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Arts Brookfield
New York Guitar Festival
Raga Marathon

May 19, 2017


Visit the Winter Garden at Brookfield place for a daylong Raga Marathon—free performances celebrating the vibrant sounds of South Asia as part of the 2017 New York Guitar Festival, the annual festival that explores virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality!

In Sanskrit, the word “raga” literally means color, or musical tone. In traditional Indian and Southeast Asian music, it refers to a pattern of notes having characteristic intervals, rhythms, and embellishments, used as a basis for improvisation.
When & where
Friday May 19, 2017 @ 8am to midnight
Winter Garden at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey Street
New York

Free admission
“One of the unique characteristics of Indian and South Asian music is the assignment of definite times of the day and night for performing Raga melodies,” explains New York Guitar Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director David Spelman. “It is believed that at certain hours in the spinning of the Earth, the Raga approaches the height of its melodic beauty and majestic splendor. There are some Ragas that are very attractive in the early hours of the mornings; others that enchant more toward dusk; and yet others reveal their fragrance only near the midnight hour. That’s how we’ve programmed this Marathon.”

Paying respect to tradition, ragas will flow in the Winter Garden from morning until night. An 8:30PM screening of the 1929 silent film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India will be shown with live musical accompaniment of a world-premiere score, and DJ Rekha will cap off the night with a not-to-be-missed dance party from 10:30PM until midnight.
Full schedule

8am - Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee
    Bhattacharya, one of the world’s preeminent slide guitarists, performs a morning raga with Chatterjee on tabla.

12pm - Anupam Shobhakar
    Anupam Shobhakar performs a noon raga with a sarod, a fretless stringed instrument that dates back centuries.

5pm - Gyan Riley, Krishna Bhatt, Dan Weiss
    Guitarist Gyan Riley, sitarist Krishna Bhatt, and jazz drummer Dan Weiss join forces for an early evening performance.

7pm - Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee
    Bhattacharya and Chatterjee return in the evening with more melodious sounds.

8:30pm - Silent Film: A Throw of Dice with New Score by Rez Abbasi
    Silent cinema returns to Brookfield Place with a screening of the 1929 film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India, accompanied by a new score performed by guitarist Rez Abbasi’s trio.

10pm - DJ Rekha and Special Guests (to be announced!)
    DJ Rekha and special guests spin an in-the-moment mash-up of ragas, EDM, and Punjabi pop until midnight.

Exploring virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality, the New York Guitar Festival, since 1999, has presented many of the world’s most influential guitarists at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Sawdust, (Le) Poisson Rouge, 92nd Street Y, Brookfield Place, and other iconic venues, large and small. From multi Grammy-winners to emerging artists, NYGF performers have included masters of the classical repertoire as well as blues & jazz, pop & indie rock, folk & Americana, sounds of Central & South America and genre-defying innovators.




May 19, 2017
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Arts Brookfield


Brookfield Place Winter Garden
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY United States
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