Eric Fraser and Ehren Hanson lived together in Kolkata, India, where they learn from their musical guru's. Eric learns intensively from Pandit Gopal Roy and Ehren learns from world renowned tabla master Pandit Anindo Chaterjee. Eric and Ehrens concert tells a story of dedication and mastery, as well as the joy and sensitivity that exists between them as great friends.
The bansuri bamboo flute of India is historically depicted as the instrument that conveys the love between Radha and Krishna. Its smooth bamboo tones mixed with endless possibilities to slide and bend notes creates a distinctly beautiful sound unlike any flute in the world. The lineage that Eric Fraser has learned in is unique to the region of West Bengal, and has a rare old world style that is based on the vocal style or "gayaki-ang". The development of the raga is vocal in nature, focused on melody and voicing.
The sadhana (rich, heartfelt practice) of this music can extend beyond the deep meditation of the artist to you as the audience. As a listener, you can engage in a sadhana of deep listening. The melodies and rhythm cycles of the Indian Classical format offer the active listener pathways into inner landscape of emotion and consciousness. The music tells stories, teaches, inspires and transports, and develops gradually, building slowly to ecstatic realms.
As in traditional Yoga Nidra, Sound Nidra is designed to invoke deep relaxation. In Sound Nidra, live music accompanies supported yoga postures that progressively open and unwind various territories of the body. Participants are guided into the physical postures, and the sounds presented correspond energetically with form of each pose. The progression of both postures and sound will help you feel rested, grounded, inspired, and connected to alternate layers of consciousness. Instrumentation includes a combination of the bansuri (bamboo) flute, voice, tibetan bowls, crystal bowls, tuning forks, sitar, frame drum, and percussion.
Join us as The High Line kicks off its exciting 2017 programming season and comes alive with music, comedy, and stories. Enjoy a first look at the new High Line Art group exhibition Mutations and Henry Taylor's mural the floaters, and delight in delicious bites from our local High Line Food vendors.
To RSVP, visit: http://bit.ly/cultureshockhl17. Culture Shock is free to attend.
1 – 2 PM, On the High Line at 17th St.
Enjoy this very funny comedic set from actress, writer, and New York Arab-American Comedy Festival Co-Founder Maysoon Zayid, who's looking to make the world more inclusive one laugh at a time.
2:30 – 3:30 PM, On the High Line at 17th St.
In the mood for personal, revealing stories about the amazing (and not so amazing) things that can happen in the great outdoors? Join Queer Memoir, New York's longest-running LGBT-themed storytelling series, as they bring together storytellers from all the five boroughs and beyond.
Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars
3 - 4 PM, On the High Line at 14th St.
Experience an explosive multidisciplinary instrumental performance as these forward-thinking musicians, rooted in or inspired by the classical music of India, bring their unique sound and improvisational style to the High Line. Featuring members of the Arun Ramamurthy Trio and Afrika Meets India. Brooklyn Raga Massive is presented in partnership with The India Center Foundation.
For Colored Nerds
4 – 5 PM, On the High Line at 17th St.
Join For Colored Nerds co-hosts Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings for a live version of their podcast featuring author Naomi Jackson, New York Times Magazine staff writer Jenna Wortham, and Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl. They'll discuss the urgency of reading, cultivating creativity, and what it means to build community.
5 - 6 PM, On the High Line at 14th St.
Finish your day with the soulful, expressive, and genre-bending music from the classical string duo turned contemporary R&B-Electronic-Pop ensemble and art collective Chargaux.
1 – 6 PM, On the High Line at 23rd St.
Families, come to the Construction Zone and build your own city using our Children's Workyard Kit! Music will also get your creative juices going. Live music by Natalia 'Saw Lady' Paruz - musical saw player and Brazilian Folk Trio, Forró Da Terra, throughout the day.
*All programs are free and open to the public. Attendees with advance RSVP are given priority admission. Walk-up visitors are welcome if event is not at capacity.
About the Artists:
Brooklyn Raga Massive is a platform for both listeners and practitioners of Raga music. Managed by artists, Brooklyn Raga Massive is dedicated to presenting and representing Indian Classical Music in all its diversity.
Chargaux is a rebellious art collective and contemporary musical ensemble composed of Charly and Margaux, and focused on releasing original music. They exhibit multimedia works and perform in unique private and public presentations. They have been featured on several major works, including J Cole's latest album 4 Your Eyez Only, as well as projects with Robert Glasper and Kendrick Lamar.
On the For Colored Nerds podcast, co-hosts (and best friends) Brittany Luse and Eric Eddings examine the race, sex and gender dynamics at play in the news we consume and the pop culture we love. In addition to producing For Colored Nerds, Luse and Eddings work in podcasting full-time at Gimlet Media, a podcast network.
Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, disability advocate, and writer. As the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest, she has performed in top New York clubs and has toured extensively at home and abroad. Maysoon is also founder of Maysoon's Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for disabled refugee children.
Queer Memoir was founded seven years ago by Brooklyn-based ex-nun and gender-queer nurse/comic/storyteller Kelli Dunham and playwright Genne Murphy. They aim to ensure that all queer stories are heard through a simple format: a queer human, a story, and people who listen. Queer Memoir has hosted 75 events in seven years, with more than 7,400 audience members and 345 unique storytellers.
Culture Shock is generously supported by The India Center Foundation and by Goldman Sachs Gives, at the request of R. Martin Chavez.
Public programs on the High Line are supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Council, under the leadership of Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
High Line Families is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.
Steve Gorn met his guru, Sri Gour Goswami in 1971. He remembers the gifted young disciple,
Gopal Roy, who became Eric Fraser's guru 25 years later. Together, Steve and Eric deeply embody
the gayaki vocal way of their gurus, who are descendants of thelineage of the legendary Pannalal Ghosh.
Together their jugalbandi of two flutes seamlessly evokes the emotionof rasa, space and
essence of raga. Joined on tabla by Shivalik Ghoshal, this ensemble carries tradition forward
with interactive spontaneity and heart.
In this two hour workshop, Music Therapist and Indian bansuri flute virtuoso Eric Fraser will demonstrate and guide us experientially on how to tune our minds and bodies using Indian Ragas.
- Brooklyn Raga Massive presents The Unstruck Sound
7:00 PM | $25.00 | $22.50 Members
Brooklyn Raga Massive presents The Unstruck Sound, an interactive concert inspired by the Vedic concept of Anahata Nada, the primordial sound that emanates from the universe. Featuring Neel Murgai (vocals, percussion), David Ellenbogen (guitar, electronics), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Eric Fraser (bansuri)