Román Díaz
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The sacred drumming of Cuba is one of the most evolved and powerful rhythmic traditions in the world. In this concert, Brooklyn Raga Massive will expand upon their Raga Cubana series with this master percussionist, scholar, composer, and living repository of Afro-Cuban music from Havana, Cuba. Román Díaz, an olù batá (master drummer) came to New York City from Havana in 1999 and has since become a mainstay in the avant-garde jazz and Afro-Cuban music communities. He will bring with him the outstanding vocalist Melvis Santa and a full rhythm section of batá drummers.


Roman Diaz, bata, vocals 

Melvis Santa, vocals, keyboard 

Clemente Medina, bata 

Rafael Monteagudo, bata 

Giancarlo Luigi, percussion 

Camila Celin, sarod 

Ehren Hanson, tabla

Jay Gandhi, bansuri 

David Ellenbogen, guitar 

Michael Gam, bass 

Swaminathan Selvaganesh, kanjira


Stick around for a post-concert social hour featuring DJ Shishi. 


This concert will be accompanied by visual projections featuring the work of Cuban painter Carlos Mateu.


About the Series 

Outside (In)dia is a four-part concert series produced by The India Center Foundation and curated by Brooklyn Raga Massive that pushes the boundaries and conceptions of Indian classical music. With commissions of new works bringing raga into play with musical traditions spanning Cuba to Iraq, the series will position Indian classical music as a space for inclusion, collaboration, and conversation in a revolutionary new way.


Presented in collaboration with The India Center Foundation and Brooklyn Raga Massive


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Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


61 West 62 Street

For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact [email protected] or 212.875.5375.

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Outside (In)dia: Román Díaz

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm David Rubenstein Atrium

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