Broto Roy

Indian-American composer and tabla drums percussionist.

About Me

During his college days at William & Mary, Indian-American composer and tabla drums percussionist Broto Roy (an EMI-India recording artist) began composing and recording a genre of music he calls “Raga-Jazz”, a blend of ancient Indian ragas (melodies), talas (rhythms) and western Jazz and classical. 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 and played it as he orbited the earth. His Broto Roy Quartet, consisting of sitar, tabla drums, tenor sax and electric bass, released their 2nd CD “All Barriers Fall” on May 15, 2018 and their first in June 2015. Audiences are enthralled when experiencing his original sound.

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