Red Baraat's Festival of Colors 2018

Red Baraat's Festival of Colors 2018

Punjabtronix, DJ Rekha

Fri, March 9, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA

$25 advance / $30 advance

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM.

Red Baraat's Festival of Colors 2018
Red Baraat's Festival of Colors 2018
The place: a club in the middle of Brooklyn renowned for its sophisticated clientele, its receptivity to innovation, and its ideas from abroad. On a small stage in a tight, dimly lit back room, several musicians are whipping a New York City crowd into a frenzy with an unprecedented, high energy, gut-busting fusion of jazz, hip-hop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. A horn section blares, percussionists pound, everybody shouts, and the group’s charismatic leader, Sunny Jain, holds the explosive songs together with rhythms from his dhol – the Indian double-headed drum played slung over the shoulder that provides bhangra with its frenetic heartbeat. And just as it was the month before, the line of patrons who came to this club in Park Slope stretched out the door and down the block because they couldn’t get enough of Red Baraat – a riveting ensemble that NPR has dubbed “The best party band in years.”

Versatility is one the band’s hallmarks. Red Baraat can mesmerize an audience with a funk groove, turn a switch, and drive the same crowd to the brink of delirium. Since its formation in 2008 and those storied nights at Barbes in Park Slope, the magic of Red Baraat has spread far beyond New York City. The group’s second studio album in 2013, Shruggy Ji, debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music charts and propelled the band on a nonstop three-year world tour that included appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Peter Gabriel’s WOMAD Festivals in Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Along the way they sold out rooms as diverse as the Luxembourg Philharmonic and New York City’s iconic Bowery Ballroom, and performed at the request of The White House, TED and Olympic Games. Yet no matter how much success and notoriety Red Baraat has achieved, Sunny Jain and his comrades have never stopped experimenting or adding new elements to their peculiar alchemy.

The group’s 2017 and third studio album, Bhangra Pirates, features a key element that the first two did not: guitarist Jonathan Goldberger, whose surreal textures and percussive playing is the ideal complement to Jain’s thunderous dhol. Additionally, the sonic pallet has further expanded with processed effects on both the dhol and sousaphone. The formidable Red Baraat horn section remains intact, while drummer Chris Eddleton draws his inspiration from hip-hop and rock. The album debuted at #4 on the World Music Charts Europe.

Each musician in the band pulls from distinct traditions while speaking through their instrument with their own particular musical vocabulary. That it works so well is a testament to Sunny Jain’s utopian vision and his faith that communication across cultures doesn’t have to be vexed in the slightest. All it takes is empathy, creativity, love, and willingness to abandon reservations and surrender to the spirit of music and the moment. This effortless outlook empowers Red Baraat to do 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,” says Jain. “Bhangra Pirates embodies that push and pull in all of us…free spirit, community, rebellion, tradition, and new journeys.”

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A baraat, explains dholi and bandleader Sunny Jain, is an Indian wedding procession – one that includes a groom on top of a horse, friends and family singing and dancing, and usually led by a brass band. (The “red” part of the group’s handle refers both to the symbolic meaning of the color in Indian weddings and the passion he elicits from his musicians and from listeners). Jain was born and raised in Rochester, New York, but his family maintained close ties to India, and with regular summer visits throughout his childhood he applied what he learned from his cultural heritage to his musical education. The drummer and composer recorded several accomplished jazz albums with the Sunny Jain Collective and has collaborated with Norah Jones, Peter Gabriel, Q-Tip, and the acclaimed Pakistani Sufi-rock band Junoon, among many others. Yet he always dreamed of applying the celebratory energy of the Punjabi wedding bands he had encountered on his trips overseas to American jazz, rock, funk and pop. With Red Baraat, he has realized his ambition and taken the project in wild improvisatory directions he’d never anticipated.
Punjabtronix
Punjabtronix
Technology meets tradition as cutting edge live electronica and digital technologies combine with the traditional sounds of Punjab.

Produced and commissioned by UK based Asian Arts Agency, PunjabTronix is an exciting new international collaboration between award-winning British-Indian electronic music producer DJ Swami and traditional Punjabi folk stars, synchronised with unique live mixed digital projections.
 
Receiving rave reviews from critics and audiences alike during its debut tour of the UK in July 2017, this exciting fusion project heads to the USA this Spring.
 
Combining live electronic dance music with Punjabi dhol drums, vocals, stringed instruments and the hypnotic sounding double flute algoza, the powerful distinct rhythms and traditional melodies of the Punjab interact creatively with live electronic drum machines, synthesiser arpeggios and basslines.
 
The electric live show features a number of traditional Punjabi folk songs, such as ‘Jugni’, ‘Heer’ and ‘Challa’, reimagined for PunjabTronix, with electronic beats, Punjabi folk instruments and stunning live visuals combining to produce a mesmerising spectacle.
 
Alongside electronic music producer DJ Swami, the project features Punjabi folk musician Vijay Yamla, an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and grandson of legendary Punjabi folk singer Yamla Jatt, who brings his vast musical experience to the project, playing instruments such as Tumbi, Tumba, Algoza and Bugchu. The group also features Naresh Kuki, one of the most talented Dhol and Dholak players in Punjab, sought after Sarangi player, Dheera Singh, and talented Punjabi folk singer Gurtej Singh. Live visuals, mixing live performance capture and stunning Punjabi landscapes, are by UK based filmmaker, John Minton.

PunjabTronix is a cutting edge experience of technology and British electronic music connecting with the raw energetic DNA of Punjab - culminating in an exciting new musical and visual experience.

Produced and managed by Asian Arts Agency.

For more information, live videos and music, visit: www.punjabtronix.co.uk
DJ Rekha
DJ Rekha
DJ Rekha pioneered merging Bhangra and Bollywood sounds with contemporary electronic dance music. Her debut album "DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra" features a track with Wycelf Jean. She is the founder of Basement Bhangra™, Bollywood Disco and co‐founder of Mutiny Club nights. Named "Ambassador of Bhangra" by the New York Times, she has done remixes for artists that range from Meredith Monk to Priyanka Chopra. Her debut album, DJ Rekha presents Basement Bhangra is on E1 Music. Rekha has received numerous community awards and in 2009, inducted into the New York City's Peoples’ Hall of Fame. She has curated events for Celebrate Brooklyn, Central Park SummerStage and has performed at the White House for President Obama and internationally. DJ Rekha was a Grand Marshall of the 9th Annual NYC Dance Parade in 2015. In January 2017 she was one of the official DJs for the historic Women's March on Washington.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138