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
When
Saturday, January 30, 2016
9:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY, USA
Other Info
Playing trumpet with the amazing Toshi Reagon!

http://www.publictheater.org/en/tickets/calendar/playdetailscollection/joes-pub/2016/t/toshi-reagon-32nd-annual-birthday-concerts-featuring-toshi-reagon-and-biglovely/?SiteTheme=JoesPub

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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 sonny@sonnysingh.com 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
When
Friday, September 25, 2015
10:00am - Free - All Ages
Where
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.
10:00AM
Hemmerdinger Hall at the NYU Silver Center

http://www.apa.nyu.edu/

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Long Island City, NY – 07/09/15

Playing dhol at benefit party for CACF
When
Thursday, July 9, 2015
6:00pm - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
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.
http://www.cacf.org/images/CACF-invite-FINAL.jpg

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Summer Tour

Red Baraat is in summer tour mode right about now. See all the dates below, and hope to see you out there very soon!

New York, NY – 05/23/15

Hosting & playing dhol at "Spotlight Asia: Big Cats"
When
Saturday, May 23, 2015
12:00pm - All Ages
Where
American Museum of Natural History (map)
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY, USA 10024
Other Info
I'll be playing dhol and hosting this public event at AMNH: http://www.amnh.org/calendar/spotlight-asia-big-cats

Grab your cubs and join us for a family-friendly day of live theater, musical performances, and hands-on activities featuring new conservation technologies, as we learn more about Asia’s big cats and their role in cultures around the continent.

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Brooklyn, NY – 05/18/15

With Chop & Quench (The Fela! Band)
When
Monday, May 18, 2015
8:00pm - $10 - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
61 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY
Other Info
I, along with some of my Red Baraat bandmates, will be sitting in with Chop & Quench!
http://www.brooklynbowl.com/event/799141-chop-quench-fela-band-brooklyn/

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Gaadi of Truth

Happy New Year! While it’s been an intense and difficult start to 2015 from France to Nigeria, there is still much to be hopeful about. 2014 ended with one of the most inspiring movements of resistance and justice I’ve seen in a very long time in the United States — #BlackLivesMatter. While so many forces in our country deem the lives of certain communities worthless, a defiant movement that affirms Black life has been spreading. It’s inspiring to be a part of it.

As we try to make sense of all the challenges and contradictions and possibilities, I’m excited to announce that Red Baraat is about to release our new album, Gaadi of Truth, and hit the road hard. NPR Music said, “One of the greatest, biggest, most enjoyable brass bands has just made its best studio recording.” You can check it out for yourself on NPR’s First Listen right here. And preorder the album here before it releases on January 20th.

Starting in February, Red Baraat will be touring around the country and internationally. Check out the dates below, and hope to see you very soon.

New York, NY – 11/20/14

A Eugenics (Un)Haunting: Collaboration w/ Sxip Shirey
When
Thursday, November 20, 2014
7:00pm - Free - All Ages Buy Tickets
Where
8 Washington Mews
New York, NY, USA
Other Info
I will be teaming up with songwriter and musical magician Sxip Shirey to perform an original work as a part of the below event. It's free and open to all.

From mass sterilization to mass incarceration; quota-based immigration restrictions to a regime of border militarization—how do the dubious hierarchies of ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and ability, greatly shaped by early 20th century eugenics research, continue to be re-crafted and re-deployed?

http://www.nyu-apastudies.org/2012/event/a-eugenic-unhaunting-extricating-the-legacy-of-american-eugenics-from-contemporary-politics-and-praxis/
Artists, activists, and academics join forces to trace the lineages of American nativism, racism, and ableism through readings, performance, music, and analysis. Featuring poet and activist Sonia Guinansaca (New York State Youth Leadership Council and CultureStrike), historian and lawyer Paul A. Lombardo (Georgia State University), author and activist Dr. N. Ordover (American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism), writer Tommy “Teebs” Pico (absentMINDR), social justice activist and expert Loretta J. Ross (co-founder, SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective), musician, writer, and educator/activist Sonny Singh (Red Baraat), composer and producer Sxip Shirey, and more TBA.

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