Overtones exist in every sound in nature. They form the basis for our scales and music. Everyone has access to overtones through our own voices. Instructor Neel Murgai will lead participants in Siberian/Mongolian techniques, more accessible techniques based on vowel sounds, as well as polyphonic overtone singing. We will also dive into a general scientific and mathematic understanding on the nature of overtones. This series of 2 hour long classes offers the time and opportunity to first learn to hear the overtones happening in all our voices and then learn to manipulate them. Neel has been practicing overtone singing for 16 years, which he learned from the performance group Uragsha and from Timothy Hill of the Harmonic Choir. He is also a sitarist and co-founder of the Brooklyn Raga Massive. Stay at Jalopy for BRM’s Weekly Concert and Jam Session every Thursday after the class.
In new ballet based on Rudyard Kipling’s iconic collection of stories Neel will be the featured composer and Indian music director. The Jungle Book will feature ballet and contemporary choreography by Gabriel Chajnik. An exciting collaboration with classical Indian dance teacher Sudha Shekhar Devulapalli, this Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater production features a fusion of Bharatanatyam and ballet performed by a cast of professional dancers and talented young trainees, as well as dazzling visuals and costumes by acclaimed designer José Solis and striking masks and headpieces designed by Tentacle Studios, whose clients include Lady Gaga, Kesha, and the Roy
Brooklyn Raga Massive Weekly Concert at Jalopy Presents:
Overtones exist in every sound in nature. They form the basis for our scales and music and are infinite in number. In a workshop before the concert, Neel will lead participants in a general scientific/mathematic understanding on the nature of overtones, Siberian/Mongolian techniques as well as more accessible techniques pioneered by the landmark group, Harmonic Choir. Neel has been practicing overtone singing for over 15 years and will also share his recent discoveries in polyphonic overtone singing.
In a unique solo performance, Neel Murgai uses overtone singing with electronic looping and daf (frame drum) to create lush droning soundscapes and primal rhythms. Subtly shifting chords, raga, tala and texture are deconstructed and reassembled in improvisational flights of fancy. The music may induce a psychedelic experience as listeners are washed in an ocean of tones. This performance represents Neel's latest work in a diverse musical practice as he celebrates his 20th year in NYC.
10:00PM BRM RAGA JAM SESSION
Brooklyn Raga Massive artist collective performs a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. The film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, is a surreal journey to the future with powerful allusions to the challenges of today. BRM’s raga-drenched live film score brings the experience of this otherworldly movie to new heights, with music direction by Neel Murgai.
Fantastic Planet (La planète sauvage)
Brooklyn Raga Massive, the wildly popular collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in and inspired by the classical music of India, performs a live film score to the 1973 animated sci-fi classic Fantastic Planet. The film, directed by René Laloux and written by Laloux and Roland Topor, is a surreal journey to the future with powerful allusions to the challenges of today. Brooklyn Raga Massive’s raga-drenched live film score brings the experience of this psychedelic cult hit to new heights. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Ragas Live is an epic 24-hour, 24-set festival featuring over 60 world-class musicians. A celebration of what The New York Times calls “the Raga Renaissance, flowering in Brooklyn,” the event features both traditional Indian Classical music and contemporary cross-cultural collaborations. Highlights include the Harvard Ritual Ensemble (Vijay Iyer, Rajna Swaminathan, Yosvany Terry, Ganavya); Max ZT and Karsh Kale; Mitali Bhawmik; Navatman Music Collective & Bulgarian Voices Trio; and Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Coltrane Raga Tribute. Neel will be performing at 4AM with Unstruck Sound.
Go: Organic Orchestra is a 21st-century vision of an orchestra of the future. Artistic director Adam Rudolph’s prototypical approach to composing and improvisational conducting embraces musical forms and cosmologies from around the world.
For the first time, Brooklyn Raga Massive, known for “preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit” (New York Times), will collaborate with Go: Organic Orchestra, creating an ensemble of over 25 musicians who will explore new dimensions in and around India’s traditional raga and tabla traditions.
Adam Rudolph, “a pioneer in world music” (New York Times) and a “master percussionist” (Musician), has a creative, forward-thinking vision. He is inspired by his work with countless legends of music including Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Philip Glass, L. Shankar, and Zakir Hussain. This collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive, known as “leaders of the Raga Renaissance” (New Yorker), promises to open new avenues of sonic exploration.
Brooklyn Raga Massive Artists:
Jay Gandhi - bansuri
Trina Basu - violin
Swaminathan Selvaganesh - kanjeera
Neel Murgai - sitar
Sameer Gupta - Tabla
David Ellenbogen - guitar
Arun Ramamurthy - violin
Go: Organic Orchestra Performing Artists:
Michel Gentile – c and alto flute, bamboo flutes
Sylvain Leroux - tambin, flute, bamboo flutes
Ze Luis – c and alto flute, bamboo flutes
Steve Gorn - bansuri flute, hichiriki
Sean Sonderegger – contrabass clarinet
Sara Schoenbeck - bassoon, sona
Julianne Carney-Chung - violin
Sana Nagano - violin
Charles Burnham - violin
Sarah Bernstein - violin
Richard Carr - violin
Stephanie Griffin - viola
Gwen Laster - viola
Jake Carkey - cello
Leco Reis - contrabass
Kenny Wessel - electric guitar
Alexis Marcelo - electric keyboards
Damon Banks - electric bass
Dan Kurfirst - cajon, frame drums, percussion
Rogerio Boccato - pandero, zabumba, percussion