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Brooklyn Raga Massive: John Coltrane Birthday Tribute

Brooklyn Raga Massive“Beautiful and heart rendering beyond description.” – DBDBD NY Roots Music and Culture Magazine

In celebration of John Coltrane’s 90th birthday, the dynamic and hugely popular Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM: Coltrane Raga Tribute), a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in and inspired by the classical music of India, pay tribute to his legacy through their interpretation of his music. John Coltrane remains a pivotal force in the styles of modal jazz, avant-garde jazz, hard-bop and world music. Through his truly unique music, Coltrane bridged seemingly disparate cultures the way only few figures in modern music ever did. With records like Om and songs like India, Coltrane and his legacy have led a movement towards bringing Indian music influences closer to the world of Jazz music. For this performance Brooklyn Raga Massive will be joined by special guest, the highly revered post-bop jazz pianist Marc Cary.

This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Global/Local Series.

BRM Feat. Adam Maalouf

Adam Maalouf Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is proud to present Adam Maalouf with a stellar lineup of musicians to bring you an eclectic combination of musical styles and instrumentals from around the globe. The evening will take the listener on a journey, integrating music from both India and the Middle East. Adam Maalouf’s Hand Pan instruments are the modern take on the steel pan, and the tonal resonance of these instruments parallels the sound of the Persian Santoor along with metallic resonance of Tibetan singing bowls. Adam seeks musical inspiration from such artists as Shivkumar Sharma, Zakir Hussain, Shakti, and Dhafer Youssef among many other influences.

Adam Maalouf: Hand Pan, Cello
Josh Geisler: Bansuri, Guitar
Tomchess: Middle Eastern Oud, Ney, Morsing
Shivalik Ghoshal: Tabla
Jeremy Smith: Percussion
Shelly Thomas: Vocal
Juliet Rabia: Vocal

Brooklyn Raga Massive Takes Manhattan: Monsoon Ragas & Drone Ghost

Brooklyn Raga Massive‎Hindustani Classical Vocal | Monsoon Ragas
Samarth Nagarkar – Vocal
Dan Weiss – Tabla
Rohan Prabhudesai – Harmonium

Hindustani classical vocal by Samarth Nagarkar with Dan Weiss on tabla and Rohan Prabhudesai on harmonium. Coinciding with the monsoon season in India (June-September), this performance will be a traditional exposition of seasonal ragas and compositions celebrating the rains. The artists will present a 30 minute pre-concert workshop discussing basic elements of Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm).

Drone Ghost
Kane Mathis – Kora, Oud
Joshua Geisler – Bansuri
Max ZT – Hammer Dulcimer
Rich Stein – Hydra, Percussion

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BRM Feat. Raga Roots: Indro Roy Chowdhury & E. Hanson

Indro Roy Chowdhury & E. HansonBRM is proud to present one of NYC’s greatist sitarists, Indro Roy Chowdhury. Known for his emotive and pristine playing, Indro strives to innovate while keeping a Grm connection with the past. He will be joined by Ehren Hanson on tabla,a prime disciple of Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and BRM regular.

Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury is a disciple of the sitar maestro Pandit Subroto Roy-Chowdhury.  Groomed in the Veen-kar style of the Senia Gharana, which maintains the Dhrupadi origins of Indian Classical music, Indrajit strives to innovate while keeping a firm connection with the past.  While completing his undergraduate studies at Duke University, Indrajit received the Bennenson Award for the Arts to further his study of Indian Classical music.  Since then he has taken the profession of a full-time sitarist and has performed on stages across the world including such prestigious venues as Gyan Mancha (Kolkata), Hammerstein Ballroom (New York), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.) and has had his concerts telecast by Doordarshan (Indian National Television).  During the 2010 Fall semester Indrajit was a visiting faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and taught the University’s sitar course.