On what would have been John Coltrane’s 91st birthday, we welcome the globally recognized artists’ collective Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) to play unique homage to the legendary jazz saxophonist, centering on a re-interpretation of Coltrane’s acclaimed record A Love Supreme. Their vehicle is the raga, one of the most venerated improvisational frameworks in classical Indian music, focusing on a marriage of melodic structures and motifs designed to color the mind with emotion. With this composition, BRM will re-invigorate and re-imagine the smoky essence of Coltrane’s jazz.
Join us for what collective-member and performer David Ellenbogen describes as “a new generation of musicians who are disciples of some of the greatest living Indian Classical musicians, but who also speak the languages of jazz, funk, reggae” as they meld chamber ragas, funk, pop, jazz, western classical, and African traditions and attempt—for one night—to bring Coltrane back into being.
The performers include Elder Master in jazz Marc Cary (piano, Rhodes), Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Pawan Benjamin (saxophone), Trina Basu (violin), Brandee Younger (harp), Neel Murgai (sitar), Sameer Gupta (drums, tabla), Rashaan Carter (bass) and Michael Gam (bass), Arun Ramamurthy (carnatic violin). Click here to learn more about Brooklyn Raga Massive.