Led by mbira player, Kevin Nathaniel and bansuri player, Eric Fraser, Africa meets India is an innovative convergence of classical Indian raga melody and traditional Zimbabwean song. With Africa Meets India, centuries of celebrated musical traditions dance together - and perhaps return to their common origins - as the ragas of India find common ground with African chants, rhythms and melodies. For this special concert, the core members, Kevin Nathaniel, Eric Fraser, and Abhik Mukherjee, Sitar; will be joined by members of the renowned Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars.
Both a critical and audience favorite, Brooklyn Raga Massive have been praied the Wall Street Journal for “Expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean.” The New York Times for “Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit,” and have been crowned the the “Leaders of the Raga Renaissance” by The New Yorker.
Grounded by tradition but guided by the spirit of improvisation, Africa Meets India with the Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars promises to be an spontaneous, joyful event.
This program is taking place in conjunction with the exhibition Look up here, I'm in heaven, on view at BRIC House June 30-August 14, 2016.
The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.