Indian Electronica & Art Rock
Photo: Anne Whitman
"Dazzling stuff that blows open your mind as well as your ears, this hyper textured set is all the world beat you ever wanted all at once---and sounding good instead of like a mish mosh." - Midwest Record, Nov 2017
Spirit of the String
"Rini draws on her decades of Carnatic music training and her years at Berklee, shifting South Asian classical elements toward pop and jazz sensibilities in a refreshing, organic way."
- Republic of Jazz
“With her powerful, often ferocious mezzo-soprano, carnatically-influenced violin lines, Raghavan led the group through a dynamic set that blended Trans-Siberian Orchestra pomp with distantly macabre early ELO and even more towering cinematics.”
- New York Music Daily
"Chennai-bred singer and violinist Harini S Raghavan has made her mark in New York, (she) jams on violins as well as electronic effects with a band setup backing her on songs such as 'Thiruvizha' and 'Fear'."
- Rolling Stone India
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Leading an international cadre of musicians, New York based, Chennai born singer, composer and violinist Harini “Rini” Raghavan creates her own version of Indian electronica. Harini draws from her formal training in Carnatic music and work at Berklee College of Music in Electronic Production to bring together sounds and music of her birthplace in India and her home in the US. An experienced performer and recording artist, she has recorded and performed with Grammy winning composers A.R.Rahman, Bill Whelan and the renowned Israeli Singer-Songwriter Idan Raichel, headlining prestigious festivals and venues in US and India, including Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre and the United Nations General Assembly. Rini has released three EP's worldwide - 'Kural', 'Alone in the Blue' and ‘Maya’ - on Spotify, Google Play, Amazon and other digital outlets to critical acclaim, including a feature in Rolling Stone India, New York Music Daily, Republic of Jazz and World Music Central.
Harini was a featured soloist on violin in the video ‘Jiya Jale’ by The Berklee Indian Ensemble, released in 2014, that has 7 million views to date. She performs across the United States with touring Indian Musicians like Karthik, Devan and Anup Rubens.She also tours with the popular multi disciplinary production 'Bollywood Boulevard' as a lead singer and violinist playing at prestigious performing arts centers like Lincoln Center, NJPAC, Wolf Trap, Kingsbury Hall UT. She is currently working as a composer along with Rianjali on a musical theater project 'Bollywood Kitchen' by Sri Rao, that blends Bollywood and Indian Classical music with Musical Theater to create a unique sound.
Rini stirs just right chords to get you tuned to their music! - Songdew
Photo By: Abhi Sarkar