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Quarantine Dreams

by Brooklyn Raga Massive

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Walk with Me 06:08
For Elijah 05:36
We grieve and honor Elijah Jovan McClain’s gentle and profound time on Mother Earth. He was described by friends and family as a"spiritual seeker, pacifist, oddball, vegetarian, athlete, and peacemaker who was exceedingly gentle". His mother said "he wanted to heal others and was able to heal himself” and was “able to accept love and give love in varying forms." Elijah was a massage therapist and a self taught violinist who played for kittens awaiting adoption at the local shelter. His life inspired us, we are deeply moved by how he brought love and goodness to the world through modes of healing and music. Elijah died on Aug 30, 2019 at the age of 23, in Aurora, Colorado at the hands of police. The police officers have not been charged or put on trial, but Elijah has found a way to continue shining his bright light to the world. Black Lives Matter is a sacred cry to all humanity to recall its inherent luminous nature, may we all live in gentleness and generosity as Elijah McClain did. The opening spoken word is from the Mundaka Upanishad, an ancient Sanskrit Vedic text. . Opening alap and Arun's violin improvisations based on Carnatic raga Saramathi. The lyrics sung are written by Morley Shanti Kamen and are inspired by Elijah McClain's mother's description of Elijah Lyrics From his feet - the earth originated The wind - his breath Space - his ears The sun and moon - his eyes The universe - his heart The Vedas, his speech All he was trying to do was become All he was trying to do was become All he was trying to do was become Elijah McClain Elijah Gentle soul going home Gentle soul going home He had the music Dignity and grace He knew how to give love And receive He healed people He healed himself All he was trying to do was become Shine on Elijah Shine on Beautiful dream Elijah McClain I love you beautiful dream, Elijah McClain Beautiful dream Breathe
Prayer Dance 03:53
Pandemic 02:34
Latent Sea 13:18
Hamsadhwani 05:12
Distance 08:23
Mari Darbari 06:54
Qscore 14:47
Galen's statement on the album cover art: The words “quarantine”, “a”, and “compilation” were cut from a collage of Carnatic music notations, Bach, and Theodorakis’ Zorba the greek notation. The BRM letters reference the development NYC, the commerce and industry, and the fight for survival. This culminates in the inevitable ruin of capitalist and racist power structures at the M, with a music goddess showing the path to love, life, and creativity. BRM in a nutshell? I don’t know but that’s what came out!


Quarantine Dreams began in the early days of the Pandemic of 2020 when getting together in person was inconceivable. It was an attempt to stay creative and keep our community inspired when we couldn't otherwise make music together and the ambulance sirens were the dominant sounds in many people's ears.

We are proud of the way our collective managed to keep connected despite physical isolation and witness how once again music finds a way to transcend all barriers.


released May 7, 2021

Xander Naylor, Guitar
Mir Naqibul Islam, Tabla
Morley Kamen, Voice
Chris Bruce, Guitar
Trina Basu, Violin
Arun Ramamurthy, Violin
Roshni Samlal, Tabla
Kane Mathis, Kora
Sameer Gupta, Tabla, Drumset
Ben Tyree, Guitar
George Crotty, Cello
Ivan Vendemiatti, Bansuri
Firas Zreik, Qanun
Adam Maalouf, Handpan
Evan Wierzbicki, Bass
Ronnie Malley, Percussion
Neel Murgai, Sitar, Daf, Voice
Swaminathan Selvaganesh, Kanjira
Bill Buchen, Geoshred, Keyboards, Bass, and Drumset
David Ellenbogen, Guitar
Mari Tanaka, Tanpura
Aaron Shragge, Trumpet, Shakuhachi
Mustafa Bhagat, Sitar
David Freeman, Tabla, Percussion
Vin Scialla, Drums, Piano
Dheepa Chari, Voice
Rohan Misra, Sarangi
Melvin Gibbs, Bass
Eric Fraser, Bansuri
Kenny Wessel, Guitar
Galen Passen, Sitar, Mandolin
Premik Russel Tubbs, Tenor Sax

Mastered by Kane Mathis
Produced by Brooklyn Raga Massive
Cover Art by Galen Passen


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Brooklyn Raga Massive Brooklyn, New York

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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