From the meditative to the ecstatic, raga presentation has always been about bringing out the mood of the raga to color the minds of the listeners. This night we have artists representing the global widespread of Hindusthani music performing in a very traditional style on the most iconic of instruments -the sitar and tabla.
In Sanskrit, the word "RAGA" translates to "THAT WHICH COLORS THE MIND". With this inspiration, BRM presents our premier gala, the "RAGALA!" Mingle with your favorite BRM musicians, patrons of the arts, actors, writers, artists, friends, and our music gurus. Connect with others like you, passionate about the music Brooklyn Raga Massive creates. This community will keep classical and contemporary music rooted in Indian traditions alive and well. Together, we are building a strong cultural platform for years to come. Join us in celebrating this growing movement and musical revolution!
Brian (Shankar) Adler builds surreal musical landscapes and structures out of textless mantras, disintegrating drones, and mind-bending polyrhythms. At this performance, the ensemble will celebrate the release of their new album: Fourth Dimension.
Alexandre Tannous, sound researcher, sound therapist and ethnomusicologist will lead an experiential exploration of the effects of this unique system of sound, consciousness, and spirituality with key members Brooklyn Raga Massive.
Beginning with a presentation and a discussion which give context to this music, Alexandre will lead a sound meditation that will incorporate musical experiences from Neel Murgai (overtone loops), Arun Ramamurthy (Carnatic Violin), David Ellenbogen (guitar), Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (sitar) and Ehren Hanson (tabla).
Participants should bring eyemasks for a fully immersive experience
Featuring original music composed and inspired by the works of John McLaughlin, while revisiting music selections from legendary Mahavishnu and Shakti albums of the 1970s and ‘beyond,’ this group re-envisions McLaughlin’s masterpieces and celebrates his vibrant solo and ensemble work. The lineup includes master Snehasish Mozumder (double-neck mandolin), Vin Scialla (drums), Premik Russell Tubbs (woodwinds, an original member of Mahavishnu Orchestra), Neel Murgai (sitar), Dan Asher (bass), & guests David Ullmann (guitar) and Joe Deninzon (violin).
Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (sitar) and Mir Naqibul Islam (tabla) present Indian Classical Ragas accompanied by Harsh Shah (tanpura). This trio has played extensively in the New York area to an increasingly receptive and growing audience base. Performing in Brooklyn is a special event as it is the base for these artists, it's a show you do not want to miss!
Mysore Karthik and Arun Ramamurthy are musical family. Karthik is the son of violin virtuoso Mysore Nagaraj, and is a brilliant violinist on his first US tour. Arun studied with brothers Nagaraj & Manjunath in the same house as Karthik, both of them absorbing similar styles. In this long-overdue meeting, they present a violin duet.
Expect a fascinating, novel dialogue among soulful strains of music—Indian classical, Jewish, and American roots music—when Andy Statman joins forces with members of Brooklyn Raga Massive: Jay Gandhi, David Ellenbogen, Ehren Hanson, Mari Tanaka and special guests.
Abhik Mukherjee - sitar, and Jay Gandhi - bansuri, long time friends and musical partners have a special chemistry in their always popular jugalbandi performances, a musical dialogue that can only be achieved through many years of practice together. Together with tabla player and BRM co-founder Sameer Gupta, expect some serious fire in this special night of North Indian Classical music.
The Unstruck Sound is 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 North Indian Raga influences to create new sonic spaces. Expect a slow moving, psychedelic, interstellar journey led by 3 experienced musicians steeped in all things drone, who are also leaders and organizers for Brooklyn Raga Massive.
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.
In their BRM debut, Acoustic Mandala Project teams up with tabla player Ehren Hanson. Drawing from a variety of influences and many years of experience as friends and collaborators, this ensemble of BRM veterans brings a fresh approach to the collective. Expect raga-inspired ambient textures, live looping, and spirited flights of improvisation.
"Oliver Beer: Vessel Orchestra" is the first sound-based installation commissioned by The Met. Hybrid by design, it is a musical instrument, a series of live performances, and an installation composed of thirty-two sculptures, utilitarian vessels, and decorative objects from the Museum collection. Selected for their natural pitches, which range from low C to high G on the chromatic musical scale, they form an arresting and unexpectedly versatile instrument, similar to an organ with multiple pipes.
Free. Outdoors. Fresh. | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
A new collaboration with Sameer Gupta (drums/tabla) and Pawan Benjamin (sax/bansuri)
incorporating Stickney's solo theremin orchestra layerings and jazz-inspired bass grooves together with the artistry of Sameer and Pawan who will be opening the listener's ears up to the artistry of Nepalese folk and Indian classical music which they infuse into jazz.
Theremin Q+A and Demonstration with Pamelia Stickney
Featuring original music composed and inspired by the works of John McLaughlin, while revisting music selections from legendary Mahavishnu albums of 1970's and 'beyond,' this group re-envisions McLaughlin's masterpieces and celebrates his vibrant solo and ensemble work. The lineup includes master Snehasish Mozumder (doubleneck mandolin), Neel Murgai (sitar), Vin Scialla (drums), Premik Russell Tubbs (woodwinds, original member of Mahavishnu Orchestra), Dan Asher (bass), Swaminathan Selvaganesh (kanjira), & guests.
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.
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!
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.