RAGMALA: BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE & GO: ORGANIC ORCHESTRA
In the fall of 2019, Brooklyn Raga Massive and the Go:Organic Orchestra released Ragmala a triple LP recording that explored the nexus between Indian Classical Raga and large ensemble creative music. This was an ambitious project with 40 musicians performing new music spontaneously conducted by composer Adam Rudolph.
The recording resulted in an overwhelmingly positive critical response and the premier concert sold out a week in advance. Our collaboration also caught the eye of film maker Raphael Bergamaschi, known for his work on the award winning film, Tu Me Manques, Bolivia’s official submission to the Academy Awards. Raphael began documenting the groups rehearsals and performances.
As the project evolves, our goal now is to create new music for this large ensemble and capture the live experience on audio and video. We we aim to provide Bergamaschi with concert footage of the highest quality so that this music can reach the maximum amount of people with the strongest representation. To do this will require an evening of live performance, with proper sound and multiple camera video recording. The concert will take place at Roulette Intermedium in downtown Brooklyn in the Fall of 2020. It will require new compositions, several days of rehearsals, sectional workshops, a recording engineer and several camera operators.
The new work will be the centerpiece of the documentary film that Raphael Bergamaschi has already begun creating. The final cut will be April 2021.
The film will be submitted to all major documentary film festivals in the world and, ideally, it is usually at this stage that the film is acquired by a distributor such as Netflix or HBO. Some of the festivals the film will be submitted to are: IDFA, Hot Docs, New York Film Festival, Berlinale, Cinéma du Réel, CPH: Dox, Dok Leipzig, Visions du Réel, Sheffield Doc/Fest, AFI Docs…
This is a sample of the response to the project so far.
“Two of the most interesting bands in the USA….In the jazz world, not since Sun Ra has this reviewer heard anything so successful at reaching the parts other music
generally fails to reach. This double album feels like a milestone in the evolution of truly world music.”
Fiona Mactaggart, London Jazz News
“While Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center has been presenting jazz, improvised and/or experimental music for half a century, it’s still entirely possible this was the most sweepingly wide, boundary-defying cross-cultural performance the venue has ever seen.”
All About Jazz – Geno Thackara
The opening track from our Ragmala recording. Special guest Hassan Hakmoun, the gnawa music master from Morocco is heard exchanging ideas with Hindustani vocalist Samarth Nagarkar and bansuri maestro Jay Gandhi from Brooklyn Raga Massive.
In this excerpt you’ll hear Hindustani vocals set in relief against spontaneously conducted tone rows from the orchestra. The jazz/kezmer clarinet of Ivan Barenboim dialogues with the Carnatic violin of Arun Ramamurthy and the harp of Mia Theodoratus. The rhythm section led by Hamid Drake brings in a 21 beat cycle, while Sameer Gupta solos on tabla. The full 40 person orchestra kicks in for an ecstatic finale.
Start and End Dates
05/04/2021 — 10/19/2022
Brookyn, New York