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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Brooklyn This Week - December 3-December 10

December 3, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Brooklyn is as happening as cities get, with live music in the bars and clubs from Williamsburg to Park Slope to downtown. With a younger crowd taking to the always trending burough, you can bet that great shows can be found all over Brooklyn. Whether you're more into a rock scene or music that's an eclectic mix, check out places like Brooklyn Steel, Barbes, and the Pine Box Rock Shop all around Brooklyn.

December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Acfny Presents: Studio Dan / Breaking News - Roulette
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

Studio Dan was founded in 2005 for the JazzWerkstatt Wien's first festival. The ensemble started as big band, but has since morphed to perform in various permutations, depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and (art) rock, to name only a few. Studio Dan curates and produces new programs, concert series, and recordings, working alone or in cooperation with large institutions. In 2016, Studio Dan brought new programs to several internationally-renowned stages as Wien Modern, Kampnagel Hamburg, musikprotokoll graz or the Tagen für Neue Musik in Zurich. In a four-concert series at Vienna's Porgy & Bess music by Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Cornelius Cardew, George Crumb, and many others was presented. Past guest soloists and collaborations with Studio Dan include Vinko Globokar, Elliott Sharp, Michel Doneda, and Friedrich Cerha. The ensemble has been repeatedly supported by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

FKJ - Brooklyn Steel
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

25th Anniversary Concert of the Aids Quilt Songbook - National Sawdust
December 03, 2017 - Brooklyn

"I've been given quite a few CDs to evaluate and publicize in the past, and I've loved many of them, but none has moved me the way AN AIDS QUILT SONGBOOK: SING FOR HOPE has." – The Huffington Post A concert of art songs for voice and piano dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The project was begun in the early 1990s by baritone William Parker and first performed in Alice Tully Hall in 1992. Following a successful 20th anniversary concert at Cooper Union featuring several of the original performers on the first AQSB, pianist Thomas Bagwell and composer Gordon Beeferman co-curate an evening of selections from the first collection, songs from various regional versions of the songbook, and several new songs written for this evening reflecting the current realities of the HIV/AIDS situation in this country. Among the songs to be premiered include: —lyricist/composer Michael R. Jackson (new resident playwright at Lincoln Center Theater) speaks to the experience of gay black men, who are at especially high risk for HIV; —lyricist Rachel Peters and composer Sam Davis reflect on the history of AIDS testing and political activism; —lyricist/librettist Mark Campbell and composer... (read more)

AFTER FUNK + VIVA LA HOP - Brooklyn Bowl
December 04, 2017 - Brooklyn

Wolf Alice - Brooklyn Steel
December 04, 2017 - Brooklyn

December 05, 2017 - Brooklyn

Jeremiah Cymerman: Systema Munditotius - Roulette
December 05, 2017 - Brooklyn

Composed in 2017, Systema Mundtitotius is a hypnotic and mysterious concert length piece written as a concerto for two improvising percussionists with the accompaniment of clarinet choir. Employing a system of alternate fingerings and pitch specific electronic feedback, the clarinet choir surrounds the percussionists in a sonic environment that propels and informs the performances of the soloists. Drawing inspiration from and paying tribute to the writings and mandala drawings of CG Jung, the first iteration of System Munditotius took place at the Stone in New York City as the final performance of Cymerman's 2017 weeklong residency with subsequent performances at New Haven's Firehouse 12 and Brooklyn's Roulette. For the past fifteen years, composer/performer Jeremiah Cymerman has become an increasingly integral part of the New York Downtown scene, charting a colorful career as a clarinetist, improviser, sound artist, recording engineer, archivist and podcaster. Frequently using the recording studio as a primary compositional tool, Cymerman's work reflects a passionate interest in improvisation, electronic manipulation & production, traditional, studio & graphic composition as we... (read more)

An Evening With David Rawlings - Brooklyn Steel
December 05, 2017 - Brooklyn

Acclaimed songwriter and guitarist David Rawlings will release his freshly pressed third album, Poor David's Almanack, on August 11th via Acony Records. For Poor David's Almanack, Rawlings leaves the Dave Rawlings Machine moniker behind and serves up a wry mixture of acoustic and electric music rich in ageless American vernacular. The album of ten new songs was crafted by studio wizards Ken Scott (Beatles, David Bowie) and Matt Andrews on analog tape during a week of sessions at legendary Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Rawlings and longtime compatriot Gillian Welch joined together with Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, Brittany Haas, Ketch Secor, and Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes to produce an album for all seasons. The touring iteration of Rawlings' band, the all-star Dave Rawlings Machine, will embark on the first leg of a national tour this August to support Poor David's Almanack, as well as perform favorites from the first two Dave Rawlings Machine records, A Friend of A Friend and Nashville Obsolete. This release marks the 8th studio collaboration between Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Their creative partnership spans over two decades and includes t... (read more)

Winterreise: We breath Again Live Score - National Sawdust
December 06, 2017 - Brooklyn

For centuries, Alaska Native peoples survived the harsh conditions of life in the far north while their social, cultural, and spiritual practices thrived. Rarely heard of 40 years ago, suicide is now one of the leading causes of death for Alaska Natives. We Breathe Again intimately explores the lives of four Alaska Native people who are determined to break free from personal histories of trauma and suicide.

Darius Jones: Samesoul Maker - Roulette
December 06, 2017 - Brooklyn

Samesoul Maker explores the commitment of the father figure during the process of childbirth on the planet Or'gen. The father figure becomes the Samesoul Maker through a daily mantra performed in a 15-part cycle using an ancient instrument to embroider the repetitions. Each cycle is seeding the love, desires and support of the father for the creation of his child. He does this every day to lend psychic and emotional energy to strengthen the bond being created amongst the mothers of his Unit as they sing The Oversoul Manual. Darius Jones is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist and composer. In the last decade he has amazed and inspired musicians and audiences from widely divergent backgrounds with his meticulously honed musical gifts. Jones has collaborated with Gerald Cleaver's Black Host, Oliver Lake Big Band, Eric Revis Quartet, Nasheet Waits Quartet, Trevor Dunn's Proof Readers, Matthew Shipp, Branford Marsalis, Jason Moran, and many more. He was nominated in 2013 for Alto Saxophonist of the Year, and for Up & Coming Artist of the Year two years in a row for the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards. Jones was one of Jazz Times' Debut Artists of the Year for 2009 and hi... (read more)

Winterreise Nights Festival: We Breathe Again, Live Score - National Sawdust
December 06, 2017 - Brooklyn

After her win over Drake and Arcade Fire for Canada's Polaris Music Prize and subsequent collaboration with Björk, Tanya Tagaq is one of the world's most renowned throat-singers and First Nations advocates. Tagaq teams up with fellow Winterreise Nights curator Jeffrey Zeigler and a cast of other all-star musicians to perform the captivating live scoring of We Breathe Again. The film's soundtrack is composed by no other than Paola Prestini, composer and Artistic Director of National Sawdust. Prestini is hailed for her "ability to evoke sheer vastness" (LA Times) while "pushing the boundaries of classical music" (Wall Street Journal), and pours her talents into a sweeping score, evoking drama, suffering, and ultimately, hope. We Breathe Again is a film exploring the lives of five Alaska Natives and working to overcome the impacts of inter-generational trauma and suicide and recently premiered on PBS's "America Reframed." Music will be led by Inuk vocalist Tanya Tagaq, and will also include cello, guitar, vocals, violin, piano, and percussions, performed by Jeffrey Zeigler, Cornelius Dufallo, David Cossin, Gyan Riley, and Paola Prestini. The film is written by the team of ... (read more)

A Positive Spin - Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

A Positive Spin A Positive Spin began in 2014 as a DJ workshop for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. It has since evolved into an annual benefit concert held in Los Angeles. Past performers include Getter, Jauz, Kill the Noise, AC Slater, Machinedrum and more. To date, A Positive Spin has raised almost $20,000 for Inner-City Arts. This is the project's first year expanding to New York. In addition to ticket sales, a raffle will be held, as well as a food drive to benefit Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and Food Bank for New York City, with a request for two non-perishable food items to enter the drawing. Past raffle prizes include items from Native Instruments, ADIDAS, Tiësto, Martin Solveig, Run The Jewels, and Dillon Francis

Gary Numan+Me Not You - Brooklyn Steel
December 07, 2017 - New York

'There are still people trying to work out what a genius Gary Numan is.' Prince ' I was always impressed by the way Gary Numan found his own voice–and it was unusual–but it was unmistakably him and boldly him. I see me doing what I learned from him.' Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails As an Electro and Industrial music pioneer Gary Numan's influence has been recognized by a diverse array of the world's greatest artists—from Prince to Lady Gaga, Jack White to Kanye West; Beck to Queens Of The Stone Age, and The Foo Fighters to Nine Inch Nails. Numan's impact was crystallized in the U.S. some three decades ago with his now legendary performance of his worldwide hit 'Cars' and 'Praying To The Aliens' to an audience of 40 million people on the US TV institution that is Saturday Night Live—a performance that changed the sound of popular music forever. While Numan's unique, pioneering style continues to connect with fans from the worlds of EDM, Industrial, Hip-Hop, Metal, and Indie-rock, he remains as focused as ever in pursuing his own singular vision. Numan has never stopped trying to innovate and his latest album 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)'—released 15th October 2013–i... (read more)

Winterreise Nights Festival Tanya Tagaq Presents Laura Ortman - National Sawdust
December 07, 2017 - Brooklyn

Laura Ortman is a Brooklyn based composer and musician. A renowned and unique performer who brings her Apache roots to her music, Ortman's music shines with her mastery of the violin, Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, and pedal steel guitar. For the second night of the Winterreise Nights Festival, Ortman will present her staggering talents in a rarely seen solo recital, presented by Winterreise Curator Tanya Tagaq. A sought-after musician at institutions around the world, Ortman has performed at America's leading museums and musical institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and Museum of Modern Art. Ortman is the founder of the Coast Orchestra, the country's most prominent all-Native American orchestral ensemble. About the Artist Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache) is a Brooklyn, NY composer, musician and artist. She produces solo albums, live performances and film/art soundtracks and frequently collaborates with artists in film, music, art, dance, multi-media, activistism and poetry, such as Tony Conrad, Jock Soto, Raven Chacon, Nanobah Becker, Okkyung Lee, Martin Bisi, Caroline Monnet, Michelle Latimer, Raphaele Shirley and Martha Colbu... (read more)

Foxing Moving Mountains - Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

If you've ever looked at an old document and noticed brown spots on it, what you are seeing are signs of aging. It's not exactly clear what specifically causes them, but one day, the page will completely brown over and be no more. This is called foxing. A group of St. Louis musicians took this idea and turned it into a band. "From the conception of the band, we realized: we're not gonna be around forever," says Foxing singer Conor Murphy. "There's classic literature that over time grows really old. But hopefully, you can make something that meant something at some point and will mean something down the road, even if it is aged and dated. That's always what keeps me going, the idea that we're writing something now that we won't be able to write in ten years." At only 21, Murphy is wise beyond his years and Foxing's debut album, The Albatross is indisputable proof of that. The Albatross has an epically beautiful, almost cinematic quality to it, a fact which the band members, some of whom were film students, are acutely aware of. Listening to their song "Rory" along with the music video they made for it is not only an emotionally jarring experiences but highlights the fact that ... (read more)

ANDERS OSBORNE - Brooklyn Bowl
December 08, 2017 - Brooklyn

Winterreise Nights Festival: Tanya Tagaq and Jeffrey Zeigler in Concert - National Sawdust
December 09, 2017 - Brooklyn

Winterreise Nights Festival, Night 3 Björk protégé Tanya Tagaq and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (founding member, Kronos Quartet) join forces to create an unforgettable evening of music for the third night of the Winterreise Nights Festival. Two giants in the music world combine their vastly different genres, deeply rooted in improvisation, experimentation and electronics, to create an incomparable punk sound only possible with Tagaq and Zeigler.

ANDERS OSBORNE - Brooklyn Bowl
December 09, 2017 - Brooklyn

December 09, 2017 - Brooklyn

Space Jesus + TRUTH, Shlump, Digital Ethos - Brooklyn Steel
December 09, 2017 - Brooklyn

Space Jesus is the mind-spawn of Brooklyn NY based electronic music producer Jasha Tull. Fueled by bass and inspired by the intangible, Space Jesus is consistently driven by the urge to create future-based music. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jasha's firm roots in Hip-Hop are apparent in most of his productions. With a focus on bass-line synthesis, hard hitting beats, and psychedelia, Jasha explores a range of genres and tempos with a consistently urban feel. Beginning in 2010 Jasha created an ever-evolving experience as Space Jesus. Less than a year later, he released his debut self titled 'Space Jesus EP', quickly developing a loyal fan-base throughout the Northeast. It wasn't until the 2012 release of 'PLANiTS' on San Francisco based MalLabel Music that his popularity spread to the West Coast. Soon after, Jasha began working with Rob Uslan, also known as Supersillyus, on a new psychedelic project named Schlang. Do Androids Dance called their debut EP 'Little Information Deposits' one of the best intelligent psychedelic bass records of 2013". Known for his energetic live performances, Space Jesus recently toured the West Coast on the Road To Sonic Bloom Tour with Janover, ... (read more)

Winterreise Nights Festival: Dear Edvard - National Sawdust
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Dear Edvard is a new music-theater piece, directed by Kevin Newbury, about the life and loves of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Written by Richard Michelson and Steven Schoenberg, Dear Edvard is part art history biopic, love story, psychological exploration and family drama. Munch (sung by baritone Timothy McDevitt) is set in the same hospital room at Dr. Jacobsen's Clinic for Nervous Disorders and Alcoholism, where the artist committed himself in 1908. His young nurse (played by Broadway singer Pearl Sun), now elderly, confesses her long ago passion for her famous patient, and transports us back to the beginnings of psychoanalysis, sexual liberation, and the birth of modern art. Through her eyes we meet the various women in Munch's life, and a picture emerges of the social and emotional upheavals that would affect and form the iconic artist, as well as reflecting the anxiety, self-awareness and pursuit of meaning and inner-peace that have come to define our own lives today. This performance is supported in part by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General.

Dear Edvard - National Sawdust
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Dear Edvard is a new music-theatre piece about the life and loves of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Art history biopic, love story, psychological exploration and family drama, Munch is set in the same hospital room at Dr. Jacobsen's Clinic for Nervous Disorders and Alcoholism, where the artist committed himself in 1908. His young nurse, now elderly, confesses her long ago passion for her famous patient, and transports us back to the beginnings of psychoanalysis, sexual liberation, and the birth of modern art. Through her eyes we meet the various women in Munch's life, and a picture emerges of the social and emotional upheavals that would affect and form the iconic artist, as well as reflecting the anxiety, self-awareness and pursuit of meaning and inner-peace that have come to define our own lives today.

Winterreise: Dear Edvard - National Sawdust
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Dear Edvard is a new music-theatre piece about the life and loves of Norwegian artist Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Art history biopic, love story, psychological exploration and family drama, Munch is set in the same hospital room at Dr. Jacobsen's Clinic for Nervous Disorders and Alcoholism, where the artist committed himself in 1908.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Ted Leo is one of the finest songwriters of our generation, even if it's not entirely clear what generation that is. Starting in New York Hardcore with Citizen's Arrest, making the '90s safe for power-pop and Weller-esque hair with Chisel, then singing our turbulent lives like we were smarter than we were with The Pharmacists, and most recently providing equal parts sweetness and solace with Aimee Mann as The Both, Ted never let us down. And now, seven years after The Brutalist Bricks, he has a new solo album. And it's wonderful. The songs on The Hanged Man, recorded at a home-studio-in-transition in Wakefield, RI, with Ted playing almost all the instruments, are some of the finest and most finely wrought of Ted Leo's career. Ted describes the time working on the album as one of "personal desolation that felt fallow but was actually very fertile" and, indeed, lyrically, The Hanged Man is suffused with hope of sorts but crushingly heavy. The concerns addressed, whether personal trauma or the national disaster we're all currently existing in, matched with the range and vitality of the songcraft is inspiring, even uplifting. The Hanged Man offers the sharp bursts of skinny tie p... (read more)

December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Acfny Presents: Studio Dan / Breaking News - Roulette
December 10, 2017 - Brooklyn

Outer Limits is a new commissioned program with four diverse composers that are working with music in different directions. The evening will include composers Tristan Perich (USA), Nik Bärtsch (Switzerland), Pete Harden (UK/The Netherlands), and Vanessa Lann (USA/The Netherlands) In the work of Tristan Perich, we feature two dueling pianos juxtaposed against a web 1-bit electronics in a raucous nancarrow-esque piece. In Nik Bartsch, he has written a three movement work conjuring deep rhythmic grooves and virtuosic unison licks with beautiful mesmerizing suspension. Pete Harden will be writing a work that will be a improvised map of sounds, based off of butterfly migration patterns, and in the case of Vanessa Lann, she will be creating a theatrical work with poetry and movement.

Sza+Smino, Ravyn Lenae - Brooklyn Steel
December 10, 2017 - New York

SZA envelopes your soul at first listen. Coveting a special innocence about her, the Maplewood native laces her music with soul-quenching traces of seductive allure. It's truly the subtleties that make a difference though; the floral imagery, the small touches on her production, her concise yet intense songwriting. It all molds together to form this beautiful package. "I was raised on a lot of John Coltrane, Satchmo, Miles Davis, Billy Holiday, and Björk with an adult obsession of all things Wu-Tang," says SZA. " The one thing I've always admired is their ability to paint scenes with their sounds. When I write I usually let the beat saturate my mood and head space; that determines every scene and set design for any song, the rest is all secondary." The songstress was first noticed sharing stages with the likes of Canadian artist Colin Munroe, Asher Roth, and multiple Star Trak artists including Christian Rich. Since then SZA has released a variety of soulful tidbits, ranging from features on some of your favorite artists tracks (to be released), to songwriting and solo cuts. Her debut EP See.SZA.Run is out now.

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