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Music With Bite wraps up its season Kiran Ahluwalia, one of Canada’s most talented ghazal performers

TORONTO, May 4, 2004 – The Music with Bite family concert series wraps up its season with Kiran Ahluwalia who uses her vocal artistry to reveal the beauty, power and emotion of Punjabi folk songs and ghazals, highly metaphorical poems that explore all aspects of love. Ahluwalia performs traditional songs along with her own compositions. Kiran Ahluwalia: Ghazals takes place on Sunday, May 9, at 1 p.m., at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets are $8 each or $25 for four tickets. For tickets and information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com.

Ghazals are like polished diamonds - a single stone with many facets. Each ghazal is a single poem containing within itself a myriad of passionate smaller poems. Ghazals operate on the plane of poetic imagery and metaphor. They explore the many moods of love, from the ecstatic to the despondent. Kiran Ahluwalia is not only recognized as one of Canada’s most visible ghazal performers, but also as an creator of this traditional art form. As a composer, Ahluwalia is forging a new repertoire by combining Indo, Pakistani, and Canadian poetry into her own tunes. The fusion of traditional and contemporary culture allows Ahluwalia to become part of the long line of singers who have preserved and reinvented the ghazal form over the last thousand years.

Kiran Ahluwalia is an Indo-Canadian singer who has devoted much of her life to learning the art of Indian vocal music. Trained in classical Indian singing, Ahluwalia found herself drawn to the ghazal form and folk songs of Punjab, her family’s home region. Ahluwalia visited India to receive formal training in classical Indian Music. In the spring of 2001, Ahluwalia released her debut album Kashish - Attraction to critical acclaims. The album was also nominated for a Juno Award in the Global Music Category.

Music with Bite is an intimate, refreshing experience; children can sit up close to the artists and after the concert ask them questions, while enjoying a complimentary milk beverage and cookies. Music with Bite, a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario, is designed to bring families to Harbourfront Centre to give them the opportunity to sample music of all styles in a friendly, accessible format. All of the artists selected to perform at the concerts bring an element of education and entertainment to their programmes. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada has, since 1949, dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.

Music with Bite is co-produced with Jeunesses Musicales of Ontario with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

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Media Contact:
Linda Liontis, 416-973-4381, lliontis@harbourfrontcentre.com
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