RagMala - A Garland of Ragas

Triple Vinyl Album Release - October 18 2019

BRM & GO: Organic Orchestra

composed and improvisationally Conducted by Adam Rudolph

A 21st Century Orchestra meets 13th Century Raga

Brooklyn Raga Massive has been making waves for their role instigating what the New York Times, New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal have called a “Raga Renaissance.”  The Go: Organic Orchestra with Adam Rudolph has been pushing the boundaries of large ensemble creative music for over 20 years, collaborating with musicians such as Yusef Lateef, Bennie Maupin, Don Cherry, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, and L. Shankar. 

This ambitious project brings together Brooklyn Raga Massive and Go: Organic Orchestra into a synergistic exploration of raga, India’s classical music and contemporary creative music.  Composer Adam Rudolph’s hypnotic polyrhythmic explorations propel a spontaneous conducted group of over 20 musicians including legends of the African-American creative music, such as Hamid Drake and Gnawa master musician Hassan Hakmoun.  

BRM with Go: Organic Orchestra at the Rubin Museum of Art - photo by Adrien H. Tillman

BRM with Go: Organic Orchestra at the Rubin Museum of Art - photo by Adrien H. Tillman

in the press

Expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean...”

-Wall St. Journal
“This was certainly one of the year’s most ecstatic performances —in any city, any festival, anywhere.”

-All About Jazz
RAGMALA (4 Stars)

..this collaboration with the adventurous, multi-cultural collective Brooklyn Raga Massive is an absolutely inspired pairing. For the last seven years, Brooklyn Raga Massive has been fusing Indian Classical music, US minimalism and deep jazz to stunning effect. Moreover, both units believe in the power of music to transcend cultural boundaries and reach deep spiritual regions. For irrefutable proof, look no further than the opening track on this double-disc set, ‘Mousa Azure’, which effortlessly melds thick tanpura drone, soaring bansuri flute, and Sufi vocals, with trance inducing Morrocan Gnawa driven by the thrumming guembri and the chattering click-clack of the castanet-like kakrebs.

There’s a mysterious sense of scale and antiquity to the whole date even when it veers into the murky Bitches Brew-style electric jazz as on “Ascent to Now,” which combines Indian instrumentation with billowing horn charts and driving rim-shot momentum.

It’s a stunning journey into the unknown.

Jazzwise (UK) September 2019