Kiran Ahluwalia’s soaring voice is the centerpiece of a new style of progressive Indian music.
She is one voice from many places. Foremost, she is a songwriter from the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan. Beyond this, her original compositions embody influences from West Africa, blues, rock, R&B and nuances of jazz.
Her six-piece band is led by ace guitarist Rez Abbasi whose accolades include the Guggenheim Fellowship and frequent appearances on the Top Ten Guitarists of Downbeat’s International Critics Poll. Kiran and Rez are a real-life couple, one born in India, the other in Pakistan. Having grown up in the Diaspora they crossed ethnic and religious lines between their two warring motherlands to forge a musical and life partnership. Together they craft songs that are equal parts reflective and groovy and bring together the disparate traditions of Indian music, West African Blues and Jazz.
Ahluwalia creates songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in her sound.