with The Kominas & Ganavya
Thu March 16th, 2017
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 7:30PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $20
Day of Show: $25
RED BARAAT FESTIVAL OF COLORS is a celebration of HOLI, a Hindu holiday marked by public gatherings of families, friends, and strangers rejoicing in song, dance, and the exchange of “colors.” The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and an opportunity to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive.
The festival debuted in 2012 at a sold out Le Poisson Rouge in New York City and has since expanded to cities nationwide. This year’s iteration will take place in NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia and beyond.
Bandleader and dhol player Sunny Jain curates a night of music highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America. Past lineups have included DJ Rekha, Falu, Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (a film by the late, award-winning filmmaker, Prashant Bhargava, and Grammy-nominated pianist/composer, Vijay Iyer), Brooklyn Raga Massive, Mandeep Sethi, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Rupa & The April Fishes and Madame Gandhi.
Special guests for the 2017 Red Baraat Festival of Colors will be announced soon! This tour is in conjunction with the release of the band’s new album BHANGRA PIRATES on Rhyme & Reason Records.
The ever evolving Red Baraat is a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York. Led by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of funk, go-go, rock, and jazz – fueled by master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, raucous guitar, and a booming sousaphone. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, the band’s effortless outlook empowers their audience in a near hedonistic celebration of music and dance. “A knitted blend of poly-rhythmic panache exploring what it means to communicate music between individuals and across cultures,” states SPIN Magazine, and NPR has dubbed them “the best party band in years.”
On the heels of a new album release, Sound The People, Red Baraat are very much taking their sonic signature to a new astral realm, while firmly placing it within the context of a globalized generation. All Songs Considered called their latest release “wildly infectious, soul-grooving music.” and Stereogum premiered the title track featuring Heems (Das Racist / Swet Shop Boys), “Red Baraat delivers an explosion of sound. A frenzy of funk, jazz, hip-hop, and Indian bhangra.”
Red Baraat has released five albums prior, including 2017’s Bhangra Pirates (#4 on World Music Charts Europe), 2012’s Shruggy Ji (debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts) and their debut release in 2010, Chaal Baby, which was featured in FX TV show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Their infamous live show has criss-crossed the globe including stops at Bonnaroo, Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festival (UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain), Austin City Limits, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Luxembourg Philharmonic, New York City’s iconic Bowery Ballroom and Vienna Concert House. The band has performed at the request of The White House, TED, and the Olympic Games, and they’ve been curating their multi-city Red Baraat Festival of Colors for the past 7 years, based on the Hindu holiday of Holi.
Photo Credit: Mark Jaworski
The Kominas have been called many things over the years, but are basically just 4 weird brown dudes in a surfy-punk band. Karna, Basim, Sunny, and Shahjehan are set to release their 5th album in 2017, and really want to do some good for the collective mental health of civil society. They look forward to sharing space with everyone celebrating Red Baraat’s Festival of Colors.
Photo Credit: Eddie Austin
Vocalist and composer Ganavya Doraiswamy has carved a niche for herself at the nexus of South Indian vocal styles and jazz/contemporary music. She has been featured on various projects, most notably Alfredo Rodriguez’s Tocororo (co-produced by Quincy Jones), which hit #1 on jazz charts. Ganavya’s own debut album, Aikyam: Onnu, is set to release in March 2017. It features jazz standards translated into her native language of Tamil as well as recontextualized abhang-s (spiritual poetry written by 13th- to 15th-century Maharashtrian saints). Aikyam –a term used in Sanskrit and Tamil, to denote ‘sameness,’ is suggestive of a harmonious union, and represents a conscious merging of her different worlds. Ganavya holds degrees in theatre and psychology, and graduate degrees in performance (Berklee College of Music), and ethnomusicology (UCLA). She has worked with Danilo Perez, Placido Domingo, James Newton, Vijay Iyer, Zakir Hussain,Victor Wooten, Wadada Leo Smith, Alain Perez, Perico Sambeat, Laura Karpman, Polo Orti, Victor Mendoza, Javier Limón, Ousso Lotfy, and Zebbler Encanti Experience, among many other artists, who have all influenced her work.