Posted Online: Oct. 31, 2012, 12:48 pm

Kiran Ahluwalia from Best World Music Album to Galvin

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Press release submitted by St. Ambrose



KIRAN AHLAWALIA, WHERE EAST IS WEST

2012 JUNO Award winner for the Best World Music Album, Kiran Ahluwalia, brings her music to the Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Kiran expresses her muse through ghazals and Pujabi folk songs while she explores the language of the heart with beautiful artistry and intensity. Born in India, raised in Canada and now living in New York City, her music has garnered glowing praise from critics around the world.

Kiran has long been on a path to mastery to sing and compose ghazals ­ the sensual and highly literary poetry about unrequited love and passion for all things. "When I was growing up in India, very few people had recordings of any kind," she recalls. "There were state sponsored concerts that people from all over would crowd into. These concerts were not primarily for children. They featured a repertoire, language and content that was both demanding and beyond the experience of a child. I was, however, entranced by the sound and feel of the music, even from an early age." Seeing the strong connection Kiran had to this music, her father purchased a reel-to-reel tape machine on a visit to Hong Kong. "My father would play tapes of Indian music for me on the reel-to-reel and we would also listen to Bollywood on the radio", Kiran recalls. "So when a song came on the radio that I wanted to learn, my mother would quickly write down the lyrics for me. Soon after, I would be singing it".

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.

With each successive project, Kiran has moved ever onward 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 through line to its storied past.

Concert tickets for Friday November 9, at 7:30 P.M. are $11 adults, $9 faculty/staff/alumni/senior citizens, $7 non-SAU students, and SAU students are free with a current valid student ID. For ticket information, call 563-333-6251 or visit www.sau.edu/galvin.