Sal Cataldi’s Spaghetti Eastern Music @ Silvana
Apr 26 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sal Cataldi's Spaghetti Eastern Music @ Silvana | New York | New York | United States

Can techno-bebop-metal-fired instrumentals co-exist with vocal tunes inspired by the madcap geniuses of ‘60s pop? What if you added ambient soundtracks a la Morricone/Fripp and clavinet-singed funky blues from the P-Funk playbook? Top it off with acoustic ballads where smiley melodies camouflage bitter lyricism about broken love, often rendered in off-beat tunings, and you sorta begin to complete the recipe. They can and do on Sketches of Spam, (available at the 16-track, 69-minute, genre-surfing debut release from Spaghetti Eastern Music (Bad Egg Records, 30003), the solo project of New York-based guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Sal Cataldi.

Cataldi fuses Eastern beat, blues, techno and funk-influenced guitar instrumentals with gentle acoustic vocal tunes and looping, straight out of the John Martyn/Nick Drake songbook.

The New York Times proclaims Cataldi has “a beat unmistakably his own,” while Time Out New York writes: “Cataldi’s largely instrumental, Eastern-influenced jams are infused with some delicate guitar work and hauntingly moody atmosphere.” Called “truly excellent” by The Village Voice, “a wild ride” by WDST Radio Woodstock, “triumphantly funkified” by UPI “beautiful and unique” by WFUV’s Mixed Bag and “wonderfully melodic and off-center” by WFMU’s Irene Trudel.

Just a quick little heads up on gig coming for Spaghetti Eastern Music in NYC in April/May in NYC:

April 20 @ 8 pm – Wayward Social – 35 Ingraham Street, Brooklyn NY

May 19 @ 2pm –  Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition Gallery (BWAC) at Pedals & Looper Festival – Solo experiement 499 Van Brunt St, Red Hook, Brooklyn

May 24 @ 7 pm –  Sidewalk NYC – 94 Avenue A

CD Review: Spaghetti Eastern Music…using any musical device, any genre, any instrument, any abstract and ambient sound to make his statement

Ken Hatfield will be joining the Phil Young Experience @ Phil’s Saturday Night Blues Bash @ Gin Fizz
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Ken Hatfield and Phil YoungGuitarist (and MFM AC member) Ken Hatfield will be joining the Phil Young Experience for Phil’s Saturday Night Blues Bash at Harlem’s Gin Fizz.

Phil Young is a blues and R&B drummer, local Harlem Florist and leader of “the Harlem Hip” – as recently seen in The New Yorker.  Well loved figure in the uptown community, Young has toured with legendary blues and R. & B. singer Bobby (Blue) Bland and has an extensive music career drumming for the likes of George Benson and Dizzy Gillespie.

2018 Afropop’s 30th Anniversary Gala @ City Winery
May 3 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
2018 Afropop’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Aurelio Martinez (courtesy of Afropop)

2018 Afropop’s 30th Anniversary Gala is now, and it’s time to celebrate! Afropop galas unfailingly thrill attendees with dazzling entertainment and social interaction you won’t find anywhere else. Afropop Worldwide is the Peabody Award-winning nonprofit public radio series (hosted by Georges Collinet), podcast and website ( Afropop’s mission is to reveal the essential music and stories of Africa and the African diaspora, celebrating the roots of the world’s greatest pop music traditions.

This year’s event is no exception, culminating in performances by two new Afropop Hall of Fame honorees: Garifuna global ambassador Aurelio Martinez, and Zimbabwe’s international sensation, Mokoomba. This, our most ambitious gala ever, will provide a unique opportunity to connect with old and new friends, and with cutting-edge innovators in the arts, media, business, philanthropy and the continuing fight for social justice around the globe. We’re thrilled to announce that Harry Belafonte is our Honorary Gala Chair. This will be the best party you’ll attend all year!

Note: Banning Eyre who’s the Senior Editor at Afropop is a member of the MFM’s Advisory Committee

Michael Moss & Accidental Orchestra CD Release Party @ Westbeth Community Room
May 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Michael MossFree Jazz Composer Michael Moss Debuts Two Major Compositions On His New Release HELIX.

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Michael Moss, a veteran of New York’s free jazz scene, has assembled a brand-new band, the Accidental Orchestra, featuring 22 of the most exciting improvisers on the jazz scene today. His new CD HELIX is the premiere recording of a pair of his latest extended compositions.

DooBeeDoo Review by Dawoud Kringle here:

Robbi Kumalo @ Rockwood Music Hall
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Robbi Kumalo @ Rockwood Music Hall  | New York | New York | United States

Robbi Kumalo‘s backed up superstars like Dave Matthews at Carnegie Hall, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Edie Brickell, John Hiatt, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Jewel, Arif Mardin, Luisa, Ashford & Simpson, Deepak Chopra, Eileen Ivers, Edie Brickell, Chieli Minucci, Gino Sitson, Jimmy Owens, & Bakithi Kumalo, Mary J. Blige, & Harry Belafonte among others – sang on some of the biggest stages in the world — and now you can experience award-winning singer Robbi Kumalo front and center as she brings her musical tribute – Nina & Me to the stage.

Named a “Best Bet” by The New York Times, Kumalo’s larger-than-life voice and personality adds new dimension to the music of the “High Priestess of Soul,” famed for her unforgettable renditions of classics like “My Baby Just Cares for Me” “Be My Husband” & “Feeling Good.” Robbi’s joined on stage by Leopoldo F. Fleming, who’s played with a cornucopia of great artists such as Miriam Makeba since ’65 AND Nina Simone 31 years. This duos unites friendship with legacy & technology for an innovative concert experience.

Like Simone, Robbi’s musical roots run deep from classical beginnings, thru soul to pop, along with rhythm & blues centered on a grounding in jazz & church music. Like Makeba, she sings in many languages including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian English, German, and Zulu. Given her ability to capture the essence of a broad range of musical genres, Kumalo honors many iconic women from her Great African-American Songbook. She merely tips the surface of the classic sounds associated with Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Brenda Russell, Lena Horne, & Pearl Bailey; legends that still have the power to bring a tear to the eye & joy to the soul, decades after the fact. This concert if Robbi Kumalo’s only NYC appearance this year – don’t miss out on a magical evening of musical celebration and homage to the Great African-American Song Book.