Raga Maqam—a collaboration between Brooklyn Raga Massive, The India Center Foundation, and Lincoln Center—explores the shared threads of Indian ragas and Iraqi maqam, the venerable tradition of structured-improvisatory composition. A public premiere of new work composed by Iraqi American multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Amir ElSaffar in conjunction with members of Brooklyn Raga Massive and maqam virtuosos from NYC and beyond, Raga Maqam imbues fresh life to their unique conversation between these ancient styles. Raga Maqam’s 15-performer ensemble unites a combo of virtuosic artists hailing from America, India, Iraq, Iran, Palestine, Jordan, and Turkey with instrumentation just as eclectic as its musicians, featuring masters of the santur, oud, violin, sitar, bansuri, kamancheh and tabla.
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