Ragas Live Festival 2019
Oct
19
to Oct 20

Ragas Live Festival 2019

Ragas Live is an epic 24-hour, 24-set festival featuring over 70 world-class musicians.

Aaron Shragge playing in the following sets:

10.20.19

4:00 AM - Unstruck Sound
Aaron Shragge (Shakuhachi), Neel Murgai (overtone loops), David Ellenbogen (guitar, electronics) Eric Fraser (bansuri)

10.20.19

6:00 PM - Brooklyn Raga Massive: In "D"
Large ensemble performance of 20 + musicians. Composed by Neel Murgai and David Ellenbogen

TICKETS
SATURDAY (7PM–7AM) ADVANCED: $30
SATURDAY DAY-OF: $35
SUNDAY (7AM–7PM) ADVANCED: $30
SUNDAY DAY-OF: $35
24-HOUR PASS ADVANCED: $50
24-HOUR PASS DAY-OF: $60

FULL LINE UP HERE.

THIS SHOW IS A GENERAL ADMISSION SHOW.

A celebration of what The New York Times calls “the Raga Renaissance, flowering in Brooklyn,” the event is rooted in the unique time cycle of Indian Classical Music in which specific musical modes are performed at specific times of day. The diverse musical offerings flow between traditional presentations and cross-cultural, genre-blurring collaborations with jazz legends, African virtuosos, minimalist composers, dance troupes, and beyond.

Now in its 8th year, a global audience shares the experience via a 24-hour broadcast on WKCR 89.9 FM, while the harmonizing, immersive experience can be enjoyed under the stars and through the sunrise at Pioneer Works.

Co-presented with NYC Radio Live and Brooklyn Raga Massive
DOORS AT 6:30PM


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Innocent When You Dream at Cafe LunÀtico
Nov
8
9:00 PM21:00

Innocent When You Dream at Cafe LunÀtico

Innocent When You Dream:

Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi

Ryan Anselmi - tenor sax 

Nico Soffiato - guitar

Alexi David - bass 

Deric Dickens - Drums

Innocent When You Dream dives deep into the distinct collection of Tom Waits' material, exploring the colors and tonality of his lyricism, through unique instrumentation and arrangements. Covering a wide period of Waits' career the band moves beyond the realm of covers, creating a distinctive sound that draws from jazz, rock, blues, world music and the avant-garde.

 

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Charbonneau / Amato  & Countertransference
Nov
16
9:00 PM21:00

Charbonneau / Amato & Countertransference

An evening adventurous music at Cafe Resonance

$20 suggested donation

9pm: Charbonneau / Amato duo

Pietro Amato -synths/electronics/french horn

Mathieu Charbonneau -synths/piano/electronics

10pm: Countertransference

Aaron Shragge - trumpet/shakuhachi/electronics/composition

Robbie Kuster - drums/electronics/samples

bios:

Charbonneau / Amato duo

You may recognize the names Mathieu Charbonneau and Pietro Amato. Over many years, the two Montreal musicians have worked together and apart in multiple musical formations. Initially, they were two thirds of instrumental trio Torngat, who in their time as a group made four albums and toured widely. Later, Amato and Charbonneau contributed to the group Ferriswheel, and for many years toured and recorded as core members of the Luyas. Pietro continues to work with the Luyas and is a member of Bell Orchestre, while also playing with countless others. Mathieu is a member of Timber Timbre and Avec Pas d'Casque. Both musicians are sought-after collaborators, producers, film composers and accomplished multi-instrumentalists.

Although their names are familiar, and Amato and Charbonneau have worked together off and on since their earliest days of music-making, Synth Works Vol.1 is actually your first occasion to hear these two together specifically as a duo. This project continues on a path initially forged by early electronic artists like Harmonia, Neu! and Laurie Spiegel, among many others. Synth Works Vol.1 is a slow, pensive experience that unfolds over many listens. Entirely self-produced and thoughtfully rendered, the music was made over long distance while each player was on tour with other bands; Charbonneau developed the modular synth elements, and Amato fleshed out the minimalist arrangements with texture and melody, until ultimately the two reconvened to sculpt, edit and mix these instrumental tracks. The spacious soundscapes, unidentifiable sounds and complex textures offer suggestive nods to some ambient music references, but there remains always a melodic thread that brings the work into focus. Charbonneau and Amato plumb the depths of all of their unique sensibility, talent and shared history to bring you something calming, compelling and entirely new.

Countertransferense:

Aaron Shragge's music "...delves deeper into that satori place in your brain" - Jazz Times.

Aaron Shragge has performed with Daniel Carter, Ben Monder, Dave Douglas, William Parker, Jon Gibson, The Sam Roberts Band, Akim Funk Buddha, and Medeski Martin and Wood's Billy Martin at such venues as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and The Blue Note. Aaron is an active in the NYC improvised/creative music scene serving on the board of Festival of New Trumpet Music NY/Canada. Aaron's unique instrument the Dragon Mouth Trumpet was designed to expand the trumpet’s melodic capacity and is the result of over a decade of studying both the Shakuhachi (Japanese, Flute) as well as North Indian Vocals. Aaron Shragge's current projects include a duo with Ben Monder, a Jazz quintet that plays the music of Tom Waits and his continuing solo works for Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi. 

Robbie Kuster:

Robbie Kuster was born in Switzerland in 1977 and lived there until the age of 12. In 1990 his family moved to Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. There he continued his formal education at Balenas High School where, very serendipitously, he was mistakenly enrolled in band class. Having never played an instrument in his life the band teacher, in need of a drummer, asked him if he’d be interested in trying.... and that’s how his love story with making mu-
sic and playing the drums began. He started by playing in the school’s concert and stage bands and shortly after founded his first band, “Pigeon”, with his friends. Having grown up in both francophone Switzerland and anglophone Canada has given Robbie the ability to express himself perfectly in both the french language and the english language. After completing his high school education, Robbie went on to study jazz performance at Vancouver Island University (then called Malaspina College) in Nanaimo, B.C. It is there that he began playing professionally in the local blues bars and cafés. He then enrolled on a cross-Canada tour with a local sKa band called “The Kilt Lifters”.

This tour took him to all the major Canadian cities including Montreal. One step out of the van is all it took form him to instantly know where he wanted to be next. 3 months later Robbie moved to Montreal.

There, he studied at Vanier CEGEP where he met his long term collaborators to be, Mishka Stein and Patrick Watson. He then went on to study at McGill university but was interrupted by the blooming success of the Patrick Watson band. Since then, Robbie has made his mark on the local music scene with his versatile, singular and passionate style.

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Jean Rohe, Katherine Ella Wood & Innocent When You Dream at Jalopy Theatre
Aug
10
8:00 PM20:00

Jean Rohe, Katherine Ella Wood & Innocent When You Dream at Jalopy Theatre

8:30pm

Jean Rohe

Jean Rohe writes one-of-a-kind narrative songs, concerned as much with the internal world as with the external. Her latest record as a bandleader, Sisterly, won best Adult Contemporary album at the 2019 Independent Music Awards. Produced by her longtime collaborator, Liam Robinson, Sisterly is a collection of songs about communication and missed connections, and tackles topics from love, lust, and longing to prisons, police violence, and migration.

She is perhaps best known for her much-covered 2012 video single, “National Anthem: Arise! Arise!” an aspirational alternative national anthem performed with choir and brass ensemble. Her award-winning 2013 release Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show was hailed by an Elmore Magazine reviewer as “enchanting” and “remarkable in so many ways I can think of no comparison.”

9 pm

Katherine Ella Wood

Katherine Ella Wood is a jazz vocalist, comedienne, and actress who has played with a variety of bands throughout the city. She sings hip-hop, reggae, pop, and soul, and is currently working on her debut album. Her style draws upon the theatricality and comedy of the stage, with a lyric attentiveness that lends itself to storytelling. She has performed at Joe's Pub, The Williamsburg Hotel, Minton's Playhouse, Smoke Jazz Club, South Jazz Kitchen, Public Records, Hotel Chantelle, and is excited to be making her Jalopy Premiere.

Katherine Ella Wood Group

Katherine Ella Wood -Vocals

Alex Haley - Guitar

Reginald Chapman - Bass Trombone

10 pm

Innocent When You Dream:

Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi

Ryan Anselmi - tenor sax 

Nico Soffiato - guitar

Alexi David - bass 

Deric Dickens - Drums

Innocent When You Dream dives deep into the distinct collection of Tom Waits' material, exploring the colors and tonality of his lyricism, through unique instrumentation and arrangements. Covering a wide period of Waits' career the band moves beyond the realm of covers, creating a distinctive sound that draws from jazz, rock, blues, world music and the avant-garde.

$10 in advance/$15 at door.

 

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Rite of Summer Presents Brooklyn Raga Massive
Aug
10
1:00 PM13:00

Rite of Summer Presents Brooklyn Raga Massive

Join us on Governors Island at Nolan Park to enjoy two musical performances by Brooklyn Raga Massive! Catch the live performances on Saturday, August 10 at both 1 and 3 PM. This event is FREE, outdoors, and family-friendly. We hope to see you there!

Please note: In the event of poor weather conditions, all concerts will be re-scheduled for the following day, Sunday at 1 and 3 PM.

Program:
Terry Riley's - In C

View additional concert and artist information here:
https://www.riteofsummer.com/festival/brooklyn-raga-massive/

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Breathing Peace - Music for a More Peaceful World
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Breathing Peace - Music for a More Peaceful World

BREATHING PEACE
Solo and Duo Performances of Classical, Jazz and World Music

A concert to envision peace and find a path to compassion and tolerance through inward reflection and outward action. Sixteen New York musicians donate time and talent to an afternoon of reflection through which we, individually and as a community, can build a more peaceful world.

Musicians include:
Douglas J. Cuomo - Guitar
Charley Gerard – Alto Saxophone
Eva Gerard - Viola
Steve Gorn - Bansuri
Taka Kigawa - Piano
Thomas Piercy – Clarinet and Hichiriki
Ayako Morino - Piano
Nora Suggs – Shakuhachi
Kathleen Supove - Piano
Hikaru Tamaki - Cello
Miyama McQueen-Tokita - Koto (ancient Japanese harp)
Aaron Shragge - Shakuhachi
William Stevens -Trumpet
Tomoko Sugawara - Kugo
John Thompson - Guqin (ancient Chinese zither)

Admission is free, but please register here - https://breathingpeace.eventbrite.com
You are encouraged to donate to or volunteer for an organization that promotes peace and tolerance.

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The Unstruck Sound at Drone Fest
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

The Unstruck Sound at Drone Fest

The Unstruck Sound, is a project inspired by the Vedic concept of Anahata Nada, the primordial sound that emanates from the universe. The group explores just intonation drones, overtone singing, and South and North Indian Raga influences to create new sonic spaces.

The Unstruck Sound features:
Neel Murgai - Overtone Singing, Loops, Daf
Eric Fraser - Bansuri
Aaron Shragge - Trumpet, Shakuhach, FX, Loops
David Ellenbogen - Guitars, Electronics

Eric Fraser's vintage bansuri flute playing rings with authenticity, subtlety, and lilting tone. An exponent of a unique vocal style of North-Indian flute playing and Fulbright senior research scholar for Indian classical music, Fraser takes listeners on a journey to a timeless musical world. Eric Fraser has been learning intensively through annual trips to Kolkata, India from his guru Pandit Gopal Roy since 2003. Fraser has performed with renowned maestros of Indian music including Pandit Krishna Bhatt, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Steve Gorn and Bollywood composer A.R Rahman at Carnegie Hall, including radio performances (NPR morning edition and WKCR New York).

Neel Murgai is a multi-instrumental performer, composer and teacher, and co-founder of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, a raga inspired musician's collective. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. His journey into sitar and Indian classical music began with Pundit Ravindra Goswami in Banaras, in 1994. For the past 18 years Neel has studied with his guru and mentor, Pundit Krishna Bhatt. His interest in music began at a young age with trombone and guitar. While obtaining a degree in Civil Engineering, Neel worked as a radio DJ, hosting an international music program. This fostered in him an abiding interest in music from around the world. He went on to live in India, immersing himself in the music and culture of his parent’s homeland. Upon returning to the U.S., Neel began a career in music.

David Ellenbogen has studied and performed music in over a dozen countries including India, Mali, Cuba and Brazil. He has expanded the audience for world music through his radio broadcasts on WKCR, his podcast, NYC Radio Live, and ambitious live productions like the Ragas Live Festival, a 24 hour, 60 musician, experience held at the Rubin Museum of Art and Pioneer Works. David’s work as a guitarist and artist director of Brooklyn Raga Massive has led to praise in the New York Times for “Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit” and the Wall Street Journal for “Expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean.”

Aaron Shragge’s music “...delves deeper into that satori place in your brain”- Jazz Times.
Aaron Shragge has performed with Daniel Carter, Ben Monder, Dave Douglas, William Parker, Jon Gibson, The Sam Roberts Band, Akim Funk Buddha, and Medeski Martin and Wood's Billy Martin at such venues as Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and The Blue Note. Aaron is an active in the NYC improvised/creative music scene serving on the board of Festival of New Trumpet Music NY/Canada. Aaron's unique instrument the Dragon Mouth Trumpet was designed to expand the trumpet’s melodic capacity and is the result of over a decade of studying both the Shakuhachi (Japanese, Flute) as well as North Indian Vocals. Aaron Shragge's current projects include a duo with Ben Monder, a Jazz quintet that plays the music of Tom Waits and his continuing solo works for Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi.

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Pete's Candy Store double bill: Orly Bendavid & Innocent When You Dream
Feb
10
8:30 PM20:30

Pete's Candy Store double bill: Orly Bendavid & Innocent When You Dream

8:30pm

Orly Bendavid - guitar/vocals

Orly Bendavid is a Brooklyn based, singer/songwriter, & poet. She was chosen to perform on the 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s emerging artist stage, & has opened for Carolann Solebello, & Rachael Kilgour. Orly frequently performs in NYC’s music scene, as well as at several “unplugged” Sofar Sounds shows. Orly & the Mona Dahls’ first album “Mona” was recorded at Grand Street with producer Huw Price (David Bowie & Primal Scream)

9:30pm

Innocent When You Dream:

Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi

Ryan Anselmi - tenor sax 

Nico Soffiato - guitar

Alexi David - bass 

Deric Dickens - Drums

Innocent When You Dream dives deep into the distinct collection of Tom Waits' material, exploring the colors and tonality of his lyricism, through unique instrumentation and arrangements. Covering a wide period of Waits' career the band moves beyond the realm of covers, creating a distinctive sound that draws from jazz, rock, blues, world music and the avant-garde.

$ Donation

 

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Shragge/Chess quartet at Brooklyn Raga Massive Weekly at Jalopy
Feb
7
8:00 PM20:00

Shragge/Chess quartet at Brooklyn Raga Massive Weekly at Jalopy

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$10 Advance | $15 Door | 8pm | BRM Weekly Raga Jam- 10pm

8:00pm: Shragge/Chess quartet

The newly formed quartet brings together several existing longterm musical collaborations. Drawing from traditional Arabic music, Indian Classical Raga, the meditative music of the Shakuhachi and Free Jazz the quartet creates a captivating and adventurous sound. The combination of two end blown flutes, the ney and the shakuhachi, is at the forefront of their sound along with a unique instrumentation that also includes: oud, morsing, sarod, sarangi and kanjira.

Aaron Shragge - dragon mouth trumpet/shakuahci/fx

Tomchess - oud/ney/morsing

Michael Gam - Bass, sarod, sarangi, kanjira

Deric Dickens - Drums

10pm - Jam Session

**Special announcement for Musicians!** BRM cordially invites you to join us in the ongoing effort to cultivate a home for intercultural musical dialogue. We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY TO MUSICIANS AFTER 10 PM WHO COME WITH THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND ARE READY TO PLAY! Please come out and engage with one of NYC's most vibrant and diverse communities of improvising musicians hailing from all over the music world!

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2nd Official Brooklyn Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

2nd Official Brooklyn Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert

TICKETS.
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Friday, November 16th, is the eve of what would have been Jeff Buckley's 52nd birthday. Join us as we usher in his 21st anniversary in the afterlife since his untimely passing in 1997.
We will remember, celebrate, and relive the artist's work with an intimate evening filled with tribute performances by a diverse range of talented independent musicians. Confirmed performers include Raka Banerjee, Nicky BarbatoBrooklyn Raga Massive, Chris Carrigain of Deep SeaChurch of Betty Trio, Curtis J, Mike Horn and Eric Lense of FloodWaves, Mark Lesseraux, ON THE SUN, and more! Also featuring an array of merch and exciting raffle prizes!

7:30 p.m. doors, 8:00 to 10:30 p.m. show, with intermission. 

The after party will be at 11 p.m. at Littlefield's sister business Parklife just around the corner at 636 Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues. A DJ will play, craft beers will flow, and tacos and burritos will abound!

This event is strictly 21+. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at a bar staffed by the venue - cards are accepted. 

Parklife's Antojitos El Atoradero will have food for purchase at a kiosk inside the venue. Patrons may also order their own food to the venue.

Proceeds from this event will go to these amateur/independent artists, as well as to the Education Through Music (ETM), a NYC-based 501(c)(3) that partners with city schools to provide music education as a CORE subject for ALL students in the school.

It will be a rockin', feel-good night. See you music lovers soon - bring everyone you know and care about.

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BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE + FANTASTIC PLANET FILM + LIVE SCORE
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE + FANTASTIC PLANET FILM + LIVE SCORE

Brooklyn Raga Massive artist collective performs a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet at The Rubin Museum of Art. The film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, is a surreal journey to the future with powerful allusions to the challenges of today. BRM’s raga-drenched live film score brings the experience of this otherworldly movie to new heights. 
Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage)
1973, René Laloux, France, 72 minutes

About the Musicians

Praised by the Wall Street Journal for “expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean” and dubbed the “leaders of the raga renaissance” by the New Yorker, the fun-loving members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive collective have made huge waves for “preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit” (New York Times). They will bring a large ensemble to create an original live score to Fantastic Planet.

Advance Tickets: $28.00

Day of: $30.00

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BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE + FANTASTIC PLANET FILM + LIVE SCORE
Nov
3
7:00 PM19:00

BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE + FANTASTIC PLANET FILM + LIVE SCORE

Brooklyn Raga Massive artist collective performs a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet at Hudson Hall. The film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, is a surreal journey to the future with powerful allusions to the challenges of today. BRM’s raga-drenched live film score brings the experience of this otherworldly movie to new heights. 
Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage)
1973, René Laloux, France, 72 minutes

About the Musicians

Praised by the Wall Street Journal for “expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean” and dubbed the “leaders of the raga renaissance” by the New Yorker, the fun-loving members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive collective have made huge waves for “preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit” (New York Times). They will bring a large ensemble to create an original live score to Fantastic Planet.

Ticket Price: $35/$30 in advance

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Unstruck Sound at Ragas Live 2018
Oct
7
4:00 AM04:00

Unstruck Sound at Ragas Live 2018

4 a.m. Unstruck Sound

Eric Fraser (bansuri),

Neel Murgai (throat singing/daf/sitar/electronics),

Aaron Shragge (trumpet, shakhuhachi, electronics)

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About Ragas Live 2018

at Pioneer Works

UNITY. HARMONY. COMMUNITY.

24 HOURS. 24 SETS.

 60+ MUSICIANS TAKE US ON A JOURNEY THROUGH A 24 HOUR CYCLE OF SOUND.

BROADCAST LIVE FROM PIONEER WORKS IN RED HOOK, BROOKLYN

ON THE LEGENDARY FM STATION WKCR IN NYC TO OVER 80 COUNTRIES.

TICKETING

Saturday: Advance $30/Day of $35

Sunday: Advance $30/ Day of $35

24-Hour Pass: Advance $50/ Day of $60

 

DETAILS

When: Saturday, October 6 - Sunday, October 7

Time: 5 PM - 5 PM

Where: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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BRM WEEKLY: Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

BRM WEEKLY: Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder

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This World of Dew is the third release of Aaron Shragge’s duo with Ben Monder. The duo, an exploratory meditative collaboration, has been praised as both “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound...” (The Birmingham Times) as well as “…lyrical and heartwarming…” (Jazz Times). The new record is out now on Human Resource Records, listen here.

8pm:


Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet, shakuhachi
Ben Monder - Guitar

Plus Special BRM guests!

10pm:

Jam session!

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AARON SHRAGGE + ROSHNI SAMLAL SPIRAL MUSIC
Aug
29
6:00 PM18:00

AARON SHRAGGE + ROSHNI SAMLAL SPIRAL MUSIC

Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the Museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.

Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi

Roshni Samlal - Tabla

Free!

 

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Innocent When You Dream & Weird Turn Pro at Ibeam
Aug
24
8:30 PM20:30

Innocent When You Dream & Weird Turn Pro at Ibeam

Double Bill at Ibeam Brooklyn

$15 suggested donation

 

8:30pm: Innocent When You Dream

Aaron Shragge - dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi

Ryan Anselmi -tenor sax

Nico Soffiato -guitar

Alexi David -bass

Deric Dickens -drums

 

9:30pm: Weird Turn Pro

Chris Klaxton - trumpet

Matt Langley - bass clarinet

Chris Gagne - trombone

Mike Effenberger- piano

Rob Gerry - bass

Mike Walsh - percussion

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Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder Canadian CD Launch + Ellwood Epps' Togetherness!
Jul
21
to Jul 22

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder Canadian CD Launch + Ellwood Epps' Togetherness!

LANCEMENT DE DISQUE: DU DUO AARON SHRAGGE & BEN MONDER, ACCLAMÉ PAR LES CRITIQUES. OUVERTURE DU CONCERT PAR ELLWOOD EPPS' TOGETHERNESS!

CD RELEASE CONCERT FOR AARON SHRAGGE & BEN MONDER'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DUO. OPENING SET BY ELLWOOD EPPS' TOGETHERNESS!

BUY TICKETS ONLINE FOR $18 HERE

Doors: 8:30pm

1st set:

Togetherness!

Togetherness! est un quintette montréalais qui joue la musique d'Afrique du Sud et au-delà : une musique joyeuse et aventureuse qui swing . Nous jouons les compositions d'Abdullah Ibrahim, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani, William Parker, Don Cherry, Ellwood Epps, et plus dans le but d'élever le groupe et les auditeurs.

Togetherness! is a Montreal quintet that plays joyful, adventurous, swinging music from South Africa and beyond. We play compositions by Abdullah Ibrahim, Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani, William Parker, Don Cherry, Ellwood Epps, and more in an aim to uplift the band and listeners together.

Ellwood Epps - trumpet

Erik Hove alto -saxophone

Scott Thomson - trombone

Stéphane Diamantakiou - double bass

Ivan Bamford - drums

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2nd set:

This World of Dew sera le troisième disque du duo Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder. Le duo, une collaboration méditative exploratrice, a été saluée à la fois comme "profondément moderne avec un son définit ..." (The Birmingham Times) et "... lyrique et réconfortant ..." (Jazz Times).

This World of Dew will be the third release of Aaron Shragge’s duo with Ben Monder. The duo, an exploratory meditative collaboration, has been praised as both “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound...” (The Birmingham Times) as well as “…lyrical and heartwarming…” (Jazz Times).

Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet, shakuhachi

Ben Monder - Guitar

Released on Human Recourse Records

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Brooklyn Raga Massive and Jazz Gallery Present: Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder Duo CD Launch
Jul
20
7:30 PM19:30

Brooklyn Raga Massive and Jazz Gallery Present: Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder Duo CD Launch

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder duo CD Release Concert

This World of Dew will be the third release of Aaron Shragge’s duo with Ben Monder. The duo, an exploratory meditative collaboration, has been praised as both “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound...” (The Birmingham Times) as well as “…lyrical and heartwarming…” (Jazz Times). The new record will be release on Human Resource Records and co presented by Brooklyn Raga Massive and The Jazz Gallery

Aaron Shragge -dragon mouth trumpet, shakuhachi
Ben Monder - Guitar

sets at 7.30pm + 9.30pm
$25/$10 for members

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Brooklyn Raga Massive at Storm King Arts
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Brooklyn Raga Massive at Storm King Arts

Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor music at Storm King. This concert is free with admission.

From Indian classical ragas and rhythms to compositions by masters such as Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane to originals by Brooklyn Raga Massive members, this genre bending group innovates and renovates while looking toward the future. Presented with World Music Institute.

Neel Murgai, sitar

Samer Gupta, drum set, tabla

Max ZT, hammered dulcimer

Aaron Shragge, trumpet

Michael Gam, bass

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The Stone Residencies - David Buchbinder
Apr
20
8:30 PM20:30

The Stone Residencies - David Buchbinder

DAVID BUCHBINDER @ The Stone! April 17-21
Shows at 8:30 Every Night! One Set! $20 at the door only.

Friday, April 20: Duos
David Buchbinder (trumpet/fluegelhorn)
Dave Restivo (piano)
Aaron Shragge (trumpet)
and special guests

Toronto trumpeter David Buchbinder blows into NYC for a 5-night Residency at The Stone, John Zorn's iconic venue for creative music. The multiple award-winner (including a JUNO, Canada's Grammy) has gathered together 5 ensembles mixing top NYC and Toronto players representing a wide range of genres. Buchbinder's music incorporates sounds from contemporary jazz to music of the Jewish, Roma and Cuban worlds, with a healthy influence of the European Art and film music traditions. 

Now at its new home at the New School at 55 W13th St., the Stone is an intimate venue where composer/players have the unique opportunity over the length of the Residency to showcase many of their musical passions.

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Tomchess and Strange Ornament Quartet
Mar
31
8:00 PM20:00

Tomchess and Strange Ornament Quartet

Tomchess and Strange Ornament Quartet

 

  • Zach Swanson | Accoustic Bass
  • Noel Brennan | Drums/Percussion
  • Aaron Shragge | Trumpet
  • Tomchess | Oud, Ney, Morsing, composer

Tickets available at the door or online.

$20 General Admission | $15 Students and Seniors (with ID)

Doors open at 7:30 pm

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Tomchess and Strange Ornament Quartet use subtle harmonic color, extended melodic shapes, oddly proportioned rhythmic figures, as well as deep grooving, and alternative handling of space and scale, outlaying sound to iterate and explore stories that employ universal references in order to augment the singularity of individual style and sustain the endeavors of creativity.

Reviews

"Chess is one of the most fascinating oud players on the scene. His astonishing technique, combined with a real poetic sensitivity and instinctive sympathetic vision of the music constantly conjures unpredictable musical delights. He exudes a vibe of a master who is unconcerned with the trappings of spectacle and showmanship, and concentrates on perfecting his art." -DBDBD, NYC

“...they also mix it up in a jazzy sort of way. Indeed, this is one of those magical efforts, teeming with striking comps and the artists' superlative technical expertise. They hit all the right spots while kicking out the proverbial jams via a fresh slant that yields gratifying results.” - Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

About the Artist

NYC-based, multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Tomchess has played and recorded with some of the heaviest players in the improvisational scene (Dewey Redman, Butch Morris, Pharoah Sanders, Drew Gress, Ronald Shannon Jackson), as well as Morrocan Sintarist Hassan Hakmoun. Having studied Near Eastern and North African musical traditions, his sound encompasses the tonal palette, rhythms and forms of these traditions while never losing sight of his American roots and the importance and freedom of improvising.

Tomchess has performed internationally (Africa, Canada, Holland, India and Italy) and has performed in countless venues including Lincoln Center, The David Rubinstein Atrium, the Asia Society, the Metropolitan Museum of Art,the Natural History Museum,as well as the United Nations. He has also performed on NPR and PBS and played on Grammy-nominated recordings. He has been awarded grants from the Turkish American Society and The Maryland Council for The Arts. In 2012, Tomchess was nominated for an Independent Music Award.

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Zack Foley Quartet/Innocent When You Dream at The Branded Saloon
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Zack Foley Quartet/Innocent When You Dream at The Branded Saloon

10pm

Zack Foley Quartet:

Zack Foley - Vocals

Jesse Elder - Piano

Bass - TBA

Drums - TBA

"One of the most sublime and delightful finds on New York City’s youth-infused jazz scene is the Zack Foley Quartet. The combo can shift in mode or mood with felicity, from beguilingly relaxed to heavy improv to what they call their signature Zen-like 'jazz/rock/chant.' Foley’s attitude is ironic, defying romantic convention. He strips away the neat sentiments we associate with jazz standards and exposes the bare meaning—even artifice—at their root. The result is to reveal songs as small treasures, often tinged with the acknowledgment and acceptance of loss, songs that sparkle amid the otherwise cynical cacophony of the age. There is a depth of spiritual wisdom, psychic insight and struggle, and meditative practice that inform the music, throughout." - Vanity Fair

11pm:

Innocent When You Dream

Aaron Shragge - dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi, Ryan Anselmi - tenor sax

Nico Soffiato - guitar

Dan Kurfist - drums

Alexi David - bass

Innocent When You Dream brings a new element to Waits' music while remaining true to its essence. The quintet interprets Waits' stylistically diverse repertoire by creating instrumental versions of his most memorable songs. Using lyrical content and mood as the starting point for exploration, the band moves beyond the realm of covers creating a distinctive sound that draws from Jazz, rock, blues, World music and the avant-garde. "If you are already a Waits fan, this album might send you scrambling to purchase any titles in his catalogue that you’ve missed. And if you’re not a Waits fan, this album could convert you." -Bobby Reed – Downbeat (Editor’s Pick)

 

 

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BRM Weekly: Unstruck Sound
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

BRM Weekly: Unstruck Sound

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Tickets: 
$10 advance / $15 door

Doors l 8:00 p.m.
Unstruck Sound | 8:30 p.m.
BRM RAGA JAM SESSION | 10:00 p.m.

The Unstruck Sound, is a project inspired by the Vedic concept of Anahata Nada, the primordial sound that emanates from the universe. The group explores just intonation drones, Overtone singing, and South and North Indian Raga influences to create new sonic spaces.

Listen to Unstruck Sound on NYC Radio Live here:
http://www.nycradiolive.org/brooklyn-raga-massives-unstruck-sound-live-on-wkcr-podcast-222/

Neel Murgai - Overtone Singing, Loops, Daf
Arun Ramamurthy - Violin
Aaron Shragge - Trumpet, Shakuhachi
David Ellenbogen - Guitars and Electronics

*Special announcement for Musicians!* We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY AFTER 10 PM to musicians who come with their instrument and are ready to play! Please come out and engage with one of NYC’s most vibrant and diverse communities of improvising musicians hailing from all over the music world!

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AARON SHRAGGE + ROSHNI SAMLAL SPIRAL MUSIC
Jan
31
6:00 PM18:00

AARON SHRAGGE + ROSHNI SAMLAL SPIRAL MUSIC

Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the Museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.

Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi

Roshni Samlal - Tabla

Free!

 

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Innocent When You Dream, Matterhorn and Wing Walkers at Ibeam!
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Innocent When You Dream, Matterhorn and Wing Walkers at Ibeam!

Triple bill at Ibeam:

8pm: Matterhorn

 

John Blevins - trumpet, effects, compositions                                                                      Drew Williams - bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, microbrute synth, effects, compositions
Jeff McLaughlin - electric guitar, effects
Jesse Bielenberg - electric bass, effects                                                                            Nathan Ellman-Bell - drums

9pm: Innocent When You Dream

Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi
Ryan Anselmi - Tenor Saxophone
Nico Soffiato - Guitar
Alexi David - Bass
Deric Dickens - Drums

10pm: Wing Walker Orchestra

Brad Mulholland - alto saxophone
Eric Trudel - tenor saxophone
Drew Williams - bass clarinet
John Blevins - trumpet
Danny Gouker - trumpet
Nick Grinder - trombone
Karl Lyden - trombone
Jeff McLaughlin - guitar
Marta Sanchez - piano
Marty Kenney - bass
Nathan Ellman-Bell - drums

Suggested donation $15. 

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Official Brooklyn Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert
Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Official Brooklyn Jeff Buckley Tribute Concert

TICKETS: http://bit.ly/2ydaNkt
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Friday, November 17th, would be Jeff Buckley's 51st birthday, during the 20th anniversary year of his afterlife since his untimely passing in 1997.

In a concert blessed with a seal of approval from Jeff Buckley Music, we will remember, celebrate, and relive the artist's work with an intimate evening filled with tribute performances by a diverse range of talented independent musicians. Confirmed performers include Abby Ahmad, Raka Banerjee, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Chris Carrigain of Deep Sea, Church of Betty Trio, Brian Collazo of BSKi, FloodWaves, Mike Horn of FloodWaves, Sophie Lam, Mark Lesseraux, On The Sun, Liliana Rose, Curtis J. Social, Margaret Tran, and Lily Virginia, plus surprise guests waiting in the wings!

Thrilled to have secured Shapeshifter Lab of Brooklyn for this event - a crisp, softly lit, open-plan, ADA-compliant venue with 3,600 square feet of space in which to browse house art, enjoy refreshments, and peruse performers' wares while enjoying the music. 

The address is 18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215, between 1st and Carroll Streets in Gowanus. If not arriving by car or bicycle, one can get there by taking the R train to Union St. station or the F/G trains to Carroll St, Smith & 9th St., or 4th Av.-9th St. stops.

7:30 p.m. doors, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. show, with a short intermission.

Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at a bar staffed by the venue.

Proceeds from this event will go to these amateur/independent/fabulous artists, as well as to the Deanna Maran Foundation for Non-Violence, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by my friend in college and her siblings after their youngest sister Deanna "Lala" Maran was killed in an act of preventable party violence at a high school party in West Los Angeles on November 17th, 2001. Lala will be in her 16th year in the afterlife on this night, and I can't think of a better way to honor her impact than to support the foundation, which funds teachers' initiatives, curricula, and special programs that promote non-violent conflict resolution among diverse American youth. For now, services are largely geared towards the Southern California area, but has the ability to expand as support continues and grows. There seems to be a stronger need than ever before to sow seeds of non-violence in local and national programs, and I think that this cause is apropos given the unspeakable tragedies that have popped up all over our country over the past few years, often times in our schools. There will be collection stations at the venue, too, for additional donations by cash, check, money order, PayPal, Venmo, or credit/ATM card if you are so moved.

It will be a beautiful, tender night. See you music lovers soon - bring everyone you know and care about.

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