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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

FUGA: The Electro-Baroque Opera - Baruch Performing Arts Center, Rose Nagelberg Black Box Theatre.
Through February 24, 2010 -

Sex, Drugs and Electro-Baroque! "Fuga", an electro baroque opera by Juilliard student Burak Ozdemir brings it all to life. A unique story of a hip gay couple, and how in one night their designed world of beautiful people, fabulous furnishings, unlimited cocaine and intimate friendships is unexpectedly altered by life. Experience their world in an interactive multi media production, for voice, live electronics, video and baroque ensemble. What is Fuga? Be there to find out!

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
April 24, 2010 -

"Tosca combines Puccini's glorious musical inspiration with the melodramatic vitality of one of the great Hitchcock films," says Music Director James Levine who conducted the opening night performance. "From the very first bar of the piece, the opera seizes you and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last note." Karita Mattila, who sings the title role for the first time at the Met, says, "There are so many fascinating qualities to Tosca. At first I thought, 'How will it feel to kill somebody on stage?' But Tosca is like an action movie, and the drama just happens." Luc Bondy, acclaimed for his imaginative theater and opera productions, directs. Marcelo Alvarez and George Gagnidze open as Cavaradossi and Scarpia, with Jonas Kaufmann, Marcello Giordani, and Bryn Terfel stepping in for later performances.

La Traviata - Metropolitan Opera
April 24, 2010 -

Angela Gheorghiu recreates her famous portrayal of Verdi's most engaging heroine. Franco Zeffirelli's production features James Valenti as Alfredo and Thomas Hampson as Germont. Leonard Slatkin conducts.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
April 24, 2010 -

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to [email protected]

Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could - Highline Ballroom
April 24, 2010 -

Join the family rave-up: every generation will connect to this band's strong, straight-ahead grooves, catchy choruses, and a down-home, boogie-woogie, hip-shakin' vibe you can't resist. Brady Rymer toured and recorded with RCA's From Good Homes for thirteen years, sharing the stage with Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and Bob Weir, before parenthood broadened the scope of his music. Five albums and countless live shows later, he's established himself as one of the country's most exciting creators of music for the whole family. Doors at 12:00pm, Show at 1:00pm. $15 adv, $20 at door. **Included with your purchase is a two-year subscription to Time Out New York Kids (value $19.90).

Krantz Carlock Lefebvre - Highline Ballroom
April 24, 2010 -

Over the past two decades, Krantz has regularly mined a perilous, unguardedly pure strain of improvisation, set into the context of some of the heaviest, most individualized mind/body band grooves out there today. The clarity and integrity of his music is mirrored by his uncluttered business model and rigorous philosophical outlook. Now, with Krantz Carlock Lefebvre, his first album for Abstract Logix, he is returning to a recording studio to document his own music for the first time in over fifteen years. Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm. $19.99 adv, $25 at door.

Paul Zunno Solo Acoustic Concert - New York City Center Studios
April 24, 2010 -

The best musician you've never seen on stage is set to absolve you of that deficiency with a series of concerts this and every Saturday evening throughout the summer. Paul Zunno spent seven years as lead guitarist for Wilson Pickett, whose ear for virtuosity was such that previous holders of the post included Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman. The years and ears since have continued to bring acclamation. Zunno has seen his highly praised recordings licensed for television by producers who, like Pickett, weren't exactly short on options.

On stage, Zunno unleashes the kind of fretwork that ought to be followed by diagrammed, slow-mo replay; and he sings in a voice that will make yours seem stuck in falsetto. There is no minimum drink requirement, but be forewarned: few can resist buying one or all three of Zunno's CDs on their way out the door, where, often enough, the artist himself is available for handshakes and autographs.

Divinamente New York, 'Stellarum Opifice' - The Rubin Museum of Art
April 24, 2010 -

The International Festival dedicated to Spirituality and Art arrives in New York City direct from Rome, Italy for the second consecutive year on April 22nd to 26th, 2010. DIVINAMENTE New York celebrates artistic exploration and spirituality through a five-night event that includes musical and theatrical performances.

"Stellarum Opifice" is an awe-inspiring aerial and musical performance freely based on the letters to Galileo from his illegitimate daughter, Virginia. The fruit of an illicit liaison, she was born in 1600 and at the age of 13 she entered into a convent for the remainder of her short life. The letters include those written during the period when Galileo was being challenged by the Catholic Church about his beliefs in the face of his scientific discoveries.

This poignant performance exemplifies the genuine bond between father and daughter. Virginia (Maria Celeste) was a constant support for her father; Galileo once wrote, "She is a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me."

Walter Trout - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 24, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $25 adv, $30 door. VIP Booth for 4: $180 // VIP Booth for 6: $270. Walter Trout's career began as a sideman for such artists as Percy Mayfield and Deacon Jones. He also worked in the bands of John Lee Hooker and Joe Tex. In 1981 be became the guitarist for blues rock band Canned Heat. This led to an invitation to play in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers where he shared the stage with guitarist Coco Montoya. He left the Bluesbreakers in 1989 and formed the Walter Trout Band.

Musical Performance: NEW ANDALUCÍA: Flamenco Meets Arab Music - Alwan for the Arts
April 24, 2010 -

Alfonso Cid (Vocals, Flute and Cajón); Barbara Martínez (Vocals and Dance); Arturo Martínez (Guitar); Taoufiq Ben Amor (Vocals, Oud and Percussion); Tareq Abboushi (Buzuq, Percussion); Zafer Tawil (Oud and Violin). In 711 A.D., Arabs crossed Gibraltar into Iberia and for the next eight centuries a tremendous exchange would take place. Great minds, ideas and art would cross the strait back and forth and create a rich mix that transcended the boundaries of religion, ethnicity and language. It is in this esthemus, this land in between, that giants such as Averroes, Maimonides, Alfonso El Sabio and Zyriab would emerge. Thirteen centuries later, tonight's musicians strive to recreate this era through their music as immigrants in New York City. Both the time and the place of this encounter are significant as New York becomes the New Andalucia with an evening of convivencia during the Feria de Sevilla.

Danny Tenaglia Birthday Bash! - Pacha NYC
April 24, 2010 -

The one and only Danny Tenaglia returns to New York for his legendary Birthday Celebration! Fresh from demolishing Miami for the 24th year in a row, DT comes home to treat you with a slew of certified dancefloor bombs, from his brand new Lady Gaga remix to the twisted techno that keeps everyone's jaw (and feet) firmly on the floor. $10 BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT. Click here to get on the list http://www.pachanyc.com/guestlist_042410.html GET TICKETS http://pacha-nyc.clubtickets.com/us/2010-04/24/danny-tenaglia-pacha-nyc Doors 10PM. Table Reservations: 212.209.7500.

CeU - Highline Ballroom
April 25, 2010 -

CéU's success story in the past year has been phenomenal for the young artist out of Sao Paolo Brazil. Her self-titled debut has sold over 180,000 copies worldwide including Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Europe with close to 100,000 copies scanned in the U.S. alone. She was the first international artist featured in the Starbucks Hear MusicT Debut series which led to unprecedented Billboard chart numbers for a Brazilian female artist -- #1 on the World Music and Heatseekers Chart, and #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 - the highest position reached in that category by a Brazilian since Astrud Gilberto's "Garota de Ipanema" in the 1960's. Her album was also the iTunes U.S. editor's pick for "world music album of the year." If that wasn't enough, she received a Grammy nomination for "best contemporary world music album" in 2007 and a Latin Grammy nomination for "best new artist" in 2006. Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. $25 adv, $30 at door.

Divinamente New York, “Francesca, the Saint of Immigrants” by Enrico Groppali - St. Mark's Church
April 25, 2010 -

The International Festival dedicated to Spirituality and Art arrives in New York City direct from Rome, Italy for the second consecutive year on April 22nd to 26th, 2010. DIVINAMENTE New York celebrates artistic exploration and spirituality through a five-night event that includes musical and theatrical performances.

"Francesca, the Saint of Immigrants" written by Enrico Groppali and performed by Italian actress, Vanessa Gravina, will be presented at St. Mark's Church in New York City on Sunday, April 25, 2010 at 8 p.m. The event is based upon the life of Francesca Cabrini, a nun sent to New York from Italy in 1889, who became an example of courage and solidarity. From the United States to South America, she succeeded in creating schools, hospitals, boarding schools and orphanages out of nothing, and managed to involve artists, thinkers and politicians of different faiths in her universal project of peace.

Beatlestock - The NYC Beatles Sing-A-Long Experience - 'The Final Show' - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 25, 2010 -

Doors 6pm, Show 7pm. Tickets: $25. VIP Booth for 4: $140 // VIP Booth for 6: $210. Founder and leader of BEATLESTOCK, Larry Russell, launched Billy Joel's solo career and performed at least 60 shows with the 'Piano Man' on tour, back in the early 70's. Larry Russell created BEATLESTOCK in 2005 to provide a sing-a-long for audiences who want to get 'more involved' in Beatle band performances. BEATLESTOCK does not wear wigs, or uses make-up and costumes in their performances; instead, they mainly focus on the 'sound and feel' of THE BEATLES' recordings to achieve their 'close-to-the-record' performances. BEATLESTOCK also encourages its' audiences to sing 'full middle eight sections' of popular Beatle songs--now you can show your stuff and sing with us!

Der Fliegende Hollander - Metropolitan Opera
April 26, 2010 -

Renowned Wagnerian Deborah Voigt sings the mystical Senta in one of the composer's most engaging works, with Juha Uusitalo as the Dutchman.

Sondheim Birthday Celebration - New York City Center Gala - NY City Center
April 26, 2010 -

Join New York City Center at a Gala celebration honoring Stephen Sondheim on his 80th birthday. The stars will be out to pay tribute to this Broadway legend, winner of multiple Tony and Grammy Awards, as well as an Academy Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle, this will be a night to remember.

Divinamente New York, Presents Evelina Meghnagi in 'Di Voce in Voce' - The Italian Cultural Institute
April 26, 2010 -

DIVINAMENTE New York, an International Art Festival on Spirituality, will be held in New York City on April 22nd to 26th, 2010. Founded in 2008 by famous Italian actress and director, Pamela Villoresi, this is the festival's second year presenting in New York. DIVINAMENTE New York celebrates artistic exploration and spirituality through a five-night event that showcases a series of musical and theatrical performances.

Evelina Meghnagi is a multifaceted artist from Tripoli, who joins us directly from her Easter performance in Rome, Italy at Santa Caterina dei Funari to perform "Di Voce in Voice." An extraordinary concert presented at the Italian Cultural Institute on Monday, April 26, 2010, the event features a fascinating mix of languages and music, of melodies and rhythms of the archaic and the contemporary. The warm and captivating voice of Evelina Meghnagi gives a fresh color to ancient refrain with songs that range from Judeo-Spanish and Italian Classical to North African.

A celebrated vocalist and accredited performer of Sephardic Jewish and Yemen traditional melodies, Evelina Meghnagi tours throughout Italy and abroad. She has an extensive background in film, television, radio and music. Some of her famous opera house performances in Italy have included: Teatro Paisiello di Lecce; Teatro Fraschini di Pavia; Teatro Verdi di Pisa; Teatro Argentina di Roma and Teatro Modena di Genova.

Divinamente New York, Presents Teresa De Sio in 'Amen' - Peter Norton Symphony Space
Through April 26, 2010 -

The International Festival dedicated to Spirituality and Art arrives in New York City direct from Rome, Italy for the second consecutive year on April 22nd to 26th, 2010. DIVINAMENTE New York celebrates artistic exploration and spirituality through a five-night event that includes musical and theatrical performances.

This year, the famous Napolitana vocalist, Teresa De Sio, joins us straight from her Easter performance in Rome at the legendary Teatro Valle. Taking to the stage at the Symphony Space on April 23, 2010, she presents the emotional ballad, "Amen", that invokes the spirit and paradise on earth through song. An engaging and energetic performance, she mixes a blend of contemporary and folk music with her Neapolitan dialect in a poetic, yet sophisticated manner.

Teresa De Sio soared to stardom with the release of her album "Sacco e Fuoco" in 1997, making her a household name. This talented singer-songwriter deep-rooted in Italian folk tradition is well renowned for her vocal styling, musical eccentricities and unique ability. She is a celebrated artist by fans and critics and her live performances have been broadcasted on RAI Italian television to audiences as large as 100,000 people, including 7 million television viewers.

Divinamente New York, Opening Night - Italian Cultural Institute
Through April 26, 2010 -

DIVINAMENTE New York is an International Festival dedicated to Spirituality and the Arts with a five-night series starting April 22nd to 26th, 2010 that includes noteworthy musical and theatrical performances. Arriving directly on the heels of the Easter celebrations in Rome, Italy, this is their second year presenting in New York.

To kick off the festival, the Italian Cultural Institute will present a Roundtable Discussion, Cocktail and Musical Concert on Thursday, April 22, 2010. The discussion will focus on the theme "Fear of God," conducted by the famous Italian actress, director and founder, Pamela Villoresi. Readings will also be taken from "Noah's Arch" by Michele di Martino, Dante's "Inferno" and "The Bacchae" by Euripides. Cocktails will be promptly served, followed by an original concert, "The Path of the Soul," featuring Russian duo Anton Dressler on clarinet and Uri Brener on piano. These two outstanding musicians of Russian origin take us on a fascinating musical journey from Debussy, Massenet and Ravel, to Klezmer and Troubadour music.

Groove Buffet - Classic R&B & Soul Revue - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 26, 2010 -

Paying homage to the R&B, Motown and Soul legends, and founded solely on passion for the music, Groove Buffet formed in early 2005. The band is quickly on the rise and has become one of the best tribute bands in the New York Tri-State area. Yet, it doesn't seem right to call a group like Groove Buffet a tribute band. Unlike some tribute bands, Groove Buffet is not performing a routine. They don't dress up in 1960's attire, prance the stage like James Brown, or play note-for-note solos. Groove Buffet is much more attitude than imitation, and captures the true spirit of what the music is all about. Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. Tickets: $10 Adv + $12 Day.

Armida - Metropolitan Opera
April 27, 2010 -

Renee Fleming stars as Rossini's sorceress, opposite no fewer than six tenors. Mary Zimmerman returns to direct, bringing her fine-tuned theatricality to a work she describes as "a buried treasure, a box of jewels." The fanciful story of the sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison of sensual delights, Zimmerman says, "has an epic, enchanted quality and a tremendous visual element."

Gipsy Kings - Radio City Music Hall
April 27, 2010 -

The Gipsy Kings return to the historic Radio City Music Hall. Don't miss this evening of progressive pop-oriented flamenco.

Saliva - Highline Ballroom
April 27, 2010 -

"Deadly" is the perfect word to describe their new album, Saliva's follow-up to their smash Back Into Your System. With its classic heavy riffs, monstrous hooks, and searing, often unprintable lyrics, it's raucous rock that starts on a precipitous downhill and gathers momentum as it rolls. Doors at 7:00pm, Show at 8:00pm. $15 adv, $18 at door.

Guitar Evolution Shredfest: Rob Balducci, Joe Stump & Mike Orlando - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 27, 2010 -

A native of New York and a Steve Vai Favored Nations recording artist, ROB BALDUCCI has defined himself as a guitarist, musician, composer and one of the most sought after instructors in New York. Balducci's music is drenched in layers of sonic colors, each representing a tangible emotion, desire, depth, feeling, thought and mood. Balducci has four albums released, three which are on Favored Nations Entertainment. His new CD Violet Horizon was just released and coming out soon on The Rock House Method his first instructional DVD. JOE STUMP is one of the most intense and over the top guitarists on the planet. His maniacal guitar driven releases are amazing displays of power and jaw dropping technical command. He was named by Guitar One Magazine as one of the ten fastest shredders of all time and by Guitarist as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. MIKE ORLANDO was selected as a top ten finalist worldwide for Guitar Player Magazine's Guitar Superstar of the Year 2008 from thousands of passionate guitarists worldwide. Since being selected, he has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine several times and is very proud to be associated with Guitar Player Magazine. Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. GA Tickets: $15. VIP Tickets: $30 (reserved seats up close to stage + post-show meet+greet w/artists).

Apollo Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
April 28, 2010 - Harlem

A phenomenal success since its founding, Amateur Night has always lured audiences with the thrilling prospect of discovering new talent. At 75, Apollo Amateur Night continues to demand and reward greatness, as performers vie to become the next Apollo legend.

NYC's Longest Running Beatles Show - Strawberry Fields - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 28, 2010 -

Doors: 11am - Show: 12pm. Tickets: $25. STRAWBERRY FIELDS is a look-a-like, sound-a-like Beatles tribute, dedicated to bringing you as close to a real Beatles concert as you can get. They take you on a Magical Mystery Tour beginning in 1964 complete with mop top hair, black suits with thin ties & the 1st four albums of music. Next stop, 1967, features the psychedelic era of "Sergeant Pepper Lonely Hearts Club Band" album with all the costumes & jackets on the album cover. The last stop includes: "White Album", "Abbey Road" & "Let It Be".

Fozzy w/ WWE Superstar Chris Jericho - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 28, 2010 -

FOZZY is the band featuring WWE Wrestling Superstar CHRIS JERICHO and Stuck Mojo mastermind RICH 'THE DUKE' WARD! CHRIS JERICHO is also an Actor, TV Host, Best Selling Author, # 1 Twitter Trend, you name it he has done it. FOZZY's new record "Chasing The Grail" has been called one of the best hard rock/metal records of the past decade. Do not miss FOZZY's first New York City show in 5 years, with special guest Zo2 and Razer.Standing Room Only - ALL AGES SHOW. Doors: 7pm, Show: 7:30pm. $22.50 adv, $27 door.

Tosca - Metropolitan Opera
April 29, 2010 -

"Tosca combines Puccini's glorious musical inspiration with the melodramatic vitality of one of the great Hitchcock films," says Music Director James Levine who conducted the opening night performance. "From the very first bar of the piece, the opera seizes you and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last note." Karita Mattila, who sings the title role for the first time at the Met, says, "There are so many fascinating qualities to Tosca. At first I thought, 'How will it feel to kill somebody on stage?' But Tosca is like an action movie, and the drama just happens." Luc Bondy, acclaimed for his imaginative theater and opera productions, directs. Marcelo Alvarez and George Gagnidze open as Cavaradossi and Scarpia, with Jonas Kaufmann, Marcello Giordani, and Bryn Terfel stepping in for later performances.

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Radio City Music Hall
April 29, 2010 -

Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero are a Mexican musical duo who have been playing guitar together for more than fifteen years. Specializing in fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars, in 2006 the duo released their self-titled album, Rodrigo y Gabriela, which charted at #1 in the national charts. In 2008, the tireless twosome build a recording studio at their Mexican headquarters where their latest album, entitled 11:11, was recorded.

A Tribute to the Fania All Stars - 'Our Latin Thing' - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 29, 2010 -

On August 26, 1971, New York gives birth to a sound that would change the face of latin music forever... On April 29, 2010, We present an ensemble of young musicians and pay tribute to the Fania All Stars. This musical/theatrical like revue will take the audience on a musical poetical journey! Featuring: A Live All-Star 16-pc. Salsa Band! + Sp. Guests direct from Puerto Rico... N'Klabe. Standing Room Only on Dance Floor. Doors 6pm, Show 9pm. $20 adv, $25 door.

Der Fliegende Hollander - Metropolitan Opera
April 30, 2010 -

Renowned Wagnerian Deborah Voigt sings the mystical Senta in one of the composer's most engaging works, with Juha Uusitalo as the Dutchman.

Emilio Teubal & La Balteuband - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
April 30, 2010 -

Argentine pianist/composer/arranger Emilio Teubal and his ensemble La Balteuband perform meticulously orchestrated amalgams of Argentine music and introspective jazz. Their latest album, Un monton de notas, translates as "a bunch of notes," but don't be mistaken; this group is as much about breathtaking subtlety and instrumental color as it is flashy virtuosity. Come to BAMcafe Live to hear them master both. Free.

Delbert McClinton - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
April 30, 2010 -

In the early 1970s, McClinton and his Ft. Worth pal Glen Clark headed out to Los Angeles, where they cut two then obscure but now prized albums for Atlantic Records as Delbert & Glen. Returning to Texas, he landed a deal with ABC Records. With the release of his 1975 solo debut, Victim of Life's Circumstances, McClinton firmly stamped his Ft. Worth-bred blend of blues, country and blue-eyed soul onto the pop musical landscape. A succession of influential and critically acclaimed albums followed, along with coups like appearing on "Saturday Night Live" in its heyday - an acknowledgement of the pages torn from Delbert's play book by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi when they formed The Blues Brothers. He scored hits like "Giving It Up For Your Love" and "Sandy Beaches," won a Grammy with Bonnie Raitt for their "Good Man/Good Woman" duet, and over the years has enjoyed covers of his songs by Emmylou Harris, The Blues Brothers, Vince Gill, Wynonna, Lee Roy Parnell, Martina McBride, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, among others. Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $45 adv, $50 door. VIP Booth for 4: $260 // VIP Booth for 6: $390

Ara Dinkjian & Friends: An Armenian in New York - Alwan for the Arts
April 30, 2010 -

With an ensemble made up of New York's most renown virtuosos, Ara Dinkjian presents a program taken from his most recent CDs, An Armenian In America and Peace On Earth, featuring Ara's own compositions as well as traditional masterpieces from the Middle East.

About the musicians: Ara Dinkjian is an Armenian born in the United States in 1958. His earliest professional musical experience was accompanying his father Onnik Dinkjian, a renowned Armenian folk and liturgical singer. Ara learned several western and eastern instruments (piano, guitar, darbuka, clarinet) and in 1980 graduated from the Hartt College of Music, earning the country's first and only special degree in the instrument for which he has become most well-known, the oud. For the past 35 years, he has continued his post as organist in the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Throughout his musical life, Ara has continued to develop his highly personal compositional style which blends his eastern and western roots. In 1985, to help realize these compositions and musical concepts, Ara formed his instrumental quartet, Night Ark, which recorded four CDs for RCA/BMG and Universal/PolyGram. Night Ark's recordings and concert tours were highly influential for musicians and music lovers throughout the world because they demonstrated how music can move forward while still retaining the dignity and soul of one's culture. These compositions have had a universal appeal; his songs have been recorded by world famous instrumentalists and singers in thirteen different languages, demonstrating that music does indeed unite people and cultures. His hit song "Dinata, Dinata" was performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympics. Many of his compositions have appeared in movie and television soundtracks.

Ara is also considered one of the best oud players in the world, with a very personal style that emphasizes his uniquely beautiful tone. He has appeared throughout the world on concert stages, oud festivals, seminars, and master classes. His latest CDs, An Armenian In America, Voice Of Armenians, and Peace On Earth were recorded live at the 2005, 2006, and 2007 Jerusalem International Oud Festivals. He continues to compose, perform, record, and teach, while creating his own unique musical landscape.

Tamer Pinarbasi was born in Karaman, Turkey in 1970. He attended the Istanbul Technical University State Conservatory of Turkish Music, where he developed his own technique for playing the kanun (zither). Instead of using msrabs (plectrums) on each pointer finger, he plays with his fingernails, a technique which allows him to use all ten of his fingers while playing. Combining this technique with his knowledge of makam (Turkish modal system) and western harmony, Mr. Pinarbasi has become one of the world's greatest kanun virtuosos. He has appeared on literally hundreds of recordings with the top singers of Turkey, and has performed solo concerts throughout Europe. Over the past few years, he has been a featured instrumentalist and composer in the New York Gypsy Allstars Band, which also features clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski.

The young, award-winning Macedonian clarinetist Ismail Lumanovski has enchanted audiences with his enthusiasm and virtuosity, combining the spirit of folk music with the discipline of classical music. Born in Bitola, Macedonia, he started playing the clarinet at age nine, attending primary school and high school in his city of birth. His first appearance as a soloist was with the Macedonian Philharmonic at the age of 13, playing the Weber Concertino, with his U.S. debut taking place in 2002 in a performance of Weber's First Clarinet Concerto with The World Symphony Orchestra in Interlochen, Michigan. To date, one of his career highlights is the New York debut in 2008 of the Elliot Carter Clarinet Concerto with musicians from The New Julliard Ensemble and Lucerne Festival Academy with Maestro Pierre Boulez conducting.

Mr. Lumanovski is the winner of numerous competitions, including 1st prize of the 23rd, 24th, and 25th Clarinet Competition of Macedonia, The Julliard Clarinet Concerto Competition, the International Young Artist Competition in Bulgaria, the National Folk Music Competition in Macedonia, and 2nd prize in the Andreas Makris Clarinet Competition in Colorado. In addition, He received the "Fine Arts Award" twice at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He is a lead performer with the New York Gypsy All-Stars, playing to sold-out audiences in New York and across the country. Mr. Lumanovski earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from The Julliard School and is currently a Masters degree student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima.

A Roma born to a singer mother and a folk dancer father in Prilep, Macedonia, Seido Salifoski has played darbuka/dumbek in Balkan and Middle Eastern style for 30 years. With his extensive experience playing Turkish, Greek, Balkan, and Middle Eastern percussion combined with a flair of jazz from studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, his unique virtuosity has set him apart from the pack worldwide. After frequently playing music in the now-legendary closed Middle Eastern nightclubs such as Ali Baba and Port Said in Manhattan, Seido started truly developing and augmenting the style of dumbek playing with his unique approach. In the early 90s, he joined forces with Matt Dariau, as a member of highly influential Matt Dariau's Paradox Trio. Paradox Trio spearheaded the downtown New York Balkan Jazz movement, catapulting Seido into a household name in the genre, with his unique virtuosic darbuka/dumbek style that seamlessly combined jazz and Balkan technique.

Seido has played with such notable artists as Tarkan, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, and Ivo Papazov. He also accompanied Tayyar Akdeniz and his dance troupe, while traveling to teach at several Balkan and Turkish music and dance camps on both coasts, such as EEFC Balkan Music & Dance Workshops (CA & MA/NY), and Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp (PA). Balkan Brothers, the collaboration with his life-long friend, Ismail Butera, continues in local nightclubs and concert halls, as well as his own ensemble, Romski Boji. Without the usual musical limitations, Seido continues to work with, and experience, groups and artists in different musical genres, such as, Zlatne Uste, Yuri Yunakov, Hassan Issukut, Anahid Sofian Dance Company, and Ken Butler. When not touring Europe and the U.S. with Paradox Trio, he teaches darbuka/dumbek privately and offers full day workshops several times a year to an avid coterie of aficionados. With great respect, he counts Buddy Rich and Sami Zekirovski (better known as Buco) as a major influence in his musical life.

Jason Jollins - Pacha NYC
April 30, 2010 -

Extended 5 hour set! Opening sets by KERYN & DANI LEHMAN. Music in the lower level by JAY KINARD, JACOB HENRY, MATTY & ROMI, MADRAVERRAI. FREE BEFORE 12 MIDNIGHT Click here to get on the list: http://www.pachanyc.com/guestlist_043010.html

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Doors 10PM Table Reservations: 212.209.7500

Armida - Metropolitan Opera
May 01, 2010 -

Renee Fleming stars as Rossini's sorceress, opposite no fewer than six tenors. Mary Zimmerman returns to direct, bringing her fine-tuned theatricality to a work she describes as "a buried treasure, a box of jewels." The fanciful story of the sorceress who enthralls men in her island prison of sensual delights, Zimmerman says, "has an epic, enchanted quality and a tremendous visual element."

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
May 01, 2010 -

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to [email protected]

Ozomatli - Highline Ballroom
Through May 01, 2010 -

In their fourteen years together as a band, celebrated Los Angeles culture-mashers Ozomatli have gone from being hometown heroes to being named U.S. State Department Cultural Ambassadors. Ozomatli has always juggled two key identities. They are the voice of their city and they are citizens of the world. Their music-- a notorious urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga-- has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around L.A. Begun as a product of the city's grassroots political scene, Ozomatli have played in places like Tunisia, India, Jordan, and Nepal rousing free public concerts and offered musical workshops, master classes and visited arts centers, summer camps, youth rehabilitation centers, and even a Palestinian refugee camp. With Rubblebucket. $22 adv, $25 at door. Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:30pm.

World Nomads Lebanon: Bassam Saba Ensemble - Florence Gould Hall at French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF)
May 01, 2010 -

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) kicks off its World Nomads Lebanon series with a special opening celebration featuring the acclaimed Bassam Saba Ensemble. The eight-piece ensemble will take the stage at Florence Gould Hall for one night only on May 1, 2010.

The Bassam Saba Ensemble is led by the Lebanese-born Bassam Saba, a preeminent figure in Arabic music and world-renowned virtuoso of the nay, who has helped develop the group's unique sound -- a mix of classical/folk Arabic music combined with classical western influences.

Don't miss out on this evening of soulful and passionate musical performance!

World Nomads is a month-long, multi-disciplinary series held each May at FIAF, celebrating transculturalism in the twenty-first century and exploring the crossroads of culture and identity. FIAF presents World Nomads Lebanon in 2010 in partnership with PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, ArteEast, Alwan for the Arts, Architizer, and Kleio Projects.

For more information and ticketing, please visit: http://www.fiaf.org/events/spring2010/2010-05-world-nomads-lebanon.shtml

David Knopfler of Dire Straits - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
May 01, 2010 -

Founder of Rock group Dire Straits, David has subsequently faithfully pursued his own musical vision, writing and producing his own compositions on ten solo CDs to date. Knopfler has been fortunate enough to reach a wide audience without compromising his art and while he's enjoyed the respect and admiration of his musical peers, widespread critical acclaim, international awards and worldwide chart successes, has managed, in his own country, Britain, to keep a profile so low as to be nearly invisible. He lives quietly in the English countryside, notching up an impressive list of writing credits. A regular panelist at music conventions and lifelong member of organizations like Amnesty International and Adopt a Minefield, David has always made uncompromising life choices: "I don't regard what I do as remotely glamorous. I write, record and perform my music because I completely love doing it and despite any so called celebrity status that sometimes comes with the job." Previously scheduled for 10/7/09 - All 10/7 tix valid. Doors 6pm, Show 8pm. $25 adv, $30 door.

On the Waterfront - Melting Pot Global Music Series - Water Taxi Beach
May 01, 2010 -

World-renowned DJs, premier singers, dancers, videos and poets in the global soul dance music scene. Melting Pot Global resident DJs Kervyn Mark, Kamala and famous DJ friends will play the best in global, soulful house, disco classics, soul and funk to the late night hours. Beach opens at 1:00pm. Admission: $10, beginning at 8:00pm. 21+ after 8:00pm.

Cars, Culture, and the City - Museum of the City of New York
Through August 08, 2010 -

The first exhibition to explore New York City's century-long relationship with the car, marking the 100th anniversary of the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association (GNYADA). The exhibition features visionary drawings and models; historic photographs, films, and advertisements; and a wealth of car memorabilia to tell this fascinating, yet untold, story.

Celebration: The Birthday in Chinese Art - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through August 15, 2010 -

Birthday celebrations and concomitant themes of longevity are pervasive in Chinese art of the Ming and Qing dynasties. A recurring scene of a splendid reception at the residence of a wealthy family, represented in a lacquered screen, a set of embroidered hanging scrolls, and a porcelain vase, shows the eightieth birthday gathering for the Tang-dynasty general Guo Ziyi, a popular figure of long life, wealth, and honor. Longevity is also encoded in peaches, cranes, immortals, and flora and fauna of many kinds, sometimes forming sophisticated visual word play expressing wishes of long life for the honoree. The exhibition will draw together works in many media from the Museum's collection to illuminate these auspicious themes.


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