Join us on Governors Island at Nolan Park to enjoy two musical performances byBrooklyn Raga Massive! Catch the live performances on Saturday, August 10 at both 1 and 3 PM. This event is FREE, outdoors, and family-friendly. We hope to see you there!
Brooklyn Raga Massive, "Leaders of the Raga Renaissance," (New Yorker) are an artist collective that share a love of Indian Classical music, and have have made big waves in New York City over the past seven years for "Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit." (New York Times.) In 2017 the collective recorded Terry Riley's "In C." Terry Riley composed the iconic work In "C" in 1964 and the piece, first performed with a group including Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros, is often credited with creating the genre of minimalism. Riley was influenced by Indian Classical music and later studied deeply initially under the guidance of Pandit Pran Nath. A raga influenced performance and recording of In 'C', by Brooklyn Raga Massive was a perfect fit for the adventurous crew and brought the piece, and genre, full circle, back to it's Indian Classical roots.
The dreams of the musicians in Brooklyn Raga Massive were exceeded when Terry Riley heard their version and began corresponding with them dreaming up a new piece for the group. In their performances of "In C" Terry suggested that the “use the basic In C form but open it up to solos...based on some of the patterns.” The piece has evolved in the hands of the collective and has developed to follow a series of ragas, Indian classical modes that evoke particular rasas, or emotional essences. Now presented with original cells composed by Neel Murgai and David Ellenbogen the new piece is presented as "In D." Alight with improvisation and synchronicity, no two performances are alike.
Brooklyn Raga Massive's In "D" project is funded in part by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.
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