Rooted in the Indian music she grew up with and trained in, Kiran Ahluwalia’s sound nevertheless defies easy categorization. Ahluwalia is unabashed about tossing in the various influences she learned in Canada. Jazz and desert blues punctuate her music where tablas blend with electric guitar, accordion, keyboards and straight-ahead rock drumming. Ahluwalia received classical vocal training in Bombay and then trained in Indian with Vithal Rao, one of the last living court musicians of the Nizam (king) of Hyderabad and considered a living link to the centuries-old Ghazal tradition. Ahluwalia describes her music as an evolution of the art form, a hybrid genre; one that has been embraced by audiences all over the world from Pakistan to North America. Ahluwalia has seven albums under her belt spanning more than 20 years including Aam Zameen: Common Ground which won the 2012 Juno for best world music album and features a gorgeous version of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s world music breakthrough “Mustt Mustt.” Audiences will have a hard time sitting still through the deep grooves and her hypnotic vocal style.
Biography by Sean Myers