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Red Baraat Festival of Colors 2016

RED BARAAT FESTIVAL OF COLORS 2016
Featuring
Madame Gandhi
RAJAS

March 20 – Nectar Lounge, Seattle feat. DJ Prashant (Tix: http://bit.ly/redbaraat)
March 24 – The Sinclair, Boston (Tix: http://bit.ly/1T5hkOb)
March 25 – The Ardmore Music Hall, Philadelphia (Tix: http://bit.ly/1IXRz1H )
March 26 – The Hamilton, Washington, D.C.(Tix: http://ticketf.ly/1PadNgc )
March 27 – The Bowery Ballroom, New York City (Tix: http://bit.ly/1k5ZKNA )

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Red Baraat Festival of Colors is a celebration of Holi, a Hindu holiday marked by public gatherings of families, friends, and strangers rejoicing in song, dance, and the exchange of “colors.” The holiday signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, and an opportunity to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive.

The 2016 celebration will feature an eclectic mix of musical colors: A full live set by Red Baraat and special guest openers, Madame Gandhi and RAJAS (for all East Coast dates). DJ Prashant will join on the first Festival of Colors out West.

Madame Gandhi is an electronic music group featuring the drums and vocals of Kiran Gandhi (drummer for M.I.A.) and the sound design of Alexia Riner. Based out of Los Angeles, this project uses driving rhythms, ambient melodies and soulful vocals to explore concepts of liberation and equality.

Rajna Swaminathan leads the ensemble RAJAS, a project that brings together musicians from Indian classical and jazz backgrounds to collectively explore new textural and improvisational horizons. Rajna is an accomplished mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist and composer. She is a protégé of mrudangam legend Umayalpuram Sivaraman, and is one of only a handful of women mrudangam artists in the world. She has performed with several renowned Indian classical musicians, including mentor and vocalist T.M. Krishna. Over the past few years Rajna has been collaborating with eminent musicians in New York’s jazz and creative music scene, including Vijay Iyer and Steve Coleman. Rajna holds degrees in Anthropology and French from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Music at Harvard University.

Rajna Swaminathan – mrudangam, compositions
Roopa Mahadevan – vocal
Anjna Swaminathan – violin
Arun Ramamurthy – violin
Guy Mintus – piano (Boston, Philly and NYC shows only)

The festival debuted in 2012 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City – the event was sold out. It has since expanded and travelled to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, and New Orleans. Each year, bandleader and dhol player, Sunny Jain curates a night of music and art highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America through a diverse range of styles and mediums. Past lineups have included DJ Rekha, Falu and her live band (Deep Singh, Dave Sharma, Mark Tewarson, Gaurav Shah), Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (a film by the late, award-winning filmmaker, Prashant Bhargava, with score by Grammy-nominated composer, Vijay Iyer), Brooklyn Raga Massive All-Stars, Mandeep Sethi, Vandana Jain, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Rupa & The April Fishes, and DJ Ushka.

Livewire EP coming January 2016

Livewire, the band’s 2016 EP, is a 5-track scorcher recorded in-studio at Seattle’s KEXP. While still retaining many of the propulsive and uplifting musical elements that fired their previous albums, Livewire marks a departure for Red Baraat as their acoustic instrumentation evolves into new sonic spaces. Notably, the songs on the EP feature dark electric guitar textures and live effects processing from sousaphone and the dhol, the band’s signature instrument. The EP concludes with a bonus track (“Gaadi of Truth”) featuring the drumming and remixing talents of The Police’s Stewart Copeland.

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Famously dubbed “The best party band in years” by NPR, Red Baraat is a pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York. Conceived by dhol player Sunny Jain, the group has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound — a merging of hard driving North Indian Bhangra with elements of go-go, rock and jazz — fueled by 3 master rhythm makers, the muscle of horns, a raucous guitar and a booming sousaphone. Created with no less a purposeful agenda than manifesting joy and unity in all people, Red Baraat’s spirit is worn brightly on its sweaty and hard-worked sleeve. And is being returned to them in cities all over the world, as word spreads of the band’s incredibly powerful live performances.

Livewire, the band’s 2016 EP, is a 5-track scorcher recorded in-studio at Seattle’s KEXP. While still retaining many of the propulsive and uplifting musical elements that fired their previous albums, Livewire marks a departure for Red Baraat as their acoustic instrumentation evolves into new sonic spaces. Notably, the songs on the EP feature dark electric guitar textures and live effects processing from sousaphone and the dhol, the band’s signature instrument. The EP concludes with a bonus track (“Gaadi of Truth”) featuring the drumming and remixing talents of The Police’s Stewart Copeland.

The release of Red Baraat’s 2nd album in 2012, Shruggy Ji, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music charts propelled the band on a nonstop three-year world tour that included performances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Monterey Jazz Festival and WOMAD, along with clubs, theatres, and arts centers. Along the way, they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and the Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House, Peter Gabriel, TED and the Olympic Games.

But even as it’s clear that Red Baraat is building a startling history of performances in iconic settings, the band’s bread and butter remains the sweaty clubs, festivals, packed performing arts centers, and college auditoriums that have kept the band on the road all over the world for over 1100 shows to date in their 7 years as a band. It’s here where Red Baraat does what it does best – communing with their audience in a joyful, near hedonistic celebration of music and dance, which tellingly, draws a crowd even more diverse than the players on stage. The universality of what Red Baraat does is undeniable. And this is no happy accident. It is the product of intention and design. Says Jain, “The band…our songs…are addressing the multiplicity of viewpoints,” says Jain. “There’s ‘Zindabad,’ which means ‘Long Live’ in Hindi. In that song, we’re saying that we celebrate life, we celebrate devotion — but we also celebrate agitation and revolution. Question things, and move forward, and support your friends and lovers, and listen to the voice of your heart. Long live all of that; but at the same time, we’re talking about community, about responsibility, about helping one another. We are simple creatures that desire community. If we can unite people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, then life is that much sweeter.”

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