Kamaljeet Ahluwalia is part of the new wave of Asian musicians emerging from the UK. A disciple of the legendary maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma, she uses her Indian classical roots to walk an innovative path on the Santoor, a rare and exquisite hammered dulcimer/zither that can simultaneously explore vast sublime melodies and intricate detailed rhythmic patterns. She has collaborated with a diverse array of artists including Guy Sigsworth, Mercury Music Award winner Talvin Singh, Fruit Tree, Universal Taal, Bombay Dub Orchestra and acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan to name a few. She has performed throughout the UK and internationally as part of the multi-art production Journey into India, as well as many solo performances across India, Europe, and North America. This imaginative musician is currently collaborating with guitarist Giuliano Modarelli on their fresh project, One Hundred and Six Strings which breathes new life into a proud and ancient Indian classical jugalbadhi (duet) tradition by fusing the strengths of their versatile instruments. She is also recording with producer and musician Wayne Nunes from Warrior Charge, has recorded for the film score of Brahmin Bulls and touring with Gingger Shankar.
In addition to being a passionate musician, Kamaljeet is an accomplished painter and has had many group and solo exhibitions around the globe. Her paintings deal with the emotional content of Indian classical music. Indian classical music has many factors, rules, and themes to consider: Rasa (emotional content), Raga (main melodic characteristics) and Rhythm. To bring these intangible themes to view she uses vast sweeps of colour on canvas and board, and carefully chooses and researches colours to preserve the essence of the music. Currently, a specially commissioned body of work is touring the USA as part of Himalaya Song – a multi artform production, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
See Kamaljeet perform at EVOKE: A New Works Festival Celebrating South Asian Voices, directed by Alison M. De La Cruz. Learn more.
Find her on Facebook.com/kamaljeet.ajimal.9
Thursday, March 14 – Saturday, March 16 at 8pm
Sunday, March 17 at 2pm
Running Time: 90 minutes
General Admission: $10
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