Trailblazers of a unique and multiform sound, WAHH is rooted in India’s rich traditional musical culture and enveloped in an artful weave of Jazz, Rock and Funk.
Tabla Maestro, Vocalist, Multi-Percussionist and Composer Shankh Lahiri formed ‘WAHH World Fusion Band’ out of his desire to combine his traditional musical origins from India with his current and contemporary musical explorations from the West. The WAHH! World Fusion band will perform on Saturday, November 9th at 8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for members and $18 for the general public. Advance tickets are available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at wslr.org.
WAHH’s band members are all highly skilled and seasoned musicians that seamlessly weave their musical expertise into a symbiotic and tightly intertwined musical design. Joining Shankh, WAHH features the amazing Peter Mongaya on Guitar, with jaw-dropping guitar licks and solos, the innovative and stunningly agile Rajib Karmakar on his incredible Sitar, the expertly diversified Michael Washington on Drums and Percussion, the highly creative Guianna on Vocal and young talented Seth Lynn on Bass.
Reflecting prominent, traditional Indian influences and strong Western influences, WAHH World Fusion Band also brings in subtle influences from the Middle East and Africa. The music is original, captivating and colorfully dynamic. It is mostly instrumental, occasionally dotted with emotional Indian style vocals or mesmerizing ‘Rhythmic Scatting’ by Shankh. WAHH’s live performances often showcase Shankh spontaneously engaging an eager audience into a rhythmic frenzy of irresistible clapping along and ‘call and response’ participation. WAHH’s compelling compositions seduce listeners into an adventurous soundscape of sublime contemplation, surprising musical turns and infectious, high-energy grooves. Their congruent fit of Eastern and Western instruments, masterful fusing of musical genres and artful combination of traditional and modern musical expression appeals to wide and diverse audiences with a distinct Global Appeal.
Best of the Bay’ 2016 winner WAHH World Fusion Band debuted their first performance in Tampa in 2009. From that day on, WAHH! World Fusion Band quickly exploded onto the scene. Since then they have performed at prestigious venues throughout the United States such as ‘The House of Blues’ and ‘The Mint’ in L.A, Rockwood Music Hall, Silvana and The Shrine in New York City, Straz Center of Performing Arts and many others.
WSLR/Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236
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