Kiran Ahluwalia Tangents Party – 12 October 2007, San Francisco

Kiran Ahluwalia


“A stunning singer and rising international star” Village Voice

“Her voice is as supple and rich an instrument as anything man or nature has yet devised, turning from scorchingly seductive to playful at the drop of a sari. Eye Magazine

“Her crystal clear voice arched superbly above rhythms that coursed through the audience…an evening of fascinating, newly revealed music.” Los Angeles Times

Indo-Canadian ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia performs her first San Francisco concert Friday night, October 12 at Saint Gregory’s Church (500 De Haro, Potrero Hill). This is the perfect setting for Kiran’s five piece ensemble which in addition to Kiran’s remarkable voice includes tabla, harmonium, guitar and bass.

Ghazal is a sensual poetic form that Kiran lovingly describes as a “highly literate pick up line”. It originated in Persia 1000 years ago and reached the Indian sub-continent 400 years later. This was a time when princes and kings employed court musicians to put music to poetry. Kiran is a bridge to this colorful past. She takes the ghazal song form into the 21st century soaking in other influences especially Portuguese fado on her new recording: “Wanderlust”.

Date: October 12 (Friday) 8:30p Concert. Two 50 minute sets.

7p doors open with potluck dinner. Q & A with Kiran after the concert.

Location: Saint Gregory’s Church, San Francisco
500 De Haro St. at Mariposa St. in Potrero Hill (ample parking)

Tickets: $25 adv/$27.50 door

Info: 415 584-4367

Hosted by Dore Stein, “Tangents” producer (Sat. 8-mid, 91.7fm,

Kiran media link for artist info:

Kiran media link for articles/interviews:

Never been to a Tangents party? Don’t miss this opportunity – this is only the second time in the history of Tangents that the party has been opened up to the general public. Usually, Tangents parties are intimate affairs in people’s homes (Mark and I have hosted several parties in two of our former homes in San Francisco) where an amazing group of people gather for food, community, and live, “tangential” music. Because of the limited capacity of these gatherings, tickets usually sell out immediately to those on Dore Stein‘s Tangents email list. (To get on the list, email tangentsradio at gmail dot com.)

I (and the indomitable Hester Lox) will be doing “door” duty, so please come and say hello. And don’t forget a delectable savory dish or dessert to share with the “tangential” community. (Prizes – CDs – for the best, home-made delectables in each category.)

If you can’t make it to the party, join the Tangents community by listening to Dore’s show on KALW (91.7 FM) Saturdays from 8pm to midnight. If you are located outside of the SF Bay Area, you can stream it live. (Mark and I have enjoyed many a show from Pondicherry, India!)


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