Chaotic Beauty of The Melodies between East & West

Jazz & Raga by Richard X Bennett and RXB5

Raga is one of the most representative and extraordinary arts form in India. Of course it is well-known internationally. There is exquisite Jam with all in the special venue in New York City, the Rubin Museum. A raga or raaga , literally “coloring, tingeing, dyeing” is a melodic framework for improvisation akin to a melodic mode in Indian classical music. Each raga is an array of melodic structures with musical motifs, considered in the Indian tradition to have the ability to “color the mind” and affect the emotions of the audiences.

Trumpeter, composer and singer Louis Armstrong  (Photo from Wikipedia)

Jazz is a originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, it is roots in blues and ragtime and evolved itself combined with various musical genres and influencing them. It deviated bebop, coo jazz, free jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, jazz-rock fusion, smotth, latin and Afro -Cuban jazz and any others.

The King & Carter Jazzing Orchestra photographed in Houston, Texas, January 1921 (Photo from Wikipedia)

There happen kind of the performance in the Rubin Museum of Art in New York this month featured by Richard X Bennet and RXB5. Please don’t miss this concert that the common element of improvisation of two different genre from different cultures should find wonderful beauty and give audiences ecstasy.

Ravi Shankar performing at Woodstock in 1969. (photo from Wikipedia)


About the Musicians

Richard X Bennet. (Photo Courtesy of Rubin Museum of Art)

Richard X Bennett has been playing and composing Indian-influenced music for the past ten years, creating a unique and soulful blend of jazz piano with raga. RXB5 has been described as “unabashedly joyous, groove-centric, and spiritually danceable” (New York City Jazz Record) and “hypnotic” (John Schaefer, WNYC).

RXB5 is quintet of irreverent improvisors, RXB5 with Richard  X Bennet.

Richard X Bennett (piano)

Matt Parker (tenor saxophone)

Claire Daly (baritone saxophone)

Adam Armstrong (bass)

Michael Wimberly (drums)

Paula Jeanine Bennett (guest vocalist) 

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