Karthick Iyer is a musician, an accomplished violinist who is taking Indian music to global audiences.

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Nagumomo by Karthick Iyer Live

carnatic fusion music | Live concert 

This video is a 9-part video series from our Music Album launch performance at Museum theatre, Chennai, in June 2015. 

Performed by
Karthick Iyer (Violin & vocals)
Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam, Konnakol, Percussion)
Naveen Napier (Bass)
Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Mixed by Bob Phukan(Aura studio)
Video by Shivaram(Shutter 24) 
Edited by Madhanagopal

Costume - Swathy(Bhaang store)
Sound - DJ bala(Soundgear)
Lights - Timmy Vanderputt(Audio Sciences) 

Boundless - IndoSoul by Karthick Iyer Live

‘Korappu’ is a compositional format in carnatic music where two musicians exchange questions and answers through their instruments. ‘Boundless’ grew out of this structure, it is a juxtaposition of Raga Shanmugapriya on the violin with heavy metal riffs on the guitar, against the backdrop of tribal rhythms. On its own, Shanmugapriya is a calm raga. But in this unlikely set up, it takes on a dark, powerful, gritty voice that rises above the individual elements. In the end, ‘Boundless’ will leave you on a high - energetic and powerful.

Rejoicing in Raghuvamsa


As a grand finale to this album, IndoSoul, Karthick Iyer Live presents ‘Rejoicing in Raghuvamsa’, ending it where it all started. Composed by Patnam Subramania Iyer, Raghuvamsa Sudha is one of the happiest carnatic songs. This is a classic violin piece in Raga Kadhanakudhukalam, and serves as a conclusion in carnatic concerts. This high energy piece is as much fun to perform for the musicians in the band, as it is for the listeners in the audience.


Performed by Karthick Iyer Live
Violins/Vocals/Lyrics - Karthick Iyer
Guitars - Vikram Vivekanand
Bass guitar - Naveen Napier
Mridangam/percussion - Sumesh Narayanan
Drums - Ramkumar Kanakarajan
Percussion(At the Theatres) - Allwyn Paul

Mixed by Biju James, Bob Phukan
Mastered by Andy Bartow
Recorded at VGP studios, Aura Studios

Manavyala in our Mind (Studio Version) by Karthick Iyer Live

Manavyala in our Mind, one of our early Carnatic adaptations, became synonymous with our sonic character and theme. Our live version on YouTube that we had played three years ago at my sister's wedding was the first time we had ever performed it. While recording our album IndoSoul we decided to make a studio version of this song as well. There's something about this Thyagaraja krithi in raga Nalinakanthi that continues to fascinate through decades and centuries. Vibrant and positive it can never grow old! Here's our humble tribute to the great composer.


Karthick Iyer (Violin)
Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam, Konnakol)
Naveen Napier (Bass)
Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Recorded by Bjiu James at VGP Studios, Chennai
Mixed by Bob Phukan at Aura Studios, Chennai


Cinematography by David Weston
Edited by Selva

Clown's Junket by Karthick Iyer Live


The song that started it all! Our first single started with Naveen and myself jamming together on the acoustic guitar and violin almost three years ago. A happy go lucky tune that marks the many milestones that we have and the happiness that we get from reaching them despite the hurdles in the path.

Performed by
Karthick Iyer (Violin)
Vikram Vivekanand (Guitars)
Sumesh Narayanan (Mridangam)
Naveen Napier (Bass)
Ramkumar Kanakarajan (Drums)

Mixed by Bob Phukan (Aura studio)
Video by Shivaram (Shutter 24) 
Edited by Madhanagopal

Costume - Swathy (Bhang)
Sound - DJ bala (Soundgear)
Lights - Timmy Vanderputt (Audio Sciences)


Birth of a new style of playing the electric violin: The Nail

It was a couple of years ago.. I was jamming with Krishna, my band mate from Emergence, at his Solitude Farm, Auroville, India. We were working on a new song called 'Love of my Live'. I tried creating something interesting for the outro (end of the song), and played my violin like a guitar, plucking the strings with my nail. This sort of mimicked the guitar melody that Krishna was playing. I had never played anything like this before, and it was exciting to stumble upon this entirely new style. It somewhat resembled the pizzicato* but played with the tip of the nail instead. The sound that came out was a bright and resonant unlike the pizzicato. Happy with the part, we christened this style 'The Nail'.

*Pizzicato (/ˌpɪtsɪˈkɑːt/; Italian: pizzicato, translated as pinched, and sometimes roughly as plucked)[1] is a playing technique that involves plucking the strings of a string instrument with the fingers, rather than using the bow

Keep a look out for The Nail at 6:00 min:sec!

Recently, I went into a recording studio with music director Dharan Kumar to record music for the movie Naaigal Jaakirathai, starring Sibi Raj and a German Shepherd as leads! Recording with Dharan is always interesting as we spend a lot of time coming up with experimental sounds and layers on the electric violin. During this process, I started fiddling around with the violin, playing a carnatic riff with The Nail. This caught Dharan's attention and we decided to try this style in the song En Nenjil, that singer Naresh Iyer had just finished recording. What was required was a bluesy melody from the violin. I played some blues over the existing guitar arrangement and added some Carnatic slides to make it more interesting. The sound engineer added a compressor to make the sound resonant and The Nail made its way into a Tamil movie song. Here is a link of the track. The interlude at 6:00 min:sec is what I'm talking about. I followed this up with some Irish fiddle lines in the interlude and the end choruses. En Nenjil is a simple, pleasing melody, sung beautifully by Naresh and I hope you enjoy listening to it! Later on in the video is the theme song for the same movie that I played at 12:10 min:sec

Conversation with Shonali from The Hindu

Meet Young Violinist Karthick Iyer, Who Enjoys Giving A New-Age Twist To Classical Melodies 

I played a really fun show with Karthick Iyer Live at The Park in Chennai last week, as part of IndiEarth at the Park. I sat down for an interview after the concert with The Hindu's Shonali Muthalaly. Here is the interview, published in The Hindu MetroPlus on Oct 9 2014.

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