Sound Nidra with Ruthie Fraser and BRM's "Unstruck Sound"
Sep
2
10:00am10:00am

Sound Nidra with Ruthie Fraser and BRM's "Unstruck Sound"

SOUND NIDRA WITH RUTHIE FRASER
WITH MUSIC PERFORMED BY THE UNSTRUCK SOUND

Saturday, September 2, 10:00am
Admission: $20
All levels welcome, no experience necessary

For those who wish to extend the body as well as the mind, Hudson Hall welcomes back members of BRM on Saturday, September 2 at 10:00am for Sound Nidra with Ruthie Fraser. 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 the body. Participants are guided into the physical postures, and the sounds presented correspond energetically with the form of each pose. The progression of both postures and sound encourages the participant to feel rested, grounded, inspired, and connected to alternate layers of consciousness. Music will be performed by The Unstruck Sound, an experimental project by BRM musicians, and will include a combination of the bansuri, overtone singing, frame drum, carnatic violin, and guitar.

For over a decade, Ruthie Fraser has worked in NYC as a Structural Integration practitioner, therapeutic yoga teacher, and kinesthetic guide. She is also a lifelong dancer and long-time Iyengar Yoga practitioner. She is the author of the recently published book, Stack Your Bones: 100 Simple Lessons for Re-aligning Your Body and Moving with Ease, and splits her time between Hudson, NY and the Stack Your Bones Studio in Brooklyn, NY.


ABOUT HUDSON HALL
Hudson Hall is a cultural beacon in the Hudson Valley, offering a dynamic year-round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, workshops for youth and adults, as well as family programs and large-scale community events such as Winter Walk. Located in a historic landmark that houses New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall underwent a full restoration and reopened to the public in April 2017 for the first time in over 55 years. The newly restored Hudson Hall reflects Hudson's rich history in a modern facility that welcomes residents and visitors from throughout our local community, across the nation, and around the globe.

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Brooklyn Raga Massive performs Terry Riley's minimalist piece "In-C" at Hudson Hall with opening set by Eric Fraser and Ehren Hanson
Sep
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Brooklyn Raga Massive performs Terry Riley's minimalist piece "In-C" at Hudson Hall with opening set by Eric Fraser and Ehren Hanson

Hudson gets a taste of the raga renaissance captivating audiences from Bombay to BrooklynPopular Brooklyn musical collective to play Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece, In C

A weekend with Brooklyn Raga Massive: classical Indian raga, a minimalist masterpiece and yoga set to live music in New York State’s oldest surviving theater



rooklyn Raga Massive

BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE

PERFORMS TERRY RILEY’S IN C
A new look at a major minimalist masterpiece
Friday, September 1, 7:00pm

Tickets: $30 in advance; $35 at the door

 

SOUND NIDRA WITH RUTHIE FRASER
WITH MUSIC PERFORMED BY THE UNSTRUCK SOUND

Saturday, September 2, 10:00am
Admission: $20

Hudson Hall
at the historic Hudson Opera House
327 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 822-1438

www.hudsonhall.org


High res images available here

Hudson, NY – July 27, 2017:  Hudson Hall invites audiences to experience the color and passion of raga with Brooklyn Raga Massive, the wildly popular collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in or inspired by the classical music of India. The group performs Terry Riley’s In C on September 1 at 7:00pm in the newly restored upstairs performance hall, celebrating the upcoming release of their CD on Northern Spy Records. Members of Brooklyn Raga Massive then return to Hudson Hall for a special Sound Nidra yoga class with Ruthie Fraser on September 2 at 10:00am. Tickets for the concert are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; tickets for Sound Nidra are $20. For more information or tickets, visit hudsonhall.org or phone (518) 822-1438.

“The Massive’s free-floating operations are a vital part of a flowering of Indian music in New York.”

                                                                                                                                                          - The New York Times

The score for Riley’s 1964 minimalist masterpiece consists of just one page, but allows for any number of performers in any instrumental combination to perform it. In spirit, Riley’s piece mirrors the raga, the melodic structure of classical Indian music, and no two performances are ever the same. With its repeated patterns and improvisational form, the work can last for several hours or a fraction thereof, to ecstatic and transcendental effect. For this performance, Brooklyn Raga Massive brings the music full circle, beginning with a classic raga set led by Eric Fraser (bansuri) and Ehren Hanson (tabla), followed by an hour-long version of Riley's magnum opus with the full ensemble led by Neel Murgai on sitar.  

Special thanks to the Thendara Foundation for making this event possible.

Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is a cooperative alliance between Indian classical musicians in the Brooklyn, NYC area. Their weekly Indian classical music jam session in Prospect Heights has become a staple of the growing raga scene over the past two and half years, and a platform for listeners, practitioners and lovers of raga and Indian classical music to connect and enjoy the form. The raga, which derives from the Sanskrit words for “passion” or “color”, originated in Hindu temples and is intended to inspire a trancelike or spiritual mood.  Traditionally played by two to four musicians, its ascending and descending patterns form a melodic framework for improvisation and are often associated with seasons, moods and events.
 

This fall, BRM releases Terry Riley In C (Northern Spy Records), recorded live in concert with 18 musicians at Joe’s Pub in New York City. Sitarist Neel Murgai identified the canonical minimalist masterpiece as an accessible way for the critical mass of BRM musicians to play together. They were encouraged by Terry Riley himself, who, after listening to an early performance recording, suggested they “use the basic In C form, but open it up to solos...” BRM’s arrangement of In C incorporates raga, Indian ornamentation, driving tabla rhythms, improvised solos and an instrumentation of sitar, sarod, bansuri, vocals, tabla, hammered dulcimer, oud, violin, cello, upright bass, dragon mouth trumpet, guitar, cajon, riq and frame drum.
 

Terry Riley composed In C in 1964, but this release marks the first time it has been performed and recorded by a group featuring so many Indian classical musicians. The piece’s basic structure consists of 53 cells of music for any instrumentation, short fragments that each performer repeats, displaces and moves through at their own will. Riley himself is a long-time practitioner of Indian classical vocal music, having studied with Pandit Pran Nath. However, he notes that he has “never heard an ensemble like this playing In C.”

BRM performs and presents over 70 concerts annually, including an ongoing weekly concert and jam session at venues including Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, Pioneer Works, MOMA, Rubin Museum and more. In addition to In C, their extensive repertoire includes a Coltrane Raga Tribute, Indian classical and original works by various members of the collective. This performance at Hudson Hall comes ahead of BRM’s first release with Northern Spy Records, and the first time the group’s work will be available on CD.


 

SOUND NIDRA WITH RUTHIE FRASER
WITH MUSIC PERFORMED BY THE UNSTRUCK SOUND

Saturday, September 2, 10:00am
Admission: $20
All levels welcome, no experience necessary

For those who wish to extend the body as well as the mind, Hudson Hall welcomes back members of BRM on Saturday, September 2 at 10:00am for Sound Nidra with Ruthie Fraser. 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 the body. Participants are guided into the physical postures, and the sounds presented correspond energetically with the form of each pose. The progression of both postures and sound encourages the participant to feel rested, grounded, inspired, and connected to alternate layers of consciousness. Music will be performed by The Unstruck Sound, an experimental project by BRM musicians, and will include a combination of the bansuri, overtone singing, frame drum, carnatic violin, and guitar.

For over a decade, Ruthie Fraser has worked in NYC as a Structural Integration practitioner, therapeutic yoga teacher, and kinesthetic guide. She is also a lifelong dancer and long-time Iyengar Yoga practitioner. She is the author of the recently published book, Stack Your Bones: 100 Simple Lessons for Re-aligning Your Body and Moving with Ease, and splits her time between Hudson, NY and the Stack Your Bones Studio in Brooklyn, NY.


ABOUT HUDSON HALL
Hudson Hall is a cultural beacon in the Hudson Valley, offering a dynamic year-round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, workshops for youth and adults, as well as family programs and large-scale community events such as Winter Walk. Located in a historic landmark that houses New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall underwent a full restoration and reopened to the public in April 2017 for the first time in over 55 years. The newly restored Hudson Hall reflects Hudson's rich history in a modern facility that welcomes residents and visitors from throughout our local community, across the nation, and around the globe.

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Three Sacred Flutes in a Sacred Space
Aug
19
8:00pm 8:00pm

Three Sacred Flutes in a Sacred Space

Three Sacred Flutes in a Sacred Space

Masters of Traditional Flutes Perform Unique Concert in Hudson, NY

Hudson, NY—Sadhana Hudson and Art Omi present an evening of transcendent, spirit-centering music featuring performances by three master players from three sacred flute traditions: Eric Fraser on North-Indian bansuri, Jeffrey Lependorf on Japanese shakuhachi, and special guest Echota Cherokee musician Ron Warren on Native American flutes. Performing solo traditional works—as well as duos and trios created especially for this concert—enjoy a rare opportunity to hear these sacred instruments from three different spiritual traditions performing together. 

Listing Details:

8PM, Saturday, August 19th

Sadhana Hudson

403 Warren Street, 3rd Floor

$10 (suggested contribution)

Purchase tickets: online.

 

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Indian classical duet at CoSM with Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser
Jul
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Indian classical duet at CoSM with Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser

CoSM’s Grey House, Cafe, and Shop will be open for extended hours from 6-11 PM on July 14th. This Friday features an Indian Music Concert: Bansuri Jugalbandhi with Eric Fraser, Steve Gorn & Shivalik Ghoshal. Enjoy our extensive library of books on mysticism and the arts, sip and snack in the parlor, and contemplate paintings and sculpture throughout the house and grounds. Bring a friend or two, and some art supplies for the most enjoyment

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Homecoming - Sound Meditation Retreat at Shantighar with Alexandre Tannous and members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive
Jul
1
to Jul 4

Homecoming - Sound Meditation Retreat at Shantighar with Alexandre Tannous and members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive

Contact Josh@Shanitgar [dot] org for registration info.

Hello Friends! You are invited to join us for a special meditation retreat. During our three days of camping, adventurers will enjoy beautiful nature, world-class music, and profound meditation practices. Highlights will include workshops with master teachers, pristine open spaces for conversation and integration, a sound meditation, live raga performances, continuum movement, walking meditation through an old-growth forest, hiking, swimming, healthy food, and community time.

>>Due to the transformative nature of this event, please mindfully invite loved ones. <<

GUIDED SOUND MEDITATION WITH ALEXANDRE TANNOUS
Alexandre Tannous is an ethnomusicologist, a sound therapist and researcher. For the past 13 years he has been investigating the therapeutic and esoteric properties of sound from three different perspectives—Western scientific and academic, Eastern philosophical, and shamanic societal beliefs—to gain a deeper understanding of how, and to what extent, sound has been used to affect human consciousness. This search has led him to the intersection of art, science, philosophy, and spirituality, and has provided him with a deeper understanding of how sound reveals and unlocks hidden powers that promote profound inner transformation and healing.

MEDITATION-IN-MOVEMENT WORKSHOP
WITH JEAN-CLAUDE van ITALLIE
In ancient Tibet and India, meditation was a mental but also a physical yoga -- a dynamic exploration into what it means to be alive biologically and spiritually at our most vibrant levels. Moving in guided ways, including Continuum -- a slow, spontaneous yoga for our time invented by the late great Emilie Conrad -- we use breath and our moving bodies to gain access to the deep cosmic oceans within. 

LIVE RAGA PERFORMANCE  
You will have the unique opportunity to soak in live raga music performances during your journey-work sound meditation and through out the weekend from acclaimed raga musicians as supplements enhance deep listening.  

Neel Murgai - Sitar, Daf, Throat Singing
Camila Celine - Sarod
Eric Fraser - Bansuri
Ehren Hanson - Tabla
David Ellenbogen - Guitar

Contact Josh@Shanitgar [dot] org for registration info.

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Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents the "Unstruck Sound"
Jun
24
8:00pm 8:00pm

Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents the "Unstruck Sound"

Brooklyn Raga Massive presents The Unstuck Sound An innovative sound experiment fusing Indian classical music with electronic overtone drones. A musical project combining an ancient musical tradition with a modern sound technology. 

 Group chants of OM will evolve into drones of overtone singing. Later guitar loops, Indian classical violin, and flutes join to create cosmic soundscapes reaching for the unstruck sound. 

 

Neel Murgai (vocals, percussion) 
David Ellenbogen (guitar, electronics) 
Arun Ramamurthy (violin)
Eric Fraser (bansuri)

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North Indian classical duet with Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser
Jun
18
7:30pm 7:30pm

North Indian classical duet with Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser

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 Ehren Hanson, this ensemble carries tradition forward
with interactive spontaneity and heart.

Suggested $15 Donation at the door.

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Bansuri concert at Mettabee Farm and Arts
May
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

Bansuri concert at Mettabee Farm and Arts

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.

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Sound Nidra at Sadhana Yoga Center Hudson
May
26
6:30pm 6:30pm

Sound Nidra at Sadhana Yoga Center Hudson

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.
 

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Afrika Meets India with Arun Ramamurthy Trio as Brooklyn Raga Massive All Stars @highlineNYC
Apr
22
3:00pm 3:00pm

Afrika Meets India with Arun Ramamurthy Trio as Brooklyn Raga Massive All Stars @highlineNYC

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. 

Event schedule:

Maysoon Zayid
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. 

Queer Memoir
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.

Chargaux
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.

FAMILIES
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.
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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.

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SUPPORT
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.

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Bansuri Flute Duet with Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser
Mar
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bansuri Flute Duet with Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser

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.

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"Quiet Mornings" at the Moma (museum of modern art NYC)
Mar
1
7:30am 7:30am

"Quiet Mornings" at the Moma (museum of modern art NYC)

BUY TICKETS- https://www.moma.org/calendar/events/2424

Quiet Mornings is a monthly series at the Museum of Modern Art, 

On March 1, the following exhibitions and galleries will be open:
Fifth-floor Painting and Sculpture Galleries
From the Collection: 1960–1969
A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde
How Should We Live? Propositions for the Modern Interior

Meditation will be led by teacher and creative strategist Gemma Gambee, accompanied by bansuri flute player Eric Fraser.

Start your day quietly at The Museum of Modern Art, the first Wednesday of every month. See your favorite works from MoMA’s collection and take in select new exhibitions, all without the crowds. For these specially priced early hours, we encourage visitors to take time to look slowly, clear your head, silence your phones, and get inspiration for the day and week ahead. Enjoy the serenity of being surrounded by Claude Monet’s monumental Water Lilies, find space for personal reflection in the minimalist canvases of Agnes Martin, or see the sublime in the colors of Mark Rothko—to name just a few of the works you’ll get to experience during this intimate event.

A drop-in meditation space will be provided, with guided meditation sessions closing out each morning from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m.

https://www.moma.org/calendar/programs/77?locale=en

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Bansuri concert at Ananda Ashram Shivaratri Festival
Feb
25
to Feb 26

Bansuri concert at Ananda Ashram Shivaratri Festival

http://anandaashram.org/MahaShivaratriMusicalCelebration-02-2017

Sat, Feb 25 to Sun, Feb 26

Saturday 8:30PM until Sunday sunrise

Admission $25

This is the 10th annual all-night Shivarātri concert organized by Deepak Kumar, creative director. 

Presented by outstanding artists offering both Eastern and Western classical, modern and devotional
music and dance:

Deepak Kumar - Vocal, Harmonium, Guitar
Saavitri Ramanand - Vocal Carnatic Style
Murli Balachandran - Mridangam
Balaskandan - Violin
Indrani Chakravarti - Vocal
Deborha & Warren - Vocal
Krishna Devi - Kirtan
Jamie - Vocal & Guitar
Pandit S.N. Charka & Students - Kathak Dance
Abhik Mukherjee - Sitar
Eric Fraser - Indian Classical Flute
Liz Hogg - Guitar
Eric Archer - Guitar & Tabla
Naren Budhakar - Tabla
Anirban Roy - Tabla
Aqeel Bhatti - Tabla
Lisa DeCeglia - Hand Drum
Roger Davidson - Piano
Todd Smith - Piano
Mirabai Moon - Mystical Kirtan
Michael Braudy - Violin

Preceded by Ashram Meditation Program beginning at 7:00PM (by donation).

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OM-In: Two Days of OM experiences at the Rubin Museum, NYC
Feb
24
7:00pm 7:00pm

OM-In: Two Days of OM experiences at the Rubin Museum, NYC

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)

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From Tradition to Innovation at Rockwood Music Hall
Jan
6
8:30pm 8:30pm

From Tradition to Innovation at Rockwood Music Hall

Indian Classical Music has touched and influenced people from around the world. In "From Tradition to Innovation" Brooklyn Raga Massive takes you on a raga-music journey, presenting pure classical ragas from India to contemporary adaptations in America which have taken various shapes as a result of pivotal musical collaborations. While honoring pioneers like Ravi Shankar, the collective will present original visions of raga music, reflective of their ties to various communities, cultures, and experiences as artists in today’s world.

Eric Fraser - bansuri
Arun Ramamurthy - violin
Shiva Ghoshal - tabla
Max ZT - hammered dulcimer
Aaron Shragge - trumpet
Michael Gam - bass
Sameer Gupta - drums

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Bansuri Concert at BRM/Art Cafe wednesday residency 12/21
Dec
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bansuri Concert at BRM/Art Cafe wednesday residency 12/21

INFO

Doors l 8:00 p.m. Eric & Ehren | 8:30 p.m. BRM RAGA JAM SESSION | 10:00 p.m. - Jam Session House Rules Tickets: $10 advance / $15 door Artists: Eric Fraser - Bansuri Flute Ehren Hanson - Tabla Description: A duet between long time friends and musical comrades, Eric Fraser and Ehren Hanson. Eric Fraser is an exponent of a unique vocal style of North-Indian flute playing. His playing rings with authenticity and pure tone, imbibing the soul of Indian classical music. Ehren Hanson is a prime disciple of the lauded tabla maestro Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, and has been performing with accomplished artists all over the east coast. Together they present a Hindustani classical recital, a treat for the ears. Tickets- https://brooklynragamassive.viewcy.com/courses/783

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Sound Nidra with special guest Katie Down
Nov
16
1:30pm 1:30pm

Sound Nidra with special guest Katie Down

Dear Friends,
I'll be honest with you, I wish I could be on the receiving end of this on Sunday after such a traumatic election.  Sometimes you need your theta waves and nervous system reset done for you.  Using sound and restorative yoga postures, you will reenter your body, into a peaceful state, from which you can approach the hard work in the world with renewed vigor.  I'm very excited that Katie Down, a deeply experienced sound healer, will join Ruthie and I in giving you a very effective experience.

love,
Eric

SOUND NIDRA - Sometimes you need your theta waves to be made for you!
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BY TOMORROW- message eric@ericfraser.com to reserve your spot!
This Sunday 11/20 in Gownanus, Brooklyn (6:15-8:15pm @119 8th St #205) 
-- Yoga for Live Music -- supported relaxation postures with Ruthie Fraser to faciltate your journey through healing and inspiring sound universes.
Katie Down, Music Therapist and Sound healer utilizing singing bowls and Eric Fraser playing Indian ragas on flute.
$30

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Sound Nidra with Ruthie Fraser and special guest Neel Murgai
Oct
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Sound Nidra with Ruthie Fraser and special guest Neel Murgai

 

Sunday October 16th-- Let me tell you, this is something different! It's yoga FOR live music! Ruthie Fraser is an expert in helping you get into a comfortable and restorative posture, using bolsters, pillows, blocks and straps. Its a limited capacity so she can give each person enough attention to put you in an optimal restorative pose while Neel Murgai and I perform live music specifically designed to resonate your cells and restore your subtle energy body. Join us!!
Sound Nidra Event - "Yoga for Live Music"
Sunday, October 16th, 6-8pm, $30
Supported relaxation poses (guided by me) will facilitate your absorption into the live acoustic sounds of:
Eric Fraser, Indian Classical bamboo (bansuri) flute player, and music therapist (MA, MT-BC)
&
Neel Murgai, Indian Classical sitarist, frame drummer, and overtones singer
@Studio Artemis, Gowanus
119 8th St. #205
Brooklyn, NY 11215
**email ruthie@stackyourbones.com or eric@ericfraser.com to RESERVE YOUR SPOT (limited space)
studioartemis.nyc

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Bansuri Jughalbandhi
Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Bansuri Jughalbandhi

$15 online / $20 at the door / Dinner & Concert $30 (link below)

http://cosm.org/events/friday-nights-6/

CoSM’s Grey House, Cafe, and Shop will be open for extended hours from 6-11 PM on October 14th, the Friday before the Full Moon Gathering. This Friday features an Indian Music Concert: Bansuri Jugalbandhi with Eric Fraser, Steve Gorn & Shivalik Ghoshal. Enjoy our extensive library of books on mysticism and the arts, sip and snack in the parlor, and contemplate paintings and sculpture throughout the house and grounds. Bring a friend or two, and some art supplies for the most enjoyment.

CoSM: Chapel of Sacred Mirrors 
46 Deer Hill Rd. 
Wappinger, NY
12590

 

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WKCR Ragas Live Festival -- live at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn!
Jul
23
to Jul 24

WKCR Ragas Live Festival -- live at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn!

 

to purchase tickets -- http://pioneerworks.org/programs/ragas-live-festival/

Pioneer Works is pleased to present the 2016 Ragas Live Festival. Once called, "the most ambitous festival in a city of ambition," this immersive experience will feature 24 sets of raga over 24 hours - featuring over 70 world-class musicians.  

Roughly meaning "color the mind", raga are musical modes or essences from the Indian Classical Music tradition. Each of these modes is associated with the mood of a specific time of day - we will experience the subleties and harmonizing effect of this ancient musical system as the earth makes a full rotation on it's axis.  

Founded and produced by the Brooklyn based musician and radio host David Ellenbogen, the annual Festival was born in 2012 as an ambitious 24 hour live radio broadcast on New York City’s WKCR 89.9 FM. Since then, Ragas Live Festival has grown to have an international impact, expanding the audience of raga with dedicated listeners all over the globe. 

This fifth iteration of the annual festival will be the first time listeners and audiences can share the experience in person, while the city and international fans can tune into WKCR, Clocktower Radio and the NYC Radio Live Podcast.

The event is produced by the podcast NYC Radio Live, Brooklyn Raga Massive and Pioneer Works with Support from the Rubin Museum of Art. https://www.facebook.com/RubinMuseum/

Community partners are include WKCR, Anindo Chatterjee School of Tabla, Chhandayan Center for Indian Music, HarmoNYom, Krishna Bhatt’s Gurukul & Taalim School of Indian Music.

Full Schedule:
July 23
12pm-1pm
Brooklyn Raga Massive's Ravi Shankar Tribute
Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Eric Fraser (bansuri), Trina Basu (violin), Michael Gam (bass), Samarth Nagarkar (vocal)

1pm-2pm
Akshara
Bala Skandan (mridangam), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Trina Basu (violin), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Kabilan Jeginathan (kanjira), Max ZT (dulcimer)

2pm-3pm
Arun Ramamurthy Trio
Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Sameer Gupta (tabla), Perry Wortman (bass)

3pm-4pm
Dan Weiss Teen Taal Drumset Solo
Dan Weiss (Drumset) Michael Gam (bass)

4pm-5pm
Nivedita Shivraj
Nivedita ShivRaj - (Veena)
Bala Skandan -(mridangam)

5pm-6pm
Mitali Bhawmik
Mitali Bhawmik (vocal), Meghashyam Keshav (tabla), Ramachandra Joshi (harmonium)

6pm-7pm
Neel Murgai
Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (tabla)

7pm-8pm
Vivek Pandya (Tabla solo)
Vivek Pandya (tabla), Kalpit Pandya (harmonium)

8pm-9pm
Roopa Mahadevan
Roopa Mahadevan (vocal) Anjna Swaminathan (violin), Bala Skandan (mridangam)

9-pm-10pm
Snehasish Mozumder
Snehashish Mozumdar (mandolin), Shiva Ghoshal (tabla)

10pm-11pm
Krishna Bhatt
Krishna Bhatt (sitar) Meghashyam Keshav (tabla)

11pm-12am
Jay Gandhi
Jay Gandhi (bansuri) Shankh Lahiri (Tabla)

12am-1am (July 24)
Anupam Shobhakar
Anupam Shobhakar (sarod) Shankh Lahiri (Tabla)

1am-2am
Max ZT Ensemble
Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), Karsh Kale (tabla), Priya Darshini (vocal), Kane Mathis (kora)

2am-3am
Pradhanica
Mike Lukshis (tabla), Kaumil Shah (djembe), and Vincent Pierce (cajon), Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury (sitar)

3am-4am
Orakel
Kane Mathis (kora, electronics) Roshni Samlal (tabla)

4am-5am
Adam Maalouf feat. Josh Geisler and Shiva Ghoshal
Adam Maalouf (hand pans) ,Joshua Geisler (bansuri, guitar, electronics), Shivalik Ghoshal (tabla)

5am-6am
Deepal Chodhari
Deepal Chodhari (santoor), Shiva Ghoshal (tabla),

6am-7am
Samarth Nagarkar
Samarth Nagarkar (vocal), Meghashyam Keshav (tabla), Rohan Prabhudesai (harmonium)

7am-8am
Daisy Paradis
Daisy Paradis (sitar), Uchhal Banerjee (tabla)

8am-9am
Sanghamitra Chatterjee
Sanghamitra Chatterjee (vocal), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla)

9am-10am
Steve Gorn and Eric Fraser
Steve Gorn (bansuri) Eric Fraser (bansuri) Shivalik Ghoshal (tabla)

10am-11am
Sandip Bhattacharjee
Sandip Bhattacharjee (vocal), Dibyarka Chatterjee (tabla)

11am-12pm
Abhik Mukherjee
Abhik Mukherjee (sitar), Shankh Lahiri (Tabla)

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Heartland & Brooklyn Raga Massive Present All Night Raga
Jun
25
to Jun 26

Heartland & Brooklyn Raga Massive Present All Night Raga

 

For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heartland-brooklyn-raga-massive-present-all-night-raga-tickets-26059139588?aff=efbneb Raga at Heartland is a unique event. The experience is as much about the music and the musicians as it is about listening in an expansive field, a backdrop of setting sun, moon rising, and meadows lit with fireflies. The quiet, private land allows listeners to lay back and truly immerse. There is the sensation of being transported and becoming one with the surroundings as the ragas color the mood of the night. 7 of our favorite classical Indian musicians will perform from 7PM till sunrise, at Heartland Farm in the Hudson Valley. Come for the entire event or stay for part of the evening. Either way, you'll want to be her

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Ravi Shankar Tribute with Brooklyn Raga Massive
Apr
6
8:00pm 8:00pm

Ravi Shankar Tribute with Brooklyn Raga Massive

BRM celebrates the maestro’s birthday as special guest and long time student of Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Krishna Bhatt performs an Indian classical raga composed by Shankar. The BRM Orchestra will also perform original works of Ravi Shankar from his collaborations with Philip Glass and George Harrison, as well as an original composition from Pt. Krishna Bhatt in dedication to India’s most famous ambassador.

BRM Orchestra
Performing Compositions of Ravi Shankar

Samarth Nagarkar, vocal
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
Trina Basu, violin
Adam Malouf, cello, hang drum, percussion
Michael Gam, bass
Neel Murgai, sitar
Eric Fraser, bansuri
Sameer Gupta, tabla

Pundit Krishna Bhatt, sitar
with Shivalik Ghoshal, tabla
Performing Raga Parmeshwari, created by Ravi Shankar

Pundit Krishna Bhatt and numerous member of his musical family flourished under the tutelage of their Guru Pt. Ravi Shankar. The legendary musicians Pt. Nikhil Banerjee and Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, also had a strong impact on Krishna's musical growth. While developing his own individual style, Krishna’s music was greatly influenced by other twentieth century stalwarts such as the vocalists Amir Khan, Bade Gulam Ali Khan, Abdul Karim Khan, Begum Akhtar, and Shobha Gurtu, as well as renowned folk singers of Rajasthan. Krishna’s repertoire in performance includes a wide variety of rare and old traditional compositions from these masters of music. Krishna Bhatt has been a long-time teacher and mentor to many members of the BRM community. Every summer he teaches individual and group classes in NYC.

This event is made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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"Nada Yoga" 6 Session Long Form Course At Pioneer Works With BRM Guest Teachers!!
Feb
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

"Nada Yoga" 6 Session Long Form Course At Pioneer Works With BRM Guest Teachers!!

This is part of the School of the Apocalypse at Pioneer Works


NADA YOGA: An Embodied Experience of Indian Classical Music
Every Thursday 7-9pm,  Feb 18 - March 24th
Enroll online at
http://pioneerworks.org/education/nada-yoga.php
$350 for 6 class series

The entire tradition of Indian classical music rests on an ancient metaphysical system called Nada Brahma or Nada Yoga. Sound and music is the way that we connect our consciousness to the universe around us. Indian classical music is also a system that fosters meaningful improvisation, allowing our personal connection to the music expand beyond ourselves into the realm of creative free play, linking our psychic nature and physiological organism.

In this seminar, the world class musicians of the Brooklyn Raga Massive will take us on a journey into the sound, science and practice of shruti and laya, sound and time. We will explore different Indian ragas with our voices and instruments, discovering the subtle intervals, microtones, and overtones within the natural and ancient tuning system. We will also learn about the complex rhythmic language of Indian percussion.

The seminar will be an interactive format in which participants can take the elements and principles of Indian music and apply them to their own musical and creative practices, as well as developing a deeper insight into the music as a listener. It is a music class with experience as the primary model of learning.

Facilitator- Eric Fraser

Guest artists include:
David Ellenbogen, Neel Murgai, Abhik Mukherjee, Ehren Hanson, Samarth Nagarkar, Arun Ramamurthy

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Afrika meets India at Pioneer Works
Feb
3
8:00pm 8:00pm

Afrika meets India at Pioneer Works

Tickets $10 in Advance, $15 at Door

Brooklyn Raga Massive will launch its Pioneer Works residency with a special concert celebration, a retrospective of it’s popular and joyful Africa/India Series. For over a year now, Brooklyn Raga Massive, NYC Radio LIve and Afro Roots Music Nights teamed up to bring African and Indian artists together for a popular series of monthly concerts. These shows have included great musicians including collaborations with Mali’s Yacouba Cissoko, the Moroccan group Innove Gnawa and the OM Gam Ensemble. The majority of these have been archived on the podcast www.nycradiolive.org and broadcast on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY. 

For Feb 3rd’s special triple bill, we will be presenting the legendary “golden voice of Mali,” Awa Sangho, supported by the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars, the fresh new electro-acoustic Kora/Tabla duo Orakel made up of Kane Mathis and Roshni Samlal and the original band in this new genre Afrika Meets India, led by Kevin Nathaniel on Mbira and Eric Fraser on Bansuri.  

Additional musicians involved in the evening include, Giancarlo Luigi, percussion, David Ellenbogen, guitar, Sameer Gupta, tabla, Daniel Moreno, Percussion, Joshua Geisler, Bansuri; Salieu Suso, Kora, Michael Gam, Bass, Neel Murgai, Sitar, Arun Ramamurthy, Violin and other special guests.

 

 

 

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Indian Ragas, Nada Yoga & Sound Healing: Restorative Music Session
Jan
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Indian Ragas, Nada Yoga & Sound Healing: Restorative Music Session

Experience “Nada Yoga” — a hidden treasure in the practice of yoga that is known as the yoga of sound.  Nada Yoga uses music, voice, breath and rhythm as a vehicle to meditation and purification of the nadis (subtle and vast web of energy channels and nerve passageways in the body). Indian classical music and its ancient tradition of Ragas (sacred scales) is a classical mode for practicing Nada Yoga.  While meditating on the tones in different ragas, amazing transformations can happen.

 

http://www.bkcm.org/event/nada-yoga-workshop-with-eric-fraser/

 

 

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