KARAVIKA is a NYC based chamber ensemble, exploring the classical music of India, the folk music of the Americas, and the chamber music sensibilities of Western Classical music. Violinist, Trina Basu and cellist, Amali Premawardhana are joined by bassist Perry Wortman and collaborate with various Indian classical percussionists to form their core quartet. They were recently praised by the New York Times as "a soulful blend of classical and folk traditions from the United Stated and India". Their 2012 debut, "Sunrise" featuring collaborative arrangements of old film and folk music from South Asia, was described by All About Jazz as "a liquid and organic brew that sounds inevitable, as if it's existed forever…A dynamic sonic blend of uncommon mesmeric beauty." Karavika launched an Indiegogo campaign in June 2015 to fully fund their new album "Of Earth and Sky". Thanks to the generosity of fans, friends and brand new followers, they exceeded their goal before the end of the campaign. The album is an exploration of the various musical influences Karavika has come to embody - old and new, east and west. It's a collection of songs all dancing around various manifestations of love, largely inspired by family and motherhood. Karavika celebrates the release of their second album "Of Earth and Sky" featuring some of their favorite collaborators including Carnatic violinist, Arun Ramamurthy, tabla player Avi Shah, Carnatic vocalist Roopa Mahadevan and others.
"Whether quiet and reflective or joyously energetic, the melodies are as bright as the musicians' tone: this is music for celebrating or getting lost in" - Lucid Culture
Camila Celin and Roshni Samlal, two active members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive, began their collaboration and friendship in 2010. Both eager to have discovered another traditional female practitioner of Indian classical music, they began a diligent practice collaboration, marked by a supportive riyaz schedule and the co-exploration of the mythos of the ancient Indian musical world. Having studied with Maihar Gharana masters like Sougata Roy Choudhury and Pt. Krishna Bhatt, Camila Celin is an active performer in her native Columbia, the U.S and India. She has composed music for several films, for theater as well as for commercials and lives between New York City and Kolkata, India. Roshni Samlal is a student of the famous Farukhbad Gharana exponent, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee and Shri. Surdarshan Singh of the Benares/Punjab gharanas. She is based in NY and actively performs, teaches and records in the US, both in the classical and kirtan worlds.
Brooklyn Raga Massive presents an evening of raga inspired music featuring two dynamic sets by female-fronted projects. Raga chamber folk ensemble Karavika, led by violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana, celebrate the release of their second CD “Of Earth and Sky” inspired by motherhood and family. Sarodist Camila Celin and tabla player Roshni Samlal will present a duo set of Hindustani Classical music in the Maihar and Farukhbad Gharana styles. The music will be accompanied by visual projections in collaboration with artist, Seema Pandya. Brooklyn Raga Massive is an artist collective dedicated to providing an open platform for Indian classical and inspired musicians in a collaborative and community building spirit. As of late, they have been making waves in the press, recently noted by the New York Times as “Preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit…a vital part of a flowering of Indian music in New York.”