Arun Ramamurthy is a versatile violinist, educator and organizer based in Brooklyn, NY. His music is rooted in his lifelong training of South Indian Carnatic music and influenced by his various musical interests growing up in New Jersey. Arun is a disciple of the celebrated violinist brothers, Dr. Mysore Manjunath & Sri Mysore Nagaraj, the distinguished violinist Sri. Ananthakrishnan as well as many early years with western classical violinist Jim Mate.
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. Arun has been fortunate to perform with esteemed artists such as Dr. Balamurali Krishna, Smt. Sudha Ragunathan, Pt. Anindo Chatterjee, Sri T.N. Seshagopalan, Pt. Krishna Bhatt, Pt. Ramesh Misra, Marc Cary, Amir ElSaffar, Awa Sangho, Adam Rudolph, Kaoru Watanabe, Falu Shah, Roman Diaz, Mike Block, Parul Shah, Jason Samuels Smith and many more.
He leads the Arun Ramamurthy Trio, an ensemble that brings a fresh approach to Carnatic classical repertoire and features Arun's original composition work. Praised by All About Jazz as “a beautiful, exotic, ear-opening listening experience", ART has been heard on stages like Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Jazz Gallery and Pioneer Works. His other projects include Nakshatra with wife and violinist Trina Basu, reimagining string chamber music through the lens of Indian classical raga. Arun also performs regularly with A.R. Balaskandan's Akshara, Sameer Gupta's A Circle Has No Beginning, Adam Rudolph's Go Organic Orchestra, Neel Murgai Ensemble, BRM Coltrane Tribute, and Raga Maqam a collaboration with Amir ElSaffar.
As a composer, Arun has created new works for his Trio, scores for theatrical productions, composition for Indian classical dance, and for the pioneering musician's collective Brooklyn Raga Massive. Recently, Arun was commissioned through New Music USA to compose original music for Malini Srinivasan's 'Appeasing Radhika', an ambitious project investigating Devadasi lives in Indian Classical performing arts. Arun also created the score for Tom Stoppard's 'Indian Ink', a theatrical production at the Roundabout Theater.
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 also created the popular concert series Carnatic Sundays at Cornelia Street Café, an iconic jazz venue in New York’s West Village. As an educator, Arun teaches students ranging from beginners to professional musicians in Indian music performance, technique and theory. He has taught workshops on Indian classical music at music schools, universities, conservatories and summer music programs.
with Sameer Gupta & Perry Wortman
playing with Jay Gandhi (bansuri), Abhik Mukherjee (sitar) & Sameer Gupta (tabla)