Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive
Sunday, October 6, 2019
7:00 PM
  • Performance

Painted Bride Art Center (Old City)
230 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA
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Program Info

$25 General Admission
21 & Over


Brooklyn Raga Massive

  • Bill Jay Gandhi – bansuri
  • Arun Ramamurthy – violin
  • Samarth Nagarkar – vocals
  • Neel Murgai – sitar, overtone singing
  • Sameer Gupta – tabla
  • David Ellenbogen – el. guitar
  • Abhik Mukherjee – sitar
  • Mari Tanaka – tanpura

Go: Organic Orchestra

  • Kaoru Watanabe – c flute, fue, noh kan
  • Michel Gentile – c flute
  • Sylvain Leroux – tambin, c flute
  • Ze Luis – c + alto flute
  • Mariano Gil – bass flute
  • Avram Fefer – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Ned Rothenberg – bass and contrabass clarinet, soprano saxophone
  • Ivan Barenboim – b flat clarinet
  • Trina Basu – violin
  • Gwen Laster – violin
  • Jake Charkey – cello
  • Leco Reis – contrabass
  • Graham Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn kudu horn, bamboo vaccine
  • Stephen Haynes – cornet, flugelhorn, solo alto, pocket trumpet, didgeridoo, conch, kudu horn
  • Peter Zummo – trombone, didgeridoo, conch, kudu horn
  • Libby Schwartz – French horn
  • Mia Theodoratus – harp
  • Marco Cappelli – acoustic guitar
  • Kenny Wessel – electric guitar
  • Alexis Marcelo – keyboards
  • Damon Banks – electric bass
  • Harris Eisenstadt – bata (iya, itotele, okonkolo), percussion
  • Rogerio Boccato – caxixi, mineiro, temple blocks, bells, wood box surdo and percussion
  • Hamid Drake – drum kit, okonkolo, percussion
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This concert of Go: Organic Orchestra and Brooklyn Raga Massive was made possible through the generous support of the Universal Enlightenment Forum.

Please join Ars Nova Workshop, in partnership with Painted Bride Art Center, for the Philadelphia debut collaboration of Go: Organic Orchestra and the boundary-pushing Indian classical musicians of Brooklyn Raga Massive.

Master percussionist, composer, and bandleader Adam Rudolph has created the prototype for a “Future Orchestra” with his innovative Go: Organic Orchestra. On the remarkable new album Ragmala – A Garland of Ragas, the Orchestra joins forces with the boundary-pushing Indian classical musicians of Brooklyn Raga Massive, showcasing Rudolph’s game-changing vision by bridging ancient traditions and forward-looking excursions. The 30+-piece ensemble embraces diverse cultures, genders, traditions, generations, and voices to create a breathtaking original sound that invents a communal way forward while reverberating with echoes of the recent and ancient past. Drawing parallels with another groundbreaking and singular epic, Ragmala has already been referred to as a “Bitches Brew for the 21st century.”

An eclectic visionary with a globe-spanning imagination, Rudolph has been hailed as “a pioneer in world music” by the New York Times, having performed with Don Cherry, Sam Rivers, Pharaoh Sanders, Muhal Richard Abrams, Shankar, Wadada Leo Smith, Philip Glass, Jon Hassel, and others, touring and recording extensively for 25 years with the legendary Yusef Lateef. Continually evolving over the past two decades, Go: Organic is an ensemble boundless in myriad senses: in its range of influences, its adaptability, its scale, its potentiality, and most importantly its imagination. With its open, inclusive spirit, Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) has been making waves in the music world by bringing Indian Classical music into new territory, collaborating with minimalist composers, Afro-Cuban maestros, and jazz legends. In this illuminating collaboration, the two already awe-inspiring groups merge into a boundary-blurring sonic experience.

Cover: Go: Organic Orchestra / Photo by Adrien H. Tillmann