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Outside (In)dia: Amir ElSaffar

  • David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center 61 Columbus Avenue New York, NY, 10023 United States (map)

Admission: FREE

Venue: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St, New York, NY 10023

Show: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM 


For centuries, both Indian raga and Iraqi maqam have been the traditional music forms of expression for people from the Middle East to India. The two improvisational forms evolved along their own lines yet share musical commonalities, both rich in resonance and devotion. In this new collaboration and inaugural event in the Outside (In)dia series, Amir ElSaffar and Brooklyn Raga Massive explore and uncover new intersections between these ancient, profound musical traditions.

American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar has distinguished himself with a mastery of diverse musical traditions, including Iraqi maqam. A recipient of the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, ElSaffar has been described as “uniquely poised to reconcile jazz and Arabic music without doing either harm,” (The Wire) and “one of the most promising figures in jazz today” (Chicago Tribune).

Amir ElSaffar, trumpet/santoor
Firas Zreik, qanun
Naseem Alatrash, cello
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
Abhik Mukherjee, sitar
Jay Gandhi, bansuri
Shiva Ghoshal, tabla
Video art by Nitin Mukul
Stick around for a post-concert social hour featuring DJ Shishi.

Presented in collaboration with The India Center Foundation and Brooklyn Raga Massive.


About the Series
Outside (In)dia is a four-part, cutting edge concert series produced by The India Center Foundation and curated by Brooklyn Raga Massive that pushes the boundaries and conceptions of Indian classical music. With commissions of new works bringing raga into play with musical traditions spanning Cuba to Iraq, the series will position Indian classical music as a space for inclusion, collaboration, and conversation in a revolutionary new way.

About The India Center
The India Center is a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to the study of the Indian subcontinent, the promotion of its cultural life, and the unique relationship between India and the United States. Based in New York City, The India Center hosts dialogues and exhibitions, mounts programs, educates audiences, and fosters debate focused on India’s future as well as its rich and varied past. The India Center is a platform for both established and emerging experts and artists exploring the evolution of the world’s largest and most complex

About Brooklyn Raga Massive
Brooklyn Raga Massive is a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in and inspired by the classical music of India. For almost 6 years, Brooklyn Raga Massive has held a weekly concert series and jam session, featuring classical Indian performances and experiments with contemporary music and world music traditions. The inclusive and spontaneous sessions have created a strong community of world class musicians and dedicated fans, and has been an incubator of new genres of music indigenous to Brooklyn.The Massive is a platform for all lovers of Raga music, listeners and practitioners, to get closer to the pulse of NYCs live Raga music scene. As a 501c3 non-profit organization, BRM is dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and Raga inspired music.


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Later Event: September 13
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