Roopa is a leading crossover musician in the South Asian diaspora. As an adventurous soloist, ensemble leader, and guest vocalist, she has brought Indian classical music in conversation with jazz, world music, and experimental artists in styles such as R&B/Gospel, Bulgarian, Flamenco, contemporary Opera, and new music. Roopa's collaborations have taken her to stages like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Hollywood Bowl, and Joe's Pub, and festivals such as Winter JazzFest, MusikFest, Ragas Live, and Drive East.
Roopa In Flux is an ensemble of musical wanderers venturing beyond the established traditions that shaped them. Led by Roopa, instrumental talents (quartet, trio, duo) band together for a sound grounded in classical, jazz, and soul forms from around the world, using novel arrangements and improvisational spark to express a contemporary moment. The musicians use their camaraderie, honesty, and emotional intensity to create moments that can express both individual quirk and joyful community.
"With her hurricane wail and command of infinite minutiae, she might be the best singer in all of New York."
- New York Music Daily
ROOPA IN FLUX
“Maathe, an Ode to the Goddess,” an arrangement of the Daaru varnam in raga Kamas, by crossover ensemble,
Roopa In Flux.
VOCAL DUET WITH FLAMENCO JAZZ GUITAR
“Yenusuka,” a melancholic reflection on the pleasures and pain of the body, performed with guitarist Andreas Arnold. Composition of 15th century Purandara Dasa.
INDIAN CLASSICAL VOCAL MEETS BULGARIAN VOCAL
Arrangement of Indian classical vocal by Navatman Music Collective with Be Petrunko, a Bulgarian song rendered by Bulgarian Voices Trio.
Arun Ramamurthy + Trio
Bulgarian Voices Trio
Brooklyn Raga Massive
Guy Mintus + Trio
Soles of Duende
The Alaya Project
Women’s Raga Massive
"Building on her extensive training in traditional Carnatic music, Mahadevan frequently puts the music in dialogue with other traditions."