March 24 Saturday, Sarasota, WAHH! WORLD FUSION Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, 8pm, http://www.wslr.org  http://www.sarasotapeacenter.org/

Location Fogartyville
525 Kumquat Ct
‘WAHH’ is a popular word in India that is similar to the word ‘Wow’. WAHH World Fusion Band is a spectacular blend of ‘East meets West’ in true Fusion Music style. Trailblazers of a unique and multiform sound, WAHH is rooted in India’s rich traditional musical culture and enveloped in an artful weave of Jazz, Rock and Funk. Tabla Maestro, Vocalist, Multi-Percussionist and Composer Shankh Lahiri formed ‘WAHH World Fusion Band’ out of his desire to combine his traditional musical origins from India with his current and contemporary musical explorations from the West. In addition, Shankh’s deep appreciation of other Cultural Music from around the world inspired his organization of the band.

Reflecting prominent, traditional Indian influences and strong Western influences, WAHH World Fusion Band also brings in subtle influences from the Middle East and Africa. The music is original, captivating and colorfully dynamic. It is mostly instrumental, occasionally dotted with emotional Indian style vocals or mesmerizing ‘Rhythmic Scatting’ by Shankh. WAHH’s live performances often showcase Shankh spontaneously engaging an eager audience into a Rhythmic frenzy of irresistible clapping along and ‘call and response’ participation. WAHH’s compelling compositions seduce listeners into an adventurous soundscape of sublime contemplation, surprising musical turns and infectious, high-energy grooves. Their congruent fit of Eastern and Western instruments, masterful fusing of musical genres and artful combination of traditional and modern musical expression appeals to wide and diverse audiences with a distinct Global Appeal.