Indian Classical Masters Coming to NYC This Fall
World Music Institute presents two sides of new Indian classical music in October-
one a trailblazing musical collective, the other the scion of a great musical dynasty.
Brooklyn Raga Massive performs Terry Riley's "In C" on Friday, October 6, 2017, 8:00 p.m. at (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker St, Manhattan, as part of WMI's Global/Local series and as an album release event. Considered one of the most seminal works in minimalism, In C was inspired by the rhythmic patterns, drones and immersive nature of Indian raga. Seated Tickets: $25 advance / $30 day of show; Standing Room Tickets: $20 advance / $25 day of show. General admission. Unreserved seating with additional standing room tickets available.
Ustad Nishat Khan will perform on Sunday, October 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, Manhattan, as part of WMI's Masters of Indian Music series. This virtuoso sitar player, a member of the prestigious Khan family, stands at the forefront of contemporary Indian classical music. Tickets: $35-$45. Co-presented with Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center.
From World Music Institute Artistic Director Par Neiburger: "These two upcoming concerts explore raga, the immersive form in Indian classical music. Brookyn Raga Massive's take on Terry Riley's In C is a totally unique reinterpretation of the seminal minimalist composition that explores the roots of the piece in a truly special way. In C was heavily influenced by Indian raga music. Terry Riley studied Indian classical music, notably under Pandit Pran Nath, who was also the musical mentor of composer La Monte Young, often cited as one of the founders of minimalism. To hear a young ensemble of musicians trained in and inspired by Indian classical music, bring In C back to its Indian roots, is an awe-inspiring experience. We follow this concert with Nishat Khan, one of the greatest living exponents of Indian classical music in its pure, traditional form. Son of the great Imrat Khan and nephew of Vilayat Khan, he comes from one of India's true musical dynasties where these traditions have been passed on and preserved from father to son for generations."
Friday, October 6, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
(le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker Street, NYC
Terry Riley's 1964 composition In C has been described as the global village's first anthem. Considered one of the most seminal works in minimalism, the piece was inspired by the rhythmic patterns, drones and immersive nature of raga. No two performances of In C are the same, and listening to it can be a transcendent experience.
Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM)-the celebrated collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in Indian classical music, but inspired by jazz, Western classical, rock and more-brings the music full circle, as the first ensemble to perform In C with an orchestra of raga musicians and mostly Indian instruments: sitar, sarod, tabla, bansuri, violin, vocal, cello, bass, guitar and more. Terry Riley, who has studied and performed in Hindustani vocal traditions for decades, suggested that BRM open the composition to improvisation-and the ensemble's performances have gained a new spontaneity, beauty and excitement. This concert will be the album release event for Brooklyn Raga Massive's In C project.
World Music Institute's GLOBAL LOCAL series is dedicated to discovering and celebrating the international richness of the musicians and dancers living in The New York area. This series exposes these artists to wider audiences while celebrating the diversity of our city.
Masters of Indian Music
Sunday, October 8, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, NYC
radio host at WKCR-FM and co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive.
Ustad Nishat Khan is one of India's finest musicians and a virtuoso sitar player, transcending musical barriers with his provocative expression and spellbinding technical mastery. Nishat stands at the threshold of the future of sitar and Indian music with his uniquely invigorating and contemporary approach. He is the son and disciple of Ustad Imrat Khan, the nephew of the late Ustad Vilayat Khan, and a member of one of the oldest and most prestigious musical families and schools in India-the Imdadkani Ganara of Etawah. His trademark sitar playing is lyrical in quality, as is evident in all of his music. Nishat has mastered not only the North Indian classical idiom, but has also worked with music as diverse as Gregorian chant, Western classical music, jazz and flamenco. He has collaborated with some of the world's leading performers and composers such as Philip Glass, John McLaughlin, Paco Peña and Evelyn Glennie.
This concert is presented on World Music Institute's long-running MASTERS OF INDIAN MUSIC series.
For the complete 2017-2018 season schedule, visit www.worldmusicinstitute.org.
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