Shifting South Asian classical elements toward pop and jazz sensibilities in a refreshing, organic way, New York based, Chennai born singer, composer and violinist Harini “Rini” Raghavan creates her own version of Indian Jazztronica. Harini draws from her formal training in Carnatic music and work at Berklee College of Music to bring together sounds and music of her birthplace in India and her home in the US. She leads a group of acclaimed NYC based musicians from different countries that add their unique musical influences to create ‘a powerful contemporary Carnatic/electronic fusion sound’ as described by Rolling Stone India. Rini's set will be followed by Brooklyn Raga Massive's iconic jam session.
Maxime Cholley (France), drums
Andrew Cheng (Malaysia), guitar
Marcelo Maccagnan (Brazil), bass
Josh Plotner (USA), sax/ewi
Doors at 7pm, Show at 8pm
About the Artists
An experienced performer and recording artist, Harini has recorded and performed with Grammy winning composers A.R.Rahman, Bill Whelan and the renowned Israeli Singer-Songwriter Idan Raichel, headlining prestigious festivals and venues in US and India, including Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre and the United Nations General Assembly. Harini was also a part of the Grammy nominated Berklee Indian Ensemble album 'Shuruaat'. She composed the background score, along with Andrew Orkin, for the Netflix show ‘The Fame Game’ starring the Bollywood icon Madhuri Dixit and recorded voice and violin for the series( #1 in Netflix India, Pakistan, and top 10 in the UK, Australia for many weeks). . She performs across the United States with other projects as well like the multi disciplinary production ‘Bollywood Boulevard’ as a lead singer and violinist (performances at performing arts centers like Lincoln Center, NJPAC, Wolf Trap, Kingsbury Hall UT), with American Patchwork Quartet as lead singer/violinist (performances at Cafe Lena NY, Levitt Pavilion CT), JSWISS(Blue Note NYC), Salsa Masala(Center at West Park, NYC). Rini is a 2023 Artist Fellow for the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Learn more at www.rinimusic.com.
About Brooklyn Raga Massive
The idea of Brooklyn Raga Massive was born in 2012 during a weekly concert and jam session at a local Prospect Heights venue. What began as a casual series, flourished and grew into a mainstay of the New York City arts scene, cultivating a vibrant community of diverse musicians and music lovers. Brooklyn Raga Massive has since grown into an adventurous nonprofit musicians' collective that creates cross-cultural understanding through the lens of South Asian classical music by providing direct support to artists, fostering collaboration through our iconic concerts and jam sessions, facilitating cultural exchange through educational initiatives, and producing transcendent, and often massive, performances, festivals, and one-of-a-kind albums. Learn more at www.brooklynragamassive.org