Red Baraat – Tickets – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC – January 24th, 2013

Red Baraat

Red Baraat

Superhuman Happiness

Thu 1/24/13

6:00 pm

Red Baraat - (Set time: 7:30 PM)
Red Baraat
RED BARAAT have made a name for themselves as one of the best live bands playing anywhere in the world. Led by dhol drummer Sunny Jain, the nine piece (comprised of dhol ((double-sided barrel shaped North Indian drum slung over one shoulder)) drumset, percussion, a sousaphone, and 5 horns) melds the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with a host of sounds, namely funk, go-go, latin, and jazz. Simply put, Sunny Jain and Red Baraat have created and defined a sound entirely their own which NPR has called 'the best party band in years.' Leading an audience as diverse and joyful as the band itself, Red Baraat has subsumed a plateful of global influence, fused it, and is now exporting it New York-style to the world. The unique ensemble has brought their musical message of global unity to some of the world's most prestigious stages, including Lincoln Center, London's Barbican, and have been featured performers at the renowned TED Conference.



It's a sound so powerful it has left the band in its own utterly unique and enviable class. These days you are as likely to find Red Baraat throwing down at an overheated and unannounced warehouse party in their Brooklyn neighborhood as you are at Lincoln Center. Or the Montreal Jazz Festival. Or the Barbican. It's a band unquestionably on the ascent playing some of the most prestigious festivals and theatres worldwide, and keeping their chops razor sharp in basements and sweaty sold out clubs across New York City. Leading an audience as diverse and joyful as the band itself, Red Baraat has subsumed a plateful of global influence, fused it, and is now exporting it Brooklyn-style to the world.



The group's most recent release, BOOTLEG BHANGRA, is the band's incredibly powerful live show captured at Brooklyn's Southpaw on the band's second anniversary. With songs pulled primarily from their debut album, CHAAL BABY, the group was mindful of the challenge to capture a rapturous live sound on record. Well, it happened on this night, and the resulting document places you squarely in that small Brooklyn club jammed from front to back with hip shaking beauties - hands raised to a ceiling dripping with condensation. The band is currently at work on their 2nd studio date, SHRUGGY JI, which should see release in early 2012.



Most recently, the title track, Chaal Baby, is being used as the background music for the promo ads for the hit FX TV show, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. After the group's performance at the 2011 globalFEST, Red Baraat was a top pick favorite and featured on PRI's The World, NPR's All Songs Considered, New York Times, The Village Voice and Mother Jones magazine. The group's debut CD, CHAAL BABY (Sinj Records) was voted by several music critics as a top world and jazz release of 2010. Since their inception in October 2008, Red Baraat has delivered blistering performances at globalFEST, Montreal Jazz Festival, Sunfest, Festival De Louisiane, Quebec City Summer Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Madison World Music Festival, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Molde Jazz Festival (Norway) and Chicago Folks & Roots Festival, among many others. Red Baraat appeared on John Schaefer's Soundcheck WNYC-FM 93.9, an NPR affiliate, in which they were picked as a top live radio performance of 2009. They also recorded the credit roll theme song for the movie, The Yes Men Fix the World and performed for the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (NYC) for Ports 1961 runway models. Red Baraat has been featured in National Geographic, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Relix and Songlines, among many others.



Sunny Jain - dhol / MC
Rohin Khemani - percussion
Tomas Fujiwara - drumset
Mike Bomwell - soprano sax
Alex Hamlin - baritone sax
Sonny Singh - trumpet / vocals
MiWi La Lupa - bass trumpet / vocals
Ernest Stuart - trombone
John Altieri - sousaphone / rap
Superhuman Happiness - (Set time: 6:30 PM)
Superhuman Happiness
Movement becomes contagious listening to Superhuman Happiness whose sound has been dubbed "physical cinematic dance rock." The relentlessly creative band rides the yes wave on their debut LP entitled 'Hands' due in March from indie label The Royal Potato Family. It's a recording that runs the gamut from celebratory syncopated handclaps ("Our Favorite Part") to the coronation grandeur of church bells ("Second Heart"), from art-pop dance beats ("See Me On My Way") to math rock angularity ("Half Step Grind"). The lyrics to Superhuman Happiness songs come at you in a flurry of pop sensibility, but lean metaphysical, peppered amid the vastness of cinematic layers of instrumentation. Guitarists Luke O'Malley and Ryan Ferreira trade highlife picking and revving power chords as Nikhil Yerawadekar's ropey bass lines weave and bob through the pulsing beats issued from Miles Arntzen's drum kit. Waves of sound issue from Jared Samuel's array of analog keyboards and lush accents and colors from Eric Biondo's playful harmonies. Stuart Bogie's horns, abetted by long-time collaborator Colin Stetson, round out Hands' multi-dimensional sound.

Superhuman Happiness became known in Brooklyn for ecstatic dance parties at the famed club Zebulon where they'd often improvise extended versions of their songs. The band's reputation further grew upon touring nationally with artists like Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, Sinkane and Red Baraat. Prior to recording 'Hands,' Superhuman Happiness released an EP and a series of 7-inch singles. They wrote and performed, with the accompaniment of Kronos Quartet, the score to the acclaimed documentary film, 'How To Survive A Plague.' Other highlights include collaborating with Cults on the 'Red, Hot & Rio 2' compilation. Its members are all key NYC players with a collective resume that stretches across a dizzying array of talent, including Antibalas, Phenomenal Handclap Band, TV On The Radio, Iron & Wine, Tuneyards and Martha Wainwright among numerous others. It's together, however, where their individual voices coalesce into one shared vision. As 'Hands' so eloquently expresses, this is music striving for Superhuman Happiness.
Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. NW
Washington, DC, 20001
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