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Nakshatra at Lyric Chamber Society

  • The Kosciuszko Foundation 15 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 USA (map)

Led by violinists Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy, Nakshatra reimagines the potential of string Chamber Music for our global times. The group explores beauty found at the intersections of their musical paths, where original compositions weave together threads of South Indian classical, Western chamber music, jazz and creative improvisation. For this concert they are joined by cellist Jake Charkey and percussionist, Rich Stein. 

"free-flowing, globe-spanning" 
- New Yorker

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 innovative projects. He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, an ensemble that brings a fresh approach to age-old South Indian classical repertoire and raga inspired originals, and considered “a beautiful, exotic, ear-opening listening experience” by All About Jazz. Arun is a co-founder and artistic director of Brooklyn Raga Massive, a collective of forward thinking musicians rooted-in and inspired-by the classical music of India. He created the concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Café, an iconic jazz venue in New York’s West Village.

Brooklyn based violinist, improviser and educator Trina Basu was trained in Western Classical, Indian Classical and Jazz music. Her expressive sound explores cultural and musical threads from her Indian and North American roots. She co-leads chamber ensemble, Karavika, whose albums Sunrise and Of Earth and Sky feature music inspired by classical and folk music from South Asia and America. Her other projects include an improvisational violin duo with Carnatic Classical violinist, Arun Ramamurthy and her performance work with Brooklyn Raga Massive where she also serves as an Artistic Director. She has performed with artists around the world, including Urban Bush Women, Mos Def, Gil Scott Heron, Ed Sheeran, Imani Uzuri, Marc Cary, Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra, Dr. Mysore Manjunath, and Krishna Bhatt.

Jake Charkey is an acclaimed cellist with a strong background in both Western classical music and Hindustani music. He is also an eclectic improviser, drawing from his extensive training in both Eastern and Western musical traditions. He is a sought after studio recording artist in the film, television and music industry in both India and the USA. Jake is a disciple of the renowned violinist Padmabhushan Dr. N. Rajam in the rare Gayaki Ang style and is one of the few cellists in the world performing Indian music on the cello.

A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, percussionist Rich Stein's musical journey is textured with studies and performances around the world. Rich attended Berklee College of Music, where he studied with master drummers Jamey Haddad and Joe Galeota. He traveled to Ghana to learn traditional drumming with Emmanuel Agbeli, Alhaji Abubakari Lunna, and Shamsuddin Adeji, and to South India to learn with the great Carnatic mridangist Karaikudi R. Mani. Currently residing in Brooklyn, Rich performs locally and globally, working with artists such as Lila Downs, Lauryn Hill, Richard Stoltzman, Zakir Hussain, Steve Smith, Slavic Soul Party, Gato Loco, The Epichorus, Haleh Liza, Garth Stevenson, Big D and the Kids Table, and Endless Field band.

Earlier Event: November 3
Fantastic Planet