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Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for May and June 2018

Daily updates – considering that May is when most of the free outdoor summer concert series are announced,you might want to bookmark this page.

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

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

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

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

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

Puppeteer Basil Twist’s disorienting, phantasmagorical Symphonie Fantastique, with pianist Christopher O’Riley playing a score by Berlioz, “takes place in the most unlikely of places – a 1,000-gallon water tank, in which five unseen puppeteers swirl countless pieces of fabrics, feathers, fishing lures, flashlights, glitter, dyes, plastic, vinyl and bubbles in all shapes and sizes, creating a dream-like world of imagination and surreal storytelling,” at Here, 145 6th Ave. south of Spring, $35,  through July 15, Tuesday–Saturday at 8:30 PM; Saturday and Sunday at 4

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

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

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

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

Mondays in 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in May, 6 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson – who ranges from reinvented 20th century classical styles to savage metal to postbop – plays with a series of groups at Barbes

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; special guests from his wide circle of NYC Americana acts keep the afternoon going until about 7. It’s just like 1999 again -at least until the bar closes sometime this year. Also Sundays at 6 PM in May rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel of the Screaming Rebel Angels leads her own band here.

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, 6:30 PM a super rare performance by downtown guitar icon Elliott Sharp on acoustic, plus he reads from his book, ‘Found Sound Nation’, at Downtown Music Gallery, free, reception to follow

5/1, 7 PM hotshot young bluegrass stars in an unexpected venue: Yonder Mountain String Band’s Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) at Barbes followed at 9 byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/1, 7:30 PM Maria Grand on sax and voice with ensemble in two sets: first the premiere of Revés/Rêves: Dreams of a Departed Maestra, dedicated to her early multimedia mentor, and then the album release show for her new one Magdalena performed by her DiaTribe ensemble at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/1. 8 PM cutting-edge, eclectic cellist Okkyung Lee’s Yeo-Neun Quartet at the San Damiano Mission, $15

5/1. 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine. They’re also there on 5/8

5/1, 8 PM allstar Romany guitar jazz royalty: the Django Festival Allstars (guitarist Dorado Schmitt, his sons Samson and Amati, accordionist Ludovic Beier, violinist Pierre Blanchard, guitarists Doudou Cuillerier and Francko Mehrstein with Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on bass) plus special guests singer Melody Gardot and reedman Ken Peplowski at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

5/1, 10 PM enigmatic Turkish saxophonist/composer llhan Ersahin with drummer Yusuke Yamamoto & Daniel Jodocy at his home base, Nublu 151

5/2, 6 PM Los Titanes del Trombon play classic salsa dura at Bryant Park

5/2, 7:30/9:30 PM this era’s most cutting-edge, politically relevant large jazz ensemble, Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society play new material at Dizzy’s Club, $35

5/2, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Asian/klezmer mashup project at Barbes. She’s also at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery on 5/23 at 8 playing solo piano and then leading a quartet at 9.

5/2, 8ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost. 5/10 at 9 they’re  at Espresso 77, 35-57 77th Street, Jackson Hts

5/2, 8 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at LIC Bar

5/2, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic Saharan desert rockers Imarhan at Rough Trade, $15. Or you could go see them for free on 5/3 at 7:30 PM at the Lincoln Center Atrium

5/2, 9 PM Norwegian gothic art-rock band Voluspa, cinematic guitar-and-EFX dude Xander Naylor and band and Mexican shoegaze/dreampop band Jablonsky at C’Mon Everybody, $12 

5/2, 10 PM rising star singer/pianist and Christian McBride protegee Kelly Green leads her sextet at Smalls

5/3, 6 PM a screening of the Peruvian immigrant documentary Urban Condors followed by a reception with live music by the Andean ensemble Inkarayku at NYU’s King Juan Carlos I Center Auditorium, 53 Washington Square S, free, rsvp rec

5/3, 7 PM irrepressible storyteller/psychedelic guitarist/new wave cult hero Wreckless Eric at Berlin, $10

5/3, 7 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner, cleverly lyrical 90s Britrock-influenced stadium rock band Mustardmind and psychedelic soul-rockers Madam West at Coney Island Baby, $10

5/3, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Marike van Duk’s lustrous 14-piec Stereography Project at the Jazz Gallery, $15

5/3. 7:30 PM, repeating on 5/5 at 8 PM and 5/8 at 7:30 the NY Philharmonic play selections from Tschaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty plus the Sibelius Violin Concerto at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 seats avail

5/3, 8 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes’ new string quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/3. 8 PM the Jimi Hendrix of the cuatro, Jorge Glem at Barbes. Wow.

5/3. 8:30 PM Thumbscrew and reeds: Mary Halvorson (guitar) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) Michael Formanek (bass) with: Tim Berne (alto sax) Oscar Noriega (alto sax, clarinets) Peter Formanek (tenor sax, clarinet) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20.

5/3. 8 PM amazing string quintet – who are also the world’s coolest Radiohead cover band – Sybarite5 at the Cell Theatre, $25

5/3, 9 PM psychedelic eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter followed by high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops  at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/3, 9 PM rippling klezmer sounds wiwth Ukrainian tsimbl (hammered dulcimer) player Pete Rushefsky’s “Flora Hora” w/Josh Waletzky, Madeline Solomon & Zoe Aqua at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/3, 9 PM hot 20s swing with trumpeter Jason Prover and his Sneak Thievery Orchestra at Radegast Hall

5/3. 10ish scampering, irrepressibly fun girlpunks Sharkmuffin at Brooklyn Bazaar, free w/rsvp

5/3. 10 PM the great unsung hero of darkly purposeful, noir-tinged jazz guitar, Saul Rubin leading his Zebtet at the Fat Cat. They’re also here on 5/8 at 7

5/3. 11 PM sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies  at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

5/4 4 PM saxophonist and Ellington alum Alvin Flythe with his combo at Haswell Green Park, 61st and the East River

5/4. 5:30 PM two contrasting, brilliant singers: haunting Romany/Balkan music reinventor Eva Salina and western swing faves Brain Cloud’s frontwoman Tamar Korn – who can impersonate any instrument ever made –  at the American Folk Art Museum

5/4, 7 PM pianist Anna Khanina plays works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and Chopin at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

5/4, 7 P Schola Heidelberg and Ensemble Aisthesis, featuring pianist Donald Berman play Daniel Peter Biro works including the US premiere of his new piece Nulla Res Singularis at St. Peter’s church, 346 W 20th St (8/9), free

5/4, 7:30 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns  and noir cabaret/goth rock legend David J at Berlin, $12. Mr. Haskins (if you’re a Bauhaus fan, you get that) is also at the Owl the following night, 5/5 at 8 with this era’s greatest dark rock pianist, Botanica‘s Paul Wallfisch for two bucks less in the tip jar

5/4, 7:30 PM trombonist Chris Washburne’s Rags and Roots improvise on melodies from 1921 for a live score to the classic horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari at the Bell House, $25

5/4, 8 PM Haitian compas/calypso band Agoci Band followed by Zikrayat playing slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/4, 8 PM Niger’s Tuareg psychedelic guitar sensation Mdou Moctar at Elsewhere, $15

5/4, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts  at Barbes. 5/12 they’re at Bar Chord at 2 PM

5/4, 8 PM Hidden Green with Anna Weber -sax, Peter Evans -trumpet, flute, Mariel Roberts -cello, Joseph Green -bass  at Scholes St. Studios, $10

5/4, 8 PM the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers present an evening of vocal and harpsichord music by Tallis, Byrd, Schutz, Handel, and Bach at the Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, 117th St and Broadway, free

5/4, 9 PM uneasy indie guitar icon and longtime Steve Wynn collaborator Chris Brokaw at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/4. 10 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his quintet at Sunny’s

5/4, 10:30 PM catchy Booker T-esque soul jazz with the David Gibson/Jared Gold, Hammond B3 organ band at the Fat Cat

5/4, midnight spectacular, intense Yemeni-Israeli guitar monster Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis at Joe’s Pub, $20

5/4, midnight the eclectic, Balkan/latin/funk brass Underground Horns at the old Nublu

5/5, 2:15 PM son jarocho punk rock with Cambalache at Flushing Town Hall, $14

5/5, 3 PM indie classical vocals and bass: singer Amber Evans and bassist Sam Zegnit’s Confluss Duo play works by Gubaidulina, Katie Balch, Beat Furrer, Jon Deak and others at Scholes St. Studios, $10. 5/8 they’re at Arete Gallery at 7 followed by Contrafunktus – JD Davis, bass trombone,  and Rose Xiu Yi Kow, violin – for five bucks more

5/5, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 6 by eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson with Jason Kao Hwang on violin and viola, at 8 by edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

5/5, 6 PM the Michele Brangwen Dance Co. with music by trumpeter Tim Hagans and vocalist Danielle Reich Seale explore Statue of Liberty-inspired themes at the  Mark Morris building, 3 Lafayette Ave, downtown Brooklyn, free, reception to follow

5/5, 7 PM a wild Hungarian string and brass band triplebill: Fényes Banda, Életfa Zenekar and Szikra Banda at Hungarian House, 321 E 70th St. $15/$10 stud/srs

5/5, 7 PM Florida roots reggae band the Marauders sandwiched between a couple of lame folkie acts at the small room at the Rockwood. Stranger things have happened. 

5/5, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet with violist Steven Tenenbom play works by Haydn, Borodin and Mozart at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $15

5/5, 8 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch at Berlin

5/5, 8 PM eclectic Mediterranean/tango/Romany band Dodo Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $20

5/5, 8 PM haunting, hypnotically lyrical fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter Jean Rohe at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

5/5, 8:30 PM Irish superduo House of Hamill, featuring Rose Baldino (Burning Bridget Cleary) and Brian Buchanan (Enter the Haggis) play fiery Celtic string band music at the third stage at the Rockwood, $20

5/5 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock quadruplebill at Otto’s begins at 9 with the careeningly jangly, sardonic Aquatudes, the eclectically original, harder-rocking Blue Wave Theory at 10, the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  at 11 and legendarily eclectic surf band Tiki Brothers at around midnight

5/5, 9 PM smartly lyrical, politically fearless Detroit underground art-rock legends Discipline – the American Genesis, at least if you count The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway as that British band’s peak – at Spectrum, $10 

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

5/5, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new powerpop project the Bastards of Fine Arts at Sidewalk

5/5, 9ish haphazardly psychedelic Afrobeat-influenced psych-punk guitarist/bandleader Yonatan Gat at the Poisson Rouge, $12 adv tix rec

5/5, 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver at Coney Island Baby, $10 

5/5, 9:30 PM Heidi Lieb’s recently reunited all-female punk/powerpop NYC legends Sit N Spin followed eventually at 11 by oldschool garage-punks Mala Vista at Hank’s

5/5, 9:30 PM stoner boogie/psych blues band the Balkun Brothers at Hill Country 

5/5. 10:30 PM God Tiny – who veer from stoner soul to boogie-ish to creepy psych blues – at Footlight Bar, $10

5/5, 10:30 PM powerhouse drummer Ralph Peterson leads his formidable Fo’Tet at Smalls

5/6, 1 PM murderous, wild, Middle Eastern-tinged surf Beninghove’s Hangmen at the 7th St. stage at the Hoboken Arts & Music Festival on Washington St; at 4:30 PM Steve Wynn’s iconic, amazingly vital, darkly psychedelic, noisy 80s jamband the Dream Syndicate at the Observer Highway stage right around the corner from the Path station, OMFG, see you there

5/6, 1 PM Zikrayatt violinist Sami Abu Shumays teaches a useful introductory class in Arabic maqam: “Are you curious about the microtonal scales used in Middle-Eastern music? Do you want to expand your improvisation skills? Sami demystifies maqam by presenting basic melodies in a straightforward call-and-response style, accessible to musicians and aspiring musicians of all levels. This 90 minute workshop will introduce several common maqamat through both songs and improvisation. Vocalists and instrumentalists welcome,” at the Jalopy, $25

5/6, 3 PM singer Elspeth Davis leads a chamber ensemble playing songs from Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters album at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

5/6, 4 PM the Claremont Trio play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

5/6, 4 PM Tin & Bone with rising star multi-instrumentalist and champion banjo player Nora Brown, harmonica guy Trip Henderson, fiddler Stephanie Coleman and guitarist Eli Hetko at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $10

5/6, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play works by Taverner, Purcell and their predecessors William Byrd, Robert Parsons, Orlando Gibbons, Giovanni Coprario, and John Jenkins, at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25

5/6, 6 PM sharply lyrical, Waits-ish southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

5/6, 6 PM descend into the maelstrom: bassists Thomas Helton and Brandon Lopez duel it out at Downtown Music Gallery

5/6, 7ish the rapturous, otherworldly Bulgarian Voices Trio at X Marks the Loft, 405 Johnson Ave off Knickerbocker, Bushwick, L to Morgan Ave,, $10 sugg don, “lamb and other librations will be served” to celebrate the Bulgarian festival of St. George

5/6, 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 with special guest, downtown vocal legend John Kelly

5/6, 7 PM velvety noir jazz singer (and Tickled Pinks member) Stephanie Layton’s impressively eclectic torch/swing jazz band Eden Lane at Caffe Vivaldi

5/6, 7 PM roaring 20s hot jazz with Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers at Radegast Hall

5/6, 7 PM Ensemble Ipse play works by new Latin American composers including Santos, Bolanos, Pereyra, Hancke, Ricardo Gallo, Patricia Martínez and others at Shapeshifter Lab, $20

5/6, 8:30 PM ferocious guitar icon Marc Ribot ’s Ceramic Dog play the album release show for their incendiary, politically-fueled new one at the Poisson Rouge, $18 adv tix rec

5/6, 9 PM diverse, upbeat, lyrical Americana/bluegrass string band and Steve Martin collaborators the Steep Canyon Rangers at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/6, 9 PM bass goddess Felice Rosser’s ageless reggae-rock-groove band Faith at the Treehouse at 2A

5/6, 10 PM uneasily amorphous, brooding improvisational indie band Green & Glass at C’Mon Everybody, $12

5/7, 7:30 PM the Jack Quartet play music of Derek Bermel at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

5/7, 8 PM composer/performer Elliot Cole & percussionist Peter Ferry team up with NYU percussionists for The Future is Bright, a pointillistic, gamelanesque suite for 100 flowerpots – will they get smashed? – along with Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap, “a dramatically percussive retelling of the ancient Indian Hanuman myth, which draws on epic song, hip hop, reggae, throat singing, choral, and experimental music to create something both ancient and new” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

5/7, 8ish multi-instrumentalist Nick Demopoulos‘ twinkly, atmospheric electroacoustic Smomid project at Troost

5/7, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

5/7, 10 PM the Binky Griptite Orchestra (formerly Sharon Jones’ brilliant oldschool soul backing band) pinch-hit for Rev. Vince Anderson at Union Pool, free

5/8, half past noon Scottish organist Kevin Duggan plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

5/8, 8 PM charming Montana Americana fiddle/guitar duo the Brook Sisters at the small room at the Rockwood. 

5/8, 7 PM all-female klezmer band Tsibele (Yiddish for “onion”) and recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Barbes. Veveritse are also at Silvana on 5/25 at 8.

5/8, 7:30/9:30 PM popular purist postbop saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a rare chordless trio with Doug Weiss – bass; Johnathan Blake – drums at the Jazz Gallery, $20. They’re also here on the 13th

5/8. 8 PM haunting, erudite North African Jewish music maven Samuel Torjman Thomas leads a rare small group performance with John Murchison (bass) and Jeremy Smith (percussion), Sami Abu Shumays, Megumi Sahurashi (violins), and Dror Shahaf (percussion) at Sister’s Brooklyn, Fulton off Washington, C to Clinton-Washington, $10

5/8, 8:30 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – with the Darrell Green Trio at Iridium, $20

5/8, 9 PM guitar god Steve Antonakos plays electric slide blues with his band at Bar Chord

5/8, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/8, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his group at Smalls

5/9, 6 PM Punjabi psych-folk band Rhythm Tolee play live bhangra at Bryant Park

5/9, 7 PM the world premiere of Tristan Perich’s Drift Multiply for 50 violins and 50 self-built 1-bit speakers. plus mesmerizing sound sculptor/singer Lesley Flanigan debuts her new project for her own custom-made subwoofers and solo voice at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, $20

5/9, 7 PM diverse, purposeful, poignant bassist/composer Iris Ornig plays Burt Bacharach material with her band at 55 Bar

5/9, 7:30 PM the lush, propulsive, cinematically vintage Glenn Cryzter Orchestra play the album release show for their new one at the Montauk Club, 25 8th Ave. off Grand Army Plaza, Clinton Hill

5/9, 8 PM amazing microtonal Afrobeat band 75 Dollar Bill’s Che Chen on bass recorder, vocals and organ with Talice Lee on violin and Patrick Holmes on clarinet at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/9, 8 PM eclectic pan-latin singer Sofia Tosello’s starkly rhythmic Chuno project at Barbes

5/9, 8 PM the Emerald Trio play works by Matt Castle, Dan Cooper, Carolyn Steinberg, Joseph Pehrson, Milina Paranosic and  Davide Zannoni at the DiMenna Center, $15/$1o stud/srs

5/9, 9 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at LIC  Bar

5/9, 9 PM Nashville gothic crooner Sean Kershaw and others play Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn covers at Otto’s. This should be amusing.

5/9, 10:30ish the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – followed by lo-fi psychedelic Americana band Lord Youth at Footlight Bar

5/10, 7 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho with special guest, spitfire poet Zenen Zeferino play the album release show for their new one Rios de Norte y Sur at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $20 adm) by eclectic soul-jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin’s Soul Party

5/10. 7:30 PM, repeating 5/11-12 at 8, the NY Philharmonic play the Elgar Cello Concerto plus Tschaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/10, 7:30 PM high-voltage oldschool-style Detroit soulstress Thornetta Davis at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/10, 8 PM kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jamband Isle of Klezbos with special guest, incomparably charismatic accordionist Rachelle Garniez at City Lore Gallery, 56 E 1st St., $20, Russ & Daughters rugelach plus locally-sourced Lower East Side knishes included

5/10, 8 PM tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza  and pianist Aaron Goldberg explore themes of justice, equality and social awareness in songs from the Latin America diaspora at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/10, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed  at 10 by pastoral gothic accordion art-rock with Sam Reider & the Human Hands  at Barbes

5/10, 8 PM intense improvisational cellist Leila Bordreuil and haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Holo, $10

5/10, 8 PM Jamaican dancehall sensation Konshens at the computer store at 247 Bedford Ave (N 3/4) in Wililamsburg, free, rsvp rec 

5/10, 8:30 perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis & Double Wide at Bar Lunatico

5/10, 9 PM powerhouse klezmer trumpeter Jordan Hirsch’s Secret Ensemble at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/10, 9 PM Sloan – Halifax’s answer to Guided by Voices – at Bowery Ballroom, $25 gen adm

5/10, 9 PM Clebs – the trippy, ethereal acid jazz-y duo of singer Emilie Wiebel and percussionist Jason Nazary – at Trans-Pecos, $12

5/10, 9ish Mischief Night – the Grasping Straws’ Mallory Feuer’s menacingly lo-fi guitar-drums duo – at Footlight Bar, $10

5/10, 9 PM golden age hip-hop legends EPMD celebrate Parrish Smith’s 50th bday at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix rec. These guys never, ever compromised their flow.

5/11, 5:30 PM haunting, brilliantly lyrical Americana songwriter Karen Dahlstrom – possibly the only writer to record an oldtime Idaho-themed album – and popular powerpop/janglerock songwriter Mike Errico at the American Folk Art Museum

5/11, 6 PM pianist Hyo-jee Kang plays works by Ligeti, Ravel and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrouchka at the NY Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave, free

5/11, 7 PM early music ensemble Tenet play music of 12th and 13th century French troubadours at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave,  Queens, $15/$10 srs. The program repeats on 5/12 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church Riverdale,  5030 Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx for $10 more

5/11, 7/9 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her group at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15 standing room avail

5/11, 7:30/10:30 PM legendary Moroccan Sufi trance ensemble the Master Musicians of Jajouka with Bachir Attar, British elecroacoustic cellist Oliver Coates, harpist Zeena Parkins, drummer Greg Fox, bassist Trevor Dunn plus a light show at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, $25

5/11, 7:30/9:30 PM eclectic electroacoustic postbop saxophonist Dayna Stephens leads his quintet at the Cave at St. George’s, 209 E. 16th St (east of 3rd Ave), side courtyard entrance, $15 cover

5/11, 7:30/9:30 PM lyrical latin jazz alto saxophonist Roman Filiu leads a sextet playing the album release show for his new one Quarteria at the Jazz Gallery, $25

5/11, 8ish fiery reverbtoned latin  hardcore band Depresion Tropical followed eventually at around 10 by snarling, lo-fi surf/cumbia band Le Yikes Surf Club at Union Hall 

5/11, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of NY perform the Mozart Requiem and the US premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s final, similarly harrowing 1930 large-scale work, The Prison at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/11, 8 PM Iktus Percussion plus  special guests Andrea Lodge; piano, Roberta Michel; flute, and Hannah Levinson; viola play music by emerging composers Louis Aguirre, Alice Shields, Morgan Greenwood, Jeremy Rapaport-Stein, Kevin Michael Kay, Faye-Ellen Silverman and Nicholas V. Hall at Arete Gallery, $tba

5/11, 9 PM intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri at Bar Chord. 5/17, time TBA they’re at Bowery Electtric, free adm w/rsvp; and 5/24 at 9 at the small room at the Rockwood

5/11, 9 PM sardonically relevant guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Bowery Electric, $12

5/11, 9 PM jangly Dylanesque acoustic dude Hiss Golden Messenger followed by lush, artsy Americana band Trampled by Turtles at the Nokia Theatre, $25

5/11, 9:30 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats  at Hill Country

5/11, 10 PM Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes 

5/11, 10 PM hauntingly psychedelic folk noir crooner/songwriter Jaye Bartel at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/11, 10 PM Hollywood’s Dan Finnerty leads his savagely hilarious top 40 parody group the Dan Band at Joe’s Pub, $25

5/11, 11 PM bad segue, good twinbill:  jaunty female-fronted original retro rocksteady band the Big Takeover followed at midnight-ish by unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at the big room at the Rockwood

5/11, 1 AM (actually wee hours of 5/12) this era’s most intensely powerful tenor saxophonist/composer, JD Allen leads the jam at Smalls

5/12, 4:30 PM the Scott Reeves Jazz Orchestra play the album release show for their characteristically cinematic, sweeping new one followed at 7:30 by the one guy who can match them for volume and power all by himself, Eric Wyatt and his group at Smalls

5/12, 6 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson  followed at 8 by state-of-the-art postbop guitarist Will Bernard & the Strays doing their Strayhorn tribute thing at Barbes

5/12, 7 PM in reverse order: oldschool reggae crew the Hub City Stompers, irrepressibly funny hardcore party band No Redeeming Social Value, dark second-wave style ska crew the Ladrones and unstoppable hardcore band None Above All at El Cortez, all ages, $12

5/12, 8 PM Jane Lecroy’s edgy, intensely lyrical electro-punk band Ohmslice followed eventually at midnight by ferociously fun, menacing psychobilly/horror rockers the Omega Men at the Parkside

5/12, 7:15ish dark psychedelic acoustic blues/klezmer/reggae/soca jamband Hazmat Modine at Terra Blues.

5/12, 7:30 PM powerpopstress Tara Lynne and the Sometime Boys’ incendiary frontwoman Sarah Mucho join “musical and comedic forces” followed at 9:30 by elegant, sharply lyrical parlor pop stylist Heather Eatman at Freddy’s

5/12, 7:30 PM Juilliard Quartet cellist Astrid Schween leads an ensemble playing works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Scott Joplin, Brahms, Franck and Didorenko at the Lounge at Hudson View Gardens, 128 Pinehurst Ave at W183rd St, $12, reception to follow

5/12, 8 PM veteran Greek chanteuse Maria Farantouri and her band play a tribute to legendary balladeer Mikis Theodorakis at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $34 tix avail

5/12, 9ish cult favorite apocalyptic stoner boogie/doom/art-rock band Mos Generator followed by popular heavy lo-fi 90s rockers Fu Manchu at Bowery Ballroom, $15

5/12, 9ish composer Vanessa Rossetto presents her new work The Dirt, exploring the physical manifestation of transgenerational trauma at Issue Project Room, $15

5/12, 10 PM bass saxophonist Stefan Zeniuk’s punk mambo band the NY Fowl Harmonic   followed by explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas a at Hank’s

5/13, 2 PM-ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park

5/13, 3:30 PM adventurously lyrical pianist Lucy Yao leads a multimedia electroacoustic program of works by emerging composers Trey Makler and Kirsten Milenko examining the Orpheus/Eurydice myth from Eurydice’s perspective, plus dance by Moscelyne Parkeharrison, Barry Gans, Nicolas Noguera at Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 W 71st St, sug don $15 or pay what you can. Yao is also at Arete Gallery at 67 West St in Greenpoint on 5/20 at 3 PM leading a trio with Madeline Hocking on violin and Paul Mizzi on flute playing new work by Samn Johnson, $15/$10 stud/srs

5/13, 3:30 PM violinist Christina Bouey and pianist Tatiana Tessman play works by Saint-Saens plus Beethoven’s Kreuzer Sonata at Scholes St. Studios, $15

5/13, 6:30 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20. She’s also here on 5/25 a half hour earlier

5/13, 7 PM pianist Jinjoo Yoo leads her Trio at Shapeshifter Lab, $10. Purist Monk influence, unselfconscious sense of humor, vivid compositions: good stuff. 

5/13, 7:30 PM the reliably exciting Queensboro Symphony Orchestra play Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 plus the Jupiter Symphony plus the world premiere of Paul Joseph’s “The Vanished Princess” to celebrate Mother’s Day at Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing, sug don

5/13, 8 PM somber, diversely textural, female-fronted, often atmospheric postrock/avant garde band Oracle Hysterical play the album release show for their new one Hecuba – a cut-and-paste retelling of the Euripides play – at National Sawdust, $25

5/13, 8 PM the New Asia Music Society plays works by Mozart as well as the world premiere of Shih-Hui Chen’s Flashback Moments at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

5/13, 8 PM an electroacoustic multimedia program by intense avant garde singer Ka Baird on piano and vocals with Chris Penalosa on the mixing desk at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/13, 9 PM bassist Petros Klamanis plays his haunting Mediterranean jazz at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15. At 11 PM the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds – is up the block at the small room there.

5/13, 10:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads his group at Smalls 

5/13, 7 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at LIC Bar followed by dark Americana singer Emily Frembgen. 5/18, 11 PM Leckie is at Sidewalk; 5/31 at 10 PM she’s at Pete’s

5/14, 2 PM trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio reinterprets the work of legendary jazz trumpeter Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington at Fresh Meadows Library, 193-20 Horace Harding Expressway, Fresh Meadows

5/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal plays works by Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free

5/14, 7 PM Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and Nina Young perform their own works for violin, viola, and electronics, at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery, $20/$15 srs

5/14, 7 PM a benefit for progressive candidate Zellnor Myrie’s State Senate campaign with traditional Ghanian music by Alfred Kpedsaane and Brittany Anjou at the Owl, $50 contribution if you have it for the candidate who co-sponsored the Tenant Bill of Rights

5/14, 7:30 PM saxophonist Javier Oviedo and pianist François-Xavier Poizat play a very rare program of works by Mompou, Poulenc, Britten and Schulhoff at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 E 65th St., $25

5/14, 8 PM funky, lyrically intense dark folk jamband the Sometime Boys– with the riveting Sarah Mucho on vocals – at the big room at the Rockwood

5/14, 9 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini at LIC Bar

5/14, 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

5/15 7 PM  Katie Hyun plays solo violin works from Bach to Bartok at the second-floor space at 1 Rivington St off Bowery, $15/$10 srs

5/15, 7/9 PM unorthodoxically intriguing new classical works by Greg Watson and other contemporary composers played by Cesare Papetti – percussion; Derin Oge – piano; William Lang – trombone at Arete Gallery, $15

5/15, 7:30 PM  pianist Tamara Cashour and ensemble play works by Frederick Boyle, Richard Brooks, Cashour, Robert Cohen, Kevin McCarter, Timothy Lee Miller, Dary John Mizelle, Dana Dimitri Richardson and David See Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th Street $20

5/15, 8:30 PM the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Bar Lunatico. 5/25 at 10 they’re at Barbes and 5/29 they’re at the third stage at the  Rockwood at 8:30 for $10 followed by amazing, psychedelic instrumentalists Sandcatchers – who blend cinematic, pastoral Americana and Middle Eastern themes 

5/15-20, 8:30/11 PM this era’s most consistently interesting, original jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer leads his sextet at the Vanguard, $30

5/15, 10 PM  brilliant drummer/percussionist Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet play classic salsa grooves at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

5/15, time/price TBA brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch and dark glam/ghoulabilly cult hero Tav Falco’s Panther Burns at El Cortez

5/16, 7 PM busy jazz and klezmer bassist Jim Whitney plays the album release show for his colorful, Stravinsky-esque new one Dodecahedron with Eric  Halvorson on  drums,  Nate  Radley on  guitar  and  Bennett  Paster on  keyboards  at 55 Bar. Whitney is also at Barbes at 7 on 5/22 with his Perpendicular Shoes quarrtet with Diego Voglino – drums; Michel Gentile – flute and Sean Moran – guitar followed at 9 by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  

5/16, 7:30 PM perennially interesting new music advocates Ensemble Mise-En  play works by Korean and Austrian composers Sungji Hong (Korea/Texas), Mirela Ivičević (Croatia/Austria), Peter Jakober (Austria), Seong Ae Kim (Korea/NYC), Matthias Kranebitter (Austria) and Sojin Yoon (Korea) at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, rsvp req. The free program repeats on 5/17 at 8 at the Cell Theatre

5/16, 8 PM “feminist feline marching band” Pussy Grabs Back, catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged rock band the Trouble with Kittens , mystery band Nevada Nevada and the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Friends & Lovers, $tba

5/16, 9 PM tuneful, epically-inclined, cinematic trombonist John Yao leads his quintet at Terraza 7, $10

5/16, 9ish haunting, intense, creepy harp/violin duo Leya at le Wallet, 1154 Myrtle Ave (Broadway/Bushwick Ave)

5/17, 4:30 PM a rare performance of Vietnamese music worth skipping work for: the Mekong Group play mystical dan tranh songs at Poe Park Visitor Center, 2640 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, B/D to Kingsbridge Road

5/17, 6 PM the Samurai Mama Big Band play music by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Maria Schneider, Radiohead, and Owen Carter at the auditorium at Harlem Hospital Center, 506 Malcolm X Blvd at 136th, free, res req  

5/17, 7 PM badass, fiercely political, sultry New Orleans oldtimey chanteuse Carsie Blanton at the Mercury, $15

5/17, 7 PM Jog Blues – who reinvent classical Indian themes much like Brooklyn Raga Massive does – at the  Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

5/17-18, 7:30/9:30 PM Gil Evans scholar/archivist/conductor Ryan Truesdell leads the Gil Evans Project playing rare, recently unearthed gems by the iconic big band composer at the Jazz Standard, $30

5/17, 8ish ethereal vibraphonist Chris Dingman solo and the duo of atmospheric guitarist Todd Neufeld and terse bassist Thomas Morgan  at the Owl, $10

5/17, 8 PM luminous, soulful pan-Latin jazz chanteuse Claudia Acuña with Pablo Vergara on piano  & Jauncho Herrera on guitar at Mezzrow, $20

5 /17, 8 PM the Starbenders – who blend a little funk and reggae into their powerpop and glamrock – followed by the Muckers – who veer between catchy GBV powerpop, gutter blues and art-rock  – at the Knitting Factory, $12 adv tix rec 

5/17, 9 PM intense, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leadshis Tango Quartet, followed at 10 by wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian psychedelic pop songs with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

5/17, 9 PM bassist Brian Glassman’s “Klezmer-Jazz Alliance” at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/17, 9 PM a killer, edgy violin-driven twinbill: Dana Lyn’s psychedelic, ecologically-themed Mother Octopus followed at 10 by Skye Steele and band at Niagara at 7th and A

5/18, half past noon singer/guitarist/flamenco dancer Marija Temo at the World Financial Center atrium, free

5/18, 5 PM Street Beat Brass Band play ”music from New Orleans Jazz to polka, Mexican banda, gospel, klezmer, and funk” at Bryant Park

5/18, 7 PM Michael Moss’ wildly improvising 22-piece Accidental Orchestra play the album release show for their lavish new one at the Westbeth Community Center, 155 Bank St. in the west village, $10 

5/18, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, witty saxophonist Daniel Bennett with guitarist Nat Janoff and Matthew Feick on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

5/18, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 bypsychedelic cumbia band Yotoco at Barbes

5/18-19 at 8, repeating on 5/22 at 7:30 PM the NY Philharmonic play Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 plus Shostakovich’s savage Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/18, 8 PM Barbes comes to Queens: pioneering Guinea guitar legends the Mandingo Ambassadors and epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Flushing Town Hall, $16

5/18, 8 PM Korean musicians and dancers perform Ssitkimkut: The Korean Shaman Ritual of the Dead at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave, $25. There’s also a pre-concert lecture at 7.

5/18, 8 PM multi-instrumentalist Brandon Lopez plays the debut of his piano trio, “Mess,” – “With Mess, he attempts to dismember the notion of the piano trio to create a counterpart where each instrument functions outside of their supposed traditional roles. A sprawling thing devoid of harmony or melody, the trio insists giving violence and silence equivalent weight,” at Issue Project Room, $10 sugg don

5/18, 8 PM chamber ensemble Collectio Musicorum play a homage to baroque composer Guillaume Dufay and his contemporaries at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St., free

5/18, 9 PM broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix avail. at the Mercury. Avoid the putrid headlining poser-rock band at all costs.

5/18, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets  at Troost

5/18, 10:30ish alternately ambient and swirlingly ferocious guitar looper Ben Greenberg aka Hubble and the even more feral Reg Bloor playing the album release show for her deliciously assaultive new one Sensory Irritation Chamber at Muchmore’s, $10

5/18, midnight awesomely unhinged horror surf/hotrod instrumentalists the Mad Doctors at the Gutter, $10

5/19, 2 PM bouncy, slyly amusing psychedelic cumbia band Consumata at Lafayette Avenue and Edgewater Road in Hunts Point Riverside Park in the Bronx, 6 to Longwood Ave

5/19, 3 PM Wall to Wall Leonard Bernstein at Symphony Space with a whole series of chamber and vocal ensembles playing a career retrospective in more or less chronological order, free, the whole marathon lineup is here 

5/19, 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd  and lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes play poignant, cleverly intertwining new klezmer music followed at 6 by eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson and at 8 by uneasy Transylvanian jazz pianist Lucian Ban and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding at Barbes,

5/19, 4:30 PM experimental singer Odeya Nini, dancers Coco Karol and Ximena Garnica, sound artist Michaela Davies, and wild New Orleans-influenced loopmusic maven Sxip Shirey at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St,, $15

5/19, 7 PM magical Persian/Turkish improvisations with kamancheh fiddle icon Kayhan Kalhor and baglama player Erdal Erzincan at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

5/19, 7 PM wild Korean-klezmer cross-pollination with Lee Tae-Baek (ajaeng); Yi Jiyoung (gayageum); Kim Sung-Ah (haegeum); Kim Tae Young (janggo); Gamin (piri); Sita Chay (violin); Frank London (trumpet) and Ned Rothenberg (saxophone) at the Asia Society, $25

5/19, 7 PM sensational ex-Klezmatics fiddler Alicia Svigals and pianist Marilyn Lerner play their original score to the rare 1918 silent film Yellow Ticket at National Sawdust, $30. Followed at 10 ($20 separate adm) by wild avant jazz trumpeter Stephanie Richards playing the album release show for her new one

5/19, 7:30 PM acclaimed classical guitarist Sharon Isbin with guest six-stringer Romero Lubanbo at the World Financial Center atrium, free

5/19, 8 PM folk-gospel duo Gathering Sparks plus Pete Seeger’s Walkabout Clearwater Chorus at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away” 

5/19,8 PM entertaining female-fronted saloon blues/parlot pop band the Claudetteat the small room at the Rockwood

5/19, 8 PM the Centre Symphony Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, plus Beethoven’s Triple Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 56 with Muneko Otani, violin, Elizabeth Anderson, cello and Kaoru Fukuda, piano, at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave., at 54th St, $10 sugg don

5/19, 10 PM 70s dark folk legend Kath Bloom – who has a haunting new album out  – a at Wonders of Nature, $10

5/19, 11 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager at the Gutter, $10

5/20, 11 AM a rare performance of music for kids that isn’t condescending or stupid: Vered & the Babes play the album release show for their new one Songs for Sisters and Brothers, “which approaches the topic from every angle – from the eldest’s point of view, the youngest’s point of view, and the parent’s point of view,” outdoors at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, free

5/20, 1 PM epically lyrical alto saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum with Middle Eastern drummer April Centrone at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

5/20, 1/3 PM Sandbox Percussion play works by Steve Reich, Andy Akiho, Victor Caccese, Jonny Allen & Alex Weiser at Colonels Row on Governors Island, free

5/20. 1 PM new music guitarist Denise Mei Yan Hofmann leads a chamber ensemble premiering soprano Kelsey Park’s new work exploring the challenges of fertility at at All Angels Church at 80th and Broadway., free

5/20, 6 PM high voltage skiffle/Americana band the Salt Cracker Crazies at LIC Bar

5/20. 7:30 PM the Orchestra of the League of Composers plays music by Du Yun, Samuel Adler, Hayes Biggs, and John Harbison at the Miller Theatre, $20/$12 stud/srs

5/20, 8 PM thereminist Pamelia Stickney’s Transcendental Dissonance Quartet followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/20,8 PM the PubliQuartet play NYC premieres of works by composers Jessica Meyer and Steven Snowden and a world premiere by Xian Wang at Arete Gallery, $20

5/20, 8 PM Triptyk with Patricia Brennan – vibraphone; Leonor Falcón – violin; Noel Brennan – drums and Multi-percussion followed by ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leading her trio with Angelica Sanchez – piano; Erik Friedlander – cello at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

5/20, 9 PM an all-female version of singer/keyboardist Sara McDonald’s lush, cinematic 17-piece art-rock/chamber pop band the New York Chillharmonic at Littlefield

5/20, 9 PM bad segue, good twinbill: thoughtful, purposeful original jazz songwriter Gracie Terzian followed by ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner, at the small room at the Rockwood

5/21, 8/10:30 PM eclectic, paradigm-shifting B3 jazz organist Brian Charette leads a multi-generational Coleman quartet with George Coleman Sr. on tenor and his son on drums plus Vic Juris on guitar at the Blue Note, $15 standing room avail

5/21, 8 PM a rare NYC performance by edgy Japanese experimental percussionist, composer, and theater artist Midori Takada at the Kitchen, $25

5/21, 8:30ish legendary, savagely lyrical British new wave era songwriter Graham Parker at City Winery, $25 standing room avail.

5/21, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

5/21, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

5/22, 8 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

5/22, 8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock with the Icebergs  followed by the catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged Trouble with Kittens at Pete’s

5/22, 9:30 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner at Sidewalk

5/23, 6 PM haunting, lyrical Indian violinist/composer Trina Basu at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/23, 6 PM erudite, purist torchy cosmopolitan jazz chanteuse Svetlana & the Delancey 6 at Bryant Park

5/23, 7 PM an extremely rare small club gig by noir Americana icon Neko Case at Littlefield, $30

5/23, 8 PM cinematic trombonist/guitarist Curtis Hasselbring’s colorful, wry, sometimes satirical Curhastra at Barbes

5/23, 8 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony, string metal band Stratospheerius and math-metal band the Astral Cadence at Gold Sounds, $10 

5/23, 8 PM purposeful, tunefully purist trombonist Nick Finzer plays the album release show for his new one with his sextet at Subculure,45 Bleecker at Lafayeette, $20 adv tix rec

5/24, 6 PM International Contemporary Ensemble plays a rare all-Zosha Di Castri program at the NYPL for the Performing Arts out back of Lincoln Center, free, res req 

5/24, 7 PM Luc Sante reads; reggae-soul Faith bandleader and badass bassist Felice Rosser follows in an evening of music and spoken word at the Howl space, 6 E 1st Str

5/24, 7:30 PM koto player Yumi Kurosawa and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura perform an eclectic program of traditional and untraditional Japanese music spanning four centuries, including duets with cello and tabla at the Japan Society, 333 E 47th St, $25

5/24, 8 PM thoughtful, original cello/fiddle Americana duo Oliver the Crow at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

5/23, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

5/24, 7 PM ridiculously bad segues but three good acts: wryly surreal Lynchian parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters, oldtime country blues guitarist Mary-Elaine Jenkins and intense female-fronted psychedelic groove/funk band Imunuri at the small room at the Rockwood

5/24, 7:30 PM repeating on 5/26 at 8 the NY Philharmonic  play Berio’s Sinfonia with mighty avant garde choir Roomful of Teeth, plus Richard Strauss’ epic Alphine Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

5/24, 7:30 PM newschool Cuban salsa jazz quintet Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/24, 8 PM David Ostwald and his ensemble the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, Queens, a 15-minute walk from the 7 stop at Junction Blvd

5/24, 9 PM klezmer mischief and mayhem: Reb Leybl & the Heights and the 156th Street Freylekh Band (w/Louis Pollison & Jesse Chevan) at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

5/25, 5 PM Brooklyn’s original punk Balkan horn group Hungry March Band at Bryant Park

5/25, 7 PM indie classical piano/percussion ensemble Bearthoven play a program TBA at Arete Galley, $15

5/25, 7:30 PM the NY Festival Orchestra and Festival Chorus play works by Mozart, Hirai, Haydn, Handel, plus Japanese songs at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W 66 St (west of Broadway), $20, reception to follow

5/25-26, 8 PM cinematic, lyrical vibraphonist Joe Locke with Lorin Cohen & Jim Ridl at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

5/25, 8 PM woodwind group Soundmind Ensemble play Schoenberg’s iconic wind quintet and other works at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

5/25, 9 PM a killer triplebill with Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls, pensive acoustic duo Peach and Knife –  Molly White and Elena Degl’Innocenti – and creepy noir chamber pop/murder ballad duo Charming Disaster at Pine Box Rock Shop 

5/25, 9 PM slinky maracatu/New Orleans/surf rock mashups from Nation Beat at the big room at the Rockwood

5/25, 9 PM acerbic, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts leads his sextet with Dana Lyn on violin at I-Beam, $15

5/25, 10ish Christina Schneider’s jangly psych/garage/blue-eyed soul band Locate S1 at Secret Project Robot, $12

5/26, 1:30 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona, Queens, a 15-minute walk from the 7 stop at Junction Blvd

5/26, 7:30 PM lyrical postbop trombonist/composer Michael Dease leads his sextet at Smalls

5/26, 7:30 PM the CMS Improvisers Orchestra directed by Peter Apfelbaum and Karl Berger explore river-themed group improvisation at El Taller, 215 W 99th St., $10

5/26, 8 PM otherworldly, ancient trance-dance music from the Punjab and Morocco: Falsa Band and Innov Gnawa at the Owl, $10 

5/26, 9 PM sardonic, tuneful punks the Car Bomb Parade at the Gutter, $7 

5/26, 10 PM bassist Dana Schechter’s haunting, sweepingly menacing loopmusic instrumental project Insect Ark at Union Pool, $12

5/26, 10 PM psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

5/27, 4 PM a very rare perofrmance of Anna Thorvaldsdóttir piano music by pianist Cory Smythe and International Contemporary Ensemble at National Sawdust, $30

5/27, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –   followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

5/27, 7 PM fiery, deviously fun oldtimey swing guitarist/crooner Seth Kessel & the Two Cent Band at Sunny’s 

5/27, 6:30 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

5/28, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic play Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, free, GET THERE EARLY, like 6 PM if you’re going

5/28. 9:30ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

5/29, 9 PM terse, enigmatic avant garde singer Anais Maviel plays the album release show for her new one at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/30, 6 PM terse, hypnotic acoustic guitarist Camila Celin and tabla player Ehren Hanson reinvent stark Indian carnatic sounds at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

5/30, 7 PM Indian-inspired jazz vocal-and-bass duo François Moutin & Kavita Shah play the album release show for their new one Interplay at Joe’s Pub, $20. Followed at 9:30 (separate $25 adm) by the Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Samoa Wilson on vocals.

5/30, 7 PM noir and spy-theme-inspired downtown composer Annie Gosfield plays an electroacoustic keyboard world premiere at National Sawdust, $25

5/30, 7:30 PM pianist Elias Stemeseder and vocalist Lauren Kinsella perform the world premiere of their cross-disciplinary music theater work for two improvisers, Press Play Backwards at the Austrian Cultural Center, 11 E 52nd St., free, res req 

5/30, 8ish violinist Laura Ortman, fearlessly relevant no wave-ish songwriter Emilie Lesbros and the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish playing the album release show for their new one at Wonders of Nature

5/30, 8 PM the Hands Free – composer/performers James Moore (guitar/banjo), Caroline Shaw (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion) and Eleonore Oppenheim (bass) – celebrate the release of their self-titled debut album at the Kitchen, $20

5/30, 8 PM “thingNY gives a taste of its opera-in-development with a short selection of songs from Gelsey Bell’s Rolodex, in which the ensemble surrounds the interrogation table to investigate a crime, calling on witnesses from a Rolodex that doubles as a musical score. Varispeed, with additional members from thingNY, performs their new arrangement of Kenneth Gaburo’s masterpiece, Maledetto, from 1968” at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/30, 10 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly  at the small room at the Rockwood

5/31, 7 PM intense, fearlessly relevant Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and his amazing Middle Eastern jazz ensemble put a relevant, intense new spin on ancient Syrian sounds at National Sawdust, $30

5/31, 7:30 PM six-string guitarist Timucin Sahin and pianist Cory Smythe play uneasy Middle Eastern-tinged improvisations at Drom, $10 adv tix rec

5/31, 7:30 PM colorful, intense, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Noah Preminger leads his quartet at Smalls

5/31, 7:30 PM Punjabi-American soul with Zeshan B at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/31, 8 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by sharply lyrical, grimly futuristic parlor pop band the Tyranny of Dave followed at 10 by Super Yamba playing their psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes 

5/31, 8 PM singer Gabrielle Herbst leads a chamber octet through her dreamlike but arresting new opera, Vulnerability at Roulette, $15 adv tix rec

5/31, 8:30 PM Indian jazz crew Overview Effect with Mustafa Bhagat – sitar; David Freeman – drums; Steve Hudson – keyboards; Jamie Zillitto – bass with special guests Ivan Barenboim – bass cllarinet & Arun Ramamurthy – violin play the album release show for their new one at the Jalopy, $15

5/31, 8:30 PM impressively diverse, adventurous latin jazz pianist Aruan Ortiz at Bar Lunatico

5/31, 9 PM Lynchian Moscow klezmer/latin noir dance band Vanya Juke at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

6/1, 7 PM the Aizuri Quartet with Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh play immigration and exhile-themed works by Azmeh, Komidas, and Lembit Beecher, plus a suite of short works by Pauchi Sasaki, Michi Wiancko, Wang Lu and Can Bilir at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 but worth it

6/1. 7 PM pianist Zach Lapidus, bassist Peter Brendler and drummer Aaron Seeber play an all-Leonard Bernstein program at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

6/1, 8 PM one of the year’s best twinbills:hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly and epic, original, intense original Balkan monsters Raya Brass Band at Flushing Town Hall, $16

6/1, 8 PM the epic (possibly four-hour) annual performance by legendary Japanese collective improvisers Marginal Consort – who use homemade acoustic instruments, electronics, bamboo sticks, marbles, water and more – at Pioneer Works, $20 

6/1, 8:30 PM, repeating on 6/2 at 7:30 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play works by Samuel Beebre, Jonathan Bruce Brown and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. Friday’s concert features soloist Susanne Chen on the Victor Bruns’ Contrabassoon Concerto. Saturday’s concert also has the Violin Concerto by Erich Korngold featuring Emanouil Manolov, at St. Paul’s Church, 315 W 22nd St., $20 sugg don

6/2, 3 PM this year’s Choralfest features performances by the rivetingly eclectic all-female Accord Treble Choir, Stuyvesant High School Choir, St. Thomas Gospel Choir, Polyhymnia early music singers, Every Voice Choirs, University at Buffalo Choir, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, the Canticum Novum Singers, LaGuardia High School Women’s Choir and New York Virtuoso Singers at Symphony Space, free  

6/2. 9 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many at Hank’s. OMFG this band is good – they slayed on an off-night at LIC Bar, who knows what they could do in the surprisingly good sonics here. 

6/2, 10 PM singer Allysen Callery blends medieval and new, original folk noir sounds at Wonders of Nature, $10 

6/3, 3 PM the rivetingly eclectic all-female Accord Treble Choir, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 423 Clinton St. (Greene/Gates) in Ft. Greene. 6/9 at 6 they’re at St. Ignatius of Antioch Church, 552 West End Ave (entrance on 87th St.)

6/3, 7 PM Karen Bentley Pollick reprises “an awesome solo violin & viola recital mixing Serbian, Lithuanian, Oriental, Icelandic & Mid-Eastern harmonies and melodies” at Spectrum, $10

6/4, 8 PM Tosca Opdam, violin and Victor Stanislavsky, piano play works by Prokofiev, Bach, Korngold, Debussy and De Raaf at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

6/4 8 PM the DaCapo Chamber Players perform an enticing new music bill with works by Philip Glass, David Lang, Dylan Mattingly, Christopher Cerrone, Tania Leon, Taylor Brook, Mario Davidovsky and others at Merkin Concert Hall, $20/$10 stud/srs

6/5, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Spektral Quartet play works by George Lewis, David Fulmer and Eliza Brown at the Miller Theatre, free

6/7, noon the world’s most-recorded drummer ever, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie’s All-Star Shuffle with guests Bobbi Humphrey and Quiana Lynell at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

6/7, 7 PM the Spectrum Symphony  play a rapturously lyrical, extremely rare performance of Henryk Wieniawski’s High Romantic Violin Concerto No. 2 plus the equally rare, arioso 1867 Mass in F by Italian-influenced Polish composer Prince Poniatowski with brand-new orchestration by conductor David Grunberg at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave, $30

6/7, 7:30 PM iconic, fearless Mauritanian rights crusader and psychedelic bandleader  Noura Mint Seymali at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/7, 8 PM Mitra Sumara – New York’s only psychedelic 1960s style Iranian art-funk band – play the album release show for their new one at Nublu 151, $15

6/7, 8 PM bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval plays Jakob Ullmann’s mystically ambient Müntzer’s stern at the San Damiano Mission, $20

6/8, 8 PM hypnotically explosive live bhangra dance band Red Baraat at Flushing Town Hall, free, rsvp req 

6/8, 8 PM sitar legend Krishna Bhatt teams up for some ragas with avant guitar fave Gyan Riley at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

6/9 hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby   at Berlin

6/10, 3 PM the original Mexican-American folk-punks: Los Lobos at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/10, 5 PM the Toomai String Quintet with special guest vocalist Alina Roitstein play the release show for their gorgeous new album, Cuerdas Cubanas – “modern string arrangements of legendary songs by Ernesto Lecuona as well as salsa, bolero, and mambo classics” at Symphony Space, tix $17 with code TOOMAIFAN

6/10 up-and-coming new music ensemble Face the Music collaborate with the Tricentric Foundation, playing Anthony Braxton compositions; ensembles include the FTM Big Band, Improv Ensemble, and Advanced Jazz Project with performers from Braxton’s circle, at the Jazz Gallery

6/12, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 the Mivos Quartet’s Olivia De Prato plays solo violin works by Ned Rothenberg, Missy Mazzoli and others at the Miller Theatre, free

6/12, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays a program TBA at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on 6/13 on the great lawn in Central Park (enter at 79nd St. in the west side), 6/14 at Cunningham Park in Queens – enter at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike, concert is at the 193rd St. field; and 6/15 in Prospect Park (use the 9th St. entrance). They’re also at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island for free at 3 PM on 6/17.

6/13, 7 PM new, adventurous and older, more traditional klezmer and Jewish liturgical sounds, probably in reverse order: Klezmatics trumpeter Frank London and his Klezmar All Stars;clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman; Middle Eastern tinged folk-rockers Pharaoh’s Daughter fronted by chanteuse Basya Schecter; wild, hilarious klezmer punks Golem; popular cantor Magda Fishman; theatrical singer Eleanor Reissa; the excoriatingly lyrical, fearlessly anti-fascist Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird and Yiddish theatre maven Zalmen Mlotek at Central Park Summerstage

6/14, 6:30 PM David Ostwald and his ensemble The Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Flushing Library, 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, 7 to Main St.. 6/29 at 6 they’re at Peninsula Library, 92-25 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Rockaway Beach, Queens. Hitch a ride if you can

6/15 Eno-esque, haunting, fearlessly political Berlin feminist singer Mary Ocher at Holo

6/16, 8 PM fiery jazz oudist/guitarist Gordon Grdina leads his potentially explosive Quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $15

6/16 wildly eclectic Afrobeat/funk/art-rock jamband the Jauntee at Drom

6/19, 4:30 PM  trailblazing pipa goddess and singer Min Xiao-Fen’s Blue Pipa trio reinterprets the work of trumpeter Buck Clayton, Chinese composer Li Jinhui, Count Basie and Duke Ellington at Windsor Park Library,79-50 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, Queens

6/20, 8 PM golden-age era hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane celebrates his 30th anniversary onstage (and about his 20th playing the NYC summer parks circuit) at the Amphitheater at Coney Island, 3052 West 21st St., free. Caveat: this is a rare free show at a Nazi corporate venue, prepare to be treated like a criminal at the entry gates

6/21, 7:30 PM funny quirk-pop songwriter Jonathan Coulton, a lame 90s band, and then iconic, perennially relevant lit-rock songwriter Aimee Mann at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/21-24, 8 PM dancer Molissa Fenley and Company join with percussionist Frank Cassara and violist Ralph Farris for an evening ofwater-themed scores by Linda Bouchard, Andrew Toovey, Frank Cassara and Tigran Mansurian at  Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St, $22

6/22, 7 PM saxophonist and composer Tyrone Birkett “presents a musical work giving voice to the dispossessed, acknowledging circumstances caused by dehumanization and “otherness,”  at Flushing Town Hall, free

6/22, 7 PM cellist Margalit Cantor, soprano Katherine Copland & pianist Marc Peloquin play a program tba  at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

6/23, 6 PM an all-Portuguese triplebill at Central Park Summerstage, in reverse order: fado chanteuse Mariza, rainy-day keyboard instrumentalist Noiserv, and more improvisationally-inclined pianist Renato Diz.

6/27, 7 PM oldschool 90s hardcore hip-hop nostalgia: Black Moon and Smif N Wessun at Betsy Head Park, 167 Livonia Ave in Crown Heights; 3 to Saratoga Ave.

6/28, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 21/6; Othmar Schoeck: Summer Night, Pastoral Intermezzo for Strings, Op. 58 (NY Premiere) and Beethoven: String Quartet in F Minor, Op. 95 “Serioso”  at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, free

6/29, 7 PM fiery latin dub guitarist/bandleader Nicolas Emden at the park on the Hudson at 125th St. 

6/29, 8:30ish jazz royalty; Branford Marsalis and band at Prospect Park Bandshell

6/30, 3 PM energetic acoustic Veracruz-style folk-punk band Radio Jarocho at Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Avenue, Forest Hills, 7 to 71st St.

6/30, 7 PN in reverse order at Prospect Park Bandshell: banjo player and Nashville pop refugee Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder,  mandolinist Sierra Hull and Justin Moses and badass original country blues and oldtimey guitarist/songwriter Mamie Minch, who’s gonna blow them all off the stage

6/30, 7ish perennially relevant hip-hop artist Talib Kweli at Betsy Head Park, 167 Livonia Ave in Crown Heights; 3 to Saratoga Ave

7/5, noon hypnotic, pulsing, sousaphone-driven Guadalupian/New Orleans band Delgres at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/7, 6ish golden age hip-hop legends EPMD at Springfield Park, 147th and Springfield Blvds at the far edge of Queens

7/8, 6ish in reverse order: newschool lovers rock crooner Kabaka Pyramid, the surprisingly vital version of what’s left of popular 70s roots reggae band Third World and ubiquitous loverman Barrington Levy at at the Amphitheater at Coney Island, 3052 West 21st St., free, prepare to be treated like a criminal at the entry gates since this is a corporate venue

7/12, noon Amalgarhythm with lyrical pianist Kris Davis and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/12, 7 PM oldschool-style, accordion-fueled vallenato punks Very Be Careful and  alternately rustic and techy tropicalians Systema Solar at Queensbridge Park, 41st Ave and Vernon Blvd in Queens, F to 21st St. and walk to the water

7/12, 8ish feral female-fronted psychedelic cumbia/Afrobeat allstars Combo Chimbita and iconic second-wave Afrobeat band Antibalas at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/13, 7:30ish cumbia reapper Ana Tijoux‘s Roja y Negro and Spanish hip-hop artist Mala Rodriguez at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/14, 5ish pensively lyrical, politically fearless Uruguayan folk-jazz singer Jorge Drexler at Central Park Summerstage

7/14, 7:30  PM Malian griots Trio Da Kali and new music icons Kronos Quartet at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/19, noon trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn 

 7/20, 7:30 PM kinetic chamber-rock dance band My Brightest Diamond and cutting-edge sitarist Anoushka Shankar at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/24, 7:30 PM the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA leads an ensemble in an epic re-score of the 1978 martial arts flick The 36th Chamber of Shaolin at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center, free, get there very early

7/26, noon trumpeter Terence Blanchard & the E-Collective at Metroteck Park in downtown Brooklyn

7/27, 7:30 PM Malian griot Cheick Hamala Diabate and the world’s most popular duskcore band,Tinariwen at Prospect Park Bandshell

7/27, 7:30 PM classic Feelini film scores live with Hal Willner’s Amarcord Nino Rota at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/28, 7 PM a very rare Iranian rock triplebill in reverse order: crooner Faramarz Aslani accompanied by Babak Amini, underground legends KIOSK and Brooklyn expat band Habibi at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

7/29, 3 PM trippy, darkly cinematic Afrobeat psychedelia with Jupiter & Okwess followed by politically fearless Afrobeat scion Femi Kuti at Central Park Summerstage

7/29, 4 PM Gran Combo bandleader Charlie Aponte and his latest salsa dura project at St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx

8/2, 8ish the Nigerian “Queen of Afrobeat” Yemi Alade at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/4, 3 PM Brazilian neosoul singer Xenia Franca, the Hamilton de Holanda mandolin Trio and trippy dub band Baiana System at Central Park Summerstage

8/4, 8:30 PM popular Jamaican dancehall crooner Tarrus Riley at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/5, 1 PM klezmer clarinet/mandolin wizard Andy Statman, Irish group Cherish the Ladies, Grupo Rebolu, and Sidiki Conde and Tokounou on the plaza at Lincoln Center. The program repeats at 5 out back in Damrosch Park.

8/5, 6 PM a brassy New Orleans bill: New Breed Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a lame jamband, and then Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave at Central Park Summerstage

8/5, 7 PM Puerto Rican percussion ensemble Yuba Ire and two popular Miami bands—Philbert Armenteros y Los Herederos and PALO! accompany a dance performance at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center,

8/9, 7 PM 5/5, 9ish noirish blue-eyed soul singer Fiona Silver and popular blues guitarslinger Gary Clark Jr. at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/8. 6:30 PM in reverse order: the Sun Ra Arkestra play a live score to Space Is the Place, José James sings Bill Withers and Samora Pinderhughes: The Transformations Suiteat Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center. Jury’s out on the openers.

8/10. 7:30 PM the Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band reinvent Leonard Bernstein’s Wes Side Story soundtrack at Damrosch Park out back of Lincoln Center

8/11, 3 PM the North, South, East, and West choruses sing the world premiere of John Luther Adams: In the Name of the Earth at Harlem Meer in Central Park

8/10, 7:30 PM fiery, politically fearless, atmospheric Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi  and macabre slowcore band Godspeed You Black Emperor at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/11, 8:30 PM jangly, clanging late 80s nostalgia with the Breeders at Prospect Park Bandshell

8/25, 5ish purist swing singer Catherine Russell and Jamaican jazz piano icon Monty Alexander’s reggae-jazz Harlem-Kingston Express at Marcus Garvey Park

8/26, 3 PM the trio of Adam O’Farrill, Immanuel Wilkins and Joel Ross, Amina Claudine Myers, then a lame corporate jazz act, then Gary Bartz leading a quartet at Tompkins Square Park

8/26, 8ish perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri  at Central Park Summerstage

8/28, 8 PM badass oldschool electric bluesmistress Celisse Henderson  and a bunch of actors read from and play music inspired by the Howard Zinn classic People’s History of the United States at Central Park Summerstage. They did something like this at Lincoln Center last year and it was surprisingly subversive.

9/27, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides followed by afropop singer Angelique Kidjo at Central Park Summerstage

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Emma Grace Stephenson Brings Her Dynamic Piano Songcraft to Gowanus This Weekend

If state-of-the-art tuneful songcraft is your thing, the place to be this weekend is at Shapeshifter Lab on April 29 at 7 PM where brilliantly eclectic Australian pianist and singer Emma Grace Stephenson opens a fantastic triplebill, leading a trio with a surprise mystery guest singer (the venue says it’s Kristin Berardi). Afterward at a little after 8 another pianist, Richard Sussman leads his sweeping, enveloping allstar Sextet, which includes Tim Hagans on trumpet; Rich Perry on tenor sax and Zach Brock on violin. Then at 9:30 by the Notet with saxophonist Jeremy Udden, trombonist JC Sanford, guitarist Andrew Green and guests playing he album release show for their new one.

Stephenson is an artist who rightfully could headline a bill like this. She’s an extraordinarily vivid composer whose work gravitates toward the dark side. Her greatest achievement so far is probably her work with the Hieronymus Trio, whose 2016 album is a high-water mark in recent noir cinematic jazz. But she’s also a songwriter, and has a plaintively dynamic new album, Where the Rest of the World Begins, with them and singer Gian Slater, due out soon but not yet up at her music page.

Maybe coincidentally, the opening track, Crows Will Still Fly comes across as a more rhythmically tricky take on the same kind of moody parlor pop that Stephenson’s fellow Oz songwriter Greta Gertler Gold has perfected over the past decade or so. Slater’s airy, expressive high soprano is a cross between Gertler Gold and Minnie Riperton, but more misty than either singer. The lithe bass and drums of Nick Henderson and Oliver Nelson push the song into a bright, triumphant clearing for Slater’s scatting; then Stephenson follows with a similarly crescendoing piano solo. “With great joy comes great sorrow” is the theme.

Song For My Piano is a wry, saloon blues-love ballad: “While you throw stones in the water, blowing my cover, who am I kidding?” Slater wants to know; then the bandleader goes for a cautiously rippling spiral of a solo. As a pianist, Stephenson brings to mind Mara Rosenbloom’s blend of neoromantic gleam and brushfire improvisation.

If the Sun Made a Choice has a jaunty Dawn Oberg-like bounce and an imagistic lyric pondering the pitfalls of narrow, dualistic thinking. Rising out of purposeful chords and washes of cymbals, Love Is Patient is much more expansive, even rubato in places: ”Always in the present tense with every sense, do less, live more,” Slater cajoles.

Stephenson switches to Rhodes, then eventually moves back to the grand piano for Going In Circles. an unlikely but successful mashup of artsy ELO-style pop, 70s soul and trickily metric, tightly  unspooling Philip Glass-ine melody. The final cut is the epic title track, which takes a turn in the brooding direction of the trio’s previous album. Stephenson opens it spaciously and expands from there with her rippling water imagery:

An endless flow of useless thoughts and consequent sensations
Can govern every step we take filling us with trepidation
But we are not the thoughts within nor just an empty vessel…

From there a magically misterioso drum solo and Stephenson’s pointillistic, music-box-like solo punctuate this poetic meditation on impermanence and change. Lots to sink your ears into here from a fearlessly individualistic talent who defies easy categorization.

Two Rare New York Shows by Magically Chameleonic Israeli Singer Victoria Hanna

Singer Victoria Hanna has built a career as one of Israel’s most individualistic and magically protean vocalists. She draws on centuries of Middle Eastern music as well as the avant garde and more commercial dancefloor sounds. Her lyrics often explore ancient mystical themes; her evocative, protean voice transcends linguistic limitations. You don’t have to speak Hebrew to fall under her spell. The last time anybody from this blog was in the house at one of her performances was way back in the zeros, when she electrified a sold-out crowd at Tonic on the Lower East Side with a couple of cameos at a Big Lazy album release show. Since that iconic noir cinematic group very seldom uses vocals, that they would choose Hanna to sing with them speaks for itself.

Hanna is at the Bronx Museum of the Arts at 1040 Grand Concourse on April 25 at 6 PM in conjunction with the opening for new exhibits by Oded Halahmy and Moses Ros. Admission is free but a ravp is required; take the B to 167th St. Then the next day, April 26 she’s making a very rare Brooklyn appearance on April 26 at 7 PM with Gershon Waiserfirer on electric oud and trombone at the first special event in Luisa Muhr’s fascinating Women Between Arts series at the Arete Gallery, 67 West St. in Greenpoint. The closest train is the G at Greenpoint Ave; cover is $25.

Hanna’s long-awaited debut album is streaming at her music page. The instrumentation is usually very spare – occasional strings, brass and percussion. The songs are a mix of upbeat, new wave-tinged dance numbers, with occasional windswept ambience. The first track, Aleph- Bet (Hoshana) is both characteristically playful and unsettling. It’s a Hebrew alphabet rhyme that also references ancient Jewish numerology. Hanna’s multitracked, processed voice takes on both techy outer-space and otherworldly Middle Eastern cadences over former Big Lazy drummer Tamir Muskat’s shamanistic, echoey beats – if Bjork was Middle Eastern, she might sound something like this

The second track, 22 Letters revisits that theme over a funky, minimalist habibi pop groove. That grows a lot slinkier in Orayta, a catchy, bouncy, similarly spare devotional hymn spiced with spare, echoey synth and spiky buzuq riffs. Hanna infuses Sheharhoret (Brown-haired Girl) with a misterioso, coyly conspiratorial energy, her melismatic delivery part levantine, part Bollywood.

Ani Yeshena (Sleeping But My Heart Is Awake) is a surreal mashup of a stately klezmer dirge, Balkan brass music and catchy new wave pop. Hanna follows with the wistfully hazy, atmospheric Kala Dekalya (The Voice of All the Voices) and Hayoshevet Baganim (Sitting in the Garden), the latter with airy accordion and echoes of north Indian ghazals.

In contrast with the song’s spacious rainy-day piano, Hanna’s voice is both more hopeful and tender throughout Shaarei Tziyon, a duet. With its lush string ambience, Yonati (My Dove) brings to mind the terse art-songs of Tunisian chanteuse Emel Mathlouthi. The album’s final and most haunting track is the majestically crescendoing grey-sky tableau Asher Yarzar. Fans of all of Hanna’s many influences, from classical Indian to Middle Eastern to dance music should get to know her.

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards Bring Their Fearlessly Imaginative, Psychedelic Americana to the Rockwood

Violinist Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards stand out in a crowded Americana field for their fearlessness and originality. They aren’t the first to play retro acoustic roots music for string ensemble – a lot of classical types have a secret or not-so-secret fondness for folk music. Sadly, much as some of that crew are completely sincere, they don’t swing and they can’t really improvise. That’s where Cortese really shines. She and the band are playing the downstairs third stage at the Rockwood tomorrow night, April 14 at 11:30 PM; cover is $15.

Their latest album California Calling – streaming at Spotfy – isn’t particularly oldtimey, either. In fact, there’s only one tradtional tune on it. What Hem were to the zeros, Cortese and band are in the here and now. Case in point: the hypnotic opening track, The Low Hum, awash in hazy washes of strings, second violinist Jenna Moynihan anchoring the song on banjo, multi-instrumentalist Sam Kassirer adding woozy Dr. Dre synth. That it works as seamlessly as it does validates Cortese’s outside-the-box arrangement.

Cortese;s vocals infuse the album’s title track with warmth and intimacy amid a swirl of backing vocals, swelling strings and bouncy pizzicato: it’s not clear whether that spiky lead line is Cortese, Moynihan or cellist Valerie Thompson.

The women in the band – which also includes bassist Natalie Bohrn – join voices and then instruments in the lush, Celtic-tinged Three Little Words. If Irish chamber folk psychedelia didn’t exist before now, this band just invented it. There’s a fetching, Kasey Chanbers-ish break in Cortese’s voice in the bittersweetly swaying ballad Skipping Stone, with more spiky/atmospheric contrast.

The psychedelic Hold On, with its gospel allusions and trip-hop beat, brings to mind cult favorite New York Americana songstress Barbara Brousal – who’s since absconded to Boston. The band reinvent Swing & Turn (Jubilee), the album’s lone traditional tune, in much the same fashion, Cortese’s vocals soaring to the top of her register before the band finally cut loose with a jaunty reel.

The women’s four-part harmonies offer comfort in icy times in Rhododendron, which segues into Someday, sort of a more bluegrass-oriented take on Andrew Bird at his most bucolic. Stockholm, an allusive cautionary tale – “You’ve got to find a place to call home” – is another unlikely successful mashup of bluegrass and echoey psychedelia.

Bohrn’s starkly dancing bassline propels Pace Myself, a bluesy trip-hop number, edging from echoey Soft Cell new wave pop toward neo-soul. The album closes with If You Can Hear Me, a Taylor Ashton cover that doesn’t measure up to the strength of Cortese’s songwriting despite an interesting arrangement. It’s impossible to imagine anyone releasing more original album than this lately.

Video Satire of the Day – LMAO

If twee overkill has pushed you past the boiling point, you’ll feel deliciously avenged by Passive Aggressives Anonymous’ new video, (Let’s Have a Nice White) Middle Class Male Cry (via Youtube). If NPR doesn’t pick this deadpan, venomous faux bossa pop tune for a Tiny Desk Concert, there’s something wrong. Frontguy John Valenti’s outfit and haircut are just as spot-on sick as the song. Weird Al Yankovic meets Tredici Bacci with a Morrissey wannabe out front – it’s funny just to think about.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for April and May 2018

The new May/June calendar – with all the free summer concert listings – is here.

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

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

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries, beverages and lively conversation included! Upcoming concerts on 4/11 at 7 PM, 4/15 at 4 featuring rarely heard piano music of Dvorak, Clementi and Grieg, email for info/location.

For six shows beginning on 4/14 at 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/15-16 at 6:30 and 4/19, 4/21 and 4/22 at 7:30 PM, singer/sound artist Samita Sinha’s envelopingly confrontational multidisciplinary work This Ember State at the Asia Society, $20. With mashups of classical Indian ragas, sound art and dance inspired by the myth of Sati—the Hindu goddess who self-immolates in sacrifice—and the concept of dark matter, the work tackles a lot of heavy, relevant issues. “Some nudity is involved – not appropriate for children.” 

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

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

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

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

Mondays in 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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in April, 6 PM Kane Mathis – whose fast fingers are as electrifying on the kora as they are on the oud – plays with a rotating cast of Middle Eastern and African talent at Barbes

Saturdays in May, 6 PM eclectic jazz guitarist Anders Nilsson – who ranges from reinvented 20th century classical styles to savage metal to postbop – plays with a series of groups at Barbes

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

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

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

Sundays at 6 PM in May rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel of the Screaming Rebel Angels leads her own band at Hank’s

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 the Iranian Female Composers Association launch their auspicious new series at National Sawdust with pianists Ava Nazar and Erika Dohi, the Steinem Quartet, Alison Rowe, and kamancheh player Niloufar Shiri, plus Anahita Abbasi, Aftab Darvishi, Farzia Fallah, Mahdis Golzar Kashani, Niloufar Karimi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Gity Razaz, Aida Shirazi, and Niloufar Shiri, $20

4/1, 6:30 PM Shafaat Khan – sitarist son of the legendary Vilayat Khan – at Joe’s Pub, $30. Gotta start early to give this guy a chance to take his time and mesmerize you.

4/1, 9ish the catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged Trouble with Kittens and explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at the Cobra Club

4/2, 7 PM night one of this year’s MATA festival of new music kicks off with a new music dream team of Miranda Cuckson, Ariadne Greif, Blair McMillen, Sarah Brailey, and Russell Greenberg playing a  mystical program including David M. Gordon’s song-cycle Mysteria Incarnationis, sung in the original Syriac plus works by Shawn Jaeger  and Lydia Winsor Brindamour at the Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue (at 74th St), $25

4/2, 7:30 PM eclectic Bay Area vocal jazz sextet Jazz-Ology at Club Bonafide, $2o 

4/2, 8:30 PM terse, purposeful guitarist Miles Okazaki with Linda Oh on bass and Dan Weiss on drums at Bar Lunatico

4/2, 9:30 PM Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

4/3, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal’s Lauren Cauley, violin; David Friend, piano play works by Christopher Cerrone, Tonia Ko, and David Lang at the Miller Theatre, free

4/3, 7 PM innovative, tuneful Indian-influenced drone-raga band Arranged Marriage NP followed at 9 by ten-piece funky Balkan brass jazz monsters Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/3, 7 PM irrepressibly theatrical parlor pop pianist Greta Gertler Gold at Joe’s Pub $15

4/3-4, 7:30/9:30 PM savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson plays the album release show for her excellent, sardonic new one Code Girl with Amitha Kidambi – vocals; Adam O’Farrill – trumpet; Michael Formanek – bass; Tomas Fujiwara – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30 but worth it

4/3, 7:30 PM pianist Jeanne Golan and the Attacca Quartet play a rare all-Mieczyslaw Weinberg program featuring his Piano Quintet, haunting Cello Sonata, and Piano Sonatine at the Baruch College Auditorium, 55 Lexington Ave at 24th St.,(enter mid-block), $21

4/3, 8 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s reliably adventurous Mimesis Ensemble play haunting Middle Eastern-inspired works by Mohammed Fairouz and Halim El-Dabh – arguably the world’s first electronic composer – at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

4/3, 8 PM enigmatically lyrical minimalist parlor pop pianist/singer Dia Luna followed by Sharon Jones guitarist Joe Crispiano and his band at Freddy’s 

4/3, 8 PM the Tak Ensemble sextet with bassoon soloist Rebekah Heller debut Mario Diaz de Leon’s first album-length suite at Roulete, $20 adv tix rec

4/3-9, 8:30/11 PM reliably lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes with Steve Nelson (vibes 4/3-4/7) Melissa Aldana (tenor sax 4/6-4/8) Peter Washington (bass) Lenny White (drums at the Vanguard

4/4, noon the Zorá String Quartet play Webern, Langsamer Satz; Beethoven, String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 at the Morgan Library, $20

4/4, 6 PM lyrical pianist Monika Herzig’s SHEroes album release celebration with a killer all-female band feat. Chicha Libre’s Karina Colis on drums, Jennifer Vincent on bass, Reut Regev on trombone and more at the New School 5th floor jazz room, 55 W 13th St., free

4/4, 7 PM a composer portrait of Jason Eckardt:  ”performers include, but are not necessarily limited to” Claire Chase (flute), Jordan Dodson (guitar), Rebekah Heller (bassoon), Bridget Kibbey (harp), and Will Lang (trombone) at Spectrum, $10

4/4, 9 PM intense frontwoman Hannah Fairchild’s searingly lyrical punk/art-rock/noir cabaret trio Hannah vs. the Many – NYC’s most dangerously underrated band – at LIC Bar

4/5, 7:30 PM eclectic, poignant cabaret chanteuse Gay Marshall – whose latest album is titled Go Back Where You Stayed Last Night – sings Leonard Cohen at Pangea, $25

4/5, 7:30 PM powerhouse bassist Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe play their hard-edged Afrobeat-flavored funk at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/5, 7:30 PM a collaboration between visual artist Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir,violinist Abraham Brody and cellist Ásta María Kjartansdóttir tackles “a quest for the silence that can be found in abundance in their native Iceland” at Scandinavia House, $12

4/5, 7:30 PM pyrotechnic klezmler clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg’s new immigration and displacement-themed Borderlands Project at Symphony Space, $30

4/5, 7:30/9:30 PM guitarist Yuri Juarez’s slinky Afroperuano group with Steve Turre on trombone; Shirazette Tinnin on drums and percussion; Moto Fukushima on bass; Renato Diz on piano; Héctor Morales on drums and percussion; and special guest Sofia Tosello on vocals at Minton’s

4/5, 8ish ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads her shapeshifting group playing the album release show for her new one at the Owl, $10

4/5, 8 PM accordion genius Shoko Nagai ’s haunting Tokala Asian/klezmer mashup project at Barbes 

4/5, 8 PM Hindustani classical sarod virtuoso Steve Oda at the Jalopy, $15

4/5, 8 PM twistedly talented, vaudevillian cover band the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

4/5, 8 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – with her band at Greenwich House Music School, $15

4/5, 9 PM lush, dynamic female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at Union Pool, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

4/5, 10 PM fiery, psychedelically bluesy oldschool soul/southern rockers Lizzie & the Makers at the Bitter End. 4/27 at 9 they’re at at the small room at the Rockwood

4/5, 10  PM the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at Sunny’s

4/6, 1 and 3 PM oldschool deep Brooklyn gospel with Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens at Bar Lunatico. They’re also here on 4/20

4/6, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

4/6, 7 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch open for Richard Lloyd of Television at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tix rec

4/6, 7 PM serpentine dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

4/6, 7 PM a killer, eclectic triplebill: irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg wearing her front-porch folk guitarist hat, Soul Loom with drummer Billy Mintz, violinist Ben Sutin, and clarinetist David Valbuena, and pianist Gabriel Zucker playing his own material in addition to works by Ives and Wadada Leo Smith at Spectrum, $10

4/6, 7 PM purposeful, uneasy, ferociously smart guitarist Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger trio  with cellist Hank Roberts and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $tba

4/6, 7:30 PM first night of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: 7:30pm Little Nora Brown – young banjoist with a very oldtime sound; 8:00pm Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino – hilarious, acerbic Veracruz folk band with punk energy collaborating with the politically fearless poet; 8:45pm Mamie Minch & Tamar Korn – badass oldtimey resonator guitarist/singer with the similarly irrepressible Brain Cloud frontwoman/tapdancer; ; 9:30pm Innov Gnawa; 10:15pm Women’s Raga Massive – Indian Classical and folk music; 11:00pm The Crimson Ragdolls –Blues, folk and early Jazz. On the parish hall stage at 11 Jackson & the Janks play retro 50s style New Orleans R&B

4/6. 7:30 PM pioneering, otherworldly Tibetan singer Yungchen Lhamo at the Asia Society, 725 Park Ave at 70th St., free, early arrival advised

4/6, 8:30 PM a rare reunion of cult favorite Bay Area jazz group the Munchies with Dred Scott on piano and saxophonist Kenny Brooks at Bar Lunatico

4/6, 9ish dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately – at Wonders of Nature

4/6 Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins at 9 with Brooklyn cover trio the Band of Others, at 10 Dick Dale cover band Surf Squad, at 11 spaghetti western and hotrod influenced quartet the Jagaloons and then jangly New York original surf rock cult heroes the Supertones,

4/6, 9 PM DD White and her catchy, jangly retro garage/surf/R&B band at Singlecut Beersmiths 

4/6, 9:30 PM slinky psychedelic Americana rockers American String Conspiracy at Freddy’s

4/6, 10 PM classic C&W cover band and wry Sit N Spin side project the Lonesome Prairie Dogs followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  at Hank’s, $5. Grace is also at Bar Chord on 4/7 at 9.

4/6, 10 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock project Bombay Rickey at Barbes. Those wondering how Sankaram might sound singing traditional western opera can check out Opera on Tap, who sing beforehand at 8.

4/6, 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

4/7 day two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: at noon King Isto’s Tropical String Band play jaunty, balmy Hawaiian sounds; 12:45pm Suzy & Eric Thompson’s oldtime string duet; 1:30pm Piedmont Bluz’s haunting, politically apropros oldtime country blues; 2:15pm Georgia string band the HickHoppers; 3:00pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues playing sly, traditional and original jug band music; 3:45pm Clifton Hicks plays ballads and banjo songs from Georgia; 4:30pm brilliant banjoist Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters 5:15pm the Horse-Eyed Men plaing “disgruntled country songs and at 6 the Birdman of Rome returns, all the way from Rome, Italy! Not to be missed. The parish hall stage has jams, workshops and at 5:30pm Poorboy Krill playing blues and ragtime

4/7, 5 PM a house concert with magical carnatic singers Mohan Deshpande and Mitali Bhawmik plus Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Kedar Naphade on harmonium, $20, email the harmonium player for info/location 

4/7, 6 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

4/7, 7 PM New Tide Orquesta, fronted by composer  Per Störby Jutbring mash up “chamber music, minimalism, improvisation, and hints of new tango.” at Scandinavia House, $15

4/7-8, 7 PM Susana Cook’s “ Run! It’s Getting Utly, a “satire about racism and discrimination – Cook shares what she calls a “family melodrama for these fascist times.” In the brazen, wacky play, a white nationalist family falls into a muddy and desperate identity crisis when they are attacked by “La Contaminación Cultural.” Their sense of language, grammar and origin gets altered, making them question who they really are.” at Jack, $15

4/7, 7:15 PM night two of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage: 7:15pm Wyndham Baird doing folk and country blues; at 8 riveting, haunting Balkan singer/accordionist duo Eva Salina & Peter Stan; 8:45pm Bulla En El Barrio playing hypnotically pulsing Afro-Colombian trance-chants; 9:30pm amazing multi-instrumentalist and oldtime blues maven Jerron Paxton; 10:15pm high-voltage oldtime string band Spirit Family Reunion; 11:00pm brooding original Nashville gothic songwriter Feral Foster; 11:45pm Alabama jugband the Steel City Jug Slammers. The parish hall stage has salsa jazz icon Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars at 9:30

4/7, 7:30 PM the aptly named Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, play NYC premiere of works by Kanasevich, Janmohammadi, and Glaser, as well as music by Edvard Grieg. at the DiMenna Center, $tba

4/7, 7:30 PM noir cabaret legend Ute Lemper and her ensemble at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14. 4/9 she sings songs from Theresienstadt at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free 

4/7, 7:30 PM pianist Marie Blair plays works by Faure, Debussy, Quilter, Bridge, and Alwyn at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, $tba

4/7, 8 PM Fragile Sky – the Dead Boys meet Sonics Rendevous Band meet early Iron Maiden – at Gussy’s Bar in Queens 

4/7, 8 PM the world’s most captivatingly assaultive extended technique trumpeter, Peter Evans  plus percussionist Levy Lorenzo & pianist Yvette Janine Jackson at the Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring St. 

4/7, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s

4/7, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk.

4/8, 11AM-ish violinist Ben Sutin’s high-voltage, eclectic klezmer jamband Klazz-Ma-Tazz at City Winery for brunch, $10, no min., kids 10-under free. Sutin is also at Sidewalk ?!? on 4/11 at 7 PM where he leads a trio.

4/8, 2 PM day three of the Brooklyn Folk Festival has a lot of workshops and kiddie music, and a banjo tossing competition at the corner of Smith and 9th Sts. in Gowanus at 1 PM to kick it off. The shows are at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage, the adult stuff starts at about 3:30pm with bluegrass band the Hayrollers; 4:15pm Thomas McCarthy plays solo Irish songs; 5:00pm acoustic blues guitarist Pat Conte; 5:45pm the amazing East River String Band w/ R. Crumb playing all kinds of wild 19th century country blues in weird tunings. The parish hall stage has some jams and at 4 the rising star singers of the Jalopy Chorus, led by the great Eva Salina, singing haunting Balkan folk tunes.

4/8, 2:30 PM Cantori NY perform Valery Gavrilin’s acerbic new cautionary cantata, Chimes, exploring the seductive danger of nationalism at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

4/8, 3 PM Patricia Santos and Tara Hanish’s amazing, intense, soul-infused cello-rock/cello-metal duo the Whiskey Girls at Pete’s

4/8, 4 PM the world’s most popular renaissance vocal ensemble, Stile Antico tackle one of the era’s greatest masterpieces, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

4/8, 4 PM the brand-new Clarosa String Quartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4/8, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

4/8, 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Javanese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara play pool – woops, serenade the pool players – at the Fat Cat

4/8, 7 PM night three of the Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St in downtown Brooklyn, $25 per concert, adv tix available at the Jalopy. On the main stage 7:00 pm the Down Hill Strugglers w/ John Cohen play rambunctious 19th century string band music; 7:45 pm Seyyah, the only largescale Turkish band in NYC; and at 10 amazing flamenco singer Julia Patinella closes it out. 

4/8, 7 PM Ansahman – limitless in Armenian flamenco guitarist Anna Garano and Armenian singer Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian’s poignant Near Eastern/Spanish mashup duo Ansahman (Armenian for eternal) followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/8, 7 PM sharply lyrical, Waits-ish southwestern gothic/Americana songwriter Tom Shaner at LIC Bar

4/8, 8:30 PM serpentine, cinematic, epic art-rock band Book of Harmony at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

4/8, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Bembe, 81 S 6th St, Williamsburg

4/9, 8ish Roger Miller covers in the round followed by New Orleans’ Jackson & the Janks at a house concert at 169 Spencer St. at Willoughby, Bed-Stuy, G to Myrtle-Willoughby, sug don

4/9, 8 PM the NY New Music Ensemble play dynamic new electroacoustic works by Paula Matthuse, Eric Wubbels, Benjamin Hackbarth and Rand Steiger at the DiMenna Center, $20/$10 stud/srs 

4/9, 9:30 PM horn-driven psychedelic cumbia band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes

4/10, 7 PM otherworldly, dynamic all-female Armenian vocal trio Zulal at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/10, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian plays a rare trio set at 55 Bar

4/10, 7 PM the Mivos Quartet play a mnemonically-themed program of works by Hans Thomalla, Charles Wuorinen, Matthew Ricketts, and Sofia Gubaidulina at the second floor space at 1 Rivington St. at Bowery, $15/$10 stud/srs, use code MKQ7 for $5 off

4/10-15, 7:30/9:30 PM iconic jazz bassist Christian McBride with trumpeter Josh Evans, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, drummer Nasheet Waits at Dizzy’s Club, $25

4/10, 8 PM night two of this year’s MATA festival of new music with the East Coast debut of Mexico’s only independent new music ensemble, Liminar playing works by Sergey Khismatov’s D-Musik – for soprano broadcast from within a shower in the offices of the venue – plus works by Carlos Iturralde, Juro Kim Feliz and Annie Gosfield at the Kitchen, $25

4/10, 8/9:30 PM singer Michelle Lordi leada a phenonemal quartet with Orrin Evans, JD Allen & Ben Wolfe at Mezzrow, $20 

4/10-14, 8:30 PM ubiquitously terse, interesting drummer Tomas Fujiwara leads a series of ensembles at the new Stone, $20. Choice pick: 4/11 with Amir ElSaffar (trumpet); Ole Mathisen (tenor saxophone), wow

4/10, 8:30 PM popular, pensive retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freemanat City Vineyard, $12

4/10-14, 8:30 PM lyrical Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi with Scott Colley (bass) Clarence Penn (drums) reprising his smartly terse live album recorded at the Vanguard, $30

4/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

4/10, 11 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at the Mercury, $10. She’s also at the small room at the Rockwood on 4/30 at midnight for the tip jar.

4/11, 8 PM feral, wildly improvisational, tuneful pianist Mara Rosenbloom  plays solo and then with her trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

4/11, 8 PM night three of this year’s MATA festival  of new music with Liminar playing works by  Kristin Boussard, Sky Macklay, Valentin Pelisch, Michael Winter and David T. Little at the Kitchen, $25

4/11, 9:30 PM the whip comes down when subversive chanteuse/provocatrice Tammy Faye Starlite reprises her legendary Lakeside Lounge Stones cover nights by playing Some Girls in its entirety at Joe’s Pub, $15

4/11, 10 PM tenor sax improv legend George Garzone leads a quartet at Zinc Bar, $20

4/12, 7 PM violinist Abraham Brody and Lithuanian folk ensemble Trys Keturiose put a haunting new spin on ancient work and field songs at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

4/12, 7:30 PM the Aeolus Quartet playBeethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1; Ives: Quartet No. 2 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/12, 8 PM haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel followed by popular indie classical orchestra the Knights playing new arrangements of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances plus a world premiere arrangement of Ligeti’s Hungarian Rock by Knights horn player, Michael P. Atkinson at Bric Arts, $18 adv tix rec

4/12, 8:30 PM intense, rapturous Balkan/Middle Eastern ensemble the Secret Trio –Tamer Pinarbasi, Ismail Lumanovski & Ara Dinkjian – at Bar Lunatico

4/12, 8 PM night four of this year’s MATA festival of new music features nightmare-themed works by Erin Rogers, Ken Ueno, Du Yun, Aaron Graham, Jenny Hettne, Steven Whiteley and Chris Perren at the Kitchen, $25

4/12, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies  followed by epic, cinematic violinist/soundtrack composer Christina Courtin at Barbes

4/12, 8 PM haunting, kinetic, paradigm-shifting Middle Eastern jazz with Ensemble Fanaa and tabla playser Roshni Samlal at the Jalopy, $15

4/12, 8 PM oceanically-inspired, relevant atmospheric sound artist Julia Santoli with sound artist Geng at Issue Project room, free 

4/12, 8 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her group at Greenwich House Music School, $27

4/12, 9ish catchy, terse postbop tenor saxophonist Arman Raz leads his quintet at the old Nublu. Primo new record, lots of hooks, no wasted notes.

4/13, 7 PM a night of new and not so new works by some of the best avant jazz and new classical musicians in  NYC: Brandon Lopez, Lucie Víková, Jessica Pavone, Mary Halvorson, Matt Welch, Chris Corsano, Sam Yulsman and Emily Manzo at the Areté Venue and Gallery, 67 West St#103, Greenpoint, $10

4/13, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet with Noah Preminger on tenor at the Jazz Gallery, $25. Damn – those two out front, could be some serious fireworks

4/13, 8 PM chamber ensemble Shattered Glass play Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3, Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho Suite for Strings plus works by Glass and Caroline Shaw – WOW –  at Our Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave one block west of Broadway at 189th St in Washington Heights, free

4/13, 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by the world’s creepiest crime jazz/film noir band, Big Lazy at Barbes

4/13, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed eventually at 10 by first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at Hank’s, $8

4/13, 8 PM Claire Chase and ensemble play a Du Yun premiere; gamelanesque percussionist/composer Susie Ibarra debuts her Filipino talking gong project at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/13, 8 PM brilliantly cinematic, kinetic violinist Dana Lyn & guitarist Kyle Sanna play the album release show for their eco-disaster themed new one The Coral Suite at the Irish Arts Center, 551 W 51st St., $20 includes a copy of the cd

4/13, 8 PM night five of this year’s MATA festival of new music features “greatest hits” from past festivals  by Randy Hostetler, Carlos Gutierrez Quiroga, Kate Moore and Eric Wubbels’s played by pianist Vicky Chow, Sandbox Percussion and Face the Music at the Kitchen, $25

4/13, 7:30 PM the American String Quartet do a lot of gearshifting through Webern’s Five Movements,, Op. 5, Schoenberg’s creepily magical Verklärte Nacht and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in D Major, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden” at Greenfield Hall at Manhattan School of Music

4/13, 8 PM pianist Stanislav Fridman plays compositions inspired by “ madness, passion, jealosy, desire” at the DiMenna Center, $20/$15 stud/srs, light refreshments included

4/13, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play an all-Leonard Bernstein program: the Candide Overture and other works at Symphony Space, $25

4/13, 9 PM pianist Shai Wosner plays late Schubert sonatas at the 92nd St. Y, $30

4/13, 10 PM fiddler Diane Stockwell’s high-voltage Fresh Baked Bluegrass at Sunny’s

4/13, midnight, haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Baby’s All Right, $12

4/14, noon the Queens Jazz Overground festival with a lineup TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

4/14, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet – Ron Hay (trombone), Max Seigel (bass trombone), Ben Holmes (trumpet), and Andrew Hadro (bari sax) –reinvent classic and obscure Satie chamber pieces as well as rare compositions by his obscure contemporaries, followed at 6 by oud powerhouseKane Mathis, at 8 by the deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci playing original instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s and then at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

4/14, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20

4/14, 7:30 PM a very rare solo show by brilliant bassist Mark Dresser; at 9 he leads a quartet with Michel Gentile – flute; Daniel Kelly – piano; Rob Garcia – drums at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

4/14, 7:30 PM Ethan Philbrick leads six works for cello and string quartet at Dixon Place, free

4/14, 7:30 PM eclectic soul-jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin plays the album release show for her new one at Ginny’s Supper Club, $15 standing room avail

4/14, 8 PM ageless CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/14, 8 PM night six of this year’s MATA festival of new music features chamber ensemble Contemporaneous playing theatrical and dance-oriented works by Andreas Eduardo Frank, David Kirkland Garner, William Dougherty, Jennifer Higdon and Jenna Lyle at the Kitchen, $25

4/14, 8:30 PM catchy, fun guy/girl indie soul band Sunshine Nights at Freddy’s

4/14, 8:30 PM Jeremy Flower, John Hollenbeck, Ethan Iverson, Carla Kihlstedt, Christopher Tordini & Patrick Zimmerli play songs of mourning and the passage of time at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/14, 9:30 PM urban country legends Miller’s Farm – who did the original dis song about the L train – at Hill Country

4/14, 11ish Jack Grace‘s legendary, raucous 90s jamband Steak at Hank’s

4/14, 11:30 PM violinist/string bandleader/intense songwriter Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards at the third stage at the Rockwood, $15. Late 90s/early zeros angst-fueled Americana songcraft for string ensemble: an idea you wish you invented.

4/15, 11 AM (in the morning) Chad Hoopes, violin and David Fung, piano play works by Ravel, Dvorak and Prokofiev at Walter Reade Theatre on 65th St. east of Broadway, $22

4/15, 4 PM mysterious, otherworldly, ecstatic Georgian traditional music and dances with Dancing Crane Company at the United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway (btwn 175th and 176th Sts).free w/rsvp

4/15, 4 PM carrillon player Dionisio A. Lind followed by organist Christopher Johnson playing a program TBA followed by the Combined Choirs of the Annual English Handbell Festival at Riverside Church, $20

4/15. 6:30 PM slinky Middle Eastern dance jamband Yemen Blues at Symphony Space, $18/$10 stud/srs

4/15, 7 PM improvisational multi-reed and bass magic Ned Rothenberg and Mark Dresser at Jack, $15

4/15, 7 PM International Contemporary Ensemble play a rare program of piano music by Conlon Nancarrow, Steve Reich, and Heather Stebbins on non-pianos including analog synthesizers, repurposed piano wiring & components, and B. Toys Meowsic keyboards at the Abrons Arts Center, free, res req https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10270521

4/15, 8 PM the Last Revel play their wild oldtimey string band music at the Jalopy, $15

4/15. 8 PM 80s NJ janglerock icons the Feelies at Rough Trade, $25. Note that the 4/13-14 shows are sold out

4/16, 7 PM the Nels Cline 4 feat. Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Tom Rainey at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

4/16, 8/9:30 PM the Makrokosmos Orchestra – akin to a woodwind-ier take on Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society – at Sir D’s Lounge, 837 Union St., Park Slope, free 

4/16, 8 PM jazz pianist Yuko Fujiyama returns to Roulette with her new quartet to release of their album, joined by Graham Haynes on cornet and flugelhorn, Jennifer Choi on violin, and Reggie Nicholson on drums, $20 adv tix rec

4/16, 9 PM pianist/singer Neha – who mashes up simmering oldschool soul, torch jazz and a little quirky atmospheric rock – at LIC Bar 

4/16, 9 PM legendary dual-reedman George Braith – who can play two saxes at once better than most guys can play one – leading his quartet at the Fat Cat

4/16, 9:30 PM Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

4/17, 7 PM brilliant steel guitarist Mike Neer’s Steelonious – who do Monk covers in the same vein as Buddy Emmons –  followed at 9 by by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

4/17, 7 PM Twosense – pianist Lisa Moore and cellist Ashley Bathgate – play new works by Paul Dresher, Ingram Marshall, Jack Perla, Amy Beth Kirsten and Martin Bresnick at the  Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/17, 7 PM drummer Colin Hinton’s enigmatically cinematic postrock jazz quartet Glassbath at Shapeshifter Lab, $tba

4/17, 7:30 PM Trio Vitruvi play works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Dvorak at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25. 4/26 at 7:30 PM they play works by Dvorak, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven at Scandinavia House

4/17, 7:30 PM the Dorian Wind Quintet play works by Gershwin, Billy Childs and Lalo Schifrin at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Park Ave/50th St., $25/$15 stud/srs

4/17, 7:30 PM Norwegian string quartet Quartetto Testosterone – all-male, one assumes but you never know – play both of Grieg’s quartets at Scandinavia House, free

4/17, 8 PM the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at C’Mon Everybody, $12

4/17, 8 PM pyrotechnic blues guitarist Ana Popovic – who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

4/17, 8 PM ominously, relevantly lyrical no wave electro duo Ohmslice – sort of this era’s Suicide – celebrate frontwoman Jane LeCroy’s bday at Sensei Bar, 135 Eldridge St. in Chinatown

4/17-22. 8:30 PM brilliant bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh leads her quintet with Ben Wendel (saxophone) Matt Stevens (guitar) Fabian Almazan (piano) Rudy Royston (drums) at the Vanguard

4/17, 8:30 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” at Bar Lunatico

4/17, 9 PM hypnotic postrock/art-rock/psychedelic supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Sunny’s

4/17, 10 PM Americana songbird Jackie Bristow – sort of the New Zealand counterpart to Kasey Chambers – at the third stage at the Rockwood, $10 

4/17, 10ish popular, pummeling postrockers Russian Circles at Elsewhere, $25

4/18, 6  PM oud/kora wizard Kane Mathi leads his oud power trio at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/18, 7/9 PM hauntingly tuneful, propulsive Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani and vibraphonist Sasha Berliner at the Cunningham studio space at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St, $20

4/18, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her sextet at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/18, 7:30 PM Seth Parker Woods, cello, with Ashleigh Gordon, viola play a world premiere by Giorgio Nett and works by Claudio Gabriele, Matthias Pintscher, and Giacinto Scelsi at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

4/18, 8 PM an intriguing, no-BS soul triplebill: oldschool soul/funk singer Kara Ali and band, stoner trip-hop/neosoul singer Francesca Milazzo and the much harder-edged, simmeringly retro Amira B at Drom, $12 adv trix rec 

4/18. 8 PM the Mivos Quartet play new works by NYU composers TBA at  35 West 4th St Room 303 free

4/18, 9 PM purist retro dark Americana harmony band the Cactus Blossoms at Bowery Ballroom, $15

4/18, 9 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth play the record release show for their new one with special guest drummer Jim White and pedal steel sorceress Susan Alcorn at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $tba

4/18, 9 PM tuneful, epically-inclined, cinematic trombonist John Yao leads his quintet at Terraza 7, $10

4/18, 10 PM oldschool soul ballads with singer Camille Atkisson’s Empire Beats at the Way Station

4/18, 10:30 PM the amazingly eclectic, groovalicious Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – like Booker T & the MG’s on steroids – at the big room at the Rockwood, $15

4/19, 6/7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and vibraphonist Joel Ross improvise two sets in response to artwork by Terry Winter at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, free w/rsvp 

4/19, 7 PM La Camerata Washington Heights play works by pan-latin composers Víctor Jara, Violeta Parra, Luis Dias, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Mercedes Sosa, Pablo Milanes, Silvio Rodriguez, at Aaron Davis Hall on the CCNY campus between W 133rd and 135th St on Convent Avenue. free w/rsvp  

4/19, 7:15 PM the NY debut of wild Finnish string band Frigg at Drom, $15 adv tix rec

4/19, 7:30 PM French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares, French cellist Vincent Segal, and American drummer Nasheet Waits reimagine the forgotten tambeli tradition—a healing trance sound created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/19, 7:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost  plays the album release show for her new solo release Up to the Sky at St. Peter’s Church, 346 W 20th Street between 8th & 9th Ave $10, reception to follow

4/19, 7:30/9:30 PM some real improvisational brilliance: Mike McGinnis – clarinet; Art Lande – piano; Steve Swallow – bass at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/19, 8 PM dark cabaret legend  Sanda Weigl sings Romany songs and Tom Waits material followed by high-voltage Dominican Afro-Caribbean trance-dance legends Enerolisa Nunez y El Grupo de Salve de Mata los Indios at Barbes

4/19, 8 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero at Greenwich House Music School $15

4/19. 8 PM ex-American Ambulance frontman and Stonesy rock maven Pete Cenedella’s new band Pete & the True Mongrel Hearts at a house concert at 269 Vose Ave in South Orange, NJ, a block and a half from the Jersey Transit station, $20 includes food and beverages

4/19, 8 PM the Del Sol String Quartet play an all-Rzewski concert at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

4/19, 8 PM new music ensembles represent composers from their respective countries, the UK and France: ECCE and Court-Circuit join forces to play works by Christophe Bertrand, Philippe Hurel, David Felder, Philippe Leroux, and John Aylward at Roulettte, $20 adv tix rec

4/19-22, 8:30/10:30 PM iconic alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

4/19, 9ish badass all-female swing harmony trio the Tickled Pinks sing an Elvis tribute followed by new surf band the Cameramen at Hank’s. The Pinks are also at Bedlam, 40 Ave C on 4/20 at 9 and at Pete’s on 4/22 at 8:30 PM

4/20, 5:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini, rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel, and socially conscious rapper Melissa Czarnik at the American Folk Art Museum

4/20, 6 PM broodingly vivid, crystalline-voiced harmonium player/singer/atmospheric songstress Elena Low at Sidewalk. For those who prefer lucidity on 4/20. 

4/20, 7 PM the Orchestra Now  play Schubert, Symphony No. 8; Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet Suite at Aaron Davis Hall, on the CCNY campus between W133rd and 135th St on Convent Ave, free w/rsvp 

4/20, 7 PM playfully soaring pan-latin avant jazz songstress Sofia Rei and powerhouse guitarist Juancho Herrera team up to celebrate iconic Argentine artist Jorge de la Vega’s original music at the America’s Society, 680 Park Ave, $20

4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM paradigm-shifting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar mashes up Middle Eastern and Indian sounds with the Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jazz Gallery, $25

4/20, 7:30 PM 70s era salsa percussionist/bandleader Eddie Montalvo y su Orquesta at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM the massive Evan Sherman Big Band  at Dizzy’s Club, $20

4/20, 8 PM Nowhere Near (dark art-rock guitar icon Martin Bisi and drummer Bob Bert) followed by Ex-Cop (ex-Cop Shoot Cop, haha) and then New Old Skull (3/4 of 80s noiserock legends Live Skull) at St. Vitus, $15

4/20, 8 PM the Dirty Waltz Band- a seven-piece group playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions, politically-inspired cover band the Occasionalists and darkly enigmatic singer Erika Simonian’s rainy-day indie project Little Silver at Littlefield, $15

4/20, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly and brassy, spot-on Fela cover band Chop & Quench at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud/srs

4/20, 8 PM blistering post-Sonic Youth noiserock trio Weeping Icon and the even more deliciously abrasive Elizabeth Colour Wheel at Holo, $15 

4/20, 8 PM epic cello rockers Break of Reality at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tx rec

4/20, 8 PM New Orleans-tinged hard funk band Here Come the Mummies at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req 

4/20, 8 PM a night of seven-channel experimental works by cellist Leila Bordreuil, singer Ka Baird, and sound artists MV Carbon and Muyassar Kurdi at Holo, $10

4/20, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by Rana Santacruz – the Mexican Shane MacGowan, but without the booze if you can imagine that – at Barbes

4/20, 8 PM charismatic, soaring Ladybugs frontwoman Martina DaSilva with trumpeter Alex Nguyen and pianist Steven Feifke play jazz standards with original string orchestrations at 33 W 17th S, $20

4/20, 8:30 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  and post-Syd Barrett-ish Obits spinoff Savak at the Bell House, $15

4/20, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets  at Troost

4/20, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager play the album release show for their new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

4/20, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

4/21, 4 PM pyrotechnic klezmer clarinetist and Dave Tarras protege Michael Winograd  and lyrical trumpeter Ben Holmes join forces for edgy new klezmer tunes followed eventually at 10 by pan-tropical psychedelic band Yotoco – whose rotating cast spins through cumbia and other south-of-the-border styles – at Barbes

4/21, 6:30 PM the final night of this year’s MATA festival  of new music is really wild: “Nadia Botello’s Sono/Aqua, part of MATA’s unique and vital initiative devoted to female-identifying composer-performers, A Room of One’s Own, will be a truly immersive event. The audience, having passed through stages of listening from the audible to the vibrational, will be invited to enter a sonified pool to become one with sound: generating, altering, and ultimately becoming sound incarnate,” at Imagine Swimming, 40 Harrison St west of Greenwich in Tribeca., $25, “tickets allow entry to the space for the duration of the event and for timed entry to the pool itself. Visitors will be required to sign a waiver in order to enter the pool. Not recommended for children, or for those with epilepsy or similar conditions”

4/21, 7 PM pianist Daniel Schreiner explores “100 years of radical pianism” via works by Debussy, Messiaen, Berio, Murail and Donnacha Dennehy at Scholes St. Studios, $!0. 4/29 at 4 he’s doing much of the same at Spectrum followed at 7:30 by pianist Erika Dohi playing sonatas by Berio, Schubert and Scriabin

4/21, 7:30 PM  the 18-member Steve Oquendo Mambo Orchestra with guest vocalists Ray De La Paz, Frankie Morales, Nayibe La Gitana, Luisito Rosario, Miss YaYa and flutist Jeremy Bosch play salsa dura classics at the Hostos Community College auditorium, 450 Grand Concourse, in the Bronx, $25 tix avail

4/21, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble e play works by Jonathan Harvey, Yvonne Troxler, Claude Vivier, Alfred Zimmerlin and Balz Trümpy at Symphony Space, $25

4/21, 8 PM cellist Mariel Roberts performs Davíð Brynjar Franzson’s Cartography of Time; Boston-based saxophone and viola duo Patchtax perform New York premieres; powerhouse soprano Mellissa Hughes does Great American Songbook material;improvisations by Peter Evans (trumpet) and Levi Lorenzo (percussion) with special guests Dan Peck (tuba) and percussionist Dennis Sullivan at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen St. off Smith, Carroll Gardens, F to Bergen St., free w/rsvp

4/21, 8ish eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen and brilliant Elysian Fields guitarist Oren Bloedow at the Owl, $10

4/21, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Korean art songs and orchestral works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

4/21, 9ish wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express, playing the album release show for their new one plus wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  at Hank’s

4/21, 9:30 PM wryly surreal Lynchian parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters at Pine Box Rock Shop

4/21, 10 PM Greg Lewis’ brilliant Organ Monk Trio at the Fat Cat, no joke

4/21, 10 PM wild psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia band Yotoco at Barbes

4/21, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at Silvana

4/21, 10 PM trippy cinematic downtempo/boudoir soul instrumentalists House of Blondes at El Cortez, $10

4/21-22, 10 PM predictably tuneful Americana highway rocker Kevin Morby at Bowery Ballroom, $20

4/22, 11 AMish kinetic klezmer/cumbia/cinematic jambandIsle of Klezbos with singer Natalia Zukerman at City Winery, $10, no min, kids 10 and under free!

4/22, 2 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Michael Boyman — The Howling Wilderness (world premiere); Alan Hovhaness — And God Created Great Whales, op. 229, no. 1; John Luther Adams — Become Ocean in the ocean life section of the Museum of Natural History, free wmuseum adm

4/22, 2 PM violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Jeremy Denk play Ives sonatas at the Town Hall, $15

4/22, 2:30 PM an all-ages punk and punkish quadruplebill: dark second-wave style ska crew the Ladrones, intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka, girlpunks Babe Patrol & Ensemble Cavalera at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

4/22, 7 PM a rare Sunday early evening show by the Crooked Trio with lyrical pianist Marta Sanchez, playing originals from their long-awaited debut album followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

4/22, 7 PM cellist JunYi Chow plays his improvisational concerto Mountain Water with sho player Chatori Shimizu, singing bowl player Miyoko Satoh, and dancer Satoshi Haga at the Center for Remembering and Sharing, 123 4th Ave #2, $25

4/22, 7:30 PM noir-inspired alto saxophonist/composer Nick Hempton leads leads a quartet at Smalls

4/22, 9:30 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads an unorthodox quintet with Maeve Gilchrist…harp; Jesse Lewis…guitar; Ike Sturm…bass; James Shipp…synths/percussion at 55 Bar

4/22, 10 PM lyrically-fueled electric folk noir band Leland Sundries  at the Silent Barn, $10

4/23, 6:30 PM Lusterlit play their ominous, noirish literary chamber pop; cellist Leah Coloff,evokes Patti Smith with her acerbic parlor rock; and others at Theater of the Apes production company’s monthly ”low-budget variety show – visual art, skits, music, and surprises” – this month based on Marie of Romania’s 1916 memoir. memoir My Country –  “wine and light refreshments will be served” at the Society Library of NY, 53 E 79th St. (Madison/Park), $20, rsvp reqd 

4/23, 9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

4/24, 6:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated play works for two and three viols by Schenck, Couperin, and Marais, with musicians Wen Yang, Sarah Cunningham, and Shirley Hunt at the Morgan Library, $25

4/24, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House 4 with Mary Halvorson – guitar; Kris Davis – piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15

4/24, 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony, Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and the Griffes Poem for Flute and Orchestra, featuring soloist Aimee Tomer at Symphony Space, free

4/24-28, 8:30 PM playfully soaring pan-latin avant jazz songstress Sofia Reileads a series of ensembles at the new Stone, $20.. Choice pick: 4/26 with “lides, Stills & Snapshots: Sara Serpa, Kyoko Kitamura, JD Walter, Monika Heidemann, Aubrey Johnson, Grecia Albán (vocals)

4/24, 8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical, female-fronted avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Pete’s

4/24, 8:30 PM adventurous Velocity Duo avant jazz singer/pianist Lauren Lee followed by the amazing Miriam Elhajli – who switches effortlessly from Venezuelan-influenced folk to classic Appalachian sounds at the Postcrypt Coffeehouse

4/24, 9 PM cinematic Quincy Jones-style B3 gutbucket organ jazz with Underground System’s Colin Brown and his band at Freddy’s

4/24, 9 PM sharply lyrical janglerock/Americana/soul songwriter Matt Keating and guitarist Steve Mayone’s catchy new project the Bastards of Fine Arts at 11th St. Bar

4/24, 10:30 PM charismatic, adventurous postbop/avant garde trombonist/crooner Frank Lacy leads his  quintet at Smalls

4/24 enigmatically soaring orchestral rock songwriter Juliet Quick at the Silent Barn

4/25, 6 PM koto player Masayo Ishigure with fellow kotoist Chris Vancil and shamisen player Tomoko Kerr at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/25, 7 PM a rare duo appearance by cult favorite powerpop/indie Americana band the Silos’ Walter Salas-Humara with Pete Galub taking a rare turn on bass at Barbes

4/25, 7 PM legendary Sexmob drummer Kenny Wollesen’s twin-vibraphone Uzupis project with singer Laima Griciute at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

4/25, 7:30 PM  the amazing, haunting, otherworldly NY Andalus Ensemble – who play ancient Middle Eastern and North African Jewish sounds from as far back as a thousand years ago – at La Nacional Benevolent Society, 239 W 14th St., $20

4/25, 8:30 PM brilliant oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25

4/25, 9 PM high-energy twin-guitar ska-rockers Finn Miler & His Rustkickers – whose latest single is the deliciously funky Impeach the President – play the album release show for their new one at LIC Bar  

4/25, 10 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Ziegeur at Elsewhere, $12

4/25, 10:15 PM intense, brooding Turkish jazz pianist Burak Bedikyan leads his trio at Drom, $10 adv tix very highly rec 

4/25, 10:30 PM Arcoiris Sandoval’s Sonic Asylum Quintet at Smalls. One of the most darkly melodic, intense, captivating pianists in jazz

4/25 Austin Americana/powerpop supertrio Nobody’s Girls – BettySoo, Grace Pettis, Rebecca Loebe – at the Rockwood

4/26, 6 PM fearlessly smart, eclectic, avant garde-inclined Toot Sweet accordionist Mary Spencer Knapp – who brings to mind Rachelle Garniez early in her career – at the small room at the Rockwood

4/26, 7 PM a rare Brooklyn appearance by spellbinding Israeli avant singer and BIg Lazy collaborator Victoria Hanna with Gershon Waiserfirer on electric oud and trombone at Arete,, 67 West St. in Greenpoint, G to Greenpoint Ave, $15

4/26, 7 PM sharp, composer and pianist Daniel Kelly and his trio reinterpret texts from Shakespeare’s most beloved plays with powerhouse jazz vocalist Frederick Johnson at Stella Adler Studio G, 31 W 27th St, Floor 3, free, get there on time, no late seating!

4/26, 7:30 PM edgy jazz cellist Tomeka Reid leads her awesome quartet with Jason Roebke, bass; Mary Halvorson, guitar; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums at the Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd St., $18/$15 stud/srs, Includes museum admission.

4/26, 7:30 PM toy piano icon Margaret Leng Tan premires works by George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin and Kelly Moran at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/26, 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter and Dvorak’s Concerto for Orchestra plus Debussy’s Fantaisie with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes  at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

4/26, 7:30 PM hard-hitting rising star saxophonist Chet Doxas leads his quintet at Smalls

4/26, 7:30 PM not necessarily in this order: a-cappella neosoul singer Madison McFerrin, psychedelically ripping hammered dulcimer power trio House of Waters and piano-based, Aimee Mann-style chamber pop group Elizabeth & the Catapult, plus a funny-ha-ha phony-Americana dude at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/26, 8 PM art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics followed at 9 by psychedelic tropicalia allstars Combo Chimbita and then psychedelic Colombian cumbia reinventor Kiko Villamizar at Barbes

4/26, 8 PM brilliant Middle Eastern percussionist April Centrone with ney flutist/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and NY Arabic Orchestra members at Greenwich House Music School, $27

4/26, 8 PM hilariously acerbic, perennially relevant purist rock/Americana songwriter Amy Rigby  at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St. in Hoboken, a block from City Hall and about three from the Path train, $25

4/26, 8 PM cutting-edge guitar/sax duo: Mary Halvorson & Maria Grand at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

4/26, 8 PM guitarist Alyse Lamb’s fiery, subtly witty, tightly psychedelic jazz-inspired postpunk band Parlor Walls play the album release show for their new one at Alphaville, $10

4/26, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

4/26, 8 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly and soaringly lyrical dark Americana songwriter Lara Ewen at Fawkner, 131 Smith St. in Cobble Hill, F to Bergen St.

4/26, 8 PM lyrical, Balkan-inspired pianist Uri Caine – just back from Dave Douglas tour – at Russ & Daughters, free

4/26, 8:15 PM the lush, intense Bobby Spellman Nonet with torchy, spectacular blue-eyed soul singer Sami Stevens set Charles Bukowski poetry to music at Shapeshifter Lab. A woman singing Bukowski: he would have liked this. 

4/26, 8:30 PM sarodist and Hindustani carnatic singer Samarth Nagarkar at the Jalopy, $15 

4/26, 10 PM popular, purist blue-eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

4/27, 6:30 PM angst-fueled blue-eyed soulstress and Americana singer Jessi Robertson – a real force of nature – at the American Folk Art Museum

4/27, 7:30 PM Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic in a performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen: Pollux (New York premiere); Varèse: Amériques; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall ,$35 tix avail

4/27-28, 7:30 PM perennially tuneful tenor saxophonist John Ellis leads his quartet at Smalls. This era’s most intensely powerful tenor guy, JD Allen is there for a rare official after-hours set or two at 1 AM on 4/27 (actually wee hours of 4/28)

4/27, 7:30 PM the Alcott Trio play Ives’  Piano Trio and Beethoven’s Archduke Trio at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St., $25

4/27, 8 PM wryly cinematic, cleverly lyrical noir swing band the Black Tails at the Bitter End 

4/27, 8 PM intense, cinematic Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera leads an amazing quartet with Luis Perdomo (piano); Sam Minaie (bass) and Alex Kautz (drums) at Symphony Space, $22 adv tix highly rec

4/27, 8 PM catchy, fiery, female-fronted janglerockers/powerpop band Above the Moon – like a more forceful take on Versus – at Arlene’s, $10

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

4/27, 8 PM a rare duo show by uneasy Transylvanian jazz pianist Lucian Ban  and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding at Barbes, $10 cover

4/27, 8 PM the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers perform the Verdi Requiem at Church of the Ascension, 221 W. 107th St, $5/$3 stud/srs

4/27, 8 PM the Washington Square Ensemble play new and recent chamber works by Fennelly, Karchin, Kern, Krzywicki, Thorvaldsdottir, and Wuorinen at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 W 13th St., $15/$8 stud

4/27, 8 PM the NYU Jazz Orchestra with Combo Novo play Rich Shemaria’s One World Suite at the Loewe Theatre, free

4/27, 9 PM dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia/dub band Karikatura play the album release show for their new one at C’Mon Everybody, $12

4/27, 9ish irrepressible, historically informed, crystalline-voiced folk noir/art-rock songwriter Elisa Flynn at Picasso Machinery, 43 Broadway at Wythe in South Williamsburg

4/27, 9ish stoner boogie band the Judex and ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Well in Bushwick

4/27, 9ish enigmatic experimental indie vets Wet Tuna with Matt Valentine and P.G. Six at Wonders of Nature

4/27, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled, deviously witty newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Barbes

4/27, 10ish charismatic Afrobeat singer Blitz the Ambassador at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/28, 11 AM an allday concert featuring virtually all of Beethoven’s string quartets – but not his first – performed by Juilliard ensembles at the Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave behind Lincoln Center, free

4/28, 2 PM the amazingly eclectic Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 2, T.J. Tario’s Between the River Styx, plus works by Tina Kenny Jones and a world premiere piano trio by the Shostakovian Andrew Rosciszewski at the S. I. Museum (1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”, Staten Island). $15 

4/28, 6 PM saxophonist Arun Luthra’s Indian-inspired Konnakol Jazz Project with James Francies – piano, Evan Gregor – bass, Kenny Grohowski – drums at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp  

4/28, 7 PM ruthlessly hilarious, fearlessly political Mexican chanteuse Astrid Haddad – whose satires of Mexican music, culture and stereotypes are sort of a Spanish-language mashup of Weird Al Yankovic, Madonna and Tenacious D – at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, $35 

4/28, 8 PM brisk, edgy new Neapolitan and Turkish string band sounds with Newpoli and Dolunay at the Jalopy, $12 adv tix rec

4/28, 8 PM perennially tuneful, dark, soaring noir soul singer/bandleader Nicole Atkins  at Baby’s All Right, $20

4/28, 8 PM eclectic, globally-inspired violinist Dina Maccabee at Pete’s

4/28, 8 PM Mary Kate Small – who wrote the classic parody hit White Christians – and the boisterously amusing David Dodson at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

4/28-29, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at City Winery, $30 standing room avail

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

4/28, 8 PM poignant soprano and intrepid impresario Jessica Gould leads a quartet in a rich survey of the musical paradigm shifts during notorious Cardinal Mazarin’s regime in pre-Revolutionary France, including works by Rossi, Mazzocchi, Carrissimi and their contemporaries at he Church of St. Jean Baptiste, 184 E 76th St, $35/$25 stud/srs

4/28, 6 PM NYC’s answer to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hugh Pool and band at 55 Bar

4/28, 8 PM the Canticum Novum Singers perform Josquin Des Prez’ Missa Pange Lingua plus works by Handel at Advent Church, 93rd/Broadway, $25/$20 stud/srs  

4/28, 8:30 PM Day So Far with the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein: vox/violin/keys; Stuart Popejoy keys; Danny Tunick drums at Troost. Bernstein is also at Holo on 4/29 at 9ish preceded at 8 by violinist Dina Maccabee and followed at 10 by haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone for $10

4/28, 9 PM edgy lefty guitarist Damian Quinones and his psychedelic latin soul band at Camaradas El Barrio, 2241 1st Ave b/t 116th St & 115th St , $10

4/28, 9:30 PM legendary Irish crooner Pierce Turner – sort of the missing link between the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at Joe’s Pub, $25

4/28, 10:30 PM hilarious, smartly political faux-French retro 60s psych-pop band les Sans Culottes  followed by creepy, psychedelic circus rock/Russian folk band Mad Meg at Freddy’s

4/28, 11ish feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi and her power trio at the Fox & Crow, 594 Palisade Ave, Jersey City Heights 

4/29, 2 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Haydn, Dvorak and Bartok’s harrowing String Quartet No. 5 at the Town Hall, $15

4/29, 2:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Verdi’s Requiem Aeternam at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Ave

4/29, 3 PM Chinese Music Ensemble of New York – the only full-size Chinese orchestra in the Americas – play their 2017 annual spring concert at Merkin Concert Hall,  $25

4/29, 4 PM  singer Nora Fischer, the Ragazze Quartet and Remco Menting perform Morris Kliphuis’ harrowing, dystopic The Secret Diary of Nora Plain, examining surveillance and police-state monitoring as experienced by an ordinary teenage girl, at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec.

4/29, 5 PM the Jack Quartet play a program TBA at Our Savior’s Atonement, 178 Bennett Ave one block west of Broadway at 189th St in Washington Heights, free

4/29, 7 PM a killer melodic jazz triplebill: poignantly lyrical pianist Emma Grace Stephenson’s trio with popular singer Kristin Berardi followed at 8;15 PM by pianist Richard Sussman‘s sweeping, enveloping Sextet feat. Tim Hagans – trumpet; Rich Perry – tenor sax; Zach Brock – violin and then at 9:30 by the auspiciously tuneful Notet with saxophonist Jeremy Udden, trombonist JC Sanford, guitarist Andrew Green and guests playing the album release show for their new one at Shapeshifter Lab. Up the slope at 7 PM at Barbes beforehand, trombonist Ryan Keberle joins forces with Udden for some electroacoustic improvisation

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

4/29, 8 PM creepy lo-fi horror-folk band Lucky Witch & the Righteous Ghost followed eventually at 10 by sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and 11 by edgy female-fronted funk band Eliza & the Organix – feat. swirly alto sax player Kristen Tivey – at Sidewalk 

4/29, 8 PM the Phalanx Trio: Matt Mitchell – piano; Kim Cass – bass Kate Gentile – drums followed by guitarist Ryan Blotnick’s KUSH with Michael Blake – saxophones; Ross Gallagher – bass; RJ Miller – drums at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

4/29, 8:30 PM Blythe Gruda sings her enigmatic art-rock and parlor pop at Pete’s

4/29, 9 PM torchy, riveting, erudite countrypolitan songwriter Drina Seay, rockabilly/honkytonk guitar maven Monica Passin a.k.a. L’il Mo , the Lonely Samoans‘ Samoa Wilson and well-liked, fearlessly political LES soul-rock songwriter/chanteuse Dina Regine at the Treehouse at 2A

4/30, 7 PM the Momenta Quartet play rarely performed works by Argentinian composers Graciela Paraskevaídis and Mariano Etkin plus Guatemala’s Jorge Sarmientos’ String Quartet no. 1, op. 37 at the Americas Society, 680 Park Ave, free

4/30, 7:30 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio at the Bar Next Door, 

4/30, 8 PM acerbic, epic jazz guitarist composer Chris Jentsch’s No Net play the ostensibly final live performance of his intensely relevant suite Topics in American History at Greenwich House Music School, $10

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

4/30, 9 PM Fuck You Tammy play amazingly spot-on recreations of themes from Twin Peaks and David Lynch films followed by careening original surf punks the Squeegee Men at LIC Bar 

5/1, 7 PM hotshot young bluegrass stars in an unexpected venue: Yonder Mountain String Band’s Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) at Barbes followed at 9 byclever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party at Barbes

5/1. 8 PM unpredictably fun, funny psychedelic art-rock band the Academy Blues Project at Shrine. They’re also there on 5/8

5/1, 8 PM allstar Romany guitar jazz royalty: the Django Festival Allstars (guitarist Dorado Schmitt, his sons Samson and Amati, accordionist Ludovic Beier, violinist Pierre Blanchard, guitarists Doudou Cuillerier and Francko Mehrstein with Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on bass) plus special gests singer Melody Gardot and reedman Ken Peplowski at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

5/2, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic Saharan desert rockers Imharhan at Rough Trade, $15. Or you could go see them for free on 5/3 at 7:30 PM at the Lincoln Center Atrium

5/3, 8 PM eclectic, edgy soul/art-rock/funk/chamber-pop cellist/singer Marika Hughes’ new string quartet at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/3, 9 PM high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops  at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/4, 7 PM pianist Anna Khanina plays works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and Chopin at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St, free

5/4, 7:30 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns  and noir cabaret/goth rock legend David J at Berlin, $12. Mr. Haskins (if you’re a Bauhaus fan, you get that) is also at the Owl the following night, 5/5 at 8 with this era’s greatest dark rock pianist, Botanica‘s Paul Wallfisch for two bucks less in the tip jar

5/5, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet with violist Steven Tenenbom play works by Haydn, Borodin and Mozart at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $15

5/5, 9 PM smartly lyrical, politically fearless Detroit underground art-rock legends Discipline – the American Genesis, at least if you count The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway as that British band’s peak – at Spectrum, $10 

5/6, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play works by Taverner, Purcell and their predecessors William Byrd, Robert Parsons, Orlando Gibbons, Giovanni Coprario, and John Jenkins, at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St, $25

5/6, 9 PM diverse, upbeat, lyrical Americana/bluegrass string band and Steve Martin collaborators the Steep Canyon Rangers at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/7, 8 PM composer/performer Elliot Cole & percussionist Peter Ferry team up with NYU percussionists for The Future is Bright, a suite for 100 flowerpots – will they get smashed? – along with Cole’s Hanuman’s Leap, “a dramatically percussive retelling of the ancient Indian Hanuman myth, which draws on epic song, hip hop, reggae, throat singing, choral, and experimental music to create something both ancient and new” at the NYU Loewe Theatre, 25 W 4th St., free

5/8, half past noon Scottish organist Kevin Duggan plays a program TBA at Central Synagogue, 54th/Lex, free

5/10, 7:30 PM high-voltage oldschool-style Detroit soulstress Thornetta Davis at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/10, 8 PM tuneful, terse guitarist/singer Camila Meza  and pianist Aaron Goldberg explore themes of justice, equality and social awareness in songs from the Latin America diaspora at Greenwich House Music School, $15/$12 srs

5/11, 7 PM early music ensemble Tenet play music of 12th and 13th century French troubadours at King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave,  Queens, $15/$10 srs. The program repeats on 5/12 at 7:30 PM at Christ Church Riverdale,  5030 Henry Hudson Parkway in the Bronx for $10 more

5/11, 8 PM the Cecilia Chorus of NY perform the Mozart Requiem and the US premiere of Dame Ethel Smyth’s final, similarly harrowing 1930 large-scale work, The Prison at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

5/11, 9 PM jangly Dylanesque acoustic dude Hiss Golden Messenger followed by lush, artsy Americana band Trampled by Turtles at the Nokia Theatre, $25

5/13. 2 PM ish sardonically catchy powerpop/janglerockers the Hell Yeah Babies and long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns in Tompkins Square Park

5/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal plays works by Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free

5/15, 7:30 PM  pianist Tamara Cashour and ensemble play works by Frederick Boyle, Richard Brooks, Cashour, Robert Cohen, Kevin McCarter, Timothy Lee Miller, Dary John Mizelle, Dana Dimitri Richardson and David See Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E. 29th Street $20

5/18, 7 PM cleverly lyrical, witty saxophonist Daniel Bennett with guitarist Nat Janoff and Matthew Feick on drums at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

5/18, 9 PM broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix avail. at the Mercury. Avoid the putrid headlining poser-rock band at all costs.

5/18, 10:30ish alternately ambient and swirlingly ferocious guitar looper Ben Greenberg aka Hubble and the even more feral Reg Bloor playing the album release show for her deliciously assaultive new one Sensory Irritation Chamber at Muchmore/s, $10

5/19, 7 PM magical Persian/Turkish improvisations with kamancheh fiddle icon Kayhan Kalhor and baglama player Erdal Erzincan at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

5/19, 8 PM the Centre Symphony Orchestra play Brahms’ Symphony No. 3, plus Beethoven’s Triple Piano Concerto in C Major, Op. 56 with Muneko Otani, violin, Elizabeth Anderson, cello and Kaoru Fukuda, piano, at St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave., at 54th St, $10 sugg don

5/24, 7:30 PM newschool Cuban salsa jazz quintet Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/29, 7 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock band Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – play the album release show for their new one at the Cutting Room

5/30, 8ish violinist Laura Ortman, fearlessly relevant no wave-ish songwriter Emilie Lesbros and the magical microtonal Sarah Bernstein’s Unearthish playing the album release show for their new one at Wonders of Nature

5/31, 7:30 PM Punjabi-American soul with Zeshan B at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/5, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Spektral Quartet play works by George Lewis, David Fulmer and Eliza Brown at the Miller Theatre, free

6/12, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 the Mivos Quartet’s Olivia De Prato plays solo violin works by Ned Rothenberg, Missy Mazzoli and others at the Miller Theatre, free

6/12, 8 PM the NY Philharmonic plays a program TBA at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. The program repeats on 6/13 on the great lawn in Central Park (enter at 79nd St. in the west side), 6/14 at Cunningham Park in Queens – enter at 193rd Street, near 81st Avenue or Union Turnpike, concert is at the 193rd St. field; and 6/15 in Prospect Park (use the 9th St. entrance). They’re also at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center in Staten Island for free at 3 PM on 6/17.

6/21-24, 8 PM dancer Molissa Fenley and Company join with percussionist Frank Cassara and violist Ralph Farris for an evening ofwater-themed scores by Linda Bouchard, Andrew Toovey, Frank Cassara and Tigran Mansurian at  Danspace Project, 131 E 10th St, $22

Why Is Tonight Different From All Other Nights?

Because tonight, the first night of Passover 2018, marks the very first time a meme has been featured on the front page of New York Music Daily – intentionally, at least. It’s time for Beyonceder, a mashup of Passover imagery and Beyonce lyrics. The better you know Beyonce, the funnier it is.

The meme first simmered in the irrepressibly subversive brain of New York public intellectual Amy Schiller. To say that she always has a gig is an understatement. Her two main ones these days are as Brooklyn College professor and media provocatrice. Her witheringly prescient 2014 piece on the renaming of Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall is essential reading for every New Yorker, particularly for anybody who’s spent a significant amount of time in this city’s venerable classical venues.

For fun, her sometimes wry, sometimes outrageous images of crossing the Red Sea with R&B are all available on t-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, the whole megilla. Double-dipping is encouraged.

Three Charismatic Women Push the Envelope with Arabic Music at the Met

Last night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the World Music Institute staged a triplebill of three individualistic, charismatic women bandleaders who’re pushing the envelope with how far music across the Arabic-speaking diaspora can go. The concert raised many questions, one of them being that as New Yorkers, is it our birthright to be able to immerse ourselves in great art from cultures around that world that we may not necessarily be immersed in? Or are we being priced out? Tickets for this one were $35, and while there was a big crowd, the Met’s Rogers Auditorium wasn’t sold out. Likewise, the museum is charging everyone but us full-price admission now – and probably making a killing from all the tourists.

Alsarah & the Nubatones opened the show with a very brief set of bouncy, catchy, vamping dance numbers, rising from a gathering hailstorm of notes from Brandon Terzic’s oud. The bandleader calls their music “retro Nubian pop,” a 21st century update on the slinky sounds produced in the wake of forced migrations to northern Egyptian cities in the 1960s. Blending the edgy chromatics and modes of Arabic music with catchy grooves from deeper in Africa, the band pulsed and pounced, Terzic trading riffs with bassist Mawuena Kodjovi over percussionist Ramy El Asser’s supple drive. Alsarah remarked that she’d come to reinvent the notion of a museum being “where art goes to die,” and then left that thread hanging: art never dies as long as people have access to it.

Tunisian-born Emel Mathlouthi received an overwhelming standing ovation for barely half an hour onstage, leading an icily atmospheric trio with multi-keys and syndrums. Resolute in a black dress, twirling slowly and elegantly and singing in both Arabic and English, she channeled simmering anger and defiance. Her slowly swaying opening number was an invitation to gather and join forces against oppression. After that, another minimalistic, slowly crescendoing minor-key dirge – whose Arabic title translates roughly as “Hopeless Humans” – sent a shout out to the working classes whose exhaustive efforts benefit nobody besides the bosses.

She closed on a more optimistic note with a tone poem of sorts, an Arabic counterpart to an epic from Nico’s Marble Index album – except with infinitely stronger vocals. Mathlouthi’s stage presence, her vocals and lyrics are vividly and often wrenchingly emotional; the mechanical thump of the syndrums made a jarring contrast with all the subtlety she brings to the stage. The music was plenty cold and foreboding without them.

Singer/acoustic guitarist Farah Siraj headlined. “She reminds me of Lauryn Hill,” an attractive, petite Jewish woman in the audience remarked. That observation was on the money, considering how Siraj blends elements of 90s American radio pop, flamenco, Romany ballads, bossa nova and Andalucian sounds with classical Arabic music. Her lead guitarist provided spiky intros and exchanged hard-hitting riffs with oudist Kane Mathis and bassist Moto Fukushima over the drummer’s shapeshifting grooves, moving effortlessly from the tropics to the Middle East. From there they took a detour toward India with an undulating ballad that Faraj wrote with Bollywood composer legend A.R. Rahman – which became a chart-topping hit for her. 

A hauntingly crescendoing Jordanian ballad gave Siraj a launching pad for her most chillingly melismatic vocal of the night – and a chance to salute the bravery and resilience of refugees from Syria, Palestine and around the world. After that, she blended habibi pop, Brazilian balminess and Spanish sizzle, sometimes within a few bars of each other. 

Fans of global sounds ought to check out the free show the WMI is putting on at the atrium space at Lincoln Center on Broadway just north of 62nd St. on May 3 at 7:30 PM with hypnotic Saharan rock band Imharhan.

Live Music Calendar for New York City and Brooklyn for March and April 2018

The new April/May calendar is here.

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

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

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

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

On select Wednesdays and Sundays, an intimate, growing piano music salon on the Upper West Side featuring iconoclastically insightful, lyrical pianist Nancy Garniez – a cult favorite with an extraordinarily fluid, singing, legato style – exploring the delicious minutiae of works from across the centuries. Next up: 2/14 at 7 PM, 2/18 at 4 PM Haydn, Clementi and Chopin. beverages and lively conversation included! email for info/location.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturdays in March, 6 PM bassist Simon Hanes plays with his many groups at Barbes. The leader of cinematic Italophile instrumentalists Tredici Bacci has a sardonic sense of humor and chops that lend themselves to all kinds of different projects, as good bassists typically are prone to. 

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

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

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

3/1, 7:30 PM longtime Gil Scott-Heron collaborator and electric pianist Brian Jackson at Minton’s, $15

3/1, 7:30 PM an all-star 30-piece orchestra propelled by dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime’s drummer Andrya Ambro play Terry Riley’s In C at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

3/1, 7:30 PM, repeating 3/2-3 at 8 the NY Philharmonic with Jaap van Zweden on the podium and violinist Yuja Wang perform  Brahms’s First Piano Concerto and Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony  at Avery Fisher Halll, $35 tix avail

3/1, 7:30/9:30 PM cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum’s 9-Tette with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Tomeika Reid on cello at the Jazz Gallery, $20$10 stud. Could be seriously epic.

3/1, 7:30 PM the Ladies Day Jazz Quartet – MJ Territo – vocals; Linda Presgrave – piano; Iris Ornig – bass; and Barbara Merjan – drums – play material by women jazz composers including Mary Lou Williams, Marian McPartland, Peggy Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Patricia Barber,  at Club Bonafide,$tba. That’s a hell of a rhythm section.  

3/1, 8 PM pyrotechnic Balkan multi-reedman Greg Squared‘s Great (and ever-expanding) Circle at Barbes. A vehicle for his most lavish compositions and not to be missed if Balkan or Middle Eastern music are your thing. 

3/1, 8 PM International Contemporary Ensemble with the spectacular Peter Evans on trumpet play a “composer portrait” of Irish contemporary composer Ann Cleare at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/1, 8 PM dark latin/Russian ska/tropicalia band Karikatura at the big room at the Rockwood

3/1-3, 8:30 ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson leads a series of ensembles at the Stone, $20. Choice pick: 3/2 with Sicilian Defense feat. Matt Mitchell on piano

3/1, 9 PM adventurous effects-fueled guitarist Xander Naylor followed by D. Treut‘s wild stoner soul/psychedelia/improvisation at C’Mon Everybody, $12

3/2, 5:30 PM irrepressible multi-instrumentalist Joanna Sternberg does her charming, oldschool Americana songwriter thing at the American Folk Art Museum

3/2, 6 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at 55 Bar

3/2, 6 PM charmingly inscrutable Parisienne chanteuse Chloe & the French Heart Jazz Band at Club Bonafide, $20

3/2, 7 PM slinky cumbia/ghoulabilly/ranchera band Jenny & the Mexicats at the big room at the Rockwood, $20

3/2, 7 PM guitarist/songwriter Alicyn Yaffee -the rare artist who successfully bridges the gap between lyrically-fueled chamber pop and jazz – at Shrine

3/2, 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

3/2, 7 PM rising star trumpeter Adam O’Farrill leads a septet at Spectrum $15

3/2, 7 PM violist Aundrey Mitchell & pianist Tim McCullough trace the development of viola music from the classical era to the mid 20th century with a program tba at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

3/2, 7:30 PM perennially brooding folk noir/dark psychedelic songwriter Richard Buckner at Union Hall, $15

 3/2, 8 PM trumpeter Ben Holmes and accordionist Patrick Farrell – two thirds of the fiery Yiddish Art Trio – play new compositions followed at 10 by Yotoco, the “bastard child of Umoja Orchestra, Bio Ritmo, and Cumbiagra playing a melange of salsa, Afro-Cuban rumba, boleros, and cumbia” at Barbes. Yotoco are also at the Owl on 3/24 at 8 for $10.

3/2, 8 PM drummer Bobby Previte’s Rhapsody Band with Nels Cline, Zeena Parkins, Jen Shyu and others perform Rhapsody, his new travel-themed song cycle at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/2, 8 PM overlapping improvisations between computer music pioneer Carl Stone, esteemed multi-reedman Ned Rothenberg, and Tokyo-based vocalist and cross-media artist Ami Yamasaki at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud

3/2-3, 8 PM an intimate piano/drums gig by the smartly lyrical Danny Grissett with EJ Strickland at Mezzrow, $20 at the bar

3/2, 8 PM high-voltage Neapolitan/Romany string band Newpoli at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/2-3, 8:30 PM ambitious, tuneful trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson with Steve Lehman on alto sax at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. 3/3 Finlayson brings his Sicilian Defense band

3/2, 9ish the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at the Owl, $10

3/2, 9:30 PM intricately orchestrated, low register-loving psycho mambo crew Gato Loco and searing, theatrical Romany/Balkan punk rockers Bad Buka at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

3/2, 10ish murderous, wild, Middle Eastern-tinged surf Beninghove’s Hangmen at FM Jersey City, 340 3rd St, Jersey City, free, Path train to Grove St. and about a 5-block walk

3/2, 10 PM LES punk/surf guitar legend Simon Chardiet’s Rooftoppers – who give him a chance to show off his prowess with jazz, proto-rock and western swing – at Sunny’s

3/3, 2 PM artist Julie Klear leads a “protest animal” workshop for children: “kids are invited to create their own animal and choose an emotion, a protest, and to voice an opinion,” at FIAF Tinker Auditorium, 55 E 59th Street (between Park and Madison Avenue), free w/rsvp  

3/3, 4 PM cinematic, psychedelic quirk-pop keyboardist Michael Hearst presents “Curious, Unusual and Extraordinary” songs from his many bands followed eventually at 6 by intense, charismatic singer Sami Stevens’ oldschool soul group and then at 10 by epic ranchera/bolero brass crew Banda de los Muertos at Barbes

3/3, 7 PM jazz sax icon Miguel Zenón, with Bang on a Can clarinetist Evan Ziporyn lead an ensemble playing a benefit for Puerto Rico at Silberman School of Social Work Auditorium, 2180 Third Ave, $20

3/3, 7:30 PM enchanting Indian carnatic singer Mitali Bhawmik with tabla player Amod Dandawate at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music $20add

3/3, 8/10:30 PM haunting, extraordinary Palestinian microtonal trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf leads an improvising ensemble at Drom $25 adv tix rec

 3/3, 8 PM lyrical Cuban jazz pianist/composer Alfredo Rodriguez leads his trio at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/3, 8 PM bassist Mark Wade leads his lyrical, cinematic piano trio at Club Bonafide, $15

3/3, 9ish activist community chorus Grassroots Harmony at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

3/3, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk.

3/3, 9 PM moodily lyrical, politically savvy Irish folk-rocker Niall Connolly at the small room at the Rockwood. He’s also here on 3/9 and 3/17

3/4, 2 PM pianist Lise de la Salle plays works by Roussel, Liszt and Bach at the Town Hall, $15

3/4, 2:30 PM the lavish, meticulous, thrilling Greenwich Village Orchestra play play the Poulenc Organ Concerto, the Hummel Trumpet Concerto and Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, “Organ Symphony” at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Ave at 35th St. $20 sugg don, reception to follow. Wow. 

3/4, 2:30 PM the Apple Hill String Quartet play a program TBA at St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave at 51st, $25/$15 stud/srs

3/4, 3 PM Nanci Belmont, bassoon; Rosie Gallagher, flute; Stuart Breczinski, oboe; Bixby Kennedy, clarinet; Patrick Jankowski, horn play works by Joan Tower, Tania Leon, Ligeti and others at Concerts on the Slope, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 139 St. John’s Place downhill from 7th Ave, sugg don

3/4, 4 PM conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya’s  Refugee Orchestra Project play a program of female composers TBA at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

 3/4, 4 PM lyrical, haunting Bulgarian chanteuse/bandleader Vlada Tomova & Young Bulgarian Voices at Drom, $10. Followed at 8 (separate $10 cover) by fado and piano with singer Patricia Teixeira

3/4, 4 PM pianist Steven Masi continues his Beethoven sonata cycle at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

3/4, 6 PM Raf Vertessen/Keisuke Matsuno/Hans Tammen improvising on drums, guitar and rare vintage Buchla synth followed by Jim Denley solo on bass flute – ?!? – at Downtown Music Gallery

3/4, 10:30 PM tuneful soul-jazz trombonist Dave Gibson leads his quintet at Smalls

3/5, 7 PM the all-female Resistance Revival Chorus sing epic, inspiring populist gospel tunes and anti-trumpie broadsides with special guests at Joe’s Pub, $15

3/5, 7:30 PM  Musicians from Marlboro play Boccherini’s String Quintet in E Major, Op. 11, No. 5; Bartók’s String Quartet No. 2; and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A Minor at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $10 with discount code HCC10

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

3/5, 8 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band at Hanks. 3/13 at 9 he’s at Bar Chord solo

3/5, 9:30ish Dilemastronauta Y Los Sabrosos Cosmicos play their cumbia-inspired stoner dub jams at Barbes

3/6, 5:30 PM percussion/ piano quartet Yarn/Wire  play Catherine Lamb’s titanic, 45-minute Curvo Totalitas at the Miller Theatre, free

3/6, 7:30 PM the show by Juilliard’s Ensemble Connect with Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time at Paul Hall at Juilliard is SOLD OUT

3/6, 7:30/930 PM tuneful postbop alto saxophonist Logan Richardson leads his quintet at the Jazz Standard, $25

3/6-11, 8:30/11 PM lyrical jazz piano icon Fred Hersch leads a trio at the Vanguard, $30

3/7, 9ish wildly eclectic circus rock/folk noir/jazz/cinematic composer Gina Leishman at the Owl, $10

3/7, 9 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues at Silvana

3/7, 9ish Dervisi feat. guitar god Steve Antonakos play “exotic Greek gangsta blues” at Troost

3/8, 7 PM soaringly explosive jazz composer/torch singer Nicole Zuraitis at 55 Bar

3/8, 7:30 PM genre-smashing avant-jazz saxophonist/singer Stephanie Chou with Andy Li on erhu and viola and Kenny Wollesen on drums at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/8, 8 PM the year’s best Americana triplebill so far: purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall, Lakeside Lounge honcho and guitar icon Eric Ambel, and fiery, lyrical Steve Earle-ish songwriter Kasey Anderson at Hank’s, $10

3/8, 8 PM plush, balmy, oldtimey uke swing band Daria Grace & the Pre-War Ponies at Barbes

3/8, 8 PM flamenco guitarist Andreas Arnold followed by oudist Kane Mathis leading his high-voltage power trio at the Owl, $10. Mathis is also at Spectrum the following night, 3/9 at 6:30 PM with his more cinematic Orakel duo, $15

3/8, 8:30 PM bansuri flutist Rasika Shekar leads her trio at the Jalopy, $15

3/8, 8:30 PM wild, spiraling, rare rustic minor-key Polesian klezmer dances and grooves with Litvakus at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

3/8, 8:30 PM the Actual Septet: Andrew D’Angelo, Jessica Jones, Claire Daily (saxophones) John Schott, Will Bernard (guitars) Dan Seamans (bass) John Hanes (drums) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

3/8, 9 PM 20s hot jazz revivalists Cait and the Critters at Radegast Hall. They’re also there on 3/28

3/8, 10:30 PM sweeping, swinging vibraphonist Behn Gillece leads his quintet at Smalls

3/8, 10 PM feral psychedelic guitarslinger Debra Devi and her power trio at FM Jersey City, 340 3rd St, Jersey City, Path train to Grove St. and about a 5-block walk

3/9, 7:30 PM New York’s most charismatic, darkly compelling lyrical songwriter/storyteller/keyboard genius Rachelle Garniez at Pangea

3/9, 7:30 PM one of the original global jazz-oriented string ensembles, the Turtle Island String Quartet at the Cutting Room, $20

3/9. 8 PM playfully lyrical, fearlessly political superduo Kill Henry Sugar – guitar/banjo mastermind Erik Della Penna and drummer Dean Sharenow –followed at 10 by 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

3/9, 8 PM Zikrayat play slinky, cinematic classics from the golden age of Arabic song at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/9, 9 PM Mediterranean chanteuse Zana plays “gypsy pop” followed by Mar Salá playing her acoustic flamenco rock at Shrine

3/9, 9ish the irrepressible Ellia Bisker’s explosive Balkan/New Orleans flavored Funkrust Brass Band at Caveat, 21A Clinton St. $12. Caveat: there are a bunch of “comedians” also on the bill

3/9, 10 PM high-voltage, soul-infused Americana rockers the Woes at Sunny’s

3/9, 9 PM the British Pogues: Skinny Lister at the Knitting Factory, $15 adv tix rec

3/9, 7 PM NYC’s own rippling, hypnotic, epic Javanese gamelan, Gamelan Dharma Swara at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec . Followed at 10 PM (separate $30 adv tix adm) by fearless singer/composer Du Yun with her amazing chamber rock band: Nich Olas Farrell, guitars; Zhou Yi, pipa/ ruan / qin; Aakash Mittal, sax / clarinet

3/9, 7:30 PM chamber sextet Philosonia play works by Britten & Shostakovich at the Old Stone House, $25/$10 stud/srs

3/9, 10 PM a cool, eclectic surf twinbill: the majestic, cinematic TarantinosNYC  followed by the exotic vibraphone-driven Vibro-jets at Sidewalk. The Vibro-Jets are also at Troost on 3/16 at 9

3/9, 10 PM duskily  Leonard Cohen-influenced janglers the Low Anthem at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

3/9, 10:30 PM funny, explosive oldschool style punk rockers the Live Ones at Hank’s , They’re also here in 3/23

3/10, 4 PM the Erik Satie Quartet, a stately wind ensemble who reinvent Satie material as well as obscurities by his contemporaries,  followed at 6 by quirky Tredici Bacci bassist Simon Hanes’ Dressage organ trio, at 8 by dark urbane Romany song maven (and Berthold Brecht descendant) Sanda Weigl singing Kurt Weill with Lucian Ban, piano & Mat Maneri, viola, and at 10 by wryly funny, psychedelic covers of 60s Russian pop with the Eastern Blokhedz – who specialize in the catalog of legendary Polish singer Edita Piaha – at Barbes

3/10, 7:30 PM hauntingly atmospheric Persian trance band Niyaz at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

3/10, 8 PM slinky and explosive Indian sounds: the self-explanatory Women’s Raga Massive followed by live bhangra powerhouse Red Baraat at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

3/10, 8 PM Punjabtronix – a more eclectic, less brassy version of Red Baraat – at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/10, 9 PM enigmatic cello rocker Leah Coloff,f erociously lyrical, Macbeth-inspired art-rock/psychedelic songwriter Rose Thomas Bannister and cult favorite tunesmith Franklin Bruno & the Human Hands at Wonders of Nature, $5

3/10, 9ish rapturously hypnotic Indian improvisation with A Circle Has No Beginning: Sameer Gupta – drums/tabla; Pawan Benjamin – tenor sax; Arun Ramamurthy – violin; Rashaan Carter – Bass at I-Beam, $15

3/10, 9 PM Unsteady Freddie‘s monthly surf rock extravaganza at Otto’s begins with classic cover band Anything But Surf, at 10 catchy reverbtoned trio the Killers from Space, at 11 Link Wray cover band the WrayCyclers and at midnight sick Richard Cheese-style instrumental parodists LoungeZotica 3000

3/10, 9:30 PM the Space Merchants – the missing link between the Stooges and X – at Hank’s, $8

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

3/10, 10 PM haunting cello-driven dissident compositions: Matt Haimovitz and Frances-Marie Uitti, joined by a Bhutanese ensemble playing works by Isang Yun at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rc

3/11, 3 PM Japanese/Peruvian violinist Pauchi Sasaki  with flutist Claire Chase, playing their gamelanesque, politically-fueled Trade Routes suite at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rc

3/11, 3 PM a John Zorn matinee with John Zorn (sax) Jim Staley (trombone) Marc Ribot (guitar) Mary Halvorson (guitar) Ikue Mori (electronics) Christian McBride (bass) Kenny Wolleson (drums) Ches Smith (drums) at the Vanguard, $30

3/11, 4 PM WQXR’s Terrance McKnight leads a conversation with veteran Civil Rights-era artists and activists Emmett Wigglesworth and Otto Neals on how art and politics can intersect, in the context of their exhibition at FiveMyles, 558 St Johns Pl, Bed-Stuy, free, 4/5 to Franklin Ave.

3/11, 6 PM noir guitar legend Jim Campilongo leads his trio at 55 Bar

3/11, 6 PM Sean Ali and Ayoko Kanda play bass/vocal duos followed at 7 by guitar/bass duos by Nico Soffiato and Zach Swanson and at 8 by the noir-inspired Ben Goldberg on clarinet with drummer Tom Rainey at Downtown Music Gallery

3/11, 7 PM the rapturous, haunting all-female Yale Slavic Chorus followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/11, 7:30 PM pioneering alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal leads his trio with Miles Okazaki (guitar), and Rajna Swaminathan (mridangam) slice and dice rarely heard Indian nocturnal raga themes at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec. A rare artist who can blend jazz with elegant traditional Indian improvisation and make it all seem perfectly natural. 

3/11, 9:30 PM ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at Bowery Electric, $10

3/12-14, 8/10 PM  ageless, perennially hard-hitting jazz piano sage and ex-Coltrane bandmate McCoy Tyner at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail.

3/12, 9:30 PM horn-driven psychedelic band Los Cumpleanos at Barbes

3/13, 7 PM eclectic, hard-hitting, lyrical composer/tenor saxophonist Stan Killian  leads his quintet at 55 Bar

3/13, 7:30 PM indie classical violin star Olivia De Prato of the Mivos Quartet plays the album release show for her edgy new solo album at the second floor space at 1 Rivington St at Bowery, $20

3/13, 8 PM the North/South Chamber Orchestra play Robert Martin’s Wind Quintets at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church, 122 W. 69th St. free

3/13, 8:30 PM ex-October Project bandleader and art-rock chanteuse Mary Fahl at City Vineyard, $20

3/13-17, 8:30 PM subtle, coloristic drummer Ben Perowsky leads a series of ensembles at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20. Choice pick: 3/14 with the Moodswing Orchestra and Elysian Fields singer Jennifer Charles

3/13, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

3/13, 8:30/11 PM this era’s greatest jazz guitarist, Bill Frisell leads a trio with Thomas Morgan on bass and Rudy Royston on drums at the Vanguard. Then 3/19-25 the trio adds Eyvind Kang on viola

3/14, 6 PM koto and shamisen player Kento Iwasaki at the  Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

3/14, 7 PM Colin Stokes, cello and Sophie Zhang, piano play works by Goleminov, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Bridge at the Bulgarian Consulate, 121 E 62nd St, free, res req 

3/14, 7 PM wild psychedelic lapsteel player Myk Freedman & the MykFreedmans followed by improvisational trombone icon Steve Swell leading a trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

3/14, 7  PM fearless, fiery blues-punk songwriter Molly Ruth – a real force of nature – followed by the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – playing the album release show for her wildly psychedelic new album Live at Mercury Lounge at…the Mercury, where else, $tba. Leckie is also at Pine Box Rock Shop solo acoustic on 3/31 at 9:30 PM.

3/14, 9 PM boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band and special guest Eric Ambel on guitar at Hill Country. Lots of good duels, probably.

3/15, 7 PM composer/sound artist Zosha di Castri (piano), indie classical icon Missy Mazzoli (synthesizer) and others premiere new solo works at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

 3/15, 7 PM bittersweet, high-lonesome oldtime Americana trio the Night Kitchen with Gene Yelin – guitar & vocals; Trip Henderson – harmonica; Joanna Sternberg – bass and vocals at Barbes

3/15, 7:30 PMlatin jazz piano titan Arturo O’Farrill leads his quintet at Minton’s, $15

3/15, 8ish new works by violinist Maya Bennardohttps://www.mayabennardo.com/

, who’s ioned by cellist Zan Berry and pianist Karl Larson a the Owl, $10

3/15-18, 8/10 PM ageless jazz drum legend Roy Haynes celebrate his 93rd bday at the Blue Note, $30 standing room avail

3/15, 8;30 PM a wild klezmer dance party with Steven Weintraub and the all-female Tsibele (Yiddish for “onion”) at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St.

3/15, 8:30 PM star south Indian sitarist Alif Laila at the Jalopy, $15

3/15, 10:30 PM River Cult play their ferocious, feral, cinematically psychedelic doom metal/postrock at Sunnyvale $10

3/16, 5:30 PM multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba & guests from the NY Arabic Orchestra play a kid-friendly introduction to the magical microtone of the Middle East for zgess 4-up at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 Fifth Avenue (at 79th Street), free

3/16, 6:30 PM a night of mysterious, otherworldly, ecstatic Georgian traditional music with Dancing Crane Company at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, $30. Mens and women’s choirs, string bands, lots of dancing, the works.

3/16, 7 PM Betsayda Machado y La Parranda – “the voice of Venezuela” – sing raucous, catchy Afro-Venezuelan tambor beach party dance tunes at Elebash Hall, 365 5th Ave north of 34th St., $25

3/16, 7:30 PM perennially vital latin jazz piano sage Eddie Palmieri at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/16, 7:30/9:30 PM terse, purposeful guitarist Miles Okazaki’s quartet with Matt Mitchell on piano at the Jazz Gallery, $25

3/16, 8 PM Middle Eastern jazz sorcery with oudiste Tom Chess‘ Strange Ornament Quartet at Alwan for the Arts, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/16, 8 PM oldschool garage-punks Mala Vista, the Up Up Ups – the female NY Dolls –  the Carvels – who sound a lot like the Dickies – and second-save garage legend Johnny Chan at Sunnyvale, $10

3/16, 8 PM pyrotechnic, charismatic Argentine bandoneonist and composer JP Jofre backed by the New Asia Chamber Music Society at Symphony Space, $22 adv tix rec

3/16, 8 PM rustic Brazilian jungle guitar-and-accordion sounds with Regional de NY followed at 10 by psychedelic salsa bandleader Zemog El Galle Bueno at Barbes

3/17, 1 PM a “Poetry as Protest” workshop for kids with Amélie Gaulier: “kids are encouraged to create their own slogan, protest poster, catchphrase, or mantra,” at FIAF Tinker Auditorium, 55 E 59th St

3/17, 4 PM new klezmer tunes by clarinet sorcerer Michael Winograd,and lustrous trumpeter Ben Holmes followed at 6 by the deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci jamming out original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s,  at 8 by eclectic, lyrical jazz bassist/composer Pedro Giraudo leading his Tango Quartet, and at 10 by the intoxicatingly clattering, sintir bass lute fueled Moroccan trance grooves of Innov Gnawa at Barbes

3/17, 6 PM ferociously lyrical populist rockers LJ Murphy & the Accomplices – the closest thing to Elvis Costello & the Attractions this city’s ever produced – with special guest Walter Ego on bass at Bar 9

3/17, 7 PM careening, charismatic, lyrically-fueled soul-rockers No Ice – arguably Brooklyn’s best band – at the Delancey, $8. Get in, get out before the amateurs show up.

3/17, 7:30 PM sarodist Ranajit Sengupta at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

3/17, 7:30 PM ace drummer Bobby Sanabria and the MultiVerse Big Band play latin jazz versions of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story score at the Hostos Center,  450 Grand Concourse (at 149th St in the Bronx, $25 tix avail

3/17, 8 PM Super Yamba play their psychedelic Afrobeat jams followed by high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – at C’Mon Everybody, $12

3/17, 8 PM a night of magical duo improvisations: James Moore & Andie Springer on resonator guitar, violin and voices; violin duo Leah Asher & Natalia Steinbach; the Berrow Duo (Thea Merisow & Leia Slosberg) on cello & flute; and Sleepalk (Steinbach and drummer David Grollman) at Bushwick Community Darkroom, 110 Troutman St, (Evergreen/Central), J to Central Ave, $10

3/17, 8 PM banjo player/singer Alison Kelley of the New York Packet (South Street Seaport’s official maritime music group) and DK and the Joy Machine – songwriter Dian Killian and her Appalachian Mountain dulcimer at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20; “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

3/17, 8ish Jake Sherman, the Real Vocal String Quartet’s Dina Macabee and NYC underground rock legend Ed Pastorini at the Owl, $10

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

3/17, 10 PM amateur-free St. Paddy’s Day with ferociously dynamic, tuneful, female-fronted power trio Castle Black at the Gutter, $5

3/18, 2 PM amazing sounds at Musical Armenia 2018: pianist Timo Andres and chamber ensemble Hotel Elefant play new works by ambitious, sweeping, politically fearless composer Mary Kouyoumdjian plus pianist Hrant Bahgrazyan plays works by Babajanian, Ravel and Bach at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

3/18, 2  PM the amazingly eclectic Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play Paul Salerni – Two Partita; Dusan Bogdanovic – Quatre piéces intimes for cello and guitar; Franz Schubert – Quartet for flute, viola, cello and guitar; Kreutzer – Trio for flute, viola and guitar; Tina Kenny Jones – Making Monster at the S. I. Museum,1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”, Staten Island, $15.  

3/18, 4 PM legendary Dominican crooner/guitarist Joan Soriano “El Duque de la Bachata” at Flushing Town Hall, $16

3/18, 5 PM up-and-coming new music ensemble Face the Music play large ensemble jazz pieces  by Rudresh Mahanthappa, John Zorn, Mary Halvorson and Steve Lehman at the Jazz Gallery, $15

 3/18, 7 PM Exotic Flora play edgy, intense new jazz: Slavic Soul Party‘s Chris Stromquist – drums; Stephen Moses – trombone and Sean Moran – guitar, followed at 9:30  by Romany jazz/psychedelic rock guitar mastermind Stephane Wrembel at Barbes

3/18, 9ish recently revitalized, careening ten-piece Balkan brass crew Veveritse at Starr Bar, $8

3/18, 9 PM lyrical trumpet powerhouse Nadje Noordhuis leads a quartet including James Shipp on percussion and synths at 55 Bar

3/19, 7:30 PM chamber ensemble Kaleidoscope play a Harlem Renaissance-themed program TBA at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/19 ,9:30 PM ex-Chicha Libre keyboard sorcerer Josh Camp’s wryly psychedelic cumbia/tropicalia/dub band Locobeach at Barbes

3/20, 5:30 PM up-and-coming early music ensemble Juilliard415 play works by medieval composers Handel, Porpora, Leclair and Boismortier at the Miller Theatre, free

3/20, 6:30 PM baritone John Brancy and pianist Peter Dugan perform a program of WWI songs and laments about veterans returning from war plus antiwar classics by Schubert and Rachmaninoff at the Museum of the City of NY, $15/$12 stud.srs

3/20, 7 PM acerbic, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts leads his quintet followed at 9ish by clever, fiery, eclectic ten-piece Balkan/hip-hop/funk brass maniacs Slavic Soul Party  at Barbes

3/20, 7 PM rising star jazz harpist Brandee Younger  plays her own tunes plus material by Dorothy Ashby at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, $10

3/20, 7:30/9:30 PM Camille Bertault – who rocketed to youtube virality with her spot-on vocalizations of famous jazz solos – with her similarly playful group at the Jazz Standard, $25

3/20. 7:30 PM pianist Zhenni Li plays works by Schumann, Lourie, and Bartók at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Halll, $25 tix avail

3/20, 9 PM cinematic, politically fearless guitarist Demir Demirkan at the Knitting Factory, $10

3/21, 6 PM sitarist Anjana Roy with percussionist Polash Gomes at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

3/21, 7:30 PM a rare bass-fronted large jazz ensemble (just like Mingus), the Ross Kratter Jazz Orchestra at Club Bonafide, $15

3/21, 8 PM pianist Jacob Sacks leads his trio  at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

3/21, 9 PM oldschool-style high plains C&W singer Hope Debates & North 40 at Bar Chord

3/21, 9:30 PM soul-jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin and her band play the album release show for her new one Rise Up at Joe’s Pub, $25

3/22, 7 PM magical carnatic singer Mitali Bhawmik with Shree Suresh Benegal on harmonium and Dibyarka Chatterjee on tabla at the Mercy Home for Children, 273 Willoughby Ave, Ft. Greene, $20, G to Classon Ave

3/22, 7 PM a sax summit: the PRISM Quartet, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tim Ries, and Miguel Zenón, wow, at Symphony Space, $23/$15 srs/$8 stud

3/22, 7:30 PM Swedish pianist Per Tengstrand plays Beethoven’s Hammarklavier sonata at Scandinavia House, $25. He’s also here on 3/29 playing  Beethoven’s three last sonatas,

3/22, 7:30 PM the Heath Quartet play Haydn: Quartet in C major, Op. 74, No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Quartet No. 1 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/22, 8 PM ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa performs her fascinating multimedia project Recognition – examining the ugly European occupation of Angola in the 1950s and 60s – with harpist Zeena Parkins and saxophonist Mark Turner at Alwan  for the Arts, $20

3/22, 8 PM deviously theatrical oldschool C&W/rockabilly parodists Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co at Otto’s

3/22, 8 PM jangly, spiky, guitarishly brilliant Afrobeat band Timbila at Barbes

3/22, 8ish a very rare solo show by magical jazz violinist Charlie Burnham solo & guitarist Brandon Ross’ Phantom Station at the Owl, $10

3/22, 9ish haunting, intense ,soulful folk noir songwriter Holly Miranda – who’s as good on Telecaster as she is on piano – at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $12 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

3/22, 9 PM noisy, shambling 90s Britrock nostalgia: the Wedding Present at the Bell House, $20 adv tix rec

3/23, 7 PM sarangi virtuoso Sabir Khan and tabla maestro Aditya Kalyanpur at the Rubin Museum of Art, $25 adv tix rec

3/23, 7 PM  Naho Parrini, Eric Phinney and Marc Peloquin play an all-Leonard Bernstein chamber music program: Ten Anniversaries for Piano, Halil (Hebrew for flute), two love songs rarely performed, Extinguish My Eyes and When My Soul Touches Yours, with poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke, and the final movement of the Serenade for Violin at Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 W 108th St (off of Broadway), free

3/23, 7:30 PM haunting, edgy Middle Eastern jazz pianist Tarek Yamani at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/23, 7:30 PM edgy, tuneful klezmer-influenced reedman Uri Gurvich  with Peter Slavaov on bass and Francisco Mela on drums at the Bar Next Door, $12

3/23, 7:30/9:30 PM captivating, darkly tuneful  pianist Shai Maestro leads his trio at the Jazz Gallery $25

3/23, 7:30 PM the Queens Symphony Orchestra plays Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style D. 590; Stravinsky: Pulcinella and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Flushing Town Hall, free, get there early

3/23-24, 8 PM Qyrk Qyz (40 Girls): female poets and storytellers sing an epic version of the Gulaim legend about Amazons of Turkish ancestry with dutar (two-stringed lute), kyl-kiyak (two-stringed bowl fiddle), and jaw harp and a score by Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky – at BAM, $25 adv tix rec

3/23, 8 PM dark psychedelic soundtrack legends Morricone Youth play their live score to the cult horror film Danger: Diabolik at WFMU Monty Hall, 43 Montgomery St in Jersey City, $10

3/23, 8ish the deviously eclectic, psychedelic Tredici Bacci jam out original psychedelic instrumentals inspired by Italian film themes from the 60s and 70s at the Owl, $10

3/23, 8 PM pianist Thomas Sauer plays works by Bartok, Debussy, Saint-Saens and Bach at the New School auditorium, 66 Wt 12th St., free

3/23, 10 PM this era’s most chillingly cinematic, shadowy reverbtoned noir guitar instrumentalists, Big Lazy at Barbes

3/24, 6 PM quirky, colorful Tredici Bacci bassist Simon Hanes leads a trio with Brian Chase – drums and Anthony Coleman – piano, followed at 8 by art-rocker Pierre de Gaillande’s Bad Reputation playing witty chamber pop English translations of Georges Brassens classics at Barbes

3/24, 7:30 PM a brilliant, female-fronted Middle Eastern-flavored triplebill: fiery Tunisian art-rocker Emel Mathlouthi, slinky, oud-fueled Middle Eastern/Nile Delta dance orchestra Alsarah & the Nubatones and Jordanian chanteuse Farah Siraj at the Rogers Auditorium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. expensive, $35, but worth it

3/24, 7:30 PM Portuguese fado crooner Ricardo Ribeiro leads his band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

3/24, 7:30 PM the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra  with violinist Lisa Batiashvili play works by Prokofiev and Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony at Carnegie Hall, $25 tix avail

3/24, 8 PM , Books leader and cellist Paul de Jong and composer and haunting, purposeful violist Jessica Pavone’s String Ensemble at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud

3/24, 8 PM the Claudia Quintet – who didn’t invent pastoral jazz but perfected it so thousands of others could rip them off – at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/24, 8 PM topical songwriter Colleen Kattau with cellist Barry Kornhauser at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

3/24, 9 PM one of the great saxophonists in the history of ska, Dave Hillyard and his band at Hank’s, $8

3/24, 9ish pensively psychedelic, massively tuneful Moroccan/Venezuelan-influenced songwriter Miriam Elhajl at Wonders of Nature

3/24, 7:30 PM sitarist Abhik Mukherjee at the Chhandayan Center For Indian Music, $20

3/24, 8 PM Howlin Wolf-influenced guitar/drums duo Mr. Airplane Man at Union Pool, $15

3/24, 9  PM wryly surreal prozac rock duo the Dream Eaters at Pete’s

3/24, 10 PM oldschool psychedelic soul/groove band Empire Beats at the Way Station

3/25, half past noon sharp, violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht play an Australian-themed program of “music spanning 300 years, performed on period instruments, enhanced by a film of evocative landscape stills, moving images and bird call field recordings sourced from the Cornell Ornithology Lab” on the second floor at 1 Rivington St, $20/$15 stud/srs

3/25, 4 PM the Parthenia Viol Consort play Renaissance Italian “tomb sonnets” by  Luca Marenzio, Philippe Verdelot, Jacques Arcadelt, and Cipriano de Rore, and instrumental works by Andrea and Giovanni Gabrieli, at the Secret Theatre, $25

3/25, 6 PM cleverly lyrical, edgily funny, spine-tingling powerpop/acoustic rock singer Tamara Hey at the small room at the Rockwood

3/25, 7 PM enigmatic, individualistic torchsong/parlor pop piano chanteuse Jeanne Marie Boes at LIC Bar

3/25, 8:30 PM hypnotic postrock/art-rock/psychedelic supergroup Heroes of Toolik  at Pete’s

3/25, 9 PM trumpets and basses:  Danny GoukerJake Henry and Kenny Warren on the highs, Adam Hopkins,Will McEvoy and Zach Swanson on the lows at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

3/25, 10 PM long-running LES dark parlor pop/circus rock crew Black Flamingo at Otto’s

3/26, 7 PM organist Patrick Allen plays Charles Tournemire’s harrowing suite The Seven Last Words of Christ at Grace Church, free

3/26, 7:30 PM the Brentano Quartet play works by Haydn, Brahms and Steven Hartke at Music Mondays, Advent Church, northwest corner of 93rd and Broadway, free

3/26, 10ish singer Carolina Oliveros’ mighty 13-piece Afro-Colombian trance/dance choir Bulla en el Barrio at Barbes

3/27, 8 PM ethereally creepy singer Alice Boman and lush, hypnotic slowcore/postrockers Bing & Ruth at Murmur Ballroom,17 Eastern Pkwy, Ft. Greene, 4 to Brooklyn Museum, $15 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

3/27, 8 PM Courtney Marie Andrews – who’s gone in a refreshingly purist Melba Montgomery-ish 70s C&W/soul direction – at the Mercury, $12

3/27, 8:30 PM quirky, smartly lyrical avant cello-rock with the Icebergs at Pete’s

3/27-28, 8:30 PM Motoko Honda (piano, electronics) Theresa Wong (cello, voice) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

3/27, 9 PM fearlessly political, badass all-female swing harmony trio Rosie & the Riveters at the small room at the Rockwood 

3/27, 10:30 PM this era’s hardest-hitting, most purposeful, some might say darkest tenor saxophonist/composer JD Allen leads his quartet at Smalls

3/28, 7 PM thereminist Pamelia Stickney debuts the world-premiere of “Peripheral Vision, Escape Routes” – “lullabies, songs, and daydreams,” with special guests Danny Tunick on vibraphone + marimba and Stuart Popejoy on piano & keyboard at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

3/28, 7:30 PM Elissa Cassini, violin + Roy Amotz, flute play Gervasoni reinventions of Bach at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

3/28, 8 PM bassist Max Johnson’s Heroes Trio with Jason Rigby on saxophone, Jeff Davis on drums playing  “compositions by the great bassists and heroes, past and present, such as Jimmy Garrison, Henry Grimes, Charlie Haden, Mark Dresser, Slam Stewart and many more” at Barbes

3/28, 8 PM String Noise teams up with String Orchestra of Brooklyn in a high-octane set with drummer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/28, 8 PM lyrical pianist Matt Mitchell leads his trio at Happy Lucky No. 1 Gallery

3/28, 9 PM the Unrehearsed at Otto’s. Could be one of a million bands. No idea if they’re any good but you never know

3/28, 10 PM high-voltage delta blues/Romany swing guitarist Felix Slim at LIC Bar

3/29, noon and 7 PM intense pianist Polly Ferman’s Glamourtango play music by women tango composers at Aaron Davis Hall, on the CCNY campus between W133rd and 135th Streets on Convent Ave, $20

3/29, 7:30/9:30 PM darkly sweeping, cinematic newschool big band jazz with Jihye Lee Orchestra at the Jazz Gallery, $15

3/29, 7:30 PM Portuguese fado-jazz crooner/guitarist António Zambujo at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

3/29, 7:30 PM the aptly named Mantra Percussion and kaleidoscopically shapeshifting, edgy, tuneful art-rock band Bent Knee at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

3/29. 8 PM fearlessly haunting, dynamic, charismatic Romany/Balkan chanteuse Eva Salina with pyrotechnic accordionist Peter Stan play the album release show for their haunting new tribute to legendary singer Vida Pavlovic at Greenwich House Music School, $15

3/29-31, 8 PM a three-night festival to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Composers Inside Electronics at the Kitchen, $20. Ensembles TBA play early works first performed there in 1977-78 along with newer compositions by Paul DeMarinis, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Tom Hamilton, Ralph Jones, Michael Johnsen, Ron Kuivila, Cecilia López, Paula Matthusen and Margaret Anne Schedel. Full schedule here 

3/29, 8 PM high-voltage psychedelic cumbia band MAKU Soundsystem – whose latest album takes a detour toward Caribbean and African sounds – followed by the brand-new Ife – African American drummer/singer Mark Underwood’s new latin project – at Bric Arts, $15 adv tix rec

3/29, 8 PM a classic garage rock twinbill: Muck & the Mires and the ageless Fleshtones at Bowery Electric, $15

3/29, 8 PM Third Coast Percussion and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway perform a “composer portrait” of Christopher Cerrone at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

3/29, 8 PM colorful Jewish jazz saxophonist Paul Shapiro at Russ & Daughters, free

3/29, 8 PM subversive music by three members of the highly improvisational Rhythm Method String Quartet alongside American composer Lewis Nielson at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/29, 8:30 PM fiery Moscow klezmer band Vanya Zhuk!  w/Ilya Shneyveys & guests at Funky Joe’s, 455 W.56th St., $15

3/29, 8:30 PM Kanoko Nishi-Smith (koto) John McCowen (contrabass clarinet) Theresa Wong (cello, voice) and special guest from Switzerland – Christian Kobe (sax) at the New School’s Glass Box Performance Space, 55 W 13th St, $20

3/29, 9 PM the Navatman Music Collective – the only carnatic choir on this continent – sing their innovative, lustrous, lush new arrangements of ancient Indian themes, plus the haunting Bulgarian Voices Trio at the Jalopy, $15

3/29, 9ish Clebs –  the “mutant brainchild” of atmospheric, eclectic singer Emilie Weibel and jazz drummer Jason Nazary – at the Owl, $10

3/29, 9 PM cinematic noir Americana with Nathan Xander at Alphaville, $10

3/30, 7 PM the Mivos Quartet, Steven Beck (piano), Ken Thomson (reeds), and Kristen Gornstein (mezzo) play the music of Max Johnson at Spectrum, $15a

3/30, 7:30 PM ex-Dylan lead guitarist Larry Campbell with singer Teresa Williams at at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

 3/30, 8 PM the very busy String Orchestra of Brooklyn play works by Tony Conrad and Zach Layton at Roulette, $20 adv tix rec

3/30, 8 PM eclectic, electric C&W/blues band the Jug Addicts followed at 10 by Cumbiagra – who’ve been going in a much more psychedelic direction lately – at Barbes

3/30, 9 PM long-running, wickedly jangly, tuneful Americana rockers the Sloe Guns at Silvana

3/30, 9 PM lush, intense, artfully orchestrated psychedelic rockers Aunt Ange at Bowery Electric, $10

3/30, 9ish enigmatic, lustrous art-rock: Marcia Bassett with Samara Lubelski at Wonders of Nature

3/30, 9ish acerbic, intense jazz cellist Hank Roberts leads his sextet at the Owl, $10

3/30, 10:30 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns play the album release show for their new one at Diviera Drive, 131 Berry St., Williamsburg, $10

3/30, 11 PM powerful singer Bela Zap Art’s transcendently good, ferociously stampeding heavy, latin-tinged psychedelic band Desert Flower at Pine Box Rock Shop

3/31, 7 PM a 10-piece subset of paradigm-shifting all-female Indian orchestra the Women’s Raga Massive celebrate Women’s History Month with a mix of raga classics and soul-infused originals at Joe’s Pub, $20

3/31, 7 PM Lisa Bielawa (voice); Vijay Iyer (piano), Du Yun and others premiere new solo works at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

3/31, 7:30 PM Muyassar Kurdi performs her multimedia improvisation Machine/Body: “a world in a world (a meditation on ecology with movement, homemade electronics, sculpture, sound collage, percussion, and voice)” at the PPL Space in Bushwick, $5 sugg, “no one turned away for lack of funds”

3/31, 7:30 PM fado chanteuse Lula Pena and her band at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

3/31, 8 PM pointillistic electroacoustic keyboardist Félicia Atkinson performs “an imaginary dialogue between the poems of Francis Ponge (1899-1988) and texts of her own, in French and in English,” at Issue Project Room, $15/$12 stud

3/31, 8:30 PM deviously lyrical, historically spot-on, cleverly sultry oldtimey/Americana songwriter/bandleader Robin Aigner followed at 11 by wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass at Freddy’s

3/31, 9ish epic, cinematic guitar soundtrack composer Christina Courtin at the Owl, $10

3/31, 9 PM guitarslinger Phil Gammage plays his dark Americana and blues e followed by NYC’s answer to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hugh Pool at Branded Saloon

3/31, 10 PM Super Yamba play their bracingly psychedelic Afrobeat jams at Barbes

4/1, 4 PM the Iranian Female Composers Association launch their auspicious new series at National Sawdust with pianists Ava Nazar and Erika Dohi, the Steinem Quartet, Alison Rowe, and kamancheh player Niloufar Shiri, plus Anahita Abbasi, Aftab Darvishi, Farzia Fallah, Mahdis Golzar Kashani, Niloufar Karimi, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Gity Razaz, Aida Shirazi, and Niloufar Shiri, $20

4/1, 6:30 PM Shafaat Khan – sitarist son of the legendary Vilayat Khan – at Joe’s Pub, $30. Gotta start early to give this guy a chance to take his time and mesmerize you.

4/1, 9ish the catchy, edgy, darkly kinetic female-fronted Romany-tinged Trouble with Kittens and explosive, creepy, colorful psychedelic rembetiko metal band Greek Judas at the Cobra Club

4/2, 7 PM night one of this year’s MATA festival of new music kicks off with a new music dream team of Miranda Cuckson, Ariadne Greif, Blair McMillen, Sarah Brailey, and Russell Greenberg playing a  mystical program including David M. Gordon’s song-cycle Mysteria Incarnationis, sung in the original Syriac plus works by Shawn Jaeger  and Lydia Winsor Brindamour at the Church of the Epiphany, 1393 York Avenue (at 74th St), $25

4/2, 7:30 PM eclectic Bay Area vocal jazz sextet Jazz-Ology at Club Bonafide, $2o 

4/3, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal’s Lauren Cauley, violin; David Friend, piano play works by Christopher Cerrone, Tonia Ko, and David Lang at the Miller Theatre, free

4/3, 7 PM irrepressibly theatrical parlor pop pianist Greta Gertler Gold at Joe’s Pub $15

4/3-4, 7:30/9:30 PM savagely eclectic guitarist Mary Halvorson plays the album release show for her excellent, sardonic new one Code Girl with Amitha Kidambi – vocals; Adam O’Farrill – trumpet; Michael Formanek – bass; Tomas Fujiwara – drums at the Jazz Standard, $30 but worth it

4/3, 8 PM pianist Katie Reimer’s reliably adventurous Mimesis Ensemble play haunting Middle Eastern-inspired works by Mohammed Fairouz and Halim El-Dabh – arguably the world’s first electronic composer – at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25

4/3. 8 PM the Tak Ensemble sextet with bassoon soloist Rebekah Heller debut Mario Diaz de Leon’s first album-length suite at Roulete, $20 adv tix rec

4/3-9, 8:30/11 PM reliably lyrical pianist Renee Rosnes with Steve Nelson (vibes 4/3-4/7) Melissa Aldana (tenor sax 4/6-4/8) Peter Washington (bass) Lenny White (drums at the Vanguard

4/4 ,noon the Zorá String Quartet play Webern, Langsamer Satz; Beethoven, String Quartet No. 15 in A minor, Op. 132 at the Morgan Library, $20

4/5, 7:30 PM powerhouse bassist Shelley Nicole’s Blakbushe play their hard-edged Afrobeat-flavored funk at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/5, 7:30 PM a collaboration between visual artist Anna Fríða Jónsdóttir,violinist Abraham Brody and cellist Ásta María Kjartansdóttir tackles “a quest for the silence that can be found in abundance in their native Iceland” at Scandinavia House , $12

4/5. 7:30 PM pyrotechnic klezmler clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg’s new immigration and displacement-themed Borderlands Project at Symphony Space, $3

4/5, 8ish ethereal, raptly haunting singer Sara Serpa leads her shapeshifting group playing the album release show for her new one at the Owl, $10

4/5. 8 PM twistedly talented, vaudevillian cover band the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Poisson Rouge, $15 adv tix rec

4/5, 8 PM Camille Thurman – a double threat as nuanced singer and intense tenor saxophonist – with her band at Greenwich House Music School, $15

4/5. 9 PM lush, dynamic female-fronted art-rockers Arc Iris at Union Pool, $10 adv tix avail at the Poisson Rouge box ofc

4/5. 10  PM the uneasily cinematic art-rock Pi PowerTrio  – film composer and former Raybeat Pat Irwin (guitar, electronics), Sasha Dobson (drums, vocals) and Daria Grace (bass, vocals) at Sunny’s

4/6, 7 PM brilliant, Lynchian, darkly lyrical latin and Satie-inspired guitarist Jack Martin’s Bob Dylan Deathwatch open for Richard Lloyd of Television at Bowery Electric, $15 adv tix rec

4/6, 7 PM killer dark retro 60s psychedelic/stoner boogie/art-rock band Medusa’s Disco at Gussy’s Bar in Queens

4/6, 9ish dangerous folk noir chanteuse Larkin Grimm  – who’s gone in a psychedelic Indian direction lately – at Wonders of Nature

4/6, 10 PM classic C&W cover band and wry Sit N Spin side project the Lonesome Prairie Dogs followed by boisterously funny oldschool 60s C&W and brooding southwestern gothic with the Jack Grace Band  at Hank’s, $5

4/6. 10 PM guitar mastermind Danny Weiss’ and magical Americana singer Mary Olive Smith’s soulful retro bluegrass band Stillhouse Serenade at Sunny’s

4/7, 5 PM a house concert with magical carnatic singers Mohan Deshpande and Mitali Bhawmik plus Samir Chatterjee on tabla and Kedar Naphade on harmonium, $20, email the harmonium player for info/location 

4/7, 6 PM dark, intense, psychedelic guitarist/songwriter Anna Coogan at the small room at the Rockwood

4/7, 7 PM New Tide Orquesta, fronted by composer  Per Störby Jutbring mash up “chamber music, minimalism, improvisation, and hints of new tango.” at Scandinavia House, $15

4/7-8, 7 PM Susana Cook’s “ Run! It’s Getting Utly, a “satire about racism and discrimination – Cook shares what she calls a “family melodrama for these fascist times.” In the brazen, wacky play, a white nationalist family falls into a muddy and desperate identity crisis when they are attacked by “La Contaminación Cultural.” Their sense of language, grammar and origin gets altered, making them question who they really are.” at Jack, $15

4/7, 7:30 PM the aptly named Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, play NYC premiere of works by Kanasevich, Janmohammadi, and Glaser, as well as music by Edvard Grieg. at the DiMenna Center, $tba

4/7, 7:30 PM noir cabaret legend Ute Lemper and her ensemble at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $14

4/7, 8 PM Fragile Sky – the Dead Boys meet Sonics Rendevous Band meet early Iron Maiden – at Gussy’s Bar in Queens 

4/7, 9 PM cleverly lyrical, murderously witty murder ballad/chamber pop allstars Charming Disaster at Pete’s

4/7, 9 PM fiery, guitar-fueled female-fronted Americana punks Spanking Charlene at Sidewalk.

4/8, 2:30 PM Cantori NY perform Valery Gavrilin’s acerbic new cautionary cantata, Chimes, exploring the seductive danger of nationalism at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec

4/8, 4 PM the world’s most popular renaissance vocal ensemble, Stile Antico tackle one of the era’s greatest masterpieces, Tomás Luis de Victoria’s Tenebrae Responsories at Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St, $10 tix avail

4/8, 4 PM the brand-new Clarosa String Quartet play a program TBA at the Dreck Center at the Brooklyn Public Library, free, no under-sixes.

4/8, 10 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly at Bembe, 81 S 6th St, Williamsburg

4/10, 8 PM night two of this year’s MATA festival of new music with the East Coast debut of Mexico’s only independent new music ensemble, Liminar playing works by Sergey Khismatov’s D-Musik – for soprano broadcast from within a shower in the offices of the venue – plus works by Carlos Iturralde, Juro Kim Feliz and Annie Gosfield at the Kitchen, $25

4/10-15, 7:30/9:30 PM iconic jazz bassist Christian McBride with trumpeter Josh Evans, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, drummer Nasheet Waits at Dizzy’s Club, $25

4/10-14, 8:30 PM ubiquitously terse, interesting drummer Tomas Fujiwara leads a series of ensembles at the new Stone, $20. Choice pick: 4/11 with Amir ElSaffar (trumpet); Ole Mathisen (tenor saxophone), wow

4/10, 8:30 PM popular, pensive retro C&W/bluegrass/soul singer Dori Freeman at City Vineyard, $12

4/10-14, 8:30 PM lyrical Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi with Scott Colley (bass) Clarence Penn (drums) reprising his smartly terse live album recorded at the Vanguard, $30

4/10, 9:30 PM the Bronx Conexion play their mighty salsa big band jazz at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe

4/10, 11 PM ethereal folk noir songstress Belle-Skinner – who wrote the chilling ballad John Wayne Gacy Jr. – at the Mercury, $10

4/11, 8 PM night three of this year’s MATA festival  of new music with Liminar playing works by  Kristin Boussard, Sky Macklay, Valentin Pelisch, Michael Winter and David T. Little at the Kitchen, $25

4/11, 9:30 PM the whip comes down when subversive chanteuse/provocatrice Tammy Faye Starlite reprises her legendary Lakeside Lounge Stones cover nights by playing Some Girls in its entirety at Joe’s Pub, $15

4/12. 7 PM violinist Abraham Brody and Lithuanian folk ensemble Trys Keturiose put a haunting new spin on ancient work and field songs at National Sawdust, $20 adv tix rec

4/12, 7:30 PM the Aeolus Quartet playBeethoven: Quartet in F major, Op. 18, No. 1; Ives: Quartet No. 2 at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/12, 8 PM haunting all-female Bulgarian vocal choir Black Sea Hotel followed by popular indie classical orchestra the Knights playing new arrangements of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances plus a world premiere arrangement of Ligeti’s Hungarian Rock by Knights horn player, Michael P. Atkinson at Bric Arts, $18 adv tix rec

4/12, 8 PM night four of this year’s MATA festival of new music features nightmare-themed works by Erin Rogers, Ken Ueno, Du Yun, Aaron Graham, Jenny Hettne, Steven Whiteley and Chris Perren at the Kitchen, $25]

 

4/12, 8 PM oceanically-inspired, relevant atmospheric sound artist Julia Santoli with sound artist Geng at Issue Project room, free 

4/12, 8 PM dazzlingly eclectic purist jazz singer Brianna Thomas and her group at Greenwich House Music School, $27

4/13, 7:30/9:30 PM alto saxophonist Caroline Davis leads a quintet with Noah Preminger on tenor at the Jazz Gallery, $25. Damn – those two out front, could be some serious fireworks

4/13, 8 PM crystalline-voiced noir Americana songwriter Jessie Kilguss followed eventually at 10 by first-rate purist honkytonk crooner/bandleader Clifford Westfall at Hank’s, $8

4/13, 8 PM Claire Chase and ensemble play a Du Yun premiere; gamelanesque percussionist/composer Susie Ibarra debuts her Filipino talking gong project at Bric Arts, free w/rsvp 

4/13, 8 PM night five of this year’s MATA festival of new music features “greatest hits” from past festivals  by Randy Hostetler, Carlos Gutierrez Quiroga,rKate Moore and Eric Wubbels’s played by pianist Vicky Chow, Sandbox Percussion and Face the Music at the Kitchen, $25

4/13, 8 PM the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra play an all-Leonard Bernstein program: the Candide Overture and other works at Symphony Space, $25

4/13, 9 PM pianist Shai Wosner plays late Schubert sonatas at the 92nd St. Y, $30

4/13. 10 PM fiddler Diane Stockwell’s high-voltage Fresh Baked Bluegrass at Sunny’s

4/13, midnight, haphazardly careening, occasionally theatrical dreampop/noiserockers Gold Dime at Baby’s All Right, $12

4/14, noon the Queens Jazz Overground festival with a lineup TBA at Flushing Town Hall, free

4/14, 7:30 PM Ethan Philbrick leads six works for cello and string quratet at Dixon Place, free

4/14, 8 PM ageless CB’s era funk-punk/postrockers the Bush Tetras at the Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/14, 8 PM night six of this year’s MATA festival of new music features chamber ensemble Contemporaneous playing theatrical and dance-oriented works by Andreas Eduardo Frank, David Kirkland Garner, William Dougherty, Jennifer Higdon and Jenna Lyle at the Kitchen, $25

4/14, 8:30 PM Jeremy Flower, John Hollenbeck, Ethan Iverson, Carla Kihlstedt, Christopher Tordini & Patrick Zimmerli play songs of mourning and the passage of time at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/14, 9:30 PM urban country legends Miller’s Farm – who did the original dis song about the L train – at Hill Country

4/14, 11ish Jack Grace‘s legendary, raucous 90s jamband Steak at Hank’s

4/15, 11 AM (in the morning) Chad Hoopes, violin and David Fung, piano play works by Ravel, Dvorak and Prokofiev at Walter Reade Theatre on 65th St. east of Broadway, $22

4/15, 4 PM carrillon player Dionisio A. Lind followed by organist Christopher Johnson playing a program TBA followed by the Combined Choirs of the Annual English Handbell Festival at Riverside Church, $20

4/15. 6:30 PM slinky Middle Eastern dance jamband Yemen Blues at Symphony Space, $18/$10 stud/srs

4/15, 7 PM improvisational multi-reed and bass magic Ned Rothenberg and Mark Dresser at Jack, $15

4/15, 8 PM the Last Revel play their wild oldtimey string band music at the Jalopy, $15

4/15. 8 PM 80s NJ janglerock icons the Feelies at Rough Trade, $25. Note that the 4/13-14 shows are sold out

4/16, 7 PM the Nels Cline 4 feat. Julian Lage, Scott Colley & Tom Rainey at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tix rec

4/17, 7 PM Twosense – pianist Lisa Moore and cellist Ashley Bathgate – play new works by Paul Dresher, Ingram Marshall, Jack Perla, Amy Beth Kirsten and Martin Bresnick at the  Poisson Rouge, $20 adv tix rec

4/17, 7:30 PM Trio Vitruvi play works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Dvorak at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, $25. 4/26 at 7:30 PM they play works by Dvorak, Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven at Scandinavia House

4/17, 7:30 PM Norwegian string quartet Quartetto Testosterone – all-male, one assumes but you never know – play both of Grieg’s quartets at Scandinavia House, free

4/17, 8 PM pyrotechnic blues guitarist Ana Popovic – who plays a ton of notes but doesn’t waste them – at Highline Ballroom, $20 adv tix rec

4/17-22. 8:30 PM brilliant bassist/composer Linda May Han Oh leads her quintet with Ben Wendel (saxophone) Matt Stevens (guitar) Fabian Almazan (piano) Rudy Royston (drums) at the Vanguard

4/17, 9 PM hypnotic postrock/art-rock/psychedelic supergroup Heroes of Toolik at Sunny’s

4/17, 10ish popular, pummeling postrockers Russian Circles at Elsewhere, $25

4/18, 6  PM oud/kora wizard Kane Mathi leads his oud power trio at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/18, 7/9 PM hauntingly tuneful, propulsive Lebanese jazz pianist Tarek Yamani and vibraphonist Sasha Berliner at the Cunningham studio space at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 W. 37th St, $20

4/18, 7:30/9:30 PM intense, lyrical, politically fearless tenor saxophonist Roxy Coss leads her sextet at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/18, 7:30 PM Seth Parker Woods, cello, with Ashleigh Gordon, viola play a world premiere by Giorgio Nett and works by Claudio Gabriele, Matthias Pintscher, and Giacinto Scelsi at the Italian Academy at Columbia, 1161 Amsterdam Ave south of 118th, free

4/18, 9 PM purist retro dark Americana harmony band the Cactus Blossoms at Bowery Ballroom, $15

4/18, 9 PM charming front-porch folk duo Anna & Elizabeth play the record release show for their new one with special guest drummer Jim White and pedal steel sorceress Susan Alcorn at the Park Church Coop in Greenpoint, $tba

4/19, 6/7:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and vibraphonist Joel Ross improvise two sets in response to artwork by Terry Winter at the Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St, free w/rsvp 

4/19, 7 PM La Camerata Washington Heights play works by pan-latin composers Víctor Jara, Violeta Parra, Luis Dias, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Mercedes Sosa, Pablo Milanes, Silvio Rodriguez, at Aaron Davis Hall on the CCNY campus between W 133rd and 135th St on Convent Avenue. free w/rsvp  

4/19, 7:30 PM French-Tunisian saxophonist Yacine Boulares, French cellist Vincent Segal, and American drummer Nasheet Waits reimagine the forgotten tambeli tradition—a healing trance sound created by the descendants of sub-Saharan slaves brought to Tunisia – at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/19, 7:30 PM luminous, astonishingly eclectic, wickedly tuneful cello-rock badass Serena Jost  plays the album release show for her new solo release Up to the Sky at St. Peter’s Church,346 W 20th Street between 8th & 9th Ave $10, reception to follow

4/19, 7:30/9:30 PM some real improvisational brilliance: Mike McGinnis – clarinet; Art Lande – piano; Steve Swallow – bass at the Jazz Standard, $25

4/19, 8 PM fearlessly relevant latin rock songwriter and protest song connoisseur Ani Cordero at Greenwich House Music School $15

4/19, 8 PM the Del Sol String Quartet play an all-Rzewski concert at the Miller Theatre, $20 tix avail

4/19-22, 8:30/10:30 PM iconic alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett at the Blue Note, $20 standing room avail

4/19, 9ish badass all-female swing harmony trio the Tickled Pinks sing an Elvis tribute at Hank’s

4/20, 5:30 PM darkly torchy southwestern gothic/Europolitan songwriter/guitarist Miwa Gemini, rockabilly bassist Laura Rebel Angel, and socially conscious rapper Melissa Czarnik at the American Folk Art Museum

4/20, 7 PM the Orchestra Now  play Schubert, Symphony No. 8; Vaughan Williams, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet Suite at Aaron Davis Hall, on the CCNY campus between W133rd and 135th St on Convent Ave, free w/rsvp 

4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM paradigm-shifting trumpeter/santoorist Amir ElSaffar mashes up Middle Eastern and Indian sounds with the Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jazz Gallery, $25

4/20, 7:30 PM 70s era salsa percussionist/bandleader Eddie Montalvo y su Orquesta at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

4/20, 7:30/9:30 PM the massive Evan Sherman Big Band  at Dizzy’s Club, $20

4/20, 8 PM Nowhere Near (dark art-rock guitar icon Martin Bisi and drummer Bob Bert) followed by Ex-Cop (ex-Cop Shoot Cop, haha) and then New Old Skull (3/4 of 80s noiserock legends Live Skull) at St. Vitus, $15

4/20, 8 PM the Dirty Waltz Band- a seven-piece group playing more than a dozen instruments in 3/4 time from Balkan, Irish, jazz, blues and American folk traditions, politically-inspired cover band the Occasionalists and darkly enigmatic singer Erika Simonian’s rainy-day indie project Little Silver at Littlefield, $15

4/20, 8 PM hard-hitting, brass-fueled newschool latin soul/boogaloo dance band Spanglish Fly and brassy, spot-on Fela cover band Chop & Quench at Flushing Town Hall, $16/$10 stud/srs

4/20, 8 PM blistering post-Sonic Youth noiserock trio Weeping Icon and the even more deliciously abrasive Elizabeth Colour Wheel at Holo, $15 

4/20, 8 PM epic cello rockers Break of Reality at the Poisson Rouge, $25 adv tx rec

4/20, 8 PM New Orleans-tinged hard funk band Here Come the Mummies at Highline Ballroom, $25 adv tix req 

4/20, 8 PM a night of seven-channel experimental works by cellist Leila Bordreuil, singer Ka Baird, and sound artists MV Carbon and Muyassar Kurdi at Holo, $10

4/20, 8:30 PM noisy, hazily jangly, psychedelic slowcore/free jazz/avant instrumentalists Sunwatchers  and post-Syd Barrett-ish Obits spinoff Savak at the Bell House, $15

4/20, 9ish exotic vibraphone-driven surf band the Vibro-jets  at Troost

4/20, 10 PM stoner 70s Murder City style rockers Sun Voyager play the album release show for their new one at Baby’s All Right, $10

4/20, 11 PM the darkly eclectic, enigmatic Lorraine Leckie  – equally adept at Slavic and Americana noir and dark cabaret – at Sidewalk

4/21, 6:30 PM the final night of this year’s MATA festival  of new music is really wild: “Nadia Botello’s Sono/Aqua, part of MATA’s unique and vital initiative devoted to female-identifying composer-performers, A Room of One’s Own, will be a truly immersive event. The audience, having passed through stages of listening from the audible to the vibrational, will be invited to enter a sonified pool to become one with sound: generating, altering, and ultimately becoming sound incarnate,” at Imagine Swimming, 40 Harrison St west of Greenwich in Tribeca., $25, “tickets allow entry to the space for the duration of the event and for timed entry to the pool itself. Visitors will be required to sign a waiver in order to enter the pool. Not recommended for children, or for those with epilepsy or similar conditions”

4/21, 7:30 PM drummer Dan Pugach leads his nonet with Nicole Zuraitis on the mic   playing the album release show for their new one at the Cutting Room, $15 adv tix rec

4/21, 7:30 PM Glass Farm Ensemble e play works by Jonathan Harvey, Yvonne Troxler, Claude Vivier, Alfred Zimmerlin and Balz Trümpy at Symphony Space, $25

4/21 8 PM cellist Mariel Roberts performs Davíð Brynjar Franzson’s Cartography of Time; Boston-based saxophone and viola duo Patchtax perform New York premieres; powerhouse soprano Mellissa Hughes does Great American Songbook material;improvisations by Peter Evans (trumpet) and Levi Lorenzo (percussion) with special guests Dan Peck (tuba) and percussionist Dennis Sullivan at the Invisible Dog Arts Center, 51 Bergen St. off Smith, Carroll Gardens, F to Bergen St., free w/rsvp

4/21, 8ish eclectic, tuneful accordionist/songwriter Ali Dineen and brilliant Elysian Fields guitarist Oren Bloedow at the Owl, $10

4/21, 8 PM the Ureuk Symphony Orchestra play Korean art songs and orchestral works by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven at Merkin Concert Hall, $25 tix avail

4/21, 9ish wryly retro, period-perfect classic 60s style female-fronted honkytonk band the Bourbon Express, playing the album release show for their new one plus wickedly catchy Americana/paisley underground rockers Girls on Grass  at Hank’s

4/21. 9:30 PM wryly surreal Lynchian parlor pop duo the Dream Eaters at Pine Box Rock Shop

4/21, 10 PM hard-hitting bassist Dawn Drake & Zapote play hot Afrobeat-tinged funk grooves at  at Silvana

4/21-22, 10 PM predictably tuneful Americana highway rocker Kevin Morby at Bowery Ballroom, $20

4/22, 2 PM the reliably entertaining, adventurous Chelsea Symphony play Michael Boyman — The Howling Wilderness (world premiere); Alan Hovhaness — And God Created Great Whales, op. 229, no. 1; John Luther Adams — Become Ocean in the ocean life section of the Museum of Natural History, free wmuseum adm

4/22, 2 PM violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Jeremy Denk play Ives sonatas at the Town Hall, $15

4/22, 2:30 PM an all-ages punk and punkish quadruplebill: dark second-wave style ska crew the Ladrones, intense charismatic danceable metal cumbia/skaragga/latin rockers Escarioka, girlpunks Babe Patrol & Ensemble Cavalera at Brooklyn Bazaar, $10

4/24, 6:30 PM New York Baroque Incorporated play works for two and three viols by Schenck, Couperin, and Marais, with musicians Wen Yang, Sarah Cunningham, and Shirley Hunt at the Morgan Library, $25

4/24, 7:30/9:30 PM tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock’s Anti-House 4 with Mary Halvorson – guitar; Kris Davis – piano at the Jazz Gallery, $15

4/24. 8 PM the Columbia University Orchestra play Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony, Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to “Candide” and the Griffes Poem for Flute and Orchestra, featuring soloist Aimee Tomer at Symphony Space, free

4/24-28, 8:30 PM playfully soaring pan-latin avant jazz songstress Sofia Rei leads a series of ensembles at the new Stone, $20.. Choice pick: 4/26 with “lides, Stills & Snapshots: Sara Serpa, Kyoko Kitamura, JD Walter, Monika Heidemann, Aubrey Johnson, Grecia Albán (vocals)

4/25, 6 PM koto player Masayo Ishigure with fellow kotoist Chris Vancil and shamisen player Tomoko Kerr at the Rubin Museum of Art, free w/museum adm

4/25, 7 PM legendary Sexmob drummer Kenny Wollesen’s twin-vibraphone Uzupis project with singer Laima Griciute at National Sawdust, $25 adv tix rec

4/25, 8:30 PM brilliant oldtime blues guitar/banjo/piano genius Jerron Blind Boy Paxton at Iridium, $25

4/25, 10 PM inscrutable, tropically-tinged psychedelic singer/bandleader Renata Ziegeur at Elsewhere, $12

4/26, 7:30 PM toy piano icon Margaret Leng Tan premires works by George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin and Kelly Moran at Merkin Concert Hall, $25

4/26, 7:30 PM, repeating on 4/28 at 8 the NY Philharmonic play Sibelius’ Pohjola’s Daughter and Dvorak’s Concerto for Orchestra plus Debussy’s Fantaisie with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes  at Avery Fisher Hall, $30 tix avail

4/26, 8 PM brilliant Middle Eastern percussionist April Centrone with ney flutist/multi-instrumentalist Bassam Saba and NY Arabic Orchestra members at Greenwich House Music School, $27

4/26, 10 PM popular, purist blue-eyed soul crooner Eli Paperboy Reed at Brooklyn Bazaar, $12

4/27, 6:30 PM angst-fueled blue-eyed soulstress and Americana singer Jessi Robertson – a real force of nature – at the American Folk Art Museum

4/27, 7:30 PM Gustavo Dudamel conducts the LA Philharmonic in a performance of Esa-Pekka Salonen: Pollux (New York premiere); Varèse: Amériques; Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 at Avery Fisher Hall ,$35 tix avail

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

4/27, 9ish enigmatic experimental indie vets Wet Tuna with Matt Valentine and P.G. Six at Wonders of Nature

4/28, 2 PM the amazingly eclectic Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble play Shostakovich Piano Trio no. 2, T.J. Tario’s Between the River Styx, plus works byTina Kenny Jones and a world premiere piano trio by the Shostakovian Andrew Rosciszewski at the S. I. Museum (1000 Richmond Terrace, Building “A”, Staten Island). $15 

4/28, 6 PM  saxophonist Arun Luthra’s Indian-inspired Konnakol Jazz Project with James Francies – piano, Evan Gregor – bass, Kenny Grohowski – drums at Flushing Town Hall, free w/rsvp  

4/28, 8 PM Mary Kate Small – who wrote the classic parody hit White Christians – and the boisterously amusing David Dodson at the People’s Voice Cafe, sugg don, $20, “more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away”

4/28-29, 8 PM the perennially intense, tuneful godfather of edgy, lyrical, anthemic downtown NYC rock, Willie Nile at City Winery, $30 standing room avail

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

4/28, 8 PM lyrical, Balkan-inspired pianist Uri Caine – just back from Dave Douglas tour – at Russ & Daughters, free

4/28, 9:30 PM legendary Irish crooner Pierce Turner – sort of the missing link between the Pogues and the Moody Blues – at Joe’s Pub, $25

4/29, 2 PM the Juilliard String Quartet play works by Haydn, Dvorak and Bartok’s harrowing String Quartet No. 5 at the Town Hall, $15

4/29, 2:30 PM the Greenwich Village Orchestra play Verdi’s Requiem Aeternam at Church of the Incarnation, 209 Madison Ave

4/29, 3 PM Chinese Music Ensemble of New York – the only full-size Chinese orchestra in the Americas – play their 2017 annual spring concert at Merkin Concert Hall,  $25

4/29, 4 PM  singer Nora Fischer, the Ragazze Quartet and Remco Menting perform Morris Kliphuis’ harrowing, dystopic The Secret Diary of Nora Plain, examining surveillance and police-state monitoring as experienced by an ordinary teenage girl, at National Sawdust, $30 adv tix rec.

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

4/29, 8 PM the Phalanx Trio: Matt Mitchell – piano; Kim Cass – bass Kate Gentile – drums followed by guitarist Ryan Blotnick’s KUSH with Michael Blake – saxophones; Ross Gallagher – bass; RJ Miller – drums at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, $15

4/30, 7:30 PM cleverly lyrical, coolly intriguing jazz chanteuse Dorian Devins leads her trio at the Bar Next Door, 

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

5/1, 8 PM allstar Romany guitar jazz royalty: the Django Festival Allstars (guitarist Dorado Schmitt, his sons Samson and Amati, accordionist Ludovic Beier, violinist Pierre Blanchard, guitarists Doudou Cuillerier and Francko Mehrstein with Antonio Licusati and Gino Roman on bass) plus special gests singer Melody Gardot and reedman Ken Peplowski at Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall

5/2, 9 PM hypnotically psychedelic Saharan desert rockers Imharhan at Rough Trade, $15. Or you could go see them for free on 5/3 at 7:30 PM at the Lincoln Center Atrium

5/3, 9 PM high-energy retro soul/Americana band the California Honeydrops  at Bowery Ballroom, $20 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/4, 7:30 PM Crampsy ghoul-surf/noir garage band Twin Guns  and noir cabaret/goth rock legend David J at Berlin, $12. Mr. Haskins (if you’re a Bauhaus fan, you get that) is also at the Owl the following night, 5/5 at 8 with this era’s greatest dark rock pianist, Botanica‘s Paul Wallfisch for two bucks less in the tip jar

5/5, 7:30 PM the Dover String Quartet with violist Steven Tenenbom play works by Haydn, Borodin and Mozart at Irving HS Auditorium, 17th/Irving Place, $15

5/6, 9 PM diverse, upbeat, lyrical Americana/bluegrass string band and Steve Martin collaborators the Steep Canyon Rangers at Bowery Ballroom, $17 adv tix avail. at the Mercury

5/10, 7:30 PM high-voltage oldschool-style Detroit soulstress Thornetta Davis at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/11, 9 PM jangly Dylanesque acoustic dude Hiss Golden Messenger followed by lush, artsy Americana band Trampled by Turtles at the Nokia Theatre, $25

5/14, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, Ensemble Signal plays works by Helmut Lachenmann at the Miller Theatre, free

5/18, 9 PM broodingly lyrical Nashville gothic band Leland Sundries at Bowery Ballroom, $15 adv tix avail. at the Mercury. Avoid the putrid headlining poser-rock band at all costs.

5/19, 7 PM magical Persian/Turkish improvisations with kamancheh fiddle icon Kayhan Kalhor and baglama player Erdal Erzincan at the Schimmel Center at Pace University on Spruce St. in the financial district, $30 tix avail

5/24, 7:30 PM newschool Cuban salsa jazz quintet Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

5/29, 7 PM accordionist/sitarist Kamala Sankaram’s hot surfy Bollywood/cumbia/psychedelic rock band Bombay Rickey – a launching pad for her spellbinding four-octave voice – play the album release show for their new one at the Cutting Room

5/31, 7:30 PM Punjabi-American soul with Zeshan B at the Lincoln Center Atrium, free, early arrival advised

6/5, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6, the Spektral Quartet play works by George Lewis, David Fulmer and Eliza Brown at the Miller Theatre, free

6/12, drinks at 5:30 PM, show at 6 the Mivos Quartet’s Olivia De Prato plays solo violin works by Ned Rothenberg, Missy Mazzoli and others at the Miller Theatre, free

Prolific Britrock Polymath Edward Rogers’ Latest Album Is His Best Ever

In 1976, the face of the next decade, if not the decades after was profoundly altered by the UK punk rock explosion. But does anybody remember what the bestselling UK album of 1976 was? It sure wasn’t by the Sex Pistols. And it wasn’t by David Bowie, or Pink Floyd, or Led Zeppelin either. It was a compilation by Americana hack Slim Whitman sold exclusively via tv infomercial. That paradox capsulizes the thought-provoking, sweepingly elegaic esthetic of Edward Rogers’ latest album TV Generation, streaming at Soundcloud. The epic fourteen-track collection chronicles the grim decline of a society that ignored digital intrusions on their privacy and their freedom until it was too late.  He’s playing the Cutting Room on Feb 22 at 7:30 M, opening for the world’s foremost twelve-string guitarist, Marty Willson-Piper, a similarly brilliant, acerbic songwriter and former member of Australian psychedelic legends the Church. Cover is $20.

Originally a drummer, Rogers narrowly escaped a grisly death in a New York City subway calamity that cost him the use of two of his limbs. But he persevered, reinvented himself as a crooner and songwriter and nearly twenty years down the line,  has built a formidable body of work that draws on classic glam, art-rock and psychedelic styles from the 60s and 70s. This latest album is his tour de force: in context, it’s his Scary Monsters, his Message From the Country, his London Calling, simply one of the best and most relevant albums released this decade.

“Are you wake it awake yet…let’s move along! Turn ont the tv!” Rogers hollers as the album’s tumbling, hypnotic, Beatlesque opening track,gets underway:

So many stories
Too many black holes
Keep you hypnotized
As they take their toll

With James Mastro’s simmering Mick Ronson-esque guitar paired against terse sax, 20th Century Heroes could be the great lost Diamond Dogs track, an enigmatic chronicle of corporate media archetypes whose fifteen minutes expired a long time ago falling one by one as the years catch up with them. Rogers follows that with No Words, a Bowie elegy set to a lush, elegantly fluttering  contrapuntal string arrangement.

The savage kiss-off anthem Gossips, Truth and Lies chimes along on a gorgeous twelve-string guitar arrangement capped off by a tantalizingly brief solo. By contrast, it’s easy to imagine ELO’s Jeff Lynne singing Wounded Conversations, a sunny, jazz-tinged 70s Stylistics-style soul-jazz ballad grounded by fluid, resonant organ.

The album’s centerpiece – and one of the most haunting songs released in the last year – is Listen to Me. Over a brooding wash of mellotron and moody acoustic twelve-string guitar, Rogers offers a challenge to the distracted millions to escape the surveillance-state lockdown:

Voices we hear all around us
Are out to control
Don’t wait for a postmortem
No one wants to know about
Isn’t too long til lost promises
Is this what you want for your future
More lies than we can count
…written by me through your own peephole

Rogers goes back to rip-roaring Stonesy early 70s Bowie for Sturdy Man’s Shout. On This Wednesday in June begins spare and reflective and then explodes, recalling the 1989 Montreal Ecole Polytechnique mass shooting – how sad that this song would be so relevant at this moment in history.

The austere baroque-tinged Terry’s World sends a shout-out to one of Manhattan’s last newsstand owners – an endangered job, “a life denied.” Rogers follows that with The Player, a sardonic, Kinks-style ba-bump portrait of an old codger who can’t take his eyes off the girls he probably wouldn’t have kept his hands off a half-century ago.

The Kinks in baroque-psych mode also inform Alfred Bell, a brisk stroll through a burnt-out schoolteacher’s drab day. The question is, should we be feeling sorry for this poor sap, or the kids who get stuck in his class?

With its gloriously acidic lead guitar, the album’s catchiest and hardest-rocking number is She’s the One, a portrait of a girl who gets what she deserves since she nothing’s ever good enough for her. The album closes with the wryly titled TV Remixxx, a goofy psychedelic mashup of themes from the title track. If you wish that Bowie was still alive and making great records, get this one.