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Wed Oct 25 // 7:00 pm

Brooklyn Raga Massive: Jugalbandi: Jay Gandhi and Abhik Mukherjee – The Meditative and the Ecstatic

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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: Film Screening

Play Like a Lion: The Legacy of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan

American-born Alam Khan is traveling to India on his first concert tour without his ailing father, legendary Indian Classical maestro sarodist Ali Akbar Khan.  Alam knows that soon he will have to play and live life without his father's guidance and support. When Alam feels the weight of living up to his family's North Indian Classical music tradition, he remembers his father's advice: 'Don't worry, Play like a lion!"

 

8:00pm: Concert

Jugalbandi: Jay Gandhi and Abhik Mukherjee – The Meditative and the Ecstatic

 

The dynamic duo, Jay Gandhi (bansuri) and Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) returns for another iteration of their well known jugalbandhi (duet). Both captivating solo performers in their own right, they have also become well known for their enthralling musical chemistry together. Abhik Mukherjee is a shining voice of the Imdhadkhani sitar gharana and Jay Gandhi, a leading disciple of bansuri legend Pt. Hariprasad Chaurasia. Their contrasting yet complementary musical styles offer a compelling composite of melodic and rhythmic approaches and their performances are often imbued with a deep and spontaneous exploration of rasa (emotional essence) and mood. Their repertoire ranges from the introspective and meditative to the joyful, romantic and ecstatic. Don't miss what may be their final duet of the year!

 

Jay Gandhi

 

Shaped by years of intensive training under the legendary bansuri maestro, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Jay's music is at once reflective of his devotion to his Guru and a diverse range of other musical influences. His initial training in Hindustani music was under vocalist Smt. Kum Kum Sanyal and later on the bansuri under Pt. Ronu Majumdar and Pt. Raghunath Seth. Since being accepted as a disciple of Pt Hariprasad Chaurasia in 2006, he has had the honor of accompanying him in numerous concerts in both India and the USA.

 

Through the years, Jay's musical journey has simultaneously led him to delve into many other genres of music as well. He has a deep love for the music of the African diaspora and American Jazz. While at the Oberlin College/Conservatory of Music (Ohio), he trained under jazz luminaries such as the saxophonist Gary Bartz and trumpetist Marcus Belgrave. He has since been blessed to have performed with the likes of Marc Cary, Ravi Coltrane, Jeff Watts, and Reggie Workman.

 

A recipient of the prestigious AIIS Performing Arts Fellowship, Jay maintains a busy schedule performing to acclaim for audiences across the globe. He currently is based primarily out of New York City, where he is very active as both a teacher and performer and also as a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a prominent musicians collective.

 

Abhik Mukherjee:

 

Abhik Mukherjee is a Kolkata-born sitar player of the Etawah-Imdadkhani gharana. He was initiated to sitar at the age of six by his father, Sri Tarit Mukherjee, and Sri Bimal Chatterjee, while simultaneously receiving vocal instruction from Sri Kaylan Bose. He has since taken talim from Pandit Arvind Parikh and Pandit Kashinath Mukherjee, themselves disciples of the legendary Ustad Vilayat Khan. He is a gold medalist in musicology from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata, and has also received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture, India.

Abhik’s first public performance was at the age of nine at the Governor’s House, Kolkata. He has since performed in ten countries on four continents. Some memorable concerts include performances for the inauguration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial (Washington D.C.); at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City); at the Indian Habitat Center (Delhi); on Doordarshan (Kolkata); and a summer tour of Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. Abhik currently lives in New York City and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive, an Indian classical music artists’ collective.

 

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