This summer, around 350 musicians of all kinds — “Young, older, professional drumlines, community marching bands, seasoned jazz players, Indian wedding band musicians, Brazilian samba drummers and scads of amateur players” — showed up on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn for a dynamic and unpredictable NPR Music Field Recording.

In a premiere and one-time-only event, this huge group of people performed “100+ BPM,” an original composition by Dhol drummer and composer Sunny Jain, commissioned by NPR Music for Make Music New York festival. The energy is irresistible and we would have loved to have been there in person.

What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time? Brilliance.

In the archives: NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts: No BS! Brass Band.

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