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Rafiq Bhatia


The Stone, Avenue C and 2nd Street, NYC

Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00pm

$15 ($10 with SONiCPass. CASH ONLY AT DOOR)

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Rafiq Bhatia is a composer and guitarist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. A first-generation American born to immigrants of East-African Indian descent, Bhatia recently moved to New York, where he has collaborated with an array of artists including Billy Hart, High Priest aka HPrizm of Antipop Consortium, The International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Vijay Iyer, Alexander Overington, Valgeir Sigurdsson, and others. His ensemble, which features Jeremy Viner (woodwinds), Jackson Hill (bass), and Alex Ritz (drums), has toured extensively across the eastern and midwestern United States, and was featured as a Critic’s Pick by The Boston Globe in 2010.

Bhatia recently put the finishing touches on his debut LP, Yes It Will, which features his longtime collaborators alongside groundbreaking pianist/composer Vijay Iyer, legendary drummer Billy Hart, and members of some of America's finest new music ensembles, including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), as well as the ACME, JACK, and MIVOS string quartets. Bhatia and producer Alexander Overington use the studio as a compositional tool to frame the interaction of the artists; the improvisers were recorded first, and the performances captured inspired the composition of additional layers for electronics and instrumentalists, including the new music artists. The album was mixed by the renowned producer/composer Valgeir Sigurdsson at his Greenhouse Studios facility in Reykjavik, Iceland, and was mastered by engineer Joe Lambert. Release details TBA.

Bhatia recently completed an interdisciplinary honors degree in economics and cognitive neuroscience at Oberlin College. He was also associated with the renowned Oberlin Conservatory, where his concept quickly caught the attention of renowned jazz drummer Billy Hart, who decided to include Bhatia in one of his own projects. From 2006 through 2010, Bhatia was an artist-in-residence at The Feve, an Oberlin mainstay, where his trio attracted a loyal fan-base and critical acclaim for their regular performances. Bhatia is also a member of The Nina Moffitt Quintet, and has performed in ensembles led by percussionist Jamey Haddad and drummer Paul Samuels.