Neel Murgai

Neel Murgai Ensemble

Neel Murgai: sitar, vocals, daf Mat Maneri: viola Sameer Gupta: tabla Greg Heffernan: cello

“Music is a reflection of the times. This is our stimulus of vibrations into the global dialogue, a cross-cultural mélange only possible at this time: the Ancient Future Traditional.”

NME announces the release of their debut CD, Audionomic Stimulus Package!

Sitarist, overtone singer, frame drummer and composer Neel Murgai creates music that defies categorization. His unique global sound is rooted in his sitar studies with Pundit Krishna Bhatt, combined with modern and avant-guarde western music and other sounds from around the world. The Neel Murgai Ensemble is the realization of Neel’s many years of experimentation in Indian classical music, free improvisation, modern compositional techniques, mathematical rhythmic structures and droning overtone minimalism. This group of stellar musicians, features downtown improv wizard, Mat Maneri on viola, along with Sameer Gupta (Marc Cary’s Focus Trio) on tabla and Greg Heffernan (Paradox Trio) on cello. Together they create an Indo-chamber jazz with Indian melody and rhythm, orchestral textures and ecstatic flights of improvisational fancy.

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”...Murgai joins a growing tribe of Asians who are slowly but steadily adding desi vibes to the music lexicon. It is their sounds that give us a glimpse of what a global village carnival might sound like.” - India Today

“In a way the star of the record is Neel Murgai.” - Rambles, a cultural arts magazine. writing in review of the Haunted House album, Up in Flames.

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Brooklyn, NY

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced students




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