We are delighted to announce that NPR has commissioned Red Baraat founder and bandleader Sunny Jain to compose and premiere a new piece of music as the capstone event for Make Music New York, on June 21st, on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library.
This is the third commission by NPR Music pairing great composers and iconic locations — including a 2012 premiere of a new Phillip Glass composition in Times Square, New York.
For the occasion, Sunny Jain has created ‘100+ BPM’ which reflects Red Baraat’s mission of the profusion of joy and pluralism. According to Sunny, “The title carries a double entendre of tempo for the piece, beat per minute, and community building through music: Brooklyn Public Music.”
And what community building it will be! The piece will be played by Red Baraat, joined by over 200 brass and percussion players from all over the tri-state area, including the drumlines of the New York Giants, New York Knicks and New York Jets, as well as members of the Asphalt Orchestra, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem,Maracatu New York and several local marching bands. Better yet- YOU are welcome to join the playing and celebration. ‘100+BPM’ is available right here for download, and if you play, you should print it out, learn it, and join in the premiere. More details available right here
The performance will be recorded for a video that will premiere later this summer as part of our Field Recordings series.