Last Wednesday was another legendary evening at Art Cafe. First, virtuosos Andrew Mendelson and Ehren Hanson on sitar and tabla tore it up. Then sitar maestro Pt. Krishna Bhatt and San Francisco based saxophonist George Brooks wowed the crowd with Michael Gam on bass, Sameer Gupta on drums and Jay Gandhi on bansuri. Jaws were dropping at the level of musical conversation these great players were exchanging, a vocabularly from raga to Coltrane. I hope to share this if I can get the recording close enough to honor the music. Finally the evening was capped off with this performance from the Godfather of the Brooklyn Raga music scene, Samarth Nagarkar who was joined by Arun Ramamurthy on violin and Sameer Gupta on tabla. It was an electrifying evening.
Brooklyn Raga Massive, an artist collective dedicated to the Indian Classical Musicians of Brooklyn hosts weekly concerts followed by jam sessions every Wednesday at 8pm at Art Cafe,
884 Pacific st at Underhill, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Art Cafe is a bar and venue connected to The Village @ Gureje, an arts center and creative community that brings together artists, teachers and leaders from Brooklyn and beyond.