Music Listings – 9/21 through 9/26/2015

1. BT3

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 9:30pm
Venue: ShapeShifter Lab (18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215, 646-820-9452)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/world/improv

Ben Tyree: Guitar
Kevin Farrell: Bass
Sameer Gupta: Tabla

Ben Tyree’s jazz/rock/funk trio, BT3 has long held the reigns as one of New York City’s most refreshing and exciting instrumental groups. With the acoustic version, Tyree and bassist Kevin Farrell team up with tabla master Sameer Gupta adding an Eastern flair to the already eclectic material. The excitement is palpable and the energy is always high. With strong compositions and adventurous improvisation, BT3 acoustic will likely stimulate the hearts and minds of the most avid music lovers.

Guitarist Ben Tyree is a performer and composer of virtuosic ability, infectious groove, and eclectic tastes. All of those elements are placed on stunning display on his latest release, Burn It! LIVE, a blistering live set from the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s prestigious BAMcafé Live series. That versatility has led to work with artists as diverse as Vernon Reid, Kyp Malone (TV On The Radio), Valerie June, Elliott Sharp, and Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber.

2. Giacomo Merega

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 8:30pm – 11pm
Venue: Freddys Bar (627 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 718-768-0131)
Ticket: $10
Genre: sound scapes/improv/avant-garde/jazz

8:30pmLaura Ortman-violin with Patrick Holmes & Greg Fox – A new trio!
10:00pm Giacomo Merega – solo electric bass

Giacomo Merega’s solo electric bass music is an exploration on concepts such as transcending-stoical endurance, tendinitis, extreme solitude, virtuosity vs. post-virtuosity, the fragility of a string and the electric bass itself as an idea. depending on the occasion, it may consist of completely improvised material, a selection of original compositions for electric bass and prepared electric bass that will be featured on the solo record ‘cosimo’, or transcriptions of pieces by Feldman, Cage, Sciarrino, Cowell, Monk and others. or a mixture of the three scenarios.

Giacomo has been fortunate to collaborate with great improvisers, composers and music thinkers and his music has been recorded on hat hut, not two records, rudi records, underwolf records and has been written about/aired on radios in about a dozen countries.


Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20
Genre: fusion of of the Maghreb (gnawa, cha’abi, raï) to jazz, funk, Eastern Europe, even reggae

FANFARAÏ take brass where they’ve never been before – deep into the heart and soul of North African. They connect the styles of the Maghreb (gnawa, cha’abi, raï) to jazz, funk, Eastern Europe, even Jamaica. Forged on street corners and plazas, it’s music that rings out of the speakers. Fanfarai emerged in 2005 under the direction of Samir Inal. After creating a traditional Algerian street band in 2000 he met with musicians coming from jazz and salsa bands and decided to reconfigure with them the traditional and popular repertoire of brass bands. Expect plenty of spices in their music, as the band says, “the jazz we give has the reflection of the Mediterranean sun on it!”

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4. Brooklyn Raga Massive presents John Coltrane Raga Tribute Birthday Concert

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue:  Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer Street (between Imlay & Conover streets)
Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York 11231
Ticket: $15
Genre: Indian music influences, especially Raga, closer to the world of Jazz music

John Coltrane remains a pivotal force in the styles of modal jazz, avant-garde jazz, hard-bop and world music. With records like “Om” and songs like “India,” Coltrane and his legacy have led a movement towards bringing Indian music influences, especially Raga, closer to the world of Jazz music. Brooklyn Raga Massive pays homage to this musical genius, brilliant composer, cornerstone of American Jazz and huge influence on the members of their Indian music collective. On Coltrane’s birthday September 23rd, Brooklyn Raga Massive will be delving into the Coltrane legacy with song selections spanning the works of Alice Coltrane, Pharaoh Sanders and the colossus John Coltrane.

5. Tom Csatari “Uncivilized”

Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: BIZARRE Bushwick (12 Jefferson St, Brooklyn, New York 11206)
Ticket: t.b.a.
Genre: 70s folk-jazz, bebop, dream pop, and American Primitive

A 12-piece orchestra plays earthy wall-of-sound instrumentals which are unpredictable, tempestuous, and never far from the blues. With tints of 70s folk-jazz, bebop, dream pop, and American Primitive, it’s “a real chimera of a group”. See them live (with openers hand-picked by Tiny Montgomery Records) every fourth Wednesday, September through December.

9/23 Opener: Julian Cubillos

6. Marc Cary’s Weekly “Harlem Sessions”

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Gin Fizz (308 Lenox Avenue (125th Street), New York, NY 10027)
Ticket: $t.b.a.
Genre: jazz/r&b/soul

Marc Cary’s “Harlem Sessions,” which takes place every Thursday night at the New York City speakeasy Gin Fizz, continues to gain ground in the community that the keyboardist-composer-bandleader calls home, and where he’s emerging as a leader committed to the values of the Harlem Renaissance pioneers such as Langston Hughes and Duke Ellington, in the spirit of providing fresh lifeblood to Harlem’s unique and vibrant cultural scene.

Cary began hosting the late night jam session in May, opening it to musicians, poets, rappers, dancers and comedians, and announcing the song menu in advance via social media, to develop an organic and crucial cutting ground for artists. It’s a celebration of local artists, groups and composers who truly brought a melting pot of influences together; take a song like “Harlem River Drive” (by pianist Eddie Palmieri‘s super group), cultivate it, and that typifies what this session is about and how deeply its local roots grow.

Cary’s longtime rhythm section features Rashaan Carter on bass and Sameer Gupta on drums/tabla. Guest artists have been as wide-ranging as poet/performance artist (and five-time winner of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo”) Jessica Care Moore, along with new MC phenom Amani Fela; UK saxophonist Denys Baptiste (Mercury and Mobo prize winner);tap percussionist extraordinaire Omar Edwards, Malian vocalist Awa Sangho; Cuban percussion whiz Joaquin Pozo, the grandson of Dizzy Gillespie associate Chano Pozo, one of the founders of Latin jazz; 1st Annual Duke Ellington Vocal Competition winner Charles Turner, and Mike Casey (both alumni of Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead); Lauryn Hill’s current horn section (Igmar Thomas, Sharif Clayton, James Casey); and Harlem’s own self-described ‘Black Americana’ singer Queen Esther.

7. Trauma Salon

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Panoply Performance Laboratory (104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, New York 11206)
Ticket: $5 – $15
Genre: sound scapes/electronics/experimental/improv/butoh/spoken word

Installment 7
A Butoh dance release by Chris Carlone explores through movement, what happens when hidden secrets and trauma are accidentally discovered and unlocked inside of our bodies.

WILD TORUS creates ritual-happenings that activate a liminal space-time, which allows the artists and audience members alike to collectively regard the state of contemporary reality in a single, charged instance. The coming together of WT’s clashing identities, invented tools, and cryptic semiology erupts into an extreme, dystopian spectacle. Indeed, this can be a wild and traumatic experience.

DYBBUK, what is it Leon? I left the door open. We elected him President. They named her Jane. Prepared percussion and saxophone by David Grollman and Nathaniel Morgan.

TRASH STACK is Ed RosenBerg (Bass Sax), Jay Sorce (Electric Guitar) and Dennis Sullivan (Percussion/Voice). This new power trio will present a new 3 movement work composed in June of 2015. Using a text (Still Electric) written by Providence hip hop artist, B Dolan, this work deals in themes of loss of loved ones, self, faith and rebuilding your space in the world when it all burns down. Part spoken word, part electroacoustic exploration, part earsplitting thrash. Our generation is apocalypse ready.

8.  Orlando Julius & The Afro Soundz w. Underground System

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $25
Genre: Afro-Beat

Orlando Julius & The Afro Soundz

Nigerian Afrobeat legend, Orlando Julius, plays classic Afrobeat with a psychedelic twist, heading into new and exciting directions. Few artists have been more crucial to the invention, development, and popularization of Afro-pop than Orlando Julius. Starting in the ’60s, Julius was fusing traditional African sounds and rhythms with those of American pop, soul, and R&B. Aside from performing and recording in his native Nigeria, he spent many years in the United States working on collaborations with Lamont Dozier, the Crusaders, and Hugh Masekela. His 1966 effort, Super Afro Soul, made him a national celebrity in Nigeria and even went so far as to influence music in the United States. The record’s dramatic, highly melodic incorporation of soul, pop, and funk was very much ahead of its time, and some say that Super Afro Soul helped shape the funk movement that swept over the United States in subsequent years.

“Before Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the edgiest, funkiest man in Nigerian pop music was Orlando Julius” – Morgan Greenstreet, Afropop WorldWide  Orlando Julius on Facebook

Underground System came bubbling up out of BKNY in early 2010. Originally steeped in influence and inspiration credited to Fela Kuti and the West African pioneered Afrobeat aesthetic, they have since carved out a niche that stands uniquely alone as their own. With two successful 12” vinyl/digital releases behind them (garnering attention and sales from radio, blogs, and distributors as far off as Europe, Africa, and Asia) and a noteworthy touring schedule to back it up (featured appearances at Burlington Jazz Fest, Bear Creak Music & Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Natural History), this huge, uncompromising, and diverse group has laid all the groundwork and is ready to aim the big guns- they’re pointed directly at a dancefloor and sound system near you.
Underground System official site

9. Cocek Brass Band/Bad Buka/Raya Brass Band/Balti Mare & Elena Andujar (Spain)

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 7pm
Venue: Drom (85 Avenue A, NY, NY 10009, 212- 777-1157)
Ticket: $20
Genre: Gypsy Marathon music

From Baltă Mare who mixes strings, brass, and percussion in the spirit and tradition of the Roma wedding and funeral bands of Romania, Serbia, and Hungary to local brass bands Cocek Brass Band and Raya Brass Band, from the Seville-born flamenco singer/dancer Elena Andujar to the Balkan Romani cabaret, world funk and punk-rockers Bad Buka, this eight-hour Gypsy Marathon has a little for everyone.

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10. The Brooklyn Experimental Song Carnival”s DAY 2 : Timeghost/M Lamar/Honne Wells/Naked Roots Conducive

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Torus__porta (113 Stockholm Street, Storefront 1A, Brooklyn, New York 11221)
Ticket: $10 – $20
Genre: electronics/theatrical music/contemporary nu chamber music

Naked Roots Conducive & The Super Coda are THRILLED to present the first annual Brooklyn Experimental Song Carnival.

We will no longer force experience from experiment. We will create a context in which song once again births ritual. We will perform in protest of prescription bullshit and radio decay. We’ll attempt to witness song writing and sung performance from as many different angles as possible: from inception to decay, from influx to arborescence, from the entertaining to the funereal. We will dance between the lines of song and narrative, explosively.

Line up

M. Lamar –

H. Honne Wells –

Timeghost –

Naked Roots Conducive –

11. The Velocity Duo

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Time: 8pm – 11pm
VenueThe Firehouse Space (246 Frost St., East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11211)
Ticket: $10
Genre: jazz/improv

While the expansive duet draws comparison to the voice/bass recordings of Sheila Jordan, the Velocity Duo is of the ‘downtown’ sound; this musical vision draws from a wealth of inspiration. Lauren Lee‘s voice holds a uniquely commanding tone; her style has been referred to as “vocal instrumentalism” due to the lack of lyrics in this setting. Also an artful pianist, Lee is guided as a singer by Nina Simone’s example as well as that of Eric Dolphy. She has performed 12-tone concerts, cabaret and classical engagements, and leads her own Space Jazz Trio.

Charley Sabatino‘s background is also widespread, ranging from accompanying Ben Vereen, performing contemporary concert music, cabaret, popular styles, straight-ahead and free jazz.  Sabatino’s approach to the upright bass reclaims the instrument’s natural acoustics: a dark, woody sound threaded through his tone, producing an almost harp-like timber. Sabatino’s bass is rhythmic, distinctly linear, swinging and with a yearning melodic response to Lee’s call.

The Velocity Duo, this ongoing conversation of new sounds, revitalizes the voice/bass partnership. This program will be the launch of the next stage of the partnership, incorporating original texts and poetry as well as audio effects.


Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: lo-fi world/blues

75 DOLLAR BILL. In Residence Every Saturday in September.
Rick Brown and Che Chen play an idiosyncratic take on Mauritania’s music, using homemade percussion and electric guitar. Their music doesn’t strive to any sort of authenticity, yet conjures up the best of African desert music. It is both beautiful and hypnotic and is equally relevant performed in concert form, in a bar, or in an art gallery. Press has been very generous in its praise of the band, but our favorite is still the Paper of Records’ remark that “Rick Brown’s “equipment looked as if it cost no more than a pretty good sandwich.” NY Times.

13. Chartwell Dutiro w. Timbila

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: Barbes (376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY)
Ticket: $10
Genre: mbira music

Chartwell Dutiro has played the Shona mbira virtually his entire life. From his village childhood in Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) when he played at ceremonies with a local spirit medium, to his years performing and recording with Zimbabwe’s iconic Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited, to his more recent career as a teacher, solo artist, and bandleader in the UK, Chartwell has cut a remarkable path through African music. His collaboration with Timbila breaks new ground in the evolution of mbira performing with western instruments.

Chartwell Dutiro – mbira and vocals

Nora Balaban – mbira, timbila, vocals

Banning Eyre – guitars

Rima Fand – violin, vocals

Dirck Westervelt – bass

Bill Ruyle – drums, percussion

Louisa Bradshaw – vocals

14. Talibam!, Leila Bordreuil, While We Still Have Bodies, Jismatics(epileptics) & Melisma

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: L.S.C. (665 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11216)
Ticket: free
Genre: free jazz/improv/electronics/noise

Line Up

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist, composer and sound artist from Aix-en-Provence, France. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances.

While We Still Have Bodies (Free Jazz/Improvised music/performance art)
Michael Foster: saxophones/objects/samples
Ben Gerstein: trombone/samples
Sean Ali: bass/objects/samples
Flin van Hemmen: drums/percussion

Jismatics(epileptics) features Chris Pitsiokos on drums and vocals and Richard Lenz on guitar and vocals. Free punk rock.

Melisma (Free jazz/improvised music)
Sam Wienberg-sax
Zachary Pruitt-guitar
Henry Frazer-bass
Alex Kirkpatrick-drums

Talibam!, a duo from New York City featuring Matt Mottel and Kevin Shea, can be described in various ways — as a classic keyboards/drums free jazz duo, as Dadaist provocateurs with an innate love for the history of music, as a theater group in the tradition of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, as an electronic ensemble inspired by Stockhausen, as amateur rappers, as techno dj’s, etc.

15. Eco-Music Big Band

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 8pm
Venue: BAMcafe Live (30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11217 )
Ticket: free (sponsored bt BAM)
Genre: free jazz/improv/electronics/noise

Concept by Fred Ho
Music by Fred Ho, with Marie Incontrera
Libretto by Quincy Troupe
Directed by Virginia Grise
Conducted by Marie Incontrera

The dynamic jazz ensemble Eco-Music Big Band presents the world premiere of scenes from Mr. Mystery: The Return of Sun Ra to Save Planet Earth!, a free-jazz opera by the late activist composer (and Eco-Music Big Band founder) Fred Ho. In this freewheeling odyssey, visionary jazz musician Sun Ra is summoned back to life to save the world from impending destruction brought on by war, global warming, and economic decline.

SUN RA: Kenneth Harmon
SPACE GODDESS: Amirtha Kidambi

Special Guest Artist: David F. Gordon

The Band:
Livio Almeida, Bryan Qu, Larry Bustamante, saxophones
Adam O’Farrill, trumpet
David Whitwell, trombone
David Taylor, bass trombone
Gabriel Dresdale, cello
Albert Marques, piano
Walter Stinson, bass
Zack O’Farrill, drums

16. Krishna Bhatt

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Rubin Museum (150 W. 17 St., NY, NY 10011,  212-620-5000)
Ticket: $30
Genre: classical ragas of the Hindustani tradition

Sitar maestro Krishna Bhatt returns to the Rubin to perform classical ragas of the Hindustani tradition with Anindo Chatterjee on tabla.

“Great melodic beauty…Mr. Bhatt created textures of extraordinary richness and definition.” – The New York Times
“Exceptional craftsmanship and artistry.” – San Francisco Chronicle

17. Taikoza Concert: Voice of the EArth

Date: Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27, 2015
Times: 8pm on Saturday), 3pm on Sunday
Venue: Manhattan Movement & Arts Center (248 W 60th St, New York, New York 10023)
Ticket: $25 – $35
Genre: Japanese Taiko music and dance

Taikoza, the masterful Japanese Taiko Drummers are celebrating their new CD, Voice of the Earth, with two amazing concerts of high-energy Taiko drumming. Taikoza blends traditional and original Japanese tunes featuring bamboo flutes with an array of ancestral Taiko drums. The show will also feature some very colorful traditional dances and the dynamic group from Japan: Ichiro Jishoya.

18. The Beyond Sextet

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Venue: ABC No Rio (156 Rivington Street between Norfolk and Suffolk, Lower East Side. F train to Delancey)
Ticket: $5
Genre: jazz/improv

Cheryl Pyle – flute
Bern Nix – guitar
Gene Coleman – flute – piccolo
David Tamura – Tenor sax
Michael Eaton – Soprano sax
William Ruiz -percussion
Carman Moore – conducting

19. Iva Bittová w. The Window Quartet

Date: Sunday, September 27, 2015
Time: 9pm
Venue: Le Poisson Rouge (158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012, Phone: 212- 505-3474)
Ticket: $25
Genre: contemporary/world/spoken word/improv

Iva Bittová’s countryman Milan Kundera wrote how Europe’s “small nations” form another Europe. The violinist-vocalist may be ‘small nation’ Czech but her musical worldview and visionary creativity acknowledge no borders. Her powers of spontaneous creativity are more bountiful than it is fair to confer on one person. Witness and marvel. (by Ken Hunt)

Iva Bittová was born in 1958 in Bruntál in northern Moravia in what was then Czechoslovakia – and nowadays the Czech Republic. Both of her parents were musicians. Her mother Ludmila was a pre-school teacher who spent most of her life with her family; her father Koloman Bitto – Bittová is the surname’s female form – was a musician strongly influenced by the land of his birth – southern Slovakia.

In 1982, Iva started studying with Professor Rudolf Šťastný, the primarius (first violin) of the Moravian String Quartet. In the intervening years the violin has become her life’s passion and the most inspiring musical instrument in her professional life. Iva firmly believes that, as playing the violin places extreme demands on musicians, the composer’s work depends utterly on commitment and diligence.

After living in the countryside near Brno for 17 years, Iva decided to relocate her personal and professional life to the United States. In the Summer of 2007, she settled amid the splendors of nature in upstate New York. Iva shares her Hudson Valley home with her younger son Antonín (born 1991) – also a dedicated musician and another chip off the Bitto block.
Iva Bittová official site