Fri, April 6th

Karavika CD Release Concert


Doors 6:30pm
Show 7pm
Advance Price
Door Price $10

Advanced online ticket sales stop at 5pm on day of show
If available, more tickets are available at door

“Karavika’s music is a powerfully sincere blend of American and Indian musical influences. They craft beautiful string arrangements that soar above versatile bass playing and virtuosic tabla grooves . Drawing heavily on improvisational styles, every performance I’ve been to is a unique experience.” -Mike Block, cellist, Silk Road Ensemble

Karavika is a New York City based ensemble led by Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana. As its members hold root in places as diverse as India, Sri Lanka and North America, Karavika brings a fresh new perspective to the music of its varying cultural backgrounds. Drawing upon influences of nature, beauty, simple folk melodies and complex classical compositions, Karavika's music seeks to blend creative improvisations and arrangements with authentic traditions. They are joined by bassist Perry Wortman and Avi Shah on tabla.

Since its creation, Karavika has been active in the music scene in New York City, and has frequented venues such as Drom, Caffe Vivaldi, Brooklyn's House of Yes, and the Brooklyn Lyceum. Karavika was recently featured at the first annual Carnatic Music Festival at Cornelia Street Cafe as well as the 2011 Winter Jazz Festival. Karavika has been honored to perform for organizations such as Asha, an education and health care agency that provides support in impoverished communities in India, the Watershed Management Group, which works on improving health and sanitation conditions in India and other underdeveloped part of Asia, as well as Sneha, a U.S. based South Asian organization that supports and upholds women who have been victims of domestic abuse. Karavika has been featured on IndiaTalks TV, a  Queens based cultural TV program, as well as TEDx Gotham, at which they were broadcast live on the web from Cooper Union in New York.

Sunrise, Karavika's self-released debut was recorded in Brooklyn at Wombat Recording Studio and features six substantial tracks ranging from their unique adaptations of a few favorite classic Indian film songs, all the way to it's title track, "Sunrise", which is an exciting original exploring the contrast between two beautiful Carnatic ragas as well as a series of complex rhythmic patterns. The interaction of various musical threads in Karavika's music is apparent in Sunrise. As string players, Amali Premawardhana and Trina Basu take major cues from the western/classical tradition and the ensemble follows a chamber-music approach to ensemble playing, working together beautifully as one unit while tastefully exploring the heart-felt nuances of Indian classical ragas. The dynamic of the rhythm section is a playfully complex conversation between the grounding bass lines of Perry Wortman and the elaborate tabla rhythms of Avi Shah. Though the versatility and depth of Sunrise will please the trained listener, Karavika aims to reach just about anyone who is open to a new musical perspective of South Asian music through a "Western lens."  Music from the album can also be heard on "Kids of the Majestic", a feature documentary by Dylan Verrechia and Dr. Suhas Radhakrishnan about a group of orphans living in the Majestic railway station in Bangalore, India.