Watch the Premiere of Sunny Jains NPR Commissioned 100+ BPM

We are so pleased to show your NPR’s short-film of the premiere of Sunny Jain’s 100+BPM, which happened on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library on June 21, 2014. Click the photo below to bring you to the video. We’ve re-posted NPR Producer Anastasia Tsioulcas’ All Things Considered report from June 22 here, which captured this day so well. So many people came together to make this premiere possible and we can’t overstate our gratitude to all.

From Anastasia Tsioulcas’ All Things Considered:  

“We put out a call and they came — by the hundreds. When we invited wind, brass and percussion players to join us yesterday in Brooklyn to perform a world premiere byRed Baraat‘s Sunny Jain for the annual Make Music New York festival, we were hoping that lots of different kinds of musicians would join us. And boy, did they ever.

On this absolutely gorgeous Saturday afternoon, about 350 musicians assembled on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library to play Jain’s 100+ BPM. Young, older, professional drumlines, community marching bands, seasoned jazz players, Indian wedding band musicians, Brazilian samba drummers and scads of amateur players came out to play. It was just incredible.

In the meantime, I keep coming back to what one of the musicians said to me after the performance. I was chatting with saxophonist and composer Ken Thomson, a member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars who joined in the performance (and who, coincidentally, has been a friend of mine for nearly two decades). He remarked, “You know that moment when you finally realize that your jaw hurts because you’ve been genuinely smiling non-stop for hours? I have that right now.” I did, too — and given all the positive energy, fantastic playing and beaming faces I witnessed yesterday afternoon, I’m pretty sure we  weren’t the only ones.”





Red_Baraat_by_Stephen_WelshWe are delighted to announce that NPR has commissioned Red Baraat founder and bandleader Sunny Jain to compose and premiere a new piece of music as the capstone event for Make Music New York, on June 21st, on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library.

This is the third commission by NPR Music pairing great composers and iconic locations — including a 2012 premiere of a new Phillip Glass composition in Times Square, New York.

For the occasion, Sunny Jain has created ‘100+ BPM’ which reflects Red Baraat’s mission of the profusion of joy and pluralism. According to Sunny, “The title carries a double entendre of tempo for the piece, beat per minute, and community building through music: Brooklyn Public Music.”

And what community building it will be! The piece will be played by Red Baraat, joined by over 200 brass and percussion players from all over the tri-state area, including the drumlines of the New York GiantsNew York Knicks and New York Jets, as well as members of the Asphalt OrchestraM.A.K.U. Soundsystem,Maracatu New York and several local marching bands. Better yet- YOU are welcome to join the playing and celebration. ‘100+BPM’ is available right here for download, and if you play, you should print it out, learn it, and join in the premiere. More details available right here 

The performance will be recorded for a video that will premiere later this summer as part of our Field Recordings series.




Spring Touring the Midwest and Southeast

Come see us this Spring. Looking forward to seeing you on the road!

April 25 Minneapolis, MN Minnesota Orchestra Hall

April 26  Chicago, IL Martyrs 

April 27 Indianapolis, IN The Jazz Kitchen

May 7 Durham, NC Club Carolina at the Durham Theatre

May 9 & 10 Asheville, NC The Leaf Festival   

May 16 Salt Lake City, UT Living Traditions Festival 

More Dates to Be Announced!

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Festival of Colors 2014

Big Announcement! Our NYC Festival of Colors show scheduled for this Friday March 28 has been moved to The Highline Ballroomon Friday April 11. Any tickets bought for the Gramercy will be honored at Highline. (An off broadway production of a Janis Joplin musical took over the theatre and forced all currently booked things to move. Thanks Janis!) The Highline is great, and we hope to see you there. And we hope to see you at Underground Arts in Philadelphia on Thursday March 27 and at Hamilton Live in DC on Saturday, March 29.



Red Baraat first Festival of Colors celebration happened in 2012 at a sold out Le Poison Rouge in New York City. Now in its third year, the event has expanded to four cities including New York; happening for the first time this year in Washington DC and New Orleans. The festival will return for the second time to Philadelphia. Each year Red Baraat curates a night of music and art. This year Red Baraat will be joined by Falu, the critically lauded singer whose take on Indian classical and folk music is entirely of the moment thanks to a captivating stage presence and killer live band. Mandeep Sethi is a California based MC and an active contributor to India’s blooming hip-hop scene. He may be familiar to Red Baraat fans after guesting with the band at Central Park Summerstage and at their San Francisco club shows. It is a diverse line up, celebrating and helping to expose South Asian artists working in a range of styles and mediums. Fans can expect a full set from Red Baraat at all shows. Check out how last year’s celebration at Webster Hall in New York went down.



March 22 Congo Square New Orleans, LA ***

March 27 Underground Arts Philadelphia, PA

March 28 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY

March 29 The Hamilton Live Washington, DC

***Falu, Mandeep Sethi not performing

Austin City Limits Festival show is on at NEW LOCATION

Sadly the Austin City Limits Festival was cancelled today due to rain and flooding. Luckily for us, we had our show moved and we’ll be playing and partying tonight, lovely people of Austin.


Sunday, October 13 – The Belmont, 305 W 6th St  Austin, TX 78701

8pm Doors

9pm The Lone Bellow

10:30pm Red Baraat

Get there early because it’ll fill up for sure.  Indoors. No rain!

Bumbershoot Added! New NE Dates Announced, ACL Late Night Parties! The Road Goes on Forever…

Delighted to announce we’ll be making the return to Seattle for Bumbershoot on Labor Day.  We’ll jump to Seattle following a week through the midwest at the end of August.  And the good people in Austin have spoken and Red Baraat have added a third show to go with our two Austin City Limits Festival plays- this one a late night at Stubbs. And back to Tips in NOLA!  And returns to Boston, Philly, and BROOKLYN baby in the fall. Stay tuned for another really exciting tour announcement in the coming weeks. More details on all the shows below on the tour page. Can’t wait to see you all.

Aug 27 Marcus Center Milwaukee, WI

Aug 28 Old Town School of Folk Chicago, IL

Aug 29 The Gramaphone St. Louis, MO

Aug 30 Worldfest Main Stage Louisville, KY

Aug 31 Exit / In Nashville, TN

Sept 2 Bumbershoot Seattle, WA

Sept 27 Madison World Music Festival Madison, WI

Sept 28 Lotus Fest Bloomington, IN

Sept 29 Mountain Stage Charleston, WV

Oct 4 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ

Oct 5 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ

Oct 6 Austin City Limits Festival Austin, TX

Oct 7 House of Blues Houston, TX

POSTPONED Oct 8 House of Blues, Dallas, TX POSTPONED

Oct 10 Chelseas Baton Rouge, LA

Oct 11 Tipitina’s New Orleans, LA

Oct 12 Stubbs Austin, TX

Oct 13 Austin City Limits Festival Austin, TX

Nov 8 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY

Nov 9 Royale Boston, MA

Nov 22 The Blockley, PA

Nov 24 U Street Music Hall  Washington, DC