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Karavika(formerly Tiger Lilies) is a New York City based ensemble led by violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana. As its members hold roots 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 world music venue, the lovely and intimate Caffe Vivaldi, Brooklyn’s House of Yes, and the Brooklyn Lyceum

Of Earth And Sky

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Your Passing Touch; All the Pretty Little Horses; Raga Behag; The Time is Now; Raga Kaliyani; Thillana Jaya Ragamalika; Young Leaves Of The Bodi Tree; Oh, Watch The Stars.

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Sanjay Divecha and Secret: Sanjay Divecha and Secret

Read "Sanjay Divecha and Secret" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Ravi Shankar has passed, but sounds from India continue to filter into the American jazz consciousness via the children of immigrants: pianist Vijay Iyer, saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana of Karavika; violinist Arun Ramamurthy. But India-born Sanjay Divecha, who spent fifteen years in the United States, and studied at ...

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Karavika: Of Earth And Sky

Read "Of Earth And Sky" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Can't find a musical genre that fits the needs of your means of artistic expression? Then create your own. That's what Karavika did, with their gorgeous and provocative debut, Sunrise ( Self Produced, 2012). Call it raga/chamber/folk music if you will, a blend of multiple influences from multiple cultures, with a South Asian foundation in Sri ...

Sunrise

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2012
Track listing: On the Wing; Little Road Song; Song That Floats on the Breeze; The Dancer; Moonbeam; Sunrise.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Amit Friedman Sextet: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

This seems to be shaping up as the year of the “Sunrise." Two outstanding sets by that name have been released in 2012: one by the Masabumi Kikuchi Trio on ECM Records, the other a self-produced gem by the Indo/American chamber ensemble, Karavika. Israeli saxophonist Amit Friedman makes it a triptych with his own Sunrise, on ...

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Karavika: Sunrise

Read "Sunrise" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

What are the career choices for a classically trained musician? It's not sitting in an orchestra for violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana. Instead, they chose the path of creating their own Indo-Western chamber ensemble, Karavika, to explore the sounds of Indian ragas and film songs, along with their original composition, “Sunrise," that blends two ...


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