Sun, June 25th

Navin Chettri's Goonj

classical folk jazz TICKETS

Doors 9:00PM
Show 9:30PM
Advance Price $10
Door Price $15

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door


“ Goonj" is an idea initiated by Navin Chettri to explore elements of Nepali folk/classical music, West African influences and jazz with some of New York’s finest musicians from various musical backgrounds. The project is an opportunity to exchange musical energies with artists and friends who have been to Kathmandu Jazz Festival (Jazzmandu) and the collaborations they made in Nepal is something they wanted to recreate and share in NYC. In 2015 the band’s performance at the Nepal Earth Quake Relief concert in NYC with Davie Liebman as a featured artist was received with great enthusiasm.

The music will feature Navin Chettri, percussionist/vocalist and composer with Jamie Baum - flute, Kenny Warren - trumpet, Pawan Benjamin - saxophone, Matt Moran - Vibraphone, Manu Koch - Piano/Keyboard, and Trifon Dimitrov - bass Navin Chettri is a percussionist, vocalist, composer, educator and the Founder & Artistic Director of The Kathmandu Jazz Festival (Jazzmandu) in Nepal and Artist in Residence / Organizer of the World Music Celebration at the Lionel Hampton School of Music in the US. Chettri is considered to be a pioneer and a driving force behind the growth of Jazz in Nepal. His music is a blend of elements from Nepali folk music, Indian classical influences, West African sounds and jazz. He has shared the stage with musicians from around the world including Sting, Diane Reeves, Bobby McFerrin, Dee Daniels, Claudio Roditti, Tito Puente Jr, and Magda Giannikou, to name a few.

“Any band is only ever as good as its drummer and this one is surprisingly good”. Sting, Walking on the Moon, Men’s Journal (England) “Chettri is a gifted chant-and-scat vocalist and a creative drummer whose foundations constantly elevate even average performances from other players.” Mark Sabbatini

Jamie Baum

NYC flutist/composer/recording artist/clinician, Jamie Baum, has toured the US, and over 30 countries performing at major festivals and concert halls including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Guimaraes Jazz Festival, Madrid Jazz Festival, “jaZZ & beyond Improvised Music Festival”; Sedutirol, Braga, Oeiras, Bermuda, Edinburgh, Friehoffer, Winter JazzFest and JVC Festivals. She has performed with artists as renown and diverse as George Russell, Randy Brecker, Donald Brown, Mick Goodrick, Tom Harrell and Kenny Barron to Dave Douglas, Fred Hersch, Uri Caine, Ralph Alessi, Leni Stern, Jane Bunnett, David Binney, V.M Bhatt, Anthony Braxton and Wadada Leo Smith. Though focusing primarily on jazz, she has been involved in several projects, performances and tours performing classical, new music, Brazilian and Latin music.
- Top Flute Category in the Downbeat Critics Poll 2012 through 2016

“Baum is an exciting musician whose playing and composing are at the heart of one of the year’s most innovative projects.” Chuck Berg, JazzTimes

Matt Moran

Vibraphonist and tunesmith Matt Moran "plays the vibraphone like a speed-chess master, always darting off into flurries of ingenious, unexpected activity" (Village Voice). He has performed and recorded with artists as diverse as Mat Maneri, Lionel Hampton, Combustible Edison, Ellery Eskelin, and Saban Bajramovic. Moran's sound is integral to an innovative group of New York musicians who blur the boundaries of composition, improvisation, and folk traditions.

Moran received a Master's degree in jazz composition from New England Conservatory in 1995. At NEC he studied with the visionary composer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Maneri, and has continued to learn from Maneri through performances with him.

"They're superb, technically ingenious musicians, passionate and serious, but also playful and funny." "...when Moran's short-fuse pauses ignite into four-malleted pyrotechnics, it's like hearing an angel have a seizure." Douglas Wolk, Village Voice.

Manu Koch

Since the release of his debut album Triple Life in 2011 New York based pianist, keyboarder and composer Manu Koch has shifted focus mostly on his project Filtron M, a platform for a multi-national group of musicians. Born in Switzerland in 1972, Manu studied classical piano from age 6 and tenor saxophone at age 18 while also taking courses at the Jazz School Lucerne.

After moving to Boston in 1993 where he graduated from Berklee College of Music 4 years later he relocated to New York in 2000 where he still lives today. Koch has been exposed to numerous genres and musical cultures by working and touring with many leading figures in contemporary music for nearly two decades.

As a professional he has collaborated with Angélique Kidjo, Benny Rietveld, Tomás Doncker, James Chance, Mahmoud Ahmed, Cindy Blackman, Prasanna, Malika Zarra, KJ Denhert, The New York Gypsy All-Stars and Bob Moses to name a few. He also appeared in concert with top international artists such as Trilok Gurtu, Roy Hargrove, Mino Cinelu, Lonnie Plaxico, Graham Haynes, Emeline Michel and Hüsnü ┼×enlendirici among many others.

Kenny Warren

Denver born trumpeter Kenny Warren has been active in New York’s improvised music scene since 2006. His playing is rooted in jazz and draws heavily from American and international folk music traditions. He has released two LPs with his songwriting outfit Laila and Smitty which Bird is the Worm calls “massively genuine and unabashedly heart-on-the-sleeve open and honest”. He also leads The Kenny Warren Quartet which was featured in the Festival of New Trumpet Music (2016) and whose debut album “Thank You for Coming to Life” was released in 2017 on Whirlwind Recordings.

Kenny has toured internationally and studied in the Balkans with legendary brass band Slavic Soul Party, whom he joined in 2008. In 2016, SSP released a re-imagining of Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite and has held a weekly residency at Barbes in Brooklyn for over a decade. Kenny has recorded with the Middle Eastern Maqam-Jazz band Nashaz, played and recorded with indie rock icons like The Walkmen and Spoon, toured with The Budos Band, and was featured on the soundtrack of the highly acclaimed film Beasts of the Southern Wild. He is a teaching artist with Carnegie Hall’s Musical Connections, and co-curator of the weekly experimental music series A.E. Randolph Presents.

Trifon Dimitrov was born in Pleven, Bulgaria. He graduated from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2002. As a student he performed for local and international jazz festivals, jazz clubs, recorded for the Bulgarian National Radio and Television. While studying in Frankfurt, Germany between 2002 and 2004, he was a member of a trio opening jam sessions every Wednesday in the world famous Jazz Keller. Trifon moved to New York in 2004 and graduated from the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music. Currently living in NY and performing throughout USA and Europe, Trifon has performed at numerous Jazz Festivals, clubs, TV and Radio shows true out the world as well as Broadway shows in NYC.

Pawan Benjamin

Saxophonist, Flutist, and Composer Pawan Benjamin, started his musical training at a young age in Madison, Wisconsin, receiving guidance and mentorship from jazz luminaries such as bassist, Richard Davis, AACM founder Roscoe Mitchell, and many others in the Madison area. In 2006 he left to attend the Manhattan School of Music, where he plunged headfirst into the diverse music scene of New York City, performing and recording with musicians from around the globe, across genres from Jazz, Hip Hop, Nepali Folk, Indian Classical Music and beyond.

Pawan has collaborated with artists such as Roscoe Mitchell, Ranjit Barot, Taufiq Qureshi, Rez Abbasi, Mike Stern, Candido Camero, Bill T. Jones and many others. Performance credits stretch across the globe at venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the Rose Theater and Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center, the National Center of Performing Arts in Mumbai India, Goa International Jazz Festival, the Bimhuis and Blue Note in Amsterdam, and countless other venues in between.