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Two South Indian people - one man and one woman - sitting and holding string instruments

Arun Ramamurthy & Trina Basu ft. Samarth Nagarkar

Violinists Arun Ramamurthy and Trina Basu reimagine the potential of string chamber music with a unique sound both deeply intimate and cinematically expansive.

Rooted in traditions of South Indian classical music, Western chamber music, and jazz, the duo is uniquely positioned to create a sound that feels ancient, orchestral, and contemporary or as The New Yorker put it “free-flowing and globe-spanning.” Combined with the duo’s fluency in improvisation, there is a clear architecture to their sound that still gives space for the two violins to be delightfully indiscernible and shine individually. Their debut album, Nakshatra, the Sanskrit word for constellation, is a profound exploration of this dance between a collective and singular sound, bursting with energy, playfulness, and a cosmic gravitas. The duo will be joined by the soulful Hindustani classical vocalist, Samarth Nagarkar.

Photo by Aria Isadora.