Wedding brass bands are a big part of Indian weddings. These bands grew out of the military brass bands in British India as ethnomusicologist Prof. Greg Booth explains.
Imagine my surprise when a few years ago I stumbled upon Red Baarat, a brass band from New York. This 8-piece band was started by Sunny Jain in 2008. Jain plays the droll (percussion). The band incorporates a patchwork quilt of sounds from bhangra to jazz to funk.
Red Baarat has released a couple of albums. Recently, they released their new one called “Gaadi of Truth” (roughly translated to mean a “Vehicle of Truth”). Jain plays the dhol (percussion drum).
And here is a video of Red Baarat playing at NPR”s Tiny Desk Concert.
Photo credit: Red Baarat