About

Background

Ravish Momin is an Indian-born drummer, electronic music producer and educator.  A Structural/Civil Engineer by training (Carnegie Mellon University), Momin also privately studied with master-drummer Andrew Cyrille for years while he worked as an engineer in New York City in the late 1990s.  He quit his engineering practice in 2003 to become a professional musician. His unique approach quickly led him to work as a sideman with a diverse cast of musicians ranging from legendary avant-saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (AACM) to pop-star Shakira.   He led the acclaimed Global/Jazz/Electronic band Tarana on international stages for 14 years and recorded several albums to critical acclaim. He currently leads the electronic music focussed duo ‘Turning Jewels Into Water’ with Haitian percussion virtuoso Val Jeanty which is signed to FPE Records. As a solo-artist, his highlights include performances at Moogfest (Durham, NC, US), The Unyazi Festival of Electronic Music (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Diagonal Festival at the Conservatario de Catanzaro (Italy) and the Beirut Art Center (Lebanon.) 
He is the recipient of grants from Arts International, Meet The Composer, Chamber Music America and US Artists International.  While not on tour, he works as a Teaching Artist across New York City with public school students, covering subjects such as bucket-drumming and electronic music production.

Performing Experience

ShakiraGreg HeffernanSkye SteeleKalaparusha Maurice McIntyreSam BardfeldSabir MateenPeter EpsteinBilly BangJason Kao Hwang, Is What ?,  Fulton Lights, Raphe Malik, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Ursel Schlicht, William Connell, Steve SwellAkim Funk BuddhaSunny Jain, Brandon Terzic, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Jane WangAdam Lane Kevin SheaTrina Basu

Grants/Commissions/Residencies

Solo-Residency at CMMAS (Centro Mexicano para Musica y las Artes Sonoras) in Morelia, Mexico, to teach creative live-electronics (4/23-4/27, 2012)

Residency @ Lamont School of Music, Denver University (Tarana, featuring Trina Basu and Aakash Mittal, was awarded a Marsico Grant ) (4/9- 4/13, 2012)

Meet The Composers Grant (A Metlife Creative Connections Program) for
Residency @ The Erie Museum of Art, Erie (PA) w/Tarana (Trina Basu);
(3/1- 3/4, 2011)

US Artists International Grant (A Program of the National Endowment of the Arts, with support from JP Morgan Chase, administered by the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation)
(Mar. 2006)

Arts International Grant for US Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions
(Feb. 2002)

Music/OMI International Art Center Music Residency (NY)
(7/29 – 8/13, 2001)

Selected Festivals/Highlights

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL
w/Tarana (Trina Basu); Jan. 22, 2011

San Servolo Jazz Meeting, Venezia, Italy
w/Tarana (Greg Heffernan); Nov. 4, 2010

LOLAfest, London, ON, Canada
w/Tarana (Greg Heffernan); Sept. 17, 2010

Festival De L’Outaouais Emergent, Hull, ON, Canada
w/Tarana (Greg Heffernan); Sept. 12, 2010

The Guelph Jazz Festival, Guelph, ON, Canada
w/Tarana (Greg Heffernan); Sept. 11, 2010

The Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA (Sudden Sound Series)
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Greg Heffernan); June 25, 2010

New Music and Sound Summit, Austin, TX
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Henna Chou); June 19, 2010

Aguascalientes Music Festival, Aguascalientes, Mexico
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Greg Heffernan); May 8, 2010

Creative Soundspace Festival, The Outpost Space, Albuquerque, NM
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Greg Heffernan); April 1, 2010

NBC/Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
w/Shakira; November 17, 2009

Performance on “The Rachel Ray Show” (ABC)
w/Shakira; November 17, 2009

Performance on “The View” (ABC)
w/Shakira; November 16, 2009

The Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, Canada
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Greg Heffernan); October 31, 2009

JazzLent Stage, JazzLent, 2009, Maribor, Slovenia
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Greg Heffernan); June 28, 2009

Cantos Music Foundation, Calgary Jazz Festival, 2009, Canada
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Greg Heffernan); June 23, 2009

Plazuela Miguel Auza, Cultural Festival Zacatecas, 2009, Mexico
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Greg Heffernan); Apr. 11, 2009

Qingdao Concert Hall, Qingdao, China
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Peter Scherr); Nov. 27, 2008

AACM Concert Series, New York City, NY
w/Kalaparush Ahra Difda Ensemble (Will Conell, Michael Logan); Nov. 14, 2008

Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, MI
w/Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Brandon Terzic); Oct. 30, 2008

Ironworks (presented by Coastal Jazz & Blues Society) Vancouver, Canada
w/Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Brandon Terzic); Oct. 11, 2008

Jazz Ao Centro Festival, Coimbra, Portugal
w/Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Brandon Terzic); June 13, 2008

Jazz Nos Capuchos Festival, Almada, Portugal
w/Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Brandon Terzic); June 12, 2008

Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, UK
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Brandon Terzic); April 13, 2008

The Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Brandon Terzic); April 9, 2008

The Yardbird Suite, Edmonton, AB, Canada
w/Trio Tarana (Skye Steele, Brandon Terzic); Dec. 7, 2007

Queens Museum of Art
w/Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Brandon Terzic); June 10, 2007

Documenta XII, Kassel, Germany
w/Ursel Schlicht, Jamie Baum, Thomson Kneeland, Vladiswar Nadishana, David Kuckhermann, et al; May 21- May 28, 2007

Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
w/Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Brandon Terzic); Mar. 16, 2007

Leonardo Da Vinci Center: Mira et Saputo Theater, Montreal, Canada
w/Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Brandon Terzic); Feb. 24, 2007

The Rotunda @ The University of Pennsylvania, Philadalphia, PA
w/Trio Tarana (Sam Bardfeld, Brandon Terzic); Jan 18, 2007

Mediawave Festival, Gyor, Hungary
w/Trio Tarana (Jason Kao Hwang, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz); May 1, 2006

Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel
w/Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Jesse Dulman; Feb. 18, 2006

Magazine Feature: “Indians in NY” by Antonio Branco, in Jazz.pt; Nov. 2005

New Music Circle: Christman Studios, St. Louis, MO
w/Trio Tarana (Jason Kao Hwang, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz); Sept. 2, 2005

Smithsonian Museum’s Freer Gallery: Meyer Auditorium, Washington, DC
w/Trio Tarana (Jason Kao Hwang, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz); July 21, 2005

Jazzin’ Tondela, Portugal
w/Trio Tarana (Jason Kao Hwang, Ken Filiano); June 11, 2005

Radio Interview for KZSU (90.1 FM, Stanford, CA); May 13, 2005

Rubin Museum of Art Concert Series, NYC
w/Trio Tarana (Jason Kao Hwang, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz); April 8, Nov. 18, 2005

Sons D’Hiver Festival, Paris, France
w/Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Adam Lane, Jesse Dulman; Feb. 11, 2005

6th Taipei Arts Festival, Taiwan
w/Trio Tarana (Jason Kao Hwang, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz);Oct. 29, 30 2004

9th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival
w/Trio Tarana (Jason Kao Hwang, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz); Oct. 16, 2004

Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada
w/Ursel Schlicht’s Ex Tempore; Sept. 11, 2004

Detroit Institute of the Arts
w/Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Adam Lane, Jesse Dulman; July 16, 2004

Vision Festival 9,NYC
w/SabirMateen, Raphe Malik, Jane Wang, Raymond King; May 29, 2004

Erie Art Museum Concert Series, Erie, PA
w/Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Jesse Dulman; Sept. 6, 2003

Guelph Jazz Festival, Canada
w/Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Jesse Dulman; Sept. 5, 2003

Chicago Jazz Festival
w/Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Jesse Dulman; August 29, 2003

Kerava Jazz Festival, Finland
w/Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Jesse Dulman; June 7, 2003

Era Jazzu, Tour of Poland
w/Kalaparush Maurice McIntyre, Jesse Dulman; March 3-6, 2003

Documenta XI, Kassel, Germany
w/Ursel Schlicht, Tomas Ulrich, Jamie Baum, Hakim Ludin, et al; Aug. 28- Sept. 5, 2002

Vision Festival 7, NYC
w/Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre Trio; May 25, 2002

CUNY: Elebash Recital Hall
w/Susie Ibarra; March 2, 2002

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, India
w/Trio Dissolve; Feb. 17, 2002

East West Encounter, Bangalore, India
w/Trio Dissolve; Feb. 16, 2002

Austin Center for the Arts, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
w/ Susie Ibarra; December 1, 2000

Omiya (Japan)-Pittsburgh (US) Cultural Exchange Tour
w/Lee Robinson; Nov. 2-Nov. 12, 2000

Percussion Instruments Played

Drumset, Cajon, Doumbek, Udu Drum, Djembe, Talking Drum, Tabla, Log Drum (Nigerian), and assorted percussion (Caxixi, Rattles, Shakers, Gongs, Bells, etc.)

I’ve been happy with the following Brands: Drumset- Modern Drum Shop; Cymbals- UFIP; Drumheads- Remo Coated/Clear Ambassadors;Drumsticks- Vic Firth; Hardware- DW/Yamaha; Cajon-Popercussion