Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Brooklyn Raga Massive presents Neel Murgai Ensemble and House of Waters at Jack

Neel Murgai Ensemble

Neel Murgai Ensemble

On Saturday, November 16, 2013, Brooklyn Raga Massive will present Neel Murgai Ensemble and House of Waters at Jack, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn, NY, as part of their Sounds Music Festival. Tickets are $15.

8PM House of Waters
Max ZT, dulcimer
Luke Notary, drums
Moto Fukushima, bass

House of Waters is a Brooklyn based band. Drawing inspiration from Africa, India, South America and jazz the band is as
Timeout NY states, “A sight to behold.”

9:30PM Neel Murgai Ensemble
Neel Murgai, sitar, compositions
Arun Ramamurthy, violin
Trina Basu, violin
Marika Hughes, cello
Ehren Hanson, tabla

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The Neel Murgai Ensemble performs raga chamber-jazz, combining Neel’s sitar with violin, cello and tabla and recently recorded their new album. The raga and tala of Indian classical music is the root of their sound, but they remain free to wander through other territories including jazz, minimalism and experimental music. Neel’s original compositions and rearrangements of traditional material are brought to life in their dynamic group improvisations. Innova Records has released their self-titled debut CD to critical acclaim, including a feature on NPR’s Song of the day. They have performed to packed, enthusiastic audiences at Mexico’s 2012 Sinaloa Cultural Festival, the Sun to Stars Festival in New York, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Museum of Natural History amongst many others.

Neel Murgai and Andre De Shields backstage at The Huntington Theatre's co-production of the Mary Zimmerman adaptation of The Jungle Book in Boston on September 5, 2013.

Neel Murgai and Andre De Shields backstage at The Huntington Theatre’s co-production of the Mary Zimmerman adaptation of The Jungle Book in Boston on September 5, 2013.

Neel Murgai is a sitarist, composer, frame drummer and overtone singer. He has studied sitar for 19 years, currently with the world-renowned maestro Pundit Krishna Bhatt. Neel is a graduate of Goddard College’s MFA program in Interdisciplinary Arts. While committed to the lifelong pursuit of Indian classical music, Neel has made a career of cross-cultural collaborations with noted artists in many backgrounds. He recently joined the orchestra for the new hit musical theater production of the “Jungle Book,” directed by Mary Zimmerman, a co-production of Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company. Neel has toured internationally with the Bill T. Jones Dance Company production, “Blind Date.” He has also worked with Cyndi Lauper, Wyclef Jean, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Samir Chatterjee, Daniel Bernard Romain, Dana Leong, Ellen Stewart, Marc Cary, Yuerba Buena, Baba Israel, Raz Mesinai, Mission on Mars, Akim Funk Buddha, Loren Conners, Louis Bellogenis, Cosmo Vinyl and many others. Neel has performed at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to the David Letterman Show, jazz clubs such as the Blue Note and at festivals and theaters around world. He has composed music for numerous 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”. His music has been featured in the BBC series, “Holiday’s in the Danger Zone”, and TBS programs, “Women of the Ink”, and “Spotlights”.

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang. Photo by Brianne Michelle Photography

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
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Nov. 4: The Jungle Book’s André De Shields Nominated for Jeff Award; will perform “I Wanna to Be Like You” at Ceremony
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Center Stage Photo Preview: Denise Burse and Michael Genet in Marcus Gardley’s dance of the holy ghosts, Opens October 16, 2013
Nov. 14 – Dec. 29: Paolo Montalban and Eileen Ward Lead Cast of Olney Theatre Center’s Production of The King and I
Nov. 18: David Henry Hwang, Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph to be honored at Sixth Annual Steinberg Playwright “Mimi” Awards
Signature Theatre’s World Premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Kung Fu Stars SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’s Cole Horibe as Bruce Lee
National Black Theatre Festival Photos: Backstage with André De Shields, Marie Thomas, Erin Cherry, Sean Phillips and Morocco Omari in Knock Me A Kiss
Photos: Backstage Q & A with Thom Sesma and the cast of Signature’s Miss Saigon
Photos: Backstage with Michi Barall and the cast of Regina Taylor’s stop.reset. at Signature Theatre
Photos: Charles Smith’s Knock Me A Kiss Starring André De Shields Featured in Encore Performances at The National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, NC, July 30-August 1, 2013
Photos: All-Access Pass to August Wilson’s Two Trains Running with John Earl Jelks, Harvy Blanks, Chuck Cooper, Anthony Chisholm, Owiso Odera, Roslyn Ruff and James A. Williams Review: Power Play Powerful & Suspenseful
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Photos: The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards and After Party
Video: Power Play’s Lorey Hayes and Lia Chang on The Carmen Mathis Show
The Chronicle Features Lorey Hayes’ Power Play
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