Doors l 8:00 p.m.
Arooj Aftab | 8:30 p.m.
BRM RAGA JAM SESSION | 10:00 p.m.
*Special announcement for Musicians!* Brooklyn Raga Massive cordially invites you to join us in our ongoing effort to cultivate a home for intercultural musical dialogue. We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY AFTER 10 PM to musicians who come with their instrument 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!
Arooj Aftab - vocals | Kenji Herbert - guitar
“Aftab’s ethereal voice swirls and dives in the delicate, complicated motions of her country’s long musical heritage.” ~ The Boston Globe
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.’
Paying homage to classical Sufi legends such as Abida Parveen and Reshma; neo-soul and jazz icons such as Sade and Ella Fitzgerald; and contemporary world musicians such as Marisa Monte and Fat Freddy’s Drop, Aftab presents an original, interactive sound embraced by young and old, South Asian and beyond.
Adding to the calmness, peace, patience, simplicity derived from Sufi poetry in Arooj's music Austrian-Japanese guitarist Kenji Herbert has an unparalleled calming energy and keeps the vibe in a room mellow and lovely.