BRM is proud to present the outstanding vocalist Ramakrishnan Murthy, considered a torch bearer for the young generation of Carnatic music. Ramakrishnan, born and raised in Los Angeles, moved to Chennai in 2011 and has since established himself as a unique, artistic voice on the music scene. He is touring with two amazing, accomplished US based instrumentalists, Kamalakiran Vinjamuri on violin and Rohan Krishnamurthy on mridangam! This is a great example of North American Carnatic excellence! A concert NOT TO MISS!
This project shows how the worlds of Indian Classical Music and Modern American Jazz are blossoming together. From musically independent evolution, that happened worlds apart, musical forms are today evolving together and with the musicians on this project, there is a new level in bringing their diverse musical selves out with more depth and clarity and with a genuine love for the unification of Indian Classical and American Jazz music.
Ehren and Sameer are two disciples of the same Guru, Pt Anindo Chatterjee. The repertoire and core musical education they share is what drives their dynamic duo improvisations, and gives a unique life to their rhythmic dialogue. The energy they create is a reflection of a shared, yet individual, the experience of Indian Classical music and particularly the illustrious Farukhabad Gharana of tabla playing. Their music reflects the beauty of brotherhood and coming together to share a journey with two distinct voices providing a collaborative vision in the musical language of tabla.
Free. Outdoors. Fresh. | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bearing strong roots in Indian classical grammar and aesthetics Utsav Lal (piano), Roopa Mahadevan (vocal), and Jake Charkey (cello) explore soundscapes in classical, jazz, soul, and experimental music. Simultaneously grounded and wild, they seek to reinvent themselves and their sense of musical home, eager to fulfill, heal, and uplift their audiences along the way.
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.
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.
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.
#tablajazz is a series by multi-percussionist, tabla and jazz drumset player Sameer Gupta. The on-going series is Tuesdays in the downstairs basement lounge (across from the Park Slope Food Coop) at 839 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215-1308, United States.
The panel will bring together voices of artists, presenters, and leaders in media to discuss gender equality, representation, access to knowledge, power structures, and creating safe spaces for women and other marginalized individuals working in traditional Indian classical communities as well as contemporary music scenes in New York City.
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.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26th 2019
505 1/2 WAVERLY AVE., BROOKLYN, NY 11238 | BETWEEN FULTON ST. AND ATLANTIC AVE. IN CLINTON HILL
7:30PM - ARUN RAMAMURTHY TRIO
ARUN RAMAMURTHY - CARNATIC VIOLIN | PERRY WORTMAN ACOUSTIC BASS | SAMEER GUPTA - DRUMSET
9:00PM - A CIRCLE HAS NO BEGINNING
PAWAN BENJAMIN - SHEHNAI, SAX, BANSURI, LAPTOP |
MARIKA HUGHES - CELLO | SARA SCHOENBECK - BASSOON |
ARUN RAMAMURTHY - VIOLIN | PERRY WORTHMAN - BASS |
SAMEER GUPTA - DRUMSET, TABLA
Ticket price $15
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.
The newly formed quartet brings together several existing longterm musical collaborations. Drawing from traditional Arabic music, Indian Classical Raga, the meditative music of the Shakuhachi and Free Jazz the quartet creates a captivating and adventurous sound. The combination of two end-blown flutes, the ney, and the shakuhachi, is at the forefront of their sound along with unique instrumentation that also includes: oud, morsing, sarod, sarangi, and kanjira.
‘The Wandering Poet’ by Samyukta Ranganathan brings people together using music. Simple, beautiful traditional Indian melodies from a 12th-century opera have been arranged in a variety of styles, including, jazz, latin, chamber, and even electronica. The album was written to go beyond the notion of 'genre'. Regardless of where you are from and what music you are used to listening to, this album seems to bring together the kind of music that everyone can enjoy.
George Crotty Trio: 'Four String Nomad' album release show
Rhythm is the Cure, "Southern Italy meets India" - southern Italian Ritual music, drumming & chants, blended with Indian Music from the North. Featuring the similarities between the Neapolitan Scale or Lyian mode with Indian ragas and the healing power of the ancient chants in honor of the Black Madonna.
For our final concert of the year, Brooklyn Raga Massive is proud to present one of our favorite vocalists, Dana Hanchard. Dana is equally at home in gospel, new music, baroque and blues and will be joined by special guests from Brooklyn Raga Massive. She'll be accompanied by David Ellenbogen, a versatile guitarist and core member of the Brooklyn Raga Massive Family.