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BAND MEMBERS

Ashwin Batish: Sitar, Tabla
Keshav Batish: Tabla, Drum Set
Meena Batish: Vocals, Khanjeera
Myron Dove: Bass
Murray Low: Keyboards
Andrew Foehner: Percussion
+special guests always!

RECORD LABEL

Batish Records, Santa Cruz, California, USA, (ASCAP)

CONCERT PICS



Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish playing traditional North Indian sitar and tabla - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree, California. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish playing traditional North Indian sitar and tabla - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish playing traditional North Indian sitar and tabla - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish playing traditional North Indian sitar and tabla - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbawa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbawa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Joshua Tree Music Festival with meena batish and Keshav Batish. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish - Sitar Power Band

Upcoming Performances

Friday August 15th, 2014, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. The Sitar Power Trio will be performing for the The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering "Tribute to India" Location: Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel, California

Sunday August 24th, 2014, 10:00 am KPIG with John Sandidge Sunday August 24th 12:00 Noon - 12:40 The Sitar Power Ensemble will be rocking out in Sand City, California (Monterey Bay). Come listen to the ultimate World Beat Raga Rock at West End Celebration! Mark your calendars. This event is free so bring your family!

Sunday September 14th, 2014, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. The Sitar Power Trio will be featured artists at the KWMR West Marin Radio, Point Reyes, California (Monterey Bay). Live on radio Click here LISTEN TO KWMR ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!

Sunday October 5th, 2014, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. The Sitar Power Ensemble will be rocking out in San Rafael, California (Marin County) at the Fabulous Fenix. It is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s hottest clubs and a destination for all to see in historic, downtown San Rafael. Sitar Power Ensemble at the Fenix, San Rafael Mark your calendars.

November 8 - 12, European tour

Ashwin Batish and his Sitar Power Trio: With Keshav Batish on Tabla and Drum Set, Myron Dove on Bass and Ashwin Batish on Sitar and Tabla. Picture by Mohini Batish, Santa Cruz, California, USA. All rights reserved. ©2014 Batish Records. Copyrighted image.

Ashwin Batish - Sitar Trek Live at Kuumbwa Jazz Center!

Sitar Trek Live by Ashwin Batish - Space Fusion that is out of this world :) Featured soloists: Myron Dove on Bass, Murray Low on Keyboards, Keshav Batish on Drums. Rhythm guitar: Eliot Nemzer. Congas: Andrew Foehner. Flute: Barbara Christmann. From the CD Sitar Power 3 by Ashwin Batish.

Ashwin Batish - Casbah Shuffle Live at Kuumbwa Jazz Center!

Sitar Power Band playing live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. The song Casbah Shuffle is ©1987 - 2013 Batish Records and ©1987 - 2013 Ashwin Batish. All Rights Reserved. All songs ASCAP.

Ashwin Batish - Sitar and Tabla, Keshav Batish - Drum Set, Myron Dove - Bass, Eliot Nemzer - Rhythm Guitar, Murray Low - Keyboads, Andrew Foehner - Percussion

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Ashwin Batish tuning his Sitar - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt Ashwin Batish is an extraordinary sitarist and tabla player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father S.D. Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso, funk... an example of a few hybrids he excels at. He is famous for such songs as the Bombay Boogie, Raga Rock, Raga Jazz, Casbah Shuffle and Sitar Mania. His pioneering efforts in worldbeat music have earned him critical reviews and great respect in the music community.

Ashwin is also very well know for being an educator. His series of instructional videos for the sitar, tabla, dilruba, dholak, vichitra veena, harmonium that he has produced with his father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish have become a very sought after commodity by the Indian music student. Ashwin often gives private and group Indian music lessons at his Santa Cruz, California USA facility and is often called upon by various music festivals and universities to perform his sitar and be a guest lecturer for weekend workshops and seminars on Indian music and ethnopop, raga rock sitar fusion.

" "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, 2010

" "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 April, 2012

" “You could call it sambas, or Afro-Cuban, but it's beat music—with exotic, more cultural melodies on top,” says Batish, who describes the blend as “World Beat.” “You gotta get up and dance,” he says. “I think we don't, as a society, make it convenient enough for people to relax. With music we find an opportunity to escape … I can take my music and relax somebody, or put a smile on their face; they actually break out of their shell and share. They take a journey with me.” TREVOR STONEHOUSE - Good Times Santa Cruz

Ashwin Batish at the joshua Tree music Festival, California. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

"Ashwin Batish has broken out of the classical Indian music mold into an electronic and electrifying style that is modern in every sense, but does not lose the melodic and often mysterious sound of India. In his way, he is making Indian music more accessible to the Western listener, bringing this music to the ears of people who otherwise would not make the effort to listen to more traditional players, such as Ravi Shankar or Ali Akbar Khan. He is bringing great music to all of us." Mary McCaslin - Santa Cruz Sentinel

"His trademark “sitar power”–which appears on the cap that he usually sports–was coined during this period. There is a strongly spiritual and even a metaphysical quality to the way he describes music. “You are by your very nature tuned like an instrument,” said Ashwin, “That is why music is so beautiful . . . With my sitar, if I play the top notes the bottom notes vibrate–it is called sympathetic vibration. In the same way, your body has sympathetic nerves that are already in you so that when you hear music they sympathize and this is how you can react . . . There is no theory behind why we do it; it is just in us. It is one of the laws of nature I would say . . . Literally we are all vibrations, so that is why a bunch of notes that are attractive to you are actually a part of you . . . You are a part of it and it is a part of you.”" Sarah Lin Bhatia, California Diaspora

The sitar is ageless in Ashwin's hands. It is souped up for amplification and effects! Try to catch one of Ashwin's electric performances. His music is as dynamic as his stage presence.

Keshav Batish on drum set - Sitar Power live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt Ashwin's son, Keshav, is only 14 years old but he is already a powerful tabla player, a phenomenal Trap drummer, and a truly amazing Santoor player. He has been studying music with Ashwin since birth! Some of his other favorite instrument of study are sitar, surbahar, mridangam and singing. He is a natural and he lights up the stage with his presence. Here is a recent review on Keshav's drumming .........

"His confidence and mastery of the drums was so far beyond his age. Maybe the best thing one can say about him is that he understood subtlety on the loudest instrument in the house, which is something not often developed in someone so young. He is going to be a superstar. You read it here first." Brad Kava, Patch

Mark your calendars so you don't miss one of their live performances!

PAST PERFORMANCES

Winnipeg Folk Festival, Canada / ISIM International Festival and Conference, USA / Vancouver Folk Festival, Canada / Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada / Earthsong Festival, Hamilton, Canada / Womad Festival, Toronto, Canada / Oxfam Worldfest, California, USA / World Music Festival, Michigan, USA / Quebec International Music Festival, Canada / Nassau Community College Folk Festival, New York, USA / Worldbeat Festival, Ottawa, Canada / National Arts Center, Ottawa, Canada / Club Nu, Miami, Florida, USA / Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, USA / New Jazz Festival, Moers, Germany / UCSC Performing Arts Theatre, USA / The Independent Club, San Francisco, California, USA / Wetlands Preserve, NY, USA. Opened for Big Brother and the Holding Company / Johnny D's, Somerville, MA, USA / WorldOne Music Festival, California / Great American Music Hall, California, USA / SOBs (Sounds of Brazil), NY, USA / San Jose Chamber Orchestra / Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California / Kuumbwa Jazz Center, , Santa Cruz, California / Joshua Tree Music Festival, California /

SOME RECENT PERFORMANCES

Date 		Venue 			Location 			Headliner
07/18/2014	Throckmorton Theater 	Mill Valley, California		Ashwin Batish
03/15/2014	MUSIC FESTIVAL		Lleida, Catalonia, Spain	Ashwin Batish
04/10/2014	Spearfish Elementary	South Dakota, USA		Ashwin Batish
04/11/2014	Matthews Opera House	Spearfish, SD 57783		Ashwin Batish
04/12/2014	Swallow Hill Music	Denver, CO, US			Ashwin Batish
05/16/2014	Santa Clara Conference	Santa Clara, California, USA	Ashwin Batish
09/21/2013	International Peace Day	World Cup Soccer Center		Several
09/23/2013	Point Fermin Park	San Pedro, California		Several
09/27/2013	Ford Amphitheatre	Hollywood, CA 90068		Several 
09/29/2012 	Ramona Bowl 		Hemet, California		Several
05/15/2010 	Le Petit Trianon Th... 	San Jose, CA			Taylor Igesti - tabla
12/05/2011 	UCSC Recital Hall 	Santa Cruz, CA 			Ashwin Batish - Traditional
12/28/2011 	The Independent 	San Francisco, CA 	Open for Cracker - Worldbeat
07/31/2011 	Don Quixote's 		Felton, CA 			Sitar Power - Worldbeat
10/23/2011 	Asian Art Museum	San Francisco, CA 	Ashwin Batish - Traditional
12/18/2011 	KPIG Radio's "Plea... 	Freedom, CA 			Sitar Power - Worldbeat
01/07/2012 	Kali Ray Triyoga Ce... 	Santa Cruz, CA 			Ashwin Batish - Traditional
01/28/2012 	Cabrillo College	Aptos, CA 			Ashwin Batish - Traditional
02/11/2012 	KKUP 91.5 FM 		Santa Clara, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat
03/23/2012 	Asian Art Museum	San Francisco, CA 		Ashwin Batish - Traditional
03/24/2012 	Asian Art Museum	San Francisco, CA 		Ashwin Batish - Traditional
03/25/2012 	Asian Art Museum	San Francisco, CA 		Ashwin Batish - Traditional
04/08/2012 	KPIG Radio's "Plea... 	Freedom, CA 			Sitar Power - Worldbeat
04/08/2012 	KPIG 107.5 FM 		Watsonville, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat
04/12/2012 	KSCO 1080 AM 		Santa Cruz, CA 			Sitar Power - Worldbeat
04/14/2012 	Kuumbwa Jazz Center 	Santa Cruz, CA 			Sitar Power - Worldbeat
05/20/2012 	Joshua Tree Music Fest	Santa Cruz, CA 			Sitar Power - Worldbeat


Sitar Power live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt









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CD RELEASES

Ashwin Batish and tabla wizard Keshav Batish in concert North India classical music. ©2012 Ashwin Batish, Batish Records (831) 423-1699by Ashwin Batish. All rights reserved. Copyrighted image

Panjabi aka Punjabi Folk songs in World beat dance bhangara style by Meena Batish and Ashwin Batish. ©2012 Batish Records (831) 423-1699. All rights reserved. Copyrighted image

This album is the first of a six volume set encompassing the complete seventy two Melakartas (musical scales) of the Carnatic music system. There are twelve Chakras (groups) of six Melakartas each. The first two, the Indu and the Netra Chakras are covered here. Most of the songs are in in the Raga Lakshan Geet form - which means that the words of each song also teach the pertinent details of its raga. The compositions are the original creations of Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish and are rendered in the North Indian classical style of singing utilizing North Indian talas (rhythm cycles). ©2012 Batish Records (831) 423-1699. All rights reserved. Copyrighted image

It seemed like telepathy Ashwin Batish and Zakir Hussain traded licks and phrases back and forth as if they were having a conversation. Sometimes they broke into complicated unison parts in which Zakir's tabla-drums matched Ashwin's sitar note for note. They even seemed to tell each other jokes with their instruments. And then they'd wander away, each lost in his own exploration of the raga form until they'd suddenly burst into their intense dialogue again. The audience was a diverse bunch, with a sprinkling of turbans, robes, saris, beads, and even a few Rastafarian with dreadlocks. But they all gave off the same warm, friendly vibes that Batish and Co. exuded from the UCSC performing Arts stage. And that's one of the keys to appreciating North Indian classical music; It's not music to be analyzed. Don't listen and try to understand; just try to be receptive to the emotions you experience while the music plays over you. On the one hand, it's classical music with ancient, iron-clad rules, but it's also totally improvised - like a Saturday-night jam between old friends. .... by Dan-Einar Toft --Good Times, Santa Cruz, CA
Product Description
Ashwin and Zakir's friendship goes back to when their fathers, Pandit S. D. Batish and Ustad Alla Rakha, used to perform together since 1940. It was only natural for the two sons to meet. Tracks: 1. Raga Shudha Sarang 2. Alap and a Gat (composition) in medium and fast Tintal This is the first half of a concert produced by the Batish Institute of Music and Fine Arts and held at the performing Arts Theatre, University of California, Santa Cruz. It is a unique and a refreshing experience in the exposition of the classical North Indian music tradition. The 2nd half is also available via Amazon. Here are some comments on people that have bought this tape: