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
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
Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) brings a fresh approach to age-old South Indian classical repertoire. The trio’s collaborative sound is driven by the propulsive rhythm section of drummer Sameer Gupta & and bassist Perry Wortman. The Carnatic canon is remixed in this seamless integration of styles as the group expands on the traditional compositions in explosive, improvisational flights of fancy.
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.
Brooklyn College and their Global Jazz Masters degree program (in association with the H. Wiley Institute for Studies in American Music) is excited to announce their Spring 2019 Big Band concert with special guests from the acclaimed artist collective Brooklyn Raga Massive: Arun Ramamurthy on violin, Pawan Benjamin on bansuri, and Swaminathan Selvaganesh on the kanjira.
A fusion of jazz, classical Indian and modern Indian repertoire, Mishran’s performance will travel across India as they interpret folk material from Rajasthan, Goa, West Bengal and Mumbai in addition to songs from the Bollywood songbook and original material.
Universal Consciousness is a new project created by legendary jazz drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts and groundbreaking bansuri player @Jay Gandhi. Premiering at the Rubin Museum of Art, it will feature original compositions and traditional melodies drawn from Hindustani raga, American jazz, and global folk music. They will be joined by the Cuban bass virtuoso Yunior TERRY Sharik Hassan on Piano and Mari Tanaka on tanpura.
Transcending cultural preconceptions and genre-specificity, you will hear 14th-century style Sufi vocals (North Indian classical), Spanish Guitar (using various world/folk music systems), Balkan trumpet, Harmonium, Electric Guitar, Bass, and Drums (standard modern kit) and Tabla.