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BRM Weekly: Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones

  • Caveat 21 Clinton Street New York, NY 10002 USA (map)


Tickets: $10 Online | $15 at the door

VENUE: Caveat, 21 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Doors Open @ 8:00 p.m. | Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones @ 8:30 p.m. | Raga Jam Session @ 10:00 p.m.

Amirtha Kidambi: voice, harmonium, compositions | Matt Nelson: soprano saxophone |Nick Dunston: bass | Max Jaffe: drums/percussion


As Ben Ratliff wrote in the New York Times, “the aggressive and sublime first album by the band Elder Ones, Holy Science, is a kind of gauge for how strong and flexible the scene of young musicians in New York’s improvised and experimental music world can be. At the center of it are drones and phonemes. The group’s leader, the 30-year-old composer and singer Amirtha Kidambi, holds forth behind a harmonium, the small keyboard instrument with hand-pumped bellows; it’s commonly used in bhajan, the Indian devotional-singing tradition that was central to her musical experience while growing up in a South Indian family.”