Trina Basu is a multifaceted violinist and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. She co-leads Karavika, a contemporary chamber ensemble, inspired by South Asian, American and Western chamber music. All About Jazz praised their debut album as "a liquid and organic brew that sounds inevitable, as if it's existed forever." Trina has performed at notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Newport Jazz Festival, Florida Folk Festival and Sutter Math Ashram in India. She has shared the stage with artists such as Mos Def, Gil Scott Heron, Dr. John, Greg Phillinganes, Dr. Mysore Manjunath, Imani Uzuri, Urban Bush Women, Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra and Krishna Bhatt. She is a recipient of the Indo-Shastri Canadian Institute artist fellowship and studied South Indian Classical violin in Chennai, India with Vittal Ramamurthy and Padma Shankar. Other mentors include violinists Su Fink and Eliot Chapo, sitarist Nalini Vinayak, trumpeter Longineu Parsons among many others. Trina is a graduate of Florida State University in Music Therapy and has a Suzuki teaching training from School for Strings. She has worked as a teaching artists in several underserved public schools throughout NYC, led workshops for children, college and professional level artists. She runs a private teaching studio, co-directs Brooklyn Songbirds, a summer music program and teaches Raga Kids, an Indian based music class. Trina is a co-founder of Brooklyn Raga Massive.
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If you can't decide which concert to attend, buy our "March Weekly Pass" and attend all 5 concerts for a discounted price and get one concert FREE! We hope you'll join us for this special month celebrating music, women, creativity and collaboration! <p> <h1><a href="https://brooklynragamassive.viewcy.com/courses/858"><p class='uk-link'>CLICK HERE FOR MONTHLY PASS!! - $40 for 5 concerts, GET ONE CONCERT FREE</p></a></h1> <p> <h1><a href="https://brooklynragamassive.viewcy.com/courses/833"><p class='uk-link'>March 1st: Roshni Samlal's Drum Rites: Assembled from Fragments</p></a></h1>
Naima by John Coltrane
September 23rd, 2016 - On the 89th birth anniversary of the saxophone legend John Coltrane, Brooklyn Raga Massive gave homage to his music legacy with a stirring rendition of 'Naima'. Presented at Pioneer Works in Red Hook Brooklyn.
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From Tradition to Innovation
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Women's Raga Massive: Devi Tribute, "Durga"
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Beatles Raga Tribute: Here Comes the Sun
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Out of the Woods: Ask Hafiz
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BRM Weekly: Parish, Basu, Ramamurthy
$10 Advance | $15 Door | 8pm Doors Open | 8:30pm Music | 10pm BRM Weekly Raga Jam NYC violinists Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy are longtime musical friends and collaborators with Asheville, NC guitarist Shane Parish (Tzadik Records). Together their trio explores raga, free improvisation, and American folk music. All three highly accomplished and soulful players, their music organically expands and contracts in kaleidoscopic bursts of sound. It is a melding of worlds and a conversation between decades-old friends. Shane Parish - guitar Trina Basu - violin Arun Ramamurthy - violin Guitarist Shane Parish is an improviser, composer, and educator residing in Asheville, North Carolina. He founded the avant-rock band Ahleuchatistas in 2002, which has released eight studio albums to date on esteemed creative music labels such as Tzadik Records, International Anthem, and Cuneiform Records. The band’s critically acclaimed 2004 album The Same and the Other was hailed by legendary NYC saxophonist and composer John Zorn as "one of the most intense documents of compositional rock complexity ever recorded.” Having long established his creative voice as a radical and creative electric guitarist in the long-running Ahleuchatistas, Parish now reveals a more elaborate and intimate inner world with his solo acoustic performances of whimsy, passion, and virtuosity. Miami native, Trina Basu is an adventurous violinist, improviser and teacher based in Brooklyn, NY. Her music draws from Western and Indian classical, jazz and creative improvisation traditions. She is the co-leader of raga folk inspired chamber ensemble, Karavika with cellist Amali Premawardhana. Their self released debut album, “Sunrise” was praised by All About Jazz as "a dynamic sonic blend of uncommon mesmeric beauty.” She is a founder and curator of “Out of the Woods”, a month long festival in March featuring women-led projects and community based activism, presented by Women’s Raga Massive. Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, composer and educator based in NYC. A disciple of the celebrated Carnatic violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, Arun has become one of the country’s leading Indian Classical and crossover musicians. He has carved a niche for himself as a multifaceted artist, performing internationally in both traditional Carnatic and Hindustani settings as well as bridging genres with his own creative projects. Arun is a co-founder and consistent performer for Brooklyn Raga Massive. **Special announcement for Musicians!** BRM cordially invites you to join us in the ongoing effort to cultivate a home for intercultural musical dialogue. We are happy to offer FREE ENTRY TO MUSICIANS AFTER 10 PM WHO COME WITH THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND ARE READY TO PLAY! Please come out and engage with one of NYC's most vibrant and diverse communities of improvising musicians hailing from all over the music world!