Things to do this week in NYC Apr 27-May 4: MusicApril 27, 2013 - by CG Directory Editor
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.
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Following the success of last year's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner of Brooklyn's The National return to BAM for year two of their genre-spanning festival. Held in the various spaces of BAM's Peter Jay Sharp Building, each of the three nights features a different roster of innovative New York City bands and artists from the new-music and experimental scenes and in between -- plus screenings of commissioned short films and scores and a late-night dance party.
Emanuel Ax Plays Mozart and Alan Gilbert Conducts Bruckner - New York Philharmonic
The virtuoso pianist and New York resident Emanuel Ax joins the Philharmonic as Artist-in-Residence for the 2012-13 season. As an Honorary Member of the Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York, he has performed with the Orchestra on 100 occasions. This season, Emanuel Ax will perform piano concertos and chamber music of the works of Brahms, Mahler, Mozart, Schoenberg and more. Mr. Ax will join the Orchestra for a very exciting evening of his first-ever performance of a Bach concerto, the Keyboard Concerto in D minor. He will also join the New York Philharmonic on tour this Spring where he will perform Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 25 in select cities.
Billy Bragg - The Town Hall
Those familiar with the passionate, charismatic Bragg know the English alternative rock musician's music blends elements of folk music, punk rock and protest songs, and his lyrics range from the personal to the political. He has a new album due out in March 2013 and will be touring with a backing band, playing songs from his impressive back catalogue as well as the new record.
Bach Revisited - The Baroque Vanguard - Miller Theatre
Previously heard in Miller's new-music series, Ensemble Signal returns with crackerjack harpsichordist Bezuidenhout to explore the vanguard of a different era.
Vijay Iyer: Solo, Trio, Sextet - Carnegie Hall
Grammy-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer leads an evening of stunning music from his highly celebrated and award-winning solo, trio, and sextet recordings.
Tongues of Fire Choir - Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited - Apollo Theater
A concert of music and poetry that features four African-American male writers over three generations.
Flowers Are Sleeping - Symphony Space
Eisa Davis, playwright/singer/songwriter/actor, and Symphony Space Artist-in-Residence, takes a Zora Neale Hurston-like character on a journey from the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance to today, and into the future, in her new music-theater work, Flowers Are Sleeping, commissioned by Symphony Space.
Keith Sweat - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Born in Harlem, NY, R&B and soul singer Keith Sweat once worked an ordinary job for the commodities market in the New York Stock Exchange. He sang at nightclubs until he was discovered in 1987. In November of that year, Sweat released his debut album Make It Last Forever, which sold four million copies. The biggest hit from this album was the chart-topping "I Want Her," and the title track from the album also hit No. 2 on the R&B charts. Sweat continued to chart fairly well with his sophomore album I'll Give All My Love To You (1990), which hit No. 3 on the Billboard charts. Keep It Comin' (1991), his next release, debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard album chart. Sweat released his fourth album Get Up On It in the summer of 1994. He followed with his self-titled fifth album in 1996, which hit No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The single "Twisted" hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Nobody" reached No. 3. Subsequent releases included Still In The Game (1998), Didn't See Me Coming (2000), Rebirth (2002, featuring the single "One on One"), and Just Me (2008). Sweat also formed the R&B super group LSG with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill, releasing the group's self-titled debut Levert.Sweat.Gill in 1997. That album was certified double platinum and featured the track "My Body," which became a huge hit single. In addition to his efforts as a vocalist, Sweat has also been active as a producer. In 1992, he discovered the group Silk and helped craft its debut album Lose Control, which hit No. 7 on the Billboard 200 album chart and featured the hit single "Freak Me." Sweat produced R&B group Kut Klose's debut album Surrender (1995), which produced the popular track "I Like." He has also produced songs for artists like Men At Large, Dru Hill, Immature, Ol' Skool, and The Isley Brothers. In addition, he hosts a nationally syndicated radio program entitled The Keith Sweat Hotel. His 11th album Til the Morning dropped in 2011.
Ken Hitchcock & Sue Halloran: I Can Cook, Too! - 54 Below
Join Ken & Sue and their smokin' six piece band for a special late night set when they present a collection of exotic arrangements of cherished standards (A Quiet Thing, I'll Take Romance) and other classics from the American Songbook (My Funny Valentine, Look at That Face), all orchestrated in a way in which you've never enjoyed these tunes before! Ken Hitchcock is one of Broadway's favorite pit musicians (Memphis, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, Grease, Chicago, 42nd St., Grey Gardens) and his wife, Sue, is a recording artist with a lengthy career singing alongside greats as diverse as Nancy Wilson and Cab Calloway to Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Talking Heads). This real life couple knocks 'em dead at every performance!
Lynda Carter - Jazz at Lincoln Center
TV's iconic Wonder Woman returns to New York City with her brand new show "From the Heart" featuring her All-Star Band including Blue Lou Marini, Paul Liem and Luis Conte.
Fantasia - Beacon Theatre
The R&B singer, actress and American Idol winner performs.
Celebrating Duke Ellington - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Since 1988, when Wynton Marsalis coalesced his septet with Duke Ellington alumni Jimmy Hamilton, Willie Cook, Jimmy Woode, Norris Turney, Britt Woodman, and Joe Temperley (still an active member of the JLCO) to form the first edition of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Ellington's oeuvre has been fundamental to JALC's mission and conception. Continuing in this vein, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will draw from its deep well of Ellingtonia, rendering the maestro's essence and his centrality to American music with a forceful, idiomatic clarity that reflects the JLCO's abiding immersion in his language.
Raffi - The Town Hall
Since his iconic 1976 album, Singable Songs for the Very Young, Raffi has been committed to making unforgettable high-quality music for children everywhere. Family favourites like Baby Beluga, Down By The Bay, All I Really Need and Bananaphone have helped shape a generation. Now Raffi is back to share his catchy and compassionate creations once again. Proceeds benefit the Centre for Child Honouring.
The West Point Concert Band - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The West Point Concert Band is the oldest active band in the U.S. Army, performing concerts, military ceremonies, and at athletic events for the United States Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, NY. The band has served the nation for almost 200 years, performing for U.S. Presidents, Heads of State, and foreign dignitaries. It has played at venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Tanglewood, and has been showcased several times with the New York Philharmonic, continuing a long-standing collaboration with America's oldest orchestra. This event is free and open to the public. All seating is general admission, and no tickets will be issued.
Tower of Power - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
For over 40 years, Tower of Power has been creating its own brand of soul music. Since 1968, the band has delivered infectious jams to fans, appearing before sold-out crowds in an annual world tour. TOP's odyssey began in California in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Castillio's house, Castillio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as the world knows it today, began playing gigs and soon became very well known in the Oakland area. After playing at a Tuesday night audition at the Fillmore in 1970, TOP signed to Bill Graham's San Francisco records and recorded its first album East Bay Grease. The band's next album Bump City (1972) was recorded on the Warner Brothers label, and this disc led to a string of hits and memorable albums that include many of the songs that TOP fans come out in force to hear, even to this day: "You're Still A Young Man," "So Very Hard To Go," "Don't Change Horses (In the Middle of the Stream)," "What Is Hip?" and more. In addition, over the years the Tower of Power horns have recorded with hundreds of artists as diverse as Aerosmith, Elton John, Little Feat, Phish, Santana, Heart, and many others, forever infusing the radio airwaves with TOP's musical DNA. Tower of Power celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008 at a very special reunion show at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, recorded and released as a commemorative live DVD. The performance featured four original band members: Emilio Castillo, Rocco Prestia, Stephen Kupka, and David Garibaldi. To this day, TOP tours the United States, Japan, and Europe every year, playing to sold-out crowds. The band has never been busier or more in demand. New generations continue to come see the band perform as its timeless music never fails to excite fans of all ages.
Jazz Sundays - Symphony Space
Distinctive drinks accompany live jazz combos from the Harlem School of the Arts, featuring the newest talent emerging from Harlem's vibrant music scene.
Catherine Russell - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Featuring Catherine Russell, vocals; Matt Munisteri, guitar; Mark Shane, piano; Mark McLean, drums; Lee Hudson, bass.
The Birdland Jazz Party - Birdland
Birdland's very own jazz quartet hits the stage every Sunday to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics and a special guest vocalist.
Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra - Birdland
Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O'Farrill leads the ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz.
A$AP TWELVYY - Highllne Ballroom
Rapper Twelvyy now finds himself at the threshold of stardom as he is currently working on a wide array of projects.
Broadway Musicals of 1972 - The Town Hall
Author/critic Scott Siegeltakes audiences of all ages on a musical tour of the Great White Way, offering an entertaining verbal account of Broadway's history. Each evening celebrates the songs from Broadway shows of a selected year, sung by a cast of talented cabaret and Broadway performers. This marvelous program not only highlights favorite show-stopping numbers, it also features lesser-known gems. Featuring songs from: Grease (Jim Jacobs/Warren Casey), Pippin (Stephen Schwartz), Sugar (Jule Styne/Bob Merrill), and more.
How to Destroy Angels - Apollo Theater
Trent Reznor's side project performs live at the Apollo.
The Callback - Preliminaries - 54 Below
A weekly Monday night competition in which aspiring artists will perform for a chance to win their own engagement at 54 Below. The weekly late-night event is hosted by Christine Pedi (Sirius XM Radio host, Forbidden Broadway, Talk Radio.) For more information on "The Callback" rules or how to submit an audition video, please visit www.54Below.com.
Morgan James - 54 Below
Currently starring in Broadway's Motown: The Musical as Teena Marie, Doris Day, and others, Morgan James brings her smoky and soulful renditions of songs from her debut CD to 54 Below, as well as a sampling of tunes you've not yet heard from her. Her debut recording on Epic Records, Morgan James Live: A Celebration of Nina Simone, offers up a selection of songs that show off her extraordinary voice and exquisite gift for merging soul, jazz, and R&B in a fresh and thrilling new way. She's fast becoming one of the most sought-after multi-genre vocalists in the country. Morgan was recently seen in the Broadway revival of Godspell (who could forget her sultry rendition of Turn Back, O Man?). Come see what led Terry Teachout of The Wall Street Journal to declare Morgan "the most promising young vocalist to come along so far this century."
The New York Pops 30th Birthday Gala - Carnegie Hall
Featuring a spectacular lineup of guest artists under the baton of Music Director Steven Reineke. Performers include Nick Adams, Laura Benanti, Stephanie J. Block, Liz Callaway, Will Chase, Megan Hilty, Marilyn Maye, Rob McClure, Donna Murphy, James Naughton, Kelli O'Hara, Laura Osnes, Leslie Uggams, Max von Essen, Anthony Warlow and Betsy Wolfe. The New York Pops will also be joined by the Ronald McDonald House Rockin' the House Band and Chorus, Camp Broadway Kids and The New York Pops Salute to Music Students. Following the concert, a black tie Dinner Dance will be held at the luxurious Plaza Hotel.
BalconyTV Brooklyn & The Deli Presents: Live From The Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn Bowl
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The Collegiate Chorale - Song of Norway - Carnegie Hall
Set in 1860, Wright and Forrest (creators of Kismet) cleverly weave Edvard Grieg's compositions together in this romantic operetta/musical filled with glorious music. Song of Norway tells the story of Grieg as he pursues his dreams of fame, but who, after experiencing it under the patronage of a famous prima donna, realizes that his true creativity and love reside back at home in his beloved Norway. Ted Sperling conducts and directs Broadway stars Jason Danieley, Alexandra Silber, Santino Fontana, Marni Nixon and Judy Kaye. The American Symphony Orchestra joins The Chorale for this special concert, followed by The Chorale's Benefit Dinner and Live Auction.
Bullet for My Valentine - Roseland Ballroom
Black Art Jazz Collective - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Featuring Jeremy Pelt, trumpet; Wayne Escoffery, tenor saxophone; James Burton, trombone; Xavier Davis, piano; Dwayne Burno, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums.
The English Beat - City Winery
Richard Goode - Carnegie Hall
"It is virtually impossible to walk away from one of Richard Goode's recitals without the sense of having gained some new insight, subtle or otherwise, into the works he played or about pianism itself," wrote Allan Kozinn in The New York Times. By now, superlative descriptions of this eminent American pianist have become commonplace anywhere he plays.
Kris Allen, Jillette Johnson - Highline Ballroom
On his new album Thank You Camellia, Kris Allen delivers on everything his fans love him for and more. The album is a showcase for the easy, lived-in richness of Kris' voice as well as his knack for crafting hook-filled pop melodies and writing heartfelt lyrics that explore the ups and downs of love. These talents were very much on display on Kris' 2009 self-titled debut album, which featured the 1.7 million-selling hit single "Live Like We're Dying" and was released a few months after the Arkansas native won the eighth season of American Idol. For Thank You Camellia, Kris has cranked everything up a notch by co-writing every song and being heavily involved throughout each stage of the writing, recording, and production process.
Amateur Night - Apollo Theater
A brand new line-up of contestants competes for the chance to perform during the May 8 Show Off and move on to Top Dog on June 19. It all leads to the chance of winning the title of Super Top Dog and a cash prize of $10,000 on November 27! Aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, rappers and spoken word artists try their best to please the audiences that can make them an Apollo legend. Then get ready to cheer or jeer as you decide who stays and who gets booted off stage. At Amateur Night, you tell the performers to be good or be gone! Amateur Night at the Apollo is hosted by the comedian Capone. Each show begins with a festive pre-party featuring video and music by DJ Jess. And keep a lookout for master impressionist C.P. Lacey, the resident Executioner who sweeps bad talent off the stage. Contestants to be announced are... Evelyn Jackson, Ray Soul, Mr.TSOP
The Bacon Brothers - The Town Hall
Kevin and Michael Bacon have been writing songs and playing music together since about the same time they may have been fighting over Lincoln Logs or little green Army guys. Now they have 6 CDs as The Bacon Brothers.
The Bacon Brothers - The Town Hall
Kevin and Michael Bacon have been writing songs and playing music together since about the same time they may have been fighting over Lincoln Logs or little green Army guys. Now they have 6 CDs as The Bacon Brothers.
Kenny Barron, piano & Dave Holland, bass - 92nd Street Y
In June 2011 at the Montreal Jazz Festival, NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron and renowned bassist Dave Holland played onstage as a duo for the first time. Now hear these long-time friends together at 92Y.
Juilliard Opera presents Janacek's 'The Cunning Little Vixen' - Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Anne Manson, conductor; Emma Griffin, director; Juilliard Orchestra; Chorus of Juilliard singers. Sung in English, with Translation from the original Czech by Yveta Synek Graff and Robert T. Jones. Featuring Julia Bullock as the Vixen, Aubrey Allicock as the Forester, Karen Vuong as the Fox, Lacey Jo Benter as the Forester's Wife, Elizabeth Sutphen as the Owl, Martin Bakari as the Schoolmaster, Hyunho Yoo as the Mosquito, Önay Köse as the Priest/Badger, Elliott Hines as the Innkeeper, Rachael Wilson as the Innkeeper's Wife/Chorus Hen, Raquel González as the Rooster, Lilla Heinrich Szász as the Jay, Mary Feminear as the Lead Hen, Lara Secord-Haid as the Woodpecker/Chorus Hen, John Brancy as Harašta, Laura Mixter as the Dog, Laura LeVoir as the Grasshopper, Kara Sainz as the Cricket, Angela Vallone as the Young Vixen, Qingyu Chen as the Young Frog/Joey (Pepik), and William McGregor as Frank (Frantik). Inspired by a comic strip and premiered in 1924, Leos Janácek and librettist Rudolf Tesnohlidek's The Cunning Little Vixen is an endearing and enlightened glance at the circle of life amongst a cast of woodland characters set in the fairy tale-esque Moravian forest. Tickets $30 available 3/25 at the Juilliard Box Office, by calling CenterCharge (212) 721-6500, or online. Half-price tickets for students and seniors at the Juilliard Box Office only April 28 at 2:00 PM April 30 & May 2 at 8:00 PM
The Gong Show Live Off Broadway - The Cutting Room
The authorized stage production of the iconic TV show. The Gong Show Live returns after its SMASH debut, doing monthly performances at The Cutting Room in NYC. The Gong Show was a cultural touchstone, a pioneering TV show and the godfather of every awkwardly great reality TV moment that has happened in history. We present the theatrical recreation of The Gong Show in a modern-day stage production. If you liked it on TV, you will love it right in front of your face. Critically hailed as "Jaw droppingly hilarious" and "Fast, fresh and fun" this uproarious, deranged, completely entertaining show has audiences laughing into the next day. Featuring modern-day performers from America's Got Talent, Conan, Letterman, 30 Rock and So You Think You Can Dance, you will be thoroughly entertained, fascinated, horrified and delighted. Starring comedians Ray Ellin, Chuck Nice, Dan Naturman, Ken Dashow, the Gong Show 10 Live Band, Gene Gene the Dancing Machine, and the Unknown Convict. Appropriate for the whole family. This is a professionally cast and produced off-broadway production.
The Gong Show Live - The Cutting Room
Executive Produced by LESLIE GOLD (The Award-Winning Radiochick) and produced by Emmy-Nominated Peppy Castro and Broadway's Kenn Lubin, THE GONG SHOW LIVE is an even better idea than The Gong Show on TV. It's LIVE. In a theatre. Where most of the 1970s American population wanted to be. Right there and up close with the lunacy.
College Kids Presents: Open Till Midnight and Minor Soul LIVE - Drom
Open Till Midnight is an American pop-rock band formed in our very own New York City. Their self titled album was mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, O.A.R, Neon Trees, Bloc Party etc.) and produced by Grammy Award winner Marc Swersky. Minor Soul is an acoustic-pop band created by two young brothers, Jack and Max Wagner, aged 20 and 18.They recently worked with ASCAP-winning songwriter Toby Gad in Los Angeles, co-writing and recording two songs.
Chris Mann - Highline Ballroom
Chris Mann certainly shined as a finalist on The Voice, but his star has risen even higher since the hit show's second season. In 2012, Mann signed with Faircraft/Republic, a new label formed by renowned producer/music executive Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Mary J. Blige). His debut full-length, Roads, introduced a whole new generation to the classical-pop genre and shot straight to No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart and Top 5 on Billboard's Classical Chart. Upon its release, he gave numerous high- profile television performances, including playing for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as part of TNT's "Christmas In Washington" special, appeared on "The Today Show," the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and "NBC's "Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special." Mann also released a holiday EP, Home For Christmas, which was sold exclusively at Walmart and hit No. 1 on the chain's Best-Selling Albums List.
Evgeny Kissin - Carnegie Hall
Evgeny Kissin is one of the great pianists of our time, and there is always a sense of excitement and anticipation leading up to any one of his recitals -- especially at Carnegie Hall.
Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite - Beacon Theatre
Melanie - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
Folk singer-songwriter Melanie recorded her first album in 1967 and attracted national attention as well as a loyal fan following two years later when she performed at Woodstock, the legendary rock festival. During the early '70s, Melanie's gentle, acoustic sound on songs like "Lay Down," "Beautiful People," and "Brand New Key" (which topped the charts in 1971) stood in sharp contrast to the hard-driving, heavy-metal rock that dominated the charts. Edwin Miller of Seventeen magazine observed that her "urgent ballads bind you to her with invisible threads of emotion."
Kronos Quartet - Carnegie Hall
The wildly successful group offers the New York premieres of works by Aleksandra Vrebalov and Missy Mazzoli.
Paula Cole (new CD release) - City Winery
Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. In April, she will release her seventh solo album titled Raven. The release comes on the 20th anniversary of her performance debut on Peter Gabriel's "Secret World Live" tour/album (1993-1994) and her solo debut Harbinger (Imago Records).
Harlem in the Himalayas - Roy Assaf Trio - Rubin Museum of Art
An all-acoustic jazz series presented with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem. Beer Sheba-born, Tel Aviv-raised, and New York-based, award-winning pianist Roy Assaf brings his trio and their Middle Eastern/Latin American jazz melding to the Rubin.
Aaron Tveit - 54 Below
54 Below welcomes Aaron Tveit for four special performances only! Mixing Broadway with pop, childhood favorites with contemporary sounds, and superstar vocals with charismatic good looks, Tveit's cabaret debut will have them talking for years. Broadway embraced Aaron when he memorably created roles in Next to Normal and Catch Me if You Can, in addition to his performances in Hairspray and Wicked.
Johnny Marr - Music Hall of Williamsburg
The supple, ringing guitars of Johnny Marr helped establish the Smiths among the most acclaimed and enduring bands of the 1980s. In the wake of the Smiths' demise, he made cameo appearances on records by the likes of Talking Heads and Kirsty MacColl before joining Matt Johnson's The The for 1989's Mind Bomb. Marr also teamed with New Order's Bernard Sumner and Pet Shop Boys' Neil Tennant in the alternative supergroup Electronic, scoring a hit with the single "Getting Away With It." In 2007 Marr appeared on the Washington band Modest Mouse's album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, and toured with them as a member.
Crosby, Stills & Nash Songbook - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
More than four decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played their first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times-once with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. They have also been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame, both as a group, and as individual solo artists. For what will surely be a classic evening, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, will join Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra as they perform stunning new orchestrations of CSN classics. In Rose Theater.
Vienna: Window to Modernity - Carnegie Hall
The finale of Renee Fleming's Perspectives series, Vienna: Window to Modernity is a thoughtful tribute to the time and place where the European musical tradition, under the influence of literary and visual arts, gave way to the 20th century.
Musical Performance: Karavika - Alwan for the Arts
KARAVIKA is a New York City based quartet comprising violin, cello, double bass and tabla, with members coming from distinctly different musical backgrounds from South Asia to North America. Their performance at Alwan for the Arts will feature material from their debut album, Sunrise, as well as new explorations in “Rabindra Sangeet”, the song & poetry of the great Noble Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore Featuring: Trina Basu: Violin Arun Ramamurthy: Violin Amali Premawardhana: Cello Perry Wortman: Double bass Advait Shah: Indian tablas Tickets available at the door. Ticketing links coming soon. (*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket) ***** Bio - Trina Basu: Trina Basu is a violinist, teacher and music therapist based in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Miami, Fl and trained in western classical music, Trina began to pursue improvisational styles of music in college,she was awarded an Artist Fellowship from the Indo-Shastri Canadian Institute to study Carnatic Classical music with esteemed violinists, Vittal Ramamurthy & Padma Shankar in Chennai, India. Arun Ramamurthy: Arun is an exciting violinist who is making his mark in Indian Classical and World music. Disciple of Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, he has become one of the most sought after violinists in the US. Arun has been accompanying major artists touring from India, as well as performing solo concerts, for the past 17 years. He has carved a niche for himself in the NYC music scene as a versatile musician, playing together with artists from Carnatic, Hindustani and jazz styles. Amali Premawardhana: Amali is one of New York City’s emerging young cellists bridging the gap between the music of her western classical training and the music of her South Asian root. Her performing career has included festivals such as the Classical Revolution Music Festival in San Francisco, as well as Western European tours with the highly acclaimed Orchestra: ‘Daughters of Nina Simone’ . Perry Wortman: Perry began playing double bass at the age of 13. Throughout middle and high school, he received numerous awards for excellence in jazz and classical music, Aside from his work as a jazz musician, he plays bass guitar in Brooklyn based rock band, Hungry Hands, he continues to search for new musical realms of expression within the context of improvisation. Adavit Shah: Advait has been playing tabla since the age of eight. Largely a self taught musician, he has developed much of his musical knowledge and skill through listening to recordings and attending concert. Through his training and self study, Advait has developed a unique style which creatively blends a mix of East and West. ***** Reviews - "a diversely melodic, often hypnotic original sound that occasionally reaches toward Appalachian rusticity or a brisk Celtic mood... Whether quiet and reflective or joyously energetic, the melodies are as bright as the musicians' tone: this is music for celebrating or getting lost in" - Lucid Culture "...a gorgeous contrast between the long, sinewy, singing lines of the violin and cello and the tabla's intricate burble and pop punctuation, riding the warm pizzicato heartbeat of the bass. It is a liquid and organic brew that sounds inevitable, as if it's existed forever... A dynamic sonic blend of uncommon mesmeric beauty." - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz "Karavika’s music is a powerfully sincere blend of American and Indian musical influences. They craft beautiful string arrangements that soar above versatile bass playing and virtuosic tabla grooves . Drawing heavily on improvisational styles, every performance I’ve been to is a unique experience.” -Mike Block, cellist, Silk Road Ensemble Related Links http://www.karavika.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B8UYGibeao https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4EOrwKvopE
Michael Musto's 70's Disco Extravaganza - 54 Below
The mirror ball has relocated to the cellar at 54 BELOW. Join downtown legend, disco diva, and Village Voice columnist Michael Musto with his glittery sidekicks Snooky and Tish as he performs live with disco cover band The Elektrik Company. Guests include Sarah Dash, Orfeh, and the diva, Joey Arias.
Classical Concerts for Classy Kids - 54 Below
Glen Roven offers an audience of parents and children the simple keys and tools to enjoy the masterpieces of the ages. Focusing on one piece of chamber music, Mozart's "String Quartet No. 21," the Concert starts with a description of the piece and the instruments, followed by a lunch, then a full-out-performance by The GPRrecords Festival String Quartet. Filled with insight, wit and humor, Maestro Roven concocts a concert perfect for the seasoned concert-goer as well as the novice.
Paul Williams - Cafe Carlyle
Award-winning lyricist and composer Paul Williams presents his newest program, "The Lovers, The Dreamers, And Me."
Alejandro Sanz - Radio City Music Hall
Rihanna - Barclays Center
Barclays Center is not about to stop the music so be there when Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour dazzles in Brooklyn and this pop princess blows the roof off of NYC's newest state-of-the-art arena!
Ann Hampton Callaway and Her Quintet - From Sassy to Divine: A Celebration of Sarah Vaughan - Dizzy's Club Coca Cola
Ann Hampton Callaway returns to Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola to pay tribute to NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Sarah Vaughan, the singer to whom Callaway is most often compared.
The Song Is You: Jerome Kern Coast to Coast - 92nd Street Y
The greatest songwriters revered him. And his songs -- from "All the Things You Are" to "The Way You Look Tonight" -- remain a vital part of our cultural conversation. It is no accident that Jerome Kern is "The Dean."