Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive: Ragmala – A Garland Of Ragas

Rating: ★★★★

Record and Artist Details


Gwen Laster (vn)
Sara Schoenbeck (bsn)
Avram Fefer (ts, bcl)
Michel Gentile (c f)
Sean Sonderegger (bcl, contrab cl, ss)
Damon Banks (el b)
Bala Skandan (mridangam)
Rogerio Boccato (caxixi, mineiro, temple block
Adam Rudolph (membranophones, idiophones, c
Ivan Barenboim (b fat cl)
Graham Haynes (c, flhn, hidi horn, bamboo va
Mariano Gil (b f)
Mari Tanaka (tanpura)
Peter Zummo (v, 1 track)
Charles Burnham (vn)
Richard Carr (vn)
Julianne Carney-Chung (vn)
Sylvain Leroux (chromatic tambin, tambin, c f
Ze Luis (c f, a f)
Marco Cappelli (el g, ac g)
Samarth Nagarkar (v)
Kaoru Watanabe (c f, fue, noh kan)
Jay Gandhi (bansuri)
David Ellenbogen (el rhythm g)
Abderahim Hakmoun (qarqaba, v)
Harris Eisenstadt (bata, iya, itotele, okomkolo)
Neel Murgai (rhythm sitar, overtone singin
Mia Theodoratus (hp)
Stephanie Grifn (vla)
Leco Reis (contrab)
Hamid Drake (membranophones, idiophones, v
Sana Nagano (vn)
Arun Ramamurthy (vn)
Hassan Hakmoun (sintir, v)
Sameer Gupta (tabla)
Trina Basu (vn)
Abhik Mukherjee (sitar)
Stephen Haynes (c, flhn, solo alto, pocket t,
Alexis Marcelo (ky)




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Meta/BRM 023


December 2018

Chicagoan percussionist Adam Rudolph has been a pioneer of ethnomusicological exploration since the 1970s. A former student of, and collaborator with, the great cultural magpie Don Cherry, he co-founded The Mandingo Griot Society alongside drummer Hamid Drake and Gambian Kora player Jali Foday Musa Suso in 1978, a trio devoted to exploring a similar notion of jazz-inflected world-fusion to that suggested by Codona, Cherry's trio with sitar player Colin Walcott and Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos. Go: Organic Orchestra is Rudolph's ever-changing ensemble currently pushing that idea forward – and this collaboration with the adventurous, multi-cultural collective Brooklyn Raga Massive is an absolutely inspired pairing. For the last seven years, BRM have been fusing Indian classical music, US minimalism and deep jazz to stunning effect. Moreover, both units share an abiding belief in the power of music to transcend cultural boundaries and reach deep spiritual regions. For irrefutable proof, look no further than the opening track on this double-disc set, ‘Mousa Azure,’ which effortlessly melds thick tanpura drone, soaring bansuri flute and Sufi devotional qawwali vocals with trance-inducing Moroccan Gnawa driven by thrumming guembri and the chattering click-clack of castanet-like krakebs. There's a mysterious sense of scale and antiquity to the whole date, even when it veers into the murky, Bitches Brew-style electric jazz, as on ‘Ascent To Now,’ which combines Indian instrumentation with billowing horn charts and driving rim-shot momentum. It's a stunning journey into the unknown.

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