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Ravish Momin’s Sunken Cages

Apr 20

Sunken Cages layers live-loops and manipulates them in real-time to blur the lines between composition and improvisation. While rooted in Indian folk and Black Music traditions, Momin is also influenced by the street sounds of South African G’com, Angolan Kuduro, and Egyptian Mahraganat.‍

Ravish Momin is an Indian-born drummer, electronic music producer, and educator residing in New York City.  A Structural/Civil Engineer by training, Momin also privately studied with Jazz master-drummer Andrew Cyrille for years while he worked as an engineer in New York City in the late 1990s.  He quit his engineering practice in 2003 to become a professional musician. His unique approach quickly led him to work as a sideman with a diverse cast of musicians ranging from to legendary avant-saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (of the AACM) to pop-star Shakira.  Momin is the recipient of grants/commissions from New Music USA, Meet The Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, US Artists International, and NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts.)

Sunken Cages- Momin started working under the moniker Sunken Cages in 2019, in order to showcase his unique production style which involves layering live-loops and manipulating them in real-time to blur the lines between composition and improvisation.

Leading Other Projects- Momin currently leads the live electronic music duo 'Turning Jewels Into Water' with Haitian percussion virtuoso Val Jeanty.  In the past, he led the Global/Jazz shape-shifting band Tarana whose line-ups had included violinist Jason Kao Hwang, Trina Basu, Skye Steele, violist Tanya Kalmanovitch, bassist Shanir Blumenkranz, Oud player Brandon Terzic, trombonist Rick Parker, singer Areni Agbabian, and many others over the years.  Tarana performed on international stages for 14 years and recorded several albums to critical acclaim.

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