The 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.