Miami native, Trina Basu is an adventurous violinist, improviser and teacher living in Brooklyn, NY. Her music draws from Western and Indian classical, jazz and creative improvisation traditions. She is the co-leader of raga folk inspired chamber ensemble, Karavika with cellist Amali Premawardhana. Their self released debut album, “Sunrise” was praised by All About Jazz as "a dynamic sonic blend of uncommon mesmeric beauty.” Her other projects include Nakshatra with violinist Arun Ramamurthy and her performance work with Brooklyn Raga Massive where she also serves as an Artistic Director and co-founder. She frequently collaborates with dancers, poets and artists in various multidisciplinary projects, and performs regularly with Women’s Raga Massive, A.R. Balaskandan's Akshara, Imani Uzuri's Hush Harbor Opera, Adam Rudolph's Go: Organic Orchestra, Coltrane Raga Tribute, Sameer Gupta's A Circle Has No Beginning, Neel Murgai Ensemble and others. She is a founder and curator of “Out of the Woods”, a month long festival in March featuring women-led projects and community based activism, presented by Women’s Raga Massive. Trina has performed on stages around the world with notable artists such as Urban Bush Women, Mos Def, Gil Scott Heron, Dr. John, Imani Uzuri, Marc Cary, Adam Rudolph, Parul Shah, Suphala, Awa Sangho, Taylor Mac, Sunny Jain, Morley, Dr. Mysore Manjunath and Krishna Bhatt.
Trina passionately believes in giving back to community and empowering youth through the arts and creative expression. Her love for teaching has brought her to New York City public schools, universities and summer programs around the country. For over fifteen years she has taught students privately, and currently teaches out of her home studio in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Violin House. She received her Suzuki teacher training from the School for Strings in NYC where she studied under Alan Lieb and Katie Gerson. Trina received a Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy from Florida State University in 2002 and has worked as a Music Therapist at Mount Sinai’s Kravis Children’s Hospital and various Geriatric centers with Stroke, Alzheimers and Hospice patients. In 2007 she was awarded the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute Artist Fellowship to study Carnatic Classical violin in Chennai, India with Padma Shankar and Vittal Ramamurthy. Her musical path has led her to learn from many other incredible mentors including Nalini Vinayak (sitar), Longineu Parsons (trumpet), John Blake, Federico Britos and Susan Fink, among others.
Trina is a mom of two beautiful boys and finds inspiration in starry nights, natural bodies of water and bustling urban life.