Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Red Baraat 'EVOLVES AS IT EVOLVES' ; Indian-Influenced Brass and Drum Ensemble Returns to W.Va

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Red Baraat 'EVOLVES AS IT EVOLVES' ; Indian-Influenced Brass and Drum Ensemble Returns to W.Va

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WANT TO GO? Red Baraat WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday WHERE: Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg TICKETS: $22 to $45 INFO: 304-645-7917 or www.carnegiehallwv. com Mountain Stage With Red Baraat, We Banjo 3, Star & Micey, Davina and the Vagabonds and more WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday WHERE: Culture Center Theater, Charleston TICKETS: Advance tickets $20. At the door $25. INFO: 877-987-6487 or www.mountainstage.org

Fans of the world beat and jazz music have two chances to catch Red Baraat this weekend. Friday night, the electrifying Indian- influenced brass and drum ensemble will perform at Carnegie Hall, in Lewisburg. Sunday night, the band headlines "Mountain Stage at the Culture Center Theater, in Charleston.

This is not Red Baraat's first appearance in the Mountain State.

The band was the highlight of 2012's "Wine and All That Jazz festival in Charleston. That memorable performance helped bring the group back to Charleston for "Mountain Stage's milestone 800th episode a year later, and then back again to "Wine and All That Jazz in 2014.

However, people who saw them in 2012, 2013 or 2014 will see something new: a guitar.

Band founder and dhol drum player Sunny Jain said, "That was a creative decision. We've gone through some different instrumentation over the life of the band.

At one point, the fusion jazz band had nine members.

"But it evolves as it evolves, Jain said, "and I like that about us. Red Baraat doesn't have to just sit there and be what it was three years ago or five years ago.

Born in Rochester, New York, Jain grew up emulating jazz drummers and listening to the Indian music that emerged from European colonialism, which incorporated brass instruments and applied local rhythms to them.

Fusing the two styles together sounded like a celebration to Jain, and he named his band Baraat, after the word for an Indian wedding procession.

Jain said the band is still a celebration. It's just a little new.

"What sparked this for me was something that happened in 2014, he said. "We had Delicate Steve,' an indie guitarist join us on stage. At that point, we had been trying out a few new things - synthesizers and keyboards. …

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