Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Unstruck Sound Live on WKCR -Podcast 222

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Last night at WKCR 89.9 FM-NY,  Brooklyn Raga Massive members created a sea of drones for raga based improvisation, based on the calls coming into the station it seemed to be just what the city needed!

The group “Unstruck Sound” will be performing this Friday Feb 24th at the Rubin Museum of Art.. Followed by a Sound Meditation with Acoustic Mandala Project at 9:30 pm

Info Tix here 

Neel Murgai -Overtone singing, loops, Eric Fraser, Bansuri, Arun Ramamurthy – Violin, David Ellenbogen, Guitar

 

Brooklyn Raga Massive: Raga Cubana feat. Roman Diaz – Live at the Art Cafe Podcast 217

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The original lineup of the group heard on the recording here. Pictured at Pioneer Works

Just before we left for Cuba to record for this podcast, Brooklyn Raga Massive’s  Raga Cubana feat. Roman Diaz, had an intimate concert to get ready for our sold out concert a month later at the Rubin Museum of Art.

Here we are trying new things and feeling the hometown energy and love from the Raga Massive Jam Session at the Art Cafe

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Román Díaz (conductor, batá: iyá )

Giancarlo Luigi (shekere)

Clemente la Tierra (batá: okónkolo)

Melvis Santa (vocals)

Folasona Olorunsola (batá: itótele)

Ehren Hanson (tabla)

Jay Gandhi (bansuri)

David Ellenbogen (guitar)

Arun Ramamurthy (violin)

Michael Gam (bass)

Camila Celin (Sarod)

Raga Cubana at the Rubin Museum of Art last Week with Sandy Perez and Vanessa Ayaba Irawo sitting in for Melvis Santa.

Olivier Conan Podcast 212

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Subscribe on ItunesWe hang out with Olivier Conan, the band leader of Chicha Libre, and the owner of Brooklyn’s most beloved listening room, Barbes.  We’ll hear some of the smoking tracks from his group and his Barbes Records label and get his take on what’s happening in the world.

olivierconan300-731dcf69bb8022d4afd07b43b44e6749984cdbd0-s300-c85Barbes will be hosting a free and open event this Sunday about the general state of the union entitled  What Now? Post Election Gathering at Barbès from 5pm-7pm November 20th 2016.

Our next upcoming podcast will be Innov Gnawa’s explosive Sufi, Trance set from the same evening at Barbes.

 

Raga Cubana – Podcast 190

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Last month, maestro Román Díaz brought a world class group of Afro-Cuban musicians to perform with the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars during the artist collective’s epic residency at Pioneer Works. We’ll share the recording of that innovative concert, where, for the first time, sarod, bansuri and Carnatic violin dialogue with Afro-Cuban vocals and the sacred Batá drums.   This concert will air on WKCR 89.9 FM 7-9pm Sunday May 22nd.

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Román Díaz ( conductor, Batá: Iyá )
Giancarlo Luigi (Shekere)
Clemente la Tierra (Batá: Okónkolo)
Melvis Santa (vocals)
Folasona Olorunsola (Batá: Itótele)
Camila Celin (Sarod)
Ehren Hanson Ttabla)
Jay Gandhi (Bansuri)
David Ellenbogen (Guitar)
Arun Ramamurthy (Violin)
Michael Gam (Bass)

photo credit: Rob @ Pioneer Works

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At home with George Porter Jr.! Podcast 184

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itunes-button1Whoa! This one went viral.  Here is the full hour podcast interview and below is a half hour of video interview with George Porter.  As the bass player of the Meters, George Porter, Jr. defined one of the most influential styles of popular music. It’s now called “Funk.”  Beyond that he’s on a million records including all the killer material coming out of the Sea-Saint studio in New Orleans with cats like Allen Toussaint, Earl King, Lee Dorsey, Johnny Adams, Irma Thomas, The Lastie Brothers and later with people like Paul McCartney and John Scofield, (check out Sco’s Piety Street Album!)

George Porter Jr. and his Funky Friends will be in performing in New York City 

 

Here’s the full half hour of video from the second part of the interview where he teaches how NOT to play “Cissy Strut”

Awa Sangho with the Brooklyn Raga Massive All Stars – Podcast 182

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The opening concert of Brooklyn Raga Massive’s 3 month residency at Pioneer Works was a smash.   For this special night,  we had an ambitious triple bill,  celebrating the full year of the  Africa/India series collaborations that had been produced by NYC Radio Live, Afro-Roots Music night and Brooklyn Raga Massive.    We featured the “golden voice of Mali,” Awa Sangho, with by the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars, the electro-acoustic Kora/Tabla duo Orakel with Kane Mathis and Roshni Samlal and the original band in this new genre Afrika Meets India, led by Kevin Nathaniel on Mbira and Eric Fraser on Bansuri.

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Here we’ll hear Awa Sangho’s complete set with the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars the first time these artists came together. You can feel the energy from this explosive set!  This was recorded live by James Clark and mixed with love by Sameer Gupta.  

This video from Josh Adler at Treeline Pics really captured it! Check out his whole web series chronicling the “Raga Rennaisance”

 

This concerts was broadcast on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY 7-9pm Febuary 7th at 2016.

Awa Sangho, Vocals, percussion

Daniel Moreno, percussion,
Joshua Geisler, bansuri
Michael Gam, bass
David Ellenbogen, guitar
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
Jay Gandhi, bansuri
Kane Mathis kora,
Roshni Samlal, Tabla
Malick Koly, drumset

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