Who: Delhi 2 Dublin
When: Friday, Oct. 10
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
At first glance, Indian and Celtic music go together about as
well as curry and a pint of Guinness, right? Wrong.
The electro-acoustic collaboration between five world fusion
artists, known as Delhi 2 Dublin, has proven that the traditional sounds of
North India and Ireland can be combined, with the help of some serious dance
As their name suggests, the band’s music is a blend of a few
different cultural influences.
Kytami wields the violin, or in this case, the fiddle, for
Delhi 2 Dublin. A classically-trained violinist, she’s played in numerous genres
of music — hip hop, live electronica, dub, dancehall, drum ’n’ bass,
metal, punk and others. Ravi Binning, the dhol player, has a strong Bhangra
background, bringing Punjab beats to the dance floor. Andrew Kim, a
multi-instrumentalist, has studied music from around the world and now performs
on numerous ethnic instruments including Indian sitar and guitar, while Sanjay
Seran, their vocalist, grew up listening to everything from hip hop and new
wave to UK Bhangra. And Tarun Nayar, who is of Punjabi and Irish descent, is a
classically trained tabla player, DJ, and producer known for his fusion of
traditional Asian sounds and electronic beats.
Kim, the sitar and guitar player, spends a lot of time in India
studying traditional music.
“He’s a Korean dude,” Nayar said with a laugh, adding that
Kytami is Japanese and Filipino. “So it’s really like a cultural mash-up, for
sure… Some people say that it’s very Canadian, and I guess it is.”
Each of their individual cultural and ethnic backgrounds works
to inform and transform their sound.
“The music we grew up listening (to) has coloured, probably,
the way that we see music today,” he said. Kim grew up studying Indian
classical music, which has gone on to influence his current musical identity.
“The interesting thing that happens when we all get together is
that we don’t really sit down to try and make fusion music… we just try to make
music that will make people really happy and bouncy and dance on the dance
Each member of the band is also into electronic dance music, a
fact that really shines through in their intense, high-energy live shows.