Trina Basu


Trina Basu is a violinist, composer and educator based in New York City. A native of Miami, FL, her initial training in Western Classical violin set a foundation for later studies in Indian Classical, jazz improvisation and folk styles. Trina co-leads Karavika, a chamber ensemble drawing from South Asian classical and folk music, and has a duo project with violinist Arun Ramamurthy that works within frameworks of Carnatic Ragas and creative improvisation. Trina frequently collaborates with dancers, poets and visual artists in various multidisciplinary projects. She has performed on stages with esteemed artists such as Mos Def, Urban Bush Women, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Mac and Reggie Workman. As an educator, she has been a teaching artist in the NYC public schools since 2007 with non-profit organizations like City Lore, Harlem School of the Arts and Noel Pointer Foundation. Trina runs Brooklyn Violin House and fosters a diverse and immersive learning environment with a curriculum inclusive of global and non-Western styles, improv and composition. She received her Suzuki teacher training from School For Strings in Manhattan, has a BM in Music Therapy from Florida State University and is a founding member of Brooklyn Raga Massive. She is a recipient of the Indo-Shastri Canadian Institute Artist-Fellowship and is a past Artist-In-Resident at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, Next Stage Arts Project and MASS MoCA. Trina lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids.

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