The Chaandayan Organization brought quite a few selections for this 4-5pm slot during Ragas Live 2015. They began with their beginner Chhandayan Tabla Ensemble (Avinash Bose, Aditya Shinn, Rafi Hakim, Ronak Seth, Noelina Arciniegas, Kedar Gangopadhyay and Benjamin Stewart); Then there was a tabla solo from Aditya Phatak; then the Chhandayan Vocal Ensemble (Roshni Basu, Shampa Chanda, Adwaitaa Goswami, Dibyakalyan Basu, Andrew Shantz, Harry Einhorn and Anand Prashad-tabla)
The Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars perform a live, in-studio performance of Terry Riley’s masterpiece, “In C” live on the airwaves of WKCR-FM NY. Riley was deeply influenced by his studies of Hindustani vocal music but according to the composer himself, as far as he knows, the Massive is the only group that performs “In C” with an ensemble of mostly Indian instruments. The group includes sitars, tablas, sarods, bansuri, vocals, cello, guitars, vibes, dilruba, and more.
Led by Neel Murgai, on sitar, the group’s lineup for this broadcast is:
Neel Murgai, sitar
Camila Celin, sarod
Eric Fraser, bansuri
Sameer Gupta, tabla
Ehren Hanson, tabla
Andrew Shantz, harmonium, vocals
Dawood Kringle, dilruba
David Ellenbogen, guitar
Michael Gam, bass
Dana Leong, cello
Christian VerHalen, guitar
Vin Scialla, vibes
Joel Harrison, guitar
Timothy Hill, vocals
Alan Rigoletto, guitar
Timothy Hill, vocals
Rima Fand, violin
Brooklyn Raga Massive began in the Fall of 2011 as a cooperative alliance between several Indian Classical Musicians in the Brooklyn, NYC area. Brooklyn Raga Massive is not a band, and it is not an exclusive club with members. The Massive is a platform for all lovers of Raga music, listeners and practitioners, to get closer to the pulse of NYCs live Raga music scene. The Brooklyn Raga Massive is managed by artists, and is meant to help bring the community of Raga lovers together. The Massive’s collaborative approach towards unifying and building the scene of Raga music in NYC leads its members towards each other, as well as provides the spark for the Brooklyn Raga Massive events and gatherings. The Massive is dedicated to presenting and representing Indian Classical Music in all its diversity of today.
The Brooklyn Raga Massive has a weekly residency at the “Art Cafe”- 884-886 Pacific St., Brooklyn, New York 11238. Every Wednesday night from 8pm-11pm $5-10 admission
Sanjoy Banerjee (vocal), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla)
Andrew Shantz (harmonium) and Harry Einhorn (vocal accompaniment) perform ragas Bhimplasi and Patdeep from 2-3pm for the 24 Hour Ragas Live Festival 2014.