The New Yorker: Goings on About Town - Brooklyn Raga Massive: "In C"
Brooklyn Raga Massive brings its energy and style upstate to Hudson Hall, performing Terry Riley’s Indian-influenced minimalist masterwork “In C.”
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New York Times: A Raga Renaissance Flowers in Brooklyn
“Riveting... Soulful… Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit”
Wall Street Journal: Indian Raga Group Takes Minimalism to the Max
“Expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean... BRM members seek to redefine classical Indian music in the new century”
Village Voice: Best Midweek Hang
"There are precious few opportunities to enjoy a frosty beverage while slipping into the transcendental time warp of a classical Indian raga — which makes the Brooklyn Raga Massive's peripatetic Wednesday night events kind of like the Alamo Drafthouse of Indian classical music.
"like-minded musicians started BRM to provide an umbrella platform for an on-going musical dialogue that reflects the ever-growing landscape of America... By continuing the dialogue of the importance of art and community in today’s political climate.
Organizations like the Brooklyn Raga Massive are doing exactly that. They’re combating hate by promoting a sense of inclusion, community and providing a safe haven"
The New Yorker: Brooklyn Raga Massive All Stars: "In-C"
"Leaders of the Raga Renaissance"
The Times Of India: Artists Sow Seeds Of Ragas In The Big Apple
"The idea of the Massive was not only to encourage dialogue between established and young musicians, but also to broaden the audience for these forms in hyper-cosmopolitan New York.... They’ve collaborated with Africans and Cubans, and presented tributes to musicians such as John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar, the believers in cross-cultural experimentation. The interaction between the artists and audience is organic.
News India Times - Brooklyn’s Raga Enthusiasts Creating a Tradition
"Some of the formalities often associated with an Indian classical concert have been stripped away by organizers... more like a house concert, not the usual rarified formal atmosphere created for classical performances in India... so there is room to be social as well as have a serious listening environment"
New York Times: How Krishna Andavolu of Viceland TV Spends His Sundays
"In New York, we’re going to Brooklyn Raga Massive classes. It’s classical Indian music with a Brooklyn twist... We’re trying to make sure (our son) understands he’s half-Indian... What I’m interested in seeing is how those expressions of Indian culture have evolved over time."
First Post: Matching notes with the raga ambassadors of New York
June 26, 2016
"The music itself is the result of a grassroots movement... known as the Brooklyn Raga Massive... Having brought about a revitalisation of the ragas, it would be safe to call them the Raga Ambassadors of the Big Apple."
Brooklyn Paper: It’s bangin’! Indian group rounds out Bang on a Can fest
May 4, 2017
“It’s a big thing for us to present an ever increasing range of artists who are stretching the boundaries of music,” said Kenny Savelson, the executive director of Bang on a Can. “This group of artist based here are taking Indian tradition and they’ve basically been pushing forward into new territory.”
Carnatic Jam in Big Apple
August 20, 2017
"Our jam session format has been an incubator for collaboration, and created a vibrant community of musicians and audiences from all over the world," says violinist Ramamurthy, taking pride that the members have their roots in various traditions ranging from Malian music to jazz.