NPR MUSIC INVITES MUSICIANS, THE PUBLIC TO PERFORM IN A WORLD PREMIERE WITH RED BARAAT'S SUNNY JAIN
DURING MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK, SAT. 6/21 AT 4:30PM ET
'100+ BPM' Is A New Work Commissioned By NPR Music
May 15, 2014; Washington, D.C. – This is how to bring in summer with a bang: NPR Music and Make Music New York invite brass players, percussionists and the public to help realize a celebratory new work by Sunny Jain, founder of the critically acclaimed band Red Baraat. With the iconic steps of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza as the stage, Jain will lead New York-based professional musicians and amateur performers in the world premiere of 100+ BPM, on Saturday, June 21 starting at 4:30PM ET.
One of Make Music New York 2014's marquee events, 100+ BPM promises to reflect the dynamism, creativity and diversity of Brooklyn itself, just as Red Baraat merges the sounds of north Indian bhangra with jazz, go-go, funk and hip-hop. Jain's scalable composition will allow for moments of "scripted improvisation" and audience participation. Over 100 notable musicians from around the New York area have already confirmed their participation in this world premiere, including the complete lineup of Red Baraat as well as members of Asphalt Orchestra, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, Maracatu New York, Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino, and the drumlines for the NY Giants, NY Knicks and NY Jets, and several local marching bands. The complete list of participating bands will be updated online before the premiere on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library.
Brass players and percussionists (amateur, student or professional) who would like to take part in the premiere of 100+ BPM should arrive at the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11201) familiar with the piece, warmed up and ready to play by 4:30PM ET. A PDF of the 100+ BPM score will be available for download at npr.org/music and makemusicny.org, as well as from the websites of the Brooklyn Public Library and Red Baraat on May 21st. The collective performance will be documented for an NPR Music "Field Recording" video that will premiere later this summer at npr.org/music.
"NPR Music loves to bring innovative artists together to create something new, so we're thrilled to do that again this year in collaboration with Make Music New York and Red Baraat," says Anya Grundmann, Director and Executive Producer of NPR Music. "We can't wait to hear the sound of hundreds of drummers and brass players as they overflow the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library."
"It will no doubt be a sound extravaganza and amazing to see this massive group of musicians come together to perform 100+ BPM," Jain says of this project. "The title carries a double entendre of tempo for the piece (beat per minute) and community building through music (Brooklyn Public Music). I'm very excited to be a part of this."
The world premiere of 100+ BPM is the latest of NPR Music's signature commissions for Make Music New York. In 2012, NPR Music called on composer Philip Glass to adapt a choral piece for a "flash choir" in New York's Times Square, and in 2013 brought together composer and artist Eli Keszler with the inventive quartet So Percussion for an installation at the Manhattan Bridge.
Make Music New York is a festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs of New York City - all on the first day of summer. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night in New York City, musicians of all ages, creeds, and musical persuasions - from hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock - perform on streets, sidewalks, stoops, plazas, cemeteries, parks and gardens. MMNY is the flagship event of Make Music Day, celebrated in more than 20 cities around the US, and a highlight of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place on June 21 in 800 cities across 110 countries.
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Sunny Jain founded Red Baraat in 2008. The pioneering eight-piece band from Brooklyn, New York has drawn worldwide praise for its singular sound and spirit of purpose. The group's last record debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Music Charts, and the band performs nearly 150 dates a year all over the world, bringing their revelatory live show to stages as diverse as Bonnaroo, The White House, the TED Conference and The Monterey Jazz Festival.
Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries located throughout the borough. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a large selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, literacy programs and public computers. BPL's eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at our website: www.bklynpubliclibrary.org.
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