Tickets ($20 - $25)
Brooklyn Raga Massive, headed by percussionist Sameer Gupta, brings together a diverse roster of artists who specialize in modern jazz, Indian classical music, and a full spectrum of other genres. This New York-based collective will present original works inspired by Terry Riley, and a sneak peak at a new work in progress composed by Riley exclusively for BRM.
Sameer Gupta – tabla, drumset
Neel Murgai – sitar
Arun Ramamurthy – violin
Trina Basu – violin
Pawan Benjamin – bansuri, saxophone
Michael Gam – bass
David Ellenbogen – guitar
Lauren Crump – percussion
Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is an artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and raga-inspired music. BRM has helped to cultivate a vibrant community of musicians and music lovers, all while embracing new artists and opening doors for cross-cultural collaboration. The collective is a co-producer of the Ragas Live festival, a 24-hour NYC annual music festival featuring Indian classical and raga-inspired music for a live audience broadcast throughout NYC on 89.9 FM-NY radio and internationally via WKCR.org. With a strong community of music lovers and talented musicians, BRM is a respected presenter of both traditional raga music as well as cross-cultural contemporary projects.
Sameer Gupta simultaneously represents the traditions of American jazz on drumset and Indian classical music on tabla. He is actively involved in performing, curating, producing, and teaching through various institutions including Brooklyn Raga Massive, Carnegie Hall’s Global Encounters, and Ragas Live Festival. Gupta continues to build his career by combining traditional and modern improvisational styles, drawing from his dual Indian and American heritage. From bebop to avant-garde jazz, and European classical percussion to North Indian classical tabla, Gupta continues to compose and perform music from a true multi-cultural perspective that now bridges several continents.