Ravish Momin percussionist & composer
"building unpredictable improvisations"
Ravish was born in Hyderabad, India, and spent his childhood in Bombay, and Bahrain (Middle East). He grew up listening to a wide array of Asian Music. Trio Tarana's music is specific to the interpretations of various Asian musical traditions, including the music of Japanese Taiko Drum Ensembles, Afghani folk songs, Hindu chants and North/South Indian rhythm cycles, while being based in non-idiomatic improvisation. Ravish Momin has attended Carnegie Mellon University.
He has studied drumset with Andrew Cyrille, Bob Moses, and Ian Froman. He has also studied North Indian Classical percussion with Misha Masud, a disciple of Pandit Taranth Rao.



Performing Experience

Shakira, Peter Scherr, Sam Bardfeld, Jason Kao Hwang, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Pam Kurstin, Ursel Schlicht's Ex Tempore, Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre and the Light, Sabir Mateen Quintet/ Juxtapositions, Robert Dick, Roy Campbell & the East/West Ensemble, Brad Shepik & the Commuters, Joe Giardullo's Post/Time, Mossa Bildner's IHOT, Gabriele Hasler, J.D. Parran, Jamie Baum, Andrew Lamb, William Parker, Rinde Eckert, Susie Ibarra, Billy Bang, Steve Swell, Peter Epstein, Bob Moses, Brian Smith, Daniel Carter, Jim Black, Will Connell, Wilber Morris, Raphe Malik, Kali Fasteau, Ian Williams, Tomas Ulrich, Dan DeChellis, Danny Zanker, Kid Lucky, Oktopus (from Dalek), Marie Afonso, Laura Andel, Ty Braxton, Brandon Terzic, Balla Kouyate, Fay Victor, Joel Newton, Thomson Kneeland, Warren Smith, Ken Filiano, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Jason Finkelman, Daniel Kelly, MC Napolean (of IsWhat?!), Skye Steele, Michael Wimberly, Christian Howes, Ty Cumbie, James Ilgenfritz, Ellen Christi, Michael Logan, Greg Heffernan


Trio Tarana Lineup

Ravish Momin
is a percussionist who had studied with Andrew Cyrille, Bob Moses, Ian Froman, and Misha Masud, and performed with Shakira, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Dawoud, Sabir Mateen, Peter Epstein, Billy Bang, and many others. He has developed a unique approach to drums, percussion, and electronics (mainly with the use of the Ableton Live software for Mac) that he has shared with audiences throughout the world.

Areni Agbabian
is a classically trained vocalist and pianist. She has performed and toured with Tigran Quintet, Jesske Hume, Jonathan Goldberger, Butch Morris, Qasim Naqvi, Julia Wilkins, Tony Malaby, Aakaash Israni, Mat Maneri and others; and worked with new opera, dance, contemporary jazz, new music and multi-media performance.

Rick Parker
is a trombonist relatively new to the NYC scene. He has performed with George Benson, Grady Tate, Eddie Henderson, Steve Turre, Cecil Bridgewater, Frank Lacy, and others in major venues. He was named a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Awards for 2004/2005. In April of 2002 and 2003, he participated in the Kennedy Center’s “Betty Carter Jazz Ahead” invitation only workshop for composers/soloists where he studied under Curtis Fuller, Eric Reid and John Clayton. In 2002 he was named runner up in the Eastern Trombone Workshop National Solo Competition. His primary musical project, the Rick Parker Collective.

Ursel Schlicht's Ex Tempore
Ursel Schlicht, piano
Balla Kouyate, balafon, bass
Jamie Baum, flutes
Thomson Kneeland, bass, electronics
Ravish Momin, percussion

Kalaparush and the Light
K. Maurice McIntyre, tenor sax
Jesse Dulman, tuba
Adam Lane, bass
Ravish Momin, drums, percussion, tabla

Fulton Lights
Andrew Spencer Goldman, vocals, guitar, piano
Jay Foote, bass
Ravish Momin, drums, percussion
Still, turntables, banshee

Past shows / Festivals and Concerts

Nov 3, 2012 Oslo
Norway Cafe Mir

Nov 4, 2012 Brno
Czech Republic Alterna

Nov 9, 2012 Riga
Latvia Kanepes Kulturas Centrs

Nov 10, 2012 Kedainiai
Lithuania Kedainiai Regional Museum

Nov 11, 2012Kaunas
Lithuania5th VDU Jazz Connections Festival

Nov 12, 2012 Kaunas
Lithuania Kaunas Music Academy

Nov 28, 2012 New York, NY
United StatesThe Stone


Ravish Momin: The Business of Time
All About Jazz / March 3, 2009

Interview with JazzWorldQuest 2006

A beautiful array of unfamiliar timbres, via found and invented instruments a la Harry Partch, accompany composer Jason Kao Hwang's violin in "Flight of Whispers", music that manages to resemble both the ceremonial and dance traditions of Court ensembles from China and the syncopated feel of jazz... Strong, evocative, engaging music.  ©Art Lange - FANFARE

Jason Kao Hwang's microtonal "Flight of Whispers" should delight Harry Partch devotees.  ©THE WIRE

...what's striking about Mr. Hwang's music, a stirring blend of Stephane Grapelli's violin improvisations and Morton Feldman's microtonal compositions, is that it makes traditional instruments sound contemporary.  ©THE NEW YORK TIMES

"They build beautiful, utterly unpredictable improvisations from elements as disparate as Indian classical music, electronic music and a vast panoply of East Asian rhythms. Yet, their singular commitment to heavy, groove-based rhythms -- even in extremely complex time signatures -- is utterly irresistible, and something any rock, pop or hip-hop fan can pick up on immediately."- Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (6/28/2010)

"His trio achieves “a seamless mix between the written and the improvised,” to create music that is at once oddly familiar but completely unfamiliar—what he calls “folk music from a country that doesn’t exist.” Like any folk music, it’s instantly accessible and simply profound." -Albuquerque Alibi (4/1/2010)

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