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.
“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.”
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 was invited to perform on Mountain Stage’s 800th show anniversary. Here the whole show here, featuring Ani DiFranco, Dawes, and Dave Mason.
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
Well, one of them at least! Listen to ‘Mast Kalandar’ and the other 49 best songs of the year so far here. And thanks as always to the lovely people at NPR Music.
So excited to announce the release of BIG TALK coming June 11. Packed with jams recorded around the Shruggy Ji sessions and some super cool remixes by folks like Chico Mann, Dave Sharma, Smoota, and Caleb Burhans — you can pre-order the record at I Tunes now
Thanks to World Cafe for having us in studio. Our session is airing on NPR stations across the country now, and you can listen to it here