Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is an artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and Raga inspired music. It is comprised of forward thinking musicians rooted in both traditional Indian and South Asian classical music, as well as cross-cultural Raga inspired music. Hailed as “Leaders of the Raga Renaissance” by the New Yorker, BRM creates original composed music by BRM member musicians and represented ensembles, presents over 7o concerts annually with an ongoing weekly concert and raga jam session series and specialty concerts, and co-presents an annual 24 Ragas Live festival. In particular, the culturally inclusive nature of BRM has not only built a strong community, but has become an incubator of new music collaborations with sounds indigenous to Brooklyn.
BRM is 501c3 non-profit organization
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Concerts from 40+ BRM musicians, bands from the collective, & BRM projects, such as: Tradition to Innovation, BRM's Terry Riley IN-C Tribute, Coltrane Raga Tribute, Women's Raga Massive, Raga Cubana, and more...
Intimate Weekly Concerts with an innovative musician's hang and jam session - running since 2012
Classes, workshops, reading materials, blogs, and more...
Concerts featuring world renowned maestros
Album releases from the collective
Roshni Samlal, in her duo project Orakel with Kane Mathis, brings together multiple, tangential musical circles, in an expansive project incorporating traditional and experimental works. The set will include both original and emblematic song forms of the West African jeli repertoire, classical Turkish oud (Kane Mathis), recontextualized tabla solos, in conversation with Hindustani classical rhythmic and raga forms voiced by Jake Charkey on cello and Utsav Lal, on piano. The set intends to use each instrument’s natural framework as a starting point for unlikely superimposed interpretations in the overlay of each voice’s native tendency.
In this concert, Abhik Mukherjee - sitar and Ehren Hanson - tabla will choose a couple of evening ragas in varied tempos of different cycles and develop a melodic and rhythmic theme that leaves scope for the imagination of the audience and their perspective of the same abstract form.
Women's Raga Massive presents their culminating concert at the Rubin Museum of Art, in a collective expression of 4 local female performers within the Indian classical music world. The show begins with an improvised Round Robin style meeting of musical voices and weaves together the multiplicity of their stories and unique creative work. Each woman involved is an ensemble leader and will present a performative introspection upon the engendered concerns of their lives as female musicians within a typically patriarchal tradition.