Presented by Pioneer Works in collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive and the Society for Arts and Culture of South Asia
October 22 8PM – October 23 8PM(BROADCAST LIVE ON WKCR from Brooklyn) Event: Doors at 7pm on October 22, 2022
The Ragas Live Festival will stage a triumphant return as a 24-hour live event at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works in October, after having presented one of the most ambitious and successful virtual events of the pandemic.
Featured artists will include:
Parvathy Baul, Cyro Baptista, Hamid AlSaadi, Manik Khan, Mysore Brothers (and more below)
A 24-hour celebration of transcendent, spiritual music, the Ragas Live Festival is rooted in South Asia’s classical music, raga, which is unique in that specific modes are only played at specific times during the day. The entire event will be broadcast on WKCR- FM, where it began as a 50 musician, in-studio broadcast in 2012 produced by host David Ellenbogen.
The eclectic programming includes the New York premiere of the Baul performer Parvathy Baul, master of the Iraqi maqam Hamid AlSaadi, ambient modular synth explorations from Kroba and a tribute to Ali Akbar Khan on his 100th centennial featuring his son Manik Khan. At least a dozen more artists are to be announced.
The live festival will take place within an immersive installation by pioneering film and video artist Charles Atlas, on a bespoke stage designed by artist Mika Tajima in collaboration with Chadha Ranch.
Artists Appearing at Ragas Live:
8:00 PM Saraswathi Ranganathan (veena and mridangam - Chicago) (Carnatic ensemble)
9:00 PM Roshni Samlal & Kane Mathis (tabla and kora - New York)
10:00 PM Boundless by Sid Sriram (Carnatic vocal - San Francisco/Chennai)
11:30 PM Cyro Baptista + Friends featuring Tim Keiper and Brian Marsella (Brazilian percussion master + ensemble)
12:30 AM Manik Khan w/ Sudhakar Vaidyanathan (Tribute to Ali Akbar Khan; sarod and tabla - San Francisco)
2:00 AM Qasim Naqvi (analog synths - New York)
3:30 AM Suhail Yusuf Khan (sarangi + tabla - Connecticut)
5:00 AM Kroba (saxophone and analog synth - New York)
6:30 AM Samarth Nagarkar (vocal and tabla - New York)
8:00 AM Abhik Mukherjee (sitar and tabla - New York)
9:30 AM Jay Gandhi (bansuri and tabla - New York)
11:00 AM Amir ElSaffar (trumpet, analog electronics - New York)
12:00 PM Vinay Desai (Tribute to Shivkumar Sharma; santoor and tabla - New York)
1:30 PM Hamid Al Saadi (Iraqi Maqam ensemble - Iraq /New York)
2:30 PM Samir LanGus (Gnawa ensemble - Morocco/ NY)
4:00 PM Arun Ramamurthy Trio (Carnatic jazz ensemble - New York)
5:30 PM Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda (Marrakech, Morocco - percussion, vocal and dance Ensemble)
7:00 PM Parvathy Baul (Baul song, multiple instruments and dance - W. Bengal, India)
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(on Pioneer Street)
F/G Subway (Smith-9th Street Station) or B61 Bus (King Street stop)
South Brooklyn (SBK) Ferry to Red Hook/Atlantic Basin.
Day & Price: Day of / Adv.
Saturday only: $35 / $40
Sunday only: $35 / $40
24 hr Pass: $55 / $60
The Bauls are a sect of mystic minstrels from West Bengal, whose music has fascinated the likes of Bob Dylan and George Harrison. The festival offers a rare opportunity to witness one of their most renowned exponents, Parvathy Baul, who says: “I am very much looking forward to singing to the music lovers of New York and share the intangible "spoken wisdom" of Baul songs with the listeners!”
Vocalist Samarth Nagakar, who has performed on the festival for 10 consecutive years, says:
“Ragas Live Festival has grown to be one of the landmark events of New York City’s music landscape. Starting over a decade ago as a 24-hour music festival broadcast from a remote studio in New York, it has grown into a remarkable global event that attracts reputable musicians from all parts of the globe. Most significantly, it brings a profoundly deep niche traditional art form to audiences across the world. I’m honored to have been a part of this festival every year from its inception and hope to see it continue to grow.”
Ragas Live Festival is produced by Pioneer Works in collaboration with Brooklyn Raga Massive and the Society for Arts and Culture of South Asia. Ragas Live is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Brooklyn Arts Council. Brooklyn Arts Fund (DCLA) is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council.
About Pioneer Works
Pioneer Works is an admission-free 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural center in Red Hook, Brooklyn with a mission to build community through the arts and sciences to create an open and inspired world. Since its founding by artist Dustin Yellin in 2012, Pioneer Works has hosted over 250 residents in the arts and sciences, mounted over 60 original exhibitions, and held over 600 interdisciplinary public programs and performances