Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan which she honors intensely yet departs from in masterful, personal ways. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from Malian and Western blues, rock, R & B and nuances of jazz. With her 4-piece group of electric guitar, accordion, and tabla, Ahluwalia creates boundary-breaking songs that invite us to explore the human condition.
Born In India, living in New York City, Kiran studied Indian music since childhood. Winning two JUNOs (Canadian Grammies), a Songlines Award and two Canadian Folk Awards – Kiran has over the course of seven albums created a style uniquely her own. Her latest album 7 Billion (Six Degrees) was released in May 2018. The beautiful harmonies and addictive guitar riffs of partner Rez Abbasi, a Pakistani born, NYC jazz guitarist, a deep love of the trancy rhythms masterfully played on tabla by Nitin Mitta and the melodic lines of accordionist Will Holshouser shape her latest songs. Writing both words and music, Kiran’s songs speak of: cultural intolerance among the current 7 billion population, fighting civil wars within ourselves and realizing female desire by throwing away shame. Artist’s website:www.kiranmusic.com
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