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"In D" is Brooklyn Raga Massive’s homage to Terry Riley, the legendary musician and composer credited with launching the genre of minimalism in 1964. It was inspired by the correspondence between Riley and members of BRM after the composer heard the group’s recording of "In C".

The composition is based on a suite of 3 ragas that incorporates Riley’s concept of short musical cells that musicians can repeat and embellish at will. This is a single take of music, recorded by a diverse community of 25 musicians, all masked and 6' apart, in the midst of the 2020 pandemic in New York City. The performance was premiered at the Ragas Live Festival, the penultimate set of 24 hours of music, and was followed by a solo performance by Terry Riley himself.

We hope that the joy we felt making music together for the first time in many moons emerges in these tracks and are grateful to Christopher Deputato and the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation who made this dream come true.


released November 21, 2020

Neel Murgai, Sitar, Conductor
Abhik Mukherjee, Sitar
Galen Passen, Sitar
Samarth Nagarkar, Vocal
Josh Geisler, Bansuri
Jay Gandhi, Bansuri
Trina Basu, Violin, String Section Leader
Arun Ramamurthy, Carnatic Violin
Charlie Burnham, Violin
Gwen Banks, Violin
Marika Hughes, Cello
Jake Charkey, Cello
Andy Statman, Mandolin, Clarinet
Kane Mathis, Kora, Oud
Aaron Shragge, Trumpet, Shakuhachi
David Ellenbogen, Electric Guitar
Gyan Riley, Electric Guitar
Damon Banks, Electric Bass
Sameer Gupta, Tabla
Roshni Samlal , Tabla
Ron McBee, Conga, Multi Percussion
Tripp Dudley, Frame Drums, Multi Percussion
Lauren Crump, Cajon, Timpani
Vin Scialla, Vibes, Riq, Timpani
Mari Tanaka, Tanpura, Sruti Box, Harp

Recorded at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music 9/24/2020
Recorded by Jay Newland
Recording Services Provided By Audiosmith Digital Solutions
Assistant Engineers: Matthew Soares, Carlos Mora, Joe Cilento, Nikki Grande
Edited, mixed and mastered by Kane Mathis
Produced by Christopher Deputato, David Ellenbogen and Neel Murgai
With support from the Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation
Artwork by Prasanna Sheth
Design by Adrien Tillman

Composed by Neel Murgai, David Ellenbogen, Jay Gandhi and Abhik Mukherjee
℗ Raga Massive, Inc 2020


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Brooklyn Raga Massive is a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted in Indian classical music, but inspired by jazz, Western classical, rock and much more. There is a critical mass of similarly inspired musicians in Brooklyn right now. This is their sound. BRM presents a weekly concert featuring different bands or Indian classical acts followed by a jam session of the highest caliber. ... more

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