The Village Zendo proudly presents Karavika – Raga + Chamber + Folk
“It is a liquid and organic brew that sounds inevitable, as if it’s existed forever…” – All About Jazz
Trina Basu, violin
Amali Premawardhana, cello
Perry Wortman, bass
Roshni Samlal, tabla
New York City based quartet KARAVIKA is a chamber ensemble comprising violin, cello, double bass and percussion. Led by violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana, Karavika’s music seeks to blend creative improvisations and arrangements with authentic traditions. Drawing upon influences of nature, beauty, simple folk melodies and complex classical compositions, their repertoire is inspired largely from the rich musical languages of South Asian folk and classical genres as well Americana blues and folk genres. They are joined by Perry Wortman on bass and Roshni Samlal on tabla.
Karavika’s debut ‘SUNRISE’ has been receiving enormous praise since its March 2012 release. All About Jazz describes the music as “a dynamic sonic blend of uncommon mesmeric beauty”, and Lucid Culture “a diversely melodic, often hypnotic original sound that occasionally reaches toward Appalachian rusticity or a brisk Celtic mood…” The album features original music inspired by the rhythmic complexities of Indian Classical music as well as collaborative arrangements of old film and folk music from different regions in India and Sri Lanka. Much of the music illustrates various aspects of life, ranging from the innocence and playfulness of youth to the intense sacredness of love and devotion. The music on their second album, largely inspired by family and motherhood, is due to be released early 2016. Tracks include interpretations of classical compositions from South India, American lullabies, an arrangement of a piece by Rabindranath Tagore as well as a popular Sri Lankan melody.
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“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
“I am deeply touched by the creative spirit of Karavika. Their genuine and sincere desire to express their understanding of Indian culture and heritage, as prevalent in Indian music, is truly impressive. They have the tools and know how to use it. In all respect Karavika assures me of the true essence of Indian music being maintained while presented western context.” – Samir Chatterjee, Tabla player, Founder/director of Chhandayan Center for Indian Music