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She puts the world into her music

Singer Ahluwalia collaborates with range of musicians

“I have a sonic image of what I want to sound like, and I want to always move toward that image,’’ says Kiran Ahluwalia. “I have a sonic image of what I want to sound like, and I want to always move toward that image,’’ says Kiran Ahluwalia. (Rez abassi)
By Siddhartha Mitter
Globe Correspondent / November 19, 2011

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In the course of five albums, the singer Kiran Ahluwalia has blended the Indian classical and folk forms that are her specialty into collaborations with Portuguese fado musicians, the Celtic fiddle of Natalie MacMaster, Inuit throat singing, and more. For Ahluwalia, such partnerships across genre and culture aren’t an experiment, or a social commentary on our times, or a producer’s cute idea. Siddhartha Mitter catches up with the singer, who performs at Johnny D’s on Sunday night.

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KIRAN AHLUWALIA

At: Johnny D”s, tomorrow, 9 p.m. Tickets $15. 617-776-2004, www.johnnyds.com


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