A joyous and remarkable union of classical Indian music and jazz”
Arun Ramamurthy Trio (ART) brings a fresh approach to age-old South Indian classical repertoire. The trio’s collaborative sound is driven by the propulsive rhythm section of drummer Sameer Gupta & and bassist Perry Wortman. The Carnatic canon is remixed in this seamless integration of styles as the group expands on the traditional compositions in explosive, improvisational flights of fancy.
Arun’s original work pays homage to Carnatic rhythmic structures and rich, nuanced tonalities while expanding the music with a modern jazz backbeat. By staying true to raga, the modes which form the melodic foundation for Indian classical composition, but finding the full sonic identity of a skilled ensemble, Ramamurthy’s trio discovers new common ground and moments of organic conversation between two traditions, both based on a balance of rigor and freedom. Arun Ramamurthy Trio has performed on respected stages such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Gallery, Symphony Space, Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Ragas Live Festival and more.