Nov 10, 2017
Outside (In)dia: Román Díaz

The sacred drumming of Cuba is one of the most evolved and powerful rhythmic traditions in the world. In this concert, Brooklyn Raga Massive will expand upon their Raga Cubana series with this master percussionist, scholar, composer, and living repository of Afro-Cuban music from Havana, Cuba. Román Díaz, an olù batá (master drummer) came to New York City from Havana in 1999 and has since become a mainstay in the avant-garde jazz and Afro-Cuban music communities. He will bring with him the outstanding vocalist Melvis Santa and a full rhythm section of batá drummers.

Roman Diaz, bata, vocals
Melvis Santa, vocals, keyboard
Clemente Medina, bata
Rafael Monteagudo, bata
Giancarlo Luigi, percussion
Camila Celin, sarod
Ehren Hanson, tabla
Jay Gandhi, bansuri
David Ellenbogen, guitar
Michael Gam, bass
Swaminathan Selvaganesh, kanjira

Stick around for a post-concert social hour featuring DJ Shishi.

About the Series
Outside (In)dia is a four-part concert series produced by The India Center Foundation and curated by Brooklyn Raga Massive that pushes the boundaries and conceptions of Indian classical music. With commissions of new works bringing raga into play with musical traditions spanning Cuba to Iraq, the series will position Indian classical music as a space for inclusion, collaboration, and conversation in a revolutionary new way.

Presented in collaboration with The India Center Foundation and Brooklyn Raga Massive.

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