Violinist Arun Ramamurthy's Trio discovers new aspects of millennia-old pieces and moments of organic conversation between two traditions, both based on a balance of rigor and freedom. They stay true to the raga, the modes which form the melodic foundation for Indian classical composition, while finding the full sonic identity of a skilled ensemble.
Yet sticking to the raga does not mean stumbling into sterile technical showmanship or pedantic strictness. Ramamurthy’s instrument soars and growls, sings and dances, in beautiful tandem with drummer Sameer Gupta and bassist Perry Wortman. With the perfect pitch of Indian classical violin and the gritty lilt of American fiddle, Ramamurthy goes to evocative places of longing and joy, sentiments common in Indian devotional music—and in certain strains of jazz.
released October 18, 2014
Arun Ramamurthy - violin
Perry Wortman - bass
Sameer Gupta - drums
Marc Cary - piano
Trina Basu - violin
Akshay Anantapadmanabhan - mridangam
Jazz Carnatica was recorded at The Bunker Studio
Recorded & Edited by Aaron Nevezie. May 5, 2013.
Mixed by John Davis, Sameer Gupta, Arun Ramamurthy
Mastered by Marc Cary
Band Photography by Nisha Sondhe
Design by Amy Gail
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