Diversity Fest Radio 2019 #1 – 9.5.19
- Madge Woollard – Some Girls
- Death And The Dancer – Willow Garden
- Diana Hamilton – Imela
- Amadeus Electric Quartet – Carmen Habanera Bizet
- Cyrine Abdelnour – Yon L’Asaleye
- Javier Tucat Moreno – 2009
- Sudipta Samanta – Live At Diversity Fest 2018
- Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish – Fun In Raga Dhani
- The Bleeding Obvious – Spectrum
Diana Hamilton – African Gospel – London UK
Award winning Artiste Diana Hamilton is one of the most prolific and versatile praise and worship leaders in our time and has been a favourite with gospel audiences for years beginning with her time as a backing vocalist for the eminent Ghanaian worship leader, Francis Agyei. Her song “Ensi wo yie (May it be well with you), heard on gospel and mainstream radio alike, catapulted her to prominence. The Album netted her 3 nominations, including Ghana Music Awards, Africa Gospel Music Awards and GUBA awards.
She was Awarded Best Artiste Europe at the Africa Gospel Music Awards 2011 and on the 24th of August 2014 she was awarded the Female Artiste of the Year at the Africa Gospel Music Awards
For Diana, it is an honour and privilege to stand and lead God’s children in the art of spiritual intimacy in all genres. Testimonies of relief and hope follow her wherever she stands to minister.
Diana’s Album “Blessings” is now available at all digital stores including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and Spotify. Her single ‘Overwhelmed’ from her new album Yehowah ( which will launch on the 5th of September 2015) is now available as a free download from Reverbnation
Amadeus Electric Quartet – Classical Bucharest, Romania
Amadeus is a classical crossover musical group. Back in 2000, they, along with the Bond Quartet, were the first in the world to use an all electric instrument array in order to achieve the perfect blend of classical and modern, thus actually creating a new musical style. They released five record albums with a major label in Romania and touring around the world. They are playing Yamaha instruments.
All four artists – Andreea Runceanu (violin/vocal), Bianca Gavrilescu (violin/backing vocal), Patricia Cimpoiasu (cello/backing vocal) and Laura Lazarescu (piano/vocal) – are professional musicians, instrumentalists and also singers. They studied music at the National University of Music in Bucharest, Romania, with great achievements in classical music performing. Amadeus has been performing on stage, as a group, for 18 years. Their mission has always been bringing the youth close to classical music, inspiring them to start learning how to play an instrument. In all these years, Amadeus never stopped bringing people of all backgrounds closer to the joys and wonders of classical music.
Amadeus has played on four continents so far. Their music is greatly appreciated both in Europe, where France, Spain, Italy, and the U.K. are usual stops for the group, as well as in South America or Asia, where they have been repeatedly invited to perform.
Amadeus’ social media has heavy fanbases in Europe, the U.S., and South America. Among its followers the group has many instrument players from around the world. The four members of Amadeus are constantly sharing ideas with them, thus becoming trend launchers in their music style. Their most dynamic social media platform is their YouTube channel, gathering over 110 M views and 360 K subscribers.
Cyrine Abdelnour – Arabic Classical Beirut, Lebanon
–> Cyrine was born in (Abediye) Lebanon on the 21rst of February,her sign is Pisces.
> At the end of November 1993 she started her modeling career and her first model show was in gallery in futuroscop for christmas the show was made befor 1 month from christmas
–> The first publicity for TV was “Lenore” for Saudi Arabia (Like powder wash)…
–> In 1998 she started appearing on LBC & MTV:
–> In 2002 Cyrine was elected model of the world 2002…the competition was made at Regency Palace Hotel on the 28th of September 2002…
Javier Tucat Moreno – World Tango Classical Berlin, Germany
PianoTango is a Solo-Program, that combines Tango, Folklore, Clasic and improvisation. The works from argentine Composers like Ginastera, Aguirre, Piazzolla, Pugliese (Beba & Osvaldo), Mores, Salgán among others and own compositions build a wide palette of senses and moods.
JTM is graduated in 1998 as Piano Professor at the “Juan José Castro Conservatory of Music”, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied composition with Alfredo Otero and piano and arrangements in tango style with Beba Pugliese.
Since his graduation he continued studying piano with Aldo Antognazzi, Beba Pugliese and composition with Alfredo Otero and Luis Mucillo.
Since 2000 Javier Tucat Moreno lives in Berlin.
As musical director, pianist and arrangeur of the tango ensemble Cantango Berlin he recorded two CDs, performed many times at the Philharmonie Berlin, all around Germany and abroad (Austria, Poland, Mexico, Taiwan).
In 2007 he joined the Tango Orchester “Qué Tangazo!”, which performs mainly in Tangoballs and Festivals.
In 2009 three musicians from QT!: the bandoneonist Judith Brandenburg, the violinist Carolina Mazalesky and Javier Tucat Moreno formed the Trio “La Bicicleta”, which devoted itself to the “Tango Progresivo”, own and contemporary compositions in a very unique personal way.
“Welcome! I hope you enjoy my music and would be glad for having some feedback from you. Cheers,”
Javier Tucat Moreno – PianoTango
Ashwin Batish – Woirld Jazz Classical Indian Folk Santa Cruz, USA
Ashwin Batish is an extraordinary sitarist and tabla player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father Pandit Shiv Dayal 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.
“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 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.
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, Santa Cruz Patch
Joining Ashwin on vocals is his sister Meena Batish who has released a new CD of Punjabi folk and dance songs titled “Lishkare.” Her presence adds some truly phenomenal vocals to the groups instrumental heavy repertoire.
On bass is one of the world’s leading bass players of Santa fame, Myron Dove. Myron and Ashwin go back almost 25 years in friendship and performances. They have toured together since the early 80s.
Murray Low joined the group in 2012 and brings some truly magnificent textures and solos in the performances. A master pianist and an educator currently teaching music at Stanford University, Murray bring his magic touch to the mix.
Mark your calendars so you don’t miss one of their live performances!
“How Ashwin Batish Made the Sitar Cool Again – “Shankar would have none of it. …. “He (Pandit Ravi Shankar) said to me, ‘I hope you’re still playing sitar,’ and I go ‘no, not too much,’” Ashwin remembers. “He turned around, and goes ‘You must not stop playing.’” “When Ravi Shankar demands you don’t stop playing,” says Keshav, “you don’t stop playing.” Shankar—and the rest of the world—first got a taste of Ashwin’s transformative skills on Sitar Power, a groundbreaking work in every way. With the far-ahead-of-their-time breakneck rhythms on songs like “Bombay Boogie,” many assumed Ashwin was not just a sitar virtuoso, but also a technological wizard.”Steve Palopoli – Goodtimes Santa Cruz
“The Indian sitar meets western electronica: Hailed with helping rekindle worldwide interest in the sitar, Ashwin Batish is one of this year’s headliners at Għanafest. He tells this newspaper about creating cross-cultural music and living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle with The Beatles. Ashwin Batish is best known for making Indian music more accessible to Western listeners by fusing it with many different styles. He is also one of the very few musicians who has managed to imbue his music with electronic arrangements without losing the melodic mysterious sound so characteristic of classical Indian music, in which the sitar plays a vital role.”Eric Montfort – Times of Malta
“Fast, electric dance tracks get a dose of even faster sitar runs from an artist intent on fusing jazz, rock, and dance music with traditional Indian classical music. He’s worked with everyone from Zakir Hussain to the Violent Femmes, playing with zest and speed through raga-rock excursions.”unlnown – Rhapsody
“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. I’d love to see this unit play more and hit the summer festivals around the globe.”
Brad Kava – Patch
“Ashwin Batish is a Sitar-Powered Star”
Brad kava – Patch
“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 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. He is bringing great music to all of us.”
Mary McCaslin – Santa Cruz Sentinel
“Whether or not you’re familiar with the music, your mind is likely to be delightfully blown by what Batish creates.”
Tara Jepsen – San Francisco Weekly
“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 – Diaspora California
“Sitar Power Concert Review “India Inc.” —- For sitarist Ashwin Batish, the power of music comes from a cultural fusion”
Martin Zyla – On The Town – Arts and Entertainment Magazine, West Michigan , USA
“Ashwin Batish on Wikipedia: “Although his training has been in North Indian classical music, Ashwin Batish has been equally at home with Western music often performing with jazz and rock musicians. His 1980s fling with fusion music titled Sitar Power was instrumental in garnering him serious airplay including a recording contract with Shanachie Records of New Jersey. Ashwin has worked with numerous artists including Zakir Hussain (musician), Camper Van Beethoven, Violent Femmes, Brian Ritchie, Tony Trischka, Jimmy Carl Black, Myron Dove, Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish, Meena Batish, Matthew Montfort, Keshav Batish, Taylor Eigsti Teddy Andreadis, Butch Taylor, Diana Rowan, Johnny Griparic, Ant Glynne (Asia Band), Vanessa Vo, Brian Viglione, Gordon Gano, Eugene Chadbourne. “Certainly likable, undeniably skilled and no doubt entertaining, Ashwin wowed the crowd as he apparently fused the traditional Indian instrument with Western themes … but there’s no denying the shredding skills””