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Born in India, raised in Canada, and now living in New York City, Kiran Ahluwalia is an award winning vocalist and composer who released her 5th album in September, 2011. The UK's Roots Magazine stated that she had, "a voice destined to enchant more than one generation" and U.S. based Sing Out Magazine proclaimed that her artistry has "a deep spirituality and tranquility that borders on the mystic". The UK's Songlines Magazine named her 2005 self titled release one of the Top Ten Albums of the year; and in 2009, in Copenhagen, they gave her an inaugural Songlines Music Award for her album Wanderlust.
Kiran was also one of a short list of big name world music artists, who were featured on the remarkable The Price of Silence video and single, released in honour of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in late 2008. The new album, Aam Zameen: Common Ground is an inspiring step forward in the evolution of an artist who, while firmly rooted in the Indian genres of ghazal and Punjabi folk songs, is continually embracing influences from around the world. Her previous recordings have merged her Indian roots with musical styles as diverse as Portuguese fado, Celtic fiddle, Afghani rhubab and even hints of bossa nova. Now, on Aam Zameen, Kiran takes her penchant for fusing styles to a whole new level, by bringing to fruition her love of Tuareg rhythms from the African Sahara.
On stage, Kiran is accompanied by a stellar group of musicians: cutting edge NYC guitarist, Rez Abbasi, rising tabla star, Nitin Mitta, hard grooving bassist, Nikku Nayar and superbly melodic accordion player, Rob Curto. Together, they are one of North America's most exciting and creative world music groups.