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Raga to jazz; tabla pop to Bengali soul, Broto Roy declares a pluralistic, knowledge-based vision for global unity in the 21st century. We are all one; we are all linked inextricably - life is about building bridges (not walls) over rivers of time.
Stand up and fight by exposing & educating. We are only as great as the doors we open. We make music to share. Aloha and Namaste. All are welcome.
Multiply, not divide.
DALLAS
Live with the Dallas Opera, Texas


Broto Roy
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"Original." "fascinating interplay." "Indian music meets western Jazz." World Music Central - 1/19/19
"Always refreshing, tablas and the glee of ragas in jazz." All About Jazz - 8/15/18
"Spiritual" The Fairfax Times - 8/24/18
"An accomplished navigator of pathways between East and West." - Smithsonian
"Spiritual and visceral" - Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
"Concert mythique et magique." - EuroNews
"The impact is great" - The Statesman, Kolkata India
"East and West - music as a unifying force" - Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Heartfelt and passionate." Washington Post
Music, not genres, is my motto.
Reviews
MWU
Live, Mary Washington U., Virginia. Tabla drum solo 4-13-19

Buzkhashi - Album news:
All Barriers Fall is on Worldwide rotation '19 - '20
Hear track #2 "Disciple" on Yle1 Finland National Public TV  Finland 4/1/19

Album Notes: With the new album I'd like to make a reference to "May you live in interesting times" which is a reference to the supposed ancient Chinese curse, but it's also a dog whistle to people who are feeling apocalyptic about the state of the world; environmentally, politically and spiritually. From the beginning, I stress that I didn't want to make a statement or prove a hypothesis or suggest a commonality to this work. Standing outside, I would say rather than a theme, I want to highlight these things that art does, like break down barriers, straddle disciplines, confuse categories, problematize identity, raise questions, suggest uncanny doublings or paradoxical contradictions. In short, I want to do the usual philosophical and aesthetic dance. More

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BROTO ROY QUARTET

Still In Love
Penn Ave LIVE! 2017 Bach Bouree in E Minor improv
Never Enough Cake

DUETS & TRIOS

Lotus & Water Lily Festival 2019, Washington, DC
Carnivale at Kings Dominion, Virginia
Raga "Charukeshi"

TABLA SOLO

Lecture/Performance - Mary Washington U 4/13/19
Washington, DC
Festival, Virginia

TEACHING

DANCE

Broto Roy Sextet Live at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC

Drum duel

Broto Roy, Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

REVIEWS

"Always refreshing, tablas and the glee of ragas in jazz." - 8/15/18 - ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"spiritual and visceral" - Mike Joyce, The Washington Post
"seamlessly mingles traditional Indian vocal and instrumental idioms with jazz, alternatively tautly rhythmic and dreamily improvisational." – Dallas Morning News, 5/6/17
"… (American Raga)..is trance-inducing, jazzy & intricate and the energy level is surprisingly high. Fans of uncompromising fusion, sophisticated percussion or fiery jazz guitar will not be disappointed." - Ed Kopp - All About Jazz
"Broto Roy brilliantly exemplifies multicultural diversity and has popularized the rich musical culture of South Asia with his many recordings and performances." - Maryland State Arts Council 4/24/15
"A doyen of arts and culture, Broto Roy, an accomplished tabla player...travelled extensively, performing in the U.S. and internationally" - News India Times
"Master musician." "Voice of pure honey, you can't buy it with money." - 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
"Heartbeats, a collaborative work conceived by Christopher Janney, choreographed and danced by Sarah Rudner" "Broto Roy accompanies, following her lead on tabla" - The Washington Post
"The best of Asian-Pacific American traditions." "Enriched the range of artistic and cultural themes." "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. 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
"Warmth and drive" - Down Beat
"Rhythm section virtuosity...unique Indian percussion" - Classical Guitar Magazine, London England
"In fact, every track is well arranged and the overall impact is great." The Statesman (India)
"Each song celebrates a unique emotion worth remembering for its melodies as well as its lyrics." - Calcutta Mirror
"Languid and celestial." - Washington City Paper, Washington, DC 11/22/07
"The audience was entranced" - State Magazine, Washington, DC
"Complex, trancelike, peaceful" "The most authentic experience." - Lowell Sun, Massachusetts USA
"Blues-Jazz-Raga fusion." - Daily News Analysis (DNA), Bombay India '06
"Exceptional contributions to the increase and diffusion of knowledge about the cultures and traditions which enrich our nation and the world." Smithsonian Insitution
"Inspiring" - Radio Program "With Good Reason" '06
"Intricate rhythms" - The Folklore Society '04
"Imparting cultural and historical knowledge." " Talented" - The Library of Congress '03
"Will extend your listening horizons" - Takoma Voice '03
"Virtuosity" Unique mix" - Classical Guitar Magazine, London
"Bluesy, spiritual odyssey". "The complex rhythm seems to flow in and out of improvisations that can have the swing and fire of Bird one moment or the discipline of Ravi Shankar the next." "Truly original." - District Curators

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