Broto Roy's Indian Jazz - Quartet, Quintet, Sextet. An original blend of east Indian music with sitar and tabla drums with western alto & tenor sax and bass guitar. Website - http://brotoroy.com
VIDEO - Broto Roy, Live at Kennedy Center, Washington, DC USA
"Spiritual and visceral" - Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
"Warmth & drive" - Downbeat
"Percussionist Broto Roy, an accomplished navigator of a range of multi-directional pathways between East and West - not only to a new range of aesthetic references, but also to new instruments and performance styles as well. After appearing in America, Europe and India with the folk group Ganga, with major classical Indian musicians and with the jazz-based East-West Ensemble, Roy continues exploring new rhythmic embellishments and ideas." - The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
"Voice of pure honey." - Times of India
Website - http://brotoroy.com
Duets of magical sounds requiring only a small space for extraordinary concerts of Indian classical music.
Sitar player Indro Roy Chowdhury, one of the
EMI recording artist Broto Roy began playing
Guitarist-composer Sanjay Mishra, a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music, collaborated and recorded with Jerry Garcia to produce Sanjay's CD "Blue Incantation".
"Uncommonly beautiful ! Jerry Garcia's hauntingly vulnerable contribution...as eloquent a goodbye as one could wish for" - Billboard's review of Sanjay's CD "Blue Incantation" featuring Jerry Garcia.
"...is not about celebrity wanking. Blue Incantation has the weightlessness and solidity of music with real soul." - Spin
"Mishra finds a distinct idiom...An acoustic flowering of varied influences." - Rolling Stone
An 8 piece ensemble from a variety of improvisational traditions that blends the raga tradition of North India, Farsi poetry of the great Sufi masters, and Afghan folk melodies and Pakistani ghazals, with western instruments like keyboard and bass guitar. At the heart is the idea of attempting a musical integration with a band led by a Moslem, Humayun Khan, with members who are of the Hindu, Jewish, African-American, Christian and Catholic faiths actualizing the possibility of what the world might be.
Performing with traditional Afghan & Indian instruments & styles and a whirling Dervish dancer, joined by jazz & world musicians whose improvisational skills cross between the East & the West.
National Sawdust - Brooklyn, NY - March 12, 2017, 4 pm followed by Philip Glass with Senegalese musician Foday Musa Suso.
Dallas Opera - Dallas, TX - May 4, 2017, 7:30 pm. Performance of "Arjuna's Dilemma" by Douglas Cuomo
VIDEO Humayun Khan Ensemble, live in Essouira, Morocco, 2015 REVIEWS
"Admirable and timely" - Theodore Levin, Aga Khan Foundation
"Extraordinary vocal fireworks of singer" - Brooklyn Academy of Music
"Deeply Soulful and Blazingly Acrobatic" - Time Out New York
Songs of GANGA grew from the lush green countryside; from the foothills of the Himalayas where elephants and people have a symbiotic relationship; from the 19th century tea plantations which once reduced tribal people to slavery and from the minds of the people seeking a spiritual path to the divine. The rivers of Bengal seem to have been an especially fertile ground for songs sung by peasants and boatmen and the underprivileged lower castes. All have added to the richness of the Bengali musical tradition that GANGA wishes to share with you. The themes which resonate in GANGA's repertoire are human rights, eradication of world hunger, spirituality and cultural revival.
"eloquent, meditative quality, defiant, mystical, richly textured." - The Washington Post
Indian classical dance with drums and vocals along with folk dances from Afghanistan and Pakistan in costumes of those countries.
"Soon Rudner's movement takes on an East Indian sensibility: articulated fingers, quick-stepping flat feet and paddle turns. Broto Roy accompanies, following her lead on the tabla, an Indian drum." - Lisa Traiger, The Washington Post
The Kennedy Center describes Mukti as:
"Led by acclaimed tabla player Broto Roy, the MUKTI drum ensemble peforms his compositions. The group blends Northern Indian instruments such as the tabla and the pakhawaj, Southern Indian instruments like the mridangam, Western drum kits, conch shells, vibes and bass. Mukti - which means "Freedom" in Hindi was formed in 1991. Mr. Roy has performed at multiple venues and festivals, including the Freer and Sackler Galleries, the Smithsonian Institution, The Knitting Factory, Kerrville Music Festival, the American Folk Life Festival, as well as on numerous radio broadcasts. He recently released his first solo CD, American Raga and has appeared as an accompanist on multiple other recordings."
- The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts