Live Music at the Rubin Museum
The Rubin Museum's cherrywood-lined performance space allows for fully immersive acoustic concerts that provide audiences an opportunity to hear their favorite artists and music without the fetters of amplification.
Unplugged, but totally connected
Naked Soul presents performances from some of the country's top singer/songwriters without microphones or amplifiers, as if the music were, acoustically speaking, naked. The musicians in the series draw upon the universal themes inherent in Himalayan art—spirituality, peace, tolerance, wisdom, compassion—on select Friday evenings. Featured artists include Tom Rush, Diane Birch, Toshi Reagon, and more. Learn more
Harlem in the Himalayas
Acoustic jazz concerts, Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Learn More
Renowned sitar player Ikhlaq Hussain will perform a selection of North Indian classical ragas and talas in the "Gayaki" style. Ikhlaq's deeply spiritual music emulates the human voice and passionately conveys the human soul's yearning for the divine. Learn More
Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the museum's spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.
All concert presentations at the Rubin Museum of Art are programmed to reflect the museum's exquisite collection and exhibitions and works of art that serve as inspiration are often projected behind the musicians during the performances.
"When musical artists discover themes that resonate with them in an artform they previously knew so little about—and find that their music can expand upon those ideas and act as a bridge between art and the audience—then I feel the museum is doing its job; providing a new way of seeing art and a new way of hearing music." —Tim McHenry, Producer, Rubin Museum of Art
Musical performances at the Rubin Museum are made possible by a generous grant from the Carlo and Micól Schejola Foundation.
Naked Soul and Harlem in the Himalayas are made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Additional support for Harlem in the Himalayas is provided by Chamber Music America, through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Yamaha is the official piano of the Rubin Museum of Art.