Since completing his journey with Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 - Dave Malloy's brilliant adaptation of a chapter of Tolstoy's masterpiece, War and Peace, Manik has been hard at work on a trilogy of concept records based on India's ancient epic The Ramayan. Manik is currently in residence at Ars Nova working on this piece, and how it might ultimately manifest in a long-form live concert event. Here are a few initial offerings, more to come.
Long Ago is the opening song of
The Ramayan: Part 2.
This was the debut of the opening number of The Ramayan: Part 1.
This was performed live, days after this song was written, with some amazingly talented friends (Brittain Ashford, Dawn Troupe, Anais MItchell, Dave Malloy and John Murchison) at a benefit for
Brooklyn's legendary performing space Jack.
from A Food Odyssey
"No Widow" (featuring Andrew Mayer)
"Song for Ian Campbell"
Manik has written music for several productions, including A Food Odyssey, conceived by Pirronne Yousefzadeh, and Those Lost Boys, which he conceived, and is creating with his band Those Lost Boys (Gabriel Ebert, Damon Daunno, Brendan Spieth, Elvy Yost) and Frankie Alvarez.