Winter of Music + Popular Education in India (upcoming shows!)

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Greetings from Delhi! I’ve been in India since late November on a bit of a whirlwind tour of music & political education. I began my time in Gujarat, working with a group of college students studying neoliberalism and inequality in cities through the IHP Cities Program. 

Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with a bunch of fantastic independent musicians and bands in India. I headed to Pune for the huge NH7 Weekender Festival, and played with Mumbai-based Ankur & the Ghalat Family, old Brooklyn friend Bhrigu Sahni, and Delhi-based politically charged ska band The Ska Vengers. This past weekend, I went to Rajasthan with the Ska Vengers, joining them on trumpet and dhol, and also collaborated with the revolutionary reggae spirit of the BFR Soundsystem, led by Ska Vengers singers Delhi Sultanate and Begum X. In such dark political times in both the US and India, it’s been a joy and honor to meet and work with so many great musicians putting liberation front and center out here. And it’s not over! This Thursday December 21st, I’ll be playing trumpet and dhol with the Ska Vengers in Delhi at Raasta, and Saturday December 23rd, I’ll be a special guest at Piano Man with the local band the Jazz B’stards, consisting of several members of the Ska Vengers. 

I head back to NYC in January and will be diving back into Red Baraat, recording a new album and gearing up for our March Festival of Colors Tour in the US. Stay tuned for more. 

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