In the summer of 2014, Jain was commissioned by NPR Music to write a composition for a capstone event on Make Music New York day. Phillip Glass was asked the previous year to do the same. Over 350 musicians, including drumlines of the New York Jets and Knicks, prominent brass bands from NYC and talented high school band students, arrived on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library to premiere Jain’s composition “100+ BPM.” In past years, Jain has been a recipient of composition and performance grants from the Aaron Copland Music Fund, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, globalFEST and received the Arts International Award in both 2005 and 2003. In 2010, Jain’s song, Chaal Baby, was featured for 6 months in the hit FX show, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Sunny Jain is at the tip of the cultural spear.
He has been an invited participant at the White House's AAPI event in 2012, and has also spoken at Harvard University, New York University, Chamber Music America and New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas. Sunny has been featured and profiled in the Wall Street Journal, on NPR's Weekend Edition and BBC’s World on 3, in the India Times, and in countless other recognized media outlets across the globe. He’s the author of 2 instructional drum books for Alfred Publishing (The Total Jazz Drummer and Drum Atlas: India). Jain’s goal in music has always focused on innovation, improvisation and community. “Taking risks is necessary as an artist in order to hit upon new ways of understanding and relating to the world. We are storytellers reflecting in our art the society we live in, and we are simple creatures that desire community. If we can unite people of all backgrounds to partake in the exuberance of life through the universal language of music, regardless of any differences, then life is that much sweeter. Unity through diversity.”
Sunny Jain Albums
Bhangra Pirates – Red Baraat (Rhyme & Reason Records 2017)
Parallel – Tongues in Trees (Sinj Records 2015)
Big Talk – Red Baraat (Sinj Records 2013)
Shruggy Ji – Red Baraat (Sinj Records 2013)
Bootleg Bhangra – Red Baraat (Sinj Records 2011)
Chaal Baby – Red Baraat (Sinj Records 2010)
Taboo – Sunny Jain (BJUR/Sinj Records 2010)
Avaaz – Sunny Jain Collective (Sinj Records 2006)
Mango Festival – Sunny Jain Collective (ZoHo Music 2004)
As Is – Sunny Jain Collective (NCM East 2002)