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Kiran Ahluwalia’s 7 Billion


We hang with the great Kiran Ahluwalia and she shares selections from her new album 7 Billion.  Originaly broadcast live on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY.




Ganavya Podcast 265


We get to hang with the great vocalist Ganavya and we get to hear some selections from her highly anticipated debut album.    

Ganavya comes to NYC  this Wednesday to the Rubin Museum of Art for the her album relase concert

  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.

Arun Luthra - Podcast 264


We get to hang with the great New York saxophonist Arun Luthra.  He's got a show coming up with his Konokol jazz project this Friday at Flushing Town Hall.  

Arun Luthra is one of the premier saxophonists and composers on New York’s jazz scene, and is one of the small group of American jazz musicians of Indian heritage who have continued to explore to possibilities of fusing the modern post-bop sound with elements of Indian classical music, as well drawing from a wide variety of modern & classic musical influences to create a vibrant new sound & style.  He has performed the music of his Konnakol Jazz Project worldwide, including Japan, Italy, the U.K., Australia, and throughout the United States.


Brooklyn Raga Massive Honors the Coltrane Legacy


The Coltrane Raga Tribute from Brooklyn Raga Massive has blowing some minds.  As they released their album, we hang with Sameer Gupta, the tabla upstart, drummer and musical director of the project.  We'll listen to a live performance from Pioneer Works. If you want to hear it all you’ll have to get the album! .

The all-star ensemble in the set we hear includes:
Sameer Gupta – Drumset/Tabla,
Brandee Younger – Harp,
Jay Gandhi – Bansuri,
Arun Ramamurthy – Violin,
Pawan Benjamin – Sax,
Trina Basu – Violin,
Neel Murgai – Sitar,
Ben Tyree – Guitar,
Rashaan Carter – Bass
Michael Gam – Bass

Special Guests:

Roopa Mahadevan – Vocal

Pyeng Threadgill- vocal

Anupam Shobhakar – Sarod
Jessica Lurie – Sax
Ken Shoji- Violin
Dawoud Kringle – Dilruba
Giancarlo Luigi – Chekere and Percussion

Recorded by James Clark and mixed by Sameer Gupta

Martha Redbone Podcast 263


We get to have a conversation with the great singer and songwriter Martha Redbone.  She'll be collaborating this Friday April 13, 2018 with Brooklyn Raga Massive,as part of the Outside (In)dia Series produced by India Center Foundation, Brooklyn Raga Massive and Lincoln Center.  

Recalling the Valley


Recored and broadcast live at the Ragas Live Festival 2017 from the Rubin Museum of Art, we hear the world premier of the new project:  Recalling the Valley. 

Jay Gandhi (bansuri) and Max ZT's (hammered dulcimer) pay tribute to their world-renowned teachers, Shivkumar Sharma and Hariprasad Chaurasia.  With Ehren Hanson on tabla they will perform music inspired by their gurus’ beloved album, “Call of the Valley.”  

They also have a great discussion with Andrew Shantz on the topic of creating art away from its place of origin.  

Ragas Live Festival supported by the Rubin Museum of Art, WKCR and Humanities New York.  

Noura Mint Seymali, Jay Gandhi, Ehren Hanson and Jeiche Ould Chighaly - Live at WKCR Podcast 108


This was a meeting of musical royalty from Mauritania, vocalist Noura Mint Seymali, with her husband  Jeiche Ould Chighaly on fretless electric guitar collaborating for the first time with Brooklyn Raga Massive’s Jay Gandhi (bansuri flute) and Ehren Hanson (tabla).

It was a spontaneous and beautiful meeting of two musical worlds, broadcast live at WKCR and very much inspired our whole Africa/India Series.

Aakash Mittal Podcast 262


Saxophonist Aakash Mittal draws his inspiration from a plethora of sources.  We sit down and talk with him in anticiaption of Aawaz trio show March 11 at National Sawdust.  We'll also hear his live set from 2017s Ragas Live Festival at Rubin Museum of Art with Rez Abassi on Guitar and Alex Ritz on Drums.

Randy Weston Podcast 261


An intimate conversation with Randy Weston at his home in Brooklyn in 2010.  The master jazz musician tells tales of his times with Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Fela Kuti and countless legends.  Among many accomplishments, Mr. Weston is responsible for bringing gnawa music to a much larger audience, so we thought we'd share this interview before we host Innov Gnawa at a concert at the Mercy Home in Brooklyn this Wednesday.  Tickets for that concert 2/28/18 are available here on the airbnb platform

Sameer Gupta’s Circle Has No Beginning - Podcast 260


In anticipation of his album release Feb 16 at Littlefield, the tabla/drumset maverick came to WKCR and shared some exclusive live tracks.