ORIGINAL MUSIC & COLLABORATIONS

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AFRIKA MEETS INDIA

Afrika meets India is an innovative convergence of classical Indian raga melody, traditional Zimbabwean mbira song, and a grooving blend of Indian and African rhythm. 

Formed in 2014, this young band has performed at the NYC Drive East Festival, WKCR Ragas Live Festival and more.

With Afrika Meets India, centuries of celebrated musical traditions dance together - and perhaps return to their common origins - as the ragas of India find common ground with African chants, rhythms and melodies.

Grounded by tradition but guided by the spirit of spontaneous improvisation no two Afrika Meets India concerts are alike.

-David Ellenbogen (WKCR 89.9 FM-NY)

FEATURING:

Eric Fraser - bansuri | Kevin Hylton - mbira | Abhik Mukherjee - sitar | Salieu Suso - kora | Naren Budhakar - tabla | Giancarlo Luiggi - Hosho

Performing at Navatman "Drive East" Festival, August 14th, 2014

Performing at Navatman "Drive East" Festival, August 14th, 2014


FUSION, FILM AND FLUTE

Performing works by A.R Rahman with Salome Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, February 2015

Performing works by A.R Rahman with Salome Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, February 2015

Collaborations in Jazz, Hip Hop, Classical, Film music and more.

Carnegie Hall with superstar Bollywood film score composer A.R Rahman Left to right- Pandit Ramesh Misra (Sarangi), Dave Sharma (dhol), A.R Rahman, Nitin Mitta (tabla), Eric Fraser (bansuri), Ila Pilawal (vocal)

Carnegie Hall with superstar Bollywood film score composer A.R Rahman

Left to right- Pandit Ramesh Misra (Sarangi), Dave Sharma (dhol), A.R Rahman, Nitin Mitta (tabla), Eric Fraser (bansuri), Ila Pilawal (vocal)


 

BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE

The Brooklyn Raga Massive has a weekly LIVE MUSIC! 

Check the website for show schedule and location- www.brooklynragamassive.com and Facebook.

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.

Afrika Meets India at Brooklyn Raga Massive, Spring 2014  
 
Eric Fraser and Ehren Hanson, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Spring 2014
Eric Fraser, Nitin Mitta, and Arun Ramurmathy at Brooklyn Raga Massive, 2013

Traditional and Contemporary Dance

Composing music for Indian diaspora dance based on tradition and adapted for contemporary pieces.

Danced Storytelling Artist Rajika Puri in "Eleni of Sparta"

Danced Storytelling Artist Rajika Puri in "Eleni of Sparta"

Created an original musical score with Rajika Puri for her most recent piece; an Indo-Greek fusion of danced storytelling entitled ELENI of SPARTA

PRESS (The Hindu, March 2014)

 

 

Performing "Not Your Mothers" with Delhi Dance Theatre at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC, 9/05/14. Featuring Ehren Hanson (tabla), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), Emily Mcloughlin, and Leah Raphael Curtis

Performing "Not Your Mothers" with Delhi Dance Theatre at Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, NYC, 9/05/14. Featuring Ehren Hanson (tabla), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), Emily Mcloughlin, and Leah Raphael Curtis

Our recent collaboration on a piece called "Not Your Mothers" was featured in this New York Times Article!


SONG WRITING

Before I began learning Indian classical flute, I was a song writer. In recent times, I’ve been exploring how Indian ragas can open unique possibilities for songs, melodies and chorus. Growing up in America during the 80’s, I listened to music whenever I could. In my song writing, I’ve been influenced by Leonard Cohen, George Harrison, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan (just to name a few).