Kiran Ahluwali Ensemble , Ghazal and Punjabi Music
Expressing her muse through ghazals and Punjabi folk songs, Kiran Ahluwalia explores the language of the heart with beautiful artistry and smoldering intensity. Born in India, raised in Canada, and now living in New York City, her enchanting and seductive 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 immersed herself in Indian classical music and ghazals from the time she was seven. She spent a decade of intense deep study with her guru, Vithal Rao, starting in the early 1990s. Finally in 2001 she recorded her JUNO nominated debut CD, Kashish-Attraction. This was followed by the JUNO Award winning, Beyond Boundaries in 2003, then a self-titled compilation that was released world wide 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.
Kiran has made a career of transcending the boundaries often imposed on artists from outside the mainstream. Her compositions and arrangements have contributed to the evolution of the ghazal genre, through the subtle use of a multitude of sounds and styles from other cultures – including: Portuguese fado guitarra, sub Saharan percussion, Celtic fiddle, Pakistani qawwali vocals, the rhubab of Afghanistan and most recently African blues. In live performance she has also been a keen collaborator. Kiran has performed her compositions with the 33-piece Winnipeg Chamber Orchestra and the larger Chicago sinfonietta. She has also collaborated with jazz guitarist, Rez Abbasi, Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq and electronica groups Delerium, and Eccodeck.
Campus LifeJanuary 31st, 2013 at 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Gibson Theatre
Open to the Public: Yes
Announced on: January 1st, 2013
Jade Williams '11 - phone: (607) 735-1853 - email: email@example.com