Akshara is a dynamic music ensemble bringing together world music traditions on the rhythmic and modal foundations of Indian classical music. In 2015, Akshara’s Mohana Blues won the ‘Best World Traditional Song’ award at the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards. Along with NYC’s brightest musical talent, Akshara Music Ensemble’s leader and composer, Bala Skandan, presents surprising and delightful interpretations of traditional ragas like Kamboji, Mohana, Gambira Natai and Shanmugapriya arranged for Carnatic, Hindustani, and Western classical and folk instruments.
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Rajna Swaminathan is an acclaimed mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist, a protégé of mrudangam maestro Umayalpuram K. Sivaraman. Rajna is one of only a handful of women who play the mrudangam professionally. She has performed with several renowned Indian classical musicians, most notably mentor and vocalist T.M. Krishna. Rajna has performed in several prestigious venues and festivals, including the Smithsonian (D.C.), Kennedy Center (D.C.), Asia Society (NYC), Lincoln Center (NYC), Walker Art Center (MN), Music Academy (Chennai), Shanmukhananda Hall (Mumbai) and The Esplanade (Singapore). Rajna also regularly gives workshops on the South Indian rhythmic perspective, most notably at the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music Workshop, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the KoSA International Percussion Camp. Rajna holds degrees in Anthropology and French from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Music (Creative Practice & Critical Inquiry) at Harvard University.
In a unique solo performance, Neel Murgai uses overtone singing with electronic looping and daf (frame drum) to create lush droning soundscapes and primal rhythms. Subtly shifting chords, raga, tala and texture are deconstructed and reassembled in improvisational flights of fancy. The music may induce a psychedelic experience as listeners are washed in an ocean of tones. This performance represents Neel's latest work in a diverse musical practice as he celebrates his 20th year in NYC.
Join us for a celebration of Diwali - the festival of lights. The evening will feature live music by young master musicians Apratim Majumdar on Sarod, and Amit Chatterjee on Tabla. Enjoy home cooked food, meet new friends, and enjoy a deep listening experience curated by these phenomenal artists.
Brooklyn Raga Massive artist collective performs a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. The film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, is a surreal journey to the future with powerful allusions to the challenges of today. BRM’s raga-drenched live film score brings the experience of this otherworldly movie to new heights. Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage)
Led by violinists Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy, Nakshatra reimagines the potential of string Chamber Music for our global times. The group explores beauty found at the intersections of their musical paths, where original compositions weave together threads of South Indian classical, Western chamber music, jazz and creative improvisation. For this concert they are joined by cellist Jake Charkey and percussionist, Rich Stein.
Brooklyn Raga Massive, the wildly popular collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in and inspired by the classical music of India, performs a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. The film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, is a surreal journey to the future with powerful allusions to the challenges of today. Brooklyn Raga Massive’s raga-drenched live film score brings the experience of this psychedelic cult hit to new heights. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Megumi is a border-crossing violinist, composer, and educator based in Brooklyn via Japan. She strives to find unity in diversity in music and people. Her passion is to help restore the primal power in each individual by creating music that transcends the illusion of separation. Megumi keeps pushing the boundaries on all levels through her music to express the interconnected network of life and inclusive oneness with all beings
This dynamic evening will feature two exciting and sublime sets of music.
Aditya Prakash is an award-winning, American-born Indian classical vocalist best known for his powerful and emotive voice. Although firmly rooted in South Indian classical (Carnatic) music, his style is heavily inspired by North Indian classical music, Sufi music, Western classical, jazz, flamenco, and hip hop, which he brings out in his collaborative projects. The depth of his Carnatic training allows for him to bridge the gap between the rich, sacred and ancient art form and today’s interconnected, diverse environment.
An evening of improvised music by three South Asian American musicians, each of whom brings intentionality, play and expression to exploring their unique musical traditions and idioms in conjunction with creative music. Their shared sound takes inspiration from Raga music, Sufi music, jazz, rock, electronic music and everywhere in between.
MJAZZ Mondriaan Jazz Festival is a new and small, top-notch international jazz festival in The Hague, The Netherlands.
The festival links progressive- “jazz”-loving spirit Mondrian reflects through his contemporary art and paintings, into music. The festival focusses on jazz embedded in progressive and contemporary subcultures and movements therein: “If Mondrian would be alive today, how would his vinyl suitcase look like?”
A rare double bill of travelling artists for the BRM Weekly! The night begins with Subhranil Sarkar on sitar and Kabir Jitta on tabla in a classical Hindustani khayal performance. In the second set Payton MacDonald and Ina Filip explore the Naad Yoga of Dhrupad, a 700-year-old tradition of North Indian Hindustani music. Dhrupad is a majestic and meditative music that explores the depths of raga, with purity of tone and pitch. Tabla maestro Shawn Mativetsky will join them.
Sri Mysore Nagaraj and Dr. Mysore Manjunath are groundbreaking violinists, known for their artistic imagination, heartfelt expression, and breathtaking virtuosity. The brothers serve as gurus of a core member of Brooklyn Raga Massive and offer inspiration to many in the New York City–based collective, leading them to present this special event.
This evening of South Indian music promises astounding virtuosity, sophisticated compositions, and powerful emotion. The Mysore Brothers are recognized as the leading violinists in Carnatic (South Indian) music and have been making waves since their earliest performances at 8 years of age. They are accompanied by the explosive rhythm section of Patri Satish Kumar and Ghatam Giridhar Udupa.
Advance tickets: $28.00
Day-of-event ticket price: $32.00
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Mysore Nagaraj – violin
Dr. Mysore Manjunath – violin
Patri Satish Kumar – mridangam
Giridhar Udupa – ghatam
Presented with Harrice Miller Entertainment and community partner Sunny Thakkar.
“One of the year's most ecstatic performances, in any city, any festival, anywhere.” - All About Jazz.
When two performers of so different origins such as Sweden and Trinidad comes together to play Indian classical music in the United States, it proves that this is music actually is universal music. At the same time traditional, modern, meditative, unpredictable and energetic. Be mesmerized by the iconic instruments sitar and tabla as they weave their intricate fabric of raag and taal.
Join Women’s Raga Massive for a series of improvised pieces, original works, and raga-inspired tributes to female heroes, embodying the collaborative and communal spirit of life. WRM, an ensemble project of Brooklyn Raga Massive, uses Indian Classical music tradition as a feminist framework drawing on the diversity of New York City.
Included with Garden admission.
Come to celebrate the official release of Anita Aysola's new EP, "Beyond Our Dreams". Anita will be the featured artist at Brooklyn Raga Massive at the Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. She will be accompanied by BRM's own Sameer Gupta, Arun Ramamurthy and Jay Gandhi who were also featured on the album produced by Samrat Chakrabarti. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Go: Organic Orchestra is a 21st-century vision of an orchestra of the future. Artistic director Adam Rudolph’s prototypical approach to composing and improvisational conducting embraces musical forms and cosmologies from around the world.
Rosy Dutta Pandit is a senior classical vocalist from Kolkata trained by Pandit JVS Rao, who is the legendary disciple of Pandit Vinayak Rao Pattabardhan, as well as Pt Biresh Roy. At present Pandit is undergoing training under the able guidance of Dr. Sunanda Patnaik, another legendary disciple of Pt Vinayak Rao Pattabardhan, the 'Tarana Queen' and the living legend of Indian Classical Music.