Akshara – Ragas Live Festival # 2 Podcast 195

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itunes-button1The second set of the historic, Ragas Live Festival 2016, live at Pioneer Works.  Akshara (lit. imperishable, immutable, inalterable) is comprised of: Bala Skandan (mridangam), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Trina Basu (violin), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Kabilan Jeginathan (kanjira), Max ZT (dulcimer), Shivalik Ghoshal (tabla).

Akshara is an exciting dynamic percussion group rooted in Indian classical musical traditions. Comprised of virtuosic performers in Carnatic and Hindustani classical genres, Akshara performs an energetic blend of classical Indian melody and rhythm highlighted with solo and scale-based improvisations. The group performs original compositions by Bala Skandan, demonstrating the powerful and complex rhythmic structures inherent in South Indian classical music.

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Recorded by James Clark mixed by Sameer Gupta

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

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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.

 

 

Max ZT, Karsh Kale, and Kane Mathis Ragas Live Festival 2015 # 3 Podcast 147

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Their first time playing together, Max ZT (Hammered Dulcimer) Karsh  Kale (tabla) and Kane Mathis (kora) played an amazing set from 3am-4am on the Ragas Live Festival 2015.

 

Max ZT and Ehren Hanson – Podcast 140

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itunes-button1The weekly Brooklyn Raga Massive Jam Sessions have an incredibly deep bench. The same night Neel Murgai proposed in 7.5 beats (podcast 139) the next set was Max ZT and Ehren Hanson.

This recording sounds particularly good because it was mixed and mastered by Phil Duke at Continental Studio in Long Island City, NY.

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Lauded as the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer” by NPR, and a “Force of nature” by NY Music Daily, Max ZT is an innovator of the instrument. Taking his roots from classical Irish folk music, Max has transplanted his compositional techniques to both Senegal, where he studied the Mandinko technique with the Cissoko griot family, and to Mumbai, India, where he received a grant to study under the great santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma. His fresh perspective and bold experimentalism have been the backbone to beautiful, complex, and genuine compositions, while his unorthodox playing style has been a pioneering force in revolutionizing dulcimer techniques.

Max has enlivened the conceptual framework of traditional folk music by fusing multi-cultural roots and traditions to create a truly compelling sound.

Max ZT has shared the stage with some of the most influential international and national musical leaders of the century including Pt. Ravi Shankar, Jon Bon Jovi, Karsh Kale, Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Tinariwen, Jimmy Cliff, and more. With his eighth record released, he is, as Timeout NY states “A sight to behold.”

MaxZT is based out of Brooklyn, New York, and in 2005, won the National Hammered Dulcimer Championship. He’s recorded with a vast array of artists across musical genres, ranging from Victor Wooten, to The Goo Goo Dolls, to 2012 American Idol Phil Phillips, to Of Montreal.

 

 

 

 

 

T.H. Subash Chandran’s Rhythms of India live from Brooklyn Raga Massive @ Art Cafe – Podcast # 112

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Live! Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents:  T.H. Subash Chandran’s Rhythms of India, at Art Cafe

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Rhythms of India – led by T.H. Subash Chandran

T.H. Subash Chandran – ghatam/konnakkol

Akshay Anantapadmanbhan – mridangam

Arun Ramamurthy – violin

Abhik Mukherjee – sitar

Max ZT – hammered dulcimer

Sri T H Subash Chandran is legendary figure in the world of percussion. He is a master of multiple Carnatic percussion instruments including Mridangam (Barrel Shaped Drum), Ghatam (Claypot), Kanjira (South Indian Frame Drum), Morsing (Jaws Harp) and Konnakkol (Vocal Percussion).  His compositions were performed by an ensemble of some of Brooklyn Raga Massive’s finest musicians.

Sri T H Subash Chandran has developed international repute through his spellbinding performances at the United Nations, the Festivals of India in USA, Russia, Switzerland, Japan and with the various philharmonics such as, NY Philharmonic with conductor Mr Zubin Mehta, Norwegian Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic with renowned violinist Dr L Subramaniam.   Subash Chandran has shared stages with all time greats Yehudhi Menuhin, Stephen Grapheli, renowned drummers Tony Williams, Max Roach and Indian great artists Smt M S Subbulakshmi, Dr Bala Murali Krishna, Dr L Subramaniam, U Srinivas and others.

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.