Nublu 151

8pm DMDR ft Doron Lev, Dave Levey, Andrew Gould, Mick Marks, Alika Lyman, & Matt Dickey, Diana and the Alchemist's ft Lucas Shine, Lavondo Thomas, Ivan Katz, & Kyle Schweizer, and Lee Taylor, Vicci Martinez & Emily Tarver,Nimo & The Light w/ house band & open jam for Diana's Birthday!


Studio151 (2nd Floor) 10:30pm 

Ludovico Einaudi After Party

8pm Kirk Lightsey & Sound of the Ground Afro Fusion Jazz Tribute to Jerry Gonzalez Ft DJ Lemuel Ticket

11pm Ilhan Ersahin's Nublu Sessions with Josh Werner & Stephane San Juan + Live Set by Viken Arman & Guillaume Perret


10pm Studio 151 (2nd Floor):

Flymyspcshp Hardware Set (Jason Lindner) ft Sasha Masakowski


7pm Remy Martin Presents:

Secret Jazz Nights at Nublu




8pm MajorStage Presents:

Isa Marina EP Celebration!




Chiara Civello

ElektroCumba ft Davi Vieira, Gustavo Di Dalva, Mauro Refosco, Stephane San Juan

DJ Gaspar Muniz


8pm Mediterranean Future Folk

Marios Nicolaides Trio 

with Damien Scalise and John Cushing 

Astrid with Hrvatska Ruza

with Ben Rosenblum, Mat Muntz, and Peter Manheim





8pm Electric Red live

David Dovo's Electric Red weaves ambient guitar loops, driving bass lines, jazz infected drums, & spoken word into funky cinematic sound-scapes. Ticket

10pm & Midnight (9pm Doors)

Producer Mondays with Ray Angry  and The Council of Goldfinger, Spinning Frei Speech & Co. Ticket

Nublu 62


Yes we're open!

9pm & 11pm (Doors 8:30pm)

Forro at Nublu

DJ Greg Caz spins Brazilian tracks


Deem Spencer with Amani Fela, Flyy Cooper, & The Spirit of Sam



Eli Fola


The Lovelace Band


DJ Austin Taylor


Yes we're open!


Fear and Loathing on Ave C

DJ Chrysi


Vinyl Only

New Record Out!


This spring, Nublu Records is proud to announce the release of Ilhan Ersahin’s WONDERLAND “The Other Side”  adding to the canon of Nublu  experiments, Ersahin salutes turkish traditional gypsy sounds via his eclectic modern touch to "the music of now”. Wonderland’s sensuous chill-out sound is infused with a languorous arabesque essence and tinged with opiated dub effects. “The Other Side" exists in its own zone, floating beyond boundaries of space and time.

This very special album is a summit meeting spanning space and time, decades, cultures, genres, countries and continents. It involves traditional music, international pop, boldface names, young hotshots, strains from various ethnic and linguistic backgrounds, and an internal logic that makes the resulting music practically jump at the listener out of the speakers. The story behind this very special record involves sessions held over a span of a number of years between friends, collaborators and acquaintances. Spearheaded by Ilhan Ersahin on saxophone and Wurlitzer electric piano and clarinet master Husnu Senlendirici, the project coalesces behind the vocals of three famous vocalists: Gilberto Gil, Jane Birkin and Seyyal Taner (often described as the Tina Turner of Turkey). Along with those legendary figures, the project also features an impressive array of players exploring a gypsy/arabesque musical strain.

Founder, keyboards and saxophone player Ilhan Ersahin was born into a Turkish-Swedish family. Though he was raised in Stockholm, primarily exposed to European and American music, he spent many summers with his father’s family in Turkey. Says Ersahin, “The sort of Turkish music we explore with Wonderland reminds me of happy vacations. There were no trains in those days, and we would all jump onto a bus to go to the beach. This dramatic, glamorous music would be blaring out of the speakers and I still love it. Now I collect vintage Turkish 45s.”  Ersahin’s affection for Turkish music has inspired other projects, such as “Istanbul Sessions” and a Wax Poetic album, “Istanbul.” Through Wonderland, Ersahin taps into a particular, lush Byzantine strain he describes as, “Nublu NYC exploring its romantic, arabesque gypsy colors.”  

The Wonderland story began twelve years ago, when Ersahin met Husnu Senlendirici, a master clarinet player who was able to expand his traditional conventions and jam in the inclusionary Nublu aesthetic. Husnu Selenderici is a prodigy, one of the main exponents of the gypsy/balkan musical tradition, an impressive feat for a musician under 40 years old. He is a Turkish celebrity from a traditional musical family whose fame stems more from his musical acumen than from his frequent TV appearances.

After their glorious initial experiment, 2003’s “Wonderland,” Senlendirici became a sought-after star in Turkey and the region; and Ersahin got busy with his Nublu club on New York’s Lower East Side, then label, and his many other projects.  “The band got put on ice,” Ersahin explains. But the remembered seduction of Wonderland’s drifting yet dynamic world never left them.  It took a long time to round up the disparate Balkan clan of musicians.

The other musicians on this project include a host of players who are in demand among assorted jazz and pop stars. Violinist Adnan Karaduman has been featured on countless recordings, and the late kanun player Nuri Lekesizgoz is also present via recently-discovered tapes recorded some years back.

“These musicians are all the hottest players, the cats of the Istanbul scene. But Gypsy and Kurdish musicians have a hard time in Turkey today. They have that larger-than-life, outsider edge, even more than in New York. The stress leads to some of them being troubled, because of dealing with being a historically oppressed minority in a crazy society. It took a minute to find the right people for the recording.” Ersahin explains.  One thing the players all share – a rebel spirit.

Gilberto Gil and Jane Birkin were both approached by Ersahin and came on board because they saw the beauty of Wonderland. Birkin was won over by the string arrangements on her track, reminiscent of the work she did with Serge Gainsbourg on "Valse De Melody Nelson," and chose to perform one of her own poems, “Fathers and Daughters.” As Brazil is central to the Nublu aesthetic, the presence of the Tropicalismo founder and former Minister of Culture, Gilberto Gil, singing and scatting with abandon, is very fitting. He laid the vocals in a Brazilian studio, and was overjoyed to express himself amidst the Turkish sounds; he told Ersahin that he loves Istanbul and sees it as a dreamlike painting.

The songs were all recorded at Babajim Studios in Istanbul. “The Other Side" is an album that shouldn't really be classified as a "world music" album despite its obvious international nature, but rather listened to with open ears, heart and mind. It's as special as anything you're likely to hear this year.

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