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World Beat Raga Rock! Sitar Power Man Ashwin Batish Artist One Sheet, Front Page ©2012 Ashwin Batish, Batish Records (831) 423-1699

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BAND MEMBERS

Ashwin Batish, Keshav Batish, Meena Batish, Myron Dove, Eliot Nemzer, Murray Low, Andrew Foehner, David Harnish +special guests always!

RECORD LABEL

Batish Records, Santa Cruz, California, USA, (ASCAP)

2012 CD RELEASES

Sitar Power the third generation. World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish new CD release ©2012 Ashwin Batish, Batish Records (831) 423-1699by Ashwin Batish. All rights reserved. Copyrighted image

Ashwin Batish and tabla wizard Keshav Batish in concert North India classical music. ©2012 Ashwin Batish, Batish Records (831) 423-1699by Ashwin Batish. All rights reserved. Copyrighted image

Panjabi aka Punjabi Folk songs in World beat dance bhangara style by Meena Batish and Ashwin Batish. ©2012 Batish Records (831) 423-1699. All rights reserved. Copyrighted image

CONCERT PICS



Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish playing traditional North Indian sitar and tabla - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Joshua Tree Music Festival, Joshua Tree, California. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish playing traditional North Indian sitar and tabla - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish playing traditional North Indian sitar and tabla - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish and Keshav Batish playing traditional North Indian sitar and tabla - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbawa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Kuumbawa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

World Beat Raga Rock! Ashwin Batish live at the Joshua Tree Music Festival with meena batish and Keshav Batish. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

Ashwin Batish - Sitar Power Band

Next Concert: The Sitar Power Trio led by Ashwin Batish will be heading to Spain! World Beat Raga Rock at Músiques Disperses MUD - March 15, 2014 in Lleida, Spain! Mark your calendars ....... Photo by Mohini Batish

Ashwin Batish and his Sitar Power Trio: With Keshav Batish on Tabla and Drum Set, Myron Dove on Bass and Ashwin Batish on Sitar and Tabla. Picture by Mohini Batish, Santa Cruz, California, USA. All rights reserved. ©2014 Batish Records. Copyrighted image.

Ashwin Batish - Sitar Trek Live at Kuumbwa Jazz Center!

Must watch!! Sitar Trek Live - Space Fusion that is out of this world :) Watch on youtube and please share this video on your facebook pages!! It's 10 minutes of pure fun. It's my first video in full HD thanks to my friend Rigo Torkos. Featured soloists: Myron Dove on Bass, Murray Low on Keyboards, Keshav Batish on Drums and yours truly Ashwin Batish on sitar and Tabla. On rhythm guitar Eliot Nemzer, Congas Andrew Foehner, and on flute Barbara Christmann. Place is the Kuumbwa Jazz center. Thanks to Brad Kava of Patch for the writeup!! More live concert clips coming soon.

Ashwin Batish - Casbah Shuffle Live at Kuumbwa Jazz Center!

Sitar Power Band playing live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. The song Casbah Shuffle is ©1987 - 2013 Batish Records and ©1987 - 2013 Ashwin Batish. All Rights Reserved. All songs ASCAP.

Ashwin Batish - Sitar and Tabla, Keshav Batish - Drum Set, Myron Dove - Bass, Eliot Nemzer - Rhythm Guitar, Murray Low - Keyboads, Andrew Foehner - Percussion

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Ashwin Batish tuning his Sitar - live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt Ashwin Batish is an extraordinary sitarist and tabla player. He received training in the North Indian classical tradition from his father S.D. Batish and later created his own unique fusion of Indian classical sitar with pop, rock, jazz, calypso, funk... an example of a few hybrids he excels at. He is famous for such songs as the Bombay Boogie, Raga Rock, Raga Jazz, Casbah Shuffle and Sitar Mania. His pioneering efforts in worldbeat music have earned him critical reviews and great respect in the music community.

Ashwin is also very well know for being an educator. His series of instructional videos for the sitar, tabla, dilruba, dholak, vichitra veena, harmonium that he has produced with his father Pandit Shiv Dayal Batish have become a very sought after commodity by the Indian music student. Ashwin often gives private and group Indian music lessons at his Santa Cruz, California USA facility and is often called upon by various music festivals and universities to perform his sitar and be a guest lecturer for weekend workshops and seminars on Indian music and ethnopop, raga rock sitar fusion.

" "Whether or not you’re familiar with the music, your mind is likely to be delightfully blown by what Batish creates."" Tara Jepsen, SF Weekly, 2010

" "This fusion is out of this world and ready to be heard everywhere. .... They were like waves of music crashing, one Indian, one Western and then both together. It was breathtaking." Brad Kava - Patch April, 2012

" “You could call it sambas, or Afro-Cuban, but it's beat music—with exotic, more cultural melodies on top,” says Batish, who describes the blend as “World Beat.” “You gotta get up and dance,” he says. “I think we don't, as a society, make it convenient enough for people to relax. With music we find an opportunity to escape … I can take my music and relax somebody, or put a smile on their face; they actually break out of their shell and share. They take a journey with me.” TREVOR STONEHOUSE - Good Times Santa Cruz

Ashwin Batish at the joshua Tree music Festival, California. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt

"Ashwin Batish has broken out of the classical Indian music mold into an electronic and electrifying style that is modern in every sense, but does not lose the melodic and often mysterious sound of India. In his way, he is making Indian music more accessible to the Western listener, bringing this music to the ears of people who otherwise would not make the effort to listen to more traditional players, such as Ravi Shankar or Ali Akbar Khan. He is bringing great music to all of us." Mary McCaslin - Santa Cruz Sentinel

"His trademark “sitar power”–which appears on the cap that he usually sports–was coined during this period. There is a strongly spiritual and even a metaphysical quality to the way he describes music. “You are by your very nature tuned like an instrument,” said Ashwin, “That is why music is so beautiful . . . With my sitar, if I play the top notes the bottom notes vibrate–it is called sympathetic vibration. In the same way, your body has sympathetic nerves that are already in you so that when you hear music they sympathize and this is how you can react . . . There is no theory behind why we do it; it is just in us. It is one of the laws of nature I would say . . . Literally we are all vibrations, so that is why a bunch of notes that are attractive to you are actually a part of you . . . You are a part of it and it is a part of you.”" Sarah Lin Bhatia, California Diaspora

The sitar is ageless in Ashwin's hands. It is souped up for amplification and effects! Try to catch one of Ashwin's electric performances. His music is as dynamic as his stage presence.

Keshav Batish on drum set - Sitar Power live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt Ashwin's son, Keshav, is only 14 years old but he is already a powerful tabla player, a phenomenal Trap drummer, and a truly amazing Santoor player. He has been studying music with Ashwin since birth! Some of his other favorite instrument of study are sitar, surbahar, mridangam and singing. He is a natural and he lights up the stage with his presence. Here is a recent review on Keshav's drumming .........

"His confidence and mastery of the drums was so far beyond his age. Maybe the best thing one can say about him is that he understood subtlety on the loudest instrument in the house, which is something not often developed in someone so young. He is going to be a superstar. You read it here first." Brad Kava, Patch

Mark your calendars so you don't miss one of their live performances!

PAST PERFORMANCES

Winnipeg Folk Festival, Canada / ISIM International Festival and Conference, USA / Vancouver Folk Festival, Canada / Montreal Jazz Festival, Canada / Earthsong Festival, Hamilton, Canada / Womad Festival, Toronto, Canada / Oxfam Worldfest, California, USA / World Music Festival, Michigan, USA / Quebec International Music Festival, Canada / Nassau Community College Folk Festival, New York, USA / Worldbeat Festival, Ottawa, Canada / National Arts Center, Ottawa, Canada / Club Nu, Miami, Florida, USA / Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, USA / New Jazz Festival, Moers, Germany / UCSC Performing Arts Theatre, USA / The Independent Club, San Francisco, California, USA / Wetlands Preserve, NY, USA. Opened for Big Brother and the Holding Company / Johnny D's, Somerville, MA, USA / WorldOne Music Festival, California / Great American Music Hall, California, USA / SOBs (Sounds of Brazil), NY, USA / San Jose Chamber Orchestra / Catalyst, Santa Cruz, California / Kuumbwa Jazz Center, , Santa Cruz, California / Joshua Tree Music Festival, California /

SOME RECENT PERFORMANCES

Date 		Venue 			Location 			Headliner

05/15/2010 	Le Petit Trianon Th... 	San Jose, CA		Taylor Igesti - tabla
12/05/2011 	UCSC Recital Hall 	Santa Cruz, CA 		Ashwin Batish - Traditional
12/28/2011 	The Independent 		San Francisco, CA 	Open for Cracker - Worldbeat
07/31/2011 	Don Quixote's 		Felton, CA 			Sitar Power - Worldbeat
10/23/2011 	Asian Art Museum		San Francisco, CA 	Ashwin Batish - Traditional
12/18/2011 	KPIG Radio's "Plea... 	Freedom, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat
01/07/2012 	Kali Ray Triyoga Ce... 	Santa Cruz, CA 		Ashwin Batish - Traditional
01/28/2012 	Cabrillo College		Aptos, CA 			Ashwin Batish - Traditional
02/11/2012 	KKUP 91.5 FM 		Santa Clara, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat
03/23/2012 	Asian Art Museum		San Francisco, CA 	Ashwin Batish - Traditional
03/24/2012 	Asian Art Museum		San Francisco, CA 	Ashwin Batish - Traditional
03/25/2012 	Asian Art Museum		San Francisco, CA 	Ashwin Batish - Traditional
04/08/2012 	KPIG Radio's "Plea... 	Freedom, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat
04/08/2012 	KPIG 107.5 FM 		Watsonville, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat
04/12/2012 	KSCO 1080 AM 		Santa Cruz, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat
04/14/2012 	Kuumbwa Jazz Center 	Santa Cruz, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat
05/20/2012 	Joshua Tree Music Fest	Santa Cruz, CA 		Sitar Power - Worldbeat


Sitar Power live at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Santa Cruz. All rights reserved. ©2012 Ashwin Batish. Copyrighted image. Photographer Chris Bratt









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UPCOMING CONCERTS

Saturday, March 15, 2014
MUD. MUSIC FESTIVAL-dispersive
(+34) 973 725 559 · bo@guerssen.com
Lleida, Catalonia, Spain
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Residency at:
Spearfish Elementary School
South Dakota, USA
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Concert at: 7:30 - 10 PM
Matthews Opera House,
612 N. Main St.,
Spearfish, SD 57783
South Dakota, USA
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Friday, April 12, 2014
Swallow Hill Music
Denver, CO, US
8:00pm
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Friday, May 16, 2014
Santa Clara Conference Center
California, USA
6 - 7:30 PM

PAST CONCERTS

Ashwin Batish Southern California Peace Day concert poster by Listen For Life Foundation.
Friday Sept 21st, 5:30pm
UN International Peace Day!
World Cup Soccer Center
27301 La Paz Rd,
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Sunday, Sept 23rd, 2pm
Point Fermin Park
807 Paseo Del Mar,
San Pedro, CA 90731

Thursday Sept 27th, 7pm
Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East,
Hollywood, CA 90068

Saturday Sept 29th, 7pm
Ramona Bowl Amphitheater
27400 Ramona Bowl Road,
Hemet, CA 92544

BATISH PRODUCTS

Sitar Tutor 1 DVD  by Ashwin Batish. Learn the basics of playing the sitar. Proper tuning, hand and sitting positions and other  important techniques to give the begining student  the right start on their road to learning this instrument
Sitar Tutor 2 DVD  by Ashwin Batish. Begining Sitar Exercises. This is one of the best tutors to take the student to the next level of  sitar techinques to give the begining student  the right start on their road to learning this instrument
Sitar Tutor 3  DVD by Ashwin Batish. It sounds simple enough until you go about doing it. Changing the strings on your sitar can  be quite daunting especially to newbies. An instrument repair shop can charge you a lot for this. It can take a  seasoned pro more than two hours for this job. It is good for a sitar student to know how to do this themselves.  What if you are performing and you break a string you have to become an expert to take care of such emergencies!

This video covers the intricate task of replacing all the strings on a sitar. Detailed step-by-step instructions  makes this experience easy and safe. Tips given include how to make proper string loops, clean the frets, polish  the sitar, and how to protect yourself from injury.
Sitar  Tutor #4 - Tweaking Your Sitar

by Shri Ashwin Batish

Sitars coming out of India are invariably in need of tweaking. This is unfortunate as most of the new sitar  students (and a few old ones) have no idea of the mechanics of a sitar and hence cannot set it to play in good  intonation and with the proper action. THis not only makes your learning experience disappointing but is also a  major barrier to a student's musical growth. This tutor covers many of the adjustments necessary to whip your sitar  into performance shape. Topics Covered: Bridge adjustment using harmonics, Main string adjustment, Tuning beads  adjustment, Tuning the frets for proper intonation, Adjustments to maximize the sitar's meend, Shimming the bridge  - Program duration 62 minutes. www.batish.com
Sitar String Set
Batish Style
Batish Standard Sitar String Set: This contains 7 individually packed main and 13 sympathetic strings in a roll.  The 2nd and 4th strings are the same gauge. These strings are very high grade and are packed with instructions for  installation. All strings are carefully cut and wrapped at our facility in Santa Cruz and are some of the best  grade strings available. These are the same strings used by Ashwin Batish himself!
Batish Brand
Low Sa String Set: This contains 7 individually packed main and 13 sympathetic strings in a roll. The 4th string is  the Low Sa bronze gauge 28.5 string. All our strings are very high grade and are packed with instructions for  installation. All strings are carefully cut and wrapped at our facility in Santa Cruz and are some of the best  grade strings available. These are the same strings used by Ashwin Batish himself!
SAT1100 Seiko  Tuner
Great for tuning your sitar veena etc. It has a VU meter so one can judge better how to tune microtones as opposed  to the equal temperament. www.batish.com
MIZRAB
Finger Picks for Sitar, Veena: Very good quality, Steel picks. Click on More images for instructions on how to  measure your finger to get a correct fit. This is critical for everyone to do before ordering.
Fret  tying thread for Sitar, Dilruba. 
Available in Yellow or Green. See More images for other style. www.batish.com catalog
Swan Tuner for  Main strings of sitar, tanpura, veena: made of bone. Very good quality. Some sample shapes are given. All pieces  vary in size, shape and looks as they are all individually carved by hand. We recommend that if you are getting a  set of these for a sitar, the largest one should be put on the 1st string. www.batish.com catalog
Main Bridge  for Sitar. www.batish.com catalog
Plastic Swan  for tuning in sitar, veena, tanpura. www.batish.com catalog
Sitar Power  Hats!www.batish.com catalog
Sitar Power  Vinyl LP original Batish release - RARE!!www.batish.com catalog
Sitar  Power Sweatshirts
Large, XL, and XX Large
Please specify size when ordering. Only one gray one left. Size Large.!www.batish.com catalog
Sitar Power 1  T-Shirts for Sale. 50/50 haynes

Sizes presently available Large, XL, and XXL!www.batish.com catalog
Sitar  Power Hats!www.batish.com catalog for kids
In Concert - Part  1 - Ashwin Batish - Sitar, Zakir Hussain - Tabla - Raga Shudha Sarang - Alaap and Gat in medium and fast tintal.

This is the first half of a concert held at the Performing Arts Theatre, University of California, Santa Cruz. It  is a unique and a refreshing experience in the exposition of the North Indian school of music.

(Program duration 56 minutes)!www.batish.com catalog
Morning  Meditation Ragas on Sitar: Shri Ashwin Batish, sitar and Pandit S.D. Batish, tabla. Track Listings:

    Raga Pahadi - Alaap | mp3 sample 40 sec.
    Raga Pahadi - Gat composition in Deepchandi Tal | mp3 sample 40 sec.
    Raga Vibhas - Alaap | mp3 sample 40 sec. and Gat composition in Ektal | mp3 sample 40 sec.
    Raga Todi - Alaap | mp3 sample 40 sec. and Gat composition in Tintal | mp3 sample 40 sec.

All music composed and performed by Ashwin Batish (ASCAP).

This was Ashwin's debut album. It was originally recorded in 1978 and was a cassette only release. This recording  has been re mastered for CD from the original Reel to Reel tape. Some of Ashwin's favorite morning ragas are  presented here being performed in the North Indian classical style. Ashwin's father is accompanying him on the  tabla.
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Exotic  scales of North India: 650+ Ragas written in Staff and Sargam notations, pp. 190.
This encyclopedia is for all musicians interested in boosting their compositional creativity. Notated in Western  staff and Indian sargam, it is a reference guide designed to put you in touch with the wealth of exotic raga scales  of North India. Now you too will have access to the very same knowledge that is an integral part and foundation of  practicing Indian musicians. Keep it handy and tap its wealth. www.batish.com catalog
These are  introductory songs on the ragas of the North Indian Music System with English Lyrics designed especially for the  Western student. The words will teach you the raga’s rules, while the melody will simultaneously unfold the raga’s  image! Listen and Learn ...... An idea so simple yet so brilliant manifested as Panditji and I were trying to  create an educational tool to teach our English speaking students in the West. Rasik Raga Lakshan Manjari is the  product of our quest. It is the first time traditional ragas have been expressed with English words so that  students in the West and all over the English speaking areas of the World can learn the basics of the Hindustani  Raga Padhiti by simply learning a song. Lakshan Geet are introductory raga songs and they express within the song  all the necessary rules that are required to learn and play the raga. These have, in the past, only been available  in Sanskrit and Hindi for Indian students. The compositions that are weaved around the English words are built with  all the Raga's attributes in mind and hence reinforce the words thus making this a very powerful learning tool.  Panditji sings them with powerful yet clear renditions so that the student can sing along. All the ornaments are  expressed and might take a while to digest fully. But in time we are very confident that the student will listen  and learn successfully. www.batish.com catalog
Ashwin Batish  presents 10 of the hottest rhythm cycles of North India in this unique collection that has been compiled especially  for classical and folk music of North India and is an invaluable resourse for Jazz/World musicians and composers  interested in jamming with Tabla grooves.
Rhythms featured are: Tintal-16 beats, Ek Tal-12 beats, Rupak-7 beats, Dadra-6 beats, Keharwa-8 beats, Jhaptal-10  beats, Jhumra-14 beats, Deepchandi-14 beats, Dhamar-14 beats, and Jaltital-16 beats.

There are 10 CDs in all, one for each Tala. Each CD consists of the Theka in three different tempos - slow, medium  and fast. Each track is 15 per tempo. In the case of Tintal and Ektal rhythms, we have included bonus tracks of the  very slow theka. www.batish.com catalog