Musical Performance: CANCELED: Kiran Ahluwalia and Rez Abbasi

Sat, June 9, 2012 9:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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We regret to inform you that due to a family emergency, this Saturday's concert of Kiran Ahluwalia and Res Abbasi has been canceled. It will be rescheduled to a later date

We look forward to seeing you at our final two concerts of the season, Arturo Martinez and ensemble performing Fela-menguz: Fugitive Peasant and Amir ElSaffar with Two Rivers performing selections from the Inana suite.


This concert will feature:

Kiran Ahluwalia - vocals
Rez Abbasi - electric and acoustic guitars
Dave Sharma - percussion

Doors open at 8:30pm, performance at 9pm

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)

Internationally acclaimed, multiple award winning vocalist and composer, Kiran Ahluwalia explores the language of the heart with beautiful artistry and smoldering intensity, redefining contemporary Indian song in a modern and global context.

Her latest CD Aam Zameen : Common Ground was recently awarded Canada's grammy - the prestigious JUNO Award for BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM OF THE YEAR. This was her second JUNO win and the award tops an exciting year for the Indo-Canadian Singer, who recently performed with Tinariwen at the Festival in the Desert in Mali. Kiran also won the Canadian Folk Music Award for World Solo Artist of the Year and the album was selected by the UK’s Songlines magazine as one of the Ten Top of the World CD’s. As well, Kiran's voice was a part of the original score in the Oscar winning documentary "Saving Face".

Her music has garnered glowing praise from critics around the world. Her’s is “a voice destined to enchant more than one generation” (fROOTS) and she possesses “a deep spirituality and tranquility that borders on the mystic” (Sing Out Magazine). But most of all, Kiran Ahluwalia is a unique and inspiring performer and composer, who’s legion of fans continues to grow with every captivating performance and each new recording project.

Kiran has made a career of transcending the boundaries often imposed on artists from outside the mainstream. With each successive recording project, Kiran has moved ever onward from her own musical upbringing, reaching well beyond her extensive training in the genres of ghazal and Punjabi folk song and contributing to the evolution of these genres through the subtle use of a multitude of sounds and styles from outside her Indian musical background.

Guitarist Rez Abbasi has developed a unique sound both as a composer and an instrumentalist and is considered by many to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players the world over. A recent New York Times review noted, “Mr. Abbasi has fashioned a career out of contemporary fusions, with keen insight and fleet technique” and The Wall Street Journal calls his music “high-powered - fused with the ecstatic groove of qawalli music from his native Pakistan with forward thinking jazz.”

Born in Pakistan, raised in California, and a New Yorker since the early 1990s, Rez Abbasi recently explained his musical approach as quoted by Downbeat magazine -“I follow a self-imposed mandate to balance the heartfelt and the theoretical. If it ventures off too much eitherway, it loses me. It’s about expression.”

Aside from his work with Kiran’s group as guitarist and arranger, he plays a vital role in many projects including Rudresh Mahanthappa’s, Kinsmen, and The Indo-Pak Trio. His 2009 album, which features Kiran, was selected in Downbeat Magazines, “Best Records of the Decade”.

Legendary guitarist and multi-Grammy winner, Pat Metheny, said of Rez, “He is an amazing guitarist and unique composer.”

Half-Punjabi, half-American percussionist/producer/DJ, Dave Sharma is one of the brightest talents of the South Asian scene in America. An outstandingly versatile musician who is equally at home on stage, in the studio, or behind the turntables, Dave has played dhol, tabla, dholki, djembe, Middle Eastern percussion, African percussion, and drumset with some of the best artists in mainstream, underground, and South Asian music.

Sharma was featured in Academy Award winning AR Rahman’s “Bombay Dreams” on Broadway. He’s recorded with DJ Rekha’s Basement Bhangra, broke ground as the first American Punjabi group with Bikram Singh, and has performed to millions with Moby, Delhi 2 Dublin and San Francisco’s Non-Stop Bhangra. His work has garnered extensive praise in TimeOut NY, MantramOL, India Abroad, Fader, Pitchfork media.

Last updated: 2012-06-04 16:58:29

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