The Raga Jazz Messengers Podcast 177

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itunes-button1Recorded a few days ago at Brooklyn Raga Massive’s weekly concert and and jam session at  ShapeShifter Lab, this set of music suggests new directions in the  between raga and jazz.

It will be broadcast in New York City, on Sunday Dec. 6 on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY 7-9PM and stream at www.wkcr.org

In the 1960’s, led by the Art Blakey, The Jazz Messengers led the movement of hard bop which returned the music to its blues and gospel roots.     The Raga Jazz Messengers too are exploring soulful territories, blues, swing and different emotional spaces which are not often associated with Indian-Jazz collaborations.

The Jazz Messengers are, Sameer Gupta, drums; Jay Gandhi, Bansuri, Pawan Benjamin – Saxophone, Sharik Hasan, Piano and Michael Gam, Bass.

 

Brooklyn Raga Massive Pays Tribute to the Coltrane Legacy – Podcast 173

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Two weeks ago, on John Coltrane’s Birthday, Brooklyn Raga Massive performed a stunning tribute to the Coltrane Legacy. Recorded in front of a capacity crowd at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC Radio Live will share the concert in it’s entirety.  It will be broadcast on the radio at WKCR 89.9 at 7pm on October 11th.  Musical Director Sameer Gupta joins host David Ellenbogen for an on-air discussion of the relationship between the music of these two worlds.

The all-star ensemble includes:
Sameer Gupta – Drumset/Tabla (musical director),
Brandee Younger – Harp,
Jay Gandhi – Bansuri,
Arun Ramamurthy – Violin,
Pawan Benjamin – Sax,
Trina Basu – Violin,
Neel Murgai – Sitar,
Ben Tyree – Guitar,
Rashaan Carter – Bass
Michael Gam – Bass

Special Guests:

Roopa Mahadevan – Vocal

Pyeng Threadgill- vocal

Anupam Shobhakar – Sarod
Jessica Lurie – Sax
Ken Shoji- Violin
Dawoud Kringle – Dilruba
Giancarlo Luigi – Chekere and Percussion

Max ZT, Ehren Hanson, Jay Gandhi and Arun Ramamurthy Live at the Rubin Museum of Art – Podcast 171

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itunes-button111825764_10207139689121005_5406847925688576286_nIn our first collaboration with the stellar Rubin Museum of Art, we presented at sold out concert, an Evening with the Brooklyn Raga Massive.    It featured a first set of Dan Weiss and Sameer Gupta in a tabla duel followed by a second set of Max ZT, hammered dulcimer, Ehren Hanson, tabla, Jay Gandhi, bansuri and Arun Ramamurthy violin, plus a jam session/ party in the cafe afterwards.  Here’s the entire 2nd set.

Many thanks to Tim McHenry and the staff at the Rubin.   We’ll be back when over 15 members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars perform  Terry Riley’s in C on August 28th.

 

 

Jay Gandhi and Yacouba Cissoko with Shiva Ghoshal and David Ellenbogen, Ragas Live Festival 2015 #19 Podcast 163

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Jay Gandhi (bansuri) and Yacouba Cissoko (kora) bring their duo project accompanied by  Shivalik Ghoshal (tabla) and David Ellenbogen (guitar) from 6-7pm during the Ragas Live Festival 2015

Jay Gandhi & Arun Ramamurthy with Abhi Seetharaman and Shivalik Ghoshal Ragas Live Festival 2015 #16 Podcast 160

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Jay Gandhi (bansuri) & Arun Ramamurthy (violin) with Abhi Seetharaman (mridangam) and Shivalik Ghoshal (tabla).

 

Sameer Gupta’s Namaskar Ragas Live 14 Podcast 158

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Sameer Gupta’s Namaskar, with Sameer Gupta: drumset, tabla – Arun Ramamurthy: violin – Rashaan Carter: violin – Neel Murgai, sitar and Jay Gandhi bansuri performed from 1pm-2pm for the Ragas Live Festival 2015.