Music Listings – 1/20 through 1/26/2014

1. Jeremy Wilms’ “DIAMOND PEOPLE” CD Release Party

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Time: 7:15pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $15
Genre: progressive-jazz-improv music

Whether playing alongside jazz legend Chico Hamilton or indie rockers TV on the Radio, collaborating with members of Sonic Youth or with Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, laying down grooves on Broadway stages or in Brooklyn Afrobeat band Antibalas, multi- instrumentalist Jeremy Wilms has enjoyed a fruitful career playing other people’s music. Now, with Diamond People, Wilms finally seizes the opportunity to reveal his own individual sound with a wide-ranging and vibrant set of original music.

Wilms is a founding member of the bands Chin Chin and Big Mono and currently leads the prog rock band NOMOTO. He is also a gifted singer/songwriter, with an album in that vein in the works for 2014. Wilms has composed music for several soundtrack recordings, including the Sundance Channel series Iconoclasts, the CNN documentary Far From Home, and PBS’ online educational series Math Club.

Jeremy Wilms: Guitar
Danton Boller: Bass
Tomas Fujiwara: Drums
Matt Hilgenberg: Trumpet
Cohemea Gastelum: Saxophone


Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: The Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia St., NY, NY 10014)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/Indian music

NAMASKAR is a fresh and innovative approach towards jazz, Indian and soul music, embodying the integrative spirit of our time. The ensemble combines well known compositions from the Indian Golden Era of Bollywood with North and South India ragas, and modern American jazz in all its diversity, to craft an irresistibly beautiful artistic statement. Percussionist Sameer Gupta, known as one of the few percussionists representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian Classical music on tabla, leads a world-class ensemble.

Sameer Gupta, drums;  Marc Cary, piano;  Arun Ramamurthy, violin;  Marika Hughes, cello;  Rashaan Carter, bass

Related Posts

CD Review: Sameer Gupta “Namaskar” – a unique approach to Indian / jazz fusion

Concert review: a night of Indian-American music, another example of great local talent reaching forward into new territory!

3. Sarah Bernstein – Kid Millions & Andrea Parkins – Tristan Shepherd

Date: Monday, January 20, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue:  JACK ( 505 ½ Waverly Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238 Between Fulton – Atlantic in Clinton Hill, C or G train to Clinton-Washington)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/duo improvs

SARAH BERNSTEIN (violin/vocals) and KID MILLIONS (drums) (8:00pm)

followed by

ANDREA PARKINS (accordion/electronics) and TRISTAN SHEPHERD (turntables/electronics) (9:00pm)

4. Truculently Audacious

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Tomi Jazz (239 E 53rd St, New York, New York 100220
Tickets: $5
Genre: trio jazz

Truculently Audacious: the band/project led by bassist/composer/performer Holly Ann Cordero.

Cordero started playing piano when she was five, bass at age 14, and guitar at 15. Her interest in all aspects of music has propelled her on a most interesting and fruitful musical journey. She claims to have been most inspired by John Cage and his idea that Life itself is music; and tries to capture that idea in her compositions.

The line up is: Holly Cordero – bass, Drew Williams – sax, bass clarinet, Renato Diz – piano, and Steve Picataggio – drums

Related Post: Recommended Concert: Renegade Sufi & Truculently Audacious @ Drom next Sunday!

5. Jazz Across the Americas: Colombia & Peru

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia/Symphony Space (2537 Broadway @ 95th Street, NYC,  212-864-5400)
Tickets: free
Genre: a conversation  with composers

Featuring: Gabriel Alegria, Laura Andrea Leguía, Pablo Mayor, Ivonne Paredes, and Gregorio Uribe – Moderated by Arturo O’Farrill

In anticipation of Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s February 14 & 15th concerts at Symphony Space entitled, Jazz Across the Americas: Colombia & Peru, join us for a conversation that explores traditional rhythms and music of Colombia and Peru and their adaption to the big band jazz format by some of today’s most vital composers and musicians on the New York jazz scene. These artists have both a clear connection and education in jazz arranging and composing styles and dedication to their indigenous roots. These are musicians who in embracing jazz do not abandon their identities or culture, they are cognizant of the American ideals and aesthetic in jazz and recognize those qualities in their own forms, they seek to synthesize a hybrid that is neither American nor Peruvian or Colombian but really Pan American, not jazz, not Latin but a music of the future.

6. Jiaju Shen (pipa) + Brandon Terzic (oud)

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Rubin Museum (150 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011,  212-620-5000)
Ticket: free
Genre: pipa -oud music

Jiaju Shen specializing in the traditional Pipa, an instrument similar to the lute and steeped in thousands of years in history, she has demonstrated her virtuosity in various important venues, performing at the Shanghai Expo in 2010, the Shanghai Spring Festival Gala in 2011, the Summer Stage Festival in 2013, and the Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration in 2013. She also was one of only 200 women in all of China chosen as a medal presenter at the 2008 Olympic Games. As a member of the Shanghai Performance Artists Workers Union, she has planned and participated in more than a dozen charity performances in the community. Shen currently lives in Queens, New York.

Multi-instrumentalist Brandon Terzic has been a fixture on the NYC world music scene for the last 16 years. He has trail blazed the mixing of African, Middle Eastern, Flamenco and Downtown NYC Jazz styles into a cohesive whole. He performs regularly with his different ensembles and as a sideman.

7. Farah Siraj

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003, 212-967-7555)
Tickets: $20
Genre: arabian flamenco jazz

Named the “Norah Jones of the Middle East” (TimeOut New York), jordanian virtuoso Farah Siraj will present her first show of 2014 in New York at Joe’s Pub. With her “vivacious arabian flamenco jazz”

(Rolling Stone Magazine) and lush arabian voice, Farah has toured the United States, Europe, South America, the Middle East and India, mesmerizing millions with her music.

8. Timo Vollbrecht Group

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm
Venue: German Consulate NYC (871 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017)
Genre: jazz

From Berlin with love is the motto of the evening. The German Consulate General presents the Timo Vollbrecht Group this coming Thursday, 6:30pm, at 871 United Nations Plaza in New York. My group, fueled by cultural diversity and inspired by the urban sounds of Berlin and New York, creates a genuine sound that captivates music fans and jazz lovers alike. A reception with drinks and German pretzels will follow this stylish event. Important detail: Tickets ($5) are only available via eventbrite at

9. East Winds Ensemble

Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia/Symphony Space (2537 Broadway @ 95th Street, NYC,  212-864-5400)
Tickets: $25; Members: $22; Seniors, Students, Children: $15
Genre: Japanese classical music

East Winds Ensemble is presenting a program to celebrate the New Year. A unique concert performed by two international masters of Japanese music Marco Lienhard and Masayo Ishigure. An evening of shakuhachi, koto, shamisen and piano music. The concert will feature Charles Tang on piano and it will feature songs of the new CD of classical music arranged for Japanese instrument piano and shakuhachi. The concert will also include traditional as well as modern compositions such as Haru No Umi, Chaondo, Sanan, Leap, Vocalise,  Bach’s Air in G and more.

East Winds Ensemble has travelled internationally in Japan, Mexico, Russia,  Europe and South America. They recently toured Brazil with the Japan Foundation. Masayo Ishigure and Marco Lienhard have appeared at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, etc. and on numerous national and international TV programs (Regis and Kathie Lee, PBS specials, etc). Their best selling albums are available on Marco, iTunes and

10. The Cinesthesia Soundpainting Orchestra

Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: LaunchPad (721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Ticket: $5
Genre: jazz

Presenting a full length concert of live-composed music through soundpainting.

Ryo Konishi-Woodwinds
Tom Weeks – Woodwinds
Moira Lo Bianco– Keyboard
Sam Day Harmet – Mandolin
Zack Nestel-Patt – Bass
Alessio Romano– Drums
Yeonathan Shachar- Soundpainter

11. Journey Agent Orchestraw. Tomchess

Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 10pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $15
Genre: oriental sounds with jazz improv

Journey Agenticity Concerto/Conduction for Solo Oud and Ney

Tomchess-Oud, Ney, Composer & Conduction: On K’aa Davis

Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris is the originator of Conduction (a term borrowed from physics), a type of structured free improvisation where Morris directs and conducts an improvising ensemble with a series of hand and baton gestures.

Journey Agent Orchestra:
Ryan Snow-Trombone
Kenny Warren-Trumpet
Clarie DeBrunner-Bassoon
Terry Keevil-Oboe
Stephen Harms-Cello
Erika Kaplan-Violin

Mehdi Darvishi-Daf
Dan Kurfirst-Percussion
Will McEvoy-Upright Bass


Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Venue: Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, NY 10002-7351, Phone: 212-473-0043)
Ticket: free
Genre: improv/jazz

Ras Moshe -Reeds and Flute
Kyoko Kitamura-Voice
Anders Nilsson-Guitar
Andrew Drury-Percussion

 13. Pyrrhon with Ron Anderson’s Pak / Couch Slut

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Time: 8pm & 9pm
Venue: The Grand Victory (245 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $8
Genre: hard rock/metal/noise

(Hard Rock/Metal)
(Hard Rock/Metal)
(Hard Rock/Metal)

14. Renegade Sufi

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014
Time: 9pm
Venue: Somethin’ Jazz Club (212 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022, 212-371-7657)
Ticket: $ 12
Genre: sitar-based electronic jazz

Dawoud; sitar & dilruba, Holly Cordero; bass, and Jimmy Lopez; percussion

Renegade Sufi plays a singular blend of sitar-based electronic jazz. Led by multi-instrumentalist and composer Dawoud—who has performed and recorded with such artists as Lauryn Hill, James Blood Ulmer, and Nona Hendryx—the group expands upon classical raga with otherworldly electronics, hypnotic drum loops, and free-jazz-style improvisation to produce deep, trancelike grooves. He will be joined by Jimmy Lopez on percussion and Holly Cordero (bass).