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. 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.
American-born Jas Ahluwalia studied the illustrious Tabla under the world renowned Ustad Tari Khan. 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 and is a favorite accompanist among touring musicians and an accomplished solo Tabla artist.
Two musical paths merged into one when Kamaljeet and Jas were married in late 2011. Together, Kamaljeet and Jas founded the Art and Music Production company Absolute Focus. Through Absolute Focus, they have developed an international clientele and have written and produced music for live concerts, commercial advertising, album production, video games, theatrical trailers, and film/television scores. They just completed recording for Disney’s The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic and commercial for Facebook. Their latest film credits include Let Me Make You a Martyr starring Maryln Manson, Sundance Audience Award winner Circumstance, Sean Hacket’s Homecoming, Igor Voloshin’s Beodouin, Cannes Film Festival Award winner Brahmin Bulls, Sundance Film Institute’s Himalaya Song, and Toronto Film Festival selection Nari. Their recent performances include collaborations with Grammy winner Osvaldo Golijov at Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Bombay Dub Orchestra, famed Dexter and Tron composer Joseph Trapanese, Kaushiki Chakrabarty, Talvin Singh, Amritha Vaz, and acclaimed dancer and choreographer Akram Khan.
Despite their innovative projects, Kamaljeet and Jas remain true to their Indian Classical Roots. They continue to perform Indian classical concerts throughout North America, Europe, India, Africa, and Asia to an ever growing fan following. Kamaljeet and Jas have brought their spiritually rooted relationship to the stage and have developed a rapport than can only come from a true understanding of one another. Their performances are an instrumental Indian Classical journey that takes audiences from meditative introspection to dazzling energy-filled heights.
Kamaljeet & Jas combine virtuosity with a profound knowledge of their ancient art. They kept their audience spellbound for an hour as they explained their music, instruments, technique, and the dynamic between tradition and innovation, between established melodic and rhythmic formulas and improvisation. This is a presentation guaranteed to educate and entertain people with varying levels of familiarity with Indian music, from beginning to advanced.
Walter A. Clark
Professor of Musicology, Department Chair
We are immensely thrilled and pleased to have had Kamaljeet & Jas on our stage, they did a fantastic job! They were as good if not better than some of the senior artists that have graced this stage, no questions asked. Our goal is to find hidden gems like this. Look out for them, they are going to be some big names in the future. Follow their music. They are wonderful musicians!
The Music Circle
Los Angeles, California
Kamaljeet & Jas Ahluwalia captivated the minds and hearts of Calgary’s diverse audience with their extraordinary style. Young, old, newcomer, aficionado, eastern, western – all were equally charmed by their performance, never losing interest for a split second. Kamaljeet’s exquisite hand movements were beautifully matched by Jas on the Tabla as though they had one mind. They thoroughly deserved the standing ovation that Sarb Akal audience members bestowed upon them.
Sarb Akal Music Society
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