PARVAAZ: India’s Acclaimed Psychedelic Rock Band

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On first major international tour - till September 10

By A Correspondence

Parvaaz (Urdu for flight), a millennial rock band from India with an Eastern feel, a Western appeal and a global soul, is coming to Canada in the coinciding year of Canada’s 150th and India’s 70th anniversaries.

A psychedelic rock band best known for their high-energy live performances and expansive soundscapes, this Canadian tour marks Parvaaz’s first official overseas tour bringing soaring melodies and expansive soundscapes to Toronto and surrounding area.

The group will perform at various venues around Toronto, Hamilton and Brampton over the course of three weeks. Tour dates include:

Aug 18 – Monster Rock Orchestra, Garden Square, Brampton

Aug 20 – India Day Festival, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto

Aug 24 – Small World Music, Toronto

Aug 26 & 31 – Poetry Jazz Café, Toronto

Sep 2 – Jammercue hosted by Brokeman Records (TBD)

Sept 7  – The Hideout, Toronto

Sep 8 – Live at Halo, Hamilton

Sept 9 – The Hideout, Toronto

Sep 10 – An Evening at Small World Music, Toronto

Over the past six years, Parvaaz have released an EP, Behosh (July 2012), their first full-fledged album, Baran (August 2014), which received an overwhelming positive response from fans and critics alike, including a four star review from Rolling Stone India, and two brand new singles, Shaad and Colour White (2017). Their music drives the National Film Award winning Indian documentary, Soz - A ballad of maladies, and their popular song, Beparwah, will feature in a soon-to-be-released mainstream Hindi film, Vodka Diaries. The band is currently touring extensively in India while working on their sophomore album.
Comprising two Muslims, a Catholic, and a Hindu, Parvaaz was brought together by ties of humanity, respect and love of music. In doing so, they embody a diverse modern India, not unlike modern Canada. 
For a band whose music has such a distinct identity in its members’ own heritage, this tour represents an opportunity to present that to a completely new audience. This combination of staying true to one’s roots while going out of one’s comfort zone is reflected in the tour’s name, A Rooted Departure.
When other bands from India have previously toured Canada, their music has either been in the fusion genre, led strongly by their ethnicity or completely Western. Parvaaz, however, bring with them a balanced palate of the East gift-wrapped in the West, the past woven with the present, soaring vocals thrust higher by a progressive soundscape and melancholy submerged in beauty. Waves of delayed gratification lay in store, waiting to wash over their unsuspecting listeners in the Greater Toronto Area later this month and next.
Parvaaz are: Khalid Ahamed (vocals and guitar); Kashif Iqbal (guitar and vocals); Fidel D'Souza (bass guitar) and Sachin Banandur (drums and percussions).

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12


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