Ragas to Reels

Irish traditional and Indian classical music collide


$30 general / $24 members

Apr 17, 2020 – Apr 18, 2020



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Irish Arts Center
553 W 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


Utsav Lal, piano
Sam Comerford, flute
Nitin Mitta, tabla

In a collaboration both cultural homage and discovery, Utsav Lal, Sam Comerford, and Nitin Mitta mine the repertoires of Indian classical and Irish traditional music to create a brilliant metamorphosis of form. Reels and jigs whirl into jhala patterns, slow airs swell into alap phrases, and the roots of the genres are woven to intoxicating crescendos inspired by the polyphonic heart of modern day Ireland.
Ragas to Reels debuted to acclaim at Ireland’s National Concert Hall in 2009 and later toured to the UK and India, where it was the centerpiece for the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Embassy of Ireland in 2014. Ever exploring, the artists introduce new compositions in the American premiere.

"High energy meeting of the East and West...finding areas of commonality and overlap where previously it seemed that none existed.”—Terry Blain






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Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the National Endowment for the Arts; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; M&T Bank; The Ireland Funds; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.

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