Music Listings – 5/11 through 5/17/2015

1. Ray Blue Organ Trio

Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Quinn’s (330 Main Street, Beacon, New York 12508)
Tickets: donation
Genre: jazz

Ray Blue’s music can be described as a fusion of straight ahead jazz and African groove. Ray is a New York bred saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator who performs and conducts workshops and master classes internationally.

Ray Blue, just returned from a European tour, brings his sweet tenor and his band to Quinn’s for a much anticipated return engagement.

The Ray Blue Organ Trio with Ray Blue on sax, Greg Lewis – organ and Phil Young – drums.

2. 3 Trios

Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 9:15pm
Venue: The Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, New York 11206)
Ticket: $7
Genre: improv/free jazz/noise

11pm – Brian Chase (drums) + Chris Pitsiokos (sax) + Stuart Popejoy (bass)

10pm – Weasel Walter (drums) + Tim Dahl (bass) + Craig Flanagin (guitar)

9:15pm – Sarah Bernstein (violin)

3. Afro Roots: Famoro Dioubate and KAKANDE

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: 647 Columbus Ave near W 92nd st (Goddard Riverside)
Ticket: donation
Genre: West African trad music

Famoro Dioubate leads his band Kakande on the balafon (traditional West Africa xylophone).
Famoro Dioubate, bala and vocals
Raul Rothblatt, cello
Yacouba Sissoko, kora
Sylvain Leroux, flutes
Kolipe Camara, djembe
Sean Dixon, bass
Andy Algire, drums
David Ellenbogen, guitar
Missia Saran Dioubate, vocals

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4. Near East River Ensemble/Odglasi/Kane Mathis

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY, Phone: 917-515-5444)
Ticket: donation

Near East River Ensemble performing modern Arabic-influenced music.
Brian Prunka, oud
Bridget Robbins, nay
Marandi Hostetter, violin
Sprocket Royer, bass
Mark Katsaounis, percussion

Odglasi performing classic Macedonian music

Kane Mathis – Kora and Oud instrumentalist. Specialist in West African and Middle Eastern Music

5. Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents Pandit Satish Vyas

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 8:30pm
Venue: Bluebird (504 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225)
Tickets: $10
Genre: Indian Classical Music with the Santoor 

Come join BRM this Wednesday for a special night of Indian Classical Music with Santoor maestro Pandit Satish Vyas and young tabla sensation Anubrata Chatterjee. These exemplary musicians are visiting from India and are we are calling all BRM fans to come show some Raga love!

Pandit Satish Vyas is one of India’s foremost santoor players and is a recipient of the Padmashree award, the fourth highest civilian award given by the Government of India. Born in a family of great musicians, he trained in Santoor under the pioneering maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

Anubrata Chatterjee has risen to become one of India’s leading tabla players of his generation, performing at most major venues and music festivals both as a soloist and an accompanist to great maestros. He is the son and disciple of the legendary Pandit Anindo Chatterjee.

6. Queens New Music Festival 2015

Date: Wednesday, May 13 through Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Secret Theater’s Big Theatre (4402 23rd Street,
Long Island City, Queens, NY 11101) and The Church-in-the-Gardens (50 Ascan Avenue Forest Hills, NY 11375) – * The kick-off concert will be held at the Church-in-the-Gardens, Forest Hills, Queens. All other concerts will be held at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, Queens.
Genre: new music

The fourth annual Queens New Music Festival will take place from May 13‐17, 2015; the kick-off concert on May 13th will be held at the Church-in-the-Gardens (50 Ascan Ave, Forest Hills, Queens) and the remaining festival performances will be held at The Secret Theatre Main Stage (44‐02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens). The mission of the festival is to promote new music in Queens by focusing on the wealth of composers, musicians,and ensembles living and working in Queens, as well as highlighting artists from other parts of New York City and the country.

All-access festival passes are $60; Saturday or Sunday one-day passes are $30; single tickets for individual performances are $20, except for the Church-in-the-Gardens kick-off concert, where tickets will be sold in advanced (no door sales) for $25 at To purchase tickets for performances on May 14-17 at the Secret Theatre, visit

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 @ 7:30pm*
Musica Reginae: Face the Music with The Kronos Quartet: “Road Trip”
Church-in-the-Gardens, Forest Hills, NY

Thursday, May 14, 2015 @ 8pm**
Lost Dog New Music Ensemble: “John Luther Adams: The Light Within”
Secret Theatre, Main Stage, Long Island City, NY

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 8pm
Random Access Music & Iktus Percussion: “Realms of Darkness and Light”
Secret Theatre, Main Stage, Long Island City, NY

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Secret Theatre, Main Stage, Long Island City, NY

3pm Eco-Music Big Band: Resistance/Tradition”
5pm Giacomo Baldelli & OOOPStudio: “NIDRA”
8pm Percussia: Twang & Bang: “Music for Harps and Lots of Percussion”

Concert Review: The Eco-Music Big Band …this is music and activism at its finest

Sunday, May 17, 2015
Secret Theatre, Main Stage, Long Island City, NY

3pm Ensemble 365: “Eastern Currents: Contemporary Music of Asia”
5pm ISSA Sonus ensemble: “DVIRAAG”

“Index. Tables.,” an interactive visual and sound installation by Fan Letters occurs throughout the festival at the Secret Theatre, May 14-17.

7. Cinema Cinema / AWJITA / Bassoon

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: The Grand Victory (245 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: indie rock/heavy metal noise/punk

Cinema Cinema was established in 2008 when two Brooklyn-born and -raised cousins, Ev Gold and Paul Claro, joined forces. With Gold seamlessly intertwining guitar, pedals, and vocals, and Claro laying down a ferocious foundation, a new sound burst forth from the seeds of no-wave and hardcore.

Throughout the past six years, the two have financed and managed their own D.I.Y. touring schedule, playing over 350 shows, more than 30 U.S. states, and seven different countries.

Some of their most rewarding moments include five  American tours  with Greg Ginn (SST Records), opening multiple shows for Black Flag in their home city of Brooklyn, as well as touring Europe  with world-renowned producer Martin Bisi.

AWJITA: The band chooses to call this tumultuous sound Grungy ArtGroove, wrought with a metallic density that baits its listeners with catchiness and improvisational grooves. Smooth and purposeful shifts in style, delving into sludge, punk, funk, psychedelia, and free jazz, form the progressive nature that is distinctly…Awjita. Digging their knives into your funny bone and twisting at will, their songs tell dark, tongue-in-cheek stories by way of earth-laden vocals that often find themselves in a whirlwind of hard rock intensity.

8. Tipsy Oxcart CD Release w/ Karikatura

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2015
Time: 9:15pm – 11:45pm
Venue: Rockwood Music Hall (196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002)
Ticket: $12
Genre: cumbia meets hip-hop, reggae meets klezmer and indie-rock meets afrobeat/Balkan Beat

Karikatura makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. While the band has toured everywhere from Japan to Brazil, New York City is home. With bright horns, socially conscious lyrics and booty-bouncing beats, Karikatura delivers real songs that transcend style and genre. An organic synthesis of all the music heard blasting out of car windows and shops onto the streets of NYC, Karikatura lives where cumbia meets hip-hop, reggae meets klezmer and indie-rock meets afrobeat. Neither purist nor revivalist, this is music of the present, for the future.

Tipsy Oxcart plays electric, sweaty, bumpin’ Balkan music, channeling the spirit of 36 hour weddings to keep the crowds dancing until the sun comes up. Serving up originals and fresh, upbeat arrangements of urban dance tunes, the band deviously infuses the sounds of South-Eastern Europe with elements of jazz, funk, and more. Dig naughty violin solos, atomic accordion grooves, freak-me-out clarinet, and the baddest rhythm section this side of the Mediterranean. A party with Tipsy Oxcart is guaranteed to shake the dance floor all night long!

9. Dream Seed: A Shamanic Sound Journey with Guest Bachan Kaur

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue:  Golden Drum (97 Green St Apt G24,Brooklyn, New York 11222)
Ticket: $20
Genre: singer-song writer

Dream Seed is a two-hour sound bath hosted by members of Golden Drum and Didge Project. Shamanic chanting, mantras, overtone singing, Native American songs, indigenous music, didgeridoos, crystal singing bowls, bells, gongs, harmoniums, tuning forks and other overtone-emitting instruments are used to create an environment conducive to deep relaxation and inward investigation. Participants are led through guided meditations and sound healing practices designed to harmonize body, mind and spirit.

Bachan Kaur has been a Kundalini Yoga teacher for over 10 years. She is a sacred music artist, and has released 5 CDs that are well-loved in the yoga world and beyond. She has been living in Mexico, Canada and the USA over the past several years facilitating and continuing her work on musical, spiritual, artistic and ecological projects. She is currently doing her Masters in Art Education at University of Victoria.

10. Sophie Nzayisenga and Jeremy Danneman

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 8pm-10pm
Venue: Silvana (300 W 116th Street, between Manhattan Ave & 8th Ave, New York, NY 10026)
Ticket: $10
Genre: Rwandan  trad music/jazz

In the May of 2015, Jeremy Danneman on alto sax and clarinet and Parade of One, Inc. will host Rwandan musician Sophie Nzayisenga in New York City. Sophie is the only professional, female inanga player in the world, and the inanga is a string instrument so rare there isn’t even a wikipedia page about it.

Sophie Nzayisenga and Jeremy Danneman will be joined by percussionist Tim Keiper.

11. Esperanza Spalding presents: EMILY’S D+EVOLUTION

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $40
Genre: jazz

Since her early years to her current success as a creative musician, Esperanza Spalding has charted her own course. The young bassist/vocalist/composer was one of the biggest breakout stars of 2011, garnering Best New Artist at the 53rd Grammy® Awards. This is unprecedented by a jazz musician, and Spalding continues to make the unprecedented her norm.

12. Underground Horns

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $10
Genre: funk/jazz/world/New Orleans

The Underground Horns are cooking audio gumbo… our special recipe includes some funk, jazz, hip hop mixed with brass band traditions, spiced up with African and other world rhythms…music for the people!

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Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: TERRA BLUES (149 Bleecker Street, NYC  212.777.7776)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: nu blues/ New Orleans brass

One of New York’s most original bands, HAZMAT MODINE delivers a rustic, deliriously Dionysian blend of whorehouse Blues, Reggae, Klezmer, Country and Gypsy-tinged music.

14. AHPresents: Sexy Spring Is In The Air….

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Sidewalk NYC (94 Avenue A, New York, New York 10009)
Ticket: free
Genre: rock/blues

Line up: 7pm – TBC
8pm – Cheri Dahl
9pm – Susan Said
10pm – Adventures in Bluesland
11pm – The Black Cats NYC
Mid – Frankie Pipps & the Amazing Pipptones

15. Spectrum Dark Circuits Series: Matthew Ostrowski

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: live performance for amplified and processed fluorescent lights

A New York City native, Matthew Ostrowski has been creating art with electronic and digital media for over twenty years, having worked as a composer, performer and installation artist, exploring work with multimedia, alternative controllers, video and theater. Using digital tools and formalist techniques to engage with quotidian materials — sonic, physical, and cultural – Ostrowski’s work explores the liminal space between the virtual and phenomenological worlds. At Spectrum’s Dark Circuits Series he will present a live performance for amplified and processed fluorescent lights.

16. Benefit for ABC NO RIO w. Beyond Duo and Others

Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
Time: 5pm
Venue: ABC No Rio (156 Rivington Street between Norfolk and Suffolk, Lower East Side. F train to Delancey)
Ticket: donation
Genre: jazz/improv

Beyond Duo is Cheryl Pyle – flute /Francois Grillot -bass.

First draft schedule…
5:15-5:40 outside Jesse Dulman/ Ras Moshe Burnett/Ken Lieberson/ Lex Samu;
5:40-6:00 outside Kurt Gottschalk/Miguel Frasconi/Nina Hart
6:00-6:25 inside Evan Gallagher Ens;
6:25- 6:45 outside David Grollman/Colleen McCarthy-Smee;
6:45-7:05 outside Cheryl Pyle/Francois Grillot
7:05-7:25 inside John Lutz
7:25-7:45 outside Stan Nishimura/Evan Gallagher/Blaise Siwula;
7:45-8:10 outside inside; Rocco John Iacovone, Gil Selinger and Francois Grillot
8:10- 8:35 outside/inside? Tom Blatt – The Project Big Band;
8:35 – 8:55 inside Dom Minasi/Blaise Siwula,
8:55-9:15 inside Donell Gibbons/Daisy Windley;
9:15-9:30 outside Sean Ali;
9:30- 9:55 inside“The Restrictor”- Damien Olsen/Adam Dym/Kevin Rozza/Anthony Delio;
9:55- 10:20 inside Cristian Amigo/Michael Hafftka/Yonat Hafftka

17. Sophie Nzayisenga and Jeremy Danneman

Date: Sunday, may 17, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Whynot Jazz Room (14 Christopher Street, New York, New York 10014, 646- 756-4145)
Ticket: $15
Genre: jazz/improv/Rwandan  trad music

7 pm Vinny Golia – Ken Filiano Duo: Vinny Golia, woodwinds; Ken Filiano, bass

8:30 pm Jeremy Danneman Featuring Sophie Nzayisenga: Jeremy Danneman, saxophone and woodwinds; Sophie Nzayisenga, inanga and vocals; William Parker, bass; Tim Keiper, percussion.

18. Cellist Kate Dillingham

Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Spectrum (121 Ludlow, Second Floor, New York, NY, 650-400-5100)
Ticket: $15
Genre: modern music/contemporary music

Cellist Kate Dillingham enjoys a varied career as a soloist and collaborative artist, and is an avid proponent of the music of living composers. She will present a versatile program featuring works by Yuan Chen Li, Avner Finberg, Federico Garcia de Castro, Jonathan Pieslak, and more!


Yuan Chen Li – Tian Jing Sha
Guy Barash – Talkback V
Avner Finberg – Maqamat
Federico Garcia de Castro – Chemins: 3 Epsiodes and Aria
Juliana Hall – Ding Dong Bell 8 Epitaphs for solo cello
Jonathan Pieslak – Bhakti No 4