Sitar Power is a unique and extraordinary blend of musical styles and instruments of Indian and Western origins. It is very beat oriented and highly accessible to all ages. "Whether or not you’re familiar with the music, your mind is likely to be delightfully blown by what Batish creates." Tara Jepsen, SF Weekly.
"This fusion is out of this world and ready to be heard everywhere. .... They were like waves of music crashing, one Indian, one Western and then both together. It was breathtaking." Brad Kava - Patch.
Price Range: $1500 - $10,000
Gig Length: 15 - 120 minutes
Languages: English, Hindi
What to Expect
From a Trio to a 7 piece band, Sitar Power is a very unique sound that brings together the cultures of India and the West in a very beautiful way. The compositions are spontaneous and thrilling to hear and watch. All band members are some of the most highly regarded musicians from the San Francisco Bay Area. The band can play up to two sets of about 45 mins each. They like to take a 15 min or more break in between sets. For proper visuals, it is recommended that the venue provide a stage and a good quality sound system. Be ready for a high energy and exciting time. Before booking him, it is best to state what sort of a show you want and what size group you want to have at your party. In most cases, Ashwin will try and work within your budget.
Ashwin brings a very unique musical mix to the table. He was one of the earliest pioneers of worldbeat music. His songs “Bombay Boogie” “Sitar Magic,” and “India Beat” continue to this day to be heavily downloaded on iTunes and Amazon. Ashwin’s fan page on Facebook has almost 95,000 fans and on Myspace he has over 85,000 fans. All this is a testament to the incredible love and support his music has garnered. Ashwin continues to be a pioneering force both as a traditional and as a fusion artist. His latest release, Sitar Power - The Third Generation, continues his streak of musical hybrids with spectacular combinations of classical Indian sitar with funk, calypso, jazz and dance rhythms. Ashwin’s catchy titles such as “Sitar Trek,” “Raga Jazz” and “East Indian meets West Indian,” show a distinct sense of humor and lightheartedness that makes listening to his incredible music that much more fun.
Additional Booking Notes
Performance Stage with a good sound system and sound person. The mix board should have at least 16 inputs. We have the following instruments that need to be plugged in to the board
Sitar: DI, Vocal Mic and two monitors
Tabla / Drum Set: 6 - 8 mics minimum and two monitors
Bass - DI and one monitor
Keyboards: One monitor
Vocals: One mic and one monitor
A Tabla For Two
Cowboys and Indians
The Riff Song
Influences & Inspiration
S D Batish
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