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District of Raga Featuring Neel Murgai

Bossa Bistro & Lounge , 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC

https://tinyurl.com/ydca7rxu District of Raga Presents: Neel Murgai

$10 *cash only accepted at the door

Details: 9:00 PM Neel Murgai: sitar & vocal Avi Shah: tabla

10:15 PM Raga Jam Session

Bossa Bistro & Lounge 2463 18th Street NW Washington, DC 20009

In this unique concert Neel Murgai shares his interdisciplinary talents in two parts. The first part will feature Neel's overtone singing with live looping, to create a psychedelic experience of just intonation drones and chords, mixed with primal guttural rhythms and harmonic counterpoint. The second part of the concert will be a North Indian classical performance with Neel on sitar accompanied by District of Raga's own Avi Shah on tabla.

Neel Murgai is a sitarist, daf player, overtone singer, composer and teacher from Brooklyn, NY. He is a cofounder and artistic director of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a nonprofit musicians collective dedicated to Indian music. Neel has studied sitar for over 20 years, currently with his guru Pundit Krishna Bhatt. He learned overtone singing from Timothy Hill of the Harmonic Choir. He is a graduate of Goddard College's MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts program. Neel has performed around the world with numerous artists from varying disciplines including, Bill T. Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Andre DeShields, Karsh Kale, Vijay Iyer, Daniel Bernard Romain, Dana Leong, Ellen Stewart, Laraaji, Yuerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Louis Bellogenis and Cosmo Vinyl. He has performed at venues ranging from the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center to the David Letterman Show to jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals around the U.S including Art Wallah, Arts Plosure, Masala! Mehndi! Masti! and many others. Neel played in the orchestra for Disney’s musical theater adaptation of “The Jungle Book” directed by Mary Zimmerman. Neel has composed music for many film, TV, video, theater and dance projects including the features, “The Yes Men Fix the World", which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and "A Decent Arrangement" starring Shabana Azmi. His music has been featured in the BBC series, “Holiday’s in the Danger Zone", and TBS programs, “Women of the Ink", and “Spotlights".

Raised in the US, Advait Shah (Avi) has been playing tabla since the age of eight. Largely a self taught musician, Advait has developed much of his musical knowledge and skill through listening to recordings and attending concerts. He received a basic training at the Faculty of Performing Arts of the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda during a trip to India in 1986. Upon his return to the USA, he began accompanying musicians in all genres of Indian music including Hindustani classical, ghazals, qawalis, film and devotional music. He later received advanced training from Ustad Tari Khan in Chicago, IL., and has had the opportunity to attend workshops taught by the great Ustad Zakir Hussain. As an accompanist, he has shared the stage with Nisar Bazmi, Ustad Nafiz Ali Khan and Pandit Subroto Roy Choudury, among others. Through his training and self study, Avi has developed a unique style which creatively blends a mix of East and West. Along with Karavika, he also plays with fusion alternative rock/Indian group Banyan Trees. Avi's musical interests also extend to singing ghazals and Hindi film songs as well as playing the dhol, and other percussion instruments. By profession, Avi is a practicing dentist in the Baltimore area.

After the performance our jam session will follow. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music.

Hosted, organized, and curated by Nistha Raj and Avi Shah, District of Raga is a monthly event for Indian Classical music with featured artists followed by a jam session. All are welcome to participate. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music. More info: https://www.facebook.com/districtofra ga/

Thank you for your support!! District of Raga

District of Raga Featuring Deepak Ram

Bossa Bistro & Lounge , 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC

https://tinyurl.com/y8bsmpod District of Raga Presents: Improvisation Dialects, A meeting Point

Details: 7:30 - 8:30 PM Workshop with Deepak Ram (upstairs) Methodology and Philosophy of Improvisation in Indian Classical Music. Open to all, no prior experience necessary.

9:00 PM Concert Deepak Ram (Bansuri) Pepe Gonzalez (Bass) Avi Shah (Tabla and Percussion)

10:15 PM Raga Jam Session

Workshop + Concert: $15 (discounted from $20) Concert Only: $10 Workshop Only: $10 *Cash only accepted at the door

Disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Deepak Ram is known for his evocative performances in traditional North Indian (Hindustani) Classical Music. Apart from the US, Deepak has performed in South Africa, India, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, Lebanon, Turkey and Holland and had the honor of accompanying his teacher, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, in Geneva, London and Paris. In addition to his training under Pandit Chaurasia, Deepak learned from other maestros such as Sri Jeram Bhana (in South Africa), (late) Sri Suryakant Limaye and Pandit Vijay Raghav Rao. He also studied Tabla under Sri Yashwant Padhye and, music theory and voice under Pandit Rajaram Shukla. Deepak has eight solo albums to his credit and as a session musician can be heard on over twenty-five albums. Winner of several prestigious awards, Deepak holds a Masters degree in Music (MMus) from Rhodes University, South Africa. He served as visiting professor in Indian Music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has lectured full time for four years at the University of Durban-Westville, South Africa. www.deepakram.com

Living in Washington, DC, Pepe González is a performer, composer, producer, arranger, and teacher. Pepe has performed largely within the Jazz, Afro-Carribean and Brazilian idioms and hs recorded extensively with national and international musicians. He has had the pleasure of performing with Maria Rodriquez and her Latin Jazz Orchestra, Jeannie Bryson, Pepper Adams, Dorothy Donegan, Clifford Jordan, Horacio Icasto, Hilton Ruiz, Slide Hampton, Dave Valentin, the Grubb Brothers, and many others. Pepe has played many festivals including the Carribean, Spain, France, Greece, Italy and the Soviet Union. Pepe recently recorded his fist CD, Looking Back, where he shares with us his considerable composing and arranging chops. The CD includes nine original compositions, all written by Pepe and dedicated to his family, mentors, and heroes.

Raised in the US, Advait Shah (Avi) has been playing tabla since the age of eight. Largely a self taught musician, Advait has developed much of his musical knowledge and skill through listening to recordings and attending concerts. He received a basic training at the Faculty of Performing Arts of the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda during a trip to India in 1986. Upon his return to the USA, he began accompanying musicians in all genres of Indian music including Hindustani classical, ghazals, qawalis, film and devotional music. He later received advanced training from Ustad Tari Khan in Chicago, IL., and has had the opportunity to attend workshops taught by the great Ustad Zakir Hussain. As an accompanist, he has shared the stage with Nisar Bazmi, Ustad Nafiz Ali Khan and Pandit Subroto Roy Choudury, among others. Through his training and self study, Avi has developed a unique style which creatively blends a mix of East and West. Along with Karavika, he also plays with fusion alternative rock/Indian group Banyan Trees. Avi's musical interests also extend to singing ghazals and Hindi film songs as well as playing the dhol, and other percussion instruments. By profession, Avi is a practicing dentist in the Baltimore area.

After the performance our jam session will follow. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music.

Hosted, organized, and curated by Nistha Raj and Avi Shah, District of Raga is a monthly event for Indian Classical music with featured artists followed by a jam session. All are welcome to participate. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music. More info: https://www.facebook.com/districtofra ga/

Thank you for your support!! District of Raga

District of Raga Featuring Samarth Nagarkar

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Bossa Bistro & Lounge, 2463 18th Street NW , Washington, DC

District of Raga Presents: Samarth Nagarkar (Hindustani vocalist)

Details: 7:30 - 8:30 PM Workshop with Samarth Nagarkar (upstairs) Guided listening session with Samarth: Open to all, no prior music experience required. We will listen to selection of recorded music as Samarth will pause at key moments to discuss little nuances to further break down the music. The goal is to deepen our understanding as listeners and enhance our future experiences.

9:00 PM Concert Samarth Nagarkar: vocal Anjna Swaminathan: violin Avi Shah: tabla

10:15 PM Raga Jam Session

Workshop + Concert: $15 (discounted from $20) Concert Only: $10 Workshop Only: $10 *Cash only accepted at the door

Event Link: https://tinyurl.com/y9763nof

Samarth Nagarkar is a Hindustani classical vocalist, known for his captivating performances and a traditionally rich music. Samarth features in several prominent music festivals and venues around the world. He is Guru and Director of Academic Affairs at Chhandayan Center of Indian Music in New York and frequently presents lectures and master-classes at schools/universities like NYU and MSM. He has two albums titled ‘Pravah’ and ‘Pranali’ and a book, ‘Raga Sangeet’ to his credit. Trained under two of India’s most respected gurus and performers, Ulhas Kashalkar and Dinkar Kaikini, he is a former scholar of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata. Samarth was awarded a Fellowship by the Department of Culture, Government of India and was one of the youngest musicians to be adjudged winner of the prestigious All India Radio National Competitions at 19 years. Pursuing a full-fledged career as a performer, composer, teacher and author, Samarth is described by critics as one of today’s most prolific performers and a torchbearer to the traditions he represents. More info at: www.samarthnagarkar.com

Hosted, organized, and curated by Nistha Raj and Avi Shah, District of Raga is a monthly event for Indian Classical music with featured artists followed by a jam session. All are welcome to participate. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music. More info: https://www.facebook.com/districtofraga/

District of Raga featuring Veena Sivaraman

Bossa Bistro & Lounge , 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC

Details: 9:00 PM

Veena Sivaraman: vocal

Bhargav Tumkur: violin

Anirudh Changkakoti: tabla

10:15 PM Raga Jam Session

Veena Sivaraman is a budding classical Indian vocalist. She began training in Carnatic music at the age of 5, owing her strong foundation to Guru Sri Palghat T.R. Rajaram. Veena is the great grand daughter of Sri Papanasam Sivan, a Tamil music composer. She has performed extensively in music festivals throughout the USA, including but not limited to the Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana, Indian Raga Fellowship, Star Singer USA Junior, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC and the residence of India’s Ambassador to the US. With her background in Bharathanatyam, she provides excellent vocal support for arangetrams. Veena has also had the privilege of performing solo concerts in Chennai during the December Music Festival. Veena currently attends the University of Maryland as a Biology and Computer Science major. She was the President of Anokha, UMD’s South Asian fusion acapella team in 2016. Veena’s passion for the art guides her in this lifelong musical journey.

Thank you for your support!! District of Raga

More info: https://tinyurl.com/ya6qd5k7

Hosted, organized, and curated by Nistha Raj and Avi Shah, District of Raga is a monthly event for Indian Classical music with featured artists followed by a jam session. All are welcome to participate. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music. More info: https://www.facebook.com/districtofraga/

Secret Planet

DROM , 85 Avenue A, NYC, New York, NY

APAP: Barbès & Electric Cowbell present SECRET PLANET

For the 8th year, Barbès Records and Electric Cowbell Records present a Manhattan showcase timed to coincide with the APAP conference. APAP is an annual rite that, every January, brings musicians from around the world to New York. This year's Secret Planet's lineup continues our tradition of showcasing new talent unlikely to remain secret for very long. This year's edition includes artists playing their own version of music from Thailand, Ethiopia, India, West Africa, Colombia, The Middle East, and great American music cities like Cleveland, Brooklyn, and Washington, DC. And don't be dazzled by the geographical diversity or think of it as World Music. Most musicians involved have no idea what world music is.

More info: http://bit.ly/2AnAUFu

District of Raga Featuring Vinay Konda & Kaleidoscope

Bossa Bistro & Lounge , 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC

DOUBLE FEATURE District of Raga Presents: Vinay Konda & Kaleidoscope $10

Details: Vinay Konda: 9:00 PM Kalaeidoscope: 10:00 PM RAGA JAM SESSION: 11:00 PM

Vinay Konda - saxophone Vijay Ganesh: Mridangam

Brian Kalkowski: saxophone Ben: guitar Nistha Raj: violin Avi Shah - tabla

More info: http://bit.ly/2AzsQxL

Hosted, organized, and curated by Nistha Raj and Avi Shah, District of Raga is a monthly event for Indian Classical music with featured artists followed by a jam session. All are welcome to participate. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music. More info: https://www.facebook.com/districtofraga/

District of Raga Featuring Brooklyn Raga Massive

Bossa Bistro & Lounge , 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC

October: District of Raga & Multiflora Fest Presents BROOKLYN RAGA MASSIVE Featuring: Arun Ramamurthy & Karavika $10 http://bit.ly/2xE73EA

Hosted, organized, and curated by Nistha Raj and Avi Shah, District of Raga is a monthly event for Indian Classical music with featured artists followed by a jam session. All are welcome to participate. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music. More info: https://www.facebook.com/districtofraga/

Space4: Arts Community Kickoff

The Yards Park , 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Join CulturalDC and Ward 6 community members as we celebrate the launch of SPACE4: Visual Arts, DC's first-ever mobile arts gallery! We turned a 40-ft shipping container into a fully-renovated, solar-powered exhibition space for local DC artists and can't wait to share vibrant artistic experiences with communites across DC. The Yards Park kickoff event will feature food, music, family-friendly performances and an interactive installation by Salvatore Pirrone.

Performances by: - Stuart Hobson Middle School Band - Tyler Elementary School All-Star Steppers - Open Box Project (Orange Grove Dance + Rogue Collective) - Christylez Bacon and Nistha Raj

More info: https://tinyurl.com/yapbqasy

IlluminAsia

Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art , Freer plaza, Washington, DC

District of Raga, previously known as DC Raga Jam, was launched in January 2017 with a vision of creating a space for practitioners and lovers of Indian classical music to gather for musical dialogue and community within Washington, D.C. Their inspiration came from the hugely successful community of musicians in New York City known as Brooklyn Raga Massive.

The event is currently held at Bossa Bistro & Lounge in Adams Morgan on the last Wednesday of every month. The event showcases a curated, featured artist followed by an open jam session with a focus on representing traditional and authentic Indian classical music as well as multicultural musical traditions. District of Raga is curated, hosted, and organized by cofounders Nistha Raj and Avi Shah.

Musicians Nistha Raj, violin Deepak Ram, bansuri flute Advait Shah, tabla Brian Falkowski, saxophone, flute FREE More info: https://tinyurl.com/y86l599l

District of Raga Featuring Anand Vemuri

Bossa Bistro & Lounge , 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC

Featured Artist: Anand Vemuri (bansuri) http://bit.ly/2iL3PMl $5

Hosted, organized, and curated by Nistha Raj and Avi Shah, District of Raga is a monthly event for Indian Classical music with featured artists followed by a jam session. All are welcome to participate. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music. More info: https://www.facebook.com/districtofraga/

DC Raga Jam

Bossa Bistro & Lounge , 2463 18th St NW, Washington, DC

Hosted, organized, and curated by Nistha Raj and Avi Shah, DC Raga Jam is a monthly event for Indian Classical music with featured artists followed by a jam session. All are welcome to participate. We are focused on encouraging spontaneous collaboration between smaller groups of musicians. Pairs, trios, quartets: join up with other musicians that are present or that you've met at past events and sign up for a slot to play. We only ask that your performance is rooted in or inspired by the tradition of Indian Classical Music.

August Featured Artists: Carnatic Violinist Kamalakiran Vinjamuri accompanied by Vijay Ganesh on Mridangam

More info: https://www.facebook.com/dcragajam/

CLC Sunday Concert Series

Christ Lutheran Church, Sanctuary, 5101 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

You’re invited to our Multicultural Showcase Concert, celebrating the diversity of music in the Washington, D.C. area. Come hear original music and cultural fusions. Performers will include Hindustani violinist Nistha Raj, Caribbean steel pan player Josanne Francis, and GRAMMY nominated beat box/ukulele player Christylez Bacon. This will be a fun and community-building event so please invite your friends and neighbors!

Smithsonian Folklife Festival "On the Move"

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National Mall , Between Seventh and Twelfth streets and in the Arts and Industries Building, Washington, DC

The “On the Move” program will feature live hip-hop, capoeira and poetry slam performances, among others, as noted below:

Hip-Hop: Featured events include performances by Grammy-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon. As a performer, Bacon combines various instruments such as the West African djembe drum, acoustic guitar and the human beat-box (oral percussion), all while continuing the oral tradition of storytelling through his lyrics. At the Festival, he will collaborate with Nistha Raj and Shannon Dunne to present a conversation between the sounds and rhythms of his upbringing and Hindustani and Irish musical traditions.

More info: http://www.folklife.si.edu/news-and-events/folklife-festival-to-spotlight-immigration-migration-and-cultural-identity

National Mall in Washington, D.C., between Seventh and Twelfth streets and in the Arts and Industries Building. Running June 29 to July 4 and July 6 to 9, the Festival is free of charge.

Apr28

Private Event

Private Event

Visions DC w/Christylez Bacon

Arena Stage , 1100 6th St SW, Washington, DC

CulturalDC is proud to host VISIONDC, Arts and Urban Innovation Summit, on April 24 at the iconic Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater!

VISIONDC is designed to inspire fresh ideas about artspace and community development in Washington. Artists, technological visionaries, cultural partners, business and civic leaders will assemble for a full day of energetic conversation and creativity. The summit will feature: conversations with local and national thought leaders, performances and art installations from over 40 dynamic artists cross-country, and ART TANK, a real-time funding commitment for public art in the city.

Hip Hop Meets the Music of India Concert

Virginia Tech Burruss Auditorium , Blacksburg, VA

HIP HOP MEETS THE MUSIC OF INDIA: NISTHA RAJ W/CHRISTYLEZ BACON A World Fusion music concert that blends jazz, hip-hop, rap and Hindustani classical music. Enthrall your senses with diversity and unanticipated musical magic. One world. One music.

Entry is Free and open to all.

The artists weaving the magic are:

Acclaimed Violinist Nistha Raj Grammy nominated Christylez Bacon (Beatbox, Gutiar & Vocals) Avi Shah, Tabla Brian Falkowski, Sax & Flute Todd Simon, Keys

See you there!

Music is like fire, never stale, existing mainly because of relentless rejuvenation.  This fusion performance (Nistha Raj & Christylez Bacon) had a class, uncompromising musicality and entertained the audience.  This is a proof that you can have the cake and eat it too! ”

Sridharan Madhusudhanan Minister (Press, Information & Culture) Embassy of India

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