Raga Massive, Inc.

Weekly Raga Concert and Jam Session Series
Artistic Discipline: MusicPerforming Arts
Category: Local Arts Support
Grant Year: 2020
Location: Prospect Heights

Raga Massive, Inc., also known as Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM), is a Brooklyn based music collective comprised of a diverse group of forward thinking musicians rooted in both traditional Indian/South Asian classical music, as well as contemporary American music and music from around the world. Their mission is to create cross-cultural understanding through the lens of traditional and contemporary Raga inspired music.

Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is a musicians’ collective rooted in and inspired by raga music (Indian music form). This weekly music series is a Brooklyn staple event and has existed for 7.5 years.

The Weekly Concert Series and Jam Session is the flagship series of BRM and has become a cultural phenomenon recommended by the New York Times calling BRM “Riveting... Soulful… Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit.” The Wall Street Journal added, “Expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean...BRM members seek to redefine classical Indian music in the new century, with the New Yorker chiming in calling BRM “Leaders of the Raga Renaissance.”

The events feature live raga music or a band that incorporates raga elements, followed by a jam session, which is similarly comprised. These events have grown a vibrant community of artists and music lovers with serious practitioners of raga attending every week sharing their music, in addition to regularly participating musicians who are skilled in various other genres and merely raga curious. This variety of talent enables BRM to present and collaborate with a great diversity of artists from numerous genres, including jazz, various African forms, Arabic and Middle-Eastern, Western classical, rock, minimalism, and much more. Through the jam session, new genres indigenous to Brooklyn have been explored. This weekly event is presented in an affordable venue with a relaxed atmosphere, where the musicians and audience can network, share a drink or bite to eat and build community.