Sameer is one of the leading jazz drummer / tabla players based in NYC. He is the disciple of tabla maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, the founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive, and a very busy performer and teacher traveling throughout the world spreading music.
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BRM featured in Lincoln Center's "OFFSTAGE"
Members of Brooklyn Raga Massive play an original song, "Videsi," in the beautiful Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the Rubin Museum of Art
Naima by John Coltrane
September 23rd, 2016 - On the 89th birth anniversary of the saxophone legend John Coltrane, Brooklyn Raga Massive gave homage to his music legacy with a stirring rendition of 'Naima'. Presented at Pioneer Works in Red Hook Brooklyn.
Arun Ramamurthy Trio
The <b>Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART)</b> performs Jazz Carnatica. Rooted in the style of the virtuoso violinist Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Arun brings a fresh approach to the age-old South Indian classical repertoire. The trio’s collaborative sound is driven by the propulsive rhythm section of drummer Sameer Gupta & and bassist Perry Wortman. The Carnatic canon is remixed in this seamless integration of styles as the group expands on the traditional compositions in explosive, improvisational flights of fancy. Arun’s original compositions pay homage to Carnatic rhythmic structures and rich tonalities while expanding the music with a modern jazz backbeat. <b>www.arunramamurthy.com</b>
Namaskar by Sameer Gupta
Golden-Era Bollywood with a modern Jazz soul, NAMASKAR is a fresh and innovative approach towards jazz, Indian and soul music, embodying the integrative spirit of our time. The ensemble combines well known compositions from the Indian Golden Era of Bollywood with North and South India ragas, and modern American jazz in all its diversity, to craft an irresistibly beautiful artistic statement. Percussionist Sameer Gupta, known as one of the few percussionists representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian Classical music on tabla, leads a world-class ensemble featuring pianist Marc Cary, who adds an urban inflection with his vibrant acoustic piano and fender rhodes gliding effortlessly between jazz and Indian themes.
Neel Murgai Ensemble
The Neel Murgai Ensemble performs raga chamber-jazz, combining Neel’s sitar with violin, cello and tabla. The raga and tala of Indian classical music is the root of their sound, but they remain free to wander through other territories including jazz, minimalism and experimental music. Neel’s original compositions and rearrangements of traditional material are brought to life in their dynamic group improvisations. Innova Records has released their self titled debut CD to critical acclaim, including a feature on NPR’s Song of the day. They have performed to packed, enthusiastic audiences at Mexico’s 2012 Sinaloa Cultural Festival, the Sun to Stars Festival in New York, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Museum of Natural History amongst many others. <p> http://http://vimeo.com/80851086 Watch more videos, listen to tracks and find out more info at: http://neelmurgai.com
BRM Maestros: Mysore Manjunath + Giridhar Udupa
Footage from an amazing concert with visiting Carnatic maestros Dr. Mysore Manjunath and Ghatam Giridhar Udupa. Featuring BRM musicians Arun Ramamurthy on violin, Max ZT on dulcimer, Sameer Gupta on drum set and Moto Fukushima on bass. This is a spontaneous version of Max ZT's song "Sense" <p> Live at Soapbox Gallery <p> Dr Mysore Manjunath - Violin Giridha Udupa - Ghatam Arun Ramamurthy - Violin Max ZT - Hammered Dulcimer Moto Fukushima - Bass Sameer Gupta - Drumset
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.
"Preservation" - Arun Ramamurthy Trio
Brooklyn Raga Massive presents Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) "Preservation" is based on the Carnatic composition, Sri Valli Devasenapathe. Arun Ramamurthy - violin Sameer Gupta - drums Perry Wortman - bass Filmed & Edited by Ian Cinco @ La Luz, Bushwick Audio mixed by Sameer Gupta
Arun Ramamurthy Trio - "Walk As One"
Brooklyn Raga Massive presents Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) "Walk As One" is an original composition based in the raga Chakravakam. Arun Ramamurthy - violin Sameer Gupta - drums Perry Wortman - bass Filmed & Edited by Ian Cinco @ La Luz, Bushwick Audio mixed by Sameer Gupta
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
"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
Awaz Trio - Aakash Mittal, Rez Abbasi, Sameer Gupta
Awaz Trio - Aakash Mittal, Rez Abbasi, Sameer Gupta
Kajari, raga Desh - Falu Shah
Brooklyn Raga Massive presented Women's Raga Massive on April 16 2016 at Pioneer Work in Red Hook. Falu Shah (vocals), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Sameer Gupta (tabla)
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: Pawan Benjamin + Sameer Gupta
$10 Advance | $15 Door | 8PM Doors | 8:30PM concert | BRM Weekly Raga Jam- 10pm Featuring two close musical collaborators in a unique duo setting. In this format, Gupta and Benjamin experiment with structure, tradition, and improvisation, pushing the boundaries of their own musical expression. Pawan Benjamin - Saxophone / Bansuri / Shehnai / Electronics Sameer Gupta - Drumset / Tabla / Percussion **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: Josh Feinberg and Sameer Gupta
$10 Advance | $15 Door | 8pm Doors Open | 8:30pm Music | BRM Weekly Raga Jam- 10pm Sitar recital with Tabla Raised in a musical family, Josh Feinberg was introduced to music through classical piano at four years old and later, the bass at eight. Through his jazz studies with Dan Weiss, Josh was introduced to North Indian classical music. Josh received his initial training on sitar from Vijaya Sundaram. While at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Josh studied sitar with Dr. Peter Row and Dr. George Ruckert, and khyal and raga theory with Sri Warren Senders. In 2013, Josh released his debut CD Homage featuring Pt. Swapan Chaudhuri playing tabla. His second album, One Evening in Spring featuring Pt. Anindo Chatterjee on tabla, was released in 2014. A dedicated teacher, Josh holds regular classes in Portland and to students around the world via online lessons. Josh is a faculty member at Lewis and Clark College, Reed College and Marylhurst University, and has served as a faculty advisor at Prescott College. Also an author, Josh wrote a sitar manual called the Sitar Method for the Hal Leonard Corporation—the worlds largest music publisher. Josh’s sitar method book is available for purchase on his website (www.joshfeinbergmusic.com) and throughout the world. An updated version of the Sitar Method will include a video as well. Josh is committed to the idea of music as a universal language, which contains the power to bring together people from all cultures and walks of life. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon with his poet-wife Jessica, his daughter Sophia, and his son Noah. Josh holds a Bachelors from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Masters of Fine Arts from Goddard College. **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!