Music Therapy Workshop
Apr
8
1:00 pm13:00

Music Therapy Workshop

  • Village Zendo

The Healing Power of Music at Village Zendo

Come and explore the amazing healing qualities of music therapy in this hands on, experiential workshop. The workshop will examine several different formats of music therapy in both group and individual settings including: Clinical Improvisation, Therapeutic Music Listening, Song Writing and self-healing practices. This workshop is open to all those with an interest in creative arts therapy. No previous experience in music is required. All participants are encouraged to bring an instrument of their choosing but there will also be a limited number of small percussion instruments available.

$25 Village Zendo Members, $30 Non-Members.

to register contact: registrar@villagezendo.org

for mor information: info@villagezendo.org

Tradition to Innovation on Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center
Apr
21
6:00 pm18:00

Tradition to Innovation on Millennium Stage at Kennedy Center

  • Millennium Stage

Indian Classical Music has touched the hearts of people from around the world. In Tradition to Innovation, Brooklyn Raga Massive takes you on a raga-music journey presenting pure classical ragas from India to contemporary adaptations in America. While standing on the shoulders of giants like Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane, BRM presents their original visions of raga music, reflective of their experiences with communities and cultures from around the world. 

Lineup:
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
Jay Gandhi, bansuri
Sameer Gupta, tabla/drumset
Neel Murgai, sitar/daf
Max ZT, hammered dulcimer
Michael Gam, bass
Aaron Shragge, trumpet

The legendary tabla maestro Zakir Hussain performs in Kennedy Center's Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra directly following our Millenium Stage performance.

This performance is featured as part of the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series on its Millennium Stage in the Grand Foyer: http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/upcoming

DIRECTIONS: http://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/visitor/directions

Please note, there is no free parking when attending or picking up tickets for free events at the Kennedy Center


Patrick Brennan's Transparency Kestra
Feb
23
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick Brennan's Transparency Kestra

  • El Taller

— open rehearsal 6pm — concert 7pm — $10 donation —

patrick brennan, saxophone & composition, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Leonor Falcón - violin, Eli Asher - trumpet, Lloyd Haber - percussion, Westbrook Johnson - trombone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass viol, Sam Parsons — percussion, Aaron Shragge - trumpet, David Sidman - guitar, Justin Wood - flute

Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction. transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.

http://www.transparencykestra.org/

Patrick Brennan’s transparency Kestra
Feb
9
7:30 pm19:30

Patrick Brennan’s transparency Kestra

  • Ibeam

Patrick Brennan’s transparency Kestra 

Thursday, February 9th 7:30 PM $10 Suggested Donation

patrick brennan, saxophone & composition
Brian Groder – trumpet
Lloyd Haber – percussion
Jerome Harris – bass guitar
Hollis Headrick – percussion
Westbrook Johnson – trombone
Akira Ishiguro – guitar
Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic – bass viol
Ryan Messina – trumpet
Aaron Shragge – trumpet
Harvey Valdes – guitar
Justin Wood – flute +TBA

Open Rehearsal at 6:30 pm

Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction.  transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.
http://www.transparencykestra.org

Patrick Brennan's Transparency Kestra
Jan
26
7:00 pm19:00

Patrick Brennan's Transparency Kestra

  • El Taller

— open rehearsal 6pm — concert 7pm — $10 donation —

patrick brennan, saxophone & composition, Haruna Fukazawa - flutes & piccolo, Leonor Falcón - violin, Brian Groder - trumpet, Lloyd Haber - percussion, Westbrook Johnson - trombone, Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic - bass viol, Sam Parsons — percussion, Aaron Shragge - trumpet, David Sidman - guitar, Justin Wood - flute

Transparencies are an organizational strategy that overlays rhythmelodic patterns that can be recombined in a decentralized way though improvisation and conduction. transparency kestra is a rotating community of musicians, a polyrhythmic drum ensemble (with or without drums) & an engine of multidirectional musical exploration.

http://www.transparencykestra.org/

BRM Presents: Get Up Stand Up - A Night of Activist Music
Jan
18
8:30 pm20:30

BRM Presents: Get Up Stand Up - A Night of Activist Music

  • Art Cafe + Bar

BRM Presents: Get Up Stand Up - A Night of Activist Music

Get Up Stand Up | 8:30pm
+ Raga Jam Session | 9:30pm

This is a night to celebrate songs of activism, empowerment and protest. BRM takes no political stance, but we do stand up for basic human and civil rights. We stand for the celebration of diversity and bringing cultures together in music. We stand against any person or group who tries to impede these most fundamental truths. Performing songs from Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Buffy Saint-Marie and more original music. We hope you will stand and sing with us on January 18. A portion of the nights proceeds will go to the ACLU. Come ready to play your own favorite activist songs in the jam session following the featured act.

Morley Kamen - vocals
Pyeng Threadgill - vocals
Marika Hughes - cello
Neel Murgai - sitar
Aakash Mittal - saxophone
Aaron Shragge - trumpet
Ben Tyree - guitar
Michael Gam - bass
Sameer Gupta - drums/tabla

BRM Presents Terry Riley : In C
Jan
11
9:00 pm21:00

BRM Presents Terry Riley : In C

  • Joe's Pub

Brooklyn Raga Massive Presents

Terry Riley : In C

Buy Tickets Here.

BRM's version of “In C” puts a unique perspective on Terry's Riley's minimalist masterpiece, by emphasizing Indian Classical instrumentation.

A work that is written for any number of any kind of instrument, “In C” consists of 53 small cells of music and a set of directions that allow each performer to move through the music at their own pace. BRM’s performances of his ground breaking work, with 16-20+ musicians and the first featuring so many Indian instruments, throw a new twist on the allure of “In C” and establish new connections between minimalism, Western Classical and Indian Classical music.

Eric Fraser, bansuri
Josh Geisler, bansuri
Neel Murgai, sitar
Priya Darshini, vocals
Timothy Hill, vocals
Andrew Shantz, vocals
Max ZT, hammered dulcimer
Sameer Gupta, tabla
Roshni Samlal, tabla
Lauren Crump, percussion
Trina Basu, violin
Ken Shoji, violin
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
David Ellenbogen, guitar
Kane Mathis, oud
Adam Malouf, cello
Michael Gam, bass
Aaron Shragge, trumpet

BRM:From Tradition to Innovation at Rockwood Music Hall
Jan
7
8:15 pm20:15

BRM:From Tradition to Innovation at Rockwood Music Hall

  • Rockwood Music Hall

Brooklyn Raga Massive:

From Tradition to Innovation at Rockwood Music Hall

Buy Tickets Here

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

Second Sunday Series
Dec
11
3:00 pm15:00

Second Sunday Series

  • Bloomingdale School of Music

Second Sunday Series

LathanFlinAli, Shelburne trio, and Eli Asher. Here are the deets---
Never a cover, contemporary/experimental/world
Saturday April 9
3pm
Bloomingdale School of Music
323 west 108th st
NY NY 10025
Always Free

LathanFlinAli,
Lathan Hardy (alto saxophone)
Sean Ali (bass)
Flin van Hemmen (drums)

Shelburne Trio
Rachel McKinstry (dance)
Kevin Farrell (bass)
Josh Adler (poet)

Asher/Shragge duo

Eli Asher (trumpet, slide trumpet)
Aaron Shragge (dragon mouth trumpet, shakuhachi)

CMS Orchestra with special guest Melvis Santa
Dec
10
8:30 pm20:30

CMS Orchestra with special guest Melvis Santa

  • El Taller Latino Americano

The Creative Music Studio 2.0 presents:

Karl Berger and the CMS Improvisers Orchestra

at the new El Taller,  Saturday, December 10, 2016

The CMS Improvisers Orchestra ends its Manhattan fall concerts with a performance on Saturday, Dec. 10, 8:30pm, at the new El Taller Center, 215, East 99th Street.  Since its inception in 2011, this unique Improvisers Orchestra of 25+ professional string, horn, reed, and percussion soloists has performed 85 times. Conducted in Karl Berger’s inimitable style, developed at the legendary Creative Music Studio, the CMS Improvisers Orchestra explores original compositions as well as melodies from the world's folk traditions (African, Indian, Turkish, South American, European etc), themes written by visionaries Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman and others, and musical ideas that arise in solo/duo/trio improvisations. The performance is preceded by an open rehearsal/workshop starting at 7pm, where listeners may experience the process of turning themes in improvisations into fully-formed concerts, guided by Karl Berger’s “Music Mind” concept of spontaneous harmonization.

The suite-like performances have a warm, buoyant vibe issuing from brief folkloric-like motifs. These are mostly veteran musicians from avant rock and world music as well as jazz scenes, paying utmost attention to dynamics and each other”, says ‘Beyond Jazz’ writer Howard Mandel.

And the blog Lucidculture compares the CIO “with the phantasmagorical sweep of the Gil Evans Orchestra and the rough-and-tumble bustle of the Mingus bands. The camaraderie and warmth of the repartee between the orchestra and conductor – and among the orchestra itself – was visceral. Karl Berger has been a pioneer in large-scale jazz improvisation longer than just about anybody, which explains why his Improvisers Orchestra swings as hard, and interestingly, and often hauntingly as they do.”

“My emphasis is on musical emotion, that cuts through all concept”s, says Karl Berger. “The sounds of the CIO might lead you to think of music from Ligeti to Fela Kuti, until you give up all comparisons and join the fun, pure and simple.”  

One of the orchestra’s trademarks is Ingrid Sertso's unique vocalizations and poetry. CIO performances benefit the Creative Music Studio the 45 year old nonprofit Karl and Ingrid co-founded with the late Ornette Coleman.                           (www.creativemusicstudio.org)

The performers include: Strings: Sana Nagano, Chern Hwei Fung, Richard Carr, Annemarie Wiesner; clarinets: Lee Odom, Don Payne, Blaise Siwula; bass clarinets: Michael Lytle, Christof Knoche; soprano sax: Jason Candler; alto sax: Welf Doerr, Patrick Brennan, tenor sax: Peter Apfelbaum, Ras Moshe; cbass clar: Bohdan Hilash; bar.sax/picc. flute: Bill Ylitalo; oboe: Richard Keene; trumpet: Thomas Heberer, Aaron Shragge; trombone: Westbrook Johnson; flutes: Sylvain Leroux, Haruna Fukazawa, Bill Horberg, Gene Coleman; bass: Adam Lane, Ken Filiano; drums: Warren Smith; guitar: Kenny Wessel, Mike Gassmann, Ted Orr, Mandolin: John Ehlis, Sam Harmet; keyboards: Bob Bresnan; Vocals/Poetry: Ingrid Sertso.

The Cuban vocalist/composer Melvis Santa will be the guest artist of the evening.        

Tickets are $15.

 

 

 

 

Aaron Shragge & Eli Asher Duo at FONTMusic: 2016
Sep
20
8:00 pm20:00

Aaron Shragge & Eli Asher Duo at FONTMusic: 2016

  • Threes Brewing

Visionaries Night 2

Sep 20 • 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$10

Tickets and Full Festival Pass

Building on the monthly concert series Music for Wing Walkers, co- curators John Blevins and Aaron Shragge present a program of artistic quality that expands the idea of what a trumpet player can do and highlights musical innovation that defies genres.

Trumpet duo with Aaron Shragge and Eli Asher

Shane Endsley Quartet
Shane Endsley (tp), Dave Devine (g), Greg Garrison (b), Matt Houston (dr)

Closing with trumpeter Shane Endsley fronting the Wing Walker Orchestra

 

 

 "In C" at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
Jul
7
6:30 pm18:30

"In C" at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

  • Museum of Modern Art

"In C" at Museum of Modern Art Terry Riley’s 1964 composition "In C," a seminal work of musical minimalism, was inspired by the rhythmic patterns, drones, and immersive nature of raga. Under the leadership of the sitarist Neel Murgai, Brooklyn Raga Massive brings the music full circle, as the first ensemble to perform the piece with an orchestra of raga musicians. Riley himself, who has studied and performed in Hindustani vocal traditions for decades, suggested that BRM open the composition to improvisation, and the ensemble’s performances have gained a new spontaneity, beauty, and excitement. No two performances of "In C" are the same; listening to it can be a transcendent and moving experience. A globally recognized collective of forward-thinking musicians, Brooklyn Raga Massive brings together artists and audiences of diverse backgrounds. In four years and more than 200 concerts, the ensemble has been at the forefront of bringing new listeners to the deep tradition of classical raga and the creation of new musical forms. Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. Performances take place in the Sculpture Garden. In the event of rain, the Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

TICKETS HERE

Musical acts for the 2016 series are presented in conjunction with the exhibition "BRUCE CONNER: IT’S ALL TRUE," and organized in collaboration with PopRally. Riley was a longtime Conner collaborator; "In C" was the score to Conner’s final moving-image work, "Easter Morning" (2008). The Garden Bar offers drinks and snacks at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden. The menu of homemade snacks includes specialty hot dogs, soft pretzels, and baguette sandwiches, along with a selection of wines, craft-beers, and cocktails. In the event of rain, bar will be closed. Terrace 5 is located on the fifth floor, with views overlooking the Sculpture Garden. Chef Dan Jackson’s menu features contemporary American cuisine with a focus on light, seasonal plates.

Abhik Mukherjee and Neel Murgai, sitar; Camila Celin, sarod; Priya Darshini and Andrew Shantz, voice; Tali Rubinstein, recorder; Eric Fraser, bansuri; Aaron Shragge, trumpet; Sameer Gupta, Ehren Hanson, and Roshni Thompson, tabla; Michael Gam, dilruba; Trina Basu, Arun Ramamurthy, Ken Shoji, and Anjna Swaminathan, violin; Adam Malouf, cello; David Ellenbogen, guitar; Kane Mathis, oud; Vin Scialla, percussion.

Brooklyn Raga Massive: The Raga Jazz Messengers
Jun
1
Jun 2

Brooklyn Raga Massive: The Raga Jazz Messengers

  • La Luz

The Raga Jazz Messengers represent a new approach to unifying the deep histories of American Jazz and Indian Classical Raga. Drawing on traditional as well as contemporary influences this group ventures past conventional improvisational methods to expand the context of group dialogue, while pushing the limits of artistic expression.

Sameer Gupta - Drumset
Michael Gam - Bass
Aaron Shragge - Trumpet
Aakash Mittal - Sax

Brooklyn Raga Massive

Out of Your Head
May
29
8:30 pm20:30

Out of Your Head

  • Threes Brewing

Out of Your Head

Aaron Shragge - dragon mouth trumpet/shakuhachi 

alongside:

Devin Gray
Dustin Carlson
Nico Soffiato
James Wengrow
Josh Sinton
Eli Wallace
Brandon Lopez
Ben Cohen
Sean Ali
Cody Brown
Kenji Herbert
David Grollman
 

$10 suggested donation.

Sounds of Zen Poetry
Feb
19
8:00 pm20:00

Sounds of Zen Poetry

  • Village Zendo

New Sounds of Zen Poetry will bring the poetry of Tu Fu (712-770), Li Po (705-762), Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) a new life in creative music! Theo BleckmannBen Monder and Aaron Shragge  will compose new works  that either set translations of the poetry to music or express the essence of the poem in music. The new compositions will be premiered by each duo in concert at the Village Zendo  (588 Broadway Suite 1108)  on May 8th, 2015. 

For over 15 years, the Theo Bleckmann & Ben Monder Duo has toured the U.S., Europe and Asia creating a unique approach to what might be called “jazz art song”, blurring the boundaries between jazz, classical, ambient and rock. Bleckmann’s vocal style is based on a thorough understanding of the jazz vocal tradition as well as “extended vocal techniques” (he has been a principal in Meredith Monk’s Vocal Ensemble since 1994) and also uses electronic looping and processing in order to create choral and textural soundscapes. Bleckmann was recently interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air on NPR and received a GRAMMY™ nomination in 2010 for his CD of Ives songs with Kneebody. Monder has developed a compositional and playing style to exploit the full textural potential of the guitar; his playing is influenced as much by classical technique as jazz. Their two duo releases, “At Night” and “No Boat”, and continued collaborations on both Bleckmann’s “Origami” and Monder’s “Excavation”, “Oceana” and “Hydra”  have garnered great critical acclaim world-wide.

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder duo is an exploratory meditative collaboration, being described as both “thoroughly modern with a definitive sound...” (The Birmingham Times) as well as “lyrical and heartwarming” (Jazz Times). Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder have been collaborating since 2009. The duo incorporates influences from North Indian Vocals and the music of the Shakuhachi giving the listener a glance into a powerful, interconnected relationship between two musicians as they synthesize new sounds that at once calm and challenge the ear. Their first record The Key Is In The Window (2010) received critical acclaim and has led to performances throughout the NY area including an appearance at Festival of New Trumpet Music in NY and Montreal as well an EP release on Arabesque records: Hollow (2012). Shragge is greatly inspired by North Indian Vocals and the music of the Shakuahchi, which has allowed him to develop a unique sound/compositional style on the Dragon Mouth Trumpet (custom microtonal instrument) as well as the Shakuhachi (Japanes Flute). Monder, a new york area musician for 25 years, has performed with Jack Mcduff,Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler and continues to perform original music internationally with his own quartet, trio and in a duo.

Nov
2
8:30 pm20:30

65Fen Music Series

  • 65Fen

Solo set at 65Fen Music Series

Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi/Pedals

Multi-instrumentalist, Aaron Shragge's music "...delves deeper into that satori place in your brain" (Jazz Times). Drawing from the Zen music of the Shakuhachi and North Indian Vocals Aaron plays subtle, lyrical and microtonal nuances on trumpet and shakuhachi that create captivating atmospheres. Trumpet solo, Shakuhachi solo.

Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

"Urban Meditations" October Ibeam Residency with Shankar

  • Ibeam Brooklyn

Solo set by Aaron Shragge - Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi/Pedals

opening for:

Shankar

A rhythm ensemble that presents urban meditations. Surreal landscapes and architecture are created out of layered melodies and rhythmic riddles steeped in the vedantic tradition. 

Matt Moran - vibraphone
Julian Pollack - keyboards
Rez Abbasi - guitar
Rob Jost - bass
Brian Adler - drums & compositions

“Taking meditative music to another planet..." ~Audience member.

"There is a visceral excitement in this music... Adler's characteristic rhythmic stride ignites the whole work." ~Raul D' Gama Rose. 

"Really dig the band and the music." ~John Zorn.

Jul
31
Aug 1

Innocent When You Dream: The Music of Tom Waits

  • Café Résonance

Aaron Shragge Trumpet/Shakuhachi, Jonathan Lindhorst -Tenor Sax, Ryan Butler - Guitar, Dan Fortin - Bass, Nico Dann - Drums.

Description:

Innocent When You Dream: The Music of Tom Waits

This Jazz quintet interprets the unique beauty of the songs Tom Waits. As an ensemble they create haunting and blissful sonic landscapes that draw upon the simplicity of the songs as the source of their interplay and improvisations. Their first record Innocent When You Dream: Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits was released through Jazz Collective Records in 2010. www.cdbaby.com/cd/bbasmo

"Innocent When You Dream is a singular and distinctive statement that stands out from the crowd."  -Steve Kinigestein, Just Jazz Guitar

Youtube Links:

Promo Video

IWYD: CD Launch in Pasadena, CA - The Good Ole World

All the World Is Green

Jul
29
Jul 30

Innocent When You Dream: The Music of Tom Waits

  • The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar

Aaron Shragge Trumpet/Shakuhachi, Jonathan Lindhorst -Tenor Sax, Ryan Butler - Guitar, Dan Fortin - Bass, Nico Dann - Drums.

Description:

Innocent When You Dream: The Music of Tom Waits

This Jazz quintet interprets the unique beauty of the songs Tom Waits. As an ensemble they create haunting and blissful sonic landscapes that draw upon the simplicity of the songs as the source of their interplay and improvisations. Their first record Innocent When You Dream: Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits was released through Jazz Collective Records in 2010. www.cdbaby.com/cd/bbasmo

"Innocent When You Dream is a singular and distinctive statement that stands out from the crowd."  -Steve Kinigestein, Just Jazz Guitar

Youtube Links:

Promo Video

IWYD: CD Launch in Pasadena, CA - The Good Ole World

All the World Is Green

Jul
12
2:00 pm14:00

Shaku-Box at Brooklyn Children's Museum

  • Brooklyn Children's Museum

Shaku-Box at Brooklyn Children's Museum

Akim Funk Buddha and Aaron Shragge have been collaborating for over ten years and have performed together at such venues as the Kennedy Center, BAM Cafe and The Blue Note. This collaboration led to the creation of the duo ShakuBox which bring together the diverse worlds of the human beat box, throat singing and the ShakuhachiI (Japanese bamboo flute). The results are as mysterious as they are funky and serene as they are urban.ShakuBox creates fun and interactive performances that educate young audiences about how cultures from around the world can interrelate

Jul
10
Jul 11

Innocent When You Dream: The Music of Tom Waits

  • Why Not Jazz

Innocent When You Dream: The Music of Tom Waits

Aaron Shragge -Dragon Mouth Trumpet/Shakuhachi
Petr Cancura - Tenor Sax
TBA - Guitar
Alexi David - Bass
Deric Dickens - Drums

This Jazz quintet interprets the unique beauty of the songs Tom Waits. As an ensemble they create haunting and blissful sonic landscapes that draw upon the simplicity of the songs as the source of their interplay and improvisations. Their first record Innocent When You Dream: Celebrating The Music of Tom Waits was released through Jazz Collective Records in 2010. www.cdbaby.com/cd/bbasmo

"Innocent When You Dream is a singular and distinctive statement that stands out from the crowd."  -Steve Kinigestein, Just Jazz Guitar

Youtube Links:

Promo Video

IWYD: CD Launch in Pasadena, CA - The Good Ole World

All the World Is Green