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Spiral Music Night (photo by Filip Wolok, image courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art)

This Wednesday, the Rubin Museum of Art presents Aaron Shragge and Roshni Samlal in an acoustic performance that “forge[s] a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.” This performance is a part of the Spiral Music series, occurring every Wednesday at the base of the museum’s spiral staircase. The performances always feature acoustic artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia.

Aaron Shragge (Photo by Erika Kapin, image courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art)

Aaron Shragge is a part of New York’s “improvised and international music scenes” and has performed at Symphony Space, the Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, among other venues. He plays the dragon mouth trumpet, an instrument designed after his time studying the shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and North Indian vocals. The dragon mouth trumpet is meant to “expand the trumpet’s melodic capacity.”

Roshni Samlal is a “New York-based tabla player” from the West Indies, where she learned about Indian classical music from her father. She has performed at a number of New York venues, including the Knitting Factory, Pianos, and the Bitter End. In addition to the tabla, she plays folk, jazz, and other genres.

Shragge and Samlal’s performance is sure to be a beautiful, unique experience that connects music and visual art in new ways.

Roshni Samlal (image courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art)

When: Wednesday, August 29, 6–9pm
Where: The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan

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