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Put on your dancing shoes and come listen to the amazing World Beat Raga Rock music of Ashwin Batish ans his Sitar Power Band! They are headlining the Church Street Fair for 2015. Bring all your family and friends!!!
March 1, 2015 - One, Two, Three Featuring Ashwin Batish, sitar & Emily Onderdonk, viola Music played for the first, second or third time - EVER Conductor: Barbara Day Turner
Ashwin Batish and family will be performing some evening ragas and songs of India on sitar, tabla by Keshav Batish, with vocals by Meena Batish. Special guest Myron Dove on Bass.
Ashwin Batish should be applauded for being one of the forerunners of the Worldbeat genre. Hidden as a sub-genre under the larger “World Music” umbrella, Worldbeat compositions can carry quite a punch because of their hybridity. Trained in the intricacies of North Indian classical music by his father and legend, Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish, Ashwin has stepped out of the box and formed his own spin on age-old tradition and scale. In the ’80s, his tracks Bombay Boogie, Raga Rock, Casbah Shuffle, and India Beat charted in the top 10 on many World, NPR, and college radio stations across USA, Canada, and Europe. This success launched interest in Ashwin’s music, and he was invited to festivals such as WOMAD, the Vancouver Folk Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Sounds Like: Shakti, Habib Koité, Dream Theater
Label: Batish Records, Santa Cruz, California, USA, Batish Records
Manager: Bookings: Media Interviews, Radio Service, call Ashwin at: (831) 423-1699 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Paramount Booking
Bio: Ashwin Batish is an extraordinary sitarist and tabla player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso, funk... an example of a few hybrids h...See Full Bio
“How Ashwin Batish Made the Sitar Cool Again - "Shankar would have none of it. .... “He (Pandit Ravi Shankar) said to me, ‘I hope you’re still playing sitar,’ and I go ‘no, not too much,’” Ashwin remembers. “He turned around, and goes ‘You must not stop playing.’” “When Ravi Shankar demands you don’t stop playing,” says Keshav, “you don’t stop playing.” Shankar—and the rest of the world—first got a taste of Ashwin’s transformative skills on Sitar Power, a groundbreaking work in every way. With the far-ahead-of-their-time breakneck rhythms on songs like “Bombay Boogie,” many assumed Ashwin was not just a sitar virtuoso, but also a technological wizard.”