Red Baraat Festival of Colors | SFJAZZ
Red Baraat Festival of Colors
The Boston Globe called Red Baraat’s irresistible sound “new-breed marching-band music that’s part Punjabi wedding, part New Orleans second line, and all New York.” Led by the charismatic Sunny Jain, who plays the double-headed barrel drum called the dhol, the hot Brooklyn octet whips up a raucously fun mix of Indian bhangra rhythms, go-go music, jazz, hip-hop and Crescent City brass funk. 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, Jain and his comrades have never stopped experimenting or adding new elements to their peculiar alchemy.
For this special show, the band presents 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.
Bandleader Jain curates a night of music highlighting the South Asian Diaspora in America. Past lineups have included DJ Rekha, Falu, Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi (a film by the late, award-winning filmmaker, Prashant Bhargava, and Grammy-nominated pianist/composer, Vijay Iyer), Brooklyn Raga Massive, Mandeep Sethi, Parijat Desai Dance Company, Rupa & The April Fishes and Madame Gandhi.
Opening the show will be the prodigiously talented South Indian singer, dancer and multi-instrumentalist Ganavya Doraiswamy, who captivated the crowd during her 2016 SFJAZZ Summer Sessions appearance with pianist Alfredo Rodriguez. This show is in conjunction with the release of the band’s new album Bhangra Pirates on Rhyme & Reason Records.