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DJ Rekha presents “Bollywood Disco Xmas” with Rajstar and DJ Rekha at Le Poisson Rouge on Christmas Day at 10pm

DJ Rekha presents Bollywood Disco Xmas!

Doors Open: 10:00 PM (Happy Hour from 10pm-11pm)

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street NYC Tel)212-505-FISH

DJ Rekha presents the return of…

Bollywood Disco – retro filmi classics, eclectic disco grooves. DJ Rekha digs through her digital and actual crates, spinning a range of filmi songs from retro tunes to the latest dance floor hits and everything in between.

Bol•ly•wood, n. [Humorous blend of the names of Bombay and Hollywood.]

1. The Indian film industry, based in Bombay; Bombay regarded as the base of this industry.

Bollywood is shorthand for the Hindi-language film industry centered in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. It is the world’s largest, yearly churning out hundreds of 3-hour musical epics that also drive South Asia’s pop music industry. To the current generation of South Asian club-goers, Bollywood is synonymous with the 1970s golden age of masala films. This decade produced blockbusters like Don and Sholay (which still holds the record for most-viewed film ever made) not to mention “some of the fattest funk tunes that ever pimp-rolled their way down Music Street, Bombay.”

Recently, Bollywood has lit up the cultural radar of the west, resulting in extensive press coverage, references in films like Moulin Rouge and Ghost World, and the nomination of Lagaan for best foreign film Oscar. Not surprisingly, classic Bollywood soundtracks from the 70s have been the focus of no less than 5 compilations in the past few years. (However, with the exception of Outcaste Records comp Bollywood Funk, these have been mostly compiled by and for outsiders to South Asian culture and often provide an uneven view of the genre.) Even the cutting edge of hiphop production has been shaped by the retro Bollywood sound, as producers like Dan the Automator, DJ Shadow, Timbaland and DJ Quik dip into Bollywood’s back-catalog to widen their production palette.

Dis•co n. pl. dis•cos 1. A discotheque.

2. Popular dance music, especially of the late 1970s, characterized by strong repetitive bass rhythms.

In NY the rise of interest in Bollywood coincides with a general resurgence in the sounds of the city’s own musical golden age: the progressive disco associated with legendary clubs like the Loft, the Paradise Garage and Studio 54. In addition to the numerous compilations & re-releases focusing on the producers and DJs of this era, the Garage ethos has inspired a new generation of happenings at clubs like Spa & APT, as well as a new generation of electronic musicians.

Raj “RajStar” Makhija is a freelance music producer, composer, sound engineer, writer and musician based out of New York and Mumbai with a fresh sound described as Timbaland meets AR Rahman. RajStar was always involved with music growing up in New Jersey around a musical family as his mother sang in a traditional Indian style and his father played Tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. In addition to this, playing bass guitar and guitar in and out of school bands (i.e. marching band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, out of school jazz programs, etc.) gave him a unique blend of musical sensibilities. He became interested in recording and composing music in the 7th grade when he bought himself a 4-track cassette recorder and began making songs. Later, Raj worked his way into some local studios and became well versed in high end recording techniques, then pursued an audio engineering degree at SAE Institute in New York. He interned at Water Music Studios in Hoboken NJ and after some time he was able to land an internship at the world-famous New York division of Quad Studios ( Raj and his brother formed their production company, RVM Sounds (, and their record label/artist management company, Soul Tap Records ( At Quad RajStar was able to climb the ladder quickly and after assisting some of the best engineers in the business he began freelance engineering at some of the most respected studios in New York (Sony, Right Track Recording, later known as Legacy, Hit Factory, etc.). He was fortunate to work with many of the biggest names in the American and International markets including Musiq Soulchild, Nona Hendryx, Chamillionaire, Missy Elliott, Pandit Jasraj, and Eddie Gomez, to name a few. Through Soul Tap Records Raj and his brother managed, produced, and developed artists and were able to help push the envelope of what South Asians could do in the American mainstream, namely finishing in the top of Doritos’ Crash The Superbowl contest taking with him Nivla, P. Oberoi, and DJ Sharad. This allowed his single (Produced by RajStar & Bobby Konders) “Be Easy (Koi Naa)” to be released on Interscope Records. Raj also won 1st place by popular vote and judge’s vote after competing against almost 2000 people worldwide in the official John Legend remix contest hosted by Indaba Music. RajStar has also been a guest speaker at New York University as well as SAE Institute
DJ Rekha
New York City based, DJ Rekha, is a recognized leader of the community, a renowned music producer, DJ personality, curator, educator and activist. Called the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times and named one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek, Rekha is among the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. Since establishing herself on the club scene with her inaugural event, Basement Bhangra at SOBs nightclub in 1997, Rekha has produced some of the longest running and most successful parties in New York including Bollywood Disco, Mutiny, and Beat Bazaar.

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“Make Music Winter,” the parade of over a dozen electric guitarists through the East Village on December 21, 2011.



Composer and producer Patrick Grant creates and leads a parade of over a dozen electric guitarists through the East Village, starting at Rivington Guitars and ending at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery, powered by Danelectro portable amps. The result will be a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms to honor this season’s axial tilt.

Sponsored by DanelectroRivington GuitarsSt Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, and Peppergreen Media.

Start: Rivington Guitars, 73 E. 4th Street, 6:30pm

End: St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St, 7:30pm

How to Join: The public is invited to march along and accompany the guitars with light hand percussion.

Patrick Grant is a composer/performer/producer who has been creating and producing music in a variety of media in NYC and internationally for over 25 years. His theatrical scores have been performed extensively throughout Europe and Brazil and his concert music has been performed at the MATA Festival, Composers Concordance, Bang on a Can, and others. He has created scores for theatrical visionaries Robert Wilson, Gerald Thomas, and The Living Theatre, music for feature documentaries, music for modern dance, and gives music tech seminars at the NYU Film School. More can be found on his blog The MMiXdown and at

Other Participating Guitarists

Cristian Amigo is a composer-improviser who explores connections between art music (classical and jazz) and popular music. Known as an acoustic and electric guitarist with an improvising bent, Amigo writes and performs American roots music, chamber music, opera, theatre and film music, fierce riffs, and songs. Amigo’s work has been supported by foundations and public agencies including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Meet the Composer. Cristian has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from UCLA and plays a Gibson ES-175 with the GOTHAM ROOTS ORCHESTRA!

Angela Babin started playing out at 14-years-old for block parties and high school dances. She entered into the NYC Downtown Music scene with Off Beach in 1979, and co-founded the instrumental band The Ordinaires in 1980.  With the Ordinaires she performed extensively, touring the US, Europe, and Canada iat venues ranging from CBGBs to the Berlin Jazz Festival. Babin has played in many bands, in styles including punk, acid-jazz, world music and R&B. She has released recordings with The Ordinaires, Homer Erotic and AlphaCat amongst others. Gotham Roots Orchestra is her current fave!

Alexander Baxter was born in Detroit, Michigan and has been playing electric guitar since age 12, when he bought his first Teisco del Rey from Chuck Holzman. Not succeeding as a teenage rock god, he put it aside to pursue a career in academic medicine and now teaches emergency radiology at Bellevue and NYU Hospitals. He returned to music with enthusiasm (if not ability) five years ago and now practices regularly. He has performed with Robert Fripp’s Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists and is a member of the New York Guitar Circle.

Dan Cooper was born and raised in Manhattan, and educated at Horace Mann, Columbia, NEC, and Princeton. As a composer: Aaron Copland fellowship at Tanglewood, plus awards, commissions, residencies, recordings, and premieres from Albany Symphony, Albany Records, ASCAP, Artists International, Cary Trust, ESYO, Engine27, Fontainebleau, Imani Winds, Meet The Composer, NARAS, NYNME, NYYS, and Sweet Plantain, among others. As a multi-instrumentalist: performances at Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Town Hall, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Chicago Theater, Davies Hall, Massey Hall, The Blue Note, CBGB’s, LPR, and Joe’s Pub, among others. Dan is a music professor at SUNY-FIT.

Glenn Cornett runs the New Spectrum Foundation, which supports innovative music.  He is a composer/performer, playing guitar, keyboards, electronics, Max/MSP, etc. For his “day job,” he runs Pastorus, a biotechnology company focused on autism and schizophrenia.  Previous positions have been at McKinsey, Eli Lilly and Navitas Pharma.  He has an MD with Distinction in Research from the University of Michigan and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA, where his dissertation was on human deep-brain responses to musical stimuli.  He has a black belt in karate and has run six marathons, including Berlin in September 2011. He lives in NYC and Northern California.

Nick Didkovsky is a guitarist, composer, and music software programmer. In 1983, he founded the rock band Doctor Nerve. In 1997 he developed the computer music language JMSL which he continues to develop and use today ( His Punos Music record label releases his more extreme projects ( He has composed new music for Bang On A Can All-Stars, Meridian Arts Ensemble, Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, loadbang, ETHEL, ARTE Quartett, and others. His compositions and guitar work appear on over 50 records.  His Black Sabbath guitar lessons on YouTube are enjoyed by metal fans all over the world. More at:

Toby Driver is a composer, bandleader, and multi-instrumentalist based in Brooklyn, NY, who spends most of his time as the frontman of the unique avant-rock band, Kayo Dot, and the dark electroacoustic chamber group, Tartar Lamb. He studied composition with the venerable and legendary jazz musician, Yusef Lateef, and later lived in Boston for many years, finally moving to New York in 2007. He has released twelve full-length albums and various singles of his own compositions on cult and prestigious indie labels alike, has appeared as a guest on several other recordings, and regularly tours internationally with his various ensembles, including as the bassist of guitar-genius Trey Spruance’s Secret Chiefs 3.More info:

Kurt Gottschalk‘s writings about music have appeared in Time Out, the Village Voice, Wire, the NYC Jazz Record, the Brooklyn Rail and publications in France, Ireland, Portugal and Russia. He hosts the Miniature Minotaurs show on WFMU and plays in the bands Rahrahree! and Ecstasy Mule. This year he published “Little Apples,” his first book of fiction. When he was in the 8th grade he quit piano lessons and got an unplayable Japanese-made Tempo Strat copy. He’s gotten a little better at playing over the years. More info:

Randolph A. Hudson III is a composer, electric guitarist/Ebowist, and technologist born 1957 in Brooklyn NY. In the late 70’s/Late 80’s an active member of Downtown NYC scene with John Zorn, Kramer, Ann Magnuson, Ralph Carney, Daved Hild, Coby Batty, many others. Co-written, recorded, performed with members of Gong, The Waitresses, The Fugs, Psychedelic Furs, Captain Howdy. Recording, touring member of Bongwater with Magnuson/Kramer. Co-Founded “Bowing” with Martha Mooke . Co-Founded EBQ: The Electronic Bow Quartet. Currently performs with Klyph Black-Tali “Icepack” Jackson, and The Complete Unknowns. In 2010, founded the 2D/3D department of DuArt Film and Video. More

Taylor Levine is a guitarist in the NYC area. He is a co-director of Dither, an electric guitar quartet. He has worked with Signal Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, Band on a Can All-Stars, Tyondai Braxton, Ethel, Eighth Blackbird, Blarvuster, Newband, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Theo Bleckmann, New York City Opera, American Opera Projects, New World Symphony, BBC Orchestra, Wordless Music Orchestra, and Ridge Theater. Taylor also pursues an active role as an educator. He is currently on faculty at Princeton University for this fall semester. He studied at The Manhattan School of Music and The Amsterdam Conservatory. Taylor currently resides in Brooklyn.

Joshua Lopes is establishing himself as an educator, guitarist, composer, and darn swell guy.  Joshua is known as Mr. Lopes at the Ivy Hill School in Newark, where he teaches instrumental music. Joshua plays in the Dither guitar quartet, where he has shared the stage with such luminaries of guitar weirdness as Elliott Sharp, Nick Didkovsky, Marc Ribot and Mark Stewart, as well as those of non-guitar weirdness like Ches Smith, Corey Dargel and Molly Thompson. Joshua has also played with Nick Didkovsky’s Häßliche Luftmasken, the Antisocial Music Consortium and Michael Sperone’s Tintinnabulation.

James Moore is a versatile guitarist with multiple musical personalities.  James has performed across the country and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician, and is a founding member of the electric guitar quartet Dither. Recent projects include the European tour of Neutral Hero, a music theater piece by playwright Richard Maxwell, and a residency at Princeton University to develop a new dance piece with choreographer Susan Marshall and composer David Lang. James grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, received degrees in guitar performance from UC-Santa Cruz and the Yale School of Music, and currently lives in Brooklyn.

Gene Pritsker, composer, guitarist, and rapper, has written over four hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles, etc. All his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures. Gene’s music has been performed all over the world at various festivals and by many ensembles and performers. He has worked closely with Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies. In 2012 His piano concerto Reinventinos will be released on Sony Records and his chamber opera William James’ Varieties of Religious Experiences will be released on Composer Concordance Records.

Larry Simon, guitarist and composer from Brooklyn, has recorded and performed with many of today’s leading composers, jazz and blues artists including John Zorn, LaMonte Young, Rhys Chatham, David Sanborn, Big Jay McNeely, Lester Bowie, Rosco Gordon, George Coleman, Julius Hemphill, The Skatellites, David Amram, Ed Sanders, Leon Thomas, Eric Mingus and many others.  As a composer he has written extensively for dance, film, and theatre. Simon also founded “Jazzmouth, The Seacoast poetry and Jazz Festival,” of which he is the Artistic director and producer. Simon’s most recent recording is “Old School Jams and Drones.”

Geremy Schulick, a guitarist/composer, earned his master’s from Yale in 2005, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery and was awarded with the Eliot Fisk Prize. Since moving to Brooklyn thereafter, Geremy has performed mostly with his indie/classical band Threefifty Duo, highlights including The 92nd Street Y, The NY Guitar Festival, SXSW, CME’s Autumn UK Tour, and Sarajevo’s Dom Armije. Geremy also collaborates with the audiovisual artist Jennifer Stock, with whom he has performed at The Berkshire Fringe, Roulette, and The Tank. He’s also performed with the electric guitar quartet Dither at The Bang On a Can Marathon and Issue Project Room.

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“Covenant Journey,” Korea’s first-ever English musical debut in New York City

A Musical That Makes its Audiences Ask “Who Am I?”

New York City debut of Korea’s first-ever English musical, “Convenant Journey” will touch many young hearts and souls in New York City from November 5th to 21st at Gerald W. Lynch Theater.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater (John Jay College) 899 10th Avenue at 58th Street New York, NY 10019

(2010-11-09)  Musical, the Covenant Journey, had a grand opening on the November 6th 2010. Professionals from different industries have applauded the musical as refreshing and touching. “We especially liked how the musical dealt with crucial problems like family issues and teenage troubles.” (Sojung Shin, Editor of Metropolitan Opera)

“I have received a personal message – choreography and lighting effects were stunning.  The production had professional level of stage equipments and scale. (Korea Tourism Organization)

“Music and message were very good. I would like to watch it again.  Joseph’s Dream scene was memorable”. (Laura, Music Director of Redeemer Church)

“The message was very good. My Biblical English name is Joseph and I received much grace as I felt that my life is just like Joseph’s.” (Dong-Ho Song, Attorney, New York Korean Institute Principal)

“My wife and I have been reading story of Joseph from Bible lately and we were especially touched because it showed Joseph’s story.” (Brooklyn Tabernacle Church, Vice President of Downtown Alliance)

“It was the best musical that I’ve seen in my life! The musical ministered to me. (Times Square Church member)

A refreshingly original musical for the future leaders of our nation The Covenant Journey has debuted in America with its opening show at 7:30 PM on Friday, November 5th at the Lynch Theatre, 10th Ave. New York, New York. Its tour will then continue to Philadelphia’s Merriam Theatre from November 26th to the 28th and finally, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center from December 1st to the 4th.

As immigrant parents’s daughter born in the U.S., the lyricist of The Covenant Journey witnessed the suffering and worries of our society through her own familial circumstances and depicted them through the protagonist Karyn. The musical is a dramatization of Karyn’s life that draws the reality of abandoned orphans and drug-addicted youths and plants dreams and hopes in their hearts.

Its music is incredibly sophisticated for a 22 year-old composer’s first work, and its splendid melody and magnificent harmony adds a greater emotional wave to the story of overcoming the family conflicts and teen drug addiction, which are severe problems of our society today. The musical itself seems like a journey of a young man’s dream-come-true for its New York debut has been made possible only after four years of its first showing in Korea. This well-crafted combination of a rookie composer’s genius, heart-moving music and an extremely significant story that addresses and provides an answer to the problems of a family suffering from PTSD and teen drug abuse would be a thoughtful gift for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The parallel between a well-known biblical figure Joseph and a drug-addicted teenage girl Karyn, whose father suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, identifies the fundamental problem of humanity from two completely different individuals and proposes a possible solution. As most commercial musicals of today delve into delivering a sexual and emotional surge to their audiences, The Covenant Journey is one of the most unique musicals of the recent years that is not too philosophical but still allows its watchers plenty of room to and empathize with the plot and think about their personal experiences.

The Covenant Journey had an unusually successful debut in Seoul COEX Auditorium, Seoul, Korea in July, 2006 with a 93-percent occupancy. With the media’s applause for creating a huge fan base, it had another successful run in GCS Grand Theatre, Gwacheon, Korea in 2008 and 2009 filling over 80-percent of the seats each year. Moreover, its tour in Hong Kong, where the profile was not at all as high as it was in Korea, ended up being a commercial success recording 70-percent occupancy in five showings. Its upgraded features appeared to bring more prominence for the fifteen showings in Seoul Arts Center in 2009 recorded a 91-percent occupancy with weekend sellouts.

Ever since its debut in 2006, The Covenant Journey has been applauded with positive reviews from media, critics, and watchers such as “Impressive story that crosses the past to modern day” from MBN News, Encouraging musical that helps you overcome your conflicts and worries through Joseph’s story” from Financial News, “A musical that holds out a hand to those neglected from their schools and families” from Seoul News.  Especially its music and composition have been internationally recognized. George Lizst from Institute of Performing Arts Scream Factory in Germany said, “The Covenant Journey has world-class music. It could go on to West End any moment.” Mark Ward from Cirque du Soleil-Quidam also praised the musical and said, “No other musical did a better job at expressing the problems of the youth.”

On November 5, 2010, The Covenant Journey had their dress rehearsal followed by a reception with VIP guests and press. The first show is scheduled to debut on Saturday, November 6th at 7:30pm and will run until November 21st with a total of 19 performances.

About R.W.C

Remnants With the Covenant (R.W.C) began in 1998 as a gathering cultural exchange and communication for 1.5 and 2nd generation Korean American youth and college students with native-born Korean students. The production company was officially formed in August of 2004 in order to support and cultivate the cultural activities of its young members. Mr. Dong-hoon Han, the representative of R.W.C, received the excellence award for the 2008 Small-Business Culture Awards in acknowledgment of his work toward improving the arts business.

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