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’s Ravi Shankar Tribute – Ragas Live Festival # 1 Podcast 195

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itunes-button1The blazing first set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Comprising of members of Brooklyn Raga Massive – Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Eric Fraser (bansuri), Trina Basu (violin), Michael Gam (bass), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal) – the Ravi Shankar Tribute ensemble inaugurates the Brooklyn Ragas live festival by playing several of Pt. Ravi Shankar’s compositions.

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Ragas Live Festival 2016 at Pioneer Works

Ragas Live Festival 2016 is produced with the support of The Rubin Museum of Art

Recorded by James Clark, mixed by Sameer Gupta.

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Africa Meets India premiers the Africa/India Concert Series (Pt.1) – Podcast 128

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NYC Radio Live is collaborating with Brooklyn Raga Massive and Afro Roots Tuesdays to present a new monthly live event: The Africa/India Series at Art Cafe.

It couldn’t have gone better. The premier concert was last night,  with Afrika Meets India.   The line-up of Eric Fraser, bansuri; Kevin Nathaniel, mbira; Salieu Suso, kora; Giancarlo Luiggi, Hosho: Neel Murgai, sitar and Sameer Gupta, tabla.  I joined the band on the last song.  Despite being 10 degrees out, Art Cafe was packed and the band rewarded the audience with this great performance.

The jam session with Kensuke Shoji, Michael Gam and Shivalik Ghoshal, was also stunning…that will be the next podcast.

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brm-logo-copy-1Brooklyn 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.

BRM All Star Party Band – Pan-Global Flute Solstice Celebration (pt.2) Podcast 127

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Kevin Nathaniel, Eric Fraser and Neel Murgai of the BRM All-Star Party Band

These two performances from members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive All Star Party Band  started off the 6 hour Pan-Global Flute Solstice Celebration broadcast on the radio throughout New York City on 12/21/2014.  In this podcast not only was the bansuri featured, as  played by Eric Fraser, in the last set Kevin Nathaniel puts down the mbira and plays a Mbuti style African reed flute.   They were joined by Michael Gam on bass and Neel Murgai on Sitar and frame drums.

The Brooklyn Raga Massive All Star Party Band will perform in its full line-up this New Year’s Eve! 
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At the end of this program I play a recording of a song I wrote to play with the BRM All Stars on New Years.  It was recorded last weekend with Michael D’Agostino on drums and myself on kamale ngoni and guitars.

The Pan Global Flute Solstice celebration featured players from Indigenous Colombia traditions, Turkish Ney, West African Fula, Indian Bansuri, Japanese Shakuhachi and more.
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 In Podcast 126 we heard Tom Chess performing on Ney and Oud  with Dan Kurfirst on percussion.
In later episodes we’ll hear from the other musicians who partipated KenYa Kawaguchi, Sylvain Leroux, Sebastián López, Laura María Calderón, Robert Puesaquiyo.

Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars Perform Terry Riley’s “In C” Podcast- 119

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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.

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We packed 16 musicians into the tiny live room at WKCR!

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

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The BRM-All Stars Performing “In C” at Art Cafe

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

Africa Meets India: Ragas Live Festival 2014 – Podcast 104

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Africa Meets India during this performance on the Ragas Live Festival

Africa Meets India: Kevin Nathaniel (Mbira) Eric Fraser (Bansuri)
Naren Budhkar (tabla)  Salieu Suso (kora) Giancarlo Luiggi (Hosho) and Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (Sitar) performed from 7-8 pm for the 24 hour, Ragas Live Festival 2014.

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