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The Unstruck Sound at Drone Fest

  • Basilica Hudson 110 South Front Street Hudson, NY, 12534 United States (map)

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.

The Unstruck Sound features:
Neel Murgai - Overtone Singing, Loops, Daf
Eric Fraser - Bansuri
Aaron Shragge - Trumpet, Shakuhach, FX, Loops
David Ellenbogen - Guitars, Electronics

Eric Fraser's vintage bansuri flute playing rings with authenticity, subtlety, and lilting tone. An exponent of a unique vocal style of North-Indian flute playing and Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian classical music, Fraser takes listeners on a journey to a timeless musical world. Eric Fraser has been learning intensively through annual trips to Kolkata, India from his guru Pandit Gopal Roy since 2003. Fraser has performed with renowned maestros of Indian music including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall, including radio performances (NPR morning edition and WKCR New York).

Neel Murgai is a multi-instrumental performer, composer and teacher, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a raga inspired musician's collective. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. His journey into sitar and Indian classical music began with Pundit Ravindra Goswami in Banaras, in 1994. For the past 18 years Neel has studied with his guru and mentor, Pundit Krishna Bhatt. His interest in music began at a young age with trombone and guitar. While obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering, Neel worked as a radio DJ, hosting an international music program. This fostered in him an abiding interest in music from around the world. He went on to live in India, immersing himself in the music and culture of his parent’s homeland. Upon returning to the U.S., Neel began a career in music.

David Ellenbogen has studied and performed music in over a dozen countries including India, Mali, Cuba and Brazil. He has expanded the audience for world music through his radio broadcasts on WKCR, his podcast, NYC Radio Live, and ambitious live productions like the Ragas Live Festival, a 24 hour, 60 musician, experience held at the Rubin Museum of Art and Pioneer Works. David’s work as a guitarist and artist director of Brooklyn Raga Massive has led to praise in the New York Times for “Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit” and the Wall Street Journal for “Expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean.”

Aaron Shragge’s music “...delves deeper into that satori place in your brain”- Jazz Times.
Aaron Shragge has performed with Daniel Carter, Ben Monder, Dave Douglas, William Parker, Jon Gibson, The Sam Roberts Band, Akim Funk Buddha, and Medeski Martin and Wood's Billy Martin at such venues as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and The Blue Note. Aaron is an active in the NYC improvised/creative music scene serving on the board of Festival of New Trumpet Music NY/Canada. Aaron's unique instrument the Dragon Mouth Trumpet was designed to expand the trumpet’s melodic capacity and is the result of over a decade of studying both the Shakuhachi (Japanese, Flute) as well as North Indian Vocals. Aaron Shragge's current projects include a duo with Ben Monder, a Jazz quintet that plays the music of Tom Waits and his continuing solo works for Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi.