Raga Roots: Mysore Brothers
Sep
28
7:00 PM19:00

Raga Roots: Mysore Brothers

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. 

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Advance tickets: $28.00
Day-of-event ticket price: $32.00

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Featuring:
Mysore Nagaraj – violin
Dr. Mysore Manjunath – violin
Patri Satish Kumar – mridangam
Giridhar Udupa – ghatam

Presented with Harrice Miller Entertainment and community partner Sunny Thakkar.

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Mondriaan Jazz Festival 2018
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Mondriaan Jazz Festival 2018

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?” 

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

BRM Weekly: Aditya Prakash

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$10 Advance | $15 Door | 8pm | BRM Weekly Raga Jam- 10pm

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.

**Special announcement for Musicians!** BRM cordially invites you to join us in the ongoing effort to cultivate a home for intercultural musical dialogue. We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY TO MUSICIANS AFTER 10 PM WHO COME WITH THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND ARE READY TO PLAY! Please come out and engage with one of NYC's most vibrant and diverse communities of improvising musicians hailing from all over the music world!

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BRM Weekly: Megumi Saruhashi
Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Megumi Saruhashi

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$10 Advance | $15 Door | 8pm | BRM Weekly Raga Jam- 10pm

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

**Special announcement for Musicians!** BRM cordially invites you to join us in the ongoing effort to cultivate a home for intercultural musical dialogue. We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY TO MUSICIANS AFTER 10 PM WHO COME WITH THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND ARE READY TO PLAY! Please come out and engage with one of NYC's most vibrant and diverse communities of improvising musicians hailing from all over the music world!

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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: Viveick Rajagopalan
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Viveick Rajagopalan

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Viveick is a musician and composer, straddling both worlds with equal ease. Trained under the Carnatic tradition on the majestic percussive instruments mridangam and kanjira, Viveick uses his classical roots to compose music that moves between many styles. His music is stamped with this unique sound, reflecting his influences from electronic, drum-n-bass to jazz and folk.

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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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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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Rajna Swaminathan
Dec
12
8:00 PM20:00

Rajna Swaminathan

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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. 

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BRM Weekly: K.G. Westman and Roshni Samlal
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: K.G. Westman and Roshni Samlal

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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.

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Music in the Garden: Women's Raga Massive
Aug
12
4:00 PM16:00

Music in the Garden: Women's Raga Massive

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.

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BRM Weekly: Anita Aysola
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Anita Aysola

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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.

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BRM Weekly: Rosy Dutta Pandit
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Rosy Dutta Pandit

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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.

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Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder Duo Album Release Concert
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder Duo Album Release Concert

This World of Dew is Aaron Shragge’s third release with Ben Monder. The duo project, an exploratory, meditative collaboration, has been praised as “...lyrical and heartwarming...” (Jazz Times) and “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound...” (The Birmingham Times). This World of Dew will be released worldwide on Friday, July 20th 2018 on Human Resource Records (NYC.)

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BRM Weekly: Swaminathan Selvaganesh and David Ellenbogen + Rhythm Workshop
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

BRM Weekly: Swaminathan Selvaganesh and David Ellenbogen + Rhythm Workshop

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For this week's show and Carnatic rhythm workshop, we have a collaboration of South Indian rhythm with Western guitar. The performance will consist of the artists will take slokhas and give a rhythmic arrangement and melodic background to it and present it in different time signatures along with South Indian rhythmic rap "konnakkol".

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BRM Weekly: David Rothenberg and Mike Lukshis
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: David Rothenberg and Mike Lukshis

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Matthew Aidekman of Tadha! introduces his fabulous new software, TablaTun that transposes the tones of the tabla live in performance. Tabla teacher Mike Lukshis of the Taalim School of Indian Music will perform through this new software along with clarinetist David Rothenberg, who has previously performed with various Brooklyn Raga Massive members and the Karnataka College of Percussion. 

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BRM Weekly: Bhargavi Balasubramaniam
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Bhargavi Balasubramaniam

Bhargavi Balasubramaniam is a senior disciple of Sangeet Samraat Chitravina N Ravikiran and is a naturally talented, multi-faceted and versatile performer in both vocal and chitravina. Her deep-rooted classical mind and her ability to handle core-carnatic ragas with ease have won her critical acclaim, not only with rasikas but also among fellow musicians. She will be joined by BRM regulars Arun Ramamurthy on violin and Bala Skandan on mridangam.

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Pandit Nayan and Ishaan Ghosh
Jun
29
7:00 PM19:00

Pandit Nayan and Ishaan Ghosh

Pandit Nayan Ghosh, one of the most renowned tabla maestros today, presents a tabla solo recital featuring rare and traditional repertoire. With a superlative command of both sitar and tabla, Nayanji is respected by musicians and discerning listeners alike for his innate artistry and the emotive musical depth in his performances. He will be joined by his son and disciple Ishaan Ghosh, who at such a young age has been lauded by tabla enthusiasts the world over for his remarkable musical maturity and command of the instrument.

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BRM Weekly: Indrayuddh Majumder
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Indrayuddh Majumder

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Indrayuddh will perform an Indian Classical solo set on the sarod. He will start his concert with a slow Alaap, followed by a fast Jod and a super-fast Jhala on a particular Raga. He will then proceed the Raga with a Gat (composition set to a rhythmic pattern). The tabla accompanist will then join with rhythm. Indrayuddh will play with the beats and interesting note combinations on the particular Raga. The concert will gradually move on to a crescendo with Jhala and end. Please join us for a beautiful classical set!

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BRM Weekly: Overview Effect
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Overview Effect

Tickets: $15

David Freeman is a percussionist, composer and educator based in Brooklyn. His latest release, Overview Effect, is a demonstration of struggle in the search for balance between the personal and the collective, where the self-seeking creative is met by a call for civic engagement. The music on this album is a result of that process; one that embodies conviction, reflection and celebration. 

The musicians featured in this collective includes Mustafa Bhagat (Arranged Marriage, The Biryani Boys) on Sitar, Steve Hudson (Outer Bridge Ensemble) on keyboards, Jamie Zillitto (The Everymen) on bass, David Freeman on drums/percussion and includes special guests Ivan Barenboim on bass clarinet and Arun Ramamurthy (Brooklyn Raga Massive) on violin. 

The group's aesthetic sensibilities, musical fluencies and technical abilities to cross between and defy genres that include Jazz, Rock and Indian Music are among the many strengths that contributes to its success in forging new territory.  

8:00 p.m. | Doors
8:30 p.m. | Show
10:00 p.m. | BRM Weekly Raga Jam

Ensemble: 
Mustafa Bhagat - Sitar
David Freeman - Drums, Tabla, Percussion
Steve Hudson - Keyboards
Jamie Zillitto - Bass
(Special Guests Ivan Barenboim - Bass Clarinet & Arun Ramamurthy - Violin)

 

**Special announcement for Musicians!** BRM cordially invites you to join us in the ongoing effort to cultivate a home for intercultural musical dialogue. We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY TO MUSICIANS AFTER 10 PM WHO COME WITH THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND ARE READY TO PLAY! Please come out and engage with one of NYC's most vibrant and diverse communities of improvising musicians hailing from all over the music world! 

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Terry Riley's "In C"
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Terry Riley's "In C"

Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM), the raga-inspired musicians’ collective, will present its interpretation of “In C,” the iconic minimalist composition of Terry Riley. Even though Riley himself studied North Indian vocal music with Pandit Pran Nath, BRM is the first group to perform the piece with mostly Indian classical instruments. BRM’s psychedelic interpretation utilizes driving tabla rhythms, raga embellishments, and improvisation along with sitar, sarod, bansuri, violin, vocals, guitar, cello, dulcimer, and more. Last October BRM released its CD Terry Riley In C on Northern Spy Records, with a music video launched on NPR Music.

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BRM Weekly: Pandit T. Radhakrishna ft. Meghashyam Keshav
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Pandit T. Radhakrishna ft. Meghashyam Keshav

Pandit Radhakrishna is a representative of the Maihar Gharana. He trained under the iconic Pandit Ravi Shankar and his senior disciple Pandit Uma Shankar Mishra, after initial training from N. R. Ramarao. He has been touring the United States and Europe since the 1980s and has performed at several prestigious concert venues and events across the world. HIs music has featured in several films and television shows including the popular Malgudi Days.

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