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Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART)

Jun 7
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
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"...a beautiful, exotic, ear-opening listening experience.” (All About Jazz)

Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) brings a fresh approach to age-old South Indian classical music. Boundaries are blurred in this organic and seamless integration of styles as the group expands on traditional forms in explosive, improvisational flights of fancy. Led by violinist Arun Ramamurthy, the trio freely explores the kindred spirit of Raga music and Jazz, resulting in a deeply invigorating and spiritual experience. ART's collaborative sound is driven by the propulsive rhythm section of drummer Sameer Gupta and electric bassist Damon Banks. With the soulful expression of Carnatic violin and the gritty lilt of American fiddle, Ramamurthy goes to evocative places of longing and joy, sentiments common in Indian devotional music and certain strains of jazz. Ramamurthy's original work tells stories of migration and cultural connection. His newly commissioned work from CMA's New Jazz Works grant, "New Moon Suite" shines a light on the teachings and wisdom of our ancestors. The 4-movement work premiered in late 2022 in New York City and will be released as a studio recording in 2023.

ART has performed at venues across the US and abroad including Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Jazz Gallery, Bimhuis (Amsterdam), LantarenVenster (Rotterdam), the Ragas Live Festival at Pioneer Works, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cornelia Street Cafe, Brooklyn Raga Massive and more.

“…..a captivating and inspirational listening experience, worthy of the highest recommendation for multicultural music collections.”  (Midwest Book Review)

"...Ramamurthy's violin more than anything makes the connection between India and America clear." (Something Else)