(Sunny Jain (top left) with Red Baraat)
MUBG Class of 2000 graduate Sunny Jain had himself quite a summer this year. A percussionist and composer, Jain performed as part of a weeklong stint at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in July with Asphalt Orchestra (http://www.asphaltorchestra.com), a contemporary marching band organized by New York’s Bang On A Can. Over the course of the week, the 12-piece had the pleasure of working with David Byrne and Yoko Ono on newly commissioned works they wrote for the group. Check out a New York Times review of Asphalt Orchestra at Lincoln Center here.
Aside from Asphalt Orchestra, Sunny has been staying busy earning critical acclaim with Red Baraat (http://www.redbaraat.com), an energetic funk band whose sound fuses New Orleans brass with Indian Bhangra. In July the group made their Canadian (Montreal Jazz Festival) and European (Pori Jazz Festival, Molde Jazz Festival) debuts, and also performed at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing for the first-ever Bhangra party with DJ Rekha and Reena Shah. With features in Wall Street Journal (article) and on Good Morning Japan (video), the future looks bright for Sunny Jain and Red Baraat.