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Don’t Sleep on Opening Night of Golden Fest

Tonight, Jan 13 starting at around 6 PM is when the charming, spacious old Grand Prospect Hall in south Park Slope turns into a mobscene, the dancefloor of the big ballroom a tsunami of line dancers, with about eighty Balkan bands in various rooms throughout the old mansion. But as opening night of this year’s Golden Fest proved, the kids have gotten wise to night one of the United States’ largest festival of Balkan music (Golden Fest is all-ages). Last night there were only six bands – a small lineup, by Golden Fest’s titanic standards – but the show was every bit as adrenalizing.

In general, there seemed to be more of a younger contingent than ever before. Some of that crowd has roots in the Balkan Camp summer phenomenon, but a lot of the high school age posse appeared to be there strictly for thrills. Oa night when trains out of Brooklyn were a mess, in an era when venues are closing one after the other and everybody’s working twice as many hours for half the money, that the festival’s attendance would be growing speaks for itself.

The most memorable song of the night appeared early, during the dance lesson. That’s right – show up late and you might miss the high point of the evening .Zlatne Uste, Golden Fest’s house band and one of the very first Serbian-style brass groups in this country, played that number, gathered on the dancefloor in a semicircle. If a rock band had been playing its gorgeously bittersweet changes as the horns pulsed through the chorus, it would have been Nashville gothic. Was Roy Orbison a Balkan music fan? Did he even have access to it?

Likewise, the night’s most entrancing song sounded like a more lush if less echoey version of the verse in the Smiths’ How Soon Is Now.  With a misty mesh of tambura lutes, Zavaba played that one. Was Johnny Marr into Macedonian epics? It would seem so. Before that number, the six-piece group romped through tricky tempos and bouncy vamps that suddenly veered into darker territory and then back, with the same unpredictability. Their clarinetist doubled on trumpet, with similar edge and bite; bassist Adam Good gave the songs a sinewy slink often missing when American four-string guys tackle this kind of music.

Paul Brown’s basslines in the irresistibly named Pontic Firebird  were much the same, a low-register counterpart to violinist/frontwoman Beth Bahia Cohen’s fearsome, microtonal leaps and whirls and volleys. Bulgarian band Cherven Traktor‘s gadulka fiddler Nikolai Kolev pushed even further into the badlands beckoning beyond the ordinary western scale while his wife, singer Donka Koleva sliced through the mix with a feral precision.

By now, the first-timers had pretty much left the dancefloor to the pros – and there were a lot of pros. People lined up for the buffet (food is included in the price of a ticket) and eventually returned with heaping plates of pickles and stewed vegetables and sausage. Singer Eva Salina and accordion sorcerer Peter Stan had played the first official set of the night, but Zlatna Uste, Cherven Traktor and Pontic Firebird had warmed up the dancers to the point that all the duo had to do was keep the festivities going, and they did. The two are best known for plaintive, moody, sometimes heartbreaking Romany songs, but this was the party set, anchored by Stan’s powerful lefthand while his right ran supersonic filigrees and rapidfire staccato phrases. Drinking and gambling featured prominently in the lyrics: Eva Salina coyly supplied the gist of the songs for the linguistically challenged.

Kavala Brass Band headlined. Night two of Golden Fest is where you can sample as many bands as you can handle, many of them from around the world. Night one is allstar night, the OG’s of the global Balkan scene.  These people have been doing it for years and know every trick in the book. They make exotic beats sound completely natural (which they are, for cultures outside of the US) and can pull an adrenaline rush out of thin air. With electric bass supplying a fat bottom end and the accordion out front, Kavala Brass Band brought to mind Tipsy Oxcart, another recent Golden Fest standout. Blazing and then backing away, through a catchy, anthemic series of minor keys and chromatics, they were arguably the night’s most accessible act – or at least tied with Zlatne Uste – and sent the crowd home pumped up for night two. See you in the atrium, to the right of the big ballroom and past the kitchen, at about six!

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Crooked Horse Bring Their Dark Americana to an Unexpected Friday Night Spot

Crooked Horse play disarmingly direct, catchy Nashville gothic and dark Americana. Their debut album is up at Bandcamp as a name-your-price download. They’re playing this Friday night, Jan 12 at 10:30 PM at Pine Box Rock Shop.

The album’s briskly marching opening track, Maybe, is a kiss-off anthem: it could be an acoustic version of a Walkabouts tune. “Maybe it’s everybody that leaves me with only maybe,” frontwoman Liz Rymes muses in her husky, impassioned voice. Guitarist Neal Johnson fires off a nimble flatpicking solo, then backs away for Bridget Nault’s river of minor-key accordion.

You Have to Know is a little less pissed off – “You’ll be better on your own” is the chorus – set to a catchy acoustic guitar loop over percussionist Aaron Kakos’ loping groove. The band pick up the pace with Omen and its tasty acoustic guitar multitracks: when the “wind blows in like an omen,” it’s obviously not carrying anything good.

Johnson sets a spiky, moody country-blues ambience in The Poet: “You crackle as you speak, the poet of defeat,” Rymes accuses, then the accordion and drums finally kick in. They break out the electric guitars in the snarling shuffle All For You, a brooding escape anthem – the question is who’s getting away, and to what.

The matter-of-factly defiant shuffle We Live Small makes a refreshingly optimistic anthem for the Trump-era depression: “We live small, but we live well,” Rymes asserts. The ominous vocal harmonies in the eerily strolling A Place Like This underscore the gloom, a chronicle of everything that’s out of reach in a dead-end town.

“Take a deep breath in the dark and just trust,” Rymes encourages in the moodily bouncing number after that. With its soaring, ghostly backing vocals, the scampering, bluegrass-tinged Lace Curtains is the catchiest and arguably best track on the album: “I don’t believe,” is the mantra. The album ends with Rotten, a sparse, hypnotic, anguished dirge. Catch this band on the way up before word gets out and you won’t be able to get in to see them.

Rapturous Musical Cross-Pollination at Women Between Arts at the New School

Yesterday was the fourth installment of Luisa Muhr’s new interdisciplinary series Women Between Arts at the New School. One would think that there would be several series in this city devoted to women whose work crosses the line between different artistic disciplines, but this appears to be the only one at present. What’s new with Muhr’s series is that it isn’t just a place for women artists who defy categorization: it’s also a space where adventurous established artists can branch out beyond their usual practice.

Case in point: Jean Rohe. She’s known as a songwriter and a strong, distinctive acoustic guitarist (to call her a folksinger would be reductionistic). Throughout her tantalizingly brief performance yesterday’s show, she did a lot of storytelling.

This narrative was harrowing. Rohe was named after her paternal grandmother, who killed herself on December 9, 1961. Tragically, just like her father, Rohe didn’t find out about the suicide until years later. That revelation springboarded an “odyssey,” as she termed it, to find out the truth and what pushed the woman over the edge.

Like many of the projects that find their way to Women Between Arts, it’s a work in progress, and a hauntingly captivating one. Rohe’s fingerpicking channeled distant delta blues grimness with her opening number, then she referenced the Penelope myth with a more expansive, anthemic tune. Her final song, she told the crowd, was set in Hades: “In New Jersey, as we all know,” she mused, drawing a handful of chuckles. The narrative saw her climbing into her grandmother’s old black Buick at a stoplight, to find her crying and incommunicado, a ghost before her time.

Noa Fort is known as a composer of translucent piano jazz informed by classical music as well as her own Israeli heritage. After guiding the crowd through a brief meditation, she had them write down their innermost feelings on slips of paper so she could channel and maybe exorcise those issues. As it turned out, this was a very  uneasy crowd. Fort plucked around inside the piano gingerly, George Crumb style before launching into a series of eerie belltones, close harmonies and finally a woundedly descending anthem. She closed with a somewhat elegaic but ultimately optimistic ballad where a calmly participatory crowd carried the melody upwards. 

Trina Basu, one of the great violinists in Indian classical music, leads the pioneering carnatic string band Karavika. This time out, she played a rapturous homage to 16th century mystic Meera Bai, joined by Orakel tabla player Roshni Samlal and singer Priya Darshini. Basu explained that she’d discovered the controversial, pioneering proto-feminist poet via the work of 1960s singer Lakshmi Shankar.

Basu opened the trio’s first epic number with elegant spirals that spun off into sepulchral harmonics, then built steam, rising up and down in a series of graceful pizzicato exchanges with the tabla. Darshini sang the second long piece, Basu and Samlal matching its poignancy, an ancient raga theme sliced and diced through the prism of progressive jazz. 

 The next installment of Women Between Arts is Jan 21 at 3 PM at the New School’s Glass Box Theatre (i.e. the new Stone) at 55 W 13th St., with Meredith Monk collaborator Ellen Fisher, lustrously haunting singer/composer Sara Serpa with cellist Erik Friedlander and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and Appalachian music maven Anna Roberts-Gevalt.

Some Great December Shows Reprised This Month

Who says December is a slow month for live music in New York? The first three weeks were a nonstop barrage of good shows. And a lot of those artists will be out there this month for you to see.

Last summer, Innov Gnawa played a couple of pretty radical Barbes gigs. With bandleader Hassan Ben Jaafer’s hypnotically slinky sintir bass lute and the chorus of cast-iron qraqab players behind him, they went even further beyond the undulating, shapeshifting, ancient call-and-response of their usual traditional Moroccan repertoire. Those June and July shows both plunged more deeply into the edgy, chromatically-charged Middle Eastern sounds of hammadcha music, with even more jamming and turn-on-a-dime shifts in the rhythm. Innov – get it?

So their most recent show at Nublu 151 last month seemed like a crystallization of everything they’d been working on. The usual opening benediction of sorts when everybody comes to the stage, Ben Jaafer leading the parade with his big bass drum slung over his shoulder; a serpentine chant sending a shout out to ancient sub-Saharan spirits; and wave after wave of mesmerizing metallic mist fueled by Ben Jaafer’s catchy riffage and impassioned vocals.

Ben Jaafer’s protege and bandmate Samir LanGus opened the night with an even trippier show, playing sintir and leading a band including Innov’s  Nawfal Atiq and Amino Belyamani on qraqabs and vocals, along with Big Lazy’s Yuval Lion on drums, Dave Harrington on guitar, plus alto sax. Elements of dub, and funk, and acidic postrock filtered through the mix as the rhythms changed. Innov Gnawa are back at Nublu 151 on Jan 12 at around 6:30 with trumpeter Itamar Borochov for ten bucks; then the following night, Jan 13 they’re at Joe’s Pub at 7:45 PM for twice that, presumably for people who don’t want to dance.

The rest of last month’s shows that haven’t been mentioned here already were as eclectically fun as you would expect in this melting pot of ours. Slinky Middle Eastern band Sharq Attack played a mix of songs that could have been bellydance classics from Egypt or Lebanon, or originals – it was hard to tell. Oudist Brian Prunka had written one of the catchiest of the originals as a piece for beginners. “But as it turned out, it’s really hard,” violinist Marandi Hostetter laughed. The subtle shifts in the tune and the groove didn’t phase the all-star Brooklyn ensemble.

Another allstar Brooklyn group, Seyyah played an even more lavish set earlier in the month at the monthly Balkan night at Sisters Brooklyn in Fort Greene. With the reliably intense, often pyrotechnic Kane Mathis on oud behind Jenny Luna’s soaring, poignant microtonal vocals, you wouldn’t have expected the bass player to be the star of the show any more than you’d expect Adam Good to be playing bass. But there he was, not just pedaling root notes like most American bassists do with this kind of music, his slithery slides and hammer-ons intertwining with oud and violin. The eight-piece band offer a rare opportunity to see a group this size playing classic and original Turkish music at Cornelia St. Cafe at Jan 15, with sets at 8 and 9:30 PM. Cover is $10 plus a $10 minimum.

When Locobeach’s bassist hit an ominous minor-key cumbia riff and then the band edged its way into Sonido Amazonico midway through their midmonth set at Barbes, the crowd went nuts. The national anthem of cumbia was the title track to Chicha Libre’s classic debut album; as a founding member of that legendary Brooklyn psychedelic group, Locobeach keyboardist Josh Camp was crucial to their sound. This version rocked a little harder and went on for longer than Chicha Libre’s typically did – and Camp didn’t have his trebly, keening Electrovox accordion synth with him for it. This crew are more rock and dub-oriented than Chicha Libre, although they’re just as trippy – and funny. They’re back at Barbes on Jan 15 at 10. 

There were four other Barbes shows last month worth mentioning. “Stoner,” one individual in the know said succinctly as Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos bounced their way through a pulsing set blending elements of psychedelic salsa, cumbia, Afrobeat and dub reggae. Their rhythm section is killer: the bass and drums really have a handle on classic Lee Scratch Perry style dub and roots, and the horns pull the sound out of the hydroponic murk. They’re back at Barbes on Jan 10 at around 10.

Also midmonth, resonator guitarist Zeke Healy and violist Karen Waltuch took an expansive excursion through a couple of sets of Appalachian classics and a dadrock tune or two, reinventing them as bucolic, psychedelic jams. For the third year in a row, the all-female Accord Treble Choir sang an alternately majestic and celestial mix of new choral works and others from decades and centuries past, with lively solos and tight counterpoint. And the Erik Satie Quartet treated an early Saturday evening crowd to stately new brass arrangements of pieces by obscure 1920s French composers, as well as some similar new material.

At the American Folk Art Museum on the first of the month, singer/guitarist Miriam Elhajli kept the crowd silent with her eclecticism, her soaring voice and mix of songs that spanned from Venezuela to the Appalachians, including one rapturous a-capella number. And at the Jalopy the following week, another singer, Queen Esther played a set of sharply lyrical, sardonic jazz songs by New York underground legend Lenny Molotov, her sometime bandmate in one of the city’s funnest swing bands, the Fascinators. She’s at the Yamaha Piano Salon at 689 5h Ave (enter on 54th St) on Jan 14, time tba.

An Album That Puts Your Kids to Sleep But Doesn’t Bore You to Death

Just about the worst thing you can say about an album is that it’s good to fall asleep to. Yet there’s a ton of great, lulling music that will do the job. Just for starters: Debussy’s Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp, Philip Glass’ String Quartets, and pretty much anything by Brian Eno.

But is there an album that will help a baby fall asleep, so YOU can finally get some rest? Sure, there are a million easy-listening playlists on Spotify. But they’re saccharine and they’ll give you a headache.

So Kurt Leege sat down with his Strat and his pedalboard, came up with a bunch of instrumental lullabies, roadtested them on his infant daughter – and they worked like a charm. So well, in fact, that the great guitarist decided to release these dreamy nocturnes as an album aptly titled Sleepytime Guitar – streaming at Bandcamp – for the sake of saving the sanity of sleep-deprived parents everywhere.

Kid wakes up in the middle of the night? Pull this up, hit play and everybody will drift off sooner than later. It’s a long album, a total of fourteen tracks to keep you and the little one in REM mode for as long as you need. Most of the songs are lushly enveloping new arrangements of familiar folk tunes, along with a couple of gospel numbers and two Leege originals that bend in seamlessly.

Some of the arrangements draw on Bill Frisell’s most atmospheric adventures in gentle, rapturous loopmusic. Eno, and the Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie also seem to be obvious influences. And Leege doesn’t play like he’s falling asleep – it seems like he’s having a lot of fun, quietly. His formula pretty much all the way through is to build gentle waves and washes in the background, add some thoughtful fingerpicking over that and put the melody and variations front and center. He plays most of it way up the fretboard: this is a twinkly, trebly album.

If you’re making your own playlist with it, start with the rapt, Frisellian take of Down By the Riverside, segue with the wistful version of Danny Boy and then Wild Mountain Thyme, which Leege anchors with subtly polyrhythmic deep-space pulses. The other tracks are just as warmly enveloping, but the guitar is livelier.

He does Shenandoah as David Gilmour might, with lots of long-tone bends, if not the anguished screams of Pink Floyd. There are all sorts of neat little flourishes in Wayfaring Stranger: a couple of funny Gilmour quotes, and a little Bill Withers, maybe. Leege finds the doo-wop stashed away deep within the calmly lilting melody of the old Welsh tune Ar Hyd y Nos, and reinvents Swing Low, Sweet Chariot as a waltz.

A Curvature of Shadow, the first Leege oriiginal, is a one-chord jam, series of hypnotic variations that drift further from a folk-flavored theme toward spacerock. Scarborough Fair circles around, Leege having fun playing the melody with his volume knob – the effect is similar to a talkbox. Peter Frampton would approve – at least until Leege distantly channels Pink Floyd.

Leege transcends cheesiness in Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star by playing harmonies and then implying the melody: a lot of moms are going to be singing karaoke to this one. Down to the River to Pray is much the same, as Leege works variations on the verse over what sounds like a vocal drone.

He cuts loose just a little bit with some spare, purist, bluesy playing and then some charming glockenspiel-like tones in the Irish folk song Bonnie Lass o’Fyvie. The Brahms Lullaby sounds more like the Tennessee Waltz; the album closes with a slow, enigmatic instrumental version of Riverbed, the title track of his current funky Americana jamband the Sometime Boys’ second album. 

Fun fact: since now you know how peaceful and calming Leege’s compositions can be, it’s time to let the cat out of the bag. He is renowned in New York rock circles as one of the most diversely tuneful, and most assaultive players around. His celestial moods here, and his elegantly eclectic virtuosity in the Sometime Boys don’t offer a clue to his past as co-leader of the gloriously acidic, pummeling, aptly named System Noise.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for January and February 2018

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

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

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. A new project, deep listening workshops in the works, delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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 7 PM, Analog Experimental – guitarist Damian Quinones and bassist Greg Richardson’s electroacoustic duo – play “experimental Pan-Latin dance music” with Afro Caribbean rhythms at Bar Tabac in Cobble Hill, free

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in January (except for New Year’s Day), 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. In addition, three Fridays in December: 12/1, 5 and 29, 7ish he’s at Troost

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

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

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

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

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

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

Two Saturdays in January: 1/6 and 1/13, t 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

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

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

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

1/1, 8 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the NY underworld – and a tuneful powerpop songwriter in his own right – Homeboy Steve Antonakos at Bowery Electric, free

1/1, 9 PM quirky, fun swing-infused songwriter Orly Bendavid & the Mona Dahls at Pete’s 

1/1, 9 PM catchy horn-and-vibraphone-driven Ethio-jazz and othe Afrian sounds from Molly Tigre at Bar Chord 

1/1, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams  They’re also here on 1/8.

1/2, 7 PM the New Year’s Hank-O-Rama – the Hank Williams cover show that the old Rodeo Bar used to host – with the Lonesome Prairie Dogs, Tammy Faye Starlite, Lenny Kaye, and special guests at Joe’s Pub, $15

1/2, 6 PM pianist Arcoiris Sandoval’s Sonic Asylum Trio with Marty Kenney, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. She’s one of the most incisive, darkly purposeful pianists around: to put her in the same league with Kris Davis wouldn’t be overhype.

1/2, 7 PM bassist Jim Whitney’s sardonic quartet with guitar, flute and drums followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/2-7, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite, reliably tuneful postbop pianist Orrin Evans opens the year with a week at the Jazz Standard, $30: 1/2-3 leading the Captain Black Big Band, the rest of the stand with his sextet including JD Allen and Ingrid Jensen, holy smokes

1/2-7, 8 PM Chicago improvisational sax icon Ken Vandermark plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of players, $20. Choice pick: 1/5 wih a quartet including Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Tom Rainey (drums) Nate Wooley (trumpet)

1/2-7, 8:30/10 PM perennially popular lyrical jazz pianist Brad Mehldau with his trio at the Vanguard, $30

1/2. 10 PM acerbic alto saxophonist David Binney leads his quartet at at 55 Bar. 

1/3, 7  PM powerhouse B3 organist Pat Bianchi leads his trio at Smalls

1/3, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10. He’s also at the Old Stone House in  Park Slope on 1/7 at 4 for the same price

1/3. 8 PM wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at SOB’s, $10. They’re also at Barbes on 1/15 at 10.

1/3. 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

1/3, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads a trio at Bar  Lunatico

1/3. 10 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds, and an omnipresent sense of humor – at  the Way Station

1/4, 7 PM hauntingly atmospheric pan-Asian chanteuse/composer Jen Shyu plays her new solo suite Nine Doors — a “ritual music drama” -at the Owl

1/4, 7 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa followed by drummer Whit Dickey and intense violist Mat Maneri at the Cemente Soto Velez Center, $20

1/4, 7:30 PM funk behemoth Burnt Sugar Arkestra ‘“freak Dayton Ohio’s Sweet Sticky Thangbook, caramelizing music by the Ohio Players, Zapp, Lakeside, Junie Morrison, Heatwave, Slave, Aurra, and Steve Arrington” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/4, 7:30 PM Ensemble Connect play works by Ligeti, Beethoven and Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

1/4, 8 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas  at Barbes

1/4, 8 PM the Emerald Trio play new works by New York composers Davide Zannoni – Dan Cooper – Carolyn Steinberg – Milica Paranosic – Joseph Pehrson – Matt Castle at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/4, 8:30  PM klezmer Anschluss! with an allstar cast: Ilya Shneyveys, bassist Jordan Morton, clarinet maven Michael Winograd, Craig Judelman, Sah-Schah Lou Ree, Hankus Melone at the Jalopy, $15

1/4, 10 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers atat Union Pool, $10

1/4, 10 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Well

1/4, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 1/9 at 7.

1/5, 7 PM pianist Judith Berkson and Gutbucket guitarist Ty Citerman premiere cutting-edge, contemporary music for voices, keyboards, guitars and electronics at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, free

1/5, 8 PM eclectic, harmony-driven newgrass band the Lobbyists at the big room at the Rockwood, $10 

1/5, 8 PM the hauntingly kinetic, cinematic Ghost Funk Orchestra at Baby’s All Right, free

1/5, 8 PM singer/guitarist Anna R0berts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth and fiddler Cleek Shrey play rare Virginia and Appalachian tunes at the Jalopy

 1/5, 8 PM the Neave Piano Trio play music of Leonard Bernstein, Robert Paterson, and Russell Steinberg. $20, complimentary glass of wine with each ticket

1/5-6 at 8, Akemi Naito’s monodrama Emily Brontë – Through Life and Death, A Chainless Soul, with mezzo-soprano Jessica Bowers, pianist Marilyn Nonken, visual artist Toshihiro Sakuma and narration by Robert Ian Mackenzie at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St., $20

1/5, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis & Double Wide at Bar  Lunatico

1/5, 11 PM Don’t Upset the Bear, who play Pretty Things-style oldschool punk/R&B at Maxwelll’s, $10

1/5, 10 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane followed at 11 by ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at Pete’s 

1/5, 10 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  at the Parkside

 1/5, 10 PM eclectic, guitarishly fierce electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

1/5, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

1/5, midnight lyrical tenor saxophonist John Farnsworth leads his quartet at Smoke, no cover

1/6, 3 (three) PM enigmatic art-rock/chamber jazz singer Nerissa Campbell’s new project the Breakout Lights at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/6, 7 PM oldschool bluegrass player Dan Whitener, clever, playful swing/oldtimey accordionist-singer Erica Mancini, fiddler Max Smith and intense, brilliantly lyrical, fearlessly political 1950s style original folk/blues singer Joshua Garcia at Caffe Vivaldi

1/6, 7 PM charismatic, tuneful bassist Mimi Jones’ Group at the Fat Cat

1/6, 7 PM Ghost Ensemble with David Rothenberg, clarinet; Ben Richter, accordion; Lucie Stavros, harp and James Ilgenfritz, bass play works by Pauline Oliveros and others at Spectrum

1/6, 7 PM Organ Monk organist Greg Lewis duels with drummer Ronnie Burrage; low-register reedman JD Parran leads his Deep Ecology Trio; combustible drummer Weasel Walter leads his quintet at the Clemente Soto Velez Center, $20 for 1 or 2 sets, more for all 3

1/6, 7 PM brilliant pianist Liza Stepanova plays works from Bach to Ligeti from her insightful, wildly eclectic new album at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/6, 8 PM epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band  followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

1/6, 8 PM ecently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Silvana

 1/6, 8 PM lo-fi stoner Americana band Lord Youth followed by cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at the Owl 

1/6, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony play Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rococo Variations plus works by Woo and Kang at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

1/6, 8:30 PM Mary Lorson – whose eclectic catalog comprises everything from uneasy parlor pop to trip-hop to swing – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

1/6, 9 PM catchy janglerockers Nixon Mask – who blend the Jesus & Mary Chain, Americana and pastoral Pink Floyd – at Union Pool, $10 

1/6, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk. 1/19 at 9 they’re at Hill Country followed by twangrock supergroup Los Dudes

 1/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others, metalish Providence band the Infra-Men at 10, the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC at 11 and Link Wray cover band the WrayCyclers at around midnight

1/6, 9 PM cleverly lyrical 90s Britrock-influenced stadium rock band Mustardmind at the Mercury, $10 

1/6, 10 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

1/6. 10 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall  at Skinny Dennis

1/6, 10 PM anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain  at Pine Box Rock Shop. 1/20 at 10 he and the band are at the Way Station

1/6, 11 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

1/7, 4 PM pianist Huizi Zhang and violinist Holly Nelson play works by Michael Levinas, Patrick Thompson, Gu Wei, Yifan Guo, and Fabian Beltran at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

1/7, 7 PMCarol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC –  at Pangea. She’s also here on 1/13 at 9

1/7, 8 PM a killer twinbill at the Owl: luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost and New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez , $10

 1/8, 5:30 PM a Juilliard chamber ensemble plays works by Dutilleux, Lasser (a setting of Debussy and Fauré songs for voice and chamber ensemble) and Dvorak at the Sharp Theatre at Juilliard, free. another concert tonight at Paul Hall at 7:30 as well

1/8, 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St., Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington

 1/8 8/9:30  , noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

 1/8, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

1/8, 8 PM duels and conversation between tenor sax and drums: the George Garzone/Colin Stranahan duo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Garzone is back here on 1/27 at 8:30 leading a trio with Peter Slavov, bass;  Niclas Campagno, drums

1/8, 9 PM catchy, period-perfect, glossy 80s style new wave synth band the Retroglyphs at the Mercury, $10 

1/8, 9:30 PM chanteuse Dor Sagi’s wildly eclectic, elegantly artsy band Sage – who float between enigmatic pastoral jazz-tinged themes, sleek new wave and janglerock – at Pete’s  

1/9, half past noon, Sergio Orabona plays a program TBA on the organ at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

1/9, 4/7 PM a free screening of the acclaimed Edith Piaf biopic La Vie En Rose starring Marion Cotillard at the French Institute, 55 E 59th St., reception to follow, early arrival advised

1/9, 7 PM Unspeakable Garbage – basically the world’s funniest jazz satirists, Mostly Other People Do the Killing with Nick Millevoi on guitar – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

1/9, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian and group followed at 10 by trumpeter Alex Sipiagin leading a killer quintet at 55 Bar

1/9-13, 7:30 PM and 1/14 at 6, the premiere of Michael Gordon’s Acquanetta, inspired by 1940s horror films and performed by Bang on a Can Opera and the Choir of Trinity Wall Street at Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, 29 Jay St., Dumbo, $30 tix avail, F to York St.

1/9-14, 8 PM edgy, tuneful klezmer-influenced Uri Gurvich plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of players, $20. Choice pick: opening night, the Gnawaism trio with Innov Gnaw’s Amino Belyamani (vocals, qraqeb) Samir Langus (vocals, sintir)

 1/9, 8 PM uneasy postpunk/new wave/dreampop band Rich Girls at the Knitting Factory, $10

1/9-14, 8:30/10 PM state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

1/9, 9 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternbergg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat at Sunny’s. 1/13 at 8ish  she’s playing the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy, $10

1/9, 9:30 PM oldschool Texas fingerstyle acoustic blues, Romany swing and all sorts of fiery antique styles with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha at Freddy’s

1/9, 10 PM the Royal Arctic Institute – who veer between surfy rock instrumentals and darker, quieter, more noir and jazz-tinged themes – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

1/9, 11 PM stoner riff-rock power trio the Hazytones at Shrine, free. The following night, 1/10 they’re at St. Vitus an hour earlier, preceded at 9 by stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager for $10 

1/10, 7 PM mesmerizing microtonal saxophonist Daro Behroozi with Daniel Carter – woodwinds; Leonid Galaganov – percussion; Dan Kurfirst – percussion; ​Alexis Marcelo – piano followed at 8 by edgy violinist Sana Nagano with Peter Apfelbaum – reeds; Ken Filiano – bass; Max Jaffe – drums; ​Keisuke Matsuno – guitar at the Cemente Soto Velez Center, $20 

1/10, 6 PM pipa virtuoso Jiaju Shen with guzheng player Wei Sun at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

1/10, 6 PM, repeating on 1/11 at 3 fiery Chinese pipa player Yu Bin and his ensemble play their new suite Overlord, offering a new look at a legendary villain in Chinese opera history at the Asia Society, $25

1/10, 7ish state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard and his quartet with fellow guitarist Steve Cardenas reinvent Ellington and Strayhorn with a touch of surf ! at Barbes

1/10, 7 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Xalam Trio at City Vineyard. They’re also there on 1/17

1/10, 7:30 PM, repeating 1/12-13 and 1/18-20 the riveting Blythe Gaissert and downtown vocal legend John Kelly star in Mikael Karlsson’s multimedia opera The Echo Drift, about a convicted murderer looking to make a surreal jailbreak, at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave (enter on the south side of 25th St), $30

1/10, 10 PM sarcastic glam punks the Defectives at the big room at the Rockwood

1/11, 1:30 PM soprano Alicia Hall Moran sings her new ice skating-inspired avant garde work at Bryant Park. 1/12 at  2:30 PM she’s at Riverbank State Park Skating Complex (679 Riverside Drive), enter at 145th St

 1/11, 6 PM purposeful, low-key tropical jazz singer Eva Cortes plays the album release show for her new one with her sextet at Minton’s, $10

1/11, 7 PM the haunting, ancient Jewish/Middle Eastern sounds of Asefa followed by violin looper Joe Kye, then cinematic guitar mastermind Demir Demirkan at Drom, free

1/11, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  at the Jazz Gallery, $25

1/11, 7:30 PM LA-based Cuban salsa-punk band  Changüí Majadero at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/11, 7:30 PM Music From Yellow Barn sing Bach’s Musical Offering, interspersed with the segments of Lei Liang’s Garden Eight at Symphony Space, $30/$20 under 30

1/11, 8 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem followed at 9:30 by Sam Reider & the Human Hands  playing pastoral gothic accordion art-rock and then at 11 by fiery accordion-fueled circus rock with hip-hop attitude from Jet Black Pearl at Barbes 

1/11, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 1/16 at 8.

1/11-13, 9:30 PM, repeating on 1/17-20 (with an additional 4 PM show on the 20th) violinist Carla Kilhstedt’s haunting undersea art-rock odyssey Black Inscription at Here, 145 6th Ave (enter on Dominick), $30

 1/11, 10 PM fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

1/11, 10 PM explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse  at St. Vitus, $10

1/12-13 it’s Golden Fest, the annual mega-celebration of Balkan and Middle Eastern sounds at Grand Prospect Hall south of Windsor Terrace, R to Prospect Ave and walk a block and a half uphill. Expensive, but arguably the best annual concert weekend in New York, year after year. Too many (80+) good bands to list, the full lineup is here

 1/12, 6:30ish trumpeter Itamar Borochov with mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Nublu 151, $10. The following night, 1/13 at. 7:45 PM they’re at Joe’s Pub for double the money. 

1/12, 7 PM Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba collective Redobles de Cultura, the amazing genre-smashing klezmer/Pakistani ensemble Sandaraa with vocalist Zeb Bangash and composer/clarinetist Michael Winograd and Mexican punk-folk-dance crew Grupo Rebol at City Lore Gallery, 59 E 1st St., $10

1/12, 7 PM violist Nadia Sirota and bass viol player Liam Byrne play a Donnacha Dennechy live score to accompany video animation at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/12, 7 PM in reverse order: thoughtful newgrass band Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, popular, pensive retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman & the  Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Dom Flemons at City Winery, $15 standing room avail 

1/12, 7 PM the Chartreuse string trio, featuring  violinist/violist Carrie Frey, play a water-themed program of music by women composers including Kaija Saariaho and Pauline Oliveros at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

1/12, 7 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

1/12, 8 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

1/12, 8 PM day one of this year’s UK Commotion festival with Lost Dog New Music Ensemble playing new music by UK composers Mark Bowden, Philip Cashian, Tom Coult, Deirdre Gribbin, Ken Hesketh, Anna Meredith and Mark Simpson at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St., $20 

1/12-13, 8:30 PM cellist Okkyung Lee leads an intriguing chamber jazz quartet with Maeve Gilchrist (harp) Eivind Opsvik (bass) Jacob Sacks (piano)  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

1/12. 8:30 PM lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes  followed eventually at 10 by Eljuri playing their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol  and finally at half past midnight brooding, fearlessly political Egyptian crooner Ramy Essan at Drom, free

1/12, 9 PM creepy circus rock band Sarah & the Safe Word – like a female-fronted World Inferno – at Silvana 

1/12, 9 PM jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila followed by Rosa Tatuata playing kinetic, edgy oldtime Sicilian folk at the Parkside

1/12, 9 PM the edgy, improvisational Rhythm Method String Quartet at the Owl

1/12, 10 PM fiery female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at the Silent Barn, $8

1/12, 10 PM CC Roots – oldschool reggae jamband with a blues harp – at Maxwell’s, free 

1/12, 10:30 PM excellent accordion-fueled, female-fronted noir Americana band Crooked Horse at Pine Box Rock Shop 

 1/12, 9:30 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with theEastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – followed at 11 byLos Cumpleanos playing psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes

1/12, 10 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic  at 55 Bar

1/13, 3 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 4 by the Erik Satie Quartet, a stately wind ensemble who reinvent Satie material as well as obscurities by his contemporaries, and then, eventually at 9:30 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy  and at 11 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

1/13, daytime showtime tba, hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s

1/13, 4 PM day two of this year’s UK Commotion festival with Lost Dog New Music Ensemble and pianist Jacob Rhodebeck playing works by Britten, Birtwistle and a very rare performance of Peter Maxwell Davies’ brutally challenging Sonata at the Tenri Cultural Institute, $20; the festival concludes at 8 PM ($20 separate admin) with soprano Srah Moye performing works by Julian Anderson,Richard Barrett, Anna Clyne,Tansy Davies,James Dillon,Helen Grime, Colin Matthews,Thea Musgrave and Martin Suckling at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A W 13th St., $20

1/13, 5 PM guitarist Gabriel Morton plays a set, plus reclaimed wood specialists from Sawkill Lumber and guitar maker Matt Rubendall discuss the use of tonewoods in instrument building. at Sawkill Lumber Passive House, 158 Clifton Place (Franklin/Classon), Bed-Stuy, G to Classon Ave., free. Crack for fans of wood physics and acoustic science!

 1/13. 6:30 PM Berlin jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch’s Speak Low trio with tenor saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and double-bassist Peter Eldh, who contrast low-key, purist vocals and rough-edged improvisation in new interpretations of standards at Greenwich House Music School, $20

1/13, 7 PM an eclectic triplebill of often magical Korean sounds; lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah, who mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes ,violin looper Joe Kye,  and paradigm-shifting gayageum zither player Park Kyungso with drummer Kim Chaek at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

1/13, 7/10 PM, repeating on 1/14 at noon/5 PM Claron McFadden’s sardonically crowdsourced, Balkan-tinged chamber opera Secrets – like a game of telephone run amok – at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

 1/13, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 1/27

1/13, 7:30 PM best lineup of the year: Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj’s Indian hip-hop Bhairavi Beatbox, at 8:15 Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams, at 9 singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio, at 10 the amazing Thai psychedelic jamband Drunken Foreigner Band, at 11:15 the similarly trippy, more eclectic Combo Chimbita, at midnight awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra and at around 1 Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Drom, $10 

1/13, 8 PM playfully psychedelic, tropically-infused instrumentals influenced by 1960 Italian film music from Tredici Bacci at Elsewhere, $12

1/13, 8 PM the Vigil Antics – who blend ornate NWOBHM metal with uneasy postrock and dreampop – at Gussy’s Bar in Queens. Very original and tuneful. 

 1/13, 8 PM a solo set by haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn followed by guitarist Alan Licht’s live score to Aki Onda’s new experimental film at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/13, 8 PM hard-hitting trumpeter Rachel Therrien and her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/13, 8:30 PM low-register reed connoisseur Josh Sinton leads a super cool, subtle trio with Todd Neufeld on guitar and Giacomo Merega on bass followed by violinist Jason Kao Hwang leading a quintet featuring Steve Swell on trombone at Scholes St. Studios, $20/$15 stud/srs

1/13, 10:30 PM fiery garage/powerpop band the Lord Calverts at Otto’s

1/14, 11 AM kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jambands Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos  seen for the first time in the same room together! Proof that they are not the same band! at City Winery, $10, no min, kids 10 and under free!

1/14, 4 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415 and charismatic harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen play works by Boccherini, Telemann, Purcell, Corelli and Durante  at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

1/14, 4 PM Tetsuro Hoshii plays piano improvisations inspired by folk, jazz and American composers at Scholes St. Studios, $10

1/14, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo at 55 Bar

1/14, 7 PM brooding, dynamic Turkish band Yeni Nostalji followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

1/14, 7 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons playing robust oldtimey fiddle and banjo tunes,pensive songwriter  Kristin Andreassen at 8:30 and kinetic, fearlessly populist oldtime Americana songwriter/banjoist Kaia Kater  at 9:15 )at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/14, 6 PM the Desdemona String Trio – Adrianne Munden-Dixon, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Julia Henderson, cello – parse “the dulcet polyphony of Henry Purcell, Sofia Gubaidulina’s mystical characters, and a frolic through Luciano Berio’s youthful Divertimento” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/14, 7:30/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  solo at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/14, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 1/15) York Factory Complaint launch into their drony assault at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10, after a bunch of similarly noisy, less interesting bands 

1/15, 2 PM the new theatrical concert Soul to Soul celebrates the civil rights era collaborations between African-American and Jewish freedom fighters, with gospel and Yiddish tunes and a killer ensemble including Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, and Matt Temkin and singers Lisa and Magda Fishman, Tony Perry and Elmore James (the actor not the late legendary blues guitarist) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place north of Battery Park, $25  

1/15, 7 PM carnivalesque loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey  – a one-man New Orleans funeral parade – leads a 40-person choir performing requiems for David Bowie and Amelia Earhart at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/15, 8/9:30 PM haunting, slinky Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe for $10 + $10 min

1/15, 8 PM the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache, cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe and band,oldschool Cuban hill-country folk band Los Hacheros  and the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

1/15-16 and 1/18-20, 8 PM the world premiere of Ukrainian composer Roman Grygoriv’s twisted microtonal art-rock opera Iyov (Ukrainian for “job”) at Here, 145 6th Ave (enter on Dominick), $30

1/15, 9 PM haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar followed by wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

1/15, 8 PM a killer triplebill at the big room at the Rockwood: tropical tripmeisters Combo Chimbita, fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero, and slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat, $10. Next door at the small room fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock plays at 10.

1/16, 7 PM tanbur player Tev Stevig’s haunting Cesni Trio play Turkish sounds followed at 8 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/16, 7 PM Russian folk noir chamber ensemble Russian Renaissance play a multimedia show at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/16-17, 7 PM Dylan Mattingly’s lavish microtonal four-hour quasi-opera Stranger Love featuring a 30+ member version of Contemporaneous at Roulette, $30

1/16, 8/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $12. 1/24 at 8 he’s at Mezzrow in a rare duo set with Chris Potter on tenor sax, $20. Then he’s with the trio again on 1/26 at 8:30 at Cornelia St. Cafe for $20 if you include cover and minimum

 1/16, 7 PM percussionist John Hadfield leads an improvisational quartet with Kenny Werner, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Or Bareket, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/16, 9 PM haunting psychedelic Middle Eastern/southwestern gothic songwriter Sir Richard Bishop at Union Pool, free

1/16, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

1/16, 10:30 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock at Pete’s

 1/17, 1 PM lyrical jazz piano titan Bill Mays at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

1/17-18, 7:30 and 1/19-20 at 8 PM Joshua Weilerstein conducts the New York Philharmonic in a French program spotlighting Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, with Jean-Yves Thibaudet as soloist; Le Tombeau de Couperin; Valses nobles et sentimentales; Boléro; and Ravel’s orchestration of Debussy’s Sarabande at Avery Fisher Hall, $34 tix avail

1/17, 7:30/9:30 PM pyrotechnic trumpeter Wayne Tucker & the Bad Muthas sextet at the Jazz Gallery, $25

1/17, 8 PM violinist Elmira Darvarova and pianist Vassily Lobanov play works by Brahms, Franck, Clara Schumann at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

 1/17, 9:30 PM the hypnotic, pyrotechnic Orakel duo – Roshni Samlal, tabla;  Kane Mathis, kora and oud – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

 1/17, 10 PM ominous female-fronted slowcore trio Haybaby followed by noisy art=rock/indie guitar legend Martin Bisi at Alphaville, $10 

1/18, 7 PM spectacular singer Martina DaSilva (of the Ladybugs) and trumpeter Alex Nguyen lead the band and audience through a mix of spirituals and hymn at St. George’s Chapel, 4 Rutherford Place east of 3rd Ave, between 16 & 17 Sts, free

1/18, 7:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

1/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM Americana jazz violin powerhouse Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

1/18, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play Strauss’ Till Eulenspigel, Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat and Bartok’s Piano Trio in C at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

 1/18, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Anna Webber leads her killer septet with Jeremy Viner – tenor saxophone, clarinet; Jacob Garchik – trombone; Chris Hoffman – cello; Matt Mitchell – piano; Chris Tordini – bass; Ches Smith – drums, vibraphone at the Jazz Gallery, $25 

1/18, 7:30 PM classic oldschool Cuban-style charanga José Fajardo Jr. y Sus Estrellas at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/18, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes

1/18, 8 PM Certain General guitarslinger/crooner Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at 11th St. Bar

1/18, 9 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at Hill Country 

1/18, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

1/18, 9 PM brilliant, open-tuned original blues, bluegrass and acoustic Americana from Dougmore at Muchmore’s. How much more of this can we take?

 1/18, 9:30 PM intriguingly original, bitingly lyrical, jangly female-fronted acoustic rock trio Yellow Bells at Freddy’s

1/19, 7 PM site-specific spacious sonics: three simultaneous soloists: guitarist David Grubbs, vibraphonist Sarah Hennies and C. Spencer Yeh – violin/vocals spaced apart in separate corners of the main space at Pioneer Works, $15

1/19, 7 PM woodwind quintet SoundMind Ensemble explores the depth of counterpoint in Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet, Op. 26  and Will Healy’s new work, Synapses  at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

 1/19, 7 PM crystalline, lyrical postbop trumpeter Tim Hagans leads his quartet at Smalls

1/19, 7 PM Afro-Cuban duo Melvis Santa & Ashedí sing deep oldschool rhumba – just vocals and percussion – at the Mercy Home for Children, 273 Willoughby Ave( Classon/Taafe), Ft. Greene, $25, “light refreshments” included. G train to Clinton-Washington, $25

 1/19-21, 8/10:30 PM catchy, funky hip-hop brass band the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

1/19-20, 8:30 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads an organ trio with Gary Versace behind the B3  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. The 1/20 show he’s joined by the Mivos  String Quartet and pianist Matt Mitchell playing his brand new suite

1/19, 9:45 PM slashing, female-fronted proto-metal band Nuclear Family Fantasy at the Gutter, $5. 1/25 at 10 they’re at Diviera Drive, 131 Berry St (N 6/7th Sts) also in Williamsburg

 1/19, 10 PM psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno  at Barbes

1/19, 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet at Sunny’s

1/19, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station.

1/19, 10 PM the Marauders play roots reggae at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/19, 10:30 PM a kick-ass punk twinbill; all-female trio Thundera followed by fearless, hard-hitting oldschool CB’s style band the 86s at Legion Bar, free. The two bands on afterward don’t have very searchable names. 

 1/19, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

1/20, 2 PM a free bellydance brunch with oudists Avram Pengas and Scott Wilson leading a quartet plus dancers including Salit and others at Basera Indian Bistro, 745 9th Ave (between 50th and 51st) 

1/20, 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

1/20, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

1/20, 7 PM irrepressible vocal/instrumental chamber ensemble Cantata Profana  explore American Gothic  with Daniel Schlosberg, piano, Jacob Ashworth, violin, and special guest Anna Roberts-Gevalt of Anna & Elizabeth on banjo, guitar, and fiddle at Joe’s Pub, $15

 1/20, 7:30 PM pianist Alessio Bax and a string trio play works by Beethoven, Mozart and Smetana at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

1/20, 7:30/9:30 PM unpredictable, entertaining drummer Tom Rainey leads his Obbligato quintet, slicing up jazz standards with Ingrid Laubrock – saxophone and Kris Davis on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $25 

 1/20, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

1/20, 8 PM Ancient Ocean play slide guitar-fueled, enveloping, slowly tectonic ambient instrumentals followed by the hypnotically pounding, similarly psychedelic Myrrors at Berlin

 1/20, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at C’Mon Everybody, $12

1/20, 8 PM the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and soloist play Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail

1/20, 8 PM electroacoustic cellist/improviser Audrey Chen – one of the most fearlessly assaultive avant garde performers anywhere – performs a very rare vocal show at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

1/20, 9 PM the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache at BAM Cafe, free

1/20, 9 PM sprawling bluegrass collective the Tomtown Ramblers at Caffe Vivaldi

1/20, 9:30 PM Belgian theatrical art-rockers Dez Mona and Baroque Orchestration X play their new Norse mythology-inspired song cycle at Joe’s Pub, $30

1/20, 9:30 PM the Muslim and a Mexican play haunting, driving 60s and 70s Iranian psychedelia at Freddy’s

1/20, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 1/21) catchy, hard-hitting, horn-driven, ska-tinged latin rock band Maquina Mono at the Bitter End 

 1/21, 4 PM International Contemporary Ensemble  presents new works by Okkyung Lee, Nicole Mitchell, and Lu Wang at National Sawdust, $tba

1/21, 6 PM Queens College’s Gamelan Yowana Sari play new indie classical chamber works for gamelan by David Rozenblatt, Zach Seely, Dan Cooper, Daniel Schnyder, and Monroe Golden at the Goddard Riverside Center, 647 Columbus Ave, (91/92) free

1/21, 4 PM the Orchestra Now play Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1; Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela; Rimsky-Korskov’s Capriccio espagnol and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s  Symphony No. 8, The Journey at Symphony Space, free

 1/21, 4 PM the Imani Winds – who style themselves more like a wild brass band than a sedate wind ensemble – play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

1/21, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass). Followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel 

1/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Johnathan Blake records a live album with Chris Potter on tenor and Linda Oh on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/21, 9ish 70s dark folk legend Kath Bloom – who has a haunting new album out  – at Troost

1/21 9 PM bassist Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas with Brandon Seabrook – guitar; Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone; Kenny Wollesen – drums;  Jacob Sacks – piano at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/21, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls 

1/22, 8 PM rousing sea chantey band the Mercantillers at Silvana, They might actually be able to get the fratboys here to shut up and listen. 

 1/22, 8 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio a at Mezzrow, $20

1/22, 9:30 PM Jina Brass Band play live bhangra at Barbes

1/22, 7:30 PM cellist Benjamin Larsen leads a cello quartet playing a program tba at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, 59 E 2nd St

1/22, 9 PM improvisational cinematic duo the Flushing Remonstrance – Catherine Cramer (percussion) and Robert Kennedy (keyboards, electronics, voice)  at Pine Box Rock Shop

1/23, 7 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort plays the album release show for her new one at the big room at the Rockwood

1/23, 7 PM violonist and singer Eleonore Biezunski’s new klezmer band Lyubtshe followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/23, 7 PM hauntingly psychedelic folk noir songwriter Jaye Bartell at Holo, $5

 1/23, 7:30 PM a festival of new chamber works by Chinese composers Shang Peilei, Hi Xuntian, Zhao Xi, Li Shaosheng, Wang Delong and others at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free. The festival continues through 1/25 here and then at Alice Tully Hall on 1/26, same time

1/23, 8 PM Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel  plays the album release show for his latest one The Django Experiment Vol. 2 at Joe’s Pub, $25

 1/23-28, 8:30/10 PM reliably spellbinding multi-saxophonist Steve Wilson leads a colorful quartet with Uri Caine (piano) Ugonna Okegwo (bass) Bill Stewart (drums) at the Vanguard

1/23-28, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis  leads a variety of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: 1/25-27 with Jen Shyu (voice) Ikue Mori (electronics) Trevor Dunn (bass) Mat Maneri (viola) Ches Smith (drums)

1/23, 9 PM the Dead Sea Sisters – Hilary Hawke, Andrea Asprelli and – join their voices for stark oldtime country blues and folk harmonies at the small room at the Rockwood 

 1/23, 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

1/24, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu plays her solo theatrical Nine Doors suite at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/24, 7 PM sitarist Amit Chatterjee jams out evening ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

 1/24-25. 7 PM purist lyrical postbop saxophonist Seamus Blake leads his quartet at Smalls

1/24, 9 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s most dangerously underrated band – at LIC Bar

1/24, 8 PM the Night Kitchen play “Hank Williams, old timey and country with three distinctly amazing performers  Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals” at Barbes

1/24, midnight, enigmatically intense, sometimes assaultive jazz/postrock group Desert Foxx at Branded Saloon

1/25, 6 PM the Zentripetal duo – cellist Jennifer DeVore and violinist Lynn Bechtold – play contemporary works by NYC composers Matthew Browne, Dan Cooper, Sara Holtzschue, Earl Maneein & Ann Warren, as well as tangos by Carlos Gardel & Astor Piazzolla and Romany tunes by Erwin Schulhoff & Django Reinhardt at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/25, 7 PM two choirs sing music rarely heard on a twinbill anywhere in the world: Georgian a-capella group Sepruli followed by Sardinians Tenores De Aterue at Spectrum, $15

 1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly lyrical latin jazz pianist Emilio Solla Y La Inestable de Brooklyn at Minton’s, $10

1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare performance of brass works by Villa-Lobos and Ginastera by the MSM Brass at Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, free

1/25, 7:30 PM the Rolston String Quartet play works by Mozart and microtonalist R. Murray Schafer at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/25, 7:30 PM acoustic songstress Leyla McCalla – who shifts between oldschool country blues, New Orleans and her Haitian roots – at Caveat, 21A Clinton St., $25

1/25, 8 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –  followed at 10 by trombonist Vera Kemper’s Blu Cha Cha salsa jazz band at Barbes 

1/25, 8 PM cellist Maya Beiser and actress Kate Valk play the album release show for their new one The Day: Music of David Lang at Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W. 21st St, $15

1/25, 8 PM the SEM Ensemble play legendary black avant garde composer Julius Eastman’s Feminine + Joy Boy at the Kitchen, $25

1/25, 8:30 PM quirkily charismatic, powerful-voiced, kinetic avant-pop siren Grace McLean at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

1/25, 10  PM psychedelic acoustic jamband Spirit Family Reunion at Sunny’s

1/26, 7 PM the Ayibobo Trio feat Paul Beauborn, Morgan Zwerlein and Chico Boyer play Hatian vodou songs at the Mercy Home for Children, 273 Willoughby Ave (Classon/Taafe), Ft. Greene, $25, “light refreshments” included. G train to Clinton-Washington, $25

1/26, 7:30 PM Sardinian choir Tenores De Aterue and  fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan  at the Owl

1/26, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble with Yvonne Troxler on toy piano play the US premiere of Ian Wilson’s Spillaert’s Beach for viola and piano, and Denis Schuler’s Myn for toy piano, flute, oboe and viola at Symphony Space, $25

 1/26, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic with Jon Faddis on trumpet play a Clifford Brown tribute at Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Ave btw 133/135, 1 to 137th Stl, free, rsvp reqd 

 1/26, 8 PM searing, explosive, mesmerizing Korean postrock/noise/jazz jamband Black String – who employ ancient instruments like geomungo and daegeum – at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs, kids 13-19 free w/school ID

1/26, 8 PM harpist Àiné O’Dwyer and violinist Mohammed Issa AKA Matona jam out haunting Zanzibar taraab themes at the San Damiano Mission, $20

1/26, 8 PM, repeating 1/27 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony  the Chelsea Symphony play Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 and an Eric Lemmon world premiere. The 1/26 program also has Deborah  Nixon as soloist in Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 5;  on 1/27, it’s replaced by Michael Colina’s Isle of Shoals.

 1/26, 8 PM funny, gritty punkmetal band the ToxiTeens at the Delancey, $10 

1/26-27, 8;30 PM legendary Japanese film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto plays a weekend stand at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. Friday night he’s at the piano with guest Camille Norment (glass harmonica), then saturday he’s with guest Ami Yamasaki on vocals.

 1/26, 9ish organist Sarah Davachi presents work for reed organ, violin, viola da gamba, and electronics utilizing open tunings and harmonics at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/26, 9:30 PMlustrously dark jazz pianist Guy Mintus leads his trio at Caffe Vivaldi

1/27, 7 PM violinist Megumi Saruhashi leads a brilliant Middle Eastern jazz band with Brian Prunka – oud; Alon Nechustan – piano; Dan Kurfirst – percussion at CRS NY, 123 4th Ave (12/13), $25

1/27, 8 PM Arcana Music Ensemble play one of Julius Eastman’s earliest works, Thruway (for soprano, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, large choir, and jazz trio); performances by Moor Mother and the late cult figure composer’s brother Gerry open the night, at the Kitchen, $25

1/27, 8 PM Jim Boggia plays Springsteen tunes solo on the ukulele at Arlene’s, $10

 1/27, 10:30  PM Secret Cities’ Marie Parker’s trippy electronically-tinged keyboard-based art-rock band Moon Revenge at Pine Box Rock Shop 

1/27, 11 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns at Berlin, $5

1/28, 8ish Altes EI (improvisational viola icon Jessica Pavone and violinist Erica Dicker) followed by playful loopmusic/ambient/cinematic ensemble Sontag Shogun at Holo, $8

 1/28, 8 PM Argentine pianist Emilio Teubal with his trio playing the album release show for their new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

 1/28, 8 PM a piano quartet TBA play Julius Eastman’s Crazy Nigger, Evil Nigger, and Gay Guerrilla  at the Knockdown Center, $25

1/28, 8 PM snarling, careening psychedelic Americana band the Black Lillies at City Winery, $15 standing room avail

 1/28-29 Cheetah Chrome and what’s left of the Dead Boys at Bowery Electric are sold out

1/29, 7:30/9:30 PM expansively picturesque pianist Amina Figarova and her Sextet play the album release show for their new one at Dizzy’s Club, $30

1/29, 8:30 PM whirlwind drummer Allison Miller’s catchy, entertaining Boom Tic Boom at Bar  Lunatico

1/29, 9:30 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

1/29, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

1/30-2/4, savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 1/31 in a duo with fellow adventurous six-stringer Liberty Ellman

1/30, 7 PM Anna & Elizabeth play their alternately charming and disarmingly dark Appalachian sounds at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15

1/30, 9 PM wow – what a killer duo. Dangerous blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country – with brilliant jazz violinist Charlie Burnham at Sunny’s

1/31, 10:30  PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quartet at Smalls

2/1. 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh  leads his haunting Middle Eastern piano trio at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. Followed by ($25 separate adm) by the album release by similarly intense, more  lavish Middle Eastern/Balkan band the Epichorus

2/1, 7:30 PM oldschool-style Liverpool-based soul dude Jalen N’Gonda at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/1, 8 PM kinetic, hard-hitting Raphael Cendo chamber works performed by Vasko Dukovski on contrabass clarinet (!?!?!), percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire  and indie classical ensemble Either/Or at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/1, 10:30 PM daunting postbop technique and dynamic tunesmithing from saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr,  leading his quartet at Smalls

2/2, 7 PM spine-tingling art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – celebrates three consecutive years of her ongoing Pangea residency with special guest singer and LES noir cabaret legend Little Annie Bandez

2/2, 7:30 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra play Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, and “music by the Beatles in the Baroque styles of Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and more,” at Flushing Town Hall, free, get there early

2/2, 7:30 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, free, B/D to 167th St.

2/2, 8 PM the debut of Nadja Verena Marcin‘s Ophelia, “an architectural live performance and video sculpture focusing on the human destruction of the biosphere” at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, free

2/2, 8 PM pianist Karl Larson plays dystopic piano music by Scott Wollschleger at Spectrum, $15

2/2, 8 PM the ambient duo of Stephen Vitiello/Taylor Deupree, pianist Gust Burns and the Rhythm Method String Quartet at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15 

2/3, 2 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth celebrate the Celtic holiday Imbolc at the Irish Arts Center,553 W 51st, $10

2/3, 7:30 PM indie classical chamber ensemble Hotel Elefant play music by Kaija Saariaho (Nocturne, Oi kuu) with the New York City premières of new works by Hotel Elefant composers Hannis Brown, Patrick Castillo, Jascha Narveson, Leaha Maria Villarreal, and Kirsten Volness at St. Batholomew’s Church, $25/$15 stud

2/3, 8 PM the hilarious Gerry Segal – who wrote the classic I Love Facebook – and veteran comedic cabaret chanteuse Lois Morton at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/3, 8 PM Ekmeles and Tilt Brass play Julius Eastman’s Eastman’s work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc and its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc at the Kitchen, $25

2/3. 8 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their Ellington-inspired suite Tensile Curves in its entirety at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/4, 2 PM the annual Super Bolus of improvised music with an allstar lineup: Anaïs Maviel, Andrew Livingston (Piad Guyvessant, thingNY), Angela Morris (Rallidae), Brian McCorkle (Panoply Performance Lab), Carl Testa, Dave Kadden (Invisible Circle), Dave Ruder (thingNY), ellen o, Hans Tammen, and John King at the Glove, 885 Lexington Ave, btwn Patchen Ave & Broadway, J to Kosciuszko $tba

2/4, 8 PM electronic composer Phill Niblock, keyboardist Tim Shaw, and multimedia artist Katherine Liberovskaya at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/5, 8 PM conscious Ghanian hip-hop artist Poetic X and pianist Yvette Janine Jackson‘s Destination Freedom at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/7, 7:30 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester followed by darkly hypnotic postrock/art-rock supergroup Heroes of Toolik with Moppa Elliott on bass, omfg at Spectrum, $15

2/6, 7:30 PM the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Wave Upon Wave performed by the Telegraph Quartet along with Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 1 and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs

2/7,  8 PM Kara Rooney But for What’s My Axis? Part 2. Desire, Brian Chase‘s Drums and Drones and Ursula Scherrer at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/8-9, 7 PM spectacular, fearlessly relevant singer and Bombay Rickey frontwoman Kamala Sankaram’s multimedia work in progress Looking At You, examining the sinister growth of the surveillance state at Bric Arts, $8 adv tix highly rec

2/8, 7:30 PM multi-stylistic global avant-soul chanteuse Imani Uzuri at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/8, 8 PM mesmerizing sound sculptor/singer Lesley Flanigan, composer/performers Jacob Kirkegaard, Tristan Perich and Katinka Fogh Vindelev at Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St, $15

2/8, 8 PM awesome psychedelic Afrobeat band Golden Dawn Arkestra at Elsewhere, $12

2/8, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly play the album release show for their new one followed by 60s boogaloo legend Joe Bataan at Highline Ballroom, $20

2/9, 7:30 PM powerful Malian songstress Awa Sangho and the Brooklyn Raga Massive take classical Indian themes to wild new places at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/9, 7:30 PM all-female chamber choir Lorelei Ensemble sing works by Guillaume Du Fay, David Lang, Scott Ordway, Peter Gilbert, Joshua Bornfield, Shawn Kirchner, Joshua Shank, Adam Jacob Simon and Moira Smiley at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St., $25

2/10, 8 PM acerbic, spot-on, fearlessly funny political folksinger Rod MacDonald at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/11, 3 PM the NY Choral Society perform Sir Charles Stanford’s Songs of the Fleet, Op. 117, featuring baritone Jarrett Ott, Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, and the East Coast premiere of Frank Ticheli’s Symphony No. 3, The Shore at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $30 seats avail

2/13, 7:30 PM legendary downtown performance artist Penny Arcade’s scathingly anti-gentrification memoir/call to arms Longing Lasts Longer at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/15, 7:30 PM Tito Puente Jr. and many alums from his dad’s band at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/16, 8 PM sleek new wave revivalists Wye Oak, Metropolis Ensemble and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus premiere William Brittelle’s Spiritual America at Symphony Space, $25

2/16, 9ish excellent female-fronted metal-tinged 80s style powerpop band Bat Fangs at Union Pool 

2/18, 3 PM organist Renee Anne Louprette plays works by Bach, De Grigny, Boulanger and Maurice Duruflé  from her new album at St. Ignatius Church, 980 Park Ave at 84th, $25, reception to follow

2/19, 7 PM first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at the small room at the Rockwood

2/20, 7 PM classical guitarist Dan Lippel performs works by Ingram Marshall, Fausto Romitelli, Reiko Fueting, Ursula Mamlok, Martin Bresnick, Chris Rogerson and a world premiere by Ryan Harper at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec, show up early for free kettle corn!

2/20-21, 8 PM Joe Diebes’ new chamber opera Oyster – inspired by Alan Lomax’s “cantometrics “system of analyzing and categorizing songs from around the world – featuring John Rose, Christina Campanella, Michael Chinworth, and Saori Tsukada at Roulette, $20 adv rix rec

2/22, 7:30 PM the Harlem Quartet perform Piston: Quartet No. 3; Debussy: Quartet in G minor; Guido López Gavilán: Guaguanco at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

2/22, 7:30 PM fiery, ambitious pan-slavic violinist/composer Iva Bittova at the Jewish Museum, $18 incl museum adm

2/23, 8 PM overtone-spiced works by Tashi Wada performed by cellist Charles Curtis, bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval and keyboardist Julia Holter at the San Damiano Mission, $20

2/23, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

2/25, 3 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra performs new works by Josh Henderson and Ching-chu Hu. Soprano Elizabeth Farnum joins the ensemble for a repeat performance of David Maves’ setting of John Donne’s The Captive at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

3/5, 7:30 PM the Manhattan Chamber Players with guest cellist Marcy Rosen perform Schubert’s Quartettsatz plus string quartets by Mozart and Brahms at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 3 W. 65th St., $20, students/kids free

3/17, 8 PM haunting, dynamic oudist Simon Shaheen’s Qantara with special guest group the Qantara Berklee Ensemble play iconic themes from Arabic cinema across the decades at Roulette, $30

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

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

4/29, 7 PM Hossein Omoumi, virtuoso of the Persian ney flute, makes a rare NY appearance joined by evocative vocalist Jessika Kenney, Amir Koushkani on setar and tar lutes, and Hamin Honari  on tombak and percussion at Roulette, $30

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for December 2017 and January 2018

New January calendar coming on the first of the new year, but most of the listings will be incorporated into this one first. Free and cheap concerts in just about every neighborhood. If you’re leaving your hood, make sure you check http://www.mta.info for service changes considering how the trains are at night and on the weekend.

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

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. A new project, deep listening workshops in the works, delicious gluten-free refreshments, beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

Also Mondays in January (except for New Year’s Day), 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. In addition, three Fridays in December: 12/1, 5 and 29, 7ish he’s at Troost

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

Wednesdays at 6 PM, irrepressible pianist/singer Champian Fulton – as entertaining a postbop improviser as torch singer – plays at Talde, 8 Erie St. (Bay/1st) in Jersey City, a block and a half from the Grove St. Path station

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

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

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

Wednesdays in January, 9 PM popular, purist blue-eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed and band at Threes Brewing,333 Douglass St., Gowanus, free

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

Two Saturdays in January: 1/6 and 1/13, t 4 PM at Bargemusic there are impromptu free classical concerts, usually solo piano or small chamber ensembles: if you get lucky, you’ll catch pyrotechnic violinist/music director Mark Peskanov and/or the many members of his circle. Early arrival advised.

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

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

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

12/1, 5:30 PM pensively psychedelic, massively tuneful Moroccan/Venezuelan-influenced songwriter Miriam Elhajl at the American Folk Art Museum 

12/1, 7 PM eclectic, tuneful, witty former Burning Spear saxophonist Jenny Hill and her quartet Liquid Horn at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

12/1, 7/10 PM saxophonist Michael Eaton, bassist Adam Minkoff, saxophonist David Liebman, guitarist Marc Ribot, pianist Jamie Saft, and drummers Anthony Cole and Ben Perowsky play late Coltrane works at National Sawdust, $25

12/1, 7 PM violist Aundrey Mitchell and pianist Tim McCullough play 19th to early/mid-20th century works tba at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

12/1, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads a tango octet with the powerful, intense Sofia Tosello on vocals at the Jazz Gallery, $25. 12/2 he’s there with his big band, same deal

12/1, 7:30 PM kinetic, pensive Punjabi/duskcore songwriter/singer Kiran Ahluwalia at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

12/1, 7:30 PM Juilliard’s excellent new-music ensemble, Axiom play works by Luciano Berio at Alice Tully Hall, free tix available at the box ofc

12/1, 7:30 PM 10-piece Austrian new music ensemble Studio Dan play works rarely heard in the US including a Christian Schiller premiere at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req 

12/1, 8 PM don’t let the name fool you – Fairy Tale are more Brothers Grimm than Cinderella – in Korean. Amazing Korean psychedelic folk sounds from this mostly-female group at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud

12/1, 8 PM dark Americana sister singers Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton (2/3 of the Be Good Tanyas) reunite at the Mercury, $18

12/1, 8 PM energetic, sometimes hilarious acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

12/1, 8 PM Marilyn Nonken, piano; Rolf Schulte, violin; Coleman Itzkoff, cello play music of Schoenberg and Webern at NYU’s Black Box Theatre, 82 Washington Square East, free

12/1, 8 PM violinist Chin Kim leads an ensemble performing works by Debussy, Bach, Bartok and Saint-Saens at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St, free

12/1-2, 8:30 PM perennially edgy avant garde violin icon Laurie Anderson at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20 at the door

12/1-2, 8:30 PM avant jazz icon John Zorn plays his annual benefit concert at the Stone with special guests TBA. On 12/2 he’s with Israeli reggae/Afrobeat band Zion80

12/1-10, 8:30/10 PM perennially relevant A-list bassist Christian McBride finishes his long stand at the Vanguard, through 12/3 with Tip City with Emmet Cohen (piano) Dan Wilson (guitar)and then with his reliably awesome Inside Sraight: Steve Wilson (sax) Warren Wolf (vibes) Peter Martin (piano) Carl Allen (drums), $30

12/1, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Radegast Hall

12/1, 10 PM the world’s creepiest and most subtly amusing crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

12/1, 10  PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – followed by the hard-hitting, populist 21 Kings – who mash up powerpop and 80s style indie – at Maxwell’s, $10 

12/1, 10 PM Revolutionary Council play Afrobeat at Shrine

12/1,  midnight Elias Meister’s Spacepilot – Mogwai meets Dopapod meets Sonic Youth in Owsley’s drug lab – at the old Nublu 

12/1, 10 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz, proto-rock and western swing –  at Sunny’s

12/1, 10 PM iconic second-wave roots reggae road warriors John Brown’s Body at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

12/1, 11 PM the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns  followed by fiery, noirish Canadian Balkan/Romany band Lemon Bucket Orkestra at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/2, 1 PM an 8-hour almost-all Leonard Bernstein marathon with a barrage of singers backed by pianists Michael Barrett and Leann Osterkamp, plus world premieres by composers Daniel Sabzgabhaei and Denise Mei Yan Hofmann at the CUNY Grad Center, 35 5th Ave. north of 34th, free

12/2, noon smartly eclectic singer and vivid original jazz songwriter Allegra Levy  leads her group at the Jazz Standard, $10

12/2, 4 PM brilliant rising star pianist Carmen Staaf – who’s as potent and tuneful with latin and klezmer as straight-up postbop jazz – leads her trio at Smalls. On 12/12 at 8/9:30 PM she’s at Cornelia St. Cafe for $10 + $10 min playing the album release show for her new one Day Dream with Nicole Zuraitis, voice;  Dave Ballou, trumpet, flugelhorn;  Kris Allen, alto sax;  Jon Michel, bass;  George Schuller, drums

12/2, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

12/2, 5/8 PM gamelanesque downtown percussion icon Susie Ibarra leads a multi-percussion ensemble with strings and electronics blending multi-channel installation and live music, choreographed and improvised movement with custom built motion capture software at Pioneer Works, $20

12/2, 7 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

 12/2, 7 PM a string quartet comprising Erik Carlson, Leah Asher, Wendy Richman and TJ Borden play Jurg Frey’s delicate, atmospheric String Quartets nos. 2 and 3 at Scholes St. Studios

12/2, 7 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Handel’s Water Music plus works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Shuying Li at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 seats avail

12/2, 7 PM a killer south Asian-tinged band plays musical explorations of often tortuous immigrant paths: Ali Sethi on vocals, Sunny Jain on drumset/dhol, Grey Mcmurray on guitar, Shoko Nagai on keyboards at Joe’s Pub, $15

12/2, 7:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Rachmaninoff – Vocalise; Daugherty-  Raise the Roof; Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10 at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66th St., $20 sug don, reception to follow

12/2, 8 PM Gamelan Kusuma Laras with Javanese gamelan luminaries Darsono Hadiraharjo, “the best young Javanese gamelan player of his generation;” master musician Midiyanto; and rising star singer Heni Savitri; at Roulette, $25

12/2, 8 PM percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire play works by Michelle Lou and Klaus Lang at First Unitarian Church, 119-121 Pierrepont St, downtown Brooklyn, $15

12/2, 8 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band doing a “holiday show” at the Bell House, $25

12/2, 8 PM jazz violinist Leonor Falcón leads her quartet – with bass clarinet in place of bass – playing he album release show for her new one at the Cell Theatre, $15. Followed at 9:30 (separate $15 adm) by lyrical saxophonist Caroline Davis leading her quintet with Julian Shore on piano.

12/2, 8 PM Brooklyn’s most epic band, doom/slowcore crew Clouds Taste Satanic followed by doom/stoner trio Eternal Black, a jarring segue with ambient soundscaper Bowhead and then Providence hardcore band Suicide Pact at Gold Sounds, $10

12/2, 8:30 PM saxophonist Lena Bloch leads her quartet with Russ Lossing (piano); Cameron Brown (bass); Billy Mintz (drums) at I-Beam, $15

12/2, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk

12/2, 9 PM Television’s Richard Lloyd and his band open for Steve Wynn’s iconic, amazingly vital 80s darkly psychedelic, noisyjamband the Dream Syndicate at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

12/2, 9:15 PM cumbia jazz accordionist/crooner Gregorio Uribe and band at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. Followed at midnight ($10 separate adv adm) by high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose new album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds. Uribe is also at Ginny’s Supper Club on 12/14 at 7:30/9:30 PM for the same deal

12/2, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station

12/2, Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 10 with the Luau Cinders – soon to be renamed the Kaweem Abdoo Jabbaws? – at 11 the creepy, Lynchian Tsunami Experiment and at midnight the world’s only electric kazoo surf punk  band, El Muchacho

12/3, 11 AM (in the morning) pianist Conrad Tao plays works by Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Eckart at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St, $22, reception to follow

12/3, performances at 11 AM plus 1, 3 and 5 PM, the allday chamber music marathon at the New School in rooms throughout the campus with very diverse programming, free

12/3, 2 PM the Omer String Quartet play works by Beethoven, Bartok and Jalbert at at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St, $18

12/3 3 PM hot Israeli band 12th Night Klezmer with guest singer Daniella Rabbani at Kingsborough  Performing Arts Center, 2001 Oriental Boulevard (at Oxford), Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, $32 seats avail., B/Q to Brighton Beach

12/3, 7 PM spine-tingling, darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – with a similarly brilliant, lyrical special guest, Rachelle Garniez, at Pangea

12/3, 7 PM sharply lyrical southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

12/3, 7:30 PM haunting, cinematic, Middle Eastern-inspired bass clarinetist Todd Marcus leads his Jazz Orchestra followed at 10:30 by baritone saxophonist Frank Basile leading his quintet at Smalls

12/3, 7 PM the Dirty Waltz Band- a seven-piece group playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions – followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

12/3, 8 PM in reverse order: psychedelic Afrobeat band the People’s Champs; female-fronted trip-hop/postrock band Green and Glass; brilliant bassist Ezra Gale’s funky, psychedelic project the Eargoggle; psychedelic pastoral jazz guitarist Dustin CarlsonRyan Dugre‘s African-inspired, hypnotic guitar sounds; and cinematic guitar-and-EFX dude Xander Naylor at Secret Project Robot, 1186 Broadway, (Lafayette/Van Buren), Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusko St, $10 

12/3, 8 PM rising star classical talent play etudes and elegies including works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Scriabin, Sor, Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos, Ligeti & Kapustin at the New School’s Arnhold Hall, 4th floor, 55 W 13th St, free

12/3, 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play works by Richard Strauss, Barber and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 at Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway (114/115), free. The program repeats on 12/12 at 8 at Symphony Space

12/3, 8 PM the assaultive drums/trumpet Mike Pride/Peter Evans Duo and low-register reed connoisseur Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

12/3 the Attacca Quartet at the Brooklyn Public Library is sold out

12/3, 9:30 PM theatrical, punk-inspired songwriter Sabrina Chap at Pete’s. 12/14 at 10 she’s at the Way Station

12/3, 10:30 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at  the third stage at the Rockwood, $10

12/4, 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman’s popular western swing band Brain Cloud at Barbes followed at 9:30 PM  by Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos with members of M.A.K.U and Combo Chimbita playing space cumbia at Barbes

12/4, 7 PM the New School John Coltrane Ensemble followed by at 9 by the New School Herbie Hancock ensemble at the New School’s Arnhold Hall, 4th floor, 55 W13th St, free

12/4, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed at by by and exciting Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion at Sisters Brooklyn, 900 Fulton St., Ft. Greene, A/C to Clinton-Washington

12/4, 9:30 PM violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at Club Bonafide, $10

12/5, 7 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch at Bowery Electric, $10

12/5, 7 PM violonist and singer Eleonore Biezunski’s new klezmer band Lyubtshe followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/5, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

12/5, 8 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing anti-trumpie broadsides with special guests at City Winery, $15

12/5, 8 PM live dub band High Disciple followed by creepy, cinematic twin-guitar pastoral jazz trio the Royal Arctic Institute and then doomy, hypnotic postrockers the Messthetics at St. Vitus, $15 

12/5, 8 PM Velocity Duo singer/pianist Lauren Lee leads a rare large ensemble –  voice, piano, compostion;  Shelly Washington, baritone sax, flute;  Brad Mulholland, alto sax, clarinet;  Lauren Seay, bass, voice;  Kevin Neyer, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Followed at 9:30 (separate admission) by Matkot singing their torchy, harmonically rich Mediterranean vocal jazz 

12/5, 8 PM violist Catherine Lamb with Brian Eubanks on synth “filtering a live sound input of the outer atmosphere to the listening space,” at the Kitchen, $20

12/5-10, 8:30 PM perennially lyrical multi-reed maven Ned Rothenberg plays with a series of lineups at the Stone. Choice pick: opening night with the Mivos String Quartet, and then 12/8, duo duels with John Zorn

12/5, 9 PM pastoral gothic art-rock accordionist Sam Reider plays his birthday show at Sunny’s. He’s also there an hour later on 12/12

12/5, 9 PM the New School’s Progressive Rock Ensemble play tunes by music from King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, etc the New School’s Arnhold Hall, 4th floor, 55 W13th St, free…hmmm…maybe some ELO and Procol Harum if we’re lucky? The Alan Parsons Project?

12/5, 10 Greta Van Fleet at Bowery Ballroom, $18 adv tix avail. On one hand, this seems to be a corporate stunt: a bunch of Michigan kids in their teens who discovered their dad’s stoner boogie albums from the 70s. But at least they’re playing real instruments instead of making EDM with their phones. Be aware that their 12/6 show is sold out

12/6, 6 PM Margarita Rovenskaya, piano;  Elly Toyoda, violin play music by Chopin, Mozart, Brahms and Gershwin at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Followed at 8 and 9:30 (separate adm) by the Out Louds: Tomas Fujiwara, drums;  Ben​ ​Goldberg, clarinet;  Mary​ ​Halvorson, guitar

12/6, 7 PM composer Tania Leon hosts an intriguing, extremely eclectic composer roundtable at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave with the electroacoustically-inclined Zosha Di Castri, violinist Pauchi Sasaki, and jazz sax icon Miguel Zenón, free, rsvp req

12/6, 7 PM bassist Reggie Workman’s largescale improvisational Futuristic Concepts Ensemble at  the New School’s Arnhold Hall, 4th floor, 55 W13th St, free. Followed at 8 by a chamber ensemble premiering new works by electroacoustic composer Yifan Guo

12/6, 7:30 PM Columbia’s lush, magical Japanese Gagaku/Hogaku Ensemble at St. Paul’s Chapel, 116th/Amsterdam, free

12/6, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

12/6, 8 PM a benefit for Puerto Rican hurricane relief with fiery guitarists Ava Mendoza and Brandon Lopez and latino hardcore band S.P.I.Cat the Silent Barn, $5 or pay more if you can afford it. All proceeds to real grassroots organizations helping the island rather than to greedy disaster profiteer NGO’s

12/6, 9 PM day one of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus fest of first-class acoustic Americana. At the main room at the Jalopy the show starts with soul-Americana singer Wyndham Baird, at 9 Belle Skinner, at 10 the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – at 10:30 Lord Youth and at 11 Taylor & Rashad. At the Jalopy Tavern the show starts with Jackson Lynch at 7 PM followed at 8 by Billy Woodward, at 9 Fatboy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones, at 10 King Isto’s awesome Hawaiian Tropical String Band and at 11 Hannah Thompson

12/6, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost 

12/6, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Bar Chord; 12/16, 8 PM they’re at Shrine and on 12/20 at 9 at the Way Station

12/6, 10 PM conscious, oldschool-style roots reggae chanteuse Jah9 at SOB’s, $20

12/6, 10:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his band at Smalls. 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. 

12/7, 7 PM multi-instrumentalist Laura Ortman plays violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, and pedal steel guitar at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

12/7, 7 PM charming but edgy Slovak jazz chanteuse Ester Wiesnerova at Shrine 

 12/7, 7:30 PM badass oldschool electric bluesmistress Celisse Henderson at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/7, 7:30/9:30 PM unsurpassed low-key pastoral jazz: the Bill Frisell/Thomas Morgan duo at the Jazz Standard, $30

12/7, 8 PM chamber jazz with trumpeter Matt Holman’s Outlands with Ben Monder, guitar;  Matt Clohesy, bass;  Mark Ferber, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min.

12/7, 8 PM freaky Americana rock anthems with Hiss Golden Messenger at Bowery Ballroom, $20. He’s there a half hour later on 12/8

12/7, 8 PM the American Symphony Orchestra play Schnittke’s Symphony No. 5, Martinu’s Symphony No. 6 plus works by Grażyna Bacewicz at Alice Tully Hall, $22 tix avail.

12/7, 8:30 PM day two of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus fest of first-class acoustic Americana. At the main room at the Jalopy the show starts with the haunting Balkan Jalopy Chorus, at 9 the brilliant Jan Bell – who switches between  19th century Britfolk and haunting Americana – at 9:30 soul/gospel belter Queen Esther, at 10fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan, at 10:30 Morgan O’Kane and at 11 Mara Kaye. At the Jalopy Tavern the show starts at 8  with the Dime Store Romeos and at 10 ska cover band Skalopy.

12/7, 8:30 PM the irrepressible Jon Irabagon on sax with Gary Versace on organ and Colin Stranahan on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/7, 9 PM dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately –  darkly anthemic rainy-day cello-rock band Secret Moths and enigmatic, kinetic punk-jazz/psych-funk/postrock horn band Kleptokrat at Trans-Pecos, $10  

 12/7-10, 8/9:30 PM the 17-piece Jimmy Heath Big Band – a mix of legends and rising star talent  at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

12/7, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re at Smalls on 12/27 at 10:30

12/8, 6 PM crystalline-voiced, noir-tinged third-stream jazz chanteuse Tessa Souter and her band at 55 Bar

12/8, 6:30 PM Floyds Row play their rousing mashup of ribald British folk and baroque music at the American Folk Art Museum 

12/8, 7 PM perennially interesting new music advocates Ensemble Mise-En play world premieres for chamber ensemble and haegeum (Korean wood flute) by Kari Besharse, Kyong Mee Choi, Timothy Ernest Johnson, Gideon Gee-Bum Kim and Moon Young Ha at the Cell Theatre, free, reception to follow

12/8, 7 PM the Rolston String Quartet play a program of Canadian composers TBA at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free, rsvp req

12/8, 7 PM guitarists Mark Mollica and Nate Radley with John Ellis on saxophone, Ike Sturm on bass and Jared Schonig on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

12/8, 7:30/9:30 PM singer Sofia Tosello performs the album release show for her dynamic new one, Lluvia Fue (Chamber Tango) with a killer quintet featuring Fernando Otero on piano at Minton’s, $15

12/8, 7:30 PM state-of-the-art postbop trio: Dave Pietro on saxophone with Jay Anderson on bass and Mark Ferber on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/8-9, 7:30/9:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis leads her Borderlands Trio playing the album release show for her new one at the Jazz Gallery, $25

12/8, 7:45 PM brilliant, soaring south Indian chanteuse Falu‘s Karyshma and slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashup band Nation Beat at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/8 8 PM a super rare East Village gig by piano jazz icon Vijay Iyer with his trio at Nublu 151, $20

12/8, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

12/8, 8:30 PM day three of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus fest of first-class acoustic Americana. At the main room at the Jalopy the show starts with oldtime blues guitarist Eli Smith, at 8:30 purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg , at 9 Brother Roy, at 9:30 King Isto’s Tropical String Bnd at 10 fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers, at 10:30 Brain Cloud’s tapddancing western swing frontwoman Tamar Korn, at 11 brilliant oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton and at 11:30 Nat Myers.

12/8-9, 8:30 the world’s most captivatingly assaultive extended technique trumpeter, Peter Evans  leads a couple of ensembles at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

12/8, 9 PM grim, apocalyptic postrock themes with Mogwai at Terminal 5, $30 gen adm

12/8, 9ish exotic vibraphone surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost. 12/22, 9 PM they’re at Singlecut Beersmiths in Queens

12/8, 9 PM wickedly jangly surf/twang/country instrumentalists the Bakersfield Breakers at Singlecut Beersmiths in Queens

12/8, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s most dangerously underrated band – at the Way Station

12/8, 10 PM a rare free show by intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Bar Chord

12/8-9, 10:30 PM hard-charging alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo leads his quartet with the great Brian Charette on organ at Smalls

12/9, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 8 by eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo  leading his at Barbes

12/9, 4 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost at Pete’s

12/9, 4 PM the Desoff Choir sing Handel’s Messiah at Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway @ 121st St, $15

12/9, 5 PM tenor sax explorations by Ras Moshe Burnett and open jam session along with speakers from Take the Stands and the Stop Mass Incarceration Network at Dacia Gallery, 53 Stanton St

12/9, free kettle corn at 7 PM, show shortly thereafter by the Argus Quartet with guest soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon performing works by Kaija Saariaho, New York premieres by Loren Loiacono and Jordan Nelson with text by Gertrude Stein at the 53rd St. library, 18 W 53rd St. free, rsvp reqd 

12/9, 8 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop followed by crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss with her excellent band at Hank’s

12/9, 8 PM the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and soloists perform Handel’s oratorio Judas Maccabeus at Church of the Ascension, 221 W 107th St (Broadway/Amsterdam), $5/$3 stud/srs

12/9, 8 PM wild stuff: the New York City debut of the aptly named Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, including the NYC premiere of works by Alex Burtzos, Stephen Dankner, and Jesse Limbacher at the DiMenna Center, $10 sug don 

12/9, 8 PM electronic music maven/archivist Antenes plays a “glimpse of ongoing new work culled from archival audio recordings from original commemorative, educational, and informational tape and vinyl releases from the Bell Labs library. The performance arranges samples contained within these documents alongside audio experiments influenced by the instructions and techniques suggested within them: pitch perception studies and various computer and electronic music techniques performed at Bell Labs in the early-to-mid 20th century” plus distant remnants of noise from the big bang, at Issue Project Room, $10 sug don

12/9, 8 PM pianist Dorian Wallace’s improvisational Free Sound Ahn-somble at the Cell Theatre, $15.

12/9, 8:30 PM day four of the Jalopy’s Roots & Ruckus fest of first-class acoustic Americana. At the main room at the Jalopy the show starts with brilliantly lyrical dark oldtimey songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Pete Lanctot and similarly amazing violinist Ginger Dolden of Pete and the Stray Dogs at 7, at 7:30 the haunting Ukrainian Village Voices, at 8 Aaron Frazer, at 8:30 nergetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho, at 9 eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen, at 9:30 wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus, at 10 folk noir songwriter Feral Foster, at 10:30 excellent acoustic jamband Spirit Family Reunion, and at 11 brilliant singer Jenny Luna‘s new Turkish band Seyyah, who absolutely slayed a week ago at their show in Fort Greene. At the Jalopy Tavern the show starts at 8 with the Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – who do an awesome, slyly funny evocation of the Memphis Jug Band – at 9 the Horse Eyed Men, at 10 Crisco Dreams and at 11 Dr. Hop

12/9, 8:30 PM incomparable country/jazz/janglerock icon Amy Allison at Dixon Place, free. Brilliant new material, all kinds of rarities and devastatingly funny between-song banter

12/9, 8:30 PM multi-sax improvisational jazz powerhouse Jessica Lurie at the Owl

12/9, 8:30 PM a killer improvising quartet: Brian Drye – trombone; Vinnie Sperrazza – drums; Hank Roberts – cello; Chet Doxas – saxophone at I-Beam, $15

12/9, 10 PM expansive brass-fueled Afrobeat jams with the Brighton Beat at American Beauty, $15

12/9, 10 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant Organ Monk Trio  at the Fat Cat

 12/9, midnight sardonic, hard-hitting, noisy Japanese girlpunks the Hard Nips at the Cobra Club, $tba

12/10, 10/11 AM (in the morning) a free performance of Momenta Quartet violist Stephanie Griffin’s new Lost String Quartet, for children 4 and up at the Time In Children’s Arts Initiative, 227 W. 29th St, Studio 4R, free, res rec.  

12/10, 2 PM the Variation String Trio with Orion Weiss on piano play music of Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert and Nina Young at the Town Hall, $10

12/10, 2 PM the album release for the new one by rainy-day psychedelic duo Wet Tuna (PG Six and Matt Valentine) at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/10, 5 PM Microscopic Septet pianist and Fresh Air theme composer Joel Forrester followed at 7 by Belgian violinist Guillaume Pirard and pianist George Shevtsov playing belle-epoque salon music and then at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

12/10, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

12/10, 9:30 PM intense gutter blues band Jane Lee Hooker at Otto’s

12/10, 9 PM Arki play darkly classic Ethiopian funk grooves at Silvana. They’re also at Shrine on 12/17 at 9 PM followed by roots reggae band the Zebulonites

12/10, 7 PM string/winds/piano ensemble Lena Vidulich & Fire Ecology play works by Reiko Fueting and Whitney George at Spectrum

12/10, 8 PM the NYU Contemporay Music Ensemble plays Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat and Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

12/10, 8 PM smart, darkly pensive third-stream jazz pianist Noa Fort  leads her quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/10, 9 PM the Columbia Arabic Music Ensemble at Symphony Space, free

12/10, 9 PM catchy oldschool roots reggae jams with a fearlessly populist Senegalese feel from Meta & the Cornerstones at B.B. King’s, $15 adv tix rec

12/10, 10 PM sardonically lyrical powerpop/new wave band the Fast Romantics at the Mercury, $10

12/11, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, all-female punk classical French horn quartet Genghis Barbie play works from Bizet to Queen to Badfinger at the Miller Theatre, free

12/11, 6 PM hypnotic, brilliant Indian sarod/guitar improviser Camila Celin at the Fat Cat

12/11, 6 PM tuneful postbop pianist Jim Ridl leads his group from behind the Rhodes  followed at 10 by eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leading his Kurrent trio with Vic Juris on guitar and Jordan Young on drums at 55 Bar

12/11, 7 PM pyrotechnic but purposeful psychedelic guitarist and power trio leader Debra Devi at Berlin, $10

12/11, 7:30 PM the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble play an all-Chinese program of bell and percussion works by Guo Wenjing, Zhou Long, Lei Liang, Hou Wen-Chung and Tan Dun at Alice Tully Hall, free

12/11, 7:30 PM fiery pan-latin guitarslinger Juancho Herrera and band at Club Bonafide, $10

12/11, 9  PM Tibor Szemző (films, music, narration, flutes) and László Gőz (bass trumpet, sea shells) evoke the clandestine Hungarian underground of the 60s and 70s with a performance at at 224 Centre St #3, free. 12/14, 7:30 PM they accompany a gritty site-specific post-industrial urban installation at  Radiator Gallery Project Space, 10-61 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, free, 7 to Vernon-Jackson

 12/11, 9:30 PM cumbia band Los Cumpleanos – with new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

12/11, 10 PM popular Israeli reggae/stoner rock crew Moshav Band at  Baby’s All Right, $15

12/12, 7 PM bassist Matt Pavolka’s clever wind ensemble the Horns Band followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

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

12/12, 7:30 PM not a music event but one that will resonate with everyone who’s fed up with the endless blitzkrieg of gentrification – downtown performance art icon Penny Arcade’s Longing Last Longer at Pangea, $20

12/12, 8 PM the Columbia Klezmer Ensemble at 112 Dodge Hall, 2960 Broadway at 116th on the Columbia campus, free

12/12, 8:30 PM Rachael & Vilray feat. Lake Street Dive frontwoman Rachael Price sing torchy, purist Americana jazz duets at Bar Lunatico

12/12-26, 8:30/10 PM pianist Kenny Barron has a long stand at the Vanguard, through the 17th with his quintet – Mike Rodriguez (trumpet) Dayna Stephens (saxophone) ​Kiyoshi Kitagawa (bass) Johnathan Blake (drums) and then dropping out the horns the rest of the way. Presumably they’re not playing on xmas day

12/12-17, 8:30 PM jazz violinist Mark Feldman plays with a series of lineups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Tom Rainey (drums)

12/12, 9:30 PM virtuoso toy pianist Margaret Leng Tan and the Hands in Motion percussion ensemble play meditative watertoned music by Milos Raickovich & Teodora Stepancic at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

12/12, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

12/13, 5 PM the New School’s swing jazz ensemble plays vintage material from the catalogs of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Ben Webster, “Sweets” Edison, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Billie Holiday at  the New School’s Arnhold Hall jazz performance space, 55 W 13th St, free. At 7 Armen Donelian leads their Sonny Rollins repertory band

12/13, 7:30 PM the amazing, haunting, otherworldly NY Andalus Ensemble – who play ancient Middle Eastern and North African Jewish sounds from as far back as a thousand years ago – at La Nacional Benevolent Society, 239 W 14th St., $18

12/13, 7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

12/13, 7:30/9:30 PM bassist Chris Tordini’s Choir Invisible with Charlotte Greve – alto saxophone; Vinnie Sperrazza – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $15

12/13, 7:30 PM eclectic mostly-female klezmer/cumbia/tango jamband Isle of Klezbos  at Piano on Park, 10 Park Ave #22D, $25

12/13, 8 PM NewMusicMannes play works by Gubaidulina, Anna Clyne, Sergej Newski, Alcides Lanza and others at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, free

12/13, 8/9:30 PM pianist Jesus Hernandez’s lush, intense flamenco jazz group the Bojaira Project at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. 12/20, 9:30 PM they’re at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/13, 8 PM Ken Filiano – bass, compositions / Ingrid Laubrock – saxophones / Anders Nilsson – guitar / Michael T.A. Thompson – drums followed sometime after 9 by bassist Michael Bisio with Avram Fefer on sax and Art Bailey on accordion at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery, $15

12/13, 8 PM John Hodel – the Bukowski of what’s left of the late 90s LES singer-songwriters – at Sidewalk. You know the song – Tuesday Morning in a Bar

12/13, 8:30 PM intense, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group at Bowery Electric, $10

12/13, 9:30 PM Mireya Ramos, frontwoman of the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache sings Mercedes Sosa at Joe’s Pub, $20

12/13, 10 PM haunting, creepy noir art-rock pianist Lorrie Doriza at the Way Station. She was doing her evil cinematic stuff while still in her teens; good to see her out there on the club circuit now. 

12/13, 10:30 PM rising star singer/pianist pianist Kelly Green leads her sextet at Smalls

12/14, 7 PM deviously lyrical cult favorite Americana soul/punk songwriter Marcellus Hall at the small room at the Rockwood

12/14, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

12/14, 7:30 PM drummer Sunny Jain‘s explosively funky Indian ExtravaJAMza jamband at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

12/14, 7:30/9:30 PM sensational rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill leads his group at  the Jazz Gallery, $15

12/14, 7:30 PM the Orchestra Now play Holst’s Planets, Penderecki’s Double Concerto and works by John Adams at Alice Tully Hall $22 seats avail

12/14, 8 PM edgy postbop guitarists Mike Baggetta and Anders Nilsson team up with bassist Jerome Harris and drummer Satoshi Takeishi at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 stud

12/14, 8 PM crystalline-voiced, eclectic chamber jazz guitarist Camila Meza leads her group at the Jamaica Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, Queens, E/J to Jamaica/Parsons, $10

12/14, 8 PM Darren Solomon and CJ Camerieri play “ambient music for trumpet and Wurlitzer,” at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery,

 12/14-15, 8 PM Sahra Motalebi’s new experimental opera Directory of Portrayals, based on an ongoing online exchange between the composer and her Iran-based sister, whom she has never met, at the Kitchen, $20

 12/14, 8:30 PM an allstar klezmer jazz band –  Lauren Brody, Jordan Hirsch, Zoe Christiansen, Joanna Sternberg, Aaron Alexander – kick out the jams at the Jalopy, $15

12/14, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

12/14, 8 PM Hypercolor – bass monster James Ilgenfritz, percussionist Lukas Ligeti and guitarit Eyal Maoz followed at 9 by the Admiral Launch Duo (Jennifer Ellis, harp / Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophone) at Spectrum

12/14, 8:30 PM rapturously innovative shamisen player/singer/improviser Emi Makabe leads a new quartet with Ches Smith (drums); Thomas Morgan (double bass); Vitor Gonçalves( piano/accordion) at I-Beam, $15

12/14, 9 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at Hank’s

12/14, 9 PM epic Radiohead soundalikes Calaspera at Arlene’s, $8 

12/14, 10 PM fiery oldtimey string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

12/14, 10 PM haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar at Barbes. They’re also here on 12/30 at 10.

12/14, 10:30 PM saxophonist/composer Michael Blake leads a killer quartet with Frank Kimbrough on piano, Ben Allison on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at Smalls

 12/14, 10:30 PM one of NYC’s most original bands, Gold – just four womens’ vocal harmonies over concise, Slits-ish bass and drums – at Pete’s

12/14, midnight trumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob  at Nublu 151, $15

12/15, 5:30 PM torchy, charming uke cabaret songwriter Trinidad Montalvo at the American Folk Art Museum

12/15, 7 PM an unlikely but hypnotic twinbill: sitar virtuoso Krishna Bhatt and guitarist Gyan Riley at the Rubin Museum of Art, $30

12/15, 7:30 PM pianist Minji Kim leads her colorful, cinematic quintet with Alex Sipiagin on trumpet at Club Bonafide, $15

12/15, 8 PM Sharq Attack with Marandi Hostetter, 5 string violin; Brian Prunka, oud; John Murchison, double bass and Philip Mayer, percussion jamming out classic Middle Eastern themes 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

12/15, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa’s lush, philosophically-inspired City Fragments Band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/15, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play the the world premiere of Wojtek Blecharz’s Music for Invisible Places, at the Abrons Arts Center, free, early arrival a must

12/15, 8:30 PM surf night at Freddy’s: the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC , Lateslip, the legendary Tiki Brothers, & Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others doing the ep release show for their new one

 12/15, 8:30 PM multi-reedman/brilliant composer Mike McGinnis’ lush, enveloping pastoral jazz Roadtrip band at I-Beam, $15

12/15, 9:30 PM Three Bad Jacks play dark garage, ghoulabilly and punkish Americana at Hill Country 

12/15-16, 10:30 PM hard-hitting, tuneful postbop saxophonist/composer Ralph Bowen leads his quartet at Smalls

12/15, 11 PM Picture One and Safe Hex play bass-driven rainy-day 80s Xymox-style goth at Muchmore’s 

12/15, 11 PM Cartagena play funky psychedelic latin soul at Pete’s 

12/15, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

12/16, 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist Michael Winograd and riveting Balkan trumpeter Ben Holmes air out new material followed at 8 by intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay, and then at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that.  at Barbes. Winograd is also at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music the following afternoon, 12/17 at 3:30 with a larger band, $10 includes free latkes

12/16, 6 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at the historic Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood, $3, take the L to Jefferson St. and a 10-minute walk up Flushing Ave.

12/16, 7 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch’s Pocket Orchestra with the otherworldly Aubrey Johnson on vocals and Ingrid Jensen on trumpet at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

12/16, 7 PM , repeating on 12/17 at 2 PM the Brooklyn Brandenburgers play  music by Telemann,  Mozart, Gene Glickman, Astor Piazzolla, Arthur Foote, Beethoven and Bach at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10, kids under 16 free

12/16, 7:30 PM the edgy, tuneful klezmer-influenced Uri Gurvich on saxophone with Peter Slavov on bass and Francisco Mela on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/16, 7:30 PM riveting, intuitive pianist Karine Poghosyan plays a benefit for the Music Conservatory of Puerto Rico with an all-Beethoven program: Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 90. and the regal Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with string quartet at Broadway Presbyterian Church, 601 W 114th St., $20, all proceeds to benefit the conservatory.

12/16, 7:30 PM the the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio play music of Dvorak, Beeethoven and Brahms at Washington Irving HS Auditorium, 16th St./Irving Place, $14

12/16, 7:30 PM rapturously eclectic jazz chanteuse Marianne Solivan leads her elegant quartet at Smalls

12/16, 8 PM fun, fast-picking original bluegrass and newgrass with the River Bones Band followed eventually at 10 by Dubistry doing their live dub thing and then oldschool-style rocksteady/roots reggae singer Caz Gardiner and her excellent band at Silvana 

12/16,  8/9:30 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana  with Aaron Diehl on piano at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

12/16, 9 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Footlight Bar. 12/20 at 11 they’re at the small room at the Rockwood

12/16, 9 PM sardonic folk noir band Bad Galaxy followed by wryly surreal prozac rock duo the Dream Eaters  at Pete’s 

12/16, 9 PM very diverse works by rising star jazz composer Sarah Weaver: a solo bass piece written for and played by the great Mark Dresser followed by Weaver’s killer twelve-piece orchestra featuring Min Xiao-Fen on pipa and Ned Rothenberg on reeds, among others, at the DiMenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

12/16, 9:30 PM trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran and her band at Bowery Electric, $15

12/16, 10 PM period-perfect 80s goth dance-rock band Kissing Is a Crime at Trans-Pecos, $10

12/16, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

12/16, 11 PM charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs – who put a twistedly original spin on old Disney movie themes – at the third stage at the Rockwood,$15

12/16, midnight the Dye play a mashup of 60s Laurel Canyon psych and 80s goth at the small room at the Rockwood

12/17, 3 PM pianist Karl Larson’s Light Matter Trio play works by Kaja Saariaho, Adrian Knight, Garth Knox and Scott Wollschleger at Spectrum

12/17, 4 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Luckydog, 303 Bedford Ave (S 1st/2nd), Williamsburg. They’re also at Barbes on 12/23 at 8.

12/17, meet at 5:45, parade at 6 PM, this year’s flagship event of the annual global Unsilent Night festival hosted by the composer who started it all, Phil Kline. Bring your boombox, phone, tablet or laptop, download a file or borrow one of Kline’s cassettes and march in this twinkling, enveloping, mesmerizing parade to Tompkins Square Park. The procession takes about an hour – family-friendly and one of the funnest things you could do this holiday season.

12/17, 7 PM the ethereal, Balkan-influenced Accord Treble Choir followed at 9:30ish by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

12/17, 9:30 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads her Quartet at 55 Bar

12/18, 9 PM deviously funny twin-trombone dub reggae crew Super Hi-Fi play their twised dub reggae covers of xmas carols  at the big room at the Rockwood, $10. Be aware that the Ventures show advertised beforehand is not the Ventures, the classic surf band, but somebody who’s obviously never heard of them.

12/18, 9:30ish Chicha Libre spinoff Locobeach play trippy electro-cumbia at Barbes

12/18, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

12/19, half past noon eclectically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer  at 1 Liberty Plaza in the Financial District, free

12/19, 7 PM smart purist oldtime blues/Americana resonator guitarist Zeke Healy & intense, eclectic violist Karen Waltuch make wild psychedelia out of classic Americana folk themes followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

12/19, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly lyrical latin jazz pianist Emilio Solla Y La Inestable de Brooklyn at Minton’s, $10

12/19-23, 8:30 PM drummer Ches Smith leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night with Jennifer Choi (violin) Anna Webber (flute) Nate Wooley (trumpet) Oscar Noriega (clarinets) Michael Nicolas (cello)

12/19, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

12/20, 7 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Xalam Trio at City Vineyard. They’re also here on 12/27, sug don $10

12/20, 7:15 PM Afrobeat/roots reggae songstress Ayo plays the album release show for her new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

12/20, 8 PM purposeful, playful postbop guitarist Amanda Monaco leads an organ trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min – good situation for her. Followed at 9:30 (separate adm) by intense, lyrical tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leading her quintet

12/21, 7 PM the Jack Quartet play play the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet No. 9 in total darkness at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. The last time they did this – with his previous quartet – the show was off the hook.

12/21, 8:30 PM drummer Aaron Alexander – the Art Blakey of Jewish jazz – leads an allstar combo at the Jalopy, $15

12/21, 10 PM Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Barbes

12/22, 7 PM epic, cinematic Indian violin-fueled art-rock themes with Rini and her explosive band at the big room at the Rockwood, $10

12/22, 7:30/9:30 PM pyrotechnic, charismatic Argentine bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre leads his tango-jazz group at Minton’s, $15

12/22-23, 8/9:30 PM bassist Petros Klamanis leads his hauntingly lush, string-driven, Middle Eastern-tinged septet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/22, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by vibraphonist Felipe Fournier‘s Supermambo band playing a  Tito Puente tribute at Barbes 

12/22. 10 PM kinetic, funky, horn-fueled Algerian-Turkish-Nigerian dance crew Dahka Band at Littlefield, $15

12/22-23, 10 PM ageless second-wave ska/soul/blues band the Slackers play the Bell House, $20 adv tix or $32 2-day pass available.the original creepy circus punks, World Inferno open the night at 9 on 12/23 for no extra charge

12/22, 10 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s

12/22, 10 PM Littlebuh play trippy cinematic vibraphone jazz at Pete’s 

12/23, 5 PM a classical Indian vocal ensemble with Doyel Ghosh, Aakhi Roy, Anhiti Naskar, Srijita Guha, Piyali Chatterjee,  Debadrita Mukherjee and Hemantika Mukherjee plus Debjit Patitundi on tabla followed at 6 by sitarist Shubho Chakraborty and then at 7 by singer Brajeshwar Mukherjee with the great Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Anirban Chakraborty on harmonium at the Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, 4 W 43rd Street #618

12/23, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

12/23, 7:30 PM a wild klezmer dance party with  YNY All-Stars led by pyrotechnic clarinetist Michael Winograd and iconic trumpeter Frank London of the Klezmatics plus klezmer luminaries Deborah Strauss, Dan Blacksberg, David Licht, Cookie Segelstein, Josh Horowitz, Stuart Brotman & many more at the Sirovich Center, 331 E 12th St, $20

12/23, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

12/23, 10 PM noir-inclined, bluesy guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band  at the small room at the Rockwood

12/23, 10:30 PM powerful singer Bela Zap Art’s transcendently good, ferociously stampeding heavy, latin-tinged psychedelic band Desert Flower at Pete’s. Peeps at this little joint won’t know what hit them.

12/24, 7:30 PM an A-list Yiddish folksinger lineup including Ethel Raim, Itzik Gottesman, Josh Waletzky and Esther Gottesman open for fiery Cali klezmer/Romany string band Veretski Pass at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St, $20

12/25, sets at 3/5 PM, eclectically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer at Cornelia St. Cafe, $20 + $10 min

12/25, 6 PM guy/girl duo Yael & Gabriel sing intimate versions of Edith Piaf classics at Lucille’s, $15 adv tix rec

12/25, 7:30 PM up-and-coming klezmer hotshots including Goyfriend – the duo of charismatic Belarussian-Jewish clarinetist Zisl Slepovitch and Latvian-Yiddish chanteuse Sasha Lurje, followed by dynamic, subtle all-female klezmer band Tsibele (Yiddish for onion) and trumpeter Jordan Hirsch and Overnight Kugel playing classic Hasidic wedding music from the 50’s through the 70’s at the Town and Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th St, $20

12/26, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

12/26, 7:30 PM  Indian classical singer Shabnam Abedi leads her jazz quintet at Club Bonafide, $10. Followed at 9:30 PM by irrepressible Aubrey Johnson protegee/singer Karen Tennison leading her Quartet, separate $10 adm 

12/26, 8 PM a massive Jewish jazz triplebill: multi-reedman Paul Shapiro’s Ribs & Brisket Revue, legendary pianist and Dave Tarras collaborator Pete Sokolow’s Yiddish-American Jass Band and the Shvesters of Swing: Joanne Borts, Tamar Korn, Cilla Owens & Eleonor Reissa at the  Clemente Soto Velez Center, 107 Suffolk Street (corner of Rivington), $20

12/26, 8/9:30 PM tuneful, expansive pianist Eri Yamamoto leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/26-31, 8:30 PM thereminist/singer Makigami Koichi leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 12/28 with Ikue Mori (laptop) Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

12/27, 1 PM jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and his combo at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

 12/27, 6 PM santoorist Yanik Jayaram at the Rubin Museu of Art, free w/museum adm

12/27, 7 PM A-list indie classical pianist Vicky Chow plays an all-John Zorn program with an improvising rhythm section:  Tyshawn Sorey and Shanir Blumenkranz at National Sawdust, $25

12/27, 7:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius leads a quartet at Smalls

12/27-28, 7:30 PM and 12/29-30 at 8 the NY Phil play Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at Avery Fisher Hall, $35

12/27, 8 PM the Machine do an amazingly close approximation of Pink Floyd classics and obscure material at B.B. King’s, , $25 adv tix rec.

12/27, 9:30 PM Kitari – who veer between lazy moveable-chord indie and angst-fueled, soul-tinged psychedelia – play the album release show for their new one at the Mercury, $10 

12/28, 6 PM fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at the new Opry City Stage, 1604 Broadway (48/49), free. They’re here the following night, 12/29 a half hour earlier

12/28, 6 PM Tina Kenny & the Balance play catchy, surprisingly uncliched 70s style “hard rock” at the small room at the Rockwood 

12/28, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

12/28, 9ish haunting Nashville gothic songwriter Jaye Bartell at Troost

12/28. 9 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes. “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass) at Barbes

12/29, 6 PM New Aires Tango with singer Malena Dayen and pianist David Rosenmeyer at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/29, 7 PM the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day – with Afro-Cuban drummer Roman Diaz at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

12/29, 7 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock at Sidewalk

12/29, 8 PM Prileps, Macedonia’s #1 Romany dance band, Prilepski Zvezdi at Drom, free

12/29, 8 PM Tanayilt mash up Algerian psych-folk and its American counterpart at Shrine 

12/29, 8 PM Colombian singer Maria Raquel and band play boleros, cumbias, salsa, son cubano, and traditional rhythms  at Guadalupe Inn

12/29, 10:30 PM a rare reunion of Yula Beeri’s edgy, carnivalesque anthem band Nanuchka at the big room at the Rockwood

12/29, 11 PM catchy, sardonic powerpop trio the New Arlenes (gotta love that name) at the Gutter, $5 

12/30, 7:30 PM former Dizzy Gillespie guitarist Ed Cherry with his trio at the Bar Next Door, $12

12/30, 8 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons  followed at 10 by haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar at Barbes

12/30, 8/9:30 PM unpredictable, entertaining drummer Tom Rainey’s improvisational trio with Kris Davis, piano;  Drew Gress, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

12/30, 9 PM wickedly jangly, tuneful twin-guitar Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at  the Bitter End

12/30, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Bar Chord

12/31, 6:30 PM sardonic folk noir band Bad Galaxy at Branded Saloon. Get in, get out.

12/30, 11 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at C’Mon Everybody, $12

12/31, 10 PM awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra at Barbes, $20. As Olivier at the venue says, NO TV, NO WARM CHAMPAGNE TOAST

12/31, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at Pine Box Rock Shop. Your best bet for a cheap NYE night out- no cover, and the back room (past the bar, to the right) is hidden away so nobody’s going to hustle you for drinks. 

12/31, 11 PM organist William Trafka performs works by Bach, Guilmant and Mendelssohn at St. Bartholomew’s Church, free, champagne after midnight!

12/31, 11:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

1/1, 8 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the NY underworld – and a tuneful powerpop songwriter in his own right – Homeboy Steve Antonakos at Bowery Electric, free

1/1, 9 PM quirky, fun swing-infused songwriter Orly Bendavid & the Mona Dahls at Pete’s 

1/1, 9 PM catchy horn-and-vibraphone-driven Ethio-jazz and othe Afrian sounds from Molly Tigre at Bar Chord 

1/1, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams  They’re also here on 1/8.

1/2, 7 PM the New Year’s Hank-O-Rama – the Hank Williams cover show that the old Rodeo Bar used to host – with the Lonesome Prairie Dogs, Tammy Faye Starlite, Lenny Kaye, and special guests at Joe’s Pub, $15

1/2, 6 PM pianist Arcoiris Sandoval’s Sonic Asylum Trio with Marty Kenney, bass;  Allan Mednard, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. She’s one of the most incisive, darkly purposeful pianists around: to put her in the same league with Kris Davis wouldn’t be overhype. 

1/2, 7 PM bassist Jim Whitney’s sardonic quartet with guitar, flute and drums followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/2-7, 7:30/9:30 PM erudite, reliably tuneful postbop pianist Orrin Evans opens the year with a week at the Jazz Standard, $30: 1/2-3 leading the Captain Black Big Band, the rest of the stand with his sextet including JD Allen and Ingrid Jensen, holy smokes

1/2-7, 8 PM Chicago improvisational sax icon Ken Vandermark plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of players, $20. Choice pick: 1/5 wih a quartet including Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Tom Rainey (drums) Nate Wooley (trumpet)

1/2-7, 8:30/10 PM perennially popular lyrical jazz pianist Brad Mehldau with his trio at the Vanguard, $30

1/3, 7  PM powerhouse B3 organist Pat Bianchi leads his trio at Smalls

1/3, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10. He’s also at the Old Stone House in  Park Slope on 1/7 at 4 for the same price

1/3. 8 PM wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at SOB’s, $10. They’re also at Barbes on 1/15 at 10.

1/3. 8 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

1/3, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads a trio at Bar  Lunatico

1/3. 10 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds, and an omnipresent sense of humor – at  the Way Station

1/4, 7 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa followed by drummer Whit Dickey and intense violist Mat Maneri at the Cemente Soto Velez Center, $20

1/4, 7:30 PM funk behemoth Burnt Sugar Arkestra ‘“freak Dayton Ohio’s Sweet Sticky Thangbook, caramelizing music by the Ohio Players, Zapp, Lakeside, Junie Morrison, Heatwave, Slave, Aurra, and Steve Arrington” at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/4, 7:30 PM Ensemble Connect play works by Ligeti, Beethoven and Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

1/4, 8 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas  at Barbes

1/4, 8 PM the Emerald Trio play new works by New York composers Davide Zannoni – Dan Cooper – Carolyn Steinberg – Milica Paranosic – Joseph Pehrson – Matt Castle at the DiMenna Center, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/4, 8:30  PM klezmer Anschluss! with an allstar cast: Ilya Shneyveys, bassist Jordan Morton, clarinet maven Michael Winograd, Craig Judelman, Sah-Schah Lou Ree, Hankus Melone at the Jalopy, $15

1/4, 10 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers atat Union Pool, $10

1/4, 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leads his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 1/9 at 7.

1/5, 7 PM pianist Judith Berkson and Gutbucket guitarist Ty Citerman premiere cutting-edge, contemporary music for voices, keyboards, guitars and electronics at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, free

1/5, 8 PM eclectic, harmony-driven newgrass band the Lobbyists at the big room at the Rockwood, $10 

1/5, 8 PM the hauntingly kinetic, cinematic Ghost Funk Orchestra at Baby’s All Right, free

 1/5, 8 PM the Neave Piano Trio play music of Leonard Bernstein, Robert Paterson, and Russell Steinberg. $20, complimentary glass of wine with each ticket

1/5, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis & Double Wide at Bar  Lunatico

1/5, 11 PM Don’t Upset the Bear, who play Pretty Things-style oldschool punk/R&B at Maxwelll’s, $10

1/5, 10 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane followed at 11 by ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at Pete’s 

 1/5, 10 PM eclectic, guitarishly fierce electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts at Barbes

1/5, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

1/5, midnight lyrical tenor saxophonist John Farnsworth leads his quartet at Smoke, no cover

1/6, 3 (three) PM enigmatic art-rock/chamber jazz singer Nerissa Campbell’s new project the Breakout Lights at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/6, 7 PM charismatic, tuneful bassist Mimi Jones’ Group at the Fat Cat

1/6, 7 PM Ghost Ensemble with David Rothenberg, clarinet; Ben Richter, accordion; Lucie Stavros, harp and James Ilgenfritz, bass play works by Pauline Oliveros and others at Spectrum

1/6, 7 PM Organ Monk organist Greg Lewis duels with drummer Ronnie Burrage; low-register reedman JD Parran leads his Deep Ecology Trio; combustible drummer Weasel Walter leads his quintet at the Clemente Soto Velez Center, $20 for 1 or 2 sets, more for all 3

1/6, 7 PM brilliant pianist Liza Stepanova plays works from Bach to Ligeti from her insightful, wildly eclectic new album at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/6, 8 PM epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band  followed at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

 1/6, 8 PM lo-fi stoner Americana band Lord Youth followed by cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at the Owl 

1/6, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony play Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Rococo Variations plus works by Woo and Kang at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

1/6, 8:30 PM Mary Lorson – whose eclectic catalog comprises everything from uneasy parlor pop to trip-hop to swing – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $12

1/6, 9 PM catchy janglerockers Nixon Mask – who blend the Jesus & Mary Chain, Americana and pastoral Pink Floyd – at Union Pool, $10 

1/6, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk. 1/19 at 9 they’re at Hill Country followed by twangrock supergroup Los Dudes

 1/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 PM with Brooklyn cover crew Band of Others, metalish Providence band the Infra-Men at 10, the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC at 11 and Link Wray cover band the WrayCyclers at around midnight

1/6, 9 PM cleverly lyrical 90s Britrock-influenced stadium rock band Mustardmind at the Mercury, $10 

1/6, 10 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

1/6, 10 PM anthemic lit-rocker Dalton Deschain  at Pine Box Rock Shop. 1/20 at 10 he and the band are at the Way Station

1/6, 11 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

1/7, 4 PM pianist Huizi Zhang and violinist Holly Nelson play works by Michael Levinas, Patrick Thompson, Gu Wei, Yifan Guo, and Fabian Beltran at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

1/7, 7 PMCarol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC –  at Pangea. She’s also here on 1/13 at 9

1/7, 7 PM the haunting, ancient Jewish/Middle Eastern sounds of Asefa followed by violin looper Joe Kye, then cinematic guitar mastermind Demir Demirkan at Drom, free

1/7, 8 PM a killer twinbill at the Owl: luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost and New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez , $10

 1/8, 5:30 PM a Juilliard chamber ensemble plays works by Dutilleux, Lasser (a setting of Debussy and Fauré songs for voice and chamber ensemble) and Dvorak at the Sharp Theatre at Juilliard, free. another concert tonight at Paul Hall at 7:30 as well

 1/8 8/9:30  , noir-inspired bassist Michael Blanco leads his quartet at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

 1/8, 8/10:30 PM ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

1/8, 8 PM duels and conversation between tenor sax and drums: the George Garzone/Colin Stranahan duo at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min. Garzone is back here on 1/27 at 8:30 leading a trio with Peter Slavov, bass;  Niclas Campagno, drums

1/8, 9 PM catchy, restless female-fronted Americana/newgrass anthem band Kaylor Otwell & the Tin Cans at Hill Country 

1/8, 9 PM catchy, period-perfect, glossy 80s style new wave synth band the Retroglyphs at the Mercury, $10 

1/8, 9:30 PM chanteuse Dor Sagi’s wildly eclectic, elegantly artsy band Sage – who float between enigmatic pastoral jazz-tinged themes, sleek new wave and janglerock – at Pete’s  

1/9, 7 PM Unspeakable Garbage – basically the world’s funniest jazz satirists, Mostly Other People Do the Killing with Nick Millevoi on guitar – at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

1/9-14, 8 PM edgy, tuneful klezmer-influenced Uri Gurvich plays a weeklong stand at the Stone with a variety of players, $20. Choice pick: opening night, the Gnawaism trio with Innov Gnaw’s Amino Belyamani (vocals, qraqeb) Samir Langus (vocals, sintir)

 1/9, 8 PM uneasy postpunk/new wave/dreampop band Rich Girls at the Knitting Factory, $10

1/9-14, 8:30/10 PM state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

1/9, 9 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternbergg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat at Sunny’s. 1/13 at 8ish  she’s playing the album release show for her new one at the Jalopy, $10

1/9, 9:30 PM oldschool Texas fingerstyle acoustic blues, Romany swing and all sorts of fiery antique styles with fantastic guitarist Noe Socha at Freddy’s

1/9, 10 PM the Royal Arctic Institute – who veer between surfy rock instrumentals and darker, quieter, more noir and jazz-tinged themes – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

1/9, 11 PM stoner riff-rock power trio the Hazytones at Shrine, free. The following night, 1/10 they’re at St. Vitus an hour earlier, preceded at 9 by stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager for $10 

1/10, 7 PM mesmerizing microtonal saxophonist Daro Behroozi with Daniel Carter – woodwinds; Leonid Galaganov – percussion; Dan Kurfirst – percussion; ​Alexis Marcelo – piano followed at 8 by edgy violinist Sana Nagano with Peter Apfelbaum – reeds; Ken Filiano – bass; Max Jaffe – drums; ​Keisuke Matsuno – guitar at the Cemente Soto Velez Center, $20 

1/10, 6 PM pipa virtuoso Jiaju Shen with guzheng player Wei Sun at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

1/10, 7 PM darkly brilliant, psychedelic Klezmatics multi-reedman Matt Darriau’s Xalam Trio at City Vineyard. They’re also there on 1/17

1/11, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble,Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society  at the Jazz Gallery, $25

1/10, 6 PM, repeating on 1/11 at 3 fiery Chinese pipa player Yu Bin and his ensemble play their new suite Overlord, offering a new look at a legendary villain in Chinese opera history at the Asia Society, $25

1/10, 10 PM sarcastic glam punks the Defectives at the big room at the Rockwood

 1/11, 6 PM purposeful, low-key tropical jazz singer Eva Cortes plays the album release show for her new one with her sextet at Minton’s, $10

1/11, 7:30 PM LA-based Cuban salsa-punk band  Changüí Majadero at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/11, 7:30 PM Music From Yellow Barn sing Bach’s Musical Offering, interspersed with the segments of Lei Liang’s Garden Eight at Symphony Space, $30/$20 under 30

1/11, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also here on 1/16 at 8.

 1/11. 10 PM fiery oldtimey 19th century style string band the Four O’Clock Flowers at Sunny’s

1/11, 10 PM explosively theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse  at St. Vitus, $10

1/12, 7 PM violist Nadia Sirota and bass viol player Liam Byrne play a Donnacha Dennechy live score to accompany video animation at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

 1/12, 6:30ish trumpeter Itamar Borochov with mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa at Nublu 151, $10. The following night, 1/13 at. 7:45 PM they’re at Joe’s Pub for double the money. 

1/12, 7 PM in reverse order: thoughtful newgrass band Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, popular, pensive retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman & the  Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Dom Flemons at City Winery, $15 standing room avail 

1/11, 8 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem followed at 9:30 by Sam Reider & the Human Hands  playing pastoral gothic accordion art-rock at Barbes

1/12, 8 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Guadalupe Inn

1/12-13, 8:30 PM cellist Okkyung Lee leads an intriguing chamber jazz quartet with Maeve Gilchrist (harp) Eivind Opsvik (bass) Jacob Sacks (piano)  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

1/12. 8:30 PM lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes  followed eventually at 10 by Eljuri playing their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol  and finally at half past midnight brooding, fearlessly political Egyptian crooner Ramy Essan at Drom, free

1/12, 9 PM the edgy, improvisational Rhythm Method String Quartet at the Owl

1/12, 10 PM fiery female-fronted powerpop band the Shondes at the Silent Barn, $8

1/12, 10 PM CC Roots – oldschool reggae jamband with a blues harp – at Maxwell’s, free 

1/12, 10:30 PM excellent accordion-fueled, female-fronted noir Americana band Crooked Horse at Pine Box Rock Shop 

 1/12, 9:30 PM wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with theEastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – followed at 11 byLos Cumpleanos playing psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section at Barbes

1/13, 3 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed at 4 by the Erik Satie Quartet, a stately wind ensemble who reinvent Satie material as well as obscurities by his contemporaries, and then, eventually at 9:30 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy  and at 11 by accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes

1/13, daytime showtime tba, hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes at Hank’s

 1/13. 6:30 PM Berlin jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch’s Speak Low trio with tenor saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and double-bassist Peter Eldh, who contrast low-key, purist vocals and rough-edged improvisation in new interpretations of standards at Greenwich House Music School, $20

1/13, 7 PM an eclectic triplebill of often magical Korean sounds; lush, dynamically eclectic Korean folk/art-rock band Coreyah, who mash up lustrous, often plaintive themes with hard-charging hip-hop and dance tunes ,violin looper Joe Kye,  and paradigm-shifting gayageum zither player Park Kyungso with drummer Kim Chaek at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

 1/13, 7:15 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 1/27

1/13, 7:30 PM best lineup of the year: Christylez Bacon & Nistha Raj’s Indian hip-hop Bhairavi Beatbox, at 8:15 Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams, at 9 singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio, at 10 the amazing Thai psychedelic jamband Drunken Foreigner Band, at 11:15 the similarly trippy, more eclectic Combo Chimbita, at midnight awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra and at around 1 Brooklyn’s funnest band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things at Drom, $10 

1/13, 8 PM the Vigil Antics – who blend ornate NWOBHM metal with uneasy postrock and dreampop – at Gussy’s Bar in Queens. Very original and tuneful. 

 1/13, 8 PM a solo set by haunting jazz pedal steel virtuoso Susan Alcorn followed by guitarist Alan Licht’s live score to Aki Onda’s new experimental film at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/13, 8 PM hard-hitting trumpeter Rachel Therrien and her quintet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/14, 11 AM kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jambands Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos  seen for the first time in the same room together! Proof that they are not the same band! at City Winery, $10, no min, kids 10 and under free!

1/14. 7 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons playing robust oldtimey fiddle and banjo tunes,pensive songwriter  Kristin Andreassen at 8:30 and kinetic, fearlessly populist oldtime Americana songwriter/banjoist Kaia Kater  at 9:15 )at the small room at the Rockwood 

1/14, 6 PM the Desdemona String Trio – Adrianne Munden-Dixon, violin;  Carrie Frey, viola;  Julia Henderson, cello – parse “the dulcet polyphony of Henry Purcell, Sofia Gubaidulina’s mystical characters, and a frolic through Luciano Berio’s youthful Divertimento” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/14, 7:30/9:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  solo at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/14, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 1/15) York Factory Complaint launch into their drony assault at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10, after a bunch of similarly noisy, less interesting bands 

1/15, 7 PM carnivalesque loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey  – a one-man New Orleans funeral parade – leads a 40-person choir performing requiems for David Bowie and Amelia Earhart at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/15, 8/9:30 PM haunting, slinky Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion at Cornelia St. Cafe for $10 + $10 min

1/15, 9 PM haunting, Lynchian, psychedelic organ-driven Puerto Rican bolero revivalists and Sylvia Rexach reinventors Miramar followed by wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

1/15, 8 PM a killer triplebill at the big room at the Rockwood: tropical tripmeisters Combo Chimbita, fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero, and slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat, $10. Next door at the small room fiery jazz violinist/composer Zach Brock plays at 10.

1/16, 7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay,followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

1/16. 7 PM Russian folk noir chamber ensemble Russian Renaissance play a multimedia show at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

1/16-17, 7 PM Dylan Mattingly’s lavish microtonal four-hour quasi-opera Stranger Love featuring a 30+ member version of Contemporaneous at Roulette, $30

1/16, 8/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $12. 1/24 at 8 he’s at Mezzrow in a rare duo set with Chris Potter on tenor sax, $20. Then he’s with the trio again on 1/26 at 8:30 at Cornelia St. Cafe for $20 if you include cover and minimum

 1/16, 7 PM percussionist John Hadfield leads an improvisational quartet with Kenny Werner, piano;  Ari Hoenig, drums;  Or Bareket, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/16, 9 PM haunting psychedelic Middle Eastern/southwestern gothic songwriter Sir Richard Bishop at Union Pool, free

1/16, 10:30 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, $10

1/16, 10:30 PM smart, eclectic songwriter Greta Keating plays her biting, tuneful, lyrical acoustic rock at Pete’s

 1/17, 1 PM lyrical jazz piano titan Bill Mays at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

1/17 7:30/9:30 PM Wayne Tucker & the Bad Muthas sextet at the Jazz Gallery, $25

 1/17, 9:30 PM the hypnotic, pyrotechnic Orakel duo – Roshni Samlal, tabla;  Kane Mathis, kora and oud – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

 1/17, 10 PM ominous female-fronted slowcore trio Haybaby followed by noisy art=rock/indie guitar legend Martin Bisi at Alphaville, $10 

1/18 7:30 PM powerful jazz belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15

1/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM Americana jazz violin powerhouse Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem with Nels Cline on guitar at the Jazz Standard, $30

1/18, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project play Strauss’ Till Eulenspigel, Stravinsky’s Histoire du Soldat and Bartok’s Piano Trio in C at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free

 1/18, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Anna Webber leads her killer septet with Jeremy Viner – tenor saxophone, clarinet; Jacob Garchik – trombone; Chris Hoffman – cello; Matt Mitchell – piano; Chris Tordini – bass; Ches Smith – drums, vibraphone at the Jazz Gallery, $25 

1/18, 7:30 PM classic oldschool Cuban-style charanga José Fajardo Jr. y Sus Estrellas at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/18, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow – at Barbes

1/18, 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

1/18, 9 PM brilliant, open-tuned original blues, bluegrass and acoustic Americana from Dougmore at Muchmore’s. How much more of this can we take?

 1/18. 9:30 PM intriguingly original, bitingly lyrical, jangly female-fronted acoustic rock trio Yellow Bells at Freddy’s 

1/19, 7  PM site-specific spacious sonics: three simultaneous soloists: guitarist David Grubbs, vibraphonist Sarah Hennies and C. Spencer Yeh – violin/vocals spaced apart in separate corners of the main space at Pioneer Works, $15

1/19, 7 PM woodwind quintet SoundMind Ensemble explores the depth of counterpoint in Schoenberg’s Wind Quintet, Op. 26  and Will Healy’s new work, Synapses  at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

 1/19, 7 PM crystalline, lyrical postbop trumpeter Tim Hagans leads his quartet at Smalls

 1/19-21, 8/10:30 PM catchy, funky hip-hop brass band the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

1/19-20. 8:30 PM irrepressible, transgressively funny saxophonist Jon Irabagon leads an organ trio with Gary Versace behind the B3  at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. The 1/20 show he’s joined by the Mivos  String Quartet and pianist Matt Mitchell playing his brand new suite

 1/19. 10 PM psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno  at Barbes

1/19. 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet at Sunny’s

1/19, 10 PM wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station.

1/19. 10 PM the Marauders play roots reggae at the small room at the Rockwood 

 1/19. 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir – at Sidewalk

1/20. 5 PM atmospheric, cinematic drummer/composer Tim Kuhl – sort of a more straightforwardly trippy version of John Hollenbeck – at Pete’s

1/20, 7 PM charming oldtimey trio the Crimson Ragdolls:  Joanna Sternberg, Ali Dineen & Lucine Yeghiazaryanne at Terra Blues

 1/20, 7:30 PM pianist Alessio Bax and a string trio play works by Beethoven, Mozart and Smetana at Irving HS Auditorium, Irving Place betw 17th/18th, $14

1/20. 7:30/9:30 PM unpredictable, entertaining drummer Tom Rainey leads his Obbligato quintet, slicing up jazz standards with Ingrid Laubrock – saxophone and Kris Davis on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $25 

 1/20, 8 PM eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leads his Tango Quartet followed at 10 by Pangari & the Socialites playing classic ska and rocksteady – most of it from the 60s Skatalites catalog – at Barbes

 1/20, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at C’Mon Everybody, $12

1/20, 8 PM the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman, conductor and soloist play Weber’s Overture to Der Freischütz, Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony at NJPAC in Newark, $24 tix avail

 1/21, 4 PM International Contemporary Ensemble  presents new works by Okkyung Lee, Nicole Mitchell, and Lu Wang at National Sawdust, $tba

1/21, 6 PM Queens College’s Gamelan Yowana Sari play new indie classical chamber works for gamelan by David Rozenblatt, Zach Seely, Dan Cooper, Daniel Schnyder, and Monroe Golden at the Goddard Riverside Center, 647 Columbus Ave, (91/92) free

1/21, 4 PM the Orchestra Now play Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1; Sibelius’ The Swan of Tuonela; Rimsky-Korskov’s Capriccio espagnol and Einojuhani Rautavaara’s  Symphony No. 8, The Journey at Symphony Space, free

 1/21, 4 PM the Imani Winds – who style themselves more like a wild brass band than a sedate wind ensemble – play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

1/21, 7 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s Tokala at Barbes “Tokala is the name of a mysterious country in Central Asia which had a connection to Japan via the silk road which was responsible for bringing Middle Eastern culture to ancient Japan.  The band explores the sound of this ancient connection where cultural exchange left an imprint which became integral part of Japanese culture.” With Zisl Slepovitch (clarinet); Kenny Warren (trumpet) and Stomu Takeishi (bass). Followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel 

1/21-22, 7:30/9:30 PM drummer Johnathan Blake records a live album with Chris Potter on tenor and Linda Oh on bass at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/21, 9ish 70s dark folk legend Kath Bloom – who has a haunting new album out  – at Troost

1/21 9 PM bassist Eivind Opsvik’s Overseas with Brandon Seabrook – guitar; Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone; Kenny Wollesen – drums;  Jacob Sacks – piano at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15/$10 stud/srs

1/21, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls 

 1/22, 8 PM dark, sardonic, brilliantly tuneful jazz pianist Danny Fox and his Trio a at Mezzrow, $20

1/22, 9:30 PM Jina Brass Band play live bhangra at Barbes

1/22, 7:30 PM cellist Benjamin Larsen leads a cello quartet playing a program tba at the Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection, 59 E 2nd St

1/22, 9 PM improvisational cinematic duo the Flushing Remonstrance – Catherine Cramer (percussion) and Robert Kennedy (keyboards, electronics, voice)  at Pine Box Rock Shop

1/23, 7 PM violonist and singer Eleonore Biezunski’s new klezmer band Lyubtshe followed by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

 1/23, 7:30 PM a festival of new chamber works by Chinese composers Shang Peilei, Hi Xuntian, Zhao Xi, Li Shaosheng, Wang Delong and others at Paul Hall at Juilliard, free. The festival continues through 1/25 here and then at Alice Tully Hall on 1/26, same time

1/23, 8 PM Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel  plays the album release show for his latest one The Django Experiment Vol. 2 at Joe’s Pub, $25

 1/23-28, 8:30/10 PM reliably spellbinding multi-saxophonist Steve Wilson leads a colorful quartet with Uri Caine (piano) Ugonna Okegwo (bass) Bill Stewart (drums) at the Vanguard

1/23-28, 8:30 PM perennially tuneful, lyrical piano improviser/composer Kris Davis  leads a variety of ensembles at the Stone. Choice pick: 1/25-27 with Jen Shyu (voice) Ikue Mori (electronics) Trevor Dunn (bass) Mat Maneri (viola) Ches Smith (drums)

 1/23, 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

1/24, 7:30/9:30 PM haunting pan-Asian avant-jazz songstress/composer Jen Shyu plays her solo theatrical Nine Doors suite at the Jazz Gallery, $25 ‘

1/24, 7 PM sitarist Amit Chatterjee jams out evening ragas at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

 1/24-25. 7 PM purist lyrical postbop saxophonist Seamus Blake leads his quartet at Smalls

1/24, 8 PM the Night Kitchen play “Hank Williams, old timey and country with three distinctly amazing performers  Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals” at Barbes

1/25, 6 PM the Zentripetal duo – cellist Jennifer DeVore and violinist Lynn Bechtold – play contemporary works by NYC composers Matthew Browne, Dan Cooper, Sara Holtzschue, Earl Maneein & Ann Warren, as well as tangos by Carlos Gardel & Astor Piazzolla and Romany tunes by Erwin Schulhoff & Django Reinhardt at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

1/25, 7 PM two choirs sing music rarely heard on a twinbill anywhere in the world: Georgian a-capella group Sepruli followed by Sardinians Tenores De Aterue at Spectrum, $15

 1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly lyrical latin jazz pianist Emilio Solla Y La Inestable de Brooklyn at Minton’s, $10

1/25, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare performance of brass works by Villa-Lobos and Ginastera by the MSM Brass at Greenfield Hall, Manhattan School of Music, free

1/25, 7:30 PM the Rolston String Quartet play works by Mozart and microtonalist R. Murray Schafer at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

1/25. 8 PM the SEM Ensemble play legendary black avant garde composer Julius Eastman’s Feminine + Joy Boy at the Kitchen, $25

1/25, 10  PM psychedelic acoustic jamband Spirit Family Reunion at Sunny’s

1/26, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble with Yvonne Troxler on toy piano play the US premiere of Ian Wilson’s Spillaert’s Beach for viola and piano, and Denis Schuler’s Myn for toy piano, flute, oboe and viola at Symphony Space, $25

 1/26, 7:30 PM the MSM Jazz Philharmonic with Jon Faddis on trumpet play a Clifford Brown tribute at Aaron Davis Hall, Convent Ave btw 133/135, 1 to 137th Stl, free, rsvp reqd 

1/26, 8 PM brilliant pedal steel player Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –  followed at 10 by trombonist Vera Kemper’s Blu Cha Cha salsa jazz band at Barbes 

 1/26, 8 PM searing, explosive, mesmerizing Korean postrock/noise/jazz jamband Black String – who employ ancient instruments like geomungo and daegeum – at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 srs, kids 13-19 free w/school ID

1/26, 8 PM, repeating 1/27 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony  the Chelsea Symphony play Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 and an Eric Lemmon world premiere. The 1/26 program also has Deborah  Nixon as soloist in Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 5;  on 1/27, it’s replaced by Michael Colina’s Isle of Shoals.

 1/26, 8 PM funny, gritty punkmetal band the ToxiTeens at the Delancey, $10 

1/26-27, 8;30 PM legendary Japanese film composer Ryuichi Sakamoto plays a weekend stand at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. Friday night he’s at the piano with guest Camille Norment (glass harmonica), then saturday he’s with guest Ami Yamasaki on vocals.

 1/26, 9ish organist Sarah Davachi presents work for reed organ, violin, viola da gamba, and electronics utilizing open tunings and harmonics at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

1/27, 8 PM Arcana Music Ensemble play one of Julius Eastman’s earliest works, Thruway (for soprano, flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello, large choir, and jazz trio); performances by Moor Mother and the late cult figure composer’s brother Gerry open the night, at the Kitchen, $25

 1/27, 10:30  PM Secret Cities’ Marie Parker’s trippy electronically-tinged keyboard-based art-rock band Moon Revenge at Pine Box Rock Shop 

 1/28, 8 PM Argentine pianist Emilio Teubal with his trio playing the album release show for their new one at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

 1/28. 8 PM a piano quartet TBA play Julius Eastman’s Crazy Nigger, Evil Nigger, and Gay Guerrilla  at the Knockdown Center, $25

1/28, 8 PM snarling, careening psychedelic Americana band the Black Lillies at City Winery, $15 standing room avail

 1/28-29 Cheetah Chrome and what’s left of the Dead Boys at Bowery Electric are sold out

1/29, 7:30/9:30 PM expansively picturesque pianist Amina Figarova and her Sextet play the album release show for their new one at Dizzy’s Club, $30

1/29, 9:30 PM singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian  trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

1/29, 8:30 PM whirlwind drummer Allison Miller’s catchy, entertaining Boom Tic Boom at Bar  Lunatico

1/30-2/4, savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 1/31 in a duo with fellow adventurous six-stringer Liberty Ellman

1/30, 9 PM wow – what a killer duo. Dangerous blues guitarist Will Scott – who can play just about any style from all over the country – with brilliant jazz violinist Charlie Burnham at Sunny’s

1/31. 10:30  PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quartet at Smalls

2/1, 10:30 PM daunting postbop technique and dynamic tunesmithing from saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr,  leading his quartet at Smalls

2/2, 7:30 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra play Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9; Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, and “music by the Beatles in the Baroque styles of Handel, Bach, Vivaldi, and more,” at Flushing Town Hall, free, get there early

2/2, 7:30 PM edgy, eclectic pan-Mediterranean art-rock/latin/chanson ensemble Banda Magda at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, free, B/D to 167th St.

2/2, 8 PM pianist Karl Larson plays dystopic piano music by Scott Wollschleger at Spectrum, $15

2/3, 2 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth celebrate the Celtic holiday Imbolc at the Irish Arts Center,553 W 51st, $10

2/3, 8 PM the hilarious Gerry Segal – who wrote the classic I Love Facebook – and veteran comedic cabaret chanteuse Lois Morton at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

2/3, 8 PM Ekmeles and Tilt Brass play Julius Eastman’s Eastman’s work for 10 cellos The Holy Presence of Joan D’Arc and its introspective companion vocal piece Prelude to the Holy Presence of Joan d’Arc at the Kitchen, $25

2/3. 8 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play their Ellington-inspired suite Tensile Curves in its entirety at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

2/6, 7:30 PM the world premiere of Robert Sirota’s Wave Upon Wave performed by the Telegraph Quartet along with Kirchner’s String Quartet No. 1 and Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Minor at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs

2/10, 8 PM acerbic, spot-on, fearlessly funny political folksinger Rod MacDonald at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; $12 for subscribers; “More if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

Vigen Hovsepyan Reinvents Stark, Impactful, Frequently Haunting Armenian Themes

The little nation of Armenia seems to have more good musicians per capita than almost anywhere in the world. So it makes sense that one of the most intriguing albums to come over the transom here in the past year is singer/bandleader Vigen Hovsepyan’s Echoes: Revived Armenian Folk Music, streaming at Spotify. Hovsepyan plays guitar, duduk and percussion and sings in Armenian in a strong, expressive baritone, backed by bass, percussion, oud, cello, and traditional reeds including duduk and zurna. What differentiates this collection from more traditional versions of these tunes is the imaginative arrangements, with edgy, crescendoing solos from throughout the band.

Armenian music is notable for blending the enigmatic microtones of the Middle East within melodies in the western scale. Minor keys are prevalent, along with a lot of what’s essentially implied melody: these themes are simple, stark and striking. The album’s opening number, a dirge, features rising star duduk player Arsen Petrosyan along with intense, otherworldly vocal harmonies. Another Armenian reed star, zurna player Harutyun Chkolyan is featured on a more lively later track. 

The spare, stately, syncopatedly swaying Nare features understatedly incisive, spacious oud work from the great Ara Dinkjian, up to a surprise trick ending. Hoy Nar is a robust work song – a riverboat tune, maybe? – updated with echoes of 90s trip-hop and a long, bracing, uneasily trilling duduk solo.

Garegin Arakelyan’s austere bass riff mingles with Havard Enstad’s sparse piano in the ballad Es Gisher, building to aching close harmonies between strings and reeds. Hovsepyan’s voice rises to an angst-fueled peak over a menacing low string drone in Ani; then the strings build a storm on the horizon. The gracefully dancing, austere Tal Tala features breathtakingly spiraling tar lute from Miqayel Voskanyan against a brooding backdrop.

The moody ballad Gulo sways slowly over an elegant 6/8 guitar/bass groove over resonant, distantly troubled piano: it’s the most Lynchian track here. Drdo opens with a darkly pensive exchange between Hovsepyan’s emphatic vocals, cello, frame drum and duduk, slowly coalescing with an overcast grandeur. The Immigrant blends dancing, Balkan-tinged strings and echoey, Romany-inflected vocals, with a spaciously mournful duduk solo.

A tense low bass drone, a melancholy cello solo and Hovsepyan’s misterioso flamenco-tinged guitar fuel the slow, troubled, cinematic sweep of Lusnyak Gisher. Likewise, the closing cut, Sareri begins with cumulo-nimbus atmospherics and then settles into an elegaic sway. Considering the history of Armenia and how many cultural treasures were lost in the holocaust there a hundred years ago, and before, it’s no surprise how dark most of this music is. But you don’t need to speak Armenian to be drawn into this unsettling masterpiece.

The Navatman Music Collective Take Rapturous Indian Classical Sounds to New Places

Last night at the Navatman Music Collective’s sold-out show at Symphony Space, choir leader Roopa Mahadevan took what otherwise would have been a pretty generic blues riff and transformed it into shiveringly melismatic, sultry R&B, echoed by guest tenor saxophonist Pawan Benjamin. Not something you would expect at a performance of centuries-old south Indian classical music.

There was another point where singer Shiv Subramaniam took a series of flying leaps from his crystalline low register to a spot much further upward, his voice a comet tail of grit and overtones. Then there was the split-secomd where Preetha Raghu’s brief vocal solo hit a sudden spiraling climb, Mahadevan closing her eyes and shaking her head in wonder that another person could create such beauty with just a brief flurry of notes.

There were thousands of similar moments during the carnatic choir’s epic, magically shapeshifting performance. The Navatman Music Collective are one of three carnatic choirs in the world, and the only one in this hemisphere. If you think that playing one rapidfire, microtonal volley after another on, say, a sitar, is challenging, try singing that in perfect sync with seven or eight other people, some of whom may be an octave above or below you.

Obviously, the reason why carnatic choirs are so rare is that in Indian classical music, there’s no need for more than one voice at a time to sing the melody line. While this group is shifting the paradigm by introducing harmony into the equation, they didn’t do that at this show: this was all about spine-tingling solos, and group improvisation, and spellbinding interplay between the voices, Anjna Swaminathan’s elegantly swooping violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy’s precise, emphatically reverberating mridangam rhythms.

And as easy as it was to get completely lost in much of the music, this group has a sense of humor. That became apparent right off the bat after the stately cadences and tantalizingly brief solos of their first number, an original by Subramaniam utilizing an old Sanskrit poem about a new bride feeling completely lost in her in-laws’ house. Singer Asha Unni was in the middle of what was actually a spot-on description of how its deliciously distinctively Indian microtones differentiate from the standard western scale when Subramaniam and Raghu winkingly interrupted her, shifting the conversation from music theory to the dilemmas among newlyweds across cultures and centuries.

Relevance means a lot to this crew, underscored by a lilting suite by 19th century Tamil composers Papanisam Sivan and Ghopalakrishna Bharan whose subtext was the struggle to abolish the caste system in the midst of a murderous invasion by the British. That number turned into a launching pad for various types of improvisation: Mahadevan’s rapidfire microtones, Parthiv Mohan’s precise, majestic cadences and Subramaniam’s unearthly mesmerizing leaps and bounds. More than once during the show, Mahadevan emphasized how new and often radical this repertoire once was – like the elegant, lush waltz, a real rarity in Indian music, which ended the ensemble’s first set.

Indian mythology is a trip.  Another Sivan piece illustrating the Monkey King, Hanuman and his fixation with Lord Rama was more lighthearted, as were Subramaniam’s artfuly interwoven raga themes in a new arrangement of an ancient Kalidana piece depicting Lord Shiva slumming among the peasantry.

The group really picked up the pace at the end with a tongue-twisting display of takadimi drum language: turns out that Sahasra Sambamoorthi, best known for her work in dance, has daunting vocal dexterity to match her footwork. The group closed with a similarly spectacular round-robin of solos. As singer Shraddha Balasubramaniam explained, the title of the group’s latest album An Untimely Joy refers to how great music transcends time even as a particular era’s most fearless musicians take it to new places. As lavish as this concert was, for this group that seems to be no big deal.

And you can learn to do this too: the Navatman organization also runs a Manhattan music and dance school.

Gato Libre Bring Their Rapturously Pensive Accordion Jazz to Gowanus

Gato Libre began life as a quartet making pensive, often plaintively tuneful jazz out of Japanese folk themes. As the Spanish name implies, a Romany influence appears frequently throughout their work. The nucleus of the group is the most formidable husband-wife team in jazz since Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln.

The astonishingly consistent and prolific pianist Satoko Fujii plays accordion with her husband Natsuki Tamura, the shogun of extended-technique trumpet. Originally a four-piece, they tragically lost their bass player in the months after 3/11 and are now a trio with trombonist Yasuko Kaneko. Their new album, Neko (not a homage to a redheaded Canuck songwriter) is streaming at youtube, and they’re bringing their increasingly austere, gorgeously pensive sounds to I-Beam on Nov 17 at 8:30 PM. Cover is $15.

If you’re expecting Tamura to do his proto-Peter Evans thing here, for the most part you’ll have to look elsewhere: the Japanese maestro has never played with greater elegance. Tempos here are on the glacial side.

The album opens with moody variations over a low accordion drone, Tamura’s warmly welcoming melody giving way to the trombone’s more uneasy tones. The second track shifts from stately call-and-response to a grittily triangulated conversation, Fujii’s calm, musette-like lines the voice of reason.

Tamura finally turns the ghosts and the microtonal mist loose in the third number, Fujii again starkly alluding to classic French chanson, Kaneko adding muted squall while Tamura channels the spirits of the hearth. Then the horns switch roles.

Distanced from Fujii’s slow, loopy variatoins, Tamura’s deadpan approach on the fourth track is pricelessly funny – no spoilers here. The trio take turns on the fifth tune, Yuzu, Tamura opening with what sounds like a Civil War bugle call and an amusing classical quote before Fujii builds to an unexpectedly wary crescendo. Kaneko takes a turn to bring in some blues, then the trio join forces for a brief, careful processional.

Finally, their lattice of voices grows more lush and lively in the final number, Tora. coming full circle with a simple fifth interval from the trombone that could be a a call to arms, or at least a call to awareness: this is very guardedly optimistic music for troubled times. How many more months til impeachment day?

Because this album is largely improvised, you will definitely get the tunefulness but probably not these tunes in Gowanus on Wednesday night.