Delhi 2 Dublin brings its electic mix of bhangra

Bhangra, celtic, and electronica collide

The Tidemark Theatre is proud to present Delhi 2 Dublin

The Tidemark Theatre is proud to present Delhi 2 Dublin on Thursday, Nov.14 at 7:30 p.m.  Delhi 2 Dublin’s songs and the band itself reflect the cultural diversity present in many major cities around the world.

They challenge the definition of urban music and drag it to the intersection of Bhangra, Celtic, Dub Reggae and Electronica. They have created their own niche.

“As a band, we’re not interested in making the same album over and over again,” says Tarun Nayar, who handles electronics with the band. “The music we’re inspired by changes almost weekly. At the moment, we’re loving Santigold, Major Lazer, Jazzy B, Burial, Buraka Som Sistema, Four Tet, Moombahton, and tons of underground stuff, which is quite different from the music we were listening to when we made our last album.”

The band has played several of the top festivals in Canada, the UK and the U.S. and, in 2011, expanded its horizons to include performances in the Pacific Rim and Europe. A new album and new international touring opportunities all signal that originality and evolution are all part of the Delhi 2 Dublin experience.

Described by one magazine as the “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll”, they have become one of Canada’s most buzzed-about bands. This year will only see them enhancing that reputation.

Turn Up The Stereo is both the title of the new Delhi 2 Dublin album and the philosophy behind the release.

Nayar, who plays tabla in the band, adds, “It’s also a metaphor for us turning it up in many ways for this album. We spent ten times the amount of time and effort writing this album than we have in the past. We really tried to make everything better, from music and lyrics to production and artwork.”

Part of the process included a retreat in Bali. After performing at a festival on the Indonesian island in the spring, Nayar and Seran, joined by violinist Sara Fitzpatrick, guitarist and sitar player Andrew Kim and dhol player Ravi Binning, rented a house and jammed out on the songs.

“One of the most enlightening exercises was the day we spent playing all our songs acoustically on a guitar. We’d never been able to do that with our material – it really showed us the strengths and weaknesses of the songs,” says Nayar.

Tickets are $21 for members plus applicable fees and taxes and can be purchased at the Box Office from Tuesday – Saturday between 12 and 4 p.m., or found online at www.tidemarktheatre.com