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Broto Roy

In the mid-‘80s, India-American composer and tabla percussionist Broto Roy (an EMI-India recording artist) began composing and recording a genre of music he calls “Raga-Jazz”, an amalgam of ancient Indian ragas (melodies), talas (rhythms) and western Jazz. His mastery over the complex, formalized rhythms of his native India combined with his deep appreciation and understanding of the Jazz idiom led the Washington Post to declare his music “spiritual and visceral”. He was Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Center’s inauguration of their Millennium Stage. His CD “Total Immersion” is only the second live recording sanctioned by the Kennedy Center for public release (the first was by Pavarotti). His debut CD “American Raga” was played aboard the International Space Station when Dennis Tito carried it with him as he orbited the earth. His Broto Roy Quartet, consisting of sitar, tabla drums, tenor sax and electric bass, released “All Barriers Fall” (May 2018) and June 2015 released “Ancient Algorithms” - all and more at Amazon and iTunes.

His third CD “Live at the Lowell Festival” (near Boston, USA) was released in 2003 (Buzkhashi) by the Broto Roy Trio featuring the great Indian “sarodist” (Indian bass-lute) Aashish Khan and violinist Shashi Dhar. His Bengali folk ensemble GANGA released their CD “Setting Down Roots” in '08 (Buzkhashi). In 2011 GANGA released “Bringing It Home”, a compilation of live tracks from their concerts at the Library of Congress’ Coolidge auditorium; the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (New York City); Festival of American Folklife (July 4th) and many others. EMI-India re-released “American Raga” with worldwide distribution by Virgin Records in '09.

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Hindu legend - Dallas Morning News - May 6, 2017 Master musician. Voice of pure honey - Times of India Concert mythique et magique – EuroNews Awesome! Grammy bound - CNN The Titan of Tabla - Old Town Crier, Alexandria, Virginia Fusioneering, imposing pedigree. Solo success - The Gazette, Maryland Spiritual and visceral - Mike Joyce - The Washington Post The best of Asian-Pacific American traditions. Enriched the range of artistic and cultural themes. Exceptional contributions which enrich our nation and the world. The young South Asian percussionist Broto Roy, an accomplished navigator of a range of multi-directional pathways between East and West, not only to a new range of aesthetic references, but also to new instruments and performance styles as well

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American Raga




From: All Barriers Fall
By Broto Roy



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