Absolute Focus is a collaborative art and music production company founded by musicians, Kamaljeet and Jas Ahluwalia. The company is comprised of three highly intertwined divisions of synergy: AF Studios, AF Art, and AF Labs. AF Studios writes and produces music for live concerts, commercial advertising, film and television scores, album production, video games, and theatrical trailers. AF Art produces Art for gallery exhibitions, custom design commissions, and touring multimedia performances. AF Labs is born out of the idea that artists, regardless of medium, have the innate desire to create. AF Labs encourages the craziest of ideas pushing the artists out of their comfort zone. To date, this has led to the formation of documentary films, music videos, graphic design, writing, and mobile applications. The three divisions work as one and have often come together to produce a concert/exhibition series where music is painted, displayed, and performed in the same space, or an art commission – where mobile phones provide music as you move from painting to painting. Founded in 2011, and based in Southern California, the relatively young company has attained an international clientele and continues to earn exciting and creatively fulfilling projects. Each project is assigned the right team and receives the dedication, attention, motivation, heart, and….Absolute Focus.
Jas Ahluwalia was born in North America and from a very early age was deeply attracted to the unique sounds and rhythms of the tabla. He grew up in a family where music was an integral part of life. From the time that he has a conscious memory, Jas remembers playing the tabla. His parents encouraged him by leaving tablas in various parts of the house and at the age of two he could be heard mimicking complex tabla rhythms. An important part of his musical influences has been playing with Kirtan, the singing of Sikh sacred texts. Consequently to this day, playing the tabla remains a deeply spiritual experience for him. His fondest memory is of Ustad Tari Khan, who was like an uncle and provided him with the greatest inspiration. From the first moment when he heard Ustad Tari Khan play, the sound and intricacies captivated him. Since the age of nine, he has been a disciple of the world renowned Ustad Tari Khan. Remarkably, Jas has learnt the Tabla in the traditional Ustad/Shagird relationship which entails a deep bond between master and disciple. Entrenched in the classical mode of training, he is utterly conversant in a variety of genres including instrumental, vocal, ghazal, qawwali, classical and modern dance, Punjabi folk, jazz, asian underground and kirtan. He is frequently invited to participate in studio recordings, live performances, and film scoring sessions. Jas’ recent performances include collaborations with Grammy winner Osvaldo Golijov at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Gingger Shankar, Bombay Dub Orchestra, grammy-nominated Jazz Pianist Rob Mullins, and guitarist Andy Summers of The Police. His latest studio collaborations include those with famed Punjabi producer Sangtar and Tron and Dexter Composer Joseph Trapanese. His film credits include Sundance Audience Award winner Circumstance, Sean Hacket’s Homecoming, and Igor Voloshin’s Beodouin. He is currently working on a classical orchestral album with Gingger Shankar, a Sikh Hymn album, recording for Richard Montoya’s film Water & Power, and touring with Gingger Shankar and Kamaljeet Ahluwalia.
Kamaljeet Ahluwalia is part of the new wave of Asian musicians emerging from the UK. She began her training at the age of 7 under Sitar Maestro Dharambir Singh (MBE). She continued her studies with Santoor Maestro Harjinderpal Singh and is currently under the tutelage of legendary Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma Kumar Sharma. She uses her Indian classical roots to walk an innovative path on the Santoor, a rare and exquisite hammered dulcimer/zither that can simultaneously explore vast sublime melodies and intricate detailed rhythmic patterns. She has collaborated with a diverse array of artists including Guy Sigsworth, Mercury Music Award winner Talvin Singh, Fruit Tree, Universal Taal, Bombay Dub Orchestra and acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan to name a few. She has performed throughout the UK and internationally as part of the multi-art production Journey into India, as well as many solo performances across India, Europe, and North America. This imaginative musician is currently collaborating with guitarist Giuliano Modarelli on their fresh project, One Hundred and Six Strings which breathes new life into a proud and ancient Indian classical jugalbadhi (duet) tradition by fusing the strengths of their versatile instruments. She is also recording with producer and musician Wayne Nunes from Warrior Charge, has recorded for the film score of Brahmin Bulls and touring with Gingger Shankar.
In addition to being a passionate musician, Kamaljeet is an accomplished painter and has had many group and solo exhibitions around the globe. Her paintings deal with the emotional content of Indian classical music. Indian classical music has many factors, rules, and themes to consider: Rasa (emotional content), Raga (main melodic characteristics) and Rhythm. To bring these intangible themes to view she uses vast sweeps of colour on canvas and board, and carefully chooses and researches colours to preserve the essence of the music. Currently, a specially commissioned body of work is touring the USA as part of Himalaya Song – a multi artform production, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.