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Wed Oct 11 // 7:00 pm

Brooklyn Raga Massive: Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones

Presented by Caveat

Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in and inspired by Indian classical music. Hailed as “Leaders of the Raga Renaissance” by the New Yorker, BRM creates original composed music by BRM member musicians and represented ensembles, and presents over 70 concerts annually at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, MOMA, The Met, India Center Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Museum, Celebrate Brooklyn, BRIC, Jazz Gallery, Pioneer Works, Joe’s Pub, Shapeshifter, The Rubin Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, Seattle Town Hall, and more. BRM features both traditional Indian classical performances as well as cross-cultural Raga inspired music. The culturally inclusive nature of BRM has made it into an incubator of new music collaborations with sounds indigenous to Brooklyn.


7:00PM Pre-concert talk

DON'T RELAX: Beyond Mindfulness

Many of us might approach meditation to means of calming down and de-stressing, but what if we're missing something? For millennia, meditation has been used as a method to radically undermine assumptions and question our underlying reality, down to the fabric of our very selves. In this session, we'll explore the role of meditation as a method of deconstruction, and the qualities of tenderness, kindness, and compassion that lie on the other side.
8:00pm Concert
As Ben Ratliff wrote in the New York Times, “the aggressive and sublime first album by the band Elder Ones, Holy Science, is a kind of gauge for how strong and flexible the scene of young musicians in New York’s improvised and experimental music world can be. At the center of it are drones and phonemes. The group’s leader, the 30-year-old composer and singer Amirtha Kidambi, holds forth behind a harmonium, the small keyboard instrument with hand-pumped bellows; it’s commonly used in bhajan, the Indian devotional-singing tradition that was central to her musical experience while growing up in a South Indian family.” Amirtha will be joined on stage by Matt Nelson (soprano saxophone), Nick Dunston (bass), and Max Jaffe (drums/percussion).



After the concert, Brooklyn Raga Massive will hold a jam session with community musicians until midnight.



7pm TALK + CONCERT: $15 advance, $20 door

CONCERT ONLY (8pm): $10 advance, $15 door