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BRM Weekly: Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones

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



  • Concert + Talk Concert $15 Online | $20 at the door
  • Concert Only $10 Online | $15 at the door

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

7:00PM Pre-concert talk: DON'T RELAX with Harry Einhorn | Amirtha Kidambi's Elder Ones @ 8:00 p.m. | Raga Jam Session @ 9:30 p.m.

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


Pre-Concert Talk - DON'T RELAX: Beyond Mindfulness

Many of us might approach meditation to means of calming down and de-stressing, but what if we're missing something? For millennia, meditation has been used as a method to radically undermine assumptions and question our underlying reality, down to the fabric of our very selves. In this session, we'll explore the role of meditation as a method of deconstruction, and the qualities of tenderness, kindness, and compassion that lie on the other side.

Amirtha Kidambi and the Elder Ones

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.” Amirtha will be joined on stage by Matt Nelson (soprano saxophone), Nick Dunston (bass), and Max Jaffe (drums/percussion).


After the concert, Brooklyn Raga Massive will hold a jam session with community musicians until midnight.