An evening of improvised music by three South Asian American musicians, each of whom brings intentionality, play and expression to exploring their unique musical traditions and idioms in conjunction with creative music. Their shared sound takes inspiration from Raga music, Sufi music, jazz, rock, electronic music and everywhere in between.
Aditya Prakash is an award-winning, American-born Indian classical vocalist best known for his powerful and emotive voice. Although firmly rooted in South Indian classical (Carnatic) music, his style is heavily inspired by North Indian classical music, Sufi music, Western classical, jazz, flamenco, and hip hop, which he brings out in his collaborative projects. The depth of his Carnatic training allows for him to bridge the gap between the rich, sacred and ancient art form and today’s interconnected, diverse environment.
Megumi is a border-crossing violinist, composer, and educator based in Brooklyn via Japan. She strives to find unity in diversity in music and people. Her passion is to help restore the primal power in each individual by creating music that transcends the illusion of separation. Megumi keeps pushing the boundaries on all levels through her music to express the interconnected network of life and inclusive oneness with all beings
Brooklyn Raga Massive, the wildly popular collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in and inspired by the classical music of India, performs a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. The film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, is a surreal journey to the future with powerful allusions to the challenges of today. Brooklyn Raga Massive’s raga-drenched live film score brings the experience of this psychedelic cult hit to new heights. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Viveick is a musician and composer, straddling both worlds with equal ease. Trained under the Carnatic tradition on the majestic percussive instruments mridangam and kanjira, Viveick uses his classical roots to compose music that moves between many styles. His music is stamped with this unique sound, reflecting his influences from electronic, drum-n-bass to jazz and folk.
Brooklyn Raga Massive artist collective performs a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. The film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, is a surreal journey to the future with powerful allusions to the challenges of today. BRM’s raga-drenched live film score brings the experience of this otherworldly movie to new heights. Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage)
Akshara is a dynamic music ensemble bringing together world music traditions on the rhythmic and modal foundations of Indian classical music. In 2015, Akshara’s Mohana Blues won the ‘Best World Traditional Song’ award at the 13th Annual Independent Music Awards. Along with NYC’s brightest musical talent, Akshara Music Ensemble’s leader and composer, Bala Skandan, presents surprising and delightful interpretations of traditional ragas like Kamboji, Mohana, Gambira Natai and Shanmugapriya arranged for Carnatic, Hindustani, and Western classical and folk instruments.