Things to do this week in NYC Oct 31-Nov 7: MusicOctober 31, 2009 - 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.
The Long Count - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists --brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie rock royalty The National and omnivorous visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie -- combine talents to create a song-filled myth about the beginning of time. A feast of images, instrumentals, and songs thick with primordial mystery, The Long Count pairs Ritchie's protean forms with a twelve-piece orchestra and the Dessners' gothic mix of electric and orchestral sounds. Guest vocalists Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (The National) round out the line-up in this visionary collaboration between music and art.
Dame Emma Kirkby in Concert - Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
Hear one of the world's greatest sopranos in a rare NYC appearance! Dame Emma Kirkby will sing music by Dowland and Purcell in "Orpheus in England", accompanied by renowned lutenist Jakob Lindberg. $40 preferred seating/$20 general seating by calling 212-288-8920 in advance or on Nov. 1 at the door.
Powerman 5000 - The Blender Theater at Grammercy
Powerman 5000 is a Boston-based heavy metal/nu-metal band formed in 1989. Frontman Spider One (Michael Cummings) is the younger brother of Rob Zombie (Robert Cummings). They have recently released a new CD, "Somewhere on the Other Side of Nowhere", recorded a video for their new single, "Super Villain", and will be going on a country-wide tour.
Lyle Lovett and His Large Band - Beacon Theatre
The country superstar takes the stage.
Brooklyn College Conservatory Orchestra - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
American Voices - New York City Opera
Celebrate New York City Opera's return to the newly renovated David H. Koch Theater at a special concert featuring a roster of stars including Measha Brueggergosman, Amy Burton, Joyce Castle, Anna Christy, Joyce DiDonato, Lauren Flanigan, Anthony Dean Griffey, Marc Kudisch, Samuel Ramey, and Talise Trevigne. The evening will feature Stravinsky's "Fanfare for a New Theater," Floyd's "Revival Scene" from Susannah, Weill's "Ice Cream Sextet" from Street Scene, "Soliloquy" from Carousel as well as works from Bernstein, Bolcom, Golijov, Stravinsky, Barber and Gershwin. Rufus Wainwright will perform Judy Garland's "That's Entertainment" and New York City Ballet will perform to an excerpt from Adams's "Hallelujah Junction."
Paul Zunno Solo Acoustic Concert - New York City Center Studios
Following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, Paul Zunno played lead guitar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilson Pickett. His performances are a combination of 'stories behind the music' and a downright blow-the-roof-off-joint execution and technique as a guitarist. Zunno has truly earned his reputation as an outstanding live performer. His mix of soulful singing, guitar mastery and skillful songwriting have captivated and awed audiences for years. Paul Zunno's solo acoustic concert gives audiences an opportunity to see a world class talent in an intimate setting. More Info and Tix: www.zunno.com
Join The Bronx Museum for an exciting First Fridays! program featuring Ibrahim Gonzalez and his Latin Jazz Quintet.
Dawn Drake & 'ZapOte' in Concert! - The Bitter End
Female-fronted Funk Latin Afro-beat band; original dance music simmering in a palate of serious Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms. Taking its name from a luscious fruit in Cuba also known as "mamey", "ZapOte" is an original Funk Latin Afro-Beat band lead by Dawn Drake, New York's female bassist/conguera/singer/songwriter and composer. Her original music takes the listener and dancer into a zone where House, Funk, Afro-beat, Samba, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jazz are right at home. Her poetic lyrics spread messages of universal consciousness, delivered with heartfelt vocals, and are joined with the irresistible grooves of Latin percussion, funky bass, swinging horn lines and virtuosic improvisation.
Ray LaMontagne - Beacon Theatre
Ray LaMontagne, a singer/songwriter whose voice has been likened to Van Morrison, brings his unique blend of earthy and soulful folk to the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 9 & 10 in support of his new album, Gossip in the Grain which has been lauded as his best album to date.
Ancient Paths, Modern Voices - Carnegie Hall
China's diverse and vibrant culture will be on full display when Carnegie Hall hosts Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture. Performers -- many of whom are traveling outside China for the first time -- include pianist Lang Lang, who appears three times, including a festival-closing performance on Nov. 10th with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and conductor Long Yu; pipa player Wu Man; composer and conductor Tan Dun; Yo-Yo Ma; the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; and many others. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/chinafestival.
Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
An exhibition that examines the critical role the human figure has played in the Nation's art for the past 189 years. Transcending chronological, stylistic, and generational boundaries the exhibition will present 160 works drawn from the National Academy's important and wide ranging collection of American art, as well as an intriguing selection of works by contemporary artists who are carrying on the figurative tradition in new and adventurous ways.
Esther - New York City Opera
Weisgall's dynamic Esther has its first revival since its electrifying world premiere in 1993 at New York City Opera. Based on the inspirational tale of the brave heroine who rescued her people from near-destruction, Esther earned countless curtain calls and rave reviews for its vocal fireworks, hard-hitting drama, and striking visuals by revolutionary designer Jerome Sirlin.
Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve. Classes held at: Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (between B-way and 8th Ave.) NY,NY 10019 www.flamencolatino.com