Ragmala, Brooklyn Raga Massive and the Go: Organic Orchestra’s supergroup, presents a free concert as part of the inaugural Community Day at the David Rockefeller Creative Arts Center in Tarrytown, NY.
The event will include family-friendly performances, hands-on art activities and gallery tours, a visual artists’ open studio, family yoga sessions, bilingual Spanish-English story time, and garden activities. Complimentary food will be provided from 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. by local vendors Abeetz pizza truck and Jimmy’s Soft Serve. Following Community Day activities, a 3:00 p.m. performance by Brooklyn Raga Massive will present a synergistic exploration of India’s classical music, raga, and contemporary music. Through a groundbreaking improvisational conducting approach, the orchestra creates a vivid tapestry of harmonious sound that reflects the immigrant experience and demonstrates how diverse cultures enrich one another in profound ways. This performance is presented in partnership with the RBF Culpeper Arts & Culture program.
Free tickets for the Community Day activities and the Brooklyn Raga Massive performance must be reserved separately.
Brooklyn Raga Massive has been making waves for their role instigating what the New York Times, New Yorker, and Wall Street Journal have called a “Raga Renaissance.” The Go: Organic Orchestra with Adam Rudolph has been pushing the boundaries of large ensemble creative music for over 20 years, collaborating with musicians such as Yusef Lateef, Bennie Maupin, Don Cherry, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, and L. Shankar. This ambitious project brings together “two of the most interesting bands in the USA” (London Jazz Times) Brooklyn Raga Massive and Go: Organic Orchestra into a synergistic exploration of raga, India’s classical music and contemporary creative music.
While the music of Ragmala draws inspiration from a wealth of traditions – the globe-spanning rhythmic influences that converge in Rudolph’s music as well as the Indian classical music explored by the members of Brooklyn Raga Massive – the resulting sound is something entirely new. The 40-piece orchestra speaks in a hybrid tongue that reflects the immigrant experience, with diverse cultures congregating and enriching one another in profound and surprising ways. Using a groundbreaking improvisational conducting approach invented by Rudolph, each member’s distinctive identity shines through in a singular vivid tapestry of transcendent and harmonious sound or what critic Ian Ward of UK Vibes calls “a truly global, celestial, cosmic "world" music.”