Celebrating the release of its newest album, international fusion band Delhi 2 Dublin is touring the west, stopping in Grass Valley for a lively party-style performance at The Center for the Arts Sunday.
Headliners at the 2012 California WorldFest, the band has been described as the “United Nations of rock ‘n’ roll.”
On stage, a fiddle player rocks out with a kilt-wearing Korean flanked by two bouncing Hangar percussionists and a singer who looks like he would be at home in a Bollywood music video. It’s that cross-pollination of musical styles that is gaining Delhi 2 Dublin international recognition.
Delhi 2 Dublin’s latest CD, “Turn Up the Stereo,” released to the world Feb. 19, features 13 new songs and remixes by The Funk Hunters and Knight Riders and an acoustic version of “Love is the Hero.” The release marks the band’s sixth recording.
Delhi 2 Dublin reflects the cultural diversity present in many major cities around the world. It challenges the definition of urban music and drags it to the intersection of Hangar, Celtic, dub reggae and electronica. In so doing, the band has created its own musical niche.
“As a band, we’re not interested in making the same album over and over again. The music we’re inspired by changes almost weekly,” said tabla player Tarun Nayar.
With her vocal harmonies, violinist Sara Fitzpatrick adds an ethereal twist to frontman Sanjay Seran’s voice. Tarun Nayar plays tabla; Andrew Kim plays electric sitar and guitar while Ravi Binning keeps time on a double-headed drum from South Asia known as a dhol.
“It’s dance music, you know? We touch on dubstep. We touch on drum and bass. We touch on dub, reggae and the classical Indian stuff. And it sounds cliché — ‘Yeah, yeah, it’s a mix of everything!’ — but it really is a mix of everything,” said Seran.
Delhi 2 Dublin has built a loyal global fan base. In 2011, the band expanded its reach to the Pacific Rim and Europe.
“Sometimes we just need to drown out the noise of the world by making the music louder,” said Seran.
For information on the band, visit http://delhi2dublin.com.