Kiran Ahluwalia to perform at the London Jazz Club
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Asian Arts Agency is proud to present Kiran Ahluwalia, one of the most respected voices in world music today. Kiran will be coming to the UK for two nights only in July – playing an evening of Sufi music at Bristol Folk House (July 4) and London Jazz Café (July 6).
Kiran Ahluwalia explores the language of the heart with beautiful artistry and smoldering intensity. Her enchanting and seductive music has garnered glowing praise from critics around the world, garnering several Juno awards (Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards) and a Songlines Best Newcomer of the Year Award (2009). Kiran will be performing with her 5-piece band of electric guitar, harmonium, tabla and electric bass.
A modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan, Kiran Ahluwalia’s music strongly honours her heritage yet departs from it in masterful, personal ways. Kiran’s original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from both the West and Africa, particularly, the Sahara. Her last album Aam Zameen: Common Ground includes collaborations with Taureg hit groups Tinariwen and Terakaft.
Born in Northern India, Kiran was raised in Toronto, Canada, and now lives in New York. From an early age, she immersed herself in Indian classical music and ghazals the sensual and highly literary poetry about unrequited love and passion, which originated in 8th century Arabic verse and then came to the Indian subcontinent with Sufis in the 12th century. Kiran spent a decade of study with her guru, Vithal Rao, before recording her JUNO nominated debut CD, Kashish-Attraction (2001). This was followed by the JUNO Award winning, Beyond Boundaries in 2003, a self-titled compilation that was released on the Triloka label in 2005 followed by JUNO nominated Wanderlust (Time Square/World Connection) released in North America in 2007 and in Europe in 2008.
With each successive recording project, Kiran has moved on from her own musical upbringing, reaching well beyond her extensive training in the genres of traditional ghazal and Punjabi folk song. Her compositions and arrangements are a reflection of an ongoing quest to create timeless music in a modern and global context, that looks to the future while still maintaining a vital line to its storied past.