No music experience necessary as this guided listening session is designed for the lay person to better understand and appreciate North India classical music. What is raga and tala? What should you be listening for? Vocalist and educator Samarth Nagarkar will answer these questions and more with the help of recordings and videos of the masters, taking participants through the different parts of a concert and numerous styles.
Hailed as "extraordinary" (DownBeat Magazine) and "most enchanting" (NPR All Things Considered), vocalist and composer Ganavya is known for singing "with aching emotional intensit" (JazzTimes).
In this specially curated event co-presented by Brooklyn Raga Massiveand the Rubin Museum of Art, she will finally present her much awaited debut album: Aikyam: Onnu.
8:00 p.m. | Doors
8:30 p.m. | Show
10:00 p.m. | BRM Weekly Raga Jam
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!
Multilingual and multidisciplinary project about the passage of time: birth, growth, childhood, friendship, social change, ivresse and mortality. Four violins will weave the boundless threads of time - so difficult to grasp that we come to doubt it exists.
ENSEMBLE FANAA is the meeting point between a myriad of musical styles in the African American, North African and Middle Eastern traditions. For this performance, they will explore a collaboration with BRM stalwart and tabla player extraordinaire, Roshni Samlal.
Steve Oda, senior sarod disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, will perform a traditional concert of Hindustani classical music accompanied on tabla by Ray Spiegel, senior disciple of Ustad Alla Radha.
Women's Raga Massive (WRM) presents a series of spontaneous, improvised duets embodying the collaborative and communal spirit of life. The second half of the performance will feature original works and raga inspired tributes to female heroes, who have despite odds, contributed boundless beauty and depth to the world and music.
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Join us for what promises to be an incredible evening exploring the boundaries and intermingling of traditional folk music from South India and Bulgaria - coming together to create a new, innovative sound that is sure to open minds to new possibilities in music.
Co-presented with Airbnb's Brooklyn Root's Series
Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik, is a masterful artiste of Hindustani Classical vocal music. Through her years of training, Mitali has learned to blend the best of various Hindustani musical styles into her own unique form.
ALIF LAILA, from Dhaka, Bangladesh, began her training in sitar under Ustad Mir Qasem Khan, nephew of the legendary maestro, Ustad Alauddin Khan (Ravi Shankar's guru). Laila's work is diverse and includes recordings with several world-renowned tabla artists, collaborations with South Indian classical and Jazz saxophone, compositions of a Sitar/Cello duet, and music for the Dakshina Dance Company.
A listener with one ear in New York City and the other in India might notice intonations of street-driven Jazz and blues phrases layered with the playful styles of the Sufi, the ancient colors of Hindustani and Carnatic music, and the pure-heartedness of a Ghazal, all wrapped up into a single package. Rasika Shekar is a master of style, able to show a deep understanding of worldly sounds through their organic emulation.
An internationally acclaimed Sufi Musician, Vocalist and Songwriter, Arooj Aftab layers subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals over acoustic instrumentation, skillfully re-imagining indigenous soul with signature ‘cool.’
Gupta continues to push the envelope and dig deep by combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his dual Indian and American heritage. Gupta's latest album represents his expansive vision from a true multi-cultural perspective that now bridges several continents. 'A Circle Has No Beginning' delves into the deep waters of cultural cross-over music by honoring the ensemble's diversity, influences of soul music, Classical and Golden-Era music of India, Native American melodies, modern Jazz, and pure spontaneity help bring together a relevant and powerful statement.
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.
Awa Sangho, "the Golden Voice of Mali," is one of the leading voices of West African music. Hailing from the desert sands of Timbuktu, Awa has performed with the royalty of African Music: Salif Keita, Ali Farka Toure, Oumou Sangare, Manu Dibango, Amadou & Mariam. Awa is a tireless advocate of women’s issues and an explosive performer.
"...A gorgeous contrast between the long, sinewy, singing lines of the violin and cello and the tabla's intricate burble and pop punctuation, riding the warm pizzicato heartbeat of the bass. It is a liquid and organic brew that sounds inevitable as if it's existed forever... A dynamic sonic blend of uncommon mesmeric beauty."
~All About Jazz
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Akim Funk Buddha, back from his Next Level and US Dept. of Cultural Affairs residency, shares his practice of cultural diplomacy in a genre-busting performance guaranteed to shock and uplift. Come partake in an immersive cultural alchemic experience infused with Tuvan Throat singing, Beatboxing, Konnakol, Classic Hip Hop and elements of Balinese dance.
Join us for an evening of Hindustani classical musicwith sitarist and composer Galen Passen and percussionist and tabla artist - Roshni Samlal.
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. Arun’s original work pays homage to Carnatic rhythmic structures and rich tonalities while expanding the music with a modern jazz backbeat.
Roopa In Flux is an ensemble of musical wanderers venturing beyond the established traditions that shaped them. Voice, violin, piano, and percussion band together for a sound unembarrassed of our lives as we live them.
Fresh off a triumphant performance at Lincoln Center, BRM is excited to conclude the year with a final performance with Raga Cubana featuring Román Díaz, a pillar of Afro-Cuban music in NYC. The olù batá (master drummer) brings with him the outstanding vocalist Melvis Santa and a full rhythm section of batá drummers.
Expect soaring Carnatic violin, bansuri, explosive percussion, and the beautiful, haunting melodies of Africa, India, and the Caribbean.
Based at Queens College, Gamelan Yowana Sari performs both traditional and contemporary music for Balinese Gamelan. For their collaboration with BRM, the program features dance, special guests, and other percussive pieces.
Jay Gandhi and Max ZT's tribute to their world-renowned teachers, Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia, in their show: "Recalling the Valley" as part of the Brooklyn Roots Concert Series Co-Presented by Air BnB and Brooklyn Raga Massive.
Kane Mathis brings his ensemble to BRM with special guests Roshni Samlal on tabla and Priya Darshini on vocals. Original material in ensemble format highlighting the 21-string West African Harp, Kora and the Middle-Eastern Lute, Oud.