"free-flowing, globe-spanning" - New Yorker
Led by violinists Trina Basu and Arun Ramamurthy, NAKSHATRA reimagines the potential of string Chamber Music for our global times. The New York City based group explores beauty found at the intersections of their musical paths, where original compositions weave together threads of South Indian classical, Western chamber music, jazz and creative improvisation. Varying colors, shapes and sounds emerge from the ensemble with their esteemed collaborators, who include Marika Hughes (cello), Rashaan Carter (bass), Rajna Swaminathan (mrudangam), Jake Charkey (cello), Rich Stein (percussion) and Sameer Gupta (tabla). They have performed at venues such as Ragas Live Festival, The Jazz Gallery, Noguchi Museum Bang on a Can, Benque Cultural Center (Belize), Sri Ramanjaneya Sangeetha Sabha (India), Lyric Chamber Society of NY, among others.
"...intricate, cinematic, constantly shifting series of themes anchored in thousands of years of Indian classical music." - New York Music Daily