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Options October 12, 2019: Brooklyn Raga Massive's Neel Murgai & David Ellenbogen


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The collective of musicians known as Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is the heart of what the New York Times calls “the Raga Renaissance".

BRM's defining event is their annual 24-hour / 70-plus performer Ragas Live marathon concert at Pioneer Works, the innovative arts center in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This year's marathon starts Saturday evening October 19th and ends the following night.

Musicians and BRM Artistic Directors Neel Murgai (pictured with his ensemble featuring several core BRM members, above) and David Ellenbogen (pictured below) join us to talk Raga, Brooklyn-style.


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Artist Track Album Label Comments New Approx. start time
GEA  In Memoriam   Options Single    Gig: Oct 16 @ Piano's, 158 Ludlow St in the Lower East Side (with Tarot, Anni, and Irene - Mondo NYC Fesival Showcase)    0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Lido Pimienta  Humano (El Buho remix)   Options Various Artists: Tributaries: A Remix Album  Wonderwheel Recordings   GIG: National Sawdust, Satt Oct 19 7:30 / DJ Nickodemus of Wonderwheel also presents Turntables on the Hudson ft Thomaso Cappelato live, The Spy From Cairo live and more @ NuBlu on Friday night Oct 18    0:04:28 (Pop‑up)
Emel Mathlouthi  Merrouh   Options Everywhere We Looked Was Burning    GIG: Emel Mathlouthi + Faten Kanaan @ Le Poisson Rouge @ Le Poisson Rouge THIS Monday night, Oct 14  *   0:09:52 (Pop‑up)
Aynur Doğan  Roni   Options Nûpel  Kalan Müzik       0:13:04 (Pop‑up)
Adir Jan  Love   Options Leyla        0:15:54 (Pop‑up)
Chakib Bouzidi   Pampa   Options Single    GIG: Silvana in Harlem, Tues night @ 10 / he's a member of the Algerian band Ifrikiya Spirit who did a Center Stage US tour and is a current OneBeat fellow    0:22:47 (Pop‑up)
Go: Organic Orchestra and Brooklyn Raga Massive  Mouna Azure   Options Ragmala  Meta    *   0:42:14 (Pop‑up)
Go: Organic Orchestra and Brooklyn Raga Massive  Savannahs   Options Ragmala        0:59:46 (Pop‑up)
Neel Murgai Ensemble  Spaghetti Eastern   Options Re-Orientation  Forthcoming  GIG: Ragas Live Marathon Sat Oct 19 7 pm to Sun Oct 20 7 pm @ Pioneer Works (they play 11 am Sun)    1:24:58 (Pop‑up)
Jay Gandhi  Dhun   Options Ragas Live Retrospective 2011-2017  Brooklyn Raga Massive  GIG: Ragas Live Marathon Sat Oct 19 7 pm to Sun Oct 20 7 pm @ Pioneer Works: Jay Gandhi & Yacouba Sissoko Play Sun 1 pm; Abhik Mukherjee & Jay Gandhi Play Sun 4 pm    1:39:59 (Pop‑up)
Arun Ramamurthy Trio  Revati   Options Jazz Carnatica    GIG: Ragas Live Marathon Sat Oct 19 7 pm to Sun Oct 20 7 pm @ Pioneer Works (they play 8 pm Sat)    2:03:04 (Pop‑up)
Les Filles de Illighadad  Imigradan   Options Eghass Malan  Sahel Sounds  GIGs: THIS Tues (SOLD OUT) & Wed night (added show) @ Pioneer Works at 159 Pioneer St. in Red Hook, Brooklyn    2:13:23 (Pop‑up)
Tinariwen  Iklam Dglour   Options Amadjar  Anti-    *   2:18:49 (Pop‑up)
Dolunay  Gulizar   Options Our House    GIG: Brooklyn Maqam Hang @ Sisters, 900 Fulton St. in Brooklyn THIS Tuesday night at 8    2:20:32 (Pop‑up)
Namâd Trio: Pejman Hadadi, Saeed Kamjoo & Kourosh Taghavi  Ode to Hope   Options Live on Andisheh TV 2009    GIG: Sat night Oct 19 @ Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave in Downtown Brooklyn (presented by Robert Browning Associates)    2:24:20 (Pop‑up)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Party  Shahbaaz Qalandar   Options Live at WOMAD 1985  Real World      2:31:48 (Pop‑up)
Spy from Cairo  Taksim Square   Options Arabadub  Wonderwheel Recordings   GIG: Wonderwheel presents Turntables on the Hudson ft Thomaso Cappelato live, The Spy From Cairo live and more @ NuBlu on Friday night Oct 18    2:47:02 (Pop‑up)
Iberi  Praising Chant for the Queen Tamar   Options First    GIG: Littlefield Wed night @ 8    2:54:39 (Pop‑up)
Heinavanker  Oh Aadam   Options Heinavanker    GIG: The Fuentidueña Chapel at the Met Cloisters Sat Oct 19, 1 and 3 pm    2:57:13 (Pop‑up)
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Organizations supporting the rights of immigrants and refugees:

(For more suggestions see https://www.bustle.com/p/9-immigration-organizations-to-donate-to-if-you-want-to-support-daca-recipients-80757.)

National Immigration Law Center: Established in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

National Immigration Forum: The National Immigration Forum is one of the leading immigrant advocacy organizations in the country, with a mission to advocate for the value of immigrants and immigration to the nation.

New York Immigration Coalition: The New York Immigration Coalition aims to achieve a fairer and more just society that values the contributions of immigrants and extends opportunity to all. The NYIC promotes immigrants’ full civic participation, fosters their leadership, and provides a unified voice and a vehicle for collective action for New York’s diverse immigrant communities.

Arab American Family Support Center (New York City): The Arab-American Family Support Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-sectarian organization that provides culturally and linguistically sensitive services to immigrant communities throughout New York City.

Action NYC: ActionNYC connects New Yorkers to free, safe immigration legal help. You can make an appointment to learn your immigration legal options and get immigration application assistance. There are ActionNYC sites in all five boroughs. Appointments are required. Your appointment will be in your language.

Immigration Equality is the leading LGBTQ immigrant rights organization in the country. It provide s advice and legal services to thousands of LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking refuge, fair treatment, and freedom in the United States. The work is truly lifesaving because there are nearly 80 countries around the world where it is a crime to be LGBTQ, with consequences up to and including the death penalty. For this reason, Immigration Equality fights to obtain asylum in the United States for LGBTQ and HIV-positive refugees - with a remarkable 99% win rate.

International Refugee Assistance Project: The International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons. Mobilizing direct legal aid and systemic policy advocacy, IRAP serves the world’s most persecuted individuals and empowers the next generation of human rights leaders.

International Rescue Committee: The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): KIND serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the US immigration system alone and strives to ensure that no such child appears in immigration court without representation. We achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child's best interests, safety and well-being.

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF): AALDEF is a national organization that protects and promotes the civil rights of Asian Americans by combining litigation, advocacy, education, and community organizing. Issues / focus include immigrant rights, civic participation and voting rights, economic justice for workers, language access to services, educational equity, housing and environmental justice, and the elimination of anti-Asian violence, police misconduct, and human trafficking.

Make the Road New York (MRNY): MRNY builds the power of Latino and working class communities to achieve dignity and justice through organizing, policy innovation, transformative education, and survival services.

Make the Road New Jersey (MRNJ): Make the Road New Jersey builds the power of immigrant and working class communities in New Jersey to achieve dignity and justice through community organizing, legal and support services, transformative education and policy innovation.



Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 5:53pm chresti:

Hello! Just waiting in the lounge..
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:01pm Zootopia:

I was going to tune the shortwave to spend the afternoon listening to arabic music and then Indian music and maybe some greek music tonight. I am glad I tuned in. This is even better than the shortwaves. And the great thing about WFMU is I discovered a way to listen to the FM signal from Neptune Beach Florida.
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:01pm Zootopia:

I said that during the last hour
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:02pm John from Florham park:

@zootopia iPhone app?
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:03pm Zootopia:

nope, its an FM tuner in Stat Island connected to the internet that streams in a high bitrate that anyone can tune.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 6:03pm Bas NL:

Hi Rob!
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:03pm Zootopia:

You have to register but its free. I have it tuned to WFMU right now. It sounds better than the stream
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:04pm Zootopia:

www.globaltuners.com...
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:04pm Zootopia:

just a little bit of stereo hiss
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:05pm John from Florham park:

@Zootopia I have been that for a while
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:06pm Zootopia:

say what?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 6:06pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob and friends!
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:07pm John from Florham park:

@zootopia thanks for the info wil check it out thanks
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:08pm John from Florham park:

@zootpoia thought you were talking about the WFMU website my bad
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:08pm Zootopia:

I can listen to any radio station in the NEw York market on AM or FM on that radio. I can even listen to AM
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:09pm Zootopia:

whoever is in charge of the WFMU over the air signal, its really clean, not overcompressed at all like most FM these daze.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 6:15pm Smilty69:

Good evening, Rob and friends!
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 6:20pm slugluv1313:

hi Rob and everyone!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 6:20pm TDK60:

Hello!
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:28pm John from Florham park:

@Zootopia I know from listening in my car when I am out and about
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:32pm Zootopia:

You can’t it in the house?
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:34pm Carmichael:

Heya Rob and cool people.
  Sat. 10/12/19 6:39pm John from Florham park:

@Zootopia I can hear it in the house too
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 6:47pm Rob W:

Good evening everyone!
  Sat. 10/12/19 7:06pm ignatatus666:

This is sooooo good it’s amazing
Is this live? Just started working
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:09pm TDK60:

Just did something funny, took an hour nap, then got up at 6:20 PM thinking it was tomorrow. Turned on my computer and thought "what is Rob W. doing here on Sunday morning, a fill-in?"
  Sat. 10/12/19 7:12pm John from Florham park:

&Iggy howdy
&TDK60 that has happened to me too
  Sat. 10/12/19 7:13pm melinda:

Hi everyone
  Sat. 10/12/19 7:15pm John from Florham park:

@melinda hey
  Sat. 10/12/19 7:22pm Peter from Dover NJ:

GREAT show tonight.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 7:28pm Rob W:

Thanks Peter from Dover!
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 7:30pm slugluv1313:

this "Spaghetti Eastern" is so very very beautiful!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:33pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Good evening, Rob and ragamaniacs!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:34pm chresti:

If I take a nap longer than 30 minutes, I wake up groggy and disoriented
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:36pm TDK60:

Chresti, I can do a siesta if it's earlier in the day. My nap started too late; I should know better, hee.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:38pm chresti:

Oh boy, TDK60, you might be up all night.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:38pm TDK60:

I do listen to some WKCR FM, its Indian music show on Sunday evenings; also jazz, classical, etc. Good station.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:40pm chresti:

Is WKCR available online?
  Sat. 10/12/19 7:40pm Carmichael:

Heya Melinda, chresti, et al.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:41pm TDK60:

I think it is, Chresti. see their website.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:41pm chresti:

Hi Carmichael
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 7:42pm Rob W:

Yes - there was a period a few years ago when WKCR stopped streaming but they are back streaming online at www.wkcr.org .
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:45pm TDK60:

..some of WKCR's rarest gems are unreleased live jazz tapes from gigs in the past.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:45pm chresti:

Cool@TDK60, thanks. My alternate listening source is KXLU on Monday night and Dublab, which is online with archives, Awesome Tapes from Africa is there.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:52pm maestroso:

Such beautiful music. Thanks Rob for bringing this to us!
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 7:54pm Franco Twinkie:

In Los Angeles we have The Music Circle which has been presenting Indian music at Occidental College for years. Most major players do a show, and yes there is food!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:56pm TDK60:

Franco: I like food!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 7:56pm chresti:

Is it still happening? $%^@Franco
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:02pm chresti:

I couldn't go there anyway, got to get up early
  Sat. 10/12/19 8:06pm Carmichael:

Chresti, I will be in Irvine Monday & Tuesday. How far is that from you guys?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:09pm chresti:

About 50 miles, Carmichael
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 8:10pm Franco Twinkie:

What are you doing in Irving, is it work related?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:13pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I have a nephew attending UC Irvine, the mighty Anteaters!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:16pm chresti:

We know a couple people that teach or have taught there
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:36pm Megaroni:

Sounding great tonite TPSP! I saw Syrian singer last night that I saw listed on your concert calendar
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:38pm chresti:

Carmichael, rw is not far from Irvine, I think
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 8:40pm Rob W:

Thanks very much Megaroni, and that's great - I guess that would have been Nano Raies.
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 8:40pm slugluv1313:

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan . . . and PARTY is right! just hearing this through the speakers has the effect of somehow shifting the whole vibe of the Universe, i can only imagine how life-changing experiencing this LIVE must have been!
  Sat. 10/12/19 8:44pm andrewb:

Nusrat has one of the most unmistakable voices ever.
  Sat. 10/12/19 8:44pm Carmichael:

Its work related. Teaching a workshop on Tuesday.
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:48pm herb.nyc:

Listening to rob's show really complements my puerile r n roll mind. I'll send a check v soon! In an ode to Occupy Wall Street, I add an extra 1%.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:52pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Thanks, Rob. Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday!
Avatar 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:52pm TDK60:

..great music tonight, Rob.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:56pm Bas NL:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Sat. 10/12/19 8:56pm Rob W:

Thanks and yes, Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day everyone!
  Sat. 10/12/19 8:56pm Carmichael:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Sat. 10/12/19 8:59pm chresti:

Thanks Rob!
Avatar Sat. 10/12/19 9:00pm slugluv1313:

wonderful show, Rob -- THANKS!!!
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