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Brooklyn Maqam Hang: Orchestra Farha

Date: May 21, 2024
Time: 8pm

Music starts at 8pm
Full dinner menu available
Seating is first come first serve

Hot off the NY Oud Festival, Brooklyn Maqam – the back room’s longest running monthly music series – returns with a special performance by

ORCHESTRA FARHA
Zahra Alzubaida – voice
Sami Abu Shumays – violin
Sarah Mueller – violin
Gideon Forbes – nay, saxophone
Amir ElSaffer – trumpet
Josh Farrar – electric guitar
Mohammad Araki – keyboard
Marwan Allam – bass
Johnny Farraj – percussion
Alber Baseel – percussion


James Arenas & Los Sucios

Date: May 26, 2024
Time: 7pm

7pm doors 8pm music 

Full dinner menu available, seating is first come first serve 

performing live in the back room 

JAMES ARENAS & LOS SUCIOS

“…synthesizes such seemingly disparate traditions as the pleading and desperate modern chanson of Jacques Brel; the liquid, undulating dreamscape of David Lynch; and the shadowy sounds of Leonard Cohen.” 

James Arenas – Guitar, Lead Vocal
John Anderson – Upright Bass
Mike Chambers – Electric Guitar
Amy de Arenas – Piano, Synths
Mike Glanzer – Cajon, Percussion
Claudia Mogel – Violin

+special guest
HARVEY VALDES


performing Erik Satie Improvisations for solo guitar

$15 at the door (cash/Venmo, no presale)


Sam Weinberg 2024 Residency

Date: May 28, 2024
Time: 7pm

7pm doors 8pm music

Full dinner menu available, seating first-come first-served

performing live in the back room

THE SAM WEINBERG TRIO

with HENRY FRASER + JASON NAZARY 

listen to Plays Quarter Notes and Other Notes

CARLO COSTA & ZOSHA WARPEHA 

Percussionist, drummer and composer Carlo Costa was born and grew up in Rome, Italy. Since 2005 he has been based in New York City. In the past several years he has been making music which is largely improvised and experimental in nature. Through the use of a variety of unusual techniques and added objects Carlo has meticulously developed a distinctive and wide-ranging sonic palette.

Zosha Warpeha is a composer-performer working in a meditative space at the intersection of contemporary improvisation and folk traditions. She performs primarily on Hardanger d’amore, a sympathetic-stringed instrument closely related to the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, as well as five-string violin. Zosha’s long-form compositions explore transformations of time and tonality.

TILGHMAN GOLDSBOROUGH 

Tilghman Alexander Goldsboroughl (b. Richmond, VA, USA, 1991). Poet. His work has appeared in The Mall, the Leveler, and Nomaterialism (vol II). Forthcoming work includes The Western with 1080 press and object 7 ( ,a subject loosely, ,bunded in a frame, ) with Futurepoem. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.

WHAIT (More Eaze + Wendy Eisenberg)




Adnata Ensemble / Brandon Seabrook Trio

Date: June 4, 2024
Time: 7pm

7pm doors 8pm music

Full dinner menu available

Seating is first-come first-serve

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ADNATA ENSEMBLE

double bass quartet

Scott Colberg, Ari Folman-Cohen, Michael Isvara Montgomery, Ran Livneh

BRANDON SEABROOK STRING TRIO

Brandon Seabrook – guitar, Erica Dicker – violin, Henry Fraser – bass


Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones

Date: June 5, 2024
Time: 7pm

a co-presentation with Dada Strain

7pm doors 8pm music

Full dinner menu available

Seating is first come first serve

live in the back room 

AMIRTHA KIDAMBI’S ELDER ONES

Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones pushes the boundaries of free jazz, composition and electronic forms, with the raw riotous energy of “spiritual punk”, comprised of vocalist, composer and keyboardist Amirtha Kidambi (Mary Halvorson’s Code Girl, Darius Jones), saxophonists Matt Nelson (Battle Trance,  Flying Luttenbachers) and Alfredo Colon (Henry Threadgill, Moses Sumney), bassist Lester St. Louis (jaimie branch’s Fly or Die, Wendy Eisenberg’s Darlin’), and drummer Jason Nazary (Anteloper, Saint Abdullah).

The ensemble’s instrumentation undergirded by the drone of the Indian pump organ harmonium forms an intricate landscape for Kidambi’s voice to traverse; she battles against its mountainous heights before sliding speedily down its slopes. Truly making an instrument of her vocal chords, Kidambi’s syllabic, frenzied, and powerful utterances weave into the alluring, hypnotic, and confronting jazz melodies of the ensemble.

Dealing with issues such as power, capitalism, colonialism, white supremacy, and fascism, Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones are not shy to confront and resist systems of oppression and control through their music. As such, a sense of ancestral energy pulses through their performances; it feels as though they are not alone on the stage, but are rather carried along by an old knowledge buried deep within the music.

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Laura Cocks & Frederico Isasti, DoYeon Kim & Henry Fraser

Date: June 17, 2024
Time: 7pm

7pm doors 8pm music

Full dinner menu available, seating is first-come first-serve

live in the back room

LAURA COCKS & FREDERICO ISASTI

photo by Frank Schindelbeck

Laura Cocks is is a flutist with “febrile instrumental prowess” (The New York Times), who works in a wide array of environments as a performer of experimental music and “creates intricate, spellbinding works that have a visceral physicality to them” (Foxy Digitalis). Laura is the executive director and flutist of TAK ensemble, “one of the most prominent ensembles in the United States practicing truly experimental music” (I Care If You Listen) with whom Laura makes musics “that combine crystalline clarity with the disorienting turbulence of a sonic vortex” (WIRE Magazine). Laura is also a member of Talea Ensemble, and SUN HAN GUILD and performs regularly as a soloist, an improviser, and chamber musician with ensembles such as International Contemporary Ensemble, DeCapo Chamber Players, Third Sound, Wet Ink Ensemble, and many others in NYC and abroad.

Frederico Isasti is a drummer, composer, improviser and audio visual software developer based in Buenos Aires. Having participated as a drummer and co-leader in more than 20 albums of creative music groups (Alan Plachta, Pía Hernández, Elias Stemeseder, Julián Mekler, NUDO, among others) and is internationally recognized by his musical work, Federico is interested in interdisciplinary practice and has composed music for dance and produced hybrid audio-visual performances.

DOYEON KIM & HENRY FRASER

photo by Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net

DoYeon Kim is a traditionally trained Korean artist who plays the gayageum, a traditional Korean string instrument, and has developed a uniquely broad approach to music, which incorporates Korean music, jazz, and improvisation, among other influences. Importantly, she introduced the gayageum into the improvisational music scene worldwide. DoYeon has performed throughout the world leading the Kim Do Yeon Band, and alongside many improvisers, including Tyshawn Sorey, Joe Morris, Agusti Fernandez, Tony Malaby and Anthony Coleman. Her first album, GaPi (2017), intimately combined traditional Korean music and jazz, and was nominated for a 2018 Korean Grammy Award in the crossover album category.

Henry Fraser moved to NYC in 2014, and has has worked with such artists as John Zorn, Ka Baird, Uniform, Brandon Seabrook, Lea Bertucci, and Isa Crespo Pardo’s sinonó. He has toured throughout the US and abroad, playing such venues as the Panama Jazz Festival, Moers Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and Lincoln Center. Much of Fraser’s work is rooted in his music for solo double bass, which has culminated in three releases – his latest, Breath Line is scheduled for release in the fall of 2024 – establishing him as a technical and creative force among his generation of bassists.

photo by Peter Gannushkin / downtownmusic.net 

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Sam Weinberg 2024 Residency

Date: June 18, 2024
Time: 7pm

7pm doors 8pm music

Full dinner menu available, seating is first come first serve

performing live in the back room

SAM OSPOVAT HEADVOICE 

Peter Evans – trumpet

Brandon Seabrook – guitar

John Hebert – bass

Sam Ospovat – drums

TILT brass 

Led by composer, trombonist, and concert producer Chris McIntyre, TILT Brass is a Brooklyn-based organization dedicated to creating new content and contexts for contemporary brass music by producing inventive concert programs, recording projects, and commissioning initiatives. TILT boldly positions itself as the vanguard presenter and advocate for new brass music in New York City. Founded in 2003 by McIntyre and Gregory Evans, TILT Brass’ various projects present the work of living composers with over 50 premiere performancesthus far. Its personnel includes many of the brightest stars from the local brass community in ensemble configurations ranging from solo and chamber groups to experimental brass orchestra. TILT can be heard on releases by the Tzadik, New World, Non-Site, and POTTR labels.

SAM WEINBERG 

solo saxophone

$10-30 sliding scale at the door (cash/Venmo, no advance tickets)