Next Stage Arts and The Landmark Trust present a concert with Indian classical violinists and Next Stage Artists-in-Residence Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu. Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, educator and
Next Stage Arts and The Landmark Trust present a concert with Indian classical violinists and Next Stage Artists-in-Residence Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu.
Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, educator and organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. His music is rooted in his lifelong training of South Indian Carnatic music and influenced by his various musical interests growing up in New Jersey. Arun is a disciple of the celebrated violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, the distinguished violinist Sri. Ananthakrishnan as well as many early years with western classical violinist Jim Mate.
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 innovative projects. Arun has been fortunate to perform with esteemed artists such as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Sri T.N. Seshagopalan, Pt. Krishna Bhatt, Pt. Ramesh Misra, Marc Cary, Amir ElSaffar, Awa Sangho, Adam Rudolph, Kaoru Watanabe, Falu Shah, Roman Diaz, Mike Block, Parul Shah, Jason Samuels Smith and many more.
He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, an ensemble that brings a fresh approach to Carnatic classical repertoire and features Arun’s original composition work. Praised by All About Jazz as “a beautiful, exotic, ear-opening listening experience”, ART has been heard on stages like Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Jazz Gallery and Pioneer Works. His other projects include Nakshatra, with wife Trina Basu, reimagining string chamber music through the lens of Indian classical raga. Arun also performs regularly with A.R. Balaskandan’s Akshara, Sameer Gupta’s A Circle Has No Beginning, Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Orchestra, Neel Murgai Ensemble, BRM Coltrane Tribute, and Raga Maqam a collaboration with Amir ElSaffar.
As a composer, Arun has created new works for his Trio, scores for theatrical productions, composition for Indian classical dance, and for the pioneering musician’s collective Brooklyn Raga Massive. Recently, Arun was commissioned through New Music USA to compose original music for Malini Srinivasan’s ‘Appeasing Radhika’, an ambitious project investigating Devadasi lives in Indian Classical performing arts. Arun also created the score for Tom Stoppard’s ‘Indian Ink’, a theatrical production at the Roundabout Theater.
Arun is a co-founder and Artistic Director, along with Trina Basu, of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted-in and inspired-by the classical music of India. He also created the popular concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Café, an iconic jazz venue in New York’s West Village. As an educator, Arun teaches students ranging from beginners to professional musicians in Indian music performance, technique and theory. He has taught workshops on Indian classical music at music schools, universities, conservatories and summer music programs.
Miami native Trina Basu is an adventurous violinist, improviser and teacher living 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.” In addition to Nakshatra and Brooklyn Raga Massive, Trina frequently collaborates with dancers, poets and artists in various multidisciplinary projects, and performs regularly with Women’s Raga Massive, A.R. Balaskandan’s Akshara, Imani Uzuri’s Hush Harbor Opera, Adam Rudolph’s Go: Organic Orchestra, Coltrane Raga Tribute, Sameer Gupta’s A Circle Has No Beginning, Neel Murgai Ensemble and others. 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. Trina has performed on stages around the world with notable artists such as Urban Bush Women, Mos Def, Gil Scott Heron, Dr. John, Imani Uzuri, Marc Cary, Adam Rudolph, Parul Shah, Suphala, Awa Sangho, Taylor Mac, Sunny Jain, Morley, Dr. Mysore Manjunath and Krishna Bhatt.
Trina passionately believes in giving back to community and empowering youth through the arts and creative expression. Her love for teaching has brought her to New York City public schools, universities and summer programs around the country. For over fifteen years she has taught students privately, and currently teaches out of her home studio in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Violin House. She received her Suzuki teacher training from the School for Strings in NYC where she studied under Alan Lieb and Katie Gerson. Trina received a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Florida State University in 2002 and has worked as a Music Therapist at Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital and various Geriatric centers with Stroke, Alzheimers and Hospice patients. In 2007 she was awarded the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Artist Fellowship to study Carnatic Classical violin in Chennai, India with Padma Shankar and Vittal Ramamurthy. Her musical path has led her to learn from many other incredible mentors including Nalini Vinayak (sitar), Longineu Parsons (trumpet), John Blake, Federico Britos and Susan Fink, among others.
Sponsored by Barr Hill, Farrell Distributing, and Oak Meadow
(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 6:00 pm