New York Guitar Festival @ Brookfield Place New York, New York [19 May]

New York Guitar Festival

08:00 - 23:59

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Brookfield Place New York
230 Vesey Street, New York, New York 10281
Visit the Winter Garden at Brookfield place for a daylong Raga Marathon on May 19! Free performances celebrate the vibrant sounds of South Asia as part of the 2017 New York Guitar Festival, the annual festival that explores virtually every aspect of the guitar’s personality.

Rest, relax, and reflect in our meditation lounge under the shelter of The Roof on May 17-18, 10am-6pm and May 19, 8am-6pm.

Le District will have late night drink specials for the Raga Marathon: $7 house rosé and $5 Kronenbourg beers from 10pm to close!


// 8:00 AM — Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee
Bhattacharya, one of the world’s preeminent slide guitarists, performs a morning raga with Chatterjee on tabla.

// NOON — Anupam Shobhakar & Dan Weiss
Anupam Shobhakar performs a noon raga with a sarod, a fretless stringed instrument that dates back centuries.

// 5:00 PM — Gyan Riley, Krishna Bhatt, & Dan Weiss
Guitarist Gyan Riley, sitarist Krishna Bhatt, and jazz drummer Dan Weiss join forces for an early evening performance.

// 7:00 PM — Debashish Bhattacharya & Samir Chatterjee
Bhattacharya and Chatterjee return in the evening with more melodious sounds.

// 8:30 PM — A Throw of Dice with New Score by Rez Abbasi
Performance by Rez Abbasi Quartet
Rez Abbasi: electric & acoustic guitars, sitar-guitar
Pawan Benjamin: tenor & soprano saxophones, basuri flutes
Jennifer Vincent: acoustic bass, cello
Rohan Krishnamurthy: ghatam, mridangam, drumset

Silent cinema returns to Brookfield Place with a screening of the 1929 film A Throw of Dice: A Romance of India, accompanied by a new score performed by guitarist Rez Abbasi’s trio. Based on a story found within the Sanskrit epic, The Mahābhārata, and filmed on location in Rajasthan, the movie stars Seeta Devi as the ravishing beauty Sunita. The composer Nitin Sawhney describes A Throw of Dice as a cross between Cecil B. DeMille, Chaplin, and early Bollywood.

// 10:00 PM — DJ Rekha and Special Guests (to be announced!)
DJ Rekha and special guests spin an in-the-moment mash-up of ragas, EDM, and Punjabi pop until midnight.

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