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September 12, 2017 > Brooklyn Raga Massive brings East/West musical blend to Milpitas

Brooklyn Raga Massive brings East/West musical blend to Milpitas

By Victor Carvellas

Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is a group of forward thinking musicians rooted in Indian classical music, inspired by jazz, Western classical, rock and much more. They will be performing live at India Community Center in Milpitas on September 17.

BRM is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides lovers of Raga music, both listeners and practitioners, an exciting opportunity to feel the pulse of New York CityÕs live Indian Classical music scene. BRM is cooperatively managed by its constituent artists with the goal of bringing the community of Indian music lovers together. BRMÕs collaborative approach towards unifying and building the NYC Raga music scene provides the energy and direction for its events and gatherings. BRM is dedicated to presenting and representing Indian Classical Music in all its diversity across the US.

The BRM weekly jam sessions are a staple in their community. Held every week since 2012, the sessions are open to the public and inclusive of everyone. Local musicians come with their instruments to play with BRM members and explore all musical areas in the context of raga-based music.

ÒWe make a deliberate effort to show that Indian music is very expansive,Ó said Sameer Gupta, who plays table, a percussion instrument, in the ensemble. ÒIt can touch on minimalism, African music, classic rock. We can do Led Zeppelin. Rolling Stones, kidsÕ songs as well as traditional ragas.Ó

Musicians on the bill:
Pawan Benjamin Ð Saxophone
Michael Gam Ð Bass
Jay Gandhi Ð Bansuri Flute
Sameer Gupta Ð Drumset, Tabla
Neel Murgai Ð Sitar
Arun Ramamurthy Ð Carnatic Violin

Brooklyn Raga Massive
Sunday, Sep 17
7 p.m.
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St, Milpitas
(408) 934-1130 or
For tickets and information: and click EVENTS
ICC members $20 VIP/$15 General; Non-members $30 VIP/$20 General

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