About: Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, composer and educator based in NYC. A disciple of the celebrated Carnatic violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the country’s leading Indian Classical and crossover musicians. He has carved a niche for himself as a multifaceted artist, performing internationally in both traditional Carnatic and Hindustani settings as well as cross genre creative projects. Arun has been fortunate to perform with artists such as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Sudha Ragunathan, Anindo Chatterjee, T.N. Seshagopoloan, Mashkoor Ali Khan, Marc Cary, Awa Sangho among others. He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, an ensemble that brings a fresh approach to age-old South Indian classical repertoire and raga inspired originals. Praised by All About Jazz as “a beautiful, exotic, ear-opening listening experience” his trio’s debut album “Jazz Carnatica” was picked by NPR’s New Sounds as a Top New Release. Arun is a co-founder and Vice President of Brooklyn Raga Massive. He created the concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Café, an iconic jazz venue in New York’s West Village. As an educator, Arun teaches students ranging from beginners to professional musicians in Indian music performance, technique and theory. He has taught workshops on Indian classical music at music schools, universities, conservatories and summer music programs.
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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
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.
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
"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
Raga Renaissance: Interview with Dr. L. Subramaniam
Filmed on February 3, 2016 at Pioneer Works. Hear the entire interview and performance at the podcast at NYC Radio Live podcast www.nycradiolive.org Special thanks to the World Music Institute and the Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival Produced by Treeline Pictures, Brooklyn Raga Massive, and Pioneer Works. Cinematography by Ian Cinco Edited by Josh Adler
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".
Karavika - Jaya Ragamalika
Women's Raga Massive, 3/16/16 Pioneer Works, Brooklyn KARAVIKA performs Carnatic composition, "Jaya Raga Malika" by Dr Balamurali Krishna Trina Basu, violin Amali Premawardhana, cello Perry Wortman, bass Roshni Samlal, tabla Featuring: Arun Ramamurthy, violin Roopa Mahadevan, vocal
Brooklyn Raga Massive at Rubin Museum
Brooklyn Raga Massive performed a sold-out show at the beautiful Rubin Museum of Art on Aug 12th. The concert featured a Tabla duet, and this ensemble of four core BRM artists. Featuring - Max ZT, Arun Ramamurthy, Jay Gandhi, and Ehren Hanson.
The Court: featuring Saili Oak
The court is an immersive experience centered around live classical Indian music in the most intimate of settings. Curated to facilitate a deep experience for everyone present, the artists draw their inspiration from the meditative silence of the audiences attention. Following the music, we'll celebrate over food and conversation. BYOB and share a glass of wine with your new friends after the music is completed. This Performance with feature: Saili Oak - Vocal Mir Naqibul Islam - Tabla Arun Ramamurthy - Violin About Saili Oak: A finalist on the popular reality TV series Zee Marathi SaReGaMaPa, Saili is a senior disciple of Dr. Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, a leading vocalist of the Jaipur-Atrauli gharana. She has established her own identity with enriched talent in classical as well as semi-classical music. Saili has been learning music since a tender age of 3 years and has given performances at music festivals all over India and abroad. Some of her memorable performances include the Summer Sounds festival at the Hollywood bowl, Vedic Heritage in New York, Beyond Borders concert at the University of Maine to name a few. Her performances have been appreciated for her meticulous architecture of 'khayal', her systematic and well-crafted raga exploration and laudable command over the 'laya'.Saili has several albums and singles to her credit including the two tracks she recently recorded for Trevor Hall's album 'Kala'. Saili has performed with the Albany Symphony, NY and presented and performed at the World Music Symposium in New Jersey. She is the first Hindustani singer to have ever performed with a Symphony orchestra. About Mir Naqibul Islam: Mir Naqibul Islam is a young classical artist of this generation. Mir is a regular performer in the classical music arena of Dhaka and New York both as a soloist and an accompanist. Though trained in purely traditional style, he is open to any genre of music and love to incorporate those flavors in his playing. He is fortunate to have Shri Ashoke Paul as his guru who is a disciple of Padmabhushan Pandit Jnan Prakash ghosh. Through the past seventeen years and counting, guidance of Shri Ashoke Paul has enabled Mir to learn the technical and aesthetical aspects of Tabla playing. Mir has also learnt from Janab Syed Hafizur Rahman, Shri Madan Gopal Das,Pandit Gopal Mishra and Pandit Suresh Talwalkar. At present, Mir is taking talim from Pandit Anindo Chatterjee. About Arun Ramamurthy: Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, composer and educator based in NYC. A disciple of the celebrated Carnatic violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the country’s leading Indian Classical and crossover musicians. Growing up in New Jersey, he trained in both Indian and Western classical styles.
BRM Weekly: Bhargavi Balasubramaniam
Bhargavi Balasubramaniam is a senior disciple of Sangeet Samraat Chitravina N Ravikiran and is a naturally talented, multi-faceted and versatile performer in both vocal and chitravina. Her deep-rooted classical mind and her ability to handle core-carnatic ragas with ease have won her critical acclaim, not only with rasikas but also among fellow musicians. She will be joined by BRM regulars Arun Ramamurthy on violin and Bala Skandan on mridangam. Bhargavi Balasubramaniam - vocal Arun Ramamurthy - violin Bala Skandan - mridangam Balasubramaniam has performed numerous solo vocal & chitravina concerts for several organizations in India, USA, Canada and the Middle East and collaborative concerts with many reputed musicians. Bhargavi has also had the privelege of performing for senior dancers such as Pt Birju Maharaj, C V Chandrashekar, Guru Rhadha, Bragha Bessell and Sujata Mohapatra. She has performed along with her Guru Shri Ravikiran in reputed venues across the world and been featured in special shows for the national networks of France and Greece. Bhargavi is a graded artist of All India Radio in both vocal & chitravina and has been recognised and honoured with titles such as ‘Sathya Sunada Sundaram’ and ‘Isai Arasi’, by the Bharatanjali Trust and Trinity Fine Arts. Recently, she had the honour of receiving the "T S Balakrishna Sastrigal Award for Excellence in the field of music" from Sangita Kalanidhi Dr Umayalpuram K Sivaraman. Bhargavi is a much sought-after Guru and is well known for her contributions as a core-trainer for the ‘Sustaining Sampradaya’ programme, at the Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival and for training several award-winning disciples. Bhargavi is the architect of the popular and much-acclaimed website venkatakavi.org, dedicated to the master composer, Oottukkadu Venkata Kavi. **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!