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Raga Cubana

Brooklyn Raga Massive featuring Román Díaz

Friday, December 30, 2016
7:00 PM–8:30 PM
Sold Out

The sacred drumming of Cuba is one of the most evolved and powerful rhythmic traditions in the world. The Indian system of raga explores modal melody with a depth and breadth unmatched in the West. Combined, they are Raga Cubana.

Praised by the Wall Street Journal for “expanding the notion of what raga”¦can mean,” and dubbed the “Leaders of the raga renaissance” by the New Yorker, Brooklyn Raga Massive will collaborate with Afro-Cuban maestro Román Díaz. The olù batá (master drummer) is a pillar of the New York City Afro-Cuban folkloric tradition and one of the music’s great innovators. He brings with him the outstanding vocalist Melvis Santa and a full rhythm section of batá drummers.

Expect soaring Carnatic violin, bansuri, explosive percussion, and the beautiful, haunting melodies of Africa, India, and the Caribbean.

Román Díaz (conductor, batá: iyá )

Giancarlo Luigi (shekere)

Clemente la Tierra (batá: okónkolo)

Melvis Santa (vocals)

Folasona Olorunsola (batá: itótele)

Ehren Hanson (tabla)

Jay Gandhi (bansuri)

David Ellenbogen (guitar)

Arun Ramamurthy (violin)

Michael Gam (bass)

and more special guests

This event continues Brooklyn Raga Massive’s ongoing Citizen’s Diplomacy Initiative.

Presented with Harrice Miller Entertainment

This program is now SOLD OUT.

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