David Freeman is a percussionist, composer and educator based in Brooklyn. His latest release, Overview Effect, is a demonstration of struggle in the search for balance between the personal and the collective, where the self-seeking creative is met by a call for civic engagement. The music on this album is a result of that process; one that embodies conviction, reflection and celebration.
The musicians featured in this collective includes Mustafa Bhagat (Arranged Marriage, The Biryani Boys) on Sitar, Steve Hudson (Outer Bridge Ensemble) on keyboards, Jamie Zillitto (The Everymen) on bass, David Freeman on drums/percussion and includes special guests Ivan Barenboim on bass clarinet and Arun Ramamurthy (Brooklyn Raga Massive) on violin.
The group's aesthetic sensibilities, musical fluencies and technical abilities to cross between and defy genres that include Jazz, Rock and Indian Music are among the many strengths that contributes to its success in forging new territory.
8:00 p.m. | Doors
8:30 p.m. | Show
10:00 p.m. | BRM Weekly Raga Jam
Mustafa Bhagat - Sitar
David Freeman - Drums, Tabla, Percussion
Steve Hudson - Keyboards
Jamie Zillitto - Bass
(Special Guests Ivan Barenboim - Bass Clarinet & Arun Ramamurthy - Violin)
**Special announcement for Musicians!** BRM cordially invites you to join us in the ongoing effort to cultivate a home for intercultural musical dialogue. We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY TO MUSICIANS AFTER 10 PM WHO COME WITH THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND ARE READY TO PLAY! Please come out and engage with one of NYC's most vibrant and diverse communities of improvising musicians hailing from all over the music world!
Join us for an evening dedicated to the music of Raga-inspired composer John McLaughlin. Featuring music from legendary Mahavishnu albums of 1970's and 'beyond,' this group re-envisions McLaughlin's masterpieces and celebrates his vibrant solo and ensemble work.
Multilingual and multidisciplinary project about the passage of time: birth, growth, childhood, friendship, social change, ivresse and mortality. Four violins will weave the boundless threads of time - so difficult to grasp that we come to doubt it exists.
Brooklyn Raga Massive begins a new ongoing series of deep listening concerts (baithak) in the homes of creative friends of the collective. The atmosphere will be enchanting, intimate and continue a long tradition of house concerts where this music has grown and been cultivated.
Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM), the raga-inspired musicians’ collective, will present its interpretation of “In C,” the iconic minimalist composition of Terry Riley. Even though Riley himself studied North Indian vocal music with Pandit Pran Nath, BRM is the first group to perform the piece with mostly Indian classical instruments. BRM’s psychedelic interpretation utilizes driving tabla rhythms, raga embellishments, and improvisation along with sitar, sarod, bansuri, violin, vocals, guitar, cello, dulcimer, and more. Last October BRM released its CD Terry Riley In C on Northern Spy Records, with a music video launched on NPR Music.
Pandit Radhakrishna is a representative of the Maihar Gharana. He trained under the iconic Pandit Ravi Shankar and his senior disciple Pandit Uma Shankar Mishra, after initial training from N. R. Ramarao. He has been touring the United States and Europe since the 1980s and has performed at several prestigious concert venues and events across the world. HIs music has featured in several films and television shows including the popular Malgudi Days.
Face the Music is Kaufman Music Center’s contemporary music education program for teenagers, and the country’s only youth orchestra dedicated to post-genre music by living composers. It features a collection of ensembles including chamber orchestras, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets and mixed chamber-groups, dedicated to studying and performing experimental, new-classical, new-jazz & avant-garde music written exclusively by living composers.
Hailed as "extraordinary" (DownBeat Magazine) and "most enchanting" (NPR All Things Considered), vocalist and composer Ganavya is known for singing "with aching emotional intensit" (JazzTimes).
In this specially curated event co-presented by Brooklyn Raga Massiveand the Rubin Museum of Art, she will finally present her much awaited debut album: Aikyam: Onnu.
No music experience necessary as this guided listening session is designed for the lay person to better understand and appreciate North India classical music. What is raga and tala? What should you be listening for? Vocalist and educator Samarth Nagarkar will answer these questions and more with the help of recordings and videos of the masters, taking participants through the different parts of a concert and numerous styles.
ENSEMBLE FANAA is the meeting point between a myriad of musical styles in the African American, North African and Middle Eastern traditions. For this performance, they will explore a collaboration with BRM stalwart and tabla player extraordinaire, Roshni Samlal.
Steve Oda, senior sarod disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, will perform a traditional concert of Hindustani classical music accompanied on tabla by Ray Spiegel, senior disciple of Ustad Alla Radha.
Women's Raga Massive (WRM) presents a series of spontaneous, improvised duets embodying the collaborative and communal spirit of life. The second half of the performance will feature original works and raga inspired tributes to female heroes, who have despite odds, contributed boundless beauty and depth to the world and music.
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Join us for what promises to be an incredible evening exploring the boundaries and intermingling of traditional folk music from South India and Bulgaria - coming together to create a new, innovative sound that is sure to open minds to new possibilities in music.
Co-presented with Airbnb's Brooklyn Root's Series
Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik, is a masterful artiste of Hindustani Classical vocal music. Through her years of training, Mitali has learned to blend the best of various Hindustani musical styles into her own unique form.
ALIF LAILA, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, began her training in sitar under Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary maestro, Ustad Alauddin Khan (Ravi Shankar's guru). Laila's work is diverse and includes recordings with several world-renowned tabla artists, collaborations with South Indian classical and Jazz saxophone, compositions of a Sitar/Cello duet, and music for the Dakshina Dance Company.
A listener with one ear in New York City and the other in India might notice intonations of street-driven Jazz and blues phrases layered with the playful styles of the Sufi, the ancient colors of Hindustani and Carnatic music, and the pure-heartedness of a Ghazal, all wrapped up into a single package. Rasika Shekar is a master of style, able to show a deep understanding of worldly sounds through their organic emulation.
An internationally acclaimed Sufi Musician, Vocalist and Songwriter, Arooj Aftab layers subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals over acoustic instrumentation, skillfully re-imagining indigenous soul with signature ‘cool.’
Gupta continues to push the envelope and dig deep by combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his dual Indian and American heritage. Gupta's latest album represents his expansive vision from a true multi-cultural perspective that now bridges several continents. 'A Circle Has No Beginning' delves into the deep waters of cultural cross-over music by honoring the ensemble's diversity, influences of soul music, Classical and Golden-Era music of India, Native American melodies, modern Jazz, and pure spontaneity help bring together a relevant and powerful statement.
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.
Awa Sangho, "the Golden Voice of Mali," is one of the leading voices of West African music. Hailing from the desert sands of Timbuktu, Awa has performed with the royalty of African Music: Salif Keita, Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Manu Dibango, Amadou & Mariam. Awa is a tireless advocate of women’s issues and an explosive performer.
"...A gorgeous contrast between the long, sinewy, singing lines of the violin and cello and the tabla's intricate burble and pop punctuation, riding the warm pizzicato heartbeat of the bass. It is a liquid and organic brew that sounds inevitable as if it's existed forever... A dynamic sonic blend of uncommon mesmeric beauty."
~All About Jazz
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Akim Funk Buddha, back from his Next Level and US Dept. of Cultural Affairs residency, shares his practice of cultural diplomacy in a genre-busting performance guaranteed to shock and uplift. Come partake in an immersive cultural alchemic experience infused with Tuvan Throat singing, Beatboxing, Konnakol, Classic Hip Hop and elements of Balinese dance.