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
OUT OF THE WOOD FESTIVAL: WOMEN’S RAGA MASSIVE
Women’s Raga Massive presents their third annual March festival: Out of the Woods, featuring female-led ensembles in celebration of Women’s History Month 2019 (3/7, 3/14, 3/16, 3/21, & 3/29). This year’s iteration of the festival reflects on the subtle and violent, the named and often invisible currents that are at play with the role of gender in music within the South Asian musical world. GET YOUR TICKETS!!!
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
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.
A collaboration between highly talented instrumentalists from North African, Near Eastern, and Indian classical traditions, the night promises to be packed with excitement and soulfulness. Tomchess has graced the BRM stage playing oud, ney, and morsing on a number of occasions, and this time joins in collaboration with two of NY’s most exciting Hindustani musicians, sitarist Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury and tabla player Mir Naqibul Islam.
NYC violinists Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy are longtime musical friends and collaborators with Asheville, NC guitarist Shane Parish (Tzadik Records). Together their trio explores raga, free improvisation, and American folk music. All three highly accomplished and soulful players, their music organically expands and contracts in kaleidoscopic bursts of sound. It is a melding of worlds and a conversation between decades-old friends.
The Unstruck Sound, is a project inspired by the Vedic concept of Anahata Nada, the primordial sound that emanates from the universe. The group explores just intonation drones, overtone singing, and South and North Indian Raga influences to create new sonic spaces.