New York, NY – 10/04/16

With Alsarah at Peace Award & Housewarming Event
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
6:30pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
War Resisters League (map)
168 Canal Street, Suite 600
New York, NY, USA 10013
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I will be accompanying Alsarah at this important War Resisters League Event.

Join WRL in presenting our 2016 Peace Award to Baghdad-based Jannat Alghezzi of the pathbreaking Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI) - at our new home in Chinatown.

RSVP here:

Jannat Alghezzi (who will be with us in person!) serves as OWFI's Media Director and coordinates between OWFI's growing number of underground shelters for women escaping domestic violence and ISIS. Jannat herself came up through OWFI's shelter system, which she describes as "schools" of politicization and empowerment. Join us in affirming liberatory movements in Iraq now, in the face of a global image associated exclusively with war and sectarianism.

For more on OWFI's remarkable work, see:

Since 1958, War Resisters League has honored a person or organization with its annual peace award. In 2015, Mumia Abu-Jamal was honored.

168 Canal Street, Suite 600, NY, NY 10013

Suggested Donation: $15
(No one turned away for lack of funds)

Food ♦ Drink ♦ Music

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New York, NY – 06/12/16

Playing dhol at Drums Along the Hudson Festival
Sunday, June 12, 2016
4:30pm - Free - All Ages
Inwood Hill Park (map)
New York, NY, USA
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Playing dhol along with Chris Eddleton on snare drum as a part of Seema Iyer's dance performance.

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Stories From South Asian New York City

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with and interviewing a comrade and friend to many of us, Javaid Tariq of the NY Taxi Workers Alliance. After a few twists and turns (including Javaid bum rushing the stage at a Red Baraat show in the spring) and much delay, my piece about his incredible story for Open City Magazine is finally up right here.

This piece also concludes my fellowship with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to meet so many fascinating and powerful South Asian New Yorkers who were willing to share their stories with me (and us). It’s been a lot of fun working on these pieces over the last year and a half. If you missed any of them, here’s a recap:

The Festival of Light and Liberation, Sikh Style
Diwali is celebrated in various ways by South Asian peoples. The Sikh celebration adds politics to the mix.

Harmonium Soul
Harmoniums are all over South Asian music. But they also connect Guyana and Punjab spiritually

The Spirit of Parshaada (w/ video)
Roti is everyday food in Punjabi homes. At the gurdwara, it takes on a new name and becomes a symbol of service.

Sikh Teens Spread Awareness + Love in Manhattan
“…I’d see non-Sikhs…be scared because there were so many turbans around them. I want to end that,” Amrinder Singh explained.

In Suburban Queens, a South Asian Political Renaissance
Ali Najmi, the contender to represent one of the largest South Asian enclaves in NYC, talks about Glen Oaks, the Sikh gurdwaras, and taxi drivers.

The Education of an Immigration Lawyer
How a high school teacher’s advocacy vs. bullying of Sikh students led her from the classroom to the court room.

Cha Time at Home
Cha, chai or te? A Richmond Hill family’s multiple ways of preparing what Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu called “the elixir of life.”

The Free-Spirited Journey of a Taxi Union Organizer
From sufism to reggae, from construction work to driving taxis, it has been a colorful ride for one of the co-founders of a taxi drivers union in New York.


NYTWA organizer Javaid Tariq, the subject of my latest piece for Open City Magazine.

NYTWA organizer Javaid Tariq, the subject of my latest piece for Open City Magazine.

Brooklyn , NY – 05/21/16

Playing dhol at Family & Kids Rally for Verizon Strikers
Saturday, May 21, 2016
10:00am - All Ages
Brooklyn Borough Hall (map)
Brooklyn , NY, USA
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Proud to be providing some rhythmic solidarity along with drummer Greg Gonzalez for this important rally:

Meet up starting at 9:30am at Brooklyn Borough Hall to make picket signs, then march two blocks to the picket line at the
Verizon Wireless Store at 146 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 around 10:30am.

There will be balloons, temporary tattoos, snacks, and special guests!

40,000 men and women at Verizon and Verizon Wireless are still on strike, standing up to rich and powerful interests to make sure the needs of working families are met.

Verizon is trying to make changes that would have a devastating effect on workers and their families.

The company wants to offshore more jobs overseas, close call centers, and outsource work to low-wage contractors.

Join us! Let’s show Verizon we’ll do what it takes to protect jobs and working families in this country.

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Race Forward, an awesome racial justice organization, just released an eight-part video series on the importance of intersectionality in our racial justice movements. I’m featured in one of the videos, which you can see below. Check out the full series here! It’s an honor to be in the company of so many fierce and inspiring thinkers and activists.

Spring in Bloom

Red Baraat just wrapped up our 5th annual Festival of Colors along with a bunch of other touring this month. It’s been a blast, and we’re grateful for all the support and love from coast to coast. You can check out some photos from the festivities here. Lots more coming later this spring and summer, but in the meantime, check out this podcast I was interviewed for by the Interfaith Center of NY about Sikhism, social justice, and much more.


New York, NY – 01/30/16

Toshi Reagon's Birthday Concert
Saturday, January 30, 2016
9:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY, USA
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Playing trumpet with the amazing Toshi Reagon!

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Fall & Winter in NYC

It’s been a busy early fall on the road with Red Baraat. Lots of fun and memorable shows from San Francisco to New Orleans, Austin to Tampa. I’m glad to be home in Brooklyn for a few months, switching gears a bit. I’ll be focusing on my training/facilitation work, some writing, as well as some other musical projects.

I’m currently booking fall and winter training and teaching engagements on a wide variety of social justice issues including:

  • Anti-oppression, racial justice, and/or social justice workshops (anything from 2 hours to 2 days and beyond. I’ve worked with lots of nonprofits, social justice groups, colleges, law schools, and teachers, and tailor my trainings to each group’s needs).
  • Anti-bullying workshops, post-9/11 racism and/or other social justice related lessons for 4th-12th graders (through the organization HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) which usually provides our services free to public schools)

In addition to continuing working as an independent consultant, I’m also excited to have recently joined the training teams for Border Crossers and Race Forward. Get in touch at for more information on any of the training and teaching work I do.

Sitting in with Ozomatli at Wonderful World Fest in Queens this summer


New York, NY – 09/25/15

America & Its Unfit: Eugenics Then & Now
Friday, September 25, 2015
10:00am - Free - All Ages
8 Washington Mews
New York, NY, USA
Other Info
Kicking off this conference put on by NYU's APA Institute with a short duo set with Sxip Shirey. I'll be playing trumpet and dhol.
Hemmerdinger Hall at the NYU Silver Center

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Long Island City, NY – 07/09/15

Playing dhol at benefit party for CACF
Thursday, July 9, 2015
6:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
LIC Bar (map)
45-58 Vernon Blvd
Long Island City, NY, USA 11101
Other Info
Playing dhol at this benefit party for the Coalition for Asian American Children and Famliies (CACF) honoring the Chinese Progressive Association, Adhikar, and Sapna NYC.

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