JPR Live Session: Kiran Ahluwalia - Friday, March 6th At Noon

On Friday, March 6th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with Kiran Ahluwalia on Open Air.

Kiran Ahluwalia is a modern exponent of the great vocal traditions of India and Pakistan. Her original compositions embody the essence of Indian music while embracing influences from Mali and Western blues, rock, R & B and nuances of jazz. With her 5-piece group of electric guitar, accordion, organ, tabla and drum kit, Ahluwalia creates boundary-breaking songs that invite us to explore the human condition, transcending the self by losing ourselves in a trance of groove and melody.

Born in India, raised in Canada and currently living in New York City – Ahluwalia has long been on a path to master the art of singing and composing. “When I was growing up in India”, she recalls, “there were concerts that people from all over would crowd into. These concerts featured a repertoire, language and content that was both demanding and beyond the experience of a child. I was, however, entranced by the sound and feel of the music, even from an early age.” My father would play tapes of Indian music for me and we would also listen to Bollywood on the radio”, Kiran recalls. “So when a song came on that I wanted to learn, my mother would quickly write down the lyrics for me and I would sing along to learn the melody”.

Ahluwalia's discography - now seven albums deep - is one of global music’s most interesting adventures and have featured collaborations with legendary Malian group Tinariwen, Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster and fado masters from Portugal. Her last six albums have garnered her two JUNO Awards, two Canadian Folk Awards, the UK’s Songlines Award and peak rankings on the European World Music charts. Kiran’s band is directed by Rez Abbasi whose accolades include being in the Top 10 guitarists on Downbeats Critics Poll.

Her newest album, 7 Billion, released in May of 2018, is a melding of blues, R&B, rock, jazz with Indian vocals.

Tune in Friday, March 6th at Noon for a JPR Live Session with Kiran Ahluwalia on JPR's Rhythm & News Service. To listen online, click the "Listen Live" link at the top of the page and select "Rhythm & News."


JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.