"Basu and Premawardhana, both commanding performers, were particularly apt at bolstering and then relaxing the intensity of the music, extending their palette with pizzicatos and a variety of bowing techniques that, together, evoked both sitar and sarod... nicely voiced and at times suggestive of some of the adventures of such crossover explorers as Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma."
"Karavika's music is a powerfully sincere blend of American and Indian musical influences. They craft beautiful string arrangements that soar above versatile bass playing and virtuosic tabla grooves . Drawing heavily on improvisational styles, every performance I've been to is a unique experience."
"... A seamless match between the inward-directed but simmering rapture of Indian music and the comfortable rusticity of Americana" - New York Music Daily
"[Basu and Premawardhana] complement each other like sisters forming a single musical expression" - Second Inversion
"Different and personal and lovely beyond words" - All About Jazz
Our recent CD release show at Joe's Pub was a major success! Thank you to all who made it out, and to all of you who have supported, encouraged and believed in us. It was a truly a joyful celebration of music, friends and family!
Trina, Avi and Roopa
Avi, Perry and Amali
Trina and Avi
With Arun Ramamurthy on violin
With Jay Gandhi on bansuri
We were ecstatic to have special guest, Padma Lakshmi in our audience.
We were recently featured on the cover of the June 12 edition of Sri Lankan Sunday Times Magazine! Read the full article here
Women's Raga Massive, March 2016 Pioneer Works, Brooklyn
THANK YOU, SUPPORTERS! To all of you who contributed to our indiegogo campaign last year, thank you thank you. You have made it possible for us to continue creating and sharing our music!
OCTOBER 9, 2016 8PM Concert at Village Zendo, 588 Broadway, Rm. 1108, New York, NY. Buy tickets here.
JUNE 20, 2015 9AM We are honored to be included in the line up for the Raga's Live 24 Hour Festival hosted by WKCR 89.9 FM!
HELP US MAKE AN ALBUM!
Our crowd-sourcing campaign is up and running fully funded! We are overjoyed at the prospect of getting our music out there. Please stay tuned for more updates.
"...A gorgeous contrast between the long, sinewy, singing lines of the violin and cello and the tabla's intricate burble and pop punctuation, riding the warm pizzicato heartbeat of the bass. It is a liquid and organic brew that sounds inevitable, as if it's existed forever." - Dan McClenaghan, All About Jazz
Karavika is a New York City based ensemble led by violinist Trina Basu and cellist Amali Premawardhana. As two artists with roots in India, Sri Lanka and North America, Trina and Amali aspire to discover and bring to light the music of their own cultural backgrounds as well as music from other parts of the world that has deeply inspired them. Drawing upon influences of nature, beauty, simple folk melodies and complex classical compositions, Karavika seeks to blend creative improvisations and arrangements with authentic traditions. They are joined by Perry Wortman on bass and collaborate with multiple Indian classical percussionists and other instrumentalists.