The Indian-Irish connection 

Experiencing the cross-cultural fusion of Delhi 2 Dublin

click to enlarge Global Sound Delhi 2 Dublin promises an energetic, multicultural performance. Photo by Luke Moloney
  • Global Sound Delhi 2 Dublin promises an energetic, multicultural performance. Photo by Luke Moloney

Who: Delhi 2 Dublin

When: Friday, Oct. 10

Where: GLC

Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door

At first glance, Indian and Celtic music go together about as well as curry and a pint of Guinness, right? Wrong.

The electro-acoustic collaboration between five world fusion artists, known as Delhi 2 Dublin, has proven that the traditional sounds of North India and Ireland can be combined, with the help of some serious dance rhythms.

As their name suggests, the band’s music is a blend of a few different cultural influences.

Kytami wields the violin, or in this case, the fiddle, for Delhi 2 Dublin. A classically-trained violinist, she’s played in numerous genres of music — hip hop, live electronica, dub, dancehall, drum ’n’ bass, metal, punk and others. Ravi Binning, the dhol player, has a strong Bhangra background, bringing Punjab beats to the dance floor. Andrew Kim, a multi-instrumentalist, has studied music from around the world and now performs on numerous ethnic instruments including Indian sitar and guitar, while Sanjay Seran, their vocalist, grew up listening to everything from hip hop and new wave to UK Bhangra. And Tarun Nayar, who is of Punjabi and Irish descent, is a classically trained tabla player, DJ, and producer known for his fusion of traditional Asian sounds and electronic beats.

Kim, the sitar and guitar player, spends a lot of time in India studying traditional music.

“He’s a Korean dude,” Nayar said with a laugh, adding that Kytami is Japanese and Filipino. “So it’s really like a cultural mash-up, for sure… Some people say that it’s very Canadian, and I guess it is.”

Each of their individual cultural and ethnic backgrounds works to inform and transform their sound.

“The music we grew up listening (to) has coloured, probably, the way that we see music today,” he said. Kim grew up studying Indian classical music, which has gone on to influence his current musical identity.

“The interesting thing that happens when we all get together is that we don’t really sit down to try and make fusion music… we just try to make music that will make people really happy and bouncy and dance on the dance floor.”

Each member of the band is also into electronic dance music, a fact that really shines through in their intense, high-energy live shows.

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