiger Lillies play their latest noir cabaret extravaganza Devil’s Fairground at Joe’s Pub, $30

11/2, 10 PM awesomely slinky downtempo/cumbia/psychedelic salsa dura band La Mecanica Popular at Barbes

11/3, drinks and kettle corn at 2, concert at 2:30 PM, Sandbox Percussion with special guest vocalist Eliza Bagg play the world premiere of Alex Weiser’s sepulchral “With GentleFfingers”,  as well as György Ligeti’s rarely performed triptych “Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedűvel” at the DiMenna Center, $20 

11/3, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 6 by klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman solo, at 8 by the brilliantly tuneful new project of trumpeter Ben Holmes, drummer Jeff Davis and pianist Carmen Staaf and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

11/3, 4 PM starkly acidic guitarist Ryan Ferreira followed by adventurous bassist Eivind Opsvik followed byatmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – with his band at Pete’s. The amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – plays at 10 afterward

11/3, 5 PM the Latin American Chamber Players perform works by Puerto Rican composers Jack Delano, Sonia Morales, Robert Sierra and others at Scholes St. Studios, $10

11/3, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide. She’s also here on 11/9 and 11/24

11/3, 7 PMdark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra bues. They’re also here on 11/17

11/3, 7:30 PM multi-generational sarod dynasty: Maestro Amjad Ali Khan with Ayaan Ali Bangash and Amaan Ali Bangash at Symphony Space, $30 tix avail

11/3, 7:30 PM pianist Paul Lewis plays works by Brahms, Beethoven and Haydn at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

11/3, 7 PM the debut of NYC’s latest new music group, Wavefield Ensembl eplaying auspicious premieres by Abbasi, Cheah, Helgeson plus Boulez’s monumental Dérive 2 for 11 players, at the Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Ave. Jersey City, Path train to Journal Square

11/3, 7 PM violinist Karen Bentley Pollick plays edgy Romany-inspired airs by Enescu, similar works by Mark Kopytman,a hauntingly kinetic Middle Eastern piece by Yitzhak Yedid, Selim Göncü’s The Art of Zapping,  – “a dramatic depiction of our relationship with remote controls” – plus works by Hsueh-Yung Shen and Ivan Sokolov at Spectrum, $15

11/3, 7 PM wildly popular bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding and Williaim Parker lead their respective ensembles at Lehman Stages/Lovinger Theatre, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West in the Bronx, 4 to Bedford Pk. Blvd, $25

11/3, 8 PM the String Trio of NY improvise with guitarist Alejandro Florez and  pianist Ricardo Gallo at Soup & Sound , 292 Lefferts Ave( b/n Nostrand & Rogers), 2nd floor, Lefferts Gardens, 2 to Sterling St, $20 sug don includes soup

11/3, 8 PM guitar/dulcimer folk duo Ivy & Miranda followed by the eclectic, more globally-influenced Magpie at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.” 

11/3, 8 PM innovative postbop pianist Glenn Zaleski leads his trio at the Cell Theatre, $15

11/3, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with LI cover band Shecky & the Twangtones, at 10 the heavier, fierier Tsunami of Sound, at 11 the swirly, hard-hitting, reverb-iced Strange but Surf and at midnight a rare NYC appearance by Indiana’s darkly purist the Katatonics 

11/3, 9 PM hypnotic, stark indie cassical/Americana guitar/violin duo Damsel followed byten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

11/3, 9:30 PM haunting noir cabaret pioneer Little Annie & Botanica piano mastermind Paul Wallfisch at Pangea, $20.

11/3, 10:30 PM classic Persian favorites from 60s and 70s with A Muslim and a Mexican at Drom, $20

11/3 1 AM (actually wee hours of 11/4) feral tenor saxophonist Eric Wyatt  leads the jam at Smalls. Could be off the hook

11/4-8 a celebration of Frederic Rzewski’s music at Spectrum, $20 ($40 four-day pass available). Too many good musicians to list: the full lineup is here. Choice pick: pianist Corey Hamm tackling The People United Will Never Be Defeated at 5:30 on 11/4

11/4, 4 PM the An Die Musik quintet play works by Beethoven, Britten and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $16

11/4. 4 PM violinist Rolf Schulte and pianist Aaron Likness perform a program of Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/4, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort with special guests New World Recorders (Gwyn Roberts, Héloïse Degrugillier, Rainer Beckmann and Tricia van Oers) “offer canzonas, ricercars, fantasias, motets and polychoral masterpieces from Italy and England by William Byrd, Peter Phillips, John Ward, Thomas Simpson, Thomas Tomkins, Henry Purcell, Andrea Gabrieli, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Giovanni Priuli, Giovanni Battista Grillo, and Adrian Willaert” at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $25

11/4, 6 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at at Hank’s

11/4, 6 PM iconic LES improvisers: Radio I-Ching in duo form with sax/guitar duels between Andy Haas and Don Fiorino followed at 7 by drummer Dave Grollman and guitarist Lucas Brode at Downtown Music Gallery

11/4, 7 PM violinist Benjamin Sung plays solo works by Berio, Sciarrino, Kubik and others at Scholes St. Studio

11/4, 7:30 PM Turkish saz virtuoso Ozan Aksoy plays the album release show for his new one at Drom, free

11/4, 7:30 PM a rare performance of legendary Cambodian musicians and their descendants – flute player, activist, and founder of Cambodian Living Arts Arn Chorn-Pond, alongside Seyma Trhosn, Master Mann Men, his daughter Mao Men, and Savang Toch playing music forbidden during the Pol Pot era at City Winery, $25 standing room avail 

11/4, 8 PM western swing band Brain Cloud ‘s irrepressible, tapdancing frontwoman Tamar Korn and her band followed by pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd’s klezmer band in the upstairs room at at Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St. in Gowanus

11/4, 8 PM Helix with Michel van der Aa’s Hysteresis with Maureen Hurd (clarinet soloist) play works by Wolfe, Glass, Thordvaldsdottier and many others at the Poisson Rouge, $20 av tix rec

11/4, 9 PM bouzouki virtuoso Michael Paouris – who plays everything from rembetiko to Turkish music to Vivaldi – with his band at Drom, $10 adv tix rex

11/4, 7 PM haunting, cinematic lapsteel genius Myk Freedman leads his band followed at 9 by Romany jazz guitarist Sara L’Abriola. She’s also here on 11/11

11/4, 10:30 PM catchy soul-jazz trombonist David Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls

11/5, 7:30 a panel discussion with violist/impresario Nadia Sirota; bassoonist/International Contemporary Ensemble co-artistic director Rebekah Heller; and NY Philharmonic Artistic Planning veep Isaac Thompson weighing in on the precarious state of new music in New York City and its future at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/, 8:30 PM Middle Eastern inspired bassist Omer Avital leads a quartet at Bar Lunatico

11/5, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia and tropical stoner sounds at Barbes. They’re also at the big room at the Rockwood on11/21 at 11:30

11/5, 10 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Skinny Dennis. He’s also here on 11/11 at 9

11/6 half past noon Dutch organist Stefan Donner plays a program TBA at Church of the Transfiguration on E 29th just off 5th Ave

11/6, 7 PM melodic rising star bassist Endea Owens leads her group at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10

11/6, 7 PM bassist Max Johnson presents a new trio made up of Matt Nelson (Battle Trance) on tenor saxophone and Brian Chase on drums followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/6, 7:30 PM the deservedly acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus sing the album release show for their new one Silent Voices with works by works by Caroline Shaw, Shara Nova, Toshi Reagon, Jeff Beal, Mary Kouyoumdjian, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, Kamala Sankaram at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

11/6, 7:30 PM the Silesian String Quartet play a rare all-Polish program of works by Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Bacewicz and Penderecki at the Morgan Library, $35

11/6, 8 PM colorful, paradigm-shifting Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man and the Taipai Chinese Orchestra play US premieres of works by Chen Shi-Si, Qu Wenjun, Cheng Kuang-Chih and Bao Yuan-Kai at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

11/6, 8:15 PM ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson leads a sextet with Immanuel Wilkins ontenor at the Jazz Gallery, $15. They’re back here on 11/29

11/6, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his sextet at at Smalls . They’re also here on 11/20

11/7. noon latin drum maven Bobby Sanabria & Quarteto Ache outdoors at 2 Gateway Plaza at NJPAC in Newark, free

11/7, 1 PM  eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

11/7, 7 PM the Publiquartet play works by innovative steel pan composer Andy Akiho, feat. the composer and Ian Rosenbaum on percussion at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/7, 7 PM the Mivos Quartetplay Stefano Gervasoni: Clamour (NY premiere); Simone Movio: Zahir Ia (NY premiere commission); Zosha Di Castri: String Quartet no. 1; and works by Ivan Fedele at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

11/7, 7 PM the hard-swing, retro Young Lions Jazz Orchestra led by composer/conductor Kira Daglio Fine at Shapeshifter Lab, $10 

11/7, 7:30 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rwedc

11/7-8, 7:30 PM, repeating on 11/9 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony plus two works by Schubert: his youthful Fifth Symphony and a “joyous, charming mini-cantata,” featuring Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill and soprano Miah Persson at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

11/7, 7:30 PM perennially edgy, relevant pianist Myra Melford’s lush, enigmatic Snowy Egret ensemble at Dizzy’s Club, $30

11/7, 7:30 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda   at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

11/7, 8 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

]11/7, 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues”  at Troost

11/7-8, 8 PM Mahan Esfahani plays two harpsichord recitals from J.S. Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier at the Miller Theatre, $30 tix avail

11/7, 8 PM violinists Laurra Pereira and Sara Salomon play works by Grieg, Lutoslawski, Stravinsky & Poulenc at the New School’s Steifel Hall, 4th Fl, 55 W 13th St, free

11/8. 7 PM intriguing songwriter Ella Dawn Jenkins, aka EllaHarp – a concert harpist who sings and plays stark, rustic original fingerstyle blues and Gaelic-influenced songs – at the Bitter End, $10 

11/8, 7:30 PM Anthony Arnove – Howard Zinn’s collaborator for the Voices of a People’s History of the United States anthology emcees a night of Zinn-inspired readings and music from amazing Punjabi soul crooner Zeshan B with actors Brian Jones, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Okieriete Onaodowan, Eisa Davis, Wallace Shawn, Staceyann Chin, Leta Renée-Alan, at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/8, 7:30/9:30 PM mighty latin big band jazz: saxophonist Felipe Salles‘ 22-piece Interconnections Ensemble play his works The Lullaby Project at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/8, 7:30 PM southern gothic banjo player Amythyst Kiah at Symphony Space $30/$20 30 and under

11/8 7:30 PM daunting postbop technique and dynamic tunesmithing from saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr,  leading his quartet at Smalls

11/8, 8 PM legends from the zeros: singer/guitarist Genie Morrow’s super-catchy, erudite powerpop band Sputnik at Hank’s, $8

11/8, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed by busker legends the Xylopholks in their furry suits at Barbes

11/8, 8 PM nuanced, fearlessly populist Malagasy chanteuse Razia Said at Shrine

11/8, 8:30 PM fearlessly political New York postbop improv magic: noir inspired multi-sax legend Roy Nathanson and pianist Arturo O’Farrill at Bar Lunatico

11/8, 9 PM cutting-edge conversational improvisation: Steve Swell – trombone; Robert Boston – elec.piano; Thomas Helton – bass; Michael Evans – drums at the old Nublu

11/8, 10 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars at at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

11/9, 7/9:30 PM amazing Chicago blues guitarist and organist Lucky Peterson & the Organization featuring soul singer Tamara Tremell at Birdland, $20 at the bar

11/9-10, 7:30/9:30 PM iconic microtonal saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh plays four sets with four different players on retuned microtonal piano: Kris Davis, Peter Apfelbaum, Diane Moser and Tyshawn Sorey at the Jazz Gallery, $25. Could be the NYC jazz event of the year. 

11/9, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes

11/9, 8 PM the noirish, cinematic American Modern Ensemble play new works by Robert Paterson, Jonathan Posthuma, Joseph Rebman, Ari Sussman and others at Subculture, $20

11/9, 8 PM Music from China play new works for traditional and western instruments by Zhou Tian, Zhou Long, Yang Yong, Wang Amao and Wang Guowei at  Symphony Space, $18

11/9, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play Rachmaninoff’s  Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tschaikovsky;’s Pathetique Symphony at Symphony Space, $25

11/9, 8 PM pensive, lyrical, minimalistically psychedelic neosoul with Kadhja Bonet backed by a live band and choir at National Sawdust, $22 adv tix rec, 

 11/9, 8:30 PM intense, soaring harmonium player/singer Elana Low – a more organic, trancey version of Marissa Nadler, maybe –  at Sidewalk

11/9-10, 8:30 PM wryly psychedelic cinematic Italophile instrumentalists Tredici Bacci at the Stone at the New School, $20

11/9, 9 PM the Jack Quartet play “a New York premiere by Portuguese composer Andreia Pinto Correia inspired by Hart Crane’s poem “The Bridge,” launches this evening of music drawn from the last 50 years of string quartet repertoire. Sabrina Schroeder’s elusive Slip Trains, comprised largely of harmonic tones and glissandi, precedes the skittering, jagged figures and eerie, time-stopping allure of Zosha di Castri’s first string quartet. Finally, György Ligeti’s second string quartet” at the 92nd St. Y, $25

11/9, 9ish colorful, Bowie-esque female-fronted glamrockers the Manimals at Hank’s

11/9, 9 PM Brandi & the Alexanders play oldschool-style soul ballads at the small room at the Rockwood

11/9, 9 PM alto saxophonist Alison Shearer and her edgy, cinematic soul/groove/funk band at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on the 26th 

11/9, 9:30 PM psychedelic art-rockers Swarmius play from their magic realist opera El Colibrí Magicó (The Magic Hummingbird) – A California Story, set in modern day San Diego & Tijuana, “an explosive cultural confrontation between protagonists of the contemporary US/Mexican border: coyotes, border guards, refugees, vigilantes, in violence and transcendence, with mystical intervention from living spirits of the pre-Columbian past” at the Cutting Room, $20

11/9-10, 10:30 PM tuneful, epically-inspired postbop jazz quintet the Flail at Smalls

11/10, 1 PM dazzlingly eclectic chamber pop/latin/classical violinist Concetta Abbate and drummer Ben Engel at Flowers for all Occasions, 1114 De Kalb Ave at Broadway, Bushwick, J/M to Kosciuszko St.

11/10, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman at by poignant, eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet, and at 10 by hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

11/10, 5 PM wildly diverse violinist Skye Steele leads his band playing “A People’s History of the Violin: at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

11/10, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play film music by Benjamin Wallfisch, Waxman, Rota, and Rózsa at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail

11/10, 7:30 PM low-register reed connoisseur Josh Sinton leads his Predicate Trio with cellist Chris Hoffman and drummer Tom Rainey, followed by alto/tenor saxophonist & bass clarinetist Avram Fefer leading a trio with bassist Sean Conly and drummer Michael Wimberly at Greenwich House Music School., $15/$12 stud/srs

11/10, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet play works by Dvorak, Porat and Beethoven at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

11/10 7:30 PM Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand and ensemble play works by Schubert and Beethoven at Scanadinavia House, $25. They’re back here on 11/29.

11/10, 8 PM hilariously epic all-female Japanese metal band Necronomidol headline this year’s Asian music Festival at Trans-Pecos, $20. Darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini plays at around 4 

11/10, 8 PM revisit the glory days of something approximating working class  power with the NYC Labor Chorus at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.”  

11/10, 8 PM Dutch early music choir Cappella Pratensis sing works by Josquin des Pres and those whom he influenced (and those who stole from him) at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th St,  $30 tix avail

11/10, 8 PM hilarious female-fronted AC/DC cover band Big Balls, the similarly hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Freddy’s

11/10, 8 PM eclectic Mediterranean/tango/Romany band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, , $20

11/10, 8 PM  haunting, Lynchian songstress Ajda the Turkish Queen with her band followed by wryly surreal noir parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s

11/10, 9 PM Lizzie & the Makers at the small room at the Rockwood. Snarling twin-guitar psychedelic rockers steeped in oldschool soul and blues, backing one of the most powerful, riveting singers on the planet. DAMN, can this woman wail.

11/10, 10 PM this woman can wail too – and write the most excoriatingly brilliant lyrics of any songwriter in town. Hannah Fairchild with her ferocious noir cabaret/punk trio Hannah vs. the Many at the Way Station

11/11, 2 PM the Oratorio Society of NY play Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, plus conductor Kent Tritle leads the 200-voice chorus, soloists, and orchestra in Górecki’s Euntes ibant et flebant followed by Szymanowski’s Stabat Mater at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

11/11, 3 PM Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Yumi Oshima, viola; Elizabeth Dorman, pianoplay works by Gubaidulina, Hersant, Saint-Saens and Spisak at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

11/11, 4 PM a Joan Tower 80th bday celebration with works by Tower, Jennifer Higdon, Tania Leon and Julia Wolfe – Cha for saxophone quartet played by the PRISM Quartet. Jasper Quartet, Lysander Trio Cassatt Quartet and the ageless Ursula Oppens on piano at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/11, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415  with Alfredo Bernardini play music by Vivaldi, his friends and enemies at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121St St, $10 tix avail  

11/11, 7 PM in reverse order: the punkmetal Municipal Waste, the more hardcore Toxic Holocaust and the excellently tuneful, ornate, Iron Maiden-ish Haunt at Warsaw, $22 adv tix rec

11/11, 7 PM amazing acoustic blues guitar virtuoso Terry Robb – who can do oldtime ragtimey stuff as well as his own edgy new material – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

11/11, 8 PM the Royal Arctic Institute – who veer between surfy rock instrumentals and darker, quieter, more noir and jazz-tinged themes – at Bowery Electric, $10

11/11, 8 PM the ageless Richard Thompson – who may be the greatest rock songwriter AND best rock guitarist ever – and his electric trio at the Town Hall, $35 tix avail

11/11, 8:30 PM C&W wildman Zane Campbell – who arguably invented what would become alt-country back in the 80s – followed by  sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at the Treehouse at 2A

11/11, 9 PM lush, dynamic female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris play the album release show for their new one at Rough Trade, $12

11/12, 7 PM Argentine pianist Agustin Muriago performs Spanish music including works by Albéniz, Granados, Falla, Mompou, and Halffter, plus Spanish-inspired material by Debussy, Chabrier, Lecuona, and Moszkowski at the Yamaha Piano Salon, 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Fl, free admission – RSVP required

11/12, 8/10:30 PM classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent leads a trio at Mezzrow, $20

11/12, 9:30 PM the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

11/13, 6 PM haunting Turkish folk crooner Ahmet Erdogdular and his Ensemble at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia, 116th/Amsterdam, free

11/13, 7 PM rapturous Afro-Peruvian/classical pianist/singer Chi-Chi Glass followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/13, 7 PM the Argus Quartet play works by Haydn, Juri Seo, Christopher Theofadinis, Ted Hearne and Leos Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters” at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

11/13, 8:30ish stark southwestern gothic jangle and clang with And the Wiremen at Troost

11/13-17, 8:30 PM unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, fearlessly political downtown guitarist Marc Ribot plays mostly solo at the Stone at the New School, $20

11/13, 9:15 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir, psychedelia and dark cabaret –  at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

11/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

11/14, 6 PM Indian santoorist Vinay Desai at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

11/14-17, 7:30 PM adventurous indie classical string quartet Ethel play an original, phantasmagorical score inspired by the now-shuttered Ringling Bros/Barnum & Bailey Circus at BAM, $25

11/14, 8 PM the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens joined by her sister Lalenja Harrington on spoken word and vocals, plus tap artist Robyn Watson, “paying homage to Nina Simone, Fanny Lou Hamer, Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Waters, and more women of color who have made contributions to our musical canon” at Symphony Space, $30 adv tix avail for  age 30 and under

11/14, 8 PM the Glissandos –  Marius Pibarot ( of Collectif Medz Bazar) and Duncan Wickel – play oldtime Americana with fiddle and cello at Barbes

11/14, 8:30 PM the SR9 Trio play music of Borodin, de Falla, Bartok, Caron Darras and more at Greenwich House Music School, free

11/4, 8:30 PM wickedly catchy parlor pop and klezmer-inspired art-rock songwriter Sharon Goldman at the third stage at the Rockwood $10

11/14, 9 PM dynamic, subtle all-female klezmer band Tsibele and the excoriatingly lyrical, fearlessly anti-fascist Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird  at Littlefield, $20

11/14, 9 PM enigmatic, pensively tuneful rainy-day indie folk with Tara Jane O’Neil at Secret Project Robot, $10

11/14, 9:30 PM edgy Middle Eastern-inspired alto saxophonist Uri Gurvich with pianist Leo Genovese, bassist Edward Perez, and drummer Francisco Mela at Dizzy’s Club, $30

11/15, 6 PM soaringly tuneful pan-Asian violinist Meg Okura goes slumming at Silvana

11/15, 6 PM the Alexander String Quartet & special guests play works by Brahms, Kreisler, Gershwin and others at the Baruch College auditorium, free, rsvp req 

11/15, 7 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis  leads a trio with David Leon – saxophone; Tomas Fujiwara – drums at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10. They’re at the Jazz Gallery on 11/20 with sets at 7:30/9:30 PM for five bucks more

11/15, 7:30 PM haunting Elliott Smith-esque rockers No-No Boy play their song cycle about Japanese Americans in US prison camps during WWII at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/15, 7;30/9:30 PM pianist Gabriel Zucker leads a killer quartet with Adam O’Farrill – trumpet; Eric Trudel – saxophone; Tyshawn Sorey – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

11/15, 8 PM an all-Du Yun concert featuring the charismatic singer/composer with International Contemporary Ensemble at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

11/15, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss   at Hank’s $8

11/15, 8 PM experimental Scottish bagpipe improviser David Watson at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

11/15, 8 PM the Toomai String Quintet  with special guest vocalist Miss Yaya play tangos and classic works by pan-latin composers followed at 10 by Quatre Vingt Neuf (French for 89, a revolutionary date in case you missed it) playing New Orleans brass music at Barbes

11/16, 7  PM “an eye-popping cast of celebrated performers gathers together to highlight and celebrate the extraordinary songwriting talents of Coney Island native Carol Lipnik for this one night only special event.” She’s best known as NYC’s best singer, with an eye-popping four-octave range, but she’s also a darkly brilliant art-rock songwriter. “Confirmed performers include the iconic downtown performance artist John Kelly; celebrated monologist and playwright David Cale; opera diva Lauren Flanigan; charismatic accordionist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez and bright new star on the downtown scene, Silver Wallace.” at Joe’s Pub, $20

11/16, 7 PM high-voltage avant garde cellist Jeffrey Ziegler plays an electroacoustic show with music inspired by famous figures in science, including Foday Musa Suso’s piece about George Washington Carver; Felipe Pérez Santiago saluting astronomer Jill Tarter; Maja Ratkje’s homage to chemist Signe Kjelstrup; Sarah Lipstate’s salute to Marie Curie; Paola Prestini’s work inspired by climatologist Andrew Kruczkiewicz plus pieces by Graham Reynolds at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

11/16, 7:30 PM hauntingly tuneful, propulsive Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani at Aaron Davis Hall, $25. This guy is amazing. 

11/16, 7:30 PM the Choir of Trinity Wall Street sing Rachmaninoff’s haunting All-Night Vigil, a at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free. They slayed with this last year.

11/16, 7:30 PM the Ukrainian Village Voices sing haunting, ancient choral music at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 East 6th St,$15/$10 stud/srs

11/16, 8 PM pianist Jasna Popovic and violinist Kinga Augustin play a program of originals tba at the DiMenna Center, $15

11/16, 8 PM recently revitalized, careeningly explosive ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Shrine

11/16-17, 8/10:30 PM tuneful latin jazz pianist Donald Vega leads a trio at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

11/16, 7:30 PM the Dominican “unicornio de la bachata,” Andre Veloz at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/16, 7:30/9:30 PM ethereal vibraphonist Chris Dingman solo at the Jazz Gallery, $20

 11/16, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at Barbes

11/16, 9 PM haunting Boston guitar mastermind Thalia Zedek (leader of the late, great Come) at Union Pool, $15

11/16, 10 PM Brooklyn’s hilarious counterpart to Spinal Tap, stoner metal parodists Mighty High at Hank’s, $10

11/16, 10:30 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant, fearlessly political Organ Monk Trio  at the Fat Cat

11/16, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 11/17)this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen  leads the jam at Smalls

11/17, 5 PM one of NYC’s great voices in folk noir, Liz Tormes followed at 6 by parlor pop pioneer Alice Bierhorst at Pete’s

11/17, 6 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman followed at 8 by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, slinky, oud-driven Turkish band Dolunay and then at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

11/17, 7:30 PM pianist David Witten plays music of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

11/17, 7:30 PM the Chamber Music Society of  Lincoln Center play piano trios by Beethoven, Kodaly and Dvorak at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

11/17, 7:30 PM Balkan accordion paradigm-shifter Merima Kljuco and guitarist Miroslav Tadic play traditional Balkan and classical styles plus original works and arrangements by Erik Satie, Manuel de Falla, and “the mournful music of sevdah—sometimes called ‘Bosnian blues,'” at Symphony Space, $30

11/17, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen and Group at the Jazz Gallery, $25

11/17, 7:30 PM Four Corners Ensemble – Siyuan Li, Joshua Anderson, Merryl Neille, and Jinn Shin – play premieres of flute concerto “Quongqothwane,” based on South African “Click Song;” clarinet concerto “American Variations,” on an original theme in various American music styles; piano concerto “Canton Snowstorm,” an imagination of a heavy snowstorm in the warmest place in China; and cello concerto “Matilda’s Dream,” a fantasy based on Australian folk song “Waltzing Matilda,” at Arete Gallery, $15

11/17, 8 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana  leads her quartet at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

11/17, 8 PM Glenda Del E and the brilliant Ariacne Trujillo (formerly with Pedrito Martinez’s band) reimagine and interpret legendary Cuba pianist Valdés’ music at Drom, $15

11/17, 8 PM pianist Ivan Gusev plays works by  Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, Debussy, and Mussorgsky at Weill hall at Carnegie Hall, $20 seats avail

11/17, 9 PM dusky, uneasily jangy, catchy Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Allah-Las at Pioneer Works, $10

11/17, 9:30 PM elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman with her band at Freddy’s

11/18, 2 PM terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Amanda Monaco and her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, $5

11/18, 6 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Balinese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara at the Fat Cat

11/18, 7 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

11/18, 7 PM edgy Middle Eastern-tinged cellist Rufus Cappodocia solo at Barbes

11/18, 7:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his combo at Smalls

11/18, 7:30 PM new works for string quartet by Valerie Coleman, Jeff Myers, Lawrence Kramer, and Matthew Welch. performed by Quartet Metadata: Lynn Bechtold and Hajnal Pivnick, violins; Carrie Frey, viola; and Jisoo Ok, cello at the 12th floor lounge of Fordham’s Lowenstein Buiding, corner of 60th St. and Columbus Ave, free.

11/18. 8 PM cult favorite gonzo pianist Dred Scott leads his trio at Mezzrow, $20

11/18, 8 PM edgy lefty lead guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band   at Bar Chord

11/18, 10 PM the Zebulonites play roots reggae at Shrine

11/19 7 PM day one of the Czech PAF Festival at Pioneer Works with the somber minimalism of Slowmotiondancer – Prague-based artist and producer Dominik Gajarský – Jakub Jansa’s cynical, dystopic multimedia production Club of Opportunities and Ink Midget & Isama Zing: Prelude for light and fog,  an audiovisual composition written for eight fog machines and four strobe lights, free w/rsvp 

11/19, 7;30  PM intense alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet  plays the album release show for his new one at Smalls

11/19. 7:30 PM pianist Sergei Dreznin plays works by Mozart ,Prokofiev, Chopin, Gershwin and others at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, rsvp req 

11/19 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project  followed at 10 by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

11/19, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leads his quartet at the Fat Cat

11/19, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

11/20, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher and ensemble plays works by Hildegard Von Bingen, David Lang, Rzewski and others at the Miller Theatre, free

11/20, 7 PM haunting allster Balkan band Loza featuring Vedran Boshkovski, Adam Good, Seido Salifoski and the great Corinna Snyder on vocals followed byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

11/20, 7:30 PM magically lilting Canary Islands singer Olga Cerpa and her six-piece band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/20, 7:30 PM the Mannes Orchestra play Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Something for the Dark, Julius Eastman’s Symphony No. 2 (with Luciano Chessa, conductor) and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Symphony No. 3 at Alice Tully Hall, free, tix avail now

11/20-21, 8 PM bassists Zach Rowdens, Sean Ali, Britton Powell, Greg Chudzik, Nick Dunston, and Vinicius Ciccone Cajado comprise “the largest and loudest ensemble yet, involving six bassists,” performing Leila Bordreuil’s darkly melancholy, ostensibly scathing Piece for Cello and Double Bass Ensemble II, with opening acts by Charmaine Lee on 11/20 and Dylan Scheer on 11/21 at the Kitchen, $15

11/20, 8 PM pianist Andrea Lucchesini plays works by Berio, Scarlatti and Schubert at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

11/20-25, 8:30/10:30 PM Jason Moran & the Bandwagon play the music of early Harlem Renaissance ragtime composer James Reese Europe at the Vanguard

11/20. 9 PM Rosie Moore plays solo harp at Arete Gallery, $15

11/20, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

11/20, 10 PM bass sax monster Stefen Zeniuk’s punk mambo crew the NY Fowl Harmonic  followed by the similarly punk Stumblebum Brass Band at Hank’s, $10

11/21, 7:30 PM, repeating 11/22-23 at 8 Emmanuelle Haïm leads the NY Philharmonic playing selections from Handel’s Water Music at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

11/21, 8 PM Greek art-rock pianist/crooner Pericles Kanaris and his band at  Drom, $33 adv tix rec

11/23, 9 PM newschool roots reggae crooner Jesse Royal at the Knitting Factory, $20

11/23, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

11/24, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble  play an indie classical program titled “Memory & Silence” includingpremieres by Cesar Camarero, Yvonne Troxler and Ian Wilson at Symphony Space, $20

11/24, 8 PM  the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – followed at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – at Barbes

11/24, 8 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio; with special guest singer and composer, Darlina Zaenz (daughter of Eloísa Garcés Ladeus, frontwoman of legendary bullerengue group Palmeras de Uraba) at C’Mon Everybody, $10. They’re also at Barbes on 11/26 at 10ish

11/24, 8:30 PM a rare reunion of cult favorite Bay Area jazz group the Munchies with Dred Scott on piano and saxophonist Kenny Brooks at Bar Lunatico

11/24, 9 PM Caz Gardiner and her oldschool rocksteady/ska band at Silvana

11/24, 10 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  at Skinny Dennis

11/25, 2 PM Distinguished Concerts Orchestra play the 1959 Eugene Goossens orchestral arrangement of Handel’s Messiah at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $20 tix avail

11/25, 4 PM indie classical allstar quintet Counterinduction  (Miranda Cuckson, violin; Jessica Meyer, viola; Karen Ouzounian, cello; Benjamin Fingland, clarinet; Ning Yu, piano) – play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

11/25, 9 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – and band play the album release show for their new one at Union Pool, $12

11/25, 9:30 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop  at Pete’s

11/26, 7:30 PM feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat allstars Combo Chimbita  at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/26, 9 PM darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family followed by darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini  at LIC Bar

11/26, 9 PM fiery jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina with Oscar Noriega (alto sax/clarinets); Russ Lossing (piano); Michael Sarin (drums) at the old Nublu

11/27, 7:30 PM the Microscopic Septet co-founder and soprano  sax player Phillip Johnston & the Silent Six at Smalls

11/27, 8/10:30 PM wow – rapturously eclectic jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads a trio with Leandro Pellegrino (guitar), JD Allen (tenor sax) at Mezzrow, $20

11/27, 9 PM elegant, lyrical, wildly eclectic oldtimey jazz/New England Americana songwriter Caroline Cotter at the small room at the Rockwood

11/28, 6 PM rising star sitarist Anjana Roy with tabla player Polash Gomes at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

11/28, 7 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa delivers a world premiere TBA  at National Sawdust, $25

11/28, 8 PM elegantly angst-fueled, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at LIC Bar

11/28. 8 PM ambient electroacoustic composer Julia Santoli‘s multimedia, theatrical Siren Sore at Issue Project Room, sug don 

11/28. 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players celebrate 20 years of cutting-edge music with works by Musgrave, Harbison and Tower at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

11/28-12/1, 8:30 PM lyrical pianist Angelica Sanchez leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School. Choice pick: 11/29 a duo with  Pheeroan Aklaff (drums)

11/28, 10:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius  leads a n octet at Smallls

11/29, 7:30 PM Time for Three mash up Americana, indie classical and improvisation at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

11/29, 7:30 PM the guitar duo of Anders Nilsson & Aaron Dugan followed by Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio playing their twisted spaghetti western jazz at Greenwich House Music School,. $15/$12 stud/srs

11/29, 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic play Britten’s Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s ferocious antiwar Symphony No 7 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

11/29, 7:30 PM intense, pyrotechnic saxophonist Chet Doxas leads his quartet at Smalls

11/29, 7:30 PMmulti-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Symphony Space, $30/$20 under 30

11/29 ,7:30 PM Jeff Gavett, baritone and Red Wierenga, piano play a Wolfgang Mitterer world premiere at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St;, free, rsvp req. 

11/29, 8 PM astonishingly prolific and acerbic guitarist Mary​ ​Halvorson playas solo at Russ & Daughters Cafe, 127 Orchard St, free, wow

11/29, 8 PM Carlo Costa – the world’s most mysterious drummer – plays the album release show for his ghostly new one, Oblio at Jack, $tba

11/29, 8:30 PM haunting, enveloping Indian carnatic string ensemble Akshara at the Jalopy, $15

11/29. 8:30 PM haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Ajoyo project with singer Sarah E. Charles at Bar Lunatico

 11/29-30, 8:30 PM slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones at C’Mon Everybody, $11

11/30, 7 PM epic, haunting, searingly lyrical art-rock songwriter and baritone crooner Spottiswoode and band play the album release for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $20

11/30, 7:30 PM pianist Tomer Gewirtzman plays works by Shostakovich, Beethoven, Medtner, Scriabin and Brahms at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, free, tix avail starting 6:30 PM day of show at the box ofc

11/30, 7 PM Talea Ensemble returns to Americas Society with two new works for chamber ensemble: a new electroacoustic piece by Canadian composer David Adamcyk and Kate Soper’ Voices from the Killing Jar for vocals and chamber ensemble at the Americas Society, free, rsvp req 

11/30, 8 PM the NJ Symphony Orchestra with Aaron DIehl on piano play works by Stravinsky, Florence Price, Milhaud and Gershwin at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

11/30, 8 PM the Nouveau Classical Project play music by Missy Mazzoli, Leaha Villareal, two new commissions by Emily Praetorius and William C. Mason at the Arete Gallery, $20/$15 stud

11/30, 8 PM Ensemble Signal play new Wolfgang Mitterer chamber works at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, free, rsvp req

11/30, 8 PM the Downtown Voices with Stephen Sands, conductor sing Estonian choral works at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

11/30, 9 PM popular 90s powerpopstress Patti Rothberg at Sidewalk

11/30l 10 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at Barbes

12/2, 2:30 PM erhu player Feifei Yang leads her quartet playing a wild mix of 1930s Shanghai speakeasy tunes, coy classical and cheesy top 40 covers at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud free for 18 and under

12/4, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play works by Crumb, Saint-Saens and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

12/6, 6 PM klezmer violinist Jake Shulman-Ment with rippllng tsimbl (Ukrainian Jewish dulcimer) player Pete Rushefsky at Poe Park in the Bronx.

12/8, 8 PM the Barnard-Columbia Chorus’ Holiday Concert with the Symphony of Psalms: Igor Stravinsky, Magnificat: J. S. Bach at Church of the Ascension, 221 W 107th St. 

12/12, 7:30 PM the amazing, haunting, otherworldly NY Andalus Ensemble – who play ancient Middle Eastern and North African Jewish sounds from as far back as a thousand years ago  –  at La Nacional, 239 W 14th St, $20/$16 stud/srs

12/15, 3 PM the Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra play Marin Alsop’s Gospel Messiah (the Handel epic with an African-American gospel spin) at the United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway in Washington Hts, $15 tix avail  

12/21, 2 PM brilliant baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian‘s LSQ at Flushing Town Hall, free

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A Few Detours and a New Sound From a Legendary, Haunting Vocal Ensemble

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, neoliberals made their way into Bulgaria and convinced the new government to put the nation’s most popular export out of business. The renowned choral ensemble who were first known as the Bulgairian National Women’s Choir, then became a global sensation as Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares, and are now known in the English-speaking world as the Mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, were stripped of their government funding. Without that, these extraordinary, legendarily otherworldly singers were forced to take dayjobs. It’s hard to think of a more apt example of how drastically neoliberal tax policies can slash the very fabric of a nation at the seams.

Happily, the group have kept going over the years. Their latest release,  BooCheeMish – their first in two decades – is streaming at Bandcamp. It’s a new direction for them. While the group have recorded with rock artists – Kate Bush, most famously – there’s more rock on this release than ever before. Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance contributes her voice to four of the tracks.

With the first number, Mome Malenko, the group set the stage with their characteristically eerie close harmonies, shivery melismas and modal, microtonal lines. This song has more of an Arabic chromaticism; the balance of hushed lows against the keening highs of the women’s voices is especially rapturous.

The second track, Pora Sotunea has rock keys, bass and a tabla rhythm bolstering an Andalucian-tinged tune. Rano Ranila, with its pulsing bursts of counterpoint, is the rhythmically trickiest trip-hop tune ever recorded. By contrast, Mani Yanni has a sepulchral vastness and broodingly melismatic Asian spike fiddle.

Much as the many percussion elements in Yove don’t get in the way, it would be even more impressive to hear just the women’s voices leaping and trilling, keeping perfect time throughout this polyrhythmic dance. Sluntse has more of that stark fiddle along with precise, jazz-tinged, acoustic guitar: beyond a brief intro, it’s an instrumental.

Unison is a return to distantly Indian-tinged trip-hop, with a vocal solo from who. The majestic, solowly unfolding call-and-response of Zabekaya Agne have more traditionally uneasy shifts between major and minor modes, along with a rather imploring vocal solo and ney flute over a boomy Middle Eastern dirge beat. It’s the album’s most successfully eclectic stylistic mashup.

But Tropanitsa, an attempt to Bulgarianize (Mysterize?) a blithe tropical tune, is a mess. Happily, the ensemble return to enigmatic massed splendor in Ganka, then dance their way elegantly through the catchy Shandal Ya. The album’s final track is Stanka, moody strings replicating vocal harmonies beneath their soloist’s impassioned lead melody.

For continuity’s sake, let’s count this as today’s installment for Halloween month. These magical voices persist in evoking a strange, antique spirit world, notwithstanding the many additional touches which some listeners may find superfluous.

Kombilesa Mi Bring Their Populist Afro-Colombian Dance Party to Lincoln Center

This past evening a sold-out crowd packed the dancefloor at Lincoln Center to see Kombilesa Mi play a defiant, catchy set of live hip-hop with organic beats – and lyrics in both Spanish and Palenquero, a rapidly disappearing coastal Colombian patois. That there would be as many kids in this city getting down to this music and singing along – in both languages – as there were tonight speaks to what the real New York is: young, immigrant, Spanish-fluent and socially aware.

Everybody in the nine-piece group has an individual look: Busta Rhymes-ish dude with lights in his dreads, flashy guy in a silver jacket with multicolor stars emblazoned into his buzzcut, and in the back the most modestly attired member, dreads pulled back into a tight ponytail and rocking a leopard bodysuit. She hammered on a mighty standup kit with three big bass drums. Two of them looked like big oil drums; the other was a slightly smaller double-headed llamador. The rest of the four-piece live percussion backline included tambora and tambor alegre – the smaller, more rapidfire instruments common to bullerengue, another coastal Colombian sound – and the magical marímbula, which looks like a cross between a Jamaican rhythm box and a big cajon. Lincoln Center’s Viviana Benitez, who programmed this show, described it with a wistful sigh: “It sounds like a big drop of water.” At other times, it could be a big, low-register tabla. Just the beats alone would have been enough for this concert, and this crowd.

But this group is all about the message. Solidarity, resistance, struggle and preservation of ancient Afro-Colombian traditions were persistent, insistent themes throughout the night – with some party rap included. Hailing from San Basilio de Palenque, one of the first free black towns in the Americas, they’re one of very few hip-hop acts anywhere in the world to rap in Palenquero, a mashup of Spanish with African Bantu, Portuguese, French and even a little English. In other words, pretty much everything you would have heard in a portside town south of the equator, two hundred years ago. As with innumerable other indigenous traditions, the conquistadors and their descendants did everything they could to obliterate it: even native speakers take care not to lapse into it in the big city since it’s considered lower-class.

Kombilesa Mi (Palenquero for “my friends”) say the hell with that. They have as many different kinds of flow as any rap group could have: fast-paced party rap, machinegunning verses and singalong choruses with big shouts back and forth between group members and the crowd, and singalongs that draw as much on Mayan as African influences. The beats ranged from a jump rhythm that got the crowd going early on, to a cumbia beat that went over just as well. In over an hour onstage, this crew spoke truth to power, celebrating blackness, local autonomy, community and their own individual identity. Toward the end of the set, they took a handful of slinky detours into bullerengue, with its endless volleys of call-and-response. The result was like New York group Bulla En El Barrio, with an even more thundering drum section and that marímbula, with its irresistible, subterranean “plunk.’ 

Along with Terraza 7 in Queens, the atrium space at Lincoln Center is one of the very few places in town – and the only Manhattan venue – that regularly has Afro-Colombian music. There are sounds here that represent many other diverse New York communities as well, and the more-or-less-weekly shows at the space on Broadway just north of 62nd St. are free. The next one is Nov 3 at 11 in the morning, a bill designed for families with preschoolers which features violinist Elena Moon Park leading a band playing children’s songs in Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Tibetan, Taiwanese, Spanish, and also English. If you’re up that early, you ought to get the fam to the space early too since these programs tend to sell out fast.

Newpoli Play a Grand Finale At This Year’s New York Gypsy Festival

Friday night at Drom, a crowd of women in brightly colored dresses twirled in front of the stage as the resonant clang of a couple of mandolas rang out from the stage above them. Newpoli percussionist Fabio Pirozzolo spun out a slinky clip-clop beat on his big round tamburello while violinist Karen Burciaga and multi-reed player Dan Meyers sent their contrasting textures wafting and bounding through the mix, bassist Jeff McAuliffe cutting through with a biting, trebly tone. The band’s two charismatic frontwomen, Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi left the stage and went down to join the fun. The only thing missing at the grand finale of this year’s New York Gypsy Festival was the pervasive smell of garlic and basil. Then again, the kitchen at Drom turns out cuisine from points further north and east.

Newpoli specialize in Italian folk music, but they play more originals than traditional material, and their influences are global. They’re as dynamic a jamband as they are a dance band. Meyers’ most electrifying solo was a long, otherworldly, tone-bending one on which he played zurla, the Balkan reed instrument that looks like a cornet but sounds like a lower-register oboe. By contrast, Reijonen’s most riveting moments onstage came during a suspenseful, Arabic-tinged, chromatic intro. Burciaga danced through an endless supply of punchy phrases, often in tandem with the mandolas, Bjorn Wennas often switching to acoustic guitar.

The two women who lead the band make a striking contrast. Petite and intense in a green tie-dyed print, Rossi often evoked the otherworldly microtones of the Balkans. Tall, blonde and swaying in her long linen summer dress, her eyes closed much of the time, Carmen Marsico has more of a classic American soul voice. Throughout the night, the two would often trade off verses as well as leading the dancers during two pouncing, edgy tarantellas, the first a shapeshifting original, the second a more rustic traditional number.

Their original material, many of the songs drawn from their most recent album Mediterraneo, has understatedly potent relevance. Marsico introduced the night’s most anthemic number. ‘Na Voce Sola (One Single Voice) as a revolutionary call to unite against fascism (something the Italians unfortunately knew as intimately as Americans do now). Other songs traced themes of displacement, whether in times of war or otherwise, the womens’ voices harmonizing with as much resilient elegance as fullscale minor-key angst.

Toward the end of the show, they tackled a traditional tune which on the new album is about ten minutes long and, for non-Italian speakers at least, becomes pretty interminable. Onstage, they made short work of it – literally – cutting it down to about half the time and keeping everybody, dancers and listeners, in the game as Meyers’ wood flutes punctured through the hypnotic bounce. Newpoli’s next gig is at 8 PM on Oct 12 at the Avalon Theatre,
40 E Dover St. in Easton, Maryland; general admission is $25.

Newpoli Bring Their Relentless Intensity and Spider Dances to the NY Gypsy Festival

What’s more Halloweenish than a deadly spider? Newpoli earned their place on this page this month since the fiery Italian folk jamband play a lot of tarantella dances. Historically speaking, the tarantella has a lot more cultural resonance beyond its role as a folk remedy designed to help sweat out spider poison. It’s associated with women in particular, with madness and also heartbreak. The Boston-based band actually play many styles in addition to tarantellas, but they excel at them. Their new album Mediterraneo – streaming at rockpaperscissors – reaffirms how eclectic, and how electric they are: it sounds like a live show rather than a sterile, digital facsimile. They’re playing the latest installment of the ongoing NY Gypsy Festival this Friday night at 10 PM at Drom; advance tix are $15

The album cover is particularly apt: two crowds reaching with open arms toward each other across the Mediterranean: an embrace of commonalities, or outrage over immigrant crises? It opens with the title track, frontwomen Carmen Marsico and Angela Rossi harmonizing with an eerie, imploring intensity that reminds how much cross-pollination there’s been from Albania and the Balkans to points further west over the centuries. Karen Burciaga’s violin dances acerbically, Jussi Reijonen’s mandola lingers and jangles, much like a twelve-string guitar, over the groove of bassist Jeff McAuliffe and percussionist Fabio Pirozzolo.

So’ emigrant has subtle Middle Eastern tinges percolating amid its mandola swirl, violin soaring uneasily overhead. Lagr’m’ (Tears) is a woundedly swaying ballad with rich, acidic vocal harmonies that recall Bulgarian music, Reijonen multitracking a luscious mandola solo over an elegantly anthemic acoustic guitar pulse. The women’s voices reach even further toward the east with their harmonies in the intro to Lu Poveru Vicenzino (Poor Vincenzino), with a hypnotically booming, Egyptian-inflected beat and Reijonen’s delicately plaintive mandola.

Rossi takes over the lead vocals in ‘Na Voce Sola (A Single Voice) with a slashing, melismatic insistence: Dan Meyers’ psychedelic bagpipes and Reijonen’s flickering oud provide both bracing texture and cross-pollinated resonance. The band open Me Ne Vogghje Scenni ‘n Fintanella (rough unpoetic translation: I Don’t Want to Put Pictures in My Window) as a spare, pensive oud-and-vocal piece and rise to a mighty, angst-fueled sway on the wings of the violin.

Seven tracks in, we finally get a tarantella:  a bouncy original titled Tarantella Avernetella. By contrast, the group work a witchy, circling theme in Tarantella Della Sciffra with an eerily looming Meyers recorder solo at the center.

The flamenco-ish Lu Jocu di la Palumbella may or may not be about a moth: Reijonen saves his most tersely memorable solo work here for acoustic guitar. The final cut is the plaintive, rustically trancey Iere Sera (Last Night). In addition to all these edgy minor-key numbers, the album has more than a quarter of an hour worth of hypnotically thumping, lighthearted peasant dances. Newpoli are reputedly a real whirlwind onstage: this show could be the highlight of this year’s festival.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for October and November 2018

Brand new calendar for November coming this Thursday – til then, daily updates – if you go out a lot, it couldn’t hurt to bookmark this page.

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

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

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

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! Next performances are 11/8 and 12/5 at 7 PM with special guest violinist Gregor Kitzis playing Mozart, email for details/address

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays in October, 9:30 PM Lizzie & the Makers  at Pete’s. Snarling twin-guitar psychedelic rockers steeped in oldschool backing one of the most powerful, riveting singers on the planet. DAMN, can this woman wail. We lost Aretha but we still have Lizzie. 

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

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

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

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

Fridays in October charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20. 10/5 and 10/19 she’s here at 8; 10/12 and 10/26 at 5 PM

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

Sundays in  October, at sometime past noon at Hank’s, Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw‘s legendary honkytonk brunch is back; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year.

Sundays in October, 7 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Great (and ever-expanding) Circle followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

Sundays in October, 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.

10/1, 8 PM intense, soaring harmonium player/singer Elana Low – a more organic, trancey version of Marissa Nadler, maybe – at An Beal Bocht, 45 W 238th St in the Bronx. 10/2 at 8 she’s at Sidewalk and 10/30 at 8 at the Parkside 

10/1, 8 PM wildfire guitarist Brandon Seabrook’s Trio celebrates the release of their aptly titled debut album, Convulsionaries at Roulette, $18

10/1, 8:30 PM edgy alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a trio at Bar Chord

10/1, 9 PM brassy, spot-on Fela cover band Chop & Quench at the Knitting Factory, $20

10/1, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita play space cumbia at Barbes. They’re also at Wonders of Nature on 10/28 for $10

10/1, 9:30 PM innovative, catchy, kinetic Americana fiddler/singer Emerald Rae– who plays her axe like a mandolin – at Pete’s 

10/2, 7 PM a screening of the documentary film/cautionary tale Advertising at the Edge of the Apocalypse with Q&A afterward led by media critic/gadfly Mark Crispin Miller at 12 W 11th St, free

10/2, 7:30 PMbassist Max Johnson with  Maria Grand on Tenor Saxophone, and Flin Van Hemmen on drums followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

10/2. 8/9;30 PM Melissa Stylianou (vocal stylist), Gene Bertoncini (guitar), Ike Sturm (bass) at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

10/2, 8 PM Eli Keszler presents his first solo music in two years alongside video installations by Alan Segal. “The live percussion performance draws from the album’s collected city-space recordings, fragmenting these sounds through acute instrumental means. As a visual and auditory experience, Keszler creates resonant, melodic, and percussive textures that move massive expanses into the tactile dimension.” Feel it at the Kitchen, $20

10/2-6, 8:30 PM gamelanesque percussion innovator Susie Ibarra leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Mephista: Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Susie Ibarra (drumset, percussion)

10/2, 9 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Gunsat Coney Island Baby, $10

10/2, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

10/2. 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls. He’s also here on  10/23

10/2 ,midnight enigmatically tuneful, psychedelically abstract rock band Gold Dime at Secret Project Robot

10/3, 1 PM witty postbop multi-instrumentalist Art Baron leads a trio with James Weidman and Yasushi Nakamura at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

10/3, 1 PM violinist Max Tan leads an ensemble playing works by Bach, Brahms and Mozart at the Greene Space, free w/rsvp 

10/3, 6 PM Tibetan lutenist and guitarist Tendor and Tenzin Choeying at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

10/3, 6:30 PM exhilarating, edgy, sardonic alto saxophonist Elijah Shiffer on saxophones with Nick Dunston on bass and Vincente Hanson on drums at the Bar Next Door. They’re also here on 10/17

10/3-6, 7:30 PM “guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas and his quartet combine piano, bass, and drums with a string quartet in his classical-jazz suite inspired by the 3,000-year-old Andalusian fishing tradition known as the almadraba. Borrowing sounds from Cuban and South American folk music, as well as from Peñas’ own Iberian heritage,” at BAM Fisher Theatre, $25

10/3, 7:30/9:30 PM powerhouse drummer and hauntingly lyrical pianist Allison Miller and Carmen Staaf’s Science Fair at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/3 8:30 PMthe perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile  at City Winery, $30 standing room avail. Anybody remember when you could see him every month at Arlene’s for free back in the 90s? 

10/3, 10 PM pyrotechnic clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski’s ferociously kinetic NY Gypsy All-Stars at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

10/4, 6:30 PM saxophonist Evan Rapport joins Shashmaqam for an evening of otherworldly, intensely crescendoing Bukharian Jewish epics. “Before the musical celebration begins, enjoy a spread of traditional Bukharian food and drink” at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, $25/$15 stud/srs

10/4, 7:30 PM firebrand Egyptian accordionist/songwriter Youssra El Hawary – best known for her hilarious revolutionary youtube hit Piss on the Wall – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/4,  7;30/9:30 PM wildly popular lyrical pianist Jason Moran’s Freebird quintet reinvent Charlie Parker themes at the Jazz Standard, $30

10/4, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/5 at 2 and 10/6 at 8, the NY Philharmonic play the world premiere of Louis Andriessen’s Agamemnon plus Stravinsky’s Symphony for Wind Instruments, Debussy’s La Mer, and Leila Josefowicz solos in Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

10/4, 7:30 PM  pianist Lana Suran plays music by Haydn, Galina Ustvolskaya, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart at Scandinavia House, $15/$10 stud

10/4 8 PM pianist Gaya Feldheim Schorr  with Kat Lee followed by the highly improvisational Rhythm Method String Quartet playing little-known works by Florence Price, Amanda Maier-Röntgen, Amy Beach, and Elizabeth Maconchy, as well as a premiere of the Rhythm Method’s “Suffragette Songs,” which “reset song texts from the early 20th century women’s movement” at the Owl

10/4, 8 PM hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

10/4, 8 PM Sephardic pianist Renan Koen at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $20 

10/4, 8:30 PM hard-charging oldschool soul/funk/rock singer Bette Smith and band at Bar Lunatico

10/4, 9 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony and string metal band Stratospheerius at Shrine. This twinbill absolutely slayed at Gold Sounds last summer. 

10/4, 9 PM noirish crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and his four-piece band at 11th St Bar

10/4, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes

10/4, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on  10/9 at 7

10/5, 7 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at the big room at the Rockwood, $10. Next door at the small room moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly plays at 9 with his band for free

10/5, 7/9 PM Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at City Winery, $20

10/5, 7:30 PM a doublebill with irrepressible drummer Vinnie Sperrazza as linchpin. The first half presents guitarist Sean Moran leading his catchy, edgy Sun Tiger trio with Vinnie and cellist Hank Roberts. The second half features a trio of Vinnie with the starry partners of soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and pianist Angie Sanchez at Greenwich House Music School, $20/$16 stud/srs

10/5, 7:30 PM Rustlings – violinist Maya Bennardo and Leah Asher with flutist Anne Dearth – at Scholes St. Studios

10/5, 7:30 PM a high-voltage Puerto Rican country music dance party: Viento de Agua spinoff La Máquina Insular plays classic and new plenas, followed by all female bomba group Ausuba at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, $20//$5 stud

10/5, 8 PM  catchy, slinky, psychedelic tropicalia and cumbia band Yotoco,high-voltage psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat jamband MAKU Soundsystem and wild newschool Puerto Rican salsa dura big band Orquesta El Macabeo  at the Market Hotel, $25. More good bands in a single night than this venue has booked in ten years.

10/5, 8 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp. 10/13 at 7 they’re at Terra Blues for $20

10/5, 8 PM irrepressibly devious, lyrically hilarious multi-instrumentalist songwriter Walter Ego – who spans from darkly elegant art-rock to classic Britrock sounds – at Sidewalk

10/5, 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Silvana. 10/11 at 10 they’re at the small room at the Rockwood

10/5, 7:30/9:30 PM Miles Okazaki and drummer  Damion Reid play selections from the guitarist’s interpretations of the complete works of Thelonious Monk at the Jazz Gallery, $25. 10/10 at 8:30 they’re at Bar Lunatico for the tip jar.

10/5, 8 PM in reverse order at the Jalopy: fiery, ambitious pan-slavic violinist/composer Iva Bittova, pastoral guitar instrumentalist Shane Parish,fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan, $12 adv tix rec

10/5, 9ish intense, charismatic oldschool soul belter Sami Stevens & trumpeter Bobby Spellman at the Owl.10/11 at 10 they’re at Trans-Pecos for $10

10/5, 9:30 PM catchy upbeat funky jazz – Adison Evans on saxophone with Kyle Koehler on organ and Robert Giaquinto on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

10/5, 10 PM high-voltage Neapolitan tarantella string band Newpoli play the abum release show for their new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

10/5, 10 PM busker legends the Xylopholks in their furry suits at Barbes

10/5, 10 PM sweaty gutter blues road warriors King Khan & the Shrines at the Knitting Factory, $20

10/5, 10:30 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers  at St. Mazie’s

10/5, 10:30 PM cutting-edge B3 organ and trombone soul/jazz grooves with the Jared Gold and Dave Gibson Band at the Fat Cat

10/5, 10:30 PM New Orleans-inspired blue-eyed soul stompers Mighty Fine followed by hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s, $8

10/6, noon a high-voltage Puerto Rican country music dance triplebill: Plena de la R, La Raiz and Bombalya at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, $20//$5 stud$15/$5 stud

10/6, 6 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

10/6, 7 PM the godfather of powerpop, the ageless Paul Collins followed by ferocious Balkan string band A Hawk & a Hacksaw at Elsewhere, $14. Then Collins jumps into a cab and runs over to Alphaville where he’s playing at 10 PM for $10

10/6, 7:30 PM Indian carnatic violinist L. Shankar with tabla player Abhijit Banerjee and percussionist Chris Garcia at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

10/6, 8 PM psychedelic 7os style salsa dura band La Mecanica Popular at Union Pool, sugg don, “no one turned away”

10/6, 8 PM powerhouse singer/pianist Goldee Greene – equally adept at opera and deep blues – and trancey African percussionist/singer Kevin Nathaniel at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.” 

10/6, 8 PM Capella Peregrina, who utilize “rare instruments in “classical music” such as didgeridoo, crystal bowls, derbake, theremin” play a program TBA at the DiMenna Center, free 

10/6, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

10/6, 10 PM newschool roots reggae tour warriors Iration at the Nokia Theatre, $25 tix avail 

10/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets, jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones at 10, at 11 the loudly soulful Bali Lamas (authors of the immortal Tiki Torture) and at midnight-ish majestic, darkly cinematic surf band the TarantinosNYC. The Vibro-Jets are also at Troost on 10/19 at 8ish

10/6, 9 PM percussionist Alessandra Belloni‘s rustically witchy tarantella band  at Mehanata, $10. 10/23, 7:30 PM they’re at at the Bernie Wohl Ctr, 647 Columbus Ave (91& 92ndSt) for twice that.

10/6, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band,at the Jalopy, $10

10/6, 9 PM brooding, pensively anthemic original Irish folk-rockers the Winter Court at Desmond’s 

10/6 9:30 PM fiery, guitar-fueled Americana punks Spanking Charlene and their acoustic alter ego cover band Sad Bastards of Brooklyn at Hill Country

10/6, 10 PM sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Skinny Dennis

10/6, 11 PM anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain  followed by sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies at Footlight Bar

10/6. 11 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Hank’s, $8

10/7, 3 PM Sephardic pianist Renan Koen followed at 5 by bassist/ Stravinsky reinventor Adam Maalouf and at 8 by the amazing, haunting, otherworldly NY Andalus Ensemble – who play ancient Middle Eastern and North African Jewish sounds from as far back as a thousand years ago  – at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $20 

10/7, 3 PM Canadian Serbian pianist Viktor Lazarov plays Balkan piano music from the 1920s to today by Josip Slavenski, Ana Sokolović, Mokranjac, Lazarov Pashu and Maksimović at Spectrum, $15

10/7, 3 PM coy all-female torch song choir Cabaret Sauvignon, Flying South Trio playing latin jazz and Changing Modes – NYC’s funnest, most unpredictable, sharply lyrical new wave art-rock band –  with special guests Sawa Tamezane, baritone saxophone; and Steven Dworkin, cello as part of this year’s Jersey City studio tour at the Eonta Space, 34 Dekalb Ave in Jersey City, about a 10 minute walk from the Journal Square Path station

10/7, 4 PM, popular indie classical orchestra the Knights  at Brooklyn Public Library are sold out

10/7, 4:30 PM rapturously eclectic jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads a quartet at Smalls

10/7, 7:30 PM the reliably exciting Queensboro Symphony Orchestra play  kick off their season with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, the auspicious world premiere of Symphony No.1 “Dance of Life” by Paul Joseph and Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, sug don

10/7, 7:30 PM perennially tuneful, pensively lyrical Americana janglerocker Mike Ferrio of Tandy and Good Luck Mountain at 11th St. Bar 

10/7, 8 PM low reedman Ken Thomson and ensemble play new works for bass clarinet and string quartet at Roulette, $18 adv tix rc

10/7, 10 PM Sofia Wolfson – who does catchy psych-pop as well as retro 60s blue eyed soul  – at the small room at the Rockwood

10/8, 4 PM graceful ladino singer Lara Bello, at 6 PM Sephardic pianist Renan Koen and at 8 a duo version of slinky Middle Eastern dance jamband Yemen Blues at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $20 

10/8, 7:30/9 PM the  Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble’s Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares – a mashup of classic creepy Monk themes with Carlberg’s own noir compositions – at Dizzy’s Club, expensive $35 but worth it

10/8. 8 PM the album release show for unstoppably edgy, deservedly iconic, witty downtown guitarist Marc Ribot’s Songs of Resistance at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tgix rec

10/8, 8:30 PM one of New York’s most eclectic, interesting oudists, Brian Prunka with his group Nashaz  at Bar Lunatico

10/8. 9 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Skinny Dennis

10/8, 9ish improvisational trombone icon Steve Swell lwith Robert Boston – elec.piano; Thomas Helton – bass; Michael Evans – drums at the old Nublu

10/8. 9:30 PM the NYC Gaita Club – a Bulla en el Barrio spinoff – play rustically pounding Afro-Colombian trance-dance music at Barbes

10/9, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY at the Miller Theatre, free

10/9 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players perform quintets and octets by Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Mahler at the Baruch College auditorium, $21/stud free

10/9, 7:30 PM protean ten-piece choir Choral Chameleon sing works by  Mateo Fletxa el Viejo, Josquin des Prez, the Beatles and others at St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, $25

10/9, 8 PM, presumably in reverse order: Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band,  Haitian brass group Plezi Rara, the L Train Brass Band (who won’t be able to get home after the show, presumably), Brazilian brass street band Unidos Do Swing, New Orleans crew New Creations Brass and iconic drummer/gong master Kenny Wollesen & Wollesonic at the Market Hotel, $5. New Creations are at the Apollo at 7 the following night, 10/10 at 7 opening for Amateur Night there, no joke. 

10/9-13, 8:30 PM hauntingly innovative cellist Erik Friedlander leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 10/11 with Notorious feat. Sara Shoenbeck (bassoon) Sara Serpa, (vox) Curtis Hasselbring, (guitar, trombone)

10/9, 9 PM wickedly torchy noir songwriter Julia Haltigan and her killer band on her old home turf at 11th St Bar

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

10/9. 10 PM ageless CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras at Elsewhere, $17

10/9, 10 PM NYC’s zeros-era answer to the Zombies, Sam Kogon at Secret Project Robot, $7

10/10, 1 PM vintage 30s style swing with the John Eckert Nine at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

10/10, 6 PM innovative, terse, delta blues-inspired guitarist Ross Hammond with the estimable Sameer Gupta on tabla at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

10/10, 7/9:30 PM classy, cinematic NZ jazz pianist Alan Broadbent  leads a trio at Birdland, $20 at the bar. 10/15 at 8 he’s at Mezzrow for five bucks more.

10/10, 7:30 PM, repeating on 10/12 at 11 AM (in the morning) and 10/13 at 8  the NY Philharmonic play Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with  piano superstar Garrick Ohlsson plus Louis Andriessen’s new Tao and Sibelus’ Symphony No. 2 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

10/10, 7:30/9:30 PM ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson leads a sextet at the Jazz Gallery, $15. They’re at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem the following night, 10/11 at 7 for five bucks less

10/10, 8 PM ubiquitously terse, interesting drummer Tomas Fujiwarapresents his newest project, 7 Poets Trio, featuring vibist Patricia Brennan and cellist Tomeka Reid at Roulette, $18 adv tix rec

10/10, 9:15 PMaccordion genius Shoko Nagai leads a quartet with Maryanne de Prophetis, Ron Horton, Dean Johnson at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

10/10, 10 PM Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films at LIC Bar. 10/27 at 11 they’re at Elsewhere for $12.

10/11, 6 PM Brazilian brass street band Unidos Do Swing, New Orleans crew New Creations Brass on the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall, Jersey City. 

10/11, 7 PM presumably those two acts are going to march to WFMU’s Monty Hall, where they’ll be joined by the L Train Brass Band (who still won’t be able to get home after the show, presumably), slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashup crew  Nation Beat andsinger Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio for $10. The Bullerengue crew are also at Barbes at around 10 on 10/29.

10/11, 7 PM singer/dancer Nora Chipaumire’s #PUNK 100% POP*NIGGA, a triptych “conceived of as a live performance album inspired by her formative years in Zimbabwe during the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Each section explores distinct sonic ideologies—punk, pop, and Congolese rumba—confronted and celebrated through the artists Patti Smith, Grace Jones, and Congolese vocal performer and animator (atalaku) Rit Nzele,” at the Kitchen, $25

10/11. 7:30 PM epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band at Symphony Space, $30/$20 for 30 and under

10/11, 7:30 PM reedman McCoy Mrubata and pianist Paul Hanmer lead an all South African jazz quintet at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/11, 8 PM irrepressibly charismatic oldtimey trombonist/uke player J. Walter Hawkes and band followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately-  at Barbes

10/11, 8 PM uneasily jangly Americana rocker Erika Blinn and band followed by drivingly lyrical Steve Earle-ish songwriter Kasey Anderson and wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Hank’s, $10. Girls on Grass are also at the big room at the Rockwood on 10/21 at 7 for the same price 

10/11, 8 PM cantorially-inspired avant garde singer/multi-instrumentalist Judith Berkson in her Liederkreis persona and reedman/multi-instrumentalist Oscar Noriega at Arete Gallery

10/11, 8/9:30 PM newschool improvisation, oldschool beats: saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Marc Cary & bassist Peter Washington at Mezzrow $20

10/11, 8:30 PM snarling, careening psychedelic Americana band the Black Lillies at City Winery, $20

10/11, 8:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernardleads a killer quartet with Brian Charette on organ and John Ellis on soprano sax this time at Smalls

 10/11, 8:30  PM Payton MacDonald and Ina Filip explore the Naad Yoga of Dhrupad, a 700-year-old tradition of North Indian Hindustani music on tabla and sitar at the Brooklyn Raga Massive’s weekly jam at the Jalopy, $15

10/11, 8:30 PM Inflame mash up classical Indian ragas and flamenco at Bar Lunatico

10/11, 9 PM creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream followed eventually at 11 by  cinematic noir Americana with Nathan Xander at Union Pool, $12

10/11, 10 PM one-man gutter blues band Mark Sultan at Berlin, $10

10/11, 11 PM jangly, quirky, anthemic Asheville highway rock band the Moon & You at the small room at the Rockwood 

10/11, 11 PM Driftwood Soldier – who play sardonic gothic Americana on bass and mandolin  – at Pete’s 

10/11, the global 25-member cast of the Onebeat socially conscious music collective at the Bronx Museum. 10/12 they’re at the Queens Museum 

10/12, 1 PM rising star Chelsea Chen plays a program TBA on the organ at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown

10/12, 6/7 PM Zacbe Pichardo of the Sones de Mexico Ensemble plays the harpa jarocha on the Vélez Blanco Patio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

10/12, 7 PM sitarist Ikhlaq Hussain at the Rubin Museum of Art, $28

10/12, 7:30 PM the best latin jazz guitarist ever to play big league ball, Bernie Williams and His All-Star Band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University $30 adv tix rec

10/12, 8 PM a killer twinbill at City Winery: the self-explanatory Hillfolk Noir and bewitching noir Americana chanteuse Eilen Jewell and her amazing band , $20 standing room avail

10/12, 8 PM darkly psychedelic circus punks Yula & the Extended Family at Coney Island Baby, $12

10/12 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

10/12. 8 PM eclectic, refreshing female-fronted newgrass band the Chatham Rabbits followed by Steamboat – who mash up bluegrass and trad Britfolk – at the Jalopy, $10  

10/12, 8:30 PM edgy tenor sax improviser Catherine Sikora solo on tenor sax and then in a duo set with violinist Mazz Swift at I-Beam, $15

10/12, 9 PM psychedelic janglerock guitar icon Chuck Prophet & the Mission Express at the Bell House, $20

 10/12, 9 PM pianist Lior Willinger plays socially-conscious world premieres by David Smooke, Natalie Draper, Judah Adashi, Ledah Finck, Wendel Patrick, Frances Pollock, Ari Sussman, Shelley Washington, and Zhangyi Chen at Spectrum, $15

10/12, 11 PM cult favorite gutter blues/jangle-psych duo Mr. Airplane Man at Hank’s, $10

10/13, 2:30ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies, long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park and Giftshop – the missing link between Blondie and the Distillers – at Tompkins Square Park

10/13, 3 PM iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas on the plaza at 300 Ashland Pl next door to BAM, free

10/13, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by dark cabaret legend  Sanda Weigl, at 8 by eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet, and at 10 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock band Bombay Rickey at Barbes

10/13, 7 PM night one of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing works by Anna Clyne, Cristobal Halffter, Villa-Lobos and Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 130 at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St

10/13, 7 PM hypnotic carnatic stringh music: Pallab Bandyopadhyay – violin; Mandakini Swain –  vocals; Amod Dandavate  – tabla at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music  $20

10/13. 7:30 PM the debut of the En Root Chamber Ensemble championing the works of black and latino classical composers at the DiMenna Center, free

10/13. 7:30 PM Russian Renaissance play short works by Piazzolla, Schnittke, Prokofiev, Ellington and many others at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th St/Irving Pl, $16

 10/13, 7:30 PM adventurous literarily-inspired pianist Inna Faliks plays works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart at Symphony Space, $15/$10 stud/srs

10/13, 7:30 PM catchy psych-pop road warriors the Essex Green at FM Jersey City, $15

10/13, 7:30 PM pianist Angie Zhang plays a program TBA at Greenwich House Music School, free

10/13 8 PM a politically-aware twinbill: jazz poet Dilson Hernandez and populist folksinger Ben Grosscup at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away.” 

10/13, 8 PM the world’s most popular renaissance vocal ensemble, Stile Antico  sing English Elizabethan choral works by Byrd, Tallis, Lassus and innumerable others at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, $30 seats avail

10/13, 8 PM pianist Sin-Jeong Cho and the NJ Symphony Orchestra play Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Ligeti’s Romanian Overture and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 at NJPAC in Newark, $20 tix avail

10/13, 8 PM edgy lefty lead guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band  at Silvana

10/13. 8 PM Scottish fiddler/songwriter Hannah Read followed by the more klezmer/Balkan-inspired Lily Henley at the Owl

10/13, 8 PM the global 25-member cast of the Onebeat socially conscious music collective at Murmur Ballroom, 17 Eastern Pkwy, Crown Heights, $15

10/13, 8 PM Unheard Of Ensemble play works by women composers  including Eleanor Aversa’s monumental Victory at Arnot and Marilyn Bliss’ Under the Azure Sky, as well as Flannery Cunningham’s Say-So with guests Amber Evans, soprano, and Francesca Ferrara, flute at Arete Gallery $15/$10 stud/srs 

10/13. 8:30 PM gonzo postbop pianist Dred Scottplays the album release show for his new solo record at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

10/13. 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 10/14 at 9 they’re at the big room at the Rockwood

10/13-14, 10:30 PM perennially edgy tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake leads a quartet at Smalls

10/13 the Detroit Cobras at Hank’s are sold out. Imagine that.

10/14, 2 PM Lotus Studios’ 3rd Annual World Dance Festival: Dancing Across Cultural Borders, featuring Indian classical styles including Bharata Natyam, Kathak, Chinese opera dances and West African drumming at Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, 248 W 60th St., $25/$20 stud

10/14, 3 PM composer Svjetlana Bukvich presents an intimate electroacoustic set with Jimi Zhivago on electric guitar, Marija Ilic on piano, and herself on synthesizers, esploring themes of empathy, love, convergence and freedom at Spectrum, $15

 10/14, 3 PM Juilliard’s AXIOM new music ensemble plays Andriessen’s De Staat paired with Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks and Knussen’s Two Organa at Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on 65th St., free tix req

10/14. 3 PM violinist Monica Davis leads a string quartet playing works by Haydn, Schubert and Marchettini at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

10/14, 4 PM tango violinist Machiko Ozawa with Argentinian pianist Pablo Cafici at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes. free w/rsvp 

10/14, 6 PM ferociously panstylistic guitarist Juancho Herrera followed by catchy acoustic Americana band Party of the Sun at the small room at the Rockwood 

10/14, 7 PM live vodou music by Fanmi Asoto at  Pioneer Works, free

10/14, 7:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Barber – Overture to The School for Scandal, and Knoxville: Summer of 1915; Schubert – Symphony No. 9, “The Great” at All Saints Church, 230 E 60th St (2/3rd Aves), $20

10/14, 8 PM high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops at Bowery Ballroom, $22

10/14-16, 8 PM playful avant garde vocal icon Meredith Monk’s vocal ensemble perform her Cellular Songs at the poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

10/14, 9 PM growly, psychedelic, populist Americana songwriter Jeffrey Foucault at City Winery, $22 standing room avail

10/14 9:30 PM a rare NYC show by amazing genre-smashing klezmer/Pakistani ensemble Sandaraa with vocalist Zeb Bangash and composer/clarinetist Michael Winograd at Joe’s Pub, $15

10/15, half past noon the Bessarabian Chamber Klezmer Ensemble at Central Synagogue, $18 includes lunch

10/15, 7 PM night two of this year’s amazing Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing oceanic and heartbreak-themed works by their excellent violist Stephanie Griffin plus Carl Bettendorf, Alba Potes, Guy Barash and Wagner at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave

10/15, 7:30 PM the NY New Music Ensemble play chamber works by Wang Lu, Clara Iannotta, John Zorn, Chen Yi, and Luca Francesconi at 87 Eldridge St., $20/$10 stud

10/15, 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

10/15, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

10/16, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly sweeping, cinematic singer/composer Jihye Lee with pianist Kevin Hays play her intimate noir themes at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/16, 8 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at the small room at the Rockwood

10/16, 8:30/11 PM and then 10/19-22 iconic bassist Ron Carter’s Big Band at Birdland, $30 at the bar. 10/23-27 he’s here with a quintet and then 10/30-31 with a trio, same time/price. Maybe in November he’ll be here all by himself since all the musicians seem to be leaving one by one…

10/16, 7 PM violinist Sharon Steigerwald plays Anna Heflin’s solo Through the Looking Glass i.e. the scene with talking flowers. “The immersive spatial elements in Heflin’s piece are mirrored in both Berio’s Sequenza VIII for Violin and Bach’s Chaconne from the D minor Partita, where the use of space represents the passage of time,” Followed at 9 (separate $15 adm) by a wild choir of Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anais Marviel, and Megan Schubert at Arete Gallery

10/16, 7 PM the Burnt Ends – Kyle Wilson – tenor sax, Kenny Warren – trumpet, Charlotte Greve – alto sax, Chris Parker – guitar, Danny Fox – piano, Noah Garabedian – bass, Sean Mullins – drums.- play horn arrangements of classic honkytonk followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/16, 9:30 PM Lizzie & the Makers  – snarling twin-guitar psychedelic rockers steeped in oldschool backing one of the most powerful, riveting singers on the planet. DAMN, can this woman wail. Followed by creepy/funny circus rock singer Dr Gasp and band at Pete’s 

10/17, 7 PM the Desdemona string quartet play string trios and quartets by Susanna Hancock, Maria Kaoutzani, Finola Merivale, Emma O’ Halloran, Gemma Peacocke and Shelley Washington at Spectrum, $15

10/17, 7 PM jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila at Barbes

10/17, 7 PM the Trouble Notes – who play catchy, anthemic, propulsive instrumentals with violin, bass and drums – at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

10/17, 7 PM night three of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festival featuring the Momenta Quartet playing works by Robert Sierra, Jean Martinon, Ann Southam, Kaija Saariaho and a solo violin piece by Nicola Matteis the Younger at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave

10/17, 8 PM brilliantly improvisational pianist Mara Rosenbloom‘s FLYWAYS with bassist Adam Lane and singer/percussionist Anais Maviel  at I-Beam, $15

10/17, 7:30/9:30 PM the amazing, darkly pan-latin Juan Andrés Ospina Big Band with Carolina Calvache on piano and singers Lucia Pulido and Sofia Ribeiro at Dizzy’s Club, expensive, $35 but worth it

10/17, 8 PM reliably edgy avant garde pianist Lisa Moore plays works by Philip Glass plus Julián De La Chica’s Preludes Op. 8 (For piano and synthesizer) at the DiMenna Center, $25

10/18, 7 PM the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society unearth rarely performed macabre songs by Schubert, Liszt, Debussy, Duparc, Loewe, Mussorgsky, Humperdinck at the reputedly haunted Merchants House Museum, 29 East 4th St, $30 adv tix very highly rec, this usually sells out

10/18, 7:30 PM coyly bouncy Europolitan swing with Avalon Jazz Band at Symphony Space, $30/$20 for 30 and under

10/18, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 1 with – in reverse order – Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Lakecia Benjamin & SoulSquad, Madison McFerrin, JD Allen, Melanie Charles & Make Jazz Trill Again, and the Yotam Ben-Or Quartet.at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/18, 8 PM In what may be the first-ever combination of voice, period wind instruments, and saxophones, poet Katie Ford’s The Anchoress – a haunting portrait of a medieval divination tradition – performed by soprano Hyunah Yu;, early music ensemble Piffaro, the Renaissance Band; and the PRISM Sax Quartet at the DiMenna Center, $22

10/18, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay  at the Owl. 10/25, same time they’re at Barbes followed at 10 by drummer Arthur Vint & Associates reinventing classic Morricone spaghetti western soundtracks

10/18, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico

10/16-18, 8:30/10:30 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch with Anat Cohen on clarinet at the Vanguard. 10/19-21 he’s here with Esperanza Spalding on vocals

10/18, 8:30 PM Wormburner – who were once Hoboken’s answer to the Jam – at 11th St Bar

10/18, 9 PM early alt-country wildman Zane Campbell followed by sizzling electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at Hank’s, $10

10/18, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

10/19, 7 PM concluding night  of this year’s amazing, free Momenta Festivalfeaturing the Momenta Quartet playing Bartok’s sinister String Quartet No. 4, Alvin Singleton’s Glory Bound and George Enescu’s Octet for Strings, Op. 7 at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St

10/19, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 2 with – in reverse order – Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Keyon Harrold, The Jazz Passengers, Xenia Rubinos, Camila Meza, Michael Sarian & The Chabones, and Yasser Tejeda & Palotré.at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/19, 7:30 PM trombonist Doug Beavers’ salsa dura band Titanes del Trombone at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/19, 8 PM the Departure Duo – soprano Nina Guo and bassist Edward Kass – play works by David Smooke, John Aylward, John Kennedy, Emily Koh, Alex Jang and Sarah Gibson at Scholes St. Studios 

10/19, 8 PM Ecuadorian marimba and Andean woodwind music with Inkay & Rio Mira at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs, under 19 free

10/19, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by feral Chicago Balkan brass band Black Bear Combo at Barbes 

10/19, 8 PM Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls,  followed eventually at 10 by noirish crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and his four-piece band at the Way Station

10/19, 8:30 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico 

10/19, 9 PM plaintive Yorkshire/Appalachian singer Jan Bell – whose gloomy chronicles of Brooklyn gentrification really nail it – followed by pensively kinetic newgrass band Ordinary Elephant at the Jalopy, $15 

10/19, 10 PM hilarious, politically astute girlpunks the 50 Ft. Furies at Hank’s, $8

10/19, 9 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Bar Chord

10/19, 10 PM psychedelic funk/Afrobeat jammers the People’s Champs at C’Mon Everybody, $10

10/19, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

10/20. 1/3:30 PM “a hilarious Halloween musical romp with the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra featuring live actors, video, and music by Bach, Mussorgsky, Dvořák, and more. Discover what happens when a surprise guest visits the Moldymort Mansion,” at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20/$10 under 18, rec. for ages 4-up

 10/20, 7 PM Katie Curley – frontwoman of honkytonk band the Bourbon Express – plays original, whiskey-infused Americana-influenced art-songs on her original axe, concert harp, at Pangea, $20

10/20,. 7:30 PM Souren Baronian at Michiko Studios, $20

10/20, 7:30 PM timeless, haunting, playful octogenarian Armenian jazz sage and multi-reedman Souren Baronian’s Taksim at Michiko Studios, 149 W 46th St., $20

10/20-21, 7:30/9:30 PM postbop sax cult hero Steve Coleman & Five Elements at the Jazz Gallery, $25

10/20, 7:30 PM BRIC JazzFest Marathon Night 3 with – in reverse order – Terence Blanchard ft. the E-Collective, Brownout Presents: Fear of a Brown Planet ft. Third Root (Black Sabbath covers, go figure, they’re great), Deva Mahal, coma-inducing corporate singer Kat Edmonson, Arnetta Johnson & SUNNY, Resident Alien ft. Ali Sethi & Sunny Jain, and Noa Fort at Bric Arts, $30 adv tix req

10/20, 8 PM klezmer-jazz piano icon Anthony Coleman solo at Scholes St. Studios

10/20, 8 PM Aaron Burnett plays solo electroacoustic sax followed by a duo set by pyrotechnic jazz improv trumpeter Peter Evans and percussionist Levy Lorenzo at Jack, $20

10/20, 8 PM the Latin American Chamber Ensemble with Alheli Pimienta – flute –Angela Santiago – bassoon play a program TBA at the DiMenna Center, $20, snacks included 

10/20, 8 PM violinist Itamar Zorman and pianist Kwan Yi play works by Dvorak, Kreisler, Brahms and others at Irving Auditorium, Irving Pl/17th St., $16

10/20, 8 PM this era’s arguably best jazz pianist, Vijay Iyer leads his sextet at the Miller Theatre, $25 seats avail

10/20, 9 PM a rare reunion of hard honkytonk band the Dixons – who ruled this place 12 or so years ago – at Union Pool, $10

10/20, 10 PM catchy, slinky, psychedelic tropicalia and cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

10/21, 2 PM purist postbop tenor saxophonist Alexa Tarantino and her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, free

10/21, 3 PM the Zhang-Asher-Min Trio play music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Philip Glass, and Felix Mendelssohn at the 92nd St. Y, free

10/21, 7 PM thigh voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies a LIC Bar

10/21, 8 PM edgy alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quartet with Julian Shore – piano; Chris Tordini – bass; Allan Mednard – drums followed by JOBS: Max Jaffe – drums, electronics, voice; Jessica Pavone – viola, electronics, voice; David Scanlon – guitar, electronics, voice at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $20

10/21, 8 PM pyrotechnic jazz improv trumpeter Peter Evans plays solo, then with Being & Becoming with vibeman Joel Ross, basslst Nick Jozwiak and drummer Savannah Grace Harris + special guest David Byrd-Marrow (french horn) at Jack, $20

10/21, 9:30 PM brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot at Pete’s

10/22, half past noon violinist Brian Bak and a septet play works by Tower, Beethoven and Ke-Chia Chen at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, 59 E Second St

10/22, 7 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy  at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

10/22, 8 PM energetic delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim followed by wildly theatrical, creepy circus rock band Orphan Jane at LIC Bar

10/22, 8:30 PM amazing classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang with he Zorá String Quartet play works by Bach, Gubaidulina, Moszkowski, Piazzolla and Martin Lohse and at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, $10 tix avail

10/22, 10:30 PM intense alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

 10/23, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist and Thelonious Monk reinventor Mike Neer and quartet followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

10/23, 7 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea

10/23, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares’ Abu Sadiya trio at the Jazz Gallery, $15

10/23, 7:30 PM pianist Sugar Vendil’s Islander music and movement suite scored for various keyboards, sarunay, and electronics, examining the grim aftereffects of imperialism from a Filipina perspective, performed by Vendil and pianists Melinda Faylor and Mary Prescott, and weaver Cynthia Alberto of Weaving Hand at Dixon Place, $12 adv tix rec 

10/23, 8 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 at Mezzrow, $20

10/23. 8 PM enveloping avant garde guitar quartet Dither at Wonders of Nature, $10

10/23, 8 PM andPlay, featuring Maya Bennardo on violin and Hannah Levinson on viola, perform “Translucent Harmonies,” two pieces by Catherine Lamb and Kristofer Svensson at Scandinavia House, $15

10/23, 8 PM Theatre C and arts advocacy organization LiC-A with lit-rockers the Bushwick Book Club explore the connection between George Orwell’s Animal Farm and the upcoming midterm elections, at Plaxall Gallery, 5-25 46th Ave, Long Island City, $5 

 10/23-27, 8:30 PM cutting-edge, eclectic cellist Okkyung Lee leads a series of ensembles at the Stone at the New School, $20. Choice pick: 10/26 with Mary Halvorson (guitar) María Grand (saxophones)

10/23, 9 PM slashing guitarist Steve Antonakos plays slide guitar blues with his band at Bar Chord

10/23, 11:30 PM rising star singer/pianist and Christian McBride protegee Kelly Green leads a trio at Dizzy’s Club, $5

10/24, 7 PM indie classical group Metropolis Ensemble play premieres from Jenny Beck, Elliot Cole, and a new Michael Oesterle trio premiered by Metropolis artists: Katie Hyun (violin), Jordan Dodson (guitar), and Gabriel Cabezas (cello), plus works by H.I.F. Biber,David Ludwig, and Dai Fujikura, at 1 Rivington St., 2nd Fl., $20/$10 stud, reception to follow

10/24, 8:30 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trioat Bar Lunatico

10/24, 8;30 PM haunting flamenco/Sicilian folk chanteuse Julia Patinella at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

10/24. 8:30 PMthis era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock, Edward Rogers and Stephen Butler followed by this era’s greatest, most epic twelve-string guitarist, Marty Willson-Piper at City Winery, $18 standing room avail

10/25, 7 PM kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos with special guest singer/guitarist Natalia Zukerman at Joe’s Pub, $20

10/25. 7:30 PM Afro-Colombian trance-folk/rap band Kombilesa Mi (Palenquero for My Friends) at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

10/25, 7:30 PM pianist Per Tengstrand and chamber ensemble Opus 21 play works by Beethoven, Mozart and Part at Scandinavia House, $25

10/25, 7:30 PM , repeating on 10/26 at 2 PM and 10/27 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with soloist Gil Shaham and Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tix avail

10/25, 7:30 PM brilliant, historically spot-on oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton  at Symphony Space, $30/$20 for 30 and under

10/25, 8 PM klezmer/Balkan trumpet hero Frank London leads a band TBA at Russ & Daughters Cafe, free

10/25, 8;30 PM powerful Indian carnatic crooner Aditya Prakash and band at the Jalopy, $15

10/25, 9 PM haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano at City Winery, $12 gen adm

10/25, 9 PM charismatic, politically fearless, historically-inspired oldtime country blues duo Piedmont Bluz at Silvana

10/25, 9 PM sardonic first-wave Cali punks the Dickies play Stukas Over Disneyland (a pretty short album) plus the hits at Bowery Electric, $20 adv tix rec

10/25, 8:30 PM epically lyrical alto saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum & Sparkler at Bar Lunatico

10/26, 1 PM rising star organist Janet Yieh plays a program TBA at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown

10/26, 5:30/6:30 PM Gevorg Dabaghyan and Vache Sharafyan play haunting Armenian duduk music in gallery 199 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

10/26, 6:30 PM pianists Manuel Laufer and Walter Aparicio perform the works of Latin American Composers tba at Arete Gallery, $

10/26, 8 PM the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society nonet play an evening of NY and world premieres by Fabio Grasso, Louis Karchin, David Liptak, Letizia Michielon, Adam Mirza, Paul Salerni, and Theodore Wiprud at the Tenri Institute, 43A W 13th St, $15/$8 stud

10/26, 9 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers, hazy post-Velvets janglers Spectre Folk and post-Syd Barrett-ish Obits spinoff Savak at FM Jersey City , $10

10/26, 8 PM the irrepressibly fun, multistylistic Threeds oboe trio at the Owl

10/26, 8 PM soulful reedman Paquito D’Rivera  teams up with dynamic “shape-shifter” pianist John DiMartino and his trio for a salute to Billy Strayhorn at Flushing Town Hall, $25/$20 srs, under 19 free

10/26, 8 PM feral bassist Brandon Lopez leads his Malediction quartet with Michael Foster on saxophones, Nina Dante on vox, Lucie Vítková on accordion and objects at Issue Project Room, sugg don

10/26-27, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Hindemith — Trauermusik with soloist David Bojanowski  on viola; Beethoven, arr. Yaniv Segal — The Triumph of Love: Suite from Fidelio and  Beethoven — Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, op. 55 (Eroica). The 10/27 show switches out the Hindemith for Oliver Davis’ Flight, Concerto for Violin and Strings with soloist Phong Ta at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

 10/26, 8:30 PM ferociously lyrical, hilarious, politically-spot on parlor pop pianist Dawn Oberg followed eventually at 10:30 by wryly surreal, Lynchian duo the Dream Eaters at Freddy’s

10/26, 8:30 PM the mighty,improvisational fifteen-piece Makrokosmos Orchestra at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

10/26, 9ish Mary Spencer Knapp’s fearlessly smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined accordion band Toot Sweet followed by the entertaining, increasingly glam-infused Manimals playing tunes from their upcoming “glam-operatic”  new one at Mister Rogers, 231 Rogers Ave (President/Union), Crown Heights, 2/5 to President St.

10/26, 10 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazyat Barbes

10/27, 7:30 PM sitarist Kalyanjit Das with Samir Chatterjee on tabla at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music,  $20

10/27, 6 PM the Jaded Babies – who write some of the funniest new wave songs ever – at the Delancey, $10. Choice pick: I Wanna Pee on That (How a Sheepdog Shows His Love) 

10/27, 8 PM haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar followed at 10 by the haphazardly funny Eastern Blokhedz  – who do psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs and specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

10/27, 8 PM clever, quirky, playfully lyrical jazz pianist/singer Amanda Ekery and band followed at 9 by pastoral improvisers Retumbra    Noah Becker on clarinet, Jonah Udall on resonator guitar, and Steve Williams on upright bass – at Spectrum, $15 

10/27, 8 PM terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Amanda Monaco  and her band at Greenwich House Music school, $20/$16 stud/srs

10/27, 8 PM Wet Ink Ensemble play a composer portrait of the atmospheric Kate Soper featuring the composer herself on vocals at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

10/27, 10 PM charismatic, pounding live techno band the Naked Heroes at Hank’s, $10

10/28 2 PM a salute to iconic cellist Fred Sherry with an all-star cast including Peter Serkin, Richard Stoltzman, David Shifrin, Jeremy Denk, Ursula Oppens, Steve Mackey, the JACK Quartet, the Horszowski Trio, Katie Hyun, Mike Nicolas, Stefan Jackiw, Jay Campbell, Dov Scheindlin, Rubin Kodheli, Paul Neubauer, Alan Feinberg, David Fulmer and more at Merkin Concert Hall, $10

10/28, 4 PM early music ensemble Vox Luminis sing Bach Motets at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121St St, $10 tix avail  

10/28, 4 PM violinist Deborah Nixon and pianist Amir Farid play works by Janacek, Elgar, Kreisler and others at Scholes St. Studios

10/28, 5 PM the Merz Trio play piano trios by Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Charlotte Bray at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave @ W 183rd St, A train or #1 train (to 181st St) or the M4 bus (to 183rd St), $15/$12 stud/srs 

10/28, 7 PM Afghani pianist Elham Fanous plays music by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Sun Yi-Qian at Spectrum, $15

10/28, 5 PM sitar/sarod duo Lakshay Mohan & Aayush Mohan at Symphony Space, $30/$10 stud

10/28, 8 PM the original creepy cello rockers, Rasputina at Rough Trade, $17 adv tix rec

10/28, 8:30 PM polymath retro rocker and historically sharp lyricist Pokey LaFarge and his killer band at City Winery, $28 standing room avail

10/29, 8:30 PM eclectic, dynamic jazz singer Tammy Scheffer with Glenn Zaleski on keys and Daniel Foose on bass at the Bar Next Door, $12

10/30, 7:30/9:30 PM Camille Bertault – who rocketed to youtube virality with her spot-on vocalizations of famous jazz solos – with her similarly playful group at the Jazz Standard, $25

10/30, 8 PM Giant Sand mastermind and desert rock maven Howe Gelb at Littlefield, $18

10/30, 730 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play works by Debussy, Ravel, Fauré and Salzedo. at Merkin Concert Hall, $20 tix avil

10/30, 8:30 PM guitar noisemaker Nels Cline with Chris Lightcap on bass and Tom Rainey on drums at Bar Lunatico

10/30, 11 PM Elliott Smith-esque chamber-pop band the Morning Sea play the album release show for t heir new one at the Mercury, $12

10/31, 1 PM jazz pianist Jill McCarron at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

10/31, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

10/31, 6:30 PM violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Andrew Armstrong play Americana-inspired works by the violinist herself plus works by Stravinsky and Beethoven at the Baruch College auditorium, free, rsvp req 

10/31, 7ish trumpeter Pam Fleming’s colorful, cinematic reggae jazz Dead Zombie Band at the block party on Waverly Ave in Ft. Greene

10/31, 7 PM fun dub-infused skanking with Skalopy followed by cult favorite female-fronted Romany-inspired groove band Paprika at Branded Saloon

10/31-11/1, 7:30 PM, repeating on 11/3 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Erich Korngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite, Barber’s Violin Concerto spotlighting Concertmaster Frank Huang and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances at Avery Fisher Hall, $33 tix avail

10/31, 8 PM poignantly lyrical, eclectic pianist Marta Sanchez‘s new jazz poetry project, Room Lore which “combines the words of visionary poets such as Maya Angelou, Charles Bukowski, Giaconda Belli and others with contemporary rhythms and harmonies,” at Barbes

1031, 8 PM trumpeter Nate Wooley plays the the world premiere of Red Autumn Gold by Wadada Leo Smith, followed by Annea Lockwood’s 1998 piece Immersion performed by Dominic Donato and Frank Cassara, and the U.S. premiere of Catherine Lamb’s Prisma Interius VIII performed by Wet Ink Ensemble (Josh Modney, Josh Rubin, Giacomo Baldelli, Mariel Roberts, Laura Barger and Eric Wubbels) at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

10/31, 8 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda  at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

10/31, 8 PM this year’s annual Madonnathon has an allstar band playing the Material Girl’s greatest and most infamous hits. This year’s lineup includes Madonna wannabes Amber Martin (Mattachine), the perennially subversive Tammy Faye Starlite, Shannon Conley, Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera), The Love Show, Ki Ki Hawkins, Travis Moser, Erin Hill & her Psychedelic Harp, Zoe Friedman, Emma Craig, Lisa Jackson, The Rhythm Knights Dance Troupe, Danielle Tyler, Echo of the Ghost, Jack Fuller, Tess, Hibiscus & more backed by the Material Band: Mark Christopher,  Mike Greko, Matt Lindsey, Jesse Krakow, Alan Camlet, Guy Finley & awesome violinist Claudia Chopek – plus a costume contest or Best Madonna-inspired Look AND Best Overall Halloween Look (the promoters suggest killer matador cape, virgin bride, lucky star, peepshow dancer, geisha glam, cone bra & ponytail, urban cowgirl, Evita, material girl Marilyn, etc) to win prizes & sing onstage w/the band!  Winners announced at midnight, at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req 

10/31, 8:30 PM organist/Monk reinventor Greg Lewis with Brianna Thomas on vocals at Bar Lunatico -could be the most harrowing thing you could hear on Halloween

10/31, 9 PM hard honkytonk singer Sarah Durning & the Fun Sisters at Bar Chord

10/31, 9ish explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at at Our Wicked Lady, 153 Morgan Ave, just off the Morgan Ave L stop, $5

10/31, 10ish thunderous, titanic Rhode Island Balkan street band What Cheer Brigade at the Market Hotel, $10. Ten years in business and this spot finally, finally books a good band

11/3, drinks and kettle corn at 2, concert at 2:30 PM, Sandbox Percussion with special guest vocalist Eliza Bagg play the world premiere of Alex Weiser’s sepulchral “With GentleFfingers”,  as well as György Ligeti’s rarely performed triptych “Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedűvel” at the DiMenna Center, $20 

11/3, 7 PM the debut of NYC’s latest new music group, Wavefield Ensemble playing auspicious premieres by Abbasi, Cheah, Helgeson plus Boulez’s monumental Dérive 2 for 11 players, at the Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Ave. Jersey City, Path train to Journal Square

11/3,  7 PM violinist Karen Bentley Pollick plays edgy Romany-inspired airs by Enescu, similar works by Mark Kopytman,a hauntingly kinetic Middle Eastern piece by Yitzhak Yedid, Selim Göncü’s The Art of Zapping,  – “a dramatic depiction of our relationship with remote controls” – plus works by Hsueh-Yung Shen and Ivan Sokolov at Spectrum, $15

11/3, 7 PM wildly popular bassist/singer Esperanza Spalding and Williaim Parker lead their respective ensembles at Lehman Stages/Lovinger Theatre, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West in the Bronx, 4 to Bedford Pk. Blvd, $25

11/3, 8 PM the String Trio of NY improvise with guitarist Alejandro Florez and  pianist Ricardo Gallo at Soup & Sound , 292 Lefferts Ave( b/n Nostrand & Rogers), 2nd floor, Lefferts Gardens, 2 to Sterling St, $20 sug don includes soup

11/3, 10:30 PM classic Persian favorites from 60s and 70s with A Muslim and a Mexican at Drom, $20

11/4, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort with special guests New World Recorders (Gwyn Roberts, Héloïse Degrugillier, Rainer Beckmann and Tricia van Oers) “offer canzonas, ricercars, fantasias, motets and polychoral masterpieces from Italy and England by William Byrd, Peter Phillips, John Ward, Thomas Simpson, Thomas Tomkins, Henry Purcell, Andrea Gabrieli, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Giovanni Priuli, Giovanni Battista Grillo, and Adrian Willaert” at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $25

11/4, 7:30 PM Turkish saz virtuoso Ozan Aksoy plays the album release show for his new one at Drom, free

11/6, 7:30 PM the Silesian String Quartet play a rare all-Polish program of works by Szymanowski, Lutosławski, Bacewicz and Penderecki at the Morgan Library, $35

11/9, 9:30 PM psychedelic art-rockers Swarmius play from their magic realist opera El Colibrí Magicó (The Magic Hummingbird) – A California Story, set in modern day San Diego & Tijuana, “an explosive cultural confrontation between protagonists of the contemporary US/Mexican border: coyotes, border guards, refugees, vigilantes, in violence and transcendence, with mystical intervention from living spirits of the pre-Columbian past” at the Cutting Room, $20

11/10, 1 PM dazzlingly eclectic chamber pop/latin/classical violinist Concetta Abbate and drummer Ben Engel at Flowers for all Occasions, 1114 De Kalb Ave at Broadway, Bushwick, J/M to Kosciuszko St.

11/10  haunting, Lynchian songstress Ajda the Turkish Queen with her band and wryly surreal noir parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s

11/11, 7 PM in reverse order: the recently more and more Motorhead-inspired High on Fire, the punkmetal Municipal Waste, the more hardcore Toxic Holocaust and the excellently tuneful, ornate, Iron Maiden-ish Haunt at Warsaw, $22 adv tix rec

  11/11, 7 PM amazing acoustic blues guitar virtuoso Terry Robb – who can do oldtime ragtimey stuff as well as his own edgy new material – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15 

11/13, 9:15 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir, psychedelia and dark cabaret –  at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

11/16, 7:30 PM hauntingly tuneful, propulsive Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani at Aaron Davis Hall, $25. This guy is amazing. 

11/17, 8 PM Glenda Del E and the brilliant Ariacne Trujillo (formerly with Pedrito Martinez’ band) reimagine and interpret legendary Cuba pianist Valdés’ music at Drom, $15

11/18, 2 PM terse, tuneful jazz guitarist Amanda Monaco and her quartet at Flushing Town Hall, free

11/18, 7:30 PM new works for string quartet by Valerie Coleman, Jeff Myers, Lawrence Kramer, and Matthew Welch. performed by Quartet Metadata: Lynn Bechtold and Hajnal Pivnick, violins; Carrie Frey, viola; and Jisoo Ok, cello at the 12th floor lounge of Fordham’s Lowenstein Buiding, corner of 60th St. and Columbus Ave, free.

11/20, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, flutist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher and ensemble plays works by Hildegard Von Bingen, David Lang, Rzewski and others at the Miller Theatre, free

11/30, 7 PM epic, haunting, searingly lyrical art-rock songwriter and baritone crooner Spottiswoode and band play the album release for their new one at Joe’s Pub, $20

12/4, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, perennially interesting piano/percussion ensemble Yarn/Wire play works by Crumb, Saint-Saens and Tschaikovsky at the Miller Theatre, free

12/6, 6 PM klezmer violinist Jake Shulman-Ment with rippllng tsimbl (Ukrainian Jewish dulcimer) player Pete Rushefsky at Poe Park in the Bronx.

12/21, 2 PM brilliant baritone saxophonist Lauren Sevian‘s LSQ at Flushing Town Hall, free

Feral, Carnivalesque Klezmer and Balkan Sounds From the Lemon Bucket Orkestra

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra distinguish themselves in a crowded field of high-voltage klezmer and Balkan bands with their feral, otherworldly sound and sizzling chops. They don’t just pillage the usual repertoire of freylekhs and bulgars: they go way back, blending the phantasmagorical elements of Ukrainian, Russian, Lithuanian and Jewish sounds that proliferated over a hundred years ago. The best musicians know no boundaries, and the Lemon Bucket Orkestra personify that sensibility. Their latest album If I Had the Strength is streaming at Bandcamp, and they’re playing the latest installment of this year’s New York Gypsy Festival tonight, Sept 26 at 8 PM at Drom. It’s $20 at the door and worth it.

The album opens with a brief, somberly chromatic march fueled by Michael Louis Johnson’s muted trumpet and a walking bassline and ends with a hushed folk tune. In between it’s a wild party. The lickety-split stomp of Crooked immediately sets the scene, with wildfire riffage from bagpipes and James McKie’s violin over a brisk sousaphone/drums pulse from Ian Tulloch and Jaash Singh, Mark Marczyk and Stephania Woloshyn taking turns on vocals. They take it out with a tantalizingly brief stampede that could have gone on as long as these guys could have physically been able to play it.

They follow Fate, a growly, tensely stalking miniature with Goodbye, the violin holding the down the bassline as the sousaphone takes a a coyly blithe solo, mingling with Woloshyn’s shivery vocals; then they pounce their way through a catchy series of chromatics and crescendos, with spiraling, wildfire solos from Julian Selody’s clarinet and Marichka Marczyk’s accordion.

They rip the riff from Whole Lotta Love for the bassline to Soldat, violin and clarinet in tandem delivering tight country dance riffage, Johnson’s trumpet holding the center. Freedom has a rat-a-tat Serbian-style brass band pulse, clever call-and-response riffs and a completely unexpected psychedelic bridge.

The album’s most rustically surreal track is When, a brief, majestically crescendoing number glimmering with eerily ornamented vocal harmonies. From there the band segue into Palinka, an equally surreal Balkan cumbia mashup with tasty, chromatically slashing solos from violin, accordion and bagpipes and a coyly chirping flute solo out.

Cocoon, a furtively jungly miniature for percussion, sets the stage for Heroes with its delirious unison riffage over a tight, tricky, Macedonian-flavored dance rhythm, up to a misterioso Bulgarian vocal interlude by guest soprano Measha Brueggergosman. You’ll see this on the best albums of 2018 page at the end of the year.

A Rare Appearance by Wild Romany Party Band Romashka at This Year’s New York Gypsy Festival

At the peak of their late zeros popularity, Romashka were rivalled only by Gogol Bordello and maybe Luminescent Orchestrii among New York Romany party bands. Frontwoman Inna Barmash, one of the world’s greatest klezmer singers, has a diamond-cutter clarity that’s almost scary. Her husband Ljova Zhurbin is one of this era’s most eclectic and brilliant violists. They don’t play live as much as they used to, but when they reconvene it’s like they never left off and the party starts all over again. They’re bringing their signature blend of slashing minor keys, acerbic chromatics and fiery Russian Romany dances to the latest installment of the ongoing New York Gypsy Festival at Drom this Sept 20 at 8 PM; adv tix are $15. It’s going to be a little taste of Golden Fest a few months before the annual Balkan blowout takes place next January 12 and 13 in Brooklyn.

Unless they’ve been keeping their gigs a big secret, the most recent Romashka gig was at Golden Fest 2018, and it was killer. Fortuitously, their set was recorded and is available as a free download at the Free Music Archive. They kick it off with Hochu Lyubit, a scampering, pulsing dance, Jeff Perlman’s clarinet bubbling, Zhurbin weaving through one ominous chromatic after another, then giving way to guest trumpeter Frank London’s triumphant solo as guitarist Jai Vilnai skanks and jangles. With her intense, melismatic delivery, Barmash gives it an extra shot of dramatic angst at the end – it was her birthday, so she was especially amped.

From there the band take a detour into a couple of acerbic Romanian dance numbers. Veering in and out of the western scale, Rustemul sounds like the theme to a village that time really forgot, a rustically surreal, coyly bombastic theme pushed along by Ron Caswell’s tuba and Chris Stromquist’s drums. Tocul is a lot more lighthearted and lickety-split.

Ljova’s delicate incisions and London’s plaintive trumpet matched Barmash’s distant, nuanced poignancy throughout a muted Russian tango, Serdtse. Her insistent attack and ornamentation in Loli Phabay – “Red Apple,” a Russian Romany tune – is pretty wild, in contrast with Vilnai’s jaggedly precise, Middle Eastern tinged jangle and clang.

Perlman fires off triumphant trills while Holmes smolders throughout the old Romany hit Shimdiggy. Barmash goes to redline right off the bat as the band launch into the edgy bounce of Zarnobila, taking a careening segue into a rapidfire take of Baro Faro to end their show with a blistering stampede out.

Although Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall wasn’t designed for electric bands, the sound quality is surprisingly clear and balanced. Get this set before it disappears (that happens sometimes at the Free Music Archive) – it’s one of this city’s great esoteric bands at the peak of their powers.

Doctor Nativo Brings His Catchy, Psychedelic Guatemalan Freedom Fighter Anthems to Lincoln Center

Guatemala’s Doctor Nativo, a.k.a. Juan Martinez, plays a mix of psychedelic tropical styles, from cumbia to roots reggae. His fearlessly political new album Guatemaya, which often brings to mind Chicha Libre covering the Clash, is streaming at Bandcamp. His Spanish-language lyrics address issues from immigration, to cultural clashes and the ongoing struggle for freedom against CIA-sponsored anti-democracy factions who’ve plagued Latin American for decades.

Doctor Nativo’s dad Arturo Martinez was a Guatemalan freedom fighter murdered by an anti-democracy death squad after they discovered that his restaurant was being used for secret meetings. The younger Martinez is bringing that defiant legacy along with his catchy, anthemic tropical band to the Lincoln Center atrium this Thurs, Sept 13 at 7:30 PM. Get there early if you want a seat, and keep in mind that the almost-weekly series of free shows there routinely sells out.

The opening track on the new album is a biting minor-key roots reggae tune lit up by the horn section of trombonist Danilo Rodriguez – who also plays marimba, bass, cuatro, charango and harp here – alongside Sous Sebas Sax. It appears that Ivan Duran is on guitar here – Honduran surf music legend Guayo Cedeno also plays lead guitar on the album.

The second track, Ay Morena, is a slinky chicha party groove, which the band takes to further psychedelic heights with the next track, Sabrosura, the hypnotically rustic, strummy charango contrasting with Cedeno’s snaky wah-wah riffs.

You might think that Zion would be a reggae tune, but instead it’s chicha, speaking truth to power against the kind of oppressors that the Martinez family knew as the grimmest kind of reality. Likewise, the bandleader keeps the theme going on a personal level in B-Boy, a rapidfire, lyrical mashup of reggaeton and psychedelic cumbia, and then in El Mero Mero with its surreal contrast of electric chicha instrumentation and otherworldly chirimilla, the ancient Mayan oboe.

The mix of looming salsa horns, electric and acoustic textures in El 20 is just as strangely kaleidoscopic, anchoring its insistent message of global unity…or else. La Voz Popular also has a brief reggaeton cameo and a snaky cumbia vamp.

The horns get a little spicier in Kandela; the album’s last track is the anti-corruption protest anthem Pa’Que Se Levanten, which ought to get everybody up on their feet at the Lincoln Center gig. If Doctor Nativo is bringing Cedeno on this tour, the shows will be a lot wilder than this tight, smartly produced album suggests.

A Wild Night With Dobranotch to Kick Off This Year’s New York Gypsy Festival

Dobranotch means “good night” in Russian. It’s a very understated way of describing the crazy, exhilarating dance party they put on this past evening at Drom to open this year’s New York Gypsy Festival. The Russian klezmer band romped and blasted through a fiery set of originals and radical reinventions of more traditional material, showing off their virtuoso chops as well as an irrepressibly boisterous sense of humor.

Klezmer dance music is fun by definition, but these guys are beyond the pale. There was a point about midway through their set where their their guest dancer, Lea Elisha, went twirling across the floor in front of the stage, her mane of curly hair flying, an unstoppable human gyroscope. Meanwhile, frontman/violinist Mitya Khramtsov played behind his back, Hendrix style.

OK, that’s common enough. Next, he played with his bow behind his back and his violin tucked under his arm.

Then he stuck his bow down his pants and fiddled the violin on the bow – without missing a catchy minor-key riff. After bowing with his mouth, then sticking the bow in the dancer’s mouth and fiddling it, he finally handed the bow to a surprised audience member and had him do it.

Ilya Gindin, the band’s not-so-secret weapon, started the show on alto sax, then switched to oboe, firing off lickety-split spirals and slashing chromatic trills. Then he switched to clarinet. Slowly and methodically, he disassembled the instrument between verses, moving further and further up the scale until there was nothing left to play but the mouthpiece and then the reed. By then, it was all he could do to slowly bend a note up to where it was supposed to be, but nobody wanted the joke to stop.

Beyond the theatrics, this is an incredibly tight party band. More often than not, Khramtsov and the horn section would lock in on their harmonies while Gindin did his thing. Roman Shinder fired off fast flurries of banjo chords as Evgeny Lizin thumped out the groove on a big tapan bass drum and accordionist Ilya Shneyveys fleshed out the sound with rich washes of chords and elegant filigrees.

Khramtsov took a couple of stark, strikingly rustic departures into otherworldly weaves of microtones, veering away from the center before leaping back into the traditional western scale. The best original of the night was an epic, darkly Bessarabian-flavored anthem written by trombonist Grigory Spiridonov, who puffed out staccato basslines when he wasn’t harmonizing with tenor saxophonist Max Karpychev and the rest of the group.

They reinvented the iconic Algerian protest anthem Ya Rayyeh as a gruff but similarly sardonic Russian brass tune. Likewise, they turned a shapeshifting Macedonian bagpipe dance into what Khramtsov termed a “gypsy rhumba,” although it sounded more like a Turkish tango. They finally wound up the night with a third encore, gathered on the floor in front of the audience. An unexpectedly slow, lushly benedictory, moody concluding anthem with edgy solos all around couldn’t douse the crowd’s energy.

The New York Gypsy Festival continues at Drom on Sept 14 at  9:30 PM with the eclectic Underground Horns celebrating ten years of mashing up Balkan, New Orleans and latin brass sounds. You can get in for ten bucks in advance.