Michael Gam is a sought after upright and electric bassist/composer living in New York. As a versatile musician skilled in many styles of music, Michael has performed with cutting edge Jazz musicians like Ambrose Akinmusire and Tigran Hamasyan, top Classical virtuoso Hillary Hahn, and Carnatic master percussionists Subash Chandran and Ganesh Kumar. Michael has also been studying Indian classical music since 2010, and is a budding sarod performer of the Maihar gharana.
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Raga Cubana - Live at Pioneer Works
The fist time performance by Raga Cubana - A collaboration between Afro-Cuban maestro Román Díaz and musician from the Brooklyn Raga Massive collective. A legendary percussionist, Díaz is a pillar of the New York City Afro-Cuban folkloric tradition and one of the music's great innovators.
Coltrane Raga Tribute
Brooklyn Raga Massive pays homage to John Coltrane; brilliant composer, cornerstone of American Jazz, and huge influence on members of the BRM collective. Percussionist and musical director, Sameer Gupta, conceived of the Coltrane Raga Tribute in 2015 as a reflection of the relationship between Indian Classical Raga music and American Jazz through the legacy of John Coltrane. The ensemble comprises of several traditional Indian instruments seamlessly blended with Jazz instruments that defined Coltrane's sound. The meditative and transcendental qualities of both musical subjects make this Tribute particularly rich and meaningful to the diverse worldwide music audiences who have been drawn to these styles.
From Tradition to Innovation
Indian Classical Music has touched and influenced people from around the world. <b>Brooklyn Raga Massive</b> 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. A deeply diverse collective, Brooklyn Raga Massive artists are rooted in traditions ranging from Carnatic to African to jazz. While honoring pioneers like Ravi Shankar, John Coltrane and others, the collective also presents original visions of raga music, reflective of their ties to various communities, cultures, and experiences as artists in today’s world.
Indian classical music is usually a soloistic, lonely affair. Hindustani ensembles rarely number more than 3 or 4 and usually it is just 2 (melody and percussion). As our community grew past critical mass, BRM co-founder Neel Murgai was excited about the possibility of creating a super group of musicians, the Brooklyn Raga Massive All Stars: an orchestra with sitar, sarod, bansuri, violin, dilruba, harmonium, tabla, vocals, violin, cello, bass, guitar, vibes and more. He realized that Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist composition “In C” would be a special way to achieve that. 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 Tribute to Prince's Purple Rain
On April 27th 2016 Brooklyn Raga Massive featured the percussionist Karsh Kale for their Residency Closing concert at Pioneer Works, Red Hook Brooklyn. The Artist formerly known as 'Prince' unexpectedly passed away a few days earlier, prompting the BRM family to pay homage to his musical brilliance. Featuring: Karsh Kale - Drumset Jay Gandhi - Bansuri Arun Ramamurthy - Violin Neel Murgai - Sitar Sameer Gupta - Tabla Anjna Swaminathan - Violin Priya Darshini - Voice Roopa Mahadevan - Voice Max ZT - Dulcimer David Ellenbogen - Guitar Michael Gam - Bass
Brooklyn Raga Massive celebrated Holi on 3/23/2016 at Pioneer Works with a percussion solo featuring: Rich Stein - Percussion, Helix Ehren Hanson - Tabla Sameer Gupta - Tabla Michael Gam - Dilruba
"TYAG" by Andrea Clinton and Michael Gam
2/10/16 Ragas in Motion by Brooklyn Raga Massive presented at Pioneer Works, Red Hook Brooklyn. Andrea Clinton - Dance Michael Gam - Music
"Hey Nath" - BRM Tribute to Ravi Shankar
Brooklyn Raga Massive presents Hey Naath, originally composed by Pt. Ravi Shankar. This was a recorded April 16th, 2016 as part of Brooklyn Raga Massive's weekly residency at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Performers: Samarth Nagarkar - Vocal Neel Murgai - Sitar Sameer Gupta - Tabla Eric Fraser - Bansuri Arun Ramamurthy - Violin Trina Basu - Violin Adam Maalouf - Cello Michael Gam - Bass
"Dhola Maru" by Pt. Krishna Bhatt w/ BRM All-Stars
Brooklyn Raga Massive presents a special performance of Dhola Maru, composed by Krishna Mohan Bhatt. This was a recorded April 16th, 2016 as part of Brooklyn Raga Massive's weekly residency at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Performers: Pt. Krishna Mohan Bhatt - Sitar Sameer Gupta - Tabla Shivalik Goshal - Tabla Eric Fraser - Bansuri Arun Ramamurthy - Violin Trina Basu - Violin Adam Malouf - Cello
Beatles Raga Tribute: Here Comes the Sun
Morley, vocals David Ellenbogen, guitar Neel Murgai, sitar Sameer Gupta, drums, tabla Ken Shoji, violin Trina Basu, violin Amali Premawardhana, cello Michael Gam, bass Filmed live at Pioneer Works, BK on Feb, 24, 2016 Series produced by Brooklyn Raga Massive and Treeline Pictures Live Sound/Recording by James Clark Video mx and projection by Joshua Geisler Cameras: Ian Cinco and Josh Adler Edited by Josh Adler Audio Mix by BRM
Blue Nile by Alice Coltrane performed by Brooklyn Raga Massive
This video is an excerpt from Coltrane Raga Tribute and Birthday Concert on Sept 23rd 2015 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The event was dedicated to exploring the connections between the Coltrane Legacy and the music of India. This song"Blue Nile" composed by Alice Coltrane, was originally performed on "Ptah, the El Daaoud".
Ragas in Motion: "Tapla" with Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards
Recorded live at Pioneer Works, Red Hook Brooklyn. 2/10/16 as part of Ragas in Motion presented by Brooklyn Raga Massive. Featuring the Tap mastery of Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards accompanied by Sameer Gupta on Tabla and Michael Gam on Bass
Raga Jazz Messengers
Recorded Live at La Luz (Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC) June 1, 2016 Brooklyn Raga Massive presents Raga Jazz Messengers Aaron Shragge - Trumpet Aakash Mittal - Alto Sax Michael Gam - Acoustic Bass Sameer Gupta - Drumset Videography - Ian Cinco Video/Audio - BRM
BRM Weekly: Aaron Shragge and Tom Chess Quartet
$10 Advance | $15 Door | 8pm Doors Open | 8:30pm Music | BRM Weekly Raga Jam- 10pm 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 unique instrumentation that also includes: oud, morsing, sarod, sarangi, and kanjira. Aaron Shragge - trumpet/shakuahci/fx Tomchess - oud/ney/morsing Michael Gam - Bass, sarod, sarangi, kanjira Deric Dickens - Drums Aaron Shragge is active in the NYC improvised/creative music scene serving on the board of Festival of New Trumpet Music NY/Canada. 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. NYC based Multi-instrumentalist/improviser/composer Tomchess has played and recorded with some of the esteemed players in the Improvisational and Jazz scene as well as Morrocan Sitarist Hassan Hakmoun. Having deeply studied the Near Eastern, and North African traditions his syncretic sound encompasses the tonal palette, rhythms, and forms of these traditional musics as well as a focus on the unity of all human culture while never losing sight of his American roots and the importance and freedom of improvisation. Michael Gam is a sought after upright and electric bassist/composer living in New York. As a versatile musician skilled in many styles of music, Michael has performed with cutting edge Jazz musicians like Ambrose Akinmusire and Tigran Hamasyan, top Classical virtuoso Hillary Hahn, and Carnatic master percussionists Subash Chandran and Ganesh Kumar. Michael has also been studying Indian classical music since 2010 and is a budding sarod performer of the Maihar Gharana. Deric Dickens is a Brooklyn-based percussionist and composer. After growing up in Southern Georgia, Deric worked as a band director, taught drum and bugle corps, and played as a principal timpanist with local orchestras and symphonies. But it was the ride cymbal; a friend had asked him to play at a session, which changed everything. He currently leads Speed Date, Rocket #9, The Dickens Campaign, and Left Bomb Bay and co-leads Dix Out (avant trad. band), Team Players, Arabic for Beginners, and Zero Point. **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!
BRM Weekly: Dan Weiss & Michael Gam
$10 Advance | $15 Door | 8pm Doors Open | 8:30pm Music | BRM Weekly Raga Jam- 10pm The duo of drummer Dan Weiss and bassist Michael Gam brings together two expansive musicians guided by a deep love and unique commitment to two profound improvisational musical traditions - Jazz and Indian Classical music. Both musicians have been dedicated practitioners of their respective instruments within the context of Jazz and other styles for many years while also studying and performing Indian Classical music. Weiss has studied tabla for 20 years with Pandit Samir Chatterjee and recorded two groundbreaking albums translating tabla repertoire to the drum set. In addition to his work as an upright and electric bassist, Gam is an emerging Hindustani (North Indian) sarod performer who began his studies with the late maestro Ustad Ali Akbar Khan in 2008 and has also been committed to developing a new approach to the bass informed by Indian Classical music. Join us for an exciting improvisational journey with this innovative drums and bass duo. Shifting Foundation grantee Dan Weiss has been hailed as one of the top five jazz drummers in The New York Times, and his large ensemble recording "Fourteen" made the top ten list of their best recordings of 2014. Weiss’s innovative drumming and forward thinking compositions have been pushing musical limits for years. Weiss has been studying tabla under Pandit Samir Chatterjee for twenty years. He has performed with the legendary Ashish Khan and Ramesh Misra and recorded a solo tabla cd "3dcd" (2007). Weiss recorded two groundbreaking CDs "Teental Drumset Solo" (2005) and "Jhaptal Drumset Solo" (2011) where he performs classical Indian repertoire on a drum set. Michael Gam is a jazz bassist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer based in New York City in the lineage of the Ray Brown and Ali Akbar Khan. As an experienced, skillful and intuitive jazz improviser, Michael has worked extensively alongside respected elder jazz musicians and young innovators, while also being called upon regularly to play bass in a variety of other musical worlds ranging from R&B, classical, bluegrass and rock to Afro-Peruvian, Cuban, Klezmer and West African music. Since 2009, Michael has been a student of the rich musical tradition of Raga and is an emerging Sarod and Sarangi performer of the Maihar gharana. **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!