David is the founder and Executive Producer of the Ragas Live Festival. David’s almost two decades on the radio in New York City on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY have culminated into a podcast, NYC Radio Live, which features live performances and interviews from a huge gamut of musicians ranging from jazz legends McCoy Tyner and Yusef Lateef to rock royalty the Allman Brothers and Steely Dan to international innovators such as King Sunny Ade and Hugh Masekela. Working with Cirque de Soleil’s Joshua Geisler, David co-created the Acoustic Mandala Project, which explores the potential of raga based ambient music for yoga and meditation.
Lauren Crump - Associate Producer
Lauren Crump is the Associate Producer of Ragas Live Festival 2018. She joined the team in 2016, when the 24-hour festival was performed for a live audience at Pioneer Works for the first time. Lauren is a percussionist, has studied and performed music from the West to the East, and is passionate about bringing musical collaborations to audiences. Lauren is an arts educator in NYC an active member of the music collective Brooklyn Raga Massive.
Arun Ramamurthy - Creative Direction & Curation
Together with Sameer, Arun curates the artist line-up for the Ragas Live Festival. Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, composer, educator and organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. A disciple of the celebrated Carnatic violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath and Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the country’s leading Indian Classical and crossover musicians. Growing up in New Jersey, he trained in both Indian and Western classical styles, with initial training in Carnatic music with distinguished violinist, Anantha Krishnan. He has carved a niche for himself as a multifaceted artist, performing in both traditional Carnatic and Hindustani settings as well as bridging genres with his own creative projects. Arun has been fortunate to perform with esteemed artists such as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, T.N. Seshagopalan, Anindo Chatterjee, Sudha Ragunathan, Mashkoor Ali Khan, Marc Cary, Amir ElSaffar, Awa Sangho among others. He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, an ensemble that brings a fresh approach to age-old South Indian classical repertoire and raga inspired originals. Praised by All About Jazz as “a beautiful, exotic, ear-opening listening experience” the Trio’s debut album “Jazz Carnatica” was picked by NPR’s New Sounds as a Top New Release. Arun created the concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Cafe and is a co-founder of the musician's collective Brooklyn Raga Massive.
Sameer Gupta - Creative Direction & Curation
Together with Arun, Sameer curates the artist line-up for the Ragas Live Festival. Sameer is a rare percussionist who simultaneously represents the traditions of American jazz on drumset, and Indian classical music on tabla. His own interests and love of tabla brought him to the great tabla maestro Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, of whom he is now a dedicated disciple; his first few years were spent under the guidance of Ustad Zakir Hussain.Today he lives in Brooklyn, NYC and is actively involved in performing and teaching through various institutions including Brooklyn Raga Massive, Carnegie Hall’s Global Encounters and Ragas Live Festival. Gupta has held workshops on Indian music and cross over drumming styles, at The Jazzschool in Berkeley, California and Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has had the pleasure to play with many great musicians including Falu Shah, Rez Abbasi, Marc Cary, Wallace Roney, Karsh Kale, Pandit Krishna Bhatt Ravi Chandra Kulur, Mysore Manjunath, Prasant Radhakrishnan, Pandit Chitresh Das, Jason Samuels Smith, Pandit Ramesh Mishra, Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and numerous other luminaries. Gupta continues to build his career by combining traditional and modern improvisational styles drawing from his dual Indian and American heritage, and has already established himself as an original musical voice in jazz, world, and fusion music.
Rajmani Sinclair - Consultant
Rajmani is a consultant for the 2018 incarnation of the Ragas Live Festival at Pioneer Works. Rajmani served as the Associate Producer of the Ragas Live Festival 2017 at the Rubin Museum of Art. Rajmani joined the team in 2016 when it made the transition from solely a radio-broadcast music festival into a 24-hour event in front of a live audience at Pioneer Works. Rajmani brings her 9+ years of experience producing and directing live events and festivals. Rajmani discovered Indian classical music at the age of 2 when her mother took her to India for several months. Since then she has studied harmonium and Hindustani voice for many years of her life.