Sonny’s Spring Update!

globalFEST 2011, photo by Willis Glasspiegel

It’s been an eventful first few months of 2011 around the world!  From the Middle East to the Midwest, there is a lot to feel hopeful about, and also a lot to feel overwhelmed by.  I’ve been doing a lot of writing on politics, Sikhism, and social justice, which you can check out here.

On the music front, I started the year with a bang playing globalFEST with Red Baraat at Webster Hall, which was a blast.  The show was reviewed by dozens of media outlets including NPR, the New York Times, the Village Voice, Time Out NY, and more.  You can listen to our entire performance on NPR’s website here.

Jon Pareles wrote in the Times:  “The last set belonged to Red Baraat, a Brooklyn brass band (complete with sousaphone) that looks to South Asia, pumping out Bollywood tunes and Sufi songs with a crackling beat (from the two-headed dhol drum) and the muscle of horns blasting in unison, putting some New York bluster atop faraway roots.”

I’ve also been excited about a few new collaborations this year, including playing  trumpet and dhol with the amazing/crazy artist Sxip Shirey and a recording session with hip hop artist Alex Reyes.  I’m also looking forward to playing with the beautiful Sufi-inspired singer Arooj Aftab coming up in Brooklyn, and Red Baraat shows at the Kennedy Center in DC (sold out!), the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and the Houston International Festival.

As I focus more of my life on music, I am eager to continue building new musical relationships and collaborations, so get in touch if you want to build or know anyone looking for a trumpet player and/or dhol player.

Thanks for the continued support!

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