In the mid-‘80s, India-American composer and tabla percussionist Broto Roy (an EMI-India recording artist) began composing and recording a genre of music he calls “Raga-Jazz”, an amalgam of ancient Indian ragas (melodies), talas (rhythms) and western Jazz. His mastery over the complex, formalized rhythms of his native India combined with his deep appreciation and understanding of the Jazz idiom led the Washington Post to declare his music “spiritual and visceral”. He was Artist in Residence at the Kennedy Center’s inauguration of their Millennium Stage. His CD “Total Immersion” is only the second live recording sanctioned by the Kennedy Center for public release (the first was by Pavarotti). His debut CD “American Raga” was played aboard the International Space Station when Dennis Tito carried it with him as he orbited the earth. His Broto Roy Quartet, consisting of sitar, tabla drums, tenor sax and electric bass, recently released their CD “Ancient Algorithms”.
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Hindu legend - Dallas Morning News - May 6, 2017
Master musician. Voice of pure honey - Times of India
Concert mythique et magique – EuroNews
Awesome! Grammy bound - CNN
The Titan of Tabla - Old Town Crier, Alexandria, Virginia
Fusioneering, imposing pedigree. Solo success - The Gazette, Maryland
Spiritual and visceral - Mike Joyce - The Washington Post
The best of Asian-Pacific American traditions. Enriched the range of artistic and cultural themes. Exceptional contributions which enrich our nation and the world. The young South Asian 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
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