WRM: Out of the Woods Finale Concert
Mar
29
6:30 PM18:30

WRM: Out of the Woods Finale Concert

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.

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BRM Weekly: Tomchess & Mir Naqibul Islam
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Tomchess & Mir Naqibul Islam

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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.

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BRM Weekly: Parish, Basu, Ramamurthy
Apr
11
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Parish, Basu, Ramamurthy

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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.

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Women's Raga Massive #metoo and power in South Asian Performing
Mar
16
11:30 AM11:30

Women's Raga Massive #metoo and power in South Asian Performing

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.

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Arun Ramamurthy Trio + A Circle Has No Beginning
Feb
26
7:00 PM19:00

Arun Ramamurthy Trio + A Circle Has No Beginning

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 26th 2019
505 1/2 WAVERLY AVE., BROOKLYN, NY 11238 | BETWEEN FULTON ST. AND ATLANTIC AVE. IN CLINTON HILL

Doors 7pm
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

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BRM Weekly: Orakel presents Power in Limits- Subdominant
Feb
21
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Orakel presents Power in Limits- Subdominant

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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.

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BRM Weekly: Aaron Shragge and Tom Chess Quartet
Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Aaron Shragge and Tom Chess Quartet

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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.

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BRM Weekly: The Wandering Poet
Jan
31
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: The Wandering Poet

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‘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.

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BRM Weekly: Alessandra Belloni & Steve Gorn
Jan
10
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Alessandra Belloni & Steve Gorn

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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.

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BRM Weekly: Dana Hanchard
Dec
27
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Dana Hanchard

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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. 

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Heart of a River: A multimedia portrait of water
Dec
14
6:30 PM18:30

Heart of a River: A multimedia portrait of water

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

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Ticket, Pre-Performance Discussion, and Complimentary Drink: $45.00
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 Rajna Swaminathan's Mangal
Dec
12
7:00 PM19:00

Rajna Swaminathan's Mangal

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.

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BRM Weekly: Akshara Ensemble
Nov
29
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Akshara Ensemble

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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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BRM Weekly: Neel Murgai's Harmonic Infinity Loops
Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Neel Murgai's Harmonic Infinity Loops

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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.

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Fantastic Planet
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

Fantastic Planet

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)

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Nakshatra at Lyric Chamber Society
Nov
6
7:30 PM19:30

Nakshatra at Lyric Chamber Society

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. 

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Fantastic Planet
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

Fantastic Planet

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.

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BRM Weekly: Megumi & Friends
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Megumi & Friends

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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

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BRM Weekly: Aditya Prakash
Oct
25
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Aditya Prakash

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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.

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 BRM Weekly: Anjna Swaminathan, Arooj Aftab, and Rafiq Bhatia
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Anjna Swaminathan, Arooj Aftab, and Rafiq Bhatia

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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.

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