Music Listings – 9/29 through 10/5/2014

1. Oliver Coates

Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $20
Genre: classical/cello music/contemporary music

Oliver Coates makes his NYC debut at Le Poisson Rouge on 9/29/14 with a night of long melodies over cello drones, shimmering textures degrading Chopin samples and a unique collaboration with legends of downtown dance music and minimalism Zummo, Brooks and Ruyle. Coates plays soundtrack music from Under the Skin by Mica Levi, Bach, Xenakis, arrangements of Squarepusher Tommib Help Buss and Messiaen Oraison and drone pieces for polyphonic curved bow and electronics.

He will then perform with composer and trombonist Peter Zummo and his regular collaborators Ernie Brooks and Bill Ruyle. These three have collaborated closely with the late cellist Arthur Russell, and with each other, since the late 1970s, as well as serving time in such legendary outfits as the Lounge Lizards (Zummo), the Modern Lovers (Brooks) and LaMama (Ruyle). The performance serves as a prelude to a UK sextet tour around Zummo’s music with Ralph Cumbers (Bass Clef) and Kevin McIvor (DJ Twitch from Optimo).

2. Leni Stern African Trio

Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 9pm
Venue: Whynot Jazz Room (14 Christopher Street, New York, New York 10014, 646- 756-4145)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: West African music/blues

LENI STERN.  An acclaimed guitarist and vocalist  brings her African music ensemble to Whynot Jazz Room. The music juxtaposes Stern’s trademark inventive guitar and vocal explorations with the indigenous sounds of accomplished African instrumentalists. The result is at once haunting, exuberant, cinematic, personal and resoundingly assured. Featuring Leni Stern (guitar & vocals), Mamadou Ba (bass), and Alioune Faye (percussion).


Date: October 2 through October 17, 2014
Time: check website
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: check website
Genre: Gypsy music

The NY Gypsy Festival celebrates its tenth year with another outstanding performance schedule and a total of six shows from October 2 – 17, 2014.
Highlights include the Desert gypsies from India, RAJASTHANI GYPSY CARAVAN, the eclectic Latin ensemble LAS CAFETERAS, the heavy Serbian brass orchestra BOBAN i MARKO MARKOVIC ORCHESTRA and the bluesy gypsy folk sounds of HAZMAT MODINE.
The festival will also feature Russia’s happiest band PAKAVA IT ORCHESTRA, local heroes ZLATNE USTE, RAYA BRASS BAND and FRANK LONDON’S KLEZMER BRASS ALL-STARS, Slovakia’s (via Baltimore) ORCHESTER PRAZEVICA, and Indian brass-bhangra specialists BLACK MASALA.

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE (artists and showtimes here: and

Thursday, October 2
Festival Opening Night
LAS CAFETERAS (from Mexico)

Saturday, October 4
Balkan Brass 10th Anniversary Marathon

Sunday, October 5
Legends of Serbian Brass Music
at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at PACE University
3 Spruce Street, NY, NY, 10038
Co-presented with Live Sounds

Thursday, October 9
From the Desert of Rajasthan

Friday, October 17
Rocksteady, Calypso & Gypsy Folk

Friday, October 17
Russia’s Happiest Band

Women Voices Festival Flyer DooBeeDooBeeDoo4. WOMEN’S VOICES FESTIVAL

Dates:  October 4, 10, 17 and 24, 2014 
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: St. Peter’s Church (619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street, New York, NY 10022, Telephone 212 935 2200)
Ticket: (suggested donations) $30, $40 VIP (front rows); $20 Students & Seniors w/ID (cash only at door). EARLY BIRD… SAVE! Special discount for series concert (before October 4th)
Genre: Indian vocal classical music

HarmoNYom in collaboration with Robert Browning Associates, is presenting the WOMEN’S VOICES FESTIVAL at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City on OCTOBER, 4, 10, 17 and 24, 2014. (See flyer attached). This is the first Women Festival ever presented in New York!
The Women’s Voices Festival is kindly supported by DooBeeDooBeeDoo.NY.
The series features a wonderful line up of two vocalists and two sitarists:

SATURDAY OCTOBER 4, 7:30PM:soulful Roopa Panesar, rising young sitar star in the UK’s Indian music scene who will be making her New York debut; Gurdain Rayatt – tabla making his USA debut
FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 7:30PM: Hindustani vocal master Meeta Pandit, who has the distinction of being the first female musician in her famous musical family; accompanists: t.b.a.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 17, 7:30PM:versatile sitarist Anupama Bhagwat, one of the worldwide leading female instrumentalists in the gayaki (vocal) style; Nitin Mitta – tabla
FRIDAY OCTOBER 24, 7:30PM:the brilliant teenage vocalist Anandi Bhattacharya, daughter of slide guitar maestro Debashish Bhattacharya, who will be making her New York debut. 
Pt. Ramesh Misra – sarangi & Subhasis Bhattacharya – tabla

+ 7 PM pre-concert talk 
Each concert is preceded by a talk with Indian music specialist curated by author Kavita Das about the evolution of female artists in Indian classical music.

5. Tomas Doncker BAND

Date: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Milk River (960 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11238)
Tickets: $15
Genre: blues, funk, afro-beat

Milk River in association with True Groove Global SOUL presents a weekly Global Soul Celebration. Kicking off this collaboration will be the Tomas Doncker BAND in an evening of blues, funk, afro-beat featuring special guests. Tonight is the celebration of the release of Funky World a True Groove Club/Dub/Dance Compilation. NO COVER NO MINIMUM (but please support Milk River as you can)

6. Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & Whatsnext

Date: Friday, October 3, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $20 & $25
Genre: Turkish jazz

Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol pairs Turkish instruments such as zurna (double reed wind), ney (end-blown flute), kös (large kettledrums) and nekkare (small kettledrums) with a 6-horn jazz combo to perform his Turkish music-influenced compositions, in which Turkish makam (mode) and usul (rhythmic cycles) are intertwined with modern jazz. To achieve this goal, Sanlıkol innovates in both traditions. His compositions stretch the possibilities with Turkish instruments in unprecedented ways, next to jazz trumpeters using extended tubings and alternate fingerings devised by Sanlıkol. At this concert Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol will present such compositions from his new album, entitled Whatsnext.

7. Fred Ho Memorial: A Scientific Soul Green Monster Big Band Tribute

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 9pm
Venue: BAM Cafe (30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217)
Tickets: free
Genre: jazz

“Fred Ho’s style is a genre unto itself, a pioneering fusion of free-jazz and traditional Chinese music that manages to combine truculence and delicacy with such natural ease that it sounds positively organic.”  – DownBeat

The Green Monster Big Band is an 18-piece outfit formed by Fred Ho (The Sweet Science Suite, 2013 Next Wave Festival), the composer—called the “greatest baritone saxophonist of all time” by The New Yorker—who passed away this April. Combining revolutionary politics with African and Asian musical traditions, Ho pioneered a vibrant new form of jazz deployed in service of socialist ideals. Comprising leading jazz luminaries who have performed with the likes of Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, and Gil Evans, the Green Monster Big Band pays tribute to Ho’s visionary spirit.

8. M.A.K.U. SoundSystems

Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: 8pm
Venue: Flushing Town Hall (137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354)
Tickets: $15
Genre: Colombian folklore/Caribbean grooves-psychedelic-electronic dance music

This immigrant band truly puts on an explosive party, embodying an active quest for identity through sound. With hints of Colombian Folklore, Psychedelic-rock, jazz & Caribbean grooves, M.A.K.U. SoundSystems lyrics talk about love, hardships, culture, and the immigrant experience. They’ve taken their fiery grooves on tour across the U.S. and internationally, including Colombia, Canada and Africa. Bring your dancing shoes!
Post-concert Artist Talk Back – Immigrant Beat Members of M.A.K.U. will share their experiences as Latino immigrants in NYC, the quest to understand their culture, and the realities that have shaped their music. Spanish language translation provided.
“a very electric, psychedelic band.”

9. Taikoza

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time: 7pm
Venue: Peter Norton/Symphony Space (2537 Broadway and 95th St., NY, 212-864-5400)
Tickets: $40 (general admission)
Genre: World/Japanese taiko and folklore music

Taikoza will present ancestral Japanese Taiko drumming, bamboo flutes and colorful Japanese dances. The international touring Taiko group – led by director Marco Lienhard – will present new compositions as well as traditional pieces in this unique concert. Special guest from Japan: Ichiro Jishoya.

This will be another memorable event featuring drums of all sizes, with some drums weighing 400 lbs and over 6 feet long, this is a night not to be missed. Marco Lienhard and Ichiro Jishoya are both former members of the legendary group Ondekoza. This concert will celebrate the 150 anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Switzerland and Japan with Swiss born director Marco Lienhard.

Ichiro Jishoya was recently featured in the documentary Drum Out the Drum of Happiness – Inclusion. This concert will be a unique chance to experience Jishoya’s very energetic and youthful energy on the Taiko.

Experience the thunderous rhyhms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear the 100 lb. Taiko drum give thunderous voice to traditional and new compositions.

Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza’s shows are immensely poppular with audiences of all ages.

Drawing from Japan’s rich tradition of music and perfomance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances.

The group has toured internationially and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, etc. Taikoza’s music is featured on Nintendo’s Wii game: Red Steel 1 & 2. The group has performed for the Sumo tournament at Madison Square Garden and tour.

Taikoza presents a very popular program for schools in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Virgian areas for young audiences. Taikoza did a tour of Birmingham, AL area schools funded with a NEA grant that the Birmingham International Festival received.

Taikoza was formed in New York City by members of Ondekoza (the group that started the renaissance of taiko in Japan in the 60s and introduced taiko to the world).

The members of Taikoza have performed in some of the most prestigious halls and locations such as Carnegie Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Suntory Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and House of Music, Osaka Festival Hall, Lincoln Center, Mount Fuji, Miyajima Temple in Hiroshima, Peace Memorial Hall in Hiroshima and many others. They have performed in Russia, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Switzerland, Germany, France, Mexico, Belarus, Republic of Georgia and many more.

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10. Elio Villafranca Quintet

Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Time:  5:30pm & 8pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket (discount):
Genre: Cuban jazz and music

Elio Villafranca will be performing with his new quintet “Any Given Night in Havana.” This performance, featuring the music of Buena Vista Social Club, legendary Descargas, and original compositions, will be a great introduction to 1950s Cuban music and culture.

Featureing: Elio Villafranca – piano, Yunior Terry-bass, Dennis Hernandez-trumpet, Jesus Quinteros-timbales, and Arturo Stable-congas.