Ashwin Batish Presents Sitar Power! at Yoshi's

Thanks to all the BAWMers that have RSVP'd! Looking forward to seeing you all there. We will need a sign or something to alert that you belong to this group. Any ideas are welcome especially since I will be on stage entertaining :)

"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"

"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."— Rhapsody

Ashwin Batish - Sitar, Tabla / Meena Batish - vocals / Keshav Batish - Drums and Tabla / Myron Dove - Bass / Eliot Nemzer - Rhythm Guitar / Jim Greiner - Congas and Percussion ... plus special guests always!

Tickets: http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/livemusic/artist/show/3613
Call: (415)[masked] Address: Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore Street, SF, CA 94115

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.

"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. 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 Santana 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!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Congratulations. It sounds like it was a great event that I missed.

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • Manoj

    great! See you guys at the bar around 7:00 PM - Manoj

    July 10, 2013

    • Ashwin B.

      Manoj ... sorry I did not get to meet you. Hope you had a good time and met up with some of the group members :) Best ... Ashwin

      July 12, 2013

  • E. S.

    Excellent

    1 · July 12, 2013

  • E. S.

    Ashwin Batish - your band was terrific! I loved the sound, and your son is a world class drummer already!!!
    Thank you for the wonderful music.
    Elene

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Sara

      I second Elene's remarks! Great show, thanks for entertaining us so well!

      1 · July 12, 2013

    • Ashwin B.

      Thank you Cambel and it was my pleasure. So glad we had such a great turnout. Hope to do this again soon! Next time ... let's organize this a little better so we can all meet and greet! Please post pictures if you took any :)

      July 12, 2013

  • Jim G.

    I had a great time playing with Ashwin and everyone else in his Sitar Power Band, and playing for the wonderful people who came to our gig at Yoshi's SF! I look forward to many more performances.

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Ashwin B.

      Jim, it was totally awesome and you were fantastic. Loved the Percussion jam with you!

      1 · July 11, 2013

    • Jim G.

      Yes, that was a very fun percussion jam... I'd love to do more of them with you and Keshav!

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Abe

    Fabulous music!

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Ashwin B.

    Wow! What a fantastic turn up! Thanks to all of you that made it to the concert! I am just sorry that I could not meet all of you due to being on stage! Gotta get a stand-in next time! Got lots of pictures that I'll be putting up! Post yours pix if you took some too :)

    1 · July 11, 2013

  • Manoj

    I am in the bar area. Is anyone here?[masked]

    July 10, 2013

  • E. S.

    I will wait in the bar area at Yoshi's around 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Hope someone will meet me there. Cambel?

    July 10, 2013

    • Sara

      Saw this too late. I'll b lucky to get there by 8! Save me a seat? If u can pls text me at five one oh five o for 2285 so I can find u!

      July 10, 2013

  • Adriana

    Need to work tonight, unfortunately. Have fun!

    July 10, 2013

  • E. S.

    Where is our meet-up group going to group for this event?

    July 10, 2013

  • Manoj

    Are people planning to get together somewhere to greet ? Manoj

    July 10, 2013

  • Sara

    We can meet at the bar area at Yoshi's beforehand if people are interested. Or someplace close by that's more affordable for food. Anyone interested?

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Karim

      Cambel, I would be up for some dinner, there is a cheap Indian place , I think it's called Indian Palace and I think there is a Pizza place next to it can’t remember the name, both are a block or two from the Sundance theater, let me know how many are interested and we meet there around 6:30pm

      July 9, 2013

  • Jim G.

    I'm looking forward to playing with my long time friend Ashwin and the other folks in the Sitar Power Band!

    July 9, 2013

    • Ashwin B.

      Thanks for joining the team Jim! Looking forward to playing music with you. Thanks to all the BAWMers that have RSVP'd! Looking forward to seeing you all there.

      1 · July 9, 2013

  • Ashwin B.

    Oh yeah ..... here is the official Yoshi's page on this http://www.yoshis.com/sanfrancisco/livemusic/artist/show/3613
    This is my very first gig at this venue. I've heard great things. Look forward to seeing some of you there! Best,
    Ashwin

    June 7, 2013

    • Ratna

      My brother and I listened to "Bombay Boogie" all the time when we were kids. Can't wait to see you play!

      1 · July 8, 2013

    • Ashwin B.

      Bombay Boogie has been added to the evening's musical menu Ratna :) My kids are the same way. One of their favorites too.

      July 8, 2013

  • Harshal

    Sorry Guys i have to cancel ... no BART :(

    July 3, 2013

    • Laura

      BART is back!

      1 · July 8, 2013

  • Ashwin B.

    Gotta take a few pics together and post them here afterwards!

    July 8, 2013

  • Sood

    Look forward to the event, seems awesome. Hope to meet the members as well

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Ashwin B.

    This is great Cambel. Really looking forward to seeing you all there!

    July 6, 2013

  • Laura

    This looks awesome! Can't wait to hear it live

    1 · June 28, 2013

  • Harshal

    Yo any one pre-gaming for this amazing ride to wonderland..

    June 27, 2013

  • Harshal

    ohh yeah!! Its going to be a great gig... trippy stuff

    1 · June 27, 2013

  • Ashwin B.

    Since I will be on stage playing, it will be good if one of you were to setup a group meetup area / space at Yoshi's etc so we can all introduce ourselves. Would love to hear your thoughts on this

    June 21, 2013

  • Sara

    awesome sound!

    1 · June 21, 2013

    • Ashwin B.

      Thanks Cambel. Looking forward to seeing you and meeting you there :)

      June 21, 2013

  • Stuart Edward C.

    alright!

    1 · June 12, 2013

    • Ashwin B.

      Great to see you here Stuart!!

      June 12, 2013

  • Adriana

    This looks ah-mazing. I'm sitar-obsessed.

    1 · June 7, 2013

    • Ashwin B.

      Thanks Adriana! Just added a live concert video clip :)

      June 7, 2013

  • Ashwin B.

    You are also invited to join my Facebook announcement for this event. https://www.facebook.com/events/469962729753663/

    June 7, 2013

  • Keshav B.

    This is going to be really fun...Can't wait!

    1 · June 7, 2013

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