Lincoln Center 60th Anniversary Celebration

In May 1959, Lincoln Center broke ground as the country’s first modern performing arts center. Now home to eleven distinguished constituent organizations, Lincoln Center continues to strive to represent the highest standards of excellence in opera, symphonic and chamber music, theater, jazz, world music, dance, film, arts education, and community engagement. May 2019 marked six decades since Lincoln Center’s debut. Sunny Jain was asked to musical director the day, in which he programmed 4 artists: Plezi Rara, Opera Noire of New York, Fogo Azul and Red Baraat PLUS. The special day culminated with over 135 musicians coming together to perform a finale piece that Jain arranged and led on the Josie Robertson Plaza. In the spirit of the day, Jain’s arrangement started with the intro to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue before segueing to the Alica Keys and Jay-Z hit, Empire State of Mind.

The Jungle

An urgent story for our time; a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event. Following widely-acclaimed, sensation-stirring, and completely sold-out engagements in London, the show premiered in Brooklyn, NY at St. Ann’s Warehouse and in San Francisco, CA at the Curran Theater.  Sunny Jain was musical director for the U.S. run.

The heart-stopping stories of those who inhabited this desolate patch of land in France roar back to life in this shockingly intimate and wildly acclaimed production that plunges us directly into its subject matter. Hailed by critics as “thrilling…ravishing…devastating” (New York Times) and “a significant event in which theatre shakes hands with the world” (The Sunday Times), THE JUNGLE is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed.  The creative team was a winner of 2019 Obie Award.

Red Baraat’s Brooklyn Mela

Red Baraat brought their first ever MELA to the esteemed stages of Celebrate Brooklyn on July 7, 2016. Curated by Sunny Jain and BRIC, the evening brought together some of the top South Asian artists in the US: Karsh Kale, DJ Rekha, Heems (Das Racist / Swet Shop Boys), Bhi Bhiman, Falu and Shilpa Ray.  Thousands rocked all night long and there was a surprise appearance by Top Chef judge and model, Padma Lakshmi, during an impromptu dance off on stage. Find more pics HERE.

Premiere of Sunny Jain’s NPR Commissioned “100+ BPM”

We are so pleased to show your NPR’s short-film of the premiere of Sunny Jain’s 100+BPM, which happened on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library on June 21, 2014. Click the photo below to bring you to the video. We’ve re-posted NPR Producer Anastasia Tsioulcas’ All Things Considered report from June 22 here, which captured this day so well. So many people came together to make this premiere possible and we can’t overstate our gratitude to all.

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From Anastasia Tsioulcas’ All Things Considered:  

On this absolutely gorgeous Saturday afternoon, about 350 musicians assembled on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library to play Jain’s 100+ BPM. Young, older, professional drumlines, community marching bands, seasoned jazz players, Indian wedding band musicians, Brazilian samba drummers and scads of amateur players came out to play. It was just incredible.