Trina Basu - violin
Amali Premawardhana - cello
Roshni Samlal - tabla
Perry Wortman - bass
Women's Raga Massive presents Karavika, a critically acclaimed chamber quartet led by violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana. Pioneers of their own genre “raga chamber folk”, Karavika seamlessly blends classical music of the Indian subcontinent and folk music of the Americas with western chamber music. Drawing upon influences of nature, beauty, simple melodies and complex classical compositions, they seek to bring together creative improvisations and arrangements with authentic traditions. Their debut album "Sunrise" features collaborative reinterpretations of old film and folk music from South Asia. All About Jazz praised the album as "a dynamic sonic blend of uncommon mesmeric beauty." Their second release "Of Earth & Sky” is a deeper exploration of their various musical influences, old, new, east and west. The CD is a collection of songs all dancing around themes of love, family and motherhood. Karavika collaborates with Perry Wortman on bass and Roshni Samlal on tabla.
"Basu and Premawardhana complement each other like sisters forming a single musical expression."
"A soulful blend of classical and folk traditions"
~New York Times
"A seamless match between the inward-directed but simmering rapture of Indian music and the comfortable rusticity of Americana"
~New York Music Daily
Women's Raga Massive (WRM), a collaborative Brooklyn Raga Massive project uses Indian Classical music as a feminist framework while drawing from the diverse cultures of Brooklyn. They seek to create a platform for female identified artists to engage in primarily musical conversations and present their creative works. Brooklyn Raga Massive (BRM) is an artist collective dedicated to creating cross-cultural understanding through the lens of Indian classical and Raga inspired music. The New York Times says they are "preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit...a vital part of a flowering of Indian music in NYC." https://www.brooklynragamassive.org/