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Omar Souleyman’s Soulful Rasp and Dancefloor Thud Brings New York Together in the West Village

It was Arabic music that drew what might have been this year’s most diverse crowd at any New York concert. Maybe it’s a stretch to credit Syrian crooner Omar Souleyman for uniting these people, but he definitely brought them together at his sold-out show last night booked by the World Music Institute at the Poisson Rouge.

The wannabe Republican operative leaning against the back wall of the club was bitching to his fiancee about how Donald Trump’s latest misadventures in reality tv-style management might bolster Democratic hopes in the 2018 midterm elections. Neither his fiancee nor her petite friend had much to say in response. Soon after, a mustachioed dark-skinned man arrived and whisked the fiancee’s friend off to the dance floor.

A few feet away, a lesbian couple twirled and whispered sweet nothings to each other in Arabic. Around the corner by the bar, a couple of preciously scruffy Bushwick boys in matching belly shirts did much the same, next to a posse of German tourists chugging shots and beers. Appearances can be deceiving, but the Arabic-speaking contingent seemed to be outnumbered at least three to one.

Souleyman took the stage to thunderous applause, rocking his signature kaffiyeh and desert shades and proceeded to glide back and forth across the stage, engaging the audience in one clapalong after another, for at least half of his roughly fifty-minute set. By the midpoint, he’d loosened up some. His voice haggard from constant touring, he took frequent breathers and left it to his supersonically fast keyboardist – who was the star of this show – to fill in the gaps. Although the duo had help – a pretty much relentless EDM thump-thump along with lots of synthy atmospherics emanating from a vintage analog mixing desk – most of the music seemed live. Resolute and focused behind his Hasan microtonal keyboard, the guy played Flight of the Bumblebee, or its Arabic counterpart, in hijaz mode for pretty much the duration of the set. This feat was made doubly difficult because of the split-second precision required to stay in sync with the relentless click track. 

For all the good vibes and the endless sea of dancers clapping along and making videos, Souleyman’s music is very much attuned to the here and now. After a suspenseful snakecharmer of an introductory taqsim, he launched into Chobi (Longing for Home), a standout track from his forthcoming album To Syria With Love, his distantly imploring baritone rasp set to machinegunning volleys of synthesized violin and flute patches. Souleyman worked more suspense later in the show with a long jam on the cheating anthem Kayan, another track from the forthcoming album, with all sorts of call-and-response between vocals and keys. He didn’t talk to the audience much, although his shout-outs to his home turf in Al-Jazira, Syria – which he hasn’t visited in six years – drew ferociously assertive applause. Is it any wonder that the Trump Administration wants to keep this kind of inclusive musical cross-pollination out of the country?

By the end of the show, the Bushwick boys had disappeared into the crowd of dancers. A tall Asian man stumbled from the melee and clung to a nonplussed music writer to avoid collapsing on the floor. The tall dude’s companion, a pretty woman in her 20s, made it clear that she was sick of him overdoing it. The Republican operative was all by himself in the back of the club: the bath salts had kicked in by now, and he was still swaying, eyes rolled back in his head, even though the music had stopped.

On the way out, there was no Souleyman vinyl for sale, but there was a big crowd milling around the World Music Institute table, everybody signing up for their email list. The WMI’s next show is tonight at 7:30 at the Miller Theatre at 116th and Broadway, with the great Indian sitar virtuoso Shujaat Khan, son of the legendary Vilayat Khan. Tix are as low as $15, a real bargain, and are still available as of this hour.

Legendary Syrian Crooner Omar Souleyman Plays a Rare West Village Show

It’s been six long years since Omar Souleyman, one of the world’s best-loved Arabic singers, last saw his native Syria. The high-voltage dabke dance numbers and sad ballads on his electrifying forthcoming album To Syria With Love are drenched in longing that transcends any linguistic limitations. Even if you don’t speak Arabic, you can relate to the pain and depth of feeling in his gritty baritone. He’s playing the Poisson Rouge on May 11 at 9ish, a World Music Institute show; advance tix are $30 and still available as of today.

On the new album, Hasan Alo provides a dynamic electroacoustic backdrop behind Souleyman’s vocals, with lyrics co-written with longtime collaborator Shawah Al Ahmad. Most of the songs clock in at a hefty six minutes or more. The opening track, Ya Boul Habari (rough translation: Girl with the Pretty Hijab) is a catchy dancefloor stomp awash in fiercely warping, darkly chromatic synth lines. On the surface it’s a love song; the subtext is a shout-out to Souleyman’s hometown of Al-Jazira. Ya Bnayya (Hey Girl) is an even more rapidfire pastiche of samples and tremoloing synth doing a snakecharmer ney flute impersonation. It’s a hypnotically pulsing love anthem to a girl who can make all of Istanbul sway when she swings her hips, as Souleyman’s sweaty vocals confirm.

Es Samra (Brown-Haired Girl) follows the same trajectory, further down the scale. If the previous track is a violin, this one’s a cello, and Souleyman’s rugged delivery matches that. Aenta Lhabbeytak (rough translation: My Only Love) is a slower, more backbeat-driven number, Alo throwing one creepily techy texture after another into the mix to match the brooding lyrics.

Khayen (Cheater) has rapidfire synth that sounds like shreddy metal guitar, an insistent back-and-forth between vocals and keys, synth, then some cynically funny faux-autotune from the keys. Mawal is the album’s most organic-sounding song, a hypnoticallly circling lament fueled by stark violin (or a good electronic approximation) and Souleyman’s aching vocals:

I walk and my heart
Feels dead among the dead
They told me patience is the remedy
They said you have to be patient
I said what’s the good of patience…
When the pain is so deep?

The final track, Chobi (Longing for Home) brings the dance beat back, but with a slinky, clip-clop groove and more warpy synth. Souleyman sings as a refugee:

We have too many wounds
All of them scream,
“I miss Al-Jazira!”

As poignant as it is energetic, this is an important album from an age of displacement and despair that only looks to get worse.

Word to the wise: dudes, get this album. If there’s a woman alive who can resist Souleyman’s rasp, this blog hasn’t discovered her.

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

Constant updates. May is when most of the free summer concerts are announced – the Prospect Park Bandshell series is looking better than it has in years, while Central Park Summerstage is pretty much dead in the water. Considering how Trump and his minions are hell-bent on slashing funding for the arts, this might be the last good season of free summer shows here for awhile. So you might want to bookmark this page and check back every so often – and then go out! If there was ever a summer in New York to check out some cool free live music, this is it!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays in June, 8 PM erudite, fascinating jazz guitar maven,Matt Munisteri plays “guitar for lovers” at the Jalopy Tavern, free

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays in May at midnight wild noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood.

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

Tuesdays in May, 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.

Tuesdays in June, 9 PM Niko Kerilo’s psychedelic latin soul/bomba/plena jamband at Salzy Bar (the old Fifth Estate) in south Park Slope, free 

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in June, 11:30 AM (in the morning) til 3, individualistic guitarist Assaf Kehati plays jazz and bossa nova with a series of bassists: Steve LaSpina, Harvie S, Dave Baron, Rick Rosato, Michael O’Brien and maybe more at Il Gattopardo, 13-15 W 54th St, free. He’s got some funk, some surf and lots of classic postbop in him. 

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

Saturdays in June at Barbes, 6 PM guitarist Sean Cronin“raised on country, trained in classical, steeped in punk, and brought to maturity as a jazz musician, leads the band Very Good which is actually quite good.” No joke. Expect reinvented Leonard Cohen, menacing offcenter downtown skronk, cello jazz maybe. Something to really look forward to.

Saturdays in July, 6 PM Book of J – Sway Machinery frontman/guitarslinger Jeremiah Lockwood and Jewlia Eisenberg of Charming Hostess – “take inspiration from the intersection of the sacred and the radical to create hit songs from the depths of American psalmody, Yiddish folklore, and international Jewish liturgical traditions” at Barbes. i.e. sacred and possibly profane.

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

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

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

5/1, 7 PM vibraphonist Chris Graham & pianist Taka Kigawa play music of John Luther Adams at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/1, 8 PM this era’s most erudite, exhilarating purist swing jazz guitarist, Matt Munisteri with Seth Cronin on bass at the Jalopy Tavern, free. He’s also here on 6/12

5/1. 8 PM inventive oldtime Americana/swing/New England folk songwriter Caroline Cotter at the small room at the Rockwood

5/1, 10 PM “an hour-long exploration of protest songs from a variety of cultures. With sopranos Chelsea Shephard and Mikaela Bennett; mezzo-soprano Amanda Lynn Bottoms; tenor Joshua Blue, baritones Dimitri Katotakis and Jacob Scharfman; and bass Andrew Munn, with instrumentalists Chris Reynolds and Jack Gulielmetti, and Steven Blier as pianist” at Henry’s Restaurant, 2745 Broadway at 105th St, $20

5/1, 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform an edgy Italian-themed program of works by Berio, Sciarrino, Biscardi, Rakowskii, Zallman and more at Merkin Concert Hall, $20

5/1, 9 PM Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play haunting underground Greek  revolutionary anthems andhash-smoking songs from the 20s and 30s at Sisters Restaurant, 900 Fulton St.  (near Washington Ave.), C to Clinton-Washington. 5/2 they’re at Troost in Greenpoint, same time.

5/1, 9 PM fun, assaultive Little Rock noiserock band Junkbomb – who are surprisingly tuneful and evoke early PiL sometimes – at the Silent Barn, $8

5/1, 10 PM explosive, theatrical, phantasmagorical indie/metal trio A Deer A Horse at St. Vitus, free. They’re at he Silent Barn on 5/17 at 11 for $8

5/2, 7 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell play their new, creepily cinematic Conqueror Worm Suite (based on the Edgar Allen Poe tale) with animations by Natalie C. Sousa followed at 9 by ten-piece Balkan/Duke Ellington brass band Slavic Soul Party at Barbes.

5/2-7, 8/10:30 PM iconic bassist Ron Carter celebrates his 80th birthday with a week at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail. Choice pick: 5/6 with Javon Jackson and Roy Hargrove on trumpets, Donald Vega on piano and Lewis Nash on drums

5/2-7, 8;30/10:30 PM pyrotechnic alto saxophonist David Murray & Class Struggle with Hugh Ragin (trumpet Fri & Sat only) Craig Harris (trombone Fri & Sat) ; Mingus Murray (guitar) D. D. Jackson (piano) Rashaan Carter (bass) Russell Carter (drums) at the Vanguard , $30

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

 5/2, 10:30 PM quirky, fun swing-infused songwriter Orly Bendavid & the Mona Dahls at Pete’s. 5/13 at 8 they’re at Caffe Vivaldi

5/3, 7 PM pianists Tamas Gomori, Kyle Kildale and Szu-Chun Wang play works by Schubert, Beethoven, Scarlatti, Haydn and Chopin at Septodont Auditorium, 345 E 24th St at 1st Ave, free

5/3, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

5/3, 8 PM pianist Michael Brown plays works by Mendelssohn and Beethoven at the 92nd St. Y, $25

5/3, 8/9:30 PM bassist Javier Moreno leads a quartet with Tony Malaby, saxophones; Ernesto Jodos, piano;,Gerald Cleaver, drums playing individualistic jazz inspired by Mompou, Granados and Mediterranean sounds at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum

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

5/4, 1 PM cleverly acerbic, charismatic avant garde singer/pianist/atmospheric sound artist Bora Yoon revels in the spacious sonics at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

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

5/4, 7  PM a rare reunion of Raquel Bell’s tunefully enigmatic psychedelic/indie band Mesiko at Olly Oxen Free Vintage (137 Montrose Ave, Bushwick), L to Montrose Ave 5/6, 4 PM they’re at the People’s Garden,at the People’s Garden, 1221 Broadway at Greene Ave in Bushwick, J/M to Kosciusko St., and then at the Gateway across the street at 11.

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

5/4, 7 PM Japan’s Safari Chamber Orchestra play works ranging from Beethoven to Dvorak, concluding with a contemporary piece by Yasushi Akutagawa at the DiMenna Center, free, reception to follow

5/4, 7 PM eclectic jazz/blues resonator guitarist Elizabeth Wise at Caffe Vivaldi

5/4, 7:30 PM soulful, erudite jazz pianist Marc Cary does his electric piano funkmeister thing  at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/4, 7:30 PM this era’s most interesting voice in retro Britrock and glam-inspired art-rock,Edward Rogers and his killer band open for 70s art-rocker Terry Reid & the Cosmic American Derelicts at the Cutting Room, $20 adv tix rec

5/4, 8 PM  dark, charismatic, mischievously witty, lyrically ferocious keyboardist/chanteuse Rachelle Garniez  at Barbes

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

5/4, 8 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay at 11th St. Bar; Certain General’s noir crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays at 11

5/4, 8/9:30 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa  leads an unorthodox trio with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor sax;  Erik Friedlander, cello at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/4, 8 PM the NY Scandia Symphony with violin soloist Stephanie Chase play a rare all Neils Gade program featuring the Echoes of Ossian Overture, Symphony no. 2 and the Violin Concerto at Symphony Space, $25

5/4, 8:30 PM the wild, wickedly tuneful Avi Fox-Rosen Electric Klezmer Trio with Zoe Guigeno on bass and Dave Licht on drums at the Jalopy, $15. Imagine Jim Campilongo playing classic klezmer tunes – this guy is amazing.

5/4, 8:30 PM artsy goth/art-rock/metal band Tempest City at the Delancey, $10

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

5/4, 9 PM 9 PM smart, cleverly lyrical original swing chanteuse/songwriter/trombonist Emily Asher’s Garden Party at Radegast Hall

5/4, 9:30 PM the darkly kinetic Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet at Club Bonafide, $20 adv tix rec

 5/4, 10 PMfiery retro rock/60s soul/noir rockabilly band Blaire Alise and the Bombshells  at Trans-Pecos

5/4, 10;30 PM fiery state-of-the-art postbox alto saxophonist Carl Bartlett Jr. leads his quartet at Smalls

5/5, 5:30 PM charming all-female klezmer group Freydele at the American Folk Art Museum, free

5/5, 7 PM baroque harpsichordist Catalina Vicens plays a program TBA at Spectrum, $15 

5/5, 7 PM lapsteel visionary Myk Freedman (of Sandcatchers) plays the album release show for his new one at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

5/7, 7 PM a free performance of traditional Colombian dance and folk tunes with dance leader Karla Flórez, Rafael Leal, Johanna Castaneda, Nestor Gomez Jr. at the New School auditorium at 66 W 12th St, free, early arrival advised

 5/5, 7 PM eclectic Honduran-born jazz singer Eva Cortes leads a septet including Marvin Sewell on guitar and Luques Curtis on bass at Shapeshifter Lab, $13

5/5, 7:30/9;30 PM trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson‘s Sicilian Defense with Matt Mitchell on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $22

5/5, 7:30 PM a “multi-disciplinary performance fusing music, dance, video, and documentary, Mind Crossing tells the story of one family’s heartbreaking loss and struggle to emigrate during the Holocaust. Based on a collection of letters which saxophonist Tal Gur‘s grandfather wrote after World War II, the piece features Hebrew songs translated to English, alongside free improvisation and progressive jazz,” at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

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

5/5, 8 PMunfailingly tuneful tenor saxophonist Ken Fowser leads his quintet at the Django, $10

5/5, 8 PM an adventurous  improvisational twinbill with adventurious singer Amirtha Kidambi and Elder Ones, and the Ras Unit at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/5, 8 PM Mar Salá plays her acoustic flamenco rock followed eventually at 10 by wild, noisy, genuinely Hendrixian virtuoso lead guitarist Viva DeConcini and her band at the Way Station. Viva’s also here on 5/27 at 8.

5/5, 8 PM pianist Don Militello plays solo improvisations and jazz classics at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $20/$15 stud/srs, reception to follow

5/5, 8 PM delta blues/oldtime hillbilly music maven Mamie Minch followed at 10 by this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

5/5, 8:30 PM Penguin Cafe play music of legendary kitchen-sink jazz/cinematic ensemble the Penguin Cafe Orchestra at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec 

5/5, 10 PM ageless, filthy oldschool punk/powerpop band Custard Wally – sort of the Blowfly of NYC punk rock – at Hank’s

5/5, 10 PM guitarist Demir Demirkan‘s Anatolian Knights throw a wild live Turkish psychedelic rock party at Drom, $25 adv tix rec

5/5, 10 PM purist, guitarishly excellent oldschool soul band Miss Tess & the Talkbacks at Sunny’s

5/6, 3 PM Italian tarantella rock composer/pianist Emanuele Tozzi at Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Boadway (25/26) near Madison Square Park, free

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

5/6, 7 PM explosive electric blues guitarist/songwriter Jackie Venson – arguably the best thing happening in Texas blues right now – at at Silvana. 5/7 she’s at LIC Bar at 5

5/6, 7/9:30 PM perennially lyrical, prolific tenor postbop tenor saxophonist/composer Tom Tallitsch and his group at Minton’s, free, two-item minimum per person at tables

5/6, 7:30 PM Pam Jam I : theremin sorceress Pamelia Stickney teams up with irrepressible classical pianist Simone Dinnerstein at the Owl, $10. They’re also here on the 26th and 27th.

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

5/6, 8 PM John Zorn’s Cobra and Xu Feng Game Pieces performed by a dozen-piece ensemble including guitarist Eyal Maoz, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, drummer Kenny Wollesen and more at Roulette, $25 adv tix avail

5/6, 8 PM psychedelic hard funk band Afroskull at the Parkside

5/6, 8:30 PM intense, charismatic Tunisian art-rock songwriter – and Arab Spring heroine – Emel Mathlouthi at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/6, 8:30 PM rising star pianists Florian Noack, Benedek Horváth and Klara Min with cellist Borislav Strulev and violinist Eric Silberger play concertos by Richard Strauss, Beethoven (the Triple Concerto) and Liszt with orchestral backing at Merkin Concert Hall, $30 tix avail

5/6, 9/10:30 PM fiery free jazz tenor sax icon George Garzone’s Boston Collecdtive with Phil Grenadier, trumpet; John Lockwood, bass; Luther Grey, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum

5/6. 9 PM jazz violinist Lucine Yeghiazaryan and her group at Bar Thalia adjacent to Symphony Space, frees

5/6, 4 PM composer/accordionist Michael Hearst’s Songs About Extraordinary People  – including the Iceman found more or less intact after 5300 years entombed in ice, and Marie Curie, whose radioactive notebooks are still lethal – followed at 8 by jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila and then the blustery firepower of Sinaloa-style Mexican mariachi/ranchera brass group Banda de los Muertos at 10 at Barbes

5/6, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

5/6, 9 PM pianist Kelly Green leads her sextet at the Cell Theatre, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/6, 10 PM witchy tarantella jams with Alessandra Belloni & I Giullari dii Piazza at Mehanata, $10

5/6, 10:30 PM erudite, purist, torchy jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5  “swing into spring” at the Django, $10

5/7, 11 AM pianist Dénes Várjon  plays works by Beethoven, Bartok and Liszt at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St, $22, reception to follow

5/7. 2 PM the Dover String Quartet with Richard Stoltzman, clarinet play Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 2 plus works by Brahms and Haydn at the Town Hall, $15

5/7, 3 PM a loopmusic twinbill in Fort Greene: cinematic Japanese artist Shizuka (ex-Sendai and Kanuma ) in her only US appearance this year followed by the pastiches of Jib Kidder at Mayflower Bar 

5/7, 3 PM a Cinco de Mayo  celebration with songs and music from Mexico and the Americas by Rafael Aponte-Ledeé, Manuel Enríquez, Marta García-Renart,Alberto Ginastera, Max Lifchitz, William Ortiz, Manuel M. Ponce, Silvestre Revueltas & Lilia Vázquez-Kuntze at Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St, free 

 5/7, 4 PM a-cappella ensemble the Johnson Girls sing old-time harmony and seafaring songs at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/7, 4:30 PM electically kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Metropolitan Klezmer outside the Abrons Arts Center, free

5/7, 5 PM Triple Paste play hot 20s jazz and parse the Lennie Tristano’s songbook, featuring Eric Pakula, Matt Darriau, Katie Down, Rafe D’Lugoff, Arthur Kell and Vinnie Sperazza followed at 9:30 by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes. Triple Paste are also here at 5 on 5/14

5/7, 7 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Radegast Hall

5/7, 7 PM pianist Meral Guneyman explores the music of jazz legends Billie Holiday, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington—at Symphony Space, $15

5/7, 7 PM Marie Incontrera’s Eco-Music Big Band play their reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale plus works by David Taylor and Louis Andriessen at National Sawdust, $29 adv tix rec

5/7, 7 PM edgy guitarist Ava Mendoza plays solo opening for the album release show by bassist Stuart Popejoy with a killer lineup – Kenny Wollesen, Steve Swell, Avram Fefer and Sarah Bernstein at the Knockdown Center, $15

5/7, 7;30 PM crystalline Americana rock singer Rebecca Turner and her lushly jangly band at Hifi Bar

5/7, 9 PM Chartwell Dutiro plays Zimbabwean mbira music at Troost. He’s also playing the album release show for his new one at Hifi Bar at 8ish on 5/16 and then at Shrine on 5/18 at 9. 

5/7, 10 PM hauntingly kinetic loopmusic violinist Frederika  Krier at Silvana 

5/8, 6 PM tuneful third-stream jazz pianist/singer Laila Biali leads her trio at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum. Followed at  8:30 PM (separate $10 admission) by tenor saxophonist Lena Bloch & Featery with Russ Lossing, piano; Cameron Brown, bass; Billy Mintz, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum

5/8, 7:30 PM the Verona Quartet play works by Shostakovich, Mozart, and Beethoven at Alice Tully Hall, $20

5/8, 8 PM Courtney Marie Andrews – who’s gone in a refreshingly purist Melba Montgomery-ish 70s C&W/soul direction – at the Mercury, $10

5/8, 8 PM the NYU Symphony play Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World” plus new works by Kyle Tieman-Strauss and Shelley Washington at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 35 W 4th St, free

5/8, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos – new wave synths & retro organ sounds with effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes 

5/8, 10:30 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Club Bonafide, $10 

5/9, half past noon organist Thomas Fielding plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free .

5/9,  7 PM intense Balkan chanteuse Jenny Luna‘s haunting, traditional Turkish band Dolunay followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/9, 7:30 PM the Israeli Chamber Project with harp soloist Sivan Magen play music by Schumann, Ibert, Martinu, Mozart and more at Merkin Concert Hall $30

5/9, 7:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his quintet at Smalls

5/9, 8 PM darkly jangly, catchy, new wave-ish rockers Melissa & the Mannequins at the Way Station

 5/9, 8 PM Carolyn Leonhart with Christian Sands – lush jazz chanteuse with simpatico pianist – at Mezzrow, $20

5/9, 8:30/1030 PM arguably the most individualistic, compelling pianist in jazz right now, Vijay Iyer leads his trio at the Vanguard, $30

5/9, 9 PM vivid, well-liked Boston folk noir songwriter Tara Jane O’Neil at Union Pool, $10

5/9, 9 PM ageless stoner dub inventor Lee Scratch Perry at SOB’s, $25 adv tix rec

5/9. 10 PM darkly minimalist, atmospheric chamber pop/art-rock chanteuse Nico Turner at C’Mon Everybody, $10

5/9, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/10, 7 PM the hauntingly kinetic NY Crimean Tatar Ensemble featuring violin powerhouse Nariman Asanov with sensational accordionist Patrick Farrell and percussionist Lennur Mamudov at the Ukrainian Museum, 222 E 6th St. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Aves.), $10

5/10, 7:30 PM in reverse order at the Owl: eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen, purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg and Eleonore Weil & Jake Shulman-Ment presumably playing sizzling klezmer string music, $10

5/10, 7:30 PM ambitious, smart, noir-inclined tenor saxophonist Patrick Cornelius  leads his band at Smalls

5/10, 8 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP at Art Cafe, 884 Pacific St.(at Washington Ave) in Brooklyn, $15

5/10, 8 PM kotoist/singer Miya Masaoka performs her new noh chamber opera piece A Line Becomes a Circle, based on the work of her ancestor, the poet Shiki Masaoka at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

5/10, 8 PM Karla Bonoff – the blue-eyed soul singer who was NYC’s counterpart to Linda Ronstadt back in the day – at City winery, $28 standing room avail

5/10, 8 PM a free screening of Purple Rain at Brooklyn Bazaar, rsvp reqd 

5/10, 8 PM tenth-wave post-Stooges proto-punk band Beechwood followed by the Brass Knuckle Evangelists playing fuzz bass/organ-driven psychedelic soul at the Delancey, $10 

5/10. 8 PM tenor saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff, leads an improvisational trio with Mark Helias, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum

5/10, 9 MP tooo funny – boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic crooner Jack Grace at the small room at the Rockwood followed by a, um, act who would like to be him. Grace is also at at the Jalopy Tavern on 5/14 at 9 and on 5/20 at 10 at 68 Jay St. Bar

5/10, 9:30 PM a killer female-fronted jazz twinbill: charmingly torchy vocal trio the Ladybugs followed by the New York Chillharmonic – singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band with string quartet and big band jazz orchestration – at Joe’s Pub, $15

5/11, 6 PM Racquel Borromeo, piano; David Bridges, clarinet; Rina Haruki, soprano; Dominique Donnarumma, soprano play works by Piazzolla, Ravel, Schubert, Mozart, Handel, Weill “and many surprises” at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum. Followed at  8.9:30 PM by guitarist Lage Lund playing a rare solo show, separate $10 adm

5/11, 7 PM eclectic New Orleans soul/C&W/noir Americana songwriter Shannon McNally at the big room at the Rockwood, $18

5/11, 7 PM first-call indie classical pianist Lisa Moore plays works by John Luther Adams, David Mahler, Michael Byron and other s at Symphony Space, $15

5/11, 8 PM hauntingly jangly Canadian gothic Americana rockers the Sadies at Webster Hall, $25. Be aware that there are opening and headlining acts and that the Sadies may not get as much time onstage as they need

5/11, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by formidable, reliably tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari‘s large-ensemble Americana jazz project Uncivilized playing John Fahey tunes. Their careening set of Chico Hamilton numbers last time here was pretty amazing. 

5/11, 8 PM guitar god Kurt Neumann’s version of iconic anthemic Milwaukee rockers the BoDeans at City Winery, $32 standing room avail, yikes

5/11, 8 PM irrepressible accordion innovator Guy Klucevsek leads an accordion orchestra playing a Pauline Oliveros tribute at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

5/11, 8 PM “for her Issue Project Room debut, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Ka Baird presents Espylacopa (A Reversal In Three Acts), an interdisciplinary collaborative work that incorporates organic and processed sounds, human voice, projected and ambient lighting with performance art, sculpture and movement. Espylacopa, the reverse of apocalypse, takes the form of a ritual contextualized as a performance conjured to reverse current, unwanted processes or trends to flow in an intended direction,” $15/$12 stud/srs

5/11, 8:30 PM wild klezmer/Balkan tunes with the Jim Guttman Bessarabian Breakdown at the Jalopy, $15

5/11, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

 5/11. 9:30 PM charismatic, eclectic cellist/songwriter Meaghan Burke plays the album release show for her new one at Joe’s Pub, $16

5/11, 9:30 PM catchy, anthemic New Orleans blues guitar jamband the Delta Saints at the Mercury, $12 adv tix rec

5/11, 10 PM King Isto’s Tropical String Band play awesomely fun, catchy Hawaiian slack-key guitar music at Sunny’s

/12, 10:30 AM Wynton Marsalis joins a marching band of hundreds of high school students from across the country to protest cuts to education and music programs. The procession marches from Columbus Circle Park to Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Hall

5/12, 6 PM baroque chamber ensemble Quicksilver play works from Moravia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland and beyond TBA at the King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica, Queens, $15/$10 stud/srs

 5/12, 6:30 PM haunting folk noir duo the Whispering Tree at the American Folk Art Museum, free

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

5/12, 7 PM fearless indie classical chamber ensemble Exceptet play premieres by Scott Wollschleger and Finola Merivale, plus recent works by Fay Wang, Brooks Fredrickson, and Brian Petuch at the Metropolis Space , 1 Rivington St / 2nd floor (buzzer #1), $15/$5 stud 

 5/12, 7:30 PM sitar virtuoso Shujaat Khan (son of the great Vilayat Khan) with tabla player Samir Chaterjee at the Miller Theatre, $15 tix avail

5/12. 8 PM awesomely cool duos at Alwan for the Arts: singer Merita Halili and accordionist Raif Hyseni put their exhilarating spin on Albanian sounds followed by singer Arooj Aftab and sax player Charlotte Greve reworking classical Pakistani and North Indian themes, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/12, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes. Anbessa Orchestra are also at the small room at the Rockwood at 10 on 5/22.

5/12, 8 PM darkly playful, epic piano-based art-rock singer Eve Lesov followed at 9 by torchy, lyrically smashing original female-fronted oldtimey swing crew the Fascinators at Sidewalk 

5/12, 8 PM ferociously lyrical new wave band Lazy Lions – the closest thing to classic early Elvis Costello or Graham Parker that NYC has right now – at C’Mon Everybody, $10

5/12, 8 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at Silvana

5/12, 8 PM Cantata Profana perform indie classical works by  Daniel Tacke, Jody Rockmaker, Sunbin Kim, Matthew Welch, Junyi Chow, Doug Harbin at the DiMenna Center, $10

5/12, 8 PM pianist Jason Hardink plauys Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus” at Spectrum, $!5

5/12-13, 8 PM lyrical jazz pianist Kenny Werner with Billy Drewes on alto sax at Mezzrow, $20

5/12, 8:30 PM eclectic lit-rock songwriters’ collective the Bushwick Book Club play new songs inspired by Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at City Winery, $10

5/12, 9 PM the jazzy NYC Ska Orchestra followed by dark 90s ska-punk favorites Mephiskapheles at the Bell House ,$15

 5/12, 9 PM searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka acoustic at Radegast Hall. 5/20 at 10 they’re at Mehanata, electric, for $10

5/12, 9 PM exotic surf rock band the Vibro-jets – a Sea Devils spinoff – at Troost

5/12. 10 PM Access Contemporary Music play their annual Sound of Silent Film Festival featuring new soundtracks to rare films by Martin Scorsese and others – animation, shorts, documentaries – at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

 5/12, 10ish hilarious 70s metal parody band Mighty High at t Hank’s

5/12, 10 PM Delsonido’s trippy tropical jazz/downtempo grooves at Shrine 

5/12, 11 PM Rebet Asker play classic 1920s and 1930s Greek resistance, gangster and drug underworld songs at Drom, free

 5/12, midnight intense, brilliant conscious hip-hop lyricist Decora and his psychedelic funk band at the Blue Note, $10 standing room avail

5/13-14 Midnight Oil at Webster Hall is sold out

5/13, 3:30ish lustrous, hypnotically atmospheric vibraphonist/composer Sam Sowyrda plays the album release show for his aptly titled, new Luminous Horizons followed by wild avant garde marching band Ashcan Orchestra and then eventually a closing set by Sowyrda at around 5:30 at Trans-Pecos, $10

5/13, 6 PM short sets bynew, exciting Turkish band Seyvah with Jenny Luna, voice; Kane Mathis, oud; Marandi Hostetter, violin; Greg Squared, clarinet; Shane Shanahan and Philip Mayer, percussion, the Navatman Music Collective, one of the world’s only Carnatic choirs. and singer Michela Musolino‘s Sicilian band Rosa Tatuata at Barbes

5/13, 6 PM edgy, lyrical, darkly kaleidoscopic original jazz pianist/singer/composer Alina Engibaryan at Shrine

5/13, 7 PM dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues. They’re also here on 5/27

5/13, 7 PM in reverse order:trash-garage guitar maven Palmyra Delran, CBs style female-fronted punks the Carvels NYC, the more powerpop-oriented Vicky & the Vengents and ferocious garage-punk-psychedelic Radio Birdman soundalikes the Electric Mess, at Bowery Electric, $10

5/13, 7:30 PM Jeeyoung Kim and Janine Joseph’s new chamber opera From My Mother’s Mother “deals with love and reconciliation through one mother providing something to help her daughter, only to face rejection,” in English with Korean and English subtitles at Flushing Town Hall, $10, moms and kids free

5/13, 7:30 PM classical chamber ensemble Counter)Induction play new music by Ross Bauer, Barbara Jazwinski, Elizabeth Bell, Matthew Greenbaum, Martin Boykan, and Robert Carl at Symphony Space, $10

5/13, 8 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Jt Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec

5/13, 8 PM the Canticum Novum Singers perform the 6 Bach Motets at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave at 87th St, $25/$20 stud/srs, 1 to 86th St.. They’re also here on 5/21, 3 PM

5/13, 8 PM iconic largescale free jazz pianist Karl Berger leads an improvisational string quintet with flute at Greenwich House Music School, $20

5/13, 8 PM the Delphi Chamber Orchestra play works by Mozart, Haydn and André Grétry’s Overture to Le Huron at the DiMenna Center, $20

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

5/13, 9 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats followed by hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote playing hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at the Way Station

5/13, 9 PM swirly, hypnotic, totally 80s 4AD dreampop/shoegazers Dead Leaf Echo – who if they let their frontwoman sing fulltime would be one of NYC’s best bands – play the album release show for their new one at Alphaville, $12

5/13, 9 PM witty Microscopic Septet pianist Joel Forrester  at Spectrum, $15

5/13. 9/10:30 PM drummer Dan Weiss leads a tuneful trio with Jacob Sacks, piano; Ben Street, bass at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum

5/13, 9 PM Abraham’s River fka Mac McCarty & the Kidd Twist Band play their fiery, sometimes unexpectedly poignant Pogues-ish punk and folk noir at Sidewalk

5/13, 10 PM intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka at Mehanata, $10

5/13, 10 PM cellist Joshua Roman leads a quartet playing Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at National Sawdust, $29 adv tix rec

5/13, 10:30 PM Sweet Tits – the “punk lesbian Spinal Tap” – at Freddy’s

 5/14, 2 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music – plays a mother of a Mother’s Day show at Joe’s Pub, $15

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

5/14, 4 PM the Ritz Chamber Players perform a program of works by African-American composers TBA at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec.

5/14, 6 PM Lee Feldman leads a 4-piece band playing his deadpan desperate lyrical chamber pop at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/14, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

5/14, 7 PM saxophonist Niko Siebold’s 17-piece big band at Shapeshifter Lab, $8 

5/14, 7:30 PM trumpeter Kate Amrine and her group premiere over 20 short works for brass; plus duos by Ronen Shai, Josh Oxford, Sam Reiling and Jake Elkin at Scholes St. Studios, $10

5/14, 8 PM eclectic acoustic Afro-Cuban punk band the Battle of Santiago at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, free

5/14, 8 PM hauntingly phantasmagorical art-rock/noir cabaret pianist/singer Anana Kaye at the small room at the Rockwood

5/14, 8 PM cinematic postrock/psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Ora Coogan with her band at Union Pool 

 5/14. 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads his group at Smalls

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

5/15, 7 PM Jurij Fedynskyj and the Ukrainian Village Voices sing striking polyphonic songs of freedom and defiance from the remote village of Kryachkivka at Playwrights Rehearsal Studios, White Box Room, 3rd floor, 440 Lafayette St. (bet. Astor Pl. & E 4th St.$15/$10 stud/srs

5/15, 8:30 PM deviously lyrical cult favorite Americana soul/punk songwriter Marcellus Hall at Pete’s

5/15, 8:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost at the third room at the Rockwood, $10.

5/15, 9 PM cellist Malcolm Parson plays pieces by Bach, Lucio Amanti, Eugene Friesen, Erik Friedlander, and original compositions for solo cello at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/15, 9 PM Swiss improvisers Trio Elgar: Florian Stoffner – guitar, Hans Koch – baritone saxophone, Lionel Freidl – drums, + guest Leila Bordreuil – cello, followed at 10 by trumpeter  Stephanie Richards‘ Trio with Stomu Takeshi- bass, Kenny Wollesen- drums at 65 Fenimore St, at Flatbush, Lefferts Gardens, B/Q to Prospect Park

5/15, 9:30 PM Yotoco play psychedelic cumbias at Barbes

5/15, 10 PM menacing punk-Americana legends the Legendary Shack Shakers at the Bell House, $15 adv tix rec

5/15, 10 PM explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at LIC Bar

5/16. 6ish cinematic Chinese ambient music by Lemon Guo followed byenigmatically careening,wickedly tuneful, intense female-fronted power trio Castle Black in Riverside Park at 95th St. 

5/16, 8 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

5/16, 8 PM a pretty wild duo set of sax/trumpet improvisations by Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud/srs

5/16, 8;30 PM pianist Charles Nedich and a string section play works by Bassi, Weber and Mendelssohn at the Tenri Institute,43A W 13th St, $25/$15 stud/srs, reception to follow

 5/16-21, 8:30/1030 PM progressive jazz icons Steve Coleman & Five Elements at the Vanguard, $30

5/16-21, 8:30 PM eclectic percussionist Satoshi Takeishi plays with a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, a duo with oudist Gordon Grdina

5/16, 9 PM saxophonist Kazemde George leads his quartet at Parkside Pizza, 705 Flatbush Ave (Parkside/Winthrop), Q to Parkside Ave.

5/16, 11 PM cheery Northampton girlpunks Dump Him at the Silent Barn, $8 

5/17, 1 PM tuneful, witty trombonist/pianist Art Baron leads his group at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

 5/17, 7:30 PM violinist Sheng-Ching Hsu leads a chamber sextet performing Sirota: My Yiddishe Momme; Chen: The Silent Flame; Esmail: Piano Quintet; Brahms: Piano Quintets at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, 59 E 2nd St, sugg don

5/17, 7:30 PM star cellist Clarice Jensen plays a program of entrancing loopmusic including her collaboration with composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, plus Michael Harrison’s Cello Constellations for multitracked cello and sine tones, plus creepy projections by Jonathan Turner at the Kitchen, $15

5/17, 8 PM Middle Eastern-flavored psychedelic jams with Spaghetti Eastern Music at the Bushwick Public House

5/17, 8/9:30 PM the Istmo Trio with haunting, nuanced Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera, plus Vitor Gonçalves, accordion; Rogerio Boccato, percussion; Gilal Hekselman, guitar at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum. 5/21 at 2 (two) PM they’re at the Queens Library in Flushing, 41-17 Main St(at 41st Av), close to the 7 train at Main St/Flushing, for free

5/17, 8 PM the Aaron Burnett Quartet play their postbop sounds at Westbury Inn, 673 Flatbush Ave at Winthrop, Lefferts Gardens, Q to Parkside Ave.

5/17, 8:30 PM iconic noir NYC saxophonist/raconteur and Jazz Passenger Roy Nathanson plays a bday bash at Bar Lunatico

5/17, 9 PM20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall.

 5/17, 9ish well-loved noiserock guitar shredder Ty Segall at Warsaw is sold out. But there are still tix for rthe 5/18 and 5/19 shows available at the Knitting Factory box ofc, $25

5/17, 9:30ish haunting psychedelic Middle Eastern/southwestern gothic songwriter Sir Richard Bishop at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, all ages, $12

 5/17, 9:30 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – followed at 11ish by Joe Jack Talcum of 80s punk-pop faves the Dead Milkmen at Hank’s

5/17, 10 PM creepy, swirly, jangly Laurel Canyon psychedelic band the Mystic Braves at Union Pool, $15

5/18, 1 PM Novus NY play John Luther Adams: Become Ocean; Luna Pearl Woolf: After the Wave; and a Jessica Meyer world premiere at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown, free

 5/18, 7 PM classical guitar luminary Sharon Isbin, and three of her protégés, who collectively represent three continents: Alberta Khoury from Australia, Tengyue Zhang from China, and America’s Colin Davin  at the Greene Space, $15

 5/18-21, 7:30/9:30 PM Regina Carter reinvents Ella Firzgerald for the jazz violin with a killer quintet: Xavier Davis – piano; Marvin Sewell – guitar; Chris Lightcap – bass; Alvester Garnett – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/18, 7:30 PM exhilarating North Indian sarod virtuoso Rajeev Taranath at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/18, 8 PM opening night of this year’s Look & Listen Festival with word/sound artist Ione from the late, great Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening Institute, violinist Miranda Cuckson, indie classical septet yMusic, and kinetically hypnotic tenor sax quartet Battle Trance at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 Wt 14th St, 2nd fl, free, rsvp reqd 

5/18, 8 PM a cool twinbill at Brooklyn Bazaar – careeningly intense gutter blues bandleader Breanna Barbara and her band and eventually tuneful, diverse retro 60s psychedelic garage rockers the Mystery Lights at around 10, $15 

5/18, 8 PM sensational rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill leads his group at KD’s Bar and Lounge, 408 Rogers Ave off Sterling, 2 to Sterling St.

5/18, 8:30 PM haunting early Jewish music ensemble Asefa Music’s multi-instrumentalist maven Samuel Thomas & pianist Alon Nechushtan‘s duo explore radically different, similarly interesting Jewish diasporic sounds at the Jalopy, $15

5/18, 9/10:30 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Middle Eastern clarinetist Kinan Azmeh‘s kinetic, picturesque City Band at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

5/18, 9 PM Mimi Oz – a real kitchen-sink songwriter with soul and rock and darker sounds and an omnipresent sense of humor – at Pete’s

5/18, 10 PM 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

5/18, 11 PM creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream at the small room at the Rockwood 

5/18 creepy, cinematic twin-guitar pastoral jazz trio the Royal Arctic Institute at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/19, 8 AM (in the morning) ragas all day at the Worl;d Financial Center, free, starting with  slide guitar genius Debashish Bhattacharya & tabla player Samir Chatterjee playing a morning raga at 8 sharp. They’ll return at 7 PM, presumably after a nap. At noon Anupam Shobhakar plays the sarod; at 5 PM it’s guitarist Gyan Riley, sitarist Krishna Bhatt, & drummer Dan Weiss. At 8:30 PM tuneful, individualistic Afghani-born jazz guitarist Rez Abbasi  and his Quartet play a live score to the 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India. 

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

5/19, 7 PM sitar virtuoso Ikhlaq Hussain at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25

5/19, 7 PM kitchen-sink band the Four Bags take a detour toward Persian music and death metal followed by Anti-Social Music playing new works for accordion ensemble by Max Duykers, David Durst, Nathan Koci, Andrea La Rose, Dan Lasaga, and Pat Muchmore. Featuring: Hubert Chen, Domenica Fossati, Will Holshouser, Jeff Hudgins, Paul Kerekes, Nate Koci, Pat Muchmore, Franz Nicolay, Theresa Rosas, Kamala Sankaram, and Hannah Temple at Shapeshifter Lab, $15. Followed at 9:30 (separate $10 admission) by the Noah Kaplan Quartet playing the album release show for their new microtonally-infused release Cluster Swerve with Joe Morris (guitar), Giacomo Merega (electric bass), Jason Nazary (drums & electronics)

5/19, 7:30 PM darkly atmospheric, eclectic Hungarian jazz singer Nikolett Pankovits performs her haunting Sad But True Hungarian folk project featuring literary excerpts and poems performed by actor Ádám Boncz at Club Bonafide, $15

5/19, 7:30 PM oldschool Cuban style salasa band Charansalsa at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

 5/19, 7:30 PM Olabelle keyboard maven Glenn Patscha with drummer Ben Perowsky and guitar mastermind Oren Bloedow at the Owl, $10

5/19, 8 PM the year’s best triplebill so far: explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas, ; epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band; and the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Matchless, $10

5/19, 8 PM  Deum Band play traditional and contemporary dance music from Thailand; Josh Cho and Le Bandu Barracud perform Tahitian sounds at Flushing Town Hall, $16, ages 13-19 free w/ID

5/19-20, 8 PM Novus NY play Philip Glass’ Indian-influenced Symphony No. 5 at Trinity Church, free

5/19, 8 PM four of NYC’s funnest indie classical bands, in reverse order: percussion group Yarn/Wire, their colleaagues Sō Percussion, hauntingly atmospheric pan-Asian chanteuse/composer Jen Shyu and Ensemble Échappé at Bric Arts, free, rsvp reqd 

5/19, 8 PM brilliantly lyrical guitarist/singer Camila Meza followed at 9 by tuneful up-and-coming alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leading a trio at KD’s Bar and Lounge, 408 Rogers Ave off Sterling, 2 to Sterling St. 5/30, 7:30/9:30 PM Meza leads her Nectar Orchestra, comprising keys, string quartet and rhythm section at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/19. 8 PM artsy, unpredictable, funky jamband the Pimps of Joytime  at South House in Jersey City

5/19, 8 PM a potentially phenomenal night of Middle Eastern-inspired improvisations: Kuwaiti singer/guitarist Yousif Yaseen, on vocals and guitar plusethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa with Ingrid Laubrock, tenor and soprano saxophone; Erik Friedlander, cello at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

5/19-20, 8 PM Repast Baroque plays rarely heard works by Rafael Antonio Castellanos (1725–1791); Sebastián Durón (1660–1716), Jose de Orejón y Aparicio (1706–1765), Francisco Manalt and Scarlatti’s Fandango for solo harpsichord at First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn Heights. The 5/20 show is at Advent Lutheran Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., $30/$20 stud/srs  

5/19. 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord

5/19, 9:30 PM slinky psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

5/19, 10 PM oldschool danceable Colombian tunes with Chia’s Dance Party  at Barbes

5/19, 10 PM cellist Mariel Roberts plays new solo works by Davi∂ Brynjar Franzson, Cenk Ergün, George Lewis, and Eric Wubbels (who guests on piano)  at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

5/19, 10 PM the Robin Electric  play their catchy, deliciously Rickenbacker-fueled powerpop and glamrock followed by wickedly tuneful, jangly 60s style psychedelic band Otherworldly Things at Littlefield, $ 10 

5/19, 10:30 PM Box of Birds – who veer between energetic highway rock and more enigmatic indie sounds – at Pine Box Rock Shop

5/19, 11:30 PM wild, theatrical, fun female-fronted barrelhouse piano blues band the Claudettes at Joe’s Pub, $15

5/19, 1 AM (technically morning of 5/20) the feral, frenetic NY Gypsy Allstars play their electric originals at Drom, free

5/20, 2 PM trumpeter Rachel Therrien‘s Latin Jazz Quartet at Parkside Plaza, Parkside and Ocean Aves., Lefferts Gardens, free, Q to Parkside Ave.

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

5/20, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical pianist Matt Mitchell’s Phalanx Trio with Kim Cass on bass and Kate Gentile on drums at the Jazz Gallery, $22

 5/20, 7:30 PM guitar savagery X2: the Nels Cline Four feat. Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Tom Rainey w/Ava Mendoza at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv rtix rec

5/20, 8 PM sultry retro Franco-American torch jazz/chamber pop/ukulele swing band les Chauds Lapins at Barbes

5/20, 8 PM in the absence of leader Liberté-Anne Lymberiou – kicked out of the US by Trump’s Migra -drummer Zack O’Farrill leads the 17-piece Liberté Big Band at KD’s Bar and Lounge, 408 Rogers Ave off Sterling, 2 to Sterling St.

5/20, 8 PM the NY Virtuoso  Singers perform  world premiere commissions by recent ASCAP Young Composer Award winners Anahita Abbasi, Emily Bear, David Biedenbender, Will Cooper, Elizabeth Kelly, Emily Koh, Michael Lee, Alexander Liebermann, Jared Miller & Eric Nathan  at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave at 87th St, 1 to 86th St.,  $25/$20 stud/srs

5/20. 8:30 PM Electric Diamond – Stuart Diamond and Don Slepian – play their wild multimedia version of Moussorgsky’s Pictures at Spectrum, $15

5/20, 8:30 PM Brooklyn jamband legends Plastic Beef and their many spinoffs/side projects – who hasn’t been a member of Plastic Beef at some point? – at Freddy’s 

5/20, 8:30ish brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn ‘s pssychedelic, ecolotically themed Mother Octopus quartet at at the Owl, $10

5/20, 9 PM mighty, massive thirty-piece original gospel rock band Jesus on the Mainline at the Mercury, $15 adv tix rec

5/20, 9 PM catchy reverbtoned janglerockers the Growlers at Terminal 5, $27.50 adv tix rec. Good to see a band this good get big enough to fill this space. 

5/20, 10 PM the Thurston Moore Group at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, $20 adv tix rec. You know him, right? 

5/21, 11 AM Esther Yoo, violin and pianist Robert Koenig play works by Mendelssohn, Debussy, Tschaikovsky and Glazunov at the Walter Reade Theatre, 165 W 65th St, $22, reception to follow

5/21, 2 PM composer Tidtaya Sinutoke’s Hart Island Requiem, “an experimental, immersive, investigative theater piece that highlights stories of those who have died and are buried in Hart Island,” NYC’s longtime potter’s field, at Flushing Town Hall, free

5/21, 2 PM Leon Botstein and the Orchestra Now play Charles Ives’s Three Places in New England, celebrating the art of Marsden Hartley at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $30 tix avail

5/21, 3 PM this year’s Look & Listen Festival concludes with trombonist Craig Harris and the Saints and Aint’s Brass Choir along with Carman Moore’s Skymusic Ensemble performing several of his own works, including the gospel themed Think in a New Way at the Studio Museum in Harlem,144 W 125th St east of ACP Blvd., free 

5/21, 3 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

5/21, 4 PM the Desoff Choirs sing  The New Amorous World (2014), the utopian cantata by Estonian-American Fourierist composer Lembit Beecher, a Sufi work by Shireen Abu-Khader,  Hebrew songs arranged by Ellen Broad-Ginsberg and other multicultural works at Holy Trinity Church, 3 W 65th St, $15 tix avail

5/21, 7ish saxophonist  Charlotte Greve leads a trio followed by the Rhythm Method String Quartet playing a program TBA at the Owl, $10

5/21, 8 PM  jazz pianist Misha Piatigorsky’s haunting, cinematic, deviously clever thirteen-piece Sketchy Orkestra with the soul vocals of Emily Braden plus Rahj Mason’s hip-hop beats alongside an eight-piece chamber string section at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

5/22, 7 PM Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland’s intense folk noir band Whitehorse at the Mercury ,$15 adv tix rec

5/21, 8/9:30 PM lyrical pianist Ben Rosenblum leads a trio with Curtis Lundy on bass and Billy Hart on drums at Mezzrow, $20 

5/21, 10 PM  Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop followed by wry 70s style kraurtock disco band Automaatio at Sunnyvale. 5/25 at 11:30 Lusterlit are at Sidewalk, preceded at 9:30 by cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster. Avoid the fey fop act playing in between those two bands at all costs

5/22, 8 PM music for strings and piano from across the Americas by Edmund Cionek, Julian Fueyo,Max Lifchitz, Ivan Enrique Rodriguez & Hilary Tann performed by the North/South Trio: Lifchitz on piano with Claudia Schaer, violin Marisol Espada, celloat Christ & St Stephen’s Church, 120 W 69th St,,free 

 5/22, 8:30 PM powerful soul belter Sarah Wise (of explosive gospel-rock ensemble Lizzie & the Sinners) at Pete’s

5/23, 6 PM pianist Michael Lewin plays  music by Beethoven, Liszt, Lecuona, Nazareth, Villa-lobos and Ginastera at the Yamaha Piano Salon, $6 

5/23, 7 PM violinist Eleonore Biezunski and Ukrainian tsimbl (hammered dulciimer) player Pete Rushefsky’s darkly rustic klezmer band the Klezmographers with special guest, haunting chanteuse Zhenya Lopatnik, followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/23, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic cimbalom virtuoso Miklos Lukacs plays the album release show for his new one, Cimbalom Unlimited with drummer Eric Harland & bassist Harish Raghavan at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/23, 7:30/9:30 PM Mingus Band pianist David Kikoski leads his trio at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/23, 7:30/9:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, , $20

5/23-28, 8:30 PMcleverly tuneful, understatedly haunting composer and piano improviser Anthony Coleman leads a series of groups at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: opening night, a trio set with Marty Ehrlich (reeds) Kim Cass (bass)

5/23, 8:30 PM bassist Bruno Råberg’s Triloka string quintet at Shapeshifter Lab, $10

5/23-28, 8:30/10:30 PM intense pianist Gerald Clayton  leads a trio at the Vanguard, $30

5/23, 9 PM lead guitarist to the stars of the NYC underground, Homeboy Steve Antonakos plays a rare solo show featuring songs off his new powerpop album Bodega Rock at Bar Chord

5/23, 10 PM brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/24. 7 PM violinist Mari Kimura is the soloist in a new Tania Leon electroacoustic work; a wind/string chamber ensemble plays new works by Richard Brooks’, Hubert Howe, José Beviá’, David Mecionis, Robert S. Cohen’ and Raoul Pleskow, Dana Dimitri Richardson’ at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex, $20 sugg don 

5/24, 8 PM captivating Afro-Peruvian singer/pianist Chi-Chi Glass at Barbes

5/24, 8 PM Joan LaBarbara leads a vocal quartet plus chamber sextet including  harpist Shelley Burgon and Miguel Frasconi on glass bells, playing a Joseph Cornell-inspired program at  Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

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

5/24, 8 PM creepy Americana hellraiser duo the Tall Pines at Hifi Bar

5/24, 9 PM soaring, purist, darkly lyrical Americana songstress Karen Hudson at Silvana

 5/24, 9 PM 90s dancehall reggae nostalgia with Capleton at B.B. King’s, $25 adv tix rec

5/24, 10:30 PM trombonist Jimmy O’Connell leads his colorful, kick-ass sextet at Smalls

5/25, 6 PM wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express at at the small room at the Rockwood

5/25, 7:30 PM hauntingly epic, eclectic oudist/composer Rahim AlHaj with Iranian santour virtuoso Sourena Sefati, and Palestinian-American percussionist Issa Malluf. at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival very strongly advised

5/25, 7:30 PM, repeating on 5/27 at 8 the NY Phil with violin soloist Augustin Hadelich play Dvorak’s Violin Concerto and Slavonic Dances plus Janacek’s Taras Bulba at Avery Fisher Hall, $31 tiix avail

5/25-28, 7:30/9:30 PM Gil Evans scholar/archivist/conductor Ryan Truesdell leads the Gil Evans Project celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Gil/Miles classic Miles Ahead at the Jazz Standard, $35 but worth it.

5/25, 7:30 PM trippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa – the original drum-and-bass – at Bric Arts, free

5/25, 7:30 PM the Orchestra of the League of Composers perform a Sheree Clement world premiere,  a NY premiere by Fred Lerdahl and works by Lisa Bielawa and Arvo Pärt at the Milller Theatre, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/25, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

5/25, 8 PM darkly tuneful bassist Pedro Giraudo leads his tango quartet at Barbes

 5/25, 8 PM “Antenes opens her 2017 residency at Issue Project Room with new work incorporating research on the unique audio terrain of early, analog telephone pioneers and hackers. The performance features found field recordings threaded into the electro-acoustic qualities and electronic signals from her handmade switchboard synths, made from repurposed, vintage/obsolete equipment,” $10 sugg don

5/25, 8 PM hard-hitting original Balkan rockers Tipsy Oxcart at at Shrine

 5/25, 8 PM the Fair Trade Trio and pianist Taisiya Pushkar play Molly Herron’s “Nelson,” Ernő Dohnanyi’s Serenade for string trio, and Johannes Brahms’  first piano quartet. at the DiMenna Center, $25/$15 stud/srs

5/25-27, 8/10:30 PM salsa dura piano icon Larry Harlow & the Latin Legends at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail.

5/25, 9 PM Alice Lee – the missing link between Fiona  Apple and Nina Simone -at Pete’s. Her new album is unbelievably good. 

5/25, 9 PM jazz singer Kate Chaston sings material from her Pedro Project -songs from (and inspired by) Pedro Almodóvar films at Bar Thalia, free

 5/25, 10 PM a great kick-ass lyrical rock twinbill: hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes followed by grimly witty folk noir/Nashville gothic band Thee Shambels at Hank’s

5/25, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

5/26, 7 PM  epic, exhilarating original Balkan brass music with alto saxophonist/clarinetist Greg Squared’s Great Circles, haunting oud/clarinet band Dunham Shoe Factory, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes 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 the Jalopy, $10

5/26, 7/9 PM celebrate World Lindy Hop Day and the birthday of the godfather of lindy hop, Frankie Manning, with David Berger‘s mighty retro Sultans of Swing big band featuring Australian vocal sensation Hetty Kate in a rare US appearance at Drom, $20

5/26, 8 PM rustic accordion-driven Brazilian jungle sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by Felipe Fournier‘s Supermambo vibraphone band playing a  Tito Puente tribute at Barbes

5/26, 8:30 PM Directors feat. Jordan McLean and Amir Ziv play these two film composers’ more kinetic works at Bar Lunatico

5/26, 9/10:30 PM by powerful, erudite, elegantly tuneful tenor saxman/composer Noah Preminger makes yet another live album, this time leading a trio with Kim Cass, bass; Dan Weiss, drums at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 plus $10 minimum. Your voice can be on a piece of history! 

5/26, 10 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret band Hannah vs. the Many – this blog’s current favorite group -at the Way Station

5/26, 10 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at  the Bitter End

5/26-27, 10:30 PM lyrical trombonist/composer Michael Dease leads his sextet at Smalls

5/27, 3:30 PM Chai Found Music Workshop play enveloping, richly tuneful Taiwanese chamber music at the Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St, 7 to Flushing/Main St., $6

5/27, 8 PM  eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by psychedelic latin bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

5/27, 9 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Espresso 77 in Queens

5/27, 9ish brilliant pastoral jazz violinist Skye Steele leads his More Light Band + Strings playing the album release show for his new one at C’Mon Everybody

 5/27, 10 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Silvana

5/27, 11 PM River Cult play their ferocious, feral, cinematically psychedelic doom metal/postrock at the Cobra Club, $10 

5/28, 7 PM artsy, ornate, Iron Maiden-influenced doom metal with Imminent Sonic Destruction at Drom, $13 adv tix rec 

5/28, 7:30 PM rising star Yiddish songbird Nikitov sings material from across the Jewish diaspora at Joe’s Pub, $20

5/28, 7:30 PM the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra perform Bruckner’s “Te Deum” , in the debut of the Queensboro Symphonic Choir, plus  Bruch’s “Scottish Fantasy” featuring violin soloist Kae Nakano, and also cinematic composer-in-residence Paul Joseph’s “Cry of a Butterfly” and “First Tears of Spring” at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing,7 train to Flushing-Main St. and a comfortable 10-minute walk, or take the Q65 bus which stops 2 blocks away

5/28, 9 PM haunting, witchy art-rock songwriter/pianist Lorrie Doriza at Footlight Bar

5/29, 8 PM alto saxophonist and Bach scholar Jon DeLucia leads his octet playing fugues by Dave Van Kriedt, for the Brubeck Octet, along with new arrangements from De Lucia, Bill Holman, and Alec Wilder at Tea Lounge, 837 Union St. Park Slope, R to Union St. and walk uphill 

 5/29, 8 PM Matkot play their torchy Mediterranean vocal jazz at Silvana. 5/30, same time they’re at Shrine 

5/30, 7  PM purist, straightforward, warmly tuneful front-porch folk songwriter Joanna Sternberg at Terra Blues

5/30-31, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

5/30, 7:30 PM fiery alto saxophonist Lucas Pino’s twin-guitar No No Nonet at Smalls

5/30, 7:30/9?30 PM lyrical, lyrically-driven rising star jazz pianist Helen Sung’s Sung with Words with Ingrid Jensen – trumpet; John Ellis – tenor sax; Boris Kozlov – bass; Kendrick Scott – drums; Samuel Torres – percussion at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/30, 8 PM goth/industrial/art-rock legend JG Thirlwell presents Cholera Nocebo, a 50 minute electro-acoustic surround sound immersive cinematic tour de force at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec.

5/30, 8 PM the Dover Quartet play selections from Daniel Schlosberg’s Twin Peak Fantasy – a mashup of Angelo Badalamenti’s score  plus David Ludwig’s interstellar Pale Blue Dot, Caroline Shaw’s Plan & Elevation, and music from Angelo Badalamenti’s original score to Twin Peaks at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv rtix rec

5/31, 1 PM the hard-hitting, vivid Cecilia Coleman Big Band at St. Peter’s Church, 54th/Lex

5/31. 6 PM sensational Indian classical violinist/improviser Arun Ramamurthy with Bala Skandan on mridangam at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/31, 7 PM terse, purposeful rising star postbop saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her quintet at Smalls 

5/31, 7:30/9:30 PM adventurous pianist Glenn Zaleski leads his postbop trio at the Jazz Standard, $25

5/31, 8 PM rare Meredith Monk works performed by a vocal/piano/cello octet including singer Emily Eagen and cellist Clarice Jensen at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

5/31, 8:30 PM Antibalas spinoff Armo play newschool Afrobeat at Bar Lunatico

6/1, 8 PM dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl and her band with irrepressible trombonist Curtis Hasselbring at Barbes

6/1, 8 PM Digital Diaspora play their trippy Afrobeat-influenced downtempo jams followed by bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the Delancey, $10

6/1, 10ish trippy downtempo/Balkan-tinged groove instrumentalists Filtron M play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151 (presumably reopened by that time)

6/1, 11 PM keyboardist and occasional Karla Rose collaborator Frank LoCrasto‘s cinematic organ sounds at Pete’s

6/1 the LA Percussion Quartet play Andrew McIntosh’s epic 40-minute I Hold the Lion’s Paw, and Anna Thorsvaldsdottir’s earthy/unearthly Aura. They’ll also be premiering a virtual reality video from Chris Cerrone’s Memory Palace, at National Sawdust 

6/2, 5:30 PM 19th century string band maven (and Four O’Clock Flower) Eli Smith at the American Folk Art Museum

6/2, 8 PM two of the individualistic voices from John Zorn’s Mycale vocal ensemble: the rapturous Sara Serpa and the playfully soaring Sofia Rei in a rare duo show at the Neighborhood Church, 269 Bleecker St. at Morton St., free

6/2, 9:30 PM a trancey triplebill with Tigue Percussion followed b ytrippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa , then a second Tigue set and finally Afrobeat band Underground System at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

6/2, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

6/2, 11 PM Certain General’s noir crooner/guitarslinger Phil Gammage and band at Otto’s

6/3, 6  PM guitarist Sean Cronin“s edgy, bracing Very Good project followed at 8 by Brooklyn’s funnest new band, psychedelic organ-driven Middle Eastern-tinged surf rock trio Hearing Things and at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

6/3, 8 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play “Ms. Rubinstein’s Beauty,” a world premiere by Seth Bedford; plus Michael Blancaflor performs Frank Picarazzi’s Vibraphone Concertina; Melissa Kritzer performs Fernade Breilh Decruck’s Scherzo for bassoon; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Vocalise for orchestra at the DiMenna Center, $25. There’s another performance on 2/4 at 2 PM featuring Shostakovich’s Concerto for Piano and Trumpet along with the Rachmaninoff.

6/3, 9 PM a killer, cheap triplebill at Bowery Electric: female-fronted power trio Castle Black – who veer between acidic Bush Tetras postpunk, stoner metal and more straight-up, sardonic punk, followed by careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – and Television lead guitar legend Richard Lloyd, $10. No Ice are also  playing the annual Northside Festival on June 9 at Main Drag Music and on the 10th at the Gutter; both of those shows at 11.

6/3, 9 PM ten-piece country/carnivalesque/acoustic rock powerhouse M Shanghai String Band at the Jalopy, $!0

6/3, 10 PM New York’s only Farsi funk group,haunting, psychedelic retro 60s/70s Iranian revivalists Mitra Sumara at Pete’s

6/4, 11:30 AM/1:30 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 5 play a Ella Fitzgerald centennial celebration tribute with special guest vocalist Charles Turner at the Blue Note for brunch, $35 prix fixe

6/4, the allday Mafrika Festival at Marcus Garvey Park

6/4, 3 PM the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York play mighty arrangements of ancient themes at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

6/4, 7 PM spine-tingling darkly mystical art-rock/avant-garde/chamber pop songwriter Carol Lipnik – pretty much everybody’s choice for best singer in all of NYC – at Pangea

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

6/5, 9:30 PM Carolina Oliveros’ trippy tropicalia band Combo Chimbita, who mash up cumbia, salsa, champeta and a whole bunch of other south of the border styles at Barbes

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

6/6,  7 PM the Bushwick Book Club – a collective of incredibly diverse, typically excellent songwriters including irrepressibly fun ringleader Susan Hwang, the haunting Jessie Kilguss, and Ellia Bisker, of parlor pop mavens Sweet Soubrette – followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

6/7, 8 PM psychedelic klezmer/bluegrass mandolin and clarinet legend Andy Statman at Barbes, $10

6/7, 9:30 PM creepy, jangly, swirly retro 60s Laurel Canyon psychedelia with the Mystic Braves at the Mercury, $14 adv tix rec

6/7, 10 PM haunting, epic, tunefully individualistic pianist/composer Fabian Almazan performs his latest work, Alcanza (“Reach”), a nine movement suite written for his Rhizome large ensemble (voice, guitar, strings, piano, bass, drums and electronics) at National Sawdust

6/8, noon Ramsey Lewis – the now-octogenarian pianist who basically invented soul jazz all by himself at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/8, 7 PM  pianist Klara Min performs preludes by Scriabin and Chopin alongside Sean Hickey’s meditative Birds of Barclay Street, dedicated to the memory of those murdered on September 11, 2001, at Symphony Space, $15

6/8, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies followed at 10 by formidable, reliably tuneful guitarist Tom Csatari‘s large-ensemble Americana jazz project Uncivilized playing Zappa tunes. Their Chico Hamilton tribute was out of character (tunewise anyway) but off the hook nonetheless. Missed them doing John Fahey, which is closer to home for them. How they’ll do this is a mystery.

6/8, 8 PM night one of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15: Evan Mazunik and Zaha followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and then at 10 by iconic klezmer trumpeter Frank London & Co.

6/8, 8:30 PM ethereally enchanting art-folk autoharpist/singer Elizabeth Devlin,at at Pete’s

6/8, 8 :30 PM haunting tsimbl (Ukraininan Jewish zither) player Zev Feldman and band at the Jalopy, $15

6/8, 9:30 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook and his large ensemble play the album release show for his new one Die Trommel Fatale  at Joe’s Pub, $15

6/8, 10 PM fiery garage rock band the NY Fowl Harmonic – a Gato Loco spinoff – at Hank’s

6/9, 6 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop followed by up-and-coming paisley underground band Moji Abiola – who add soulful vocals to the psychedelic mix – at the American Folk Art Museum

6/9, 7 PM a benefit at Drom for Brooklyn’s best venue, Barbes featuring an unbeatable lineup including mystical Moroccan trance-dance band Innov Gnawa, allstar brass pickup group Fanfare Barbès, (with members of Red Baraat, Slavic Soul Party and Banda de los Muertos), elegantly  menacing film noir instrumental icons Big Lazy, Colombian folk reinventors Bulla en el Barrio and torrential Bahian drum orchestra Maracatu NY; advance tix a bargain at $20.

6/9, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by awesomely slinky, psychedelic Israeli Ethiopiques groove instrumentalists Anbessa Orchestra  at Barbes.

6/9, 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan followed at by by Brian Carpenter’s Ghost Train Orchestra celebrating their 10 year anniversary playing rare noir jazz and cinematic themes at the Jalopy, $12 adv tix available at the venue

6/9, 8ish the New Students play their fun, lyrically amusing, newschool trad brlugrass at Hometown BBQ in Red Hook. 6/25 they’re playing the album release show for their excellent new one at the big room at the Rockwood

6/9-10, 8 PM iconic avant garde composer Meredith Monk sings works in progress with her vocal ensemble including Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Allison Sniffin, Jo Stewart at Queenslab, 1618 Decatur St, Ridgewood, L to Halsey St

6/9, 8 PM night two of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15:: Mob Job and Walter Thompson followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and at 10 by Matt Lavelle’s 12 Houses (Extended Unit) with Gil Selinger

6/9, 8:30 PM epically tuneful, anthemic, sometimes pastorally -inclined jazz guitarist Chris Jentsch leads his quartet playing the album release show for his new one Fractured Pop at I-Beam, $15

6/9, 10 PM hilarious, sardonically careening glam/party band Haley Bowery & the Manimals at Hanks, be aware of $8 cover

6/10, 3 PM violinist Marshall Coid, clarinetist Justin Vance and pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe play trios by Milhaud and Kachaturian plus Stravinsky’s L’Histoire Du Soldat at St Marks Church, 10th St/2nd Ave, $15 sugg don

6/10, 4 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell – two thirds of the fiery Yiddish Art Trio – followed at 6 by edgy jazz guitarist Sean Cronin“s bracing Very Good project at Barbes

6/10, 7:30 PM the NY Festival Orchestra play works by Mozart, Bach, Sibelius, Grieg, and premieres by Hampson Sisler and Takeichiro Hirai with gradeschool prodigy violinist sisters Fiona and Hina Khuong-Huu  at  Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church,152 W 66 St,$10

6/10, 8 PM creepy Laurel Canyon art-rock/psych-folk/dark Americana band Quicksilver Daydream followed at 9 by wryly surreal prozac rock  duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s . The Dream Eaters are also here on 6/16 at 9.

6/10, 8 PM Romany guitar legend Stephane Wrembel airs out material from his wildly eclectic, psychedelic new double album The Django Experiment at Drom, $15 adv tix rec. At 11 (separate $15 adv tix adm) Brooklyn Balkan brass faves Slavic Soul Party featuring sensational Serbian trumpeter Demirhan Cerimovic, first-prize winner at the prestigious Guca Trumpet Festival

6/10, 8 PM night three of a three-night series of Butch Morris-influenced largescale improvisations at the original Nublu, 62 Ave. C, $15: cornetist Kirk Knuffke‘s “For Butch”followed at 9 by the Walter Thompson Orchestra and at 10 by iconic drummer Kenny Wollesen & the Stone Clouds

6/10, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7 at Hank’s

6/10, 10 PM Random Test bring their roots reggae back to their home base, Shrine

6/11, 4 PM ish fiery electric bluegrass and C&W with Demolition String Band at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival, Washington St. bet. 8th & 14th St.

6/11, 7 PM funk legend and golden age hip-hop: Main Source and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, hosted by the realest of all Roxannes, Roxanne Shante at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Grand Central Pkwy., Whitestone Exwy. bet. 111 St. & College Point Blvd., Park Drive E. in Queens

6/12, 9:30 PM Los Cumpleanos play psychedelic cumbias with new wave synths & retro organ, effect-laden trombone and trumpet as well as a three piece percussion section – at Barbes

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

6/13, 7 PM reliably unpredictable, assaultively tuneful guitarist Brandon Seabrook leads his trio followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

6/13, 7:30 PM cantors Ida Rae Cahana, Elizabeth Shammash, Raphael Frieder, and Alberto Mizrahi backed by pianist Yehudi Wyner sing popular and obscure Yiddish works from both western and eastern Europe by Mordecai Gebirtig – inventor of the crime rhyme – plus elegant art songs by Lazar Weiner, theatre music by Moses Milner, the brooding Solomon Rosowsky,the fiery Janot Roskin, plus songs by Solomon Golub, Mikhl Gelbart, Joel Engel, and Maurice Rauch at the Center for Jewish History, 15 W 16th St., $15

6/13, 7:30 PM the Havana Lyceum Orchestra with pianist Simone Dinnerstein play works by Mozart and Carlos Fariñas at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/13, 8 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s New World Symphony, selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, free, enter the park from Broadway, near W 251st St, concert site is north of the baseball fields. The program repeats on 6/15 at 8 in Cunningham Park in Queens

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

6/14, 7 PM in reverse order: klezmer icons the Klezmatics, Hasidic ngunim soul band Zusha, wry a-cappella ensemble the Maccabeats with special guest cantors Chaim David Berson and Yanky Lemmer at Central Park Summerstage

6/14, 8 PM the NY Phil play Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and New World Symphony plus works by Ravel, Masssenet, and Saint-Saens at the great lawn in Central Park, free, enter at 72nd St. and Central Park West. The program repeats on 6/16 at 8 at Prospect Park

6/14, 8:30 PM the wildfire NY Gypsy All-Stars  joined by brilliant guest oudist Ara Dinkjian at Drom, $10 advance tix rec

6/15, 8:30 PM edgy, funny Russian-French klezmer band Dobranotch at the Jalopy, $15

6/15, 9 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant chamber pop with the Icebergs – Jane LeCroy – vox; Tom Abbs – cello; David Rogers-Berry – drums – at Pete’s

6/16, 5:30 PM

6/16, 8 PM keyboardist Dave Kadden’s Drunken Foreigner Band – sort of a Brooklyn counterpart to Dengue Fever, or a Thai Chicha Libre – followed at by the self-explanatory Zozo Afrobeat at Barbes

6/16, 6 PM haunting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar Rivers of Sound orchestra plays the album release show for their new stormy, darkly relevant new one, Not Two, on the Plaza at 28 Liberty St. (William/Broad) in the financial district, free

6/16, 6 PM sardonic acoustic punks Norwood at the American Folk Art Museum

6/16, 8 PM night one of the Jalopy’s annual International Music Festival with Zong Li Lu playing ethereal, hypnotic Chinese monochord fook, at 9 haunting flamenco chanteuse Julia Patinella, at 10 high-voltage son jarocho folk-punks Radio Jarocho  and at 10 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, $20

6/17, 7 PM night two of the Jalopy’s annual International Music Festival with Sangita Mukhiya Chhochoon with Nhuchhe Fangol on tabla & Bimal Dangi on harmonium playing Nepali songs, followed at 8 by Zikrayat playing cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song, at 9 by Bomba y Plena with Jorge Vazquez -doing bouncy Puerto Rican grooves, at 10 African dance band Akoko Nante and at 11 wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus, $20

6/17, 8 PM catchy oldtimey all-female string band the Calamity Janes followed at 10 by Oxygen Box playing Haitian-inspired roots reggae

6/18, 3 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

6/18, 4 PM Angel Lam’s moody, mysterious musical theatre piece Lost in Shanghai, with a score spanning from classical to Chinese to art-rock at Flushing Town Hall, $10

6/18. 10 PM eclectic Florida roots reggae band the Ellameno Beat at Shrine

6/20, noon New Orleans’ darkly shuffling, explosively funky Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/20, 8 PM Red Gretchen play their slowly undulating, doomy psychedelic/art-rock grooves at Shrine

6/21, 3:15 PM hilarious, fearlessly political performance artist/satirist/loopmusic singer Killy Dwyer followed at 6 by funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – and eventually at 8 by smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes outdoors at Freddy’s

6/21, 6 PM psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby St, downtown Brooklyn, free

6/21, 7 PM charming psychedelic 90s hip-hop nostalgia: Digable Planets at Coffey Park, Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. in Red Hook

6/21, 8 PM one of the year’s hottest jazz lineups: the Rolling Stones’ Tim Ries on sax, leading a quintet with Randy Brecker, the great Chano Dominguez on piano, with James Genus on bass and Clarence Penn on drums, for real, at Drom, $15 adv tix rec.

6/22, noon Gulf Coast soul band the Suffers play their horn-infused sounds at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/22, 8 PM stark, banjo-fueled North Carolina noir Americana string band the Resonant Rogues at Shrine

6/23, 5:30 PM charming oldtime C&W/front-porch folk harmony band Holler at the American Folk Art Museum

6/23, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn Raga Massive – a rotating cast of A-list Indian, jazz and rock musicians who love to jam out classic Indian themes from over the centuries to the present day –play a John Coltrane tribute followed by tenor sax legend Pharaoh Sanders and his group at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/24, 5 PM newschool fado star Sofia Ribeiro, assaultive goth/Stooges punk duo Dead Combo with special guest Marc Ribot and Portuguese band the Gift at Central Park Summerstage 

6/24, 9 PM hip-hop brass: New Orleans  ensemble the Soul Rebels with special guests Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Kirk Knight at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/25, 4 PM the guy who built the Temple of Hip-Hop, KRS-1 at at Coffey Park Verona St. bet. Richard St. and Dwight St. in Red Hook

6/25, 6 PM in reverse order: a site-specific performance by the epically stygian Eli Keszler, cumulo-nimbus vocal experimentalist Stine Motland, enigmatically ambient reedwoman Lea Bertucci, the reliably fun Tilt Brass and avant garde marching band Ashcan Orchestra at the Knockdown Center, $15

6/25, 8:30 PM an excellent Americana twinbill album release show: purist retro rock and C&W bandleader Monica Passin and her rockabilly outfit, Li’l Mo and the Monicats, followed by haunting DC songwriter Mary Battista & Little Pink at the Treehouse at 2A 

6/25, 9:30 PM Navin Chettri‘s band makes jazz out of rarely heard Nepali themes at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

6/26, 5 PM riveting, theatrical, amazingly eclectic Korean psychedelic folk band Coreyah, theatrical, high-voltage Korean disco band Ssing Ssing and Korean rappers Year of the Ox at Central Park Summerstage

6/26, 8:30 PM thoughtful, often riveting violinist Sarah Bernstein leads her microtonal improvising quartet – Ron Stabinsky – piano; Stuart Popejoy – electric bass; Satoshi Takeishi – drums – at Cornelia St. Cafe, $10 + $10 min

6/26, 8:30 PM eclectic Celtic/baroque pop harpist/singer Kristin Rebecca at the big room at the Rockwood, $10 

6/27, noon Cuban son legends Septeto Santiaguero at Metrotech Park in downtown Brooklyn

 6/27, 7:30 PM violinist Lara St. John leads a chamber ensemble performing works by Britten, Vaughan Williams and Jessie Montgomery at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/27. 9:30  PM Indian-inspired, ex-Sharon Jones organist Colin Brown leads his trio at Freddy’s

6/28, 5 PM Yotoco play psychedelic cumbia and boleros at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby St, downtown Brooklyn, free

6/28, 7 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue followed by Rare Essence at Betsy Head Park, Dumont Ave. & Strauss St., in Brownsville, 3 to Saratoga Ave. 

6/29, 7:30 PM noir mambo powerhouse Orkesta Mendoza followed by Mexican-American folk song reinventor Lila Downs at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/30, 7 PM St Lenox play their insightfully lyrical, fearlessly populist soul and parlor pop at the park at 125th St. and the Hudson

6/30, 10 PM slinky original rocksteady with Osekre & the Lucky Bastards at Shrine

6/30, 11 PM edgy, guitar-fueled peak era King Crimson-ish art-rockers Woodhead at Hank’s

7/1, 5 PM in reverse order: NYC’s arguably finest oldtime swing band Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, the charming, female-fronted cosmopolitan swing crew Avalon Jazz Band and 20s jazz chanteuse Aurora Nealand at Central Park Summerstage

7/7, 7:30 PM psychedelic funk and Afrobeat with the People’s Champs at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/8, 5 PM the Jimmy Heath Big Band at Springfield Park, 184th St. & 146th Terrace in Springfield Gardens, Queens

7/8, 6 PM the haunting, eclectic, harmonically rich all-female Mariachi Flor de Toloache and legendary Colombian Caribbean singer Totó La Momposina at Central Park Summerstage

7/8, 7 PM spot-on Fela cover band Chop & Quench followed by Jamaican dancehall hitmaker Chronixx at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/9, 5 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue followed by 70s disco hitmakers the Ohio Players at Springfield Park, 184th St. & 146th Terrace  in Springfield Gardens, Queens

7/9, 7 PM Lyla Cante play their fiery, kinetic blend of flamenco and Sephardic sounds at Pier One on the upper west side 

7/11, 7:30 PM popular indie classical orchestra the Knights play works by Mozart (Symphony No. 40), Purcell and John Adams at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

7/14-15, 8 PM Gong Linna and the Bang on a Can All-Stars play her new Chinese mythology-themed art-rock suite Cloud River Mountain at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St,, $25 seats avail

7/15, 2 PM in reverse order: popular 80s Argentine janglerockers Los Pericos, LA psychedelic latin soul stars Chicano Batman and La Vida Bohéme at Central Park Summerstage 

7/16, 4ish in reverse order: cinematic vibraphone soul legend Roy Ayers, Afrobeat dance band Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 and Brooklyn’s Underground System at Central Park Summerstage

7/16, 7 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa  at Pier One on the upper west side

7/17, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Bach Brandenburg Concertos at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

7/17, 8ish 90s noiserock/janglerock icons Yo La Tengo – as vital as ever – at Central Park Summerstage

7/21, 6 PM vintage soul band Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue and ageless boogaloo bandleader Joe Bataan at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/21, 7:30 PM trippy, otherworldly, ancient North African dance percussion ensemble Innov Gnawa  open for intense, psychedelic Malian microtonal guitar-and-vocal band Amadou & Mariam at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/22, 5 PM trippy Afrobeat group Budos Band on their  home tuft at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/22, 7:30 PM psychedelic, relentlessly kinetic piano-driven dancefloor postrockers Dawn of Midi followed by Beirut Middle Eastern/postrock band Mashrou’ Leila at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/23, 5 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA at Corporal Thompson Park, Broadway btwn Markham Rd. & Wayne St., Staten Island

7/23, 7 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Pier One on the upper west side

7/26, noon high-voltage accordion-and-microtonal sax-fueled original Balkan tunes with Tipsy Oxcart at Madison Square Park, free

7/26, 7 PM intoxicatingly fun, bouncy Colombian coastal dance grooves with Tribu Baharu at Madison Square Park, free

7/27, 7 PM in reverse order at Damrosch Park: fearlessly populist LA folk-punks Las Cafeteras, our own Alynda Segarra aka Hurray For the Riff Raff,, trippy downtempo guy Helado Negro and fiery, dramatic belter Xenia Rubinos

7/27, 7:30 PM fiery agitator Rev. Billy & the Church of  Stop Shopping Choir – sort of the Dead Kennedys or Public Enemy of original, politically spot-on original gospel music –  followed bytrumpeter Steven Bernstein’s legendary noir jazz outfit Sexmob playing a live score to the 1926 silent film Maciste All’Inferno at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/28, 6 PM popular salsa songstress La India at St. Mary’s Park, St Mary’s St bet. St Ann’s Ave and Jackson Ave in the Bronx, 2/5 to Jackson Ave

7/28, 7 PM Eljuri play their ferocious, brilliantly guitar-driven, fearlessly populist rock en Espanol at the park at 125th St. and the Hudson

7/28, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays Pauline Oliveros’ Applebox Double, Heart of Tones and One Hundred Meeting Places  on the plaza at Lincoln Center

7/28, 7:30 PM popular jazz bassist Esperanza Spalding and band followed by chamber pop/lit-rock icon Andrew Bird at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/28, 7:30 PM charming oldtime swing harmony trio Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – sing Andrews Sisters tunes to accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park

7/29, 6 PM Taiwanese bands in reverse order: catchy pop-punks Fire Ex, low-key folksinger Dadado Huang + Berry j and Sangpuy at Central Park Summerstage

7/29, 7:30 PM would you sit (or, more likely, snooze) through a set by a British pop moppet at Damrosch Park just to see Dionne Warwick play a handful of songs? Maybe we should call the psychic hotline and find out!

7/29, 8 PM harrowing Palestinian oud ensemble Le Trio Joubran play the US premiere of their elegaic suite of settings of Mahmoud Darwish poems on themes of exile and resistance at the Lynch Theater at John Jay College,524 W 59th St, $30 seats avail

7/30, 5ish pioneering golden-age female hip-hop star MC Lyte at Central Park Summerstage

7/30, 7 PM La Mecanica Popular play their original, psychedelic update on classic 70s Nuyorican salsa dura at Pier One on the upper west side

8/1, 7:30 PM the East Coast Chamber Orchestra play works by Holst, Shostakovich and Bach at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

8/2, noon upbeat original ska with the Brown Rice Family at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 7 PM all-female Americana harmony trio the Wild Reeds at Madison Square Park, free

8/2, 7:30 PM Ibibio Sound Machine play EDM with hints of Afrobeat followed by Angelique Kidjo and band covering a crappy Talking Heads album at Damrosch Park

8/3, 7:30 PM newschool cabaret agitator Nellie McKay followed by perennially fun, psychedelic banjo jamband leader Bela Fleck at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/3, 7;30 PM dance sequences from Bollywood film set to live music by a group TBA at Damrosch Park. Followed at 10:30 PM by a “silent screening” of The Big Lebowski where everybody wears headphones, supplied by the venue. Guess this means we have to text our buddies to share a laugh or two during the film.

8/4, 7;30 PM orchestral hip-hop: violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leads a chamber orchestra playing a J Dilla tribute at Damrosch Park

8/5, 3ish Orquesta Criolla Nacional de Puerto Rico on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/5, 7:30 PM second-wave surf rock icons Los Straitjackets and British roots-rock maven Nick Lowe at Damrosch Park

8/5, 8:30 PM pantheonic, eclectic guitar hero Nels Cline leads his big pastoral jazz band at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/6, 1 PM Albanian superstar vocal/accordion duo Merita Halili & Raif Hyseni and the Cheres Ukrainian Folk Ensemble on the plaza at Lincoln Center

8/6, 5 PM hardcore late 90s hip-hop nostalgia with Jadakiss at Crotona Park North to South, Fulton Ave to Southern Blvd and Crotona Park East in the Bronx, 3 to Freeman St. 

8/9, 7:30 PM spectacular, fiery Colombian jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda followed by the swinging salsa dura sounds of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra at Damrosch Park

8/9, 8:30 PM alto sax icon Kenny Garrett and his band at Madison Square Park, free

8/10, 7  PM lush improvising orchestra Burnt Sugar at East River Park

8/10, 7:30 PM the Brooklyn United Marching Band followed by jazz piano star Jason Moran and the Wordless Music Orchestra playing a live score to the film Selma at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/11, 6 PM Andy Montanez,  El Godfather de la Salsa, Puerto Rican bolero singer/songwriter legend at East River Park

8/16, 7 PM hard-driving, often noir-tinged swing pianist/singer Davina & the Vagagonds at Madison Square Park, free

8/20, 5 PM  in reverse order: the year’s best outdoor show with ageless Ethiopian jazz composer Mulatu Astatke, fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi and slinky Middle Eastern/Nile Delta band Alsarah & the Nubatones at Central Park Summerstage

 8/25, 7 PM the lavish, sax/clarinet-fueled Anat Cohen Tentet at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 3 PM in reverse order:  cool jazz legends the Lee Konitz Quartet, dynamic drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, postbop drummer Louis Hayes and his group, and powerful belter – and Gil Scott-Heron reinventor –  Charenee Wade at Marcus Garvey Park

8/27, 4 PM in reverse order: state-of-the-art alto postbop with the Joshua Redman Quartet, oldschool soul-jazz man Lou Donaldson, and the ferociously intense, charismatic Tia Fuller at Tompkins Square Park

Dynamic, Exhilarating, Haunting New Armenian Sounds from Miqayel Voskanyan

Last night Drom was packed with a chatty, boisterous crowd who’d come to party and take in a surrealistic, often haunting, absolutely uncategorizable show by Yerevan-based tar lute player Miqayel Voskanyan and his band. Unlike your typical Iranian tar player, Voskanyan holds his high on his chest, like a giant ear of corn that he’s about to take a big bite out of. While there were a few crescendos during his roughly hourlong set that were packed with high-voltage flurries of tremolo-picking, Voskanyan plays with a great sense of touch and subtlety. He saved his wildest chord-chopping for when he really needed it, and even then, he didn’t give the impression that he was working that hard (beyond frequent trips to the side of the stage to guzzle water, anyway). Otherwise, his attack on the strings was nuanced, and judicious, with a masterful use of space. Guys who can play as fast as he does can’t usually chill with an equal degree of mystery.

Behind him, the trio of Arman Peshtmaljian on a Nord Stage 2 keyboard, Gurgen Ghazaryan on bass and Movses Ghazaryan on drums shifted between rhythms and idioms with a similar, understated dexterity. There were interludes that drew on Near Eastern art-rock, and folk-rock, along with frequent allusions to current-day Balkan turbo-folk and Romany dance music. And there were some moments, usually when Voskanyan left a verse or two to the band, that veered closer to jazz territory. Yet this isn’t a rock band, and it’s definitely not a folk band, even though they amped up a couple of singalong numbers with the crowd at the end.

Armenia is small, about the same size as Jamaica. Like reggae, Armenian music has a vast, global influence: Voskanyan’s compositions reflect that scope. He and the band opened with a pretty straight-up American funk tune, except that it sounded as if it was being played on a banjo. Then Voskanyan went up the fretboard, where the microtones of the Armenian scale creep in, and the effect was as magical as it was strange and unexpected. There were many, many moments like that throughout the rest of the the evening.

From there he sang vocalese over an uneasy, slow rainy-day theme that drew more heavily on chromatics and microtones. To western ears, his most riveting number was a slow, utterly inconsolable film noir-style chromatic instrumental that could have been a Steve Ulrich composition. Voskanyan’s songs without words are very evocative: a fireside tableau was more bittersweet than you might expect. The biggest hit with the crowd was a TGIF-themed epic that shifted from a brisk, flurrying 12/8 rhythm through all sorts of changes, a long keyboard break  – the only place where Voskanyan really lost the crowd – and then he brought them back in a split second with an enigmatic hailstorm of a tar solo. At the end of the set, he brought up accordionist Sevana Tchakerian, who alternated between terse washes of sound and a rhythmic pulse, and also provided spellbinding, acerbic vocals that were a perfect counterpart to Voskanyan’s confident baritone.

Voskanyan and band are currently on US tour, sponsored by AGBU-YPNC. The next stop is tomorrow night, April 7 at 9 PM at St. John Armenian Church, 275 Olympia Way in San Francisco; cover is $30/$20 stud. Drom, the East Village’s mecca for sounds from every part of the globe, has their usual slate of eclectic acts coming up. There’s a metal show tonight; Greek songwriter Kostis Maraveyas plays with his darkly bouncy rembetiko and latin-flavored band tomorrow night, April 7 at half past eleven for $20. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mondays in May at midnight wild noir piano jazz with the Dred Scott Trio back at their old spot, the small room at the Rockwood.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/27, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers  Sun Voyager at St. Vitus, free

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/28, 7:30 PM the Persian Music Ensemble with guitarist Camila Celin, percussoinist Roshni Samial and others at the Owl, $10

4/28, 8 PM wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Otto’s

4/28, 8 PM a concert of magical, relevant Aleppian classical music with Syrian vocalist Wajdi Ayoub and the debut of the Takht Al-Nagham ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

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

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

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

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

4/28, 8:30 PM night one of this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival. Two stages: show on the main one has  the hauntingly ethereal Ukrainian Village Voices, jugband legend Jim Kweskin at 9, the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers with songs and dances from the Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and other traditions at quarter to ten, at 10:20 Anna & Elizabeth, Feral Foster  at 11 and finally western swing band Tennessee Stiff Legs making their NYC debut. The second stage shows start at around 8:45 with St. Louis barrelhouse pianist Ethan Leinwand, followed by bluegrass band Cole Quest & the City Pickers, at 10:15 the Freakniks and at 11 classic ska covers with Skalopy at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St, (btwn Henry St. & Clinton St.), downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall, $25.

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/29, quarter to one PM, day two of this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival at  St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St, (btwn Henry St. & Clinton St.), downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall, $25. The main stage show starts at 12:45 PM with Fada doing traditional French Occitane music followed at 1:30 by Martha Burns doing oldtimey mountain music, at 2:15 Memphis Jug Band reinventors theBrotherhood of the Jug Band Blues, at 3 the Spitzer Space Telescope’s fiddle tunes, 3:45 the original punkgrass guy Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob, at 4:30 Clarence Ashley: at 5:15 Bill & the Belles and at 6 Johnson City, TN’s  Amythyst Kiah. The side stages features Ethan Leinwand playing barrelhouse blues piano, at 2:15 bluegrass with the Hayrollers at 3 Little Nora Brown and Friends, at 3:45 blues with Poorboy Kril,4:15 politically-fueled folk with Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore. There’s also a workshop room for instrument builders, plus documentary films and book readings.

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

4/29, 7 PM epic North African/Middle Eastern dance orchestra the Nile Project squeeze themselves into Joe’s Pub, $30

4/29, 7:30 PM PM, night two of this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St, (btwn Henry St. & Clinton St.), downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall, $25. The main stage show starts at 7:15 with excellent all-female oldtime string band the Calamity Janes, at 8 blues mastermind Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton, at 8:45 PM ex-Old Crow Medicine Show’s Willie Watson  at 9:30 PM the titanic Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir doing their politically fearless original gospel, at 10:45 PM New Orleans western swing band the Big Dixie Swingers and then at 11:30 PM Jackson Lynch playing oldtime fiddle music. The side stage show starts at 7 with all-female accordion group the Main Squeeze Orchestra and their hilarious cover versions, at 8:30 PM barrelhouse pianist Ethan Leinwand and at 10:15 salsa dura with Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars

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

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

4/29, 8 PM irrepressible pan-latin singer Sofia Rei plays the album release show for her sensational new Violeta Parra tribute album El Gavilán with Marc Ribot & Jorge Glem at Subrosa

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/30 is International Jazz Day. Stay tuned.

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

4/30, 3:30 PM, day three of this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St, (btwn Henry St. & Clinton St.), downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall, $25. The main stage features blues from Preachin’ in the Wilderness, at 4 wild 1800s style string band the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen, at 4:45 more blues with Meredith Axelrod, at 5:30 original gospel and blues with singer Queen Esther and at 6:14 Tenneesse group Locust Honey String Band. The side stage show starts at 2 with banjo player Hilary Hawke’s oldtime jam, at 3:15 the Gotham Jazzmen, at 4:45 the Jalopy Choir singing Balkan vocal music and at 5:30 a squardance with the 5-Mile String Band. There’s also a workshop room including a protest song workshop with Jan Bell at 3, at 4 a screening of the Mississippi Fred McDowell documentary Shake ‘Em On Down and at 5:30 an art installation and performance by Anna & Elizabeth and Tim Eriksen.

4/30, 4 PM a six hour immersion in magical, microtonal, blissful Middle Eastern tarab, featuring classical repertoires of Cairo, Aleppo, Baghdad and Yemen performed by Yemen’s Abdulrahman AlAkhfash with percussionist Ahmad Al Roudanil; haunting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar; Layth Sid; the Firas Zreik Trio (Firas Zreik, Han Beyli  and Tariq Rantissi), and the Alwan Arab Music Ensemble at Alwan for the Arts, $30/$25 stud/srs

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

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

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

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

4/30, 7:15 PM PM, night three of this year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St, (btwn Henry St. & Clinton St.), downtown Brooklyn, any train to Borough Hall, $25. The main stage opens with Papa Vega’s Dream Shadows Orchestra, at 8 Gil Scott-Heron contemporaries the Last Poets, at 8:45 Eva Salina & Peter Stan. at 9:30 PM guitarist Pat Conte and at 10:15 PM Jay Gandhi, Abhik Mukhejee and Ehren Hansen doing Indian classical and folk music. The one set on the small stage is by the Cat’s Meow playing Irish fiddle and accordion music.

4/30, 7:30 PM sharply lyrical, sometimes uproariously amusing purist janglerock songwriter Sharon Goldman,veteran politically-informed folksinger Bev Grant and Allison Scola’s fiery Mediterranean folk group Villa Palagonia at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/8, 10:30 PM chanteuse/uke player Dahlia Dumont’s Blue Dahlia play edgy, smartly lyrically-fueled, jazz-infused tunes in English and French with classic chanson and Caribbean influences at Club Bonafide, $10 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Blissful Weekend of Otherworldly, Cutting-Edge Moroccan Trance Music

Every year, at the end of June, the Festival Gnaoua et des Musiques du Monde – the world’s largest performance of North African music – takes place in the coastal city of Essaouira, Morocco. Literally millions of people gather to watch dozens of the world’s most exciting and innovative acts in Moroccan and Middle Eastern sounds, to discover new bands, to dance or to be whirled into a trance state. By all accounts, Essaouira is a safer city than New York. With the strong dollar, it hasn’t been this inexpensive for Americans to visit in a long time. If you can afford to, you should go – in this political climate, your chance might be now or never, at least for the next few years.

This past weekend, three concerts in New York and one in Washington, DC celebrated the first-ever collaboration between the festival and Lincoln Center. Lincoln Center’s Meera Dugal and Samir LanGus, founder of the only American gnawa band, Innov Gnawa, came up with the idea while at the festival last summer, and the rest is history.  And historic as well: this series of shows marked the first time three of the great maalems (masters) of Moroccan gnawa music, Abdeslam Alikkane, Hamid El Kasri (who was making his North American debut) and New York-based Hassan Ben Jaafer, who leads Innov Gnawa, have ever appeared on the same stage.

About the music: gnawa was brought to Morocco by black slaves from sub-Saharan Africa. Gnawa music originated in pre-Islamic society as a healing ritual, fueled by the well-known calming and curative powers of low-register sonics. It’s typically sung by a maalem who plays a sintir bass lute, accompanied by a call-and-response chorus who add an often mesmerizing series of polyrhythms with a rustle and whirl of cast-metal qraqab castanets. The music’s migration north brought the invocation of Islamic saints and liturgy into the fold along with the traditional ancestral and nature spirits. Like American hip-hop or blues, it was considered ghetto for years before becoming Morocco’s best-known global music export over the past decade or so.

Thursday night at Lincoln Center was the big debut event. It’s safe to say that space was as packed as it’s ever been, an ecstatic, multicultural crowd that drew heavily on the Moroccan expat community, one of the many immigrant cultures that New York’s cultural mecca has reached out to in the recent past.

Alikkane was the first to take the stage, backed by a seven-piece qraqab choir. Rustic, tersely catchy, purposefully propulsive midtempo phrases flowed from his sintir while individual chorus members would spin out into the crowd, further energizing the audience. Would this hypnotically traditional performance be his signature style throughout the US tour? That answer wouldn’t reveal itself until the second night’s concert at the New School.

The atmosphere was electric when Ben Jaafer took the stage. Word on the street is that while audiences in Morocco miss him, there were some musicians who breathed a sigh of relief. At the moment he left for New York, seventeen years ago, he’d become such a popular touring artist that his departure opened up numerous opportunities for his fellow gnawis: he’d left big shoes to fill. Although the three New York concerts didn’t turn out to be cutting contests, per se, each maalem seemed fixated on taking his performance to the next level, and in this case, Alikkane had given Ben Jaafer a launching pad for some of the festival’s most exhilarating bass-string firepower.

Frequently interspersing unexpected, booming chords into his sinewy, serpentine volleys of notes, his strings crackled with ancient, blues scale-based riffage ornamented with contrastingly subtle, microtonal shades. His rugged baritone took on a regal resonance: the most powerful spirits of the night were definitely being invoked.

In his North American debut, El Kasri had a hard act to follow but ended up earning his headliner status. His sintir is flashier and has a grittier, more cutting tone than his colleagues’ models, closer to the sound of an overdriven bass guitar at times. Vocally, he turned out to be every bit the rockstar that Ben Jaafer is. By now, the crowd was amped to the point where they were making requests. With a triumphant grin, El Kasri seemed glad to give his people what they wanted: a chance to see one of the Essaouira festival’s most intense performers conquer a new continent.

The Friday night show at the New School was closer to the atmosphere of a lila, the ritualistic all-night trance ceremony and communal feast. Incense was burned and a platter of delicious dates made its way around as the room grew to capacity. Alikkane led the ensemble this time, a mix of Moroccans and expats, airing out his vast repertoire as the rhythms shifted from punchy and bouncy to a mystically shuffling hailstorm of qraqabs. He sent numerous shouts out to past masters of gnawa, made ancestral homages and kept the waves of reverent Sufi call-and-response going for about an hour and a half. At the end of the show, the great gnawa funk pioneer Hassan Hakmoun stepped in as translator, impromptu emcee, and took a turn on the sintir as well.

That this tour was able to sell out the big Pioneer Arts Center in remote Red Hook, of all places, on the final night speaks to how devoted the gnawa subculture has become. This wasn’t just an audience of expats: there were as many curious American kids, and couples, as there were Moroccans in the house. Alikkane again got to open the show and quickly picked up the pace as he’d done at the New School. He and the chorus were joined eventually by a crew of American jazz players including drummer Will Calhoun, bassist Jamaldeen Tacuma, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland and multi-keyboardist Marc Cary. Main themes aside, approximately eighty to ninety percent of gnawa is improvisational, key to its ongoing popularity with jazz musicians. To the credit of everybody onstage, there was cordial camaraderie rather than egocentricity, Alikkane setting up a friendly, low-key rhythmic framework that made room for Strickland and Cary to waft and weave their way through as Calhoun and Tacuma bolstered the simple, purposeful groove.

El Kasri took centerstage for the second set of the night: several of the cognoscenti in the crowd, who’d been to all of the New York shows, agreed that this was the high point of the tour. It wasn’t long before he introduced a number with a long, ominous, enigmatic taqsim, moving beyond the traditional modes that had dominated the show so far, toward Middle Eastern microtones. He shifted back and forth between the two idioms from that point forward: when the jazzcats joined him later, it turned out to be fertile terrain. Tacuma embraced the uneasy, moody modes while Cary added mystital ambience via string synth and echoey electric piano, while Strickland contributed a broodingly gorgeous, slowly crescendoing solo, reminding of Kenny Garrett’s late 90s work. By the end of the show, both Alikkane and Ben Jaafer had picked up their qraqabs and joined the melee onstage, a welcome evocation of North African sun on an unseasonably grim New York evening.

For New Yorkers who might have missed these historic events, there’s are a couple of enticing gnawa events coming up soon. This Saturday night, March 25 at around 9, Innov Gnawa – the only gnawa group on this side of the Atlantic – are playing a benefit for at Littlefield. The rapturous guitar/piano duo of Rafiq Bhatia and Chris Pattishall open the night at 8; members of long-running second-wave Afrobeat faves Antibalas headline at around 10. Depending on what you’d like to contribute, you can get in for $12, or more if you choose. And on April 20 at 8 at Greenwich House Music School in the West Village, Innov Gnawa are playing an extremely rare set of Moroccan Jewish gnawa tunes.

Looking Back at Some Wild String Madness at Barbes

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

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

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

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

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

Plaintive Dirges and Slyly Funny Klezmer Mashups at the Jalopy This Thursday

More or less every Thursday night, drummer Aaron Alexander books a series of some of the world’s foremost talent from across the vast, global expanse of Jewish traditional music into the Jalopy. The show starts at 8:30 PM, cover is $15, or you can show up early for a dance lesson and/or stay late and jam with the band for extra.

Sometimes the music is more jazz-oriented, no surprise considering that Alexander is a jazz drummer whose background is as eclectic as the artists he books. The Art Blakey-inspired leader of the Klez Messengers was also the propulsive force behind one of New York’s most adrenalizing large jazz ensembles, the Ayn Sof Big Band for several years.

This week’s attraction, the Big Galut(e) number among the more folk-oriented acts to play the series. This allstar band mix edgy originals into their repertoire of folk dances and laments from across the centuries and around the world. Clarinetist Robin Seletsky fronts the unit, with Sasha Margolis on violin, Michael Leopold on theorbo and baroque guitar, Mark Rubinstein on accordion and Richard Sosinsky on bass and mandolin. Their wide-ranging debut album is streaming at Spotify.

They open it with a couple of brisk minor-key romps, the first one by Seletsky’s dad Harold – a pioneer in original klezmer – and follow it with one of her own. The second track, Levant is more allusively Middle Eastern, with a mournfully melismatic opening clarinet taqsim echoed by the violin over a mysterious staccato pulse.

Margolis sings an expressive, stagy take of Papirosin, the Yiddish theatre ancestor of Little Match Girl songs. Then the band picks up the pace with Seletsky’s Kalkutta Klezmer and its lithe Indian inflections, followed by a mounfully rubato take of the old African-American spiritual Go Down Moses.

The album’s most surreal track, Charlemos, is a 1940 Argentinian alienation tale, sort of the tango counterpart to Jim Croce’s Operator, at least thematically. From there they mash up fiery Romanian Jewish sounds with bluegrass, then take a stately detour through a couple of darkly catchy baroque sonatinas by Italian Jewish composer Salamone Rossi, Seletsky drawing on her classical background.

They go back to the shadowlands of tango for a familiar Kurt Weill theme, followed by a Belgian barroom musette version of a Sophie Tucker musical theatre hit which they call La Yiddishe Mama. They mine the catalog of Mordechai Gebirtig – purveyor of crime rhymes and folk-punk broadsides in 1920s Poland and further east – for a brooding instrumental medley, which make a good segue with the slowly crescendoing Hasidic dance afterward. The album hits a peak with a trio of minor-key dances, the first bringing to mind New York individualists Metropolitan Klezmer, the second and the final one a portrait of a Thai bagel place (such things exist). Throughout the album, the strings and accordion pulse elegantly behind Seletsky’s liquid-crystal melodies. It’s soulful, and unselfconsciously poignant, and a lot of this you can dance to.

Moroccan Trance Band Innov Gnawa Make History

Innov Gnawa are the only group playing Moroccan gnawa trance music on this side of the Atlantic. You could call it the ultimate, fat bass-and-drum music – or Moroccan gospel. Its origins are in sub-Saharan Africa. It was brought north primarily by slaves and was regarded as ghetto there until fairly recently. It is 100% acoustic, otherworldly, and primeval, but hardly primitive. The call-and-response between maalem (bandleader) and kouyos (chorus) can be hypnotic for minutes on end, then impassioned and explosive, with intricate polyrhythms to rival the most ambitious jazz. The majority of gnawa melodies are based on the blues scale; the lyrics, in either Arabic or Bambara, celebrate Islamic themes. Moroccan expat Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer, one of the world’s great masters of the three-string sintir bass lute, leads the group. They’re one of the funnest bands in town to dance to.

They’re making their Coachella debut this year; in the meantime, New Yorkers have a chance to catch their leader this week as part of a historic collaboration between Lincoln Center and this year’s inaugural Gnaoua et des Musiques du Monde Festival Tour. This Thurs, March 16 at 7:30 PM, the game plan is for Ben Jaafer to jam with his old buddy Maalem Hamid El Kasri, who he hasn’t seen in seventeen years. Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane,  who represents the southern Moroccan style of gnawa, is also on the bill at the atrium space at Lincoln Center. It’s a major moment in global music history, the first-ever performance by three of the world’s greatest virtuosos of Moroccan music. Innov Gnawa are also opening for Malian guitar shredder Vieux Farka Toure at Bric Arts in downtown Brooklyn on April 6 at 7:30 PM; $15 advance tix are highly recommended

Ben Jaafer is revered in his native Morocco much like his mentor, Mohammed Sam, one of the most important figures in the history of gnawa and a great innovator in the 1960s and 70s. The rest of the group comprises the chorus. Founder Samir LanGus (who also plays sintir onstage) and Dawn of Midi’s Amino Belyamani are joined on vocals and cast-iron qraqab castanets by Said Bourhana and Nawfal Atiq, in addition to Ahmed Jeriouda, who also plays cajon. Their debut album is streaming at Bandcamp.

The opening number is a benediction of sorts used throughout much of Morocco to open a lila – the delirious allnight parties that do double duty as mystical Sufi trance rite. As the steady, misty rain of the chorus’ qraqab castanets shuffles behind him, Ben Jaafer is already working very subtle permutations on a similar but not quite rhythmically identical blues bassline. Beyond the central riffs and choruses, Gnawa is eighty to ninety percent improvised: this band won’t ever play this number this way again.

Ben Jaafer’s rugged baritone grows more insistent on the tune after that, over a circling 6/8 rhythm that brings to mind the wheel-like cadences of qawwali music. Bass players and fans of low-register tonalities will love how Ben Jaafer conceals the occasional, unexpectedly booming chord within his riffage.

His pouncing introduction to the third number offers no hint at how the circling three-on-two rhythm from the qraqabs will return – or how fervent the voices of the chorus will grow alongside him. As the album goes on, Ben Jaafer takes one sudden, unexpected, syncopated detour after another; every time, the band turns on a dime and follows suit. The final number is also the most anthemic and dynamically shifting one. There are six tracks in total, as close to the actual experience of hearing a genuine lila in North America as millions of listeners will ever get.

 

Magical Moroccan Music Masters Make History This March 16 at Lincoln Center

One of the most important musical events in recent history, with global significance akin to Peter Tosh and Bob Marley sharing the same stage – or Robert Johnson jamming with Howlin’ Wolf – will take place on Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 PM at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center. It’s the first-ever performance by three of the world’s greatest masters of Moroccan music. Two of the great maalems (masters) of explosively hypnotic Moroccan gnawa trance music – Maalem Hamid El Kasri and Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane – will share the stage with Maalem Hassan Ben Jaafer, the only gnawa master this side of the Atlantic, who leads Brooklyn-based ensemble Innov Gnawa.  This first performance on this year’s inaugural Gnaoua et des Musiques du Monde Festival Tour marks the debut of a new partnership between the Festival and Lincoln Center. 

Taking a brief pause in between rehearsals and the innumerable demands of scheduling an event of this magnitude, Maalem Ben Jaafer, his Innov Gnawa protege and bandmate Samir LanGus, and David Rubenstein Atrium Programming Manager Meera Dugal got together Sunday night to share some intimate details about the event over snacks and a delicious vegan Moroccan stew in the comfortable, lowlit confines of Tagine on 38th Street.

It turns out that this show will be a very heartwarming reunion. Ben Jaafer and El Kasri knew each other as young stars of the lila party circuit, Ben Jaafer from Fez and El Kasri making his home base in Rabat. They haven’t seen each other or even talked on the phone in seventeen years

LanGus was immersed in the music in his native Morocco before moving to North Carolina and then New York to play under Ben Jaafer’s tutelage. Growing up in South Carolina, Dugal didn’t encounter gnawa until moving to New York, where she first met LanGus at a wild Lincoln Center concert by Hoba Hoba Spirit – the Moroccan Clash – in 2014. 

“Samir and I dreamed up this partnership between the two institutions while at the gnawa festival in Essaouira last summer, and this collaboration marks the next step in our mission to share gnawa with a larger audience here in the US. At Lincoln Center, we’ve been listening to our enthusiastic Moroccan community, and they’ve been crucial to our focus on this music, as well as our decision to reach out to the Gnaoua Festival to work together.” 

“If this is someone’s first exposure to gnawa music, it doesn’t get any better than this,” LanGus enthused. “For Moroccans in America, it’s a chance to see something here that wouldn’t even happen in Morocco. For people who know the music, it’s a chance to go really deeply into it and and watch three of the greatest musicians alive. And if you haven’t seen gnawa before, this is as good as it gets.” 

”The Gnaoua Festival also plays a significant role in elevating the status of gnawa music and gnawa people in Morocco,” Dugal explained. Just like Argentine tango, Puerto Rican salsa and American blues, gnawa was marginalized for decades. Gnawa musicians were held in low esteem before a recent resurgence. These days, it’s essentially become the national music of Morocco.

Gnawa’s roots date back to pre-Islamic sub-Saharan Africa. First brought north by slaves and Moorish soldiers, the music slowly gained popularity through lilas, the marathon all-night gnawa celebrations which are part block party and part mystical trance ceremony. There are thousands of songs in the gnawa repertoire; Ben Jaafer and Innov Gnawa have a repertoire of about two hundred. In live performance, improvisation factors in about eighty to ninety percent of the music: the chorus of qraqab castanet players has to be able to follow a skilled maalem’s sudden rhythmic changes on a moment’s notice. 

Ben Jaafer is revered as an innovator just like his mentor, Maalem Sidi Mouhamed Sam, widely considered the greatest gnawa pioneer of the 1960s and 70s. Ben Jaafer made a name for himself on the lila circuit as being one of the most innovative gnawa singers and virtuosos of the sintir, the Moroccan low-register lute. Eclecticism became his signature sound. He incorporates elements of Sufi hammadcha, in addition to the two primary branches of gnawa, marsaoui and chamali, into his phrasing. He quickly made a name for himself as one of the very few maalems adept at each of the various regional styles of gnawa, which differ widely from north to south and points in between.

Alternating between Arabic, French and English, he shared some colorful stories of life on the road as one of Morocco’s most sought-after musicians (he now lives in Brooklyn, leading Innov Gnawa in concerts across the city and as faraway as big festivals like Coachella). He recalled a time in Morocco going from a low-key afternoon lila in a fancy neighborhood, then taking a break for a snack before moving on to an all-night gig  in an adjoining city. There were times when he’d get home early in the afternoon, thinking he’d finally get some sleep, only to be woken a couple of hours later by a client looking to book him. Then there was the time when he was called in the middle of the night to replace another maalem who’d unexpectedly quit a lila at three in the morning. “We were expected to go til eight or nine,” Ben Jaafer explained with a wry grin. 

For those of you new to gnawa, there are other related upcoming events to help you out. On Monday, March 20 Langus and Dugal are convening a panel at The New School Jazz with journalist Tom Pryor, ethnomusicologist and political scientist Hisham Aidi, and jazz pianist and Juilliard Jazz Chair of Improvisation Marc Cary. The event is free and will feature Moroccan refreshments and a performance by Innov Gnawa, who will also be special guests on March 22, as NEA Jazz Master and piano icon Randy Weston wraps up his residency at Medgar Evers College with a discussion about his history with gnawa. Ben Jaafer and LanGus will join him onstage.  

After the Lincoln Center event, the maalems make a stop on March 17 at 7 PM at the New School, where the performance will be more intimate and akin to a lila as practiced in Morocco. Then they’re at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC on March 18 before returning to New  York for a 7 PM gig at Pioneer Works in Red Hook on March 19, where they’ll jam with New York jazz artists including Cary, Marcus Strickland, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Will Calhoun; advance tix are $30.