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Trio Tarana

December 15, 2007 @ 8:00 pm 10:30 pm EST

Trio Tarana is led by percussionist/composer Ravish Momin, who currently resides in New York City but was born in India and has lived in the Middle-East and England.  Therefore, the creation of Trio Tarana, in 2003, was a natural culmination of all of those diverse influences. “Tarana” itself refers to a song-style in North Indian classical music, where nonsense syllables or mnemonic drum sounds are used to spontaneously improvise a fluid chant or composition.  

In keeping with their namesake, the trio primarily utilizes Indian and East-Asian rhythms as the foundation for a new creative musical experience; they also employ compositions that seamlessly blend written material with spontaneous group interaction. Their mission is to continue to explore the intersections of diverse Asian musical traditions with jazz, and to share their unique Asian American musical concept and identity with audiences worldwide.

While Ravish had formally studied North Indian classical music and jazz, he had also absorbed diverse influences growing up, and was not prepared to discard them, for one specific musical idiom.  He had felt rootless, without a unique musical identity.  As an Asian American percussionist living in the United States, he had long wanted to create music that both, utilized his Indian musical traditions reverentially, and was also reflective of his diverse influences, thus rightfully depicting his hybrid musical identity. The trio consists of Momin with Sam Bardfield, violin, and Brandon Terzic, oud,  pioneering an improvised fusion of Asian and American influences.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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