#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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Water gives life to our planet and its civilizations. How do we understand the earth’s endlessly dynamic, constantly changing waters—not just scientifically, but artistically?
Inspired by the rivers of India, the poetry of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, and data about the effects of climate change and pollution on India’s rivers, DJ Spooky partners with Neel Murgai, Trina Basu, Jay Gandhi and Mir Naqibul Islam from Brooklyn Raga Massive, composer and author Rave' Mehta, and designer Geeta Mehta to present a multimedia portrait of water.
Ticket to the performance includes pre-performance discussion at 6:30 PM and a complimentary drink.
“Rivers are networks and they amplify network effects. From the Tigris and Euphrates rivers of Mesopotamia to the Yangtze of China, from the Danube to the Thames, from the Mississippi to the Hudson, from the Amazon to the Yukon, we’ve seen over and over that where we have rivers, civilizations evolve beyond almost anything we can predict. How do we make a portrait of a rapidly evolving world with music? That’s a question I’m asking myself throughout this journey.” —DJ Spooky
6:00–10:00 PM – DJ set by special guest DJ in K2 Lounge
6:30–7:15 PM – Pre-performance discussion in theater with DJ Spooky + Geeta Mehta
7:30–8:30 PM – Multimedia performance in theater by DJ Spooky, Brooklyn Raga Massive, and Ravé Mehta
Ticket, Pre-Performance Discussion, and Complimentary Drink: $45.00
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In her new project Mangal, mrudangam artist & composer Rajna Swaminathan brings together a group of thoughtful improvisers to share their unique perspectives and spark new collective soundings. Her compositions merge musical processes from South Indian music, jazz/creative music, and other forms, opening the door to lush and intricate improvisations. The concert will feature a special guest, acclaimed vocalist-composer Imani Uzuri.
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.
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.